Last night after checking cabling and turning on ISS, we tried several times to handoff to REFL_DC but it didn't work at all.
Still no success tonight
Note: I thought I was editing elog 9935, but somehow this became a whole new entry. Either way, all the info is in here.
As part of checking the common mode board before we get too carried away with using it, I looked at the time series of the AO servo output when I turned on various boosts, or changed gain values. As it turns out, basically anything that I did caused glitches. Oooops.
I plugged a function generator to the IN1 port of the CM board, with a freq of 400Hz, and a voltage of 10mVpp (which is the smallest value that it would allow). I plugged the BNC version of the servo output into a 300MHz 'scope.
First I looked at "boost" and "super boost", and then I looked at various steps of the AO gain slider. For all of the button presses that gave me glitches, I saved .png's of the 'scope screen (on a floppy, so I'll have to fetch the data tomorrow...).
Both enabling, and disabling the "Boost" button gave me glitches.
For "Super Boost", I saw glitches for all of the steps, 0->1, 1->2, 2->3.
For the AO path, I only started at 0dB, and only captured screenshots of glitches when I increased the gain, since presumably that's when we'll care the most during acquisition. I found that going down in gain caused glitches at every step! For increasing the gain, steps from an odd number of dBs to an even number consistently caused glitches. Steps from an even number to an odd number occasionally caused glitches, but they weren't very common. For the steps that did cause glitches, some were worse than others (7dB to 8dB, 15 dB to 16 dB, and 23 dB to 24 dB seemed the worst.)
After my work, I put all of the cables back, so that we should be ready to utilize the CM board for locking this evening.
For posterity, here are the notes that I took while I was working - I'll make them more coherent when I fold them in with my images tomorrow. The "first .png, next, etc." are because the 'scope numbers them in order as a default.
1st png = boost enable, then disable
2nd png = super boost, start at 0, then 1, then 2, then 3
3rd png = AO gain from 1 to 0
4th is AO gain from 0 to 1 (happens less often than 1->0, which is every time I get a glitch)
Next is AO gain 1->2, got 2 glitches!
3->2 glitch often, 2->3 much less often
next is 2->3
next png is 3->4, 2 glitches with weird dip
next png is 5->6
6->7 is rare
next png is 7->8, which is nasty!!
8->9 is rare
10->11 is rare
png 11-> 12, 3 glitches
png 13->14, 2 glitches
png 15->16, kind of nasty
png 17->18, 2 glitches
png 19->20, 3 glitches
png 21->22, 2 glitches
png 23->24, kind of nasty
png 25->26, 2 glitches
png 27->28, 3 glitches, at least
png 29->30, 2 glitches
The screenshot of the Boost enable / disable I'll have to re-take. Apparently I instead caught a screenshot of the list of files on the floppy...ooops.
This is a shot of enabling the Super Boosts. At the beginning, it's at "0", so no superboosts (also, regular boost was off). Then, I switch to "1", and the trace gets a little fuzzy. Then I switch to "2", and it gets very fuzzy. Then I switch to "3", and a lot of the fuzz goes away. There's a glitch at each transition.
The following screenshots are all of various steps of the AO gain slider. For all of these, both the "boost" and "super boosts" were off. Each screenshot is a single gain step, even if there are several glitches captured.
First, 0dB to 1dB:
Next, 1dB to 2dB:
2dB to 3dB:
3dB to 4dB:
While increasing the gain, I didn't find any more steps from an even to an odd number where I got a glitch. They would glitch when I undid that step (decreased the gain), but over ~5 trials for each increase, I didn't ever catch a glitch. The odd to even steps still had glitches while increasing the gain though.
5dB to 6dB:
7dB to 8dB:
9dB to 10dB:
11dB to 12dB:
13dB to 14dB:
15dB to 16dB:
17dB to 18dB:
19dB to 20dB:
21dB to 22dB:
23dB to 24dB:
25dB to 26dB:
27dB to 28dB:
29dB to 30dB:
[Jenne, Rana, EricQ]
We tried a few times to engage the AO path while holding CARM on sqrtTrans and DARM on ALS, but failed every time. Since we cannot stably hold lock at arm powers of 1, even though we were able to do so early last week, we think that we have a problem (obviously). One noticeable thing is that while held with ALS, the Xarm transmission fluctuates almost full power.
As we were seeing late last week, the Xarm IR transmission while held with ALS was fluctuating wildly, whether we were locked on individual arms or on CARM/DARM.
Tonight we took some out of loop spectra, with different HEPA settings, to see how that affected things. It looks like HEPA at the nominal ~20% is okay, but anything higher than that starts to affect the Xarm beatnote sensing, while it mostly leaves the Yarm beatnote sensing okay. Perhaps this is something that isn't tightened enough in the Xarm path, or something on a skinny floppy mount that needs to be more secure.
I am still a little confused though, why we don't see large power fluctuations in *both* arms while using ALS to control CARM/DARM. Why are we not seeing this Xarm noise being fed back into the Yarm, through either the ETM via DARM, or common stuff via CARM actuating on MC2.
Note that the change at high frequency is because I switched from using non-DQ channels to DQ channels, so that's not anything to pay attention to. The noise reduction we see is below about 20Hz.
Rana pointed out that our POPDC level was very small. We don't have screens for them, but the DC PDs have the same analog whitening as the RF PD signals do. I changed C1:LSC-POPDC_WhiteGain.VAL from 0 to 11. Now our POPDC while locked on sidebands is about 8,000 counts.
We also swapped the cables between the SR785 and the CM board around. Now channel 2 of the 785 goes to TP2A, channel 1 goes to TP2B, and the source goes to EXCB. This is so that we can break the AO loop with the disable switch just after the slow/fast split, and look at the transfer function before we close the loop.
Tonight was mostly cleaning up some scripts, including the re-writing the restore and align scripts for the optics.
