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How to build a dark matter detector - Jenna Saffin

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More than 2 kilometers below the surface of northern Ontario, suspended in 345,000 liters of ultra-pure water, there’s a perfect sphere. Scientists continuously monitor this chamber, looking for a glimmer of light in the darkness. Why? Because that light would indicate the presence of one of the universe’s greatest mysteries: dark matter. Jenna Saffin describes how this dark matter detector works.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Jenna Saffin
  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Script Editor Dan Kwartler
  • Designer Tara Sunil Thomas
  • Music Matt Tyson
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Julianna Zarzycki
  • Fact-Checker Brian Gutierrez

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