Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors Publications (50)


Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors Publications

The BiPo-3 detector, running in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory (Laboratorio Subterr\'aneo de Canfranc, LSC, Spain) since 2013, is a low-radioactivity detector dedicated to measuring ultra low natural radionuclide contaminations of $^{208}$Tl ($^{232}$Th chain) and $^{214}$Bi ($^{238}$U chain) in thin materials. The total sensitive surface area of the detector is 3.6 m$^2$. Read More

A continuously rotating half-wave plate (CRHWP) is a promising tool to improve the sensitivity to large angular scales in cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization measurements. With a CRHWP, single detectors can measure all three of the Stokes parameters, $I$, $Q$ and $U$, thereby avoiding the set of systematic errors that can be introduced by mismatches in the properties of orthogonal detector pairs. We focus on the implementation of CRHWPs in large aperture telescopes (i. Read More

The refractive index of silicon at $\gamma$-ray energies from 181 - 1959 keV was investigated using the GAMS6 double crystal spectrometer and found to follow the predictions of the classical scattering model. This is in contrast to earlier measurements on the GAMS5 spectrometer, which suggested a sign-change in the refractive index for photon energies above 500 keV. We present a re-evaluation of the original data from 2011 as well as data from a 2013 campaign in which we show that systematic errors due to diffraction effects of the prism can explain the earlier data. Read More

We present a simple layout of a fast cooling system for liquids in sealed containers utilizing the large temperature gradients of cold nitrogen gas. Our system is optimized for about 20 cylindrical containers of 500 cm3 but the setup allows for simple up- and downscaling as well as the use of arbitrary containers. We have characterized the cooling performance of our system experimentally for liquid temperatures in the range from room temperature down to the freezing point at ~ -2 {\deg}C. Read More

Authors: XENON Collaboration, E. Aprile, J. Aalbers, F. Agostini, M. Alfonsi, F. D. Amaro, M. Anthony, F. Arneodo, P. Barrow, L. Baudis, B. Bauermeister, M. L. Benabderrahmane, T. Berger, P. A. Breur, A. Brown, E. Brown, S. Bruenner, G. Bruno, R. Budnik, L. Bütikofer, J. Calvén, J. M. R. Cardoso, M. Cervantes, D. Cichon, D. Coderre, A. P. Colijn, J. Conrad, J. P. Cussonneau, M. P. Decowski, P. de Perio, P. Di Gangi, A. Di Giovanni, S. Diglio, E. Duchovni, G. Eurin, J. Fei, A. D. Ferella, A. Fieguth, D. Franco, W. Fulgione, A. Gallo Rosso, M. Galloway, F. Gao, M. Garbini, C. Geis, L. W. Goetzke, L. Grandi, Z. Greene, C. Grignon, C. Hasterok, E. Hogenbirk, R. Itay, B. Kaminsky, G. Kessler, A. Kish, H. Landsman, R. F. Lang, D. Lellouch, L. Levinson, M. Le Calloch, Q. Lin, S. Lindemann, M. Lindner, J. A. M. Lopes A. Manfredini, I. Maris, T. Marrodán Undagoitia, J. Masbou, F. V. Massoli, D. Masson, D. Mayani, Y. Meng, M. Messina, K. Micheneau, B. Miguez, A. Molinario, M. Murra, J. Naganoma, K. Ni, U. Oberlack, S. E. A. Orrigo, P. Pakarha, B. Pelssers, R. Persiani, F. Piastra, J. Pienaar, M. -C. Piro, V. Pizzella, G. Plante, N. Priel, L. Rauch, S. Reichard, C. Reuter, A. Rizzo, S. Rosendahl, N. Rupp, R. Saldanha, J. M. F. dos Santos, G. Sartorelli, M. Scheibelhut, S. Schindler, J. Schreiner, M. Schumann, L. Scotto Lavina, M. Selvi, P. Shagin, E. Shockley, M. Silva, H. Simgen, M. v. Sivers, A. Stein, D. Thers, A. Tiseni, G. Trinchero, C. Tunnell, N. Upole, H. Wang, Y. Wei, C. Weinheimer, J. Wulf, J. Ye, Y. Zhang, I. Cristescu

