Yuta, Manasa, Jamie, Jenne, Steve, Rana
Starting this morning, we removed the temporary half PRC mirror in front of BS and started to align the IFO in prep for an in-air lock of the PRMI.
This morning, using the new awesome steerable active input TTs, Jenne and I centred the beam on PRM, PR2/3, BS, ITMY and ETMY.
After lunch, Yuta and Manasa aligned the Y ARM, by looking at the multi-pass beam. The X-end door was still on, so they roughly aligned to the X ARM by centring on ITMX with BS. They then got fringes at the BS, and tweaked the ITMs and PRM to get full fringes at BS.
We're currently stuck because the REFL beam appears to be clipped coming out of the faraday, even though the retro-reflected beam from PRM is cleanly going through the faraday output aperture. The best guess at the moment is that the beam is leaving MC at an angle, so the retro-reflected beam is coming out of the faraday at an angle. We did not center spots on MC mirrors before we started the alignment procedure today. That was dumb.
We may be ok to do our PRMI characterization with the clipped REFL, though, then we can fix everything right before we close up. We're going to need to go back to touch up alignment before we close up anyway (we need to get PR2 centered).
Yuta and Manasa are finishing up now by making sure the AS and REFL beams are cleanly existing onto the AS table.
Tomorrow we will set up the PRM oplev, and start to look at the in-air PRMI. Hopefully we can be ready to close up by the end of the week.
We should check MC spot positions to see what they are.
Also, I'm not thrilled about the idea of a clipped REFL beam. Haven't we played that game before, and decided it's a crappy game? Can we recenter the MC, and recover quickly with TT1?
We installed a camera at the ETMY end to look at the scattering pickoff from the ITMY. We were able to see the whole of the beam tube. We need to meditate on where to assemble the camera and use appropriate lenses to narrow the field of view such that we avoid looking at scattering from other sources inside the chamber.
Lot's of alignment work, still no AS beam. REFL is clipped by Faraday output aperture......
Our guess is that this is because we skipped MC centering.
Alignment procedure we took:
1. AM work: Aligned input beam using TT1/TT2
such that the beam hits ETMY and ITMY at the center.
2. Coarsely aligned ITMY
such that the ITMY retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.
3. Aligned ETMY (we didn't actually move ITMY)
such that Y arm flashes.
This tells you that ITMY is aligned well to the incident beam.
4. Aligned BS
such that the beam hits ITMX at the center.
5. Aligned ITMX
such that the ITMX retro-reflected beam hits BS at the center.
At this point, we saw MI fringes at AS port.
6. Fine alignment of ITMX:
MI reflected beam was not overlapping in front of BS after it was reflected by PRM.
We used this longer REFL path to tune alignment of ITMX to ITMY reflected beam.
We saw MI fringe at REFL port coming out of the chamber, but it was clipped.
7. Aligned PRM
by looking at REFL beam from PRM on the back face of Faraday (video FI_BACK).
We fine tuned the alignment such that PRM retro-relfected beam hits BS at the center and REFL beam from PRM overlaps with the MI fringes at the back face of Faraday.
8. Clipping of REFL at the Faraday output aperture:
We confirmed that the shape of the REFL beam from PRM was OK at the back face of Faraday. But some how, it was clipped at the output aperture. So, REFL beam coming out of the chamber is clipped now.
9. Tried to get AS beam out of the chamber:
We tweaked steering mirrors after SRM to get AS beam out of the chamber. But, we lost the AS beam between the very last folding mirrors (OMPO and OM6) in the OMC chamber......
1. Why clipping at the Faraday output aperture?
In principle, if PRM reflects the incident beam at normal incidence, it should pass the Faraday unclipped. But it's not!
Our guess is that the incident beam does not go well centered through the apertures of the Faraday. I think we have to do MC centering to get good pointing to the Faraday.
We also see that MI fringe at the back face of the Faraday is at the edge of its aperture, after all of these alignment work (we even used Y arm!). This tells you that some thing is wrong.
2. Why did you guys lose the AS beam?
AS beam is too weak after reflecting off of OMPO. The beam was neither visible on IR cards nor IR viewers. The beam is weaker than usual because PMC transmission is ~0.7 and MC REFL is getting high (~ 0.7). We didn't want to realign MC after all of this work today.
