UPTON, N.Y. —
New York to Chicago, in five weeks?
Scientists on Long Island are preparing to move a 50-foot-wide electromagnet 3,200 miles over land and sea to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. The trip is expected to take more than a month.
“When we first started thinking about this, we all thought it wouldn’t be possible,” said Bill Morse, a physicist at Brookhaven National Lab on eastern Long Island. “But if you have a big problem, you find good people who can fix the problem. That’s physics.”
The electromagnet, which weighs at least 15 tons, was the largest in the world when it was built by scientists at Brookhaven in the 1990s, Morse said. Brookhaven scientists no longer have a need for the electromagnet, so it is being moved to the Fermi laboratory, where it will be used in a new experiment called Muon g-2.
The experiment will study the properties of muons, subatomic particles that live only 2.2 millionths of a second. The results of the experiment could create new discoveries in the realm of particle physics, said Chris Polly, manager of the Muon g-2 project at Fermilab.
The move is expected to cost about $3 million, but Polly estimated that constructing an entirely new electromagnet needed for the Muon g-2 experiment could cost as much as $30 million.
He noted the magnetic ring is constructed of aluminum and steel, with superconducting coils inside. It cannot be taken apart or twisted more than one-eighth of an inch without irreparably damaging the coils, Polly said.
A specially designed truck and barge will be used to transport the secured magnet from Long Island to Illinois.
Scientists will begin the move next Saturday, taking the magnet from its location on the 5,300-acre Brookhaven campus to the front gate — a distance of about 1.8 miles.
The following day, they are expected to move the magnet south along the William Floyd Parkway for six miles to Smith Point Park on the Atlantic Ocean. From there, it will be loaded onto a barge and will proceed down the East Coast, around the tip of Florida and up the Mississippi, Illinois and Des Plaines rivers.
In late July, the magnet will be placed back on a truck, where a two-day trip to the Fermilab will complete the journey. Polly said scientists are coordinating with law enforcement on “rolling roadblocks” for the magnet’s overland journey.
The magnet will remain inert, exhibiting no magnetic properties, until it is plugged in at Fermilab.
“We’re excited to get this move under way,” Polly said. “It’s not often our neighbors get a ringside seat for something this complex and interesting.”
UPTON, N.Y. —
New York to Chicago, in five weeks?
- State, national, world
Federal health care enrollment deadline nears
After March 31, only people with “qualifying life events” such as a change in income or family size will be able to enroll in plans offered through the federal law. In Oklahoma, enrollment is through the federal health care exchange, healthcare.gov.
Family of Texas man on flight comforted by faith
Philip Wood, an IBM executive who had been working in Beijing over the past two years, had recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Vance Air Force Base needs are being met
“Enid is looking to grow, and part of that is what will that potential impact be as far as our mission set goes.” — Col. Darren James, commander of 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base
UPDATE: Search for Malaysian jet suspended as night falls
There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.
Obama warns party to focus on 2014, not 2016
If voters hand the Senate over to Republican control, the president will lose even the uphill chance he has to get legislation passed in his remaining time in office.
Frustration in Afghan women's rights struggle
In 2009, the United States gave Wazhma Frogh the International Woman of Courage award for her women's rights activism in Afghanistan. Prominently displayed in Frogh's office is a picture of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton granting her the award as First Lady Michelle Obama smiles, clapping by her side. Four years later, the United States denied her a visa when she was trying to get away from an Afghan militia commander who she says was persecuting her.
2 dozen children die in drought-hit south Pakistan
As many as 23 children have died in the villages of Tharparkar desert in the southern Sindh province since February.
California gold discovery spurs rush of theories
The Saddle Ridge Hoard contains 1,400 $20 gold pieces, 50 $10 gold pieces and four $5 gold pieces, with a range of dates beginning in 1847 and extending to 1894. Jesse James? Black Bart? Or just an old miner hoarding coins?
Judge moves Oklahoma inmates' suit to state court
A U.S. district judge said Oklahoma Supreme Court never has considered whether it's proper for the Corrections Department to seal records surrounding an execution — including the drugs' supplier — and if he kept the case he would have to guess how state justices would decide.
Russian troops reported on move again in Crimea
In the backs of the vehicles, heavily armed soldiers could be seen, though none appeared to have identifying badges or insignia.
- More State, national, world Headlines
- Federal health care enrollment deadline nears