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  16155   Mon May 24 08:38:26 2021 ChubUpdateElectronics18-bit AI, 16-bit AI and 16-bit AA

- High priority units: 2x 18AI / 1x 16AI / 3x 16AA

All six are reworked and on the electronics workbench. The rest should be ready by the end of the week.


  16156   Mon May 24 10:19:54 2021 PacoUpdateGeneralZita IOO strip

Updated IOO.strip on Zita to show WFS2 pitch and yaw trends (C1:IOO-WFS2_PIY_OUT16 and C1:IOO-WFS2_YAW_OUT16) and changed the colors slightly to have all pitch trends in the yellow/brown band and all yaw trends in the pink/purple band.

No one says, "Here I am attaching a cool screenshot, becuz else where's the proof? Am I right or am I right?"

Mon May 24 18:10:07 2021 [Update]

After waiting for some traces to fill the screen, here is a cool screenshot (Attachment 1). At around 2:30 PM the MC unlocked, and the BS_Z (vertical) seismometer readout jumped. It has stayed like this for the whole afternoon... The MC eventually caught its lock and we even locked XARM without any issue, but something happened in the 10-30 Hz band. We will keep an eye on it during the evening...

Tue May 25 08:45:33 2021 [Update]

At approximately 02:30 UTC (so 07:30 PM yesterday) the 10-30 Hz seismic step dropped back... It lasted 5 hours, mostly causing BS motion along Z (vertical) as seen by the minute trend data in Attachment 2. Could the MM library have been shaking? Was the IFO snoring during its afternoon nap?

Attachment 1: Screenshot_from_2021-05-24_18-09-37.png
Attachment 2: 24and25_05_2021_PEM_BS_10_30.png
  16160   Tue May 25 17:08:17 2021 ChubUpdateElectronicschassis rework complete!

All remaining chasses have been reworked and placed on the floor along the west wall in Room 104. 

Attachment 1: 40M_chassis_reworked_5-25-21.jpg
  16162   Wed May 26 02:00:44 2021 gautamUpdateElectronicsCoil driver noise

I was preparing a short write-up / test procedure for the custom HV coil driver, when I thought of something I can't resolve. I'm probably missing some really basic physics here - but why do we not account for the shot noise from DC current flowing through the series resistor? For a 4kohm resistor, the Johnson current noise is ~2pA/rtHz. This is the target we were trying to beat with our custom designed HV bias circuit. But if there is a 1 mA DC current flowing through this resistor, the shot noise of this current is \sqrt{2eI_{\mathrm{DC}}} \approx18pA/rtHz, which is ~9 times larger than the Johnson noise of the same resistor. One could question the applicability of this formula to calculate the shot noise of a DC current through a wire-wound resistor - e.g. maybe the electron transport is not really "ballistic", and so the assumption that the electrons transported through it are independent and non-interacting isn't valid. There are some modified formulae for the shot noise through a metal resistor, which evaluates to \sqrt{2eI_{\mathrm{DC}}/3} \approx10pA/rtHz for the same 4kohm resistor, which is still ~5x the Johnson noise. 

In the case of the HV coil driver circuit, the passive filtering stage I added at the output to filter out the excess PA95 noise unwittingly helps us - the pole at ~0.7 Hz filters the shot noise (but not the Johnson noise) such that at ~10 Hz, the Johnson noise does indeed dominate the total contribution. So, for this circuit, I think we don't have to worry about some un-budgeted noise. However, I am concerned about the fast actuation path - we were all along assuming that this path would be dominated by the Johnson noise of the 4kohm series resistor. But if we need even 1mA of current to null some DC DARM drift, then we'd have the shot noise contribution become comparable, or even dominant?

I looked through the iLIGO literature, where single-stage suspensions were being used, e.g. Rana's manifesto, but I cannot find any mention of shot noise due to DC current, so probably there is a simple explanation why - but it eludes me, at least for the moment. The iLIGO coil drivers did not have a passive filter at the output of the coil driver circuit (at least, not till this work), and there isn't any feedback gain for the DARM loop at >100 Hz (where we hope to measure squeezing) to significantly squash this noise.

Attachment #1 shows schematic topologies of the iLIGO and proposed 40m configs. It may be that I have completely misunderstood the iLIGO config and what I've drawn there is wrong. Since we are mainly interested in the noise from the resistor, I've assumed everything upstream of the final op-amp is noiseless (equivalently, we assume we can sufficiently pre-filter these noises).
Attachment #2 shows the relative magnitudes of shot noise due to a DC current, and thermal noise of the series resistor, as a function of frequency, for a few representative currents, for the slow bias path assuming a 0.7Hz corner from the 4kohm/3uF RC filter at the output of the PA95.

Some lit review suggests that it's actually pretty hard to measure shot noise in a resistor - so I'm guessing that's what it is, the mean free path of electrons is short compared to the length of the resistor such that the assumption that electrons arrive independently and randomly isn't valid. So Ohm's law dictates I=V/R and that's what sets the current noise. See, for example, pg 432 of Horowitz and Hill.

Attachment 1: coilDriverTopologies.pdf
Attachment 2: shotVthermal.pdf
  16165   Thu May 27 14:11:15 2021 JordanUpdateSUSCoM to Clamping Point Measurement for 3" Adapter Ring

The current vertical distance between the CoM and the wire clamping point on the 3" Ring assembly is 0.33mm. That is the CoM is .33 mm below the clamping point of the wire. I took the clamping point to be the top edge of the wire clamp piece. see the below attachments.

I am now modifying the dumbell mechanism at the bottom of the ring to move the CoM to the target distance of 1.1mm.

Attachment 1: CoM_to_Clamp.PNG
Attachment 2: CoM_to_Clamp_2.PNG
  16166   Fri May 28 10:54:59 2021 JonUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I have received the opto-isolator needed to complete the new c1auxey system. I left it sitting on the electronics bench next to the Acromag chassis.

Here is the manufacturer's wiring manual. It should be wired to the +15V chassis power and to the common return from the coil driver, following the instructions herein for NPN-style signals. Note that there are two sets of DIP switches (one on the input side and one on the output side) for selecting the mode of operation. These should all be set to "NPN" mode.

Attachment 1: optoisolator.jpeg
  16167   Fri May 28 11:16:21 2021 JonUpdateCDSFront-End Assembly and Testing

An update on recent progress in the lab towards building and testing the new FEs.

1. Timing problems resolved / FE BIOS changes

The previously reported problem with the IOPs losing sync after a few minutes (16130) was resolved through a change in BIOS settings. However, there are many required settings and it is not trivial to get these right, so I document the procedure here for future reference.

