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Role Phone Number
Hall B Run Coordinator (757) 575-7540 (cell)
Hall B Physics Division Liaison (757) 876-1789 (cell)
MCC 7048
Crew Chief 7045
Crew Chief (757) 876-3367 (cell)
Program Deputy (757) 876-7997 (cell)
RadCon (757) 876-1743 (cell)
Gate House Guard 5822
Location Phone Number
Hall B Floor 5165
Hall B Space Frame 5170 and 5171
Hall B Forward Carriage 5371
Hall B Gas Shed 7115
Hall B Counting House 5244 (Shift Expert)
Hall B Counting House (757) 329-4846 (Shift Expert cell)
Hall B Counting House 5245 or 5126 (Shift Worker)
Hall A Counting House 5501
Hall C Counting House 6000
Hall D Counting House 5504
Hall B System Phone Number On-Call Person
Engineering (757) 748-5048 (cell)
(757) 897-9060 (cell)
Engineering On-Call (primary)
Denny Insley (secondary)
Slow Controls (757) 748-6922 (cell) Nathan Baltzell
Beamline (757) 303-3996 (cell) Eugene Pasyuk
DC (757) 218-4372 (cell)
(757) 748-5048 (cell)
Florian Hauenstein (primary)
Engineering On-Call (secondary)
SVT/MVT/MM (757) 541-7539 (cell)
(757) 753-7769 (cell)
Yuri Gotra (primary)
Rafo Paremuzyan (secondary)
ECAL (757) 810-1489 (cell) Cole Smith
FTOF/CTOF (757) 344-7204 (cell) Daniel Carman
CND (757) 329-4844 (cell) Pierre Chatagnon
HTCC/LTCC (757) 344-7174 (cell) Youri Sharabian
FT (757) 344-1848 (cell) Raffaella De Vita
BAND (757) 310-7198 (cell) Florian Hauenstein
RICH (757) 344-3235 (cell)
(757) 748-6922 (cell)
Valery Kubarovsky (primary)
Nathan Baltzell (secondary)
DAQ (757) 232-6221 (cell) Sergey Boiarinov
Cryotarget (757) 218-2266 (cell)
(757) 871-5374 (cell)
(757) 897-1415 (cell)
(757) 746-9277 (cell)
Xiangdong Wei (first)
James Brock (second)
James Maxwell (third)
Chris Keith (fourth)
RG-E Solid Target (757) 344-1848 (cell) Antonio Radic
Authorized Hall B Solenoid/Torus Operators
Hall B Denny Insley, Morgan Cook, Eugene Pasyuk
Magnet Group Probir Ghosha, Renuka Rajput-Ghoshal
Detector Support Group Brian Eng, Pablo Campero, Tyler Lemon
DC Power Onish Kumar, Sarin Philip
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CLAS12 Run Group A, Spring 2019
Beam energy 10.2 GeV (5 pass)
Important: Document all your work in the logbook!
Remember to fill in the run list at the beginning and end of each run

RC: Nick Markov

PDL: Maurizio Ungaro

Run Plan: April 8-15, 2019

(Last updated: April 12th, 2019 @ 19:00)

DAQ config: PROD66; Trigger file: rga_v2.trg

Take production data at in 4 hours runs at 50 nA, DAQ config: PROD66; Trigger file: rga_v2.trg.

On the Torus/Magnet power Suppy monitor torus MPS Control Comm light. It should be green. If not, contact Magnet group.

Pay special attention to scalers of the PCAL and FTOF in sector 5 (under scalers/CLAS12 Forward Carriage/Sector 5) and make sure there are no dead channels in PCAL and FTOF. Also, when looking at monitoring histograms, pay special attention to sector 5 for the same detectors. We had a problem with scalers in sector FTOF 4 which went out. Please monitor it very closely (along with sector 5) and if anyhitng happen contact Sergey (DAQ expert) right away.

After the beam is off at 6 am on Monday morning:
- turn the HTCC HV off;
- turn the LTCC HV off;
- turn the FT HV off (only HV!);

- Do Not turn BAND HV Off.
- Do Not turn EC/PCAL HV Off.
- Do Not turn CTOF and FTOF HV Off.
- Do Not turn RICH HV Off.
- Do Not turn SVT HV Off.

