Results of the BiPo-1 prototype for radiopurity measurements for the SuperNEMO double beta decay source foils

Stefan Soldner-Rembold, J. Argyriades, R. Arnold, C. Augier, J. Baker, A. S. Barabash, A. Basharina-Freshville, M. Bongrand, C. Bourgeois, D. Breton, M. Brire, G. Broudin-Bay, V. B. Brudanin, A. J. Caffrey, S. Carcel, S. Cebrin, A. Chapon, E. Chauveau, Th Dafni, J. DazD. Durand, V. G. Egorov, J. J. Evans, R. Flack, K. I. Fushima, I. G. Irastorza, X. Garrido, H. Gmez, B. Guillon, A. Holin, J. Hommet, K. Holy, J. J. Horkey, P. Hubert, C. Hugon, F. J. Iguaz, N. Ishihara, C. M. Jackson, S. Jenzer, S. Jullian, M. Kauer, O. I. Kochetov, S. I. Konovalov, V. Kovalenko, T. Lamhamdi, K. Lang, Y. Lemire, G. Lutter, G. Luzn, F. Mamedov, Ch Marquet, F. Mauger, F. Monrabal, A. Nachab, I. Nasteva, I. B. Nemchenok, C. H. Nguyen, M. Nomachi, F. Nova, H. Ohsumi, R. B. Pahlka, F. Perrot, F. Piquemal, P. P. Povinec, B. Richards, J. S. Ricol, C. L. Riddle, A. Rodrguez, R. Saakyan, X. Sarazin, J. K. Sedgbeer, L. Serra, Yu A. Shitov, L. Simard, F. Imkovic, S. Sldner-Rembold, I. Tekl, C. S. Sutton, Y. Tamagawa, G. Szklarz, J. Thomas, R. Thompson, V. Timkin, V. Tretyak, Vl I. Tretyak, V. I. Umatov, L. Vla, I. A. Vanyushin, R. Vasiliev, V. A. Vasiliev, V. Vorobel, D. Waters, N. Yahlali, A. Ukauskas

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    The development of BiPo detectors is dedicated to the measurement of extremely high radiopurity in 208Tl and 214Bi for the SuperNEMO double beta decay source foils. A modular prototype, called BiPo-1, with 0.8 m2 of sensitive surface area, has been running in the Modane Underground Laboratory since February, 2008. The goal of BiPo-1 is to measure the different components of the background and in particular the surface radiopurity of the plastic scintillators that make up the detector. The first phase of data collection has been dedicated to the measurement of the radiopurity in 208Tl. After more than one year of background measurement, a surface activity of the scintillators of A(Tl208)=1.5μBq/m2 is reported here. Given this level of background, a larger BiPo detector having 12 m2 of active surface area, is able to qualify the radiopurity of the SuperNEMO selenium double beta decay foils with the required sensitivity of A(Tl208)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)120-128
    Number of pages8
    JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010


    • BiPo
    • Double beta decay
    • Majorana neutrino
    • NEMO-3
    • Radiopurity
    • SuperNEMO


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