Picture of the Week

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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Physics and Astronomy

University of London Observatory

Scientific research and study has been a strong feature of UCL since its inception in 1826 and the Physics and Astronomy Department is currently one of the top rank Physics departments in the country, and indeed the world. They have forged an internationally renowned reputation for being at the forefront of world leading research and providing high class teaching.



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