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  3914   Sun Nov 14 02:59:31 2010 ranaConfigurationGeneralMEDM snapshots web page

Since Nodus is a Solaris machine it can barely handle doing the ImageMagick commands (such as convert and import). I removed the auto MEDM snapshot routine from it

awhile ago and I think the rate of ELOGD crashes has decreased, although its not definitive.

The snapshots have now been re-actived to run on MAFALDA, after I fixed the absolute pathnames in the scripts and installed (via yum) the packages that mafalda

needed to run this (Xvfb, openmotif, compat, etc.). The snapshots web page is now refreshing by itself and the statScreen/cronjob.sh is running on mafalda 5x per hour.


  4096   Thu Dec 23 22:13:50 2010 KojiUpdateGeneralPZT HV turned on

The four IOO PZTs have been turned on in order to confirm the alignment of the IFO.

Once they are turned on, the spots (ITMX/ITMY/PRM/SRM) on the REFL CCD have been easily found.

When the X-arm was aligned to the green beam, it is easily locked to TEM00. Also some LG modes were visible.
i.e. There is some room to improve the mode matching.
The transmitted green at the PSL table is a bit too high and clipped by the first mirror on the table.

No IR flashes were found in either arms.


The below are the range and the set values of the strain gauge readback for the PZTs.
When the closed loop buttons are activated the PZTs are fixed at those values, if no one touches the set point dials.

            Min   Max   SetP | Display on the module
PZT1 Yaw    2.20  9.95  6.08 | Broken
PZT1 Pitch -0.011 8.89  4.40 | 1.58

PZT2 Yaw    0.737 9.94  5.37 | 2.17
PZT2 Pitch  0.010 9.42  4.71 | 1.89

  4099   Fri Dec 31 12:41:02 2010 ranaUpdateGeneralIR flashes

I came in today to check up on the StripTool and burn the Ubuntu LTS (new CDS OS) DVD. I was pretty excited to see the PRM flashes on Mon1.

I waggled the PRM/BS alignments and got a good contrast MICH and then bright flashes in the PRM that totally overload Mon1's CCD.

Now I can see flashes of some IR junk in the X Arm; its way off on the left edge of the mirror, but there's a beam.

For the short term, we can hook up the IO PZTs to some old EPICS channels (like one of the AUX guys in the LSC area), but eventually it has to get hooked up to the new ASC or ASS. We have to bug Joe to see where this shows up in his master diagram.

**Note: if you get lost sometimes when doing the alignments, remember that you can use time_machine_conlog.


rossa:general>./time_machine_conlog 2010/12/31,11:00:00 PDT C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM
Issuing the conlog command:
/cvs/cds/caltech/conlog/bin/conlog +epics -interp at 2010/12/31,11:00:00 PDT "C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM"

Conlog Replied:

LIGO controls: values at 2010 12/31 11:00:00 pst
 __Epics_Channel_Name______   __value_____
 C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM         0.406100

Restoring now...

Restoration Successful

Attached is the last 8 days of Vacuum Pressure trend which includes the pumpdown.

Attachment 1: Untitled.png
  4142   Wed Jan 12 02:41:19 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneraldaytime tasks for tomorrow

[Rana, Kiwamu]

Here is the list for the daytime tasks of tomorrow, Jan. 12th.

The daytime task is a work basically to be done or quitted before the sun goes down.

Along with the tasks, we roughly assigned the people who are responsible for it.

The tasks below are basically separated from each other, so we can work in parallel.



--- 1.  LSC analog interface check (Joe/Koji)

   * check whitening filter

   * demodulation board check

    * check ADC connections


--- 2.  MC2 coil Dewhitening (Joe)

    * fix binary outputs.

    * FM9 must be the trigger of the binary outputs instead of FM10.


--- 3. 11MHz modulation depth (Kiwamu)

   * investigate why the depth is so low


--- 4. PEM DAQ name issue (Jenne)

   * change the name of seismic channels properly so that we can deal with the calibrated stuff


--- 5. phase adjustment for MC-PDH locking (Suresh)


--- 6. medm screens for C1LSC ()

    * make screens




  4158   Fri Jan 14 17:58:50 2011 OsamuConfigurationGeneralStandalone RT setup

 I'll be gone to Hanford site next week and come back to Caltech on 24th's week.

I setup a standalone RT system at the desk around circuit stock in the 40m.

Please leave this setup until I come back. I'll keep working when I come back.


  4197   Tue Jan 25 00:09:54 2011 KojiUpdateGeneralJenne laser is at PSL Lab

I found Tara's elog entry that Jenne laser is at PSL Lab.
Since we recently use it frequently, we should be aware where it is now.

  4225   Sat Jan 29 00:31:05 2011 SureshUpdateGeneralVertex crane upgrade completed

The Vertex crane is smarter and safer now.  This upgrade ensures that the two sections of I-beam (8ft, 4ft) remain firmly latched to form a straight member till the latch is released.

