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  17210   Tue Oct 25 13:55:37 2022 KojiConfigurationPEMAuto Z on trillium interface board

This nicely brought the sensing signal back to ~zero. See attachment


Some basic info:

  • BS Seismometer is T240 (Trillium)
  • The interface unit is at 1X5 Slot 26. D1002694
  • aLIGO Trillium 240 Interface Quick Start Guide T1000742
  17214   Tue Oct 25 22:24:46 2022 KojiUpdateIOOHEPA OFF / WFS OFF

Turned HEPA OFF / Lab Lights OFF / WFS Input Gain switched off for the IMC WFS signal tests.
The IMC is still well aligned.

Clean data from the following time:
2022/10/26 5:24:00 UTC (10/25 22:24 PDT)
GPS 1350797056

 

  17217   Mon Oct 31 21:04:43 2022 KojiUpdateASCWFS inspection

Inspected the lab to see what we can do about the IFO WFS:

  • WFS heads
    • 1 functional WFS head (tuned at 11/55MHz) @AS Table [40m ELOG 15736]
    • 1 WFS head case (empty) @Section Y10 below the tube, plastic box
    • 2 WFS PCBs, components stuffed, tuning freq unknown @Section Y10 below the tube, plastic box
  • Deomdulators
    • no 4ch IQ demod unit (some component possibly spare)
    • Build 4 iLIGO demods?
  • Whitening / AA
    • No permanent unit: Maybe we can borrow something from the BHD
  • ADC CHs
    • c1ioo seems to have just 8 more spare channels.
    • Borrow a card from bhd? This will require an AI. But their location would be close to the final positions.
  17233   Mon Nov 7 12:37:26 2022 KojiUpdateGeneralBorrowed the fiber tester for the OMC lab

I am borrowing the fiber illuminator / fiber tester / VisiFault for the OMC lab. It has been stored in the top drawer at the center work bench.

==> Returned

  17305   Wed Nov 23 16:34:33 2022 KojiUpdateCDSNew donatella testing

Let's use this entry to list of the test results of new donatella.

  • Firefox - OK (typing elog now)
  • sitemap - OK
  • Diaggui (DTT) looks working fine for the current and past data
  • Dataviewer looks working fine for the current and past (slow/fast) data
  • ndscope - fine
  • foton - works fine
  • burtgooey - ?
  17344   Tue Dec 6 17:40:13 2022 KojiUpdateASCIMC WFS heads electronic feasibility test for using for Arm ASC

We have spare WFS demods in a plastic box along the Y arm. So you don't need to modify the IMC demod boards, which we want to keep in the current state.

  13941   Mon Jun 11 18:10:51 2018 Koji UpdateelogComparison of the analytical and finesse values of TMS and FSR.

Hmm? What is the definition of the percentage error? I don't obtain these numbers from the given values.
And how was the finesse value obtained from the simulation result? Then what is the frequency resolution used in Finesse simulation?

  2613   Thu Feb 18 15:39:16 2010 Koji and SteveConfigurationVACvalve condition: ALL OFF

As preparation for the upcoming planned power outage we turned turbos, RGA off and closed valves.

IFO chamber is not pumped now. Small leaks and out gassing will push the pressure up slowly. At 3 mTorr of P1 the PSL output shutter

will be closed by the interlock.

It is OK to use light in the IFO up to this point.

  7736   Wed Nov 21 01:31:37 2012 Koji, AyakaUpdateLockingalignment on ETMX table

Since the transmission beam on ETMXT camera seemed to be clipped, we checked the optics on ETMX table.

We aligned the lens so that it is orthogonal to the beam, then the beam shape looks fine.

output.nv12.bmp

Also we removed some an-used optics which were used for fiber input.

  2259   Thu Nov 12 17:24:29 2009 Koji, Joe, PeterConfigurationCDSETMY CDS test started

We started the test of the new CDS system at ETMY.

The plan is as follows:
We do the ETMY test from 9:30 to 15:00 at ETMY from Nov 12~17. This disables the ETMY during this period.
From 15:00 of the each day, we restore the ETMY configuration and confirm the ETMY work properly.


Today we connected megatron to the existing AA/AI modules via designated I/F boxes. The status of the test was already reported by the other entry.

During the test, c1iscey was kept running. We disabled the ETMY actuation by WatchDog. We did not touch the RFM network.

After the test we disconnected our cables and restored the connection to ICS110B and the AI/AA boards.

The WatchDog switches were released.

The lock of the ETMY was confirmed. The full interferometer was aligned one by one. Left in the full configuration with LA=off.

  3054   Tue Jun 8 00:38:22 2010 Koji, KiwamuUpdateIOOimproved Gaussian beam in new IOO

The shape of the beam spot in the new input optics got much much better 

As Alberto and Kiwamu found on the last week, the beam spot after MMT1 had not been good. So far we postponed the mode measurement due to this bad beam profile.

Today after we did several things in the vacuum chamber, the beam spot became really a good Gaussian spot. See the attachment below.

There were two problems which had caused the bad profile:

(1)  a steering mirror after MMT1 with the incident angle of non 45 deg

(2) clipping at the Faraday.

 

Also MCT_QPD and MCT_CCD were recovered from misalignment  

Tomorrow we are going to restart the mode matching. 

 


(what we did)

* We started from checking the shape of the beam going out from the BS chamber. There still were some stripes which looked like an interference on the spot. 

* We found a steering mirror after MMT1 had the incident angle of non 45 deg. In fact the mirror had a large transmission. After we made the angle roughly 45 deg, the stripes disappeared.

