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  3731   Fri Oct 15 22:16:22 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSwhat's wrong with MC2

[Yuta, Suresh, Rana and Kiwamu]

 The DC alignment problem of MC2 was fixed.

There were some loosely connected cables on the backside of a VME rack which contains the MC2 SOS driver.

We pushed those connectors to make them tightly connected.  And then the problem disappeared.

 


(voltage unbalance on coils)

 Before fixing it Yuta opened the satellite box and measured the voltage across the coils using a voltmeter.

At that time UL and LR showed 20 times smaller voltages than that of the other two when we moved the DC alignment slider from min. to max. on the medm screen.

This behavior is exactly consistent with the wired motion of a beam spot which we saw when we were aligning MC2. 

 

(diagnostic using optical lever)

 After pushing the connectors, we made an optical lever using a red laser pointer in order to check the actual motion of MC2.

We confirmed that MC2 respond correctly to the alignment slider.

Quote:

 2010:Oct.14th:

It turned out that the DC alignment of MC2 from epics doesn't helathily work.

For example, the pitch slider does drive the yaw alignment as well.

 

  3732   Mon Oct 18 08:44:36 2010 ranaUpdateCDSslow DAQ channels added

Why EXCMON? I think that we should modify the filter coefficients so that the decimation filter that makes OUT16 is a 2nd order Butterworth at 1 Hz instead of whatever bogus thing it is now. Then we can delete the EXCMON from the DAQ and add either OUTPUT or OUTMON. That way we will have a low frequency signal (OUT16) and a sort of aliased RMS (OUTMON).

  3734   Mon Oct 18 11:22:13 2010 JenneUpdateComputersShame on people not elogging! FrameFiles backups not working.

On the one hand, SHAME ON ALL PEOPLE WHO DON'T ELOG THINGS, such as the moving of scripts directories (it was a pain to figure out that that's part of why the backup scripts are broken).  On the other hand, the moving of the scripts directories brought to light a critical problem in the backup scheme. None of the frame files have been backed up since Joe replaced fb40m with fb, on ~23 Sept (I think).

What went down:

The frame builder was replaced, and no backup script was started up on the new machine.  Sadface.  Crontab doesn't work yet on the new machine, and also the 'ssh-add' commands give an error:

controls@fb /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/backup $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
No such file or directory
controls@fb /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/backup $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/backup2PB 
No such file or directory

Thus, I know that the backup was never running on the new fb.  However, the check-er script runs on nodus, and looks at the logfile, and since there was no script running, it wasn't adding to the log file, so the last log was an "Okay, everything worked" entry.  So, the check-er script kept sending me daily emails saying that everything was okie-dokey. 

Since all of the scripts were moved (Joe said this happened on Friday, although there's no elog about it), the check-er script, and all of the rest of the backup scripts point to the wrong places (the old scripts/backup directory), so I didn't receive any emails about the backup either way (usually it at least sends a "Hey, I'm broken" email).  This clued me in that we need to check things out, and I discovered that it's all gone to hell.

Since I can't add the ssh clients to the new fb, I can't actually log in to the backup computers over in Powell-Booth to check when the last legitimately successful backup was. But I suspect it was just before the fb was replaced.

So, we need to get Crontab up and running on the new Frame Builder machine so that we can run cron jobs, and we also need to figure out this backup hullabaloo.  I think I'll email / call Dan Kozak over in downs, who was talking about upgrading our backup scheme anyway.

 

  3735   Mon Oct 18 15:33:00 2010 josephb, alexUpdateCDSPossibly broken timing cards

It looks as though we may have two IO chassis with bad timing cards.

Symptoms are as follows:

We can get our front end models writing data and timestamps out on the RFM network.

However, they get rejected on the receiving end because the timestamps don't match up with the receiving front end's timestamp.  Once started, the system is consistently off by the same amount. Stopping the front end module on c1ioo and restarting it, generated a new consistent offset.  Say off by 29,000 cycles in the first case and on restart we might be 11,000 cycles off.  Essentially, on start up, the IOP isn't using the 1PPS signal to determine when to start counting.

We tried swapping the spare IO chassis (intended for the LSC) in ....

# Joe will finish this in 3 days.

# Basically, in conclusion, in a word, we found that c1ioo IO chassis is wrong.

  3736   Mon Oct 18 17:16:30 2010 JenneUpdateSUSOld PRM, SRM stored, new PRM drag wiped

[Jenne, Suresh]

We've put the old PRM and SRM (which were living in a foil house on the cleanroom optical table) into Steve's nifty storage containers.  Also, we removed the SRM which was suspended, and stored it in a nifty container.  All 3 of these optics are currently sitting on one of the cleanroom optical tables.  This is fine for temporary storage, but we will need to find another place for them to live permanently.  The etched names of the 3 optics are facing out, so that you can read them without picking them up.  I forgot to note the serial numbers of the optics we've got stored, but the old optics are labeled XRM ###, whereas the new optics are labeled XRMU ###. 

Koji chose for us PRMU 002, out of the set which we recently received from ATF, to be the new PRM.  Suresh and I drag wiped both sides with Acetone and Iso, and it is currently sitting on one of the rings, in the foil house on the cleanroom optical table.

We are now ready to begin the guiderod gluing process (later tonight or tomorrow).

  3737   Mon Oct 18 18:00:36 2010 KojiUpdateSUSOld PRM, SRM stored, new PRM drag wiped

- Steve is working on the storage shelf for those optics.

- PRMU002 was chosen as it has the best RoC among the three.

Quote:

[Jenne, Suresh]

We've put the old PRM and SRM (which were living in a foil house on the cleanroom optical table) into Steve's nifty storage containers.  Also, we removed the SRM which was suspended, and stored it in a nifty container.  All 3 of these optics are currently sitting on one of the cleanroom optical tables.  This is fine for temporary storage, but we will need to find another place for them to live permanently.  The etched names of the 3 optics are facing out, so that you can read them without picking them up.  I forgot to note the serial numbers of the optics we've got stored, but the old optics are labeled XRM ###, whereas the new optics are labeled XRMU ###. 

Koji chose for us PRMU 002, out of the set which we recently received from ATF, to be the new PRM.  Suresh and I drag wiped both sides with Acetone and Iso, and it is currently sitting on one of the rings, in the foil house on the cleanroom optical table.

We are now ready to begin the guiderod gluing process (later tonight or tomorrow).

 

  3741   Tue Oct 19 15:14:51 2010 JenneUpdateSUSPRM (little) update

[Jenne, Suresh]

We've aligned the guiderod and wire standoff to the PRM, each partly.  They have both been aligned to the correct distance above the scribe lines, but they have not yet been centered forward/backward along the thickness of the optic.  So, we're working on it...

