Computation of products of phase space factors and nuclear matrix elements for double beta decay Supported by Ministry of Research and Innovation through UEFISCDI, project PCE-2016-0078, and contract 198/2017

Stoica, S. ( International Centre for Advanced Training and Research in Physics, Subsidiary of INCDFM, Magurele 077125, Romania) ( Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele 077125, Romania)

20 May 2019

Abstract: Nuclear matrix elements (NME) and phase space factors (PSF) entering the half-life formulas of the double-beta decay (DBD) process are two key quantities whose accurate computation still represents a challenge. In this study, we propose a new approach of calculating these, namely the direct computation of their product as an unique formula. This procedure allows a more coherent treatment of the nuclear approximations and input parameters appearing in both quantities and avoids possible confusion in the interpretation of DBD data due to different individual expressions adopted for PSF and NME (and consequently their reporting in different units) by different authors. Our calculations are performed for both two neutrino ( ) and neutrinoless ( ) decay modes, for five nuclei of the most experimental interest. Further, using the most recent experimental limits for decay half-lives, we provide new constraints on the light mass neutrino parameter. Finally, by separating the factor representing the axial-vector constant to the forth power in the half-life formulas, we advance suggestions on how to reduce the errors introduced in the calculation by the uncertain value of this constant, exploiting the DBD data obtained from different isotopes and/or decay modes.

Published in: Chinese Phys. C 43 (2019) 064108
Published by: Institute of Physics Publishing/Chinese Academy of Sciences
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/43/6/064108
License: CC-BY-3.0

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