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  4125   Fri Jan 7 15:17:37 2011 steveUpdateCamerasITMX video monitor has tower wide view

The Watec 902, 1/2" CCD camera got new Tamron lens: 1/2" 10-40mm F/1.4  manual iris. IR corrective lens. It is designed to have the same focal point in the IR as

in the visible light range. However, as the depth of field in the IR range is very narrow, focus adjustment should be done carefully in the IR.

Now you can see the sus tower that will make alignment easier.


  4133   Tue Jan 11 11:39:45 2011 steveUpdateVACRGA is turned on

Joe updated the rga procedure in the wiki and we turned on the filament. It will take a few days to reach thermal equilibrium.

TP2 dry fore pump was replaced at 910mTorr

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  4165   Tue Jan 18 10:25:23 2011 steveUpdatePEMvertex crane work this week

The crane people are here. The Vertex chambers are covered with plastic. The PSL HEPAs will be running on high during the day.

It is going to be disturbingly noisy and dirty during the day. Please try start working in the evening if it can not wait till next week.

  4233   Mon Jan 31 16:12:11 2011 steveUpdateVACVertex crane upgrade shorth coming

 The upgrade is almost finished. I found that the passive latch lock  is not closing down all the way. It has about a 3/8" gap.    See Atm. 1 & 2

The service man was here this morning and agreed to fix it.  They will be back next week. The latch needs an other spring to push it into full lock. 

We tested all possible sequences of operation of the new upgrade. It performed to specification.





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  4264   Wed Feb 9 10:25:46 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYAP table

I blocked the  AP table's south west 10" ID port since it is obsolete with the new layout.

Reminder: items on the enclosure self can fall down in an earthquake. I moved oscilloscope and heavy calorimeter head from the edge of the cliff.

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  4269   Thu Feb 10 11:16:31 2011 steveUpdatePEMsouth arm AC turned on

The air condition was off for the south arm. I  turned it on.

  4273   Fri Feb 11 09:27:03 2011 steveConfigurationVACRGA scan

The RGA scan is normal at day 52 of this pump down.

Light power BS 1064nm ~25mW, ETMX 532nm ~5mW

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  4274   Fri Feb 11 16:43:09 2011 steveUpdateVIDEOMC1 & 3 video monitor

I set up video monitoring of MC1 and MC3

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  4286   Mon Feb 14 11:23:24 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYenclosure door upgrade

The #3 enclosure door was removed for the carpenter shop this morning. They will make 5 full size doors with window on each.

TEMPORARY aluminum sheet is clamped into its place. This sheet should not be removed till new doors arrive.

The inside Formica color will be changed from white to black to reduce the green scattering.

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  4290   Mon Feb 14 17:16:47 2011 steveUpdateGeneralracks, breakers labeled

The south arm labels were changed from y to x to reflect reality.

So racks, manual disconnects and breakers now have their actual name. The east arm will be changed over tomorrow.

Please remove incorrect labels if you see any !

I can not find 1X4 breaker so it will be  traced.

  4337   Tue Feb 22 11:53:38 2011 steveUpdateElectronicsRF Distribution box: assembly completed


The mechanical assembly of RF distribution box is 99% complete.  Some of the components may be bolted to the teflon base plate if needed. 

All RF cables and DC voltage supply lines have been installed and tested.  I removed the terminal block which was acting as a distribution box for the common zero voltage line.  Instead I have used the threaded holes in the body of each voltage regulator.   This allows us to keep the supply lines twisted right up to the regulator and keeps the wiring neater.  The three regulator bodies have been wired together to provide a common zero potential point. 

I did a preliminary test to see if everything is functioning. All units are functioning well.  The output power levels may need to be adjusted by changing the attenuators. 

The 2x frequency multiplier outputs are not neat sine waves.  They seem to produce some harmonics, unlike the rest of the components.

I will post the measured power output at each point tomorrow.  The RF power meter could not be found in the 40m lab.  We suspect that it has found its way back to the PSL lab.



Frank is recommending these PhaseTrack-210 as phase stable low loss rf coax cables.

