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  4557   Fri Apr 22 09:05:53 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
As seen in the previous measurement the first harmonic of both the 11 MHz and 55 MHz outputs are about 30dB
higher than desired.  In an attempt to attenuate these and higher harmonics I introduced SBP-10.7 filters into
the 11MHz outputs and SLP-50 filters into the 55 MHz outputs.
Then I measured the height of the harmonics again and found that they were suppressed as expected.  Now harmonic
at 22 MHz is 58dB lower than the 11 MHz fundamental.  And the 110 MHz is lower by 55 dB compared to the 55 MHz
fundamental.  None of the higher harmonics are seen => they are below 70dB

SLP-50 has an insertion loss(IL) of 4.65 dB and Return Loss(RL) of 3dB.  It would be better to use SBP-60
(IL=1.4 dB and RL=23dB)

The filter on the 11 MHz lines is okay. The SBP-10.7 has IL=0.6 dB and RL=23 dB.
  4558   Fri Apr 22 09:25:43 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source: Temperature sensor relocated

RF Amp operating temperature

Earlier measurement reported by Alberto in LIGO-T10004-61-v1 based on the LM34 temperature sensor were lower than that shown by placing a calibrated thermocouple sensor directly on the heat sink by about 5deg C. The difference probably arose because the LM34 was located on a separate free-hanging copper sheet attached to the RF Amp by a single screw, resulting in a gradient across the copper strip.   I tried to move the LM34 which was glued down, but broke the leads in the process.  I then replaced it with another one mounted much closer to the heat sink and held it down with a copper-strip clamp.  There is no glue involved and there is heatsink compound between the flat surface of the LM34 and the heatsink.  Picture attached. 

  The picture also shows the new filters which have been put in place to reduce the harmonics.  Note that the SBP-10.7 which was to go on the 11 MHz Demod output is located much farther upsteam due to space constraints.

P4220056.JPG

  4559   Fri Apr 22 10:28:22 2011 ranaUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
You should be able to resolve the other harmonics by decreasing the IF BW or RBW on the analyzer. Even though
they're OK, its useful to have the final measurement of all of them in some kinds of physical units (like dBm, but
not dBm/Hz or dB or dBcubits).
  4560   Fri Apr 22 11:08:50 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCdemod board AS11 : amplitude imbalance

Amplitude imbalance between I and Q in a demod board, AS11, with the new 90 deg splitter was measured.

It shows roughly 10% amplitude imbalance when the LO power is in a range from 0 to 5 dBm. Not so bad.

 

  With the handmade coil there used to be a huge imbalance (either I or Q goes to zero volt while the other keeps about 1 V rms) as the LO power decreases.

But with the new 90 deg splitter now there are no more such a huge imbalance.

The remaining 10 % imbalance possibly comes from the fact that we are using ERA-5 in each I and Q path. They may have such gain imbalance of 10%.

We should check the ERA-5 gains so that we can confidently say ERA-5 causes the amplitude imbalance.

Then our plan replacing the ERA-5s (see here) will sound more reasonable.

IQamplitude.png

 

Quote from #4555

The new 90 deg splitter works better.

 I will also measure amplitude unbalances between I and Q.

 

  4561   Fri Apr 22 12:07:38 2011 josephb, steveUpdateCDSRemoved hanging D-sub to SCSI in 1X2

Problem:

Way back, Jay had D-sub to SCSI adapters made to adapt our existing Sander box AA filters to the new SCSI based IO chassis.  However, these did not fit inside the box.

At the time, we simply left the cards outside hanging, which was a hack and needed to be replaced.

Solution:

Steve modified a black AA filter box so that it could fit the D-sub to SCSI adapter board on it, plus strain relief the SCSI cable, rather than let it hang.  The back of the box was cut, and an extending piece of metal attached to the bottom of the box.  The adapter board was screwed into the box, the SCSI plugged in, then the SCSI cable is clamped to the extending metal as well.

This modification will be propagated to the 3 remaining AA filter boards using the D-sub to SCSI adapter.

  4562   Sun Apr 24 21:37:40 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOreview of triple resonant EOM : model looks fine

To design a new resonant EOM box I started reviewing the prototype that I've built.

As a part of reviewing I checked an important thing that I haven't carefully done so far :

I compared the measured input impedance with that of predicted from a circuit model. I found that they show a good agreement.

So I am now confident that we can predict / design a new circuit performance.


* * * (input impedance) * * *

 Performance of a resonant circuit is close related to its input impedance and hence, in other words, determined by the input impedance.

Therefore an investigation of input impedance is a way to check the performance of a circuit. That's why I always use impedance for checking the circuit.

The plot below is a comparison of input impedance for the measured one and one predicted from a model. They show a good agreement.

