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  8774   Thu Jun 27 21:59:42 2013 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMatlab upgraded

I moved the old matlab directory from /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab_o to /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab_oo

and moved the previously current matlab dir from /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab to /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab_o.

And have installed the new Matlab 2013a into /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/linux64/matlab.

Since I'm not sure how well the new Matlab/Simulink plays with the CDS RCG, I've left the old one and we can easily revert by renaming directories.

  8775   Thu Jun 27 22:05:25 2013 ranaUpdateGeneralPianosa fixed

The keyboard on Pianosa workstation has been flaky for the last several days at least. Today, it was having troubles mounting the linux1 file system and was hanging on boot.

People in the control room emailed Jamie and then grew afraid of the computer. Annalisa suggested that we put garlic on it since was clearly possessed.

Typing 'dmesg' at the command prompt, I found that there were thousands of messages like these:

[ 3148.181956] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 68 using ehci_hcd
[ 3149.773883] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 68
[ 3150.228900] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 69 using ehci_hcd
[ 3152.076544] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 69
[ 3152.787391] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 70 using ehci_hcd
[ 3154.123331] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 70
[ 3154.578459] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 71 using ehci_hcd

So I replaced the existing Dell keyboard with an older Dell keyboard and the bad messages have stopped. No garlic was used.

  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
  8861   Tue Jul 16 19:16:12 2013 ranaUpdateDAQNDS2 Status

I have modified the settings on the router that connects our Martian network to the outside world so that one can access the NDS2 server running on megatron:31200.

To get at the data you point your data getting client (Matlab, ligoDV, DTT, etc.) at our router and the megatron port will be forwarded to you:

is what you should point to. Now, it should be possible to run DetChar jobs (e.g. our 40m Summary pages) from the outside on some remote server. You can also grab 40m data on your laptop directly by using matlab or python NDS software.

  8887   Mon Jul 22 03:10:41 2013 ranaSummaryloreAngel of the Y End Table?

 Trying to take an image or movie of the ETMY Transmon cam, we got instead this attached image.

I think it is just some scattered green light, but others in the control room think that it is a message from somewhere or someone...

Attachment 1: asdasd.jpg
  8917   Wed Jul 24 14:26:24 2013 ranaUpdateIOOFound the cause of mysterious MC motion

Yes, this was not ELOG'd by me, unfortunately. This was the MC tickler which I described to some people in the control room when I turned it on.

As Koji points out, with the MCL path turned off this injects frequency noise and pointing fluctuations into the MC. With the MCL path back on it would have very small effect. After the pumpdown we can turn it back on and have it disabled after lock is acquired. Unfortunately, our LOCKIN modules don't have a ramp available for the excitation and so this will produce some transients (or perhaps we can ezcastep it for now). Eventually, we will modify this CDS part so that we can ramp the sine wave.

  8925   Thu Jul 25 14:45:06 2013 ranaUpdatePEMGuralp specgram with ligoDV and NDS2

 Once you install a matlab newer than 2012a, you can install ligoDV as a matlab app and get the NDS2 client software for free. So you can easily get the 40m data from the outside world now and do the analysis on your own computer rather than login through nodus.

Attachment 1: a.pdf
  8994   Mon Aug 12 10:44:22 2013 ranaUpdateLSCPRMI(sb) lock recovered

  In the past, we used to use Stefan's 'ezcademod' or Matt's 'ezlockin' to do auto phase adjustment.

JoeB / Jamie are working on python replacements for these tools, but in the near term possibly I can make a bash script to use ezcaservo and the existing LOCKINs to do this.

  9020   Fri Aug 16 21:15:04 2013 ranaUpdateCDSNew/old CDS laptop for X-End

I took the "aso-laptop" and made it into Ubuntu a couple months ago. Today I added it to the Martian network and then moved it to the X End.

I followed the instructions in (https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Network) and added it to the files in /var/named/chroot/var/named on linux1 and did the "service named restart".

The router already had his MAC address in its list (because Yoichi was illegally using his personal laptop on the Martian). The new laptop's name is 'asia'. This is a legal name according to our computer naming conventions and this Wikipedia page (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Italian_female_given_names). It has been added to the Name Pool on the wiki.

