Dark matter failure reported in Science (AAAS) News and Science Daily 21 July 2016. An international group of physicists and astrophysicists have just completed a 20 month search for dark matter, described in ScienceDaily as “the missing matter of the universe” by looking for weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPS), “the leading theoretical candidate for a dark matter particle”.
The researchers built and operated a detector named the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) located deep underground in an old gold mine in South Dakota. The detector consists of 370 kilograms of cold liquid xenon surrounded by highly sensitive instruments that detect signals emitted when a WIMP collides with a xenon atom. According to dark matter theory, millions of these pass through us and everything else on earth every second.
However after running the experiment for 20 months scientists had to report: “With this final result from the 2014-2016 run, the scientists of the LUX Collaboration have pushed the sensitivity of the instrument to a final performance level that is 4 times better than originally expected. It would have been marvellous if the improved sensitivity had also delivered a clear dark matter signal. However, what we have observed is consistent with background alone”.
The Science News article summarised this result more bluntly: “The latest, most sensitive search for particles of dark matter—the bizarre invisible stuff in which our galaxy appears to be embedded—has come up empty”.
In spite of this, scientists are continuing the search for WIMPS and another experiment named LZ using a much greater amount of liquid xenon is being set up. Natalie Roe of Berkeley commented: “With the successful completion of LUX, we are now focused on the success of LZ, which we hope will produce a dramatic discovery”.
The Science News article commented: “Meanwhile, physicists’ enthusiasm for WIMPs may be cooling—not just because they haven’t found them yet, but also because experimenters working with the world’s biggest atom smasher, Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, have yet to blast such particles into existence, as theory suggests it should”.
Editorial Comment: This theoretical dark matter, along with dark energy, neither of which can be seen, but current theory contends that the vast majority of matter and energy in the universe consists of dark matter and dark energy.
The search for WIMPS has actually been going on for many years, but each time the sensitivity of the detectors and length of the experiment are increased, they still get no results. Therefore, they are still living in hope for a “dramatic discovery”.
We admire their faith and hope, but we predict it will be false hope because it is based on the theories of scientists who weren’t there at the beginning, rather than the revelation of the creator God who was, and worse than that, it excludes God totally.
We reported one of the early dark matter experiments in 2004. At that time we wrote: “Instead of concentrating their efforts on mysterious matter and energy that can’t be seen, physicists would do better to concentrate on the matter and energy that can be seen, and take note of the
record left by the Creator who made matter and energy”. (See “No WIMPS Down Iron Mine” here.)
We haven’t changed our message, and neither has God, who stated He created the heavens and the earth, and all the heavenly bodies and put them into their appropriate places to indicate signs, times and seasons. (Ref. Astrophysics, cosmology)
Evidence News vol. 16 No. 14
27 July 2016
Creation Research Australia