Scheduling and Safety Questionnaire

The following form is intended to help in establishing the division of responsibility between individual experimental groups and NSCL for the conduct of experiments and to identify the lab resources needed for your experiment.

This form must be submitted by the spokesperson at least six months prior to the experiment being scheduled.

Experiment Information

Experiment number
E-mail address of spokesperson/designated representative
E-mail a copy of the completed form to spokesperson/designated representative
Safety Representative(s) from your group
Specify an e-mail address if you would like to receive a copy of this form upon submitting

Experiment Scheduling Questionnaire

Experimental location (vault)
Desired run dates
Please give a complete list of all beams and energies your experiment requires: type, energy, and sequence of beams (primary or secondary), duration of each beam on target, desired and minimum acceptable intensities, desired beam purity (%); include calibration beams. Have your set up & take down times changed from the information given in the proposal?

Will you need event-by-event momentum correction in the A1900?
With PPac
With Scintillator

Will you need beam tracking for your experiment?
At S800 intermediate image with CRDC
At S800 intermediate image with PPAC
On the sweeper magnet beamline with CRDC
On the sweeper magnet beamline with PPAC

Is a plastic timing scintillator required?
At the A1900 focal plane
At the object of the S800
In front of the sweeper magnet

The following three questions are for GRETINA experiments only:
1) Detector configuration: Please specify where the 7 modules should be located by giving the number of modules per ring. The available positions for the rings are 58 deg, 90 deg, and 122 deg, and they can respectively accommodate up to 4, 8, 4 modules (see

2) Specify ancillary equipment other than the S800 that you will use, e.g. non-standard target chamber, plunger, LH2 target, etc.

3) Select the trigger configuration(s) you plan to use from the list below. If you select other, please specify.
  • S800-GRETINA coincidence
  • S800 single (downscaled as well)
  • GRETINA single trigger
  • Other

End GRETINA-only questions.
List design and/or fabrication jobs needed for your experiment and indicate how you foresee these needs will be met. Include estimate of hours needed for each job. Also indicate any special materials needs. It is the responsibility of each experimental collaboration to figure out how to provide the non-standard items needed for their experiment.

(a) Mechanical:

Needed days prior to scheduled run date.

(b) Electronic:

Needed days prior to scheduled run date.

(c) Data Acquisition:

Needed days prior to scheduled run date.

(d) Vault Access: How many days of vault access do you need before and after experiment? List the infrastructure facilities needed in the vault during these days. (e.g. - LCW, operating magnets, etc.)

List significant pieces of equipment you plan to bring with you from your home institution for the experiment.
Are any of the items you will be bringing for the experiment subject to US Export Control regulations?
List non-standard items that need to be controlled locally (from the vault), remotely (from the Data-U or console), or both. Examples: HV power supplies, PCs, target motion.
Will you be using your own data acquisition electronics?
If so, what level of assistance will you need from the NSCL to support your electronics?


If not, will you be using a standard electronics setup?

    Yes No
      Describe the electronics you will be using and list the number of channels and modules you will be using. To get the NSCL electronics pool list, please send e-mail to How many days before the experiment do you need the electronics modules and MASH? Do you plan to use modules other than the supported modules? Also, please give a rough estimate of the number of LEMO cables needed for your setup.

Do you plan to bring your own data acquisition computer system hardware?

Yes, I will bring my own DAQ computer system.
No, I will not bring my own DAQ computer system.
If so, will you need IP addresses? How many? What sort of network connections are required and how many (e.g. 1 BNC, 2 10BaseT, etc.)?
Yes, I will need IP Addresses, and the following network connections:
If you are not bringing your own DAQ computer system to NSCL, will you require help from NSCL staff to set up the experiment readout and analysis software? Yes No
If so, please give the email address of a contact person who can describe the readout & analysis needs of the experiment:
Number of workstations needed for online analysis
Rough estimate of LTO (100GB) tapes needed
Rough estimate of disk space required (in Gigabytes)
How long after the experiment will you need access to the data acquisition system?
Normally, the Data Acquisition systems will be run in the experimental vaults and controlled from the Data-U's. If this is not suitable for your experiment, how many coaxial cables would be needed between the vault and the Data-U?
NSCL computer department will provide a LTO/DLT tape of your data. However, you may still want an alternate method of getting the data to your home institution. Will you use another method to transfer your data?

Network (stfp back to home institution)
External USB disk (experimenter responsible for supplying, writing to disk, and transporting)
It is the experimenter's responsibility to provide targets. Do you expect any procurement/fabrication problem?
If your experimental location and/or detector system will need any special considerations, please give details.

Hazard Assessment

Safety is the responsibility of all employees and users of NSCL facilities. See NSCL Director's Safety Statement for more information.

The following fields are required to assist you and NSCL to identify hazards and thereby decide upon the controls, standards, training, and policies appropriate for safety.

Radiation (Ionizing and Non-Ionizing) Safety and Handling

We require "sealed sources (e.g. typical calibration or check sources)
List radioactive sources to be used (isotope, required activity, whether calibrated or not), and which ones will be used from the NSCL inventory. An inventory of calibration sources at NSCL will be mailed to users upon request.

We require "unsealed" sources (e.g. 252Cf). An inventory of calibration sources at NSCL will be mailed to NSCL users upon request.
We plan to ship or send radioactive materials. Shipping radioactive materials requires permission from both your institution and MSU. Privately owned vehicles may not be used for transporting radioactive materials to/from NSCL. Please fill and return the Request to Ship form.
Note: Items you bring that will be exposed to beams or intense secondary radiation at NSCL must be checked by Health Physics before they leave our facility.
We will use x-ray-generating equipment
We will use microwave-generating equipment
We will use laser equipment (Class III or Class IV).
Please describe any other potential radiological hazards (e.g.: target fabricated from radioactive material; lose material, liquids, or gases that can be made radioactive) for your proposed experiment beyond those normally associated with a NSCL experiment.

Hazardous Materials Safety and Handling

If you need hazardous chemicals and/or other hazardous materials, intend to ship or send such materials, intend to generate and dispose of hazardous materials at NSCL, or are unsure as to the nature of your matierals, please contact the NSCL Health Physicist at Special oversight, handling, and/or training may be necessary.

We plan to send or ship chemicals or materials that may be considered hazardous and/or toxic
We plan to generate/dispose of chemicals or materials that may be considered hazardous at NSCL.
Mixed Waste (RCRA) will be generated and will need disposal
Biohazardous materials will be used, or biohazardous waste will be generated and will need disposal
Please list the potentially hazardous materials (including targets), their purpose, and estimate the amount that you will ship/generate/dispose.

Compressed or Dangerous Gases

Please inform us of compressed and/or dangerous gases you may be using in your experiment. You do not have to list any gases that we routinely supply (helium, compressed air, dry nitrogen, isobutane for NSCL detectors).

We plan to use compressed or dangerous gases in our experiment
We plan to transport or send compressed or dangerous gases for our experiment.
Please list the compressed gases, their purpose, and the amount you will need.

Electrical Safety

Please inform us of any electrical hazards that may be present during your experiment. You do not have to list any hazards that are routinely present, such as high voltage for detectors using standard, approved connectors and connections (e.g. SHV cables and connectors). Otherwise, if you are bringing equipment with you that requires high voltage, high currents, large amounts of stored energy (> 10 Joules), unshielded HV connections, or have potential for x-ray generation, please explain below. Such equipment includes target biasing equipment, exposed PMTs and bases, etc.

We plan to bring or use equipment that may present an electrical hazard.
If applicable, please list the equipment and explain its purpose below.