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  9761   Fri Mar 28 23:28:13 2014 KojiConfigurationGeneralNTP setting on nodus

[Koji Rana]

We are looking at NTP settings. I looked at nodus.

- xntpd is running

- We decided to start over the configuration file /etc/inet/ntp.conf

    - The old configuration was moved to ntp.conf.bak

    - The server configuration file was copied from ntp.server to ntp.conf

    - Caltech NTP servers and were selected as the servers we are reffering

    - Commented out the lines for "fudge" and "broadcast"

- xntpd was restarted

    - sudo /etc/init.d/xntpd stop
    - sudo /etc/init.d/xntpd start

- check how the daemon is running
      tail -50 /var/adm/messages

   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus xntpd[27800]: [ID 702911 daemon.notice] xntpd 3-5.93e Mon Sep 20 15:47:11 PDT 1999 (1)
   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus xntpd[27800]: [ID 301315 daemon.notice] tickadj = 5, tick = 10000, tvu_maxslew = 495, est. hz = 100
   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus xntpd[27800]: [ID 798731 daemon.notice] using kernel phase-lock loop 0041
   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus last message repeated 1 time
   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus xntpd[27800]: [ID 132455 daemon.error] trusted key 0 unlikely
   Mar 28 23:00:49 nodus xntpd[27800]: [ID 581490 daemon.error] 0 makes a poor request keyid

- check the syncing staus by ntpq -p

        remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset    disp
   *ntp-02.caltech. .CDMA.           1 u   37   64  377     0.56    3.010    0.08
   +ntp-03.caltech. ntp1.symmetrico  2 u   36   64  377     0.52    2.727    0.12

      this * means nodus is synced to ntp-02. "+" means it is stand by as a valid secondary server.  "when" increases every second.
      When "when" reaches "poll" the clock is synced to the server. These marks are not set at the beginning.
      It was necessary to wait for sometime to get synced to the server.

- Once nodus became a synced server, the realtime systems starts syncing to nodus automatically.

   controls@c1sus ~ 0$ cat /var/log/ntpd
   25 Mar 01:41:00 ntpd[4443]: logging to file /var/log/ntpd
   28 Mar 23:13:46 ntpd[4983]: synchronized to, stratum 2
   28 Mar 23:14:25 ntpd[4983]: time reset +39.298455 s
   28 Mar 23:14:25 ntpd[4983]: kernel time sync status change 2001
   28 Mar 23:25:19 ntpd[4983]: synchronized to, stratum 2
   controls@c1sus ~ 0$ ntpq -p
        remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
   *nodus.martian   2 u   42   64  377    0.140   42.222  11.373

  9760   Fri Mar 28 22:10:00 2014 rana, kojiUpdateSUSrecovery from

* EQ Southeast of LA around 45 minutes ago. Callum and I felt it.

* Koji and I came in to recover. MC suspensions had been mis-aligned. ETMs both tripped their watchdogs.

* As before, the ETMX was stuck in its cage and the UR & LR OSEMs were reading zero V.

* We moved the MC sus back to their OSEM values from 2 hours ago. Koji aligned everything else by just using his chee.

* To shake the ETMX loose, I tried a different tactic than the "Great Balls of Fire". I started giving it 20k steps through the ASCYAW filterbank (with ramping OFF). I used the green light in the X arm video to look at the swinging. Using this as a readback I pumped the OFFSET button on ASCYAW to resonantly swing up the yaw motion. I had to turn the watchdog thresh up to 2000 temporarily. After a couple minutes the ETMX was free.

* We then used the bias sliders to steer it back onto the OL center (which Q nicely lined up for us recently) and then X arm locked in green right away.

Fri Mar 28 22:38:04 2014:  We've just ridden through the 5th aftershock. None of the aftershocks have tripped the watchdogs  but they break the IMC lock.

Attachment 1: Screenshot.png
  9759   Fri Mar 28 20:23:02 2014 ranaSummaryIOOMC2 moved

I aligned MC2 suspension by 0.01 in pit and yaw to align the MC better to the PSL beam. Then I turned the WFS back on. The beams are not centered on the WFS heads.

Nic and Gabriele ought to send their SURF some example code (in April) for how to start redesigning the WFS telescopes so that we can order some optics in early June.

I've also turned on the MC2 TRANS path to gather some data over the weekend on how well or bad it works. Please turn it off on Monday.

