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  12186   Thu Jun 16 08:52:14 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralilluminators turned off

PSL, BS, ITMY and ETMX the illuminators were left on over night.

  12213   Thu Jun 23 17:24:32 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralTweaks

I spent some time this afternoon reviving some of my CESAR/ESCOBAR shenanigans on the Y arm. I found it neccesary to adjust a few things.

  • PMC realigned 
  • ETMY oplev centered
  • Y End green realigned
  • PSL/Y Green beat realigned

Afterwards, ALSY noise levels were good. 

  12217   Mon Jun 27 15:47:17 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralQPR clean room gloves

I got some QPR Nitrile gloves. They are LIGO approved.White nitrile gloves are naturally anti-static- 109 ohms

Their touch not as good as laytex  gloves but try to use them.


  12220   Tue Jun 28 16:09:41 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneral40m Summary Pages

Set up gwsumm on optimus and generated summary pages from both L1 and C1 data. Still a few manual steps need to be taken during generation, not fully automated due to some network/username issues. nds2 now working from optimus after restarting nds2 server.

  12221   Tue Jun 28 16:10:49 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralBluebird Microphones

Found 1 out of 2 bluebird microphones in the 40m.

  12222   Tue Jun 28 17:11:27 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralEM172 Microphones

Found 60 EM172 microphones. Previous elog with details: 7777.

  12224   Tue Jun 28 22:54:43 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralSeismometer Enclosure Development | SURF 2016

The existing enclosure for seismometer at LIGO 40m lab is a cylindrical stainless steel can placed upside down over the seismometer. It has more empty space between the seismometer and the internal surface of enclosure which is not desirable(I'll quantitatively elaborate this statement once my temperature measuring setup is ready).


Stainless steel has a thermal conductivity in the range of 16.3 to 16.7 W/m/K and magnetic permeability 1.260e-6 H/m.Assuming an ambient temperature 298K, and the temperature inside the enclosure as 295K, as well as substituting all the values for dimesions and material properties of existing enclosure,
k=16.4 W/mK, μ=1.260e-6 H/m, L=2ft=0.6096m, b=r2 =0.5ft=0.1524m, thickness=5mm, a=r1 =0.1474m.
So by using the textbook relations(I have mentioned them in my report), the value of attenuation coefficient is 5.953584e-05 and the value of rate of heat transfer= 5.64913 kW. The attenuation coefficient value is quite better for steel but proper care needs to be taken to avoid heat transfer. For studying the variation of rate of heat transfer and attenuation with the thickness of enclosure material, I have plotted the following attached graphs for different materials which include hardened stainless steel, aluminium, pure iron and nanoperm-muMetal.



About Data Acquisation

I have already invested a lot of time to configure and use acromag busworks card over ethernet. So now I have made an arrangement to measure temperature by AD592CNZ temperature transducer IC. I would be using raspberry pi for acquiring data untill I figure out a way to use acromag busworks card for the same. This setup of acquiring logging temperature using raspberry pi is mostly ready except the calibration part.

  12225   Wed Jun 29 00:09:36 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralThings from past | SURF 2016

I have taken out the heaters and temperature sensors from the enclosure which was made by Megan last summer. Soon I will test and configure those heaters.

  12233   Thu Jun 30 16:11:57 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent Prep

I have updated the vent prep checklist on the wiki. Gautam and I did the following things from it:

  • Center all oplevs, transmon QPDs 
    • ETMX oplev has not been centered, since it's moving around so much, and we're going to immediately move the suspension anyways.
  • Align the arm cavities for IR and align the green lasers to the arms. 
    • AUX X Green was aligned while the X arm was well aligned. Soon thereafter, ETMX wandered away, but the green will remain a good reference
  • Update the SUS Dritmon values 
  • Reconcile all SDF differences 
  • Reduce input power to no more than 100mW by adjusting wave plate+PBS setup on the PSL table BEFORE the PMC. (Using the WP + PBS that already exist after the laser.) 

  • Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
    • I don't think we've vented since the most recent slew of changes to the IMC servo, so its not surprising that the current low power scripts don't work. I'm working on locking the IMC, but this does not prevent us from initiating the vent tomorrow.


The following bullets have not yet been executed:

  • Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends 
  • Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows 
  • Check crane functionality & cleanliness 

  • Turn off HV into vacuum: OMC is not wired this time 
  • Particle count must be under 10,000 counts / cf min for 0.5 micron 
  • Check all metal window covers are on. 
  • Check 5 cylinders (24 cft size) of instrument grade air, called Alfa Gas 1 in stock.
  12235   Thu Jun 30 21:24:36 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent Prep

Steve has ordered some teflon parts to take the place of the metal parts in his acetone-soaking jig. They should arrive tomorrow. 

So, we will be begin the venting process tomorrow. Doors to come off on Tuesday.

  12236   Fri Jul 1 01:52:54 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralSeismometer Enclosure Development | SURF 2016

I have transferred most of the temperature measurement stuff from the front area to seismometer at the end of Y-arm.  While arranging the components I have taken all care that they will not interfere with existing system. Also, I have temporarily taken a monitor from the front area to the area near same seismometer as I couldn't talk to Rpi via ssh. For next twelve hours, I am now recording temperature inside as well as outside the seismometer enclosure. Some temperature sensors are inside the enclosure while some are outside the seismometer enclosure.


  12240   Mon Jul 4 10:30:37 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralPreliminary vent plans

Here are some plans / rough procedures for this week's vent. It is unlikely that I have though of everything, but this should be a reasonable starting point.

The mode cleaner still hasn't been locked in air, we may not want to touch the Y arm optics until we are able to lock to the Y arm and dither align, so we are sure to keep the input pointing from drifting away too much.

Primary objectives:

  • Re-suspend ETMX
  • First contact of all arm cavity optics

Secondary objectives:

  • Install new gauges
  • Replace 40mm baffles with 50mm baffles
  • Check cleanliness of inner viewport surfaces

ETMX project

  • Open ETMX chamber
  • Take all manner of photos of ETMX suspension in-situ
    • If some kind of obvious issue is evident, fix it, proceed accordingly
  • Mark suspension position
  • Move suspension to edge of the table, more pictures + inspection
  • Move suspension to flow bench, remove optic
  • Transport optic to clean room
  • Acetone soaking / standoff removal
  • Re-glue side magnet
  • Re-glue guide rod + standoff
  • OSEM transplant from old to new suspension
  • Suspend, following SOS suspension procedure
  • Drive optic around, see if jumps are evident
  • Clean with first contact
  • Reinstall optic, align, etc.

Optic cleaning

For $optic in [ITMX, ITMY, ETMY]:

  • Open chamber
  • Take many, many pictures
  • Mark suspension position
  • move suspension to edge, take pictures of HR surfaces
  • Mark OSEM orientation, remove oems
  • Clean AR and HR surfaces with first contact
  • Reinstall OSEMS at proper position, rotate to minimize bounce/roll coupling
  • Reinstall optic, align, etc.
  12243   Tue Jul 5 17:14:02 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

Rough summary of today's progress:

  • IMC locked, reasonably aligned. (Only have MC2 trans reference, no WFS)
    • FSS Slow lock threshold got lowered to 1k MC2 trans
    • Autolocker doesn't really work, though I made some modifcations to it that reflect the manual locking that works
  • TTs, PRMI optics moved around until AS and REFL spots looked good. 
    • Small flashes visible in TRY
    • ND filter on Y transmon QPD removed, since we have so little light
  • Y arm was not locked, but this was deemed suitable to proceed
  • Heavy doors taken off ETMX and ITMX chambers, light doors put on.
  • Went into ETMX chamber, poked around, took a bunch of pictures (Gautam is uploading has uploaded to picasa (foteee account), the two best ones of the stand-offs on either side are attached, although I guess we can't really conclude anything from these except that on the side with the OSEM, there seems to be a few extra stray bits of epoxy residue...)
  • Removed ETMX side OSEM to get a picture of that side of optic (it is currently off, ETMX watchdog shutdown for now...)
  • Checked that table is level with clean spirit level (it was to within the resolution of the spirit level which is quoted as 0.42mm/m)

I didn't really see anything out of the ordinary on the ETMX suspension. Earthquake stops had clearance, OSEMS were secure, no visible glue degredation on face magnets. Inspection with green LED flashlight didn't reveal any obscene dirtieness on either face, just a few particles here and there. The top of the opic barrel unsurprisingly has a good amount of particulate. The wire grooves are way too small to resolve anything at this point, other than that they exist.

