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Dark matter search results from the commissioning run of PandaX-II

PHYSICAL REVIEW D, Vol.93, 122009(2016)

We present the results of a search for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) from the commissioning run of the PandaX-II experiment located at the China Jinping Underground Laboratory. A WIMP search data set with an exposure of $306 \times 19.1$ $kg·day$ was taken, while its dominant ${}^{85}Kr$ background was used as the electron recoil calibration. No WIMP candidates are identified, and a $90\%$ upper limit is set on the spin-independent elastic WIMP-nucleon cross section with a lowest excluded cross section of $2.97 \times 10^{−45}$ $cm^2$ at a WIMP mass of $44.7$ $GeV/c^2$.


Dark Matter Results from First 98.7 Days of Data from the PandaX-II Experiment

Physical Review Letters, Vol.117, 21303(2016)

We report the weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter search results using the first physics-run data of the PandaX-II 500 kg liquid xenon dual-phase time-projection chamber, operating at the China JinPing underground laboratory. No dark matter candidate is identified above background. In combination with the data set during the commissioning run, with a total exposure of $3.3×10^{4} kg day$, the most stringent limit to the spin-independent interaction between the ordinary and WIMP dark matter is set for a range of dark matter mass between $5$ and $1000 GeV/c^{2}$. The best upper limit on the scattering cross section is found $2.5×10^{-46}cm^{2}$ for the WIMP mass $40 GeV/c^{2}$ at 90% confidence level.


Low-mass dark matter search results from full exposure of the PandaX-I experiment

Physical Review D, Vol.92, 052004(2015)

We report the results of a weakly interacting massive particle (WIMP) dark matter search using the full 80.1 live-day exposure of the first stage of the PandaX experiment (PandaX-I) located in the China Jin-Ping Underground Laboratory. The PandaX-I detector has been optimized for detecting low-mass WIMPs, achieving a photon detection efficiency of 9.6%. With a fiducial liquid xenon target mass of 54.0 kg, no significant excess events were found above the expected background. A profile likelihood ratio analysis confirms our earlier finding that the PandaX-I data disfavor all positive low-mass WIMP signals reported in the literature under standard assumptions. A stringent bound on a low-mass WIMP is set at a WIMP mass below $10  GeV/c^{2}$, demonstrating that liquid xenon detectors can be competitive for low-mass WIMP searches.