  • Note: DO NOT IGNORE unsafe FSD masking alarm! Follow alarm guidance.

Compare the monitoring histograms from clas12mon to the reference and troubleshoot as needed.

At the end of each run, follow the standard DAQ restart sequence
(Note, this might be different from the instructions coming up on RunControl.)

  • "end run", "cancel", "reset"
  • if the run ended correctly:
    • "download", "prestart", "go"
  • if the run did not end correctly or if any ROCs had to be rebooted:
    • "configure", "download", "prestart", "go"

References and Standards:

(last update March 27, 2019 @ 8:53 a.m.)

Restoration of Beam to Hall B

Nominal Beam Positions

  • 2H01, X: +3.0 mm, Y: -1.0 mm
  • 2C24, X: +0.25 mm, Y: 0.35 mm

FSD Thresholds

  • Upstream: 2000 Hz
  • Midstream: 2000 Hz
  • Downstream: 500000 Hz
  • BOM: 35000

Reference Harp Scans for Beam on Tagger Dump: 2C21 [1], 2C24 [2]

Reference Harp Scans for Beam on Faraday Cup: 2H01 [3]

Reference Monitoring Histograms 5 nA production trigger [4], 50 nA, production trigger [5] (to be updated)

Reference Scalers and Halo-Counter Rates:

  • Well-tuned CW beam on FC, Full LH2 target, CLAS12 ON: 5 nA [6], 50 nA [7]
  • Well-tuned CW beam on FC, Empty Target, CLAS12 OFF: 5 nA [8]
  • Well-tuned beam during Moller run [9]
  • Well-tuned beam on Tagger Dump at 5 nA during harp scans: [10]
  • Reference FTC histogram for 5 nA running: [11]

SVT acceptable currents: 1 uA

General Instructions:

  • The main lights in the Hall (dome lights) and the Forward Carriage lights are being kept off because of light leaks affecting some of the detectors. If these lights are switched on during an access, they should be switched off when leaving the Hall. Note that the dome lights when switched off cannot be turned back on immediately because they require 10-15 min to cooldown.
  • Do not run more than 30 minutes above 30 nA with 5-pass beam without the beam blocker in front of Faraday cup. Put beam blocker in for long running at high currents for 5 pass operations.
  • Turn DC HV off only for beam tuning; if no beam is available or when beam is stable, keep them on even if you are not taking data.
  • In case of loss of communication with IOCBTARG, follow instructions at
  • With any issue contact On-Call Experts or RC - do not spend more than 15-20 min trying to fix the problem.
  • Check for and read any comments to log-book entries made during your shift.

Once Per Day (on day shift):

  • Complete RICH recovery procedure - see Note: 14 below

Every Shift:

  • Follow run plan as outlined by RC
  • If any concern about beam stability, ask MCC if orbit locks are on (they should be).
  • Keep shift summary up to date in HBLOG. Record all that happens.
  • Document any beam condition change and send scaler GUIs to HBLOG
  • Fill out BTA hourly. Click "Load from EPICS" to automatically fill the left side.
  • Upload spectra from clas12mon at begin and end of shift and cross-check with reference spectra
    • Reset clas12mon every ~2 hours and inspect spectra
  • Fill and submit the shift checklist in the logbook
  • Monitor the SVT Slow Controls status, post plot of current stability in the HBSVT elog once per shift.

Every Run:

  • Log screenshots of:
    • main scaler GUI display
    • Trigger rate gui
    • Beam strip charts
    • FTC scalers
  • Fill out the run info in run list at the beginning and at the end of each run.
  • When checking the ECAL response, make sure to look at the histograms for each sector by using the sector buttons at the bottom of the clas12mon window - if adcecal* or/and adcpcal* ROC crashes, there will be no alarm and the histograms are the way to notice this issue.
  • Same holds for FT.
  • Note 1: Be very mindful of the background rates in the halo counters, rates in the detectors, and currents in the SVT for all settings to ensure that they are at safe levels.

The integrated rates on the upstream counters have to be in the range 0-15 Hz (rates up 100 Hz are acceptable) and the rates on the midstream counters have to be in the range 10-20 Hz (acceptable up to 50 Hz) @50 nA. Counting rates in the range of hundreds of Hz may indicate bad beam tune or bleed-through from other Halls.

