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  9616   Mon Feb 10 16:02:12 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralPRM oplev clipped in vacuum

The PRC (locked on carrier so far today), is pretty wobbly.  It'll stay locked on carrier, but it's wobbling.  The ASC was over-ridden during the vent.  While I was looking around for that, I noticed that the PRM oplev sum is very low. 

I went into the lab, and turned off / blocked all oplev beams except the PRM beam.  I can't tell what it's clipping on, but there is definitely some red glow in the BS chamber (not as much as the stuff that's coming from the ITMY or SRM oplev hitting a tip tilt suspension - that giant spot went away when I turned off the ITMY/SRM oplev laser).  The beam going into the vacuum is nice and strong, but the beam coming out is very weak, and has a horizontal line of scatter through it, like it's clipped somewhere in pitch.  The PRM oplev sum is currently ~150 cts, when it should be closer to 2,000.

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So far, this seems to be livable, but it's definitely disappointing. 

  9615   Mon Feb 10 09:45:53 2014 SteveUpdateVACvacuum normal is reached

 

Quote:

 Pumpdown completed. IR shutter opened at P1 1 mTorr  The block is still in the beam path.

Remember to protect MCR pd before crack up the PSL power.

The ion pump gate valves were just closed by cc1 triggered interlock

The cry pump was "regenerated" during the vent and it's outgassing rate minimized.

CC3 cold cathode gauge was replaced.

 

Valve configuration for week end:

1, VA6 disconnected to avoid accidental venting the IFO through the annulos

2, VC2 disconnected to insure that the cryo stays closed

3, RGA is not running, It's pressure limit 1e-5 Torr

 

 Valve configuration:       Vacuum Normal    is reached in really 4 days if we do not count overnight rest of roughing.

 VA6 and VC2 are reconnected. I'm turning on the RGA next

 

 All 4 ion pumps were vented with air and pumped down to ~ 1e-4 Torr

 Ion pumps gate valve control cables are connected and their pumps are disconnected.

 

 The black relay box was tested repeatedly and it stopped misbehaiving.

We were at atmosphere for 13 days.  Chamber BS, ITMX, ITMY and ETMY were opened.

Al foil "cups" were placed on the back side OSEMs of PRM.

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  9614   Sat Feb 8 15:14:18 2014 ericqUpdateLSCPRM Sideband Splitting

[ericq]

Today, I kicked the PRM to see the sideband splitting in POP110. 

First, we can qualitatively see we moved in the right direction! (See ELOG 9490)

PRCpeaks.pdf

I fit the middle three peaks to a sum of two Lorentzian profiles ( I couldn't get Airy peaks to work... but maybe this is ok since I'm just going to use the location parameter?), and looked at the sideband splitting as a fraction of the FSR, in the same way as in Gabriele's ELOG linked above.

This gave: c / (4 * f55) * (dPhi / FSR) = 0.014 +- .001 

Since the PRC length with simultaneous resonance (to 1mm) is given by c / (4 * f11) = 6.773, this means our length is either 6.759m or 6.787m (+- .001). Given the measurement in ELOG 9588, I assume that we are on the short side of the simultaneous resonance. Thus

The sideband splitting observed from this kick indicates a PRC length of 6.759m +- 1mm

  9613   Fri Feb 7 17:52:41 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralSome cleaning up
  • Adjusted the PMC alignment
  • Adjusted the IMC length offsets for the MC servo and the FSS servo
  • Adjusted the MC alignment. Ran /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/MC/WFS/WFS_FilterBank_offsets
     
  • The Yarm servo was oscillating. Reduced the servo gain from 0.2 to 0.08.
     
  • AS Camera & AS port alignment was adjusted. Now the spot is at the center of the AS camera.
  • Cleaned up the ASC offsets on the suspensions (i.e. C1:SUS-***_(PIT|YAW)_OFFSET) by replacing them by the BIAS adjustment.
  • Saved the alignment values
  • Locked the PRMI with SB with REFL55I for PRCL and AS55Q for MICH
  • Aligned the PRM, then checked the alignment of the REFL PDs
  • The best POP110I was 500cnt.
  • Found REFL165 output was disconnected. It is now restored.
     
  • Used the LSC lockins to figure out the demod phases and the signal amplitudes (relative)

PRCL: 100cnt -> PRM 567.01Hz

Signal in demod Q ch were minimized

REFL11I -19.2deg demod I, Lockin I out (C1:CAL-SENSMAT_PRCL_REFL11_I_I_OUTPUT) 12.6 cnt
REFL33I +130.4deg 1.70cnt
REFL55I +17.0deg 2.30cnt
REFL165I -160.5deg 27.8cnt

MICH: 1000cnt -> ITMX(-1) & (ITMY +1.015 => Minimized the signal in REFL11I to obtain pure MICH)

REFL11I   +0.0     REFL11Q   +0.119
REFL33I   +0.023 REFL33Q   -0.012
REFL55I   +0.023 REFL55Q   -0.113
REFL165I +0.68   REFL165Q +0.038

It seems that REFL165 has almost completely degenerated PRCL and MICH.

  • Try to replace ITMX/Y with BS (+0.16) / PRM (-0.084)

 ITMX(-1)/ITMY(+1.015) actuation was cancelled by BS (+0.16). This introduces PRCL in REFL11I. This was cancelled by PRM (-0.084)

 

REFL11I   +0.0     REFL11Q   +0.13
REFL33I   -0.012  REFL33Q   0.025
REFL55I   +0.041 REFL55Q   -0.45
REFL165I +0.69   REFL165Q +/-0.02

Again, It seems that REFL165 has almost completely degenerated PRCL and MICH.


