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  753   Tue Jul 29 09:12:43 2008 KojiConfigurationIOOMC length measurement
I found that the prev modulation freq had been determined with a same kind of measurement by Osamu, which also looked accurate.

(There is also a document by Dennis to note about this measurement
http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/docs/T/T020147-00.pdf )

So, it means that the round trip length of the MC shortened by 1mm in the 6 years.
New              OLD
27.0924          27.0934    [m]

rob, yoichi

We measured the length of the mode cleaner tonight, using a variant of the Sigg-Frolov method.
The new f2 frequency is:
New              OLD
165983145        165977195
  16222   Wed Jun 23 09:05:02 2021 AnchalUpdateSUSMC lock acquired back again

MC was unable to acquire lock because the WFS offsets were cleared to zero at some point and because of that MC was very misaligned to be able to catch back lock. In such cases, one wants the WFS to start accumulating offsets as soon as minimal lock is attained so that the mode cleaner can be automatically aligned. So I did following that worked:

  • Made the C1:IOO-WFS_TRIG_WAIT_TIME (delay in WFS trigger) from 3s to 0s.
  • Reduced C1:IOO-WFS_TRIGGER_THRESH_ON (Switchin on threshold) from 5000 to 1000.
  • Then as soon as a TEM00 was locked with poor efficiency, the WFS loops started aligning the optics to bring it back to lock.
  • After robust lock has been acquired, I restored the two settings I changed above.


At the end, since MC has trouble catching lock after opening PSL shutter, I tried running burt restore the ioo to 2021/Jun/17/06:19/c1iooepics.snap but the problem persists


  16223   Thu Jun 24 16:40:37 2021 KojiUpdateSUSMC lock acquired back again

[Koji, Anchal]

The issue of the PD output was that the PD whitened outputs of the sat amp (D080276) are differential, while the successive circuit (D000210 PD whitening unit) has the single-ended inputs. This means that the neg outputs (D080276 U2) have always been shorted to GND with no output R. This forced AD8672 to work hard at the output current limit. Maybe there was a heat problem due to this current saturation as Anchal reported that the unit came back sane after some power-cycling or opening the lid. But the heat issue and the forced differential voltage to the input stage of the chip eventually cause it to fail, I believe.

Anchal came up with the brilliant idea to bypass this issue. The sat amp box has the PD mon channels which are single-ended. We simply shifted the output cables to the mon connectors. The MC1 sus was nicely damped and the IMC was locked as usual. Anchal will keep checking if the circuit will keep working for a few days.

Attachment 1: P_20210624_163641_1.jpg
  12878   Thu Mar 9 20:38:19 2017 ranaConfigurationIOOMC lock acquisition settings changed; no more HOM locks

The MC was sort of misaligned. It was locking on some vertical HOMs. So I locked it and aligned the suspensions to the input beam (not great; we should really align the input beam to the centered spots on the MC mirrors).

With the HOMs reduced I looked at the MC servo board gains which Guatam has been fiddling with. It seems that since the Mod Depth change we're getting a lot more HOM locks. You can recognize this by seeing the longish stretches on the strip tool where FSS-FAST is going rail-to-rail at 0.03 Hz for many minutes. This is where the MC is locked on a HOM, but the autolocker still thinks its unlocked and so is driving the MC2 position at 0.03 Hz to find the TEM00 mode.

I lowered the input gain and the VCO gain in the mcdown script and now it very rarely locks on a HOM. The UGF in this state is ~3-4 kHz (I estimate), so its just enough to lock, but no more. I tested it by intentionally unlocking ~15 times. It seems robust. It still ramps up to a UGF of ~150 kHz as always. 'mcdown' commited to SVN.

  5551   Mon Sep 26 20:04:03 2011 KojiUpdatePSLMC lock has been recovered

[Kiwamu Suresh Koji]

Some main parameters of the PSL has been recovered using Dataviewer and some screen snapshots, as seen in the screenshots below.

Attachment 1: snapshot1.png
Attachment 2: snapshot2.png
Attachment 3: snapshot3.png
  1428   Wed Mar 25 17:22:58 2009 YoichiUpdateIOOMC lock without FSS
I made 40k:4k passive filter in a POMONA box and connected it to IN1 (not TEST IN1) of the FSS box.
With this modification and cut-and-tries with the gain sliders, I was able to lock the MC with 80kHz bandwidth by feeding back directory to the laser frequency.
The attached figure shows the open loop transfer function.
The phase margin is thin at 80kHz. Because of this, I could not turn on the MC super boost filters.
But I believe that we can increase the gain further by modifying the filter shape.

