Search for Majorana Neutrinos Near the Inverted Mass Hierarchy Region with KamLAND-Zen.


Journal Article

We present an improved search for neutrinoless double-beta (0νββ) decay of ^{136}Xe in the KamLAND-Zen experiment. Owing to purification of the xenon-loaded liquid scintillator, we achieved a significant reduction of the ^{110m}Ag contaminant identified in previous searches. Combining the results from the first and second phase, we obtain a lower limit for the 0νββ decay half-life of T_{1/2}^{0ν}>1.07×10^{26}  yr at 90% C.L., an almost sixfold improvement over previous limits. Using commonly adopted nuclear matrix element calculations, the corresponding upper limits on the effective Majorana neutrino mass are in the range 61-165 meV. For the most optimistic nuclear matrix elements, this limit reaches the bottom of the quasidegenerate neutrino mass region.

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Cited Authors

  • Gando, A; Gando, Y; Hachiya, T; Hayashi, A; Hayashida, S; Ikeda, H; Inoue, K; Ishidoshiro, K; Karino, Y; Koga, M; Matsuda, S; Mitsui, T; Nakamura, K; Obara, S; Oura, T; Ozaki, H; Shimizu, I; Shirahata, Y; Shirai, J; Suzuki, A; Takai, T; Tamae, K; Teraoka, Y; Ueshima, K; Watanabe, H; Kozlov, A; Takemoto, Y; Yoshida, S; Fushimi, K; Banks, TI; Berger, BE; Fujikawa, BK; O'Donnell, T; Winslow, LA; Efremenko, Y; Karwowski, HJ; Markoff, DM; Tornow, W; Detwiler, JA; Enomoto, S; Decowski, MP; KamLAND-Zen Collaboration,

Published Date

  • August 16, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 117 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 082503 -

PubMed ID

  • 27588852

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27588852

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.117.082503


  • eng