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  15426   Wed Jun 24 10:14:56 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 10am to 4pm.

  15430   Thu Jun 25 11:09:01 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab from 11pm to 4pm

  15432   Fri Jun 26 11:00:52 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 11am to 4pm.

  15437   Mon Jun 29 11:41:04 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 11:30am to 4pm

  15441   Tue Jun 30 08:50:12 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the clean and bake lab today from 9am to 4pm.

  15444   Wed Jul 1 08:51:52 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab from 9am to 4pm today.

  15448   Thu Jul 2 16:51:23 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralBathroom Science

As part of an ongoing effort to improve airflow in workspaces/bathrooms on campus, I have installed an air scrubber unit in each of the bathrooms at the 40m lab.

Attachment 1: AirScrubber40m.jpg
  15453   Mon Jul 6 08:48:15 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 8:30am to 4pm

  15459   Wed Jul 8 08:51:35 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the clean and bake lab today from 9am to 3pm.

  15461   Thu Jul 9 09:22:44 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 3pm

  15467   Fri Jul 10 10:37:30 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 4pm

  15478   Tue Jul 14 09:04:53 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake Lab today from 9am to 4pm.

  15485   Wed Jul 15 19:23:44 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralEmergency light on in control room

The emergency lamps above the exit sign on the NW entrance to the control room are on. I tried opening and closing the door, but it remains on. Probably nothing to worry about, but noting here anyway.

  15486   Wed Jul 15 19:51:51 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralEmergency light on in control room

It happened before too. Doesn't it say it has occasional self-testing or something?

  15487   Wed Jul 15 20:58:40 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralEmergency light on in control room

True - it is now not on anymore.


It happened before too. Doesn't it say it has occasional self-testing or something?

  15490   Thu Jul 16 14:41:22 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralFire extinguisher inspection

The (masked) tech accessed all areas in the lab (office area, control room, VEA) between ~230pm-3pm. The laser safety goggles he used have been kept aside for appropriate sanitaiton.

  15491   Fri Jul 17 00:18:13 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralLocking updat
  1. I found that an EPICS channel wasn't reset to the correct value by burtrestore after the FE bootfest yesterday.
    • This cost me the whole of last night, found it finally tonight. 
    • I'll try and modify the locking scripts to better capture such errors, but ideally, we should just use Guardian or something since it's made for this purpose already.
    • Anyways, tonight I was able to re-acquire the PRFPMI lock in a completely scripted way.
  2. Locking CARM on POX remains out of reach.
    • I think this has to do with the fact that the zero-crossing of the CARM and REFL error signals are dependent on the 3f PRCL/MICH error point offsets.
    • So even if the DC gain is right, the fact that we use POX for the digital AO path and REFL for the analog AO path is leading to some conflict I think.
    • Ran out of energy tonight, I'll try again tomorrow.

The DQ channels of the ETM coils were active tonight, so I'll make the coil driver actuation budget over the next couple of days.

  15492   Fri Jul 17 09:03:58 2020 JordanUpdateGeneralPresence at 40m

I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 4pm.

  15523   Thu Aug 13 18:10:22 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralPower outage

There was a power outage ~30 mins ago that knocked out CDS, PSL etc. The lights in the office area also flickered briefly. Working on recovery now. The elog was also down (since nodus presumably rebooted), I restarted the service just now. Vacuum status seems okay, even though the status string reads "Unrecognized".

The recovery was complete at 1830 local time. Curiously, the EX NPRO and the doubling oven temp controllers stayed on, usually they are taken out as well. Also, all the slow machines and associated Acromag crates survived. I guess the interruption was so fleeting that some devices survived.

The control room workstation, zita, which is responsible for the IFO status StripTool display on the large TV screen, has some display driver issues I think - it crashed twice when I tried to change the default display arrangement (large TV + small monitor). It also wants to update to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but I decided not to for the time being (it is running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS). Anyways, after a couple of power cycles, the wall StripTools are up once again.

  15530   Mon Aug 17 21:24:43 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralFire extinguisher inspection

A technician came to the lab today at ~4pm. He entered the VEA (with booties and googles), and also the clean and bake lab. The whole procedure lasted ~10 minutes. I did not follow him around, but was available in the control room throughout the process. I think the whole episode went without incident.

