Tonight I noticed that the drop in PMC transmission was ~1V, more than the usual of ~0.5V from the daily drift.
While re-aligning on the table, I noticed that the misalignment was not from either of the steering mirrors; i.e. I has to walk them both to get the alignment back. This implies that the misalignment is generated far upstream. Maybe the the laser itself is moving. We need some updates from Steve's laser misalignment tracker.
I'd like to replace the paper target with IOO -QPD_POS so we can log it.
The qpd was removed from the east end table and threaded adaptor ring epoxied on it's shell.
This tube will cut down the amount of emergency exit light getting into the qpd.
Den and I spent some time with the interferometer last night with hopes of bringing in the AO path, but were stymied by the (re)occurrence of the anomalously high low frequency motion of the Xarm, as seen by fluctuations of TRX from .9 to .2 while "held" on resonance.
Jenne reported that they weren't seeing it earlier in the evening, and then it started again when I showed up. Holding the arms on IR, we could see a fair amount of excess low frequency noise in the BEATX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ channel, as compared to BEATY, bringing its RMS to 5 times that of the Y arm. From the shape of the excess noise (broad slope from DC to tens of Hz), Rana suspected air currents and/or scattering effects being the culprit.
Den poked around a bit on the PSL table, which didn't really change much. He then went down to the X end table to inspect the table, and while he was there, I noticed the noise go down to being in line with the Yarm. I joined him at the end, and we found the beat phase noise in the frequency region of concern to be hugely sensitive to tapping on the enclosure, air current, etc. There is also a ton of green light everywhere, and multiple spots of green light around the green refl PD.
At that point however, the quiescent noise was acceptable (TRX fluctuations of <.2), so we went back to the control room to try to lock. Unfortunately, after a few attempts, the noise was back. At this point, we went home. The layout of the end table likely needs some attention to try and minimize our susceptibility to excess scatter effects.
Turn off the AC and flow bench please.
ETMX oplev qpd gain has to be increased.
Atm3, Oplev sum read 12,000 counts when the qpd was disconnected ?
Dark qpd was zero and normal He/Ne incident on qpd was 1,730 counts.
Anodized aluminum dumps replaced by 6 razor beam dumps.
Two more razor beam dumps added this afternoon. The picture will updated tomorrow.
There are 9 razor beam dumps at ETMY-ISCT
Tektronix RECALL on TDS3000 or TDS300B oscilloscope BATTERIES TDS3BATB
This Lithium-Ion battery can be a fire hazard ! Remove battery pack and recycle it through Safety Office !
I added two green glass absorbers. The oplev centering may need a touch up when it is well aligned.
Rga scan at pump down 77, vacuum normal valve configuration, maglev rotation 560 Hz and day 111
Also, while I was working on the PSL table, I heard noise that sounded like a bearing rolling around. I suspected the HEPAs, since the one on the north east corner of the table has a problem when it's turned up high (we've known about this for a long time), however turning off the HEPAs didn't affect the noise. The noise is strongest near the back of the PSL controller on the shelf above the table, and the PSL controller box is vibrating. So, I suspect that the fan on the PSL controller box is about to give out.
EDIT: To clarify, I mean the Innolight's controller.
The bearing is chirping in the back of the 2W Innolight laser controller. It is loud enough to hear it. I placed 4 soft rubber feet under the controller to avoid shaking other things on self.
The HEPA filter bearing becomes noisy at 50V
Keep it at 20V for low noise
The 4th week of no wet mopping of the floor and no wet wiping the vacuum envelope.
We cleaned the intakes of the south arm IFO air condition. The bottom duct have quite a bit accumulation Atm1
See wet wiped contrast on Atm2
We found 3 holes around pipes ( coming from CES ) on the east wall that has to be sealed.
After closer examination of these holes, they are sealed off well.
Air condition maintenance will be finished by 11:30am tomorrow.
Yesterday, Kelvin mopped with chemicals the whole floor area of the lab. This was triggered by some visiting ants at our PSL last week. It was 6 months since we had the last fully wet mopped IFO floor.
The cleaning- mopping water became very dirty at the end.
I have brought back c1auxex and c1auxey. Hopefully this elog will have some more details to add to Rana's elog 10015, so that in the end, we have the whole process documented.
The old Dell computer was already in a Minicom session, so I didn't have to start that up - hopefully it's just as easy as opening the program.
