The LUMINEU project has recently set up a technology for the development of high-performance radiopure 100Mo-containing scintillating bolometers, realized in the framework of the R&D activities towards the proposed tonne-scale neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment CUPID aiming at utilization of the existing CUORE infrastructure. Using in particular 100Mo-enriched Li2MoO4 cryogenic detectors, high energy resolution (5-6 keV FWHM at 2615 keV), excellent alpha background rejection (>99.9%) and extreme radiopurity (below 0.005 mBq/kg of U/Th bulk contamination) have been demonstrated in multiple tests with remarkable reproducibility. Moreover, with only 0.06 kg*yr of 100Mo exposure, the measured two-neutrino double-beta decay half-life is one of the most precise values ever reported. As a follow-up of this activity, a demonstrator named CUPID-Mo is collecting data in the Modane underground laboratory in France. CUPID-Mo consists of twenty 0.2-kg 100Mo-enriched Li2MoO4 scintillating bolometers (containing more than 2 kg of 100Mo) to be operated for at least 0.5 yr, providing a sensitivity to 100Mo larger than 1e24 yr. CUPID-Mo is a very important demonstrator for the implementation of CUPID, as the CUPID-Mo detectors follow closely the configuration chosen for the baseline of CUPID.
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