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DM-Ice: A Direct Detection Experiment for Dark Matter at the South Pole<br><b>Speaker: Reina Maruyama (DM-Ice, University of Wisconsin)</br></b>

Monday, September 19, 2011
12:00 AM
340 West Hall (Room Change This Week Only!)

Speaker: Reina Maruyama (DM-Ice, University of Wisconsin)

I will describe DM-Ice, a direct detection dark matter experiment at the South Pole. The aim of the experiment is to test the claim for an observation of dark matter by the DAMA collaboration by carrying out an experiment with the same detector technology, but in the southern hemisphere. By going to the opposite hemisphere, many of the suspected backgrounds would produce annual modulation with the opposite phase whereas the dark matter signature should stay the same. DMIce-17, a 17-kg detector was installed in the Antarctic ice at the South Pole in December 2010 at the depth of ~2200 m.w.e. and is currently taking data. A 250-kg scale experiment that can test DAMA's claim is currently being designed. I will report on the status of DMIce-17 and the plans for the 250 kg-scale experiment.

Information about travel, hotel, and the seminar can be found here.