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  15850   Sun Feb 28 22:53:22 2021 gautamUpdateLSCmore PRMI checks here: what it is ain't exactly clear

I looked into this a bit more and crossed off some of the points Rana listed. In order to use REFL 55 as a sensor, I had to fix the frequent saturations seen in the MICH signals, at the nominal (flat) whitening gain of +18 dB. The light level on the REFL55 photodiode (13 mW), its transimpedance (400 ohm), and this +18dB (~ x8) gain, cannot explain signal saturation (0.7A/W * 400 V/A * 8 ~ 2.2kV/W, and the PRCL PDH fringe should be ~1 MW/m, so the PDH fringe across the 4nm linewidth of the PRC should only be a couple of volts). Could be some weird effect of the quad LT1125. Anyway, the fix that has worked in the past, and also this time, is detailed here. Note that the anomalously high noise of the REFL55_Q channel in particular remains a problem. After taking care of that, I did the following:

  1. PRMI (ETMs misaligned) locking with sidebands resonant in the PRC was restored - REFL55_I was used for PRCL sensing and REFL55_Q was used for MICH sensing. The locks are acquired nearly instantaneously if the alignment is good, and they are pretty robust, see Attachment #1 (the lock losses were IMC related and not really any PRC/MICH problem).
  2. Measured the loop OLTFs using the usual IN1/IN2 technique. The PRCL loop looks just fine, but the MICH loop UGF is very low apparently. I can't just raise the loop gain because of the feature at ~600 Hz. Not sure what the origin of this is, it isn't present in the analogous TF measurement when the PRMI is locked with carrier resonant (REFL11_I for PRCL sensing, AS55_Q for MICH sensing). I will post the loop breakdown later. 
  3. Re-confirmed that the MICH-->PRCL coupling couldn't be nulled completely in this config either.
    • The effect is a geometric one - then 1 unit change in MICH causes a 1/sqrt(2) change in PRCL. 
    • The actual matrix element that best nulls a MICH drive in the PRCL error point is -0.34 (this has not changed from the PRMI resonant on carrier locking). Why should it be that we can't null this element, if the mechanical transfer functions (see next point) are okay?
  4. Looked at the mechanical actuator TFs are again (since we forgot to save plots on Friday), by driving the BS and PRM with sine waves (311.1 Hz), one at a time, and looking at the response in REFL55_I and REFL55_Q. Some evidence of some funkiness here already. I can't find any configuration of digital demod phase that gives me a PRCL/MICH sensing ratio of ~100 in REFL55_I, and simultaneously, a MICH/PRCL sensing ratio of ~100 in REFL55_Q. The results are in Attachments #5
  5. Drove single frequency lines in MICH and PRCL at 311.1 and 313.35 Hz respectively, for 5 minutes, and made the radar plots in Attachments #2 and #3. Long story short - even in the "nominal" configuration where the sidebands are resonant in the PRC and the carrier is rejected, there is poor separation in sensing. 
    • Attachments #2 is with the digital REFL55 demod phase set to 35 degrees - I thought this gave the best PRCL sensing in REFL55_I (eyeballed it roughly by looking at ndscope free-swinging PDH fringes).
    • But the test detailed in bullet #4, and Attachments #2 itself, suggested that PRCL was actually being sensed almost entirely in the Q phase signal.
    • So I changed the digital demod phase to -30 degrees (did a more quantitative estimate with free-swinging PDH fringes on ndscope, horn-to-horn voltages etc).
    • The same procedure of sine-wave-driving now yields Attachments #3. Indeed, now PRCL is sensed almost perfectly in REFL55_I, but the MICH signal is also nearly in REFL55_I. How can the lock be so robust if this is really true? 
  6. Attachments #4 shows some relevant time domain signals in the PRMI lock with the sidebands resonant. 
    • REFL11_I hovers around 0 when REFL55_I is used to sense and lock PRCL - good. The m/ct calibration for REFL11_I and REFL55_I are different so this plot doesn't directly tell us how good the PRCL loop is based on the out-of-loop REFL11_I sensor.
    • ASDC is nearly 0, good.
    • POP22_I is ~200cts (and POP22_Q is nearly 0) - I didn't see any peak at the drive frequency when driving PRCL with a sine wave, so no linear coupling of PRCL to the f1 sideband buildup, which would suggest there is no PRCL offset.
    • Couldn't do the analogous test for AS110 as I removed that photodiode for the AS WFS - it is pretty simple to re-install it, but the ASDC level already doesn't suggest anything crazy here.

Rana also suggested checking if the digital demod phase that senses MICH in REFL55_Q changes from free-swinging Michelson (PRM misaligned), to PRMI aligned - we can quantify any macroscopic length mismatch in the PRC length using this measurement. I couldn't see any MICH signal in REFL55_Q with the PRM misaligned and the Michelson fringing. Could be that +18dB is insufficient whitening gain, but I ran out of time this afternoon, so I'll check later. But not sure if the double attenuation by the PRM makes this impossible.

Attachment 1: PRMI_SBres_REFL55.png
Attachment 2: PRMI1f_noArmssensMat.pdf
Attachment 3: PRMI1f_noArmssensMat.pdf
Attachment 4: PRMI_locked.png
Attachment 5: actTFs.pdf
  15853   Mon Mar 1 16:27:17 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRM violin filter excessive?

The PRM violin filter seems very suboptimal - the gain peaking shows up in the MICH OLTF, presumably due to the MICH-->PRM LSC output matrix. I plot the one used for the BS in comparison in Attachment #1, seems much more reasonable. Why does the PRM need so many notches? Is this meant to cover some violin modes of PR2/PR3 as well? Do we really need that? Are the PR2/PR3 violin modes really so close in frequency to that for the 3" SOS? I suppose it could be since the suspension wire is thinner and the mass is lighter, and the two effects nearly cancel, but we don't actuate on PR2/PR3? According to the earlier elog in this thread, this particular filter wasn't deemed offensive and was left on.

Indeed, as shown in Attachment #2, I can realize a much healthier UGF for the MICH loop with just a single frequency notch (black reference trace) rather than using the existing "PRvio1,2" filter (FM2), (live red trace). The PR violins are eating so much phase at ~600 Hz.


We turned off many excessive violin mode bandstop filters in the LSC.

Attachment 1: violins.pdf
Attachment 2: PRviolin.pdf
  15854   Tue Mar 2 13:39:31 2021 ranaUpdateLSCPRM violin filter excessive?

agreed, seems excessive. I always prefer bandstop over notch in case the eigenfrequency wanders, but the bandstop could be made to be just a few Hz wide.


  15855   Tue Mar 2 19:52:46 2021 gautamUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board rework

There were multiple problems with the REFL55 demod board. I fixed them and re-installed the board. The TFs and noise measured on the bench now look more like what is expected from a noise model. The noise in-situ also looked good. After this work, my settings for the PRMI sideband lock don't work anymore so I probably have to tweak things a bit, will look into it tomorrow.

  15859   Wed Mar 3 22:13:05 2021 gautamUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board rework

After this work, I measured that the orthogonality was poor. I confirmed on the bench that the PQW-2-90 was busted, pin 2 (0 degree output) showed a sensible signal half of the input, but pin 6 had far too small an output and the phase difference was more like 45 degrees and not 90 degrees. I can't find any spares of this part in the lab - however, we do have the equivalent part used in the aLIGO demodulator. Koji has kindly agreed to do the replacement (it requires a bit of jumper wiring action because the pin mapping between the two parts isn't exactly identical - in fact, the circuit schematic uses a transformer to do the splitting, but at some unknown point in time, the change to the minicircuits part was made. Anyway, until this is restored, I defer the PRMI sideband locking.


There were multiple problems with the REFL55 demod board. I fixed them and re-installed the board. The TFs and noise measured on the bench now look more like what is expected from a noise model. The noise in-situ also looked good. After this work, my settings for the PRMI sideband lock don't work anymore so I probably have to tweak things a bit, will look into it tomorrow.

  15861   Thu Mar 4 10:54:12 2021 Paco, AnchalSummaryLSCPOY11 measurement, tried to lock Green Yend laser

[Paco, Anchal]

- First ran burtgooey as last time.

- Installed pyepics on base environment of donatella

- Clicked on ON in the drop down of "! More Scripts" below "! Scripts XARM" in C1ASS.adl
- Clicked on "Freeze Outputs" in the same menu after some time.
- Noticed that the sensing and output matrix of ASS on XARM and YARM look very different. The reason probably is because the YARM outputs have 4 TT1/2 P/Y dof instead of BS P/Y on the XARM. What are these TT1/2?

(Probably, unrelated but MC Unlocked and kept on trying to lock for about 10 minutes attaining the lock eventually.)

Locking XARM:
- From scripts/XARM we ran lockXarm.py from outside any conda environment using python command.
- Weirdly, we see that YARM is locked??? But XARM is not. Maybe this script is old.
- C1:LSC-TRY-OUTPUT went to around 0.75 (units unknown) while C1:LSC-TRX-OUTPUT is fluctuating around 0 only.

POY11 Spectrum measurement when YARM is locked:
- Created our own template as we couldn't find an existing one in users/Templates.
- Template file and data in Attachment 2.
- It is interesting to see most of the noise is in I quadrature with most noise in 10 to 100 Hz.
- Given the ARM is supposed to be much calmer than MC, this noise should be mostly due to the mode cleaner noise.
- We are not sure what units C1:LSC-POY11_I_ERR_DQ have, so Y scale is shown with out units.

Trying to lock Green YEND laser to YARM:
- We opened the Green Y shutter.
- We ensured that when temperature slider og green Y is moved up, the beatnote goes up.
- ARM was POY locked from previous step.
- Ran script scripts/YARM/Lock_ALS_YARM.py from outside any conda environment using python command.
- This locked green laser but unlocked the YARM POY.

