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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi


Event Information:

  • Tue

    Colloquium: First Results from NOνA's Magnetic Monopole Search

    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Martin Frank
    Department of Physics
    University of South Alabama

    First Results from NOνA's Magnetic Monopole Search

    The existence of the magnetic monopole has eluded physicists for centuries. The NOνA far detector (FD), used for neutrino oscillation searches, also has the ability to identify slowly moving magnetic monopoles (v < c /100). With a surface area of 4,100 m2 and a location near the earth's surface, the 14 kt FD provides us with the unique opportunity to be sensitive to potential low-mass monopoles unable to penetrate underground experiments. We have designed a novel data-driven triggering scheme that continuously searches the FD's live data for monopole-like patterns. At the offline level, the largest challenge in reconstructing monopoles is to reduce the 148,000 Hz speed-of-light cosmic ray background. In this talk, I will present the first results of the NOνA monopole search for slow monopoles.

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    Meeting ID: 919 282 27187