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Search for Dirac magnetic monopoles in e( )e(-) collisions with the OPAL detector at LEP2

G Abbiendi, C Ainsley, PF Akesson, G Alexander, G Anagnostou, KJ Anderson, S Asai, D Axen, I Bailey, E Barberio, T Barillari, RJ Barlow, RJ Batley, P Bechtle, T Behnke, KW Bell, PJ Bell, G Bella, A Bellerive, G Benelli Show all



This Letter describes a direct search for pair produced magnetic monopoles in e+ e- collisions. The analysis is based on 62.7 pb-1 of data collected with the OPAL detector at an average centre-of-mass energy of sqrt(s) = 206.3   GeV. The monopole signal was assumed to be characterized by two back-to-back particles with an anomalously high ionization energy loss d E / d x in the tracking chambers. No evidence for production of monopoles was observed. Upper limits were obtained on the magnetic monopole pair-production cross-section (σ) in the mass range 45   GeV / c2 < mM < 102   GeV / c2. The average limit is σ < 0.05   pb and is essentially independent of the magnetic monopole mass. The cros..

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