TRIUMF User Services Newsletter - June 2019
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Volume 2 | No.1 June 2019

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Message from the Associate Laboratory Director - Jens Dilling

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the third newsletter. We are happy to share with you that the Canadian Federal Government endorsed the next TRIUMF 5 Year Plan (5YP), which was put together cooperatively by management and users over the last year. The government will provide $292.7 million over the next 5 years (2020-2025), representing an increase of over 30% compared to the previous 5 Year funding. This puts TRIUMF in a strong position to...

Improvements for Onboarding Visitors - Anne Trudel

TRIUMF is streamlining the administrative workflow for the Visitor Application process related to issuing an access card and radiation badge.

Effective June 1st, we request that visitors must complete their application one week prior to the start of their visit. This would include providing all the information required for issuance of an access card and a radiation badge as well as completing the required training - Safety Orientation and Basic Radiation Protection. Adhering to this timeline will ensure that we provide all visitors with their required credentials upon arrival.

TRIUMF contacts should ensure that the invitation is entered in the Visitor Application database well ahead of time to provide visitors the time to complete requirements one week ahead of their visit. For requests that lack the one-week lead time, the radiation badge and access card may not be ready upon the visitor‘s arrival. In this case, alternate arrangements will need to be made and this will delay the onboarding process. (n.b. anyone escorting a visitor through Stores to obtain a direct reading dosimeter must be a TRIUMF Safety Supervisor.)

Thank you for helping us improve the TRIUMF visitor experience, as we work to ensure better delivery of services to visitors and minimize delays at the time of arrival. 
-Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) & TRIUMF Administration
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Nuclear Physics with Isotope Beams - Martin Alcorta

Many thanks to all the users who have filled out the ISAC exit surveys. We are already making improvements on our communication in the operations group as a result of the feedback we have received. The survey itself is undergoing a few changes as we move it to the Office 365 platform. The survey is still accessed via the scientific visitors homepage. In addition, we have now formed a user survey committee which will be tasked with analyzing responses from the surveys as they are received. This will ensure that issues which were identified during beamtimes will be responded to promptly and by the appropriate groups within the different divisions. The committee will consist of myself along with the two experimental officers and three members from the accelerator division.
An option is in place for those users who would prefer only the liaison have access to the responses. In the near future, we hope to have an anonymous feedback system in place which all users (not just the spokesperson(s) as for the survey) will be able to use. The existing survey and other feedback mechanisms will be discussed with users during the beam delivery meeting.




Science Technology - Thomas Lindner

The goal of the Science Technology Department is supporting the physics community in bringing to reality their projects by providing technical resources for the design, construction, and operation of experiments and other apparatus. The Science Technology Department has started using a new project management framework, called Project Insight, for managing our projects. Project Insight will provide better tools for users to monitor Science Technology projects, as well as improving estimates of project resources and timelines. Work requests submitted through our webpage automatically go into Project Insight and will be evaluated and assigned by the head of the Science Technology Department.

A user survey that will allow users to provide feedback to the Science Technology Department upon the completion of projects is nearing completion. It will be based upon TRIUMF‘s new Office365 framework and can be accessed here.

Further details on the different services provided by the department and the procedure for requesting assistance is provided on our website:




Centre for Molecular and Material Science - Iain McKenzie

muSR experiments began in early May and have been scheduled until September 3rd, 2019. 8Li βNMR will run from July 16th to July 30th and 31Mg βNMR will run from October 9th to 12th. Beam requests for muSR experiments during September 3rd to December 3rd, 2019 and βNMR during October 15th to December 24th, 2019 must be submitted by June 25th, 2019 via the Physical Sciences Division Dashboard. Shifts allocated at the MMS-EEC meeting on June 17th-18th, 2019 can be used in the Fall beam period. There will be a mini-shutdown from September 30th to October 7th.




M11 Beam Testing - Isabel Trigger

The M11 beamline is ready to accept requests for beam to test new equipment, and its first customers already have been booked. This summer students at the GRIDS2019 summer school will again use M11 for training on techniques used in experimental beam lines. Later this year the HyperK collaboration will be engaging in some detector studies. If you are interested in using M11 for testing, please submit a proposal to the SAP EEC, or contact Isabel Trigger.

