with Elizabeth Boulton (LBNL) and Katelin Schutz (UCB)
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar
A lighthouse on the dark cosmic shore
Searching for the invisible a mile underground
Dark matter is a mysterious substance that makes up twenty-five percent of our universe. We can see the effect of this matter on a huge scale – it changes the rotation of galaxies and bends light from distant astronomical objects – but we are in the dark when it comes to detecting the essential particles that constitute it. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment is a 300 kg dark matter detector at the bottom of an abandoned gold mine. A mile underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, LUX utilizes liquid xenon to shed light on this elusive particle.