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  7154   Sun Aug 12 01:21:26 2012 steveUpdateSAFETYexit door left unlocked

Caltech security called me at 1am Sunday. Control room emergency exit door was found unlocked!

It is your responsibility to lock door if you unlocked it !

 

  7155   Sun Aug 12 10:34:45 2012 KojiUpdateSAFETYexit door left unlocked

I unlocked the door on Tuesday in order to move the red cart.
After that I confirmed that the door was locked.

Quote:

Caltech security called me at 1am Sunday. Control room emergency exit door was found unlocked!

It is your responsibility to lock door if you unlocked it ! 

 

  7207   Thu Aug 16 18:59:18 2012 JenneUpdateSAFETYEmergency Exit door unlocked again

Koji just found the emergency exit door unlocked again.  NOT GOOD.

We have determined that if you use the emergency door to enter the lab, it leaves the door unlocked, unless you go back outside and deliberately lock it.  This means that someone has been using the emergency exit as a regular entrance. 

It's fine to leave by that door, but you should make a habit of entering through the regular door.  Using the back door as an entrance is a special case situation, when they have the main door blocked.

  7285   Mon Aug 27 15:46:55 2012 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

 Rijuparna Chakraborty and Elli Elenora King received 40m specific  basic safety training in the 40mLab

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  7374   Wed Sep 12 11:33:49 2012 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Eric Quintero and Mike Jenson received 40m specific basic safety training.

  7467   Wed Oct 3 11:43:33 2012 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Den Martynov received 40m specific safety training.

  7508   Mon Oct 8 23:58:57 2012 JenneUpdateSAFETYControl room emergency lights came on

[Evan, Jenne]

We were sitting trying to lock MICH (hooooorraaaayy!!!), and the emergency lights above the control room door came on, and then ~1 minute later turned off.  Steve, can you see what's up?

  7559   Tue Oct 16 17:06:47 2012 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Ayaka Shoda, visiting graduate student received basic 40m specific safety training today

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  7725   Mon Nov 19 15:58:02 2012 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Charles Blakemore  our new undergrad help received 40m specific safety training today.

  8009   Wed Feb 6 15:05:18 2013 SteveUpdateSAFETYcameras must be anchord

Cameras must be immediately anchord to avoid a possible collusion with the view port !

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  8026   Thu Feb 7 17:24:13 2013 SteveUpdateSAFETYfire extinguishers checked

The fire department weighted and pressure checked our units today. Surprisingly they found one powder filled can. We can only use HALON  gas in the lab.

 

  8167   Tue Feb 26 09:55:46 2013 SteveUpdateSAFETYEvan receives safety training

Evan got 40m specific safety training today.

  8180   Wed Feb 27 02:52:40 2013 JenneOmnistructureSAFETYBack door unlocked

Did someone unlock the back door by the (unofficial) bike storage lately?  Out of habit, I checked the door behind me while about to leave, and it is unlocked. 

Please recall that if you leave through that door, it should automatically lock behind you (if it was locked already), however if you unlock and enter through the back door, it stays unlocked until someone locks it again.

(Obviously, I'm locking the door before I actually go).

  8240   Wed Mar 6 11:33:09 2013 steveUpdateSAFETYsafety audit 2013

 

                                                 Recommended correction list:

1,  refill- upgrade first aid boxes

2,  maintain 18" ceiling to bookshelf clearance so the ceiling fire sprinklers are not blocked: room 101

3,  label chilled water supply & return valves in IFO room

4,  calibrate bake room hoods annually

5,  update safety sign at fenced storage

 

              40m still to do list:

1,   clean and measure all safety glasses

2,   annual crane inspection is scheduled for 8am March 19, 1013

3,   make PSL encloser shelf earthquake proof

 

Do you see something that is not safe? Add it to this list please.

 

 

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  8241   Wed Mar 6 16:14:27 2013 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Chloe Ling, Max Horton and Annalisa Allocca have received basic 40m specific safety training.

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  8287   Wed Mar 13 16:04:24 2013 steveUpdateSAFETYlaser safety glasses checked

 All safety glasses were cleaned in soapy water by Bob. I measured their transmission at 1064 nm, 150 mW,  beam diameter 1.5 mm  They are in working order, no transmission.

