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  8086   Fri Feb 15 01:51:43 2013 JenneSummaryAlignmentIFO aligned and ready for PRMI locking

 

Yuta and Manasa, you guys are awesome!

Small, inconsequential point:  The camera image in the upper right of your video is the *back* of the Faraday in our usual nomenclature.  The camera is listed in the videoswitch script as "FI_BACK".  The camera looking at the "front" of the Faraday is just called "FI". 

  10124   Wed Jul 2 16:18:32 2014 JenneUpdateASCIFO aligned, PRMI + 2 arms achieved

After the meeting, I aligned the IFO to the IR, and then I aligned the Ygreen to the Yarm.  I then found the beatnotes and used ALS to hold the arms with CARM/DARM, locked the PRMI, and reduced the CARM offset until I had arm powers of about 3.  Given that this was at 3pm, and people were tromping all over inside the IFO room, I feel positive about tonight.  

So, IFO seems ready, carm_cm_up script was successful, and got me to arm powers of 1, and then I further reduced the offset by a bit to go a little higher. 

  613   Tue Jul 1 12:51:34 2008 JohnSummaryGeneralIFO alignment
Rana, Rob, Yoichi, John

The recent computer problems and MZ work had disturbed the alignment of the interferometer.

We adjusted the MC alignment back to nominal positions using old OSEM values. We then walked
the input beam to match the MC. Coupling into the interferometer has increased noticeably.
The rest of the IFO was then aligned to the new input beam.

Proceeding to full IFO locking we were able to engage the AO path and hand off CARM to SPOBDC.
Arm powers got up to 4.

If the new alignment proves successful we will centre all QPDs etc so we can easily return to
this state.
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  5267   Fri Aug 19 01:46:06 2011 SureshUpdateGeneralIFO alignment

[Keiko, Jamie, Kiwamu, Anamaria,

We followed the procedure that we laid-out in our elog of yesterday.  We completed the first six steps and we now have the y-arm well aligned to the green beam which passes through the center of of both ETMY and ITMY. 

The IR beam was steered with the PZTs to coincide with the green beam.  The BS was adjusted to see IR beam scatter on a target placed near the center of the ETMX.  And then the AS IR beam was steered to the AS camera by adjusting several components along OM path ( we touched OM1, OM2, OM3, OM4, OM5, OMPO and OM6).  We then looked for IR fringes in the AS port from the Y-arm. But no luck there.  We need to realign the IR beam into the Y-arm cavity axis using the pzts.

We aligned ITMX and PRM to get power recycled Michelson fringes at the AS.

 

  8070   Tue Feb 12 20:42:36 2013 JamieUpdateAlignmentIFO alignment in prep for in-air PRMI

Yuta, Manasa, Jamie, Jenne, Steve, Rana

Starting this morning, we removed the temporary half PRC mirror in front of BS and started to align the IFO in prep for an in-air lock of the PRMI.

This morning, using the new awesome steerable active input TTs, Jenne and I centred the beam on PRM, PR2/3, BS, ITMY and ETMY.

After lunch, Yuta and Manasa aligned the Y ARM, by looking at the multi-pass beam.  The X-end door was still on, so they roughly aligned to the X ARM by centring on ITMX with BS.  They then got fringes at the BS, and tweaked the ITMs and PRM to get full fringes at BS.

We're currently stuck because the REFL beam appears to be clipped coming out of the faraday, even though the retro-reflected beam from PRM is cleanly going through the faraday output aperture.  The best guess at the moment is that the beam is leaving MC at an angle, so the retro-reflected beam is coming out of the faraday at an angle.  We did not center spots on MC mirrors before we started the alignment procedure today.  That was dumb.

We may be ok to do our PRMI characterization with the clipped REFL, though, then we can fix everything right before we close up.  We're going to need to go back to touch up alignment before we close up anyway (we need to get PR2 centered).

Yuta and Manasa are finishing up now by making sure the AS and REFL beams are cleanly existing onto the AS table.

Tomorrow we will set up the PRM oplev, and start to look at the in-air PRMI.  Hopefully we can be ready to close up by the end of the week.

  8071   Tue Feb 12 20:57:47 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentIFO alignment in prep for in-air PRMI

We should check MC spot positions to see what they are. 

Also, I'm not thrilled about the idea of a clipped REFL beam.  Haven't we played that game before, and decided it's a crappy game?  Can we recenter the MC, and recover quickly with TT1? 

 

  8073   Tue Feb 12 23:24:17 2013 yutaUpdateAlignmentIFO alignment in prep for in-air PRMI

[Manasa, Yuta]

Lot's of alignment work, still no AS beam. REFL is clipped by Faraday output aperture......
Our guess is that this is because
we skipped MC centering.

Alignment procedure we took:
 1. AM work: Aligned input beam using TT1/TT2
   such that the beam hits ETMY and ITMY at the center.

 2. Coarsely aligned ITMY
   such that the ITMY retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.

 3. Aligned ETMY (we didn't actually move ITMY)
   such that Y arm flashes.
   This tells you that ITMY is aligned well to the incident beam.

 4. Aligned BS
   such that the beam hits ITMX at the center.

 5. Aligned ITMX
   such that the ITMX retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.
   At this point, we saw MI fringes at AS port.

 6. Fine alignment of ITMX:
   MI reflected beam was not overlapping in front of BS after it was reflected by PRM.
   We used this longer REFL path to tune alignment of ITMX to ITMY reflected beam.
   We saw MI fringe at REFL port coming out of the chamber, but it was clipped.

 7. Aligned PRM
   by looking at REFL beam from PRM on the back face of Faraday (video FI_BACK).
   We fine tuned the alignment such that PRM retro-relfected beam hits BS at the center and REFL beam from PRM overlaps with the MI fringes at the back face of Faraday.

 8. Clipping of REFL at the Faraday output aperture:
   We confirmed that the shape of the REFL beam from PRM was OK at the back face of Faraday. But some how, it was clipped at the output aperture. So, REFL beam coming out of the chamber is clipped now.

 9. Tried to get AS beam out of the chamber:
   We tweaked steering mirrors after SRM to get AS beam out of the chamber. But, we lost the AS beam between the very last folding mirrors (OMPO and OM6) in the OMC chamber......


Discussion:
 1. Why clipping at the Faraday output aperture?
   In principle, if PRM reflects the incident beam at normal incidence, it should pass the Faraday unclipped. But it's not!
   Our guess is that the incident beam does not go well centered through the apertures of the Faraday. I think we have to do MC centering to get good pointing to the Faraday.
   We also see that MI fringe at the back face of the Faraday is at the edge of its aperture, after all of these alignment work (we even used Y arm!). This tells you that some thing is wrong.

 2. Why did you guys lose the AS beam?
   AS beam is too weak after reflecting off of OMPO. The beam was neither visible on IR cards nor IR viewers. The beam is weaker than usual because PMC transmission is ~0.7 and MC REFL is getting high (~ 0.7). We didn't want to realign MC after all of this work today.


Tomorrow (my suggestion):
  1. Align PMC (for higher power).
  2. MC centering.
  3. Input beam steering using TTs and redo the same alignment procedure (it shouldn't take longer than today).
      ==> Center beam on PR2  (Added by Manasa)
  4. Maybe we should better check PRM reflection at REFL port after the Faraday, before doing the full alignment work.
  5. Align AS, REFL, POP PDs/cameras.
  6. Setup PRM/BS/ITMX/ITMY oplevs.
  7. Balance the coils on these mirrors.
  8. Lock PRMI.


What needs to be done before pumping down:
  1. PRMI characterization: PR gain and g-factor
   How can we do the g-factor measurement? Use additional laser? Kakeru method (elog #1434; we need to calibrate mirror tilt to do this)?
  2. Glitch study in PRMI locking. If still glitchy, we have to do something. How is beam spot motion? (elog #6953)
  3. Fine alignment of the flipped PR2.
  4. Fine alignment of IFO using both arms.

  4673   Tue May 10 00:31:28 2011 kiwamuUpdateASCIFO alignment plan

The alignment of the interferometer goes basically step by step.

