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  382   Fri Mar 14 16:56:03 2008 DmassBureaucracyComputersNew 40m control machine.
I priced out a new control machine from Dell and had Steve buy it.

GigE cards (jumbo packet capable) will be coming seperately.

Quad core (2+GHz)
4 Gigs @ 800MHz RAM
24" LCD
low end video card (Nvidia 8300 - analog + digital output for dual head config)

No floppy drive on this one (yet?)
  1215   Sun Jan 4 13:17:23 2009 AlanOmnistructureComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew 40mWebStatus
I have set up some code in /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts/webStatus along with a cronjob on controls@nodus to generate a webStatus every half hour, at 40mWebStatus

you are welcome to add/delete lines corresponding to interesting EPICS channels, in the template /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts/webStatus/webStatus_template.html . The 2nd number is the "golden" value of the EPICS channel; it can be edited by hand, or one could copy a "golden" webStatus.html to webStatus_template.html . I think it's probably premature to automate this...

I noticed that Yoichi also has a cron job posting 40m medm screen snapshots. Very nice.

controls@nodus also runs a third cronjob, which checks if the nightly backup fails, and if so, sends an email to me.

I guess we need some kind of "official" crontab file for controls@nodus so that we know how/where to add things. So, I put one in /cvs/cds/caltech/crontab/controls@nodus.crontab
  1216   Mon Jan 5 11:21:05 2009 AlanOmnistructureComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew 40mWebStatus


I guess we need some kind of "official" crontab file for controls@nodus so that we know how/where to add things. So, I put one in /cvs/cds/caltech/crontab/controls@nodus.crontab

Alan and I agreed that we should edit the crontab by "crontab -e" command rather than editing the "official" crontab in /cvs/cds/caltech/crontab/.
After confirming that the new crontab works as expected, you are encouraged to make a copy of the new crontab into /cvs/cds/caltech/crontab/ as a backup.
Then do "svn ci" in the directory.
  13707   Mon Mar 26 23:49:27 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralNew ADC Adaptor Board installed in C1LSC expansion chassis

Todd informed me that the ADC Timing adaptor boards we had ordered arrived today. I had to solder on the components and connectors as per the schematic, though the main labor was in soldering the high density connectors. I then proceeded to shut down all models on c1lsc (and then the FE itself). Then classic problem of all vertex machines crashing when unloading models on c1lsc happened (actually Koji noticed that this was happening even on c1ioo). Anyways this was nothing new so I decided to push ahead. 

I had to get a cable from Downs that connects the actual GS ADC card to this adaptor board. I powered off the expansion chassis, installed the adaptor board, connected it to the ADC card and restarted the expansion chassis and also the FE. I also reconnected the SCSI cable from the AA board to the adaptor card. It was a bit of a struggle to get all the models back up and running again, but everything eventually came back(after a few rounds of hard rebooting). I then edited the c1x04 and c1lsc simulink models to reflect the new path for the X arm ALS error signals. Seems to work alright.

At some point in the afternoon, I noticed a burning smell concentrated near the PSL table. Koji traced the smell down to the c1lsc expansion chassis. We immediately powered the chassis off. But Steve later informed me that he had already noticed an odd burning smell in the morning, before I had done any work at the LSC rack. Looking at the newly installed adaptor card, there wasn't any visual evidence of burning. So I decided to push ahead and try and reboot all models. Everything came back up normally eventually, see Attachment #1. Particle count in the lab seems a little higher than usual (actually, according to my midnight measurement, they are ~factor of 10 lower than Steve's 8am measurements), but Steve didn't seem to think we should read too much into this. Let's monitor the situation over the coming days, Steve should comment on the large variance seen in the particle counter output which seems to span 2 orders of magnitude depending on the time of the day the measurement is made... Also note that there is a BIO card in the C1LSC expansion chassis that is powered by a lab power supply unit. It draws 0 current, even though the label on it says otherwise. I a not sure if the observed current draw is in line with expectations.

The spare (unstuffed) adaptor cards we ordered, along with the necessary hardware to stuff them, are in the Digital FE hardware cabinet along the east arm.

Steve:  particle count in the 40m is following outside count, wind direction, weather condition .....etc. The lab particle count is NOT logged ! This is bad practice.

Attachment 1: CDS_20180326.png
  9197   Thu Oct 3 10:29:03 2013 masayukiUpdateGreen LockingNew ALS autolocker flowchart


 [Manasa, Masayuki]

We made a new flowchart of ALS autolocker. We added the additional step to find the beat note frequency. We have to find a way to read the PSL temperature. By reading the PSL temperature we can decide the sweep range for the end green laser temperature with the curve which measured in previous measurement (in this entry)

We have three thresholds of error signal. One is the threshold for checking the arms are stabilized or not. It should be some hundreds count. Another threshold is to check that the suspensions are not kicked. This should be some thousands counts (in flow chart, it is 2K counts). The other is to check the optimal servo gain. If the servo gain is too high, the UGF is also too high and we will not have enough gain margin. The error signal start to oscillate at the UGF. We will check this oscillation and find the optimal gain. In flow chart this threshold is 1K counts.

