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Jooyoung Lee (Queen’s)

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McDonald Institute Seminar Series

Date: September 16, 2021

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Jooyoung Lee (Queen’s University)

Title: Dark Matter Search Experiment in Korea

The COSINE-100 experiment has been established to reproduce the dark matter annual modulation signature in the range of 2-6 keVee energy region as reported by DAMA/LIBRA. The NaI(Tl) scintillation crystal was selected to detect nuclear recoil signals induced by the weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) which is one of the most promising dark matter candidate. The WIMPs are expected to interact with sodium and iodine nuclei. We are expecting that pulse shape discrimi- nation (PSD) will separate the neutron- and γ-induced events. In order to search the NaI(Tl) response to neutron recoil and γ recoil events, the neutron generator and AmBe radioactive source are used for this study. The conventional PSD parameter, meantime, is used for this analysis and the new parameter, bunch time summation (BTS) is developed to improve the separation power. The separation power is deter- mined by the quality factor (QF) that has a correlation with the sensitivity for the WIMP detection. The machine learning is implemented to enhance the QF using two PSD parameters simultaneously. Finally, I have found that the BTS with machine learning analysis elevates the discrimination power. The estimated QF shows a better PSD power than that of the previous measurement by factor of two.


McDonald Insititute seminars bring together experimental and theoretical astroparticle physicists and astronomers. They are held approximately fortnightly, September to November and January to March, and on an ad hoc basis outside of term. They currently take place on Thursdays at 3:30 PM in STI 501 and/or on Zoom. Contact Aaron Vincent if you would like to attend.