Tomorrow (my suggestion):
1. Align PMC (for higher power).
2. MC centering.
3. Input beam steering using TTs and redo the same alignment procedure (it shouldn't take longer than today).
==> Center beam on PR2 (Added by Manasa)
4. Maybe we should better check PRM reflection at REFL port after the Faraday, before doing the full alignment work.
5. Align AS, REFL, POP PDs/cameras.
6. Setup PRM/BS/ITMX/ITMY oplevs.
7. Balance the coils on these mirrors.
8. Lock PRMI.
What needs to be done before pumping down:
1. PRMI characterization: PR gain and g-factor
How can we do the g-factor measurement? Use additional laser? Kakeru method (elog #1434; we need to calibrate mirror tilt to do this)?
2. Glitch study in PRMI locking. If still glitchy, we have to do something. How is beam spot motion? (elog #6953)
3. Fine alignment of the flipped PR2.
4. Fine alignment of IFO using both arms.
Gooch & Housego optics order specification from 03-13-2010
Side 1: HR Reflectivity >99.99 % at 1064 nm for 0-45 degrees for S & P polarization
Side 2: AR coat R <0.15
The HR coating scans uploaded to 40mwiki / Aux optics today
With 1500ppm loss on both PR2 and PR3, 150ppm arm cavity loss:
We get a PRC gain for the CARRIER (non-flipped folding) of 21, and PRC gain (flipped folding) of 20. This is a 4.7% loss of carrier buildup.
We get a PRC gain for the SIDEBANDS (non-flipped folding) of 69, and PRC gain (flipped folding) of 62. This is an 8.8% loss of sideband buildup.
With a PR2 loss of 896ppm (from the plot on the wiki), but no loss from PR3 because we didn't flip it, and the same 150ppm round trip arm cavity loss, I get:
Carrier gain = 21.0
Sideband gain = 66.7
(No loss case, with an extra sig-fig, so you can see that the numbers are different: Carrier = 21.4, Sideband = 68.8 .)
So, this is 1.6% loss of carrier buildup and 3.1% loss of sideband buildup. Moral of the story - G&H's measured AR reflectivity is less than Rana's guess, and we didn't flip PR3, so we should have even less of a power recycling gain effect than previously calculated.
I looked at PMCR camera on the MC1 tv, and tweaked up the beam going into the PMC - it only needed a little bit of pitch.
Yuta and I measured the MC spots, determined (consistent with my measurements this morning) that they were only off in yaw. We touched the 2nd steering mirror in the zigzag on the PSL table in yaw a small amount (top of knob away from me), realigned the MC, and things were good. The plot is zoomed in to show only measurements taken today. 2 in the morning, before anything in the IFO room was touched. 1 this afternoon after tweaking PMC. 1st attempt at PSL beam tweaking was successful, 2nd measurement confirms it wasn't a fluke.
We need to calculate whether this level of astigmatism is expected from the new active TT mirrors, but I claim that the beam is not clipped.
As proof, I provide a video (PS, why did it take me so long to be converted to using video capture??). I'm just showing the REFL camera, so the REFL beam as seen out on the AS table. I am moving PRM only. I can move lots in pitch before I start clipping anywhere. I have less range in yaw, but I still have space to move around. This is not how a clipped beam behaves. The clipping that I see after moving a ways is coincident with clipping seen by the camera looking at the back of the Faraday. i.e. the first clipping that happens is at the aperture of the Faraday, as the REFL beam enters the FI.
Also, I'm no longer convinced entirely that the beam entering the Faraday is a nice circle. I didn't check that very carefully earlier, so I'd like to re-look at the return beam coming from TT1, when the PRM is misaligned such that the return beam is not overlapped with the input beam. If the beam was circular going into the Faraday, I should have as much range in yaw as I do in pitch. You can see in the movie that this isn't true. I'm voting with the "astigmatism caused by non-flat active TT mirrors" camp.
MC1 - LR, LL, UL & UR OSEMs should be adjusted to get 1.2V
Black-green glass traps are ready for light in vacuum. I can assemble more if needed. These three sizes are available.
I appears that the c1iscex IO-chassis is either dead or in a very bad state. The PCIe interface card in the IO-chassis is showing four red lights, where it's supposed to be showing a dozen or so green lights. Obviously this is going to prevent anything from running.
We've had power issues with this chassis before, so possibly that's what we're running into now. I'll pull the chassis and diagnose asap.
For the hexagonal one, insert one of the glass plate only half. Use a 1"x.5" piece if exists.
For the diamond one, you don't need the forth glass piece.
