Hunting Dark Matter

070915-cronaca-3A team of physicists at the Gran Sasso particle physics laboratory in the Abruzzo region have inaugurated DarkSide-50, a “high-tech detective” that searches for dark matter in the universe.

DarkSide-50 should allow researchers to discover what makes up the invisible and mysterious dark matter that makes up 25% of the known universe.

DarkSide is a cylindrical machine filled with pure liquid argon from mineral deposits in Colorado and covered with photomultipliers – technological “eyes” that will try to capture the traces left behind by particles of dark matter when they interact with the argon at the core.



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