 Inventory:

10 pieces of KG-5, fit over, from Laser Safety

 4 pieces of KG-5, std size, from Drever Lab, best visibility

 1 piece of KG-5 coated for visible, std size, from Kentek

15 pieces of green-plastic LOTG-YAG, fit over, from UVEX

 7 pieces of green-plastic B-D+S 137, std areo fit, from Sperian

 3 pieces of green-plastic, old Thorlab, fit over

 2 pieces of green-plastic, fit over, from Laservision

 8 pieces of braun- plastic, fit over, for green & IR protection, from UVEX & Thorlabs

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  8309   Tue Mar 19 10:30:00 2013 steveUpdateSAFETYcrane inspection 2013

 

Professional crane inspector: Fred Goodbar found two small leaks at the Vertex trolley as he was conducting the annual inspection of the 40m cranes.  Otherwise the cranes are in safe condition.

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  8317   Wed Mar 20 14:52:09 2013 ManasaUpdateSAFETYMC trans RFPD missing

PDA255 at the MC transmission end is missing and whoever had removed it earlier has left the beam undamped.

It could be less than a mW beam...but it is still not acceptable to leave it that way.

On the other note, I have cleared up the unwanted optics from the same table.

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  8503   Mon Apr 29 08:22:57 2013 SteveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

 

 Albert, our new undergrad work force received 40m specific- basic safety training last week. Please read and sign 40m procedures booklet.

  7301   Tue Aug 28 18:28:21 2012 janoschMetaphysicsRingdownripples

Let's see if the ripples observed in the MC ringdown can be due to tilt motion of the mirrors.

The time it takes to produce a phase shift corresponding to N multiples of 2*pi is given by:

t = sqrt(2*N*lambda/(L*omega_T^2*(alpha_1+alpha_2)))

L is the length of the MC (something like 13m), and alpha_1, alpha_2 are the DC tilt angles of the two mirrors "shooting into the long arms of the MC" produced by the MC control with respect to the mechanical equilibrium position. omega_T is the tilt eigenfrequency of the three mirrors (assumed to be identical). lambda = 1.064e-6m;

The time it takes from N=1 to N=2 (the first observable ripple) is given by: tau1 = 0.6/omega_T*sqrt(lambda/L/(alpha_1+alpha_2))

The time it takes from N=2 to N=3 is given by: tau2 = 0.77*tau1

etc

First, we also see in the measurement that later ripples are shorter than early ripples consistent with some accelerated effect. The predicted ripple durations tau seem to be a bit too high though. The measurements show something like a first 14us and a late 8us ripple. It depends somewhat on the initial tilt angles that I don't know really.

In any case, the short ripple times could also be explained if the tilt motions start a little earlier than the ringdown, or the tilt motion starts with some small initial velocity. The next step will be to program a little ringdown simulation that includes mirror tilts and see what kind of tilt motion would produce the ripples exactly as we observe them (or maybe tilt motion cannot produce ripples as observed).

  7302   Tue Aug 28 19:06:32 2012 KojiMetaphysicsRingdownripples

Isn't it just a ringing of the intracavity power as you shifted the laser frequency abruptly?

Quote:

Let's see if the ripples observed in the MC ringdown can be due to tilt motion of the mirrors.

The time it takes to produce a phase shift corresponding to N multiples of 2*pi is given by:

t = sqrt(2*N*lambda/(L*omega_T^2*(alpha_1+alpha_2)))

L is the length of the MC (something like 13m), and alpha_1, alpha_2 are the DC tilt angles of the two mirrors "shooting into the long arms of the MC" produced by the MC control with respect to the mechanical equilibrium position. omega_T is the tilt eigenfrequency of the three mirrors (assumed to be identical). lambda = 1.064e-6m;

The time it takes from N=1 to N=2 (the first observable ripple) is given by: tau1 = 0.6/omega_T*sqrt(lambda/L/(alpha_1+alpha_2))

The time it takes from N=2 to N=3 is given by: tau2 = 0.77*tau1

etc

First, we also see in the measurement that later ripples are shorter than early ripples consistent with some accelerated effect. The predicted ripple durations tau seem to be a bit too high though. The measurements show something like a first 14us and a late 8us ripple. It depends somewhat on the initial tilt angles that I don't know really.

In any case, the short ripple times could also be explained if the tilt motions start a little earlier than the ringdown, or the tilt motion starts with some small initial velocity. The next step will be to program a little ringdown simulation that includes mirror tilts and see what kind of tilt motion would produce the ripples exactly as we observe them (or maybe tilt motion cannot produce ripples as observed).

