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PoS(HQL 2016)015

The Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with CUORE

J. Ouellet, On behalf of the CUORE collaboration

in XIII International Conference on Heavy Quarks and Leptons

Contribution: pdf


CUORE is a 741~kg bolometric array of 988 TeO$_2$ crystals designed to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of $^{130}$Te. The detector is in the final stages of construction at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy, where it will start taking data in 2016. With a target background of 0.01~counts/(keV$\cdot$kg$\cdot$y), we expect that in five years of data taking CUORE will have a sensitivity to a $^{130}$Te 0$\nu\beta\beta$ decay half-life of $9.6\times10^{25}$\,y. The first phase of CUORE, called CUORE-0 finished taking data in March 2015, and its performance gives confidence that CUORE is on track to achieve its goals. Here, we discuss the final results of CUORE-0, their implications for CUORE, and the current status of the CUORE experiment.