PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 282 - 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP2016) - Poster Session
Search for Dark Matter Using Upward-going Muons in NOnA
C. Principato,* C. Group, S. Kurbanov, R. Mina, Y. Oksuzian, A. Tsaris, P. Ding, A. Norman, L. Aliaga
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: February 06, 2017
Published on: April 19, 2017
Abstract
The NOvA collaboration has constructed a 14,000 ton, fine-grained,
low-Z, total absorption tracking calorimeter at an off-axis angle to
an upgraded NuMI neutrino beam. This detector, with its excellent
granularity and energy resolution and relatively low-energy neutrino
thresholds, was designed to observe electron neutrino appearance in a
muon neutrino beam, but it also has unique capabilities suitable for
more exotic efforts. In fact, with an efficient upward-going muon
trigger and sufficient background suppression offline, NOvA will
be capable of a competitive indirect dark matter search for low-mass
WIMPs. Interesting atmospheric neutrino measurements should also be
possible. The cosmic ray muon rate at the NOvA far detector is
about 150 kHz and provides the primary challenge for triggering and
optimizing such a search analysis
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.282.1185
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