Two brilliant scientists have suggested that Global Positioning System (GPS) used by us for navigation purposes might help understand dark matter, the material which is supposed to make up more than 80 percent of our universe. Dark matter is extremely difficult to detect since it does not interact with ordinary matter too often. Since it has never been studied by science, we do not know anything about its constitution. While some among the scientific community suggest that it is a particle, a new study suggests that it might consist of kinks in the quantum field.
Dark matter is called so because it is invisible and does not reflect light, making it baffling and immeasurable.
According to Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Maxim Pospelov at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, dark matter may be made of quantum field cracks that can be detected by GPS. The path breaking theory can help change the nature of time and space where the kinks are located.
The duo working on it is confident of ending this mystery. Derevianko and Pospelov have based their idea on the premise that dark matter might be organized as a large, gas-like collection of “energy cracks,” or kinks in the fabric of space.
The scientists said it is possible to detect those kinks as they interact with a network of sensitive atomic clocks. Derevianko said that within those kinks the dark matter can alter how time is measured.
“Dark matter is a big crisis in science. We only know what makes up 5 percent of the universe,” Derevianko said. “It’s a huge mystery.”
To analyze mass amounts of GPS data, the two member team has decided to collaborate with Geoff Blewitt, director of the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory (the lab holds the world’s largest GPS data processing center and processes information from 12,000 stations around the globe 24X7). The findings of the duo’s research are published in the scientific journal Nature Physics.