I used the following settings:
[MC Board]
C1:IOO-MC_BOOST1 0   (You can turn it on if you want, but turn it off for locking)
C1:IOO-MC_POL 1   (Minus)
C1:IOO-MC_LIMITER 1 (Disable)

[FSS box]
C1:PSL-FSS_SW1 0 (Test1 ON)
C1:PSL-FSS_FASTGAIN 14 (Do not increase it, at least while locking. Otherwise the phase lag from the PZT loop gets significant and the MC loop will be conditionally stable).
I also turned down the FSS slow servo's RC transmission threshold to zero so that the slow servo works even without the RC locked.
Attachment 1: MC-loop-gain.png
  757   Tue Jul 29 18:15:36 2008 robUpdateIOOMC locked

I used the SUS DRIFT MON screen to return the MC suspensions to near their pre-quake values. This required fairly large steps in the angle biases. Once I returned to the printed values on the DRIFT screen (from 3/08), I could see HOM flashes in the MC. It was then pretty easy to get back to a good alignment and get the MC locked.
  1633   Sat May 30 12:03:34 2009 robUpdatePSLMC locked

I locked to PSL loops, then tweaked the alignment of the MC to get it to lock. 

I first steering MC1 until all the McWFS quads were saturated.  This got the MC locking in a 01 mode.  So I steered MC1 a little more till it was 00.  Then I steered MC2 to increase the power a little bit.  After that, I just enabled the MC autolocker.

  5939   Fri Nov 18 01:27:04 2011 DenUpdateIOOMC locked

[Mirko, Den]

While the MC was unlocked (and the local damping off) we've measured the coherence between GUR1_X and OSEM sensors. It was rather high, close to 1 at frequencies 0.1 - 1 Hz. That means that stack does not kill all coherence between seismic noise and mirror motion.

Then we've turned on the local damping and measured the coherence again between GUR1_X and OSEM sensors. It decreased due to some noise and was on the level of ~0.5. We did reduced the motion between the mirror and the frame by local damping but it is not obvious that we lost some coherence due to this effect. Probably, actuator adds some noise.

When we locked the MC, we did not see any coherence at 0.1 - 1 Hz between GUR1_X or STS1_X and OSEM sensors of MC1 and MC3 but we did see with MC2. The MC1 sensor was fixed by Suresh.


Attachment 1: cohnolocalpumping-crop_4.pdf
Attachment 2: cohlocalpumping4-crop.pdf
Attachment 3: cohlock4-crop.pdf
  8142   Sat Feb 23 00:36:52 2013 ManasaSummaryLockingMC locked

[Yuta, Manasa, Sendhil, Rana]

With MC REFL PD fixed, we aligned MC in high power enabling a fully functional MC autolocker.
We then unlocked MC and aligned the PD and WFS QPDs. Also we checked the MC demodulator and found a ~20% leakage between the Q-phase and I-phase. This must be fixed later by changing the cable length.

We adjusted MC offsets using /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/MC/WFS/WFS_FilterBank_offsets.
We then measured the MC spot positions using  /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/ASS/MC/mcassMCdecenter
Spot positions seem to have shifted by 2mm in yaw.

We will proceed with aligning the arms now.

Attachment 1: MCdecenter_23Feb2013.png
  14793   Sun Jul 21 20:23:35 2019 ranaUpdateIOOMC locked

I found the MC2 face camera disabled(?) and the MC servo board input turned off. I turned the MC locking back on but I don't see any camera image yet.

  14797   Mon Jul 22 13:26:41 2019 KruthiUpdateIOOMC locked

The MC2 has 2 GigE cameras right now. I'll put back the analog asap.


I found the MC2 face camera disabled(?) and the MC servo board input turned off. I turned the MC locking back on but I don't see any camera image yet.

  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.



  7591   Tue Oct 23 00:41:55 2012 JenneUpdateAlignmentMC locked, spots centered

[Jenne, Raji]

We replaced the MC Refl path BS with the Y1, as usual, so that the full ~100mW goes to the REFL PD, so we don't have WFS or MC refl camera. 

The MC spots were all outside of 1mm, and some were beyond 2mm (for MC1,3, P,Y....MC2 is of course free since we have more DoFs than we need), so we touched (very, very slightly) the zigzag mirrors on the PSL table.  We realigned the MC, and now the spots are centered to my satisfaction.

MC1,2,3 Pit,    MC1,2,3 Yaw (in mm):

[0.46444020918749457, 8.2634316545130009, -0.41417975237831089, -0.89401481457980592, -0.9323196976382162, -1.543145765853893]

MC2 is way off in pitch, according to this measurement, and it's been consistently going down as we move the MC2 spot in the same direction (up on the monitor), but since we started at +15mm and are now at +8, and we've gone quite a ways, I'm not sure that we really want to go all the way to 0.  Anyhow, MC1 and MC3 are the ones which define our input pointing, so we're quitting for tonight.

We will turn on the PZTs and begin with the official vent list for dummies tomorrow.

