CHICAGO (CBS) — A 50-foot, 17-ton electromagnet settled into its new home at Fermilab on Thursday, where it will prepare to start searching for dark matter after a couple years of tweaking.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports the Muon g-2 superconducting particle storage ring arrived at Fermilab in west suburban Batavia a year ago, after spending a month traveling by truck and barge from the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
It spent the winter under wraps as crews finished building its new home. On Thursday, it made its final trip inside its permanent home, after the building that now houses it was completed.
“We rolled it across the site, about a mile across the site, and then we inserted it into the building, where it was about 20 feet above the floor of the building, and it’s now slowly being jacked down to the floor,” Polly said.