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A search for various double beta decay modes of tin isotopes

J.V. Dawson 1 R. Ramaswamy C. Reeve J. R. Wilson K. Zuber
1 APC - Neutrinos
LPNHE - Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Énergies, APC (UMR_7164) - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
Abstract : For the first time an extensive search for various double beta decay modes of 124Sn and 112Sn has been performed. A total exposure of 43.29 kg.days has been accumulated. New half-life limits of 124Sn into excited states of 124Te have been obtained; the lower half-life limit for the first excited 2+ state at 602.7keV is T_1/2 > 3.1 *10^{18}yrs (90 % CL) and for the first excited 0+ state T_1/2 > 7.7 *10^{18}yrs (90 % CL). For the very first time, ground state and excited state transitions of 112Sn have been experimentally explored. The obtained half-life limits for ECEC and beta+/EC into the first excited 2+ state of 112Cd are both T_1/2 >1.4 *10^{18}yrs (90 % CL). A resonance enhancement in the decay rate for 0nuECEC might be expected for the 0+-state at 1870.9keV due to degeneracy with the 112Sn ground state. No signal was found resulting in a lower half-life limit of T_1/2 > 1.6 *10^{18} yrs (90 % CL) for this decay. As all the excited state searches are based on gamma-lines, all half-life limits apply for both neutrino and neutrino-less modes. Neutrinoless ground state transitions were searched for in the ECEC and beta+/EC mode and a limit of T_1/2 > 1.5 *10^{18} yrs (90 % CL) was obtained for ECEC decays of 112Sn, whilst the beta+/EC mode results are inconclusive.
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J.V. Dawson, R. Ramaswamy, C. Reeve, J. R. Wilson, K. Zuber. A search for various double beta decay modes of tin isotopes. Nuclear Physics A, Elsevier, 2008, 799, pp.167-180. ⟨10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2007.11.011⟩. ⟨in2p3-00703918⟩

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