Attachment 1: Screenshot-Figure_1.png
  7702   Tue Nov 13 00:28:10 2012 AyakaUpdateIOOMC locked, spots centered

[Rana, Ayaka, Jenne]

We aligned the REFL beam to the center of PD.
Also we removed the small black parts from mirror holder so that the beam is not clipped. They are originally for holding the mirror, but the mirror should be held by the small screw on the side of the mirror mount. This screw was hidden by the label, so we moved the label on the right hand side of the mirror mount (See a picture below).  

Also we removed the half-wave plates and PBS so that laser power is increased.

Then I aligned the beam for PMC, locked MC, and centered the beam spots.


The MC2 pitch is a little bit high but still close enough to the center.

Jenne had also centered the beam spots on QPDs for WFS.

  8469   Mon Apr 22 11:46:09 2013 KojiSummaryIOOMC locked/aligned. MC WFS offloading by ezcaservo

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Фдыщ ш кфт еру ащддщцштп ыскшзе ещ щаадщфв еру ЬС ЦАЫ ыукмщю

I blame Den for russian keyboard installation on the control machines.

ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC2_ASCPIT_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC2_PIT_COMM&
ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC2_ASCYAW_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC2_YAW_COMM&
ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC1_ASCPIT_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC1_PIT_COMM&
ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC1_ASCYAW_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC1_YAW_COMM&
ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC3_ASCPIT_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC3_PIT_COMM&
ezcaservo -r 'C1:SUS-MC3_ASCYAW_OUT16' -g '0.00001' -t 60 C1:SUS-MC3_YAW_COMM&

  8471   Mon Apr 22 17:06:42 2013 ranaSummaryIOOMC locked/aligned. MC WFS offloading by ezcaservo


 Why use the PSL beam as a reference? Don't we want to keep the MC pointing in a good direction through the Faraday instead???

  1229   Thu Jan 15 09:19:32 2009 steveUpdateIOOMC locking
MC2 sus damping was found tripped at the morning the second time this week.

Damping was restored, ISS gain lowered to avoid saturation, MZ manually locked
and MC locking was back.
  8424   Mon Apr 8 22:43:44 2013 ranaUpdatePSLMC locking troubles: MC/FSS servo unstable

The MC seemed to be losing lock recently quite a bit. I noticed that the PC Drive RMS signal was red.

This means that the high frequency drive to the Pockels cell was too high by a factor of 2-3 and sometimes saturating and breaking the lock.

I fiddled with the gains on the FSS screen until this value went down. It looks like there is some kind of high Q oscillation; it takes a couple minutes for the PC Drive RMS to settle to its new position after changing the gains.

The attached trend plot show the last 2 hours. The mean is now back to ~1 V and seems OK. We should really examine the FSS or MC error point spectra with the RF analyzer while exploring this gain space.

Attachment 1: Untitled.png
  1821   Mon Aug 3 14:47:53 2009 JenneUpdateIOOMC locks again

The mode cleaner seems to be locking again.  I've manually unlocked it a few times in the past 20min, and most of the time it catches lock again (maybe about 80% of the time).  Other times, it starts to lock in a bad mode, and can't fix itself, so I unlock it, and let it restart and it usually does fine the second time around. 


I'd like it to be a little more robust, but I'm having a bit of trouble zeroing in on the optimal alignment for quickest, most durable lock aquisition of the MC.  Right now I'm going to leave it for a little while to make sure it doesn't fall apart.

  125   Tue Nov 27 15:47:17 2007 robConfigurationIOOMC loop
After the FSS running pretty quick, I checked the MC loop. I used TPA 1&2.

MC loop
UGF: 70kHz
Input Gain: 29dB
Boost Level: 2
phase: 40 deg
Attachment 1: MCsmall.jpg
  126   Tue Nov 27 16:18:58 2007 robConfigurationIOOMC loop
Reduced the common gain to 22dB in the mcup script, so that the WFS would not blow the lock. The above measure of the OLG was done without the mcWFS running, so may be a low estimate as compared to when the alignment is perfect.
  10851   Sun Jan 4 22:08:46 2015 ranaUpdateIOOMC loop characterizations: PZT/EOM crossover

 * PMC + MC were unlocked when I came in.

* I fiddled around some more with the mcup/down scripts to make locking snappier. The locking was breaking the PMC lock often, so I re-enabled the MC servo board output limiter during acquisition. It is disabled in the MC UP script.

* Re-measured the MC OLG. Still OK.

* Measured the PZT / EOM crossover (aka the FAST / PC crossover) using the connectors on Koji's summing box. With the FAST gain at 18 dB, the crossover is ~10 kHz. Looks way to shallow. Plots to follow.

* I finally discovered today that the PMC PZT stroke is what's causing the main mis-alignment of the beam going to the IMC. By relocking at a few positions, I could see that the IOO QPDs have steps when the PMC relocks. So the IO beam wander is NOT due to temperature effects on the optics mounts of the PSL table. I wonder if we have a large amount of length to angle coupling or if this is the same as the OMC PZTs ?