We describe the purification of xenon from traces of the radioactive noble gas radon using a cryogenic distillation column. The distillation column is integrated into the gas purification loop of the XENON100 detector for online radon removal. This enabled us to significantly reduce the constant $^{222}$Rn background originating from radon emanation. Read More

We present the ARAGORN front-end, a cost-optimized, high-density Time-to-Digital Converter platform. Four Xilinx Artix-7 FPGAs implement 384 channels with an average time resolution of 165 ps on a single module. A fifth FPGA acts as data concentrator and generic board master. Read More

Affiliations: 1Tablestable Ltd., Switzerland, 2Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 3Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 4CNR-Istituto Officina dei Materiali, Italy, 5CNR-Istituto Officina dei Materiali, Italy, 6Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 7Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 8Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 9Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 10Dipartimento di Chimica Biologia e Biotecnologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 11Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche-Sez. Microbiologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 12Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche-Sez. Microbiologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 13Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche-Sez. Microbiologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy, 14University of Exeter, School of Physics and Astronomy, UK, 15Tablestable Ltd., Switzerland, 16Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Universita' di Perugia, Italy

Brillouin and Raman scattering spectroscopy are established techniques for the nondestructive contactless and label-free readout of mechanical, chemical and structural properties of condensed matter. Brillouin-Raman investigations currently require separate measurements and a site-matching approach to obtain complementary information from a sample. Here we demonstrate a new concept of fully scanning multimodal micro-spectroscopy for simultaneous detection of Brillouin and Raman light scattering in an exceptionally wide spectral range, from fractions of GHz to hundreds of THz. Read More

In this work, we interface high temperature Z-meter setup to automize the whole measurement process. A program is built on open source programming language Python which convert the manual measurement process into fully automated process without any cost addition. Using this program, simultaneous measurement of Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity are performed and using all three, figure-of-merit (ZT) is calculated. Read More

The free electron laser (FEL), as the new generation light source, is an attractive tool in scientific frontier research, because of its advantages of full coherence, ultra-short pulse and controllable polarization. Generally, the soft X-ray FEL facilities require a precise measurement of polarization and X-ray energy spectrum. In this paper, based on the soft X-ray FEL user facility under construction at Shanghai, a numerical model in the framework of Geant4 was developed for simulating electron time of flight (e-TOF) based polarimeter and spectrometer. Read More

The scintillation properties of a $\mathrm{CdMoO_4}$ crystal have been investigated experimentally. The fluorescence yields and decay times measured from 22 K to 300 K demonstrate that $\mathrm{CdMoO_4}$ crystal is a good candidate for an absorber for a bolometer readout, for both heat and scintillation signals. The results from Monte Carlo studies taking the backgrounds from $\mathrm{2\nu2\beta}$ of $\mathrm{{}_{42}^{100}Mo}$ ($\mathrm{{}_{48}^{116}Cd}$) and internal trace nuclides $\mathrm{{}^{214}Bi}$ and $\mathrm{{}^{208}Tl}$ into account show that the expected sensitivity of $\mathrm{CdMoO_4}$ bolometer for neutrinoless double beta decay experiment with an exposure of 100 $\mathrm{{kg}\cdot{years}}$ is one order of magnitude higher than those of the current sets of the $\mathrm{\lim{T^{0\nu\beta\beta}_{1/2}}}$ of $\mathrm{{}_{42}^{100}Mo}$ and $\mathrm{{}_{48}^{116}Cd}$. Read More

This note discusses methods of particle reconstruction in the forward region detectors of future e+e- linear colliders such as ILC or CLIC. At the nominal luminosity the innermost electromagnetic calorimeters undergo high particle fluxes from the beam-induced background. In this prospect, different methods of the background simulation and signal electron reconstruction are described. Read More

