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  14355   Thu Dec 13 22:36:42 2018 aaronUpdateOMCAligning the OMC

I turned on AUX, and aligned the aux beam to be centered on the first optic the AS beam sees on the AP table. I then turned off the AUX laser.

  14354   Thu Dec 13 22:24:21 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC channels

I completed testing of the AI board mentioned above. In addition to the blown fuse, there were two problems:

  • A was a large drop of solder splattered on some of the ch 1 ICs, which is why we couldn't maintain any voltage. I removed the solder.
  • The +12V wire from the power board to the AI board was loose, so I removed and replaced that crimp connection

After this, I tested the TF of all channels. For the most part, I found the expected 3rd order ~7500Hz cheby with notches at ~16kHz and 32kHz. However, some of the channels had shallower or deeper notches. By ~32kHz, I was below the resolution on the spectrum analyzer. Perhaps I just have nonideal settings? I'll attach a few representative examples.

I reinstalled the chassis at 1X2, but haven't connected power.


  14353   Thu Dec 13 20:10:08 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralPower Outage recovery

[Gautam, Aaron, Koji]

The PSL interlock system was fixed and now the 40m lab is laser hazard as usual.

- The schematic diagram of the interlock system D1200192
- We have opened the interlock box. Immediately we found that the DC switching supply (OMRON S82K-00712) is not functioning anymore.  (Attachment #1)
- We could not remove the module as the power supply was attached on the DIN rail. We decided to leave the broken supply there (it is still AC powered with no DC output).

- Instead, we brought a DC supply adapter from somewhere and chopped the head so that we can hook it up on the crimping-type quick connects. In Attachment #1, the gray is +12V, and the orange and black lines are GND.

- Upon the inspection, the wires of the "door interlock reset button" fell off and the momentary switch (GRAYHILL 30-05-01-502-03) got broken. So it was replaced with another momentary swicth, which is way smaller than the original unfortunately. (Attachments 2 and 3)

- Once the DC supply adapter was pluged to an AC tap, we heard the sounds of the relays working, and we recovered the laser hazard lamps, PSL door alerm lamps. Also it was confirmed that the PSL innolight is operatable now. 

- BTW, there is the big switch box on the wall close to the PSL enclosure. Some of the green lamps were gone. We found that we have plenty of spare lamps and relays inside of the box. So we replaced the bulbs and know the A.C. lights are functioning. (Attachments 4 & 5)

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Attachment 2: reset_button_repaired1.JPG
Attachment 3: reset_button_repaired2.JPG
Attachment 4: gray_box.JPG
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  14352   Thu Dec 13 18:12:47 2018 gautamUpdateIOOND filter on AS camera changed

In order to see the AS beam a bit more clearly in our low-power config, I swapped out the ND=1.0 filter on the AS camera for ND=0.5.

  14351   Thu Dec 13 12:06:35 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralPower Outage recovery

I did a walkaround and checked the status of all the interlock switches I could find based on the SOP and interlock wiring diagram, but the PSL remains interlocked. I don't want to futz around with AC power lines so I will wait for Koji before debugging further. All the "Danger" signs at the VEA entry points aren't on, suggesting to me that the problem lies pretty far upstream in the wiring, possibly at the AC line input? The Red lights around the PSL enclosure, which are supposed to signal if the enclosure doors are not properly closed, also do not turn on, supporting this hypothesis...

I confirmed that there is nothing wrong with the laser itself - i manually shorted the interlock pins on the rear of the controller and the laser turned on fine, but I am not comfortable operating in this hacky way so I have restored the interlock connections until we decide the next course of action...


The PSL (Edwin) remains in an interlock-triggered state. We are not sure what is causing this, but the laser cannot be powered on until this is resolved.

  14350   Thu Dec 13 10:03:07 2018 ChubUpdateGeneralOMC chamber

Bob, Aaron, and I removed the door from the OMC chamber this morning.  Everything went well.

  14349   Thu Dec 13 01:26:34 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralPower Outage recovery

[koji, gautam]

After several combinations of soft/hard reboots for FB, FEs and expansion chassis, we managed to recover the nominal RTCDS status post power outage. The final reboots were undertaken by the rebootC1LSC.sh script while we went to Hotel Constance. Upon returning, Koji found all the lights to be green. Some remarks:

  1. It seems that we need to first turn on FB
    • Manually start the open-mx and mx services using
      sudo systemctl start open-mx.service 
      sudo systemctl start mx.service
    • Check that the system time returned by gpstime matches the gpstime reported by internet sources.
    • Manually start the daqd processes using
      sudo systemctl start daqd_*
  2. Then fully power cycle (including all front and rear panel power switches/cables) the FEs and the expansion chassis.
    • This seems to be a necessary step for models run on c1sus (as reported by the CDS MEDM screen) to pick up the correct system time (the FE itself seems to pick up the correct time, not sure what's going on here).
    • This was necessary to clear 0x4000 errors.
  3. Power on the expansion chassis.
  4. Power on the FE.
  5. Start the RTCDS models in the usual way
    • For some reason, there is a 1 second mismatch between the gpstime returned on the MEDM screen for a particular CDS model status, and that in the terminal for the host machine.
    • This in itself doesn't seem to cause any timing errors. But see remark about c1sus above in #2.

The PSL (Edwin) remains in an interlock-triggered state. We are not sure what is causing this, but the laser cannot be powered on until this is resolved.

  14348   Wed Dec 12 18:27:07 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeAnalog signals, A/D Acromag added to vacuum system

There turned out to be a few analog signals for the vacuum system after all. The TP2/3 foreline pressure gauges were never part of the digital system, but we wanted to add them, as some of the interlock conditions should be predicated on their readings. Each gauge connects to an old Granville-Phillips 375 controller which only has an analog output. Interfacing these signals with the new system required installing an Acromag XT1221 8-channel A/D unit. Taking advantage of the extra channels, I also moved the N2 delivery line pressure transducer to the XT1221, eliminating the need for its separate Omega DPiS32 controller. When the new high-pressure transducers are added to the two N2 tanks, their signals can also be connected.

The XT1221 is mounted on the DIN rail inside the chassis and I have wired a DB-9 feedthrough for each of its three input signals. It is assigned the IP on the vacuum subnet. Testing the channels in situ revealed a subtley in calibrating them to physical units. It was first encountered by Johannes in a series of older posts, but I repeat it here in one place.

An analog-input EPICS channel can be calibrated from raw ADC counts to physical units (e.g., sensor voltage) in two ways:

  1. Via LINR="LINEAR" by setting the engineering-units fields EGUF="[V_max_adc]", EGUL="[V_min_adc]"
  2. Via LINR="NO CONVERSION" by manually setting the gain ASLO="[V/count]" and offset AOFF="[V_offset]"

From the documentation, under the engineering-units method EPICS internally computes:

where EGUF="eng units full scale", EGUL="eng units low", and "full scale A/D counts" is the full range of ADC counts. EPICS automatically infers the range of ADC counts based on the data type returned by the ADC. For a 16-bit ADC like the XT1221, this number is 2^16 = 65,536.