  • Note 2: FTOF HVs: The goal is to minimize the number of power cycles of the dividers.
    • should be turned off during the initial beam tuning down to the Faraday Cup after CLAS12 has been off for a long shutdown, when doing a Moller run, when doing harp scans, or if there is tuned/pulsed beam in the upstream beamline.
    • should be left on after an initial beam tune has been established and if there are only minor steering adjustments and “tweaks” being made.
    • if shift workers have doubts what to do with the HVs, they can always contact the TOF on-call expert for advice.
  • Note 3: In case of a Torus and/or Solenoid Fast Dump do the following:
    1. Notify MCC to request beam OFF and to drop Hall B status to Power Permit
    2. Call Engineering on-call
    3. Make separate log entry with copies to HBTORUS and HBSOLENOID logbooks. In the "Notify" field add Ruben Fair, Probir Goshal, Dave Kashy and
    4. Notify Run Coordinator
    5. Turn off all detectors
  • Note 4: When beam is being delivered to the Faraday Cup:
    1. the Fast Shut Down elements: Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, BOM, and Solenoid should always be in the state UNMASKED
    2. No changes to the FSD threshold should be made without RC or beamline expert approval
  • Note 5: Any request for a special run or change of configuration has to be approved by the RC & documented
  • Note 6: Carefully check the BTA every hour and run the script to print for you what HAS TO BE in BTA for this hour. Edit BTA if it is incorrect.
  • Note 7: Reset CLAS12MON frequently to avoid histogram saturation. If CLAS12MON is restarted change MAX scale to 10 (default is 5) for DC normalized occupncy histograms. This would prevent them from saturation. See log entry [12]
  • Note 8: Shift workers must check the occupancies! Use this tool to compare to previous runs: [13]
  • Note 9: When you have to turn the whole MVT off, do not press "All HV OFF": Instead go to 'Restore settings' from the MVT overview screen:
    1. SafeMode.snp for beam tuning and Moeller runs
    2. MV_HV_FullField.snp for full solenoid field
    3. MV_HV_MidField.snp wgeb solenoid < 4T

  • Note 10: Check the vacuum periodically, make sure vacuum is not higher than 5e-5
  • Note 11: Always reset the CFD threshold after all power off/on on the CND CAMAC crate

After the CAMAC crate (camac1) holding the CND CFD boards is switched off for any reason, it is mandatory to reset the associated thresholds typing the following command from any clon machine terminal: $CODA/src/rol/Linux_x86_64/bin/cnd_cfd_thresh -w 0

If this command is failing and the crate is not responding, reboot it as follows: roc_reboot camac1

  • Note 12: Shift workers should anyway check routinely scalers to verify they update correctly and make a logbook entry if anomalies are observed after starting a new run.
  • Note 14:

For RICH recovery procedures, please see Log entry This would apply in the cases of 1. DAQ crash: rich4 is not responding or 2. RICH alarms (LV,missing tile, temperature etc). If it does not work or you are uncertain about what to do, contact the RICH expert on call. Please, note that missing tiles typically occur due to lost communication. Keep in mind that the recovery procedure will kill DAQ. If DAQ is running for other purpose, rather than data taking (for which the RICH acceptance would be important) do not initiate the recovery procedure.

    • The most critical parameter for RICH is the temperature of the photosensors. If the temperature rises above limits, an interlock will automatically turn the RICH HV and LV. If this happens, notify the expert on call and keep taking data without RICH.
  • Note 15: Asymmetry on FTCal ADC Scalers: If the beam current is 5 - 10 nA, and the observed asymmetry is out of specs, i.e. > +-2.5%, check (1) that the beam position is according to specs, (2) the response of the rest of CLAS (compare the scalers of FTOF, CTOF, ECAL, etc. from the Scalers GUI to the reference for that current, as posted above). If positions and other detectors do not show any anomalies, keep running. The ADC scalers require at least ~15 nA for a reliable response.
  • Note 16: If ROC mmft1 is 100% busy: power cycle FTT LV (FT->FTT Overview, HV stays ON), roc_reboot mmft1, wait until it reboots (ssh mmft1 to verify). If the first LV recycle/mmft1 reboot doesn’t work call FT expert



Epics on the web

Fall 2018 Run


Moller rg a fall.jpeg

Spring 2018 Run


Moller measurement rg-a.jpg