HOWTO move an immensely delicate 50'-wide circular electromagnet


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  1. xzzy says:

    If you live in either of the two endpoints, maps of the road segments are here:

    I’m thinking of setting up on I-88 that night and seeing if I can get some neato pictures. It’s not a space shuttle, but we make do with what we can here in the midwest.

  2. They don’t seem to have considered the option of turning it into a maglev aircraft and flying it to Illinois.

  3. noah django says:

    >it will sail by barge down the East Coast, around Florida’s tip into the Gulf of Mexico, then up the Mississippi River

    wtf?  is the St. Lawrence Seaway <50' wide or something?

    • xzzy says:

      They’d have to route the thing through two of the biggest cities in the country to go that route. Unless they took the barge all the way up past Nova Scotia and reduced it to a single city. 

      The route they chose results in around 30 miles of road travel total, which maybe they decided was a good idea to minimize.

  4. Hugh Tousey says:

    Thanks for the blast from the past!  I was involved in the manufacture of a number of components for that magnet!  Got a chance to see them in action once up at BNL!

  5. Someone on this experiment is a physics postdoc at Northwestern (where I am a grad student). Just last week she gave a talk (which I missed):

    “Currently, there is a 3-sigma discrepancy between the measurement and the theoretical prediction of anomalous magnetic moment, (g-2), of the muon. This first part of this talk will cover the current status of the theoretical predication and experimental measurement.  The second half will cover the upgraded experiment that will be located at Fermi National Laboratory. This will include details on how one moves a 50ft diameter ring 3200 miles. Trucks? Barges? Avoiding hurricanes and ice? Yes. Yes. And yes.”

  6. RadioSilence says:

    They couldn’t just roll it?

    • Engineer_ says:

      Yeah, that’s what I thought as well. 
      Just built a giant stick, attached it to a helicopter and off you go!

  7. Doris Larsson says:

    #loveharrystyles here’s why?

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