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High-stakes search in a galaxy cluster for an elusive particle

2 monthes ago   |   By Astronomy Now

A search within a distant galaxy cluster for ghost-like particles that could provide evidence for String Theory and be a candidate for mysterious dark matter has turned up nothing - so far.
However, the stakes in this search are huge. “If these particles are eventually detected, they would change physics forever,” says Christopher Reynolds, the Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, who has led this latest quest for ‘axion-like particles' .
Axions are hypothetical particles. Although they have yet to be discovered, physicists predict that...
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