CERN Lab Analyses Dark Matter in Hope of a Better Understanding of the Universe

The CERN physics lab stated that it wanted to do a new experiment in order to find particles that could be associated with the dark matter. Dark matter is believed to be about 27% of the entire universe.

CERN stands for The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and it has LHC, which is the Large Hadron Collider – the giant lab that’s placed in a 27-km tunnel, at the French-Swiss border. The new experiment is bound to look for interacting particles and light.

The universe consists in dark matter

Researchers say that the ordinary matter – gases, stars, planets, dust and basically everything that’s on them, only represent about 5% of the entire universe. Dark matter and dark energy represent the rest of it, and scientists are looking to observe this matter more.

It’s invisible to telescopes, so dark matter is an enigmatic substance that can be seen through its gravitational pull on the other objects from the cosmos. Some of the particles are associated with dark matter.

In 2010, LHC started to shatter protons of high-energy into each other at some velocities that can reach the speed of light. The collisions offer new particles, which gave the physicists a new look at the laws of nature. All they want is to understand the universe.

FASER is here to help

LHC’s main detectors aren’t really good at picking up traces of this light, and of the interacting particles that are associated with dark matter. They could travel for hundreds of meters, without trying to interact with any material, before actually transforming into the detectable particles, like positrons or electrons. The particles could escape the existing detectors with the current beam lines, and they could remain undetected. To look carefully into this problem, CERN has created a new instrument, that’s called FASER, which could be able to find this kind of particles.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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