(Note that the input impedance is supposed to have 50 Ohm peaks at 11, 29.5 and 55 MHz.)
Input_impedance.png

 
* * * (circuit model) * * *

To make the things simpler I assume the following three conditions in my model:

 1. inductor's loss is dominated by its DC resistance (DCR)

 2. capacitor's loss is characterized only by Q-value

 3. Transformer's loss is dominated by DCR and its leakage inductance

All the parameters are quoted from either datasheet or my measurement. The model I am using is depicted in the schematic below.

Basically the Q-vaules for the capacitors that I used are quite low. I think higher Q capacitors will improve the performance and bring them to more 50 Ohm.

EOMcircuitmodel.png
 

  4567   Mon Apr 25 22:38:49 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCprepration for DRMI : Y arm flashing
This week is going to be a recycled Michelson week.
As a preparation I did several things today :
 1. Alignment of the Y arm
 2. Alignment of PRM
 3. Checking of all the pick-off ports

 


 
(Y arm alignment)
 The idea to have the Y arm aligned is that : once we lock the Y arm we will be able to align the input PZTs using the Y arm as a reference.
 I tried aligning the Y arm and successfully made the Y arm flashing with IR. I can see it flashing on ITMY camera but no flashing on ETMY camera.
 
(PRM alignment)
PRM has been intentionally misaligned for the single arm green locking test.
I just confirmed that we can bring PRM back to a good alignment. Now we can see the central part is flashing too.
 
(picked-off beams)
I went checking through all the picked off beams to see if they are available or not.
POX : lost
POY : fine
POP : very clipped
POSRM : fine
  4568   Tue Apr 26 01:20:02 2011 ranaUpdateElectronicsPOX_11 debugging

The performance plots for POX_11 in the wiki are horrendous and the schematic is missing.

I opened up the box and found all kinds of horrors. There were multiple tunable parts and a flurry of excess nonsense.

The top 2 worst offenders:

1) The main tunable inductor was busted. I removed it and found that the coil was open. Too much indelicate soldering in its vicinity had melted the wire. Someone had put extra inductors and capacitors around it to make it seem as if the PD was working fine, but the noise performance was off by a factor of ~100.

2) The MAX4107 had a 1.4k series resistor. This make the output go through a 1450/50 voltage division which is not nice for the SNR. I removed it.

I then struggled for awhile to get a sensible response. It turned out that the TEST IN input was not giving me a sensible TF. Jenne and I fired the Jenne laser at it and found that the 11 MHz main resonance is there. In the morning I'll finish this off and post more results. I think its going to end up being fine.

We are going to have to take a careful look at all the RFPDs if this one is any indication...

  4569   Tue Apr 26 22:03:49 2011 ranaUpdateElectronicsPOX_11 debugging

I used the Jenne AM laser to tune up the PD (used to be POX_11 but now is called REFL_11). In addition to the notch at 22 MHz, I have also put in a LC notch at 5*f = 55.3 MHz. The transfer function below shows the RF OUT of the PD v. the drive to the laser. I didn't divide out by the 1811 because its not on the EE bench.

MM7.png

 

  4570   Tue Apr 26 22:56:01 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCc1iscaux2 and c1iscaux restrated

While checking whitening filters on the LSC rack, I found some epics controls for the whitening looked not working.

So I powered two crates off : the top one and the bottom one on 1Y3 rack.

These crates contain c1iscaux and c1iscaux2. Then powered them on. But it didn't solve the issue.

  4571   Tue Apr 26 22:56:35 2011 ZachUpdateelogrestarted

 with script

  4572   Wed Apr 27 15:34:38 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsAS55 demod board with new 90 deg splitter : healthy

A new 90 deg splitter, PSCQ-2-51W, has been installed on another demod board called AS55.

It shows a reasonably close 90 degree separation between the I and Q signals at 55 MHz with various LO and RF power.

So far we have ordered only three PSCQ-2-51Ws for test. Now we will order some more for the other demodulators.

 Some plots will be posted later.

  4573   Wed Apr 27 17:38:01 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsRe : AS55 demod board with new 90 deg splitter : healthy

relativephase.png

Figure.1  I-Q relative phase measurement as a function of LO power.

 Blue curve : relative phase of AS55 that I have modified today (#4572).

 Red curve : relative phase of AS11 that I had modified a week ago (#4554). Just for comparison.

 The relative phase of AS55 agrees approximately what we expected according to the datasheet of PSCQ-2-51W. We expected 85 degree.

 

IQamplitude.png

Figure.1  I-Q amplitude imbalance as a function of LO power.

From - 5 dBm to 5 dBm in LO power the imbalance is within 3 %.

But the precision of the measurement is also about 2 % (because I used an oscilloscope). Even so the imbalance is still good.

Quote from #4572

Some plots will be posted later.

 

  4574   Wed Apr 27 18:14:48 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCpreparation for DRMI locking : RF status

RF_Work_Status.png

POX11 (see this entry) is now listed as REFL11 (on the very top row).

We will rename POY11 to POP11 for DRMI locking.

The files are on https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/svn/trunk/suresh/40m_RF_upgrade/.