I took better pictures of the circuits of the QPD and spent a couple of hours with a multimeter trying to figure out how all the connections worked. I will continue to do so and analyze the circuits over the weekend to try to understand what is going on. I also have an old SURF report that Eric sent me that is similar to the design I was planning to use to sum the pitch and yaw signals. I will try and look at this over the weekend.
We set up POP camera and POPDC PD, and centered REFL PDs.
We also tried to center AS55 PD, but AS55 seems to be broken.
What we did:
1. POP path alignment:
Shot green laser pointer from ITMX table at where POPDC PD was sitting and centered green beam at optics in the POP path. Steered POPM1/M2 mirrors in the ITMX chamber to make green laser overlap with the PRM-PR2 beam as far as I can reach from ITMX chamber. We removed some ND filters and a BS for attenuating POP beam because POP power was somehow so low. Currently, POP is pick-off of the beam which goes from PRM to PR2.
2. POP camera and PD:
We first used camera to find the beam at where POPDC PD was sitting because it is much easier to find focused beam. Put an iris in front of the camera, and put POP DC behind it. Steered a mirror in front of PD to maximize DC output.
3. REFL PDs:
Steered mirrors in the REFL path to center the beam and maximized DC outputs, as usual.
AS55 was not responding very much to the flashlight nor AS beam. C1:LSC-ASDC_OUT looked funny. By swapping the ribbon cables of AS55, REFL55, and REFL165, I confirmed that AS55 PD itself is broken. Not the ribbon cable nor PD circuit at LSC rack. I don't know what happened. AS55 was working on Feb 8 (elog #8030).
We aligned PRMI coarsely. POP(right above) looks much better than before. REFL (left below) still looks elliptic, but ellipticity differs with the position on the camera. Some astigmatism is happening somewhere. AS (right below) looks pretty nice with MI aligned.
1. Fix AS55? Or replace it with POP55 PD, which is currently unused.
2. Confirm we are getting the right error signals or not, and lock PRMI.
I temporarily replaced AS55 PD with PD labeled "POP55(POY55)".
I think POP55 is working because I could lock MI with this PD using AS55_Q_ERR as an error signal. I rotated I/Q phase (C1:LSC-AS55_PHASE_R) to 70 deg by minimizing ASDC during MI lock.
POP55 PD was freely sitting on the ITMX table.
I will leave AS55 PD at free space of the AP table. Someone, please look into it.
PRM coil gains and f2a filters are adjusted for PRMI work.
It seems like UR/LL coil gains were ~10 % larger than others, and f2a filters changed by few %.
What I did:
1. Tried to lock PRMI but when I turn on PRCL lock, PRM reflection looked like it tends to go up and left in REFL camera (last night).
2. So, I set up PRM oplev back, by steering PRM oplev mirrors on the BS table (last night).
3. Turned PRM oplev sero on, f2a filters off, and ran
> /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/F2P_LOCKIN.py -o PRM
I had to fix F2P_LOCKIN.py because it assumed some OUTPUT buttons in LOCKIN1 filters to be ON.
Also, I had to restore filters in LOCKIN1 (8.5 Hz bandpass filter etc.) because their names were changed. To do this, I copied filters needed from /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/filter_archive/c1sus/C1SUS_110916_162512.txt, renamed LOCKIN1_(I|Q|SIG) with LOCKIN1_DEMOD_(I|Q|SIG), and pasted to the current filter bank file. I checked that they look OK with foton after editing the file.
This measurement takes about 30 minutes. I ran several times to check consistency. There was ~ 0.1 % standard deviation for the measurement results.
4. By putting measured coupling coefficients and PRM pendulum frequency (f0=0.993 Hz) to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/F2Pcalc.py, I got new f2a filters.
5. Overwrote f2a filters in C1:SUS-PRM_TO_COIL_(1-4)_1 FM1 with new ones, and turned new f2a filters on.
Below is the DC gain adjustment result from F2P_LOCKIN.py;
multiplier factors are :
UL = 1.141525
UR = 0.879997
LR = 1.117484
LL = 0.860995
Set C1:SUS-PRM_ULCOIL_GAIN to 1.04990177238
Set C1:SUS-PRM_URCOIL_GAIN to -0.983396190716
Set C1:SUS-PRM_LRCOIL_GAIN to 0.954304254663
Set C1:SUS-PRM_LLCOIL_GAIN to -0.971356852259
So, UR/LL coil gains somehow got ~10 % larger than other two since last coil balancing.
