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Title: Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay

Abstract

We present that the next-generation Enriched Xenon Observatory (nEXO) is a proposed experiment to search for neutrinoless double- β (0νββ) decay in 136Xe with a target half-life sensitivity of approximately 10 28 yr using 5 × 10 3 kg of isotopically enriched liquid-xenon in a time projection chamber. This improvement of two orders of magnitude in sensitivity over current limits is obtained by a significant increase of the 136Xe mass, the monolithic and homogeneous configuration of the active medium, and the multiparameter measurements of the interactions enabled by the time projection chamber. Finally, the detector concept and anticipated performance are presented based upon demonstrated realizable background rates.

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Indiana Univ. Southeast, New Albany, IN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Contributing Org.:
nEXO Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1457768
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1438206; OSTI ID: 1454377; OSTI ID: 1481202
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-130704; BNL-205698-2018-JAAM; DOE-IU-12191-1
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985; PRVCAN; TRN: US1901396
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830; SC0012704; SC0012191
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Albert, J. B., Anton, G., Arnquist, I. J., Badhrees, I., Barbeau, P., Beck, D., Belov, V., Bourque, F., Brodsky, J. P., Brown, E., Brunner, T., Burenkov, A., Cao, G. F., Cao, L., Cen, W. R., Chambers, C., Charlebois, S. A., Chiu, M., Cleveland, B., Coon, M., Craycraft, A., Cree, W., Côté, M., Dalmasson, J., Daniels, T., Daugherty, S. J., Daughhetee, J., Delaquis, S., Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A., DeVoe, R., Didberidze, T., Dilling, J., Ding, Y. Y., Dolinski, M. J., Dragone, A., Fabris, L., Fairbank, W., Farine, J., Feyzbakhsh, S., Fontaine, R., Fudenberg, D., Giacomini, G., Gornea, R., Graham, K., Gratta, G., Hansen, E. V., Harris, D., Hasan, M., Heffner, M., Hoppe, E. W., House, A., Hufschmidt, P., Hughes, M., Hößl, J., Ito, Y., Iverson, A., Jamil, A., Jewell, M., Jiang, X. S., Johnson, T. N., Johnston, S., Karelin, A., Kaufman, L. J., Killick, R., Koffas, T., Kravitz, S., Krücken, R., Kuchenkov, A., Kumar, K. S., Lan, Y., Leonard, D. S., Li, G., Li, S., Li, Z., Licciardi, C., Lin, Y. H., MacLellan, R., Michel, T., Mong, B., Moore, D., Murray, K., Newby, R. J., Ning, Z., Njoya, O., Nolet, F., Odgers, K., Odian, A., Oriunno, M., Orrell, J. L., Ostrovskiy, I., Overman, C. T., Ortega, G. S., Parent, S., Piepke, A., Pocar, A., Pratte, J. -F., Qiu, D., Radeka, V., Raguzin, E., Rao, T., Rescia, S., Retiere, F., Robinson, A., Rossignol, T., Rowson, P. C., Roy, N., Saldanha, R., Sangiorgio, S., Schmidt, S., Schneider, J., Schubert, A., Sinclair, D., Skarpaas, K., Soma, A. K., St-Hilaire, G., Stekhanov, V., Stiegler, T., Sun, X. L., Tarka, M., Todd, J., Tolba, T., Tsang, R., Tsang, T., Vachon, F., Veeraraghavan, V., Visser, G., Vogel, P., Vuilleumier, J. -L., Wagenpfeil, M., Wang, Q., Weber, M., Wei, W., Wen, L. J., Wichoski, U., Wrede, G., Wu, S. X., Wu, W. H., Yang, L., Yen, Y. -R., Zeldovich, O., Zettlemoyer, J., Zhang, X., Zhao, J., Zhou, Y., and Ziegler, T. Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.97.065503.
