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Accelerator Update

Monday June 7
The day shift began with Operations monitoring store 3560 and the Recycler stash, with the Antiproton Source (Pbar) stacking, and with MiniBooNE taking beam.

At 10:11 AM, Operations reported that there had been two beam spikes around 9 AM. Those spikes seem to have caused equipment to trip off at the D-zero (D0) experiment and perhaps the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) as well.

At 10:58 AM, a Pbar Accumulator vacuum pump tripped off. Operators reset the pump.

Operations terminated store 3560 at 12:08 PM.

Operations put the Tevatron (TeV) through a dry squeeze at 12:25 PM and then at 12:50 PM put the TeV into shot setup.

Operations established store 3562 at 3:19 PM with an initial luminosity of 76.8446E30. This set another RECORD initial luminosity.

Main Injector (MI) and Recycler experts completed conducting Mixed Mode pilot transfers at 3:32 PM.

Operations tried to put Pbar back into its stacking mode at 3:44 PM, but problems developed. Operators investigated and discovered a bad restore file had been loaded. Stacking resumed at 3:56 PM.

Operation began sending beam to the Meson target train at 4:35 PM.

Recycler completed stashing antiprotons from Pbar at 7:44 PM. Pbar resumed stacking.

Operations established beam to Meson MCenter experiment at 9:11 PM.

Operators adjusted the TeV collimators and made tune changes to fix a colliding beam problem for CDF.

Tuesday June 8
The midnight shift began with Operations monitoring store 3562 and the stash, with Pbar stacking, and with MiniBooNE and MCenter taking beam.

At 12:57 AM, a Pbar Accumulator vacuum pump tripped off again. Operators left the pump off.

Operations reported at 5:32 AM that the TeV colliding beam suffered from another mysterious beam spike. Investigations showed that there was no earthquake activity to coincide with the spike. (Yes, the Tevatron acts as a very sensitive seismic monitor for both North and South America.)

CDF called about TeV colliding beam problems at 6:19 AM. Operators adjusted the dampers.

Operations reported a power glitch at 9:19 AM. Many devices all around the complex tripped off. The high voltage expert said there was an offsite trip on an incoming ComEd line.

MI experts began a one-hour MECAR study at 10:17 AM.

Pbar resumed stacking at 10:34 AM.

MI experts began a multi-batching study at 11:37 AM.

Operations reported at 11:53 AM that operators had been trying to resolve some colliding beam problems. They would make headway in one area only to cause more problems in other areas. An expert noticed that a CDF air conditioning system was off and that was the root cause.

MI experts began a slipstacking study at 1:58 PM.

Pbar experts began Debuncher and Accumulator studies at 3:05 PM.

Both MI and Pbar studies finished around 5 PM. Stacking resumed at 5:19 PM.

Wednesday June 9
The midnight shift began with Operations monitoring store 3562 and the stash, with Pbar stacking, and with MiniBooNE and MCenter taking beam.

At 5:08 AM, Operations reported that Pbar wasn't getting any beam. A MI kicker wasn't charging. Operators informed an expert.

Operations terminated store 3562 at 5:32 AM.

Pbar resumed stacking at 6:17 AM.

Plans for Today
The plan for this morning is the Mixed Mode transfer of antiprotons from the Pbar stack and the Recycler stash to the TeV for the next store.

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