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  2763   Sun Apr 4 17:32:07 2010 AlbertoMetaphysicsGeneralnew y-arm?

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There's several more of the this vintage in one of the last cabinets down the new Y-arm.

 Hold on, did the arms get re-baptized?

  2845   Mon Apr 26 12:24:58 2010 josephbUpdateGeneralDaily Downs update

Talked with Jay briefly this morning.

We are due another 1-U 4 core (8 CPU) machine, which is one of the ones currently in the test stand.  I'm hoping sometime this week I can convince Alex to help me remove it from said test stand.

The megatron machine we have is definitely going to be used in the 40m upgrade (to answer a question of Rana's from last Wednesday's meeting).  Thats apparently the only machine of that class we get, so moving it to the vertex for use as the LSC or SUS vertex machine may make sense.  Overall we'll have the ASS, OMC, Megatron (SUS?), along with the new 4 1-U machines, for LSC, IO, End Y and End X.  We are getting 4 more IO chassis, for a total 5.  ASS and OMC machine will be going without full new chassis.

Speaking of IO chassis, they are still being worked on.  Still need a few cards put in and some wiring work done.  I also didn't see any other adapter boards finished either.

  3063   Thu Jun 10 10:58:02 2010 KojiUpdateGeneralLaTeXlabs

I could not dare to share my google doc with this site...

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BTW, latex launched this new thing for writing pdfs. doesnot require any installations.  check  http://docs.latexlab.org

 so cool!

 

  3064   Thu Jun 10 11:10:21 2010 AlbertoUpdateGeneralLaTeXlabs

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I could not dare to share my google doc with this site...

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BTW, latex launched this new thing for writing pdfs. doesnot require any installations.  check  http://docs.latexlab.org

 so cool!

 

Just in case,  granted access to Google docs can be revoked any time from here:

https://www.google.com/accounts/IssuedAuthSubTokens

  3082   Wed Jun 16 18:14:13 2010 AidanUpdateGeneralGlass cover from overhead light smashed on PSL table

I was giving a tour of the 40m yesterday. We were looking at the PSL table. About 30 seconds after I turned the lights on a glass cover from one of the lights (NW corner) popped out of its holder and smashed on the table.

I've cleaned up all the broken glass I could see but there may be some small shards there. Please use caution in that area.

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  3085   Fri Jun 18 13:42:52 2010 KojiHowToGeneralUpdate your work

All SURFs (and all others as always) are supposed to post the update of your status on the elog.

In fact, I already heard that Sharmila had been working on the serial connection to TC-200 and made some results. All of us like to hear the story.

  3103   Wed Jun 23 12:31:36 2010 GopalUpdateGeneral6.16.10-6.23.10 Weekly Update

Summary of This Week's Activities:

6/16: LIGO Orientation; First Weekly Meeting; 40m tour with Jenne; Removed WFS Box Upper Panel, Inserted Cable, Reinstalled panel

6/17: Read Chapter 1 of Control Systems Book; LIGO Safety Meeting; Koji's Talk about PDH Techniques, Fabry-Perot Cavities, and Sensing/Control; Meeting w/ Nancy and Koji

6/18: LIGO Talk Part II; Glossed over "LASERS" book; Read Control Systems Book Chapter 2; Literary Discussion Circle

6/21: Modecleaner Matrix Discussion with Nancy; Suggested Strategy: construct row-by-row with perturbations to each d.f. --> Leads to some questions on how to experimentally do this.

6/22: Learned Simulink; Learned some Terminal from Joe and Jenne; LIGO Meeting; Rana's Talk; Christian's Talk; Simulink Intro Tutorial

6/23 (morning): Simulink Controls Tutorial; Successfully got a preliminary feedback loop working (hooray for small accomplishments!)

 

Outlook for the Upcoming Week:

Tutorials (in order of priority): Finish Simulink Tutorials, Work through COMSOL Tutorials

Reading (in order of priority): Jenne's SURF Paper, Controls Book, COMSOL documentation, Lasers by Siegman.