P.S. I found that someone is using a temporary bench power supply to power the summing box between the TTFSS and the Thorlabs HV driver...whoever did this has ~48 hours to hook up the power in the right way or else Koji is going to find out and lose it and then you have to wear the Mickey Mouse hat.


The first attachment shows the OLG measurements with 2 different values of the fast gain (our nominal FG is 18 dB). You can see that the higher gains produce some crossover instability; when tuning the gain we notice this as an increase in the PCDRIVE rms channel.

The second attachment shows the measurement of the 'crossover'. Its really just the direct measurement of the IN1 / IN2 from the FAST summing box, so its the crossover measurement where the OLG is high.

Attachment 1: MC_OLGs.pdf
Attachment 2: MC_xover.pdf
  8906   Tue Jul 23 13:55:08 2013 KojiUpdateIOOMC manually aligned

The MC was manually aligned. The spot positions were measured and it is consistent with the measurements done yesterday.

Attachment 1: MCalignment.png
Attachment 2: MCspot.png
  9030   Mon Aug 19 11:30:20 2013 JenneUpdateIOOMC mirrors' ASC has non-zero inputs

[Masayuki, Jenne]

When I came in this morning, I noticed that the Mode Cleaner had not been locked for at least the past 8 hours.  We moved the MC SUS sliders until the MC SUSPIT and SUSYAW values for each mirror were back to approximately the place they were the last time the MC was nicely locked (~12 hours ago).  This got the MC flashing TEM00, so we thought we were doing well. 

However, if the servo was enabled, any time the cavity flashed a small-order mode (especially 00), the mirrors would get super kicked.  Not good

We went to investigate, and discovered that the RFPD aux laser was left on again.  We turned that off, however that didn't fix the situation. 

Manasa suggested checking that the WFS were really, really off.  When we looked at the WFS master screen, we noticed that although the WFS servos were off, the MC mirrors' ASC filter banks had non-zero inputs.  We checked, and this is not from the MCASS, nor is it from the MC WFS lockins.  At this point, I have no idea where these signals are coming from.  I have turned off the ASC outputs for all the MC mirrors (which means that we cannot turn on the WFS), and the MC locks fine

So, we need to know where the ASC signals are coming from.  There isn't anything that I can see, from any screen that I can find, that indicates some signals being sent over there.  Has anyone done anything lately?  I know Koji was working on IPC stuff the other day, but the MC was locking fine over the weekend until yesterday afternoon, so I suspect that's not the culprit. 

I have turned off the outputs of the WFS lockins, as part of my turning things off, so if whatever script needs them doesn't enable them, they should be turned back on by hand.

  9032   Mon Aug 19 15:23:07 2013 KojiUpdateIOOMC mirrors' ASC has non-zero inputs

[Jenne, Koji]

This disturbance in the MC ASC channels were fixed.

This craziness happened ~10pm last night. Was there any action at the time? >> Sunday-night workers? (RXA: No, Nakano-kun and I left before 9:30 PM)

We found that the signals came from c1ioo. However, restarting, recompiling c1ioo and c1mcs didn't help
to clean up this issue. Just in case we cleaned up the corresponding entries in the ipc file /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ipc/C1.ipc
and recomplied c1ioo and c1mcs because these are the channels we touched last week to mitigate the timing out issue of c1rfm.

Incidentally, we fell into a strange mode of the RCG: IOPs could not restart. We ended up running "sudo shutdown -r now"
on each machine (except for c1lsc which was not affected by this issue). This solved the issue.

Even now c1oaf could not be running properly. This is not affecting the IFO operation right now, but we need to look into this issue again
in order to utilize OAF.

  5236   Mon Aug 15 10:58:52 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOMC misaligned a lot

This morning Steve and I opened the doors on the IOO and OMC chamber to let the IR beam go to MC.

And found the MC flashing is way far from TEM00, there were very higher order modes.

The MC suspensions were realigned based on an assumption that the incident beam didn't change recently.

Anyways we should check the leveling of the IOO table and the spot positions on the MC mirrors again to make sure.

  15173   Wed Jan 29 03:05:47 2020 rana, gautamUpdateSUSMC misalignments / sat box games

In the last couple days, as the IMC ringdowns have been going on, we have noticed that the MC is behaving bad. Misaligning, drifting, etc.

Gautam told me a horror story about him, Koji, and melted wires inside the sat boxes.

I said, "Its getting too hot in there. So let's take the lids off!"

So then we:

  1. Removed the lid (only 4 screws were still there)
  2. cut off some of the shield - ground wires and insulated them with electrical tape
  3. squished the IDC connectors on tightly
  4. left it this way to see if MC would get better - certainly the painfully hot heatinks inside the box were now just 110 F or so

After some minutes, we saw no drifting. So maybe my theory of "hot heatsink partially shorting a coil current to GND through partially melted ribbon cable" makes sense? IF this seems better after a month, lets de-lid all the optics.

