RC Meeting and Run Plan, Thursday, March 5 2020

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RC Daily Meetings are M-F at 4:15 PM, 2nd floor Counting House Meeting Room Bluejeans Connection

Thursday March 5, 2020.

General updates

  • Slow restoration Wed mid-swing: steering changes in injector reduced interception in injector (mostly a PQB issue), and a C laser tweak that had increased BLM trips was backed out.
  • Took HMS data overnite (HMS -3.5 GeV/c) with 3He target, longitudinal polarization, de-rating ABU's and BANU's by half due to single arm operation.
  • Two polarization measurements overnite, both 54%-ish.
  • Opportunistic access was made today for PNMR work.
  • Bill Henry sees what looks like beam scraping on the wall of the 3He glass cell. https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3797924 The dilution is not insignificant, but not so easy to assess from the online plots. Simona indicates it's been that way a while which is nice to know (ie, it implies the target didn't get bumped recently). More history, systematics, and possible tests at https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3797970 .

Notes for the Future

  • 'Filler' runs for next spin up / target-down period (Don't want to forget about this!):
    • 1 hour run with target out for measure of the background just from the beryllium windows. (Needs SHMS, btw.)

Current Run Plan:

Thursday DAY thru Friday OWL

  • DONE SHMS dipole PS got tweaked. No guarantees. We'll resume production with as many spectrometers as we can keep alive.
  • DONE Take longitudinal NMR
  • DONE Follow the Short beam recovery procedure
  • ONGOING Continue production data (HMS/SHMS -3.5/-3.4 GeV) with 3He target, longitudinal polarization with NMR every 5 hrs.


  • ONGOING Take one hour-long run as soon as possible with 4.0mm raster size and ask the shift crew to post the online raster pattern. (Experts will email each other to discuss the above raster pattern.)
  • Continue taking production data at the current kinematics, target at 180 deg. Raster size at 4.0 or 4.5mm (TBD), NMR every 5 hours

Friday DAY thru Saturday OWL

  • Moller measurement during day shift beginning 08:30. When Moller crew is ready, end production and take one NMR measurement, then let Moller crew take over.
  • Once Moller is completed:
    • Follow the Short beam recovery procedure(Skip the YAG unless you are concerned about the harp scan data.)
    • Do one NMR before resuming production
    • Resume production with the 3He target in longitudinal direction, (HMS/SHMS -3.5/-3.4 GeV).
  • Then one NMR every 5 hours.

(Early draft of scraping test is commented out here.)

(I commented out the original Moeller run plan for now. We now don't plan to switch to transverse until Saturday DAY.)

Pending Issues

  • pNMR issues
    • Software/driver issue needs to be resolved
    • Checkout during next non-production down time (Moller or SHMS fix)
  • EPR problems [1] saw some progress on Tuesday [2], but issues remain
    • Tentative plan now is to continue the d2n (and A1n) program by replacing the photo-diode that is placed directly on the pumping chamber (we have many spares)
    • It would be good to write up a procedure to streamline this replacement procedure for us and RadCon
  • Kepco power supply commissioning/installation (Todd, Bill)
    • Bill will update status on Thursday
  • Verify that calibration constants and input values associated with NMR and other polarimetry are consistent and will be correct when the software is restarted [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] (Bill, Junhao)
  • Persistent BLM & ion chamber trips
    • General activation, weird BLM issues (https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3792326), Ad-hoc ion chamber threshold adjustments (https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3792095)
    • NOTE: Shift crew should NOT give authorization to MCC change ion chamber thresholds. If they ask, tell Operator to contact an appropriate expert. Make a log entry if trips persist, or call the RC if it becomes severe (for example, >20 trips/hour is getting intolerable)
    • Beam Studies program will investigate some of these issues (most pressing is significant activation + beam loss in the arcs)
  • Contact with Target readbacks through AnywhereUSB USB bridge still drop out on occasion
    • Initial replacement of the USB bridge failed (did not seem to help underlying issue, then bridge stopped working), replaced with original device
  • OPs wished to reboot hung iochc10 [8], noted in December as well [9]
    • This runs the Moller cryo controls and should not be rebooted without expert oversight (does not impact operations). D. Gaskell is looking into getting this addressed properly with OPs.

Opportunistic Access Jobs

None at the moment.

