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  773   Wed Jul 30 18:45:01 2008 ranaConfigurationSUSNew SUS Drift Technology
I updated the SUS DRIFT screen again, this time with a new feature.

I used Rolf's idea for the AdvLIGO status system and just made the nominals be an
unused sub-field (.SVAL) of the main INMON record. Then I wrote a .csh script to
use tdsavg to average the current INMON vals and insert that as the .SVAL. The next
script should read the .SVAL and set the HIHI and LOLO based on this.

Of course, the values I have just entered are no good because our suspensions are in
a bad state but we can run this script (SUS/setDriftNoms) next time things are good.

And...even better would be if someone were to do the same but used mDV to grab the
minute trend in the past good times instead of the tdsavg (which can't go in the past).
  16495   Thu Dec 9 00:32:56 2021 TegaUpdateCDSNew SUS medm screen update

The new SUS screen can be reached via sitemap -> IFO SUS button -> NEW ETMX dropdown menu link. Please use and provide feedback. Not sure exactly if we need/want the display screens after the IOP model on the right of the medm screen. I have not been able to locate the corresponding channels but did not want to remove them until I was sure that we don't plan to add these features to our screens. When all bugs have been ironed out, we can use appropriate macro substitution for the other optics.

The next feature to add is the BLRMS to the coil and PD channels. I plan to combine the PEM BLRMS medm implementation with the sus_single_BLRMS model block (located in  /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/models). This way we use the latest BLRMS block in "/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/common/models/BLRMS.mdl" whilst also leveraging the previous work done on the sus_single_BLRMS model, which neatly fits into our current SUS model.

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  16496   Thu Dec 9 18:22:36 2021 TegaUpdateCDSNew SUS medm screen update

Work on the medm screen for SUS RMS monitor is ongoing. The next step would be to incorporate this into the SUS medm screen, add the BLRMS model to the SUS controller model, recompile, check that the channels are being correctly addressed, then load the appropriate bandpass and lowpass filters.  

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  16500   Fri Dec 10 18:55:58 2021 TegaUpdateCDSNew SUS medm screen update

Turns out the BLRMS monitoring channels for MC1, MC2, MC3, ITMY and SRM already exist in c1pem. So I modified the new SUS screen to display the BLRMS info for the aforementioned optics. Next step is to add the BLRMS monitor for PRM, ITMX, ETMX and ETMY. This would require extending the number of inputs for the "SUS" block in c1pem to accomodate the additional inputs from the remaining optics.

Attachment 1: BLRMS_ITMY_screenshot.png
  8802   Thu Jul 4 17:14:53 2013 ranaUpdateSUSNew SUS screen

 Now that the 3f locking looks so cool for the PRMI, I suppose that the PRMI + arm stuff will be very successful.

At LLO, I've just noticed the screens that they have for the single pendulums / TTs. I'm attaching a screenshot of the one Zach is using for the steering into the OMC. We should grab these and replace our existing SUS screens with them.

Attachment 1: OM1.png
  8803   Thu Jul 4 19:37:37 2013 KojiUpdateSUSNew SUS screen

Totally agree. The old suspension screen should be driven away.

  16727   Tue Mar 15 13:49:44 2022 Ian MacMillanBureaucracyTreasureNew Screwdriver Bits

I have received the new screwdriver bits that will work with the two electric screwdrivers we have. I have distributed them in the 40m. Some are in the electronics stations and some are in the toolbox in the lab. The new electric screwdriver (which looks like a drill but takes typical screwdriver bits) is in the room with the workshop. It is in the blue Makita box. For some reason, lots of the old bits were rounded because of incorrect use. I have thrown the unuseable ones out.

I also requested some screw extractors in case we need them. the one we have now is really big and may not work on smaller screws.

  11456   Tue Jul 28 20:42:50 2015 JessicaSummaryGeneralNew Seismometer Data Coherence

I was looking at the new seismometer data and plotted the coherence between the different arms of C1:PEM_GUR1 and C1:PEM_GUR2. There was not much coherence in the X arms, Y arms, or Z arms of each seismometer, but there were within the x and y arms of the seismometer.

I think the area we should focus on with filtering is lower ranges, between 0.01 and 0.1, because that it where coherence is most clearly high. It is higher in high frequencies but also incredibly noisy, meaning it probably wouldn't be good to try to filter there. 

Attachment 1: Coherence1.png
Attachment 2: Coherence2.png
  8474   Mon Apr 22 20:17:05 2013 CharlesUpdateISSNew Servo w/switching filters


In my previous post here, a new servo design was discussed. Although the exact design used will depend on the particular noise requirements for the 40m and the Bridge Labs (requirements will be considered separately for each application), I still have to yet to see those formalized. Despite this, I have been simulating an example servo circuit with three switchable stages. The design can be found at: New Servo.

Essentially, this circuit consists of three unity gain buffers that can be switched into different filtering states. Attached is a plot of the transfer function of this particular circuit with successive stages turned on. The curve (0) corresponds to all of the filters being switched off, so the total behavior is that of a unity gain buffer. The curve (1) corresponds to the first stage being turned on with the 2nd and 3rd still acting as unity gain buffers. This first state has a gain of ~80 dB at DC and a pole at ~10 Hz which sets the unity gain crossing at ~100 kHz. The curves (2) and (3) correspond to the second and third stage being turned on, respectively. Each of these stages has a pole at DC (i.e. ~infinite gain) and a zero at 10^4 Hz. For f > 10^4 Hz, these stages have gain ~ 1, as we can see in the transfer function below.

I have also performed some noise analysis of this circuit. Attached are a few plots produced by LISO showing the resistor and op-amp noise separately (it was too cluttered on one plot) at the output node of the servo. Both of these plots have a "Sum Noise" trace, which is the sum for every circuit element and is thus identical between plots. The third noise spectrum included is simply the noise at the output referenced to the input with the previously computed transfer function. I'm not sure if there is a simple method embedded in LISO to reference the noise at the output node to the input, but it should be as simple as numerically dividing the noise spectrum by the transfer function between input and output. 

Next, I will be attempting time-dependent simulations of this simple circuit using delayed switches instead of manually controlled ones.

Attachment 1: Servo_v0.1.png
Attachment 2: Example_Filter_-_Transfer_Function_(mag).png
Attachment 3: Example_Filter_-_Transfer_Function_(phase_in_final_state_only).png
Attachment 4: New_Servo_-_Op-Amp_Noise.jpg
Attachment 5: New_Servo_-_Resistor_Noise.jpg
Attachment 6: New_Servo_-_Total_Noise_Input-Referenced.png
  15997   Tue Apr 6 07:19:11 2021 JonUpdateCDSNew SimPlant cymac

Yesterday Chris and I completed setup of the Supermicro machine that will serve as a dedicated host for developing and testing RTCDS sim models. It is currently sitting in the stack of machines in the FE test stand, though it should eventually be moved into a permanent rack.

