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1654   Fri Jun 5 01:10:13 2009 rob, peteUpdateLockingundermined

We were stymied early in the evening by a surreptitiously placed, verbo-visually obfuscated command in the drstep script.

1657   Fri Jun 5 16:45:28 2009 rob, peteHowToComputerstdsavg failure in cm_step script

Quote:

 Quote: the command tdsavg 5 C1:LSC-PD4_DC_IN1 was causing grievous woe in the cm_step script.  It turned out to fail intermittently at the command line, as did other LSC channels.  (But non-LSC channels seem to be OK.)  So we power cycled c1lsc (we couldn't ssh). Then we noticed that computers were out of sync again (several timing fields said 16383 in the C0DAQ_RFMNETWORK screen).  We restarted c1iscey, c1iscex, c1lsc, c1susvme1, and c1susvme2.  The timing fields went back to 0.  But the tdsavg command still  intermittently said "ERROR: LDAQ - SendRequest - bad NDS status: 13". The channel C1:LSC-SRM_OUT16 seems to work with tdsavg every time. Let us know if you know how to fix this.

Did you try restarting the framebuilder?

What you type is in bold:

op440m> telnet fb40m 8087

daqd> shutdown

Restarting the framebuilder didn't work, but the problem now appears to be fixed.

Upon reflection, we also decided to try killing all open DTT and Dataviewer windows.  This also involved liberal use of ps -ef to seek out and destroy all diag's, dc3's, framer4's, etc.

That may have worked, but it happened simultaneously to killing the tpman process on fb40m, so we can't be sure which is the actual solution.

To restart the testpoint manager:

what you type is in bold:

rosalba> ssh fb40m

fb40m~> pkill tpman

The tpman is actually immortal, like Voldemort or the Kurgan or the Cylons in the new BG.  Truly slaying it requires special magic, so the pkill tpman command has the effect of restarting it.

In the future, we should make it a matter of policy to close DTTs and Dataviewers when we're done using them, and killing any unattended ones that we encounter.

2224   Mon Nov 9 19:44:38 2009 rob, ranaUpdateComputersOMC FE hosed

We found that someone had set the name of megatron to scipe11. This is the same name as the existing c1aux in the op440m /etc/hosts file.

We did a /sbin/shutdown on megatron and the OMC now boots.

Please: check to see that things are working right after playing with megatron or else this will sabotage the DR locking and diagnostics.

1621   Fri May 22 17:03:14 2009 rob, steveUpdatePSLMOPA takes a holiday

The MOPA is taking the long weekend off.

Steve went out to wipe off the condensation inside the MOPA and found beads of water inside the NPRO box, perilously close to the PCB board.  He then measured the water temperature at the chiller head, which is 6C.  We decided to "reboot" the MOPA/chiller combo, on the off chance that would get things synced up.  Upon turning off the MOPA, the neslab chiller display immediately started displaying the correct temperature--about 6C.  The 22C number must come from the MOPA controller.  We thus tentatively narrowed down the possible space of problems to: broken MOPA controller and/or clog in the cooling line going to the power amplifier.  We decided to leave the MOPA off for the weekend, and start plumbing on Tuesday.  It is of course possible that the controller is the problem, but we think leaving the laser off over the weekend is the best course of action.

9830   Fri Apr 18 14:00:48 2014 rolfUpdateCDSmx_stream not starting on c1ioo

To fix open-mx connection to c1ioo, had to restart the mx mapper on fb machine. Command is /opt/mx/sbin/mx_start_mapper, to be run as root. Once this was done, omx_info on c1ioo computer showed fb:0 in the table and mx_stream started back up on its own.

4697   Thu May 12 00:59:45 2011 ryan, ranaUpdatePSLReturn of the PSL temperature box

The PSL temperature box has returned to service, with some circuit modifications. The 1k resistors on all the temp. sensor inputs (R3, R4, R7, R8, R12, R12) were changed to 0 Ohm. Also, the 10k resistors R26, R28, R29, and R30 were changed to 10.2k metal film. The DCC document will be updated shortly. There is now an offset in the MINCOMEAS channel compared to the others, which will be corrected in the morning after looking at the overnight trend.

5071   Sat Jul 30 19:06:25 2011 ryan, ranaUpdatePSLReturn of the PSL temperature box

 Quote: The PSL temperature box has returned to service, with some circuit modifications. The 1k resistors on all the temp. sensor inputs (R3, R4, R7, R8, R12, R12) were changed to 0 Ohm. Also, the 10k resistors R26, R28, R29, and R30 were changed to 10.2k metal film. The DCC document will be updated shortly. There is now an offset in the MINCOMEAS channel compared to the others, which will be corrected in the morning after looking at the overnight trend.

Forgot to do this in May. Have just changed the values in the psl.db file now as well as updating them live via Probe.

To make the appropriate change, I took the measured offset (5.31 deg) and added 2x this to the EGUF and EGUL field for the MINCO_MEAS channel. (see instructions here)

Committed the .db file to the SVN.

attached plot shows 8 days of trend with 5.31 degC added to the black trace using the XMGRACE Data Set Transformations

Attachment 1: rctempbox.png
3539   Tue Sep 7 23:17:45 2010 sanjitConfigurationComputersrossa notes

 Quote: * rossa needs to be able move windows between monitors: Xinerama?

Xinerama support has been enabled on rossa using nvidia-settings.

3541   Tue Sep 7 23:49:08 2010 sanjitConfigurationComputersaldabella network configuration

added name server 192.169.113.20 as the first entry in /etc/resolv.conf

changed the host IPs in /etc/hosts to 192.168.xxx.yyy

127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost

::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhos6

as the first two lines of /etc/hosts

/cvs/cds mounts

on ethernet, DNS look-up works without the explicit host definitions in /etc/hosts,

but those entries are needed for wifi only connection.

