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Public invited to Nov. 4 Sanford video conference at Mines
Release Date Friday, November 1, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 31, 2013) – The public is invited to ask questions of Sanford’s dark matter scientists during a live video conference at noon Monday, Nov. 4, in the Surbeck Center ballroom at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 501 E. Saint Joseph St.

Researchers on the groundbreaking Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment operating 4,850 feet underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead will be available to answer questions from audience members following a virtual tour of the laboratory located in the former Homestake Gold Mine.

The “Deep Science in the Black Hills” event is free with an optional lunch. Lunch may be ordered online at before the event for $8.50. Lunch purchased at the door is $10. The Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club and the Digital Dakota Network are also sponsoring the event, which is open to all community members.

The video conference follows the Oct. 30 announcement that the first three-month run of LUX experiment results has proven the detector is the most sensitive in the world.

Dark matter is thought to be the predominant form of matter in the universe, but so far it has eluded direct detection.

School of Mines scientists are among those from around the world participating in the dark matter LUX and other Sanford research projects, including the Majorana Demonstrator experiment. Majorana, under construction in an adjacent experiment hall, is looking for a rare form of radioactive decay, which could help physicists explain the origin of matter. LUX and Majorana each are looking for answers to some of the most challenging questions facing 21st century physics.



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