It turns out the machine cannot run 10 user models, only 4. Hyperthreading was enabled in the BIOS settings, which created the illusion of there being 12 rather than 6 physical cores. Between Chris and Ian's sim models, we already have a fully-loaded machine. There are several more of these spare 6-core machines that could be set up to run additional models. But in the long term, and especially in Ian's case where the IFO sim models will all need to communicate with one another (this is a self-contained cymac, not a distributed FE system), we may need to buy a larger machine with 16 or 32 cores.

IPMI was set up for the c1sim cymac. I assigned the IPMI interface a static IP address on the Martian network ( and registered it in the usual way with the domain name server on chiara. After updating the BIOS settings and rebooting, I was able to remotely power off and back on the machine following these instructions.

Set up of dedicated SimPlant host

Although not directly related to the FE testing, today I added a new machine to the test stand which will be dedicated to running sim models. Chris has developed a virtual cymac which we plan to run on this machine. It will provide a dedicated testbed for SimPlant and other development, and can host up to 10 user models.

I used one of the spare 12-core Supermicro servers from LLO, which I have named c1sim. I assigned it the IP address on the Martian network. This machine will run in a self-contained way that will not depend on any 40m CDS services and also should not interfere with them.

  9808   Mon Apr 14 17:59:05 2014 JenneConfigurationPEMNew T-240 cable

As payment for borrowing 2 of our seismometers, Zach has made us a new Trillium cable, to go from the granite station to the readout box, which we can put into 1X7, where the PEM ADC is.  To put the T-240 in side the can, and seal it, we need a little jumper cable from the seismometer to the granite, but for now, we can just pass this cable underneath the can.

  15614   Tue Oct 6 07:37:20 2020 yehonathanUpdateWikiNew TIS measurements of 40m Optics

LiYuan has kindly done some Total Integrating Sphere (TIS) measurements on ITMU01 and ITMU02. A summary of the measurement is attached. I uploaded the measurements and some analysis script to nodus at /home/export/home/40m_TIS. I created a Wiki page for the measurements and linked to it from the core optics page.

These TIS measurements look very similar to the TIS of the LIGO optics. Further analysis shows that the scatter loss is 10+/-1.7 ppm for ITMU01 and 8.6+/-0.4 ppm for ITMU02.

In this calculation, a gaussian beam the same size bouncing off the 40m ITMs is assumed to scatter from the mirrors. The error is calculated by moving the beam around randomly with STD of 1mm.

In LiYuan's setup, TIS is measured for scattering angles between 1 and 75 degrees. If we go further and assume that the scatter is Lambertian we can extrapolate that the total loss is 10.9+/-1.9 ppm for ITMU01 and 9.2+/-0.5 ppm for ITMU02.

These measurements complete the loss budget nicely since with the 6ppm loss predicted from the phase maps, the total loss in the arm cavities would be 6+10+10=26ppm which is very close to the 28ppm loss that was measured after the arm cavity optics were cleaned.

Attachment 1: ITMU_sn01-02_tis_1.pdf
ITMU_sn01-02_tis_1.pdf ITMU_sn01-02_tis_1.pdf
  12254   Wed Jul 6 17:17:22 2016 PrafulUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew Tabs and Working Summary Pages

The main C1 summary pages are back online now thanks to Max and Duncan, with a gap in pages from June 8th to July 4th. Also, I've added my new VMon and Sensors tabs to the SUS parent tab on the main pages. These new tabs are now up and running on the July 7th summary page.

Here's a link to the main nodus pages with the new tabs: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/detcharsummary/day/20160707/sus/vmon/

And another to my ldas page with the tabs implemented: https://ldas-jobs.ligo.caltech.edu/~praful.vasireddy/1150848017-1150848317/sus/vmon/

Let me know if you have any suggestions or see anything wrong with these additions, I'm still working on getting the scales to be right for all graphs.

  12257   Wed Jul 6 21:05:36 2016 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew Tabs and Working Summary Pages

I started to receive emails from cron every 15min. Is the email related to this? And is it normal? I never received these cron emails before when the sum-page was running.

Attachment 1: cron_mail.txt.zip
  12258   Wed Jul 6 21:09:09 2016 not KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew Tabs and Working Summary Pages

I don't know much about how the cron job runs, I'll forward this to Max.


I started to receive emails from cron every 15min. Is the email related to this? And is it normal? I never received these cron emails before when the sum-page was running.

Max says it should be fixed now. Have the emails stopped?

  12259   Wed Jul 6 21:16:17 2016 Max IsiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew Tabs and Working Summary Pages

This should be fixed now—apologies for the spam.


I don't know much about how the cron job runs, I'll forward this to Max.


I started to receive emails from cron every 15min. Is the email related to this? And is it normal? I never received these cron emails before when the sum-page was running.



  12260   Wed Jul 6 21:50:21 2016 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew Tabs and Working Summary Pages

It seemed something has been done. And I got cron emails.
Then, it seemed something has been done. And the emails stopped.

  4129   Mon Jan 10 16:39:36 2011 josephb, alex, rolfUpdateCDSNew Time server for frame builder and 1PPS

Alex and Rolf came over today with a Tempus LX  GPS network timing server.  This has an IRIG-B output and a 1PPS output.  It can also be setup to act as an NTP server (although we did not set that up).

This was placed at waist height in the 1X7 rack.  We took the cable running to the presumably roof mounted antenna from the VME timing board and connected it to this new timing server.  We also moved the source of the 1PPS signal going to the master timer sequencer (big blue box in 1X7 with fibers going to all the front ends) to this new time server.  This system is currently working, although it took about 5 minutes to actually acquire a timing signal from the GPS satellites.  Alex says this system should be more stable, with no time jumps. 

I asked Rolf about the new timing system for the front ends, he had no idea when that hardware would be available to the 40m.

Currently, all the front ends and the frame builder agree on the time.  Front ends are running so the 1 PPS signal appears to be working as well.

  2029   Wed Sep 30 17:49:21 2009 JenneUpdateAdaptive FilteringNew UP/DOWN scripts for OAF

[Sanjit, Jenne]

The up and down scripts accessible from the OAF (still C1:ASS-TOP) screen are now totally functional and awesome.  They are under the blue ! button.  The up script can either be for the Seismometers, or the Accelerometers at this time.  The only difference between these 2 is which burt restore file they look at:  the seismometer version puts all 7 seismometer channels in the PEM selecting matrix, while the accelerometer version puts the 6 accelerometer channels in that matrix.  Both scripts also turn on HP_1mHz filters in the ERR_EMPH filter bank and all of the witness filter banks, and the AA32 and AI32 filters in ERR_EMPH, CORR and PEM filter banks.  This makes all of the starting filters the same between the witness paths and the error path.

If you want to use a different combination of sensors, run one of the up scripts, then change the PEM matrix by hand. 

The down script disables the output to the optics, and resets the adapted filter coefficients.  DO NOT use this script if you're trying to "pause" the filter to take some nice long averages.

