Subatomic Particles

A 50-foot electromagnet from the Muon G-2 Storage Ring experiment is parked at the Costco in Bolingbrook, on its slow journey from Lemont to Fermilab in Batavia. (Credit: CBS)

Massive Electromagnet Completes Arduous Trip To Fermilab

Without twisting even an eighth of an inch, a 50-foot-wide electromagnet resembling a flying saucer finished an arduous 3,200-mile trip across land and sea on Friday, arriving at an Illinois laboratory where it will be used to study blazing-fast particles.


The Muon G-2 Storage Ring is loaded onto a truck. (Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab/Twitter)

Giant Electromagnet’s 3,200-Mile Trek To Fermilab Nearly Finished

Known as the Muon G-2 Storage Ring, the electromagnet will be used to study muons, subatomic particles with a lifetime of only 2.2 millionths of a second, in hopes of discovering new subatomic particles.



Physicists Say They’re Close To Finding So-Called ‘God Particle’

American physicists say they’re close to their goal of finding the Higgs boson – known colloquially as the “God particle” – but they’re not there quite yet.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2012