Let's look at some longer trends and be very careful next to MC2 for the next 3 days! I have put a dangerous mousetrap there to catch anyone who walks near the vacuum chamber.

gautam: the grounding situation per my assessment is that the shield of all the IDC cables are connected to a common metal strip at 1X5 - but in my survey, I didn't see any grounding of this strip to a common ground.

Attachment 1: IMG_8366.JPG
  4340   Tue Feb 22 23:40:31 2011 KojiUpdateIOOMC mode mach improvement

As per Kiwamu's request I made a light touch to the input steering and the mode matching lens.

Here V_ref and V_trans are C1:IOO-MC_RFPD_DCMON and C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUM, respectively.

Result: Visibility = 1 - V_ref(resonant) / V_ref(anti_reso) = 1 - 0.74 / 5.05 = 85%

What has been done:

  • Alignment of the steering mirrors before and after the last mode matching lens
       V_ref: 2.7 ==> 2.2, V_trans: 34000 ==> 39000
  • Moving of the last mode matching lens away from the MC (+ alignment of the steering mirrors)
       V_ref: 2.2 ==> 0.74, V_trans: 39000 ==> 55000
Attachment 1: IOO_MMT_110222.png
  9632   Thu Feb 13 13:18:33 2014 manasaUpdateIOOMC needed some help

The MC has been funny since yesterday. I checked the suspensions INMON channels and they seemed ok. So I went ahead and tweaked the alignment with WFS disabled (yesterday). Although the WFS PDs were cenetered at this point, the WFS servo was throwing the MC in a not-so-happy state. We worked with the WFS servo OFF all of yesterday.

This morning,

* I fine tuned the MC alignment from yesterday (TRANS_SUM > 17800 counts)

* measured the spot positions

* recentered the spots on the WFS PDs (was already quite centered)

*reset the WFS filterbank offsets.

The MC has been locked happily since then with autolocker and WFS servo enabled.

  5928   Thu Nov 17 17:03:28 2011 MIrkoUpdateIOOMC noise projection

Another go at the noise projection from MC1-3 pit/yaw to MC length. This time injecting into the MC autoalignment FB (e.g. C1:IOO-WFS1_PIT_EXC ).

LTPDA is working now, but still the NDS server is not so cooperative.

Summary: Alignment fluctuations of the MC mirrors don't significantly contribute to MC length changes up to at least 3.5Hz. Especially they can't explain the lack of coherence between seismometers and MC length below 1Hz that we worry about for the OAF.

At high frequencies >= 10Hz you can see angle to length coupling as is evident in Sureshes spot position measurements.

Whiteish noise injection:

Injection from 0.1-20Hz.Filtered by the servo filters and zp:[1],[1] , Gain = 1 @ 2Hz


Look at the coherence plots for the quality of the measurement:






Injection details:

DOF      Amplitude[counts]        UTC Time (duration always 4mins)
WFS1p  70                               22:28
WFS1y  55                               22:03
WFS2p  70                               22:13
WFS2y  70                               22:18
None      -                                 22:23

Fixed sine injections:

To get some better SNR at low frequencies I did a fixed sine noise injection at 0.3Hz. See attached files.

DOF      Amplitude[counts]        UTC Time (duration always 4mins)    Lower limit of SNR MC length via mirror misalignment
WFS1p  4                                  00:05                                                29.3
WFS1y  4                                  00:14                                                22.0
WFS2p  4                                  00:19                                                18.5
WFS2y  4                                  00:25                                                18.0

Attachment 2: WFS1pit.png
Attachment 3: WFS1yaw.png
Attachment 4: WFS2pit.png
Attachment 5: WFS2yaw.png
Attachment 7: Coherence_WFS2pit.png
Attachment 11: NpWfs.pdf
NpWfs.pdf NpWfs.pdf NpWfs.pdf NpWfs.pdf NpWfs.pdf
  9322   Thu Oct 31 15:34:28 2013 manasaUpdateIOOMC not happy since yesterday



8 day minute trend of some of the IMC alignment signals.

That step ~2 days ago in the WFS2 yaw control signal shows that I didn't do such a good job on yaw.

Nic is going to come over some time and give us a new Gouy telescope that let's us have bigger beams on the WFS. At LLO, Hartmut demonstrated recently how bigger beams can reduce offsets somehow...mechanism TBD.

Also, we must angle the WFS and figure out how to dump the reflections at the same time that we rework the table for the telescope.

Steve, can you please put 2 mounted  razor dumps near the WFS for this purpose??    

            Tuesday: Razor dumps are waiting for you.


The MC has not been able to hold lock for over a couple of hours since yesterday. I aligned the MC yesterday (elog 9320) and it lost lock in a couple of hours. I realigned the MC again around noon today only to see it drifting and lose lock again.

