The DarkSide-50 detector is about the size of a grocery bag
The spherical middle chamber of DarkSide-50 is filled with 7,000 gal of scintillator fluid
Only a few particles will be detected each year, so great care must be taken to keep the experiment contamination-free
The DarkSide-50 experiment is nestled nearly a mile beneath the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy
Like the Higgs Boson, dark matter is one of those things in the Universe that evidence points to, but is very difficult to pin down. A team of researchers is looking to verify the existence of this most elusive of ingredients that is thought to make up 23 percent of the Universe using powerful detectors buried deep in an Italian mountain.
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