In specific, it ensures that problems such as this one do not occur in the future.


The new safety features are:

When the I-beam sections are latched together, a pneumatic piston ensures that the latch is secure. 

If the latch is not engaged the trolley does not move outward beyond the end of the 8-foot section of the I beam.

If the trolley is out on the 4-foot section of the beam then we cannot disengage the latch.


How does it work?


 Vertex_Crane-2.png Vertex_Crane-4.png


The state of the Limit Switch 1 changes when the trolly goes past it.    The Limit Switch 2 gets pressed when the two sections are latched together.

The pneumatic piston raises or lowers the latch.  The Pneumatic Latch Switch operates a pneumatic valve controlling the state of the piston.



Vertex_Crane-3.png P1280545.JPG

The new controller now has Pneumatic Latch Switch in addition to the usual Start, Stop, Up, Down, In and Out buttons. 

Each of the Up, Down, In and Out buttons have two operational states:  Half pressed (low speed) and Full pressed (High Speed).  Their functions remain the same as before.


The new Pneumatic Switch:

When this switch is 'Engaged' and the 4 ft section is swung in-line with the 8 ft section, the two sections get latched together.

To unlatch them we have to throw the switch into the 'Disengage' state.  This makes the piston push the latch open and a spring rotates the 4 ft section about its pivot.

Limit Switch 2 is not pressed (I-beams not aligned straight) ==> Limit Switch 1 will prevent the trolley from out going beyond the 8 ft section.

While Limit Switch 2 is pressed we cannot disengage the latch.



   The pneumatic piston requires 80psi of pressure to operate.  However we have only 40psi in the lab and the piston seems to operate quite well at this pressure as well.  I believe a request has been made to get an 80psi line laid just for this application.


Attachment 1: Vertex_Crane-2.png
Attachment 2: Vertex_Crane-4.png
  4235   Tue Feb 1 15:09:41 2011 KojiOmnistructureGeneralProjector - fixed

The projector in the controls room has been fixed the orange blinking of the status LED.

What we needed was to push "Volume -" and "Menu" for 5 sec.
This resets the timer of the lamp. When the timer reaches 2500 hours, it automatically start sabotaging.

We've got the spare lamp. It is in the top drawer of the computer cabinet on which the label makers are.

  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.

  4297   Tue Feb 15 06:59:57 2011 Suresh, JenneOmnistructureGeneralX end enclosure left open

[Jenne, Suresh]

 Jenne found the X-end table enclosure had been left open.  She replaced the lid on it.


  4299   Tue Feb 15 11:53:02 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneraltoday's missions

I think this week is going to be an "alignment week".

The goal is to get a good alignment on X arm for both the green and the IR beam in order to reduce a2l couplings.


Today's missions are :

 - fixing the oplev channel names (see here)

 - fixing the oplev gain issue (see here)

 - engage the oplev servos

 - f2p adjustment

 - make a realtime lockin model for the f2p measurement and the dithering technique

 - alignment of the MC incident beam  (because we installed a new PMC this morning)

 - manual alignment of the IR beam by steering PZT1 and PZT2 (this procedure will be replaced by an automatic way soon)

 - bounce roll filters (see here)


  4310   Thu Feb 17 00:43:13 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralto do list for tomorrow

Let's share our tasks !


==== daytime ===

 . mode matching for MC  (Jenne/Koji)

 . mode matching for doubling crystal on PSL table (Suresh/Koji)

 . f2p adjustment (Kiwamu)

 . fix daq and CDS issues (Joe)

 . increase oplev gain (low priority)

 . make ITMY camera nicer (Steve)

 . c1ass simlink model (Valera/Joe)

 . Bounce Roll notches (Suresh)


==== nighttime (after 7pm) ====

 . align everything   (at first green beam, then X arm cavity and finally IR beam)

 . update the noise spectrum of the green locking

 . estimate the noise from angle to length coupling

  4322   Fri Feb 18 00:35:21 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralto do list for Feb. 18th


  -  more precise F2P measurement and modify lockin simlink model (Kiwamu)

  -  run  C1ASS to check it (Valera)

  -  take care of CDS (Joe)

  -  MC mode matching (Jenne/Koji)

   -  RF stuff  (Suresh)

  -  mode matching for doubling crystal at PSL table (low priority)

  -  OPLEV (low priority)


 -  update the noise spectra of green locking

 -  make noise budgets

  4357   Fri Feb 25 13:28:14 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralto do list
 Because it maybe useful to share this kind of information among us, I just put a to-do-list which has been continuously noted in my laptop.
 I guess those items can be applied for the coming two months (i.e. March and April). Anything else ?

-- Alignment

     - C1ASS

           * finalize the model and make user friendly scripts and medm screens
           * adjustment of phase rotations
           * cavity auto alignment for green

     - MC WFS 

          * put sensing matrices
          * whitening ?

