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  3204   Tue Jul 13 11:20:07 2010 DmassUpdateGreen LockingSHG on PSL table : optimum temeprature

 

 It seems like you might inherit an offset by using step (3) b/c of the temperature gradient between the crystal and the sensing point. Depending on how large this gradient is you could increase the linear coupling from temperature to intensity noise from zero to a significant number. Phase noise should not be effected.

SInce these things (ovens) are so low time constant, shouldn't we

  1. Lock to a temperature
  2. Let the oven equilibrate for however long - a few tau maybe - my oven has a time constant of 60 sec, don't know if this is fast or slow compared to that
  3. Measure P_532/P_1064
  4. Change the setpoint
  5. Go back to step 1
  5797   Thu Nov 3 16:43:44 2011 KatrinUpdateGreen LockingSHG temperature (YARM)

Plugging in the thermal feedback BNC cable to the laser reduced the DC voltage of the green PDH photo diode from 3.12 V to 1.5V off resonance.

The power emitted by the laser was the same as in the case without that cable. Note LT, i.e. measured crystal temperature, of the laser show a

different value when the BNC is connected, but the manual clearly states that this display does not work properly if a cable is connected to the

slow BNC plug, an offset is added.

The power of the 532nm light behind the SHG oven has been reduced from 1mW to 0.4mW. I changed the crystal temperature such that the power

of the green light is 1mW. With this new temperature setting the laser can be locked again.

 

  w/o BNC cable at slow plug w/ BNC cable at slow plug
T (°C) 29.776 29.776
LT (°C) 39.2 48.4
1064nm power (mW) 440 448
Temp. at TC200 (°C) 35.7 36.4
532nm power in front of Isolator (mW) 1.0 1.0

 

 

 

  5798   Thu Nov 3 17:04:23 2011 KojiUpdateGreen LockingSHG temperature (YARM)

Changing the crystal temperature changes the laser frequency. This will causes the beat note missing at the vertex.

In other words, you will find the beat note at the vertex when the actual temperature of the crystal is reproduced as before,
no matter how the dial setting/temp voltage input is.

  5800   Thu Nov 3 17:24:59 2011 ZachUpdateGreen LockingSHG temperature (YARM)

I must confess that I changed the temperature of the laser via the dial yesterday. I believe the initial (displayed) temperature was ~19o, whereas it is now probably in the high 20s. Sorry.

Quote:

Changing the crystal temperature changes the laser frequency. This will causes the beat note missing at the vertex.

In other words, you will find the beat note at the vertex when the actual temperature of the crystal is reproduced as before,
no matter how the dial setting/temp voltage input is.

 

  5809   Fri Nov 4 13:53:33 2011 KatrinUpdateGreen LockingSHG temperature (YARM)

Quote:

I must confess that I changed the temperature of the laser via the dial yesterday. I believe the initial (displayed) temperature was ~19o, whereas it is now probably in the high 20s. Sorry.

Quote:

Changing the crystal temperature changes the laser frequency. This will causes the beat note missing at the vertex.

In other words, you will find the beat note at the vertex when the actual temperature of the crystal is reproduced as before,
no matter how the dial setting/temp voltage input is.

 

Okay, my elog entry was not clear I changed the temperature of the SHG which only changes the conversion efficiency. 

 

 

Anyhow, since the laser set temperature and thus the laser frequency has been changed by Zach and I couldn't find a note

of the original laser crystal temperature, my plan is to reset the SHG temperature to the old value, set the laser crystal temperature

around 19°C and do fine adjustment of that temperature by optimising the doubling efficiency. Okay?

 

  11492   Tue Aug 11 11:30:19 2015 IgnacioUpdateIOOSISO (T240-X) FF of MCL

Last night we finally got some online subtraction going. The filter used is described in the post this eLOG is @eLOG 11488

The results were as follow:

The filter worked as expected when subtracting noise out of MCL,

There is about a factor of 6 subtraction at the ~3Hz resonant peak. The static IIR filter predicted a factor of 6-7 subtraction of this peak as well.

The 1.2 Hz resenonant feature improved by a factor of 3. This should improve quite drastically when I implement the y-channel of the T240 seismo.

There is some high frequency noise being injected, not very noticeable, but present. 

We then took a look at the power in the MC when the filter was on,

The power being transmitted in the cavity was not as stable as with the feedforward on. We believe that the filter is not at fault for this as Eric mentioned to me that the MC2 actuator lacked some sort of compensation that I need to understand a bit better.

