Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268


Fri., June 09, 2017, at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (refreshments served at 2:40 PM)

Neutrinoless double-beta decay searches with 76Ge

Bernhard Schwingenheuer, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany
Bldg. 6008 Large Conference Room

The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay might be the only window to observe lepton number violation. Its observation would favor the leptogenesis mechanism for the explanation of the baryon asymmetry of the universe and is therefore considered to be of highest relevance. The isotope 76Ge has historically been most important for this search and the ongoing experiments using Germanium have the lowest background of all experiments and the best energy resolution in the field. The talk reviews the motivation, the current status of experiments and future programs.

Contact: Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri, (865) 574-6124