Two dedicated and distinct tests of Nitrogen and Oxygen contamination effects in liquid Argon (LAr) have been performed within the WArP R&D program. Purpose of the tests is to detect the reduction of the LAr scintillation light emission as a function of the contaminant amount injected in the Argon volume. The rate constant of the light quenching processes has been found to be k (N2) = 0.11 μ s- 1 ppm- 1 for Nitrogen and k′ (O 2) = 0.54 ± 0.03 μ s- 1 ppm- 1 for Oxygen. Direct PMT signals acquisition allowed to extract with high precision the main characteristics of the scintillation light emission in pure and contaminated LAr. In particular, the decreasing behavior in lifetime and relative amplitude of the slow component is found to be appreciable from O (1 ppm) of Nitrogen concentrations and from O (0.1 ppm) of Oxygen concentrations. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.

Effects of Nitrogen and Oxygen contamination in liquid Argon

TORTORICI, Francesco;
2009-01-01

Abstract

Two dedicated and distinct tests of Nitrogen and Oxygen contamination effects in liquid Argon (LAr) have been performed within the WArP R&D program. Purpose of the tests is to detect the reduction of the LAr scintillation light emission as a function of the contaminant amount injected in the Argon volume. The rate constant of the light quenching processes has been found to be k (N2) = 0.11 μ s- 1 ppm- 1 for Nitrogen and k′ (O 2) = 0.54 ± 0.03 μ s- 1 ppm- 1 for Oxygen. Direct PMT signals acquisition allowed to extract with high precision the main characteristics of the scintillation light emission in pure and contaminated LAr. In particular, the decreasing behavior in lifetime and relative amplitude of the slow component is found to be appreciable from O (1 ppm) of Nitrogen concentrations and from O (0.1 ppm) of Oxygen concentrations. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
2009
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics; Nuclear and High Energy Physics
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