Physics Goals of CDMS II



Essay Series

Ingredients of the Universe

Why Dark Matter?

Dark Matter Candidates

The Search for Dark Matter

Frequently Asked Questions

The Science of CDMS

Direct Detection of WIMPs

CDMS II Detectors

Soudan Installation

Physics Goals


The CDMSII experiment program seeks to combine high fiducial detector mass and extensive run time with reduced backgrounds to advance WIMP dark matter knowledge significantly. CDMS II has already released two data sets with smaller detector complements, representing the world's most stringent limits on the WIMP-nucleon spin-independent cross section (see the publications page for details).

CDMS II's current run is expected to probe WIMP-nucleon cross section regimes at least an order of magnitude lower than those of current exclusion limits within less than a year of commissioning.

Last updated April 28, 2007