2043   Fri Oct 2 15:24:29 2009 sanjit, ranaSummaryIOOmcwfs centered

we set the offsets for the MCWFS DC and for the MCWFS demod outputs and then turned off the lights put the MZ at half fringe and then centered the spots on the MCWFS heads.

The MCREFL beam looks symmetric again and the MC REFL power is low.

Attachment 1: Untitled.png
3071   Sat Jun 12 18:03:00 2010 sharmilaUpdateelogTemperature Controller

Kiwamu and I setup a serial port terminal for receiving data from TC200 via a RS-232 USB interface. It was done using a Python code. Some command definitions need to be done to get the output from TC-200.

14001   Thu Jun 21 23:59:12 2018 shrutiUpdatePEMSeismometer temp control

We (Rana and I) are re-assembling the temperature controls on the seismometer to attempt PID control and then improve it using reinforcement learning.

We tried to re-assemble the connections for the heater and in-loop temperature sensor on the can that covers the seismometer.

We fixed (soldered) two of the connections from the heater circuit to the heater, but did not manage to get the PID working as one of the wires attached to the MOSFET had come off. Re-soldering the wire would be attempted tomorrow.

Equipment for undertaking all this is still left at the X-end of the interferometer and will be cleared soon.

14002   Fri Jun 22 00:06:13 2018 shrutiUpdateGeneralover-head fluorescent lights down

Two out of the four over-head fluorescent lights in the X end of the interferometer were flickering today.

14016   Mon Jun 25 22:27:57 2018 shrutiUpdatePEMSeismometer temp control - heater circuit

After removing all the clamping screws from the heater circuit board, I soldered the wire connecting IRF630 to the output of OP27, which had come off earlier. This can only be a temporary fix as the wire was not long enough to be able to make a proper solder joint. I also tried fixing two other connections which were also almost breaking.

After re-assembling everything I found out that one of the LEDs was not working. The most likely cause seems to be an issue with LM791, LM 781 or the LED itself. Due to the positioning of the wires, I was unable to test them today but will try again possibly tomorrow.

Equipment used for this is still lying at the X end.

 Quote: We (Rana and I) are re-assembling the temperature controls on the seismometer to attempt PID control and then improve it using reinforcement learning. We tried to re-assemble the connections for the heater and in-loop temperature sensor on the can that covers the seismometer. We fixed (soldered) two of the connections from the heater circuit to the heater, but did not manage to get the PID working as one of the wires attached to the MOSFET had come off. Re-soldering the wire would be attempted tomorrow. Equipment for undertaking all this is still left at the X-end of the interferometer and will be cleared soon.
14030   Thu Jun 28 11:05:48 2018 shrutiUpdatePEMSeismometer temp control equipment

Earlier today I cleared up most of the equipment at the X end near the seismometer to make the area walkable.

In the process, I removed the connections to the temperature sensor and placed the wires on top of the can.

14979   Fri Oct 18 20:21:33 2019 shrutiUpdateALSAM measurement attempt at X end

[Shruti, Rana]

- At the X end, we set up the network analyzer to begin measurement of the AM transfer function by actuation of the laser PZT.

- The lid of the PDH optics setup was removed to make some checks and then replaced.

- From the PDH servo electronics setup the 'GREEN_REFL' and 'TO AUX-X LASER PZT' cables were removed for the measurement and then re-attached after.

- The signal today was too low to make a real measurement of the AM transfer function, but the GPIB scripts and interfacing was tested.

15007   Mon Nov 4 11:41:28 2019 shrutiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsEpics installed on donatella

I've installed pyepics on Donatella running

sudo yum install pyepics

Pip and ipython did not seem to be installed yet.

15020   Thu Nov 7 17:46:10 2019 shrutiUpdateALSAM measurement at X end

### Some details:

- There was a SR560+SR785 (not connected for measurement) placed near the X end which I moved; it is now behind the electronics rack by the X arm beam tube (~15m away).

- Also, for the AM measurement I moved the AG5395A from behind the PSL setup to the X end, where it now is.

- By toggling the XGREEN shutter, I noticed that the cavity was not resonant before I disconnected anything from the setup since the spot shape kept changing, but I proceeded anyway.

- Because Rana said that it was important for me to mention: the ~5 USD blue-yellow crocs (that I now use) work fine for me.

## The AM Measurement:

1. The cables were calibrated with the DC block in the A port (for a A/R measurement)

2. The cable to the PZT was disconnected from the pomona box and connected to the RF out of the NA, the PD output labelled 'GREEN_REFL' was also disconnected and connected to the B port via a DC block.

3. The ITMX was 'misaligned'. (This allowed the reflected green PD output as seen on the oscilloscope to stabilize.)

4. The PZT is modulated in frequency and the residual amplitude modulation (as observed in the measured reflected green light) is plotted, ref. Attachment 1. The parameters for the plotted data in the attachment were:

# AG4395A Measurement - Timestamp: Nov 07 2019 - 17:04:07
#---------- Measurement Parameters ------------
# Start Frequency (Hz): 10000.0, 10000.0
# Stop Frequency (Hz): 10000000.0, 10000000.0
# Frequency Points: 801, 801
# Measurement Format: LOGM, PHAS
# Measuremed Input: AR, AR
#---------- Analyzer Settings ----------
# Number of Averages: 8
# Auto Bandwidth: On, On
# IF Bandwidth: 300.0, 300.0
# Input Attenuators (R,A,B): 0dB 10dB 20dB
# Excitation amplitude = -10.0dBm

------------------------------------

Update (19:13 7thNov19):  When the ITMX was intentionally misaligned, Rana and I checked to see if the Oplevs were turned off and they were. But while I was casually checking the Oplevs again, they were on!

