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Pushing the Frontier in Measuring the Mass of the Lightest Lepton: Results from the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment

KATRIN Collaboration; Schlösser, Magnus ORCID iD icon


The determination of the neutrino mass is one of the major challenges in particle physics today. Experiments, based solely on the kinematics of β-decay, provide a largely model-independent probe to the neutrino mass scale. The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment is designed to directly measure the effective electron antineutrino mass with a sensitivity of 0.2 eV (90% CL). It employs a cryogenic, highly pure, molecular tritium source providing a high luminosity of signal electrons. It is coupled to a high-resolution, integrating spectrometer for energy analysis. In this talk we present the principle of the measurement as well as how it was technically realised in a 70-m long beamline. Subsequent to a sequence of commissioning measurements, in 2019 the first neutrino mass run took place which will be discussed in detail. Our blind analyses allowed us to set an upper limit of 1.1 eV on the neutrino-mass scale at a 90% confidence level. This first result, based on a few weeks of running at a reduced source intensity and dominated by statistical uncertainty, improved on prior limits by nearly a factor of two. Finally, the talk will conclude with an outlook on future neutrino mass campaigns and on studies aiming to probe new physics theories (like sterile neutrinos) from the recorded high-resolution tritium β-spectra.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130160
Veröffentlicht am 02.03.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Astroteilchenphysik (IAP)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsdatum 08.09.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000130160
HGF-Programm 51.03.02 (POF III, LK 01) Katrin
Veranstaltung 9th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2020), Online, 04.09.2020 – 02.10.2020
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