Oct 25 – 27, 2023
America/Los_Angeles timezone

Detection prospects for the double-beta decays of Xe-124

Oct 26, 2023, 9:00 AM
48/1-112C/D - Redwood C/D (SLAC)

48/1-112C/D - Redwood C/D


2575 Sand Hill Rd Menlo Park, CA 94025


Christian Wittweg (Physik-Institut, University of Zurich)


The isotope $^{124}$Xe is exceedingly rare and long-lived. Still, its two-neutrino and neutrinoless double-weak decays offer exciting opportunities for neutrino and nuclear physics. Its double-beta decays with neutrinos would provide constraints for nuclear
matrix element calculations in the proton-rich region of the nuclear chart [C. Wittweg, B. Lenardo, A. Fieguth and C. Weinheimer, EPJ C 80 (2020) 1161]. What makes $^{124}$Xe special among double-beta emitters is the theoretical possibility of three different neutrinoless decay modes – either via double-electron capture in a nuclear resonance, or involving the emission of one or two positrons. Together with the observation of neutrinoless double-beta decays in other isotopes, $^{124}$Xe could allow to disentangle the underlying decay mechanism. The contribution will introduce the neutrinoless and two-neutrino decays of $^{124}$Xe and discuss future detection prospects.

Primary author

Christian Wittweg (Physik-Institut, University of Zurich)

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