YARM was then locked when the filter was on and we took a look at how it was doing. There was stationary sound arising from the locking of the YARM, leading us to believe that the filter might have injected some noise in the signal. IT DID.

The filter injected nasty high frequency noise at YARM from 11 Hz and on. This is to be expected since the filter did not roll off to zero at high frequencies. Implementing a 1/f rolloff should mitigate some of the injected noise.

 Also, as one can see above, subtraction by around a factor of 2 or so, was induced by the mode cleaner feedforward subtraction.

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  3481   Fri Aug 27 19:30:31 2010 ranaUpdateCDSSLOW controls

For the future SLOW controls our current plan is to keep using the VME based stuff and associated processors (Baja, Motorola, etc.). This is not

a sustainable plan since these are obsolete and eventually will die. One option is to use these boxes from Diamond Systems:

http://www.diamondsystems.com/products/octavio

 

  10015   Mon Jun 9 22:26:44 2014 rana, zachUpdateCDSSLOW controls recovery

 All of the SLOW computers were in limbo since the fileserver/nameserver change, but me and Zach brought them back.

One of the troubles, was that we were unable to telnet into these computers once they failed to boot (due to not having a connection to their bootserver).

  1. Needed special DB9-RJ45 cable to connect from (old) laptop serial ports to the Motorola VME162 machines (e.g. c1psl, c1iool0, c1aux, etc.); thanks to Dave Barker for sending me the details on how to make these. Tara found 2 of these that Frank or PeterK had left there and saved us a huge hassle. Most new laptops don't have a serial port, but in principle there's a way to do this by using one of our USB-Serial adapters. We didn't try this, but just used an old laptop. The RJ45 connector must go into the top connector of the bottom 4; its labeled as 'console' on some of the VME computers. Thanks to K. Thorne for this very helpful hint and to Rolf for pointing me to KT.
  2. Installed 'minicom' on these machnes to allow communication via the serial port.
  3. Had to install RSH on chiara to allow the VME computers to connect to it. Also added the names of all the slow machines in /etc/hosts.equiv to allow for password-less login. Without this they were not able to load the vxWorks binary. It was tricky to get RSH to work, since its an insecure and deprecated service. 'rsh-server' doesn't work, but installing 'rsh-redone-server' did finally work for passwordless access. Must be that linux1 has RSH enabled, but of course, this was undocumented.
  4. Some of the SLOW machines didn't have their own target names or startup.cmd in their startup boot parameters (???). I fixed these.
  5. For C1VAC1, I have updated the boot parameters via bootChange, but I have not rebooted it. Waiting to do so when Koji and Steve are both around. We should make sure to not forget doing this on C1VAC2. Steve always tells us that it never works, but actually it does. It just crashes every so often.
  6. Leaving C1AUXEX and C1AUXEY for Q and Jacy to do, to see if this ELOG is good enough.
  7. The PSL crate still starts up with a SysFail light turned on red, but that doesn't seem to bother the c1psl operation. We (Steve) should go around and put a label on all the crates where SysFail is lit during 'normal' operation. Misleading warning lights are a bad thing.

We still don't have control completely of the MC Servo board, so we need the morning crew to start checking that out

An example session (using telnet, not the laptop/serial way) where we use bootChange to examine the correct c1aux config:

controls@pianosa|target> telnet c1aux
Trying 192.168.113.61...
Connected to c1aux.martian.
Escape character is '^]'.

c1aux > bootChange

'.' = clear field;  '-' = go to previous field;  ^D = quit

boot device          : ei
processor number     : 0
host name            : chiara
file name            : /cvs/cds/vw/mv162-262-16M/vxWorks
inet on ethernet (e) : 192.168.113.61:ffffff00
inet on backplane (b):
host inet (h)        : 192.168.113.104
gateway inet (g)     :
user (u)             : controls
ftp password (pw) (blank = use rsh):
flags (f)            : 0x0
target name (tn)     : c1aux
startup script (s)   : /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1aux/startup.cmd
other (o)            :

value = 0 = 0x0
c1aux >

  10025   Wed Jun 11 14:36:57 2014 JenneUpdateCDSSLOW controls recovery

 

 I have brought back c1auxex and c1auxey.  Hopefully this elog will have some more details to add to Rana's elog 10015, so that in the end, we have the whole process documented.

The old Dell computer was already in a Minicom session, so I didn't have to start that up - hopefully it's just as easy as opening the program.  (Edit, JCD, 9July2014:  Startup a terminal session, and then type "minicom" and press enter to get a Minicom session).

