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  10387   Thu Aug 14 18:02:11 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralUpdated game plan

Got the idea of ASC.

- Oplevs for PR2, PR3 => PR2 seems OK. PR3 almost impossible. well turned out not too crazy. We need outside electronics.

- RF QPD => not trivial and very technical but possible. All outside work.

- Better TT => might be a good solution.

  10388   Thu Aug 14 18:05:05 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralUpdated game plan

Quote:

- Oplevs for PR2, PR3 => Almost impossible.

 Because of the limited table space inside?  That's the main reason I can think of that this method is hard.  Am I missing something?

  10389   Thu Aug 14 18:10:46 2014 HarryUpdateGeneralFiber Temperature Effects Setup

Purpose

We want to characterize the sort of response the fibers have to temperature gradients along them (potentially altering indices of refraction, etc.)

Experimental Setup

I have constructed a sort of two chambered "calorimeter" (by which I mean some coolers and other assorted pieces of recycling.)

The idea is that half of the length of PM fiber resides in one chamber, and the other in the other.

One chamber will remain at an uncontrolled, stable temperature (as measured by thermocouple probe) while the other's temperature is varied using a heat gun.

Using this setup, one can measure losses in power, and effects on polarization within the fiber.

Caveat

This is currently living on the electronics bench until tomorrow morning, and is a little fragile, just in case it needs to be moved.

Attachment 1: tempAffectsSetup.zip
  10400   Fri Aug 15 13:29:31 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralGame plan: 15 Aug

40mToDoList.pdf

The game plan graffle file is now in the 40m dropbox, so anyone can edit it.  Please just make sure to keep the date in the top right corner accurate.

  10403   Fri Aug 15 17:24:44 2014 HarryUpdateGeneralFiber Temp.

 Earlier today Q and I somewhat resurrected my old PER measurement setup so I could run the temperature characterization experiment.

Unfortunately, when I tried to use the fiber illuminator, no light came from the other end, causing me to fail my primary goal for the summer of "don't break anything." The fiber has been re-spooled and labeled appropriately. Also sorry.

In addition to this, Q and I scavenged parts from the telescopes on the PSL and Y End tables, which were either not functional, or needed to have their mode matching adjusted, since we're using the non-PM fibers for FOL, which have a different numerical aperture, and thus slightly different output modes.

Specifically, this is involved removing the rotational mounts, and appropriate beam dumping.

My "calorimeter" still remains intact, in case anyone wants to make this measurement in the future, as this is my last day in the lab.

It's also effective at keeping drinks cold, if you'd rather use it for that.

  10404   Fri Aug 15 20:26:37 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralGame plan

Quote:

Q already did the tweak up of the PSL SHG crystal alignment.  HE SHOULD ELOG ABOUT THIS.  What was the final power of green that you got?  Do we have any record of a previous measurement to compare to?

As Jenne mentioned, I did this. 

Specifically, I first tweaked the mirror pointing the IR into the SGH in pitch and yaw to maximize the green power, and then adjusted the little set screws on the side of the SHG to maximize further. Power after the harmonic separator was of order 150uW. On the Y Green BBPD, I got ~48uW, instead of the 40uW Rana, Jenne, and myself saw the other night. 

HOWEVER,

now that I look through old ELOGs, I find some posts by Kiwamu saying the power should be around 650uWand that he was able to get 640uW out. So: I should do this again, systematically, more carefully, etc., etc. (Linked ELOG also states that optimum SHG temperature is alignment dependent...)

 

 

  10405   Fri Aug 15 20:38:17 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralELOG dump

 A few things that I have neglected to ELOG yet:

  • scripts/offsets/LSCoffsets is a new script that uses ezcaservo to set FM offsets of our LSC PDs. It still warns about large changes, and lets you revert. It reads the FM gain to pick the right gain for the ezcaservo call. 

  • MC refl DC was all over the place today, and has recently been "fuzzier" on the wall StripTool than I like. I touched the MC2 pointing a little bit, and the WFS seemed to find a sweet spot where the refl got steady back at around and under 0.5. I then ran "offload WFS" to try and stay there. 

  • Incidentally, the PMC transmission drifted up to 0.81 at some point today. This is weird, since not too long ago, we were not able to reach this level even with careful alignment. This coincided with the MC power being back up to ~17k, and arms locking at around 0.95. 

  • Last week I quickly tried cranking up the x-end green modulation frequency to ~1.3MHz (corresponding to a notch in the PZT AM response), and using a 550k lowpass on the mixer output, instead of a 70k, to try to buy more phase and increase the UGF. It didn't work. I didn't have a way to tune the mixer phase angle, and the mixer output was super noisy, but there were instants where I could convince myself that a mode was briefly locked to the arm... I'm going to do the Right Thing and characterize the loop properly, to figure out how to get at least 10kHz of control bandwidth out of these things. 