  14391   Wed Jan 9 11:07:09 2019 gautamUpdateVACNew Vac channel logging

Looks like I didn't restart all the daqd processes last night, so the data was not in fact being recorded to frames. I just restarted everything, and looks like the data for the last 3 minutes are being recorded yes. Is it reasonable that the TP1 current channel is reporting 0.75A of current draw now, when the pump is off? Also the temperature readback of TP3 seems a lot jumpier than that of TP2, probably has to do with the old controller having fewer ADC bits or something, but perhaps the SMOO needs to be adjusted.


Gautam and I updated the framebuilder config file, adding the newly-added channels to the list of those to be logged.

Attachment 1: Screenshot_from_2019-01-09_11-08-28.png
  2464   Tue Dec 29 04:28:27 2009 kiwamu, rana, haixingUpdateCamerasNew Video Switch Installed

We have installed the new Video Matrix.

Its still in an intermediate state, so don't try to "fix" anything before Kiwamu and I get back onto it in the afternoon.

The status so far is that we have removed the old switch (it was a 256 input x 128 output !! mux)  and installed the new one in the same rack. We have hooked it up to the CDS network and have set up its matrix by using the web interface (i.e. NOT EPICS).

Along the way, we discovered that there is lack of impedance matching in the video all over the 40m. Video signals are RF and need to be treated that way. The PSL signals are T'd around and sent on 50 Ohm cables to high impedance monitor inputs.

We should eliminate any switches besides the new one (called Luciana) and control the PSL's Video Monitor from the main MUX interface. No more Rogue Video Switches.


Another couple of things we have found is about RCR camera.

(1) The long cable which connects the RCR camera box and the video matrix doesn't work. Although the signal is alive and we can see it by the local tv monitor nearby PSL.

(1) The reflected beam going to the camera is too weak to see in the monitor.  We found a strange polarized cube splitter in front of the camera. We should modify it sooner or later.

  135   Wed Nov 28 19:02:41 2007 AndreyBureaucracyWIKI-40M UpdateNew WIKI-40M page describing Matlab Suspension Modeling

I created the WIKI-40m page with some details about my today's talk on the 40-m lab meeting.

The address is:


(or you can go to the main page, http://lhocds.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/ , and click on the link "Modeling of suspensions").

The WIKI-40m page describes my transfer functions and contains the pdf-file of my presentation.
  461   Wed Apr 30 20:48:58 2008 AndreySummaryPEMNew Weather Channels

I created the new channels for the weather station, all letters are capital ones. They are of the form "C1 : PEM-WS_PARAMETER" where "PARAMETER" is temperature, pressure, wind,... characteristics (names are self-obvious).

These new weather channels are indicated on the "Weather Checklist" MEDM screen. Also, units of pressure were changed from Pascal to torr and mbars.

The new weather channels are also visible in Dataviewer. I updated the template, and as an example of Dataviewer data I attach the following 5-hour trends of weather parameters from 3.30PM to 8.30PM on April 30th.
Attachment 1: April30-5hours.png
  11916   Wed Jan 6 16:40:49 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralNew WiFi router

The new wifi router, a Netgear R6400, has been installed, next to the old one which is disconnected (but not yet removed). 

Same SSID, and I've added only the wireless MAC addresses of viviana, paoloa and asia, the three thinkpads inside.

Qualitatively, dataviewer at the X end seems pretty snappy. I'll do some more quantitative comparison of the two routers at some point soon. I will update the wiki, too.

  11923   Fri Jan 8 22:37:17 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralNew WiFi router

I configured a new wifi bridge for a GPIB Instruments.

The some facts are described on https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Network

The setting up wasn't so straight forward. I added more details there as a linked page.
One thing I had to do with the martian wifi router was that I had to separate the name of SSIDs for 2GHz and 5GHz networks.

Now the data download from Agilent is super fast!
The first establishing the connection takes the most of the time, and the data transfer takes literary nothing.

controls@pianosa|netgpibdata > time ./netgpibdata -i -d AG4395A -a 10 -f meas01
Connecting to host, GPIB 10...
Data will be written into meas01.dat.
Parameters will be written into meas01.par.
Writing measurement data to file...
Writing to the parameter file.

real    0m4.056s
user    0m0.068s
sys    0m0.020s


  12052   Mon Mar 28 22:16:44 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralNew WiFi router

I configured three more mini wifi extender. They are ready to use.

We should add these to the host table (I forgot where it is) NETGEAR_EX3700_1 NETGEAR_EX3700_2 NETGEAR_EX3700_3 NETGEAR_EX3700_4

  2475   Tue Jan 5 01:31:09 2010 JenneUpdateWienerFilteringNew Wiener Filters installed in PEM IIR matrix on OAF screen

Using the techniques employed at LLO, and then by Rana here at the 40m a few weeks ago, Wiener filters have been installed on the inputs of all of the PEM IIR channels which are hooked up to the 110B PEM ADCU.  Some slight modifications have taken place to the code, and it's all been checked in to the 40m svn. 

I have installed the filters into:  All 6 Wilcoxon accelerometers, the Ranger seismometer, and one of the Guralps (GUR1).  The other Guralp is currently connected through the ASS/OAF machine's ADC, so it's not used in this test. The filters are all labeled "Wiener", and are FM1 in the C1:ASS-TOP_PEMIIR_## filter banks.

The first figure below is the output of the Wiener Filter calculation program.  It shows the uncorrected MC_L (black) and the corrected MC_L (red), using the optimal wiener filter.  This is as good as we should be able to do with these sensors in these positions.

The second figure is a DTT shot of me trying out the nifty new filters.  They seem to maybe do a teensy bit on the microseism, but otherwise it's a bit unremarkable.  Hopefully I'll get better subtraction during the day, when the base level for MC_L is higher.  Here, Black is uncorrected MC_L, Red is the corrected MC_L, Blue is the actuation channel, and green is an example seismometer channel to illustrate the ground motion at the time.


For posterity, since it's not all in one elog that I can find, the order of operations to install a Wiener Feed Forward filter is as follows:

1.  (When you can borrow the IFO) Take a very careful TF of the plant, between your actuation point and your error signal readout.  At the 40m, this means between C1:ASS-TOP_SUS_MC1_EXC and C1:IOO-MC_L, since we actuate by pushing on the MC1 coils.  At the sites / future 40m, this would be between the HEPI (or STACIS) and the error signal.  The limit of how good your Feed Forward can do will depend heavily on how good this TF is.  Coherence should be above ~0.95 for all points.  Export this data from DTT as a .txt file, using units "Complex (abs/rad)". 

2. Run fitMC12MCL.m (or equivalent wrapper file) to fit the transfer function you just took with some Poles and Zeros.  Make sure to edit the wrapper file with your new .txt file's name so you're getting a fresh TF (if you've just taken one).

3. (Again, when you can borrow the IFO) Run getMCdata.m (or equivalent) to fetch witness channel data and error signal data.  At the 40m, this usually means C1:IOO-MC_L, and witness sensors which are around the MC chambers.  This data should be taken at a time when the cavity is locked, but pretty much on it's own. (i.e. probably shouldn't have Common Mode feedback on the MC - so the MC should be locked, but not the full IFO, for example.)

