4-6 May 2015
Union South
US/Central timezone

Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay: Status and Prospects of CUORE and KamLAND-Zen

5 May 2015, 11:30
The Marquee, 2nd Floor (Union South)

The Marquee, 2nd Floor

Union South

1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
CUORE, Scott O'Donnell Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay


Dr Thomas ODonnell (UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)


Neutrinoless double beta decay ($0\nu\beta\beta$) is theoretically motivated but has never been observed. Its discovery would demonstrate lepton number violation, establish neutrinos are Majorana fermions and possibly constrain the absolute neutrino-mass\ scale. The last decade has seen tremendous experimental progress in the search for this decay but to push the frontier forward improved detectors combining excellent energy resolution, extremely low background, and ton-yr exposures are required. CUORE and KamLAND-Zen are meeting this challenge in two very different ways; the former with $^{130}$Te in TeO$_{2}$ bolometers and the latter with $^{136}$Xe-loaded liquid scintillator. In this talk I will give a brief overview of both these experiments\ and their status. In particular I will present recent results from CUORE-0, a single-tower prototype of the CUORE experiment and describe the onging Phase-II of KamLAND-Zen.

Primary author

Dr Thomas ODonnell (UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

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