  4338   Tue Feb 22 14:37:24 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYLarisa received 40m safety training

Larisa Thorne received 40m lab specific, basic safety training. She will attend P. King's Basic Laser Safety Training Session tomorrow.


  4349   Thu Feb 24 11:18:08 2011 steveUpdateSUSSRM sus-cables

Cheater cables   for SRM sus tied up. They were dangling aimlessly on the floor.

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  4350   Thu Feb 24 16:47:26 2011 steveConfigurationPSL shutter is back on the PSL output

Uniblitz mechanical shutter was placed into the beam path of the PSL output with razor beam trap. The output power was 1.39W at 2.08A

It is working from the MEDM screen "old map" C1IOO_Mech_Shutter.adl

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  4356   Fri Feb 25 10:11:56 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYhow not to

The beam of IR for doubling  is clipping on bnc cable to green beam transmitted pd.

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  4367   Wed Mar 2 16:51:53 2011 steveConfigurationGreen Lockingmech shutter in place at the south end

I moved old POX shutter from ITMY optical table to the south end. MEDM POX mechanical shutter screen is now closing the green beam  injection into the Y arm.

I kluged in a 40m long bnc cable that Alberto left on the floor for control. It is labelled POX-sht  This is a temporary set up.

  4386   Tue Mar 8 15:23:16 2011 steveUpdatePEMclean room gloves

Ansell AccuTech 91-300 clean room gloves  ONLY in the 40m lab.

Cleaning and preparation must be carried out in these gloves also.

  4391   Wed Mar 9 17:29:11 2011 steveSummaryVACsingle O-ring protection

We have one single O-ring on the 40m vacuum envelope. It is on the OOC west side, facing the AP table. This O-ring has to be protected from the force of this

door. There should be 3 shims  ~120 degrees apart to carry the full load, so it is not the O-ring that is getting squashed.

This morning I found only one of these shims in place.

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  4405   Fri Mar 11 16:30:42 2011 steveUpdateGeneralhigh speed servo unit is here

New Focus Servo Controller has just arrived. We have 25 days to evaluate this product.

It will have to be shipped back to the vendor on April 4, 2011 the latest in order to get full refund.

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  4418   Mon Mar 21 16:31:02 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYBryan Barr received safety training

Bryan Barr is visiting us from Glasgow for a month. He received 40m specific safety training on Friday.

  4429   Wed Mar 23 09:48:20 2011 steveUpdatePSLPSL enclosure: gets new window & laser

Solid door, numbered 4 at south west corner of PSL enclosure was replaced by laser protective window.

The carpenter shop's Mark is making 4 more identical ones for the east side.


The Lightwave NPRO126 of 700mW was moved from the AP-table into the PSL-enclosure temporarily.

It's emergency shutdown switch can be seen at the center bottom picture

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  4430   Wed Mar 23 09:54:46 2011 steveOmnistructurePhotosLSC visitors

The 40m lab was visited by  ~ 30 LSC members  the end of last week.

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  4447   Mon Mar 28 16:19:23 2011 steveFrogsPhotosvisithing 5th graders

Suresh is captivating his audience with gravity waves on last Friday, March 25

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  4475   Thu Mar 31 11:30:51 2011 steveConfigurationGeneralstrain relieved rf cables

I strain relieved RF cables labeled 33 MHZ LO and 166 MHZ to EOM at 1X2  This is a temporary setup for the 11 MHZ

The coax N  bulkheads connectors are mounted on the plastic front panel now.

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  4487   Tue Apr 5 17:04:36 2011 steveSummarySAFETYcranes inspected and load tested

Mike Caton of Konecranes inspected and loadtested all 3  of the 40m cranes at max reach trolley positions with 1 ton.

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  4488   Tue Apr 5 17:31:59 2011 steveSummaryGeneralnew laser pointers


Just for a record. We got 4 new laser pointers (2 greens, 1 blue, and 1 green and red combination). Don't lose them.

They reside in a bucket on the SP table, where IR viewers and sensor cards also reside.


 Low power green-red laser pointers are in. High power green, red and blue pointers are confiscated.

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  4496   Thu Apr 7 11:38:56 2011 steveUpdatePSLenclosure windows on the east side of the PSL

The PSL enclosure now have 4 windows on each side. The bottom rail guides on the east side will be replaced by  one  U-channel for smoother, more gentle sliding.

