### Lab Book 2014_05_22 Logistics and the Water Chiller

Lab Book 2014_05_22     Hamilton Carter

Summary
Worked a little bit on experiment planning today.  Most of the rest of the day was spent in meetings.  What time was left was spent preparing the water circulation system for the magnet power supply and the magnet.

Water Chiller
Specifications
Capacity:  8 gpm at 60 psi maximum pressure

Reservoir volume:  1.67 gallons

Drained the pipes heading into the sink area. Working on replacing the after filter once I track down a filter wrench.

The cooling water will eventually wind up in the magnet power supply shown below.  All the large black tubes carry cooling water.

Magnet Requirements
Cooling:  2 GPM at 40 PSI
Temperature Rise:  20 C average

Magnet Power Supply Requirements
Cooling: 0.5 GPM at 40 PSID nominal
Output: 50 A at 40 V DC

The above specification are to be copied to a central specifications and status page to make them easier to find and track.

Experiment Background Data
Magnetic fields affect the perfromance of photomultiplier tubes like the one used in the scintillation detector.  Background spectrums will be collected for the slow and fast magnets being operated in the same mode they will be operated in the experiment, but with no sample present.  This should allow us to subtract off the effects due to just the magnets.

### Cool Math Tricks: Deriving the Divergence, (Del or Nabla) into New (Cylindrical) Coordinate Systems

The following is a pretty lengthy procedure, but converting the divergence, (nabla, del) operator between coordinate systems comes up pretty often. While there are tables for converting between common coordinate systems, there seem to be fewer explanations of the procedure for deriving the conversion, so here goes!

What do we actually want?

To convert the Cartesian nabla

to the nabla for another coordinate system, say… cylindrical coordinates.

What we’ll need:

1. The Cartesian Nabla:

2. A set of equations relating the Cartesian coordinates to cylindrical coordinates:

3. A set of equations relating the Cartesian basis vectors to the basis vectors of the new coordinate system:

How to do it:

Use the chain rule for differentiation to convert the derivatives with respect to the Cartesian variables to derivatives with respect to the cylindrical variables.

The chain rule can be used to convert a differential operator in terms of one variable into a series of differential operators in terms of othe…

### Lost Phone

We were incredibly lucky to have both been in university settings when our kids were born.  When No. 1 arrived, we were both still grad students.  Not long after No. 2 arrived, (about 10 days to be exact), mom-person defended her dissertation and gained the appellation prependage Dr.

While there are lots of perks attendant to grad school, not the least of them phenomenal health insurance, that’s not the one that’s come to mind for me just now.  The one I’m most grateful for at the moment with respect to our kids was the opportunities for sheer independence.  Most days, we’d meet for lunch on the quad of whatever university we were hanging out at at the time, (physics research requires a bit of travel), to eat lunch.  During those lunches, the kids could crawl, toddle, or jog off into the distance.  There were no roads, and therefore no cars.  And, I realize now with a certain wistful bliss I had no knowledge of at the time, there were also very few people at hand that new what a baby…

### Lab Book 2014_07_10 More NaI Characterization

Summary: Much more plunking around with the NaI detector and sources today.  A Pb shield was built to eliminate cosmic ray muons as well as potassium 40 radiation from the concreted building.  The spectra are much cleaner, but still don't have the count rates or distinctive peaks that are expected.
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Lab Book Threshold for the QVT is currently set at -1.49 volts.  Remember to divide this by 100 to get the actual threshold voltage. A new spectrum recording the lines of all three sources, Cs 137, Co 60, and Sr 90, was started at approximately 10:55. Took data for about an hour.
Started the Cs 137 only spectrum at about 11:55 AM

Here’s the no-source background from yesterday
In comparison, here’s the 3 source spectrum from this morning.

The three source spectrum shows peak structure not exhibited by the background alone. I forgot to take scope pictures of the Cs137 run. I do however, have the printout, and…