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Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay with the Upgraded EXO-200 Detector

Albert, J. B. and Vogel, P. (2018) Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay with the Upgraded EXO-200 Detector. Physical Review Letters, 120 (7). Art. No. 072701. ISSN 0031-9007.

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Results from a search for neutrinoless double-beta decay ( 0νββ) of ^(136)Xe are presented using the first year of data taken with the upgraded EXO-200 detector. Relative to previous searches by EXO-200, the energy resolution of the detector has been improved to σ/E = 1.23%, the electric field in the drift region has been raised by 50%, and a system to suppress radon in the volume between the cryostat and lead shielding has been implemented. In addition, analysis techniques that improve topological discrimination between 0νββ and background events have been developed. Incorporating these hardware and analysis improvements, the median 90% confidence level 0νββ half-life sensitivity after combining with the full data set acquired before the upgrade has increased twofold to 3.7 × 10^(25) yr. No statistically significant evidence for 0νββ is observed, leading to a lower limit on the 0νββ half-life of 1.8 × 10^(25) yr at the 90% confidence level.

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Additional Information:© 2018 American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI. Received 1 August 2017; revised manuscript received 6 October 2017; published 15 February 2018. Funded by SCOAP3. EXO-200 is supported by DOE and NSF in the U.S., NSERC in Canada, SNF in Switzerland, IBS in Korea, RFBR in Russia, DFG in Germany, and CAS and ISTCP in China. EXO-200 data analysis and simulation uses resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). We gratefully acknowledge the KARMEN Collaboration for supplying the cosmic-ray veto detectors, and the WIPP for their hospitality.
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Official Citation:Search for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay with the Upgraded EXO-200 Detector J. B. Albert et al. (EXO-200 Collaboration) Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 072701 (2018) – Published 15 February 2018
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