On the Feasibility of Infrared Phosphors in Super-Slow Particle Searches
Monopoles are an inevitable byproduct of the process of symmetry breaking from a grand (semi-simple) symmetry to the sorts of symmetry required to explain results from mainstream elementary particle physics. These grand unified theories (GUT s) represent one of the most promising extrapolations of current theoretical thinking toward the shortest distances. It is more than usually important that we adopt very conservative standards in the interpretation of data on the monopole question because of the link between GUT’s and monopoles. GUT monopoles are predicted to be heavy and slow; that is, slow enough that they may not have been detected, and heavy enough that they would neither stop in the earth (but would pass through) nor that they would be accelerated to relativistic speeds by existing magnetic fields in the galaxy.
KeywordsAlpha Particle Grand Unify Theory Pulse Height Analyzer Phosphor Sample Detector Medium
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