Double-beta decay matrix elements for 76Ge
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Double-beta decay matrix elements (ME) for 76Ge are calculated with different quasi-random phase approximation (QRPA)-based methods. First, the ME for the two-neutrino mode are computed using two choices for the single-particle (s.p.) basis: i) 2 - 4?ω full shells and ii) 3 - 4?ω full shells. When calculated with the renormalized QRPA (RQRPA) and full-RQRPA their values are rather dependent on the size of the single-particle basis used, while calculated with proton-neutron QRPA (pnQRPA) and second-QRPA approaches such a dependence was found to be small. The Ikeda sum rule was well fulfilled within pnQRPA for both choices of the s.p. basis and with a good approximation within second-QRPA, while the RQRPA and full-RQRPA methods give deviations up to 21%. Further, the ME for the neutrinoless mode are calculated with the pnQRPA, RQRPA and full-RQRPA methods. They all give close results for the calculation with the smaller basis (i), while for the larger basis (ii), the results differ significantly either from one method to another or within the same method. Finally, using the most recent experimental limit for the 0νββ decay half-life of 76Ge a critical discussion on the upper limits for the neutrino mass parameter obtained with different theoretical approaches is given.
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