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Xenoscope SIGNED

Towards a multi-ton xenon observatory for astroparticle physics

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EC-Contrib. €






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Project "Xenoscope" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAMISTRASSE 71
city: Zürich
postcode: 8006

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙344˙108 €
 EC max contribution 3˙344˙108 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT ZURICH CH (Zürich) coordinator 3˙344˙108.00


 Project objective

Dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries in the Cosmos, as its intrinsic nature is largely unknown. The identification and characterization of dark matter particles is a major endeavor in physics. XENOSCOPE will be a unique project focussed on essential, cutting-edge research towards a multi-ton dark matter detector using liquid xenon (LXe) as target material. With its low energy threshold, ultra-low backgrounds and excellent energy resolution, a LXe observatory will be highly sensitive to other rare interactions, such as from solar and supernova neutrinos, double beta decays of 136Xe, as well as from axions and axion-like particles. To design and construct a 50 t (40 t in the time projection chamber, TPC) detector, a number of critical technological challenges must first be addressed. Fundamental aspects are related to the design of the TPC, including the identification of new photosensors, the optimization of the light and charge collection (hence the energy threshold and resolution), and the minimization of radioactive backgrounds. XENOSCOPE will address all these aspects through a number of small, medium-size and a full-scale (in the z-coordinate of the TPC) prototypes. The goal is to specify the required input for the technical design of the 50 t detector, to be realized by the DARWIN consortium which the PI leads. Arrays of VUV-sensitive SiPMs will be studied as novel light sensors, and a 4-π photosensor coverage TPC will be constructed for the first time. Signal detection will be optimized for both low and high-energy readout, thus drastically increasing the dynamic range of a LXe-TPC. Low-background materials will be identified and characterized not only for the photosensors and their read-out, but for all the components of the detector. Finally, a full scale TPC in the z-dimension, 2.6 m in height, will be designed, built and operated and electron drift and extraction into the vapor phase over such large distances for the first time demonstrated.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 L. Baudis, Y. Biondi, M. Galloway, F. Girard, S. Hochrein, S. Reichard, P. Sanchez-Lucas, K. Thieme, J. Wulf
The first dual-phase xenon TPC equipped with silicon photomultipliers and characterisation with 37Ar
published pages: , ISSN: 1434-6044, DOI:
EPJ-C 2020-04-15
2020 L. Baudis, Y. Biondi, M. Galloway, F. Girard, A. Manfredini , S. Reichard, P. Sanchez-Lucas, K. Thieme, et al (DARWIN collaboration)
Sensitivity of the DARWIN observatory to the neutrinoless double beta decay of 136Xe
published pages: , ISSN: 1434-6044, DOI:
EPJ-C 2020-04-15
2018 Laura Baudis, Yanina Biondi, Chiara Capelli, Michelle Galloway, Shingo Kazama, Alexander Kish, Payam Pakarha, Francesco Piastra, Julien Wulf
A dual-phase xenon TPC for scintillation and ionisation yield measurements in liquid xenon
published pages: , ISSN: 1434-6044, DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-018-5801-5
The European Physical Journal C 78/5 2019-06-06
2018 L. Baudis, M. Galloway, A. Kish, C. Marentini, J. Wulf
Characterisation of Silicon Photomultipliers for liquid xenon detectors
published pages: P10022-P10022, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/13/10/P10022
Journal of Instrumentation 13/10 2019-06-06

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