Status, results and prospects from the MoEDAL experiment at LHC
2017 October 04
2017 October 05
The MoEDAL experiment at the LHC is optimised to detect highly ionising particles such as magnetic monopoles, dyons and (multiply) electrically charged stable massive particles predicted in a number of theoretical scenarios. MoEDAL, deployed in the LHCb cavern, combines passive nuclear track detectors with magnetic monopole trapping (MMT) volumes, while spallation-product backgrounds are being monitored with an array of MediPix pixel detectors. In this paper, an introduction to the detector concept and its physics reach, complementary to that of the large general purpose LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS, is presented. Emphasis is given to the first MoEDAL results, where the null results from a search for magnetic monopoles in MMTs exposed in 2012 LHC collisions are used to set the first LHC limits on particles with magnetic charges more than 1.5 Dirac charge. The potential to search for heavy, long-lived supersymmetric electrically-charged particles is also discussed.