 Quote: [Shruti, Rana] - At the X end, we set up the network analyzer to begin measurement of the AM transfer function by actuation of the laser PZT. - The lid of the PDH optics setup was removed to make some checks and then replaced. - From the PDH servo electronics setup the 'GREEN_REFL' and 'TO AUX-X LASER PZT' cables were removed for the measurement and then re-attached after. - The signal today was too low to make a real measurement of the AM transfer function, but the GPIB scripts and interfacing was tested.

Attachment 1: AMTF20191107.png
15021   Thu Nov 7 17:55:37 2019 shrutiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPython packages on donatella

Today I realized that pip and other python2,3 packages were installed in the conda base environment, so after running

conda activate

I could run the python-GPIB scripts to interface with the Agilent.

Although, I did have to add a python2 kernel to jupyter/ipython, which I did in a separate conda environment:

conda create -n ipykernel_py2 python=2 ipykernel
source activate ipykernel_py2
python -m ipykernel install --user
 Quote: I've installed pyepics on Donatella running sudo yum install pyepics Pip and ipython did not seem to be installed yet.

15047   Mon Nov 25 22:10:26 2019 shrutiUpdateNoiseBudgetDiagnostics

This is to help troubleshoot the excess noise measured earlier.

The following channels were measured at GPS times 1258586880 s and 1258597457 s, corresponding to low and high Power Recycling Gain (PRG) respectively.

Excess noise was seen between 25-110 Hz in the high PRG case when compared to the low PRG case in the following channels:

C1:LSC-CARM-IN1_DQ (shown in Attachment 1 where the reference is low PRG)

C1:ALS-Y_ERR_MON_OUT_DQ

C1:ALS-BEAT{X,Y}_FINE_PHASE_OUT_DQ

C1:SUS-ETM{X,Y} _SENSOR_{LL,LR,UL,UR}

C1:ALS-TRX_OUT_DQ

Surprisingly, it was also seen to a smaller extent in (refer Attachment 3)

C1:SUS-ITMX_SENSOR_{LL,LR,UL,UR}

A different type of noise spectrum, attributed to known electronic effects, was observed for

C1:SUS-ITMY_SENSOR_{LL,UL}    (refer Attachment 2)

These did not show any significant change in the noise spectrum:

C1:LSC-DARM-IN1_DQ (shown in Attachment 1 where the reference is low PRG)

C1:ALS-X_ERR_MON_OUT_DQ

C1:ALS-TRY_OUT_DQ

C1:SUS-ITMY_SENSOR_{LL,LR,UL,UR}

C1:SUS-ITMY_SENSOR_{LR,UR}  (refer Attachment 2)

C1:LSC-PO{X,Y}11_I_ERR_DQ

Attachment 1: LSC.pdf
Attachment 2: ITMY.pdf
Attachment 3: ITMX_L.pdf
15069   Tue Dec 3 22:41:17 2019 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL for PM measurement

I worked on the setup up for the phase modulation measurement of the X end NPRO PZT. A previous similar measurement can be found here (12077). The setup was assembled based on the schematic in Attachment1.

Mixer used: Level 7, Mini circuits ZP-3+
LPF: up to 1.9MHz

Cables exiting the PSL table:
1. LO (Marconi -> Mixer)
2. RF (PSL+X beat note -> Mixer) The cable for this was taken from the Beat Mouth (otherwise connected to the oscilloscope)
3. Ext modulator (SR560 -> Marconi)

The long cable labled 'X Green Beat' was used to connect to the PZT (from the network analyzer).

Observations: The beat note kept floating between 0 and ~100 MHz

The PLL part of the circuit was tested coarsely with the spectrum analyzer function of the Agilent, where the loop was seen to stabilize when the carrier frequency of the Marconi was close to the instantaneous beat frequency.

Attachment 1: PM_measurement.jpeg
15088   Mon Dec 9 21:22:46 2019 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL / PM measurement of Xend NPRO PZT

### In short:

Using the same setup as before with a LPF changed to have a cutoff of 5 MHz, the PLL was implemented and a TF measurement of the phase modulation was attempted. But, the beatnote drift was too high to get a prolonged phase lock (many times over 5MHz in <5 min).

### Steps undertaken:

1. Normally I would unlock the IMC (Disabling the servo between the 'Filter' and 'Polarity' on the Mode Cleaner Servo Screen), but today I did not have to since Rana had kept it unlocked.

2. Misaligned the ITMX. This is to prevent cavity resonances from returning to the laser

3. Turned up the air on the HEPA at the PSL table to 100% during the measurement

4. Cables were connected as before (diagram shown in attachment of elog 15069)

5. The X end laser NPRO was actuated for the TF measurement using a long cable connected to TO AUX_X LASER PZT

### Thoughts and observations:

- Reading out the error signal after amplification cannot distinguish between a locked loop or one out of its range. The error signal would be very small in both cases.

- Looking at the beat note on an oscilloscope, there also seemed to be an additional amplitude modulation that I had not noticed earlier. Rana suggested that it may have something to do with the pre-mode cleaner and the AOM being driven at 80 MHz

- Even though the TF was attempted, it seemed too noisy, suggesting that the PLL did not seem to work

- Rana also suggested that it may be a better idea to use the PZT of one of the lasers as the VCO for the PLL feedback instead of the Marconi.

 Quote: I worked on the setup up for the phase modulation measurement of the X end NPRO PZT. A previous similar measurement can be found here (12077). The setup was assembled based on the schematic in Attachment1. Mixer used: Level 7, Mini circuits ZP-3+ LPF: up to 1.9MHz Cables exiting the PSL table: 1. LO (Marconi -> Mixer) 2. RF (PSL+X beat note -> Mixer) The cable for this was taken from the Beat Mouth (otherwise connected to the oscilloscope) 3. Ext modulator (SR560 -> Marconi) The long cable labled 'X Green Beat' was used to connect to the PZT (from the network analyzer). Observations: The beat note kept floating between 0 and ~100 MHz The PLL part of the circuit was tested coarsely with the spectrum analyzer function of the Agilent, where the loop was seen to stabilize when the carrier frequency of the Marconi was close to the instantaneous beat frequency.

