Dark Matter Detector has just Gotten the Funding it Needed


Funding has just been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy for a project that wants to start working on the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment. This project is meant to be deployed sometime dung the first half of the next decade and its main goal will be looking out for loose dark matter particles, named WIMPs for short.

More details about the experiment

This experiment is going to be even more sensitive that other experiments that took place in the past since it is going to be looking at WIMP properties that have yet to be looked at by other experiments and other pieces of technology. This project will allow scientists the ability to analyze and understand the main particles that modern psychics are concerned with.

Getting more acquainted with what dark matter is and how it works is perhaps one of the most important topics that modern researchers want to explore so it is no wonder that this experiment is getting a lot of attention from the community.

Now that the team had DOE’s approval and funding, they can now start working on making this project a reality. In order to search for these WIMPs, researchers will be using germanium and silicon crystals which will create tiny vibrations when they collide.

These crystals need to be handled with care since they have to be cooled at temperatures that are just one fraction above freezing. The collisions will be able to produce pairs of electrons deficiencies which will be moving through the crystals. The will also trigger additional atomic vibrations which will on their own amplify the signal that will be created by the collision of dark matter. The goal is to analyze the fingerprints that WIMPs leave through these collisions.

The actual experiment will take place almost 2 kilometers underground inside a nickel mine that is very close to Sudbury, Ontario.


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