HAL will be down for maintenance from Friday, June 10 at 4pm through Monday, June 13 at 9am. More information
Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Dark matter vs. neutrinos: the effect of astrophysical uncertainties and timing information on the neutrino floor

Abstract : Future multi-tonne Direct Detection experiments will be sensitive to solar neutrino induced nuclear recoils which form an irreducible background to light Dark Matter searches. Indeed for masses around 6 GeV the spectra of neutrinos and Dark Matter are so similar that experiments are said to run into a neutrino floor, for which sensitivity increases only marginally with exposure past a certain cross section. In this work we show that this floor can be overcome using the different annual modulation expected from solar neutrinos and Dark Matter. Specifically for cross sections below the neutrino floor the DM signal is observable through a phase shift and a smaller amplitude for the time-dependent event rate. This allows the exclusion power to be improved by up to an order of magnitude for large exposures. In addition we demonstrate that, using only spectral information, the neutrino floor exists over a wider mass range than has been previously shown, since the large uncertainties in the Dark Matter velocity distribution make the signal spectrum harder to distinguish from the neutrino background. However for most velocity distributions it can still be surpassed using timing information, and so the neutrino floor is not an absolute limit on the sensitivity of Direct Detection experiments.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

https://hal-insu.archives-ouvertes.fr/insu-03644748
Contributor : Hal Sorbonne Université Gestionnaire Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 2:02:58 PM
Last modification on : Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 3:40:04 AM

Links full text

Identifiers

Citation

Jonathan H. Davis. Dark matter vs. neutrinos: the effect of astrophysical uncertainties and timing information on the neutrino floor. JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS, 2015, 2015, ⟨10.1088/1475-7516/2015/03/012⟩. ⟨insu-03644748⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

1