    - OPLEVs

        * binary output for OPLEV whitening
        * calibration of OPLEVs  [rad/count]
        * characterization of OPLEV servos
        * bigger trans impedance gains to have reasonable readouts

-- Optimization of Suspended Optics

  - diagonalizations

         * input matrices
         * f2p with higher precision

  - damping control

        * fix ETMY damping
         * Bounce Roll notches
         * Q adjustment for damping

  - upgrading of electronics

        * bigger trans impedance gain for OSEMs
        * widen the voltage range of AA filter boards

   - weekly check

       * a routine script for measuring free swinging spectra

-- Input Optics

   - PMC

         * mode matching
         * epics LO HI values

   - FSS and ISS

        * recover FSS
        * make ISS working

   - EOM

       * AM minimization
       * triple resonant box

   - doubling and RFPD for green

        * mode matching to doubling crystal
        * connect RFPD_DC_MON to ADC
        * string +/-150 V and +/-15power cables from 1X1 rack to RFPDs
        * visibility check and loss investigations for the beat RFPD
        * rearrange RF amplifiers (ZLN series) for the RFPD
        * realgin Jenne's DCPD


-- Length Sensing and Control

   - digital system and electronics

       * characterization of RFPDs ==> SUresh/UG
       * installation of RF generation box and distribution box ==> Suresh/U
       * new LSC model and start making useful scripts (csh ? perl ? python ?)
       * binary outputs for PD whitening
       * make item lists for ordering (?)
       * draw cool diagrams for RF cable distribution and map of LSC rack.

-- Green Locking

    - X end station

           * eliminate undesired multiple spots on RFPD
           *  connect REFLPD_DCMON to ADC
           *  remote local boost
           * demodulation phase adjustment
           *  look for a high voltage amp. (bipoler)
           * installation of a mechanical shutter
           *  ETMX_TRANS CCD camera
           * analog low pass filter for temperature control

    - Y arm green locking ==> Suresh/Bryan

        * item lists
        * preparation of base mounts
        * mode matching estimation
        * mode measurement of input beam from Lightwave
        * temeperature scanning for beat location finding with IR beam
        * Installation
       * modification of PDH box

    - digital control systems

           * user friendly medm screens
           * apply proper filters for AC-DC whitened signal blending
           * add MC2 feedback path

      - noise budget

          * in-loop and out-of-loop evaluation
          * shot noise  
          * RFPD noise modeling
          * how intensity noise couples through MFD
          * electrical noise
          * frequency noise contribution from end laser and PSL
          * calibration of arm PDH signal

   - cavity scan and handing off

         * optimization of open loop transfer function for ALS
         * auto scripts   

-- misc.

   - CCD camera
        * color filters to separate IR and green (?)
   - lab laptops
        * a laptop for each end station (?)
    - dichroic TT (?)
        * large wegded and AR coated for 532nm (?)
    - epics for RS232C      
        * RS232C for doubling oven temperature


  4359   Fri Feb 25 14:50:16 2011 KojiSummaryGeneralto do list

- Put priority on the list

- Put names on the items

- Where is the CDS TO DO ==> Joe


- Remote disconnection of the greeen PDH 

- What is the situation of the PD DC for the LSC PDs?

- SUS Satelite box Resister replacement ==> Jamie

- IMC mode matching ==> Jamie/Larisa 

- Mechanical shutters everywhere

- SRM OPLEV Connection


- Better LSC whitening boards


 Anything else ?

  4364   Mon Feb 28 11:22:40 2011 josephbSummaryGeneralto do list

- Where is the CDS TO DO ==> Joe

CDS To Do:

1) Get ETMY working - figure out why signals are not getting past the AI board (D000186) to the coils.

2) Get TDS and command line AWG stuff working

3) Get c1ass and new c1lsc (with Koji) fully integrated with the rest of the system.

4) Get CDS software instructions up to date and well organized.

5) Redo cabling  and generally make it a permanent installation instead of hack job:

   a) Measure cable lengths, check connectors, wire with good routes and ensure strain relief.  Ensure proper labeling

   b) Get correct length fiber for c1sus RFM and timing.

   c) Fix up final BO adapter box and DAC boxes.

   d) Make boxes for the AA filter adapters which are currently just hanging.

   e) Get two "faceplates" for the cards in the back of the ETMY IO chassis so they can screwed down properly.

   f) Remove and properly store old, unused cables, boards, and anything else.

6) Create new documentation detailing the current 40m setup, both DCC documents and interactive wiki.

7)  Setup an Ubuntu work station using Keith's wiki instructions


Simulated Plant To Do:

1)Create simulated plant to interface with current end mass controls (say scx).

2) Create proper filters for pendulum and noise generation, test suspension.

3) Propagate to all other suspensions.

4) Working on simulated IFO plant to connect to LSC.  Create filters for near locked (assume initial green control perhaps) state.