I plugged the DB9-RJ45 cable into the top of the RJ45 jacks on the computers.  Since the aux end station computers hadn't had their bootChanges done yet, the prompt was "VxWorks Boot".  For a computer that was already configured, for example the psl machine, the prompt was "c1psl", the name of the machine.  So, the indication that work needs to be done is either you get the Boot prompt, or the computer starts to hang while it's trying to load the operating system (since it's not where the computer expects it to be).  If the computer is hanging, key the crate again to power cycle it.  When it gets to the countdown that says "press any key to enter manual boot" or something like that, push some key.  This will get you to the "VxWorks Boot" prompt. 

Once you have this prompt, press "?" to get the boot help menu.  Press "p" to print the current boot parameters (the same list of things that you see with the bootChange command when you telnet in).  Press "c" to go line-by-line through the parameters with the option to change parameters.  I discovered that you can just type what you want the parameter to be next to the old value, and that will change the value.  (ex.  "host name   : linux1   chiara"   will change the host name from the old value of linux1 to the new value that you just typed of chiara). 

After changing the appropriate parameters (as with all the other slow computers, just the [host name] and the [host inet] parameters needed changing), key the crate one more time and let it boot.  It should boot successfully, and when it has finished and given you the name for the prompt (ex. c1auxex), you can just pull out the RJ45 end of the cable from the computer, and move on to the next one.

 

  2008   Sun Sep 27 14:45:45 2009 KojiUpdatePSLSLOWscan result

I ran (script dir)/PSL/FSS/SLOWscan on op440m from 11:30 to 12:30 on 27th. Although Rana and later I myself set "timed bombs" for the scan, they did not work as they have probably been ran on Linux. After the scan I relocked PMC, FSS, and MZ . MC locked automatically.

Observation:

1. To keep away from the mode hop, FSS_SLOWDC is to be at around 0. The values -5 ~ -6 is the place for the power, which is my preference for now. BTW, the mode hop only appears to the PSL output (=AMPMON) is this normal?

2. The PSL output looks dependent on the NPRO wavelength. The NPRO output and the PSL output tends to be high when the FSS_SLOWDC is low (= LTMP: Laser Crystal Temp is low). Also there is a step at the LTMP where we think the mode hop is present. This may cause the daily PSL output variation which induced by the daily change of the reference cavity length.

My naive speculation is that the NPRO wavelength is too long (= hot side) for the MOPA absorption as the MOPA heads are cooled to 19deg.

3. Scanning of -10 to +10 changes the LTMP from 42-49deg. This is almost 1/10 of the NPRO capability. The manual told us that we should be able to scan the crystal temperature +/-16deg (about 30deg to 60deg).

What I like to try:
a) Change the NPRO temp to more cold side.
b) Change the MOPA head temp to a bit hot side.
c) Tweak the MOPA current (is it difficult?)

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  2009   Sun Sep 27 15:25:58 2009 KojiUpdatePSLSLOWscan result
Oh, AMPMON dependence could be an artifact of the ND filter???
For my case, it should be real dependence on the NPRO wavelength,
as the other PDs like the PMC reflection (PMC_RFPDDC) and the RC reflection (FSS_RFPDDC) show the same dependence.
Attachment 1: power_dependence.png
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  2010   Sun Sep 27 23:21:14 2009 ranaUpdatePSLSLOWscan result

Quote:

What I like to try:
a) Change the NPRO temp to more cold side.
b) Change the MOPA head temp to a bit hot side.
c) Tweak the MOPA current (is it difficult?)

 I think that the AMPMON ND problem was just that the responsivity changes with angle. So when I aligned it a little we got some few% improvement in the signal which is not a real power increase.

I don't think we can adjust any of the MOPA parameters because the controller is broken, but we can try the NPRO crystal temperature.

  15775   Wed Jan 20 19:12:16 2021 gautamUpdateCDSSLwebview fixed

After fixing multiple issues, the model webviews are updating, should be done by tomorrow. It should be obvious from the timestamps on the index page which are the new ones. These new screens are better than the old ones and offer more info/details. Please look at them, and let me know if there are broken links etc. Once we are happy with this new webview, we can archive the old files and clean up the top directory a bit. I don't think this adds anything to the channel accounting effort but it's a nice thing to have up-to-date webviews, I found the LLO ones really useful in setting up the AS WFS model.

BTW, the crontab on megatron is set to run every day at 0844. The process of updating the models is pretty heavy because of whatever MATLAB overhead. Do we really need to have this run every day? I modified the crontab to run every other Saturday, and we can manually run the update when we modify a model. Considering this hasn't been working for ~3 years, I think this is fine, but if anyone has strong preference you can edit the crontab.