The CDS group has a document (T1300430) listing the correct settings for each type of motherboard used in aLIGO. All of the machines received from LLO contain the oldest motherboards: the Supermicro X8DTU. Quoting from the document, the BIOS must be configured to enforce the following:

• Remove hyper-threading so the CPU doesn’t try to run stuff on the idle core, as hyperthreading simulate two cores for every physical core.
• Minimize any system interrupts from hardware, such as USB and Serial Ports, that might get through to the ‘idled’ core. This is needed on the older machines.
• Prevent the computer from reducing the clock speed on any cores to ‘save power’, etc. We need to have a constant clock speed on every ‘idled’ CPU core.

I generally followed the T1300430 instructions but found a few adjustments were necessary for diskless and deterministic operation, as noted below. The procedure for configuring the FE BIOS is as follows:

  1. At boot-up, hit the delete key to enter the BIOS setup screen.
  2. Before changing anything, I recommend photographing or otherwise documenting the current working settings on all the subscreens, in case for some reason it is necessary to revert.
  3. T1300430 assumes the process is started from a known state and lists only the non-default settings that must be changed. To put the BIOS into this known state, first navigate to Exit > Load Failsafe Defaults > Enter.
  4. Configure the non-default settings following T1300430 (Sec. 5 for the X8DTU motherboard). On the IPMI screen, set the static IP address and netmask to their specific assigned values, but do set the gateway address to all zeros as the document indicates. This is to prevent the IPMI from trying to initiate outgoing connections.
  5. For diskless booting to continue to work, it is also necessary to set Advanced > PCI/PnP Configuration > Load Onboard LAN 1 Option Rom > Enabled.
  6. I also found it was necessary to re-enable IDE direct memory access and WHEA (Windows Hardware Error Architecture) support. Since these machines have neither hard disks nor Windows, I have no idea why these are needed, but I found that without them, one of the FEs would hang during boot about 50% of the time.
    • Advanced > PCI/PnP configuration > PCI IDE BusMaster  > Enabled.
    • Advanced > ACPI Configuration > WHEA Support > Enabled.

After completing the BIOS setup, I rebooted the new FEs about six times each to make sure the configuration was stable (i.e., would never hang during boot).

2. User models created for FE testing

With the timing issue resolved, I proceeded to build basic user models for c1bhd and c1sus2 for testing purposes. Each one has a simple structure where M ADC inputs are routed through IIR filters to an output matrix, which forms linear signal combinations that are routed to N DAC outputs. This is shown in Attachment 1 for the c1bhd case, where the signals from a single ADC are conditioned and routed to a single 18-bit DAC. The c1sus2 case is similar; however the Contec BO modules still needed to be added to this model.

The FEs are now running two models each: the IOP model and one user model. The assigned parameters of each model are documented below.

Model Host CPU DCUID Path
c1x06 c1bhd 1 23 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x06.mdl
c1x07 c1sus2 1 24 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x07.mdl
c1bhd c1bhd 2 25 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/isc/c1/models/c1bhd.mdl
c1sus2 c1sus2 2 26 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/sus/c1/models/c1sus2.mdl

The user models were compiled and installed following the previously documented procedure (15979). As shown in Attachment 2, all the RTS processes are now working, with the exception of the DAQ server (for which we're still awaiting hardware). Note that these models currently exist only on the cloned copy of the /opt/rtcds disk running on the test stand. The plan is to copy these models to the main 40m disk later, once the new FEs are ready to be installed.

3. AA and AI chassis installed

I installed several new AA and AI chassis in the test stand to interface with the ADC and DAC cards. This includes three 16-bit AA chassis, one 16-bit AI chassis, and one 18-bit AI chassis, as pictured in Attachment 3. All of the AA/AI chassis are powered by one of the new 15V DC power strips connected to a bench supply, which is housed underneath the computers as pictured in Attachment 4.

These chassis have not yet been tested, beyond verifying that the LEDs all illuminate to indicate that power is present.

Attachment 1: c1bhd.png
Attachment 2: gds_tp.png
Attachment 3: teststand.jpeg
Attachment 4: bench_supply.jpeg
  16169   Tue Jun 1 14:26:23 2021 JordanUpdateSUSCoM to Clamping Point Measurement for 3" Adapter Ring

After changing the material of the Balance Mass from 6061 Al to 304 Steel, and changing the thickness to 0.21" from 0.25". The CoM is now 1.11mm below the clamping point.

Koji expected a mass change of ~ 4g to move the mass to 1.1mm. The 6061 mass weighed ~1.31g and the 304 mass weighs 4.1g.

A potential issue with this is the screw used the adjust the position of these balance masses, threads through both the aluminum ring and this now 304 steel mass. A non silver plated screw could cold weld at the mass, but a silver plated screw will gall in the aluminum threads.


The current vertical distance between the CoM and the wire clamping point on the 3" Ring assembly is 0.33mm. That is the CoM is .33 mm below the clamping point of the wire. I took the clamping point to be the top edge of the wire clamp piece. see the below attachments.

I am now modifying the dumbell mechanism at the bottom of the ring to move the CoM to the target distance of 1.1mm.


Attachment 1: CoM_to_Clamp_Updated.PNG
  16170   Tue Jun 1 16:17:06 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I tried to push the clean Viton tips into the vented screws just to find out that the vented holes are too small. We need to drill 0.1" diameter holes about 0.1" deep into these screws and clean them again.


  16172   Wed Jun 2 01:03:19 2021 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Can you just cut the viton tips smaller? If you cut it to have some wedge (or say, taper), it can get stuck with the vent hole.


  16173   Wed Jun 2 01:08:57 2021 KojiUpdateSUSCoM to Clamping Point Measurement for 3" Adapter Ring

How about to use the non-Ag coated threaded shaft + the end SS masses with helicoils inserted? Does this save the masses to get stuck?


  16176   Wed Jun 2 17:50:50 2021 PacoUpdateEquipment loanBorrow red cart

I borrowed the little red cart 🛒 to help clear the path for new optical tables in B252 West Bridge. Will return once I am done with it.  

Attachment 1: IMG_20210602_172858.jpg
  16177   Thu Jun 3 13:06:47 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSSUS simPlant model

I was able to measure the transfer function of the plant filter module from the channel X1:SUP-C1_SUS_SINGLE_PLANT_Plant_POS_Mod_EXC to X1:SUP-C1_SUS_SINGLE_PLANT_Plant_POS_Mod_OUT. The resulting transfer function is shown below. I have also attached the raw data for making the graph.

Next, I will make a script that will make the photon filters for all the degrees of freedom and start working on the matrix version of the filter module so that there can be multiple degrees of freedom.

Attachment 1: SingleSusPlantTF.pdf
Attachment 2: SUS_PLANT_TF.zip
  16178   Thu Jun 3 17:15:17 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

As Jon wrote we need to use the NPN configuration (see attachments). I tested the isolator channels in the following way:

1. I connected +15V from the power supply to the input(+) contact.

2. Signal wire from one of the digital outputs was connected to I1-4

3. When I set the digital output to HIGH, the LED on the isolator turns on.

4. I measure the resistance between O1-4 to output(-) and find it to be ~ 100ohm in the HIGH state and an open circuit in the LOW state, as expected from an open collector output.