  4576   Wed Apr 27 21:08:08 2011 ranaUpdateLSCAS11

I worked on AS_11 today. Its ready for its noise / optical gain calibrations. I have left it on Suresh's desk.

AS11.png

This was one of the 24.5 MHz Black Box (Ben Abbott) style RFPDs rescued from LLO. The tunable inductor that was installed was too small to get the frequency down to 11 MHz and so I swapped in one of the shielded, ferrite core ones from our '7mm' CoilCraft kit. It had a range of 1.2 - 1.8 uH according to the datasheet.

I wasn't able to simulataneously get the peak at 11.06 MHz and the notch at 59.3 MHz and so I took Koji's advice and tuned the peak best. The plot above shows how the notch is slightly off. I think its not a problem; to get it better we would have to change out the inductor for the "2-omega" notch, but I was too lazy. The thinking is that its more important to have the gain be symmetric around the signal readout frequency so as to not imbalance the audio sidebands.

Since this one is going to be AS_11, we think that the 22 MHz signal will be tiny: the transmission of the 11 MHz sidebands to the dark port is small. If we later want to put in a 22 MHz notch anyway, there is space to do this via the 'active notch' pads around the MAX4107.

For the above plot, I used the Jenne laser. The DC output of the PD was ~30 mV (~0.6 mA). The RF drive to the laser was -10 dBm: no saturations. I have calibrated out the cable responses, but not using the 1811 setup, so the absolute calibration has yet to be done.

Also, it needs some new stickers. It would be handy if someone can figure out how to get some sheets of stickers that we can put into the printer. Then we can laser printer all of the data onto the stickers and stick them to the RFPD box.

  4577   Wed Apr 27 21:19:25 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCLSC whitening for PD1-4

On the back side of 1Y2 rack I found a cable, CAB-1X2-LSC_7, which is supposed to be connected to the whitening filter was disconnected.

I plugged it back and confirmed that the whitening filter is under control of EPICS.

Now all the gain sliders seem to be working because I can change the amplitude of signals with the sliders.

 

(method)

  To check if the gain sliders are working or not, I intentionally disconnected all the inputs to the whitening filter.

Then I brought a gain slider of interest to the maximum. Due to the big gain I was easily able to see noise lying above ADC noise.

Also if the gain slider is 0 dB, which is the minimum value, the spectrum becomes just ADC noise.

In this way I checked all the gain sliders from PD1 to PD4. The picture below is just an example screenshot when I was doing this test.

Note that each filer is designed to have two poles at 150 Hz and two zeros at 15 Hz.

Screenshot-1.png

Quote from #4570

While checking whitening filters on the LSC rack, I found some epics controls for the whitening looked not working.

So I powered two crates off : the top one and the bottom one on 1Y3 rack.

These crates contain c1iscaux and c1iscaux2. Then powered them on. But it didn't solve the issue.

  4578   Thu Apr 28 06:46:30 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source installed

RF Source box has been mounted in the 1X2 rack. 

P4280064.JPG

 

Heliax cables have been directly attached to the box and anchored on the side of the 1X2 rack.  Here is a list of Helix cables which have been connected so far.

 

Cables old name New name From -> To
1 133 MHz 11 Mhz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
2 199 MHz 55 MHz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
3 166 EOM 11 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
4 33 EOM 55 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
5 REFL 33 AS11 AS table to 1Y2

 

  4579   Thu Apr 28 07:14:34 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Distribution box installed

RF Distribution box has been mounted in the 1Y2 rack and is ready for use.

 

P4280066.JPG

The box receives 11 and 55 MHz Demod Signals from the RF source located in the 1X2 rack.

  4580   Thu Apr 28 10:53:50 2011 josephbUpdateCDSAdventures in Hyper-threading

What was done:

1) Turn off MC1, MC2, MC3, BS, ITMX, ITMY, PRM, SRM watchdogs.

2) Turn c1sus computer off (sudo shutdown now)

3) Go connect monitor and keyboard to c1sus.  Turn c1sus on.

4) Hit "del" key at the right time to go to setup (BIOS).

5) Go to BIOS advanced tab, CPU options, enable Multi-threading.

6) Hit F10 to save and let the computer continue booting.

What went wrong:

Once c1sus was up, I noticed several red lights and dead keep alives for the c1sus models.

Typing dmesg on c1sus revealed many messages like:

[  107.583420] c1x02: cycle 33737 time 20; adcWait 10; write1 0; write2 0; longest write2 0
[  107.583771] c1x02: cycle 33760 time 19; adcWait 11; write1 0; write2 0; longest write2 0

This indicates the Input/Output Processor (IOP) is not completing its duties within the 15 microseconds (1/64 kHz) that it has.  These lines indicate its take 20 or 19 microseconds.  (I saw messages ranging from 16 to 22 microseconds).

So this seems to agree with Rolf's observations that hyperthreading can cause a 5-10 microsecond increase in computation time.

So the next thing to do is modify which core the codes are running on, and try to get them paired up on the same physical core.

