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  16843   Tue May 10 16:31:14 2022 TegaUpdateBHDITMX optlev return beam steered to QPD

Followed the steps below to complete the ITMX optlev installation. The ITMX optlev return beam now reaches its QPD without being blocked by the input steering mirror.

Although, I centered the ITMX optlev readout, this was not done when the XARM flashing is maximized bcos the IMC chamber was being worked on, so this should be done later when the IR beam is back.


Next steps:

  • The Oplev beam paths need to be adjusted.
    • The ongoing beam steering mirror is blocking the returning beam, so the ongoing path needs to be changed.
    • First setup two irises to save ingoing path.
    • Then make space for the returning beam by changing the steering mirror positions.
    • Then recover the ingoing path to the center of irises.
    • Steer the returning beam to the QPD.
    • Then maximize the flashing on XARM and center the oplev to save this position.
  5660   Thu Oct 13 14:23:09 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX oplev with 3 mm beam on qpd

 I replaced the JDSU-Uniphase 1125P by 1103P He/Ne laser. This new laser had 2.8 mW output yesterday. It degraded to 0.5 mW by this morning.

The beam size on the QPD is ~3 mm  This should give us  better sensitivity. These are not the perfect lenses at all, but we have them here.

On the other hand, there are still some coherence below 1 Hz, so the laser intensity noise or clipping dominating  this  part of the spectrum.


Attachment 1: ITMXoplev1103p#2.png
Attachment 2: ITMXoplev.png
  11160   Mon Mar 23 13:27:33 2015 ericqUpdateSUSITMX oplev quadrant gains unbalanced

I've been poking around the oplev situation. One thing I came across regarding ITMX was that the gain on segment 4 seems to be about higher than the other segments. I was led to believe this by steering the optic around, and looking at the counts on each quadrant when the other 3 were dark.

Putting a gain of 0.86 (the ratio of the other segments' max counts over segment 4's max counts) in the segment 4 FM flattens the 1 Hz peak in the ITMX_OL_SUM spectrum, as well as significantly reducing the sub-Hz coherence of the sum with the individual quandrant counts. This is what I would expect from reducing the coupling of angular motion due to quadrant gain mismatch into the sum. 

Here are the ITMX_OL_SUM spectra before and after (oplev servos are off).

The "burps" and control filter saturations are still unexplained. Investigations continue...

Attachment 1: olsum.png
  5437   Fri Sep 16 17:09:07 2011 PaulUpdateSUSITMX oplev plan

 I just drew a basic picture of how the ITMX oplev path could be reworked to minimise the number of optics in the path. Only possible problem with this might be the turning mirror onto the ITMX getting in the way of the collimating lenses. Should be easy to solve though. Does anyone know if there is a ITMX pick off beam I should be careful to avoid?

Attachment 1: ITMX_oplev_plan.png
  12125   Mon May 23 10:55:49 2016 steveSummarySUSITMX oplev laser replaced


      May 23, 2016             ITMX dead He/Ne laser sn P845648 replaced after 1062 days [2.9 yrs] by 1103P, sn P859884, with output  2.6 mW, nicely round beam quality at 15 meters.

                                                                                                                                                    Power just before viewport 1 mW,  returning light on qpd 154 microW =  7,500 counts


Attachment 1: ITMXoplev.png
  5655   Wed Oct 12 08:43:30 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX oplev improved a bit

 Atm2 is before optical path adjustment. The idea was to remove possible clipping in vacuum.

Coherense significantly reduced below 4 Hz

Today I will replace the He/Ne laser 1125P with 1103P


Attachment 1: ITMXoplev.png
Attachment 2: ITMXoplevservo_ON.png
  1595   Sun May 17 21:45:40 2009 robUpdateASCITMX oplev centered
  4032   Thu Dec 9 00:34:53 2010 OsamuUpdateSUSITMX oplev Pitch OLTF

We measured Open loop TF for oplev pitch on ITMX.



 All feed back filter of oplev  was on as same as before. Original notch filters which notches above 10Hz resonance should be modified with some measurements of present resonant frequency. Up to 10Hz, a simple f^2 filter is used, so the notch should not affect this measurement.

Measured upper UGF is about 2Hz with gain slider 1, and lower UGF is 1.3Hz. Phase margin is 40 degree, so it is not a good idea to increase the gain drastically.

I have measured the coherence also but I could not find a way to put it on this picture. Anyway coherence below 0.6Hz was not so good like ~0.95. This can be improved if larger excitation is used next time.

During this measurement around 0.2-0.3Hz, small earthquake happened but seemed OK for the control.