We discuss over the energy resolution we measured for several Helium-3 proportional tubes. The energy resolution of a Helium-3 detector is strictly related to the discrimination between gamma-rays and neutrons that can be achieved. We also discuss the different contributions to the energy resolution; these provide information about how the helium-3 counters operate. Read More

We present a parallel network of 16 demagnetization refrigerators mounted on a cryofree dilution refrigerator aimed to cool nanoelectronic devices to sub-millikelvin temperatures. To measure the refrigerator temperature, the thermal motion of electrons in a Ag wire -- thermalized by a spot-weld to one of the Cu nuclear refrigerators -- is inductively picked-up by a superconducting gradiometer and amplified by a SQUID mounted at 4 K. The noise thermometer as well as other thermometers are used to characterize the performance of the system, finding magnetic field independent heat-leaks of a few nW/mol, cold times of several days below 1 mK, and a lowest temperature of 150 microK of one of the nuclear stages in a final field of 80 mT, close to the intrinsic SQUID noise of about 100 microK. Read More

Limits on power dissipation have pushed CPUs to grow in parallel processing capabilities rather than clock rate, leading to the rise of "manycore" or GPU-like processors. In order to achieve the best performance, applications must be able to take full advantage of vector units across multiple cores, or some analogous arrangement on an accelerator card. Such parallel performance is becoming a critical requirement for methods to reconstruct the tracks of charged particles at the Large Hadron Collider and, in the future, at the High Luminosity LHC. Read More

VIPA-based spectrometers have enabled rapid Brillouin spectrum measurements and current designs of multi-stage VIPA spectrometers offer enough spectral extinction to probe transparent tissue, cells and biomaterials. However, in highly scattering media or in the presence of strong back-reflections, such as at interfaces between materials of different refractive indices, VIPA-based Brillouin spectral measurements are limited. While several approaches to address this issue have recently been pursued, important challenges remain. Read More

Fringe-projection profilometry with 1 camera and 1 fringe-projector is a well-known and widely used technique in optical metrology. Spatial-frequency multiplexing interferometry with several spatial-carriers having non-overlapping spatial-spectra is also well known and productive in optical metrology. In this paper we propose temporal-multiplexing phase-shifting interferometry applied to profilometry. Read More

Affiliations: 1Argonne National Laboratory, 2Argonne National Laboratory, 3Argonne National Laboratory, 4Argonne National Laboratory, 5University of Bern

We report a methodology for measuring 85Kr/Kr isotopic abundances using Atom Trap Trace Analysis (ATTA) that increases sample measurement throughput by over an order of magnitude to 6 samples per 24 hours. The noble gas isotope 85Kr (half-life = 10.7 yr) is a useful tracer for young groundwater in the age range of 5-50 years. Read More

We present a fast, simple method for automated data acquisition and visualization of sound directivity, made convenient and accessible via a smartphone app, "Polar Pattern Plotter." The app synchronizes measurements of sound volume with the phone's angular orientation obtained from either compass, gyroscope or accelerometer sensors and produces a graph and exportable data file. It is generalizable to various sound sources and receivers via the use of an input-jack-adaptor to supplant the smartphone's (omnidirectional) microphone. Read More

High purity Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) crystals are produced starting from elemental Zn and Se to be used for the search of the neutrinoless double beta decay (0{\nu}DBD) of 82Se. In order to increase the number of emitting nuclides, enriched 82Se is used. Dedicated production lines for the synthesis and conditioning of the Zn82Se powder in order to make it suitable for crystal growth were assembled compliant with radio-purity constraints specific to rare event physics experiments. Read More

Results will be shown from the ASTRONEU array developed and operated in the outskirts of Patras, Greece. An array of 9 scintillator detectors and 3 antennas were deployed to study Extensive Air Showers (EAS) as a tool for calibrating an underwater neutrino telescope, possible other applications in muon tomography, education purposes, and last but not least, the detection of air showers via their electromagnetic signature. This is the first stage of a total of 24 scintillator counters and 6 RF antennas to complete the array. Read More

