The European Physical Journal C

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 361–378

Search for relativistic magnetic monopoles with the AMANDA-II neutrino telescope

Authors

  • The IceCube Collaboration
  • R. Abbasi
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • Y. Abdou
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • T. Abu-Zayyad
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • J. Adams
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Canterbury
  • J. A. Aguilar
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Ahlers
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Oxford
  • K. Andeen
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • J. Auffenberg
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • X. Bai
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • M. Baker
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • S. W. Barwick
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of California
  • R. Bay
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • J. L. Bazo Alba
    • DESY
  • K. Beattie
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • J. J. Beatty
    • Dept. of Physics and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsOhio State University
    • Dept. of AstronomyOhio State University
  • S. Bechet
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • J. K. Becker
    • Fakultät für Physik & AstronomieRuhr-Universität Bochum
  • K.-H. Becker
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • M. L. Benabderrahmane
    • DESY
  • S. BenZvi
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • J. Berdermann
    • DESY
  • P. Berghaus
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • D. Berley
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • E. Bernardini
    • DESY
  • D. Bertrand
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • D. Z. Besson
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Kansas
  • M. Bissok
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • E. Blaufuss
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • D. J. Boersma
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • C. Bohm
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • S. Böser
    • Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Bonn
  • O. Botner
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • L. Bradley
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • J. Braun
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • S. Buitink
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • M. Carson
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • D. Chirkin
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • B. Christy
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • J. Clem
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • F. Clevermann
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • S. Cohen
    • Laboratory for High Energy PhysicsÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale
  • C. Colnard
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • D. F. Cowen
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
    • Dept. of Astronomy and AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • M. V. D’Agostino
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • M. Danninger
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • J. C. Davis
    • Dept. of Physics and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsOhio State University
  • C. De Clercq
    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
  • L. Demirörs
    • Laboratory for High Energy PhysicsÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale
  • O. Depaepe
    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
  • F. Descamps
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • P. Desiati
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • G. de Vries-Uiterweerd
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • T. DeYoung
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • J. C. Díaz-Vélez
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Dierckxsens
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • J. Dreyer
    • Fakultät für Physik & AstronomieRuhr-Universität Bochum
  • J. P. Dumm
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. R. Duvoort
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUtrecht University/SRON
  • R. Ehrlich
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • J. Eisch
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • R. W. Ellsworth
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • O. Engdegård
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • S. Euler
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • P. A. Evenson
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • O. Fadiran
    • CTSPSClark-Atlanta University
  • A. R. Fazely
    • Dept. of PhysicsSouthern University
  • T. Feusels
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • K. Filimonov
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • C. Finley
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • M. M. Foerster
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • B. D. Fox
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • A. Franckowiak
    • Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Bonn
  • R. Franke
    • DESY
  • T. K. Gaisser
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • J. Gallagher
    • Dept. of AstronomyUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Geisler
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • L. Gerhardt
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • L. Gladstone
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • T. Glüsenkamp
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • A. Goldschmidt
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • J. A. Goodman
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • D. Grant
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Alberta
  • T. Griesel
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • A. Groß
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Canterbury
  • S. Grullon
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Gurtner
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • C. Ha
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • A. Hallgren
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • F. Halzen
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • K. Han
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Canterbury
  • K. Hanson
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • K. Helbing
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • P. Herquet
    • Université de Mons
  • S. Hickford
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Canterbury
  • G. C. Hill
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • K. D. Hoffman
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • A. Homeier
    • Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Bonn
  • K. Hoshina
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • D. Hubert
    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
  • W. Huelsnitz
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • J.-P. Hülß
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • P. O. Hulth
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • K. Hultqvist
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • S. Hussain
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • A. Ishihara
    • Dept. of PhysicsChiba University
  • J. Jacobsen
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • G. S. Japaridze
    • CTSPSClark-Atlanta University
  • H. Johansson
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • J. M. Joseph
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • K.-H. Kampert
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • T. Karg
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • A. Karle
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • J. L. Kelley
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • N. Kemming
    • Institut für PhysikHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • P. Kenny
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Kansas
  • J. Kiryluk
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • F. Kislat
    • DESY
  • S. R. Klein
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • S. Knops
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • J.-H. Köhne
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • G. Kohnen
    • Université de Mons
  • H. Kolanoski
    • Institut für PhysikHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • L. Köpke
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • D. J. Koskinen
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • M. Kowalski
    • Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Bonn
  • T. Kowarik
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • M. Krasberg
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • T. Krings
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • G. Kroll
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • K. Kuehn
    • Dept. of Physics and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsOhio State University
  • T. Kuwabara
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • M. Labare
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • S. Lafebre
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • K. Laihem
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • H. Landsman
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • R. Lauer
    • DESY
  • R. Lehmann
    • Institut für PhysikHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • D. Lennarz
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • J. Lünemann
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • J. Madsen
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • P. Majumdar
    • DESY
  • A. Marotta
