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  8508   Mon Apr 29 22:13:41 2013 KojiUpdateLSCLocking with ASDC

Today the locking was not as easy as that was last Friday.
So I tried something new. Today Rana talked about the ASDC locking with POPDC normalization.
This technique was tried. (This is somewhat similar to DC readout.)

Signal source: REFL33I / Normalization POP110I x 0.04 / Trigger POP110I 20up 3down, otherwise  untouched from Friday locking
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> PRCL Servo FM3/4/5/6 Always ON G=+0.06
Actuator: output matrix 1.00 -> PRM

Signal source: ASDC Offset -109.5 (nominal of the day -49.5) / Normalization POPDC x 1.00 / Trigger POP110I 20up 3down
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> MICH Servo FM5 Always On G=+10000
ActuaroL output matrix -1.00 -> ITMX / +1.00 -> ITMY


- POP110I was ~120 during the lock (cf 170 on Friday). So there is some small leakage from the dark port.

- Lock was easier when FM4 of the MICH loop was turned off.

- During the lock horizontal motion of the intracavity mode was visible as usual.


  8510   Tue Apr 30 10:54:35 2013 JenneUpdateSUSETMX restored

I'm not sure why or when it was tripped, but I have restored the ETMX watchdog.

  8511   Tue Apr 30 12:25:23 2013 ChloeUpdate QPD

Annalisa and I met yesterday and fixed the voltage regulator on the breadboard so the QPD circuit is working. We will meet with Eric on Thursday to determine the course of action with measurements.

  8514   Tue Apr 30 22:40:57 2013 JenneUpdateSUSoplev XY-plots reflect new calibration

Back when Gabriele was here, he and I implemented online calibration of the oplevs, into microradians.  A consequence of this is that all of the XY-plots on the medm screens were too small. 

I have gone through all the screens that I could think of (SUS_SINGLE, SUS_SINGLE_OPTLEV_SERVO, OPLEV_MASTER, OPLEV_SUMMARY, OPLEV_SUMMARY_SMALL_SCALE, IFO_OVERVIEW) and made the range of the XY-plots +/- 100, rather than the old scale of +/-1. 

I have also added red boxes behind the numbers on many (but not yet all) of these screens, so that you can see when (a) the oplev sum is too low, or (b) either the pit or yaw value is over 50 microradians. 

While I was putzing around on the IFO overview screen, I also made the oplev sum numbers clickable, with the related display being that optic's oplev servo screen.

  8516   Tue Apr 30 23:17:25 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPRCL LSC filters copied to CARM bank temporarily

Koji is working on PRMI locking with different photodiodes, and rather than typing different numbers into the input matrix, it is more convenient to just be able to click on/off buttons for different filter banks.  So, the CARM filter bank in the LSC model is currently being borrowed as a secondary PRCL filter bank.  I have copied all of the current PRCL filters over to the CARM filter bank. 

Just for reference, although we have not yet used CARM for CARM, the previous filters were the "default" set, +6dB, 0:1, 1:5, 1:50, 1000:10, RG3.2, RG16.5, RG24, empty, empty.  These are currently the same in the DARM and MC filter banks, so we can copy them back over in the future.

  8517   Wed May 1 00:05:03 2013 KojiUpdateLSCMore stable lock of PRMI (REF33I and AS55Q)

[Jenne Koji]

- Today the spots were moving more than the usual. The OPLEV screens showed that the spots are too much off from the center.

- Each vertex OPLEVs were checked and OPLEV wonderland was discovered: Other than the usual misalignment of the spots,
it was found that PRM/ITMX/ITMY beams were clipped somewhere in the paths, BS/PRM oplevs had many loose components
including the input lenses (they are still clamped by a single dog clamp THIS SHOULD BE FIXED ASAP).

- On the ITMY table there were so many stray optics. They were removed and put on the wagon next to the ITMY table.

- During this OPLEV session, LSCoffset nulling was run.

- After the OPLEV session, the locking became really instantaneous. We wonder which of the OPLEV cleaning, LSC offset nulling,
and the usual seismic activity decay in the evening was effective to make it better.

- Initially the lock was attempted with REFL33I/Q and some ~10sec lock streches were obtained. During this lock,
  the optical gain of AS55Q was measured in relative to REFL33Q. In deed they were calibrated to be the same
  gain at the input matrix.

- After the MICH signal source was switched to AS55Q, the lock streches became more regular and the minutes long.
We precisely tuned the phase of AS55 and REFL55 in terms of the differential excitation of ITMX/Y using lockin (FREQ 250, AMP 1000).

- We noticed that the AS port spot with AS55Q MICH was darker than the REFL33Q MICH. This suggests the existence of residual offset
in REFL33Q. In deed we observed +30cnt offset in REFL33Q when the PRMI is locked with AS55Q MICH.

- Phases and relative gains of the signals were as follows:

PRCL: REFL33I 1.00 =REFL55I +0.4
MICH: AS55Q 29deg x1.00 = REFL33Q -14deg x1.00 = REFL55Q 118deg 0.03?

- We tried to lock PRMI with AS55Q. The acquisition was not as easy as that with REFL33I. This might be from the saturation of the
REFL55I signal. This configuration should tested with different whitening gain. Handing off using the input matrix went well once the
lock was obtained by REFL33I.

- Handing off from AS55Q to REFL55Q was not successful.

- At the end of the session, Jenne told me that the POP PD still has a large diameter beam. (and a steering mirror with a peculiar reflection angle.)
because the normalization factor can be too much susceptible to the misalignment of the spot.

