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18. 04. 2024 at 13:30
S2 11/10

Theorie-Seminar

Lotta Jokiniemi (TRIUMF)
Neutrinoless double-beta decay and how to probe it with muon capture

Neutrinoless double-beta decay is a hypothetical weak-interaction process in which two neutrons inside an atomic nucleus simultaneously transform into protons and only two electrons are emitted. Since the electrons are emitted without accompanying antiparticles, the process violates the lepton-number conservation and requires that neutrinos are Majorana particles, hence providing unique vistas in the physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The potential to discover new physics drives ambitious experimental searches around the world. However, extracting interesting physics from the experiments relies on nuclear-theory predictions, which remain a major obstacle.

I will talk about two approaches to tackle this problem. First, I will discuss the evaluation of recent effective-field-theory corrections to the operators and their effect on the theory predictions based on phenomenological nuclear many-body methods. Then, I will discuss first-principles calculations of muon capture in light nuclei, which have the potential to shed light on the high-momentum-exchange currents driving neutrinoless double-beta decay.

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Technische Universität Darmstadt

Institut für Kernphysik
Theoriezentrum

S2|11
Schlossgartenstraße 2
64289 Darmstadt

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Stephanie Müller

+49 6151 16 21558
+49 6151 16 21555

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on 18. 04. 2024 at 13:30
(S2 11/10)
Lotta Jokiniemi
Neutrinoless double-beta decay and how to probe it with muon capture
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