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Deep underground Science a Boulby Mine: The Search for DARK MATTER & Beyond…

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19:00 – 20:00 13 Apr 2016
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Woodham Academy,
Washington Cres,
Newton Aycliffe,
County Durham
DL5 4AX

Speakers: Prof. Sean Paling

Astronomers are convinced there is much more out in space than meets the eye.  As well as the stars & galaxies we can see on a clear night, observations suggest there is much more matter out there that we cannot see.  This is known as 'DARK MATTER' - the missing mass in the universe - and the race is on to find out exactly what it is. For more than a decade UK astrophysicists have been operating experiments in a dedicated 'low background' facility, 1.1km below ground at Boulby potash mine in the North East of England. The Boulby scientists are trying to be the first to prove (or disprove) the favoured theory that Dark Matter is particles, all around us, known as 'WIMPs'. The search for Dark Matter at Boulby continues - in the meantime the range of science areas looking for the special properties of a facility like Boulby is growing, with projects ranging from astro and particle physics to studies of cosmic rays, environmental radioactivity, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and life on Earth and beyond!

This talk will give an overview of the Boulby Deep Underground Science Facility, the science currently supported and plans for science at Boulby in the future. It is open to all - no prior expertise in astrophysics or deep underground science is required…

Speaker:  Prof. Sean Paling, Director and Senior scientist of the Boulby Underground Science Facility

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Institute of Physics North East
Contact details: Richard Hornby
northeast@physics.org

Register at http://darkmatterlecture.eventbrite.co.uk

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Woodham Academy,
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Newton Aycliffe,
County Durham
DL5 4AX
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19:00 – 20:00 13 Apr 2016
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