Attachment 1: flowchart.pdf
  9865   Mon Apr 28 10:59:54 2014 KojiUpdateLSCNew ALS servo design: expected error signals

The expected error signals derived from the estimated free running error signals of the ALS.

1) Previously estimated free-running noise (blue)
2) Previous in-loop ALS error signal (red)
3) Estimated error signal with the new servo (green)
4) Out-of-loop noise of the ALS with the arm controlled with the IR PDH (black)

Now the error signal (green) is expected to be very white.
The suppressed noise between 3 to 20Hz are below the sensing noise level.
There seems a little excess at 24.5Hz and 28Hz. If it is limiting the RMS, we need to take care of them.

Attachment 1: ALSX_SPE_new.pdf
Attachment 2: ALSY_SPE_new.pdf
  9867   Mon Apr 28 11:08:11 2014 KojiUpdateLSCNew ALS servo design: expected error signals

Here are the MATLAB scripts and LISO codes for all of these servo analyses

Attachment 1: 140421_ALS_servo.zip
  9866   Mon Apr 28 11:03:57 2014 KojiConfigurationLSCNew ALS servo implemented for the X arm

The new ALS/LSC servo was implemented for the X arm.

I'll upload more data later but here I make quick remarks:

- We need to give the gain of 12 to have correct UGF with the ALS.

- With this servo, the Xarm PDH lock oscillates with the gain of 0.02. We need to lower the gain to 0.015.
  Also FM trigger should be changed not to trigger unused FMs (FM7/8)

  9874   Tue Apr 29 01:10:16 2014 KojiConfigurationLSCNew ALS servo implemented for the X arm

New ALS servo performance

Attachment 1:

Comparison between the old (orange) and new (red). The new error signal (red) is suppressed like a white noise as expected.

Comparison between the out-of-loop evaluation (black) and the in-loop signal (red). Below 50Hz the out-of-loop is limited by the sensor-noise like something.
This out-of-loop stability was measured with the ALS stayed at the top of the resonance and calibrated the POX11 error signal.

Attachment 2:

New ALS servo with the LSC PDH signal. When the PDH signal is used for the control, FM4 is additionally used.
In this condition, the error signal was measured and calibrated into frequncy noise (Hz/sqrtHz).

By comparing the POX (with the new servo) and POY (with the old servo) signals, one can see that the new servo has better supression below 30Hz with almost no cost at ~100Hz.

Attachment 1: ALSX_SPE.pdf
Attachment 2: ALSX_PDH_SPE.pdf
  10554   Tue Sep 30 17:26:18 2014 ericqUpdateLSCNew AO cable in place

I've installed a new 2pin lemo cable going from the CM servo out to in2 of the MC servo board, and removed the temporary BNC. I used some electrical tape to give the cable some thickness where the lemo head screws on to try to strain relieve the solder joints; hopefully this cable is more robust than the last. 

I put an excitation into the CM board, and saw it come out of MC_F, so I think we're set. 

  5489   Tue Sep 20 20:58:35 2011 AnamariaConfigurationLSCNew AP Table Drawing

As promised, I have made a final AP table drawing, including the MC camera relocation changes by Kiwamu. I have posted it in the wiki on the tables list, and on the AP table page I've attached the inkscape .svg I used to make it, if someone needs to do small modifications.

Attached is a pdf version of it.

Big changes:

1) REFL beam has been split into 4, to go in equal powers and equal beam size to the now 4 REFL RFPDs, 11, 33, 55 and 165. A lens had to be added for REFL165 because it's a 1mm PD instead of 2mm like the other 3.

2) MC camera has moved.

3) I've cleaned up most of the random components on the table, put them away, and tidied up the cabling.


Attachment 1: APtableSep20th.pdf
  7082   Fri Aug 3 03:24:13 2012 JenneUpdateASSNew ASS screens

I wanted to try out the ASS tonight, but I wanted some kinds of screens thrown together so I would know what I was doing.  Turns out screens take longer than I thought.  Am I surprised? Not really. 

They're probably at the ~85% mark now, but I should be able to try out the ASS tomorrow I think.

  12077   Fri Apr 15 03:02:44 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralNew AUX laser measurements

The free running PSL+AUX beat frequency noise spectrum has been measured via PLL. AUX laser PZT PM and AM responses were measured too. 

Rough notes about these measurements:

Laser -> QWP -> HWP -> PBS -> 10% BS -> Beat
3.4Vpp out of PD, (40% contrast)
20dB Coupler, output to analyzer, coupled output to Mixer (-a few dBm, didn't check specifically)
Mixer: ZP-3+, BLP-5.1 at output
LO: OCXO @ 36MHz 13dBm->5dB Att-> +8dBm LO at Mixer

Got ~65mVpp out of Mixer

Mixer out -> SR560, LP 3Hz, G=500 -> Pomona Summing node -> Laser PZT
~30kHz UGF ~30 deg phase

Spectra, OLG via SR785 taken with free running PSL, anthropomorphic temperature servo. Data sheet calibration used for PZT. SR560 output noise dominates over analyzer, mixer, PD. Spectrum looks ok, I think.