Measured coupling coefficients from F2P_LOCKIN.py were
- measured coupling coefficients are :
P2P(POS=>PIT) = 0.014993
P2Y(POS=>YAW) = 0.001363
New f2a filters are plotted below. They look fairly different compared with previous ones.
We need better F2P_LOCKIN.py:
Some one should make F2P_LOCKIN.py better. The main problem is the sudden gain change when starting diagonalization at low frequency. It sometimes trips off the watchdog.
Some elogs related:
Kiwamu made f2a filters in Sep 2011: elog #5417
Koji adjusting DC gains in Jan 2013: elog #7969
> /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/F2P_LOCKIN.py -o PRM
- measured coupling coefficients are :
P2P(POS=>PIT) = 0.014993
P2Y(POS=>YAW) = 0.001363
It is my pleasure to announce that the first lock of PR2 flipped PRMI was succeeded.
POP looks very nice. TEM00 and not wobbling.
We need more I/Q phase and gain/filter adjustment and characterization soon.
Some more details:
MICH error signal: AS55_Q_ERR (using POP55 PD; phase rotation angle 70 deg)
PRCL error signal: REFL11_I_ERR (phase rotation angle 80 deg)
MICH feedback: BS (MICH_GAIN = -60)
PRCL feedback: PRM (PRCL_GAIN = -0.5)
I will check out the AS55 situation tomorrow. Just put it on my desk.
MC Autolocker was disabled - I enabled it.
For the F2P.py, you should look at how we did this with the script written 8 years ago in csh. There we stored the initial values in a file (so they don't get blow away if someone does CTRL-C). Your python script should have a trap for SIGINT so that it dies gracefully by restoring the initial values. In order to have the smooth value adjustment, you must first set the TRAMP field for all the coil gains to 2 and then switch. Make sure that the lockin ignores the first few seconds of data after making this switch or else it will be hugely biased by this transient.
For the PRM OL use as a F2A reference, you also have to take into account that the OL beam is hitting the PRM surface at non-normal incidence. IF it is a large angle, there will be a systematic error in the setting of the F2Y values.
I have uploaded ARBCAV v3.0 to the SVN. The major change in this release, as I mentioned, is the input/output handling. The input and output are now contained in a single 'model' structure. To define the cavity, you fill in the substructure 'model.in' (e.g., model.in.T = [0.01 10e-6 0.01]; etc.) and call the function as:
model = arbcav(model);
Note: the old syntax is maintained as legacy for back-compatibility, and the function automatically creates a ".in" substructure in the output, so that the user can still use the single-line calling, which can be convenient. Then, any individual parameter can be changed by changing the appropriate field, and the function can be rerun using the new, simpler syntax from then on.
The function then somewhat intelligently decides what to compute based on what information you give it. Using a simple option string as a second argument, you can choose what you want plotted (or not) when you call. Alternatively, you can program the desired functionality into a sub-substructure 'model.in.funct'.
The outputs are created as substructures of the output object. Here is an example:
>> th = 0.5*acos(266/271) *180 /pi;
OMC.in.theta = [-th -th th th];
OMC.in.L = [0.266 0.284 0.275 0.271];
OMC.in.RoC = [1e10 2 1e10 2];
OMC.in.lambda = 1064e-9;
OMC.in.T = 1e-6 * [8368 25 8297 33];
OMC.in.f_mod = 24.5e6;
in: [1x1 struct]
>> OMC = arbcav(OMC,'noplot')
Warning: No loss given--assuming lossless mirrors
> In arbcav at 274
in: [1x1 struct]
df: [1000x1 double]
coefs: [1000x4 double]
HOM: [1x1 struct]
f: [1x1 struct]
pwr: [1x1 struct]
carr: [15x15 double]
SBp: [15x15 double]
SBm: [15x15 double]
Some other notes:
I have added lots of information to the help header, so check there for more details. As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Crontab: The bug of data only plotting until 5PM is being investigated. The crontab's final call to the summary page generator was at 5PM. This means that the data plots were not being generated after 5PM, so clearly they never contained data from after 5PM. In fact, the original crontab reads:
0 11,5,11,17 * * * /users/public_html/40m-summary/bin/c1_summary_page.sh 2>&1
I'm not exactly sure what inspired these entries. The 11,5,11,17 entries are supposed to be the hours at which the program is run. Why is it run twice at 11? I assume it was just a typo or something.
