Radiopurity control in the NEXT-100 double beta decay experiment: Procedures and initial measurements

V. Álvarez, I. Bandac, A. Bettini, F. I.G.M. Borges, S. Cárcel, J. Castel, S. Cebrián, A. Cervera, C. A.N. Conde, T. Dafni, T. H.V.T. Dias, J. Díaz, M. Egorov, R. Esteve, P. Evtoukhovitch, L. M.P. Fernandes, P. Ferrario, A. L. Ferreira, E. D.C. Freitas, V. M. GehmanA. Gil, A. Goldschmidt, H. Gómez, J. J. Gómez-Cadenas, D. González-Díaz, R. M. Gutiérrez, J. Hauptman, J. A. Hernando Morata, D. C. Herrera, F. J. Iguaz, I. G. Irastorza, M. A. Jinete, L. Labarga, A. Laing, I. Liubarsky, J. A.M. Lopes, D. Lorca, M. Losada, G. Luzón, A. Marí, J. Martín-Albo, A. Martínez, T. Miller, A. Moiseenko, F. Monrabal, C. M.B. Monteiro, F. J. Mora, L. M. Moutinho, J. Muñoz Vidal, H. Natal Da Luz, G. Navarro, M. Nebot-Guinot, D. Nygren, C. A.B. Oliveira, A. Ortiz De Solórzano, R. Palma, J. Pérez, J. L. Pérez Aparicio, J. Renner, L. Ripoll, A. Rodríguez, J. Rodríguez, F. P. Santos, J. M.F. Dos Santos, L. Segui, L. Serra, D. Shuman, A. Simón, C. Sofka, M. Sorel, J. F. Toledo, A. Tomás, J. Torrent, Z. Tsamalaidze, D. Vázquez, J. F.C.A. Veloso, J. A. Villar, R. C. Webb, J. T. White, N. Yahlali

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Abstract

The "Neutrino Experiment with a Xenon Time-Projection Chamber" (NEXT) is intended to investigate the neutrinoless double beta decay of 136Xe, which requires a severe suppression of potential backgrounds. An extensive screening and material selection process is underway for NEXT since the control of the radiopurity levels of the materials to be used in the experimental set-up is a must for rare event searches. First measurements based on Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry and gamma-ray spectroscopy using ultra-low background germanium detectors at the Laboratorio Subterr'aneo de Canfranc (Spain) are described here. Activity results for natural radioactive chains and other common radionuclides are summarized, being the values obtained for some materials like copper and stainless steel very competitive. The implications of these results for the NEXT experiment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberT01002
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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materials selection
Spain
glow discharges
radioactive isotopes
xenon
stainless steels
germanium
mass spectroscopy
screening
neutrinos
chambers
projection
retarding
steels
gamma rays
Decay
copper
detectors
decay
Time Projection Chamber

Keywords

  • Gamma detectors (scintillators, CZT, HPG, HgI etc)
  • Radiation calculations
  • Time projection Chambers (TPC)

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  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation

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Álvarez, V., Bandac, I., Bettini, A., Borges, F. I. G. M., Cárcel, S., Castel, J., ... Yahlali, N. (2013). Radiopurity control in the NEXT-100 double beta decay experiment: Procedures and initial measurements. Journal of Instrumentation, 8(1), [T01002]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-0221/8/01/T01002

Radiopurity control in the NEXT-100 double beta decay experiment : Procedures and initial measurements. / Álvarez, V.; Bandac, I.; Bettini, A.; Borges, F. I.G.M.; Cárcel, S.; Castel, J.; Cebrián, S.; Cervera, A.; Conde, C. A.N.; Dafni, T.; Dias, T. H.V.T.; Díaz, J.; Egorov, M.; Esteve, R.; Evtoukhovitch, P.; Fernandes, L. M.P.; Ferrario, P.; Ferreira, A. L.; Freitas, E. D.C.; Gehman, V. M.; Gil, A.; Goldschmidt, A.; Gómez, H.; Gómez-Cadenas, J. J.; González-Díaz, D.; Gutiérrez, R. M.; Hauptman, J.; Hernando Morata, J. A.; Herrera, D. C.; Iguaz, F. J.; Irastorza, I. G.; Jinete, M. A.; Labarga, L.; Laing, A.; Liubarsky, I.; Lopes, J. A.M.; Lorca, D.; Losada, M.; Luzón, G.; Marí, A.; Martín-Albo, J.; Martínez, A.; Miller, T.; Moiseenko, A.; Monrabal, F.; Monteiro, C. M.B.; Mora, F. J.; Moutinho, L. M.; Muñoz Vidal, J.; Natal Da Luz, H.; Navarro, G.; Nebot-Guinot, M.; Nygren, D.; Oliveira, C. A.B.; Ortiz De Solórzano, A.; Palma, R.; Pérez, J.; Pérez Aparicio, J. L.; Renner, J.; Ripoll, L.; Rodríguez, A.; Rodríguez, J.; Santos, F. P.; Dos Santos, J. M.F.; Segui, L.; Serra, L.; Shuman, D.; Simón, A.; Sofka, C.; Sorel, M.; Toledo, J. F.; Tomás, A.; Torrent, J.; Tsamalaidze, Z.; Vázquez, D.; Veloso, J. F.C.A.; Villar, J. A.; Webb, R. C.; White, J. T.; Yahlali, N.

