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  10689   Sat Nov 8 11:35:05 2014 ranaUpdateLSC3F RFPD RF spectra


 I think 'saturation' here is a misleading term to think about. In the RF amplifiers, there is always saturation. What we're trying to minimize is the amount of distorted waveforms appearing at 3f and 15f from the other large peaks. Usually for saturation we are worried about how much the big peak is getting distorted; not the case for us.

  10694   Mon Nov 10 23:14:20 2014 ranaSummarySUSSRM: damping gains & Optical Lever servo Tune-up
  1.  tweaked gains for POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE by ~10-20% to get nice ringdowns with Q~5.
  2. Measured bounce rool freqs = 16.43 / 23.99 Hz. Updated the Mech Res Wiki page. Tightened up the bandstops to get back a few deg of phase. Propagated these new bandstops into the SRM SUS damping filter banks.
  3. Made and turned on a LP filters for the loops.
  4. Added a ~0.3 Hz gain boost / bubble.
  5. Set UGF to be ~2.5x below where it rings up. Estimate this to be ~3.5 Hz.
  6. First PDF shows bounce/roll peaks in OSEMs. Notice how f_roll is > sqrt(2)*f_bounce. ??
  7. Second PDF shows the OL spectra with the loops on/off. Previously there was no Boost and no LP (!!) turned on.
  8. 3rd PDF shows the modeled Bode plot of the OLG. yellow/blue is boost off/on
Attachment 1: SRM-BR.pdf
Attachment 2: SRM_err_141110.pdf
Attachment 3: SRM-OLG.pdf
  10707   Thu Nov 13 01:00:37 2014 ranaUpdateLSCRIN in transmission a problem?


 I modified the MC2 trans optical setup a little bit: the reflection from the QPD was not dumped and so it was hitting the wall of the black box.

I angled the QPD slightly and moved the dump so that the reflection hit it. The leakage through the 50/50 steering mirror for the QPD was already being dumped and I made sure that that one stayed dumped on its razor dump. After doing this we turned off the WFS and re-aligned the MC2 trans beam onto the QPD to zero the pit/yaw signals. 

  10721   Sat Nov 15 21:51:09 2014 ranaUpdatePEMSeismometers set up for huddle test

  In order to do high quality huddle subtraction, we need to align the seismometer axes to high precision. We would need 1000x subtraction to see the instrument noise floor, but are likely to only get 100x. For that we need to align the axes to 0.5 deg (or do a Wiener coordinate transform with the data). To do this, we need to use a high quality bubble level and eventually iterate after trying out.

We should strain relieve the seismometer cables on the slab. It should be a tight clamp so that acoustic vibrations on the cables are terminated at the clamp and don't get to the seismometers. The clamp can be attached to the slab using some strong epoxy.

  10722   Mon Nov 17 20:28:17 2014 ranaSummaryIOOMC servo summing amp

I modified the /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1psl/psl.db file to adjust the records for the FSS-FAST signal (to make it go yellow / red at the correct voltages). This was needed to match 5V offset which Koji added to the output of the FSS board back in August.

I also manually adjusted the alarm levels with caput so that we don't have to reboot c1psl. Beware of potential tiimebomb / boot issues if I made a typo! psl.db update in the SVN (also, there were ~12 uncomitted changes in that directory....please be responsible and commit ALL changes you make in the scripts directory, even if its just a little thing and you are too cool for SVN)

  10786   Thu Dec 11 22:44:23 2014 ranaUpdateLSCQPD screens

All of the QPDX matrix fields had a missing underscore in them. So I committed all of the c1asc screens to the SVN (because no one but me and Jamie seems to be able to remember to do this).

Then I did find/replace on the QPDY screen and saved it over the QPDX screen and committed the new thing to SVN as well. Values are now accessible.

  10795   Sat Dec 13 00:35:11 2014 ranaUpdateElectronicsXend QPD whitening board modified


 16 bit. There aren't any 14-bit ADCs anywhere in LIGO. The aLIGO suspensions have 18-bit DACs.

The Y-End gains seem reasonable to me. I think that we only use TRX/Y as error signals once we have arm powers of >5 so we should consider if the SNR is good enough at that point; i.e. what would be the actual arm motion if we are limited only by the dark noise?