Work: Primarily COMSOL-related and pre-discussed with Rana

  3142   Wed Jun 30 11:35:06 2010 Gopal UpdateGeneral6.23.10 - 6.30.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this Week's Activities:

6/23: LIGO Safety Tour; Simulink Controls Tutorial

6/24: Simulink Diagram for Feedback Loop; Constructed Pendulum Transfer Function; Discussion with Dr. Weinstein

6/25: Prepare for pump-down of vacuum chamber; crane broken due to locking failure; worked through COMSOL tutorials

6/28: Ran through Python Tutorials; Began learning about Terminal

6/29: Wrote Progress Report 1 First Draft

6/30: Began editing Progress Report 1

  3218   Wed Jul 14 12:31:11 2010 nancyUpdateGeneralWeekly Update

Summary of this week's work Wednesday - Aligned the mode cleaner with Koji, and then measured the beam characteristics at MC2 end. Koji then taught me how to read the WFS signals Thursday - wrote a script to measure the signals and calculated the coefficients relating mirror movement and DC signals of WFS. To know the possibility of the control, found SVD of the coeff matrix, and condition number. Friday - Set up the measurement of QPD linear response using a laser outside the cavity. Took data. Monday - did the calculations and plotting for the above experiment. Then played around with the MEDM screens , and also tried to see what happens to the Power Spectrum of WFS signals by changing the coefficients in teh matrix. (failed) Tuesday - played around with WFS, tried seeing what it does when switched on at different points, and also what it does when I disturb the system while WFS has kept it locked.

Today - had switched off the WFS sensors yesterday night after locking the MC as wanted to know that how does MC behave when no WFS gain is applied. I checked in the morning, the MC was locked all night. I am now proceding with my calculations for the sensing matrix
  3251   Tue Jul 20 15:06:48 2010 josephb, bobOmnistructureGeneralNew speakers in ceiling in control room

After the crane training, Bob attached speakers to the ceiling right next to the projector, for use with presentations.

  3284   Sat Jul 24 13:13:41 2010 rana, steve, albertoUpdateGeneralInitial Crane Inspection reveals flaws: wiring and oil

The guy from KroneCrane (sp?) came today and started the crane inspection on the X End Crane. There were issues with our crane so he's going to resume on Monday. We turned off the MOPA fur the duration of the inspection.

  1. None of our cranes have oil in the gearbox and it seems that they never did since they have never been maintained. Sloppy installation job. The crane oiling guy is going to come in on Monday.
  2. They tried to test the X-End crane with 2500 lbs. (its a 1 ton crane). This tripped the thermal overload on the crane as intended with this test. Unfortunately, the thermal overload switch disabled the 'goes down' circuit instead of the 'goes up' circuit as it should. We double checked the wiring diagram to confirm our hypothesis. Seems the X-End crane was wired up incorrectly in the first place 16 years ago. We'll have to get this fixed.

The plan is that they will bring enough weight to test it at slightly over the rating (1 Ton + 10 %) and we'll retry the certification after the oiling on Monday.

  3290   Mon Jul 26 10:04:24 2010 steveUpdateGeneralInitial Crane Inspection reveals flaws: wiring, oil and imbalance

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The guy from KroneCrane (sp?) came today and started the crane inspection on the X End Crane. There were issues with our crane so he's going to resume on Monday. We turned off the MOPA fur the duration of the inspection.

  1. None of our cranes have oil in the gearbox and it seems that they never did since they have never been maintained. Sloppy installation job. The crane oiling guy is going to come in on Monday.
  2. They tried to test the X-End crane with 2500 lbs. (its a 1 ton crane). This tripped the thermal overload on the crane as intended with this test. Unfortunately, the thermal overload switch disabled the 'goes down' circuit instead of the 'goes up' circuit as it should. We double checked the wiring diagram to confirm our hypothesis. Seems the X-End crane was wired up incorrectly in the first place 16 years ago. We'll have to get this fixed.

The plan is that they will bring enough weight to test it at slightly over the rating (1 Ton + 10 %) and we'll retry the certification after the oiling on Monday.

 The south end crane has one more flaw. The wall cantilever is imbalanced: meaning it wants to rotate south ward, because its axis is off.