Fiber-based frequency synchronization system is sensitive to temperature change because of the limited isolation and nonlinear effect of RF components in the system. In order to make it suitable for the use of large-scale scientific and engineering projects in which the ambient temperature of the fiber link changes dramatically, we designed a non-harmonic frequency dissemination system immune to temperature fluctuation. After the lab tests in which the ambient temperature of fiber fluctuates 40 degrees centigrade per day and 20 degrees centigrade per hour respectively, the relative frequency stabilities of this system reached 4. Read More

We report 3D coherent diffractive imaging of Au/Pd core-shell nanoparticles with 6 nm resolution on 5-6 femtosecond timescales. We measured single-shot diffraction patterns of core-shell nanoparticles using very intense and short x-ray free electron laser pulses. By taking advantage of the curvature of the Ewald sphere and the symmetry of the nanoparticle, we reconstructed the 3D electron density of 34 core-shell structures from single-shot diffraction patterns. Read More

We report silicon delta doping in Gallium Oxide (\b{eta}-Ga2O3) grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy using a shutter pulsing technique. We describe growth procedures that can be used to realize high Si incorporation in an oxidizing oxygen plasma environment. Delta doping was used to realize thin (12 nm) low-resistance layers with sheet resistance of 320 Ohm/square (mobility of 83 cm^2/Vs, integrated sheet charge of 2. Read More

We report a new electromagnetic mode at the interface between two planar surfaces and demonstrate an open boundary structure capable of confining and guiding waves along a one-dimensional line object. The mode is determined by complementary isotropic impedance boundary conditions and is experimentally verified using patterned conductor surfaces. The line wave possesses a singular field enhancement, unidirectional propagation, wide bandwidth and tunable field confinement properties, which may advance applications of topological photonic insulators. Read More

Increasing the distance from which an antineutrino detector is capable of monitoring the operation of a registered reactor, or discovering a clandestine reactor, strengthens the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty. This paper presents calculations of reactor antineutrino interactions from quasi-elastic neutrino-proton scattering and elastic neutrino-electron scattering in a water-based detector operated $\gtrsim10$ km from a commercial power reactor. It separately calculates signal from the proximal reactor and background from all other registered reactors. Read More

The magnetic field noise in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) used for biomagnetic research such as magnetoencephalography or ultra-low-field nuclear magnetic resonance is usually limited by instrumental dewar noise. We constructed a wideband, ultra-low noise system with a 45 mm diameter superconducting pick-up coil inductively coupled to a current sensor SQUID. Thermal noise in the liquid helium dewar is minimized by using aluminized polyester fabric as superinsulation and aluminum oxide strips as heat shields, respectively. Read More

A low cost, stable, programmable, unipolar current source is described. The circuit is designed in view of a modular arrangement, suitable for applications where several DC sources must be controlled at once. A hybrid switching/linear design helps in improving the stability and in reducing the power dissipation and cross-talking. Read More

JUNO is a multipurpose neutrino experiment which is designed to determine neutrino mass hierarchy and precisely measure oscillation parameters. As one of the important systems, the JUNO offline software is being developed using the SNiPER software. In this proceeding, we focus on the requirements of JUNO simulation and present the working solution based on the SNiPER. Read More

This paper describes the performance of a prototype timing detector, based on 50 micrometer thick Ultra Fast Silicon Detector, as measured in a beam test using a 180 GeV/c momentum pion beam. The dependence of the time precision on the pixel capacitance and the bias voltage is investigated here. A timing precision from 30 ps to 100 ps, depending on the pixel capacitance, has been measured at a bias voltage of 180 V. Read More

Affiliations: 1Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 2Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 3Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 4Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 5GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 6Universität Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Bonn, Germany, 7Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 8Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 9Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 10Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 11GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 12Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 13Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 14Universität Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Bonn, Germany, 15GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 16GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 17Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 18GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 19GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 20GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 21Stefan Meyer Institut für Subatomare Physik, Wien, Austria, 22Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 23Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 24Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 25GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 26Universität Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Bonn, Germany, 27GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 28Technische Universität München, Physik Department, Garching, Germany, 29GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany, 30Universität Bonn, Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Bonn, Germany, 31Stefan Meyer Institut für Subatomare Physik, Wien, Austria