Things moving around:
- Last step must have made all the suspension controls unstable.
- We see PRM and SRM QPDs moving a lot.
- Then we did burt restore to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/today/08:19/*.snap to go back to the state before we started changing things today.

[Paco left for vaccine appointment]

- However the unstable state didn't change from restore. I see a lot of movement in ITMX/Y. PRM and BS also now. Movement in WFS1 and MC2T as well.
 - I closed PSL shutter as well to hopefully disengage any loops that are still running unstably.
 - But at this point, it seems that the optics are just oscillating and need time to come back to rest. Hopefully we din't cause too much harm today :(.

My guess on what happened:

  • Us using the Lock_ALS_YARM.py probably created an unstable configuration in LSC matrix and was the start of the issue.
  • On seeing PRM fluctuate so much, we thought we should just burst restore everything. But that was a hammer to the problem.
  • This hammer probably changed the suspension position values suddenly causing an impulse to all the optics. So everything started oscillating.
  • Now MC WFS is waiting for MC to lock before it stablizes the mode cleaner. But MC autolocker is unable to lock because the optics are oscillating. Chicken-egg issue.
  • I'm not aware of how manually one can restore the state now. My only known guess is that if we wait for few hours, everything should calm back enough that MC can be locked and WFS servo can be switched on.
Attachment 1: 20210304_POY11_Spectrum_YARMLocked.pdf
Attachment 2: 20210304_POY11_Spectrum_YARMLocked.tar.gz
  15862   Thu Mar 4 11:59:25 2021 Paco, AnchalSummaryLSCWatchdog tripped, Optics damped back

Gautam came in and noted that the optics damping watchdogs had been tripped by a >5 magnitude earthquake somewhere off the coast of Australia. So, under guided assistance, we manually damped the optics using following:

  • Using the scripts/SUS/reEnableWatchdogs.py script we re-enabled all the watchdogs.
  • Everything except SRM was restored to stable state.
  • Then we clicked on SRM in SUS-> Watchdogs, disabled the Oplevs, shutdown the watchdog.
  • We changed the threshold for watchdog temporarily to 1000 to allow damping.
  • We enabled all the coil outputs  manually. Then enabled watchdog by clicking on Normal.
  • Once the SRM was damped, we shutdown the watchdog, brought back the threshold to 215 and restarted it.

Gautum also noticed that MC autolocker got turned OFF by me (Anchal), we turned it back on and MC engaged the lock again. All good, no harm done.

  15864   Thu Mar 4 23:16:08 2021 KojiUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board rework

A new hybrid splitter (DQS-10-100) was installed. As the amplification of the final stage is sufficient for the input level of 3dBm, I have bypassed the input amplification (Attachment 1). One of the mixer was desoldered to check the power level. With a 1dB ATTN, the output of the last ERA-5 was +17.8dBm (Attachment 2). (The mixer was resoldered.)

With LO3dBm. RF0dBm, and delta_f = 30Hz, the output Vpp of 340mV and the phase difference is 88.93deg. (Attachment 3/4, the traces were averaged)

Attachment 1: D990511-00_REFL55.pdf
Attachment 2: P_20210304_215602.jpg
Attachment 3: P_20210304_222400.jpg
Attachment 4: P_20210304_222412.jpg
Attachment 5: 20210304234400_IMG_0526.jpg
  15867   Fri Mar 5 13:53:57 2021 gautamUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board rework

0 dBm ~ 0.63 Vpp. I guess there is ~4dB total loss (3dB from splitter and 1dB from total excess loss above theoretical from various components) between the SMA input and each RF input of the JMS-1-H mixer, which has an advertised conversion loss of ~6dB. So the RF input to each mixer, for 0dBm to the front panel SMA is ~-4dBm (=0.4 Vpp), and the I/F output is 0.34Vpp. So the conversion loss is only ~-1.5 dB? Seems really low? I assume the 0.34 Vpp is at the input to the preamp? If it's after the preamp, then the numbers still don't add up, because with the nominal 6dB conversion loss, the output. should be ~2Vpp? I will check it later.


With LO3dBm. RF0dBm, and delta_f = 30Hz, the output Vpp of 340mV and the phase difference is 88.93deg. (Attachment 3/4, the traces were averaged)

  15869   Fri Mar 5 15:31:23 2021 KojiUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board rework

Missed to note: The IF test was done at TP7 and TP6 using pomona clips i.e. brefore the preamp.


  15871   Fri Mar 5 16:24:24 2021 gautamUpdateLSCREFL55 demod board re-installed in 1Y2

I don't have a good explanation why, but I too measured similar numbers to what Koji measured. The overall conversion gain for this board (including the +20dB gain from the daughter board) was measured to be ~5.3 V/V on the bench, and ~16000 cts/V in the CDS system (100Hz offset from the LO frequency). It would appear that the effective JMS-1-H conversion loss is <2dB. Seems fishy, but I can't find anything else obviously wrong with the circuit (e.g. a pre-amp for the RF signal that I missed, there is none).

I also attach the result of the measured noise at the outputs of the daughter board (i.e. what is digitized by the ADC), see Attachment #2. Apart from the usual forest of lines of unknown origin, there is still a significant excess above the voltage noise of the OP27, which is expected to be the dominant noise source in this configuration. Neverthelesss, considering that we have only 40dB of whitening gain, it is not expected that we see this noise directly in the digitized signal (above the ADC noise of ~1uV/rtHz). Note that the measured noise today, particularly for the Q channel,  is significantly lower than before the changes were made

Attachment 1: REFL55.pdf
Attachment 2: demodNoise.pdf
  15873   Fri Mar 5 22:25:13 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRMI 1f SB locking recovered

Now that the REFL55 signal chain is capable of providing balanced, orthogonal readout of the two quadratures, I was able to recover the 1f SB resonant lock pretty easily. Ran sensing lines for ~5mins, still looks weird. But I didn't try to optimize anything / do other checks (e.g. actuate MICH using ITMs instead of BS) tonight, and I'm craving the Blueberry pie Rana left me. Will continue to do more systematic tests in the next days.

Attachment 1: PRMI1f_noArmssensMat.pdf
  15874   Sat Mar 6 12:34:18 2021 gautamUpdateLSCSensing matrix settings messed with

To my dismay, I found today that somebody had changed the oscillator frequencies for the sensing matrix infrastructure we have. The change happened 2 days and 2 hours ago (I write this at ~1230 on Saturday, 3/6), i.e. ~1030am on Thursday. According to the elog, this is when Anchal and Paco were working on the interferometer, but I can find no mention of these settings being changed. Not cool guys 😒 .

This was relatively easy to track down but I don't know what else may have been messed with. I don't understand how anything that was documented in the elog can lead to this weird doubling of the frequencies.

I have now restored the correct settings. The "sensing matrix" I posted last night is obviously useless.

Attachment 1: sensMat.png
  15875   Sun Mar 7 15:26:10 2021 gautamUpdateLSCHousekeeping + more PRMI
  1. Beam pointing into PMC was tweaked to improve transmission.
  2. AS110 photodiode was re-installed on the AS table - I picked off 30% of the light going to the AS WFS using a beamsplitter and put it on the AS110 photodiode.
  3. Adjusted ASDC whitening gain - we have been running nominally with +18dB, but after Sept 2020 vent, there is ~x3 amount of light incident on the AS55 RFPD (from which the ASDC signal is derived). I want to run the dither alignment servos that use this PD using the same settings as before, hence this adjustment.
  4. Adjusted digital demod phases of POP22, POP110 and AS110 signals with the PRMI locked (sideband resonant). I want these to be useful to debug the PRMI. the phases were adjusted so that AS110_Q, POP22_I and POP110_I contain the signal (= sideband buildup) when the PRMI is locked.
  5. Ran the actuator calibration routine for BS, ITMX and ITMY - i'll try and do the PRM and ETMs as well later.
  6. With the PRMI locked (sidebands resonant), looked at the sideband power buildup. POP22 and POP110 remain stable, but there is some low frequency variation in the AS110_Q channel (but not the I channel, so this is really a time varying transmission of the f2 sideband to the dark port). What's that about? Also unsure about those abrupt jumps in the POP22/POP110 signals, see Attachment #1 (admittedly these are slow channels). I don't see any correlation in the MICH control signal.
  7. Measured the loop shapes of the MICH (UGF ~90 degrees, PM~30 degrees) and PRCL (UGF~110 Hz, PM~30 degreees) loops - stability margins and loop UGFs seem reasonable to me.
  8. Tried nulling the MICH-->PRCL coupling by adjusting the MICH-->PRM matrix element - as has been the case for a while, unable to do any better, and I can't null that line as we expect to be able to.
  9. Not expecting to get anything sensible, but ran some sensing matrix lines (at the correct frequencies this time).
  10. Tried locking the PRMI with MICH actuation to an ITM instead of the BS - I can realize the lock but the loop OLTF I measure with this configuration is very weird, needs more investigation. I may look into this later today evening.

I was also reminded today of the poor reliability of the LSC whitening electronics. Basically, there may be hidden saturations in all the channels that have a large DC value (e.g. the photodiode DC mon channels) due to the poor design of the cascaded gain stages. I was thinking about using the REFL DC channel to estimate the mode-matching into the PRC, but this has a couple of problems. Electronically, there may be some signal distortion due to the aforementioned problem. But in addition, optically, the estimation of mode-matching into the PRC by comparing REFL DC levels in single bounce off the PRM and the PRMI locked has the problem that the mode-matching is degenerate with the intra-cavity loss, which is of the same order as the mode mismatch (a percent or two I claiM). If Koji or someone else can implement the fix suggested by Hartmut for all the LSC whitening channels, that'd give us more faith in the signals. It may be less work than just replacing all the whitening filters with a better design (e.g. the aLIGO ISC whitening filter which implements the cascaded gain stages using single OP27s and more importantly has a 1 kohm series resistance with the input to the op amp (so the preceeding stage never has to drive > 10V/1kohms ~10mA of DC current) would presumably reduce distortion.

