The Magnetic Monopole in STAR


It is possible to simulate the production and propagation of the magnetic monopoles in the STAR experiment, using a few modification in the code base of GEANT 3.21, and in particular in our GEANT-derived application, the starsim. Our work is based on a few papers, including:

The flow of the GEANT code execution is illustrated by the following diagrams from the above publication:




First Results

As as demonstration of principle, we present here a few Starsim event display pictures. First, we propagate 12 magnetic monopoles of varying momenta, in the STAR detector:



Now, let's take a look at a minimum bias gold-gold event that contains a pair of magnetic monopoles:



Salient features can already be seen in these graphics: large dE/dx losses and characteristic limit on the maximum radius of the recorded monopole track (this is due to the fact that the trajectory of the mm is not helix-like, but rather parabole-like). Now, lets take a look at the phi distribution of the hits, for central and peripheral gold-gold events containing monopoles:




Again, the rather intuitive feature (large peaks in phi due to a very large dE/dx produced by the monopoles) is obviously borne out in the simulation.


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