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Message ID: 10150     Entry time: Tue Jul 8 01:55:21 2014
Author: Jenne 
Type: Update 
Category: SUS 
Subject: ETMX glitching 

[Jenne, Rana]

A few times this evening, I had been having trouble locking CARM and DARM with ALS, and holding it for very long.  When it started happening again, I switched over to locking the individual arms with ALS.  Yarm seems to be totally fine, but Xarm has something funny going on. 

Rana and I have narrowed it down to being a problem with ETMX.  We were watching ETMX's oplev and local damping error signals, and would see occasional glitch events.  This happened when oplev + local damping were both on, both off, and when only local damping was on.  We believe that this points to something weird with the coil driver and actuator chain.

We tried to watch for a while to see if it was a step event (something switching on and off periodically), or an impulse event (some transient oscillation in an opamp perhaps), but the problem went away again.  We have come to no conclusions other than we have a problem that needs watching.

During our investigations, to more softly turn off the damping, Rana set the local damping gains, as well as the oplev gains to zero using a ramp time.  We don't recall the precise numbers, and conlog doesn't have the gains recorded, so we made an educated guess.  The local damping seems fine, but the oplev damping should be re-confirmed.  Steve, can you please show Harry how, and have him help you measure the ETMX pitch and yaw oplev loops, and set the gains so that they match up to the references, and then post the measured bode plots when you're done? 

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