PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 441 - XVIII International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP2023) - Dark Matter and its Detection
Status and prospects of the SuperCDMS Dark Matter experiment at SNOLAB
S. Zatschler*  on behalf of the SuperCDMS Collaboration
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Pre-published on: January 24, 2024
Published on: March 22, 2024
Leading cosmological surveys and models provide strong indications for cold Dark Matter (DM) being one of the major constituents of our Universe.
However, direct experimental observation of the hypothesized galactic flux of DM particles streaming through the Earth remains an open quest.

Following up on the successful operations at Stanford and Soudan, the SuperCDMS collaboration is currently constructing a generation-2 direct DM search experiment at the SNOLAB underground facility in Sudbury, Canada.
The experiment will employ two types of cryogenic Ge and Si detectors capable of detecting sub-keV energy depositions.
The unique mix of target substrates and detector technologies allows for a simultaneous study of intrinsic and external backgrounds as well as exploring the DM mass range below 10 GeV/$c^2$ with world-leading sensitivity.

The two detector types are referred to as high voltage (HV) and interleaved Z-dependent ionization and phonon (iZIP) detectors.
While the iZIP detectors are able to measure both phonon and ionization signals, which makes it possible to discriminate between nuclear and electronic recoils and to characterize backgrounds, the HV detectors solely measure the phonon signal.
By applying a bias voltage on the order of 100 V, the primary ionization signal gets amplified in form of secondary phonons through the Neganov-Trofimov-Luke (NTL) effect yielding a lower energy threshold and excellent energy resolution for low-mass DM searches.

In order to extend the sensitivity to lower energy deposition thresholds, a precise understanding of the detector response down to the semiconductor bandgap energy of $\mathcal{O}$(eV) is required.
This effort is driven by a comprehensive detector testing program of SuperCDMS prototype devices at various test facilities and the development of a sophisticated Detector Monte-Carlo to guide the data analysis and model building.
The current status and prospects towards science operation with SuperCDMS at SNOLAB will be reviewed in this article.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.441.0076
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