The terminal on the laptop still calls itself 'aso-laptop' so I need some help in fixing that. It successfully connects to 40MARS and displays a MEDM sitemap after sshing in to pianosa.

I use 'ssh -X -C' since I find that compression actually helps when the laptops are so far from the router.

  9021   Sun Aug 18 16:04:07 2013 ranaSummaryCDSFB lights all RED: mxstream restart

Sun Aug 18 15:52:50 2013

Found the FB lights (C1:FEC-NN_FB_NET_STATUS and C1:DAQ-DC0_C1XXX_STATUS) RED for everything on the CDS_FE_STATUS screen.

I used the (! mxstream restart) button ro restart the mxstreams. Everything is green now.

PMC was out of lock- relocked it and the IMC locked itself as did the X & Y arms on IR. X was already green locked.

Attachment 1: IFO-Trend.png
  9022   Sun Aug 18 17:56:16 2013 ranaSummaryCDSMEDM Screen CPU Usages

I noticed at LLO (?) that the LSC screen there uses up ~25-30% of the CPU time on a single core for the control room iMac workstations - this seems excessive.

Here is an accounting of CPU usage percentages for some of our screens:


Screen Name CPU (%)

These were measured using the program 'glances' on rosalba. MEDM running with only the sitemap used up 0.9% of a CPU. With the screens running, the fluctuation from sample to sample could be ~ +/- 0.5%. While the LSC screen seems to be the biggest pig, it is only big in comparison to small pigs. Certainly this pig has gotten bigger after getting sent to Louisiana.

Attachment 1: obama1404_666531c.jpg
  9023   Sun Aug 18 20:07:41 2013 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsuserapps SVN up

JoeB and JamieR are working somewhat coherently on a set of python libraries to fulfill all of our command line CDS wants. This is being done mostly to satisfy The Guardian and the SkunkTools project.

I did an 'svn up' in /opt/rtcds/userapps (it might finish in ~1000 years) to get the things that they have so far (in particular, Joe's 'pyavg'). There's going to be some issues since the pylib stuff written by Yuta/Kiwamu has never been integrated with anything and is imported as 'epics' in many python scripts. As we move over to the new stuff there will be a lot of broken script functions since the new libraries are also used in that way.

  9031   Mon Aug 19 14:22:36 2013 ranaUpdateGreen LockingXend green aligned

  9037   Tue Aug 20 00:19:23 2013 ranaUpdateLSCPRMI / DRMI investigations

While Jenne was plotting, I locked and aligned the MICH with AS55_Q. Then I aligned the PRM and locked PRMI using REFL55_I/Q with triggering on POP22, but no power normalization.

I used this to set the phase for REFL11 and REFL55 (driving PRM at 111.3 Hz and minimizing the Q response using the DTT Sine Response tool). I flipped the sign on REFL11 by 

The REFL11 gain is ~50x larger than REFL55; this is with the 15 dB whitening gain on REFL55 and none for REFL11. What's going on here? The attached PDF shows the two time series with the free swinging PRMI and both phases set to ~ +/- 2 deg. The REFL55 signals have been scaled up by 50x.

So then we went in and looked at the RF signals at the demod boards. To do this we disconnected the RFPD test cables and hooked the RF Mon outputs into the 50 Ohm inputs on a scope. The following PNG images show the scope traces. The REFL11 (yellow) traces are too big!! See how small the REFL55 (green) are. REFL11 is saturating - need to fix.



Attachment 1: REFL.pdf
Attachment 6: REFL-2.pdf
  9042   Tue Aug 20 16:23:41 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full

/home/cds is >98% full - below are some of the usage numbers:

controls@rosalba:/users/OLD 0$ du -h --max-depth=1
42M    ./katrin
1.5M    ./ben
2.4M    ./sanjit
569M    ./waldman
328M    ./sonia
3.6G    ./lsinger
44M    ./dbusby
105M    ./dbarron
21M    ./manuel
709M    ./yaakov
46M    ./rodionov
240M    ./ishwita
2.7G    ./clara
56M    ./gopal
290M    ./mashaB
87M    ./varvella
5.6M    ./Sascha
2.9G    ./ryan
190M    ./nancy
3.5G    ./john
269M    ./elizabeth.davison
165M    ./jweiner
460K    ./mjones
49M    ./stephanie
52M    ./mohana
56M    ./noriyasu
38M    ./mjenson
76M    ./sballmer
224M    ./kirk
812K    ./bonnie
33M    ./janosch
16M    ./kevin
122M    ./dblair
2.6G    ./mirko
389M    ./keenan
195M    ./tf
150M    ./littlezach
193M    ./jmiller
1.8G    ./ting
131M    ./dmalling
842M    ./sharmila
1.4G    ./caryn
12G    ./rward
4.1M    ./jay
443M    ./emintun
184M    ./katharine
76K    ./nick
804K    ./nicole.ing
14M    ./jenny
542M    ./vsanni
45M    ./peter
7.8G    ./miyakawa
4.8M    ./channa
4.0K    ./frank
9.9G    ./razib
35M    ./amin
361M    ./sharon
62M    ./bram
3.9M    ./volodya
7.9M    ./larisa
301M    ./sasha
33M    ./eric.hendries
18M    ./vuk
101M    ./huan
1.8M    ./sonali
453M    ./megan
43M    ./Royal
5.4G    ./ayaka
19M    ./mott
518M    ./justing
501M    ./avi
173M    ./kakeru
3.9G    ./alberto
41M    ./paul.fulda
59M    ./elena
67G    .

controls@rosalba:/opt/rtcds/userapps 0$ du -h --max-depth=1
1.4G    ./tags
13M    ./trunk.bak
40K    ./.svn
3.0G    ./trunk
174M    ./trunk.bak2
4.2G    ./branches
8.7G    .

linux1:cds>nice du -h --max-depth=1
du: `./llo/chans/daq/archive': Permission denied
du: `./llo/chans/daq/old': Permission denied
707M    ./llo
9.7M    ./mit~
752K    ./raidwebFirmware
462M    ./epics
2.1G    ./tmp
1.5G    ./gds
76M    ./project
9.1G    ./ligo
449G    ./rtcds
3.3G    ./apps
20K    ./.kde
512K    ./cdscfg
1.4M    ./.Trash-controls
5.8M    ./scripts
20K    ./.TemporaryItems
964G    ./caltech
71M    ./bin
16K    ./.Trash-1001
4.5G    ./rtapps
564M    ./src
11M    ./vw
3.8M    ./dvSave
460M    ./lho
1.2G    ./data
1.5T    .

  9045   Wed Aug 21 17:42:03 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full

One of the reasons that our disk is getting full is due to the scripts_archive directory. A backup script runs on op340m and makes a tar.bz2 file of the scripts directory and puts it in scripts_archive every morning at 6 AM.

On Oct 7, 2011, Koji fixed this script to point at our new scripts directory instead of the old /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts directory. Since then, however, no one has fixed the exclude file to NOT back up the junk that's in that directory. Its a 1.6 GB directory so its full of it.

I've deleted a bunch of junk from the scripts directory: this directory is for scripts, not for your personal home movies or junk data files. Put those in your USER directory. Put temporary data files in /tmp/. I've also added a few more patterns to the exclude file so that less .mpg, .png, .pdf, .dat, etc get stored every day. The new daily .tar.bz2 file wil be ~25 MB instead of 770 MB.

(also fixed the backup script to use 'env' to setup the perl environment and removed the hard-coded path to tar)

  9046   Wed Aug 21 19:26:19 2013 ranaUpdateIOOFound the cause of mysterious MC motion


Yes, this was not ELOG'd by me, unfortunately. This was the MC tickler which I described to some people in the control room when I turned it on.

As Koji points out, with the MCL path turned off this injects frequency noise and pointing fluctuations into the MC. With the MCL path back on it would have very small effect. After the pumpdown we can turn it back on and have it disabled after lock is acquired. Unfortunately, our LOCKIN modules don't have a ramp available for the excitation and so this will produce some transients (or perhaps we can ezcastep it for now). Eventually, we will modify this CDS part so that we can ramp the sine wave.

 I've written a new TICKLE script using the newly found 'cavget' and 'cavput' programs. They are in the standard epics distribution as extension binaries. They allow multichannel read/write as well as ramping, delays, incremental steps, etc. http://www.aps.anl.gov/epics/tech-talk/2012/msg01465.php.

Running from the command line, they seem to work fine, but I've left it OFF for now. I'll switch it into the MC autolocker at some point soon.