I seem to remember that the estimate for the ultimate arm power is ~200, considering that we have such high losses in the arms.

  10800   Mon Dec 15 22:40:09 2014 ranaSummaryPSLPMC restored

 Found that the PMC gain has been set to 5.3 dB instead of 10 dB since 9 AM this morning, with no elog entry.


I also re-aligned the beam into the PMC to minimize the reflection. It was almost all in pitch.

  10828   Mon Dec 22 15:11:08 2014 ranaUpdateIOOMC Error Spectra

che tristezza  

What we want is to have the high and low noise spectra on the same plot. The high noise one should be triggered by a high PC DRIVE signal.

  10842   Wed Dec 24 08:25:05 2014 ranaConfigurationIOOnotes on MC locking

 I've updated the scripts for the MC auto locking. Due to some permissions issues or general SVN messiness, most of the scripts in there were not saved anywhere and so I've overwritten what we had before. 

After all of the electronics changes from Monday/Tuesday, the lock acquisition had to be changed a lot. The MC seems to catch on the HOM more often. So I lowered a bunch of the gains so that its less likely to hold the HOM locks.

A very nice feature of the Autolocker running on megatron is that the whole 'mcup' sequence now runs very fast and as soon as it catches the TEM00, it gets to the final state in less than 2 seconds.

I've also increased the amplitude of the MC2 tickle from 100 to 300 counts to move it through more fringes and to break the HOM locks more often. Using the 2009 MC2 Calibration of 6 nm/count, this is 1.8 microns-peak @ 0.03 Hz, which seems like a reasonable excitation.

Using this the MC has relocked several times, so its a good start. We'll have to work on tuning the settings to make things a little spicier as we move ahead.


That directory is still in a conflicted state and I leave it to Eric/Diego to figure out what's going on in there. Seems like more fallout from the nodus upgrade:

controls@chiara|MC > svn up

svn: REPORT of '/svn/!svn/vcc/default': Could not read chunk size: Secure connection truncated (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889)

  10844   Fri Dec 26 18:20:42 2014 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFSS Slow servo thresh change



In the plot it is shown the behaviour of the PSL-FSS_SLOWDC signal during the last week; the blue rectangle marks an approximate estimate of the time when the scripts were moved to megatron. Apart from the bad things that happened on Friday during the big crash, and the work ongoing since yesterday, it seems that something is not working well. The scripts on megatron are actually running, but I'll try and have a look at it.

I guessed that what was happening was that the SLOW servo settings were not restored to the right values after the code movements / reboots. The ON threshold for the servo was set at +6 counts and the channel is MC TRANS. Since the ADC noise on that channel is ~50 counts, this means that the servo keeps pushing the laser temperature off in some direction when the MC is unlocked.

I reset the threshold to +6666 counts (the aligned MC transmission is ~16000 for the  TEM00 mode) so that it only turns on when we're in a good locked state.

  10846   Mon Dec 29 21:30:25 2014 ranaUpdateGeneralrecovery
  1. Control room is at +66 F. Brrrr.
  2. Alignment of input beam into the IMC was wacky; locked on HOM.
  3. Re-aligned beam into the PMC first.
  4. Restarted mxstream for c1sus.
  5. Power cycled Martian router; all laptops were lost. Now better.
  6. Aligned launch beam from PSL to get onto the MCWFS better, MC is locking OK now. Moved MC SUS a little to get back to OSEM values from 6 days ago.
  7. Fixed LOCK_MC screen quad displays to be cooler.
  8. changed many of the ezcawrite calls in the mcup / mcdown to be 'caput -l' for more robustness. Still need ezcawrite for the binbary calls.
  9.  I didn't touch the mirrors on the MC REFL path, so we can still use that as a reference once the temperature returns to normal; the PSL room temp is down to 20C from 22 C a couple days ago.
  10. TRX values coming in to the LSC were frozen and the TRY_OUT16 was going to huge values even though camera flashes were reasonable. Tried restarting c1lsc model. No luck.
  11. Also tried shutdown -r now on c1lsc. No luck. Probably needs a RFM boot.
  12. Increased the FSS SLOW servo threshold to 9999 counts to avoid it running on some misaligned TEM01 mode locks. Increased the PID's I gain from 0.05 to 0.356 by tuning on some step responses as usual.
  13. By midnight the control room temperature is back around 71 F.
  10847   Tue Dec 30 00:46:05 2014 ranaUpdateIOOInvestigations into the mad PCDRIVE

Koji and I noticed that there was a comb* of peaks in the MC and FSS at harmonics of ~37 kHz. Today I saw that this shows up (at a much reduced level) even when the input to the MC board is disconnected.