- The configuration of the filters:

PRCL FM3/4/5/6 G=+0.05 / NORM 0.04 POP110I
MICH FM4/5 G=-5.00 / NORM 0.01 POP110I (or none)


  8518   Wed May 1 10:42:35 2013 SteveUpdateLSCcleanup


 Optics from the car were placed into glass door cabinet E0

  8519   Wed May 1 14:42:45 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPOP now has lens in front of PD


- At the end of the session, Jenne told me that the POP PD still has a large diameter beam. (and a steering mirror with a peculiar reflection angle.)
because the normalization factor can be too much susceptible to the misalignment of the spot.

 Koji set the IFO in a PRM-ITMY configuration for me, while I went to put a lens on the POP path.  Before putting the lens, the maximum average output that I saw from the diode (on a 'scope) was 4.40mV.  After putting in the lens and realigning the beam onto the diode, the new max DCvalue that I saw was 21.6mV.  This is a factor of 4.9. 

EDIT:  The dark value was -3.20mV, so actually the ratio is ~3.25 .

I have not yet done anything to fix the situation of the large angle of incidence on the first out-of-vac steering mirror.

  8521   Thu May 2 00:34:57 2013 KojiUpdateLSClocking

- Routine alignment

Locked the arm cavties. Ran ASS. As this was not enough precise alignment for PRMI locking, Yarm alignment was re-adjusted by sliders.
Xarm was also aligned in the same way.

- OPLEV alignment

Once the arms were aligned, OPLEV spots were adjusted. For this adjustment, PRM had to be aligned and OPLEV servos needed to be turned off.

- LSC offset nulling

While Jenne was measuring the dark output of the POP PD, LSC offset nulling script was executed.

- Compensation of the POP spot size fix

As Jenne reported the POP path now has a lens and the denominator for the normalization got bigger.
To compensate this change, PRMI(sb) was locked by the same configuration as yesterday (i.e. AS55Q for MICH, REFL33I for PRCL). 
After some try and error, configuration for stable locking was found. 

Signal source: REFL33I / Normalization POP110I x 1.00 / Trigger POP110I 80up 10down
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> PRCL Servo FM3/4/5/6 Always ON G=+8.00
Actuator: output matrix 1.00 -> PRM

Signal source: AS55Q / Normalization POP110I x 0.01 / Trigger POP110I 80up 10down
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> MICH Servo FM4/5 Always On G=-30
Actuator output matrix -1.00 -> ITMX / +1.00 -> ITMY

This suggests that POP110I signal is 5~6 times more than before the lens was installed. 

- SQRTing option for POP110I was implemented

The PRMI optical gain is derived from (Carrier)x(1st order Sideband) or (2nd order SB)x(1st order SB).
Here the carrier and the 2nd order sidebands are nonresonant.
Therefore the optical gain is proportional to the amplitude power recycling gain of the 1st order sidebands.
On the other hand, POP 2f signals are derived from the product of the 1st and -1st order sidebands.
This means that we should take a sqrt of the POP signals to compensate the recycling gain fluctuation.


- Locking with SQRT(POP110I)

Signal source: REFL33I / Normalization SQRT(POP110I) x 10 / Trigger POP110I 10up 3down
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> PRCL Servo FM3/4/5/6 Always ON G=+8.00
Actuator: output matrix 1.00 -> PRM

Signal source: AS55Q / Normalization SQRT(POP110I) x 0.1 / Trigger POP110I 10up 3down
Servo: input matrix 1.00 -> MICH Servo FM4/5 Always On G=-30
Actuator output matrix -1.00 -> ITMX / +1.00 -> ITMY

The lock seems not so different from the ones without SQRTing.

The spot was still moving in yaw direction. If I chose a correct alignment, I could minimize the modulation of the internal power
by misalignment. As you can see in the following plot.


When the alignment was deviated from the optimum, the misalignment induced RIN was much worse although this was the longest lock I ever had with the PRMIsb. (more than 8 min)


- Locking with other signal sources

REF55I/Q trial:

Demodulation phase was adjusted to make the difference of the peak heights for MICH maximized.
After the lock is acquired, I tried to swap the signal source at the input matrix. PRCL swapping was successful but
MICH swapping was not successfull.

It is much more hard to lock the interferometer with REFL55I compared with REFL33I.

REFL165I/Q trial:

As REFL165 PD never produced any useful signal, I tried to swap it with the BBPD used in the green setup.

- Borrowed the PD, power supply from the green setup.

- Put REFL165PD aside. Placed the BBPD in the path. The DC output was 0.8V. This corresponds to the input power of ~5mW.

- Checked the signal but it was very litte (several counts even at the maximum whitening gain).

- Decided to use the power reduction pick off to introduce much more light on the PD.
  This PO mirror is 90% reflector. Therefore I had to be careful no to fry the diode.
  Currently there are OD1.3 (x1/20) power attenuator to reduce the input power down to 6.5V (40mW).

- The resulting signal is very wiered suggesting the saturation of the PD at the RF stages.

- Probably I need to make a new PD circuit which has the high pass filter to reject other low frequency components.

  8522   Thu May 2 01:19:41 2013 ManasaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

I started to put together optics at the endtable. I am attaching the layout with the green blocks showing the optics that are assembled and will not be moved henceforth unless somebody contradicts.