However the spot still didn't look a good Gaussian, it looked slightly having a bump on the horizontal profile.

* Prior to moving of some optics in the vacuum, we ran the A2L_MC scripts in order to check the beam axis. And it was okay.

* To recover the MCT, we steered one of the vacuum mirrors which was located after the pick off mirror.  And after aligning some optics on the AP table, finally we got MCT recovered.

 * We rearranged MC_refl mirrors according to the new optical layout that Koji has made. At the same time the mirrors for IFO_refl was also rearranged coarsely.

 * We leveled the optical table of the MC chamber by moving some weights. Then we locked the MC again and aligned it. We again confirmed that the beam axis was still fine by running the A2L scripts.

 * We found the beam going through Faraday was off-centered by ~5mm toward the west. So we moved it so that the beam propagates on the center of it. 

 * Then looking at the beam profile after MMT1, we found that the profile became really nicer. It showed a beautiful Gaussian. 

In the attachment below, the top panel represents the horizontal profile and the bottom one represents the vertical profile.

The blue curves overlaid on the plot are fitted Gaussian profile, showing beautiful agreements with the measured profile.

  2915   Wed May 12 02:35:13 2010 Koji, Rana, KiwamuUpdateGreen LockingReflection from ETM and ITM !

We succeeded in getting the reflected green beam from both ITMY and ETMY.

After we did several things on the end table, we eventually could observe these reflections.

Now the spot size of the reflection from ITMY is still big ( more than 1 cm ), so tomorrow modematching to the 40m cavity is going to be improved by putting mode matching telescopes on right positions.

An important thing we found is that, the beam height of optics which directly guides the beam to the cavity should be 4.5 inch on the end table.

 


(what we did)

* Aidan, Kevin and Kiwamu set the beam to be linearly polarized by rotating a QWP in front of the Innolight. This was done by monitoring the power of the transmitted light from the polarizer attached on the input of the Faraday of 1064 nm. Note that the angle for QWP is 326.4 deg.

* We put some beam damps against the rejected beam from the Faraday

* To get a good isolation with the Faraday we at first rotated the polarization of the incident beam so to have a minimum transmission. And then we rotated the output polarizer until the transmission reaches a minimum. Eventually we got the transmission of less than 1mW, so now the Faraday should be working regardless of the polarization angle of the incident beam. As we predicted, the output polaerizer seems to be rotated 45 deg from that of the input.

* Rana, Koji and Kiwamu aligned the PPKTP crystal to maximize the power of 532 nm.  Now the incident power of 1064 nm is adjusted to 250mW and the output power for 532 nm is 0.77mW. Actually we can increase the laser power by rotating a HWP in front of the Faraday.

* We injected the green beam to the chamber and aligned the beam axis to the ETMY without the modematching lenses, while exciting the horizontal motion of the ETM with f=1Hz from awg. This excitation was very helpful because we could figure out which spot was the reflection from the ETM.

* Once we made the reflected beam going close to the path of the incident beam, we then put the modematching lenses and aligned the steering mirrors and lenses. At this time we could see the reflected beam was successfully kicked away by the Faraday of 532 nm.

* Koji went to ITMY chamber with a walkie-talkie and looked at the spot position. Then he told Rana and Kiwamu to go a right direction with the steering mirrors. At last we could see a green beam from ITM illuminating the ETM cage.

* We excited the ITMY with f=2Hz vertically and aligned the ITM from medm. Also we recovered a video monitor which was abandoned around ETMY chamber so that we could see the spot on the ETM via the monitor. Seeing that monitor we aligned the ITM and we obtained the reclection from the ITM at the end table.

* We also tried to match the mode by moving a lens with f=400mm, but we couldn't obtain a good spot size.

 

  2290   Wed Nov 18 11:27:33 2009 Koji, josephbConfigurationSUSETMY suspension conencted to megatron ADC/DAC

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Koji, Rana

The megatron DAC was temporaly connected to the suspension electronics for the DAC test. We went down to ETMY as we could not excite the mirror.

The DAC is putting correct voltages to the channels. However, the anti imaging filter test output does not show any signal.
This means something wrong is there in the DAC I/F box or the cables to the AI circuit. We will check those things tomorrow.

The ETMY was restored to the usual configuration.

 

It appears the front panel for the DAC board is mis-labeled.  Channels 1-8 are in fact 9-16, and 9-16 are the ones labeled 1-8.  We have put on new labels to reduce confusion in the future.

  2291   Wed Nov 18 12:33:30 2009 Koji, josephbConfigurationSUSETMY suspension conencted to megatron ADC/DAC

Hurraaaah!
We've got the damping of the suspension.
The Oplev loops has also worked!

The DAC channnel swapping was the last key!

DataViewer snapshot to show the damping against an artificial excitation was attached

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Koji, Rana

The megatron DAC was temporaly connected to the suspension electronics for the DAC test. We went down to ETMY as we could not excite the mirror.

The DAC is putting correct voltages to the channels. However, the anti imaging filter test output does not show any signal.
This means something wrong is there in the DAC I/F box or the cables to the AI circuit. We will check those things tomorrow.

The ETMY was restored to the usual configuration.

 

It appears the front panel for the DAC board is mis-labeled.  Channels 1-8 are in fact 9-16, and 9-16 are the ones labeled 1-8.  We have put on new labels to reduce confusion in the future.

