LZ Dark Matter Experiment

Dark matter comprises about 85% of the mass of the Universe, and its particle nature is still unknown. Liquid Xe detectors have been a game changer in the field of dark matter detection, bringing about astonishing improvements in sensitivity over the past decade. The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) collaboration has grown out of these two precursor experiments, with the goal of constructing a next generation dark matter detector at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, using a dual-phase time projection chamber with 10 tonnes of xenon. This experiment aims to achieve unprecedented sensitivity to weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) and is projected to reach a WIMP-nucleon spin-independent cross section of about 1.6×10^{-48} cm^2 in 3 years of operation. The LZ experiment is well underway, and slated to start taking data in 2021.

Website for LUX: http://luxdarkmatter.org
Website for LZ: https://lz.lbl.gov