Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

The Electron Capture in 163Ho experiment

Jul 23, 2019, 4:00 PM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector Applications Orals LM 004


Ms Federica Mantegazzini (Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, Heidelberg University)


The goal of the Electron Capture in $^{163}$Ho (ECHo) experiment is the determination of the electron neutrino mass by the analysis of the electron capture spectrum of $^{163}$Ho. The detector technology is based on metallic magnetic calorimeters operated at cryogenic temperature in a reduced background environment. For the first phase of the experiment, ECHo-1k, the detector production has been optimised and the implantation process of high purity $^{163}$Ho source in large detector arrays has been refined. The implanted detectors have been successfully operated and characterised at low temperatures, reaching an energy resolution below 5 eV. High statistics and high resolution $^{163}$Ho spectra have been acquired and analysed in the light of the recent advanced theoretical description of the spectral shape, considering the independently determined and more precise value of the energy available to the electron capture process, $Q_\mathrm{EC}$, and a dedicated background model. We present preliminary results obtained in ECHo-1k so far and discuss the necessary upgrades towards the second phase of the experiment, ECHo-100k. In particular, we focus on the production of large arrays with $^{163}$Ho embedded in the absorbers and on the multiplexed readout.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) Y
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary authors

Ms Federica Mantegazzini (Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, Heidelberg University) ECHo Collaboration for the

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