Search for massive rare particles with the SLIM experiment

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

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The search for magnetic monopoles 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 at the Chacaltaya High Altitude Laboratory (5290 m a.s.l.). The results from the analysis of 171 mexposed for more than 3.5 y are here reported. The completion of the analysis of the whole detector will allow to set the lowest flux upper limit for Magnetic Monopoles in the mass range 105 - 1012 GeV. The experiment is also sensitive to SQM nuggets and Q-balls, which are possible Dark Matter candidates.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2005
Event29th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2005 - Pune, India
Duration: 3 Aug 200510 Aug 2005


Conference29th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2005


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