A novel active veto prototype detector with an inner target for improved rare event searches Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • We report the fabrication and performance of an annular, cryogenic, phonon-mediated veto detector that can host an inner target detector, allowing substantial reduction in radiogenic backgrounds for rare event search experiments. A germanium veto detector of mass $sim$500 g with an outer diameter of 76 mm and an inner diameter of 28 mm was produced. A 25 mm diameter germanium inner target detector of mass $sim$10 g was mounted inside the veto detector. The detector was designed using inputs from a GEANT4 based simulation, where it was modeled to be sandwiched between two germanium detectors. The simulation showed that the background rates (dominantly gamma interactions) could be reduced by $>$ 90$\%$, and that such an arrangement is sufficient for aggressive background reduction needed for neutrino and dark matter search experiments. During testing at the experimental site the veto detector prototype achieved a baseline resolution of 1.24 $pm$ 0.02 keV while hosting a functional inner target detector. The baseline resolution of the inner target detector was 147 $pm$ 2 eV. The detectors were operated at mK temperatures. The experimental results of an identical detector arrangement are in excellent agreement with the simulation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chaudhuri, M., Jastram, A., Agnolet, G., Banik, S., Chen, H., Iyer, V., ... Platt, M.

citation count

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complete list of authors

  • Chaudhuri, M||Jastram, A||Agnolet, G||Banik, S||Chen, H||Iyer, V||Kashyap, VKS||Kubik, A||Lee, M||Mahapatra, R||Maludze, S||Mirabolfathi, N||Mishra, N||Mohanty, B||Neog, H||Platt, M

Book Title

  • arXiv

publication date

  • February 2022