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Measurement of the half-life of the two-neutrino double beta decay of Ge-76 with the Gerda experiment


GERDA Collaboration; Baudis, L; Benato, G; Ferella, A D; Froborg, Francis; Guthikonda, K K; Tarka, M; Walter, M; et al (2013). Measurement of the half-life of the two-neutrino double beta decay of Ge-76 with the Gerda experiment. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 40(3):035110.

Abstract

The primary goal of the GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso of INFN is the search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. High-purity germanium detectors made from material enriched in 76Ge are operated directly immersed in liquid argon, allowing for a substantial reduction of the background with respect to predecessor experiments. The first 5.04 kg yr of data collected in Phase I of the experiment have been analyzed to measure the half-life of the neutrino-accompanied double beta decay of 76Ge. The observed spectrum in the energy range between 600 and 1800 keV is dominated by the double beta decay of 76Ge. The half-life extracted from GERDA data is T2ν1/2 = (1.84+0.14−0.10) × 1021 yr.

Abstract

The primary goal of the GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso of INFN is the search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. High-purity germanium detectors made from material enriched in 76Ge are operated directly immersed in liquid argon, allowing for a substantial reduction of the background with respect to predecessor experiments. The first 5.04 kg yr of data collected in Phase I of the experiment have been analyzed to measure the half-life of the neutrino-accompanied double beta decay of 76Ge. The observed spectrum in the energy range between 600 and 1800 keV is dominated by the double beta decay of 76Ge. The half-life extracted from GERDA data is T2ν1/2 = (1.84+0.14−0.10) × 1021 yr.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:12 Mar 2013 15:08
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 20:27
Publisher:IOP Publishing
ISSN:0954-3899
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1088/0954-3899/40/3/035110

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