XXth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics

Poster Abstract


CRESST Dark Matter Search: Results of Phase I

Results of Cresst experiment in Gran Sasso using 262g sapphire crystals with tungsten phase transition thermometers are presented. Data taken with CRESST phase I have been used to place limits on WIMP dark matter particles in the galactic halo. The sapphire detectors are especially sensitive for low-mass WIMPS with spin dependent interaction and improve on existing limits in this region. CRESST is now preparing for a second phase, which will use CaWO4 crystals with coincident detection of phonons and scintillation light to suppress the radioactive background.

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