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  11069   Wed Feb 25 14:51:13 2015 JenneUpdateLSCDelay line un-installed again

And now I've removed the delay line, and am in the process of reverting the demod phases, etc.

  11070   Wed Feb 25 20:00:39 2015 JenneUpdateLSCDelay line un-installed again - sensing matrix comparisons

I have measured the sensing matrix for the PRMI at the REFL photodiodes for both the nominal configuration and the 33MHz cancellation configuration.  The nominal configuration measurements do not compare well with those from November (http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/10701) which makes me unhappy no.  Both sets of nominal config reported below are from today, after tuning the demod phases and making sure the MICH and PRCL loops looked the same as yesterday (esp. overall gain).  The cancellation config data is from last night.

Note that the magnitude for each photodiode is referred to its own "PD counts".  Since the electronics are different for each PD, and that is not taken into account here, you cannot directly compare an element from one PD to an element from another PD.  What you can do (which is most of what we need right now) is compare all the different measurements for a single photodiode.

PRCL Sensing elements 33 MHz cancellation, REFL55 I&Q lock Nominal, REFL55I&Q lock Nominal, REFL33I&Q lock
  Mag [PD counts / m] Phase [deg] Mag [PD counts / m] Phase [deg] Mag[PD counts / m] Phase [deg]
REFL 11 3.0e13 0.05 4.2e13 0.1 2.9e13 0.1
REFL 33 1.1e11 3.4 1.8e12 0.25 1.2e12 0.3
REFL 55 1.8e10 2.1 1.4e11 4.8 9.3e10 4.1
REFL 165 7.0e9 15.5 6.3e11 0.5 4.2e11 0.9


MICH Sensing elements 33MHz cancellation, REFL55 I&Q lock Nominal, REFL55 I&Q lock Nominal, REFL33 I&Q lock
  Mag [PD counts / m] Phase [deg] Mag [PD counts / m] Phase [deg] Mag [PD counts / m] Phase [deg]
REFL 11 3.0e12 2.8 4.1e12 3.0 2.9e12 3.3
REFL 33 1.1e10 3.7 1.7e11 3.5 1.2e11 3.9
REFL 55 2.1e9 30.3 1.4e10 27.7 1.1e10 30.2
REFL165 6.4e8 24.4 6.3e10 21.0 4.5e10 23.0

So, what I'm apparently seeing is that the magnitudes of the sensing matrix signals that are made using 55MHz (i.e. everything but REFL11) change when we go into the cancellation configuration, but the phases of the sensing elements do not change significantly.  Also, I am apparently seeing that REFL11 and REFL33 only have about 3 degrees of separation between the MICH and PRCL signals no matter what configuration is used.  This doesn't make a lot of sense, since we know that we can lock robustly on REFL33I&Q (it's been sitting there happily as I write this elog), so it seems crazy that we could actually be so degenerate.  Also, at the bottom of the elog that I wrote in November 2014, I show a sensing matrix where both REFL11 and REFL33 have about 45 degrees of separation between the MICH and PRCL signals.

I don't think I'm doing anything too crazy here, particularly with the phase.  For a given PD and given DoF, I find the magnitude of the peaks of the I and Q signals, and just do atan2(Q-signal, I-signal)*180/pi, and those are the numbers that go in the phase columns above. 

Before taking my measurements, I tuned up the demod phases for the PRMI-only case.  I think REFL11 may have previously been tuned for CARM when the arms were held with ALS, but I don't really recall.  Anyhow, now all 4 REFL PDs are tuned for PRMI-only.

This was done while the PRMI was locked with REFL 55 I&Q. 

EDIT, 26Feb2015: Last night I mixed up the REFL11 and REFL33 new demod phases.  Bold are the corrected version.  Also, note that REFL33 was formerly tuned for PRCL in PRFPMI, which may be why it changed by ~10 degrees.

  Old demod phase [deg] New demod phase [deg]
REFL11 20 131.7 +/- 0.1   74.7 +/- 0.1
REFL33 142.2 74.7 +/- 0.1    131.7 +/- 0.1 
REFL55 19

15.3 +/- 0.3

REFL165 -172 -170.0 +/- 0.2

Here's the recipe for locking REFL 55 I&Q in the nominal modulation configuration.  It's the same as the REFL33 I&Q lock that I was using today, except that for the REFL33 version, the matrix elements are both unity.

PRMI REFL55 I&Q, nominal configuration MICH PRCL

Input Matrix

36*REFL55Q 12*REFL55I
Gain 5.0 -0.028
DoF trigger POP22I; 50 up, 0.5 down POP22I; 50 up, 0.5 down
FMs FM 4, 5 on FM 4, 5 on
FM trigger FM 2, 3, 6, 9; 50 up, 0.5 down, 5 second wait FM 1, 2, 6, 8, 9; 50 up, 0.5 down, 1 second wait
Normalization none none
Output matrix -1*ITMX, +1*ITMY 1*PRM


  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?
  11072   Thu Feb 26 00:20:54 2015 ericqUpdateLSCModelled effect of relative modulation phase

I'm working on some more modelling investigations of this whole situation. The main thing I wanted to do was to look at the complex field amplitudes / IFO reflectivity to see how the PDH signal is affected by different field components. 

I still have plenty more to do, but I got a result which I though I should share. In addition to Jenne's simulation, I also see that between our "nominal" and "canceled" states as defined in Kojis ELOG 11036, there is a factor of ~20 difference in the PRCL signal in REFL33. 

The plots below are kind of like "PDH Signal Budgets" of the two states. 

Specifically, the reason our gain gets reduced is that, in the "canceled" state, the 44*11 and 55*22 products conspire to weaken the signal by having a slope opposite to the -11*22 type products. In contrast, in our "nominal" case, all of the products slope together. 

However, this also predicts that the nominal REFL33 is more sensitive to Carrier*33 than to the signal we desire, -11*22. The only reason it ever worked seems to be the biggest contriubutor, the unexpected 44*11! 

The "residual" trace is the difference of REFL33 and the sum of the field products shown, to justify that all relevant products had been included. 

The simulation that produced this was set up to create 4 orders of modulation at each EOM, with 3 orders of sidebands on sidebands. The demodulation phase was taken by lining up a PRM excitation entirely along I, as we would do on the actual instrument. 

MIST Simulation files attached!

