A new track etch model for mica

D. P. Snowden-Ifft*, M. K.Y. Chan

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We propose a new model for track etching in muscovite mica valid for ions with ∼ keV/amu energies. This model is crucial for experiments which use the ∼ Gyr age of mica to search for hypothetical particles such as monopoles or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), a dark matter candidate. We then confront this new model with four independent experimental observations, which cannot be explained by any model to date, and find that it succesfully reproduces all of them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, B
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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