Two scientists have said that the mysterious dark matters, which are very hard to detect, can be measured with the help of huge network of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which is best known for the navigation purposes.
According to the scientists, the massive network of the GPS satellites could also be used in getting alerts for the dark matter.
Andrei Derevianko (University of Nevada, Reno) and Maxim Pospelov (University of Victoria and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada) have said that the GPS method could find out dark matter as they believe their composition consists of quantum field cracks.
According to the scientists, the dark matter covers an estimated 80 percent of the universe, but its makeup is still unknown and unpredictable. They asserted that the detection of dark matter is very difficult as its rare interaction with ordinary matter makes the task more difficult.
As the matter has never been seen by science, so the scientists also call it a particle. The researchers in the new study claim the dark matter may possess kinks in the quantum field.
These quantum field cracks can be spotted by the GPS networks, according to the scientists. The researchers will be analyzing clock data from 30 Global Positioning Satellites in order to test their ideas for the effective detection of dark matters.
The giant network of GPS satellites, spanning 50,000 kilometers, can accurately measure one of the most important elements, i.e time.
These satellites travel via space at 300 kilometers per second.
Researchers said that the GPS clocks could be interrupted by a cosmic kink and few other factors. These quantum cracks would require 170 seconds to jump across the network, they said.
Deverianko and Pospelov think that the only factor that can disturb the system’s timekeeping is the dark matter.
They are presently working on collecting 15-year data from of the GPS records to hunt for useful signs that prove the presence of dark matter.