Monopole Catalyzed Nucleon Decay: The Astrophysical Connection
If monopoles catalyze nucleon decay, limits on the product of the monopole flux and the catalysis cross section may be placed from “astrophysical” considerations. We review these limits and discuss their reliability.
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