22-29 July 2015
Europe/Vienna timezone

The Electron Capture in 163Ho experiment

Jul 24, 2015, 11:45 AM


talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Stephan Scholl (Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen)


The Electron Capture in 163Ho experiment, ECHo, is designed to investigate the electron neutrino mass in the sub-eV range by means of the analysis of the calorimetrically measured spectrum following the electron capture in 163Ho. Arrays of low temperature metallic magnetic calorimeters (MMCs), read-out using microwave SQUID multiplexing, will be used in this experiment. With a first MMC prototype having the 163Ho source ion-implanted in the absorber, we performed the first high energy resolution measurement of the EC spectrum, which demonstrated the feasibility of such an experiment. In addition to the technological challenges for the development of MMC arrays which preserve the single pixel performance in term of energy resolution and bandwidth, the success of the experiment relies on the availability of large ultra-pure 163Ho samples, on the precise description of the expected spectrum and on the identification and reduction of background. We present the plan for a medium scale experiment, ECHo-1k, in which about 1000 Bq of high purity 163Ho will be ion-implanted into detector arrays. With one year of measuring time we will be able to achieve a sensitivity on the electron neutrino mass below 10 eV/c2 (90% C.L.), improving the present limit by more than one order of magnitude. This experiment will guide the necessary developments to reach the sub-eV sensitivity.

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Stephan Scholl (Eberhard Karls Universitaet Tuebingen)

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