  9758   Fri Mar 28 17:22:55 2014 KojiSummaryLSCPRMIsb locked with REFL165I&Q again

While I'm looking at the PRM ASC servo model, I tried to use the current servo filters for the ASC
as Manasa aligned the POP PDs and QPD yesterday. (BTW, I don't find any elog about it)

I found no issue for locking PRMIsb with the REFL165I&Q signals if the PRM ASC is employed.
See this entry for the IFO settings.

It is just stable. The IFO is ready for the arm scanning.

=== ASC setting ===

PRCL_PITCH: FM1/3/9 x-0.004
PRCL_YAW: FM1/3/9 x-0.001

The PRM OPLEV has to be off when the PRM ASC is engaged. Actually, it turned out that we don't need OPLEV for locking.

  9757   Fri Mar 28 16:26:20 2014 steveUpdateVACRGA scan after power failure


 Out gassing plus leak rate   0.15  mTorr / hour

 The pressure rose to 2.5 mTorr in 17 hours

 V1 was opened at 1:56pm

 VM2 opened at 2:10 so the RGA region is back to 1e-5 torr



Attachment 1: afterPowerFailure.png
  9756   Thu Mar 27 10:34:39 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralRecovery


1. Check: ASS for X arm seems not quite doing its job. ETMX has to be moved using sliders to obtain maximum TRX and the arm alignment was seen to be drifting.

ETMX ASC output was turned off for whatever reason. Switched it on, ASS is fine.

  9755   Wed Mar 26 22:22:43 2014 ManasaUpdateGeneralRecovery

The following that went unnoticed from yesterday were recovered today:

1. ETMX and ETMY 'misalign' scripts weren't running. Troubleshooting showed slow machines c1auxex and c1auxey weren't responding. The machines were reset.

2. PRM oplev gains were zero. Gain values were set looking back at the burt files.

3. X end PZT power supplies were turned ON and set to 100V.

4. X end doubler temperature was reset to the last optimal value on elog (36.35 deg).


Some hitches that should be looked into:

1. Check: ASS for X arm seems not quite doing its job. ETMX has to be moved using sliders to obtain maximum TRX and the arm alignment was seen to be drifting.

2. Check: Status of other slow machines and burt restore whichever needs one.

  9754   Wed Mar 26 21:51:42 2014 ericqSummaryLSCPRMIsb locked with REFL165I&Q again

Incidentally, while messing around with transfer functions and sensing matrix elements this evening, I was able to sideband lock straight onto REFL33 I&Q.  The settings were all identical to Koji's ELOG, with the following differences:

Input ports:
REFL33   WHTN: 30dB demod phase +125.5deg (tweaked from 135.5 to minimize MICH in I)

Input matrix:

REFL33I x +1.0 -> PRCL
REFL33Q x +3.0 -> MICH

MICH OFS 0 / Gain 1/ Limitter ON (Oscillations occurred at 1.3)
PRCL OFS 0 / Gain -0.04 / Limitter ON

Output matrix:

MICH ITMX -1.0 / ITMY 1.0


  9753   Wed Mar 26 14:54:32 2014 KojiSummaryLSCPRMIsb locked with REFL165I&Q again

[Manasa, Eric, Koji]

PRMIsb was locked with REFL165I&Q.

- Aligned the arms with ASS. The misaligned ETMX and ETMY

- Configured PRMIsb with IFO_Configure screen

- Immediately PRMIsb was locked with REFL55I&Q

- Checked the REFL165 phase in terms of the REFL165Q vs PRCL. It was already well adjusted at -82.5deg. We tuned the phase a bit more and got -83.5deg.

- With DTT, relative gain between REFL55I and REFL165I was measured. REFL165I is about x10 higher than REFL55I and has the same sign.

- The transition of PRCL with the input matrix was just easy.

- With DTT, relative gain between REFL55Q and REFL165Q was measured. REFL165Q is about x3 higher than REFL55Q and has the same sign.

- The transition of MICH was flakey, but after careful adjustment of the PRM alignment, ~10s lock was achieved. It seemed that the PRM alignment fluctuation
  was bug enough to unlock the interferometer.

- Eric went into the lab and aligned all of the oplevs except for the SRM's one.

- Now the lock with REFL55 and also with REFL165 became more robust. Less MICH offset and darker AS port.

