Light Yield of New Quantum Dot-Doped Liquid Scintillators Public Deposited

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  • August 29, 2022
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  • Vickers, Sarah
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy
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  • Collaborations all around the world are working to prove the Majorana nature of the neutrino by detecting a process called neutrinoless double beta decay. This decay process is only possible for a handful of atomic isotopes, all with extremely long double beta decay half-lives of up to 10^26 years. Consequently, these experiments need huge amounts of decay material to have a chance at seeing a neutrinoless double beta decay event. One way to increase isotope quantity would be to replace the traditional liquid scintillators currently being used with quantum dot-doped liquid scintillators loaded with one of the decay isotopes. This project is a light yield test of new quantum dot-doped scintillators to determine whether they generate light well enough to replace traditional scintillator in upcoming kiloton-scale experiments.
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