  3742   Tue Oct 19 21:10:27 2010 yutaUpdateCDSbad filter coefficients for every suspensions!

(Koji, Yuta)

Summary:
 The damping servos of the MC suspensions has not been working since yesterday. They had worked on Friday.
 We found that some of the filter coefficients somehow changed from the correct value during dealing with the sampling frequency shift (from 2048Hz to 16384Hz). (see elog #3659)

What we did:
We thought that the problem occurred from the CDS update on Monday. So, we restored them using svn.
 1. Went to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS and ran svn update using the revision number 2125.
   svn update -r 2125
 2. Rebuilt all the front ends.
   ssh -X c1sus
   cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS
   make clean-SYSNAME
   make SYSNAME
   make install-SYSNAME 
   (where SYSNAME=c1x02,c1sus,c1mcs,c1rms)
 3. Restarted the front end models.
   ssh -X c1sus
   cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts
   sudo startc1SYS 
   (where SYS=sus,mcs,rms)
 4. Restarted mx_streams.
   sudo /etc/restart_streams
See this wiki page for the restart procedures.

At this point we judged that the realtime system and "dataviewer" worked fine (by poking some suspensions / by measuring PSDs/TFs of the signals).

However, just restoring the RT system didn't fix the damping servos.

After that, we measured the transfer functions of the servo filters using DTT(diaggui on rosalba).
 5. The filter at MC1_SUSPOS, "3:0.0" should have a cut-off frequency at 3Hz, but it was around 0.3Hz.
 6. We used foton in order to look at the filter bank files (in /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans). Then we found that the filter design was somehow changed to
   zpk([0],[0.375],2.66666,"n")
  instead of the correct one
   zpk([0],[3],0.333333,"n")

Why the filter designs changed?:
 We suspect that the filter designs were changed because of the replacement of sampling frequency in filter bank files(see elog #3659). We only replaced the lines like
  # SAMPLING SUS_MC3_SUSPOS 2048
 to
  # SAMPLING SUS_MC3_SUSPOS 16384
 and didn't changed the coefficients.
 This may caused a problem when opening the files with foton, and foton changed 3Hz to 0.375Hz (2048/16384) and other coefficients.

Note:
 The damping servo for SIDE has been working for every MCs. POS, PIT, YAW are the ones not working.

Next work:
 - Fix filters for every suspensions.
   There are backup files in /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/filter_archive directory, so this should help.
   But I don't think just fixing filters would fix the damping servo because the filter design of MC suspensions were changed this morning and the damping had worked until Friday.

  3743   Tue Oct 19 22:37:28 2010 KojiUpdatePSLPSL table cleaning up

I cleaned up the scattered tools, optics, and mounts of the PSL table. I gathered those stuffs at the two coners.

At the end of the work I scanned the table with an IR viewer. (This is mandatory)
I put some beam block plates to kill weak stray beams.

One thing I like to call the attention is:

I found that some beam blocks were missing at around the PBSs just after the laser source.
Those PBSs tend to reject quite a lot of beam power
--- no matter how the HWPs/QWPs are arranged.

--- even at the backward side.
(remember that we have a faraday there.)

Particularly, there was no beam block at the forward rejection side of the first PBS where we dump the high power beam.

Be careful. 

  3744   Wed Oct 20 01:22:18 2010 yutaUpdateCDSfixed filters for MCs, but no damping

(Rana, Yuta)

Summary:

 The damping servo for MCs has not been working since Monday.
 We already found that some filter coefficients were wrong.(see elog #3742)
 So, we fixed it (just for MCs now).
 But still doesn't work.

What we did:
Fixed the filters for MC suspensions;
 1. In /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ directory, we replaced C1MCS.txt with ./filter_archive/c1mcs/C1MCS_101019_101927.txt.
  This is the archive of the filter bank for MC suspensions, when filter designs were correct(when we hadn't opened it with foton yet).

 2. Deleted all the filter coefficients.
   By using emacs magical C-<space> C-x r k.

 3. Loaded with foton to get correct coefficients.

 4. Reloaded coefficients for C1MCS.

We now have the correct filters, but the damping still doesn't work.

 5. To confirm that the filters are now correct and the model is working correctly, we measured the transfer function between ULSEN input and ULCOIL output and compared with the calculated TF from the filter bank file (Attachment #1) .

 6. To calculate the designed function, we used the following matlab scripts;
    /cvs/cds/caltech/users/rana/mat/utilities/FotonFilter.m        # takes the foton file and returns the TF
    /cvs/cds/caltech/users/rana/mat/utilities/readFilterFile.m    # reads the foton file
    /cvs/cds/caltech/users/yuta/scripts/sentocoil.m                   # calculates the total TF from SEN to COIL

Result:
 As you can see from the attachment, filters seem fine now. (The red line is the measured and the blue line is the calculated function in the plot)
 But the damping (for POS, PIT, YAW) still doesn't work. Why????

Next work:

 - see if coils are pushing correctly
 - push cable connectors further!
 - check input and output filters (whitening, dewhitening)
 - when fixed, use my fully updated QAdjuster.py for adjusting Q for multiple channels automatically!!

Attachment 1: Screenshot.png
Screenshot.png
  3746   Wed Oct 20 18:17:35 2010 Suresh, JenneUpdateSUSPRM assembly

We have positioned the guide rod and the wire-stand-off on the optic in the axial direction. 

We have selected six magnets whose magnetic strength is +/-5% of their mean strength (180 Gauss).  The measurement was made as follows:

1) each magnet was placed on its  end, on the top of a beaker held upside down. 

2) The Hall probe was placed directly under the magnet touching the glass from the other side (the inside of the beaker). 

This ensures that the relative position of the magnet and the probe remains fixed during a measurement.  And ensures that their separation is the same for each of the magnets tested. 

With this procedure the variation in the measured B field is less than +/- 10% in the sample of magnets tested.

  3747   Wed Oct 20 21:33:11 2010 KevinUpdatePSLQuarter Wave Plate Optimization

[Suresh and Kevin]

We placed the quarter wave plate in front of the 2W laser and moved the half wave plate forward. To make both wave plates fit, we had to rotate one of the clamps for the laser. We optimized the angles of both wave plates so that the power in the reflection from the PBS was minimized and the transmitted power through the faraday isolator was maximized. This was done with 2.1 A injection current and 38°C crystal temperature.

Next, I will make plots of the reflected power as a function of half wave plate angle for a few different quarter wave plate rotations.

  3748   Wed Oct 20 21:43:25 2010 yutaUpdateCDSchecking whitening filters for MCs and messed up

(Joe, Yuta)

Background:
 We found that the damping servo for MC suspensions somehow worked when we turned off the 13Hz Chebyshev filters.
 But that does not meet our satisfaction, so we started checking every components.
 First of all is the whitening filters.
 If we turn on a digital whitening filter(WF), corresponding analog WF should turn off, and vice versa.

Reference:
 See DCC #D000210 for the analog circuit of WF. WF has 3Hz zero, 30Hz pole, 100Hz pole. MAX333A bypasses analog WF when supplied +15V(HIGH).

What we did:
 1. Compared the transfer function between MC2_SUSPOS_EXC and MC2_ULSEN_IN1 when digital WF on and off. When digital is on/off, analog should be off/on, so there should be difference but couldn't see.

 2. We went through the simulink model and found 2 mistakes in the logic. One is the conflict with other optics. Even if we turn on/off digital WF of MC2, it didn't switched analog WF of MC2. Two is the additional bit invert (but it turned out to be our misunderstanding).

