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, has operated 13 detector modules in CRESST-III Phase 1 (2016-2018). With the implementation of new detector technologies and concepts, the sensitivity of the experiment is significantly increased, especially for light dark matter particles. Currently, the collaboration is preparing CRESST-III Phase 2.
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