By making a very precise measurement of the muon g-2 value
the results to its predicted value, researchers at Fermilab hope to uncover evidence of new, undiscovered particles and forces. This continues work done at Brookhaven National Laboratory
a decade ago. To do so, Fermilab needs their 50-ft ring magnet
and its fragile, precisely assembled
superconducting coils. After six months of planning, the magnet was slowly hauled
on an eight-axle trailer
through the streets of Long Island, loaded onto a barge, and tugged down the Atlantic coast and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will go
up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi and then through Illinois waterways before it's trucked again through suburban Chicago. Fermilab has a photo and video gallery
and is posting updates
. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Jul 12, 2013 -
BBC: Hadron Collider forced to halt.
An underground tunnel fault released one ton of liquid helium, which had been acting as coolant, into the tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider, causing 100 supercooled magnets to heat up by an extra 100°C and then fail. Vacuum was lost as well.
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 19, 2008 -