 

  12640   Wed Nov 23 20:08:51 2016 Koji, ranaUpdateIOOMC WFS Demod/Whitening boards removed from the IOO rack

We removed one set of the MC WFS demod board and whitening board from the IOO rack for the investigation.
The MC WFS servo loops are disabled with the EPICS screens.
Let us know when you need the MC WFS boards to be returned to the rack.


This is to investigate the signal chain and fix some issues. We ramped down the -100 V supply for the WFS QPD bias (why is it so big?), but everything else is still on. Koji is doing demod board. Rana will upload a marked up WFS whitening board schematic soon.

  10162   Wed Jul 9 11:41:12 2014 KoushikUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

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Koushik replaced an ERA-5 in the PC path. We put the module back to the rack and found no change.
The epics LO level monitor monitor is still fluctuating from 6~11dBm. We need more thorough investigation
by tracing the signals everywhere on the board.

Despite the poor situation of the modulation, PMC was locking (~9PM). Rana suspect that the PMC demodulation
phase was not correctly adjusted long time. 

Koushik has the measured power levels and the photos of the board. I'll ask him to report on them.

 Updates from Koushik:

The power levels measured (before and after relacement of ERA-5) are as follows:

LO to Servo : Vout = 2.3 Vpp / Pout = 11.21 dBm at f = 35.5 MHz

RF to PC   :   Vout = 354 mVpp / Pout = -5.1 dBm at f= 35.5 MHz

The measurements were done using an oscilloscope with 50 ohms load impedance. Unfortunately the photos are not available from the camera.

  14621   Sat May 18 12:19:36 2019 KruthiUpdate CCD calibration and telescope design

I went through all the elog entries related to CCD calibration. I was wondering if we can use Spectralon diffuse reflectance standards (https://www.labsphere.com/labsphere-products-solutions/materials-coatings-2/targets-standards/diffuse-reflectance-standards/diffuse-reflectance-standards/) instead of a white paper as they would be a better approximation to a Lambertian scatterer.

Telescope design:
On calculating the accessible u-v ranges and the % error in magnification (more precisely, %deviation), I got %deviation of order 10 and in some cases of order 100 (attachments 1 to 4), which matches with Pooja's calculations. But I'm not able reproduce Jigyasa's %error calculations where the %error is of order 10^-1. I couldn't find the code that she had used for these calculations and I even mailed her about the same. We can still image with 150-250 mm combination as proposed by Jigyasa, but I don't think it ensures maximum usage of pixel array. Also for this combination the resulting conjugate ratio will be greater than 5. So, use of plano-convex lenses will reduce spherical aberrations. I also explored other focal length combinations such as 250-500 mm and 500-500mm. In these cases, both the lenses will have f-numbers greater than 5. But the conjugate ratios will be less than 5, so biconvex lenses will be a better choice.

Constraints: available lens tube length (max value of d) = 3" ; object distances range (u) = 70 cm to 150 cm ; available cylindrical enclosures (max value of d+v) are 52cm and 20cm long (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13000).

I calculated the resultant image distance (v) and the required distance between lenses (d), for fixed magnifications (i.e. m = -0.06089 and m = -0.1826 for imaging test masses and beam spot respectively) and different values of 'u'. This way we can ensure that no pixels are wasted. The focal length combinations - 300-300mm (for imaging beam spot), and 100-125mm (for imaging test masses) - were the only combinations that gave all positive values for 'd' and 'v', for given range of 'u' (attachments 5-6). But here 'd' ranges from 0 to 30cm in first case, which exceeds the available lens tube length. Also, in the second case the f-numbers will be less than 5 for 2" lenses and thus may result in spherical aberration.

All this fuss about f-numbers, conjugate ratios, and plano-convex/biconvex lenses is to reduce spherical aberrations. But how much will spherical aberrations affect our readings? 

We have two 2" biconvex lenses of 150mm focal length and one 2" biconvex lens of focal length 250mm in stock. I'll start off with these and once I have a metric to quantify spherical aberrations we can further decide upon lenses to improve the telescopic lens system.

  14633   Thu May 23 10:18:39 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasCCD calibration

On Tuesday, I tried reproducing Pooja's measurements (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13986). The table below shows the values I got. Pictures of LED circuit, schematic and the setup are attached. The powermeter readings fluctuated quite a bit for input volatges (Vcc) > 8V, therefore, I expect a maximum uncertainity of 50µW to be on a safer side. Though the readings at lower input voltages didn't vary much over time (variation < 2µW), I don't know how relaible the Ophir powermeter is at such low power levels. The optical power output of LED was linear for input voltages 10V to 20V. I'll proceed with the CCD calibration soon.

Input Voltage (Vcc) in volts Optical power
0 (dark reading) 1.6 nW
2 55.4 µW
4 215.9 µW
6 0.398 mW
8 0.585 mW
10 0.769 mW
12 0.929 mW
14 1.065 mW
16 1.216 mW
18 1.330 mW
20 1.437 mW
22 1.484 mW
24 1.565 mW
26 1.644 mW
28 1.678 mW

  14639   Sun May 26 21:47:07 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasCCD Calibration

 

On Friday, I tried calibrating the CCD with the following setup. Here, I present the expected values of scattered power (Ps) at \thetas = 45°, where \thetas is scattering angle (refer figure). The LED box has a hole with an aperture of 5mm and the LED is placed at approximately 7mm from the hole. Thus the aperture angle is 2*tan-1(2.5/7) ≈ 40° approx. Using this, the spot size of the LED light at a distance 'd' was estimated. The width of the LED holder/stand (approx 4") puts a constraint on the lowest possible \thetas. At this lowest possible \thetas, the distance of CCD/Ophir from the screen is given by \sqrt{d^2 + (2'')^2}. This was taken as the imaging distance for other angles also.

