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Published on Apr 3, 2012
The XIA Alpha Particle Counter sounds like it belongs in a science fiction movie. In reality it's housed in a clean room operated by SMU's Department of Physics, where SMU physicist Jodi Cooley and her students rely on it as part of their search for dark matter.
Cooley is a member of the global scientific consortium called SuperCryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS). SuperCDMS is searching for elusive dark matter — the "glue" that represents 90 percent of the matter in our universe but which has never been observed. To read more, http://tinyurl.com/bqkng9y.