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  12396   Wed Aug 10 19:37:08 2016 gautamUpdateElectronicsMic Amplifier

In order to help Praful do his huddle test, I have temporarily arranged for the outputs of the 3 channels he wants to monitor to be acquired as DQ channels at 2048 Hz by editing the C1PEM model. No prior DQ channels were set up for the microphones. Data collected overnight should be sufficient for Praful's analysis, so we can remove these DQ channels from C1PEM before committing the updated model to the svn. There is in fact a filter that is enabled for these microphone channels that claims to convert the amplified microphone output to Pascals, but it is just a gain of 0.0005. 

In the long term, once we install microphones around the IFO, we can update C1PEM to reflect the naming conventions for the microphones as is appropriate.

  12395   Wed Aug 10 18:10:26 2016 PrafulUpdateElectronicsMic Amplifier

I set up 3 of my circuits in the interferometer near MC2 to do a huddle test. I have the signals from my microphones going into C1:PEM-MIC_1_IN1, C1:PEM-MIC_2_IN1, and C1:PEM-MIC_3_IN1. These are channels C17-C19. Here are some pictures of my setup:

I'll likely be collecting data from this for a couple of hours. Please don't touch it for now- it should be gone soon. There are some wires running along the floor near MC2 as well.

  12394   Wed Aug 10 17:30:26 2016 Max IsiUpdateGeneralSummary pages status
Summary pages are currently empty due to a problem with the code responsible for locating frame files in the cluster. This should be fixed soon and the
pages should go back to normal automatically at that point. See Dan Kozak's email below for details.

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:28:50 -0700
From: Dan Kozak <dkozak@ligo.caltech.edu>

> Dan, maybe it's a gw_data_find problem?

Almost certainly that's the problem. The diskcache program that finds
new data died on Saturday and no one noticed. I couldn't restart it,
but fortunately it's author just returned from several weeks vacation
today. Smile He's working on it and I'll let you know when it's back up.

Dan Kozak
  12393   Wed Aug 10 17:20:16 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralSeismometer channel names changed

[ericq, Lydia]

We changed the seismometer channel names from, e.g. C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR1_X to C1:PEM-SEIS_EY_X.

  • GUR1 referred to the seismometer at the Y end, GUR2 referred to the seismometer at the X end, and STS1 referred to the seismometer at the vertex. These have been renamed EY, EX, and BS respectively in all channel and filter names. 
  • The models for c1pem and c1oaf were changed in Simulink. The DAQ boxes were also updated with the new names. The script which forcibly renames channels saved to disk was edited to no longer refer to the GUR1, GUR2 etc channels. Going along with what Rana suggested we decided not to change the names of the renamed channels this way when saving, so the data saved from the seismometers can be found under e.g. C1:PEM-SEIS_EY_X_OUT_DQ. 
  • The filter files generated by Foton were changed to reflect the new channel names. 
  • We compiled the changes to the models and restarted the models on the relevant machines (c1lsc for the c1oaf model and c1sus for the c1pem model). c1sus_aux was down so we manually restarted it to turn off the watchdogs as a precaution before putting too much strain on c1sus. 
  • The MEDM screens now show the correct information, relabeled with the new names under PEM-RMS. 
  • The striptool display projected on the wall now shows the appropriate C1:PEM-RMS_BS channels and has been renamed to "SeismicRainbowBS.strip" 
  • We verivied that the new channels can be accessed live and the data from the DQ channels is saved to disk. 
  • After the changes were complete, we attempted to commiting to svn (the commit also included bringing the MEDM screen files into version control.) However the svn server was taking a long time to respond, so we will try again tomorrow to commit the file changes. 
  • There are still some lefotver unused channels with name sinculding STS_2 and STS_3 that refer to seismomters we no longer use. We left these alone. 

Summary of new channel names:

C1:PEM-RMS_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z} followed by the same filtering options as before, e.g. _BP_1_3_OUT

C1:PEM-SEIS_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z}_{EXC, IN1, IN2, OUT, or OUT_DQ} 

C1:OAF-WIT_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z}_{EXC, IN1, IN2, or OUT} 


  12392   Wed Aug 10 15:34:24 2016 SteveUpdateSUS6 in-lbs torque driver for wire clamp screw

The 7.5 in-lb of Wiha seems at the upper end of torque range for a 4-40 SS screw

Wiha 28502 ordered with range 5 -10 in-lb for silver plated 4-40 screws

Do not trust the Venzo torque wrench under 2 Nm ! It miss lead me.

Recommended torque values for silver-plated fasteners are here. For aLIGO we use the guidelines in T1100066-v6, This doc is posted in 40m wiki under Mechanics also.

So, we'll use 6 in-lbs  on silver plated 18-8 stainless steel socket head cap screw 4-40 x 3/8 into SS tower bridge.

Please replace these clamp screws every time if they were tightened without a torque wrench.


New Wiha 28504 torque wrench for SOS wire clamping. It's range 7.5  - 20 in-lb in 0.5 steps [ 0.9 - 2.2 Nm ] Audible and perceptible click when the pre-set torque has been attained at ±6% accuracy.  

The new ETMX sus wire torqued to ~ 11.5 in-lb [1.3 Nm ]


Gautam and Steve,

The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.

Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.




  12391   Wed Aug 10 10:32:44 2016 SteveUpdateSEIworking Guralps as they are

The saga has started here  We have to give credit to the Boss who fixed it. The seismometers themself are not labeled yet.

Atm6  added on 8-12-2016   EX needed to be centered

Thanks to Max for the nice plost at summery pages


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  12390   Wed Aug 10 03:08:03 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up

[lydia, gautam]

Rana felt it was alright to use the wire clamp and suspension cage in its existing condition for checking the ETMY magnet-OSEM coil alignment. So we set about trying to re-suspend ETMY. The summary of our attempts:

  • Transferred optic from magnet gluing rig to the suspension cage
  • Adjusted bottom EQ stops till the scribe lines on both sides were at 5.5" as verified with the microscope
  • Looped cleaned length of wire around optic, attached free ends to winches, placed the wires under light tension by finger-pulling the slack out
  • Lowered the bottom EQ stops
  • Winched the optic to the right height
  • Clamped the wire with the only wire clamp on this variant of the suspension cage. We used the same torque wrench at the same torque setting as was successful for ETMX. But after removing the winches, and releasing the face EQ stops, the optic seems to have sagged a lot - it now touches all the bottom EQ stops, and the more I lower it, the more it seems to come down. Perhaps it is the effect of the wire grooves in the cage, or that the wire-clamp itself is slightly different from the piece used on the ETMX cage, but 1.3Nm of torque doesn't seem to have tightened the wire clamp sufficiently
  • We can still probably salvage the situation by re-attaching the winches to the top of the cage, setting the optic to the right height again, and clamping the wire clamp with more torque (as this is just a check to see that the reglued magnet configuration is compatible with the OSEM coil positions on the cage). Before air baking the cage, we will have the old wire grooves removed, and then suspend the optic with a fresh loop of wire after the bake
  • We could not check the magnet-OSEM alignment because of the slipping of the wire through the clamp. We decided against pushing on tonight
  • Optic is currently in the cage, resting on the bottom EQ stops and with all face EQ stops within 1mm of the optic. The OSEM coils have not been inserted into the holders

Regarding the vacuum bake of the optics: why do we want to do this again? Koji mentioned that the EP30-2 curing process does not require a bake, and there is also no mention of requiring a vacuum bake in the EP30-2 gluing guide. Is there any other reason for us to vacuum bake the optic?

