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Volume 367 - XXIX International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies (LeptonPhoton2019) - Posters
LEGEND: Searching for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay in $^{76}$Ge
I. Guinn,* J.M. López-Castaño
*corresponding author
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Neutrinoless double-beta decay($0\nu\beta\beta$) decay is a hypothetical process that violates lepton number, and whose observation would unambiguously indicate that neutrinos are Majorana fermions. In the standard inverted-ordering neutrino mass scenario, the minimum possible value of m$_{\beta\beta}$ corresponds to a half-life around 10$^{28}$ yr for $0\nu\beta\beta$ decay in $^{76}$Ge, which is the target of the next generation of experiments. The current limits of GERDA and \textsc{Majorana Demonstrator} indicate a half-life higher than 10$^{26}$ yr. These experiments use high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors that are highly-enriched in $^{76}$Ge. They have achieved the best intrinsic energy resolution and the lowest background rate in the signal search region among all $0\nu\beta\beta$ experiments.

Taking advantage of these successes, a new international collaboration - the Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless $\beta\beta$ Decay (LEGEND) - has been formed to build a ton-scale experiment with discovery potential covering the inverse-ordering neutrino mass range in a decade, following a phased approach. This first part of LEGEND proceedings describes GERDA and \textsc{Majorana Demonstrator} capabilities and the general plan of LEGEND to reach the goal, while the second part is focused in the status of the first stage of LEGEND, LEGEND-200.
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