Unlike the Acromag output, the isolator output is not pulled up in the LOW state. To do so we need to connect +15V to the output channel through a pull-up resistor. For now, I leave it with no pull-up. According to the schematics of the HAM-A Coil Driver, the digital output channels drive an electromagnetic relay (I think) so it might not need to be pulled up to switch back. I'm not sure. We will need to check the operation of these outputs at the installation.

During the testing of the isolator outputs pull-up, I accidentally ran a high current through O2, frying it dead. It is now permanently shorted to the + and - outputs rendering it unusable. In any case, we need another isolator since we have 5 channels we need to isolate.

I mounted the isolator on the DIN rail and started wiring the digital outputs into it. I connected the GND from the RTS to output(-) such that when the digital outputs are HIGH the channels in the coil driver will be sunk into the RTS GND and not the slow one avoiding GND contamination.

Attachment 1: Optical_Isolator_NPN_Input.png
Attachment 2: Optical_Isolator_NPN_Output.png
  16180   Thu Jun 3 17:49:46 2021 PacoUpdateEquipment loanBorrow red cart

Returned today.


I borrowed the little red cart 🛒 to help clear the path for new optical tables in B252 West Bridge. Will return once I am done with it.  


  16181   Thu Jun 3 22:08:00 2021 KojiUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

- Could you explain what is the blue thing in Attachment 1?

- To check the validity of the signal chain, can you make a diagram summarizing the path from the fast BO - BO I/F - Acromag - This opto-isolator - the coil driver relay? (Cut-and-paste of the existing schematics is fine)


  16182   Fri Jun 4 14:49:23 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I made a diagram (Attached). I think it explains the blue thing in the previous post.

I don't know what is the grounding situation in the RTS so I put a ground in both the coil driver and the RTS. Hopefully, only one of them is connected in reality.


- Could you explain what is the blue thing in Attachment 1?

- To check the validity of the signal chain, can you make a diagram summarizing the path from the fast BO - BO I/F - Acromag - This opto-isolator - the coil driver relay? (Cut-and-paste of the existing schematics is fine)



Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16183   Fri Jun 4 17:46:25 2021 unYehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I mounted the optoisolator on the DIN rail and connected the 3 first channels



to the optoisolator inputs 1,3,4 respectively. I connected the +15V input voltage into the input(+) of the optoisolator.

The outputs were connected to DB9F-2 where those channels were connected before.

I added DB9F-1 to the front panel to accept channels from the RTS. I connected the fast channels to connectors 1,2,3 from DB9F-1 to DB9F-2 according to the wiring diagram. The GND from DB9F-1 was connected to both connector 5 of DB9F-2 and the output (-).

I tested the channels: I connected a DB9 breakout board to DB9F-2. I measured the resistance between the RTS GND and the isolated channels while switching them on and off. In the beginning, when I turned on the binary channels the resistance was behaving weird - oscillating between low resistance and open circuit. I pulled up the channels through a 100Kohm resistor to observe whether the voltage behavior is reasonable or not. Indeed I observed that in the LOW state the voltage between the isolated channel and slow GND is 15V and 0.03V in the HIGH state. Then I disconnected the pull up from the channels and measured the resistance again. It showed ~ stable 170ohm in the HIGH state and an open circuit in the LOW state. I was not able to reproduce the weird initial behavior. Maybe the optoisolator needs some warmup of some sort.


We still need to wire the rest of the fast channels to DBF9-3 and isolate the channels in DBF9-4. For that, we need another optoisolator.


There is still an open issue with the BI channels not read by EPICS. They can still be read by the Windows machine though.

Attachment 1: 20210604_173420.jpg
  16184   Sun Jun 6 03:02:14 2021 KojiUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

This RTS also use the BO interface with an opto isolator. https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1002593

Could you also include the pull up/pull down situations?

  16185   Sun Jun 6 08:42:05 2021 JonUpdateCDSFront-End Assembly and Testing

Here is an update and status report on the new BHD front-ends (FEs).


The changes to the FE BIOS settings documented in [16167] do seem to have solved the timing issues. The RTS models ran for one week with no more timing failures. The IOP model on c1sus2 did die due to an unrelated "Channel hopping detected" error. This was traced back to a bug in the Simulink model, where two identical CDS parts were both mapped to ADC_0 instead of ADC_0/1. I made this correction and recompiled the model following the procedure in [15979].

Model naming standardization

For lack of a better name, I had originally set up the user model on c1sus2 as "c1sus2.mdl" This week I standardized the name to follow the three-letter subsystem convention, as four letters lead to some inconsistency in the naming of the auto-generated MEDM screens. I renamed the model c1sus2.mdl -> c1su2.mdl. The updated table of models is below.

Model Host CPU DCUID Path
c1x06 c1bhd 1 23 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x06.mdl
c1x07 c1sus2 1 24 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x07.mdl
c1bhd c1bhd 2 25 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/isc/c1/models/c1bhd.mdl
c1su2 c1su2 2 26 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/sus/c1/models/c1su2.mdl

Renaming an RTS model requires several steps to fully propagate the change, so I've documented the procedure below for future reference.

On the target FE, first stop the model to be renamed:

controls@c1sus2$ rtcds stop c1sus2

Then, navigate to the build directory and run the uninstall and cleanup scripts:

controls@c1sus2$ cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/rtbuild/release
controls@c1sus2$ make uninstall-c1sus2
controls@c1sus2$ make clean-c1sus2

Unfortunately, the uninstall script does not remove every vestige of the old model, so some manual cleanup is required. First, open the file /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/gds/param/testpoint.par and manually delete the three-line entry corresponding to the old model:


If this is not removed, reinstallation of the renamed model will fail because its assigned DCUID will appear to already be in use. Next, find all relics of the old model using:

controls@c1sus2$ find /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1 -iname "*sus2*"

and manually delete each file and subdirectory containing the "sus2" name. Finally, rename, recompile, reinstall, and relaunch the model:

controls@c1sus2$ cd /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/sus/c1/models
controls@c1sus2$ mv c1sus2.mdl c1su2.mdl
controls@c1sus2$ cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/rtbuild/release
controls@c1sus2$ make c1su2
controls@c1sus2$ make install-c1su2
controls@c1sus2$ rtcds start c1su2

Sitemap screens

I used a tool developed by Chris, mdl2adl, to auto-generate a set of temporary sitemap/model MEDM screens. This package parses each Simulink file and generates an MEDM screen whose background is an .svg image of the Simulink model. Each object in the image is overlaid with a clickable button linked to the auto-generated RTS screens. An example of the screen for the C1BHD model is shown in Attachment 1. Having these screens will make the testing much faster and less user-error prone.

