Explore the Science of Dark Matter



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Ingredients of the Universe

Why Dark Matter?

Dark Matter Candidates

The Search for Dark Matter

Frequently Asked Questions

The Science of CDMS

Direct Detection of WIMPs

CDMS II Detectors

Soudan Installation

Physics Goals


The primary constituents of the universe are unknown...

Scientists currently believe that most of mass of the universe is not the stuff of stars, dust, planets and people. The atoms and ions which constitute all of the known matter seem to be rivaled by the presence of an unidentified and invisible form of mass. The Standard Model of particle physics may need to be expanded to include new families of particles which could explain the missing mass. These particles would have been created and annihilated along with other known particles in the early universe just after the Big Bang, with a certain abundance remaining in the universe today as dark matter. The CDMS group along with several other collaborations across the world are on a quest to solve this great cosmic mystery...

On this page you will find educational resources related to dark matter. We welcome comments and suggestions on how to make our site better and more useful to the community.

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Last updated April 28, 2007