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  16429   Tue Oct 26 16:56:22 2021 PacoSummaryBHDPart I of BHR upgrade - Locked PMC and IMC

[Paco, Ian]

We opened the laser head shutter. Then, we scanned around the PMC resonance and locked it. We then opened the PSL shutter, touched the MC1, MC2 and MC3 alignment (mostly yaw) and managed to lock the IMC. The transmission peaked at ~ 1070 counts (typical is 14000 counts, so at 10% of PSL power we would expect a peak transmission of 1400 counts, so there might still be some room for improvement). The lock was engaged at ~ 16:53, we'll see for how long it lasts.

There should be IR light entering the BSC!!! Be alert and wear laser safety goggles when working there.

We should be ready to move forward into the TT2 + PR3 alignment.

  16437   Thu Oct 28 16:32:32 2021 PacoSummaryBHDPart IV of BHR upgrade - Removal of BSC eastern optics

[Ian, Paco, Anchal]

We turned off the BSC oplev laser by turning the key counterclockwise. Ian then removed the following optics from the east end in the BSC:

  • OM4-PJ (wires were disconnected before removal)
  • GRX_SM1
  • OM3
  • BSOL1

We placed them in the center-front area of the XEND flow bench.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rjZJD2zitDgxBfAdA

  16444   Tue Nov 2 16:42:00 2021 PacoSummaryBHD1Y1 rack work

[paco, ian]

After the new 1Y0 rack was placed near the 1Y1 rack by Chub and Anchal, today we worked on the 1Y1 rack. We removed some rails from spaces ~ 25 - 30. We then drilled a pair of ~ 10-32 thru-holes on some L-shaped bars to help support the c1sus2 machine weight. The hole spacing was set to 60 cm; this number is not a constant across all racks. Then, we mounted c1sus2. While doing this, Paco's knee clicked some of the video MUX box buttons (29 and 8 at least). We then opened the rack's side door to investigate the DC power strips on it before removing stuff. We did power off the DC33 supplies on there. No connections were made to allow us to keep building this rack.

When coming back to the control room, we noticed 3/4 video feed (analog) for the Test masses had gone down... why?

Next steps:

  • Remove sorensen (x5) power supplies from top of 1Y1 .. what are they actually powering???
  • Make more bars to support heavy IO exp and acromag chassis.
  • Make all connections (neat).

Update Tue Nov 2 18:52:39 2021

  • After turning Sorensens back up, the ETM/ITM video feed was restored. I will need to hunt the power lines carefully before removing these.
  16453   Mon Nov 8 10:13:52 2021 PacoSummaryBHD1Y1 rack work; Sorensens removed

[Paco, Chub]

Removed all sorensen power supplies from this rack except for 12 VDC one; that one got pushed to the top of the rack and is still powering the cameras.

  16455   Mon Nov 8 15:29:05 2021 PacoSummaryBHD1Y1 rack work; New power for cameras

[Paco, Anchal]

In reference to Koji's concern (see previous elog), we have completely removed sorensen power supplies from 1Y1. We added a 12 Volts / 2 Amps AC-to-DC power supply for the cameras and verified it works. We stripped off all unused hardware from shutters and other power lines in the strips, and saved the relays and fuses.

We then mounted SR2, PR3, PR2 Sat Amps, 1Y1 Sat amp adapter, and C1SUS2 AA (2) and AI (3) boards. We made all connections we could make with the cables from the test stand, as well as power connections to an 18 VDC power strip.

  16488   Tue Nov 30 17:11:06 2021 PacoUpdateGeneralMoved white rack to 1X3.5

[Paco, Ian, Tega]

We moved the white rack (formerly unused along the YARM) to a position between 1X3, and 1X4. For this task we temporarily removed the hepas near the enclosures, but have since restored them.

Attachment 1: IMG_8749.JPG
Attachment 2: IMG_8750.JPG
  16499   Fri Dec 10 15:59:23 2021 PacoUpdateBHDFinished Coil driver (even serial number) units tests

[Paco, Anchal]

We have completed modifications and testing of the HAM Coil driver D1100687 units with serial numbers listed below. The DCC tree reflects these changes and tests (Run/Acq modes transfer functions).

SERIAL # TEST result
S2100608 PASS
S2100610 PASS
S2100612 PASS
S2100614 PASS
S2100616 PASS
S2100618 PASS
S2100620 PASS
S2100622 PASS
S2100624 PASS
S2100626 PASS
S2100628 PASS
S2100630 PASS
S2100632 PASS
S2101648** FAIL (Ch1, Ch3 run mode)
S2101650** FAIL (Ch3 run mode)
S2101652** PASS
S2101654** PASS

** A fix had to be done on the DC power supply for these. The units' regulated power boards were not connected to the raw DC power, so the cabling had to be modified accordingly (see Attachment #1)

Attachment 1: dc_fail.jpg
  16506   Tue Dec 14 19:29:42 2021 PacoUpdateBHD1Y0 rack work for LO1


Two coil drivers have been installed on 1Y0 (slots 6, 7, for LO1 SOS). All connections have been made from the DAC, AI board, DAC adapter, Coil driver, Sat Amp box. Then no SOS load installed, all return connections have been made from Sat Amp box, ADC adapter, AA board, and to ADC. We will continue this work tomorrow, and try to test everything before closing the loop for LO1 suspension.

  16507   Wed Dec 15 13:57:59 2021 PacoUpdateComputersupgraded ubuntu on zita


Upgraded zita's ubuntu and restarted the striptool script.

  16539   Mon Jan 3 12:05:08 2022 PacoUpdateBHD1Y0 rack work for LO2 AS1 AS4

[Paco, Anchal]

Continue working on 1Y0. Added coil drivers for LO2, AS1, AS4. Anchal made additional labels for cables and boxes. We lined up all cables, connected the different units and powered them without major events.