Input ports:
REFL55   WHTN: 45dB demod phase +45.0deg
REFL165 WHTN: 45dB demod phase -83.5deg

Input matrix: for acquisition:
REFL55I x 1.0 -> PRCL
REFL55Q x 1.0 -> MICH

Input matrix: PRCL Transition:
REFL55I x 1.0 + REFL165I x 0.0 -> x0.5 + x0.0 -> x0.5 + x0.05 -> x0.3 + x0.05 -> x0.2 + x0.05 -> x0.1 + x0.05 -> x0.0 + x0.05

Input matrix: MICH Transition:
REFL55Q x 1.0 + REFL165Q x 0.0 -> x0.5 + x0.0 -> x0.5 + x0.3 -> x0.3 + x0.3 -> x0.2 + x0.3 -> x0.1 + x0.3 -> x0.0 + x0.3

MICH POP110I 100up/10down / FM Trig FM2/3/9 35up 2down 5sec delay
PRCL POP110I 100up/10down / FM Trig FM2/3/6/9 35up 2down 0.5sec delay

MICH OFS 0 / Gain 1.3 / Limitter ON
PRCL OFS 0 / Gain -0.04 / Limitter ON

Output matrix:
MICH PRM -0.2625 / BS 0.5

  9752   Wed Mar 26 11:30:07 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralPower Failure

Recovery work: now arms are locking as usual

- FB is failing very frequently. Everytime I see red signals in the CDS summary, I have to run "sudo ntpdate -b -s -u pool.ntp.org"

- PMC was aligned

- The main Marconi returned to initial state. Changed the frequency and amplitude to the nominal value labeled on the unit

- The SHG oven temp controllers were disabled. I visited all three units and pushed "enable" buttons.

- Y arm was immediately locked. It was aligned using ASS.

- X arm did not show any flash. I found that the scx model was not successfully burtrestored yesterday.
  The setting was restored using Mar 22 snapshot.

- After a little tweak of the ETMX alignment, a decent flash was achieved. But still it could not be locked.

- Run s/LSC/LSCoffset.py. This immediately made the X arm locked.

- Checked the green alignment. The X arm green is beating with the PSL at  ~100MHz but is misaligned beyond the PZT range.
  The Y arm green is locked on TEM00 and is beating with the PSL at ~100MHz.

  9751   Wed Mar 26 11:16:59 2014 ericqSummaryLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (3)

Extending the previous model, I've closed a rudimentary CESAR loop in simulink. Error signals with varying noise levels are combined to bring a "cavity" to lock.  


There are many things that are flat out arbitrary at this point, but it qualitatively works. The main components of this model are:

  • The "Plant": A pendulum with f0 = 2Hz, Q = 10
  • Some white force noise, low passed at 1Hz before input to the plant.
  • The Controller: A very rough servo design that is stable...
  • ALS signal: Infinite range Linear signal, with a bunch of noise
  • Transmission and PDH signals are computed with some compiled C code containing analytic functions (which can be a total pain to get working), have less noise than ALS
  • Some logic for computing linearized PDH and SqrtInv signals
  • A C code block for doing the CESAR mixing, and feeding to the servo

And it can lock! 



Right now, all of the functions and noise levels are similar to the previous simulation, and therefore don't tell us anything about anything real...

However, at this point, I can tune the parameters and noise levels to make it more like our interferometer, and thus maybe actually useful. 

  9750   Tue Mar 25 16:11:24 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralPower Failure

As far as I know the system is running as usual. I had the IMC locked and one of the arm flashing.
But the other arm had no flash and none of the arms were locked before kunch time.

This morning Steve and I went around the lab to turn on the realtime machines.

Also we took the advantage of this opportunity to shutdown linux1 and nodus
to replace the extension cables for their AC power.

I also installed a 3TB hard disk on linux1. This was to provide a local daily copy of our
working are. But I could not make the disk recognized by the OS.
It seems that there is a "2TB" barrier that the disk bigger than 2.2TB can't be recognized
by the older machines. I'll wait for the upgrade of the machine.

Rebooting the realtime machines did not help FB to talk with them. I fixed them.
Basically what I did was:

- Stop all of the realtime codes by running rtcds kill all on c1lsc, c1ioo, c1sus, c1iscex, c1iscey

- run sudo ntpdate -b -s -u pool.ntp.org on c1lsc, c1ioo, c1sus, c1iscex, c1iscey, and fb

- restart realtime codes one by one. I checked which code makes FB unhappy. But in reality
  FB was happy with all of them running.

Then slow machines except for c1vac1 and c1vac2 were burtrestored.


Zach reported that svn was down. I went to the 40m wiki and searched "apache".
There is an instruction how to restart apache.