  9056   Thu Aug 22 22:05:36 2013 ranaUpdateGreen LockingGTRY normalized

Meh. 600 counts is too weak.  You should fix the electronics so that the maximized green laser transmission gives more like ~10000 counts.

  9058   Fri Aug 23 14:19:28 2013 ranaUpdateSUSViolin filters moved to LSC, from SUS

  Just to rephrase somewhat:

  • We balance the BS & PRM actuators in the LSC Output matrix so that there is no MICH signal going into REFL_I @ 100 Hz.
  • REFL Phase is adjusted by driving PRM and minimizing Q/I to within ~1 deg (Q/I ratio of ~2%)
  • The REFL_I sensing matrix element is ~50x bigger than REFL_Q (in W/m)
  • When we turn ON the violin mode notch in the BS SUS, it changes the MICH drive into a purely PRCL drive at that frequency !!!
  • So, putting notches into the SUS screens is bad since it imbalances the drives.
  9061   Sun Aug 25 06:07:11 2013 ranaUpdateLSCDRMI Locked with improved lock streatches

 We're ready for using the auto configure.

We can put our scripts for the MICH, PRMI, and DRMI into the IFO CONFIGURE screens for now and then it should be easy to get them into the Guardian once Jamie has the bugs worked out.

This screen can also be used to setup and start the dither alignment for each configuration (once we have one working for DRMI / SRM).

Also, now that the notches/bandstop filters for the violin modes have been move from the SUS into the LSC, we should fix the triggering to engage them a few seconds after the boosts.

  9067   Mon Aug 26 20:13:17 2013 ranaConfigurationElectronicsputting together a 110 MHz LSC demod board for AS


I have modified one of the spare demod boards that was sitting above the electronics bench (the one which was unlabeled - the others say 33MHz, 55MHz and 165MHz) to be the new AS110 demod board.  In place of the T1 coil, and the C3 and C6 resistors, I have put the commercial splitter PSCQ-2-120+.  In place of U5 (the low pass for the PD input) I have put an SCLF-135+.

OK, but what kind of filter should we be actually using? i.e. what purpose the 135 MHz low pass serve in contrast to a PHP-100+ ?

  9093   Mon Sep 2 03:51:14 2013 ranaHowToGeneralHow To Coil Cables


  9104   Wed Sep 4 20:39:23 2013 ranaUpdateSUSMC2 tickler turned OFF


 [Jenne, Manasa]

While we were trying to relock the MC after Jenne put back the RF box, we found there was some mysterious motion in MC2. After spending time trying to figure out where this was coming from, the source was found to be at LOCKIN2 of MC2 suspension "The MC TICKLERthat was left enabled. This was turned OFF and MC locked just fine after that.


EDIT JCD:  The Tickler should be disabled, if the autolocker is disabled.

 Sounds like this was just incidental, since the MC locked fine also with the tickler enabled for weeks.

The tickle is disabled by the down script, but there's no way to correctly handle all possible button pushes. If you want to disable the autolocker for some reason you should run mcdown before trying to lock. This will set up things with the correct settings.

  9108   Thu Sep 5 00:40:33 2013 ranaUpdateSUSMC2 tickler turned OFF


 You're right - down turns it on. Still, the fact that the same tickle recently causes a problem and didn't make 20% power fluctuations until now tells me that its not that the tickle amplitude is too large. Whatever changed recently is the problem.

  9131   Mon Sep 16 14:11:47 2013 ranaUpdateLSCMICH calbration

  There doesn't seem to be any coherence among the different directions of ground motion (as expected from seismic theory), so I am suspicious of such a low MICH noise.

Attachment 1: Screen_Shot_2013-09-16_at_2.10.31_PM.png
Attachment 2: Screen_Shot_2013-09-16_at_2.18.47_PM.png
  9133   Mon Sep 16 19:41:01 2013 ranaConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programscdsutils checked out into /opt/rtcds
 controls@rosalba:~ 0$ cdsutils
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/__main__.py", line 7, in <module>
    from cdsutils import CMDS
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/__init__.py", line 4, in <module>
    from servo import servo
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/servo.py", line 1, in <module>
    from epics import PV
ImportError: No module named epics
controls@rosalba:~ 1$
Mon Sep 16 19:40:32 2013 
  9141   Thu Sep 19 18:48:24 2013 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPMC locker

 In May of 2013 Den wrote a PMC Autolocker because he ignored / didn't want to read anyone else's code. Later that year Yuta also wrote another one from scratch for the same reasons.