 3. We (thought we) fixed it, rebuild it, and measured the TF again.(Attachment #1)

[Attached #1]
 The red/blue line is when digital WF is on/off. Blue should be bigger(+10dB @ 10Hz according to (analog) WTF) than red, but it was the opposite.

 4. To confirm that they are doing the opposite, I checked MAX333A input(pin#1,10,11,20) in "SUS PD Whitening Board" at 1X5-1-8B (which is for MC3) and found that switching is opposite. When I turned off/on the digital WF, MAX333A input was +15V/0V. It should be 0V/+15V.

 5. Also, I found that LLSEN digital WF switch switches LRSEN analog WF and vice versa.

[Attached #2]
 Transfer functions between MC2_SUSPOS_EXC and MC2_LRSEN_IN1 with;
   Red: LR digital off, LL digital on
   Blue: LR digital off, LL digital off
   Green: LR digital on, LL digital off
 As you can see, LL switch is the one which switches LR analog WF now.

Conclusion:
 Currently, digital WF on/off corresponds to analog WF on/off.
 Also, LL/LR digital WF switch is LR/LL analog WF switch now.


Next work:
 - fix the simulink models (or wiring)
 - check dewhitening filters

Schematic:
 - whitening
   MC1 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC2 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC3 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
      D000210 has switches for bypassing analog WT(3,100:3). HIGH to bypass.
 - dewhitening
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,3 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,2,3 SIDE coils
  (SimDW)(InvDW) ... -> LSC Anti-imaging Board(D000186) -> Universal Dewhitening Board(D000183) -> MC2 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
     D000316 has switches for bypassing 28Hz elliptic LPF. HIGH to bypass.
     D000186 is 7570Hz elliptic LPFs.
     D000183 has switches for bypassing dewhitening filter. HIGH to bypass.
 See this wiki page for more comprehensive setup.

Attachment 1: MC2ULSEN.png
MC2ULSEN.png
Attachment 2: MC2LRSEN.png
MC2LRSEN.png
  3750   Thu Oct 21 05:51:10 2010 kiwamuUpdateLockingno green beat note

 Still I didn't see any beat note signals..

 With a help from Suresh, Yuta and Rana, I tried searching for the green beat note by changing the temperature of the X end NPRO.

The noise level after it goes through an RF amplifier (G=23dB) was about -70dBm at 50MHz.

This noise may cover the beat note signal.

I am going to post some details later.

  3752   Thu Oct 21 12:15:02 2010 ranaUpdatePEM6.9 Mag EQ in Gulf of California
Magnitude 6.9
Date-Time
Location 24.843°N, 109.171°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA
Distances 105 km (65 miles) S of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
125 km (75 miles) SW of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
140 km (85 miles) NE of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
1200 km (740 miles) WNW of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.1 km (3.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=187, Nph=187, Dmin=843.1 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp=133°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
  • USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010crbl
  3754   Thu Oct 21 15:59:28 2010 kiwamuUpdateLockingno green beat note : details

Last night I tried searching for a beat note signal with two different PD trans impedance gains.

Although I didn't find a  beat note signal.

 


 

- (1. trans impedance gain = 2400)

 I started with a trans impedance resistance of R=2.4k, which is 10 times bigger resistance than the original.

The total PD gain should be about 960 [V/W] theoretically if we assume the responsibility of the PD is 0.4 [A/W].

Then I checked the bandwidth of the RFPD using Jenne laser.

The bandwidth was about 30MHz, which is 3 times narrower than the original. And it agrees with our expectation.

As Koji and I mentioned at the last weekly meeting, the cut off frequency of an RFPD follows inverse square root of the trans impedance resistance R.

 

 bw.png

where C is a capacitance of the photo diode. (See this)

I was expecting the signal level of  -50 dBm / rtHz with a 23dB RF amplifier, assuming the line width of the signal is 10kHz.

 

 


- (2. trans impedance gain = 240) 

 I also tried it with the original trans impedance gain (see this entry). 

 R = 240 [Ohm]

 G = 96 [V/W]

 BW = 100 [MHz]  (I didn't measure it in this time)

 expected signal level = -70 dBm/rtHz


Quote:

 Still I didn't see any beat note signals..

 

  3755   Thu Oct 21 18:45:50 2010 KojiUpdatePSLFound the beat at 1064nm

[Koji Suresh]

We found the beat at 1064nm. T(PSL)=26.59deg, T(X-end)=31.15deg.

The X-end laser was moved to the PSL table.

The beating setup was quickly constructed with mode matching based on beam profile measurements by the IR cards.
We used the 1GHz BW PD, Newfocus #1611-FS-AC.

As soon as we swept the Xtal temp of the X-end laser, we found the strong beating.

  3756   Thu Oct 21 19:10:39 2010 AidanUpdatePSLFound the beat at 1064nm

Quote:

[Koji Suresh]

We found the beat at 1064nm. T(PSL)=26.59deg, T(X-end)=31.15deg.

The X-end laser was moved to the PSL table.

The beating setup was quickly constructed with mode matching based on beam profile measurements by the IR cards.
We used the 1GHz BW PD, Newfocus #1611-FS-AC.

As soon as we swept the Xtal temp of the X-end laser, we found the strong beating.

 

  3757   Thu Oct 21 21:35:16 2010 yutaUpdateCDSfixed whitening filter switches

(Joe, Yuta)

Summary:
 We found some mistakes in whitening filter switches yesterday(see elog #3748).
 One was the mis-connection between LL/LR and the second was the bit invert.
 So, we fixed it and checked that they are now switching correct by probing MAX333A.

Why we made mistake:
1. LL/LR mis-connection
  Simply, Simulink model was wrong.
  It occurred because UL/UR/LR/LL order is currently arbitrary and confusing.
  For now, we just swap the connection(Attached #1).
  In the future, we should fix all orders corresponding to the actual wiring order(UL > LL > UR > LR).

2. Bit invert
  It occurred from counter-intuitive output of Contec 32 BO(See Attachment #2(taken from this wiki page)).
  If "1," current goes from A to B, so MAX333A input will be 0V, which means analog WF is on.
  If "0," no current, so MAX333A input will be +15V, which means analog WF is off(bypassed).

Next work:
 - There are no digital WF in SDSEN inputs. So, we have to put them.
 - Dewhitening filters are totally messed up now. Switches are wrong, some optics have digital DW but some doesn't, some have 28Hz elliptic LPF.......
     We have to grand unify them.

Attachment 1: LLLR.png
LLLR.png
Attachment 2: Contec23BO.png
Contec23BO.png
  3758   Fri Oct 22 00:59:01 2010 yutaUpdateCDSnew MEDM screens, new filter banks(whitening and dewhitening related)

(Joe, Yuta)

Summary:
 No more discrimination for SIDE!
 We had all SIDE filters in SDSEN, so we splitted into SDSEN, SUSSIDE, and SDCOIL just like other DOFs. (Not SIDECOIL. SDCOIL from now on!)
 Also, there was a confusion in output filters, so we fixed the filter bank(dewhitening and 28HzELP).
 More than that, I found that "13HzCheby" in SUSPOS, SUSPIT, SUSYAW was actually doing ~1.6Hz Chebyshev, so I fixed it. (No wonder we had no damping when turing "13HzCheby" on!)
 Our new MEDM screen is Attachment #1.