PM measured with AG4395. High impedance probe used for laser PZT, otherwise couldn't lock. PM calibrated via mixer voltage span for fringe-to-fringe. 

PSL beam blocked, AUX power increased to read 8.0V, AM measured with AG4395.

AM/PM doesn't look to dissimilar to old measurements on wiki. ~230kHz looks like a fine modulation freq. 

Still to be done to AUX laser:
- joint PSL/AUX temperature sweeps
- Output power vs. diode current
- Beam profile

Attachment 1: aux_innolight_freqPSD.pdf
Attachment 2: aux_innolight_AMPM.pdf
Attachment 3: aux_innolight_data.zip
  12078   Fri Apr 15 18:35:57 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralNew AUX laser measurements

I've performed the temperature sweep of PSL vs Innolight 1W AUX laser.

  • I followed the procedure in this elog - started by turning of FSS and FSS Slow servos, closed the PSL shutter, noted down the value of PSL temperature
  • As noted in elog 3759, there are multiple temperatures at which a beat can be found. I recorded all that I could find. The IR beat frequency was < 20MHz at the temperatures recorded (and had an amplitude of a few dBm, but I used a 20dB coupler to look at the signal on the HP spectrum analyzer
  • The PMC unlocked each time I changed the PSL temperature, but the PMC autolocker worked for me every time
  • We should use curve 3 in attachment 1, it is the most reliable set of temperatures at which a beat can be found
  • PSL diode current was 2.100A, AUX laser diode current was 2.001A
  • Attachment 2 is the data

It remains to measure the output power vs diode current, and the beam profile. I will do the latter on the SP table where there is a little more space. Because we have 1W from this NPRO, the knife-edge method requires a power meter that has a large dynamic range and is sensitive enough to profile the beam accurately. After consulting the datasheets of the power meters we have available (Scientech, Ophir and Coherent) together with Koji, I have concluded that the Coherent calorimeter will be suitable. Its datasheet claims it can accurately measure incident powers of up to 100uW, although I think the threshold is more like 5-10mW, but this should still be plenty to get sufficient resolution for a Gaussian intensity profile with peak intensity of 1W. We also checked that the maximum likely power density we are likely to have during the waist measurement process (1W in a beam of diameter 160um) is within the 6kW/cm^2 quoted on the datasheet.

Attachment 1: PSL_AUX_TEMP_SCAN.pdf
Attachment 2: PSL_AUX_TEMP_SCAN.mat
  12968   Wed May 3 17:16:30 2017 PrafulUpdateElectronicsNew Altium Schematic Design for Microphone Amp

I made an Altium schematic for the microphone amplifier circuit for fabrication.


Attachment 1: mic_schematicv2.pdf
  6301   Tue Feb 21 18:39:11 2012 kiwamuUpdateGreen LockingNew BBPDs installed

Two new BBPDs have been installed on the PSL table.

The first one was installed by Koji a few days ago, and I stalled the second one today.

They will serve as beat-note detectors for the green locking.

Next step : I have to lay down a long SMA cable which goes from the BBPD to the IOO rack.

  6966   Thu Jul 12 11:55:00 2012 JenneUpdateGreen LockingNew BS mounts for PSL beats - Y is finished

Yuta and I bought some new BS mounts so that we could use the 4th port of the beamsplitters which are combining the PSL green and the arm transmitted beam, just before the Beat PD for each arm.  I just placed the Yarm one, and have aligned the light onto both the Beat PD and the Trans DC PD. 

I'll do the Xarm after lunch.

  9361   Fri Nov 8 17:19:27 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew Broadband PD for POP 22/110

Here is a photo of the board inside the broadband photodiode (one of them) that I took from the Gyro experiment:


This PD is Serial Number S1200271.

We need to have a look at the schematic, figure out what's in here now, and then modify this to be useful (appropriate resonances / notches, as well as amplification) for POP 22/110.

  9363   Sat Nov 9 10:25:43 2013 KojiUpdateLSCNew Broadband PD for POP 22/110

General Remarks on the BBPD

- To form the LC network: Use fixed SMD inductors from Coilcraft. SMD tunable capacitors are found in the shelf right next to Steve's desk.
  If the tuning is too coarse, combine an appropriate fixed ceramic SMC C and the tunable C (in parallel, of course)

- L1/C1a/C1b pads are specifically designed for an additional notch

- Another notch at the diode stage can be formed between the middle PD pin (just left of the marking "C3b") to the large GND pad (between C1a/C1b to C3a).
  You have to scratch off the green resin with a small flat screw driver (or anything similar)

- A notch at the amplifier stage can be formed between the output of MAR-6SM ("+" marking)  and one of the GND pads (left side of the "U1" marking)

- The original design of the PD is broadband. So additional notches on the diode stage provides notches and resonances.
  Check if the resonances do not hit the signal frequencies.