  9749   Tue Mar 25 14:52:57 2014 steveUpdateVACvacuum is recovered

 Out gassing plus leak rate   0.15  mTorr / hour

 The pressure rose to 2.5 mTorr in 17 hours

 V1 was opened at 1:56pm

 VM2 opened at 2:10 so the RGA region is back to 1e-5 torr


Attachment 1: 17hrsNoPumping.png
  9748   Mon Mar 24 22:13:37 2014 steveUpdateGeneralPower Failure


I'm checking the status from home.

P1 is 8e-4 torr

nodus did not feel the power outage (is it APS supported?)

linux1 booted automatically

c1ioo booted automatically.

c1sus, c1lsc, c1iscex, c1iscey need manual power button push.

 9:11pm closed PSL shutter, turned Innolight 2W laser on,

         turned 3 IFO air cond on,

        CC1 5.1e-5 torr, V1 is closed, Maglev has failed, valve configuration is " Vacuum Normal "  with V1 & VM1 closed, RGA not running,   c1vac1 and c1vac2   were saved by UPS,

        (Maglev is not connected to the UPS because it is running on 220V)

        reset & started Maglev.........I can not open V1 without the 40mars running...........

        Rossa is the only computer running in the control room,

        Nodus and Linux1 was saved by UPS,

        turned on IR lasers at the ends, green shutters are closed

It is safe to leave the lab as is.


Attachment 1: poweroutage.png
  9747   Mon Mar 24 21:36:28 2014 KojiUpdateGeneralPower Failure

I'm checking the status from home.

P1 is 8e-4 torr

nodus did not feel the power outage (is it APS supported?)

linux1 booted automatically

c1ioo booted automatically.

c1sus, c1lsc, c1iscex, c1iscey need manual power button push.

  9746   Mon Mar 24 19:42:12 2014 CharlesFrogsVACPower Failure

 The 40m experienced a building-wide power failure for ~30 seconds at ~7:38 pm today.

Thought that might be important...

  9745   Mon Mar 24 10:41:46 2014 SteveUpdateVACRGA scan at day 50



Attachment 1: pd77m50dRGA.png
  9744   Sun Mar 23 14:20:07 2014 ranaHowToLSCBLRMS screens

 We should make screens like this for the LSC signals, errors, ALS, etc.

Attachment 1: blrms.png
  9743   Fri Mar 21 14:59:44 2014 steveUpdatePEMcontroling dust

Please take a look at the table top with the flashlight before removing it. If it is dusty, wipe it down with dry lint free cloth in the box.

There is one box with flash light and wiper at AP, ETMY & ETMX  optical tables.

Attachment 1: IMG_0044.JPG
  9742   Fri Mar 21 01:54:32 2014 ericqUpdateLSCSome early CARM modeling

 I've been getting a simulation going with the eventual goal of simulating CESAR-type signals for CARM. So for I've only been using MIST, though I'm still thinking about what to do for a fully time domain approach. (For example, maybe a mixture of simulink and analytical equations? We'll see how painful that gets...)

Anyways, with the parameters I have for the 40m, I've set up a simulation, where I can do things like a "static" CARM scan.

(i.e. PRMI perfectly locked. Ask what different PDs see if the arms were just statically sitting at some CARM offset)


PDH signals are there in the REFL diodes. The coupled line width here looks smaller than the ~40pm number I've heard before, so I should check my parameters. (Likely culprit, I'm using nominal R and T for the arm cavities)

I've also done the slightly more sophisticated thing of looking at the transfer function from CARM motion to different PDs, at different CARM offsets. For TRX and REFLDC, these seem to match up qualitatively to some plots that Kiwamu has done for aLIGO, with frequencies shifted by the relative arm length factor of 100. (Q's left, K's right, Y-axis on mine are W/m with 1W input the IFO)



carm2reflDC.pdf CARM_TFs_REFLDC.pdf


We can also look at the PDH diodes (revised from my initial post. Had an error in my code): 



That's where I've gotten so far!


  9741   Thu Mar 20 11:16:16 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralnew projector


[ Manasa, Ericq and Steve ]

 Vivitek D952HD with 186 hours installed.

  9740   Wed Mar 19 21:37:45 2014 manasaSummaryLSCAttempt to lock PRMIsb with REFL165I&Q

I tried to repeat Koji's PRMI lock using REFL165I/Q. I was not able to lock PRMI stably. All I could get was momentary PRMI sb locks (few seconds) using AS55Q for MICH and REFL165Q for PRMI. I tried to transition MICH locks from AS55Q to REFL165I/Q and this did not work well; I lost even the momentary locks.

The demod phases for both AS55 and REFL165 were also very different. 

