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Person Phone Number
Run Coordinator (757) 575-7540 (cell)
Physics Division Liaison (757) 876-1789 (cell)
Shift Expert (757) 329-4846 (cell)
Remote Shifter (757) 310-7198 (cell)
MCC-OPS 7048
Crew Chief 7045
Crew Chief 9-876-3367 (cell)
Program Deputy 9-876-7997 (cell)
Engineering on-call 757 748-5048 (cell)
Engineering on-call secondary 757 897-9060 (cell)
Gate House Guard 5822
Location Phone Number
Hall-B Floor 5165
Hall-B Space Frame 5170, 5171
Hall-B Forward Carriage 5371
Hall-B Counting Room 5245 (Shift1), 5126 (Shift2)
Hall-B Counting Room 5244 (Expert)
Hall-B Gas Shed 7115
System Phone Number On-Call Person
DC (757) 748-5048 (cell) Engineering On-Call
SVT + MM (757) 541-7539 (cell) Yori Gotra Primary
SVT + MM (757) 753-7769 (cell) Rafo Paremuzyan (secondary)
ECAL (757) 810-1489 (cell) Cole Smith
FTOF/CTOF (757) 344-7204 (cell) Jose Carvajal
CND (757) 344-7204 (cell) Silvia Niccolai
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) Valery Kubarovsky
DAQ (757) 232-6221 (cell) Sergey Boiarinov
Slow Controls (757) 748-6922 (cell) Nathan Baltzell
Beamline (757) 303-3996 (cell) Eugene Pasyuk
Target (757) 822-9586 (cell) Bob Miller Primary
Target secondary (757) 897-9060 (cell) Denny Insley

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CLAS12 Run Group A, Winter 2018
Beam energy 6.4 GeV (3 pass)
Important: Document all your work in the logbook!
Remember to fill in the run list at the beginning and end of each run (clas12run@gmail.com can fill the run list)

RC: Daniel S. Carman

  • (757) 575-7540
  • 9 575 7540 from Counting Room
  • carman@jlab.org

PDL: Eugene Pasyuk

  • (757) 876-1789
  • 9 876-1789 from Counting Room
  • pasyuk@jlab.org


  • 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.
  • Note 2: At the end of each run, follow the DAQ restart sequence "end run", "abort", "reset", "download", "prestart", "go". After DAQ prestart is complete reboot the scaler IOCs with the command: iocjscalerRestartAll.sh. Note: After each step, make sure it is complete in the Run Control message window. If a roc has crashed, find which one it is and issue a roc_reboot command and try again. Contact the DAQ expert if there are any questions.
  • Note 3: Nominal beam positions: 2C21 (X=0.0 mm, Y=0.0 mm), 2C24 (X=0.0 mm, Y=0.7 mm), 2H01 (X=0.3 mm, Y=-0.6 mm)
  • Note 4: With beam to the Faraday Cup, typical rates an all halo counters upstream from the target should be either 0 or of the order of few counts. Count rates in the range of tens or more may indicate bad beam tune or bleed-through from other Halls.

Run Plan:

(last update 2/5 - 13:00)

The beam position should be as indicated above. Make sure FSD thresholds are set correctly for whatever current is selected (refer to instructions in the "Establish-physics quality beam" procedure at [1]), integration time is set to 5 ms, and that the orbit locks are on.

  • Make sure the hydrogen target is empty.
  • Ramp the torus to 100% field (negatives intending/positive polarity); Ramp the solenoid to 100% field (positive polarity)
  • Prepare for tuning using a 5 nA beam to the tagger yoke: SVT (contact expert to do it), MVT, CND, CTOF, FTT, HTCC, DC, FTOF should be off, tagger magnet should be on. Follow the instructions in the "Establish-physics quality beam" procedure at [2]. Compare harp scan to the ones performed for KPP at 2C21 and 2C24. Consult with the beamline expert in case of issues.
  • If beam profiles at the tagger are acceptable, move to beam tuning to the Faraday Cup with a 5 nA beam. Again, refer to the instructions in the "Establish-physics quality beam" procedure at [3]. Compare harp scan with one performed for KPP at 2H01.
  • Once beam to Faraday Cup is established, prepare to start data taking. Switch on all detectors with 5 nA beam; contact expert to switch on SVT.
  • Start up DAQ using PROD/elec6_htcc_1phe_pcal_150.trg at 5 nA and raise beam current up to 50 nA. Stop if there are rate/current issues in the detectors.
  • Take empty target data using PROD/elec6_htcc_1phe_pcal_150.trg. Take 6 hours of data starting a new run every 2 hours.
  • Turn the beam off and fill hydrogen target
  • Begin flowing gas to the MM detectors (BMT, FMT, FT-Trk). Contact the MM expert for this work.
  • Turn on beam at 5 nA and turn up to 30 nA. Put pictures of beamline scalers and detector rate/current screens in the logbook.
  • Take a series of short data runs to optimize the pre-scale factors for the FT trigger.
  • Take data at 30 nA with PROD/elec6_htcc_1phe_pcal_150.trg. Two shifts of data taking in this configuration.
  • Hall B work for Monday:
    • Ramp down solenoid and torus (RC)
    • Complete shielding addition outside scattering chamber (Hall B Engineering)
    • Restore beamline (Hall B Engineering)
    • Replace FT-Hodo mezzanine board (N. Zachariou)
    • Work on DC cable swaps (M. Cook + M. Mestayer)
    • Work on vacuum gauge (D. Anderson)
    • Investigate polarity of busy signal (S. Boyarinov)
    • Setup gated/ungated scalers and clock scalers (S. Boyarinov)
    • SAF111 walkthrough (E. Pasyuk)
    • Pass change (5-pass to 3-pass)


General Instructions:

  • For a given beam current, compute the FSD thresholds according to the Establish Physics Quality Beam document. Call MCC to update the values. Contact the beamline expert if there are questions about setting the FSD thresholds.
  • 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 60 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 https://logbooks.jlab.org/entry/3502218
  • With any issue contact On-Call Experts or RC - do not spend more than 15-20 min trying to fix the problem.
  • All jscaler iocs (iocjscalerX) on the health screen (under DAQ tab) must be restarted after every DAQ prestart is completed.
  • Check that no unecessary beamline-related screens are open. This includes particularly the big beamline overview screen, but also and any motor/harp/collimator screens, and ioc health screens.

Every Shift:

  1. Follow run plan as outlined by RC
  2. If any concern about beam stability, ask MCC if orbit locks are on (they should be).
  3. Keep shift summary up to date in HBLOG. Record all that happens.
    • Check on white board all scalers, strip charts and monitoring plots that need to be logged regularly
    • 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.
    • Fill and submit the shift checklist in the logbook
  4. Perform 2H01A harp scan once per shift or when beam conditions have changed, based on beam monitors (BPMs, halo rates, beam-viewer). During harp scans the HV for DC and HTCC should be OFF.

Every Run:

  1. Log screenshots of:
    • main scaler GUI display
    • Detector occupancy plots
    • Trigger rate gui
    • Beam strip charts


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