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Giant Magnet Arrives At Fermilab, Achieves “Rock Star” Status


The massive magnet, which will be used by Fermilab officials to study lightning-quick particles, traveled more than 3,000 miles over land and sea and received “a rock star’s welcome” at its new home, said Associated Press (AP) reporters Scott Eisen and Jason Keyser.

Fermilab plans to use the magnet as part of a physics experiment dubbed Muon g-2, which will analyze subatomic particles at a laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. It will be used to study the properties of muons, which are subatomic particles that live just over two millionths of a second. Chris Polly, manager of the project, told Eisen and Keyser the results could lead to new discoveries in particle physics.

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