Input ports:
AS55       WHTN: 21dB  demod phase -78.7deg
REFL165 WHTN: 45dB demod phase -80.7deg

Input matrix:
AS55Q x1.00 MICH

REL165Q x+0.14

MICH POP110I 100up/10down / FM Trig FM2/3/6/7/9 35up 2down 5sec delay
PRCL POP110I 100up/10down / FM Trig FM2/3/6/9 35up 2down 0.5sec delay

MICH OFS 0.0 / Gain -10 / Limiter ON
PRCL OFS 0 / Gain -0.023 / Limiter ON

Output matrix:
MICH ITMX -1.0 / ITMY +1.0


  9739   Tue Mar 18 21:19:22 2014 KojiSummaryIOOMC spot positions checked

MC spot sposition script was ran


Found no notable beam position change before and after the earthquake


Attachment 1: MCASS.png
  9738   Tue Mar 18 18:05:57 2014 SteveUpdateSUSETMX osem UR


  UR osem IR shield glass is pushed back. It came out of its clip holder. The magnet is free.

  Atm2,  UL & LL magnets  centered poorly. Almost hinging on opposite sides.

              UR & LR centered well.  There have plenty of room to move in an earth quake.

Attachment 1: ETMX_URcollapsing.jpg
Attachment 2: ETMX_outoffocus.JPG
Attachment 3: URisFREE.png
  9737   Tue Mar 18 08:31:37 2014 SteveUpdateSUS4.4M local earthquake & its miracle


It was little bit surprising to me but Rana's professorial rock'n roll excitation released its sticking on the unconfirmed thing by unconfirmed reason.

I aligned the Xarm manually and via ASS.

Now we are back in the normal state.

 This recovery proceeder deserves a pattern

Note: IR shield glass position variations,  Atm4

Attachment 1: miracel.png
Attachment 2: ETMX_LR.JPG
Attachment 3: ETMX_LR-UL.JPG
Attachment 4: ETMX_UL-LL-S-IRshield.jpg
  9736   Tue Mar 18 00:51:02 2014 JenneUpdateSUS4.4M local earthquake


 I am really, really happy to hear that it was just a sticking situation.  Really happy. 

  9735   Mon Mar 17 21:55:36 2014 KojiUpdateSUS4.4M local earthquake

It was little bit surprising to me but Rana's professorial rock'n roll excitation released its sticking on the unconfirmed thing by unconfirmed reason.

I aligned the Xarm manually and via ASS.

Now we are back in the normal state.

  9734   Mon Mar 17 20:44:42 2014 ranaUpdateSUS4.4M local earthquake
  9733   Mon Mar 17 20:14:34 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralIFO recovery / confirmed ETMX in trouble

I tried to take the photos of the magnets from outside. So far most suspicious was LL.
Otherwise, the magnets are OK.
(The SD magnet is the one with most reasonable response.)
Steve will try to take much more zoomed photo with Olympus. But the LL coil already showed some response in my observation in the morning.


  9732   Mon Mar 17 12:31:58 2014 manasaUpdateCDSfb timing was off

Off again. Restarted ntp on fb.

  9731   Mon Mar 17 12:02:55 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralIFO recovery / confirmed ETMX in trouble

I confirmed that we need to vent the chambers.

All of the mirrors have been aligned except for ETMX.

ETMX does not respond to the excitation by the UR and LR coils. Likely that the magnets are knocked off, or stuck in the coil.

PRM/SRM oplevs are too much off and can't be turned on. Need realignment of the beams on the QPDs.

- FB was down. FB restarted ("telnet fb 8087", then type shutdown)

- Aligned the MC mirrors.

- Aligned PRM. Look at the REFL. It was slightly mislisligned.

- AS has no beam. The Y arm was resonating with the green. So I determined that the TTs were the misaligned guys.

- Touched TT2 pitch with an increment of 0.1. Immediately the AS beam spot for ITMY was found. And the arm was resonating.

- The RM was further aligned. The bias sliders were saved and then the PRM was misaligned.

- Yarm was locked on TEM01. The ASS maximized the transmission for TEM01, and then the arm was locked on TEM00.
  The ASS aligned the arm and TTs. These values were saved.

- Yarm was aligned and I can see the AS spot. So I believe the BS is still well aligned.

- Aligned the PRM to reduce the ghost beams.

- Moved the ITMX to have Michelson fringes properly.

- Also aligned the SRM.

- Now ETMX was checked. Played with the alignment biases to see if the mirror was sticking on the coils. The mirror can rock a little, but it did not come back.

