Constraining neutrinoless double β decay matrix elements in 130Te

S.A. McAllister, S.J. Freeman, J.P. Schiffer, T. Bloxham, A.M. Howard, P.D. Parker, D.K. Sharp, J.S. Thomas

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If a reliable measurement of a neutrinoless double beta decay (0v2β) rate is made, the effective neutrino masses can be determined from the nuclear matrix element. Theoretical calculations of nuclear matrix elements, however, show some disagreement. To test the suitability of various theoretical models, they should be benchmarked against experimentally measured nuclear properties, such as the ground-state distribution of nucleons in the parent-daughter nuclei, and how they change as a result of the decay process. Single neutron-adding reactions have been performed on the 0v2β candidate nucleus, 130Te. The Macfarlane-French sum rules have then been used to determine the single-particle vacancies. Some quasi-random phase approximations (QRPA) can greatly simplify theoretical calculations by describing the ground state of even-even nuclei using a BCS wavefunction. This assumption has been tested using two-neutron removal, (p,t) reactions. The BCS wavefunction appeared to be a valid approximation for valence neutrons. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
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JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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