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New Dark Matter Detector using Nanoscale Explosives

  title={New Dark Matter Detector using Nanoscale Explosives},
  author={Alejandro L{\'o}pez and Andrzej Kamil Drukier and Katherine Freese and Çağlıyan Kurdak and Gregory G. Tarl{\'e}},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
this paper focuses on a type of two-component explosive known as a nanothermite, consisting of a metal and an oxide in close proximity. When the two components interact they undergo a rapid exothermic reaction | an explosion. As a specic example, we consider metal nanoparticles of 5 nm radius embedded in an oxide. One cell contains more than a few million nanoparticles, and a large number of cells adds up to a total of 1 kg detector mass. A WIMP interacts with a metal nucleus of the… 

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