CRESST - Searching for Dark Matter

With the CRESST experiment, physicists from around Europe are searching for a new form of matter, the Dark Matter. This is believed to be the missing matter of the universe. To search for this matter, detectors operating at very low temperatures have been developed. Find out more about this exciting field at the cutting-edge of particle physics and cosmology, its applications in other fields of science or have a look at our latest publications. If you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Animation

Here you can find an animation of the experiment in English , German or Italian .
 

Status

The experiment, located at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy, is currently operating 13 detector modules in CRESST-III Phase 1 (started in summer 2016). With the implementation of new detector technologies and concepts, the sensitivity of the experiment is significantly increased, especially for light dark matter particles.

Latest results

In CRESST-II Phase 2, an extended physics run between July 2013 and August 2015 (CRESST-II Phase 2), results on light dark matter particles were achieved with the detector TUM40 (best overall performance) and with the detector Lise (lowest threshold).
 
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