We will measure the other TF, yaw, ETMX or somthing, maybe tomorrow, due to free swinging ITMX and ETMX tonight.


  5749   Fri Oct 28 01:13:17 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSITMX oplev : iris fully opened

I found that the sum of the ITMX oplev signals had gone down to zero yesterday.

I checked the ITMX table and found two iris on the He-Ne laser path were blocking the beam on their apertures.

I guess this is because we were working around there for installation of POP/POX and may have touched some of the oplev optics.

Then I fully opened the apertures of those two iris and the sum went back to nominal of 600 counts.

  5395   Tue Sep 13 16:57:44 2011 steveUpdateLSCITMX oplev **


I lined up the Y Arm for locking and then centered the oplevs for ETMY and ITMY.

* The ITMY OL has still got the old style laser. Steve, pleaes swap this one for a HeNe. Also the optical layout seems strange: there are two copies of the laser beam going into the chamber (??). Also, the QPD transimpedance needs to be increase by a factor of ~10. We're only getting ~500 counts per quadrant. Its worth it for someone to re-examine the whole ITMY OL beam layout.

* The ETMY OL beam was coming out but clipping on the mount for the ETMY OL HeNe. This indicates a failure on our part to do the ETMY closeout alignment properly. In fact, I get the feeling from looking around that we overlooked aligning the OL and IPPOS/ANG beams this time. If we're unlucky this could cause us to vent again. I undid part of the laser mount and changed the height on the receiving mirror to get the beam back onto the QPD.

I noticed that there is significant green light now getting into some of the IR PDs; beacuse of this there are weird offsets in the TRY QPD and perhaps elsewhere. We had better purchase some filters to tape over the front of the sensitive IR sensors to prevent the couplling from the green laser.

* There is a beam on IPPOS, but its too big for the detector (this has always been the case). We need to put a 2" lens with a weak focusing power on this path so as to halve the beam size on the detector. Right now its clipping and misleading. There is also a 0.9V offset on the SUM signal. I'm not sure if this readout is working at all.

* I couldn't find any beam on IPANG at all. Not sure what's changed since Kiwamu saw it.

 Old Coherent diode laser was replaced by Uniphase HE/NE 1125P at ITMX.

Newport 10B20NC.1 broadband beam sampler set up as beamspitter to dump 90% of the light into beam trap. Beam in to test mass  0.7 mW ,  returning to qpd 0.07 mW  = ~ 3,700 counts

f 1.5 m lens placed into ingoing beam path to reduce the spot size on the qpd.         ITMY oplev will be done in this manner tomorrow.


* IP-ANG is lost with the Piezo Jena PS

* IP-POS cable have to be found at the LSC rack


  8937   Tue Jul 30 11:30:55 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX oplev


[Koji, Manasa, Sujan]

The ITMX oplev was also checked from the windows without removing the door.
The beam is actually hitting the right positions of the steering mirror and the test mass
although there are lots of stray beams because of the BS oplev and some halo assciated with the ITMX He-Ne laser(!?).

[Steve, Gautam, Manasa]

While we checked the ITMX oplev situation yesterday, we found that the beam hitting the ITM and the in-vacuum steering mirrors had  a halo around them. We used the set of irides in the path of the ingoing beam and cut the stray light around the beam. This reduced the intensity of the halo around the mirrors. We noticed that the halo accounted for 2000 counts of 6500 at the oplev QPD. We tried changing the laser and this did not make the situation any better.

Also there are a couple or more strong stray beams from the BS oplev.

I suspect that the BS oplev leakage is messing with the ITMX oplev. Why?? We have been seeing the breathing of transmitted beam from the X arm cavity and the shadow sensor readings have been bigger than usual since the last vent (when we changed the BS oplev path). Also, the ingoing oplev beam is close to clipping at the PR2 stack.

I think it would be best to open the ITMX chamber and modify the in-vac steering mirror layout of the oplev.

  8938   Tue Jul 30 13:41:35 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX oplev

I wonder what optics is causing the halo on the oplev beam.
It this comes from any uncoated lens (or similar) it should be identified.

  8939   Tue Jul 30 15:38:24 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX oplev


I wonder what optics is causing the halo on the oplev beam.
It this comes from any uncoated lens (or similar) it should be identified.

We identified this to be coming from the uncoated concave lens that we have right after the He-Ne laser which should also be replaced in addition to the other problems with the oplev.

  5341   Tue Sep 6 08:05:53 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX must be touching


The new ITMX was aligned by changing the DC biases.

The resultant DC biases are reasonably small.

C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM = -0.2909

C1:SUS-ITMX_YAW_COMM = -0.0617


The alignment was done by trying to resonate the green light in the X arm cavity.

