2015: Results on bb decay with emission of two neutrinos or Majorons in 76-Ge from GERDA Phase I

The European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields, 2015 vol. 75 no. 9

Agostini M. et al. (GERDA Collaboration) M. Wójcik, G. Zuzel, K. Pelczar, K. Panas, M. Misiaszek, N. Frodyma, D. Borowicz




A search for neutrinoless ββ decay processes accompanied with Majoron emission has been performed using data collected during Phase I of the GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA) experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso of INFN (Italy). Processes with spectral indices n=1,2,3,7 were searched for. No signals were found and lower limits of the order of 1023 yr on their half-lives were derived, yielding substantially improved results compared to previous experiments with 76Ge. A new result for the half-life of the neutrino-accompanied ββ decay of 76Ge with significantly reduced uncertainties is also given, resulting in T2ν1/2=(1.926±0.094)×1021 yr.