Input filter design:
 Every optics, every OSEM has same analog whitening filter.
 So;

digital analog
30,100:3 30,100:3
ON OFF
OFF ON

Output filter design:
 For every SIDE coils and MC1, MC3 coils, they have analog 28Hz elliptic LPFs.
 So;
digital analog
28HzELP 28HzELP
ON OFF
OFF ON

 For MC2(and other main optics) UL/UR/LR/LL coils, they have analog dewhitening filters.
 So;
digital analog
InvDW SimDW DW
ON ON OFF
ON OFF ON

 InvDW and SimDW were in FM10 and FM9, but I swapped them to make it more consistent.
 Now, FM10 switches analog/digital output filiters for every optics.

  Let's put 28HzELP in FM9 so that FM9 switches analog/digital for every optics.

Quote:

Schematic:
 - whitening
   MC1 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC2 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC3 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
      D000210 has switches for bypassing analog WT(3,100:3). HIGH to bypass.
 - dewhitening
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,3 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,2,3 SIDE coils
  (SimDW)(InvDW) ... -> LSC Anti-imaging Board(D000186) -> Universal Dewhitening Board(D000183) -> MC2 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
     D000316 has switches for bypassing 28Hz elliptic LPF. HIGH to bypass.
     D000186 is 7570Hz elliptic LPFs.
     D000183 has switches for bypassing dewhitening filter. HIGH to bypass.
 See this wiki page for more comprehensive setup.

Next work:
 - Fix Simulink connection and logic so that analog/digital switching go correctly.
 - Check if the switching are correct for all channels by measuring transfer functions.
 - Currently, we are focusing on MCs, but we have to do the same fixing for other optics, too.
 - More than setting the right filter TF, there are switching settings like Zero History, Ramp, Zero Crossing...... We should investigate that.
 - Actually, TF of analog DW in D000183 doesn't look like the same with digital SimDW. Why??

Attachment 1: HappySideMEDM.png
HappySideMEDM.png
  3759   Fri Oct 22 01:23:13 2010 KojiUpdatePSLFound the beat at 1064nm

[Koji / Suresh]

We worked on the 1064 beating a bit more.

- First of all, FSS and FSS SLOW servo were disabled not to have variating Xtal temp for the PSL.

- The PSL Xtal temp (T_PSL) was scanned from 22deg-45deg while we search the Xtal temp (T_Xend) for the Xend laser to have the beat freq well low (f<30MHz).
The pumping current for each laser was I_PSL = 2.101 [A] and I_Xend = 2.000 [A]

For a certain T_PSL, we found multiple T_Xend because the freq of the laser is not a monotonic function of the Xtal temperature. (see the innolight manual).

T_Xend to give us the beating was categorized in the three sets as shown in the figure. The set on "curve2" is the steadiest one. (Use this!)
The trends were quite linear but the slope was slightly off from the unity.

- T_PSL was scanned to see the trend of the PMC output.

The PMC was sometimes locked to the mode with lower transmission (V_PMCT ~ 3.0V).
When T_PSL ~ 31deg we consistently locked the PMC at higer transmission (V_PMCT ~ 5.3V).

At the moment we decided the operating point of T_PSL = 32.25 deg, V_PMCT = 5.34, where we found the beat at T_Xend=38.28deg.

- We cleaned up the PSL table more than how it was. Returned the tools to their original places.
The X-end laser was shut down and was left on the PSL table.

NEXT:
Kiwamu can move the X-end laser to the Xend and realign it.
Then we should be able to see the green beating quite easily.

Attachment 1: 101021_beat.pdf
101021_beat.pdf
  3760   Fri Oct 22 03:37:56 2010 KevinUpdatePSLQuarter Wave Plate Measurements

[Koji and Kevin]

We measured the reflection from the PBS as a function of half wave plate rotation for five different quarter wave plate rotations. Before the measurement we reduced the laser current to 1 A, locked the PMC, and recorded 1.1 V transmitted through the PMC. During the measurements, the beam was blocked after the faraday isolator. After the measurements, we again locked the PMC and recorded 1.2 V transmitted. The current is now 2.1 A and both the PMC and reference cavities are locked.

I will post the details of the measurement tomorrow.

  3761   Fri Oct 22 15:06:43 2010 JenneUpdateSUSArts and Crafts!

This afternoon I epoxied the guiderod and wire standoff to the new PRM.  I also epoxied the magnets that Suresh picked out to the dumbbell standoffs.  We'll let them all cure over the weekend, and then I'll glue the magnets to the optic on ~Monday.

Notes about the epoxy: 

Previously, we had been using the "AN-1" epoxy, which is gray, with a clear hardener.  Bob recommended we switch to "30-2", which is clear with clear, and has been chosen for use in aLIGO.  Both were vacuum approved, but the 30-2 has gone through ~2 months of testing at the OTF (Optics Test Facility?) over in Downs under vacuum, to check the level of outgassing (or really, non-outgassing).

The 30-2 is less viscous than the AN-1, and it takes less glue to do the same job, so we should keep that in mind when applying the epoxy.  When I put the glue next to the guiderod and standoff, it got wicked along the length of each rod, which is good.  I can't reach the whole length of the rod with my glue applicator because the fixture holding them in place blocks access, so the wicking is pretty handy.

 

I've also added the updated version of my Status Table for the suspensions.

Attachment 1: StatusTable.png
StatusTable.png
  3762   Fri Oct 22 16:59:21 2010 JenneUpdateElectronicsEpic Takeover

As the suspension work winds down (we'll be completely done once the ETMs arrive, are suspended, and then are placed in the chambers), I'm going to start working on the RF system. 

Step 1: Figure out what Alberto has been up to the last few months.

Step 2: Figure out what still needs doing.

Step 3: Complete all the items listed out in step 2.

Step 4: Make sure it all works.

Right now I'm just starting steps 1 & 2.  I've made myself a handy-dandy wiki checklist: RF Checklist.  Hopefully all of the bits and pieces that need doing will be put here, and then I can start checking them off. Suggestions and additions to the list are welcome.

  3763   Fri Oct 22 18:15:21 2010 kiwamuUpdateLockingGreen era: found a green beat note finally

finally we found it !

 green_beatnote.jpg

  3764   Fri Oct 22 18:22:27 2010 AlbertoUpdateElectronicsEpic Takeover

Quote:

As the suspension work winds down (we'll be completely done once the ETMs arrive, are suspended, and then are placed in the chambers), I'm going to start working on the RF system. 

Step 1: Figure out what Alberto has been up to the last few months.

Step 2: Figure out what still needs doing.

Step 3: Complete all the items listed out in step 2.

Step 4: Make sure it all works.

Right now I'm just starting steps 1 & 2.  I've made myself a handy-dandy wiki checklist: RF Checklist.  Hopefully all of the bits and pieces that need doing will be put here, and then I can start checking them off. Suggestions and additions to the list are welcome.

