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    Electromagnetic particle ring passes through Kentucky Lock on circuitous journey

    Electromagnetic particle ring passes through Kentucky Lock on circuitous journey

    Photo By Fred Tucker | This is U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District lock operator Dallas...... read more read more



    Story by Fred Tucker 

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

    GRAND RIVERS, Ky. – A 50-foot electromagnetic particle ring passed a milestone July 16, 2013 on its circuitous journey from Long Island, N.Y., to Chicago as it exited the Kentucky Lock operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

    Its 50-foot diameter ruled out shipment by road, rail or internal airlift and, “It turns out you can’t just pick up (by helicopter) a 15-ton ring and fly it over peoples’ houses without asking them first,” said Chris Polly, lead scientist for the ring’s experiments.

    “And that might have been possible for six miles of Long Island, but it was impossible over 30 miles of Chicago suburbs,” Polly added.

    Lockage of the 425-foot long, 54-foot wide motor vessel “Miss Katie” and its tow was no problem according to Dallas Barfield, Nashville District lock operator.

    “We lock numerous commercial barge tows of differing lengths and cargoes, a World War II LST, missiles for space flight, huge paddle-wheel entertainment vessels and pleasure craft in the Nashville District,” Barfield said. “The basic difference in this lockage was the unusual cargo,” he added.

    Named the Muon g-2 (pronounced g minus two), it is a very powerful electromagnetic ring capable of carrying 5,200 amps of current and, “It creates a very strong magnetic field that allows us to store a special particle called a muon,” Polly says.

    A muon is a sort of phantom particle that exists only for a very short time after a particle collision. The g-2 traps muons and then uses them to probe for evidence of other new particles no one has seen before, according to Polly.



    Date Taken: 07.16.2013
    Date Posted: 07.18.2013 12:55
    Story ID: 110398
    Location: GRAND RIVERS, KY, US 

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