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LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.

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Chemistry. Photo (c) Matt Clayton

The Chemistry Department at University College London was founded in 1828, making it the oldest in England, and from inception it has been recognised for achieving academic excellence. Today it remains one of the best chemistry departments in the UK, attaining the highest possible ranking (5**) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (one of only 7). It has internationally recognised strengths in organic synthesis, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanotechnology, inorganic and materials chemistry and physical chemistry and chemical physics with programmes funded from many sources including the Research Councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and MRC), charities, the European Community, US Government sources and industry in the UK, Europe and the USA.



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