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Bye Bye Table June 6, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in physics, university.

CIMG2431This is a picture of a a very very large and very very flat granite table in the basement of the UW physics building. It is about to be split into bits and carted out and thrown in the trash.

It was used as the construction platform for UW’s ATLAS forward muon chamber construction. In order to correctly reconstruct muons this granite table had to be ultra flat — the specs say to 0.000125 at 71 degrees F (measured May 17, 1999). For almost three years a glue robot traveled its surface putting together the muon chambers. That task finished more than a year ago, and the physics building needs the space back for some astrophysics experiments.

That granite table doesn’t fit through any doors. In fact, we had to knock out part of the wall of the room and the hallway in order to move it in (I wish I had some pictures from then). Sadly, since no one else is interested in it, we will be splitting it into bits instead of the wall. The week of June 11th a group will use a diamond saw to cit it into bits. Sadly, because of dust and mess, the whole section will be sealed off: it isn’t likely I’ll be able to get in to see the work in progress.

More recent pictures of the table, if you are interested, can be found here.



1. Estelle Heron - June 7, 2007

It would work in my kitchen beautifully,
your mother-in-law

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