Dark Matter Search in a Proton Beam Dump with MiniBooNE

A. A. Aguilar-Arevalo, M. Backfish, A. Bashyal, B. Batell, B. C. Brown, R. Carr, A. Chatterjee, R. L. Cooper, P. deNiverville, R. Dharmapalan, Z. Djurcic, R. Ford, F. G. Garcia, G. T. Garvey, J. Grange, J. A. Green, W. Huelsnitz, I. L. de Icaza Astiz, G. Karagiorgi, T. KatoriW. Ketchum, T. Kobilarcik, Q. Liu, W. C. Louis, W. Marsh, C. D. Moore, G. B. Mills, J. Mirabal, P. Nienaber, Z. Pavlovic, D. Perevalov, H. Ray, B. P. Roe, M. H. Shaevitz, S. Shahsavarani, I. Stancu, R. Tayloe, C. Taylor, R. T. Thornton, R. Van de Water, W. Wester, D. H. White, J. Yu

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The MiniBooNE-DM collaboration searched for vector-boson mediated production of dark matter using the Fermilab 8 GeV Booster proton beam in a dedicated run with $1.86 \times 10^{20}$ protons delivered to a steel beam dump. The MiniBooNE detector, 490~m downstream, is sensitive to dark matter via elastic scattering with nucleons in the detector mineral oil. Analysis methods developed for previous MiniBooNE scattering results were employed, and several constraining data sets were simultaneously analyzed to minimize systematic errors from neutrino flux and interaction rates. No excess of events over background was observed, leading to a 90\% confidence limit on the dark-matter cross section parameter, $Y=\epsilon^2\alpha_D(m_\chi/m_V)^4 \lesssim10^{-8}$, for $\alpha_D=0.5$ and for dark-matter masses of $0.01
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017


  • hep-ex
  • hep-ph

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