  10423   Fri Aug 22 13:51:00 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralUpdated game plan

40mToDoList.pdf

  10435   Thu Aug 28 08:31:16 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralone good day
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  10440   Tue Sep 2 16:22:24 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralGame plan: 2 Sept

Slightly updated Game Plan.  Mostly, Q is continuing to check out the Xend PDH box saturation, and I am thinking on what our requirements are for ALS, and thus for the green PDH boxes.

40mToDoList.pdf

  10445   Wed Sep 3 14:07:18 2014 ranaConfigurationGeneralnetgpibdata is working again now

Quote:

I gave the IPs to the bridges. According lines of /etc/hosts in linux1 were updated.

192.168.113.230 WET54G1
192.168.113.231 WET54G2

 I was going through some old Koji elogs to check them for correctness (as I do weekly). I noticed that back in Dec 2013, he made the above illegal modification of IP numbers. 192.168.113.230 was actually the IP for farfalla. Maybe that's why they were conflicting and farfalla not working and Q observing/imagining wireless GPIB dropouts?

I used the Wiki instructions to update the 2 bind9 files with a new number for farfalla (192.168.113.212) which was previously the number for the long dead op240m. Farfalla is restarted and sort of working. 

  10505   Mon Sep 15 14:37:49 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralOphir pmeter has no filter already

Quote:

Ophir power meter gets new filter with calibration. This is not cheap. It was the second time we lost it.

Filter leash is attached.

 Some one already took  off the filter and did not care to put it back on. This is carelessness!

  10515   Wed Sep 17 18:36:03 2014 KojiHowToGeneralHow to run DTT measurement automatically
  • Suppose you have a dtt template name test.xml
  • The file test.dtt

    open
    restore test.xml
    run -w
    save test2.xml
    quit
     
  • Run diag < test.dtt
  • The result is saved in test2.xml
  10528   Tue Sep 23 17:56:13 2014 Jenne, EricQUpdateGeneralVent prep for SRC length change

As Q mentioned in elog 10527, (prompted by Koji's email this afternoon) we are prepping the IFO for vent.  Here is a copy of the pre-vent checklist from the wiki, updated as we work:

 

Pre-vent checklists

 
  1. Center all oplevs/IPPOS/IPANG
  2. Align the arm cavities for IR and align the green lasers to the arms.
  3. Make a record of the MC pointing
  4. Align the beam at the PSL angle and position QPDs
  5. Reduce input power by adjusting wave plate+PBS setup on the PSL table BEFORE the PMC. (Using the WP + PBS that already exist after the laser.)
  6. Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
  7. Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends
  8. Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows

Notes:

1 & 2:  Locked arms on IR, ran ASS.  Unlocked IFO, aligned PRM for good POP flashes, aligned SRM for symmetric AS flashes.  Aligned all oplevs.  Used PZTs to align Xgreen to arm. Used knobs to align Ygreen to arm.  With PS:L green shutter closed, Xgreen  = 0.520, Ygreen = 0.680.

3:  Moved MC servo output cable that goes to ADC from OUT2 (which we had been using for monitoring AO path signals) back to its usual OUT1 (which is MC_L).  This is used in the spot position measurement script.  Spots at:  [2.32, -0.50, 1.97, -1.11, 0.26, -1.86] mm.

4: Done -Q

5:  Removed a PD that was monitoring the light coming backwards through the Faraday that sits just after the laser, just in case (confirmed that beam dump behind PD was catching beam).  Other port of PBS just had regular black hole dump.  Adjusted half wave plate until we had ~90mW just before injection into the vacuum.

6: Completed. Locked MC manually at transmission of ~1150, but low power autolocker isn't working. This isn't a critical thing, and can be fixed at any point during the vent. -Q

7: Shutters closed. Ready for Steve to check nuts and begin venting! -Q

  10529   Wed Sep 24 08:39:32 2014 Jenne, EricQUpdateGeneralVent prep for SRC length change

Quote:

As Q mentioned in elog 10527, (prompted by Koji's email this afternoon) we are prepping the IFO for vent.  Here is a copy of the pre-vent checklist from the wiki, updated as we work:

 

Pre-vent checklists

 
  1. Center all oplevs/IPPOS/IPANG
  2. Align the arm cavities for IR and align the green lasers to the arms.
  3. Make a record of the MC pointing
  4. Align the beam at the PSL angle and position QPDs
  5. Reduce input power by adjusting wave plate+PBS setup on the PSL table BEFORE the PMC. (Using the WP + PBS that already exist after the laser.)
  6. Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
  7. Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends
  8. Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows

Notes:

1 & 2:  Locked arms on IR, ran ASS.  Unlocked IFO, aligned PRM for good POP flashes, aligned SRM for symmetric AS flashes.  Aligned all oplevs.  Used PZTs to align Xgreen to arm. Used knobs to align Ygreen to arm.  With PS:L green shutter closed, Xgreen  = 0.520, Ygreen = 0.680.

3:  Moved MC servo output cable that goes to ADC from OUT2 (which we had been using for monitoring AO path signals) back to its usual OUT1 (which is MC_L).  This is used in the spot position measurement script.  Spots at:  [2.32, -0.50, 1.97, -1.11, 0.26, -1.86] mm.