4.  Run c1winoiir.m (the main program here, which contains some of these notes). This will take in the TF data you've fit, and the witness channel data you have, and calculate the optimal combination of Wiener filters for your witness channels.  It pre-filters your witness data by your TF, then calculates the Wiener filter.  The resulting FIR filters are saved in a file.

5.  Run firfit.m  This will take the FIR Wiener filters you've just created, and convert them conveniently to IIR filters, in a format to be copied directly into Foton.  For each witness channel, you'll get the IIR filter in 2 formats:  the first is for copying into the Foton .txt file (ex ASS.txt), and the second is for copying into the Foton gui, in the "Command" box on the filter design screen.  The "o" at the end of the copy-able filter indicates to Foton that it is a Z-Plane Online filter.  Copy filters appropriately (there should be a line preceding each set of SOS filter formats to indicate which channel this Wiener filter is for...these channel names are extracted from your getMCdata.m)

6. Save your Foton file, and update your Coefficients in MEDM.  Enable your outputs to actuators, and watch magic happen!


On the To-Do list:

Check the transfer of signal btwn PEMIIR matrix and the 9x1 'matrix' that sends the signals to the SUS inputs.  In the SimuLink, the input to the 9x1 matrix is a bundle of 8 numbers (the 8 outputs of the PEMIIR matrix), but it looks like it only pays attention to the first one.  Need to figure out how to make it realize that it's a bundle, not a single number. 

Also, the OAF up / down scripts don't seem to be working on any of the control room computers.  This needs to be checked in to / fixed (but not tonight....)

Attachment 1: MCwino-FFtest_4Jan10_sameFiltersAsinEPICS.png
Attachment 2: OAF-FF_test_4Jan10.png
  2480   Tue Jan 5 17:32:59 2010 JenneUpdateWienerFilteringNew Wiener Filters installed in PEM IIR matrix on OAF screen

EDIT 6 Jan 2010:  Shouldn't have done this.  My bad.  The AA32 is on the other PEM matrix because the Adaptive code runs at 64Hz, so there's downsampling, calculating, and upsampling which goes on.  The Feed Forward path all runs at 2kHz, the regular rate of the ASS/OAF machine.  All of these filters are turned off (although I haven't deleted them from Foton).  Since we're focusing on low frequency stuff and trying to get that to do some subtraction, we're not worrying about the junk at higher frequencies just yet.


I have put AA32 filters into the PEMIIR matrix's input filter banks (ie, C1:ASS-TOP_PEMIIR_##), to match the ones that are in the same places in the regular PEM matrix on the OAF screen. 

I redid the uncorrected vs. corrected MC_L DTT printout, shown below. You can see that there's less junk at higher frequencies in the Blue (actuation channel) trace, which is good.

Attachment 1: OAF-FF_test_5Jan10.png
  981   Mon Sep 22 21:54:05 2008 ranaUpdateASSNew Wiener result with x10 gain in ACC
The 2 attached PDF files show the performance of the Wiener filter code on 2 hours of data
with a 4000 tap filter on 64 Hz data. All 6 accelerometers around the MC and the Ranger seismometer
were used.

I attribute the improved performance in the 3-10 Hz band to the better SNR of the ACC channels. To
do better below 1 Hz we need the Guralps.
Attachment 1: f.pdf
f.pdf f.pdf
  3237   Fri Jul 16 15:57:19 2010 josephb,kiwamuUpdateComputersNew X end FE and IO chassis work

We finished setting up the new X end front end machine (still temporarily called c1scx), and attached it to its IO chassis.  We're preparing for a test tomorrow, where we redirect the Limo breakout box to the new front end and IO chassis, so Kiwamu can test getting some green locking channels into his controls model.

We strung a pair of blue fibers from the timing master to the new X end (and labeled them), so we have a timing signal for the IO chassis.  I also labeled the orange fiber Alex had repurposed from the RFM to timing for the new Y end when I noticed he had not actually labelled it at the timing master.

  17039   Wed Jul 27 14:39:04 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsNew and improved PZT TF data from the DFD

Paco and I messed around with the attenuation of the scope and bandwidth of the IF. We also replaced the BNC T's in the circuits with RF splitters. We saw some decent improvements to the data. The data is attached and a diagram of the experiment. [We analytically calculated the impedances to avoid any mismatch taking place]. Working on fitting the data.

We also moved around the wires so that the AG4395 is closer to the PZT.


Attachment 1: tf_data.png
Attachment 2: latest_data.zip
Attachment 3: dfd_-_new.drawio.png
  9953   Wed May 14 14:39:31 2014 JenneUpdateSUSNew buttons on IFO_ALIGN screen

It's starting to get a little crowded, but I modified the IFO_ALIGN screen to have new buttons to show the aligned / misaligned state of each optic.  Koji made a good point, and I left the old restore script functional so that if the slider is moved significantly, we can always go back gently to the burt restored value.  I have removed the old misalign function though, since we shouldn't ever be using that again.


  4014   Mon Dec 6 11:59:41 2010 josephbUpdateCDSNew c1lsc computer moved to lsc rack

Computer moved:

The c1lsc computer has been moved over to the 1Y3 rack, just above the c1lsc IO chassis. 

It will talking to the c1sus computer via a Dolphin PCIe reflected memory card.  The cards have been installed into c1lsc and c1sus this morning.

It will talk to its IO chassis via the usual short IO chassis cable.


To Do:

The Dolphin fiber still needs to be strung between c1sus and c1lsc.

The DAQ cable between c1lsc and the DAQ router (which lets the frame builder talk directly with the front ends) also needs t to be strung.

c1lsc needs to be configured to use fb as a boot server, and the fb needs to be configured to handle the c1lsc machine.

  5577   Thu Sep 29 20:37:12 2011 MirkoUpdateComputersNew c1oaf c-code: Breaking in new way

[Mirko, Jenne]

Programmed a new implementation of the LMS in C. Compiles fine in gcc. The full code still kills c1lsc computer. Tried to go through the code uncommenting more and more. Not perfect in reproducability. The attached version should compile and keep c1oaf running, but not actually produce an adaptive filter. At some point the code just keeps c1oaf from starting up. Leaves the c1lsc computer in working order. At some point I got error messages like ..................................................................
    Warning: "Identical process variable names on multiple servers"
    Context: "Channel: "C1:OAF-ADAPT_CORR_BS_Name08", Connecting to:, Ignored: c1lsc:34533"
    Source File: ../cac.cpp line 1209
    Current Time: Thu Sep 29 2011 19:18:17.219208306
    Warning: "Identical process variable names on multiple servers"
    Context: "Channel: "C1:OAF-ADAPT_CORR_BS_Name09", Connecting to:, Ignored: c1lsc:34533"
    Source File: ../cac.cpp line 1209
    Current Time: Thu Sep 29 2011 19:18:17.225999915
    Warning: "Identical process variable names on multiple servers"
    Context: "Channel: "C1:OAF-ADAPT_CORR_ETMX_SW1R", Connecting to:, Ignored: c1lsc:34533"
    Source File: ../cac.cpp line 1209
    Current Time: Thu Sep 29 2011 19:18:17.243037042

This usually indicates that there are multiple carepeater running. Didn't find where that would be. After rebooting c1lsc and c1sus a couple of times everything seems fine.