  12389   Tue Aug 9 19:35:49 2016 ranaUpdateSEIboth Guralp seismometers are functioning and being acquired

After some cable swapping, we now have both Guralp seismometers running and the times series and spectra look similar to each other and motley blushhealthy.

Bean and I took a look at the whole situation today. Ben had nicely fixed the Dsub end of the EX cable (the EY one is still just a sad joke), After installing this newly fixed cable, we still saw no signals. There was some confusion in the control room about using the MED displays to diagnose seismometers: flickering MEDM values cannot be used for this. It would be like checking a pizza box temperature to determine if the pizza is any good.

  1. Although the +/- 12V LEDs on the front panel are dim, we confirmed that the produce 11.94V even when loaded with a seismometer. So its a LED circuit problem not a power problem.
  2. We were able to inject signals into the front panel with a breakout board and see them in DV for Input 1, but not Input 2.
  3. After Ben left, I kept poking around and found that the Guralp chassis output gets broken out into 3x3 BNC cables before going to the PEM BNC panel (and then on to the PEM ADC). This is where the problem was.
  4. The Input #3 BNC cables were connected to the long cables going to the 'GUR2' channels of the PEM. The Input#2 BNC cables were connected to some short BNC cables that were just hanging from the rack. So, somewhere during the debugging of the past N months, someone plugged this in wrong and didn't notice or forgot to switch it back. So all of the tests using DV or DTT or MEDM since that time have been invalid.


Tomorrow, Lydia is going to change all of the labels and channel names. The new names will be EX & EY to prevent this kind of huge waste of time with channel name swapping. That means no more illegal names with the label maker, Steve.

From the spectrum you can see that the EX seismometer (GUR2) is still not centered or at least its oscillating at 245 Hz for some reason. This should go away after some power cycling or recentering using the magic wand.

I noticed some anomalies in the mechanical setups at the ends:

  1. Some junk has been stored on top of the EX seismometer. Please never, even temporarily, store your power supplies, tools, or donutsfrown on top of the vibration sensitive sensors. Just put it on the floor and improve your carma.
  2. The EY seismometer has some fishy wires being fished between the can and the rubber seal. This is verboten. That seal must be flush to prevent pressure fluctuations and wires in there will ruin the smooth contact permanently. Temperature sensor wires must go through the grantie block feed-through or else its pointless.
  3. The flimsy insulation on the EY seismo is waay toooo mickey mouse. Real thermal insulation should be done using the yellow foam that Jenne used for the seismo huddle test. This flimsy silvery stuff is OK for making hats and mittens and beer cozy's, but its not research grade foam.
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  12388   Tue Aug 9 16:19:27 2016 SteveUpdateSUStorque driver for wire clamp

New Wiha 28504 torque wrench for SOS wire clamping. It's range 7.5  - 20 in-lb in 0.5 steps [ 0.9 - 2.2 Nm ] Audible and perceptible click when the pre-set torque has been attained at ±6% accuracy.  

The new ETMX sus wire torqued to ~ 11.5 in-lb [1.3 Nm ]


Gautam and Steve,

The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.

Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.



  12387   Tue Aug 9 15:50:30 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralGuralp Cable

The Guralp cable has been reconnected and powered after having the connector changed out.

  12386   Tue Aug 9 15:27:57 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up

The pickle pickers came off nicely and both magnets seem to be glued on okay. The alignment of the face magnets look pretty good, but we will only really know once we suspend the mirror, check the pitch balance, and put in the OSEM coils.

I brought the ETMY suspension tower + OSEM coils out of the vacuum chamber into the cleanroom. Given that the old wire had a pretty sharp kink in it, I removed it with the intention of suspending the optic with a new length of wire. I noticed a few potential problems:

Attachment #1 - ETMY tower is different from ETMX tower: 

  • The ETMY suspension seems to be of an older generation - it does not have the the two secondary wire clamps. 
  • The top piece was attached to the body of the tower using non-silver-plated screws. Steve tells me this is the wrong type, and we can switch these out when we put it back together.
  • The wire clamp itself doesn't have much of a groove from the wire. But the wires have made asymmetric grooves in the tower itself (the left groove is deeper than the right as seen in Attachment #1), that are clearly visible. Should we get these grooves removed before attempting re-suspension? How do we want to remove it? Steve thinks the best option is to send it to the shop for milling, as there is hardly any room to rub sandpaper along the piece because of the pins, and these pins don't come out. 
  • Or do we just not care about these grooves for now, if we are planning to use new wire anyways after air-baking the towers? 
  • Steve thinks we should have a few spares of these top blocks handy (the latest version, with the secondary clamps), he wants to know if we should place an order for these (we already have 10 spare wire clamp pieces available for if/when we need them)

Attachment #2 - the base of the tower is significantly rusty:

  • A few wipes with an acetone soaked rag yielded quite a lot of rust
  • Steve thinks this is because the wrong type of stainless steel was used
  • Does this have to do with the cage being of an older variety? After a few vigorous wipes, no more rust came off, but the rusting process will presumably keep generating new rust? Is this a concern? Do we want to change this piece before putting the tower back in?

I am holding off on attempting to re-suspend the optic for now, until we decide if the old wire grooves need to be removed or not. If we are okay with re-using the same piece as is, or if we are okay with using sandpaper and not the machine shop to remove the grooves, I will resume the re-suspension process. 

Eric suggested another alternative, which is to use the old ETMX tower. I don't recall it being rusted, but this has to be checked again. The other problem of the wire-grooves would possibly still be an issue.

Regarding the vacuum bake of the ETMs, Bob tells us that the best case scenario we are looking at is September.


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  12385   Tue Aug 9 13:53:57 2016 babbottUpdateSEIlong Guralp EX cable repaired on the D-sub side

I checked out the cable that I took from you, and all of the connections looked right.  The only thing I did notice was that some of the soldered wires on the 37-pin connector had gotten hot enough to melt their insulation, and potentially short together.  I cut off that connector, and left it on your desk to check out.  I put on a new connector, and checked the pinout.  If the Guralps still doesn't work, we'll have to check out other possibilities.

