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HPS 2016 run, February 4 to March April 25, Weekends Only
Shifts are manned from Friday 2pm to Monday 7am
Beam energy 2.3 GeV (1 pass)
Important: Document all your work in the logbook!

Bluejeans for Run Meetings on Thursdays and Fridays at 2pm

RC: Valery Kubarovsky

  • (757) 575-7540 OR (603) 868-8088
  • 9 575 7540 from Counting Room

PDL: Harut Avakian

Run Plan for February 26 - 29, 2016:

Start close-up of the Hall at 3pm on Friday, March 4

  • See General Instructions on the right for details

When hall reaches "Beam Permit", turn on the chicane

Establish beam to the tagger dump

  1. See "General Instructions" on the right for details
  2. Log screenshots of the ECal and main HPS scaler screens for reference when beam is established at the tagger

Bring beam to FC:

  1. Note: in order to have reliable readings on two important for HPS BPMs, 2H00 and 2H02, beam current should be 50 nA. Before moving forward with 2H02A harp scans and beam profile tune, make sure orbit lock is engaged at positions on 2H00(X=0.00,Y=0.00) and on 2H02(X=-1.00,Y=-0.85).
  2. Important Note: Before bringing beams to the FC, be sure that the SVT and ECal are off, the SVT fully retracted, the target out, and the 2.82 mm SVT collimator is in. All beam studies should be done in these conditions with beam currents of 50 nA.
  3. Establish beam to the Faraday cup following the "General Guidelines" on the right. The required beam profile at 2H02A harp is: X-width <~0.25 mm, Y-width <~ 0.050 mm, and the tilt angle <15 degrees. The spot on the Chromax viewer should be close to x=-2mm, y=-5mm.
  4. Restore ECal and Trigger
    • Turn on ECal
    • Record FADC rates with and without the 4 um target at 200 nA.
    • Trigger/DAQ expert checks trigger rates, DAQ, and deadtime with 200 nA beam on 4 um target. Record:
      1. main scaler screen
      2. ecal scaler gui
      3. trigger rate gui (requires DAQ Prestarted with v7_200nA.trg)
        • Dead time should be ~85%
        • Total Trigger rate should be ~25 kHz.
  5. SVT Setting (call SVT expert in)
    • If beams are stable, SVT expert moves SVT to 1.0 and then 0.5 mm
    • record occupancy, latency, data size, and deadtimes
  6. Record Production Data with 4um target @ 200 nA
    • Use Configuration HPS35 and Trigger v7_200nA.trg.
    • 150 Million events per run
    • Be sure to follow General Guidelines, especially instructions for Every Shift and Every Run below.
    • Monitor and record BPM 2H02 history carefully to insure stable beams.
      • If beams are not stable, get MCC to fix it!
    • Document any beam condition change and send scaler GUIs to HBLOG
  7. Special (to be scheduled by RC)
    • 3.93 mm collimator
      • Scan to center it (update epics records)
      • Empty target run to compare rates with 2.82 mm collimator
    • Quick no-collimator rate measurement

Important Notes:

  1. Do not run more than 60 minutes above 30 nA without the beam blocker in front of Faraday cup. Put beam blocker in for long running at high currents.

Recovering from beam trips when running SVT at 0.5 mm:

  1. SVT HV will trip off automatically upon a beam trip. Check the FSD GUI to see if high rates in the HPS halo counters generated the trip
    • If it was NOT an HPS halo counter trip, MCC should restore the beam on their own. As soon beam is back and stable, restore SVT HV.
    • If it was an HPS halo counter trip, MCC will not restore the beam until we request it. Inform MCC that we will get back to them when we are ready for beam.
      1. Retract the SVT to its 1.5 mm stations, both top and bottom.
      2. Tell MCC we are ready for beam.
      3. Once beam is restored, confirm that both 2H02 beam positions x and y are as desired and halo counter rates are as expected.
      4. Once beam is stable for ~1 minute, restore SVT HV and the SVT to its nominal position.
      5. Resume data taking.


