Readout technologies for directional WIMP Dark Matter detection

J. B.R. Battat, I. G. Irastorza, A. Aleksandrov, T. Asada, E. Baracchini, J. Billard, G. Bosson, O. Bourrion, J. Bouvier, A. Buonaura, K. Burdge, S. Cebrián, P. Colas, L. Consiglio, T. Dafni, N. D'Ambrosio, C. Deaconu, G. De Lellis, T. Descombes, A. Di CrescenzoN. Di Marco, G. Druitt, R. Eggleston, E. Ferrer-Ribas, T. Fusayasu, J. Galán, G. Galati, J. A. García, J. G. Garza, V. Gentile, M. Garcia-Sciveres, Y. Giomataris, N. Guerrero, O. Guillaudin, A. M. Guler, J. Harton, T. Hashimoto, M. T. Hedges, F. J. Iguaz, T. Ikeda, I. Jaegle, J. A. Kadyk, T. Katsuragawa, S. Komura, H. Kubo, K. Kuge, J. Lamblin, A. Lauria, E. R. Lee, P. Lewis, M. Leyton, D. Loomba, J. P. Lopez, G. Luzón, F. Mayet, H. Mirallas, K. Miuchi, T. Mizumoto, Y. Mizumura, P. Monacelli, J. Monroe, M. C. Montesi, T. Naka, K. Nakamura, H. Nishimura, A. Ochi, T. Papevangelou, J. D. Parker, N. S. Phan, F. Pupilli, J. P. Richer, Q. Riffard, G. Rosa, D. Santos, T. Sawano, H. Sekiya, I. S. Seong, D. P. Snowden-Ifft, N. J.C. Spooner, A. Sugiyama, R. Taishaku, A. Takada, A. Takeda, M. Tanaka, T. Tanimori, T. N. Thorpe, V. Tioukov, H. Tomita, A. Umemoto, S. E. Vahsen, Y. Yamaguchi, M. Yoshimoto, E. Zayas

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The measurement of the direction of WIMP-induced nuclear recoils is a compelling but technologically challenging strategy to provide an unambiguous signature of the detection of Galactic dark matter. Most directional detectors aim to reconstruct the dark-matter-induced nuclear recoil tracks, either in gas or solid targets. The main challenge with directional detection is the need for high spatial resolution over large volumes, which puts strong requirements on the readout technologies. In this paper we review the various detector readout technologies used by directional detectors. In particular, we summarize the challenges, advantages and drawbacks of each approach, and discuss future prospects for these technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-46
Number of pages46
JournalPhysics Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 29
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark Matter detectors
  • Gaseous imaging and tracking detectors
  • Micropattern gaseous detectors
  • Nuclear emulsions
  • Time Projection Chambers
  • Wire chambers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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