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  4842   Mon Jun 20 16:44:02 2011 steveUpdateABSLI-P curve of LightWave M126-1064-700


 Put the serial numbers into the elog. So we can identify the laser and controller in the future.

The old days the NPRO ( inside the MOPA ) was running ~1.7A  500 mW

  4847   Tue Jun 21 16:11:13 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYsurf safety training

40m surfs:  Nicole Ing, Iswita Saikia and Sonali Mohapatra received 40m specific safety training  today.

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  4865   Thu Jun 23 10:17:49 2011 steveUpdatePSLAP table is open to PSL again

Access to the north side of the PSL table is blocked by the    8" beam guard. This opens the beam pathways between them.

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  4866   Thu Jun 23 10:35:12 2011 steveUpdateComputersold computers leaving the lab

Rod Luna picked up these computers for Larry Wallace yesterday: Dell Inspiron 530, Dell Dimension 4600 and SunBlade 1000

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  4876   Fri Jun 24 07:40:23 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM damping restored

The PRM sus damping restored. C1:SUS-PRM_SDPD_VAR is still 20-30mV and going up.  Side gain  turned on. This pulled it down to 5-8 mV

Why is the side osem sensing voltage 4.4V ? It can not be higher than ~2.4V.......something is rotten in the state of Denmark?

Edit by KI:

 It's because Valera increased the transimpedance gain of the PRM SIDE OSEM to match the signal level to the new ADC range (#3913 ).

  4877   Fri Jun 24 07:49:23 2011 steveUpdateABSLI-P curve of LWE with serial numbers


 The I-P curve was measured again, but this time in a lower current range of 1.0-1.9 [A].

Quote from #4842

The old days the NPRO ( inside the MOPA ) was running ~1.7A  500 mW

 Lightwave Laser Head M126-1064-700   sn238,  mounted on full size Al base and side heat sink on

Controller 125/126 Smart Supply   sn 201M

  4878   Fri Jun 24 10:38:01 2011 steveUpdateCamerasITMY camera gets fixed

ITMY gets new Tamron M118FM50 that has improved close focusing. It is a small fixed focal length camera so the video tube cover can be put on.

The Watec LCL-902K 1/2" ccd camera was losing it power supply voltage because of bad connection. It was replaced.

  4891   Mon Jun 27 16:57:06 2011 steveUpdatePhotosHaixing is back

He has moved the levitation stuff for his surf student to Jan's lab in W-Bridge.

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  4896   Tue Jun 28 10:11:13 2011 steveUpdateIOOPower incident on REFL11 and REFL55


I measured the power incident on REFL11 and REFL55.  Steve was concerned that it is too high.  If we consider this elog the incident power levels were REFL11: 30 mW and REFL55: 87 mW. (assuming efficiency of ~ 0.8 A/W @1064nm for the C30642 PD).  However, currently there is a combination of Polarising BS and Half-waveplate with which we have attenuated the power incident on the REFL PDs.  We now have (with the PRM misaligned):

REFL11:  Power incident = 7.60 mW ;  DC out = 0.330 V  => efficiency = 0.87 A/W

REFL55:  Power incident = 23 mW ;  DC out = 0.850 V  => efficiency = 0.74 A/W

and with the PRM aligned::

REFL11:  DC out = 0.35 V  => 8 mW is incident

REFL55: DC out = 0.975 V  => 26 mW is incident

These power levels may go up further when everything is working well.

The max rated photo-current is 100mA => max power 125mW @0.8 A/W.


What is the power level on MC_REFL_ PDs and WFS  when the MC is not locked?

  4900   Tue Jun 28 15:23:21 2011 steveUpdateElectronicsCoilcraft RF-design kits are restocked

Our design kits are full again. They are waiting for a new brilliant PD design.

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  4909   Wed Jun 29 11:45:54 2011 steveUpdateGeneralwhere are we storing PDs ?

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

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  4924   Thu Jun 30 17:24:46 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYsafety interlocks

Lightwave M126-1064-700 lasers  sn415  at east end of the Y arm and  sn201 at the AP table  are connected individually  to one each EMERGENCY LASER SHUT OFF SWITCH. 

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  4937   Tue Jul 5 08:32:38 2011 steveUpdatePEMbad air quality in the lab

The fireworks of yesterday showing up in the lab. Pasadena out side air 6.6 million  cfm for 0.3 micron particles  and 1.5 million cfm for 0.5 micron size.

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  4938   Tue Jul 5 13:35:56 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM damping restored

The PRM sus damping was restored. It's side rms motion came down from 35 to 4 mV immediately.      Lab   air quality is back to normal.