The suspension footprint is already marked, tomorrow we can move the suspension closer to the door to get an even closer look at it, before removing it from the chamber. 

Attachment 1: noOsemSide.JPG
Attachment 2: OSEMside.JPG
  12245   Tue Jul 5 19:10:41 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralVent progress

I'd suggest clamping and moving it to the flow bench so you can inspect with a bright light. Then remove the wire and inspect the standoff, but hurry up with getting it in the soak bath so you can start on the cleaning of the other ones.

I wonder if we're really sure that its a mechanical problem with ETMX.

Gautam tells me that the local damping was always ON when looking for the jumps. This means that the coil driver was still hooked up and we can't rule out glitches in the DAC or the coil driver.

The UL OSEM shows the biggest movement (10 microns). The LR shows the second most (6-7 microns). The others are 2x less. So its consistent with a voltage change on UL,

Is this consistent with a slip in one of the wire standoffs? I think no.


Attachment 1: jumpEvent20151105.png
  12246   Tue Jul 5 21:51:35 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

One glitch was seen to occur without a change in the output voltage monitors in ELOG 11744

  12247   Tue Jul 5 23:38:42 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

With Koji's help, I've hacked together an arrangement that will allow us to monitor the output of the coil driver to the UL coil. 

The arrangement consists of a short custom ribbon cable with female DB25 connectors on both ends - the particular wire sending the signal to the UL coil has a 100 ohm resistor wired in series, because the coil has resistance ~20ohm, and the output of the coil driver board has a series 200(?) ohm resistor, so by directly monitoring the voltage at this point, we may not see a glitch as it may register too small. Tangentially related: the schematic of the coil driver board suggests that the buffered output monitor has a gain of 0.5. 

To monitor the voltage, I use the board to which the 4 Oplev signals are currently hooked up. Channel 7 on this particular board (corresponding to ADC channel 30 on c1scx) was conveniently wired up for some prior test, so I used this channel. Then, I modified the C1SCX model to add a testpoint to monitor the output of this ADC. Then, I turned OFF the input on the coil output filter for the UL Coil (i.e. C1:SUS-ETMX_ULCOIL_SW1) so that we can send a known, controlled signal to the UL Coil by means of awggui. Next, I added an excitation at 5 Hz, amplitude 20 counts (as the signal to the coil under normal conditions was approximately of this amplitude) to the excitation channel of the same filter module, which is the state I am leaving the setup in for the night. I have confirmed that I see this 5Hz oscillation on the monitor channel I set up. Oddly, the 0 crossings of the oscillations happen at approximately -1000 counts and not at 0 counts. I wonder where this offset is coming from? The two points I am monitoring the voltage across is shown in the attached photograph - the black clip is connected to the lead carrying the return signal from the coil.

I also wanted to set up a math block in the model itself that monitors, in addition to the raw ADC channel, a copy from which the known applied signal has been cancelled, as presumably a glitch would be more obvious in such a record. However, I was unable to access the excitation channel to the ULCOIL filter from within the SCX model. So I am just recording the raw output for tonight...

Attachment 1: image.jpeg
  12249   Wed Jul 6 09:34:26 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralPRM sensing voltage LR

Yesterday Q noticed that PRM_sensor_LR was 0.098V  This actually went to ~ zero on 7-3


Attachment 1: PRM_LR.png
  12253   Wed Jul 6 16:40:09 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralSeismometer Enclosure Development | SURF 2016

I am using AD592CNZ temperature transducer ICs for measuring temperature inside as well as outside the enclosure. It is a  current output IC which outputs current proportional to temperature. As mentioned in the data sheet of AD592, I am using the following two schematics:


Though I still need to calibrate these temperature transducers, I did some measurements. I have temperature readings, and now my goal in few days is to find a transfer function of temperature fluctuations inside the enclosure to outside the enclosure.