4: Done -Q

5:  Removed a PD that was monitoring the light coming backwards through the Faraday that sits just after the laser, just in case (confirmed that beam dump behind PD was catching beam).  Other port of PBS just had regular black hole dump.  Adjusted half wave plate until we had ~90mW just before injection into the vacuum.

6: Completed. Locked MC manually at transmission of ~1150, but low power autolocker isn't working. This isn't a critical thing, and can be fixed at any point during the vent. -Q

7: Shutters closed. Ready for Steve to check nuts and begin venting! -Q

 

  10534   Wed Sep 24 18:17:46 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralAlignment Restored

Interferometer alignment is restored

ASS has been run on each arm, recycling mirrors were aligned by overlapping on AS camera. 


Notes:

  • Mode cleaner alignment took some manual tweaking, locked fine around 1k counts. Still no autolocker.
  • At this point, some light was visible on AS and REFL, which was a good sign regarding TTs. 
  • Used green light to align ETMs to support a green 00 mode. 
  • Ensured no recylcying flashes were taking place on AS camera and PRM face camera.
  • Arms were locked using AS55, with the other ITM misalgined, for better SNR than PO[XY]. ASS brought arm powers to ~0.06, which is about what we would expect from 1k MC2 trans instead of 16k.
    • ASS Yarm required debugging, see below.
    • ETMX was getting kicks again. Top Dsub connector on the flange near the ground closer to the end table was a little loose. We should fasten it more securely.
  • At this point, michelson alignment was good. Brought in PRM to see PRC flashes, REFL spot was happy. Brought in SRM to AS sppot. 
  • Saved all optic positions. 
  • Oplevs:
    • PRMs new aligned state is falling off the QPD.
    • ETMs and BS oplev centering are fine, rest are less good, but still on the detector.

 


ASS-RFM issue:

ETMY was not getting its ASC pitch and yaw signals. C1SCY had a red RFM bit (although, it still does now...)

I took a look at the c1rfm simulink diagram and found that C1RFM had an RFM block called C1:RFM-TST_ETMY_[PIT/YAW] and C1SCY had one called C1:TST-SCY_ETMY_[PIT/YAW]. 

It seems that C1TST was illegally being used in a real signal chain, and Jenne's recent work with c1tst broke it. I renamed the channels in C1RFM and C1SCY to C1:RFM-SCY_ETMY_[PIT/YAW], saved, compiled, installed, restarted. All was well.

There are still some  in SCY that have this TST stuff going on, however. They have to do with ALS, it seems, but are SHMEM blocks, not RFM. Namely:

  • C1:TST-SCY_TRY
  • C1:TST-SCY_GLOBALPOS
  • C1:TST-SCY_AMP_CTRL

 

  10535   Wed Sep 24 18:56:45 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralOttavia slowness

Ottavia was having some severe interaction latency today. Xorg was taking up >90% of the CPU, just sitting around. The machine was logged in to a desktop session with lots of graphical effects turned on. I changed the system default session to "gnome-fallback" in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf, which was already set as the default for controls, but wouldn't get chosen for the autologin that happens on boot. 

Hopefully this helps ottavia stay usable...

  10541   Thu Sep 25 19:42:12 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

[q, Jenne, Manasa]

ELOG Outline

  • Aligned arms
  • Took a bunch of photos of ITMY chamber. 
  • Used Crystallaser to reverse trace POY beam path
  • Realized real POY flashes were visible
  • Tried adjusted POY steering to give us enough room to move SRM forward 3 in
  • Not enough steering room
  • Placed beam centering targets just before OM3 and after OM4, on far side of BS table
  • Twisted SR2 by ~5 degrees
  • Moved SRM laterally ~3 inches (beam had been hitting optic center, then suspension cage after SR2 twist)
  • Moved SRM foward about 3 inches, adjusted angle for coarse retroreflection
  • Measured distances between suspensions
  • Tried running Gabriele's distance reconstruction code, results not looking so good; redundancy checks are off by ~1cm
  • Started roughly repositioning OM1 and OM2 to get through beam targets
  • Closed light doors
  • ITMY pointing has gone bad, no green or IR resonance to be seen, still have IR and Green in Xarm, so TTs, BS are ok
  10544   Fri Sep 26 12:25:34 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

I figured out that didn't change the initial guess for the fit routine in Gabriele's code. I also changed the fminsearch criteria to least squares fitting, instead of minimax. The consistency checks now look just as good as the previous time we did these kind of measurements, no disagreements bigger than 1.6mm. 

Thus, the current estimate of the SRC length after yesterday's motions is 5402mm, where we desire 5399mm. So, we will try to move SRM 3mm closer to SR2, after confirming that we are not clipping the POY beam. After all that, we will level the table.

