Muon g-2

From Nature, April 11, 2017: Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment will measure the muon’s magnetic moment with unparalleled precision, perhaps revealing unknown virtual particles.

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 there will be a series of seminars on the Muon g-2 FNAL experiment for the Italian Summer Students, but open to all students and interested persons. The program follows: The Muon g-2 Experiment Training lectures for the students of the Summer School “Summer Students at Fermilab and other US laboratories” (Fermilab, INFN and the University of Pisa) Tuesday, August 2 – Comitium – Wilson Hall 9:00 –   9:40  C. Polly, “Overview of the Muon g-2… More »

The Muon g-2 experiment will measure of the strength of the magnetic field of a subatomic particle called a muon. If the measurement doesn’t overlap with the predicted value, it could point to the scientific community’s next big breakthrough, and we may have to rewrite the textbooks.

It survived a month-long journey over 3,200 miles, and now the delicate and complex electromagnet is well on its way to exploring the unknown. The Muon g-2 ring has successfully cooled down to operating temperature and powered up, proving that even after a decade of inactivity, it remains a vital and viable scientific instrument.

You are looking at a silicon detector at the end of the inflector region of the Muon g-2 experiment. This region is the area in which a specialized magnet bends muons after they exit the Muon Delivery Ring (the former Antiproton Debuncher) and enter the Muon g-2 storage ring, which curves to the left in the picture.