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  8803   Thu Jul 4 19:37:37 2013 KojiUpdateSUSNew SUS screen

Totally agree. The old suspension screen should be driven away.

  8815   Tue Jul 9 20:09:53 2013 KojiUpdateIOOWFS debugging

The low UGFs of the MC WFS servos made the MC insane thesedays:
The servos are too slow and we kept having significant misalignment left uncompensated.

I increased the total gain of the MC WFS from 0.01 to 0.4 (x40) to make the UGFs of the
WFS paths to ~2Hz. This was too much gain for the QPD path so the gains for the QPD paths
were reduced by a factor of 4 (x10 in total).

The script mcwfsup was also modified accordingly.

  8816   Tue Jul 9 23:27:17 2013 KojiSummaryLSCMICH: ITMX/Y <=> PRM/BS

The MICH actuation with PRM/BS was investigated again.

(ITMX -1 / ITMY +1) is equivalent to (PRM -0.267 and BS +0.50).

- PRMIsb was locked with REFL33I&AS55Q.

- Using the locking module in the LSC model, actuate ITMX (-1) and ITMY (+1) at 580.1Hz. Note that the notch filters in the MICH/PRCL servos were on.

- Look at the peak in the AS55Q spectrum. Tune the BS element in the output matrix of the lock-in to minimize the peak height.
=> The peak was minimized at BS = -0.50.

- Look at the peak in the REFL33I spectrum. Tune the PRM element in the output matrix of the lock-in to minimize the peak height.
=> The peak was minimized at PRM = +0.267

- These measurement leads to the conclusion mentioned above.

  8833   Fri Jul 12 00:12:41 2013 KojiUpdateLSCPRMI + Y arm trial

[Koji, Manasa, Annalisa]

I made several trials to scan the arm on the IR TEM00 resonance while the PRMI was held with REFL165I&Q.
It was so hectic to keep multiple systems running correctly. We talked about how it should be automated.
We'll gradually offload the switching works on scripts.

In a good alignment condition, when I swept on the resonance, everytime the PRMI lost the lock. It reacquired
once the arm passed the resonance.

Lately I got difficulty to acquire lock of the PRMI while the arm is waiting at its off resonance.
If I change the ALS offset I got a stable lock in a certain offset, and did not get in another offset
so there could be something systematic. (The arm was in between the carrier resonance and the next sideband (55MHz) resonance).




- Run LSCoffset script.

- Misalign PRM. Lock and align the arms with ASS.

- Go into the tables. Align the oplevs for ETMX/Y, ITMX/Y, and BS. (Very important for alignment stability)

- Align PRMI and lock PRMI. Unlock once.

- Go into the BS/PRM table. Align the oplev for PRM.


- Misalign PRM by -0.2

- Find the beat note at around 50MHz by changing the Yarm SLOW control. Today the PSL SLOW was ~0.24, and the Yarm SLOW was -10981.

- Reset Phase Tracker History (Important)

- Engage Yarm ALS with FM5. Tested the sign of the servo by giving 0.01 or -0.01. In my case, the negative number worked fine.
  Gradually increase the gain up to -10. Turn on FM2/3/6/7/10.

- Use Filter module "C1ALS-OFFSETTER2" to give the ALS sweep. I used FM1 (30mHz LPF). Change the offset while looking at the IR TRY and POY11 error signal.

- Once the resonance is found, shift the beat note by giving +10 or -10 offset.


- While the arm is kept off resonance, align PRM.

- Lock PRMI with REFL33I and AS55Q. Turn on PRM ASC.

- Once the stable lock is obtained, switch the input signals to REFL165I&Q. I used REF33I x1.0->REFL165I x0.8 and AS55Q x1.0 -> REFL165Q x0.5

[PRMI + one arm]

- Revert the ALS offset by 10 to bring the arm on the resonance the see what happens.


  8838   Fri Jul 12 13:15:43 2013 KojiUpdateISSRMS Noise from PMC Transmission

It would be better to measure the power spectrum density of the fluctuation.
The RMS does not tell enough information how the servo should be.
In deed, the power spctrum density gives you how much the RMS is in the entire or a specific frequency range.

  8843   Sun Jul 14 17:47:28 2013 KojiUpdateIOOMC WFS maintenance

Annalisa notified me that the MC autolocker could not keep the MC locked.

I found the initial alignment was not good and the MC was too much excited when the WFS kicked in.

There might have been the WFS offset issue due to the miscentering of the spots on the WFS diodes.

I used the usual procedure of the maintenance and it looked OK if I followed the switching procedure the mc autolocker suppoed to do.

I still could not get the autolocker running smoothly. I opened mcup script and compared what was the difference
between my manual sequence and what the script did. The only difference was the lines related to MCL.
It was still turning on the filter module. I checked the MCL path and found that the gain was not zero but 1.0.
So now the MCL gain is set to zero. This solved all the remaining issue.

  8846   Mon Jul 15 13:51:17 2013 KojiConfigurationendtable upgradeDAC at 1Y4-Max Output and Power Spectrum

We need the unit of the voltage power spectrum density to be V/sqrt(Hz).
Otherwise we don't understand anything / any number from the plot.

  8855   Tue Jul 16 10:16:23 2013 KojiUpdate Beatbox XARM whitening modified

The X arm whitening filters of the beatbox were modified.
Now we have about 10 times better floor level above 100Hz and ~3 better at 1Hz.

