Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Martin, Stephen P. (Professor)||Estrada, Juan

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Physics

LCSH

Neutrinos||Dark matter (Astronomy)||Particles (Nuclear physics)

Abstract

The DaMIC (Dark Matter in CCDs) experiment searches for dark matter particles using charge coupled devices (CCDs) operated at a low detection threshold of ~40 eV electron equivalent energy (eVee). A multiplexor board is tested for DAMIC100+ which has the ability to control up to 16 CCDs at one time allowing for the selection of a single CCD for readout while leaving all others static and maintaining sub-electron noise. A dark matter limit is produced using the results of physics data taken with the DAMIC experiment. Next, the contribution from neutrino-nucleus coherent scattering is investigated using data from the Coherent Neutrino Nucleus Interaction Experiment (CONνIE) using the same CCD technology. The results are used to explore the performance of CCD detectors that ultimately will limit the ability to differentiate incident solar and atmospheric neutrinos from dark matter particles.

Comments

Advisors: Stephen Martin.||Committee members: Juan Estrada; Yasuo Ito.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

xiii, 97 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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