The spot position of the green light on the ITMX mirror looked good. This was confirmed by inserting a sensor card.

I did the OSEM mid-range adjustment and the rotation adjustment but at the end the OSEM DC voltage has changed due to the DC bias operation.

The OSEM rotation was approximately optimized so that all the face shadow sensors are sensitive to the POS motion but the SIDE shadow sensor is insensitive to the POS motion.

It needs a free swinging diagnosis.

 ITMX OSEMs   UL 1.8V,   UR 1.7V,   LR 0V,   LL 0V,   SD 1.3V  at the same bias setting shown above. May be a lose earth quake tip?or magnet is touching?

Attachment 1: osemITMX.jpg
  11806   Tue Nov 24 14:58:40 2015 yutaroUpdateLSCITMX misaligned

I misaligned ITMX. The oplev servo for ITMX is now turned off. You can restore ITMX alignment by running "restore".

  12512   Thu Sep 22 15:44:21 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralITMX magnets are stucked again



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  12491   Wed Sep 14 09:33:54 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralITMX magnets are stucked

I believe that the UR and LR magnets are stuck. There was no earth quake at 16:18 yesterday. Something had to kick it into this position. See 4days plot

Please advise  freeing details.



Something strange happened to the ITMX osem reading around 4.pm. PDT as shown below.

Also the there was no response of the reading as we adjusted the PITCH and YAW. :(

Note that we restarted the slow machine: c1susaux,c1ausex this afternoon because of the unresponced interface.




Attachment 1: ITMXmagStuck.png
  12494   Wed Sep 14 20:05:32 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX magnets are stucked

When I restarted c1susaux yesterday, I didn't know that I needed to disable the coil outputs first. So when it came back online, it attempted to damp all the vertex area optics and ITMX got stuck frown

We should make a note in the Computer Restart Procedures wiki page indicating the importance of disabling the coils before rebooting c1susaux, c1auxex, and c1auxey. Today c1auxey was rebooted properly without incident. If the slider values etc go back to their previous values on their own, is it necessary to do a BURT restore? I tried doing one for c1susaux today and there were some errors for ASC channels, but the alignment sliders went right back to the proper place after reboot yesterday.


I believe that the UR and LR magnets are stuck. There was no earth quake at 16:18 yesterday. Something had to kick it into this position. See 4days plot

Please advise  freeing details


  5311   Sat Aug 27 14:33:04 2011 JenneUpdateSUSITMX magnet status

As I feared, since I couldn't see the magnet-to-dumbbell joint from all angles, they ended up being off by ~1/3 of a magnet diameter. 

Because I don't want to deal with finding another failed glue joint tomorrow, I removed the magnet and dumbbell from the optic, and broke the manget off of the dumbbell.  As with yesterday, I kept track of which end of the magnet had been glued to the dumbbell. 

I got a new dumbbell, removed all the glue from the magnet, and reglued them together, in the fixture that ensures they are well aligned. 

Tomorrow I will come in and glue the magnet dumbbell assembly to the ITM.

  5314   Sun Aug 28 20:15:11 2011 JenneUpdateSUSITMX magnet status


Tomorrow I will come in and glue the magnet dumbbell assembly to the ITM.


Tomorrow afternoon I'll remove the optic from the fixture, and put it in the oven.

  5308   Fri Aug 26 15:30:36 2011 JenneUpdateSUSITMX magnet reglued
The ITMX UL magnet has been reglued.

I *very carefully* using the corner of a cleaned razor blade dropped single drops of acetone onto the top of the dumbbell, and scratched off the residual glue. I didn't want to get even a sprinkle of acetone on the dumbbell-glass junction, and I managed to avoid it. Also, the dumbbell never broke off of the glass (something I've never been able to achieve before), so all I had to do was glue the magnet back onto the dumbbell.

I also scratched the glue from the magnet, after soaking in acetone. I made sure to keep track of which way the magnet had been glued by putting it in the pickle picker that I received from Betsy before getting rid of the glue. I specifically did not compare the polarity of this magnet to the others still glued, because I have seen that in the past break magnets from dumbbells. They can't really handle sideways forces. But since it's glued the same way that it was, it should be fine.

I then aligned the optic in the gluing fixture. I test-fit the pickle picker with magnet, to ensure that the axes of the dumbbell and magnet were aligned as closely as possible. I adjusted the optic to make this axial alignment as perfect as I could see with my eye. Unfortunately the fixture doesn't allow a whole lot of viewing angles of the magnet-dumbbell joint, so we'll see how well I did after I remove it from the fixture.