- Then, checked each magnets. 0.8Hz 1000cnt signals were injected to each coils (cf. C1:SUS-PRM_**COIL_EXC) to see how the mirror could react.
  The OSEM output and green spot on the ETMX cage were observed.

- Saw some response by actuating the UL, LL, SD coils.

- Saw no response from the UR and LR coils. They show the OSEM output of zero. Does this mean the magnets fell in the coils?

//Manasa// MC spot positions measured and they look alright with not much change from before the earthquake (attach)

Attachment 1: MCspots.png
  9730   Mon Mar 17 10:50:58 2014 steveUpdatesafety2014 annual crane certification




 We had our annual safety inspection today.  Our SOPs are outdated. The full list of needed correction will be posted tomorrow.


The most useful found was that the ITMX-ISCT ac power is coming  from 1Y1 rack. This should actually go to 1Y2 LSC rack ?

 Please test this so we do not create more ground loops.

 Annual crane inspection is scheduled for 8-11am Monday, March 17, 2014


The control room Smart UPS has two red extension cords that has to be removed: Nodus and Linux1

 KroneCrane Fred inspected and certified the 3 40m cranes for 2014. The vertex crane crane was load tested at fully extended position.

Attachment 1: 2014craneCert.jpg
  9729   Mon Mar 17 09:27:05 2014 SteveUpdateSUS4.4M local earthquake

 It looks like that ETMX have  2 sticky magnets.


Attachment 1: 4.4M-Encino.png
Attachment 2: 3.9-4.4Meq.png
Attachment 3: EQdamage4.4.png
  9728   Fri Mar 14 12:18:55 2014 KojiUpdateLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (9)

Asymptotic cooling of the mirror motion with CESAR was tested.

With ALS and the full control bandwidth (UGF 80-100Hz), the actuator amplitude of 8000cnt_pp is required.

Varying control bandwidth depending on the noise level of the signal, the arm was brought to the final configuration with the actuator amplitude of 800cnt_pp.

Attachment 1: asymptotic_cooling.pdf
  9727   Fri Mar 14 10:31:10 2014 jamieUpdateGreen LockingALS Slow servo settings



Q and I have started to...


  9726   Fri Mar 14 09:44:34 2014 SteveUpdateLSCmorning lock
Attachment 1: 2hrsMorningLock.png
  9725   Thu Mar 13 16:05:48 2014 steveUpdatesafetysafety audit 2014



 We had our annual safety inspection today.  Our SOPs are outdated. The full list of needed correction will be posted tomorrow.


The most useful found was that the ITMX-ISCT ac power is coming  from 1Y1 rack. This should actually go to 1Y2 LSC rack ?

 Please test this so we do not create more ground loops.

 Annual crane inspection is scheduled for 8-11am Monday, March 17, 2014


The control room Smart UPS has two red extension cords that has to be removed: Nodus and Linux1

Attachment 1: T1400198-v1-CIT-LIGO_Labs_Annual_Safety_Audit_2014.pdf
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  9724   Thu Mar 13 01:18:00 2014 JenneUpdateLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (8)

[Jenne, EricQ]

As Koji suggested in his email this afternoon, we looked at how much actuator range is required for various forms of arm locking:  (1) "regular" PDH lock aquisition, (2) ALS lock acquisition, (3) CESAR cooling.

To start, I looked at the spectra and time series data of the control signal (XARM_OUT) for several locking situations.  Happily, when the arm is at the half fringe, where we expect the 1/sqrt(TRX) signal to be the most sensitive (versus the same signal at other arm powers), we see that it is in fact more quiet than even the PDH signal.  Of course, we can't ever use this signal once the arm is at resonance, so we haven't discovered anything new here.


EricQ then made some violin plots with the time series data from these situations, and we determined that a limit of ~400 counts encompasses most of the steady-state peak-to-peak output from locking on the PDH signal.


[ericq: What's being plotted here are "kernel density estimates" of the time series data of XARM_OUT when locked on these signals. The extent of the line goes to the furthest outlier, while the dashed and dotted lines indicate the median and quartiles, respectively]

I tried acquiring ALS and transitioning to final PDH signals with different limiters set in the Xarm servo.  I discovered that it's not too hard to do with a limit of 400 counts, but that below ~350 counts, I can't keep the ALS locked for long enough to find the IR resonance.  Here's a plot of acquiring ALS lock, scanning for the resonance, and then using CESAR to transition to PDH, with the limit of 400 counts in place, and then a lockloss at the end.  Even though I'm hitting the rails pretty consistently, until I transition to the more quiet signals, I don't ever lose lock (until, at the end, I started pushing other buttons...).


