Brief Summary: I am currently looking at the acoustic noise around both arms to see if there are any frequencies from machinery around the lab that stand out and to see what we can remove/change. I am using a Bluebird microphone suspended with surgical tubing from the cable trays to isolate it from vibrations. I am also using a preamp and the SR875 spectrum analyzer taking 6 sets of data every 1.5 meters (0 to 200Hz, 200Hz to 400Hz, 400z to 800Hz, 800Hz to 3200Hz, 3.2kHz to 12kHz, 12kHz to 100kHz).
· Attachment 1 is a PSD of the first 3 measurements (from 0 to 12kHz) that I took every 1.5 meters along the x arm with the preamp and spectrum analyzer
· Attachment 2 is a blrms color map of the first 6 sets of data I took (from 2.4m to 9.9m)
· Attachmetn 3 is a picture of the microphone set up with the surgical tubing
Problems that occurred: settings on the preamp made the first set of data I took significantly smaller than the data I took with the 0dB button off and the last problem I had was the spectrum analyzer reading only from -50 to -50 dBVpk
Going through the last ~20 hours of data, the MC1 sensor channels look glitch free the entire period. However, there is a ~10min period around 1PM UTC today when there were a couple of glitches ~80 counts in size in all the MC3 sensor channels. The attached shows the full 2k data from all 10 channels (MC1 and MC3 sensors) around this time.
Is this sufficient evidence to conclude that the Satellite boxes are to blame? It's hard to explain why the glitches come and go in this fashion, and also the apparent difference in the length of time for which the glitches persist. Here, in almost 24 hours, there is one incidence of glitching, but in yesterday's trend plot, the glitching remains present over several hours... The amplitude of the glitches, and their coincidence in all 5 channels, seems consistent with what we have been seeing though...
EQ: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/FE is live
This was done by adding "Options +Indexes" to /etc/apache/sites-available/nodus
I've added a little more info about the apache configuration on the wiki: ApacheOnNodus
Might be. Or it might be in the satellite box cabling. Hard to tell without a tester. I recommend you squish the cables on there and lock the MC and get back to the usual business. I'll check on sat. box with Ben.
Both suspensions have been relatively well behaved for the best part of the last two days, since I effected the Satellite Box swap. Today morning, I set about re-enabling the damping and locking the MC. Judging by the wall StripTool, it stayed locked for about 30 mins or so, after which the glitching returned.
Attached is a screenshot of the sensor signals from MC1 and MC3 (second trend), and also the highest band (>30Hz) BLRMS output for the same 10 channels (full data sampled at 16Hz). Note that MC1 and MC3 satellite boxes remain swapped. So the glitches now have migrated to the MC3 channels.
I need to think about whether this is just coincidence, or if me re-enabling the damping has something to do with the re-occurrence of the glitching...
Addendum 4.30pm: I've also re-aligned the Y arm. Its alignment has been stable over the last few hours, despite several mode cleaner lock losses in between, it recovers good IR transmission. The X arm has been re-aligned to green, but I can't get it locked to the IR - everytime I turn the LSC to ETMX on, there seems to be some large misalignment applied to it. c1iscaux was dead, I restarted it by keying the crate. I haven't had time to investigate the X arm locking in detail, I will continue to debug this.
We should be able to connect to this station
Gautam and Steve,
It is hanging in the midle of the PSL enclosure. Wired to 1X1 to get plus and minus 15V through fuse. It's output is connected to FB c17 input.
GV: C17 corresponds to "MIC 1" in the PEM model. So the output is saved as "C1:PEM-MIC_1_OUT_DQ"
I added an EM172 to my soldered circuit and it seems to be working so far. I have taken a spectra using the EM172 in ambient noise in the control room as well as in white noise from Audacity. My computer's speakers are not very good so the white noise results aren't great but this was mainly to confirm that the microphone is actually working.