1. Power after HWP = 314mW
    Power before faraday = 310mW
    Power after faraday = 300mW (the power loss while aligning the faraday earlier was due to the AR coating on the focusing lens before the faraday - it was AR coated for visible and that accounted to the power lost)

2. Since we do not know the length of TGG inside faraday, I measured the beam profile after the faraday so that I can trace the beam without any errors to calculate exact mode matching solutions.

3. The NPRO beam seems to be obviously elliptical as seen on the IR card and also from beam profile measurement. So we cannot skip including cylindrical lenses in the layout.



  8523   Thu May 2 14:14:10 2013 Max HortonUpdateSummary PagesImporting New Code


 LALFrame was successfully installed.  Allegra had unmet dependencies with some of the library tools.  I tried to install LALMetaIO, but there were unmet dependencies with other LSC software.  After updating the LSC software, the problem has persisted.  I will try some more, and ask Duncan if I'm not successful.

Installing these packages is rather time consuming, it would be nice if there was a way to do it all at once.

  8524   Thu May 2 19:59:34 2013 JamieUpdateComputer Scripts / Programslookback: new program to look at recent past testpoint data

To aid in lock-loss studies, I made a new program called 'lookback', similar to 'getdata', to look at past data.

When called with channel name arguments, it runs continuously, storing all channel data in a ring buffer.  When the user hits Ctrl-C, all the data in the ring buffer is displayed.  There is an option to store the data in the ring buffer to disk as well.


controls@rosalba:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general 0$ ./lookback -h
usage: lookback [-h] [-l LENGTH] [-o OUTDIR] channel [channel ...]

Lookback on testpoint data. The specified amount of data is stored in a ring
buffer. When Ctrl-C is hit, all data in the ring buffer is plotted. Both 'DQ'
and 'online' test point data is available. Use NDSSERVER environment variable
to specify host:port.

positional arguments:
  channel               Acquisition channel. Multiple channels may be
                        specified and acquired at once.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -l LENGTH, --lookback LENGTH
                        Lookback time in seconds. This amount of data will be
                        stored in a ring buffer, and plotted on Ctrl-C.
                        Default is 10 seconds
  -o OUTDIR, --outdir OUTDIR
                        Output directory to write data (will be created if it
                        doesn't exist). Data from each channel stored as
                        '<channel>.txt'. Any existing data files will be
controls@rosalba:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general 0$ 
  8525   Fri May 3 01:24:25 2013 KojiUpdateASSDen fixed the Yarm ASS scripts

Output matrices are added to ASS. Currently ASS is based on the mirror bases.
I prefer to have the actuator bases as the coils are more stable than the sensors.

At this point, the output matrices are identity. So Den's scripts are still working.

Striptool settings were also fixed.

  8526   Fri May 3 08:55:55 2013 SteveUpdatePEM3.2 M earthquake
Attachment 1: 3.2eqChannelIland.png
Attachment 2: 3.2eq.png
  8527   Fri May 3 09:17:41 2013 SteveUpdateSUSETMX needs some help
Attachment 1: ETMX3.2eq.png
  8528   Fri May 3 17:32:59 2013 JenneUpdateLSCRemeasuring the Schnupp asymmetry

I have looked at / analyzed the Schnupp data that Annalisa and I took last week, as well as some more Yarm data that I took this week.

I only have one set of Xarm data, but 3 sets of Yarm data.  I had intended to do careful error analysis of the data, but from the 3 sets of Yarm data, the variance in the answer I get using any one of the Yarm sets is much larger than the error in a single measurement.



Using the central Yarm zero crossing, I get a Schnupp asymmetry of 3.9cm.  The other 2 Yarm data points give Schnupp asymmetries of 3.7cm and 4.1cm, so I'm claiming a value of 3.9 +\- 0.2cm . This is within error of Jamie's measurement of 3.64 ± 0.32 cm (elog 4821).

  8530   Mon May 6 19:04:30 2013 JamieUpdateIOOmode cleaner not locking

About 30 minutes ago the mode cleaner fell out of lock and has since not been able to hold lock for more than a couple seconds.

I'm not sure what happened.  I was in the middle of taking measurements of the MC error point spectrum, which included adjusting the FAST gain.  I've put all the gains back to their nominal levels but no luck.  I'm not sure what else could have gone wrong.  Seismic noise looks relatively quiet. 

  8531   Mon May 6 21:05:06 2013 rana, Jamie, KOjiUpdateIOOmode cleaner not locking

As it turned out, the setting of +26dB for the FSS Fast gain was making the NPRO PZT / Pockels cell crossover too unstable. This was the cause of the large ~30 kHz peak that Jamie was seeing in his spectra (more to follow in the morning).

After recovering the locking, etc. by fiddling with the gains, we went about systematically setting all of the gains/offsets. Jamie's elog will show all of the various spectra with different FSS gains.

For offset setting, this was the procedure:

  1. We want the MC servo board to have zero voltage on its MCL and MCF outputs (aka MC_SLOW_MON and MC_FAST_MON) with the Boosts ON, so we switched ON the 40:4000 and the 2 Super Boosts and put the VCO gain into its nominal +25 dB setting. This saturates the outputs and makes them impossible to use as readbacks so you have to be careful. Get the outputs close to zero as you turn on each boost. Finally, you will see that +/- 1mV of input offset (aka MC_REFL_OFFSET) will flip the FAST output between +/- 10V. This is the right setting.
  2. With the MC board adjusted to send 0 V into the FSS error point, adjust the FSS input offset (with the Common and Fast gains at the nominal values) so that the FAST output voltage goes to +5.5 V. This is the middle of the range for the high voltage driver which drives the NPRO.
  3. Let the MC lock and go through the UP script. When the MCL comes on with the integrator, the FAST voltage will shift from +5.5 V to something else. Use the following line: ezcaservo -r C1:PSL-FSS_FAST -g -1 -s 5.5 C1:SUS-MC2_MCL_OFFSET, to automatically tune the MCL offset.


