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Title: The EXO-200 detector, part II: auxiliary systems
Abstract The EXO-200 experiment searched for neutrinoless double-beta decay of 136 Xe with a single-phase liquid xenon detector. It used an active mass of 110 kg of 80.6%-enriched liquid xenon in an ultra-low background time projection chamber with ionization and scintillation detection and readout. This paper describes the design and performance of the various support systems necessary for detector operation, including cryogenics, xenon handling, and controls. Novel features of the system were driven by the need to protect the thin-walled detector chamber containing the liquid xenon, to achieve high chemical purity of the Xe, and to maintain thermal uniformity across the detector.
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Award ID(s):
2022293 2011948 2111213
Publication Date:
NSF-PAR ID:
10319183
Journal Name:
Journal of Instrumentation
Volume:
17
Issue:
02
ISSN:
1748-0221
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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