 

  7303   Tue Aug 28 19:21:37 2012 janoschMetaphysicsRingdownripples

Hmm. I don't know what ringing really is. Ok, let's assume it has to do with the pump... I don't see how the pump laser could produce these ripples. They have large amplitudes and so I always suspected something happening to the intracavity field. Therefore I was looking for effects that would change resonance conditions of the intracavity field during ringdown. Tilt motion seemed to be one explanation to me, but it may be a bit too slow (not sure yet). Longitudinal mirror motion is certainly too slow. What else could there be?

Quote:

Isn't it just a ringing of the intracavity power as you shifted the laser frequency abruptly?

Quote:

Let's see if the ripples observed in the MC ringdown can be due to tilt motion of the mirrors.

The time it takes to produce a phase shift corresponding to N multiples of 2*pi is given by:

t = sqrt(2*N*lambda/(L*omega_T^2*(alpha_1+alpha_2)))

L is the length of the MC (something like 13m), and alpha_1, alpha_2 are the DC tilt angles of the two mirrors "shooting into the long arms of the MC" produced by the MC control with respect to the mechanical equilibrium position. omega_T is the tilt eigenfrequency of the three mirrors (assumed to be identical). lambda = 1.064e-6m;

The time it takes from N=1 to N=2 (the first observable ripple) is given by: tau1 = 0.6/omega_T*sqrt(lambda/L/(alpha_1+alpha_2))

The time it takes from N=2 to N=3 is given by: tau2 = 0.77*tau1

etc

First, we also see in the measurement that later ripples are shorter than early ripples consistent with some accelerated effect. The predicted ripple durations tau seem to be a bit too high though. The measurements show something like a first 14us and a late 8us ripple. It depends somewhat on the initial tilt angles that I don't know really.

In any case, the short ripple times could also be explained if the tilt motions start a little earlier than the ringdown, or the tilt motion starts with some small initial velocity. The next step will be to program a little ringdown simulation that includes mirror tilts and see what kind of tilt motion would produce the ripples exactly as we observe them (or maybe tilt motion cannot produce ripples as observed).

 

 

  7304   Tue Aug 28 20:23:54 2012 KojiMetaphysicsRingdownripples

Laser frequency shift = longitudinal motion of the mirrors

Ringing: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-20-24-2463

Quote:

Hmm. I don't know what ringing really is. Ok, let's assume it has to do with the pump... I don't see how the pump laser could produce these ripples. They have large amplitudes and so I always suspected something happening to the intracavity field. Therefore I was looking for effects that would change resonance conditions of the intracavity field during ringdown. Tilt motion seemed to be one explanation to me, but it may be a bit too slow (not sure yet). Longitudinal mirror motion is certainly too slow. What else could there be?

 

  7305   Wed Aug 29 09:35:03 2012 janoschMetaphysicsRingdownripples 2

Ok, so the whole idea that mirror motion can explain the ripples is nonsense. At least, when you think off the ringdown with "pump off". The phase shifts that I tried to estimate from longitudinal and tilt mirror motion are defined against a non-existing reference. So I guess that I have to click on the link that Koji posted...

Just to mention, for the tilt phase shift (yes, there is one, but the exact expression has two more factors in the equation I posted), it does not matter, which mirror tilts. So even for a lower bound on the ripple time, my equation was incorrect. It should have the sum over all three initial tilt angles not only the two "shooting into the long arms" of the MC.

Quote:

Laser frequency shift = longitudinal motion of the mirrors

Ringing: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-20-24-2463

Quote:

Hmm. I don't know what ringing really is. Ok, let's assume it has to do with the pump... I don't see how the pump laser could produce these ripples. They have large amplitudes and so I always suspected something happening to the intracavity field. Therefore I was looking for effects that would change resonance conditions of the intracavity field during ringdown. Tilt motion seemed to be one explanation to me, but it may be a bit too slow (not sure yet). Longitudinal mirror motion is certainly too slow. What else could there be?

 

 

  7330   Fri Aug 31 17:44:21 2012 ManasaUpdateRingdownData

Quote:

Ok, so the whole idea that mirror motion can explain the ripples is nonsense. At least, when you think off the ringdown with "pump off". The phase shifts that I tried to estimate from longitudinal and tilt mirror motion are defined against a non-existing reference. So I guess that I have to click on the link that Koji posted...

Just to mention, for the tilt phase shift (yes, there is one, but the exact expression has two more factors in the equation I posted), it does not matter, which mirror tilts. So even for a lower bound on the ripple time, my equation was incorrect. It should have the sum over all three initial tilt angles not only the two "shooting into the long arms" of the MC.

