End of the Road

A month and 3,200 miles later, the Muon g-2 has arrived at its new home.

The 50-foot circular electromagnet traveled from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to Fermilab in Batavia.

On the third and final night of the Illinois leg of the trip, the device rolled down Rt. 53, I-88, Rt. 59 and ended on Eola Road.

This portion of the trip was the longest, and had the most obstacles, such as backing up an exit ramp, and overcoming curbs and tree lines.

“The biggest risk to the project is now retired,” said Chris Polly, Muon g-2 Project Manager. “We’re sitting here with the device, we just get to put it back together. Now the fun part starts.”

Oregon based Emmert International was in charge of moving the device.

“I don’t think we could have planned it any better,” said Terry Emmert, President of Emmert International. “It was a great team effort and done on time, everybody arrived safe and sound, and the prized possession came in absolutely perfect shape.”

The Muon g-2 will study the “wobble” of muons, subatomic particles with a lifetime of only 2.2 millionths of a second. Fermilab is in the process of building a facility to hold the device, which will be finished in January. Scientists expect to be producing results by 2016.


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