Rare particle searches with the high altitude SLIM experiment

Giorgio Giacomelli, S. Balestra, S. Cecchini, F. Fabbri, R. Giacomelli, M. Giorgini, A. Kumar, S. Manzoor, J. McDonald, A. Margiotta, E. Medinaceli, J. Nogales, L. Patrizii, J. Pinfold, V. Popa, I. Qureshi, O. Saavedra, G. Sher, M. Shahzad, M. SpurioR. Ticona, V. Togo, A. Velarde, A. Zanini

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The search for rare particles in the cosmic radiation remains one of the main aims of non-accelerator particle astrophysics. Experiments at high altitude allow lower mass thresholds with respect to detectors at sea level or underground. The SLIM experiment is a large array of nuclear track detectors located at the Chacaltaya High Altitude Laboratory (5290 m a.s.l.). The preliminary results from the analysis of the first 227 m2 exposed for more than 3.6 y are here reported. The detector is sensitive to Intermediate Mass Magnetic Monopoles, 105 < mM < 1012 GeV, and to SQM nuggets and Q-balls, which are possible Dark Matter candidates.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 International Europhysics Conference on High Energy Physics, HEP 2005 - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 21 Jul 200527 Jul 2005

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