Shedding new light on dark matter
Scientists have long accepted the existence of invisible dark matter to account for gravitational influences on our cosmos. Dark matter seems to outweigh "ordinary" visible matter about six to one. However, since it does not absorb, reflect or emit light, it is difficult to detect. So-called light dark matter – dark matter lighter than that which is the subject of most search efforts – could be the key. Theoretically, this matter, which has escaped through detectors unnoticed to date, makes up a parallel world unlike any we know. The EU-funded POKER project is intensifying the search for it with novel approaches that could enable a unique signal signature and a larger signal yield, enhancing the chances of detecting it.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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