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October 16, 2009 - NMDB phone conference

Short reports for period September 1 - September 30, 2009

CAU

  • participation in the September and TC telecon
  • installed NMDB mirror at NKUA
  • participation at NMDB training course
  • set up website and ftp server for training course material

Alcalá

  • Elaboration of material and participation in the NMDB training course
  • FGPA sofware development

IZMIRAN

  • Participation in the September telecon
  • Participation in the NMDB training course
  • Prepared one lecture and performed the corresponding presentation for the TC (A. Belov)
  • Prepared a lab course on GLE Alert-continuation of the Athens Alert (E. Eroshenko)
  • Prepared a lab course on the CR Asymptotic distribution and precursors and carrying out of this course (E. Eroshenko)
  • Provided assistance at lab courses with the instructors A. Belov, V. Yanke
  • Participation in the WP3 meeting on the registration system
  • Prepared the outline of the Online library of WP3 and submitted the corresponding material at nmdb.eu
  • Preparing Deliverable reports on WP5.1, WP5.4.2, WP5.5

NKUA

  • Participation in the September telecon
  • Participation in the NMDB TC telecon
  • Organized the NMDB training course
  • Prepared one lecture and performed the corresponding presentation for the TC (H. Mavromichalaki)
  • Prepared a lab course on GLE Alert (G. Souvatzoglou)
  • Provided assistance at lab courses with the instructors A. Papaioannou, G. Souvatzoglou & M.C. Papailiou
  • Participation at NMDB training course (full participation of 4 members of the NKUA NMDB Consortium - Mavromichalaki / Papaioannou / Papailiou / Gerontidou and partial participation of other 2 members - Souvatzglou / Sarlanis)
  • Prepared and performed (with R. Buetikofer) the Visit to the Athens NM within the TC (C. Sarlanis)
  • Organized the WP3 meeting on the registration system
  • Prepared and submitted the minutes of the WP3 meeting (C. Sarlanis / A. Papaioannou / H. Mavromichalaki)
  • Prepared the outline of the Online library of WP3 and submitted the corresponding material at nmdb.eu
  • Prepared and presented an oral presentation on NMDB at the 9th Hellenic Astronomical Conference (A. Papaioannou)
  • Prepared a small volume on NMDB TC containing all available information (schedule, participants. lectures, lab courses, student's presentations, other useful info) and put it online at nmdb.eu (A. Papaioannou)
  • Upgraded the website of NMDB TC and put together a small report (A. Papaioannou)

Kosice

  • participation in the September and TC telecon
  • preparing materials and participation in the NMDB training course
  • installation of new barometer at Lomnicky stit
  • preparing description of the new registration system NM64 Lomnicky stit

Aragats

Summary: Aragats group is progresses according to the schedule. The power supplies were redesigned, commissioned and installed Aragats Neutron Monitors NANM, located at altitude 2000 m and ARNM, located at altitude 3200 m. The new DAQ electronics is under testing now. The data transfer to NMDB was not interrupt during electronics change for 1 day. In the end of September due to failure of server data transfer was interrupt for 3 days. New servers should be installed in October-November to avoid interrupts. The revised data for Nor Amberd Neutron Monitor are downloading to NMDB. The downloading is very slow, till now the data of September is not yet finished. Revised data from Aragats Neutron monitor will start to download after Nor Amberd will be finished.

  • (WP3) Installed new power supplies for all 36 proportional tubes at Aragats and Nor Amberd Neutron Monitors. New power supply designed use the Teflon isolator capacitors with 4kV breakdown voltage. A welding station using solder alloy of 63% of lead and 37% tin was used. A brazing flux was used to avoid corrosion of metallic parts during multiyear exploitation.
    The tubes of our Neutron Monitors are old and usually 1-2 tubes of each station are not stable and should be changed. We have a lot of spare tubes; however; due to multiyear operation and absence of documentation we cannot tell which of them is operational. We prepare a special test bench for tube testing. 2 tubes are tested simultaneously and it takes 2 weeks for full cycle of checking. 3 tubes already are selected to be put instead of 2 missing channels of Aragats and Nor-aberd neutron monitors.
  • (WP4 ) The new design of the data base of ASEC particle detectors was developed. Now the data base should be transferred to new MSQL data base.
  • (WP5) The concept of the library of the NMDB applications documents is discussed; the example of document is developed.
  • (WP6) The third design of the NMDB educational site was made according to the request of the WP6 package leader in the beginning of September and send to NMDB collaboration. Still waiting the approval and comments of the WP6 package leader.

Almaty

  • participation in the September telecon
  • preparing materials and participation in the NMDB training course (O.Kryakunova, A.Malimbayev, G.Nigmetchanova, I.Tsepakina)
  • prepared a lab course on GLE Alert (with IZMIRAN team) and carrying out of lab exercises
  • installation of reserved registration system at Almaty cosmic ray station
  • participation in the WP3 meeting on the registration system in Athens, September 17

OBSPARIS

  • Preparation of NMDB training course (participation SOC + preparation of a lecture + administration of financial support)
  • Participation in the NMDB training course, lecturing and lab exercise
  • Organisation of, participation in NMDB telecons on Sep 2 (general) and 3 (training course preparation)
  • Nest improvments:environmental data available in ascii format, start implementation of sunspot index overplotting and fits output format, minor bug corrections

UNIROMA3

  • Participation in telecom on 2 September 2009 (monthly NMDB telecom) and 3 September 2009 (training course preparation).
  • Continuous control of the on-line data transfer to NMDB server performed by the improvement of Rome/SVIRCO data acquisition.
  • Delivery to NMDB of Rome hourly data acquired by a second acquisition system running contemporaneously the first one which was affected by some failures (the 1 minute data were often lost during July and August 2009).
  • Realization of a program based on the IDL software to compute the cosmic ray diurnal variation by using hourly data of the NMDB stations. Example for September 2009.

Oulu

  • Participation in the NMDB training course (lecturing);
  • Participation in a WP 3 discussion in Athens;
  • Work on NMDB documentation

UBERN

  • Participation in telecom on 2 September 2009 (Rolf)
  • 5 lectures and 1 lab exercise at the NMDB training course in Athens (Erwin and Rolf). Outsourcing of chocolate production to Toblerone company for prices for best lecture tests and lab exercise reports (not charged to NMDB).
  • Participation in a WP 3 discussion in Athens (Rolf)