Shell model analysis of the neutrinoless double-β decay of Ca48

Mihai Horoi, Sabin Stoica

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Abstract

The neutrinoless double-β (0νββ) decay process could provide crucial information to determine the absolute scale of neutrino masses, and it is the only one that can establish whether a neutrino is a Dirac or a Majorana particle. A key ingredient for extracting the absolute neutrino masses from 0νββ decay experiments is a precise knowledge of the nuclear matrix elements (NMEs) describing the half-life of this process. We developed a shell model approach for computing the 0νββ decay NME, and we used it to analyze the 0νββ mode of Ca48. The dependence of the NME on the short-range correlation parameters, on the average energy of the intermediate states, on the finite-size cutoff parameters, and on the effective interaction used for many-body calculations is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024321
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 23 2010

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