The problem is that, for unknown reasons, the XT1221 rescales its values post-digitization to lie within the range +/-30,000 counts. This corresponds to an actual "full scale A/D counts" = 60,001. If a multiplicative correction factor of 65,536/60,000 is absorbed into the values of EGUF and EGUL, then the first term in the above summation can be corrected. However, the second term (the offset) has no dependence on "full scale A/D counts" and should NOT absorb a correction factor. Thus adjusting the EGUF and EGUL values from, e.g., 10V to 10.92V is only correct when EGUL=0V. Otherwise there is a bias introduced from the offset term also being rescaled.

The generally correct way to handle this correction is to use the manual "NO CONVERSION" method. It constructs calibrated values by simply applying a specified gain and offset to the raw ADC counts:

calibrated val = (measured A/D counts)  x ASLO + AOFF

The gain ASLO="[(V_max_adc - V_min_adc) / 60,001]" and the offset AOFF="0". I have tested this on the three vacuum channels and confirmed it works. Note that if the XT1221 input voltage range is restricted from its widest +/-10V setting, the number of counts is not necessarily 60,001. Page 42 of the manual gives the correct counts for each voltage setting.

  14347   Wed Dec 12 11:53:29 2018 aaronUpdateGeneralPower Outage

At 11:13 am there was a ~2-3 second interruption of all power at the 40m.

I checked that nobody was in any of the lab areas at the time of the outage.

I walked along both arms of the 40m and looked for any indicator lights or unusual activity. I took photos of the power supplies that I encountered, attached. I tried to be somewhat complete, but didn't have a list of things in mind to check, so I may have missed something. 

I noticed an electrical buzzing that seemed to emanate from one of the AC adapters on the vacuum rack. I've attached a photo of which one, the buzzing changes when I touch the case of the adapter. I did not modify anything on the vacuum rack. There is also 

Most of the cds channels are still down. I am going through the wiki for procedures on what to log when the power goes off, and will follow the procedures here to get some useful channels.

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  14346   Tue Dec 11 22:50:07 2018 aaronUpdateOMCAligning the OMC

I did the following:

  • Noticed that the OMC rack's power has +-18V, but I had tested the HV driver with +-15V. Maybe fine, something to watch.
  • Checked that nothing but the OMC driver board was in use on the OMC's Sorensen (the QPD whitening board in the OMC rack is not in use, and anyway is labeled +-15V), then turned down the rack voltage from 18 to 15V. Photos attached of AUX_OMC_S Sorensen bank.
  • I hadn't used the alternative dither before. I started by driving the alternative dither with a 10Vpp sine wave at 1-10 Hz. I have both the DC and AC driver mons on a scope.
    • Initially, I only give it 10V at the HV. I don't see much, nor at 30V, while driving with 0-10V sine waves between 0.1-100Hz.
    • In my last log, I hadn't been using the alternative dither.
  • Instead, I switch over to the main piezo drive, which is sent over DB9. Now I see the following on the AC/DC piezo mon channels:
    • Increasing the HV input (increasing in steps from 10-50V) yields 1V at the DC piezo mon for 50V at the HV input.
    • Driving under a few 100s of Hz results in no change to the AC dither mon. Driving <1Hz results in a small (~10% for a 10Vpp drive) at the HV. I didn't take a full transfer function, but it is the thing to do with cds.
    • Changing the drive amplitude changes the AC mon amplitude proportionally
    • At a few kHz, the 10Vpp drive saturates the AC mon.
    • Photos are in order:
      • 1Hz drive, visible on the DC mon channel in green
      • 1kHz drive 10Vpp, visible on the AC mon channel in violet
      • 1kHz drive 5Vpp
      • 5kHz drive 10Vpp, saturates the AC mon channel
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  14345   Tue Dec 11 18:20:59 2018 gautamUpdateOptical LeversBS/PRM HeNe is dead

I found that the BS/PRM OL SUM channels were reading close to 0. So I went to the optical table, and found that there was no beam from the HeNe. I tried power-cycling the controller, there was no effect. From the trend data, it looks like there was a slow decay over ~400000 seconds (~ 5 days) and then an abrupt shutoff. This is not ideal, because we would have liked to use the Oplevs as a DC alignment reference during the ventnoI plan to use the AS camera to recover some sort of good Michelson alignment, and then if we want to, we can switch out the HeNe.

*How can I export PDF from NDscope?

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  14344   Tue Dec 11 14:33:29 2018 gautamUpdateCDSNDScope

NDscope is now running on pianosa. To be really useful, we need the templates, so I've made /users/Templates/NDScope_templates where these will be stored. Perhaps someone can write a parser to convert dataviewer .xml to something ndscope can understand. To get it installed, I had to run:

sudo yum install ndscope
sudo yum install python34-gpstime
sudo yum install python34-dateutil
sudo yum install python34-requests

 I also changed the pythonpath variable to include the python3.4 site-packages library in .bashrc



Let's install Jamie's new Data Viewer

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  14343   Tue Dec 11 14:24:18 2018 aaronUpdateOMCAligning the OMC

I set up a function generator to drive OMC-L, and have the two DCPD mons and the OMC REFL PD sent to an oscilloscope. I need to select a cds channel over which to read the REFL signal.

The two DCPD mon channels have very different behaviors on the PD mons at the sat box (see attachment). PD1 has an obvious periodicity, PD2 has less noise overall and looks more white. I don't yet understand this, and whether it is caused by real light, something at the PDs, or something at the sat box.

I've again gone through the operations that will happen with the OMC chamber vented. Here's how it'll go, with some of the open questions that I'm discussing with Gautam or whoever is around the 40m:

  1. Function generator is driving OMC-L. Right now there is one 150V Kepco supply in use, located on the ground just to the right of the OMC rack. I only have plans to power it on while scanning OMC-L, and until the OMC is fully in use the standard practice will be to use this HV with two people in the lab and shut it off after the immediate activities.
    1. To do: Is a second drive necessary for the TT drivers? I don't think it is during this vent, because we will want to align into the OMC with the TTs in a 'neutral' state. I recall that the way the TT drivers are set up, 0V from the dac to the driver is the 'centered' position for all TTs. Unless we want to compensate for some known shift of the chambers during pumpdown, I think this is the TT position we should use while aligning the OMMT into the OMC.
    2. To do: make sure I'm driving the right pins with the function generator. Update: Seems I was driving the right channels, here's the pinout.
  2. We will use the reflection of aux from the SRM to align into the OMC.
    1. Gautam pointed out that I hadn't accounted for the recombination BS for the aux beam being 90-10. This means there's actually something like 300uW of aux onto the OMC, rather than ~3mW. This should still be enough to see on a card, so it is fine.
    2. However, the aux beam is aligned to be colinear with the AS beam when the SRM is misaligned. So the question is whether the wedge on the SRM makes the SRM-reflected aux beam not colinear with the AS beam



Talked with Gautam for a good while about the above plan. In trying to figure out why the DCPD sat box appears to have a different TF for the two PDs (seems to be some loose cabling problem at the mons, because wiggling the cables changed this), we determined that the AA chassis also wasn't behaving as expected--driving the expected channels (28-31) with a sine wave yields some signal at the 100Hz driving frequency, but all save ch31 were noisy. We also still saw the 100Hz when the chassis was unplugged. I will continue pursuing this, but in the meantime I'm making an IDE40 to DB37 connector so I can drive the ADC channels directly with the DAC channels I've defined (need to match pinouts for D080303 to D080302). I also will make a new SCSI to DB37 adapter that is more robust than mentioned here. I also need to replace the cable carrying HV to the OMC-L driver, so that it doesn't have a wire-to-wire solder joint.

