We have achieved PRMI locks of the order ~5 seconds! Here is an example lock:
This was actuating MICH on the ITMs (+1 for ITMY, -1 for ITMX in the output matrix), and PRCL on PRM (+1).
PRCL gain was +1, MICH gain was -10.
PRCL signal was normalized with POP22I with a matrix value of 0.003 . (No normalization of MICH).
Both PRCL and MICH were triggered on POP22I with high thresh of 200, low of 50. MICH and PRCL FM2 (integrators) were triggered on POP22I with thresh of 400 and low thresh of 50. FMs 4 and 5 were on for both MICH and PRCL always.
We zoomed in on the MICH_OUT signal, and the instability looks like it is around 300 Hz. We aren't sure what this is. I think this is a similar frequency to an oscillation that Yuta saw, but I'll have to check the old elogs.
PRM and BS SUS_LSC_POS filter banks both have notches between 1280-1290Hz. The ITMs do not have this "Vio2" filter.
This is one of the first locks with the new triggering of both the INPUT and OUTPUT of the control filter banks. I modified the lsc model before lunch.
To do: Where is this 300Hz coming from, and what can we do about it? Why are we losing lock? It's not due to the oscillation - maybe too much afternoon seismic? Steve says he went next door and the rock monster / river is on medium/high.
After measuring the beat note, the "Alberto" NPRO auxiliary laser has been moved from the PSL table to the POY table. Its beam profile is going to be measured. It's going to be used as green laser on the END table, in place of the broken one.
The auxiliary laser borrowed form ATF lab (which will be used for the ABSL measurement) has been set on the PSL table to make a measurement of the beat note between it and the main laser.
The setup is mostly the same of the previous beat note measurement . In this case, laser input power is 326 mW, so I needed to replace one of the mirrors of the steering optics with a BS 50% reflecting in order to have less than 1 mW on the PD.
Now, the total power on the PD is less than 0.5 mW.
I didn't measure the beat note yet to leave the PSL table as quite as possible for the locking procedures.
Measure the beat note, fiber coupling the NPRO laser to bring it to the POY table.
[Rana, Gabriele, Jenne, Jamie, Lisa, Rana]
We have tuned the oplev servos for PRM, BS, ITMX, ITMY. For each, we measured the servo transfer function. Most had a UGF ~ 3Hz. For those, we increased the gain by a factor of 2, and engaged the 3.3Hz resonant gains. The other case, such as PRM yaw, the gain was already okay, we just needed to engage the resonant gain. We also checked the new phase margin, and for some of them switched the elliptic lowpass to 50Hz rather than 30 or 35.
Before and afters:
We need to, as a last check, look at the spectra before and after to ensure that no modes (like bounce or roll) are newly excited.
[Gabriele, Rana, Jenne, Jamie, Lisa, Zach]
We tweaked some things after dinner, and our locks got longer (~10sec) and more frequent!
What happened / notes:
* Increased analog gain from 15dB to 27dB for REFL55 I&Q.
* No analog whitening during lock acquisition. (Need trigger + wait so whitening comes on after ~1sec...but this is not our limitation right now).
* Limit MICH and PRCL control to 5000, so that we don't kick optics too much, which makes them take too long to settle.
* ITMX and ITMY Vio2 filters turned off (PRM still has it on) in the SUS-optic_LSC module.
* MICH and PRCL DoFs triggering on POP22I, with levels 200 & 50. FMs 4&5 always on.
* MICH and PRCL FM2 triggering on POP22I with levels 400 & 50.
* MICH gain = -0.200
* PRCL gain = +0.150
* MICH and PRCL normalization using POP22I, with matrix values 0.00160 . This value is ~1/600, where 600 was the peak value of POP22I_ERR.
* REFL 55 phase set back to -15, to minimize PRCL signal in I phase.
* Checked signs for ITMX and ITMY in output matrix for MICH. Lock MICH using only ITMX or ITMY, find sign to hold on the dark fringe for each. +1 for ITMY, -1 for ITMX was correct.
* Tweaked up the oplev servos. See separate elog 8362. May need more tweaking, such as increasing the UGF, engaging 1Hz resonant gain.
* May need better coil actuator balancing on suspensions at 1Hz.