General Instructions:


If DAQ crashed/broken:

  1. Reboot DAQ completely..
  2. If the procedure fails to restore DAQ, call Sergey (DAQ on call) without any further disturbing the DAQ status.

Locking up the hall on Fridays

  • At 2pm check the status of the activities in the hall and notify RC if there are potential delays for the lockup at 3pm.
  • Work with the hall work coordinator (Doug Tilles or his designee) to make sure hall is ready for sweep at around 3pm:
    • Vacuum is good, magnet power supplies are turned ON and in remote mode, LCW is on.
  • Make sure experts, beamline, ECal, SVT, and slow controls, checked their systems before the lockup.
  • When ready notify MCC to start sweep and lockup of the hall.
  • Make sure all necessary monitoring GUIs are up and running.
  • Make sure beam viewer screens are up.
  • When hall reaches "Beam Permit":

Establishing Acceptable Beam Conditions:

  1. Make sure SVT is retracted and both SVT and ECAL are OFF.
  2. First send beam to the tagger dump:
    • Check that beam type is set to "Photon" (HPS_EPICS->Beam->BTA).
    • Ask MCC to turn ON the tagger magnet and then deliver <10 nA beam.
    • Check the beam position on the tagger viewer, it should be approximately in the centre of the screen
    • Follow instructions under "Procedures" on the documentation tab for "Beamline"[1]. To tune the beam on tagger dump and perform harp scans beam current should be <10 nA.
    • Check profile using 2C21 and tagger harp scans, and compare the positions and widths with previous scans ([2],[3])
      • Positions on both harps should be within 1mm
      • Width on 2C21 should be <~0.1+/-0.05 mm
      • Width on tagger harp (2C24) <~0.35 +/- 0.1mm
    • If beam is stable enough to perform harp scans, turn ECAL HV ON to monitor and log ECal rates
    • Halo counters UPS-L/R and TAG-L/T/T2 should be ~few Hz/nA [4]
  3. Before sending beam to the Faraday cup
    • Check that chicane GUI says "Chicane Ready"
    • Check that SVT protection collimator is ON
    • HPS target is OUT and ECAL HV is OFF
    • SVT is OUT (position=0.000 mm in main hps scaler screen) and HV is off (all red/green indicators RED in SVT bias GUI)
    • If any uncertainty, page the experts
    • The first time sending beam to the Faraday cup after the hall is closed, page the SVT expert.
  4. Send beam to the Faraday cup
    • Follow the instructions under "Procedures" on the documentation tab for "Beamline"[5] to establish beam to the electron dump. Note: in order to have reliable readings on two important for HPS BPMs, 2H00 and 2H02, beam current should be 50 nA.
    • Ask MCC to establish 50 nA beam with HPS orbit locks on (We need HallBHPSOrb not HallBOrb configuration). For orbit lock positions on 2H00(X=0.00,Y=0.00) and on 2H02(X=-1.00,Y=-0.85). Use the 2.82 mm SVT collimator. .
    • Tune beam profile at HPS using measured widths on 2H02A harp. The required beam profile at 2H02A harp is: X-width <~0.25 mm, Y-width <~ 0.10 mm for commissioning, and Y-width ~0.05 for physics running, and the tilt angle <15 degrees.
    • Check and log the beam spot on chromax viewer
    • The halo counter rates before HPS must be low:
      1. UPS-L and UPS-R few Hz/nA,
      2. The tagger counters should count less than Hz/nA and downstream counters should count ~Hz/nA
      3. The halo counter rates on HPS, HPS-L/R/T/SC, depends on the collimator and HPS chicane settings, but should not be more than 100 Hz/nA [6]
    • Positions on BPMs must be close to what they were before [7]
    • Once all the above is achieved, turn ECAL HV ON to monitor and log ECal rates
    • Insert the 4um W target without turning off the beam.
  5. Before accepting beam, make sure all the previous conditions are met. Always read previous log entries, compare settings of BPMs and correctors with previous settings using scaler_hps GUI.