I put a little dab of epoxy on the end of the magnet, spread it around so it coated the whole surface, and glued it on.

I'll come in tomorrow (Saturday) to check on it, and take it out of the fixture. If it's going to break coming out of the fixture, which I hope won't happen, but has happened before, then I want to be able to fix it again asap.
  792   Mon Aug 4 16:20:20 2008 DmassConfigurationPhotosITMX magnet position relative to OSEMS
We have vented, and taken the following pics of the magnets to document their position before we ruin everything.
Attachment 1: DSC_0151.JPG
Attachment 2: DSC_0150.JPG
  7822   Thu Dec 13 04:42:32 2012 DenUpdateSUSITMX local damping

Tonight we've noticed that ITMX local damping was kicking the optics. This happened because LR shadow sensor was not working. In ~30 minutes it started to work again. Evan and I were working on installation, moving and focusing cameras and locking prcl and mich. We've installed a camera on BSC and plugged it in to PSL_SPARE input.

I'm not sure that this can be correlated to ITMX LR shadow sensor behaviour.



  10328   Mon Aug 4 09:17:42 2014 SteveUpdateSUSITMX is still kicked


I was investigating several issues on the IFO. As many of you noticed and not elogged, ITMX had frequent kicking without its oplev servo.
Also I had C1:LSC-TRY_OUT flatted out to zero even though I could see some fringes C1:SUS-ETMY_TRY_OUT.

Restarted all of the realtime models (no machine reboot).

Now I don't find any beam on REFL/AS/POP cameras.

If I look at BS-PRM camera, I can see big scattering, the beam is in the BS chamber.
I jiggled TT1 but cannot find neither a Michelson fringe nor POP beam.

So far I can't figure out what has happened but I'm leaving the lab now.

IMC is locked fine.
I can see some higher order mode of the Yarm green, so the Y arm alignment is no so far from the correct one.

 ITMX is kicked up periodically.  ITMX_PD_MAX_VAR is lowered to 500 from 1350

It started at Friday morning 8-1

Attachment 1: ITMXkicked.png
Attachment 2: ITMXkickedStart.png
  7700   Tue Nov 13 00:19:51 2012 JenneUpdateCamerasITMX is just fine


In other, semi-unrelated news, the ITMXF camera has been not working for a while.  The bottom right quad on the test mass tv has been dark for at least a week or two.  Steve, when you have a chance (after the oplevs are all taken care of), can you see if there's something obvious that's wrong?

 While helping Charles string the ethernet cable (elog 7698) for the power strip in the vertex (from 1Y1 to 1X1), I looked at the ITMX power cord.  It was connected to the same power strip as the illuminator, which, since the illuminator was turned off by turning off the power strip, meant no power was going to the camera.  Since Charles is very close to having the new power strips set up, I unplugged the ITMX illuminator and turned the power strip back on.  ITMX camera is back to normal.

  2796   Mon Apr 12 22:51:31 2010 KojiUpdateSUSITMX installed and aligned


ITMX was aligned with regard to the 40m green oplev.
Now both cavities are aligned.

Next thing we are going to do is to remove PRM and SRM towers.

As well as the oplev construction for ITMs.

We anticipate the drift of the stack. So we need to revisit the alignment again.

Some tools and the level gauge were removed from the table.

Picture of the ETMX - reflection from the ITMX is hitting the mirror and Jamie's windmill.



0. The suspension tower had been placed on the table close to the door.

1. Brought the OSEMs from the clean room. Connected the satellite box to the ITMX suspension.

2. Went into the chamber. Leveled the table.

3. Released the mirror from the clamp. Put and adjust the OSEMs.

- Note that the side OSEM is located to the south side of the tower
  so that we can still touch it after the placement of the TT suspension at the north side of the SOS tower.

4. Clamped the mirror. Moved the SOS tower according to the CAD layout.

5. Leveled the table again.

6. Released the mirror again and adjusted the OSEMs.

7. Turned on the end green laser pointer.

- The spot was slightly upside and left of the mirror. Adjusted it so that the spot is at the center.

8. Align ITMX in Pitch

- The spot was hitting the tube. Moved the pitch bias such that the beam get horizontal.

9. Align ITMX in Yaw

- Moved the SOS tower such that the approximate spot is on the ETMX. If I hit the right spot I could see the tube get grown green because of the huge scatter.

10. Adjusted the OSEMs again and check the alignment again. Repeated this process 2~3 times.

- Bias values at  the end of the work: Pitch 0.7800 / Yaw 0.270

11. Close up the chamber

- Remove the level gauge. Some of the screws are still in the Al ship in the chamber.