Attachment 1: PRMI_SBres.png
Attachment 2: MICH_act_calib.pdf
  15876   Sun Mar 7 19:56:27 2021 AnchalUpdateLSCSensing matrix settings messed with

I understand this mst be frustrating for you. But we did not change these settings, knowingly atleast. We have documented all the things we did there. The only thing I can think of which could possibly change any of those channels are the scripts that we ran that are mentioned and the burt restore that we did on all channels (which wasn't really necessary). We promise to be more vigilant of changes that occur when we are present in future.


To my dismay, I found today that somebody had changed the oscillator frequencies for the sensing matrix infrastructure we have. The change happened 2 days and 2 hours ago (I write this at ~1230 on Saturday, 3/6), i.e. ~1030am on Thursday. According to the elog, this is when Anchal and Paco were working on the interferometer, but I can find no mention of these settings being changed. Not cool guys 😒 .

This was relatively easy to track down but I don't know what else may have been messed with. I don't understand how anything that was documented in the elog can lead to this weird doubling of the frequencies.

I have now restored the correct settings. The "sensing matrix" I posted last night is obviously useless.


  15883   Mon Mar 8 22:01:26 2021 gautamUpdateLSCMore PRMI

There are still many mysteries remaining - e.g. the MICH-->PRCL contribution still can't be nulled. But for now, I have the settings that keep the PRMI locked fairly robustly with REFL55I/Q or REFL165I/Q (I quadrature for PRCL, Q for MICH in both cases), see Attachment #1 and Attachment #2 respectively. For the 1f locking, the REFL55 digital demod phase was fine-tuned to minimize the frequency noise (generated by driving MC2) coupling to the Michelson readout (as the Michelson is supposed to be immune) - the coupling was measured to be ~60dB larger at the PRCL error point than MICH. There was still nearly unity coherence between my MC2 drive and the MICH error point demodulated at the drive frequency, but I was not able to null it any better than this. With the PRMI (ETMs misaligned) locked on the 1f signals, I measured Attachment #1 and used it to determine the demod phase that would best enable REFL165_I to be a PRCL sensor. Rana thinks that if there is some subtle effect in the marginally stable PRC, we would not see it unless we do a mode scan (time consuming to set up and execute). So I'm just going to push on with the PRFPMI locking - let's see if the clean arm mode forces a clean TEM00 mode to be resonant in the PRC, and if that can sort out the lack of orthogonality between MICH/PRCL in the 1f sensors (after all, we only care about the 3f signals in as much as they allow us to lock the interferometer). I'll try the PRMI with arms on ALS tomorrow eve.

I have no idea what to make of how the single frequency lines I am driving in MICH and PRCL show up in REFL11 and REFL33 - the signals are apparently completely degenerate (in optical quadrature). How this is possible even though the PRMI remains stably locked, POP22/POP110/AS110 report stable sideband buildup is not clear to me.

Attachment 1: PRMI1f_noArmssensMat.pdf
Attachment 2: PRMI3f_noArmssensMat.pdf
  15892   Wed Mar 10 00:32:03 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRFPMi

The interferometer can nearly be locked again. I was unable to fully hand off control from ALS-->RF, I suspect I may be using the wrong sign on the AO path (or some such other sub-optimal CM board settings). I'll hook up the SR785 and take some TFs tomorrow, that should give more insight into what's what. With the arms held off resonance, the PRMI acquires lock nearly instantly (REFL165 I for PRCL, REFL165 Q for MICH), and can stay locked nearly indefinitely, which is what I need so I can get the RF lock going. However the sensing matrix (for vertex DoFs, arms held off resonance) still makes no sense to me. The MICH loop has ~50 Hz UGF and the PRCL loop ~150 Hz. I think the MICH loop shape can be optimized a little for better low frequency suppression, but this isn't the show-stopper at the moment. For record-keeping, the ALS performance was excellent and other subsystems were nominal tonight.

Attachment 1: PRMI3f_ALSsensMat.pdf
  15899   Wed Mar 10 19:58:27 2021 gautamUpdateLSCSR785 hooked up to CM board

In preparation for later today evening. The TT alignment wasn't visibly disturbed.

  15900   Thu Mar 11 01:45:42 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRFPMi
  1. PRM satellite box indeed seems to have been the culprit - shortly after I swapped it to the SRM, its shadow sensors went dark. I leave the watchdog tripped.
  2. I still was unable to realize the RF only IFO
    • Clearly my old settings don't work, so I tried to go about it systematically. First, try and transition CARM to RF, leave DARM on ALS.
    • As usual, I can realize the state were the arm powers are ~100, and the two paths are blended. 
    • But I'm not able to completely turn off the CARM_A path without blowing the lock.

Pity really, I was hoping to make it much further tonight. I think I'll have to go back to the high BW POX/POY lock, and also check out the conversion efficiency / noise of the daughter board on the REFL11 demod board. Compared to before my work on the RF source, the demod phase for the PRMI lock using REFL11 as an error signal has basically necessitated a change of the digital demod phase by 180 degrees - so I made the appropriate polarity changes in the CM_SLOW and AO paths (the assumption is that CARM in REFL11 would require the same change in digital demod phase, and I think this is a reasonable assumption - indeed, with the arm powers somewhat stable ~100, if I look at the PDH signal in REFL11 I and Q, it does seem to show up largely in the I quadrature (pre digital phase rotation). Anyway, with so many weird effects (wonky PRM suspension, strange PRMI sensing etc etc, who knows what's going on. This will take a systematic effort.

I defer the electronics characterization for the daytime (if I feel like I need it tomorrow I'll do it, else. Koji has said he can do it on Friday).


 I was unable to fully hand off control from ALS-->RF, I suspect I may be using the wrong sign on the AO path (or some such other sub-optimal CM board settings). I'll hook up the SR785 and take some TFs tomorrow, that should give more insight into what's what. 

  15903   Thu Mar 11 14:03:02 2021 gautamUpdateLSCAO path

There is some evidence of weird saturation but the gain balancing (0.8dB) and orthogonality (~89 deg) for the daughter board on the REFL11 demod board that generates the AO path error signal seem reasonable. This board would probably benefit from the AD797-->Op27 and thick-film-->thin film swap but i don't think this is to blame for being unable to execute the RF transition.

Attachment 1: IMG_9127.HEIC
  15906   Thu Mar 11 20:18:00 2021 gautamUpdateLSCHigh bandwidth POY

I repeated the high bandwidth POY locking experiment.

  1. The "Q" demod output (SMA) was routed to the common mode board (it appears in the past I used the LEMO "MON" output instead but that shouldn't be a meaningful change).
  2. As usual, slow actuation --> ETMY, fast actuation --> IMC error point.
  3. Loop UGF measurement suggests that bandwidth ~25kHz, with ~25 degrees phase margin. Anyway the lock was pretty stable.

One thing I am not sure is - when looking at the in-loop error point spectra, the Y-arm error point did not get suppressed to the CM board's sensing noise floor - I would have thought that with the huge amount of gain at ~16 Hz, the usual structure we see in the spectra between 10-30Hz would be completely squished. Need to think about if this is signalling something wrong, because the loop TF measurements seemed as expected to me.

1020pm: plots uploaded. As I made the plot of the spectrum, I realized that I don't have the calibration for the Y-arm error point into displacement noise units, so it's in unphysical units for now. But I think the comment about the hump around 16 Hz not being crushed to some sort of flat electronics noise floor. For the TF plots, when the loop gain is high, this IN1/IN2 technique isn't the best (due to saturation issues) but I don't think there's anything controversial about getting the UGF this way, and the fact that the phase evolves as expected when the various gains are cranked up / boosts enabled makes me think that the CM board is itself just fine.

10am 12 March: i realized that the "Y-arm error point" plotted below is not the true error point - that would be the input to the CM board (before boosts etc), which we don't monitor digitally. The spectra are plotted for the CM_SLOW input which already has some transfer function applied to it. In the past, I routed the LEMO "MON" connector on the demod board to the CM board input, and hence, had the usual SMA outputs from the demod board going to the digital system. I hypothesize that plotting the spectra for that signal would have showed this expected suppression to the electronics noise floor.

In summary, on the basis of this test, I don't see any red flags with the CM board.

Attachment 1: OLGevolution.pdf
Attachment 2: inLoopSpec.pdf
  15917   Fri Mar 12 19:44:31 2021 gautamUpdateLSCDelay line

I may want to use the delay line phase shifter in 1Y2 to allow remote actuation of the REFL11 demod phase (for the AO path, not the low bandwidth one). I had this working last Feb, but today, I am unable to remotely change the delay. @Koji, it would be great if you could fix this the next time you are in the lab - I bet it's a busted latch IC or some such thing. I did the non-invasive tests - cable is connected, control bits are changing (at least according to the CDS BIO indicators) and the switch controlling remote/local switching is set correctly. The local switching works just fine.

In the meantime, I will keep trying - I am unconvinced we really need the delay line.

  15918   Fri Mar 12 21:15:19 2021 gautamUpdateLSCcoronaversary PRFPMi

Attachment #1 - proof that the lock is RF only (A paths are ALS, B paths are RF).

Attachment #2 - CARM OLTF.

Some tuning can be done, the circulating power can be made ~twice as high with some ASC. The vertex is still on 3f control. I didn't get any major characterization done tonight but it's nice to be back here, a year on i guess.

