Perturbative description of nuclear double beta decay transitions
Bes, D. R.; Civitarese, O.; Scoccola, N.N.
1998-01-01
A consistent treatment of intrinsic and collective coordinates is applied to the calculation of matrix elements describing nuclear double beta decay transitions. The method, which was developed for the case of nuclear rotations, is adapted to include isospin and number of particles degrees of freedom. It is shown that the uncertainties found in most models, in dealing with these decay modes, are largely due to the mixing of physical and spurious effects in the treatment of isospin dependent i...
Ordinary muon capture as a probe of virtual transitions of $\\beta\\beta$ decay
Kortelainen, M
2002-01-01
A reliable theoretical description of double-beta-decay processes needs a possibility to test the involved virtual transitions against experimental data. Unfortunately, only the lowest virtual transition can be probed by the traditional electron-capture or $\\beta^-$-decay experiments. In this article we propose that calculated amplitudes for many virtual transitions can be probed by experiments measuring rates of ordinary muon capture (OMC) to the relevant intermediate states. The first results from such experiments are expected to appear soon. As an example we discuss the $\\beta\\beta$ decays of $^{76}$Ge and $^{106}$Cd and the corresponding OMC for the $^{76}$Se and $^{106}$Cd nuclei in the framework of the proton-neutron QRPA with realistic interactions. It is found that the OMC observables, just like the $2\
Transition-edge microcalorimeter for tritium beta decay
We are conducting a new tritium beta-decay experiment using a cryogenic microcalorimeter. The microcalorimeter consists of a copper foil with an implanted tritium source. The foil is soldered to a thin film gold pad on a silicon wafer that is in thermal contact with an aluminum/silver bilayer transition-edge sensor. The device is voltage biased with current pulses read out using a SQUID magnetometer. The device has been tested with external sources as well as an implanted tritium source. The device is currently too slow to set a meaningful limit on the square of the neutrino mass, but can be made fast enough to set a limit on the order of 10 eV
Systematic study of the single-state dominance in 2 nu beta beta decay transitions
Civitarese, O
1999-01-01
The single-state-dominance hypothesis (SSDH) states that the decay rates of the two-neutrino double-beta decay are governed by a virtual two-step transition connecting the initial and final ground states through the first 1 sup + state, 1 sup + sub 1 , of the intermediate odd-odd nucleus, for those odd-odd nuclei where the 1 sup + sub 1 state is the ground state. To investigate the validity of the SSDH we have performed a systematical theoretical analysis of all known double-beta-decay transitions where the SSDH conditions are fulfilled. The calculations are based on the quasiparticle randon-phase approximation (QRPA) and the results have been obtained by using realistic single-particle bases and realistic interactions. We have studied the double beta sup - decays of sup 1 sup 0 sup 0 Mo, sup 1 sup 1 sup 0 Pd, sup 1 sup 1 sup 4 Cd, sup 1 sup 1 sup 6 Cd and sup 1 sup 2 sup 8 Te and the double electron-capture transitions in sup 1 sup 0 sup 6 Cd and sup 1 sup 3 sup 6 Ce. The analysis shows that the SSDH is real...
Microscopic study of muon-capture transitions in nuclei involved in double-beta-decay processes
Kortelainen, M
2003-01-01
Total and partial ordinary muon-capture (OMC) rates to 1 sup + and 2 sup - states are calculated in the framework of the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation (pnQRPA) for several nuclei involved in double-beta-decay processes. The aim is to obtain information on intermediate states involved in double-beta-decay transitions having these nuclei as either daughter or parent nuclei. It is found that the OMC observables, just like the 2 nu beta beta-decay amplitudes, strongly depend on the particle-particle part of the proton-neutron interaction. First experiments measuring the partial OMC rates for nuclei involved in double beta decays have recently been performed.
From a variety of $\\beta$-transitions only those with decay energies of a few keV and smaller are considered suitable for a determination of the neutrino mass on a sub-eV level. The decay energy of a transition can be very small, if, e.g., in an allowed $\\beta$-decay or electron-capture transition, a nuclear excited state of the daughter nuclide is populated whose energy is very close to the mass difference of the transition nuclides. Investigation of these transitions can also be useful for the assessment of a validity of the current $\\beta$-decay theory in the region of vanishingly small decay energies. The authors of this proposal have found several such $\\beta$-transitions whose decay energies are expected to be extremely small. In order to assess the suitability of these $\\beta$-transitions for the determination of the neutrino mass, measurements of the mass differences of the transition nuclides must be carried out with a sub-keV uncertainty. Presently, only high-precision Penning-trap mass spectrometry...
These notes represent a series of lectures delivered by the authors in the Junta de Energia Nuclear, during the Spring term of 1965. They were devoted to graduate students interested in the Theory of Elementary Particles. Special emphasis was focussed into the computational problems. Chapter I is a review of basic principles (Dirac equation, transition probabilities, final state interactions.) which will be needed later. In Chapter II the four-fermion punctual Interaction is discussed, Chapter III is devoted to the study of beta-decay; the main emphasis is given to the deduction of the formulae corresponding to electron-antineutrino correlation, electron energy spectrum, lifetimes, asymmetry of electrons emitted from polarized nuclei, electron and neutrino polarization and time reversal invariance in beta decay. In Chapter IV we deal with the decay of polarized muons with radiative corrections. Chapter V is devoted to an introduction to C.V.C. theory. (Author)
Chandra, R; Rath, P K; Raina, P K; Hirsch, J G
2009-01-01
The two neutrino and neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{94,96}$Zr, $^{98,100}$Mo, $^{104}$Ru, $^{110}$Pd, $^{128,130}$Te and $^{150}$Nd isotopes for the $0^{+}\\to 0^{+}$ transition is studied within the PHFB framework along with an effective two-body interaction consisting of pairing, quadrupole-quadrupole and hexadecapole-hexadecapole correlations. It is found that the effect of hexadecapolar correlations can be assimilated substantially as a renormalization of the quadrupole-quadrupole interaction. The effect of deformation on nuclear transition matrix elements is investigated by varying the strength of quadrupolar correlations in the parent and daughter nuclei independently. The variation of the nuclear transition matrix elements as a function of the difference in deformation parameters of parent and daughter nuclei reveals that in general, the former tend to be maximum for equal deformation and they decrease as the difference in deformation parameters increases, exhibiting a very similar trend for the $...
Chiral two-body currents in nuclei: Gamow-Teller transitions and neutrinoless double-beta decay
Menéndez, J.; Gazit, D.; Schwenk, A.
2011-01-01
We show that chiral effective field theory (EFT) two-body currents provide important contributions to the quenching of low-momentum-transfer Gamow-Teller transitions, and use chiral EFT to predict the momentum-transfer dependence that is probed in neutrinoless double-beta decay. We then calculate for the first time the neutrinoless double-beta decay operator based on chiral EFT currents and study the nuclear matrix elements at successive orders. The contributions from chiral two-body currents...
First-forbidden transitions and stellar $\\beta$-decay rates of Zn and Ge isotopes
Nabi, Jameel-Un; Stoica, Sabin; Iftikhar, Zafar
2016-01-01
First-forbidden (FF) charge-changing transitions become relatively important for nuclei as their proton number increases. This is because the strength of allowed Gamow-Teller (GT) transitions decreases with increasing Z. The FF transitions play an important role in reducing the half-lives as against those calculated from taking the GT transitions alone into account. In this paper we calculate allowed GT as well as $0^{+} \\rightarrow 0^{-}$ and $0^{+} \\rightarrow 2^{-}$ transitions for neutron-rich Zn and Ge isotopes. Two different pn-QRPA models were used with a schematic separable interaction to calculate GT and FF transitions. Half-lives calculated after inclusion of FF transitions were in excellent agreement with the experimental data. Our calculations were also compared to previous QRPA calculations and were found to be in better agreement with measured data. Stellar $\\beta$-decay rates were calculated for these nuclei including allowed GT and unique FF transitions for astrophysical applications. $^{86,88...
Rath, P K; Chaturvedi, K; Lohani, P; Raina, P K; Hirsch, J G
2013-01-01
In the PHFB model, uncertainties in the nuclear transition matrix elements for the neutrinoless double-$\\beta $ decay of $\\ ^{94,96}$Zr, $^{98,100}$Mo, $^{104}$Ru, $^{110}$Pd, $^{128,130}$Te and $^{150}$Nd isotopes within mechanisms involving light Majorana neutrinos, classical Majorons and sterile neutrinos are statistically estimated by considering sets of sixteen (twenty-four) matrix elements calculated with four different parametrization of the pairing plus multipolar type of effective two-body interaction, two sets of form factors and two (three) different parameterizations of Jastrow type of short range correlations. In the mechanisms involving the light Majorana neutrinos and classical Majorons, the maximum uncertainty is about 15% and in the scenario of sterile neutrinos, it varies in between approximately 4 (9)%--20 (36)% without(with) Jastrow short range correlations with Miller-Spencer parametrization, depending on the considered mass of the sterile neutrinos.
Barabash, A. S.
2011-01-01
The present status of double beta decay experiments is reviewed. The results of the most sensitive experiments are discussed. Proposals for future double beta decay experiments with a sensitivity to the $$ at the level of (0.01--0.1) eV are considered.
Neutrinoless double beta decay
The physics potential of neutrinoless double beta decay is discussed. Furthermore, experimental considerations as well as the current status of experiments are presented. Finally, an outlook towards the future, work on nuclear matrix elements and alternative processes is given. (author)
Neutrinoless double beta decay
Kai Zuber
2012-10-01
The physics potential of neutrinoless double beta decay is discussed. Furthermore, experimental considerations as well as the current status of experiments are presented. Finally, an outlook towards the future, work on nuclear matrix elements and alternative processes is given.
Tables of double beta decay data
Tretyak, V.I. [AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev (Ukraine)]|[Strasbourg-1 Univ., 67 (France). Centre de Recherches Nucleaires; Zdesenko, Y.G. [AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev (Ukraine)
1995-12-31
A compilation of experimental data on double beta decay is presented. The tables contain the most stringent known experimental limits or positive results of 2{beta} transitions of 69 natural nuclides to ground and excited states of daughter nuclei for different channels (2{beta}{sup -}; 2{beta}{sup +}; {epsilon}{beta}{sup +}; 2{epsilon}) and modes (0{nu}; 2{nu}; 0{nu}M) of decay. (authors). 189 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.
Rajput, M. U.; Ali, N.; Hussain, S.; Mujahid, S. A.; MacMahon, D.
2012-04-01
The radionuclide 125Sb is a long-lived fission product, which decays to 125Te by negative beta emission with a half-life of 1008 day. The beta decay is followed by the emission of several gamma radiations, ranging from low to medium energy, that can suitably be used for high-resolution detector calibrations, decay heat calculations and in many other applications. In this work, the beta decay of 125Sb has been studied in detail. The complete published experimental data of relative gamma ray intensities in the beta decay of the radionuclide 125Sb has been compiled. The consistency analysis was performed and discrepancies found at several gamma ray energies. Evaluation of the discrepant data was carried out using Normalized Residual and RAJEVAL methods. The decay scheme balance was carried out using beta branching ratios, internal conversion coefficients, populating and depopulating gamma transitions to 125Te levels. The work has resulted in the consistent conversion factor equal to 29.59(13) %, and determined a new evaluated set of the absolute gamma ray emission probabilities. The work has also shown 22.99% of the delayed intensity fraction as outgoing from the 58 d isomeric 144 keV energy level and 77.01% of the prompt intensity fraction reaching to the ground state from the other excited states. The results are discussed and compared with previous evaluations. The present work includes additional experimental data sets which were not included in the previous evaluations. A new set of recommended relative and absolute gamma ray emission probabilities is presented.
In-trap decay spectroscopy for {beta}{beta} decays
Brunner, Thomas
2011-01-18
The presented work describes the implementation of a new technique to measure electron-capture (EC) branching ratios (BRs) of intermediate nuclei in {beta}{beta} decays. This technique has been developed at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada. It facilitates one of TRIUMF's Ion Traps for Atomic and Nuclear science (TITAN), the Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) that is used as a spectroscopy Penning trap. Radioactive ions, produced at the radioactive isotope facility ISAC, are injected and stored in the spectroscopy Penning trap while their decays are observed. A key feature of this technique is the use of a strong magnetic field, required for trapping. It radially confines electrons from {beta} decays along the trap axis while X-rays, following an EC, are emitted isotropically. This provides spatial separation of X-ray and {beta} detection with almost no {beta}-induced background at the X-ray detector, allowing weak EC branches to be measured. Furthermore, the combination of several traps allows one to isobarically clean the sample prior to the in-trap decay spectroscopy measurement. This technique has been developed to measure ECBRs of transition nuclei in {beta}{beta} decays. Detailed knowledge of these electron capture branches is crucial for a better understanding of the underlying nuclear physics in {beta}{beta} decays. These branches are typically of the order of 10{sup -5} and therefore difficult to measure. Conventional measurements suffer from isobaric contamination and a dominating {beta} background at theX-ray detector. Additionally, X-rays are attenuated by the material where the radioactive sample is implanted. To overcome these limitations, the technique of in-trap decay spectroscopy has been developed. In this work, the EBIT was connected to the TITAN beam line and has been commissioned. Using the developed beam diagnostics, ions were injected into the Penning trap and systematic studies on injection and storage optimization were performed. Furthermore, Ge
The great sensitivity of double beta decay to neutrino mass and right handed currents has motivated many new and exciting attempts to observe this elusive nuclear phenomenon directly. Experiments in operation and other coming on line in the next one or two years are expected to result in order-of-magnitude improvements in detectable half lives for both the two-neutrino and no-neutrino modes. A brief history of double beta decay experiments is presented together with a discussion of current experimental efforts, including a gas filled time projection chamber being used to study selenium-82. (author)
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Päs, Heinrich
2015-01-01
We review the potential to probe new physics with neutrinoless double beta decay $(A,Z) \\to (A,Z+2) + 2 e^-$. Both the standard long-range light neutrino mechanism as well as short-range mechanisms mediated by heavy particles are discussed. We also stress aspects of the connection to lepton number violation at colliders and the implications for baryogenesis.
First forbidden beta decay in light nuclei
Millener, D.J.; Warburton, E.K.
1984-01-01
Beta decay matrix elements for the operators sigma dot del and sigma dot r are calculated for eight J/sup +/ ..-->.. J/sup -/ or J/sup -/ ..-->.. J/sup +/ beta transitions. Results using harmonic oscillator wave functions differ markedly from those using more realistic Woods-Saxon wave functions. A substantial contribution to the sigma dot del matrix elements from pion exchange currents is required to reproduce the experimental beta decay rates. 15 references.
First forbidden beta decay in light nuclei
Beta decay matrix elements for the operators sigma dot del and sigma dot r are calculated for eight J+ → J- or J- → J+ beta transitions. Results using harmonic oscillator wave functions differ markedly from those using more realistic Woods-Saxon wave functions. A substantial contribution to the sigma dot del matrix elements from pion exchange currents is required to reproduce the experimental beta decay rates. 15 references
723 keV beta transition in the negatron decay of 122Sb
The energy dependence of the angular correlation of the cascade 2-(723 keV β particle) 2+(1260 keV γ ray)0+ in the decay of 122Sb is measured and found to agree with the reports of Raghavan et al. and Yamada et al. Nuclear matrix elements governing the 723 keV β transition are extracted using the available experimental data on this transition. Buhring's formulas that are simplified by Simms are used in the analysis. It is observed that the contribution of the nondiagonal elements to the Coulomb Hamiltonian is significant
Lipkin, Harry Jeannot
1962-01-01
The ""pedestrian approach"" was developed to describe some essentially simple experimental results and their theoretical implications in plain language. In this graduate-level text, Harry J. Lipkin presents simply, but without oversimplification, the aspects of beta decay that can be understood without reference to the formal theory; that is, the reactions that follow directly from conservation laws and elementary quantum mechanics.The pedestrian treatment is neither a substitute for a complete treatment nor a watered-down version.
Two neutrino double $\\beta$ decay of 94v$\\leq A\\leq $110 nuclei for $0^+ \\to 0^+$ transition
Chandra, R; Rath, P K; Raina, P K; Hirsch, J G
2005-01-01
The two neutrino double beta decay of $ ^{94,96}$Zr$,^{98,100}$Mo$,^{104}$% Ru and $ ^{110}$Pd nuclei for $0^{+}\\to 0^{+}$ transition is studied in the PHFB model in conjunction with the summation method. In the first step, the reliability of the intrinsic wave functions has been established by obtaining an overall agreement between a number of theoretically calculated spectroscopic properties and the available experimental data for $ ^{94,96}$% Zr$,^{94,96,98,100}$Mo, $^{98,100,104}$Ru, $^{104,110}$Pd and $^{110}$Cd isotopes. Subsequently, the PHFB wave functions of the above mentioned nuclei are employed to calculate the nuclear transition matrix elements $M_{2\
Double beta decay: present status
Barabash, A. S.
2008-01-01
The present status of double beta decay experiments (including the search for $2\\beta^{+}$, EC$\\beta^{+}$ and ECEC processes) are reviewed. The results of the most sensitive experiments are discussed. Average and recommended half-life values for two-neutrino double beta decay are presented. Conservative upper limits on effective Majorana neutrino mass and the coupling constant of the Majoron to the neutrino are established as $ < 0.75$ eV and $ < 1.9 \\cdot 10^{-4}$, respectively. Proposals fo...
Rath, P K; Raina, P K; Chaturvedi, K; Hirsch, J G
2011-01-01
Employing four different parametrization of the pairing plus multipolar type of effective two-body interaction and three different parametrizations of Jastrow-type of short range correlations, the uncertainties in the nuclear transition matrix elements $M_{N}^{(0\
Tables of double beta decay data
A compilation of experimental data on double beta decay is presented. The tables contain the most stringent known experimental limits or positive results of 2β transitions of 69 natural nuclides to ground and excited states of daughter nuclei for different channels (2β-; 2β+; εβ+; 2ε) and modes (0ν; 2ν; 0νM) of decay. (authors). 189 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs
Predicting Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Hirsch, M; Valle, J W F; Moral, A V; Ma, Ernest
2005-01-01
We give predictions for the neutrinoless double beta decay rate in a simple variant of the A_4 family symmetry model. We show that there is a lower bound for the neutrinoless double beta decay amplitude even in the case of normal hierarchical neutrino masses, corresponding to an effective mass parameter |m_{ee}| >= 0.17 \\sqrt{\\Delta m^2_{ATM}}. This result holds both for the CP conserving and CP violating cases. In the latter case we show explicitly that the lower bound on |m_{ee}| is sensitive to the value of the Majorana phase. We conclude therefore that in our scheme, neutrinoless double beta decay may be accessible to the next generation of high sensitivity experiments.
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiments
Zuber, K.
2014-01-01
Neutrinoless double beta decay is the only process known so far able to test the neutrino intrinsic nature: its experimental observation would imply that the lepton number is violated by two units and prove that neutrinos have a Majorana mass components, being their own anti-particle. While several experiments searching for such a rare decay have been performed in the past, a new generation of experiments using different isotopes and techniques have recently released their results or are taki...
A complete study of 31Ar beta decay has been made by high-resolution charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Beta-delayed radiation was detected by an array of three charged-particle detectors and a large-volume germanium detector. Fifteen new energy levels were discovered in 31Cl. The beta-strength distribution, measured to 14.5 MeV, is compared with a shell-model calculation in the full sd space. The quenching of the Gamow-Teller strength and the isospin impurity of the IAS in 31Cl are discussed. (orig.)
Experiments on double beta decay
Busto, J. [Neuchatel Univ. (Switzerland). Inst. de Physique
1996-11-01
The Double Beta Decay, and especially ({beta}{beta}){sub 0{nu}} mode, is an excellent test of Standard Model as well as of neutrino physics. From experimental point of view, a very large number of different techniques are or have been used increasing the sensitivity of this experiments quite a lot (the factor of 10{sup 4} in the last 20 years). In future, in spite of several difficulties, the sensitivity would be increased further, keeping the interest of this very important process. (author) 4 figs., 5 tabs., 21 refs.
Constraining neutrinoless double beta decay
A class of discrete flavor-symmetry-based models predicts constrained neutrino mass matrix schemes that lead to specific neutrino mass sum-rules (MSR). We show how these theories may constrain the absolute scale of neutrino mass, leading in most of the cases to a lower bound on the neutrinoless double beta decay effective amplitude.
Weak decays and double beta decay
Work to measure the Σ+ 0 degree differential cross section in the reaction K-p → Σ+π- at several incident K- momenta between 600 and 800 MeV/c as well as the asymmetries in the decays of polarized Σ+'s into protons and neutral pions and of polarized Σ-'s into neutrons and negative pions in collaboration with experimenters from Yale, Brookhaven, and the University of Pittsburgh (Brookhaven experiment 702) has been completed. Data from this experiment is currently being analyzed at Yale. Work is currently underway to develop and construct an experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in thin foils of Mo100 in collaboration with experimenters from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Development work on the solid state silicon detectors should be complete in the next six months and construction should e well underway within the next year
Weak interaction studies from nuclear beta decay
The studies performed at the theoretical nuclear physics division of the Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, Osaka University, are reported. Electron spin density and internal conversion process, nuclear excitation by electron transition, beta decay, weak charged current, and beta-ray angular distributions in oriented nuclei have been studied. The relative intensity of internal conversion electrons for the case in which the radial wave functions of orbital electrons are different for electron spin up and down was calculated. The calculated value was in good agreement with the experimental one. The nuclear excitation following the transition of orbital electrons was studied. The calculated probability of the nuclear excitation of Os189 was 1.4 x 10-7 in conformity with the experimental value 1.7 x 10-7. The second class current and other problems on beta-decay have been extensively studied, and described elsewhere. Concerning weak charged current, the effects of all induced terms, the time component of main axial vector, all partial waves of leptons, Coulomb correction for the electrons in finite size nuclei, and radiative correction were studied. The beta-ray angular distribution for the 1+ -- 0+ transition in oriented B12 and N12 was investigated. In this connection, investigation on the weak magnetism to include all higher order corrections for the evaluation of the spectral shape factors was performed. Other works carried out by the author and his collaborators are also explained. (Kato, T.)
Beta decay properties from a statistical model
The present work assumes that any intrinsic structure in the nuclei involved is not important. Only spin, parity, and energy are considered. Quantities such as half-life, average beta energy, or average gamma energy can be obtained by integrals over the beta strength function weighted by kinematic and other factors. The beta strength function is proportional to the level density multiplied by a reduced transition probability. Delayed neutron emission is calculated by assuming that the daughter is a compound nucleus which then statistically decays as in the Hauser-Feshbach approach. Using the ENDF/B-V fission product file which contains 877 nuclei, energy-dependent reduced transition probabilities were found for allowed 0+ → 1+ transitions (50 cases) and for other allowed transitions (over 600 cases), corresponding to log ft values of 4.3 and 5.6 respectively. No dependence on either transition energy or on mass was found. A reduced transition probability corresponding to log ft of 7.1 was used for first forbidden transitions. Some results are presented and discussed
For many years exotic decay modes of the neutron have been investigated as possible doorways to the exploration of new physics. The bound beta-decay (BOB) of the neutron into a hydrogen atom and an anti-neutrino offers a very elegant method to study neutrino helicities. However, this rare decay has not yet been observed for the free neutron, owing to the challenge of measuring a decay involving only electrically neutral particles and with an estimated branching ratio of only a few 106 of the three-body decay mode. During the past few years scientists from the TUM E18 Group have developed a novel experimental scheme which addresses all necessary problems associated with the observation of this two-body neutron decay in a very coherent way. The BOB experiment shall be installed at a tangential beam tube of a powerful research reactor such as the SR6 at the FRMII in Garching or H6-H7 beam tube at ILL. This talk will provide insights and ideas on how such an experiment is to be performed.
The proposal to build PILAC presents the possibility of making an improved measurement of the pion beta decay rate. The rate for the decay π+ → π0e+νe is predicted by the Standard Model (SM) to be R(π+ → π0e+νe) = 0.3999 ± 0.0005 s-1. The best experimental number, from LAMPF Experiment 32, using in-flight decays, is R(π+ → π0e+νe) = 0.394 ± 0.0015 s-1. A precise measurement would test the SM by testing the unitarity of the Cabibbo- Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix, for which one analysis of the nuclear beta decay data has shown a 0.4% discrepancy. Thus an experiment at the 0. 2% level would be a significant one. Detailed study of possible designs will be needed, as well as extensive testing of components. The reduction of systematic errors to the 0.1% level can only be done over a period of years with a highly stable apparatus and beam. At a minimum, three years of occupancy of a beam line, with 800 hours per year, would be required. 23 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs
Aytekin, Hüseyin; Yılmaz, Alaaddin
2015-06-01
We calculated the half-lives of two-neutrino double beta decay (2ν β β ) of 76Ge, 82Se, 96Zr and 100Mo nuclei for the 0+ ↦ 0+ transition. Quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA) was used by considering the charge-exchange spin-spin interactions among the nucleons by considering both particle-hole (p-h) and particle-particle (p-p) channels in the separable form. Calculations were performed for the spherical form of the nuclei.
