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  16764   Thu Apr 7 20:37:06 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 Board -- Simple Tone Generator

In the "Tommy" sub folder, I created a new notebook called "SimpleToneGenerator". This tunes the DAC and ADC mixers to a single frequency and reads off the Time Series and Fourier components. We can alos easily check the demodulation scheme and implement butterworth filters to check their function.

  16765   Thu Apr 7 20:41:15 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 Board -- Gain Plotter

In this file (under Tommy), we have a notebook which runs through a spectrum of frequencies and determines the gain response of the attached filter. Below we have the output of a high pass filter. We use IQ demodulation to change IQ componets to DC. Then using a butterworth filter, we read out the DC components and determine the gain's magnitude and phase. However, the phase seems very noisy. This is because the oscillators in the different tiles are independent and a random phase is introduced by changing the mixer frequency in individual tiles. To resolve this we need Multi Tile Synchronization or "MTS". 

Original Pynq Support Forum Query: https://discuss.pynq.io/t/rfsoc-2x2-phase-measurement/3892

We also have the code to fit a resposne function using IIRregular, but this is not as useful without proper phase data.

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  16767   Fri Apr 8 16:03:58 2022 ranaUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 board -- setup for remote work & BALUN saga

Seems like it should be possible to just remove the transformer (aka as a BALUN ... BALanced, UNbalanced), or replace it with a lower frequency part. Its just a usual mini-circuits part. Maybe you can ask Chris Stoughton about this and ask Tommy to checkout some of the RFSoC user forums for how to go to DC.

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After fiddling around with the tone-generators and spectrum analyzer tools in loopback configuration (DAC --> ADC direct connection), we noticed that lower frequency (~ 1 MHz) signals were hardly making it out/back into the board... so we looked at some of the schematics found here and saw that both RF data converters (ADC & DAC) interfaces are AC coupled through a BALUN network in the 10 - 8000 MHz band (see Attachment #1). This is in principle not great news if we want to get this board ready for audio-band DSP.

We decided that while Tommy works on measuring TFs for SHP-200 all the way up to ~ 2 GHz (which is possible with the board as is) I will design and put together an analog modulation/demodulation frontend so we can upconvert all our "slow" signals < 1MHz for fast, wideband DSP. and demodulate them back into the audio band. The BALUN network is pictured in Attachment #2 on the board, I'm afraid it's not very simple to bypass without damaging the PCB or causing some other unwanted effect on the high-speed DSP.

 

  16790   Wed Apr 20 14:56:06 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 board -- setup for remote work & BALUN saga

Here are a few options for replacement BALUNs from Mini Circuits and specs:

Current. TCM1-83X+, 10-8000 MHz, 50 Ohms, Impedance Ratio 1, Configuration K

1. Z7550-..., DC-2500 MHz (some DC-2300), 50/75 Ohms, Impedance Ratio 1.5, Configuration Q. There are various types of the Z7550 which have different connectors (SMA and BNCs). These have much larger dimensions than the TCM1-83X. Can handle up to 5A DC current with matching loss 0.6 dB.

2. SFMP-5075+, DC-2500 MHz, 50/75 Ohms, Impedance Ratio 1.5, Configuration D. This is an SMA connected BALUN. It can handle 350mA, has a matching loss 0.4 dB, and has 1W power handling.

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Seems like it should be possible to just remove the transformer (aka as a BALUN ... BALanced, UNbalanced), or replace it with a lower frequency part. Its just a usual mini-circuits part. Maybe you can ask Chris Stoughton about this and ask Tommy to checkout some of the RFSoC user forums for how to go to DC.

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After fiddling around with the tone-generators and spectrum analyzer tools in loopback configuration (DAC --> ADC direct connection), we noticed that lower frequency (~ 1 MHz) signals were hardly making it out/back into the board... so we looked at some of the schematics found here and saw that both RF data converters (ADC & DAC) interfaces are AC coupled through a BALUN network in the 10 - 8000 MHz band (see Attachment #1). This is in principle not great news if we want to get this board ready for audio-band DSP.

We decided that while Tommy works on measuring TFs for SHP-200 all the way up to ~ 2 GHz (which is possible with the board as is) I will design and put together an analog modulation/demodulation frontend so we can upconvert all our "slow" signals < 1MHz for fast, wideband DSP. and demodulate them back into the audio band. The BALUN network is pictured in Attachment #2 on the board, I'm afraid it's not very simple to bypass without damaging the PCB or causing some other unwanted effect on the high-speed DSP.

