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Move of electromagnet to Fermilab delayed because of weather

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 11:37 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The move of a 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet from New York to Fermilab, which had been set to begin Sunday, has been delayed a week because of inclement weather.

Fermilab spokesman Andre Salles said plans are now for the move to start June 22.

"The reason for the delay is to protect the safety of the crews prepping the ring for transport," Salles said. "The storms will not damage the magnet, but high winds and heavy rains create unsafe conditions for the workers loading the ring onto the truck and getting it ready for the drive."

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.

Information on the experiment is at http://muon-g-2.fnal.gov.

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