Exchange effects in double beta decay
Over the past decade there has been very impressive progress in the laboratory study of double beta decay with very precise limits on 0-neutrino decay in /sup 76/Ge, the imminent prospect of the observation of 2-neutrino decay in /sup 100/Mo and the first laboratory observation of 2-neutrino decay in /sup 82/Se. For the last case, the laboratory rate is in essential agreement with geochemical results and in reasonable agreement with theoretical predictions based on a full shell model calculation. The motivation underlying the resurgence of interest in double beta decay is the hope that the observation of, or limits on the 0-neutrino mode will provide information about the nature of the neutrino. This clearly requires confidence in the nuclear matrix elements involved in the transition. The shell model calculations do not agree well with the geochemical values for /sup 130/Te, which has led to a spate of papers offering specific fixes for the problem. In this contribution we shall not comment on any of the specific nuclear calculations, rather we make some remarks which should be relevant to any model calculation. 11 refs., 1 tab
Nakata, Hidehiko [Waseda Univ., Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Physics; Tachibana, Takahiro; Yamada, Masami
1997-03-01
Recently the gross theory of nuclear {beta}-decay was refined for odd-odd nuclei. In this refinement, the effect of the selection rule of {beta}-transitions from the ground states of odd-odd nuclei to those of even-even nuclei was taken into account based on a statistical consideration. The transitions to the first 2{sup +} excited states in even-even nuclei were also taken into account according to the selection rule approximately. In that study, it was found that the transitions between 1{sup -} ground states of the odd-odd nuclei and 0{sup +} ground states of even-even nuclei, belonging to the first-forbidden transitions of rank 1, are strongly hindered. A reduction factor was introduced for the transitions to the ground states of even-even nuclei to take into account this hindrance. It was also found that the strength functions of the Gamow-Teller transitions obtained from the conventional gross theory are underestimated by a factor of about 3. In order to improve this underestimation, the Lorentz-type function was adopted for the one-particle strength function in the model instead of the hyperbolic-secant-type function. In the present study we have newly analyzed the experimental ft-values of odd-A nuclei, and found that the first-forbidden transitions of rank 1 are also considerably hindered between the ground states. Following the above refinement we have calculated the {beta}-ray spectra of some odd-odd short-lived fission products with the use of the refined gross theory. These results are compared not only with the experiments by Rudstam et al. but also with the conventional gross theory. (author)
HOLDEN, H.E.
2003-08-08
In his review of radionuclides for dating purposes, Roth noted that there were a large number of nuclides, normally considered ''stable'' but which are radioactive with a very long half-life. Roth suggested that I review the data on the half-life values of these long-lived nuclides for the 2001 Atomic Weights Commission meeting in Brisbane. I provided a report, BNL-NCS-68377, to fulfill Roth's request. Peiser has now made a similar suggestion that I review these data for our next Commission meeting in Ottawa for their possible inclusion in our Tables. These half-life values for long-lived nuclides include those due to various decay modes, {alpha}-decay, {beta}-decay, electron capture decay, {beta}{beta}-decay, proton decay and spontaneous fission decay. This data review (post Brisbane) provides an update to the recommendation of the 2001 review.
Experiments on double beta decay
The Double Beta Decay, and especially (ββ)0ν mode, is an excellent test of Standard Model as well as of neutrino physics. From experimental point of view, a very large number of different techniques are or have been used increasing the sensitivity of this experiments quite a lot (the factor of 104 in the last 20 years). In future, in spite of several difficulties, the sensitivity would be increased further, keeping the interest of this very important process. (author) 4 figs., 5 tabs., 21 refs
Theoretical aspects of double beta decay
Considerable effort has been expended recently in theoretical studies of double beta decay. Much of this work has focussed on the constraints this process places on gauge theories of the weak interaction, in general, and on the neutrino mass matrix, in particular. In addition, interesting nuclear structure questions have arisen in studies of double beta decay matrix elements. After briefly reviewing the theory of double beta decay, some of the progress that has been made in these areas is summarized. 25 references
Challenges in Double Beta Decay
Oliviero Cremonesi
2014-01-01
Full Text Available In the past ten years, neutrino oscillation experiments have provided the incontrovertible evidence that neutrinos mix and have finite masses. These results represent the strongest demonstration that the electroweak Standard Model is incomplete and that new Physics beyond it must exist. In this scenario, a unique role is played by the Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay searches which can probe lepton number conservation and investigate the Dirac/Majorana nature of the neutrinos and their absolute mass scale (hierarchy problem with unprecedented sensitivity. Today Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay faces a new era where large-scale experiments with a sensitivity approaching the so-called degenerate-hierarchy region are nearly ready to start and where the challenge for the next future is the construction of detectors characterized by a tonne-scale size and an incredibly low background. A number of new proposed projects took up this challenge. These are based either on large expansions of the present experiments or on new ideas to improve the technical performance and/or reduce the background contributions. In this paper, a review of the most relevant ongoing experiments is given. The most relevant parameters contributing to the experimental sensitivity are discussed and a critical comparison of the future projects is proposed.
Broad resonances and beta-decay
Riisager, K.; Fynbo, H. O. U.; Hyldegaard, S.;
2015-01-01
Beta-decay into broad resonances gives a distorted lineshape in the observed energy spectrum. Part of the distortion arises from the phase space factor, but we show that the beta-decay matrix element may also contribute. Based on a schematic model for p-wave continuum neutron states it is argued...
Semiconductor detectors and double beta decay
Theoretical physicists have devoted great effort to developing an adequate theory for linking the weak, electromagnetic, and strong forces of nature. Recent theoretical studies and observations of the stability of galaxies have strongly indicated the presence of large amounts of invisible mass. One element in the uncertainty associated with missing mass is the question of whether the neutrino has rest mass. A better understanding of the neutrino, explored in this paper by the possibility of double beta decay in the germanium 76 isotope, could perhaps provide some answers. Nuclear transitions are only energetically possible where the final nucleus is more tightly bound than its parent. The decay of germanium 76 to arsenic 76 is not energetically possible because the arsenic isotope is about 0.9 MeV less tightly bound than the germanium. The selenium 76 isotope, on the other hand, is about 2 MeV more tightly bound; therefore, a transition involving emission of two electrons by a germanium 76 nucleus to form a selenium 76 nucleus is energetically possible. The total energy release in kinetic energy of the beta particles and corresponding neutrinos from the excited daughter product is determined by the energy difference. This energetically possible event, if observed, will provide a breakthrough in understanding the universe. This paper discusses the underlying theory and a germanium detector experiment which could make such a contribution to the resolution of this question
$\\beta$-decay study of $^{77}$Cu
Patronis, N; Górska, M; Huyse, M; Kruglov, K; Pauwels, D; Van de Vel, K; Van Duppen, P; Van Roosbroeck, J; Thomas, J-C; Franchoo, S; Cederkäll, J; Fedosseev, V; Fynbo, H; Georg, U; Jonsson, O; Köster, U; Materna, T; Mathieu, L; Serot, O; Weissman, L; Müller, W F; Mishin, V I; Fedorov, D
2009-01-01
A beta-decay study of Cu-77 has been performed at the ISOLDE mass separator with the aim to deduce its beta-decay properties and to obtain spectroscopic information on Zn-77. Neutron-rich copper isotopes were produced by means of proton- or neutron-induced fission reactions on U-238. After the production, Cu-77 was selectively laser ionized, mass separated and sent to different detection systems where beta-gamma and beta-n coincidence data were collected. We report on the deduced half-live, decay scheme, and possible spin assignment of 77Cu.
Beta decay of highly charged ions
Ion storage rings and ion traps provide the very first opportunity to address nuclear beta decay under conditions prevailing in hot stellar plasmas during nucleosynthesis, i.e. at high atomic charge states. Experiments are summarized that were performed in this field during the last decade at the ion storage-cooler ring ESR in Darmstadt. Special emphasis is given to the first observation of bound-state beta decay, where the created electron remains bound in an inner orbital of the daughter atom. The impact of this specific 'stellar' decay mode for s-process nucleosynthesis as well as for nuclear 'eon clocks' is outlined. Finally, a new technique, single-ion decay spectroscopy, is presented, where one observes two-body beta decay characteristics (i.e. orbital electron capture or bound-state beta decay) of highly charged, single ions for well-defined nuclear and atomic quantum states of both the mother - and the daughter - ion.
Double beta decay: A theoretical overview
Rosen, S.P.
1988-01-01
This paper reviews the theoretical possibility of double beta decay. The titles of the main sections of this paper are: Nuclear physics setting; Particle physics requirements; Kinematical features of the decay modes; Nuclear matrix elements; the Shell model and two-neutrino decay; Quasi-particle random phase approximation; and Future considerations. 18 refs., 7 tabs. (LSP)
Double beta decays and fundamental laws studied by ultra rare-decay nuclear spectroscopy
Recent works on double beta decays and on fundamental laws, which are studied by means of the ultra rare-decay nuclear spectroscopy, are described. Subjects discussed here include unique features of the nuclear spectroscopic method for studying basic problems of nuclear and particle interactions, neutrinos and weak interactions studied by double-beta and gamma spectroscopy, weakly interacting dark matters studied by nuclear recoil spectroscopy, exotic K X-ray transitions and charge non-conservation, and exotic nuclear transitions associated with nucleon decays. (author)
The search for neutrinoless double beta decay
Gomez-Cadenas, J J; Mezzetto, M; Monrabal, F; Sorel, M
2011-01-01
In the last few years the search for neutrinoless double beta decay has evolved from being almost a marginal activity in neutrino physics to one of the highest priorities for understanding neutrinos and the origin of mass. There are two main reasons for this paradigm shift: the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which clearly established the existence of massive neutrinos; and the existence of an unconfirmed, but not refuted, claim of evidence for neutrinoless double decay in 76Ge. As a consequence, a new generation of experiments, employing different detection techniques and {\\beta}{\\beta} isotopes, is being actively promoted by experimental groups across the world. In addition, nuclear theorists are making remarkable progress in the calculation of the neutrinoless double beta decay nuclear matrix elements, thus eliminating a substantial part of the theoretical uncertainties affecting the particle physics interpretation of this process. In this report, we review the main aspects of the double beta decay pro...
Neutron bound {beta}- decay- BOB
Gabriel, M.; Berger, M.; Emmerich, R.; Faestermann, T.; Gutsmiedl, E.; Hartmann, F.J.; Paul, S.; Ruschel, S.; Schoen, J.; Schott, W.; Schubert, U.; Trautner, A. [Physik-Department, TUM, 85748 Garching (Germany); Engels, R. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Fierlinger, P. [Excellence Cluster Universe, TUM, 85748 Garching (Germany); Hertenberger, R. [Sektion Physik, LMU, 85748 Garching (Germany); Roehrmoser, R. [FRM2, TUM, 85748 Garching (Germany); Udem, T. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenphysik, 85748 Garching (Germany)
2011-07-01
The bound neutron {beta}-decay(BOB) into a hydrogen atom and an electron antineutrino is investigated.The hyper-fine-state population of the monoenergetic hydrogen atoms (326.3 eV) yields the neutrino left-handed-ness or a possible right-handed admixture and possible small scalar and tensor contributions to the weak force. Preexperiments to measure the BOB H(2s) atoms have been done or are being set up using ionizer and RF discharge proton sources, a Wien filter, Cs and Ar cells, a spin filter, electric counter and accelerating fields, a double focusing magnet and a solar blind PM for the Lyman-{alpha} photons. In a first experiment, the charge exchange of the H(2s) atoms into H{sup -}, offering a selective method to discriminate these states against background, is investigated. In a second step the number of background H(2s) resulting from protons interacting with the walls of the experimental setup are determined. For this a quenching E field and a solar blind PM are used.
Falsifying Baryogenesis with Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Graf, Lukas
2016-01-01
We discuss the relation between lepton number violation at high and low energies, particularly, the constraints on baryogenesis models, which would be implied by an observation of neutrinoless double beta decay. The primordial baryon asymmetry can be washed out by effective lepton number violating operators triggering neutrinoless double beta decay in combination with sphaleron processes. A generic conclusion is that popular models of baryogenesis are excluded if a non-standard mechanism of neutrinoless double beta decay, i.e., other than the standard light neutrino exchange, is observed. Apart from the effective field approach, we also outline the possible extension of our arguments to a general UV-completed model.
Review of modern double beta decay experiments
Barabash, A. S.
2015-10-01
The review of modern experiments on search and studying of double beta decay processes is done. Results of the most sensitive current experiments are discussed. The main attention is paid to EXO-200, KamLAND-Zen, GERDA-I and CUORE-0 experiments. Modern values of T1/2(2ν) and best present limits on neutrinoless double beta decay and double beta decay with Majoron emission are presented. Conservative limits on effective mass of a Majorana neutrino ( at the level of ˜ 0.01-0.1 eV are discussed.
Review of modern double beta decay experiments
The review of modern experiments on search and studying of double beta decay processes is done. Results of the most sensitive current experiments are discussed. The main attention is paid to EXO-200, KamLAND-Zen, GERDA-I and CUORE-0 experiments. Modern values of T1/2(2ν) and best present limits on neutrinoless double beta decay and double beta decay with Majoron emission are presented. Conservative limits on effective mass of a Majorana neutrino (〈mν〉 < 0.46 eV) and a coupling constant of Majoron to neutrino (〈gee〉 < 1.3 · 10−5) are obtained. Prospects of search for neutrinoless double beta decay in new experiments with sensitivity to 〈mν〉 at the level of ∼ 0.01-0.1 eV are discussed
Neutrino potential for neutrinoless double beta decay
Iwata, Yoritaka
2016-01-01
Neutrino potential for neutrinoless double beta decay is studied with focusing on its statistical property. The statistics provide a gross view of understanding amplitude of constitutional components of the nuclear matrix element.
Review of modern double beta decay experiments
Barabash, A. S., E-mail: barabash@itep.ru [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (NRC ”Kurchatov Institute”), B. Cheremushkinskaya 25, Moscow (Russian Federation)
2015-10-28
The review of modern experiments on search and studying of double beta decay processes is done. Results of the most sensitive current experiments are discussed. The main attention is paid to EXO-200, KamLAND-Zen, GERDA-I and CUORE-0 experiments. Modern values of T{sub 1/2}(2ν) and best present limits on neutrinoless double beta decay and double beta decay with Majoron emission are presented. Conservative limits on effective mass of a Majorana neutrino (〈m{sub ν}〉 < 0.46 eV) and a coupling constant of Majoron to neutrino (〈g{sub ee}〉 < 1.3 · 10{sup −5}) are obtained. Prospects of search for neutrinoless double beta decay in new experiments with sensitivity to 〈m{sub ν}〉 at the level of ∼ 0.01-0.1 eV are discussed.
Searches for neutrinoless double beta decay
Schwingenheuer, Bernhard
2012-07-01
Neutrinoless double beta decay is a lepton number violating process whose observation would also establish that neutrinos are their own anti-particles. There are many experimental efforts with a variety of techniques. Some (EXO, Kamland-Zen, GERDA phase I and CANDLES) started take data in 2011 and EXO has reported the first measurement of the half life for the double beta decay with two neutrinos of 136Xe. The sensitivities of the different proposals are reviewed.
Searches for neutrinoless double beta decay
Schwingenheuer, B
2012-01-01
Neutrinoless double beta decay is a lepton number violating process whose observation would also establish that neutrinos are their own anti-particles. There are many experimental efforts with a variety of techniques. Some (EXO, Kamland-Zen, GERDA phase I and CANDLES) started take data in 2011 and EXO has reported the first measurement of the half life for the double beta decay with two neutrinos of $^{136}$Xe. The sensitivities of the different proposals are reviewed.
In this work, we are interested in the breaking of the isospin symmetry in the N ≅ Z nuclei and in its effect on the matrix element of super-allowed 0+ → 0+ Fermi β transitions in the case of the β+ decay of the 50Mn. Within the framework of the Highly Truncated Diagonalization microscopic Approach (HTDA), dedicated to the description of correlations beyond the mean field and conserving explicitly the particle number, we have studied (in particular) the role played by pairing correlations in the breaking mechanisms of this symmetry in the ground state of N ≅ Z nuclei. A sensitivity study of the isospin mixing, as a function of the strength of the residual interaction describing the pairing correlations in HTDA, has been carried out and an interpretation of the mechanisms at work has been proposed in terms of an approximation developed in this work. This study has pointed out the complexity of a good treatment of the isospin symmetry, in the description of the breaking sources as well as in the reduction of model biases. We have also paid attention to the necessity of a very fine description of the correlated wave functions in such a problem. More precisely, we have obtained a value for the isospin mixing correction δC to the Fermi transition matrix element of (0.2 ± 0.1)%. This value has been compared to those obtained in other approaches. Taking account of the neglected effects in our work, our value of δC is expected to be a lower bound. (author)
In this work, the excited levels of 193Ir populated by the beta- decay of 193Os (T1/2 ∼ 30h) were investigated. For that purpose, ∼ 5 mg samples of 99%-enriched 192Os were irradiated under a thermal neutron flux of ∼ 1012 s-1 and then analysed both using single gamma spectroscopy and a 4-detector multi parametric acquisition facility, which provided data for both a gamma gamma coincidence analysis and a directional angular correlation gamma gamma (θ ) study. From these data, 28 transitions were added to this decay scheme, 11 of which were previously known from nuclear reactions and 17 observed for the first time. Eight excited levels were also added to the decay scheme, 3 of which were known from nuclear reaction studies - the remaining 5 are suggested for the first time. Moreover, it was possible to confirm suspicions found in reference that the levels at 848.93 keV and 849.093 keV are indeed the same; it was also possible to confirm the existence of an excited level at 806.9 keV, which had been inferred, but not experimentally confirmed in beta decay studies to date. The angular correlation analysis allowed for the definition of the spin of the excited level at 874 keV as 5/2+; moreover, the results showed a 79% probability that the spin of the 1078 keV level is 5/2/'-, and also restricted the spin possibilities for the new excited level at 960 keV to two values (1/2 or 3/2). It was also possible to measure the multipolarity mixing ratio (δLn+1/Ln) for 43 transitions - 19 of them for the first time and most of the others with a better precision than previously known. Finally, an attempt was made to understand the low-lying levels structure for this nucleus using a theoretical model, which reproduced the ground state and the two lowest-lying excited levels in 193Ir. (author)
Nuclear physics issues in double beta decay
A number of issues in double beta decay are discussed: shell model estimates of 2nu matrix elements, a sum rule for the double Gamow-Teller operator, a comparison of shell model and quasiparticle RPA results, Pontecorvo's Te ratio argument, neutrinoless ββ decay mediated by heavy neutrinos, and the structure of O+ states in Ge isotopes. 24 refs., 3 figs
A search for double beta decay of 136Xe
An experiment on double beta decay of 136Xe has been performed at the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory (L.N.G.S.). From 6210 h of run with xenon enriched to 64% in 136Xe a 90% C.L. lower limit was derived for neutrinoless double beta decay of 2.0x1022y and 6.5x1021y, for the 0+→0+ and 0+→2+ transitions, respectively. From a comparison between enriched xenon and cleaned xenon a lower limit for the two neutrinos double beta decay of 1.4x1020y at 90% C.L. is also obtained (author) 7 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab
Recent double beta decay results
Balysh, A. (Kurchatov Institute, 123 182 Moscow (Russian Federation)); Beck, M. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg (Germany)); Belyaev, S.T. (Kurchatov Institute, 123 182 Moscow (Russian Federation)); Bensch, F.; Bockholt, J. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg (Germany)); Demehin, A.; Gurov, A. (Kurchatov Institute, 123 182 Moscow (Russian Federation)); Heusser, G.; Hirsch, M.; Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, H.V. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg (Germany)); Kondratenko, I.; Lebedev, V.I. (Kurchatov Institute, 123 182 Moscow (Russian Federation)); Maier, B. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg (Germany)); Mueller, A. (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare LNGS, 67010 Assergi (Italy)); Petry, F.; Piepke, A.; Strecker, H.; Voellinger, M.; Zuber, K. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg (Germany))
1992-02-01
The status and recent results of second generation [beta][beta]-experiments using isotopically enriched source materials are described. These experiments are at present the most sensitive tools to distinguish Dirac from Majorana neutrinos. The at present most advanced experimental techniques, namely the use of high-resolution calorimetric detectors and of time projection chambers are compared. New limits on the Majorana neutrino mass as well as for the Majoron-neutrino coupling are presented.
Neutrinoless double beta decay from lattice QCD
Nicholson, Amy; Chang, Chia Cheng; Clark, M A; Joo, Balint; Kurth, Thorsten; Rinaldi, Enrico; Tiburzi, Brian; Vranas, Pavlos; Walker-Loud, Andre
2016-01-01
While the discovery of non-zero neutrino masses is one of the most important accomplishments by physicists in the past century, it is still unknown how and in what form these masses arise. Lepton number-violating neutrinoless double beta decay is a natural consequence of Majorana neutrinos and many BSM theories, and many experimental efforts are involved in the search for these processes. Understanding how neutrinoless double beta decay would manifest in nuclear environments is key for understanding any observed signals. In these proceedings we present an overview of a set of one- and two-body matrix elements relevant for experimental searches for neutrinoless double beta decay, describe the role of lattice QCD calculations, and present preliminary lattice QCD results.
Kidd, Mary
2007-10-01
Studying double-beta decay at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is perhaps one of the most promising ways to pinpoint the neutrino mass. What they do not mention is that to study double-beta decay, you probably have to become a certified miner, and if you have a fear of goats, you should stay away. In this talk, I will tell you some of my experiences as a TUNL graduate student, and how I am now nearly qualified for a job in the mining industry.
Microscopic calculations for rare beta decays
Mustonen, Mika
2010-01-01
In this thesis consisting of six publications and an overview part, three cases of rare beta decays are studied using microscopic nuclear models. Firstly, the half-lives and electron spectra of 113Cd and 115In fourth-forbidden nonunique ground-state-to-ground-state beta decays are studied using two closely related nuclear models: The microscopic quasiparticle-phonon model (MQPM) and the proton-neutron MQPM (pnMQPM), which has been developed as a part of this thesis work. Our...
Nuclear beta decay after Les Houches
Wilkinson's 1977 Les Houches lectures summarized in detail how nuclear beta decay can be used to investigate fundamental nuclear phenomena and the achievements of this utilization up to that time. In this short talk the subsequent activity is briefly summarized and one area of high activity, namely first-forbidden beta decay, is singled out for more lengthy discussion. Specifically, the subject of interest is the very large meson exchange contribution to the time-like component of the axial current and the efforts to isolate this enhancement by means of careful shell-model calculations. 19 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs
Why search for double beta decay?
Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay is the only known practical method for trying to determine whether neutrinos are their own antiparticles. The theoretical motivation for supposing that they may indeed be their own antiparticles is described. The reason that it is so difficult to ascertain experimentally whether they are or are not is explained, as is the special sensitivity of neutrinoless double beta decay. The potential implications of the observation of this reaction for neutrino mass and for the physics of neutrinos is discussed
Helicity and nuclear $\\beta$ decay correlations
Hong, Ran; García, Alejandro
2016-01-01
We present simple derivations of nuclear $\\beta$-decay correlations with an emphasis on the special role of helicity. This provides a good opportunity to teach students about helicity and chirality in particle physics through exercises using simple aspects of quantum mechanics. In addition, this paper serves as an introduction to nuclear $\\beta$-decay correlations from both a theoretical and experimental vantage. This article can be used to introduce students to ongoing experiments searching for hints of new physics in the low-energy precision frontier.
Search for beta sup - and beta sup -beta sup - decays of sup 4 sup 8 Ca
Bakalyarov, A; Barabash, A; Briançon, C; Brudanin, V; Egorov, V; Hubert, F; Hubert, P; Kovalik, A; Lebedev, V I; Rukhadze, N I; Stekl, I; Umatov, V; Vylov, T D
2002-01-01
A sup 4 sup 8 CaCO sub 3 powder sample containing 20.18 g of sup 4 sup 8 Ca was measured for 797 h with a 400 cm sup 3 low-background HPGe detector. New limits on decays of sup 4 sup 8 Ca were obtained. For single beta transitions to sup 4 sup 8 Sc the limits are equal to 0.71x10 sup 2 sup 0 y, 1.1x10 sup 2 sup 0 y, and 0.82x10 sup 2 sup 0 y for transitions to the ground state, excited 5 sup + and 4 sup + states, respectively. The new limits on double beta decay to excited states of sup 4 sup 8 Ti are equal to 0.47x10 sup 2 sup 0 y, 1.1x10 sup 2 sup 0 y, and 0.90x10 sup 2 sup 0 y for transitions to the first 2 sup + , second 2 sup + and first 0 sup + excited states, respectively. All limits are given at the 90% CL.
