Could the Large Hadron Collider discover dark matter?

The discovery of the Higgs boson was the greatest achievement of the Large Hadron Collider, but the discovery of dark matter has the potential to overtake it.

The search for dark matter, the enigmatic material that must make up around 80% of all the stuff in the cosmos

but which no one has ever seen, is the latest target set in the sights of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has been turned back on after a three-year sabbatical.

That most matter in the cosmos is truly invisible to us is a startling revelation

Because they can detect the gravitational signatures of dark matter, astronomers assume that it must exist.

The invisible cosmic framework known as dark matter is what holds galaxies and galaxy clusters together. Just what it is, we are unsure.

It's intriguing to think that research at the Large Hadron Collider on the smallest scales may hold the answer to one of the biggest cosmological mysteries of all.

Gian Guidice, the head of CERN's theoretical division, stated at a news conference at the end of June

that the field of dark matter has undergone a total transformation since the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS), or the leading candidate for the identity of dark matter ten years ago, are a subclass of particles.

These would be large-mass particles that would normally only have weak interactions, or 'couples,' with other particles, explaining dark matter's strong gravitational attraction.

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