Attachment 1: PRFPMI.png
Attachment 2: CARM_OLTF.pdf
  15923   Tue Mar 16 16:02:33 2021 KojiUpdateLSCREFL11 demod retrofitting

I'm going to remove REFL11 demod for the noise check/circuit improvement.


  • The module was removed (~4pm). Upon removal, I had to loosen AS110 LO/I out/Q out. Check the connection and tighten their SMAs upon restoration of REFL11.
  • REFL11 configuration / LO: see below, PD: a short thick SMA cable, I OUT: Whitening CH3, Q OUT: Whitening CH4, I MON daughterboard: CM board IN1 (BNC cable)
  • The LO cable for REFL11 was made of soft coax cable (Belden 9239 Low Noise Coax). The vendor specifies that this cable is for audio signals and NOT recommended for RF purposes [Link to Technical Datasheet (PDF)].
    I'm going to measure the delay of the cable and make a replacement.
  • There is a bunch of PD RF Mon cables connected to many of the demo modules. I suppose that they are connected to the PD calibration system which hasn't been used for 8 years. And the controllers are going to be removed from the rack soon.
    I'm going to remove these cables.


First I checked the noise levels and the transfer functions of the daughterboard preamp were checked. The CH-1 of the SR785 seemed funky (I can't comprehensively tell yet how it was), so the measurement maybe unreliable.

For the replacement of AD797, I tested OP27 and TLE2027. TLE2027 is similar to OP27, but slightly faster, less noisy, and better in various aspects.

The replacement of the AD797 and whatever-film resistors with LTE2027 and thin-film Rs were straightforward for the I phase channel, while the stabilization of the Q phase channel was a struggle (no matter I used OP27 or TLE2027). It seems that the 1st stage has some kind of instability and I suffered from 3Hz comb up to ~kHz. But the scope didn't show obvious 3Hz noise.

After a quite bit of struggle, I could tame this strange noise by adjusting the feedback capacitor of the 1st stage. The final transfer functions and the noise levels were measured. (To be analyzed later)


Now the REFL11 LO cable was replaced from the soft low noise audio coax (Belden 9239) to jacketed solder-soaked coax cable (Belden 1671J - RG405 compatible). The original cable indicated the delay of -34.3deg (@11MHz, 8.64ns) and the loss of 0.189dB.

I took 80-inch 1671J cable and measured the delay to be ~40deg. The length was adjusted using this number and the resulting cable indicated the delay of -34.0deg (@11MHz, 8.57ns) and the loss of 0.117dB.

The REFL11 demod module was restored and the cabling around REFL11 and AS110 were restored, tightened, and checked.


I've removed the PD mon cables from the NI RF switch. The open ports were plugged with 50Ohm temirnators.


I ask commissioners to make the final check of the REFL11 performance using CDS.

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  15927   Wed Mar 17 00:05:26 2021 gautamUpdateLSCDelay line BIO remote control

While Koji is working on the REFL 11 demod board, I took the opportunity to investigate the non-remote-controllability of the delay line in 1Y2, since the TTs have already been disturbed. Here is what I found today.

  1. First, I brought over the spare delay line from the rack Chiara sits in over to 1Y2. 
    • Connected a Marconi to the input, monitored a -3dB pickoff and the delay line output simultaneously on a 300MHz scope.
    • With the front panel selector set to "Internal", verified that local (i.e. toggling front panel switches) switchability seems to work 👍 
    • Set the front panel switch to "External", and connected the D25 cable from the BIO card in 1Y3 to the back panel of the delay line unit - found that I could not remotely change the delay 😒 
    • I thought it'd be too much of a coincidence if both delay lines have the same failure mode for the remote switching part only, so I decided to investigate further up the signal chain.
  2. BIO switching - the CDS BIO bit status MEDM screen seems to respond, indicating that the bits are getting set correctly in software at least. I don't know of any other software indicator for this functionality further down the signal processing chain. So it would seem the BIO card is not actually switching.
  3. The Contec DO cards don't actually source the voltage - they just provide a path for current to flow (or isolate said path). I checked that pin 12 of the rear panel D25 connector is at +5 V DC relative to ground as indicated in the schematic (see P1 connector - this connector isn't a Dsub, it is IDE24, so the mapping to the Dsub pins isn't one-to-one, but pin 23 on the former corresponds to pin 12 on the latter), suggesting that the pull up resistors have the necessary voltage applied to them.
  4. Made a little LED tester breakout board, and saw no swtiching when I toggled the status of some random bits.
  5. Noted that the bench power supply powering this setup (hacky arrangement from 2015 that never got unhacked) shows a current draw of 0A.
    • I am not sure what the quiescent draw of these boards is - the datasheet says "Power consumption: 3.3VDC, 450mA", but the recommended supply voltage is "12-24V DC (+/-10%)" not 3.3VDC, so not sure what to make of that.
    • To try and get some insight, I took one of the new Contec-32L-PE cards we got from near Jon's CDS test stand (I've labelled the one I took lest there be some fault with it in the future), and connected it to a bench supply (pin 18 = +15V DC, pin1 = GND). But in this condition, the bench supply reports 0A current draw.
  6. Ruled out the wrong cable being plugged in - I traced the cable over the cable tray, and seems like it is in fact connecting the BIO card in the c1lsc expansion chassis to the delay line.

So it would seem something is not quite right with this BIO card. The c1lsc expansion chassis, in which this card sits, is notoriously finicky, and this delay line isn't very high priority, so I am deferring more invasive investigation to the next time the system crashes.

* I forgot we have the nice PCB Contec tester board with LEDs - the only downside is that this board has D37 connectors on both ends whereas the delay line wants a D25, necessitating some custom ribbon cable action. But maybe there is a way to use this.

As part of this work, I was in various sensitive areas (1Y3, chiara rack, FE test stand etc) but as far as I can tell, all systems are nominal.

  15935   Thu Mar 18 01:12:31 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRFPMi
  1. Integrated >1 hour at RF only control, high circulating powers tonight.
    • All of the locklosses were due to me typing a wrong number / turning on the wrong filter.
    • So the lock seems pretty stable, at least on the 20 minute timescale.
    • No idea why given the various known broken parts.
  2. Did a bunch of characterization.
    • DARM OLTF - Attachment #1. The reference is when DARM is under ALS control.
    • CARM OLTF - Attachment #2. Seems okay.
    • Sensing matrix - Attachment #3. The CARM and DARM phases seem okay. Maybe the CARM phase can be tuned a bit with the delay line, but I think we are within 10 degrees.
  3. TRX/TRY between 300-400, with large fluctuations mostly angular. So PRG ~17-22, to answer Koji's question in the meeting today.
    • This is similar to what I had before the vent of Sep 2020.
    • Not surprising to me, since I claim that we are in the regime where the recycling gain is limited by the flipped folding mirrors.
  4. Tried to tweak the ASC (QPD only) by looking at the step responses, but I could never get the loop gains such that I could close an integrator on all the loops.

I need to think a little bit about the ASC commissioning strategy. On the positive side

  1. REFL11 board seems to perform at least as well as before.
  2. ALS performance made me (as Pep would say), so so happy.
  3. Whole lock acquisiton sequence takes ~5mins if the PRMI catches lock quickly (5/7 times tonight).
  4. Process seems repeatable.

Things to think about:

  1. How to get the AS WFS in the picture?
  2. What does the (still) crazy sensing matrix mean? I think it's not possible to transfer vertex control to 1f signals with this kind of sensing.
  3. What does it mean that the PRM actuation seems to work, even though the coils are imabalnced by a factor of 3-5, and the coil resistances read out <2 ohms???
  4. What's going on at the ALS-->CARM transition? The ALS noise is clearly low enough that I can sit inside the CARM linewidth. Yet, there seems to be some offset between what ALS thinks is the resonant point, and what the REFL11 signal thinks is the resonant point. I am kind of able to "power through" this conflict, but the IMC error point (=AO path) is not very happy during the transition. It worked 8/8 times tonight, but would be good to figure out how to make this even more robust.
Attachment 1: DARM_OLTF_20210317.pdf
Attachment 2: CARMTF_20210317.pdf
Attachment 3: PRFPMI_Mar_17sensMat.pdf
  15936   Thu Mar 18 07:02:27 2021 KojiUpdateLSCREFL11 demod retrofitting

Attachment 1: Transfer Functions

The original circuit had a gain of ~20 and the phase delay of ~1deg at 10kHz, while the new CH-I and CH-Q have a phase delay of 3 deg and 2 deg, respectively.

Attachment 2: Output Noise Levels

The AD797 circuit had higher noise at low frequency and better noise levels at high frequency. Each TLE2027 circuit was tuned to eliminate the instability and shows a better noise level compared to the low-frequency spectrum of the AD797 version.

RXA: AD797 sad, all hail the op-amps ending with 27 !

Attachment 1: TFs.pdf
Attachment 2: PSD.pdf
  15942   Thu Mar 18 21:37:59 2021 ranaUpdateLSCPRMI investigations: what IS the matrix??
  • Locked PRMI several tmes after Gautam setup. Easy w IFO CONFIG screenheart
  • tuned up alignment
  • Still POP22_I doesn't go above ~111, so not triggering the loops. Lowered triggers to 100 (POP22 units) and it locks fine now. smiley
  • Ran update on zita, and now it lost its mounts (and maybe its mind). Zita needs some love to recover the StripTool plots  sad
  • Put the $600 ebay TDS3052 near the LSC rack and tried to look at the RF power, but found lots of confusing information. Is there really a RF monitor in this demod board or was it disconnected by a crazy Koji cheeky ? I couldn't see any signal above a few mV.angry
  • Put a 20 dB coupler in line with the RF input and saw zip. Then I put the RF signal directly into the scope and saw that the 55 MHz signal is ~30 mVpp into 50 Ohms. I waited a few minutes with triggering to make sure I was getting the largest flashes. Why is the optical/RF signal so puny? surprise This is ~100x smaller than I think we want...its OK to saturate the RF stuff a little during lock acquisition as long as the loop can suppress it so that the RMS is < 3 dBm in the steady state.
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  15944   Fri Mar 19 11:18:25 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRMI investigations: what IS the matrix??