Quote:

Laser frequency shift = longitudinal motion of the mirrors

Ringing: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-20-24-2463

Quote:

Hmm. I don't know what ringing really is. Ok, let's assume it has to do with the pump... I don't see how the pump laser could produce these ripples. They have large amplitudes and so I always suspected something happening to the intracavity field. Therefore I was looking for effects that would change resonance conditions of the intracavity field during ringdown. Tilt motion seemed to be one explanation to me, but it may be a bit too slow (not sure yet). Longitudinal mirror motion is certainly too slow. What else could there be?

 

 

It is essential we take a look at the ringdown data for all measurements made so far to figure out what must be done to track the source of these notorious ripples. I've attached the plot for the same showing the decay time to be the same in all cases. About the ripples; it seems unlikely to both Jan and me that the ripples are some electronic noise because the ripples do not follow any common pattern or time constant. We have discussed with Koji about monitoring the frequency shift, the input power to the MC and also try other methods of shutting down the pump to track their source as the next steps.

 

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  4503   Fri Apr 8 01:05:45 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics

 

 The measured power levels of the RF source harmonics are given below:

 

 

We are considering inclusion of bandpass filters centered on 11 and 55 MHz  to suppress the harmonics and meet the requirements specified in Alberto's thesis (page 88).

 

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  4511   Mon Apr 11 19:09:59 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemInstalled low pass filters in the demod boards

 

As part of the RF system upgrade some of the demod boards in the lab were modfied.  The filter U5 (see the circuit schematic) was replaced. These changes are tabulated below.

 

Filters installed in the demod boards
Serial number Old name of the card New name of the card Filter installed Remarks
107 POY33 REFL33 SCLF-33+ R14=50Ohm
118 AP133, ASDD133 REFL55 SCLF-65  
114 PO199 REFL165 SCLF-190 R14=50Ohm
120 PO133 POP110 SCLF-135  
123 SP133 POP55 SCLF-65+ AT1 removed, R14=50Ohm
122 SP199, REFLDD199 AS165 SCLF-190  
121 SP166, REFL16 POP11 SCLF-10.7  
116 AP199 199 MHz POP165 SCLF-190  
126 AS166 33.3 MHz POX11 SCLF-10.7  
119 POX 33.3 MHz POY11 SCLF-10.7  
021 24.5 MHz (LLO) REFL11 SCLF-10.7  
020 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 POP22 SCLF-21.4  
022 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 AS11 with amp SCLF-10.7  
029 24.5          SCLF-f5 AS55 with amp SCLF-65  

 

Next, I and Q phase has to be checked for orthogonality. And noise levels of the cards have to measured.

 

 

 

  4514   Mon Apr 11 23:35:02 2011 ranaUpdateRF SystemInstalled low pass filters in the demod boards

I am a little concerned about using these low pass filters so close to the band edge. Recall that there is no on-board preamp for the RF input to the mixer.

So, if the input impedance of the filters is not 50 Ohms, we will get some unwanted reflections and sensitivity to cable length.

I think its worth while to check the impedance or S-parameters of these things with the LO activated to find out if we need to remove them or not.

  4547   Wed Apr 20 21:53:01 2011 SureshConfigurationRF SystemRF system: Stray heliax cable

We found a stray unused heliax cable running from the LSC rack 1Y2 to a point between the cabinets 1X3 and 1X4. This cable will need to be redirected to the AS table in the new scheme.   It is labled C1LSC-PD5  The current situation has been updated as seen in the layout below

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  4548   Wed Apr 20 22:29:07 2011 sureshUpdateRF SystemPlan for LSC rack

The suggested layout of the 1Y2 Rack is shown below.

To simplify the wiring, I have largely kept demod boards with the same same LO frequency close to each other. 

The Heliax cables land on the top and bottom of the of subracks.  These are currently flexible plastic sheets.  Steve has agreed to replace them with something more rigid.  It would be good to have eight N-type connectors on the top and eight  at the bottom.  As  demod boards occur in sets of eight per subrack.  So it would be convenient if the 11 and 55 Mhz Heliax cables land on the top and the rest at the bottom.  In the layout I have shown the current situation. 

The LO signals to the boards come from the RF Distribution box and this is kept in the middle so that cables to both the subracks can be kept short.

The outputs of the AA filter boards from both subracks  have to be connected to the SCSI Interface board with a twisted pair ribbon cable. 