* Found a weird thing in DTT, which went away after closing and reopening, when looking at time series. Sometimes we would see a square wave-like jump in the signals, all signals at the same time, with a frequency of 16.6Hz. This was not present in other data retreival programs, like Jamie's getdata python script.
* We are not sure right now why we are falling out of lock. We need to investigate more signals, to try to figure out what our current problem is.
* Reduced the amount of misalignment with the "misalign" script, to reduce hysteresis.
To Do / ideas:
* Calibrate oplev signals - see if one optic is moving more than others.
* Calibrate ERR and CTRL - look at CTRL in meters, see if cavities are moving around like crazy.
* Calibrate POP22 using something like an AM laser modulation trick into units of PRCL SB gain. Compare with expectation - are we locked optimally, or do we have more power that we can be getting out?
* Try feeding back PRCL CTRL to MC2, to make the laser to follow the power recycling cavity, in hopes of reducing angular motion. Rana tried this quickly with a 1 in the output matrix, but this kicked the MC out of lock - need to try smaller values.
A key step was turning off the whitening filters. With the previous setting (G = 15 dB, white on), the error signals (post anti-whitening) had amplitudes of ~500 counts. This means that they can go as high as (150/15)^2 * 500 = 50000 counts on the ADC.
The purpose of the whitening filter is to match the noise / range of the signal to the ADC. What we would like to do is use the minimum gain so as to make the RFPD electronics noise + shot noise be ~equal to the ADC noise. i.e.
sqrt(V_PD^2 + v_shot^2) * G_white = V_ADC
The RFPD noise is ~3 nV before the internal preamp. The MAX4107 has a gain of 10. There is a factor of 1/2 from the voltage division of the RFPD's 50 Ohm series resistor and the input impedance of the mixer. There is also a power splitter between the PD output and the mixer which gives us a 3 dB loss. The mixer has a conversion loss of ~5-6 dB depending upon the LO level.
V_PD = 3e-9 * (10 * 1/2 * 1/sqrt(2) * 1/2) = 5e-9 V/rHz (this is already bad; the signal coming out of the mixer needs to be amplified by x10 before going out to the whitening board).
In any case, its clear that we need something like 60 dB of gain for the PD noise to match the ADC noise. This is why increasing the whitening gain improves the error signal's SNR, reduces the hash driving the optics, and improves the locking. We should run with 45 dB gain and the switch on whitening after the lock.
Even better would be to modify the LT1128 input stage of the card to have the single stage of fixed whitening as we did for iLIGO. Then we can have triple whitening in lock.
JDSU can repair the Lightwave M126-1064-700 NPRO, sn 415 They do not need the Controller sn 516
Posted in the 40m Wiki_ PSL_ NPRO cost repair and/or option to buy Innolight laser as replacement
NPRO shipped out for evaluation yesterday under RMA 18022707
c1lsc was down this morning.
I restarted fb and c1lsc based on elog
Everything but c1oaf came back. I tried to restart c1oaf individually; but it didn't work.
Manasa told me that she did things in a different order than her old elog.
(1) ssh'ed to c1lsc and did a remote shutdown / restart,
(2) restarted fb,
(3) restarted the mxstream on c1lsc,
(4) restarted each model individually in some order that I forgot to ask.
However, with the situation as in her "before" screenshot, all that needed to be done was restart the mxstream process on c1lsc.
Anyhow, when I looked at the OAF model, it was complaining of "no sync", so I restarted the model, and it came back up fine. All is well again.
The beat note for the ATF lab laser has been found.
The measurement has been carried out in the same way as described in elog 8368.
The only difference is that in this case I started from a temperature of 35.2 degC, and I reduced it until the minimum which was 30.71 degC. No beat note in this range.
Then I rised on the temperature and I found the first beat note at 41.46 degC. It has been detected at a frequency of about 120 MHz with an RF power of -53 dBm and a frequency fluctuation of about +/- 5 MHz.
I tried to improve the alignment to have a stronger beat, but it was the maximum I could reach. Maybe I could increase the power hitting the photodiode, which was 0.453 mW.
"Alberto"NPRO laser has been moved again on PSL table in order to make a measurement of the beat note varying also the PSL temperature.