  16540   Mon Jan 3 16:46:41 2022 PacoUpdateBHD1Y1 rack work for SR2, PR2, PR3

[Paco, Anchal]

Continued working on 1Y1 rack. Populated the 6 coil drivers, made all connections between sat amp, AA chassis, DAC, and ADC adapters for SR2, PR2, and PR3 suspensions. Powered all boxes and labeled them and cables where needed. Near the end, we had to increase the current limit on the positive rail sorensen (+18 V) from ~ 7 to > 8.0 Amps to feed all the instruments. We also increased the negative (-18 V) current limit proportionally.

We think we are ready for all the new SOS on this side electronics-wise.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GviuqLQviSPo1M3G6

  16542   Tue Jan 4 18:27:23 2022 PacoUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- PR3

[yehonathan, paco, anchal]

We continue suspending PR3 today. Yehonathan and Paco suspended the thick optic in its adapter. After fixing some nominal height and undoing any residual roll angle (see Attachments 1,2 for pictures), we noticed a problem with the pitch angle, so we insert the counterweights all the way in. Nevertheless, we soon found out that we needed to shift one of the two counterweights to the back of the adapter side (so one on each side) in order to tare the pitch angle. This is a newly experienced maneuver that may apply for further thick optics.

After taring the pitch angle roughly, we noted another issue. The wedge (~ 1 deg) on the optic made it such that the protruding socket heads on the thick side bumped against the lower clamp (not the earthquake stop tip itself). Attachments #4,5 show the before/after situation which was solved provisionally by replacing the socket head screws with lower profile (flat) head screws in situ. Again, this operation was highly delicate and specific to wedged thick optics, so for future SOS we should keep it in mind.

Another issue that we had with the new thick optic adapters is that for some reason there is a recession in the upper backside of the adapter (attachment coming soon). This makes the upper back EQ stop too short to touch the adapter. We replaced it with a longer screw. When inserted it doesn't really hit the back of the adapter. Rather, it touches the corner of the recession, stoping the optic with friction.

While all this was happening, Anchal started mounting AS4 on its adapter. After one of the magnets broke off, he switched to another one and succeeded. This is the next target for suspension. We still need to check the orientation of the wedge. Furthermore, we started a gluing session in the afternoon to prepare as much as possible for further SOS during the week. 3 side magnets were glued to side blocks. 3 magnets were glued to 3 adapters that were missing 1 magnet each.

In the afternoon, Yehonathan and Paco set up the QPD and did all the usual balancing, and then Anchal took the data of which the result is shown in Attachment #3. The major peaks are located at 723mHz, 953mHz, and 1.05Hz. Very similar to the case of the thin optic adapters.

Anchal progressed with OSEM installation, and engraving and yehonathan glued the counterweight setscrew in place. After securing the EQ stops, and wrapping the wires in foil, we declare PR3 is ready to be installed.

Attachment 1: PR3_roll_balance.png
Attachment 2: PR3_magnet_height.png
Attachment 3: FreeSwingingSpectra.pdf
Attachment 4: PXL_20220104_231742123.jpg
Attachment 5: PXL_20220104_232809203.jpg
  16559   Sat Jan 8 16:01:42 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - Placed LO2 filters

Added input filters, input matrix, damping filters, output matrix, coil filters, and copy the state over from ITMX into LO2 screen in anticipation for damping.

  16563   Mon Jan 10 15:45:55 2022 PacoUpdateElectronicsITMY feedthroughs and in-vac cables installed - part I

The ITMY 10" flange with 10 DSUB-25 feedthroughs has been installed with the cables connected at the in-vac side.  This is the first of two flanges, and includes 5 cables ordered vertically in stacks of 3 & 2 for [[OMC-DCPDs, OMC-QPDs, OMC-PZTs/Pico]] and [[SRM1, SRM2]] respectively from right to left. During installation, two 12-point silver plated bolts were stripped, so Chub had to replace them.

  16569   Tue Jan 11 10:23:18 2022 PacoUpdateElectronicsITMY feedthroughs and in-vac cables installed - part II

[Paco, Chub]

The ITMY 10" flange with 4 DSUB-25 feedthroughs has been installed with the cables connected at the in-vac side. This is the second of two flanges, and includes 4 cables ordered vertically in stacks of 2 & 2 for [[AS1-1, AS1-2, AS4-1, AS4-2]] respectively. No major incidents during this one, except maybe a note that all the bolts were extremely dirty and covered with gunk, so we gave a quick swipe with wet cloths before reinstalling them.

  16574   Tue Jan 11 14:21:53 2022 PacoUpdateElectronicsBS feedthroughs and in-vac cables installed

[Paco, Yehonathan, Chub]

The BS chamber 10" flange with 4 DSUB-25 feedthroughs has been installed with the cables connected at the in-vac side. This is the second of two flanges, and includes 4 cables ordered vertically in stacks of 2 & 2 for [[LO2-1, LO2-2, PR3-1, PR3-2]] respectively.

  16588   Fri Jan 14 14:04:51 2022 PacoUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 board arrived

The Xilinx RFSoC 2x2 board arrived right before the winter break, so this is kind of an overdue elog. I unboxed it, it came with two ~15 cm SMA M-M cables, an SD card preloaded with the ARM processor and a few overlay jupyter notebooks, a two-piece AC/DC adapter (kind of like a laptop charger), and a USB 3.0 cable. I got a 1U box, lid, and assembled a prototype box to hold this board, but this need not be a permanent solution (see Attachment #1). I drilled 4 thru holes on the bottom of the box to hold the board in place. A large component exceeds the 1U height, but is thin enough to clear one of the thin slits at the top (I believe this is a fuse of some sort). Then, I found a brand new front panel, and drilled 4x 13/32 thru holes in the front for SMA F-F connectors.

I powered the board, and quickly accessed its tutorial notebooks, including a spectrum analyzer and signal generators just to quickly check it works normally. The board has 2 fast RFADCs and 2 RFDACs exposed, 12 and 14 bit respectively, running at up to 4 GSps.

