July 18, 2017
On Tue. Jul. 14 the neutron EDM experiment presented its responses to a request to revisit plans for the upcoming subsystem integration phase of the experiment. With some re-engineering, we were able to show an expected cost savings of about $4M in the roughly $25M remaining expenditures required to bring the experiment into operation. The technical changes involve a significant simplification in the mounting and shielding required for the helium-3 services system that is the Illinois responsibility. The review committee responded positively to the changes that they agreed both reduced costs and improved the experiment. The next review will be in December and will assess progress for the entire Critical Component Demonstration phase of the experiment that concludes this calendar year.