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Title: Search for Magnetic Monopoles with the NO$$\nu$$A Far Detector

The magnetic monopole is a hypothetical particle, which is an important field configuration in many Grand Unified Theories, and whose mass may vary from 104 to 1018 GeV. The quantization of magnetic charge derived by Dirac in 1931 suggests the heavy ionization nature of magnetic monopoles. The NO$$\nu$$A collaboration is using the NO$$\nu$$A far detector - the largest scintillator detector in the world - to search for signals of relic monopoles that might have been produced in the early universe. To achieve this, we have simulated the propagation of non-relativistic monopoles with a uniform distribution of velocity within the range 10-4≲β≲ 0.2 , and the corresponding detector response. To record potential monopole-like events, we have developed a data-driven trigger system with two monopole triggers (the fast monopole trigger and the slow monopole trigger). This analysis focuses on the data recorded by the fast monopole trigger, which is sensitive to monopoles with velocity β ≳ 10-3. We have performed a blind analysis on a total live time of 1628.2 hours of data recorded by the fast monopole trigger. We present the updated flux limits with 90% CL (confidence level) as a function of monopole mass and velocity.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1230047
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-THESIS--2015-28
TRN: US1601321
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; MAGNETIC MONOPOLES; SCINTILLATION COUNTERS; MASS; VELOCITY; SIGNALS; SIMULATION