BTW, this guy didn't ring the doorbell, I just happened to be here when he came by. I don't know if this is usual practise - are we happy with the technicians entering the VEA and/or clean and bake labs without supervision? AFAIK, this wasn't scheduled.

  15550   Sun Aug 30 11:29:33 2020 ranaUpdateGeneralpower blink?

My power at home winked out for a second this morning, but it looks like either nothing happened in the 40m lab or else it rode it out.

MC is locked - lost lock around 11:25 AM and then relocked.

  15559   Sat Sep 5 14:28:03 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralLO beam: Fiber coupling work

2PM: Arrived at the 40m. Started the work for the coupling of the RF modulated LO beam into a fiber. -> I left the lab at 10:30 PM.

The fiber coupling setup for the phase-modulated beam was made right next to the PSL injection path. (See attachment 1)

  • For the alignment of the beam, the main PSL path, including the alignment of the 2" PO mirror, has not been touched.
  • There are two PO beams with the optical power of 0.8mW (left) and 1.6mW (right). Both had been blocked but the right one was designed to be used for PSL POS and ANG. For the fiber coupling, the right beam was used.
  • The alignment/mode-matching work has been done with a short (2m?) fiber patch cable from Thorlabs. The fiber is the same as the one used for LO delivery.
  • I tried to have a mode-matching telescope in the LO path. I ended up having no lens for the best result. The resulting transmitted power is 1.21mW out of 1.64mW incident (~74%). These powers were measured with the Ophir power meter. (Note that Thorlabs' fiber power meter indicated 1.0mW transmission.)

Some notes

  • After the PSL activity, the IMC locking was checked to see if I messed up the PSL alignment. It locks fine and looks fine.
    • The input shutter (left closed after Jon's vacuum work?) was opened.
    • The alignment was not optimal and had some pitch misalignment (e.g. TEM03).
    • After some MC SUS alignment, the automatic locking of TEM00 was recovered. Mainly MC3 pitch was moved (+0.17).
    • I've consulted with Gautam and he thinks this is with the level of regular drift. The AS beam was visible.
  • The IMC and MI were moving so much, but this seemed just the usual Saturday night Millikan shake.
  • During the activity, the PSL HEPA was turned up to 100 and it was reverted to 33 after the work.
  • I have been wearing a mask and gloves throughout the work there.
Attachment 1: 20200905212254_IMG_9938.JPG
  15568   Thu Sep 10 15:56:08 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralHEPA & Particle Level Status

- PSL HEPA was running at 33% and is now at 100%
- South End HEPA was not on and is now running
- Yarm Portable HEPA was not running and is now running at max speed: the power was taken beneath the ITMY table. It is better to unplug it when one uses the IFO.
- Yend Portable HEPA was not running and is now running (presumably) at max speed

Particle Levels: (Not sure about the unit. The convention here is to multiply x10 of the reading)

Before running the HEPAs at their maximum
9/10/2020 15:30 / 0.3um 292180 / 0.5um 14420

(cf 9/5/2020 / 0.3um 94990 / 0.5um 6210)
After running the HEPAs at their maximum
The number gradually went down and now became constant at about half of the initial values
9/10/2020 19:30 / 0.3um 124400 / 0.5um 7410

  15580   Sat Sep 19 01:49:52 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralM4.5 EQ in LA

M4.5 EQ in LA 2020-09-19 06:38:46 (UTC) / -1d 23:38:46 (PDT) https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci38695658/executive

I only checked the watchdogs. All watchdogs were tripped. ITMX and ETMY seemed stuck (or have the OSEM magnet issue). They were left tripped. The watchdogs for the other SUSs were reloaded.

  15581   Sat Sep 19 11:27:04 2020 ranaUpdateGeneralM4.5 EQ in LA

the seismometers obviously saturated during the EQ, but the accelerometers captured some of it. It looks like there's different saturation levels on different sensors.

Also, it seems the mounting of the MC2 accelerometers is not so good. There's some ~10-20 Hz resonance its mount that's showing up. Either its the MC2 chamber legs or the accelerometers are clamped poorly to the MC2 baseplate.