It is useful because if the PSL temperature would drift we have to know which is the NPRO temperature that returns the beat.
I'm going to measure it tomorrow.
I am currently putting together all components so that they are ready to go on the table once leveling and installation of shield box is done. All dirty optics were drag wiped. These are stored in the cupboard along the Y arm.
I could not find the fiber coupling mount on the old endtable. Also the harmonic separator that reflects the trans beam to PDs and camera is labelled Y1-1064 (??) and I don't know what's the deal with this.
I am nearly 70% done with assembling…so the ex-endtable is almost empty.
Yet to do:
1. Mount 2" optics
2. Hunt, gather and mount appropriate lenses
Points I did not notice earlier:
We need some good 2" lens mounts and also order 2" lenses for IPANG and trans beam.
Steve's suggestion for how to level the end table using "swivel leveling mounts":
1, level table with 4 swivels, lock nuts 3/16 -vertical alignment 2, lock this position with 4 x 1/4-20 (these are in place already) to hold table in horizontal direction
Adjustable mount is here to compensate for bad tilting floor <http://www.mcmaster.com/#6111K52>
See grouting plans of the past http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/7248
My full effort to get the optical table enclosure ready for the lab has failed today.
What I did: cut IR thermashield sheets to size for sides and top and sandwitched them beetween 1" and 1/4" acrylic.
The carpenter shop recut the bottom o -ring groove to 0.250" wide and 0.150" deep.
O-ring was cut and installed. So this was ready to go lab.
NO, I realized that the liner yellow acrylic was not cut correctly. It was larger than 1" wall.
The shop is cutting them down to fit and I have to resize IR shields
Steve ordered a replacement power supply for the FB JetStor power supply that failed a couple weeks ago. I just installed it and it looks fine.
Our first move has to be fixing the whitening switching for REFL55. That's the configuration we need to start and then move onto REFL165 to get to FPPRMI.
Because we would like to get started on testing mount vibrations as soon as possible, I've been trying to get one of the other QPDs we found to work with the summing/subtracting circuit on a breadboard. I've been using a power supply that I think Jamie built 15 years ago... which seems to be broken as of today, since I no longer read any signal from it with an oscilloscope.
I tried using a different power supply, but I still can't read any change in signal with the QPD for any of the quadrants when using a laser pointer to shine light on it. I'll be working with Eric on this later this week. In the meantime, I'll try and come up with a shopping list for the nicer QPD circuit that'll be a longer term side project.
A heavy duty plastic box is the likeliest candidate for the optical table toolbox. It measures 5 9/16 in. x 11 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. and fits all the tools comfortably. ( http://www.mcmaster.com/#plastic-bin-boxes/=m4yh4m , under Heavy Duty Plastic Bin Boxes)
The list of tools has been updated to include a pen and a wire cutter as well as everything previously stated.
In addition, Steve has recommended that boxes should be secured to the walls or surfaces near the optical tables as opposed to the optical tables themselves, as to keep the tables from wobbling when tools are being exchanged.
A diagram of tentative box placements will go out soon.
I also took every allen key I can find so they can be sorted. They will be back in the appropriate drawer locations soon.
[Gabriele's work, I'm just spectating]
Annalisa is working on finding the PSL/AUX laser beatnote, so the PSL temp is changing, but Gabriele is still able to lock. Here are some videos:
I measured the beat note between the "Alberto" NPRO laser and the PSL varying the PSL temperature and find the matching NPRO temperature that gave the beat.
I first switched off the FSS loop for the PSL, then I varied its temperature and switched on the loop back.
PSL temperature has been varied starting from 31.88 °C (its starting temperature) down to 23.88 by 1°C step, and then from 31.88 °C up to 36.92 °C, always with a 1°C step.
For each PSL temperature, the NPRO temperature was varied as well, in way to find the temperature to have a beat note between the two.
The trend of the NPRO laser temperature reminds the frequency change of the laser as a function of the crystal temperature continuous tuning.
I made measurements only for the first temperature of the NPRO laser which gave me the beat note. Tomorrow I'm going to find the beat note also for higher frequencies of the NPRO laser.
We locked the PRMI, this time really on the sidebands, using the two REFL55 signals.