Standing Orders

 If beam goes away for more than 2h, or if during the downtime, MCC does operations
 that may change the beam tuning, then do [https://hallcweb.jlab.or/wiki/index.php/Beam_and_Raster_Checkout_for_A1n/d2n_(Short_Procedure)
 beam recovery procedure] (do YAG viewer part only if you are suspicious of
 the harp scan results)
  • NOTE: Shift crew should NOT give authorization to MCC change ion chamber thresholds. If they ask, tell the Operator to contact an appropriate expert. Make a log entry if trips persist, or call the RC if it becomes severe (for example, >20 trips/hour is getting intolerable)
  • Check the position locks are on.
  • Do your best to accommodate Hall A's request for a PITA scan promptly. It is OK to stop the present runs and start new ones in 5--10 minutes after they are done.
  • Check that CODA is running normally (had one strange hangup lately)
  • Check online replays shortly after starting runs, & full replay results too.
  • Make sure all the beam specs are followed (e.g. no raster size below 4mm on 3He cell).
  • Always take 120Hz of EDTM
  • Fill BTA with realistic numbers. You may follow the guidance coming from "load from EPICS", if it does not overestimate the ABU (as it generally does). https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3783171. If we have to lower the beam current we actually want because the beam is too unstable, prorate the ABUs.
!!                                                     !!
!!  ATTN: SHIFT LEADERS                                !!
!!     Please follow the shift summary template on     !!
!!     the laminated SL instructions.                  !!
!!                                                     !!
!!  ATTN: TARGET OPERATORS                             !!
!!  All NMR measurement HCLOG entries should include:  !!
!!     1) A title that clearly lists polarization      !!
!!     2) Screenshots of both NMR_FieldSweep and       !!
!!        the polarization fit                         !!
!!                                                     !!
!!     For an example see the following entry:         !!
!!     https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3768696       !!
!!                                                     !!

Notices in Effect for Shift Crew

  • Policy for CANS-related hall status change: Make a logbook entry when the hall goes in, or comes out of laser-controlled access.
  • Magnet policies
    • Spectrometer GUI (go_magnets) should always be visible on Shift Leader computer, hcdesk3
    • HMS Q1 must be ramped down in 50A steps in all cases
    • Do not ramp HMS Q2 to zero, only go to 10A and then switch off power.
    • If any magnet trips, snapshot the associated power supply window and post it to hclog before resetting the interlock.
  • Monitor the beam position on target and call MCC immediately if you see large excursions (1 mm level).
  • Ramp rate lock instructions are here and added to checklist[10]

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Target coil rotation planned for March 13--20

  • Nominal 1-week downtime in Hall C to rotate target coils, install new cell, and transition to d2n program

Useful Links

Target Polarization Angle Conventions

Be VERY clear here about the convention (beam-right/left/up/downstream) vs 0, 90, 180, 270)
for each run period.  More notes and references to log entries are better.

Polarization Calibration Data

Cell Calibration
SHMS Angle
SHMS Momentum
Field Direction
Calibration Results Status Oven Temperature
Tommy EPR-NMR 11 7.5 90 5.24 %/mV Done 200 3839939
Tommy EPR-NMR 18 5.6 270 5.04(1) %/mV Done 205 3843301
Tommy EPR-NMR 18 5.6 90 undone 205
Tommy EPR-NMR 11 7.5 270 undone 208
Tommy AFP Loss 14.5 6.4 90 1.25%/Sweep Done 200 3840618, 3840143, 3840618
Tommy EPR Amplifier
on/off NMR Signal
11 7.5 90 Done 200 3839962
Tommy Temperature Test 18 5.6 90 Done 205 3844089
Tommy AFP Loss 18 5.6 270 Done 205 3845255
Tommy Temperature Test 18 5.6 270 Done 205 3845336
Briana EPR-NMR 18 5.6 180 8.60 Done 205 3834036, 3834243
Briana EPR-NMR 18 5.6 270 5.6 Done 205 3835512, 3835587
Austin EPR-NMR 18 5.6 90 4.88 Done 200 3814717
Austin EPR-NMR 11 7.5 180 7.64 Done 210 3817200
Austin EPR-NMR 11 7.5 0 8.13 Done 210 3818761
Austin EPR-NMR 11 7.5 270 4.56 Done 210 3819882
Austin EPR-NMR 11 7.5 270 4.58 Done 210 3822296
Austin EPR-NMR 11 7.5 90 4.91 Done 210 3824907
Austin EPR-NMR 18 0 90 4.58 Done 210 3815895
Austin EPR-NMR 11 0 180 6.91 Done 210 3816724

Target Polarization Database

d2n Run Period

D2n Target Run List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16TrIUXVA-znVNUyEKy9FHaIlcvq-KXzu97k9nJowuE8/edit#gid=0

  • Junhao Chen is maintaining it

A1n Run Period


  • Mingyu Chen will updating the runlist while Murchhana Roy will do the cross check.

Recent polarization measurements

PolHe3 Polarization Measurements

Misc Links