I tried to use both today, but neither one runs. Yuta's one doesn't run because he was using a bunch of private yuta library stuff in the yuta directory. That kind of programming style is pretty useless for us since it never works after some time.

So I re-activated and tested the PMCAutolock bash script (it is actually a symbolic link called "PMCAutolock" which points to AutoLock.sh). These scripts are all basically the same:

They turn off the loop (or turn down the gain) and then scan the PZT, look for a resonance, and then activate the loop.

One problem with the logic has been that turning off the loop makes the gain so low that the peak flashes by too fast. But leaving the loop ON and just sweeping with the gain turned down to -10 dB is also not good. That only reduces the UGF from 1 kHz to ~100 Hz. What we want is more like a 10 Hz UGF while scanning the length. SO, I edited the script to turn down the modulation depth on the EOM by that factor. After acquiring lock, it returns all settings to the nominal levels as defined on the PSL_SETTINGS screen.

I've tested it a few times and it seems to work OK. You can run it from the yellow shabang button on the PMC screen.

I also changed the .bashrc aliases for the MEDM command so that if you type medm_good at the command line you get MEDM screens with scalable fonts. So you can stretch the screens.

Attachment 1: pmc.png
  9142   Thu Sep 19 21:15:44 2013 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPMC locker

I used a script (~PSL/PMC/testAutoLocker.sh) to unlock the PMC and run autlocker ~100 times to see how robust the new autlocker is.

It failed to grab it 2 out of 137 times. During those times it just went on trying to ramp the PZT even after it had gone to a rail. Once someone resurrects Rob's 'trianglewave'  script we should be OK. Even so, I think this is good enough. Please try this out via the yellow button next time the PMC needs to be locked.

It usually takes 10-30 seconds to lock, depending upon where the fringe is compared to the upper voltage rail. Good enough.

Attachment 1: Untitled.pdf
  9143   Thu Sep 19 21:42:18 2013 ranaUpdateSUSOptical Lever Trend for 90 days: ETMX and PRM are the bad ones
Attachment 1: OLtrend_2013.png
  9147   Fri Sep 20 20:14:52 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full


One of the reasons that our disk is getting full is due to the scripts_archive directory. A backup script runs on op340m and makes a tar.bz2 file of the scripts directory and puts it in scripts_archive every morning at 6 AM.

On Oct 7, 2011, Koji fixed this script to point at our new scripts directory instead of the old /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts directory. Since then, however, no one has fixed the exclude file to NOT back up the junk that's in that directory. Its a 1.6 GB directory so its full of it.

I've deleted a bunch of junk from the scripts directory: this directory is for scripts, not for your personal home movies or junk data files. Put those in your USER directory. Put temporary data files in /tmp/. I've also added a few more patterns to the exclude file so that less .mpg, .png, .pdf, .dat, etc get stored every day. The new daily .tar.bz2 file wil be ~25 MB instead of 770 MB.

(also fixed the backup script to use 'env' to setup the perl environment and removed the hard-coded path to tar)

 OUr disk was getting full again. Turned out my "fix" to 25 MB was only a fix to 250 MB. Since we were getting disk full warnings on our Ubuntu workstations, I deleted some COMSOL.dmg files from users/zach/ and then started deleting every other tarball from the scripts_archive directory. ~221 GB are now free. Still need to fix the exclude file for scripts better.

  9148   Fri Sep 20 20:27:18 2013 ranaUpdateIOOmode cleaner not locking

 I used our procedure from this entry to set the IMC board offset as well as the FSS board offset.

I found this afternoon that the MC was having trouble locking: the PC path was railing as soon as the boost was engaged. Could be that there's some misalignment on the PSL which has led to some RAM having to be canceled by this new offset. Let's see if its stable for awhile.

  9150   Sun Sep 22 21:03:15 2013 ranaConfigurationSUSTuned bounce and roll mode of ETMY suspension

 Today I noticed that there was a lot of noise at the Bounce and Roll eigenfrequencies for ETMY. I found that the bandstop filter were set at completely the wrong frequencies, so I've remade them.