In the table below, Pi is taken to be 1.5mW, and Ps and \Omega were calculated using the following equations:

  \Omega = \frac{CCD \ sensor \ area}{(Imaging \ distance)^2}            P_{s} = \frac{1 }{\pi} * P_{i} *\Omega *cos(45^{\circ})  

d (cm)

Estimated spot diameter (cm)

Lowest possible \thetas  (in degrees)

Distance of CCD/Ophir from the screen (in cm) \Omega (in sr)

Expected Ps at   \thetas = 45° (in µW)

1.0 1.2 78.86 5.2 0.1036 34.98
2.0 2.0 68.51 5.5 0.0259 8.74
3.0 2.7 59.44 5.9 0.0115 3.88
4.0 3.4 51.78 6.5 0.0065 2.19
5.0 4.1 45.45 7.1 0.0041 1.38
6.0 4.9 40.25 7.9 0.0029 0.98
7.0 5.6 35.97 8.6 0.0021 0.71
8.0 6.3 32.42 9.5 0.0016 0.54
9.0 7.1 29.44 10.3 0.0013 0.44
10.0 7.8 26.93 11.2 0.0010 0.34

 

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On measuring the scattered power (Ps) using the ophir power meter, I got values of the same order as that of  expected values given the above table. Like Gautam suggested, we could use a photodiode to detect the scattered power as it will offer us better precision or we could calibrate the power meter using the method mentioned in Johannes's post: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13391.

 

  14644   Fri May 31 01:38:21 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasTelescope

[Kruthi, Milind]

Yesterday, we were able to capture some images of objects at a distane of approx 60cm (see the attachment), with the GigE mounted onto the telescope. I think, Johannes had used it earlier to image the ETMX (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13375). His elog entry doesn't say anything about the focal length of the lenses that he had used. The link to the python code he had used to calculate the lens solution wasn't working. After Gautam fixed it, I took a look at it. He has used 150mm (front lens) and 250mm (back lens) as the focal length of lenses for the calculation. Using the lens formula and an image of a nearby light source, with a very rough measurement, I found the focal lengths to be around 14 cm and 23 cm. So, I'm assuming that the lenses in the telescope are of same focal lengths as in his code, i.e 150mm and 250mm.

  14651   Tue Jun 4 00:11:45 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

Chub and I are trying to figure out a way to co-mount GigE into the existing cylindrical enclosure. I'm attaching a picture of the current setup that is being used for imaging MC2. As of now, I have thought of 3 possible setups (schematics attached); but I don't know how feasible they are. Let us know if you have any other ideas.


Update: The setup 3 would require us to use the 52cm long enclosure. It has a long breadboard welded to it, which makes it very convienient, but the whole setup becomes quite heavy and it's not that safe to install such heavy enclosure on top of the vaccuum system. Also, aligning its components would be more complicated than other setups.

I decided to start with the simple one, therefore, I tried implementing setup 1. Fitting in the analog camera horizontally alongside the telescope turned out to be tricky. Though I did manage to fit it in, it didn't leave any room to change the orientation of the beamsplitter. Like Koji suggested, I'll be trying the setup 2.

  14660   Sun Jun 9 21:24:00 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

I managed to fit all the parts into the cylindrical enclosure without having to drill a hole in the enclosure to mount the analog camera (pictures attached); thanks to Koji for helping me find some fancy mechanical components (swivel post clamps, right angle post clamps and brackets). On Thursday, with Chub's help, I took a look at all the current analog camera positions with respect to the cylindrical enclosures. I think this setup gives me enough flexibility to align the components, as necessary, to be able to image the test masses/mirrors in all the cavities. I'll set it up for MC2 tomorrow.

 

  14663   Tue Jun 11 00:25:05 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

[Kruthi, Milind]

Today, with Milind's help, I installed the analog camera into the MC2 enclosure [picture attached]; but it is not yet focused. We replaced the bulky angular bracket with a simple one, this saved a lot of space inside and it's easier to align other components now. I'll finish setting it up tomorrow.


Telescope design for MC2:  Instead of using two 3" long stackable lens tubes (SM2L30), we can use one 3" lens tube with an adjustable lens tube (SM2V10), as shown in the picture. This gives a flexibility to change the focal plane distance by 1" and also reduces the overall length of telescope from 9 inches to 6-7 inches. I decided to use two 150mm biconvex lens instead of a combination of 150mm and 250mm lenses, as the former combination results in lower focal plane distance for a given distance between the lenses.

Specifications of current telescope system (for future reference):

Focal length of lenses used  150mm & 150mm
Distance between the lenses 1cm - 2cm (Wasn't able to make more accurate measurement)

With the above telescope, assuming the MC2 mirror to be at a distance of approx 75cm, the focal plane distance will range from 7.9cm to 8.1cm. Using the adjustable lens tube, we can further make the fine adjustment.

  14665   Wed Jun 12 02:15:50 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

[Koji, Kruthi]

Yesterday, Koji helped me clean all the optics that are being used for the setup. We tried aligning the cameras with the previous configuration we had, but after connecting the analog camera cables there wasn't much room to align the beam splitter. Today, I tried a different configuration and tested the alignment of analog camera, GigE, beam splitter and the mirror using a laser beam [pictures attached]. But the MC2 isn't locked to test if the whole setup is actually aligned with the mirror inside the vacuum. 

Also, with this setup, just by using posts of different lengths with the middle 90º-post-clamp, we will be able to move all the components. This way, we can easily image the beam spot in all the cavities.

