First Magnet Installed for the ALPS II Experiment at DESY (Phys.org)

First Magnet Installed for the ALPS II Experiment at DESY

The international ALPS II (Any Light Particle Search) collaboration installed the first of 24 superconducting magnets, marking the start of the installation of a unique particle physics experiment to look for dark matter. Located at the German research center DESY in Hamburg, it is set to start taking data in 2021 by looking for dark matter particles that literally make light shine through a wall, thus providing clues to one of the biggest questions in physics today: what is the nature of dark matter?

Guido Mueller, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Florida, collaborated on the research and implementation of the experiment. “These advances emerged from the work on gravitational wave interferometers such as GEO600 and LIGO, and nicely show how technological advances in one area enable progress in others,” he said.

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