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New chapter in the life of our basement February 23, 2007

Posted by apetrov in Particle Physics, Physics, Science.
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This week workers started removing old Van de Graaf accelerator from the basement of our Physics building.

Here you can see them removing bricks of radiation shielding from the accelerator lab in the basement. The lab has been empty for many years now, in fact, part of the accelerator hall was used as lab space by our Heavy Ion group for construction of Electromagnitic Calorimeter for the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). Of course, the main task would be to remove the accelerator itself (or what remains of it), a huge tank that’s been sitting there for years. It’s a welcome development, as the lab would finally be cleared of old junk. Two things are kinda sad, though. First, one chapter of WSU physics department’s history finally closes (it was cool to have our own accelerator)… Second, the resulting lab space does not go to Physics, but to… Geology! Talk about assigment of lab space… It is interesting that even among the physicists in the building, lab space is a precious commodity… well, welcome aboard, Geology…

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