It also shows up in the PMC. At nominal gains, there is just the 37 kHz peak. After tweaking up the phase shifter settings, I was able to get PMC servo to oscillate; it then makes a comb, but the actual oscillation fundamental is 1/3 of 37 kHz (some info on Jenne from elog 978 back in 2008).

Not sure what, if anything, we do about this. It is curious that the peak shows up in the MC with a different harmonic ratio than in the PMC. Any theories?


Anyway, after some screwing around with phase and amplitude of the RF modulation for the PMC from the phase shifter screen**, I think the gain is higher in the loop and it looks like the comb is gone from the MC spectrum.

Another clue I notice is that the PCDRIVE mad times often are coincident with DC shifts in the SLOWDC. Does this mean that its a flakiness with the laser? While watching the PCDRIVE output from the TTFSS interface board on a scope, I also looked at MIXER mon. It looks like many of the high noise events are associated with a broadband noise increase from ~50-140 kHz, rather than some specific lines. Don't know if this is characteristic of all of the noisy times though.


* this 'comb' had several peaks, but seem not be precise harmonics of each other: (f3 - 3*f1)/f3 ~ 0.1%

** I think we never optimized this after changing the ERA-5 this summer, so we'd better do it next.

 *** UPDATE: the second plot show the comparison between the new quiet and noisy states. Its just a broad bump.


Attachment 1: MC_ERR.pdf
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Attachment 3: MC_ERRcomp.pdf
  10848   Tue Dec 30 17:26:23 2014 ranaUpdatePSLRelaxation Osc and the NPRO Noise eater

I wonder if the variable bump around 100 kHz can be something about the NPRO and if the bump we see is the closed loop response due to the Noise Eater.


This plot (from the Mephisto manual) shows the effect of the NE on the RIN, but not the frequency noise. I assume its similar since the laser frequency noise above 10 kHz probably just comes from the pump diode noise.

I went out to the PSL and turned off the NE at ~4:53 PM local time today to see what happened. Although the overall PCDRIVE signal looks more ratty, there is no difference in the spectra of ON/OFF when the PCDRIVE is low. When its noisy, I see a tiny peak around 1 MHz with NE OFF. Turned it back on after a few hours.

  10849   Tue Dec 30 20:35:59 2014 ranaSummaryPSLPMC Tune Up
  1. Calibrated the Phase Adjust slider for the PMC RF Modulation; did this by putting the LO and RF Mod out on the TDS 3034 oscope and triggering on the LO. This scope has a differential phase measurement feature for periodic signals.
  2. Calibrated the RF Amp Adj slider for the PMC RF Modulation (on the phase shifter screen)
  3. The PMC 35.5 MHz Frequency reference card is now in our 40m DCC Tree.
  4.  The LO and RF signals both look fairly sinusoidal !
  5. Took photos of our Osc board - they are on the DCC page. Our board is D980353-B-C, but there are no such modern version in any DCC.
  6. The PMC board's Mixer Out shows a few mV of RF at multiples of the 35.5 MHz mod freq. This comes in via the LO, and can't be gotten rid of by using a BALUN or BP filters.
  7. In installed the LARK 35.5 MHz BP filter that Valera sent us awhile ago (Steve has the datasheet to scan and upload to this entry). It is narrow and has a 2 dB insertion loss.

For tuning the phase and amplitude of the mod. drive:

- since we don't have access to both RF phases, I just maximized the gain using the RF phase slider. First, I flipped the sign using the 'phase flip' button so that we would be near the linear range of the slider. Then I put the servo close to oscillation and adjusted the phase to maximize the height of the ~13 kHz body mode. For the amplitude, I just cranked the modulation depth until it started to show up as a reduction in the transmission by ~0.2%, then reduced it by a factor of ~3. That makes it ~5x larger than before.

