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Title: Status of the GERDA Phase II upgrade

Abstract

The GERDA experiment is designed to search for neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay of {sup 76}Ge. In Phase I of the experiment a background index of 10{sup −2} cts/(keV·kg·yr) was reached. A lower limit on the half-life of the 0νββ decay of {sup 76}Ge was set to 2.1·10{sup 25} yr (at 90% C.L.). The aim of Phase II is to reach a sensitivity of the half-life of about 10{sup 26} yr. To increase the exposure thirty new Broad Energy Germanium (BEGe) detectors have been produced. These detectors are distinct for their improved energy resolution and enhanced pulse shape discrimination of signal from background events. Further background reduction will be reached by a light instrumentation to read out argon scintillation light. In April 2015 the light instrumentation together with eight BEGe detectors has been successfully deployed in the GERDA cryostat. In a commissioning run it was shown that two of the major background components, external γ-rays from {sup 214}Bi and {sup 208}Tl decays, were suppressed up to two orders of magnitude. We are confident to reach a background index of 10{sup −3} cts/(keV·kg·yr) which is the design goal for GERDA Phase II.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Max-Planck-Insitut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22609101
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1743; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: CETUP 2015: Workshop on dark matter, neutrino physics and astrophysics, Deadwood, SD (United States), 15 Jun - 17 Jul 2015, PPC 2015: 9. international conference on interconnections between particle physics and cosmology, Deadwood, SD (United States), 15 Jun - 17 Jul 2015; Other Information: (c) 2016 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; ARGON; BISMUTH 214; COMMISSIONING; CRYOSTATS; ENERGY RESOLUTION; GAMMA DECAY; GAMMA RADIATION; GE SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTORS; GERMANIUM 76; HALF-LIFE; NEUTRINOLESS DOUBLE BETA DECAY; READOUT SYSTEMS; SCINTILLATIONS; SENSITIVITY; THALLIUM 208

Citation Formats

Wagner, Victoria. Status of the GERDA Phase II upgrade. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4953322.
Wagner, Victoria. Status of the GERDA Phase II upgrade. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4953322.
Wagner, Victoria. Tue . "Status of the GERDA Phase II upgrade". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4953322.
@article{osti_22609101,
title = {Status of the GERDA Phase II upgrade},
author = {Wagner, Victoria},
abstractNote = {The GERDA experiment is designed to search for neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay of {sup 76}Ge. In Phase I of the experiment a background index of 10{sup −2} cts/(keV·kg·yr) was reached. A lower limit on the half-life of the 0νββ decay of {sup 76}Ge was set to 2.1·10{sup 25} yr (at 90% C.L.). The aim of Phase II is to reach a sensitivity of the half-life of about 10{sup 26} yr. To increase the exposure thirty new Broad Energy Germanium (BEGe) detectors have been produced. These detectors are distinct for their improved energy resolution and enhanced pulse shape discrimination of signal from background events. Further background reduction will be reached by a light instrumentation to read out argon scintillation light. In April 2015 the light instrumentation together with eight BEGe detectors has been successfully deployed in the GERDA cryostat. In a commissioning run it was shown that two of the major background components, external γ-rays from {sup 214}Bi and {sup 208}Tl decays, were suppressed up to two orders of magnitude. We are confident to reach a background index of 10{sup −3} cts/(keV·kg·yr) which is the design goal for GERDA Phase II.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4953322},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 1743,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}