From Finesse simulation (and also analytic calcs), the expected PRCL optical gain is ~1 MW/m (there is a large uncertainty, let's say a factor of 5, because of unknown losses e.g. PRC, Faraday, steering mirrors, splitting fractions on the AP table between the REFL photodiodes). From the same simulation, the MICH optical gain in the Q-phase signal is expected to be a factor of ~10 smaller. I measured the REFL55 RF transimpedance to be ~400 ohms in June last year, which was already a little lower than the previous number I found on the wiki (Koji's?) of 615 ohms. So we expect, across the ~3nm PRCL linewidth, a PDH horn-to-horn voltage of ~1 V (equivalently, the optical gain in units of V/m for PRCL is ~0.3 GV/m).

In the measurement, the MICH gain is indeed ~x10 smaller than the PRCL gain. However, the measured optical gain (~0.1GV/m, but this is after the x10 gain of the daughter board) is ~10 times smaller than what is expected (after accounting for the various splitting fractions on the AS table between REFL photodiodes). We've established that the modulation depth isn't to blame I think. I will check (i) REFL55 transimpedance, (ii) cable loss between AP table and 1Y2 and (iii) is the beam well centered on the REFL55 photodiode.

Basically, with the 400ohm transimpedance gain, we should be running with a whitening gain of 0dB before digitization as we expect a signal of O(1V). We are currently running at +18dB.


Then I put the RF signal directly into the scope and saw that the 55 MHz signal is ~30 mVpp into 50 Ohms. I waited a few minutes with triggering to make sure I was getting the largest flashes. Why is the optical/RF signal so puny? surprise This is ~100x smaller than I think we want...its OK to saturate the RF stuff a little during lock acquisition as long as the loop can suppress it so that the RMS is < 3 dBm in the steady state.

  15949   Fri Mar 19 22:24:54 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRMI investigations: what IS the matrix??

I did all these checks today. 


I will check (i) REFL55 transimpedance, (ii) cable loss between AP table and 1Y2 and (iii) is the beam well centered on the REFL55 photodiode.

  1. The transimpedance was measured to be ~420 ohms at 55 MHz (-4.3 dB relative to the assumed 700V/A of the NF1611), so close to what I measured in June (the data download didn't work apparently and so I don't have a plot but it can readily be repeated). The DC levels also checked out - with 20mA drive current for the Jenne laser, I measured ~2.3 V on the NF1611 (10kohm DC transimpedance) vs ~13mV on the DC output of the REFL55 PD (50 ohm DC transimpedance).
  2. Time domain confirmation of the above statement is seen in Attachment #1. The Agilent was used to drive the Jenne laser with 0dBm RF signal @ 55 MHz. Ch1 (yellow) is the REFL55 PD output, Ch2 (blue) is the NF1611 RFPD, measured at the AP table (sorry for the confusing V/div setting).
  3. Re-connected the cabling at the AP table, and measured the signal at 1Y2 using the scope Rana conveniently left there, see Attachment #2. Though the two scopes are different, the cable+connector loss estimated from the Vpp of the signal at the AP table vs that at 1Y2 is 1.5 dB, which isn't outrageous I think.
  4. For the integrated test, I left the AM laser incident on the REFL55 photodiode, reconnected all the cabling to the CDS system, and viewed the traces on ndscope, see Attachment #3. Again, I think all the numbers are consistent. 
    • REFL55 demod board has an overall conversion gain (including the x10 gain of the daughter board preamp) of ~5V I/F per 1V RF.
    • There is a flat 18 dB whitening gain.
    • The digitized signal was ~13000 ctspp - assuming 3276.8 cts/V, that's ~4Vpp. Undoing the flat whitening gain and the conversion efficiency, I get 13000 / 3276.8 / (10^(18/20)) / 5 ~ 100 mVpp, which is in good agreement with Attachment #3 (pardon the thin traces, I didn't realize it looked so bad until I closed everything).

So it would seem that there is nothing wrong with the sensing electronics. I also think we can rule out any funkiness with the modulation depths since they have been confirmed with multiple different measurements.

One thing I checked was the splitting ratios on the AP table. Jenne's diagram is still accurate (assuming the components are labelled correctly). Let's assume 0.8 W makes it through the IMC to the PRM - then, I would expect, according to the linked diagram, 0.8 W * 0.8 * (1-5.637e-2) * 0.8 * 0.1 * 0.5 * 0.9 ~ 22 mW to make it onto the REFL55 PD. With the PRM aligned and the beam centered on the PD (using DC monitor but I also looked through an IR viewer, looked pretty well centered), I measured 500 mV DC level. Assuming 50 ohm DC transimpedance, that's 500 / 50 / 0.8 ~ 12.5 mW of power on this photodiode, which while is consistent with what's annotated on Jenne's diagram, is ~50% off from expectation. Is the uncertainty in the Faraday transmission and IMC transmission enough to account for this large deviation?

If we want more optical gain, we'd have to put more light on this PD. I suppose we could have ~10x the power since that's what is on IMC REFL when the MC is unlocked? If we want x100 increase in optical gain, we'd also have to increase the transimpedance by 10. I'll double check the simulation but I"m inclined to believe that the sensing electronics are not to blame.

Unconnected to this work but I feel like I'm flying blind without the wall StripTool traces so I restored them on zita (ran /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/startStrip.sh).

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  15956   Wed Mar 24 00:51:19 2021 gautamUpdateLSCSchnupp asymmetry

I used the Valera technique to measure the Schnupp asymmetry to be \approx 3.5 \, \mathrm{cm}, see Attachment #1. The data points are points, and the zero crossing is estimated using a linear fit. I repeated the measurement 3 times for each arm to see if I get consistent results - seems like I do. Subtle effects like possible differential detuning of each arm cavity (since the measurement is done one arm at a time) are not included in the error analysis, but I think it's not controversial to say that our Schnupp asymmetry has not changed by a huge amount from past measurements. Jamie set a pretty high bar with his plot which I've tried to live up to. 

Attachment 1: Lsch.pdf
  15958   Wed Mar 24 15:24:13 2021 gautamUpdateLSCNotes on tests

For my note-taking:

  1. Lock PRMI with ITMs as the MICH actuator. Confirm that the MICH-->PRCL contribution cannot be nulled. ✅  [15960]
  2. Lock PRMI on REFL165 I/Q. Check if transition can be made smoothly to (and from?) REFL55 I/Q.
  3. Lock PRMI. Turn sensing lines on. Change alignment of PRM / BS and see if we can change the orthogonality of the sensing.
  4. Lock PRMI. Put a razor blade in front of an out-of-loop photodiode, e.g. REFL11 or REFL33. Try a few different masks (vertical half / horizontal half and L/R permutations) and see if the orthogonality (or lack thereof) is mask-dependent.
  5. Double check the resistance/inductance of the PRM OSEMs by measuring at 1X4 instead of flange. ✅  [15966]
  6. Check MC spot centering.

If I missed any of the tests we discussed, please add them here.

  15960   Wed Mar 24 22:54:49 2021 gautamUpdateLSCNew day, new problems

I thought I'd get started on some of the tests tonight. But I found that this problem had resurfaced. I don't know what's so special about the REFL55 photodiode - as far as I can tell, other photodiodes at the REFL port are running with comparable light incident on it, similar flat whitening gain, etc etc. The whitening electronics are known to be horrible because they use the quad LT1125 - but why is only this channel problematic? To describe the problem in detail:

  • I had checked the entire chain by putting an AM field on the REFL 55 photodiode, and corroborating the pk-to-pk (counts) value measured in CDS with the "nominal" setting of +18dB flat whitening gain against the voltage measured by a "reference" PD, in this case a fiber coupled NF1611.
  • In the above test, I confirmed that the measured signal was consistent with the value reported by the NF1611.
  • So, at least on Friday, the entire chain worked just fine. The PRMI PDH fringes were ~6000cts-pp in this condition.
  • Today, I found that while trying to acquire PRMI lock, the PDH fringes witnessed in REFL55 were saturating the ADC. I lowered the whitening gain to 0 dB (so a factor of 8). Then the PDH fringes were ~20,000cts-pp. So, overall, the gain of the chain seems to have gone up by a factor of ~25. 
  • Given my NF1611 based test, the part of the chain I am most suspicious of is the whitening filter. But I don't have a good mechanism that explains this observation. Can't be as simple as the input impedance of the LT1125 being lowered due to internal saturations, because that would have the opposite effect, we would measure a tiny signal instead of a huge one

I request Koji to look into this, time permitting, tomorrow. In slightly longer term, we cannot run the IFO like this - the frequency of occurrence is much too high and the "fix" seems random to me, why should sweeping the whitening gain fix the problem? There was some suggestion of cutting the PCB trace and putting a resistor to limit the current draw on the preceeding stage, but this PCB is ancient and I believe some traces are buried in internal layers. At the same time, I am guessing it's too much work to completely replace the whitening electronics with the aLIGO style units. Anyone have any bright ideas?

Anyway, I managed to lock the PRMI (ETMs misaligned) using REFL165I/Q. Then, instead of using the BS as the MICH actuator, I used the two ITMs (equal magnitude, opposite sign in the LSC output matrix).