5) Test LSC controls on simulated IFO.

6) Fix c code so there's seamless switching between simulated and real controls.

CDS Status:

MC damp dataviewer diaggui AWG c1lsc c1ioo c1sus c1iscex c1iscey RFM The Dolphins Sim.Plant Frame builder TDS Cabling
  4371   Wed Mar 2 22:57:57 2011 sureshSummaryGeneralStuff from LLO

Here is a partial list of stuff which is being packed at LLO to be shipped to CIT.  The electronics ckt boards are yet to be added to this list.  Will do that tomorrow.



Attachment 1: eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech.xls
  4381   Mon Mar 7 17:58:14 2011 sureshSummaryGeneralStuff from LLO

Here is the updated list. These lists were used as packing lists and therefore are organised by Box #.
Attachment 1: eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf
eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf eLIGO_items_from_LLO_for_Caltech_Sheet1.pdf
  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.

Attachment 1: P1070462.JPG
  4412   Fri Mar 18 14:18:00 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralnew 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.


  4433   Wed Mar 23 14:19:35 2011 KojiSummaryGeneralGrand Plan

This is the grand plan we talked about in the beginning of the meeting.

  • (Kiwamu) X-end Green cleaning up / Prep for DRMI
  • (Bryan) Y-end Green
  • (Suresh) Help Bryan / RF (w. Kevin)
  • (Jenne) MC WFS / Y-arm IR alignment / MC adaptive feedforward (incl. CDS)
  • (Koji) LSC
  • (Joe) CDS cleaning up
  • (Jamie) Help Joe / Noise Budget
  • (Larisa) PMC scan / PSL photo&diagram
  • (Barbarela) ASS
  4458   Tue Mar 29 22:29:16 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralsome tasks tomorrow

 *  Temporary strain relief for the heliax cables on 1X2 (Steve)

 *  RF diagrams and check lists (Suresh)

      => In the lunch meeting we will discuss the details about what we will do for the RF installation.

 *  Electronics design and plan for Green locking (Aidan / Kiwamu)

      => In the lunch meeting we will discuss the details.

 *  LSC model (Koji)

 *  Video cable session (team)

 * LPF for the laser temperature control (Larisa)

  4461   Wed Mar 30 16:57:13 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralturned off c1aux

[Steve / Kiwamu]

 As a part of the video cable session, we reconnected some power cords on 1Y1 rack.

During the work we momentarily turned off c1aux, which handles DMF, Illumintators, mechanical shutters and the old video epics.

I think it automatically reverted the things, but we may need to check them.

  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.

Attachment 1: P1070491.JPG
  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.

Attachment 1: P1070530.JPG
  4515   Tue Apr 12 12:01:30 2011 josephbUpdateGeneralIFO controls, now with 10% less lying (ITMX/ITMY controls swapped)

The ITMX/ITMY control swap is complete.

The steps from this elog were followed.

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

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

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

  4516   Tue Apr 12 16:01:33 2011 josephbUpdateGeneralRFM errors


Currently the c1scy, c1mcs, and c1rfm models are reporting an error with receiving some data sent over the GE Fanuc Reflected memory cards.

To be more exact, the C1:SUS-ETMY_ALS signal from the c1gcv FE code on the c1ioo computer going too the Y end is not being received However, the C1:SUS-ETMY_LSC signal is.  So the physical RFM card seems to be working.

Similarly, the TRY signal is being sent correctly from the Y end computer.  The X end is working fine and receiving both LSC and ALS signals.

The c1mcs and c1rfm models also receive data from the c1ioo computer and reporting receiving errors.


Because the RFM cards are transmitting and receiving at least some channels, I'm guessing there was changes made to the C1.ipc file, which defines the memory locations of these various channels on the RFM network, and that when a model was rebuilt, a different one using the previous IPC file was not, and thus one of the computer is going to the wrong place to either read or write data.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on the  following:

1) Clean out the C1.ipc file (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ipc/)

2) Rebuild all models

3) Run activate_daq.py script

4) Restart models via script

If this doesn't clear up the problem, I'll continue  to bug hunt.

  4629   Wed May 4 15:56:09 2011 valeraSummaryGeneralPSL and MC trends

The attached plot shows 2 day trends of the PMC and MC reflected and transmitted power, the PSL POS/ANG QPD signals, and the temperature measured by the dust counter.

The power step in the middle of the plot corresponds to Koji/Jenne PMC realignment yesterday.

It looks like everything is following the day/night temperature changes.

Attachment 1: pslmcdrift.pdf
  4649   Fri May 6 01:27:12 2011 KojiSummaryGeneralaLIGO BBPD / Green PD investigation

Minicircuits ERA-5SM was used for the RF amp of the BBPD. This amp is promising as a replacement of Teledyne Cougar AP389
as ERA-5SM gave us the best performance so far among the BBPDs I have ever tested for the aLIGO BBPD/Green.