Attachment 1: ADAPT_XFCODE11-09-29---20-12.c
// LMS algorithm adaptive filtering for the Caltech 40m -- Sept. 2011 by M. Prijatelj

#define nDOF 8
#define nWIT 21
#define nTAPS 1000

void ADAPT_XFCODE(double *in, int inSize, double *out, int outSize) {

//First the DOFs and their switches
//int nDOF=8;
... 136 more lines ...
  5424   Thu Sep 15 20:16:15 2011 jamieUpdateCDSNew c1oaf model installed and running

[Jamie, Jenne, Mirko]

New c1oaf model installed

We have installed the new c1oaf (online adaptive feed-forward) model.  This model is now running on c1lsc.  It's not really doing anything at the moment, but we wanted to get the model running, with all of it's interconnections to the other models.

c1oaf has interconnections to both c1lsc and c1pem via the following routes:

c1lsc ->SHMEM-> c1oaf
c1oaf ->SHMEM-> c1lsc
c1pem ->SHMEM-> c1rfm ->PCIE-> c1oaf

Therefore c1lsc, c1pem, and c1rfm also had to be modified to receive/send the relevant signals.

As always, when adding PCIx senders and receivers, we had to compile all the models multiple times in succession so that the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ipc/C1.ipc would be properly populated with the channel IPC info.


There were a couple of issues that came up when we installed and re/started the models:

c1oaf not being registered by frame builder

When the c1oaf model was started, it had no C1:DAQ-FB0_C1OAF_STATUS channel, as it's supposed to.  In the daqd log (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/logs/daqd.log.19901) I found the following:

Unable to find GDS node 22 system c1oaf in INI files

It turns out this channel is actually created by the frame builder, and it could not find the channel definition file for the new model, so it was failing to create the channels for it.  The frame builder "master" file (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/master) needs to list the c1oaf daq ini files:


These were added, and the framebuilder was restarted.  After which the C1:DAQ-FB0_C1OAF_STATUS appeared correctly.

SHMEM errors on c1lsc and c1oaf

This turned out to be because of an oversight in how we wired up the skeleton c1oaf model.  For the moment the c1oaf model has only the PCIx sends and receives.  I had therefore grounded the inputs to the SHMEM parts that were meant to send signals to C1LSC.  However, this made the RCG think that these SHMEM parts were actually receivers, since it's the grounding of the inputs to these parts that actually tells the RCG that the part is a receiver.  I fixed this by adding a filter module to the input of all the senders.

Once this was all fixed, the models were recompiled, installed, and restarted, and everything came up fine.

All model changes were of course committed to the cds_user_apps svn as well.

  15236   Fri Feb 28 19:37:18 2020 gautamUpdatePSLNew c1psl installed
  1. The new c1psl Acromag crate is now interfaced to the Eurocrate electronics in 1X1 (formerly VME c1psl) and 1X2 (formerly c1iool0).
  2. The PMC and IMC can be locked. We will investigate stability / duty cycle over the weekend.
  3. There were a few issues with the wiring - specifically, the worng kind of Acromag BIO unit (sourcing, whereas we want sinking) was used for the FSS board switches. Once Jordan fixed this issue, the IMC could be locked.
  4. I began to do the detailed tests of the IMC Servo card channels - there may be some issues with the boost stages, but I ran out of time yesterday, so tbc Monday.

On Monday, we will remove the old c1psl and c1iool0 machines from the electronics rack and install the Acromag crate in a more permanent way. We will also clean up some of the old cabling and cross connects, althoug the situation seems so complicated (some cross connects are also used by the rtcds c1ioo expansion chassis) that I am inclined not to remove any cables.

The area around 1X1/1X2 has a lot of dangling cables and general detritus. Be careful if you are walking around there. We will clean up on monday.

  15114   Tue Jan 7 18:51:51 2020 JonUpdatePSLNew c1psl server assembled

I've assembled a new SuperMicro rackmount machine to replace c1psl. It is currently set up on the electronics bench.

  • OS: Debian 10.2
  • Hostname: c1psl1 (will become c1psl after installation)
  • IP: (registered in the martian DNS)
  • Network drive mount point set up (/cvs/cds), which provides all the EPICS executables.
  14581   Fri Apr 26 19:35:16 2019 JonUpdateSUSNew c1susaux installed, passed first round of scripted testing

[Jon, Gautam]

Today we installed the c1susaux Acromag chassis and controller computer in the 1X4 rack. As noted in 14580 the prototype Acromag chassis had to first be removed to make room in the rack. The signal feedthroughs were connected to the eurocrates by 10' DB-37 cables via adapters to 96-pin DIN.

Once installed, we ran a scripted set of suspension actuation tests using PyIFOTest. BS, PRM, SRM, MC1, MC2, and MC3 all passed these tests. We were unable to test ITMX and ITMY because both appear to be stuck. Gautam will shake them loose on Monday.

Although the new c1susaux is now mounted in the rack, there is more that needs to be done to make the installation permanent:

  • New 15V and 24V power cables with standard LIGO connectors need to be run from the Sorensenn supplies in 1X5. The chassis is currently powered by bench supplies sitting on a cart behind the rack.
  • All 24 new DB-37 signal cables need to be labeled.
  • New 96-pin DIN connectors need to be put on two ribbon cables (1Y5_80 B, 1Y5_81) in the 1X4 rack. We had to break these connectors to remove them from the back of the eurcrates.
  • General cleanup of any cables, etc. left around the rack. We cleaned up most things this evening.
  • Rename the host computer c1susaux2 --> c1susaux, and update the DNS lookup tables on chiara.

On Monday we plan to continue with additional scripted tests of the suspensions.

gautam - some more notes:

  • Backplane connectors for the SUS PD whitening boards, which now only serve the purpose of carrying the fast BIO signals used for switching the whitening, were moved from the P1 connector to P2 connector for MC1, MC2, MC3, ITMX, ITMY, BS and PRM.
  • In the process, the connectors for BS and PRM were detatched from the ribbon cable (there wasn't any good way to unseat the connector from the shell that I know of). These will have to be repaired by Chub, and the signal integrity will have to be checked (as they have to be for the connectors that are allegedly intact).
  • While we were doing the wiring, I disconnected the outputs of the coil driver board going to the satellite box (front panel DB15 connector on D010001). These were restored after our work for the testing phase.
  • The backplane cables to the eurocrate housing the coil driver boards were also disconnected. They are currently just dangling, but we will have to clean it up if the new crate is performing alright.
  • In general the cable routing cleanliness has to be checked and approved by Chub or someone else qualified. In particular, the power leads to the eurocrate are in the way of the DIN96-DB37 adaptor board of Johannes' design, particularly on the SUS PD eurocrate.
  • Tapping new power rails for the Acromag chassis will have to be done carefully. Ideally we shouldn't have to turn off the Sorensens.
  • There are some software issues we encountered today connected with the networking that have to be understood and addressed in a permanent way.
  • Sooner rather than later, we want to reconnect the Acromag crate that was monitoring the PSL channels, particularly given the NPRO's recent flakiness.
  • The NPRO was turned back on (following the same procedure of slowly dialing up the injection current). Primary motivation to see if the mode cleaner cavity could be locked with the new SUS electronics. Looks like it could. I'm leaving it on over the weekend...
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  10513   Wed Sep 17 13:41:00 2014 JenneUpdateSUSNew calibrated channels for test QPD

Steve asked about calibrating the QPD, so I set up some new epics records so that we can have calibrated versions of the QPD output.

