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Search for neutrinoless double beta decay with the NEMO-3 detector: first results

Abstract : The NEMO-3 detector, which has been operating in the Frejus Underground Laboratory since February 2003, is devoted to searching for neutrinoless double beta decay (\beta\beta 0 \nu). The expected performance of the detector has been successfully achieved. Half-lives of the two neutrinos double beta decay (\beta\beta 2 \nu$) have been measured for ^{100} Mo, ^{82}Se, ^{96}Zr, ^{116}Cd and ^{150}Nd. After 265 days of data collection from February 2003 until March 2004, no evidence for neutrinoless double beta decay (\beta\beta 0 \nu) was found from \sim 7 kg of ^{100} Mo and \sim 1 kg of ^{82} Se. The corresponding lower limits for the half-lives are 3.5 \times 10^{23} years at 90% C.L for ^{100} Mo and 1.9 \times 10^{23} years for ^{82}Se. Limits for the effective Majorana neutrino mass are < \hspace{-0.5mm} m_{\nu} \hspace{-0.5mm} > < 0.7-1.2 eV for ^{100} Mo and \linebreak < \hspace{-0.5mm} m_{\nu \hspace{-0.5mm} > < 1.3-3.2 eV for ^{82}Se. Radon is the dominant background today and a Radon-free purification system will be in operation by the end of september 2004. The NEMO-3 expected sensitivity after 5 years of data is 0.2 eV.
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X. Sarazin. Search for neutrinoless double beta decay with the NEMO-3 detector: first results. 21st International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics (Neutrino 2004), Jun 2004, Paris, France. pp.221-224, ⟨10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2005.01.108⟩. ⟨in2p3-00024016⟩

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