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Stawell mine physics lab forum

Stawell’s chances of becoming part of ground-breaking international research into ‘dark matter’ are set to gain momentum when leading physicists from Italy and Australia gather for a three-day workshop.

Workshop activities at Great Western will culminate with a ‘From Italy to Stawell – Why Dark Matter Matters’ community presentation at Stawell Entertainment Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Researchers have identified the unique underground environment of Stawell Gold Mine as a potential home for the first underground physics laboratory in the southern hemisphere. A primary goal of the laboratory is to establish ways of detecting or identifying dark matter, which has mass and gravity to bend light and influence galaxies but unlike matter, doesn’t have electromagnetic repulsion or a ‘feeling’ of mass and makes up a quarter of the universe.

Northern Grampians Shire Council and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale have organised the community event to discuss the proposed Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

The presenter line-up features directors from Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Professors Stefano Ragazzi and Antonio Masiero.

Their presentations will follow the joint CoEPP Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics workshop, sponsored by the Australian Research Council and The Office of the Scientific Attaché, Embassy of Italy, Canberra.


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