The new script is in the same folder as the old one (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/MISC/ifoalign/NewAlignSoft.py), but is not yet called from the align screen. However, I'm using it in the carm up and down scripts, and it works nicely for the PRM. I need to check that the offset value is okay for all the other optics (i.e. are they getting misaligned enough?), but then I'll have the new script called from the screen. The new script, per Rana's suggestion, does not touch the bias sliders. Rather, it puts an offset in the pitch filter banks in the coil driver output matrix-of-filter-banks. Then the misalign routine turns the offset on, and the restore routine turns the offset off. This way we have a nice ramp time, but don't have to do the weird calculation of number of steps to take as is done in the current script. Also, the "save" functionality will be obsolete, since we're never touching the bias sliders except for actual alignment needs.
I'm not sure what changed, other than the HEPA being on lower, but the Xarm ALS was much better behaved tonight. I was able to hang out around arm powers of ~1 for as long as I wanted.
I didn't try to hand over to digital REFLDC, but I was trying a few times to engage the AO path. With the CM board set to Plus, I hear hooting when MC IN2 is about 4dB. With the CM board set to Minus, I didn't hear hooting, but I lost lock when I went from 13dB to 14dB.
Also, I put the cables for the SR785 back to the "A" set of test points and excitation, so that I could take a closed loop transfer function. However, I don't know where the latest working scripts to make a remote measurement are, so maybe we can take some loop measurements tomorrow.
The carm_cm_up script is good (for tonight) up to the prompt "Press enter to indicate that it is okay to turn on MC2 LSC FM8". There are "read"s every step of the way, so it goes nice and slow, but it'll do everything for you except any last tweaks of the PRM alignment after the PRMI is locked.
I tried many times this evening to engage the AO path, with limited success.
Q's new scripts worked really well, and so I have some transfer functions! To take these measurements, in ...../scripts/general/netgpib, I am running ./TFSR785 TFSR785_CARMloop_May2014.yml, where the file name is the name of my parameter file. The data, and the saved pdfs, are in /users/jenne/PRFPMI/CARM_loop_measurements/2014May14/ . For these measurements, the SR785 is hooked up to the "A" set of excitation and test points on the CM board.
All of these traces were taken while the IFO was PRFPMI, with PRCL and MICH on REFL33, DARM on ALS diff, and CARM on InvSqrtTrans. carm_cm_up.sh is up to date, through the echo "REFL_I should now be zero" (~line 111 in the script). All you need to do is set the beatnotes, and then run the script. Follow instructions in the prompt (such as "press enter to confirm PRMI is locked").
Here are my notes for the various times:
23:01:44 - MC IN2 = 0dB, CARM gain = 5.0
23:13:45 - MC IN2 = 10dB, CARM gain = 5
23:26:10 - MC IN2 = 6dB, CARM gain = 10 (after Q suggested increasing overall gain, rather than just AO path)
00:13:07 - MC IN2 = 6dB?, CARM = 6ish? don't remember exactly.
00:45:00ish, Realigned IFO using IR with arms.
01:03:17 - MC In2 = 0dB, CARM gain = 5
01:07:42 - MC IN2 = 8dB, CARM gain = 6.295 (AO went up to 6dB, then +1dB steps to both simultaneously using ezcastep C1:LSC-CARM_GAIN 1dB C1:IOO-MC_AO_GAIN 1)
ezcastep C1:LSC-CARM_GAIN 1dB C1:IOO-MC_AO_GAIN 1
01:08:57 - MC IN2 = 10dB, CARM gain = 7.92447
01:10:08 - MC IN2 = 12dB, CARM gain = 9.97631
lockloss when trying to add 1 more dB to both.
01:41:36 - MC IN2 = 12dB, CARM gain = 9.97
lockloss when just MC IN2 up by 1dB, left CARM gain alone.
The 60Hz noise in TRY is back. Since I thought I remembered someone suggesting that it was leakage light from the exit sign, Koji went in and wrapped the end table in foil, however the lines are still present.
In addition to a transparent legend, we need the corresponding CM crossover measurements from DTT to compare with the Q-Mist-Loop model results. The xover tells us when the AO gain is high enough so that they can be ramped up together.
Also, I wonder how much power fluctuation we get from the large ALS DIFF noise and if that demands we get the TR signals normalized by POPDC.
It's taken a lot of trial and error, but I've found a path through MATLAB loops that seems like it may be stable at all points.
CAVEAT: This doesn't give any indication as to why we weren't able to turn up the AO gain more last night, as far as I can tell, so it's not all good news.
However, it's still ok to at least have a plan that works in simulation...
Based on the location of the optical resonance peak in the CARM plant, we estimate our CARM offset to be 200pm. I haven't simulated TFs there exactly, but do have 100pm and 300pm TFs. This procedure works in MATLAB starting at either, though 100pm is a little nicer than 300. MATLAB data and code is attached in a zip.
The steps below correspond to the attached figures: Bode plots and step response of the Loop at each step.
0. [Not Plotted] DCTrans sensing, MCL actuation on CARM. FMs1,2,3,5,8; UGF = 120. (DARM not considered at all)
#4 Seems like the most sticky part. While both sides of this look stable as far as I can tell. I feel that flipping from the red phase curve to the teal might not actually be ok, since they are on either side of the bad phase of 0 degrees. It isn't immediately evident to me how to easily model the transitions between steps, rather than just the stability of of each step in the steady state.
The qpd was removed from the east end table and threaded adaptor ring epoxied on it's shell.
This tube will cut down the amount of emergency exit light getting into the qpd.
Den and I spent some time with the interferometer last night with hopes of bringing in the AO path, but were stymied by the (re)occurrence of the anomalously high low frequency motion of the Xarm, as seen by fluctuations of TRX from .9 to .2 while "held" on resonance.
Jenne reported that they weren't seeing it earlier in the evening, and then it started again when I showed up. Holding the arms on IR, we could see a fair amount of excess low frequency noise in the BEATX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ channel, as compared to BEATY, bringing its RMS to 5 times that of the Y arm. From the shape of the excess noise (broad slope from DC to tens of Hz), Rana suspected air currents and/or scattering effects being the culprit.
Den poked around a bit on the PSL table, which didn't really change much. He then went down to the X end table to inspect the table, and while he was there, I noticed the noise go down to being in line with the Yarm. I joined him at the end, and we found the beat phase noise in the frequency region of concern to be hugely sensitive to tapping on the enclosure, air current, etc. There is also a ton of green light everywhere, and multiple spots of green light around the green refl PD.