15098   Mon Dec 16 18:19:42 2019 shrutiUpdatePSLPMC cavity ringdown measurement : beat-note disruption

I have removed the PD55 + ND filter attached to it (see Attachment) and placed it next to the oscilloscope, after disconnecting its output and power supply. The post is still in place.

I did see the beat after that.

 Quote: {Yehonathan, Rana, Jon} To check whether we laser is being shut fast enough for the ringdown measurement we put a PD55 in the path that leads to the beat note setup. The beam is picked off from the back steering mirror after AOM and before the PMC. @Shruti the PD is now blocking the beam to your setup.

Attachment 1: IMG_0040.jpg
15101   Tue Dec 17 20:08:09 2019 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL / PM measurement of Xend NPRO PZT

## 1. Some calculations

For a Unity Gain Frequency (UGF) of 1 kHz, assumed PZT response $K_{VCO}$ of 1 MHz/V, Mixer response $K_{M}$ of 25 mV/$\pi$ rad, the required gain of the amplifier is

$G = 2 \pi \times \text{UGF}/ (K_{VCO} K_M)$

G ~ 0.8

## 2. Progress

- Measured the mixer response

### Measuring mixer response:

- PSL laser temperature was adjusted so that beat frequency was roughly 25 MHz and the amplitude was found to be roughly -30dBm.

- At the RF port instead of the beat signal, a signal of 25 MHz + few kHz at -30 dBm was inputted. The LO was a 25 MHz signal was sent from the Marconi at 7 dBm.

- The mixer output was measured, with setup as in Attachment 1  Figure (A), on an oscilloscope. The slope near the small angle region of the sine curve would be the gain (in V/rad) and was found to be: $K_M \approx 25 \text{ mV}/ \pi$ rad

- Since from the above calculations it seemed like an amplifer gain of 1 should work for the PLL, I rearranged the set up as in Figure (B) of Attachment 1 to actuate the X end NPRO PZT, I adjusted the PSL temperature (slow control) to try and match the frequency to 25 MHz, but couldn't lock the loop. I was monitoring the error signal after amplification (50 ohm output of the SR 560) which showed oscillations when the beat frequency was near 25 MHz and nothing significant otherwise.

- I used a 20 dB attenuator at the amplifier output and saw the beat note oscillate for longer, but maybe because it was a 50 ohm component in a high impedance channel it did not work either (?). I tried other attenuator combinations with no better luck.

- Is there a better location to add the attenuator? Should I pursue amplifying the beat signal instead?

- Also, it seemed like the beat note drift was higher than earlier. Could it be because the PMC was unlocked?

 Quote:

Attachment 1: 20191217.png
15117   Mon Jan 13 15:47:37 2020 shrutiConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programsc1psl burt restore

[Yehonathan, Jon, Shruti]

Since the PMC would not lock, we initially burt-restored the c1psl machine to the last available shapshot (Dec 10th 2019), but it still would not lock.

Then, it was burt-restored to midnight of Dec 1st, 2019, after which it could be locked.

15129   Thu Jan 16 19:32:23 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL / PM measurement of Xend NPRO PZT

With Gautam's help today the PLL managed to be be locked for a few brief moments. Turns out the signal power of the beat was an issue.

What was changed prior to/ during the experiment:

1. The PSL shutter was closed so not light goes into the input mode cleaner.

2. HEPA turned up (will be turned back down to ~30%)

3. AOM driver offset voltage decreased from 1V to ~100 mV (this will be reverted to 1V by the end of today). This increases the beat signal by deflecting the zeroth order beam to create the beat.

4. Output of servo SR 560 sent to the PZT of the X NPRO laser (the cable was disconnected from the pomona box at the X end)

5. The SR560, mixer, LPF and cables required for connections were moved into the PSL enclosure.

6. The error and control signals were hooked up to the oscilloscope where the beat outputs were visible (the setup has been reverted back to the original).

Elog 14687 has a detailed description of the conditions that provide a stable lock. I was told that the PI controller (LB1005) may be a better servo than the SR560, but today it was not used.

1) Parameters during the more successful attempts:

LPF: 5 MHz, Mixer: ZP-3+

Gain set at SR560: varied, but generally 200

Filter at SR560: 1 Hz low pass (single pole? at least by the label)

2) The LO had to be very close (<2 MHz) to the beat frequency in order to achieve a lock for ~30s

gautam edits:

• the error signal for the PLL was being sourced from the 20dB coupled port on the BeatMouth.
• additionally, most of the power in the PSL beam coupled into the fiber was being deflected into the first order beam by team ringdown.
• The Vpp of the mixer output (when using the coupled beat and low PSL beam power) was a paltry 5-10 mVpp .
• I suggested using the direct NF1611 output for this measurement instead of the coupled output (alternatively, use an amp). it's probably also better to use the LB1005 for locking the PLL, long term, this can be set up to be controlled remotely, and a slow PID servo can be used to extend the duration of the lock by servoing either the marconi carrier freq or the EX temp ctrl.
Quote:

## 1. Some calculations

For a Unity Gain Frequency (UGF) of 1 kHz, assumed PZT response $K_{VCO}$ of 1 MHz/V, Mixer response $K_{M}$ of 25 mV/$\pi$ rad, the required gain of the amplifier is

$G = 2 \pi \times \text{UGF}/ (K_{VCO} K_M)$

G ~ 0.8

## 2. Progress

- Measured the mixer response

### Measuring mixer response:

- PSL laser temperature was adjusted so that beat frequency was roughly 25 MHz and the amplitude was found to be roughly -30dBm.

