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       - Finishing MAC training.
 
       - Finishing MAC training.
 
       - Continue work on the new boosters  
 
       - Continue work on the new boosters  
 
 
  
  
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
 
     Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
       -  
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       - Preparing LDRD on machine learning
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      - Machine learning meeting at ODU   
 
     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
 
     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
       -  
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       - Organizing lunch talk series on machine learning
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      - Investigating uses of machine learning at JLAB
  
  
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Bhawin Dhital
 
Bhawin Dhital
 
    
 
    
     Previous two weeks (Aug 19 - Aug 30)
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
       - I was working on "Longitunial Stability in Two Energy Storage Ring." That was all about using the third harmonic cavity to cancel the momentum offset introduced by the
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       - Nothing to report
        RF cavities.
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     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
      - Working on paper preparation for NAPAC2019.
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       - Nothing to report
      - Working on poster preparation for NAPAC2019.
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      - Spoke with MCC experts in Jefferson Lab about computers and simulation. I have to run the simulation to calculate the damped emittance soon.
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     Next two weeks (Sept 2 - Sept 13)
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       - Participating NAPAC2019 at Michigan Lansing for a week ( Aug 31 - Sept 06) A very limited number of people came to my poster. But those who came to know about Two Energy
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        Ring, they were really impressed by this idea. One scientist from APS, ANL mentioned that he should work on this project.
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      - Working on Longitudinal dynamics in Two Energy Storage Ring.
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'''Computational Physics - Yves Roblin'''<br>
 
'''Computational Physics - Yves Roblin'''<br>
 
Yves Roblin
 
Yves Roblin
     Previous two weeks ()
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
       - CEBAF:
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       - CEBAF: setting up machine for spring run developing metrics for machine assessment
       - JLEIC
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       - OTHER: Meeting at ODU for machine learning collaboration.
     Next two weeks ()
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            - Defining machine learning problem for possible collaboration
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     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
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       - Continue work from previous weeks
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  River Huang
 
  River Huang
  
     Previous two weeks (Sept 2 - Sept 13)
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
       - Transparent Spin Mode using Zgoubi - In a principle scheme of RHIC snake (OPERA maps), two currents control the spin rotation angle and the spin rotation axis. By
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       - Nothing to report
        tracking three particles with orthogonal spins in Zgoubi, we determine the spin rotation angle and axis for a given set of snake currents again. The snake currents are
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     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
        then varied using a fitting procedure to adjust the snake axis to 0°. The evolutions of the spin components along the helical trajectories are obtained. The simulation
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      - Nothing to report
        indicates a full snake with a longitudinal axis: the radial and vertical spins flip while the longitudinal spin remains longitudinal. The closed orbits inside a snake
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        for the 45∘ and 0∘ settings of its axis are obtained. Note the smaller closed orbit excursion for the 0∘ case.
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      - Particle Tracking - We revised BB3D and CASA Beam-Beam. The updated BB3D can be used in particle tracking of a beam bunch for each turn and the updated CASA Bean-Beam
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        can track the change in details of phase coordinates of a macro-particle for each collision. 
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     Next two weeks (Sept 16 - Sept 27)
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      - Continue working on Transparent Spin project
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                 formulas of the velocity drift for a uniform round electron beam (bunched or coasting) are derived and documented. These are good enough for IMP experiment. For a
 
                 formulas of the velocity drift for a uniform round electron beam (bunched or coasting) are derived and documented. These are good enough for IMP experiment. For a
 
                 uniform flat beam, one may have to do numerical integration. The code is still under development.  
 
                 uniform flat beam, one may have to do numerical integration. The code is still under development.  
 
 
       - For the core-tail model, I am working on the multidimensional fitting algorithm using the gradient descent method.   
 
       - For the core-tail model, I am working on the multidimensional fitting algorithm using the gradient descent method.   
 
     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
 
     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
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Kevin Jordan
 
Kevin Jordan
  
     Previous two weeks ()
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
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       - LCLS-II modules are now at 2K in the lerf. Activity centers now on getting the RF interlocks tested, once this is complete Rama will submit a signed off check list to
     Next two weeks ()
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        Arne. That is the point that Arne will authorize the operation of the Solid State Amplifiers (SSAs). The next steps are to tune the cavities, then adjust the couplers for
       -  
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        proper Qext, then Emax & Q0.
 