The final call time was changed to 11:59PM in an attempt to plot the entire day's data, but this method didn't appear to work because the program would still be running past midnight, which was apparently inhibiting its functionality (most likely, the day change was affecting how the data is fetched). The best solution is probably to just wait until the next day, then call the summary page generator on the previous day's data. This will be implemented soon.
Calendars: Although the calendar tabs on the left side of the page were fixed, the calendars displayed at: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/40m-summary/calendar/ appear to still have squished together text. The calendar is being fetched from https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/40m-summary/calendar/calendar.html and displayed in the page. This error is peculiar because the URL from which the calendar is being fetched does NOT have squished together text, but the resulting calendar at 40m-summary/calendar/ will not display spaces between the text. This issue is still being investigated.
I undertook the investigation of the AS55 PD. I found the PD is not broken.
I tested the PD on the PD test bench and it works just fine.
I attatched the characterization result as there has been no detailed investigation of this PD as far as I remember.
The transimpedance gain at 55MHz is 420Ohm, and the shotnoise intercept current is 4.3mA.
We aligned IPPOS, IPANG and all OPLEVs (except for ETMX and SRM).
1. First aligned the IPPOS by tweeking the steering mirrors inside the BS chamber.
2. Aligned the IPANG by tweeking the steering mirrors inside the BS chamber and ETMY chamber.
3. Aligned the OPLEVS for the BS and PRM was done by tweeking the steering mirrors inside the BS chamber and checked that OPLEV beams were not clipped.
4. Centred the OPLEV beams for the ITMY and ETMY.
5. For the OPLEV of ITMX the alignment was done by tweeking the steering mirrors inside the ITMX chamber.
I thought AS55 is broken because it was not responding to the AS beam nor flashlight in DC. What's the DC gain difference between AS55 and POP55 (or REFL55)?
10010 Ohm for POP55 vs 50 Ohm for AS55 (cf. http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/4763)
I wonder if you used an LED flash light, which emits no IR.
I didn't use LED flash light. We learned from the past (elog #7355). I checked that POP55 and REFL55/165/33/11 are clearly responding to flash flight, but I didn't expect that much difference in DC gain.
I wonder why we could align AS beam to AS55 in Feb 8 (elog #8030), but not in Feb 15 (elog #8091). I will check during the pump down.
I wonder if you used an LED flash light, which emits no IR.
[Steve, Yuta, Koji]
The ETMX heavy door was removed.
See TT DB25 pin swapping elog#7869
In order to address the issue of low MC1 OSEM voltages, Yuta and I looked at the IMC table levelling. Looking with the bubble level, Yuta confirmed that the table was indeed out of level in the direction that would cause MC1 to move closer to it's cage, and therefore lower it's OSEM voltages. Looking at the trends, it looks like the table was not well levelled after TT1 installation. We should have been more careful, and we should have looked at the MC1/3 voltages after levelling.
Yuta moved weights around on the table to recover level with the bubble level. Unfortunately this did not bring us back to good MC1 voltages. We speculate that the table was maybe not perfectly level to begin with. We decided to try to recover the MC1 OSEM voltages, rather than go solely with the bubble level, since we believe that the MC suspensions should be a good reference. Yuta then moved weights around until we got the MC1/3 voltages back into an acceptable range. The voltages are still not perfect, but I believe that they're acceptable.
The result is that, according to the bubble level, the IMC table is low towards MC2. We are measuring spot positions now. If the spot positions look ok, then I think we can live with this amount of skew. Otherwise, we'll have to physically adjust the MC1 OSEMS.
c1iscex is back up. It is communicating with it's IO chassis, and all of it's models (c1x01, c1scx, c1spx) are running again.
The problem was that the IO chassis had no connection to the computer. The One Stop card in the IO chassis, which is the PCIe bridge from the front-end machine and the IO chassis, was showing four red lights instead of the dozen or so green lights that it usually shows. Upon closer inspection, the card appeared to be complaining that it had no connection to the host card in the front-end machine. Un-illuminated lights on the host card seemed to be pointing to the same thing.
There are two connector slots on the expansion card, presumably for a daisy chain situation. Looking at other IO chassis in the lab I determined that the cable from the front-end machine was plugged into the wrong slot in the One Stop card. wtf.
Did someone unplug the cable connecting c1iscex to it's IO chassis, and then replug it in in the wrong slot? A human must have done this.
