Searching for Dark Matter with Liquid Scintillators

  • March 9, 2020, 2:00 pm US/Central
  • One West (WH 1W)
  • Benjamin Lillard, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Organic scintillators are a promising and under-developed avenue for the direct detection of sub-GeV dark matter through electron scattering. With eV-scale excitation energies that rival the sensitivity of semiconductor targets, they can be produced in bulk quantities and purified relatively inexpensively. A low-background kilogram-size liquid scintillator target could achieve world-leading sensitivity to sub-GeV dark matter in the near future.