Sun Sep 20 00:02:36 2020 edit: fixed indexing error in plots

* also assuming that the sensors are correctly calibrated in the front end to 1 count = 1 um/s^2 (this is what's used in the summ pages)

Attachment 1: Sep18-EQ.pdf
  15583   Sat Sep 19 18:08:34 2020 ranaUpdateGeneralM4.5 EQ in LA

the EQ was ~14 km south of Caltech and 17 km deep


the seismometers obviously saturated during the EQ, but the accelerometers captured some of it. It looks like there's different saturation levels on different sensors.

Also, it seems the mounting of the MC2 accelerometers is not so good. There's some ~10-20 Hz resonance its mount that's showing up. Either its the MC2 chamber legs or the accelerometers are clamped poorly to the MC2 baseplate.

I'm amazed at how much higher the noise is on the MC2 accelerometer. Is that really how much amplification of the ground motion we're getting? If so, its as if the MC has no vibration isolation from the ground in that band. We should put one set on the ground and make the more direct comparison of the spectra. Also, perhaps do some seismic FF using this sensor - I'm not sure how successful we've been in this band.

Attaching the coherence plot from ldvw.ligo.caltech.edu (apparently it has access to the 40m data, so we can use that as an alternative to dtt or python for remote analysis):

Coherence (GWpy) result, image #: 288304

It would be interesting to see if we can use the ML based FF technology from this summer's SURF project by Nadia to increase the coherence by including some slow IMC alignment channels.

  15584   Sat Sep 19 18:46:48 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralHand soap

I supplied a bottle of hand soap. Don't put water in the bottle to dilute it as it makes the soap vulnarable for cotamination.

  15585   Sat Sep 19 19:14:59 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX released / ETMY UR magnet knocked off

There were two SUSs which didn't look normal.

- ITMX was easily released by the bias slider -> Shake the pitch slider and while all the OSEM values are moving, turn on the damping control (with x10 large watchdog threshold)

- ETMY has UR OSEM 0V output. This means that there is no light. And this didn't change at all with the slider move.
- Went to the Y table and tried to look at the coils. It seems that the UR magnet is detached from the optic and stuck in the OSEM.

We need a vent to fix the suspension, but until then what we can do is to redistribute the POS/PIT/YAW actuations to the three coils.

Attachment 1: IMG_6218.jpeg
  15588   Sun Sep 20 11:41:54 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralIMC re-locked

While I stopped by the lab this morning to pick up some things, I took the opportunity to continue the recovery.

  • IMC suspensions were sufficiently misaligned that the autolocker couldn't re-acqurie the lock. I manually recovered the alignment and now the IMC is locked again.
  • ETMY illuminator was left ON, I turned it off. In the process, I modified the illuminator ON/OFF script to be compatible with python3, but unfortunately, it was written in a way that doesn't permit backward compatibility, so now the illuminators can't be turned ON/OFF via the MEDM screen on pianosa (since the default python is 2.7 on that machine). But it does work on rossa, which I'm using as my primary workstation now (hence the change).
  • ITMX watchdog trip threshold was manually reset to the nominal value - the rampdown script was working, but the threshold was ~1400cts (normally ~200 cts) even at 1130am this morning (>12 hours after Koji's work yesterday evening), so I just accelerated the process.
  • Suspension realignment - using a mix of green and IR beams and the various cameras/photodiodes as diagnostics, I roughly restored the alignment of all the suspensions, except ETMY. I can see IR resonances in the X arm now.

At some point, we should run the suspension eigenmode routine (kick optics, let them ringdown, measure peak locations and Qs) to confirm that the remaining suspensions are okay, will also help in actuation re-allocation efforts on ETMY. But I didn't do this today.

Leaving the lab at 1150.

  15590   Mon Sep 21 12:40:58 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralWorkable IFO recovery

See Attachment #1.

