Mrs Cecilia Maiano (University of Milano Bicocca and INFN, Sezione di Milano-Bicocca)
The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) is an experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay in Te-130 and other rare processes. CUORE is a bolometric detector composed of 988 TeO2 crystals, with the total mass of about 1 tonne. The large detector mass, low backgrounds, and the low energy threshold of a few keV make the experiment well suited for direct detection of galactic dark matter particles and solar axions. We discuss the development of a novel low-energy trigger that enables such searches, and present the preliminary results from a test run with four CUORE-like crystals at Gran Sasso National Laboratories in Italy.
Prof. Yury Kolomensky (UC Berkeley/LBNL)