Feb 18 – 22, 2019
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

Searching for neutrinoless double-beta decay with GERDA

Feb 19, 2019, 5:20 PM


Talk Dark matter and other low-background experiments Dark matter and other low-background experiments


Natalia Di Marco (LNGS - INFN)


The GERDA experiment searches for the lepton number violating neutrinoless double-beta decay of 76Ge operating bare, enriched Ge diodes in liquid argon. The BEGe detectors feature an excellent background discrimination from the analysis of the time profile of the detector signals, while the instrumentation of the cryogenic liquid volume surrounding the germanium detectors acts as an active veto to further suppress the external background. With a total exposure of 82.4 kg ‧ yr we remain in the background free regime and have achieved a median sensitivity on the half-life of T1/2>1.1 x 10^26 yr (90% C.L.). We observed no signal and derive a lower limit of T1/2>0.9 x 10^26 yr (90% C.L.). In this talk we will summarize the basic concept of the GERDA design, the data taking and the physics results obtained in Phase II. We will then present the last upgrade performed and the expected performances for the full 100 kg ‧ yr exposure.

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Natalia Di Marco (LNGS - INFN)

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