  14666   Wed Jun 12 21:55:34 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

I'm attaching a picture of the screen. I just positioned the enclosure by turning it a bit and I suppose we can see the mirror inside the vacuum now (the MC2 is still not locked). 

Quote:

[Koji, Kruthi]

Yesterday, Koji helped me clean all the optics that are being used for the setup. We tried aligning the cameras with the previous configuration we had, but after connecting the analog camera cables there wasn't much room to align the beam splitter. Today, I tried a different configuration and tested the alignment of analog camera, GigE, beam splitter and the mirror using a laser beam [pictures attached]. But the MC2 isn't locked to test if the whole setup is actually aligned with the mirror inside the vacuum. 

Also, with this setup, just by using posts of different lengths, we will be able to image the beam spot in all the cavities.

 

  14674   Fri Jun 14 00:40:33 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

Today, I tried aligning it further; I'm attaching a picture of it. We are not able to see all the 4 OSEMs yet. In the reference picture I had taken, before taking off the previous analog setup, the OSEMs are not seen. So, I don't really understand what the other 2 spots seen on the current screen are. Are they actually OSEMs?

I need a laptop next to MC2, so that I can have a look at it and make further alignments. So, I tried accessing the GigE attached to the telescope using Paola. The pylon app in it, throws an error, few seconds after running it in continuous shot mode, and disconnects the GigE; everything works fine on Rossa though. I'll put up further details soon.

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don't need to lock - make sure the 4 OSEMs are centered on the camera field just as we have for the arm cavity mirrors

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I'm attaching a picture of the screen. I just positioned the enclosure by turning it a bit and I suppose we can see the mirror inside the vacuum now (the MC2 is still not locked). 

 

 

  14676   Sat Jun 15 00:03:26 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE setup

The analog camera is aligned and we are able to see all the 4 OSEMs (pictures attached). Due to secondary reflection from the beamspiltter (BS1-1064-33-2037-45S), when the MC2 is locked, we are getting a ghost image of the beam spot along with the primary image. 


The pylon app in Paola was reporting an error saying "0xE1000014: The buffer was incompletely grabbed". I followed the instructions given in this site, and changed the 'Packet Size' to 1500 and 'Inter-Packet Delay parameter' to a value greater than 20,000 (µs). This did the trick and I was able to use the continuous shot mode without any interruption. I'm attaching a picture of MC2 that I captured using GigE.

Quote:

Today, I tried aligning it further; I'm attaching a picture of it. We are not able to see all the 4 OSEMs yet. In the reference picture I had taken, before taking off the previous analog setup, the OSEMs are not seen. So, I don't really understand what the other 2 spots seen on the current screen are. Are they actually OSEMs?

I need a laptop next to MC2, so that I can have a look at it and make further alignments. So, I tried accessing the GigE attached to the telescope using Paola. The pylon app in it, throws an error, few seconds after running it in continuous shot mode, and disconnects the GigE; everything works fine on Rossa though. I'll put up further details soon.

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don't need to lock - make sure the 4 OSEMs are centered on the camera field just as we have for the arm cavity mirrors

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I'm attaching a picture of the screen. I just positioned the enclosure by turning it a bit and I suppose we can see the mirror inside the vacuum now (the MC2 is still not locked). 

 

 

 

  14692   Mon Jun 24 13:48:36 2019 KruthiConfigurationCDSGiada wireless connection

[Gautam, Kruthi]

This afternoon, Gautam helped me setup Giada to access the GigE installed for MC2. Unlike Paola, which was being used earlier, Giada has a better battery life and doesn't shutdown when the charger is unplugged. Gautam configured Giada to enable its wireless connection to Martian, just like Koji had configured Paola (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/14672). We also rerouted  the ethernet cable we were using with the PoE adaptor from Netgear Switch in 1x2 to 1x6.

  14695   Tue Jun 25 11:54:47 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE

Turns out, focusing the GigE is actually a bit tricky. With pylon, everytime I change the exposure or the focus, I'm running into the error I had mentioned earlier in one of my elogs; so I tried using the python scripts to interact with the GigE. But whenever I try to change the focal plane distance by rotating the lens coupler, the ethernet cable connection becomes loose and the camera server needs to be relaunched every now and then. Also, everytime we want to change the distance between the lenses, the telescope needs to be dismantled and refocused again. I'll try to come up with a better telescope design for this.

Yesterday, I had focused the GigE using a low exposure time and small aperture of iris, to make sure that we are actually seeing a sharp image of the beam spot. I'm attaching a picture of the beam spot I had clicked while focusing it, unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture after I had focused it completely. I'm also attaching a picture of the final setup for future reference. 


Yesterday night, Rana asked me to lock the MC2. I figured that the PSL shutter was closed; I just opened it and was able to see the beam spot on the analog camera screen.

 

  14702   Wed Jun 26 19:12:00 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGigE

The GigE is focused now (judged by eye) and I have closed the lid. I'm attaching a picture of the MC2 beam spot, captured using GigE at an exposure time of 400µs.

What was the solution to resolving the flaky video streaming during the alignment process????

-> I think, the issue was with either the poor wireless network conection or the GigE-PoE ethernet cable.

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Turns out, focusing the GigE is actually a bit tricky. With pylon, everytime I change the exposure or the focus, I'm running into the error I had mentioned earlier in one of my elogs; so I tried using the python scripts to interact with the GigE. But whenever I try to change the focal plane distance by rotating the lens coupler, the ethernet cable connection becomes loose and the camera server needs to be relaunched every now and then. Also, everytime we want to change the distance between the lenses, the telescope needs to be dismantled and refocused again. I'll try to come up with a better telescope design for this.