I plugged the DB9-RJ45 cable into the top of the RJ45 jacks on the computers. Since the aux end station computers hadn't had their bootChanges done yet, the prompt was "VxWorks Boot" (or something like that). For a computer that was already configured, for example the psl machine, the prompt was "c1psl", the name of the machine. So, the indication that work needs to be done is either you get the Boot prompt, or the computer starts to hang while it's trying to load the operating system (since it's not where the computer expects it to be). If the computer is hanging, key the crate again to power cycle it. When it gets to the countdown that says "press any key to enter manual boot" or something like that, push some key. This will get you to the "VxWorks Boot" prompt.
Once you have this prompt, press "?" to get the boot help menu. Press "p" to print the current boot parameters (the same list of things that you see with the bootChange command when you telnet in). Press "c" to go line-by-line through the parameters with the option to change parameters. I discovered that you can just type what you want the parameter to be next to the old value, and that will change the value. (ex. "host name : linux1 chiara" will change the host name from the old value of linux1 to the new value that you just typed of chiara).
After changing the appropriate parameters (as with all the other slow computers, just the [host name] and the [host inet] parameters needed changing), key the crate one more time and let it boot. It should boot successfully, and when it has finished and given you the name for the prompt (ex. c1auxex), you can just pull out the RJ45 end of the cable from the computer, and move on to the next one.
Koji, Jenne and Steve
Preparation to reboot:
1, closed VA6, V5 disconnected cable to valves ( closed all annuloses )
2, closed V1, disconnected it and stopped Maglev rotation
3, closed V4, disconnected its cable
See Atm1, This set up is insured us so there can not be any accidental valve switching to vent the vacuum envelope if reboot-caos strikes.[moving=disconnected]
4, RESET c1Vac1 and c1Vac2 one by one and together. They both went at once. We did NOT power recycled.
Jenne entered the new "carma" words on the old Dell laptop and checked the good answers. The reboot was done.
Note: c1Vac1 green-RUN indicator LED is yellow. It is fine as yellow.
5, Checked and TOGGLED valve positions to be correct value ( We did not correct the the small turbo pumps monitor positions, but they were alive )
6, V4 was reconnected and opened. Maglev was started.
7, V1 cable reconnected and opened at full rotation speed of 560 Hz
8, V5 cable reconnected, valve opened..............VA6 cable connected and opened........
9, Vacuum Normal valve configuration was reached.
The aging of the laser came up when the noisy bearing showed. ~10% down in in 4 years. That is pretty good.
ETMX medm screen values are blank.
The window is at the north west corner of the PSL enclosure.
The 1 mm thick BK7 window is AR coated both side R <0.08%, W2-PW1-1004-1064-0
The PZT stack is 0.75" OD, 0.25" thick with ~ 6 mm ID, motion range 2.5 micron at 200V
Soft silicon rubber isolation.
RXA: This is the opto-mechanical phase shifter that Steve has built for diagnosing scattered light problems. We put it into the reflected light path of any of the cavities and see if it can move the scattering noise from DC up to a higher frequency. e.g.:
The paper on this from GEO
This morning valve condition: V1, VM1, V4 and V5 valves were closed. IFO pressure rose to 1.3 mTorr
It was caused by low N2 pressure. Our vacuum valves are moved-controlled by 60-70 PSI of nitrogen.
When this supply drops below 50-60 PSI the interlock closes V1 valve. This is the minimum pressure required to move the large valves.
It is our responsibility to check the N2 cylinder pressure supply.
The vacuum valve configuration is back to VAC. NORMAL, CC1 4.8E-6 Torr
PS: Bob says that the second cylinder was full this morning, but the auto-switch over did not happen.
The TESCOM automatic changeover regulator [ model ACS 012-1011 ] manifold is most likely clogged. The new one will arrive 8-8-2014
This means that the IFO pressure may go up to a few mTorr when we change cylinder or V1 valve triggered because there is no nitrogen supply.
Ophir power meter gets new filter with calibration. This is not cheap. It was the second time we lost it.
Filter leash is attached.
All suspension damping restored. There had to be an earth quake.
TaraV - geology major undergrad - of Jenne's summer help received 40m specific basic safety training.
We observed one or two ants climbing over PMC optics without booties and safety glasses.
The floor was mopped with strong Bayer Home Pest Control solution in the Vertex area.
Do not work inside the 40m lab if you are sensitive to chemicals!
The floor is mopped again with strong PEST CONTROL SOLUTION in water in the Vertex area.
Do not plane to work in the IFO-room till noon if you are sensitive to chemicals!
Ants are back on the PSL table. We'll be mopping the floor with pest control solution tomorrow morning.
Flow bench effect on oplev error signal is here.
I turned off the south X-end flow bench.
This is the third safety glasses that I found laying around in the IFO lab lately. Safety glasses must be worn ALL times in the IFO room!