Locking info:

PRCL:
[Signal source] REFL11I (-19.2deg) x 0.16, OR REFL33I (+130.4deg) x 2.0, OR REFL55I (+17.0deg) x1.0, OR REFL165I (-160.5deg) x0.05
[Trigger] POP110I(-81deg) 100/10, FM trigger 35/2, delay 0.5sec FM2/3/6/9
[Servo] FM4/5 always on. G=-0.02, Limitter ON
[Output] PRM x+1.00

MICH:
[Signal source] AS55Q (-5.5deg) x 1, OR REFL11Q x 0.25, OR REFL55Q x-0.06
[Trigger] POP110I 100/10, FM trigger 35/2, delay 5sec FM2/3/9
[Servo] FM4/5 always on. G=-10, Limitter ON
[Output] ITMX -1.0 / ITMY +1.0 (or +1.015), OR PRM -0.084 / BS +0.16


 

 

  9612   Fri Feb 7 13:30:25 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralIn-Vac Alignment

Quote:

 

 Nice work!!  As with all the other RF PDs, POP110's phase likely needs tuning.  You want POP110 (and POP22) I-quadratures to be maximally positive when you're locked on sidebands, and maximally negative when locked on carrier.  What you can do to get close is lock PRC on carrier, then rotate the POP phases until you get maximally negative numbers.  Then, when locked on sideband, you can tweak the phases a little, if need be.

Adjusted the angles as Jenne suggested:

  • POP22: 105 -> 163
  • POP110: 150 -> -83
  9611   Fri Feb 7 13:30:22 2014 GabrieleUpdateGeneralIn-Vac Alignment

Quote:

Quote:

I then used the same settings as in ELOG 9554, except I used -1s instead of +1s for the POP110I trigger matrix elements. (I'm not sure why this is different, but I noticed that the PRC would lock on carrier with positive entries here, so I figured we wanted the peaks with opposite sign).

 Nice work!!  As with all the other RF PDs, POP110's phase likely needs tuning.  You want POP110 (and POP22) I-quadratures to be maximally positive when you're locked on sidebands, and maximally negative when locked on carrier.  What you can do to get close is lock PRC on carrier, then rotate the POP phases until you get maximally negative numbers.  Then, when locked on sideband, you can tweak the phases a little, if need be.

 Very good news! We should have a look at the POP110 sideband peak splitting, to see if we really got the right PRC length... 

  9610   Fri Feb 7 13:00:52 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIn-Vac Alignment

Quote:

I then used the same settings as in ELOG 9554, except I used -1s instead of +1s for the POP110I trigger matrix elements. (I'm not sure why this is different, but I noticed that the PRC would lock on carrier with positive entries here, so I figured we wanted the peaks with opposite sign).

 Nice work!!  As with all the other RF PDs, POP110's phase likely needs tuning.  You want POP110 (and POP22) I-quadratures to be maximally positive when you're locked on sidebands, and maximally negative when locked on carrier.  What you can do to get close is lock PRC on carrier, then rotate the POP phases until you get maximally negative numbers.  Then, when locked on sideband, you can tweak the phases a little, if need be.

  9609   Fri Feb 7 12:43:12 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralIn-Vac Alignment

[ericq]

PRC Locked on Sidebands

Jenne reminded me that if we change a cavity, phases can change... So, first, I locked the PRC on the carrier, and then gave it MICH and PRCL excitations to optimize the AS55 and REFL55 phase rotation angles by looking at the excitation demodulated outputs of the unused quadrature (i.e. we want all of MICH to be in AS55 Q, so I rotated the phase until C1:CAL-SENSMAT_MICH_AS55_I_I_OUTPUT was zero on average).

This resulted in:

  • AS55: 7 -> -5.5
  • REFL55: 73 -> 86.9

I then used the same settings as in ELOG 9554, except I used -1s instead of +1s for the POP110I trigger matrix elements. (I'm not sure why this is different, but I noticed that the PRC would lock on carrier with positive entries here, so I figured we wanted the peaks with opposite sign).

So far, it seems more stable than when we were doing the demodulation phase measurements, it's been locked for >15 minutes without me having to tweak the gains or the alignment from the carrier locked case.

  9608   Thu Feb 6 16:41:31 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralIn-Vac Alignment

[Manasa, ericq]

Both arms have been aligned via ASS. PRC locked on carrier.

SB locking hasn't happened yet...

Details:

  • Aligned MC at low power, measured spots
  • Found ITMX AS, REFL spots on cameras. Couldn't find ITMY spot. Found x-arm flashes with PRM aligned.
  • MC Refl Y1 mirror was replaced with the 90:10 BS; blocked WFS path until MC was aligned
  • PMC power was increased (~1.4W directly before PSL shutter)
  • Touched up MC alignment, reactivated high power autolocker, measured spots.
  • Locked x-arm on IR, ran ASS
  • Found ITMY spot on AS camera, locked y-arm, ran ASS on both arms
  • Checked green beams. Y-arm locks at around .6, X-arm at around .2 (input steering needs adjustment)
  • Centered beams on WFS, reset filter bank offsets, turned on WFS
  • Aligned PRM, locked PRC on carrier.
  • Tried locking PRC on sideband, had troubles. Looks like there is some increased seismic activity; might be the culprit.

 

  9607   Thu Feb 6 11:14:07 2014 SteveUpdateVACpumpdown completed

 Pumpdown completed. IR shutter opened at P1 1 mTorr  The block is still in the beam path.

Remember to protect MCR pd before crack up the PSL power.

The ion pump gate valves were just closed by cc1 triggered interlock

The cry pump was "regenerated" during the vent and it's outgassing rate minimized.

CC3 cold cathode gauge was replaced.

