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  11801   Mon Nov 23 21:48:49 2015 KojiUpdateLSCFrequency source fixed, IMC LO level adjusted

The trouble we had: the 29.5 MHz source had an output of 6 dBm instead of 13 dBm.

The cause of the issue: A short cable inside had its shield cut and had no connection of the return.

- The frequency source box was dismantled.
- The power supply voltages of +28 and +18 were provided from bench supplies.
- The 29.5 MHz output of 5~6 dBm was confirmed on the work bench.
- The 11 MHz OCXO out (unused) had an output of 13 dBm.

- Once the lid was opened, it was immediately found that the output cable for the 29.5 MHz source had a sharp cut of the shield (Attachment1).
- OK. This cable was replaced. The output of 13 dBm was recovered.

- But wait. Why is the decoupling capacitor on the 29.5 MHz OCXO bulging? The polarity of the electrolytic capacitor was wrong!
- OK. This capacitor was replaced. It was 100 uF 35 V but now it is 100 uF 50 V.

- I further found some cables which had flaky shields. Some of them were twisted. When the panel cable s connected, the feedthroughs were rotated. This twists internally connected cables. Solder balls were added to the connector to reinforce the cable end.

- When the box was dismantled, it was already noticed that some of the plastic screws to mount the internal copper heat sinks for ZHL-2's were broken.
They seemed to be degraded because of the silicone grease. I didn't try to replace all as it was expected to take too much time, so only the broken screws
were replaced with steel screws with shoulder washers
at the both side of the box.

- After confirming the circuit diagram, the box was returned to the rack. The 29.5 MHz output of 13 dBm there was confirmed.

Attachment 1: IMG_2136.JPG
Attachment 2: IMG_2129.JPG
Attachment 3: IMG_2133.JPG
  11800   Mon Nov 23 20:32:43 2015 KojiUpdateLSCFrequency source fixed, IMC LO level adjusted

The frequency source was fixed. The IMC LO level was adjusted.

IMC is locked => OLTF measured UGF 144kHz PM 30deg.

  11799   Mon Nov 23 14:45:39 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew software

COMSOL 5.1 has been installed at: /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/comsol51/bin/comsol

MATLAB 2015b has been installed at: /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab15b/bin/matlab 

This has not replaced the default matlab on the workstations, which remains at 2013a. If some testing reveals that the upgrade is ok, we can rename the folders to switch. 

  11798   Sun Nov 22 12:12:17 2015 KojiUpdateIOOIMC OLTF

Well. I thought a bit more and now I think it is likely that this is just the servo bump as you can see in the closed-loop TF.


6. Broad feature from 40kHz to 200kHz. The IMC loop is adding the noise. This is the frequency range of the PC drive. Is something in the PC drive noisy???

  11797   Sun Nov 22 12:07:09 2015 KojiUpdateIOOIMC fix


Done (Nov 23, 2015) - Check if the attenuator is still there in the input chain

Done (Nov 23, 2015) - Check if the actual LO levels at the 17dBm mixers are reasonable.

- Check if the actual LO levels for the LSC demods are OK too

  11796   Sun Nov 22 07:09:01 2015 ranaUpdateIOOIMC fix

On the demod board there is a 10 dB attenuator (AT1), which lowers the level to -10 dBm before the ERA-5. Then it should be 10 dBm before going to the rest of the parts. But I guess the ERA-5 chips which come later on in the circuit could be decaying like the ones in the PMC LO board.


Later at home, I thought this nominal LO level of 0dBm could have been wrong.

  11795   Sat Nov 21 00:46:33 2015 KojiUpdateIOOIMC OLTF

Here is the comparison before and after the fix.

Before the work, the UGF was ~40kHz. The phase margin was ~5deg. This caused huge bump of the frequency noise.

After the LO power increase, I had to reduce the MC loop gain (VCO Gain) from 18dB to 6dB. This resulted 4dB (x2.5) increase of the OLTF. This means that my fix increased the optical gain by 16dB (x6.3). The resulting UGF and phase mergin were measured to be 117kHz and 31deg, respectively.


Now I was curious to see if the PMC err shows reasonable improvement when the IMC is locked. Attachment 2 shows the latest comparison of the PMC err with and without the IMC locked. The PMC error has been taken up to 500kHz. The errors were divided by 17.5kHz LPF and 150kHz LPF to compensate the sensing response. The PMC cavity pole was ignored in this calculation. T990025 saids the PMC finesse is 4400 and the cavity pole is 174kHz. If this is true, this also needs to be applied.


1. Now we can see improvement of the PMC error in the region between 10kHz to 70kHz.

2. The sharp peak at 8kHz is due to the marginally stable PMC servo. We should implement another notch there. T990025 suggests that the body resonance of the PMC spacer is somewhere around there. We might be able to damp it by placing a lossy material on it.

3. Similarly, the features at 12kHz and 28kHz is coming from the PMC. They are seen in the OLTF of the PMC loop.

4. The large peak at 36kHz does not change with the IMC state. This does mean that it is coming from the laser itself, or anything high-Q of the PMC. This signal is seen in the IMC error too.

5. 72kHz, 108kHz, 144kHz: Harmonics of 36kHz?

6. Broad feature from 40kHz to 200kHz. The IMC loop is adding the noise. This is the frequency range of the PC drive. Is something in the PC drive noisy???

7. The feature at 130kHz. Unknown. Seems not related to IMC. The laser noise or the PMC noise.

Remaining IMC issues:

Done (Nov 23, 2015) - 29.5MHz oscillator output degraded. Possibly unstable and noisy. Do we have any replacement? Can we take a Marconi back from one of the labs?

Done (Nov 23, 2015) - Too high LO?

- Large 36kHz peak in the IMC

- IMC loop shape optimization

- IMC locking issue. The lock streatch is not long.

- IMC PC drive issue. Could be related to the above issue.

Maybe not relevant - PC drive noise?

Attachment 1: IMC_OLTF.pdf
Attachment 2: PMC_noise_comparison.pdf
  11794   Sat Nov 21 00:45:30 2015 KojiUpdateIOOIMC fix

Based on the observation of the PMC error signal, I started measuring the IMC OLTF. Immediately, it was found that the overall IMC loop gain was too low.
The UGF was ~40kHz, which was really marginal. It had been >100kHz when I have adjusted it about a year ago. (Next entry for the detail)

The first obvious thing was that the SMA cables around the IMC servo have visible degradation (Attatched photos).
I jiggled the signal cable from the demodulator Q_out to the MC servo. The openloop gain seemed fluctuating (increased) based on the cabling.
I decided to repair these cables by adding solder on the shield.