- Close the light door.

  2651   Tue Mar 2 23:11:43 2010 KojiUpdateSUSITMX hung

Jenne and Koji

We successfully hung ITMX on the SOS. Side magnet is ~2mm off from the center of the OSEM. ITMX aligned using the QPD. The OSEMs changes the alignment. It looks that something magnetic is inside the OSEM PD or LED.

Reguled ITMY side magnet.

Cleaned up the lab for the safety inspection.

  2652   Wed Mar 3 02:57:29 2010 JenneUpdateSUSITMX hung


Jenne and Koji

We successfully hung ITMX on the SOS. Side magnet is ~2mm off from the center of the OSEM.

Reguled ITMY side magnet.

Cleaned up the lab for the safety inspection.

 Some details on the side magnet situation from today: 

To glue the magnets+dumbbells to the optics, we use the magnet-dumbbell gluing fixture.  This fixture is supposed to have teflon 'pads' for the optic to sit on while you align it in the fixture, however the fixture which we received from MIT (it's Betsy's....but it came via MIT) only had one of the 4 teflon pads. 

Kiwamu and I decided (last week, when we first glued ITMX's magnets) that it would be bad news to let the AR face of the optic sit on bare metal, so we fashioned up some teflon pads using stock in a cabinet down the Yarm.  We were focused on thinking about the face magnets, and didn't think about how the thickness of the teflon affected the placement of the side magnet.  We chose some teflon that was too thin by ~1mm, so the optic sat too low in the fixture, resulting in the side magnet being glued too close to the HR side of the optic (this is all along the Z - axis, where Z is the direction of beam propagation). 

Why it ended up being 2mm off instead of only 1mm I don't really have an explanation for, other than perhaps tightening the set screws to hold the optic (by the barrel) in the fixture pushes the optic up.  I observed this happening when I didn't put any effort into keeping the optic flat on the teflon pads, but I thought that I made sure the optic was seated nicely in the fixture before starting to glue.  When I glued the new ITMY side magnet tonight I tried to make sure that the optic was seated nicely in the fixture.  We'll see what happens.

Before gluing the new ITMY side magnet (and now it's set for all future magnet gluings....), I found 4 teflon pads of all the correct thickness.  It turns out that we have a magnet gluing fixture of our own, which I found in the cabinets in the clean room.  This fixture had all 4 teflon pads, so I stole them and put them into the one that we're using for this round of upgrade / suspension hangings.  The height of all future side magnets should be correct. The thickness of the pads in the 'spare' fixture matched the one which came with the fixture from MIT as closely as I could feel by putting them on the same flat surface next to each other and feeling if there was a step. 

A side note about this magnet gluing fixture that I found:  It has the word "TOP" etched into it, to prevent exactly my problem with the ITMY side magnets in the first place.  Unfortunately the threads for the set screws which hold the optic are shot (or something is funny with them), so we can't just use this fixture. 

Gluing notes regarding the standoffs and guiderods:

There's more glue than I'd like on the guiderods / standoff for ITMX.  The glue was starting to get a little tacky when I glued the standoff in place after we balanced the optic, so it was hard to get it in the right place.  I'm confident we have a good epoxy contact, and we don't have much glue that I think it'll be a big problem.  Certainly I'll be a lot better at manuvering my glue-stick a.k.a skinny piece of wire around the suspension tower to get to the standoff for the rest of the optics that we're hanging, and I won't have glued something like ITMY side magnet immediately beforehand, which took enough time that the glue started to get tacky (not very tacky, just barely noticeably tacky).

I'd say that most gluing activities should be completed within ~10-15min of mixing the glue, after spending ~2min stirring to make sure it's nice and uniform.  It doesn't dry fast enough to be a huge rush, but you should get right on the gluing once the epoxy has been mixed. 

  5199   Thu Aug 11 19:01:45 2011 SureshUpdateSUSITMX given a kick to start it freeswing' but to no avail.

We started an ITMX freeswing run at this time

Thu Aug 11 18:58:59 PDT 2011

 But the optic did not repond to the kick.  It is possible that the earthquake stops are close to the face and/or rear of the optic and prevent it from oscillating.  We will check again and see what is up in a few hours.



  12513   Thu Sep 22 20:01:47 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX freed, all optics kicked

Rana came by and freed ITMX again. I think it shouldn't be a problem for me to free it if it happens again. 

In hopes of getting better SNR on the free swing spectra, we kicked all optics at around 7pm. The damping should come back on a little after midnight. ITMX did not get stuck after this kick. 