  4581   Thu Apr 28 12:25:11 2011 josephbUpdateCDSFurther adventures in Hyper-threading

First, I disabled front end starts on boot up, and brought c1sus up.  I rebuilt the models for the c1sus computer so they had a new specific_cpu numbers, making the assumption that 0-1 were one real core, 2-3 were another, etc.

Then I ran the startc1SYS scripts one by one to bring up the models.  Upon just loading the c1x02 on "core 2" (the IOP), I saw it fluctuate from about 5 to 12.  After bringing up c1sus on "core 3", I saw the IOP settle down to about 7 consistently.  Prior to hyper-threading it was generally 5. 

Unfortunately, the c1sus model was between 60 and 70 microseconds, and was producing error messages a few times a second

[ 1052.876368] c1sus: cycle 14432 time 65; adcWait 0; write1 0; write2 0; longest write2 0
[ 1052.936698] c1sus: cycle 15421 time 74; adcWait 0; write1 0; write2 0; longest write2 0

Bringing up the rest of the models (c1mcs on 4, c1rfm on 5, and c1pem on 6), saw c1mcs occasionally jumping above the 60 microsecond line, perhaps once a minute.   It was generally hovering around 45 microseconds.  Prior to hyper-threading it was around 25-28 microseconds.

c1rfm was rock solid at 38, which it was prior to hyper-threading.  This is most likely due to the fact it has almost no calculation and only RFM reads slowing it down.

c1pem continued to use negligible time, 3 microseconds out of its 480.

I tried moving c1sus to core 8 from core 3, which seemed to bring it to the 58 to 65 microsecond range, with long cycles every few seconds.

 

I built 5 dummy models (dua on 7, dub on 9, duc on 10, dud on 11, due on 1) to ensure that each virtual core had a model on it, to see if it helped with stabilizing things.  The models were basically copies of the c1pem model.

Interestingly, c1mcs seemed to get somewhat better and only taking to 30-32 microseconds, although still not as good as its pre-hyper-threading 25-28.  Over the course of several minutes it was no longer having a long cycle.

c1sus got worse again, and was running long cycles 4-5 times a second.

 

At this point, without surgery on which models are controlling which optics (i.e. splitting the c1sus model up) I am not able to have hyper-threading on and have things working.  I am proceeding to revert the control models and c1sus computer to the hyper-threading state.

 

 

  4582   Thu Apr 28 15:31:36 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOMC PDH lock : readjustment of demodulation phase

Since Suresh has installed the RF source box and changed the cable configuration somewhat,

the demodulation phase for the MC locking became off by about 10 degree.

I changed the length of some cables and obtained a good demodulation phase by the same technique as Suresh and Koji did before (see here for detail).

I maximized the Q signal. The lock of the MC looks healthy.

DSC_2975_ss.jpg

Quote from #4578

RF Source box has been mounted in the 1X2 rack. 

  4583   Thu Apr 28 16:12:19 2011 josephb, jamieUpdateCDSNew CDS model SVN

New SVN

We are now using the LIGO CDS SVN for storing our control models.

The SVN is at:

https://redoubt.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/websvn/

The models are under cds_user_apps, then trunk, then approriate subsystem (ISC for c1lsc for example), c1 (for caltech 40m), then models.

We have checked out /cds_user_apps to /opt/rtcds/.

So to find the c1lsc.mdl model, you would go to /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsc.mdl

This SVN is shared by many people LIGO, so please follow good SVN practice.  Remember to update models ("svn update") before doing commits.  Also, after making changes please do an update to the SVN so we have a record of the changes.

New Practices

We are creating soft links in the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS/src/epics/simLink/ to the models that you need to build.  So if you want to add a new model, please add it to the cds_users_apps SVN in the correct place and create a soft link to the simLink directory.

lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1sus.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1sus.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1sup.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1sup.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1spy.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1spy.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1spx.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1spx.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1scy.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1scy.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1scx.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1scx.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1mcs.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/SUS/c1/models/c1mcs.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x05.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x05.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x04.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x04.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x03.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x03.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x02.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x02.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1x01.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1x01.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1rfm.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1rfm.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      55 Apr 28 14:41 c1dafi.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/CDS/c1/models/c1dafi.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1pem.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1pem.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1mcp.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1mcp.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1lsp.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsp.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1lsc.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1lsc.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1ioo.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1ioo.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gpv.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gpv.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gfd.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gfd.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1gcv.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1gcv.mdl
lrwxrwxrwx 1 controls controls      54 Apr 28 14:41 c1ass.mdl -> /opt/rtcds/cds_user_apps/trunk/ISC/c1/models/c1ass.mdl

  4584   Thu Apr 28 22:38:38 2011 AidanUpdateGreen LockingElectronics schematic for vertex beatbox

 With some assistance from Kiwamu and Koji, I've drawn up the electronics design for the Beat Box for the vertex green locking. The Omingraffle schematic is posted on the Green Locking Wiki page. It's also attached below. Some final touches are necessary before we can Altium this up.

