About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

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The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

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[EVENT CANCELED]:SPEAKER: Jonathan Echevers (UCB)-TITLE: The EXO program: Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Searches in Xe-136

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



This is an In-Person [HYBRID] Event

LOCATION: Sessler Conference Room – 50A – 5132

DATE: March 17, 2023

TIME: 12:00 PM

TITLE: The EXO program: Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Searches in Xe-136

ABSTRACT: Neutrinoless double beta (0vBB) decay is currently one of the most compelling searches in nuclear and particle physics. If found, it would imply the existence of Majorana fermions and lepton number violation, both new physics beyond the Standard Model. The EXO-200 experiment consisted of a time projection chamber (TPC) with 200 kg of enriched liquid xenon (LXe), optimized to search for 0vBB of Xe-136. Data acquisition took place from 2011 to the end of 2018, with a total exposure of 234.1kg yr. We found no statistically significant evidence for 0vBB, leading to a lower limit on the half-life of 3.5×10^25 yr at the 90% confidence level (CL). The ultra-low background necessary for this search also provides a unique opportunity to probe other exotic processes, such as Lorentz violation in double-beta decay, electron recoils from dark matter, Majoron emitting modes of double-beta decay, and others. The first part of this talk will focus on the EXO-200 experiment and recent results for exotic-physics searches using this detector. In the second half of this presentation I will discuss the next generation experiment, nEXO, a 5 tonne LXe TPC with a projected 0vBB half-life sensitivity of 1.35×10^28 yr at the 90% CL in 10 years of data-taking.


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March 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Erica Hall. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Erica Hall.