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Magnetised quark nuggets in the atmosphere

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  • T. Sloan
  • J. Pace VanDevender
  • Tracianne B. Neilsen
  • Robert L. Baskin
  • Gabriel Fronk
  • Criss Swaim
  • Rinat Zakirov
  • Haydn Jones
Article number22432
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/11/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Scientific Reports
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.