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ICRC 2019 Slow Monopole Proceedings

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The existence of the magnetic monopole has eluded physicists for centuries. The NOvA far detector (FD), used for neutrino oscillation searches, also has the ability to identify magnetic monopoles at subluminal velocities (v < c/100). With a surface area of over 4,000 m2 and a location near the earth's surface, the 14 kt FD provides us with the unique opportunity to be sensitive to potential low-mass monopoles unable to penetrate underground experiments. We have designed a novel data-driven triggering scheme that continuously searches the FD's live data for monopole-like patterns. At the offline level, the largest challenge in reconstructing monopoles is to reduce the 148,000 Hz speed-of-light cosmic ray background. In this poster, I will present the first results of the NOvA monopole search for subluminal monopoles.
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