At that point however, the quiescent noise was acceptable (TRX fluctuations of <.2), so we went back to the control room to try to lock. Unfortunately, after a few attempts, the noise was back. At this point, we went home. The layout of the end table likely needs some attention to try and minimize our susceptibility to excess scatter effects.
Turn off the AC and flow bench please.
Electronic components should be ISOLATED as they are installed on the optical tables.
This is essential to avoid ground loops, 60 Hz and harmonic peaks in the spectrum. We have just got some made.
Please only use it for this reason. Earlier black delrin base plates were used up in not needed places.
The anodized Aluminum base plates with magenets certainly will conduct.
We noticed that PRMI RIN is high when the cavity is locked on RELF33 I&Q signals. We compared the level of power fluctuations when PRMI was locked using REFL11, REFL55 and REFL 33. Attached plot "prmi_rin" shows the spectra.
Then we excited PRM and measured length to RIN coupling when PRMI was locked on REFL33 I&Q. DC offset of PRCL is only 3%. But MICH offset seems to be ~nm. When we gave offset of -15 cnts to the servo, power fluctuations improved by a factor of few.
Then we looked at DRMI. It seems that SRC macroscopic length is off but we still could lock it stably. To account for macroscopic length detuning we had to rotate REFL55 phase from 25 degrees to 50 degrees. Power at AS port increased by factor of ~2 compared to PRMI configuration. SPOP18 is decreased only by 30%. Attached plot "drmi_power" shows POP18, POP90, POPDC and ASDC in PRMI and DRMI configurations.
Plot "src_ol" shows srcl OL transfer function. UGF is 70 Hz. We have also centered SRM OL and copied the servo filters from PRM, gains are set to keep UGF at ~0.1 Hz and 7 Hz
This is a more detailed procedure:
1. Phase: REFL11: 19 degree, REFL55: 50 degrees (25 degrees for PRMI configuration)
2. Input matrix:
3. Servo parameters:
PRCL: gain = -0.02, FM4,5 + trigger FM2,3,6,9
MICH: gain = 0.8, FM4,5 + trigger FM2
SRCL: gain = 0.25, FM4,5 + trigger FM2,3
signal is SPOP22 , levels 40:25
The daytime crew had noticed that there were some ETMX angular shifts happening without any control or intention.
I reseated and strain relieved the bias cable coming into the backplane of the coil driver and now it seems OK.
In the 4-hour-long second trend plot below, the era before 2300 is before reseating. Afterwards, we make a couple adjustments, but so far there has been no un-asked for alignment shifts.
AdS has been run on both arms and offsets saved. Its locked on green/red and the beat frequencies are low and the amplitudes high.
Sun May 18 23:53:37 2014: still OK...I declare it fixed.
We have looked at a few things that do and don't affect the out of loop noise of the ALS X beat, and found that cavity alignment and beatnote RF frequency had the strongest effects.
Possible causes of noise:
1. Air currents from A/C or flowbench. No effect.
* When table lid is on, turning on and off the flow bench air did not qualitatively change the out of loop beatnote time series signal.
2. Scattered light from other beams hitting green PDH PD. No effect.
* There are a few spots of green light that are hitting the case of the PDH photodiode, but when I put an iris in place to block those spots, there was no change in the beatnote spectra. This makes sense to me since none of those spots were close to hitting the diode itself.
* Rana did notice that the beam was not well centered on the PD, so he steered the beam onto the center of the diode. Also, the PD is now tilted a little bit so that the reflection from the diode doesn't go back into the beam path. Neither of these things had an effect that we noticed in the beatnote noise.
3. Oplev laser light getting to PDH PD. Not tested.
* We don't see any red light over by the PDH PD, so we did not try turning off the oplev's laser to see if that had an effect, but we suspect that it is not the cause of our noise.
4. Clipping of main IR / green beam on Xend table. Not tested.
* We should still go have a look at this, but we no longer think that this is the main cause of the elevated noise.
5. Scattered light all over Xend table. Not tested.
* We should still work on dumping extraneous beams on the table, but we do not think that this is the main cause of the elevated noise.
* Rana took some photos so that we can see how truely bad the situation is.
6. Amplitude modulation dip in NPRO. Not tested.
* It is probably still a good idea to check this, in case the dip in the amplitude modulation has changed over the year or two since it was last measured, but we also don't think that this is the main problem.
7. Check PDH servo. Not done.
* I think this is still on Q's long-term todo list, but we should give the PDH servos a once-over.
8. Arm cavity longitudinal motion. No effect.
* While the Xarm was locked with IR, we put a line at 1.7 Hz with 325 counts into the ITMX position. To keep lock, the ETM had to move as well. When we turned on this line (and increased its amplitude up to the final value of 325 cts), we did not see any qualitative change in the beatnote time series noise.
9. Arm cavity alignment. Significant DC effect.
* When the alignment of one of the arm cavity mirrors is changed, the DC value of the beatnote signal changes.
* ITMX moved in yaw, we see a 7kHz/15urad DC shift in the BEATX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ time series.
* ETMX moved in yaw, we see an 8kHz/5.5urad DC shift in the time series. We aren't sure why this is about a factor of 3 times larger effect (same shift for smaller misalignment) than the ITM.
* We want to do a Yuta-style analysis to see what the angle to length coupling looks like, so that we can measure the angular motion of our cavity mirrors and put the expected noise into our ALS noise budget. Perhaps this will help us understand the low frequency difference between our in-loop beatnote error signal and our in-loop PDH error signals (red vs. maroon on the ALS noise budget posted above Pianosa).
* I've asked Manasa to take some transfer functions in the morning, so that we can start to have an idea of what is going on with this.
10. Beatnote RF frequency. Significant broadband effect.
* We have found that when the Xarm beatnote is at low RF frequencies, the noise is high, and when the beatnote is at high RF frequencies, the noise is low!