  12384   Tue Aug 9 00:44:43 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up


Given that ETMX looks to be in good shape and the optic and suspension tower are ready for vacuum and air bakes respectively, I set about re-gluing the knocked off magnet of ETMY. In my previous elog, I had identified the knocked off magnet as the UL magnet. But in fact, it was the LR magnet that broke off. This is actually one of the magnets that was knocked off when Johannes was removing the optic from the vacuum chamber. I have edited the old elog accordingly. 

Step 1: Removing epoxy residue

  • I used the teflon+glass rig Steve put together for this purpose
  • After soaking for ~2 hours in acetone, I was able to remove approximately half of the ring residue by lightly pushing with a wipe.
  • The other half wouldn't budge so I let it soak for another 4 hours
  • After 6 hours of soaking, I was able to get all of the epoxy residue off - it doesn't simply dissolve in the acetone, I had to push a little with one of the cotton-tipped paddles in the cleanroom
  • I gave the portion exposed to acetone a quick drag wipe with isopropanol. I didn't spend too much time trying to clean the AR side given that we will be using first contact anyways.
  • I have not touched the HR side for now, even though a small portion of it was exposed to acetone. While cleaning the HR face with first contact, this portion can be inspected and cleaned if necessary

Step 2: Putting the optic in the magnet gluing jig

  • I transferred the optic to the magnet gluing jig
  • Given that we weren't touching any side magnets, I reasoned I did not have to go through the elaborate shimming routine to account for the wedge of the optic that we had to do in the recent past
  • However, I did not think to put a thicker teflon spacer on the lower side of the wedge, and as a result, I knocked off the UR magnet as well as the jig did not have sufficient clearance
  • Fortunately, the UR magnet came off cleanly, there was hardly any epoxy residue left on the optic. The UR magnet was NOT one of the magnets knocked off by Johannes while removing the optic from the vacuum chamber
  • I gave the area formerly occupied by the UL magnet 3-4 wipes with acetone and then 1-2 wipes with isopropanol
  • At this stage, I proceeded to re-insert the magnet-gluing jig. I used the two scribe lines on the outer side of the jig to fix the rotation of the jig, and used the remaining two attached face magnets to fix the overall position of the jig (by centering these magnets relative to the apertures on the jig). In order to center well, I had to unscrew the stuck silver plated screw on the jig by 1 turn
  • Having arranged the jig satisfactorily, I proceeded to remove epoxy residue off the dumbbell of the recently knocked off UL magnet using first a razor blade, then sandpaper and finally made some new grooves with a razor blade. I then cleaned the surface of the dumbbell to be in contact with the optic with isopropanol. All of this was done for the LR magnet two weeks ago right after it was knocked off

Step 3: Gluing the magnets

  • I prepared the magnets in the pickle pickers
  • I discarded 1 full squeeze of the epoxy after it reached the tip of the mixing fixture, and then extracted another full squeeze of the gun for mixing and gluing the magnets
  • I mixed the epoxy in an Al foil vessel for 3-4 minutes, and then placed a few drops on a piece of Al foil for a test bake at 200F for ~15 minutes
  • The test bake went well, so I proceeded to apply glue to the dumbbells and re-glue the magnets to the optic
  • The gluing was done around midnight, so we should be able to have a look at this post lunch tomorrow.

Provided the gluing goes well, the plan for tomorrow is:

  1. Bring ETMY suspension tower from the vacuum chamber to the cleanroom along with its OSEMs
  2. Suspend ETMY with a new length of wire (this should be much more straightforward than our ETMX exploits as both standoffs are already glued)
  3. Insert OSEMs, check that all 4 face magnets are well centered w.r.t. their coils and also that at least one side magnet is well aligned relative to its coil and can be used 
  4. If step 3 goes well, then ETMY is also ready for a vacuum bake. I guess we can also air bake the ETMY suspension tower, there's plenty of room in the oven
  12383   Mon Aug 8 10:35:12 2016 SteveUpdatePEMvent 78 day 38



RGA background scan


Vacuum Status: Chamber Open

All chamber annuloses are vented.  Vac Monitor screen is not communicating with gauges. The valve position indicator are working.

RGA is pumped by Maglev through VM2




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  12382   Sun Aug 7 14:53:39 2016 ericq UpdateSUSETMX Standoff gluing was successful

I came in to check on ETMX. I freed the earthquake stops, and found that the OSEMS were reasonably, but not perfectly, centered. Turning on the damping, I found that the pitch balance is biased slightly downwards at about ~0.5mrad, which is acceptable. 

As another check for how much we moved the standoff while gluing, we can look at the spectra of the OSEMS while the mirror is free swinging, and see if/how the resonance frequencies have moved around. As Gautam previously mentioned, the pitch frequency is even softer than we expected from the thicker ruby standoff alone. This is due to the excess glue around the guide rod forcing us to position the standoff even lower to have good contact with the optic's barrel. In the plot below, the design yaw/pit/pos frequencies are the dashed lines, and the measured frequencies are the solid lines. 

[The plot is not in spectral density units, so that the peak heights reflect real units of motion at each resonance frequency. Data and code used to generate the plot is attached] 

  Yaw Pitch Pos Side
Design frequencies from T000134: 0.773 Hz 0.856 Hz 1.001 Hz  
ETMX Measurement in-air 2010 0.828 Hz 1.04 Hz 0.908 Hz 0.949 Hz
Pre-gluing 0.785 Hz 0.709 Hz 0.949 Hz 0.975 Hz
Post-gluing 0.789 Hz 0.705 Hz 0.953 Hz 0.984 Hz

According to the calculations from ELOG 12316, this pitch frequency implies the support point is 0.317mm lower than the design value of 0.985mm. (However, this is just an approximation and does not include the fact that each standoff is at a different height.)

Nevertheless, this difference is frequency is not so large that the dynamics of the suspension will be qualitatively changed in some important way; really, the pitch frequency is just ~1.5dB lower. So, I deemed our standoff gluing a success, removed the optic from the suspension, and placed it in an optic holding ring after giving the top of the barrel a gentle drap wipe with some iso. At this point, I used the microscope to look at the ruby standoff groove. As far as I can tell, no glue has invaded the groove - it looks sharp as ever. (whew)

I also wiped the wire with acetone and easily removed the glue droplets. However, I noted that (as is the case for ETMY) the wire is deformed at the points where it was in contact with the standoffs. I wonder if we should re-suspend with new wire, or accept the current deformed wires.

In any case, we can now move on to air baking the ETMX tower and gluing the stray magnet back onto ETMY.

