Thursday, June 26, 2008

Our Sun to Shed Light on Dark Matter of the Universe

The CERN Solar Telescope project in Geneva has built a superconducting magnet, which they hope will convert the ethereal solar axions back into detectable flashes of X-Rays. A Berkeley team is instead counting on the coronal magnetic field of the sun itself, using satellite imaging to map the photons from this intense field. This might allow them to find the signature variations of axion-photon conversion, though considering the sun is a vast fusion reactor for producing light, it'll be a case of finding the Nobel-prizewinning needle in the luminescent haystack.

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