-- MarkWard - 27 Sep 2017

Previous Logbook


  • Wrote a "How too and getting started page" for people to use to do basic dmtpc anaylsis etc it is located here
  • Took data sample for purpose of CR-112 calibration, See Adriana's analysis
  • Discovered Trigger issues with the DAQ
    • Appears to ignore trigger and pulse polarity settings (at least for the charge sensitive pre-amp)
    • Settings in the hptpc_neutron template (copied from one of the ones that shipped with the setup) has triggers on charge channels effectively disabled.
    • Thus it appears we are triggering only when we have a signal on the fast amplifers, ONLY negative going
    • Need to investigate this, possibility of hard coding or bug in the DAQ initialisation.
  • Helped (Tiny bit) with the Ring Turning -> See Zacks page
  • Helped (Tiny Tiny bit) with putting clean tent curtains up
  • Created a 50ohm terminator for SHV connectors for grounding the anodes
  • Grounded All anodes and ground meshes
  • Ramped voltage - breakdown reoccurs at same voltages (630-650v)
  • Cycled the gas, first pumping down to ~3x10^-6 mbar and then back to 40mbar
  • Channels now ramp to 670 without sparking, sparking comes in closer to 680V now
  • Cathode performance is identical, sparking occurs at 3200V
  • Slowly ramped up all channels to 680V, sparking is moderate, though approximately 0.1Hz so we can get a few events between sparks
  • Need to write some error handling into my code, currently segfaults if the first event has no triggers... Thus if the first event is after a spark, it sometimes contains zero triggers.
  • Going to migrate to Linappserv and make a set of compiled programs to improve analysis speed
  • Have 3 data samples in different configurations for analysis


  • Worked with Adriana on developing the analysis to accept multiple raw files
  • Can identify each peak in the spectrum based upon behavour of the CSP channel.
  • PeakHeights.png
  • hptpc_neutron00_000_018.pnghptpc_neutron00_020_078.png
  • hptpc_neutron00_047_024.png
  • All this is within a single run, a spark appears to trigger the change between each state. Looking through later files, the behavour returns to normal and then back to bad again
  • Applying peak time cut effectively removes this bad behavour from the files.
  • See Adriana's logbook for final plot showing combined files with baseline and time peak time cuts (Also preliminary gain)
  • Shakedown of Amplifiers was good, using the test input, scope traces looked identical for all channels.
  • 3 instances of bad grounding on the boards which has now been fixed. Extra insulation on the inside of the cases has been added.
  • Vessel backfilled with CF4 to 40mbar(30 torr), pressure reached before backfill was 8.44x10^-7 mbar
  • Drift field achieved and stable 3200V (compared to 2700V previously) Getting better smile can at do 100V/cm field at least.
  • Anode voltage frown Bottom left starts to spark at approx 0.5-1Hz when at a voltage of 650V, 50V short of where I usually try and take data to see how everything is behaving.
  • All_Alphas.png


  • Baseline Analysis,
    • Initially performed my own baseline extraction in order to learn a few things about the raw TFile structure
    • Rewrote the same analysis in the space of a few hours using the dmtpc framework
  • Process is to,
    • Extract the baseline from every trace and push it into a histogram for each channel
    • Fit gaussian/find RMT and define a cut of accepting only waveforms that have a baseline within 8sigma
    • Remove whole events that do not make the cut, Replot and refit.
  • BaseLines_bfandaf.png
  • Pulse height analysis
    • dmtpc framework is mostly defined in Pulse.hh (for anyone who is interested)
    • The getPeak() function extracts the peak and subtracts for baseline offset
    • Further acceptance can be performed based on getPeakTime()
    • Code (and a tutorial on what each part of my macro is doing what has been passed down to Adriana for further modification/development (getPeakTime() cuts which shouldn't take much development
    • Currently my analysis works only one a single file though it should be realitively simple to make it work on a string of files.
    • Quite slow... might concider a compiled version rather than a macro, shakes fist at CINT
  • PeakHeights.png
  • PeakHeights_Cut.png
  • Friday - Adriana and I did a full vacuum system and DMTPC operations tutorial,
    • Made modification to HV feedthrough, changing the connection type to a push on one
    • Applied Kapton insulation over any bare wire, the push on connector and length of the pin.
    • Proved the HV feedthrough operates up to the full capacity of the supply (8kV) in Nitrogen, no sparks or issues
    • Evacuuated vessel
  • Started Testing performance of the Cremat boards, Initially tests look like boards are healthy, but we have devised a full set of tests to be performed in order to check board health and operation of different Amps in each
  • Should be completed in next couple of days, if all checks are good we move onto the grounding and backfill the detector for sample runs
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