Jefferson Lab Weekly Briefs
January 18, 2012

12 GeV Upgrade

Progress continues on the superconducting magnets and related infrastructure for Hall C. Winding of the coils for the Q1 quadrupole magnet for the Super High Momentum Spectrometer has started. A coil for the HB magnet was tested in a liquid helium dewar to more than 3,000 Amps of current. The copper stabilizer for the superconducting cable for the Q2, Q3 and dipole magnets has been re-shaped with the "keystone" and is ready to be soldered to the several kilometers of SSC cable. All sections of the support structure are under contract, with first sections already arrived at JLab. The five cryogenic control reservoirs are complete at the vendor and are undergoing acceptance testing. Bids are in hand for the several hundred tons of Q2, Q3 and dipole magnet yokes.

Physics

Hall A had a readiness review for the g2p/GEp experiments. The review covered technical and safety aspects. The experiments appear to be on track for starting on Feb. 15. The main remaining task is the preparation of the polarized proton target, a job which is being done by the target group (Chris Keith et al.).

 

In Hall C, the Q-weak experiment completed low-current tracking measurements and is now taking asymmetry data on the liquid hydrogen target using beam currents up to 180 microamps.

 

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JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program
JSA, LLC, is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program. More information and an application can be found on the JSA, LLC website. The application deadline is March 9.

JSA/JLab Sabbatical Support Program
JSA is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year JSA/JLab Sabbatical Support Program. More information and an application can be found on the JSA, LLC website. The application deadline is March 9.

Accelerator

Most of the week consisted of sending low-current beam to Halls B and C. On Thursday, a spin dance was performed to optimize the spin polarization for Hall C. The injector was set up for higher current on Friday. The ultimate goal was weekend running at 180 μA to Hall C, but the remaining low-current operations in Hall C limited setup to 150 μA. Over the weekend, the last 30 μA proved difficult to obtain at times due to fleeting instabilities in the injector. At one point, a vacuum valve closed in the west arc, which required an access for replacement of an air line. Following the access, two arc dipole power supplies would not turn on and two radiofrequency cavities required bypassing. Once those issues were fixed and the accelerator was recovered, the optical setup in Hall B proved unsatisfactory for the hall. Once again, personnel were called in to assist and were able to make adjustments to get by until Monday. With the needed final correction of Hall B optics and elusive injector instabilities at high current, this week is going to be a challenging one.

Center for Theoretical and Computational Physics

JSA/JLab Distinguished Theory Student Fellowship Program
JSA is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 JSA/JLab Distinguished Theory Student Fellowship. Applications are due Feb. 20. For program information, see the website.

After extracting a spectrum of nucleon and Δ states from lattice QCD computations, a new analysis identifies a subset whose internal structure appears to be more complex than simply three quarks in relative motion. These hybrid baryon states feature an excited gluonic field that seems to be of the same chromomagnetic form as was found in hybrid mesons. The methodology leading to this conclusion is discussed and the implications for existing models of gluonic excitations are presented.

Environment, Safety, Health and Quality

Safety Signs
The signal words and colors used on safety signs around the lab convey degrees of hazard or the seriousness of potential injury. Here are descriptions of a few, basic types of safety signs:

  • Danger signs indicate immediate danger and that special precautions are necessary to avoid serious injury. The danger sign colors are red, black and white.
  • Caution signs are used only for potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices. Caution signs are yellow and black with the signal word and may contain the "!" character in a triangle.
  • Warning signs alert you to things that may change or of which you should be aware. Warning signs can be any color, but many are generally orange and black with the signal word and may contain the "!" character in a triangle.
  • Notice signs indicate special rules for certain areas. Notice signs are blue and white.
  • Information signs indicate the location of safety equipment or provide safety information. These signs are generally green and white.

Announcements

Science Series Lecture: Volcanoes in Virginia!
Everyone is invited to the next Science Series lecture, set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the CEBAF Center auditorium. The recent earthquake may have you wondering what other surprises Virginia's geology may hold. Could there be a volcanic eruption in Virginia? According to Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University, a number of mysterious eruptions occurred in western Virginia 35-48 million years ago. This talk investigates the possible origins of these eruptions, and what they can tell us about the crust and mantle underneath Virginia. All Science Series lectures are free and open to students and adults with an interest in science.

New Dog Training Class Forming
About 96 percent of dogs who end up in shelters with behavioral problems have not received any obedience training, according to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. JLab staff, users and their family members can beat the statistic by joining the JAG Dog Training Club. A new Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog class is starting on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the VARC lobby. Dogs who attend this class must be at least six months old, housebroken and up-to-date on all shots. For more information, contact Joyce Miller, x7163, or Brian Kross, x7022.

Onsite Blood Drive Set for Jan. 27
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in CEBAF Center Room F113. New and repeat donors are encouraged to attend. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, contact Johnie Banks, x7539.

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

Congratulations this week go to Brita Hampton, Annie Tran and Doug Higinbotham, who were the first to correctly identify the Jan. 11 location. Honorable mentions go to Christiana Grenoble, DeAnn Maddox, Casey Heck, Eric Diggs, Mike Martin, Stephanie Vermeire, Robert Martin and Marcy Stutzman. Check out the Tracking Thomas webpage for a better view of his last location and this week's new mystery photo.

JLab Calendar of Events

Jan. 23: Safety Shoe vendor onsite
Jan. 24: Science Series Lecture - Volcanoes in Virginia
Jan. 27: American Red Cross Blood Drive
Feb. 4: Va. Regional High School Science Bowl
Feb. 6: Safety Shoe vendor onsite
Feb. 7: Science Series Lecture: Living and Working in the Freezer

Feb. 15: Colloquium and Public Lecture
Feb. 28: Advanced Materials Forum, CC auditorium