Attachment 1: 33budget_canceled.png
Attachment 2: 33budget_nominal.png
Attachment 3: 2015-02-ModPhase.zip
  11073   Thu Feb 26 01:51:39 2015 ericqUpdateLSCSideband HOMs

So, my previous post suggested that 44*11 products might be the dominating signals in our "nominal" setup. I suppose that this could be not so bad, since it's not too unlike -11*22; the 11MHz field couples into the PRC and reflects with a rapidly changing phase around PRC resonance, and 44MHz is antiresonant, so it is a good local oscillator for REFL33. 

However, it then occured to me that my previous HOM analysis only looked at the 11MHz and 55MHz sidebands. 

When extending this to all of the sidebands within 55MHz, I discovered a troubling fact:

With the IFO parameters I have, the second spatial order +22MHz and fourth spatial order +44MHz fields almost exactly coresonate with the carrier in the PRFPMI! (DR, too)

If this is true, then any REFL33 signal seems to be in danger if we have an appreciable amount of these modes from, say, imperfect modematching.

On the other hand, we've been able to hold the PRMI with REFL33 when ALS is "on resonance," so I'm not sure what to think. (As a reminder, this analysis is done with analytic formulae for the complex reflectivities of the arm cavities and coupled recycling cavities as a function of CARM, spatial order and field frequency. Source is attached.)

It seems the Y arm geometry is to blame for this.

Maybe we should try to measure/confirm the Y arm g-factor...

Attachment 1: C1_HOMcurves_PR.png
Attachment 2: C1_HOMcurves_Y.png
Attachment 3: C1_HOMcurves_X.png
Attachment 4: C1_HOMlist.zip
  11074   Thu Feb 26 01:53:35 2015 KojiUpdateLSCModelled effect of relative modulation phase

Ok... This is what I was afraid of, and it seems true.
i.e. the relation ship of the modulations for the 3f cancellation is making the PRCL signals cancel each other.

It agrees with Anamaria's analysis that 11x44 is the strongest component in aLIGO 27MHz signal.
In fact,

00x33 has the order of \frac{m_1^2 m_2}{16}+\frac{m_1^3}{48}

11x22 has the order of \frac{m_1^3}{16}

11x44 has the order of \frac{m_1^2 m_2}{8}

22x55 has the order of \frac{m_1^2 m_2}{16}

Therefore 11x44 is inherently the strongest contribution at 33MHz.
(And then, of couse, the signal amplitudes have additional dependences on the reflectivity
and the gain of the IFO at each freq)

If we believe this result, it may be difficult to exploit the benefit of the signals under the 3f cancellation.
We probably have to go back to the original idea of cancelling the 3f modulation by adding 3f modulation.
(i.e. Produce 33MHz signal by freq tripling, add this signal to Kiwamu's box to elliminate 3f.)

  11075   Thu Feb 26 10:56:34 2015 manasaUpdateGeneralRunning cables

[Steve, Manasa]

We ran power cables and sma cables for the FOL fiber module from the PSL table to the IOO rack.

  11076   Thu Feb 26 13:17:31 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFB IO load

Over the past few days, I've occasionally been peeking at the framebuilder IO load to see If I could correlate anything with it, but it's usually been low when I looked. I.e. with daqd and all models running, the %wa time was in the few percents at most.

Just now, I was seeing some EPICS sluggishness, and sure enough, the %wa was in the 50-60 range. I used iostat -xmh 5 on the framebuilder to see that /dev/sda, the /frames drive, was at 100% utilization, which means it was reading and writing as fast as it possibliy could. 

I ssh'd over to nodus, and with iotop found that an rsync job was running (rsync -am --exclude .*.gwf full, and its IO rates corresponded very closely to the data read rates on the framebuilder from /frames. 

I killed the rsync process on nodus, and the %wa time on the framebuilder dropped to near zero. The ASS striptools, where I had noticed the sluggishness, immediately started updating faster.

While rsync is supposed to play nice with a system's IO demands, maybe it only knows about nodus's IO usage, not fb which is the underlying NFS server where the frames live. I think it would be good to throttle the bandwidth of these jobs to a specific bandwidth. 50MB/s seemed like too much, so maybe 10MB/s is ok?

  11077   Thu Feb 26 13:55:59 2015 jamieUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFB IO load
We should use "ionice" to throttle the rsync. Use something like "ionice -c 3 rsync ..." to set the priority such that the rsync process will only work when there is no other IO contention. See "man ionice" for other options.
  11078   Thu Feb 26 16:37:21 2015 manasaFrogsLSCRIP illegal power supply

No more illegal power supply at the LSC rack yes

The amplifiers are now being powered by the rack power supply through fuse blocks.

To make new connections, I shutdown the +/-15 V low noise power supplies. They were turned back ON after the work.


 Is this your illegally installed HP bench power supply?


If so, or if not but you care about the signal that passes through these amplifiers, I suggest you remove this temporary power supply and wire the power from the rack power supplies through the fuse blocks and possibly use a voltage regulator.

In 24 hours, that power supply will be disconnected and the wires snipped if they are still there.


  11079   Thu Feb 26 16:46:37 2015 manasaUpdateGeneralIOO rack power supply

I shutdown the +/-15V and the +/-24V sorensons on the IOO rack to connect the FOL RF PDs to the rack power supply.

They were turned back ON after the work. PMC and MC were relocked.


[Steve, Manasa]

We ran power cables and sma cables for the FOL fiber module from the PSL table to the IOO rack.


  11080   Thu Feb 26 20:02:46 2015 JenneUpdateLSCre: some thoughts

I have clarified my elog from last night to indicate that the sensing matrix in the "33MHz cancellation" configuration was measured with the PRMI held on REFL55 I&Q.

Also, I just re-read my control room notes from yesterday, and I typed the wrong demod phases into the table last night.  The elog has been edited.  Most significantly, the REFL33 demod phase did not change by 70 degrees.  It did change by 10 degrees, but that is likely from the fact that it was formerly tuned for PRCL in PRFPMI, and last night I tuned it for PRCL in PRMI-only.

  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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  11082   Fri Feb 27 03:48:29 2015 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI locked during CARM scan

One of the things that I looked at tonight was whether or not I could hold the PRMI on REFL165 at CARM offset of 0, and it turns out that I can.  Hooray.  The next step was having a look to see if it is actually less noisy than the REFL33 lock.

I calibrated REFL33 and REFL165 to meters (I have the data to do the same for 11 and 55, but haven't done so yet).  This way, we can directly compare the signals from each PD. 

