The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR: An R&D project towards a tonne-scale germanium neutrinoless double-beta decay search

C. E. Aalseth, M. Amman, J. F. Amsbaugh, F. T. Avignone, H. O. Back, A. S. Barabash, P. S. Barbeau, J. R. Beene, M. Bergevin, F. E. Bertrand, M. Boswell, V. Brudanin, W. Bugg, T. H. Burritt, Y. D. Chan, J. I. Collar, R. J. Cooper, R. Creswick, J. A. Detwiler, P. J. DoeYu Efremenko, V. Egorov, H. Ejiri, S. R. Elliott, J. Ely, J. Esterline, H. Farach, J. E. Fast, N. Fields, P. Finnerty, B. Fujikawa, E. Fuller, V. M. Gehmari, G. K. Giovanetti, V. E. Guiseppe, K. Gusey, A. L. Hallin, R. Hazama, R. Henning, A. Hime, E. W. Hoppe, T. W. Hossbach, M. A. Howe, R. A. Johnson, K. J. Keeter, M. Keillor, C. Keller, J. D. Kephart, M. F. Kidd, O. Kochetov, S. I. Konovalov, R. T. Kouzes, K. T. Lesko, L. Leviner, J. C. Loach, P. N. Luke, S. MacMullin, M. G. Marino, D. M. Mei, H. S. Miley, M. Miller, L. Mizouni, A. Montoya, A. W. Myers, M. Nomachi, B. Odom, J. L. Orrell, D. Phillips, A. W P Poon, G. Prior, J. Qian, D. C. Radford, K. Rielage, R. G H Robertson, L. Rodriguez, K. P. Rykaczewski, A. G. Schubert, T. Shima, M. Shirchenko, J. Strain, K. Thomas, R. Thompson, V. Timkin, W. Tornow, T. D. Van Wechel, I. Vanyushin, K. Vetter, R. Warner, J. F. Wilkerson, J. M. Wouters, E. Yakushev, A. R. Youngs, C. H. Yu, V. Yumatov, C. Zhang, S. Zimmerman

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Abstract

The MAJORANA collaboration is pursuing the development of the so-called MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR. The DEMONSTRATOR is intended to perform research and development towards a tonne-scale germanium-based experiment to search for the neutrinoless double-beta decay of 76Ge. The DEMONSTRATOR can also perform a competitive direct dark matter search for light WIMPs in the 1 - 10GeV/c2 mass range. It will consist of approximately 60 kg of germanium detectors in an ultra-low background shield located deep underground at the Sanford Underground Laboratory in Lead, SD. The DEMONSTRATOR will also perform background and technology studies, and half of the detector mass will be enriched germanium. This talk will review the motivation, design, technology and status of the Demonstrator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference
Pages88-91
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event10th International Conference on Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: May 26 2009May 31 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1182
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other10th International Conference on Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period5/26/095/31/09

Keywords

  • Dark matter
  • Double-beta
  • Germanium detectors
  • Majorana
  • Neutrino

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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