The Muon g–2 ring began its life at Brookhaven National Lab in Upton, New York, where it was part of an experiment that ran from 1999 to 2001. The project produced tantalizing hints of new physics, but to be sure, scientists needed to repeat the experimen
Brookhaven National Laboratory
The team decided to move Muon g–2 to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. But they knew they couldn't do without the experiment's delicate storage ring, which was capable of producing an exceptionally uniform magnetic fie
Building a new ring at Fermilab would have cost $25 million, whereas moving the existing one from Brookhaven cost $3 million. Heavy-haul transport company Emmert International designed a 40-ton transport fixture to hold the ring steady during its journey.
The ring left Brookhaven in the wee hours of 24 June 2013, traveling by truck down Long Island's William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina.
At the marina, it was lowered by crane onto a waiting barge. It would be carried by boat down the Atlantic coast, around Florida, and up three rivers to Illinois.
After waiting out a storm near Norfolk, Virginia, the ring made it safely to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway north of Mobile, Alabama.
Darin Clifton/Ceres Barge
The ring passed the St. Louis arch as it traveled through Missouri.
Once it reached Lemont, Illinois, the ring was loaded back onto a truck for a 3-night journey across shuttered roadways to Fermilab.
Spectators came out to see the ring at several points during its 1-month journey. Many compared the sight to a UFO.
Three thousand people turned up to see the ring arrive at Fermilab on 26 July 2013. It had traveled 5000 kilometers by land, sea, and river.
Fermilab spent the next year building a new home for the ring. It finally moved in on Wednesday, 30 July 2014.
Over the next 6 months, physicists will cool the ring to superconducting temperatures and test its magnetic field. Until then, they can't be sure if the delicate ring survived the journey intact. The team hopes to begin taking data in March 2017.
Aug 01 2014
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