The -3dB bandwidth of ~200MHz and the noise floor at the shotnoise level of 0.7mA DC current were obtained.

1. Introduction

The aLIGO BBPD candidate (LIGO Document D1002969-v7) employs Teledyne Cougar AP389 as an RF amplifier.
This PD design utilizes the 50Ohm termination of the RF amp as a transimpedance resistance at RF freq.

However, it turned out that the bandwidth of the transimpedance gets rather low when we use AP389, as seen in the attachment2.
The amplifier itself is broadband upto 250MHz (the transfer function was confirmed with 50Ohm source).
The reason is not understood but AP389 seems dislike current source. Rich suggested use of S-parameter measurement
to construct better model of the curcuit.

On the other hand, the RF amplifiers from Minicircuits (coaxial type like ZFL-1000LN+), in general, exhibit better compatibility with PDs.
If you open the amplifier case, you find ERA or MAR type monolithic amplifiers are used.

So the question is if we can replace AP389 by any of ERA or MAR.

2. Requirement for the RF amp

- The large gain of the RF amp is preffered as far as the output does not get saturated.

- The amplifier should be low noise so that we can detect shot noise (~1mA).

- The freq range of the useful signal is from 9MHz to 160MHz.

The advanced LIGO BBPD is supposed to be able to receive 50mW of IR or 15mW of 532nm. This approximately corresponds to
5mA of DC photocurrent if we assume FFD-100 for the photodiode. At the best (or worst) case, this 5mA has 100% intensity modulation.
If this current is converted to the votage through the 50Ohm input termination of the RF amp, we receive -2dBm of RF signal at maximum.

This gives us a dilemma. if the amp is low noise but the maximum output power is small, we can not put large amount of light
on the PD. If the amp has a high max output power (and a high gain), but the amp is not low noise, the PD has narrow power range
where we can observe the shotnoise above the electronics noise.

What we need is powerful, high gain, and low noise RF amplifier!

Teledyne Cougar AP389 was almost an ideal candidate before it shows unideal behavior with the PD.
Among Minicircuits ERA and MAR series, ERA-5 (or ERA-5SM) is the most compatible amplifier.

AP389 ERA-5
Freq Range 10-250MHz DC-4GHz
Gain >24.5dB 20dBtyp
Output power (1dB compression)
23dBm 18.4dBm
IP3 36dBm 33dBm
Noise Figure <3.3dB 3.5dB

Considering the difference of the gain, they are quite similar for our purpose. Both can handle upto -2dBm,
which is just the right amount for the possible maximum power we get from the 5mA of photocurrent.

3. Test circuit with ERA-5SM

A test circuit has been built (p.1 attachment #1) on a single sided prototype board. 

First, the transfer function was measured with FFD-100. With the bias 100V (max) the -3dB bandwidth of ~200MHz was observed.
This decreases down to 75MHz if the bias is 25V, which is the voltage supplied by the aLIGO BBPD circuit. The transimpedance
at the plateau was ~400Ohm.

Next, S3399 was tested with the circuit. With the bias 25V and 30V (max) the -3dB bandwidth of ~200MHz was obtained although
the responsivity of S3399 (i.e. A/W) at 1064nm is about factor of 2 smaller than that of FFD-100.

The noise levels were measured. There are many sprious peaks (possibly by unideal hand made board and insufficient power supply bypassing?).
Othewise, the floor level shows 0.7mA shotnoise level.

Attachment 1: PD_response.pdf
PD_response.pdf PD_response.pdf PD_response.pdf PD_response.pdf
Attachment 2: FFD-100_AP389_MCL.pdf
  4658   Sat May 7 12:57:54 2011 KojiSummaryGeneralaLIGO BBPD / Green PD investigation

The RF amplifier of the prototype BBPD has been replaced from ERA-5SM to MAR-6SM.
The bandwidth is kept (~200MHz for S3399 with 30V_bias), and the noise level got better
while the maximum handling power was reduced.

MAR-6SM is a monolithic amplifier from Minicircuits. It is similar to ERA-5SM but has lower noise
and the lower output power.

AP389 ERA-5 MAR-6
Freq Range 10-250MHz DC-4GHz DC-2GHz
Gain >24.5dB 20dBtyp 21.8dBtyp
Output power (1dB comp.)
+23dBm +18.4dBm +3.7dBm
IP3 36dBm 33dBm 18.1dBm
Noise Figure <3.3dB 3.5dB 2.3dB

The noise floor corresponds to the shotnoise of the 0.4mA DC current.
Now the mess below 50MHz and between 90-110MHz should be cleaned up.
They are consistently present no matter how I change the PD/RF amp (ERA<->MAR)/bias voltage.

I should test the circuit with a different board and enhanced power/bias supply bypassing.

Discussion on the RF power (with M. Evans)

- Assume 5mA is the maximum RF (~50mW for 1064nm, ~15mW for 532nm). This is already plenty in terms of the amount of the light.

