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Title: The A=96 system in ββ decay

Properties of the single and double beta decays of {sup 96}Zr are discussed. It is argued that the single beta decay can provide important information to the neutrinoless variant of β β decay, as it provides a test of theories aimed at calculating the nuclear matrix elements (NME) for both decays. An experimental extraction of the NME for the single β decay requires a measurement of the decay Q-value and half-life. It is shown that the present Q-value of the {sup 96}Zr single β decay is insufficiently well known and requires a re-measurement, preferentially using high-precision ion traps. We also describe the geochemical method to determine the total half-life of {sup 96}Zr, from which to set a limit on the single β -decay half-life at a level of ≈15 × 10{sup 19}yr. Further, the geochemical analysis will allow setting a limit on a rather exotic quadruple β decay of {sup 96}Zr.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Institut für Kernphysik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, D-48149 Münster (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492668
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1686; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: MEDEX'15: Workshop on calculation of double-beta-decay matrix elements, Prague (Czech Republic), 9-12 Jun 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCURACY; DOUBLE BETA DECAY; EXTRACTION; GEOCHEMISTRY; HALF-LIFE; IONS; NUCLEAR MATRIX; Q-VALUE; TRAPS; ZIRCONIUM 96