 

Valve configuration for week end:

1, VA6 disconnected to avoid accidental venting the IFO through the annulos

2, VC2 disconnected to insure that the cryo stays closed

3, RGA is not running, It's pressure limit 1e-5 Torr

 

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  9606   Wed Feb 5 20:41:57 2014 DenUpdateLSCcalibrated spetra from OAF test

We did online adaptive filtering test with IMC and arms 1 year ago (log 7771). In the 40m presentations I can still see the plot with uncalibrated control spectra that was attached to that log. Now it the time to attach the calibrated one.

Template is in the /users/den/oaf

Attachment 1: oaf_cal.pdf
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  9605   Wed Feb 5 19:53:51 2014 SteveUpdateVACpumpdown stops for the day at 14 Torr

 

 

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  9604   Wed Feb 5 19:36:50 2014 SteveUpdateVACpumpdown at 25 Torr

Quote:

[Steve, Manasa]

I checked the alignment one last time. The arms locked, PRM aligned, oplevs centered.

We went ahead and put the heavy doors ON. Steve is pumping down now!

 The ion pumps were vented just before pumpdown and their gate valves were opened.

This is an effort to minimize a possible leak through their gates.

Is there a volunteer who goes home late and would close off the roughing? tonight

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  9603   Wed Feb 5 18:36:56 2014 ranaFrogselogMicroSoft BingBot is attacking us

 The ELOG was frozen, with this in the .log file:   

GET /40m/?id=1279&select=1&rsort=Type HTTP/1.1

Cache-Control: no-cache

Connection: Keep-Alive

Pragma: no-cache

Accept: */*

Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate

From: bingbot(at)microsoft.com

Host: nodus.ligo.caltech.edu

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)

  (hopefully there's a way to hide from the Bing Bot like we did from the Google bot)

 

  9602   Wed Feb 5 15:39:41 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralWe are pumping down

[Steve, Manasa]

I checked the alignment one last time. The arms locked, PRM aligned, oplevs centered.

We went ahead and put the heavy doors ON. Steve is pumping down now!

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  9601   Wed Feb 5 15:26:57 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralReady for pump down??

Quote:

 

 This sounds great! The only suggestion that I have is for checking POP. If you have the beam on the camera, you can hold a card in front of each mirror, and find out where the edge of the beam is. Introduce the card from the side, and watch for the point where you just start to see the beam on the camera be obstructed. Repeat for the other side, and you have an idea of the centering of the beam. 

I think this is most important for the in-vac mirrors, since the beam is large-ish, and we have to hit both steering mirrors at ~45 degrees.

 [EricQ, Manasa]

This check was done and we had to move one of the steering mirrors in pitch. Else, everything was just fine.

In-vacuum pictures of PR2 and PR3 new positions were taken. MC spot positions measured to be < 1mm and oplevs were centered.

  9600   Wed Feb 5 09:28:32 2014 SteveUpdateSUSETMY damping restored

ETMY damping restored.

  9599   Wed Feb 5 08:14:59 2014 SteveUpdateVAC vacuum computers are back without safety

Quote:

 

 1, Reset works

 2, Default values are lost. They actually reversed into open and turn on everything when power recycle c1vac1, c1vac2 or 24V dc power supply. This can vent the IFO in an event of power failure!

      It's may be the time to go back to an isolated, vacuum controller only computer.

 

The present valve configuration at Atm1

a, all annuloses are vented

b, valve cables disconnected at: VC1 and 4 IP gate valves

c, the RGA is off and it is pumped by the Maglev through VM2

d, cryo pump is being roughed with TP3  It's outgassing rate was 25 mTorr / min

e, Roughing hose is disconnected

 Vacuum checks before pump down:

1, check intermittent contact issue in black relay box

2, reconnect cable to ion pumps and vent them to atm before pump down

3, repeat power shutdown-reboot at atmosphere

  9598   Tue Feb 4 23:01:24 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralReady for pump down??

 

 This sounds great! The only suggestion that I have is for checking POP. If you have the beam on the camera, you can hold a card in front of each mirror, and find out where the edge of the beam is. Introduce the card from the side, and watch for the point where you just start to see the beam on the camera be obstructed. Repeat for the other side, and you have an idea of the centering of the beam. 

I think this is most important for the in-vac mirrors, since the beam is large-ish, and we have to hit both steering mirrors at ~45 degrees.

  9597   Tue Feb 4 17:40:19 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralReady for pump down??

Quote:

* PRM suspension has not been behaving well. PRM is being kicked around every 5-10 seconds when the PRC is aligned (as seen on REFL camera). We are not sure where this is coming from. The first time we saw this happening was when we were trying to lock PRC at low power even before we took the heavy doors off. So we are pretty sure this is not caused by the foil cover on the OSEMs. We tried turning ON/OFF the oplev servo, turning ON/OFF the damping loops and also checked the connections in the feedthrough and satellite box for the PRM. The OSEM sensor values for the suspension also seem to match the ones on the wiki.

 

This is solved.

The ASC for PRC for left turned ON. Turning it OFF solved the problem.

If there is no feedback regarding the POP alignment or anything to check with modified PRC length, we will close tomorrow morning.

  9596   Tue Feb 4 16:43:50 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO alignment update

[EricQ, Manasa]

We are close to the end of the vent except for a couple of issues.

* POP is not visible on the IR card. But we see POP flashes unclipped on the camera and also spikes in POP DC. So  we are assuming that the POP path hasn't gone far off. If anybody has suggestions for a better method to check this, we could give it a try.

* PRM suspension has not been behaving well. PRM is being kicked around every 5-10 seconds when the PRC is aligned (as seen on REFL camera). We are not sure where this is coming from. The first time we saw this happening was when we were trying to lock PRC at low power even before we took the heavy doors off. So we are pretty sure this is not caused by the foil cover on the OSEMs. We tried turning ON/OFF the oplev servo, turning ON/OFF the damping loops and also checked the connections in the feedthrough and satellite box for the PRM. The OSEM sensor values for the suspension also seem to match the ones on the wiki.

