Lederman Fellow & Postdoctoral Researcher at Fermi National Accelerator
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Brendan Kiburg received a PhD in physics from the University of Illinois on the MuCap experiment, which studied muon capture on the proton at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. He is now a 2nd year Lederman fellow at Fermilab working on the Muon g-2 experiment, which recently shipped a 50-foot electromagnet from Long Island New York to Fermilab. The experiment studies an internal property of the muon called the magnetic moment in order to discover previously unseen particles.
How Moving a 45-ton Magnet Helps Discover the Universe
Over 35 days in the summer of 2013, the Fermi National Accelerator’s Muon g-2 team transported a 50-foot-wide, 45-ton magnet and metal apparatus 3,200 miles across the United States to its resting home at Fermi National Accelerator. Though the magnet will help us uncover the secrets of the universe, the real feat of the project was the amount of coordination necessary to move this giant piece of engineering.