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March 3, 2021 –

A newly funded particle physics experiment may be able to examine the structure of individual electrons – particles that have so far been indivisible.

A daring project to peer inside fundamental particles, called Measurement Of a Lepton Lepton Electroweak Reaction (MOLLER), is a Canada-led international effort involving collaborators from UW and Memorial University in Canada, but also from the United States, Germany, Italy, Mexico.

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UM physicists Michael Gericke and Juliette Mammei, along with co-researcher Wouter Deconinck, received $ 2.3 million for MOLLER from the Canadian Foundations for Innovation (CFI). Their goal is to measure the interaction properties between pairs of leptons (especially electrons) down to the separation distances of a zeptometer, which is 10 to 21 meters (about a million times smaller than the size of the smallest atomic nucleus), with unprecedented precision.

To accomplish this, the team will build and operate a wide range of ultra-sensitive electron detectors in the world’s most advanced electron beam facility, the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Jefferson Laboratory, Va. (JLab )….

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