- The previous whitening was zero@1Hz, pole@10Hz, and the DC gain of the unity.
  When the Marconi signal (~30MHz -25dBm) was given to the beatbox (via ZFL-1000LN),
  the DC output of the beatbox was only 140mV (lame). This corresponded to 220 counts in
  the CDS.
(BTW the signals were calibrated by giving frequency deviation of 1kHz is applied at 125Hz.)

- If you compare the analog measurement of the beatbox output and what we see in the I phase signal,
  you can see that we were completely dominated by the ADC noise (attachment 2, blue and red).

- The new whitening is zero@5.2Hz, pole@159Hz, and the DC gain of 10.

- This improved the sensing noise by a factor of ten above 100Hz.

- We are stil llimited by the digitizing noise between 3Hz to 100Hz.
  We need steeper whitening like 2nd order from 1Hz to 100Hz. (and probably at DC too).
  Now the DC amplitude is about 1.4V (and 2200 counts in the CDS).
  So, it is interesting to see how the sensing limit changes by increasing
  the overall gain by a factor of 3, and have (zeros@1Hz & poles@10Hz)^2.

  This can be implemented on a proto-daughter board.

- By the way, the performance below 2Hz is now better than the analog one with the previous whitening.
  This improvement might have come from the replacement of the thick film resistors by thin-film resistors.
  (See the circuit diagram)

About the nominal power of the beatbox input.

- Marconi (-20dBm 30MHz) was directly connected to the beatbox. The RF output of -15dBm was observed at the delayline output.
- According to the beatbox schematic, the mixer LO and RF inputs were expected to be -9dBm and -19dBm.
- The nominal mixer LO level is supposed to be 7dBm. Therefore the nominal beatbox input should be -4dBm.

- Assuming 23dB gain of the preamp, the PD output is expected to be -27dBm.

- When the PD out is -27dBm, the RF mon is expected to be -5dBm. This is the level of the RF power expected to be seen in the control room.

- The output of the beatbox was measured as the function of the input to the preamp (before the beatbox input).
  With the nominal gain, we should have observed amplitude of ~170. And it is now 1700 because of the whitening modification.

Attachment 1: Beatbox_mod.pdf
Attachment 2: ALS_whitening.pdf
Attachment 3: Beatbox_input_dependence.pdf
  8864   Wed Jul 17 22:49:37 2013 KojiUpdateGreen LockingALS Y whitening filter change

[Koji Annalisa]

We did the same mod of the beatbox for the Y arm too. See

  8865   Wed Jul 17 22:51:50 2013 KojiUpdateGreen LockingALS Y performance with the new whitening filter

[Manasa Koji]

The new whitening filters improved the out-of-loop ALS stability of the Y arm down to 300Hz (20pm_rms in displacement).

- After modifying the whitening filters, the out-of-loop stability of the arms were tested with the IR PDH signals.

- The X arm showed non-stationarity and it made the ALS servo frequenctly fell out of lock.

- For now we decided to use the Y arm for the PRMI+one arm trial.

- The performance of the ALS was tested with several measurements. (attachment 1)

Cyan: Stability of the beatnote frequency with the MC and the arm freely running. The RMS of the day was ~6MHz.

Blue: Sensing limit of the beat box was tested by giving a signal from Marconi. The same amplitude as the X arm beat was given as the test signal.
This yielded the DC output of ~1200 counts.

Green: Out-of-loop estimation of the beatbox performance. This beat note stability was measured by controlling the arm with the IR PDH signal.
Assuming the PDH signal has better SNR than the beat signal, this gives us the out-of-loop estimation of the stability below 150Hz, which is the
unity gain frequency of the ALS loop.
Above 150Hz the loop does not force this noise to the suspension. Just the noise is injected via a residual control gain (<1).

Black: In-loop evaluation of the ALS loop. This becomes the left over noise for the true stability of the arm (for the IR beam).

Red: The arm was brought to the IR resonance using the ALS offset. The out-of-loop stability was evaluated by the IR PDH signal.
This indeed agreed with the evaluation with the other out-of-loop evaluation above (Green) below 150Hz.

Attachment 2 shows the time series data to show how the arm is brought to the resonance.
1 count of the offset corresponds to ~20kHz. So the arm started from 200kHz away from the resonance
and brought to the middle of the resonance.

(Manasa downloaded the 2k sampled data so that we can use this for presentations.)

Attachment 1: ALS_Y_130717.pdf
Attachment 2: ALS_Y2_StripTool.png
  8867   Thu Jul 18 02:21:41 2013 KojiUpdateLSCPRMI+Y arm ALS success!

[Koji, Jenne, Manasa, Annalisa, Rana, Nic]

PRMI locked using 3f signals and Y arm brought to resonance using ALS



- After we checked the functionarity of the Yarm ALS, both arms were locked with the IR, and aligned by ASS.

- Disengaged the LSC feedback. Approximately aligned the PRM.

- Recorded the current alignment biases. Turned off all of the oplevs.

- Went into the lab, aligned all of the oplevs on the QPDs (except for the SRM).

- Check the locking of the PRMI.

- Once it is locked, go into the lab again and align the POP QPD.

- Check everything of the PRMI LSC/ASC works.

- Misalign PRM by 0.2

- Lock the arm again. Run ASS again.

- Miaslign ETMX.


- Lock the Xarm with green. Adjust the beat freq between 30-50MHz.

- Reset Phase Tracker history.

- Check if there is any offset for the ALS. If there is, adjust it to zero.

- Stabilize the arm with the ALS. We should check the sign of the servo before it is cranked up to the nominal.

- Confirm if the offset FM has LPF (30mHz LPF).

- Run excastep for the ALS offset until we find the TEM00 resonance of the IR

- Record the offset at the resonance.

- Step back by 5 count (=100kHz)


- Started from the offset of -5.

- Aligned the PRM and the PRMI was locked by REFL165I(x0.8)nadQ(x0.2).

- PRM ASC engaged

- Moved the offset to -4 by ezcastep C1:ALS-OFFSETTER2_OFFSET +0.01,100 -s 0.1

- Moved to -3, -2, -1.5, -1. During the sweep PRCL/MICH gain was tweaked so that the gain is reduced.
  Nominal locking gain was PRCL x+2.5/MICH -30 . During the sweep they were +2.2 / -12
  PRCL FM2/4/5 ON, Later FM3/6 turned on and no problem.

- Moved to -0.9, .... , and finally to 0.


- Automation of the PRMI+one arm

- PRMI locking with BS/PRM

- Better sensing matrix

- PRMI+two arms

- Use of the DC signals form the transmission monitors. (High power /low power transmon).



Attachment 1: Screenshot-Untitled_Window1.png
Attachment 2: PRMI_Yarm.pdf
  8872   Thu Jul 18 16:30:08 2013 KojiUpdateLSCPRMI+Y arm ALS Sensing Matrices

Hmm. I agree that something was funny.
Let's take the matrix without the arms and confirm the measurement is correct.

  8881   Fri Jul 19 14:04:24 2013 KojiUpdateCDSCDS FE not happy

daqd was restarted.

- tried telnet fb 8088 on rossa => same error as manasa had

- tried telnet fb 8087 on rossa => same result

- sshed into fb ssh fb

- tried to find daqpd by ps -def | grep daqd => not found

- looked at wiki https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/New_Computer_Restart_Procedures?highlight=%28daqd%29

- the wiki page suggested the following command to run daqd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/daqd -c ./daqdrc &

- ran ps -def | grep nds => already exist. Left untouched.

- Left fb.

- tried telnet fb 8087 on rossa => now it works

  8882   Fri Jul 19 22:35:06 2013 KojiSummaryLSCVarious Arm signal (Yarm)

The StripTool plot attached below shows various arm signals measured with the Y arm cavity swept using ALS.

Yellow: TRY

Blue: ALS additive OFFSET to the error signal

Red: Raw PDH error signal (POY11I)

Purple: Linearized PDH error (POY11/TRY)

Green: 1/Sqrt(TRY)-5 (No normalization)

Inverse Sqrt of the TRY had been implemented when this LSC controller was first coded.
It is confirmed that the calculation is working correctly.

Attachment 1: various_arm_signal.png
  8885   Fri Jul 19 23:35:52 2013 KojiSummaryLSCTRY DC locking

The Y arm was locked with the TRY DC signal.

The handing off process is too complicated because there is no path from ALS to the LSC error.

 The TRY DC error signal & the gain determination

- The error signal was produced by the operation 1/SQRT(TRY) - OFFSET. The initial offset was -5.

- The sign of the TRY DC error signal depends on which side of the resonance the arm is.
  By looking at the strip chart, I determined that the sign is opposite of the ALS.
  The ALS had the gain of -25, so the TRY control gain was to be positive.

- From the strip chart on the previous entry , the slope difference between the PDH error and the TRY DC error was x500.
  The arm control with POY11 PDH had the gain of 0.2. So the target gain for the TRY DC was determined to be +100.

Handing off

- The arm was stabilized by ALS. The ALS gain was -25 with FM2/3/5/6/7/10

- YARM configuration: no trigger / no FM trigger / gain =+0 / FM5 ON / OFFSET -5

- Start handing off:
  YARM: Turned up the gain to +50

- ALS: Turned off FM6/7

- YARM: Turned on FM6/7

- ALS: Turned off FM2

- YARM: Turned on FM4

- ALS: Turned off FM3/10

- YARM: Turned on FM2/3/8/9 ON

- ALS: Reduced the gain to -15

- YARM: Increased the gain to +70

- ALS: Reduced the gain to 0

- YARM: Increased the gain to +100


Changing the offset

The offset of -5 gave the TRY of <0.1.

The detuning was reduced by giving the offset of -4. TRY went up to ~.1

The offset of -3 made TRY 0.13

The offset of -2 made TRY 0.25

The offset of -1.5 made TRY 0.4. And the arm could not be held by this error signal anymore.



Attachment 1: TRY_locking.png
  8889   Mon Jul 22 16:30:31 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent preparation

[Annalisa, Manasa, Jenne, Koji]

We are working on the vent preparation.

First of all, there was no light in the interferometer.
Obviously there were lots of IFO activity in the weekend. Some were elogged, some were not.
Annalisa took her responsibility to restore the alignment and the arms recovered their flashes.