About data acquisition:

We have re-configured the raspberry pi(B8:27:EB:70:D0:D8) on martian network. It's new ip address is Also, we have added the Acromag Busworks card(00:01:C3:00:9F:C8) on the martian network and its ip address is   

  12255   Wed Jul 6 19:36:45 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralSUS Vmon

I wanted to know what this Vmon exactly is. D010001 is telling us that the Vmon channels are HPFed with fc=30Hz (Attachment 1). Is this true?

I checked the quiscent noise spectrum of the ITMX UL coil output (C1:SUS-ITMX_ULCOIL_OUT) and the corresponding VMON (C1:SUS-ITMX_ULVmon). (Attachment 2 Ref curves). I did not find any good coherence. So the nominal quiscent Vmon output is carrying no useful information. 

Question: How much do we need to excite the coil output in order to see any meaningful signal?

As I excite the ITMX UL coil (C1:SUS-ITMX_ULCOIL_EXC) with uniform noise of 100-300 counts below 0.3Hz, I eventually could see the increase of the power spectrum and the coherence (Attachment 2). Below 0.1 Hz the coherence was ~1 and the transfer function was measured to be -75dB and flat. But wait, why is the transfer function flat?

In fact, if I inject broadband noise to the coil, I could increase the coil output and Vmon at the same time without gaining the coherence. (Attachment 3). After some more investigation, I suspect that this HPF is diabled (= bypassed) and aliasing of the high freq signal is causing the noise in Vmon.

In order to check this hypothesis, we need to visit the board.

Attachment 1: HPF.png
Attachment 2: 160706_ITMX_VMON2.pdf
Attachment 3: 160706_ITMX_VMON1.pdf
  12256   Wed Jul 6 20:51:00 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralSeismometer Enclosure Development | SURF 2016

Circuit1: It is nice to receive the voltage across the transimpedance resistor with a high impedance buffer (or amplifier), as close to the resister as possible. This amplifier needs to have low numbers for input bias current, input offset current, and input current noise. These current noise becomes the noise of the temperature reading. On the top of that, the input voltage noise of the buffer will be added to the output. The typical noise model can be found in http://www.analog.com/media/en/technical-documentation/application-notes/AN-940.pdf

The good candidates for the buffer is LT1128, ADA4004, OPA140, and LT1012. If the application is not too sensitive to the total noise, OPA604 is a good choise with easier handling.

Circuit2: With the same reason, AD741 is an old generic amp that is not a great choise for this purpose. The current noise is more significant because of the higher transimpedance here. The same noise model as above can be used to analyze the performance.

  12261   Wed Jul 6 22:58:01 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

I've made a few changes to the monitoring setup in the hope we catch a glitch in the DAC output/ sus coil driver electronics. Summary of important changes:

  1. I'm using a CDS oscillator to send a signal of 20counts amplitude, 5.0 Hz to the coil rather than an excitation point. This way, I have access to the known signal we are sending, and can subtract it from the measured signal. 
  2. To account for the phase delay between the excitation from the oscillator to the measured excitation, I am using an all-pass filter to manually delay the oscillator signal (internally in the model) before subtracting it from the measured output.

It remains to see if we will actually be able to see the glitch in long stretches of data - it is unclear to me how big a glitch will be in terms of ADC counts.

The relevant channels are : C1:SCX-UL_DIFF_MON and C1:SCX-UL_DIFF_MON_EPICS (pardon the naming conventions as the setup is only temporary after all). Both these should be hovering around 0 in the absence of any glitching. The noise in the measured signal seems to be around 2 ADC counts. I am leaving this as is overnight, hopefully the ETMX coil drive signal chain obliges and gives us some conclusive evidence...

I have not committed any of the model changes to the SVN. 

