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Brookhaven National Laboratory delays particle storage ring move

Physicists stand inside the Muon g-2 storage ring,

Physicists stand inside the Muon g-2 storage ring, in its current location at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. The ring is 50 feet wide, and will be transported in one piece by barge and truck to Fermilab in Chicago. (June 5, 2013) (Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Brookhaven National Laboratory Thursday delayed by one week Sunday’s start of the move of a massive particle storage ring to Illinois.

Lab spokesman Peter A. Genzer said the 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet will now begin its 3,200-mile journey on June 22.

The Muon g-2 ring will be transported to the lab complex’s main entrance in Upton and then, on the night of June 23, will be driven down William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina, where it will be loaded onto a barge during the course of several days.

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The barge is to travel down the Atlantic Seaboard, up the Mississippi River to the Illinois and Des Plaines rivers to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, outside Chicago.

Driving rain and high winds Thursday prevented workers from preparing the ring for the trip, which includes shrink-wrapping it. More information about the $3-million project can be found at muon-g-2.fnal.gov/bigmove.

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