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The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding

The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding

The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding

Physicists are checking whether dark matter tickles different types of detectors, nudges starlight, warms planetary cores, or even lodges in rocks.

EVER SINCE ASTRONOMERS reached a consensus in the 1980s that most of the mass in the universe is invisible—that “dark matter” must glue galaxies together and gravitationally sculpt the cosmos as a whole—experimentalists have hunted for the nonluminous particles.

They first set out in pursuit of a heavy, sluggish form of dark matter called a weakly interacting massive particle, or WIMP—the early favorite candidate for the cosmos’s missing matter because it could solve another, unrelated puzzle in particle physics. Over the decades, teams of physicists set up ever larger targets, in the form of huge crystals and multi-ton vats of exotic liquids, hoping to catch the rare jiggle of an atom when a WIMP banged into into it. 

Source: www.wired.com/story/the-search-for-dark-matter-is-dramatically-expanding/

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