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Performing a "Large Mass Scan"

Occasionally, ISAC Operations will be asked to carry out a "Large Mass Scan".  This is generally done at the beginning of a target's life, before protons are requested (although it is sometimes done after protons are on target as well).


- Load the saved (RS) striptool 'IMSFC0_MassScan.stp' (Documents/ISACDocuments/StripTools/Templates/Tuning/IMSFC0_MassScan.stp) or set one up manually to include:  IMS:MB1 current/field readbacks, A/q, IMS:FC0 scale current, & BL2A current


- To perform the mass scan, open the IMS Optics (1) EPICS page and left click on 'Correlations'.  Select 'IMS:FC0 SCALECUR vs MB1 CURRENT'.

The following page will be displayed:



- Set the IMS:FC0 gain to "autorange" (see IMS:FC0 page below).  The scan should be done in Linear mode , so make sure that 'log10 enb' is off (as per Marik, Friedhelm may request log scale).


- Insert the source Faraday Cup.

- "Centre" IMS:YSLIT0 and set the slit width to 2.00mm (done from the IMS Optics (1) page).

- On the 'IMS MB1 Mass Scan' page (see above) right click on the current slider and set a value of 0A.  Wait until the IMS:MB1 readback arrives at ~0A.

- Set the IMS:MB1 Ramp Rate to 0.0050 Amps per 0.2s.

- Insert IMS:FC0 and remove the source cup. Make sure the front-end harps and collimators are out as well.

- Right click on the 'IMS MB1 Scan' page plot area and select 'Clear Plot'

- Right click on the 'IMS MB1 Mass Scan' page current slider and set a value of ~250-300A (or higher if you wish to capture larger masses).  The magnet current will begin ramping to your desired setpoint.  This scan may take up to 3 hours depending on the entered current setpoint.

- When the scan is complete, right click on the Mass Scan Utility plot area and select 'Dump to file'.  Give the file a descriptive name and record the file name in the eLog (along with a screengrab of the scan). For the Strip Tool, right click on the plot area and select "Dump Data" and send the file to the Yield or Target/Ion Source experts.


Below is a typical "Large Mass Scan" (before protons).

Large Mass Scan Sept 2010

 --Jon Aoki on November 22, 2009
-- Edited for text by Rene Tanaja, July 18, 2010
-- JA. Added IMS:MB1 Ramp Rate. September 1, 2010
--EL. Added Strip Tool information/requirements requested by Target/Ion Source experts. 2014-01-07

Comment: Maybe ramping magnet current to 0A is too low to start - this results in 30 minutes or more of no useful A/Qs being displayed. Would it be better to scale pre-sep to 4He then go down a few amps in setpoint to start for FEBIAD? And 6Li minus a few amps for other targets? EP
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