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Double beta decay

Elliott­, Steven R. and Vogel­, Petr (2002) Double beta decay. Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, 52 . pp. 115-151. ISSN 0163-8998.

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The motivation, present status, and future plans of the search for betabeta(0nu) decay are reviewed. Recent observations of neutrino oscillations encourage the hope that betabeta(0nu) decay corresponding to the neutrino mass scale suggested by oscillations, m(nu) approximate to 50 meV, actually exists. The challenges to achieve the sensitivity corresponding to this mass scale, and plans to overcome them, are described.

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Additional Information:"Reprinted, with permission, from the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Physics, Volume 52 copyright 2002 by Annual Reviews," We would like to thank the following colleagues for useful discussions concerning this manuscript: Frank Avignone III, Laura Baudis, John Beacom, Peter Doe, Hiro Ejiri, Giorgio Gratta, Ryuta Hazama, Harry Miley, and Michael Moe. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under contracts DEFG03-97ER41020 and DE-FG03-88ER40397.
Subject Keywords:neutrinoless decay; massive Majorana neutrinos; matrix elements; experimental search for beta beta(0 nu) decay
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:27 Jan 2006
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