Magnetised quark nuggets in the atmosphere

Sloan, T. and VanDevender, J. Pace and Neilsen, Tracianne B. and Baskin, Robert L. and Fronk, Gabriel and Swaim, Criss and Zakirov, Rinat and Jones, Haydn (2021) Magnetised quark nuggets in the atmosphere. Scientific Reports, 11 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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A search for magnetised quark nuggets (MQN) is reported using acoustic signals from hydrophones placed in the Great Salt Lake (GSL) in the USA. No events satisfying the expected signature were seen. This observation allows limits to be set on the flux of MQNs penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere and depositing energy in the GSL. The expected signature of the events was ​derived from pressure pulses caused by high-explosive cords between the lake surface and bottom at various locations in the GSL. The limits obtained from this search are compared with those obtained from previous searches and are compared to models for the formation of MQNs.

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