 

model_no case_style single2single single2bal bal2bal center_tap dc_iso freq_low freq_high impedance imped_ratio interface tech config
SFMP-5075+ FF1891 Y N N N N DC 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE D
TCM1-83X+ DB1627 N Y Y N N 10 8000 50 1 SMT CORE & WIRE K
Z7550-BFNF+ H795-14 Y N N N N DC 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-BMBF+ QP1876-1 Y N N N N DC 2300 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE D1
Z7550-BMNF+ QP1876 Y N N N N DC 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-FFNM+ H795-1 Y N N N N DC 2300 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-FFSF+ H557-1 Y N N N N DC 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-FMSF+ H795-3 Y N N N N DC 2300 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-FMSFDC+ H795-3 Y N N N Y 1 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
Z7550-NFNF+ H795-10 Y N N N N DC 2500 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE D1
Z7550-NMNF+ H795-4 Y N N N N DC 2300 50/75 1.5 CON CORE & WIRE Q
  16807   Sun Apr 24 13:17:08 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsNew RFSoC2x2 Overlay

We recieved an overlay from Chris Stoughton which he used for a ZCU11 board. The overlay is supposed to be compatible with the RFSoC 2x2 and help enable the Multi-Tile Synchronization (MTS) we need. He also provides a .py with the necessary low level connection to the board and its memory along with a few sample notebooks.

Progress So Far:

  • The overlay loads properly and in reasonable time. 
  • We can set the mixer and dac frequencies. However, it is unclear what event_src Chris wanted for the adc mixers. It seems that he was using event_src_immediate (possibly unintenionally) which is not an available adc mixer setting in our board. Instead, we set the event source to "Tile" and will later determine if this is an issue.
  • We then go to get data from the buffer. There are two functions called: capture and transfer. These are called on the pynq DMA. Capture runs fine but we get stuck during the transfer at dma.revchannel.wait(). This issue has not been resolved.
  16813   Tue Apr 26 16:23:22 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC2x2 MTS

We connected a 8 MHz signal generator to the device in order to sync up the ADCs and DACs and hopefully get phase data. 

Some things to note:

  • RF Manual (143)- Need to use XRFDC SYSREF for update event
  • RF Manual (171)- Synchronization steps require us to first enable all clocks and sysref generators (via xrfdc package)
  • RF Manual (173)- Sysref requirments, not clear if PL is syncing as needed.
  • RF Manual (181)- XRFDC example code, see also https://github.com/Xilinx/embeddedsw/blob/master/XilinxProcessorIPLib/drivers/rfdc/examples/xrfdc_mts_example.c

Xilinx RF Manual: https://docs.xilinx.com/v/u/2.4-English/pg269-rf-data-converter

  16857   Mon May 16 14:46:35 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC MTS Work

We followed the manual's guide for setting up MTS to sync on external signal. In the xrfdc package, we update the RFdc class to have RunMTS, SysRefEnable, and SysRefDisable functions as prescribed on page 180 of the manual. Then, we attempted to run the new functions in the notebook and read the DAC signal outputs on an oscilloscope. The DACs were not synced. We were also unable to get FIFOlatency readings. 

  16876   Thu May 26 15:55:10 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC Power Spectrum

Finished building power spectrum analyzer for the RFSoC. There are two things that I would like to address down the road. First is that there is an oscillation between positive and negative voltages at the ADC sampling frequency. This creates an undesirable frequency component at the sampling rate. I have not yet figured out the cause of this positive to negative oscillation and have simply removed half of the samples in order to recover the frequency. Therefore, I would like to figure out the root of this oscillation and remove it. Also, we have a decimation factor of 2 as default by the board which we would like to remove but have been unable to do so.

Example: 8 MHz Square Wave from SRL signal generator.

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  16878   Fri May 27 12:15:30 2022 JCUpdateElectronicsCRT TV / Monitor 6

[Yehonathan, Paco, Yuta, JC]

As we were cleaning up this morning, we heard a high pitch sound that turned into a buzz. After searching for where the sound came from, we noticed the CRT TV went out. We swapped this out with a moniter and used a BNC to VGA adapter to display the cameras.

  16879   Fri May 27 15:53:17 2022 TommyUpdateElectronicsRFSoC MTS Work

With some help from the forums, we printed the status of the DAC MTS sync and were able to determined that our board's vivado design does not have MTS enabled on each tile. To fix this, we will need to construct a new Vivado desgin for the board. We were also warned to "make sure to generate correctly a PL_clock and a PL_sysref with your on board clock synthesizers and to capture them in the logic according to the requirements in PG269" of the RF Manual. From this we should be able to sync the DAC and ADC tiles as desired.