 There's also a page dedicated to the progress in the PD upgrade process:

http://lhocds.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/Upgrade_09/RF_System/Upgraded_RF_Photodiodes

There you can find a pdf document with my notes on that.

  3766   Fri Oct 22 21:28:27 2010 AidanUpdateLockingGreen era: found a green beat note finally

Nice work!

Quote:

finally we found it !

 green_beatnote.jpg

 

  3767   Fri Oct 22 23:29:48 2010 yutaUpdateCDSfixed output filter switching

(Joe, Yuta)

Summary:
 This evening, we fixed output filter analog/digital switchings in Simulink logic, but they didn't actually switched filters.
 That was because what we thought BO0 was BO2 and BO2 was BO0.
 We re-wired, re-labeled the cables.
 We checked it by using a LED(see "test configuration" in this wiki page).
 Also, we checked the Simulink connection by probing MAX333A in SOS Dewhitening Board located at 1X4-8-11B, which switches SIDE coils for all optics.

Next work:

 - Currently, FM10 in UL/UR/LR/LL/SDCOIL filters switch analog/digital, but let's make FM9 do the switching.(See schematic in elog #3758)
 - Check all the logic by measuring transfer functions(maybe single frequency measurement is enough. we can use tdsdmd etc to automate).

  3768   Sat Oct 23 02:25:49 2010 KevinUpdatePSLQuarter Wave Plate Measurements

Quote:

[Koji and Kevin]

We measured the reflection from the PBS as a function of half wave plate rotation for five different quarter wave plate rotations. Before the measurement we reduced the laser current to 1 A, locked the PMC, and recorded 1.1 V transmitted through the PMC. During the measurements, the beam was blocked after the faraday isolator. After the measurements, we again locked the PMC and recorded 1.2 V transmitted. The current is now 2.1 A and both the PMC and reference cavities are locked.

I will post the details of the measurement tomorrow.

I measured the reflected power from the PBS as a function of half wave plate rotation for five different quarter wave plate rotations.

The optimum angles that minimize the reflected power are 330° for the quarter wave plate and 268° for the half wave plate.

The following data was taken with 2.102 A laser current and 32.25° C crystal temperature.

For each of five quarter wave plate settings around the optimum value, I measured the reflected power from the PBS with an Ophir power meter. I measured the power as a function of half wave plate angle five times for each angle and averaged these values to calculate the mean and uncertainty for each of these angles. The Ophir started to drift when trying to measure relatively large amounts of power. (With approximately 1W reflected from the PBS, the power reading rapidly increased by several hundred mW.) So I could only take data near the minimum reflection accurately.

The data was fit to P = P0 + P1*sin^2(2pi/180*(t-t0)) with the angle t measured in degrees with the following results:

lambda/4 angle (°) t0 (°) P0 (mW) P1 (mW) chi^2/ndf V
318 261.56 ± 0.02 224.9 ± 0.5 2016 ± 5 0.98 0.900 ± 0.001
326 266.07 ± 0.01 178.5 ± 0.4 1998 ± 5 16.00 0.918 ± 0.001
330 268.00 ± 0.01 168.2 ± 0.3 2119 ± 5 1.33 0.926 ± 0.001
334 270.07 ± 0.02 174.5 ± 0.4 2083 ± 5 1.53 0.923 ± 0.001
342 273.49 ± 0.02 226.8 ± 0.5 1966 ± 5 1.41 0.897 ± 0.001

where V is the visibility V = 1- P_max/P_min. These fits are shown in attachment 1. We would like to understand better why we can only reduce the reflected light to ~150 mW. Ideally, we would have V = 1. I will redo these measurements with a different power meter that can measure up to 2 W and take data over a full period of the reflected power.

Attachment 1: fits.png
fits.png
  3769   Sat Oct 23 03:36:05 2010 yutaUpdateCDSfixed filters for C1SUS, C1RMS, C1MCS

(Joe, Yuta)

Summary:

 This Monday, MC suspension damping got something wrong.
 We started to check filters and found that digital filters were wrong because of mis-conversion from old filter files to new files.
 We converted the file again, and with mutual understanding between Foton and us, we finally got correct filters(I hope!).

What we did:
 1. Merged filter files in old /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/ directory into C1SUS.txt(BS,ITMX,ITMY), C1RMS.txt(PRM,SRM), C1MCS.txt(MC123).

 2. Rebuilt the RT models in order to get a correct filter file header(they have list of filter modules).

 3. Concatenate the header with filter design part which we got from step1.

 4. Replaced 'N 2048' with 'N 16384'
   It replaces sampling rate of "XXSEN"s.

Basically, step1-4 was the same with what we did last time. We didn't changed the fitler coefficients, so Foton somehow changed the original filter design.
So, this time, we

 5. Deleted coefficients like we did on Tuesday (see elog #3774).

But Foton couldn't read the file correctly this time. Foton seemed to be unbeatable.
Even if we replaced the sampling rate, Foton kept saying 2048! (This is maybe because Foton's default value is 2048Hz. Everytime Foton notice some editting in the file, he destroys everything. He hates editting)
The problems were always associated with the sampling rate, so

 6. Got back to step4 and undo-ed the replacement.

 7. Foton could read it this time, so I changed the sampling rate one by one using Foton GUI.

 8. Checked filters using Foton's Bode Plot.(Not for all, but some that had problem before)

 9. Splitted SDSEN filters to SDSEN, SUSSIDE, and SDCOIL.

 10. Put some missing whitening filters, and 28HzELPs.
   BS, PRM, SRM didn't have any 28HzELP for SDCOIL.
   ITMX and ITMY SDCOIL had SimDW/InvDW which doesn't make sense(SIDEs don't have analog DW). So, I deleted and replaced with 28HzELP.

F2A issue:
 We failed in sending F2A filters to new filter files.
 These are a little bit complicated because TO_COIL_X_X filters were named ULPOS,URPOS etc before.
 Also, MC3 didn't have any F2As, so maybe we should but the same F2As as MC1/2.
 Note that every F2As are different, and TO_COIL matrix have UL,UR,LL,LR order(not same as INMATRIX).
 Also, SRM had f2pv instead of F2A!

Next work:
 - Check whole filters by actually measuring transfer function between SENs and COILs.
 - Damp MC suspentions, and lock MC.
 - Measure openloop TF and compare with the designed.


How do you read a Foton filter file:
 When you open up a Foton filter file, you see filters like this.

################################################################################
### modulename                                                               ###
################################################################################
# SAMPLING modulename samplingrate
# DESIGN   modulename n filterdesign
# DESIGN   modulename n filterdesign
###                                                                          ###
modulename   n xy z      v      w filtername                        gain    a1     a2    b1     b2
modulename   n xy z      v      w filtername                        gain    a1     a2    b1     b2
                                                                            a1     a2    b1     b2
n: filter number
 0 for FM1, 1 for FM2, ... , 9 for FM10

x: Input Switching setting
 1 Always On
 2 Zero History

y: Output Switching setting
 1 Immediately
 2 Ramp
 3 Input Crossing
 4 Zero Crossing

z: number of filters cascaded.

v: if y=2, (Ramp Time(sec))*(samplingrate)
   if y=3 or 4, Tolerance

w: (Timeout(sec))*(samplingrate)

 Note that v and w are changed when sampling rate is changed.