* Low RF freqs are below about 40 MHz, while high RF freqs are above about 90 MHz. This has not been tested for the Yarm. Also, these are for the case of "temp slider up, beatnote up". I have not checked if the same is true for the other side of the PSL frequency, although I don't have reason to believe that it would be.
* Maybe we are saturating some amplifiers? We need to check this out. One thought that Den mentioned was the harmonics, and that perhaps they are causing trouble in the electronics.
* Den is going to think about implementing a frequency divider so that we can directly digitize the beatnote signal.
* Here are spectra for different cases:
* And here is a spectrogram showing us going back and forth between the high and low noise states:
* A: First noticing that noise is good when RF frequency is high.
* B: Not locked on TEM00 mode, so extra noisy. Disregard.
* C: Bad noise time. Xbeat was 21 MHz (dark purple on DTT spectrum above), Ybeat was 118 MHz (sea green on DTT spectrum above).
* D: Good noise time. Xbeat was 89 MHz (light purple on DTT plot), Ybeat was still 118MHz (turquoise on DTT plot).
* E: Bad noise time. Xbeat was 37.5 MHz, Ybeat was still 118 MHz.
* F: Good noise time. Xbeat was 113 MHz, Ybeat was still 118 MHz.
So, I really should have done this as soon as Manasa measured the arm lengths... I've updated my MIST model with the real arm lengths, but still am using assumed identical losses of 75ppm on each mirror. (I've tried measuring the arm losses for real, but got numbers in the hundreds of ppms, so I need to reexamine things...)
Here's a simulation of the fields in a perfectly locked PRC when CARM is swept (Normalized to input power = 1).
More importantly, here's the latest simulation of MICH vs. PRCL demodulation angle separation in the 3F signals. It seems that we may be getting burned by using REFL33 for the PRC lock. REFL165, on the other hand looks much more robust. We should try this out.
(Some of my previous simulations incorrectly implemented MICH excitations; I only moved the ITMS, not the ETMS along with them, so some other stuff slipped in... )
Here's the angles of MICH and PRCL from the my earlier plot by themselves; this shows that the individual demod angles in REFL165 aren't changing much either.
Since Q has found that REFL165 will be better for holding the PRMI while we reduce the CARM offset, I had a look at locking PRMI sideband locking with both 3f PDs.
I checked the REFL165 demod phase, and changed it from -142.5 deg to -138.5 deg. to minimize the Q signal while driving PRM length.
I found that keeping the MICH and PRCL loop gains the same, and using matrix elements +0.1 for both I and Q for REFL165, rather than +1 for both I and Q for REFL 33.
MICH gain is +0.8, PRCL gain is -0.02. FMs 4,5 on for both, FM 2 triggered for MICH, FMs 2,3,6 triggered for PRCL.
I then locked the PRMI on sideband with REFL 33 and then REFL 165, and measured the other one as an out of loop sensor of the motion. I find that REFL33 and 165 are both comparable, and so we shouldn't have any trouble using REFL165 for locking.
We spent some time tonight looking at locking the PRMI with REFL165 vs. REFL33, while reducing the CARM offset.
We were not able to lock the PRMI on REFL165 I&Q at small CARM offsets. When locking at larger CARM offsets (about 100 counts, which is about 100nm) and then re-adjusting the REFL165 demod phase as I reduced the CARM offset, I saw that I had to significantly rotate the phase. For PRMI only (no arms), the REFL165 demod phase was -138.5 deg. When the PRMI was locked with a -100 count CARM offset, the optimal demod phase was -123 deg. Then at -90 counts the phase was -113 deg. At -70 counts, the phase was -108 deg, at -50 counts it was -98 deg, and at -40 it was -93 deg. We want to go back and look at these more carefully, and in a more continuous way, by watching the sensing matrix calibration lines. It's unclear to me right now why we're seeing this, but it's possible that we're getting some kind of extra 55MHz resonances.
REFL DC looks like it should be good - same slope and gain as sqrtTR, extra 20 or 30 deg of phase margin, so we think that we should be able to transition over to it, and then try engaging the AO path. Tonight we had Den's new 1kHz lowpass engaged, and with this, everything looks nice and stable.
Game plan: Bring CARM in until transmissions are at about 10ish, then try keeping CARM on sqrtInvTrans for the DC part, and engage the AC AO part with REFL DC. We probably just need to try this for a while more to find just the right way to turn it on.
Need to think about demod phase rotation vs CARM offset as well as extra resonances, but this may take a while, and if we can just get the AO path engaged, that would be good.
Attached is the measurement of the transfer function from ITMX oplev error in yaw to the ALSX error signal.
The arm was locked to the IR using POX and the green beat frequency (between X arm trans in green and PSL green) in this case was 27MHz.
The transfer function looks mostly flat between 1Hz - 30Hz at 700-800 Hz/urad. The DC shift that Jenne measured from the time series is ~500 Hz/urad.
So far I have not been able to measure the TF below 1Hz without the arm losing its lock. Updates will follow.
Data xml file can be found in /users/manasa/data/140521/
Below are the transfer functions measured between the angular (pit, yaw) motion of X arm mirrors and the ALSX error signal. The measurements were again made for 1Hz-30Hz.
The transfer functions are mostly flat.
ITMX P - 200-300 Hz/urad (beat freq = 45 MHz)
ITMX Y - 700-800 Hz/urad (beat freq = 27MHz)
ETMX P - 500-600 Hz/urad (beat freq = 56 MHz)
ETMX Y - 1000-2000 Hz/urad (beat freq = 62.5MHz)
Data xml files can be found in /users/manasa/data/140521/
Grr. I am very frustrated. After lunch I redid alignment for both X and Y green systems (Yarm both at the end and on the PSL table, Xarm just on the PSL table). After that realignment work, I cannot find a beatnote for the Xarm!!!