 

Closeup checklist

 

  • Center beam on all AS optics
  • GET CAMERA IMAGES OF EVERYTHING

    • We must get images right before closing, right after closing, etc.
  • Make sure REFL is clear
    • dither PRM, see motion on AP tables
  • Make sure AS is clear
    • dither BS/ITM, see motion on AP tables
  • Using IPANG/POS pick-off mirrors, center beams on:
    • IPPOS
    • IPANG (IPANG aligned to be low in pitch. The beam comes out of vacuum unclipped and hits the first steering mirror outside vacuum at its lower edge)
  • Check green alignment in the arms and make sure the transmitted green reaches the PSL table.
  • Check all OpLevs centered, in and out of vacuum

  • Close PSL shutter & green shutters at the ends

  • Check jam nuts
  9595   Tue Feb 4 01:02:03 2014 KojiUpdateGreen LockingETMX green power

Manasa, Steve: Please revisit the Xend oven temperature again.


I found that the X end SLOW control was left on for ~15days. The output of the filter had grown to ~2e7.

This yielded the laser temperature pulled with the maximum output of the DAC.

This was the cause of the power reduction of the X end SHG; phase matching condition was changes as the wavelength of the IR was changed.

Once the SLOW output was reset, the green REFL was reduced from 4000cnt to 1800cnt.

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  9594   Tue Feb 4 00:42:18 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralX arm aligned for IR/GR

The X arm was also aligned for the IR by hand and ASS. Also the X end green PZT was aligned to make the TEM00 mode reasonably locked.

What I did:

- Looked at the ITMXF camera. It seemed that the green beam was hitting the mirror.

- Went to the end. Looked at the X end green REFL. Tuned coarse alignment of the ETMX so that the beam was (retro-)reflected to the Faraday and the REFL PD.

- Looked at the ETMX face from the view port. Tried to locate the spot from the ITMX by shaking the ITMX alignment with 0.1 and then 0.01 increments.

- After some struggle with the ETMX and ITMX alignment, resonant fringes were found on the ETMY face while I still looked at the ETMX.

- Once the ITMX/ETMX were aligned, the BS needed to be aligned. But of course there was no IR fringe.

- Returned to the original alignment of the ITMX to find the ITMX spot on the AS camera.
Then gradually moved the ITMX to the aligned value for the green while tracking the michelson alignment with the BS.
This made the AS spots at the upper left edge of the AS video image.

- This was enough to find the IR spikes at TRX. Then the ETMX was touched to maximize the transmission.

- Lock the cavity. Use the ASS to optimize the alignement.

- Once the arm mirrors were aligned, the Xend PZT was also adjusted to have TEM00 for the green beam.


Now I leave the IFO with ITMX/Y, ETMX/Y and BS aligned. As I wrote above, the AS spot is very high at the AS camera.
We need to revisit the AS steering (SR TTs?) to ensure the AS beam unclipped.

  9593   Mon Feb 3 23:31:33 2014 ManasaUpdateGeneralAlignment update / Y arm locked

[EricQ, Manasa, Koji]

We measured the spot positions on the MC mirrors and redid the MC alignment by only touching the MC mirror sliders. Now all the MC spots are <1mm away from the center.

We opened the ITMY and ETMY chambers to align the green to the arm. The green was already centered on the ITMY. We went back and forth to recenter the green on the ETMY and ITMY (This was done by moving the test masses in pitch and yaw only without touching the green pointing) until we saw green flashes in higher order modes. At this point we found the IR was also centered on the ETMY and a little low in pitch on ITMY. But we could see IR flashes on the ITMYF camera. We put back the light doors and did the rest of the alignment using the pitch and yaw sliders.

When the flashes were as high as 0.05, we started seeing small lock stretches. Playing around with the gain and tweaking the alignment, we could lock the Y arm in TEM00 for IR and also run the ASS. The green also locked to the arm in 00 mode at this point. We aligned the BS to get a good AS view on the camera. ITMX was tweaked to get good michelson.

  9592   Mon Feb 3 15:57:52 2014 SteveUpdateGreen LockingETMX green power

There was 0.2 mW green at the X end.

The doubling oven temp was changed from 37.5 to 36 degrees C

Power at green shutter 3 mW  The alignment was not touched.

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  9591   Mon Feb 3 10:17:14 2014 SteveUpdatePEMdusty surfaces

Please wet WIPE before opening chamber or optical table ! ! 

 with methanol soaked kimwipes.

The Met One particle counter is located on CES wall, just behind ITMX chamber. 

The numbers are not so bad, but have you ( ...a)  asked the IFO lately?

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  9590   Fri Jan 31 19:29:36 2014 GabrieleSummaryLSCPRC and SRC lengths

 Today we measured the missing distance to reconstruct SRC length.

I also changed the way the mirror positions are reconstructed. In total for PRC and SRC we took 13 measurements between different points. The script runs a global fit to these distances based on eight distances and four incidence angles on PR2, PR2, SR2 and SR3. The optimal values are those that minimize the maximum error of the 13 measurements with respect to the ones reconstructed on the base of the parameters. The new script is attached (sorry, the code is not the cleanest one I ever wrote...)

The reconstructed distances are:

Reconstructed lengths [mm]:
LX    = 6771
LY    = 6734
LPRC  = 6752
LX-LY = 37
LSX   = 5493
LSY   = 5456
LSRC  = 5474

The angles of incidence of the beam on the mirrors are very close to those coming from the CAD drawing (within 0.15 degrees):

Reconstructed angles [deg]:
aoi PR3 = 41.11 (CAD 41)
aoi PR2 = 1.48  (CAD 1.5)
aoi SR3 = 43.90 (CAD 44)
aoi SR2 = 5.64  (CAD 5.5)

The errors in the measured distances w.r.t. the reconstructed one are all smaller than 1.5 mm. This seems a good check of the global consistency of the measurement and of the reconstruction method.