  12003   Mon Feb 22 23:00:21 2016 ericqUpdateSUSITMX free, green is flashing

Taking inspiration from J. Lewis et. al, ITMX has been freed. 

Even better, I'm now seeing Green flashes in the X arm.  cool

  12004   Tue Feb 23 09:51:34 2016 SteveUpdateSUSITMX free

Good job Q! Give us more details please or  play Rachmaninoff Piano Concernto #2

Atm2,  EQ 3.5 and 4.1 

          confirming ITMX is really free


Taking inspiration from J. Lewis et. al, ITMX has been freed. 

Even better, I'm now seeing Green flashes in the X arm.  cool


Attachment 1: ITMX_FREED.png
Attachment 2: ITMX_FREE.png
  16513   Thu Dec 16 15:04:12 2021 ChubUpdateElectronicsITMX feedthroughs and in-vac cables installed

The ITMX 10" flange with four DSUB-25 feedthroughs has been install with the cables connected at the in-vac side.  See photo; as requested, LO1-1 and LO1-2 are connected to the top row of feedthroughs from left to right respectively and the opposite ends of the cables placed left to right on the laser table.  PR2-1 and PR2-2 are connected to the lower row of feedthroughs from left to right respectively, with the opposite ends placed on the surface below the laser from left to right.  This seemed the easiest way to keep the cable orientation clear.

Attachment 1: ITMX_feedthrough_install_12-16-21.jpg
  16515   Thu Dec 16 15:54:08 2021 KojiUpdateElectronicsITMX feedthroughs and in-vac cables installed

Thanks for the installation.

With regard to the connector convention, let's use the attached arrangement so that it will be consistent with the existing flange DSUB configuration. Not a big deal.


Attachment 1: PXL_20211216_235056582.jpg
  12294   Tue Jul 12 20:16:15 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus. 

  12296   Wed Jul 13 00:01:38 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralITMX dust

We ran out of illuminator juice, and short-term charging couldn't restore enough battery life to continue the work. We should be able to get some better pictures tomorrow.


Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus


  12298   Wed Jul 13 03:16:47 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Multicolor flash light:

- It seems that the usb port charging doesn't work.

- There is a battery charger on Steve's desk. I set the batteries on it.


White LED flash light:

- I temporarily brought a compatible charger from WB. It's charging two batteries behind the LCD display on my desk.


  8941   Tue Jul 30 18:56:31 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX chamber vented/Closing plan


We removed the ITMX heavy door to fix the oplev situation. 

My Plan for closing:

Today: I will work on the ITMX oplev situation today and go through the vent close-up checklist as far as I can get.
Tomorrow: We will do the final alignment check tomorrow with the light doors. The access connector and heavy doors should go in place late afternoon.
Thursday: We will start pumping down early in the morning on Thursday.

  8944   Wed Jul 31 00:59:58 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX chamber vented/Closing plan

My Plan for closing:

Today: I will work on the ITMX oplev situation today and go through the vent close-up checklist as far as I can get.

[Alex, Sujan, Manasa]

The ITMX oplev steering mirrors were laid out such that they were out of the way of the BS oplev leakage. But the halo associated with the He-Ne laser does exist even now. I conclude that this is something that can be dealt with after we pump down as well. So I did not change the ITMX oplev optics on the POX table.

BS, PRM, ITMY and SRM oplevs were aligned and centered.

We want to do IPANG and IPPOS alignment when the IFO is aligned satisfactorily and right before we put the heavy doors.

The arms were aligned and ASS'd before I went in to fix the oplevs. I haven't done anything but deal with the oplevs tonight. So I am being lazy by assuming the alignment is still good and calling it a night.

Tomorrow: We will do the final alignment check for the arms, PRC and SRC with the light doors on. Check IPANG and IPPOS. The access connector and heavy doors should go in place late afternoon.
Thursday: We will start pumping down early in the morning on Thursday.

  798   Tue Aug 5 10:56:05 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralITMX chamber opened and mirror released
D-Mass, Steve, Rana, Koji, Yoichi, Alberto,
We opened the ITMX chamber to check the optics after last week earthquake. In particular, from the spectra, ITMX seemed to be stuck and had to be released again. When we inspected the mirror, we found that it wasnít necessary to touch it. It had become free again during the vent thanks to the change of conductivity in the air inside during the vent.
We checked the magnets and they seemed to be fine.
A couple of stop screws had lost the rubber on their tips, although we donít know if that was due to the earthquake.
We also took advantage of the opening to center the LR and the left OSEMs in the mirror to their zero.
Inspecting the table we found a couple of things not totally clear on the configuration of the optics in the table. In particular we found a beam dump located too close to the ifo beam. Eventually we found out that the dump was meant to block a ghost beam coming from the ITM. A better location should probably be figured out for that. We also found that the POXM1 mirror designed to have the maximum reflectivity for the P polarization of the beam at 45 degrees is mounted so that the incident beam is at 22 degrees. This cause the beam to be 90% transmitted and only 10 percent reflected to POX. The transmitted beam appears at ther BSC chamber.