The Ybeat, after aligment, was up to -5.5 dBm when the beat was at 11 MHz. Last week it was something like -20 dBm, so alignment makes a big difference. After doing IR alignment I had noticed that the green transmitted through the Yarm didn't look very bright on the camera, and the power was around 0.2, so I went to the Yend and gently touched the green input steering mirrors, and got the Ygreen trans PD back to more than 0.9 with the PSL green shutter closed. Awesome. Then I touched up the Ygreen PSL alignment, and then saw that the beatnote was nice and large. Hooray. I measured the out of loop noise, and it was even better than the best we saw last week: (greenish was best last week for Yarm, teal blue is new Ygreen):
At this point, I still hadn't touched anything on the X path (except the PZT input steering mirrors, remotely from the control room). The beatnote was about the same size as it was on Friday, around -27dBm. I went onto the PSL table and did the same alignment procedure that I had just done for the Yarm: Remove the green trans PD and the accompanying lens so that I get far-field spots on the wall, and then steer the PSL green and the X green spots until they are nicely overlapped at both the camera (near-field) and on the wall. I looked at the DC output of the beat PD, and centered the beam on the diode. I put back the thorlabs DC transmission PD and the lens, and centered the beam on that. However, after this work, I cannot find a beatnote for the X arm! I still see the nice big Ygreen beatnote, and I have the PSL and Xend temperatures where they usually are ( abs(FSS Slow) < 0.1, and X end Slow around 10,090. ) I scanned -10,000 counts, and +5,000 counts from there, and still don't find a beatnote!
I went back inside, and I don't see an RF signal coming into the beatbox from the Xarm. It's not the cable's fault though, since I then hooked the RF output of the beat PD to a 'scope, and still didn't see any beatnote. The DC path of the PD is definitely seeing things, because when I switch the 'scope over to the DC output of the Xbeat PD, and I block/unblock the beam, I see the voltage step up and down as expected.
I have not pulled out the Xgreen broadband PD, but unless someone else has a good idea of what to check, that might be one of the next things to do.
Ideas of things I could try:
* Put the X broadband PD on the Y beatnote path to see if I see the same Y beatnote (use the port where the Y green trans PD is, since it has the coaligned beams, and a lens).
* Open the PD and see if anything on the RF path is fried.
* Move the Y PD over to the X path, to see if it sees the beatnote.
I made my attempts trying to figure out what was wrong.
Checking if we are at the right X end laser temperature:
I aligned the arms and found the Y beatnote.I blocked the light falling on the X beat PD so that the RF analyser was only looking at the output from the Y beat PD. AT the RF analyser, I found the strong Y-PSL beatnote, the X-Y beat note and a weak X-PSL beatnote. This confirmed that we have the X end laser at the right temperature to be able to detect the beatnote. Unblocking the light on the X beat PD did not bring in any additional peaks.
Checking the RF cabling from the X beat PD to the beat box:
I swapped the RF cables such that the signal from the Y beat PD output was going to the X input on the beatbox. I could still see the beatnote on the RF analyser. This confirmed that there aren't any broken RF cables along the X path.
Checking X green PSL alignment:
I replaced the X beat PD with the Y beat PD to check if the alignment of X&PSL green are alright. I could find the X beat note this way without any alignment tweaking.
I suspect we probably have some RF component burnt in the X beat PD. Do we have any spares lying around? There is a Koji's box with a PD having the same serial number.
IFO status report for anyone who is looking to do some locking tonight :
The Y beat PD is back along the Y path and I have confirmed the presence of Y-PSL beat note after replacing the PD.
The X beat PD has been removed and now rests on the electronics bench for checking.
While aligning the arms today, I noticed that enabling LSC would cause misalignment of the ETMY suspension. I haven't tried to find out what has been causing this. Could be something similar to what was noticed with the ETMX suspension a couple of weeks ago elog9969.
If the PD is the suspect, just pull it from the table and bring it to the PD testing setup.
The transimpedance of the PD should be ~2000 Ohm for both of the RF and DC outputs.
The test setup gives you the systematic opportunity for examination of the signal line.
Check the signal level with the active probe.
Once the broken component is found replace it. You are supposed to have the replacement
components on the blue tower.
I'll put more detail in the morning, but I was able to get the PRM/ITMY/ETMY coupled cavities locked with 32kHz bandwidth using the AO path. (However, this is a pretty low-finesse situation, since the BS is dumping so much power out of the PRC. Full buildup is only 3 or 4 times the single arm power)
Since our ALS is better than it was a month ago when I last played with this, I was able to hop straight from ALS to REFL11 I on resonance, with the PRY locked on 3f.
Here are some quick OLTF plots I took along the way.
I'm using this configuration to validate my loop modelling for the full double arm case. Right off the bat, this tells me that the "minus" polarity on the CM servo is the correct one. I didn't use REFLDC at all tonight, but I figure I can check it out by doing the transition backwards, so to speak.
Wait. It is not so clear.
Do you mean that the IFO was locked with REFL11I for the first time?
Why is it still in the "low finesse" situation? Is it because of misalignment or the non-zero CARM offset?
Do you mean that the IFO was locked with REFL11I for the first time?
Sorry, the X arm is completely misaligned. This is the configuration I first tried in ELOG 9859, that is: a PRM->ITMY recycling cavity and ITMY->ETMY arm cavity. ITMX is completely misaligned, so the BS is dumping much of the recycling cavity light out, which is why I wrote "low finesse." This is the first time I've used REFL11 to control any of our cavities, though.
I noticed today, and Rana said that he saw Saturday, that the MC refl value when the MC is unlocked is unusually high. It typically goes to about 4.5 V, but now is going up to 6.5V. Since the PMC output is the same as usual (max seen has been about 0.82 today), something must have happened between the PMC and the IMC.
Late last week, EricG and Nichin were looking at things on the AS table. Was anything touched on the AS table? Was anything touched on the PSL table? 'Fess up please, so that we can pinpoint what the change was.
Also, this afternoon, I touched up the MC alignment a bit, although it still needs work (I've asked Manasa to look at it tomorrow). Rana centered the WFS to my MC alignment (this will need to be redone after the MC is truely aligned), and we turned the WFS on. I also locked both arms individually, and locked MICH and PRMI sideband. The PRMI wasn't especially stable unless I turned on the POP ASC. I assume (hope) that this is just because I was doing it during the day, and not because there is something actually different about the PRMI since the computer meltdown.