In: Journal of Instrumentation, Vol. 8, No. 1, T01002, 01.01.2013.

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Álvarez, V, Bandac, I, Bettini, A, Borges, FIGM, Cárcel, S, Castel, J, Cebrián, S, Cervera, A, Conde, CAN, Dafni, T, Dias, THVT, Díaz, J, Egorov, M, Esteve, R, Evtoukhovitch, P, Fernandes, LMP, Ferrario, P, Ferreira, AL, Freitas, EDC, Gehman, VM, Gil, A, Goldschmidt, A, Gómez, H, Gómez-Cadenas, JJ, González-Díaz, D, Gutiérrez, RM, Hauptman, J, Hernando Morata, JA, Herrera, DC, Iguaz, FJ, Irastorza, IG, Jinete, MA, Labarga, L, Laing, A, Liubarsky, I, Lopes, JAM, Lorca, D, Losada, M, Luzón, G, Marí, A, Martín-Albo, J, Martínez, A, Miller, T, Moiseenko, A, Monrabal, F, Monteiro, CMB, Mora, FJ, Moutinho, LM, Muñoz Vidal, J, Natal Da Luz, H, Navarro, G, Nebot-Guinot, M, Nygren, D, Oliveira, CAB, Ortiz De Solórzano, A, Palma, R, Pérez, J, Pérez Aparicio, JL, Renner, J, Ripoll, L, Rodríguez, A, Rodríguez, J, Santos, FP, Dos Santos, JMF, Segui, L, Serra, L, Shuman, D, Simón, A, Sofka, C, Sorel, M, Toledo, JF, Tomás, A, Torrent, J, Tsamalaidze, Z, Vázquez, D, Veloso, JFCA, Villar, JA, Webb, RC, White, JT & Yahlali, N 2013, 'Radiopurity control in the NEXT-100 double beta decay experiment: Procedures and initial measurements', Journal of Instrumentation, vol. 8, no. 1, T01002. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-0221/8/01/T01002
Álvarez, V. ; Bandac, I. ; Bettini, A. ; Borges, F. I.G.M. ; Cárcel, S. ; Castel, J. ; Cebrián, S. ; Cervera, A. ; Conde, C. A.N. ; Dafni, T. ; Dias, T. H.V.T. ; Díaz, J. ; Egorov, M. ; Esteve, R. ; Evtoukhovitch, P. ; Fernandes, L. M.P. ; Ferrario, P. ; Ferreira, A. L. ; Freitas, E. D.C. ; Gehman, V. M. ; Gil, A. ; Goldschmidt, A. ; Gómez, H. ; Gómez-Cadenas, J. J. ; González-Díaz, D. ; Gutiérrez, R. M. ; Hauptman, J. ; Hernando Morata, J. A. ; Herrera, D. C. ; Iguaz, F. J. ; Irastorza, I. G. ; Jinete, M. A. ; Labarga, L. ; Laing, A. ; Liubarsky, I. ; Lopes, J. A.M. ; Lorca, D. ; Losada, M. ; Luzón, G. ; Marí, A. ; Martín-Albo, J. ; Martínez, A. ; Miller, T. ; Moiseenko, A. ; Monrabal, F. ; Monteiro, C. M.B. ; Mora, F. J. ; Moutinho, L. M. ; Muñoz Vidal, J. ; Natal Da Luz, H. ; Navarro, G. ; Nebot-Guinot, M. ; Nygren, D. ; Oliveira, C. A.B. ; Ortiz De Solórzano, A. ; Palma, R. ; Pérez, J. ; Pérez Aparicio, J. L. ; Renner, J. ; Ripoll, L. ; Rodríguez, A. ; Rodríguez, J. ; Santos, F. P. ; Dos Santos, J. M.F. ; Segui, L. ; Serra, L. ; Shuman, D. ; Simón, A. ; Sofka, C. ; Sorel, M. ; Toledo, J. F. ; Tomás, A. ; Torrent, J. ; Tsamalaidze, Z. ; Vázquez, D. ; Veloso, J. F.C.A. ; Villar, J. A. ; Webb, R. C. ; White, J. T. ; Yahlali, N. / Radiopurity control in the NEXT-100 double beta decay experiment : Procedures and initial measurements. In: Journal of Instrumentation. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 1.
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