The odd thing was that the ASS got instable after we turned down the TRY PD gain from +20dB to +10dB (0dB original).
We increased the TRY gain by factor of 10 (that's the "10dB" of this PDA520. See the spec sheet) to compensate this change.
This made the ASS instable. Anyway we reduced the gain of TRY PD to 0dB. This restored the ASS.

Jenne took some more data for the QPD spectrum calibration.

Link to the vent plan

  8895   Mon Jul 22 22:06:18 2013 KojiUpdateCDSFE Web view was fixed

FE Web view was broken for a long time. It was fixed now.

The problem was that path names were not fixed when we moved the models from the old local place to the SVN structure.

The auto updating script (/cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/AutoUpdate/update_webview.cron) is running on Mafalda.

Link to the web view: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/FE/

  8896   Tue Jul 23 00:51:46 2013 KojiUpdateendtable upgradeEnd table picture

The spot on the IPANG QPD was checked. The spot is higher than the center and South side of the lens.
Some photos are found below.

The spot on the IPANG steering mirrors in the ETMY chamber was also checked.
It is clipped at the top of the steering mirror. (See attachment 4)
So basically the spot is about 1" above the center of the mirror.

Attachment 1: P7224222.JPG
Attachment 2: P7224223.JPG
Attachment 3: P7224224.JPG
Attachment 4: P7224238.JPG
  8898   Tue Jul 23 03:10:57 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent preparation - In progress

Centering of the oplev beams: done

Recording the OSEM values: done

Attachment 1: OSEM_RECORD.png
Attachment 2: OPLEVS.png
  8901   Tue Jul 23 04:22:03 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent preparation - In progress

[Koji Jenne]

Low power MC locking

- Rotated HWP right after the laser

- Put a knife edge beam dump at the output of the PBS after the HWP.

- Replaced the PO mirror for the MC refl by an HR mirror.

- PMC:
Input offset from 0 to 0.29
Servo Gain from 10 to 30
=> Transmission 0.84 (1.2W at the MC input) to 0.069 (100mW)

- MC:

VCO Gain from 25 to 31
MC REFL: Unlocked 3.6 Locked 0.38-0.40

  8905   Tue Jul 23 13:29:58 2013 KojiSummaryGeneral 

record of the initial state

Attachment 1: initial_state_130723.png
  8906   Tue Jul 23 13:55:08 2013 KojiUpdateIOOMC manually aligned

The MC was manually aligned. The spot positions were measured and it is consistent with the measurements done yesterday.

Attachment 1: MCalignment.png
Attachment 2: MCspot.png
  8908   Tue Jul 23 16:39:31 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralFull IFO alignment recovered

[Annnalisa Koji]

Full alignment of the IFO was recovered. The arms were locked with the green beams first, and then locked with the IR.

In order to use the ASS with lower power, C1:LSC-OUTPUT_MTRX_9_6 and C1:LSC-OUTPUT_MTRX_10_7 were reduced to 0.05.
This compensates the gain imbalance between TRX/Y siganls and the A2L component in the arm feedback signals.

Despite the IFO was aligned, we don't touch the OPLEVs and green beams to the vented IFO.

Attachment 1: alignment.png
  8913   Tue Jul 23 21:32:43 2013 KojiUpdateIOOFound the cause of mysterious MC motion

Thesedays we were continuously annoyed by unELOGGED activities of the interferometer.

MC2 LOCKIN was left on and has continuously injected frequency noise and beam pointing modulation
during all of the comissioning / vent preparation.


For more than a week ago we noticed that the curve of the MC WFS stripchart suddenly got THICKER.
MC WFS, arm transmission, beam pointing... everything was modulated.
It was not WFS instability, and it was not the cavity mirrors.

Today I made the investigation and finally tracked down the cause of this issue to be on MC2 suspension.
Then it was found that this LOCKIN was ON.

There is no direct record of this lockin in the frame files.
From the recorded channel "C1:IOO-WFS2-YAW_OUT16" (which is the trace on the StripTool chart on the wall)
It was turned on at July 10th, 2:00UTC (July 9th, 7PM PDT)

  8918   Wed Jul 24 15:07:54 2013 KojiUpdateSUSSR2 flipped

After the first flipping, X/Y arms were aligned and locked. Then the ASS aligned the arms.

  8921   Thu Jul 25 02:53:00 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralIFO Alignment after TT flipping - no progress

There was no progress tonight after Jenne left.
I could not find any reasonable fringes of the IFO after 3 hours of optics jiggling.

* I jiggled TT1 and TT2. The slider has not been restored.
We should probably look at the value in the day time and revert them.
(Still this does not ensure the recovery of the previous pointing because of the hysteresis)

* The arms are still aligned for the green.
It's not TEM00 any more because of the vent/drift but the fringe is visible (i.e. eigenaxis is on the mirror)

* As we touched PR3, the input pointing is totally misaligned.

To Do / Plan

* We need to find the resonance of the yarm by the input TTs. Once the resonance is found, we will align the PRM.

* Move the BS to find the xarm resonance.

* Finally align SRM

* It was not possible to find the resonance of the yarm without going into the chamber. Definitely we can find the spot on the ITMY by a card, but we are not sure the beam can hit the ETMY. And the baffles makes the work difficult.

* One possibility is to align the input beam so that the ITMY beam is retroreflected to the PRM. I tried it but the beam was not visible form the camera.

