From FAPESP’s Pesquisa, March 2018: International researchers are constantly looking for lighter particles in the hope of finding dark matter, including at the DarkSide-50 experiment, CDMS and the Dark Energy Survey.

The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search has gone through a number of major changes over the years. In 2002, operations moved from Stanford University to the Soudan Mine in Minnesota. In 2010, the CDMS collaboration installed more advanced germanium detectors and renamed itself SuperCDMS. And in 2019, the experiment will begin a new phase in the underground Canadian laboratory SNOLAB. Fermilab scientist Dan Bauer will lead the SuperCDMS collaboration through this upcoming transition as its recently elected spokesperson. He began his…

Experiments such as the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) try to directly detect dark matter particles by searching for the rare interaction of such particles with those that make up normal matter, particularly with atomic nuclei.

Using detectors chilled to near absolute zero, from a vantage point half a mile below ground, physicists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search today (November 12) announced the launch of a quest that could lead to solving two mysteries that may turn out to be one and the same: the identity of the dark matter that pervades the universe, and the existence of supersymmetric particles predicted by particle physics theory.