Albert, J. B., Anton, G., Arnquist, I. J., Badhrees, I., Barbeau, P., Beck, D., Belov, V., Bourque, F., Brodsky, J. P., Brown, E., Brunner, T., Burenkov, A., Cao, G. F., Cao, L., Cen, W. R., Chambers, C., Charlebois, S. A., Chiu, M., Cleveland, B., Coon, M., Craycraft, A., Cree, W., Côté, M., Dalmasson, J., Daniels, T., Daugherty, S. J., Daughhetee, J., Delaquis, S., Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A., DeVoe, R., Didberidze, T., Dilling, J., Ding, Y. Y., Dolinski, M. J., Dragone, A., Fabris, L., Fairbank, W., Farine, J., Feyzbakhsh, S., Fontaine, R., Fudenberg, D., Giacomini, G., Gornea, R., Graham, K., Gratta, G., Hansen, E. V., Harris, D., Hasan, M., Heffner, M., Hoppe, E. W., House, A., Hufschmidt, P., Hughes, M., Hößl, J., Ito, Y., Iverson, A., Jamil, A., Jewell, M., Jiang, X. S., Johnson, T. N., Johnston, S., Karelin, A., Kaufman, L. J., Killick, R., Koffas, T., Kravitz, S., Krücken, R., Kuchenkov, A., Kumar, K. S., Lan, Y., Leonard, D. S., Li, G., Li, S., Li, Z., Licciardi, C., Lin, Y. H., MacLellan, R., Michel, T., Mong, B., Moore, D., Murray, K., Newby, R. J., Ning, Z., Njoya, O., Nolet, F., Odgers, K., Odian, A., Oriunno, M., Orrell, J. L., Ostrovskiy, I., Overman, C. T., Ortega, G. S., Parent, S., Piepke, A., Pocar, A., Pratte, J. -F., Qiu, D., Radeka, V., Raguzin, E., Rao, T., Rescia, S., Retiere, F., Robinson, A., Rossignol, T., Rowson, P. C., Roy, N., Saldanha, R., Sangiorgio, S., Schmidt, S., Schneider, J., Schubert, A., Sinclair, D., Skarpaas, K., Soma, A. K., St-Hilaire, G., Stekhanov, V., Stiegler, T., Sun, X. L., Tarka, M., Todd, J., Tolba, T., Tsang, R., Tsang, T., Vachon, F., Veeraraghavan, V., Visser, G., Vogel, P., Vuilleumier, J. -L., Wagenpfeil, M., Wang, Q., Weber, M., Wei, W., Wen, L. J., Wichoski, U., Wrede, G., Wu, S. X., Wu, W. H., Yang, L., Yen, Y. -R., Zeldovich, O., Zettlemoyer, J., Zhang, X., Zhao, J., Zhou, Y., & Ziegler, T. Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.97.065503.
Albert, J. B., Anton, G., Arnquist, I. J., Badhrees, I., Barbeau, P., Beck, D., Belov, V., Bourque, F., Brodsky, J. P., Brown, E., Brunner, T., Burenkov, A., Cao, G. F., Cao, L., Cen, W. R., Chambers, C., Charlebois, S. A., Chiu, M., Cleveland, B., Coon, M., Craycraft, A., Cree, W., Côté, M., Dalmasson, J., Daniels, T., Daugherty, S. J., Daughhetee, J., Delaquis, S., Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A., DeVoe, R., Didberidze, T., Dilling, J., Ding, Y. Y., Dolinski, M. J., Dragone, A., Fabris, L., Fairbank, W., Farine, J., Feyzbakhsh, S., Fontaine, R., Fudenberg, D., Giacomini, G., Gornea, R., Graham, K., Gratta, G., Hansen, E. V., Harris, D., Hasan, M., Heffner, M., Hoppe, E. W., House, A., Hufschmidt, P., Hughes, M., Hößl, J., Ito, Y., Iverson, A., Jamil, A., Jewell, M., Jiang, X. S., Johnson, T. N., Johnston, S., Karelin, A., Kaufman, L. J., Killick, R., Koffas, T., Kravitz, S., Krücken, R., Kuchenkov, A., Kumar, K. S., Lan, Y., Leonard, D. S., Li, G., Li, S., Li, Z., Licciardi, C., Lin, Y. H., MacLellan, R., Michel, T., Mong, B., Moore, D., Murray, K., Newby, R. J., Ning, Z., Njoya, O., Nolet, F., Odgers, K., Odian, A., Oriunno, M., Orrell, J. L., Ostrovskiy, I., Overman, C. T., Ortega, G. S., Parent, S., Piepke, A., Pocar, A., Pratte, J. -F., Qiu, D., Radeka, V., Raguzin, E., Rao, T., Rescia, S., Retiere, F., Robinson, A., Rossignol, T., Rowson, P. C., Roy, N., Saldanha, R., Sangiorgio, S., Schmidt, S., Schneider, J., Schubert, A., Sinclair, D., Skarpaas, K., Soma, A. K., St-Hilaire, G., Stekhanov, V., Stiegler, T., Sun, X. L., Tarka, M., Todd, J., Tolba, T., Tsang, R., Tsang, T., Vachon, F., Veeraraghavan, V., Visser, G., Vogel, P., Vuilleumier, J. -L., Wagenpfeil, M., Wang, Q., Weber, M., Wei, W., Wen, L. J., Wichoski, U., Wrede, G., Wu, S. X., Wu, W. H., Yang, L., Yen, Y. -R., Zeldovich, O., Zettlemoyer, J., Zhang, X., Zhao, J., Zhou, Y., and Ziegler, T. Fri . "Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.97.065503. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1457768.