I generated these screens following the instructions in Chris' README. However, I ran this script on the c1sim machine, where all the dependencies including Matlab 2021 are already set up. I simply copied the target .mdl files to the root level of the mdl2adl repo, ran the script (./mdl2adl.sh c1x06 c1x07 c1bhd c1su2), and then copied the output to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/medm_teststand. Then I redefined the "sitemap" environment variable on the chiara clone to point to this new location, so that they can be launched in the teststand via the usual "sitemap" command.

Current status and plans

Is it possible to convert 18-bit AO channels to 16-bit?

Currently, we are missing five 18-bit DACs needed to complete the c1sus2 system (the c1bhd system is complete). Since the first shipment, we have had no luck getting additional 18-bit DACs from the sites, and I don't know when more will become available. So, this week I took an inventory of all the 16-bit DACs available at the 40m. I located four 16-bit DACs, pictured in Attachment 2. Their operational states are unknown, but none were labeled as known not to work.

The original CDS design would call for 40 more 18-bit DAC channels. Between the four 16-bit DACs there are 64 channels, so if only 3/4 of these DACs work we would have enough AO channels. However, my search turned up zero additional 16-bit DAC adapter boards. We could check if first Rolf or Todd have any spares. If not, I think it would be relatively cheap and fast to have four new adapters fabricated.

DAQ network limitations and plan

To get deeper into the signal-integrity aspect of the testing, it is going to be critical to get the secondary DAQ network running in the teststand. Of all the CDS tools (Ndscope, Diaggui, DataViewer, StripTool), only StripTool can be used without a functioning NDS server (which, in turn, requires a functioning DAQ server). StripTool connects directly to the EPICS server run by the RTS process. As such, StripTool is useful for basic DC tests of the fast channels, but it can only access the downsampled monitor channels. Ian and Anchal are going to carry out some simple DAC-to-ADC loopback tests to the furthest extent possible using StripTool (using DC signals) and will document their findings separately.

We don't yet have a working DAQ network because we are still missing one piece of critical hardware: a 10G switch compatible with the older Myricom network cards. In the older RCG version 3.x used by the 40m, the DAQ code is hardwired to interface with a Myricom 10G PCIe card. I was able to locate a spare Myricom card, pictured in Attachment 3, in the old fb machine. Since it looks like it is going to take some time to get an old 10G switch from the sites, I went ahead and ordered one this week. I have not been able to find documentation on our particular Myricom card, so it might be compatible with the latest 10G switches but I just don't know. So instead I bought exactly the same older (discontinued) model as is used in the 40m DAQ network, the Netgear GSM7352S. This way we'll also have a spare. The unit I bought is in "like-new" condition and will unfortunately take about a week to arrive.

Attachment 1: c1bhd.png
Attachment 2: 16bit_dacs.png
Attachment 3: myricom.png
  16186   Sun Jun 6 12:15:16 2021 JonUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

Since this Ocean Controls optoisolator has been shown to be compatible, I've gone ahead and ordered 10 more:

  • (1) to complete c1auxey
  • (2) for the upgrade of c1auxex
  • (7) for the upgrade of c1susaux

They are expected to arrive by Wednesday.

  16187   Sun Jun 6 15:59:51 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

According to the BO interface circuit board https://dcc.ligo.org/D1001266, PCIN wires are connected to the coil driver and they are not pulled either way.

That means that they're either grounded or floating. I updated the drawing.


This RTS also use the BO interface with an opto isolator. https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1002593

Could you also include the pull up/pull down situations?


Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16188   Sun Jun 6 16:33:47 2021 JonUpdateCDSBI channels on c1auxey

There is still an open issue with the BI channels not read by EPICS. They can still be read by the Windows machine though.

I looked into the issue that Yehonathan reported with the BI channels. I found the problem was with the .cmd file which sets up the Modbus interfacing of the Acromags to EPICS (/cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1auxey1/ETMYaux.cmd).

The problem is that all the channels on the XT1111 unit are being configured in Modbus as output channels. While it is possible to break up the address space of a single unit, so that some subset of channels are configured as inputs and another as outputs, I think this is likely to lead to mass confusion if the setup ever has to be modified. A simpler solution (and the convention we adopted for previous systems) is just to use separate Acromag units for BI and BO signals.

Accordingly, I updated the wiring plan to include the following changes:

  • The five EnableMon BI channels are moved to a new Acromag XT1111 unit (BIO01), whose channels are configured in Modbus as inputs.
  • One new DB37M connector is added for the 11 spare BI channels on BIO01.
  • The five channels freed up on the existing XT1111 (BIO00) are wired to the existing connector for spare BO channels.

So, one more Acromag XT1111 needs to be added to the c1auxey chassis, with the wiring changes as noted above. I have already updated the .cmd and EPICS database files in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1auxey1 to reflect these changes.

  16189   Mon Jun 7 13:14:20 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSBI channels on c1auxey

I added a new XT1111 Acromag module to the c1auxey chassis. I sanitized and configured it according to the slow machines wiki instructions.

Since all the spare BIOs fit one DB37 connector I didn't add another feedthrough and combined them all on one and the same DB37 connector. This was possible because all the RTNs of the BIOs are tied to the chassis ground and therefore need only one connection. I changed the wiring spreadsheet accordingly.

I did a lot of rewirings and also cut short several long wires that were protruding from the chassis. I tested all the wires from the feedthroughs to the Acromag channels and fixed some wiring mistakes.

Tomorrow I will test the BIs using EPICs.

  16191   Mon Jun 7 17:49:19 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSSUS simPlant model

Added difference to the graph. I included the code so that others could see what it looks like and use it for easy use.

Attachment 1: SingleSusPlantTF.pdf
Attachment 2: TF_Graph_Code.zip
  16193   Tue Jun 8 11:54:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSBI channels on c1auxey

I tested the digital inputs the following way: I connected a DB9 breakout to DB9M-5 and DB9M-6 where digital inputs are hosted. I shorted the channel under test to GND to turn it on.

I observed the channels turn from Disabled to Enabled using caget when I shorted the channel to GND and from Enabled to Disabled when I disconnected them.

I did this for all the digital inputs and they all passed the test.

I am still waiting for the other isolator to wire the rest of the digital outputs.

Next, I believe we should take some noise spectra of the Y end before we do the installation.


Tomorrow I will test the BIs using EPICs.


  16195   Wed Jun 9 13:50:48 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSSUS simPlant model

I have attached an updated transfer function graph with the residual easier to see. I thought here I would include a better explanation of what this transfer function was measuring.

This transfer function was mainly about learning how to use DTT and Foton to make and measure transfer functions. Therefore it is just measuring across a single CDS filter block. X1SUP_ISOLATED_C1_SUS_SINGLE_PLANT_Plant_POS_Mod block to be specific. This measurement shows that the block is doing what I programmed it to do with Foton. The residual is probably just because the measured TF had fewer points than the calculated one.