The filters were last tuned by Leo in May of 2011. Even so, he left the frequencies at the frequencies of the old MOS suspensions which had f_bounce ~ 12 Hz.

 The FOTON plot shows the OLD ones versus the NEW ones. The DTT spectra shows the oplev error signals in the usual state. I have also copied these over to the SUSPOS,PIT,YAW, and SIDE filter banks and turned them all ON.

I also turned OFF and deleted the 3 Hz RG filter that was there. There's no such peak in the error signal and even if one wanted to compensate for the stack mode, it should be a low Q filter, not this monster.

Attachment 1: etmy-error.png
Attachment 2: notches.pdf
  9151   Sun Sep 22 21:28:53 2013 ranaUpdateSUSset OL T RAMP values (they are not visible on the OL screens)

controls@rosalba:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS 0$ ./setOLtramps
Old : C1:SUS-ETMX_OLPIT_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ETMX_OLPIT_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ETMX_OLYAW_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ETMX_OLYAW_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ETMY_OLPIT_TRAMP        2
New : C1:SUS-ETMY_OLPIT_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ETMY_OLYAW_TRAMP        2
New : C1:SUS-ETMY_OLYAW_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ITMX_OLPIT_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ITMX_OLPIT_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ITMX_OLYAW_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ITMX_OLYAW_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ITMY_OLPIT_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ITMY_OLPIT_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-ITMY_OLYAW_TRAMP        0
New : C1:SUS-ITMY_OLYAW_TRAMP        2
Old : C1:SUS-BS_OLPIT_TRAMP          0
New : C1:SUS-BS_OLPIT_TRAMP          2
Old : C1:SUS-BS_OLYAW_TRAMP          0
New : C1:SUS-BS_OLYAW_TRAMP          2
Old : C1:SUS-PRM_OLPIT_TRAMP         0
New : C1:SUS-PRM_OLPIT_TRAMP         2
Old : C1:SUS-PRM_OLYAW_TRAMP         0
New : C1:SUS-PRM_OLYAW_TRAMP         2
Old : C1:SUS-SRM_OLPIT_TRAMP         0
New : C1:SUS-SRM_OLPIT_TRAMP         2
Old : C1:SUS-SRM_OLYAW_TRAMP         0
New : C1:SUS-SRM_OLYAW_TRAMP         2
Done setting TRAMPs

  9152   Sun Sep 22 22:05:10 2013 ranaUpdateSUSoplev XY-plots reflect new calibration

The ETMX oplev signal looks kind of dead compared to the ETMY. It has no features in the spectra and the SUM is pretty low.

I noticed that the cal fields are still set to 1. To get it close to something reasonable, I calibrated it vs. the SUSPIT and SUSYAW values by giving it a step in angle and using 'tdsavg' plus some arithmetic.

OLPIT =  45 urads/ count

OLYAW = 85 urads / count

These are very rough. I don't even know what the accuracy is on the OSEM based calibration, so this ought to be redone in the way that Jenne and Gabriele did before.

The attached image shows the situation after "calibration" of ETMX. This OL system needs some noise investigation.

Attachment 1: noise.png
  9153   Sun Sep 22 22:54:28 2013 ranaUpdateIOOmode cleaner not locking

Having trouble again, starting around 1 hour ago. No one in the VEA. Adjusted the offset -seems to be OK again.

  9154   Sun Sep 22 23:04:52 2013 ranaUpdatePEMGuralp needs recentering

 After seeing all of these spikes in the BLRMS at high frequency for awhile, I power cycled the Guralp interface box (@ 10:21 PM) to see if it would randomly recenter in a different place and stop glitching.

It did - needs to be better centered (using the paddle). Plot shows how the Z channel gets better after power cycle.

Attachment 1: seis.pdf
  9155   Tue Sep 24 10:55:45 2013 ranaUpdatePSLPMC re-aligned

After relocking the PMC at a good voltage, Steve and I re-aligned the beam into the PMC by walking the last two steering mirrors. After maximizing the power, we also aligned the reflected beam by maximizing the PMC_REFL_DC with the unlocked beam.

Transmission is back to 0.84 V. We need Valera mode matching maintenance to get higher I guess. Maybe we can get a little toaster to keep the PMC PZT more in the middle of its range?