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  10851   Sun Jan 4 22:08:46 2015 ranaUpdateIOOMC loop characterizations: PZT/EOM crossover

 * PMC + MC were unlocked when I came in.

* I fiddled around some more with the mcup/down scripts to make locking snappier. The locking was breaking the PMC lock often, so I re-enabled the MC servo board output limiter during acquisition. It is disabled in the MC UP script.

* Re-measured the MC OLG. Still OK.

* Measured the PZT / EOM crossover (aka the FAST / PC crossover) using the connectors on Koji's summing box. With the FAST gain at 18 dB, the crossover is ~10 kHz. Looks way to shallow. Plots to follow.

* I finally discovered today that the PMC PZT stroke is what's causing the main mis-alignment of the beam going to the IMC. By relocking at a few positions, I could see that the IOO QPDs have steps when the PMC relocks. So the IO beam wander is NOT due to temperature effects on the optics mounts of the PSL table. I wonder if we have a large amount of length to angle coupling or if this is the same as the OMC PZTs ?

P.S. I found that someone is using a temporary bench power supply to power the summing box between the TTFSS and the Thorlabs HV driver...whoever did this has ~48 hours to hook up the power in the right way or else Koji is going to find out and lose it and then you have to wear the Mickey Mouse hat.


The first attachment shows the OLG measurements with 2 different values of the fast gain (our nominal FG is 18 dB). You can see that the higher gains produce some crossover instability; when tuning the gain we notice this as an increase in the PCDRIVE rms channel.

The second attachment shows the measurement of the 'crossover'. Its really just the direct measurement of the IN1 / IN2 from the FAST summing box, so its the crossover measurement where the OLG is high.

Attachment 1: MC_OLGs.pdf
Attachment 2: MC_xover.pdf
  10874   Wed Jan 7 21:13:35 2015 ranaUpdateGeneralinane LSCoffsets script removed


 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. 

 We never, ever want to use ezcaservo to do this. IN fact, we twice have already deleted scripts where people have implemented these (sometimes) unstable servos. Also, since this change had never been committed to the SVN, I just deleted it and updated from the SVN to get back the script that doesn't use any servos.

I'm going to periodically delete locking scripts that are not committed to the SVN since anyone who is too lazy to use the SVN probably can't write code worth using.

  10899   Wed Jan 14 02:11:07 2015 ranaSummaryTreasure2-loop Algebra Loopology

I show here the matrix formalism to calculate analytically the loop TF relationships for the IMC w/ both FSS actuators so that it would be easier to interperet the results.

The attached PDF shows the Mathematica notebook and the associated block diagram.

In the notebook, I have written the single hop connection gains into the K matrix. P is the optical plant, C is the Common electronic gain, F is the 'fast' NPRO PZT path, and M is the phase Modulator.

G is the closed loop gain matrix. The notation is similar to matlab SS systems; the first index is the row and the second index is the column. If you want to find the TF from node 2 to node 3, you would ask for G[[3,2]].

As examples, I've shown how to get the FAST gain TF that I recently made with the Koji filter box as well as the usual OLG measurement that we make from the MC servo board front panel.

Attachment 1: FSSloop.pdf
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  10949   Wed Jan 28 14:19:02 2015 ranaUpdateLSCTransitioned DARM to AS55Q

Why AS55/(TRX + TRY) instead of just TRX? Isn't (TRX+TRY) controlled by CARM?cool

(question is secretly from Kiwamu)

  10988   Sun Feb 8 21:54:50 2015 ranaSummaryPSLISS AOM driver check

This is good news. It means that the driver probably won't limit the response of the loop - I expect we'll get 20-30 deg of phase lag @ 100 kHz just because of the acoustic response of the AOM PZT + crystal.

  10998   Wed Feb 11 00:07:54 2015 ranaUpdateLSCLock Loss plot

Here is a lock loss from around 11 PM tonight. Might be due to poor PRC signals.  \oint {\frac{\partial PRCL}{\partial x}}

This is with arm powers of ~6-10. You can see that with such a large MICH offset, POP22 signal has gone done to zero. Perhaps this is why the optical gain for PRCL has also dropped by a factor of 30 crying.