Tuesday will be an alignment day.

  0. MC beam centering (it's done)

  1. F2P to balance the coils on every optics including BS, PRM, SRM, ITMs and ETMs (Kiwamu).

  2. A2L and then change the DC bias of ITMY and ETMY to get a perfect eigen axis (VF/Jamie).

  3. align input PZT mirrors (PZT1 and 2) to maximize the Y arm transmission (VF/Jamie).

  4. do the same things for X arm but using BS instead of the PZTs.

  5. Alignment of the central part.

  6. Make a script to automatically get those things done. 

  10047   Mon Jun 16 23:15:44 2014 JenneUpdateLSCIFO alignment recovery

I noticed today, and Rana said that he saw Saturday, that the MC refl value when the MC is unlocked is unusually high.  It typically goes to about 4.5 V, but now is going up to 6.5V.  Since the PMC output is the same as usual (max seen has been about 0.82 today), something must have happened between the PMC and the IMC. 

Late last week, EricG and Nichin were looking at things on the AS table.  Was anything touched on the AS table?  Was anything touched on the PSL table?  'Fess up please, so that we can pinpoint what the change was.

 

Also, this afternoon, I touched up the MC alignment a bit, although it still needs work (I've asked Manasa to look at it tomorrow).  Rana centered the WFS to my MC alignment (this will need to be redone after the MC is truely aligned), and we turned the WFS on.  I also locked both arms individually, and locked MICH and PRMI sideband.  The PRMI wasn't especially stable unless I turned on the POP ASC.  I assume (hope) that this is just because I was doing it during the day, and not because there is something actually different about the PRMI since the computer meltdown.

 

Rana and I also took some notes on things that need to be done, starting tomorrow (the first line and the yellow line are scribbles):

Note_061614_230723_0.jpg

  10051   Tue Jun 17 17:14:14 2014 ManasaUpdateLSCIFO alignment recovery

 1. Recovered MC alignment and locked it manually after the ottavia cron failed to help.

2. Measured the MC spots and could not get the MC spots better looking than this.

spot positions in mm (MC1,2,3 pit MC1,2,3 yaw):
[1.6609930611758554, -1.4655939584833202, 1.3133188677545831, -1.9483764375494121, -1.6539541350121174, -0.8862744551298497]

3. Realigned the beams to the MC WFS and enabled WFS servo.

MC Trans SUM is ~17000 counts and MC REFL is ~0.5 counts.

To-do list

MC spots

MC WFS

IOO QPDS center

BBPD char

Recover REFL 33

MC REFL

MC autolocker cron

  10053   Tue Jun 17 21:49:13 2014 JenneUpdateLSCIFO alignment recovery

PRMI locking with REFL33 is fine.  As it was yesterday, it's a little wobbly without the ASC (just PRM oplev), but I don't know that it's any different than it used to be.  It'll hold for long periods of time, so I feel okay about it. 

When the PRMI is locked, you can push the "up" button on the ASC screen, and it'll turn down the PRM oplev gain by a large factor, and engage the ASC.  When you lose lock, press the "down" button to undo these changes.  (Probably the ifoconfig script should include the ASC down script).  These up and down scripts for the ASC are already included in the carm_up script (the ASC up), and the watch scripts which run a down script (including ASC down) for the whole IFO when ALS loses lock.  If the ASC is engaged, I get bored of watching it before the PRMi loses lock on its own, so I think it's okay.  (Let's say that means I've watched it stay locked for at least a few tens of seconds, but it looks like it always has with the ASC - like it'll stay forever).

The only thing that seems different about the PRMI is that I've increased the PRCL gain from -0.02 to -0.04.  This is a value that it was at some weeks ago, and then we turned it down for loop osc reasons, but now it doesn't want to catch lock with the lower value, and if I turn it down after it's locked, it has trouble holding on.  I have included this change into the PRMI sideband configure script.

I haven't tried anything creative like locking with REFL 165.  I also didn't lock with 11 or 55, since 33 just worked.

  10055   Wed Jun 18 11:57:44 2014 not JenneUpdateLSCIFO alignment recovery

Quote:

I noticed today, and Rana said that he saw Saturday, that the MC refl value when the MC is unlocked is unusually high.  It typically goes to about 4.5 V, but now is going up to 6.5V.  Since the PMC output is the same as usual (max seen has been about 0.82 today), something must have happened between the PMC and the IMC. 

Late last week, EricG and Nichin were looking at things on the AS table.  Was anything touched on the AS table?  Was anything touched on the PSL table?  'Fess up please, so that we can pinpoint what the change was.

 

 Nope, we did not touch any of the PDs other than AS55. I have mentioned in  my elog:10037 what we did exactly.

We just looked at all the other PDs to check if they were being illuminated by the correctly labeled fiber. Nothing other than that.

  13967   Thu Jun 14 19:30:12 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO alignment restored

All optics have been re-aligned. Jon/Johannes will elog about the work today.

  10758   Fri Dec 5 02:44:43 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO alignment shenanigans

[Jenne, Q, Diego]

OMG, today sucked alignment-wise.  Like, wow. 

I think that the problem with the ASS is with the input pointing part of the system.  I found that if I disable the TTs for the Yarm (iin practice, the outputs are held at zero), I could run the Yarm ASS at full gain of 1, and it would do an awesome job.  The first time I did this, I by-hand optimized the TTs by running the test mass loops to make them follow the input pointing.  After that, I haven't touched the TT pointing at all, and we've just been running the test mass loops for the Yarm ASS.  The Xarm seems to not have this problem (or at least not as drastically), so I left it as it was, touching BS as well as ITMX and ITMY, although the gain still needs to be about 0.3.

I feel pretty good about the IFO alignment now, although it is slightly different than it has been.  The transmitted arm powers are higher than they were before I changed the ASS procedure, and there seems to be a little less power fluctuation with alignment.  Q points out that I don't have concrete evidence that this is a good alignment, but it feels right. 

It was a significant enough change that I had to go down to the Yend to realign the green to the new arm axis.  Xgreen we did with the remote PZTs.  I also realigned both of the beatnotes on the PSL table. 

While I was on the PSL table, I quickly touched up the PMC alignment.

The biggest problem, the one that sucked up more hours and energy than I'd like to admit, is ETMX's jumping.  So frustrating.  Sometimes it is time-coincident with engaging the LSC, sometimes not.  I thought that it might be because there are too many violin filters, but even if I turn off all violin filters to ETMX, it jumped a few times while the cavity was locked.  Sometimes it moves when the cavity is just locked and seems happy, sometimes it moves when nothing is resonating except for the green.  It takes a few minutes to recover the alignment enough to lock, and then it'll jump again a few minutes later.  I haven't gone down to squish the cables today, although I did it yesterday and that didn't seem to do anything. 

We had a few hours of time when it wasn't jumping, so we tried a few times to lock the IFO.  The last several times we have lost lock because the PRC loop rang up.  We measured the loop at low-ish arm powers, but it kept losing lock at higher powers before we could measure.  At least 3 times, the PRC lockloss took out CARM and DARM too.

Anyhow, it has been a long day of not accomplishing anything interesting, but hopefully the IFO will feel better tomorrow.

  9342   Tue Nov 5 00:39:43 2013 manasaUpdateIOOIFO alignment tuning

Information acknowledged from Steve:

The last steering mirror mount for IR on the PSL was swapped for a more robust one. Prior to swapping the ibeam positions on the PSL IOO QPDS in ang and pos were recorded.

What I did henceforth:

1. Once the last steering mirror was installed, I walked the beam to restore input pointing using the last 2 steering mirrors. It needed a lot of work in yaw as expected.

2. When the input pointing was recovered, MC locked right away in TEM00. I measured the MC spot positions and compared it with Jenne's measurement made prior to the swap. The spot positions were pretty close.

3. The input pointing was adjusted in pitch and yaw (on the last steering mirror) in small steps. MC alignment was recovered and spot positions were measured each time. After several iterations, the MC spot positions were pretty much centered. I recentered the WFS and reset the WFS offsets. MC is now locked with WFS enabled at ~16900 counts.

