SMU Dark Matter Day celebration culminates in a dark matter rock hunt on Halloween
SMU physicist Jodi Cooley, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, writes in the latest issue of Physical Review Letters about hunt by physicists worldwide for dark matter — the most elusive and abundant matter in our Universe.
SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.
SMU physicist Jodi Cooley was a guest of National Public Radio's Science Friday show to share in a discussion about what physicists know and don't know about mysterious dark matter. Dark matter is believed to make up the bulk of the matter in the universe. Cooley, an assistant professor in the SMU Department of Physics, is an experimental particle physicist and part of a scientific team searching for dark matter.
Dark matter makes up much of the universe, and surrounds us all like an invisible, clumpy soup. Physicists have hunted dark matter particles for decades, but they continue to elude observation. Now construction of a major international experiment aimed at discovering dark matter could be constructed and operational by 2018, according to the SMU scientist on the experiment known as SuperCDMS SNOLAB.
Scientists hunting for dark matter announced Friday they’ve made significant headway in figuring out a key characteristic of the mysterious substance. Dark matter has never been detected, but scientists believe it constitutes a large part of our universe. Key to finding dark matter is determining its mass, or the volume of matter it contains.
SMU physicist Jodi Cooley leads SMU students as part of a global team searching for elusive dark matter — the “glue” that represents 85 percent of the matter in our universe but which has never been observed. Cooley is a member of the scientific consortium called SuperCryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS), which operates a particle detector in Minnesota. Located in an underground abandoned mine, the detector is focused on detecting WIMPS, which some physicists theorize comprises dark matter. WIMPS are particles of such low mass that they rarely interact with ordinary matter, making them extremely difficult to detect.
Science students at the University of Texas at Arlington gathered Wednesday for a talk by SMU physicist Jodi Cooley about her work as part of a scientific team searching for dark matter. Cooley, an assistant professor in the SMU Department of Physics, is an experimental particle physicist and is part of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search.
Science News quotes SMU physicist Dr. Jodi Cooley in its Sept. 12 report "Hints of dark matter reported, again."
The online story notes that two of the world's particle detectors differ on whether dark matter has been spotted. Science journalist Devin Powell asked Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU's Physics Department, to weigh in on the matter. Cooley is part of the international collaboration of scientists that is hunting for dark matter on the CDMS II experiment in Minnesota's Soudan mine.