I have attached the MC trend for the 2 hours when the MC drifted slowly from its happy to sad state.



Attachment 1: MC_drift.png
  1803   Wed Jul 29 11:58:57 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLMC not locking

This morning I found the Mode Cleaner unlocked.

I check the sliders for the mirrors bias and they have not changed. Also the OSEMs readbacks show no change in the optics positions.

I don't understand what's wrong because in the previous days, in this state of alignmanet, it could lock.

I tried to tweak a little bit the periscope to check whether it was a problem of beam matching but that didn't help the cavity to lock.

I don't want to change the periscpe alignment to much becasue I believe it is still good and I suspect that there is something else going on.

  872   Fri Aug 22 17:03:41 2008 YoichiUpdateIOOMC open loop TF
I measured the open loop TF of the overall MC loop using the sum-amp A of the MC board.
I used the Agilent 4395A network analyzer and saved the data into a floppy disk. However, the data was corrupted when
I read it with my computer. I had the same problem before. The floppy is not reliable. Anyway, I have to re-measure the TF.
From what I remember, the UGF was around 25kHz and the phase margin was less than 15deg.
Above this frequency, the open loop gain was almost flat and had a small bump around 100kHz.
This bump has a gain margin of less than 4dB (the phase is more than 180deg delayed here).
So the MC is marginally stable and either decreasing or increasing the gain will make it unstable easily.
Probably, the broken FSS is responsible for this. We have to fix it.

During the measurement, I also found that the input connectors (IN1 and IN2) of the MC board are freaky.
These are TNC connectors directory mounted on the board. Gently touching the cables hooked up to those connectors
caused a large offset change in the output.
When Rana pulled the board out and pushed it in firmly, the strange behavior went away. Probably, the board was
not correctly inserted into the backplane.
This could have been the reason for the MC unlocks.
  928   Thu Sep 4 17:17:03 2008 YoichiUpdateIOOMC open loop TF
I measured open loop transfer functions of the MC servo.
The UGF was about 30kHz. Since there was some gain margin at higher frequencies, I increased
the input gain of the MC servo board from 19dB to 22dB. Now the UGF is 40kHz and we have more
phase margin (~30deg).
Attachment 1: MC-OPLTF.png
  2698   Tue Mar 23 00:31:51 2010 KojiUpdateIOOMC realigned

This is the first touch to the MC mirrors after the earthquake on 16th.

  • I made an aluminum access connector so that we can work on the MC even the door is open. We still can be able to open the aluminum tube. The photos are attached. Steve, could you please look it at a glance whether the seal is enough or not.
  • MC resonances were flashing. Align MC2 and MC3 so that we have many TEM00s.
  • Found c1vmesus2 gone mad. Restarted remotely according to the wiki entry. 
  • Reset the MC coil output matrix to 1. (Previously, balance was adjusted so that A2L was minimized.)
  • Excite MC2 Pitch/Yaw at 8 and 9 Hz, looking at the peaks in the MC-MCL output. Move MC2 Pitch/Yaw so that the peak
    is reduced. (*)
  • MC1/MC3 were aligned so that we get the maximum transmission (or minimum reflection). (**)
  • Repeat (*) and (**)

So far, I have aligned in Yaw such that the yaw peak is minimized.

Attachment 1: IMG_2346.jpg
Attachment 2: IMG_2347.jpg
  5990   Wed Nov 23 16:55:57 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC realigned

The PSL alignment into the MC was too poor for the autolocker to engage.  So retaining the last coil slider settings on the MC_Align screen that Kiwamu wanted, I have realigned the PSL beam and recentered the beam on the WFS.

When the WFS_MASTER was burtrestored after the recent power shutdown, the values loaded into the output matrix were not optimal.  When we switch on the WFS loops now, the MC_TRANS loops seem to push the WFS into away from the best possible coupling to PSL.  So I have switched them off for now.   Will load a new optimised output matrix and measure the transfer functions to see what is going on.



  5283   Tue Aug 23 02:03:04 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC realigned and spot positions recentered

After the MC1 and MC3 OSEMs were  repositioned  MC had to be realigned and the beam spots had to be recentered on the actuation nodes.  

To do that I had to change the input beam direction into the MC  and the coil offsets.   

I also measured the resultant spot positions

spot positions in mm (MC1,2,3 pit MC1,2,3 yaw):
    0.1354   -0.2522   -0.1383   -1.0893    0.7122   -1.5587



The MC1 and MC3 yaw can be improved further after the chambers are closed and evacuated.  The PZT adjustments needed to realign the input beam pointing are quite small and should not pose a problem.



  5799   Thu Nov 3 17:19:54 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC realigned to center the spots on actuation nodes

Several activities in the past week (elog1, Mirko's rough realignment of MC and adjustment of the PSL zig-zag on Monday and elog2 ), had led to an MC state where the spots were not centered on the actuation nodes.

