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The Hunt for Dark Matter in the Universe: New Experiments


Online Public

Type: Special Event

Held on: Oct 14, 2020 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Oct 14, 2020 (Wed) at 08:00 PM

Online Location: YouTube

Speaker: Dr. Tom Shutt


Event Coordinator: John McLaren


Astronomers today understand that the universe is full of a mysterious substance they call “dark matter” (because it doesn’t give off any light or other radiation we can detect.)  Dr. Shutt will discuss the motivation behind the multi-decade, world-wide effort to test the idea that dark matter is in the form of particles as small as a neutrino but as heavy as an atom.  He will describe the experiment he is involved with, that uses 7 tons of liquefied Xenon to measure how these particles interact with normal matter.  This LUX-ZEPLIN Experiment will begin taking data shortly and should provide the most sensitive test yet for this elusive ingredient of the universe. 

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