Attachment 1: psl-trend.png
  9159   Wed Sep 25 17:07:08 2013 ranaFrogsTreasureFree Green Mango Juice in fridge


its an acquired taste, but its a must since we're sending an interferometer to India

  9160   Wed Sep 25 19:34:51 2013 ranaUpdateSUSProblems with ETMY Optical Lever

I went down to investigate the issue with the extra noise that I found in the ETMY optical lever yesterday. There were several problems with the optical layout down there - I'm not sure if I remember them all now.

  1. Beam reflected from OL QPD not dumped.
  2. OL QPD set normal to the steering mirror so that the back reflection goes into the vacuum chamber.
  3. HeNe laser mount only dogged with 2 dogs. Needs 3. Looks like some said "Aw, that's not goin' nowhere. Let's just leave that there pard!"
  4. First lens downstream of the laser had 2 screws and washers, but neither was even finger tight! They were loose by more than 1 full turn.
  5. Second lens was clipping. Beam was so far off center that this lens was being used to steer the beam by a few inches on the QPD.
  6. Extra reflections from ingoing beam (I don't know which surfaces) randomly landing on green & red optics.
  7. Lenses for the HeNe mode matching are coated for 1064 nm. HeNe is 633 nm, so these lenses must be replaced to reduce the reflections.

The main noise issue, however, appears to be not a layout issue at all. Instead its that the laser intensity noise has gone through the roof. See attached spectra of the quadrants (this is the way to diagnose this issue).

I'll ask Steve to either heal this laser or swap it out tomorrow. After that's resolved we'll need another round of layout fixing. I've done a couple of hours today, but if we want a less useless and noisy servo we'll have to do better.

NOTE: by looking at the OL quadrants, I've found a noisy laser, but this still doesn't explain the excess noise in the ETMX. That was the one that has a noisier error signal, not ETMY. By the coherence in the DTT, you can see that the ETMY OL is correctly subtracting and normalizing out the intensity noise of the laser. Seems like the ETMX electronics might be the culprit down there.

Attachment 1: ETMY-BadHeNe.pdf
  9166   Thu Sep 26 21:55:08 2013 ranaUpdateSUSProblems with ETMY Optical Lever

Not so fast! We need to plan ahead of time so that we don't have to repeat this ETMY layout another dozen times. Please don't make any changes yet to the OL layout.

Its not enough to change the optics if we don't retune the loop. Please do buy a couple of JDSU (and then we need to measure their intensity noise as you did before) and the 633 nm optics for the mode matching and then we can plan about the layout.

  9167   Thu Sep 26 23:02:40 2013 ranaUpdateLSCFPMI noise caused by ARM locking

Hidden in Nakano-kun's previous entries was that the phase margin of the X-Arm was only 9 degrees!! This extremely close to instability and makes for huge gain peaking. The feedback loop is increasing noise above 100 Hz rather than suppress. After some tweaks of the LSC filters we got a much more stable loop/.

So we today started to examine the sources of phase lag in the arm cavity sweeps. There were a few unfortunate choices in the XARM LSC filter bank which we tuned to get less delay.

Then I wrote a bunch of detail about how that worked, but the ELOG ate my entry because it couldn't handle converting my error signal noise plot into a thumbnail. Then it crashed and I restarted it. We also have now propagated the changes to the Y arm by copy/paste the filters and the result there is pretty much the same: low phase margin is now 38 deg phase margin. Noise is less bad.


Attachment 1: Xarm_sweep_130926.pdf
Attachment 2: lsc.pdf
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  9174   Mon Sep 30 11:33:15 2013 ranaUpdateLSCLSC calibration screen


  I fixed the XARM and YARM real time calibration servo.

I also change the C1CAL_MICH_A servo. Now the actuator response and the suspension TF are combined together and that filter name is BS_act. C1CAL_XARM_A and C1CAL_YARM_A have same kind of filters, ETMX_act and ETMY_act.

There are AI filter in each A servo and inv_AA, inv_DAA filters in CINV servo, but it's doesn't work correctly yet.

 These aren't servos. What he means is that he's changed some filters in the real time calibration screens so as to make the actuation and sensing parts more accurate, but the inversion of the AA filters is not accurate yet.

