Upgrade of the MAGNEX spectrometer toward the high-intensity phase of NUMEN
For the NUMEN collaboration
1 INFN – Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “Ettore Majorana”, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
3 DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
4 INFN – Sezione di Torino, Torino, Italy
5 LPC Caen, Normandie Univ, ENSICAEN, UNICAEN, CNRS/IN2P3, Caen, France
1 Corresponding author: email@example.com
Published online: 10 September 2021
The NUMEN experimental activity with accelerated beams is performed at INFN–Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) in Catania using the Superconducting Cyclotron and the MAGNEX magnetic spectrometer. The scientific motivation of NUMEN is to extract experiment-driven information on the nuclear matrix elements entering in the expression of the 0νββ decay half-life. The reaction cross sections involved, especially for the double charge exchange process, are very low, thus limiting the present exploration to a few selected isotopes of interest in the context of typically low-yield experimental runs. In order to make feasible a systematic study of all the candidate nuclei, a major upgrade of the LNS facility is foreseen to increase the experimental yield by more than two orders of magnitude. To this purpose, frontier technologies are being developed for the accelerator and the detection systems. An updated description of the choices derived from the recent R&D activity on the target system and MAGNEX focal plane detector is given.
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