/ Experiment-Nucl arXiv:0812.3976

Operation of a GERDA Phase I prototype detector in liquid argon and nitrogen

Barnabe Heider, M. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Bakalyarov, A. (Kurchatov Inst., Moscow) ; Bezrukov, L. (Moscow, INR) ; Cattadori, C. (Gran Sasso) ; Chkvorets, O. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Gusev, K. (Dubna, JINR) ; Hult, M. (Geel, JRC) ; Kirpichnikov, I. (Moscow, ITEP) ; Lebedev, V. (Kurchatov Inst., Moscow) ; Marissens, G. (Geel, JRC) ; Peiffer, P. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Schonert, S. (Heidelberg, Max Planck Inst.) ; Shirchenko, M. (Dubna, JINR) ; Smolnikov, A. (Dubna, JINR) ; Vasenko, A. (Moscow, ITEP) ; Vasiliev, S. (Dubna, JINR) ; Zhukov, S. (Kurchatov Inst., Moscow)

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Abstract: The GERDA (GERmanium Detector Array) experiment aiming to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge at the Laboratori Nazionali Del Gran Sasso (LNGS), Italy, will operate bare enriched high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors in liquid argon. GERDA Phase I will use the enriched diodes from the previous Heidelberg-Moscow (HdM) and IGEX experiments. With the HPGe detectors mounted in a low-mass holder, GERDA aims at an excellent energy resolution and extremely low background. The goal is to check the claim for the neutrinoless double beta decay evidence in the HdM 76Ge experiment within one year of data taking. Before dismounting the enriched diodes from their cryostat, the performance parameters of the HdM and the IGEX detectors have been measured. The diodes have been removed from their cryostats, their dimensions measured and they have been put under va-cuum in a transportation container. They are now being refurbished for GERDA Phase I at Canberra Semiconductor NV. Before operating the enriched diodes, a non-enriched HPGe p-type detector mounted in a low-mass holder is operated in the liquid argon test facility of the GERDA Detector Laboratory (GDL) at LNGS. Since January 2006, the testing of the prototype detector is being carried out in the GDL as well as at the site of the detector manufacturer.

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