Jul 24 – 28, 2017
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Progress toward a two-neutrino double-beta decay measurement for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR

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Alumni Hall

Alumni Hall

Poster Neutrinos Poster Session


Thomas Gilliss (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR is a $^{76}$Ge-based neutrinoless double-beta decay ($0\nu\beta\beta$) experiment. Staged at the 4850’ level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the DEMONSTRATOR operates an array of high-purity p-type point contact Ge detectors deployed within a graded passive shield and an active muon veto system. The present work concerns the two-neutrino double-beta decay mode ($2\nu\beta\beta$) of $^{76}$Ge. For Ge detectors, with superior energy resolution (0.1%), this mode poses negligible background to the $0\nu\beta\beta$ mode, even for a ton-scale experiment. However, a precision measurement of the $2\nu\beta\beta$ shape allows for searches for new physics such as Majoron-accompanied $0\nu\beta\beta$. The measurement of the $2\nu\beta\beta$ mode also allows for careful systematic checks of pulse shape discrimination cuts related to both the $0\nu\beta\beta$ and $2\nu\beta\beta$ decay modes. Work is underway to construct a full experimental background model enabling a Bayesian fit to the measured energy spectrum and extraction of a precise $2\nu\beta\beta$ spectrum and half-life determination.

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Thomas Gilliss (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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