This seems untenable no. We must try this whole thing with less MICH offset so that we can have a reasonable PRCL signal.cool

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  11002   Wed Feb 11 16:49:41 2015 ranaUpdateelogELOGD restarted

No elog response from outside and no elogd process frownon nodus, so I restarted it using 'start-elog.csh'.

  11008   Thu Feb 12 01:00:18 2015 ranaUpdateLSCRFPD spectra

The nonlinearity in the LSC detection chain (cf T050268) comes from the photodetector and not the demod board. The demod board has low pass or band pass filters which Suresh installed a long time ago (we should check out what's in REFL33 demod board). 

Inside the photodetector the nonlinearity comes about because of photodiode bias modulation (aka the Grote effect) and slew rate limited distortion in the MAX4107 preamp.

  11009   Thu Feb 12 01:43:09 2015 ranaUpdateLSCNew Locking Paradigm - LSC model changes

With the Y Arm locked, we checked that we indeed can get loop decoupling using this technique.

The guess filter that we plugged in is a complex pole pair at 1 Hz. We guessed that the DC gain should be ~4.5 nm count. We then converted this number into Hz and then into deg(?) using some of Jenne's secret numbers. Then after measuring, we had to increase this number by 14.3 dB to an overall filter module gain of +9.3.

The RED trace is the usual 'open loop gain' measurement we make, but this time just on the LSC-MC path (which is the POY11_I -> ETMY path).

The BLUE trace is the TF between the ALS-Y phase tracker output and the FF cancellation signal. We want this to be equal ideally.

The GREEN trace is after the summing point of the ALS and the FF. So this would go to zero when the cancellation is perfect.

So, not bad for a first try. Looks like its good at DC and worse near the red loop UGF. It doesn't change much if I turn off the ALS loop (which I was running with ~10-15x lower than nominal gain just to keep it out of the picture). We need Jenne to think about the loop algebra a little more and give us our next filter shape iteration and then we should be good.

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  11018   Thu Feb 12 23:40:12 2015 ranaUpdateIOOBounce / Roll stopband filters added to MC ASC filter banks

The filters were already in the damping loops but missing the MC WFS path. I checked that these accurately cover the peaks at 16.5 Hz and 23.90 and 24.06 Hz.

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  11020   Fri Feb 13 03:28:34 2015 ranaUpdateLSCNew Locking Paradigm - Loop-gebra

Not so fast!

In the drawing, the FF path should actually be summed in after the Phase Tracker (i.e. after S_ALS). This means that the slow response of the phase tracker needs to be taken into account in the FF cancellation filter. i.e. D = -A_REFL * P_ALS * S_ALS. Since the Phase Tracker is a 1/f loop with a 1 kHz UGF, at 100 Hz, we can only get a cancellation factor of ~10.

So, tonight we added a 666:55 boost filter into the phase tracker filter bank. I think this might even make the ALS locking loops less laggy. The boost is made to give us better tracking below ~200 Hz where we want better phase performance in the ALS and more cancellation of the ALS-Fool. If it seems to work out well we can keep it. If it makes ALS more buggy, we can just shut it off.

Its time to take this loop cartoon into OmniGraffle.

  11025   Fri Feb 13 18:56:44 2015 ranaUpdateElectronicsSecond QPD Whitening Switch enabled

Depends on the plots of the whitening I guess; if its low freq sat, then we lower the light level with ND filters. If its happening above 10 Hz, then we switch off the whitening.


Went to zero CARM offset on ALS; transmission QPDs are still saturating :(

Maybe we need to switch off all whitening.


  11034   Sun Feb 15 20:55:48 2015 ranaSummaryLSC[ELOG LIST] 3f modulation cancellation

I wonder if DRMI can be locked on 3f using this lower 55 MHz modulation depth. It seems that PRMI should be unaffected, but that the 3*f2 signals for SRCL will be too puny. Is it really possible to scale up the overall modulation depths by 3x to compensate for this?

  11040   Mon Feb 16 21:52:51 2015 ranaHowToTreasurebig Dataviewer windows

Following this entry, I have made the same change in the controls account on rossa:

In the ~/.grace/gracerc file (create one if it doesn't exist), put in a line which reads:


Now we can scale our dataviewer live and playback plots by stretching the window with our mouse. The attached screenshot shows how I filled up one of the vertical monitors with a DV window for arm locking.