If someboy can volunteer to fix the MEDM screenshot that would be useful.

  1867   Sat Aug 8 15:08:14 2009 ranaConfigurationPSLSMOO settings updated in psl.db and SVN updated

I have added/modified SMOO settings to all of the records in psl.db appropriately. Changes checked in to SVN.

As a reminder, you should check in to the SVN all changes you make to any of the .db files or any of the .ini files in chans.

  7947   Mon Jan 28 19:07:45 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneralSN6 Laseroptik mirror - Tranmittance measurements

I repeated the measurements using NPRO instead of Crystalaser. I am attaching optical layouts for these measurements for future reference. 

Lesson learnt : Do not use Crystalaser for transmission measurements and always separate the transmitted main beam from other beams that result from the wedged surface of the mirror. 

trans_layout.png

Measurements match specs provided by Laseroptik

p-polarization

T percentage = 0.10% 42 deg
                            0.092% 44 deg
                            0.086% 46 deg
Minimum transmittance = 0.081% 52deg

s-polarization

T percentage = 0.048% 42 deg
                            0.047% 44 deg
                            0.047% 46 deg
Minimum transmittance = 0.047% 46 deg

sn6_trans0128.png
 

  12553   Wed Oct 12 15:01:22 2016 steveUpdateSUSSOS ITM baffles plates are ready

The two 40 mm apeture baffles at the ends were replaced by 50 mm one. ITM baffles with 50 mm apeture are baked ready for installation.

Quote:

 Green welding glass 7" x 9"   shade #14 with 40 mm hole and mounting fixtures are ready to reduce scatter light on SOS

PEEK 450CA shims and U-shaped clips  will keep these plates damped.

 

 

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  14587   Thu May 2 10:41:50 2019 gautamUpdateSUSSOS Magnet polarity

A concern was raised about the two ETMs and ITMX having the opposite response (relative to the other 7 SOS optics) in the OSEM PDmon channel in response to a given polarity of PIT/YAW offset being applied to the coils. Jon has factored into account all the digital gains in the actuation part of the CDS system in making this conclusion. I raised the possibility of the OSEM coil winding direction being opposite on the 15 OSEMs of the ETMs and ITMX, but I think it is more likely that the magnets are just glued on opposite to what they are "supposed" to be. See Attachment #6 of this elog (you'll have to rotate the photo either in your head or in your viewer) and note that it is opposite to what is specified in the assembly procedure, page 8. The net magnetic quadrupole moment is still 0, but the direction of actuation in response to current in the coil in a given direction would be opposite. I can't find magnet polarities for all the 10 SOS optics, but this hypothesis fits all the evidence so far..

  13429   Thu Nov 16 00:14:47 2017 Udit KhandelwalUpdateSUSSOS Sapphire Prism design

Summary:

  • SOS solidworks model is nearly complete
    • Having trouble with the design of the sensor/actuator head assembly and the lower clamps
  • After Gautam's suggestion, installed Abaqus on computer. Teaching it to myself to eventually do FEM analysis and find resonant frequency of the system
    • Goal is to replicate frequency listed in the SOS documents to confirm accuracy of computer model, then replace guide rods with sapphire prisms and change geometry to get same results

 

Questions:

  • How accurate do the details (like fillet, chamfer, placement of little vent holes), and material of the different SOS parts need to be in the model?
  • If I could get pictures of the lower mirror clamp (document D960008), it would be helpful in making solidworks model. Document is unclear. Same for sensor/actuator head assembly. 
  13430   Thu Nov 16 00:45:39 2017 gautamUpdateSUSSOS Sapphire Prism design

 

Quote:
 
  • If I could get pictures of the lower mirror clamp (document D960008), it would be helpful in making solidworks model. Document is unclear. Same for sensor/actuator head assembly. 

If you go through this thread of elogs, there are lots of pictures of the SOS assembly with the optic in it from the vent last year. I think there are many different perspectives, close ups of the standoffs, and of the OSEMs in their holders in that thread.

This elog has a measurement of the pendulum resonance frequencies with ruby standoffs - although the ruby standoff used was cylindrical, and the newer generation will be in the shape of a prism. There is also a link in there to a document that tells you how to calculate the suspension resonance frequencies using analytic equations.

  15922   Tue Mar 16 14:37:36 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS SmCo magnets Inspection

In the cleanroom, I opened the nickel-plated SmCo magnet box to take a closer look. I handled the magnets with tweezers. I wrapped the tips of the tweezers with some Kapton tape to prevent scratching and magnetization.