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  12381   Fri Aug 5 18:21:28 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff GLUED
  • The latest twist in this apparently never-ending saga was that even though fine pitch balancing was achieved, the wire was out of the groove on both sides!
  • I rectified this situation in the morning, did the fine pitch balancing in the afternoon
  • Koji's suggestion of adjusting the OSEM holding plate totally did the trick, all four magnets are reasonably well centered relative to the vertical now...
  • After the latest round of fine pitch balancing, we are now tilted in pitch backwards (i.e. towards the AR face) by <0.7mrad. 
  • Prior to gluing, I visually inspected the optic to check that (see attachments):
    • Wires are in grooves on both sides
    • Unglued ruby standoff has the correct "rotation", i.e. that the wire contacts the standoff after the groove has started, and leaves it before the groove ends, since the groove doesn't go all the way around the standoff
    • Section of wire around the bottom half of the optic has no obvious kinks/other funny features
    • Unglued standoff is in contact with the barrel
    • All magnets are well clear of teflon in OSEM coils on both sides
  • Eric also checked the frequencies of the various modes (PIT, YAW, POS and SIDE) by looking at the power spectrum of the free-swinging error signals on the coils. The pitch mode is now softer than before, at ~710mHz
  • We then proceeded to glue the optic, using a needle to apply the glue (optic was clamped using face EQ stops, bottom EQ stops were not engaged as we felt this would affect the fine pitch balancing
  • During the process, it looks like we may have inadvertently gotten some glue onto the wire (see attachments) - it doesn't look like any has seeped into the groove itself, but there is definitely some on the wire. We can possibly try cleaning this once the optic is out. In the worst case scenario, we will have to loop another section of wire, but the fine pitch balancing should be unaffected provided we did not perturb the optic too much
  • Bob has said the large oven will be available to bake the cages on Tuesday, August 9th. By this time, we should have ETMY suspended as well (we were unable to glue the knocked off magnet on ETMY as the glass bowl we had for soaking the edge of the optic in acetone to remove the epoxy residue broke while I was assembling the various pieces of Teflon inside it. Steve is procuring a new one on Monday). It is still unclear when we can vacuum bake the two ETMs...


Attachment #1: Wire is in the groove in the unglued wire-standoff, groove rotation looks pretty good.

Attachment #2: Ruby standoff is sitting on the barrel of the optic (if you zoom in)

Attachment #3: Side magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #4: UR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #5: UL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #6: LL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #7: LR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #8: Wire is in the groove in the glued Ruby standoff

Attachment #9: Standoff after gluing. 3-4 drops of epoxy are visible on the wire, but none looks to have seeped into the groove itself

Attachment #10: Side view of newly glued Ruby standoff

Attachment #11: Before and After gluing shots.




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  12380   Fri Aug 5 16:25:08 2016 PrafulUpdateElectronicsMic Amplifier

I took the spectrum of an EM172 connected to my amplifier inside and outside a large box filled with foam layers:

I also made a diagram with my plan for the microphone amplifier boxes. This is a bottom view:

The dimensions I got from this box: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/bud-industries/CU-4472/377-1476-ND/696705

This seemed like the size I was looking for and it has a mounting flange that could make suspending it easier. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

I'll be doing a Huddle test next week to get a better idea of the noise floor and well as starting construction of the circuits to go inside the boxes and the boxes themselves.

  12379   Fri Aug 5 09:38:12 2016 SteveUpdateSUSSOS sus wire ordered

0.0017" OD., 500ft steel music wire ordered. Pictures of the existing roll are below. It will be on 8" OD. spool too.


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  12378   Fri Aug 5 04:43:09 2016 KojiUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff Ready for Gluing

If only the LL magnet looks too low, doesn't this mean that the OSEMs are not arranged in a square shape?
If so, you can fix this misalignment by moving the OSEM holding plate rather than OSEM shimming, can't you?

  12377   Fri Aug 5 02:17:10 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff Ready for Gluing

Part 1: Rotation of optic

  • As reported in my elog yesterday, both the left magnets (UL and LL) seemed too low relative to the OSEM coils
  • Eric and I checked the height of the scribe lines using the microscope and found that the scribe lines were low on the left side and high on the right side (as viewed from the AR side) by approximately the same amount, confirming our suspicion that the optic was rotated. The position of the scribe line on the bottom of the optic relative to the bottom-rear face EQ stop also suggested the same
  • Eric brought in the bottom EQ stops, and once the wire was slightly unloaded, rotated the optic by the required amount by hand 
  • This process took two tries, but we were successful
  • Re-checked heights of scribe lines using microscope, and once we were satisfied, re-did the coarse pitch balancing

Part 2: Replacement of holder for top pair of OSEMs

  • Eric and I had difficulty removing the UR OSEM-holding screw
  • This is the non-silver-coated new variety of screw
  • It got to a point where I could neither move the screw in or out, even with the help of a pair of pliers
  • I decided to swap out the piece of the suspension tower holding the top two OSEMs (UR and UL) with the same piece from the old ETMX tower that is currently residing on the flow bench at the south end (along with the accompanying piece that overhangs the optic and holds the front-face and top earthquake stops
  • I cleaned the piece 3-4 times with acetone, and then a couple of times with isopropanol. I adjudged this to be sufficient as we are going to air bake the tower anyways prior to installation in the vacuum chamber
  • I then swapped the pieces:
    • First I brought in the bottom pairs of EQ stops
    • Next, I secured the optic using the three lower face EQ stops
    • Then, I removed the EQ stop screws from the overhanging piece, after which I removed the overhanging piece itself
    • After removing the top-back EQ stop, I removed the OSEM-holding piece from the suspension tower
    • Did the above steps in reverse, installing the new piece
  • All went smoothly. This piece does not have a serial number unfortunately
  • After this, I re-inserted the OSEMs, and judged the magnet-coil alignment to be satisfactory to proceed further
  • We decided to use the old variety of silver plated OSEM holding screws for the top two OSEMs (by choice) and the side OSEM (the new variety is too short anyways). During the course of my work tonight, I found this worked way better. The bottom pair of OSEMs remain held by the new variety of unplated screws. We may want to review whether we really want to use this new type of screws (I believe the idea is to make it easier to tighten and loosen the screws)

Part 3: Fine pitch balancing

  • As per the SOS assembly procedure, I turned off the HEPA filters at the clean bench for this part of the work
  • Checked that the HeNe beam incident on the optic was level with the tabletop, beam height set to 5.5"
  • Proceeded to do the fine pitch balancing the same way as described in yesterday's elog (i.e. no PZT buzzer, just fine touches by hand)
  • I was able to converge fairly quickly to a good point in configuration space
  • After re-centering the OSEM coils such that the PD output was ~50% of its maximum value (see Attachment #1), I found over a lever arm length of 56" (=1.42m) a beam height deviation from 5.5" by <2mm. This corresponds to 0.7mrad pitching forwards towards the HR side
  • The suspension assembly procedure tells us to aim for 0.5mrad, but I think this is close enough for standoff gluing, as this misalignment is extremely sensitive to the OSEM coil positions (although I would say, from Attachment #1, that they are actually pretty well centered)
  • The only thing that concerns me is that the LL magnet is still a little low relative to the coil. This can be fixed by shimming if necessary...