  10545   Fri Sep 26 16:10:14 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Today so far:

  • I moved SRM forward by 3mm
  • Then I leveled the ITMY table 
  • At this point, bringing the ITMY oplev beam back onto its QPD got me back to green locking and IR flashes 
  • AS and POY beams are both making it out to their tables, as seen by IR card. (Though not to their in-air optics)

Here's my quick brain dump of things to do before we can pump down (anyone see anything missing?):

  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length
  • Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok
  • Take pictures of ITMY chamber. 
  • Closeup checklist
  10546   Fri Sep 26 17:13:39 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Quote:
  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length

POY has >2 inches of clearance from the SRM cage. 

Distance reconstruction indicates an SRC length of 5399mm, which was exactly our target. 

  10549   Mon Sep 29 12:47:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Quote:
  •  Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok

 [Koji, ericq]

We have completed the above points; the ITMY table is still level.

Despite what the wiki says, the SRM LR OSEM open voltage is ~1.97V instead of ~1.64, so we shot for half of that. 

The in-air steering of the SRM oplev return beam needs adjustment. I'll estimate the beam path length when I'm taking pictures and closing up. 

Left to do:

  • Now that AS is back on diode, lock arms and align everything. Confirm everyone's happiness. 
  • Take numerous pictures of ITMY chamber.
  • Center oplevs
  • Put doors on
  • Close shutters
  • Pump down
  • Replace MC refl Y1 with the beamsplitter
  • Turn PSL power back up

Related In-Air work:

  • Fix POY steering
  • Fix SRM oplev return steering
  10550   Mon Sep 29 17:10:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Everything is aligned, AS and POY make it out of vacuum unclipped, OSEM readings look good.

I set up the SRM oplev, centered all oplevs.

Tomorrow, we just have to take pictures of the ITMY chamber before we put the heavy doors on. 

  10551   Mon Sep 29 18:12:24 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

I closed the PSL shutter as we didn't want to burn the mirror surface when we are not working.

  10552   Tue Sep 30 11:53:29 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

 

Photos have been taken of the ITMY chamber, and uploaded to picasa. Here's a slideshow:

  10567   Mon Oct 6 10:04:58 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

  10569   Mon Oct 6 10:28:18 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

Quote:

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

 The last time we had a power failure IFO recovery elog

  10570   Mon Oct 6 11:09:52 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: slow computers

As per other slow computers, which Chris figured out in elog 10189, I added all the rest of the slow computers to Chiara's /etc/hosts file, so that they would come up when Manasa went and keyed the crates. 

Computers that were already there:

  • c1auxex
  • c1psl
  • c1iscaux

Computers that I added today:

  • c1susaux
  • c1auxey
  • c1iscaux2
  • c1pem1
  • c1aux
  • c1iool0
  • c1vac1

Manasa keyed all of these crates *except* for the vac computer, since Steve said that the vacuum system is up and running fine.

  10571   Mon Oct 6 17:04:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

I brought back the PMC, MC and Arms.

PMC:

  • Same as when we replaced the busted sorensen, the kepco regulators in 1X1 (which power the FSS HV amp, PMC PZT and WFS) needed to be brought back up in the proper order. (Middle two are  + and - for the FSS, need to be rolled up in unison). Also the same as that occasion, sticky sliders prevented the full voltage range on the PMC PZT from being accessible. I touched every button on the PMC and FSS screens, which seemed to fix it. 
  • I then realigned the PMC to ~0.80 transmission

MC:

  • Needed to do some hand alignment to get a lock
  • Measured spot positions, they were all under 2mm
  • Despite centering the beams on the WFS and setting the offsets, WFS would not turn on successfully
  • Also, the autolocker on megatron isn't doing anything but blinking
  • Also also, MC2 is exhibiting some intermittent alignment wandering. The SUSDOF traces look like flat ramps lasting a few minutes. 

Arms:

  • No green was evident anywhere, but it didn't take to much alignment tweaking to get IR flashes
  • No signals were evident on RFPDs, confirmed light on PDs and power to demod boards. 
  • Turned out the 11MHz Marconi was not doing anything, and needed to be reset to the modulation frequency in ELOG 10314 (which reminds me that I need to update the sticker on the marconi)
  • Locked arms, ASS'ed, oplev spots were acceptable. 

 

  10572   Mon Oct 6 17:36:17 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

The autolocker is now working, but I didn't change anything to make it so. I was just putting in some echo statements, to see where it was getting hung up, and it started working... This isn't the first time I've had this experience. 

It turns out IOO had a bad BURT restore. I restored from 5AM this morning, the WFS are ok now. 

  10573   Mon Oct 6 18:15:12 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: end green alignment

After Q brought back the IR, I went to check the green situation.

1. The end lasers had to be turned ON. 
2. The heaters for the doubler crystals had to be enabled. The heaters are at the set values.
3. The X arm PZTs for the steering mirrors had to be powered up (Set voltage 100V and current 6.7mA)
4. I aligned the green to the already IR-aligned arms.

Green PSL alignment has to be done after Q finishes his work on the MC WFS.

  10575   Tue Oct 7 10:09:07 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

Chiara doesn't seem to be responding and I guess something happened 7 hrs ago.

