Simulations of Events for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Dark Matter Experiment

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Collaboration

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Abstract / Description of output

The LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter search aims to achieve a sensitivity to the WIMP-nucleon spinindependent cross-section down to (1-2)x10-12 pb at a WIMP mass of 40 GeV/c2. This paper describes the simulations framework that, along with radioactivity measurements, was used to support
this projection, and also to provide mock data for validating reconstruction and analysis software.
Of particular note are the event generators, which allow us to model the background radiation, and
the detector response physics used in the production of raw signals, which can be converted into
digitized waveforms similar to data from the operational detector. Inclusion of the detector response
allows us to process simulated data using the same analysis routines as developed to process the
experimental data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102480
Number of pages23
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Early online date16 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • physics.ins-det
  • hep-ex


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