Even after the repair, the open loop TF didn't show any improvement. I checked the LO level and found that it was -16.7dBm.

I traced the problem down to the frequency generator unit (T1000461). The front panel of the unit indicates the output power for the 29.5MHz output is 13dBm,
while measurement showed it was 6~8dBm (fluctuating). The T1000461 document describes that there is only a wenzel oscillator inside. Does this mean the oscillatorwas degraded??? We need to open the box.

I was not sure what was the LO level. I naively assumed the input is 0dBm. Reducing the attenuation of the dial on the AM Stabilizer unit from 12dB attn to 0dB.
This made the LO level -3.3dBm.

Later at home, I thought this nominal LO level of 0dBm could have been wrong.

The demodulator circuit (D990511) has the amplifier ERA-5 (G=~20dB) at the input. Between the input and the ERA-5 there is a pattern for an attenuator.
Assuming we have no attenuator, the ERA-5 has to spit out 20dBm. That is too much for this chip. I need to pull out the box to see how much is the nominal LO for this box using an active probe.

This decrease/increase of the LO level affects the WFS demod too. According to D980233-B, the input stage has the comparator chip AD96687, which can handle differential voltage of 5.5V.
Therefore the effect is minimal.

Attachment 1: PDRFsignal_cable.JPG
Attachment 2: Qsignal_cable1.JPG
Attachment 3: Qsignal_cable2.JPG
Attachment 4: Qsignal_cable3.JPG
  11793   Fri Nov 20 15:44:12 2015 KojiSummaryPSLAdded 17.5kHz LPF to the PMC servo

As a final tune of the PMC servo, I've added 1nF cap at the error signal amplification stage. The diagram has been updated and uploaded to DCC. https://dcc.ligo.org/D1400221

It should be noted that this modification yielded the error signal to have 17.5kHz roll off.

The openloop TF after the modification has been measured. (Attachment 1)

With the new nominal gain of 9dB, almost the same gain margin for the 28kHz peak has been realized.
=> We have 6dB (factor of 2) more gain at low frequency. Currently, the feature at 8kHz causes the oscillation when the gain is further increased.

Here is the model function for the OLTF.

function cmpOLTFc = PMC_OLTF_model(freqOLTFc)

cmpOLTFc = -9.5e5*pole1(freqOLTFc,0.162).*zero1(freqOLTFc,491)... % from the circuit diagram
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,17.5e3)... % Newly implemented input filter => GBW pole was replaced with this
    .*zero2(freqOLTFc,12.5e3,100)... % eye-fit
    .*pole2(freqOLTFc,12.2e3,6)... % eye-fit
    .*pole2(freqOLTFc,28.8e3, 12)... % eye-fit
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,150e3)... % Mixer LPF estimated from Circuit Lab Simulation
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,11.3)... % Output Impedance + PZT LPF
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,3e4); % Unknown

The free-running round-trip displacement (roundtrip) / frequency noise is shown in Attachments. There we compare the spectra with and without IMC locked.

i.e. When the IMC is not locked, we are measuring the laser frequency noise with the sensor (PMC cavity) that is noisy due to the PMC displacement.
When the IMC is locked, the laser frequency is further stabilized while the sensor (PMC) noise is not changed.

- Without IMC locked

Can we see the laser freq noise? It seems that it is visible above 100Hz.
The red curve is the measured noise level. The NPRO (although it is LWE NPRO) noise level from S. Nagano's thesis (see our wiki) is shown there.

- With IMC locked

When the IC is locked, we see the increase of the noise between 1~4Hz. It means that the IMC is not only noisier than the laser, but also noisier than the PMC cavity.
Sounds reasonable. And the PMC is capable to handle this motion.

The reduction of the frequency noise is seen from 100Hz to 30kHz.

The interesting point is that we can see the noise increase above 30kHz when the IMC is locked.
I believe that the phase correction EOM is shared with the PMC modulation. i.e. PMC sees the corrected laser frequency.

We expect that the frequency noise is reduced at this frequency. But in reality not.

In addition, there is a sharp peak at ~35kHz. I wonder If this is caused by the IMC servo. It is worse to investigate.

Attachment 1: PMC_OLTF.pdf
Attachment 2: PMC_noise_comparison.pdf
  11792   Fri Nov 20 09:45:39 2015 steveSummarySUSoplev laser summary






      May  13, 2014             ETMX,  .............laser in place 90 d

      May  22, 2012             ETMY, 

     Oct.  7,  2013             ETMY,  LT  503 d  or  1.4 y............bad beam quality ?

     Aug. 8,  2014              ETMY,  .............laser in place   425 days  or  1.2 y


      Sept. 5, 2014              new 1103P, sn P893516  installed at SP table for aLIGO oplev use qualification


Attachment 1: oplev_summery.png
  11791   Thu Nov 19 17:06:57 2015 KojiConfigurationCDSDisabled auto-launching RT processes upon FE booting

We want to startup the RT processes one by one on boot of FE machines.

Therefore /diskless/root/etc/rc.local on FB was modified as follows. The last sudo line was commented out.

for sys in $(/etc/rt.sh); do
    #sudo -u controls sh -c ". /opt/rtapps/rtapps-user-env.sh && /opt/rtcds/cal\

    # NOTE: we need epics stuff AND iniChk.pl in PATH
    # we use -i here so that the .bashrc is sourced, which should also
    # source rtapps and rtcds user env (for epics and scripts paths)

    # commented out Nov 19, 2015, KA
    # see ELOG 11791 http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/11791
    # sudo -u controls -i /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/start${sys}

  11790   Thu Nov 19 16:06:54 2015 yutaroUpdateOptical LeversCalibration of oplevs for ITMY/ETMY

I'm sorry. I will be careful about that. And I updated the plots in elog 11785.


OMG. Please try to use larger fonts and PDF so that we can read the plots.



Based on elog 1403, I calibrated the oplevs for ITMY/ETMY.

I'm not sure that these calibration measurements are reliable. I would feel better if Steve can confirm them using our low accuracy method of moving the QPD by 1 mm and doing trigonometry.

 In this morning, Steve and I looked at the ETMY table and we found that the measurement you suggested might interfere with other optics or detectors because of space constraint. So, before doing this measurement, I roughly estimated the calibration factors for ETMY oplev by using the rough value of the arm length of the optical lever and the beam width of the light just before the QPD.


How I got the arm length and the beam width:

I measured the length of the optical path between ETMY and the QPD. Then I measured the beam width with an iris to screen the beam. To get the beam width from the decrease of the power of the beam detected by QPD, I used this formula: P/P_{max}=1-\exp(-2r^2/w^2).