Two day plot of glitching suspentions: MC3, ITMY and ETMX
On the control room monitors, I noticed that the IR TEM00 spot was moving around rather a lot in the Y arm. The last time this happened had something to do with the ETMY Oplev, so I took a look at the 30 day trend of the QPD sum, and saw that it was decaying steeply (Steve will update with a long term trend plot shortly). I noticed the RIN also seemed rather high, judging by how much the EPICS channel reading for the QPD sum was jumping around. Attached are the RIN spectra, taken with the OL spot well centered on the QPD and the arms locked to IR. Steve will swap the laser out if it is indeed the cluprit.
ETMY He/Ne 1103P body temp is ~45 C The laser was seated loosely in the V-mount with black rubber padding.
The enclosure has a stinky plastic smell from this black plastic. This laser was installed on Oct 5, 2016 See 1 year plot.
Oplev servo turned off. Thermocouple attached to the He/Ne
It will be replaced tomorrow morning.
I got around to doing this measurement today, using a minicircuits bi-directional coupler (ZFBDC20-61-HP-S+), along with some SMA-LEMO cables.
We should insert a bi-directional coupler (if we can find some LEMO to SMA converters) and find out how much actual RF is getting into the demod board.
I first aligned the mode cleaner, and offloaded the DC offsets from the WFS servos.
The bi-directional coupler has 4 ports: Input, Output, Coupled forward RF and Coupled Reverse RF. I connected the LEMO going to the input of the Demod board to the Input, and connected the output of the coupler to the Demod board (via some SMA-LEMO adaptor cables). The two (20dB) coupled ports were connected to the Agilent spectrum analyzer, which have input impedance 50ohms and hence should be impedance matched to the coupled outputs. I set the analyzer to span 1MHz (29-30MHz), IF BW 30Hz, 0dB input attenuation. It was not necessary to turn on averaging to resolve the peaks at ~29.5MHz since the IF bandwidth was fine enough.
I took two sets of measurements, one with the IMC well aligned (I maximized the MC Trans as best as I could to ~15,000 cts), and one with a macroscopic misalignment to MC1 such that the MC Trans fell to 90% of its usual value (~13,500 cts). The peak function on the analyzer was used to read off the peak height in dBm. I then converted this to RF power, which is summarized in the table below. I did not account for the main line loss of the coupler, but according to the datasheet, the maximum value is 0.25dB so there numbers should be accurate to ~10% (so I'm really quoting more S.Fs than I should be).
For the well aligned measurement, there was ~0.4mW incident on WFS1, and ~0.3mW incident on WFS2 (measured with Ophir power meter, filter out).
I am not sure how to interpret the numbers for quadrants #2 and #6 in the first table, where the reverse coupled RF power was greater than the forward coupled RF power. But this measurement was repeatable, and even in the second table, the reverse coupled power from these quadrants are more than 10x the other quadrants. The peaks were also well above (>10dBm) the analyzer noise floor
I haven't gone through the full misalginment -> Power coupled to TEM10 mode algebra to see if these numbers make sense, but assuming a photodetector responsivity of 0.8A/W, the product (P1P2) of the powers of the beating modes works out to ~tens of pW (for the IMC well aligned case), which seems reasonable as something like P1~10uW, P2 ~ 5uW would lead to P1P2~50pW. This discussion was based on me wrongly looking at numbers for the aLIGO WFS heads, and Koji pointed out that we have a much older generation here. I will try and find numbers for the version we have and update this discussion.
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Steve, Craig, Gautam
Today Steve replaced the ETMY He/Ne sr P919645 OpLev laser with sr P947049 and Craig realigned it using a new AR coated lenses.
Attached are the RIN of the OpLev QPD Sum channels. The ETMY OpLev RIN is much lower than when Gautam took the same measurement yesterday.
Also attached are the pitch and yaw OLG TFs to ensure we still have acceptable phase margins at the UGF.