  4952   Thu Jul 7 10:25:34 2011 steveHowToGeneralcleaning out refregerator

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

  4953   Thu Jul 7 13:57:28 2011 steveHowToSAFETYhow not to

I found baked allen keys on the top of the clean optics cabinet.  Somewhat heavy box that can come down in an earthquake on our heads.

NOTHING SHOULD GO ON THE TOP OF THE CABINETS OR RACKS except  small plastic boxes that storing our clean clothing.

  4960   Mon Jul 11 14:03:37 2011 steveHowTolorehow to visit your old lab

Alberto is visiting us from Australia. He brought some terrific presents. It is going to be very demanding task to wait for the rest of the 40m team

to return from Wales to taste coffee:  PNG Peaberry of Wagonga, Monsooned Malabar of Jindebah and Signature Blue Blend of Cosmorex.

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  4976   Fri Jul 15 16:14:00 2011 steveUpdateSUSBS oplev error signal spectra
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  4981   Mon Jul 18 10:24:48 2011 steveHowToGeneralsolvent bottles for cleaning optics

Each bottle has matched seals. They are not interchangeable.

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

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

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

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

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  4983   Mon Jul 18 15:51:04 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY spectra of oplev error signal
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  4987   Tue Jul 19 09:19:14 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM damping restored

The PRM watchdogs were tripped. The side was kicked up to 180mV Damping was restored.

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

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

  5001   Wed Jul 20 14:42:34 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today

C1:SUS-ETMX_OLPIT_GAIN set to 1.0     OLYAW 1.0

                ETMY                                     -0.2                   -0.2

                ITMY                                        2.0                    -2.0

                ITMX                                        0.5                     0.5

                  BS                                          0.4                    -0.4

                PRM                                         0.5                    -0.7

                SRM                                         1.0                     1.0

Earlier today Rana and I made power spectra of ETMY_OPLEV_ERROR signals with servo on and off.

It was indicating that the servo is not doing anything. These gain values were not set since IFO rebuilt.

Valera's entries were searched also. He did not do such thing. Rana may know where it is in the elog if it happened.

  5011   Thu Jul 21 10:08:30 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus sensor summary

OSEM voltages to be corrected at upcoming vent: threshold ~ 0.7-1.2V, ( at 22 out of 50 )










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  5014   Thu Jul 21 16:06:35 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today checked by conlog

 Present values agree with conlog records. It can be concluded that there were no big changes made. There are some 0.1-0.2 gain  and one polarity changes during the periods of Valera's visits.


  5016   Fri Jul 22 10:13:41 2011 steveUpdateVACRGA scan at day 213
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  5017   Fri Jul 22 10:24:34 2011 steveUpdateVACpressure plot at day 213

Dec 21, 2010 we pumped down the MARK4 rebuilt 40m-IFO and the malev has been pumping on it since than

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  5029   Mon Jul 25 11:46:28 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY sus problem hunt

[Kiwamu / Steve]

We checked some electronics noise on the ETMY shadow sensor system.

Noise from the WF, AA board and ADC are below the shadow sensor spectra on ETMY.

It means something funny is going on in the upstream side (including the satelight box and shadow sensors)

OR the coil drivers side are going crazy ??


As Rana pointed out in his entry (#5025), the spectra of the shadow sensors on ETMY were quite bad below 3 Hz. The floor are higher than that of ETMX by factor of 10 or so.

To check if the noise comes from some of the electronics, we disconnected D15-sub from pd to whitening in.

The spectra with/without shadow sensors are attached below.

The curves in brown and green are the ones taken when the shadow sensors were disconnected from the WF board.

So these two curves represent the summed noise of the WF, AA and ADC.

This tells us to look toward the OSEM.


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  5037   Tue Jul 26 11:38:45 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY bias checked


 I test drove ETMY biases.

PITCH  worked well in slow and fast modes. Slow drive was from the IFO alignment screen C1:SUS-ETMY_PIT_COM and

the fast one from C1:SUS-ETMY_ASCPIT_OFFSET

YAW did not.  It was always diagonal. It was  specially bad with the fast drive. I compared them with ETMX. ETMX yaw is diagonal a little bit too.

The OPLEV return spots on the qpd ETMX and ETMY are big 5-6 mm diameter. The ETMY spot has weird geometry to qpd.

  5043   Wed Jul 27 10:10:12 2011 steveUpdatePSLlocking status

 80 days: PMC is drifting

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  5047   Wed Jul 27 15:38:01 2011 steveUpdateVACbeam traps for vacuum

We have cleaned, baked, rga scaned traps for vacuum. Thorlabs LB1 on 1" OD ss posts and forks. The effective surface area is 43 x 18 mm of stacked razors.