Attachment 1: PXL_20220114_211249499.jpg
  16591   Tue Jan 18 14:26:09 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - Placed remaining filters SR2, PR3, PR2

[Anchal, Paco]

Added input filters, input matrix, damping filters, output matrix, coil filters, and copy the state over from LO1 into SR2, PR2, PR3 screens in anticipation for damping.

  16592   Tue Jan 18 15:19:49 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IV of BHR upgrade - Replaced old SR3 with SOS SR2. OSEM tuning attemtped.

[Tega, Anchal, Paco]

We started working on SR2 installation. Preliminary work involved

  • Removing SR3 from BS chamber. For whatever reason this optic was still installed. It got relocated in the west corner of the ETMX flow bench.

That was pretty much it. After identifying the cabling situation, we proceeded to bring SR2 from the cleanroom. The magnets and wires remained well through their travel.

Connected OSEM one-by-one. Starting from top right  to left (PIn1)

1st connector: LL -> UR -> UL

2nd connector: LR -> SD** (we had some trouble here where the first time we made a connection we didn't see any signal, after a brief review of cables, sat amp unit, cables again with Koji, and sat amp again, we found out a connection was not done in the front of the SR2 SatAmp box, after which we saw the sensor signals).

Loosening all OSEMs and taking them out and noting full bright readings:

  • SD: 29600 -> 14980
  • LR:  21840 -> 10920
  • UR:  25900 -> 12950
  • LL: 28020  -> 14010
  • UL: 25750 -> 12875

After finishing the initial SD osem tuning, we moved onto UL, and then to UR, but we noticed that the UR was not able to drop to its target value of ~13000 counts, even when the OSEM face was < 1 mm from the adapter (see Attachments #1-2). Apart from becoming harder to push in, it became apparent that the dark level (full shadow) is not consistent with ~ 0 counts; is there an offset coming from SatAmp? We quickly checked the OSEM by replacing it in-situ with another working one from the cleanroom batch, but the issue persisted. We decided to stop here, as we suspect the SatAmp box might have some issue.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HXzG6mj4oxKTksjZ7

Attachment 1: PXL_20220119_012954365.jpg
Attachment 2: PXL_20220119_013003522.jpg
  16596   Wed Jan 19 12:56:52 2022 PacoSummaryBHDAS4 OSEMs installation

[Paco, Tega, Anchal]

Today, we started work on AS4 SOS by checking the OSEM and cable. Swapping the connection preserved the failure (no counts) so we swapped the long OSEM for a short one that we knew was working instead, and this solved the issue. We proceeded to swap in a "yellow label", long OSEM in place and then noticed the top plate had issues with the OSEM threads. We took out the bolt and inspected its thread, and even borrowed the screw from PR2 plate but saw the same effect. Even using a silver plated setscrew such as the SD OSEM one resulted in trouble... Then, we decided to not keep trying weird things, and took our sweet time to remove the UL, UR OSEMs, top earthquake stops, and top plate carefully in-situ. Then, we continued the surgery by installing a new top plate which we borrowed from the clean room (the only difference is the OSEM aperture barrels are teflon (?) rather than stainless. The operation was a success, and we moved on to OSEM installation.

After reaching a good place with the OSEM installation, where most sensors were at 50% brightness level and we were happy with the damping action (!!), we fixed all EQ stops and proceeded to push the SOS to its nominal placement. Then upong releasing the EQ stops, we found out that the sensor readings were shifted.

  16604   Thu Jan 20 16:42:55 2022 PacoUpdateBHDAS4 OSEMs installation - part 2


Turns out, the shifting was likely due to the table level. Because I didn't take care the first time to "zero" the level of the table as I tuned the OSEMs, the installation was b o g u s. So today I took time to,

a) Shift AS4 close to the center of the table.

b) Use the clean level tool to pick a plane of reference. To do this, I iteratively placed two counterweights (from the ETMX flow bench) in two locations in the breadboard such that I nominally balanced the table under this configuration to zome reference plane z0. The counterweight placement is of course temporary, and as soon as we make further changes such as final placement of AS4 SOS, or installation of AS1, their positions will need to change to recover z=z0.

c) Install OSEMs until I was happy with the damping. ** Here, I noticed the new suspension screens had been misconfigured (probably c1sus2 rebooted and we don't have any BURT), so quickly restored the input and output matrices.


  16620   Mon Jan 24 21:18:40 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - AS1 placed and OSEM tuned


AS1 was installed in the ITMY chamber today. For this I moved AS4 to its nominal final placement and clamped it down with a single dog clamp. Then, I placed AS1 near the center of the table, and quickly checked AS4 could still be damped. After this, I leveled the table using a heavier/lighter counterweight pair. 

Once things were leveled, I proceeded to install AS1 OSEMs. The LL, UL, UR OSEMs had a bright level of 27000 counts, while SD and LR were at 29500, and 29900 respectively. After a while, I managed to damp all degrees of freedom around the 50% thousand count levels, and decided to stop. 

UL 27000.  -> 16000
UR 27000. -> 13800
LL 27000 -> 14600
LR 29900 -> 14900
SD 29500 -> 12900

Free swinging test set to trigger

AS1 is set to go through a free swinging test at 3 am this evening. We have used this script (Git/40m/scripts/SUS/InMatCalc/freeSwing.py) reliably in the past so we expect no issues, it has a error catching block to restore all changes at the end of the test or if something goes wrong.

To access the test, on allegra, type:

tmux a -t AS1

Then you can kill the script if required by Ctrl-C, it will restore all changes while exiting.


  16625   Thu Jan 27 08:27:34 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - AS1 inspection and correction


This morning, I went into ITMY chamber to inspect AS1 after the free swinging test failed. Indeed, as forecasted by Anchal, the top front EQ stop was slightly touching, which means AS1 was not properly installed before. I proceeded by removing it well behind any chance of touching the optic, and did the same for all the other stops, of which most were already recessed significantly. Finally, the OSEMs changed accordingly to produced a PITCHed optic (top front EQ was slightly biasing the pitch angle), so I did a reinstallation until the levels were around the 14000 count region. After damping AS1 relatively quickly, I closed the ITMY chamber.