Isabel Trigger is the new M11 Facility Coordinator, succeeding Stan Yen. Patrick De Perio was appointed deputy. Users having completed their beam time on M11 are asked to fill out the new user survey, which can be accessed via the scientific visitors homepage.
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Beam Schedule Update - Chris Ruiz

TRIUMF Schedule 136 commenced on April 15th this year, with the operation of beamlines 1B and 2C for Proton Irradiation Facility, before beamline 1A started operation on May 8th for the Meson Hall Molecular & Material Sciences program. Beamline 2A will start up on June 17th for the ISAC program, with beam ready for setup to experiments on June 20th.

The ISAC program begins with the newly repaired TM2 module in the East target station, fitted with a tantalum target and surface ion source. Experiments in this block, mainly utilizing rotating proton beam capabilities, will focus on ISAC II experiments at SEBT1 and IRIS, as well as producing 8Li for the beta-NMR/NQR program. This target will be run until August 6th, to allow for completion of critical TM4 source tray work before that module goes into the West station, with a uranium-carbide target and surface source. In particular, this will produce high-intensity 7Be beams for implantation and the astrophysics program. That will be followed by a zirconium-carbide target with a surface source, notably for the first SAP-EEC approved EMMA experiment, the radiative proton capture on 83Rb. Schedule 136 at ISAC ends on September 30th for the mini-shutdown, though the uranium-carbide target will remain in place and start up for one extra week as the beginning of Schedule 137.

Significant blocks of time have been committed to the commissioning of the CANREB facility, both using the off-line ion source (OLIS) and ISAC in this schedule. We thank users for their patience as we develop this important facility, which will greatly benefit users ultimately.

Note that CMMS experiments for September have not yet been scheduled, and Iain McKenzie will do so after the next Call for Beam Requests deadline on Tuesday, June 25th at 23:59 PST.




Beam Delivery Highlights 2018 and Outlook for 2019 - Friedhelm Ames

All beam lines from the cyclotron were in operation during 2018. Start of BL2A (ISAC) was scheduled later to free up resources for ARIEL/CANREB installations. The total availability of the cyclotron was at 85% of the scheduled time. Main sources for the down time were failures in the rf system and power outages. Planning for refurbishments and improvements of the rf system are on the way and will be applied during the next few years. The implementation of results from developments for performance improvement of the H- ion source (see K...




Target and Ion Source Updates - Carla Babcock, Alex Gottberg, Jens Lassen

In the last newsletter‘s update, we reported on several infrastructure projects in progress, including the new hot cell and safe module parking, the installation of new source trays on Target Module 2 and 4, and the re-development of the disposal chain for irradiated targets. We are pleased to follow up here on the success of these projects...

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First 1-step UCx target after irradiation with 20 μA of protons at ISAC. Target and target material show no signs of ageing. Picture taken in the ISAC south hot cell.
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Currently available laser ionized elements (green) and ready to test elements (blue). In 2018 optimized RILIS schemes for La and Pm have been developed off-line and are ready for on-line yield measurements.




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TRIUMF Users Group Update - Gwen Grinyer

What are TUG and TUEC and how do you become a member?

The TRIUMF Users Group (TUG) is a formal organization of scientists and engineers whose professional activities have special interest in the use of the TRIUMF facility and/or TRIUMF resources.  Becoming a member of the TRIUMF users group is free and is open to all TRIUMF users in all TRIUMF disciplines.  We encourage everyone who is not yet a TUG member (including students and postdocs!) to please sign up via the TUG mailing list at:

The TRIUMF Users Executive Committee (TUEC) for 2019, as elected by the TUG membership, are:

Gwen Grinyer, University of Regina, Chair
Caterina Ramogida, Simon Fraser University, Chair elect
Ania Kwiatkowski, TRIUMF, Past Chair
Christian Diget, University of York (UK), Member
Sarah Dunsiger, TRIUMF, Member
Alex Gottberg, TRIUMF, Member
Blair Jamieson, University of Winnipeg, Member
Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF, Liaison

For any TRIUMF user-related questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to contact TUEC at any time by sending an email to We want to hear from you!
TUG AGM 2019
The annual general meeting (AGM) of the TRIUMF users group will be held on Thursday August 22 as part of TRIUMF Science Week 2019. This full-day event will bring together users from across all TRIUMF disciplines to highlight recent research and discuss future perspectives for user-driven science at TRIUMF. Confirmed invited speakers include: Andrea Capra (TRIUMF), Graeme Luke (McMaster), Anna McCoy (TRIUMF), and Dennis Muecher (Guelph). This year‘s AGM will also be awarding $1000 in student cash prizes for the best student talk and best student posters at our poster slam competition! More information on how to enter will be sent out via the TUG members email list so sign up to be a member today (see instructions above) and stay tuned!




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