MC_spot.png

4. Since the arms were aligned this morning, I used the Y arm as reference and corrected for the input pointing using tip-tilts.

5. Arms locked right away. Note: ASS doesn't seem to be doing it's job. I had to manually align the arms for maximum on TRX and TRY.

6. MICH and PRMI lock were also recovered.

7. I started to check the status with ALS as well. But for reasons unknown, I don't see any ADC counts corresponding to the beat note. Looking at the beatbox there aren't any signs of disconnected cables.  I am saving this as a morning job to fix it.

  9589   Fri Jan 31 18:41:25 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO alignment update

[EricQ, Gabriele, Manasa]

We found we had lost the Y arm pointing from yesterday. We tried to recover the pointing for a couple of hours and finally decided to take the ETMY heavy door off.

The input beam was aligned to the Y arm. We also got AS and REFL out of vacuum and on the cameras.

We put back the light doors and tried to lock the arms, but did not succeed as yet.

Things to do:
1. Lock arms for IR
2. Realign POP path
3. Recenter all oplevs
4. Try to check the state of PRC after the length change
5. Take in-vacuum pictures

  9596   Tue Feb 4 16:43:50 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO alignment update

[EricQ, Manasa]

We are close to the end of the vent except for a couple of issues.

* POP is not visible on the IR card. But we see POP flashes unclipped on the camera and also spikes in POP DC. So  we are assuming that the POP path hasn't gone far off. If anybody has suggestions for a better method to check this, we could give it a try.

* PRM suspension has not been behaving well. PRM is being kicked around every 5-10 seconds when the PRC is aligned (as seen on REFL camera). We are not sure where this is coming from. The first time we saw this happening was when we were trying to lock PRC at low power even before we took the heavy doors off. So we are pretty sure this is not caused by the foil cover on the OSEMs. We tried turning ON/OFF the oplev servo, turning ON/OFF the damping loops and also checked the connections in the feedthrough and satellite box for the PRM. The OSEM sensor values for the suspension also seem to match the ones on the wiki.

 

Closeup checklist

 

  • Center beam on all AS optics
  • GET CAMERA IMAGES OF EVERYTHING

    • We must get images right before closing, right after closing, etc.
  • Make sure REFL is clear
    • dither PRM, see motion on AP tables
  • Make sure AS is clear
    • dither BS/ITM, see motion on AP tables
  • Using IPANG/POS pick-off mirrors, center beams on:
    • IPPOS
    • IPANG (IPANG aligned to be low in pitch. The beam comes out of vacuum unclipped and hits the first steering mirror outside vacuum at its lower edge)
  • Check green alignment in the arms and make sure the transmitted green reaches the PSL table.
  • Check all OpLevs centered, in and out of vacuum

  • Close PSL shutter & green shutters at the ends

  • Check jam nuts
  2508   Tue Jan 12 09:37:05 2010 AlbertoUpdateABSLIFO available

I finished measuring the AbsL for this morning. The IFO is again available.

Please don't mess up with the interferometer though. I'll be back in a couple of ours

  11154   Sat Mar 21 05:19:49 2015 JenneUpdateLSCIFO awake

[Jenne, Den]

The problem with the ASS turned out to be a mode that was rung up at 1326Hz in ETMX.  It was rung up when the Xarm's overall gain was too high.  So, by turning down the digital gain we were able to prevent it ringing up, and then the ASS worked.  To circumvent this, we added a notch to the violin filter bank.  It turned out that, upon trying to check if this existed also for the Yarm by turning up the digital gain, the ETMY frequency was almost identical.  So, the same single notch is in both ETMs, and it covers the modes for both ETMs.

After that, we got back to locking.  We have made at least 9 transitions to all-RF (both CARM and DARM) tonight (I have lost track of how many Den has done while I've been writing this - maybe we're up to 10 or so.). We have changed the order of things a little bit, but they're mostly similar to last week.  There are some new notches in the CARM_B filter bank, as well as a 700Hz low pass.  We have not been using the lead filter in DARM from last week.  Script is checked in, and also zipped and attached.  At first CARM was actuating on ETMs, but the last half of the locks we've been using MC2.  The script is optimized for MC2 actuation.

While locked all RF, we phased REFL55 in preparation for transitioning PRMI over from REFL165. REFL55 phase was +125, now is +80, give or take 5 deg.  We have tried measuring the relative gain and sign between REFL55 and REFL165, but we keep losing lock, perhaps as a result of the TFs Den is taking.  He's being gentle though. 

Up next:

Transition PRMI

Measure CARM loop (why was SRmeasure not working?? is it plugged in??)

Turn on AO boosts, etc.

 

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  14284   Wed Nov 7 19:42:01 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO checkup and DRMI locking prep

Earlier today, I rebooted a few unresponsive VME crates (susaux, auxey).

The IMC has been unhappy for a couple of days - the glitches in the MC suspensions are more frequent. I reset the dark offsets, minimized MCREFL by hand, and then re-centered the beam on the MC2 Trans QPD. In this config, the IMC has been relatively stable today, although judging by the control room StripTool WFS control signal traces, the suspension glitches are still happening. Since we have to fix the attenuator issue anyways soon, we can do a touch-up on IMC WFS.

I removed the DC PD used for loss measurements. I found that the AS beam path was disturbed - there is a need to change the alignment, this just makes it more work to get back to IFO locking as I have to check alignment onto the AS55 and AS110 PDs.

Single arm locking worked with minimal effort - although the X arm dither alignment doesn't do the intended job of maximizing the transmission. Needs a checkup.

PRMI locking (carrier resonant) was also pretty easy. Stability of the lock is good, locks hold for ~20 minutes at a time and only broke because I was mucking around. However, when the carrier is resonant, I notice a smeared scatter pattern on the ITMX camera that I don't remember from before. I wonder if the FF idea can be tested in the simpler PRMI config.

After recovering these two simpler IFO configurations, I improved the cavity alignment by hand and with the ASS servos that work. Then I re-centered all the Oplev beams onto their respective QPDs and saved the alignment offsets. I briefly attemped DRMI locking, but had little success, I'm going to try a little later in the evening, so I'm leaving the IFO with the DRMI flashing about, LSC mode off.

  1619   Fri May 22 00:43:24 2009 robConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsIFO configure scripts for XARM and YARM

I edited the configure scripts (those called from the C1IFO_CONFIGURE screen) for restore XARM and YARM.  These used to misalign the ITM of the unused arm, which is totally unnecessary here, as we have both POX and POY.  They also used to turn off the drive to the unused ETM.  I've commented out these lines, so now running the two restores in series will leave a state where both arms can be locked.  This also means that the ITMs will never be deliberately mis-aligned by the restore scripts.

  9722   Tue Mar 11 21:38:43 2014 manasaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsIFO configure scripts in burt modified

I have modified the IFOconfigure scripts and the corresponding .req files for the X arm and Y arm in burt. I have also added configure scripts to save and restore LSC settings for locking the arms using ALS error signals.

The settings are yet to be saved and the scripts should also be checked if they are working as required.

  4515   Tue Apr 12 12:01:30 2011 josephbUpdateGeneralIFO controls, now with 10% less lying (ITMX/ITMY controls swapped)

The ITMX/ITMY control swap is complete.

The steps from this elog were followed.

In addition, I did a burt restore of c1sus, c1mcs.

I then swapped all the gain settings from ITMX to ITMY, and reenabled the watchdogs.

I did some basic kick tests (1000 counts into UL coil) and confirmed channels like C1:SUS-ITMX_ULPD_VAR (watchdogs mV readback) corresponded to the correct optic.  I also checked that the POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE produced reasonable damping when engaged.

