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Accelerator Update for March 9, 2005 - March 11, 2005

Wednesday March 9
The day shift began with the Tevatron (TeV) in shot setup, with Switchyard (SY) and NuMI beam off due to shot setup, and with MiniBooNE taking beam.

At 8:40 AM, Operations reported that the shot setup was on hold due to TeV experts adjusting the tune, chromaticity, orbit, and the helix.

At 9:31 AM, right after the antiprotons were loaded into the TeV, the TeV suffered a multi-house quench in sectors A, B, and F.

The Antiproton Source (Pbar) resumed stacking at 9:45 AM.

Operators readied the Collider Detector at Fermilab's (CDF) collision hall for access at 10:19 AM.

Operations established beam to the Meson experiments MCenter and MTest at 1:05 PM.

A Main Injector (MI) expert began a bunch rotation study at 1:52 PM.

At 2:37 PM, another MI expert began a different study that halted SY beam.

Operations resumed sending beam to SY and the Meson experiments around 4:50 PM.

Operations put the TeV into a dry squeeze at 6:18 PM.

Operations loaded a 36x0 study-store into the TeV at 8 PM and then prepared the Recycler to stash antiprotons.

At 8:22 PM, the TeV study-store aborted due to corrupted data.

At 8:54 PM, Operations tried to resume stacking when all the TeV kickers fired. Experts began their investigation of the event.

Pbar resumed stacking at 8:57 PM.

At 9:38 PM, the TeV beam aborted due to the power supply for the defocusing sextupoles tripping off. An expert was called in.

Operations put the TeV into a dry squeeze at 9:48 PM.

MCenter and MTest resumed taking beam at 9:51 PM.

NuMI experts said they were finished using the beam for the night at 11:49 PM.

Thursday March 10
The midnight shift began with the TeV conducting studies, with Operations monitoring the stash, with Pbar stacking, and with MiniBooNE, MCenter, and MTest taking beam.

At 12:24 AM, Operations reported that the sector F17 collimator wasn't moving to its safe position. Operations contacted an expert.

At 1:14 AM, the Booster East Anode power supply tripped. All attempts to reset it failed. Operators called in experts.

Operations put the TeV through a dry squeeze at 1:24 AM.

Booster experts discovered at 2:26 PM that a RF station (BRF1) was keeping the Anode power supply off. They bypassed the station. Booster resumed accelerating beam and Pbar resumed stacking.

Operations loaded the TeV with a 36x0 study-store at 3:25 AM.

At 3:39 AM, the TeV suffered a sector F17 quench due to a collimator problem. Operators called in an expert to help investigate the problem.

MTest experimenters reported at 4:01 AM that they were finished with the beam for the night.

At 7:47 AM, two MI RF stations (MIRF2 & 7) tripped off. MIRF7 wouldn't come on. Operators contacted an expert.

The Neutron Therapy Facility (NTF) requested beam for patient treatment at 8:01 AM.

Operations reported at 8:38 AM that the F17 collimator work was finished. Operations prepared the TeV for a 12x0 study-store.

NuMI experts began a study period at 8:39 AM.

At 9:30 AM, the TeV suffered a quench at sector F1. Experts investigated.

Operations began a TeV checkout with only a QBS ramp at 11:32 AM.

Booster experts began their work on GMPS at 12:17 PM.

Booster RF experts repaired BRF1 at 1:15 PM.

GMPS work finished at 2:32 PM.

MiniBooNE resumed taking beam at 2:43 PM.

Pbar resumed stacking at 2:49 PM.

NuMI experts resumed their study period at 3:02 PM. MTest also resumed taking beam.

At 3:13 PM, BRF17 & 18 tripped off. An operator reset the stations, but then BRF17 tripped on a ground fault. An expert was asked to investigate.

At 4:08 PM, BRF17 tripped off. It reset okay.

At 4:18 PM, most of the MI RF stations tripped off. An expert saw this and reset them. He didn't know why they had tripped.

Operations reported at 5:47 PM that they had loaded a 12x0 study-store into the TeV.

Operations put the TeV into shot setup at 6:16 PM.

Operations established store 4038 at 8:55 PM with an initial luminosity of 95.9E30. Pbar resumed stacking.

NuMI studies resumed at 9:02 PM.

At 11:32 PM, the TeV quenched at sectors C4 and D0. Operators investigated.

NuMI studiers finished for the night at 11:46 PM.

Friday March 11
The midnight shift began with operators investigating the TeV quench, and with MiniBooNE , MCenter, and MTest taking beam.

Operators reported at 12:40 AM that they found some D0 low beta voltage spikes on the Quench Protection Monitor (QPM) system and reported them to experts who continued the investigation.

A controls expert joined another expert at 2:36 AM to help with the quench investigation.

At 5:02 AM, the Linac suffered a trip.

A controls expert began replacing the D0 QPM at 3:40 AM. He finished the job at 5:09 AM.

At 5:12 AM, Operations reported that they haven't been able to restore beam to Booster since the Linac trip. An operator called in an expert.

Operations put the TeV through a dry squeeze at 5:50 PM.

Operations reported at 6:18 AM that the controls experts were going to do more QPM work.

A controls expert reported at 6:47 AM that the D0 QPM noise hadn't gone away. Investigations continued.

Operations reported at 7:39 AM that the Booster work was completed and that beam had been established to the MI dump. Pbar resumed stacking at 7:44 AM.

The Plan for Monday
The plan for today is to resolve the QPM noise problem and then put the TeV into a long dry squeeze before putting the TeV into shot setup.

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