EastBay Today

Posted September 19, 2017


Cal State East Bay physics professor co-leads international effort to detect dark matter

Derek Jackson Kimball with alumnus Yan Lee (B.S. '17, Physics) in Cal State East Bay's dark matter lab. The professor has dedicated much of his scholarship to discovering more about dark matter, including leading international partnerships among scientists.
Garvin Tso

Continuing his career-long passion to contribute to scholarship on dark matter, Cal State East Bay Professor of Physics Derek Jackson Kimball and his co-collaborators through the Global Network of Optical Magnetometers to search for Exotic physics (the GNOME project for short) have added another location to their international network of dark matter sensors, according to the Jerusalem Post. 

Cal State East Bay, the leading institution for GNOME, has brought together universities around the globe to participate in the effort to detect and study dark matter. Other partners in the project include UC Berkeley; Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany; Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; Fribourg University in Fribourg, Switzerland; the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea; the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China; Peking University in Beijing; Oberlin College in Ohio; UCLA; Bucknell University in Pennsylvania; Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany; and the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany.

Most recently, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has joined that list, with joint funding to add another dark matter sensor in Israel provided by the American National Science Foundation and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. 

Read the full article about the project and theory involving magnetic sensors to detect dark matter here.