NOTES: in the reconstruction, the BS is assumed to be exactly at 45 degrees; wedges are not considered.

 

 

Attachment 1: map_jan31st.pdf
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Attachment 2: survey_v3.zip
  9589   Fri Jan 31 18:41:25 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO alignment update

[EricQ, Gabriele, Manasa]

We found we had lost the Y arm pointing from yesterday. We tried to recover the pointing for a couple of hours and finally decided to take the ETMY heavy door off.

The input beam was aligned to the Y arm. We also got AS and REFL out of vacuum and on the cameras.

We put back the light doors and tried to lock the arms, but did not succeed as yet.

Things to do:
1. Lock arms for IR
2. Realign POP path
3. Recenter all oplevs
4. Try to check the state of PRC after the length change
5. Take in-vacuum pictures

  9588   Thu Jan 30 19:00:25 2014 GabrieleSummaryLSCPRC length changed

 [Manasa, EricQ, Gabriele]

Today we changed the PRC length translating PR2 by 27 mm in the direction of the corner. After this movement we had to realign the PRC cavity to get the beam centered on PRM, PR2, PR3, BS (with apertures) and ITMY (with aperture). To realign we had to move a bit both PR2 and PR3. We could also see some flashes back from the ETMY . //Edit by Manasa : We could see the ETMY reflection close to the center of the ITMY but the arm is not aligned or flashing as yet//. 

After the realignment we measured again the PRC length with the same method of yesterday. We only had to change one of the length to measure, because it was no more accessible today. The new map is attached as well as the new script (the script contains also the SRC length estimation, with random numbers in it).

The new PRC length is 6753 mm, which is exactly our target!

 

The consistency checks are within 5 mm, which is not bad.

We also measured some distances to estimate the SRC length, but right now I'm a bit confused looking at the notes and it seems there is one missing distance (number 1 in the notes). We'll have to check it again tomorrow.

 

 

 

Attachment 1: map_jan30.pdf
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Attachment 2: survey_v3_jan30.m
clear all


global sos_lx sos_ly sos_cx sos_cy tt_lx ...
       tt_ly tt_cx tt_cy sos_sx sos_sy sos_dy

%% Survey of the PRC+SRC lengths %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

%% measured distances
d_MB2_MY  = 2114 + 27 + 9;
... 446 more lines ...
  9587   Thu Jan 30 11:59:03 2014 manasaUpdateCDSfb timing was off

Quote:

Since this morning, the fb's timing has been off.  Steve pointed it out to me earlier today, but I didn't have a chance to look at it until now. 

This was different from the more common problem of the mx stream needing to be restarted - that causes 3 red blocks per core, on all cores on a computer, but it doesn't have to be every computer.  This was only one red block per core in the CDS FE status screen, but it was on every core on every computer. 

The error message, when you click into the details of a single core, was 0x4000.  I elog searched for that, and found elog 6920, which says that this is a timing issue with the frame builder.  Since Jamie had already set things on nodus' config correctly, all I did was reconnect the fb to the ntp: 

fb$ sudo /etc/init.d/ntp-client restart

As in elog 6920, the daqd stopped, then restarted itself, and cleared the error message. It looks like everything is good again.

I suspect (without proof) that this may have to do with the campus network being down this morning, so the computers couldn't sync up with the outside world.

The above timing problem has been repeating (a couple of times this week so far). It does not seem to be related to the campus network.

The same solution was applied.

  9586   Wed Jan 29 21:01:03 2014 GabrieleSummaryLSCPRC length measurement analysis

 [Manasa, EricQ, Gabriele]

We managed to measure the PRC length using a procedure close to the one described in slog 9573.

We had to modify a bit the reference points, since some of them were not accessible. The distances between points into the BS chamber were measured using a ruler. The distances between points on different chambers were measured using the Leica measurement tool. In total we measured five distances, shown in green in the attached map.

We also measured three additional distances that we used to cross check the results. These are shown in the map in magenta.

The values of the optical lengths we measured are:

LX    = 6828.96 mm
LY    = 6791.74 mm
LPRC  = 6810.35 mm
LX-LY = 37.2196 mm  

The three reference distances are computed by the script and they match well the measured one, within half centimeter:

M32_MP1  = 117.929 mm   (measured = 119 mm)
MP2_MB3  = 242.221 mm   (measured = 249 mm)
M23_MX1p = 220.442 mm   (measured = 226 mm)

See the attached map to see what the names correspond to.

The nominal PRC length (the one that makes SB resonant without arms) can be computed from the IMC length and it is 6777 mm. So, the power recycling cavity is 33 mm too long w.r.t. the nominal length. This is in good agreement with the estimate we got with the SB splitting method (4cm).

According to the simulation in the wiki page the length we want to have the SB resonate when the arms are there is 6753 mm. So the cavity is 57 mm too long.

Attached the new version of the script used for the computation.

Attachment 1: map.pdf
map.pdf
Attachment 2: script.zip
  9585   Wed Jan 29 16:36:37 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralHigh power beam blasting of the aLIGO RFPD

[Rich, Jay, Koji]

We blasted the aLIGO RF PD with a 1W IR beam. We did not find any obvious damage.
Rich and Jay brought the PD back to Downs to find any deterioration of the performance with careful tests.

The power modulation setup is at the rejection side of the PBS in front of the laser source.
I checked the beams are nicely damped.
As they may come back here tomorrow, a power supply and a scope is still at the MC side of the PSL enclosure.

  9584   Tue Jan 28 23:32:12 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralX/Y arm locked with the IR beam

[Koji EricQ]

The both arms have been locked with IR and aligned by ASS.

The IFO was left with ITMX/Y, ETMX/Y, BS, and PRM aligned, and the PSL shutter closed.