PD calibrations to meters [m/ct]
REFL 33 I 3.2e-11
REFL 33 Q 7.3e-12
REFL 165 I 9.5e-12
REFL 165 Q 1.2e-11

I scanned between +3 and -3 CARM digital offset (which we think is about 1nm/count while held on ALS), with a ramp time of 10 seconds.  I did this several times while the PRMI was locked on both REFL33 and REFL165. Here are the gps times for 8 examples where the PRMI did not lose lock during the sweep:

PD for lock CARM sweep GPS start time
REFL33 +3 -> -3 1109064431
REFL33 +3 -> -3 1109064516
REFL33 -3 -> +3 1109064614 (ended)
REFL33 -3 -> +3 1109064648
REFL165 +3 -> -3 1109064835
REFL165 -3 -> +3 1109064877
REFL165 +3 -> -3 1109064912
REFL165 -3 -> +3 1109064940

Here are screen shots from the first REFL33 sweep, and the first REFL165 sweep. DTT can't print 3 plots together, so I'll have to make this nicer later.  The top plot is the error signals, calibrated to meters.  The middle plot is the control signals, that need to be calibrated to Newtons.  The bottom plot is the arm powers, so you can see roughly where we were in the sweep.

We'd like to see a MIST simulation, or perhaps e2e, to see what the predicted disturbance is for each of the error signals during the CARM resonance.  We want to make sure that the loops are engaged for all of the degrees of freedom for the simulation.

Recipes for tonight:

REFL165 sometimes has a tough time catching lock by itself, but if you add either REFL33 or REFL55 error signals to the REFL165 signals, it'll catch, and then you can just remove the extra error signals.  Also, it doesn't stay locked very robustly unless you include the PRCL FM1 boost.

Input Matrix 60* REFL55Q 6* REFL55I
Gain 3 -0.02
DoF trigger POP22I + 0.1*POPDC, 50 up 0.5 down POP22I + 0.1*POPDC, 50 up 0.5 down
FMs FM 4, 5 on FM 4, 5 on
FM trigger FM 2; 50 up, 0.5 down, 5 sec wait FM 1, 2, 9; 50 up, 0.5 down, 1 sec wait
Normalization none none
Output matrix 0.5*BS - 0.2625*PRM 1*PRM


Input Matrix -0.6* REFL165Q 2.2* REFL165I
Gain 3 -0.02
DoF trigger POP22I + 0.1*POPDC, 50 up 0.5 down POP22I + 0.1*POPDC, 50 up 0.5 down
FMs FM 4, 5 on FM 4, 5 on
FM trigger FM 2; 50 up, 0.5 down, 5 sec wait FM 1, 2, 9; 50 up, 0.5 down, 1 sec wait
Normalization none none
Output matrix 0.5*BS - 0.2625*PRM 1*PRM
Attachment 1: REFL33Lock.png
Attachment 2: REFL165Lock.png
  11083   Fri Feb 27 10:25:24 2015 steveUpdateCamerasquad picture problem

MUX input 7 to ITMXF camera cable was replaced by temporary cable labeled as 888

The problem remains to be the same black stripe at the bottom of the image The single picture is OK.

Attachment 1: quadMUX.jpg
  11084   Fri Feb 27 11:20:49 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsiPython Notebook for LSC Sensing Matrix

** 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.

My bad, sorry! 

Yesterday, I was trying to install a package with anaconda's package manager, conda, but it was crashing in some weird way. I wasn't able to fix it, which led me to create a fresh installation. 

  11085   Fri Feb 27 14:17:51 2015 SteveUpdatesafetysafety audit 2015

Safety glasses were measured and they are all good. I'd like to measure your personal glass if it is not on this picture.


Safety audit went soothly. We thank all participients.

Correction list:

1, Bathroom water heater cable to be stress releived and connector replaced by twister lock type.

2, Floor cable bridge at the vacuum rack to be replaced. It is cracked.

3, Sprinkler head to be moved eastward 2 ft in room 101

4, Annual crane inspection is scheduled for 8am Marc 3, 2015

5, Annual safety glasses cleaning and transmission measurement will get done tomorrow morning.


Attachment 1: 1064Tchecked.jpg
  11086   Fri Feb 27 21:16:10 2015 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI locked during CARM scan

Here are a bunch of PDFs of time series from last night's CARM sweeps.  The y-axes are all calibrated (except for the TRX/TRY, which are just normalized to single arm power, as usual) to real units - meters for the error signals, and Newtons for the control signals.  The y-axes for each plot are the same on all PDFs (ex, the control signal plot in the lower left has the same range for all cases) so that it is easy to compare directly. 

The most striking thing is that while the PRMI is held on REFL33, the MICH control signal saturates as we go through arm resonance.  If the PRMI is held on REFL165, there is no such problem.  I think we're going to have a lot more luck keeping the PRMI on REFL 165.

Plots while held on REFL 33:





Plots while held on REFL 165:






Attachment 1: REFL33lock_431.pdf
Attachment 2: REFL33lock_516.pdf
Attachment 3: REFL33lock_605.pdf
Attachment 4: REFL33lock_648.pdf
Attachment 5: REFL165lock_835.pdf
Attachment 6: REFL165lock_877.pdf
Attachment 7: REFL165lock_912.pdf
Attachment 8: REFL165lock_940.pdf
  11087   Mon Mar 2 17:02:01 2015 ericqUpdateLSCBS - PRM decoupling

Using PRX, I remeasured the relative actuation strengths of the BS and PRM to see if the PRM correction coefficient we're using is good. 

My result is that we should be using MICH -> -0.2655 x PRM + 0.5*BS.

This is very close to our current value of -0.2625 x PRM, so I don't think it will really change anything.

Measurement details:

The reason that the BS needs to be compensated is that it really just changes the PRM->ITMX distance, lx, while leaving the PRM-ITMY distance, ly, alone. I confirmed this by locking PRY and seeing no effect on the error signal, no matter how hard I drove the BS. 

I then locked PRX, and drove an 804Hz oscillation on the BS and PRM in turn, and averaged the resultant peak heights. I then tried to cancel the signal by sending the excitation with opposite signs to each mirror, according to their relative meaured strength.

In this way, I was able to get 23dB of cancellation by driving 1.0 x PRM - 0.9416 * BS. 

Now, in the PRMI case, we don't want to fully decouple like this, because this kind of cancellation just leaves lx invarient, when really, we want MICH to move (lx-ly) and PRCL to move (lx+ly). So, we use half of the PRM cancellation to cancel half of the lx motion, and introduce that half motion to ly, making a good MICH signal. Thus, the right ratio is 0.5*(1.0/0.9416) = 0.531. Then, since we use BS x 0.5, we divide by two again to get 0.2655. Et voila.

