The set of PRY-support legs delivered to RAL last week have been installed. They have been aligned and the bespoke shims that will be slotted under their feet are now being machined. At Keller in New York the trial “fit-up” up of the PRY plates with the second set of legs has been completed successfully. Excellent progress all around!
Next week, the shims will be fitted and the alignment of the legs in the Hall will be checked. Once these operations are complete, the legs will be removed so that the magnets can be moved out of the beam position allowing access to the south side of the experiment. The legs will then be installed in their final resting place, on the south side of the experiment.
The steady progress on completing the wiring in Rack Room 2 continues.
Arrangements for the first operation of MICE with beam on 08Mar15 are firming up. The focus of this run will be to debug and commission the MICE Muon Beam and the upstream instrumentation (as far as TOF1). The objective will be to leave the experiment in such a state that TOF calibration can start in the first set of weekend runs (21/22 Mar15).
The near future:¶
MICE Hall: ¶
The installation of the components of the PRY remains the priority for work in the Hall. The excellent progress at Keller highlights the need for the MICE Hall team to be well prepared for the two-shift installation operation that will start on the 16Mar15.
A focused operations meeting will take place on Monday 02Mar15 to discuss arrangements for the 08Mar15 run. As part of the preparation, a second mock-data run is now scheduled for the 05Mar15. Details of the planning will be circulated by Pierrick Hanlet (outgoing MOM) or Yordan Karadzhov (incoming MOM) next week. Steve Boyd will present the status of the Operations activities at next week’s Video Conference.
Weekend operations from 21Mar15:¶
This point is included to remind you to sign up for shifts. These shifts are important to the experiment to get a head start on commissioning and are an excellent opportunity to learn to operate the apparatus.
The decay solenoid will not be available during the Easter weekend. By that time, it is expected that we will be ready to tune the muon beam. Therefore shifts will not be scheduled over the Easter weekend but will resume on the weekend of the 11Apr15 when it is anticipated that the decay solenoid will be ready for operation once more.