  8926   Fri Jul 26 13:39:30 2013 KojiUpdateASCPOP QPD analysis

It was not actually easy to see from the entry what signal was taken in what condition but from the shape of the spectra
I had the impression that the ASC & OPLEV signals were measured under the presence of the ASC control.
That is (moderately to say) tricky as the ASC control imprints the angular noise
from unkown mirror on the PRM, and then the oplev observes it. The original stability of the oplev is
obscured by the injection from the servo and the fair comparison of the stability is almost impossible.

So the true comparison between the ASC and oplev signals should be done without the control loop.


We can recover the free running spectrum of the ASC signals by compensating the loop transfer functions
because the ASC signals are the in-loop error signals. The oplev signals should be measured without
the ASC loop engaged.

  8934   Mon Jul 29 16:15:13 2013 KojiUpdateVACAC removed

Prior to the access connector removal, Manasa and I aligned the IFO mirrors.
The arms were locked and aligned by ASS.

  8936   Tue Jul 30 00:21:15 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent progress

[Koji, Manasa, Sujan] 

Tomorrow we'll make final checks of the optics inside the chamber.
Then we will pump down the chamber.

- AS beam steering
The AS beam was aligned on the steering mirror (Piezo Jenna i.e. PZT4).
At this point we already found the beam on the AS CCD.
After checking the spots in the OMC chamber, we determined the beam is not clipped inside.
On the AS table, there is a weird thick lens with short focal length (like f=37.5mm), this actually clipped the beam significantly
[I take the blame for it from the last vent. The lens was installed thinking it would be temporary which it was not. -Manasa].
We removed this lens and put the CCD camera back so that the spot on the camera became smaller.
- SRM debiasing
First of all, the bias of the SRM was moved to zero.
Then the tower was rotated so that the beam is aligned in yaw.
After fine alignment of the SRM, the yaw slider was changed from -5.8 to 1.2.
The OSEMs on the SRM suspension was also checked. The OSEM insertions were
adjusted so that they show the half values of the open calibration
(the values can be found on the 40m wiki)
- Oplev check
SRM / ITMY / BS / PRM oplev paths in the chamber were checked.
The beams were aligned on the steering mirrors and the QPDs on the optical table.
The ITMX oplev was also checked from the windows without removing the door.
The beam is actually hitting the right positions of the steering mirror and the test mass
although there are lots of stray beams because of the BS oplev and some halo assciated with the ITMX He-Ne laser(!?).

- Checking the alignment
After we closed the light doors, we aligned the MC, the arms and the recycling mirrors.
Now the everything is aligned.
  8938   Tue Jul 30 13:41:35 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX oplev

I wonder what optics is causing the halo on the oplev beam.
It this comes from any uncoated lens (or similar) it should be identified.

  8968   Mon Aug 5 19:10:01 2013 KojiUpdateCDSChoosing LO Amplitudes and Frequencies

- I suppose the green transmission paths were thoroughly inspected and aligned in prior to the measurement

- Of course it is a BAD idea to use 60Hz as the LO frequency.

- Power spectra should be plotted as "RIN (relative intensity noise)" as the DC of 1 and 100 gives you 100 times different power spectra for the same beam.
  Don't forget to subtract the offset from your DC values.

  8975   Wed Aug 7 10:09:30 2013 KojiUpdateLSCArms locked in IR, aligned. IFO at nominal power

I have a concern about the SRM suspension. The yaw alignment bias produces huge pitch coupling.

This could be a connector issue or the rubbing of the mirror on the EQ stops.

We have the photos of the magnets and they were not touching the OSEMs.

  8977   Wed Aug 7 15:32:37 2013 KojiUpdateASCASS setting up accelerated (slightly)

I moved bunch of ezcawrite from the ASS Dither On script to a snapshot file.

This accelerated a half of the "up" time but still switching part is not in the snapshot.

If you find anything wrong with ASS, please notify me.

  8982   Wed Aug 7 22:18:43 2013 KojiUpdateASCASS update

While Gautam is working on the Xarm green ASS...

The EPICS monitor points for the ASS actuators were added to the ASS model.

This will be used for the offloading the ASS actuations to the alignment biases.
As this modification allowed us to monitor the actuation apart from the dithering,
now we can migrate the ASS actuation to the fast alignment offset on the suspension.
This modification to the offset moving scripts were also done.


  8989   Thu Aug 8 21:25:36 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralPost-vent alignment cont'd

- IPANG aligned on the QPD. The beam seems to be partially clipped in the chamber.

- Oplev of the IFO mirrors are aligned.

- After the oplev alignment, ITMX Yaw oplev servo started to oscillate. Reduced the gain from -50 to -20.

  8991   Fri Aug 9 21:05:28 2013 KojiUpdateSUSfixed: SRM coils fine - problem with slow bias slider

Now the SRM Yaw bias in yaw is functional without any strage behavior.
The problem was found at the connector of the flat ribbon cable from the DAC to the cross connect.

I used the extender board to diagnose the SRM coil driver circuit at 1X4.
The UL coil input did not show any sign of voltage no matter how the bias slider was jiggled.

I opened the side panel of the rack and found the signal was absent at the cross connect which relays two flat ribbon cables
for the SRM coil driver. I checked the DAC output with a multimeter. All the bias outputs were OK at the DAC.