- At the RF port instead of the beat signal, a signal of 25 MHz + few kHz at -30 dBm was inputted. The LO was a 25 MHz signal was sent from the Marconi at 7 dBm.

- The mixer output was measured, with setup as in Attachment 1  Figure (A), on an oscilloscope. The slope near the small angle region of the sine curve would be the gain (in V/rad) and was found to be: $K_M \approx 25 \text{ mV}/ \pi$ rad

- Since from the above calculations it seemed like an amplifer gain of 1 should work for the PLL, I rearranged the set up as in Figure (B) of Attachment 1 to actuate the X end NPRO PZT, I adjusted the PSL temperature (slow control) to try and match the frequency to 25 MHz, but couldn't lock the loop. I was monitoring the error signal after amplification (50 ohm output of the SR 560) which showed oscillations when the beat frequency was near 25 MHz and nothing significant otherwise.

- I used a 20 dB attenuator at the amplifier output and saw the beat note oscillate for longer, but maybe because it was a 50 ohm component in a high impedance channel it did not work either (?). I tried other attenuator combinations with no better luck.

- Is there a better location to add the attenuator? Should I pursue amplifying the beat signal instead?

- Also, it seemed like the beat note drift was higher than earlier. Could it be because the PMC was unlocke

15148   Thu Jan 23 20:08:49 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL / PM measurement of Xend NPRO PZT

### Setup Update:

- No more SR 560, upgraded to LB1005 P-I controller.  Because: Elog 14687. Schematic of new setup shown in Attachment 1.

- For this, the Marconi was moved to the other (east) side of the PSL table and a power supply was also placed in the enclosure.

I think that the RF power at the mixer in this new configuration is 0 dBm (since the spectrum analyzer read ~ -20 dBm)

### Progress Today:

- Turned up the HEPA to 100%, closed the PSL shutter, misaligned the ITMX, connected the LB1005 to the PZT. [The PZT has been reconnected to the X arm PDH servo, HEPA back to 20-30%]

- Tried to look for the PSL+X beat, but it was not there. Gautam identified the flipmount in the path which sorted it out (eventually), but there was no elog about it.

- After much trial, the loop seemed to lock with PI corner 1 kHz, gain ~2.9 (as read on knob), LFGL set to 90 dB. The beat note looked quite stable on the oscilloscope, but the error signal had an rms of ~100 mV (Rana pointed out that it could be the laser noise) and the lock lasted for ~1 min each time.

The parameters were similar to that in elog 14687. Why do we require such a high PI corner frequency and LFGL?

Attachment 1: Image-1.jpg
15169   Tue Jan 28 19:40:15 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneralPLL / PM measurement of Xend NPRO PZT

Over the past few days, I have been trying to make measurements of the phase modulation transfer function by modulating the X end laser PZT via PLL.

The setup was modified every time during the experiment in the same manner as mentioned in elog 15148.

I could not make the PLL lock for long enough to take a proper TF measurement, resulting in TFs that look like Attachment 1. The next step would be to use the method of a delay line frequency discriminator instead of the PLL.

1. I do not understand why the high PI corner frequency of 1kHz or 3kHz was required to lock.
2. The rms level of the error signal when locked was ~100 mV, which is 25% of the total mixer range (~400 mVpp). Decreasing the gain only caused the loop to go out of lock and did not decrease this noise in the error signal.
3. The setup was also partly inside the PSL enclosure, with the HEPA turned to 100%, which is probably a noisy environment for this measurement. Closing and opening the shutters or any disturbance near the enclosure resulted in movement of the beat note up to 5 MHz.
4. It may have been a better idea to actuate the PSL laser instead of the X NPRO because of its larger range, but would this solve the issue with the noise?
Attachment 1: PMTF.pdf
Attachment 2: BeatSpectrum.pdf
15174   Wed Jan 29 12:29:33 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneraldelay line frequency discriminator for PM

Today I began working on a TF measurement based on the delay line frequency discriminator setup in elog 4254 using a single mixer (without the 'I' and 'Q' readout).

For this, I re-organised the setup for the PLL measurement of the transfer function (elog 15148), increasing the HEPA for the initial changes while the PSL door was open, and then reverting it back to ~30%:

• I removed the 20dB coupler and connected the splitter directly after the amplifer to split the beat note signal into two coaxial cables one of which was ~1.5m longer than the other
• The recombined signals were combined in a mixer outside the PSL enclosure. I also replaced the 1.9 MHz LPF with a 5 MHz LPF.
• I used an SR 560 to amplify the signal after the LPF.

With the above setup the power that was seen at each channel of the delay line was <1dBm, which is not ideal for the any of the available mixers.

After the group meeting, I changed the amplifer to ZHL-3A (that is near the beat mouth) instead of a ZFL-500HLN because it had a higher gain (~28dB as opposed to ~19dB of the latter). The power seen at each of the delay line channels is over 5.5 dBm. This is consistent with the estimation 0 dBm beat -> -20 dBm after 20dB coupler -> 8 dBm after amplifier -> 5 dBm after splitter with insertion loss of 3 dB.

Is this sufficient enough for the mixer to work? In Attachment 1: A shows the mixer output (point B in Attachment 2) when the IMC is locked, in B the IMC is unlocked at the middle of the spectrum, and each of the dips show the DC voltage being sent to the PSL temperature servo being decreased by 0.01 V.

Gautam pointed me to the location of a few other RF amplifiers (ZHL-32A+, ZHL-1A) which don't possess a higher gain but can be used without disrupting the ALS related work (I was told).

For shorter duration changes that I made later, I opened and closed the PSL enclosure doors without changing the HEPA.

Attachment 2 shows the current setup as is, but I might add a PSL servo tomorrow to stabilise its frequency corresponding to a null mixer output without driving anything else.