  14636   Fri May 24 11:47:15 2019 gautamUpdateVACIFO is almost at nominal vacuum

[chub, gautam]

Overnight, the pressure of the main volume only rose by 10 mtorr, so there was no need to run the roughing pumps again. So we went straight to the turbos - hooked up the AUX drypump and set it up to back TP2. Initially, we tried having both TP2 and TP3 act as backing pumps for TP1, but the wimpy TP3 current was always passing the interlock threshold. So we decided to pump down with TP3 valved off, only TP2 backing TP1. This went smooth - we had to keep an eye on P2, to make sure it stayed below 1 torr. It took ~ 1 hour to go from 500 mtorr to 100 mtorr, but after that, I could almost immediately open up RV2 completely. A safe setting to run at seems to be to have RV2 open by between 0.5 and 1 turn (out of the full range of 7 turns) until the pressure drops to ~100 mtorr. Then we can crank it open. We are, at the time of writing, at ~8e-5 torr and the pressure is coming down steadily.

I had to manually clear the IG error on the CC1 gauge, and re-enabled the High Voltage, so that we have a readback of the main volume pressure in that range. I made a script to do this (enable the HV, the IG error still has to be cleared by pushing the appropriate buttons on the Hornet), it lives at /opt/target/python/serial/turnHornetON.py. I guess it'll take a few days to hit 8e-6 torr, but I don't see any reason to not leave the turbos running over the weekend.

Remaining tasks are (i) disconnect the roughing pump line and (ii) pump down the annuli, which will be done later today. Both were done at ~2pm, now we are in the vacuum normal config. I'll turn the two small turbos to run on "Standby Mode" before I head home today. I think TP3 may be close to end-of-life - the TP3 current went up to 1A even while evacuating the small volume of the annular line (which was already at 1 torr) with the AUX drypump backing it. The interlock condition is set to trip at 1.2A, and this pump is nominally supposed to be able to back TP1 during the pumpdown of the main volume from 500 mtorr, which it wasn't able to do.

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  1604   Tue May 19 09:34:29 2009 steveConfigurationVACIFO is not pumped & CRYO is being regenerated
Morning Vacuum condition: IFO is not being pumped, P1 pressure is 1.8 mTorr and rising (see P1 pressure plot of 100 min ).

Overnight the RGA protection software interlock at closed the VM1 valve triggering on CC1 = 1e-5 torr.

This interlock blocked our attempt to hold the IFO operational pressure in the high 1e-5 Torr range with one small
"beer can" turbopump (Varian V70D drag-turbo pumping speed for N2 is ~60 l/s at 75KRPM).

I started CRYO regeneration using TP3. Pressure readout on the P3 gauge. This is after 30 days of CRYO operation.

V5 was closed for 60 sec to see the outgassing rate of the cryopump surfaces. It was good (but I am not going to elog
what 'good' actually means - instead I will write it in my paper logbook to prevent others from learning). I will now'
go start cooling down the cryo pump.

** translated into English by Rana
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  2563   Tue Feb 2 22:39:12 2010 JenneUpdatePSLIFO isn't playing nice tonight

[Jenne, Kiwamu]

It's been an iffy last few hours here at the 40m.  Kiwamu, Koji and I were all sitting at our desks, and the computers / RFM network decided to crash.  We brought all of the computers back, but now the RefCav and PMC don't want to lock.  I'm a wee bit confused by this.  Both Kiwamu and I have given it a shot, and we can each get the ref cav to sit and flash, but we can't catch it.  Also, when I bring the PMC slider rail to rail, we see no change in the PMC refl camera.  Since c1psl had been finicky coming back the first time, I tried soft rebooting, and then keying the crate again, but the symptoms remained the same.  Also, I tried burt restoring to several different times in the last few days, to see if that helped.  It didn't.  I did notice that MC2 was unhappy, which was a result of the burtrestores setting the MCL filters as if the cavity were locked, so I manually ran mcdown.  Also, the MC autolocker script had died, so Kiwamu brought it back to life.

Since we've spent an hour on trying to relock the PSL cavities (the descriptive word I'm going to suggest for us is persistent, not losers), we're giving up in favor of waiting for expert advice in the morning.  I suppose there's something obvious that we're missing, but we haven't found it yet......

  2564   Wed Feb 3 01:17:19 2010 KojiUpdatePSLIFO isn't playing nice tonight

I checked the situation from my home and the problem was solved.

The main problem was undefined state of the autolocker and the strange undefined switch states, being associated with the bootfest and burtrestore.

- MC UP/DOWN status shows it was up and down. So I ran scripts/MC/mcup and scripts/MC/mcdown. These cleared the MC autolocker status.

- I had a problem handling the FSS. After mcup/mcdown above, I randomly pushed the "enable/disable" buttons and others, and with some reason, it recovered the handling. Actually it acquired the lock autonomously. Kiwamu may have also been working on it at the same time???

- Then, I checked the PSL loop. I disconnected the loop by pushing the "test" button. The DC slider changes the PZT voltage only 0~+24V. This is totally strange and I started pushing the buttons randomly. As soon as I pushed the  "BLANK"/"NORMAL" button, the PZT output got back under the control.

- Then I locked the PMC, MZ, and MC as usual.

Alberto: You must be careful as the modulations were restored.

Quote:

[Jenne, Kiwamu]

It's been an iffy last few hours here at the 40m.  Kiwamu, Koji and I were all sitting at our desks, and the computers / RFM network decided to crash.  We brought all of the computers back, but now the RefCav and PMC don't want to lock.  I'm a wee bit confused by this.  Both Kiwamu and I have given it a shot, and we can each get the ref cav to sit and flash, but we can't catch it.  Also, when I bring the PMC slider rail to rail, we see no change in the PMC refl camera.  Since c1psl had been finicky coming back the first time, I tried soft rebooting, and then keying the crate again, but the symptoms remained the same.  Also, I tried burt restoring to several different times in the last few days, to see if that helped.  It didn't.  I did notice that MC2 was unhappy, which was a result of the burtrestores setting the MCL filters as if the cavity were locked, so I manually ran mcdown.  Also, the MC autolocker script had died, so Kiwamu brought it back to life.

Since we've spent an hour on trying to relock the PSL cavities (the descriptive word I'm going to suggest for us is persistent, not losers), we're giving up in favor of waiting for expert advice in the morning.  I suppose there's something obvious that we're missing, but we haven't found it yet......

 

  2566   Wed Feb 3 09:01:42 2010 robUpdateloreIFO isn't playing nice tonight

Quote:

I checked the situation from my home and the problem was solved.

The main problem was undefined state of the autolocker and the strange undefined switch states, being associated with the bootfest and burtrestore.

- MC UP/DOWN status shows it was up and down. So I ran scripts/MC/mcup and scripts/MC/mcdown. These cleared the MC autolocker status.

- I had a problem handling the FSS. After mcup/mcdown above, I randomly pushed the "enable/disable" buttons and others, and with some reason, it recovered the handling. Actually it acquired the lock autonomously. Kiwamu may have also been working on it at the same time???

- Then, I checked the PSL loop. I disconnected the loop by pushing the "test" button. The DC slider changes the PZT voltage only 0~+24V. This is totally strange and I started pushing the buttons randomly. As soon as I pushed the  "BLANK"/"NORMAL" button, the PZT output got back under the control.

- Then I locked the PMC, MZ, and MC as usual.

Alberto: You must be careful as the modulations were restored.

Quote:

[Jenne, Kiwamu]

It's been an iffy last few hours here at the 40m.  Kiwamu, Koji and I were all sitting at our desks, and the computers / RFM network decided to crash.  We brought all of the computers back, but now the RefCav and PMC don't want to lock.  I'm a wee bit confused by this.  Both Kiwamu and I have given it a shot, and we can each get the ref cav to sit and flash, but we can't catch it.  Also, when I bring the PMC slider rail to rail, we see no change in the PMC refl camera.  Since c1psl had been finicky coming back the first time, I tried soft rebooting, and then keying the crate again, but the symptoms remained the same.  Also, I tried burt restoring to several different times in the last few days, to see if that helped.  It didn't.  I did notice that MC2 was unhappy, which was a result of the burtrestores setting the MCL filters as if the cavity were locked, so I manually ran mcdown.  Also, the MC autolocker script had died, so Kiwamu brought it back to life.

