Neutrinoless double- β decay of Se 82 in the shell model: Beyond the closure approximation

R. A. Sen'Kov, M. Horoi, B. A. Brown

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Abstract

We recently proposed a method [R. A. Senkov and M. Horoi, Phys. Rev. C 88, 064312 (2013)PRVCAN0556-281310.1103/PhysRevC.88.064312] to calculate the standard nuclear matrix elements for neutrinoless double-β decay (0νββ) of Ca48 going beyond the closure approximation. Here we extend this analysis to the important case of Se82, which was chosen as the base isotope for the upcoming SuperNEMO experiment. We demonstrate that by using a mixed method that considers information from closure and nonclosure approaches, one can get excellent convergence properties for the nuclear matrix elements, which allows one to avoid unmanageable computational costs. We show that in contrast with the closure approximation the mixed approach has a very weak dependence on the average closure energy. The matrix elements for the heavy neutrino-exchange mechanism that could contribute to the 0νββ decay of Se82 are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054304
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 5 2014

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