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Published May 18, 2015 | Published + Submitted
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Dark matter effective field theory scattering in direct detection experiments


We examine the consequences of the effective field theory (EFT) of dark matter–nucleon scattering for current and proposed direct detection experiments. Exclusion limits on EFT coupling constants computed using the optimum interval method are presented for SuperCDMS Soudan, CDMS II, and LUX, and the necessity of combining results from multiple experiments in order to determine dark matter parameters is discussed. We demonstrate that spectral differences between the standard dark matter model and a general EFT interaction can produce a bias when calculating exclusion limits and when developing signal models for likelihood and machine learning techniques. We also discuss the implications of the EFT for the next-generation (G2) direct detection experiments and point out regions of complementarity in the EFT parameter space.

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© 2015 American Physical Society. Received 12 March 2015; published 18 May 2015. The authors gratefully acknowledge Liam Fitzpatrick, Wick Haxton, and Tim Tait for helpful conversations. This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation, by the United States Department of Energy, by NSERC Canada, and by MultiDark (Spanish MINECO). Fermilab is operated by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC under Contract No. De-AC02-07CH11359. SLAC is operated under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515 with the United States Department of Energy.

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