We moved a razor blade on the AP table so it is no longer blocking the aux beam. We checked the alignment of aux into the AS port. AUX and AS are not colinear anywhere on the AP table, and despite confirming that the main AS beam is still being reflected off of the OMC input mirror, the returning AUX beam does not reach the AP table (and probably is not reaching the OMC). AUX needs to be realigned such that it is colinear with the AS beam. It would be good if in this configuration, the SRM is held close to its position when the interferometer is locked, but the TTs should provide us some (~2.5mrad) actuation. Gautam will do this alignment and I will calculate whether the TTs will be able to compensate for any misalignment of the SRM.

Here is the new plan and minimal things to do for the door opening tomorrow:

  1. Function generator is driving OMC-L.
    1. The PZT mon channel is sent to the oscilloscope.
    2. To do: confirm again that the triangle wave I send in results in the expected triangle wave going to the OMC, using this mon channel.
  2. The OMC REFL signal is being sent to the AP PD. See photo.
    1. Need to align into this PD, but this alignment can be done in air on the AP table.
  3. Monitor the DCPD signals using the TPs from the sat box going to the oscilloscope.
    1. There may be further problems with the sat box, but for the initial alignment into the OMC only the REFL signal is necessary.
    2. Not minimally necessary, but the sat box needs a new case. It has a front, back, and bottom, but no main case, so the board is exposed.
  4. I will move the OMMT-to-OMC steering mirrors while watching the scope for flashes in the REFL signal.

That is the first, minimal sequence of steps, which I plan to complete tomorrow. After aligned into the OMC, the alignment into the DCPDs shouldn't need modification. Barring work needed to align from OMC to DCPDs, I think most other work with the OMC can be done in-air.

  14342   Tue Dec 11 13:48:04 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC channels

Koji gave me some tips on testing this board that I wanted to write down, notes probably a bit intermingled with my thoughts. Thanks Koji, also for the DCC and equipment logging!

  • Test the power and AI boards separately with an external supply, ramping the voltage up slowly for each.
  • If it seems the AI board is actually drawing too much current, may need to check its TPs for where a problem might be
    • If it's really extensive may use an IR camera to see what elements are getting too hot
    • Testing in segments will prevent breaking more components
  • Check the regulator that I've replaced
  • The 1 Ohm resistors may have been acting as extra 1A fuses. i need to make sure the resistors I've used to replace them are rated for >1W, if this is the case.
  • Can check the resistance between +-12V and Gnd inputs on the AI board, if there is a short drawing too much current it may show up there.
  • The 7812 may be an appropriate regulator, but the input voltage may need to be somewhat higher than with the low drop regulator that was used before.
  • I want to double check the diagram on the DCC
  14341   Tue Dec 11 13:42:44 2018 KojiUpdateOMCOMC channels


D050368 Anti-Imaging Chassis


D050368 Adl SUS/SEI Anti-Image filter board 
S/N 100-102 Assembled by screaming circuits. Begin testing 4/3/06 
S/N xxx Mohana returned it to the shop. No S/N or traveler. Put in shop inventory 4/24/06 
S/N 103 Rev 01. Returned from Screaming circuits 7/10/06. complete except for C28, C29 
S/N 104-106 Rev 01. Returned from Screaming circuits 7/10/06. complete except for C28, C29 Needs DRV-135’s installed 
S/N 107-111 Rev 02 (32768 Hz) Back from assembly 7/14/06 
S/N 112-113 Rev 03 (65536 Hz) assembled into chassis and waiting for test 1/29/07 
S/N 114 Rev 03 (65536 Hz) assembled and ready for test 020507 

D050512 RBS Interface Chassis Power Supply Board (Just an entry. There is no file)


RBS Interface Chassis Power Board D050512-00



  14340   Mon Dec 10 19:47:06 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC channels

Taking another look at the datasheet, I don't think LM7812 is an appropriate replacement and I think the LM2940CT-12 is supposed to supply 1A, so it's possible the problem actually is on the power board, not on the dewhitening board. The board takes +/- 15V, not +/- 24...

  1. I identified that the resistors were 1Ohm, and replaced them (though I couldn't find 1Ohm surface mount resistors). I also replaced the voltage regulator in case it was broken. I couldn't find the exact model, so I replaced the LM2940CT-12 with an LM7812, which I think is the newer 12V regulator.


  14339   Mon Dec 10 15:53:16 2018 gautamUpdateLSCSwept-sine measurement with DTT

Disclaimer: This is almost certainly some user error on my part.

I've been trying to get this running for a couple of days, but am struggling to understand some behavior I've been seeing with DTT.


I wanted to measure some transfer functions in the simulated model I set up.

  • To start with, I put a pendulum (f0 = 1Hz, Q=5) TF into one of the filter modules
  • Isolated it from the other interconnections (by turning off the MEDM ON/OFF switches).
  • Set up a DTT swept-sine measurement
    • EXC channel was C1:OMC-TST_AUX_A_EXC
    • Monitored channels were C1:OMC-TST_AUX_A_IN2 and C1:OMC-TST_AUX_A_OUT.
    • Transfer function being measured was C1:OMC-TST_AUX_A_OUT/C1:OMC-TST_AUX_A_IN2.
    • Coherence between the excitation and output were also monitored.
  • Sweep parameters:
    • Measurement band was 0.1 - 900 Hz
    • Logarithmic, downward.
    • Excitation amplitude = 1ct, waveform = "Sine"

Unexplained behavior:

  • The transfer function measurement fails with a "Synchronization error", at ~15 Hz.
    • I don't know what is special about this frequency, but it fails repeatedly at the same point in the measurement.
  • Coherence is not 1 always
    • Why should the coherence deviate from 1 since everything is simulated? I think numerical noise would manifest when the gain of the filter is small (i.e. high frequencies for the pendulum), but the measurement and coherence seem fine down to a few tens of Hz.

To see if this is just a feature in the simulated model, I tried measuring the "plant" filter in the C1:LSC-PRCL filter bank (which is also just a pendulum TF), and run into the same error. I also tried running the DTT template on donatella (Ubuntu12) and pianosa (SL7), and get the same error, so this must be something I'm doing wrong with the way the measurement is being run / setup. I couldn't find any mention of similar problems in the SimPlant elogs I looked through, does anyone have an idea as to what's going on here?

* I can't get the "import" feature of DTT to work - I go through the GUI prompts to import an ASCII txt file exported from FOTON but nothing selectable shows up in DTT once the import dialog closes (which I presume means that the import was successful). Are we using an outdated version of DTT (GDS-2.15.1)?  But Attachment #1 shows the measured part of the pendulum TF, and is consistent with what is expected until the measurement terminates with a synchronization error.

the import problem is fixed - when importing, you have to give names to the two channels that define the TF you're importing (these can be arbitrary since the ASCII file doesn't have any channel name information). once i did that, the import works. you can see that while the measurement ran, the foton TF matches the DTT measured counterpart.

11 Dec 2pm: After discussing with Jamie and Gabriele, I also tried changing the # of points, start frequency etc, but run into the same error (though admittedly I only tried 4 combinations of these, so not exhaustive).