Since we've spent an hour on trying to relock the PSL cavities (the descriptive word I'm going to suggest for us is persistent, not losers), we're giving up in favor of waiting for expert advice in the morning.  I suppose there's something obvious that we're missing, but we haven't found it yet......

 

 

This is a (sort of) known problem with the EPICS computers: it's generally called the 'sticky slider' problem, but of course it applies to buttons as well.  It happens after a reboot, when the MEDM control/readback values don't match the actual applied voltages.  The solution (so far) is just to `twiddle' the problematic sliders/button.  There's a script somewhere called slider_twiddle that does this, but I don't remember if it has PSL stuff in it.  A better solution is probably to have an individual slider twiddle script for each target machine, and add the running of that script to the reboot ritual in the wiki.

  13826   Tue May 8 11:41:16 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO maintenance

There was an earthquake, all watchdogs were tripped, ITMX was stuck, and c1psl was dead so MCautolocker was stuck.

Watchdogs were reset (except ETMX which remains shutdown until we finish with the stack weight measurement), ITMX was unstuck using the usual jiggling technique, and the c1psl crate was keyed.

Attachment 1: ITMX_stuck.png
ITMX_stuck.png
  13847   Tue May 15 22:11:38 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO maintenance

Since there have been various software/hardware activity going on (stack weighing, AUX laser PLL, computing timing errors etc etc), I decided to do a check on the state of the IFO.

  • c1susaux, c1aux and c1iscaux crates were keyed as they were un-telnet-able.
  • Single arm locking worked fine, TT alignment was tweaked (as these had drifted due to the ADC failure in c1lsc) to maximize Y arm transmission using the dither servos.
  • Arms weren't staying locked for extended periods of time. I particularly suspected ITMX, as I saw what I judged to be excess motion on the Oplev.
  • @Steve - ITMX and BS HeNes look like they are in need of replacement judging by the RIN (although the trend data doesn't show any precipitous drop in power). If we are replacing the BS/PRM Oplev HeNe, might be a good time to plan the inejction path a bit better on that table.
  • RIN in Attachment #1 has been normalized by the mean value of the OL sum channel. There is now a script to make this kind of plot from NDS in the scripts directory (as I found it confusing to apply different calibrations to individual traces in DTT).
Attachment 1: OL_RIN_2018_05_15.pdf
OL_RIN_2018_05_15.pdf
Attachment 2: OLsums.png
OLsums.png
  1187   Mon Dec 8 11:54:27 2008 YoichiUpdateGeneralIFO mirrors aligned
This morning, I re-aligned the IFO mirrors to see if they were badly moved by the earthquake.
The both arms locked just by the restoring scripts, but the transmission was about 0.7. So I aligned them
with the dithering scripts.
To lock the PRMI, I had to manually tweak the PRM alignment. After running the dithering script, the SPOB
went up to 1200.
I also had to tweak the SRM to get the DRMI locked. After the dithering script, the SPOB was 4200 and REFL166Q
was 3000.
  3073   Sat Jun 12 19:43:19 2010 AlbertoUpdateWIKI-40M UpdateIFO modeling Wiki Page updated

Today I started writing the IFO modeling wiki page.

The idea is to make it a reference place where to share our modeling tools for the 40m.

  10301   Wed Jul 30 23:12:05 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralIFO patrol

- The cable for the beat note was disconnected from the frequency counter and reconnected to the spectrum analyzer.

- PMC/IMC had not been locked for 8 hours. 

- PMC was relocked.

- IMC got immediately relocked. Today IMC relocks very fast.
C1:IOO-MC_REFL_OFFSET -0.238
C1:PSL-FSS_INOFFSET -0.94

- Went to the ETMX table. Aligned the oplev beam on the QPD

- The X end green beam was realigned to the cavity.
I can feel that the two mirrors provides quite independent alignment adjustment. VERY NICE.
Green TRX: without PSL Green - 0.612, with PSL green - 0.725

I can clearly see that the mode matching is not ideal. All the higher modes are LG modes!
The input mode is very round.

- Arm cavities were aligned by ASS

- Tested ASX. PZT2 Pitch/Yaw servos run with the previous setting. We still can maximize the transmission by touching PZT1.

- Now Eric joined the activity.

-  Once the beam is aligned what we could lock was LG00/10/20/30.
   We measured the power in LGn0 modes
   LG00: 0.588
   LG10: 0.154
   LG20: 0.053
   LG30: 0.020

   This suggests that the mode-matching ratio is something like 70%

- Q is aligning the PMC. PMC transmission prev 0.783. Basically we could not improve it.
We thought this number can go up to ~0.82 or even ~0.84. We wonder if this comes from the decay of the laser power or reduced visibility?

 

  9540   Wed Jan 8 17:53:26 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO plan, IPANG telescope

For the IPANG telescope design, we are in the 'beyond the Rayleigh range' regime. So using a single lens to make the beam small is not a great idea. I have put down a solution where we use a pair of lenses; one of which will be mounted in-vacuum in the ETMY chamber and the other on the endtable.
This way we will also allow have some freedom to configure the layout out-of vacuum in case the need arises. The layout will look something like in the cartoon:
IPANG_layout.png

I also made a choice of using longer focal length lenses (CVI 2" lenses f =1 m). Below is the beam path summary for IPANG telescope. I have used the waist diameter at the ITM for propagation. The endtable is roughly at 41.2m. The QPD will be placed in front of the waist (w0=47um).
IPANG.png 

  9543   Thu Jan 9 17:21:45 2014 ranaUpdateGeneralIFO plan, IPANG telescope

Quote:

For the IPANG telescope design, we are in the 'beyond the Rayleigh range' regime. So using a single lens to make the beam small is not a great idea. I

Can you please explain this? I don't understand what exactly is the issue or 'great idea'.

I think we should be OK with just a single lens in the vacuum. But what we need is the ray tracing analysis to show what the effect will be on the IPANG readout.

  9538   Wed Jan 8 13:46:39 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO plan, PRM baffle

Quote:

While we're in there, we need to also put a baffle on the back side of the PRM cage, to protect the OSEMs from stray light.  Den and I discovered before Christmas that turning off the OSEM and OpLev damping to the PRM (while using the POP QPD for ASC) significantly reduced the power fluctuations in the PRC.  We still had arm power fluctuations, but I believe those are likely because our ALS system can't hold an arm precisely at full resonance.  So, putting a black glass baffle with ~2 inch aperture right up against the OSEMs should help a lot.  This week, I'll ask Steve to make me a quickie to-scale cardboard version of the baffles that he has had cut, so I can try securing it to the dirty suspension cage that we have out.  I will also check to make sure I have seen with my own eyes the baffles that I need, and copper wire to tie it to the cage.

Steve may actually be onto something with the clamps that he had made a year and a half ago.  These clamps hold the glass, and then clamp to the base of the suspension cage.  Not the table, but the base of the suspension cage. The drawings are in elog 6344.  I'm not sure that the 1/4-20 holes in the clamp things are exactly where we'll want them, but we should be able to just dog it down to the base of the suspension.  I need to check this, but it may be even easier than tieing the glass to the cage.

Also, something to think about is that the earthquake stop screws extend backwards farther than the OSEMs.  I'm not sure anymore if we have shorter 1/4-20 earthquake stops around (if we do, they should be in the cleanroom shelves), but if we can't swap those out, they'll limit how close we can get to the OSEMs. 

Here's an overhead photo from 6 Sept 2012:

PRMcage_6Sept2012.JPG

  9534   Tue Jan 7 23:24:41 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO plan, list o' things to do

It seems that the most important short-term task we have right now is to figure out what our PRC length is, and what our tolerance from nominal is.  Gabriele and EricQ are going to work on that tomorrow.  If our PRC is of a length that we can't do anything useful for full IFO locking, we need to open up and fix it sooner rather than later.

