Profile Likelihood Ratio Analysis Techniques for Rare Event Signals
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The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) II uses crystals operated at milliKelvin temperature to search for dark matter. We present the details of the profile likelihood analysis of 140.2 kg-day exposure from the final data set of the CDMS II Si detectors that revealed three WIMP-candidate events. We found that this result favors a WIMP+background hypothesis over the known-background-only hypothesis at the 99.81 % confidence level. This paper is dedicated to the description of the profile likelihood analysis dedicated to the CDMSII-Si data and discusses such analysis techniques in the scope of rare event searches.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Billard, Julien. “Profile Likelihood Ratio Analysis Techniques for Rare Event Signals.” J Low Temp Phys 176, no. 5–6 (December 18, 2013): 966–972.
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