- 100% intenisty modulation for 5mA across 50Ohm induces -2dBm RF power input for the amplifier.

- Assume if we use MAR-6 for the preamplifier. The max input power is about -18dBm.
  This corresponds to 16% intensity modulation. It may be OK, if we have too strong intensity modulation, we can limit the power
  down to 0.8mA in the worst case. The shot noise will still be above the noise level.

- In the most of the applications, the RF power is rather small. (i.e. 40m green beat note would expected to be -31dBm on the RF amp input at the higherst, -50dBm in practice)
So probably we need more gain. If we can add 10-12dB more gain, that would be useful.

- What is the requirement for the power amplifier?

  • Gain: 10~12dB
  • Output (1dBcomp): +3dBm +Gain (13dBm~15dBm)
  • Noise level / Noise Figure: 3nV/rtHz or NF=14dB
    The output of MAR-6 has the votage level of ~7nV/rtHz. If we bring the power amplifier with input noise of ~3nV/rtHz,
    we can surppress the degradation of the input equivalent noise to the level of 10%. This corresponds to N.F. of 14dB.

Search result for Freq Range 10-200MHz / Max Gain 14dB / Max NF 15dB / Min Power Out 13dBm
GVA-81 is available at the 40m. ERA-4SM, ERA-6SM, HELA-10D are available at Downs.

Model Name Frequency [MHz] DC Power Case Style Price
Low High Current [mA] Volt [V]
ERA-4 DC 4000 65 4.5 VV105
ERA-4SM DC 4000 65 4.5 WW107
ERA-4XSM DC 4000 65 4.5 WW107
ERA-6 DC 4000 70 5 VV105
ERA-6SM DC 4000 70 5 WW107
GALI-6 DC 4000 70 5 DF782
GVA-81+ DC 7000 112 5 DF782
HELA-10C 5 450 525 12 CM624
HELA-10D 8 300 525 12 CM624

Freq Range DC-6GHz DC-4GHz DC-4GHz DC-4GHz
Gain 10.5dB 13.7dB 12.6dB 12.2dB
Output power (1dB comp.)
+19dBm +17.5dBm +17.1dBm +18.2dBm
IP3 42dBm 36dBm 36.5dBm 35.5dBm
Noise Figure 7.3dB 4dB 4.4dB 4.5dB


Conversion between nV/rtHz and NF (in the 50Ohm system)

SN1: Connect signal source (50Ohm output) to a 50Ohm load.
Power ratio between the noise and the signal

SN1 = (4 k T (R/2)) / (S/2)^2

SN2: Connect signal source (50Ohm output) to an RF amp.
Only the voltage noise was considered.

SN2 = (4 k T (R/2) + Vn^2) / (S/2)^2

10 Log10(SN2/SN1) = 10. Log10(1 + 2.42 (Vn / 1nVrtHz)^2)

Vn: 0 nVrtHz ==> 0dB
Vn: 0.5 nVrtHz ==> 2dB
Vn: 1 nVrtHz ==> 5dB
Vn: 2 nVrtHz ==> 10dB
Vn: 3 nVrtHz ==> 13.5dB

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  4676   Tue May 10 09:05:49 2011 KojiUpdateGeneralaLIGO BBPD / Green PD investigation

BBPD update

- The BBPD circuit has been constructed on the aLIGO BBPD board

- It still keeps 200MHz BW with FDD-100 Si PD for the 100V bias.

- The noise spectrum has been cleaned up a lot more. It shows the noise level of the 0.4mA shotnoise between 9-85MHz.
The noise at 160MHz is the noise level of the 1mA shotnoise.

Some of the noise peaks at around 97MHz came from the bias voltage.

What to do next

- Confirmation of the performance with the original aLIGO BB PD configuration.

- Notch filter for 9MHz (for aLIGO).

- Implementation of a power amplifier. (issues: power supply and heat removal)

Attachment 1: PD_response.pdf
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  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.

  4727   Mon May 16 15:46:05 2011 KojiUpdateGeneraloptical layout viewable on the online version of autocad

I have made my own AutoCAD WS account and put the latest 40m layout.
AutoCAD WS is a free cloud service which enable us to browse/edit the DWG files.

You can view/play/print it from the following link even without making the account.


If you make your account you can actually save it although the editing capability is somewhat limited.

- It needs the Flash plug-in and Internet connection.
- I think Safari is the most stable platform on Mac. (i.e. I had some malfunctions with Firefox and Chrome)

  4778   Wed Jun 1 21:56:43 2011 KojiUpdateGeneralaLIGO BBPD / Green PD final result

Here is the conclusive result for the circuit configuration for aLIGO BBPD and 40m Green PD.

- Use Mini-circuits MAR-6SM for the RF preamplifier. The 50Ohm input impedance is used for the RF transimpedance.
  The maximum output is ~4dBm.