Here are the parameters: triggering on POP22_I in at 140, out at 20. No normalization. MICH gain -0.15, PRCL gain 0.1
It seems that the lock is not very stable. It seems likely to come from some large angular motion of one of the mirrors. We'll need to calibrate the optical lever signals to understand which one is moving too much.
> The two REFL55 signals
Wow! It's a good news.
I think this is our first ever lock of PRMI with the REFL I/Q signals.
We kept having difficulty to obtain MICH from the REFL beam.
Next time could you make calibration of REFL55 MICH and AS55 MICH and compare the ratio with any simulation?
Optical lever calibrations:
ITMX pit calibration = -9.07 cts/mrad
ITMX yaw calibration = -12.33 cts/mrad
BS pit calibration = -22.86 cts/mrad
BS yaw calibration = -24.14 cts/mrad
Method: Similar to Manasa and Yuta's method last month. We mounted each oplev QPD on a micrometer translation stage, centered the beam using the steering mirror, then used tdsavg to get 10 second averages of the _INMON channel for various settings of the micrometer stage. For BS, we had to take out the PRM oplev to make room for the translation stage. All QPDs were remounted in their original positions, within less than 1mm. Measured the out-of-vac distances with the laser disto-meter, and the invac distances from the optic to the window from the CAD drawing.
Copying from other elog entries,
We calibrated oplev for ITMY. Calibration factor for C1:SUS-ITMY_OL(PIT|YAW)_IN1 are;
OLPIT: 6.29 +/- 0.11 counts/mrad
OLYAW: 5.74 +/- 0.09 counts/mrad
We calibrated oplev for PRM. Calibration factor for C1:SUS-PRM_OL(PIT|YAW)_IN1 are;
OLPIT: 15.6 +/- 0.3 counts/mrad
OLYAW: 17.8 +/- 0.3 counts/mrad
Very good - now you need to just put the cal factor into the filter banks so that the PERROR and YERROR signals are in microradians all the time.
EDIT JCD: In progress.
We have put in a new EPICS input into the SUS library part, just before the OL_PIT and OL_YAW filter banks, so that the IN1 point is calibrated to microradians. I recompiled all SUS-related models. The OPTLEV_SERVO screen has been changed, so that you can see the calibration, and enter a value. The gains have been reduced by a factor reciprocal to the calibration, so the loop gain is the same.
ETMs, SRM and MCs all have "calibration" numbers of 1, so the numbers aren't really calibrated, they're just the same as always.
It looks like the PRM and the BS are moving significantly (factor of ~30) more than the ITMs at a few Hz! (Y-axis of plot is urad/rtHz)
EDIT JCD: We need to fix up the MEDM QPD indicators, and the OpLev red lights on the watchdog screen, so they match the new numbers. Also, Rana turned on the output limiters to 2000 for all oplev servos.
Enclosure is at the east end. It has it's bottom o-ring in place. It will be ready for optics tomorrow around 5pm
I have to shim out the enclosure, finish leveling the table and cut surgical tubing O-ring for the top.
We have implemented 4Hz resonant gains for both PRM and BS yaw. The filter was already in place for PRM Yaw, so we just turned it on, but we also copied the filter over to BS Yaw. We also changed the 3.3Hz res gain and the ELP for the PRM servo to match the BS servo, since after implementing the 4Hz gain, PRM was still much noisier than BS. Now the 2 servos match, and PRM is a little quieter. We hope that tonight's locking might be a little more stable after this work.
I changed the default shell on our control room iMac to bash. Since we're really, really using bash as the shell for LIGO, we might as well get used to it. As we do this for the workstations, some things will fail, but we can adopt Jamie's private .bashrc to get started and then fix it up later.
No, the small boxes must be attached to the optical tables. They won't be heavy enough to change the table tilt.
Also, all tools must be color coded according to the optical table using the 3M Vinyl table color code:
The beat note between the PSL laser and the "Alberto" NPRO laser has been measured. In particular, for each PSL temperature, more than one Aux laser frequency has been found.
The second of the three curves seems to be more stable than the other two, even if a "step" trend can be found in all of them (maybe due to the frequency change of the NPRO laser as a function of the crystal temperature continuous tuning, as mentioned in the previous elog). This is the reason why the points are not perfectly aligned, and the errors on the fit parameters are so big.