- One would think the PD can have resonant feature to reduce the coupling of the undesired signals.
  In some sense it is possible but it will be different from the usual resonant tank circuit in the following two points.

  * Just adding a parallel L between the cathode and ground does not work. As this DC current should be directed to the DC path,
    L&C combo should be added. In fact this actually give a notch-resonance pair. This C should be big enough so that you can ignore it
    at the target resonant frequency. Supply complimentary small C if necessary to keep low impedance of the Cs at the target frequency.
    (i.e. Check SRF - self-resonant frequency of the big C)

  * Since the input impedance of MAR-6SM is 50Ohm, the top of the resonant curve will be cut at 50Ohm. So the resultant shape looks
    like a bandpass rather than a resonance.

- So in total, simulation of the circuit is very important to shape the transimpedance. And, consider the circuit can not be formed as simulated
  because of many practical imperfections like stray Ls and Cs.


  9481   Tue Dec 17 14:06:59 2013 ranaUpdateLSCNew Broadband PD for POP 22/110

 I looked at the BBPD design so that we could make a POP22/110. It looks like it will be easy (I hope).

 The first attachment shows the schematic with the RF notch modified to handle 55 MHz. As long as the capacitor in this notch can be kept to below 20 pF, it doesn't degrade the noise so much,

The second attachment shows the TF and input referred noise. We ought to be able to get 20 pA/rHz at the input to the first RF amplifier.

The LISO files are in the svn under liso/examples/aLIGO_BBPD/,

Later, if we have to notch more than just 55 MHz, we can add a notch between the 2 RF amplifiers as Koji has done for the REFL165.

Attachment 1: POP22110sch.pdf
Attachment 2: POP22110.pdf
POP22110.pdf POP22110.pdf
  4522   Thu Apr 14 00:21:28 2011 KojiUpdateCDSNew C1LSC code running

[Jamie, Jenne, Koji]

We installed the new c1lsc and started the process.

We still need to configure bunch of the EPICS variables, matrices, and some of the filters.
This should be done in order to transmit the signals to the suspensions.
Jenne is going to work on this task tomorrow (Friday) morning,
and Koji will take over the task afternoon/evening.

  2940   Mon May 17 17:17:49 2010 josephb, steve, alberto, kiwamuUpdateCDSNew CDS computers now in racks.

We placed 3 new computers in the racks.  One in 1X4 (machine running SCX) and 2 in 1Y4 (LSC and SUS).  These are 1U chassis, 4 core machines for the CDS upgrade.  I will be bringing over 2 IO chassis and their rails over tomorrow, one to be placed in 1Y4, and 1 in 1X4.

We still need some more 40 pin adapter cables and will send someone over this week to make them.  However, once we have those, we should be able to get two to three machines going, one end computer/chassis and the SUS computer/chassis.

After tomorrow we are still going to be owed 1 computer, another dolphin fiber, a couple of blue boxes, and the LSC, IO, and Y end IO chassis.  We also realized we need further fiber for the timing system.  We're going to need to get and then run fiber to both ends, as well as to 1X3, where the LSC IO chassis will be.


  4583   Thu Apr 28 16:12:19 2011 josephb, jamieUpdateCDSNew CDS model SVN


We are now using the LIGO CDS SVN for storing our control models.

The SVN is at:


The models are under cds_user_apps, then trunk, then approriate subsystem (ISC for c1lsc for example), c1 (for caltech 40m), then models.

We have checked out /cds_user_apps to /opt/rtcds/.

So to find the c1lsc.mdl model, you would go to /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsc.mdl

This SVN is shared by many people LIGO, so please follow good SVN practice.  Remember to update models ("svn update") before doing commits.  Also, after making changes please do an update to the SVN so we have a record of the changes.

New Practices

We are creating soft links in the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS/src/epics/simLink/ to the models that you need to build.  So if you want to add a new model, please add it to the cds_users_apps SVN in the correct place and create a soft link to the simLink directory.

lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1sus.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1sus.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1sup.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1sup.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1spy.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1spy.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1spx.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1spx.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1scy.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1scy.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1scx.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1scx.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1mcs.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1mcs.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x05.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x05.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x04.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x04.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x03.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x03.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x02.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x02.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x01.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x01.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1rfm.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1rfm.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      55 Apr 28 14:41 c1dafi.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1dafi.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1pem.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1pem.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1mcp.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1mcp.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1lsp.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsp.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1lsc.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsc.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1ioo.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1ioo.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gpv.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gpv.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gfd.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gfd.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gcv.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gcv.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1ass.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1ass.mdl

  2861   Thu Apr 29 15:48:47 2010 josephbUpdateCDSNew CDS overview diagram in wiki

I've added a diagram in the wiki under IFO Upgrade 2009-2010->New CDS->Diagram section Joe_CDS_Plan.pdf (the .svg file I used to create it is also there).  This was mostly an exercise in me learning inkscape as well as putting out a diagram with which lists control and model names and where they're running.