A Time Projection Chamber (TPC) is an ideal device for the detection of charged particle tracks in a large volume covering a solid angle of almost $4\pi$. The high density of hits on a given particle track facilitates the task of pattern recognition in a high-occupancy environment and in addition provides particle identification by measuring the specific energy loss for each track. For these reasons, TPCs with Multiwire Proportional Chamber (MWPC) amplification have been and are widely used in experiments recording heavy-ion collisions. Read More

Affiliations: 1Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 2Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 3Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 4Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 5Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 6MPP Munich, Werner-Heisenberg Institut, 7Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 8Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut, 9Oxford University, Denys Wilkinson Building, 10Bonn University, Physikalisches Institut

Pixel sensors using 8" CMOS processing technology have been designed and characterized offering the benefits of industrial sensor fabrication, including large wafers, high throughput and yield, as well as low cost. The pixel sensors are produced using a 150 nm CMOS technology offered by LFoundry, Avezzano. The technology provides multiple metal and polysilicon layers as well as MIM capacitors that can be employed for AC-coupling and redistribution layers. Read More

High energy cosmic rays, with energies thousands of times higher than those encountered in particle accelerators, offer scientists the means of investigating the elementary properties of matter. In order to detect high energy cosmic rays, new detection hardware and experimental methods are being developed. In this work, we describe the network of HELYCON (HEllenic LYceum Cosmic Observatories Network) autonomous stations for the detection and directional reconstruction of Extended Atmospheric Showers (EAS) particle-fronts. Read More

Electron emission from liquid into gaseous xenon is a cornerstone of dark matter search detectors such as ZEPLIN, XENON, LUX and LZ. The probability of emission is a function of the applied electric field E, and electrons which fail to pass from the liquid into the gas have been previously hypothesized to become thermalized and trapped. This article shows, for the first time, quantitative agreement between an electron emission model and existing data. Read More

The CMS experiment has developed a new analysis object format ("Mini-AOD") targeting approximately 10% of the size of the Run 1 AOD format. The motivation for the Mini-AOD format is to have a small and quickly derived data format from which the majority of CMS analysis users can start their analysis work. This format is targeted at having sufficient information to serve about 80% of CMS analysis, while dramatically simplifying the disk and I/O resources needed for analysis. Read More

Affiliations: 1Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 2Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 3Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 4Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 5Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 6JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, 7JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, 8JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, 9JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, 10Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany, 11Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany

We report on two ultrastable lasers each stabilized to independent silicon Fabry-P\'erot cavities operated at 124 K. The fractional frequency instability of each laser is completely determined by the fundamental thermal Brownian noise of the mirror coatings with a flicker noise floor of $4 \times 10^{-17}$ for integration times between 0.8 s and a few tens of seconds. Read More

We developed a fast X-ray detector system for nuclear resonant scattering (NRS) experiments. Our system employs silicon avalanche photo-diode (Si-APD) as a fast X-ray sensor. The system is able to acquire both timing and energy of a single X-ray photon simultaneously in high rate condition, $10^6$ counts per second for one Si-APD. Read More

A data center (DC) is one of the main building blocks of modern information technology. Any intra DC network should strive to achieve high throughput, while continuing to be flexible in responding to changing traffic patterns. Optical wireless communication links on top of the fiber/wire infrastructure could offer flexible and dynamic reconfiguration of the network. Read More

The engineering design of a particle detector is usually performed in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, and simulation of the detector's performance can be done with a Geant4-based program. However, transferring the detector design from the CAD program to Geant4 can be laborious and error-prone. SW2GDML is a tool that reads a design in the popular SOLIDWORKS CAD program and outputs Geometry Description Markup Language (GDML), used by Geant4 for importing and exporting detector geometries. Read More

The Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) detector is designed to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy and precisely measure oscillation parameters. The general purpose design also allows measurements of neutrinos from many terrestrial and non-terrestrial sources. The JUNO Event Data Model (EDM) plays a central role in the offline software system, it describes the event data entities through all processing stages for both simulated and collected data, and provides persistency via the input/output system. Read More

Optical frequency combs (OFC) provide a convenient reference for the frequency stabilization of continuous-wave lasers. We demonstrate a frequency control method relying on tracking over a wide range and stabilizing the beat note between the laser and the OFC. The approach combines fast frequency ramps on a millisecond timescale in the entire mode-hop free tuning range of the laser and precise stabilization to single frequencies. Read More

The spatial resolution of imaging magnetometers has benefited from scanning probe techniques. The requirement that the sample perturbs the scanning probe through a magnetic field external to its volume limits magnetometry to samples with pre-existing magnetization. We propose a magnetometer in which the perturbation is reversed: the probe's magnetic field generates a response of the sample, which acts back on the probe and changes its energy. Read More

The next major project of particle physics will be the International Linear Collider: a linear accelerator in which electrons and positrons will collide with energies of 500 to around 1000 billion electronvolts. The LPSC-Grenoble is involved in the R\&D activities for the International Large Detector (ILD) and in particular in the electromagnetic calorimeter (ECal): i.e. Read More

KM3NeT-ORCA is a water-Cherenkov neutrino detector designed for studying the oscillations of atmospheric neutrinos, with the primary objective of measuring the neutrino mass ordering. Atmospheric neutrinos crossing the Earth undergo matter effects, modifying the pattern of their flavour oscillations. The study of the angular and energy distribution of neutrino events in ORCA can therefore provide tomographic information on the Earth's interior with an independent technique, complementary to the standard geophysics methods. Read More

This paper describes the measurements of energy and time response and resolution of a 3 x 3 array made of undoped CsI crystals coupled to large area Hamamatsu Multi Pixel Photon Counters. The measurements have been performed using the electron beam of the Beam Test Facility in Frascati (Rome, Italy) in the energy range 80-120 MeV. The measured energy resolution, estimated with the FWHM, at 100 MeV is 16. Read More

The Center for Axion and Precision Physics Research (CAPP) was founded in 2013, with the ambition of shedding light on the strong CP problem and the proposed existence of axions. Much of CAPP's effort focuses on the direct detection of dark matter candidate axions with a series of local haloscope experiments, which endeavour to expand dramatically the coverage on the "invisible axion" mass range. The first two of them plan experimental runs during this year, tapping into ultra-low cryogenics and toroidal cavity geometries. Read More

We present a comprehensive analysis of photon emission and atomic collision processes in two-phase argon doped with xenon and nitrogen. The dopants are aimed to convert the VUV emission of pure Ar to the UV emission of the Xe dopant in the liquid phase and to the near UV emission of the N2 dopant in the gas phase. Such a mixture is relevant to two-phase dark matter and low energy neutrino detectors, with enhanced photon collection efficiency for primary and secondary scintillation signals. Read More