For some reasonf the free swing test showed only one resonance peak (see attachment 1). This probably happened because one of the earthquake stops is touching the optic. Maybe after the table balancing, the table moved a little over its long relazation time and by the time the free swing test was performed at 3 am, one of the earthquake stops was touching the optic. We need to check this when we open the chamber next.


  16628   Thu Jan 27 18:03:36 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart III of BHR upgrade - Install PR2, balance, and attempt OSEM tuning

[Paco, Anchal, Tega]

After installing the short OSEMs into PR2, we moved it into ITMX Chamber. While Tega loaded some of the damping filters and other settings, we took time to balance the heavily tilted ITMX chamber. After running out of counterweigths, Anchal had to go into the cleanroom and bring the SOS stands, two of which had to be stacked near the edge of the breadoard. Finally, we connected the OSEMs following the canonical order

LL -> UR-> UL

LR -> SD

But found that UR was reading -14000 counts. So, we did a quick swap of the UR and UL sensors and verified that the OSEM itself is working, just in a different channel... So it's time to debug the electronics (probably PR2 Sat Amp?)...

PR2 Sat Amp preliminary investigation:

  • The UR channel (CH1 or CH4, on PR2 Sat Amp)  gives negative value as soon as an OSEM is connected.
  • Without anything connected, the channel reports the usual 0V output.
  • With the PDA inputs of PR2 Sat Amp shorted, we again see 0V output.
  • So it seems like when non-zero photodiode current goes, the circuit sees a reversal of gain polarity and the gain is roughly half in magnitude as the correct one.
  16630   Fri Jan 28 10:37:59 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart III of BHR upgrade - PR2 OSEM finalized, reinsall LO1 OSEMs


Thanks to Koji's hotfix on the PR2 SatAmp box last evening, this morning I was able to finish the OSEM installation for PR2. PR2 is now fully damped. Then, I realized that with the extreme rebalancing done in ITMX chamber, LO1 needed to be reinstalled, so I proceeded to do that. I verified all the degrees of freedom remained damped.

I think all SOS are nominally damped, so we are 90% done with suspension installation!


  16648   Mon Feb 7 09:00:26 2022 PacoUpdateGeneralScheduled power outage recovery


Started recovering from scheduled (Feb 05) power outage. Basically, time-reversing through this list.

== Office area ==

  • Power martian network switches, WiFi routers on the north-rack.
  • Power windows (CAD) machine on.

== Main network stations ==

  • Power on nodus, try ping (fail).
  • Power on network switches, try ping (success), try ssh controls@nodus.ligo.caltech.edu (success).
  • Power on chiara to serve names for other stations, try ssh chiara (success).
  • Power on fb1, try ping (success), try ssh fb1 (success).
  • Power on paola (xend laptop), viviana (yend laptop), optimus, megatron.

== Control workstations ==

  • Power on zita (success)
  • Power on giada (success), run system upgrade.
  • Power on donatella (success)
  • Power on allegra (fail)  **
  • Power on pianosa (success)
  • Power on rossa (success)
  • From nodus, started elog (success).

== PSL + Vertex instruments ==

  • Turn on newport PD power supplies on PSL table.
  • Turn on TC200 temp controller on (setpoint --> 36.9 C)
  • Turn on two oscilloscopes in PSL table.
  • Turn on PSL (current setpoint --> 2.1 A, other settings seem nominal)
  • Turn on Thorlabs HV pzt supply.
  • Turn on ITMX OpLev / laser instrument AC strip.

== YEND and XEND instruments ==

  • Turn on XEND AUX pump on (current setpoint -->1.984 A)
  • Turn on XEND AUX SHG oven on (setpoint --> 37.1 C) (see green beam)
  • Turn on XEND AUX shutter controller on.
  • Turn on DCPD supply, and OpLev supply AC strip on.
  • Turn on YEND AUX pump on (fail) *
    • With the controller on STDBY, I tried setting up the current but got HD FAULT (or according to the manual this is what the head reports when the diode temperature is too high...)
    • Upon power cycling the controller, even the controller display stopped working... YAUX controller + head died? maybe just the diode? maybe just the controller?
      • I borrowed a spare LW125 controller from the PSL table (Yehonathan pointed me to it) and swapped it in.
      • Got YEND AUX to lase with this controller, so the old controller is busted but at least the laser head is fine.
      • Even saw SHG light. We switched the laser head off to "STDBY" (so it remains warm) and took the faulty controller out of there.
  • Turn on YEND AUX SHG oven on (setpoint -->35.7 C)
  • Turn on YEND AUX shutter controller on.

== YARM Electronic racks ==

== XARM Electronic racks ==


* Top priority, this needs to be fixed.

** Non-priority, but to be debugged

  16655   Wed Feb 9 16:43:35 2022 PacoUpdateGeneralScheduled power outage recovery - Locking mode cleaner(s)

[Paco, Anchal]

  • We went in and measured the power after the power splitting HWP at the PSL table. Almost right before the PSL shutter (which was closed), when the PMC was locked we saw ~ 598 mW (!!)
  • Checking back on ESP300, it seems the channel was not enabled even though the right angle was punched in, so it got enabled.
    • No change.
  • The power adjustment MEDM screen is not really working...
  • Going back to the controller, press HOME on the Axis 1 (our HWP) and see it go to zero...
    • Now the power measured is ~ 78 mW.
  • Not sure why the MEDM screen didn't really work (this needs to be fixed later)

We proceeded to align the MC optics because all offsets in MC_ALIGN screen were zeroed. After opening the PSL shutter, we used values from last year as a reference, and try to steadily recover the alignment. The IMC lock remains at large.