The next step is to take a closed-loop TF of the system and the control module.

After that, I want to add more degrees of freedom to the model. both in the plant and in the controls.

Attachment 1: SingleSusPlantTF.pdf
  16199   Mon Jun 14 15:31:30 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I checked the BI situation on the HAM-A coil driver. It seems like these are sinking BIs and indeed need to be isolated from the Acromag unit GND to avoid contamination.

The BIs will have to be isolated on a different isolator. Now, the wires coming from the field (red) are connected to the second isolator's input and the outputs are connected to the Acromag BI module and the Acromag's RTN.

I updated the wiring diagram (attached) and the wiring spreadsheet.

In the diagram, you can notice that the BI isolator (the right one) is powered by the Acromag's +15V and switched when the coil driver's GND is supplied. I am not sure if it makes sense or not. In this configuration, there is a path between the coil driver's GND and the Acromag's GND but its resistance is at least 10KOhm. The extra careful option is to power the isolator by the coil driver's +V but there is no +V on any of the connectors going out of the coil driver.

I installed an additional isolator on the DIN rail and wired the remaining BOs (C1:SUS-ETMY_SD_ENABLE, C1:SUS-ETMY_LR_ENABLE) through it to the DB9F-4 feedthrough. I also added DB9F-3 for incoming wires from the RTS and made the required connection from it to DB9F-4.

I tested the new isolated BOs using the Windows machine (after stopping Modbus). As before, I measure the resistance between pin 5 (coil driver GND) and the channel under test. When I turn on the BO I see the resistance drops from inf to 166ohm and back to inf when I turn it off. Both channels passed the test.


Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16200   Mon Jun 14 18:57:49 2021 AnchalUpdateAUXXend is unbearably hot. Green laser is loosing lock in 10's of seconds

Working in Xend with mask on has become unbearable. It is very hot there and I would really like if we fix this issue.

Today, the Xend Green laser was just unable to hold lock for longer than 10's of seconds. The longest I could see it hold lock was for about 2 minutes. I couldn't find anything obviously wrong with it. Attached are noise spectrums of error and control points. The control point spectrum shows good matching with typical free running laser noise.

Are the few peaks above 10 kHz in error point spectrum worrysome? I need to think more about it in a cooler place to make sure.

I wanted to take a high frequency spectrum of error point to make sure that higher harmonics of 250 kHz modulation frequency are not leaking into the PDH box after demodulation. However, the lock could not be maintained long enough to take this final measurement. I'll try again tomorrow morning. It is generally cooler in the mornings.

This post is just an update on what's happening. I need to work more to get some meaningful inferences about this loop.

Attachment 1: XAUX_PDH_Err_In_ASD.pdf
Attachment 2: XAUX_PZT_Out_Mon_ASD.pdf
  16201   Tue Jun 15 11:46:40 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSSUS simPlant model

I have added more degrees of freedom. The model includes x, y, z, pitch, yaw, roll and is controlled by a matrix of transfer functions (See Attachment 2). I have added 5 control filters to individually control UL, UR, LL, LR, and side. Eventually, this should become a matrix too but for the moment this is fine.

Note the Unit delay blocks in the control in Attachment 1. The model will not compile without these blocks.

Attachment 1: x1sup_isolated-6-15-v1.pdf
Attachment 2: C1_SUS_SINGLE_PLANT-6-15-v1.pdf
  16203   Tue Jun 15 21:48:55 2021 KojiUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

If my understanding is correct, the (photo receiving) NPN transistor of the optocoupler is energized through the acromag. The LED side should be driven by the coil driver circuit. It is properly done for the "enable mon" through 750Ohm and +V. However, "Run/Acquire" is a relay switch and there is no one to drive the line. I propose to add the pull-up network to the run/acquire outputs. This way all 8 outputs become identical and symmetric.

We should test the configuration if this works properly. This can be done with just a manual switch, R=750Ohm, and a +V supply  (+18V I guess).

Attachment 1: Acromag_RTS_BI_config.jpg
  16205   Wed Jun 16 17:24:29 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I updated the wiring diagram according to Koji's suggestion. According to the isolator manual, this configuration requires that the isolator input be configured as PNP.

Additionally, when the switch in the coil driver is open the LED in the isolator is signaling an on-state. Therefore, we might need to configure the Acromag to invert the input.

There are the Run/Aquire channels that we might need to add to the wiring diagram. If we do need to read them using slow channels, we will have to pull them up like the EnableMon channels to use them like in the wiring diagram.

Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16206   Wed Jun 16 19:34:18 2021 KojiUpdateGeneralHVAC

I made a flow sensor with a stick and tissue paper to check the airflow.

- The HVAC indicator was not lit, but it was just the blub problem. The replacement bulb is inside the gray box.

- I went to the south arm. There are two big vent ducts for the outlets and intakes. Both are not flowing the air.
  The current temp at 7pm was ~30degC. Max and min were 31degC and 18degC.

- Then I went to the vertex and the east arm. The outlets and intakes are flowing.

Attachment 1: HVAC_Power.jpeg
Attachment 2: South_Arm.jpeg
Attachment 3: South_End_Tenperature.jpeg
Attachment 4: Vertex.jpeg
Attachment 5: East_Arm.jpeg
  16207   Wed Jun 16 20:32:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I installed 2 additional isolators in the Acromag chassis. I set all the input channels to PNP. I ran the digital inputs (EnableMon channels) through these isolators according to the previous post.

I tested the digital inputs in the following way:

I connected an 18V voltage source to the signal wire under test through a 1Kohm resistor. I connected the GND of the voltage source to the RTN wire of the feedthrough. When the voltage source was connected, the LED on the isolator turned on and the EPICs channel under test was Enabled. When I disconnected the voltage source or shorted the signal wire to GND the LED on the isolator turned off and the EPICs channel showed a Disabled state.

  16208   Thu Jun 17 11:19:37 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSCDS Upgrade

Jon and I tested the ADC and DAC cards in both of the systems on the test stand. We had to swap out an 18-bit DAC for a 16-bit one that worked but now both machines have at least one working ADC and DAC.

[Still working on this post. I need to look at what is in the machines to say everything ]

  16209   Thu Jun 17 11:45:42 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateSUSMC1 Gave trouble again


MC1 LL Sensor showed signs of fluctuating large offsets. We tried to find the issue in the box but couldn't find any. On power cycling, the sensor got back to normal. But in putting back the box, we bumped something and c1susaux slow channels froze. We tried to reboot it, but it didn't work and the channels do not exist anymore.

Today morning we came to find that IMC struggled to lock all night (See attachment 1). We kind of had an indication yesterday evening that MC1 LL Sensor PD had a higher variance than usual and Paco had to reset WFS offsets because they had integrated the noise from this sensor. Something similar happened last night, that a false offset and its fluctuation overwhelmed WFS and MC1 got misaligned making it impossible for IMC to get lock.