Authors: D. V. Martynov, V. V. Frolov, S. Kandhasamy, K. Izumi, H. Miao, N. Mavalvala, E. D. Hall, R. Lanza, B. P. Abbott, R. Abbott, T. D. Abbott, C. Adams, R. X. Adhikari, S. B. Anderson, A. Ananyeva, S. Appert, K. Arai, S. M. Aston, S. W. Ballmer, D. Barker, B. Barr, L. Barsotti, J. Bartlett, I. Bartos, J. C. Batch, A. S. Bell, J. Betzwieser, G. Billingsley, J. Birch, S. Biscans, C. Biwer, C. D. Blair, R. Bork, A. F. Brooks, G. Ciani, F. Clara, S. T. Countryman, M. J. Cowart, D. C. Coyne, A. Cumming, L. Cunningham, K. Danzmann, C. F. Da Silva Costa, E. J. Daw, D. DeBra, R. T. DeRosa, R. DeSalvo, K. L. Dooley, S. Doravari, J. C. Driggers, S. E. Dwyer, A. Effler, T. Etzel, M. Evans, T. M. Evans, M. Factourovich, H. Fair, A. Fernández Galiana, R. P. Fisher, P. Fritschel, P. Fulda, M. Fyffe, J. A. Giaime, K. D. Giardina, E. Goetz, R. Goetz, S. Gras, C. Gray, H. Grote, K. E. Gushwa, E. K. Gustafson, R. Gustafson, G. Hammond, J. Hanks, J. Hanson, T. Hardwick, G. M. Harry, M. C. Heintze, A. W. Heptonstall, J. Hough, R. Jones, S. Karki, M. Kasprzack, S. Kaufer, K. Kawabe, N. Kijbunchoo, E. J. King, P. J. King, J. S. Kissel, W. Z. Korth, G. Kuehn, M. Landry, B. Lantz, N. A. Lockerbie, M. Lormand, A. P. Lundgren, M. MacInnis, D. M. Macleod, S. Márka, Z. Márka, A. S. Markosyan, E. Maros, I. W. Martin, K. Mason, T. J. Massinger, F. Matichard, R. McCarthy, D. E. McClelland, S. McCormick, G. McIntyre, J. McIver, G. Mendell, E. L. Merilh, P. M. Meyers, J. Miller, R. Mittleman, G. Moreno, G. Mueller, A. Mullavey, J. Munch, L. K. Nuttall, J. Oberling, P. Oppermann, Richard J. Oram, B. O'Reilly, D. J. Ottaway, H. Overmier, J. R. Palamos, H. R. Paris, W. Parker, A. Pele, S. Penn, M. Phelps, V. Pierro, I. Pinto, M. Principe, L. G. Prokhorov, O. Puncken, V. Quetschke, E. A. Quintero, F. J. Raab, H. Radkins, P. Raffai, S. Reid, D. H. Reitze, N. A. Robertson, J. G. Rollins, V. J. Roma, J. H. Romie, S. Rowan, K. Ryan, T. Sadecki, E. J. Sanchez, V. Sandberg, R. L. Savage, R. M. S. Schofield, D. Sellers, D. A. Shaddock, T. J. Shaffer, B. Shapiro, P. Shawhan, D. H. Shoemaker, D. Sigg, B. J. J. Slagmolen, B. Smith, J. R. Smith, B. Sorazu, A. Staley, K. A. Strain, D. B. Tanner, R. Taylor, M. Thomas, P. Thomas, K. A. Thorne, E. Thrane, C. I. Torrie, G. Traylor, G. Vajente, G. Valdes, A. A. van Veggel, A. Vecchio, P. J. Veitch, K. Venkateswara, T. Vo, C. Vorvick, M. Walker, R. L. Ward, J. Warner, B. Weaver, R. Weiss, P. Weßels, B. Willke, C. C. Wipf, J. Worden, G. Wu, H. Yamamoto, C. C. Yancey, Hang Yu, Haocun Yu, L. Zhang, M. E. Zucker, J. Zweizig

Quantum fluctuations in the phase and amplitude quadratures of light set limitations on the sensitivity of modern optical instruments. The sensitivity of the interferometric gravitational wave detectors, such as the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO), is limited by quantum shot noise, quantum radiation pressure noise, and a set of classical noises. We show how the quantum properties of light can be used to distinguish these noises using correlation techniques. Read More

Supercontinuum generation using chip-integrated photonic waveguides is a powerful approach for spectrally broadening pulsed laser sources with very low pulse energies and compact form factors. When pumped with a mode-locked laser frequency comb, these waveguides can coherently expand the comb spectrum to more than an octave in bandwidth to enable self-referenced stabilization. However, for applications in frequency metrology and precision spectroscopy, it is desirable to not only support self-referencing, but also to generate low-noise combs with customizable broadband spectra. Read More