Symmetry violations in nuclear and neutron $\\beta$ decay
Vos, K K; Timmermans, R G E
2015-01-01
The role of $\\beta$ decay as a low-energy probe of physics beyond the Standard Model is reviewed. Traditional searches for deviations from the Standard Model structure of the weak interaction in $\\beta$ decay are discussed in the light of constraints from the LHC and the neutrino mass. Limits on the violation of time-reversal symmetry in $\\beta$ decay are compared to the strong constraints from electric dipole moments. Novel searches for Lorentz symmetry breaking in the weak interaction in $\\beta$ decay are also included, where we discuss the unique sensitivity of $\\beta$ decay to test Lorentz invariance. We end with a roadmap for future $\\beta$-decay experiments.
Imperfect World of beta beta-decay Nuclear Data Sets
Pritychenko, B. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). NNDC
2015-01-03
The precision of double-beta ββ-decay experimental half lives and their uncertainties is reanalyzed. The method of Benford's distributions has been applied to nuclear reaction, structure and decay data sets. First-digit distribution trend for ββ-decay T^{2v}_{1/2} is consistent with large nuclear reaction and structure data sets and provides validation of experimental half-lives. A complementary analysis of the decay uncertainties indicates deficiencies due to small size of statistical samples, and incomplete collection of experimental information. Further experimental and theoretical efforts would lead toward more precise values of-decay half-lives and nuclear matrix elements.
Double-beta decay in gauge theories
The double-beta decay in gauge theories is considered. The review of the 76Ge, 82Se, 96Zr, 100Cd, 128Te, 130Te, 136Xe and 150Nd experimental nuclear targets is presented. The mechanism of the Majorana intermediate neutrino is considered. The R-parity of the violation of the contribution to the 0νββ decay is studied. The effective nucleon currents in dependence on the momentum are discussed. The extraction of the lepton number, violating the double-β decay parameters is presented
Semiconductor detectors and double beta decay
The underlying theory of double beta decay is discussed as well as some experimental observations. A class of second generation 76Ge detector experiments is then discussed. The design and physics considerations involved in the system used by LBL are explained, particularly the means of rejecting background activity. 24 references, 18 figures, 3 tables
LHC dijet constraints on double beta decay
Helo, J C
2015-01-01
We use LHC dijet data to derive constraints on neutrinoless double beta decay. Upper limits on cross sections for the production of "exotic" resonances, such as a right-handed W boson or a diquark, can be converted into lower limits on the double beta decay half-life for fixed choices of other parameters. Constraints derived from run-I data are already surprisingly strong and complementary to results from searches using same-sign dileptons plus jets. For the case of the left-right symmetric model, in case no new resonance is found in future runs of the LHC and assuming $g_L=g_R$, we estimate a lower limit on the double beta decay half-live larger than $10^{27}$ ys can be derived from future dijet data, except in the window of relatively light right-handed neutrino masses in the range $0.5$ MeV to $50$ GeV. Part of this mass window will be tested in the upcoming SHiP experiment. We also discuss current and future limits on possible scalar diquark contributions to double beta decay that can be derived from dije...
Lepton nonconservation and double beta decay
This paper reviews the status of double beta decay as a test of lepton number conservation. Present limits on the mass of a Majorana neutrino are in the range of 10 to 50 eV. Experiments now in progress should substantially improve these limits
Long term prospects for double beta decay
Zuber, K.
2010-01-01
In rather general terms the long term perspective of double beta decay is discussed. All important experimental parameters are investigated as well as the status of nuclear matrix element issues. The link with other neutrino physics results and options to disentangle the underlying physics process are presented.
Beyond low beta-decay Q values
Mustonen, M. T.; Suhonen, J.
2010-11-01
Beta decays with low Q values can be utilized in the quest to determine the neutrino mass scale. This is being realized in two experiments, KATRIN and MARE, using tritium and 187Re, respectively. The beta-decay of 187Re had the lowest known Q value until 2005, when the beta decay of 115In to the first excited state of 115Sn was discovered in Gran Sasso underground laboratory. Last year two independent ion trap measurements confirmed that this decay breaks the former record by an order of magnitude. Our theoretical study on this tiny decay channel complemented the experimental effort by the JYFLTRAP group in Finland and HADES underground laboratory in Belgium. A significant discrepancy between the experimental and theoretical results was found. This might be explained by various atomic contributions known to grow larger as the Q value decreases. However, the traditional recipes for taking these effects into account break down on this new ultra-low Q value regime, providing new challenges for theorists on the borderline between nuclear and atomic physics.
Beta-decay rate and beta-delayed neutron emission probability of improved gross theory
Koura, Hiroyuki
2014-09-01
A theoretical study has been carried out on beta-decay rate and beta-delayed neutron emission probability. The gross theory of the beta decay is based on an idea of the sum rule of the beta-decay strength function, and has succeeded in describing beta-decay half-lives of nuclei overall nuclear mass region. The gross theory includes not only the allowed transition as the Fermi and the Gamow-Teller, but also the first-forbidden transition. In this work, some improvements are introduced as the nuclear shell correction on nuclear level densities and the nuclear deformation for nuclear strength functions, those effects were not included in the original gross theory. The shell energy and the nuclear deformation for unmeasured nuclei are adopted from the KTUY nuclear mass formula, which is based on the spherical-basis method. Considering the properties of the integrated Fermi function, we can roughly categorized energy region of excited-state of a daughter nucleus into three regions: a highly-excited energy region, which fully affect a delayed neutron probability, a middle energy region, which is estimated to contribute the decay heat, and a region neighboring the ground-state, which determines the beta-decay rate. Some results will be given in the presentation. A theoretical study has been carried out on beta-decay rate and beta-delayed neutron emission probability. The gross theory of the beta decay is based on an idea of the sum rule of the beta-decay strength function, and has succeeded in describing beta-decay half-lives of nuclei overall nuclear mass region. The gross theory includes not only the allowed transition as the Fermi and the Gamow-Teller, but also the first-forbidden transition. In this work, some improvements are introduced as the nuclear shell correction on nuclear level densities and the nuclear deformation for nuclear strength functions, those effects were not included in the original gross theory. The shell energy and the nuclear deformation for
Beta-delayed neutron decay of $^{33}$Na
Radivojevic, Z; Caurier, E; Cederkäll, J; Courtin, S; Dessagne, P; Jokinen, A; Knipper, A; Le Scornet, G; Lyapin, V G; Miehé, C; Nowacki, F; Nummela, S; Oinonen, M; Poirier, E; Ramdhane, M; Trzaska, W H; Walter, G; Äystö, J
2002-01-01
Beta-delayed neutron decay of /sup 33/Na has been studied using the on-line mass separator ISOLDE. The delayed neutron spectra were measured by time-of-flight technique using fast scintillators. Two main neutron groups at 800(60) and 1020(80) keV were assigned to the /sup 33/Na decay, showing evidence for strong feeding of states at about 4 MeV in /sup 33/Mg. By simultaneous beta - gamma -n counting the delayed neutron emission probabilities P/sub 1n/ = 47(6)% and P /sub 2n/ = 13(3)% were determined. The half-life value for /sup 33 /Na, T/sub 1/2/ = 8.0(3) ms, was measured by three different techniques, one employing identifying gamma transitions and two employing beta and neutron counting. (21 refs).
Unique forbidden beta decays and neutrino mass
Dvornický, Rastislav, E-mail: dvornicky@dnp.fmph.uniba.sk [Dzhelepov Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, JINR 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Comenius University, Mlynská dolina F1, SK-842 48 Bratislava (Slovakia); Šimkovic, Fedor [Comenius University, Mlynská dolina F1, SK-842 48 Bratislava (Slovakia); Boboliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Czech Technical University in Prague, 128-00 Prague (Czech Republic)
2015-10-28
The measurement of the electron energy spectrum in single β decays close to the endpoint provides a direct determination of the neutrino masses. The most sensitive experiments use β decays with low Q value, e.g. KATRIN (tritium) and MARE (rhenium). We present the theoretical spectral shape of electrons emitted in the first, second, and fourth unique forbidden β decays. Our findings show that the Kurie functions for these unique forbidden β transitions are linear in the limit of massless neutrinos like the Kurie function of the allowed β decay of tritium.
Measurement of the beta asymmetry in neutron beta decay
Neutron beta decay is the simplest semi-leptonic weak decay and described accurately by the standard model using the first CKM-matrix element and the ratio of vector and axial vector couplings, λ. With more than a dozen observables it is a sensitive probe for investigating the nature of weak interaction and to search for physics beyond the standard model. In the past, measuring the beta asymmetry A in polarized neutron decay has been the most precise way of determining λ and nowadays it allows - together with other observables - to derive limits on non-standard model interactions, such as scalar and tensor couplings. The neutron decay spectrometer Perkeo III was installed at the PF1B cold neutron beam site at the Institut Laue-Langevin to measure the beta asymmetry. By using a pulsed beam combined with an improved detector design a significant reduction of several systematic uncertainties has been achieved compared to the predecessor, Perkeo II. In this talk recent results of the measurements with Perkeo III will be presented. In particular, we show the energy distribution of the electrons together with the calibration tools for the detectors.
A cryogenic microcalorimeter for tritium beta decay experiments
Recent tritium beta decay spectrometer experiments have produced puzzling results, making it desirable to perform a similar experiment with a completely different type of detector. Cryogenic microcalorimeters offer a possible detector technology for this type of experiment. Presented here is a design for, and results of experiments with, a cryogenic microcalorimeter designed for use in tritium beta decay experiments. The biggest challenge in designing a microcalorimeter for beta decay experiments is the speed at which the detector operates. A fast detector is essential to obtain the necessary statistics near the beta spectrum endpoint. .The detector was designed with a normal metal absorber and a bilayer super-conducting transition-edge sensor. These design elements are meant to minimize the pulse rise time and decay time, respectively. Two different detector designs were built and tested in order to determine their operating parameters. These operating parameters were compared to a model describing the operation of these devices and were shown to be in reasonable agreement with it. The model predicts that the detector properties can be improved to the point where a tritium neutrino mass experiment can be performed. Suggestions are given for design modifications that will allow this level of performance. (author)
Double beta decay and neutrino mass models
Helo, J C; Ota, T; Santos, F A Pereira dos
2015-01-01
Neutrinoless double beta decay allows to constrain lepton number violating extensions of the standard model. If neutrinos are Majorana particles, the mass mechanism will always contribute to the decay rate, however, it is not a priori guaranteed to be the dominant contribution in all models. Here, we discuss whether the mass mechanism dominates or not from the theory point of view. We classify all possible (scalar-mediated) short-range contributions to the decay rate according to the loop level, at which the corresponding models will generate Majorana neutrino masses, and discuss the expected relative size of the different contributions to the decay rate in each class. We also work out the phenomenology of one concrete 2-loop model in which both, mass mechanism and short-range diagram, might lead to competitive contributions, in some detail.
Double-beta decay in deformed nuclei
A brief review of theoretical results for the double-beta decay and the double-electron capture in heavy deformed nuclei is presented. The ββ half life of 160Gd is evaluated using an extended version of the pseudo SU(3) model. While the 2ν mode is forbidden when the most probable occupations are considered, states with different occupation numbers can be mixed through the pairing interaction. The amount of this mixing is calculated using perturbation theory. The possibility of observing the ββ decay in 160Gd is discussed for both the 2ν and 0ν modes. (author)
Beta decay of 187Re and cosmochronology
Ashktorab, K.; Jänecke, J. W.; Becchetti, F. D.
1993-06-01
Uncertainties which limit the use of the 187-187Os isobaric pair as a cosmochronometer for the age of the galaxy and the universe include those of the partial half-lives of the continuum and bound-state decays of 187Re. While the total half-life of the decay is well established, the partial half-life for the continuum decay is uncertain, and several previous measurements are not compatible with each other. A high-temperature quartz proportional counter has been used in this work to remeasure the continuum decay of 187Re by introducing a metallo-organic rhenium compound into the counting gas. The measured beta end-point energy for the continuum decay of neutral 187Re to singly ionized 187Os of 2.70+/-0.09 keV agrees with earlier results. However, the present half-life measurement of (45+/-3) Gyr agrees within the quoted uncertainties only with the earlier measurement of Payne [Ph.D. thesis, University of Glasgow, 1965 (unpublished)] and Drever (private communication). The new half-life for the continuum decay and the total half-life of (43.5+/-1.3) Gyr, as reported by Linder et al. [Nature (London) 320, 246 (1986)] yield a branching ratio for the bound-state decay into discrete atomic states of (3+/-6)%. This is in agreement with the most recent calculated theoretical branching ratio of approximately 1%.
JUNO and neutrinoless double beta decay
Ge, Shao-Feng; Rodejohann, Werner
2015-11-01
We study the impact of the precision determination of oscillation parameters in the JUNO experiment on half-life predictions for neutrinoless double beta decay. We show that the solar neutrino mixing angle can be measured by JUNO with below 1% uncertainty. This implies in particular that the minimal value of the effective mass in the inverted mass ordering will be known essentially without uncertainty. We demonstrate that this reduces the range of half-life predictions in order to test this value by a factor of 2. The remaining uncertainty is caused by nuclear matrix elements. This has important consequences for future double beta decay experiments that aim at ruling out the inverted mass ordering or the Majorana nature of neutrinos.
JUNO and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Ge, Shao-Feng
2015-01-01
We study the impact of the precision determination of oscillation parameters in the JUNO experiment on half-life predictions for neutrinoless double beta decay. We show that the solar neutrino mixing angle can be measured by JUNO with below 1% uncertainty. This implies in particular that the minimal value of the effective mass in the inverted mass ordering will be known essentially without uncertainty. We demonstrate that this reduces the range of half-life predictions in order to test this value by a factor of two. The remaining uncertainty is caused by nuclear matrix elements. This has important consequences for future double beta decay experiments that aim at ruling out the inverted mass ordering or the Majorana nature of neutrinos.
Importance of neutrinoless double beta decay
Sarkar, Utpal
2007-01-01
A natural explanation for the smallness of the neutrino mass requires them to be Majorana particles violating lepton number by two units. Since lepton number violation can have several interesting consequences in particle physics and cosmology, it is of utmost importance to find out if there is lepton number violation in nature and what is its magnitude. The neutrinoless double beta decay experiment can answer these questions: if there is lepton number violation and if neutrinos are Majorana particles. In addition, the magnitude of neutrinoless double beta decay will constrain any other lepton number violating processes. This lepton number violation may also be relatd to the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe, dark matter and cosmological constant.
Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
Tornow, Werner
2014-01-01
After the pioneering work of the Heidelberg-Moscow (HDM) and International Germanium Experiment (IGEX) groups, the second round of neutrinoless double-$\\beta$ decay searches currently underway has or will improve the life-time limits of double-$\\beta$ decay candidates by a factor of two to three, reaching in the near future the $T_{1/2} = 3 \\times 10^{25}$ yr level. This talk will focus on the large-scale experiments GERDA, EXO-200, and KamLAND-Zen, which have reported already lower half-life time limits in excess of $10^{25}$ yr. Special emphasis is given to KamLAND-Zen, which is expected to approach the inverted hierarchy regime before future 1-ton experiments probe completely this life-time or effective neutrino-mass regime, which starts at $\\approx 2 \\times 10^{26}$ yr or $\\approx 50$ meV.
Applications of TAGS data in beta decay energies and decay heat calculations
Pham, N. S.; 片倉 純一
2007-01-01
The recent data of beta-decay intensity measured by using the total absorption gamma-ray spectrometer (TAGS), for several fission products (FP), has been applied for calculations of the average energies and spectra, and decay heat summations. The calculations were performed based on the Gross theory of beta decay, in which the beta strength functions were experimentally derived from TAGS data. The deviations of decay heat power predictions from the original decay data of JENDL Decay Data File...
JUNO and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Ge, Shao-Feng; Rodejohann, Werner
2015-01-01
We study the impact of the precision determination of oscillation parameters in the JUNO experiment on half-life predictions for neutrinoless double beta decay. We show that the solar neutrino mixing angle can be measured by JUNO with below 1% uncertainty. This implies in particular that the minimal value of the effective mass in the inverted mass ordering will be known essentially without uncertainty. We demonstrate that this reduces the range of half-life predictions in order to test this v...
NEUTRINOLESS DOUBLE BETA DECAY: AN EXTREME CHALLENGE
Fernando Ferroni
2013-01-01
Neutrino-less Double Beta Decay is the only known way to possibly resolve the nature of neutrino mass. The chances to cover the mass region predicted by the inverted hierarchy require a step forward in detector capability. A possibility is to make use of scintillating bolometers. These devices shall have a great power in distinguishing signals from alfa particles from those induced by electrons. This feature might lead to an almost background-free experiment. Here the Lucifer concept will be ...
Nuclear Data Compilation for Beta Decay Isotope
Olmsted, Susan; Kelley, John; Sheu, Grace
2015-10-01
The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory nuclear data group works with the Nuclear Structure and Decay Data network to compile and evaluate data for use in nuclear physics research and applied technologies. Teams of data evaluators search through the literature and examine the experimental values for various nuclear structure parameters. The present activity focused on reviewing all available literature to determine the most accurate half-life values for beta unstable isotopes in the A = 3-20 range. This analysis will eventually be folded into the ENSDF (Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File). By surveying an accumulated compilation of reference articles, we gathered all of the experimental half-life values for the beta decay nuclides. We then used the Visual Averaging Library, a data evaluation software package, to find half-life values using several different averaging techniques. Ultimately, we found recommended half-life values for most of the mentioned beta decay isotopes, and updated web pages on the TUNL webpage to reflect these evaluations. To summarize, we compiled and evaluated literature reports on experimentally determined half-lives. Our findings have been used to update information given on the TUNL Nuclear Data Evaluation group website. This was an REU project with Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory.
Simulation in double-beta decay experiments
A detailed understanding of background radiation sources is a key to interpretation and enhanced sensitivity of double-beta decay experiments. Improvement of several techniques will be discussed. An implementation of the EGS4 code was developed to improve the accuracy of detector simulations, in particular for a 100Mo double-beta decay experiment. The efficiency modification due to the angular dependence of the 539 keV - 590 keV gamma-ray coincidence was successfully determined. The success of the 100Mo effort led to the modeling of uranium-thorium backgrounds found in an electroformed copper shield built for a 76Ge experiment. The large copper mass increased our sensitivity to contaminants present in copper produced this way, and led to changes in our cryostat electroforming technique. The original goal was the determination of the 210Pb content of the 450 year old lead shield previously used in 71Ge two-neutrino double-beta decay measurements. The results pertaining to low background materials and fabrication techniques will also be discussed
CdWO4 bolometers for Double Beta Decay search
Gironi, L; Capelli, S; Cremonesi, O; Pavan, M; Pessina, G; Pirro, S
2008-01-01
In the field of Double Beta Decay (DBD) searches the possibility to have high resolution detectors in which background can be discriminated is very appealing. This very interesting possibility can be largely fulfilled in the case of a scintillating bolometer containing a Double Beta Decay emitter whose transition energy exceeds the one of the natural gamma line of 208Tl. We present the latest results obtained in the development of such a kind of scintillating bolometer. For the first time an array of five CdWO4 (116Cd has a Double Beta Decay transition energy of 2805 keV) crystals is tested. The array consists of a plane of four 3x3x3 cm3 crystals and a second plane consisting of a single 3x3x6 cm3 crystal. This setup is mounted in hall C of the National Laboratory of Gran Sasso inside a lead shielding in order to reduce as far as possible the environmental background. The aim of this test is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of this technique through an array of detectors and perform a long background...
$\\beta$ - decay asymmetry in mirror nuclei: A = 9
Axelsson, L E; Smedberg, M
2002-01-01
Investigations of light nuclei close to the drip lines have revealed new and intriguing features of the nuclear structure. The occurrence of halo structures in loosely bound systems has had a great impact on the nuclear physics research in the last years. As intriguing but not yet solved is the nature of transitions with very large $\\beta$ - strength. \\\\ \\\\We report here on the investigation of this latter feature by an accurate measurement of the $\\beta$ - decay asymmetry between the mirror nuclei in the A=9 mass chain.\\\\ \\\\The possible asymmetry for the decay to the states around 12 MeV is interesting not only due to the fact that the individual B$_{GT}$ values are large (with large overlap in wave-functions, an unambiguous interpretation is much easier made), but also due to the special role played by this transition for the $^{9}$Li decay. It seems to belong to a class of high-B$_{GT}$ transitions observed at the neutron drip line and has been suggested to be due either to a lowering of the giant Gamow-Te...
Nuclear responses for neutrinos and neutrino studies by double beta decays and inverse beta decays
H Ejiri
2001-08-01
This is a brief report on recent studies of nuclear responses for neutrinos () by charge exchange reactions, masses by double beta () decays and of solar and supernova ’s by inverse decays. Subjects discussed include (1) studies in nuclear micro-laboratories, (2) masses studied by decays of 100Mo and nuclear responses for -, (3) solar and supernova ’s by inverse decays and responses for 71Ga and 100Mo, and (4) MOON (molybdenum observatory of neutrinos) for spectroscopic studies of Majorana masses with sensitivity of ∼ 0.03 eV by decays of 100Mo and real-time studies of low energy solar and supernova ’s by inverse decays of 100Mo.
Double beta decay with large scale Yb-loaded scintillators
Zuber, K.
2000-01-01
The potential of large scale Yb-loaded liquid scintillators as proposed for solar neutrino spectroscopy are investigated with respect to double beta decay. The potential for beta-beta- - decay of 176Yb as well as the beta+/EC - decay for 168Yb is discussed. Not only getting for the first time an experimental half-life limit on 176Yb - decay, this will even be at least comparable or better than existing ones from other isotopes. Also for the first time a realistic chance to detect beta+/EC - d...
A background free double beta decay experiment
Giomataris, Ioannis
2010-01-01
We present a new detection scheme for rejecting backgrounds in neutrino less double beta decay experiments. It relies on the detection of Cherenkov light emitted by electrons in the MeV region. The momentum threshold is tuned to reach a good discrimination between background and good events. We consider many detector concepts and a range of target materials. The most promising is a high-pressure 136Xe emitter for which the required energy threshold is easily adjusted. Combination of this concept and a high pressure Time Projection Chamber could provide an optimal solution. A simple and low cost effective solution is to use the Spherical Proportional Counter that provides two delayed signals from ionization and Cherenkov light. In solid-state double beta decay emitters, because of their higher density, the considered process is out of energy range. An alternative solution could be the development of double decay emitters with lower density by using for instance the aerogel technique. It is surprising that a te...
An experimental investigation of double beta decay of 100Mo
New limits on half-lives for several double beta decay modes of 100Mo were obtained with a novel experimental system which included thin source films interleaved with a coaxial array of windowless silicon detectors. Segmentation and timing information allowed backgrounds originating in the films to be studied in some detail. Dummy films containing 96Mo were used to assess remaining backgrounds. With 0.1 mole years of 100Mo data collected, the lower half-life limits at 90% confidence were 2.7 /times/ 1018 years for decay via the two-neutrino mode, 5.2 /times/1019 years for decay with the emission of a Majoron, and 1.6 /times/ 1020 years and 2.2 /times/ 1021 years for neutrinoless 0+ → 2+ and 0+ → 0+ transitions, respectively. 50 refs., 38 figs., 11 tabs
Neutrinoless double beta decay search with SNO+
Lozza V.
2014-01-01
The SNO+ experiment is the follow up of SNO. The detector is located 2 km underground in the Vale Canada Ltd.’s Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The active volume of the detector consists of 780 tonnes of Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) in an acrylic vessel of 12 m diameter, surrounded by about 9500 PMTs. The main goal of the SNO+ experiment is the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te. With an initial loading of 0.3% of natural tellurium (nearly 800 kg of 130Te), it is e...
NEUTRINOLESS DOUBLE BETA DECAY: AN EXTREME CHALLENGE
Fernando Ferroni
2013-12-01
Full Text Available Neutrino-less Double Beta Decay is the only known way to possibly resolve the nature of neutrino mass. The chances to cover the mass region predicted by the inverted hierarchy require a step forward in detector capability. A possibility is to make use of scintillating bolometers. These devices shall have a great power in distinguishing signals from alfa particles from those induced by electrons. This feature might lead to an almost background-free experiment. Here the Lucifer concept will be introduced and the prospects related to this project will be discussed.
Weak-interaction and nuclear-structure aspects of nuclear double beta decay
Weak-interaction and nuclear-structure aspects of double beta decay are reviewed. Starting from effective electroweak lagrangians, decay rates for the two-neutrino and neutrinoless modes of the nuclear double beta decay transitions are defined and second-order perturbative expressions for the nuclear decay amplitudes are given. Nuclear matrix elements of the relevant operators are presented, as extracted from data and from shell-model and QRPA calculations as well as from other theoretical approximations. The analysis is performed both for the two-neutrino and neutrinoless modes of the decay. The expressions for ground-state-to-ground-state and ground-state-to-excited-state transitions are presented. Updated experimental and theoretical information on β-β- decays in 48Ca, 76Ge, 82Se, 96Zr, 100Mo, 116Cd, 124Sn, 128Te, 130Te, 136Xe, 150Nd, and on β+β+, β+ EC and double EC decays in 78Kr, 92Mo, 96Ru, 106Cd, 124Xe, 130Ba, 136Ce is analyzed and compared with theoretical results. The relevance of single-beta-decay transitions feeding some of the nuclei where double-beta-decay transitions occur is pointed out. The systematics of various phase-space factors and extracted matrix elements is presented. (orig.)
