Jun 2 – 7, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University
America/New_York timezone

Analysis and systematics of KATRIN: from Krypton calibration to Tritium beta decay

Jun 6, 2019, 3:00 PM
Rangos 2

Rangos 2

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Larisa Thorne (Carnegie Mellon University)


The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment aims to make a precision measurement of the effective neutrino mass by leveraging the kinematics of tritium beta decay, with a sensitivity of 0.2eV (90% C.L.). Recent run campaigns, both in standard mode (using molecular Tritium) and calibration mode (using $^{83m}$Kr) operation, have provided a wealth of data. The models which we use to fit these data include information about the decay physics, and is convolved with a response function, which encodes details of the experimental setup into the model. In order to achieve the design sensitivity levels, our understanding of systematics must be under control. To this end, we explore KATRIN systematics and their effects on certain model fit parameters. A summary of preliminary results will be given here, as well as an outlook to both the immediate and extended future.

*Primary support for CMU participation in KATRIN is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under award number DE-SC0019304

Early Consideration No
Graduate Student Yes

Primary author

Larisa Thorne (Carnegie Mellon University)

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