I tried to hook up chiara to a monitor to reboot or atleast look for error messages; but it is not even detecting the external monitor (Tried changing monitors and vga cables; still see nothing).

I tried to ssh into it and only received errors :
NFS lookup failed for server XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX : error 5 (RPC: Timed out)
ssh: chiara: host/servname not known

Steve had the vacuum checked and everything seems fine with the status of the vacuum system atleast.

  10576   Tue Oct 7 16:17:15 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralreason for 8 sec power outage

Quote:

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

 

There was an equipment malfunction in one of Pasadena's substation that caused the outage. After about an 8 second delay, back up circuits restored power. This affected about 1/2 of the campus.

Mike 

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Vass [mailto:steve@ligo.caltech.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 2:18 PM
To: Anchondo, Michael
Subject: 5s

Hi Mike,

Can you tell me about yesterday's power outage?

Thanks, Steve
  10577   Tue Oct 7 16:19:50 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

We're back! It was entirely my fault.

Some months ago I wrote a script that chiara calls every night, that rsyncs its hard drive to an external drive. With the power outage yesterday, the external drive didn't automatically mount, and thus chiara tried to rsync its disk to the mount point, which was at the time just a local folder, which made it go splat. 

I'm fixing the backup script to only run if the destination of the rsync job is not a local volume. 

  10578   Tue Oct 7 16:41:12 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

I put a little script into ...../scripts/Admin that will check the fullness of Chiara's disk.  We only have the mailx program installed on Nodus, so for now it runs on Nodus and sends and email when the chiara disk that nodus mounts is more than 97% full.

  10586   Thu Oct 9 10:52:37 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralPower outage II & recovery

Post 30-40min unexpected power outage this morning, Steve checked the status of the vacuum and I powered up Chiara.

I brought back the FE machines and keyed all the crates to bring back the slow machines but for the vac computers.

c1vac1 is not responding as of now. All other computers have come back and are alive.

  10592   Thu Oct 9 19:14:04 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralPower outage II & recovery

I touched up the PMC alignment. 

While bringing back the MC, I realized IOO got a really old BURT restore again... Restored from midnight last night. WFS still working.

Now aligning IFO for tonight's work

  10610   Wed Oct 15 17:09:49 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralDiode laser test preparation

[EricG, manasa]

The He-Ne laser oplev setup was swapped with a fiber-coupled diode laser from W Bridge. The laser module and its power supply are sitting on a bench in the east side of the SP table. 

  10629   Tue Oct 21 18:40:46 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralEnd laser fiber setup

 [Manasa, Diego]

This is our first time touching tables for Frequency Offset Locking. 

The goal was to couple the 1064nm that leaks after the SHG crystal and couple it into the fiber before we run it along the length of the arm. 

The fiber has been mounted at the end but there is no light coupled into the fiber as yet.

In the process, the following were done:

1. ETMY oplev servo disabled. This was enabled after the work.
2. NPRO laser power was reduced so that nothing gets burnt accidently while putting things on the table. This was also reset after the work.

The arms could be locked to green and IR after the work. So I am hoping today's work will not affect locking.

  10635   Thu Oct 23 13:08:55 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralGap in local Chiara backups

After the second of the two recent power outages, the outlet powering Chiara's external drive for local backups didn't come back. The modification to the backup script I made correctly identified that the drive wasn't mounted, and happily logged its absence and didn't try to stuff the internal drive with a copy of itself. However, I hadn't checked the logs to see if the backups were proceeding until today... maybe I should set up an email alert for these, too. 

I plugged the external drive into a live outlet, and mounted the 40mBackup drive with: sudo udisks --mount /dev/sdc1, which is a helpful command that puts the drive at /media/40mBackup as it should be, based on the drive label. 

The /cvs/cds backup is now proceeding, to make up for lost time. 

  10636   Thu Oct 23 17:45:54 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralPianosa frozen

Not sure why, but Pianosa was frozen.  Also couldn't ssh or ping.  So, I hard power cycled it.

  10638   Fri Oct 24 10:08:24 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralY AUX laser - fiber coupled

The Y end aux laser light leaking after the doubling crystal has been coupled into the 70m long PM fiber. 

Input power = 250mW;  Output after 70m = 20mW

The poor efficiency is partially due to the ellipticity of the beam itself and partially due to the compromise I had to make using a single lens to couple the light into the fiber (given the limitations in space). But 20mW should be more than sufficient for a beat note setup.

Light propagates as follows after the doubling crystal:

Doubler ---> Harmonic Separator (45deg) ---> Lens (f=12.5cm) --> Steering mirror (Y1) --> Fiber collimator ( Thor labs CFC-2X-C) --> FIber end

I will update photos of the setup shortly.

I have left the 70m fiber in its spool sitting at the Y end and blocked the light before the last Y1 steering mirror in the above setup. So it should be safe.

