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The Start of Run IIb June 10, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in physics.

CIMG7470I’m on owl shift tonight (midnight to 8am). Just a few hours before I got here the first proton-anti-proton store of Run IIb came in! Congratulations to the Tevatron accelerator group and the experiments for managing to get this far. I knew something was up because the control room was packed with people when I arrived shortly before midnight. It had cleared out by 2am, and we’ve been taking stable data ever since. This is the first step to doubling our data set over the course of the next 6 months to a year. Wooo!

For those interested, Layer 0, our new layer of Silicon, looks like it is performing well. I’m sure in the next week or so plots from this run will be shown around. At least noise looks reasonable to my un-trained eye! The new trigger, L1Cal2b, basically worked!!

BTW — note the ducks sitting along the tops of the monitor — we don't exactly understand why, but if you remove them the data aquisition system slowly fails… Seriously!!



1. Aaron F. - June 10, 2006

“if you remove them the data aquisition system slowly fails… Seriously!!”

Hahaha… sounds like a story about magic. 🙂

2. sebastien greder (ex-D0 :o) - June 11, 2006

As far as I remember, everything was running pretty fine without any ducks when I was on shift … but I have to confess with loads of prays 😀 !!
Hi Gordon ! It’s been a while, found this by ~chance (in fact linked from the one you were writting for the 2005 physics year).
Good to read about you and good to know you’re doing well (despite the little troubles with your ears … cf older blog and a high frequency noise coming from a tv set :p )
Ok, won’t write down a novel, i put this blog into my bookmarks. Keep in touch, and keep forever so lively !
cheers, seb

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