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Old S4 Proposal Teleconferences

The NOVEMBER 21 TELECONFERENCE will use 612-625-2003 and ask for S4

Teleconferences are Friday afternoon 1:30 pacific, 4:30 eastern

Dial: 1.800.379.6841 or 1.877.246.9080 (Toll Free USA and Canada)

Participant Conference Entry Code: 34479 (followed by the # key)

  • May 9 Teleconference: Decided that we WILL go ahead with an S4. Reviewed responsibilities
  • May 23 Teleconference: Reviewed Outline for S4 Proposal (see below) and writing assignments
  • June 20 Teleconference: Minutes emailed to list
    • Define our Name: AARM: Assay and Acquisition of Radiopure Materials which has a more appropriate “meaning” even as an acronym, than our initial choice of RAMA: Radioisotope Assay and Materials Acquisition
    • Create 1st pass Budgetary information via a shared google spreadsheet. (see below)
    • Create the Status Report slides for the DEDC. (see below)
    • Continue to write text for the proposal, however, the status slides and the budgetary information will inform the structure of the text you write, so they have priority.
  • Nov 14 Teleconference: Agenda and posted talks READ DRAFT FIRST! (see below)
  • Nov 21 Teleconference: Agenda and posted talks


  • FINAL Draft of the S4 Proposal (as of Jan 9, 2008 HAPPY NEW YEAR)
  • Text of the Draft S4 proposal (as of Nov 4, 2008)
  • Outline of the S4 proposal (as of May 26, 2008)
  • Text of the S4 proposal (as of June 20, 2008) This is more of a collection of your text, lightly edited by myself.
  • Slides sent in to the DEDC Internal Design Review (July 11, 2008)
  • Google Spreadsheet This is where we will build up our S4 budget. The 1,2,3 after the lines correspond to years. Feel free to add rows where missing and fill in only what you need to. If you do not want to put actual engineer cost down, just put the hours and we will figure it out. There is only limited equipment and R&D, so keep this in mind.

S4 Elements and tasks

Clicking on the links gives a to-do list and names of people responsible

  1. Introduction: Overview of S5 vision
  2. Outline of the S5 more specifically
    1. ISE LBC at DUSEL:In this section, names were assigned to tasks by topic. More info can be found by clicking on the task. The main effort over the next 2 weeks is to identify the type and amount of engineering required to properly define the tasks, and also to provide extensive references to projects and people who have already done similar work - define the expertise
      1. Gamma screening - HPGe at both 300’ and 4850’ level.
      2. Alpha, Beta, and Rn counting - Commercial pre-screeners, new technology, Radon emanation
      3. ICP-MS Facility- provide sub-micro-Bq
      4. Whole body counting: Large ultrapure vat of liquid scintillation or pure water.
      5. Underground storage of ultra-pure materials - cryogens, water, noble liquids and gases, copper, lead and germanium.
      6. Underground ultra-pure material production facilities - electroformed copper, Kr removal, crystal growth, clean machine shop, EDM machines, and laser welders.
      7. Neutron background measurements & technology
    2. Integration Tools
      1. articulate an integrated program
      2. share expertise (visiting experts? staffing and training?)
      3. identification of the larger user community (requires workshops)
      4. open database of material radiopurities, assay capabilities
      5. code repository and background studies (coordinated with ILIAS JRA-1)
      6. Coordinate existing and new facilities.
  3. Funds requested by S4 to make that S5 vision happen
    1. Project management engineer (1/4 time July08-May09? Or is this infrastructure for DiGennaro?)
    2. Computer support(manage integration website - all 3 yrs)
    3. Workshop support for integrating bio/geo/other (1 per year? administrative support)
    4. Travel (ILIAS meetings, workshop)
  4. Schedule for S5 and schedule for S4 funds to make S5 happen
  5. Management Structure for disbursing the S4 funds (Management structure for S5 too?)


This is a list in no particular order of what should go in the S4 and eventually the S5. One job we have at the meeting is to prioritize and add to this. Then we will have to cost it and understand if the scope is within the budget.

  • Management Structure
  • Project Engineer
  • Integration Website
  • Databases of Counted Materials
  • Repository of Simulation Tools and codes
    • Cosmo n, fission & alpha n
  • Data base of backgrounds in all underground labs (in conjunction with ILIAS)
  • Neutron (and background) monitoring (includes bkgd from possible reactor or accelerator)
  • R&D coordination - group leaders for technology advancement?
  • Coordination of non-DUSEL sites
  • Synergy element: Form an “outside phyiscs” user community to use DUSEL and non-DUSEL sites
  • Bio/Geo is still defining their needs - establish integration and workshop program
  • Workshop Program (how often? broader than bio/geo)
  • Integrate with ILIAS
  • Outreach element: dedicate small portion of the production screening time to outside proposals
  • Define DUSEL facility (see S1 white paper)
  • Determine which parts of SUSEL become DUSEL and when
  • Clear funding roadmap from SUSEL to DUSEL, EPSCoR “interference”
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