Jefferson Lab Weekly Briefs February 12, 2014

Jefferson Lab Weekly Briefs
February 12, 2014

12 GeV Upgrade

On Feb. 5, 2.2 GeV/pass tune beam was transported to 2R and held there for eight hours. This energy is a new record for one pass and is the machine performance needed to eventually deliver 12 GeV beam to Hall D and 11 GeV beam to Halls A, B and C. This demonstrates one of the Key Performance Parameters needed for CD-4A approval of the 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade project. Starting from pre-calculated settings for the magnets, only minor adjustments were needed for the steering and optics. Beam transport installations for the accelerator are complete. The beamlines to the halls are being completed with vacuum checkout. The rebuilt YB septas in the east spreader/recombiner have been set back in place and are being hooked up and aligned. All radiofrequency and cryomodule scope has been completed. Box supplies for arcs 3-6 are onsite and at various stages of checkout. MARC5 and MARC6 are ready for testing with the dipole magnets. The final shipment of the 20 Amp trim supplies is on the way from the vendor. The Personnel Protection System installations for the 5.5 pass recirculation are complete. The order for the stripline beam position monitors has been awarded. Work is starting on the nano-Amp beam position monitors for Hall D.


Jefferson Lab Published Articles, Feb. 3 - 8

  • J.R. Pelaez, et al., "Identification of non-ordinary mesons from the dispersive connection between their poles and their Regge trajectories: The f0(500)f0(500) resonance." Phys. Lett. B 729 9 (2014).
  • X. Zheng, PVDIS Collaboration, "Measurement of parity violation in electron–quark scattering." Nature 506 67 (2014).

Remember to submit your papers for approval to the Jefferson Lab Publications database.

Apply Now for the JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program
JSA will award fellowships to qualified doctoral students at SURA member universities for research related to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia. Each fellowship will provide the awardee's home institution with a $10,000 stipend (~half of a normal academic year research assistant stipend). Application materials are due by March 5. For more information, see the website or contact Elizabeth Lawson.


The Machine Shop is presently manufacturing or continuing to manufacture:

  • Multi-Spoke Superconductive Cavity 500 MHz full-size spoke die assembly and a full-scale copper mockup of the cavity;
  • For Hall C's Super High Momentum Spectrometer (SHMS), a Tungsten Collimator for the Sieve Slit Vacuum Box Assembly;
  • Also for Hall C's SHMS, Sieve Slit Vacuum Box Assembly; and
  • Various small machining jobs for lab customers.

JLab Calendar of Events

Feb. 17: Safety Shoe vendor onsite
Feb. 18: JSA's E-Commerce Vendor Fair
Feb. 19: Colloquium: Responding to a Threatening Situation
Feb. 20-22: GlueX Collaboration Meeting
Feb. 21-22: Hall C Collaboration Meeting
Feb. 24-27 Radiation Control Department Peer Review
March 1: Va. Regional Middle School Science Bowl
March 5-8: CLAS Collaboration Meeting
March 13-15: Q-weak Collaboration Meeting
March 17-21: EIC14 Workshop

Environment, Safety, Health and Quality

Proper Gloves
Just like hard hats and safety glasses, gloves are a key component of a worker's safety gear in the industrial sector. However, the critical protection offered by gloves becomes meaningless when workers refuse to wear them because they are uncomfortable or too cumbersome. Every year, approximately 1 million workers in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for acute hand injuries incurred on the job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of workers who experienced hand injuries were not wearing gloves, and the remaining 30 percent experienced injuries due to wearing damaged gloves or the improper type of glove for the application.

At Jefferson Lab, there are a wide variety of gloves available in the Stock Room that have been selected for the type of hazards at the lab. As one can imagine, there is no one glove for all hazards, so the supervisor in consultation with Industrial Hygiene has selected the type of glove for a particular job. The type of glove is specified in the various work control documents for that work. "Rubber" gloves, a poorly used generic name, is applied to numerous types of soft, pliable-material gloves, but each has distinct chemical resistance properties. Therefore, it is important to use only the glove specified, and in the correct size and in good condition, for a particular chemical so that you avoid a skin injury. For more information regarding glove selection, consult the ES&H Manual.

Computing and Networking Infrastructure

CNI Maintenance Period Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5-10 p.m.
The IT Division's CNI group will hold a systems and network maintenance period on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5-10 p.m. During this time, work will be performed on the Zimbra mail system, which may cause some interruptions to service as the proxy servers are upgraded. Updated certificates will be installed on, so there may be a brief outage while the certificate is installed and the system is rebooted. Also, there will be an update to the Cisco IP phones that may cause the screen to flash, but no active calls will be affected. A Firefox and Thunderbird update will be released to all Windows systems, as well as a flash plugin update. All MIS applications will be down while patches are applied to the backend servers and rebooted. Finally, patches will be released to all Windows and Linux systems. Plan on rebooting your system on the Thursday or Friday following CNI Maintenance. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Division Helpdesk, x7155.