 Attachment 1: Schematic of beatbox

Attachment 2: Front and back panel designs.

Attachment 1: Canvas_1.png
Canvas_1.png
Attachment 2: Canvas_2.png
Canvas_2.png
  4586   Fri Apr 29 05:48:52 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCY arm locked

The Y arm has been locked with the IR beam. The purpose is to use the arm as an alignment reference for the input PZTs.

Detail will be posted later. Here is a picture of ITMY suspension. You can see there is a beam spot in the middle of the test mass.

DSC_2978_ss.jpg

  4587   Fri Apr 29 12:18:48 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCY arm locked : details

First of all, the conclusions / results from the exercise of the Y arm locking yesterday are:

   The position of the beam spots on both ETMY and ITMY are now not so bad ( ~ 5 mm off from the center).

   The input PZTs are coarsely aligned to the Y arm.

   Nevertheless IP_ANG is still too high to come out from the view port at the Y end station.

  After the alignments of PRM, SRM and Michelson, POP is still largely clipped.

 


(what I did)

  - Alignments of the Input PZTs

    First I tried letting the incident beam hit the center of ETMY by steering PZT1 and 2 as usual.
    Then I coarsely aligned the cavities to the incident beam and checked the beam flashing spots on ETMY and ITMY with the CCD monitors.
    When the spots were far from the center I went back to the alignment of PZT1 and 2 to get better beam positions. And repeated this work several times.

  - Adjustment of the demodulation phase  for the Y arm PDH.

    First I started looking at the digital signals and tried correcting the demodulation phase by the rotation matrix, but this didn't go fast because I had to do some DAQ settings, plotting and analysis.
    Instead looking at the digital signal, I observed the analog signals with an oscilloscope. I found the demodulation phase was something like 45 deg.
    Based on the analog measurement I rotated the digital matrix by 45 deg to get the I-signal maximized. Indeed this worked well. I obtained a beautiful PDH signal from the I-signal.
    Note that we are using 11 MHz mod/demod and eventually the signals come out from "REFL33" on the digital side.

  - Activation of oplev on ITMY

    Instead using ETMY I used ITMY for the length control because somehow I felt that ETMY coils were suspicious and they looked not so nice.
    One of the reason is that ETMY's coil actuation efficiencies looked low compared to the other test masses.
    For example a gain of 700 for SUSSIDE damping is needed on ETMY to get a reasonable Q. This is about 2 - 3 times larger gain than the other test masses.
    So I started using ITMY for the locking and activated the oplev to suppress unwanted excitation due to kicks from the control signal during the locking,
    The oplev has been misaligned, so I went to the ITMY optical bench and tweaked a steering mirror to let the He-Ne beam go into the QPD.
    I set the gains +2 for PITCH and -2 for YAW.

  - PDH locking

    The locking had been quite difficult even though the cavity alignment was quite good.
    It's because the beam on AS11_RFPD was almost falling off from the photo diode. This causes a big amplitude fluctuation in the PDH signal as the beam position moves.
    After aligning the beam by steering BS I got able to lock the Y arm. The PD whitening gains are all 0 dB and the feedback gain is -2, giving us a UGF of 250 Hz.

 

(Broken or likely broken stuff)

 * IP_ANG doesn't give a signal to the digital side.

 * ETMY coils look weak and 2 - 3 times weaker than the other test masses. (or OSEM readout gain maybe lower)

 * reload button on sitemap.adl doesn't work.

 * Farfalla, a lab laptop, seems out of network.

Quote from #4586

The Y arm has been locked with the IR beam. The purpose is to use the arm as an alignment reference for the input PZTs.

Detail will be posted later. Here is a picture of ITMY suspension. You can see there is a beam spot in the middle of the test mass.

 

  4588   Fri Apr 29 13:15:04 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCY arm locked : details

As far as I know, this button works only once after the launch of MEDM...

Quote:

 * reload button on sitemap.adl doesn't work. 

 

  4589   Fri Apr 29 13:58:36 2011 ranaUpdateLSCY arm locked : details

Quote:

 * Farfalla, a lab laptop, seems out of network.

 If you look at the real host table instead of the misleading host table in the wiki, you will see that someone has deleted Farfalla from there. She needs to be re-added.

  4590   Fri Apr 29 14:36:36 2011 josephb, steveUpdateCDSRemoved hanging D-sub to SCSI in 1X5

Quote:

Problem:

Way back, Jay had D-sub to SCSI adapters made to adapt our existing Sander box AA filters to the new SCSI based IO chassis.  However, these did not fit inside the box.

At the time, we simply left the cards outside hanging, which was a hack and needed to be replaced.

Solution:

Steve modified a black AA filter box so that it could fit the D-sub to SCSI adapter board on it, plus strain relief the SCSI cable, rather than let it hang.  The back of the box was cut, and an extending piece of metal attached to the bottom of the box.  The adapter board was screwed into the box, the SCSI plugged in, then the SCSI cable is clamped to the extending metal as well.