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      - I submitted 2 invention disclosures; Use of Litz wire to improve grid performance & use of direct induction to speed blackout of vacuum systems (Matt Polker lead)
 +
      - I submitted ATLis for replacing beam viewer flag at ITV7A09 with BNNT buckypaper during the April down when the first of the SLM vacuum chambers is installed.
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     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
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       - Start LCLS-II cavity retesting
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      - Isotope beam line & target layout
  
  
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Joe Gubeli
 
Joe Gubeli
  
     Previous two weeks (Aug 19 - Aug 30)
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
       - HPWS: New motor controller for the High Power Wire Scanner arrived. After some change in the wiring I was able to run some initial test. The new controller seems to run
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       - Complete a design of the movable radiation shielding for the Isotope production project. Received positive feedback on the design by RADCON and waiting for feedback from
        a little better than the older one but the parameters are not yet optimized. Had a telecom with our collaborators, Radiabeam, were we both tried to tune the parameters.
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         the project manager and the consultant engineer before progressing. Started initial design for an imager upgrade to ITV7A09. Started some assembly of the ARC 7 SLM
        After a little progress we decided that we need to get Aerotech involved.
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     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
      - Isotope: Little to no work on Isotope production
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       - Should be receiving components for the ARC 7 SLM and x-ray viewer this week. Will start assembly of those as materials arrive. Will continue working on the ITV7A09 imager
      - FAST: Received the slit plate and had it UHV cleaned. Had a trip scheduled but the folks at Fermilab realized at the last minute that they had a scheduling conflict with
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         and radiation shielding wall.
         the cleanroom. The trip has been delayed to the end of September at the earliest.
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      - IBIC: The paper and poster are completed. Waiting on local review/approval to submit the paper.
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     Next two weeks (Sept 2 - Sept 13)
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       - Short week with Monday being a holiday and Friday a travel day to IBIC. Will work some on preparing the Isotope crucible with gallium test shipment. The idea is to keep
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        the gallium from freezing during transport. We will try using hand warms packed in the shipping container. It is the start of the month so I will be doing the monthly
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         safety walkthrough as Safety Warden. The following week is the IBIC conference.
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Michael Tiefenback
 
Michael Tiefenback
  
     Previous two weeks ()
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
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       - Magnetic calibration assessments
     Next two weeks ()
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      - Harp data structure revision still being planned; expect in upcoming two weeks to complete a proposal for review.
       -  
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      - Assessment of beam envelope tolerance to momentum mismatch vs. quads.  Hope to schedule at the January accelerator turn-on.
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      - Continuing goal to push magnet system diagnostics into procedures for DC Power
 +
     Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
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       - I seem to be less capable than I expected, and these still lag.  The magnet lab folks are configuring their hardware to check fundamental calibrations from the upgrade,
 +
        and I've been involved in diagnosing problems with canceling remanent field in the injector spectrometer.  However, the analysis for dipole stand rotation in elogs
 +
        3646334, 3646793, and 3646813 seems interesting and useful.  It _appears_ that the dipole stands may have suffered two separate episodes of tilting: one in Mar/Apr 2015
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        and one across the Christmas downtime from Dec 2015 to Jan 2016.
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      - Continuing with all of the above, with the addition of attempting to identify which stands of the arcs were significantly tilted.  It seems likely to be able to field
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        absolute orbit analysis which will identify systematic errors such as this or ground motion, giving us early warning of deviations.  Regularly running such analysis
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        processes and archiving the time course would provide readily available "figures of merit" for tracking and reference.
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         talk suggestions for FEL 2019 Hold cooler ring and FOA coordination meetings.
 
         talk suggestions for FEL 2019 Hold cooler ring and FOA coordination meetings.
 
       - Hold seminar committee meeting to establish Winter/spring schedule.
 
       - Hold seminar committee meeting to establish Winter/spring schedule.
 
 
  
  
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Andrew Hutton
 
Andrew Hutton
 
   
 