 Transfer function will be;
  H(1/z)=G*(1+b1/z+b2/z/z)/(1+a1/z+a2/z/z)
  z=exp(s/fs)

 where fs is the sampling frequency.

Reference:
 Kiwamu Izumi: "Notes about Digital Filters," http://tamago.mtk.nao.ac.jp/izumi/green/DigitalFilter.pdf

  3773   Sun Oct 24 19:55:50 2010 kiwamuUpdateElectronicslonely RF amplifier on ITMX table
(Rana, Kiwamu)

Last Friday we found a lonely RF amplifier ZHL-3A on the ITMX table.
When we found him we were very sad because he's been setup unacceptably


For example, the signal input was disconnected although a 24V DC was still applied. So he has been making just a heat for a long time.
The power connector was a BNC style which is not official way.
The leg of a decoupling capacitor attached to the DC connector was apparently broken and etc,..

We salvaged him and then cleaned up those cables and the DC power supply.

We don't say like 'don't make a temporary setup', but please clean up them after finishing the work every time.
  3776   Mon Oct 25 02:25:21 2010 KojiUpdatePSLQuarter Wave Plate Measurements

Q1. Suppose the laser beam has a certain (i.e. arbitrary) polarization state but contains only TEM00. Also suppose the PSB is perfect (reflect all S and transmit all P). What results do you expect from your expereiment?

Q2. Suppose the above condition but the PBS is not perfect (i.e. reflects most of S but also small leakage of P to the reflection port.) How are the expected results modified?

Q3. In reality, the laser may also contain some thing dirty (e.g. deporarization in the laser Xtal, higher order modes in a certain polarization but different from the TEM00's one, etc). What actually is the cause of 170mW rejection from the PBS? Can we improve the transmitted power through the PBS?

Q4. Why is the visibility for the lambda/4 with 330deg better than the one with 326deg? Yes, as I already explained to Kevin, I suppose it was caused by the lack of the data points in the wider angle ranges.

Quote:

I measured the reflected power from the PBS as a function of half wave plate rotation for five different quarter wave plate rotations.

The optimum angles that minimize the reflected power are 330° for the quarter wave plate and 268° for the half wave plate.

The following data was taken with 2.102 A laser current and 32.25° C crystal temperature.

For each of five quarter wave plate settings around the optimum value, I measured the reflected power from the PBS with an Ophir power meter. I measured the power as a function of half wave plate angle five times for each angle and averaged these values to calculate the mean and uncertainty for each of these angles. The Ophir started to drift when trying to measure relatively large amounts of power. (With approximately 1W reflected from the PBS, the power reading rapidly increased by several hundred mW.) So I could only take data near the minimum reflection accurately.

The data was fit to P = P0 + P1*sin^2(2pi/180*(t-t0)) with the angle t measured in degrees with the following results:

lambda/4 angle (°) t0 (°) P0 (mW) P1 (mW) chi^2/ndf V
318 261.56 ± 0.02 224.9 ± 0.5 2016 ± 5 0.98 0.900 ± 0.001
326 266.07 ± 0.01 178.5 ± 0.4 1998 ± 5 16.00 0.918 ± 0.001
330 268.00 ± 0.01 168.2 ± 0.3 2119 ± 5 1.33 0.926 ± 0.001
334 270.07 ± 0.02 174.5 ± 0.4 2083 ± 5 1.53 0.923 ± 0.001
342 273.49 ± 0.02 226.8 ± 0.5 1966 ± 5 1.41 0.897 ± 0.001

where V is the visibility V = 1- P_max/P_min. These fits are shown in attachment 1. We would like to understand better why we can only reduce the reflected light to ~150 mW. Ideally, we would have V = 1. I will redo these measurements with a different power meter that can measure up to 2 W and take data over a full period of the reflected power.

 

  3777   Mon Oct 25 11:39:06 2010 JenneUpdateSUSMagnets glued to PRM
This morning I glued the magnets to the PRM. Now we wait, and tomorrow afternoon (at the earliest), Suresh and I can balance the PRM.
Attachment 1: StatusTable.png
StatusTable.png
  3778   Mon Oct 25 20:20:59 2010 yuta, JoeUpdateCDSDAQ channel number etc
Summary:
We split the old SDSEN filters to SDSEN, SDSIDE, SDCOIL last week.
Along with this change, the TP channel number changed unfortunately.
So, we fixed them.
Also, we made FM9 do the output filter analog/digital switching.

What we did:
1. Changed the Simulink logic so that FM9 do the output filter switching, and checked the logic by probing
MAX333A for SDCOILs.

2. After making a new Simulink model and rebuilding, run the following incantation to burt restore filter
settings in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1SYS/c1SYSepics/ (See elog #3706)
sed -i 's/RO \(.*SW[12]R.*\)/\1/' autoBurt.req

3. DAQ channel numbers are listed in C1SYS.ini files in /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/daq/.
Channels with # signs are not activated. So, we changed, for example,

#[C1:SUS-MC1_LLSEN_IN1_DAQ]
#acquire=0
#datarate=16384
#datatype=4
#chnnum=10208

to

[C1:SUS-MC1_LLSEN_IN1_DAQ]
acquire=1
datarate=2048
datatype=4
chnnum=10208

for all channels we want to look at.

4. Restarted fb.

Plan:
- measure TFs and see if input and output filter switchings are working correctly
- make a switch that does all filter switching for all 5 OSEMS or 5 COILS
- put optical lever stuff
- fix offset sliders and offset switch
- put F2A filters in TO_COIL matrix (see elog #3769)
- make a nice graphical screen for MCs (like /cvs/cds/caltech/medm/c1/ioo/C1IOO_ModeCleaner.adl)
- write a script that activates DAQ we need
- make a plan

* SYS=SUS, RMS, MCS, etc
  3779   Mon Oct 25 23:10:06 2010 KojiUpdateIOOMC is now flashing

[Suresh / Koji]

The MC mirrors are aligned. Now the flashing of the resonances are visible on the MC2 CCD

although the modematching seemed pretty poor.


- The incident power was adjusted to be ~20mW by rotating HWP after the laser source.
The power before the window of the chamber was ~450mW. Where are those missing 1.5W?

- We checked the spot on the last two steering mirrors and the incident beam on MC1.
The beam was too much off from the center of the 1st steering mirror. It was also hitting 1cm north of the MC1.
We adjusted the steering mirrors such that the incident and reflected beams are symmetrically visible at the MC1 tower.

- The MC mirrors are aligned. We first tried to use only MC2 and MC3. And then we used MC1 too as the spot on the MC2 was too high.

- We saw some TEM00 flashes but with many other modes flashing. We checked the beam diameter on the PSL table and on the MC REFL.
The latter one looked twice large as the former one. We concluded the beam is diverging.

- We closed the tank and decided to work on the mode matching tomorrow.

  3781   Tue Oct 26 00:45:08 2010 ranaUpdatePSLNew NPRO Diagnostic Wiring

Untitled.png

I copy section 6.2 into here to share with you all what the diagnostic capabilities of the new NPRO are. Its not a lot.