Door position indicator- interlock switches are not wired yet.

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  4497   Thu Apr 7 11:51:13 2011 steveSummarySAFETYnew crane operator inaugurated


Mike Caton of Konecranes inspected and loadtested all 3  of the 40m cranes at max reach trolley positions with 1 ton.

 Konecrane representative gave crane operator training in the 40m. Koji has become a qualified, trained crane operator of the 40m lab.

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  4550   Thu Apr 21 08:26:42 2011 steveUpdatePEMPSL enclosure work today

The east side window guides  will be replaced by one long U-channel. There will be drilling into 2x2 steel frame. It should be done by 2pm today

This should remove the jerking motion of windows hitting the individual guides.

  4551   Thu Apr 21 14:39:43 2011 steveUpdateRF Systemnew strain relieved N connectors at AP

New right angle PVC, 2 x 2 x  1/4" installed at the AP table to strain relief the 1/4" spiral corrugated RF coaxes.

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  4552   Thu Apr 21 15:03:29 2011 steveUpdateComputersjuction board finds home

The anti aliasing box was opened up at the back to accommodate the junction board and the SCSI cable towards the ADC. Aluminum plate was attached to the bottom to hold the strain relief clamp.

Three more hanging junction cards will be replaced in this manner.

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  4553   Thu Apr 21 15:20:46 2011 steveUpdatePEMPSL enclosure work today


The east side window guides  will be replaced by one long U-channel. There will be drilling into 2x2 steel frame. It should be done by 2pm today

This should remove the jerking motion of windows hitting the individual guides.

 The installation went smoothly. There will be no more banging the doors into  guides on the east side.

Atm2 showing the west side as is today

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  4597   Mon May 2 13:43:05 2011 steveFrogsPhotosbirthday boys

.....Happy.... Birthday.... to.... Joseph... and... Jamie...Happy....Birthday..... to.... You............sing with us........Happy Birthday.....to you

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  4599   Mon May 2 17:10:55 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM oplev

The returning spot diameter on the qpd ~10 mm. In order to reduce the spot size I moved the f 1145 mm lens toward the PRM ~ 25 cm. The spot size was reduced to ~8 mm, 3200 counts.

I'll try to find an other lens tomorrow.

  4615   Tue May 3 15:59:22 2011 steveFrogsPhotosX-mas comes early

The little red all terrain cargo wagon 40" x 18"  has just arrived on pneumatic wheels.

Model #29, 200 lbs max load at 26 PSI,  minimum age requirement 1.5 years

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  4616   Tue May 3 16:20:13 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM & BS oplevs are ready


The returning spot diameter on the qpd ~10 mm. In order to reduce the spot size I moved the f 1145 mm lens toward the PRM ~ 25 cm. The spot size was reduced to ~8 mm, 3200 counts.

I'll try to find an other lens tomorrow.

 Atm 1,  PRM oplev inward path with 2 lens solution: 14 cm gap between F 1145 and F 1545 mm lenses. 

Atm 2,   The PRM beam size 3 mm and the beam  quality is still bad. The BS path only needed alignment.

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  4633   Thu May 5 10:19:22 2011 steveUpdatePSLPSL-FSS_RMTEMP is back

Valera and I installed the the temp sensor and the interface box that Rana fixed. This may help with diagnosing the PSL drift.

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  4641   Thu May 5 15:05:06 2011 steveUpdatePSLPSL-FSS_RMTEMP is not back


Valera and I installed the the temp sensor and the interface box that Rana fixed. This may help with diagnosing the PSL drift.

 I was wrong. Rana did not fix the interface box. I removed the interface box and turned down the HEPA flow  from 100 to 20% on the Variac.

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  4644   Thu May 5 15:33:37 2011 steveConfigurationRF SystemLSC rack

New right angle PVC front panel with SMA bulkhead connectors are in place. The connections are still lose. It is ready for Suresh to finalise his vision on it.