  12262   Wed Jul 6 23:01:03 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralpianosa monitor dead

One of the pianosa monitors has ceased to function frown For now, it has been set up to operate with just the one monitor.

One of Donatella's monitors has a defective display as well. Maybe we should source some replacements. Koji has said we will talk to Larry Wallace about this..

  12263   Thu Jul 7 00:25:07 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

It may be advantageous to look at the coil output data from when the OSEM damping is on, to try and reproduce the real output signal amplitude that gets sent to the coils.

  12265   Thu Jul 7 10:49:03 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

It may be advantageous to look at the coil output data from when the OSEM damping is on, to try and reproduce the real output signal amplitude that gets sent to the coils.

The amplitude of the applied signal (20) was indeed chosen to roughly match what goes to the coils normally when the OSEM damping is on.

There appears to be no evidence of a detectable glitch in the last 10 hours or so (see attachment #1 - of course this is a 16Hz channel and the full data is yet to be looked at)... I guess the verdict on this is still inconclusive.

Attachment 1: UL_glitchMon_Striptool.png
  12267   Thu Jul 7 14:45:26 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralpianosa monitor dead

Johannes, Koji

We obtained two monitors of the same type from Larry.

  12268   Thu Jul 7 15:23:39 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralSUS Vmon

Based on Koji's observation of a flat TF, it seems more likely the Vmon channels are looking at the path I've highlighted in green (named "EPICS V Mon"), rather than the path in red (named "DAQ Mon") that Koji initially suspected. This path still lacks any AA for the 16Hz EPICS sampling.

  12269   Thu Jul 7 16:05:55 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralSUS Vmon

Ah, thanks. That makes sense. In that case, we should remove the texts "30Hz HPF" from the suspension screens.

Now we just need AA LPFs for these channels, or hook them up to the RT system.

  12270   Thu Jul 7 17:12:50 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress

I performed a visual inspection of ITMY in its natural habitat today. I did not get any great pictures from the HR side because it's located very towards the edge of the table towards the arm. Before that I checked the levelness of the table. East-west direction was fine, north-south was slightly off but still within the marks for 'level'.

The AR side had several speckles, a few of them located somewhat near the geometrical center of ITMY. The top of the barrel was worse of, as expected. The HR side was a little better, but there were a few pieces of dust? near near the center. Sample pictures are attached, I uploaded all the good ones to Picasa.

Clamps that mark the position of ITMY were already in place. I did not move the optic just yet, and we will have to move a cable block out of the way to bring ITMY near the opening for us to work on it. We will markt the position of that to preserve the weight distribution. Then we can probably take some better before/after pictures. Tomorrow I will be looking at ETMY.

  12271   Fri Jul 8 11:35:45 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

Yesterday, I expanded the extent of the ETMX suspension coil driver investigation. I set up identical monitors for two more coils (so now we are monitoring the voltage sent to UL, UR and LL - I didn't set one up for LR because it is on a second DB25 connector). Furthermore, I increased the excitation amplitude from ~20 to ~2000 (each coil had an independent oscillator at slightly different frequency between 5Hz and 8.5 Hz), the logic being that during LSC actuation we send signals of approximately this amplitude to the coils and we wanted to see if a larger amplitude signal somehow makes the system more prone to glitches.

Over ~10 hours of observation, there is no clear evidence of any glitch. About 2 hours ago (~930am PDT Fri Jul 8), the watchdog tripped - but this was because even though I had increased the trip threshold to ~800 for the course of this investigation, megatron runs this script every 20 minutes or so that automatically reduces this threshold by 17 counts - so at some point, the threshold went lower than the coil voltage, causing the watchdog to trip. So this was not a glitch. The other break around 2am PDT earlier today was an FB crash.

Do we now go ahead and pull the suspension out, and proceed with the swap?

Attachment 1: coilGlitchMon.png
  12272   Fri Jul 8 11:48:09 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation


Move the suspension on the south clean bench and make more close inspection. We need to remove the OSEMs.

Then unmount the mirror. Bring it to the clean room and work on the bond removal.
Meanwhile, set up all suspension components inclusing the alignment test setup.