This modification will be propagated to the 3 remaining AA filter boards using the D-sub to SCSI adapter.

 The same modification was carried out at 1X5 for PRM & SRM.

Note:  D68L8EX-850Hz  are removed  and bypassed in 7 channels.

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  4591   Fri Apr 29 18:24:05 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF system: 1X2 Rack cabling

[Joe, Jamie, Suresh]

We have installed the IDE to SCSI adaptor module into the 1X2 rack and have connected the AA filter outputs to it.

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We have removed the following cables running between the 1X2 and 1X3 racks.

The long twisted pair ribbon cable which previously carried the ADC signals.

1X2-ASC 6, 1X2-ASC 47, 1X2-ASC 9, 1X2-ASC 8, 1X2-ASC 10, 1X2-ASC 7,

CAB-1X2-LSC 42, CAB 1X2-LSC 56,  CAB 1X2-LSC 41, CAB 1X2-LSC 43

1X3-2 ASC 47

We have also removed the following by mistake.  We will put them back them on Monday

1X2-LSC 21, 1X2-LSC-20.

We have also removed the ASC QPD cables and moved the QPD cards which were present in the middle Eurocate (#2) to the unused Eurocrate at the bottom position (#3).

The binary input cables at the back of the cards require to be supported so that their weight does not pull them out of the sockets at the back of the crates.

Some of the slots where we plan to plug in Demod boards (the 165 MHz boards)  are not currently connected to any binary output on the C1:LSC computer.  We need these binary controls for the fitlter modules on the cards.

When we eventually begin to use the 15PDs as planned, then we will occupy 30 ADC channels (I & Q outputs).  Currently we have just one ADC card installed on the C1:LSC providing 32 ADC channels.  Joe found another 16bit 32 channel ADC card in his stash but we need to get a timing+adaptor board for it. In general we are going to need the third Eurocrate.

A platform for the power supply of the RF Distribution box needs to be built and the power supply needs to be moved into the 1X2 rack rather than sit on top of 1X2 rack.

 

 

 

  4592   Sat Apr 30 00:15:26 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSDRMI prep : suspension diagnostic

As a part of the DRMI preparation,

I leave all the suspensions free from the watchdogs for 5 hours from now.

Please DO NOT touch them.

I will check the spectra and the mechanical resonant frequencies on Monday.

Also I will renew all the input matrices of the local dampings based on these free swinging spectra.

  4593   Sat Apr 30 05:14:33 2011 KojiUpdateGreen LockingElectronics schematic for vertex beatbox

- AC coupling for the comparator circuit of the green locking

In order to relieve the power consumption of the RF buffer, ac coupling circuits have been added.

The ac coupling before the buffer amp helps to relieve the power consumption in the chip.
But because of the distortion of the signal (and the limitation of the bandwidth), the output still has some DC (~0.6V).
Therefore, the output is also AC coupled.

Note that the BW pin of BUF634P should be directly connected to -15V in order to keep the bandwidth of the buffer.

The drawings are also uploaded on the green electronics wiki

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  4594   Mon May 2 11:14:27 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSscript : opticshutdown

Just FYI.

There is a useful script for this particular job : shutting down all the suspensions and bringing it back to operation after 5 hrs.

It is called opticshudown, which resides in /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/.

 

Also I added this script on the list in the wiki where all the scripts will be listed.

http://blue.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/Computers_and_Scripts/All_Scripts#opticshutdown

If you find any other useful scripts, please add them on the wiki.

Quote from #4592

I leave all the suspensions free from the watchdogs for 5 hours from now.

 

  4595   Mon May 2 12:51:52 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking : plan

Today we will try to lock the PRMI. Here is a plan for it.

(to be done in the daytime)

 - setup REFL11 RFPD

 - setup AS55 RFPD

 - install a demod board for 55 MHz

 - install a 3-way RF combiner on EOM.

 - prepare 55 MHz RF source (Marconi or RF source box ?)

 - adjustment of each demodulation phase

 - activation of PRM oplev

 

 (control topology)

- AS55_Q ==> BS

- REFL11_I ==> PRM

  4596   Mon May 2 13:30:13 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSPRMI locking prep: PRM oplev

I had a quick look at PRM optical lever.

The He-Ne beam is still successfully coming out from the chamber and I could guide it to the QPD by using steering mirrors.

But the beam size looks too big for the QPD. We should slide the lens which is standing before the injection to get a moderately smaller beam size at the QPD.

Quote from #4595

 - activation of PRM oplev

  4598   Mon May 2 15:53:27 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking prep : demodulation boards

I swapped the name of two demodulation boards (AS55 and REFL55).

Now the REFL11 and AS55 demodulation boards are ready to go for the PRMI locking.

The physical labels, which are on the front surface of the boards, are also corrected to avoid a confusion.

Here is the latest RF status.

