Searches for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMP) can be based on th
e detection of nuclear recoil energy in CsI(Tl) crystals. We demonstrate th
at low-energy gamma rays down to a few keV are detected with CsI(Tl) crysta
l detector. A clear peak at 6 keV is observed using an X-ray source. Good e
nergy resolution and linearity have been achieved down to the X-ray region.
In addition, we also show that alpha particles and gamma rays can be clear
ly separated using the different time characteristics of the crystal. (C) 2
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