Development of a liquid-xenon photon detector - Towards the search for a muon rare decay mode at Paul Scherrer Institute

S. Mihara, T. Doke, T. Haruyama, K. Kasami, A. Maki, T. Mitsuhashi, T. Mori, H. Nishiguchi, W. Ootani, K. Ozone, R. Sawada, S. Suzuki, K. Terasawa, T. Yoshimura

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Abstract

We are developing a new type of photon detector in preparation of an experiment to search for muons decaying into positrons and gamma rays. In the experiment, the photon detector will utilize liquid xenon (Xe) as the scintillation material because of its fast response, large light yield, and high density. The scintillation light emitted in liquid Xe will be observed directly by positioning photomultipliers (PMTs) in the liquid without using a transmission window. In order to determine proper experimental procedures and to study the detector response to gamma rays, we constructed a prototype utilizing a 100 l volume of liquid Xe. The current status and future prospects of detector development are reported in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalCryogenics
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Liquid xenon
  • Muon rare decay
  • Photon detector
  • Pulse-tube refrigerator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Mihara, S., Doke, T., Haruyama, T., Kasami, K., Maki, A., Mitsuhashi, T., Mori, T., Nishiguchi, H., Ootani, W., Ozone, K., Sawada, R., Suzuki, S., Terasawa, K., & Yoshimura, T. (2004). Development of a liquid-xenon photon detector - Towards the search for a muon rare decay mode at Paul Scherrer Institute. Cryogenics, 44(4), 223-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cryogenics.2003.12.002