8-13 September 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

The Majorana Demonstrator for 0vBB: Current Status and Future Plans

9 Sep 2013, 14:40
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral Double Beta Decay Double Beta Decay/ Neutrino Mass I


Matthew Green (University of North Carolina)


The Majorana Collaboration is constructing the Majorana Demonstrator, an ultra-low background, 40-kg modular Germanium detector array to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Germanium-76. The P-Type Point Contact (PPC) design of the Demonstrator's germanium detectors allows for significant reduction of background through pulse-shape analysis. The low energy thresholds achievable by PPCs allows for novel searches for rare low-energy physics events, most notably the possible direct detection of low-mass Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The Demonstrator's compact passive shield design serves as a complementary design effort to the liquid cryogen shield of the Gerda experiment, and will allow for an educated down-select for a future tonne-scale effort based on the background reduction achievements of both collaborations. An introduction to the Majorana Demonstrator technical design will be given, progress of the detector's construction at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Homestake will be highlighted, and the physics reach to double-beta decay and beyond will be discussed.

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Matthew Green (University of North Carolina)

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