Then I got:   (arm length) = 1.8 +/-0.2 m,    w= 0.56 +/- 0.5 mm.


How I estimated the calibration factors from these:

The calibration factors (such as C1:SUS-ETMY_OL_PIT_CALIB; (real angle) / (normalized output of QPDXorY)) can be calculated with: \sqrt{\pi/32}\times w\,/\,(\mathrm{arm\,length}). Then, I got

130\,\pm\,20 \,\mu \mathrm{rad},

though the calibration factors, C1:SUS-ETMY_OL_PIT_CALIB C1:SUS-ETMY_OL_YAW_CALIB, right now are 26.0 and 31.0, respectively. (If I express this in the same way as elog 11785, 5.0 and 4.2 for ETMY_PIT and ETMY_YAW, respectively. they are consistent with yesterday's results.) 

I believe that the calibration factors I estimated today are not different from the true values by a factor of 2 or something, so this estimation indicates that the oplev calibration measurements I did yesterday are reliable, at least for the oplev for ETMY. 



  11789   Thu Nov 19 15:16:24 2015 ericqUpdateCDSc1iscey IO chassis now has brackets

[Steve, ericq]

Brackets for the c1iscey IO chassis cards have been installed. Now, I can't unseat the cards by wiggling the ADC or DAC cable. yes

  11788   Thu Nov 19 14:50:34 2015 Max IsiUpdateGeneralNew 2D histogram plot for summary pages

A new type of plot is now available for use in the summary pages, based on EricQ's 2D histogram plots (elog 11210). I have added an example of this to the SandBox tab (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/detcharsummary/day/20151119/sandbox/). The usage is straighforwad: the name to be used in config files is histogram2d; the first channel corresponds to the x-axis and the second one to the y-axis; the options accepted are the same as numpy.histogram2d and pyploy.pcolormesh (besides plot limits, titles, etc.). The default colormap is inferno_r and the shading is flat.

Attachment 1: C1-ALL_AB3834_HISTOGRAM2D-1131926417-86400.png
  11787   Wed Nov 18 23:40:01 2015 ranaUpdateOptical LeversCalibration of oplevs for ITMY/ETMY

OMG. Please try to use larger fonts and PDF so that we can read the plots.


Based on elog 1403, I calibrated the oplevs for ITMY/ETMY.

I'm not sure that these calibration measurements are reliable. I would feel better if Steve can confirm them using our low accuracy method of moving the QPD by 1 mm and doing trigonometry.

  11786   Wed Nov 18 23:18:07 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsnodus /boot cleared up

The /boot partition was filling up with old kernels. Nodus has automatic security updates turned on, so new kernels roll in and the old ones don't get removed. 

I ran apt-get autoremove, which removed several old kernels. (apt is configured by default to keep two previous kernels around when autoremoving, so this isn't so risky)

Now: /dev/sda1                    236M   94M  130M  42% /boot

In principle, one should be able change a setting in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades that would do this cleanup automatically, but this mechanism has a bug whose fix hasn't propagated out yet (link). So, I've added a line to nodus' root crontab to autoremove once a week, Sunday morning. 

  11785   Wed Nov 18 22:26:33 2015 yutaroUpdateOptical LeversCalibration of oplevs for ITMY/ETMY

Based on elog 1403, I calibrated the oplevs for ITMY/ETMY.

Summary of this method is following:

We lock an arm, and slightly misalign one mirror of the arm. Then, the transmission of the arm starts to decrease quadratically as the misalign angle of the mirror changes. Here, how much the transmission decreases in terms of the misalign angle is determined by geometry of optics, so we can see how much the angle really changes from this quadratic curve.



These are the relationship between misalign angles measured by oplev (the units are based on the calibration for now) and transmission power.

(I updated following figures on Nov 19 2015. You can find the figures I attached once here in the zipped folder attached.) 



According to this measurement, ratio of the calibration factor derived with this measurement (NEW) and the calibration factor for now (OLD), i.e. NEW/OLD was:  

ETMY_PIT: 5.0265  --->> 5.3922 (without an outlier; the outlier I removed is shown in the figure in zipped folder attached.)

ETMY_YAW: 4.6205

ITMY_PIT: 1.5010

ITMY_YAW: 1.2970

This results show that calibration of oplevs for ITMY is kind of OK, but that for ETMY is so BAD and the calibration factors should be updated.



The calibration factors of the oplevs for ETMY/ITMY are   NOT UPDATED YET.  I updated on Dec 11, 2015

If these results are reliable, I will update them tomorrow.   

Attachment 1: calib_etmypit2.pdf
Attachment 2: calib_etmyyaw2.pdf
Attachment 3: calib_itmypit2.pdf
Attachment 4: calib_itmyyaw2.pdf
Attachment 5: calib_oplev.zip
  11784   Wed Nov 18 20:49:05 2015 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsnodus boot getting full

controls@nodus|~ > df -h
Filesystem                   Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/nodus2--vg-root  355G   69G  269G  21% /
udev                         5.9G  4.0K  5.9G   1% /dev
tmpfs                        1.2G  308K  1.2G   1% /run
none                         5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none                         5.9G     0  5.9G   0% /run/shm
/dev/sda1                    236M  210M   14M  94% /boot
chiara:/home/cds             2.0T  1.5T  459G  77% /cvs/cds
fb:/frames                    13T   11T  1.6T  88% /frames

  11783   Wed Nov 18 17:32:36 2015 yutaroUpdateOptical LeversBeam centering for the oplev of ITMY

[yutaro, Koji]

We made the beam spot on QPD for the oplev of ITMY centered by changing the orientation of the mirror just before the QPD.

Before doing this, we ran dithering for Y arm and froze the output of ASS for Y arm.

  11782   Wed Nov 18 17:09:22 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC Servo analysis


The PMC servo was analysed. OLTF was measured and modeled by ZPK (Attachment 1). The error and actuator signals were calibrated in m/rtHz (Attachment 2)

Measurement methods


- The PMC servo board does not have dedicated summing/monitor points for the OLTF measurement. Moreover the PZT HV output voltage is monitored with 1/49.6 attenuation.
  Therefore we need a bit of consideration.

