Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with CUORE

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Aithousa Mitropoulos ()

Aithousa Mitropoulos

Megaron, Athens - Greece


Karsten Heeger (University of Wisconsin)


The search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) is the only experimental technique to probe the Majorana mass of neutrinos. Observation of 0νββ would show that neutrinos are their own antiparticles and imply lepton number violation. The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is under construction at Gran Sasso National Laboratories. It will use 988 TeO2 crystals with a total mass of 750kg operated as bolometric detectors at 10mK to search for neutrinoless double decay in 130Te and other rare events. We will present the status of CUORE as well its principal technical challenges including the cryogenics, background reduction, and calibration of the experiment. The expected sensitivity and physics potential of the experiment will be discussed.

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Karsten Heeger (University of Wisconsin)

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