After spending a good deal of time learning how to use the SR785, I was able to characterize my prototype circuit. The transfer function from a swept sine measurement looks very similar to the theoretically calculated transfer function (both of which are attached). The frequency response of the circuit was considered over the range 10 Hz - 10 kHz, which contains the eventual working range of the ISS (at least to my knowledge).
Note that OP27 op-amps were used instead of the high-speed AD829 op-amps that will be implemented in the actual design. This was done as a result of the limitations and inherent noise characteristics of the breadboard on which the prototype was built.
Unfortunately, I saved the wrong dataset (i.e. phase of the transfer function, not magnitude) and thus the presented function here is image generated by the SR785.
RXA: One must learn to use the python-GPIB interface to not lose data in the future.
I finished working out the circuit and figured out where the broken connections were. This is diagrammed in my notebook (will draw up more nicely and include in future elog post). Within the QPD circuitry, it seems like there are already opamps which regulate the circuit. I need to discuss the final diagram further with Eric.
I rewired the circuit inside the QPD box, which took awhile because it was difficult to solder the wires to such small locations without having multiple wires touch. This is completed, and on Friday I will begin to make the circuit to add/subtract signals to give pitch and yaw.
[Jenne, Manasa, Yuta]
Since we levelled IMC stack, we had to center beam spots on MC mirrors again.
We did this by steering PSL mirror in yaw (about same amount but opposite direction to what we did in elog #8077)
Residual beam tilt compared with a line through MC1 and 3 actuator nodes is ~ 15 mrad, mainly in yaw.
[Yuta, Sendhil, Jamie, Jenne, Rana]
1. After the MC centering, we tried to align the IFO using IPPOS and IPANG as reference. This did not recover the alignment perfectly. We were clipping at the BS aperture. Using TTs, we centered the beam at BS and PRM.
2. Using TTs, the beam was centered at ITMY and ETMY.
3. IPPOS and IPANG mirrors in-vacuum were aligned and were centered at the out-of-vacuum optics.
4. We checked the centering of the beam on optics in the BS and ITMY chamber. (Yuta will make an elog with the layout)
5. We retro-reflected ITMY at the BS and aligned ETMY such that we saw a couple of bounces in the arm cavity.
6. Using BS, the beam was steered to go through the center of ITMX and ETMX.
7. At this point we were able to see the MI fringes at the AS port.
8. We made fine alignments to the ITMX such that we saw MI reflected at the Farday.
9. We retro-reflected ITMX and aligned ETMX to see the beam bounce at the ITMX.
10. We aligned PRM such that PRC flashes. But we were not happy with the flashes (they were in higher order modes). We suspect that minor tuning of the input pointing might be necessary.
11. We closed for the day
I attached clipping/centering checklist for the alignment.
Blue ones are the ones we checked today. Red ones should be checked tomorrow. Circles indicate centering on the optics, rectangles indicate clipping check, and arrows indicate retro-reflecting or bounces.
We found mis-centering on MMT1, PR2 and SR3 tonight (by ~0.5 beam diameter). They are also indicated.
I think we don't want to touch MMT1 and PR2 anymore, because they change input beam pointing.
I'm a little bit concerned about high beam on SR3, because we had PRC flashing in vertical higher order modes. We also see ETMX slider values high in pitch (~ 5.4).
Also, the diameter of ETMX reflected beam on ITMX looked larger and dimmer than ITMX transmitted beam, which doesn't seem reasonable.
Wednesday, Feb 20:
- tweak TT1/TT2 and PRM so PRC flashes
- re-check Yarm/Xarm bounces
- center beam on all AS optics, starting from SR2
- make sure REFL and AS is clear
- check if TRY/TRX are coming out from the ends
- check beam centering on mirrors in IMC/OMC chamber as far as you can reach
- inject green from both ends
- make sure green beams are not clipped by mirrors on BS chamber, IMC/OMC chamber
- re-center all oplevs, with no clipping
- check all OSEM values
- take pictures of flipped PR2 and input TTs (and everything)
- close all heavy doors and put the access connector back
Thursday, Feb 21:
- make sure we can lock PRMI
- start pumping down when Steve arrives
After in-vac alignment work last night, PRC is flashing brighter than PRMI alignment last week.
My hypothesis is that "we aligned PRM to junk MI fringe last week". Possibly, we used MI fringe caused by AR reflection of ITMs, or MI fringe reflected from SRM.
