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Particle storage ring headed to Fermilab

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:30 a.m. CDT
(Photo provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Crews work to attach the red stabilizing apparatus to the Muon g-2 rings at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York in preparation for moving them over land and sea to Fermilab in Batavia.

BATAVIA – On Sunday, a 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet will begin its 3,200-mile land and sea voyage from New York to Fermilab.

The electromagnet will become the centerpiece of a new experiment called Muon g-2, which will study the properties of muons, subatomic particles that live only 2.2 millionths of a second. Its results could open the door to new realms of particle physics.

“It’s not often our neighbors get a ringside seat for something this complex and interesting,” said Chris Polly, Muon g-2 project manager for Fermilab, in a news release. “We’re excited to get this move underway.”

The ring will leave Long Island and is expected to arrive at the Ozinga Concrete port in Lemont in late July, and then will travel over three consecutive nights, between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., to Fermilab.

“We will use rolling roadblocks and traffic detours, coordinated by the Illinois State Police,” Fermilab spokesman Andre Salles said. “We are hoping for a minimum of traffic disruption.”

The Muon g-2 team has devised a plan that involves loading the ring onto a specially prepared barge and bringing it down the East Coast, around the tip of Florida and up the Mississippi, Illinois and Des Plaines rivers to Illinois. Once it arrives in late July, the ring will be attached to a truck built just for the move and driven to Fermilab.

Public events also are in the planning stages to celebrate the ring’s arrival at Fermilab.

More information on the experiment is at www.muon-g-2.fnal.gov.

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