The change in the C1IOO model part dealing with MC_ASS led to the disappearance of all MC_ASS filter definitions in the lockins.  I have fixed all that, remade the screens and scripts for making the MC Decenter measurements.

I have just completed the re-centering of the spots on the MC and this of course will lead to some change in the input pointing. 

The MC_REFL beam also was recented on the WFS and the MC2_TRANS QPD.

Will add the mc-decenter measurement in a few mins

  5803   Thu Nov 3 22:32:48 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC realigned to center the spots on actuation nodes


Several activities in the past week (elog1, Mirko's rough realignment of MC and adjustment of the PSL zig-zag on Monday and elog2 ), had led to an MC state where the spots were not centered on the actuation nodes.

The change in the C1IOO model part dealing with MC_ASS led to the disappearance of all MC_ASS filter definitions in the lockins.  I have fixed all that, remade the screens and scripts for making the MC Decenter measurements.

I have just completed the re-centering of the spots on the MC and this of course will lead to some change in the input pointing. 

The MC_REFL beam also was recented on the WFS and the MC2_TRANS QPD.

Will add the mc-decenter measurement in a few mins

 The current MC spot decentering is given below:

spot positions in mm:

MC1P     MC2P     MC3P      MC1Y     MC2Y     MC3Y

0.4089    0.4800   -0.1266   -1.4095    0.3808   -1.7517


The yaw measurement probably has the wrong scale factor in the conversion to mm.  It could be under estimated by a factor 2.65/2.00 since the 10% step in coil gains produces a 2mm offset rather than the expected 2.65mm.  See the figures below.  I will check this during the next iteration when another mode clearner alignment comes up.

As I had to redefine all the MC_ASS lockin filters it is possible that Lockin phase might have changed by a few degrees giving rise to a change in the scale factor.

20111103_1.png    20111103_2.png

  503   Thu May 29 15:58:44 2008 JohnSummaryIOOMC realignment
I repeatedly adjusted the yaw of the upper mirror on the input periscope and re aligned the MC. With the PRM aligned I tried to optimise MC transmission and DC refl simultaneously. I subsequently centred the beams on WFS1/2. Attached is a 30 day trend of MC alignment and transmission.
  5482   Tue Sep 20 15:54:42 2011 kiwamuUpdateCamerasMC refl camera is available

[Suresh / Kiwamu]

 The MC REFL camera is now available. The camera name is "MCR" and you can call it from the videoswitch script.


(what we did)

 + repositioned and aligned the MCR camera.

 + checked the MCR camera.

  => found the camera view shows a negative image (i.e. the beam spot is dark and the background is bright !!)

 + replaced the camera by a spare one.

 + modified the videoswitch script because the input channel 3 was wrongly assigned to MCR.

  MCR was correctly assigned to the input channel 18.

  2444   Tue Dec 22 11:23:51 2009 kiwamu, SteveUpdateIOOMC relocked

In this morning I found MC unlocked.

Steve restored the watchdogs before I found that.

Then I relocked MC and now MC is locked and working well.

The reflected DC power is ~0.38, which is usual number.


  9999   Wed May 28 14:13:06 2014 manasaUpdateIOOMC relocked


MC wouldn't relock, it looked misaligned in pitch and yaw on MC camera.

I've touched the alignment, and gotten the reflection below 0.5, but it unlocks periodically, spot positions aren't great, and turning on WFS throws it out of alignment. ughhhhh

The IMC has not been happy since the weekend and were left with WFS disabled because of the bad alignment state that the MC has been left at.

I realigned the MC mirrors and brought down MC_REFL to 0.42 and MC_TRANS_SUM came up to ~ 17400 counts.

I measured the spot positions after alignment. MC1 and MC3 are slightly off in pitch :

spot positions in mm (MC1,2,3 pit MC1,2,3 yaw):
[2.0535418031770249, 0.84870716159663184, 1.9759940800847962, -1.6706240175650202, 0.089441353070240759, -1.0339963871771678]

I reset the WFS filterbank offsets and engaged the MCWFS servo. Atleast now the MC is not being thrown out of lock with WFS enabled. I have NOT touched the alignment to the WFS PDs.

  18   Fri Oct 26 16:19:29 2007 Tobin FrickeRoutineIOOMC resonances
We would like to measure the absorption of the mode cleaner optics. The plan is to repeat <a href="http://ilog.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:7285/mLIGO/Cleaning_the_Mode_Cleaner">Valera's experiment</a> in which we track the MC's thermal resonances to infer their power absorption. Last night Rana and I hooked up a lock-in amplifier to heterodyne the MC servo signal by 28 kHz and piped the output into an ADC using the MC_AO channel. We did not find any resonances.