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  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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  4557   Fri Apr 22 09:05:53 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
As seen in the previous measurement the first harmonic of both the 11 MHz and 55 MHz outputs are about 30dB
higher than desired.  In an attempt to attenuate these and higher harmonics I introduced SBP-10.7 filters into
the 11MHz outputs and SLP-50 filters into the 55 MHz outputs.
Then I measured the height of the harmonics again and found that they were suppressed as expected.  Now harmonic
at 22 MHz is 58dB lower than the 11 MHz fundamental.  And the 110 MHz is lower by 55 dB compared to the 55 MHz
fundamental.  None of the higher harmonics are seen => they are below 70dB

SLP-50 has an insertion loss(IL) of 4.65 dB and Return Loss(RL) of 3dB.  It would be better to use SBP-60
(IL=1.4 dB and RL=23dB)

The filter on the 11 MHz lines is okay. The SBP-10.7 has IL=0.6 dB and RL=23 dB.
  4558   Fri Apr 22 09:25:43 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source: Temperature sensor relocated

RF Amp operating temperature

Earlier measurement reported by Alberto in LIGO-T10004-61-v1 based on the LM34 temperature sensor were lower than that shown by placing a calibrated thermocouple sensor directly on the heat sink by about 5deg C. The difference probably arose because the LM34 was located on a separate free-hanging copper sheet attached to the RF Amp by a single screw, resulting in a gradient across the copper strip.   I tried to move the LM34 which was glued down, but broke the leads in the process.  I then replaced it with another one mounted much closer to the heat sink and held it down with a copper-strip clamp.  There is no glue involved and there is heatsink compound between the flat surface of the LM34 and the heatsink.  Picture attached. 

  The picture also shows the new filters which have been put in place to reduce the harmonics.  Note that the SBP-10.7 which was to go on the 11 MHz Demod output is located much farther upsteam due to space constraints.

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  4559   Fri Apr 22 10:28:22 2011 ranaUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
You should be able to resolve the other harmonics by decreasing the IF BW or RBW on the analyzer. Even though
they're OK, its useful to have the final measurement of all of them in some kinds of physical units (like dBm, but
not dBm/Hz or dB or dBcubits).
  4578   Thu Apr 28 06:46:30 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source installed

RF Source box has been mounted in the 1X2 rack. 

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Heliax cables have been directly attached to the box and anchored on the side of the 1X2 rack.  Here is a list of Helix cables which have been connected so far.

 

Cables old name New name From -> To
1 133 MHz 11 Mhz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
2 199 MHz 55 MHz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
3 166 EOM 11 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
4 33 EOM 55 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
5 REFL 33 AS11 AS table to 1Y2

 

  4579   Thu Apr 28 07:14:34 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Distribution box installed

RF Distribution box has been mounted in the 1Y2 rack and is ready for use.

 

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The box receives 11 and 55 MHz Demod Signals from the RF source located in the 1X2 rack.

  4591   Fri Apr 29 18:24:05 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF system: 1X2 Rack cabling

[Joe, Jamie, Suresh]

We have installed the IDE to SCSI adaptor module into the 1X2 rack and have connected the AA filter outputs to it.

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We have removed the following cables running between the 1X2 and 1X3 racks.

The long twisted pair ribbon cable which previously carried the ADC signals.

1X2-ASC 6, 1X2-ASC 47, 1X2-ASC 9, 1X2-ASC 8, 1X2-ASC 10, 1X2-ASC 7,

CAB-1X2-LSC 42, CAB 1X2-LSC 56,  CAB 1X2-LSC 41, CAB 1X2-LSC 43

1X3-2 ASC 47

We have also removed the following by mistake.  We will put them back them on Monday

1X2-LSC 21, 1X2-LSC-20.

We have also removed the ASC QPD cables and moved the QPD cards which were present in the middle Eurocate (#2) to the unused Eurocrate at the bottom position (#3).

The binary input cables at the back of the cards require to be supported so that their weight does not pull them out of the sockets at the back of the crates.

Some of the slots where we plan to plug in Demod boards (the 165 MHz boards)  are not currently connected to any binary output on the C1:LSC computer.  We need these binary controls for the fitlter modules on the cards.

When we eventually begin to use the 15PDs as planned, then we will occupy 30 ADC channels (I & Q outputs).  Currently we have just one ADC card installed on the C1:LSC providing 32 ADC channels.  Joe found another 16bit 32 channel ADC card in his stash but we need to get a timing+adaptor board for it. In general we are going to need the third Eurocrate.

