CAST microbulk micromegas in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory
During the last taking data campaigns of the CAST experiment, the micromegas detectors have achieved background levels of $≈ 5 × 10^-6$keV$^-1$cm$^-2$s$^-1$ between 2 and 9 keV. This performance has been possible thanks to the introduction of the microbulk technology, the implementation of a shielding and the development of discrimination algorithms. It has motivated new studies towards a deeper understanding of CAST detectors background. One of the working lines includes the construction of a replica of the set-up used in CAST by micromegas detectors and its installation in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory. Thanks to the comparison between the performance of the detectors underground and at surface, shielding upgrades, etc, different contributions to the detectors background have been evaluated. In particular, an upper limit $< 2 × 10^-7$keV$^-1$cm$^-2$s$^-1$ for the intrinsic background of the detector has been obtained. This work means a first evaluation of the potential of the newest micromegas technology in an underground laboratory, the most suitable environment for Rare Event Searches.