PRC flashing last week (youtube, elog #8085, elog #8091)
PRC flashing this time (Lens in-front of AS camera was taken out)
My hypothesis can explain:
- why we had dimmer POP last week (flash in half-PRC was way brighter even when we had more attenuators (youtube))
- why I thought AS55 is broken (AS was too dim)
Be careful of junk beams.
I have updated the vacuum checklist for in vacuum alignment. Please take a look (https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/vent/checklist) and see if I missed anything. My goal was to make it incredibly step-by-step so there can be no mistakes.
[Yuta, Manasa, Sendhil, Jenne, Steve, Jamie, Koji, Evan]
The interferometer is well-aligned, and ready for pump-down. The access connector is in place, as are the ETM heavy doors. We will do ITM and BS doors tomorrow, then begin pumping.
Before we redid the ITM pointing, I confirmed that I could see both POX and POY on their respective tables, on a camera, unclipped. I should check again quickly now that the ITM pointing has been finalized.
We went back to the arms, to perfect the ITM pointing. Input beam was already centered at ETMY. ETMY was pointing so that beam reflected to ITMY. ITMY was adjusted a few (less than 4?) steps of 1e-3 size, to make reflected beam hit center of ETMY.
BS was already pointing so beam hit center of ETMX. ETMX was pointing to hit center of ITMX. ITMX was adjusted a few (less than 4 again?) steps of 1e-3 size to make reflected beam hit center of ETMX.
Checked centering on AS path. AS beam comes out of the vacuum a little low, but this wasn't discovered until after the access connector was in place. We could adjust PZT3 (last AS mirror on BS table that sends beam over to OMC table), but we don't want to do this since we won't be able to re-confirm centering on the 3 mirrors on the OMC table.
Green beams (first Y, then X) were aligned using out-of-vac steering mirrors until beams were flashing in their respective arm cavities. Green Y is a little close to the edge of the bottom periscope mirror, on the "up" periscope. Since there is no steering between the arm and this periscope, fixing it would require moving the periscope. We leave this to the next vent, when we finally install the BS table extension. We were flashing a higher order yaw mode (5ish nodes) for the Y arm, and the very edge of the higher order mode on one side was a little bit clipped after reflecting off the steering mirror on the OMC table. This is happening because that mirror is in the mount backwards (so we have access to the knobs). We are confident that the straight-through beam is well centered on that mirror, so once we get it aligned to TEM00, there will be no clipping. We then did the X arm green, which was flashing a pitch higher order mode (again 5ish nodes). The very edge of the higher order mode is clipping a little bit on the top mirror of the "down" periscope on the IMC table, but again the straight through beam is okay, and we're confident that the TEM00 mode will make it unclipped. We could have touched some steering mirrors on the BS table, but since this was once upon a time well aligned, we don't want to futz with it.
Corner oplevs are all centered on their QPDs. (The ETM oplevs were centered a few days ago).
Access connector and ETM doors are on.
The last 3 vertex doors will go on tomorrow when Steve gets in, and then we'll start pumping.
There are no in-vac PZTs that need to be turned on (we've been using the output steering PZTs as non-energized fixed mirrors for some time), so we can lock at our leisure tomorrow afternoon.
Manasa and I are trying to get the AS beam onto the AS camera with a focusing lens. Currently, the mirror immediately preceding the camera has been removed and the camera and lens are sitting directly behind the BS.
After aligning IFO and putting the access connector on, we also centered IPANG/IPPOS and all oplevs (except SRM).
To avoid clipping of PRM/BS oplevs, we re-arranged oplev steering mirrors on BS table.
What we did:
1. Checked IPANG comes out unclipped after putting on the access connector.
2. Centered IPANG on its QPD.
3. Checked oplevs beams for ITMX/ITMY centered on in-vac mirrors, and centered them on their QPDs.
4. Checked IPPOS beam is centered on the mirrors inside BS chamber, and centered IPPOS on its QPD.
5. Tweaked oplev mirrors on BS chamber to make PRM/BS oplev beam unclipped and centered on mirrors, and centered them on their QPDs. To avoid clipping of oplev beams in BS table, we re-arranged oplev steering mirrors on BS table (outside the vaccum).
QPD values, IFO_ALIGN/MC_ALIGN screens, OSEM values attached.