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We followed the manual's guide for setting up MTS to sync on external signal. In the xrfdc package, we update the RFdc class to have RunMTS, SysRefEnable, and SysRefDisable functions as prescribed on page 180 of the manual. Then, we attempted to run the new functions in the notebook and read the DAC signal outputs on an oscilloscope. The DACs were not synced. We were also unable to get FIFOlatency readings. 

 

  16882   Tue May 31 14:44:02 2022 JCUpdateElectronicsCRT TV / Monitor 6

[Paco, JC]

Paco and I fixed the ethernet cable which was hanging. We stopped models c1x07 and c1su2, realigned the cable to follow the shelf from top, and returned to turn on the computers.

 

Note: There was not a long enough ethernet cable, so we used a female to female adapter and attached 2 ethernet cables.

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[Yehonathan, Paco, Yuta, JC]

As we were cleaning up this morning, we heard a high pitch sound that turned into a buzz. After searching for where the sound came from, we noticed the CRT TV went out. We swapped this out with a moniter and used a BNC to VGA adapter to display the cameras.

 

  16885   Wed Jun 1 12:56:44 2022 PacoSummaryElectronicsSTEMlab 125 handout

[Paco, Deeksha]

Yesterday I handed Deeksha a red pitaya (stemlab 125 - 10) to begin her summer work in the lab. The short term goal (~1 week) is to get it to work as a network analyzer and perhaps characterize its ADC/DAC noise spectra.

  16897   Tue Jun 7 18:32:46 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsNoise Budgeting ADC (of redpitaya)

Made plots on i/p noise of redpitaya . Need to reconsider sampling frequency (to improve plot at lower freq)
 

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  16939   Wed Jun 22 17:04:06 2022 DeekshaSummaryElectronicsCharacterising the AUX control loop

[Cici, Deekha]

Setup loop to measure transfer function of control loop - the aim is to find the open loop gain of the system using the SR785 to inject noise (a swept sine) into the system and taking observations using the scope. We tried to calculate the gain algaebraically, in order to understand what our readings meant and what we can determine from them. Need to figure out how to run python script for the SR785, but took readings from cmd today.

Included - changes/additions made to circuit; frequency reponse obtained (need to check the frequency response as it does not look like the expected result, need to correct the loop itself, or increase the magnitude of the inserted noise as its possible that the noise is currently being suppressed by the system).

To do - circuit needs to be checked + laser lock improved - laser keeps leaving resonance while trying to take readings.

 

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  16951   Mon Jun 27 13:39:40 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsSetting up the MokuLab

[Cici, Deeksha]

On Friday Cici and I set up the Mokulab to take readings of our loop. The aim is to characterise the PZT, in a similar manner as before, by exciting the circuit using our input noise (a swept sine) and recording the corresponding changes in the output. We used the MokuLab to observe the beat note created by the signals of the AUX and PSL, as well as the ASD of the output signal. The MokuLab simplifies the entire process.

Pictured : The beat note as observed by Cici

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  16958   Tue Jun 28 18:19:09 2022 TomislavUpdateElectronicsElectronics noise

I measured electronics noise of WFSs and QPD (of the WFS/QPD, whitening, ADC...) by closing PSL and measuring the error signal. It was needed to put the offset in C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUMFILT_OFFSET to 14000 cts (without offset the sum of quadrants would give zero, and 14000 cts is the value when the cavity is locked). For WFS that are RF, if there is intensity noise at low frequencies, it is not affecting the measurement.

In the attachment please find the power spectrum of the error signal when the PSL shutter is on and off.

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  16963   Wed Jun 29 18:53:38 2022 ranaUpdateElectronicsElectronics noise

this is just the CDS error signal, but is not the electronics noise. You have to go into the lab and measure the noise at several points. It can't be done from the control room. You must measure before and afte the whitening.

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I measured electronics noise of WFSs and QPD (of the WFS/QPD, whitening, ADC...) by closing PSL and measuring the error signal. It was needed to put the offset in C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUMFILT_OFFSET to 14000 cts (without offset the sum of quadrants would give zero, and 14000 cts is the value when the cavity is locked). For WFS that are RF, if there is intensity noise at low frequencies, it is not affecting the measurement.

In the attachment please find the power spectrum of the error signal when the PSL shutter is on and off.

