What is it about?

Experiments with supersonic electric spark discharges in water show transmuted elements followed by beta decay. Under these circumstances magnetic monopoles can lead to a drastic change of the according decay rates. We have estimated the monopole effect within a simple optical model of a sample nucleus.

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Why is it important?

Transmuted elements appear in especially designed experiments but also in nuclear accidents. One aspect is to understand the distribution of the elements. Another aspect is to look for evidence for the existance of magnetic monopoles which would extend the existing standard model.

Perspectives

It was a great pleasure for me to contribute to the analysis of experiments which can complement the extensive experiments in modern accelerators.

Karlheinz Wolf
Hochschule Koblenz

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This page is a summary of: Electric Spark Discharges in Water: Light Leptonic Magnetic Monopoles and Catalysis of Ordinary Beta Decays in an Extended Standard Model, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A, December 2018, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/zna-2018-0290.
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