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The NUMEN Project @ LNS : Status and perspectives (2019)

NUMEN Collaboration. (2019). The NUMEN Project @ LNS : Status and perspectives. Il Nuovo Cimento C, 42(2-3), Article 57. https://doi.org/10.1393/ncc/i2019-19057-2

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All authors or editors: NUMEN Collaboration


  • European Nuclear Physics Conference

Place and date of conference: Bologna, Italia, 2.-7.9.2018

Journal or series: Il Nuovo Cimento C

ISSN: 2037-4909

eISSN: 1826-9885

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 42

Issue number: 2-3

Article number: 57

Publisher: Società Italiana di Fisica

Publication country: Italy

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1393/ncc/i2019-19057-2

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Additional information: Special Issue: EuNPC 2018 : Proceedings of the 4th European Nuclear Physics Conference


The NUMEN project aims at accessing experimentally driven information on Nuclear Matrix Elements (NME) involved in the half-life of the neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ), by high-accuracy measurements of the cross sectionsof Heavy Ion (HI) induced Double Charge Exchange (DCE) reactions. Particularattention is given to the (18O,18Ne) and (20Ne,20O) reactions as tools forβ+β+andβ−β−decays, respectively. First evidence about the possibility to get quantitative information about NME from experiments is found for both kind of reactions. In the experiments, performed at INFN - Laboratory Nazionali del Sud (LNS) in Catania,the beams are accelerated by the Superconducting Cyclotron (CS) and the reaction products are detected by the MAGNEX magnetic spectrometer. The measured cross sections are challengingly low, limiting the present exploration to few selected isotopes of interest in the context of typically low-yield experimental runs. A major upgrade of the LNS facility is foreseen in order to increase the experimental yield of at least two orders of magnitude, thus making feasible a systematic study of all the cases of interest. Frontiers technologies are going to be developed, to this purpose, for the accelerator and the detection systems. In parallel, advanced theoretical models will be developed in order to extract the nuclear structure information from the measured cross sections.

Keywords: nuclear physics; particle physics

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Reporting Year: 2020

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