May 24 – 28, 2021
America/Vancouver timezone

A study of self-vetoing balloon vessel for liquid-scintillator detectors

May 26, 2021, 5:30 AM
18m
Parallel session talk Sensors: Light-based detectors Sensors: Light-based detectors

Speaker

Shuhei Obara (Tohoku University)

Description

KamLAND-Zen searches for neutrinoless double-beta decay with an ultra-pure liquid-scintillator (LS) filled with a custom-made clean nylon balloon. The primary backgrounds are radioactive impurities such as uranium and thorium series.

To reduce them, we developed a self-vetoing balloon vessel for a future upgrade program, "KamLAND2-Zen", instead of the current nylon-made balloon.
We selected a Polyethylene-Naphthalate (PEN) film that has a blue photon emission and performed the feasibility studies.
Due to its scintillation properties, we estimated that 99.7% of a 214Bi background could be identified in the KamLAND.
Moreover, thanks to the different waveforms between the LS and the PEN, we recently established the pulse-shape-discrimination for 212Bi background. We evaluated its background rejection efficiency as more than 90%.

Resulting from these studies, we proved to be able to use 100% of the fiducial volume.

TIPP2020 abstract resubmission? No, this is an entirely new submission.

Primary author

Shuhei Obara (Tohoku University)

Co-authors

Koji Ishidoshiro (Tohoku University) Mr Rikuo Nakamura (Tohoku Univ.) Sei Ieki (Tohoku Univ.) Yoshihito Gando (Tohoku Univ.) Haruo Ikeda (Tohoku Univ.)

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