CRESST - Searching for Dark Matter

With the CRESST experiment, physicists from around Europe are searching for a new form of matter, the Dark Matter. This is believed to be the missing matter of the universe. To search for this matter, detectors operating at very low temperatures have been developed. Find out more about this exciting field at the cutting-edge of particle physics and cosmology, its applications in other fields of science or have a look at our latest publications. If you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Here you can find an animation of the experiment in English , German or Italian .


The experiment, located at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy, was operated in an extended physics run between July 2013 and August 2015 (CRESST-II Phase 2). The setup contained 18 detector modules, which partly also implemented new detector technologies and concepts in order to further increase the sensitivity of the experiment. Results on light dark matter particles were achieved with the detector TUM40 (best overall performance) and with the detector Lise (lowest threshold).

For CRESST III Phase 1 detectors with a further increased sensitivity have been developed and installed. The commissioning of this phase started in June 2016.

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