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Detector Development for a Sterile Neutrino Search with the KATRIN Experiment.

Susanne Mertens, Vasiliy Chernov, Tobias Bode, Vladislav Pantuev, Konrad Altenmüller, Peter Lechner, Thierry Lasserre, Anton Huber, Luca Bombelli, Tim Brunst, Aino Skasyrskaya, Aleksander Nozik, Daniel Siegmann, Marc Korzeczek

The KATRIN (Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino) experiment investigates the energetic endpoint of the tritium $\beta$-decay spectrum to determine the effective mass of the electron anti-neutrino with a precision of $200\,\mathrm{meV}$ ($90\,\%$ C.L.) after an effective data taking time of three years.

The TRISTAN (tritium $\beta$-decay to search for sterile neutrinos) group aims to detect a sterile neutrino signature by measuring the entire tritium $\beta$-decay spectrum with an upgraded KATRIN system. One of the greatest challenges is to handle the high signal rates generated by the strong activity of the KATRIN tritium source. Therefore, a novel multi-pixel silicon drift detector is being designed, which is able to handle rates up to $10^{8}\,\mathrm{cps}$ with an excellent energy resolution of %CONTENT%lt;200\,\mathrm{eV}$ (FWHM) at $10\,\mathrm{keV}$.

This work gives an overview of the ongoing detector development and test results of the first seven pixel prototype detectors.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08182

DOI: arXiv:1801.08182v1

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