A direct link is: CDS_Plan.pdf

  5154   Tue Aug 9 13:34:40 2011 NicoleSummarySUSNew Calibration Plots for Photosensors

Here are the new calibration plots for my photosensors. These calibrations were done using a translation stage.

The linear region for the first photosensor appears to be between 15.2mm and 30 mm


The linear region for the second photosensor appears to be between 12.7mm and 22.9mm


The slope for both is -0.32 V/mm  (more precisely, -0.3201 V/mm for PS 1 and -0.3195 V/mm for PS 2)


  2860   Thu Apr 29 14:37:16 2010 josephbUpdateCDSNew Channel Name to Memory Location file

Awhile back we had requested a feature for the RCG code where a single file would define a memory location's name as well as its explicit hex address.  Alex told me it had been implemented in the latest code in SVN.  After being unable to find said file, I went back and talked to him and Rolf.  Rolf said it existed, but had not been checked into the SVN yet. 

I now have a copy of that file, called G1.ipc.  It is supposed to live in /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/ipc/ , so I created the ipc directory there.  The G1.ipc file is actually for a geo install, so we'll eventually make a C1.ipc file.

The first couple lines look like:

# /cvs/cds/geo/chans/ipc/G1.ipc
desc=default entry

desc=Replaces 0x2000

desc=Replaces 0x2008


There are also section using ipcType IPC:

desc=Replaces 0x20F0
desc=Replaces 0x20F0


Effectively the ipcNum tells it which memory location to use, starting with 0x2000 (at least thats how I'm interpreting it.  Every entry of a given ipcType has a different ipcNum which seems to be correlated to its description (at least early on - later in the file many desc= lines repeat, which I think means people were copy/pasting and got tired of editing the file.  Once I get a C1.ipc file going, it should make our .mdl files much more understandable, at least for communicating between models.  It also looks like it somehow interacts with the ADCs/DACs with ipcType PCI, although I'm hoping to get a full intro how to use the file tomorrow from Rolf and Alex.

  271   Sat Jan 26 02:02:43 2008 JohnSummaryGeneralNew Channels
I added the following channels.



The old .ini file is /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/daq/C0EDCU_26_1_2008.ini
  14311   Tue Nov 20 17:38:13 2018 ranaUpdateUpgradeNew Coffee Machine

Rana, Aaron, Gautam

The old Zojirushi has died. We have received and comissioned our new Technivoorm Mocha Master today. It is good.

  17019   Tue Jul 19 17:18:34 2022 JCUpdateElectronicsNew Coil Driver on Rack 1X3

[Yehonathan, JC]

Yehonathan and I began to put the electronics on Rack 1X3. To do this, we had to move the monitor over the the PD testing table. Before mounting the Coil Drivers, we added numbers to the spaces to follow the rack plan Koji has provided. The drivers which have been mounted are PRM (Slots 10,11), BS (Slots 15, 16), ITMX (Slots 26, 27), and ITMY (34, 35).

Attachment 1: 22DC1767-6073-4D82-BEED-915318B57C03.jpeg
  14141   Mon Aug 6 20:41:10 2018 aaronUpdateDAQNew DAC for the OMC

Gautam and I tested out the DAC that he installed in the latter half of last week. We confirmed that at least one of the channels is can successfully drive a sine wave (ch10, 1-indexed). We had to measure the output directly on the SCSI connector (breakout in the FE hard drive cabinet along the Y arm), since the SCSI breakout box (D080303) seems not to be working (wiring diagram in Gautam's elog from his SURF years).

I added some DAC channels to our c1omc model:
And determined that when we go to use the ADC, we will initially want the following channels (even these are probably unnecessary for the very first scans):
DVMDC (drive voltage monitor, DC level)
DVMAC ("", AC level, only needed if we dither the length)
I attach a screenshot of the model, and a picture of where the whitening/dewhitening boards should go in the rack.
Attachment 1: OMCDACmdl.png
  14159   Mon Aug 13 20:21:10 2018 aaronUpdateOMCNew DAC for the OMC

[aaron, gautam]

We finished up making the new c1omc model  (screenshot attached).

The new channels are only four DAC for ASC into the OMC, and one DAC for the OMC length:

The model compiles and we can change the channel values, so we are all set to do this OMC scan on the software side.
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  14295   Wed Nov 14 18:58:35 2018 aaronUpdateDAQNew DAC for the OMC

I began moving the AA and AI chassis over to 1X1/1X2 as outlined in the elog.

The chassis were mostly filled with empty cables. There was one cable attached to the output of a QPD interface board, but there was nothing attached to the input so it was clearly not in use and I disconnected it.

I also attach a picture of some of the SMA connectors I had to rotate to accommodate the chassis in their new locations.


