Search for neutrinoless double beta and latest results from GERDA

Who: Stefan Schönert (Technische Universität München)
When: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 14:15
Where: The CP³ meeting room

The Standard Model of particle physics cannot explain the dominance of matter over anti-matter in our Universe. In many model extensions this is a very natural consequence of neutrinos being their own anti-particles, usually referred to as Majorana particles, which implies that a lepton number violating process, named neutrinoless double beta decay, should exist. The detection of this extremely rare hypothetical process requires utmost suppression of any kind of backgrounds. In this talk I will discuss the current experimental projects and future perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to the latest results from the GERDA experiment that will be background-free up to its design exposure.