Published in AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 897, Issue 59, October 1, 2006.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2722069.
The main goal of the CUORE experiment is to search for the neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te. As it is a rare nuclear decay, the sensitivity of the experiment strongly depends on the background level in the transition energy region. In this paper we describe the R&D work performed to develop an active method for the reduction of radioactive background in CUORE. The idea is to reject events originated by surface contamination in large mass bolometric detectors by using bolometers sensitive to surface events. Results obtained with the first prototypes and tests made with large mass surface sensitive bolometers will be reported.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Thomas Gutierrez was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.