YARM
SIGNAL PATH:
POY11I(+45dB)->YARM(G=+1.0)->ETMY
NORM: TRYx10
TRIG: TRY 0.01up/0.005down
FM TRIG: FM2/3/6/7/8/9 0.01up/0.05down, 0.5 sec delay

XARM
SIGNAL PATH:
POX11I(+45dB)->XARM(G=+4.0)->ETMX
NORM: TRXx10
TRIG: TRX 0.01up/0.005down
FM TRIG: FM2/3/6/7/8/9 0.01up/0.05down, 0.5 sec delay


For decent locks, it was necessary that the offset of the error signals are trimmed at the input filters
even after running LSCoffset.py script.

Once the cavities were aligned for the IR, we could see the green beams are also flashing.
The Y arm was actually locked with the green with a TEM00 mode

Attachment 1: good_alignment.png
good_alignment.png
  9583   Tue Jan 28 22:24:46 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralFurther Alignment

[Masasa, ericq]

Having no luck doing things remotely, we went into the ITMX chamber and roughly aligned the IR beam. Using the little sliding alignment target, we moved the BS to get the IR beam centered on ITMX, then moved ITMX to get good michelson fringes with ITMY. Using an IR card, found the retroflection and moved ETMX to make it overlap with the beam transmitted through the ITM. With the PRM flashing, X-arm cavity flashes could be seen. So, at that point, both the y-arm and x-arm were flashing low order modes. 

  9582   Tue Jan 28 16:26:40 2014 SteveUpdateVAC vacuum computers are back without safety

Quote:

[Steve Koji]

We pushed the reset button of c1vac1 and c1vac2 and the vacuum screen is back.

First, we pushed the reset button of c1vac1 and pushed the one on c1vac2.
This did not bring c1vac2 up. We pushed the reset of c1vac2 again and now everything of the vacuum screen is back.

 1, Reset works

 2, Default values are lost. They actually reversed into open and turn on everything when power recycle c1vac1, c1vac2 or 24V dc power supply. This can vent the IFO in an event of power failure!

      It's may be the time to go back to an isolated, vacuum controller only computer.

 

The present valve configuration at Atm1

a, all annuloses are vented

b, valve cables disconnected at: VC1 and 4 IP gate valves

c, the RGA is off and it is pumped by the Maglev through VM2

d, cryo pump is being roughed with TP3  It's outgassing rate was 25 mTorr / min

e, Roughing hose is disconnected

Attachment 1: c1vac1_vac2areback.png
c1vac1_vac2areback.png
  9581   Tue Jan 28 11:13:50 2014 KojiUpdateVAC vacuum monitor is still blank

[Steve Koji]

We pushed the reset button of c1vac1 and c1vac2 and the vacuum screen is back.

First, we pushed the reset button of c1vac1 and pushed the one on c1vac2.
This did not bring c1vac2 up. We pushed the reset of c1vac2 again and now everything of the vacuum screen is back.

  9580   Tue Jan 28 09:51:47 2014 SteveUpdateIOOlow power pointing

 

PSL output is stable.

Attachment 1: IOO4dlowpr.png
IOO4dlowpr.png
  9579   Mon Jan 27 21:36:35 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralVent so far

After turning the slow FSS threshold down, the mode cleaner stays locked enough to do other things. We were able to align the tip tilts to the y-arm such that we were able to get some flashes in what looks like a TM00-ish mode. (It was necessary to align the PRM such that there was some extra power circulating in the PRC to be able to see the IR flashes on the ITMY face camera) This is enough to convince us that we are at least near a reasonable alignment, even though we couldn't lock to the mode. 

The x-arm was in a hairier situation; since the green beam wouldn't flash into any modes, we don't even know that a good cavity axis exists. So, I used the green input PZTs to shine the green beam directly on the earthquake stops on the ITMX cage, and then inferred the PZT coordinates that would place the green beam roughly on the center of ITMX. I moved the ETMX face camera such that it points at the ETMX baffle. I tried looking for the retroreflected green spot to no avail. Hopefully tomorrow, we can get ourselves to a reasonably aligned state, so we can begin measuring the macroscopic PRC length. 

  9578   Mon Jan 27 17:49:46 2014 ranaHowToComputer Scripts / Programssendmail started on nodus: fixing SwiftMail on Dokuwiki

Since the recent filesystem fracas, the new accounts could not be created on nodus / dokuwiki (for the controls workshop, for example).

I started sendmail on nodus using the command:   sudo /etc/init.d/sendmail start

and the SwiftMail plugin on there is now sending out the confirmation emails again. This will happen each time we reboot nodus, so let's replace it.

  9577   Mon Jan 27 12:26:00 2014 KojiUpdateIOOIOO Slow Actuator Servo threshold changed

In order to activate the slow actuator servo for the MC locking,
the threshold level for this servo (C1:PSL-FSS_LOCKEDLEVEL) was changed from 10000 to 700.

Now the servo started to move the PZT fast out to be controlled to 5V.

  9576   Mon Jan 27 09:08:00 2014 SteveUpdateVAC4 days at atmosphere

 

 

Attachment 1: day4atm.png
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  9575   Sat Jan 25 21:09:16 2014 gabrieleHowToLSCProcedure to measure PRC length

I know the drawing is wrong. I put random distances, not realistic ones, and I did not try to get something close to reality. Once we put the measured distances, the drawing should (hopefully) be correct.