Seven pieces are mounted on New Focus #9962  1" OD SS vented-  pedestrals to 5.5" center height and 5 pieces to 4.875"

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  5050   Wed Jul 27 15:49:56 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYManuel receives safety training

Our surf student Manuel Marchiò received 40m specific safety training today.

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  5055   Thu Jul 28 16:26:42 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX, ITMY & ETMY OSEM gains adjusted


OSEM damping gains were adjusted by observing  real time dataviewer to get Q of 5

OSEMs were kicked up one by one with 200 counts  ~1sec. The error signal was optimized to get 1/2 of exitation amplitude at the 5th sinusoid wave.

C1: SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_N1 gain   111      ->        65,             PIT        7.2      ->    8,           YAW        12      ->     6,          SIDE     280

                  ITMY                                      277       ->     120,                        19.2     ->     7,                             24     ->     19,                        420    ->      470

                  ETMY                                       10        ->       32,                          20      ->     3,                             20     ->     10,                          50

                  ETMX                                       22        ->      25,                             3,                                                3,                                              -170  

ETMX having problems:  1, YAW can not be excited

                                             2, SIDE has no error signal in dataviewer. Sensing voltage on MEDM screen 0.142V




  5061   Fri Jul 29 16:04:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMX, PRM & SRM OSEM gains set

Jamei fixed the computer. Now I had a healthier ETMX with SIDE signal that allowed me to set gains to get Q of 5

The Y arm restore locked the arm at TRY -out 2.4V,    the X arm still did not lock or align to lock. It has some fringes.

ETMX  POS gain   22  -> 17,              PIT  3  ->  1,                    YAW  3,                     SIDE     -170    ->    -110

PRM                        50  ->  30,                     1,                                       2,                                       50

SRM                        55  ->  20,                    2.4  ->  1.5,                      4.8  ->  2,                          140   ->    100

Now all SUS OSEM gains are set

  5080   Mon Aug 1 08:52:37 2011 steveUpdateVACpreparation to vent

Both arms locked easely around 1V transmited.  We should recenter oplevs.

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  5082   Mon Aug 1 16:06:05 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplevs are centered

Kiwamu, Koji and Steve,

Arm aligned separatly and oplev qpds were centered  including BS. Than we realigned manually DRM and centered their qpds.

ALL SUS oplevs were centered to resonating cavities.

  5083   Mon Aug 1 17:47:37 2011 steveUpdateASCwhat is not working

SUS-ETMY_QPD is not responding. It is reading zero in dataviewer and 4,400 counts on QPD MEDM screen.......must be wrong cable connected

IP-POS is sick. Last time alive 7-19-2011

IP-ANG beam is clipping on pick-up mirror at ETMY chamber. This will have to be fixed at the vent. The qpd itself is responding to light.

  5104   Wed Aug 3 09:40:13 2011 steveUpdateVACvent

The vacuum system is coming up to atm. The vent was started with slow N2 flow. The PSL output is blocked 2 places on the table.

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  5109   Wed Aug 3 14:20:49 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX and PRM damping restored

ITMX watchdog tripped around 5 Torr  and the PRM around 450 Torr of this vent. They were restored than.

We are at 580 Torr now.

  5111   Wed Aug 3 16:18:30 2011 steveUpdateVACvent is almost finished

P1 at 750 Torr,  Vent valve VV1 is left open to atm. It will reach equilibrium in an hour. The PSL power is not turned down yet. The beam path is blocked at two places inside the enclosure.

The low power 20 mW  input  MC can be locked tonight.


Next day's - Thursday notes:

We  reached 760 Torr of atm in 8 hrs at  1.7 Torr/ min with 5 cylinders of  instrument grade air.

Used 500 PSI of nitrogen to get to 20 Torr at first.  This flow  and the first cylinder of N2  has to be slower next time.


We did the following:

1, oplevs were centered on locked caveties 2 days ago

2, just before vent we rechecked arms  pointing, they wre still locking

3,eloged strain gages  and turned HVs off at PZT-steering   at 1Y3 rack and OMC-PZT ps at 1X2 aux rack. They were actually off.

4,,checked jam nuts 6 places x 3

5, turned oplev servos off

6, eloged SUS summery page

7, checked particle counts at ITMY: 1 micron 300,  0.5 micron 3K,  0.3 micron  30K particles / cft-min. All three cranes were wiped 2 days ago.

8, blocked laser into IFO: main 1064 in 1.25W were blocked by manual 2 blocks on PSL table. The PSL output shutter was left open to be triggered by interlock  at P1 3 mTorr. It did!

    Aux NPRO-AP and green light  input at both ends were blocked.

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  5116   Thu Aug 4 08:25:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus at atm

ITMX and PRM moved alot.  BS and   ITMY just a little based on oplev reference.