This effects the rope winding on the drum as it is shown on Atm2

Atm1 is showing Jay Swar of KoneCrane and the two 1250 lbs load that was used for the test. Overloading the crane at 125% is general practice at load testing.

It was good to see that the load brakes were working well at 2500 lbs. Finally we found a good service company! and thanks for Rana and Alberto

for coming in on Saturday.

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  3300   Tue Jul 27 16:33:50 2010 KojiSummaryGeneralHigh school students tour

Jenne made the 40m tour for the annual visit of 30-40 students.

c.f.

Tour 2009 http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/1717

Tour 2008 http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/737

 

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  3312   Wed Jul 28 16:42:21 2010 steveUpdateGeneralCrane gear box cheched

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The guy from KroneCrane (sp?) came today and started the crane inspection on the X End Crane. There were issues with our crane so he's going to resume on Monday. We turned off the MOPA fur the duration of the inspection.

  1. None of our cranes have oil in the gearbox and it seems that they never did since they have never been maintained. Sloppy installation job. The crane oiling guy is going to come in on Monday.
  2. They tried to test the X-End crane with 2500 lbs. (its a 1 ton crane). This tripped the thermal overload on the crane as intended with this test. Unfortunately, the thermal overload switch disabled the 'goes down' circuit instead of the 'goes up' circuit as it should. We double checked the wiring diagram to confirm our hypothesis. Seems the X-End crane was wired up incorrectly in the first place 16 years ago. We'll have to get this fixed.

The plan is that they will bring enough weight to test it at slightly over the rating (1 Ton + 10 %) and we'll retry the certification after the oiling on Monday.

 The south end crane has one more flaw. The wall cantilever is imbalanced: meaning it wants to rotate south ward, because its axis is off.

This effects the rope winding on the drum as it is shown on Atm2

Atm1 is showing Jay Swar of KoneCrane and the two 1250 lbs load that was used for the test. Overloading the crane at 125% is general practice at load testing.

It was good to see that the load brakes were working well at 2500 lbs. Finally we found a good service company! and thanks for Rana and Alberto

for coming in on Saturday.

 Jeff Stinson, technician of KoneCrane inspected the south end crane hoist gear box. This was the one that was really low on oil. The full condition require

~ 950cc of EPX-7 (50-70W) high viscosity gear oil. The remaining 120 cc oil was drained and the gear box cover was removed. See Atm 1

He found the gear box, load brake and gearing in good condition. The slow periodic sound of the drive was explained by the split bearings at Atm 3

The Vertex and the east end crane gear boxes needed only 60 cc oil to be added to each Atm 4 and their drives were tested.

Conclusion: all 3 gear boxes and drives are in good working condition.

Tomorrow's plan: load test at 1 ton and correct-check  3 phase wiring.

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  3318   Thu Jul 29 12:31:09 2010 KojiSummaryGeneralLab Schedule

July
29 Thu BS chamber work: Move cable towers / green steering mirrors / (2 TTs with TT charactrization) / Put the heavy door by 5PM.
30 Fri Pumping down
31 Sat WFS work by Nancy

Aug
1 Sun - 5 Thu WFS work by Nancy
5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

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  3333   Fri Jul 30 14:53:09 2010 steveUpdateGeneralPSL table leg upgrade

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July
29 Thu BS chamber work: Move cable towers / green steering mirrors / (2 TTs with TT charactrization) / Put the heavy door by 5PM.
30 Fri Pumping down
31 Sat WFS work by Nancy

Aug
1 Sun - 5 Thu WFS work by Nancy
5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

The PSL table height will be raised to the level of the AP table. This will be done using 6 TMC's Rigid Damped Tripod legs. Their planed positions shown below.

The legs will be grouted to the floor with concrete.

 http://www.techmfg.com/products/floorplatforms/rigiddampedtripod.htm

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  3335   Fri Jul 30 17:52:12 2010 KojiConfigurationGeneralJacket

Jenne and I need our jackets. We removed them from the Rb clock.
Thanks for making them warm.
Probably a Scotland sweater would fit.