Attachment 1: SimTF.pdf
  14338   Mon Dec 10 12:29:05 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC channels

I kept having trouble keeping the power LEDs on the dewhitening board 'on'. I did the following:

1. I noticed that the dewhitening board was drawing a lot of current (>500mA), so I initially thought that the indicators were just turning on until I blew the fuse. I couldn't find the electronics diagrams for this board, so I was using analagous boards' diagrams and wasn't sure how much current to expect to draw. I swapped out for 1A fuses (only for the electronics I was adding to the system).

2. Now the +24V indicator on the dewhitening board wasn't turning on, and the -24V supply was alternatively drawing ~500mA and 0mA in a ~1Hz square wave. Thinking I could be dropping voltage along the path to the board, I swapped out the cables leading to the whitening/dewhitening boards with 16AWG (was 18AWG). This didn't seem to help.

3. Since the whitening board seemed to be consistently powered on, I removed the dewhitening board to see if there was a problem with it. Indeed, I'd burned out the +24V supply electronics--two resisters were broken entirely, and the breadboard near the voltage regulator had been visibly heated.

  1. I identified that the resistors were 1Ohm, and replaced them (though I couldn't find 1Ohm surface mount resistors). I also replaced the voltage regulator in case it was broken. I couldn't find the exact model, so I replaced the LM2940CT-12 with an LM7812, which I think is the newer 12V regulator.
  2. Though this replacement seemed to work when the power board was disconnected from the dewhitening board, connecting to the dewhitening board again resulted in a lot of current draw.
  3. I depowered the board and decided to take a different approach (see)

I noticed that the +/-15V currents are slightly higher than the labels, but didn't notice whether they were already different before I began this work.

I also noticed one pair of wires in the area of 1X1 I was working that wasn't attached to power (or anything). I didn't know what it was for, so I've attached a picture.

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  14337   Mon Dec 10 12:11:28 2018 aaronUpdateOMCAligning the OMC

I did some ray tracing and determined that the aux beam will enter the OMC after losing some power in reflection on OMPO (couldn't find this spec on the wiki, I remember something like 90-10 or 50-50) and the SRM (R~0.9), and then transmission through OMPO. This gives us something like 8%-23% of the aux light going to the OMC, depending on the OMPO transmission. This elog tells me the aux power before the recombination BS is ~37mW, ~3.7mW onto SRM, which is consistent with the OMPO being 90-10, and would mean the aux power onto the OMC is ~3mW, plenty for aligning into the OMC.

Since the dewhitening board I'd intended to use isn't working (see elog) , I'm gong to scan the OMC length with a function generator while adjusting the alignment by hand, as was briefly attempted during the last vent.

I couldn't identify a PD on the AP table that was the one I had used during the last vent, I suspect I coopted the very same PD for the arm loss measurements. It is a PDA520, which has a large (100mm^2) area so I've repurposed it again to catch the OMC prompt reflection during the mode scans. I've mounted it approximately where I expect the refl beam to exit the AS chamber.

I brought over the cart that usually lives at 1X1 to help me organize materials near the OMC chamber for opening.

I replaced the banana connectors we'd been using to send HV to the HV driver with soldered wires going to the final locking connector only, so now the 150V is on a safe cable.

I powered up the DCPD sat box and again confirmed that it's working. I sent a 500Hz sine wave through the sat box and confirmed that I can see the signal in the DCPD channels I've defined in cds. I gave the TT and OMC-L PZT channels bad assignments on the ADC (right now, what reads as 'OMC_PZT_MON' is actually the unfiltered output from the sat box, while the DCPD channels are for the filtered outputs of the box), because the way the signals are grouped on the cables I can't attach all of them at once. For this vent, I'll only really need the DCPD outputs, and since I have confirmed that I can read out both of those I'll fix up the HV driver mon channels later.

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  14336   Fri Dec 7 19:42:47 2018 ranaFrogselogcan't upgrade DokuWiki because of PHP / SL7

All of our wikis (except the 40m one which unfortunately got turned into ligo.org mess) use DokuWiki. This now has an auto-upgrade feature through the Admin web interface.

I tried this recently and it fails with this message:

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  14335   Fri Dec 7 17:04:18 2018 gautamUpdateIOOIMC transmission
  • Power just before PSL shutter on PSL table = 97 +/- 1 mW. Systematic error unknown.
  • Power from IFO REFL on AP table = 40 +/- 1 mW. Systematic error unknown.

Both were measured using the FieldMate power meter. I was hesitant to use the Ophir power meter as there is a label on it that warns against exceeding 100 mW. I can't find anything in the elog/wiki about the measured inesrtion loss / isolation of the input faraday, but this seems like a pretty low amount of light to get back from PRM. The IMC visibility using the MC_REFL DC values is ~87%. Assuming perfect transmission of the 87% of the 97mW that's coupled into the IMC, and assuming a further 5% loss between the Faraday rejected port and the AP table, the Faraday insertion loss would be ~30%. Realistically, the IMC transmission is lower. There is also some part of the light picked off for IPPOS. Judging by the shape of the REFL spot on the camera, it doesn't look clipped to me.

Either way, seems like we are only getting ~half of the 1W we send in on the back of PRM. So maybe it's worth it to investigate the situation in the IOO chamber during this vent.

c1pslc1susaux,c1iool0,caux  crates were keyed. Also, the physical shutter on the PSL NPRO, which was closed last Monday for the Sundance crew filming, was opened and the PMC was locked. PMC remains locked, but there is no light going into the IMC.

  14334   Fri Dec 7 12:51:06 2018 gautamUpdateIMCIMC ringdown fitting

I started putting together some code to implement some ideas we discussed at the Tuesday meeting here. Pipeline isn't setup yet, but i think it's commented okay so if people want to play around with it, the code lives on the 40m gitlab

Model parameters:

  • T+ --- average transmission of MC1 and MC3.
  • T- --- difference in transmission between MC1 and MC3 (this basis is used rather than T1 and T3, because the assumption is that since they were coated in the same coating run, the difference in transmission should be small, even if there is considerable uncertainty in the actual average transmission number.
  • T2 --- MC2 transmission.
  • Lrt --- Round trip loss in the cavity.
  • "sigma" --- a nuisance parameter quantifying the error in the time domain ringdown data.


  • Using these model parameters, calculate some simulated time-domain ringdowns. Optionally, add some noise (assumed Gaussian).
  • Try and back out the true values of the model parameters using emcee - priors were assumed to be uniformly distributed, with a +/- 20% uncertainty around the central value.
  • For a first test, see if there is any improvement in the parameter estimation uncertainty using only transmission ringdown vs both transmission and reflection.

Initial results and conclusions:

  • Attachment #1 - Simulated time series used for this study. The "fit" trace is computed using the median values from the monte-carlo.
  • Attachment #2 - Corner plots showing the distribution of the estimated parameter values, using only transmission ringdown. The "true" values are indicated using the thick blue lines.
  • Attachment #3 - Corner plots showing the distribution of the estimated parameter values, using both transmission and reflection ringdowns.
  • The overall approach seems to work okay. There seems to be only marginal improvement in the uncertainty in estimated parameters using both ringdown signals, at least in the simulation.
  • However, everything seems pretty sensitive to the way the likelihood and priors are coded up - need to explore this a bit more.

Next steps:

  • Add more simulated measurements, see if we can constrain these parameters more tightly. 
  • Use linear error analysis to see if that tells us which measurements we should do, without having to go through the emcee.

There still seems to be some data quality issues with the ringdown data I have, so I don't think we really gain anything from running this analysis on the data I have already collected - but in the future, we can do the ringdown with complete extinguishing of the input light, and repeat the analysis.