Isospin and quarks in nuclear beta-decay
This paper exposes in some detail the technical problems relating to the extraction of the vector coupling constant from the beta decay of complex nuclei. It also considers the extraction of the axial coupling constant from the beta-decay of the neutron. The internal consistency of all data relating to beta-decay, including that of the muon, is also examined, within the standard model, with a view to the possible intervention of WR. (Author) 52 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs
Neutrinoless double beta decay search with SNO+
Lozza, V.
2014-01-01
The SNO+ experiment is the follow up of SNO. The detector is located 2 km underground in the Vale Canada Ltd.'s Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The active volume of the detector consists of 780 tonnes of Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) in an acrylic vessel of 12 m diameter, surrounded by about 9500 PMTs. The main goal of the SNO+ experiment is the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te. With an initial loading of 0.3% of natural tellurium (nearly 800 kg of 130Te), it is expected to reach a sensitivity on the effective Majorana neutrino mass of about 100 meV after several years of data taking. Designed as a general purpose neutrino experiment, other exciting physical goals can be explored, like the measurement of reactor neutrino oscillations and geo-neutrinos in a geologically-interesting location, watch of supernova neutrinos and studies of solar neutrinos. A first commissioning phase with water filled detector will start at the end of 2013, while the double beta decay phase will start in 2015.
The NEXT double beta decay experiment
Laing, A.; NEXT Collaboration
2016-05-01
NEXT (Neutrino Experiment with a Xenon TPC) is a neutrinoless double-beta (ββ0v) decay experiment at Laboratorio Subterraneo de Canfranc (LSC). It is an electroluminescent Time Projection Chamber filled with high pressure 136Xe gas with separated function capabilities for calorimetry and tracking. Energy resolution and background suppression are the two key features of any neutrinoless double beta decay experiment. NEXT has both good energy resolution (handle for background identification provided by track reconstruction. We expect a background rate of 4 × 10-4 counts keV-1 kg-1 yr-1, and a sensitivity to the Majorana neutrino mass of between 80-160 meV (depending on NME) after a run of 3 effective years of the 100 kg scale NEXT-100 detector. The initial phase of NEXT-100, called NEW, is currently being commissioned at LSC. It will validate the NEXT background rate expectations and will make first measurements of the two neutrino ββ2v mode of 136Xe. Furthermore, the NEXT technique can be extrapolated to the tonne scale, thus allowing the full exploration of the inverted hierarchy of neutrino masses. These proceedings review NEXT R&D results, the status of detector commissioning at LSC and the NEXT physics case.
Neutrinoless double beta decay search with SNO+
Lozza V.
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The SNO+ experiment is the follow up of SNO. The detector is located 2 km underground in the Vale Canada Ltd.’s Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The active volume of the detector consists of 780 tonnes of Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB in an acrylic vessel of 12 m diameter, surrounded by about 9500 PMTs. The main goal of the SNO+ experiment is the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te. With an initial loading of 0.3% of natural tellurium (nearly 800 kg of 130Te, it is expected to reach a sensitivity on the effective Majorana neutrino mass of about 100 meV after several years of data taking. Designed as a general purpose neutrino experiment, other exciting physical goals can be explored, like the measurement of reactor neutrino oscillations and geo-neutrinos in a geologically-interesting location, watch of supernova neutrinos and studies of solar neutrinos. A first commissioning phase with water filled detector will start at the end of 2013, while the double beta decay phase will start in 2015.
Beta decay of 252Cf on the way to scission from the exit point
Pomorski, K; Quentin, P
2015-01-01
Upon increasing significantly the nuclear elongation, the beta-decay energy grows. This paper investigates within a simple yet partly microscopic approach, the transition rate of the beta decay of the 252Cf nucleus on the way to scission from the exit point for a spontaneous fission process. A rather crude classical approximation is made for the corresponding damped collective motion assumed to be one dimensional. Given these assumptions, we only aim in this paper at providing the order of magnitudes of such a phenomenon. At each deformation the energy available for beta decay, is determined from such a dynamical treatment. Then, for a given elongation, transition rates for the allowed (Fermi) beta decay are calculated from pair correlated wave functions obtained within a macroscopic-microscopic approach and then integrated over the time corresponding to the whole descent from exit to scission. The results are presented as a function of the damping factor (inverse of the characteristic damping time) in use in...
Impact of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay on Models of Baryogenesis
Deppisch, Frank F; Huang, Wei-Chih
2015-01-01
Interactions that manifest themselves as lepton number violating processes at low energies in combination with sphaleron transitions typically erase any pre-existing baryon asymmetry of the Universe. We demonstrate in a model independent approach that the observation of neutrinoless double beta decay would impose a stringent constraint on mechanisms of high-scale baryogenesis, including leptogenesis scenarios. Further, we discuss the potential of the LHC to model independently exclude high-scale leptogenesis scenarios when observing lepton number violating processes. In combination with the observation of lepton flavor violating processes, we can further strengthen this argument, closing the loophole of asymmetries being stored in different lepton flavors.
Neutrinoless double beta decay in Gerda
Grabmayr, Peter; Gerda Collaboration
2015-10-01
The Germanium Detector Array (Gerda) experiment searches for the neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge. This lepton number violating process is predicted by extensions of the standard model. Gerda follows a staged approach by increasing mass and lowering the background level from phase to phase. Gerda is setup at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory of INFN, Italy. An array of high-purity germanium detectors is lowered directly in liquid argon for shielding and cooling. Further background reduction is achieved by an instrumented water buffer. In Phase I an exposure of 21.6 kg yr was collected at a background level of 10-2 cts/(keV kg yr). The lower limit on the half-life of 76Ge > 2 . 1 .1025 yr (90% C.L.) has been published. Further analyses search for decay into excited states or the accompanied Majoron decay. Presently, Phase II is in preparation which intends to reach a background level of 10-3 cts/(keV kg yr) and to increase the exposure to 100 kg yr. About 20 kg of novel thick-window BEGe (Broad Energy Germanium) detectors will be added and the liquid argon will be instrumented. The status of Phase II preparation and results from the commissioning runs will be presented as well as some further results from Phase I.
Molecular effects in the neutrino mass determination from beta-decay of the tritium molecule
Molecular final state energies and transition probabilities have been computed for beta-decay of the tritium molecule. The results are of sufficient accuracy to make a determination of the electron neutrino rest mass with an error not exceeding a few tenths of an electron volt. Effects of approximate models of tritium beta-decay on the neutrino mass determination are discussed. 14 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab
COBRA - Double beta decay searches using CdTe detectors
Zuber, K.
2001-01-01
A new approach (called COBRA) for investigating double beta decay using CdTe (CdZnTe) semiconductor detectors is proposed. It follows the idea that source and detector are identical. This will allow simultaneous measurements of 5 $\\beta^-\\beta^-$ - and 4 $\\beta^+\\beta^+$ - emitters at once. Half-life limits for neutrinoless double beta decay of Cd-116 and Te-130 can be improved by more than one order of magnitude with respect to current limits and sensitivities on the effective Majorana neutr...
Neutrinoless double beta decay and heavy sterile neutrinos
The experimental rate of neutrinoless double beta decay can be saturated by the exchange of virtual sterile neutrinos, that mix with the ordinary neutrinos and are heavier than 200 MeV. Interestingly, this hypothesis is subject only to marginal experimental constraints, because of the new nuclear matrix elements. This possibility is analyzed in the context of the Type I seesaw model, performing also exploratory investigations of the implications for heavy neutrino mass spectra, rare decays of mesons as well as neutrino-decay search, LHC, and lepton flavor violation. The heavy sterile neutrinos can saturate the rate only when their masses are below some 10 TeV, but in this case, the suppression of the light-neutrino masses has to be more than the ratio of the electroweak scale and the heavy-neutrino scale; i.e., more suppressed than the naive seesaw expectation. We classify the cases when this condition holds true in the minimal version of the seesaw model, showing its compatibility (1) with neutrinoless double beta rate being dominated by heavy neutrinos and (2) with any light neutrino mass spectra. The absence of excessive fine-tunings and the radiative stability of light neutrino mass matrices, together with a saturating sterile neutrino contribution, imply an upper bound on the heavy neutrino masses of about 10 GeV. We extend our analysis to the Extended seesaw scenario, where the light and the heavy sterile neutrino contributions are completely decoupled, allowing the sterile neutrinos to saturate the present experimental bound on neutrinoless double beta decay. In the models analyzed, the rate of this process is not strictly connected with the values of the light neutrino masses, and a fast transition rate is compatible with neutrinos lighter than 100 meV.
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay: 2015 Review
Stefano Dell’Oro
2016-01-01
Full Text Available The discovery of neutrino masses through the observation of oscillations boosted the importance of neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ. In this paper, we review the main features of this process, underlining its key role from both the experimental and theoretical point of view. In particular, we contextualize the 0νββ in the panorama of lepton number violating processes, also assessing some possible particle physics mechanisms mediating the process. Since the 0νββ existence is correlated with neutrino masses, we also review the state of the art of the theoretical understanding of neutrino masses. In the final part, the status of current 0νββ experiments is presented and the prospects for the future hunt for 0νββ are discussed. Also, experimental data coming from cosmological surveys are considered and their impact on 0νββ expectations is examined.
A massive neutrino in nuclear beta decay?
We have continued our studies of the p-spectrum of 14C using a germanium detector doped with 14C. There is a feature in the β-spectrum 17 keV below the endpoint which could be explained by the hypothesis that there is a heavy neutrino emitted in the β-decay of 14C with a mass of 17±1 keV and an emission probability of 1.26±0.25%. However, we also have performed a high statistics measurement of the inner bremsstrahlung spectrum of 55Fe and find no indication of the emission of a 17-keV neutrino. We conclude that the origin of the ''kink'' that has been observed in some recent beta spectral measurements is not a neutrino
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with SNO+
Hartnell, J
2012-01-01
SNO+ will search for neutrinoless double beta decay by loading 780 tonnes of linear alkylbenzene liquid scintillator with O(tonne) of neodymium. Using natural Nd at 0.1% loading will provide 43.7 kg of 150Nd given its 5.6% abundance and allow the experiment to reach a sensitivity to the effective neutrino mass of 100-200 meV at 90% C.L in a 3 year run. The SNO+ detector has ultra low backgrounds with 7000 tonnes of water shielding and self-shielding of the scintillator. Distillation and several other purification techniques will be used with the aim of achieving Borexino levels of backgrounds. The experiment is fully funded and data taking with light-water will commence in 2012 with scintillator data following in 2013.
A massive neutrino in nuclear beta decay?
We have continued our studies of the β-spectrum of 14C using a germanium detector doped with l4C. There is a feature in the β-spectrum 17 keV below the endpoint which could be explained by the hypothesis that there is a heavy neutrino emitted in the β-decay of 14C with a mass of 17±1 keV and an emission probability of 1.26±0.25%. However, we also have performed a high statistics measurement of the inner bremsstrahlung spectrum of 55Fe and find no indication of the emission of a 17-keV neutrino. We conclude that the origin of the ''kink'' that has been observed in some recent beta spectral measurements is not a neutrino
A massive neutrino in nuclear beta decay?
We have continued our studies of the β-spectrum of 14C using a germanium detector doped with 14C. There is a feature in the β-spectrum 17 keV below the endpoint which could be explained by the hypothesis that there is a heavy neutrino emitted in the β-decay of 14C with a mass of 17±1 keV and an emission probability of 1.26±0.25%. However, we also have performed a high statistics measurement of the inner bremsstrahlung spectrum of 55Fe and find no indication of the emission of a 17-keV neutrino. We conclude that the origin of the ''kink'' that has been observed in some recent beta spectral measurements is not a neutrino
An experiment to observe the bound beta-decay (BOB) of the free neutron into a hydrogen atom and an electron anti-neutrino is described. The hyperfine spin state population of the monoenergetic hydrogen atom yields the neutrino left-handedness or possible right-handed admixture as well as possible small scalar and tensor contributions to the weak force. The BOB H(2s) hyperfine states can be separated with a Lamb-Shift Spin Filter. These monoenergetic H(2s) atoms are ionised into H− by charge exchanging within an argon cell. These ions are then separated using an adaptation of a MAC-E Filter. A first experiment is proposed at the FRMII high thermal-neutron flux beam reactor SR6 through-going beam tube, where we will seek to observe this rare neutron decay-mode for the first time and determine the branching ratio. After successful completion, the hyperfine spin state population will be determined, possibly at the ILL high-flux beam reactor through-going beam tube H6–H7, where the thermal neutron flux is a factor of four larger.
Double beta decay of 128Te and RIS
The paper considers the use of Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS) in the determination of the electron neutrino mass via the double beta decay of 128Te. An outline is given of the theoretical background to the electron neutrino restmass, and the importance of the neutrino properties in Grand Unification Theories. The detection method for double beta decay is described; the discussion is restricted to tellurium ores and the decays 128Te → 128Xe, and 130Te → 130Xe. A consideration of existing data on double beta decay of 128Te indicates that most aspects of the detection could benefit from RIS. (U.K.)
Scalar-mediated double beta decay and LHC
Gonzales, L; Hirsch, M; Kovalenko, S G
2016-01-01
The decay rate of neutrinoless double beta decay could be dominated by short-range diagrams involving heavy scalar particles ("topology-II" diagrams). Examples are diagrams with diquarks, leptoquarks or charged scalars. Here, we compare the discovery potential for lepton number violating signals at the LHC with constraints from dijet and leptoquark searches and the sensitivity of double beta decay experiments, using three example models. We note that already with 20/fb the LHC will test interesting parts of the parameter space of these models, not excluded by current limits on double beta decay.
Neutrinoless double-beta decay in covariant density functional theory
Ring, P.; Yao, J. M.; Song, L. S.; Hagino, K.; Meng, J.
2015-10-01
We use covariant density functional theory beyond mean field in order to describe neutrinoless double-beta decay in a fully relativistic way. The dynamic effects of particle-number and angular-momentum conservations as well as shape fluctuations of quadrupole character are taken into account within the generator coordinate method for both initial and final nuclei. The calculations are based on the full relativistic transition operator. The nuclear matrix elements (NME's) for a large number of possible transitions are investigated. The results are compared with various non-relativistic calculations, in particular also with the density functional theory based on the Gogny force. We find that the non-relativistic approximation is justified and that the total NME's can be well approximated by the pure axial-vector coupling term. This corresponds to a considerable reduction of the computational effort.
Neutrinoless double-beta decay in covariant density functional theory
Ring, P., E-mail: ring@ph.tum.de [Physik-Department der Technischen Universität München, D-85748 Garching (Germany); State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing 100871 (China); Yao, J. M. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); School of Physical Science and Technology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Song, L. S. [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing 100871 (China); Hagino, K. [Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Meng, J. [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, School of Physics, Peking Univ., Beijing 100871 (China); School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Department of Physics, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7602 (South Africa)
2015-10-15
We use covariant density functional theory beyond mean field in order to describe neutrinoless double-beta decay in a fully relativistic way. The dynamic effects of particle-number and angular-momentum conservations as well as shape fluctuations of quadrupole character are taken into account within the generator coordinate method for both initial and final nuclei. The calculations are based on the full relativistic transition operator. The nuclear matrix elements (NME’s) for a large number of possible transitions are investigated. The results are compared with various non-relativistic calculations, in particular also with the density functional theory based on the Gogny force. We find that the non-relativistic approximation is justified and that the total NME’s can be well approximated by the pure axial-vector coupling term. This corresponds to a considerable reduction of the computational effort.
Neutrinoless double-beta decay in covariant density functional theory
We use covariant density functional theory beyond mean field in order to describe neutrinoless double-beta decay in a fully relativistic way. The dynamic effects of particle-number and angular-momentum conservations as well as shape fluctuations of quadrupole character are taken into account within the generator coordinate method for both initial and final nuclei. The calculations are based on the full relativistic transition operator. The nuclear matrix elements (NME’s) for a large number of possible transitions are investigated. The results are compared with various non-relativistic calculations, in particular also with the density functional theory based on the Gogny force. We find that the non-relativistic approximation is justified and that the total NME’s can be well approximated by the pure axial-vector coupling term. This corresponds to a considerable reduction of the computational effort
Tests of Lorentz Symmetry in Single Beta Decay
Low-energy experiments studying single beta decay can serve as sensitive probes of Lorentz invariance that can complement interferometric searches for deviations from this spacetime symmetry. Experimental signatures of a dimension-three operator for Lorentz violation which are unobservable in neutrino oscillations are described for the decay of polarized and unpolarized neutrons as well as for measurements of the spectral endpoint in beta decay
Neutrinoless double beta decay and lepton number violating new physics
Neutrinoless double beta decay is a very promising experimental test for lepton number violation. The exchange of light Majorana neutrinos is the simplest realization of this decay, but other physics beyond the Standard Model may also mediate neutrinoless double beta decay. We discuss the interplay of different mechanisms and the influence such an interplay has on the extraction of parameters of the neutrino sector from experimental results.
NEMO 3 double beta decay experiment: latest results
Barabash, A S
2008-01-01
The double beta decay experiment NEMO~3 has been taking data since February 2003. The aim of this experiment is to search for neutrinoless decay and investigate two neutrino double beta decay in seven different enriched isotopes ($^{100}$Mo,$^{82}$Se, $^{48}$Ca, $^{96}$Zr, $^{116}$Cd, $^{130}$Te and $^{150}$Nd). After analysis of the data corresponding to 693 days, no evidence for $0\
Data Evaluation for 56Co epsilon + beta+ Decay
Baglin, Coral M.; MacMahon, T. Desmond
2005-02-28
Recommended values for nuclear and atomic data pertaining to the {var_epsilon} + {beta}{sup +} decay of {sup 56}Co are provided here, followed by comments on evaluation procedures and a summary of all available experimental data. {sup 56}Co is a radionuclide which is potentially very useful for Ge detector efficiency calibration because it is readily produced via the {sup 56}Fe(p,n) reaction, its half-life of 77.24 days is conveniently long, and it provides a number of relatively strong {gamma} rays with energies up to {approx}3500 keV. The transition intensities recommended here for the strongest lines will be included in the forthcoming International Atomic Energy Agency Coordinated Research Programme document ''Update of X- and Gamma-ray Decay Data Standards for Detector Calibration and Other Applications'', and the analysis for all transitions along with relevant atomic data have been provided to the Decay Data Evaluation Project.
Beta-delayed gamma decay of 26P: Possible evidence of a proton halo
Pérez-Loureiro, D; Bennett, M B; Liddick, S N; Bowe, A; Brown, B A; Chen, A A; Chipps, K A; Cooper, N; Irvine, D; McNeice, E; Montes, F; Naqvi, F; Ortez, R; Pain, S D; Pereira, J; Prokop, C J; Quaglia, J; Quinn, S J; Sakstrup, J; Santia, M; Schwartz, S B; Shanab, S; Simon, A; Spyrou, A; Thiagalingam, E
2016-01-01
Background: Measurements of $\\beta$ decay provide important nuclear structure information that can be used to probe isospin asymmetries and inform nuclear astrophysics studies. Purpose: To measure the $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$ decay of $^{26}$P and compare the results with previous experimental results and shell-model calculations. Method: A $^{26}$P fast beam produced using nuclear fragmentation was implanted into a planar germanium detector. Its $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$-ray emission was measured with an array of 16 high-purity germanium detectors. Positrons emitted in the decay were detected in coincidence to reduce the background. Results: The absolute intensities of $^{26}$P $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$-rays were determined. A total of six new $\\beta$-decay branches and 15 new $\\gamma$-ray lines have been observed for the first time in $^{26}$P $\\beta$-decay. A complete $\\beta$-decay scheme was built for the allowed transitions to bound excited states of $^{26}$Si. $ft$ values and Gamow-Teller strengths were a...
Tests of the standard electroweak model in beta decay
We review the current status of precision measurements in allowed nuclear beta decay, including neutron decay, with emphasis on their potential to look for new physics beyond the standard electroweak model. The experimental results are interpreted in the framework of phenomenological model-independent descriptions of nuclear beta decay as well as in some specific extensions of the standard model. The values of the standard couplings and the constraints on the exotic couplings of the general beta decay Hamiltonian are updated. For the ratio between the axial and the vector couplings we obtain CA,/CV = -1.26992(69) under the standard model assumptions. Particular attention is devoted to the discussion of the sensitivity and complementarity of different precision experiments in direct beta decay. The prospects and the impact of recent developments of precision tools and of high intensity low energy beams are also addressed. (author)
Tests of the standard electroweak model in beta decay
Severijns, N.; Beck, M. [Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Naviliat-Cuncic, O. [Caen Univ., CNRS-ENSI, 14 (France). Lab. de Physique Corpusculaire
2006-05-15
We review the current status of precision measurements in allowed nuclear beta decay, including neutron decay, with emphasis on their potential to look for new physics beyond the standard electroweak model. The experimental results are interpreted in the framework of phenomenological model-independent descriptions of nuclear beta decay as well as in some specific extensions of the standard model. The values of the standard couplings and the constraints on the exotic couplings of the general beta decay Hamiltonian are updated. For the ratio between the axial and the vector couplings we obtain C{sub A},/C{sub V} = -1.26992(69) under the standard model assumptions. Particular attention is devoted to the discussion of the sensitivity and complementarity of different precision experiments in direct beta decay. The prospects and the impact of recent developments of precision tools and of high intensity low energy beams are also addressed. (author)
Recent status of the studies of nuclear masses and {beta}-decay
Yamada, Masami [Waseda Univ., Tokyo (Japan). Advanced Research Center for Science and Engineering
1996-05-01
The recent status of the above studies was explained, especially, nuclear masses were described from the aspect of probability theory and that of {beta}-decay suggested that the first forbidden transition was hindered between the ground states. We have to study various systematics in order to know the mass surface, Way-Yamada-Matumoto type systematics is better to check the experimental nuclear masses. The gross theory is very useful to understand the general aspect of {beta}-decay. The understanding method of mass surface, systematic check of mass and hindrance of the first forbidden transition at rank 1 were explained. (S.Y.)
New particle searches by double beta decay
So far, neutrinoless double beta decay has not been observed, but the lifetime limit (3-10/sup 23/ years) is such a stringent one that its non-observation can set the best upper limit for the mass of the electron neutrino (if it is a Majorana particle) and the best lower limit on the mass of a heavy Majorana neutrino for a given coupling to the electron neutrino, ν/sub e/. In addition it provides the best limit on the coupling of light bosons, such as Majorons, to ν/sub e/, and also the best limit on the existence of right-handed currents in the case in which all right-handed Majorana neutrinos are heavier than all left-handed leptons. The apparatus has to have such low backgrounds even in the keV energy region that it also can be used to set the best terrestrial limits on the mass of solar axions and of other dark matter candidates
T violation in radiative $\\beta$ decay and electric dipole moments
Dekens, W G
2015-01-01
In radiative $\\beta$ decay, $T$ violation can be studied through a spin-independent $T$-odd correlation. We consider contributions to this correlation by beyond the standard model (BSM) sources of $T$-violation, arising above the electroweak scale. At the same time such sources, parametrized by dimension-6 operators, can induce electric dipole moments (EDMs). As a consequence, the manifestations of the $T$-odd BSM physics in radiative $\\beta$ decay and EDMs are not independent. Here we exploit this connection to show that current EDM bounds already strongly constrain the spin-independent $T$-odd correlation in radiative $\\beta$ decay.
Empirical formula for two neutrino double beta decay
The double beta (2β) decay is a rare nuclear weak process in which two neutrons in the nucleus are converted into two protons, and two electrons and two electron antineutrinos are emitted. The process can be thought as a sum of 2β decays. For the double beta decay to be possible, the final nucleus must have a larger binding energy than the original nucleus. The present work aims to develop an empirical formula for computing two neutrino 2β decay half-lives
Neutrino Mass Ordering in Future Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiments
Zhang, Jue
2016-01-01
Motivated by recent intensive experimental efforts on searching for neutrinoless double beta decays, we present a detailed quantitative analysis on the prospect of resolving neutrino mass ordering in the next generation $^{76}$Ge-type experiments.
