Limits on inelastic dark matter from ZEPLIN-III

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We present limits on the WIMP-nucleon cross section for inelastic dark matter from a reanalysis of the 2008 run of ZEPLIN-III. Cuts, notably on scintillation pulse shape and scintillation-to-ionisation ratio, give a net exposure of 63kgday in the range 20-80 keV nuclear recoil energy, in which 6 events are observed. Upper limits on signal rate are derived from the maximum empty patch in the data. Under standard halo assumptions a small region of parameter space consistent, at 99% CL, with causing the 1.17tonyr DAMA modulation signal is allowed at 90% CL: it is in the mass range 45-60 GeVc-2 with a minimum CL of 87%, again derived from the maximum patch. This is the tightest constraint yet presented using xenon, a target nucleus whose similarity to iodine mitigiates systematic error from the assumed halo. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

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Akimov, D., Araújo, H. M., Barnes, E. J., Belov, V. A., Bewick, A., Burenkov, A. A., … Walker, R. J. (2010). Limits on inelastic dark matter from ZEPLIN-III. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 692(3), 180–183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2010.07.042

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