Sanford Lab’s LUX Goes Underwater in the Search for Dark Matter

November 16, 2012

LUX, the Large Underground Xenon experiment, is the most sensitive search yet for WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles), leading candidates for constituents of dark matter. For more than three years the LUX detector has been under construction in the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. In July it was installed in its shielding tank, and last week the tank was filled with pure water. LUX will begin taking data early next year. Berkeley Lab scientists are members of the LUX collaboration, and Sanford Lab operations, funded by DOE’s Office of Science, are headed by principal investigator Kevin Lesko of the Nuclear Science Division. More>

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