The Start of Run IIb June 10, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in physics.
I’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!!