I put some magnets on a razor blade and took some close-up pictures of the face of the magnets on both sides. Most of them look like attachment 1.

Some have worn off plating on the edges. The most serious case is shown in attachment 2. Maybe it doesn't matter if we are going to sand them?

I measure the magnetic flux of the magnets by just attaching the gaussmeter flat head to the face of the magnet and move it around until the maximum value is reached.

For envelope #1 out of 3 the values are: (The magnet ordering is in attachment 3):

Magnet # Max Magnetic Field (kG)
1 2.57
2 2.54
3 2.57
4 2.57
5 2.55
6 2.61
7 2.55
8 2.52
9 2.64
10

2.58

Going to continue tomorrow with the rest of the magnets. I left the magnet box and the gaussmeter under the flow bench in the cleanroom.

Attachment 1: 20210316_142906.jpg
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  15931   Wed Mar 17 14:40:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS SmCo magnets Inspection

Continuing with envelope number 2

Magnet number Magnetic field (kG)
1 2.89
2 2.85
3 2.92
4 2.75
5 2.95
6 2.91
7 2.93
8 2.9
9 2.93
10 2.9
11 2.85
12 2.89
13 2.85
14 2.88
15 2.92
16 2.75
17 2.97
18 2.88
19 2.85
20 2.87
21 2.93
22 2.9
23 2.9
24 2.89
25 2.88
26 2.88
27 2.95
28 2.88
29 2.88
30 2.9
31 2.96
32 2.91
33 2.93
34 2.9
35 2.9
36 3.03
37 2.84
38 2.95
39 2.89
40 2.88
41 2.88
42 2.93
43 2.97
44 2.74
45 2.84
46 2.85
47 2.85
48 2.87
49 2.88
50 2.8

I think I have to redo envelope 1 tomorrow.

  15964   Thu Mar 25 14:58:16 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS SmCo magnets Inspection

Redoing magnet measurement of envelope 1:

Magnet # Max Magnetic Field (kG)
1

2.89

2 2.82
3 2.86
4 2.9
5 2.86
6 2.73
7 2.9
8 2.88
9 2.85
10 2.93

Moving on to inspect and measure envelope 3 (the last one):

Magnet # Max Magnetic Field (kG)
1 2.92
2 2.85
3 2.93
4 2.97
5 2.9
6 3.04
7 2.9
8 2.92
9 3
10 2.92
11 2.94
12 2.92
13 2.92
14 2.95
15 3.02
16 2.91
17 2.89
18 2.9
19 2.86
20 2.9
21 2.92
22 2.9
23 2.87
24 2.93
25 2.85
26 2.88
27 2.92
28 2.9
29 2.9
30 2.89
31 2.83
32 2.83
33 2.8
34 2.94
35 2.88
36 2.91
37 2.9
38 2.91
39 2.94
40 2.88

 

  16326   Tue Sep 14 16:12:03 2021 JordanUpdateSUSSOS Tower Hardware

Yehonathan noticed today that the silver plated hardware on the assembled SOS towers had some pretty severe discoloration on it. See attached picture.

These were all brand new screws from UC components, and have been sitting on the flow bench for a couple months now. I believe this is just oxidation and is not an issue, I spoke to Calum as well and showed him the attached picture and he agreed it was likely oxidation and should not be a problem once installed.

He did mention if there is any concern from anyone, we could take an FTIR sample and send it to JPL for analysis, but this would cost a few hundred dollars.

I don't believe this to be an issue, but it is odd that they oxidized so quickly. Just wanted to relay this to everyone else to see if there was any concern.

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  16328   Tue Sep 14 17:14:46 2021 KojiUpdateSUSSOS Tower Hardware

Yup this is OK. No problem.

 

  15788   Tue Feb 2 17:09:17 2021 yehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I set up a working area on the table next to the south flow bench (see attachment). I also brought in a rolling table for some extra space.

I covered all the working surfaces with a foil from the big roll between 1x3 and 1x4.

I took the SOSs, SOS parts and the OSEMS from the MC2 table to the working area.

I cleaned some LN Allen keys with isopropanol and put them on the working table, please don't take them.

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  15790   Tue Feb 2 18:24:54 2021 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly

You can remove the components of the optical table enclosure (black ones) and use the optical table as your working area too.

 

  15796   Thu Feb 4 15:14:55 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I gathered all the components I could find from the SOS towers and the cleanroom and put it all on the table next to the flow bench (See attachment).