 

  16964   Thu Jun 30 17:19:55 2022 DeekshaSummaryElectronicsMeasured Transfer Functions of the Control Loop, Servo (OLTF); got Vectfit working

[Cici, Deeksha]

We were able to greatly improve the quality of our readings by changing the parameters in the config file (particularly increasing the integration and settle cycles, as well as gradually increasing our excitation signals' amplitude). Attached are the readings taken from the same (the files directly printed by ssh'ing the SR785 (apologies)) - Attachment 1 depicts the graph w/ 30 data points and attachment 2 depicts the graph with 300 data points. 

Cici successfully vectfit to the data, as included in Attachment 3. (This is the vectfit of the entire control loop's OLTF). There are two main concerns that need to be looked into, firstly, the manner in which to get the poles and zeros to input into the vectfit program. Similarly, the program works best when the option to enforce stable poles is disabled, once again it may be worth looking into how the program works on a deeper level in order to understand how to proceed. 

Just as the servo's individual transfer function was taken, we also came up with a  plan to measure the PZT's individual transfer function (using the MokuLab). The connections for the same have been made and the Moku is at the Xend (disconnected). We may also have to build a highpass filter (similar to the one whose signal enters the PZT) to facilitate taking readings at high frequencies using the Moku. 

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  16972   Tue Jul 5 20:05:06 2022 TomislavUpdateElectronicsWhitening electronics noise

For whitening electronics noise for WFS1, I get (attachment). This doesn't seem right, right?

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  16974   Wed Jul 6 18:51:20 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsMeasuring the Transfer Function of the PZT

Yesterday, we set up the loop to measure the PZT of the transfer function - the MokuLab sends an excitation (note - a swept sine of 1.0 V) to the PZT. The cavity is locked to the PSL and the AUX is locked to the cavity. In order to measure the effect of our excitation, we take the beat note of the PSL and the AUX. This gives us a transfer function as seen in Attachment 1. The sampling rate of the MokuLab is set to 'ultrafast' (125kHz), so we can expect accurate performance upto 62.5kHz, however, in order to improve our readings beyond this frequency, modifications must be made to the script (MokuPhaseMeterTF) to avoid aliasing of the signal. A script should also be written to obtain and plot the coherence between the excitation and our output. 

Also attached are - Attachment 2 -  the circuit diagram of the setup, and Attachment 3 - the TF data calculated.

Edit - the SR560 as shown in the circuit diagram has since been replaced by a broadband splitter (Minicircuits ZFRSC-42-S+).

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2.000000000000000364e+04 1.764209350625748560e+07 2.715833132756984014e+00
1.928351995884991265e+04 1.695301366919569671e+07 1.509398637395631626e+00
1.859270710016814337e+04 1.647055321367538907e+07 -2.571975165101855865e+00
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1.493758961654484847e+04 1.283127345074228011e+07 -2.026149685362535369e+00
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  16983   Mon Jul 11 11:16:45 2022 JCSummaryElectronicsStartup after Shutdown

[Paco, Yehonathan, JC]

We began starting up all the electronics this morning beginning in the Y-end. After following the steps on the Complete_Power_Shutdown_Procedures on the 40m wiki, we only came across 2 issues.

  1. The Green beam at the Y-End : Turn on the controller and the indicator light began flashing. After waiting until the blinking light becomes constant, turn on the beam. 
  2. C1lsc "could not find operating system"-unable to SSH from Rossa : We found an Elog of how to restart Chiara and this worked. We proceeded by adding this to the procedures of startup.
  16992   Tue Jul 12 14:56:17 2022 TomislavSummaryElectronicsElectronics noise measurements

[Paco, Tomislav]

We measured the electronics noise of the demodulation board, whitening board, and ADC for WFSs, and OPLEV board and ADC for DC QPD in MC2 transmission. We were using SR785.

Regarding the demodulation board, we did 2 series of measurements. For the first series of measurements, we were blocking WFS (attachment 1) and measuring noise at the output of the demod board (attachment 2a). This measurement includes dark noise of the WFS, electronics noise of demod board, and phase noise from LO. For the second series of the measurements, we were unplugging input to the demod board (attachment 2b & 2c is how they looked like before unplugging) (the mistake we made here is not putting 50-ohm terminator) and again measuring at the output of the demod board. This measurement doesn't include the dark noise of the WFS. We were measuring it for all 8 segments (I1, I2, I3, I4, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). The dark noise contribution is negligible with respect to demod board noise. In attachments 3 & 4 please find plots that include detection and demodulation contributions for both WFSs.

For whitening board electronics noise measurement, we were terminating the inputs (attachment 5) and measuring the outputs (attachment 6). Electronics noise of the whitening board is in the attachments 7 & 8.

