Background Model for the Majorana Demonstrator

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© 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. The Majorana Collaboration is constructing a system containing 40 kg of HPGe detectors to demonstrate the feasibility and potential of a future tonne-scale experiment capable of probing the neutrino mass scale in the inverted-hierarchy region. To realize this, a major goal of the Majorana Demonstrator is to demonstrate a path forward to achieving a background rate at or below 1 cnt/(ROI-t-y) in the 4 keV region of interest around the Q-value at 2039 keV. This goal is pursued through a combination of a significant reduction of radioactive impurities in construction materials with analytical methods for background rejection, for example using powerful pulse shape analysis techniques profiting from the p-type point contact HPGe detectors technology. The effectiveness of these methods is assessed using simulations of the different background components whose purity levels are constrained from radioassay measurements.

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  • Cuesta, C; Abgrall, N; Aguayo, E; Avignone, FT; Barabash, AS; Bertrand, FE; Boswell, M; Brudanin, V; Busch, M; Byram, D; Caldwell, AS; Chan, YD; Christofferson, CD; Combs, DC; Detwiler, JA; Doe, PJ; Efremenko, Y; Egorov, V; Ejiri, H; Elliott, SR; Fast, JE; Finnerty, P; Fraenkle, FM; Galindo-Uribarri, A; Giovanetti, GK; Goett, J; Green, MP; Gruszko, J; Guiseppe, VE; Gusev, K; Hallin, AL; Hazama, R; Hegai, A; Henning, R; Hoppe, EW; Howard, S; Howe, MA; Keeter, KJ; Kidd, MF; Kochetov, O; Konovalov, SI; Kouzes, RT; Laferriere, BD; Leon, J; Leviner, LE; Loach, JC; MacMullin, J; MacMullin, S; Martin, RD; Meijer, S; Mertens, S; Nomachi, M; Orrell, JL; O'Shaughnessy, C; Overman, NR; Phillips, DG; Poon, AWP; Pushkin, K; Radford, DC; Rager, J; Rielage, K; Robertson, RGH; Romero-Romero, E; Ronquest, MC; Schubert, AG; Shanks, B; Shima, T; Shirchenko, M; Snavely, KJ; Snyder, N; Suriano, AM; Thompson, J; Timkin, V; Tornow, W; Trimble, JE; Varner, RL; Vasilyev, S; Vetter, K; Vorren, K; White, BR; Wilkerson, JF; Wiseman, C; Xu, W; Yakushev, E; Young, AR; Yu, CH; Yumatov, V

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 /

Start / End Page

  • 821 - 827

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-3892

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1875-3884

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.phpro.2015.06.001

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  • Scopus