After that, I tried acquiring lock using our "regular" PDH method, and found that it wasn't too hard to capture lock with a limit of 400, but with limits below that I can't hold the lock through the boosts turning on.


Finally, I took spectra of the XARM_OUT control signal while locked using ALS only, but with different limiter values. Interestingly, I see much higher noise between 30-300 Hz with the limiter engaged, but the high frequency noise goes down.  Since the high frequency is dominating the RMS, we see that the RMS value is actually decreasing a bit (although not much).


We have not made any changes to the LSC model, so there is still no smoothing between the ALS and IR signals.  That is still on the to-do list.  I started modifying things to be compatible with CARM rather than a single arm, but that's more of a daytime-y task, so that version of the c1lsc model is saved under a different name, and the model that is currently compiled and running is reverted as the "c1lsc.mdl" file.

  9723   Wed Mar 12 08:40:42 2014 SteveUpdateVACRGA scan at day 35



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  9722   Tue Mar 11 21:38:43 2014 manasaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsIFO configure scripts in burt modified

I have modified the IFOconfigure scripts and the corresponding .req files for the X arm and Y arm in burt. I have also added configure scripts to save and restore LSC settings for locking the arms using ALS error signals.

The settings are yet to be saved and the scripts should also be checked if they are working as required.

  9721   Tue Mar 11 19:38:26 2014 manasaUpdateGreen LockingALS Slow servo settings


Nic, Jenne, EricQ, and Koji should describe the demonstartion of CESAR achieved tonight.

Q and I have started to use the ALS slow servo for the end aux lasers while locking the arms using ALS. The servo prevents us from hitting the limits of the PZT range for the end lasers and a better PDH locking.

But keeping the servo ON causes the slow output to drift away making it hard to find the beat note everytime the arm loses lock. The extensive beat note search following the unlock can be avoided by clearing history of the slow servo.

  9720   Tue Mar 11 19:07:24 2014 ericqUpdateElectronicsHigh gain Trans PD electronics change

Speaking of the whitening board, I had neglected to post details showing the the whitening was at least having a positive effect on the transmon QPD noise. So, here is a spectrum showing the effects that the whitening stages have on a QPD dark noise measurement like I did in ELOG 9660, at a simulated transmission level of 40 counts. 

The first whitening stages gives us a full 20dB of noise reduction, while the second stage brings us down to either the dark noise of the QPD or the noise of the whitening board. We should figure out which it is, and fix up the board if necessary. 


The DTT xml file is attached in a zip, if anyone wants it.

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  9719   Tue Mar 11 18:34:11 2014 JenneUpdateLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (7)

[Nic, Jenne, EricQ, and Koji]

We have used CESAR successfully to bring the Xarm into resonance.  We start with the ALS signal, then as we approach resonance, the error signal is automatically transitioned to 1/sqrt(TRX), and ramped from there to POX, which we use as the PDH signal.

In the first plot, we have several spectra of the CESAR output signal (which is the error signal for the Xarm), at different arm resonance conditions.  Dark blue is the signal when we are locked with the ALS beatnote, far from IR resonance.  Gold is when we are starting to see IR resonance (arm buildup of about 0.03 or more), and we are using the 1/sqrt(TRX) signal for locking.  Cyan is after we have achieved resonance, and are using only the POX PDH signal.  Purple is the same condition as cyan, except that we have also engaged the low frequency boosts (FM 2, 3, 4) in the locking servo.  FM4 is only usable once you are at IR resonance, and locked using the PDH signal.  We see in the plot that our high frequency noise (and total RMS) decreases with each stage of CESAR (ALS, 1/sqrt(TR) and PDH). 

To actually achieve the gold noise level of 1/sqrt(TR), we first had to increase the analog gain by swapping out a resistor on the whitening board. 



The other plots attached are time series data.  For the python plots (last 2), the error signals are calibrated to nanometers, but the dark blue, which is the transmitted power of the cavity, is left in normalized power units (where 1 is full IR resonance). 

In the scan from off resonance to on resonance, around the 58 second mark, we see a glitch when we engage FM4, the strong low frequency boosts.  Around the 75 second mark we turned off any contribution from 1/sqrt(TR), so the noise decreases once we are on pure PDH signal. 

In the scan through the resonance, we see a little more clearly the glitch that happens when we switch from ALS to IR signals, around the 7 and 12 second marks. 

We want to make some changes, so that the transition from ALS to IR signals is more smooth, and not a discrete switch.


