Direct Neutrino Mass Experiments

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With a mass at least six orders of magnitudes smaller than the mass of an electron - but non-zero - neutrinos are a clear misfit in the Standard Model of Particle Physics. On the one hand, its tiny mass makes the neutrino one of the most interesting particles, one that might hold the key to physics beyond the Standard Model. On the other hand this minute mass leads to great challenges in its experimental determination. Three approaches are currently pursued: An indirect neutrino mass determination via cosmological observables, the search for neutrinoless double β-decay, and a direct measurement based on the kinematics of single β-decay. In this paper the latter will be discussed in detail and the status and scientific reach of the current and near-future experiments will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22013
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number2
StatePublished - 9 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2015 - Torino, Italy
Duration: 7 Sep 201511 Sep 2015


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