Yesterday, I had focused the GigE using a low exposure time and small aperture of iris, to make sure that we are actually seeing a sharp image of the beam spot. I'm attaching a picture of the beam spot I had clicked while focusing it, unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture after I had focused it completely. I'm also attaching a picture of the final setup for future reference. 


Yesterday night, Rana asked me to lock the MC2. I figured that the PSL shutter was closed; I just opened it and was able to see the beam spot on the analog camera screen.

  14708   Sat Jun 29 03:11:18 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasCCD Calibration

Finding the gain of the Photodiode: The three-position rotary switch of the photodiode being used (PDA520) wasn't working, so I determined its gain by making a comparative measurement between ophir power meter and the photodiode. The photodiode has a responsitivity of 0.34 A/W at 1064 nm (obtained from the responsitivity curve given in the spec sheet using a curve digitizing software). Using the following equation, I determined the gain setting, which turned out to be 20dB.

\large Transimpedance\ Gain (V/A) = \frac{Photodiode\ reading (V)}{Ophir\ reading (W) * Responsitivity (A/W)}

Setup: Here a 1050nm (closest we have to 1064nm) LED is used as the light source instead of a laser to eliminate the effects caused by coherence of a laser source, which might affect our radiometric calibration. The LED is placed in a box with a hole of diameter 5mm (aperture angle = 40 degrees approx.). Suitable lenses are used to focus the light onto a white paper, which is fixed at an arbitrary angle and serves as a Lambertian scatterer. To make a comparative measurement between the photodiode (PDA520) and GigE, we need to account for their different sensor areas, 8.8mm (aperture diameter) and 3.7mm x 2.8 mm respectively . This can be done by either using an iris with a common aperture so that both the photodiode and GigE receive same amount of light , or by calculating the power incident on GigE using the ratio of sensor areas and power incident on the photodiode (here we are using the fact that power scattered by Lambertian scatterer per unit solid angle is constant). 

Calibration of GigE 152 unit: I took around 50 images, starting with an exposure time of 2000 \LARGE \mu s in steps of 2000, using the exposure_variation.py code. But the code doesn't allow us to take images with an exposure time greater than 100 ms, so I took few more images at higher exposures manually. From each image I subtracted a dark image (not in the sense of usual CCD calibration, but just an image with same exposure time and no LED light). These dark images do the job of usual dark frame + bias frame and also account for stray lights. A plot of pixel sum vs exposure time is attached. From a linear fit for the unsaturated region, I obtained the slope and calculated the calibration factor.

Equations:      \LARGE Power (P)=\frac{Photodiode\ reading(V)}{Transimpedance\ gain (V/W) * Responsivity (A/W)}                    \LARGE Calibration factor (CF) = \frac{P}{slope}

Result: CF = 1.91x 10^-16 W-sec/counts  Update: I had used a wrong value for the area of photodiode. On using 61.36 mm^2 as the area, I got 2.04 x 10^-15 W-sec/counts.

I'll put the uncertainities soon. I'm also attaching the GigE spectral response curve for future reference.

  14732   Sun Jul 7 21:59:28 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasGhost image due to beamsplitter

The beam splitter (BS1-1064-33-2037-45S) that is currently being used has an antireflection coating on the second surface and a wedge of less than 5 arcmin; yet it leads to ghosting as shown in the figure attached (courtesy: Thorlabs). I'm also attaching its spec sheet I dug up on internet for future reference.

I came across pellicle beamsplitters, that are primarily used to eliminate ghost images. Pellicle beamsplitters have a few microns thick nitrocellulose layer and superimpose the secondary reflection on the first one. Thus the ghost image is eliminated. 

Should we go ahead and order them? (https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=898

https://www.edmundoptics.eu/c/beamsplitters/622/#28438=28438_s%3AUGVsbGljbGU1&27614=27614_d%3A%5B46.18%20TO%2077.73%5D)

  14733   Mon Jul 8 17:33:10 2019 KruthiUpdateLoss MeasurementOptical scattering measurements

I came across a paper (see reference) where they have used DAOPHOT, an astronomical software tool developed by NOAO, to study the point scatterers in LIGO test masses using images of varying exposure times. I'm going through the paper now. I think using this we can analyze the MC2 images and make some interesting observations.

Reference:  L.Glover et al., Optical scattering measurements and implications on thermal noise in Gravitational Wave detectors test-mass coatings Physics Letters A. 382. (2018)

  14752   Thu Jul 11 16:22:54 2019 KruthiUpdateGeneralProjector lightbulb blown out

I heard a popping sound in the control room; the projector lightbulb has blown out.sad

  14757   Sun Jul 14 00:24:29 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasCCD Calibration

On Friday, I took images for different power outputs of LED. I calculated the calibration factor as explained in my previous elog (plots attached).

Vcc (V) Photodiode
reading(V)

Power incident on photodiode (W)

Power incident on GigE (W)
Slope (counts/​𝝁s)
Uncertainity in
 slope (counts/​𝝁s)
CF (W-sec/counts)
16 0.784 2.31E-06 3.89E-07 180.4029 1.02882 2.16E-15
18 0.854 2.51E-06 4.24E-07 207.7314 0.7656 2.04E-15
20 0.92 2.71E-06 4.57E-07 209.8902 1.358 2.18E-15
22 0.969 2.85E-06 4.81E-07 222.3862 1.456 2.16E-15
25 1.026 3.02E-06 5.09E-07 235.2349 1.53118 2.17E-15
  Average  2.14E-15

To estimate the uncertainity, I assumed an error of at most 20mV (due to stray lights or difference in orientation of GigE and photodiode) for the photodiode reading. Using the uncertainity in slope from the linear fit, I expect an uncertainity of maximum 4%. Note: I haven't accounted for the error in the responsivity value of the photodiode.