The last three plots show the optical layout of the ETMY OpLev, a QPD reflection blocker we added to the table, and green light to ETMY not being blocked by any changes to the OpLev.
ETMY He/Ne body temp is ~45 C The laser was seated loosely in the V-mount with black rubber padding.
This is probably just a confirmation of something we discussed a couple of weeks back, but I wanted to get more familiar with using the multi-coherence (using EricQs nice function from the pynoisesub package) as an indicator of how much feedforward noise cancellation can be achieved. In particular, in light of our newly improved WFS demod/whitening boards, I wanted to see if there was anything to be gained by adding the WFS to our current MCL feedforward topology.
I used a 1 hour data segment - the channels I looked at were the vertex seismometer (X,Y,Z) and the pitch and yaw signals of the two WFS, and the coherence of the uncorrelated part of these multiple witnesses with MCL. I tried a few combinations to see what is the theoretical best achievable subtraction:
The attached plot suggests that there is negligible benefit from adding the WFS in any combination to the MCL feedforward, at least from the point of view of theoretical achievable subtraction.
I also wanted to put up a plot of the current FF filter performance, for which I collected 1 hour of data tonight with the FF on. While the feedforward does improve the MCL spectrum, I expected better performance judging by previous entries in the elog, which suggest that the FIR implementation almost saturates the achievable lower bound. The performance seems to have degraded particularly around 3Hz, despite the multi-coherence being near unity at these frequencies. Perhaps it is time to retrain the Weiner filter? I will also look into installation of the accelerometers on the MC2 chamber, which we have been wanting to do for a while now...
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Oct. 5, 2015 ETMY He/Ne replaced by 1103P, sr P919645, made Dec 2014, after 2 years
Jan. 24, 2017 ETMY He/Ne replaced by 1103P, sr P947049, made Apr 2016, after 477 hrs running hot
We rebooted c1psl, c1iscaux and c1aux which were all showing the typical symptom of responding to ping but not to telnet (and also blanked out epics fields on the MEDM screens). Keyed all these crates.
Restored burt snapshots for c1psl, PMC locked fine, and IMC is also locked now.
Johannes forgot to elog this yesterday, but he rebooted c1susaux following the usual procedure to avoid getting ITMX stuck.
To measure the modulation depth of the 29.5 MHz sideband, we plan to connect a bidirectional coupler between the EOM and the triple resonant circuit box. This will let us measure the power going into the EOM and the power in the reflection. According to the manual for the EOM (Newport 4064), the modulation depth is 13 mrad/V at a wavelength of 1000 nm. Before disconnecting these we will turn off the Marconi.
Hopefully we can be gentle enough that the EOM can be realigned without too much trouble. Before touching anything we'll measure the beam power before and after the EOM so we know what to match after.
If anyone has an objection to this plan, speak now or we will proceed tomorrow morning.
I'm afraid that the bidirectional coupler, designed to be 50ohm in/out, disturbs the resonant circuit designed for the EOM which is almost purely capacitive.
One possible way could be to measure the transfer function using the active FET probe from the triple resonant input to the output with the EOM attached.
Another way: How about to measure the reflection before the resonant circuit? Then, of course, there is the triple resonant interface circuit between the power combiner and the EOM. This case, we will see how much power is consumed in EOM and the resonant circuit. Then we can use the previous measurement to see the conversion factor between the power consumption to the modulation depth. Kiwamu may give us his measurement.
jiSome notes on the FSS configuration: ELOG 10321
Just collecting some links from my elog searching today here for easy reference later.
I couldn't find any details of the actual measurement technique, though perhaps I just didn't look for the right keywords. But Koji's suggestion of measuring powers with the bi-directional coupler before the triple resonant circuit (but after the power combiner) should be straightforward.
It was raised at the Wednesday meeting that I did not check the RF pickup levels while measuring the RF error signal levels into the Demod board. So I closed the PSL shutter, and re-did the measurement with the same measurement scheme. The detailed power levels (with no light incident on the WFS, so all RF pickup) is reported in the table below.
