In the current direct dark matter search landscape, the leading experiments in the sub-GeV mass region mostly rely on cryogenic techniques which employ crystalline targets. One attractive type of crystals for these experiments is those containing lithium, due to the fact that 7Li is an ideal candidate to study spin-dependent dark matter interactions in the low mass region. Furthermore, 6Li can absorb neutrons, a challenging background for dark matter experiments, through a distinctive signature which allows the monitoring of the neutron flux directly on site. In this work, we show the results obtained with three different detectors based on LiAlO 2, a target crystal never used before in cryogenic experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-518
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cryogenic
  • Dark matter
  • Lithium
  • Neutrons
  • Spin-dependent


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