Hugh Lippincott

Hugh Lippincott

Hugh Lippincott is the spokesperson for LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a dark matter experiment located on the 4850 Level of Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), and an assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

At Neutrino Day: Star Chronicles, researcher Hugh Lippincott will discuss dark matter during in his talk, “The Dark between the Stars”, on Saturday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to noon MT.

“Dark matter is the glue that made structures like the Milky Way come together as the universe evolved,” said Lippincott. “We wouldn't be here without dark matter. Our galaxy would not have formed. There would be no clustering. There would be no structure. We would see no stars at night if there hadn't been dark matter.”

While researchers estimate the stuff accounts for about 85 percent of the matter in the universe, they have yet to directly detect dark matter particles. Lippincott has been a part of several attempts to pin down these elusive particles, looking for their tracks in bubble chambers, liquid argon detectors and, most recently, in LZ, a liquid xenon detector a mile underground at SURF.

During Neutrino Day, Lippincott will explore the clues stars reveal about dark matter, the difficulty of completing a rare event search and how LZ will take the search for dark matter further than ever before.