Neutrinoless double beta decay, solar neutrinos and mass scales
Osland, Per; Vigdel, Geir
2001-01-01
We obtain bounds for the neutrino masses by combining atmospheric and solar neutrino data with the phenomenology of neutrinoless double beta decay where hypothetical values of || are envisaged from future 0\
NEXT, a HPGXe TPC for neutrinoless double beta decay searches
Granena, F; Nova, F; Rico, J; Sánchez, F; Nygren, D R; Barata, J A S; Borges, F I G M; Conde, C A N; Dias, T H V T; Fernandes, L M P; Freitas, E D C; Lopes, J A M; Monteiro, C M B; Santos, J M F dos; Santos, F P; Tavora, L M N; Veloso, J F C A; Calvo, E; Gil-Botella, I; Novella, P; Palomares, C; Verdugo, A; Giomataris, Yu; Ferrer-Ribas, E; Hernando-Morata, J A; Martínez, D; Cid, X; Ball, M; Carcel, S; Cervera-Villanueva, Anselmo; Díaz, J; Gil, A; Gómez-Cadenas, J J; Martín-Albo, J; Monrabal, F; Munoz-Vidal, J; Serra, L; Sorel, M; Yahlali, N; Bosch, R Esteve; Lerche, C W; Martinez, J D; Mora, F J; Sebastiá, A; Tarazona, A; Toledo, J F; Lazaro, M; Perez, J L; Ripoll, L; Carmona, J M; Cebrián, S; Dafni, T; Galan, J; Gomez, H; Iguaz, F J; Irastorza, I G; Luzón, G; Morales, J; Rodríguez, A; Ruz, J; Tomas, A; Villar, J A
2009-01-01
We propose a novel detection concept for neutrinoless double-beta decay searches. This concept is based on a Time Projection Chamber (TPC) filled with high-pressure gaseous xenon, and with separated-function capabilities for calorimetry and tracking. Thanks to its excellent energy resolution, together with its powerful background rejection provided by the distinct double-beta decay topological signature, the design discussed in this Letter Of Intent promises to be competitive and possibly out-perform existing proposals for next-generation neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments. We discuss the detection principles, design specifications, physics potential and R&D plans to construct a detector with 100 kg fiducial mass in the double-beta decay emitting isotope Xe(136), to be installed in the Canfranc Underground Laboratory.
Double beta decay experiments: beginning of a new era
Barabash, A S
2012-01-01
The review of current experiments on search and studying of double beta decay processes is done. Results of the most sensitive experiments are discussed and values of modern limits on effective Majorana neutrino mass ($) are given. New results on two neutrino double beta decay are presented. The special attention is given to new current experiments with mass of studied isotopes more than 100 kg, EXO--200 and KamLAND--Zen. These experiments open a new era in research of double beta decay. In the second part of the review prospects of search for neutrinoless double beta decay in new experiments with sensitivity to $$ at the level of $\\sim 0.01-0.1$ eV are discussed. Parameters and characteristics of the most perspective projects (CUORE, GERDA, MAJORANA, SuperNEMO, EXO, KamLAND--Zen, SNO+) are given.
Complementarity of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay and Cosmology
Dodelson, Scott; Lykken, Joseph
2014-03-20
Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments constrain one combination of neutrino parameters, while cosmic surveys constrain another. This complementarity opens up an exciting range of possibilities. If neutrinos are Majorana particles, and the neutrino masses follow an inverted hierarchy, then the upcoming sets of both experiments will detect signals. The combined constraints will pin down not only the neutrino masses but also constrain one of the Majorana phases. If the hierarchy is normal, then a beta decay detection with the upcoming generation of experiments is unlikely, but cosmic surveys could constrain the sum of the masses to be relatively heavy, thereby producing a lower bound for the neutrinoless double beta decay rate, and therefore an argument for a next generation beta decay experiment. In this case as well, a combination of the phases will be constrained.
Status and Perspectives of Double Beta Decay Searches
Zuber, K.
2015-11-01
Double beta decay is an extremely rare process and requires half-life measurements around 1020 years for the neutrino accompanied and well beyond that for the neutrinoless mode. The current status of the search will be discussed.
New exotics in the double beta decay contributions zoo
Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, H. V.; Päs, H.; Sarkar, U.
2000-01-01
We discuss the potential of neutrinoless double beta decay for testing Lorentz invariance and the weak equivalence principle as well as contributions from dilaton exchange gravity in the neutrino sector. While neutrino oscillation bounds constrain the region of large mixing of the weak and gravitational eigenstates, we obtain new constraints on violations of Lorentz invariance and the equivalence principle from neutrinoless double beta decay, applying even in the case of no mixing. Double bet...
Study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{20}$Mg
Cederkall, J A; Riisager, K; Garcia borge, M J; Madurga flores, M; Jonson, B N G; Fynbo, H O U; Koldste, G T; Giles, T J; Nilsson, T; Perea martinez, A
We propose to perform a detailed study of the $\\beta$-decay of the dripline nucleus $^{20}$Mg. This will provide important information on resonances in $^{20}$Na relevant for the astrophysical rp-process as well as improved information for detailed comparison with state-of-the-art Shell-Model calculations and for comparison with the mirror $\\beta$-decay of $^{20}$O.
Status of the COBRA double beta decay experiment
Zuber, Kai, E-mail: zuber@physik.tu-dresden.d [Inst. fuer Kern- und Teilchenphysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany)
2010-01-01
The current status of the COBRA experiment is described. Results on the 4-fold forbidden beta decay of {sup 113}Cd and a variety of double beta decay limits of Cd, Zn and Te isotopes are presented based on 18 kg x days of exposure with an array of sixteen CdZnTe semiconductor detectors. A short description on the activities with pixelated detectors for tracking is given.
Status of the COBRA double beta decay experiment
The current status of the COBRA experiment is described. Results on the 4-fold forbidden beta decay of 113Cd and a variety of double beta decay limits of Cd, Zn and Te isotopes are presented based on 18 kg x days of exposure with an array of sixteen CdZnTe semiconductor detectors. A short description on the activities with pixelated detectors for tracking is given.
Search for neutrinoless double beta decay with DCBA
A project called DCBA (Drift Chamber Beta-ray Analyzer) is in progress at KEK in order to search for the events of neutrinoless double beta decay. For investigating technical problems, a test apparatus called DCBA-T has been constructed. The preliminary results of its engineering run are described together with the simulation studies of backgrounds originating from 214Bi and 208Tl
Background capabilities of pixel detectors for double beta decay measurements
Cermak, Pavel, E-mail: pavel.cermak@utef.cvut.cz [Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague, 12800 Prague (Czech Republic); Stekl, Ivan; Bocarov, Viktor; Jose, Joshy M.; Jakubek, Jan; Pospisil, Stanislav [Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague, 12800 Prague (Czech Republic); Fiederle, Michael; Fauler, Alex [Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, D-79104 Freiburg (Germany); Zuber, Kai [Institut fuer Kern- und Teilchenphysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Loaiza, Pia [Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane, 73500 Modane (France); Shitov, Yuriy [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation)
2011-05-15
We discuss the possible use of a progressive detection technique based on pixel detectors for the study of double beta decay ({beta}{beta}) processes. A series of background measurements in various environments (surface laboratory, underground laboratory, with and without Pb shielding) was performed using the TimePix silicon hybrid pixel device. The pixel detector response to the natural background and intrinsic background properties measured by a low-background HPGe detector are presented.
Neutrino mass, neutrinoless double electron capture and rare beta decays
Mustonen, M T; Suhonen, J, E-mail: jouni.suhonen@phys.jyu.f [Department of Physics, PO Box 35 (YFL), FI-40014 University of Jyvaeskylae (Finland)
2010-01-01
We present results of our theoretical calculations on three nuclei of interest from the neutrino-physics point of view: Firstly, we present the second-forbidden decay branch of {sup 115}In with the ultra-low Q value and theoretical open questions related to such decays. Secondly, we have calculated estimates for the half-lives of the single-beta decay channels of {sup 96}Zr and concluded that the possible contamination from those to the geochemical measurements of {sup 96}Zr double-beta-decay half-life is rather small. Thirdly, we have taken a look at the neutrinoless resonance double-electron-capture decay of {sup 112}Sn in the light of recent JYFLTRAP Q value measurements and discovered that the badly fulfilled resonance condition renders the decay unobservable.
Spectral distribution Method for neutrinoless double beta decay: Results for $^{82}$Se and $^{76}$Ge
Kota, V K B
2016-01-01
Statistical spectral distribution method based on shell model and random matrix theory is developed for calculating neutrinoless double beta decay nuclear transition matrix elements. First results obtained for $^{82}$Se and $^{76}$Ge using the spectral method are close to the available shell model results.
Lepton number violating new physics and neutrinoless double beta decay
Neutrinoless double beta decay is a very sensitive experimental probe for lepton number violating (ΔL=2) physics beyond the Standard Model. Whatever the new physics mechanism is that triggers the decay, according to the well known Schechter-Valle (or Black Box) theorem, it will induce a Majorana mass term for neutrinos. Neutrinoless double beta decay is therefore the only known possibility to ascertain in the foreseeable future whether the neutrino is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. We discuss the relation between various lepton number violating operators, Majorana neutrino masses, and future experiments.
Status and prospects of searches for neutrinoless double beta decay
Schwingenheuer, Bernhard
2012-01-01
The simultaneous beta decay of two neutrons in a nucleus without the emission of neutrinos (called neutrinoless double beta decay) is a lepton number violating process which is not allowed in the Standard Model of particle physics. More than a dozen experiments using different candidate isotopes and a variety of detection techniques are searching for this decay. Some (EXO-200, Kamland-Zen, GERDA) started to take data recently. EXO and Kamland-Zen have reported first limits of the half life $T_{1/2}^{0\
Systematic study of double beta decay to excited final states
A systematic study of two-neutrino double beta (2νββ) decay to the final ground state and excited states is performed within a microscopic quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA) model. The excited states are assumed to have the structure of one or two QRPA phonons. This study of the 2νββ decay rates is complemented with the study of single-beta-decay feeding of the relevant nuclei taking part in the double beta process. The Woods-Saxon single-particle energies have been corrected near the Fermi surface by comparing the BCS quasi-particle energies with spectroscopic data of the relevant odd-mass nuclei. Pairing gaps, energy systematics of the Gamow-Teller-States and the available beta-decay data have been used to obtain effective, model-space adapted, two-body matrix elements starting from the G-matrix elements of the Bonn one-boson-exchange potential. This enables a parameter-free calculation of the double Gamow-Teller matrix elements and theoretical prediction of double-beta half lives. The harmonic two-phonon approximation has been used in the beta-decay analysis and the subsequent 2νββ calculations. (authors)
Status and perspectives of double beta decay searches
Double beta decay is a very rare nuclear decay characterised by a change of 2 units the ordering number Z while leaving the mass number A constant. It can basically occur in two modes, with the emission of two electrons and two anti-neutrinos or the emission of two electrons only. The neutrinoless double beta decay of nuclei is not allowed in the Standard Model and is of outstanding importance for neutrino physics. It can only occur if a neutrino is its own antiparticle and if it has a non-vanishing rest mass. After a general introduction into double beta decay, the talk focusses on the current experimental searches and results and their implications for particle physics. An outlook towards future projects and the involved challenges is given. This includes a discussion on nuclear matrix elements and possible supporting experimental activities.
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay and High-Scale Baryogenesis
Graf, Lukas; Huang, Wei-Chih
2015-01-01
The constraints on baryogenesis models obtained from an observation of neutrinoless double beta decay are discussed. The lepton number violating processes, which can underlie neutrinoless double beta decay, would together with sphaleron processes, which are effective in a wide range of energies, wash out any primordial baryon asymmetry of the universe. Typically, if a mechanism of neutrinoless double beta decay other than the standard light neutrino exchange is observed, typical scenarios of high-scale baryogenesis will be excluded. This can be achieved by different methods, e.g. through the observation in multiple isotopes or the measurement of the decay distribution. In addition, we will also highlight the connection with low energy lepton flavour violation and lepton number violation at the LHC.
Beta-decay properties of $^{25}$Si and $^{26}$P
Thomas, J C; Äystö, J; Béraud, R; Blank, B; Canchel, G; Czajkowski, S; Dendooven, P; Ensallem, A; Giovinazzo, J; Guillet, N; Honkanen, J; Jokinen, A; Laird, A M; Lewitowicz, M; Longour, C; De Santos, F O; Peräjärvi, K; democrite-00023307, ccsd
2004-01-01
The $\\beta$-decay properties of the neutron-deficient nuclei $^{25}$Si and $^{26}$P have been investigated at the GANIL/LISE3 facility by means of charged-particle and $\\gamma$-ray spectroscopy. The decay schemes obtained and the Gamow-Teller strength distributions are compared to shell-model calculations based on the USD interaction. B(GT) values derived from the absolute measurement of the $\\beta$-decay branching ratios give rise to a quenching factor of the Gamow-Teller strength of 0.6. A precise half-life of 43.7 (6) ms was determined for $^{26}$P, the $\\beta$- (2)p decay mode of which is described.
Nuclear matrix elements for double-{\\beta} decay
Barea, J; Iachello, F; 10.1103/PhysRevC.87.014315
2013-01-01
Background: Direct determination of the neutrino mass through double-$\\beta$ decay is at the present time one of the most important areas of experimental and theoretical research in nuclear and particle physics. Purpose: We calculate nuclear matrix elements for the extraction of the average neutrino mass in neutrinoless double-$\\beta$ decay. Methods: The microscopic interacting boson model (IBM-2) is used. Results: Nuclear matrix elements in the closure approximation are calculated for $^{48}$Ca, $^{76}$Ge, $^{82}$Se, $^{96}$Zr, $^{100}$Mo, $^{110}$Pd, $^{116}$Cd, $^{124}$Sn, $^{128}$Te, $^{130}$Te, $^{148}$Nd, $^{150}$Nd, $^{154}$Sm, $^{160}$Gd, and $^{198}$Pt decay. Conclusions: Realistic predictions for the expected half-lives in neutrinoless double-$\\beta$ decay with light and heavy neutrino exchange in terms of neutrino masses are made and limits are set from current experiments.
Status and perspectives of double beta decay searches
Zuber, Kai [Inst. fuer Kern- und Teilchenphysik, TU Dresden (Germany)
2011-07-01
Double beta decay is a very rare nuclear decay characterised by a change of 2 units the ordering number Z while leaving the mass number A constant. It can basically occur in two modes, with the emission of two electrons and two anti-neutrinos or the emission of two electrons only. The neutrinoless double beta decay of nuclei is not allowed in the Standard Model and is of outstanding importance for neutrino physics. It can only occur if a neutrino is its own antiparticle and if it has a non-vanishing rest mass. After a general introduction into double beta decay, the talk focusses on the current experimental searches and results and their implications for particle physics. An outlook towards future projects and the involved challenges is given. This includes a discussion on nuclear matrix elements and possible supporting experimental activities.
Lane, S.M.
1979-08-01
An experimental investigation of the level structure of /sup 133/Te was performed by spectroscopy of gamma-rays following the beta-decay of 2.7 min /sup 133/Sb. Multiscaled gamma-ray singles spectra and 2.5 x 10/sup 7/ gamma-gamma coincidence events were used in the assignment of 105 of the approximately 400 observed gamma-rays to /sup 133/Sb decay and in the construction of the /sup 133/Te level scheme with 29 excited levels. One hundred twenty-two gamma-rays were identified as originating in the decay of other isotopes of Sb or their daughter products. The remaining gamma-rays were associated with the decay of impurity atoms or have as yet not been identified. A new computer program based on the Lanczos tridiagonalization algorithm using an uncoupled m-scheme basis and vector manipulations was written. It was used to calculate energy levels, parities, spins, model wavefunctions, neutron and proton separation energies, and some electromagnetic transition probabilities for the following nuclei in the /sup 132/Sn region: /sup 128/Sn, /sup 129/Sn, /sup 130/Sn, /sup 131/Sn, /sup 130/Sb, /sup 131/Sb, /sup 132/Sb, /sup 133/Sb, /sup 132/Te, /sup 133/Te, /sup 134/Te, /sup 134/I, /sup 135/I, /sup 135/Xe, and /sup 136/Xe. The results are compared with experiment and the agreement is generally good. For non-magic nuclei: the lg/sub 7/2/, 2d/sub 5/2/, 2d/sub 3/2/, 1h/sub 11/2/, and 3s/sub 1/2/ orbitals are available to valence protons and the 2d/sub 5/2/, 2d/sub 3/2/, 1h/sub 11/2/, and 3s/sub 1/2/ orbitals are available to valence neutron holes. The present CDC7600 computer code can accommodate 59 single particle states and vectors comprised of 30,000 Slater determinants. The effective interaction used was that of Petrovich, McManus, and Madsen, a modification of the Kallio-Kolltveit realistic force. Single particle energies, effective charges and effective g-factors were determined from experimental data for nuclei in the /sup 132/Sn region. 116 references.
Sizeable beta-strength in ^{31}Ar^{ (beta 3p) decay}
T. Koldste, G.; Blank, B.; J. G. Borge, M.;
2014-01-01
We present for the first time precise spectroscopic information on the recently discovered decay mode beta-delayed 3p-emission. The detection of the 3p events gives an increased sensitivity to the high energy part of the Gamow-Teller strength distribution from the decay of 31Ar revealing that as...... much as 30% of the strength resides in the beta-3p decay mode. A simplified description of how the main decay modes evolve as the excitation energy increases in 31Cl is provided....
Final-State Spectrum of $^3$He after $\\beta^-$ Decay of Tritium Anions T$^-$
Stark, Alexander; Saenz, Alejandro
2009-01-01
The final-state spectrum of $\\beta$ decaying tritium anions T$^-$ was calculated. The wavefunctions describing the initial T$^-$ ground state and the final $^3$He states were obtained by the full configuration-interaction method. The transition probability was calculated within the sudden approximation. The transition probability into the electronic continuum is extracted from the complex-scaled resolvent and is shown to converge for very high-energies to an approximate analytical model proba...
The Enriched Xenon Observatory (EXO) for double beta decay
The Enriched Xenon Observatory (EXO) is an experimental program designed to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) of Xe-136. of 0nbb would determine an absolute mass scale for neutrinos and answer the question about their Majorana nature. The current phase of the experiment, EXO-200, uses 200 kg of liquid xenon with 80% enrichment in Xe-136. The double beta decay of xenon is detected in an ultra-low background time projection chamber by collecting both, the scintillation light and the ionization charge. The detector has provided the first measurement of two neutrino double beta decay and continues to take data for a neutrinoless analysis.
Sensitivity of NEXT-100 to neutrinoless double beta decay
Martín-Albo, J; Ferrario, P.; Nebot-Guinot, M.; Gomez-Cadenas, J.J.; Alvarez, V.; Azevedo, C.D.R.; Borges, F.I.G.; Carcel, S.; Cebrian, S.; Cervera, A.; Conde, C.A.N.; Diaz, J.; Diesburg, M.; Esteve, R.; Fernandes, L.M.P.; Ferreira, A.L.; Freitas, E.D.C.; Gehman, V.M.; Goldschmidt, A.; Gonzalez-Diaz, D.; Gutierrez, R.M.; Hauptman, J.; Henriques, C.A.O.; Hernando Morata, J.A.; Labarga, L.; Laing, A.; Lebrun, P.; Liubarsky, I.; Lopez-March, N.; Lorca, D.; Losada, M.; Mari, A.; Martinez-Lema, G.; Martinez, A.; Miller, T.; Monrabal, F.; Monserrate, M.; Monteiro, C.M.B.; Mora, F.J.; Moutinho, L.M.; Novella, P.; Nygren, D.; Para, A.; Perez, J.; Perez Aparicio, J.L.; Querol, M.; Renner, J.; Ripoll, L.; Rodriguez, J.; Santos, F.P.; dos Santos, J.M.F.; Serra, L.; Shuman, D.; Simon, A.; Sofka, C.; Sorel, M.; Stiegler, T.; Toledo, J.F.; Torrent, J.; Tsamalaidze, Z.; Veloso, J.F.C.A.; Villar, J.A.; Webb, R.; White, J.T.; Yahlali, N.; Yepes-Ramirez, H.
2016-01-01
NEXT-100 is an electroluminescent high-pressure xenon gas time projection chamber that will search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of Xe-136. The detector possesses two features of great value in neutrinoless double beta decay searches: very good energy resolution (better than 1% FWHM at the Q value of Xe-136) and track reconstruction for the discrimination of signal and background events. This combination results in excellent sensitivity, as discussed in this paper. Detailed Monte Carlo detector simulations and material-screening measurements predict a background rate for NEXT-100 of at most 0.0004 counts/(keV kg yr). Accordingly, the detector will reach a sensitivity to the neutrinoless double beta decay half-life of 6.E25 years after running for 3 effective years.
Short-range correlations and neutrinoless double beta decay
Kortelainen, M; Suhonen, J; Toivanen, J
2007-01-01
In this work we report on the effects of short-range correlations upon the matrix elements of neutrinoless double beta decay. We focus on the calculation of the matrix elements of the neutrino-mass mode of neutrinoless double beta decays of 48Ca and 76Ge. The nuclear-structure components of the calculation, that is the participant nuclear wave functions, have been calculated in the shell-model scheme for 48Ca and in the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation (pnQRPA) scheme for 76Ge. We compare the traditional approach of using the Jastrow correlation function with the more complete scheme of the unitary correlation operator method (UCOM). Our results indicate that the Jastrow method vastly exaggerates the effects of short-range correlations on the neutrinoless double beta decay nuclear matrix elements.
Q value of the 100Mo Double-Beta Decay
Rahaman, S; Eronen, T; Hakala, J; Jokinen, A; Julin, J; Kankainen, A; Saastamoinen, A; Suhonen, J; Weber, C; Äystö, J
2007-01-01
Penning trap measurements using mixed beams of 100Mo - 100Ru and 76Ge - 76Se have been utilized to determine the double-beta decay Q-values of 100Mo and 76Ge with uncertainties less than 200 eV. The value for 76Ge, 2039.04(16) keV is in agreement with the published SMILETRAP value. The new value for 100Mo, 3034.40(17) keV is 30 times more precise than the previous literature value, sufficient for the ongoing neutrinoless double-beta decay searches in 100Mo. Moreover, the precise Q-value is used to calculate the phase-space integrals and the experimental nuclear matrix element of double-beta decay.
Sensitivity of CUORE to Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
Alessandria, F; Ardito, R; Arnaboldi, C; Avignone, F T; Balata, M; Bandac, I; Banks, T I; Bari, G; Beeman, J; Bellini, F; Bersani, A; Biassoni, M; Bloxham, T; Brofferio, C; Bryant, A; Bucci, C; Cai, X Z; Canonica, L; Capelli, S; Carbone, L; Cardani, L; Carrettoni, M; Casali, N; Chott, N; Clemenza, M; Cosmelli, C; Cremonesi, O; Creswick, R J; Dafinei, I; Dally, A; De Biasi, A; Decowski, M P; Deninno, M M; de Waard, A; Di Domizio, S; Ejzak, L; Faccini, R; Fang, D Q; Farach, H A; Ferri, E; Ferroni, F; Fiorini, E; Foggetta, L; Franceschi, M A; Freedman, S J; Frossati, G; Fujikawa, B; Giachero, A; Gironi, L; Giuliani, A; Goett, J; Gorla, P; Gotti, C; Guardincerri, E; Gutierrez, T D; Haller, E E; Han, K; Heeger, K M; Huang, H Z; Ichimura, K; Kadel, R; Kazkaz, K; Keppel, G; Kogler, L; Kolomensky, Yu G; Kraft, S; Lenz, D; Li, Y L; Liu, X; Longo, E; Ma, Y G; Maiano, C; Maier, G; Maino, M; Mancini, C; Martinez, C; Martinez, M; Maruyama, R H; Moggi, N; Morganti, S; Napolitano, T; Newman, S; Nisi, S; Nones, C; Norman, E B; Nucciotti, A; Orio, F; Orlandi, D; Ouellet, J; Pallavicini, M; Palmieri, V; Pattavina, L; Pavan, M; Pedretti, M; Pessina, G; Pirro, S; Previtali, E; Rampazzo, V; Rimondi, F; Rosenfeld, C; Rusconi, C; Salvioni, C; Sangiorgio, S; Schaeffer, D; Scielzo, N D; Sisti, M; Smith, A R; Stivanello, F; Taffarello, L; Terenziani, G; Tian, W D; Tomei, C; Trentalange, S; Ventura, G; Vignati, M; Wang, B; Wang, H W; Whitten, C A; Wise, T; Woodcraft, A; Xu, N; Zanotti, L; Zarra, C; Zhu, B X; Zucchelli, S
2011-01-01
We study the sensitivity of CUORE, a bolometric double-beta decay experiment under construction at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. Two approaches to the computation of experimental sensitivity are discussed and compared, and the formulas and parameters used in the estimation of the sensitivity are provided. Assuming a background rate of 10^-2 cts/(keV kg y), we find that, after 5 years of live time, CUORE has a 1 sigma sensitivity to the neutrinoless double-beta decay half-life of T_1/2 = 1.6 \\times 10^26 y and thus a potential to probe the effective Majorana neutrino mass down to 41-95 meV. This range is compared with the claim of observation of neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge and the preferred range of the neutrino mass parameter space from oscillation results.
Neutrino Decay and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay in a 3-3-1 Model
Dias, Alex G.; Doff, A.(Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná – UTFPR – DAFIS, Av. Monteiro Lobato Km 04, 84016-210 Ponta Grossa, PR, Brazil); Pires, C. A. de S.; da Silva, P. S. Rodrigues
2005-01-01
In this work we show that the implementation of spontaneous breaking of the lepton number in the 3-3-1 model with right-handed neutrinos gives rise to fast neutrino decay with majoron emission and generates a bunch of new contributions to the neutrinoless double beta decay.
