Double-beta decay and BSM physics: shell model nuclear matrix elements for competing mechanisms

Mihai Horoi

Central Michigan University

Neutrinoless double-beta decay, if observed, would signal physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM), namely that neutrinos are Majorana particles and the lepton number conservation law is violated. However, identifying the Standard Model extension mechanisms that are responsible for this process requires precise knowledge of a set of nuclear matrix elements (NME). In my talk I will review the main BSM mechanism that could be responsible for neutrinoless double-beta decay process, and I will present an up-to-date analysis of the shell model approach to accurately calculate the associated NME.

Date & Time: 
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:00pm


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