Attachment 1: 20200128.png
Attachment 2: IMG_BB01C068495A-1.jpeg
15180   Thu Jan 30 22:02:42 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneraldelay line frequency discriminator for PM

I could not find any level 3 mixers, but by adjusting the beat frequency the power in each of the delay line channels rose to almost 6.5 dBm.

### Things I did earlier today:

1. Played with the slow servo on the FSS screen, but then reset the parameters to what was there before (Later found out that this was to lock the PSL freq to the IMC when the IMC power is significant.)
2. Connected the AG 4395A to the X PZT
3. Closed the PSL shutter

Transfer function measurement: (Refer Attachment 1)

Everything about the setup remained as I had left it earlier: described in elog 15174

except

• SR560 gain set to 10, DC coupled
• DC block at channel A of Agilent (The measurement was A/R)

I did not use a slow servo, but took individual sweeps adjusting the PSL temperature each time to bring the error voltage between +/-25 mV. The beat frequency was over 100 MHz.

For the plot posted in Attachment 1, the measurement paramters are the following. Will do further measurements/analysis tomorrow.

# AG4395A Measurement - Timestamp: Jan 30 2020 - 21:58:00
# Parameter File: TFAG4395Atemplate.yml
#---------- Measurement Parameters ------------
# Start Frequency (Hz): 50000.0, 50000.0
# Stop Frequency (Hz): 1000000.0, 1000000.0
# Frequency Points: 801, 801
# Measurement Format: LOGM, PHAS
# Measuremed Input: AR, AR
#---------- Analyzer Settings ----------
# Number of Averages: 1
# Auto Bandwidth: Off, Off
# IF Bandwidth: 1000.0, 1000.0
# Input Attenuators (R,A,B): 0dB 0dB 0dB
# Excitation amplitude = -20.0dBm

Quote:

yes, its fine to use this with a level 3 or level 7 mixer; let's see some PM transfer functions !

 Quote: Is this sufficient enough for the mixer to work?
Attachment 1: Figure_2.png
15197   Fri Feb 7 09:45:03 2020 shrutiUpdateGeneralAM at X end

I took a few AM TF measurements at the X end for which I:

• Misaligned the ITMX (then re-aligned it)
• Opened the X green shutter during the measurements and closed it at the end
• Moved the Agilent from the PSL area to the X end, the delay line and mixer still remains near the PSL area (will move it soon)
• Took a bunch of TFs

I will post the data soon.

15206   Tue Feb 11 16:39:00 2020 shrutiUpdateALSAM/PM

The results of the AM/PM measurements:

• Attachment 1: Traces of 9 AM TFs overlaid on top of each other, calibrated by measuring the voltage at the ‘GREEN_REFL’ output where the TF was measured (described in elog 40m:15197). This was almost exactly 2 V.
• Attachment 2: Traces of 9 PM TFs also overlaid measured using DLFD (as described in elog 40m:15180). Calibrated using the measured ~600 mV pk-pk voltage. The phase plots were unwrapped (shifted by 180 deg if needed) so that each started from roughly 0 deg.

Both the AM and PM TFs were scaled to make them have the same average value. Manually adjusting the delay line offset for each measurement using the oscilloscope was probably not accurate enough and therefore resulted in different scaling which this should somewhat compensate.

Attachment 3:

• The orange and green lines are the averages of the PM and AM values of Attachments 1 and 2 respectively.
• The solid red line is at 230 kHz, which was the previously chosen value for PDH locking. The peak seems to have shifted to the left from previous measurements (elog 40m:12077).
• A horizontal black dashed line is drawn to show where the ratio is 10^5.
• The red regions correspond to frequencies where PM/AM > 10^5 [only shown for frequencies greater than 200kHz], these are roughly (in kHz):
• 211.4-213.9
• 221.4-230.7 (peak at 225.642)
• 240.8-257.9
• ~748.3
• 753.3-799.8, two largest peaks at 763.673 and 770.237
• 809.6-829.3, peak at 819.472
• 839.2-842.4
• 881.8-891.7

## Updated Calibration

Attachment 2 and 3 were miscalibrated due to an error in my understanding of the delay line, but the net result of the change in factors is qualitatively almost the same and the position of the major peaks remain predominantly unchanged.

### The new plot is in Attachment 5.

The new calibration factor used: 5 MHz/V at the output of the mixer to obtain the frequency modulation and then division by the mod. freq. to obtain PM.

5 MHz/V because changing the PZT voltage by 0.01 V=> change in beat frequency by 0.1 MHz, which was seen as a 20 mV change in the delay line mixer output.

Again, the calibration is not very precise and I will probably repeat this experiment at some point more precisely.

Attachment 1: AM.pdf
Attachment 2: PM.pdf
Attachment 3: Ratio_all.pdf
Attachment 4: Ratios_FM_PM.pdf
Attachment 5: Ratio_all_new.pdf
15207   Tue Feb 11 19:11:35 2020 shrutiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMATLAB on donatella

Tried to open MATLAB on Donatella and found the error:

MATLAB is selecting SOFTWARE OPENGL rendering.

License checkout failed. License Manager Error -9 This error may occur when:  -The hostid of this computer does not match the hostid in the license file.  -A Designated Computer installation is in use by another user.  If no other user is currently running MATLAB, you may need to activate.

Troubleshoot this issue by visiting:  http://www.mathworks.com/support/lme/R2015b/9

Diagnostic Information: Feature: MATLAB  License path: /home/controls/.matlab/R2015b_licenses/license_donatella_865865_R2015b.lic:/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/lin ux64/matlab15b/licenses/license.dat:/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab15b/licenses/license_chiara_ 865865_R2015b.lic:/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab15b/licenses/license_pianosa_865865_R2015b.lic  Licensing error: -9,57.

So I used  my caltech credentials to get an activation key for the computer. I could not find the option for a campus license so I used the individual single machine license.