For ADC electronics noise we terminated ADC input and measured noise using diaggui (attachments 9 & 10). Please find these spectra for WFS1, WFS2, and MC TRANS in attachments 11, 12 & 13.

For MC2 TRANS we measured OPLEV board noise. We did two sets of measurements, as for demod board of WFSs (with and without QPD dark noise) (attachments 14, 15 & 16). In the case of OPLEV board noise without dark noise, we were terminating the OPLEV input. Please find the electronics noise of OPLEV's segment 1 (including dark noise which is again much smaller with respect to the OPLEV's electronics noise) in attachment 17.

For the transfer functions, demod board has flat tf, whitening board tf please find in attachment 18, ADC tf is flat and it is (2**16 - 1)/20 [cts/V], and dewhitening tf please find in attachment 19. Also please find the ASD of the spectral analyzer noise (attachment_20).

Measurements for WFS1 demod and whitening were done on 5th of July between 15h and 18h local time. Measurements for WFS2 demod and whitening were done on 6th of July between 15h and 17h local time. All the rest were done on July 7th between 14h and 19h. In attachment 21 also find the comparison between electronics noise for WFSs and cds error signal (taken on the 28th of June between 17h and 18h). Sorry for bad quality of some pictures.

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  16995   Wed Jul 13 07:16:48 2022 JCUpdateElectronicsChecking Sorensen Power Supplies

[JC]

I went around 40m picking up any Sorensens that were laying around to test if they worked, or in need of repair. I gathered up a total of 7 Sorensens and each one with a Voltmeter. I made sure the voltage would rise on the Sorenson as well as the voltmeter, maxing out at ~33.4 Volts. For the current, the voltmeter can only rise to 10 Amps before it is fused. Many of the Sorensons that I found did not have their own wall connection, so I had to use the same one for multiple.

From these 7, I have found 5 that are well. One Sorenson I have tested has a output shortage above 20V and the other has yet to be tested.

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  16998   Wed Jul 13 13:26:44 2022 ranaSummaryElectronicsElectronics noise measurements

as I said to you yesterday, I don't think image 2a shows the output of the demod board. The output of the demod board is actually the output connector ON the demod board. What you are showing in 2a, is the signal that goes from the whitening board to the ADC I believe. I may be msitaken, so please check with Tega for the signal chain.

  17005   Fri Jul 15 12:21:58 2022 JCUpdateElectronicsChecking Sorensen Power Supplies

Of the 7 Sorenson Power Supplies I tested, 5 are working fine, 1 cannot output voltage more than 20 Volts before shorting, and other does not output current. Six Sorensons are behind the X-Arm.

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[JC]

I went around 40m picking up any Sorensens that were laying around to test if they worked, or in need of repair. I gathered up a total of 7 Sorensens and each one with a Voltmeter. I made sure the voltage would rise on the Sorenson as well as the voltmeter, maxing out at ~33.4 Volts. For the current, the voltmeter can only rise to 10 Amps before it is fused. Many of the Sorensons that I found did not have their own wall connection, so I had to use the same one for multiple.

From these 7, I have found 5 that are well. One Sorenson I have tested has a output shortage above 20V and the other has yet to be tested.

 

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

[Yehonathan, JC]

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

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  17031   Mon Jul 25 09:37:39 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsUsing the DFD to measure PZT TF

The DFD was setup to measure the change in beatnote when excited. A long long (128in) cable goes from the SR785 near the DFD all the way to the Xend AUX which it accordingly excites and the DFD is monitored by the oscilloscope at the other end. This was completed on Friday. The wires and stand have been moved to the side but the setup is still a bit chaotic. As of writing this post, there is still atleast some minor issue with the setup as we aren't getting the expected output. 

[I will shortly update this elog with more pictures]

Edit: the SR785 was replaced by the AG 4395, and pictures added

 

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  17039   Wed Jul 27 14:39:04 2022 DeekshaUpdateElectronicsNew and improved PZT TF data from the DFD

Paco and I messed around with the attenuation of the scope and bandwidth of the IF. We also replaced the BNC T's in the circuits with RF splitters. We saw some decent improvements to the data. The data is attached and a diagram of the experiment. [We analytically calculated the impedances to avoid any mismatch taking place]. Working on fitting the data.

We also moved around the wires so that the AG4395 is closer to the PZT.

