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Spring 2016 Compton

The Compton polarimeter is used to (non-invasively) monitor polarization of the incoming electron beam. It has three major components: an optics table with a laser that can lock to a Fabry-Perot cavity, an electron detector, and a photon detector to count scattered electrons and photons, respectively.

Last edit: LThorne 02:08, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

Shift Workers' Operation Guide

Instructions for shift workers to run Compton.

  1. Pre-check:
    1. HV on/off? -> Compton#High Voltage Controls
    2. [Experts only]: Correct parameters for run in integratingDAQ.flags and compton.params?

Start a Compton run every two hours.

The Compton DAQ is located in the back room in the Counting House. All commands are done from compton@compton.

If CODA is not already running:

Kill CODA first, then start it up again:
   $ kcoda
   $ startcoda
A few new Terminal windows and a GUI pop up.
LT CODAgui.png
Let "top" refer to the bar with named menu options near the top of the GUI (ex: Platform, Sessions, etc). Let "bottom" refer to the bar below "top" that contains a line of buttons (hover over them to reveal their labels; starting with "Configuration" on the left).
  1. In top, select: Platform > Connect
  2. In bottom, click on "Configuration" button.
    • If configuration listed in the "Run Parameters" box is not FADC_prod: in top, select Configurations > Cool and change it to FADC_Prod.
  3. In bottom, click on "Download" button
  4. In bottom, click on "Prestart" button
  5. When ready to start run, click "Start" button. Typical run duration: 2 hours. Type in any Start Of Run comments in the box.
  6. When ready to stop run, click "End" button. Type in any End Of Run comments in the box.

Compton Experts' Operation Guide

Run Compton analysis:

In compton@compton:

   $ cd /home/compton/CompMon/

Run analysis software:

   $ ./compmon <run number, no brackets>

Open ROOT:

   $ root -l /data/cmuwork/rootfiles/Fall2016/compmon_<run number, no brackets>.root

Run desired C script located in CompMon directory.

Some useful analysis scripts:

  • /home/compton/lthorne/CompMon/plotAsymSpectrum.C: Quick and dirty view of asymmetry histograms, cavity and BCM limits.
  • /home/compton/lthorne/CompMon/buildQuartets.C and buildQuartetsPlot.C: For constructing multi-run asymmetry plots.
  • /home/compton/lthorne/CompMon/BCMCal/calibration<runNumber>,C: BCM calibration scripts for specific runs.


Electronics, etc.

Centering the Beam

Use the strip tool for this to watch Compton rates (high, low, and central) as you change the beam positioning. Once you get the highest Compton rate, fine tune it by checking that the beam isn't hitting one of the tungsten fingers (use table controls). Again, use Compton rates to guide you. The fingers are ~3mm long.

Photon Detector Table

For controls, troubleshooting: Compton Photon Detector

High Voltage Controls

Know the HV channel and navigate to the GUI: HV Control GUI

Laser System

Real time o-scope signals

Cavity lock camera

Make sure laser flipping is on

Turning off the laser

IOC reboot

Accessing the laser hutch in the hall

Laser and Locking troubleshooting

Software & Data Analysis

Relevant files, scripts, etc.

Helicity controls

From within NewTools controls (see first few steps in Compton Photon Detector Compton GUI section):

  1. On far right of JTabs menu, there are "master" controls. Find and click on Tools Screen.
  2. Go to the helicity controls. (The default is delayed, so be careful of this.)

Current Scripts

As a brief check, run plotAsymSpectrum.C.


Compton Meetings

See last list entry for most recent meeting.

Current Compton Experts

Expert Phone
Dave Gaskell x6092
Alexandre Camsonne x5064
Ciprian Gal x6235
Juan Carlos Cornejo (Photon Detector) x5282

Expert Information

For expert monitoring and troubleshooting information please visit Compton Expert Information.

Old Compton page (pre-Spring 2016)

See Pre-Spring 2016 Compton

Last edit on 2016 11 04, by Lthorne