The chassis are installed, and the anti-imaging chassis can be seen second from the top; the anti-aliasing chassis can be seen 7th from the top.

I need to breakout the SCSI on the back of the AA chassis, because ADC breakout board only has a DB36 adapter available; the other cables are occupied by the signals from the WFS dewhitening outputs.

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  13671   Thu Mar 8 15:23:16 2018 gautamUpdateElectronicsNew DC power ports at c1lsc

[Koji, Gautam]

Yesterday, we installed some new DIN rail connectors at the LSC rack to provide 3 new outputs each for +24V DC and -24V DC. The main motivation was to facilitate the installation and powering of the differential receiving AA board. The regulators used inside the 1U chassis actually claims a dropout voltage of 0.5V and outputs 14V nominally, so a +/-15V DC supply would've perhaps been sufficient, but we decided to leave a bit more margin, and unfortunately, there are no +/-18V DC KEPCO linear power supplies to the LSC rack. Procedure:

  1. Prepared a bunch of DIN rail connectors with tinned, daisy-chained wires in the office area. Checked continuity and isolation with DMM.
  2. Checked that the two Sorensens at the bottom of the LSC rack were powering the RF distribution box and nothing else at the LSC rack.
  3. Walked over to the little rack housing all the KEPCO DC power supplies that supply DC voltages to the LSC rack. After checking that the labelled voltage and current values were correct, we turned them off, first +/-5V, then +/-15V (2 sets), and finally +/-24V.
  4. Installed the pre-assembled DIN connectors on the side rail at the LSC rack (we had to remove the side panel for the rack to do this work).
    • We used the ports supplying power to the ALS 1U demod chassis (+/-24V DC) to tap these voltages to our newly installed connectors.
    • The interconnecting wires are rather thick gauge, and especially for the ground wire, we found it impossible to push in our tap-off wire into the "correct/hot" side of the DIN blocks. So we had to use the other side instead. I'll upload a picture shortly which will make this more clear.
    • Checked continuity and isolation with DMM.
    • Turned the KEPCOs back on in reverse order to how they were turned off.
    • Measured voltages on the hot side of the DIN blocks, confirmed that they were as expected.
  5. Prepared a 12AWG aLIGO style power cable to connect to the 1U chassis. A reel of this cabling, with yellow shielding, is located ~halfway along under the EW arm. Koji prepared the actual connector and housed it in a DSUB shell as per aLIGO wiring color scheme.
  6. Installed the power cabling to one set of our 3 newly installed +/-24V DC power supplies.
  7. Inserted fuses into the hot DIN blocks, measured voltage at connector end of our newly installed power cable. At first, I forgot to check if the fuse blocks had fuses inside, but after this was rectified, voltages were as expected yes.

The c1lsc frontend models crashed for some reason during this procedure. Now the c1sus frontend model is also behaving weirdly. It is unclear to me if/how this work would have led to these problems, but the temporal correlation (but not causation?) is undeniable.

  5736   Tue Oct 25 18:09:44 2011 jamieUpdateCDSNew DEMOD part

I forgot to elog (bad Jamie) that I broke out the demodulator from the LOCKIN module to make a new DEMOD part:


The LOCKIN part now references this part, and the demodulator can now be used independently.  The 'LO SIN in' and 'LO COS in' should receive their input from the SIN and COS outputs of the OSCILLATOR part.

  92   Sun Nov 11 21:21:04 2007 ranaHowToComputersNew DV
To use the new ligoDV (previously GEO DV) to look at 40m data, open up a matlab, set up for mDV as usual,
and then from the /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/ligoDV/ directory, type 'ligoDV'.

Then select which NDS server you want to look at and then start clicking to get some plots.
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  5843   Tue Nov 8 19:08:21 2011 MirkoHowToComputersNew DV

To use the new ligoDV (previously GEO DV) to look at 40m data, open up a matlab, set up for mDV as usual,
and then from the /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/ligoDV/ directory, type 'ligoDV'.

Then select which NDS server you want to look at and then start clicking to get some plots.

To start ligodv go in matlab to /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/ligoDV/ and call ligodv. Ligodv will start up when you are in another directory, but will give strange errors. Only seems to work with NDS2 server mafalda port 31200. This doesn't have all channels. When pointing it to fb port 8088 it freezes when you try to adjust the start/stop time. Make sure to ask for the correct UTC time, not the local time.
  6054   Wed Nov 30 14:12:53 2011 JenneUpdateRF SystemNew EOM mount almost ready

The new EOM adapter plate and riser just got back from the shop.  I just had Mike do the milling, and I'll drill and tap them tomorrow after the TAC.  Then we can remount the EOM to see if stiffening the mount helps at all.

  6077   Tue Dec 6 21:37:08 2011 JenneUpdateRF SystemNew EOM mount in place

EOM is remounted on the fancy-pants new mount that I crafted.  EOM is also aligned.  2 green mirrors (the first ones to see the beams coming onto the PSL table from the arm transmissions) had to be moved so I could fit the mount in, since the new mount is bigger than the old one.  I put them back, and approximately realigned them, but didn't do any fine alignment.  This must be done before looking at beatnotes again.

