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Cosmogenic Backgrounds to 0νββ in EXO-200

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Title
Cosmogenic Backgrounds to 0νββ in EXO-200
Author(s)
J.B. Albert; D.S. Leonard; Auty, DJ; Barbeau, PS; Beck, D; Belov, V; Breidenbach, M; Brunner, T; Burenkov, A; Cao, GF; Chambers, C; Cleveland, B; Coon, M; Craycraft, A; Daniels, T; Danilov, M; Daugherty, SJ; Davis, J; Delaquis, S; Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A; DeVoe, R; Didberidze, T; Dilling, J; Dolgolenko, A; Dolinski, MJ; Dunford, M; Fairbank Jr., W; Farine, J; Feldmeier, W; Feyzbakhsh, S; Fierlinger, P; Fudenberg, D; Gornea, R; Graham, K; Gratta, G; Hall, C; Herrin, S; Hughes, M; Jewell, MJ; Johnson, A; Johnson, TN; Johnston, S; Karelin, A; Kaufman, LJ; Killick, R; Koffas, T; Kravitz, S; Krucken, R; Kuchenkov, A; Kumar, KS; Licciardi, C; Lin, YH; Ling, J; MacLellan, R; Marino, MG; Mong, B; Moore, D; Njoya, O; Nelson, R; Odian, A; Ostrovskiy, I; Piepke, A; Pocar, A; Prescott, CY; Retiere, F; Rowson, PC; Russell, JJ; Schubert, A; Sinclair, D; Smith, E; Stekhanov, V; Tarka, M; Tolba, T; Tsang, R; Twelker, K; Vuilleumier, JL; Waite, A; Walton, J; Walton, T; Weber, M; Wen, LJ; Wichoski, U; Wood, J; Yang, L; Yen, YR; Zeldovich, O.Ya
Publication Date
2016-04
Journal
JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS, v.2016, no.4, pp.029 -
Publisher
IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Abstract
As neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments become more sensitive and intrinsic radioactivity in detector materials is reduced, previously minor contributions to the background must be understood and eliminated. With this in mind, cosmogenic backgrounds have been studied with the EXO-200 experiment. Using the EXO-200 TPC, the muon flux (through a flat horizontal surface) underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been measured to be = 4:07 0:14 (sys) 0:03 (stat) 107cm2 s1, with a vertical intensity of Iv = 2:97+0:14 0:13 (sys) 0:02 (stat) 107cm2 s1 sr1. Simulations of muon-induced backgrounds identified several potential cosmogenic radionuclides, though only 137Xe is a significant background for the 136Xe 0 search with EXO-200. Muon-induced neutron backgrounds were measured using -rays from neutron capture on the detector materials. This provided a measurement of 137Xe yield, and a test of the accuracy of the neutron production and transport simulations. The independently measured rates of 136Xe neutron capture and of 137Xe decay agree within uncertainties. Geant4 and FLUKA simulations were performed to estimate neutron capture rates, and these estimates agreed to within 40% or better with measurements. The ability to identify 136Xe(n; ) events will allow for rejection of 137Xe backgrounds in future 0 analyses. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab srl
URI
https://pr.ibs.re.kr/handle/8788114/2903
ISSN
1475-7516
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