XXth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics

Poster Abstract


Improved Constraints on WIMPs from the International Germanium Experiment IGEX

One IGEX 76Ge double-beta decay detector is currently operating in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in a search for dark matter WIMPs, through the Ge nuclear recoil produced by the WIMP elastic scattering. A new exclusion plot has been derived for WIMP-nucleon spin-independent interactions. To obtain this result, 40 days of data from the IGEX detector (energy threshold about 4 keV), recently collected, have been analyzed. These data improve the exclusion limits derived from all the other ionization germanium detectors in the mass region from 20 to 200 GeV, where a WIMP supposedly responsible for the annual modulation effect reported by DAMA experiment would be located. The new IGEX exclusion contour enters, by the first time, the DAMA region by using only raw data, with no background discrimination, and excludes its upper left part. It is also shown that with a moderate improvement of the detector performances, the DAMA region could be fully explored.

Based on "New constraints on WIMPs from the Canfranc IGEX dark matter search", Phys. Lett. B 489 (2000) 268.
"Improved constraints on wimps from the international germanium experiment IGEX", to be published in Phys. Lett. B (2002).

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