Searching for particle ‘dance partners’ in an underground physics lab | JO723 Feature Assignment [Fall 2018]

This article was written as part of a course in fall of 2018. Some details about the experiment’s timeline (marked with an *) have changed since then. For example, the first results of the Fermilab experiment did not come out in 2019; they are being released tomorrow, April 7, 2021.

Beneath Midwestern prairieland and herds of grazing bison just west of Chicago, an unassuming experiment is attempting to uncover new physics. Here, at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, for short), upcoming results from the Muon g-2 experiment may point to the existence of a mysterious, never-before seen particle.

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Omar Moheeddin – Audiogram

I met Omar Moheeddin on one of my weekly Saturday morning trips to Haymarket, the outdoor produce market near Boston’s North End. He and his family own six stands where they sell produce every Friday and Saturday.

As Moheeddin sorted through boxes of blueberries at one of their stands, he told me about the family business, his Lebanese background, and his life as a medical student.