  3337   Fri Jul 30 19:20:15 2010 AlastairConfigurationGeneralJacket

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Jenne and I need our jackets. We removed them from the Rb clock.
Thanks for making them warm.
Probably a Scotland sweater would fit.

 Thanks for the loan guys.  I do have a lot of warm weather clothing at home that is not so necessary in the California climate.  I will find some suitable attire for the Rb clocks there.

  3348   Mon Aug 2 17:12:28 2010 KojiUpdateGeneralLab schedule for the week of Aug. 2

Aug

2 Mon - 5 Thu WFS work (Nancy)

2 Mon - 4 Wed

Jenne: Seismometer fix / Seismic measurements on the PSL table
TT characterization (with Koji)
Preparations ETM suspensions (optional: may be in later weeks)

Kiwamu: CDS test for SUS (may be involving Koji)

Alberto: RF system prep.

All: For 5th and 6th: PSL cabling works Koji

5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL

9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping

16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring

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  3368   Thu Aug 5 16:18:37 2010 AlastairUpdateGeneralclocks still not locked fully - hut removed

The rubidium clocks are still not quite locked together, though it is clear that the beat frequency has dropped a lot since yesterday.

I checked on the clocks and the 1pps sync light is on.  The clocks are really hot again though despite the gap left at the bottom of the igloo.  The side of the clocks were hot enough to not be touchable.

I made the executive decision that I would remove the hut just now.  We can let the clocks lock together and then put the hut back on just before measuring.  This way the hut will isolate from temperature fluctuations during the measurement but it won't be running at the hotter equilibrium temperature.  I hope that the temperature won't change too much during the measurement if we put the hut back on.

RA: Attachment deleted because it was in Postscript format. Also not allowed here are the Stone Tablet and Cave Painting formats.

  3377   Fri Aug 6 16:20:08 2010 ranaUpdateGeneralclocks still not locked fully - phase shifted

 I tried to get the clocks to be closer to 90 deg for the relative phase by adding some cable length to one of the lines, but they are still wandering too much. We need to use the serial interface and up the gain in their 1PPS locking loops.

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  3378   Fri Aug 6 17:47:36 2010 steveSummaryGeneralcranes load tested at 1998 lbs

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The guy from KroneCrane (sp?) came today and started the crane inspection on the X End Crane. There were issues with our crane so he's going to resume on Monday. We turned off the MOPA fur the duration of the inspection.

  1. None of our cranes have oil in the gearbox and it seems that they never did since they have never been maintained. Sloppy installation job. The crane oiling guy is going to come in on Monday.
  2. They tried to test the X-End crane with 2500 lbs. (its a 1 ton crane). This tripped the thermal overload on the crane as intended with this test. Unfortunately, the thermal overload switch disabled the 'goes down' circuit instead of the 'goes up' circuit as it should. We double checked the wiring diagram to confirm our hypothesis. Seems the X-End crane was wired up incorrectly in the first place 16 years ago. We'll have to get this fixed.

The plan is that they will bring enough weight to test it at slightly over the rating (1 Ton + 10 %) and we'll retry the certification after the oiling on Monday.

 The south end crane has one more flaw. The wall cantilever is imbalanced: meaning it wants to rotate south ward, because its axis is off.

This effects the rope winding on the drum as it is shown on Atm2

Atm1 is showing Jay Swar of KoneCrane and the two 1250 lbs load that was used for the test. Overloading the crane at 125% is general practice at load testing.

It was good to see that the load brakes were working well at 2500 lbs. Finally we found a good service company! and thanks for Rana and Alberto

for coming in on Saturday.

 Jeff Stinson, technician of KoneCrane inspected the south end crane hoist gear box. This was the one that was really low on oil. The full condition require

~ 950cc of EPX-7 (50-70W) high viscosity gear oil. The remaining 120 cc oil was drained and the gear box cover was removed. See Atm 1

He found the gear box, load brake and gearing in good condition. The slow periodic sound of the drive was explained by the split bearings at Atm 3

The Vertex and the east end crane gear boxes needed only 60 cc oil to be added to each Atm 4 and their drives were tested.

