Triplet lifetime in gaseous argon

Michael Akashi-Ronquest, Amanda Bacon, Christopher Benson, Kolahal Bhattacharya, Thomas Caldwell, Joseph A. Formaggio, Dan Gastler, Brianna Grado-White, Jeff Griego, Michael Gold, Andrew Hime, Christopher M. Jackson, Stephen Jaditz, Chris Kachulis, Edward Kearns, Joshua R. Klein, Antonio Ledesma, Steve Linden, Frank Lopez, Sean MacMullinAndrew Mastbaum, Jocelyn Monroe, James Nikkel, John Oertel, Gabriel D. Orebi Gann, Gabriel S. Ortega, Kimberley Palladino, Keith Rielage, Stanley R. Seibert, Jui-Jen Wang

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MiniCLEAN is a single-phase liquid argon dark matter experiment. During the initial cooling phase, impurities within the cold gas (<140 K) were monitored by measuring the scintillation light triplet lifetime, and ultimately a triplet lifetime of 3.480 ± 0.001 (stat.) ± 0.064 (sys.) µs was obtained, indicating ultra-pure argon. This is the longest argon triplet time constant ever reported. The effect of quenching of separate components of the scintillation light is also investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number176
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalThe European Physical Journal A
Early online date16 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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