The dream machine

An accelerator known as a muon collider could revolutionize particle physics—if it can be built. The December 2023 P5 report calls for R&D on a muon collider, stating, “This is our muon shot.” A muon collider could fit on the campus of Fermilab, enabling the U.S. to reclaim the lead in the continuing competition for the highest energy collider.

Recent research on muons reveals inconsistencies between observed magnetic behaviors and theoretical predictions, hinting the potential discovery of new physical phenomena or the need to update quantum mechanics theories.

Scientists say: muon

Fermilab research and announcements have helped promote the mystery of muons by studying how they wobble as they move through the magnetic ring. With science announcements in 2021 and 2023, science interested readers are wanting to learn more about the heavy cousins of electrons that are constantly raining down on Earth’s surface.

From RTS (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation), Sept. 7, 2023: Fermilab’s August 10 announcement indicated the muon does not behave as theory predicts. Professor Tobias Golling, from the particle physics department at the University of Geneva, explains in a video that there are two possibilities to explain the observed discrepancy.

Particle physicists dream of a muon collider

What is the future of muon colliders? Particle physicists are seeing less challenges in their development than ten years go and are pushing for a muon collider as the P5 report comes out this fall.