Conclusion: all 3 gear boxes and drives are in good working condition.

Tomorrow's plan: load test at 1 ton and correct-check  3 phase wiring.

 Atm1, service report: load test were performed at max horizontal reach with 1998 lbs ( American Ton is 2000 lbs)

          Vertical drives and brakes worked well. The 5 minutes sagging test showed less than 1 mm movement .

          The wiring is correct. Earlier hypothesis regarding the wiring ignored the mechanical brake action.

Our cranes are certified now. Operator training and SOP is in the work.

Vertex Folding I -beam will get latch-lock and the south end I-beam will be leveled.

Atm2, south end

Atm3, east end

Atm4, folding crane at ITMX at 14 ft horizontal reach

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  3394   Tue Aug 10 17:21:48 2010 steveUpdateGeneralPSL optical table is at 30" height

Mike Gerfen, Koji and Steve,

 

Our old ( 6 x 10 x 1 ) ft Newport optical table will have the same height as the neighboring AP table when this job is finished.

Today's work was to elevate the optical table ~ 2400 lbs to 30" clearance to create a workable space below.

 

Atm1,  enclosure frame was raised by 6"

Atm2,  2 pellet jacks and 4x4 technology in the work.

Atm3,  ready for drill and tap with jig plate in place, note 4 Al legs 8" OD. 1/4" wall safely supporting the load

Atm4,  showing clamps that holding 1/2" plywood with jigs

Atm5, We removed the 4 old legs: 6" OD steel, 1/4" wall and 10" high after they were unloaded.

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  3452   Fri Aug 20 20:36:05 2010 AlastairUpdateGeneralElog

 Elog was down, I restarted it.

  3461   Tue Aug 24 06:34:01 2010 AlastairUpdateGeneralElog...

...was down.  Have restarted it.

  3475   Fri Aug 27 07:21:13 2010 AlastairUpdateGeneralelog...

 was down.  I restarted the version in the 2.7.5 folder.  It went down again almost immediately but stayed up after the second restart.

  3567   Mon Sep 13 12:09:42 2010 kiwamuSummaryGeneralelog restarted

 Elog didn't respond, so I restarted it with the script.

Before killing the process somehow two elog daemons were running at the same time. I killed those two manually. 

  3605   Fri Sep 24 16:31:35 2010 steveConfigurationGeneralopen frame- rack is moved

The squeezing open frame rack was moved from the south side of the PSL enclosure to the north side of the SP table.

AC power breaker is PC-2  #1

 

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  3616   Tue Sep 28 14:12:14 2010 steveUpdateGeneralvertex crane drive is out of order

The vertex crane drive is overheating, it stopped functioning. Service man will be here tomorrow morning.

I crane was just turned  on for for may be  about 5 minutes. The vertical drive was fine for a while, but the horizontal did not worked at all.

The crane is tagged out again and the controller box is cooling down.

  3621   Wed Sep 29 15:34:46 2010 kiwamuUpdateGeneralfixing vertex crane
From Vertex crane -- fixing


Quote:

The vertex crane drive is overheating, it stopped functioning. Service man will be here tomorrow morning.

I crane was just turned  on for for may be  about 5 minutes. The vertical drive was fine for a while, but the horizontal did not worked at all.

The crane is tagged out again and the controller box is cooling down.

 

  3624   Thu Sep 30 09:34:58 2010 steveUpdateGeneralvertex crane trolly drive fixed

Quote:

The vertex crane drive is overheating, it stopped functioning. Service man will be here tomorrow morning.

I crane was just turned  on for for may be  about 5 minutes. The vertical drive was fine for a while, but the horizontal did not worked at all.

The crane is tagged out again and the controller box is cooling down.

 Atm1, Vertex crane controller unit on horizontal I-beam.

            Module CCES-407 1HP 2.3A 460V/3 phase on the right was replaced. Speed was increased  to 30 Hz

Atm2, See burned insulation on black wire that was shorting to the large suppressor resistor on Atm3 One can see the pit marks on the right end of it.