As for whether we should clean the IMC mirrors - I'm going to see how much power comes out at the REFL port (with PRM aligned) this afternoon, and compare to the input power. This technique suffers from uncertainty in the Faraday insertion loss, isolation and IMC parameters, but I am hoping we can at least set a bound on what the IMC loss is.

Attachment 1: time_reflAndTrans.pdf
Attachment 2: corner_transOnly.pdf
Attachment 3: corner_reflAndTrans.pdf
  14333   Thu Dec 6 17:33:33 2018 JonOmnistructureGeneralN2 line disconnected

I believe I finally have the N2 gauge working correctly. The wiring is unchanged from its original state and the controller has been recalibrated.

After letting the line pressure drop to 0 PSI as indicated by the analog gauge in the drill-press room, I recorded the number of counts read by the Omega controller. Then I pressurized the line to 80 PSI, again indicated by the analog gauge, and recorded the Omega counts again. I entered these two reference points into the controller (automatically determines the gain and offset from these), then confirmed the readings to agree with the anaog gauge as I varied the line pressure.

The two reference points are:

0 PSI  :  13 counts
80 PSI : 972 counts



[jon, gautam]

In the latest installment in this puzzler: turns out that maybe the trend of the "N2 pressure" channel increasing over the ~3 day timescale it takes a cylinder of N2 to run out is real, and is a feature of the way our two N2 cylinder lines/regulators are setup (for the automatic switching between cylinders when one runs out). In order to test this hypothesis, we'd like to have the line pressure be 0 initially, and then just have 1 cylinder hooked up. 


  14332   Thu Dec 6 11:16:28 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC channels

I need to hookup +/- 24 V supplies to the OMC whitening/dewhitening boxes that have been added to 1X2.

There are trailing +24V fuse slots, so I will extend that row to leave the same number of slots open.

While removing one +24V wire to add to the daisy chain, I let the wire brush an exposed conductor on the ground side, causing a spark. FSS_PCDRIVE and FSS_FAST are at different levels than before this spark. The 24V sorensens have the same currents as before according to the labels. Gautam advised me to remove the final fuse in the daisy chain before adding additional links.

gautam: we peeled off some outdated labels from the Sorensens in 1X1 such that each unit now has only 1 label visible reflecting the voltage and current. Aaron will post a photo after his work.

  14331   Tue Dec 4 18:24:05 2018 gautamOmnistructureGeneralN2 line disconnected

[jon, gautam]

In the latest installment in this puzzler: turns out that maybe the trend of the "N2 pressure" channel increasing over the ~3 day timescale it takes a cylinder of N2 to run out is real, and is a feature of the way our two N2 cylinder lines/regulators are setup (for the automatic switching between cylinders when one runs out). In order to test this hypothesis, we'd like to have the line pressure be 0 initially, and then just have 1 cylinder hooked up. When we went into the drill-press area, we heard a hiss, turns out that one of the cylinders is leaking (to be fair, this was labelled, but i thought it isn't great to have a higher N2 concentration in an enclosed space). Since we don't need any actuation ability, I valved off the leaky cylinder, and disconnected the other properly functioning one. Attachment #1 shows the current state.

Attachment 1: IMG_7195.JPG
  14330   Tue Dec 4 10:38:12 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeUpdated Feedthrough List for Vacuum Acromag Chassis

Based on new input from Chub, attached is the revised list of signal cable feedthroughs needed on the vacuum system Acromag crate. I believe this list is now complete.

Attachment 1: acromag_chassis_feedthroughs.pdf
  14329   Sun Dec 2 19:32:35 2018 ranaUpdateIOOfit times

need to vary start/stop times in fit to test for systematics

  14328   Sun Dec 2 17:26:58 2018 gautamUpdateIMCIMC ringdown fitting

Recently we wondered at the meeting what the IMC round trip loss was. I had done several ringdowns in the winter of 2017, but because the incident light on the cavity wasn't being extinguished completely (the AOM 0th order beam is used), the full Isogaio et. al. analysis could not be applied (there were FSS induced features in the reflection ringdown signal). Nevertheless, I fitted the transmission ringdowns. They looked like clean exponentials, and judging by the reflection signals (see previous elogs in this thread), the first ~20us of data is a clean exponential, so I figured we may get some rough value of the loss by just fitting the transmission data. 

The fitted storage time is 60.8 \pm 2.7 \mu s.However, this number isn't commensurate with the 40m IMC spec of a critically coupled cavity with 2000ppm transmissivity for the input and output couplers.

Attachment #1: Expected storage time for a lossless cavity, with round-trip length ~27m. MC2 is assumed to be perfectly reflecting. The IMC length is known to better than 100 Hz uncertainty because the marconi RF modulation signal is set accordingly. For the 40m spec, I would expect storage times of ~40 usec, but I measure almost 30% longer, at ~60 usec.

Attachment #2: Fits and residuals from the 10 datasets I had collected. This isn't a super informative plot because there are 10 datasets and fits, but to eye, the fits are good, and the diagonal elements of the covariance matrix output by scipy's curve_fit back this up. The function used to fit the t > 0 portions of these signals (because the light was extinguished at t=0 by actuating on the AOM) is \text{Transmission} = Ae^{-\frac{2t}{\tau_{\mathrm{storage}}}}, where A and tau are the fitted parameters. In the residuals, the same artefacts visible in the reflection signal are seen.

Attachment #3: Scatter plot of the data. Width of circles are proportional to fit error on individual measurements (i just scaled the marker size arbitrarily to be able to visually see the difference in uncertainty, the width doesn't exactly indicate the error), while the dahsed lines are the global mean and +/- 1 sigma levels.

Attachment #4: Cavity pole measurement. Using this, I get an estimate of the loss that is a much more believable 300 \pm 20\, \mathrm{ppm}.

Attachment 1: tauTheoretical.pdf
Attachment 2: ringdownFit.pdf
Attachment 3: ringdownScatter.pdf
Attachment 4: cavPole.pdf
  14327   Sun Dec 2 16:08:44 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeFeedthroughs for Vacuum Acromag Chassis

Below is an inventory of the signal feedthroughs that need to be installed on the vacuum Acromag crate this week.

Type Qty Connects to # Chs Signals
DB-37 female 1 Main AC relay box 18 Valve/roughing pump control
DB-9 female 5** Satellite AC relay boxes 3-4/box Valve control
DB-25 male 1 Turbo pump 1 controller 5 Pump status readbacks
DB-9 male 30 Valve position indicators 2/valve Valve position readbacks
DB-9 male 3 Roughing pump controllers 1/pump Pump status readbacks
DB-9 male 1 Cryo pump controller 2 Pump status readbacks

**The original documentation lists five satellite boxes (one for each test mass chamber and one for the beamsplitter chamber), but Chub reports not all of them are in use. We may remove the ones not used.

  14326   Fri Nov 30 19:37:47 2018 gautamUpdateLSCLSC feedforward block diagram

I wanted to set up an RTCDS model to understand this problem better. Attachment #1 is the simulink diagram of the signal flow. The idea will be to put in the appropriate filter shapes into the various filter blocks denoting the DARM and auxiliary DoF plants, controllers and actuators, and then use awggui / diaggui to inject some noises and see if in this idealized model I can achieve good subtraction. Then we can build up to applying a time varying cross coupling between DARM and the vertex DoF, and see how good the adaptive FF works. Still need to setup some MEDM screens to make working with the test system easier.

