LUX - Large Underground Xenon Dark Matter Experiment.

Program Description: The LUX experiment is a 370 kg liquid xenon time-projection chamber that aims to directly detect galactic dark matter in an underground laboratory 1 mile under the earth, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA. Dark matter particles are so difficult to detect because one has to literally bump head-on into an atomic nucleus of ordinary matter in order to leave any sign of its passage. Because an atom is essentially empty space (a nucleus surrounded by its electronic cloud is equivalent to a marble sitting at the center of a kilometer-wide sphere), and because a dark matter particle, albeit massive, is still extremely small, this is a very rare occurrence.t is still statistically possible; the trick to dark matter detection is then to design a detector sensitive enough to register the tiny bump of a dark matter particle into an ordinary nucleus, but also discriminating enough to avoid confusing any other interaction with that of a dark matter particle. The experiment will run through 2015.

Year Started: 2011.

Organization Description: LUX has primarily US investigators, collaborating with scientists from the United Kingdom and Portugal. LUX is composed of the majority of the US groups from XENON10, most of the groups in ZEPLIN III, the majority of the US component of ZEPLIN II, and new groups that bring essential experience in background rejection and rare event detection from the large scale neutrino experiments such as SuperK, SNO, IceCube, Kamland and Double Chooz.

Data Description: N/A

Project Type: Instrument

Project Domains: Math and Physical Sciences

No budget information

Federal Funding: NSF

Program Data

Location Lat/Lon Coordinates Location Type Data Type Data Generation Single Data Instance Size (TB) Estimated Daily Data Size (GB) Estimated Annual Data Size (PB) Average Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Maximum Sustained Throughput (Gbps) Online Repository Size (PB) Total Repository Size (PB) Delay Tolerance (minutes) Jitter Sensitive? Uses the Cloud?
Black Hills, South Dakota, United States 43.9833,-103.75 Instrument Instrument Not Specified - -