Rana and I also took some notes on things that need to be done, starting tomorrow (the first line and the yellow line are scribbles):
1. Recovered MC alignment and locked it manually after the ottavia cron failed to help.
2. Measured the MC spots and could not get the MC spots better looking than this.
spot positions in mm (MC1,2,3 pit MC1,2,3 yaw):
[1.6609930611758554, -1.4655939584833202, 1.3133188677545831, -1.9483764375494121, -1.6539541350121174, -0.8862744551298497]
3. Realigned the beams to the MC WFS and enabled WFS servo.
MC Trans SUM is ~17000 counts and MC REFL is ~0.5 counts.
IOO QPDS center
Recover REFL 33
MC autolocker cron
PRMI locking with REFL33 is fine. As it was yesterday, it's a little wobbly without the ASC (just PRM oplev), but I don't know that it's any different than it used to be. It'll hold for long periods of time, so I feel okay about it.
When the PRMI is locked, you can push the "up" button on the ASC screen, and it'll turn down the PRM oplev gain by a large factor, and engage the ASC. When you lose lock, press the "down" button to undo these changes. (Probably the ifoconfig script should include the ASC down script). These up and down scripts for the ASC are already included in the carm_up script (the ASC up), and the watch scripts which run a down script (including ASC down) for the whole IFO when ALS loses lock. If the ASC is engaged, I get bored of watching it before the PRMi loses lock on its own, so I think it's okay. (Let's say that means I've watched it stay locked for at least a few tens of seconds, but it looks like it always has with the ASC - like it'll stay forever).
The only thing that seems different about the PRMI is that I've increased the PRCL gain from -0.02 to -0.04. This is a value that it was at some weeks ago, and then we turned it down for loop osc reasons, but now it doesn't want to catch lock with the lower value, and if I turn it down after it's locked, it has trouble holding on. I have included this change into the PRMI sideband configure script.
I haven't tried anything creative like locking with REFL 165. I also didn't lock with 11 or 55, since 33 just worked.
Nope, we did not touch any of the PDs other than AS55. I have mentioned in my elog:10037 what we did exactly.
We just looked at all the other PDs to check if they were being illuminated by the correctly labeled fiber. Nothing other than that.
Arms locked in comm and diff with ALS. PRMI locked with REFL33 I&Q while arms off resonance. Having trouble reducing CARM offset, even to get to arm powers of 1.
After Manasa installed the new Xgreen PD, Koji looked at the PSL table alignment with me. I saw only a very weak beatnote with the X BBPD, even though I could see the beatnote on the Y PD from the leakage of the X beam to the Y PD (Yend shutter was closed, so just PSL and X greens were on the table). I had thought that my near-field and far-field alignments were pretty good (actually, I checked them, but didn't feel that I needed to tweak them since Manasa did the alignment this afternoon). Anyhow, it was just a matter of tweaking up the alignment a bit, and then the X beatnote got up to about -25dBm at a few tens of MHz. I am starting to question myself if the other BBPD is broken, or if I just not well enough aligned. Anyhow, the spare is in, we can still have a look at the previous X BBPD, but it may be okay, and it's just me embarrassing myself by not catching an alignment problem.
Anyhow, after the X beat was found, I was able to (on my first try) lock the arms using ALS comm and diff. (I already had a nice strong Y beatnote, so that didn't need finding, other than temp adjustment of the end laser). I ran the carm_cm_up.sh script, and it did everything nicely. I did a quickie check of the phase tracker loop gains, but that should be redone in the morning.
PRMI was a little reluctant to lock, so I played around with the MICH and PRCL gains, but didn't really find any combination that was any better than the usual (+0.8 for MICH, -0.04 for PRCL as I had last night, although I needed to reduce the PRCL gain back to -0.02 to eliminate loop osc).
After an arm lockloss, I relocked just the PRMI and used awggui to put a line into C1:LSC-PRM_EXC to check the RF PD phasing. I changed REFL33 from 133.5 to 138.5, and REFL 165 from -142.5 to -152.5. I didn't think that REFL11 needed changing, and I didn't check REFL55. I also checked that I could lock PRMI without arms, using both REFL33 and REFL165 - they seemed about the same to me, both stable. REFL33 has 1's in the input matrix, and I was using 0.07's for REFL165. The demod phase adjustment didn't really improve PRMI locking while the arms were held off resonance, even if I moved the arms even farther from resonance (usually we do 3nm, I went out to 5nm to see if that helped - it didn't). I tried REFL165 locking, but that wasn't any good either. I tried using REFL165 with the arms held off resonance, but that didn't seem to catch at all (at least with REFL33 I was getting short lock blips).
Anyhow, of the 3 or 4 times that I caught REFL33 PRMI lock and tried to reduce the CARM offset, only one time did I even get to arm powers of about 1 (CARM digital offset of -0.1, with CARM held on sqrt transmission signals), and then it didn't stay for more than a few tens of seconds. The other few times, it broke lock on the way up to arm powers of 1.
So, carm_cm_up.sh works pretty well, although perhaps the arm powers of 1 offset reduction needs to be a little slower. PRMI doesn't catch and hold lock very easily with REFL33, and even less so with REFL165. It may be useful to try catching lock with REFL11 or 55, and doing a transition over to 3f. No real progress forward, but we're pretty much recovered.
Still no real luck getting the beam back aligned to the IFO.
Koji and I tried a few minutes of wiggling the input pointing tip tilts (TT1 and TT2) around, and then tried doing some thinking.
We note that the beam propagates (modulo a few pickoffs):
IMC -> Faraday -> TT1 -> MMT1 -> MMT2 -> TT2 -> PRM.
Since moving TT1 to the rails does make beam reflections in the BS chamber move (as seen by movement of the general illumination on the PRM face camera), I posit that the beam is getting through the Faraday. It is certainly getting at least mostly through the Faraday, although since the MC locked so easily, I assume that we didn't have too much movement after the ~2pm Alaskan earthquake & aftershocks, so we're at pretty much the same alignment as usual, in terms of beam pointing coming from the IMC.
