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

Quantum Dots for Rare Decays: the ESQUIRE Project

Feb 19, 2019, 3:15 PM


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


Dr Luca Gironi (Universita` e INFN di Milano Bicocca)


The future Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0νDBD) experiments will require a particle detector easily scalable in mass and able to reach good energy resolution (around 2% or better) in the region of interest for the study of these rare decays, at about 3 MeV.
The ESQUIRE (Experiment with Scintillating QUantum dots for Ionizing Radiation Events) project aims at the development of a new category of scintillating materials, based on nano-crystals (Quantum Dots) containing a 0νDBD candidate isotope. These scintillators would be coupled to high quantum efficiency optical photon sensors (SDDs) with high quantum efficiency (up to 80% in the 450-1000 nm λ region) and low electronic noise, thus solving in one fell swoop the scalability and the good energy resolution requests.
We will report on the first results of the optical characterization measurements of the samples containing the nano-crystals and on the first scintillation measurements collected so far.

Primary authors

Chiara Brofferio (Università degli Studi e INFN Milano (IT)) Dr Luca Gironi (Universita` e INFN di Milano Bicocca)


A. Amirkhani (Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria) Anna Vedda (Universita & INFN, Milano - Bicocca (IT)) Carlo Fiorini (Politecnico di Milano - INFN Milano) E. Fantuzzi (Universita' di Milano- Bicocca) Francesca Cova (Universita & INFN, Milano-Bicocca (IT)) Irene Villa (University Milano Bicocca) Mattia Beretta (Università di Milano-Bicocca and INFN) Mauro Fasoli (Universita & INFN, Milano - Bicocca (IT)) S. Brovelli (Universita' di Milano - Bicocca and INFN) Dr Silvia Capelli (Universita` e INFN di Milano Bicocca)

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