ADMX announces breakthrough in axion dark matter detection technology

New result draws on 30 years of research and development and begins the definitive search for axion particles

Forty years ago, scientists theorized a new kind of low-mass particle that could solve one of the enduring mysteries of nature: what dark matter is made of. Now a new chapter in the search for that particle has begun.

This week, the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) unveiled a new result, published in Physical Review Letters, that places it in a category of one: It is the world’s first and only experiment to have achieved the necessary sensitivity to “hear” the telltale signs of dark matter axions. This technological breakthrough is the result of more than 30 years of research and development, with the latest piece of the puzzle coming in the form of a quantum-enabled device that allows ADMX to listen for axions more closely than any experiment ever built.

Read more in the press release here.

A cutaway rendering of the ADMX detector, which can detect axions producing photons inside its cold, dark interior. Image: ADMX collaboration