Other:

Through the course of the work, I disabled the ETMY oplev and enabled it before closing the enclosure. I also reduced the AUX laser power and brought it back up after the work.
I did a check to see if the arms are locking in both IR and green and they did.
 

  10639   Fri Oct 24 18:53:23 2014 ranaUpdateGeneralY AUX laser - fiber coupled

 10% seems like a pretty bad coupling efficiency, even for a single lens. I know that the NPRO itself isn't so elliptical as that. Where is the other 230 mW going? random scattering?

Given that this is such an invasive process and, since its so painful to lose a whole night of locking due to end table business, I suggest that you always measure the out-of-loop ALS noise at the end of the end table work. Just checking that the green laser is locked to the arm is not sufficient to prove that the end table work won't prevent us from locking the interferometer.

We should insist on this anytime someone works on the optics or electronics at EX or EY. Don't have enough time to do an out-of-loop ALS spectrum? Then don't work at the end tables at all that day. We've got PZT alignment and mode matching work to do, as well as the rebuild of the EX table enclosure, so this is a good discipline to pick up now.

  10640   Mon Oct 27 12:17:46 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralY AUX laser coupling telescope design

Since I obtained a poor coupling efficiency from the earlier setup, I went back to calculate the coupling efficiency of the current setup.

For the current setup, I took the average of the x and y waist of the input beam and calculated the distance at which the input beam diameter would match the (fiber +collimator) beam diameter.

Average waist = 40.2um @-3.3mm from face of doubling crystal

(Fiber PM980 + Collimator f=2.0mm) beam waist = 205um

Distance(z) at which the input beam waist is 205um = 11.9cm

The closest available lens was f = 12.5cm. So I used it to couple the input beam by placing it at z ~12.5cm on a micrometer stage.

Since this gave only 10% coupling, I went back to calculate (using 'a la mode') the best possible coupling that can be obtained taking into consideration the ellipticity of the beam.

The maximum obtainable coupling (mode overlap) is 14.5%  which is still poor.

 

Redesign

Taking into account the ellipticity of the input beam, the available lenses and the space restrictions (lens can be placed only between z= 8 to 28cm), I calculated the best possible coupling efficiency (using 'a la mode').

The maximum possible mode overlap that can be obtained is 58.6% (matlab code and plot attached)

>>auxmode

modematching = 0.58632 

Optimized Path Component List:

    label    z (m)     type    parameters         

    -----    -----     ----    ----------         

    L1       0.0923    lens    focalLength: 0.0750

 

Attachment 1: AUXmode.zip
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  10650   Wed Oct 29 11:45:11 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralY AUX laser - fiber coupled (52%)

Quote:

Redesign

Taking into account the ellipticity of the input beam, the available lenses and the space restrictions (lens can be placed only between z= 8 to 28cm), I calculated the best possible coupling efficiency (using 'a la mode').

The maximum possible mode overlap that can be obtained is 58.6% (matlab code and plot attached)

>>auxmode

modematching = 0.58632 

Optimized Path Component List:

    label    z (m)     type    parameters         

    -----    -----     ----    ----------         

    L1       0.0923    lens    focalLength: 0.0750

 

I used the above configuration and was able to obtain ~52% coupling.

Input power = 250mW
Output power with absorptive ND 1.0 = 13 mW

I used the absorptive ND filter before the lens to keep the coupled output power within the range of fiber power meter and also avoid scattering of enormous amount of uncoupled light all over the table.

I have attached the screenshot of the out of loop ALS noise before opening the table (BLUE) and after closing down (MAGENTA). The beat note frequency and amplitude before and after were (14.4MHz/-9.3dBm) and (20.9MHz/-10 dBm).

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  10651   Wed Oct 29 18:07:28 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralDiode laser test preparation

I ran 3 BNC cables from the SP table to 1X7 rack so that we can have 16 bit channels for the Ontrak PD that will be used to test oplev lasers. The BNC cables are plugged to the Ch 29, 30 & 31 that were already created for this purpose (elog 10488)

  10659   Fri Oct 31 19:59:26 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralSome locking work / PRMI analysis

Preparations

- According to Diego's report, the MC WFS gains were too high. We'll fix this later by tweaking the servo shapes.
But for now, all of the WFS gains were reduced by 40%.
i.e. WFS(1|2)(PIT|YAW) gains from 5 to 3, MC2TRANS(PIT|YAW) gains from 50 to 30.

- Aligned IMC carefully and ran the offset nulling script. MC REFL became 0.435~0.445 and MC TRANS was ~16600.

- Locked the arms and ran ASS.


PRMI

- Started locking PRMI. I just used REFL33I&Q as suggested by the configure script. The PRMI locking was not so robust.
Particularly, the third violin mode of PRM and BS seemed to get excited and dominated the signals.
I modified Vio3 filter in the violin filter for BS and PRM to include zero at 1921Hz where the growing peak was seen.