After playing with the EOM, the MC was flashing on higher order modes.  The PSL beam has been realigned to make the MC lock on TEM00, and Suresh helped me center on the WFS and MC2T.

Things look okay for now.  Next step:  Kiwamu needs to find his happy mode cleaner place, and we'll realign the PSL beam to the MC.  The PSL-MC axes were mismatched pretty badly according to Suresh anyway, so this had to be done no matter what.

  15125   Wed Jan 15 14:10:28 2020 JonConfigurationPSLNew EPICS database for C1PSL + C1IOO


I have completed the new EPICS channel database for the c1psl and c1ioo channels (now combined into the new c1psl Acromag machine). I've tested a small subset of channels on the electronics bench to confirm that the addressing and analog channel calibrations are correct in a general sense. At this point, we are handing the chassis off to Chub to complete the wiring of the Acromag terminals to Dsub feedthroughs. At the 40m meeting today, we identified Feb. 17-22 as a potential window for installation in the interferometer (Gautam is out of town then). Below are some implementaton details for future reference.

Analog channel calibration for Acromag

For analog input (ai) channels, the Acromag outputs raw values ranging from +/-30,000 counts, but the EPICS IOC interprets the data type as ranging from +/-2^15 = 32,768. Similarly, for analog output (ao) channels, the Acromag expects a drive signal in the range +/-30,000 counts. To achieve proper scaling, Johannes had previously changed the EGUF and EGUL fields from +/-10 V to +/-10.923 V. However, changing the engineering fields makes it much harder for a human to read off the real physical I/O range of the channel.

A better way to achieve the correct scaling is to simply set the field  ASLO=1.09225 (65,536 / 60,001) in addition to the normal EGUF and EGUL field values (+/-10 V). Setting this field forces a rescaling of the number of raw counts that works as so (assuming a 16-bit bipolar ADC or DAC, as are the Acromags):

OVAL = (RVAL * ASLO + AOFF + 2^15) * (EGUF - EGUL) / 2^16 + EGUL

In the above mapping, OVAL is the value of the channel in engineering units (e.g., V) and RVAL is its raw value in counts. It is not the case that either the ASLO/AOFF or EGUF/EGUL fields are used, but not both. The ASLO/AOFF parameters are always applied (but their default values are ASLO=1 and AOFF=0, so have no effect unless changed). The EGUF and EGUL parameters are then additionally applied if the field LINR="LINEAR" is set.

This conversion allows the engineering fields to remain unchanged from the real physical range. The ASLO value is the same for both analog input and output channels. I have implemented this on all the new c1psl and c1ioo channels and confirmed it to work using a calibrated input voltage source.

  7449   Thu Sep 27 19:03:06 2012 ManasaUpdate40m UpgradingNew ETMX layout - Version 1.0

 I am working towards redesigning the endtables. I've attached the first version of the layout. As per Steve's comment I've tried to leave a 2" empty space on all sides of the table. It still has to be updated with the whole 40m layout to be more precise about the pickoff and the ingoing beam directions.

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  7450   Thu Sep 27 20:05:57 2012 KojiUpdate40m UpgradingNew ETMX layout - Version 1.0

1. I wonder how the mode profiling/matching was considered in the new layout.

I can see the distances between the components and lenses are largely different from the old ones.

This is OK if you plan to go through a new mode matching solution with new lenses.
But it takes
 a certain amount of time.

Note that we don't care the distance after the last lens as the Rayleigh range there is supposed
to be long enough to allow this kind of change.

2. The huge frustration of the green alignment in the old setup was caused by the 3D beam steering
at the last two 2" mirrors. i.e. the beam elevation on the table does not match with the beam elevation of the cavity.
In order to avoid this, I suggest you to use three 45 deg 2" mirrors instead of two. In fact these mirrors are supposed to be used at 45deg incidence!

3. The incident green beam and the transmitted IR beam should share a same path as they
 share a same cavity mode.
This means that you should use a harmonic separator for the transmitted light pick-off.

4. Use the harmonic separator for the fiber path too. Get the mirror spec from Jamie.

5. Since the optical window on the chamber has a wedge angle, the beam paths are not straightforward.
The cavity beams can't be moved as they are constrained by the arm cavity.
Probably there is almost no freedom to move even for the oplev beams.
It would be safe just to follow the old positions and angles on the window.
Make sure the beam on the drawing is realistic. The angles of the oplev beams in the old setup look strange.

Is there a possibility to replace the optical window so that it has an AR for 532 and 1064 at least???

6. I wonder if the rejected beam by the Farady have a realistic angle or not. Check it with the old setup.
It is definitely better to have a steering mirrror and a lens before the refl PD.

7. The IR QPD and trans PD are intended to be used for the low and high power detection.
I forgot which is which. So check the range of them and think about the power distribution.