Attachment #1: Striptool trace showing OSEMs are pretty well centered (towards the end, I turned on the HEPA filters again, which explains the shift of the traces). The y-axis is normalized such that the maximum displayed corresponds to the fully open PD output of the coils

Attachment #2: Fine pitch balancing optical lever setup

Attachment #3: Tower assembly

Attachment #4: SIDE OSEM close-up

Attachment #5: UR OSEM close-up

Attachment #6: UL OSEM close-up

Attachment #7: LL OSEM close-up (this is the concerning one)

Attachment #8: LR OSEM close-up

We should also check the following (I forgot and don't want to wear my clean jumpsuit again now to take more photos):

  1. Wire is still in groove
  2. Standoff is sitting on the optic barrel and not on epoxy residue of the guiderod
Attachment 1: OSEMs.PDF
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  12376   Thu Aug 4 17:57:09 2016 KojiConfigurationGeneralDon't restart apache2 - nodus /etc/apache2/sites-available/* accidentally deleted

Late coming elog about the deletion of the apahce config files

Thu Aug 4 8:50ish 2016

Please don't restart apache2

I accidentally deleted four files in /etc/apache2/sites-available / on nodus. The deleted files were

elog   nodus  public_html  svn

I believe public_html is not used as it is not linked from /etc/apache2/sites-enabled

They are the web server config files and need to be reconfigured manually. We have no backup.

Currently all the web services are running as it was. However, once apache2 is restarted, we'll lose the services.


  12375   Thu Aug 4 17:41:53 2016 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsWeb things mostly back online

Sorry I was writting the elog, but I had to dive into the chamber (@LHO) before completion.

  12374   Thu Aug 4 17:29:17 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralGuralp Cable

The Guralp cable has been pulled and put in the corner to the left of the water cooler:


Ben came by today before the cable had been pulled but he said he'll be back tomorrow.

  12373   Thu Aug 4 15:00:40 2016 ericq UpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsWeb things mostly back online

Nodus' /export and /etc directories are now being backed up at /cvs/cds/caltech/nodus_backup

They will be rsync'd over as part of the nightly tape backups (scripts/backup/rsync.backup)

  12372   Thu Aug 4 14:21:21 2016 ericq UpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsWeb things mostly back online

The nodus restart caused a bit of downtime. The apache configuration files were accidentally deleted the other day, so elog/svn/wikis were just holding on in memory; this fact was unfortunately not elogged. 

Things should be up and running again, except for the 8080->8081 elog redirection which I haven't been able to figure out.

I will also set up the NFS backup to include nodus configuration files from now on

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

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

  12370   Thu Aug 4 03:14:39 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX suspended

[lydia, steve, ericq, gautam]


  • ETMX is now suspended by wire clamps (winches have been removed) yes
  • Unfortunately, in the process of doing the pitch balancing, the position of the magnets relative to the OSEM coils have moved. Now the UR magnet looks a little high relative to the coil, but perhaps after any sag has set in, we should be alright. Else, we can probably get away by inserting one of the little metal shim pieces, the adjustment required is small

[lydia, ericq, gautam]

  • Turns out setting the height of the optic with the OSEMs isn't quite reliable. We were indeed too high, for all the OSEMs
  • Related to the above - we observed no sag (which is one of the reasons we winched a little bit extra in the first place)
  • Eric and I re-did the suspension in the afternoon. We found no wire grooves in the primary (or secondary) clamps, so we just reused them (is this a red flag? should we be using more torque?)
  • This time we set the height using the traveling microscope - double checked the height to which the microscope was levelled = 5.5"
  • Having checked the height of both scribe lines, we proceeded to clamp the suspension, with ~1.35Nm of torque (since 1.25Nm seemed a little low, no wire grooves were made in the clamps) - clamping was successful
  • In the evening, Lydia and I attempted to do the fine pitch balancing
  • Both left side magnets (as viewed from the AR side) are low (within 0.5mm of the teflon). Right side magnets are pretty well centered. But left side ones seemed usable so we went ahead and tried to turn the damping on.
  • Damping worked reasonably well
  • Tried to do fine pitch balancing with PZT buzzer. Reduced voltage from Fn generator to 0.4Vrms (down from 1.7Vrms) but had limited success. 
  • I was able to do much better with just the teflon tipped tweezers. So gave up on the PZT buzzer
  • After ~3hours of a random walk between two pretty-close-to-ideal positions, we have now realized a fine pitch balancing of ~1mrad (~3mm off the ideal height of 5.5" over a lever arm of ~1.5m, but the mirror tilt is half of this angle)
  • Actually, I was able to do much better - at one point, we even had the reflected beam dead center on the iris 1.5m away. But adjusting the OSEM positions even a little bit (say from oscillating around 40% to 50% of the maximum value) has a BIG effect on the pitch balance (it caused a misalignment of 4mrad)
  • I think gluing the standoff without destroying the fine pitch balancing is going to be very challenging, judging by how gently I had to touch the standoff to destroy the fine pitch balance completely. Perhaps we want to consider using some 3 axis stage to bring the needle with glue in and perturb the standoff as little as possible

    Lydia also briefly played around with the IR camera to inspect the OSEMs. A more thorough investigation will be done once the cage is in for air baking. From our initial survey, we feel that the beams are pretty well aligned along the straight line between PD and LED - we estimate the upper bound on any misalignment to be ~10 degrees.


  12369   Wed Aug 3 18:53:46 2016 PrafulUpdateElectronicsMic Amplifier

I could not get Den's circuit to work for some reason with microphone input, so I decided to try to use another circuit I found online. I made some modifications to this circuit and made a schematic:

Using this circuit, I have been able to amplify microphone input and adjust my passband. Currently, this circuit has a high-pass at about 7 Hz and a low-pass at about 23 kHz. I tested the microphone using Audacity, an audio testing program. I produced various sine waves at different frequencies using this program and confirmed that my passband was working as intended. I also used a function generator to ensure that the gain fell off at the cutoff frequencies. Finally, I measured the frequency response of my amplifier circuit:


A text file with the parameters of my frequency response and the raw data is attached as well.

These results are encouraging but I wanted to get some feedback on this new circuit before continuing. This circuit seems to do everything that Den's circuit did but in this case I have a better understanding of the functions of the circuit elements and it is slightly simpler.

