The specific activity of the beta decay of Ar-39 in atmospheric argon is measured using the DEAP-3600 detector. DEAP-3600, located 2 km underground at SNOLAB, uses a total of (3269 +/- 24) kg of liquid argon distilled from the atmosphere to search for dark matter. This detector is well-suited to measure the decay of Ar-39 owing to its very low background levels. This is achieved in two ways: it uses low background construction materials; and it uses pulse-shape discrimination to differentiate between nuclear recoils and electron recoils. With 167 live-days of data, the measured specific activity at the time of atmospheric extraction is (0.964 +/- 0.001(stat) +/- 0.024(sys)) Bq/kg(atmAr), which is consistent with results from other experiments. A cross-check analysis using different event selection criteria and a different statistical method confirms the result.

Precision Measurement of the Specific Activity in Atmospheric Argon with the DEAP-3600 Detector

W. Bonivento;M. Cadeddu;Y. Chen;G. Fiorillo;L. Mirasola;B. Smith;
2023-01-01

Abstract

The specific activity of the beta decay of Ar-39 in atmospheric argon is measured using the DEAP-3600 detector. DEAP-3600, located 2 km underground at SNOLAB, uses a total of (3269 +/- 24) kg of liquid argon distilled from the atmosphere to search for dark matter. This detector is well-suited to measure the decay of Ar-39 owing to its very low background levels. This is achieved in two ways: it uses low background construction materials; and it uses pulse-shape discrimination to differentiate between nuclear recoils and electron recoils. With 167 live-days of data, the measured specific activity at the time of atmospheric extraction is (0.964 +/- 0.001(stat) +/- 0.024(sys)) Bq/kg(atmAr), which is consistent with results from other experiments. A cross-check analysis using different event selection criteria and a different statistical method confirms the result.
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