8. We should have separated CCDs for IR Trans and Green Refl.
We had a terrible ghost green beam on the IR trans CCD.
Thus, think about the amount of ghost reflection and consider filtering if necessary.

  7451   Fri Sep 28 07:49:30 2012 SteveUpdate40m UpgradingNew ETMX layout - Version 1.0

  Where is IP-ANG ? It is good practice to use two mirrors at launching and detecting the beam, so you can walk it - precisely adjust it.

The window can be replaced at  ~$1,500 ea. 10 weeks as optical quality BK7 with dual AR

  1263   Mon Feb 2 12:35:22 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus
I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.
  1266   Mon Feb 2 18:51:02 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus

I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.

 As a reference. The elog runs on background in nodus.

To kill the process:

1) pkill -3 elogd

2) rm -f /var/run/elogd.pid

To restart it:

elogd -p 8080 -c /export/elog/elog-2.7.5/elogd.cfg -D

  1474   Sun Apr 12 01:19:30 2009 YoichiConfigurationComputersNew FE codes for suspensions not successful
Alex recompiled the suspension FE codes for c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 to fix the denormalization problem.
The new modules are in

I tried them today, but c1susvme1 did not work with the new code while c1susvme2 seemed to run ok.
So I reverted the modules (losLinux1.o and losLinux2.o) to the original ones.
The original modules are also backed up as losLinux1.o.11Apr09 and losLinux2.o.11Apr09 in the corresponding target directories.

I reported the problem to Alex.
  1988   Wed Sep 16 11:58:11 2009 JenneUpdateAdaptive FilteringNew Filters for Adaptive Filtering

When Sanjit and I were looking at the adaptive filtering system on Monday and Friday, we noticed that turning on the Accelerometers (which had been used in the past) seemed to do good things, but that turning on the seismometers (which I just put into the system last week) made the OAF output integrate up.  Rana pointed out that this is an indication of a missing high pass filter.  And indeed, when I put the seismometers in, I neglected to copy the high pass filter at low frequencies, and the low pass at 64Hz from the accelerometer path to the seismometer path.  The accelerometers had a HP at 1Hz, which is okay since they don't really do useful things down to the mHz level.  I gave all of the seismometers HP at 1mHz.  These are now in the filter banks in the ASS_TOP_PEM screen.  The accelerometers are on channels 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and the seismometers are on channels 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 24.

I now need to modify the upass script to turn these filters on before doing adaptive filtering.

  3002   Thu May 27 23:59:54 2010 ranaUpdatePEMNew Foam Box installed

Valera and I put the 2 Guralps and the Ranger onto the big granite slab and then put the new big yellow foam box on top of it.

There is a problem with the setup. I believe that the lead balls under the slab are not sitting right. We need to cut out the tile so the thing sits directly on some steel inserts.

You can see from the dataviewer trend that the horizontal directions got a lot noisier as soon as we put the things on the slab.

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  3006   Fri May 28 11:26:35 2010 JenneUpdatePEMNew Foam Box installed


Valera and I put the 2 Guralps and the Ranger onto the big granite slab and then put the new big yellow foam box on top of it.

There is a problem with the setup. I believe that the lead balls under the slab are not sitting right. We need to cut out the tile so the thing sits directly on some steel inserts.

You can see from the dataviewer trend that the horizontal directions got a lot noisier as soon as we put the things on the slab.

 You'll have to ask Steve how deep he cut, but the tile is cut around the lead balls, so they are not sitting on the linoleum.  They might just be sitting on the concrete slab, or whatever Steve found underneath the tile, instead of fancy steel inserts, but at least they're not on the tile.  I don't know why things got noisier though...

  2906   Mon May 10 19:29:33 2010 AlbertoHowToElectronicsNew Focus 1811 PD calibrated against New Focus 1611 PD
I measured the output impedance of the New Focus 1611 PD (the 1GHz one) and it is 50 Ohm for both the DC and the AC output. It turns out that the transimpedance values listed on the datasheet are the following:
T1611_dc = 1e4 V/A (1MOhm referred)
T1611_ac = 700 V/A (50 Ohm)
The listed transimpedances for the 1811 PD (the 125 MHz PD) are the following:
T_dc = 1e3 V/A (??)
T1811_ac = 4e4 V/A (50 Ohm)
I measured the output impedances of the 1811 and they are: 50 Ohm for the AC output, ~10 Ohm for the DC output.
It's not clear which input impedance the DC transimpedance should be intended referred to.
So I measured the transimpedance of the 1811 using the 1611 as a (trusted) reference. It turns out that for the AC transimpedance to match the listed value, the DC transimpedance has to be the following:
T1811_dc = 1.7e3 V/A (1MOhm)
  377   Thu Mar 13 18:20:29 2008 JohnUpdateGeneralNew Focus 4003 EOM 29.489MHz
I measured the modulation index as a function of drive power using an OSA. Agrees well with spec of 0.2 rad/V.
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