  11088   Mon Mar 2 18:34:12 2015 JenneUpdateSUSETMX moving during single arm lock

This has been edited several times over the last several hours, as I try to change different parameters, to see if they affect the movement of ETMX.  So far, I don't know what is causing the motion.  If it is there, it is only present when the LSC is engaged, so I don't think it's wobbling constantly on a twisted wire.

FINAL EDIT, 9:10pm:  The arm ASC was turning itself on when the arms were locked.  Whelp, that was only 3 hours of confusion.  Blargh.

For his penance for leaving the arm ASC engaged, Q has made a set of warning lights on the LSC screen, right next to the ASS warning lights.

ETMX might be having one of those days today, which is lame. 

So far tonight, I have run the LSC offset script, set the FSS slow value to +0.2, and run the arm ASS scripts.  Nothing too crazy I think.

Sometimes when I lock the single arms, the ETMs move around like crazy.  Other times, not.  What is going on here???  The ETMs don't move at all when they are not being actuated on with the LSC.

In this screenshot you can see the end of a POX/POY lock stretch where everything was nice and good.  Then, the arms were unlocked, and they have a bit of a DC offset.  After settling from that step, they continue sitting nice and still.  Then, I relock the cavities on POX and POY a little before -4 minutes.  ETMY takes a moment to pull itself together, but then it's steady.  ETMX just wobbles around for several minutes, until I turn off the LSC enable switch (happened after the end of this plot). 

I'm not going to be able to lock like this.  Eeek! 

This is somehow related to light being in the Xarm.  This next plot was taken while the arms were held with ALS in CARM/DARM mode. 

  • Between -4 and -3, and again between -2 and -1.5, the arms were held with ALS "on resoanance".  Yarm power (green) is fine, Xarm power (purple) is not fine.  The ETMX OSEM pitch and yaw signals are bumpy at the same times.
  • Between -3 and -2 minutes, the arms were held with ALS off resonance.  Obviously you can't see anything about IR transmission, but you can see that the SUSPIT and SUSYAW signals quiet down. 
  • Between -1 and 0, I moved the Yarm ALS offset such that only it was resonating (the jags at the beginning of the resonance is me finding it, not to do with ETMY misbehaving). 
    • The ETMX SUS signals stay quiet. 
    • ETMY YAW has a DC offset when there is IR power in the arm.
  • After 0 minutes on this scale, I move the offsets such that only Xarm is "on resonance". 
    • The ETMX osem signals go bumpy again.

I closed and re-opened all 3 green shutters.  Now (at least the last 8 arm locks in the last 6 mintues) ETMX has never gone wobbly, except for a little bit right after acquisition, to deal with whatever the DC offset it. Why is this changing? 

The arms were fine for one long ~30 minute lock while I stepped out for dinner.  At some point after returned, the MC lost lock. When the arms came back, ETMX was being fussy again.  Then, it decided that it was done.

In this plot, at -1 minute I started the ASS.  Other than that, I did not touch any buttons at all, just observed.  I have no idea why at about -3 minutes the bad stuff seems to go away. 

I was curious if it had to do with the DC pointing of the optics, so I unlocked the arms, put ETMX about where it was during the long good lock stretch, then reaquired lock.  I had to undo a little of that so that it would lock on TEM00, but at the beginning of the lock stretch (starting at about -3) the pitch is about the same spot.  But, the oscillations persist.  This time it was clear that the oscillations were around 80 mHz, and they started getting bigger until they settled to an amplitude they seemed to like.

Seems pretty independent from FSS temp.  There are 3 lock stretches in the next plot (easier to see by looking at the Yarm transmission, green trace).  The first one, the FSS slow was at 0.35.  the middle one, it was around 0.05.  The last one, it was around -0.4.  Other than the different DC pointings (which I don't know if they are related), I don't see anything qualitatively different in the movement of ETMX.

Attachment 1: ETMX_moving.png
Attachment 2: ETMXmoving_ALSlock.png
Attachment 3: StartsMoving_stopsItself_ranASS.png
Attachment 4: 80mHz.png
Attachment 5: IndependFromFSStemp.png
  11089   Tue Mar 3 02:43:06 2015 JenneOmnistructurePEMNo heat??

It's super cold in the control room and EE bench area tonight.  I'm wondering if, similar to what happened on Dec 29th (http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/10846) the campus steam is off?  Or just our heater is broken?  The thermostat is cranked up to 80 over by the bathrooms (this is usually ~74F), but we're still cold.

It's 69F in the control room right now (usually mid-high 70s).

EDIT, JCD, 4am: It's 64.3F in the desk area, 67.8F in the control room.  It also smells in the control room like some heater has been off for a while, and is turning back on - that burned dust smell that happens after you haven't turned on the heater all summer. 

EDIT again: The burn-y smell is getting stronger I think.  Security is sending someone over to come check it out.

  11090   Tue Mar 3 04:41:45 2015 JenneUpdateLSCTransitioned DARM to AS55Q, some other work

Better elog tomorrow - notes for now:

REFL165 for PRMI has been "a champ" (quote from Q).  We're able to sit on ALS at average arm powers of 30ish.  Nice. 

Some ALSfool work - measured cancellation almost as good as single arm. 

One time transitioned CARM -> normalized REFL55I

Many times did DARM -> normalized AS55Q, see lots of noise at 39ish Hz - may be coupling from MICH??

Arm ASC loops helped improve dark port contrast. 

Note to selfs:  Need to make sure DTT templates have correct freq ordering - must be small freqs to large freqs.

  11091   Tue Mar 3 04:43:12 2015 JenneOmnistructurePEMOttavia is dead?

After some searching, including help from 4 security guys (I think they don't have a lot to do at 4:30am :), we found that Ottavia is super warm, and smelled burn-y.  She has been powered down and unplugged.  Security guys may call Steve's desk to follow up later today.sad

  11092   Tue Mar 3 09:42:40 2015 SteveUpdateSUSETMX is drifting

The temperature of the east and south ends  are normal, they are about the same.


Attachment 1: ETMXdrifting.png
Attachment 2: ETMXvsTemp.png
  11093   Tue Mar 3 11:38:11 2015 SteveUpdatesafetyprofessional crane inspection



Safety glasses were measured and they are all good. I'd like to measure your personal glass if it is not on this picture.


Safety audit went soothly. We thank all participients.

Correction list:

1, Bathroom water heater cable to be stress releived and connector replaced by twister lock type.

2, Floor cable bridge at the vacuum rack to be replaced. It is cracked.

