Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU’s Dedman College, is a member of the collaboration on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) experiment. The project is housed deep in the Soudan Underground Laboratory, part of an abandoned mine in a national park in Minnesota.
Physicists have been searching for dark matter – the substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe – for decades. Cooley was part of a scientific group of experimental particle physicists who reported in the journal Science that they couldn’t rule out that they may have seen a glimpse of dark matter.
WFAA Channel 8 News reporter Jonathan Betz followed Cooley to the Soudan lab for a glimpse into the search for dark matter. Watch Betz’ report courtesy of SMU News.