I combed through the cleanroom cabinet for SOS parts but didn't find all the parts listed in the procurement spreadsheet. I did find some extra items that were not listed.

This table compares the quantities in the spreadsheet to the quantities collected on the table. Green rows are items I found more than in the procurement spreedsheet while red rows are items I found less.

ITEM DCC # Qty required Qty in procurement spreadsheet How much I found
SENSOR/ACTUATOR PLATE D960002 14 21 21
SUSPENSION BLOCK D960003 7 9 9
TOWER BASE D960004 7 10 11
RIGHT SIDE PLATE D960005 7 12 13
LEFT SIDE PLATE D960006 7 12 13
UPPER MIRROR CLAMP D960007 7 8
7+1 teflon
LOWER CLAMP D960008-1 7 8 8
LOWER CLAMP, OPPOSITE D960008-2 7 8 8
WIRE CLAMP 1205308-1 10 17 9
CLAMP, SUSPENSION BLOCK D960134 14 19 21
STIFFENER PLATE D960009 7 9 9
DUMBBELL STANDOFF D970075 50 10 7
SAFETY STOP, LONG D970313 14 2 10
OSEM assy D960011 35 2 13 wire wound osem housings (gold)
WIRE STANDOFF D970187 20 7 0
GUIDE ROD D970188 10 9 0
MAGNET D960501 50 54 51 rusted + 37 slightly rusted. Didn't put on table
SAFETY STOP, SMALL D970312 28 0 4
SAFETY STOP D970311 28 0
16+9 stained w/o spring
SS Spring Plunger 8498A999 35 4 27
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  15808   Tue Feb 16 13:13:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Gautam pointed out that there are extra Sm-Co magnets stored in the clean optics cabinet.

I took the magnet box out and put it on the rolling table next to south flow bench. The box contains 3 envelopes with magnets.

They are labelled as following:

FLUX 94 - 50 parts

FLUX 93 - 10 parts

FLUX 95 - 40 parts

(What is FLUX??)

The box also contains some procurement documents.

The clean and bake dcc says :

1. Ultrasonic clean in methanol for 10 minutes

2. Bake in vacuum at 177 C° for 96 hours

Should we go ahead with the C&B?

  15810   Tue Feb 16 15:29:01 2021 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly

The curie temp of SmCo seems about x2 (in K) of the one for NdFeB. i.e. 600K vs 1000K. So I believe 177degC = 450K is not an issue. Just make sure the curie temp, referring the specific property for the magnets from this company. (You already know the company from the procurement doc). It'd be great if you upload the doc on the 40m wiki.

  15811   Tue Feb 16 22:59:36 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Done.

Also, the magnets are nickel-plated. I guess that doesn't matter for the baking (Curie temp of 355 °C)?

Quote:

The curie temp of SmCo seems about x2 (in K) of the one for NdFeB. i.e. 600K vs 1000K. So I believe 177degC = 450K is not an issue. Just make sure the curie temp, referring the specific property for the magnets from this company. (You already know the company from the procurement doc). It'd be great if you upload the doc on the 40m wiki.

 

  15821   Fri Feb 19 12:21:04 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

A summary of things that need to be fabricated/purchased/done:

Part What needs to be done How much more needed
SUSPENSION BLOCK Fabricate SS dowel pins for 1 suspension block. 2X(diameter 0.094"+-0.002, length 0.38"+-0.01)+2X(diameter 0.188"+-0.002, length 0.5"+-0.01)
WIRE CLAMP If using the opposite side is acceptable, we have enough.  
DUMBBELL STANDOFF Fabricate. Schematics. Need to check the size is compatible with the magnets we have. 40 + 10 for double stacking of side dumbbells. With the existing dumbbells, we'll have 18 spares.
SAFETY STOP, LONG Fabricate or buy. Schematics 4
OSEM assy Check if we have 35. Schematics  
SAFETY STOP, SMALL Fabricate or buy. Schematics 24
SAFETY STOP Fabricate or buy. Schematics 12
SS Spring Plunger Buy from McMaster. Find and check custom plungers around the X arm. 8
4-40 3/8" Ag SHCS Buy from uccomponents.com 30
4-40 1/2 Ag SHCS Buy from uccomponents.com 60
1/4-20 3/4 Ag SHCS Buy from uccomponents.com 150
1/4-20 5/4 Ag SHCS Buy from uccomponents.com 30
1/4 SS Lock Washer Buy from McMaster 30
1/4 SS Lock Wassher (Reduced OD) Buy from McMaster 30
Viton Tips Need to find stock Not sure. Existing eq stops have phosphor bronze springs. Should all of them be replaced with Viton?
Steel Music Wire There are 500ft of wire (enough for many SOSs) in a desiccator somewhere according to this elog  

 

  15969   Fri Mar 26 10:25:37 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I measure some of the dowel pins we got from Mcmaster with a caliper.

