Physics Professors Emanuela Barberis and Darien Wood are taking a plunge into darkness with a new NSF grant that is aimed at shedding some light on what dark matter is.

Professors Barberis and Wood have been awarded a three-year grant for research to be completed at CERN in Switzerland, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator used by physicists around the world to track and identify particle collisions. The collisions help identify how particles interact, and can produce particles or larger masses that were around at the time of the Big Bang.

With a team of faculty, post doctorates, graduate students, and co-op students, Barberis and Wood have a large team to work with to help begin some of their new research and analysis.

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