While we're in there, we need to also put a baffle on the back side of the PRM cage, to protect the OSEMs from stray light.  Den and I discovered before Christmas that turning off the OSEM and OpLev damping to the PRM (while using the POP QPD for ASC) significantly reduced the power fluctuations in the PRC.  We still had arm power fluctuations, but I believe those are likely because our ALS system can't hold an arm precisely at full resonance.  So, putting a black glass baffle with ~2 inch aperture right up against the OSEMs should help a lot.  This week, I'll ask Steve to make me a quickie to-scale cardboard version of the baffles that he has had cut, so I can try securing it to the dirty suspension cage that we have out.  I will also check to make sure I have seen with my own eyes the baffles that I need, and copper wire to tie it to the cage.

Other, lower-priority things that we should do eventually:

* Steve, please find another razor beam dump for the WFS reflections - Rana and I used one of the ones that was there for reflection off the 2 inch lens in the MC refl path (replacing the aluminum dump that has been there for ages).  We also need to label all of our razor dumps with their purpose, with a label on top, so we remember not to remove dumps that are actually in use.

* At some point, we should change the one remaining steering mirror in the main PSL path that is aluminum, to a steel Polaris ("Polanski" or "Polish") mount.  For now, we should just make sure we have one handy.  Hopefully this will help reduce the PMC transmission drift that we see.

* Steve, in the morning sometime this week, can you please do a test of the drift of the IOO QPDs?  We'd like to see a trend that is maybe 30 or 60 minutes long of the QPD signals.  First 10 minutes, all lights in IFO room off.  Then, 10 minutes with the lights in the PSL on.  Then, the rest of the time the PSL lights off.  We want to see if these are hot enough to be causing a big temperature change in the PSL box, which may then be causing some optics to drift.

* QPD code in the simulink models (trans QPDs, but also OpLevs, and anywhere else we do normalization) needs to have anti-divide-by-zero protection.  I'll take care of this, it should be a quick copy of what we have elsewhere in the simulink code.

* Note to self for the future, instead of doing a dither alignment for the ASS for the arms, we can use the IP POS and IP ANG, as well as end transmission QPD signals.  However, for now, the ASS is working just fine.

* We want to go back to the idea of putting a lens into the in-vac IP ANG path, to avoid the clipping that Manasa and I were seeing tonight.  We want something of order 2inch diameter, 1meter focal length.  The material doesn't matter, but we do want it AR coated for 1064nm on both sides.  We also need to make sure that we could use a fixed 2 inch in-vac mirror mount, or something, to hold this lens.  If that won't work, we need to come up with another plan.  Manasa is working on thinking about precisely what lens we want to buy for a nice guoy phase telescope for IPANG, so we'll buy a lens after she puts her conclusions in the elog.

* An idea for the MC spots plot that Rana had was to plot the beam tilt and translation, rather than the raw spot positions on the mirrors.  The point of this would be to make it easier to see what the output beam from the MC looks like.  For MC pointing, we should also think about what our actual tolerances are.  The biggest thing is that we need to get through the Faraday without being too close to any edge, and also the REFL beam needs to come back through without clipping.  For now, we're just visually checking that the POP beam and the REFL beam both look unclipped since we don't have access to good camera views of either side of the Faraday.

  1852   Fri Aug 7 09:50:57 2009 steveConfigurationVACIFO pressure rose to 2.3 mTorr

IFO pressure was 2.3 mTorr this morning,

The Maglev's foreline valve  V4 was closed so P2 rose to 4 Torr. The Maglev was running fine with V1 open.

This is a good example for V1 to be closed by interlock, because at 4 Torr foreline pressure the compression ratio for hydrocarbones goes down.

V4 was closed by interlock when TP2 lost it's drypump. The drypump's AC plug was lose.

To DO: set up  interlock  to close V1 if P2 exceeds 1 Torr

Attachment 1: tp2fpfail.jpg
tp2fpfail.jpg
  1857   Fri Aug 7 16:11:11 2009 steve, robConfigurationVACIFO pressure rose to 2.3 mTorr

Quote:

IFO pressure was 2.3 mTorr this morning,

The Maglev's foreline valve  V4 was closed so P2 rose to 4 Torr. The Maglev was running fine with V1 open.

This is a good example for V1 to be closed by interlock, because at 4 Torr foreline pressure the compression ratio for hydrocarbones goes down.

V4 was closed by interlock when TP2 lost it's drypump. The drypump's AC plug was lose.

To DO: set up  interlock  to close V1 if P2 exceeds 1 Torr

 

 

 

We added C1:Vac-CC1_pressure to the alarm handler, with the minor alarm at 5e-6 torr and the major alarm at 1e-5 torr.

  1609   Tue May 19 16:18:45 2009 steveConfigurationVACIFO pressure is 4.2e-7 Torr with CRYO pump

Quote:
Morning Vacuum condition: IFO is not being pumped, P1 pressure is 1.8 mTorr and rising (see P1 pressure plot of 100 min ).

Overnight the RGA protection software interlock at closed the VM1 valve triggering on CC1 = 1e-5 torr.

This interlock blocked our attempt to hold the IFO operational pressure in the high 1e-5 Torr range with one small
"beer can" turbopump (Varian V70D drag-turbo pumping speed for N2 is ~60 l/s at 75KRPM).

I started CRYO regeneration using TP3. Pressure readout on the P3 gauge. This is after 30 days of CRYO operation.

V5 was closed for 60 sec to see the outgassing rate of the cryopump surfaces. It was good (but I am not going to elog
what 'good' actually means - instead I will write it in my paper logbook to prevent others from learning). I will now'
go start cooling down the cryo pump.

** translated into English by Rana


The Cryo cooled down to ~12K by noon.Photo switch was reset and VC1 was opened at 2pm

The VACMONITOR.adl screen is not working. Someone made some improvement on it last night.
  13615   Wed Feb 7 15:50:42 2018 SteveUpdateVACIFO pressure monitoring

Hornet cold cathode gauge analoge output  [ DSub9 pin 3 and 7 ] are wired to go ETMX Acromag. It was reading 4.9V at 7.8e-6 Torr [ 3,110 V  8.35e-5A ] at the end of a 24ft BNC cable. Now it has to be hook up to an Acromag channel.

This will replace the not functioning C1: Vac-CC1_pressure

gautam: the motivation behind hooking this gauge up to our DAQ system is that non-vacuum-system-experts have a quick diagnostic to make sure everything is in order. This gauge is physically placed adjacent to V1, and so if something goes wrong with our vacuum pumps, we would see the effect here immediately. we did note that occassionally, the reading fluctuated by ~1V on the DMM used to check the voltage output at the end of the BNC cable, so we still need to run some long-term stability analysis once this channel is hooked up to the Acromag.  For future reference, in order to make this gauge work, we need to check that

  1. Error flag has been cleared.
  2. HV is ON (state has to be manually toggled).
Quote:

 

Quote:

There was a power outage.

The IFO pressure is 12.8 mTorr-it and it is not pumped. V1 is still closed. TP1 is not running. The Rga is not powered.

The PSL output shutter is still closed. 2W Innolight turned on and manual beam block placed in its beampath.

3 AC units turned on at room temp 84F

IFO pumped down from 44 mTorr to 9.6e-6 Torr with Maglev  backed with only TP3

Aux drypump  was helping our std drypump during this 1 hour period. TP3 reached 32 C and slowed down 47K rpm

The peak foreline pressure at P2  was ~3 Torr

Hornet cold cathode gauge setting:   research mode, air,

                                                            2830 HV  1e-4A  at 9.6e-6 Torr,

                                                         [  3110 HV  8e-5A at 7.4e-6 Torr one day later ]

Annuloses are at 2 Torr, not pumped

Valve configuration:  vacuum normal, RGA is still off

PSL shutter is opened automatically. Manual block removed.

End IR lasers and doublers are turned on.

 

NOTE: Maglev " rotation X " on vacuum medm screen is not working! " C1:Vac-TP1_rot " channel was removed.  Use " NORMAL X " for rotation monitoring.

*We removed this (i.e. rotation) field from the MEDM screen to avoid confusion.

