Final results of magnetic monopole searches with the MACRO experiment

  • The MACRO Collaboration
  • M. Ambrosio et al.
Experimental Physics

DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2002-01046-9

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The MACRO Collaboration & Ambrosio et al., M. Eur. Phys. J. C (2002) 25: 511. doi:10.1140/epjc/s2002-01046-9


We present the final results obtained by the MACRO experiment in the search for GUT magnetic monopoles in the penetrating cosmic radiation, for the range \(4\times 10^{-5}< \beta < 1\). Several searches with all the MACRO sub-detectors (i.e. scintillation counters, limited streamer tubes and nuclear track detectors) were performed, both in stand alone and combined ways. No candidates were detected and a 90% Confidence Level (C.L.) upper limit to the local magnetic monopole flux was set at the level of \(1.4\times 10^{-16}\) cm-2 s-1 sr-1. This result is the first experimental limit obtained in direct searches which is well below the Parker bound in the whole \(\beta\) range in which GUT magnetic monopoles are expected.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • The MACRO Collaboration
  • M. Ambrosio et al.
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Napoli and INFN, 80125 Napoli, Italy IT

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