Computer User Audit Begins Next Week
The annual Computer User Account Audit will begin on Monday, Feb. 17. All supervisors and sponsors of users with computer accounts at Jefferson Lab are required to review and re-authorize these accounts. This audit is a critical part of maintaining an appropriate level of cyber security at Jefferson Lab. If you sponsor someone with a computer user account at Jefferson Lab, you will receive an email on Feb. 17 with information on how to complete your user audit. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this audit, contact Jessica A. Perry, x7262.


Mark your Calendar: Jefferson Lab to Host Open House on May 17
Accelerating Discovery is the theme for the Jefferson Lab Open House to be held Saturday, May 17. Open House provides the public with the opportunity to explore the world-class research being conducted at the lab, to talk with staff and users, and to visit some of the lab’s research and support areas. The event will include exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, tours and hands-on activities for all ages!
The event will take place, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on May 17. (No admittance after 2 p.m.) There will be no admission fee, and parking will be free.
The lab holds an open house every two years; the last one was held in May 2012. For more information, visit the website or email.

Jefferson Lab Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Thursday
Attention All Regular and Term Employees: The 2014 Open Enrollment starts tomorrow, Feb. 13, and will continue through Feb. 26. This is the time of the season for you to review and, if necessary, modify your benefits options. More information is coming soon.

Treat Your Valentine to Lunch at the Quark Cafe
On Friday, Feb. 14, the Quark Cafe is offering a lovely menu of items to share with your Valentine. Partake in carved roast tenderloin of beef, pasta primavera, fried oyster po' boy, steamed lemon asparagus, lobster mashed potatoes and chocolate-covered strawberries. See the Cafe Amore flyer for pricing information.

Vendor Fair
All members of the Jefferson Lab community are invited to the annual JSA E-Commerce Vendor Fair scheduled for 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The theme is safety, so come ready to ask vendors about their safety information, supplies and equipment. Vendor displays and tables will be set up in the CEBAF Center atrium and room F113. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. If you have any questions or concerns about this event, contact Renee Carter.

Colloquium: How to Respond to a Threatening Situation
Learn how to stay safe during a public violence or active threat situation. Representatives from the Newport News Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offer a one-hour briefing on identifying and responding to threatening situations, including mass violence and active shooter events. Learn your best options for each situation, what actions to take to protect yourself, and what to expect when law enforcement arrives on the scene. Two briefings will be offered on Feb. 19 in the CEBAF Center auditorium at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Help Keep CEBAF Clean
Accelerator Operations is getting ready to finish the CEBAF tunnel housekeeping work that began late in 2013. Tunnel housekeeping is being planned to take place from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. each day, Feb. 24-27. Volunteers will be needed to help in dusting off and wiping down components inside the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility and sweeping the tunnel floor. To sign up and for more information, see the all-hands email.

Jefferson Lab Golf League Forming for Season - Sign Up Now
Jefferson Lab golfers, and those who would like to be, are invited to join the Jefferson Lab Golf League for the 2014 season. The golf league season extends from early April to September, with tee-times at a local course starting at 4 p.m. If you're interested in joining, subscribe to the golf mailing list by sending an email to this address. Additional information will also be posted to the league's web page. The sign up period will extend through February, with an organizational meeting tentatively planned for the first week of March. If you want to play this season but have not yet found a team, contact David Griffith to be added to the list of available players. 

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Available by Appointment
TIAA-CREF will be offering additional Individual Counseling Sessions in November. The consultant will be available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities. Sessions will be offered on Friday, March 14 and Friday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Support Service Center Room 21. To schedule an appointment with a TIAA-CREF Individual Consultant to discuss your plan and options for managing your retirement savings, call TIAA-CREF at (800) 732-8353, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Tracking Thomas at Jefferson Lab
Little Thomas is visiting all corners of the Jefferson Lab campus. If you can identify his location this week, email Kandice Carter with your guess. Guesses are accepted through Friday.

Samika Hawkins and Doug Higinbotham correctly guessed the location for Feb. 5. Honorable mentions go to Dick Owen, Christian Whalen and Stephanie Vermeire. Check out Tracking Thomas on flickr for a better view of his last location and this week's new mystery photo.


JLab Weekly Briefs is an ongoing publication providing information on the status of safety, accelerator operations, experiments, free-electron laser, reviews, upcoming activities and special events. Deadline for submission is every Tuesday by 10 a.m. Submit new items to: Public Affairs or contact Kandice Carter at x7263.