3, Sprinkler head to be moved eastward 2 ft in room 101

4, Annual crane inspection is scheduled for 8am Marc 3, 2015

5, Annual safety glasses cleaning and transmission measurement will get done tomorrow morning.


Konecranes' Fred inspected and load tested all tree cranes at with 450 lbs

Attachment 1: 450lbs2015.jpg
  11094   Tue Mar 3 19:19:15 2015 ericqUpdateIOOPC Drive / FSS Slow correlation

Jenne and I were musing the other night that the PC drive RMS may have a "favorite" laser temperature, as controlled by the FSS Slow servo; maybe around 0.2.

I downloaded the past 30 days of mean minute trend data for MC Trans, FSS Slow and PC Drive, and took the subset of data points where transmission was more than 15k, and the FSS slow output was within 1 count of zero. (This was to exclude some outliers when it ran away to 3 for some days). This was about 76% of the data. I then made some 2D histograms, to try and suss out any correlations. 

Indeed, the FSS slow servo does like to hang out around 0.2, but this does not seem to correlate with better MC transmission nor lower PC drive.

In the following grid of plots, the diagonal plots are the 1D histograms of each variable in the selected time period. The off diagnoal elements are the 2D histograms. They're all pretty blob-y, with no clear correlation. 

Attachment 1: jointplot.png
  11095   Tue Mar 3 19:19:54 2015 JenneUpdateLSCTransitioned DARM to AS55Q, some other work

[Jenne, EricQ]

A slightly more coherent elog for last night's work.

All night, we've been using REFL165 to hold the PRMI.  It's working very nicely.  To help it catch lock, I've set the gain in the PRCL filter bank high, and then the *0.6 filter triggers on.  The carm_cm_up script now will lock the PRMI on REFL165. 

We had to reset the REFL165 phase after we acquired lock - it was -91, but now is -48.  I'm not sure why it changed so significantly from the PRMI-only config to the PRFPMI config.

We measured the ALS fool cancellation with the arms held off resonance, at arm powers of a few.  Although, they were moving around a lot, but the measurement stayed nice and smooth.  Anyhow, we get almost as good of cancellation as we saw with the single arm (after we made sure that both phase trackers had the same UGF):


We were able to partly engage it one time, but we lost lock at some point.  Since the frame builder / daqd decided that that would be just the *perfect* time to crash and restart, we don't have any frame data for this time.  We can see up to a few seconds before the lockloss, while we were ramping up the RF PD loop gain though, and MICH was hitting the rails.  I'm not sure if that's what caused the lockloss, but it probably didn't help.

The ALS fool gain was 22, and we were using FMs 4, 6 (the pendulum and Rana's "comp1"), the same filters that were used for the single arm case.  The LSC-MC filter bank gain lost lock when we got to about 5.6 (we were taking +3dB steps).

We were using REFL55I/(TRX + TRY) as our CARM RF error signal.  We were using REFL55 rather than REFL11 because we were worried that REFL11 didn't look good - maybe it was saturating or something.  To be looked into.

Here's the striptool that was running at the time, since we don't have frame data:

At this point, since we weren't sure what the final gain should be for the RF CARM signal, and we could sit at nice high arm powers (arm powers of 30ish correspond to CARM offsets of about 50pm), we decided to try just a straight jump over to the RF signals. 

The first time around, we jumped CARM to (-0.2)*REFL55/(TRX+TRY), but we only stayed lock for 1 or 2 seconds.  That was around 1:55am.

We decided that perhaps it would be good to get DARM moved over first, since it has a much wider linewidth, so the rest of the trials for the night were transitioning DARM over to (0.0006)*AS55Q/(TRX + TRY).  AS55 was saturating, so we reduced its analog gain from 18dB to 9dB and re-ran the LSC offsets.  The MICH noise was pretty high when we were at low CARM offset, although we noticed it more when DARM was on AS55.  In particular, there is some peak just below 40Hz that is causing a whole comb of harmonics, and dominating the MICH, PRC and DARM spectra.  I will try to get a snapshot of that tonight - I don't think we saved any spectra from last night.  Turning off DARM's FM3 boost helped lower the MICH noise, so we think that the problem is significant coupling between the two degrees of freedom. 

After the first one or two tries of getting DARM to AS55, we started engaging the arm ASC loops - they helped the dark port contrast considerably.  The POP spot still moves around, but the dark port gets much darker, and is more symmetric with the ASC on.

Attachment 1: ALSfool_PRFPMI_2Mar2015.pdf
Attachment 2: ALSfool_kindaEngaged_2March2015_noFrames.png
  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.

  11097   Wed Mar 4 03:42:14 2015 JenneUpdateLSCTried a few CARM / ALS fool things, no success

Much of tonight was spent fighting with ETMX.  This time, ASC was definitely off, there was nothing coming out of the ASC filter banks except the static output of the ASS.  I tried turning off the 1000 count POS offset, but I think that made it a little worse. I ended up putting the offset back.

It's a little confusing, since it sometimes moves when there is no LSC actuation.  However, it definitely moves when there is some LSC actuation.  I did a test where every time I enabled the IR arm locking and caught lock, I saw a step in the SUSPIT and SUSYAW error signals.  Once lock was aquired, it would settle and stay somewhere. If I unlocked the cavity, there was no "undo" step - it just stayed where it was.  I wasn't letting it sit long enough to see if it spontaneously moved during this test.

Here's a plot of this test.  The only button I'm touching is the LSC enable button.  ASC is off, ASS is frozen (DC values exist, but no dither, no feedback).  This was done when the 1000 count POS offset was off. The steps are less bad when the offset is on.

Inline image 1

In between fighting with the ETM, I was able to do several trials with the PRFPMI. 

I was playing with CARM and ALS fool.

First, I used REFL55 normalized by the sum of the transmissions as the error signal for the MC filter bank and saw that REFL11 (as an out of loop signal) got much more smooth, and centered around zero.  However, I wasn't able to get the same thing with REFL11.  No matter the sign I used for the MC filter bank, the IFO would squeak (some high freq gain peaking I think), and then I'd lose lock.  This was true whether I used REFL11 through the common mode board or just directly into the ADC.

Just now, I did one trial of switching DARM over to AS55Q, just to grab a spectra of the MICH noise that Q and I saw yesterday.


I'm a little confused by some delay that seems to exist between the "A" and "B" error signals (right after the LSC input matrix) and the _IN1 point of the servo filters.  I didn't save the measurement (bad Jenne), but there's a ~40 degree difference between DARM_A_ERR/DARM_IN2 and DARM_IN1/DARM_IN2.  I don't think there should be anything there.  Anyhow, it makes the DARM loop measurements look funny.  If you just look at, say, DARM_B_ERR/DARM_IN2, you'll think that there's no way that the loop will be stable.  However, it will actually be fine. 