  • The original ETMY actuation matrix was the naive one so I simply retuned everything by adding the butterfly mode appropriately.
  • The cross coupling between the DOFs has not been characterized, but the local damping, Oplev loops, POX/POY locking, simpel Michelson locking, and ASS dither alignemnt all seem to work so I'm thinking this is good enough for now.
  • A copy of the ETMYaux.db file was made, and the slow bias voltage was redistributed among the three available face OSEMs - note that the magnet polarity has to be taken into account.
  • The series resistance on the slow path was reduced from 430 ohms, 1W to 100 ohms, 3W, to allow DC alignment of the cavity axis to the beam axis.
  • Vertex Oplevs were re-centered on their respective QPDs after locking POX/POY and running the ASS dither alignment.
  • The AS spot was a little low on the camera - presumably the SR2/SR3 got macroscopically misaligned. I re-centered the beam on the camera on the AS table (by moving the camera, the beam path was not disturbed).

The beam spot on ETMY looks weird (looks almost like a TEM10 mode), but the one on ITMY seems fine, see Attachment #2. Wonder what's going on there, maybe just a focusing problem?


We need a vent to fix the suspension, but until then what we can do is to redistribute the POS/PIT/YAW actuations to the three coils.

Attachment 1: IFOrecovery.png
Attachment 2: IMG_5345.JPG
  15595   Tue Sep 22 16:29:30 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralControl Room AC setting for continuous running

I came to the lab. The control room AC was off -> Now it is on.

Here is the setting of the AC meant for continuous running

Attachment 1: P_20200922_161125.jpg
  15597   Tue Sep 22 23:16:54 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralHEPA Inspection

Gautam reported that the PSL HEPA stopped running (ELOG 15592). So I came in today and started troubleshooting.

It looks like that the AC power reaches the motors. However, both motors do not run. It looks like the problem exists in the capacitors, the motors, or both.
Parts specs can be found in the next ELOG.

Attachment 1 is the connection diagram of the HEPA. The AC power is distributed by the breaker panel. The PSL HEPA is assigned to use M22 breaker (Attachment 2). I checked the breaker switch and it was (and is) ON. The power goes to the junction box above the enclosure (Attachment 3). A couple of wires goes to the HEPA switch (right above the enclosure light switch) and the output goes to the variac. The inside of the junction box looked like this (Attachment 4).

By the way, the wires were just twisted and screwed into a metal threaded (but isolated) caps (Attachment 5). Is this legit? Shouldn't we use stronger crimping? Anyway, there was nothing wrong with the caps w.r.t the connection for now.

I could easily trace the power up to the variac. The variac output was just fine (Attachment 6). The cord goes from the variac to the junction box (and then HEPAs) looked scorched. The connection from the plug to HEPAs was still OK, but this should be eventually replaced. Right now the cable was unplugged after the following tests for the safety reason.

The junction box for each HEPA unit was opened to check the voltage. The supply voltage came to the junction boxes and it was just fine. In Attachments 8 & 9, the voltages look low but this is because I just turned the variac only a little.

At the (main) junction box, the resistances of the HEPAs were checked with the Fluke. As the HEPA units are connected to the AC in parallel, the resistances were individually checked as follows.

South HEPA SW North HEPA SW Resistance
OFF LO 5 Ohm
LO OFF 7 Ohm

The coils were not disconnected (... I wonder if the wiring of South HEPA was flipped? But this is not the main issue right now.)

By removing the pre-filters, the motors were inspected Attachments 10 & 11. At least the north HEPA motor was warm, indicating there was some current before. A capacitor was connected per motor. When the variac was tuned up a bit, one side of the capacitor could see the voltage. I could not judge which has the issue between the capacitor and the motor.

Attachment 1: 0_PSL_HEPA.pdf
Attachment 2: 1_Breaker_Panel.JPG
Attachment 3: 2_Junction_Box.JPG
Attachment 4: 3_Junction_Box_Inside.JPG
Attachment 5: 4_Junction_Box_Inside_2.JPG
Attachment 6: 5_Variac_100%.JPG
Attachment 7: 6_VariAC_to_HEPA.JPG
Attachment 8: 7_North_HEPA_IN.JPG
Attachment 9: 8_South_HEPA_IN.JPG
Attachment 10: 9_North_Prefilter_Removed.JPG
Attachment 11: 10_South_Prefilter_Removed.JPG
  15598   Tue Sep 22 23:17:51 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralHEPA Inspection

