Scientists found one of the strongest evidences of dark matter
Scientists have announced new results pointing to the presence of dark matter. They utilized particle detector Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) attached to the International Space Station for this discovery.
Dark matter forms more than one-quarter of the universe but is invisible from the recent technology and our eyes but the recent research is one of the strongest evidences.
“Congratulations,” one NASA colleague said to Michael Salamon, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science program manager for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).
“There have been little glitches, but the end product is here for all of us to see and it’s a happy day,” Salamon said.
Scientists used a year-and-a-half of data and found nearly 400,000 positrons — an elementary particle of antimatter that has the same mass as an electron but the opposite electrical charge — suggesting the presence of dark matter as the positrons are formed when the particles of dark matter collided and destroy each other.
“Some days, my job is really great, and this is one of those days where my job is really great,” William Gerstenmaier, the NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, said.
“There is no question we are going to solve this problem,” said project leader Professor Samuel Ting from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Over the coming months AMS will be able to tell us conclusively whether these positrons are a signal for dark matter, or whether they have some other origin.”
Space, Sky News