Using a liquid argon ionization chamber, the 2νββ decay of 100 Mo was detected with its half-life of (7.5 ± 1.1(stat.) ± 1.5(syst.)) · 1018 y. The limits on half-lives for the 0ν and 0νχ0 decays of 100Mo were estimated as 9.3(5.0) · 1021 and 4.3(2.7) · 1020 y respectively at 68 % (90%) C.L. Available world data for the 2νββ decay of 100Mo lead to the average 'world' value of the half-life, T1/2 = (8.0 ± 0.7) · 1018 y, which corresponds to the nuclear matrix element, MGT = 0.118 ± 0.005
On Gamow-Teller strength distributions for $\\beta\\beta$-decaying nuclei within continuum-QRPA
Igashov, S Yu; Faessler, Amand; Urin, M H
2010-01-01
An isospin-selfconsistent pn-continuum-QRPA approach is formulated and applied to describe the Gamow-Teller strength distributions for $\\beta\\beta$-decaying open-shell nuclei. The calculation results obtained for the pairs of nuclei $^{76}$Ge-Se, $^{100}$Mo-Ru, $^{116}$Cd-Sn, and $^{130}$Te-Xe are compared with available experimental data.
Precision study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{74}$Rb
Van Duppen, P L E; Lunney, D
2002-01-01
We are proposing a high-resolution study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{74}$Rb in order to extrapolate our precision knowledge of the superallowed $\\beta$-decays from the sd and fp shells towards the medium-heavy Z=N nuclei. The primary goal is to provide new data for testing the CVC hypothesis and the unitarity condition of the CKM matrix of the Standard Model. The presented programme would involve the careful measurements of the decay properties of $^{74}$Rb including the branching ratios to the excited states as well as the precise determination of the decay energy of $^{74}$Rb. The experimental methods readily available at ISOLDE include high-transmission conversion electron spectroscopy, $\\gamma$-ray spectroscopy as well as the measurements of the masses of $^{74}$Rb and $^{74}$Kr using two complementary techniques, ISOLTRAP and MISTRAL. The experiment would rely on a high-quality $^{74}$Rb beam available at ISOLDE with adequate intensity.
Possible background reductions in double beta decay experiments
Arnold, R; Baker, J; Barabash, A S; Bing, O; Brudanin, V B; Caffrey, A J; Caurier, E; Errahmane, K; Etienvre, A I; Guyonnet, J L; Hubert, F; Hubert, P; Jollet, C; Jullian, S; Kochetov, O I; Kovalenko, V; Lalanne, D; Leccia, F; Longuemare, C; Marquet, C; Mauger, F; Nicholson, H W; Ohsumi, H; Piquemal, F; Reyss, J L; Sarazin, X; Shitov, Yu P; Simard, L C; Stekl, I; Suhonen, J; Sutton, C S; Szklarz, G; Timkin, V; Tretyak, V I; Umatov, V I; Vàla, L; Vanyushin, I A; Vasilyev, V; Vorobel, V; Vylov, T D; Hubert, Ph.; Marquet, Ch.; Shitov, Yu.; Vylov, Ts.
2003-01-01
The background induced by radioactive impurities of $^{208}\\rm Tl$ and $^{214}\\rm Bi$ in the source of the double beta experiment NEMO-3 has been investigated. New methods of data analysis which decrease the background from the above mentioned contamination are identified. The techniques can also be applied to other double beta decay experiments capable of measuring independently the energies of the two electrons.
Momentum analyzers DCBA for neutrinoless double beta decay experiments
Momentum analyzers called Drift Chamber Beta-ray Analyzer (DCBA) are being developed at KEK in order to search for neutrinoless double beta decays of nuclei. A test prototype, DCBA-T2, has been constructed to confirm the principle detecting electron tracks in a uniform magnetic field. Another prototype, DCBA-T3, is now under construction to improve the energy resolution. The test results and the present statuses of these prototypes are presented.
Momentum analyzers DCBA for neutrinoless double beta decay experiments
Ishihara, Nobuhiro, E-mail: nobuhiro.ishihara@kek.j [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan)
2010-11-01
Momentum analyzers called Drift Chamber Beta-ray Analyzer (DCBA) are being developed at KEK in order to search for neutrinoless double beta decays of nuclei. A test prototype, DCBA-T2, has been constructed to confirm the principle detecting electron tracks in a uniform magnetic field. Another prototype, DCBA-T3, is now under construction to improve the energy resolution. The test results and the present statuses of these prototypes are presented.
Neutron beta decay and the right-handed current problem
Gaponov, Yu.V.; Shul' gina, N.B.; Spivak, P.E. (Gosudarstvennyj Komitet po Ispol' zovaniyu Atomnoj Ehnergii SSSR, Moscow (USSR). Inst. Atomnoj Ehnergii)
1991-01-10
The renormalization of the axial-vector coupling constant, {lambda}=g{sub A}/g{sub V}, extracted from the neutron lifeime ({lambda}{sub tau}) and from the neutron beta decay asymmetry ({lambda}{sub c}) is considered carefully in the standard model of the electroweak interaction {lambda}{sub tau} should be equal to {lambda}{sub c}. According to recent experimental data on neutron beta decay, {lambda}{sub tau} and {lambda}{sub c} seem to differ from each other. This fact is explained in the framework of the manifestly left-right symmetric model SU(2){sub L}xSU(2){sub R}xU(1). The possibility of the existence of the right-handed current in the neutron beta decay is pointed out. A joint analysis of neutron beta decay and muon decay is performed, the right-handed current parameters are estimated. The axial-vector constant renormalization ({lambda}{sub N}) by right-handed currents is evaluated. (orig.)D.
Nuclear Structure Aspects of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Brown, B A; Sen'kov, R A
2014-01-01
We decompose the neutrinoless double-beta decay matrix elements into sums of products over the intermediate nucleus with two less nucleons. We find that the sum is dominated by the J^pi=0^+ ground state of this intermediate nucleus for both the light and heavy neutrino decay processes. This provides a new theoretical tool for comparing and improving nuclear structure models. It also provides the connection to two-nucleon transfer experiments.
The Standard Model and the neutron beta-decay
Abele, H
2000-01-01
This article reviews the relationship between the observables in neutron beta-decay and the accepted modern theory of particle physics known as the Standard Model. Recent neutron-decay measurements of various mixed American-British-French-German-Russian collaborations try to shed light on the following topics: the coupling strength of charged weak currents, the universality of the electroweak interaction and the origin of parity violation.
The β-decay of 20Mg was investigated. A secondary beam of 20Mg ions, produced in reactions between a 95 A x MeV 24Mg-beam and a nat.Ni-target, was isotopically separated by means of the LISE3 spectrometer at GANIL. This secondary beam was implanted into a silicon detector array surrounded by germanium γ-detectors. The β-delayed proton and γ-ray data, measured for this short-lived nucleus (T1/2=95±3 ms), were incorporated into an improved 20Mg→20Na decay scheme. The 2645 keV level in 20Na is of importance for the breakout from the astrophysical hot CNO-cycle and the onset of the rapid proton capture process via the reaction 19Ne(p,γ)20Na. An upper limit of 0.1% for the β-decay feeding of the 2645 keV level and a lower limit for the corresponding log ft value of 6.24 were determined. The implications of this result for the spin and parity assignment of the 2645 keV state are discussed. Concerning the isobaric multiplet mass equation no significant deviation from its quadratic form was found. By comparing the 20Mg β-decay into the proton-unbound 3001 keV state in 20Na and the isospin-mirrored decay into the particle-bound 3488 keV level in 20F, an asymmetry ft+/ft--1=1.69-0.65+0.86 was observed. (orig.)
Measuring pion beta decay with high-energy pion beams
Improved measurements of the pion beta decay rate are possible with an intense high-energy pion beam. The rate for the decay π+ → π0e+vε is predicted by the Standard Model (SM) to be R(π+ → π0e+vε) = 0.3999±0.0005 s-1. The best experimental number, obtained using in-flight decays, is R(π+ → π0e+vε) = 0.394 ± 0.015 s-1. A precise measurement would test the SM by testing the unitarity of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix for which one analysis of the nuclear beta decay data has shown a 0.4% discrepancy. Several nuclear correction factors, needed for nuclear decay, are not present for pion beta decay, so that an experiment at the 0.2% level would be a significant one. Detailed study of possible designs will be needed, as well as extensive testing of components. The reduction of systematic errors to the 0.1% level can only be done over a period of years with a highly stable apparatus and beam. At a minimum, three years of occupancy of a beam line, with 800 hours per year, would be required
Bellini, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Roma I-00185 (Italy) and INFN - Sezione di Roma, Roma I-00185 (Italy)
2012-11-20
The study of neutrino properties is one of the fundamental challenges in particle physics nowadays. Fifty years of investigations established that neutrinos are massive but the absolute mass scale has not yet been measured. Moreover its true nature is still unknown. Is the neutrino its own antiparticle (thus violating the lepton number) as proposed by Majorana in 1937? The only way to probe the neutrino nature is through the observation of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0{nu}{beta}{beta}), a very rare spontaneous nuclear transition which emits two electrons and no neutrinos. In this paper, after a brief introduction to the theoretical framework of Majorana's neutrino, a presentation of experimental challenges posed by 0{nu}{beta}{beta} search will be given as well as an overview of present status and future perpectives of experiments.
Systematic Law for Half-lives of Double $\\beta$-decay with Two Neutrinos
Ren, Yuejiao
2014-01-01
Nuclear double $\\beta$-decay with two neutrinos is a rare and important process for natural radioactivity of unstable nuclei. The experimental data of nuclear double $\\beta^{-}$-decay with two neutrinos are analyzed and a systematic law to calculate the half-lives of this rare process is proposed. It is the first analytical and simple formula for double $\\beta$-decay half-lives where the leading effect from both the Coulomb potential and nuclear structure is included. The systematic law shows that the logarithms of the half-lives are inversely proportional to the decay energies for the ground state transitions between parent nuclei and daughter nuclei. The calculated half-lives are in agreement with the experimental data of all known eleven nuclei with an average factor of 3.06. The half-lives of other possible double $\\beta$-decay candidates with two neutrinos are predicted and these can be useful for future experiments. The law, without introducing any extra adjustment, is also generalized to the calculatio...
Design of a self-triggered liquid xenon drift chamber for double-beta decay experiments
Nuclear double-beta decay is one of the rarest processes in nature with the half life of 1019 - 1024 years. Such process takes place only when a nucleus cannot undergo ordinary beta decay due to energy conservation, or the very strong suppression of energetically allowed transition exists. This process proceeds through the channels of standard second order weak decay (two neutrinos double-beta decay) and lepton number nonconserving, neutrinoless double-beta decay. An isotope of 136Xe possesses attractive properties for the studies on the nuclei subjected to nutrinoless mode. Gaseous or liquid xenon is an excellent working medium for drift chambers, and it can act as both source and detector providing so called active source technique of experiment. In order to search for the neutrinoless mode of 136Xe, the liquid xenon drift chamber was designed, which is composed of three electrodes and four photomultipliers. This drift chamber is described. Th gas handling and vacuum system consisting of a xenon gas purifier, a high vacuum pumping facility and gas storage reservoirs is explained. Event identification, charge division method, the estimation of signal rate and the present state of this study are reported. (K.I.)
The beta strength function structure in \\beta + decay of lutecium, thulium and cesium isotopes
Alkhazov, G D; Naumov, Yu V; Orlov, S Yu; Vitman, V D
1981-01-01
The spectra of total gamma -absorption in the decays of some lutetium, thulium and cesium isotopes have been measured. The probabilities for level population in the decay of the isotopes have been determined. The deduced beta strength functions reveal pronounced structure. Calculations of the strength functions using the Saxon-Woods potential and the residual Gamow-Teller interaction are presented. It is shown that in beta /sup +/ decay of light thulium and cesium isotopes the strength function comprises more than 70% of the Gamow-Teller excitations with mu /sub tau /=+1. This result is the first direct observation of the Gamov-Teller resonance in beta /sup +/ decay of nuclei with T/sub z/>0. (21 refs).
EXO the Enriched Xenon Observatory for Double Beta Decay
Wamba, K
2002-01-01
EXO is a search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 136Xe. An active R&D program for a 10 ton, enriched 136Xe liquid phase detector is now underway. Current research projects are: decay product extraction, Xe purity studies, energy resolution studies, and Ba+ ion laser-tagging. By extracting and laser-tagging the Xe decay product (136Ba) and optimizing the energy resolution in liquid Xe, half lives of up to 5.0x10^28yr will be ultimately probed, corresponding to a sensitivity to Majorana n masses > ~10meV.
Results on neutrinoless double beta decay from GERDA phase I
CERN. Geneva
2013-01-01
After motivating searches of double beta decay and lepton number violation details about the construction, operation and analysis of GERDA will be given. Results of the recently completed phase I of data taking will then be presented and interpreted. Finally an outlook on future plans will be given.
Computer code for double beta decay QRPA based calculations
The computer code developed by our group some years ago for the evaluation of nuclear matrix elements, within the QRPA and PQRPA nuclear structure models, involved in neutrino-nucleus reactions, muon capture and β± processes, is extended to include also the nuclear double beta decay
Evaluation of beta-decay III. The complex gamma function
Two real, analytical, approximations for the square of the modulus of the complex gamma function as it appears in F(Z, W), the Fermi function for beta-decay, are evaluated; an accuracy bettering 10-4% can easily be achieved for all electron energies throughout the periodic table. (author). 3 refs., 1 tab., 7 figs
Forbidden unique beta-decays and neutrino mass
Dvornický, Rastislav [Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR Dubna, 141980 Dubna, Moscow region, Russian Federation and Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina F1, SK-84215 Bratislava (Slovakia); Šimkovic, Fedor [Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina F1, SK-84215 Bratislava, Slovakia and IEAP, Czech Technical University, CZ-128 00 Prague (Czech Republic)
2013-12-30
The measurement of the electron spectrum in beta-decays provides a robust direct determination of the values of neutrino masses. The planned rhenium beta-decay experiment, called the “Microcalorimeter Arrays for a Rhenium Experiment” (MARE), might probe the absolute mass scale of neutrinos with the same sensitivity as the Karlsruhe tritium neutrino mass (KATRIN) experiment, which is expected to collect data in a near future. In this contribution we discuss the spectrum of emitted electrons close to the end point in the case of the first unique forbidden beta-decay of {sup 79}Se, {sup 107}Pd and {sup 187}Re. It is found that the p{sub 3/2}-wave emission dominates over the s{sub 1/2}-wave. It is shown that the Kurie plot near the end point is within a good accuracy linear in the limit of massless neutrinos like the Kurie plot of the superallowed beta-decay of {sup 3}H.
MeV neutrinos in double beta decay
Zuber, K.
1996-01-01
The effect of Majorana neutrinos in the MeV mass range on the double beta decay of various isotopes is studied on pure phenomenological arguments. By using only experimental half life data, limits on the mixing parameter $U_{eh}^2$ of the order 10$^{-7}$ can be derived. Also the possible achievements of upcoming experiments and some consequences are outlined.
Status and perspectives of double beta decay searches
Double beta decay is an extremely rare process and requires half-live measurements around 1020 years for the neutrino accompanied mode, while for the neutrino-less mode much longer half-lives have to be explored. The various experimental approaches, currently considered for the search of this process, results will be presented
Inner shell ionization in beta decay
The purpose of this paper is to examine various ways to resolve the discrepancy that exists between the theoretical calculations on K-shell autoionization probabilities in #betta# decay and the measured values. The chequered history of the subject may be traced through the reviews and papers of Freedman and co workers. Suffice it to say that Isozumi et al (ISM) found that the Law and Campbell (LC) model over counted the shake-off contribution by a factor of two; this correction thus destroys the remarkable agreement between theory and experiment
Searches for massive neutrinos in nuclear beta decay
The status of searches for massive neutrinos in nuclear beta decay is reviewed. The claim by an ITEP group that the electron antineutrino mass > 17eV has been disputed by all the subsequent experiments. Current measurements of the tritium beta spectrum limit mbarνe < 10 eV. The status of the 17 keV neutrino is reviewed. The strong null results from INS Tokyo and Argonne, and deficiencies in the experiments which reported positive effects, make it unreasonable to ascribe the spectral distortions seen by Simpson, Hime, and others to a 17keV neutrino. Several new ideas on how to search for massive neutrinos in nuclear beta decay are discussed
Precision Study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{62}$Ga
2002-01-01
It is proposed to perform a precision study of the $\\beta$-decay of $\\,^{62}$Ga taking advantage of recent developments of the ISOLDE Laser Ion Source. The goal is to eventually extend the high-precision knowledge of superallowed $\\beta$-decays beyond the nine decays that presently are used for extracting the V$_{ud}$ quark mixing matrix element of the CKM matrix. The scientific motivations are the current deviation of more than 2$\\sigma$ of the unitary condition of this matrix, which could be an indication of non-standard-model physics, and a test of the theoretical corrections applied to the experimental data. The experiment will utilise the Total Absorption $\\gamma$-ray (TAG) spectrometer in order to determine weak branchings to excited states in $^{62}$Zn and the ISOLDE spectroscopy station to perform half-life measurements and detailed spectroscopy of this nucleus.
Measurement of double beta decay - experiments TGV and NEMO
TGV and NEMO, two international collaboration projects are described. The TGV project deals with the double beta decay of 48Ca. In 1998, this project was augmented with the examination of the double beta decay of 106Cd - the β+β+, β+/EC, and EC/EC modes. The main objective of this experiment consists in recording the 2νEC/EC mode (0+ → 0+, ground state), giving rise to the emission of 2 gamma quanta of roughly 21 keV. The NEMO project deals with 100Mo. The main objective of the NEMO-3 experiment consists in the measurement of the half-life of the neutrinoless double decay of this nuclide (about 1025 years)
Theoretical half-life for beta decay of {sup 96}Zr
Heiskanen, H; Mustonen, M T; Suhonen, J [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, PO Box 35, FIN-40351, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)
2007-05-15
Highly forbidden {beta}{sup -} decay of the 0{sup +} ground state of {sup 96}Zr is studied. Partial half-lives to the lowest 6{sup +}, 5{sup +} and 4{sup +} states of {sup 96}Nb have been computed using the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation (pnQRPA) with realistic two-body interactions in a large single-particle space. We find that the decay is dominated by the unique fourth-forbidden transition to the 5{sup +} state with the half-life 2.4 x 10{sup 20} y. This half-life is an order of magnitude longer than the one measured for the double beta decay of {sup 96}Zr.
Electromagnetically induced nuclear beta decay calculated by a Green's function method
The transition probability for enhancement of forbidden nuclear beta decay by an applied plane-wave electromagnetic field is calculated in a nonrelativistic spinless approximation by a Green's function method. The calculation involves a stationary-phase approximation. The stationary phase points in the presence of an intense field are located in very different positions than they are in the field-free case. In order-of-magnitude terms, the results are completely consistent with an earlier, much more complete wave-function calculation which includes spin and relativistic effects. Both the present Green's function calculation and the earlier wave function calculation give electromagnetic contributions in first-forbidden nuclear beta decay matrix elements which are of order (R0/lambda-dash-bar/sub C/)2 with respect to allowed decays, where R0 is the nuclear radius and lambda-dash-bar/sub C/ is the electron Compton wavelength
Nuclear Zemach Moments and Finite-Size Corrections to Allowed Beta Decay
Wang, X B; Hayes, A C
2016-01-01
The finite-size correction to $\\beta$-decay plays an important role in determining the expected antineutrino spectra from reactors at a level that is important for the reactor-neutrino anomaly. Here we express the leading-order finite-size correction to allowed $\\beta$-decay in terms of Zemach moments. We calculate the Zemach moments within a Hartree-Fock model using a Skyrme-like energy density functional. We find that the Zemach moments are increased relative to predictions based on the simple assumption of identical uniform nuclear-charge and weak-transition densities. However, for allowed ground-state to ground-state transitions in medium and heavy nuclei, the detailed nuclear structure calculations do not change the finite-size corrections significantly from the simple model predictions, and are only 10-15% larger than the latter even though the densities differ significantly.
The K-Forbidden Beta Decay of Tb160
Hansen, P. Gregers; Johnson, N. R.; Nielsen, H. L.
1964-01-01
The β decay of the odd nucleus Tb160(Iπ = 3−) is shown to populate the 2+ and 4+ states of the ground-state band of Dy160 in intensities of 0.34% and 0.12%, respectively. The ratio of the reduced transition probabilities and the absolute transition strength are both compared with theoretical...
Three-dimensional drift chambers of the DCBA experiment for neutrinoless double beta decay search
Ishikawa, T., E-mail: ishikawat@hakone.phys.metro-u.ac.j [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0398 (Japan); Igarashi, H.; Sumiyoshi, T. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0398 (Japan); Ishihara, N.; Iwai, G.; Iwase, H.; Kato, Y.; Kawai, M.; Kondou, Y.; Haruyama, T.; Inagaki, T.; Makida, Y.; Ohama, T.; Takahashi, K.; Yamada, Y. [High Energy Accel, Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Tashiro, E.; Ishizuka, T. [Shizuoka University, Naka, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 432-8011 (Japan); Kitamura, S. [Nihon Institute of Medical Science, Iruma-gun, Saitama 350-0435 (Japan); Teramoto, Y. [Osaka City University, Sumiyoshi, Osaka 558-8585 (Japan); Nakano, I. [Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan)
2011-02-01
The aim of the DCBA (Drift Chamber Beta-ray Analyzer) experiment is to search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0{nu}{beta}{beta}). The half-life of 0{nu}{beta}{beta} is expected to give us the information of Majorana nature and the absolute mass scale of neutrinos. A prototype test apparatus DCBA-T2 has the energy resolution of about 150 keV (FWHM) around 1 MeV. In order to check the detector performance, engineering runs detecting double beta decay of {sup 100}Mo started in May 2009 using natural Mo, which contains 9.6% of {sup 100}Mo. Ten candidates of the double beta decay ({beta}{beta}) have been detected so far. It has been found that the background events due to {sup 214}Bi decay are distinguishable from the double beta decays by detecting {alpha}-particles from {sup 214}Po.
Microscopic description of superallowed α -decay transitions
Patial, Monika; Liotta, R. J.; Wyss, R.
2016-05-01
It was recently found that the formation probabilities of α particles in Te isotopes are larger than the corresponding probabilities in Po isotopes. We have done a full microscopic calculation within the framework of the multistep shell model to analyze in detail the formation probabilities and subsequent decays of α particles from 212Po and 104Te. We have also calculated the spectra of these two decaying nuclei and found that the tentatively assigned spin (18+) at 2.922 MeV in 212Po (National Nuclear Data Center, www.nndc.bnl.gov) is predicted to be a state 16+. We also present for the first time the full energy spectrum of 104Te. The evaluated formation amplitudes in both nuclei show that in 104Te there is indeed a superallowed α -decay transition.
Beta decay of polarized nuclei and the decay asymmetry of 8Li
Under certain conditions, it is possible to produce vector-polarized radioactive nuclei in reactions with a polarized projectile and an unpolarized target. Using the intense polarized beams at the University of Wisconsin, the authors have begun a program to study the weak interaction through the beta decay of polarized nuclei produced in this way. Such experiments bear on tests of CVC in light nuclei, sensitive searches for second-class weak currents, and measurements of the weak vector-coupling constant. One may also deduce the values of certain matrix elements. Our effort is presently centering on a study of the energy dependence of the beta-decay asymmetry of 8Li
New generation of experiments searching for neutrinoless double beta decay
Full text: The search for neutrinoless double beta decay is one of the central research topics in fundamental physics. In fact, the observation of neutrinoless double beta decay would not only establish the Majorana nature of the neutrino but also provide a measurement of its effective mass ee> as well as fix the hierarchy of neutrino spectrum. The next generation of experiments aims to probe the effective Majorana neutrino mass down to few 10 MeV, as predicted by oscillation experiments in case of the inverse mass hierarchy. In this talk the most part of the upcoming experiments are reviewed. The sensitivity of the upcoming experiments depend therefore primarily on the available mass of double beta isotopes and the experimental conditions. In particular, the achievable background suppression and the detection efficiency will be decisive for their success. Experimental consideration as detection efficiency and background suppression will determine the final sensitivity of the different experimental approaches. The first of the next generation experiments, such as GERDA at LNGS, Italy, EXO at WIPP, USA and KamLAND-Zen in Japan, became operational recently. New projects like SuperNEMO, MAJORANA, CUORE and others will start in the nearest future. The future development of the field will strongly depend on the results of the upcoming experiments. If neutrinoless double beta decay is observed at the 1 eV scale, as claimed by part of the Heidelberg Moscow experiment, the decay could be studied with high precision with many different isotopes and different techniques. The effective mass could be measured with accuracy and the leading term governing the decay mode identified. In case that the claim is refuted, at least two experiments with about one ton of isotopes and zero background in the region of interest for several year x ton of exposure are required to cover the full mass range down to 10 MeV predicted by oscillation experiments for the inverse mass hierarchy
Kinematic sensitivity to the Fierz term of $\\beta$-decay differential spectra
Gonzalez-Alonso, Martin
2016-01-01
The current most stringent constraints on exotic scalar or tensor couplings in neutron and nuclear $\\beta$ decay, involving left-handed neutrinos, are obtained from the Fierz interference term. The sensitivity to this term in a correlation coefficient is usually driven by an energy-averaged kinematic factor that increases monotonically toward smaller values of the $\\beta$ endpoint energies. We first point out here that this property does not hold for certain differential observables that are directly sensitive to the Fierz term, such as the $\\beta$ or the recoil energy spectrum. This observation is relevant for the selection of sensitive transitions in searches for exotic couplings through spectrum shape measurements. We then point out previous errors in the exploitation of measurements of the $\\beta-\
Neutrino masses from double-beta decay calculations
Stoica, S
2002-01-01
The neutrinoless double-beta decay (0 nu beta beta) matrix elements (ME) for the nuclei with A = 76, 82, 96, 100, 116, 128, 130 and 136 are compared with four different quasi random phase approximation (QRPA) - based method, i.e. the proton-neutron QRPA (pnQRPA), the renormalized proton-neutron QRPA (pnRQRPA), the full RQRPA and the second-QRPA (SQRPA) and using two single-particle basis. From a comparative analysis of the results we show that the uncertainties in the calculation of the ME can be limited to 50% from their values. Further, taking the most recent available limits for the neutrinoless half-lives, we deduce new upper limits for the neutrino mass parameter. Also, there are estimated for each nucleus scales for the (0 nu beta beta) decay half-lives that the experiments should reach for measuring neutrino masses around 0.39 eV. This value was derived from the first experimental evidence of this mode reported very recently by the Heidelberg-Moscow experiment. These estimation give us an indication on...