We'll need to record a sample of the NPRO output beam on a regular photodiode in order to get a real power monitor. My plan is to use a regular 25-pin Dsub and run it fron the NPRO controller over to the PSL rack and hijack the old MOPA monitoring channels (3113 and 3123 ADCs).

  3782   Tue Oct 26 01:53:21 2010 Joonho LeeUpdateElectronicsFuction Generator removed.

Today I worked on how to measure cable impedance directly.

In order to measure the impedance in RF range, I used a function generator which could generate 50MHz signal and was initially connected to the table on the right of the decks.

The reason I am checking the cables is for replacing the cables with impedance of 50 or 52 ohm by those with impedance of 75 ohm.

After I figures out which cable has not proper impedance, I will make new cables and substitute them in order to match the impedance, which would lead to better VIDEO signal.

 

To test the VIDEO cables, I need a function generator generating signal of frequency 50 MHz.

In the deck on the right of PSL table, there was only one such generator which was connected to the table on the right of the deck.

Therefore, I disconnected it from the cable and took it to the control room to use it because Rana said it was not used.

Then, I tired to find on how to measure the impedance of cable directly but I did not finish yet.

When I finished today works, I put the generator back to the deck but I did not connect to the previous cable which was initially connected to the generator.

 

Next time, I will finish the practical method of measuring the cable impedance then I will measure the cables with unknown impedance.

Any suggestion would be appreciated.

  3786   Tue Oct 26 15:57:10 2010 JenneUpdateSUSOne magnet broken, reglued

[Jenne, Suresh, Thanh (Bram's Grad Student)]

When we removed the grippers from the magnets on the PRM, one of the face magnets broke off.  This time, the dumbbell remained glued to the optic, while the magnet came off.  (Usually the magnet and dumbbell will stay attached, and both come off together).  I had 3 spare magnet-dumbbells, but only one of them was the correct polarization.  The strength of the spare magnet was ~128 Gauss, while the other magnets glued to the PRM are all ~180 Gauss.  We considered this too large a discrepancy, and so elected to reuse the same magnet as before. 

We removed the dumbbell from the optic using acetone.  After the epoxy was gently removed, we drag wiped the AR face of the optic (Acetone followed by Iso, as usual), being careful to keep all the solvent away from all the other glue joints.  We cleaned off the magnet with acetone (it didn't really have any glue stuck on it...most of the glue was stuck on the dumbbell), and epoxied it to a new dumbbell. 

The PRM, as well as the magnet-dumbbell gluing fixture are in the little foil house, waiting for tomorrow's activities.  Tomorrow we will re-glue this magnet to the optic, and Thursday we will balance the optic.  

This still leaves us right on schedule for giving the PRM to Bob on Friday at lunchtime, so it can bake over the weekend.

  3788   Tue Oct 26 17:31:17 2010 yutaUpdateCDSfixed OPLEV stuff and MCL filters

(Joe, Yuta)

Background:

 We are currently working on getting rid of "white stuff" in MEDM screens.
 Today, we fixed OPLEV stuff, MCL filters, and time stamps.

What we did:
 1. Plugged in OPLEV cables to ADC2. (See this wiki page for wiring)

 2. Connected ADC2 and OPLEV in Simulink model and fixed MEDM screens for OPLEVs (Attached #1).

 3. Put MCL filters for BS,ITMX,ITMY,PRM,SRM.
  They don't need them, but just for getting rid of "white stuff."
  They are connected to the ground, so the outputs are always 0.

 4. Fixed "TIME_STRING"s in MEDM screens so that they show current time correctly.
  You only need to put text monitor with channel "C1:FEC-DCU_NODE_ID_TIME_STRING" into master files(DEFAULTNAME things) and run generate_master_screens.py.
  It will automatically sets DCU ID correctly!! (Great work, Joe!)
  See this wiki page for more info on making MEDM screens.

 5. Checked OPLEV for MC2 by pointing a laser pointer to QPD. (For MC2, OPLEV is just a transmission beam position monitor)
  Each quadrant looked like they are connected to the right channel numbers.

Plan:
 - figure out what C1:SUS-NAME_MODE_SW1 does and fix
 - fix Whitening, Dewhitening ON/OFF button in main MEDM screens, so that they switch every channels' filters
 - make a new screen for MC (like the old one C1IOO_ModeCleaner.adl)
 - create a new mark for new MEDM screens

Attachment 1: optlevMC2.png
optlevMC2.png
  3789   Tue Oct 26 21:27:02 2010 JenneUpdateCDSfixed OPLEV stuff and MCL filters

Since MC2_TRANS is, in fact, MC2 Transmission, and not an oplev at all (it's not red, and it's not a lever, although it does use a QPD), I propose that the name be changed to something sensical, since calling it an oplev is completely non-sensical.  The name change should happen sooner rather than later, to avoid confusion.

Quote:

(Joe, Yuta)

Background:

 Today, we fixed OPLEV stuff, MCL filters, and time stamps.

What we did:
 5. Checked OPLEV for MC2 by pointing a laser pointer to QPD. (For MC2, OPLEV is just a transmission beam position monitor)
  Each quadrant looked like they are connected to the right channel numbers.

 

  3791   Wed Oct 27 02:26:15 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOOMC locked

(Rana, Koji, Suresh, Yuta, Thanh, Kiwamu)

 MC was locked successfully !

 Instead of feeding back the signal to the MC length we just injected it to the NPRO pzt with a high voltage (HV) amplifier.

So now we can move on to an in-vac work which needs the main beam to align the stuff.

 


(mode matching to MC)

Suresh and Thanh (a visitor from ANU) improved the mode matching to the MC. 

As written in the entry #3779  the beam after the mode matching lenses were diverging.

It is supposed to converge from 1.7mm radius at the last lens to 1.6 mm radius at the middle point of MC1 and MC2.

They slided the last lens toward the MC to make it more collimated and roughly measured the beam size using a sensor card.

As a fine tuning, they looked at some higher order modes showing up in the MC2 camera, and tried reducing the higher order modes by slightly sliding the last lens.

(assuming the lens position doesn't so much change the alignment)

During the work we removed a steering mirror for green locking because it was on the way of the lens slider.

 

- - measured optics' distances - - 

25.5 cm  from 1st lens to the front surface of the EOM

5.5 cm  length of the EOM

24.5 cm from the front surface of the EOM to the 2nd lens (concave)

15.5 cm  from the 2nd lens to the 1st steering mirror in the zig-zag path

20.5 cm  from the steering mirror to the last lens

 

(preparation for locking) 

Rana, Yuta and Koji prepared an old instant amplifier which can produce +/-13V output instead of usual SR560s.

We added an offset (~5V) on the signal to make it within 0-10V which is the input range of the HV amplifier.

If we take SR560, it's probably not sufficiently wide range because they can handle handle only about +/-4V.

 

We strung a cable from Marconi via the RF stabilizer to the wideband EOM in order to drive the EOM at 24.5MHz.

SInce the EOM doesn't have 50 Ohm input impedance we had to put a 50 Ohm load just before the EOM in order to drive it efficiently.