   
     Previous two weeks (Aug 19 - Aug 30)
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     Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
       - Finished up editing the PreCDR-100, but I am sure it will be coming back at me! 
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       - I returned from Europe on February 2.  I had completed my report for the HCERES Review at Orsay while on vacationI spent a couple of days finishing my report for the
      - On Friday, I met with Camille to give her some “insider” information on her new position.   
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         AMICI Meeting, then wrote a trip report to management for both meetings, including the reports.   
      - More interestingly, I had a telephone conference with Doug Wells, our isotope collaborator, presently at New Mexico TechHe has a follow-on patent being prepared on a
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      - I learned that a full-size booster was being adopted for the ion injection chain and realized that this configuration would permit the creation of a bunch pattern that
         new technique for producing radio-isotopes, which he would like us to demonstrate.  His office sent us a non-disclosure agreement, but I have not heard back from Rhonda
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         would cancel the gap transients in the RF systems of the Ion Colliding Ring.  I then spent a fair amount of time looking at different options. 
        Scales if this is acceptable to JLab, so I don’t have the details.  I suggested that he passed the basic concept by Ethan Balkin to find out whether this would be
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      - I came up with a design for a supplemental container for the isotope target crucible.  I don’t think this will actually be needed for the isotope program (maybe later when
         something that the DOE-ONP would support (financially, of course).  I looked at the previous patent and it is really interesting, but it is a new way of producing isotopes
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        we have higher radiation levels in the crucible).  However, the design could be used much more widely so I have submitted an invention disclosure.   
        that are already being produced by industry, so I am not sure that the DOE Isotope program will want to fund it (although they should).  I will keep you informed.   
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       - Joe Gubeli and Keith Welch have made great progress with the shielding design for the isotope irradiations and asked for comments.  I suggested using a borescope to make
       - I have also been preparing an introduction to the Isotope Program for the as-yet-unscheduled ERR.  I am certain that they will need an introduction, but I don’t have a
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         sure that the dump closes properly, including the correct positioning of the target wrt the radiatorI also spent time looking at TIMs (Thermal Interface Materials) to
         handle on the rest yetWe are having some difficulty with the isotope target approval, it needs a pressure vessel review which is going slowBut we will work through
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        improve cooling of the crucible, following a productive discussion with Dave MeekinsThe final choice will probably be pure Tin, almost as soft and thermally conductive
         that. This afternoon, we are meeting to discuss the details of a transfer of unirradiated gallium to VCU via FedEx; lots of details to work through, e.g. does it stay
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         as Indium, but with a higher melting temperature. 
         liquid? If not, will it freeze and burst the crucible, etc?  More fun than all of the bureaucratic hurdles we have to jump over.
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      - I discussed with Geoff Krafft the possibility of having a summer student to carry out thermal transfer measurements as part of our design effort to develop a crucible
       - I have been emailing back and forth collecting information on future NP projects world-wide for the AMICI conference mid-September. This will move to high priority in the
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         capable of dissipating 50 kW.    
         next two weeks.  I should probably give the talk at a CASA meeting when I get back.   
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    Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
    Next two weeks (Sept 2 - Sept 13)
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       - In the next two weeks, I will be finalizing the options for gap transient suppression with Bob Rimmer and Jiquan Guo, itemizing the additional hardware required. The
       - Vacation: 6 days
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         Isotope work looks like it will be on hiatus as the LCLS II commissioning is starting.  I am planning a mini-review of the target shielding, but that must await until
 
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        after Joe Gubeli gets back from California (he is following up on an SBIR contract)
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       - I feel I should be doing something on electron bam cooling, but not sure how to be useful.  I have made several recommendations over the last year (APEX gun, lower RF
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        frequency injector, higher harmonic cavities) but these are only now beginning to be examined. I would like to see some results before proposing anything else.

Revision as of 10:33, 19 September 2019

February 1 2019 Report - Jan 21 - Feb 15 Director - Todd Satogata

Todd Satogata

  Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - 
  Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - 



Alex Bogacz

  Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - Finalize Arc 1 and Arc 2 re-design 
     -	Vacation
     - Conferences and Publications Committee: kick-off mtg
  Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Fine-tuning of gamma_t for FODO lattices
     -	Machine support
     -	PRAB paper review
     -	Grad Student Steering Committee mtg.


Rui Li

  Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - FMLA
     - Catching up on work after a long leave 
  Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15) 
     - Planning for the next impedance meeting
     -	Look at collective effect for pCDR-100GeV 



Edy Nissen

   Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - Work on lattices for new JLEIC  boosters
     -	Machine Access Control training
     -	Vacation.
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Finishing MAC training.
     -	Continue work on the new boosters 



Chris Tennant

   Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - Preparing LDRD on machine learning
     - Machine learning meeting at ODU    
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Organizing lunch talk series on machine learning
     - Investigating uses of machine learning at JLAB




Accelerator R & D - Yuhong Zhang

Yuhong Zhang

  Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
     - Considered various issues and potential optimization (IR, cooling) for 100 GeV CM energy JLEIC
     - Prepared FOA report (cooling simulation, bunched beam experiment and coherent electron cooling
     - Prepared talks for Hong Kong High Energy Physics Program
  Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Attend the HK HEP program in the second experiment 
     - Make planning of Lijun Mao's visit
     - Planed spring JLEIC collaboration meeting 



