Readout technologies for directional WIMP Dark Matter detection

Battat J. B. R., Irastorza I. G., Aleksandrov A., Asada T., Baracchini E., Billard J., ...More

PHYSICS REPORTS-REVIEW SECTION OF PHYSICS LETTERS, vol.662, pp.1-46, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 662
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.physrep.2016.10.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-46
  • Keywords: Dark Matter detectors, Time Projection Chambers, Gaseous imaging and tracking detectors, Wire chambers, Micropattern gaseous detectors, Nuclear emulsions, TIME PROJECTION CHAMBER, MULTIWIRE PROPORTIONAL CHAMBERS, IMAGING DETECTOR, FRONT-END, NEUTRON DETECTION, GASEOUS DETECTOR, BULK-MICROMEGAS, ELECTRON-DRIFT, PIXEL CHIP, TPC
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.