Masters Theses

Abstract

"Since Dirac has shown that the concept of a magnetic monopole follows from the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics and that it imposes quantization of electric charge, one has reason for taking the magnetic monopole seriously. Such particles, if they exist, would also give symmetry to Maxwell's equations.

A comprehensive review of the literature is presented and all known properties of magnetic poles are discussed. Scattering of mono- poles by heavy nuclei is analyzed in detail and definite mathematical relations are established. All previous experimental work known is outlined and discussed. Definite criteria for identification of monopole tracks in a Wilson cloud chamber are determined. Data from a limited search with this apparatus is presented. No monopoles appeared in a body of photographs containing approximately 1600 tracks from cosmic radiation and natural radioactivity.

It is concluded that if monopoles exist, they are either very rare or they are in a form in which they cannot be easily detected"--Abstract.

Advisor(s)

Kassner, James L.

Committee Member(s)

Lund, Louis H., 1919-1998
Pagano, Sylvester J., 1924-2006
Lee, Ralph E., 1921-2010

Department(s)

Physics

Degree Name

M.S. in Physics

Publisher

Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

Publication Date

1961

Pagination

vii, 78 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 74-77).

Rights

© 1961 Thomas E. Kemple, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Magnetic monopoles
Cloud chamber
Cosmic rays

Thesis Number

T 1330

Print OCLC #

5933455

Electronic OCLC #

982295113

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Physics Commons

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