 

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  17104   Thu Aug 25 15:24:06 2022 PacoHowToElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 board -- fandango

[Paco, Chris Stoughton, Leo -- remote]

This morning Chris came over to the 40m lab to help us get the RFSoC board going. After checking out our setup, we decided to do a very basic series of checks to see if we can at least get the ADCs to run coherently (independent of the DACs). For this I borrowed the Marconi 2023B from inside the lab and set its output to 1.137 GHz, 0 dBm. Then, I plugged it into the ADC1 and just ran the usual spectrum analyzer notebook on the rfsoc jupyter lab server. Attachment #1 - 2 shows the screen captured PSDs for ADCs 0 and 1 respectively with the 1137 MHz peaks alright.

The fast ADCs are indeed reading our input signals.


Before this simple test, we actually reached out to Leo over at Fermilab for some remote assistance on building up our minimally working firmware. For this, Chris started a new vivado project on his laptop, and realized the rfsoc 2x2 board files are not included in it by default. In order to add them, we had to go into Tools, Settings and add the 2020.1 Vivado Xilinx shop board repository path to the rfsoc2x2 v1.1 files. After a little bit of struggling, uninstalling, reinstalling them, and restarting Vivado, we managed to get into the actual overlay design. In there, with Leo's assistance, we dropped the Zynq MPSoC core (this includes the main interface drivers for the rfsoc 2x2 board). We then dropped an rf converter IP block, which we customized to use the right PLL settings. The settings, from the System Clocking tab were changed to have a 409.6 MHz Reference Clock (default was 122.88 MHz). This was not straightforward, as the default sampling rate of 2.00 GSPS was not integer-related so we had to also update that to 4.096 GSPS. Then, we saw that the max available Clock Out option was 256 MHz (we need to be >= 409.6 MHz), so Leo suggested we dropped a Clocking Wizard block to provide a 512 MHz clock input for the rfdc. The final settings are captured in Attachment # 3. The Clocking Wizard was added, and configured on its Output Clocks tab to provide a Requested Output Freq of 512 MHz. The finall settings of the Clocking wizard are captured in Attachment #4. Finally, we connected the blocks as shown in Attachment #5.

We will continue with this design tomorrow.

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  33   Tue Oct 30 20:15:24 2007 tobinOtherEnvironmentearthquake
Rana, Tobin

Largish (M5.6) earthquake in San Francisco sent our optics swinging.
  47   Thu Nov 1 16:42:48 2007 Andrey RodionovSummaryEnvironmentEnd of Daylight Saving Time this weekend
Useful information for everyone, as a friendly reminder:

According to the web-page

http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html,

this coming weekend there will be the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Clocks will be adjusted backward one hour.
  100   Wed Nov 14 12:33:35 2007 tobinAoGEnvironmentconstruction
The construction crews are running a jack-hammer right outside of the control room.
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  131   Wed Nov 28 16:18:15 2007 AlbertoMetaphysicsEnvironmentso clean you can eat on it
I tidied up the desks in the lab, brought the Spectrum Analyzers back to the Salumeria (you don't want to know about that), sorted a lot of stuff and boxed up what I didn't know (you can find it in a couple of carton boxes on the table).
The blackmail with the pie might not work next time.
Please, preserve the common sort.


Alberto
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  212   Sat Dec 22 15:32:11 2007 tobinAoGEnvironmentants
Ants are everywhere: on the PSL table, on the circuit board I'm soldering...

I believe I have discovered their energy source.
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  239   Tue Jan 15 13:15:27 2008 tobinUpdateEnvironmentlots of noise
They're throwing concrete around at the construction site.
  257   Wed Jan 23 20:52:40 2008 ranaSummaryEnvironmentFlooding from construction area
We noticed tonight around 7 PM that there was a lot of brown water in the control room and also in the interferometer area mostly concentrated around the north wall between the LSC rack and the AP table.

The leak was mainly in the NW corner of the interferometer area.

The construction crew had set up sandbags, plastic sheet, and gravel to block the drains outside of the 40m along the north wall. The rain had produced ponds and lakes outside in the construction area. Once the level got high enough this leaked through holes in the 40m building walls (these are crappy walls).

We called the on-call facilities team (1 guy). He showed up, cut through the construction fence lock, and then unblocked the drains. This guy was pretty good (although inscrutable); he adjusted the sandbags to control the flow of the lake into the drains. He went along the wall and unblocked all 3 drains; there were mini-lakes forming there which he felt would eventually start leaks all along our north wall.

In the morning we'll need volunteers to move equipment around under Steve's direction while the floor gets mopped up. There's dirt and mud all over, underneath the chambers and racks.

Luckily Alberto spotted this early and he, Jon, Andrey and Steve kept the water from spreading and then scooped it all up with a wet-vac that the facilities guy brought over.
Extra Napoleon to them for late evening mud clearing work.

