Predicting the neutrinoless double- β -decay matrix element of Xe 136 using a statistical approach

M. Horoi, A. Neacsu, S. Stoica

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Calculation of the nuclear matrix elements (NMEs) for double-β decay is of paramount importance for guiding experiments and for analyzing and interpreting the experimental data, especially for the search of the neutrinoless double β decay mode (0νββ). However, there are currently still large differences between the NME values calculated by different methods, hence a quantification of their uncertainties is very much required. In this paper we propose a statistical analysis of 0νββ NME for the Xe136 isotope, based on the interacting shell model, but using three independent effective Hamiltonians, emphasizing the range of the NMEs' most probable values and its correlations with observables that can be obtained from the existing nuclear data. Consequently, we propose a common probability distribution function for the 0νββ NME, which has a range of (1.55-2.65) at 90% confidence level, with a mean value of 1.99 and a standard deviation of 0.37.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045501
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023


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