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  5123   Fri Aug 5 13:51:51 2011 steveUpdateSUScross coupling

We need a plan how to minimize cross coupling in the OSEMs now

  5124   Fri Aug 5 14:03:12 2011 steveUpdateGeneralmalfunctioning crane at ETMY

The horizontal trolley drive stopped working  at the east end this morning. It is working intermittently. In the worst case we can take the door off with the manual -Genie- lift.

I'm working with Konecrane to solve  the wormgear drive problem.

  5139   Mon Aug 8 13:24:00 2011 steveMetaphysicsTreasure Monday morning


Just a reminder that a film crew will be here Monday morning, filming Christian Ott for some Discovery channel show.

They are slated to be here from 8am to 12:30pm or so.  They will take a couple of shots inside the lab, and the rest of the filming should be of Christian in the control room (which they will "clean up" and fit with "sexy lighting").  I will try to be here the whole time to oversee everything.

Konecrane Fred was early this morning. He diagnosed the ETMY crane horizontal drive gear box dead and left just before the film crew showed up.

New gear box should be here by the end of this week for installation.

The lab air quality is high ~20,000 counts of particles of 0.5 micron.  Keep an eye on this before you open the chamber.

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  5140   Mon Aug 8 14:21:03 2011 steveUpdatePEMParticle counts controlled


[Jenne, Kiwamu]

While Kiwamu was finalizing the X green alignment, I started to prepare to remove the ETMY door, and begin checking out its OSEMs, etc, so we could start moving it to it's new place, and figure out why it's been wonky for a while.  I ran the particle counter, and we have a factor of ~5 more particles than normal.  Kiwamu and I agreed not to open ETMY.  Since we had briefly opened the IOO and Output Optics chambers to check the X green's position on the PSL table, we immediately shut those doors.  They were probably open for ~15 minutes or so.  (Yes Steve, we should have checked before opening any doors, but at least we remembered to check at all, and the doors were only open for a few minutes rather than for a few hours.)

I attach a 24hrs trend of the particle counts, for reference.  It looks like it's been a little high for a while, but today it's really dirty in the air.

 The east end particle count is 155K for 0.3 micron and 15K for 0.5 micron  counts/cf min.  In order to minimize diffusion of dirt into the IFO we set up the mobile HEPA with CP Stat 100 tent.

This set up gives us practically ZERO inside the tent

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  5142   Mon Aug 8 15:52:39 2011 steveUpdateVACback ground rga scan

The RGA region is beeing monitored during the vent. This will tell us how clean the RGA itself is.


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  5158   Tue Aug 9 16:40:12 2011 steveUpdateGeneralclean room coat counts

I measured the particles coming off of new- unused clean room coat. Tyvek, Convertors, Allegiance #9393 measured  10 counts of 0.3 micron at 1 minute and 0 count at 7 minute.

The 0.5 micron size  measured 0 at both times. Jenne's used coat measured 20 counts of 0.3 micron  and 0 counts for 0.5 micron at 1 minute. ( counts / cf- min)

The HEPA tent background is consistently 0 when it's CP STAT 100 curtains are closed.

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  5159   Tue Aug 9 16:54:47 2011 steveUpdateVACscratch on vac door

Jenne found a big scratch on the north vac door of ITMY. Fortunately it does not reach the inner annulos 0 -ring seal.

This is precisely what we have to avoid to preserve our vacuum system!


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  5166   Wed Aug 10 07:59:33 2011 steveUpdateSUSthis is too dam nice


Suresh and I tweaked the OSEM angles in ETMX yesterday.  Last night the ETMs were left free swinging, and today I ran Rana's peakFit scripts on ETMX to check the input diagnolization:


It's well inverted, but the matrix elements are not great:

       pit       yaw       pos       side      butt
UL    0.3466    0.4685    1.6092    0.3107    1.0428
UR    0.2630   -1.5315    1.7894   -0.0706   -1.1859
LR   -1.7370   -1.5681    0.3908   -0.0964    0.9392
LL   -1.6534    0.4319    0.2106    0.2849   -0.8320
SD    1.0834   -2.6676   -0.9920    1.0000   -0.1101

The magnets are all pretty well centered in the OSEMS, and we worked at rotating the OSEMS such that the bounce mode was minimized.

Rana and Koji are working on ETMY now.  Maybe they'll come up with a better procedure.


  5184   Thu Aug 11 08:29:28 2011 steveUpdateComputersdataviewer at Rosalba

I'm having this problem with DTV every morning at Rosalba only. It wants to start with a negative GPS time and it can not connect to the frame builder.

Normally after a few time of starting it, it will work.

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