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Qing Shilo Xia (Yale) “Hunting for neutrinoless double beta decay with liquid xenon detectors”
December 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Liquid xenon (LXe) is employed in a number of current and future detectors for rare event searches. In this talk, I will present the latest results from EXO-200, which searched for neutrinoless double beta decay (0υββ) in Xe-136 between 2011 and 2018. I will also present a measurement of the absolute scintillation and ionization response generated by MeV energy gamma sources over a range of electric fields in EXO-200. These measurements are useful for simulating the performance of future 0υββ detectors employing LXe, such as nEXO, which is a next generation 0υββ experiment using Xe-136 aiming to reach a half-life sensitivity ~10^28 years. nEXO will require ultra-low radioactivity, high-speed cabling to carry digital signals from in-LXe electronics. I will describe the development of high-bandwidth digital cable prototypes with sufficiently low radioactivity for use in the experiment. While designed specifically for nEXO, the demonstration of radiopure high-bandwidth cabling and interconnection techniques is relevant for many next-generation rare-event searches with large channel counts and high-speed digital electronics.