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Observation of an unexplained event from a magnetic monopole detector

Nature volume 321, pages 402406 (22 May 1986) | Download Citation

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A single event was recorded by our 0.18 m2 inductive magnetic monopole detector, in a total effective observation time of 8,242 hours. None of the monitoring channels that record vibration, radiofrequency interference, and so on, indicated any extraneous cause for this event. An astrophysical estimate of the maximum number flux of monopoles suggests that the chances of a monopole having caused the event are less than 1 in 103. Alternative explanations for the candidate are considered, but none of them seem likely.

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    • M. Hardiman
    •  & J. C. Schouten

    Present addresses: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9QH, UK (M.H.); Oxford Instruments Ltd, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0DX, UK (J.C.S.).

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  1. Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2BZ, UK

    • A. D. Caplin
    • , M. Hardiman
    • , M. Koratzinos
    •  & J. C. Schouten

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