For tomorrow, we should take the DARM loop measurement with much less actuation.  As with last night, I blew the lock by trying to measure the DARM loop.

Attachment 1: PRFPMI_DARMonAS55Q_3Mar2015.pdf
  11098   Wed Mar 4 19:03:19 2015 ericqUpdateLSCArm length remeasurement

As discussed at today's meeting, we would like to (re)measure the Arm cavity lengths to ~mm precision, and their g-factors. Any arm length mismatch affects the reflection phase of the sidebands in the PRMI, which might be one source of our woes. Also, as I mentioned in a previous elog, the g-factors influence whether our 2f sidebands are getting pulled into the interferometer or not.

These both can be done by scanning the arm on ALS and measuring the green beat frequency at each IR resonance. (Misaligning the input beam will enhance the TM10 Mode content, and let us measure its guoy phase shift)

I started working on this today, but I have measurements to do, since at the time of today's measurements, I was fooled by the limits of the ALS offset sliders that I could only scan through two FSRs. Looking back at Manasa's previous measurment (ELOG 9804), I see now that more FSRs are possible.

Ways I will try to improve the measurement:

  • Jenne claims that the main limitation on ALS scanning range is the length to pitch coupling of the ETMs. If so, I should be able to get even more FSRs by scanning with MC2, as I did today, since the IMC cavity length is shorter, meaning more arm FSRs/unit length. More FSRs mean better statistics on the FSR slope fitting.
  • FSR error:
    • I am measuring the out-of-loop PDH signal of the arm at the same time as the beat spectrum is being measured, to know the magnitude of displacement fluctuations and any overall offset from the PDH zero crossing.
  • Beat frequency error:
    • I updated the HP8591E gpib scripts to be able to set the bandwidth and averaging settings in order to really nail down observed beat frequency.
    • I've written some code to fit the spectrum to a lorentzian profile, for evaluation of the linewidth/frequency uncertainty
    • I am also considering beating the analyzer with a rubidium clock to compensate for systematic errors, since ELOG 9837 says the analyzer is off by 140Hz/10MHz, i.e. 10ppm. Since we're trying to measure 1mm/40m~25ppm, this can matter.

Just for kicks, here are scans from today.

Attachment 1: Xscan.png
Attachment 2: Yscan.png
  11099   Thu Mar 5 04:29:13 2015 ericqUpdateLSCLocking work tonight

Brief elog of my activities tonight:

I was able to transition the digitial CARM control to REFL11 through the common mode board a total of one time, lock broke after a few seconds.

My suspicion was that when we did this on Monday, we unintentionally had a reasonable DARM offset, which reduced the finesse enough to let us take linear transfer functions and hop over. So, tonight, I intentionally looked at transitioning to CM_SLOW at some DARM offset. Using DARM offset of a few times 0.1 really calms the "buzzing" down, and makes it fairly straightforward to measure linear CARM sensing TFs. However, the CARM optical plant seems to change a fair amount depending on the DARM offset, in such a way that I was not able to compensate well enough to repeatedly transition.

Before I did anything else tonight, I measured the ALS noise down to 0.1 Hz, as a benchmark of how things are behaving.

With the arms locked on POX/POY, the HZ calibrated ALS channels reported

  • ALSX : 471Hz RMS
  • ALSY: 298 Hz RMS

Then, with the arms CARM/DARM locked on ALS, the PDH signals reported (using a line and the HZ channels for conversion)

  • Xarm : 552 Hz RMS
  • Yarm : 264 Hz RMS

Not bad! I roughly estimate this to mean ~90pm RMS CARM/DARM motion. (If X was as good as Y, it would be ~50pm...)

Some things I feel are worth noting:

  • In an effort to avoid the ETMX issues that Jenne had last night. I used MC2 to actuate CARM, and 2xETMY to actuate DARM. None of my locklosses appeared to be due to saturation of DARM, so I think it worked fine. The main drawback seems to be that if you have a violent lock loss, you may have to wait a bit for the IMC to relock; this only happened once tonight.
  • After the IR resonance finding scripts, I would run a z servo to try and get the PDH signal to cross zero. This made the ALS CARM and DARM zeros closer to the real resonating zeros than I usually see.
  • It is lately possible to sit at higher powers (albeit with very high RIN) for sizable amounts of time. In my last lock, I was in the range of 10-60x single arm power for around 30 minutes before I blew it with a failed transition attempt.
  • The set points for the QPD servos don't change much from lock to lock. I didn't have any problem using them tonight.

Tomorrow, I'll post some transfer functions of the difference between the ALS and CARM plants that I measured.

  11100   Thu Mar 5 10:32:58 2015 SteveUpdateSUSBS oplev servo turned off

The BS oplev servo was kicking up the BS. It was turned off

  11101   Thu Mar 5 11:18:28 2015 manasaUpdateGeneralRF amplifier box

I pulled out the RF amplifier box from the IOO rack and swapped the amplifiers for FOL beat frequency amplification. The earlier gain of 62dB (ZFL500LN + ZFL500LN) was reduced to 40dB gain (ZFL500LN+ZFL2AD).

I also swapped one of the broken sma cables that was connecting the two amplifiers with a good one. Front ports of the module were relabeled and the box was put back on the rack.

During the course of this work, I had to turn OFF the green BBPDs on the PSL table to protect them and they have been powered up after putting the module back.


As Koji found one of the spare channels of the ALS/FOL RF amplifier box nonfunctional yesterday, I pulled it out to fix it. I found that one of the sma cables did not conduct.

It was replaced with a new cable from Koji. Also, I rearranged the ports to be consistent across the box, and re-labeled with the gains I observed. 

It has been reinstalled, and the Y frequency counter that is using one of the channels shows a steady beat freq.

I cannot test the amplitude of the green X beat at this time, as Koji is on the PSL table with the PSL shutter closed, and is using the control room spectrum analyzer. However, the dataviewer trace for the fine_phase_out_Hz looks like free swinging cavity motion, so its probably ok.


