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Revision as of 10:09, 9 September 2020

Electronic Log for Saad Shaikh


To Do

Last updated 09/08/20

  • Write PBT Wiki page on QuARC Data Analysis.
  • FPGA programming
    • Calculate photodiode charge uncertainty.
    • Readout before and after CONV toggles.
    • Instantiate PS7 block and output data via USB 2.0/Ethernet using FIFO.
  • Data analysis
    • Shift HIT PDLs by WEPL of accelerator components/air and implement adaptive alpha/p calculation.
    • Add information to PBT Wiki on how to take and analyse simulated and telescope data.
  • Detector simulation
    • Reinstall GEANT4 with correct Qt5 usage to fix visualisation bug in MacOS Catalina.
    • Rebuild Laurent's QuARC simulation to fix bugs and enable multi-threading.
    • Improve accuracy of optical properties.
  • Heavy-ion fitting
    • Acquire HIT FLUKA tables for He, C and O beams.
    • Re-read relevant papers and implement Kramer's model for protons.
    • Implement Kramer's model for helium ions using cross-section formulae in Kramer 2016.
    • Implement Kramer's model for carbon ions: get in touch with Lenny or Kramer to discuss how to obtain cross-section data.

Dates 2020

Date Event
11/09 Transfer Report Deadline
29/09 HEP Group Day
30/09 Transfer Talk
05/10-09/10 Mini-Viva

PhD Year 1 Completed

  • Review of literature given by Laurent
  • Delivered MSci presentation to PG Physics Society.
  • Set up environment in Eclipse for analysis code to fit Bortfeld and quenched Bortfeld Bragg curves to simulated data and data from range telescope.
    • Tested analysis routines on simulated and raw data.
  • HEP PG courses in term 1: SM1, SM2 & topics in particle physics.
  • Medical physics course in term 1: Treatment with Ionising Radiation.
  • Passed Standard Model exams: 80% SM1 and 48% SM2.
  • Analysis of effects of beam spot size on range reconstruction from April 2019 HIT data, also with photodiode approximation. Results shown in this presentation
  • Medical physics courses in term 2: Radiotherapy Physics & Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation.
  • Installed GEANT4 locally on MacOS High Sierra and Catalina, set up environment in Eclipse.
    • Can successfully run simulation of range telescope with different parameters and analyse output data.
  • Fully implemented Laurent's analysis code and made improvements for better code practice, better parameter estimation and started framework for He and C fitting.
  • Analysis of performance of quenched Bortfeld model with heavy ions, results shown in this presentation
  • Analysis of SOBP data, results shown in this presentation
  • Preliminary testing of 2nd order Birks' Law, results shown in this presentation
  • Presented on I/O signals and operation of TI DDC232CK based on datasheet information. Slides available here.
  • Wrote code to interface FPGA with DDC232 and tested in simulation. Results of simulation discussed here.
  • Interfaced DDC232 code with a UART transmitter, discussed UART interface in this presentation.
  • DDC232 code operational, first tests discussed in this presentation.
  • Implemented further features in DDC232 design, demo given in this presentation.
  • Added FIFO between DDC232 and UART transmitter and wrote ROOT macro to plot live photodiode data being saved by CoolTerm on MacOS.
  • Transfer report.
  • Wrote PBT Wiki page about background and operation of Zybo Z7 and DDC232.

MSci Completed

  • Literature review.
  • First Birmingham experimental run.
  • Wrote code to load and plot Caen digitiser data in histograms.
  • Overhauled LeCroy data analysis routines: (short region) double baseline sigma testing, dynamic integration window allocation, empty acquisition checks.
  • Wrote code to scale and plot LeCroy & Caen data onto single plot, using approximate x and y-scale factors.
  • Wrote code to load and plot PRaVDA data in 2D histograms.
  • Wrote code to correlate tracker and calorimeter measurements, to produce a list of events with X, Y, E coordinates.
  • Wrote code to plot matched events into various 3D histograms: XY, XE, YE.
  • Progress report.
  • Progress interview.
  • Improved LeCroy & Caen matching by finding x-scale factor through chi-square minimisation.
  • All runs from first Birmingham put through matching algorithm. Energy spectra, 2D tracker histograms, and 3D XY, XE & YE histograms plotted for all runs (187 plots).
  • Wrote code to plot 3D XY histograms, but with the height of bars being the average energy in the bin.
  • Improved LeCroy & Caen matching by finding y-scale factor through chi-square minimisation or through peak event counting. Peak event counting method best.
  • Converted energy to range in XYE histogram.
  • Plotted 2D number density histogram alongside 3D XYRange histogram.
  • Produced poster for PPRIG 2019 of experiment with single-module calorimeter and PRaVDA tracker.
  • Attended PPRIG 2019.
  • Completed MSci Final report.
  • Delivered presentation on project.
  • Attended PTCOG 2019.
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