From Fermilab today: “Next generation of dark matter”

Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

Craig Hogan, director of the Center for Particle Astrophysics, wrote this week’s column.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

“Scientists gathered at a Fermilab workshop last Friday to discuss the hunt for cosmic dark matter. They agreed that we may finally be closing in on a long-sought quarry. Fermilab theorist Dan Hooper succinctly expressed their sense of hopeful anticipation in the figure shown below. Technology is improving rapidly – faster than Moore’s law for computer speed – and theorists expect a discovery soon.

Dan Hooper’s schematic plot shows how dark-matter experiments are becoming more sensitive to weaker and weaker particle interactions over time. If cosmic dark matter is made of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles [WIMPS], we should find them in the next decade.

The Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation recently announced that they will competitively fund advanced dark-matter searches with Generation 2 detectors. Fermilab projects will be part of this new initiative, and one of them could be the first to detect this new form of matter.”

See the full article here.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics.