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  11711   Fri Oct 23 21:58:10 2015 ranaUpdateSUSMC2 F2P mis-tuned

The OSEMs cannot be used for coil balancing above ~10 Hz. The main coupling path from OSEM drive to sensor is not through the mirror motion, but instead direct electrical coupling of the drive wires to the sensing wires.sad

I put this in the elog every ~1-2 years since people keep trying it, but it keeps coming back like a zombie.crying

Better to use the MC angular sensors for L2A decoupling. Not perfect, but better than OSEMs. For the TMs we can use the OLs.

  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?

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  11807   Wed Nov 25 04:24:21 2015 ranaUpdateIOOLO level check for the IMC demod board

Hmmm. Very non-standard demod. From the photo, looks like someone did some surgery with the attenuators (AT1, AT2, AT3) in the LO path. (might be me from a long time ago).

-8 dBm input to a circuit is a not a low noise situation. It would be best to remove the amplifiers in the I&Q paths and just have a single amplifier in the main path. Ideally we want the LO to never go below -3 dBm and certainly not below 0 dBm while outside of the board.

I doubt that all of the LSC demods were modified in this way - this one ought to get some sharpie or stickers to show its difference.

  11812   Wed Nov 25 20:07:35 2015 ranaUpdateIOOLO level check for the IMC demod board

Perhaps we can replace T1 with a mini-circuits hybrid 0-90 deg splitter and then remove the trim caps. (JSPQ-80, JYPQ-30, SCPQ-50)

  11821   Sun Nov 29 05:23:57 2015 ranaUpdateLSCCurrent state of the frequency source, and possible improvement

I need some more hints to understand the improvement, although its generally good to re-build it considering the sad state of the assembly/installation that you found.

I see that the current design brings the 11 MHz signal to -2 dBm before intering the first ZHL-2+, but since that has a NF of 9 dB, that seems to only degrade the phase noise to -2 - (-174 +9) = -163 dBc. That seems OK since we only need -160 dBc from this system. Probably the AM noise is worse than this already (we should remember to hook up a simple AM stabilizer in 2016, as well as the ISS).

What else are the main features of this improvement? I can reward a good summary with some Wagonga.

  11842   Thu Dec 3 06:15:38 2015 ranaUpdateOptical LeversCalibration of oplevs for ITMX/ETMX


Let Loren help you make your Oplev data readable to humans.cool

  11869   Wed Dec 9 23:16:13 2015 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNodus security

NDS2 and the usual ports so that we can use optimus as a comsol server.



I don't think there are any other ports we need open, but I could be wrong. Let me know if I broke something you need!


  11892   Fri Dec 18 17:37:04 2015 ranaUpdateLSCUncooperative AUX X

Here's how we should diagnose the EX laser:

  1. Compare IR RIN of laser out to 100 kHz with that of another similar NPRO.
  2. Look at time series of IR beat signal with a fast scope. Are there any high frequency glitches?
  3. Disconnect all of the cables to the EX laser PZT and temperature control. Does the frequency noise change?
  4. Change the temperature by +/- 1 deg to move away from mode hop regions. Remeasure RIN and frequency noise and plot.
  11899   Wed Dec 23 03:27:04 2015 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsLHO EPICS slow down


This LHO log indicates that EPICS slow down could be due to NFS activity. Could we make some trend of NFS activity on Chiara and then see if it correlates with EPICS flatlines?

I wonder if our EPICS issues frequency is correlated to the Chiara install.

  11900   Wed Dec 23 15:43:02 2015 ranaSummaryPSLPMC FSS IMC RF summing box

The EOM upstream of the PMC is used as the phase corrector for the FSS/IMC servo. It is also used to apply the 35.5 MHz PDH RF sidebands for the PMC locking. There is a Pomona box which is used to merge the two signals onto a single cable for the EOM.

Does this circuit make sense to anyone?

Attachment 1: PMCFSSsummingBox.png
  11901   Wed Dec 23 16:15:47 2015 ranaOmnistructureALARMfire alarm

Fire alarm went off several minutes ago. Talked to security and they said there was no fire. It beeped twice again just now. No one has been working on the IFO today.

  11910   Tue Jan 5 13:17:06 2016 ranaUpdateLSCAUX X Freq Noise attempt

The problem here is that the MC displacement noise is leading to large frequency excursions of the PSL beam. Options

  1. Feed back the low frequency PLL control signal to the MC2 length to suppress the excursion required by the Marconi. This is better than driving the laser, since the drive to the laser would be squashed by the MC locking loop.
  2. Put the beat signal through a divider? Don't know if this makes the Marconi more able to handle it.
  3. Turn on the MCL path. this will make the low frequency MC error signal go to the MC length, thereby reducing the low frequency feedback to the NPRO.
  11913   Tue Jan 5 17:19:57 2016 ranaUpdatesafetyRat trap locations

In the modern times, people use glue traps to catch rats instead of springs. They are less hazardous to people and don't spread rat fluid on the floor.

  11922   Fri Jan 8 20:02:49 2016 ranaUpdateLSCAUX Y Freq Noise measured

Unless this is the limit from the way you guys set up the PLL, it seems like there's no difference between the two lasers that's of any import. So then the locking problem has been something else all along - perhaps its noise in the X-PDF lock somehow? PDH box oscillations?

  11934   Thu Jan 14 18:41:36 2016 ranaUpdateWienerFilteringNoise Subtraction Puzzler

Just not just pedagogical !  Freq domain MISO coherence based subtraction estimation is much faster than calculating MISO WF. And since each bin is independent of each other, this gives us an estimate of how low the noise can go, whereas the Wiener filter is limited by Kramers-Kronig. We should be able to use this on the L1 DARM channel to do the noise hunting as well as estimating the subtraction efficacy of the pseudo channels that you and Rory come up with.

If you can code up a noise hunter example using DARM + a bunch of aux channels, we could implement it in the summary pages code.

  11942   Thu Jan 21 18:34:04 2016 ranaUpdateLSCPSL and AUX-X temperatures changed

Is the black ref spectrum from this year or from May of 2015 or ?

I wonder if the noise is a bunch of fast spikes or if its a true broadband rumble. Maybe we can tell by looking at the analog DFD or PLL outputs?

  11947   Fri Jan 22 18:46:03 2016 ranaUpdateGreen LockingAUX-X AM/PM investigations

The PDA photodetectors are DC coupled, so you cannot use them to go directly into the analyzer. Must use the DC block so that you can reduce the input attenuation on the B channel and then lower the drive amplitude.

Good policy for TF measurements: drive as softly as you can and still measure in a reasonable amount of time, but no softer than that.

  11954   Wed Jan 27 20:51:00 2016 ranaUpdatePEMETMX floor vs table noise

I didn't really appreciate this measurement until just now. IF you can save the DTT .xml file with all the traces in it (i.e. NOT just the plots), we should save this data for comparison plotting later. Perhaps Gautam can post the gzipped xml file for you into the log.

The accelerometers don't read any real noise below ~3 Hz, so we can't judge the difference down low, but this seems like a good measurement in the 5 - 100 Hz band.yes

  11962   Fri Jan 29 16:55:27 2016 ranaUpdateGreen LockingInnolight laser is 10 years old

I don't think there's any evidence that the noise eater is bad. That would change the behavior of the relaxation oscillation which is at 1 MHz ?

  12022   Sat Mar 5 10:37:48 2016 ranaUpdateIOOPSL Laser Opened

Sorry, that was me; taking some photos of the PSL and EX mirrors.


PSL Table doors were open, and the laser shutter was closed.

Doors have been closed, laser has been opened. 


  12027   Tue Mar 8 18:22:20 2016 ranaUpdateGreen LockingLaser swap - some improvement

Why is the transmission of X green so low? Perhaps you can phase lock the IR and then scan the X frequency, using the X arm as the analyzer. i.e. put a slow ramp into MC2 to pull the PSL frquency and thus the green frequency. You can record a movie of the scan using the framegrabber and record the green transmission peaks to see how big the mode match is exactly (which modes are so big)

  12030   Thu Mar 10 16:32:45 2016 ranaUpdateendtable upgradeInventory check

Its not a good idea to use green mounts with green lasers. Steve should be able to get another copy of the EY doubler mount made up if we really don't have another one sitting in the Manasa end table box which Koji mentioned.

  12032   Sat Mar 12 22:23:37 2016 ranaSummaryIOOPMC relocked

Found it locked on TEM01 mode.

Sweets in the fridge for non-PhD holders, courtesy of the highest levels of Caltech.

  12048   Fri Mar 25 23:54:04 2016 ranaUpdatePEMGuralp Seismometers

Something seems not right. The Guralp response should be flat in velocity from 0.05-30 Hz. Why is there any feature at 1 Hz? Saturation of some kind?

  12092   Wed Apr 27 09:45:56 2016 ranaUpdateSUSspare SOS tower

Bah, we need ruby slippers for all future suspensions. Prism with curved backside and smooth grooves.

No aluminum, no cry.


Earth quake stops need viton tips.

Wirestandoffs are still aluminum.


  12093   Wed Apr 27 14:06:31 2016 ranaSummaryGeneralmeeting notes
  1. Gautam will get help from Johannes and finish EX table by Monday.
  2. Steve will spend a day this week with Johannes on Green Monster bakeout.
  3. Q to analyzed green PDH servo and design demod low pass. Should we use the double LC notches to notch the 2f product? What's the demod filter attenuation requirement?
  4. Koji will make a drawing of the ruby suspension standoff prism and post into the elog so that Steve can get some quotes next week.
  5. Rana to implement 40m configuration in FOGprime17 and analyze RoC matching of ETMs. Get Antonio's help to analyzed SRC stability. Maybe use PyKat and Finesse since Antonio knows that stuff.
  6. Give OCXO boxes to WB refcav people. Rana get Rich to make another couple of boxes for 40m PMC, FSS, IMC.
  7. Rana/Koji get EKG to make specs and procure some new folding mirrors for the PRC/SRC. Make them a bit concave and dichroic.
  12098   Thu Apr 28 18:53:05 2016 ranaUpdateLSCGreen PDH demod lowpass

OK - but give us a circuit diagram and the expected before/after loop plots. Got to make sure we keep the right impedance from PD to mixer. Some of the Thorlabs PDs have a 50 Ohm instead of 0 Ohm source impedance. Maybe you can try it out now since the green arm is ready.

  12102   Mon May 2 17:06:58 2016 ranaSummaryCOCG&H optics to Fullerton/HWS for anneal testing

Steve sent 4 of our 1" diameter G&H HR mirrors to Josh Smith at Fullerton for scatter testing. Attached photo is our total stock before sending.

Attachment 1: 20160427_182305.jpg
  12103   Mon May 2 17:11:55 2016 ranaUpdateCOCRC folding mirrors

Antonio/Gautam are now developing a more up to date Finesse model of our recycling cavities to see what we can have there before our power recycling gain or cavity geometric stability is compromised. Expect that we will here a progress report on the model on Wednesday.

Some thoughts:

  1. RC folding mirrors need to be dichroic to allow green beams to get out.
  2. We should look at the specs Jamie used to get the RC folding mirrors last time and figure out what went wrong / what specs to change.
  3. T_1064 < 100 ppm. Hopefully < 50 ppm.
  4. On the AR side, we mainly want low AR for green, but nothing special for 1064, since that's taken care of by the HR.
  5. How much should we wedge these things?
  6. Should the wedge be horizontal?
  7. Can we get someone in Downs to update the optical layout?
  8. What microroughness do we need?
  9. The mirrors must be flat, with the  500 m < RoC < 100 km. Part of the Finesse modeling is to figure out what happens if the RoC is in the 300 - 1000 m range. Better stability?
  12108   Thu May 5 14:05:01 2016 ranaUpdateendtable upgradeALS status update

All seems very fishy. Its not good to put attenuators and filters in nilly-willy.

  1. Once the post-PD bandpass has been designed and constructed, you should be able to use whatever PD gain setting gives you the best SNR. There's no need to use more PD gain than necessary; it just reduces the PD bandwidth. What is the input referred current noise of the PD at the different gain settings?
  2. The open loop mixer output *should* be very large. It should be reduced to mV only when the loop is closed.
  3. The better way to estimate the modulation depth is to lock the arm on red as usual and then scan the EX laser and look at the green transmission. The FSR is 3.7 MHz, so the SBs should show up well in a narrow scan around the carrier.
  4. I guess its going to be tough to impedance match the splitter box to the NPRO PZT, since its impedance is all over the place at 200-300 kHz, but you could put a 50 Ohm in-line terminator in there somewhere?
  5. The Bode plot seems to indicate that we could easily get a 10 kHz UGF and then switch on a Boost. Is the remote Boost switch disabled or always ON? I am suspicious of the plot and think that the coarse trace is probably missing some sharp resonances which will sneakily bite you.
  12111   Fri May 6 19:08:52 2016 ranaUpdateLSCGreen PDH demod lowpass

Seems weird to design a PD lowpass with a corner at the modulation frequency. Recall what our strategy is with the other photodetectors we use for PDH servos: bandpass, not low-pass, and the band has to be wide enough to not effect the phase of the servo.

  12113   Sun May 8 08:39:21 2016 ranaUpdateLSCGreen PDH demod lowpass

Indeed. This is why the LSC PDs have a 2f notch in addition to the 1f resonance. In recent versions, we also put a 2f notch in the feedback of the preamp which comes after the diode but before the mixer. The overall 1f to 2f ratio that we get is in the 50-60 dB region. I don't think we have to go that far with this thing; having a double LC already seems like it should be pretty good, or we could have a single LC bandpass with a 2f notch all in one Pomona box.

  12178   Tue Jun 14 16:53:16 2016 ranaUpdateSUSETMX watch

What about ETMY? and are these really microradians or just some made up cal?

  12193   Thu Jun 16 18:42:12 2016 ranaUpdateCOCContrast as a function of RoC of ETMX

That sounds weird. frownIf the ETMY RoC is 60 m, why would you use 57.6 m in the simulation? According to the phase map web page, it really is 60.2 m.

  12197   Mon Jun 20 01:38:04 2016 ranaUpdateCOCContrast as a function of RoC of ETMX

So, it seems that changing the ETMX for one of the spares will change the contrast defect from ~0.1% to 0.9%. True? Seems like that might be a big deal.

  12210   Wed Jun 22 08:40:42 2016 ranaUpdateLSCY arm @ 30kHz UGF w/POY, AO

Below 100 Hz, I suppose this means that the X arm is now limited by the quadrature sum of the X and Y arm seismic noise.

  12214   Sun Jun 26 15:27:28 2016 ranaFrogsIOOPMC /MC lopced

Found PMC unlocked for many hours so I relocked it. IMC relocked by itself, but the input switch seems to be flickering to fast. Also the Keep Alive bit is not flashing. no

  12245   Tue Jul 5 19:10:41 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralVent progress

I'd suggest clamping and moving it to the flow bench so you can inspect with a bright light. Then remove the wire and inspect the standoff, but hurry up with getting it in the soak bath so you can start on the cleaning of the other ones.

I wonder if we're really sure that its a mechanical problem with ETMX.

Gautam tells me that the local damping was always ON when looking for the jumps. This means that the coil driver was still hooked up and we can't rule out glitches in the DAC or the coil driver.

The UL OSEM shows the biggest movement (10 microns). The LR shows the second most (6-7 microns). The others are 2x less. So its consistent with a voltage change on UL,

Is this consistent with a slip in one of the wire standoffs? I think no.


Attachment 1: jumpEvent20151105.png
  12286   Sun Jul 10 18:20:39 2016 ranaUpdateElectronicsAntialiasing Filter Update

Comments on the schematic:

  1. Only the instrumentation amp should be made up of the ADA4004. Not the whitening parts.
  2. Please think about the front panel design and make a drawing of the front and back panels. Power connectors, indicators, switches, etc. Take a look at some of our existing 1U rack electronics to see what standard arrangements are. Add a front and back panel drawing to the elog.
  3. The whitening and anti-aliasing opamps can all be OP27 SOIC-8 for now. Later, if we need better noise performance or speed we can use faster opamps.
  4. There should be a 3rd stage of AA. Each of the exisitng stages (U5, U6) can only be second order and we want the option to have a 6th order low pass.
  5. There should be 100 nF decoupling capacitors on the power pins of all the single opamps.
  6. There is a low noise power daugther board made by Ben Abbott which you can use on the DCC. It should accept the direct power connector from the back panel and supply regulated power to the board.
  7. Take care to update the lower right hand corner info box with updated drawing version #'s and author name.
  8. The MAX4158 is 16 years old. It may be good if you can find a newer parts so it doesn't go obsolete.
  9. All of the R & C on the board should be sized 1206 for the SMD.
  10. For the whitening and AA filtering stages, we want the capability to use larger size parts (e.g. the red WIMA caps that are in the blue spinny box). So you will have to use larger footprints for those.
  11. The resistors should all be 0.1% thin film or metal film.
  12330   Mon Jul 25 12:22:18 2016 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFinished MEDM Tab on Summary Pages

Looks pretty great. However, there's two problems:

1) Some of the MEDM screens don't show the time. You can fix this by editing the screens and copy/paste from screens which have working screens.

2) The snapshot script seems to not grab the full MEDM screen sometimes.

These are not a very big deal, so you can get the microphones working first and we can take care of this afterwards.

  12332   Mon Jul 25 13:47:19 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - progress

Ugh. frown

Steve, please look into getting some plated magnets (either SmCo or NdFeB is OK) of this size so that we can install cleaner magnets by the next vent.

  12343   Wed Jul 27 16:56:47 2016 ranaMetaphysicsSUSBroken wire

For the rest of this vent, at least, we need to start using the EQ stops more frequently. Whenever the suspension is being worked on clamp the optic. When you need it to be free back off the stops, but only by a few hundred microns - never more than a millimeter.

Best to take our time and use the stops often. With all the magnets being broken off, its not clear now how many partially cracked glue joints we have on dumbells which didn't completely fall off.

  12350   Thu Jul 28 22:43:03 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralETMY UL magnet broke off

I'd recommend replacing the wire and grinding down the clamp to prevent cutting the wire. Since we have almost never replaced clamps, many of them probably have grooves from the wires and can make unpleasant cuts. Better safe than sorry in this case.

  12358   Sun Jul 31 17:28:38 2016 ranaOmnistructureGeneralupclean

I cleaned up the south Electronics bench today.

The other two, as well as several of the desks are in some chaotic state of degradationno. Please clean up your areas and put away projects which do not need to remain staged for several months. Try to eliminate "that's not mine" and "I don't know who's that is" from your vocabulary.  angry Fight back against entropy!

  12361   Mon Aug 1 20:09:37 2016 ranaUpdateCDSDAFI Update

I found the DAFI screen as a button inside of the LSC screen - I think its more logically found from the sitemap, so I'll move it into there as well.


1) I have added the status summary of the DAFI block to the main FE status overview screen in the c1lsc cloumn. (attachment 1)

2) I have edited all the kissel matrix buttons appropriately, and given them appropriate lables. (attachment 2)

Gautam and I noticed a 60 Hz + harmonics hum which comes from the DAFI. Its the noisiest thing in the control room. It goes away when we unplug the fiber coming into the control room FiBox receiver, so its not a ground loop on this end. Probably a ground loop at the LSC rack.

Upon further investigation we notice that the Fibox at the LSC rack had its gain turned all the way up to +70 dB. This seemed too much, we reduced it to ~20 (?) so that we could use more of the DAC range.  Also, it is powered by a AC/DC converter plugged in to the LSC rack power strip. We cannot use this for a permanent install - must power the FiBox using the same power supplies as are used for the LSC electronics. Probably we'll have to make a little box that takes the fused rack power of 15 V and turns it into +12 V with a regulator (max current of 0.15 A). Making sure that the FiBox doesn't pollute the rest of the LSC stuff with its nasty internal DC-DC converters.

We also put a high pass in the output filter banks of DAFI. For the PEM channels we put in a 60 Hz comb. WE then routed the Y-end Guralp in through the boxes and out the output, mostly bypassing the frequency shifting and AGC. It seems that there is still a problem with GUR2.

Does anyone know which one is GUR1 and which one is GUR2? I don't remember the result of the Guralp cable switching adventures - maybe Koji or Steve does. According to the trend it was totally dead before March and in March it became alive enough for us to see ~30 ADC counts of action, so way smaller than GUR111 or GUR snoopy or whatever its called.

  12371   Thu Aug 4 10:57:58 2016 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNODUS update / restarts underway

Usual Ubuntu apt-get upgrades; long delayed but now happening.

ELOG V3.1.3-