    That's all. I have left the FSS common gain at +10.5 and the Fast gain at +23.5. These seem to be close to the optimum. Jamie will have more tuning tomorrow.
    I have also changed the 'mcup' script to set the MCL offset and set the FSS Slow setpoint to shoot for +5.5 V of FSS_FAST.
    MC_REFL_OFFSET = +1.176 V
    MC2_MCL_OFFSET = +47.8 counts
    FSS_INOFFSET   = -0.85 V
  8532   Tue May 7 03:08:12 2013 JenneUpdate PRM yaw responsible for RIN

Koji spent some time earlier this evening exploring where the excess RIN that we see in the PRC is coming from. 

He did this by locking the PRMI (MICH on AS55Q, PRCL on REFL33I, Pnorm for MICH = sqrt(POP110) with 0.1, Pnorm for PRCL = sqrt(POP110) with 10, MICH gain = -30, PRCL gain = 8), and then exciting each relevant optic, one at a time, in yaw.  The excitation was always using the ASCYAW excitation point on each of the optics (BS, PRM, ITMX, ITMY), with a frequency of 4.56 Hz, and an amplitude of 30 counts.

He also took reference traces with no optics excited.

Here, I plot (for each excited optic separately) the reference traces and traces during excitation for POP110_I_ERR, POPDC, and the OPLEV_YERROR for the optic that is being excited.

What we are looking for (only in yaw, since we see on the cameras that the dominant motion is in yaw) is an increase in POPDC and POP110 at the same frequency as an optic's excitation. 

We see that neither ITM is contributing a noticeable amount to either POPDC or POP110.  BS is contributing a little bit, but PRM is clearly contributingNo this entry should be read. (KA)

A week or two ago, I calculated in elog 8489 that the angular motion that we see does not explain the RIN that we're seeing, unless our cavity is much more unstable than Jamie calculated in elog 8316

I think that I need to install one of the T240's on the new granite slab, and see what kind of coherence we have between seismic and PRM yaw motion, and if FF can get rid of it.






  8533   Tue May 7 03:14:06 2013 JenneUpdateSUSPRM SUS_LSC violin (FM5) set to correct frequency

While looking over Koji's shoulder earlier, I noticed the big peak in the PRM yaw spectrum (and I was starting to get annoyed by the hum....the fibox is so useful in motivating tasks that otherwise get looked over!) 

I used DTT's peak find feature (cursor tab, enable both cursors, select Peak X/Y as your 'statistic', set the 2 cursors to be on either side of the desired peak) to find the frequency of the PRM's violin mode.  It is 627.75 Hz. I adjusted FM5 of the C1:SUS-PRM_LSC filter bank (the "violin" filter) to be centered around this frequency, with the start and stop freqs +\- 4Hz.  I plotted the filter linearly in frequency to ensure that my target freq was not too close to either side of the bandstop.  After loading and engaging the new filter, the hum slowly started to go away. 

Note, for posterity:  The bandstop used to be centered around ~645 Hz or so.  I assume this is a copy-and-paste situation, where we hadn't gone through to check the exact frequency for each optic.

  8534   Tue May 7 03:25:28 2013 JenneUpdateIOOMC WFS drifting??

I'm not sure why, but starting ~3.5 hours ago, the WFS seem to not be holding the MC in optimal alignment. 

The WFS are definitely engaged and the loops are closed, but every time the MC locks, the WFS pitch and yaw values start drifting off.  In particular, the WFS loop actuation pushing on MC2 is in the many hundreds of counts after ~90 minutes of drift time.  I tried offloading those values by moving the MC2 slider, but then I unlocked the MC to check what that did to the alignment, and it was decidedly bad.  So, I'm not sure what's up with the WFS, but I need to look at it tomorrow.

  8535   Tue May 7 10:30:32 2013 KojiUpdateLockingPRM yaw responsible for RIN


BS is contributing a little bit, but PRM is clearly contributing


While the peak in the PRM OPLEV was more than 10 times higher than the spectrum level without the excitation,
we only saw small peaks in the RIN spectra. This suggests that the PRM angular motion did not contribute to the RIN spectra.

You should divide the POP110I and POPDC spectra by 400 and 450, which was the DC values of these channels, in order to convert them into RIN (1/rtHz)
The OPLEV spectra is calibrated to be urad/rtHz (is this true?) so you can obtain the conversion factor from OPLEV to RIN (1/urad)
by matching the peaks. This way you make a angular noise projection.


I think that I need to install one of the T240's on the new granite slab, and see what kind of coherence we have between seismic and PRM yaw motion, and if FF can get rid of it.

Yes we should do that. BTW what should be pushed?

  8536   Tue May 7 15:09:38 2013 Max HortonUpdateSummary PagesImporting New Code


 I am now working on megatron, installing in /home/controls/lal.  I am having some unmet dependency issues that I have asked Duncan about.

