July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Search for magnetic monopoles with the ANTARES neutrino telescope

Aug 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Amazon Foyer Terrace (World Forum)

Amazon Foyer Terrace

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 285
Poster contribution NU-EX Poster 3 DM and NU


Gabriela Emilia Pavalas (Institute for Space Sciences)


Magnetic monopoles are hypothetical particles predicted to be created in the early Universe in the framework of Grand Unified Theories (GUTs). The signature of the passage of magnetic monopoles in a Cherenkov telescope like ANTARES (Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental RESearch) is expected to be evident and unambiguous, because of the large amount of light emitted compared to that from muons. A first study has been carried out in ANTARES using a limited data set of 116 days; first upper limits on the magnetic monopoles flux were established between 1.3 〖10〗^(-17) cm^(-2).s^(-1).sr^(-1) and 8.9 〖10〗^(-17) cm^(-2).s^(-1).sr^(-1) for relativistic monopoles with β≥0.625. We present here an update of the analysis, using an enlarged data set (data collected from January 2008 to December 2013) and considering a wider range of values for 𝛽. No monopoles have been observed, and new improved upper limits have been set, for monopoles with β≥0.572.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 338
Collaboration ANTARES

Primary author


Dr Abdelilah Moussa (UMP) Gabriela Emilia Pavalas (Institute for Space Sciences) Dr Juergen Brunner (CPPM) Dr Yahya Tayalati (UMP)

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