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  11057   Mon Feb 23 08:06:59 2015 ranaUpdateASCQPD frontend code unified

Might have to also get the OL screens that go with this new code to see, but the calibrations don't go into the matrix, but rather into the OLPIT/OLYAW filter banks which follow the division, but before the servo filter banks.

  11067   Wed Feb 25 14:18:28 2015 ranaUpdateLSCDelay line re-installed, measurements round 2

The Schnupp asymmetry is definitely not an important parameter (no need for Koji to explode). It only serves to give us a bigger Q phase signal slope, but is not significant for the I phase signals.

The main anomaly is that the REFL33 optical gain (W/m) seems to have been reduced so much by the phase and amplitude adjustment of the 55 MHz modulation signal. One guess is that the true 3f signal is being made not by the (2*f1 - (-f1)) beat, but by some higher order beat. In addition to the usual RF fields produced by the 2 modulations, we must consider that the sidebands on sidebands produce intermodulation fields just after the EOM and so the fields with which we interrogate the PRMI are more complicated.

Jenne's Optickle calculation today should show us what the sensing matrix contribution is from each pair of fields, so that we can have a sensing matrix signal budget.


  11071   Wed Feb 25 23:48:57 2015 ranaUpdateLSCsome thoughts
  • Comparing just the 2 cases with locking on 33, it seems that the 55 MHz gain has changed by 14 dB instead of the 10 dB that we expected. Is it that we need to measure the modulation drive change more carefully, or just that the PRMI was aligned differently?
  • The 165 signal changed by a factor of 60 (35 dB) which is more consistent with a ~12 dB change in Gamma2, so not so far off.
  • The fact that the whole sensing matrix increases in amplitude between 33 and 55 lock makes me think that either the alignment was very bad for the 33 lock, or that the 33 signals have a significant offset; if that's the case, then we should do as LLO and set the digital offsets in the 33 signals by locking first on 55.
  • How does the REFL33 demod phase change by 70 deg?
  11081   Fri Feb 27 01:59:57 2015 ranaHowToLSCiPython Notebook for LSC Sensing Matrix

I have adapted one of Evan's python scripts into an ipython notebook for calculating our PRMI sensing matrix - the work is ~half done.

The script gets the data from the various PD channels (like REFL33_I) and demdoulates it at the modulation frequencies. At the moment its using just the sensing channels, but with the recent addition of the SUS-LSC_OUT_DQ channels, we can demod the actuation channels as well and not have to hand code the exc amplitudes and the basolute phase. Please ignore the phase for the moment.

The attached PDF shows the demod (including lowpass) outputs for a 2 minute stretch of PRMI locked on f2. Next step is to average these numbers and make the radar plots with the error bars. The script is scripts/LSC/SensingMatrix/PRMIsensMat.ipynb and is in the SVN now.

** along the way, I noticed that the reason this notebook hasn't been working since last night is that someone sadly installed a new anaconda python distro today  without telling anyone by ELOG. This new distro didn't have all the packages of the previous one.no I've updated it with astropy and uncertainties packages.

I've fixed the Radar plot making part, so that's now included too. The radial direction is linear, so you can see from the smearing of the blobs that the uncertainty is represented in the graphics due to each measurement being a small semi-transparent dot. Next, we'll put the output of the statistics on the plot: mean, std, and kurtosis.

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  11096   Wed Mar 4 00:50:36 2015 ranaBureaucracyTreasureTransitioned DARM to AS55Q, some other work

Just in case there was some confusion, the champagne on my desk is not to be opened before I get back, no matter how many signals are transitioned to RF.

  11103   Thu Mar 5 19:13:17 2015 ranaUpdateCDSmxStream all restart at ~7:10 pm
  11106   Fri Mar 6 00:59:13 2015 ranaSummaryIOOMC alignment not drifting; PSL beam is drifting

In the attached plot you can see that the MC REFL fluctuations started getting larger on Feb 24 just after midnight. Its been bad ever since. What happened that night or the afternoon of Feb 23?
The WFS DC spot positions were far off (~0.9), so I unlocked the IMC and aligned the spots on there using the nearby steering mirrors - lets see if this helps.

