Neutrinoless double beta decay is a process that violates lepton number conservation. It is predicted to occur in extensions of the standard model of particle physics. This Letter reports the results from phase I of the Germanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy) searching for neutrinoless double beta decay of the isotope Ge76. Data considered in the present analysis have been collected between November 2011 and May 2013 with a total exposure of 21.6 kg yr. A blind analysis is performed. The background index is about 1×10^-2 counts/(keV kg yr) after pulse shape discrimination. No signal is observed and a lower limit is derived for the half-life of neutrinoless double beta decay of Ge76, T1/20ν>2.1×10^25 yr (90% C.L.). The combination with the results from the previous experiments with Ge76 yields T1/20ν>3.0×10^25 yr (90% C.L.).

Results on neutrinoless double-β decay of ^{76}Ge from phase I of the GERDA experiment / M. Agostini, M. Allardt, E. Andreotti, A.M. Bakalyarov, M. Balata, I. Barabanov, M. Barnabé Heider, N. Barros, L. Baudis, C. Bauer, N. Becerici-Schmidt, E. Bellotti, S. Belogurov, S.T. Belyaev, G. Benato, A. Bettini, L. Bezrukov, T. Bode, V. Brudanin, R. Brugnera, D. Budjáš, A. Caldwell, C. Cattadori, A. Chernogorov, F. Cossavella, E.V. Demidova, A. Domula, V. Egorov, R. Falkenstein, A. Ferella, K. Freund, N. Frodyma, A. Gangapshev, A. Garfagnini, C. Gotti, P. Grabmayr, V. Gurentsov, K. Gusev, K.K. Guthikonda, W. Hampel, A. Hegai, M. Heisel, S. Hemmer, G. Heusser, W. Hofmann, M. Hult, L.V. Inzhechik, L. Ioannucci, J. Janicskó Csáthy, J. Jochum, M. Junker, T. Kihm, I.V. Kirpichnikov, A. Kirsch, A. Klimenko, K.T. Knöpfle, O. Kochetov, V.N. Kornoukhov, V.V. Kuzminov, M. Laubenstein, A. Lazzaro, V.I. Lebedev, B. Lehnert, H.Y. Liao, M. Lindner, I. Lippi, X. Liu, A. Lubashevskiy, B. Lubsandorzhiev, G. Lutter, C. Macolino, A.A. Machado, B. Majorovits, W. Maneschg, M. Misiaszek, I. Nemchenok, S. Nisi, C. O’Shaughnessy, L. Pandola, K. Pelczar, G. Pessina, A. Pullia, S. Riboldi, N. Rumyantseva, C. Sada, M. Salathe, C. Schmitt, J. Schreiner, O. Schulz, B. Schwingenheuer, S. Schönert, E. Shevchik, M. Shirchenko, H. Simgen, A. Smolnikov, L. Stanco, H. Strecker, M. Tarka, C.A. Ur, A.A. Vasenko, O. Volynets, K. von Sturm, V. Wagner, M. Walter, A. Wegmann, T. Wester, M. Wojcik, E. Yanovich, P. Zavarise, I. Zhitnikov, S.V. Zhukov, D. Zinatulina, K. Zuber, G. Zuzel. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. - ISSN 0031-9007. - 111:12(2013 Sep 19), pp. 122503.1-122503.6.

Results on neutrinoless double-β decay of ^{76}Ge from phase I of the GERDA experiment

A. Pullia;S. Riboldi;
2013-09-19

Abstract

Neutrinoless double beta decay is a process that violates lepton number conservation. It is predicted to occur in extensions of the standard model of particle physics. This Letter reports the results from phase I of the Germanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy) searching for neutrinoless double beta decay of the isotope Ge76. Data considered in the present analysis have been collected between November 2011 and May 2013 with a total exposure of 21.6 kg yr. A blind analysis is performed. The background index is about 1×10^-2 counts/(keV kg yr) after pulse shape discrimination. No signal is observed and a lower limit is derived for the half-life of neutrinoless double beta decay of Ge76, T1/20ν>2.1×10^25 yr (90% C.L.). The combination with the results from the previous experiments with Ge76 yields T1/20ν>3.0×10^25 yr (90% C.L.).
double-beta decay ; germanium detectors ; gamma ray spectroscopy
Settore FIS/04 - Fisica Nucleare e Subnucleare
Settore FIS/01 - Fisica Sperimentale
Settore ING-INF/01 - Elettronica
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