Then I opened the IDC connector at the DAC side of the crossconnect as the signal was already missing there.
I found that the flat ribbon cable was a half line shifted from the supposed location.
This resulted a short circuit of the DAQ +/- pins for the SRM UL coil.

I recrimped the connector and now the SRM Yaw slider is back.
This changed the nominal position of the SRM. The new slider values were saved.

  8992   Fri Aug 9 22:51:37 2013 KojiUpdateLSCPRMI(sb) lock recovered

PRMI(sb) lock was recovered

PRMI lock

- Stared at the time series data of the REFL demod signals, and decided to use REFL165I&Q for the locking.

- Jiggled the demodulation phase of REFL165 and POP110. Changed the servo gains.

- Finally found a short lock. Further optimized the parameters.

- PRM ASC was turned on by giving the identity matrices for the input and output matrices.
  Now just hitting the up button is sufficient to engage the ASC servo.

- Under the presence of the ASC, the PRMI is indefinitely locked as before.

- Reacquisition is also instantaneous. (It acquires even if the ASC is left "on".)

- Actually the lock is somewhat robust even when the PRM ASC is not used.
  This is VERY GOOD as we can skip one of the steps necessary for the full lock.

  Although, the seismic on Friday night is very quiet.
  The spot motion at POP seems to be somewhat pitch/yaw mixed, in stead of previous "totally-dominated-by-yaw" situation.

- We are ready to implement ASS for PRM

Demod phase adjustment

- Shook PRM at 580Hz / 100cnt

- Swept the demod phase of REFL165 such that the PRM peak is minimized in the Q signal

- Open DTT. Measured transfer functions between REFL165I and the Q signals of each PD.

- Minimized the PRCL signal coupling in the signals.

- The resolution of the adjustment was ~1deg.

Locking test with PRM/BS

Tried the lock acquisition only with PRM and BS. (cf. http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/8816)

This just worked nicely.

Today's locking parameters:

PRMI(sb) lock:

MC Trans: 17500
POP110I (in lock): 150

PRCL Source: REFL165(I) 106deg / 45dB / Normalization SQRT(10 POP110I) / Input MTRX 1.0
PRCL Trigger: POP110I x 1.0 50up 25down
PRCL Servo: G=+3.5 Acq: FM4/FM5 Opr: FM2/FM3/FM6/FM7
PRCL Actuator: PRM +1.0

MICH Source: REFL165(Q) 106deg / 45dB / Normalization SQRT(0.1 POP110I) / Input MTRX 1.0
MICH Trigger: POP110I x 1.0 50up 25down
MICH Servo: G=-10 Acq: FM4/FM5 Opr: FM2/FM3/FM6
MICH Actuator: (ITMX -1.0 / ITMY +1.0) or (BS 0.5 / PRM -0.267)

Demod phases:

AS55 -17deg
REFL11 135deg
REFL33 -18deg
REFL55 120deg
REFL165 106deg

  8999   Mon Aug 12 17:30:03 2013 KojiUpdateASCPRCL ASS software in place

Why POPDC???

  9007   Tue Aug 13 17:20:54 2013 KojiUpdateCDS[Fixed] c1iscex needs help

c1x01 timing issue was solved. Now all of the models on c1iscex are nicely running.


- c1x01 was synchronized to 1PPS in stead of TDS

- C1:DAQ-DC0_C1X01_STATUS (Upper right indicator) was red. The bits were 0x4000 or 0x2bad.
  C1:DAQ-DC0_C1X01_CRC_SUM kept increasing

 - c1scx, c1spx, c1asx could not get started.


- login to c1iscex "ssh c1iscex"

- Run "sudo shutdown -h now"

- Walk down to the x end rack

- Make sure the supply voltages for the electronics are correct (See Steve's entry)

- Make sure the machine is already shutdown.

- Unplug two AC power supply of the machine.

- Turn off the front panel switch of the IO chassis

- Wait for 10sec

- Turn on the IO chassis

- Plug the AC power supply cables to the machine

- Push the power switch of the realtime machine

  9009   Tue Aug 13 21:49:32 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralTesting new AG4395A network analyzer

New AG4395, sn MY41101114  for West Bridge Labs was delivered. For the test purpose it is at the 40m now.

I made a series of tests in order to find anything broken.

Network analyzer test

- RF out / Rch test

RF out directly connected to R input channel.
The received power at the R-ch was measured while the output was swept from 10Hz to 500MHz.

The RF power was changed from -50dBm to +15dBm with +10dBm increment (but the last one).

The attenuator setting was changed from 50dB to 0dB.

=> The configured output power was properly detected by the R channel.

=> RF output is producing the signal properly. R-ch is detecting the produced signal properly.

- Ach/Bch test

Same test as above for Ach and Bch 

=> Same result as above

=> A-ch and B-ch are detecting the produced signal properly.

- Transfer function test

Connect a power splitter to the RF out. Detect the split signals by R-ch and A-ch

=> Measurement is at around 0dB +/- 1dB up to 500MHz.

Same measurement for B-ch

=> Same result

=> A/R and B/R indicates proper transfer function measurements.

- Calibration

RF out was split in to two. One was connected to R-ch. The other was connected to A-ch.
The thru response calibration was run.

=> The thru calibration was performed properly. 

