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UNDERGROUND PHYSICSMining for Matter
mining (Photo: Douglas Tiedt, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland)

BETTER DETECTION: Members of the University’s physics department—research engineer Erik Druszkiewicz ’17 (PhD), PhD student Dev Ashish Khaitan ’11, Yufan Qie ’20, Jean Wolfs ’18, professor Frank Wolfs, and PhD student Marcus Converse—pose for a photo at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, about 4,850 feet below ground in Lead, South Dakota. The team installed electronics equipment designed by Wolfs that will be used in an international effort to detect dark matter in the universe. When completed, the project, called LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will be the largest, most sensitive US–based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles.