- Search for Majorana Neutrinos Near the Inverted Mass Hierarchy Region with KamLAND-Zen
- Physical Review Letters
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- 117 | 8
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF)
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We present an improved search for neutrinoless double-beta (0νββ) decay of 136Xe in the KamLAND-Zen experiment. Owing to purification of the xenon-loaded liquid scintillator, we achieved a significant reduction of the 110mAg contaminant identified in previous searches. Combining the results from the first and second phase, we obtain a lower limit for the 0νββ decay half-life of T0νv1/2>1.07×1026 yr at 90% C.L., an almost sixfold improvement over previous limits. Using commonly adopted nuclear matrix element calculations, the corresponding upper limits on the effective Majorana neutrino mass are in the range 61–165 meV. For the most optimistic nuclear matrix elements, this limit reaches the bottom of the quasidegenerate neutrino mass region.
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- © 2016 American Physical Society. - Erratum published in: Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 117 (2016), iss. 10, 109903
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