- Use Mini-circuits GALI-6 for the RF middle power amp. The gain is 12dB and the amplifier is linear up to +17dBm. i.e. This is still linear at the maximum output level of MAR-6SM.

- The total RF transimpedance is ~2k. The DC transimpedance is also 2k.

- The bandwidth is 80MHz with FFD100 and internal 25V bias. When S3399 is used, the bandwdith goes up to 180MHz
although the responsivity of FFD100 at 1064nm is better than S3399 by a factor of 1.5. At the 40m we will use S3399 for the green BB PD.

- By adding an LC network next to the PD, one of the unnecessary signal can be notched out.
As an example, 9MHz notch was placed for the FFD100 case.

- Noise level: ~10pA/rtHz as a floor noise level at around 30MHz. This corresponds to the equivalent dark current of 0.4mA.

Matt has finished the PCB layout. We will order small first batches, and stuff it for the test. Some of these will be the 40m green PD.

Attachment 1: PD_response.pdf
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Attachment 2: linearity_GALI_6.pdf
  4824   Wed Jun 15 15:18:01 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralWednesday cleaning

[Jenne / Kiwamu]

We spent approximately an hour for the weekly Wednesday cleaning.

This time we moved onto an area where a desk and optics shelf reside along the Y arm.

We will continue cleaning up there in the next time too.

  4835   Mon Jun 20 00:59:02 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralWeekly report
This is a summary for the week ending June 19th. Feel free to edit this entry.
(Number of elog entries = 27)

* Refinement of LSC screen
    -> Kissel buttons and some indicators were newly installed
    -> A script to autonatically generate kissel buttons was made

* New BIO installed on ETMY

* LightWave for ABSL
    -> taken out from the MOPA box and put on the AP table with temporary use of the Y end laser controller
* Shipping 2 RFPDs to LLO
* LEDs on the BIO for the vertex suspensions were blown
    -> fixed and re-installed. A test script will be prepared
* PEM AA board was fixed
* A plot of the MICH noise was produced for the first time
* Schnupp asymmetry measurement : Las = 3.64+/-0.32cm
* The photo diode on WFS2 has been replaced by YAG-444-4A
* SUS binary IO crates were taken out
* Fiber died
     ->C1LSC was unable to communicate to C1SUS. Installing a new copper Dolphine fixed the issue.
* SURF students came
  4856   Wed Jun 22 17:35:35 2011 IshwitaUpdateGeneralHot air station

This is the new hot air station for the 40m lab.........


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  4859   Wed Jun 22 18:50:45 2011 JamieSummaryGeneralJuly 2011 vent plan

Kiwamu and I have started to put together a vent plan on the 40m wiki:


We will keep working on this (there's still a *lot* to fill in), but please help fill in the plan by adding questions, answers, procedures, preparations, etc.


  4861   Wed Jun 22 21:36:41 2011 ranaSummaryGeneralJuly 2011 vent plan

I put a paper Peet's bag with half of the Mini-Moos into George.

  4890   Mon Jun 27 10:04:29 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralWeekly report

 Summary for the week ending June 26th.  (Number of elog entries = 53)

  A BIO installed on 1X2.
  A peak finding script was prepared for diagonalization of the OSEM input matrices
  The suspension readout coefficients were changed to have unit of [um] and [urad] in each signal.
    LWE NPRO controller was brought by Peter King.
    The I-P cuvre and beam profile was measured. Nominal current was chosen to 1.8 [A].
    The access tube between PSL and AS table was back in place.
   The REFL55 characterization was analyzed (impedance gain = 615 Ohm, shot noise intercept current = 1.59 mA )
- MC
   WFS1 check, the 29MHz resonance need to be adjusted.
   The MC locking gain was increased by 6 dB to avoid an oscillation at 30 kHz.
  The sensing matrices were measured in DRMI configuration and PRMI configuration
- Fiber experiment
   QPDY_PD was repositioned to accommodate the fiber stuff on the ETMY table.
   Succeeded in introducing the IR beam into the fiber coupler.
- TT characterization
    Th optic bench next to MC2 was cleaned up and leveled
- Vent list wiki page
   A wiki page was made for the vent detailed plan.
  A foton's malfunction was found. It can run correctly only on Pianosa.
  Some Dell machines were gone to Rod Luna
- 40m specfic safety training for the SURFs
  4909   Wed Jun 29 11:45:54 2011 steveUpdateGeneralwhere are we storing PDs ?

Photo diodes stored in the east arm cabinet E4:  ALL PDs  meet here, fast  or slow......

