Searches for relativistic magnetic monopoles in IceCube

dc.contributor.authorIceCube Collaboration
dc.contributor.authorPalczewski, T.
dc.contributor.authorPepper, J.A.
dc.contributor.authorToale, P.A.
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, D.R.
dc.contributor.otherRWTH Aachen University
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dc.contributor.otherUniversity of California Berkeley
dc.contributor.otherUnited States Department of Energy (DOE)
dc.contributor.otherLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
dc.contributor.otherHumboldt University of Berlin
dc.contributor.otherRuhr University Bochum
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Wurzburg
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Bonn
dc.contributor.otherUniversite Libre de Bruxelles
dc.contributor.otherVrije Universiteit Brussel
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dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Copenhagen
dc.contributor.otherNiels Bohr Institute
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dc.contributor.otherMichigan State University
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dc.contributor.otherJohannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
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dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Delaware
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dc.contributor.otherUppsala University
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Wuppertal
dc.contributor.otherHelmholtz Association
dc.contributor.otherDeutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Tokyo
dc.contributor.otherNational Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
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dc.description.abstractVarious extensions of the Standard Model motivate the existence of stable magnetic monopoles that could have been created during an early high-energy epoch of the Universe. These primordial magnetic monopoles would be gradually accelerated by cosmic magnetic fields and could reach high velocities that make them visible in Cherenkov detectors such as IceCube. Equivalently to electrically charged particles, magnetic monopoles produce direct and indirect Cherenkov light while traversing through matter at relativistic velocities. This paper describes searches for relativistic (\(\upsilon ≥ 0.76 c\)) and mildly relativistic (\(upsilon ≥ 0.51 c\)) monopoles, each using one year of data taken in 2008/2009 and 2011/2012, respectively. No monopole candidate was detected. For a velocity above 0.51 \(c\) the monopole flux is constrained down to a level of 1.55 × 10⁻¹⁸ cm⁻² s⁻¹ sr⁻¹. This is an improvement of almost two orders of magnitude over previous limits.en_US
dc.identifier.citationAartsen, M. G., Abraham, K., Ackermann, M., Adams, J., Aguilar, J. A., Ahlers, M., Ahrens, M., Altmann, D., Anderson, T., Ansseau, I., Archinger, M., Arguelles, C., Arlen, T. C., Auffenberg, J., Bai, X., Barwick, S. W., Baum, V., Bay, R., Beatty, J. J., … Zoll, M. (2016). Searches for relativistic magnetic monopoles in IceCube. In The European Physical Journal C (Vol. 76, Issue 3). Springer Science and Business Media LLC.
dc.subjectPhysics, Particles & Fields
dc.titleSearches for relativistic magnetic monopoles in IceCubeen_US
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