Fanglei Lin

  Previous two weeks (Jan 21 - Feb 1)
       - Optimizing the electron collider ring design with PEP-II magnets
       - Working on the storage ring cooler project
       - Miscellaneous: attended the spin transparency test teleconference, 
           - Attended the Pre-CDR Update meeting, attended the JLEIC R&D meeting, 
           - Attended the Innovative HE Cooling Project Status meeting, attended the Storage Ring Cooler meeting, attended JLEIC general meeting
  Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
       - Work on the electron collider ring design with PEP-II magnets
       - Work on the storage ring cooler project
       - Electron spin study using BMAD



Bhawin Dhital

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Nothing to report
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Nothing to report



Vasiliy Morozov

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Spin transparency experiment: teleconference with collaborators and calculation of the spin response function of RHIC
     - Redesign of ion interaction region for 200 GeV
     - Preparation of the DoE quarterly reports
     - Miscellaneous: postdoc interview, storage ring cooler, collimation
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Completion of the DoE quarterly reports
     - Ion IR and collider ring design
     - pCDR update
     - Spin transparency simulations




Amy Sy

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Served on the review committee covering the primary and neutrino beamlines as part of the DOE/SC review of LBNF/DUNE at Fermilab. 
         - Wrote and submitted the Beamline portion of the final report.
     - Met with Zack Conway and Brahim Mustapha at ANL to discuss the JLEIC ion linac. Discussed polarization tracking, H- intrabeam stripping, and stripping chicane
       design/optimization as paths for further design studies. Working with Brahim to get the latest Trace3D and TRACK inputs for the LEBT and full linac designs.
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Continued work on getting the TRACK code running with the latest version of the JLEIC ion linac lattice.
     - First looks at IMP cooling data from December 2018 to start informing Spring 2019 experimental goals.





Computational Physics - Yves Roblin
Yves Roblin

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - CEBAF: setting up machine for spring run developing metrics for machine assessment
     - OTHER: Meeting at ODU for machine learning collaboration.
           - Defining machine learning problem for possible collaboration
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Continue work from previous weeks 



River Huang
   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Nothing to report
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Nothing to report


He Zhang

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)     
     - JSPEC code development - RF Voltage calculation module has been finished and tested. This feature has been merged into the main branch and pushed to Github. When the bunch
       size is chosen to be constant, jspec will calculate the RF voltage with respect to the momentum spread at each time step. The voltage is saved in the last row of the user-
       specified output file. When the bunch size is allowed to vary with the momentum spread. The RF voltage is calculated once. But it is still saved as above on each time
       step.
              - Space charge field of the electron bunch results in both the longitudinal velocity shift and the transverse velocity shift of the electrons. The longitudinal
                velocity shift is due to the electrostatic potential difference according to the different radius. The transverse one is due to the collective effect of the
                radial space charge field and the longitudinal magnetic field. In the perspective of the friction force calculation, both velocity shifts change the relative
                velocity between the ion and the electron while the transverse one also changes the electron temperature (Larmor emittance). With the help of some references, the
                formulas of the velocity drift for a uniform round electron beam (bunched or coasting) are derived and documented. These are good enough for IMP experiment. For a
                uniform flat beam, one may have to do numerical integration. The code is still under development. 
     - For the core-tail model, I am working on the multidimensional fitting algorithm using the gradient descent method.  
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Finish the core-tail model and the space charge effect in friction force calculation. 
     - Continue documenting JSPEC development. 
     - Prepare data, plots, and poster for the DA based kernel independent FMM. 




Diagnostic Development - Kevin Jordan

Kevin Jordan

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - LCLS-II modules are now at 2K in the lerf. Activity centers now on getting the RF interlocks tested, once this is complete Rama will submit a signed off check list to
       Arne. That is the point that Arne will authorize the operation of the Solid State Amplifiers (SSAs). The next steps are to tune the cavities, then adjust the couplers for
       proper Qext, then Emax & Q0.
     - I submitted 2 invention disclosures; Use of Litz wire to improve grid performance & use of direct induction to speed blackout of vacuum systems (Matt Polker lead)
     - I submitted ATLis for replacing beam viewer flag at ITV7A09 with BNNT buckypaper during the April down when the first of the SLM vacuum chambers is installed.
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Start LCLS-II cavity retesting
     - Isotope beam line & target layout


Joe Gubeli

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Complete a design of the movable radiation shielding for the Isotope production project. Received positive feedback on the design by RADCON and waiting for feedback from
       the project manager and the consultant engineer before progressing. Started initial design for an imager upgrade to ITV7A09. Started some assembly of the ARC 7 SLM
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - Should be receiving components for the ARC 7 SLM and x-ray viewer this week. Will start assembly of those as materials arrive. Will continue working on the ITV7A09 imager
       and radiation shielding wall.