 

Attachment 1: CC_analog.png
CC_analog.png
  5280   Tue Aug 23 00:55:13 2011 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO ready for doors

[Kiwamu, Jenne]

After the IFO was aligned in air one final time, we tapped on a few OSEMs until we were happy with all of the centering of all of the optics' OSEMs.  All are within 0.05 of their halfway values, with the exception of one each on MC1 and MC3, one of which is within 0.06, and the other 0.08.  Because of the realignment pain of dealing with MC OSEMs, we elected to leave these alone.  Also, since we obviously didn't open the MC2 tank, we don't know how they are, although the numbers look reasonable. 

Also, we took photos (to be posted on Picasa in a day or two) of all the main IFO magnet-in-OSEM centering, as best we could.  SRM, BS, PRM all caused trouble, due to their tight optical layouts.  We got what we could.  Various people have been looking at these for the past 2 weeks, and I think they're all fine, even if we didn't get stellar photos.

We are now prepared for pumping.  For real this time.

 

  8117   Wed Feb 20 18:53:48 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentIFO ready for doors, then pumping

[Yuta, Manasa, Sendhil, Jenne, Steve, Jamie, Koji, Evan]

The interferometer is well-aligned, and ready for pump-down.  The access connector is in place, as are the ETM heavy doors.  We will do ITM and BS doors tomorrow, then begin pumping.

Before we redid the ITM pointing, I confirmed that I could see both POX and POY on their respective tables, on a camera, unclipped.  I should check again quickly now that the ITM pointing has been finalized.

We went back to the arms, to perfect the ITM pointing.  Input beam was already centered at ETMY.  ETMY was pointing so that beam reflected to ITMY.  ITMY was adjusted a few (less than 4?) steps of 1e-3 size, to make reflected beam hit center of ETMY. 

BS was already pointing so beam hit center of ETMX.  ETMX was pointing to hit center of ITMX.  ITMX was adjusted a few (less than 4 again?) steps of 1e-3 size to make reflected beam hit center of ETMX.

Checked centering on AS path.  AS beam comes out of the vacuum a little low, but this wasn't discovered until after the access connector was in place.  We could adjust PZT3 (last AS mirror on BS table that sends beam over to OMC table), but we don't want to do this since we won't be able to re-confirm centering on the 3 mirrors on the OMC table.

Green beams (first Y, then X) were aligned using out-of-vac steering mirrors until beams were flashing in their respective arm cavities.  Green Y is a little close to the edge of the bottom periscope mirror, on the "up" periscope.  Since there is no steering between the arm and this periscope, fixing it would require moving the periscope.  We leave this to the next vent, when we finally install the BS table extension.  We were flashing a higher order yaw mode (5ish nodes) for the Y arm, and the very edge of the higher order mode on one side was a little bit clipped after reflecting off the steering mirror on the OMC table.  This is happening because that mirror is in the mount backwards (so we have access to the knobs).  We are confident that the straight-through beam is well centered on that mirror, so once we get it aligned to TEM00, there will be no clipping. We then did the X arm green, which was flashing a pitch higher order mode (again 5ish nodes).  The very edge of the higher order mode is clipping a little bit on the top mirror of the "down" periscope on the IMC table, but again the straight through beam is okay, and we're confident that the TEM00 mode will make it unclipped.  We could have touched some steering mirrors on the BS table, but since this was once upon a time well aligned, we don't want to futz with it.

Corner oplevs are all centered on their QPDs.  (The ETM oplevs were centered a few days ago).

Access connector and ETM doors are on.

The last 3 vertex doors will go on tomorrow when Steve gets in, and then we'll start pumping. 

There are no in-vac PZTs that need to be turned on (we've been using the output steering PZTs as non-energized fixed mirrors for some time), so we can lock at our leisure tomorrow afternoon.

  9512   Wed Jan 1 15:01:29 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralIFO recovery

IFO restart after the recovery of linux1

Machine recovery in the following order
- Start fb
- Start the following machines: mafalda, megatron, op340m
- Start c1ioo, c1lsc, c1sus, c1iscex, c1iscey

CDS recovery / burtrestore

- Confirm all of the RT systems are running in "green". If not, restart corresponding model.
- c1iscaux, ciscaux2 didn't have response (white boxes). Went to the LCS digital rack and power cycled these targets
- burtrestore: The snapshots at Dec 19 05:07 were used. For c1iscaux and c1iscaux2 the snapshots at Dec 22 05:07 were used.

fast machines
c1alsepics.snap
c1assepics.snap
c1asxepics.snap
c1calepics.snap
c1iooepics.snap
c1lscepics.snap
c1lspepics.snap
c1mcsepics.snap
c1oafepics.snap
c1pemepics.snap
c1rfmepics.snap
c1scxepics.snap
c1scyepics.snap
c1spxepics.snap
c1supepics.snap
c1susepics.snap
c1tstepics.snap

slow machines
c1auxex.snap
c1auxey.snap
c1aux.snap
c1iool0.snap
c1iscaux2.snap
c1iscaux.snap
c1psl.snap
c1susaux.snap

 

IFO recovery

- Reload watchdogs => restore sus damping
- MC misaligned but TEM00 was locked
- Gave a small touch on MC2 yaw => IMC almost aligned
- Autolocker wasn't running => Manually launched rather than wait for an hour for cron to launch it
- PMC was largely misaligned. => Aligned on the PSL table (PSLTRANS 0.640->0.753)
- MC WFS ON
- IFO X/Y arm locked and aligned with ASS.
- PRMI mode: manually aligned PRM. The PRMIsb momentally locked.

  12576   Fri Oct 21 02:06:20 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO recovery

The pressure on the newly installed gauge on the X arm was 6E-5 torr when I came in today evening, so I decided to start the recovery process.

  1. I first tried working at low power. I was able to lock the IMC as well as the arms. But the dither alignment didn't work so well. So I decided to go to nominal PSL power.
  2. I first changed the 2" HR mirror that is used to send all the MC REFL light to the MC REFL PD in low power operation with a 10% BS. I then roughly aligned the beam onto the PD using the tiny steering mirror. At this point, I also re-installed the ND filters on the end Transmon QPDs and also the CCD at the Y end.
  3. I then rotated the waveplate (the second one from the PSL aperture) until I maximized the power as measured just before the PSL shutter with a power meter. I then re-aligned the PMC to maximize transmission. After both these steps, we currently have 1.09W of IR light going into the IMC
  4. I then re-aligned MC REFL onto the PD (~90mW of light comes through to the PD) and maximized the DC output using an oscilloscope. I then reverted the Autolocker to the nominal version from the low power variant that has been running on megatron during the vent (although we never really used it). The autolocker worked well and I was able to lock the IMC without much trouble. I tweaked the alignment sliders for the IMC optics, but wasn't able to improve the transmission much. It is ~14600 cts right now, which is normal I think
  5. I then centered the beams onto the WFS QPDs, ran the WFSoffsets script after turning the inputs to the WFS servos off, and ran the relief script as well - I didn't try anything further with the IMC
  6. I then tried to lock the arms - I first used the green to align the test-masses. Once I was able to lock to a green 00-mode, I saw strong IR flashes and so I was able to lock the Y arm. I then ran the dither. Next, I did the same for the X arm. Even though I ran LSCoffsets before beginning work tonight, the Y arm transmission after maximization is ~5, and that for the X arm is ~2.5. I refrained from running the normalization scripts in case I am missing something here, but the mode itself is clearly visible on the cameras and is a 00-mode.
    GV edit 21Oct2016: For the Y-arm, the discrepancy was down to TRY being derived from the high gain PD as opposed to the QPD. Switching these and running the dither, TRY now maxes out at around 1.0. For TRX, the problem was that I did not install one of the ND filters - so the total ND was 1.2 rather than 1.6, which is what we were operating at and which is the ND on TRY. Both arms now have transmission ~1 after maximizing with the dither alignment...
  7. The AS spot looks nice and round on the camera, although the real check would be to do the sort of scan Yutaro and Koji did, and monitor the ASDC levels. I am leaving this task for tomorrow, along with checking the recycling cavities.
  8. Lastly, I centered the Oplevs for all the TMs

 

  14440   Thu Feb 7 19:28:46 2019 gautamUpdateVACIFO recovery

[rana, gautam]

The full 1 W is again being sent into the IMC. We have left the PBS+HWP combo installed as Rana pointed out that it is good to have polarization control after the PMC but before the EOM. The G&H mirror setup used to route a pickoff of the post-EOM beam along the east edge of the PSL table to the AUX laser beat setup was deemed too flaky and has been bypassed. Centering on the steering mirror and subsequently the IMC REFL photodiode was done using an IR viewer - this technique allows one to geometrically center the beam on the steering mirror and PD, to the resolution of the eye, whereas the voltage maximization technique using the monitor port and an o'scope doesn't allow the former. Nominal IMC transmission of ~15,000 counts has been recovered, and the IMC REFL level is also around 0.12, consistent with the pre-vent levels.

