Radon-related Backgrounds in the LUX Dark Matter Search Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. The LUX detector is currently in operation at the Davis Campus at the 4850' level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD to directly search for WIMP dark matter. Knowing the type and rate of backgrounds is critical in a rare, low energy event search, and LUX was designed, constructed, and deployed to mitigate backgrounds, both internal and external. An important internal background are decays of radon and its daughters. These consist of alpha decays, which are easily tagged and are a tracer of certain backgrounds, and beta decays, some of which are not as readily tagged and present a background for the WIMP search. We report on studies of alpha decay and discuss implications for the WIMP search.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bradley, A., Akerib, D. S., Araújo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., ... Zhang, C.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • January 2015


  • Background Characterization
  • Dark Matter
  • Liquid Noble Detectors
  • Radon
  • Xenon