The angular dependence of columnar recombination in xenon (Xe) gas, if observed for low energy nuclear tracks, can be used for a direction-sensitive dark matter search. We measured both scintillation and ionization yields to study columnar recombination for 5.4 MeV alpha particles in a high pressure gas detector filled with Xe gas at a pressure of 8 atm. Because the recombination photons are emitted several microseconds after de-excitation, the scintillation photons are separated into fast and slow components. While the fast component is not dependent on the track angle relative to the drift electric field, the slow component increases when the track is aligned with the electric field. This result indicates that the track angle relative to the electric field can be reconstructed from the scintillation time profile.
- Dark Matter detectors (WIMPs, axions, etc.)
- Gaseous detectors
- Noble liquid detectors (scintillation, ionization, double-phase)
- Time projection Chambers (TPC)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mathematical Physics