        This large power dissipater resistor got hot as the malfunctioning controller 407 broke down.   Touching black power wire insulation melted and made a short.

          So the heat was created and finally the fuses were blown. The unnecessary large fuses were replaced by small ones.

Fortunately we had one spare controller on hand that made this repair to be done fast.

We used the new Crane Safety Check list  from LIGO-E1000379-v1 the first time yesterday before doors were removed.

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  3733   Mon Oct 18 09:01:48 2010 steveHowToGeneralHow not to

This BNC cable is crying for help. Please do not do this to me.  It should be reported  to the  abused center.Throw this cable into the garbage now.

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  3745   Wed Oct 20 16:41:41 2010 steveOmnistructureGeneral laser chiller leaving for MIT
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  3832   Mon Nov 1 10:17:55 2010 steveUpdateGeneralbreakers relabelled

Pedro of the electrical shop helped to retrace wires from the racks to the breakers. Many wrong labels were replaced. These labels are  still representing                          the south arm as Y and  the east arm as X.

Racks: 1X1,2,3,4 and 1Y3,4,5,6,7 and 9 are connected through manual disconnect swithes to  AC power breaker PC-1 on the west wall of IFO room 104.

             This panel PC-1 is connected to T1 isolation transformer in room 101 Panel L - # 38, 40, 42

Racks: 1Y1 & 2  psl and mc are connected through manual disconnect switches to AC power breaker PC-2 just west of the psl enclosure.

             This panel is connected to T2 isolation transformer in room 101 Panel L - # 32, 34, 36

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  3854   Wed Nov 3 16:49:31 2010 steveUpdateGeneralstorage cabinet is in place

The south end of IFO room 104 was reshuffled. The flow bench was moved all the way to the south end to create more room for the crane reach. The old  large drawing cabinet  was moved under the vacuum tube.

The new clear view through  Acrylic-plexyglass cabinet is anchored. It has powder finished coating so it will not out-gas too much.The back side shelf mounting holes are sealed off with kapton tape. The doors still needs some gaskit seals.

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  3862   Thu Nov 4 17:24:49 2010 steveUpdateGeneralconflat flanges for MIT

8 pieces of 10" CF blanks were shipped to MIT

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  3864   Thu Nov 4 17:57:27 2010 steveUpdateGeneralBeamScanner is working again

Koji, Suresh and Steve,

The beam scanner is back from repair.  Koji and Suresh helped to move the I/O address jumpers on the interface card from default position  300 to 320

It is working again.

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  3914   Sun Nov 14 02:59:31 2010 ranaConfigurationGeneralMEDM snapshots web page

Since Nodus is a Solaris machine it can barely handle doing the ImageMagick commands (such as convert and import). I removed the auto MEDM snapshot routine from it

awhile ago and I think the rate of ELOGD crashes has decreased, although its not definitive.

The snapshots have now been re-actived to run on MAFALDA, after I fixed the absolute pathnames in the scripts and installed (via yum) the packages that mafalda

needed to run this (Xvfb, openmotif, compat, etc.). The snapshots web page is now refreshing by itself and the statScreen/cronjob.sh is running on mafalda 5x per hour.

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/medm/screenshot.html

  4096   Thu Dec 23 22:13:50 2010 KojiUpdateGeneralPZT HV turned on

The four IOO PZTs have been turned on in order to confirm the alignment of the IFO.

Once they are turned on, the spots (ITMX/ITMY/PRM/SRM) on the REFL CCD have been easily found.

When the X-arm was aligned to the green beam, it is easily locked to TEM00. Also some LG modes were visible.
i.e. There is some room to improve the mode matching.
The transmitted green at the PSL table is a bit too high and clipped by the first mirror on the table.

No IR flashes were found in either arms.

------------------

The below are the range and the set values of the strain gauge readback for the PZTs.
When the closed loop buttons are activated the PZTs are fixed at those values, if no one touches the set point dials.

