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Entry  Wed Jan 9 20:01:25 2019, Jon, Update, VAC, Second pumpdown completed Screenshot_from_2019-01-09_20-00-39.pngIMG_3088.jpg
    Reply  Thu Jan 10 10:23:46 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, overnight leak rate OvernightLeak.png
       Reply  Sat Feb 2 21:53:24 2019, Koji, Update, VAC, overnight leak rate Screen_Shot_2019-02-02_at_21.49.33.png
          Reply  Sun Feb 3 15:15:21 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, overnight leak rate Jan10_data.pngFeb1_data.png
             Reply  Sun Feb 3 20:52:34 2019, Koji, Update, VAC, overnight leak rate 
                Reply  Mon Feb 4 12:23:24 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, pumpdown 83 - leak tests PD83.png
                   Reply  Tue Feb 5 10:11:30 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, leak tests complete, pumpdown 83 resumed Annuli.pngMainVol.png
                      Reply  Tue Feb 5 19:30:14 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, Main volume at 20 uTorr PD83.png
                         Reply  Thu Feb 7 13:55:25 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, RGA turned on 
                            Reply  Thu Feb 7 19:28:46 2019, gautam, Update, VAC, IFO recovery 
Message ID: 14430     Entry time: Sun Feb 3 15:15:21 2019     In reply to: 14429     Reply to this: 14431
Author: gautam 
Type: Update 
Category: VAC 
Subject: overnight leak rate 

I looked into this a bit today. Did a walkthrough of the lab, didn't hear any obvious hissing (makes sense, that presumably would signal a much larger leak rate).

Attachment #1: Data from the 30 ksec we had the main vol valved off on Jan 10, but from the gauges we have running right now (the CC gauges have not had their HV enabled yet so we don't have that readback).

Attachment #2: Data from ~150 ksec from Friday night till now.

Interpretation: The number quoted from Jan 10 is from the cold-cathode gauge (~20 utorr increase). In the same period, the Pirani gauge reports a increase of ~5 mtorr (=250x the number reported by the cold-cathode gauge). So which gauge do we trust in this regime more? Additionally, the rate at which the annuli pressures are increasing seem consistent between Jan 10 and now, at ~100 mtorr every 30 ksec.

I don't think this is conclusive, but at least the leak rates between Jan 10 and now don't seem that different for the annuli pressures. Moreover, for the Jan 10 pumpdown, we had the IFO at low pressure for several days over the chirstmas break, which presumably gave time for some outgassing which was cleaned up by the TPs on Jan 10, whereas for this current pumpdown, we don't have that luxury.

Do we want to do a systematic leak check before resuming the pumpdown on Monday? The main differences in vacuum I can think of are

  1. Two pieces of Kapton tape are now in the EY chamber.
  2. Possible resiudue from cleaning solvents in IY and EY chambers are still outgassing.

This entry by Steve says that the "expected" outgassing rate is 3-5 mtorr per day, which doesn't match either the current observation or that from Jan 10.

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