  8538   Tue May 7 17:13:30 2013 JenneUpdateRF SystemIdeal PRMI RF frequency

Koji asked me to look at what the ideal RF modulation frequency is, for just the PRMI case (no arms).  If we had a perfect interferometer, with the sidebands exactly antiresonant in the arms when the arms resonate with the carrier, this wouldn't be an issue.  However, due to vacuum envelope constraints, we do not have perfect antiresonance of the sidebands in the arm cavities.  Rather, the sideband frequencies (and arm lengths) were chosen such that they pick up a minimum amount of extra phase on reflection from the arms.  But, when the arms are off resonance (ex, the ETMs are misaligned), the sideband frequencies see a different amount of phase.   

We want to know what a rough guess (since we don't have a precise number for the length of the PRC since our last vent) is for the ideal RF modulation frequency in just the PRMI. 

If I take (from Manasa's kind measurements from the CAD drawing yesterday) the relevant distances to be:

L_P[meters] = 1.9045 + 2.1155 + 0.4067

L_X[meters] = 2.3070 + 0.0254*n

L_Y[meters] = 2.2372 + 0.0359*n + 0.0254*n

L_PRCL = L_P + (L_X + L_Y)/2 = 6.7616 meters.

The *n factors (n=1.44963) are due to travel through glass of the BS, and the substrate of the ITMs. 

I find the FSR of the PRC to be 22.1686 MHz. For the sidebands to be antiresonant, we want them to be 11.0843 MHz. This would correspond to a mode cleaner length of 27.0466 meters.  Our current modulation frequency of 11.066134 MHz corresponds to a MC length of 27.091 meters.  So, if we want to use this 'ideal' modulation frequency for the PRC, we need to shorten the mode cleaner by 4.4cm!  That's kind of a lot.

  8539   Tue May 7 17:30:28 2013 KojiUpdateRF SystemIdeal PRMI RF frequency

To change the MC length is not the point.

If we can improve the length sensing by the intentional shift of the modulation frequency from the MC FSR, that's worth to try, I thought.

But that is tough as the freq difference is 18kHz that is ~x4 of the line width of the MC.
Not only the 55MHz sidebands, but also the 11MHz sidebands will just be rejected.

Nevertheless: Is there any possibility that we can improve anything by shifting the modulation frequency by ~1kHz?

  8540   Tue May 7 17:43:51 2013 JamieUpdateComputers40MARS wireless network problems

I'm not sure what's going on today but we're seeing ~80% packet loss on the 40MARS wireless network.  This is obviously causing big problems for all of our wirelessly connected machines.  The wired network seems to be fine.

I've tried power cycling the wireless router but it didn't seem to help.  Not sure what's going on, or how it got this way.  Investigating...

  8541   Tue May 7 18:16:37 2013 JamieUpdateComputers40MARS wireless network problems

Here's an example of the total horribleness of what's happening right now:

controls@rossa:~ 0$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=5 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=6 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=7 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=9 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=10 Destination Host Unreachable
From icmp_seq=11 Destination Host Unreachable
64 bytes from icmp_seq=12 ttl=64 time=10341 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=13 ttl=64 time=10335 ms
--- ping statistics ---
35 packets transmitted, 2 received, +9 errors, 94% packet loss, time 34021ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 10335.309/10338.322/10341.336/4.406 ms, pipe 11
controls@rossa:~ 0$ 

Note that 10 SECOND round trip time and 94% packet loss.  That's just beyond stupid.  I have no idea what's going on.

  8542   Tue May 7 18:42:20 2013 JamieUpdatePSLPMC not locking

I'm just now realizing that the PMC has also not been locked since noon today, and doesn't seem to be responding to anything right now.

wtf is going on here?

  8543   Tue May 7 19:06:45 2013 ManasaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

I have updated the waists (W)  and beam diameters (D) at 1064nm optics on the endtable.

I am not able to locate the characteristics of QPD-Y and oplev PD and hence took the beam diameter to be half of the detector surface area to determine their positions.

Beam diameter on PDA520 used for TRY was calculated using the transimpedance and responsivity of the PD from an old elog in 2004.


  8545   Tue May 7 20:09:10 2013 Jamie, RanaUpdatePSLPMC problem was FSS slow actuator

Rana showed up and diagnosed the problem as a railed FSS SLOW output.  The SLOW Monitor about was showing ~6V, which is apparently a bad mode-hoppy place for the NPRO.  Reducing the SLOW output brought things back into a good range which allowed the PMC to lock again.

In attempting to diagnose the problem I noticed that there is -100 mV DC coming out of the PMC RFPD RF output.  This is not good, probably indicating a problem, and was what I thought was the PMC lock issue for a while.    Need to look at the PMC RFPD RF output.

  8546   Tue May 7 20:35:15 2013 ranaUpdatePSLPSL database / screen maintenance
  1. Fixed LOCKMC screen to display the SLOWM voltage instead of the ref cav transmission.
  2. PSL Status .db file updated to trigger on correct limits for FSS FAST and the FSS and PMC local oscillator levels.
  3. SETTINGS_SET screen can now take and display screen snapshots.

All of these changes were committed to the SVN.

  8548   Wed May 8 16:10:09 2013 JamieUpdateCDSUnknown DAQ channels in c1sus c1x02 IOP?

Someone for some reason added full-rate DAQ specification to some ADC3 channels in the c1sus IOP model (c1x02):

#DAQ Channels

TP_CH15 65536
TP_CH16 65536
TP_CH17 65536
TP_CH18 65536
TP_CH19 65536
TP_CH20 65536
TP_CH21 65536

These appear to be associated with c1pem, so I'm guessing it was Den (particularly since he's the worst about making modifications to models and not telling anyone or logging or svn committing).