- Practical tranfer function measurements.

In the above calibration setup, various RF filters were inserted in the Ach path.

The measured data was extracted via GPIB connection.

=> Practical transfer function measurements were performed.

=> GPIB connectivity was confirmed


External reference test

- External 10MHz reference from an SRS frequency counter was connected to Ext Ref In

=> Ext Ref indicator on the screen appeard

=> The internal oscillator seemed to be locked to the external reference in



Spectrum analyzer test

- Measured the signals from DS345 by R/A/B ch

Sinusoidal signal (1V) swept from 10MHz to 30Mhz

=> Corresponding moving peak was detected in each case

- Noise level measurement

R/A/B channels were terminated. The attenuation at each port was set to 0dB.

Frequency span was changed between 500MHz, 10MHz, 100kHz, 1kHz.

=> Noise level of ~10nV/rtHz between 0.1-500MHz was confirmed. All R/A/B channels have the same performance.

Attachment 1: AG4395A_noise.pdf
  9010   Tue Aug 13 22:21:12 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralMinicircuit Filter TFs (AG4395A test)

As a part of the network analyzer test in the previous entry, the transfer functions of Mini-Circuits filters we have at the 40m were measured.

<<List of the filters>>

- LPF (SMA): SLP1.9, SLP5, SLP21.4, SLP30, SLP50, SLP100, SLP150, SLP750
- LPF (BNC): BLP1.9, BLP2_5, BLP5, BLP30
- BPF (SMA): SBP10.7, SBP21.4, SBP70
- HPF (SMA): SHP25, SHP100, SHP150, SHP200, SHP500


Attachment 1: Minicircuit_LPF.pdf
Attachment 2: Minicircuit_BPF.pdf
Attachment 3: Minicircuit_HPF.pdf
Attachment 4: 130813.zip
  9012   Thu Aug 15 01:51:50 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralRFM<->Dolphin bridge distributed to c1rfm and c1mcs

Since the RFM-Dolphin bridges for the ASX model was added to the c1rfm model, c1rfm kept timing-out from the single sample time of 60us.

The model had 19 dolphin accesses, 21 RFM accesses, and 9 shared memory (SHM) accesses.

At the beginning 2 RFM and 2 SHM accesses were moved to c1sus (i.e. they were mistakenly placed on c1rfm).
But this actually made the c1sus model timed out. So the model was reverted.

The current configuration is that the WFS related bridges were accommdated in the c1mcs model.
This made the timing of c1rfm ~40us. So it is safe now.
On the other hand, the c1mcs model has the time consumption of ~59us. This is marginal now.

We need to understand why any RFM access takes such huge delay.

  9018   Fri Aug 16 13:25:50 2013 KojiUpdateASSASX model/screen cleaning up

[Koji Manasa]

Yesterday we cleaned up the ASX model and screens to have more straight forward structure of the screen
and the channel names, and to correct mistakes in the model/screens.

The true motivation is that I suspect the excess LF noise of the X arm ALS can be caused by misalignment
and beam jitter coupling to the intensity noise of the beat. I wanted to see how the noise is affected by the alignment.
Currently X-end green is highly misaligned in pitch.

- Any string "XEND" was replaced by "XARM", as many components in the system is not localized at the end table.

- The name like "XARM-ITMX" was changed to "XARM-ITM". This makes easier to create the corresponding model for the other arm.

- There was some inconsistency between the MEDM screens and the ASX model. This was fixed.

- A template StripTool screen was created. It is currently saved in users/koji/template as ASX.stp.
  It will be moved to the script directory once it's usefulness is confirmed.

The next step is to go to the end table and manually adjust M2 mirror while M1 is controlled by the ASX.
The test mass dithering provides the error signal for this adjustment but the range of the PZT is not enough
to make the input spot position to be controlled. In the end, we need different kind of matching optics
in order to control the spot position. (But is that what we want? That makes any PZT drift significantly moves the beam.)

  9025   Mon Aug 19 09:36:32 2013 KojiUpdateGreen LockingXend green aligned

[Rana Koji]

This is an elog about the activity on Friday night.

- The X arm green beam was aligned with assist of the ASX system.

- M1 PZT alignment was swept while M2 PZT was under the control of ASX.

- Everytime M1 was touched, M2 was restored by manual alignment so that the REFL beam hits the center of the REFL PD.
  This way we could recover the lock of TEM00. Once TEM00 is recovered, ASX took care of the alignment of M2

- The error signal used by the cavity dither did not give us a good indication where the optimal alignment is.

- Thus the best alignment of M1 had to be manually scanned. The resulting maximum green transmission was ~0.88

- Once the beam was aligned, the out-of-loop stability of the Xarm was measured.
  There has been no indication of the improvement compared to Manasa's measurement taken before our beam alignment.

Attachment 1: ALS_OUTOFLOOP_130816.pdf
  9032   Mon Aug 19 15:23:07 2013 KojiUpdateIOOMC mirrors' ASC has non-zero inputs

[Jenne, Koji]

This disturbance in the MC ASC channels were fixed.

This craziness happened ~10pm last night. Was there any action at the time? >> Sunday-night workers? (RXA: No, Nakano-kun and I left before 9:30 PM)

We found that the signals came from c1ioo. However, restarting, recompiling c1ioo and c1mcs didn't help
to clean up this issue. Just in case we cleaned up the corresponding entries in the ipc file /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ipc/C1.ipc
and recomplied c1ioo and c1mcs because these are the channels we touched last week to mitigate the timing out issue of c1rfm.

