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Spotlight turns on Lux-Zeplin dark matter detector

Imperial College is taking part in Lux-Zeplin (LZ) dark matter detection experiment, which takes place down in a mine in deepest South Dakota.

Dr Henrique Araujo from Imperial's Department of Physics

Dr Henrique Araujo

The university is reporting that it brings together 120 scientists and engineers from around the world, with Imperial College London leading the UK collaboration.

Alongside two other experiments, LZ was recently selected by the US Department of Energy’s Office of High Energy Physics (DOE) and the National Science Foundation’s Physics Division (NSF) to become a formal project later this year. The DOE and NSF believe the design and unprecedented sensitivity of the LZ experiment will give the most impressive results. LZ will be 30 times larger than its predecessor, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX), which is the current most sensitive dark matter detector, and will have over 100 times better reach to find the elusive dark matter particles.

“It’s really exciting to get the go ahead from the US government, said Dr Henrique Araujo from Imperial’s Department of Physics. “Now we can begin to put theory into practice and construct an experiment that could finally settle the dark matter debate once and for all.”

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