We could not find a power supply slot for the amplifiers on the LSC rack. We had to put a temporary power supply in contradiction to our 'no temporary power supply' policy.
After 1 month, its hard to imagine that this could not have been fixed by putting in a proper fuse and fuse block. I will remove this tomorrow if I still find it this way in the bottom of the rack.
There are also 2 Sorensen switching supplies in the bottom of the LSC rack (with all of our sensitive demod boards). These should also be moved over to the old 'digital' LSC rack tomorrow for the post meeting lab cleanup.
Use fuse blocks with fuses with appropriate ampacity.
I modified /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/daq/C0EDCU.ini to include the C1:LSC-DegreeOfFreedom_TRIG_MON channels. These are the same channel that cause the LSC screen trigger indicators to light up.
I vaguely followed Koji's directions in elog 5991, although I didn't add new grecords, since these channels are already included in the .db file as a result of EpicsOut blocks in the simulink model. So really, I only did Step 2. I still need to restart the framebuilder, but locking (attempt at locking) is happening.
The idea here is that we should be able to search through this channel, and when we get a trigger, we can go back and plot useful signals (PDs, error signals, cotrol signals,....), and try to figure out why we're losing lock.
Rana tells me that this is similar to an old LockAcq script that would run DTT and get data.
EDIT: I restarted the daqd on the fb, and I now see the channel in dataviewer, but I can only get live data, no past data, even though it says that it is (16,float). Here's what Dataviewer is telling me:
Connecting to NDS Server fb (TCP port 8088)
LONG: DataRead = -1
No data found
T0=13-03-29-08-59-43; Length=432010 (s)
No data output.
[Rana, Gabriele, Jenne]
We have now locked the PRMI using REFL55 I&Q for more than one minute!!!!!
This isn't really the most useful plot as is, but it was created using:
/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/getdata C1:LSC-POP22_I_ERR_DQ C1:LSC-REFL55_I_ERR_DQ C1:LSC-REFL55_Q_ERR_DQ C1:LSC-MICH_IN1_DQ C1:LSC-MICH_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-PRCL_IN1_DQ C1:LSC-PRCL_OUT_DQ -d 80 -s 1049013520 -c
This is just one of several long lock stretches. If I can get the TRIG_MON channels to be saved, we can automatically (versus my by-hand search) find lock stretches and make this kind of plot. Although we want them saved in some raw format so we can zoom in on selected axes, I think. This might require some python-fu from Jamie, or learning of python-fu for Jenne.
The secret sauce:
* The big key was changing REFL55's phase. It was -4 when we looked at the I&Q signals, and minimized the PRCL information in the Q-phase. We were able to get short lock stretches with this. During these stretches, Rana changed the REFL55 phase until the lock sounded (audibly) quieter. The final phase we settled on was +26. As we changed the phase, the lock stretches got longer and longer.
* We also tweaked up the POP22 phase. It was close from our previous efforts of looking at non-locked time series, but we perfected it by minimizing the signal in the Q-phase during lock stretches. We also found that it drifted (according to this method) by ~5 degrees over ~half an hour (I don't remember the exact time between our phase tunings).
* POP22's low pass filters (both options, ELP10 and ELP50) must be OFF for any lock to be acquired. Turning on either filter prevents locking.
* Normalization helped a lot. Without normalization we weren't really able to catch any locks, certainly not of any significant length. (0.004, using POP22I, for both MICH and PRCL).
** Normalization: use POP22I for both MICH and PRCL, value = 0.004
** Input matrix: MICH with REFL55Q, value = 0.01; PRCL with REFL55I, value = 0.01 (we used the small number in the matrix so our servo gains weren't too tiny).
** POP22 lowpass filters OFF
** Analog whitening OFF for REFL55, POP22.
** Analog gain for REFL55 I&Q = 27 dB
** Analog gain for POP22 I&Q = 15 dB
** Output matrix: MICH with -1 to ITMX, +1 to ITMY. PRCL with +1 to PRM.
** Servo gains: PRCL = 0.75; MICH anywhere between -3 and -20. Best in the -8 to -15 range.
** Vio2 filters in ITMX, ITMY, PRM (all actuated-on mirrors) were OFF. (Still need to lower the Q on these so they don't ring).