- The noise injection can be done at EXT DC.
- Quantity (A): Transfer function between HV OUT MON and MIX OUT MON with the injection.
  We can measure the transfer function between the HV OUT (virtual) and the MIX OUT. (HV OUT->MIX OUT). In reality, HV OUT is attenuated by factor of 49.6.
  i.e. A = (HV_OUT->MIX_OUT)*49.6
- Quantity (B): Transfer function between HV OUT MON and MIX OUT MON without the injection.
This is related to the transfer function between the MIX OUT and HV OUT. In reality, HV OUT is attenuated. 
  i.e. B = 1/((MIX_OUT->HV_OUT)/49.6)

- What we want to know is HV_OUT->MIX_OUT->HV_OUT. i.e. A/B = (HV_OUT->MIX_OUT*49.6)*((MIX_OUT->HV_OUT)/49.6) = HV_OUT->MIX_OUT->HV_OUT


- The MIX OUT and HV OUT spectra have been measured. The MIX OUT was calibrated with the calibration factor in the previous entry. This is the inloop stability estimation.
  From the calibrated MIX OUT and HV OUT, the free running stability of the cavity was estimated, by mutiplying with |1-OLTF| and |1-1/(1-OLTF)|, respectively, in order to recover
  the free running motion.

OLTF Modeling

Here is the model function for the open loop TF. The first line comes from the circuit diagram. The overall factor was determined by eye-fit.
The second and third lines are to reproduce the peak/notch feature at 12kHz. The fourth line is to reproduce 28kHz feature.
The LPF right after the mixer was analyzed by a circuit simulation (Circuit Lab). It can be approximated as 150kHz LPF as the second pole
seems to come at 1.5MHz.

The sixth line comes from the LPF formed by the output resistance and the PZT capacitance.

The seventh line is to reproduce the limit by the GBW product of OP27. As the gain is 101 in one of the stages,
it yields the pole freq of ~80kHz. But it is not enough to explain the phase delay at low frequency. Therefore this
discrepancy was compensated by empirical LPF at 30kHz.

function cmpOLTFc = PMC_OLTF_model(freqOLTFc)

cmpOLTFc = -7e5*pole1(freqOLTFc,0.162).*zero1(freqOLTFc,491)... % from the circuit diagram
    .*zero2(freqOLTFc,12.5e3,100)... % eye-fit
    .*pole2(freqOLTFc,12.2e3,6)... % eye-fit
    .*pole2(freqOLTFc,27.8e3, 12)... % eye-fit
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,150e3)... % Mixer LPF estimated from Circuit Lab Simulation
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,11.3)... % Output Impedance + PZT LPF
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,8e6/101)... % GBW OP27
    .*pole1(freqOLTFc,3e4); % Unknown



Attachment 1:

The nominal OLTF (Nov 17 data) shows the nominal UGF is ~1.7kHz and the phase margin of ~60deg.

The measured OLTF was compared with the modelled OLTF. In the end they show very sufficient agreement for further calibration.
The servo is about to be instable at 28kHz due to unknown series resonance. Later in the same day, the gain of the PMC loop had to be
reduced from 7dB to 3dB to mitigate servo oscillation. It is likely that this peak caused the oscillation. The notch frequency was measured
next day and it showed no sign of frequncy drift. That's good.

We still have some phase to reduce the high freq peaks by an LPF in order to increase the over all gain.

Attachment 2:

The red curve shows the residual floor displacement of 2~10x10-15 m/rtHz. Below 4Hz there is a big peak. I suspect that I forgot to close
the PSL shutter and the IMC was locked during the measurement. Then does this mean the measured noise corresponds to the residual laser
freq noise or the PMC cavity displacement? This is interesting to see.

The estimated free running motion from the error and actuation signals agrees very well. This ensures the precision of the caibration in the precious entries.


Attachment 1: PMC_OLTF.pdf
Attachment 2: PMC_DSP.pdf
  11781   Wed Nov 18 16:53:17 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC PZT capacitance

The PMC PZT capacitance was measured.
- Turn off the HV supplies. Disconnect HV OUT cable.
- Make sure the cable is discharged.
- Measure the capacity at the cable end with an impedance meter.
=> The PMC PZT capacitance at the cable end was measured to be 222nF
Combined with the output impedance of 63.3kOhm, the LPF pole is at 11.3Hz

  11780   Wed Nov 18 16:51:58 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC servo calibration


The PMC servo error (MIX OUT MON on the panel) and actuation (HV OUT MON) have been calibrated using the swept cavity.

Error signal slope in round-trip displacement: 2.93e9 +/- 0.05e9 [V/m]
HV OUT calibration (round-trip displacement): 5.36e-7 +/- 0.17e-7 [m/V]
PZT calibration (round-trip displacement): 10.8 +/- 0.3 [nm/V]
=> corresponds to ~2.5 fringes for 0~250V full range => not crazy

Measurement condition

The transmission level: 0.743V (on the PMC MEDM screen)
LO level: ~13dBm (after 3dB attenuation)
Phase setting: 5.7
PMC Servo gain: 7dB during the measurement (nominal 3dB)


- Chose PMC actuation "BLANK" to disable servo
- Connect DS345 function generator to EXT DC input on the panel
- Monitor "MIX OUT MON" and "HV OUT MON" with an oscilloscope
- Inject a triangular wave with ~1Vpp@1 or 2Hz with appropriate offset to see the cavity resonance at about the middle of the sweep.
  The frequency of the sweep was decided considering the LPF corner freq formed by the output impedance and the capacitance of the PZT. (i.e. 11.3Hz, see next entry)


- 4 sweep was taken (one 2Hz seep, three 1Hz sweep)
- The example of the sweep is shown in the attachment.
- The input triangular wave and the PDH slopes were fitted by linear lines.
- Spacing between the sideband zero crossing corresponds to twice of the modulation frequency (2x35.5MHz = 71MHz)
- The error signal slope was calibrated as V/MHz
- FSR of the PMC is given by google https://www.google.com/search?q=LIGO+pmc.m
  => Cavity round trip length is 0.4095m, FSR is 732.2MHz
- Convert frequency into round-trip displacement

- Convert HV OUT MON signal into displacement in the same way.
- The voltage applied to the PZT element is obtained considering the ratio of 49.6 between the actual HV and the HV OUT MON voltage.

Attachment 1: PMC_err_cal.pdf
  11779   Wed Nov 18 11:22:13 2015 yutaroUpdateASCLoss maps of arm cavities

I got linear relation between these. The results and method are below.


In preparation for the measurement of loss maps of arm cavities, I measured the relationship between:

the offset just after the demodulation of dithering loop (C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_PIT_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET and C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_YAW_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET)



while the dithering script is running. With the angle of ETMY, we can calculate the beam spot on the ETMY assuming that the beam spot on the ITMY is not changed thanks to the dithering. What we have to do is to check the calbration of oplev with another way to measure the angle, to see if the results are reliable or not.

I will report the results later.






I added offset (C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_PIT_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET and C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_YAW_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET) to shift the beam spot on ETMY. For each data point, I measured the difference in angle of ETMY with oplev before and after adding offset. The precedure for each measurement I employed is following:

-- run dither

-- wait until error signals of dithering settle down

-- freeze dither

-- measure angle (10s avg)

-- add offset

-- wait until error signals of dithering settle down

-- freeze dither

-- measure angle (10s avg)

The reason why I measured the angle without offset for each measurement is that the angle which oplev shows changed with time (~several tens of minutes or something). 



At the maximum values of offsets, the arm transmission power started to degrade, so the range where I can do this measurement is limited by these values as for now. However, we have to shift the beam spot more in order to make loss maps of sufficiently broad area on the mirror (the beam width (w) on ETM; w ~ 5 mm). Then, we have to find out how to shift the beam spot more.  


Attachment 1: ETM_PIT_up.png
  11778   Wed Nov 18 10:10:53 2015 ericqUpdateCDSc1iscey IO chassis missing brackets

Steve and I inadvertently discovered that the c1iscey IO chassis doesn't have brackets to secure the cards where the ADC/DAC cables are connected, making them very easy to knock loose. All other IO chassis have these brackets. Pictures of c1iscey and c1lsc IO chassis to compare:

  11777   Tue Nov 17 20:57:43 2015 ericqUpdateCDS16Hz frame writing running again

Back to nominal FB configuration at 1131857782, aka Nov 18 2015 04:56:05 UTC.

Weirdly, during this time, the script watching MC_TRANS_SUM from pianosa saw tons of freezes, but another instance  watching LSC-TRY_OUT16 on optimus saw no freezes. 

  11776   Tue Nov 17 20:40:08 2015 yutaroSummaryASCLoss maps of arm cavities

In preparation for the measurement of loss maps of arm cavities, I measured the relationship between:

the offset just after the demodulation of dithering loop (C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_PIT_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET and C1:ASS-YARM_ETM_YAW_L_DEMOD_I_OFFSET)



while the dithering script is running. With the angle of ETMY, we can calculate the beam spot on the ETMY assuming that the beam spot on the ITMY is not changed thanks to the dithering. What we have to do is to check the calbration of oplev with another way to measure the angle, to see if the results are reliable or not.

I will report the results later.

  11775   Tue Nov 17 16:21:10 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC servo circuit review, follow up measurements

I'm still analyzing the open loop TF data. Here I report some nominal settings of the PMC servo

Nominal phase setting: 5.7
Nominal gain setting: 3dB

After the tuning of the notch frequency, I thought I could increase the gain from 5dB to 9dB.
However, after several hours of the modification, the PMC servo gradually started to have oscillation.
This seemed to be mitigated by reducing the gain down to 4dB. This may mean that the notch freq got drifted away
due to themperature rise in the module. PA85 produce significant amount of heat.

(The notch frequency did not change. Just the 22kHz peak was causing the oscillation.)

  11774   Tue Nov 17 15:59:23 2015 ranaUpdateSUSITMX UL calmed?

Although this noise is bad, we have always had these kind of humps around the bounce mode. Our interpretation in the past was that this was due to poor alignment of the OSEM in the frame, leading to a large vertical to horizontal coupling. Once you implement the BLRMS for the SUS channels, we'll be able to trend the noise over long periods of time.

  11773   Tue Nov 17 15:49:23 2015 KojiConfigurationIOOMC Autolocker modified

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/MC/AutoLockMC.csh  was modified last night.

1. Autolocker sometimes forget to turn off the MC2Tickle. I added the following lines to make sure to turn it off.

    echo autolockMCmain: MC locked, nothing for me to do >> ${lfnam}
    echo just in case turn off MC2 tickle >> ${lfnam}

2. During the lock acquisition, Autolocker frequently stuck on a weak mode. So the following lines were added
so that the Autolocker toggles the servo switch while waiting for the lock.

    echo autolockMCmain: Mon=$mclockstatus, Waiting for MC to lock .. >> ${lfnam}
    # Turn off MC Servo Input button
    ezcawrite C1:IOO-MC_SW1 1
    date >> ${lfnam}
    sleep 0.5;
    # Turn on MC Servo Input button
    ezcawrite C1:IOO-MC_SW1 0
    sleep 0.5;

  11772   Tue Nov 17 14:31:25 2015 ericqUpdateCDS16Hz frame writing temporarily disabled

To test the effect on EPICS latency, I've restarted daqd with modified ini files which disable all frame writing of 16Hz channels. 

This happened at GPS:1131835955 aka Nov 17 2015 22:52:18 UTC

Last night, I started running a script written by Dave Barker that monitors a specified EPICS channel (in this case C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUM), to look for seconds in which it does not update the expected number of times. This is still running, so I will be able to compare the rate of EPICS slowdowns before and after this change. 

I will revert back to the nominal state of things in a few hours, or until someone asks me to. 

  11771   Tue Nov 17 10:06:53 2015 SteveUpdateGeneralwater leak in east arm

A Caltech maintenance staff dropped by at around noon today, and told me that he had seen a small puddle of water on the other side of the door along the Y-arm that is kept locked (about 10m from the end-table, on the south side of the arm). He suspected a leak in the lab. Koji and I went down to the said door and observed that there was indeed a small puddle of water accumulated there. There isn't any obvious source of a leak on our side of the door, although the walls tiles in the area suggest that there could be a leak in one of the pipes running through the wall/under the floor. In any case, the leak doesn't seem too dramatic, and we have decided to consult Steve as to what is to be done about this once he is back on Wednesday.

The leak was found inside the wall. Fortunately the plumbers were able to access it from CES room 108

This has been leaking for sometimes. The damaged wall area is about 18 ft long and 1 ft high.

Attachment 1: eastArmLeakyPipeInsideWall.jpg
Attachment 2: wd18ft.jpg
  11770   Tue Nov 17 00:57:21 2015 ericqUpdateSUSITMX UL calmed?

After running dither alignment for all mirrors, all oplevs were recentered. (Except ETMY, since we did that earlier today.)

Looking at Koji's template for OSEM signals, the ITMX UL sensor noise floor seems more in line with the LL sensor, though there continues to be more noise than in other mirrors. 


Trending the sensor signals over the past 7 days, Koji's measurement looks to have been taken during a time when the UL sensor voltage had jumped down. Did someone squish the satellite box cable? I have not done so. 

I think that the step right at the end is due to a new POS offset of -2k counts, which I think Koji put into place earlier today. 

According to the wiki, the Vmax/2 values and the current values are: 



















Attachment 1: TM_nov17.pdf
  11769   Mon Nov 16 21:32:49 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC servo circuit review, follow up measurements

The result of the precise inspection for the PMC servo board for the 40m was done.

The record, including the photo of the board, can be found at https://dcc.ligo.org/D1400221-v2

- I found some ceramic 1uF caps are used in the signal path. They have been replaced with film caps by WIMA.

- In later measurements with the openloop TF measurement, it was found that the notch frequency (14.6kHz) was off from the a sharp PZT resonance at 12.2kHz.
I replaced the combined caps of 1220pF to 1742pF. This resulted nice agreement of the notch freq with the PZT resonant freq.

Past related elogs:

SRA-3MH mixer installed in 2009: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/1502

R20 increased for more LO Mon gain: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/10172

  11768   Mon Nov 16 19:05:59 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC servo circuit review, follow up measurements

PMC follow up measurements have been done. The servo circuit was reviewed.

Now the PMC, IMC, X/Y arms are locked and aligned waiting for the IFO work although I still think something is moving (ITMX?)
as the FPMI fringe is quite fast.

  11767   Mon Nov 16 16:18:34 2015 gautamUpdateGeneralwater leak along Y-arm?

A Caltech maintenance staff dropped by at around noon today, and told me that he had seen a small puddle of water on the other side of the door along the Y-arm that is kept locked (about 10m from the end-table, on the south side of the arm). He suspected a leak in the lab. Koji and I went down to the said door and observed that there was indeed a small puddle of water accumulated there. There isn't any obvious source of a leak on our side of the door, although the walls tiles in the area suggest that there could be a leak in one of the pipes running through the wall/under the floor. In any case, the leak doesn't seem too dramatic, and we have decided to consult Steve as to what is to be done about this once he is back on Wednesday.

  11766   Mon Nov 16 11:48:34 2015 yutaroUpdateOptical LeversBeam centering for the oplev of ETMY

[yutaro, ericq]


We made the beam spot on QPD for the oplev of ETMY centered by changing the orientation of the mirror just before the QPD.

Before doing this, we ran dithering for Y arm and froze the output of ASS for Y arm.

  11765   Sun Nov 15 22:43:48 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC LO degraded, usual ERA-5 replacement, LO recovered

I think the IMC locking was somewhat improved. Still it is not solid as long time before.

Before the PMC fix (attachment 1)
After the PMC fix (attachment 2)

To do
- PMC loop inspection / phase check / spectral measurements
- PMC / IMC interaction
- IMC loop check

Attachment 1: C1-MULTI_E6875C_TIMESERIES-1131408017-86400.png
Attachment 2: C1-MULTI_E6875C_TIMESERIES-1131580817-86400.png
  11764   Sat Nov 14 00:52:25 2015 KojiSummaryCDSInvestion on EPICS freeze

[Yutaro, Koji]

Recently "EPICS Freeze" is so frequent and the normal work on the MEDM screen became almost impossible.

As a part of the investigation, all 19 realtime processes were stopped in order to see any effect on the probem.

IN FACT, when the realtime processes were absent (still slow machines were running), frequency of EPICS Freeze
became much less. This might mean that the issue is related to the data collection of the slow channels. We need more investigation.

After the testing, all the processes were restored although it was not so straghtforward. Particularly, c1sus DAC had an error which was
not visible from the CDS Status screen. We noticed it as suspension damping was not effective on any of the vertex suspensions.
This has been solved by restarting c1x02 process.

  11763   Fri Nov 13 22:32:54 2015 KojiSummaryPSLPMC LO degraded, usual ERA-5 replacement, LO recovered

[Yutaro, Koji]

We found that the PMC LO level was fluctuating in a strage way (it was not stable but had many clitches like an exponential decay), we suspected the infamous PMC LO level decay. In fact, in June 2014 when Rana recalibrated the LO level,  the number on the medm screen (C1:PSL-PMC_LO_CALC) was about 11dBm. However, today it was about 6dBm. So we decided to jump in to the 1X1 rack.

The LO and PC outputs of the PMC Crystal module (D980353) were measured to be 6.2dBm and 13.3dBm. Rana reported in ELOG 10160 that it was measured to be 11.5dBm. So apparently the LO level decayed. Unfortunately, there was no record of the PC output level. In any case, we decided to pull the module for the replacement of ERA-5 chips.

Once we opened the box we found that the board was covered by some greasy material. The ERA-5 chip on the LO chain seemed unreasonably brittle. It was destryed during desoldering. We also replaced the ERA-5 chip in the PC chain, just in case. The board was cleaned by the defluxing liquids.

Taking an advatage of this chance, the SMA  cables around the PMC were checked. By removing some of the heat shrinks, suspicious broken shields of the connectors were found. We provided additional solder to repair them.

After the repair, the LO and PC output levels became icreased to 17.0dBm(!) and 13.8dBm, respectively. (Victory)
This LO level is way too much compared to Rana's value. The MEDM LO power adj has little effect and the adj range was 16dBm~17dBm. Therefore we moved the slider to 10, which yields 16dBm out, and added a 5dB attenuator. The measured LO level after the attenuator was measured to be 11.2dBm.

Locking of the PMC was tried and immediately acquired the lock. However, we noticed that the nomoinal gain of 10dB cause the oscillation of the servo. As we already adjusted the LO level to recover the nominal value, we suspeced that the modulation depth could be larger than before. We left the gain at 0dB that doesn't cause the oscillation. It should be noted that the demodulation phase and the openloop gain were optimized. This should be done in the day time as soon as possible.

When the PMC LO repair was completed, the transmission of the PMC got decreased to 0.700V. The input alignment has been adjusted and the transmission level of 0.739V has been recovered.

The IMC lock stretch is not stable as before yet. Therefore, there would still be the issue somewhere else.

Attachment 1: PMC_LO.png
Attachment 2: IMG_2093.JPG
Attachment 3: IMG_2091.JPG
Attachment 4: IMG_2095.JPG
Attachment 5: IMG_2096.JPG
  11762   Fri Nov 13 17:33:39 2015 gautamUpdateLSCg-factor measurements

ROC_ETMY = 59.3 +/- 0.1 m.


I followed a slightly different fitting approach to Yutaro's in an attempt to determine the g-factor of the Y arm cavity (details of which are below), from which I determined the FSR to be 3.932 +/- 0.005 MHz (which would mean the cavity length is 38.12 +/- 0.05 m) and the RoC of ETMY to be 60.5 +/- 0.2 m. This is roughly consistent (within 2 error bars) of the ATF measurement of the RoC of ETMY quoted here.


