First results from the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab

  • April 7, 2021, 10:00 am US/Central
  • Kevin Pitts, Fermilab
  • Aida El-Khadra, UIUC
  • Chris Polly, Fermilab

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab will be unveiled and discussed in a special seminar to be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM US Central Time.

The Muon g-2 experiment searches for telltale signs of new particles and forces by examining the muon’s interaction with a surrounding magnetic field. By precisely determining the magnetic moment of the muon and comparing with similarly exact theoretical predictions, the experiment is sensitive to new physics lurking in the subatomic quantum fluctuations surrounding the muon. A previous experiment performed two decades ago at Brookhaven National Laboratory revealed an intriguing hint of such physics. The highly anticipated result from Fermilab pushes the precision of the experiment into uncharted territory in the quest to confirm or refute that finding.

The experimental result will be presented by Chris Polly, Fermilab physicist and co-spokesperson for the Muon g-2 scientific collaboration, following a summary of the current theoretical status given by Aida El-Khadra, a UIUC theoretical physicist and co-chair of the Muon g-2 Theory Initiative.

Seminar agenda:
10:00 – 10:05  Introduction — Kevin Pitts, Fermilab chief research officer
10:05 – 10:20  Theory overview — Aida El-Khadra, UIUC theoretical physicist
10:20 – 11:00  Muon g-2 results — Chris Polly, Fermilab experimental physicist
11:00 – 11:20  Question & Answer

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