From Fermilab: “Second muon experiment receives Mission Need approval from DOE”


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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Kurt Riesselmann

Fermilab’s plans for creating a Muon Campus with top-notch Intensity Frontier experiments have received a big boost. The Department of Energy has granted Mission Need approval to the Muon g-2 project, one of two experiments proposed for the new Muon Campus. The other proposed experiment, Mu2e, is a step ahead and already received the next level of DOE approval, known as Critical Decision 1.

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Fermilab is reconfiguring the Debuncher ring, part of the former Antiproton Source, to create high-intensity muon beams for the Muon g-2 experiment. Earlier this year, a team of scientists successfully circulated the first muons in the Debuncher. Photo: Reidar Hahn

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This rendering shows the location of the proposed Muon Campus at Fermilab. The arrow points to the proposed site of the planned Muon g-2 experiment. Click to enlarge. Image: Muon Department/FESS

‘We now are officially on DOE’s roadmap,” said Lee Roberts, professor at Boston University and co-spokesperson for the roughly 100 scientists collaborating on the Muon g-2 (pronounced gee minus two) experiment. “This should make it easier to increase the size of our collaboration and foster international participation. Potential collaborators supported by the National Science Foundation or foreign funding agencies will be happy to see that we now have DOE’s official Mission Need approval.'”

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics.


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