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Enrico Sacchetti | Italy, 2012-2016

Dark Side

WHAT DOES THE SEARCH FOR DARK MATTER LOOK LIKE?

The DarkSide experiment, designed for the direct detection of dark-matter particles, is located at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy. It aims to detect weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), a leading candidate to explain dark matter, as they pass through super-pure argon.

The artist captured this image of the 36-foot-tall steel cylinder detector just before it was about to be filled with a chamber of xenon, immersed in ultra-pure water and sealed from view for the next five years.

ABOUT

Enrico Sacchetti is a science and technology photographer, working in both stills and motion, based between London and Rome. His work has been published in major journals like New Scientist, Popular Science, Scientific American and Nature. This exhibit is displayed with special thanks to the Gran Sasso Laboratory and the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

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