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  4651   Fri May 6 10:20:00 2011 steveSummarySAFETY2011 safety audit

The emphasis of this annual safety audit  was on  safe  electrical housekeeping on March 3, 2011

Safety audit correction list for the electric shop:

1, install breaker panel door in room 101
2, install conduit- AC out let in the east arm for USB camera table and
    south arm for maglev- external fan
3, replace AC cord to south end work bench and door alarm
4, trace breaker of 1Y4

Requested completion date: 3-28-2011 at estimated cost $1,500.
All recommendations  for improvement were done by April 1, 2011
We thank the participants for making the 40m a safer  place to work.
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  4654   Fri May 6 15:59:40 2011 steveUpdateVACTP3 fore pump replaced

Dry fore pump of TP3 replaced by brand new Varian SH-110  at  1.1 Torr_75,208 hrs

The annuloses were closed off for 25 minutes. We are back to VACUUM NORMAL mode.

The TP3 fore line pressure dropped to 44 mTorr at 25 minutes in operation.......9.4mTorr at day 2 with full annulos load

  4655   Fri May 6 17:11:55 2011 steveUpdateSUSSRM-oplev cable

The SRM qpd cable was removed from the BS-table. It's path was changed from 1x4 to ITMY-table following the inner cable tray.

  4678   Tue May 10 11:14:44 2011 steveUpdatePSLPSL-QPD_ANG qpd optimized

Valera and I placed F 572.7 mm lens ~15 cm away  from the ang  qpd (in the same mount with ND filter) so that two qpds see different combination of ang and pos motion - there was no lenses prior to this change. The beam diameter is reduced to ~half .

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  4686   Wed May 11 11:05:45 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMX_OPLEV : He-Ne replaced


I found that a He-Ne laser which has been used for ETMX_OPLEV was NOT giving the light.

Since I didn't find the switch key for it I have no idea if the laser is simply off or dead.

 The dead laser was replaced by new JDSU 1103P of  2.6mW. The return beam is big ~5 mm diameter of 0.3 mW,  1400 counts

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  4687   Wed May 11 11:24:59 2011 steveUpdateSUSSRM-oplev qpd is back


The SRM qpd cable was removed from the BS-table. It's path was changed from 1x4 to ITMY-table following the inner cable tray.

 Laser diode oplev SRM is working. Qpd matrix values were reset like others.

In 0.44mW, returning 0.1mW,  -500 counts.

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  4689   Wed May 11 13:54:32 2011 steveUpdateLSCLSC power supplies

Aux- rack _1Y2 is just behind 1Y3  It contains Kepco Analoge DC power supplies for +- 5, 15 and 24V

Placing these power supplies away from the LSC rack was an effort to minimize pick up from them.


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  4700   Thu May 12 08:54:11 2011 steveUpdateIOOIP_POS cable found


A cable for IP_POS has been disconnected at the LSC rack, 1Y2. Due to it currently no IP_POS signal shows up on the digital side.

It looks like we disconnected the cable together with some unused cables when we were cleaning up the wiring of the LSC rack.

The cable, a shielded flat-cable, is supposed to send DC power to the QPD and send the signals from the QPD to an interface board on the LSC rack.

I will check how it used to be and reconnect it.

 I found the disconnected cable, but I do not see the interface board at the LSC rack

  4701   Thu May 12 09:00:23 2011 steveUpdateGeneraloptical table covers must be used

I found ITMX-ISCT and BS-ISCT ( IFO sensing-control table)  not covered this morning. Please do not leave tables open.

  4728   Mon May 16 17:11:28 2011 steveUpdateElectronicsstrain relieved 1X1

1X1 is strain relieved in the back. I will use similar approach on the rest of the racks .

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  4750   Thu May 19 17:53:03 2011 steveUpdateCDSAA filter box modified at 1X5


[Steve, Joe]

Steve pulled the top AA filter box from 1X5 which handled some of the suspensions channels.  We turned off all the watchdogs before pulling it out, as well as recorded which cables were connected to which inputs.

The case  is undergoing a structural modification to have the ADC adapter card which previously was loosely connected via cables, securely attached to the case.

Steve still wants to do some cabling in the rack while the box is out, and will return it this afternoon once he has finished that.

 Job is done. Sus damping are back on. Cabling-strain reliefing are  not finished yet at 1X5 and 1X4

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