Dimensions / Specs

- HEPA unit dimentions
- HEPA unit manufacturer
- Motor
- Capacitor

Attachment 1: A_HEPA_Dimention.JPG
Attachment 2: B_HEPA_Company.JPG
Attachment 3: C_North_HEPA_Spec.JPG
Attachment 4: D_South_HEPA_Spec.JPG
Attachment 5: E_Motor_Spec.JPG
Attachment 6: F_Cap_Spec.JPG
  15603   Tue Sep 29 17:07:25 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralLab visit for inventory location

I was in the lab from 1630-1830. I have located and visually inspected all the parts required for the magnet regluing / optic cleaning parts of the planned vent, except the fresh batches of scpectroscopic grade solvents. I was in the cleanroom part of the clean and bake lab from 1630-1700.

  15604   Wed Sep 30 17:12:24 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralHEPA blower startup capacitor replacement

[JV, GV]

The HEPAs work again. After running the HEPAs for ~1 hour, I checked the particle count on the PSL table - the meter registered 0 for both 0.3 um and 0.5 um. So I decided to turn the NPRO back on, at ~1730 local time. The PMC and IMC were readily locke, so the basic interferometer functionality is returned, and we can now go ahead with (i) vent prep (ii) air BHD tests and (iii) IMC debuggin as was discussed on the call today. The earth is shaking, but nothing serious so far, I will resume alignment of the interferometer later in the evening when hopefully things have calmed down a bit more...


  1. Turned off mains switch on the NW corner of the PSL enclosure. Then, disconnected the power cables from mains to Variac and from Variac to HEPAs. Made sure both HEPAs were set to "OFF".
  2. With confidence that no AC power was reaching the motors, I removed the pre-filters, and removed the old startup capacitors. These don't have a polarity, but I marked the cable that was connected to the left terminal of the capacitor when the cap is viewed with the label facing you, in the interest of changing as few things as possible.
  3. The two new capacitors were measured with the LCR meter - the meter registered ~7.5 uF, as expected. Unsurprisingly, the old capacitors that were removed didn't register any reading on the LCR meter. The terminals weren't shorted, but I don't know what the failure mode for this kind of capacitor is.
  4. The two new capacitors were installed. Then, I tested the system by undoing all the changes in bullet #1. We found that the Variac needs to be set to 100% for the motors to startup.
  5. The motor speed was found to vary as the Variac dial was turned. FWIW, at the "nominal" setting of 33% on the Variac (when we run the interferometer), I could see both fan blades were turning, but the flow was low enough that you couldn't hear any wind (at least, neither Jordan nor I could).
  6. Turned off the mains agian, and cleaned up - restored the insulating rubber sleeve on the capacitor leads, and re-installed the pre-filters on the HEPA blowers. Then we turned both blowers back on. 

Note that the many other issues Koji noted in the preceeding elog (e.g. flaky wiring) have not been addressed.

Flow measurements:

Chub kindly provided us with an electronic anemometer. With the meter held directly against the HEPA filter inside the enclosure, we measured ~700 cfm of airflow on each of the two HEPAs, with the Variac set to 100% and the HEPAs themselves set to "High". With the Variac at 50%, the flow drops to ~160 cfm. At the nominal setting of 33%, the meter didn't register any flow. I don't know what the spec'd flow rate is for this combination of blower + filter, but Jordan says similar units in Downs register ~1500 cfm at the "High" setting. The two protable (similarly sized) HEPA units in the 40m, one at ITMY and one at ETMY, register ~900 cfm and ~1100 cfm respectively, when set to high. So we may want to revisit what the "nominal" HEPA setting should be, in case the filters have become clogged over time. 

Some photos of the HEPA blowers with the pre-filters off and the capacitors switched out may be found here.

  15605   Wed Sep 30 19:45:56 2020 ranaUpdateGeneralHEPA blower startup capacitor replacement

it would be a good idea for us to have an auto-reminder to have us check the flow of all the HEPAs in the lab and elog it once a year so that we can replace filters and pre-filters appropriately.

