Improved WIMP-search reach of the CDMS II germanium data Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 American Physical Society. CDMS II data from the five-tower runs at the Soudan Underground Laboratory were reprocessed with an improved charge-pulse fitting algorithm. Two new analysis techniques to reject surface-event backgrounds were applied to the 612 kg days germanium-detector weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP)-search exposure. An extended analysis was also completed by decreasing the 10 keV analysis threshold to ∼5keV, to increase sensitivity near a WIMP mass of 8GeV/c2. After unblinding, there were zero candidate events above a deposited energy of 10 keV and six events in the lower-threshold analysis. This yielded minimum WIMP-nucleon spin-independent scattering cross-section limits of 1.8×10-44 and 1.18×10-41 at 90% confidence for 60 and 8.6GeV/c2 WIMPs, respectively. This improves the previous CDMS II result by a factor of 2.4 (2.7) for 60 (8.6)GeV/c2 WIMPs.

altmetric score

  • 5.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Agnese, R., Anderson, A. J., Asai, M., Balakishiyeva, D., Barker, D., Thakur, R. B., ... Zhang, J.

citation count

  • 50

publication date

  • October 2015