Study of UV Curing

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Study of UV Curing

Work in the Hall

  • May 5th during the beam studies, placed 5 lead glass bars in Hall A on the beam left spectrometer. They are placed on a ledge on the small angle side near Q2.


Bleaching Lead Glass bars

Intro and lamps to be used

The lead glass bleaching process with UV light was used during the GEp(3) experiment and is extensively used in many other experiments [1][2][3]. Due to the radiation conditions expected in GEp(5), a cleaning rate >5 times faster than GEp(3) is required[4].

The first step was change the kind of lamp used. In GEp(3) was used OSRAM DULUX/L 24W/67. The code 67 indicates the OSRAM 'color' code of the lamp. The emission spectra from this lamp shows that the maximum emission is around 460 nm, with a small tail in the UV region (see figure 1).
Fig.1 Color 67 Emission Spectra
The cleaning process with UV light is based in the annihilation of Color Centers (defects or impurities, in form of electrons or holes, within the lattice, which are optically active[5]).
Fig. 2 Color 78 Emission Spectra
For this, it is necessary make use of light with energy photon higher than the energy of the color center[6]. Although the study has not been done yet, it is know that threshold of such Color Centers is in the UV region. Since the GEp(3) lamp has a total power output in the UV region of 50mW, the first step is looking for commercial with higher total power output in the UV region.


The most inexpensive and faster option is the OSRAM DULUX/L 18W/78. With this lamp it is not necessary huge inversion since the socket and ballast used is the same as the GEp(3) lamp. The emission spectra of this lamp shows a maximum close to 370 nm with a total power output of 3W in the UV region (see figure 2).


Idaho Bars

Idaho bars - First test

Idaho bars - Second test

Yerevan Bars

Yerevan bars - Test

Preliminary measurements

February 18th and 19th, 4 bars from GEp3, one from Mark's prototype, and 2 bar irradiated in Idaho were measured their trasmission, longitudinal and transversally.

Yerevan 01 longitudinal Y01L.jpg

Yerevan 01 transversal Y01T.jpg

Yerevan 02 longitudinal Y02L.jpg

Yerevan 02 tranversal Y02T.jpg

Yerevan 03 longitudinal Y03L.jpg

Yerevan 03 tranversal Y03T.jpg

Yerevan 04 longitudinal Y04L.jpg

Yerevan 04 tranversal Y04T.jpg

Mark's 04 longitudinal ML.jpg

Mark's tranversal MT.jpg

Idaho 06 longitudinal ID06L.jpg

Idaho 06 tranversal ID06T.jpg

Idaho 07 longitudinal ID07L.jpg

Idaho 07 tranversal ID07T.jpg

Systematic Error

Below is a plot of the residual (deviation) caused by the systematic error in the transmisstivity measuring setup. Residual from transmisstivity setup 1.png

To find the residuals we took 14 data runs from the undamaged portion of P04 (25cm and 30cm). The residual was calculated for each wavelength (<math>\widehat{\varepsilon}_i=T_i-\overline{T}.</math>). The histogram above contains the residuals of each point for all 14 runs from 340nm-600nm, it was then fit with a Gaussian.