For the past month, Fermilab has been transporting a 50-foot electromagnet, called the Muon g-2, from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to it’s new home at Fermilab to aide scientists in their research.
“We use the muons to sort of probe these virtual particles that only exist for a very short amount of time,” said Hogan Nguyen, the lead Fermilab scientist on the Muon g-2 project. “These particles aren’t really important in everyday life, but when you’re studying extreme conditions like a supernova or course of stars or even the Big Bang, those particles become important in those extreme conditions.”
After traveling up from the Gulf of Mexico, it arrived by barge today in Lemont.
The next step will happen tomorrow July 21 at 10 a.m. when crews will move the magnet from the barge to the special truck that will transport it to Fermilab over four days.
Naperville News 17 will have continuing coverage of the magnet as it gets on the move to it’s new home at Fermilab!
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