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Calibration of liquid argon detector with 83mKr and 22Na in different drift fields

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Liquid noble gases are widely used as targets in low background search experiments, particularly in direct dark matter search experiments. 83mKr is an excellent low-energy internal calibration source for future larger liquid noble gas detectors.


To calibrate liquid argon detector with 83mKr in different drift fields and to study the correlation between light yield and drift fields.


A dual-phase LAr prototype detector was designed to study the 83mKr responses in liquid argon. 83mKr atoms are produced through the decay of 83Rb and introduced into the LAr detector through the circulating purification system.


We report that the light yield reaches 7.26 ± 0.02 pe/keV for 41.5 keV from 83mKr and 7.66 ± 0.01 pe/keV for 511 keV from 22Na, as a comparison. After stopping the fill, the rate decays of 83mKr are with a fitted half-life of 1.83 ± 0.11 h, which is consistent with the reported value of 1.83 ± 0.02 h. The light yield that varies with the drift electric field from 0 to 200 V/cm has also been reported.

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We acknowledge financial support from supported by Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (2016YFA0400304). We would like to thank Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai jiao tong university for the support of the production of the 83Rb source. We also thank Y. Wang, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA helped me in the early days of the detector design.

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Xiong, W., Guan, M., Yang, C. et al. Calibration of liquid argon detector with 83mKr and 22Na in different drift fields. Radiat Detect Technol Methods (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41605-020-00162-4

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