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  9718   Tue Mar 11 18:33:21 2014 KojiUpdateLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (6)

Today we modified the CESAR block.

- Now the sign(X) function is in a block.

- We decided to use the linearization of the PDH.

- By adding the offset to the TR signal used for the switching between TR and PDH, we can force pure 1/sqrt(TR) or pure PDH to control the cavity.

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  9717   Tue Mar 11 15:21:08 2014 KojiSummaryLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (1)

True. But we first want to realize this for a single arm, then move onto the two arms case.
At this point we'll need to incorporate frequency dependence.

  9716   Tue Mar 11 15:19:45 2014 JenneUpdateElectronicsHigh gain Trans PD electronics change

As part of our CESAR testing last night, we had a look at the noise of the 1/sqrt(TR) signal. 

Looking at the time series data, while we were slowly sweeping through IR resonance (using the ALS), Rana noted that the linear range of the 1/sqrt(TR) signal was not as wide as it should be, and that this is likely because our SNR is really poor. 

When a single arm is at a normalized transmission power of 1, we are getting about 300 ADC counts.  We want this to be more like 3000 ADC counts, to be taking advantage of the full range of the ADC.

This means that we want to increase our analog gain by a factor of 10 for the low gain Thorlabs PDs. 

Looking at the photos from November when I pulled out the Xend transmission whitening board (elog 9367), we want to change "Rgain" of the AD620 on the daughter board.  While we're at it, we should also change the noisy black thick film resistors to the green thin film resistors in the signal path. 

The daughter board is D04060, S/N 101.  The main whitening board for the low gain trans QPD is D990399, RevB, S/N 104.

We should also check whether we're saturating somewhere in the whitening board by putting in a function generator signal via BNC cable into the input of the Thorlabs whitening path, and seeing where (in Dataviewer) we start to see saturation.  Is it the full 32,000 counts, or somewhere lower, like 28,000? 

Actually the gain was changed. From gain of 2 (Rgain = 49.4kOhm) to 20 (Rgain = 2.10kOhm), Corresponding calibration in CDS was also changed by locking the Xarm, running ASS, then setting the average arm power to be 1. Confirmed Xarm is locking. And now the signal is used for CESAR.  We see emperically that the noise has improved by a factor of approximately 10ish.

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  9715   Tue Mar 11 15:14:34 2014 denSummaryLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (1)


The composite error signal


 Very nice error signal. Still, I think we need to take into account the frequency shape of the transfer function TR -> CARM. 

  9714   Tue Mar 11 15:01:28 2014 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMC Signal Monitoring

Two weeks ago (Feb 26) I took the "Q MON" output of the demodulator that sends its Q output to the MC servo board as the error signal, and connected it to an SR785, so we can occasionally monitor the error signal noise. (Also, I did not appropriately ELOG the fact I touched things...)

I'm working on an automated script to do the monitoring, but the wireless router that the SR785 is connected is wicked slow. I should run an ethernet cable to it...

I'm just figuring I'll look at the full span (~100kHz) spectrum every ten minutes, and compare it to some nominal spectrum from a known-good time, and the last few hours.

  9713   Tue Mar 11 14:49:01 2014 KojiSummaryLSCImportant notice on the XARM servo

The nominal gain of the XARM for the POX11 error signal is 0.03 (instead of previous 0.3)

This is due to my increase of the gain in FM4 by 20dB so that we can turn of FM4 without changing the UGF when it is at 150Hz.

The YARM servo was not yet touched.

  9712   Mon Mar 10 21:16:56 2014 KojiSummaryLSCComposite Error Signal for ARms (5)

After making the CDS modification, CESAR was tested with ALS.

First of all, we run CESAR with threshold of 10. This means that the error signal always used ALS.
The ALS was scanned over the resonance. The plot of the scan can be found in EricQ's elog.
At each point of the scan, the arm stability is limited by the ALS.

Using this scan data, we could adjust the gains for the TR and PDH signals. Once the gains were adjusted
the threshold was lowered to 0.25. This activates dynamic signal blending.

ALS was stabilized with XARM FM1/2/3/5/6/7/9. The resonance was scanned. No glitch was observed.
This is some level of success already.

Next step was to fully hand off the control to PDH. But this was not successfull. Everytime the gain for the TR was
reduced to zero, the lock was lost. When the TR is removed from the control, the raw PDH signal is used fot the control
without normalization. Without turning on FM4, we lose 60dB of DC gain. Therefore the residual motion may have been
too big for the linear range of the PDH signal. This could be mitigated by the normalization of the PDH signal by the TR.

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