  15606   Thu Oct 1 17:44:48 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralSome inventory notes

The optomechanics stock in the lab was in a sad state. We have obtained the following from Thorlabs in the last two months:

  1. 6 pcs each of DT12 and DT12B compact translation stages (for lens mode matching).
  2. 3pcs each KM100PM + PM3 cube beamsplitter mounts (for polarization control).
  3. 1 Post / spacer kit for height adjustment.
  4. 3 pcs ea of K6XS + AD11F + F220APC for fiber applications.

I have used some of these for the ari BHD setup. The unused items are stored in the shelves that house the optomechanics ~halfway down the east arm. I'm wondering what's a good setup to document the stock of this stuff so we can always have a healthy stock of optomechanics (at least the non speciality ones like posts, spacers etc). It sucks to realize at 0000hrs that you're missing a 3mm shim or 250mm converging lens or something.

  15608   Fri Oct 2 12:52:22 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralSpectroscopic grade Isopropanol delivered

2x500 ml bottles of spectroscopic grade isopropanol were delivered. I marked them with today's date and placed them in the solvent cabinet. In the process, my shoulder bumped the laser interlock switch by the door to the VEA in the drill press area, which turned the PSL NPRO off. I turned it back on just now. The other NPROs are not connected to the interlock and so were unaffected.

  15616   Wed Oct 7 13:06:27 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralPresence in the lab

Tue evening from 4pm~6pm, Koji made a social distant tour for Anchal. We were present around the PSL/AS/ETMX tables.

  15620   Thu Oct 8 15:08:25 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralSome boxes moved from 40m entry hallway
  • UPS batteries
  • 2x HEPA filters
  • VWR chemicals (methanol)

These boxes were moved from the 40m hallway to the inside of the VEA so that we have some space to walk around. You can find some pictures here.

  15624   Tue Oct 13 21:22:29 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralSpace cleared in 1Y1 for new FEs

[JV, GV]

We cleared up some space in the 1Y1 electronics rack to install the 3 new FE machines. I removed the current driver and laser from 1Y1, they are now stored in the E10 cabinet. I will upload some photos to gPhotos soon.

  1. I think it's good to have all these FEs in one rack (at least the new ones) - we should then hook it up to an ethernet power source, so that we can remotely power cycle them. I think we have long enough cables to interface to expansion chasses / dolphin switches, but if not, I think it's still a good idea to have these machines in 1Y1 as it is the least sensitive area in terms of immunity to bumping some cable during setup work and disturbing the rest of the IFO.
  2. We found that the rails that the Supermicros shipped with the servers seem to be just a little too narrow - we mounted these in the rack, but had considerable difficulty sliding the server units in. Once they are in, they don't slide smoothly. Is there some special trick to installing these? 
  3. I spent a few minutes trying to get Debian 8 installed on these machines, so that the rest of the setup work could be done remotely - however, there appear to be some firmware issues and so I'm not gonna dive into this.
    • I couldn't find a disk image for Debian 8.5 which is what the KT wikl recommends, so the OS I tried to install was Debian 8.11.
    • The error that comes up is related to a "stalled CPU" - apparently this is related to some graphics driver issue (there's another forum page that suggests upgrading the BIOS, but I don't think that's the problem here).
    • Anyways, this part of the process is only to install some drivers and do the initial setup - these machines will eventually run a diskless boot from the image on FB, so who knows if there will be some other driver issues/hardware-software incompatibilities there 😱 .
    • We should also make an effort to set these machines up with IPMI, but I think we first need to install an OS and a CLI to setup the IPMI. My cursory browsing of the manual suggests that the initial setup maybe can be done without installing an OS, and then subsequent work, including OS install, can be done remotely. If someone reads more in detail and can provide me a step-by-step, I can follow those instructions (if they aren't available to come into the lab). See here for some brief documentation of how to access the IPMI.
  15627   Wed Oct 14 18:16:27 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralPSL HEPA-->50%

Per Koji's suggestion, I turned the PSL HEPA Variac to 50% just now, so that the power load through the burnt electrical cable is reduced by 75%.

