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Title: Sensitivity of NEXT-100 to neutrinoless double beta decay

NEXT-100 is an electroluminescent high-pressure xenon gas time projection chamber that will search for the neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay of $$^{136}$$Xe. The detector possesses two features of great value for 0νββ searches: energy resolution better than 1% FWHM at the Q value of $$^{136}$$Xe and track reconstruction for the discrimination of signal and background events. This combination results in excellent sensitivity, as discussed in this paper. Material-screening measurements and a detailed Monte Carlo detector simulation predict a background rate for NEXT-100 of at most 4 × 10$$^{–4}$$ counts keV$$^{–1}$$ kg$$^{–1}$$ yr$$^{–1}$$. Furthermore, the detector will reach a sensitivity to the 0νββ-decay half-life of 2.8 × 10$$^{25}$$ years (90% CL) for an exposure of 100 kg·year, or 6.0 × 10$$^{25}$$ years after a run of 3 effective years.
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Report Number(s):
arXiv:1511.09246; FERMILAB-PUB-16-669-CD-ND
Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479; 1407146
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359; AC02-05CH11231
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of High Energy Physics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics (Online); Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 1029-8479
Publisher:
Springer Berlin
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Orgs:
The NEXT Collaboration; The NEXT collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; dark matter and double beta decay (experiments); rare decay
OSTI Identifier:
1353390
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1379317