            Min   Max   SetP | Display on the module
PZT1 Yaw    2.20  9.95  6.08 | Broken
PZT1 Pitch -0.011 8.89  4.40 | 1.58

PZT2 Yaw    0.737 9.94  5.37 | 2.17
PZT2 Pitch  0.010 9.42  4.71 | 1.89

  4099   Fri Dec 31 12:41:02 2010 ranaUpdateGeneralIR flashes

I came in today to check up on the StripTool and burn the Ubuntu LTS (new CDS OS) DVD. I was pretty excited to see the PRM flashes on Mon1.

I waggled the PRM/BS alignments and got a good contrast MICH and then bright flashes in the PRM that totally overload Mon1's CCD.

Now I can see flashes of some IR junk in the X Arm; its way off on the left edge of the mirror, but there's a beam.

For the short term, we can hook up the IO PZTs to some old EPICS channels (like one of the AUX guys in the LSC area), but eventually it has to get hooked up to the new ASC or ASS. We have to bug Joe to see where this shows up in his master diagram.

**Note: if you get lost sometimes when doing the alignments, remember that you can use time_machine_conlog.

Ex:

rossa:general>./time_machine_conlog 2010/12/31,11:00:00 PDT C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM
Issuing the conlog command:
/cvs/cds/caltech/conlog/bin/conlog +epics -interp at 2010/12/31,11:00:00 PDT "C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM"


Conlog Replied:

LIGO controls: values at 2010 12/31 11:00:00 pst
 __Epics_Channel_Name______   __value_____
 C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM         0.406100



Restoring now...

Restoration Successful

Attached is the last 8 days of Vacuum Pressure trend which includes the pumpdown.

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  4142   Wed Jan 12 02:41:19 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneraldaytime tasks for tomorrow

[Rana, Kiwamu]

Here is the list for the daytime tasks of tomorrow, Jan. 12th.

The daytime task is a work basically to be done or quitted before the sun goes down.

Along with the tasks, we roughly assigned the people who are responsible for it.

The tasks below are basically separated from each other, so we can work in parallel.

 

 

--- 1.  LSC analog interface check (Joe/Koji)

   * check whitening filter

   * demodulation board check

    * check ADC connections

 

--- 2.  MC2 coil Dewhitening (Joe)

    * fix binary outputs.

    * FM9 must be the trigger of the binary outputs instead of FM10.

 

--- 3. 11MHz modulation depth (Kiwamu)

   * investigate why the depth is so low

 

--- 4. PEM DAQ name issue (Jenne)

   * change the name of seismic channels properly so that we can deal with the calibrated stuff

 

--- 5. phase adjustment for MC-PDH locking (Suresh)

 

--- 6. medm screens for C1LSC ()

    * make screens

 

 

 

  4158   Fri Jan 14 17:58:50 2011 OsamuConfigurationGeneralStandalone RT setup

 I'll be gone to Hanford site next week and come back to Caltech on 24th's week.

I setup a standalone RT system at the desk around circuit stock in the 40m.

Please leave this setup until I come back. I'll keep working when I come back.

 

  4197   Tue Jan 25 00:09:54 2011 KojiUpdateGeneralJenne laser is at PSL Lab

I found Tara's elog entry that Jenne laser is at PSL Lab.
Since we recently use it frequently, we should be aware where it is now.

  4225   Sat Jan 29 00:31:05 2011 SureshUpdateGeneralVertex crane upgrade completed

The Vertex crane is smarter and safer now.  This upgrade ensures that the two sections of I-beam (8ft, 4ft) remain firmly latched to form a straight member till the latch is released.

In specific, it ensures that problems such as this one do not occur in the future.

 

The new safety features are:

When the I-beam sections are latched together, a pneumatic piston ensures that the latch is secure. 

If the latch is not engaged the trolley does not move outward beyond the end of the 8-foot section of the I beam.

If the trolley is out on the 4-foot section of the beam then we cannot disengage the latch.

 

How does it work?

 

 Vertex_Crane-2.png Vertex_Crane-4.png

 

The state of the Limit Switch 1 changes when the trolly goes past it.    The Limit Switch 2 gets pressed when the two sections are latched together.

The pneumatic piston raises or lowers the latch.  The Pneumatic Latch Switch operates a pneumatic valve controlling the state of the piston.