I figured c1omc would be the least invasive model to set this upon without risking losing any of our IR/green alignment references. Compile and install went smooth, see Attachment #2. The c1omc model was clocking 4us before, now it's using 7us.

Attachment #3 shows the top level of the OMC model, while Attachment #4 shows the MEDM screen.

* Note to self: when closing a loop inside the realtime model, there has to be a delay block somewhere in the loop, else a compilation error is thrown.

Attachment 1: LSC_FF_tester.png
Attachment 2: Screenshot_from_2018-11-30_19-41-07.png
Attachment 3: Screenshot_from_2018-12-10_15-31-23.png
Attachment 4: SimLSC.png
  14325   Fri Nov 30 15:53:52 2018 JonOmnistructureGeneralN2 pressure gauge fix

I've made a repair to the N2 pressure monitor. I don't believe the polarity of the analog signal into the controller actually was reversed. I found the data sheet (attached) for the transducer model we have installed. Its voltage should read ~0 at 0 PSI and 100mV at 100 PSI. As wired, the input voltage reads +80 mV as it should.

The controller calibrates the sensor voltage to PSI (i.e., applies a scale and offset) based on two settable reference points which appeared to be incorrect. I changed them to:

  1. 0 mV = 0 PSI (neglecting the small dark bias)
  2. 100 mV = 100 PSI

After the change, the pressure reads 80 PSI. Let's see if the time history now shows a sensible trend. 


[koji, gautam, jon, steve]

  • We suspect analog voltage from N2 pressure gauge is connected to interfacing Omega controller with the 'wrong' polarity (i.e pressure is rising over ~4 days and then rapidly falling instead of the other way around). This should be fixed.


Attachment 1: N2_transducer_datasheet.pdf
  14324   Thu Nov 29 17:46:43 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralSome to-dos

[koji, gautam, jon, steve]

  • We suspect analog voltage from N2 pressure gauge is connected to interfacing Omega controller with the 'wrong' polarity (i.e pressure is rising over ~4 days and then rapidly falling instead of the other way around). This should be fixed.
  • N2 check script logic doesn't seem robust. Indeed, it has not been sending out warning emails (threshold is set to 60 psi, it has certainly gone below this threshold even with the "wrong" polarity pressure gauge hookup). Probably the 40m list is rejecting the email because controls isn't a part of the 40m group.
  • Old frames have to be re-integrated from JETSTOR to the new FB in order to have long timescale lookback.
  • N2 cylinder pressure gauges (at the cylinder end) need a power supply - @ Steve, has this been purchased? If not, perhaps @ Chub can order it.
  • MEDM vacuum screen should be updated to have gate valves be a different color to the spring-loaded valves. Manual valve between TP1 and V1 should also be added.
  • P2, P3 and P4 aren't returning sensible values (they should all be reading ~760torr as is P1). @ Steve, any idea if these gauges are broken?
  • Hornet gauges (CC and Pirani) should be hooked up to the new vacuum system.
  • add slow channels of   foreline pressures of TP2 & 3   and    C1:Vac-IG1_status_pressure
  14323   Thu Nov 29 08:13:33 2018 SteveUpdatePEMEQ 3.9m So CA

EQ did not trip anything. atm1

Just a REMINDER: our vacuum system is at atm to help the vacuum upgrade to Acromag.

Exceptions: cryo pump and 4 ion pumps

It is our first rainy day of the season..The roof is not leaking.

 Vac Status: The vac rack power was recycled yesterday and power to controller TP1,2 and 3 restored. atm3

                     VME is OFF.        Power to all other instrument are ON.       23.9Vdc 0.2A

ETMY sus tower with locked optic in HEPA tent at east end is standing by for action.


Attachment 1: 3.9mSoCA.png
Attachment 2: Vac_as_today.png
Attachment 3: as_is.png
  14322   Tue Nov 27 17:06:51 2018 SteveConfigurationVACAgilent 84FS turbo installed as TP2

Chub & Steve,

We swapped in our  replacement of Varian V70D "bear-can" turbo as factory clean.

The new Agilent TwisTorr 84 FS  turbo pump [ model x3502-64002,  sn IT17346059 ]  with intake screen, fan, vent valve. The controller  [ model 3508-64001, sn IT1737C383 ] and a larger drypump IDP-7,  [ model x3807-64010, sn MY17170019 ] was installed.

Next things to do:

  1. implement hardware interlock to close V4 at 80% pumping speed slowdown of "standby" rotation speed, estimated to be ~ 40,000 RPM ( when Standby 50K RPM  )
  2. set up isolation valve in the foreline of TP2, with delayed start of the IDP-7 and/or use relay to power drypump.  This turbo controller can not switch off or start of the dry pump. [ Agilent isolation valve #X3202-60055, with position indicator, pneumatic actuation, 115V solenoid ]..........as a second thought, we do not need isolation valve if we go with the relay option. The IDP-7 has built in delay of 10-15 sec
  3. test performance of new turbo
  14321   Tue Nov 27 10:50:20 2018 SteveUpdatePEMearth quake Mexico

Nothing tripped.


Attachment 1: 5.5M.Mexico.png
  14320   Mon Nov 26 21:58:08 2018 JonOmnistructure Serial Vacuum Signals

All the serial vacuum signals are now interfaced to the new digital controls system. A set of persistent Python scripts will query each device at regular intervals (up to ~10 Hz) and push the readings to soft channels hosted by the modbus IOC. Similar scripts will push on/off state commands to the serial turbo pumps.

IP Addresses/Comm Settings

Each serial device is assigned an IP address on the local subnet as follows. Its serial communication parameters as configured in the terminal server are also listed.

Device IP Address Baud Rate Data Bits Stop Bits Parity
MKS937a vacuum gauge controller 9600 8 1 even
MKS937b vacuum gauge controller 9600 8 1 even
GP307 vacuum gauge controller 9600 8 1 even
GP316a vacuum gauge controller 9600 8 1 even
GP316b vacuum gauge controller 9600 8 1 even
N2 pressure line gauge 9600 7 1 odd
TP2/3 9600 8 1 none

Hardware Modifications

  • Each of the five vacuum gauge controllers has an RJ45 adapter installed directly on its DB9/DB25 output port. Because the RJ45 cable now plugs directly into the terminal server, instead of passing through some additional adapters as it formerly did, it was necessary to reverse the wiring of the controller TXD and RXD pins to Ethernet pins. The DB9/25-to-RJ45 adapters on the back of the controllers are now wired as follows.
    • For the MKS controllers: DB2 (RXD) --> Eth4;  DB3 (TXD) --> Eth5;  DB5 (RTN) --> Eth6
    • For the Granville-Phillips controllers: DB2 (TXD) --> Eth5;  DB3 (RXD) --> Eth4;  DB7 (RTN) --> Eth6
  • I traced a communications error with the GP307 gauge controller all the way back to what I would have suspected least, the controller itself. The comm card inside each controller has a set of mechanical relay switches which set the communications parameters (baud rate, parity, etc.). Knowing that this controller was not part of the original installation, but was swapped in to replace the original in 2009, I pulled the controller from the rack and checked the internal switch settings. Sure enough, the switch settings (pictured below) were wrong. In the background of the photo is the unit removed in 2009, which has the correct settings. After setting the correct communications parameters, the controller immediately began communicating with the server. Did these readouts (PRP, PTP1) never work since 2009? I don't see how they could.
Attachment 1: GP307_relays.jpeg
  14319   Mon Nov 26 17:16:27 2018 gautamUpdateSUSEY chamber work