Many pictures were taken: Update and pictures will appear later.
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  290   Fri Feb 1 10:43:05 2008 JohnUpdateEnvironmentConstruction work
The boys next door have some bigger noisier toys.
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  340   Sun Feb 24 10:51:58 2008 tfFrogsEnvironment40m in phdcomics?
  374   Thu Mar 13 03:07:19 2008 LisaMetaphysicsEnvironmentCoolness at the 40m
My first (and hopefully not last) week at the 40m lab is ending Frown
I found this lab really cool, the people working here really cool as well, and this e-log....
this e-log is not just cool, it is FANTASTIC!!!

LISA
  410   Thu Apr 3 18:33:17 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentStatus of Weather Station

During the last two days some things related to weather station have been improved.

1) Startup file for the computer (processor) 'c1pem1' was changed so that now 'c1pem1' can be rebooted from "Linux1". Computer 'c1pem1' is responsible for communicating data between 'Weather Monitor' and control UNIX machines. Before April 1st it was impossible to reboot the computer 'c1pem1'. Now 'c1pem1' runs without difficulties.

2) It was determined that some ethernet cables of category "cat 5" were bad. I replaced one short cat 5 cable between 'c1pem1' and 'network-switch board' in the neighboring computer rack, and I still need to replace the internet ending of another long (~20 meters) cat 5 cable after Alex Ivanov will bring the tool for that.

3) 'Weather monitor' and 'WeatherLink' are temporarily moved away from their "nested" positions on the north wall, and they are now in the proximity of processor 'c1pem1'. Thus the signal about "Inside Temperature" goes into 'c1pem1' computer without any additional ethernet cables, and "inside temperature" is correctly displayed on the "Checklist" adl. MEDM screen on the control UNIX machines. The cable with a signal from the roof sensors (which might be dead due their 7-year age) is temporarily disconnected from the 'Weather Monitor'.

Result: 'Weather Monitor' and computer (processsor) 'c1pem1' are alive, they communicate reasonable "Inside Temperature" to the control UNIX-machines.

The fate of the outside sensors is currently unknown, I plan to go to the roof together with Mr. Steve Vass tomorrow and try to determine what should be done with them.

I am also writing (right now) a wiki-40 page which explains what is the "Weather Station" and what is its status.
  414   Fri Apr 4 16:54:06 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentWeather station is fully alive

After today's trip to the roof of our building the weather station seems to be completely resurrected!

We went to the roof together with Steve Vass, and we discovered that:

(1) Sensors of wind speed, wind direction and the bowl that measures the amount of precipitation do not have any visible defects, so there is no problem with all those sensors even after being outside for seven years.

(2) We discovered that there are cable junctions located on the roof, and those junctions were located close to the rim (edge) of the roof, before the cables go inside of 40-meter lab room. The taping in the place of the junction was not good due to the age, and the connections between the cables were disrupted (cable endings were out of the connectors). Therefore, no signal from the roof sensors could be transferred to the 'Weather Monitor'. It was not wise from the person who installed the weather station to leave the fragile cable connections outside, on the roof, because the length of the cables allowed to locate those three connectors inside of the building.

See the attached PDF-file with pictures.

(3) After the cables were plugged into the connectors, these cable junctions were gently pulled into the inside of the 40-meter interferometer room. These cable junctions should not be located outside of the building!

Immediately after all the above-mentioned steps, the reasonable indications of outside temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction appeared on the 'Weather Monitor'.

In order to see if there is any problem of communication between the 'Weather Monitor' and UNIX control computers through 'c1pem1', I rolled out two brand new black cat-5 ethernet cables on the floor of the interferometer room (they are on the floor temporarily, the ethernet cable will go from the floor into the ceiling cable tray eventually), connected the two cables together through freshly purchased from Caltech bookstore cable connectors, and thus connected the 'Weather Monitor' to the processor 'c1pem1'.

Result: Now we can see reasonable indications of outside temperature, pressure, amount of precipitation, wind speed and direction on the EPICS screen! Moreover, these indications are changing with time.

As a reminder for everyone: standard atmospheric pressure is about 101kPa, so the indications of pressure as 99900Pa is quite reasonable.

One thing is not clear for me yet: wind speed on the 'Weather Monitor' is fluctuating between 2 and 4 mph, while MEDM EPICS-screen values are fluctuation in the range between 0 and 3mph.

