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Isotopically modified Ge detectors for GERDA: from production tooperation

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Budjáš,  Dusan
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons37601

Lubashevskiy,  Alexey
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Budjáš, D., Agostini, M., Baudis, L., Bellotti, E., Bezrukov, L., Brugnera, R., et al. (2013). Isotopically modified Ge detectors for GERDA: from production tooperation. Journal of Instrumentation, 8(4): P04018, pp. 1-15. doi:10.1088/1748-0221/8/04/P04018.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-F5D9-3
Abstract
The \textsc{Gerda} experiment searches for the neutrinoless double beta ($0\nu\beta$beta$) decay of $^{76}$Ge using high-purity germanium detectors made of material enriched in $^{76}$Ge. For Phase II of the experiment a sensitivity for the half life $T_{1/2}^{0\nu}\,\,\sim2\cdot10^{26}$ yr is envisioned. Modified Broad Energy Germanium detectors (BEGe) with thick n$^+$ electrodes provide the capability to efficiently identify and reject background events, while keeping a large acceptance for the $0\nu\beta$beta$-decay signal through novel pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) techniques. The viability of producing thick-window BEGe-type detectors for the \textsc{Gerda} experiment is demonstrated by testing all the production steps from the procurement of isotopically modified germanium up to working BEGe detectors. Comprehensive testing of the spectroscopic as well as PSD performance of the \textsc{Gerda} Phase II prototype BEGe detectors proved that the properties of these detectors are identical to those produced previously from natural germanium material following the standard production line of the manufacturer. Furthermore, the production of BEGe detectors from a limited amount of isotopically modified germanium served to optimize the production, in order to maximize the overall detector mass yield. The results of this test campaign provided direct input for the subsequent production of the enriched germanium detectors.