Closing and pumping


Logfile of openings.

  1. Print a copy of this checklist and check off each item as it is performed.

  2. 24 hours in advance, dismount the getter from NOTCam (three wing nuts) and remove the lid (three hex screws). Place the getter with the charcoal (but not the lid) into the oven in the cleanroom and set the temperature dial to 140C and switch it on. let the getter and charcoal bake for least 24 hours.

  3. Find all the tools you will need. Also
  4. To protect the detector against static connect the provided earth wire to the instrument and the other end (if not already) to a mains earth pin. It is also good to leave the power cable for the instrument connected to the mains though make sure the array controller is off.

  5. Make sure that all wheels and internal parts are assembled correctly. Check all covers are firmly fastened. Make sure there are no screws of unknown origin kicking around. Note that all screws must be used when putting on the lid of the aperture unit.

  6. Ensure that all wires and connectors are properly connected.

  7. Visually inspect for broken wires.

  8. Use the high quality vacuum cleaner to remove possible dust.

  9. Test that all wheels initialise without problems. Connect the Ethernet cable and power on the motor controller. From a computer e.g. cassandra, log on to marissa as user 'obs' e.g. ssh -X obs@marissa, cd notcam and run the command notcam-interface to start the UIF and check one wheel at a time.

  10. Check that the readings of the temperature and pressure sensor are reasonable.

  11. Turn off the oven and remove the getter using the gloves provided. Screw the lid on and then mount the getter in the instrument.


  12. Put on the nitrile gloves and the anti-static wrist straps, you should not touch any of the internal parts with your bare hands.

  13. Install the radiation shield. Touch the shield on the anti-static black mat on the table to ensure it is not got any static charge on it. Take care with the wires through the small holes. There are two screws on each side of the shield which should be tightened when the shield is in place. (Two screws are gone because the thread on the cold table have been stripped.)


  14. Check that all wheels initialise again, to ensure no wire has been broken. One wheel at a time. Check also the temperature readings, that none of these wires are broken.

  15. Make sure the large, square O-ring is cleaned with a dry lens tissus. Clean the underside edge of the top of the vessel with alcohol.

  16. Raise the table carefully below the instrument lid, and make sure you don't trap any of the heat shield blanket. Release the lid from the ceiling, and take the table down again to the position where it can be secured.


  17. Mount the baffle:

  18. Mount the entrance window (8 large screws)
    Ensure that the O-ring is in place on the vessel first (it may still be stuck there from the last opening). Make sure that the O-ring is exactly in place. Clean the O-ring with a dry lens tissus. Clean the inside surface of the entrance window housing which contacts the o-ring with alcohol. Do not tighten the screw now, wait to you start pumping to allow the vacuum to suck the window on uniformly, then tighten.




  19. Move NOTCam from the clean room to the electronics room, connect the mains to the instrument and plug in the motor controller.

  20. Plug in the vacuum pump to no-break mains (red sockets).

  21. Connect the vacuum pump to the dewar. If you are uncertain about the pumping procedure, please check the general pumping instructions. If NOTCam has been opened, then start the pump then immediately open the pump valve followed by the vessel valve.




  22. While the instrument is pumping remount the array controller.

  23. For remote monitoring of the pressure and temperature:

  24. You can also monitor the pressure on the motor controller display panel. Position number 7 shows the pressure in mBar. To read off the display toggle the two black buttons nearest to the display to browse through the positions. It should take no more than 1/2 hour to reach 1 mBar, if the getter or charcoal has been baked, or 3-4 hours if it hasn't. Note that it usually takes about 10 minutes for the pump to reach full operating speed.

  25. When pressure is below 1 mBar, tighten all the nuts (6 on each side) that hold the lid onto the vessel and the eight large screws holding the entrance window on. Then put on the two metal straps holding NOTCam to its frame.

  26. If you suspect there is a problem with the pressure then make a leakage test as described under Leak testing NOTCam.

  27. Monitor the pressure regularly. If you don't reach 1E-2 mbar within 12 hours, there might be a leakage. We usually reach about 1E-3 mbar in 48 hours. When the vacuum pressure is below E-2 mbar it is safe to start cooling.

  28. It may be desired that we bake the vessel. to do this follow the instructions on baking.


Pressure During Pumping
Pressure After Valve Closed
Data taken from 13 - 24 March & 25 - 1 April, 2008, While NOTCam was in the Service Building
and after damage to the entrance window was identified!