- IR incident beam and IFO aligned
- X/Y end green coming out to PSL table (in higher order modes)
- IPANG/IPPOS available
- All oplevs available
- AS/REFL/POP cameras ready
- access connector, ETMX/ETMY heavy doors on
- ITMX/ITMX/BS heavy doors are not on
- AS/REFL/POP PDs not centered
- POX/POY/TRX/TRY not aligned
- AS beam coming out of the OMC chamber low by ~ 1 beam diameter (my bad)
- Align AS/REFL/POP PD and lock PRMI
- Take pictures of ITMX/ITMY/BS stacks
- Put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chambers
- Start pumping down
Please confirm the SRM OL beam is not too bad and also find where the mis-aligned SRM puts its beam. WE want to be sure that there is not too much unwanted scattering from SRM into the PRFPMI.
Currently, SRM is misaligned in pitch so that SRM reflected beam hits on the top edge of SR3 (not on the mirror, but on the cage holding the mirror).
We also confirmed that SRM oplev beam is coming out from the chamber unclipped, and centered on QPD when SRM is "aligned".
Blue ones are the ones we checked yesterday.
Green ones are the ones we checked today.
Red ones are the ones we couldn't check.
We noticed mis-centering on green optics and partial clipping of higher order modes, but we did not touch any green optics in-vac. This is because green beam from Y end and X end has different spot positions on the green optics after periscopes. We confirmed that direct green beam from ends are not clipped.
I believe we have checked everything important. Any other concerns?
Is the beam going towards the OMC going to cause backscatter because of uncontrolled OMC or can we park that beam somewhere dark?
I'm not sure about the OMC situation at 40m. I think there are no direct beam reflected back into IFO from OMC path. There must be some backscatter, but we have to open OMC chamber again to put a beam dump.
I don't think we want to put one in OMC path for this pump-down, but we can put a beam dump to dump reflected beam from mis-aligned SRM tomorrow, if available.
c1iscex is dead again. Red lights, no "breathing" on the FE status screen.
Yuta retrieved the IR card that had fallen to the bottom of the IOO chamber, just before we put on the access connector yesterday. The clean "pickle picker" long grabber tool worked wonders.
The c1iscex machine itself wasn't dead, the models were just not running. Here are the last messages in dmesg:
[130432.926002] c1spx: ADC TIMEOUT 0 7060 20 7124
[130432.926002] c1scx: ADC TIMEOUT 0 7060 20 7124
[130433.941008] c1x01: timeout 0 1000000
[130433.941008] c1x01: exiting from fe_code()
I'm guessing maybe the timing signal was lost, so the ADC stopped clocking. Since the ADC clock is the everything clock, all the "fe" code (ie. models) aborted. Not sure what would have caused it.
I restarted all the models ("rtcds restart all") and everything came up fine. Obviously we should keep our eyes on things, and note if anything strange was happening if this happens again.
[Steve, Manasa, Jenne, Sendhil, Evan, Yuta]
We put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chamber and started pumping down from annulus.
What we did:
1. Replaced POP55 with AS55 back, because it was not broken.
2. Centered on AS55, REFL55, REFL11, POPDC PD.
3. Tried to lock PRMI, but I couldn't lock even MI stably for more than 1 min. I believe this is because it was noisy this morning. But I checked again that REFL/POP/AS beams are coming out without clipping and we have some error signals.
4. Noticed AS beam has less range in left (on AS camera), so we tweaked OM4 a little to make more room.
6. Took pictures inside ITMX and BS chambers
7. Put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chambers.
8. Started pumping down annulus.
9. Recentered IPANG/IPPOS and oplevs on their QPDs.
POP, REFL, AS:
[Steve, Jenne, Yuta, Manasa]
We have kept the laser ON at low power through the pump down process. As we pumped down, at around 400torr, we found that the PSL mech shutter closed. Steve explained that it was due to an interlock with a pressure gauge. To keep the IFO running, we switched the shutter from N.C (normally close) to N.O (normally open). This should be undone after the pumpdown.
In the process of figuring out, we reset the shutter and switched it ON and OFF a couple of times.
We are pumping down with RP1 & RP3 oily roughing pumps at 3 Torr/min speed. The butterfly valve was just removed.
The PSL shutter is open to vacuum at ~100 mW 1064 nm. The inter lock should close it at ~5 mTorr.
Rana will shut down pumping tonight.
He will close V3 from screen, close RV1 valve with torque wheel, turn off roughing pumps and disconnect hose between RV1 and roughing pumps.
I will restart pumping early morning tomorrow.