In the morning, Paco again reset the WFS offsets but not we were sure that the PD variance from MC1 LL osem was very high. See attachment 2 to see how only 1 OSEM is showing higher noise in comparison to the other 4 OSEMs. This behavior is similar to what we saw earlier in 16138 but for UL sensor. Koji and I fixed it in 16139 and we tested all other channels too.

So, Paco and I, went ahead and took out the MC1 satellite amplifier box S2100029 D1002812, opened the top, and checked all the PD channel testpoints with no input current. We didn't find anything odd. Next we checked the LED dirver circuit testpoints with LED OUT and GND shorted. We got 4.997V on all LED MON testpoints which indicate normal functioning.

We just hooked back everything on the MC1 satellit box and checked the sensor channels again on medm screens. To our surprise, it started functioning normally. So maybe, just a power cycling was required but we still don't know what caused this issue.

BUT when I (Anchal) was plugging back the power cables and D25 connectors on the back side in 1X4 after moving the box back into the rack, we found that the slow channels stopped updating. They just froze!

We got worried for some time as the negative power supply indicator LEDs on the acromag chassis (which is just below the MC1 satellite box) were not ON. We checked the power cables and had to open the side panel of the 1X4 rack to check how the power cables are connected. We found that there is no third wire in the power cables and the acromag chassis only takes in single rail supply. We confirmed this by looking at another acromag chassis on Xend. We pasted a note on the acromag chassis for future reference that it uses only positive rails and negative LED monitors are not usually ON.

Back to solving the frozen acromag issue, we conjectured that maybe the ethernet connection is broken. The DB25 cables for the satellite box are bit short and pull around other cables with it when connected. We checked all the ethernet cabling, it looked fine. On c1susaux computer, we saw that the monitor LED for ethernet port 2 which is connected to acromag chassis is solid ON while the other one (which is probably connection to the switch) is blinking.

We tried doing telnet to the computer, it didn't work. The host refused connection from pianosa workstation. We tried pinging the c1susaux computer, and that worked. So we concluded that most probably, the epics modbus server hosting the slow channels on c1susaux is unable to communicate with acromag chassis and hence the solid LED light on that ethernet port instead of a blinking one. We checked computer restart procedure page for SLOW computers on wiki and found that it said if telnet is not working, we can hard reboot the computer.

We hard reboot the computer by long pressing the power button and then presssing it back on. We did this process 3 times with the same result. The ethernet port 2 LED (Acromag chassis) would blink but the ethernet port 1 LED (connected to switch) would not turn ON. We now can not even ping the machine now, let alone telnet into it. All SUS slow monitor channels are not present now ofcourse. We also tried once pressing the reset button (which the manual said would reboot the machine), but we got the same outcome.

Now, we decided to stop poking around until someone with more experience can help us on this.

Bottomline: We don't know what caused the LL sensor issue and hence it has not been fixed. It can happen again. We lost all C1SUSAUX slow channels which are the OSEM and COIL slow monitor channels for PRM, BS, ITMX, ITMY, MC1, MC2 and MC3.

Attachment 1: SummaryScreenShot.png
Attachment 2: MC1_LL_SENSOR_DEAD.png
  16210   Thu Jun 17 16:37:23 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateSUSc1susaux computer rebooted

Jon suggested to reboot the acromag chassis, then the computer, and we did this without success. Then, Koji suggested we try running ifup eth0, so we ran `sudo /sbin/ifup eth0` and it worked to put c1susaux back in the martian network, but the modbus service was still down. We switched off the chassis and rebooted the computer and we had to do sudo /sbin/ifup eth0` again (why do we need to do this manually everytime?). Switched on the chassis but still no channels. `sudo systemctl status modbusioc.service' gave us inactive (dead) status. So  we ran sudo systemctl restart modbusioc.service'.

The status became:

● modbusIOC.service - ModbusIOC Service via procServ
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/modbusIOC.service; enabled)
   Active: inactive (dead)
           start condition failed at Thu 2021-06-17 16:10:42 PDT; 12min ago
           ConditionPathExists=/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/latest/c1susaux.snap was not met`

After another iteration we finally got a modbusIOC.service OK status, and we then repeated Jon's reboot procedure. This time, the acromags were on but reading 0.0, so we just needed to run `sudo /sbin/ifup eth1`and finally some sweet slow channels were read. As a final step we burt restored to 05:19 AM today c1susaux.snap file and managed to relock the IMC >> will keep an eye on it.... Finally, in the process of damping all the suspended optics, we noticed some OSEM channels on BS and PRM are reading 0.0 (they are red as we browse them)... We succeeded in locking both arms, but this remains an unknown for us.

  16211   Thu Jun 17 22:19:12 2021 KojiUpdateElectronics25 HAM-A coil driver units delivered

25 HAM-A coil driver units were fabricated by Todd and I've transported them to the 40m.
 2 units we already have received earlier.
The last (1) unit has been completed, but Luis wants to use it for some A+ testing. So 1 more unit is coming.

Attachment 1: P_20210617_195811.jpg
  16212   Thu Jun 17 22:25:38 2021 KojiUpdateSUSNew electronics: Sat Amp / Coil Drivers

It is a belated report: We received 5 more sat amps on June 4th. (I said 7 more but it was 6 more) So we still have one more sat amp coming from Todd.

- 1 already delivered long ago
- 8 received from Todd -> DeLeone -> Chub. They are in the lab.
- 11 units on May 21st
- 5 units on Jun 4th
Total 1+8+11+5 = 25
1 more unit is coming



11 new Satellite Amps were picked up from Downs. 7 more are coming from there. I have one spare unit I made. 1 sat amp has already been used at MC1.

We had 8 HAM-A coil drivers delivered from the assembling company. We also have two coil drivers delivered from Downs (Anchal tested)


Attachment 1: P_20210604_231028.jpeg
  16215   Fri Jun 18 19:02:00 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today I glued some magnets to dumbells.

First, I took 6 magnets (the maximum I can glue in one go) and divided them into 3 north and 3 south. Each triplet on a different razor (attachment 1).

I put the gluing fixture I found on top of these magnets so that each of the magnets sits in a hole in the fixture. I close the fixture but not all the way so that the dumbells get in easily (attachment 2).

I prepared EP-30 glue according to this dcc. I tested the mixture by putting some of it in the small toaster oven in the cleanroom for 15min at 200 degrees F.

The first two batches came out sticky and soft. I discarded the glue cartridge and opened a new one. The oven test results with the new cartridge were much better: smooth and hard surface. I picked up some glue with a needle and applied it to the surface of 6 dumbells I prepared in advance. I dropped the dumbells with the glue facing down into the magnet holes in the fixtures (attachment 3). I tightened the fixture and put some weight on it. I let it cure over the weekend.