Valera recommends we drive the POS of the three MC optics with bandlimited noise to excite the resonances.
  80   Wed Nov 7 14:05:59 2007 tobinConfigurationIOOMC ringdown
Modeling the mode cleaner as a simple cavity with all losses lumped together, we expect the cavity power to be
attenuated by a factor (1-L) after each interval (2l/c)=1/fsr. Therefore we can get the cavity loss L
(including power lost through transmission) from the ringdown time constant tau as:

L = 1 - exp[ - 1/(tau * fsr) ]

From this we have to subtract the 2000 ppm transmission for each of MC1 and MC3, and divide by three to spread
the losses across the three optics.

I get 168 39 ppm loss per optic based on a very simple exponential fit to the tails (t>0) of four of Andrey's data files.

By comparison, I get 154 37 ppm from Rana's data files from before the vent.
  74   Wed Nov 7 00:51:33 2007 andrey, rob, tobinConfigurationIOOMC ringdowns
We completed several ringdown measurements this afternoon; Andrey is currently processing the data.
  16272   Fri Aug 6 17:10:19 2021 PacoUpdateIMCMC rollercoaster

[anchal, yehonatan, paco]

For whatever reason (i.e. we don't really know) the MC unlocked into a weird state at ~ 10:40 AM today. We first tried to find a likely cause as we saw it couldn't recover itself after ~ 40 min... so we decided to try a few things. First we verified that no suspensions were acting weird by looking at the OSEMs on MC1, MC2, and MC3. After validating that the sensors were acting normally, we moved on to the WFS. The WFS loops were disabled the moment the IMC unlocked, as they should. We then proceeded to the last resort of tweaking the MC alignment a bit, first with MC2 and then MC1 and MC3 in that order to see if we could help the MC catch its lock. This didn't help much initially and we paused at about noon.

At about 5 pm, we resumed since the IMC had remained locked to some higher order mode (TEM-01 by the looks of it). While looking at C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUMFILT_OUT on ndscope, we kept on shifting the MC2 Yaw alignment slider (steps = +-0.01 counts) slowly to help the right mode "hop". Once the right mode caught on, the WFS loops triggered and the IMC was restored. The transmission during this last stage is shown in Attachment #1.

Attachment 1: MC2_trans_sum_2021-08-06_17-18-54.png
  7339   Tue Sep 4 20:06:04 2012 JenneUpdateLockingMC scan input switched to the 11MHz port of EOM

Since the EOM's signal combiner (splitter backwards) is frequency-independent, Koji and Jamie (in the proper turn off, turn on order) put the 55MHz signal back to the EOM, and put the MC mode scan input to the 11MHz port.  This way we can lock the Michelson tomorrow, and we don't have to keep switching cables around when Riju wants to take some scans.

  10285   Tue Jul 29 16:41:54 2014 KojiUpdateLSCMC servo

The MC openloop gains were measured with several conditions
- MC fast/PC crossover was measured to be ~30kHz.
- No feature found in the fast path above 10kHz.


I have been making a circuit to test the crossover between the PZT and PC paths.
This was supposed to allow us to inject a test signal as well as the 5V necessary to offset the voltage for the HV amp.
So far this attempt was not successful although the circuit TF looked just fine. I was wondering what was wrong.

I now suspect that the noise of the circuit was too big. It has ~65nV/rtHz noise level. This corresponds to the external
disturbance of 1~2Hz/rtHz. This is ~10 times larger noise level than the freerun frequency noise.

In the control band the circuit noise is suppressed (cancelled) by the feedback loop.
This is OK when the loop is dominated by the PZT loop. However, if the loop is dominated by the PC path,
the PC path has to work for this compensation.

So what I should do is to remove the low pass filter in the FSS and move it to the downstream of the HV amp.
This way we may be able to reduce the PC path actuation as the noise of the HV amp is also reduced by the LPF.


For the meantime, I used another approach to characterize the MC crossover. I could manage to lock the MC without the PC path.
The openloop was measured with and without the PC path in this low gain setup. In fact the loop was oscillating at 6kHz
due to the low phase margin. Nevertherless, this comparison can let us find where the crossover. The loop gain was also
measured with the nominal condition.

<<Measuerement condition>>

MC IN1 Gain: +19dB
VCO Gain: +3dB
Boosts: No boost / No super boost

FSS Common Gain: +13dB
Fast Path Gain: +21.5dB
The PC path disconnected.
(Note that the loop was almost oscillating and the apparent gain may look lower than it should have been)

MC IN1 Gain: +19dB
VCO Gain: +3dB
Boosts: No boost / No super boost

FSS Common Gain: +13dB
Fast Path Gain: +21.5dB
The PC path connected.

MC IN1 Gain: +19dB
VCO Gain: +15dB
Boosts: Boost On / Super boost 2

FSS Common Gain: +13dB
Fast Path Gain: +21.5dB
The PC path connected.


Attachment 1: MCservo.pdf
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