@article{osti_1457768,
title = {Sensitivity and discovery potential of the proposed nEXO experiment to neutrinoless double- β decay},
author = {Albert, J. B. and Anton, G. and Arnquist, I. J. and Badhrees, I. and Barbeau, P. and Beck, D. and Belov, V. and Bourque, F. and Brodsky, J. P. and Brown, E. and Brunner, T. and Burenkov, A. and Cao, G. F. and Cao, L. and Cen, W. R. and Chambers, C. and Charlebois, S. A. and Chiu, M. and Cleveland, B. and Coon, M. and Craycraft, A. and Cree, W. and Côté, M. and Dalmasson, J. and Daniels, T. and Daugherty, S. J. and Daughhetee, J. and Delaquis, S. and Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A. and DeVoe, R. and Didberidze, T. and Dilling, J. and Ding, Y. Y. and Dolinski, M. J. and Dragone, A. and Fabris, L. and Fairbank, W. and Farine, J. and Feyzbakhsh, S. and Fontaine, R. and Fudenberg, D. and Giacomini, G. and Gornea, R. and Graham, K. and Gratta, G. and Hansen, E. V. and Harris, D. and Hasan, M. and Heffner, M. and Hoppe, E. W. and House, A. and Hufschmidt, P. and Hughes, M. and Hößl, J. and Ito, Y. and Iverson, A. and Jamil, A. and Jewell, M. and Jiang, X. S. and Johnson, T. N. and Johnston, S. and Karelin, A. and Kaufman, L. J. and Killick, R. and Koffas, T. and Kravitz, S. and Krücken, R. and Kuchenkov, A. and Kumar, K. S. and Lan, Y. and Leonard, D. S. and Li, G. and Li, S. and Li, Z. and Licciardi, C. and Lin, Y. H. and MacLellan, R. and Michel, T. and Mong, B. and Moore, D. and Murray, K. and Newby, R. J. and Ning, Z. and Njoya, O. and Nolet, F. and Odgers, K. and Odian, A. and Oriunno, M. and Orrell, J. L. and Ostrovskiy, I. and Overman, C. T. and Ortega, G. S. and Parent, S. and Piepke, A. and Pocar, A. and Pratte, J. -F. and Qiu, D. and Radeka, V. and Raguzin, E. and Rao, T. and Rescia, S. and Retiere, F. and Robinson, A. and Rossignol, T. and Rowson, P. C. and Roy, N. and Saldanha, R. and Sangiorgio, S. and Schmidt, S. and Schneider, J. and Schubert, A. and Sinclair, D. and Skarpaas, K. and Soma, A. K. and St-Hilaire, G. and Stekhanov, V. and Stiegler, T. and Sun, X. L. and Tarka, M. and Todd, J. and Tolba, T. and Tsang, R. and Tsang, T. and Vachon, F. and Veeraraghavan, V. and Visser, G. and Vogel, P. and Vuilleumier, J. -L. and Wagenpfeil, M. and Wang, Q. and Weber, M. and Wei, W. and Wen, L. J. and Wichoski, U. and Wrede, G. and Wu, S. X. and Wu, W. H. and Yang, L. and Yen, Y. -R. and Zeldovich, O. and Zettlemoyer, J. and Zhang, X. and Zhao, J. and Zhou, Y. and Ziegler, T.},
abstractNote = {We present that the next-generation Enriched Xenon Observatory (nEXO) is a proposed experiment to search for neutrinoless double- β (0νββ) decay in 136Xe with a target half-life sensitivity of approximately 1028 yr using 5 × 103 kg of isotopically enriched liquid-xenon in a time projection chamber. This improvement of two orders of magnitude in sensitivity over current limits is obtained by a significant increase of the 136Xe mass, the monolithic and homogeneous configuration of the active medium, and the multiparameter measurements of the interactions enabled by the time projection chamber. Finally, the detector concept and anticipated performance are presented based upon demonstrated realizable background rates.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevC.97.065503},
journal = {Physical Review C},
issn = {2469-9985},
number = 6,
volume = 97,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
}

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