Also, these mounts should be improved. Steve, can you please prepare 5 mounts with the Thorlabs BA2 or BA3 base, the 3/4" diameter steel posts, and the Polanski steel mirror mounts? We should replace the mirror mounts for the 1" diameter mirrors during the daytime next week to reduce drift.

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  11107   Fri Mar 6 02:10:35 2015 ranaUpdateLSCArm length remeasurement

This has been done before:


Arm length measurements and g-factor estimates in 2012, but only with an accuracy of ~30 cm. However, Yuta was able to get many FSRs somehow.

  11112   Fri Mar 6 19:54:15 2015 ranaSummaryIOOMC alignment not drifting; PSL beam is drifting

MC Refl alignment follow up: the alignment from last night seems still good today. We should keep an cool on the MC WFS DC spots and not let them get beyond 0.5.

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  11121   Sun Mar 8 13:51:41 2015 ranaUpdateLSCError signal blending for CARM/DARM transitions

According to the official rules, we only need 8 seconds to declare it "locked".

I wonder if the double cavity pole compensation filter for CARM was on for all the attempts yesterday? IF it looks like it will not saturate, it would be more stable to have the whitening on for REFL11 / AS55. Since on Friday, I set the REFL165 demod phase just by minimizing the MICH control signal with the arms on resonance, we ought to check out the PRMI degeneracy with the ETMs misaligned.

Speaking of signal mixing: Although we weren't able to get the carrier term cancelled in the 3*f1 signals by the relative mod phase method, I wonder if we can do it by mixing the 3*f1 and 3*f2 signals in the input matrix. Might help to keep the PRMI more stable, if that's an issue.

P.S. I have done some scripts directory / SVN cleanup. Adding some directories that were not in (like lockloss) and then removing stuff from the repo using 'svn rm --keep-local  filenames' for the image and data files.

  11140   Fri Mar 13 14:11:59 2015 ranaUpdateLSC6+ CARM->REFL transitions, 1 DARM->AS transition

Since the DARM_OUT signal is only 500 counts_peak, I don't see why AS55 whitening needs to be switched on.cool Maybe in a couple weeks after the lock is robust. In any case, its much better to do the switching BEFORE you're using AS55, not after.

  11141   Fri Mar 13 23:49:28 2015 ranaUpdatePSLRelaxation Osc and the NPRO Noise eater

Another thought about the mystery PCDRIVE noise: we've been thinking that it could be some slow death inside the NPRO, but it might also be a broken and intermittent thing in the MC servo or MC REFL PD.

Another possibility is that its frequency noise in the old oscillator used to drive the pre-PMC EOM (which is the Pockel Cell for the FSS). To check this, we should swap in a low noise oscillator for the PMC. I have one for testing which has 36 and 37 MHz outputs.

  11142   Sat Mar 14 00:12:18 2015 ranaUpdateSUSOplevs huh?

The oplev situation still seems unresolved - notice this DTT. I guess there are still inconsistencies in the screens / models etc.

Could use some some investigation and ELOGGING from Eric.

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  11155   Sun Mar 22 13:53:44 2015 ranaUpdateSUSITMX alignment jumps

So, was there real shifting in the ITMX alignment as seen in the DV trend or just mis-diagnosis from the ETMX violin mode? Or how would the ETMX violin mode drive the ITMX with the LSC feedback disabled?

  11161   Mon Mar 23 19:30:36 2015 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsrsync frames to LDAS cluster

The rsync job to sync our frames over to the cluster has been on a 20 MB/s BW limit for awhile now.

Dan Kozak has now set up a cronjob to do this at 10 min after the hour, every hour. Let's see how this goes.

You can find the script and its logfile name by doing 'crontab -l' on nodus.

  11202   Sat Apr 4 17:54:03 2015 ranaUpdateModern ControlPreliminary PRMI angular Wiener results

This is a very cool result. I'm surprised that it can work so good. Please post what frequency dependent weighting you used on the target before running the Wiener code.

I think its important to tune it to keep the low frequencies from getting amplified by a factor of 10 (as they are in your plots). The seismometers are all just noise acting like thermometers and tilt sensors below 0.1 Hz. Temperature and tilt do not couple to our interferometer very much.

