The MoEDAL Experiment at the LHC - a New Light on the High Energy Discovery Frontier

Speaker: 
James Pinfold (U Alberta)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-11-23 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Gordon Semenoff
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

MoEDAL is a pioneering experiment designed to search for anomalously ionizing messengers of new physics, such as magnetic monopoles or massive (pseudo-)stable charged particles, which are predicted to exist in a plethora of models beyond the Standard Model. MoEDAL started data taking in 2015 at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. Its ground-breaking physics program defines a number of scenarios that yield potentially revolutionary insights into such foundational questions as: are there extra dimensions or new symmetries; what is the mechanism for the generation of mass; does magnetic charge exist; do fractionally charged particles exist; and what is the nature of dark matter. MoEDAL’s purpose is to meet such far-reaching challenges at the frontier of the field by utilizing very different types of detection techniques than are usually found in collider experiments. We will briefly review the physics program and detector, and then present the first results from MoEDAL on magnetic monopole production and discuss current and future searches.  Plans for installing two new MoEDAL detectors will be discussed: a sub-detector (MAPP –MoEDAL Apparatus for the detection of Penetrating Particles) designed to search for very long-lived neutral particles as well as mini-charged particles; and the TRAMP (TRApped Methuselah Particle ) sub-detector based at SNOLAB, to search for very long lived trapped particles.

 

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