One small pin is 0.093" in diameter and 0.376" in length. The other sampled small pin has the same dimensions.

One big pin is 0.187" in diameter and 0.505" in length. The other is 0.187" in diameter and 0.506" in length.

The dowels meet our requirements.

  15999   Tue Apr 6 15:42:57 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

We got some dumbells from Re-Source Manufacturing (see attached). I picked 3 in random and measured their dimensions:

1. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0860" in length

2. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0860" in length

3. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0865" in length

In accordance with the Schematics.

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  16011   Fri Apr 9 20:54:54 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today I assembled the skeleton of 6 towers, without clamps and sensor assembly (attachment 1).

Some of the side plates have this weird hole that doesn't fit any of the suspension blocks (attachment 2). I didn't notice when I counted the parts and now there are exactly enough side plates to assemble 7 towers.

Also found that one of the stiffener plates has a broken threading.

We will need more parts to go beyond the necessary 7 SOSs. I will do the recounting later.

Things to do next:

1. Find the capped spring plungers and send them to C&B.

2. Assemble the clamps onto the suspension blocks.

3. Push some Viton tips into the vented screws we got to make safety stops.

4. more C&B: Magnets, dumbells, dowel pins, OSEMs.

5. Push clean dowel pins into the last suspension block.

6. Assemble 7th Tower.

7. Assemble safety stops and clamps.

8. Glue magnets to dumbells.

 

 

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  16018   Mon Apr 12 17:30:11 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today, I screwed the plungers on the sensor plates and installed them on the Towers. I also installed the wire clamps on the suspension blocks (attachment).

I ran into problems in 2 separate suspension blocks: one had a dowel pin that was slightly too fat for the wire clamp. In another, the tapped holes were too short so that the 4-40 screws couldn't be screwed all the way.

 

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  16111   Mon May 3 16:49:04 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I found a "vice" in the cleanroom (attachment 1). I used it to push dowel pins into the last suspension block using some alcohol as a lubricant.

I then assembled the 7th and last suspension tower (attachment 2).

Things that need to be done:

1. Push Viton tips into vented screws and assemble the earthquake stops.

2. Glue magnets to dumbells.

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  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.

 

  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.

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  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).

 

  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.

Quote:

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).

 

 

  16227   Mon Jun 28 12:35:19 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

On Thursday, I glued another set of 6 dumbells+magnets using the same method as before. I made sure that dumbells are pressed onto the magnets.

I came in today to check the gluing situation. The situation looks much better than before. It seems like the glue is stable against small forces (magnetic etc.). I checked the assemblies under a microscope.

It seems like I used excessive amounts of glue (attachment 1,2). The surfaces of the dumbells were also contaminated (attachment 3). I cleaned the dumbells' surfaces using acetone and IPO (attachment 4) and scratched some of the glue residues from the sides of the assemblies.

Next time, I will make a shallow bath of glue to obtain precise amounts using a needle.

I glued a sample assembly on a metal bracket using epoxy. Once it cures I will hang a weight on the dumbell to test the gluing strength.

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  16229   Tue Jun 29 20:45:52 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I glued another batch of 6 magnet+dumbell assemblies. I will take a look at them under the microscope once they are cured.

I also hanged a weight of ~150g from a sample dumbell made in the previous batch (attachments) to test the magnet+dumbell bonding strength.

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  16235   Thu Jul 1 16:45:25 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

The bonding test passed - the weight still hangs from the dumbell. Unfortunately, I broke the bond trying to release the assembly from the bracket. I made another batch of 6 dumbell+magnet.

I used some of the leftover epoxy to bond an assembly from the previous batch to a bracket so I can test it.

  16259   Tue Jul 27 17:14:18 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Jordan has made 1/4" tap holes in the lower EQ stop holders (attachment). The 1/4" stops (schematics) fit nicely in them. Also, they are about the same length as the small EQ stops, so they can be used.

However, counting all the 1/4"-3/4" vented screws we have shows that we are missing 2 screws to cover all the 7 SOSs. We can either:

1. Order new vented screws.

2. Use 2 old (stained but clean) EQ stops.

3. Screw holes into existing 1/4"-3/4" screws and clean them.

4. Use small EQ stops for one SOS.

etc.