It also seems weird that you would need 20th order filters to make it work good. In any case, you can always split the SOS up into pieces before making the digital filters. For LLO, we used 3 buttons in some cases.


Before locking for the evening, I wanted to try again implementing the Wiener filters that I had designed back in Jaunary (elog 10959). 

  11204   Mon Apr 6 13:23:40 2015 ranaUpdatePEMjackhammering at ETMX

Unfortunately, this kind of trend plot is not detailed enough to know if something has gone bad in a quantitative way. But at least we can tell that the suspension wire didn't break.

  11228   Mon Apr 20 21:26:46 2015 ranaUpdateElectronicsLow noise pre-amps: returned

+1 to both Evan and Zach for prompt info and +2 to you for getting more stuff than you started looking for. -2 karma to whomever had swiped them and hoarded without signing. You should put a 40m sticker on both of them. Make sure to check / use fresh batteries. The Busby box is BJT based and works on low impedance sources, the Rai box works on anything, but (I am guessing) has less CMRR.


The Rai box was in the Cryo lab, and the Busby box was in the TCS lab.  Neither had been signed out.  Lame.  Anyhow, thanks to Evan and Zach's memories of having seen them recently, they have been returned to the 40m where they belong.  (Also, I grabbed a spare Marconi while I was over there, for the phase noise measurement).


  11231   Tue Apr 21 15:03:27 2015 ranaUpdateOptical Levers1103P noise measurement

It doesn't work with the lens in there, but it seems pretty close. Please leave it as is and I'll play with it after 5 today.

  11232   Tue Apr 21 21:46:34 2015 ranaUpdateOptical Levers1103P noise measurement

To test what the inherent angular noise of the HeNe 1103P laser is, we're testing it on a table pointing into the BS OL QPD with only a few steering mirrors.

From the setup that I found today, I've removed the lens nearest to the laser (which was used for the BS and PRM) as well as the ND filter (what was this for?) and the lens placed just before the BS QPD.

With the ND filter removed, the quadrant signals are now ~15000 if we misalign it and ~9000 each with the beam centered.

In order to calibrate the OLPIT_IN1 and OLYAW_IN1 signals into mm of beam motion, I misaligned the mirror just before the QPD. The knobs on there actuate the 100 TPI screws and the knurling on the knob itself has 10 ridges, so that's 36 deg per bump.

Pit Knob (deg) OLPIT Yaw Knob (deg) OLYAW
0 29 0 -36
45 13 36 -16
90 -16 72 19
135 -39 108 36

PIT cal ~ 1.55 (knob deg / count) -->> 10 microns / count --->>> 10 urad / count

YAW cal ~ 1 (knob deg / count)  -->> 6.5 microns / count --->>> 6.5 urad / count

Distance from the 45 deg turning mirror to the QPD silicon surface is 23 cm. Distance between knob tip and fixed pivot point is ~4 cm. 1 knob turn = 0.01" = 0.254 mm = 0.254/40 radians of mirror angle.

So 360 deg of knob gives 2*0.254/40 = 0.012 radians of beam angle = 0.012 * 230 mm ~2.3 mm of beam spot motion. Or 6.4 microns of translation / deg of knob.

The distance from the face of the laser to the QPD is 96 cm.

The punchline is that the laser shows a level of noise which has a similar shape to what's seen at LLO, but 10x lower.

The noise at 0.05 - 0.2 Hz is ~2-3x worse than the PR3 at LLO. Not sure if this is inherent to the HeNe or the wind in our setup.

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  11237   Wed Apr 22 17:04:11 2015 ranaUpdateElectronicsMC REFL PD back from the dead

Just randomly found this old entry from 3 years ago. We should never have installed a GAP 2000 - they are an inferior type of InGaAs diode. We should add to our list replacing these with a 2 mm EG&G diode.

How many 2 mm EG&G InGaAs diodes do we have Steve? Can you please find a good clean diode case so that we can store them in the optics cabinet on the south arm?


 [Yuta, Manasa]

We replaced the dead photodiode on MC REFL PD with a new one (GAP 2000). We measured the frequency response of the PD and tuned the resonant frequency using inductor L5 (in the circuit diagram) to be 29.575MHz - over an average of 10 measurements.


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