The Mu2e experiment: a rare opportunity

A new experiment at Fermilab will look for the neutrinoless transformation of a muon into an electron


The Mu2e experiment: a rare opportunity

This prototype Mu2e tracker panel consists of 96 straw tubes arranged in two layers. Postdoctoral research associates (left to right) Jason Bono, Dan Ambrose and Richie Bonventre install the read-out electronics (Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab)

The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab recently achieved an important milestone when it received the US Department of Energy’s critical-decision 2 (CD-2) approval in March. This officially sets the baselines in the scope, cost and schedule of the experiment, will search with unprecedented sensitivity for the neutrino-less conversion of a muon into an electron. The Mu2e collaboration has also been authorized to begin fabricating one of the experiment’s three solenoids and to start the construction of the experimental hall, which saw ground-breaking on 18 April. Detector and beam-line commissioning are scheduled to begin in 2020.

Read more: "The Mu2e experiment: a rare opportunity" – CERN Courier