From a medm screen we set the driving RF amplitude slider (C1:IOO_MCRF_AMPADJ) to 0.0, which provides the maximum RF power on it.

 

(locking mode cleaner)

At first we unlocked the PMC to see an offset in the error signal without any lights on the MC_REFL PD.

Then we adjusted the offset to zero on the MC servo screen.

At the beginning of the locking the PMC was not stable for some reasons during the MC was locked.

But after increasing the laser power to the MC twice bigger, it looks like the PMC and the MC are quite stable.

 

 

  3792   Wed Oct 27 09:02:29 2010 steveUpdateElectronicsHP4195A is NOT fixed

www.avalontest.com has fixed the 25MHz oscillation.  Contact: Jim Burnham 760-536-0191

Actually, NOT FIXED.

  3794   Wed Oct 27 11:34:40 2010 josephbUpdateCDSModified rc.local for front end machines

What was the problem:

On reboot, c1sus was in a strange state.  The epics IOC was running, along with tpman, but there were no loaded front ends.

People had to manually run sudo insmod c1SYSfe.ko.

What was the cause:

Awhile back Alex had commented out the line in the rc.local file which actually loaded the front end modules (i.e. c1x02fe.ko, c1susfe.ko, etc).  This was while debugging.  He never put it back.

What was the solution:

I uncommented the following line in /diskless/root/etc/rc.local file on the fb machine:

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/$i/scripts/startupC1rt

Now on reboot, the c1sus machine should start up all the front ends listed in the rtsystab file, located in /diskless/root/etc/ on the fb machine.

 

  3795   Wed Oct 27 11:52:45 2010 josephbUpdateelogElog needed to be restarted

I had to restart the elog on Nodus because it was no longer responding.

  3796   Wed Oct 27 12:32:53 2010 josephbUpdateCDSfb rebooted to try and fix testpoints

Problem:

Test points were unavailable last night, even after reboots of c1sus and even restarting the daqd process on the frame builder.

Cause:

Its unclear at this time.  My guess is flaky fb and mx_stream codes.  At the moment, the daqd often requires several restarts as it segfaults within a minute or two of restarting it.

What we did (aka treating the symptoms):

We rebooted the frame builder machine.  I also added the daqd and nds processes to the inittab.  Now when these die, they will automatically be restarted.

Steps to add to the inittab on fb

0) If not on fb, ssh -X fb

1) cd /etc/

2) sudo vi inittab or sudo emacs init

3) Add a line like: id:runlevels:action:process

The id is a unqiue 2-4 letter and number identifier for the process

Run levels is the run level of linux that it will start at. 345 will cover the normal cases

action is what to do with the process. Respawn makes it run at startup and also restarts it everytime it dies.

process is the command you want to run

See "man inittab" for more details

In this case we added

daq:345:respawn:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/daqd -c /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/daqdrc > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/daqd.log


nds:345:respawn:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/nds pipe > /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/nds.log

4) Save.

5) Run "sudo /sbin/telinit q".  This forces init to rexamine the inittab file

daqd and nds will now automatically restart when they die.

Continuing issues:

When the frame builder dies, the mx_stream processes on the front ends die as well.  These need to be restarted manually at the moment by using "sudo /etc/restart_streams" while on c1sus.

The framebuilder code shouldn't be this flaky.

  3797   Wed Oct 27 15:38:19 2010 josephb, yutaUpdateCDSIO chassis with bad timing was taken back to Downs

Problem:

The front end timing was not working properly for 2 of the IO chassis.  They were not being synced to the 1 PPS signal. 

This prevented the use of RFM for communication between front ends because time stamps on the transmitted data did not match the cycle on the receiving machine.

Action:

We took one of the incorrectly working chassis over to Downs.  Rolf said he would take a look at it tomorrow morning.

Joe will be going over tomorrow morning to talk with Rolf and see what needs to be done to fix it.

 

  3798   Wed Oct 27 16:15:35 2010 SureshUpdateSUSRe-glued magnet to the PRM

Thanh and I re-glued the magnet to the PRM following the procedure outlined by Jenne

The PRM in the gluing fixture has been placed in the little foil house and left to cure for a day.

If all goes well the balancing the PRM will be done tomorrow.

 

 

  3799   Wed Oct 27 17:06:48 2010 josephbUpdateCDSMoved c1iscey chassis and host interface board to c1ioo

Problem:

Need a working IO chassis connected to c1ioo in order to bring the MC_L into the digital realm, and then via RFM transmit to the c1sus machine.

Attempted Solution:

Move the c1iscey IO chassis to c1ioo while the c1ioo chassis is at downs.

The c1iscey chassis however doesn't seem to be talking to the c1ioo computer.  I tried changing the host interface card on the c1ioo chassis.  I took out One Stop Systems HIB2-x4-H interface card with serial number 26638 from the c1ioo computer and put in the One Stop Systems HIB2-x4-H with serial number 35242 in from c1iscey into c1ioo.  Still didn't work.

All the lights are red on the interface card on the actual chassis and its cooling fan isn't spinning. 

Using dmesg on c1ioo shows that it does not see any of the ADC/DAC/BO cards.

Status:

I'm going to  wait until tomorrow morning when Rolf gets a chance to look at the c1ioo chassis over at Downs to determine the next step.  If we fix the c1ioo chassis, I'm move the c1iscey chassis and its host interface board back to the end.

  3800   Wed Oct 27 21:33:42 2010 SureshUpdateLockingGreen from the far end re-obtained

 

The mirror which was moved during the mode matching of PSL light to the MC (ref elog #3791) has been repositioned.  We once again have the green light from the NPRO on the X (south) arm available on the PSL table. 

This light was supposed to be collimated by the two plano convex lenses (f=200mm and f=50mm  ref to elog #3771) but it was converging.  So I moved the f=50mm lens backwards to make the beam collimated.  I checked the beam collimation by introducing an Al coated mirror infront of th PD and diverting the beam temporarily in a free direction.  I could then check the collinearity and collimation of both the green beams over a meter.  After alignment the mirror was removed and the light is now incident on the PD once again.  We can now proceed to look for green beats.

The power from the PSL NPRO was attenuated for the MC locking work of yesterday.  It has now been increased to the maximum by rotating the Half Wave Plate (HWP).  The power after the PSL is now about 450mW  (500mW - 10% picked off for the doubling).

 

 

 

  3801   Wed Oct 27 21:51:29 2010 SureshUpdatePSLAttenuation of PSL NPRO removed

The laser power was attenuated to 40 mW yesterday for ensuring that the power built up within the MC does not damage the optics. 

This however stopped us from the doubling work and besides also reduced the power available for locking the PMC. 

Therefore, today the laser attenuation was removed and once again 500mW is available at the exit of the PMC .  

However the power sent to the MC has been reduced to 60mW by changing one of the mirrors in the zig-zag to a 33% beam splitter.  Though about 450mW is incident on the beam splitter the reflected beam is only about 55mW since the mirror reflectance is specified for P polarised light incident at 45deg while ours is S-polarised incident at less than 45deg.   The light transmitted through the beam splitter has been blocked by a beam dump.

 

 

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