  • The digital demod phase in this config is different from what is used when the arm cavities are in play (under ALS control). Probably the difference is telling us something about the reflectivity of the arm cavity for various sideband fields, from which we can extract some useful info about the arm cavity (length, losses etc). But that's not the focus here - the correct digital demod phase was 11 degrees. See Attachment #1 for the sensing matrix. I've annotated it with some remarks.
  • The signals appear much more orthogonal when actuating on the ITMs. However, I was still only able to null the MICH line sensed in the PRCL sensor to a ratio of 1/5 (while looking at peaks on DTT). I was unable to do better by fine tuning either the digital demod phase, or the relative actuation strength on each ITM
  • The PRCL loop had a UGF of ~120 Hz, MICH loop ~60 Hz.
  • With the PRMI locked in this config, I tried to measure the appropriate loop gain and sign if I were to use the REFL55 photodiode instead of REFL165 - but I didn't have any luck. Unsurprising given the known electronics issues I guess...

I didn't get around to running any of the other tests tonight, will continue tomorrow.

Update Mar 26: Attachments #2 and #3 show that there is clearly something wrong with the whitening electronics associated with REFL55 channels - with the PSL shutter closed (so the only "signal" being digitized should be the electronics noise at the input of the whitening stage), the I and Q channels don't show similar profiles, and moreover, are not consistent (the two screenshots are from two separate sweeps). I don't know what to make of the parts of the sweep that don't show the expected "steps". Until ndscope gets a log-scaled y-axis option, we have to live with the poor visualization of the gain steps which are dB (rather than linearly) spaced. For this particular case, StripTool isn't an option either because the Q channel as a negative offset, and I opted agains futzing with the cabling at 1Y2 to give a small fixed positive voltage instead. I will emphasize that on Friday, this problem was not present, because the gain balance of the I and Q channels was good to within 1dB.

Attachment 1: PRMI3f_noArmssensMat.pdf
Attachment 2: REFL55_whtGainStepping.png
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  15977   Mon Mar 29 19:32:46 2021 gautamUpdateLSCREFL55 whitening checkout

I repeated the usual whitening board characterization test of:

  • driving a signal (using awggui) into the two inputs of the whitening board using a spare DAC channel available in 1Y2
  • demodulating the response using the LSC sensing matrix infrastructure
  • Stepping the whitening gain, incrementing it in 3dB steps, and checking if the demodulated lock-in outputs increase in the expected 3dB steps.

Attachment #1 suggests that the steps are equal (3dB) in size, but note that the "Q" channel shows only ~half the response of the I channel. The drive is derived from a channel of an unused AI+dewhite board in 1Y2, split with a BNC Tee, and fed to the two inputs on the whitening filter. The impedance is expected to be the same on each channel, and so each channel should see the same signal, but I see a large asymmetry. All of this checked out a couple of weeks ago (since we saw ellipses and not circles) so not sure what changed in the meantime, or if this is symptomatic of some deeper problem.

Usually, doing this and then restoring the cabling returns the signal levels of REFL55 to nominal levels. Today it did not - at the nominal whitening gain setting of +18dB flat gain, when the PRMI is fringing, the REFL55 inputs are frequently reporting ADC overflows. Needless to say, all my attempts today evening to transition the length control of the vertex from REFL165 to REFL55 failed.

I suppose we could try shifting the channels to (physical) Ch5 and Ch6 which were formerly used to digitize the ALS DFD outputs and are currently unused (from Ch3, Ch4) on this whitening filter and see if that improves the situation, but this will require a recompile of the RTCDS model and consequent CDS bootfest, which I'm not willing to undertake today. If anyone decides to do this test, let's also take the opportunity to debug the BIO switching for the delay line.

Attachment 1: REFL55wht.png
  15994   Sat Apr 3 00:42:40 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRFPMI locking with half input power


I wanted to put my optomechanical instability hypothesis to the test. So I decided to cut the input power to the IMC by ~half and try locking the PRFPMI. However, this did not improve the stability of the buildup in the arm cavities, while the control was solely on the ALS error signal


  1. The waveplate I installed for this purpose was rotated until the MC RFPD DCMON channel reported ~half it's nominal value.
  2. I adjusted the IMC servo gains appropriately to compensate. IMC lock was readily realized.
  3. I increased the whitening gains on the POX, POY and REFL165 photodiodes by 6dB, to compensate for the reduced light levels.
    • One day soon, we will have remote power control, and it'd be nice to have this process be automated.
    • Really, we should have de-whitening filters that undo these flat gains in addition to undoing the frequency dependent whitening.
    • I'm not sure the quality of the electronics is good enough though, for the changing electronics offsets to not be a problem.
    • One possibility is that we can normalize some signals by the DC light level at that port, but I still think compensating the changing optical gain as far upstream as possible is best, and the whitening gain is the convenient stage to do this.
  4. Recovered single arm POX/POY locking. 
  5. Then I decided to try and lock the PRFPMI with the reduced input power.

Basically, with some tweaks to loop gains, it worked, see Attachment #1. Note that the lower right axis shows the IMC transmission and is ~7500 cts, vs the nominal ~15,000 cts.


Cutting the input power did not have the effect I hoped it would. Basically, I was hoping to zero the optical CARM offset while the IFO was entirely under ALS control, and have the arm transmission be stable (or at least, stay in the linear regime of REFL11). However, the observation was that the IFO did the usual "buzzing" in and out of the linear regime. Right now, this is not at all a problem - once the IR error signal is blended in, and DC control authority is transferred to that signal, the lock acquisition can proceed just fine. And I guess it is cool that we can lock the IFO at ~half the input power, something to keep in mind when we have the remote controlled waveplate, maybe we always want to lock at the lowest power possible such that optomechanical transients are not a problem. 

I also don't think this test directly disputes my claim that the residual CARM noise when the arm cavities are under purely ALS control is smaller than the CARM linewidth.

What does this mean for my hypothesis? I still think it is valid, maybe the power has to be cut even further for the optomechanics to not be a problem. In Finesse (see Attachment #2), with 0.3 W input power to the back of the PRM, and with best guesses for the 40m optical losses in the PRC and arms, I still see that considerable phase can be eaten up due to the optomechanical resonance around ~100 Hz, which is where the digital CARM loop UGF is. So I guess it isn't entirely unreasonable that the instability didn't go away?

After this work, I undid all the changes I made for the low power lock test. I confirmed that IMC locking, POX/POY locking, and the dither alignment systems all function as expected after I reverted the system.

Attachment 1: PRFPMIlock_1301464998_1301465238.pdf
Attachment 2: CARMplant.pdf
  15996   Mon Apr 5 22:26:01 2021 gautamUpdateLSCPRMI 1f locking (no ETMs) recovered

Since it seems like the entire electronics chain has no obvious failure, I decided to compensate for the apparent increased optical gain by turning the flat whitening gain down from +18dB to 0dB. Then, after some fiddling around with alignment, settings etc, I was able to lock the PRMI once again, with the ETMs misaligned, using REFL55_I to sense PRCL, and REFL55_Q to sense MICH. Some sensing matrices attached. Some notes:

  1. I made some changes to the presentation so that the units of the sensing matrix are now in [W/m] sensed on a photodiode. 
    • The info printed on the plot is also more verbose, I now indicate explicitly the actuator driven to make the measurement, and also the drive frequency. The various gains used to convert counts to Watts on a photodiode are also indicated.
    • I thought about printing the actual matrix too but haven't arrived at a clean prez style yet.
    • This is to facilitate easier comparison to Finesse models / analytic calcs.
    • I take into account all the gains from the photodetector to the servo error point where the measurement is made. However, the splitting fractions between various photodiodes is not included, so you will have to do that yourself when comparing to a Finesse model.
    • For example, in pg2 of Attachment #1, the measured gain of PRCL sensed in REFL55_I is ~2e6 W/m. But only ~4% of IFO REFL ends up on the REFL55 photodiode. So, this measurement would be consistent with a Finesse simulated optical gain of ~50MW/m, which is in the ballpark of what I do actually see.
  2. There seems to be reasonable agreement between Finesse and these measurements. But why should the old settings / locking have worked at all then?
  3. I tried two schemes for MICH actuation today.
    • The first was the usual BS + PRM combo, and I got the sensing matrix on pg 1 of Attachment #1. With this scheme, the MICH/PRCL orthogonality is a joke.
    • Then I changed the MICH actuator to the ITMs, and got the sensing matrix on pg 2 of Attachment #1. With this scheme, the orthogonality looks much better. I think the slight non-orthogonality in the 11/33 MHz photodiodes may even be reasonable, since the 11 MHz field isn't a good sensor of the anti-symmetric modes, but have to confirm by calculation/simulation. But certainly the separation of signals is much cleaner when the ITMs are used to control MICH.

So there is clearly something funky with the nominal MICH actuation scheme (MICH suspension, PRM suspension or both), which we should get to the bottom of before trying any low noise locking. I think using the ITMs as the MICH actuator in the full lock will not be a good low nosie strategy, as we would then be "polluting" all our suspended optics with our control loops, which seems highly suboptimal for technical noise sources like coil driver noise etc.

