The search for neutrinoless positron emitting electron capture of 120Te with CUORE

30 Aug 2021, 18:00
1h 30m
Poster Neutrino physics and astrophysics Poster session 1


Alice Campani (Università degli studi di Genova)


A novel algorithm for a Bayesian analysis of multi-site rare events
CUORE (Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events) is a ton-scale experiment located at the LNGS with the main scientific goal of searching for neutrinoless double beta decay in $^{130}$Te. The detector consists of $\mathrm{TeO}_2$ crystals operated as cryogenic calorimeters. The use of natural tellurium allows us to search for other isotopes rare decays. The neutrinoless positron emitting electron capture of $^{120}$Te (natural abundance 0.09(1)%) has a clear signature from the 511-keV annihilation $\gamma$ rays. We present an analysis of this process based on a new algorithm to perform the simultaneous spectral fit over five selected decay scenarios. Each scenario is characterized by a set of crystals simultaneously interested by a detectable energy release. We describe the background structure modeling and tests of linearity we performed on the fit algorithm. We present the limit setting sensitivity and preliminary unblinded results of this analysis, accounting for the most important systematic effects.

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Alice Campani (Università degli studi di Genova)

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