  12273   Fri Jul 8 13:01:23 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag is talking ! | SURF 2016

Acromag is talking now, after few changes to the original EPICS configuration and cross compile configuration. Modbus config files also were changed and compiled again to run it on linux-arm architecture. I have made use of pyModbus for the final work and I am planning to use the same for grabbing channels. Though I am unable to grab channel data right now, I am able to communicate to it over ethernet and send and receive data. 

  12274   Fri Jul 8 14:03:26 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

ETMX is currently in the clean room, the barrel is the tiniest bit submerged in acetone that will remove a guide rod, standoff, and side OSEM. 

Additional inpsection of the standoffs on the flow bench did not provide any insight, pictures are in picasa. Here is a cropped version of a picture we took:


We should look at them under a microscope.

  12276   Fri Jul 8 16:33:26 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

The magnet, guide rod, and standoff came off without too much force. However, some epoxy residue remains on the barrel. I didn't really want to scrape it off, so I've opted for more soaking. Much of the acetone had evaporated already, so I put some more - just to the point where the residue is submerged. 

  12278   Fri Jul 8 20:44:09 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

In the evening, I went into the clean room to check how it goes.

- The air around the table is quite warm like a hell. Is this normal?

- I checked how the scattered epoxy spots look like. They were not touching the bath anymore due to evaporation.
- I scraped the spots with the tweezers there. They were easily removed. The particlates on the side barrel were wiped by a wipe with aceton. (Result: Attachment 3)

- Then looked at the other side. I poked the standoff with the tweezer. It was easily removed. I don't think the bond was too weak. Just the area of the bond was so tiny.
- Also residue was scraped by a tweezer and wiped with a cloth. (Attachment 2)

- The removed stand off is in the stainless bowl together with the parts that Eric removed.

- I didn't want to leave the optic in the aceton fume. It was placed on a metal donuts for a 3" optic. (Attachment 4)

- I couldn't find a vacant clean glass jar for the lid. So, a foil hut was built. We should be very careful not to scratch the optic when we remove the hut. (Attachment 5)

- The aceton bath was covered with the foil as it was. (Attachment 6)

Attachment 1: photo1.jpg
Attachment 2: photo2.jpg
Attachment 3: photo3.jpg
Attachment 4: photo4.jpg
Attachment 5: photo5.jpg
Attachment 6: photo6.jpg
  12281   Fri Jul 8 21:22:38 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

While ETMX is out, I'm leaving the larger amplitude excitations to the coils on over the weekend, in case any electronic glitch decides to rear its head over the weekend. The watchdog should be in no danger of tripping now that we have removed the ETM.

Unrelated to this work: while removing the ETMX suspension from the chamber, I also removed the large mirror that was placed inside to aid photo taking, so that there is no danger of an earthquake knocking it over and flooding the chamber with dust.

  12283   Sun Jul 10 15:38:01 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX in guiderod/standoff gluing fixture

I was hoping to glue a standoff and guide rod today, but some problems have reared their heads. Story follows:

Upon first placng the optic into the standoff gluing fixture, I was presented with a geometric problem. In the assembly procedure, one glues the rods before the magnets, which prevents a situation like this:

When what you want to do is this:

So, I spun the optic around such that the magnet is on the far side of the scribe line from the side arm, and instead of extending the side arm past the scribe line, will bring it back towards the near side. I also swapped the arms of the fixture such that the guide rod will be glued on the opposite side of the optic than the side magnet, so the side magnet won't get in the way when doing the pitch adjustment of the second standoff.

Then, I found the scribed ruby rods, and took a look at one under a microscope. The groove looks nice and sharp. I placed the standoff in the side arm of the fixture.

However, the fact that the groove does not go all the way around the standoff leads to problem #1: when adjusting the position of the side arm, the standoff seems to roll around unpredictably, making it hard to deterministically position it while keeping the groove facing outwards. 

Problem #2 is not too surprising give Steve's finding about the guide rod holding arm in ELOG 12264. Given that the tip is banged up, the guide rod does not sit straight in the arm, making it crooked. This would lead to the second standoff's groove not being well aligned to the suspension wire.

