A Low Nuclear Recoil Energy Threshold for Dark Matter Search with CRESST-III Detectors

M. Mancuso, G. Angloher, P. Bauer, A. Bento, C. Bucci, L. Canonica, A. D’Addabbo, X. Defay, A. Erb, Franz von Feilitzsch, N. Ferreiro Iachellini, P. Gorla, A. Gütlein, D. Hauff, J. Jochum, M. Kiefer, H. Kluck, H. Kraus, J. C. Lanfranchi, A. LangenkämperJ. Loebell, E. Mondragon, A. Münster, C. Pagliarone, F. Petricca, W. Potzel, F. Pröbst, R. Puig, F. Reindl, J. Rothe, K. Schäffner, J. Schieck, V. Schipperges, S. Schönert, W. Seidel, M. Stahlberg, L. Stodolsky, C. Strandhagen, R. Strauss, A. Tanzke, H. H.Trinh Thi, C. Türkoglu, M. Uffinger, A. Ulrich, I. Usherov, S. Wawoczny, M. Willers, M. Wüstrich

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The CRESST-III experiment (Cryogenic Rare Events Search with Superconducting Thermometers), located at the underground facility Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy, uses scintillating CaWO4 crystals as cryogenic calorimeters to search for direct dark matter interactions in detectors. A large part of the parameter space for spin-independent scattering off nuclei remains untested for dark matter particles with masses below a few GeV/c2, despite many naturally motivated theoretical models for light dark matter particles. The CRESST-III detectors are designed to achieve the performance required to probe the low-mass region of the parameter space with a sensitivity never reached before. In this paper, new results on the performance and an overview of the CRESST-III detectors will be presented, emphasizing the results about the low-energy threshold for nuclear recoil of CRESST-III Phase 1 which started collecting data in August 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Cryogenic detectors
  • Dark matter
  • Rare-event searches


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