  9574   Fri Jan 24 13:10:12 2014 JamieHowToLSCProcedure to measure PRC length

Quote:

I wrote a MATLAB script that takes as input the measured distances and produce the optical path lengths. The script also produce a drawing of the setup as reconstructed, showing the measurement points, the mirrors, the reference base plates,  and the beam path. Here is an example output, that can be used to understand which are the five distances to be measured. I used dummy measured distances to produce it.

map.pdf

This path does not look correct to me.  Maybe it's because this is supposed to represent "optical path lengths" as opposed to actual physical location of optics, but I think locations should be checked.  For instance, PRM looks like it's floating in mid-air between the BS and ITMX chambers, and PR2 is not located behind ITMX.  Actually, come to think of it, it might just be that ITMX (or the ITMs in general) is in the wrong place?

Here is a similar diagram I produced when building a Finesse model of the 40m, based on the CAD drawing that Manasa is maintaining:

path.pdf

  9573   Fri Jan 24 12:44:25 2014 GabrieleHowToLSCProcedure to measure PRC length

Here is how to measure the PRC length with a set of distance measurements in the optical setup. 

We need to take distance measurements between reference points on each mirror suspension. For the large ones (SOS) that are used for BS, PRM and ITMs, the reference points are the corners of the second rectangular base: not the one directly in contact with the optical bench (since the chamfers make difficult to define a clear corner), but the rectangular one just above it. For the small suspensions (TT) the points are directly the corners of the base plates.

From the mechanical drawings of the two kind of suspensions I got the distances between the mirror centers and the reference corners. The mirror is not centered in the base, so it is a good idea to cross check if the numbers are correct with some measurements on the dummy suspensions.

I assumed the dimensions of the mirrors, as well as the beam incidence angles are known and we don't need to measure them again. Small errors in the angles should have small impact on the results.

I wrote a MATLAB script that takes as input the measured distances and produce the optical path lengths. The script also produce a drawing of the setup as reconstructed, showing the measurement points, the mirrors, the reference base plates,  and the beam path. Here is an example output, that can be used to understand which are the five distances to be measured. I used dummy measured distances to produce it.

map.pdf

In red the beam path in vacuum and in magenta the beam path in the substrate. The mirrors are the blue rectangles inside the reference bases which are in black. The thick lines are the HR faces. The green points are the measurement points and the green lines the distances to be measured. The names on the measurement lines are those used in the MATLAB script. 

The MATLAB scripts are attached to this elog. The main file is survey_v2.m, which contains all the parameters and the measured values. Update it with the real numbers and run it to get the results, including the graphic output. The other files are auxiliary functions to create the graphics. I checked many times the code and the computations, but I can't be sure that there are no errors, since there's no way to check if the output is correct... The plot is produced in a way which is somehow independent from the computations, so if it makes sense this gives at least a self consistency test. 

Attachment 2: survey_v2.m
global sos_lx sos_ly sos_cx sos_cy tt_lx tt_ly tt_cx tt_cy

%% Survey of the PRC length

%% measured distances
d_MB2_MY  = 2000.0;
d_MB3_MX  = 2000.0;
d_MB1_M31 = 400.0;
d_M32_M21 = 3000.0;
d_M22_MP  = 2000.0;
... 210 more lines ...
Attachment 3: distance.m
function d = distance(c1, c2)
    d = sqrt(sum((c1-c2).^2));
end
Attachment 4: draw_beam.m
function draw_beam(c1, c2, color)
    plot( [c1(1), c2(1)], [c1(2), c2(2)], color, 'LineWidth', 2)
end
Attachment 5: draw_measurement.m
function draw_measurement(c1, c2, color, name)
    plot( [c1(1), c2(1)], [c1(2), c2(2)], color)
    text( (c1(1)+c2(1))/2, (c1(2)+c2(2))/2 + 20, name, ...
        'FontSize', 5, 'HorizontalAlignment', 'center', ...
         'VerticalAlignment', 'middle')
end
Attachment 6: draw_point.m
function draw_point(c)
    plot(c(1), c(2), 'go', 'LineWidth', 2, 'MarkerSize', 3);
end
Attachment 7: draw_sos.m
function draw_sos(C, angle)
    global sos_lx sos_ly sos_cx sos_cy tt_lx tt_ly tt_cx tt_cy

    c(:,1) = [-sos_lx/2, -sos_ly/2 + sos_cy-sos_ly/2]';
    c(:,2) = [-sos_lx/2, sos_ly/2 + sos_cy-sos_ly/2]';
    c(:,3) = [sos_lx/2, sos_ly/2 + sos_cy-sos_ly/2]';
    c(:,4) = [sos_lx/2, -sos_ly/2 + sos_cy-sos_ly/2]';
    c(:,5) = [-sos_lx/2, -sos_ly/2 + sos_cy-sos_ly/2]';
    
    m_lx = 25.4*2;
... 18 more lines ...
Attachment 8: draw_tt.m
function draw_tt(C, angle)
    global sos_lx sos_ly sos_cx sos_cy tt_lx tt_ly tt_cx tt_cy

    c(:,1) = [-tt_lx/2, -tt_ly/2 + tt_cy-tt_ly/2]';
    c(:,2) = [-tt_lx/2, tt_ly/2 + tt_cy-tt_ly/2]';
    c(:,3) = [tt_lx/2, tt_ly/2 + tt_cy-tt_ly/2]';
    c(:,4) = [tt_lx/2, -tt_ly/2 + tt_cy-tt_ly/2]';
    c(:,5) = [-tt_lx/2, -tt_ly/2 + tt_cy-tt_ly/2]';
    
    m_lx = 25.4;
... 18 more lines ...
  9572   Thu Jan 23 23:10:19 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralVent so far

[ericq, Manasa, Jenne]

Summary: We opened up the BS and both ITM chambers today, and put the light doors on. //Edit : Manasa  Post-vent the MC was very much misaligned in yaw. Both the ITMs moved in pitch as inferred from the oplev; but there is still light on the oplev PDs//. We toiled with the PMC and mode cleaner for a while to get reasonable transmission and stability (at least for a period of time). We then tried to lock IR to the y-arm, to no avail. 