  15629   Thu Oct 15 13:48:58 2020 anchalSummaryGeneralLab Entry Notification

I entered 40m today at around 1:20 pm and left by 1:45 pm. I entered 104 through the machine shop entry. I did the following:

  • I took photos and videos of the PSL table with lights on.
  • I uncovered the AP table, took photos and video, and covered it back.
  • I went to the X End table and took a video without opening the enclosure.
  • Apart from flipping light switches, nothing else should have changed.
  15630   Thu Oct 15 20:00:23 2020 KojiSummaryGeneralHEPA AC cord replacement

The AC cord from the PSL HEPA variac to the junction box was replaced.
Now the HEPA is running at 70%

Showed up at the 40m at 7pm


  • Closed the PSL shutter.
  • Closed the innolight shutter
  • Turned off the HEPA mains switch
  • Checked the HEPA fan rating: 115V 4.5A.
  • Brought the thickest power cord from the wall stock: the rating is 125V 15A. This should sufficiently hold two HEPAs.

Cable Replacing

  • Rechecked the wire connection. The new cord has green/black/white wires. And the colors agree with the color of the wires in the junction box.
  • Removed the existing cord.
  • Attached the new cord.
  • Checked the variac AC plug. The terminals in the plug look normal and the AC plug looked sufficiently rigid.
  • Checked the connection again. = OK


  • Turned on the HEPA mains switch
  • VairAC turned to 70%
  • Checked the air flow - The HEPA fans are sucking the air = OK

Closing the work

  • Closed the junction box.
  • Cleaned up the roof
  • Opend the innolight shutter
  • Opened the PSL shutter
  • Locked the PMC
  • Locked the IMC  - found the transmission was ~80% of the pre-work due to misalignment of the PMC
  • Aligned the PMC - this recovered the IMC REFL of ~5.2 when the IMC was unlocked

Leaving the 40m at 9:30pm

Memo: 40m wiring/Mask/Camera/Red Pitaya/Particle Counter

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  15632   Fri Oct 16 19:44:41 2020 anchalSummaryGeneralLab Entry Notification

I entered 40m today at around 1:10 pm and left by 1:50 pm. I entered 104 through the machine shop entry. I took top view single picture photos of ITMY, BS, AP, ITMX, ETMX and ETMY tables. The latest photos will be put here on the wiki soon.

  15635   Tue Oct 20 20:12:18 2020 KojiSummaryGeneralDJI OSMO Pocket Camera Kit

I set up an action cam (DJI OSMO Pocket) and brought it back to the 40m. The kit is now placed in the control room cabinet together with the Canon DSLR.

I might have left the USBC chaging cable at home this time. Will bring it back next time.-> The cable was returned to the kit on Oct 23rd.

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  15645   Tue Oct 27 23:47:53 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralISS checkout

I wanted to look into the ISS situation. Some weeks ago, I found the PD that was previously used as the in-loop photodiode. I wanted to use this and measure the open-loop RIN at a few places (to see if there's any variation and also to check its functionality). However, I didn't get very far tonight - for a start, the PD height is 3" (while our beam height is 4" everywhere outside the vacuum), and I needed to put together a circuit to supply the 5V bias and +/- 15 V since the transimpedance is done on the head. I was only able to do a low-level functionality test tonight, checked that the DC voltage output varied linearly with the incident power (calibrated against an NF1611 photodiode, data will be put up later). I didn't get to measuring any noise performance - is an incandescent light bulb still shot noise limited at ~10 Hz < f < 10kHz? Some notes:

  1. The PD is DC coupled, and has a transimpedance of 1 kohm (inverting AD829 does the transimpedance).
  2. Probably a daughter board should be made that supplies the DC power voltages and rotues the output signal to something more convenient like a BNC connector. This daughter board can then also implement a DC coupled path (for monitoring) and AC coupled path (for servoing, fc to be determined).
  3. SR560 based ISS was implemented some years ago but I think the improvement was only seen above 100 Hz, and that too was marginal, the stabilized RIN was 10^-6 (monitored on an out-of-loop photodiode I think, but unsure). We'd probably want to aim for at least an order of magnitude better. Unclear at this point why more suppression wasn't possible back then, was it just insufficient loop gain, or was the sensing noise too high? To be investigated.

Unconnected to this work - this problem reared its ugly head again (i noticed it yesterday morning already actually). I don't have the energy to embark on a fix tonight, Koji is going to be in the lab all day tomorrow and so he will fix it.

