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Friday, May 03, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lauritsen 469

High Energy Physics Seminar

To the Heart of Neutrinos with CUORE and CUPID
Yuri Kolomensky, UC Berkeley,

The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is the first ton-scale bolometric experiment searching for neutrinoless double beta decay. The detector consists of an array of 988 TeO2 crystals arranged in a cylindrical compact structure of 19 towers. After the completion of the detector construction in August 2016, CUORE was successfully cooled down to a base temperature below 8 mK by the beginning of 2017. The first physics data were taken in May-September 2017, resulting in the most stringent limits to date on the neutrinoless double-beta decay of Te-130. I will describe the performance of the CUORE detector systems, discuss the first physics results from CUORE, and introduce the concept for a next-generation detector, CUPID, that would probe the Majorana nature of neutrinos down to the mass scale of 10 meV.

For more information, please visit http://theory.caltech.edu/people/carol/seminar.html.