The plan is then to see the position of the beam on MMT1, and steer using TT1 to get the beam to roughly the center. Then, see the beam propagate to MMT2 (if possible) and TT2 (if possible). From here, we should be able to see the spot on PRM. We should be able to use TT2 to tweak things up, and get the beam back to about the right place on POP, or REFL, or somewhere farther along. Hopefully at this point, we'd see some flashes in the Yarm.
Using a spare Watek camera, I was able to capture a shot of the face of MMT1. This is when the TTs were restored to their values that were saved last Monday. I checked, and this is also roughly the center of the actuation range of TT1, for both pitch and yaw.
I am not able to see the face of MMT2, or TT2. If I leave TT1, and move TT2, I am not able to see any movement of any beam or reflections seen in the PRM face camera.
Koji and I are checking the MC spot positions, but it may be time to leave this for the morning crew.
EDIT: The MC spots were actually pretty bad, and the WFS were working really hard. Koji realigned the MC suspensions, and now the MC spots are slightly better, although quite similar, to what Manasa measured last week. The restored TT values still don't give us any flashes in the arms.
[Jenne, EricQ, Manasa]
We are still not able to get the beam to go to the interferometer, which is super frustrating.
We tried using cameras and viewers to look into several ports, however all we can see is the face of MMT1, which I posted a still of last night. I have a camera looking at the back of the PRM, in hopes that we could see the beam on PRM, but no luck. The thought was that the lever arm between TT2 and PRM is so short that as long as TT2 is reasonably in the center of its range, it doesn't need to be precise. However, it seems that no matter how much I move TT1, I am not able to get a nice beam spot on PRM. Part of this is that we have to be close enough to the right alignment to hit MMT1, MMT2 and TT2.
Anyhow, we're frustrated, and I'm not sure what our next step is. I would very much prefer it if we didn't have to open any chambers, but I don't currently have any new ideas on how to see the spot on MMT2 or TT2.
I need to figure this out before it's worth trying any acrobatic AO path turn-on scenarios.
Also this evening, I went to the Yend and did another tweak-up of the green beam alignment.
Never mind. This is just the low pass filter that Den put in to try to deal with the moving cavity pole.
Before I realized this, just in case it was a computer quirk, Koji and I rebooted the end station front end machines. This had no effect other than to keep me searching and measuring until I figured it out. If I turn off the low pass, the phase pops back up to very close to the reference. The low pass currently comes on automatically as part of the carm_cm_up script.
I'm not sure why the c1cal model didn't come up the last time c1lsc was rebooted, but I did an "rtcds start c1cal" on the lsc machine, and it's up and running now.
I have put beam dumps in front of both of the end transmission QPDs so that I could measure the dark noise. They are still there.
I checked that the Yend QPD sliders and switches were doing things as I expected. I couldn't do the Xend since c1auxex is still lost (elog 10165). I'll post plots and actual information on this checkout, as well as my calculation of what this dark noise means in terms of meters for CARM when we're using 1/sqrt(trans) signals tomorrow morning.
Measurement of Yend transmission QPD dark noise
Since EricQ had already checked out the whitening filters (see elog 9637 and elog 9642), I didn't check on them. I just left them (the analog whitening, and the digital antiwhitening filters) on.
First, I checked the noise vs. transimpedance gain. There are a few too many settings to put them all on one plot, so I have them sorted by the original transimpedance: 0.5 kOhms vs 5 kOhms. It's a little tricky to see, but all of the spectra that begin with the 5k transimpedance have a little extra noise around 10 Hz, although I don't know why. In the legend I have made note of what the settings were. x1 x1 is my representation of the "inactive" setting.
I then looked at the noise with different whitening gain slider settings. All but one of the traces are the 20 kOhm setting.
These .xml files are in /users/jenne/Arms/TransQPDnoise_July2014/
Calculation of inverse sqrt transmission sensitivity
I used Optickle to give me the power transmitted through the ETMs. I first find the transmission in the FPMI case. I use that to normalize the full PRFPMI transmission, so that the output units are the same as our C1:LSC-TR[x,y]_OUT units.
I take the square root of the transmitted power (sum of transmissions from each arm) at each CARM offset point, add 1e-3 as we do in the front end model to prevent divide-by-zero problems, and then take the inverse.
I find the slope by taking the difference in power between adjacent points, divided by the CARM offset difference between those points.
In this plot, I have taken the absolute value of the sensitivity, just for kicks. I also display an arbitrarily scaled version of the log of the transmitted power, so that we can see that the highest sensitivity is at half the maximum power.
Calculate the QPD dark noise in terms of meters
Finally, I put it all together, and find the dark noise of the QPD in terms of meters. Since the spectra were measured in units where the single-arm transmission is unity, the already match the units that I used to calculate the sqrtInv sensitivity.
I take the spectra of the QPD dark noise for the 20 kOhm case, and multiply it by the sensitivity calibration number at several different CARM offsets. As we expect, the noise is the best at half-max transmission, where the sensitivity is maximal.
I took some data tonight for a quick look at what combinations of DC signals might be good to use for DARM, as an alternative to ALS before we're ready for RF.
I had the arms locked with ALS, PRMI with REFL33, and tried to move the CARM offset between plus and minus 1. The PRMI wasn't holding lock closer than about -0.3 or +0.6, so that is also a problem. Also, I realized just now that I have left the beam dumps in front of the transmission QPDs, so I had prevented any switching of the trans PD source. This means that all of my data for C1:LSC-TR[x,y]_OUT_DQ is taken with the Thorlabs PDs, which is fine, although they saturate around arm powers of 4 ever since my analog gain increase on the whitening board. Anyhow, the IFO didn't hold lock for much beyond then anyway, so I didn't miss out on much. I need to remember to remove the dumps though!!
Self: Good stuff should be between 12:50am - 1:09am. One set of data was ./getdata -s 1089445700 -d 30 -c C1:LSC-TRX_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-TRY_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-CARM_IN1_DQ C1:LSC-PRCL_IN1_DQ
./getdata -s 1089445700 -d 30 -c C1:LSC-TRX_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-TRY_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-CARM_IN1_DQ C1:LSC-PRCL_IN1_DQ
I removed the dumps in front of the trans QPDs. The Yend QPD needed re-normalization, so I did that.