Attachment 2: ampTest_03-08-2016_180448.pdf
Attachment 3: ampTest_03-08-2016_180448.txt
# SR785 Measurement - Timestamp: Aug 03 2016 - 18:04:48
#---------- Measurement Setup ------------
# Start frequency (Hz) = 1.000000
# Stop frequency (Hz) = 102400.000000
# Number of frequency points = 800
# Excitation amplitude (mV) = 50.000000
# Settling cycles = 1
# Integration cycles = 5
#---------- Measurement Parameters ----------
# Measurement Group:  "Swept Sine" "Swept Sine"
... 820 more lines ...
Attachment 4: simple_amp.png
  12368   Wed Aug 3 16:34:59 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

Actually, if the power goes off and back on, the ethernet connection comes back online after about 5 seconds, or faster if it is disconnected and reconnected. The main issue was that the cable had partially slipped out (ie both power and network connections were loose); I suggest that the final setup should use ethernet cables that have a locking tab as this one does not. 


Lydia helped me to troubleshoot the Accromag connection problems which I was facing previously.  If power goes off/turned off manually, the ethernet cable has to be pulled out and put back again until only a non-blinking green light is observed. I was foolish enough that I did not use secure power connections. About the random symbol, a code block was not closed in the other supporting file which was being called in the main program. There are still some port errors and register errors, which I would work on later tonight.


  12367   Wed Aug 3 15:36:57 2016 SteveUpdateSUSNi plated magnets & epoxy ordered

Ni plated SmCo magnets with specification of LIGO-C1103521-v2 for SOS ordered from Electron Energy Corp 

100 pieces of Ni- Platted magnets are in 9-27-2016 They are stored at clean cabinet S15

EP30-2 epoxy  1/2 pt kit 250 ml of part A and 25 ml of part B should be here in 7 days. These can packed epoxy is much more economical than the double barrel cartridges.

Spare SOS wire clamps will be out of the machine shop next week.

  12366   Wed Aug 3 15:35:19 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

Lydia helped me to troubleshoot the Accromag connection problems which I was facing previously.  If power goes off/turned off manually, the ethernet cable has to be pulled out and put back again until only a non-blinking green light is observed. I was foolish enough that I did not use secure power connections. About the random symbol, a code block was not closed in the other supporting file which was being called in the main program. There are still some port errors and register errors, which I would work on later tonight.

  12365   Wed Aug 3 14:52:37 2016 SteveSummaryPEMGuralps as connected

Guralps as connected with pictures

  12364   Wed Aug 3 10:52:03 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralETMY soaking dish

ETMY UL epoxy soaking dish. All teflon in glass.


Attachment 1: SD1.jpg
Attachment 2: SD2.jpg
Attachment 3: SD3.jpg
  12363   Wed Aug 3 09:26:54 2016 LydiaUpdateSUSETMX suspended: photos

Here are the photos we took showing the magnet positions in the OSEMs, and others showing the positions of the wire and unglued standoff. These were taken before the pitch balancing adjustment Gautam described, which apparently cause UR to be a little too high. Thoe OSEMs were all inserted only until the ends of the magnets were almost inside, to lower the risk of knocking any magnets off.

 At the time of these pictures, all magnets except LL were intentionally positioned slightly above the center of the OSEM in anticipation of wire sag. The LL magnet was approximately centered in the OSEM. It was not possible to get both LL and UL the same height relative to their respective OSEMs, possibly due to a spacing error when they were glued to the optic. 

Attachment 1: Position of wire along bottom of the optic. Looks adequately centered and not kinked. 

Attachment 2: Photo showing good contact between the sandoff and the barrel of the optic. The standoff does not appear to be resting on glue from the guiderod. 

Attachment 3: Shows position of standoff and wire after rough pitch banacing. Wire is visibly resting in the groove.

Attachment 4: SD magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 5: LL magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 6: LR magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 7: UL magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 8: UR magnet location photographed through OSEM.


Attachment 1: wire_bottom.JPG
Attachment 2: standoff_contact.JPG
Attachment 3: wire_in_groove.JPG
Attachment 4: SD.JPG
Attachment 5: LL.JPG
Attachment 6: LR.JPG
Attachment 7: UL.JPG
Attachment 8: UR.JPG
  12362   Wed Aug 3 00:15:39 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX suspended

[lydia, steve, ericq, gautam]


  • ETMX is now suspended by wire clamps (winches have been removed) yes
  • Wire clamp was machined by shop, D groove widened to spec, old wire grooves removed from face
  • We also sanded the part of the suspension tower in contact with the primary wire clamp, as there were a couple of craters there which looked dangerous (pictures to follow)
  • Height was adjusted by centering magnets on OSEMs. We then winched an extra half turn in anticipation of wire sag
  • I then proceeded to tighten, first, the primary wire standoff (I reduced the torque on the torque wrench to ~1.25Nm), and then the secondary wire clamps.
  • Checked that the ruby standoff is sitting on the optic barrel and not on glue 
  • Later in the evening, I inserted OSEMs, centered magnets, and checked that the damping scheme set up last week works (I'm leaving the damping on, bottom EQ stops are ~0.5mm from the optic)
  • Checked the pitch balancing - initially, we were ~60mrad off. By using the tweezers to gently adjust the position of the ruby standoff (after clamping the optic, turning the damping off), I was able to improve the situation a little bit - now we are ~20 mrad off. I am not attempting to do the fine pitch balancing tonight, but all parts of the PZT buzzer set up are ready to go in the cleanroom.
  • Unfortunately, in the process of doing the pitch balancing, the position of the magnets relative to the OSEM coils have moved. Now the UR magnet looks a little high relative to the coil, but perhaps after any sag has set in, we should be alright. Else, we can probably get away by inserting one of the little metal shim pieces, the adjustment required is small.
  • Lydia will upload some photos soon. 
  • We actually went through another failed attempt today - this time, the problem was that the winches were not sufficiently secure at the top, such that when the range of the winch was nearing its end, the whole assembly twisted and took the wire along with it. Perhaps this would not have happened if we had a winch adaptor plate handy...
  • Plan for tomorrow:
    • ​Fine pitch balancing using PZT buzzer
    • Clean ETMY epoxy residue from knocked off magnet
    • Glue wire standoff
    • Glue ETMY magnet
  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.

  12360   Mon Aug 1 18:50:29 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

There were many unknown and unsolved problems with using modbusApp for linux-arm architecture. So I tried to install the necessary files to setup Acromag Busworks card 1221-000 on Zita(, which is a linux-x86_64 machine on the martian network. After installing a few dependencies and seting up few symbolic links for some libraries, everything is successfully configured. Initially I was unable to run myiocconfig.cmd file(as mentioned by Aiden on ATF wiki page) due to a undefined macro error for envset. Later I found that this error might be due to THIS bug in epics base. So, I removed the first four lines of that given code and directly referenced the .db file's location and it worked.