- We probably want to start from the 1f signals for DRMI lock acquisition. So I wanted to check how REFL11s are.
Measured the demod phase and relative gain between 33I and 11I. (By the way, REFL11I whitening gain was lowered to 0dB).
REFL11I had about x10 gain and the same phase compared to REFL33I. The demod phase for REFL11 was +21deg.
Also checked REFL55 phase and gain. 55Q has almost the same gain as 33Q. And the adjusted phase was 25deg.
These were just rough adjustment of the demod phases.

- Then the servo configuration was transtioned to Configuration 1 (below), and then Configuration 2.

- This configuration was very stable and the PRMI stayed locked about ~1 hour. During this long lock, I could measure 
PSDs, sensing matrix, and etc. Also I could play with the PRM ASC. I wasn't sure if the POP is actually stabilized or not.
(I have no data)

- I noticed that something was ringinging up at 1883Hz. Another 3rd order viloin mode???

- The lock was lost due to too strong injection. But also it reacquired without touching.

- Precise demod phase adjustment has been done by elliminating PRCL from the Q signals.

REFL11 16.75
REFL33 133.0
REFL55 31.0
REFL165 -142 
AS55 -53

- Configiration1 (REFL11I&REFL55Q)

REFL11: WTN 0dB PHASE 21deg, REFL11I x0.1 -> PRCL
REFL33: WTN 30dB PHASE 145deg
REFL55: WTN 21dB PHASE 25deg, REFL55Q x1 -> MICH

PRCL: GAIN -0.04 FM4/5 ON, Triggered FM 2/3/6/9, Servo trigger: POP22I 50up 10down, No Normaization.
MICH: GAIN 10 FM4/5 ON, Triggered FM 2/3/6/9, Servo trigger: POP22I 50up 10down, No Normaization.

PRCL -> PRM +1
MICH -> PRM -0.2625, BS +0.50 BS

- Configuration 2 (REFL11I&Q)

Same as above except:
REFL11Q x-0.1 -> MICH


Calibration

Let's use these entries 

PRM: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/8255
PRM:  (19.6 +/- 0.3) x 10^{-9} (Hz/f)^2 m/counts

BS/ITMs http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/8242
BS     = (20.7 +/- 0.1)    x 10 -9 / f2
ITMX = (4.70 +/- 0.02)  x 10 -9/ f2
ITMY = (4.66 +/- 0.02) x 10 -9/ f2

- PRCL Calibration

Lockin oscillator module 675.13Hz 100 -> +1 PRM

Measurement bandwidth 0.1Hz -> Signal power BW 0.471232 (FLATTOP window)

C1:SUS-PRM_LSC_IN1: 118.99 cnt/rtHz => 5.12pm/rtHz
REFL11I: 17.84  cnt/rtHz => 3.49e12 cnt/m
REFL33I:  2.28  cnt/rtHz => 4.46e11 cnt/m
REFL55I:  0.158 cnt/rtHz => 3.09e10 cnt/m
REFL165I: 1.63  cnt/rtHz => 3.19e11 cnt/m


- MICH Calibration

Lockin oscillator module 675.13Hz 100 -> -1 ITMX +1 ITMY

Measurement bandwidth 0.1Hz -> Signal power BW 0.471232 (FLATTOP window)

C1:SUS-ITMX_LSC_IN1: 121.79 cnt/rtHz => 1.26pm/rtHz
C1:SUS-ITMY_LSC_IN1: 121.79 cnt/rtHz => 1.25pm/rtHz
REFL11Q:  0.0329   cnt/rtHz => 1.32e10 cnt/m (PRCL/MICH ratio 265)
REFL33Q:  0.00773  cnt/rtHz => 3.09e9  cnt/m (144)
REFL55Q:  0.001645 cnt/rtHz => 6.58e8  cnt/m (47)
REFL165Q: 0.00374  cnt/rtHz => 1.50e9  cnt/m (213) !?
AS55Q:    0.0696   cnt/rtHz => 2.78e10 cnt/m

Openloop TF measurements
Servo filter TF measuremnts

The UGFs were ~250Hz for PRCL and ~120Hz for MICH, respectively.
The OLTF was modelled by the servo and violin filters TF from foton, estimated TF of the AA/AI filters, and the constant time delay.

Displacement spectra measurement

SELF NOTE: DON'T FORGET TO TURN ON the whitening of the unused signals! (USE MC DOF or manual switch)

- PRCL

The PRCL displacement was measured with REFL I signals. In the attachment 3, the in-loop and free-run equivalent displacements are shown (red and blue).
Other out-of-loop sensors (33/55/165) were also plotted together.

FIrst of all, the uncompensated displacement noise level of PRCL is around 1e-7 m/rtHz. This is a good indication that the calibration was not crazy.

The sensing noise of REFL11 seems to be 1e-15~1e-16 m/rtHz at high frequency which is enough for now.
As expected, REFL11I has the best noise level among the REFLs. At low frequency, it seemed that the noise level is limited by something at 1e-12 m/rtHz.
Of course, we can't say this is just the sensing noise of the other REFLs or the noise of the REFL11I. But this noise level is enough small for the locking of
the low finesse (F<100) PRCL cavity.

