The LUCIFER project aims at deploying the first array of enriched scintillating bolometers for the investigation of neutrinoless double-beta decay of 82Se. The matrix which embeds the source is an array of ZnSe crystals, where enriched 82Se is used as decay isotope. The radiopurity of the initial components employed for manufacturing crystals, that can be operated as bolometers, is crucial for achieving a null background level in the region of interest for doublebetadecay investigations. In this work, we evaluated the radioactive content in 2.5 kg of 96.3 % enriched 82Se metal, measured with a high-purity germanium detector at the Gran Sasso deep underground laboratory. The limits on internal contaminations of primordial decay chain elements of 232Th, 238U and 235U are respectively: <61, <110 and <74 μBq/kg at 90 % C.L. The extremely low-background conditions in which the measurement was carried out and the high radiopurity of the 82Se allowed us to establish the most stringent lower limits on the half-lives of the double-beta decay of 82Se to 0+ 1 , 2+ 2 and 2+ 1 excited states of 82Kr of 3.4·10E22, 1.3·10E22 and 1.0·10E22 y, respectively, with a 90 % C.L.

Beeman, J., Bellini, F., Benetti, P., Cardani, L., Casali, N., Chiesa, D., et al. (2015). Double-beta decay investigation with highly pure enriched 82Se for the LUCIFER experiment. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 75(12), 1-7 [10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3822-x].

Double-beta decay investigation with highly pure enriched 82Se for the LUCIFER experiment

CHIESA, DAVIDE;CLEMENZA, MASSIMILIANO;GIRONI, LUCA;GIULIANI, ANDREA;GOTTI, CLAUDIO;MAINO, MATTEO;NONES, CLAUDIA;Pagnanini, L;PATTAVINA, LUCA MARIA
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PESSINA, GIANLUIGI EZIO;PREVITALI, EZIO;
2015

Abstract

The LUCIFER project aims at deploying the first array of enriched scintillating bolometers for the investigation of neutrinoless double-beta decay of 82Se. The matrix which embeds the source is an array of ZnSe crystals, where enriched 82Se is used as decay isotope. The radiopurity of the initial components employed for manufacturing crystals, that can be operated as bolometers, is crucial for achieving a null background level in the region of interest for doublebetadecay investigations. In this work, we evaluated the radioactive content in 2.5 kg of 96.3 % enriched 82Se metal, measured with a high-purity germanium detector at the Gran Sasso deep underground laboratory. The limits on internal contaminations of primordial decay chain elements of 232Th, 238U and 235U are respectively: <61, <110 and <74 μBq/kg at 90 % C.L. The extremely low-background conditions in which the measurement was carried out and the high radiopurity of the 82Se allowed us to establish the most stringent lower limits on the half-lives of the double-beta decay of 82Se to 0+ 1 , 2+ 2 and 2+ 1 excited states of 82Kr of 3.4·10E22, 1.3·10E22 and 1.0·10E22 y, respectively, with a 90 % C.L.
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Beeman, J., Bellini, F., Benetti, P., Cardani, L., Casali, N., Chiesa, D., et al. (2015). Double-beta decay investigation with highly pure enriched 82Se for the LUCIFER experiment. THE EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL. C, PARTICLES AND FIELDS, 75(12), 1-7 [10.1140/epjc/s10052-015-3822-x].
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