  15647   Wed Oct 28 14:01:03 2020 not gautamUpdateGeneralISS checkout

that little PD in the black mount was never very good. The AD829 is not a good opamp for transimpedance and especially not good for low frequencies. Stefan Ballmer and I were able to get 2e-8 out of these (@100 Hz) many years ago.

I wonder if we have some of Zach's M2ISS photodetectors around, perhaps in QIL or Cryo. I doubt that any of them are in use now. Those had good performance nad BNC output.

  15648   Wed Oct 28 14:07:47 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralISS checkout

Ok I was using the PD in the black mount because Rana recommended it a few weeks ago.

Regarding the M2ISS, I acquired the hardware from QIL some months ago, including a circuit board, and 2 PDs. These had LEMO outputs though (not BNC), and the mounts are not 4". These photodiodes are what I'm using as the airBHD DCPDs right now, and some photos are here - are these the photodiodes you mentioned? Or are there yet more M2ISS photodiodes? I remember Johannes had some custom mounts extruded to make them 4" high, do you mean those? Can I retrieve them his Cryo setup?

BTW, my elog scraping shows only one spectra from Stefan in the ATF elog, and the performance there is more like 1e-7/rtHz @ 100 Hz, and that’s using a dedicated high BW servo circuit, not the SR560. Am I just missing the measurement of 2e-8/rtHz?


that little PD in the black mount was never very good. The AD829 is not a good opamp for transimpedance and especially not good for low frequencies. Stefan Ballmer and I were able to get 2e-8 out of these (@100 Hz) many years ago.

I wonder if we have some of Zach's M2ISS photodetectors around, perhaps in QIL or Cryo. I doubt that any of them are in use now. Those had good performance nad BNC output.

  15649   Wed Oct 28 20:42:53 2020 KojiUpdateGeneralVent Prep
  1. Two arms / BS / PRM / SRM were aligned. (Attachment 1)
  2. IMC was aligned by WFS and the WFS offsets were offloaded.
  3. Suspension Status Snapshot (Attachment 2)
  4. Oplevs are aligned (Attachment 3)
  5. Xarm green was aligned in the daytime. Xarm green refl DC (C1:ALS-X_REFL_DC_OUTPUT) was 620 (aligned) ~1300 (drifted). When unlocked, it was 3750.
  6. Yarm green: I saw no flash. We don't have functional PZT alignment since the ASY M2 PZT got broken. I went to the Yend. Something funky is going on with the Yend green. I struggled to have any flash of the cavity. The apertures were not so precise. I finally got TEM00 locked, but the modematching seems exteremely low (like 1/1000?). Basically I saw no power reduction of the refl when the cavity is locked. So at least the cavity was locked but we might need to revisit when we open the chamber
    ==> Gautam thinks it was not like that. So he will check the green alignment tomorrow (Thu).
  7. Item checking: I familialized myself with the yend crane operation. Today I learned that there is a power switch on the wall (Attachment 4). The yend has two heavy door storages (Attachments 4/5). The slings to lift the heavy door are in the crane cabinet along with the y arm (Attachment 6). I didn't yet try to find the "hammer" to hit the door if the o-ring stuck too strong, although that's optional.
  8. We want to reduce the PSL power. But Gautam wants to use the arm locking with the nominal power, it will be done tomorrow by him.
  9. The last thing is to check the green trans power. I noticed that the green trans beams are blocked by an HWP for the BHD LO path on the PSL table. (Attachment 7)
    The HWP was moved and the process was recorded in the movie (Attachment 8). The fiber output was monitored by the BHD DC (aka AS110 DC) with the AS path blocked. The fiber output of 22.6mV (offset -2.5mV) was improved tio 29.1mV after the HWP move and the alignment adjustment.
  10. Now the green transmissions are visible by the green PDs. Attachment 9 shows the trans and ref of each green beams with and without locking to TEM00. The questionable green TRY was ~0.3. If we compare this with the histrical data (Attachment 10), it is about 1/4 of the value in the past. It's not too crazy but still quite low.

At this point, I'm leaving the lab. All the suspensions (incl SRM) are aligned. PSL/GRX/GRY shutters were left open.

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