  16669   Mon Feb 14 18:31:50 2022 PacoUpdateGeneralScheduled power outage recovery - IMC recovery progress

[Paco, Anchal, Tega]

We have been realigning the IMC as of last Friday (02/11). Today we made some significant progress (still at high input power), but the IMC autolocker is unable to engage a stable mode lock. We have made some changes to reach this point, including re-centering of the MC1 REFL beam on the ccd, centering of MC2 QPD trans (using flashes), and centering of the MC REFL RFPD beam. The IMC is flashing to peak transmission of > 50% its max (near 14,000 counts average on 2021), and all PDs seem to be working ok... We will keep the PSL shutter closed (especially with high input power) for now.

  16670   Mon Feb 14 18:43:49 2022 PacoSummaryGeneralSOS materials clean room cleared

[Yehonathan, Paco]

We put away most items used / involved in SOS assembly and characterization. Many were stored in the left-most cabinet in the clean area. The OpLev test setup and optics were stored in the upper cabinets above the microscope area, and several screws and other general components were collected in clean bags or wrapped in foil, labeled and put away.

  16689   Tue Mar 1 16:01:14 2022 PacoUpdateElectronicsRFSoC 2x2 board -- setup for remote work & BALUN saga

[Tommy, Paco]

Since last week I've worked with tommy on getting the RFSoC 2x2 board to get some TFs from simple minicircuits type filters. The first thing I did was set up the board (which is in the office area) for remote access. I hooked up the TCP/IP port to a wall ethernet socket (LIGO-04) and the caltech network assiggned some IP address to our box. I guess eventually we can put this behind the lab network for internal use only.

After fiddling around with the tone-generators and spectrum analyzer tools in loopback configuration (DAC --> ADC direct connection), we noticed that lower frequency (~ 1 MHz) signals were hardly making it out/back into the board... so we looked at some of the schematics found here and saw that both RF data converters (ADC & DAC) interfaces are AC coupled through a BALUN network in the 10 - 8000 MHz band (see Attachment #1). This is in principle not great news if we want to get this board ready for audio-band DSP.

We decided that while Tommy works on measuring TFs for SHP-200 all the way up to ~ 2 GHz (which is possible with the board as is) I will design and put together an analog modulation/demodulation frontend so we can upconvert all our "slow" signals < 1MHz for fast, wideband DSP. and demodulate them back into the audio band. The BALUN network is pictured in Attachment #2 on the board, I'm afraid it's not very simple to bypass without damaging the PCB or causing some other unwanted effect on the high-speed DSP.

Attachment 1: balun_adc1.png
Attachment 2: PXL_20220302_001734121.jpg
  16698   Thu Mar 3 17:09:46 2022 PacoUpdateBHDRe-susspension of AS1

[Anchal, Paco]

Wire clamp spare was installed, furthermore AS1 was reinstalled on adapter, attached wire clamps, and cleaned using ionized air gun. Finally, we suspended it on the SOS tower and left it resting on the bottom earthquake stops; ready for balancing.


Yesterday, I rebuilt the OpLev setup in the cleanroom in order to suspend AS1. It took me a while to find all the necessary parts but I found them in the end.

The HeNe laser was placed on the optical table and turned on. The beam was aimed to bounce off a folding mirror to the SOS tower.

The beam's height was controlled by the HeNe laser stage and made to be 5+14/32". The beam from the folding mirror was made parallel to the table, first with an iris and then with the QPD connected to a scope.

Preparing the SOS tower for the suspension I noticed that the wire clamp is scratched on both sides from previous suspensions. I discarded that wire clamp but couldn't find the spares. Time ran out and I had to stop.


  16715   Tue Mar 8 19:29:36 2022 PacoUpdateBHDRe-balance of AS1


Installed AS1 in vacuum, near the center of the table, and installed the OSEMs. All OSEMS are "balanced" nominally, i.e. their shadow is at the halfway point optimum, but fine tuning is required, which I will attempt tomorrow after restoring the AS1 suspension screen settings. Today, I tried damping the SIDE DOF, but didn't succeed, although there was definitely some oscillating behaviour with high (> 5) gains on the damping, so I believe this is a matter of patience. For now, all OSEMs are looking ok, the SOS is in place, and hopefully it will soon be damped. 

  16716   Wed Mar 9 09:35:26 2022 PacoUpdateBHDRe-balance of AS1


AS1 is installed, OSEMs balanced, and the optic damped successfully. We should run the free swinging test overnight to validate this re-installation.

  16722   Thu Mar 10 10:05:49 2022 PacoUpdateSUSAS1 free swing test

[Paco, Ian]

  • Begin free swinging test for AS1 at 10:05 AM, set for ~ 2.04 hours.
    • Test failed because damping failed to disable.
  • Restart free swinging test for AS1 at 15:06, set for 2.04 hours.
    • Success (Attachment #1 shows the DOF input matrix diagonalization effect)

Of slight concern is the side to other degrees of freedom coupling, but this is definitely an improvement from last time.

Attachment 1: SUS_Input_Matrix_Diagonalization.pdf
  16725   Tue Mar 15 10:45:31 2022 PacoUpdateGeneralAssembled small in-vac optics


This morning I assembled LO3, LO4 and AS3 (all mirrors) onto polaris K1 mounts. The mounts stand as per this elog, on 4.5" posts with 0.5" Al spacers to match the beam heigth of 5.5". I also assembled ASL by adding a 0.14" Al spacer, and finally, recycled two DLC mounts (from the XEND flowbench) and posts to mount the 2 inch diameter beamsplitters BHDBS and AS2 (T=10%). I stored the previous 2" optics in the CVI and lambda optic cases and labeled appropriately.

  16731   Thu Mar 17 11:40:41 2022 PacoUpdateSUSETMY green PZT HV supply

[Anchal, Paco]

We installed a HV kepco power supply for the green PZT steering the YAUX beam. We did this in anticipation of the YARM alignment to take place this afternoon. We borrowed an unused DC power supply labeled "OMC Power spply" and made an appropriate SMA connection (Attachment #1), Then we set the Vset to 100.0 Volts and the current limit to 10 mA. Once we enabled the output we saw the 5.6 mA of current drawn by the eurocard in accordance with the wiki log (Attachment #2). 