These numbers can be subtracted from the corresponding columns in the previous elog to get a more accurate estimate of the true RF error signal levels. Note that the abnormal behaviour of Quadrant #2 on both WFS demod boards persists.
The 3 pieces of Sapphire v-groove test cuts are back. They look good. The suspension wire 0.0017" ( 43 micron ) is show on some of the pictures.
Very nice! I got excited.
Rebooted c1iscaux, c1auxex and c1auxey which were all not reponding to telnet. The watchdogs for the ETMs were turned off and then I keyed all 3 crates. All slow machines are reponding to telnet now. Both green lasers locked to the arms so I didn't do any burt restore.
Just FYI I'm running a test of updated daqd code on fb1.
fb1 has it's own fiber to the daq network switch, so nothing had to be modified to do this test. This *should* not affect anything in the rest of the system, but as we all know these are famous last words.... If something is going haywire, and you can't get in touch with me and can't figure what else to do, you can just log on to fb1 and shut it down. It's not writing any data to any of the network filesystems.
The daqd code under test is from the latest advLigoRTS 3.2.1 tag, which has daqd stability fixes that will hopefully address the problems we were seeing last time I tried this upgrade. We'll see...
I'm going to let it run over the weekend, and will check in periodically.
"Why does the word wrapping not work in our browsers with ELOG?" I sometimes wonder. Some of the elogs are fine, but often the 40m one has the text run off the page.
I found that this is due to people uploading HUGE images. If you need to do this, just use the shrink feature in the elog compose window so that we only have to see the thumbnail at first. Otherwise your 12 MP images will make it hard to read everyone else's entries.
I'm not sure if this is related, but since today morning, I've noticed that the data concentrator errors have returned. Looking at daqd.log, there is a 1 second timing mismatch error that is being generated. Usually, manually running ntpdate on the front ends fixes this problem, but it did not work today.
The coil and PD BLRMS are useful tools in identifying when glitches occur in the PD readout, I thought it would be good to install them for ITMY, ETMX and SRM (since I plan to switch the MC3 satellite box, which we suspect to be problematic, with the SRM one). For this purpose, I had to install some IPC SHMEM blocks in C1SUS and recompile. 24 IPC channels were added to pipe the coil, PD and Oplev signals from C1SUS to C1PEM - the recompilation went smoothly, and it doesn't look like the model computation time has increased significantly or that the model is any closer to timing out.
However, I was unable to install the BLRMS blocks in C1PEM, as when I tried to compile the model with BLRMS for these extra 24 channels, I got a compilation error saying that I have exceeded the maximum allowed 499 testpoints per channel. Is there any workaround to this? It would be possible to create a custom BLRMS block that doesn't have all those testpoints, maybe this is the way to go? Especially if we want to install these channels for all our SOS optics, and also replace the current Seismic BLRMS with this scheme for consistency?
GV edit: I have implemented this scheme - after backing up the original BLRMS_2k part, I made a new one with no testpoints and only EPICS readouts. Doing so allowed me to recompile c1pem without any issues, the CPU time seems to have gone up by 3us from ~55us to 58us. So the BLRMS data record is only available at 16Hz, since there are no DQ channels in the BRLMS block - do we want these in any case? Let's see how this does over the weekend...
We set out to measure the 29.5 MHz power going to the EOM today but decided to start by looking at the output of the RF AM stabilizer box first. We wanted to measure the AM noise with a mixer, so we needed to know the power it was giving. We looked at the ouput that goes to the power combiner on the PSL table and found it was putting out only -2.0 dBm (~0.5 Vpp)! This was measured by taking a spectrum with the AG4395 and confirmed by looking on a scope.