Incidentally, we fell into a strange mode of the RCG: IOPs could not restart. We ended up running "sudo shutdown -r now"
on each machine (except for c1lsc which was not affected by this issue). This solved the issue.

Even now c1oaf could not be running properly. This is not affecting the IFO operation right now, but we need to look into this issue again
in order to utilize OAF.

  9035   Mon Aug 19 19:08:35 2013 KojiUpdateGreen LockingXend green layout corrections

- An Aluminum mirror instead of 2" unknown mirror for the pick-off for the rejected beam from the green faraday isolator (Steve)
=> Replaced. To be reviewed

- Faraday mount replacement. Check what we have for the replacement. (Steve)

- The green REFL PD should be closer to the pick-off mirror. (Steve)
=> Moved. To be reviewed

- A beam dump should be placed for the green REFL PD

- Move the green shutter to the place where the spot is small (Steve)
=> Moved. To be reviewed.

- The pole of the PZT mounting should be replaced with a reasonable one. (Steve with Manasa's supervision)

- Tidying up doubling oven cable. Make a hole on the wall. (Steve)
=> Done. To be reviewed.

- Tidying up the PZT cabling (Steve)

- The optics are dirty. To be drag wiped. (Manasa, Masayuki)

  9040   Tue Aug 20 11:41:30 2013 KojiUpdateLSCREFL investigations

As I always tell everyone: Don't use a 10% reflector which produce ghost beams. Use a 90% reflector.

  9048   Wed Aug 21 23:50:40 2013 KojiUpdateSUSPRM SUS_LSC violin (FM5) set to correct frequency

[Jenne Koji]

It seems that the PRM violin mode freqs shifted from 625-ish to 640Hz.
The peaks rang up because of the servo.

Once the notch freq was shifted to 640Hz, the violin mode started to decay.

ellip("BandStop",4,1,90,636,644) gain(1.12202)

  9053   Thu Aug 22 13:20:54 2013 KojiUpdateLSCDRMI Locked for 1+ minute!!!!!!

Don't go for a hacky solution. We want to climb a staircase step by step.
Prepare an independent 110MHz demod ports.


To-do:  Set up the AS OSA.  Also, perhaps temporarily borrow the 110 demod board from POP.  We were triggering on POP22 tonight, and that seemed to work okay. 


  9060   Sat Aug 24 00:11:07 2013 KojiUpdateLSCDRMI Locked with improved lock streatches

Friday night locking

Much more stable DRMI lock was achieved, partly thanks to the Friday-night quiet seismic,
and partly because of the improved servo gain and LF boosts

55MHz thru-put

I wanted to confirm the enhancement of the 110MHz signal at the AS port.

As the AS110 PD is placed in the CCD path, there is nothing visible with PRMI.
The Thorlabs PD was moved to the main AS path. Now the AS110 PD is receiving 50% of the power.

With PRMI 110MHz peak was -30dBm (As it was fluctuating, anything more precise number did not make sense)
When the DRMI was locked, the peak was enhanced to 0dBm.

The 2f signal comes from the beat between the sidebands.
Thus the amplitude of the intensity is proportional to the power of the sidebands (assuming the +1 and -1 order sidebands have the same amplitude)
-30dBm -> 0dBm means 31.6 times amplitude of the intensity. Therefore the amplitude transmission of the sidebands is 5.6 times more. (Is this true?)

According to the wiki, the AS port thru-put (i.e. power transmission) for the 55MHz sideband is 0.0026 and 0.43 for PRMI and DRMI respectively.
This corresponds to the amplitude difference of ~13. So we still have only half of the sidebands leaking out from the IFO. This could be attributed
to both the smaller PR gain and SR gain.

Locking setup

Same as the one Jenne used the other day. Later I engaged several additional triggers.
The following is the trigger setting I used

MICH: Delay 2 sec, FM1/FM2/FM3/FM6/FM7

PRCL: Delay 0.5 sec, FM2/FM3/FM6

SRCL: Delay 5 sec, FM1/FM2/FM3/FM6

SRCL FM1 was modified from +3dB to +6dB

Lock stability

Once lock is acquired, it lasts tens of minutes. (see the attached striptool chart.)
Even the lock is lost, it reacquires quickly.

The videos to show the lock acquisition and the in-lock stability are attached below.
The AS port beam is very round. It is not so shaky, but some yaw motion is visible.
The mode at the AS port is defined by the SRM, putting a QPD at the AS port would help to
stabilize the spot.

IFO state upon leaving

I left the 40m with the arms aligned, PRM and SRM slightly misaligned, and LSC setting is for the DRMI locking.


- AS110I/Q for triggering

- PRCL/MICH/SRCL normalization

- We should resurrect the IFO config scripts.

- Remove BS->SRCL actuation coupling

- Handing off to 3f signals (preparation for the full lock)

- Improve ALS stability

- SRM ASC: AS QPD for SRM control

Lock Acquisition Video
LL (AS) / LR (PRM Face)

In-lock video
LL (AS) / LR (PRM Face)


Attachment 1: Screenshot-Untitled_Window.png
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