When it comes to Global Positioning System (GPS), the first and the only thing that strikes our minds is its enormous use in the navigation purposes. But the scientists have said that the satellite network could also be used in getting alerts for the dark matter.
Scientists explain the dark matter is believed to be covering 80 percent of the universe. But as its makeup is unknown, there detection is very difficult. Moreover, its rare interaction with ordinary matter makes the task of its identification more difficult.
Dark matter has never been seen by science. Some scientists have called it a particle. But the researchers behind this new study have claimed that dark matter may possess kinks in the quantum field.
Andrei Derevianko, from the University of Nevada in Reno, and Maxim Pospelov, from the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, (Ontario) in Canada, have said that the composition of dark matter may be of quantum field cracks.
According to the scientists, these quantum field cracks can be easily detected by the global positioning system.
Scientists call it a revolutionary theory as it would completely change the nature of time and space where the kinks are located.
Derevianko says, “The effect is essentially locally modifying fundamental constants.”
One of the most important elements is the time, which can be accurately measured by the GPS system, thanks to its giant network of satellites that span 50,000 kilometers. The GPS satellites travel through space at 300 kilometers per second.
GPS clocks could be disturbed or interrupted by a cosmic kink among other factors. Scientists said that these quantum cracks would need 170 seconds to jump across the network cluster.
But both Deverianko and Pospelov believe that the only factor that can affect the system’s timekeeping is the dark matter.
Derevianko is presently working on gathering 15-year data from of the GPS records in order to search for useful signs that establish the presence of dark matter. According to him, if fingerprints are not detected, the research team will be using the ground-based atomic clocks that are owned by the Network for European Accurate Time and Frequency Transfer for the study.