GigE area 10.36 sq.mm
PDA area 61.364 sq.mm
Responsivity 0.34 A/W
Transimpedance gain (at gain = 20dB) 10^6 V/W +/- 0.1%
Pixel format used Mono 8 bit

Johannes had reported CF as 0.0858E-15 W-sec/counts for 12 bit images, with measured a laser source. This value and the one I got are off by a factor of 25. Difference in the pixel formats and effect of coherence of the light used might be the possible reasons.

  14758   Mon Jul 15 03:15:24 2019 KruthiUpdateLoss MeasurementImaging scatterometer

On Friday, Koji helped me find various components required for the scatterometer setup. Like he suggested, I'll first set it up on the SP table and try it out with an usual mirror. Later on, once I know it's working, I'll move the setup to the flow bench near the south arm and measure the BRDF of a spare end test mass.

  14759   Mon Jul 15 03:30:47 2019 KruthiUpdateCalibration-RepairWhite paper as a Lambertian scatterer

I made some rough measurements, using the setup I had used for CCD calibration, to get an idea of how good of a Lambertian scatterer the white paper is. Following are the values I got:

Angle (degrees) Photodiode reading (V)  Ps (W) BRDF (per str) % error
12 0.864 2.54E-06 0.334 20.5
24 0.926 2.72E-06 0.439 19.0
30 1.581 4.65E-06 0.528 19.0
41 0.94 2.76E-06 0.473 19.8
49 0.545 1.60E-06 0.423 22.5
63 0.371 1.09E-06 0.475 28

Note: All the measurements are just rough ones and are prone to larger errors than estimated.

I also measured the transmittance of the white paper sample being used (it consists of 2 white papers wrapped together). It was around 0.002

  14766   Wed Jul 17 03:05:01 2019 KruthiUpdateASSMC spot position measurement scripts

[Kruthi, Gautam, Rana]

Gautam installed Atom text editor on Pianosa yesterday.


MC spot position measurement scripts (these can be found in /scripts/ASS/MC directory)

  • Changed the power threshold for MC2 lock loss check from 15000 to 12000 (volts) in the MeasureSpotPositions.py script. This is because, the C1:I00-MC_TRANS_SUM reads a value, usually, greater than 14000 and with 15000 as the threshold, the script will always say the MC isn't locked even though it is!. Also, to account for additional variation we have a margin of 2000.
  • Issues with datetime: though MeasureSpotPositions.py was creating a .dat file, MC_spotMeasurement_history.py threw an error because the .dat file's name was not in the required format. I fixed this bug.
  • Just running the MeasureSpotPositions.py doesn't enter the results into the log file, instead ./mcassMCdecenter should be run
  • MC_spotMeasurement_history.py just plots the spot positions (in mm) vs days since 2013, using the log file. It still has some bugs
  14768   Wed Jul 17 20:12:26 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasAnother GigE in place of analog camera

I've taken the MC2 analog camera down and put another GigE (unit 151) in its place. This is just temporary and I'll put the analog camera back once I finish the MC2 loss map calibration. I'm using a 25mm focal length camera lens with it and it gives a view of MC2 similar to the analog camera one. But I don't think it is completely focused yet (pictures attached).

...more to follow

gautam - Attachment #3 is my (sad) attempt at finding some point scatterers - Kruthi is going to play around with photUtils to figure out the average size of some point scatterers.

  14774   Thu Jul 18 22:03:00 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasMC2 and cameras

[Kruthi, Yehonathan, Gautam]

Today evening, Yehonathan and I aligned the MC2 cameras. As of now there are 2 GigEs in the MC2 enclosure. For the temporary GigE (which is the analog camera's place), we are using an ethernet cable connection from the Netgear switch in 1x6. The MC2 was misaligned and the autolocker wasn't able to lock the mode cleaner. So, Gautam disabled the autolocker and manually changed the settings; the autolocker was able to take over eventually.

  14782   Fri Jul 19 22:48:08 2019 KruthiUpdate Dataviewer error

I'm not able to get trends of the TM adjustment test that Rana had asked us to perform, from the dataviewer. It's throwing the following error:

Connecting to NDS Server fb (TCP port 8088)
Connecting.... done
Server error 7: connect() failed
datasrv: DataWrite failed: daq_send: Resource temporarily unavailable
T0=19-07-20-01-27-39; Length=600 (s)
No data output.

  14788   Sun Jul 21 02:07:04 2019 KruthiUpdateLoss MeasurementMC2 loss map

I'm running the MC2 loss map scripts on pianosa now. The camera server is throwing an error and is not grabbing snapshots :(

Update: I finished taking the readings for MC2 loss map. I couldn't get the snapshots with the script, so I manually took some 4-5 pictures.

  14791   Sun Jul 21 17:17:03 2019 KruthiUpdateLoss MeasurementMC2 loss map

The camera server keeps throwing the error: failed to grab frames. Milind suggested that it might a problem with the ethernet cable, so I even unplugged it and connected it again; it still had the same issue. One more thing I noticed was, it does take snapshots sometimes with the terminal command caput C1:CAM-ETMX_SNAP 1, but produces a segmentation fault when ezca.Ezca().write(C1:CAM-ETMX_SNAP, 1) ezca.Ezca().write(CAM-ETMX_SNAP, 1) is used via ipython. When the terminal command also fails to take snapshots, I noticed that the SNAP button on the GigE medm screen remains on and doesn't switch back to OFF like it is supposed to.

