NEWS-G (new experiments with spheres – gas) uses a spherical copper vessel filled with a noble gas to search for dark matter. When a particle enters the sphere it ionizes some of the gas, generating electrons. A sensor in the middle of the sphere held at a high voltage attracts the electrons, creating a charge that can be measured.
Did you know?
- The pieces of the detector manufactured in Europe had to be shipped to SNOLAB by sea because a flight would expose them to too much radiation.
- One of the pieces of lead shielding for NEWS-G is the heaviest object ever shipped underground to SNOLAB. Along with the specially reinforced rail car it travelled on, it weighed about 75,000 lbs.
- A prototype of the detector operated at LSM in France and was original intended to study low-flux neutrons. Things like the detector’s very low energy threshold for detection caused the collaboration to shift their focus to dark matter.