Measurement of the Spectral Shape of the β-Decay of ^{137}Xe to the Ground State of ^{137}Cs in EXO-200 and Comparison with Theory.

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We report on a comparison between the theoretically predicted and experimentally measured spectra of the first-forbidden nonunique β-decay transition ^{137}Xe(7/2^{-})→^{137}Cs(7/2^{+}). The experimental data were acquired by the EXO-200 experiment during a deployment of an AmBe neutron source. The ultralow background environment of EXO-200, together with dedicated source deployment and analysis procedures, allowed for collection of a pure sample of the decays, with an estimated signal to background ratio of more than 99 to 1 in the energy range from 1075 to 4175 keV. In addition to providing a rare and accurate measurement of the first-forbidden nonunique β-decay shape, this work constitutes a novel test of the calculated electron spectral shapes in the context of the reactor antineutrino anomaly and spectral bump.

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  • Al Kharusi, S; Anton, G; Badhrees, I; Barbeau, PS; Beck, D; Belov, V; Bhatta, T; Breidenbach, M; Brunner, T; Cao, GF; Cen, WR; Chambers, C; Cleveland, B; Coon, M; Craycraft, A; Daniels, T; Darroch, L; Daugherty, SJ; Davis, J; Delaquis, S; Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A; DeVoe, R; Dilling, J; Dolgolenko, A; Dolinski, MJ; Echevers, J; Fairbank, W; Fairbank, D; Farine, J; Feyzbakhsh, S; Fierlinger, P; Fudenberg, D; Gautam, P; Gornea, R; Gratta, G; Hall, C; Hansen, EV; Hoessl, J; Hufschmidt, P; Hughes, M; Iverson, A; Jamil, A; Jessiman, C; Jewell, MJ; Johnson, A; Karelin, A; Kaufman, LJ; Koffas, T; Kostensalo, J; Krücken, R; Kuchenkov, A; Kumar, KS; Lan, Y; Larson, A; Lenardo, BG; Leonard, DS; Li, GS; Li, S; Li, Z; Licciardi, C; Lin, YH; MacLellan, R; McElroy, T; Michel, T; Mong, B; Moore, DC; Murray, K; Nakarmi, P; Njoya, O; Nusair, O; Odian, A; Ostrovskiy, I; Piepke, A; Pocar, A; Retière, F; Robinson, AL; Rowson, PC; Ruddell, D; Runge, J; Schmidt, S; Sinclair, D; Skarpaas, K; Soma, AK; Stekhanov, V; Suhonen, J; Tarka, M; Thibado, S; Todd, J; Tolba, T; Totev, TI; Tsang, R; Veenstra, B; Veeraraghavan, V; Vogel, P; Vuilleumier, J-L; Wagenpfeil, M; Watkins, J; Weber, M; Wen, LJ; Wichoski, U; Wrede, G; Wu, SX; Xia, Q; Yahne, DR; Yang, L; Yen, Y-R; Zeldovich, OY; Ziegler, T; EXO-200 Collaboration,

Published Date

  • June 2020

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Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 23

Start / End Page

  • 232502 -

PubMed ID

  • 32603173

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.124.232502


  • eng