A platform for the power supply of the RF Distribution box needs to be built and the power supply needs to be moved into the 1X2 rack rather than sit on top of 1X2 rack.

 

 

 

  4622   Wed May 4 12:07:48 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemREFL55 installed on the AP table

REFL55 has been installed on the AP table.  REFL11 has been moved to make space for a 50% beam splitter. The reflected beam from this splitter is about 30% of the transmitted beam power.  The reflected beam goes to REFL11 in the current configuration.  The DC levels are 1.2V on REFL 11 and 3.5V on the REFL55.

I redid some of the cabling on the table because the we need to choose the heliax cables such that they end up close to the demod board location.  As per the 1Y2 (LSC) rack layout given here, some of the PD signals have to arrive at the top and others at the bottom of the LSC rack.

Currently the PDs are connected as follows:

 

REFL11 PD --> Heliax (ASDD133) (arriving at the top of LSC rack) --> REFL11 Demod Board 

REFL55 PD --> Heliax (REFL166) (arriving at the top of LSC rack) --> AS55 Demod Board

AS55 PD --> Heliax (AS166) (arriving at the top of the LSC rack) --> not connected.

 

We are waiting for the Minicircuits parts to modify the rest of the demod boards.

 

The heliax cables arriving at the LSC rack are not yet fixed properly.  I hope to get this done with Steve's help today.

 

 

  4628   Wed May 4 15:39:32 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics


I have measured the RF source harmonics in dBm using the HP 8591E spectrum analyser. There is a small discrepancy (< 1 dBm) in the value of RF power shown by the power meter and the HP8591E. This is probably due to the loss of calibration over time.

Initial problem I faced was that when we try to measure the weak harmonics, many below -50dBm we have to choose a small band as advised by Rana. However due to the large amplitide of the fundamental typically around 15dBm or so, the preamp on the spectrum analyser becomes saturated and nonlinear. This gives rise spurious harmonics not present in the source but are rather an aritifact of measurement. The power in harmonics to avoid this I used filters to selectively attenuate the fundamental component (11 or 55 MHz) and then measure the weak harmonics.

However the filters proved difficult to use, because over their stop-band they do not have an input impedance of 50 Ohm. As a result they produce unreliable power measurements for those frequency components which are within the stop band.

To get around this problem I used a suitable attenuator so that even when the internal attenuation is decreased the preamp does not saturate

All the measurements are recorded in the attached document. Pages 4 and 5 give the reliable measurements with the attenuator.

Notes:
1) At times we can see the 29.5 MHz component reflected back from the triple resonant EOM driver.
2) In the 29.5 MHz source output there is a forest of peaks around 100 MHz, which disappear after passing through the AM stabiliser. This suggests that they are associated with AM modulation and have been removed by the stabilizer. But I did not check this further.










Quote:
You should be able tosd resolve the other harmonics by decreasing the IF BW or RBW on the analyzer. Even though
they're OK, its useful to have the final measurement of all of them in some kinds of physical units (like dBm, but
not dBm/Hz or dB or dBcubits).
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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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  4650   Fri May 6 06:36:18 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemPD DC signals at each port connected

We now have the DC signal from three PDs available in the ADC channels 14,15 and 16.  The signals are from  REFL55, AS55 and POY photodiodes respectively.  As the DC signals on all the other PDs of the same port (REFL, AS and PO)  have the same information we do not need to monitor more than one DC PD at each port.

The LSC PD Interface Card, D990543 - Rev B, can take 4 PDs and provides the DC signals of the PDs on the connector P2 (the lower of the two) on the back plane of the chassis. An adaptor card, D010005-00, plugs into the back plane from the rear of the Eurorack and provides the four DC signals on two-pin lemo sockets.

I have connected the three DC signals from the relevant RF PDs (above) to a DC whitening filter, D990694-B-1 which is associated with the channels 9 to 16 of the ADC card.

The cables are in a bit of a mess right now as some of the PD power supply lines are too short to reach up the the Interface card in the top Eurocart. Steve and I plan to redo some of the cabling later today

 

 


 

  4657   Sat May 7 10:59:11 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source filters changed

 

The SLP-50 filters which were on the 55 MHz lines have been replaced with the SBP-60.  Their respective characteristics are given below:

 

at 55MHz Insertion loss (dB) Return Loss (dB)
SLP-50 4.65 1.5
SBP-60 1.36 23

 

SBP-60 has lower insertion loss and higher return loss.  

