Feature Article

26-Oct-2020

Video: Dark Matter Day Q&A with LUX-ZEPLIN spokesperson Kevin Lesko

Learn about the mysteries of dark matter, and the search for answers

DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists, including researchers from Berkeley Lab, are working on the final stages of LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), an underground experiment at Sanford Lab in South Dakota that will hunt for dark matter.

Kevin Lesko, a spokesperson for LZ and senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shares his insights about the mysteries of dark matter, what we know about it, and what we hope to learn about it from LZ, in this Q&A interview at Sanford Lab. The video is part of Berkeley Lab's celebration of Dark Matter Day 2020.

Berkeley Lab is the lead institution for the LZ experiment, which is supported by an international collaboration.

Dark Matter Day, marked by events on and around Oct. 31, is an annual, international celebration of the search for dark matter. Launched in 2017 by the community of particle physics communicators associated with Interactions.org, Dark Matter Day provides an opportunity for the world's scientific community to educate the public about dark matter, and about how and why we are searching for it.

Dark matter accounts for about 85 percent of the universe's total mass, yet we don't know what it is made of -- we know it's there because of its gravitational effects on visible matter.

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Follow the #DarkMatterDay hashtag and @DarkMatterDay account at Twitter to find out about other Dark Matter Day events and festivities around the globe.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/470739763/a191841cdb

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