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The XENON project: state of the art.

Garbini M. per la Collaborazione XENON
  Mercoledì 28/09   16:30 - 19:00   Edificio Psicologia 2 - Aula 2E   III - Astrofisica
The XENON Project, hosted by the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS), is dedicated to the direct search of dark matter particles. It consists of a double-phase time projection chamber (TPCs) using ultra-pure liquid xenon as both target and detection medium for dark matter particle interactions. The XENON100 detector, still running since 2009, has reached in 2012 the sensitivity of $2\times 10^{-45} cm^{2}$ at 55 GeV/$c^{2}$. We will present the most recent results. The next-generation XENON1T detector, that will host 3.5 tonnes of xenon, is in its final stage of commissioning and will likely start taking data by 2016. The detector is designed to increase the sensitivity by two orders of magnitude with respect to XENON100. The status of the project and its physics reach will be presented in details.