Dark matter has been found, or at least that’s the expectation to be announced when scientists publish their new research in two weeks.
Space.com reports a new paper will be published at the beginning of March which will reveal the first results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a $2 billion particle collector mounted on the International Space Station since 2011.
News on the paper came from a presentation at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by MIT physicist, Samuel Ting. While the precise details of the findings are not yet known, Ting promised the results “will not be minor” and will have some relation to new discoveries in dark matter.
Reports on the AAAS meeting from Macleans.ca say that Ting’s presentation specifically stated the AMS was searching for dark matter, antimatter, and strangelets. The AMS has logged about 25 billion cosmic ray signals including 8 million electrons and positrons. When particles of dark matter annihilate in space, extra positrons are left behind, and Ting’s paper will focus on this ratio of electrons to positrons. When it came time to conclude those findings in his presentation, Ting presented only a question mark.
The AMS is scheduled to operate until 2028, and this new paper will represent only eight percent of its expected total findings.
Even if the report from the AMS does not conclude to have actually found dark matter, scientists still expect the origins of dark matter to be made clear.