Study of the ${\\beta}$-decay of $^{12}$B
2002-01-01
We propose to study the ${\\beta}$-decay of $^{12}$B with a modern segmented Si-detector array to get new and much improved information on states in $^{12}$C above the ${\\alpha}$-threshold. These states mainly decay into final states of three ${\\alpha}$-particles and their study therefore is a challenge for nuclear spectroscopy. The properties of these states is of high current interest for nuclear astrophysics and for the nuclear many-body problem in general. We ask for a total of 15 shifts.
The GERDA Neutrinoless Double Beta-Decay Experiment
Neutrinoless double beta (0νββ)-decay is the key process to gain understanding of the nature of neutrinos. The GErmanium Detector Array (GERDA) is designed to search for 0νββ-decay of the isotope 76Ge. Germanium crystals enriched in 76Ge, acting as source and detector simultaneously, will be submerged directly into an ultra pure cooling medium that also serves as a radiation shield. This concept will allow for a reduction of the background by up to two orders of magnitudes with respect to earlier experiments
Sum rules for the gross theory of beta-decay
This paper presents a method for relating the β-decay strength function with the nuclear force. This relation is obtained as sum rules for the one-particle strength function which appears in the gross theory of β-decay. They sum rules were calculated for the Gamow-Teller transition with some central potentials and the Hamada-Johnston potential. The sum-rule values were found to depend strongly on the assumed nuclear force
Neutrinoless double $\\beta$ decay and low scale leptogenesis
Drewes, Marco
2016-01-01
The extension of the Standard Model by right handed neutrinos with masses in the GeV range can simultaneously explain the observed neutrino masses via the seesaw mechanism and the baryon asymmetry of the universe via leptogenesis. It has previously been claimed that the requirement for successful baryogenesis implies that the rate of neutrinoless double $\\beta$ decay in this scenario is always smaller than the standard prediction from light neutrino exchange alone. In contrast, we find that the rate for this process can also be enhanced due to a dominant contribution from heavy neutrino exchange. In a small part of the parameter space it even exceeds the current experimental limit, while the properties of the heavy neutrinos are consistent with all other experimental constraints and the observed baryon asymmetry is reproduced. This implies that neutrinoless double $\\beta$ decay experiments have already started to rule out part of the leptogenesis parameter space that is not constrained by any other experiment...
The Majorana Demonstrator search for neutrinoless double beta decay
Cuesta, C; Detwiler, J A; Gruszko, J; Guinn, I S; Leon, J; Robertson, R G H; Abgrall, N; Bradley, A W; Chan, Y-D; Mertens, S; Poon, A W P; Vetter, K; Arnquist, I J; Hoppe, E W; Kouzes, R T; Orrell, J L; Avignone, F T; Barabash, A S; Konovalov, S I; Yumatov, V; Bertrand, F E; Galindo-Uribarri, A; Radford, D C; Varner, R L; Yu, C -H; Brudanin, V; Shirchenko, M; Vasilyev, S; Yakushev, E; Zhitnikov, I; Busch, M; Caldwell, T S; Gilliss, T; Henning, R; Howe, M A; MacMullin, J; Meijer, S J; O'Shaughnessy, C; Rager, J; Shanks, B; Trimble, J E; Vorren, K; Xu, W; Christofferson, C D; Dunagan, C; Suriano, A M; Chu, P -H; Elliott, S R; Massarczyk, R; Rielage, K; White, B R; Efremenko, Yu; Lopez, A M; Ejiri, H; Fullmer, A; Giovanetti, G K; Green, M P; Guiseppe, V E; Tedeschi, D; Wiseman, C; Jasinski, B R; Keeter, K J; Kidd, M F; Martin, R D; Romero-Romero, E; Wilkerson, J F
2016-01-01
The MAJORANA Collaboration is constructing the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, an ultra-low background, modular, HPGe detector array with a mass of 44.8-kg (29.7 kg enriched >88% in Ge-76) to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Ge-76. The next generation of tonnescale Ge-based neutrinoless double beta decay searches will probe the neutrino mass scale in the inverted-hierarchy region. The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR is envisioned to demonstrate a path forward to achieve a background rate at or below 1 count/tonne/year in the 4 keV region of interest around the Q-value of 2039 keV. The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR follows a modular implementation to be easily scalable to the next generation experiment. First data taken with the DEMONSTRATOR are introduced here.
Collective Effect Studies of a Beta Beam Decay Ring
Hansen, Christian
2011-01-01
The Beta Beam, the concept of generating a pure and intense (anti) neutrino beam by letting accelerated radioactive ions beta decay in a storage ring called the Decay Ring (DR), is the basis of one of the proposed next generation neutrino oscillation facilities, necessary for a complete study of the neutrino oscillation parameter space. Sensitivities of the unknown neutrino oscillation parameters depend on the DR's ion intensity and of its duty factor (the filled ratio of the ring). Different methods, including analytical calculations and multiparticle tracking simulations, were used to estimate the DR's potential to contain enough ions in as small a part of the ring as needed for the sensitivities. Studies of transverse blow up of the beams due to resonance wake fields show that a very challenging upper limit of the transverse broadband impedance is required to avoid instabilities and beam loss.
Collective Effect Studies of a Beta Beam Decay Ring
The Beta Beam, the concept of generating a pure and intense (anti) neutrino beam by letting accelerated radioactive ions beta decay in a storage ring called the Decay Ring (DR), is the basis of one of the proposed next generation neutrino oscillation facilities, necessary for a complete study of the neutrino oscillation parameter space. Sensitivities of the unknown neutrino oscillation parameters depend on the DR's ion intensity and of its duty factor (the filled ratio of the ring). Different methods, including analytical calculations and multiparticle tracking simulations, were used to estimate the DR's potential to contain enough ions in as small a part of the ring as needed for the sensitivities. Studies of transverse blow up of the beams due to resonance wake fields show that a very challenging upper limit of the transverse broadband impedance is required to avoid instabilities and beam loss.
A combined limit for neutrinoless double-beta decay
Guzowski, Pawel
2015-01-01
The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay is important in determining the Majorana nature of the neutrino, and also in establishing if lepton number is violated. In this work, we combine the published data from five independent neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments: CUORICINO, EXO, GERDA, KamLAND-Zen and NEMO-3. As these experiments use different isotope sources, the relative signal normalisation between them depends on the Nuclear Matrix Element (NME) calculations used. The combined limits for the Majorana neutrino mass for 5 different NME models range from 130-310 meV. The combined mass limits can offer an improvement over the individual experiments of up to 25%, depending on the NME model.
Nuclear Matrix Elements for the $\\beta\\beta$ Decay of the $^{76}$Ge
Brown, B A; Horoi, M
2015-01-01
The nuclear matrix elements for two-neutrino double-beta (2 n$\\beta\\beta$ ) and zero-neutrino double-beta (0 n$\\beta\\beta$) decay of 76 Ge are evaluated in terms of the configuration interaction (CI), quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA) and interacting boson model (IBM) methods. We show that the decomposition of the matrix elements in terms of interemediate states in 74 Ge is dominated by ground state of this nucleus. We consider corrections to the CI results that arise from configurations admixtures involving orbitals out-side of the CI configuration space by using results from QRPA, many-body-perturbation theory, and the connections to related observables. The CI two-neutrino matrix element is reduced due to the inclusion of spin-orbit partners, and to many-body correlations connected with Gamow-Teller beta decay. The CI zero-neutrino matrix element for the heavy neutrino is enhanced due to particle-particle correlations that are connected with the odd-even oscillations in the nuclear masse...
BETA DECAY OPENS THE WAY TO WEAK INTERACTIONS
Amaldi, E.
1982-01-01
After a short introduction with some personal recollection, the author summarizes, in Sect 2, the main points of Fermi's theory of beta decay and of the neutrino hypothesis first proposed by Pauli. The successive Sections refer to : a few extensions and modifications of this theory (Sect 3), various experimental investigations carried out in the 30s for testing Pauli's hypothesis and Fermi's approach (Sect 4), further attempts, refinements and proposals (Sect 5) and a few fundamental step for...
Neutrinoless double beta decay search with cuoricino and cuore experiments
Cuoricino is a bolometric experiment on Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (ον-DBD) . With its 40.7 kg mass of TeO2 it is the most massive (ον)-DBD presently running and it has proven the feasibility of the CUORE experiment, whose aim is to be sensitive to the effective neutrino mass down to few tens of me V. We report here latest Cuoricino results and prospects for the future CUORE experiment
Beta Decay: A Physics Garden of Earthly Delights
Robertson, R. G. Hamish
2014-03-01
From the beginning, beta decay has tormented and delighted us with puzzles and enlightenment. A significant part of our present understanding of subatomic physics has emerged from the experimental and theoretical struggle with its mysteries. We reflect on several of the epic victories in this struggle, and look ahead to where ongoing research might lead us in the understanding of fundamental symmetries and neutrinos. Research supported under DOE grant DE-FG02-97ER41020.
The Effect of Cancellation in Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Pascoli, Silvia; Wong, Steven
2013-01-01
In light of recent experimental results, we carefully analyze the effects of interference in neutrinoless double beta decay, when more than one mechanism is operative. We assume a complete cancellation is at work for $^{136}\\rm{Xe}$, and find its implications on the half-life of other isotopes, such as $^{76}\\rm{Ge}$. For definiteness, we consider the role of light and heavy sterile neutrinos. In this case, the effective Majorana mass parameter can be redefined to take into account all contributions and its value gets suppressed. Hence, larger values of neutrino masses are required for the same half-life. The canonical light neutrino contribution can not saturate the present limits of half-lives or the positive claim of observation of neutrinoless double beta decay, once the stringent bounds from cosmology are taken into account. For the case of cancellation, where all the sterile neutrinos are heavy, the tension between the results from neutrinoless double beta decay and cosmology becomes more severe. We sho...
Neutrino masses and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay: Status and expectations
Cremonesi, Oliviero
2010-01-01
Two most outstanding questions are puzzling the world of neutrino Physics: the possible Majorana nature of neutrinos and their absolute mass scale. Direct neutrino mass measurements and neutrinoless double beta decay (0nuDBD) are the present strategy to solve the puzzle. Neutrinoless double beta decay violates lepton number by two units and can occurr only if neutrinos are massive Majorana particles. A positive observation would therefore necessarily imply a new regime of physics beyond the standard model, providing fundamental information on the nature of the neutrinos and on their absolute mass scale. After the observation of neutrino oscillations and given the present knowledge of neutrino masses and mixing parameters, a possibility to observe 0nuDBDD at a neutrino mass scale in the range 10-50 meV could actually exist. This is a real challenge faced by a number of new proposed projects. Present status and future perpectives of neutrinoless double-beta decay experimental searches is reviewed. The most impo...
Sensitivity of CUORE to Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
CUORE; Alessandria, F.; Andreotti, E.; Ardito, R.; Arnaboldi, C.; Avignone III, F. T.; Balata, M.; Bandac, I.; Banks, T. I.; Bari, G.; Beeman, J.; Bellini, F.; Bersani, A.; Biassoni, M.; Bloxham, T.; Brofferio, C.; Bryant, A.; Bucci, C.; Cai, X. Z.; Canonica, L.; Capelli, S.; Carbone, L.; Cardani, L.; Carrettoni, M.; Casali, N.; Chott, N.; Clemenza, M.; Cosmelli, C.; Cremonesi, O.; Creswick, R. J.; Dafinei, I.; Dally, A.; Biasi, A. De; Decowski, M. P.; Deninno, M. M.; Waard, A. de; Domizio, S. Di; Ejzak, L.; Faccini, R.; Fang, D. Q.; Farach, H. A.; Ferri, E.; Ferroni, F.; Fiorini, E.; Foggetta, L.; Franceschi, M. A.; Freedman, S. J.; Frossati, G.; Fujikawa, B. K.; Giachero, A.; Gironi, L.; Giuliani, A.; Gorla, P.; Gotti, C.; Guardincerri, E.; Gutierrez, T. D.; Haller, E. E.; Han, K.; Heeger, K. M.; Huang, H. Z.; Ichimura, K.; Kadel, R.; Kazkaz, K.; Keppel, G.; Kogler, L.; Kolomensky, Yu. G.; Kraft, S.; Lenz, D.; Li, Y. L.; Liu, X.; Longo, E.; Ma, Y. G.; Maiano, C.; Maier, G.; Maino, M.; Mancini, C.; Martinez, C.; Martinez, M.; Maruyama, R. H.; Moggi, N.; Morganti, S.; Napolitano, T.; Newman, S.; Nisi, S.; Nones, C.; Norman, E. B.; Nucciotti, A.; Orio, F.; Orlandi, D.; Ouellet, J. L.; Pallavicini, M.; Palmieri, V.; Pattavina, L.; Pavan, M.; Pedretti, M.; Pessina, G.; Pirro, S.; Previtali, E.; Rampazzo, V.; Rimondi, F.; Rosenfeld, C.; Rusconi, C.; Salvioni, C.; Sangiorgio, S.; Schaeffer, D.; Scielzo, N. D.; Sisti, M.; Smith, A. R.; Stivanello, F.; Taffarello, L.; Terenziani, G.; Tian, W. D.; Tomei, C.; Trentalange, S.; Ventura, G.; Vignati, M.; Wang, B. S.; Wang, H. W.; Whitten Jr., C. A.; Wise, T.; Woodcraft, A.; Xu, N.; Zanotti, L.; Zarra, C.; Zhu, B. X.; Zucchelli, S.
2011-11-23
In this paper, we study the sensitivity of CUORE, a bolometric double-beta decay experiment under construction at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy. Two approaches to the computation of experimental sensitivity are discussed and compared, and the formulas and parameters used in the sensitivity estimates are provided. Assuming a background rate of 10{sup -2} cts/(keV kg y), we find that, after 5 years of live time, CUORE will have a 1 {sigma} sensitivity to the neutrinoless double-beta decay half-life of {caret T{sup 0{nu}}{sub 1/2}}(1{sigma} ) = 1.6x 10{sup 26} y and thus a potential to probe the effective Majorana neutrino mass down to 41-95 meV; the sensitivity at 1.64{sigma} , which corresponds to 90% C.L., will be {caret T{sup 0{nu}}{sub 1/2}(1.64{sigma} }) = 9.5x10{sup 25} y. This range is compared with the claim of observation of neutrinoless double-beta decay in {sup 76}Ge and the preferred range in the neutrino mass parameter space from oscillation results.
The MAJORANA Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
Majorana collaboration paper for the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium held in Dresden, Germany. It includes many authors from 17 institutions. Neutrinoless double-beta decay searches play a major role in determining the nature of neutrinos, the existence of a lepton violating process, and the effective Majorana neutrino mass. The MAJORANA Collaboration proposes to assemble an array of HPGe detectors to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge. Our proposed method uses the well-established technique of searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay in high purity Ge-diode radiation detectors that play both roles of source and detector. The technique is augmented with recent improvements in signal processing and detector design, and advances in controlling intrinsic and external backgrounds. Initially, MAJORANA aims to construct a prototype module containing 60 kg of Ge detectors to demonstrate the potential of a future 1-tonne experiment. The design and potential reach of this prototype Demonstrator module will be presented. This paper will also discuss detector optimization and low-background requirements, such as material purity, background rejection, and identification of rare backgrounds required to reach the sensitivity goals of the MAJORANA experiment.
Analysis of super-allowed Fermi beta-decay
Analysis of tile Jπ = 0+ → 0+ super-allowed Fermi transitions within isospin triplets is limited in the precision of its outcome not by the accuracy of the experimental input data nor by the confidence with which the radiative corrections can be applied but by knowledge of the nuclear mismatch: the subversion of the isospin symmetry along the multiplets by the charge-dependence of the forces, both Coulomb and specifically nuclear. Theoretical estimates of the mismatch differ considerably from author to author, their direct application results in clear violation of tile hypothesis of conservation of the vector current and clear inconsistency with unitarity of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix. This paper pursues and elaborates the previous suggestion that, in these unsatisfactory circumstances, the best procedure is to look to the experimental data themselves to determine and eliminate the mismatch by appropriate extrapolation to Z=O. This is done: (i) without any prior correction for mismatch; (ii) after correction for the full theoretical mismatch; (iii) after correction for case-to-case fluctuations in the theoretical mismatch. These three procedures are individually statistically satisfactory and mutually consistent in their extrapolation to Z = 0 despite the variety of the theoretical mismatches on which, in varying degrees, they are based. The resultant unitarity test for the CKM matrix is IVudI2 + IVusI2 + IVubI2 = 1.0003 ± 0.0014. The associated value for the operational vector coupling constant is: Gv* / (hc)3 = (1.15155±0.00064) x 10-5 GeV-2. If unitarity of the CKM matrix is alternatively assumed one may conclude, from a similar analysis, that the mean charge of the fermionic fields between which beta-decay takes place is Q-bar = 0.172±0.060 and that, at the 90% confidence level, bF -3 were bF is the relative effective scalar coupling constant. Neutron decay is also discussed, with the provisional recommendations: GA*/(hc)3 (1.4557±0.0051) x 10
The expressions for super-allowed beta-decay transition rates have been derived within the context of the Coriolis coupling model. The derived expressions, valid for the beta-decay between any two mirror nuclei, have been applied to calculate super-allowed beta-decay transition rates of 21Na, 23Mg, 25Al, and 27Si. Without the use of any hindrance factor, the calculated rates agree well with the data and also with the calculations done using the shell model with configuration admixture. (author)
Total absorption study of beta decays relevant for nuclear applications
In this contribution we will present an overview of recent studies of the beta decay of nuclei relevant for the calculation of the decay heat in nuclear reactors as a continuation of the work presented in (1). The measurements are performed using the best available technique to detect the beta feeding probability, the total absorption technique (TAS). In our studies we have combined the TAS technique with the use of a Penning Trap (JYFLTRAP, Univ. of Jyvaeskylae) as a high-resolution isobaric separator in order to guarantee high purity of the sources. A brief summary of the latest results of the measurements using a new segmented total absorption spectrometer, the faced challenges depending of the particular nuclei as well as new developments of the techniques of analysis will be discussed. The impact of the measurements on summation calculations of the decay heat in reactors, and in possible non-proliferation applications will be addressed. Future plans and the development of a new modular TAS detector (DTAS) for the DEcay SPECtroscopy (DESPCE) experiment at FAIR will also presented. (author)
Search for neutrinoless double beta decay in 124Sn
Nanal Vandana
2014-03-01
Full Text Available The mass and nature of neutrinos play an important role in theories beyond the standard model. The nuclear β decay and double beta decay can provide the information on absolute effective mass of the neutrinos, which would represent a major advance in our understanding of particle physics. At present, neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ is perhaps the only experiment that can tell us whether the neutrino is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. Given the significance of the 0νββ, there is a widespread interest for these rare event studies employing a variety of novel techniques. An essential criterion for detector design is the high energy resolution for a precision measurement of the sum energy of two electrons emitted in 0νββ decay. The low temperature bolometric detectors are ideally suited for this purpose. In India, efforts have been initiated to search for 0νββ in 124Sn at the upcoming underground facility of India based Neutrino Observatory (INO. A custom built cryogen free dilution refrigerator has been installed at TIFR, Mumbai for the development of Sn prototype bolometer. A base temperature of 10 mK has been achieved in this setup. This paper gives a brief description of efforts towards Sn bolometer development.
Electron capture decay of {sup 116}In and nuclear structure of double {beta} decays
Bhattacharya, M.; Garcia, A.; Ortiz, C.E.; Kaloskamis, N.I. [University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 (United States); Hindi, M.M. [Physics Department, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505 (United States); Norman, E.B. [Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Davids, C.N. [Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Civitarese, O. [Department of Physics, University of La Plata, C. C. 67, 1900-La Plata (Argentina); Suhonen, J. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35, SF-40351, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)
1998-08-01
Quasiparticle-random-phase-approximation (QRPA) calculations of double {beta} decays have not been able to reproduce data in the A=100 system. We propose the A=116 system{emdash}because of its smaller deformation{emdash}as a simpler system to test QRPA calculations. We present results of two experiments we performed, which determine the electron-capture-decay branch of {sup 116}In to be (2.27{plus_minus}0.63){times}10{sup {minus}2}{percent}, from which we deduce logft=4.39{sub {minus}0.15}{sup +0.10}. We present QRPA calculations and compare their predictions to experimental data. Finally we use these calculations to predict the 2{nu} double-{beta}-decay rate of {sup 116}Cd to the ground and excited states of {sup 116}Sn. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}
Search for beta plus/EC double beta decay of 120Te
Andreotti, E; Avignone, F T; Balata, M; Bandac, I; Barucci, M; Beeman, J W; Bellini, F; Brofferio, C; Bryant, A; Bucci, C; Canonica, L; Capelli, S; Carbone, L; Carrettoni, M; Clemenza, M; Cremonesi, O; Creswick, R J; Di Domizio, S; Dolinski, M J; Ejzak, L; Faccini, R; Farach, H A; Ferri, E; Fiorini, E; Foggetta, L; Giachero, A; Gironi, L; Giuliani, A; Gorla, P; Guardincerri, E; Haller, T D Gutierrez E E; Kazkaz, K; Kraft, S; Kogler, L; Maiano, C; Maruyama, R H; Martinez, C; Martinez, M; Mizouni, L; Newman, S; Nisi, S; Nones, C; Norman, E B; Nucciotti, A; Orio, F; Pallavicini, M; Palmieri, V; Pattavina, L; Pavan, M; Pedretti, M; Pessina, G; Pirro, S; Previtali, E; Risegari, L; Rosenfeld, C; Rusconi, C; Salvioni, C; Sangiorgio, S; Schaeffer, D; Scielzo, N D; Sisti, M; Smith, A R; Tomei, C; Ventura, G; Vignati, M
2010-01-01
We present a search for beta plus/EC double beta decay of 120Te performed with the CUORICINO experiment, an array of TeO2 cryogenic bolometers. After collecting 0.0573 kg y of 120Te, we see no evidence of a signal and therefore set the following limits on the half-life: T1/2 (0nu) > 1.9 10^{21} y at 90% C.L. for the 0 neutrino mode and T1/2 (2nu) > 7.6 10^{19} y at 90% C.L. for the two neutrino mode. These results improve the existing limits by almost three orders of magnitude (four in the case of 0 neutrino mode). Moreover the limit on zero neutrino beta plus/EC represents the most stringent half-life limit ever achieved for this decay mode for any isotope.
Radiative Corrections to the Neutron Beta-decay within the Standard Model
Bunatian, G G
2003-01-01
Starting with the basic Lagrangian of the Standard Model, the radiative corrections to the neutron beta-decay are acquired. The electroweak interactions are consistently taken into consideration amenably to the Weinberg-Salam theory. The effect of the strong quark-quark interactions on the neutron beta-decay is parameterized by introducing the nucleon electromagnetic form factors and the nucleon weak transition current specified by the form factors g_V, g_A, ... The radiative corrections to the total decay probability W and to the asymmetry coefficient of the electron momentum distribution A obtained to constitute \\delta W = 8.7%, \\delta A = -2% . The contribution to the radiative corrections due to allowance for the nucleon form factors and the nucleon exited states amounts up to a few per cent to the whole value of the radiative corrections. The ambiguity in description of the nucleon compositeness is this surely what causes the uncertainties ~0.1% in evaluation of the neutron beta-decay characteristics. Fo...