 

 

Vertex_Crane-3.png P1280545.JPG

The new controller now has Pneumatic Latch Switch in addition to the usual Start, Stop, Up, Down, In and Out buttons. 

Each of the Up, Down, In and Out buttons have two operational states:  Half pressed (low speed) and Full pressed (High Speed).  Their functions remain the same as before.

 

The new Pneumatic Switch:

When this switch is 'Engaged' and the 4 ft section is swung in-line with the 8 ft section, the two sections get latched together.

To unlatch them we have to throw the switch into the 'Disengage' state.  This makes the piston push the latch open and a spring rotates the 4 ft section about its pivot.

Limit Switch 2 is not pressed (I-beams not aligned straight) ==> Limit Switch 1 will prevent the trolley from out going beyond the 8 ft section.

While Limit Switch 2 is pressed we cannot disengage the latch.

 

Note: 

   The pneumatic piston requires 80psi of pressure to operate.  However we have only 40psi in the lab and the piston seems to operate quite well at this pressure as well.  I believe a request has been made to get an 80psi line laid just for this application.

 

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  4235   Tue Feb 1 15:09:41 2011 KojiOmnistructureGeneralProjector - fixed

The projector in the controls room has been fixed the orange blinking of the status LED.

What we needed was to push "Volume -" and "Menu" for 5 sec.
This resets the timer of the lamp. When the timer reaches 2500 hours, it automatically start sabotaging.

We've got the spare lamp. It is in the top drawer of the computer cabinet on which the label makers are.

  4290   Mon Feb 14 17:16:47 2011 steveUpdateGeneralracks, breakers labeled

The south arm labels were changed from y to x to reflect reality.

So racks, manual disconnects and breakers now have their actual name. The east arm will be changed over tomorrow.

Please remove incorrect labels if you see any !

I can not find 1X4 breaker so it will be  traced.

  4297   Tue Feb 15 06:59:57 2011 Suresh, JenneOmnistructureGeneralX end enclosure left open

[Jenne, Suresh]

 Jenne found the X-end table enclosure had been left open.  She replaced the lid on it.

 

  4299   Tue Feb 15 11:53:02 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneraltoday's missions

I think this week is going to be an "alignment week".

The goal is to get a good alignment on X arm for both the green and the IR beam in order to reduce a2l couplings.

 

Today's missions are :

 - fixing the oplev channel names (see here)

 - fixing the oplev gain issue (see here)

 - engage the oplev servos

 - f2p adjustment

 - make a realtime lockin model for the f2p measurement and the dithering technique

 - alignment of the MC incident beam  (because we installed a new PMC this morning)

 - manual alignment of the IR beam by steering PZT1 and PZT2 (this procedure will be replaced by an automatic way soon)

 - bounce roll filters (see here)

 

  4310   Thu Feb 17 00:43:13 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralto do list for tomorrow

Let's share our tasks !

 

==== daytime ===

 . mode matching for MC  (Jenne/Koji)

 . mode matching for doubling crystal on PSL table (Suresh/Koji)

 . f2p adjustment (Kiwamu)

 . fix daq and CDS issues (Joe)

 . increase oplev gain (low priority)

 . make ITMY camera nicer (Steve)

 . c1ass simlink model (Valera/Joe)

 . Bounce Roll notches (Suresh)

 

==== nighttime (after 7pm) ====

 . align everything   (at first green beam, then X arm cavity and finally IR beam)

 . update the noise spectrum of the green locking

 . estimate the noise from angle to length coupling

  4322   Fri Feb 18 00:35:21 2011 kiwamuSummaryGeneralto do list for Feb. 18th

DAYTIME

  -  more precise F2P measurement and modify lockin simlink model (Kiwamu)

  -  run  C1ASS to check it (Valera)

  -  take care of CDS (Joe)

  -  MC mode matching (Jenne/Koji)

   -  RF stuff  (Suresh)

  -  mode matching for doubling crystal at PSL table (low priority)

  -  OPLEV (low priority)

NIGHITTIME

 -  update the noise spectra of green locking

 -  make noise budgets

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