  14445   Fri Feb 8 20:48:52 2019 gautamUpdateLSCIFO recovery

Several housekeeping tasks were carried out today in preparation for the Y-arm loss measurement.

  1. The mess around the OMC rack was cleared a bit. The vertex laptop paola now lives there, instead of on the ITMY optical table.
  2. Centering of beam on AS photodiodes on AS table (starting from the first optic in this path at the exit point from the vacuum), adjusted AS camera to bring the spot roughly to the center.
  3. POX/POY locking was restored, GTRY/GTRX levels are healthy. TRY was centered on the Thorlabs PD by triggering the LSC lock on AS110.
  4. Oplevs on all four TMs and BS were centered for post-vent alignment.
  5. ETMY OL transfer function was checked since we have swapped the HeNe during the vent, 4.5 Hz UGF for both DoFs and ~30 deg phase margin. The calibration of the error point to urad needs to be double checked.
  6. There are some huge 60 Hz harmonics in the TRY signal - hunting down the source of this. The one thing I can think of that was changed is that we plugged the c1auxey eurocrate into the ethernet powerstrip, I wonder if this created some kind of ground loop.
    • I checked the signal from the PD with a battery powered scope, no evidence of any 60 Hz in the time domain or scope FFT (Attachment #1, FFT in red and time domain signal in green can be seen).
    • Restored the power of c1auxey eurocrate to its original socket in the back of 1Y4 - harmonics still present --> points to the problem being in the whitening board / ADC electronics?
    • The harmonics only seem to show up when TRY > ~0.5
    • Some elog hunting revealed that this signal is being digitized through a modified D990399. So somehow the signal pollution is happening inside this board? Because from the output of this board, the signal is going straight into the ADC.
    • To confirm, I will temporarily hijack another ADC channel and look at the spectrum. There is apparently some kind of daughter board (D040060), but how 60 Hz is coupling at this stage is unknown to me.
  7. The ASS system for both arms still isn't working properly, to be investigated. The dirty TRY signal probably isn't helping the situation.
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  14637   Fri May 24 17:50:19 2019 gautamUpdateIOOIFO recovery

At ~4pm, the main volume pressure (CC1) was reported to be ~5e-5 torr. So I replaced the HR mirror in the MC REFL path with the usual 10% beamsplitter, and aligned the beam onto MCREFL photodiode. I also replaced the ND filter on the AS port camera, and in front of the IPPOS QPD.

Then I turned up the power by HWP rotation - at the input to the IMC, I now measured 960 mW with the Coherent power meter, so the NPRO power has certainly decayed by ~10% from 2018 July. Normal high-power IMC autolocker script was re-enabled on megatron (and the slow servo enable threshold raised from 1000 cts to 8000cts). IMC was readily locked, after some hand alignment, I got a maximum of 14500 cts transmission. I was then able to lock the Y-arm. The dither alignment servo did not work with the nominal settings, but by hand alignment, I was able to get TRY up to 0.6 (I didn't try too hard to optimize this in any systematic way). X arm was also locked.

AUX drypump valved off and shutdown at ~610pm. I also switched both TP2 and TP3 to their lower rotation "standby" mode. So overall no major mishaps this time around. I am leaving the PSL shutter open over the long weekend. For in-air vs vacuum suspension spectra comparison, I kicked the ETMY optic at Fri May 24 18:26:10 PDT 2019.

  15121   Tue Jan 14 20:17:09 2020 gautamSummaryGeneralIFO recovery

Summary:

There was no light entering the IFO. I worked on a few things to bring the interferometer to a somewhat usable state. The goal is to get back to PRFPMI locking ASAP.

Details:

Problem: All fast models report a "0x4000" DC error. See Attachment #1.

Solution: I think this is a "known" issue that happened last new year too. The fix was to add a hard-coded 1 second offset to the daqd config files. However, incrementing/decreasing this offset by +/- 1 second did not fix the errors for me today. I'll reach out to JH for more troubleshooting tips.

Update 15 Jan 2020 830am: The problem is now fixed. See here.

Problem: c1susaux and c1auxey were unresponsive.

Solution: Keyed c1auxey. Rebooted c1susaux and as usual, manually started the eth0/eth1 subnets. The Acromag crate did not have to be power-cycled. ITMY got stuck in this process - I released it using the usual bias jiggling. Why did c1susaux fail? When did it fail? Was there some un-elogged cable jiggling in that part of the lab?

Problem: IMC autolocker and FSS slow processes aren't running on megatron after the upgrade.

Solution: Since no one bothered to do this, I setup systemd infrastructure for doing this on megatron. To run these, you do:

sudo systemctl start MCautolocker.service
sudo systemctl start FSSSlow.service

and to check their status, use:

sudo systemctl status MCautolocker.service
sudo systemctl status FSSSlow.service

The systemd setup is currently done in a naive way (using the bash executable to run a series of commands rather than using the systemd infrastructure itself to setup variables etc) but it works. I confirmed that the autolocker can re-acquire IMC lock, and that the FSS loop only runs when the IMC is locked. I also removed the obsolete messages printed to megatron's console (by editing /etc/motd) on ssh-login, advising the usage of initctl - the updated message reflects the above instructions.

In order to do the IMC locking, I changed the DC voltage to the AOM to +1V DC (it was +0.8 V DC). In this setting, the IMC refl level is ~3.6 V DC. When using the undiffracted AOM beam, we had more like +5.6 V DC (so now we have ~65% of the nominal level) from the IMC REFL PD when the IMC was unlocked. IIRC, the diffraction efficiency of the AOM should be somewhat better, at ~85%. Needs investigation, or better yet, let's just go back to the old configuration of using the undiffracted beam.

There was also an UN-ELOGGED angry change of the nominal value of the PMC servo gain to 12.8, and no transfer function measurement. There needs to be a proper characterization of this loop done to decide what the new nominal value should be.

I'm going to leave the PSL shutter open and let the IMC stay locked for stability investigations. Tomorrow, I'll check the single-arm locking and the ALS system.

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  15672   Tue Nov 10 17:46:06 2020 gautamUpdateGeneralIFO recovery

Summary:

  1. Recovery was complicated by RFM failure on c1iscey - see Attachment #1. This is becoming uncomfortably frequent. As a result, the ETMY suspension wasn't being damped properly. Needed a reboot of c1iscey machine and a restart of the c1rfm model to fix.
  2. POX/POY locking was restored. Arm alignment was tuned using the dither alignment system.
  3. AS beam was centered on its CCD (I put a total of ND=1.0 filters back on the CCD). Note that the power in the AS beam is ~4x what it was given we have removed the in-vacuum pickoff to the OMC.
  4. Green beams were aligned to the arm cavities. See Attachment #2. Both green cameras were adjusted on the PSL table to have the beam be ~centered on them.
  5. ALS noise is far too high for locking, needs debugging. See Attachment #3.
  6. AS beam was aligned onto the AS55 photodiode. With the PRM aligned, the REFL beam was centerd on the various REFL photodiodes. The PRMI (resonant carrier) could be locked, see Attachment #4.

I want to test out an AS port WFS now that I have all the parts in hand - I guess the Michelson / PRMI will suffice until I make the ALS noise good again, and anyways, there is much assembly work to be done. Overnight, I'm repeating the suspension eigenmode measurement.

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