First direct detection limits on Sub-GeV dark matter from XENON10

Rouven Essig, Aaron Manalaysay, Jeremy Mardon, Peter Sorensen, Tomer Volansky

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The first direct detection limits on dark matter in the MeV to GeV mass range are presented, using XENON10 data. Such light dark matter can scatter with electrons, causing ionization of atoms in a detector target material and leading to single- or few-electron events. We use 15kgday of data acquired in 2006 to set limits on the dark-matter-electron scattering cross section. The strongest bound is obtained at 100MeV where σ e<3× 10 -38cm2 at 90% C.L., while dark-matter masses between 20MeV and 1GeV are bounded by σ e<10 -37cm2 at 90% C.L. This analysis provides a first proof of principle that direct detection experiments can be sensitive to dark-matter candidates with masses well below the GeV scale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 12 Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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