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 2H02A harp scan once per shift or when beam conditions have changed, based on beam monitors (BPMs, halo rates, beam-viewer)
  5. With any issue contact On-Call Experts or RC

Every Run:

  1. After "Go": Check SVT Occupancy
  2. Update the Run Spreadsheet
  3. Log screenshots of:
    • main scaler_hps display
    • ECAL FADC rate gui
    • Trigger rate gui
    • SVT and ECAL Monitoring pdfs
  4. After each run execute this script (replace RunNb by the actual run number):
    • RunNb
  5. All trigger files to be used by shifters are in HPS/Run2016

Spring 2016 @ 2 GeV:


Run Coordinator
Feb 3 - Feb 10 Stepan Stepanyan
Feb 10 - Feb 17 Takashi Maruyama
Feb 17 - Feb 24 John Jaros
Feb 24 - Mar 2 Raphaël Dupré
Mar 2 - Mar 9 Nathan Baltzell
Mar 9 - Mar 16 Maurik Holtrop
Mar 17 - Mar 24 Stepan Stepanyan
Mar 24 - Mar 30 Valery Kubarovsky
Mar 30 - Apr 6 Stepan Stepanyan
Apr 6 - Apr 15 Rafayel Paremuzyan
Apr 15 - Apr 18 John Jaros
Apr 18 - Apr 25 Stepan Stepanyan
Physics Division Liaison
Feb 3 - Mar 16 Harut Avagyan
Feb 4 - Feb 10 F.X. Girod
Feb 10 - Feb 17 Stepan Stepanyan
Feb 17 - Feb 24 Rafo Paremuzyan
Feb 24 - Mar 2 Clive Field
Mar 2 - Mar 9 Takashi Maruyama
Mar 9 - Mar 16 John Jaros
Mar 16 - Apr 6 Stepan Stepanyan
Apr 6 - Apr 18 Rafayel Paremuzyan
Apr 18 - Apr 25 Stepan Stepanyan
Feb 4 - Feb 11 Stepan Stepanyan
Feb 12 - Feb 18 Sho Uemura
Feb 19 - Feb 25 Bryan McKinnon
Feb 26 - Mar 10 Hovanes Egiyan
Mar 11 - Apr 25 Nathan Baltzell
Feb 2 - Feb 9 Holly Vance
Feb 9 - Feb 16 Nathan Baltzell
Feb 16 - Feb 23 Raphaël Dupré
Feb 23 - Mar 1 Andrea Celentano
Mar 1 - Mar 15 Gabriel Charles
Mar 17 - Apr 8 Nathan Baltzell
Apr 8 - Apr 25 Holly Vance
Feb 4 - Feb 12 Matt Graham
Feb 12 - Feb 19 Sho Uemura
Feb 19 - Feb 26 Matt Solt
Feb 26 - Mar 4 Vitaliy Fadeyev
Mar 4 - Mar 14 Tim Nelson
March 17 - March 28 Matt Solt
Feb 3 - Apr 25 Sergey Boyarinov

Spring 2015 Final @ 1 GeV:



System/Person Pager/Phone Number
Run Coordinator (757) 575-7540 (cell)
Physics Div. Liaison (757) 876-1789 (cell)
MCC-OPS 7048
Crew Chief 7045
Crew Chief 9-879-3367 (cell)
Program Deputy 9-876-7997 (cell)
Gate House Guard 5822
DAQ/Online (757) 869-2188 (cell)
SVT (757) 541-7539 (cell)
ECAL (757) 810-1489 (cell)
Slow Controls (757) 748-6922 (cell)
Beamline (757) 303-3996 (cell)
Engineering (757) 748-5048
Hall-B Floor 5165
Hall-B Space Frame 5170, 5171
Hall-B Forward Carriage 5371
Hall-B Counting Room 5126, 5244, 5246, 5247
Hall-B Gas Shed 7115