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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