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  4911   Wed Jun 29 13:56:42 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralminutes of 40m meeting
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  4936   Mon Jul 4 14:27:35 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralWeekly report

Summary of the week ending July 3rd.  Number of elog entries = 44 


   * The output TO_COIL matrix were simplified
   * Checked all the BO whitening switch => Only ITMY_UL didn't switch
   * All the DOF filters were normalized.
       => All the DOF filters are now ("3:0.0", "Cheby", "BounceRoll") 
       => The High pass should have 30Hz cut off ("30:0.0") ?
   * All the resonant peaks has been fit


   * MICH noise budget.
               => dominated by sensing noise.
   * The sensing matrix in the PRMI configuration was measured. 
               => The demodulation phase on AS55 seemed wrong. Need a doublecheck
   * A new screen, called C1LSC_OVERVIEW.adl, was released.

   * A channel name modification: "PRC" and "SRC" => "PRCL" and "SRCL" and etc.
   * The response of the LSC whitening filters were checked. 
                 => CH26 showed different phase response.

- MC work

 * Power budget on the AP table was made (in a high power situation).
REFL11 = 7.4 mW
REFL55 = 22 mW
        MCREFL = 114 mW
        WFS1   = 1.24 mW
        WFS2   = 2.7 mW
 * Measurement and adjustment of RFQPD response
         Resonance frequencies of WFS1 and WFS2 were adjusted. WFS1 and WFS2 were installed on the AP table
 * Started working on MCL path. 
         => needs some more CDS jobs to correctly assign ADC channels


 * Joe modified the automated scripts for producing model webviews


  * The alignment of the injection beam was done.

- Fiber experiment

 * A fiber was laid down from the ETMY table to the PSL table

- TT characterization

 * The mechanical stage for the horizontal displacement measurements is set up. 

- Configuration and other topics

      * Maglev stuff has gone to bridge lab.
      * Chris.W told us that the EPICS mutex issue can be solved by upgrading the EPICS version
      * All the PDs are stored in the east arm cabinet E4
      * Safety interlocks were connected to the ETMY laser and ABSL laser
      * Cshrc.40m was modified to make 32-bit machine happy
      * NDS2 buffer size on Mafalada had been too small and was increased somewhat such that we can still work for the SUS peak fit job
  4950   Wed Jul 6 23:53:38 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralminutes of 40m meeting
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  4952   Thu Jul 7 10:25:34 2011 steveHowToGeneralcleaning out refregerator

Please ask the owner unless  it is rotten. Do not put food into garbage can inside. Take them outside so you are not inviting ants !

  4981   Mon Jul 18 10:24:48 2011 steveHowToGeneralsolvent bottles for cleaning optics

Each bottle has matched seals. They are not interchangeable.

It is critical that the solvent do not reach the rubber bulb. Practice with the pipet.

In case of solvent touching the suction bulb: do not let the solvent go back into the bottle! Remove bulb, let it dry out and rinse pipet.

It is essential that the solvent bottle must be rinsed and refilled if it's content met with the rubber bulb.

Use glass syringe with SS needle in critical application: Hamilton ~0.1 ml

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  4989   Tue Jul 19 10:54:14 2011 steveUpdateGenerallarge sensor card can not be found

Please return sensor card to  laser log box so others can use it. We have only one larger fluorescent sensor card.

  5020   Fri Jul 22 17:01:41 2011 Iron ManFrogsGeneralProof that Alberto lived through his Iron Man!

Alberto_IronMan_small.jpgIronman Vineman 70.3 logo

print 208 Alberto Stochino 67/129 585/1376 36:02 1:52 830 6:41 2:38:58 21.1 296 4:58 56:33 2:13:40 - 5:40:19
  5026   Mon Jul 25 11:02:19 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralWeekly report

 Summary of the week ending July 10th.  Number of elog entries = 21


 + The cutoff frequency of the high pass filters for the damping were set to 30Hz.
 + Turned off all the BounceRoll filters.
 + The BS oplev was checked and seemed healthy.


 + All the measred data of the LSC whitening filters were fit.
 + All the zpk parameters are recorded on the wiki.



+ The setup completed.  
 + The freqeucy-lock of the ABSL laser was achieved with UGF of ~ 40kHz.
 + The temperature of the ABSL laser was adjusted to be 47.25 deg


 (Fiber experiment)
 + The I-P curve of the ETMY laser was measred.
 + The current set point is 1.8 [A], which used to be 1.5 [A], corresponding to the output of power of 197 [mW] and 390 [mW] respectively.

  5027   Mon Jul 25 11:04:22 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralWeekly report

Summary of the week ending July 17th.  Number of elog entries = 20

 * BO switching logic for the WF was installed on c1lsc
 * Channel mapping updated

 * Oplev health check. Spectrum of each quadrant on every suspension was inspected and looked healthy.

 * BNS interface board was attached to an AA board
 * The AA board was installed on 1X7. The Electro-optic fanout chassis on 1X7 is now sitting on a jack, this should be fixed.

- Fiber experiment (ALS)
 * Fibre from the ETMX and EMTY tables were routed to the PSL table

- Misc.
 * Alberto came over to the 40m with Wagonga
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