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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

February 21, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Fujikawa, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Title: Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay with CUORE

Abstract: The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is a tonne-scale segmented bolometric detector located at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare Laboratori Nationali del Gran Sasso in Italy, and the primary goal of CUORE is to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay ($0\nu\beta\beta$) of $^{130}$Te. Following the completion of the final year-long construction and commissioning campaign, the CUORE detector was cooled down to a base temperature below 8 mK in January 2017, and the accumulation of the first production data began the following May. I will describe the CUORE detector, and present the first physics results from the initial datasets. I will conclude by describing R&D efforts towards the next generation bolometric detector: CUORE Upgrade with Particle ID (CUPID), which has the goal of searching for $0\nu\beta\beta$ in the full so-called Inverted Mass Hierarchy region.

Speaker Biography: TBA


February 21, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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