MEDEX (Matrix Elements for the Double beta decay EXperiments) conference is dedicated to the presentation of different methods of nuclear matrix elements (NME) calculations in connection with the nuclear double beta decay processes.
Several double beta decay experiments have been taking data with quantities of enriched isotopes around or above 100 kg and plans are under way for tonne-scale experiments. These efforts revolve around several isotopes and use a broad array of detection techniques (KamLAND-Zen, SNO+, EXO-200/nEXO, NEXT, LEGEND (GERDA + Majorana), CUORE, CUPID, SuperNEMO, COBRA,...). Experiments of such scale make enormous demands on the progress and reliability of the nuclear matrix elements calculations. Also the research in the field of special modes of ββ, such as β+β+ or 2νECEC starts to be more and more interesting from experimental and theoretical points of view (e.g. COBRA, TGV,...). Further development of the theory of such processes is crucial for continuation of the experimental activities in this field.
Extended scope of the MEDEX conference include also other areas where the same sort of techniques are applied, namely: in dark matter detection, rare electroweak decays, and in neutrino-nucleus scattering processes.
The MEDEX meeting is organized by the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic); by the University of La Plata (La Plata, Argentina) and by the University of Jyväskylä (Jyväskylä, Finland) each second year since 1997.