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Can you please be more specific about what the error is? Is this the usual instability with the camera server code? Or was it something new?

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The camera server is throwing an error and is not grabbing snapshots :(

  14796   Mon Jul 22 12:57:35 2019 KruthiUpdateLoss MeasurementMC2 loss map

In my script I have used "CAM-ETMX_SNAP" only; while entering it in the elog I made a mistake, my bad!

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I think ezca.Ezca().write() takes the string "CAM-ETMX_SNAP" as an argument and not C1:CAM-ETMX_SNAP. See this, line 47. Are you sure this is not the problem?

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The camera server keeps throwing the error: failed to grab frames. Milind suggested that it might a problem with the ethernet cable, so I even unplugged it and connected it again; it still had the same issue. One more thing I noticed was, it does take snapshots sometimes with the terminal command caput C1:CAM-ETMX_SNAP 1, but produces a segmentation fault when ezca.Ezca().write(C1:CAM-ETMX_SNAP, 1) is used via ipython. When the terminal command also fails to take snapshots, I noticed that the SNAP button on the GigE medm screen remains on and doesn't switch back to OFF like it is supposed to.

  14797   Mon Jul 22 13:26:41 2019 KruthiUpdateIOOMC locked

The MC2 has 2 GigE cameras right now. I'll put back the analog asap.

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I found the MC2 face camera disabled(?) and the MC servo board input turned off. I turned the MC locking back on but I don't see any camera image yet.

  14798   Mon Jul 22 13:32:55 2019 KruthiUpdateSUSTest mass pitch adjustment test

[Kruthi, Milind]

On Friday, Milind and I performed the pitch adjustment test Rana had asked us to do. Only 1 blue beam in case of ITMX and two in case of ETMY, ETMX and ITMY were accessible. Milind (of mass 72 kg as of 10 May 2019) stood on each of the accessible blue beams of the test mass chambers for one minute and I recorded the corresponding gps time. Before moving to the next beam, we spared more than a minute for relaxation after the standing end time. Following are the recorded gps times. 

 

ETMX

ITMX

ETMY

ITMY

 

Beam 1

Beam 2

Beam 1

Beam 1

Beam 2

Beam 1

Beam 2

Standing start time (gps)

1247620911

1247621055

1247621984

1247622394

1247622585

1247622180

1247622814

Standing end time (gps)

1247620974

1247621118

1247622058

1247622459

1247622647

1247622250

1247622880

PS: For each blue beam relaxation time ~ 1 min after the standing end time

  14803   Wed Jul 24 02:06:05 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasHDR images

I have been trying a couple of HDR algorithms, all of them seem to give very different results. I don't know how suitable these algorithms are for our purpose, because they are more concerned with final display. I'm attaching the HDR image I got by modifying Jigyasa's code a bit (this image has been be modified further to make it suitable for displaying). Here, I'm trying compare the plots of images that look similar. The HDR image has a dynamic ratio of 700:1

PS: 300us_image.png file actually looks very similar to HDR image on my laptop (might be an issue with elog editor?). So I'm attaching its .tiff version also to avoid any confusion.

  14804   Wed Jul 24 04:20:35 2019 KruthiUpdateCalibration-RepairMC2 pitch and yaw calibration

Summary:  I calibrated MC2 pitch and yaw offsets to spot position in mm. Here's what I did:

  1. Changed the MC2 pitch and yaw offset values using  ezca.Ezca().write('IOO-MC2_TRANS_PIT_OFFSET', <pitch offset value> ) and ezca.Ezca().write('IOO-MC2_TRANS_YAW_OFFSET', <yaw offset value> )
  2. Waited for ~ 700-800 sec for system to adjust to the assigned values
  3. Took snapshots with the 2 GigEs I had installed - zoomed in and zoomed out. (I'll be using these to make a scatter loss map, verify the calibration results, etc)
  4. Ran the mcassDecenter script, which can be found in /scripts/ASS/MC. This enters the spot position in mm in the specified text file.

Results:  In the pitch/yaw vs pitch_offset/yaw_offset graph attached,

  • intercept_pitch = 6.63 (in mm) ,  slope_pitch = -0.6055 (mm/counts) 
  • intercept_yaw = -4.12 (in mm) ,  slope_yaw = 4.958 (mm/counts) 
  14824   Fri Aug 2 16:46:09 2019 KruthiUpdateCamerasClean up

I've put the analog camera back and disconnected the 151 unit GigE. But I ran out of time and wasn't able to replace the beamsplitter. I've put all the equipments back to the place where I took them from. The chopper and beam dump mount, that Koji had got me for the scatterometer, are kept outside, on the table I was working on earlier, in the control room. The camera lenses, additional GigEs, wedge beamsplitter, 1050nm LED and all related equipments are kept in the GigE box. This box was put back into CCD cameras' cabinet near the X arm.

Note: To clean stuff up, I had entered the lab around 9.30pm on Monday. This might have affected Yehonathan's loss measurement readings (until then around 57 readings had been recorded).

Sorry for the late update.

  10829   Mon Dec 22 15:46:58 2014 KurosawaSummaryIOOSeven transfer functions

IMC OL TF has been measured from 10K to 10M

ELOG V3.1.3-