I'm removing them.

  8552   Wed May 8 18:33:02 2013 KojiUpdateASSYARM ASS - faster and more precise convergence

Precise arm alignment is more demanded. as the PRMI locking requires good and reliable alignment of the ITMs.

I previously added the output matrix to ASS.

Now the input and output matrix as well as the gains and filters have been updated.

The current concept is

Fast loop: align the arms by the arm mirrors with regard to the given beam.

Slow loop: move the incident beam position and angle to make the spot at the center of the mirrors

This is actually opposite to Den's implementation.

In order to realize the faster alignment of the arm, I increased the corner frequency of the lockins for the arm signals from 0.5Hz to 1Hz.

With the new configuration the arm alignment converges in 10sec and the input pointing does in ~15sec.

The actuation to the input pointing TTs are done together with the feedforward actuation to the arms.
This way we can avoid too much coupling from the input pointing servos to the arm alignment servos.

The corresponding script /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/ASS/YARM/DITHER_Arm_ON.py was also modified.

Attachment 1: YARM_ASS.png
Attachment 2: Screenshot.png
  8554   Wed May 8 22:36:42 2013 KojiUpdateASSXARM ASS (YARM ASS - faster and more precise convergence)

Same ASS setup for the X arm has been done.

Now Arm ASS can run simultaneously.

I reverted the number of the lockin banks from 6 to 8 for future implementation of A2L for the ITMX by coil balancing.
Since A2L for the ITMX is just barely visible for now, I am going to leave the coil balance untouched.

Attachment 1: XARM_ASS.png
  8556   Thu May 9 01:36:32 2013 ManasaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

Progress with end table:

Parts in green show assembled optics that will not require any changes. Parts in yellow are in place but will need either change of lenses in their optical path or change in position.


  8557   Thu May 9 02:19:53 2013 JenneUpdateLocking50% BS installed in POP path

Koji had the good idea of trying to measure the motion of the POP beam, and feeding that signal to PRM yaw to stabilize the motion.  To facilitate this, I have installed a 50% beam splitter before the POP 110/22 PD (so also before the camera). 

Before touching anything, I locked the PRM-ITMY half-cavity so that I had a constant beam at POP.  I measured the POP DC OUT to be 58.16 counts.  I then installed a 1" 50% BS, making sure (using the 'move card in front of optic while watching camera' technique) that I was not close to clipping on the new BS.  I then remeasured POP DC OUT, and found it to be 30.63.  I closed the PSL shutter to get the dark value, which was -0.30 .  This means that I now have a factor of 0.53 less light on the POP110/22 PD.  To compensate for this, I changed the values of the power normalization matrix from 0.01 (MICH) to 0.0189, and 100 (PRCL) to 189.

After doing this, I restored the ITMX and am able to get several tens of seconds of PRMI lock (using AS55Q and REFL33I). 

I found several QPDs in the PD cabinet down the Y arm, but no readout electronics.  The QPD I found is D990272.  I don't really want to spend any significant amount of time hacking something for this together, if Valera can provide a QPD with BNC outputs. For now, I have not installed any DC PD or razor blade (which can be a temporary proxy for a QPD, enough to get us yaw information).


  8558   Thu May 9 02:47:23 2013 JenneUpdatePEMT240 at corner station - cabling thoughts

Something that I want to look at is the coherence between seismic motion and PRM motion.  Since Den has been working on the fancy new seismometer installations, I got caught up for the day with getting the new corner seismometer station set up with a T240.  Later, Rana pointed out that we already have a Guralp sitting underneath the POX table, and that will give us a good first look at the coherence.  However, I'm still going to write down all the cable thoughts that I had today:

The cables that came with the electronics that we have (from Vladimir and tilt meter -land) are not long enough to go from the seismometer to 1X7, which is where I'd like to put the readout box (since the acquisition electronics are in that rack). I want to make a long cable that is 19pin MilSpec on one end, and 25pin Dsub on the other.  This will eliminate the creative connector type changes that happen in the existing setup.  However, before making the cable, I had to figure out what pins go to what.  So.

25pin Dsub          19pin MilSpec

1                   P

2                   N

3                   E

4                   No conn

5                   D

6                   R and V

7                   H

8                   J

9                   No connection

10                  T

11                  F

12                  L

13                  No conn

14                  B

15                  A

16                  R and V

17                  No conn

18                  C

19                  G

20                  G

21                  K

22                  U

23                  No conn

24                  S

25                  M 

I am not sure why R and V are shorted to each other, but this connection is happening on the little PCB MilSpec->ribbon changer, right at the MilSpec side.  I need to glance at the manual to see if these are both ground (or something similar), or if these pins should be separate. Also, I'm not sure why 19 and 20 are shorted together.  I can't find (yet) where the short is happening. This is also something that I want to check before making the cable.

Den had one Female 19 pin MilSpec connector, meant for connecting to a T240, but the cable strain relief pieces of the connector have 'walked off'.  I can't find them, and after a solid search of the control room, the electronics bench, and the place inside where all of Den's connectors were stored, I gave up and ordered 2 more.  If we do find the missing bits for this connector, we can use it for the 2nd T240 setup, since we'll need 2 of these per seismometer. If anyone sees mysterious camo-green metal pieces that could go with a MilSpec connector, please let me know.

