Oct 4, 2020

Last chance for WIMPs: physicists launch all-out hunt for dark-matter candidate

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Over the coming months, operations will begin at three existing underground detectors — in the United States, Italy and China — that search for dark-matter particles by looking for interactions in supercooled vats of xenon. Using a method honed over more than a decade, these detectors will watch for telltale flashes of light when the nuclei recoil from their interaction with dark-matter particles.

Researchers have spent decades searching for the elusive particles — a final generation of detectors should leave them no place to hide.

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