** PRCL and MICH triggering on POP22I. The trigger-off was always 20, but the trigger-on changed throughout the night from ~170 to ~50. I think 130 was a trigger value for at least some of the long-time locks.
** Low frequency seismic was small (i.e. no anomalous 0.1 Hz - 1 Hz noise) during successful lock times. (Not to say it must be low, but it was low when we were able to lock for long stretches).
Things we had looked at and thought about throughout the evening:
* Oplev calibration. See elog 8391 and 8393. Optimized BS and PRM to reduce yaw angular motion.
* Actuators all functioning as expected. We checked transfer functions of MICH_OUT/MICH_IN1 for locking with different optics, to ensure that at high frequency the response was 1/f^2. Also, we locked MICH with (a) both ITMs, (b) BS, (c) ITMX and (d) ITMY. We locked the PR-ITMY half-cav with (a) PRM and (b) ITMY. We locked the PR-ITMX half-cav with (a) PRM and (b) ITMX. Thus, we conclude that all of the PRMI-related optics are functioning as expected.
* Realigned REFL55 beam onto PD. It was clipping a bit, so the DC power wasn't steady (when ITMs were misaligned, PRM aligned). After alignment, the DC power as seen on a 'scope was much smoother.
* Turning off the limiters for the MICH and PRCL control signals allowed us to hear a high-pitched whine. From looking at the time series, it's predominantly in MICH_OUT. Rana speculates that perhaps the normalization is causing the UGF to wander temporarily to an unstable place. For a time there was a high-Q peak between 500 and 600Hz, but reducing the gain (of MICH?) eliminated that. Then we heard several times, irrespective of gain setting, the ~400Hz broad peak (I say broad because I was able to see it on DTT looking at the error and control signals, and it spanned +/-100Hz).
Things to investigate:
* Is there a good reason that we should switch to triggering on POP110, rather than the current POP22? From Gabriele, Jamie and my Finesee/Mist modelling last week, without the arms, the 11MHz and 55MHz resonate at different PRC lengths. If this difference is very small, then we are fine, but if the difference is large, it could be causing trouble - we're trying to catch the lock at the linear part of the 55MHz signal, but if that does not coincide with the linear part of the 11MHz signal, we're doing the wrong thing.
* For the POP normalization, should we be using the amplitude or the power ( POP22 or sqrt(POP22) )? Why? Look at this with a modelling sweep and/or analytically.
* Look at different noise sources, potentially sensing noise, coil actuator noise,..... We should check these out, and make sure we're not limited by anything obvious.
* Make a "restore" medm screen, rather than restore script. IFO Configure restore script can pull in values from the screen (EPICS values). One screen per configuration.
* Get TRIG_MON signals saved, write script to search for triggered lock times (between given gps times), then plot interesting signals for just before lock, during lock, and until just after a lockloss.
Connecting to NDS Server fb (TCP port 8088)
LONG: DataRead = -1
No data found
T0=13-03-29-08-59-43; Length=432010 (s)
No data output.
Connecting to NDS Server fb (TCP port 8088)
LONG: DataRead = -1
No data found
T0=13-03-29-08-59-43; Length=432010 (s)
No data output.
I seem to be able to retrieve these channels ok from the past:
controls@pianosa:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts 0$ tconvert 1049050000
Apr 03 2013 18:46:24 UTC
controls@pianosa:/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts 0$ ./general/getdata -s 1049050000 -d 10 --noplot C1:LSC-PRCL_TRIG_MON
Connecting to server fb:8088 ...
nds_logging_init: Entrynds_logging_init: Exit
Hit any key to exit:
Maybe DTT just needed to be reloaded/restarted?
The voltage regulator on the QPD breadboard seems to be having problems... yesterday Eric helped me debug my circuit and discovered that the +12V regulator was overheating, so we replaced it. Today, I found that the -12V regulator was also doing the same thing, so I replaced it. However, it's still overheating. We checked all of the setup for the power regulators yesterday, so I'm not sure what's wrong.
