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Journal Articles Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics Year : 2007

Topical Review on "Beta-beams"

C. Volpe


Neutrino physics is traversing an exciting period, after the important discovery that neutrinos are massive particles, that has implications from high-energy physics to cosmology. A new method for the production of intense and pure neutrino beams has been proposed recently: the ``beta-beam''. It exploits boosted radioactive ions decaying through beta-decay. This novel concept has been the starting point for a new possible future facility. Its main goal is to address the crucial issue of the existence of CP violation in the lepton sector. Here we review the status and the recent developments with beta-beams. We discuss the original, the medium and high-energy scenarios as well as mono-chromatic neutrino beams produced through ion electron-capture. The issue of the degeneracies is mentioned. An overview of low energy beta-beams is also presented. These beams can be used to perform experiments of interest for nuclear structure, for the study of fundamental interactions and for nuclear astrophysics.

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in2p3-00087649 , version 1 (26-07-2006)



C. Volpe. Topical Review on "Beta-beams". Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 2007, 34, pp.R1-R44. ⟨10.1088/0954-3899/34/1/R01⟩. ⟨in2p3-00087649⟩
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