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PandaX-III: Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay with high pressure$^{136}$Xe gas time projection chambers

Abstract : Searching for the neutrinoless double beta decay (NLDBD) is now regarded as the topmost promising technique to explore the nature of neutrinos after the discovery of neutrino masses in oscillation experiments. PandaX-III (particle and astrophysical xenon experiment III) will search for the NLDBD of$^{136}$Xe at the China Jin Ping Underground Laboratory (CJPL). In the first phase of the experiment, a high pressure gas Time Projection Chamber (TPC) will contain 200 kg, 90%$^{136}$Xe enriched gas operated at 10 bar. Fine pitch micro-pattern gas detector (Microbulk Micromegas) will be used at both ends of the TPC for the charge readout with a cathode in the middle. Charge signals can be used to reconstruct the electron tracks of the NLDBD events and provide good energy and spatial resolution. The detector will be immersed in a large water tank to ensure ~5 m of water shielding in all directions. The second phase, a ton-scale experiment, will consist of five TPCs in the same water tank, with improved energy resolution and better control over backgrounds.
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Xun Chen, Changbo Fu, Javier Galan, Karl Giboni, Franco Giuliani, et al.. PandaX-III: Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay with high pressure$^{136}$Xe gas time projection chambers. Sci.China Phys.Mech.Astron., 2017, 60 (6), pp.061011. ⟨10.1007/s11433-017-9028-0⟩. ⟨hal-01554617⟩

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