[steve, rana, gautam]

  • PSL and EY 1064nm laser (physical) shutters on the head were closed so that we and sundance crew could work without laser safety goggles. EY oplev laser was also turned off.
  • Cylindrical heater setup removed:
    • heater wiring meant the heater itself couldn't be easily removed from the chamber
    • two lenses and Al foil cylinder removed from chamber, now placed on the mini-cleanroom table.
  • Parabolic heater is untouched for now. We can re-insert it once the test mass is back in, so that we can be better informed about the clipping situation.
  • ETMY removed from chamber.
    • EQ stops were engaged.
    • Pictures were taken
    • OSEMs were removed from cage, placed in foil holders.
    • Cage clamps were removed after checking that marker clamps were in place.
    • Optic was moved first to NW corner of table, then out of the vacuum onto the mini-cleanroom desk Chub and I had setup last week.
    • Hoepfully there isn't an earthquake. EY has been marked as off-limits to avoid accidental bumping / catasrophic wire/magnet/optic breaking.
    • We sealed up the mini cleanroom with tape. F.C. cleaning tomorrow or at another opportune moment.
    • Light door was put back on for the evening.

Rana pointed out that the OSEM cabling, because of lack of a plastic shielding, is grounded directly to the table on which it is resting. A glass baking dish at the base of the seismic stack prevents electrical shorting to the chamber. However, there are some LEMO/BNC cables as well on the east side of the stack, whose BNC ends are just lying on the base of the stack. We should use this opportunity to think about whether anything needs to be done / what the influence of this kind of grounding is (if any) on actuator noise.

Steve also pointed out that we should replace the rubber pads which the vacuum chamber is resting on (Attachment #1, not from this vent, but just to indicate what's what). These serve the purpose of relieving small amounts of strain the chamber may experience relative to the beam tube, thus helping preserve the vacuum joints b/w chamber and tube. But after (~20?) years of being under compression, Steve thinks that the rubber no longer has any elasticity, and so should be replaced.

Attachment 1: IMG_5251.JPG
  14318   Mon Nov 26 15:58:48 2018 SteveUpdateVACVent 81

Gautam, Aaron, Chub & Steve,

ETMY heavy door replaced by light one.

We did the following:  measured 950 particles/cf min of 0.5 micron at SP table, wiped crane and it's cable, wiped chamber,

                                placed heavy door on clean merostate covered stand, dry wiped o-rings and isopropanol wiped Aluminum light cover



Gautam, Aaron, Chub and Steve,


Vent 80 is nearly complete; the instrument is almost to atmosphere.  All four ion pump gate valves have been disconnected, though the position sensors are still connected,and all annulus valves are open.  The controllers of TP1 and TP3 have been disconnected from AC power. VC1 and VC2 have been disconnected and must remained closed. Currently, the RGA is being vented through the needle valve and the RGA had been shut off at the beginning of the vent preparations.  VM1 and VM3 could not be actuated.  The condition status is still listed as Unidentified because of the disconnected valves. 

The vent 81 is completed.

4 ion pumps and cryo pump are at ~ 1-4 Torr (estimated as we have no gauges there), all other parts of the vacuum envelope are at atm. P2 & P3 gauges are out of order.

V1 and VM1 are in a locked state. We suspect this is because of some interlock logic.

TP1 and TP3 controllers are turned off.

Valve conditions as  shown: ready to be opened or closed or moved or rewired. To re-iterate: VC1, VC2, and the Ion Pump valves shouldn't be re-connected during the vac upgrade.

Thanks for all of your help.


  14317   Mon Nov 26 15:43:16 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC scanning/aligning script

I've started testing the OMC channels I'll use.

I needed to update the model, because I was getting "Unable to setup testpoint" errors for the DAC channels that I had created earlier, and didn't have any ADC channels yet defined. I attach a screenshot of the new model. I ran

rtcds make c1omc
rtcds install c1omc
rtcds start c1omc.
without errors.
Attachment 1: c1omc.png
  14316   Mon Nov 26 10:22:16 2018 aaronUpdateGeneralprojector light bulb replaced

I replaced the projector bulb. Previous bulb was shattered.

  14315   Sun Nov 25 17:41:43 2018 JonOmnistructure Vacuum Controls Upgrade - Status and Plans

New hardware has been installed in the vacuum controls rack. It is shown in the below post-install photo.

  • Supermicro server (c1vac) which will be replacing c1vac1 and c1vac2.
  • 16-port Ethernet switch providing a closed local network for all vacuum devices.
  • 16-port IOLAN terminal server for multiplexing/Ethernetizing all RS-232 serial devices.

Below is a high-level summary of where things stand, and what remains to be done.


 Set up of replacement controls server (c1vac).

  • Supermicro 1U rackmount server, running Debian 8.5.
  • Hosting an EPICS modbus IOC, scripted to start/restart automatically as a system service.
  • First Ethernet interface put on the martian network at
  • Second Ethernet interface configured to host a LAN at 192.168.114.xxx for communications with all vacuum electronics. It connects to a 16-port Ethernet switch installed in the vacuum electronics rack.
  • Server installed in vacuum electronics rack (see photo).

 Set up of Acromag terminals.

  • 6U rackmount chassis frame assembled; 15V DC, 24V DC, and Ethernet wired.
  • Acromags installed in chassis and configured for the LAN (5 XT1111 units, 2 XT1121 units).

 EPICS database migration.

  • All vacuum channels moved to the modbus IOC, with the database updated to address the new Acromags. [The new channels are running concurrently at "C1:Vac2-...." to avoid conflict with the existing system.]
  • Each hard channel was individually tested on the electronics bench to confirm correct addressing and Acromag operation.

 Set up of 16-port IOLAN terminal server (for multiplexing/Ethernetizing the serial devices).

  • Configured for operation on the LAN. Each serial device port is assigned a unique IP address, making the terminal server transparent to client TCP applications.
  • Most of the pressure gauges are now communicating with the controls server via TCP.

Ongoing this week:

  • [Jon] Continue migrating serial devices to ports on the terminal server. Still left are the turbo pumps, N2 gauge, and RGA.
  • [Jon] Continue developing Python code for communicating with gauges and pumps via TCP sockets. A beta version of gauge readout code is running now.
  • [Chub] Install feedthrough panels on the Acromag chassis. Connect the wiring from feedthrough panels to the assigned Acromag slots.
  • [Chub/Jon] Test all the hard EPICS channels on the electronics bench, prior to installing the crate in the vacuum rack.
  • [Chub/Jon] Install the crate in the vacuum rack; connect valve/pump readbacks and actuators; test each hard EPICS channel in situ.
  • [Jon] Once all the signal connections have been made, in situ testing of the Python interlock code can begin.
Attachment 1: rack_photo.jpg
  14314   Wed Nov 21 16:48:11 2018 gautamUpdateCOCEY mini cleanroom setup

With Chub's help, I've setup a mini cleanroom at EY - Attachment #1. The HEPA unit is running on high now. All surfaces were wiped with isopropanol, we can wipe everything down again on Monday and replace the foil.

