Dark photons are hypothetical particles that could account for observations that cannot be explained by the Standard Model of particle physics.
“We are trying to solve the problem of understanding one of the grand challenges facing modern science — how to find what type of particle dark matter is composed of,” said Professor Anthony Thomas, a physicist with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and CSSM at the University of Adelaide.
“Dark matter is five times more plentiful than visible matter that physicists have explored so successfully and of which we are composed.”
“We do not know what kind of particle makes up dark matter but we, along with a very large number of people around the world, want to understand this.”
In a new paper in the journal Physical Review Letters, Professor Thomas and his colleagues at the University of Adelaide explored the possibility that dark matter exists in the form of a dark massive photon.
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