Fermilab breaks ground on muon experiment building

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermilab, Whittaker Construction and the architecture firm Middough Inc. break ground on a new building that will house the Muon g-2 experiment. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Wednesday, May 8, Fermilab and Department of Energy officials broke ground on a new building that will house the Muon g-2 experiment. The new experiment will study the magnetic wobble of muons, and the core of the experiment—a 50-foot-wide electromagnet—will be transported this summer in one piece by barge and truck from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. The Muon g-2 experiment will be the first to use a new beam of muons from Fermilab’s upgraded accelerator complex. A second experiment called Mu2e is also planned.

View a video of the groundbreaking ceremony.