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • R. Maruyama
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • K. Mase
    • Dept. of PhysicsChiba University
  • H. S. Matis
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • M. Matusik
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • K. Meagher
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • M. Merck
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • P. Mészáros
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
    • Dept. of Astronomy and AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • T. Meures
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • E. Middell
    • DESY
  • N. Milke
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • J. Miller
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • T. Montaruli
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
    • Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di Bari and Sezione INFN
  • R. Morse
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • S. M. Movit
    • Dept. of Astronomy and AstrophysicsPennsylvania State University
  • R. Nahnhauer
    • DESY
  • J. W. Nam
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of California
  • U. Naumann
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • P. Nießen
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • D. R. Nygren
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • S. Odrowski
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • A. Olivas
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • M. Olivo
    • Fakultät für Physik & AstronomieRuhr-Universität Bochum
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • A. O’Murchadha
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Ono
    • Dept. of PhysicsChiba University
  • S. Panknin
    • Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Bonn
  • L. Paul
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • C. Pérez de los Heros
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
  • J. Petrovic
    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • A. Piegsa
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • D. Pieloth
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • R. Porrata
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • J. Posselt
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • P. B. Price
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • M. Prikockis
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • G. T. Przybylski
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • K. Rawlins
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Alaska Anchorage
  • P. Redl
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • E. Resconi
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • W. Rhode
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • M. Ribordy
    • Laboratory for High Energy PhysicsÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale
  • A. Rizzo
    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
  • J. P. Rodrigues
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • P. Roth
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • F. Rothmaier
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • C. Rott
    • Dept. of Physics and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsOhio State University
  • C. Roucelle
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • T. Ruhe
    • Dept. of PhysicsTU Dortmund University
  • D. Rutledge
    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
  • B. Ruzybayev
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • D. Ryckbosch
    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • H.-G. Sander
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • M. Santander
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • S. Sarkar
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Oxford
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    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • S. Schlenstedt
    • DESY
  • T. Schmidt
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
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    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • A. Schultes
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
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    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
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    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
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    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wuppertal
  • S. H. Seo
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • Y. Sestayo
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • S. Seunarine
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of the West Indies
  • A. Silvestri
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of California
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    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
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    • DESY
  • M. Stamatikos
    • Dept. of Physics and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle PhysicsOhio State University
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • T. Stanev
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
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    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
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    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
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    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
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    • Science Faculty CP230Université Libre de Bruxelles
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    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUppsala University
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    • School of Physics and Center for Relativistic AstrophysicsGeorgia Institute of Technology
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • O. Tarasova
    • DESY
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    • School of Physics and Center for Relativistic AstrophysicsGeorgia Institute of Technology
  • S. Ter-Antonyan
    • Dept. of PhysicsSouthern University
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    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
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    • Dept. of PhysicsPennsylvania State University
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
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    • DESY
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
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    • Dienst ELEMVrije Universiteit Brussel
  • J. Vandenbroucke
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
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    • Dept. of Subatomic and Radiation PhysicsUniversity of Gent
  • J. van Santen
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • M. Voge
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • B. Voigt
    • DESY
  • C. Walck
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • T. Waldenmaier
    • Institut für PhysikHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • M. Wallraff
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • M. Walter
    • DESY
  • Ch. Weaver
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • C. Wendt
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • S. Westerhoff
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
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    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin
  • K. Wiebe
    • Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Mainz
  • C. H. Wiebusch
    • III. Physikalisches InstitutRWTH Aachen University
  • G. Wikström
    • Oskar Klein Centre and Dept. of PhysicsStockholm University
  • D. R. Williams
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Alabama
  • R. Wischnewski
    • DESY
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of Maryland
  • M. Wolf
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  • K. Woschnagg
    • Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of California
  • C. Xu
    • Bartol Research Institute and Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Delaware
  • X. W. Xu
    • Dept. of PhysicsSouthern University
  • G. Yodh
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of California
  • S. Yoshida
    • Dept. of PhysicsChiba University
  • P. Zarzhitsky
    • Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Alabama

DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-010-1411-6

Abstract

We present the search for Cherenkov signatures from relativistic magnetic monopoles in data taken with the AMANDA-II detector, a neutrino telescope deployed in the Antarctic ice cap at the Geographic South Pole. The non-observation of a monopole signal in data collected during the year 2000 improves present experimental limits on the flux of relativistic magnetic monopoles: Our flux limit varies between 3.8×10−17 cm−2 s−1 sr−1 (for monopoles moving at the vacuum speed of light) and 8.8×10−16 cm−2 s−1 sr−1 (for monopoles moving at a speed β=v/c=0.76, just above the Cherenkov threshold in ice). These limits apply to monopoles that are energetic enough to penetrate the Earth and enter the detector from below the horizon. The limit obtained for monopoles reaching the detector from above the horizon is less stringent by roughly an order of magnitude, due to the much larger background from down-going atmospheric muons. This looser limit is however valid for a larger class of magnetic monopoles, since the monopoles are not required to pass through the Earth.

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