I realized while I was looking at last night's data that I had been doing CARM sweeps, when really I wanted to be doing DARM sweeps. I took a few sets of data of DARM sweeps while locked on ALSdiff. However, Rana pointed out that comparing ALSdiff to TRX-TRY isn't exactly a fair comparison while I'm locked on ALSdiff, since it's an in-loop signal, so it looks artificially quiet.
Anyhow, I may consider transitioning DARM over to AS55 temporarily so that I can look at both as out-of-loop sensors.
Also, so that I can try locking DARM on DC transmission, I have added 2 more columns to the LSC input matrix (now we're at 32!), for TRX and TRY. We already had sqrt inverse versions of these signals, but the plain TRX and TRY were only available as normalization signals before. Since Koji put in the facility to sqrt or not the normalization signals, I can now try:
Option 1: ( TRX - TRY ) / (TRX + TRY)
Option 2: ( TRX - TRY ) / sqrt( TRX + TRY )
DARM does not yet have the facility to normalize one signal (DC transmission) and not another (ALS diff), so I may need to include that soon. For tonight, I'm going to try just changing matrix elements with ezcastep.
Since I changed the c1lsc.mdl model, I compiled it, restarted the model, and checked the model in. I have also added these 2 columns to the AUX_ERR sub-screen for the LSC input matrix. I have not changed the LSC overview screen.
New script called scripts/ALS/findRedResonance.py finds the IR resonance in less than 20 seconds.
The above is the gist of what goes on, but there were several issues to overcome to get the code to run.
From the last plot:
- Subtracting the offset of 0.0095, the modulation depth were estimated to be 0.20 for 11MHz, 0.25 for 55MHz
- Carrier TEM00 1.0, 1st order 0.01, 2nd order 0.05, 3rd order 0.002, 4th order 0.004
==> mode matching ~93%, dominat higher order is the 2nd order (5%).
Eric: now we have the number for the mode matching. How much did the cavity round-trip loss be using this number?
We had a look at the RIN of the transmission signals TRX and TRY, when the arms were individually locked on IR. If the intensity noise is very bad, then the transmission signals aren't really a good option to use for locking. So, if the RIN is bad, we need to work on our intensity stabilization.
We need to understand what the situation is with the AOM, and why it isn't working as expected, so that we can reinstall it. We also need to decide if we're going to use the SR560 setup, or if the Chas ISS is sufficiently characterized for us to use.
The RIN is certainly bad. Also, I don't know why the Xarm's RIN is worse between 10 Hz and a few hundred Hz than the Yarm.
I looked at what the RIN contribution of the sqrtInv sensor is by locking the arms individually on IR using POX and POY. I then took spectra of the sqrtInv channels. For the Xarm, I had forced the triggering so that the QPD was being used as the transmission PD, while the Yarm was using the regular Thorlabs PD. I also had the green lasers locked to the arms, and took beatnote spectra to see what the sensing noise of the beatnotes is, all at the same time.
For the sqrtInv channels, I used the Optickle calibration from elog 10187. For today's plot, I am using the calibration at about 1nm, since that is about where we are when we transition to the sqrtInv Thorlabs signal usually.
For the ALS channel, I was using the _FINE_PHASE_OUT signal, which is in units of degrees of phase for a single green wavelength. So, since k * x = phi, I want the phase data to be converted to radians (2*pi/360), and use k = 2*pi / lambda_green. So, doing some algebra, this gives me x = phi_degrees * lambda / 360 for my calibration.
What I see in the plot is that the ALS sensing noise is pretty bad compared to the sqrtInv channels, so maybe we don't have to work so hard on the ISS this next week. Also, the Thorlabs PD is much better than the QPDs, which maybe isn't so surprising since we have them set so that they have good SNR at higher power.
Anyhow, here's the plot:
Also, here is the Thorlabs PD only, with single arm locked on RF, with the noise calibrated to different CARM offsets:
Your calibration of the ALS signal should be revised.
The phase for the ALS is not an optical phase of the green but the phase of the phase tracker servo output.
The calibration of the phase tracker depends on the cable length of the delay line in the beat box.
It seems that we are based on this calibration. Which gives up ~19kHz/deg.
Or, equivalently, use C1:.....PHASE_OUT_HZ instead.
Using these numbers for both arms (Modulation takes away .2*.25 = 5% power, mode matching takes away 7% after that), I get the following from my data from March:
Xarm loss is 561.19 +/- 14.57 ppm
Yarm loss is 130.67 +/- 18.97 ppm
Obviously, the Xarm number looks very fishy, but its behavior was qualitatively very different when I took the data. ASDC would change from ~0.298 to ~0.306 when the Yarm was locked vs. misaligned, whereas the xarm numbers were .240 to .275.
In any case, I'll do the measurement again tomorrow, being careful with offsets and alignment; it won't take too long.
As Koji pointed out, I messed up the calibration. However, fixing it doesn't change things that much.
From this calibration by Yuta, the Xarm ALS calibration is 54 deg / MHz, or 19.17 kHz / deg. So, I multiply my data which is in these degree units by 19.17e3 to get Hz. Then I use delta_f / f = delta_L / L to convert to meters. f = c / lambda_green, and L = 37.5 meters.
This only changes the calibration by about 10-15%. It still looks like the ALS noise is well above the RIN level of the sqrtInv signal.
Alone with the IFO. Started from some conversation with it.
Some ALS trials: Found the Y-end green alignment was terrible. In fact the end green set up is terrible.
Unfixed optics, clipping/fringing in the faraday, unstable suprema mounts which is unnecessarily big.
Eventualy I stopped touching the end alignment. Run ALS to see the stability of the things.
This is a performance confirmation after some touching of the ALS electronics by Manasa/SURFs
The sensing noise levels of the ALSs looks the same as before.
The intensity noise of the transmission was also checked. They are not RIN but very close to RIN
as the DC was the unity for both arms.
The X arm has worse ALS noise level and RIN.
Although I forgot to turn off the HEPA flow at the south bench during the measurement. Gurrr.