Thursday, August 1, 2013

1307.8390 (Y. M. Cho et al.)

Electroweak Monopole Production at the LHC - a Snowmass White Paper    [PDF]

Y. M. Cho, J. L. Pinfold
We maintain that the search for the electroweak monopole is a key issue in the advancement of our understanding of the standard model. Unlike the Dirac monopole in electrodynamics, which is optional, the electroweak monopole should exist within the framework of the standard model. The mass of the electroweak monopole is estimated to be 5 to 7 TeV, but could be as large as 15 TeV. Above threshold its production rate at the LHC is expected to be relatively large, (1/alpha(em)2) times bigger than that of W+W- pairs. The search for the electroweak monopole is one of the prime motivations of the newest LHC experiment, MoEDAL, which is due to start data taking in 2015.
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