Michael Tiefenback

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Magnetic calibration assessments
     - Harp data structure revision still being planned; expect in upcoming two weeks to complete a proposal for review.
     - Assessment of beam envelope tolerance to momentum mismatch vs. quads.  Hope to schedule at the January accelerator turn-on.
     - Continuing goal to push magnet system diagnostics into procedures for DC Power
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - I seem to be less capable than I expected, and these still lag.  The magnet lab folks are configuring their hardware to check fundamental calibrations from the upgrade,
       and I've been involved in diagnosing problems with canceling remanent field in the injector spectrometer.  However, the analysis for dipole stand rotation in elogs
       3646334, 3646793, and 3646813 seems interesting and useful.  It _appears_ that the dipole stands may have suffered two separate episodes of tilting: one in Mar/Apr 2015
       and one across the Christmas downtime from Dec 2015 to Jan 2016.
     - Continuing with all of the above, with the addition of attempting to identify which stands of the arcs were significantly tilted.  It seems likely to be able to field
       absolute orbit analysis which will identify systematic errors such as this or ground motion, giving us early warning of deviations.  Regularly running such analysis
       processes and archiving the time course would provide readily available "figures of merit" for tracking and reference.




CASA Fellows
LERF - Steve Benson

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - Stood in for T. Satogata in his absence
     - Wrote up budget for Isotope quarterly report.
     - Submitted quarterly reports for FOA and Isotope project.
     - Completed and helped to submit FOA proposal for micro bunching measurements at CBETA Hosted cooler ring meetings to go over the impact of the new booster configuration     
     - Worked on property validation.
     - Submitted laser safety checklists for the LERF.
     - Trained J. Gubeli and J. Musson for User Lab 4 laser safety.
     - Developed specifications for the isotope beam line dipoles power supply
   Next two weeks (Feb 4- Feb 15)
     - Submit new text for LOD and safety envelope for LERF.
     - Summarize the ERLs for EIC workshop. 
     - Develop MPS specifications for isotope runs.
     - Review coherent cooling literature and establish specification baseline Get new simulations for Pre-CDR-100 Write up new draft for Pre-CDR-100 chapter 6 Review invited      
       talk suggestions for FEL 2019 Hold cooler ring and FOA coordination meetings.
     - Hold seminar committee meeting to establish Winter/spring schedule.



Andrew Hutton

   Previous two weeks (Jan 22 - Feb 1)
     - I returned from Europe on February 2.  I had completed my report for the HCERES Review at Orsay while on vacation.  I spent a couple of days finishing my report for the
       AMICI Meeting, then wrote a trip report to management for both meetings, including the reports.  
     - I learned that a full-size booster was being adopted for the ion injection chain and realized that this configuration would permit the creation of a bunch pattern that
       would cancel the gap transients in the RF systems of the Ion Colliding Ring.  I then spent a fair amount of time looking at different options.  
     - I came up with a design for a supplemental container for the isotope target crucible.  I don’t think this will actually be needed for the isotope program (maybe later when
       we have higher radiation levels in the crucible).  However, the design could be used much more widely so I have submitted an invention disclosure.  
     - Joe Gubeli and Keith Welch have made great progress with the shielding design for the isotope irradiations and asked for comments.  I suggested using a borescope to make
       sure that the dump closes properly, including the correct positioning of the target wrt the radiator.  I also spent time looking at TIMs (Thermal Interface Materials) to
       improve cooling of the crucible, following a productive discussion with Dave Meekins.  The final choice will probably be pure Tin, almost as soft and thermally conductive
       as Indium, but with a higher melting temperature.  
     - I discussed with Geoff Krafft the possibility of having a summer student to carry out thermal transfer measurements as part of our design effort to develop a crucible
       capable of dissipating 50 kW.      
   Next two weeks (Feb 4 - Feb 15)
     - In the next two weeks, I will be finalizing the options for gap transient suppression with Bob Rimmer and Jiquan Guo, itemizing the additional hardware required. The
       Isotope work looks like it will be on hiatus as the LCLS II commissioning is starting.  I am planning a mini-review of the target shielding, but that must await until
       after Joe Gubeli gets back from California (he is following up on an SBIR contract).  
     - I feel I should be doing something on electron bam cooling, but not sure how to be useful.  I have made several recommendations over the last year (APEX gun, lower RF
       frequency injector, higher harmonic cavities) but these are only now beginning to be examined. I would like to see some results before proposing anything else.