I've also noticed that not all the connections on the breadboard that I've been using seem to work - I may search for a new breadboard in this case. Need to check I'm not doing something stupid with that.
I have re-implemented POP110. The cable coming from the AS110 diode is disconnected, labeled, and sitting in the cable tray next to the LSC rack.
Now the POP diode path is:
Thorlabs 10CF ----many meters of heliax cable-----> Bias Tee ------> RF amplifier ------> Splitter ------> Bandpass 21.7MHz --------> POP22 demod board
POP DC High pass 100MHz
POP110 demod board
Breadboards may not be suitable for a reliable work. Why don't you switch to any protoboard and real soldering?
So the new tentative plan on the boxes is to bolt them (magnetic strips were proposed but overruled on the grounds that they're not strong enough to withstand being knocked down by accidents).
The boxes are going to be a mix of the Thorlabs Benchtop Organizer (http://www.thorlabs.com/thorProduct.cfm?partNumber=BT17) and the original box. The box will have a region covered in mesh, so tools can be placed and held there. The box will also have a spacer at the bottom, with another mesh right above it, lined up. However, this double-mesh will only cover half of the box. The other half of the box will be compartmentalized to hold things such as screws, connectors, etc. I will talk to Steve about building the boxes.
Also, using nail-polish to coat the Allen wrenches is not going to work. Nail polish does not stick easily enough. The tentative new plan is oil paint, but this is to be reviewed.
Finally, the diagram with the placement of the boxes relative to the optical tables has been put on paper, but needs to be computerized so it's easier to read. This will be done as soon as possible.
There are some tips for how to appy nail polish on YouTube from MKNails and MissJenFABULOUS. Their tips on how to prepare the site for a strong bonding strength are probably helpful for our gold/nickel coated tools. For chrome tools we may need to abrade the surface with a stone or fine sandpaper for it to take the layer better. IF the YouTube videos don't do it for you, then I suggest contacting Tom Evans at LLO to find out what kind of nail polish he uses.
Graph Limits: The limits on graphs have been problematic. They often reflect too large of a range of values, usually because of dropouts in data collection. Thus, they do not provide useful information because the important information is washed out by the large limits on the graph. For example, the graph below shows data over an unnecessarily large range, because of the dropout in the 300-1000Hz pressure values.
The limits on the graphs can be modified using the config file found in /40m-summary/share/c1_summary_page.ini. At the entry for the appropriate graph, change the amplitude-lim=y1,y2 line by setting y1 to the desired lower limit and y2 to the desired upper limit. For example, I changed the amplitude limits on the above graph to amplitude-lim=.001,1, and achieved the following graph.
The limits could be tightened further to improve clarity - this is easily done by modifying the config file. I modified the config file for all the 2D plots to improve the bounds. However, on some plots, I wasn't sure what bounds were appropriate or what range of values we were interested in, so I will have to ask someone to find out.
Next: I now want to fix all the funny little problems with the site, such as scroll bars appearing where they should not appear, and graphs only plotting until 6PM. In order to do this most effectively, I need to restructure the code and factor it into several files. Otherwise, the code will not only be much harder to edit, but will become more and more confusing as I add on to it, compounding the problems that we currently have (i.e. that this code isn't very well documented and nobody knows how it works). We need lots of specific documentation on what exactly is happening before too many changes are made. Take the config files, for example. Someone put a lot of work into them, but we need a README specifying which options are supported for which types of graphs, etc. So we are slowed down because I have to figure out what is going on before I make small changes.
To fix this, I will divide the code into three main sectors. The division of labor will be:
- Sector 1: Figure out what the user wants (i.e. read config files, create a ConfigParser, etc...)
- Sector 2: Process the data and generate the plots based on what the user wants
- Sector 3: Generate the HTML
Glued surgical latex tubing with super glue into O-ring shape. The existing in place tubing K-100, OD 0.125" (actual size 0.140"), wall 0.031", ID 0.062".
I have just found out that tolerances on tubing OD are + - 0.026" by the manufacturer. I'm getting larger tubing for better fit.
The table is ready for optics.