The new channels are called C1:ASC-TESTQPD_Y_Calc and C1:ASC-TESTQPD_X_Calc for pitch and yaw, respectively.


 * I modified /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscaux/QPD.db to add 2 new channels.  Since we are currently plugged into the IPPOS channels, I didn't want to modify the units of IPPOS, which is why I created new channels.  The new channels are just the IPPOS normalized X and Y channels, multiplied by a calibration factor.  Steve has already done a rough calibration for his setup, so I used those numbers (0.15 urad/ct for pitch and 0.25 urad/ct for yaw). 

* Rebooted c1iscaux.  This required adding it to chiara's /etc/hosts file.

* Added the channels to the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/daq/C0EDCU.ini file so that the channels would appear in dataviewer.

* Restarted the framebuilder daqd process.

How to modify the calibration:

1) On a control room workstation, cd /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscaux to get to the right folder.  (Note that this is still in the old cvs/cds place, *not* the new opt/rtcds place)

2)  open the epics database file by typing sudo emacs QPD.db.  Since this is a protected file, you need to use the "sudo" command, and will have to type in the usual controls password. 

3)  Find the "records" that have the channel names C1:ASC-TESTQPD_Y_Calc and C1:ASC-TESTQPD_X_Calc by scrolling down.  (Right now they are on lines #550 and #561 of the text file).

4) For each of these 2 records, modify the calibration in the line that says something like field(CALC,"(A*0.25)").  In this example, the current calibration is 0.25 urad/oldCount.  Change the number to the new value.

5) Save the file.  If you followed the procedure in step2 and used the emacs program and you can't use the mouse, do the following:  Hold down the "ctrl" key.  Keeping ctrl pushed down, push the "x" key.  Still keeping ctrl pushed down, push the "s" key. 

6) Close the file.  If you followed the procedure in step2 and used the emacs program and you can't use the mouse, do the following:  Hold down the "ctrl" key.  Keeping ctrl pushed down, push the "x" key.  Still keeping ctrl pushed down, push the "c" key. 

7) Reboot the slow computer called c1iscaux.  You should be able to do this remotely by typing telnet c1iscaux, and then typing reboot.  If that doesn't work, you may have to go into the IFO room and power cycle the crate by turning the key.  This computer is in 1Y3, near the bottom.

8) Check that you can see your channels - you should be finished now!

For steps 3 and 4, here is a screenshot of the lines in the text file:


  13902   Thu May 31 15:36:59 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralNew camera channels

Jon informed me that there are some EPICS channels that JoeB's camera server code looks for that don't exist. I thought Jigyasa and I had added everything last year but turned out not to be the case. I followed my instructions from here, did the trick. While cleaning up, I also re-named the "*MC1" channels to "*ETMX", since that's where the camera now resides. New channels are:

C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_INTERVAL (Archival interval in minutes)
C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_RESET (Reset Archival interval in minutes)

C1: CAM-ETMX_CONFIG_FILE (Config file)

  3399   Wed Aug 11 13:28:44 2010 josephbUpdateCDSNew cdsIPCx parts, old part breaks models

While working on a test stand at LLO, I've discovered that there's a new update to the Real Time Code Generator that breaks virtually all of our current models.

Previously, we've been using the cdsIPCx part as a flexible link between models, and could be set to RFM (reflected memory), SHMEM (shared memory on the local computer), or PCIE (pci express or dolphin I think) depending on what was written in the IPC file (found in /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/ipc/C1.ipc).

Recently, three new parts were added called cdsIPCx_SHMEM, cdsIPCx_RFM, cdsIPCx_PCIE, and the previous cdsIPCx broken.  The cdsIPCx_***** has to match the type written in the IPC file or else it errors out with a rather unhelpful error message which doesn't tell you which part/line is in conflict...


***ERROR: IPCx type mis-match: I vs. ISHM
make: *** [g1lsc] Error 255

In anycase, when using a current checkout (updated or checked out after ~July 30th), all cdsIPCx blocks in the simulink models needs to be changed to the approriate type.  I'm trying to get a new CDS_PARTS.mdl file I updated into the svn, but for now you can just open up the model file directly in the /advLigoRTS/src/epics/simLink/lib directory and copy it in from there (i.e. cdsIPCx_SHMEM.mdl) to your model file.  I'm also trying to get the feCodeGen.pl file changed so the error message actually tells you what channel/part is mismatching so you don't have to guess.

An easy way to modify a file for all shared memory connections without doing a ton of cutting, pasting and renaming is:

sed -i 's/"cdsIPCx"/"cdsIPCx_SHMEM"/g' file_name_here.mdl

  2143   Mon Oct 26 17:45:34 2009 JenneUpdateAdaptive FilteringNew changes to the OAF fe code

[Alex, Jenne, Sanjit]

Alex came to the 40m today, and did several awesome things in OAF-land.

We discovered that there is, in fact, an ADC board connected to the ASS machine.  The tricky bit is that it only has a ribbon cable connector, so before we can use this ADC, we need to figure out how to make a breakout board/cable/something to connect the seismometer/accelerometer/microphone BNCs to this little board.  This is the same little board that connects the timing slave to the ASS machine.  For good or for ill, the timing slave is connected to this board via clip-doodles.  Potentially we can connect an ADC tester board to this board, and go from seismometer BNCs to clipdoodles to the tester board, but I'm not in love with the idea of utilizing clipdoodles as a semi-permanent solution until the upgrade.  I emailed Ben to see if he has a better idea, or (better yet) some spare hardware now that's the same as we'll use after the upgrade.  If we can use this ADC, it may solve our timing problem which is caused by the 110B ADC used by the PEM computer. Alex showed Sanjit and I how to connect the ASS's ADC card to the simulink diagram, when we're ready for that.

We also poked around in the code, and it seems that we can now save and restore OAF coefficients at will.  I added buttons to the OAF (ASS) screen, and Alex made it so the OAF coefficients are saved in RFM shared memory whenever you click the "save coeffs" button, and are restored when you click the "restore coeffs" button.  The buttons are the same as the 'Reset' button which has been there for a long time, so they seem to maybe have a similar problem in that you have to hold the button for a while in order for the code to realize that the button has been depressed.  We couldn't fix this easily, because it looks like our SimuLink cds stuff is a little out of date.  Some day (before/when Joe and Peter make new screens for the new 40m), we need to update these things.  Alex was concerned that it might take a while to do this, if the update broke some of the blocks that we're currently using.  Also, Sanjit and I now need to check that the coefficient-saving is going as planned.  When I have DTT open, and the OAF running, I see a certain shape to the signal which is sent to MC1 to correct for the seismic motion.  This shape includes at least several peaks at resonant frequencies that exist in our stacks/suspensions.  I can then save the coefficients, reset the active filter, and then restore the coefficients.  When I do this while watching DTT, it seems as though the general shape of the filter is restored, but none of the detailed features are.  The reason for this is still under investigation. 

