Recently, two scientists claimed that they have discovered a technique to detect matter with the help of GPS (Global Positioning System).Generally, people make use of GPS to get information regarding the time and location of a particular place.
Anderi Derevianko from the University of Nevada along with Maxim pospelov suggested a method for the search of dark matter. They utilized GPS as a main tool, whereas atomic clock networks as the secondary tool for this particular purpose. The two elements will look specifically for discrepancies between clocks. Whenever a dark matter passes in front of the clocks, it will lose synchronization.
Around 80 percent of the universe is composed of dark matter which is an essential element for the existence of gravity. Unfortunately, this kind of matter rarely comes in contact with the ordinary matter. Moreover, it is impossible to see dark matter with naked eyes.
The two researchers collaborated with Nevada Geodetic laboratory. It is the world’s largest GPS processing center that collects data from approximately 12,000 GPS stations all around the globe.
The scientists have determined the atomic clock data of 30 different GPS satellites in order to check their discrepancies. These atomic clocks will become in the GPS desynchronization mode whenever a dark matter passes nearby them.
Moreover, Derevianko stated their research is based on the notion that dark matter might be arranged as a big, gas like collection known as “energy cracks”. They believe that they can sense those energy cracks as it interacts with atomic clocks.
Both the scientists presented their work in a scientific community. However, the study is printed in the 17th November’s edition of Nature Physics.