Search for fractionally charged particles in cosmic rays with the BESS spectrometer

H. Fuke, Y. Tasaki, K. Abe, S. Haino, Y. Makida, S. Matsuda, J. W. Mitchell, A. A. Moiseev, J. Nishimura, M. Nozaki, S. Orito, J. F. Ormes, M. Sasaki, E. S. Seo, Y. Shikaze, R. E. Streitmatter, J. Suzuki, K. Tanaka, T. Yamagami, A. YamamotoT. Yoshida, Koji Yoshimura

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Abstract

Historically, there are been many searches for fractionally charged particles in the cosmic radiation. However, few searches have been performed near the top of the atmosphere. We performed a search for relativistic frac(2, 3) e charged particles in cosmic rays using data collected during four BESS balloon flights from 1997 to 2000 carried out in northern Canada. The data were analyzed by examining energy deposition in the time-of-flight scintillator hodoscopes. No candidate was found. We derive an upper limit of 4.5 × 10-7 (cm2 s sr)-1 for the flux of frac(2, 3) e charged particles, at the 90% confidence level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2050-2055
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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BESS (satellite)
Cosmic rays
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cosmic ray
Spectrometers
cosmic rays
charged particles
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hodoscopes
balloon flight
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Phosphors
scintillation counters
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Fluxes
atmospheres
atmosphere

Keywords

  • BESS
  • Cosmic ray
  • Fractional charge
  • Quark search
  • Superconducting spectrometer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Search for fractionally charged particles in cosmic rays with the BESS spectrometer. / Fuke, H.; Tasaki, Y.; Abe, K.; Haino, S.; Makida, Y.; Matsuda, S.; Mitchell, J. W.; Moiseev, A. A.; Nishimura, J.; Nozaki, M.; Orito, S.; Ormes, J. F.; Sasaki, M.; Seo, E. S.; Shikaze, Y.; Streitmatter, R. E.; Suzuki, J.; Tanaka, K.; Yamagami, T.; Yamamoto, A.; Yoshida, T.; Yoshimura, Koji.

In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 41, No. 12, 2008, p. 2050-2055.

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Fuke, H, Tasaki, Y, Abe, K, Haino, S, Makida, Y, Matsuda, S, Mitchell, JW, Moiseev, AA, Nishimura, J, Nozaki, M, Orito, S, Ormes, JF, Sasaki, M, Seo, ES, Shikaze, Y, Streitmatter, RE, Suzuki, J, Tanaka, K, Yamagami, T, Yamamoto, A, Yoshida, T & Yoshimura, K 2008, 'Search for fractionally charged particles in cosmic rays with the BESS spectrometer', Advances in Space Research, vol. 41, no. 12, pp. 2050-2055. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2007.02.042
Fuke, H. ; Tasaki, Y. ; Abe, K. ; Haino, S. ; Makida, Y. ; Matsuda, S. ; Mitchell, J. W. ; Moiseev, A. A. ; Nishimura, J. ; Nozaki, M. ; Orito, S. ; Ormes, J. F. ; Sasaki, M. ; Seo, E. S. ; Shikaze, Y. ; Streitmatter, R. E. ; Suzuki, J. ; Tanaka, K. ; Yamagami, T. ; Yamamoto, A. ; Yoshida, T. ; Yoshimura, Koji. / Search for fractionally charged particles in cosmic rays with the BESS spectrometer. In: Advances in Space Research. 2008 ; Vol. 41, No. 12. pp. 2050-2055.
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