The code-modifications involved a few iterations of 'remaking the ass'.

  3124   Sat Jun 26 20:16:44 2010 josephbUpdateCDSNew checkout of RCG from SVN and changes made

ORPHAN ENTRY FOUND ON ROSALBA:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We did svn update.  Then Alex realized he missed adding some files, so added them to the svn, and then we checked out again.


We rebuilt awg, fb, nds.

We reloaded service xinet.d, after editing /etc/xinetd.d/chnconf.  We changes all the tpchn_c1 to tpchn_c1SYS


There's a new naming scheme for the model files.  They start with the site name.  So, lsc becomes c1lsc. 


On any machine you want code running, make a symbolic link to /cvs/cds/rtcds/ in /opt/

  7269   Fri Aug 24 11:46:59 2012 MashaUpdatePEMNew classification weights

I recently realized that I may have over-trained my classification neural network and used too many parameters, so that my weight vectors are too fine-tuned to my particular data set and do not generalize well. I lowered the number of hidden neurons in the network to 15, and the number of epochs to 25000, and regularized based on the deltas (the gradient). Here is the most recent learning curve:





The old weights and code are saved in the c1pem directory in the file "classify_seismic_20neurons.c", while the current 15 neuron network is saved as "classify_seismic.c". I'll monitor the performance of this current network throughout the day, and decide which one we should keep.

  809   Thu Aug 7 11:54:26 2008 josephbConfigurationCamerasNew code + gstreamer allows for easy saving and compression of images
Modified the CamSnap code to output the image data stream to standard out. This can then be piped into a gstreamer plugin and then be used to save, encode, transmit, receive, slice, dice and or mangle video (or virtually any type of data stream).

The gstreamer webpage can be found at: http://www.gstreamer.net/

Under documentation you can find a list off all available plug-ins. Some good, some bad, some ugly.

Running the following command on Mafalda (via ssh -X mafalda) or Rosalba while in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/Prosilica/40mCode/SnapCode/

CamSnap -F 'Mono8' -c 44058 -E 15000 -X 0 -Y 0 -H 480 -W 752 -l 0 -m 1000 | gst-launch-0.10 fdsrc fd=0 blocksize=360960 ! video/x-raw-gray, height=480, width=752, bpp=8,depth=8,framerate=1/1 ! ffmpegcolorspace ! ximagesink

This command will create a window which displays what the camera with UID 44058 is looking at. It will display 1000 images, then quit. (You can switch the -m 100 to -i to just have it continue until the process is stopped).

You can also encode the data into compressed format and save it in a media file. The following command line will encode the images into an ogg media file (.ogm), which can be played with the totem viewer (available on Rosalba or almost any machine running Ubuntu or Centos) or any other viewer capable of handling ogm files. By switching the plugins you can generate other formats as well.

The compression is good, putting 300 images normally about 500K individually uncompressed to about 580K as a single file.

The following command line was used to generate the attached video file:

CamSnap -F 'Mono8' -c 44058 -E 5000 -X 0 -Y 0 -H 480 -W 752 -l 0 -m 300 | gst-launch-0.10 fdsrc fd=0 blocksize=360960 ! video/x-raw-gray, height=480, width=752, bpp=8,depth=8,framerate=30/1 ! ffmpegcolorspace ! theoraenc ! oggmux ! filesink location="./testVideo.ogm"

Currently looking into plugins which allow you to pull individual frames out of a video file and display or save them in a variety of formats. This would allow us to save long term images in compressed video format, and then pull out individual frames as needed.

Also need to look into how to "T" the streams, so one can be displaying while another encodes and saves.
Attachment 1: testVideo.ogm
  812   Fri Aug 8 09:54:10 2008 ranaUpdateCamerasNew code + gstreamer allows for easy saving and compression of images

Modified the CamSnap code to output the image data stream to standard out. This can then be piped into a gstreamer plugin and then be used

Didn't work; Prosilica has only 1 "l". Even so, sshing from op440m to mafalda, I got this:
mafalda:SnapCode>CamSnap -F 'Mono8' -c 44058 -E 5000 -X 0 -Y 0 -H 480 -W 752 -l 0 -m 300 | gst-launch-0.10 fdsrc fd=0 blocksize=360960 ! video/x-raw
-gray, height=480, width=752, bpp=8,depth=8,framerate=30/1 ! ffmpegcolorspace ! theoraenc ! oggmux ! filesink location="./testVideo.ogm"
Setting pipeline to PAUSED ...
Pipeline is PREROLLING ...

** (gst-launch-0.10:27121): WARNING **: Size 60 is not a multiple of unit size 360960
Caught SIGSEGV accessing address 0x487c
ERROR: from element /pipeline0/ffmpegcsp0: subclass did not specify output size
Additional debug info:
gstbasetransform.c(1495): gst_base_transform_handle_buffer (): /pipeline0/ffmpegcsp0:
subclass did not specify output size
ERROR: pipeline doesn't want to preroll.
Setting pipeline to NULL ...
#0  0xffffe410 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1  0xb7deddae in __lll_mutex_lock_wait ()
#2  0xb7de9aac in _L_mutex_lock_51 () from /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libpthread.so.0
#3  0xb7de949d in pthread_mutex_lock ()
#4  0xb7e452e0 in g_static_rec_mutex_lock () from /usr/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0
#5  0xb7f1fa08 in ?? () from /usr/lib/libgstreamer-0.10.so.0
#6  0x080c1220 in ?? ()
#7  0x00000001 in ?? ()
#8  0x0809586c in ?? ()
#9  0x00000001 in ?? ()
#10 0x08095868 in ?? ()
#11 0xb7f7a2a8 in ?? () from /usr/lib/libgstreamer-0.10.so.0
#12 0xb7e8da80 in ?? () from /usr/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0
#13 0xb7f7a2a8 in ?? () from /usr/lib/libgstreamer-0.10.so.0
#14 0xb7f7a2a8 in ?? () from /usr/lib/libgstreamer-0.10.so.0
#15 0x00000000 in ?? ()
Spinning.  Please run 'gdb gst-launch 27121' to continue debugging, Ctrl-C to quit, or Ctrl-\ to dump core.
Caught interrupt -- 
  1261   Fri Jan 30 17:30:31 2009 Alberto, JosephbConfigurationComputersNew computer Ottavia set up
Alberto, Joseph,

Today we installed the computer that some time ago Joe bought for his GigE cameras. It was baptized "OTTAVIA".

Ottavia is black, weighs about 20 lbs and it's all her sister, Allegra (who also pays for bad taste in picking names). She runs an Intel Core 2 Quad and has 4GB of RAM. We expect much from her.