It may not be possible to use the PZT as per this so this work may not have a direct impact on our upcoming alignment task.

We probably bumped the ethernet cable (martian network) on c1iscey, so the FE models stopped showing up on the medm screens. When we connected it back, it seemed like the FE kept running the model and only IPC showed error. We restarted the rtcds models on c1iscey and burtrestored to today morning 5:19 am.

burtwb -f /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/today/05:19/c1scyepics.snap -l /tmp/controls_1220317_115006_0.write.log -o /tmp/controls_1220317_115006_0.nowrite.snap -v

ETMY is properly damping now and the oplev is roughly centered as well but the OPLEV Servos are off. We did not turn them on.
We should be able to carry out our cavity arm alignment today afternoon on both arms now.

  16732   Thu Mar 17 16:50:53 2022 PacoUpdateBHDXARM AUX alignment

[Ian, Paco]

We opened the ITMX chamber and

  • Inspected PR2 and LO1 and didn't see anything suspicious.
  • Took the EQ stops off ITMX in preparation for alignment


  • Ian started at the ETMX station, slightly tweaking the M1 M2 XAUX mirrors by hand and Paco on the ITMX chamber looking at the beam. The beam was visibly making it to the ITMX optic and reflecting back though at a negative pitch angle. No small motion on the M1-M2 knobs caused visible correction on this.
  • We decided to try adding an alignment offset to ITMX, and quickly saturated to 25000 (on the SUS screen) but fell short of fully correcting this PIT offset.
  • We scanned further the M1 M2 input alignment, and briefly lost the first reflection.
    • We recovered the first reflection, but the beam spot is now incident near the LL OSEM position.
  • We kept scanning M1 - M2 with Ian on the ITMX chamber this time, providing feedback through facetime.
  • Leaning on the ITMX chamber table, we noticed the magnitude of PIT correction left to be done and verified that M1-M2 two axis alignment + ITMX offsets should be enough for it.

We stopped our effort here, the XAUX beam spot is near the lower half of the ITMX face. Tomorrow, we will resume, but we will use airpods and a clean go-pro for real-time audiovisual feedback. Furthermore, ITMX OSEMs should be rebalanced as they haven't been touched after the table was balanced for PR2 and LO1.

  16735   Fri Mar 18 17:15:19 2022 PacoUpdateBHDXARM AUX alignment cont.

[Paco, Ian]

First, we re-balanced the ITMX OSEMs so that they would damp at around half-a-shadow.

Then, we set up a clean camera inside ITMX chamber looking at the ITMX optic. Then, using the live feed we aligned the AUX beam from the ETMX station using M1 and M2. The camera was great to help us align the beam properly close to the ITMX center. It wasn't very long until we could see a green beam on the IR card, but we didn't really see any flashing, so this may just be the bare transmission away from XARM resonance (Attachment #1).

Ian checked the reflection from ITMX using the IR card with holes, and he pretty much only saw one beam spot, so we turned to look for a beam scattering on the vacuum tube but didn't really see anything. This could mean that we were hitting the ETMX again, or missing slightly, or missing completely. We tried scanning the ITMX pitch and yaw using the bias (alignment) sliders, and with the illuminators off, try seeing some scattered green beam on the ETMX. We can't really see anything yet, but we will keep trying. If there are any tips on our method, it would be great to know them.

Attachment 1: Screen_Shot_2022-03-18_at_4.09.38_PM.png
  16745   Sat Mar 26 13:04:38 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - Green laser alignment on Yarm

I came for a bit to check on the "1Y0 burning smell" reported by Koji last evening. I agree that there's a toasty smell around the 1Y0 rack, but it is hard to tell where it comes from exactly. I think we can use the FLIR heat camera, but this will have to wait for Monday when someone with an iphone is around.

I also played a bit with the YAUX alignment (which is still poor) but I didn't try anything different nor did I seem to have more success. This is also an outstanding item for Monday, where maybe the next step is to install the GTRY path for a CCD.

  16748   Tue Mar 29 17:35:54 2022 PacoUpdateSUSDamping fix on BS, AS4, PR2, and PR3

[Ian, Paco]

  • We removed the "cheby" filters from AS4, PR2 and PR3 which had been misplaced after copying from the old SUS models. After removing them, the new SOS damped fine. Note that because of the Input matrices, the filters have to be enabled all at once for the MIMO loop to make sense.
  • We also disabled the "Cheby" filter on BS and saw it damp better. We don't understand this yet, but perhaps it's just a consequence of the many changes in the BSC that have rendered this filter obsolete.
  • we also reduced the damping gains on PR2, PR3 and AS4 to prevent overflow values. After the adjustments the optics were damping fine.
  16770   Mon Apr 11 21:13:21 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

[Paco, Koji]

I asked Koji for some advice regarding closing the loop on YARM using POY11. A few things seemed off including

  • The YARM transmission; which was peaking at ~ 20 (typically, TRY is normalized so that under nominal input power conditions we see TRY in the range [0, 1])
  • The POY11 DCPD level was quite low; we expect a few tens of uW in this low power configuration where no more than 100 mW are going through IMC.

We looked at the POY11 RFPD first. We tried flashing an incandescent lamp in-situ and saw some weak response using an oscilloscope and the DC Out readout. We then used the OPHIR power meter and recorded ~ 1.2 uW of light incident on the POY11 RFPD... Initially, we suspected our beam was not filling the PD sensitive area (~ 2 mm diameter), but a quick estimate using the 200 mm focusing lens currently installed in the ITMY table gave us quite a generous margin of error... so we questioned the OPHIR measurement. We swapped the power meter and this time got ~ 18.4 uW, which is more in line with what we expected (phew).