The low background spectrometer TGV II for double beta decay measurements
Benes, P. [Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague, Horska 3a/22, 128 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Cermak, P. [Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague, Horska 3a/22, 128 00 Prague (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: pavel.cermak@utef.cvut.cz; Gusev, K.N. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Klimenko, A.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Kovalenko, V.E. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Kovalik, A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Nuclear Physics Institute of the CAS, 25263 Rez near Prague (Czech Republic); Rukhadze, N.I. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Salamatin, A.V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Simkovic, F. [Comenius University in Bratislava, SK-842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Stekl, I. [Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague, Horska 3a/22, 128 00 Prague (Czech Republic); Timkin, V.V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Vylov, Ts. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation)
2006-12-21
The low-background multi-HPGe spectrometer TGVII installed in the Modane Underground Laboratory (France) is described in detail and the results of the background measurements are reported. The spectrometer is focused on the double beta decay measurements with two isotopes-{sup 106}Cd (2{nu}EC/EC mode) and {sup 48}Ca ({beta}{beta} mode). A basic summary of the physics of {beta}{beta} decay (especially EC/EC mode) is also given.
Guess, C J; Akimune, H; Algora, A; Austin, Sam M; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Caesar, C; Deaven, J M; Ejiri, H; Estevez, E; Fang, D; Faessler, A; Frekers, D; Fujita, H; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Grinyer, G F; Harakeh, M N; Hatanaka, K; Herlitzius, C; Hirota, K; Hitt, G W; Ishikawa, D; Matsubara, H; Meharchand, R; Molina, F; Okamura, H; Ong, H J; Perdikakis, G; Rodin, V; Rubio, B; Shimbara, Y; Süsoy, G; Suzuki, T; Tamii, A; Thies, J H; Tur, C; Verhanovitz, N; Yosoi, M; Yurkon, J; Zegers, R G T; Zenihiro, J
2011-01-01
The $^{150}$Nd($^3$He,$t$) reaction at 140 MeV/u and $^{150}$Sm($t$,$^3$He) reaction at 115 MeV/u were measured, populating excited states in $^{150}$Pm. The transitions studied populate intermediate states of importance for the (neutrinoless) $\\beta\\beta$ decay of $^{150}$Nd to $^{150}$Sm. Monopole and dipole contributions to the measured excitation-energy spectra were extracted by using multipole decomposition analyses. The experimental results were compared with theoretical calculations obtained within the framework of Quasiparticle Random-Phase Approximation (QRPA), which is one of the main methods employed for estimating the half-life of the neutrinoless $\\beta\\beta$ decay ($0\
The background in the neutrinoless double beta decay experiment GERDA
Agostini, M; Andreotti, E; Bakalyarov, A M; Balata, M; Barabanov, I; Heider, M Barnabe; Barros, N; Baudis, L; Bauer, C; Becerici-Schmidt, N; Bellotti, E; Belogurov, S; Belyaev, S T; Benato, G; Bettini, A; Bezrukov, L; Bode, T; Brudanin, V; Brugnera, R; Budjas, D; Caldwell, A; Cattadori, C; Chernogorov, A; Cossavella, F; Demidova, E V; Domula, A; Egorov, V; Falkenstein, R; Ferella, A; Freund, K; Frodyma, N; Gangapshev, A; Garfagnini, A; Gotti, C; Grabmayr, P; Gurentsov, V; Gusev, K; Guthikonda, K K; Hampel, W; Hegai, A; Heisel, M; Hemmer, S; Heusser, G; Hofmann, W; Hult, M; Inzhechik, L V; Ioannucci, L; Csathy, J Janicsko; Jochum, J; Junker, M; Kihm, T; Kirpichnikov, I V; Kirsch, A; Klimenko, A; Knoepfle, K T; Kochetov, O; Kornoukhov, V N; Kuzminov, V V; Laubenstein, M; Lazzaro, A; Lebedev, V I; Lehnert, B; Liao, H Y; Lindner, M; Lippi, I; Liu, X; Lubashevskiy, A; Lubsandorzhiev, B; Lutter, G; Macolino, C; Machado, A A; Majorovits, B; Maneschg, W; Nemchenok, I; Nisi, S; O'Shaughnessy, C; Palioselitis, D; Pandola, L; Pelczar, K; Pessina, G; Pullia, A; Riboldi, S; Sada, C; Salathe, M; Schmitt, C; Schreiner, J; Schulz, O; Schwingenheuer, B; Schoenert, S; Shevchik, E; Shirchenko, M; Simgen, H; Smolnikov, A; Stanco, L; Strecker, H; Tarka, M; Ur, C A; Vasenko, A A; Volynets, O; von Sturm, K; Wagner, V; Walter, M; Wegmann, A; Wester, T; Wojcik, M; Yanovich, E; Zavarise, P; Zhitnikov, I; Zhukov, S V; Zinatulina, D; Zuber, K; Zuzel, G
2014-01-01
The GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory (LNGS) of INFN is searching for neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge. The signature of the signal is a monoenergetic peak at 2039 keV, the Q-value of the decay, Q_bb. To avoid bias in the signal search, the present analysis does not consider all those events, that fall in a 40 keV wide region centered around Q_bb. The main parameters needed for the neutrinoless double beta decay analysis are described. A background model was developed to describe the observed energy spectrum. The model contains several contributions, that are expected on the basis of material screening or that are established by the observation of characteristic structures in the energy spectrum. The model predicts a flat energy spectrum for the blinding window around Q_bb with a background index ranging from 17.6 to 23.8*10^{-3} counts/(keV kg yr). A part of the data not considered before has been used to test if the predictions of the background model...
Global calculations of fission barriers and beta-decay properties of neutron-rich nuclei
Moller, P. (Peter); Sierk, A. J. (Arnold J.); Ichikawa, Takatoshi; Iwamoto, A. (Akira)
2004-01-01
Recently we have performed large-scale calculations of fission barriers in the actinide region based on five-dimensional deformation spaces with more than 3,000,000 deformation points for each potential-energy surface. We have determined new model constants. We have also extended our model to axially asymmetric shapes. We apply these techniques to the calculations of fission barriers of heavy nuclei from the line of beta stability to the r-process line. The aim is to study fission near the end of the r-process. We have also extended our model of {beta}-decay so that allowed Gamow-Teller transitions are treated in a quasi-particle random-phase approximation as earlier, but we now also consider first-forbidden transitions in the statistical gross theory. We discuss the properties of this enhanced model and present results of global calculations.
Analysis of the intermediate-state contributions to neutrinoless double beta-minus decays
Hyvärinen, Juhani
2016-01-01
A comprehensive analysis of the structure of the nuclear matrix elements (NMEs) of neutrinoless double beta-minus decays to the 0^+ ground and first excited states is performed in terms of the contributing multipole states in the intermediate nuclei of neutrinoless double beta-minus transitions. We concentrate on the transitions mediated by the light (l-NMEs) Majorana neutrinos. As nuclear model we use the proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation (pnQRPA) with a realistic two-nucleon interaction based on the Bonn one-boson-exchange G matrix. In the computations we include the appropriate short-range correlations, nucleon form factors, higher-order nucleonic weak currents and restore the isospin symmetry by the isoscalar-isovector decomposition of the particle-particle proton-neutron interaction parameter g_{pp}.
Orrigo, S E A; Fujita, Y; Blank, B; Gelletly, W; Agramunt, J; Algora, A; Ascher, P; Bilgier, B; Cáceres, L; Cakirli, R B; Fujita, H; Ganioglu, E; Gerbaux, M; Giovinazzo, J; Grévy, S; Kamalou, O; Kozer, H C; Kucuk, L; Kurtukian-Nieto, T; Molina, F; Popescu, L; Rogers, A M; Susoy, G; Stodel, C; Suzuki, T; Tamii, A; Thomas, J C
2016-01-01
Remarkable results have been published recently on the $\\beta$ decay of $^{56}$Zn. In particular, the rare and exotic $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$-proton emission has been detected for the first time in the $fp$ shell. Here we focus the discussion on this exotic decay mode and on the observed competition between $\\beta$-delayed protons and $\\beta$-delayed $\\gamma$ rays from the Isobaric Analogue State.
Brunner, T; Andreoiu, C; Brodeur, M; Delheji, P; Ettenauer, S; Frekers, D; Gallant, A T; Gernhäuser, R; Grossheim, A; Krücken, R; Lennarz, A; Lunney, D; Mücher, D; Ringle, R; Simon, M C; Simon, V V; Sjue, S K L; Zuber, K; Dilling, J
2013-01-01
A new technique has been developed at TRIUMF's TITAN facility to perform in-trap decay spectroscopy. The aim of this technique is to eventually measure weak electron capture branching ratios (ECBRs) and by this to consequently determine GT matrix elements of $\\beta\\beta$ decaying nuclei. These branching ratios provide important input to the theoretical description of these decays. The feasibility and power of the technique is demonstrated by measuring the ECBR of $^{124}$Cs.
Brunner, T. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E12, Garching (Germany); Lapierre, A.; Delheji, P.; Grossheim, A.; Ringle, R.; Simon, M.C.; Sjue, S.K.L. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); Andreoiu, C. [Simon Fraser University, Department of Chemistry, Burnaby (Canada); Brodeur, M. [University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, Notre Dame, IN (United States); Ettenauer, S.; Gallant, A.T.; Dilling, J. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vancouver (Canada); Frekers, D. [Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Muenster (Germany); Gernhaeuser, R.; Kruecken, R.; Muecher, D. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E12, Garching (Germany); Lennarz, A. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Muenster (Germany); Lunney, D. [Universite de Paris Sud, CSNSM-IN2P3-CNRS, Orsay (France); Simon, V.V. [TRIUMF, Vancouver (Canada); Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Fakulaet fuer Physik und Astronomie, Heidelberg (Germany); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany); Zuber, K. [Technische Universitaet Dresden, Institut fuer Kern- und Teilchenphysik, Dresden (Germany)
2013-11-15
A new technique has been developed at the TRIUMF's TITAN facility to perform in-trap decay spectroscopy. The aim of this technique is to eventually measure weak electron capture branching ratios (ECBRs) and by this to consequently determine GT matrix elements of {beta} {beta} decaying nuclei. These branching ratios provide important input to the theoretical description of these decays. The feasibility and power of the technique is demonstrated by measuring the ECBR of {sup 124}Cs. (orig.)
The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
Abgrall, N.; Aguayo, Estanislao; Avignone, Frank T.; Barabash, Alexander S.; Bertrand, F.; Boswell, M.; Brudanin, V.; Busch, Matthew; Caldwell, A. S.; Chan, Yuen-Dat; Christofferson, Cabot-Ann; Combs, Dustin C.; Detwiler, Jason A.; Doe, Peter J.; Efremenko, Yuri; Egorov, Viatcheslav; Ejiri, H.; Elliott, S. R.; Esterline, James H.; Fast, James E.; Finnerty, P.; Fraenkle, Florian; Galindo-Uribarri, A.; Giovanetti, G. K.; Goett, J.; Green, M.; Gruszko, J.; Guiseppe, Vincente; Gusev, K.; Hallin, A. L.; Hazama, R.; Hegai, A.; Henning, Reyco; Hoppe, Eric W.; Howard, Stanley; Howe, M. A.; Keeter, K.; Kidd, M. F.; Knecht, A.; Kochetov, Oleg; Konovalov, S.; Kouzes, Richard T.; Laferriere, Brian D.; Leon, Jonathan D.; Leviner, L.; Loach, J. C.; Luke, P.; MacMullin, S.; Martin, R. D.; Mertens, S.; Mizouni, Leila; Nomachi, Masaharu; Orrell, John L.; O' Shaughnessy, C.; Overman, Nicole R.; Phillips, David; Poon, Alan; Pushkin, K.; Radford, D. C.; Rielage, Keith; Robertson, R. G. H.; Ronquest, M. C.; Schubert, Alexis G.; Shanks, B.; Shima, T.; Shirchenko, M.; Snavely, Kyle J.; Snyder, N.; Steele, David; Strain, J.; Suriano, Anne-Marie; Thompson, J.; Timkin, V.; Tornow, Werner; Varner, R. L.; Vasilyev, Sergey; Vetter, Kai; Vorren, Kris R.; White, Brandon R.; Wilkerson, J. F.; Williams, T.; Xu, W.; Yakushev, E.; Young, A.; Yu, Chang-Hong; Yumatov, Vladimir
2014-06-01
The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR will search for the neutrinoless double-beta (ββ(0ν)) decay of the isotope ^{76}Ge with a mixed array of enriched and natural germanium detectors. The observation of this rare decay would indicate that the neutrino is its own antiparticle, demonstrate that lepton number is not conserved, and provide information on the absolute mass scale of the neutrino. The DEMONSTRATOR is being assembled at the 4850-foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. The array will be situated in a low-background environment and surrounded by passive and active shielding. Here we describe the science goals of the DEMONSTRATOR and the details of its design.
The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
Abgrall, N.; Aguayo, Estanislao; Avignone, III, F. T.; Barabash, A.; Bertrand, F.; Boswell, M.; Brudanin, V.; Busch, Matthew; Caldwell, A. S.; Chan, Yuen-Dat; Christofferson, Cabot-Ann; Combs, Dustin C.; Detwiler, Jason A.; Doe, Peter J.; Efremenko, Yuri; Egorov, Viatcheslav; Ejiri, H.; Elliott, S. R.; Esterline, James H.; Fast, James E.; Finnerty, P.; Fraenkle, Florian; Galindo-Uribarri, A.; Giovanetti, G. K.; Goett, J.; Green, M.; Gruszko, J.; Guiseppe, Vincente; Gusev, K.; Hallin, A. L.; Hazama, R.; Hegai, A.; Henning, Reyco; Hoppe, Eric W.; Howard, Stanley; Howe, M. A.; Keeter, K.; Kidd, M. F.; Knecht, A.; Kochetov, Oleg; Konovalov, S.; Kouzes, Richard T.; Laferriere, Brian D.; Leon, Jonathan D.; Leviner, L.; Loach, J. C.; Luke, P.; MacMullin, S.; Martin, R. D.; Mertens, S.; Mizouni, Leila; Nomachi, Masaharu; Orrell, John L.; O' Shaughnessy, Mark D.; Overman, Nicole R.; Phillips, David; Poon, Alan; Pushkin, K.; Radford, D. C.; Rielage, Keith; Robertson, R. G. H.; Ronquest, M. C.; Schubert, Alexis G.; Shanks, B.; Shima, T.; Shirchenko, M.; Snavely, Kyle J.; Snyder, N.; Steele, David; Strain, J.; Suriano, Anne-Marie; Thompson, J.; Timkin, V.; Tornow, Werner; Varner, R. L.; Vasilyev, Sergey; Vetter, Kai; Vorren, Kris R.; White, Brandon R.; Wilkerson, J. F.; Williams, T.; Xu, W.; Yakushev, E.; Young, A.; Yu, Chang-Hong; Yumatov, Vladimir
2014-01-01
The Majorana Demonstrator will search for the neutrinoless double-beta (ββ (0ν)) decay of the isotope ^{76}Ge with a mixed array of enriched and natural germanium detectors. The observation of this rare decay would indicate that the neutrino is its own antiparticle, demonstrate that lepton number is not conserved, and provide information on the absolute mass scale of the neutrino. TheDemonstrator is being assembled at the 4850-foot level of the SanfordUnderground Research Facility in Lead, SouthDakota. The array will be situated in a low-background environment and surrounded by passive and active shielding. Here we describe the science goals of the Demonstrator and the details of its design.
Ground state occupation probabilities of neutrinoless double beta decay candidates
Kotila, Jenni; Barea, Jose
2015-10-01
A better understanding of nuclear structure can offer important constraints on the calculation of 0 νββ nuclear matrix elements. A simple way to consider differences between initial and final states of neutrinoless double beta decay candidates is to look at the ground state occupation probabilities of initial and final nuclei. As is well known, microscopic interacting boson model (IBM-2) has found to be very useful in the description of detailed aspects of nuclear structure. In this talk I will present results for ground state occupation probabilities obtained using IBM-2 for several interesting candidates of 0 νββ -decay. Comparison with recent experimental results is also made. This work was supported Academy of Finland (Project 266437) and Chilean Ministry of Education (Fondecyt Grant No. 1150564),
Search of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with the GERDA Experiment
Benato, Giovanni
2015-01-01
The Gerda experiment designed to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge has successfully completed the first data collection. No signal excess is found, and a lower limit on the half life of the process is set, with T1/2 > 2.1x10^25 yr (90% CL). After a review of the experimental setup and of the main Phase I results, the hardware upgrade for Gerda Phase II is described, and the physics reach of the new data collection is reported.
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay in Heavy Deformed Nuclei
Hirsch, Jorge G.; Castaños, O.; Hess, P. O.
1994-01-01
The zero neutrino mode of the double beta decay in heavy deformed nuclei is investigated in the framework of the pseudo SU(3) model, which has provided an accurate description of collective nuclear structure and predicted half-lives for the two neutrino mode in good agreement with experiments. In the case of $^{238}U$ the calculated zero neutrino half-life is at least three orders of magnitude greater than the two neutrino one, giving strong support of the identification of the radiochemicall...
Values of the phase space factors for double beta decay
We report an up-date list of the experimentally most interesting phase space factors for double beta decay (DBD). The electron/positron wave functions are obtained by solving the Dirac equations with a Coulomb potential derived from a realistic proton density distribution in nucleus and with inclusion of the finite nuclear size (FNS) and electron screening (ES) effects. We build up new numerical routines which allow us a good control of the accuracy of calculations. We found several notable differences as compared with previous results reported in literature and possible sources of these discrepancies are discussed
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay and Lepton Flavor Violation
Cirigliano, V.; Kurylov, A.; Ramsey-Musolf, M. J.; Vogel, P.
2004-01-01
We point out that extensions of the standard model with low scale (~TeV) lepton number violation (LNV) generally lead to a pattern of lepton flavor violation (LFV) experimentally distinguishable from the one implied by models with grand unified theory scale LNV. As a consequence, muon LFV processes provide a powerful diagnostic tool to determine whether or not the effective neutrino mass can be deduced from the rate of neutrinoless double beta decay. We discuss the role of µ-->egamma and µ-->...
LUCIFER: A new technique for Double Beta Decay
Ferroni, Fernando
2011-01-01
LUCIFER (Low-background Underground Cryogenic Installation For Elusive Rates) is a new project aiming to study the neutrinoless Double Beta Decay. It will be based on the technology of the scintillating bolometers. These devices shall have a great power in distinguishing signals from α’s and β/γ’s promising a background-free experiment, provided that the Q value of the candidate isotope is higher than the 208Tl line. The baseline candidate for LUCIFER is 82Se. Here the LUCIFER concept will be...
The Majorana Ge-76 Double-Beta Decay Project
Aalseth, C E; Barabash, A S; Bowyer, T W; Brodzinski, R L; Brudanin, V B; Collar, J I; Doe, P J; Egorov, S; Elliott, S R; Farach, H A; Gaitskell, R J; Jordan, D; Kochetov, O I; Konovalov, S V; Kouzes, R T; Miley, H S; Pitts, W K; Reeves, J H; Robertson, R G H; Sandukovsky, V G; Smith, E; Stekhanov, V; Thompson, R C; Tornow, W; Umatov, V I; Warner, R A; Webb, J; Wilkerson, J F; Young, A
2002-01-01
The Majorana Experiment is a next-generation Ge-76 double-beta decay search. It will employ 500 kg of Ge, isotopically enriched to 86% in Ge-76, in the form of 200 detectors in a close-packed array for high granularity. Each crystal will be electronically segmented, with each region fitted with pulse-shape analysis electronics. A half-life sensitivity is predicted of 4.2e27 y or < 0.02-0.07 eV, depending on the nuclear matrix elements used to interpret the data.
Neutron beta decay studies at the Institut Laue-Langevin
In the frame of the electroweak Standard Model of particle physics, neutron beta decay is described by only two parameters: the element Vud of the weak quark mixing matrix (CKM matrix) and the ratio λ=gA/gV of the weak coupling constants of the neutron. Experimentally, a larger number of neutron decay parameters are accessible. These are the lifetime and various correlation coefficients between the spins and momenta of the particles involved in neutron decay. Hence, the problem is strongly overdetermined, and many tests going beyond the Standard Model are possible. These comprise tests of the unitarity of the CKM matrix, tests for tensor and scalar admixtures, searches for right-handed currents within the frame of left-right symmetric models, as well as tests of time reversal symmetry. During the past years various groups working in this field have made considerable progress in neutron decay experimentation. In our presentation we shall give a survey on new experiments performed at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France, and on the results concerning the Standard Model
Measurement of double-beta-decay--experiments TGV and NEMO
A description of the aim and present status of the experiments NEMO and TGV are presented. The NEMO collaboration developed the detector NEMO-2 to investigate double-beta (ββ) decay of 100Mo, 116Cd, 82Se and 96Zr. The results obtained for the above mentioned isotopes are given. The new detector NEMO-3, which is approximately 20 times larger than NEMO-2, is under construction. The NEMO-3 detector should allow the study of 0νββ decays of 100Mo (or other isotopes) with half-life ∼1025 years, corresponding to neutrino masses of 0.1-0.3 eV. The TGV I collaboration has studied the ββ decay of 48Ca. The result T2νββ1/2=(4.2+3.3-1.3)x1019 years has been found. Experiment TGV II is devoted to measurement of the ββ decay (β+β+, β+/EC, EC/EC) of 106Cd, particularly the 2νEC/EC mode. (author)
Theory of neutrinoless double-beta decay - a brief review
Neutrinoless double-beta decay (0νββ-decay) is a unique probe for lepton number conservation and neutrino properties. This is a process with long and interesting history with important implications for particle physics and cosmology, but its observation is still elusive. The search for the 0νββ-decay represents the new frontiers of neutrino physics, allowing one to determine the Majorana nature of neutrinos and to fix the neutrino mass scale and possible CP-violation effects, which could explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. At present, a complete theory is missing and, thus, to motivate and guide the experiments, the mechanism mediated by light neutrinos is mostly considered. The subject of interest is an effective mass of Majorana neutrinos, which can be deduced from the measured half-life, once this process is definitely observed. The accuracy of the determination of this quantity is mainly determined by our knowledge of the nuclear matrix elements. There is a request to evaluate them with high precision, accuracy and reliability. Recently, there is an increased interest in the resonant neutrinoless double-electron capture, which may also establish the Majorana nature of neutrinos. This possibility is considered as alternative and complementary to searches for the 0νββ-decay
A search for various double beta decay modes of Cd, Te, and Zn isotopes
Various double beta decay modes of Cd, Zn, and Te isotopes are explored with the help of CdTe and CdZnTe semiconductor detectors. The data set is splitted in an energy range below 1 MeV having a statistics of 134.5 g d and one above 1 MeV resulting in 532 g d. No signals were observed in all channels under investigation. New improved limits for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 70Zn of T1/2>1.3x1016 yrs (90% CL), the longest standing limit of all double beta isotopes, and 0νβ+EC of 120Te of T1/2>2.2x1016 yrs (90% CL) are given. For the first time a limit on the half-life of the 2νECEC of 120Te of T1/2>9.4x1015 yrs (90% CL) is obtained. In addition, limits on 2νECEC for ground state transitions of 106Cd, 108Cd, and 64Zn are improved. The obtained results even under rough background conditions show the reliability of CdTe semiconductor detectors for rare nuclear decay searches
Testing the importance of collective correlations in neutrinoless $\\beta\\beta$ decay
Menéndez, J; Engel, J; Martínez-Pinedo, G; Rodríguez, T R
2016-01-01
We investigate the extent to which theories of collective motion can capture the physics that determines the nuclear matrix elements governing neutrinoless double-beta decay. To that end we calculate the matrix elements for a series of isotopes in the full $pf$ shell, omitting no spin-orbit partners. With the inclusion of isoscalar pairing, a separable collective Hamiltonian that is derived from the shell model effective interaction reproduces the full shell-model matrix elements with good accuracy. A version of the generator coordinate method that includes the isoscalar pairing amplitude as a coordinate also reproduces the shell model results well, an encouraging result for theories of collective motion, which can include more single-particle orbitals than the shell model. We briefly examine heavier nuclei relevant for experimental double-beta decay searches, in which shell-model calculations with all spin-orbit partners are not feasible; our estimates suggest that isoscalar pairing also plays a significant ...
Shell Model description of the {beta}{beta} decay of {sup 136}Xe
Caurier, E.; Nowacki, F. [IPHC, IN2P3-CNRS/Universite Louis Pasteur BP 28, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Poves, A., E-mail: alfredo.poves@uam.es [Departamento de Fisica Teorica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Instituto de Fisica Teorica, UAM/CSIC, E-28049, Madrid (Spain)
2012-05-01
We study in this Letter the double beta decay of {sup 136}Xe with emission of two neutrinos which has been recently measured by the EXO-200 Collaboration. We use the same shell model framework, valence space, and effective interaction that we have already employed in our calculation of the nuclear matrix element (NME) of its neutrinoless double beta decay. Using the quenching factor of the Gamow-Teller operator which is needed to reproduce the very recent high resolution {sup 136}Xe ({sup 3}He, t) {sup 136}Cs data, we obtain a nuclear matrix element M{sup 2{nu}}=0.025 MeV{sup -1} compared with the experimental value M{sup 2{nu}}=0.019(2) MeV{sup -1}.