Attachment 1: PRMI_Apr5sensMat_consolidated.pdf
PRMI_Apr5sensMat_consolidated.pdf PRMI_Apr5sensMat_consolidated.pdf
  16095   Thu Apr 29 11:51:27 2021 AnchalSummaryLSCStart of measuring IMC WFS noise contribution in ar cavity length noise

Tried locking the arms

  • Ran IFO > Configure > ! (YARM) > Restore YARM. Nothing happened.
  • Trying to align through tip-tilt:
    • Previous values: TT1: PIT: -1.7845, YAW: -0.2775; TT2: PIT: -1.3376, YAW: -0.0436
    • Couldn't get flashing of light in the arms at all.
    • Restored values to previous values.
  • Noticed that ITMY OPLEV YAWW Error has gone very high overnight while other oplevs remained the same.
  • Trying to change the C1:SUS-ITMY_YAW_OFFSET to bring this oplev yaw error back to near zero.
  • Changed C1:SUS-ITMY_YAW_OFFSET from -34 to 50. OPLEV_YEROR reduced to around -23 from -70.
  • Same thing with BS PIT. OPLEV_PERROR is highlighted in red at -52.
  • Changing C1:SUS-BS_PIT_OFFSET from 55 to 30. This brought OPLEV_PERROR to -15 from -52.
  • Trying to align PRM by changing C1:SUS-PRM_PIT_OFFSET and C1:SUS-PRM_YAW_OFFSET.
  • Inital values: C1:SUS-PRM_PIT_OFFSET: -20 , C1:SUS-PRM_YAW_OFFSET: 39.

Did the WFS step response test on IMC in between while waiting for help. See 16094.

Back to trying arm locking

  • Tried IFO > Configure > ! (XARM) > Restore YARM. Nothing happened.
  • Tried IFO > Configure > ! (YARM) > Restore YARM. Nothing happened again.
  • Tried Movie Capture of AS screen from VIDEO > Movie Capture > AS. But the script failed due to module not present error.

PMC got unlocked

  • Infront of me, PMC got unlocked. I did not go to PMC locking the screen at all since morning.
  • I opened the C1PSL_PMC screen. The PSL Autolocker blinker is not blinking but the switch is set to Enable. 
  • I do not see any automatic effort happening for regaining lock at PMC.
  • I'll try it manually. I was able to get the PMC locked again. C1:PSL-PMC_PMCTRANSPD is showing 0.761 V and C1:PSL-PMC_RFPDDC is showing 0.053 V.
  • Now IMC auto locker seems to be trying to get the lock acquired.
  • It acquired a lock a few times but struggled to keep it on. I reduced C1:IOO-WFS_GAIN to 0 and then the lock could stay on. Seemed like the accumulated offsets were not good.
  • So I cleared the history on WFS1, TRANS and WFS2 filter banks and then ramped the WFS overall gain (C1:IOO-WFS_GAIN) back to 1 and now IMC seems to stay locked in a stable configuration.
  • However, I still don't know what caused the PMC to get unlocked in the first place. Did my repeated arm locking attempts did something to the main laser frequency?

Back to trying arm locking

  • Tried IFO > Configure > ! (YARM) > Restore YARM again. Nothing happened again.
  16101   Thu Apr 29 17:51:19 2021 AnchalSummaryLSCStart of measuring IMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

t Both arms were locked simply by using IFO > Configure > ! (YARM) > Restore YARM. I had to use ASS to improve the TRX/TRY to ~0.95.

I measured C1:LSC-XARM_IN1_DQ and C1:LSC-YARM_IN1_DQ while injecting band limited noise in C1:IOO-WFS1_PIT_EXC using uniform noise with amplitude 1000 along with filter defined by string: cheby1("BandPass",4,1,80,100). I calibrated the control arms signals by 2.44 nm/cts calibration factor directly picked up from 13984.

For the duration of this test, all LIMIT switches in the WFS loops were switched OFF.

I do not see any affect on the arm control signal power spectrums with or without the noise injection. Attachement 1 shows the PSD along with PSD of the injection site IN2 signal. I must be doing something wrong, so would like feedback before I go further.

Attachment 1: WFS1_PIT_exc_80-100Hz_Arms_ASD.pdf
  16104   Fri Apr 30 00:18:40 2021 gautamSummaryLSCStart of measuring IMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

This is the actuator calibration. For the error point calibration, you have to look at the filter in the calibration model. I think it's something like 8e-13m/ct for POX and similar for POY.


I calibrated the control arms signals by 2.44 nm/cts calibration factor directly picked up from 13984.

  16108   Mon May 3 09:14:01 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateLSCIMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

Lock ARMs

  • Try IFO Configure ! Restore Y Arm (POY) and saw XARM lock, not YARM. Looks like YARM biases on ITMY and ETMY are not optimal, so we slide C1:SUS-ETMY_OFF from 3.0 --> -14.0 and watch Y catch its lock.
  • Run ASS scripts for both arms and get TRY/TRX ~ 0.95
    • We ran X, then Y and noted that TRX dropped to ~0.8 so we ran it again and it was well after that. From now on, we will do Y, then X.

WFS1 noise injection

  • Turn WFS limits off by running switchOffWFSlims.sh
  • Inject broadband noise (80-90 Hz band) of varying amplitudes from 100 - 100000 counts on C1:IOO-WFS1_PIT_EXC
  • After this we try to track its propagation through various channels, starting with
    • C1:IOO-MC_F_DQ
    • C1:IOO-WFS1_PIT_IN2

** denotes [UL, UR, LL, LR]; the output coils.

  • Attachment 1 shows the power spectra with IMC unlocked
  • Attachment 2 shows the power spectra with the ARMs (and IMC) locked
Attachment 1: WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf
WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_IMC_unlocked.pdf
Attachment 2: WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf
WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf WFS1_PIT_Noise_Inj_Test_ARM_locked.pdf
  16112   Mon May 3 17:28:58 2021 Anchal, Paco, RanaUpdateLSCIMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

Rana came and helped us figure us where to inject the noise. Following are the characteristics of the test we did:

  • Inject normal noise at C1:IOO-MC1_PIT_EXC using AWGGUI.
  • Excitation amplitude of 54321 in band 12-37Hz with Cheby1 8th order bandpass filter with same limits.
  • Look at power spectrum of C1:IOO-MC_F_DQ, C1:IOO-WFS1-PIT_OUT_DQ and the C1:IOO-MC1_PIT_EXC itself.
  • Increased the gain of the noise excitation until we see some effect in MC_F.
  • Diaggui also showed coherence plot in the bottom, which let's us have an estimate of how much we need to go further.

Attachment 1 shows a screenshot with awggui and diaggui screens displaying the signal in both angular and longitudinal channels.

Attachment 2 shows the analogous screenshot for MC2.


Attachment 1: excitationoftheMCanglessothatwecanseesomethingdotpng.png
Attachment 2: excitationoftheMCanglessothatwecanseesomethingdotpngbutthistimeitsMC2.png
  16117   Tue May 4 11:43:09 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateLSCIMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

We redid the WFS noise injection test and have compiled some results on noise contribution in arm cavity noise and IMC frequency noise due to angular noise of IMC.

Attachment 1: Shows the calibrated noise contribution from MC1 ASCPIT OUT to ARM cavity length noise and IMC frequency noise.

  • For calibrating the cavity length noise signals, we sent 100 cts 100Hz sine excitation to ITMX/Y_LSC_EXC, used actuator calibration for them as 2.44 nm/cts from 13984, and measured the peak at 100 hz in time series data. We got calibration factors: ETMX-LSC_OUT: 60.93 pm/cts , and ETMY-LSC_OUT: 205.0 pm/cts.
  • For converting IMC frequency noise to length noise, we used conversion factor given by \lambda L / c where L is 37.79m and lambda is wavelength of light.
  • For converting MC1 ASCPIT OUT cts data to frequency noise contributed to IMC, we sent 100,000 amplitude bandlimited noise (see attachment 3 for awggui config) from 25 Hz to 30 Hz at C1:IOO-MC1_PIT_EXC. This noise was seen at both MC_F and ETMX/Y_LSC_OUT channels. We used the noise level at 29 Hz to get a calibration for MC1_ASCPIT_OUT to IMC Frequency in Hz/cts. See Attachment 2 for the diaggui plots.
  • Once we got the calibration above, we measured MC1_ASCPIT_OUT power spectrum without any excitaiton and multiplied it with the calibration factor.
  • However, something must be wrong because the MC_F noise in length units is coming to be higher than cavity length noise in most of the frequency band.
    • It can be due to the fact that control signal power spectrum is not exactly cavity length noise at all frequencies.  That should be only above the UGF of the control loop (we plan to measure that in afternoon).
    • Our calibration for ETMX/Y_LSC_OUT might be wrong.
Attachment 1: ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
Attachment 2: IOO-MC1_PIT_NoiseInjTest2.pdf
IOO-MC1_PIT_NoiseInjTest2.pdf IOO-MC1_PIT_NoiseInjTest2.pdf
Attachment 3: IOO-MC1_PIT_NoiseInjTest_AWGGUI_Config.png
  16127   Fri May 7 11:54:02 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateLSCIMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise

We today measured the calibration factors for XARM_OUT and YARM_OUT in nm/cts and replotted our results from 16117 with the correct frequency dependence.

Calibration of XARM_OUT and YARM_OUT

  • We took transfer function measurement between ITMX/Y_LSC_OUT and X/YARM_OUT. See attachment 1 and 2
  • For ITMX/Y_LSC_OUT we took calibration factor of 3*2.44/f2 nm/cts from 13984. Note that we used the factor of 3 here as Gautum has explicitly written that the calibration cts are DAC cts at COIL outputs and there is a digital gain of 3 applied at all coil output gains in ITMX and ITMY that we confirmed.
  • This gave us callibration factors of XARM_OUT: 1.724/f2 nm/cts , and YARM_OUT: 4.901/f2 nm/cts. Note the frrequency dependence here.
  • We used the region from 70-80 Hz for calculating the calibration factor as it showed the most coherence in measurement.