  9179   Tue Oct 1 09:51:10 2013 ranaUpdateGreen LockingALS autolocker flowchart

  I think we can use the IMC autolocker to start with getting this started. Once Jamie fixes the NDSSERVER environment variable bug, we should be able to use his more slick automation code to make it auto lock.

  9181   Tue Oct 1 11:24:02 2013 ranaUpdatePEMparticle counts

 Probably more important is to establish quantitatively how particle counts affects the lock acquisition or noise in the interferometer.

We don't want to adopt a "Sky is Falling" mentality as was done previously in LIGO when people were trying to outlaw burritos and perfume.

Dust monitor counts and human noses do not correlate well with the interferometer's nose.


When the vacuum system is closed, we might check to see if particle counts correlate with losses in the PMC or excess scatter on the ISC tables. If not, we should move on to other concerns.

  9182   Tue Oct 1 14:12:22 2013 ranaSummaryCDSsvndumpfilter on linux1 makes NFS slow

 Yesterday and this morning's slow NFS disk access was caused by 'svndumpfilter' being run at linux1 to carve out the Noise Budget directory. It is being moved to another server; I think the disk access is back to normal speed now.

  9184   Tue Oct 1 19:42:19 2013 ranaSummaryCDSmegatron upgrade

Max and I started upgrading megatron to Ubuntu 12.NN today. We were having some troubles with getting latest python code to run to support the Summary pages stuff.

Its also a nice test to see what CDS tools fail on there, before we upgrade the workstations to Ubuntu 12.

Since its Linux, none of the usual upgrading commands worked, but after an hour or so of reading forums we were able to delete some packages and all the 3rd party packages and get the upgrade to go ahead. We'll have to re-install the LSC, GDS, LAL repos to get it back into shape and get NDS2 working. The upgrade is running in a 'screen' command on there.

Wed Oct 02 14:50:16 2013 

Update #1: The upgrade asks a couple dozen questions so it doesn't proceed by itself. I've been checking in to the 'screen' every couple hours to type in 'Yes' to let it keep going.

Update #2: It finished a few hours ago:

controls@megatron:~ 0$ uname -a
Linux megatron 3.2.0-54-generic #82-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 10 20:08:42 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
controls@megatron:~ 0$ date
Wed Oct  2 18:33:41 PDT 2013

  9186   Wed Oct 2 23:21:54 2013 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programspianosa can't find Jamie PPA

Message on 'pianosa':

Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/drgraefy/nds2-client/ubuntu/dists/lucid/main/binary-amd64/Packages.gz  404  Not Found

  9192   Thu Oct 3 02:46:58 2013 ranaMetaphysicsPEMUSGS Furlough


  9203   Fri Oct 4 14:36:44 2013 ranaUpdateSUSReplaced the laser for Optical Lever of ETMY

  That's good, but please no more Oplev work. We want to do all of it at once and to make no more changes until we have all the parts (e.g. dumps and correct lenses) in hand and then talk over what the new design will be. I don't want to tune the beam size and loop shape every week.

  9205   Sun Oct 6 17:05:49 2013 ranaSummaryIOOMC ASC problems

MC unlocked over the weekend and also got severely mis-aligned. It all started around midnight on Saturday.

At first I thought that this was due to the MCS CPU meter being railed at 60 us, so I deleted a bunch of filters in MC1,2,3 that are unused and left over from Den's quantization noise investigations. This reduced the CPU load somewhat, but didn't make any real improvements. Turning on the ASC filter banks in the MC SUS still mis-aligned the MC.

With the MC WFS and MC ASS turned off, there is still some digital junk coming in and misaligning things. Plot attached.

Similar stuff coming in on ITMX, but not ITMY.

Tried restarting various FEs, but there was no effect. Also tried rebooting c1lsc, c1ioo, & c1sus. Finally did 'shutdown -r now' on all 5 computers on the CDS overview screen and simultaneously (almost) pressed the reset button on the RFM switch above the old c1pem crate. Everything came back OK except for c1oaf (I had to manually button his BURT button) and now the ASC inputs on all the SUS are zero when they should be and MC is well locked and aligned.

Rob and I used to do this trick when he thought that a cosmic ray had corrupted a bit in the RFM network.

Attachment 1: mcasc.pdf
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