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A method to detect fermionic magnetic monopoles?

  1. Mar 29, 2012 #1
    Monopoles have never been detected using magnetic methods. Perhaps that is because they now exist as bound states of North and South monopoles and therefore act only as magnetic dipoles rather than magnetic poles.

    I propose an electric method that might detect even bound monopole states.

    If there exist magnetic monopoles that are fermions then each should have an instrinsic electric dipole moment by analogy with electrons that have a magnetic dipole moment.

    Would the electric spin energy level be split if the monopole is put inside a strong electric field?

    By analogy with NMR, if one then radiated the monopoles with electromagnetic radiation at the right resonant frequency would the monopoles absorb it?

    If the dark matter consists of fermionic monopoles one could try to detect them crossing through a box by putting a high electric field across it and then radiating the inside of the box with EM waves at different frequencies and looking to see if any frequencies are absorbed.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
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  3. Mar 30, 2012 #2
    I guess that this won't work as the bound state of fermionic monopoles will actually have zero spin altogether as the fermions will be aligned opposite each other. The angular momentum will also be zero as the fermionic monopoles will be in a symmetric s-orbital.
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