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Energy Resolution studies for NEXT

  • Oliveira, C. A. B.
  • Sorel, M.
  • Martin-Albo, J.
  • Gomez-Cadenas, J. J.
  • Ferreira, A. L.
  • Veloso, J. F. C. A.
Published Article
Publication Date
May 15, 2011
Submission Date
May 15, 2011
DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/6/05/P05007
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This work aims to present the current state of simulations of electroluminescence (EL) produced in gas-based detectors with special interest for NEXT --- Neutrino Experiment with a Xenon TPC. NEXT is a neutrinoless double beta decay experiment, thus needs outstanding energy resolution which can be achieved by using electroluminescence. The process of light production is reviewed and properties such as EL yield and associated fluctuations, excitation and electroluminescence efficiencies, and energy resolution, are calculated. An EL production region with a 5 mm width gap between two infinite parallel planes is considered, where a uniform electric field is produced. The pressure and temperature considered are 10 bar and 293 K, respectively. The results show that, even for low values of VUV photon detection efficiency, good energy resolution can be achieved: below 0.4 % (FWHM) at $Q_{\beta\beta}=$2.458 MeV.

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