  11102   Thu Mar 5 12:27:27 2015 manasaUpdateGeneralFOL fiber box on the PSL table

Working around the PSL table

I have put the FOL fiber box on the PSL table. The fibers carrying AUX and PSL light are connected and the RFPDs have been powered up. I can see the beat frequency on the frequency counters; but for some reason Domenica (that brings the frequency counter values on the medm screens) is not visible on the network even after hard reboot of the raspberry pi. I am neither able to ping nor ssh into the machine. I have to pull the module out and add a monitor cable to troubleshoot (my bad frownI should have left the monitor cable with the raspberry pi in the first place). Anyways, I have handed over the IFO to Q and will play with things again sometime later.

The fiber box on the PSL table is only left there temporariliy till I have things working. It will be stowed on the rack properly later.

In case someone wants the fiber box out of the PSL table, please make sure to power down the RFPDs using the black rocker switches on the side of the box and then disconnect the cables and fibers.

  11103   Thu Mar 5 19:13:17 2015 ranaUpdateCDSmxStream all restart at ~7:10 pm
  11104   Thu Mar 5 20:44:30 2015 JenneUpdateSUSdamprestore script updated

I just realized that the "damprestore" script that can be called from the watchdog screen did not have the new oplev names.  I have updated it, and added it to the svn.

  11105   Thu Mar 5 21:42:05 2015 JenneUpdateLSCAS55Q flat at DARM zero crossing

I think we've seen this in simulations, but it's a little disheartening to see in real life.  AS55Q looks like it flattens out pretty significantly right around the DARM=0 point. 

Right now I have the arms held on ALS (CARM=-1*MC2, DARM=2*ETMY, as Q used last night), and the PRFPMI is on REFL165I&Q.  I have set CARM to be as close to zero offset as I can (so I get all the usual buzzing), and then I'm sweeping the DARM offset between +3 and -3 counts (roughly +/-3nm) with a 3 second ramp and looking at normalized AS55Q.  The channel called "DARM_B_ERR" is 0.006*AS55Q/(TRX + TRY).  The arm transmissions, as well as the ASDC are plotted as well - ASDC is scaled to fit on the same axes as the transmissions.

Anyhow, here's the time series of the DARM sweeps.  AS55 demod phase of -55 degrees seems to give the cleanest signal (within 5deg steps); this is the same phase that we've been using all week.


Attachment 1: DARM_TimeSeries_5March2015.pdf
  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.

Attachment 1: MCdrfit.png
  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.

  11108   Fri Mar 6 04:49:08 2015 JenneUpdateLSCAS55Q transition

[Jenne, Ranah]

We played around tonight with different possible ways of transitioning DARM to normalized AS55Q.  Before each try, we would use ezcaservo (or just eyeball it) to make sure that the normalized RF signals had a mean of zero, so that we knew we were pretty close to zero offset in both CARM and DARM.

We tried something that is similar in flavor to Kiwamu's self-locking technique - we summed in some normalized AS55Q to the DARM error point (using the DoF selector matrix that I created a few weeks ago), and then tried to engage a little low frequency boost.  We tried several times, but we never successfully made the transition.

In the end, we just did a direct transition over to normalized AS55Q, and lost lock after several seconds.  The buzzing that we hear didn't change noticeably after the transition, which indicates that most of the noise is due to CARM (which makes since, since it has a much smaller linewidth).  The problem with holding DARM is that occassionally we will have a CARM fluctuation that lets the arm power dip too low, and DARM's error signal isn't valid at low arm powers. So, we need to work on getting CARM stabilized before we will have a hope of holding on to DARM. 

Here's the lockloss plot from that last lock:

Also this evening, I scanned back and forth over the CARM zero crossing while locked on ALS, to see what the RF error signals looked like.  Normalized REFL55 seems to have much more high frequency noise near the edges of the linear range than does REFL11.  Also, the REFL 11 signal is much larger.  So, what I think I want to try to do is use ALS fool to lower the CARM noise by a bit, then make the DARM transition.  Then, we can come back to CARM and ramp up the gain. 

With these CARM sweeps, I think that I know the relative gain and sign between ALScomm and the normalized REFL signals, and the REFL signals versus the normalized versions.  I think that 100*REFL11I/(TRX+TRY) gives the same slope at the zero crossing as just plain REFL11I.  Same factor of 100 is true for REFL55I.  The REFL11 slope is 20,000 times larger than the ALS slope, while the REFL55 slope is -500 times the ALS slope (note that REFL55 has a minus sign).  We can probably trigger the Fool on when the arm powers are above 50, and trigger off when they're below 20.  For the zero crossings, the REFL55 threshold should be about 20, and the REFL11 threshold should be about 500. 

I also need to re-think the triggering logic for ALSfool.  We probably don't want the zero crossing logic to be able to un-trigger the lock, just in case we get an extra noise blip.  So, we want to trigger on with an AND, but only trigger off if the arm powers go too low.  Also, the zero crossing logic should look at the normalized error signals, not the plain signals.

We need to modify the ALSwatch logic so that it doesn't look at EPICS values for the thresholding.  There may be an updated filter module that includes a saturation monitor, but otherwise we can use the saturation monitor part that is in the OSC section of CDS_PARTS.  We'll set the threshold on this to match the limiter in the filter bank.  Then, if the filterbank output is constantly hitting the limiter, we should run the down scripts.



Attachment 1: DARM_AS55Qnormalized_5March2015.png
  11109   Fri Mar 6 13:48:17 2015 dark kiwamuSummaryIOOtriple resonance circuit

I was asked by Koji to point out where a schematic of the triple resonant circuit is.
It seems that I had posted a schematic of what currently is installed (see elog 4562 from almost 4 yrs ago!).

(Some transfomer story)
Then I immediately noticed that it did not show two components which were wideband RF transformers. In order to get an effective turns ratio of 1:9.8 (as indicated in the schematic) from a CoilCrfat's transformer kit in the electronics table, I had put two more transformers in series to a PWB1040L which is shown in the schematic. If I am not mistaken, this PWB1040L must be followed by a PWB1015L and PWB-16-AL in the order from the input side to the EOM side. This gives an impedance ratio of 96 or an effective turns ratio of sqrt(96) = 9.8.

(An upgrade plan document)

Also, if one wants to review and/or upgrade the circuit, this document may be helpful:
This is a document that I wrote some time ago describing how I wanted to make the circuit better. Apparently I did not get a chance to do it.

  11110   Fri Mar 6 14:29:59 2015 manasaUpdateGeneralFOL troubleshooting

[EricQ, Manasa]

Since Domenica was not picking up an IP address and hence not responding to pings or ssh even after power cycling, I pulled it out from the IOO rack and connected it to a monitor. After a bunch of hit and trials, we figured out that the problem was related to the power adapter of the Rpi discussed here : http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=39055

The power adapter has been swapped and this issue has been resolved. Domenica has been remounted on the IOO rack but left with the top lid off for the timebeing.