  8559   Thu May 9 15:07:51 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralDistances from CAD drawing

Since I keep asking Manasa to "measure" distances off of the CAD drawing for me, I thought I might just write them all down, and quit asking.

So, these are only valid until our next vent, but they're what we have right now.  All distances are in meters, angles in degrees.


  8560   Thu May 9 22:29:23 2013 ManasaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

[Annalisa, Manasa]

More optics have been put on the table. Direction of the rejected beam from the 532nm faraday estimated to be ~1.7 deg along -y axis.

Transmon QPD, TRY and camera have beams on them for locking Y arm. Oplev configuration is waiting for it's lens to arrive.


  8561   Fri May 10 20:05:21 2013 AnnalisaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

I rotated some mounts along the green beam path, and I started aligning the beam again.

The beam is aligned up to the waveplate just before the doubler crystal, even if I couldn't reach more than 88% transmission for the Faraday. Next week I will finish the alignment and I'll put the lenses that Manasa already ordered.


  8562   Sat May 11 01:11:52 2013 KojiUpdateASCPRC mode stabilization with a shadow sensor at POP

Ah, AWESOME. Indefinite PRMI lock was finally achieved.

POP setup

- Looked at the POP setup. Checked the spot on POP110 PD. Found some misalignment of the beam.
  The beam spot was aligned to the PD with PRMI locked. The value of POP110I almost doubled by the alignment
  and recovered previous value of 400. Therefore previous normalization values of MICH 0.01 / PRCL 100 were restored.

- Placed PDA36A (Si 3.6mmx3.6mm) on the POP path that Jenne prepared. The gain knob was set to 40dB.
  Since the original spot had been too small, a lens with f=50mm was inserted in order to expand the beam.
  Connected the PD output to the SMA feedthrough on the ITMX table enclosure.
  I found the BNC cable labeled "PO DC" hanging. Connected this cable to the enclosure SMA.

- Went to the LSC rack. Found the corresponding PO DC cable. Stole the POPDC channel from POP110I Bias T to this PO DC cable.

- Razor blade setup: Machined a junk Al bracket in order to fix a razor blade on it. Attached the Al bracket to a sliding stage.


- Locked the PRMI with REFL33I&AS55Q. Cut the beam into half by the razor blade.

- Made a temporary PRM_ASC_YAW filter.
  Zero: 0Hz Pole: 2kHz
  Resonant Gain 3.2Hz Q:2 Height 30dB
  Butterworth 2nd-order 60Hz

  => Expected UGF 0.1Hz&10Hz

- CDS: By the work described in this entry, the POPDC signal was connected to the "MC" bank of the LSC.
            BTW, the 11th row of the LSC output matrix is connected to the PRM_ASC_YAW.

- The "MC" servo input (i.e. the POPDC signal) was normalized by POP110I (without SQRTing).

- Engaged the PRM ASC path. Gradually increased the gain of PRM_ASC_YAW. G=+100 seemed to be the best so far.
  It was visible that the spot on the POP CCD was stablized in yaw.

- The lock lasted for ~40min. Took several measurements, alignment adjustment, etc.

- Tweaking the PRM ASC unlocked the PRMI.

- Locked again. Switched from REFL33I/AS55Q (x1/x1) combination to REFL55I/REFL55Q (x1/x0.3) combination.
  This also kept the lock more than 20min.

Attachment 1: Screenshot.png
Attachment 2: 130510_PRMI.pdf
  8563   Mon May 13 17:24:38 2013 JenneUpdateWienerFilteringPRM YAW Wiener filtering

I have done a quicky offline Wiener filter to check how much PRM yaw motion we can subtract using a seismometer in the corner station.  This work may be redundant since Koji got the POP beam shadow sensor feedback loop working on Friday night.

Anyhow, for now, I used the GUR2 channels, since GUR2 was underneath the ITMX chamber (at the north edge of the POX table).  Note that Zach is currently borrowing this seismometer for the week.

I used GUR2_X, GUR2_Y and GUR2_Z to subtract from the PRM_SUSYAW_IN1 channel (the filename of the figure says "GUR1", but that's not true - GUR1 is at the Yend).  All 4 of these channels had been saved at 2kHz, but I downsampled to 256 (I probably should downsample to something lower, like 64, but haven't yet).  There is no pre-filtering or pre-weighting of the data, and no lowpass filters applied at the end, so I haven't done anything to remove the injected noise at higher freqs, which we obviously need to do if we are going to implement this online.


If I compare this to Koji's work (elog 8562), at 3.2Hz, he gets a reduction of 2.5x, while this gets 10x.  At all other frequencies, Koji's work beats this, and Koji's method gets reduction from ~0.03Hz - 10Hz, while this is only getting reduction between 0.4Hz and 5Hz.  Also, this does not include actuator noise, so the actual online subtraction may not be quite as perfect as this figure.

  8564   Mon May 13 18:44:04 2013 JenneUpdateLockingprcl angular motion

I want to redo this estimate of where RIN comes from, since Den did this measurement before I put the lens in front of the POP PD. 

While thinking about his method of estimating the PR3 effect, I realized that we have measured numbers for the pendulum frequencies of the recycling cavity tip tilt suspensions. 

I have been secreting this data away for years.  My bad.  The relevant numbers for Tip Tilts #2 and #3 were posted in elog 3425, and for #4 in elog 3303.  However, the data for #s 1 and 5 were apparently never posted.  In elog 3447, I didn't put in numbers, but rather said that the data was taken.