Moving on, from the POY11 RFPD responsivity, and our ~ 20 uW of incident power, we expected on the order of a 20 mV of DC Output, but weren't really seeing this on the scope, so we decided to test the pins on the power of the RFPD. The DB15 cable not only supplies bipolar 15 VDC but also monitors several other test points such as Tsens, or DCout in the RFPD. We quickly noticed a weird signal on the ENAB testpoint, so we removed POY11 RFPD from the ITMY table and took it to the PD testbench. After redoing the soldering on the breakout board and RF amplifier (ZXX-500LN+), which we tested separately, we saw the expected behavior using a +- 15 VDC power supply... thus verifying that the RFPD and breakout board seemed to work ok. We turned our attention to the upstream DB15 connection, and after quickly checking the newly run cables, we ended up debugging the eurocrate PD interface. After attempting a simple power cycle and failing, we removed this card and looked at the schematic. It would seem that the logic enabling ICs (one or both) failed, thus preventing the card from enabling its outputs correctly.... We bypassed the logic by soldering pins 4,8,14 on U1, U20 and then checked the circuit in-situ, and we saw it worked fine again.

Now none of the status LEDs (which are driven by the logic IC portion) work on this card, but the card itself works fine at least for POY11.

We moved on, and installed the DB15 cables, checking the functionality at every step... Then we looked at the POY11_I_ERR signal and were happy to see nice pdh wavelets. We pushed forward a little bit more to try and lock YARM. First, we went to the Y end and centered the ETMY Oplev so as to register the position where the YARM is flashing... The ITMY Oplev is still not online. Then, we optimized the ETMY damping gains somewhat to try and make it less noisy, and finally, played with the LSC YARM loop gain to attempt locking. This last push was not as successful, but we have an idea of what next steps are needed to reduce the SUS noise, including

  • Install ITMY Oplevs, and close loop
  • Optimize ITMY damping gains

To be continued....

  16778   Thu Apr 14 10:18:35 2022 PacoSummaryBHD2 in oplev mirrors incompatible with LMR2V

[Paco, JC]

We realized the 2 in oplev mirrors (Thorlabs BB2-E02) for ITMYOL, SRMOL, and BSOL, are 0.47 in thick, while the LMR2V fixed mount is 0.46 in deep, even without taking the retaining ring into account. After a brief exchange with Koji, and Ian, we decided to glue the mirrors onto the mounts using Torr Seal (a vac compatible epoxy). They are curating in the clean room and should be ready to install in about 2 hours.

  16780   Thu Apr 14 18:34:51 2022 PacoSummaryBHDITMY Oplev reinstalled (Re: 2 in oplev mirrors incompatible with LMR2V)

[Paco, Yehonathan]

We installed ITMYOL1 and ITMYOL2 on the ITMY chamber. We aligned the ITMY OpLev beam and closed the loop successfully, we then had a second round of YARM aligment, where we brought the Y peak transmission up from 0.04 counts to 0.09 counts (up by a factor of two). We still couldn't close the YARM loop but we have a better alignment.

  16781   Thu Apr 14 18:39:13 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging


In reply to Koji's questions;

Q1: What is the product number of the broken Kepco?

A1: Kepco JQE 0-25 V 4A (1/4 rack mountable 100 W linear power supply)

Q2: Do you feel the burning smell on this broken kepco?

A2: Not very clearly. It just smells like generic broken electronic, but the fan was already long gone by the time we detected its problem.

Q3: How much current does the +15 VDC line draw from the Sorensen?

A3: The Sorensen current monitor reads 6.3 Amps

Q4: Is there a linear power supply in the market that can handle this much current with some margin?

A4: Probably... but we would have to look around.

Q5: Do we really need a linear power supply there?

A5: Good question, I guess anything that is not contaminating the RF electronics with HF noise (e.g. switching PS) can work?

Q6: Is the same fan problem happening on other Kepcos?

A6: Other fans are on, but at least one or two have the "ill" sound... It may be worthwile to give them maintenance if we can.

  16786   Mon Apr 18 17:53:45 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IIa of BHR upgrade - POY11 debugging

[Paco, Ian]

We aligned the X-arm IR laser

  • First fix pointing on the ITMX by moving the BS (mostly pitch)
  • then open etmx chamber and fine tune the pointing using the BS until it is centered on ETMX
  • using beam card we quickly see the third reflection back misaligned on pitch so we move ITMX pitch to center it on ETMX
  • fine tune the ITMX alignment on ETMX and check higher order reflaction overlaping with input

at this point we checked C1:LSC-TRX_DQ using ndscope and luckly we see a tiny bit of flashing (about 0.04 in normalized high gain PD counts). So we closed ETM chamber and ITM chamber and go to control room to optimize this signal. The optimization was done in the following way:

  • First, just reiterate on the last steps from above, by maximizing the peak transmission using ITMX/ETMX pair.
  • Then, slide BS alignment, mostly in PIT, and return to ITMX/ETMX pair.
    • At some point, turning the BS PIT made a huge improvement, so I turned the control room light off and looked at the camera on the quad monitors.
  • Based on the location of the flashes (now brighter) on the ITMX/ETMX, the beam seemed to be off in PIT more than YAW, so we focused on correcting the pointing (moving BS) and then correcting with ITMX/ETMX, until the flashes got centered around ETMX.

Final peak transmission (C1:LSC-TRX_DQ) was ~ 1.3 in normalized high gain PD counts. Power budgeting tells us the peak should be ~ 2.0. The flashing on this arm is much better than YARM, so we will press on by installing POX11 RFPD and attempt locking tomorrow. This also means that YARM can be improved by a combination of alignment and/or SUS damping.

In the end we turned on the ETMX oplev and centered it to "save" our flashing position using this reference.

  16788   Tue Apr 19 18:10:10 2022 PacoUpdateBHDPart V of BHR upgrade - POX11 path, LO path, and ITMX Oplev

[Yuta, Paco]

We set up POX11 beam path from ITMX chamber to the ITMX in-air table. To do this, we first identified the POX reflection on the ITMX chamber, and then steered the POXM1 (in the BSC) by hand until we cleared the viewport. We also checked that the POX beam is centered on POXM1.

