Work continues to find evidence of dark matter at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, and the next generation of experiments, LUX-ZEPLIN, to replace the previous LUX dark matter detector. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, LUX was dismantled in 2016, but its successor is currently under construction SURF’s Davis Campus.
LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will use 10 tons of ultra-purified xenon and will be 100 times more sensitive than the original LUX. This increased sensitivity will increase the possibility of scientists seeing a reaction.
The detector will be housed in the same chamber at the Davis Campus, named for Ray Davis, who began working on dark matter detection there in 1969. Renovations to the space, located at the 4,850 level of the underground facility, began in January and are expected to be completed by 2019.
Scientists are expected to begin experiments using LZ in 2020.
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