Now it can be run by going to the location:

/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/matlab17b/bin

and running

./matlab

On opening MATLAB, there were a whole bunch of other errors including a low-level graphics error when we tried to plot something.

15211   Thu Feb 13 21:30:55 2020 shrutiUpdateALSALS OOL noise with arms locked

[Meenakshi, Gautam, Shruti]

Summary:

- We initially aligned the arm cavities to get the green lasers locked to them. For the X arm cavity, we tweaked the ITMX and ETMX pitch and yaw and toggled the X green shutter until we saw something like a TEM00 mode on the monitor and a reasonable transmitted power.

- With the LSC servo enabled, the IR light also became resonant with the cavities.

- Then we measured the noise in different configurations. Attachment 1 shows the the ALS OOL (in the IR beat signal) noise with the arms locked inidividually via PDH.

The script for plotting the ALS beat frequency noise is:

users/Templates/ALS/ALS_outOfLoop_Ref.xml
Attachment 1: 20200213_ALS.pdf
15213   Fri Feb 14 14:02:13 2020 shrutiUpdateALSALS OOL noise with arms locked

[Meenakshi, Shruti]

Even though we were not able to lock the the IR beat (by enabling LSC) during the day possibly because of increased seismic activity, we tried to the measure the ALS beat frequency noise by changing the PDH side-band frequency to different values.

I tried choosing values that corresponded to the peaks in the PM/AM as found in elog:15206 but for some reason unknown to us the cavity did not lock between 700-800 kHz.

The three attachments have data for different sideband frequencies:

Attachment 1: 819.472 kHz (peak in PM/AM, measured around noon)

Attachment 2: 225.642 kHz (peak in PM/AM, measured earlier in the morning)

Attachment 3: 693.500 kHz (not a peak in PM/AM)

We don't think these plots mean much and will do the measurement at some quieter time more systematically.

While doing the experiment, the ITMY pitch actuation was changed from -2.302 to -2.3172V because it locked better.

The ITMX, ETMX alignment was also tweaked to try to lock with different sideband frequencies and then restored to the values that were found earlier in the morning.

Attachment 1: 819472_10.pdf
Attachment 2: 225642_10.pdf
Attachment 3: 693500_10.pdf
15216   Tue Feb 18 18:14:59 2020 shrutiUpdateALSALS OOL noise with arms locked

We proceeded with the trying to measure the ALS out-of-loop noise of the X arm when the X arm cavity is green-locked using different PDH sideband frequencies.

Before doing the experiment, Koji helped us with getting the arm cavities locked in IR using LSC (length) and ASC (angular).

With the arms locked in IR and green, we repeated the same measurements as before at different sideband frequencies (Refer Attachment 1 - label in Hz). We did not optimize the phase nor did we look at the PDH error signal today which is possibvly why we did not see an improvement in the noise. We will look into this possibly tomorrow.

Attachment 1: ALSNoise.pdf
15218   Fri Feb 21 10:59:08 2020 shrutiUpdateALSPDH error signals?
Here are a few PDH error signals measured without changing the servo gain or phase from that optimized for 231.25 kHz. This was done by keeping the X arm cavity and laser unlocked but keeping the shutter for green open; so I did not force a frequency sweep but saw the unhindered motion of cavity wrt the laser using the PDH servo error monitor channel from the box (not sure if this is the best way to do it?).

Koji mentioned that there is a low pass filter with a cutoff frequency probably lower than 700 kHz which at the moment would hinder the efficacy of the locking at higher frequencies. The transfer function on the wiki suggests the same, although we are yet to investigate the circuit.

I measured the maximum range in the linear region of the signal, and here are the results:
• Attachment 1: 231.25 kHz (current PDH sideband mod freq): 1.7 V
• Attachment 2: 225.642 kHz: 1.2 V
• Attachment 3: 100 kHz: 900 mV
• Attachment 4: 763.673 kHz: 220 mV
Right now we have only inverted the phase to try locking at different frequencies (no finer adjustments were performed so elog 15216 cannot be an accurate representation of the true performance)

Ideas from the 40m meeting for adjusting the phase:
1. Delay line for adding extra phase (would require over 40m of cable for 90 deg phase shift)
2. Using two function generators for generating the sideband, clocked to each other, so that one can be sent to the PZT and the other to the mixer for demodulation.
3. Use a different LPF (does not seem very useful for investigating multiple possible frequencies)

Once we adjust the phase we may be able to increase the servo gain for optimal locking. Unless it may be a good idea to increase the gain without optimizing the phase?

Attachment 1: IMG_0082.jpg
Attachment 2: IMG_0083.jpg
Attachment 3: IMG_0084.jpg
Attachment 4: IMG_0085.jpg
15220   Fri Feb 21 20:44:18 2020 shrutiUpdateALSALS OOL noise and PDH

[Meenakshi, Shruti]

In order to adjust the relative phase for PDH locking, we used the Siglent SDG 1032X function generator which has two outputs whose relative phase can be adjusted.

This Siglent function generator was borrowed from Yehonathan's setup near the PSL table and can be found at the X end disconnected from our setup after our use.

Initially, we used the Siglent at 231.250 kHz and 5 Vpp from each output with zero relative phase to lock the green arm cavity. By moving the phase at intervals of 5deg and looking at the PDH error signals when the cavity was unlocked we concluded that 0deg probably looked like it had the largest linear region (~1.9 V on the yaxis. Refer elog 15218 for more information) as expected.

Then we tried the same for 225.642 kHz, 5 Vpp, and found the optimal demod phase to be -55deg, with linear region of ~3 V (Ref. Attachment 2). A 'bad' frequency 180 kHz was optimized to 10deg and linear region of ~1.5 V.

The error signals at higher frequencies appeared to be quite low (not sure why at the moment) and tuning the phase did not seem to help this much.