To find out if this could be adjusted, we found an old MEDM screen (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1lsc/master/C1LSC_RFADJUST.adl) and moved the 29.5 MHz EOM Mod Index Adjust slider while measuring the voltage coming in to the MOD CONTOL connection on the front of the AM stabilizer box. Moving the slider from 0 to 10 changes the input voltage linearly from -10 V to 10 V measured with a DMM at the cross-connects as we couldn't find an appropriate adapter for the LEMO cable. The 29.5 MHz modulation only appeared for slider values between 0 and 5, after which it abruptly shuts off. However, changing the slider value between 0 and 5 (Voltage from -10 to 0) does not change the amplitude of the output.
This seems like a problem; further investigation into the AM stabilizer box is neccessary. This DCC document outlines how to test the box, but we can't find a schematic. Since we don't have any mixers that can handle signals as small as -2 dBm, we gave up trying to measure the AM noise and will attempt to measure that and the reflection power from the EOM + resonant circuit once this problem has been diagnosed and fixed.
GV: After some digging, I found the schematic for the RF AM stabilization box (updated wiki and added it to the 40m document tree). According to it, there should be up to +22dBm of RF AM stabilized output to the EOM available, though we measured -2dBm yesterday, and could not vary this level by adjusting the EPICS voltage value. Neglecting losses in the cabling and the power combiner on the PSL, this translates to a paltry 0.178Vrms*0.6*8mard/Vrms ~ 0.85 mrad of modulation depth (gain at 29.5 MHz of the triple resonant circuit taken from this elog)... I think we need to pull this 1U chassis out and debug more thoroughly...
Some more details of our investigation:
If this problem started before ~4pm on Friday then it's probably unrelated, since I didn't start any of these tests until after that. If unexplained problem persist then we can try shutting of the fb1 daqd and see if that helps.
I just aborted the fb1 test and reverted everything to the nominal configuration. Everything looks to be operating nominally. Front ends are mostly green except for c1rfm and c1asx which are currently not being acquired by the DAQ, and an unknown IPC error with c1daf. Please let me know if any unusual problems are encountered.
The behavior of daqd on fb1 with the latest release (3.2.1) was not improved. After turning on the full pipe it was back to crashing every 10 minutes or so when the full and second trend frames were being written out. lame. back to the drawing board...
We pulled out the RF AM stabilization box from the 1X2 rack. PSL shutter was closed, marconi output, RF distribution box and RF AM stabilization box were turned off in that order. We had to remove the 4 rack nut screws on the RF distribution box because of the stiff cables which prevented the RF AM stabilization box extraction. I've left the marconi output and the RF distribution boxes off, and have terminated all open SMA connections with 50 ohm terminators just in case. Rack nuts for RF distribution box have been removed, it is currently sitting on a metal plate that is itself screwed onto the rack. I deemed this a stable enough ledge for the box to sit on in the short run, while we debug the RF AM stabilization box. We will work on the debugging and re-install the box as soon as we are done...
We looked at the RF AM stabilizer box to see if we could find out 1) Why the output power is so low, and 2) Why it can't be changed with the DC input "MOD CONT IN." Details to follow, attached is the annotated schematic from DCC document D000037.
We are not returning the box tonight so the PSL shutter remains closed.
I think this cron job is running on NODUS (our gateway) instead of our scripts machine:
*/1 * * * * /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/Admin/n2Check.sh >> /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/Admin/n2Check.log 2>&1
Based on Jenne's chiara disk usage monitoring script, I made a script that checks the N2 pressure, which will send an email to myself, Jenne, Rana, Koji, and Steve, should the pressure fall below 60psi. I also updated the chiara disk checking script to work on the new Nodus setup. I tested the two, only emailing myself, and they appear to work as expected.
