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

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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.© 2009 American Institute of Physics.

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  • Aalseth, CE; Amman, M; Amsbaugh, JF; Avignone, FT; Back, HO; Barabash, AS; Barbeau, PS; Beene, JR; Bergevin, M; Bertrand, FE; Boswell, M; Brudanin, V; Bugg, W; Burritt, TH; Chan, YD; Collar, JI; Cooper, RJ; Creswick, R; Detwiler, JA; Doe, PJ; Efremenko, Y; Egorov, V; Ejiri, H; Elliott, SR; Ely, J; Esterline, J; Farach, H; Fast, JE; Fields, N; Finnerty, P; Fujikawa, B; Fuller, E; Gehmari, VM; Giovanetti, GK; Guiseppe, VE; Gusey, K; Hallin, AL; Hazama, R; Henning, R; Hime, A; Hoppe, EW; Hossbach, TW; Howe, MA; Johnson, RA; Keeter, KJ; Keillor, M; Keller, C; Kephart, JD; Kidd, MF; Kochetov, O; Konovalov, SI; Kouzes, RT; Lesko, KT; Leviner, L; Loach, JC; Luke, PN; MacMullin, S; Marino, MG; Mei, DM; Miley, HS; Miller, M; Mizouni, L; Montoya, A; Myers, AW; Nomachi, M; Odom, B; Orrell, JL; Phillips, D; Poon, AWP; Prior, G; Qian, J; Radford, DC; Rielage, K; Robertson, RGH; Rodriguez, L; Rykaczewski, KP; Schubert, AG; Shima, T; Shirchenko, M; Strain, J; Thomas, K; Thompson, R; Timkin, V; Tornow, W; Van Wechel, TD; Vanyushin, I; Vetter, K; Warner, R; Wilkerson, JF; Wouters, JM; Yakushev, E; Youngs, AR; Yu, CH; Yumatov, V; Zhang, C; Zimmerman, S

Published Date

  • December 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1182 /

Start / End Page

  • 88 - 91

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1551-7616

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-243X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780735407237

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.3293951

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  • Scopus