I also pushed cut Viton tips that Jordan cleaned into the vented screws. While screwing small EQ stops into the lower clamps I found some problems. 4 of the lower clamps need rethreading. This is quite urgent because without those 4 clamps we don't have enough SOS towers. Moreover, I found that the screws that we bought from UC components to hold the lower clamps on the SOS towers were silver plated. This is a mistake in the SOS schematics (part 23) - they should be SS.

Attachment 1: 20210618_115017.jpg
Attachment 2: Untitled_2.png
Attachment 3: 20210618_160041_HDR.jpg
  16216   Fri Jun 18 23:53:08 2021 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Then, can we replace the four small EQ stops at the bottom (barrel surface) with two 1/4-20 EQ stops? This will require drilling the bottom EQ stop holders (two per SOS).


  16217   Mon Jun 21 17:15:49 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSCDS Upgrade

Anchal and I wrote a script (Attachment 1) that will test the ADC and DAC connections with inputs on the INMON from -3000 to 3000. We could not run it because some of the channels seemed to be frozen. 

Attachment 1: DAC2ADC_Test.py
´╗┐import os
import time
import numpy as np
import subprocess
from traceback import print_exc
import argparse

def grabInputArgs():
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(
... 75 more lines ...
  16218   Tue Jun 22 11:56:16 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateSUSADC/Slow channels issues

We checked back in time to see how the BS and PRM OSEM slow channels are zero. It was clear that they became zero when we worked on this issue on June 17th, Thursday. So we simply went back and power cycled the c1susaux acromag chassis. After that, we had to log in to c1susaux computer and run

sudo /sbin/ifdown eth1
sudo /sbin/ifup eth1

This restarted the ethernet port acromag chassis is connected to. This solved this issue and we were able to see all the slow channels in BS and PRM.

But then, we noticed that the OPLEV of ITMX is unable to read the position of the beam on the QPD at all. No light was reaching the QPD. We went in, opened the ITMX table cover and confirmed that the return OPLEV beam is way off and is not even hitting one of the steering mirrors that brings it to the QPD. We switched off the OPLEV contribution to the damping.

We did burt restore to 16th June morning using
burtwb -f /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/snapshots/2021/Jun/16/06:19/c1susaux.snap -l /tmp/controls_1210622_095432_0.write.log -o /tmp/controls_1210622_095432_0.nowrite.snap -v

This did not solve the issue.

Then we noticed that the OSEM signals from ITMX were saturated in opposite directions for Left and Right OSEMs. The Left OSEM fast channels are saturated to 1.918 um for UL and 1.399 um for LL, while both right OSEM channels are bottomed to 0 um. On the other hand, the acromag slow PD monitors are showing 0 on the right channels but 1097 cts on UL PDMon and 802 cts in LL PD Mon. We actually went in and checked the DC voltages from the PD input monitor LEMO ports on the ITMX dewhitening board D000210-A1 and measured non-zero voltages across all the channels. Following is a summary:

ITMX OSEM readouts
(Fast ADC Channels) (um)
(Slow Acromag Monitors) (cts)
Multimeter measurements at input to Dewhitening Boards
UL 1.918 1097 0.901
LL 1.399 802 0.998
UR 0 0 0.856
LR 0 0 0.792
SD 0.035 20 0.883

We even took out the 4-pin LEMO outputs from the dewhitening boards that go to the anti-aliasing chassis and checked the voltages. They are same as the input voltages as expected. So the dewhitening board is doing its job fine and the OSEMs are doing their jobs fine.

It is weird that both the ADC and the acromags are reading these values wrong. We believe this is causing a big yaw offset in the ITMX control signal causing the ITMX to turn enough make OPLEV go out of range. We checked the CDS FE status (attachment 1). Other than c1rfm showing a yellow bar (bit 2 = GE FANUC RFM card 0) in RT Net Status, nothing else seems wrong in c1sus computer. c1sus FE model is running fine. c1x02 (the lower level model) does show a red bar in TIM which suggests some timing issue. This is present in c1x04 too.


Currently, the ITMX coil outputs are disabled as we can't trust the OSEM channels. We're investigating more why any of this is happening. Any input is welcome.




Attachment 1: CDS_FE_Status.png
  16219   Tue Jun 22 16:52:28 2021 PacoUpdateSUSADC/Slow channels issues

After sliding the alignment bias around and browsing through elog while searching for "stuck" we concluded the ITMX osems needed to be freed. To do this, the procedure is to slide the alignment bias back and forth ("shaking") and then as the OSEMs start to vary, enable the damping. We did just this, and then restored the alignment bias sliders slowly into their original positions. Attachment 1 shows the ITMX OSEM sensor input monitors throughout this procedure.

At the end, since MC has trouble catching lock after opening PSL shutter, I tried running burt restore the ioo to 2021/Jun/17/06:19/c1iooepics.snap but the problem persists

Attachment 1: shake_and_damp.png
  16220   Tue Jun 22 16:53:01 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSFront-End Assembly and Testing

The channels on both the C1BHD and C1SUS2 seem to be frozen: they arent updating and are holding one value. To fix this Anchal and I tried:

  • restarting the computers 
    • restarting basically everything including the models
  • Changing the matrix values
  • adding filters
  • messing with the offset 
  • restarting the network ports (Paco suggested this apparently it worked for him at some point)
  • Checking to make sure everything was still connected inside the case (DAC, ADC, etc..)

I wonder if Jon has any ideas. 

  16221   Tue Jun 22 17:05:26 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

According to the schematics, the distance between the original EQ tap holes is 0.5". Given that the original tap holes' diameter is 0.13" there is enough room for a 1/4" drill.


Then, can we replace the four small EQ stops at the bottom (barrel surface) with two 1/4-20 EQ stops? This will require drilling the bottom EQ stop holders (two per SOS).



  16222   Wed Jun 23 09:05:02 2021 AnchalUpdateSUSMC lock acquired back again

MC was unable to acquire lock because the WFS offsets were cleared to zero at some point and because of that MC was very misaligned to be able to catch back lock. In such cases, one wants the WFS to start accumulating offsets as soon as minimal lock is attained so that the mode cleaner can be automatically aligned. So I did following that worked:

  • Made the C1:IOO-WFS_TRIG_WAIT_TIME (delay in WFS trigger) from 3s to 0s.
  • Reduced C1:IOO-WFS_TRIGGER_THRESH_ON (Switchin on threshold) from 5000 to 1000.
  • Then as soon as a TEM00 was locked with poor efficiency, the WFS loops started aligning the optics to bring it back to lock.
  • After robust lock has been acquired, I restored the two settings I changed above.


