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The status and initial results of the Majorana demonstrator experiment

  • Author(s): Guiseppe, VE
  • Abgrall, N
  • Alvis, SI
  • Arnquist, IJ
  • Avignone, FT
  • Barabash, AS
  • Barton, CJ
  • Bertrand, FE
  • Bode, T
  • Bradley, AW
  • Brudanin, V
  • Busch, M
  • Buuck, M
  • Caldwell, TS
  • Chan, YD
  • Christofferson, CD
  • Chu, PH
  • Cuesta, C
  • Detwiler, JA
  • Dunagan, C
  • Efremenko, Y
  • Ejiri, H
  • Elliott, SR
  • Gilliss, T
  • Giovanetti, GK
  • Green, MP
  • Gruszko, J
  • Guinn, IS
  • Haufe, CR
  • Hehn, L
  • Henning, R
  • Hoppe, EW
  • Howe, MA
  • Keeter, KJ
  • Kidd, MF
  • Konovalov, SI
  • Kouzes, RT
  • Lopez, AM
  • Martin, RD
  • Massarczyk, R
  • Meijer, SJ
  • Mertens, S
  • Myslik, J
  • O'Shaughnessy, C
  • Othman, G
  • Poon, AWP
  • Radford, DC
  • Rager, J
  • Reine, AL
  • Rielage, K
  • Robertson, RGH
  • Rouf, NW
  • Shanks, B
  • Shirchenko, M
  • Suriano, AM
  • Tedeschi, D
  • Trimble, JE
  • Varner, RL
  • Vasilyev, S
  • Vetter, K
  • Vorren, K
  • White, BR
  • Wilkerson, JF
  • Wiseman, C
  • Xu, W
  • Yakushev, E
  • Yu, CH
  • Yumatov, V
  • Zhitnikov, I
  • Zhu, BX
  • et al.

Published Web Location

https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5007635
Abstract

© 2017 Author(s). Neutrinoless double-beta decay searches play a major role in determining the nature of neutrinos, the existence of a lepton violating process, and the effective Majorana neutrino mass. The Majorana Collaboration assembled an array of high purity Ge detectors to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay in 76Ge. The Majorana Demonstrator is comprised of 44.1 kg (29.7 kg enriched in 76Ge) of Ge detectors divided between two modules contained in a low-background shield at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, USA. The initial goals of the Demonstrator are to establish the required background and scalability of a Ge-based next-generation ton-scale experiment. Following a commissioning run that started in 2015, the first detector module started low-background data production in early 2016. The second detector module was added in August 2016 to begin operation of the entire array. We discuss results of the initial physics runs, as well as the status and physics reach of the full Majorana Demonstrator experiment.

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