Accurate shell-model nuclear matrix elements for neutrinoless double-β decay

R. A. Sen'Kov, M. Horoi

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Abstract

We investigate a novel method of accurate calculation of the neutrinoless double-β decay shell-model nuclear matrix elements for the experimentally relevant case of Ge76. We demonstrate that with the new method the nuclear matrix elements have perfect convergence properties and, using only the first 100 intermediate states of each spin, the matrix elements can be calculated with better than 1% accuracy. Based on the analysis of neutrinoless double-β decays of Ca48,Se82, and Ge76 isotopes, we propose a new method to estimate the optimal values of the average closure energies at which the closure approximation gives the most accurate nuclear matrix elements. We also analyze the nuclear matrix elements for the heavy-neutrino-exchange mechanism, and we show that our method can be used to quench contributions from different intermediate spin states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051301
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume90
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 10 2014

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