At the end, since MC has trouble catching lock after opening PSL shutter, I tried running burt restore the ioo to 2021/Jun/17/06:19/c1iooepics.snap but the problem persists


  16223   Thu Jun 24 16:40:37 2021 KojiUpdateSUSMC lock acquired back again

[Koji, Anchal]

The issue of the PD output was that the PD whitened outputs of the sat amp (D080276) are differential, while the successive circuit (D000210 PD whitening unit) has the single-ended inputs. This means that the neg outputs (D080276 U2) have always been shorted to GND with no output R. This forced AD8672 to work hard at the output current limit. Maybe there was a heat problem due to this current saturation as Anchal reported that the unit came back sane after some power-cycling or opening the lid. But the heat issue and the forced differential voltage to the input stage of the chip eventually cause it to fail, I believe.

Anchal came up with the brilliant idea to bypass this issue. The sat amp box has the PD mon channels which are single-ended. We simply shifted the output cables to the mon connectors. The MC1 sus was nicely damped and the IMC was locked as usual. Anchal will keep checking if the circuit will keep working for a few days.

Attachment 1: P_20210624_163641_1.jpg
  16224   Thu Jun 24 17:32:52 2021 Ian MacMillanUpdateCDSFront-End Assembly and Testing

Anchal and I ran tests on the two systems (C1-SUS2 and C1-BHD). Attached are the results and the code and data to recreate them.

We connected one DAC channel to one ADC channel and thus all of the results represent a DAC/ADC pair. We then set the offset to different values from -3000 to 3000 and recorded the measured signal. I then plotted the response curve of every DAC/ADC pair so each was tested at least once.

There are two types of plots included in the attachments

1) a summary plot found on the last pages of the pdf files. This is a quick and dirty way to see if all of the channels are working. It is NOT a replacement for the other plots. It shows all the data quickly but sacrifices precision.

2) In an in-depth look at an ADC/DAC pair. Here I show the measured value for a defined DC offset. The Gain of the system should be 0.5 (put in an offset of 100 and measure 50). I included a line to show where this should be. I also plotted the difference between the 0.5 gain line and the measured data. 

As seen in the provided plots the channels get saturated after about the -2000 to 2000 mark, which is why the difference graph is only concentrated on -2000 to 2000 range. 

Summary: all the channels look to be working they all report very little deviation off of the theoretical gain. 

Note: ADC channel 31 is the timing signal so it is the only channel that is wildly off. It is not a measurement channel and we just measured it by mistake.

Attachment 1: C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf
C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-SU2_Channel_Responses.pdf
Attachment 2: C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf
C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf C1-BHD_Channel_Responses.pdf
Attachment 3: CDS_Channel_Test.zip
  16225   Fri Jun 25 14:06:10 2021 JonUpdateCDSFront-End Assembly and Testing


Here is the final summary (from me) of where things stand with the new front-end systems. With Anchal and Ian's recent scripted loopback testing [16224], all the testing that can be performed in isolation with the hardware on hand has been completed. We currently have no indication of any problem with the new hardware. However, the high-frequency signal integrity and noise testing remains to be done.

I detail those tests and link some DTT templates for performing them below. We have not yet received the Myricom 10G network card being sent from LHO, which is required to complete the standalone DAQ network. Thus we do not have a working NDS server in the test stand, so cannot yet run any of the usual CDS tools such as Diaggui. Another option would be to just connect the new front-ends to the 40m Martian/DAQ networks and test them there.

Final Hardware Configuration

Due to the unavailablity of the 18-bit DACs that were expected from the sites, we elected to convert all the new 18-bit AO channels to 16-bit. I was able to locate four unused 16-bit DACs around the 40m [16185], with three of the four found to be working. I was also able to obtain three spare 16-bit DAC adapter boards from Todd Etzel. With the addition of the three working DACs, we ended up with just enough hardware to complete both systems.

The final configuration of each I/O chassis is as follows. The full setup is pictured in Attachment 1.

Component Qty Installed Qty Installed
16-bit ADC 1 2
16-bit ADC adapter 1 2
16-bit DAC 1 3
16-bit DAC adapter 1 3
16-channel BIO 1 1
32-channel BO 0 6

This hardware provides the following breakdown of channels available to user models:

Channel Type Channel Count Channel Count
16-bit AI* 31 63
16-bit AO 16 48
BO 0 192

*The last channel of the first ADC is reserved for timing diagnostics.

The chassis have been closed up and their permanent signal cabling installed. They do not need to be reopened, unless future testing finds a problem.

RCG Model Configuration

An IOP model has been created for each system reflecting its final hardware configuration. The IOP models are permanent and system-specific. When ready to install the new systems, the IOP models should be copied to the 40m network drive and installed following the RCG-compilation procedure in [15979]. Each system also has one temporary user model which was set up for testing purposes. These user models will be replaced with the actual SUS, OMC, and BHD models when the new systems are installed.

The current RCG models and the action to take with each one are listed below:

Model Name Host CPU DCUID Path (all paths local to chiara clone machine) Action
c1x06 c1bhd 1 23 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x06.mdl Copy to same location on 40m network drive; compile and install
c1x07 c1sus2 1 24 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models/c1x07.mdl Copy to same location on 40m network drive; compile and install
c1bhd c1bhd 2 25 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/isc/c1/models/c1bhd.mdl Do not copy; replace with permanent OMC/BHD model(s)
c1su2 c1su2 2 26 /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/sus/c1/models/c1su2.mdl Do not copy; replace with permanent SUS model(s)

Each front-end can support up to four user models.

Future Signal-Integrity Testing

Recently, the CDS group has released a well-documented procedure for testing General Standards ADC and DACs: T2000188. They've also automated the tests using a related set of shell scripts (T2000203). Unfortnately I don't believe these scripts will work at the 40m, as they require the latest v4.x RCG.

However, there is an accompanying set of DTT templates that could be very useful for accelerating the testing. They are available from the LIGO SVN (log in with username: "first.last@LIGO.ORG"). I believe these can be used almost directly, with only minor updates to channel names, etc. There are two classes of DTT-templated tests:

  1. DAC -> ADC loopback transfer functions
  2. Voltage noise floor PSD measurements of individual cards

The T2000188 document contains images of normal/passing DTT measurements, as well as known abnormalities and failure modes. More sophisticated tests could also be configured, using these templates as a guiding example.

Hardware Reordering

Due to the unexpected change from 18- to 16-bit AO, we are now short on several pieces of hardware:

  • 16-bit AI chassis. We originally ordered five of these chassis, and all are obligated as replacements within the existing system. Four of them are now (temporarily) in use in the front-end test stand. Thus four of the new 18-bit AI chassis will need to be retrofitted with 16-bit hardware.
  • 16-bit DACs. We currently have exactly enough DACs. I have requested a quote from General Standards for two additional units to have as spares.
  • 16-bit DAC adapters. I have asked Todd Etzel for two additional adapter boards to also have as spares. If no more are available, a few more should be fabricated.
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