I set up the problem as follows: we have a bunch of peaks that have been identified as TEM00, TEM10... etc, and from the fitting, we have a bunch of central frequencies for the Lorentzian shapes. The equation governing the spacing of the HOM's from the TEM00 peaks is:

\Delta f_{HOM_{mn}} = \frac{FSR}{\pi} (m+n)cos^{-1}(\sqrt{g_1 \times g_2})

The main differences in my approach are the following:

  1. I attempt to simultaneously find the optimal value of FSR, g1 and g2, by leaving all these as free parameters and defining an objective function that is the norm of the difference between the observed and expected values of \Delta f_{HOM_{mn}} (code in Attachment #1). I then use fminsearch in MATLAB to obtain the optimal set of parameters.
  2. I do not assume that the "unknown" peak alluded to in my previous elog is a TEM40 resonance - so I just use the TEM10, TEM20 and TEM30 peaks. I did so because in my calculations, the separation of these peaks from the TEM00 modes are not consistent with (m+n) = 4 in the above equation. As an aside, if I do impose that the "unknown" peak is a TEM40 peak, I get an RoC of 59.6 +/- 0.3 m.


  1. The error in the optimal set of parameters is just the error in the central positions of the peaks, which is in turn due to (i) error in the calibration of the frequency axis and (ii) error in the fit to each peak. The second of these are negligible, the error in my fits are on the order of Hz, while the peaks themselves are of order MHz, meaning the fractional uncertainty is a few ppm - so (i) dominates.
  2. I am not sure if leaving the FSR as a free parameter like this is the best idea (?) - the FSR and arm length I obtain is substantially different from those reported in elog 9804 - by almost 30cm! However: the RoC estimate does not change appreciably if I do the fitting in a 2 step process: first find the FSR by fitting a line to to the 3 TEM00 peaks (I get FSR = 3.970 +/- 0.017 MHz) and then using this value in the above equation. The fminsearch approach then gives me an RoC of 60.7 +/- 0.3 m



Attachment 1: findGFactor.zip
  11761   Fri Nov 13 15:48:16 2015 gautamUpdateLSCPhase tracker calibration using Rubidium standard

[yutaro, gautam]



I performed a preliminary calibration of the X and Y phase trackers, and found that the slopes of a linear fit of phase tracker output as a function of driven frequency (as measured with digital frequency counter) are 0.7886 +/- 0.0016 and 0.9630 +/- 0.0012 respectively (see Attachments #1 and #2). Based on this, the EPICS calibration constants have been updated. The data used for calibration has also been uploaded (Attachment #4).


Having obtained a working FS725 Rubidium standard and syncing it to out GPS timing unit, I wanted to have one more pass at calibrating the phase tracker output, with the RF signal generator calibrated relative to an 'absolute' source. I also extended the range of frequencies swept over to 15MHz to 110MHz. We found that the phase tracker output appears linear over the entire range scanned, but taking a closer look at the residuals suggested some quadratic structure. Restricting the fitted range to [31MHz 89MHz] yields the following calibration constants for the X and Y arm respectively: 0.9904 +/- 0.0008 and 0.9984 +/- 0.0005. This suggests that out previous calibration was pretty accurate, and that it is valid over a wider range of frequencies, so we could plausibly fit in more FSRs in future scans if necessary. I have not updated these values on the EPICS screens (though judging by how close they are to 1, I wonder if this is even necessary)...


The principle change in the setup compared to that used to collect the data presented in elog 11738 was the addition of the FS725 rubidium standard. As detailed here, I synced the Rubidium standard to our GPS timing unit (this took a while - the manual suggests it should only take minutes, but it took about 10 hours - the two photos in Attachment #1 show the status of the front panel before and after it synced to the external 1PPS input). I then took 10 MHz outputs from the FS725, and ran one to the Fluke 6061A, and the other to the AG4395A. The Fluke 6061 A has a small switch at the back which has to be set to "EXT" in order for it to use the external reference (it has now been returned to the "INT" state). We then connected the output of the signal generator via a 3-way minicircuits splitter to the AG4395A, and the two beat channels. 

I cleared the phase history on the MEDM screen, and set the phase tracker UGF. We then swept through frequencies from 15MHz to 110MHz (using the AG4395 to verify the frequency at each step). I used the following command to record the average value (over 10 seconds) and the standard deviation: z avg 10 -s C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ >> 20151113_PT_X.dat and so on.. The amplitude of the signal generated (i.e. before the splitter) was -18dBm (chosen such that the Q outputs of either phase tracker was between 1000 and 3000), while the gains were ~100 (X) and 50 (Y). I then downloaded the data and fitted it.

Fitting details:

The output of the phase tracker looks roughly linear over the entire range of frequencies scanned - but looking at the residuals, one could say there was some quadratic structure to it (see residual plots in Attachment #2). By looking at the shapes of the residuals, I judged that if we fit in the range [31MHz   89MHz] (for both X and Y), we should see negligible structure in the residuals. Attachment #3 contains the fits and residuals for these fits. One could argue that there is still some structure in the residuals, but is markedly less than over the entire range, and, I think, small enough to be neglected. The calibration constants quoted at the beginning of the elog are from the fits over this range. In principle, we could always break this down into smaller pieces and do a linear fit over that range. But this should allow us to scan through >5 FSRs.

Other remarks:

Since the beat signal also goes to the frequency counter via the couplers, I was also collecting the readouts of the frequency counter. Attachment #5 contains the data collected. It is interesting to note that the FCs fail at ~101 MHz (corresponding to ~6146 Hz after the dividers).

Also, we had taken another dataset last night, but found that there was an anomalous kink in the X phase tracker output at (coincidentally?) 89 MHz (I've attached the data in Attachment #6). I'm not sure why this happened, but this is what led me to take another dataset earlier today (Attachment #4).

Summary of Attachments:

  1. Attachment #1: Photos showing the front panel of the FS725 before and after syncing to the external 1PPS input.
  2. Attachment #2: Fits and residuals over the entire range scanned.
  3. Attachment #3: Fits and residuals over restricted range [31 89] MHz
  4. Attachment #4: Data used for phase tracker calibration.
  5. Attachment #5: Frequency counter data.
Attachment 1: FS725_synced.zip
Attachment 2: PT_calib_plots.zip
Attachment 3: PT_piecewise_fits.zip
Attachment 4: PT_calib_data.zip
Attachment 5: FC_data.zip
Attachment 6: 20151113_PT_X_anomaly.dat.zip
  11760   Fri Nov 13 15:20:24 2015 SteveUpdateSUSOSEMs

Are they oscillating or not ?


The ITMX OSEMS are oscillating.

ETMX, ETMY and MC2 POS _biases are off. Why ?

