Tuesday, June 11, 2013

1306.2302 (N. Becerici-Schmidt et al.)

Background modeling for the GERDA experiment    [PDF]

N. Becerici-Schmidt, on behalf of the GERDA collaboration
The neutrinoless double beta (0nubb) decay experiment GERDA at the LNGS of INFN has started physics data taking in November 2011. This paper presents an analysis aimed at understanding and modeling the observed background energy spectrum, which plays an essential role in searches for a rare signal like 0nubb decay. A very promising preliminary model has been obtained, with the systematic uncertainties still under study. Important information can be deduced from the model such as the expected background and its decomposition in the signal region. According to the model the main background contributions around Qbb come from Bi-214, Th-228, K-42, Co-60 and alpha emitting isotopes in the Ra-226 decay chain, with a fraction depending on the assumed source positions.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.2302

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