The scripts are committed to the svn. Nodus' crontab now includes these two scripts, as well as the crontab backup script. (It occurs to me that the crontab backup script could be a little smarter, only backing it up if a change is made, but the archive is only a few MB, so it's probably not so important...)
moreover this script has a 90MB log file full of not finding its channel
I wish this script was in python instead of BASH and I wish it would run on megatron instead of nodus (why can't megatron send us email too?) and I wish that this log file would get wiped out once in awhile. Currently its been spitting out errors since at least a month ago:
Tue Jan 31 14:10:02 PST 2017 : N2 Pressure:
Channel connect timed out: 'C1:Vac-N2pres' not found.
(standard_in) 1: syntax error
> What is the probe situation? Ought to use a high impedance FET probe to measure this or else the scope would load the circuit.
We did indeed use the active probe, with the 100:1 attenuator in place. The values Lydia has quoted have 40dB added to account for this.
> What kind of HELA are the HELA amplifiers? Please a link to the data sheet if you can find it. I wonder what the gain and NF are at 30 MHz. I think the HELA-10D should be a good variant
The HELA is marked as HELA-10. It doesn't have the '+' suffix but according to the datasheet, it seems like it is just not RoHS compliant. It isn't indicated which of the varieties (A-D) is used either on the schematic or the IC, only B and D are 50ohms. For all of them, the typical gain is 11-12dB, and NF of 3.5dB.
A novice was learning at the feet of Master Daqd. At the end of the lesson he looked through his notes and said, “Master, I have a few questions. May I ask them?”
Master Daqd nodded.
"Do we record minute trends of our data?"
"Yes, we record raw minute trends in /frames/trend/minute_raw"
"I see. Do we back up minute trends?"
"Yes, we back up all frames present in /frames/trend/minute"
"Wait, this means we are not recording our current trends! What is the reason for the existence of seperate minute and minute_raw trends?
“The knowledge you seek can be answered only by the gods.”
"Can we resume recording the minute trends?"
Master Daqd nodded, turned, and threw himself off the railing, falling to his death on the rocks below.
Upon seeing this, the novice was enlightened. He proceeded to investigate how to convert raw minute trends to minute trends so that historical records could be preserved, and precisely when Master Daqd started throwing himself off the mountain when asked to record minute trends.
Someone installed "Debian" on allegra. Why? Dataviewer doesn't work on there. Is there some advantage to making this thing have a different OS than the others? Any objections to going back to Ubuntu12?
I've been suggesting that there may be something wonky with the Seismic Rainbow Striptool on the wall for the last couple of weeks. Here are a few things that were verified today.
My elog negligence punchcard is getting pretty full... It's pretty much for the same reason as using Debian for optimus; much of the workstation software is getting packaged for Debian, which could offload our need for setting things up in a custom 40m way. Hacking the debian-focused software.ligo.org repos into Ubuntu has caused me headaches in the past. Allegra wasn't being used often, so I figured it was a good test bed for trying things out.
The dataviewer issue was dataviewer's inability to pull the `fb` out of `fb:8088` in the NDSSERVER env variable. I made a quick fix for it in the dataviewer launching script, but there is probably a better way to do it.
I've added the schematic of the RF AM stabilization board to the 40m PSL document tree, after having created a new DCC document for our 40m edits. Pictures of the board before and after modification will also be uploaded here...
I made a crude sketch for how Lydia and I envision the connector situation on the back of the vme crates to be solved. Essentially the side panels of each crate extend about 2" (52 mm) beyond the edge of the DIN connectors. This is plenty of space for a simple PCB board. The connector of choice is D-Sub. We can split the 64 used pins into 2x 37 D-Sub OR (2x25 pin + 1x15pin). The former has fewer cables, but a few excess unused leads. A quick google search showed me that it is much cheaper to get twisted pair cables for 15 and 25 pin D-Subs. From what I remember, the used pins on the DIN connectors are concentrated on the low numbers end and the high numbers end, so might not need the 'middle' connector in many cases if we decide to break it up into three. I have to check this with Lydia though.