RF_Work_Status.png

Quote from #4574

The files are on https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/svn/trunk/suresh/40m_RF_upgrade/.

 

  4599   Mon May 2 17:10:55 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM oplev

The returning spot diameter on the qpd ~10 mm. In order to reduce the spot size I moved the f 1145 mm lens toward the PRM ~ 25 cm. The spot size was reduced to ~8 mm, 3200 counts.

I'll try to find an other lens tomorrow.

  4600   Mon May 2 18:16:24 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking : status update

(done)

- AS55 RFPD

  With a help from Jamie the AS55 RFPD was installed.

- 55 MHz demodulation board

  The AS55 demod board was installed on 1Y2.

- 3-way combiner

  ZFSC-3-13 has been installed. All the RF cables from the source side were connected to the combiner.

 

(next things)

 - installation of the REFL11 RFPD

 - DAQ check for AS55 and REFL11

Quote from #4595

(to be done in the daytime)

 - setup AS55 RFPD

 - install a demod board for 55 MHz

 - install a 3-way RF combiner on EOM.

 - prepare 55 MHz RF source (Marconi or RF source box ?)

 

  4601   Mon May 2 21:14:55 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicstoo loose Heliax connectors on 1Y2 rack

I found that all the Heliax cables landing on the bottom of 1Y2 were too loose.

Due to this loose connection the RF power at 55 MHz varies from -34 dBm to 3 dBm, depending on the angle of the Heliax's head.

DSC_2982_ss.jpg

 

The looseness basically comes from the fact the black plate is too thick for the Heliax cable to go all the way. It permits the Heliax's heads to rotate freely.

What we should do is to make countersinks on the black plate like this:

DSC_2984_ss.jpg

 

  4602   Mon May 2 23:29:57 2011 SureshUpdateElectronicstoo loose Heliax connectors on 1Y2 rack

The countersink gives rise to another problem when we mount the N-type-to-SMA bulkhead adaptor.  As we are making a circular hole in the plastic strip (instead of a hole with two flat sections)  the adaptor is free to turn when we tighten it with a wrench.  We currently hold the smooth circular part on the other side with a gripping pliers and while tightening.  If that part disappears into the countersink (as seen in the pics) we will not be able to tighten the adaptor sufficiently and consequently we will also not be able to get the heliax connector to be tight.

A better solution would be to use the 1/4-inch plastic L-angle beam which Steve has used on the AS table.  In addition to solving this loose connector problem, the beam is also more rigid than the plastic strip.

 

  4604   Tue May 3 03:53:20 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking : done

The PRMI has been successfully locked

PRMI_locking.png

Also changing the sign of the PRC control gave me the lock of the carrier resonant condition.

The screenshot above is the time series of the error signals when I was locking the PRMI in the sideband resonant condition (i.e. carrier is non-resonant).

Note that I used REFL11 for the PRC control and AS55 for the MICH control as planed.

Details will be posted in the morning.

Quote from #4595

Today we will try to lock the PRMI.

 

  4605   Tue May 3 04:09:53 2011 KojiUpdateLSCREFL55 PD update

[Rana, Koji]

REFL55 was modified. The noise level confirmed. The PD is now ready to be installed.

 


Kevin's measurement report told us that something was wrong with REFL55 PD. The transimpedance looked OK, but the noise level was terrible (equivalent to the shotnoise of 14mA DC current).

Rana and I looked at the circuit, and cleaned up the circuit, by removing unnecessary 11MHz notch, 1k shunt resister, and so on.

I made a quick characterization of the PD.

First page:

The transimpedance ws measured as a function of the frequency. The resonance was tuned at 55MHz. The notch was tuned at 110MHz in order to reject the second harmonics. The transimpedance was ~540V/A at 55MHz. (For the calibration, I believed the DC transimpedance of 50V/A and 10000V/A for the DC paths of this PD and #1611, respectively, as well as the RF impedance (700V/A0 of #1611.

Second page:

Output noise levels were measured with various amount of photocurrent using white light from a light bulb. The measurement was perforemed well above the noise level of the measurement instruments.

Third page:

The measured output noise levels were converted into the equivalent current noise on the PD. The dark noise level agrees with the shot noise level of 1.5mA (i.e. 22pA/rtHz). In deed, the noise level went up x~1.5 when the photocurrent is ~1.4mA.