Some typical post-natal operations were necessary.

1) Editing of the user ID
  • By means of the command "./usermod -u 1001 controls" we set the user ID of the user controls to 1001, as it is supposed to be.

2) Connection to the Martian network
  • Ottavia was given IP address by editing the file /etc/sysconfig/networ-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 (we also edited the netmask and the gateway address as in the Wiki)
  • In linux1, which serves as name server, in the directory /var/named/chroot/var/named, we modified both the IP-to-name and name-to-IP register files 131.215.113.in-addr.arpa.zone and 131.215.11in-addr.martian.zone.
  • We set the file /etc/resolv.conf so that the OS knows who is the name server.

3) Mounting of the /cvs/cds path
  • We created locally the empty directories /cvs/cds
  • We edited the files /etc/fstab adding the line "linux1:/home/cds /cvs/cds nfs rw,bg,soft 0 0"
  • We implemented the common variables of the controls environment by sourcing the cshrc.40m: in the file /home/controls/.cshrc we added the two lines "source /cvs/cds/caltech/cshrc.40m" and "setenv PATH ${PATH}:/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab/bin/"
  2967   Fri May 21 14:31:46 2010 josephb,alexUpdateCDSNew computer and IO chassis working in 1X4

Alex brought over a ADC, DAC, and PCIe card which goes into the computer and talk to the IO chassis.  We tried installing the new "small" IO chassis in 1X4, but initially it couldn't find the ADC/DAC boards, just the Contec Binary out board.

We tried several different configurations (different computer, different IO chassis, the megatron chassis, the megatron IO chassis with new cards, a new IO chassis with megatron cards.

The two things were concluded once we got a new IO chassis talking with the new computer. 

1) Its possible one of the slots is in the IO chassis as we didn't see the ADC until we moved it to a different slot in the new chassis

2) The card that Alex had brought over to put in the computer doesn't behave well with these IO chassis.  He went back to downs to try and figure out what it is, and test it with the chassis over there.

Currently, Megatron's IO chassis is sitting on a table behind racks 1Y5 and 1Y6, along with the new "large" IO chassis.  Megatron's PCIe card for talking to the IO chassis was moved to the computer in 1X4.  The computer in 1X4 is currently being called c1iscex with IP 

  12831   Wed Feb 15 22:16:05 2017 Max IsiUpdateSummary PagesNew condor_q format

There has been a change in the default format for the output of the condor_q command at CIT clusters. This could be problematic for the summary page status monitor, so I have disabled the default behavior in favor of the old one. Specifically, I ran the following commands from the 40m shared account: mkdir -p ~/.condor echo "CONDOR_Q_DASH_BATCH_IS_DEFAULT=False" >> ~/.condor/user_config This should have no effect on the pages themselves.

  15960   Wed Mar 24 22:54:49 2021 gautamUpdateLSCNew day, new problems

I thought I'd get started on some of the tests tonight. But I found that this problem had resurfaced. I don't know what's so special about the REFL55 photodiode - as far as I can tell, other photodiodes at the REFL port are running with comparable light incident on it, similar flat whitening gain, etc etc. The whitening electronics are known to be horrible because they use the quad LT1125 - but why is only this channel problematic? To describe the problem in detail:

  • I had checked the entire chain by putting an AM field on the REFL 55 photodiode, and corroborating the pk-to-pk (counts) value measured in CDS with the "nominal" setting of +18dB flat whitening gain against the voltage measured by a "reference" PD, in this case a fiber coupled NF1611.
  • In the above test, I confirmed that the measured signal was consistent with the value reported by the NF1611.
  • So, at least on Friday, the entire chain worked just fine. The PRMI PDH fringes were ~6000cts-pp in this condition.
  • Today, I found that while trying to acquire PRMI lock, the PDH fringes witnessed in REFL55 were saturating the ADC. I lowered the whitening gain to 0 dB (so a factor of 8). Then the PDH fringes were ~20,000cts-pp. So, overall, the gain of the chain seems to have gone up by a factor of ~25. 
  • Given my NF1611 based test, the part of the chain I am most suspicious of is the whitening filter. But I don't have a good mechanism that explains this observation. Can't be as simple as the input impedance of the LT1125 being lowered due to internal saturations, because that would have the opposite effect, we would measure a tiny signal instead of a huge one

I request Koji to look into this, time permitting, tomorrow. In slightly longer term, we cannot run the IFO like this - the frequency of occurrence is much too high and the "fix" seems random to me, why should sweeping the whitening gain fix the problem? There was some suggestion of cutting the PCB trace and putting a resistor to limit the current draw on the preceeding stage, but this PCB is ancient and I believe some traces are buried in internal layers. At the same time, I am guessing it's too much work to completely replace the whitening electronics with the aLIGO style units. Anyone have any bright ideas?

Anyway, I managed to lock the PRMI (ETMs misaligned) using REFL165I/Q. Then, instead of using the BS as the MICH actuator, I used the two ITMs (equal magnitude, opposite sign in the LSC output matrix).

  • The digital demod phase in this config is different from what is used when the arm cavities are in play (under ALS control). Probably the difference is telling us something about the reflectivity of the arm cavity for various sideband fields, from which we can extract some useful info about the arm cavity (length, losses etc). But that's not the focus here - the correct digital demod phase was 11 degrees. See Attachment #1 for the sensing matrix. I've annotated it with some remarks.
  • The signals appear much more orthogonal when actuating on the ITMs. However, I was still only able to null the MICH line sensed in the PRCL sensor to a ratio of 1/5 (while looking at peaks on DTT). I was unable to do better by fine tuning either the digital demod phase, or the relative actuation strength on each ITM
  • The PRCL loop had a UGF of ~120 Hz, MICH loop ~60 Hz.
  • With the PRMI locked in this config, I tried to measure the appropriate loop gain and sign if I were to use the REFL55 photodiode instead of REFL165 - but I didn't have any luck. Unsurprising given the known electronics issues I guess...

I didn't get around to running any of the other tests tonight, will continue tomorrow.

Update Mar 26: Attachments #2 and #3 show that there is clearly something wrong with the whitening electronics associated with REFL55 channels - with the PSL shutter closed (so the only "signal" being digitized should be the electronics noise at the input of the whitening stage), the I and Q channels don't show similar profiles, and moreover, are not consistent (the two screenshots are from two separate sweeps). I don't know what to make of the parts of the sweep that don't show the expected "steps". Until ndscope gets a log-scaled y-axis option, we have to live with the poor visualization of the gain steps which are dB (rather than linearly) spaced. For this particular case, StripTool isn't an option either because the Q channel as a negative offset, and I opted agains futzing with the cabling at 1Y2 to give a small fixed positive voltage instead. I will emphasize that on Friday, this problem was not present, because the gain balance of the I and Q channels was good to within 1dB.

Attachment 1: PRMI3f_noArmssensMat.pdf
Attachment 2: REFL55_whtGainStepping.png
Attachment 3: REFL55_whtGainStepping2.png
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