From the NYT
The muon g-2 ring at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, operates at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit and studies the wobbling of muons as they move through the magnetic field of energy
Something interesting can happen at Fermilab.
There is growing evidence that a tiny subatomic particle appears to contradict the known laws of physics, scientists announced on Wednesday. This realization would open a huge and enticing hole in our understanding of the universe.
The result, say physicists, suggests that there are forms of matter and energy that are of crucial importance for the nature and development of the cosmos and are not yet known to science.
“This is the moment our Mars rover lands,” said Chris Polly, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, who has spent most of his career working towards this finding.
The particle celèbre is the muon, which is similar to an electron but is much heavier and is an integral part of the cosmos. Dr. Polly and his colleagues – an international team of 200 physicists from seven countries – found that muons did not behave as predicted when they were shot through an intense magnetic field in the Fermilab.
The aberrant behavior poses a major challenge to the Standard Model, the suite of equations that enumerate the fundamental particles in the universe (17, counted last) and how they interact.
The article is worth reading and a nice distraction from the politicization EVERYTHING
For decades, physicists have relied on the Standard Model, which successfully explains the results of high-energy particle experiments at places like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. However, the model leaves many deep questions about the universe unanswered.
Most physicists believe that a rich treasure trove of new physics is waiting to be found, if only they could see deeper and further. The additional data from the Fermilab experiment could give an important boost to scientists looking to build the next generation of expensive particle accelerators.
It could also lead in time to explanations for the kinds of cosmic mysteries that have long preoccupied our solitary species. What exactly is dark matter, the invisible stuff that astronomers say is a quarter of the universe by mass? Why is there matter in the universe at all?
Maybe it’s time to scrap the standard model. Maybe not.
The full article is an interesting read.