Now, I am facing another issue while running this file but on different line. Random symbols are returned on the last second line of the file each time I run it. I have attached the screenshots of those errors. I tried changing the encoding of the file several times but still it is showing the same error.


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  12359   Mon Aug 1 14:09:20 2016 SteveUpdateSUSthird time - no luck

Gautam and Steve,

The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.

Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.


  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!

  12357   Fri Jul 29 20:12:54 2016 gautamUpdateSUSthird time - no luck

[lydia, gautam]

Summary: Third unsuccessful attempt at getting ETMX suspended. I think we should dial the torque wrench back down to 1.0 N m from 1.5 N m for tightening the primary clamp at the top of the SOS tower. No damage to magnets, standoff successfully retrieved (it is sitting in the steel bowl)


  • We burned through two sets of wires today.
  • First, the assembly Eric and I had put together last night failed when Eric tightened the wire clamp (no torque wrench was used I think?)
  • This afternoon, Lydia and I re-assembled the suspension once again. Standoff was successfully inserted, coarse pitch balancing was achieved relatively easily - we think that the coarse pitch balance can be achieved if the end of the wire standoff closer to the groove is ~0.5mm ahead (i.e. towards HR side) of the guide rod.
  • Checked leveling of scribe lines, gave an extra 0.25 turns on the winches in anticipation of the wire sagging
  • Inserted OSEMs just short of magnets, verified that they were approximately centered, if anything, slightly above center, again in anticipation of the wire sagging. 
  • After taking pictures, we went ahead and attempted to clamp the wire (ALL EARTHQUAKE STOPS WERE ENGAGED)
  • Eric commented that the clamp piece did not slide in smoothly on the dowels (indeed it does not come off very easily either, I have just left it on for now). I don't remeber it being so difficult prior to us sending it into the maching shop to get rid of the grooves made by the suspension wire the first time around. But with the torque wrench, the piece moved in relatively easily (we had sanded down rough edges prior to putting this piece onto the suspension earlier in the afternoon.
  • I could feel that the torque wrench coming up on its limit. But the wire snapped before the torque wrench clicked. As far as I am aware, there were no rough edges on the piece, but perhaps we missed a spot?
  • I took the opportunity to discharge the optic using ionized nitrogen at 40psi. After about 2-3 minutes of a steady stream, I verified that a piece of the suspension wire no longer gets attracted to the barrel, as was the case earlier today.

Unfortunately I don't know of a more deterministic way of deciding on a "safe" torque with which to tighten the bolts except by trial and error. It is also possible that the clamping piece is damaged in some way and is responsible for these breakages, but short of getting the edges chamfered, I am not sure what will help in this regard.

Unrelated to this work: earlier today before the first wire failure, while I was optimistic about doing fine pitch balancing and gluing the standoff, I set up an optical lever arm ~3m in length, with the beam from the HeNe on the clean bench at 5.5 in above the table, and parallel to it (verified using Iris close to the HeNe and at the end of the lever arm). I also set up the PZT buzzer - it needs a function generator as well for our application, so I brought one into the cleanroom from the lab, isopropanol wiped it. The procedure says apply 5Vrms triangular wave at 1000Hz, but our SR function generators can't put out such a large signal, the most they could manage was ~2Vrms (we have to be careful about applying an offset as well so as to not send any negative voltages to the PZT voltage unit's "External input". All the pieces we need for the fine pitch balancing should be in the cleanroom now.

  12356   Fri Jul 29 19:37:43 2016 PrafulUpdateElectronicsMic Amplifier

I set up a test inverting amplifier circuit using the LT1677 opamp:

The input signal was a sine wave from the function generator with peak to peak amplitude of 20 mV and a frequency of 500 Hz and I received an output with an amplitude of about 670 mV and the same 500 Hz frequency, agreeing with the expected gain of -332k/10k = -33.2:

So now I know that the LT1677 works as expected with a negative supply voltage. My issue with Den's original circuit is that I was getting some clipping on the input to pin 2, which didn't seem to be due to any of the capacitors- I switched them all out. I set up a modified version of Den's circuit using a negative voltage input to see if I could fix this clipping issue:

I might reduce the input voltages to +5V and -5V- I couldn't get my inverting amp circuit to work with +12V and -12V. I'll start testing this new circuit next week and start setting up some amplifier boxes.

Attachment 1: inverting_amp.pdf
Attachment 4: inverting_amp.png
Attachment 6: new_amp_scheme.png
  12355   Fri Jul 29 15:17:23 2016 SteveUpdateSUSwire and clamping test

Unbaked steel music wire from  "Ca Fine Wire Co" from 24" od spool, od 0.0017" used. Identical to the one that broke.

The set up as shown with silver plated screws-washers on clamp. The unused clamp edges were sanded on P800 paper at 45 degrees just not to be very sharp.

Use your finger to feel the sharpness of  edge and sand till it gets a little bit not so sharp. The drawing note is "sharp edges" on wire clamp for low loss, high Q in mind.

The wire broke at the midle with single load 295 grms

The wire hold on overnight at single load 242 grms  Vezo torque wrench is not accurate!  This test was performed ~ 1.5Nm  DO NOT USE THIS NUMBER! (added at 8-10-2016)

This gives us a factor of 2 safety  with loop suspended of 250 grms small optic.



Attachment 1: 43micr242grs.jpg
  12354   Fri Jul 29 13:17:34 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralOven

While the air bake oven situation is being improved, how about to buy a cheepo toaster oven at Target, BestBuy, or anywhere?

We don't need precise temp control for the glue cure test. At LLO I saw that they are using cooking grade oven for this purpose.
(Of course, we should not use this oven for foods once it is used for epoxy)

I have a fryer temp sensor in my office on the freezer stole from the 40m long time ago. You should be able to measure high temp.

If you have such an oven, I'd love to borrow it for the OMC lab later, as I expect to work on epoxy bonding later.

  12353   Fri Jul 29 03:59:55 2016 ericqUpdateSUSIn air OSEM diagonalization check

The question arose whether we can get good enough data to diagonize our OSEM sensing matrices in air. 

I just took a look at the BS spectra over the last six hours (~10PM-4AM), and the SNR looks good. The BS diagonalization itself doesn't seem so great; the POS is hugely coupled into pitch and yaw, and the angular motions are themselves coupled to each other at around 10%. 

NB: use a flat-top window when you really care about peak heights that don't fall exactly on an FFT bin. 

