Today, non-fiction subscription streaming service CuriosityStream debuts a show discussing one of science’s most daunting and profound undertakings – the detection of dark matter.
Presented in 4K, The Hunt for Dark Matter takes viewers inside the 16-mile-long Large Hadron Collider tunnel (pictured right) — the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, housed underground at the European Organization for Nuclear Research on the French/Swiss border. According to the producers, the “colossally sensitive system is comprised of more than 22,000 sensors capable of capturing an image every 25 nanoseconds.” Its purpose: “Search for clues about the most basic building blocks of our universe, including the elusive dark matter particles,” which make up about 85% of matter.
“The first evidence of dark matter was discovered in 1938, and for the first time, we now have the technology capable of actually detecting it directly and of producing it with accelerators and inferring its presence by means of a multitude of ingenious techniques,” said Joseph Incandela, Ph.D., professor of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “The data we glean from this project could help us to take the next big step forward in understanding the formation of our universe, how it evolved, how we got here, and possibly where we’re headed.”
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