The Gerda experiment for the search of 0νββ decay in 76Ge

@article{Ackermann2012TheGE,
  title={The Gerda experiment for the search of 0νββ decay in 76Ge},
  author={K.-H. Ackermann and M. Agostini and M. Allardt and M. Altmann and E. Andreotti and A. M. Bakalyarov and M. Balata and I. Barabanov and M. Barnab{\'e} Heider and N. Barros and L. Baudis and C. Bauer and N. Becerici-Schmidt and E. Bellotti and S. Belogurov and S. T. Belyaev and G. Benato and A. Bettini and L. Bezrukov and T. Bode and V. Brudanin and R. Brugnera and D. Budj{\'a}{\vs} and A. Caldwell and C. Cattadori and A. Chernogorov and O. Chkvorets and F. Cossavella and A. D‘Andragora and E. V. Demidova and A. Denisov and A. di Vacri and A. Domula and V. Egorov and R. Falkenstein and A. Ferella and K. Freund and F. Froborg and N. Frodyma and A. Gangapshev and A. Garfagnini and J. Gasparro and S. Gazzana and R. Gonzalez de Orduna and P. Grabmayr and V. Gurentsov and K. Gusev and K. K. Guthikonda and W. Hampel and A. Hegai and M. Heisel and S. Hemmer and G. Heusser and W. Hofmann and M. Hult and L. V. Inzhechik and L. Ioannucci and J. Janicsk{\'o} Cs{\'a}thy and J. Jochum and M. Junker and R. Kankanyan and S. Kianovsky and T. Kihm and J. Kiko and I. V. Kirpichnikov and A. Kirsch and A. Klimenko and M. Knapp and K. T. Kn{\"o}pfle and O. Kochetov and V. N. Kornoukhov and K. Kr{\"o}ninger and V. Kusminov and M. Laubenstein and A. Lazzaro and V. I. Lebedev and B. Lehnert and D. Lenz and H. Liao and M. Lindner and I. Lippi and J. Liu and X. Liu and A. Lubashevskiy and B. Lubsandorzhiev and A. A. Machado and B. Majorovits and W. Maneschg and G. Marissens and S. Mayer and G. Meierhofer and I. Nemchenok and L. Niedermeier and S. Nisi and J. Oehm and C. O’Shaughnessy and L. Pandola and P. Peiffer and K. Pelczar and A. Pullia and S. Riboldi and F. Ritter and C. Rossi Alvarez and C. Sada and M. Salathe and C. Schmitt and S. Sch{\"o}nert and J. Schreiner and J. Schubert and O. Schulz and U. Schwan and B. Schwingenheuer and H. Seitz and E. Shevchik and M. Shirchenko and H. Simgen and A. Smolnikov and L. Stanco and F. Stelzer and H. Strecker and M. Tarka and U. Trunk and C. A. Ur and A. A. Vasenko and S. Vogt and O. Volynets and K. von Sturm and V. Wagner and M. Walter and A. Wegmann and M. Wojcik and E. Yanovich and P. Zavarise and I. Zhitnikov and S. V. Zhukov and D. Zinatulina and K. Zuber and G. Zuzel},
  journal={The European Physical Journal C},
  year={2012},
  volume={73},
  pages={1-29}
}
The Gerda collaboration is performing a search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 76Ge with the eponymous detector. The experiment has been installed and commissioned at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso and has started operation in November 2011. The design, construction and first operational results are described, along with detailed information from the R&D phase. 

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