Locking the PMC doesn't seem very robust with the low power level we have; adjusting the gain at all when it's locked throws it right out. The mode cleaner spot was visibly moving around on MC2 as well. We'll continue tomorrow. 

Details about alignment efforts: Manasa and I tried for a while to try and align the y-arm for IR. Straight out of venting the green TM00 would lock to the y-arm with about .45, as compared to .8 before venting, so it didn't seem to drift too far. The x-arm would even flash any modes, however. For a while, IR was no where to be seen after the mode cleaner. Eventually, we used the tip tilts to bring the AS beam onto the camera, which exhibited fringes, so we knew we were hitting the ITMs somewhere. We wandered around with the ETM to see if any retroflection was happening, and saw the IR beam scatter off of the earthquake stop. We moved it to the side to see it hitting the OSEM holder, and moved down to the bottom OSEM holder to get an idea of where to put pitch to get roughly the center of the ITM, then undid the yaw motion.

There, we would see very infrequent, weak flashes. We weren't able to distinguish the mode shape though; however, the flashes were coincident with where the green would lock to a very yaw-misaligned fishbone mode, to the lower right of the optic's center. We figured that if we gradually fixed the green alignment with the mode shapes we could see and actually lock on, we could use the tip tilts to adjust the IR pointing and keep it coincident and eventually resonate more. However, this didn't really work out. The flashes were very infrequent, and at this point the PMC/MC were getting very touchy, and would cease to stay locked for more than a minute or two. At this point, we stopped for the day. 

 

  9571   Thu Jan 23 13:23:10 2014 SteveUpdateVAC40m IFO is at atmosphere

Quote:

 

There is BLANK VacControl_BAK.adl screen only. 

I can move a valve by disconnecting it's  solenoid power if it's position is normally open.

I will close V1 and check computer cable connections and move on with manual - hand disconnect ea valve to be moved into the right position for vent. Valve positions will be confirmed by looking manual indicators on valves.

 The 40m vacuum envelope vent is completed with instrument grade air.

Valve configuration: chamber open, RGA is pumped through VM3 by TP3,

  9570   Thu Jan 23 08:04:04 2014 SteveUpdateVACvacuum control screen is blank

 

There is BLANK VacControl_BAK.adl screen only. 

I can move a valve by disconnecting it's  solenoid power if it's position is normally open.

I will close V1 and check computer cable connections and move on with manual - hand disconnect ea valve to be moved into the right position for vent. Valve positions will be confirmed by looking manual indicators on valves.

Attachment 1: pd76m170d2dRgaOn.png
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  9568   Wed Jan 22 20:00:41 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralVENT GO!

Steve, please begin the vent!!

[EricQ, Jenne]

We have followed the pre-vent checklist, and done everything except check the jam nuts (which Steve can do in the morning).

We are ready to vent, so Steve, please begin bringing us up to atmosphere first thing in the morning.

Here is a copy of the list, from the wiki:

 

 

  • Center all oplevs/IPPOS/IPANG
  • Align the arm cavities for IR and align the green lasers to the arms. (Green powers were both ~0.8.  We only touched the Xend PZTs remotely, did not touch Yend).
  • Make a record of the MC pointing
  • Align the beam at the PSL angle and position QPDs (Did not need doing, left QPDs as-is so we keep our long-term trend.)
  • Reduce input power by touching wave plate on the PSL table BEFORE THE PMC.  (HWP was at 269degrees, now at 3 hundred something to make power just before PSL shutter 90mW)
  • Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
  • Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends
  • Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows
  •  

     

    Attachment 1: IFOstatus_lowPower_preVent.png
    IFOstatus_lowPower_preVent.png
      9567   Wed Jan 22 18:17:46 2014 JenneUpdateCDSfb timing was off

    Since this morning, the fb's timing has been off.  Steve pointed it out to me earlier today, but I didn't have a chance to look at it until now. 

    This was different from the more common problem of the mx stream needing to be restarted - that causes 3 red blocks per core, on all cores on a computer, but it doesn't have to be every computer.  This was only one red block per core in the CDS FE status screen, but it was on every core on every computer. 

    The error message, when you click into the details of a single core, was 0x4000.  I elog searched for that, and found elog 6920, which says that this is a timing issue with the frame builder.  Since Jamie had already set things on nodus' config correctly, all I did was reconnect the fb to the ntp: 

    fb$ sudo /etc/init.d/ntp-client restart

    As in elog 6920, the daqd stopped, then restarted itself, and cleared the error message. It looks like everything is good again.

    I suspect (without proof) that this may have to do with the campus network being down this morning, so the computers couldn't sync up with the outside world.

      9566   Wed Jan 22 16:36:45 2014 ericqUpdateElectronicsRF distribution box power button fail

    Quote:

    Rana, Gabriele and I are trying to measure the FSR of the PRC (elog about that later), and we turned off the power to the RF generation box so that we could switch cables at the EOM combiner.  However, as in elog 9101, the power button won't latch when we try to turn the power back on.  All 3 of us tried, to no avail.  For our measurement, poor Gabriele is standing holding the button pushed in, so that we can have some RF sidebands. 

    Tomorrow, we'll have to pull the RF generation box, and put in a better switch.

    I replaced the stupid broken fancy button with a simple sturdy switch. I had to file out the hole in the chassis a bit, but the switch is pressed in tightly and securely. I put the box back in the rack, but the power cable was coming directly from the power supplies with no fuses. The box was drawing ~.9 and 1.5 Amps from two supplies, so I put 2A fuses on both. Plugged everything back in, and the mode cleaner locks, so it looks like all is well.

    RXA: When its so close, I prefer to size it up by 1 step. Please change to 5A fuses. Otherwise, we may blow them from power glitches.

    Q: 5A fuses have been swapped in

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