This rule is essential for your protection! Please do not enter if you can not put up with this regulation!
The fan is dying. It is changing speed erratically and stops for short time periods. It is very likely to stop rotating soon. It will halt all operations in the lab. We can not see the PMC-T power because Manasa is working on
The air flow from the dying fan was kinda weak and we decided to give a help with an external fan.
Koji brought a fan taken from a junk found at EE shop in W.Bridge.
The fan has been tied to the cage of the existing fan using cable ties to provide air circulation.
So even if the existing one dies anytime, we still don't super-heat anything.
The power supply for the fan rests next to the controller.
The air from the fan ventilation was hot, and now with the additional fan this hot air is actually sucked
out with stronger flow. So this is relieving for now.
PMC transmission as an indicator of laser controller with extra fan solution: 8 and 1day plot
Interlock closed valve V1, V4, V5 and VM1 when the nitrogen supply run out. The IFO pressure rose to P1 1 mTorr
In order to recover Vacuum Normal valve configuration I did the following:
Replaced both nitrogen cylinders. Confirmed pneumatic nitrogen pressure 70 PSI. Opened valves V4 and V5
At P2 < 1 mTorr, Maglev rotation 560 Hz , V1 was opened.
VM1 was opened when CC1 pressure dropped below < 1e-5 torr
Please take a look at the N2 cylinders pressure on Friday to insure that there is enough for the week end.
The daily consumption is 600-700 PSI
Quad processor 2 & 3 were replaced.
The PRM sus gains checked OK
All other suspension oplev gains setting were checked out OK
ETMX sus damping restored
From old 40m elog 5-29-2007
I’ve received some fan pictures from our manufacturing center. Your system will have one of the two fans pictured. Please contact manufacture company for more information.
Agustin (TJ) Tijerina
Commercial Product Support Center
5100 Patrick Henry Dr., Santa Clara, Ca. 95054
Product Support: (800) 367-7890
The fans are ordered.
I was investigating several issues on the IFO. As many of you noticed and not elogged, ITMX had frequent kicking without its oplev servo.
Also I had C1:LSC-TRY_OUT flatted out to zero even though I could see some fringes C1:SUS-ETMY_TRY_OUT.
Restarted all of the realtime models (no machine reboot).
Now I don't find any beam on REFL/AS/POP cameras.
If I look at BS-PRM camera, I can see big scattering, the beam is in the BS chamber.
I jiggled TT1 but cannot find neither a Michelson fringe nor POP beam.
So far I can't figure out what has happened but I'm leaving the lab now.
IMC is locked fine.
I can see some higher order mode of the Yarm green, so the Y arm alignment is no so far from the correct one.
ITMX is kicked up periodically. ITMX_PD_MAX_VAR is lowered to 500 from 1350
It started at Friday morning 8-1
The Napa earth quake magnitude 6 did not have any effect on the suspensions.
The Goy phase upgrade was done nicely. The IOO pointing did not change. Credit owned to Nick and Andres.
IFO is locked right on.
The PSL HEPA was off. It was turned on and it is running at 30VAC now.
SN 46,795 of 2003 is back.
The SRM qpd was moved to accommodate the HeNe laser qualification test for LIGO Oplev use.
The qpd was saturating at 65,000 counts of 3 mW
ND1 filter lowering the power by 10 got rid of saturation. I epoxied an adapter ring to the qpd.
Atm3 was taken before saturation was realized with Koji's help.
Atm4 ND1 on SRM qpd. Now it is working and everything is moving.
ITMY oplev should be centered. I worked too much around it.
Q and Steve will follow elog 10028 entry to prepare the vacuum system for safe reboot
SRM as set up in Atm4 26,000 count compared with ETMY oplev servo in operation 7,500 counts for 3 days
Next steps: measure beam size at qpd,
place qpd on translation stage for calibration,
change 1103P mount to single one
Here's the sequence of the morning so far:
The IFO is still down, as the PMC won't lock without the rack power, and we haven't pinned down the shorting mechanism. We don't want the replacement sorensen to immediately blow when plugged in.
Smoking Sorensen could have triggered the smoke alarm!
Yesterday I called CIT Fire Protection Services very first to deactivate the sensors temporarily. The smoke alarm was turned back on right after the particle count dropped.
Their phone number is posted at the entry doors 104M and 104W as shown below.
Vacuum safe reboot required one hour of no pumping of the vac envelope.
SRM qpd is installed on translation stage and the shims removed from laser V mounts.
The ETMY oplev servo is on.
SRM oplev servo: 100 microrad/count is an estimate, not calibrated one.