Things left to do:
1, finalize o-ring size 2, finish cable feedthrough 3, finalize window connection 4, IR-Thermashield strips for bridge sides 5, replace bridge support post with solid one
1, finalize o-ring size 2, finish cable feedthrough 3, finalize window connection 4, IR-Thermashield strips for bridge sides
While I did think that the plastic boxes were cool; I am not happy with the new enclosure on several aspects as I am setting up the TRY PDs/camera.
1. I strongly feel the o-rings should be glued/fixed to the plastic box atleast at some points. Even if we replace the current thin one with a thicker tubing, it takes forever to get the o-ring into the groove when it slips out. Also if it slips from the groove, it falls through the optical path and there are chances of burning the tubing when the NPRO is ON.
2. With the transparent tables, the cameras are sensitive to the room lights. I had to switch off the room lights/use ND filters to see a nice beam at the TRY camera.
3. The lids are heavy...might be a good way to train....but removing and putting them back will definitely increase the pain in getting the green aligned to the arms atleast until we have the PZTs set up.
I started populating the end table; the TRY path to start with. I found that I need to redo the cables/electronics layout around the table as we have only one cable feedthrough hole with the new box right now. I need another hand with this and will have Annalisa help me tomorrow.
P.S. I misaligned PRM and restored ETMY to get TRY flashes. I tweaked ETMY to see strong TEM00 flashes.
Old slider positions on medm screen in case we need to restore them:
TT1 TT2 ITMY ETMY
P -1.3586 0.8443 0.9114 -3.7693
Y 0.3049 1.1507 -0.2823 -0.2761
1) We still need to drill and install the thumbscrew latches which secure the lids to the table. We cannot use the tables as an acoustic enclosure with loose lids.
2) For the camera issue, the idea is to put the longpass filters on the front of the cameras: then they are only sensitive to light with wavelength > 800 nm.
3) Whenever any interferometer work is happening the light switches must be in the positions which have been marked on them (and which most everyone ignores foolishly). We have never been insensitive to the room lights; the black table enclosures just give us a false sense of security. Room lights impact the interferometer noise.
with the script, as it was down.
The PMC locked manually. MC grabbed lock instantaniously
Note: The TRY PD isn't installed and normalized properly yet, so the IFO OVERVIEW screen indicates lock for the Yarm constantly, which is not true. Hopefully in the next day or so the screen will be back to telling the truth.
Also, the LSC Locking was left ENABLED (presumably over the weekend). This is not so good. It can kick optics around, so we should all take a look when we walk through the control room, and if no one is locking, please disable the LSC master switch.
Enclosure cover #1 transmission measured in 1064 nm, 156 mW, P polarization and beam size ~ 1 mm
As condition: fully assembled, protective layer removed, tinted- adhesive activated on yellow acrylic on top of each other.
T = 1.2 % in 20 minutes exposure test. This agrees with the test measurement of 6-18-2012
There is a reflected 2-3 cm circular glare that is barely visible on sensor card. It is well below 1 mW level
As we are installing the NPRO with ~350 mW of power we have to address what additional shield should be installed.
The June 2012 test with 1W power burned through of the 3 layer IR coated films in 3-4 hours.
We 'll use Aluminum shields in the high power path till we come up with better solution.
The MC seemed to be losing lock recently quite a bit. I noticed that the PC Drive RMS signal was red.
This means that the high frequency drive to the Pockels cell was too high by a factor of 2-3 and sometimes saturating and breaking the lock.
I fiddled with the gains on the FSS screen until this value went down. It looks like there is some kind of high Q oscillation; it takes a couple minutes for the PC Drive RMS to settle to its new position after changing the gains.
The attached trend plot show the last 2 hours. The mean is now back to ~1 V and seems OK. We should really examine the FSS or MC error point spectra with the RF analyzer while exploring this gain space.
[Den, Annalisa, Manasa]
The Alberto laser was moved from the PSL table. The height of the heat sink rendered a beam height of only 3 inches. I did not want to deal with changing beam height at the table. So, we went ahead and used the old heat sink. I used the beam scan to make measurements of the beam width to match my mode-matching calculations and found some mismatch with the measurements done earlier. So I will measure the beam width again before alignment.
I will also have to change the layout because of the supporting posts that have come up with the new box. Annalisa is doing a COMSOL model to check what the thickness of these supporting posts should be so that the box stays stiff.