Inferring noise contributions to arm cavities:

  • For converting IMC frequency noise to length noise, we used conversion factor given by \lambda L / c where L is 37.79m and lambda is wavelength of light.
  • For converting MC1 ASCPIT OUT cts data to frequency noise contributed to IMC, we sent 100,000 amplitude bandlimited noise  from 25 Hz to 30 Hz at C1:IOO-MC1_PIT_EXC. This noise was seen at both MC_F and ETMX/Y_LSC_OUT channels. We used the noise level at 29 Hz to get a calibration for MC1_ASCPIT_OUT to IMC Frequency in Hz/cts. This measurement was done in 16117.
  • Once we got the calibration above, we measured MC1_ASCPIT_OUT power spectrum without any excitaiton and multiplied it with the calibration factor.
  • Attachment 3 is our main result.
    • Page 1 shows the calculation of Angle to Length coupling by reading off noise injects in MC1_ASCPIT_OUT in MC_F. This came out to 10.906/f2 kHz/cts.
    • Page 2-3 show the injected noise in X arm cavity length units. Page 3 is the zoomed version to show the matching of the 2 different routes of calibration.
    • BUT, we needed to remove that factor of 3 we incorporated earlier to make them match.
    • Page 4 shows the noise contribution of IMC angular noise in XARM cavity.
    • Page 5-6 is similar to 2-3 but for YARM. The red note above applied here too! So the factor of 3 needed to be removed in both places.
    • Page 7 shows the noise contribution of IMC angular noise in XARM cavity.


  • IMC Angular noise contribution to arm cavities is atleast 3 orders of magnitude lower then total armc cavity noise measured.

Edit Mon May 10 18:31:52 2021

See corrections in 16129.

Attachment 1: ITMX-XARM_TF.pdf
Attachment 2: ITMY-YARM_TF.pdf
Attachment 3: ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
  16129   Mon May 10 18:19:12 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateLSCIMC WFS noise contribution in arm cavity length noise, Corrections

A few corrections to last analysis:

  • The first plot was not IMC frequency noise but actually MC_F noise budget.
    • MC_F is frequency noise in the IMC FSS loop just before the error point where IMC length and laser frequency is compared.
    • So, MC_F (in high loop gain frequency region upto 10kHz) is simply the quadrature noise sum of free running laser noise and IMC length noise.
    • Between 1Hz to 100 Hz, normally MC_F is dominated by free running laser noise but when we injected enough angular noise in WFS loops, due to Angle to length coupling, it made IMC length noise large enough in 25-30 Hz band that we started seeing a bump in MC_F.
    • So this bump in MC_F is mostly the noise due to Angle to length coupling and hence can be used to calculate how much Angular noise normally goes into length noise.
  • In the remaining plots, MC_F was plotted with conversion into arm length units but this was wrong. MC_F gets suppressed by IMC FSS open loop gain before reaching to arm cavities and hence is hardly present there.
  • The IMC length noise however is not suppresed until after the error point in the loop. So the length noise (in units of Hz calculated in the first step above) travels through the arm cavity loop.
  • We already measured the transfer function from ITMX length actuation to XARM OUT, so we know how this length noise shows up at XARM OUT.
  • So in the remaining plots, we plot contribution of IMC angular noise in the arm cavities. Note that the factor of 3 business still needed to be done to match the appearance of noise in XARM_OUT and YARM_OUT signal from the IMC angular noise injection.
  • I'll post a clean loop diagram soon to make this loopology clearer.
Attachment 1: ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf ArmCavNoiseContributions.pdf
  16132   Wed May 12 10:53:20 2021 Anchal, PacoUpdateLSCPSL-IMC PDH Loop and XARM PDH Loop diagram

Attached is the control loop diagram when main laser is locked to IMC and a single arm (XARM) is locked to the transmitted light from IMC.

  • I'll post a clean loop diagram soon to make this loopology clearer.


Attachment 1: IMC_SingleArm.pdf
  16228   Tue Jun 29 17:42:06 2021 Anchal, Paco, GautamSummaryLSCMICH locking tutorial with Gautam

Today we went through LSC locking mechanics with Gautam and as a "Hello World" example, worked on locking michelson cavity.

MICH settings changed:

  • Gautam at some point added 9 dB attenuation filters in MICH filter module in LSC to match the 9 dB pre-amplifier before digitization.
  • This required changing teh trigger thresholds, C1:LSC-MICH_TRIG_THRESH_ON and C1:LSC-MICH_TRIG_THRESH_OFF.
  • We looked at C1:LSC-AS55_Q_ERR_DQ and C1:LSC-ASDC_OUT_DQ on ndscope.
  • The zero crossings in AS55_Q correspond to ASDC going to zero. We found the threshold values of ASDC by finding the linear region in zero crossing of AS55_Q.
  • We changed the thresold values to UP: -0.3mW and DOWN -0.05mW. The thresholds were also changed in C1LSC_FM_TRIG.
  • We also set FM2,3,6 and 8 to be triggered on threshold.

We characterized the loop OLTF, found the UGF to be 90 Hz and measured the noise at error and control points.

gautam: one aim of this work was to demonstrate that the "Lock Michelson (dark)" script call from the IFOconfigure screen worked - it did, reliably, after the setting changes mentioned above.

  16232   Wed Jun 30 18:44:11 2021 AnchalSummaryLSCTried fixing ETMY QPD

I worked in Yend station, trying to get the ETMY QPD to work properly. When I started, only one (quadrant #3) of the 4 quadrants were seeing any lights. By just changing the beam splitter that reflects some light off to the QPD, I was able to get some amount of light in quadrant #2. However, no amount of steering would show any light in any other quadrants.

The only reason I could think of is that the incoming beam gets partially clipped as it seems to be hitting the beam splitter near the top edge. So for this to work properly, a mirror upstream needs to be adjusted which would change the alignment of TRX photodiode. Without the light on TRX photodiode, there is no lock and there is no light. So one can't steer this beam without lossing lock.

I tried one trick, in which, I changed the YARM lock trigger to POY DC signal. I got it to work to get the lock going even when TRY was covered by a beam finder card. However, this lock was still bit finicky and would loose lock very frequently. It didn't seem worth it to potentially break the YARM locking system for ETMY QPD before running this by anyone and this late in evening. So I reset everything to how it was (except the beam splitter that reflects light to EMTY QPD. That now has equal ligth falling on quadrant #2 and #3.

The settings I temporarily changed were:

  • C1:LSC-TRIG_MTRX_7_10 changed from 0 to -1 (uses POY DC as trigger)
  • C1:LSC-TRIG_MTRX_7_13 changed from 1 to 0 (stops using TRY DC as trigger)
  • C1:LSC-YARM_TRIG_THRESH_ON changed from 0.3 to -22
  • C1:LSC-YARM_TRIG_THRESH_OFF changed from 0.1 to -23.6
  • C1:LSC-YARM_FM_TRIG_THRESH_ON changed from 0.5 to -22
  • C1:LSC-YARM_FM_TRIG_THRESH_OFF changed from 0.1 to -23.6

All these were reverted back to there previous values manually at the end.


  16233   Thu Jul 1 10:34:51 2021 Paco, AnchalSummaryLSCETMY QPD fixed

Paco worked on alignign the beam splitter to get light on the ETMY QPD and was successful in centering it without any other changes in the settings.

  16237   Fri Jul 2 12:42:56 2021 Anchal, Paco, GautamSummaryLSCsnap file changed for MICH

We corrected the MICH locking snap file C1configure_MI.req and saved an updated C1configure_MI.snap. Now the 'Restore MICH' script in IFO_CONFIGURE>!MICH>Restore MICH works. The corrections included adding the correct rows of PD_DOF matrices to be at the right settings (use AS55 as error signal). The MICH_A_GAIN and MICH_B_GAIN needed to be saved as well.

We also were able to get to PRMI SB resonance. PRM was misalgined earlier from optimal position and after some manual aligning, we were able to get it to lock just by hitting IFO_CONFIGURE>!PRMI>Restore PRMI SB (3f).

  16241   Thu Jul 8 11:20:38 2021 Anchal, Paco, GautamSummaryLSCPRFPMI locking attempts

Last night Gautam walked us through the algorithm used to lock PRFPMI. We tried it several times with the PSL HEPA filter off between 10:00 pm July 7th to 1:00 am July 8th. None of our attempts were successful. In between, we tried to do the locking with old IMC settings as well, but it did not change the result for us. In most attempts, the arms would start to resonate with PRMI with about 200 times the power than without power recycling while the arms are still controlled by ALS beatnote. The handover of lock controls "CARM+DARM locked to ALS beatnote" to "Main laser + IMC locked to the CARM+DARM" would always fail. More specifically, we were seeing that as soon as we hand over the DC control of CARM from ALS beatnote to IR by feeding back to MC2, the lock would inevitably fail before the rest of the high-frequency control can be transferred over.

Nonetheless, Paco and I got a good demo of how to do PRFPMI locking if the need appears. With more practice and attempts, we should be able to achieve the lock at some point in the future. The issues in handover could be due to any of the following:

  • Although it seems like ALS beatnote fed control of arms keep them within the CARM IR linewidth as we see the IR resonating, there still could be some excess noise that needs to be dealt with.
  • Gautam conjectures, that the presence of high power in the arms connects the ITMs and the ETMs with an optical spring changing the transfer function of the pendula. This in turn changes the phase margin and possibly makes the CARM loop in IR PRFPMI unstable.
  • We should also investigate the loop transfer functions near the handover point for the ALS beatnote loop and the IR CARM loop and calculate the crossover frequency and gain/phase margins there.

More insights or suggestions are welcome.

Note; An earthquake came around lunch time and tripped all watchdogs. Most suspensions were recovered without issues, but ITMX appeared to be stuck. We tried the shaking procedure, but after this we couldn't restore the XARM lock. From alignment, we tried optimizing the TRX but we only got up to ~0.5 and ASS wouldn't work as usual. In the end the issue was that we had forgotten to enable the LL coil output devil so after we did this, we managed to recover the XARM.

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