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Combining and comparing neutrinoless double beta decay experiments using different nuclei  [PDF]
Johannes Bergstrom
Physics , 2012, DOI: 10.1007/JHEP02(2013)093
Abstract: We perform a global fit of the most relevant neutrinoless double beta decay experiments within the standard model with massive Majorana neutrinos. Using Bayesian inference makes it possible to take into account the theoretical uncertainties on the nuclear matrix elements in a fully consistent way. First, we analyze the data used to claim the observation of neutrinoless double beta decay in Ge-76, and find strong evidence (according to Jeffrey's scale) for a peak in the spectrum and moderate evidence for that the peak is actually close to the energy expected for the neutrinoless decay. We also find a significantly larger statistical error than the original analysis, which we include in the comparison with other data. Then, we statistically test the consistency between this claim with that of recent measurements using Xe-136. We find that the two data sets are about 40 to 80 times more probable under the assumption that they are inconsistent, depending on the nuclear matrix element uncertainties and the prior on the smallest neutrino mass. Hence, there is moderate to strong evidence of incompatibility, and for equal prior probabilities the posterior probability of compatibility is between 1.3% and 2.5%. If one, despite such evidence for incompatibility, combines the two data sets, we find that the total evidence of neutrinoless double beta decay is negligible. If one ignores the claim, there is weak evidence against the existence of the decay. We also perform approximate frequentist tests of compatibility for fixed ratios of the nuclear matrix elements, as well as of the no signal hypothesis. Generalization to other sets of experiments as well as other mechanisms mediating the decay is possible.
Double beta decay experiments  [PDF]
A. S. Barabash
Physics , 2006, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/1/07/P07002
Abstract: The present status of double beta decay experiments are reviewed. The results of the most sensitive experiments, NEMO-3 and CUORICINO, are discussed. Proposals for future double beta decay experiments are considered. In these experiments sensitivity for the effective neutrino mass will be on the level of (0.1-0.01) eV.
Double beta decay experiments  [PDF]
A. S. Barabash
Physics , 2011, DOI: 10.1134/S1063779611040022
Abstract: The present status of double beta decay experiments is reviewed. The results of the most sensitive experiments are discussed. Proposals for future double beta decay experiments with a sensitivity to the $< m_{\nu} >$ at the level of (0.01--0.1) eV are considered.
Double beta decay experiments: past and present achievements  [PDF]
Alexander Barabash
Physics , 2006,
Abstract: A brief history of double beta decay experiments is presented. The best currently running experiments (NEMO-3 and CUORICINO) and their latest results are described. The best measurements and limits for the $2\nu\beta\beta$, $0\nu\beta\beta$ and $0\nu\chi^{0}\beta\beta$ are summarized.
Double beta decay: experiments and theory review  [PDF]
A. Nucciotti
Physics , 2007,
Abstract: Neutrinoless double beta decay is one of the most powerful tools to set the neutrino mass absolute scale and establish whether the neutrino is a Majorana particle. After a summary of the neutrinoless double beta decay phenomenology, the present status of the experimental search for this rare decay is reported and the prospects for next generation experiments are reviewed.
Review of double beta decay experiments  [PDF]
A. S. Barabash
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1142/9789814663618_0055
Abstract: The brief review of current experiments on search and studying of double beta decay processes is done. Best present limits on $\langle m_{\nu} \rangle$ and $\langle g_{ee} \rangle$ are presented. Prospects of search for neutrinoless double beta decay in new experiments with sensitivity to $\langle m_{\nu}\rangle$ at the level of $\sim$ 0.01-0.1 eV are discussed.
Review on Double Beta Decay Experiments and Comparison with Theory  [PDF]
Angel Morales
Physics , 1998, DOI: 10.1016/S0920-5632(99)00440-5
Abstract: The current situation of the double beta decay direct counting experiments is briefly reviewed. A comparison with the theoretical predictions in some representative nuclear models is presented.
Neutrinoless double beta decay experiments  [PDF]
K. Zuber
Physics , 2006,
Abstract: The study of neutrinoless double beta decay is of outmost importance for neutrino physics. It is considered to be the gold plated channel to probe the fundamental character of neutrinos and to determine the neutrino mass. From the experimental point about nine different isotopes are explored for the search. After a general introduction follows a short discussion on nuclear matrix element calculations and supportive measurements. The current experimental status of double beta searches is presented followed by a short discussion of the ideas and proposals for large scale experiments.
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiments  [PDF]
Alberto Garfagnini
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1142/S2010194514602865
Abstract: Neutrinoless double beta decay is the only process known so far able to test the neutrino intrinsic nature: its experimental observation would imply that the lepton number is violated by two units and prove that neutrinos have a Majorana mass components, being their own anti-particle. While several experiments searching for such a rare decay have been performed in the past, a new generation of experiments using different isotopes and techniques have recently released their results or are taking data and will provide new limits, should no signal be observed, in the next few years to come. The present contribution reviews the latest public results on double beta decay searches and gives an overview on the expected sensitivities of the experiments in construction which will be able to set stronger limits in the near future.
Experiments for Double-Beta Decay  [PDF]
Steven R. Elliott
Physics , 2003, DOI: 10.1142/S0217751X03017397
Abstract: The recent neutrino oscillation experimental results indicate that at least one neutrino has a mass greater than 50 meV. The next generation of double-beta decay experiments will very likely have a sensitivity to an effective Majorana neutrino mass below this target. Therefore this is a very exciting time for this field of research as even null results from these experiments have the potential to elucidate the nature of the neutrino.
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