The ifo beam passes so close to the POXM1 mirror so that it can be clipped by its large metal frame ring. The beam at that point is about 6mm large and the ring is about 1cm thick so that we could gain some distance with a different mount.
  2472   Mon Jan 4 09:52:40 2010 ranaConfigurationCamerasITMX camera and PSL channels

I fixed up the ITMX camera like we did for ITMY recently (removed T's and added strain relief - the lens was already OK).

I also updated the .SCAN field for the RMTEMP and RCTEMP channels to 0.1 second. This had been done via probe but was wiped out after reboot previously, because I forgot to update the psl.db file.

  805   Wed Aug 6 19:01:15 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralITMX and SRM OSEM post-earthquake diagnostic
Koji, Yoichi, Alberto

Today we reset the OSEMs on ITMX and SRM in order to be centered when the mirrors are aligned to the IFO beam. Since the PRM is still out of order, we used the beam from NPRO laser of the absolute length measurement experiment as it is injected through the AS port.
Thatís how we did it:

1) We aligned the SRM so that the reflected beam from the NPRO was at the camera after at the AS port.

2) We traded off the alignment of SRM in order for the reflected beam at the camera to have a nice shape, avoiding any clipping from the optics, and for the optical lever to be not too far from zero. The final alignment for SRM, as read on the sliders on the MDM screen, is: Pitch=1.1650, Yaw=1.4674.

3) We aligned ITMX checking out by an IR card that the incoming and the reflected main beam in between ITMX and the BS matched. The alignment of the two beams was improved checking the matching after the SRM. The final alignment for ITMX, as read on the sliders on the MDM screen, is: Pitch=-1.2937, Yaw=-0.9890.

4) After the alignment of SRM and ITMX these were the voltages at the OSEMs:



5) Finally we centered the OSEMs on both mirrors and we read these voltages:


  5109   Wed Aug 3 14:20:49 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX and PRM damping restored

ITMX watchdog tripped around 5 Torr  and the PRM around 450 Torr of this vent. They were restored than.

We are at 580 Torr now.

  16852   Fri May 13 18:42:13 2022 PacoUpdateAlignmentITMX and ITMY sat amp failures

[Yuta, Anchal, Paco]

As described briefly by JC, there were multiple failure modes going during this work segment. blush


Indeed, the 64 pin crimp cable from the gold sat amp box broke when work around ITMX chamber was ongoing. We found the right 64 pin head replacement around and moved on to fix the connector in-situ. After a first attempt, we suddenly lost all damping on vertex SUS (driven by these old sat amp electronics) because our c1susaux acromag chassis stopped working. After looking around the 1x5 rack electronics we noted that one of the +- 20 VDC Sorensens were at 11.6 VDC, drawing 6.7 A of current (nominally this supply draws over 5 Amps!) so we realized we had not connected the ITMX sat amp correctly, and the DC rail voltage drop busted the acromag power as well, tripping all the other watchdogs devil ...

We fixed this by first, unplugging the shorted cable from the rack (at which point the supply went back to 20 VDC, 4.7 A) and then carefully redoing the crimp connector. The second attempt was successful and we restored the c1susaux modbusIOC service (i.e. slow controls).


As we restored the slow controls, and damped most vertex suspensions, we noticed ITMY UL and SD osems were reading 0 counts both on the slow and fast ADCs. crying We suspected we had pulled some wires around when busy with the ITMX sat amp saga. We found that Side OSEM cLEMO cable was very loose on the whitening board. In fact, we have had no side osem signal on ITMY for some time. We fixed this. Nevertheless the UL channel remained silent... We then did the following tests:

  • Test PD mon outputs on the whitening card. We realized the whitening cards were mislabeled, with ITMX and ITMY flipped angry. We have labeled them appropriately.
  • Tested input DB15 cable with breakout board.
  • Went to the ITMY sat amp box and used the satellite box TESTER 2 on J1. It seemed correct.
  • We opened the chamber, tested the in-vacuum segments, they all were ok.
  • We flipped UR-UL OSEMs and found that the UL OSEM is healthy and works fine on UR channel.
  • We tested the in-air cable between satellite box and vacuum flange and it was ok too.
  • We suspected that the satellite box tester  is lying, so we replaced the satellite box with the spare old MC1 satellite box, and indeed that solved the issue.


