Fall 2022

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Fall 2022

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UAlbany researcher Nishat Parveen at the LUX-ZEPLIN detector.
Photo Courtesy of Matthew Kapust, SURF

Scientists Chasing Dark Matter Hail Successful Milestone

Dark matter, estimated to be about 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, shapes the form and movement of galaxies. Yet, dark matter particles have never actually been detected — but perhaps not for much longer.

At the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota, UAlbany Assistant Professor of Physics Cecilia Levy and Associate Professor Matthew Szydagis were part of the international team of 250 scientists and engineers collaborating on the successful installation the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector, which hopes to record the first direct evidence of dark matter, the so-called missing mass of the cosmos.