Low Background Signal Readout Electronics for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR
The Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) is an array of p-type point contact (PPC) high purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors intended to search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0vBB decay) in 76Ge. MJD will consist of 40 kg of detectors, 30 kg of which will be isotopically enriched to 87% 76Ge. The array will consist of 14 strings of four or ve detectors placed in two separate cryostats. One of the main goals of the experiment is to demonstrate the feasibility of building a tonne-scale array of detectors to search for 0vBB decay with a much higher sensitivity. This involves acheiving backgrounds in the 4 keV region of interest (ROI) around the 2039 keV Q-value of the BB decay of less than 1 count/ROI-t-y. Because many backgrounds will not directly scale with detector mass, the specific background goal of MJD is less than 3 counts/ROI-t-y.
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- Conference: Low Radioactivity Techniques 2015 (LRT 2015): Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop in Low Radioactivity Techniques, March 18-20, 2015, Seattle, Washington. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1672:Article No. 030001
- JL Orrell; AIP Publishing, Melville, NY, United States(US).
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