Monopole ’83 pp 383-390 | Cite as

A Search for GUT Monopoles with Mica Track Etch Detectors

  • Steven P. Ahlen
  • P. B. Price
  • S. Guo
  • R. L. Fleischer
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 111)


Given the astrophysical bounds on monopole flux implied by survival of the Galactic magnetic field1, it is quite difficult to carry out meaningful searches for GUT monopoles. To improve significantly upon the Parker limit with direct searches using conventional techniques (superconducting loops, scintillation counters, He-CH4 proportional counters) would require detector areas of the order of 104 m2, and collection times in excess of several years. An attractive alternative scheme which will be described in the present paper, would be to use an unconventional particle detector of area 10−3 m2 which has been in operation for over 108 years.


Etch Rate Capture Cross Section Fission Track Grand Unify Theory Etchable Track 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven P. Ahlen
    • 1
  • P. B. Price
    • 2
  • S. Guo
    • 2
  • R. L. Fleischer
    • 3
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.General Electric Co.SchenectadyUSA

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