For the noise measurement, the IFO arms were locked to IR and green, but even after optimizing the transmission with dither, we couldn't achieve best locking (green transmission was around ~0.2). Further, the IMC went out of lock during the experiment after which Koji helped us by adjusting the gains a locking point of the PMC servo. Attachment 1 contains some noise curves for the 3 frequencies with a reference from an earlier 'good' time.

Attachment 1: ALSNoise.pdf
Attachment 2: IMG_0086.jpg
12342   Wed Jul 27 15:03:02 2016 sisyphusMetaphysicsSUSBroken wire

While tightening the bolts on the ETMX wire clamp, the wire broke. All four face magnets broke off.

Fortunately, no pieces were lost.

4958   Fri Jul 8 20:50:49 2011 sonaliUpdateGreen LockingPower of the AUX laser increased.

The ETMY laser was operating at 1.5 A current and 197 mW power.

For the efficient frequency doubling of the AUX  laser beam at the ETMY table, a higher power is required.

Steve and I changed the current level of the laser from 1.5 A to 2.1 A in steps of 0.1 A and noted the corresponding power output . The graph is attached here.

The laser has been set to current 1.8 Amperes. At this current, the power of the output beam just near the laser output is measured to be 390 mW.

The power of the beam which is being coupled into the optical fibre is measured to be between 159 mW to 164 mW (The power meter was showing fluctuating readings).

The power out of the beam coming out of the fibre far-end at the PSL table is measured to be 72 mW. Here, I have attached a picture of the beam paths of the ETMY table with the beams labelled with their respective powers.

Next we are going to adjust the green alignment on the ETMY and then measure the power of the beam.

At the output end of the fibre on the PSL, a power meter has been put to dump the beam for now as well as to help with the alignment at the ETMY table.

Attachment 1: Graph3.png
Attachment 2: ETMY_beam_powers.png
4965   Thu Jul 14 02:32:11 2011 sonaliUpdateGreen LockingPower of the AUX laser increased.

 Quote: The power of the beam which is being coupled into the optical fibre is measured to be between 159 mW to 164 mW (The power meter was showing fluctuating readings). The power out of the beam coming out of the fibre far-end at the PSL table is measured to be 72 mW. Here, I have attached a picture of the beam paths of the ETMY table with the beams labelled with their respective powers.

For the phase locking or beat note measuring we only need ~1 mW. Its a bad idea to send so much power into the fiber because of SBS and safety. The power should be lowered until the output at the PSL is < 2 mW. In terms of SNR, there's no advantage to use such high powers.

4973   Fri Jul 15 13:48:56 2011 sonaliUpdateGreen LockingPower of the AUX laser increased.

Quote:

 Quote: The power of the beam which is being coupled into the optical fibre is measured to be between 159 mW to 164 mW (The power meter was showing fluctuating readings). The power out of the beam coming out of the fibre far-end at the PSL table is measured to be 72 mW. Here, I have attached a picture of the beam paths of the ETMY table with the beams labelled with their respective powers.

For the phase locking or beat note measuring we only need ~1 mW. Its a bad idea to send so much power into the fiber because of SBS and safety. The power should be lowered until the output at the PSL is < 2 mW. In terms of SNR, there's no advantage to use such high powers.

Well,the plan is to put in  a neutral density filter in the beam path before it enters the fibre. But before I could do that, I set up the camera on the PSL table to look at the fiber output . I will need it while I realign the  beam after putting in the Neutral Density Filter. I have attached the ETMY layout with the Neutral Density filter in place herewith.

Attachment 1: ETMY_after_fibre_coupling_labelled.pdf
10   Tue Oct 23 11:08:20 2007 steveOtherGeneralbrush fires
There are big brush fires around LA
40 days plot show no effect in the 40m lab
Attachment 1: brushfires.jpg
12   Wed Oct 24 08:58:09 2007 steveOtherPSLlaser headtemp is up
C1:PSL-126MOPA_HTEMP is 19.3C

Half of the chiller's air intake was covered by loose paper
Attachment 1: htempup.jpg
17   Fri Oct 26 09:10:17 2007 steveRoutinePEMPEM &PSL trend
The fires are out, lab particle counts are up.
Psl HEPAs are at 100% and mobel HEPAs are just turned on
20 days plot and 5 hrs plot below
Attachment 1: counts&psl.jpg
Attachment 2: 5dcounts.jpg
23   Mon Oct 29 09:16:31 2007 steveRoutineVACthe rga is back
We had no filament current since last power glitch of Oct. 8, 2007
First I thought that the filament was lost, but it was only bad contact.
The rga head pins were oxidized. Rga was turned back on last Friday.
It's temp is 55.3C normal
Attachment 1: rgaisback.jpg
24   Mon Oct 29 09:46:50 2007 steveRoutineVACvac & pem trend
Pumpdown 64 pumped by maglev for 125 days
pd64-m-d125

Rob, can you tell me, when did the fire start on this plot?
Attachment 1: pd64md125.jpg
44   Thu Nov 1 09:17:27 2007 steveRoutineVACvent 64
Yesterday before vent I could not lock MC, therfore I could not measure the
transmitted power at MC2
The vent went well. We had lots of help.

We could not find the Nikon D40
PLEASE BORROW THINGS when taking them away
and bring them back promtly.

The laser was turned off for better visibility.

I see clean room frorks laying around here and there.
Please put them away so we do not carry excess particles into the chamber.
Attachment 1: vent64.jpg
57   Fri Nov 2 08:59:30 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYthe laser is ON
The psl laser is back on !
65   Tue Nov 6 09:14:37 2007 steveSummaryVACpump down 65
8 hr plot,
precondition: 5 days at atm,
vent objective: drag wiping mc1, mc2 & mc3 accomplished,
hardware changes: IOO access connector, mc2 chamber door south & west
were removed and reinstalled
pump down mode: slow to avoid steering up dust
One roughing pump was used with closed down valve position in the first 4 hrs