Anyhow, attached is the data that was taken back in 2010.  Look to elog 7601 for which TT is installed where. 


Conclusion for the estimate of TT motion to RIN - the POS pendulum frequency is ~1.75Hz for the tip tilts, with a Q of ~2.

Attachment 1: TT_Q_measurements.pdf
TT_Q_measurements.pdf TT_Q_measurements.pdf
  8565   Mon May 13 21:35:55 2013 AnnalisaUpdate40m UpgradingEndtable upgrade for auxiliary green laser : progress

Yend table - Current status


Today the 2m focal length lens along the oplev path (just after the laser) has been added. In Manasa's layout it allows to have a beam waist of 3.8mm on the OPLEV QPD, even if it seems to be smaller.

The laser is closer to the box wall than the layout shows (it's on the line n.1 instead of line n.9), so maybe it has to be moved in the position shown in the layout, as Steve suggests, to leave empty space just before the window.

Rana suggests a 2mm diameter beam on the QPD, so a new calculation has to be done to add a second lens.


The beam has been aligned until the doubler, but after the crystal it it has a small tilt, so a better alignment has to be done.

Moreover, the beam waist has to be measured after the Faraday for the green, in way to choose the focal length of the lenses necessary for the mode matching.

Then the three steering mirrors to send the beam into the arm have to be put.


A lens which has to be put on the Transmon path (already ordered) has to be added, and the beam alignment on the QPD-y and on the PDA520 has to be done.

  8567   Mon May 13 23:05:51 2013 JenneUpdatePEMGUR1 masses recentered

[Evan, Jenne]

Evan brought the Guralp handheld readout paddle and cables back from the ATF (Zach is using GUR2 and one of the T240s for gyro stuff this week), and we recentered the GUR1 masses.  N/S and Vert were okay (within 0.1 V), but E/W was at -0.5 V, so we set it at zero.  We then plugged the Guralp back in, and turned on the readout box.

There isn't much of a change on the BLRMS on the wall, so it's possible that we weren't actually having any trouble anyway. 

  8568   Tue May 14 01:13:35 2013 JenneUpdate40m UpgradingTRY realigned

Koji noticed that earlier this afternoon the Yarm ASS was working, but then after dinner it was no longer working.  I saw that the ETMY trans camera beam was clipped.  These things precipitated a visit to the Yend station. 

I saw that the beam on the optic that steers the camera beam to the camera was very, very low, almost falling off the optic.  The only mirror which steers to this optic is the harmonic separator which reflects the IR, and transmits the green.  I turned the pitch knobs on the harmonic separator until the beam was roughly centered on all 3 optics between the separator and the camera (BS to QPD, BS to TRYDC and Y1 for camera).  The yaw was fine, so I didn't touch it.

I then adjusted the steering mirror to the camera, and the BS pointing to the DC PD.  I have not touched the BS pointing to the QPD.  Once the beam was on the TRY PD, Koji ran the ASS script, and I recentered the beam on the DC PD.  During this time, Koji had the Yarm triggering using -1 in the POYDC element of the matrix.

The harmonic separator is not mounted in a nice way (I'm assuming that Annalisa is in the middle of things, and she'll get back to it after the green work), so the TRY PD and camera will need to be aligned again, so I didn't do any ASS-recentering-ASS iteration tonight.

The Yarm ASS works nicely again, getting TRY to ~0.89 . 

  8569   Tue May 14 01:56:20 2013 JenneUpdateGreen LockingXend Green tweaked

I locked the Xarm on green.  At the PSL table, I adjusted the steering mirror to get the beam centered on the GTRX DC PD.  We need a lens for this, and presumably for the GTRY as well. 

I then went down to the Xend, and adjusted the steering mirrors to maximize the transmitted green power.  I got as high as 2150 counts.

Either the alignment is particularly delicate, or something isn't quite right, but when I put the lid back on the optical table's box, the arm will no longer lock on the 00 mode.  It's pretty typical that the cavity will unlock while you put on the lid, but usually if you bang on the underside of the table, or toggle the green shutter, you'll get back to the 00 mode.  Tonight however, I can't get the 00 mode if the lid is on.  If I slide the lid off just enough to get my hand inside, then block the green beam with my hand, I immediately lock on the 00 mode.  Even if I gently slide the lid back on, I unlock the cavity, and with the lid on can't get better than a 01 mode in yaw.  I repeated this a few times, with the same result. 

A goal for the next few days:  Re-find the Xgreen beatnote.  Once we have the PRMI locking stably and reliably, we want to move on to PRFPMI.   

  8570   Tue May 14 02:19:13 2013 KojiUpdateGreen LockingXend Green tweaked

Note that I'm supposed to return one of the two green beat PDs and the power supply.
They are on the REFL path. I'll work on the restoration of the beat configuration.

  8571   Tue May 14 14:24:56 2013 SteveUpdate40m Upgradingenclosure removal


 I'm planning to remove the ETMY optical table enclosure and move it over to CES Shop 8am Thursday morning.

We'll install spring loaded lathes, hooks and quick release pins.

The bridge will be reinforced with steel plate to support release pins on posts.

There will be an other cut out for cable feedtrough as it is shown on elog #8472

Let me know if this timing does not fit your work.

  8572   Tue May 14 16:14:47 2013 Max HortonUpdateSummary PagesImporting New Code

I have figured out all the issues, and successfully installed the new versions of the LAL software.  I am now going to get the summary pages set up using the new code.

ELOG V3.1.3-