Remembering we had no trouble locking PRCL with REFL33/55/165, this plot indicates that the PRCL was suppressed too much below 2Hz.
And we want more supression between 5Hz to 30Hz. We have resonant gains in ther PRCL servo but not sure how effective they were.
If we consider the contamination of PRCL in MICH, we should try to optimize the PRCL servo.

- MICH

The MICH displacement was similary calibrated to PRCL. The signal sources were the REFL Qs and AS55Q.
In the attachment 4, the in-loop and free-run equivalent displacements are shown (red and blue).
Other out-of-loop sensors were also plotted together.

The problem here is that the out-of-loop levels (REFL33/55/165 and AS55) show almost the same levels
and thus it is likely that the actual (out-of-loop) stability of MICH is this kind of level. If we believe it, we only have
~1/100 supression between 1-10Hz and ~1/10Hz below 0.5Hz.
The strong servo control does nothing to stablize
MICH. From the out-of-loop noise level of MICH, this comes for the contamination from leakage PRCL.
We really need to improve the signal quality of MICH.

The MICH servo filter has quite complicated shape, but is not necessary according to the estimated free-runing MICH.

The MICH free-running motion is quieter than the PRCL one between 1Hz to 30Hz. The reasonable explanation is
that it comes from poor vibration isolation of the tip-tilts. It means that SRCL also has the similar noise level to PRCL.

Attachment 1: PRMIsb_PRCL_OLTF.pdf
PRMIsb_PRCL_OLTF.pdf
Attachment 2: PRMIsb_MICH_OLTF.pdf
PRMIsb_MICH_OLTF.pdf
Attachment 3: PRMIsb_PRCL_SPE.pdf
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Attachment 4: PRMIsb_MICH_SPE.pdf
PRMIsb_MICH_SPE.pdf
  10670   Wed Nov 5 11:37:29 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralLight from Y end reaches PSL table

[Steve, Diego, Manasa]

Since the beatnotes have disappeared, I am taking this as a chance to put the FOL setup together hoping it might help us find them.

Two 70m long fibers now run along the length of the Y arm and reach the PSL table.

The fibers are running through armaflex insulating tubes on the cable racks. The excess length ~6m sits in its spool on the top of the PSL table enclosure.

Both the fibers were tested OK using the fiber fault locator. We had to remove the coupled end of the fiber from the mount and put it back in the process. So there is only 8mW of end laser power at the PSL table after this activity as opposed to ~13mW.  This will be recovered with some alignment tweaking.

After the activity I found that the ETMY wouldn't damp. I traced the problem to the ETMY SUS model not running in c1iscey. Restarting the models in c1iscey solved the problem.

 

  10671   Wed Nov 5 17:50:29 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralPSL and AUXY beatnote in IR found

Found the IR beatnote between PSL and Y end laser.

Since our goal was to find the beatnote ASAP to recover ALS, I ignored the fine details in alignment. I will revisit the setup to make some improvements in the near future.

1. Coupled the PSL IR beam leaking after the doubler into the fiber. We have only 10% coupling into the fiber at the PSL table right now (6mw); but this will be improved once I get a suitable translation stage for the telescope.

2. PSL IR --> PM980 fiber --->50-50 fiber beam splitter ---> 50-50 fiber beam combiner
  AUX Y ---> PM980 fiber ---> 50-50 fiber beam combiner

The output port of the fiber beam combiner is connected to the fiber coupled broadband RF PD.

3. The RF output of the PD when connected to a spectrum analyzer shows a beatnote of -50dBm. The small amplitude of the beatnote is due to the laser power being attenuated before coupling into the fiber to keep the PD safe.

Attached is photo of how the setup is put on the PSL table. We will put all the stuff in a box once the X setup is also in place.

Attachment 1: PSLsetup.jpg
PSLsetup.jpg
  10677   Thu Nov 6 10:18:12 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralfiber insulation in cable tray

Quote:

[Steve, Diego, Manasa]

Since the beatnotes have disappeared, I am taking this as a chance to put the FOL setup together hoping it might help us find them.

Two 70m long fibers now run along the length of the Y arm and reach the PSL table.

The fibers are running through armaflex insulating tubes on the cable racks. The excess length ~6m sits in its spool on the top of the PSL table enclosure.

Both the fibers were tested OK using the fiber fault locator. We had to remove the coupled end of the fiber from the mount and put it back in the process. So there is only 8mW of end laser power at the PSL table after this activity as opposed to ~13mW.  This will be recovered with some alignment tweaking.

After the activity I found that the ETMY wouldn't damp. I traced the problem to the ETMY SUS model not running in c1iscey. Restarting the models in c1iscey solved the problem.

 

 AP Armaflex  tube 7/8" ID X 1" wall insulation for the long fiber in wall mounted cable trays installed yesterday.

The 6 ft long sections are not glued. Cable tied into the tray pressed against one an other, so they are air tight. This will allow us adding more fibers later.

 Atm2: Fiber PSL ends  protection added on Friday.

 

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