This may however change the phase of I and Q in the demod boards and they will therefore need to be readjusted.  Currently the output power level of 55 MHz demod is at 2dBm, whereas it ought to be at 6dBm.   I have not yet corrected that.  Once that is completed Kiwamu will adjust the phases.

 I shifted the temperature sensor to a new location.  See the photograph below.  I noticed that the higher temperature is reached on the side where there are two RF Amps.  So it would be better to check the temperature of that  area and make sure that it remains well below 65 deg.  The operating maxium is 65deg C

 

Here is a picture of the new RF source layout.

RF_Source_Schematic.png

And here is a photograph of it

RF_Source.jpg

 

  4670   Mon May 9 17:23:25 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Cables near LSC Rack

[Steve, Suresh]

We started to clean up the RF cables (heliax and PD interface cables)  at the LSC rack.

We have pulled out all the RF cables from the small hole on the side-board close to floor.  Passing the cables through this hole makes some of the cables much too short for good strain relief.  So we removed the side panel on the vacuum tube side and are going to pass the cables into the rack from there at about waist height.  We now have plenty of cable lengths to tie them off to the rack at several points.

We have traced all the available Heliax cables and have attached blank tags to them.  We have allocated some cables to REFL11, REFL55 and AS55.  These are therefore back in working order.  We have also taken stock of the available PD interface cables.  They do not have consistent names on both ends of the cable and we will identify and label the ends tomorrow.

MC is locked.  The auto-locker works fine.

Handing over the system for night time interferometer work now.  Will continue with the cabling tomorrow.

 

  4675   Tue May 10 01:39:41 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF source troubles

Today after Steve and I finished the RF cabling work for the day, Kiwamu noticed that there were no RF signals to be seen.  The problem was traced to disconnected 11 and 55 MHz Demod lines from the RF source.  But reconnecting them did not restore the signals.  It turned out that one of the Heliax cables had a loose N-type connector at its end and it finally came off while we were tightening it into place.

We replaced the damaged heliax with another (we have two spare running from 1X2 IOO rack to the 1Y2 LSC rack.  The new cable is used to be the LO 33.  It seems to have a 1.5dB loss.  Have to check this again tomorrow.

In the mean time I noticed that the power output of the 55MHz Demod port of the source was less than about -12dB. So I opened the source to take a look and found that all the voltage stabilisers were supplying 15V.  Even those which were supposed to be supplying 24V.  This was traced to a mistake in wiring the external power supply.  The wires had been labeled wrongly and as a result the 18V input line was connected to 28V source and vice versa.

After fixing this problem I reassembled the source checked the power output on all the ports and found everything was functioning as expected.  However after installation once again the unit failed.  The blue light on the power supply was not lighting up when switched on.  Suspecting a power supply problem I opened the unit again and found that a weak solder joint on one of the RF amplifiers had come loose and had overloaded one of the 24V stabilisers.   We, found a spare and replaced it.  The unit has been reassembled and is functioning fine.  The output power levels are

11MHz Demod -- 6dBm

55MHz Demod -- 5.5 dBm

11MHz EOM --   24dBm

55MHz EOM -- 28dBm

The Marconi is serving as the 11MHz source.  The Wenzel 11MHz source is giving 13.3 dBm and is okay.  But it needs to be checked for its performance as it may have been exposed to higher than rated power supply levels.

The 29.5MHz source is giving 7dBm.  It is supposed to be giving 13dBm. 

The Laboratory DC power supplies currently used for both the RF source and Distribution boxes need to be replaced with rack mounted Sorensen power supplies available in the lab.

 

  4698   Thu May 12 02:31:07 2011 SureshUpdateRF Systeminstallation of RF splitters in Demod boards

[Jamie, Koji, Suresh]

We replaced splitters in several demod boards as per the table given below:

 

Demod boards in which splitter has been replaced on 11May2011
Demod Board S. No. Power Splitter Frequency range of splitter (MHz) Phase unbalance from datasheet (deg) Amplitude Unbalance from datasheet (dB)
REFL55 118 PQW-2-90 30 to 90 90.14 0.92
AS11 021 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
POY22 020 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 90.26 0.02
POY110 120 PSCQ--120 80 to 120 90.88 0.58

 

While doing a rough check of the boards I noticed that the REFL11 demod board had no signal on the Q output.