The Epics MEDMs screens are going blank in  ~3-5 minutes reluctantly.

Attachment 1: OSEMs.png
Attachment 2: POSbiasOFF.png
  11759   Thu Nov 12 16:00:55 2015 ericqUpdateIOOPSL Laser turned back on

We found the PSL laser switched off. Looking at the wall StripTool, it looks like this happened about 4 hours ago. Gautam was working at and around the PSL table, and I suspect he accidently ran into the Big Red Button. 

We turned the laser back on.

  11758   Thu Nov 12 10:47:17 2015 ericqUpdateSUSETMX oplev servo disabled

By looking at the oplev and Vmons before and after a step of 90 counts in SUS-ETMX_PIT_OFFSET, I observe:

  • UL: +1.53mV / urad
  • UR: -1.94mV / urad
  • LR: -1.54mV / urad
  • LL: +1.92mv / urad

The random error associated with these measurements is ~0.02mV

So, the ~7urad urad shift seen in my earlier post would mean a change of around 10mV in the Vmon signals, which isn't evident in the traces. So, this is possibly a piece of evidence in favor of a real mechanical shift, rather than an electronic glitch. 

  11757   Thu Nov 12 10:22:33 2015 SteveUpdatePEMpossible vibration for 4days

Building:         San Pasqual walkway East to West

                  (Between Holliston & Wilson)         


Date:             Thursday 11-12-15 to Wednesday 11-18-15


Time:             Between 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day        


Notification:     Possible Noise Vibration


Contact:          Ken Lewis (626) 298-2037       


* Plumbing contractor will be inspecting and water jetting Storm drains

Type of interruption: (Some vehicle noise and small vibrations limited to close surrounding area)

Areas effected: San Pasqual walkway from Holliston Street to Wilson)

Potential effects: storm drain loss of use

Reason for interruption: Storm drain cleaning in preparation for rainy season


  11756   Thu Nov 12 09:41:02 2015 SteveUpdatePSLPMC

The PMC is not happy and the ITMX UL OSEM is moving too much


Attachment 1: PMC_ITMX.png
  11755   Thu Nov 12 09:15:56 2015 SteveUpdateSUSITMX osems

The ITMX OSEMS are oscillating.

Attachment 1: ITMX.png
  11754   Wed Nov 11 22:50:39 2015 KojiConfigurationCDSSlow machine time&date

I was gazing at the log file for Autolocker script (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/MC/logs/AutoLocker.log )
and found quite old time stamps. e.g.

Old : C1:IOO-MC_VCO_GAIN             1991-08-08 14:36:28.889032 -3
New : C1:IOO-MC_VCO_GAIN             1991-08-08 14:36:36.705699 18
Old : C1:PSL-FSS_FASTGAIN            1991-08-09 19:05:39.972376 14
New : C1:PSL-FSS_FASTGAIN            1991-08-09 19:05:44.939043 18

It was found that the date/time setting of some of the slow machines (at least c1psl and c1iool0) is not correct.
I could not figure out how to fix it.

Question: Is this anything critical?

Another thing: While I was in c1iool0 I frequently saw the message like

c1iool0 > 0xc461f0 (CA event): Events lost, discard count was 514

Is this anything related to EPICS Freeze?

controls@nodus|~ > telnet c1psl.martian
Connected to c1psl.martian.
Escape character is '^]'.
c1psl > date
Aug 09, 1991 19:13:26.439024274
value = 32 = 0x20 = ' '
c1psl >
telnet> q
Connection closed.

controls@nodus|~ > telnet c1iool0.martian
Connected to c1iool0.martian.
Escape character is '^]'.

c1iool0 > date
Aug 08, 1991 14:44:39.755679528
value = 32 = 0x20 = ' '
c1iool0 > 0xc461f0 (CA event): Events lost, discard count was 514
Change MC VCO gain to -3.
0xc461f0 (CA event): Events lost, discard count was 423
Change MC VCO gain to 18.
Change boost gain to 1.
Change boost gain to 2.


  11753   Wed Nov 11 22:11:15 2015 KojiUpdateSUSPSL/IOO maintenance, TM SUS check up


- Before any of the following work, I went to the PSL table and aligned the PMC. In fact, it has not been misaligned.


- It was claimed in the meeting today that the IMC had not been happy thesedays. I checked out what's happening.

- I found the IMC was still well aligned. Autolocker frequently stuck on a weak higher-order mode and couldn't recover TEM00 locking without help.

- I modified /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/MC/mcdown for easier relocking on TEM00.

The MC_REFL_GAIN and MC_VCO_GAIN for relocking was set to be 27 and -3, in stead of 0 and 10, respectively.
This means that REFL_GAIN is not changed before and after the locking. Only VCO_GAIN is lowered for lock acquisition.
The corresponding lines in mcdown are excerpted here.

#set servo and boost gains for re-acquisition
#${ewrite} C1:IOO-MC_REFL_GAIN 0 &
${ewrite} C1:IOO-MC_REFL_GAIN 27 &
#${ewrite} C1:IOO-MC_VCO_GAIN 10 &
${ewrite} C1:IOO-MC_VCO_GAIN -3 &

We still have some chance of locking on higher-order modes. If I jiggle the VCO gain slider from -31 to 0, eventually I find TEM00.
I don't know how to do it in the script yet. For now, I increased tickle amplitude from 300 to 500.




- IMC was locked and aligned with the WFS. The WFS feedback offsets were offloaded to the alignment slider (via the MEDM button as usual).


- I wanted to use ASS. => The OL damping and ASC inputs are enabled for ETMX. The filter bank output of the ASS servos are all turned on.
- The arms were locked and aligned with ASS. The ASS servo offsets were offloaded to the ASC offset sliders (as usual).

- I found the X arm spot positionis moving slowly in pitch. I wanted to know what is causing this.

- Turned off all the OPLEV dampings for the four test masses.
- Took the power spectra of the OSEM output (e.g. C1:SUS-ITMX_LLSEN_OUT)

See attachment 1 (The DTT XML file can be found as /users/koji/151111/TM_SUS.xml )

- It seems that something is wrong with ITMX UL OSEM
  The signal level seems to be identical with the others. However, the noise level is huge. We need to check if the cable connection is OK.

- ITMY LL shows remarkably higher bounce mode although I can't tell if this is normal or not.

- The OPLEV dampings have been restored.

Attachment 1: TM_SUS.pdf
Attachment 2: TM_SUS_SD.pdf
  11752   Wed Nov 11 14:06:09 2015 ranaUpdateSUSETMX oplev servo disabled

How many volts does it take to pitch the ETM by 5 urad?

ELOG V3.1.3-