2-9 July 2014
Valencia, Spain
Europe/Madrid timezone

Scintillating bolometers based on ZnMoO4 and Zn100MoO4 crystals to search for 0nu2b decay of 100Mo (LUMINEU project): first tests at the Modane Underground Laboratory

3 Jul 2014, 13:00
Auditorium 3B ()

Auditorium 3B

Oral presentation Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Dr. Denys Poda (Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM))


Neutrinoless double beta (0nu2b) decay is a powerful tool to investigate neutrino properties, weak interaction, and effects beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The main aim of the LUMINEU project (Luminescent Underground Molybdenum Investigation for NEUtrino mass and nature) is to realize a pilot experiment to search for 0nu2b decay of 100Mo with the help of zinc molybdate (ZnMoO4) crystals operated as scintillating bolometers and to demonstrate prospects of this technique for a next large scale 0nu2b experiment to probe the inverted neutrino mass hierarchy. First results of measurements with a 313 g ZnMoO4 crystal installed in the low-background EDELWEISS set-up at the Modane Underground Laboratory (LSM, France) show high energy resolution (FWHM = 9 keV at 2615 keV) and excellent rejection efficiency from alpha particles in the region of interest (above 2.6 MeV) by using the light and the heat signals. The radiopurity of the ZnMoO4 sample, derived from the 851 h data of the low background test, satisfies the LUMINEU goals: trace internal contamination is related with 210Po at the level of 0.62(3) mBq/kg, 226Ra (0.026(5) mBq/kg), and 228Th (0.010(3) mBq/kg), while only limits on the activity of other naturally occurring alpha radionuclides (from U/Th families, 147Sm and 190Pt) were set in the range of 0.003–0.014 mBq/kg. In December 2013 improved ZnMoO4 cylindrical crystals, with size D50 x 40 mm and mass 334 and 336 g, have been produced by recrystallization using the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique from molybdenum purified by double recrystallization from aqueous solutions. Moreover, a zinc molybdate crystal from enriched 100Mo (Zn100MoO4) was successfully grown for the first time. Two samples cut from the Zn100MoO4 boule (with mass 59 and 63 g) were tested as scintillating bolometers at the Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (Orsay) with satisfactory results, and then installed in the EDELWEISS set-up at the LSM. First results of the low background measurements with the new LUMINEU detectors, as well as prospects of scintillating bolometers array based on 48 Zn100MoO4 crystals (which contain ~ 10 kg of enriched 100Mo) and located in the EDELWEISS set-up will be presented.

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Dr. Denys Poda (Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM))

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