Also, I found a mistake in the schematics of the SOS tower. The 4-40 screws used to hold the lower EQ stop holders should be SS and not silver plated as noted. I'll have to find some (28) spares in the cleanroom or order new ones.

 

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  16260   Tue Jul 27 20:12:53 2021 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly

1 or 2. The stained ones are just fine. If you find the vented 1/4-20 screws in the clean room, you can use them.

For the 28 screws, yeah find some spares in the clean room (faster), otherwise just order.

  16262   Wed Jul 28 12:00:35 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

After receiving two new tubes of EP-30 I resumed the gluing activities. I made a spreadsheet to track the assemblies that have been made, their position on the metal sheet in the cleanroom, their magnetic field, and the batch number.

I made another batch of 6 magnets yesterday (4th batch), the assembly from the 2nd batch is currently being tested for bonding strength.

One thing that we overlooked in calculating the amount of glue needed is that in addition to the minimum 8gr of EP-30 needed for every gluing session, there is also 4gr of EP-30 wasted on the mixing tube. So that means 12gr of EP-30 are used in every gluing session. We need 5 more batches so at least 60gr of EP-30 is needed. Luckily, we bought two tubes of 50gr each.

  16359   Thu Sep 23 18:18:07 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I have noticed that the dumbells coming back from C&B had glue residues on them. An example is shown in attachment 1: it can be seen that half of the dumbell's surface is covered with glue.

Jordan gave me a P800 sandpaper to remove the glue. I picked the dumbells with the dirty face down and slid them over the sandpaper in 8 figures several times to try and keep the surface untilted. Attachment 2 shows the surface from attachment 1 after this process.

Next, the dumbells will be sent to another C&B.

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  16426   Tue Oct 26 10:17:14 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Things that I need to start suspending optics:

1. Winch adapter plate (D970314). Might need to make one.

2. Quad photodetector

3. Camera and camera mount

4. Beam height target

5. Height gauge

  16439   Thu Oct 28 23:13:19 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Tega, Yehonathan, Koji}

Suspension of a Dummy Optic

We gathered the components needed for suspending a 2" optic housed in a 3" ring adapter:

1. SOS Tower

2. Winches+Winch adapter plate (Attachment 3)

2. HeNe Laser + Power supply

3. A steering mirror

4. QPD + ND2 Filter + Electronic amplifier

5. Oscilloscope

6. Dummy optic housed in a ring adapter (Attachment 2)

An OpLev was built using the HeNe laser, steering mirror, suspended optic, QPD (Attachment 1).

The beam height was set with a ruler. The QPD was placed in front of the laser and its height was adjusted until the Y signal vanished.

The beam was made parallel to the table. First, roughly by using an iris. Then, more accurately, by measuring the beam directed at the suspended optic with the QPD and zeroing the Y signal by adjusting the steering mirror.

We suspended the dummy optic using a music wire we found in the cleanroom cabinet.

All the wire clamps on the ring adapter, SOS, and winches were loosened.

About 0.5m of music wire was cut. Then, the wire was threaded through the wire clamp on the adapter side block, around the ring adapter, and through the wire clamp on the other side block, keeping the wire untwisted. The optic was put on the safety stop and the height was roughly adjusted using the lower EQ stops.

The wire pair was then threaded through the wire clamp on the suspension block and held near the winches. The wire was made to go through the groves at the side blocks. The wire was clamped to the side blocks. The wires were clamped on the winches. The wires were pulled by the winches until the magnet marking on the side blocks was centered on the OSEMs' holes on the side plates of the SOS (attachment 4).

Once the heights were set, the wire was clamped at the suspension block.

We balanced the dummy optic using a counterweight.

We placed the QPD at the laser reflection from the optic. We adjusted the screw set going through the counterweights to adjust the balance. The pitch imbalance was monitored by observing the Y signal on the oscilloscope.

Comments:

1. Turns out that for a 1/4" thick optic, the rear counterweight needs to be removed for achieving balance.

2. To fix the counterweight on the setscrew we will use some epoxy.

3. Seems like the left optical table in the cleanroom is slightly tilted. We need to fix it.

4. The bottom long EQ stop is not touching the adapter due to the balancing mass socket. We might want to put a nut on it.

5. Still need to glue 3 more side magnet+dumbell assemblies to rods and then glue them before gluing them to the side blocks which will take at least 2 more days until we can start suspending a real optic.

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