I would've liked to check this for the PRM and SRM too, but one of the PRM sensors continues to be dark, and I just noticed that all of the SRM OSEM signals are dark. ughhhh

Attachment 1: BS_OSEM_diag.pdf
  12352   Fri Jul 29 03:44:04 2016 AakashSummary About Acromag | SURF 2016

I tried to recompile the modbusApp binary for linux-arm acrhitecture since I suspected someting wrong with it. But still the problem persists; I can connect to acromag but cannot access the channels. I have also reconfigured new acromag bus works terminal XT 1221-000 and I want to test if I could access its channels. My target is to complete this acromag setup work before sunday morning so that I can focus towards having some useful results for my presentation.

  12351   Fri Jul 29 03:32:30 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX suspended once more

[gautam, ericq]

Tonight's progress on ETMX:

  • All pickle pickers removed successfully, face magnet positions look symmetric (all on border of AR coating), side magnet same location as in yesterday's photo
  • Flipped around clamp blocks on winches and top blocks, refinished main clamp block not on tower yet
  • Trimmed viton tips of EQ stops, I had left them too long before, leading to bending and unwanted translation when in contact with optic
  • Inserted optic into bottom EQ stops, turned bolts to position optic at correct height and sort of pitch leveled
  • Threaded new length of wire up through both sides, clamped at winch. Made an effort to avoid any wire twisting. 
  • Winched until enough tension to sit in standoff groove, inserted second ruby standoff
  • Winched to just come up off of bottom EQ stops, observed neccesary correction of second standoff for rough pitch balance
  • Roughly pitch balanced by iterating standoff location
  • Partially inserted OSEMS, all four face magnets looked low. We figure it's more likely that our microscope was set to the wrong height, than all four OSEMS being too high by the same amount. (Given how the face magnets are all located on the concentric circle of the AR coating, we know there wasn't much translation error in the magnet gluing)
  • Did some common mode winching of both wire ends to get magnets to correct height, all OSEM alignments look good
  • Inserted OSEMs to half of open voltage
  • Having trouble engaging stable damping of all DoFs, this will be followed up in the daytime.

Since the air bake oven we had been using is out of commision, we're not sure where to do our EP30 test runs. If we are fortunate, we can get the fine pitch balance done tomorrow while Bob is still around, so he can help us quickly bake the test dots, so we can do the standoff gluing. 

  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.

  12349   Thu Jul 28 17:48:17 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMY LR magnet broke off

While ETMX magnets were curing, I wanted to try and suspend ETMY in the endchamber, put in the OSEMS and see if the magnets aligned well with the coils, and run the same type of diagnostics we have been doing for ETMX. However, while I was trying to slip the optic into the wire, the UL magnet on ETMY broke off. I recovered the magnet and now both optic and magnet are back in the cleanroom. The magnet dumbbell has been cleaned with acetone and then sandpaper to remove residual epoxy - it remains to clean the residue off the optic itself before re-gluing the magnet tonight

I also noticed that the existing wire in the suspension had a kink in it. It looks fairly sharp, and I think we should change the wire while re-inserting the optic. Putting the optic into an existing loop of wire is tricky, as if you go in from the front of the suspension cage, the magnets on the AR side attract the wire, and makes it quite difficult to loop the wire around. I have to think of some way of holding the wires in place while the optic is being placed, and then, once the optic is roughly in position, slip the wire into the grooves in the standoffs. 

I took the opportunity to replace the face OSEM coil holder screws while the chamber was open. 

EDIT 9 August 2016: It was in fact the LR magnet that was knocked off.

  12348   Thu Jul 28 16:43:01 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralETMX aluminium standoff groove condition


I took some pictures with the digital microscope of the aluminum standoffs removed from ETMX. The first one had some leftover epoxy still attached, so I was able to distinguish which part of the groove was occupied by the wire. A better microscope would help (this one has a maximum magification of 80, 200 or so would be much better) but I was still able to see what looks like a second minimum inside the groove at the wire location (see Attachments 1 and 2). The bottom edge of the standoff shows the profile of the groove on the opposite side from the glue. I took several photos with different lighting angles and at different locations on the microscope stage and convinced myself that this was not just an artificial effect. I also took photos of the groove in a different place and did not see this feature (Attachment 3).

The other standoff in the same container had no visible damage to the groove or to the body of the rod. I rotated it under the mocroscope and could celarly see the 'V' shape all the way around. The smooth undanaged groove caught the light more easily and was obvious. The damaged one is scratched around much of the surface, but the undamaged standoff is very smooth. Eric, were both aluminum standoffs in the container with the extra ruby one taken off ETMX, or was one of them new? in any case, see Attachement 4 for a comparison. The believed damage is somewhat visible on the top edge of the lower standoff in the photo. 

[Edit:] Also, in the drawings it looks like the specified radius for the bottom of the groove (0.001 in) is smaller than the radius of the wire (0.00085 in). This would prevent having two clean points of contact like Steve and Gautam were describing as the goal. This is also true of drawings for the new Sapphire guiderods, though the dimensions are in metric units the specified radius of the groove bottom is smaller than the wire's diameter, but larger than its radius. Maybe this providied the initial ability for the wire to move around and carve two distinct grooves. 

Attachment 1: wire_damage_4.jpg
Attachment 2: wire_damage_zoom.jpg
Attachment 3: no_wire.jpg
Attachment 4: comparison_2.jpg
  12347   Thu Jul 28 13:49:44 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMX magnets re-reglued

[gautam, ericq]

Brief summary, some pictures and such follow in the daytime. 

  • All magnets enclosed by OSEMS were knocked off. (This means one side magnet remained, on the guiderod side)
  • Glue residue cleaned from ETMX
  • Dumbbell feet were cleaned of glue, finely sanded, re-scored with a razor blade
  • The magnet gluing fixture was painstakingly aligned multiple times, adjusting the shim height to get a magnet/wire groove clearance of 0.25-5mm
  • Epoxy mixed, test batch cured perfectly, applied to 5 dumbbells (after triple-checking polarities) and set to glue. 

The epoxy needs at least 12 hours of room temperature air curing, so no touchy until 3:30PM on Jul 28!

Attachment #1 - After multiple trials shimming the magnet gluing rig with teflon spacers, we think that we managed to find a configuration in which the side magnet edge is between 0.25 mm and 0.5 mm from the groove in the ruby wire standoff in which the wire will sit. 

Attachment #2 - Zoomed in view of the side magnet.

Of course we won't know until we suspend the optic, but we believe that we have mitigated the misalignment between the side OSEM axis and side magnet.

The short term plan is to try and suspend ETMY in the end chamber and have a look at the alignment between all magnets and OSEM coils for it. Once the epoxy on ETMX is cured, we will try and suspend the optic again, this time taking extra care while tightening the wire clamps.

Unrelated to this work: Bob just informed me that we had left the air bake oven on overnight - this unfortunately melted the plastic thermocouple inside.

Attachment 1: ETMX_sideMagnet.JPG
Attachment 2: ETMX_sideMagnet_zoomed.JPG
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