CUORE crystal validation runs: Results on radioactive contamination and extrapolation to CUORE background

F. Alessandria, E. Andreotti, R. Ardito, C. Arnaboldi, F. T. Avignone, M. Balata, I. Bandac, T. I. Banks, G. Bari, J. Beeman, F. Bellini, A. Bersani, M. Biassoni, T. Bloxham, C. Brofferio, A. Bryant, C. Bucci, X. Z. Cai, L. Canonica, S. CapelliL. Carbone, L. Cardani, M. Carrettoni, N. Chott, M. Clemenza, C. Cosmelli, O. Cremonesi, R. J. Creswick, I. Dafinei, A. Dally, A. De Biasi, M. P. Decowski, M. M. Deninno, A. De Waard, S. Di Domizio, L. Ejzak, R. Faccini, D. Q. Fang, H. A. Farach, E. Ferri, F. Ferroni, E. Fiorini, L. Foggetta, S. J. Freedman, G. Frossati, A. Giachero, L. Gironi, A. Giuliani, P. Gorla, C. Gotti, E. Guardincerri, T. D. Gutierrez, E. E. Haller, K. Han, K. M. Heeger, H. Z. Huang, K. Ichimura, R. Kadel, K. Kazkaz, G. Keppel, L. Kogler, Yu G. Kolomensky, S. Kraft, D. Lenz, Y. L. Li, X. Liu, E. Longo, Y. G. Ma, C. Maiano, G. Maier, C. Martinez, M. Martinez, R. H. Maruyama, N. Moggi, S. Morganti, S. Newman, S. Nisi, C. Nones, E. B. Norman, A. Nucciotti, F. Orio, D. Orlandi, J. L. Ouellet, M. Pallavicini, V. Palmieri, L. Pattavina, M. Pavan, M. Pedretti, G. Pessina, S. Pirro, E. Previtali, V. Rampazzo, F. Rimondi, C. Rosenfeld, C. Rusconi, C. Salvioni, S. Sangiorgio, D. Schaeffer, N. D. Scielzo, M. Sisti, A. R. Smith, F. Stivanello, L. Taffarello, G. Terenziani, W. D. Tian, C. Tomei, S. Trentalange, G. Ventura, M. Vignati, B. S. Wang, H. W. Wang, C. A. Whitten, T. Wise, A. Woodcraft, N. Xu, L. Zanotti, C. Zarra, B. X. Zhu, S. Zucchelli

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The CUORE Crystal Validation Runs (CCVRs) have been carried out since the end of 2008 at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories, in order to test the performance and the radiopurity of the TeO 2 crystals produced at SICCAS (Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) for the CUORE experiment. In this work the results of the first 5 validation runs are presented. Results have been obtained for bulk contaminations and surface contaminations from several nuclides. An extrapolation to the CUORE background has been performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-849
Number of pages11
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Double beta decay
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Tellurium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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