Rana also advised that we must use the boards which have the piggy-back amplifiers on those signals which are most useful.  We referred to Alberto's thesis and chose POY55 (MICH and SRCL), REFL11(PRCL)  and AS55 (DARM) as the most useful signals.  We currently have these amps on AS11, REFL11 and AS55.  We need to convert either AS11 or REFL11 into a POY55.  Since we need to troubleshoot REFL11, I thought we might as well modify that and in the process also fix its Q output.  So I renamed AS11 as REFL11 and will convert the old REFL11 into POY55 tomorrow.

Power splitter of different types have different pin-outs.  The way we mount a splitter depends on which type we are using.   I will detail the mounting scheme in a separate elog tomorrow.

 

 

 

  4702   Thu May 12 10:27:02 2011 ranaUpdateRF Systeminstallation of RF splitters in Demod boards

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Rana also advised that we must use the boards which have the piggy-back amplifiers on those signals which are most useful.  We referred to Alberto's thesis and chose POY55 (MICH and SRCL), REFL11(PRCL)  and AS55 (DARM) as the most useful signals.  We currently have these amps on AS11, REFL11 and AS55.  We need to convert either AS11 or REFL11 into a POY55.  Since we need to troubleshoot REFL11, I thought we might as well modify that and in the process also fix its Q output.  So I renamed AS11 as REFL11 and will convert the old REFL11 into POY55 tomorrow. 

 I think we should leave them as is; the AS11 was made by taking into account the SB levels at the AS port and should not become REFL11. We should instead convert one of the old 25 or 33 MHz diodes into a POY55.

  4703   Thu May 12 16:50:22 2011 SureshUpdateRF Systeminstallation of RF splitters in Demod boards

We have no plan to change the AS11 PD. I was referring to the AS11 Demod board which currently has the "Demodulator Preamp" circuit installed as a piggy back. In future I will append "_Demod" when I am referring to a demod board, to avoid confusion.

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Rana also advised that we must use the boards which have the piggy-back amplifiers on those signals which are most useful.  We referred to Alberto's thesis and chose POY55 (MICH and SRCL), REFL11(PRCL)  and AS55 (DARM) as the most useful signals.  We currently have these amps on AS11, REFL11 and AS55.  We need to convert either AS11 or REFL11 into a POY55.  Since we need to troubleshoot REFL11, I thought we might as well modify that and in the process also fix its Q output.  So I renamed AS11 as REFL11 and will convert the old REFL11 into POY55 tomorrow. 

 I think we should leave them as is; the AS11 was made by taking into account the SB levels at the AS port and should not become REFL11. We should instead convert one of the old 25 or 33 MHz diodes into a POY55.

 

  4708   Thu May 12 23:50:10 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemPOY55_Demod board Hardware change completed

The Demod board with S. No. 022 (being used earlier as REFL11) has been modified.  It now has SCLF-65 as its input LP filter on the PD input line and a PQW-2-90 power splitter.  The unit functioning okay (I and Q signals are 90 deg apart.

The loss of Q output was traced to a possible loose solder joint and we now have both the I and Q signals after resoldering all components in the vicinity of U7 (Ref Schematic of D990511)

There is a strong oscillation around 350Hz present on I and Q signals of both REFL55_Demod and POY55_Demod.  Don't know the source. 

We have run out of power splitters to continue with the Demod board modification. We do not currently have an AS11_Demod board.  All the others are in place and ready for the I<->Q phase angle measurement.

In summary we now have the following Demod boards in place:

[ REFL11, POY11, REFL55, AS55, POY55, POY22, POY110]_Demod

 

  4711   Fri May 13 01:51:56 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Status update

I have posted the attached RF status update and 1Y2 rack layout to the svn.

Attachment 1: 1Y2_Rack_Layout.pdf
1Y2_Rack_Layout.pdf
Attachment 2: RF_Work_Status.pdf
RF_Work_Status.pdf
  4714   Fri May 13 22:45:37 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemThe full set of 8 Demod boards is ready for testing

We have Completed the hardware changes to the full set of 8 demod boards.  The last one completed today is AS11.  I have collected the info on all the demod boards available so far in the table below.  As we measure the actual phase and amplitude unbalance we will expand this table to include new info.

The set of 8 demod boards
Demod Board S. No. Power Splitter Frequency range of splitter (MHz) Phase unbalance from datasheet (deg) Amplitude Unbalance from datasheet (dB)
AS11 121 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
REFL11 021 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
AS55 029 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 no info no info
REFL55 118 PQW-2-90 30 to 90 90.14 0.92
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
POY22 020 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 90.26 0.02
POY110 120 PSCQ--120 80 to 120 90.88 0.58

 

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