'Dark matter results' could take months

Over the coming months, AMS will be able to tell us conclusively whether these positrons are a signal for dark matter, or whether they have some other origin.

When you take a new precision instrument into a new regime, you tend to see many new results, and we hope this will be the first of many AMS is the first experiment to measure to 1% accuracy in space.

It is this level of precision that will allow us to tell whether our current positron observation has a dark matter or a pulsar origin.

– Professor Samuel Ting, AMS principal investigator


Evidence of dark matter found

Scientists may have found clues that may help to explain dark matter, an unknown and mysterious component of the universe.