Many thanks to Steve Vass and Alexander Ivanov for their help.
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  666   Mon Jul 14 10:57:00 2008 KojiFrogsEnvironmentSomeone at 40M sent LHO water of life
Someone at the 40m sent Mike@LHO a pound of peets coffee with the name of Koji Arai.
It was a good surprise! Thanks, we will enjoy it!
I will return to Pasadena next week. See you then.
  716   Tue Jul 22 16:50:09 2008 steveMetaphysicsEnvironmentprofessorial clean up of work bench
Atm1: is showing the spiritual satisfaction after work bench clean up by the professor himself.

Atm2: some items are still waiting to be placed back to their location
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  743   Sun Jul 27 20:25:49 2008 ranaConfigurationEnvironmentOffice Temperature increased to 75 F
Since we have the chiller for the PSL chiller now, I've just increased the office area
temperature set point by 2 F
to 75 F to see if the laser will still behave.
  754   Tue Jul 29 11:50:01 2008 JenneUpdateEnvironment5.6 Earthquake
Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.6
Date-Time

* Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 18:42:15 UTC
* Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:42:15 AM at epicenter

Location 33.959N, 117.752W
Depth 12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Region GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
Distances

* 3 km (2 miles) SW (235) from Chino Hills, CA
* 8 km (5 miles) SE (127) from Diamond Bar, CA
* 9 km (5 miles) NNE (23) from Yorba Linda, CA
* 11 km (7 miles) S (178) from Pomona, CA
* 47 km (29 miles) ESE (103) from Los Angeles Civic Center, CA

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles)
Parameters Nph=144, Dmin=8 km, Rmss=0.42 sec, Gp= 18,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source

* California Integrated Seismic Net:
* USGS Caltech CGS UCB UCSD UNR

Event ID ci14383980

All the watchdogs tripped. I'll put them back after lunch, after the optics have had time to settle down.
  1025   Fri Oct 3 19:38:02 2008 robMetaphysicsEnvironmentThe Gatekeeper

Found this lady outside the door of the 40m lab a few nights ago.
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  1026   Sat Oct 4 07:23:42 2008 KojiMetaphysicsEnvironmentThe Gatekeeper
Hi, this is Koji from Japan.

I am afraid that this is a poisonous spider, Latrodectus hasseltii.
In Japanese word "Seaka-goke-gumo" (red-backed widow spider)

I am not an expert of insects, but this type of spider is getting famous in Japan as they were accidentally imported from South-West asia and Austraria to Japan in recent years, and they settled in certain city areas.

It is said that its neurotoxic venom causes unpleasant results such as shock, pain, and inflammation, even it is not too strong to kill human.

Be careful.


Quote:

Found this lady outside the door of the 40m lab a few nights ago.
  1161   Mon Nov 24 19:15:16 2008 rana, alberto, johnConfigurationEnvironmenttemperature
The PSL Room Temperature was alarming because it had gone above 23 C. This set off an unfortunate chain of events:

We found that the PSL HEPA was set low (20%). This is a fine setting for when no one is working in there but it
does raise the temperature since there are heat sources inside the blue box.

We tried to change the office area temperature to compensate and also the westmost sensor inside the lab area by 2 deg F.

The office area one was problematic - there was so much dust in it that the gas valve nipple was clogged. So we've
now blown it all clean with a compressed air can. We're now tuning the calibration screw to make our new
digital sensor agree with the setpoint on the controller.

Expect wild temperature swings of the office area for a couple days while Alberto and I tune the servo.
  1163   Tue Nov 25 19:29:15 2008 rana, alberto, johnConfigurationEnvironmenttemperature

Quote:
The PSL Room Temperature was alarming because it had gone above 23 C. This set off an unfortunate chain of events:

We found that the PSL HEPA was set low (20%). This is a fine setting for when no one is working in there but it
does raise the temperature since there are heat sources inside the blue box.

We tried to change the office area temperature to compensate and also the westmost sensor inside the lab area by 2 deg F.

The office area one was problematic - there was so much dust in it that the gas valve nipple was clogged. So we've
now blown it all clean with a compressed air can. We're now tuning the calibration screw to make our new
digital sensor agree with the setpoint on the controller.

Expect wild temperature swings of the office area for a couple days while Alberto and I tune the servo.


This morning Bob found 92F in the office area and in the control room of the lab. He turned down the thermostat and when I got in at about 9 I found 65. After a few hours of adjustment of the thermostat's calibration, I could stabilize the room temperature to about 72F. I also turned down the thermostats inside the lab of a couple of degrees F.
  1164   Thu Nov 27 22:56:42 2008 ranaConfigurationEnvironmenttemperature
8-)
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