Influence of NaI background and mass on testing the DAMA modulation

16 Jul 2021  ·  Madeleine J. Zurowski, Elisabetta Barberio ·

We present here the model dependent and independent sensitivity studies for NaI detectors designed to test the DAMA result, and compare the predicted limits from SABRE with the present performance of both ANAIS and COSINE. We find that the strongest discovery and exclusion limits are set by a detector with the lowest background (assuming equal run times), and also note that our method correctly computes the present exclusion limits previously published by ANAIS and COSINE... In particular, with a target mass of 50 kg and background rate of 0.36 cpd/kg/keV (after veto), SABRE will be able to exclude the DAMA signal with 3$\sigma$ confidence or `discover' it with 5$\sigma$ confidence within 2 years. This strongly motivates the quest for ever lower backgrounds in NaI detectors. read more

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High Energy Physics - Experiment Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics Instrumentation and Detectors