The D-Sub connectors would be panel mounted, for which we need a narrow panel piece with dsub cutouts. We can run horizontal struts across the vme crate from side panel to side panel. This way the force upon cable (dis)connection is mostly on the panel which is attached to the struts which are attached to the crate. This will also prevent gravitational sag or cable strain from pulling on the DIN connection, and we can use twisted pair cables with backshell, screws, and strain reliefs.
I was lookng into getting started with the PCB when Altium complained that the license is expired and to renew it. This is a relatively simple board layout so some free software out there is probably enough.
[rana, gautam, lydia]
Today we looked at the schematics for the RF AM stabilizer box and decided that there were an unnecessary amount of attenuators and amplifiers cancelling each other out and adding noise. At the end of the path are 2 HELA-10D amplifiers which we guessed based on the plots for the B version would have an acceptable amount of compression if the output of the second one is ~27dBm. This means the input to the first one should be a few dBm. This should be achieved with as simple a path as possible.
This begged the question, do we need the amplitude to be stabilized at all? Maybe it's good enough already when it comes into this box from the RF distribution box. So I tried to measure the AM noise of the 29.5 MHz signal that usually goes into the AM stabilizer:
It seems like I'm getting mostly noise from the SR560. Maybe it would be better to use an SR785 to take data instead of DAQ, and then skip the SR560? At low frequencies it seems like the AM noise measurement may be actually meaningful. In any case, if the actual AM noise from the crystal is lower than any of these other noise sources, it means we probably don't need to stabilize the amplitude with a servo, which means we can simplify the AM stabilizer board considerably to just amplify what it gets to 27 dBm.
For a comparison: OMC ELOG 238
Here's what I'm planning to do to the RF AM stabilizer box. I'm going to take out several of the components along the path to the EOM (comments in green), including the dead ERA-4 and ERA-5 amplifiers, the variable attenuator which is controlled by a switch that can't be accessed outside the box, and the feedback path from the daughter board servo. I'm arranging things so that the output of the HELA-10 does not exceed the maximum output power.
I wasn't quite as sure what to do about the path to the ASC box (comments in blue). I talked with Gautam and he said this gets split equally between several singals, one of which goes to the LO of the demod board which expects -10 dBm and currently gets -12 dBm (can go up to -8 by turning switch). So maybe we don't actually want the signal to be anywhere near +27 dBm at the output. The plans for the box are here, it looks like +27 in will end up with +10 at each output, which is way more than what's currently coming out. But maybe this needs to be increased to match the other path?
Also we haven't measured the actual response of the variable attenuator U4 for various switch positions; it's the same model as the one I'm removing from the EOM path and that one had slightly different behavior for different switch positions than what the spec sheet says. Same goes for the HELA-10 units along this path: what is their actual gain? So perhaps these should be measured and then a single attenuator should be chosen to get the right output signal level. Alternatively it could just be left alone, if it is at an OK level right now. Advice on what to do here would be appreciated.
I'll work on the EOM path tonight and wait for feedback on the rest of it.
EDIT: Gautam pointed out that there's some insertion loss from the components I'll be removing that hasn't been accounted for. Also the plans have been updated to reflect that I'm replacing AT5 with a 1dB attenuator (from 6 dB).
I think this then allows us to have the low noise OCXO signals everywhere with enough oomph.
I made some of the changes. Gautam and I will finish tomorrow.
While I was soldering the sharpest tip of the soldering iron (the one whose power supply shows the temperature) stopped working and I switched to a different one. Not sure how to fix this.
Do we want to replace all of the removed ERA's with 50 Ohm resistors, or just the one along the spare output path? I shorted one of them with a piece of wire and left all the others open.
I couldn't get one of the attenuators off (AT1, at beginning of ASC path). In trying I messed up the solder pad. Part of the connecting trace on the PCB board is exposed so we should be able to fix it.
FYI this issue has still not been solved, but the pages are working because I got the software running on an
alternative headnode (pcdev2). This may cause unexpected behavior (or not).
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