SETI: Do WIMPs Rule?

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

What would Dr House (portrayed by the eccentric Hugh Laurie) do if he wasn’t a doctor? Believe it or not, the answer is that he would tackle with the mystery of dark matter (see the show if still haven’t) — the greatest mystery of them all  in his own words. But what makes the puzzle of dark matter so fascinating? For one, nobody can tell you what it really is, which makes for hell of a good mystery in particle physics and cosmology. There are, of course, many good theories, or rather, educated guesses. But how do we differentiate between exotic theories and the real nature of the phenomenon known as dark matter? The answer is simply by performing experiments and observations.

LUX and LZ experiments are among the most prominent projects built to detect dark matter. In this video from SETI, Dan Akerib from SLAC National Laboratory will present the science going on at LUX and LZ along with the main candidates for dark matter and the results achieved so far.

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