Current state:

  • IMC locking normally.
  • All suspensions are damping properly.
  • Oplevs are not centered.
  • No flashing on either of the arms. We had no luck in ~20 min of attempt with just input injection changed.
  • On kicking PR3, we do see some flashing on XARM, which means XARM cavity atleast is somewhat aligned.
  • All remaining tasks before pumpdown are still remaining. We just lost the whole day.
  15051   Wed Nov 27 12:16:52 2019 gautamUpdateLSCITMX and ITMY OSEMs with low and high circulating power


The ITMX OSEMs report elevated noise in the 10-100 Hz band when we have high circulating power in the arm cavities, see Attachment #1. Since there is no LSC actuation on the ITMs in this state, this could be a radiation presssure effect, or could be scattered 1064nm light entering the OSEMs. The Oplevs don't report any elevated noise however. ITMY has the OSEM whitening broken for two channels, but the other two channels don't report as significant an increase as ITMX, see Attachment #2. I can't find the status of which OSEMs have the 1064nm blocking filters installed. The local damping loops are rolled off by ~100dB at 30 Hz, so the sensing noise re-injection should be attenuated by this factor, so maybe the OSEM sensor noise isn't the likely culprit. But radiation pressure didn't worsen the length noise in the past, even after our mirror cleaning and the increased PRG.


...maybe the opto-mechanical CARM plant is changing as a function of the CARM offset...

Attachment 1: ITMXshadowSensors.pdf
Attachment 2: ITMYshadowSensors.pdf
  15052   Wed Nov 27 13:14:02 2019 ranaUpdateLSCITMX and ITMY OSEMs with low and high circulating power

if the RP don't fit

u must acquit

sweep the laser amplitude

to divine the couplin w certitude

  12464   Thu Sep 1 19:18:14 2016 JohannesUpdateSUSITMX and ETMX preemptive table leveling

I balanced the ITMX and ETMX tables into level position today, for which I had to move quite a few of the on-table weights. I'm recording their original positions for future use here.


This table was only off in 'pitch', I moved the middle weight to a new location as shown in the pictures. I added secondf disk weight on top of the one I moved, this one has to come out again when we install ETMX.

ETMX chamber original configuration
Reference for original position
Moved weight here


I moved some weights around as shown in the image, but didn't have to add any. We simply have to move them back to their original location when the time comes.

ITMX chamber original configuration
Reference for square blocks: the lower one is a double stack
Reference for disk weights: These two are stacked.


While in the chambers, I also took some pictures of the ETMX window and PR2, motivated by the dirty state of SR2. We might want to consider cleaning both, specifically PR2 is relatively easily accessible and can be cleaned when we open the ITMX chamber to remove its FC and move it back into position.


  12467   Fri Sep 2 21:15:53 2016 gautamUpdateSUSITMX and ETMX preemptive table leveling

The ITMX table had relaxed overnight into a slightly misaligned state overnight - since the ITMX table holds PR2 and hence can affect the input pointing, we decided to fix this before commencing alignment work today. The misalignment was not as bad as what Johannes observed prior to his first re-leveling attempt, but was ~1 division on the spirit level. So I decided to move one set of weights to level the table again. It is entirely possible that over the next couple of days, the table will shift slightly again, but the hope is that we are closer to the 'ideal' orientation of the table now... Pictures to follow...

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

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

  5352   Wed Sep 7 00:39:34 2011 ranaUpdateSUSITMX adjustments

(What we did)

* Moved SUS to edge of table for OSEM adjustment.

* Leveled the table in this temporary tower position.

* Rotated all OSEMs to give some seperation between magnets and LED/PD packages.

* Moved the upper OSEM bracket a little bit upward.

* All the OSEM holding set screws were short with flat heads; this is annoying since we would like to use them more like thumbscrews. Steve took the long set-screws out of the old ITMX cage and we swapped them. Need to order ~100 silver-plated socket head spare/replacements.

* Took pictures of OSEMs.

* Moved tower back to old position.

* Releveled the table (added one rectangular weight in the NW corner of the table).

* Find that ITMX OSEMs were a couple 100 micron out of position; we adjusted them in-situ in the final position of the tower, trying not to rotate them. All mean voltages now are within 100 mV of ideal half-light.

* Back/front EQ positions adjusted by the screw method. bottom/top stops adjusted earlier.

* OSEM cables tied down with copper wire.

* Increased the incident power up to 91 mW going into MC to temporarily make the POX beam more visible.

* The POX beam was checked. It was exiting from the chamber and going through about the center of the viewport.

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