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  4606   Tue May 3 05:32:04 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCdaytime tasks

Daytime tasks :

 - PRM & BS oplev (Steve)

 - LSC binary outputs (Joe/Jamie)

 - installation of the REFL55 RFPD (Suresh/Jamie)

 - Adjustment of demodulation phases (Kiwamu)

 - Bounce-Roll filters on BS and PRM (Suresh/Joe)

 - Suspension diagnostic using the free-swinging spectra (Leo)

 - PMC alignment (Jenne/Koji)

  4607   Tue May 3 10:21:25 2011 KojiUpdateLSCdaytime tasks

I think the installation of the PD DC signals are quite important. What to do
1) Connect the DC signals to the right top whitening board (be aware that there may be the modification of the whitening circuit).
2) Reconfigure the LSC model such that the DC signal is passed to the right channels (modify the left top part of the model)

Quote:

Daytime tasks :

 - PRM & BS oplev (Steve)

 - LSC binary outputs (Joe/Jamie)

 - installation of the REFL55 RFPD (Suresh/Jamie)

 - Adjustment of demodulation phases (Kiwamu)

 - Bounce-Roll filters on BS and PRM (Suresh/Joe)

 - Suspension diagnostic using the free-swinging spectra (Leo)

 - PMC alignment (Jenne/Koji)

 

  4608   Tue May 3 10:41:35 2011 josephbUpdateCDSMorning maintenance

1) Filled in the C1SUS_BS_OLMATRIX properly so as to make the BS oplev work for Steve.

2) Turned on the ITMX damping.  Apparently it had tripped this morning, possibly due to work in the lab area.

3) The ETMX FE controller (c1scx) had ADC timed out and died sometime around 8:30 am.  The c1x01 (the IOP on the ETMX computer) was also indicating a FB status error (mismatch in DAQ channels).

The reported error in dmesg on c1iscex was:

[1628690.250002] c1spx: ADC TIMEOUT 0 3541 21 3605
[1628690.250002] c1scx: ADC TIMEOUT 0 3541 21 3605

Just to be safe, I rebuilt the c1x01 and c1scx models, ran ./activateDAQ.py, and used the scripts killc1spx, killc1scx, and killc1x01.

I finally restarted the process with startc1x01, startc1scx, and startc1spx.  Everything is currently alive and indicating all green.

  4609   Tue May 3 10:59:31 2011 josephbUpdateCDS1Y2 binary output adapter board now powered

I temporarily turned off the power to the 1Y2 rack this morning while wiring in the binary output adapter board power (+/- 15V) into the cross connects.

The board is now powered and we can proceed to testing if can actually control the LSC whitening filters.

  4610   Tue May 3 11:49:03 2011 KojiUpdateLSCdaytime tasks

Done. C1:PSL-PMC_PMCTRANSPD was improved from ~0.75 to 0.87.

Quote:

- PMC alignment (Jenne/Koji)

 

  4611   Tue May 3 13:22:13 2011 LeoUpdateSUSRe: DRMI prep : suspension diagnostic

Here are the free-swinging spectra for the BS, ETMX, ETMY, ITMX, ITMY, MC1, MC2, MC3, and PRM chambers.  Kiwamu left the suspensions free for 5 hours this weekend, starting at Sat Apr 30 00:15:26 2011.

This is GPS time 988 182 941.  Quick tip: you can do local to GPS time conversions using lalapps_tconvert, which is a lot like tconvert but with special powers.  It is installed on pianosa.

$ lalapps_tconvert Sat Apr 30 00:15:26 2011

988182941

I generated these figures with the attached Python script, measure.py.

Notice that the C1:SUS-ITMX_SENSOR_UL and C1:SUS-MC3_SENSOR_UL spectra fall as 1/f.  Jenne suggested that this might indicate that there is a loose electrical connection.

Also, notice that C1:SUS-ETMY_SENSOR_LR, C1:SUS-ITMY_SENSOR_LL, and C1:SUS-PRM_SENSOR_SIDE are a lot noisier above 10 Hz.

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  4613   Tue May 3 15:04:20 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSRe: DRMI prep : suspension diagnostic

Jenne went through all the suspension racks and pushed all the connectors.

After pushing them, we had a quick look at those spectra and found no funny noise spectrum except for C1:PRM-SENSOR_UL.

We then checked connection around the SCSI cables and eventually found the connection between ADC_card_0 and a SCSI was loose.

We put short standoffs on the ADC card so that the screws from the SCSI can nicely reach to the ADC card. Now everything looks fine.

SUS diagnostic is quite useful !

Quote from #4611

Notice that the C1:SUS-ITMX_SENSOR_UL and C1:SUS-MC3_SENSOR_UL spectra fall as 1/f.  Jenne suggested that this might indicate that there is a loose electrical connection.

  4614   Tue May 3 15:48:26 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateElectronicslaser temperature control LPF, final version!

This is a continuation of this

 The low pass filter is finally acceptable, and its Bode graph is below (on a ~3Hz frequency span that shows the cutoff frequency is at 0.1Hz)

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  4616   Tue May 3 16:20:13 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM & BS oplevs are ready

Quote:

The returning spot diameter on the qpd ~10 mm. In order to reduce the spot size I moved the f 1145 mm lens toward the PRM ~ 25 cm. The spot size was reduced to ~8 mm, 3200 counts.

I'll try to find an other lens tomorrow.

 Atm 1,  PRM oplev inward path with 2 lens solution: 14 cm gap between F 1145 and F 1545 mm lenses. 

Atm 2,   The PRM beam size 3 mm and the beam  quality is still bad. The BS path only needed alignment.

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