RF amplifier box:
The frequency counter was setup to read the beat frequency after amplification of the RFPD signals. The output as seen on the frequency counter screen as well as the epics values was intermittent. Also, locking the arms and changing the end laser frequencies did not change the frequency counter outputs. It looks like the RF amplifier is oscillating (Oscillating frequencies were ~107 MHz and 218 MHz) and the input circuit needs to be modified and the connections need better insulation.

As of now, I have connected the RFPD outputs to the frequency counter sans any amplification and we are able to get a readout of the beat frequency at > 40MHz (Frequency counter requires much higher amplitude signals for frequencies lower than that).

  11111   Fri Mar 6 14:51:59 2015 ericqUpdateGeneralX arm linewidth, loss

The fit FWHM is 10.444kHz +-55Hz. 

If we take the FSR from ELOG 9804, this implies an Xarm fineese of 380 +- 2. 

Assuming an ITMX transmission of 1.4%, this means an Xarm loss of 240 +- 90ppm. 

This is substatially lower than the ~500ppm I had measured via the unlocked/locked ASDC power method, but still pretty high. 

Since we were able to get continuous frequency counter values into the digital system, I decided to give it a quick spin with a calibrated single arm ALS scan. This should be repeated when amplifiers are in place, because the Y IR beatnote is wandering around in a way I don't trust and I'm not sure if the frequency counters have good absolute calibration...

Neverthess, I did a 5 minute scan through the Xarm, and fit it nicely to a lorentzian peak. 

  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.

Attachment 1: Untitled.png
  11113   Sat Mar 7 18:53:48 2015 JenneUpdateLSCDoF selector matrices replaced with filter banks

This is work that I did yesterday but didn't have time to elog.  Since it seems non-trivial to give ourselves ramping matrices, but we only really needed the ramping in the DoF selector matrices, I've replaced the separate _A and _B parts with full filterbanks.  Recall from elog 10910 that I had given each degree of freedom's _A and _B input options an offset, an epics monitor and a test point.  Now those are removed, and handled inside of the filter banks.  The outputs of the filter banks sum together.

This required some screen modifications, but everything should work the same way that it did before this change.  I've also changed the DAQ channels from the _A_ERR and _B_ERRs that I had hand-created to now be the _A_OUT and _B_OUT test points from the filter banks (acquired at 2048Hz). 

I have not yet modified the burt snapshots for the ifo configure screen.  The arms will work the same as always, since they didn't have any selector matrix stuff ever, but the rest still need tweaking.

Attachment 1: DoFselectors_7March2015.png
  11114   Sat Mar 7 19:15:17 2015 JenneUpdateLSCModified zero crossing triggering

More work from yesterday. 

Rana and I had discussed on Thursday night that we probably want to be able to use the zero crossing of an error signal to trigger a servo on, but not to un-trigger it.  So, now the zero crossing trigger is latched, using the power trigger to reset the latch. 

Also, the input to the zero crossing trigger is the input to the MC servo, before the triggered switch.  This allows us to look at the normalized error signals rather than just the non-normalized ones, if that's what we're trying to lock on.  This signal is taken before the triggered switch, so that it's looking at whatever is coming out of the input matrix (including normalization).

So.  If the absolute value of the MC error signal goes below the threshold, it outputs a 1, no matter what the arm power is.  If the arm power is high, the power trigger also outputs a 1.  These are AND-ed together, so only if both are 1 do you actually trigger the MC filter bank.  If the zero crossing trigger has been set to 1, it will stay at 1 until the arm power goes low enough to untrigger the power trigger.  So, even if you have a little bit of noise on the error signal and it pops above the threshold momentarily, this won't cause the servo to un-trigger.

This is implemented using a "set-reset latch".  The output of the latch is the zero crossing trigger, which is AND-ed with the power trigger.  This final AND-ing, in addition to doing what we want, solves the ambiguity that is inherent in SR-latches for one combination of inputs. 

The trigger screen has been modified to reflect these model changes.

Here's a screenshot of the model, which includes some notes for anyone who opens the model since it's a bit confusing:

Attachment 1: LatchLogic_6March2015.png
  11115   Sat Mar 7 19:23:27 2015 JenneUpdateLSCUpdated ALSwatch script

Last report on model change / screen work from yesterday.

The ALSwatch script has always been just looking at the EPICS output of the CARM and DARM filter banks, and if it saw a single saturation, it would run the down script.  This was non-ideal because (a) the EPICS channels aren't the real signals, and (b) sometimes we'll hit the rails briefly and that's okay - we want to shut things down only when we're constantly saturating.

It turns out that there was a pre-existing saturation monitor part in CDS_PARTS, which I have used.  There is one each looking at the output of the CARM and DARM filter banks.  The threshold for what saturation means is set as an epics input.  The part outputs a running count (number of saturations since the last time it was not saturated, resets each time it goes non-saturating) and a total number since the last reset (also an epics input). 

(To be continued... still writing)

  11116   Sat Mar 7 22:01:12 2015 JenneConfigurationLSCCARM and DARM on RF signals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Jenne, with Matt and Fujimi as witnesses]

It might be about time to throw that champagne in the fridge.  Nice. Not quite close enough to talk about popping it open, but we'll want it chilled just in case... yeslaugh

I still haven't logged yesterday's work, and I'm still working now, so no details, but I just handed both CARM and DARM over to non-normalized RF signals, and had the arms stable at powers of about 105.  I was workinig on the ETM alignment, and the power was increasing, so I think that's where the extra power will come from. I was lowering the DARM gain as I improved the alignment, because the optical gain was increasing so much.  I probably just didn't do that fast enough for the last aligning, which is why I lost lock.

Anyhow, here's a plot, because I'm excited:

Attachment 1: ARM_POWERS_100.png
  11117   Sun Mar 8 00:05:37 2015 KojiConfigurationLSCCARM and DARM on RF signals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Exciting! How long was it?

  11118   Sun Mar 8 01:27:01 2015 JenneConfigurationLSCCARM and DARM on RF signals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have in my notebook that at 9:49pm CARM was no longer using ALS as an error signal, and at 9:50pm, DARM was no longer using ALS as an error signal.  It looks like I was locked for 3+ minutes after getting to RF-only signals.

The increase in power near the end of the lock stretch was me trying to improve the dark port contrast by touching the ETMX alignment.  DARM was definitely oscillating as I improved the dark port contrast, so I was trying to hand-lower the gain as I worked on the alignment.

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