Attachment 1: IMG_7174.JPG
  14313   Wed Nov 21 09:59:26 2018 gautamUpdateLSCLSC feedforward block diagram

Attachment #1 is a block diagram depicting the pathway by which the vertex DOF control signals can couple into DARM (adapted from a similar diagram in Gabriele's Virgo note on the subject). I've also indicated some points where noise can couple into either loop. In general, there are sensing noises that couple in at the error point of the loop, and actuation noises that couple in at the control point. In this linear picture, each block represents a (possibly time varying) transfer function. So we can write out the node-to-node transfer functions and evaluate the various couplings.

The motivation is to see if we can first simulate with some realistic noise and time-varying couplings (and then possibly test on the realtime system) the effectiveness of the filter denoted by "FF" in canceling out the shot noise from the auxiliary loop being re-injected into the DARM loop via the DARM sensor. Does this look correct?

Attachment 1: IMG_7173.JPG
  14312   Tue Nov 20 20:33:11 2018 aaronUpdateOMCOMC scanning/aligning script

I finished running the cabling for the OMC, which involved running 7x 50ft DB9 cables from the OMC_NORTH rack to the 1X2 rack, laying cables over others on the tray. I tried not to move other cables to the extent I could, and I didn't run the new cables under any old cables. I attach a sketch diagram of where these cables are going, not inclusive of the entire DAC/ADC signal path.

I also had to open up the AA board (D050387, D050374), because it had an IPC connector rather than the DB37 that I needed to connect. The DAC sends signals to a breakout board that is in use (D080302) and had a DB37 output free (though note this carries only 4 DAC channels). I opened up the AA board and it had two IPC 40s connected to an adapter to the final IPC 70 output. I replaced the IPC40 connectors with DB37 breakouts, and made a new slot (I couldn't find a DB37 punch, so this is not great...) on the front panel for one of them, so I can attach it to the breakout board.

I noticed there were many unused wires, so I had to confirm that I had the wiring correct (still haven't confirmed by driving the channels, but will do). There was no DCC for D080302, but I grabbed the diagrams for the whitening boards it was connected to (D020432) and for the AA board I was opening up as well as checked out elog 8814, and I think I got it. I'll confirm this manually and make a diagram if it's not fake news.

Attachment 1: pathwaysketch.pdf
Attachment 2: IMG_0094.JPG
Attachment 3: IMG_0097.JPG
  14311   Tue Nov 20 17:38:13 2018 ranaUpdateUpgradeNew Coffee Machine

Rana, Aaron, Gautam

The old Zojirushi has died. We have received and comissioned our new Technivoorm Mocha Master today. It is good.

  14310   Tue Nov 20 13:13:01 2018 gautamUpdateVACIMC alignment is okay

I checked the IMC alignment following the vent, for which the manual beam block placed on the PSL table was removed. The alignment is okay, after minor touchup, the MC Trans was ~1200 cts which is roughly what it was pre-vent. I've closed the PSL shutter again.

  14309   Mon Nov 19 23:38:41 2018 JonOmnistructure Vacuum Acromag Channel Assignments

I've completed bench testing of all seven vacuum Acromags installed in a custom rackmount chassis. The system contains five XT1111 modules (sinking digital I/O) used for readbacks of the state of the valves, TP1, CP1, and the RPs. It also contains two XT1121 modules (sourcing digital I/O) used to pass 24V DC control signals to the AC relays actuating the valves and RPs. The list of Acromag channel assignments is attached.

I tested each input channel using a manual flip-switch wired between signal pin and return, verifying the EPICS channel readout to change appropriately when the switch is flipped open vs. closed. I tested each output channel using a voltmeter placed between signal pin and return, toggling the EPICS channel on/off state and verifying the output voltage to change appropriately. These tests confirm the Acromag units all work, and that all the EPICS channels are correctly addressed.

Attachment 1: Binary_IO_Channel_Assignments.pdf
  14308   Mon Nov 19 22:45:23 2018 JonOmnistructure Vacuum System Subnetwork

I've set up a closed subnetwork for interfacing the vacuum hardware (Acromags and serial devices) with the new controls machine (c1vac; The controls machine has two Ethernet interfaces, one which faces outward into the martian network and another which faces the internal subnetwork, 192.168.114.xxx. The second network interface was configured via the following procedure.

1. Add the following lines to /etc/network/interfaces:

allow-hotplug eth1
iface eth1 inet static

2. Restart the networking services:

$sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

3. Enable DNS lookup on the martian network by adding the following lines to /etc/resolv.conf:

search martian

4. Enable IP forwarding from eth1 to eth0:

$sudo echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

5. Configure IP tables to allow outgoing connections, while keeping the LAN invisible from outside the gateway (c1vac):

$sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE
$sudo iptables -A FORWARD -i eth0 -o eth1 -m state --state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
$sudo iptables -A FORWARD -i eth1 -o eth0 -j ACCEPT

6. Finally, because the EPICS 3.14 server binds to all network interfaces, client applications running on c1vac now see two instances of the EPICS server---one at the outward-facing address and one at the LAN address. To resolve this ambiguity, two additional enviroment variables must be set that specify to local clients which server address to use. Add the following lines to /home/controls/.bashrc:


A list of IP addresses so far assigned on the subnetwork follows.

Device IP Address
Acromag XT1111a
Acromag XT1111b
Acromag XT1111c
Acromag XT1111d
Acromag XT1111e
Acromag XT1121a
Acromag XT1121b
  14307   Mon Nov 19 22:01:50 2018 gautamUpdateVACLoose nut on valve

As I was turning off the lights in the VEA, I heard a rattling sound from near the PSL enclosure. I followed it to a valve - I couldn't see a label on this valve in my brief effort to find one, but it is on the south-west corner of the IMC table, so maybe VABSSCI or VABSSCO? The power cable is somehow spliced with an attachment that looks to be bringing gas in/out of the valve (See Attachment #1), and the nut on the bottom was loose, the whole power cable + mettal attachment was responsible for the rattling. I finger-tightened the nut and the sound went away.

Attachment 1: IMG_7171.JPG
  14306   Mon Nov 19 17:09:00 2018 SteveUpdateVACVent 81

Gautam, Aaron, Chub and Steve,


Vent 80 is nearly complete; the instrument is almost to atmosphere.  All four ion pump gate valves have been disconnected, though the position sensors are still connected,and all annulus valves are open.  The controllers of TP1 and TP3 have been disconnected from AC power. VC1 and VC2 have been disconnected and must remained closed. Currently, the RGA is being vented through the needle valve and the RGA had been shut off at the beginning of the vent preparations.  VM1 and VM3 could not be actuated.  The condition status is still listed as Unidentified because of the disconnected valves. 

The vent 81 is completed.

4 ion pumps and cryo pump are at ~ 1-4 Torr (estimated as we have no gauges there), all other parts of the vacuum envelope are at atm. P2 & P3 gauges are out of order.

V1 and VM1 are in a locked state. We suspect this is because of some interlock logic.

TP1 and TP3 controllers are turned off.

Valve conditions as  shown: ready to be opened or closed or moved or rewired. To re-iterate: VC1, VC2, and the Ion Pump valves shouldn't be re-connected during the vac upgrade.

Thanks for all of your help.

Attachment 1: beforeVent82.png
Attachment 2: vent81completed.png
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