Muon g-2

Our accelerator team has met all of this year’s beam delivery goals, including those for NOvA, the Short-Baseline Neutrino program, and the new Muon Campus.

On May 23, after seven weeks of commissioning a recently completed addition to the Fermilab accelerator chain, a team of accelerator experts successfully delivered first particle beams to the Muon g-2 storage ring magnet.

The 50-foot-wide superconducting electromagnet at the center of the experiment saw its first beam of muon particles from Fermilab’s accelerators, kicking off a three-year effort to measure just what happens to those particles when placed in a stunningly precise magnetic field. The answer could rewrite scientists’ picture of the universe and how it works.

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.