To communicate the start of a unique particle physics experiment in search of dark matter (ALPS II) we produced a teaser animation that allows a first glimpse on this outstanding experiment conducted at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY). A more detailed animation and explaining visuals about the ALPS II experiment are in production and will follow soon.
Dark matter is one of the greatest mysteries of physics. Although it is invisible to us, dark matter must make up 85 % of all matter in the Universe. There are several theories that try to explain the nature of dark matter and what it is made of. One possibility is that dark matter consists of very light-weight particles, the axions. And these are precisely the particles scientists are looking for in the ALPS II experiment at DESY. Our visual approach was to create a unique language for this field of research that is futuristic, innovative and in some parts mysterious.
Partner institutes and funding agencies are: Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) , Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz Universität of Hannover, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, University of Florida in Gainesville, Cardiff University, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Heising-Simons Foundation, National Science Foundation, Volkswagen Stiftung and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
More information on the “Any light particle search” (ALPS II) can be found on the DESY webpage.