School of Physics and Astronomy

Probing the Heart of Neutrinos with CUORE and CUPID

6 November 2015

Time: 1:30pm
Venue: GO Jones Room 410

PPRC Seminars
Yury Kolomensky (Berkeley)
Jeanne Wilson

The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is an experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay (0nuDBD) in Te-130 and other rare processes.  The observation of 0nuDBD would reveal violation of Lepton Number conservation, indicate that neutrinos are Majorana particles, and provide information about the absolute scale of neutrino masses.  CUORE is a bolometric detector composed of 988 TeO2 crystals with the total mass of about 750 kg of natural Tellurium, soon to be operated at Gran Sasso National Laboratories in Italy. We will discuss the status of CUORE and present the most recent results from a single-tower prototype, CUORE-0. We will also discuss a follow-up program, dubbed CUPID (CUORE Upgrade with Particle ID),  a proposed next-generation bolometric experiment that aims to improve the sensitivity to 0nuDBD rate by another order of magnitude, and be able to discover this rare process if it is consistent with the inverted hierarchy of neutrino masses.

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