Direct Detection of Liquid Argon Scintillation with MPPC

T. Washimi*, M. Tanaka, K. Yorita

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A new type of the Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), sensitive to Vacuum Ultra-Violet (VUV) light (wavelength <150 nm), is recently developed and produced by Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.. We have successfully achieved direct detection of liquid argon (LAr) scintillation light (wavelength = 128 nm) using this device without any wavelength shifter. We first measured basic properties (temperature dependence of gain, cross-talk, after pulse, etc.) at cryogenic facility at Waseda university. We have also estimated the absolute photon detection efficiency (PDE) for LAr scintillation light emitted from 241Am α-ray (5.5 MeV) source. Finally, a possible application of the new MPPC to LAr detector for dark matter search is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC02077
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 25


  • Cryogenic detectors
  • Dark Matter detectors (WIMPs, axions, etc.)
  • Noble liquid detectors (scintillation, ionization, double-phase)
  • Photon detectors for UV, visible and IR photons (solid-state) (PIN diodes, APDs, Si-PMTs, G-APDs, CCDs, EBCCDs, EMCCDs etc)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Physics


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