We then decided to slide the LO1 YAW to clear the LO beam path, which was otherwise clipping on the PR2 SOS. The slider (DAC limited) range of -25000 counts was barely enough to clear the SOS comfortably and avoid hitting the POXM1. The LO beam is now hitting LO2 mirror, so LO alignment can proceed from BSC and ITMY chamber.

Finally, we aligned the input ITMX Oplev beam to ITMXOL2, then ITMX, then to ITMXOL2, and finally into the ITMX in-air optical table. We took some photos of the Oplev beam (see Attachments) to note their position.

By the end of in-vacuum work there was still some flashing in the arm cavities, but fine alignment is required.

After closing the ITMX Chamber, and BSC, we moved on to center the ITMXOL beam. We accomplished this by using two mirrors instead of one as was previously the case. This relaxed the angle of incidence a little, but we had to change the path and the position of the QPD. The QPD sum reads ~ 6600 counts versus the ~ >8000 counts it read right before the vent. One attempt at closing the OL loop, and the ITMX starting oscillating in YAW (PIT was ok), so we realized that maybe we flipped the order in which the OL1 / OL2 mirror were arranged and so the YAW loop needed to flip its sign. Indeed after changing the C1:SUS-ITMX_OL_YAW_GAIN from -6.0 to 6.0 the OL_YAW loop is stable.

Attachment 1: DJI_0167.JPG
Attachment 2: DJI_0169.JPG
Attachment 3: DJI_0168.JPG
  16789   Wed Apr 20 08:20:22 2022 PacoUpdateBHDPart V of BHR upgrade - PR2 weirdness

Yesterday, I tried tuning the PR2 damping gains by increasing the gain until the damping gave the ~5 oscillations (by watching the damped motion using StripTool, and keeping an eye on the PD var). I noticed that often when I changed the gain, some OSEM sensors shifted (gained an offset!!) and the PD var values changed, typically increasing at higher damping gains. I reverted the changes until the PD var looked "normal" again (~ 2 mV) but it is hard to imagine that the damping filters can have such a "DC" effect, given the shape comprises single zero at 0 Hz (and pole at 30 Hz).

  16797   Thu Apr 21 16:49:01 2022 PacoUpdateBHDPart V of BHR upgrade - BS Oplev + LO1 offset

[Paco, JC, Yuta]

We aligned the BS oplev using the new BSOL mirror pair. The main change is now the AOI of the oplev on the BS is quite normal. The output beam in the in-air table was quite large (diverging?) so we had to place a short FL lens in front of the QPD.

Separately, I added the LO1 YAW offset of ~ -2500 counts (before the coil driver changes it was -24500 counts) and saw LO beam hitting LO2. This means the alignment of the LO beam can move downstream.

  16821   Sat Apr 30 13:29:33 2022 PacoUpdateBHDPOX Beam issues --- fixed, ASL alignment on vertex chamber

[Paco, Anchal, Yuta]

We opened the BSC and ITMX chamber in the morning (Friday) to investigate POX11 beam clipping. We immediately found that the POX11 beam was clipping by the recently installed cable posts, so luckily no major realingment had to be done after reinstalling the cable post in a better location.

Because we had the BSC open, we decided to steer the AS1 mirror to align the AS path from ITMY all the way to the vertex chamber.  Relatively small AS1 offsets (of ~ 2000 counts each) were added on PIT / YAW to center the beam on ASL (there is slight clipping along PIT, potentially because of the AS2 aperture. We then opened the vertex chamber and located the AS beam with relative ease. We decided to work on this chamber, since major changes propagate heavily downstream (simply changing the IMC pointing).

Anchal removed old optics from the vertex chamber and we installed the steering pair of mirrors for AS path. This changed the balance of the vertex table by a lot. By using the MC REFL camera beam spot we managed to coarsely balance the counterweights and recover the nominal IMC injection pointing. Simply reenabling the IMC autolocker gave us high transmission (~ 970 counts out of the typical 1200 these days).

The final IMC alignment was done by Anchal with delicate PIT motion on the input injection IMC miror to maximize the transmission (to our satisfaction, Anchal's motion was fine enough to keep the IMC locked). The end result was quite satisfying, as we recovered ~ 1200 counts of MC transmission.

Finally, we looked at the arm cavity transmission to see if we were lucky enough to see flashing. After not seeing it, we adjusted TT1 / TT2 to correct for any MMTT1 pitch adjustment needed after the vertex table rebalancing. Suprisingly, we didn't take too long and recovered the nominal arm cavity pointing after a little adjustment. We stopped here, but now the vertex table layout is final, and AS beam still needs to be aligned to the vertex in-air table.

  16844   Tue May 10 18:25:43 2022 PacoUpdateBHDGreen Transmission path

[Yuta, Paco]

We installed GRX_SM1, GRX_SM2, and finished aligning the GRY_SM1, and GRY_SM2 steering mirrors in the BS and IMC Chambers. GRY_SM1 was slightly misplaced (by ~ 2 inches), so we had to move it slightly. Luckily this didn't grossly misaligned the IMC, and we could recover quickly by touching MC1 & MC3 pitch, and MC1 slight yaw.

Then, Yuta installed GRX_SM1, and GRX_SM2 by repurposing two 45 AOI P-Pol GR transmission mirrors on the flowbench. Because one of the weights on the BSC was in the way of GRX_SM2, it was shifted it before installation. This probably shifted the balancing of the whole table. The GRY beam is still not lock-able to the YARM, so as a proxy for GRY transmission beam we used the slight GRX reflection from the BS, and noted slight clipping through PR3 (in transmission). This should probably be checked with GTRY.

We believe this is the last installation operation of this vent.

We made sure the WFS feedback loop is working, and realigned the arm cavities to be flashing.

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