Princeton physicist leads team developing simplified ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Members of the DarkSide experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy have temporarily put their hunt for dark matter on hold in an attempt to stem the deadly tide of COVID-19. The 26-strong group of physicists from Europe and North America has designed a new, stripped-down mechanical ventilator that it hopes can be mass-produced quickly and cheaply using off-the-shelf components. The new ventilator design has been spearheaded by Cristiano Galbiati, a physicist at Princeton University in the US and the Gran Sasso lab who is currently locked down in Milan.