I will meditate on solutions to these problems... I have covered the optic and fixture with the same foil hut Koji made on Friday.

Also, I peeked at the aluminum standoffs under the microscope. Since the groove goes all the way around, we don't really know where the wire was seated before. Still, there are some places where the groove looks kind of worn:

  12285   Sun Jul 10 17:33:00 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

It took a little time, but I relocked the IMC and realigned to the point where the PRC is flashing, visible on REFL and AS, and tiny flashes are visible in TRY.

  12289   Mon Jul 11 15:13:22 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress: in-date First Contact procured

I have obtained 2x100cc bottles of in-date first contact from Garilynn (use before date is 09/14/2016) for cleaning of our test-masses. They are presently wrapped in foil in the plastic box with all the other first contact supplies.

Attachment 1: image.jpeg
  12290   Tue Jul 12 09:18:12 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralSlippery substance mystery

I found a note on Steve's desk that R. Abbott left yesterday afternoon about an unidentified slippery substance being present on the floor by cabinet S12, along the X arm. (Steve is away this week)

Just now, I found no trace of the substance in the vicinity of that cabinent (which is one of the cabinets for clean objects). Maybe the janitor cleaned it already?

  12291   Tue Jul 12 09:35:51 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralSlippery substance mystery

I've noticed the spot that Rich means before, too. I think you only notice this when you're wearing the shoe covers, not sneakers or crocs. I didn't see any 'substance', it seems more like the floor finish (wax?) seems to be more slippery in that area than others.


I found a note on Steve's desk that R. Abbott left yesterday afternoon about an unidentified slippery substance being present on the floor by cabinet S12, along the X arm. (Steve is away this week)

Just now, I found no trace of the substance in the vicinity of that cabinent (which is one of the cabinets for clean objects). Maybe the janitor cleaned it already?


  12292   Tue Jul 12 16:08:00 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX ruby guided gluing

[ericq, Koji]

We have positioned and applied epoxy to one ruby standoff on ETMX, for overnight curing according to the SOS standoff gluing procedure. This included:

  • Removing and reinserting the guiderod until the groove is properly oriented, as seen by microscope
  • finding the right vertical offset with the microscope + 3 axis micrometer stage
  • axial centering by equalizing the distances from the grove to each bevelled edge of the barrel with the microscope stage
  • mixing epoxy
  • Testing the mix by putting some drops on some foil, and putting that in a 200F oven for 15 minutes, and checking that it cured well
  • Applying some tiny droplets of expoxy using the tip of some copper wire, making an effort to keep epoxy away from the glue

Instead of trying to fix up a way of gluing the guiderod with the proper alignment, we chose to be more conservative and glue the standoff today, then switch the gluing fixture's arms tomorrow to glue the guide rod with the good fixture arm. 

Additionally, we chose to glue one of the more assymetric standoffs on this first side. What I mean by this is: We have 3 ruby standoffs with grooves. Two of them have the groove about 1/8th of the way along their length, and one has it about 1/4 of the way. Since the second standoff is going to be glued while suspended, after pitch balancing, we figure that we want to use the more centered groove on that side, meaning we used one of the 1/8th standoffs today.

Unfortunately, we neglected to take any pictures :/

  12294   Tue Jul 12 20:16:15 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus. 

  12295   Tue Jul 12 23:51:16 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMY inspection

On Monday I inspected ETMY, and found nothing really remarkable. There was only little dust on the HR side, and nothing visible in the center. The AR side has some visible dust, nothing too crazy, but some of it near the center.

  12296   Wed Jul 13 00:01:38 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralITMX dust

We ran out of illuminator juice, and short-term charging couldn't restore enough battery life to continue the work. We should be able to get some better pictures tomorrow.


Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus


  12297   Wed Jul 13 00:38:25 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMY attempted repositioning

[Lydia, Johannes]

We attempted to move the ETMY suspension near the access port in preparation for the cleaning process. The plan was to move in the face restraints first to the point of almost making contact, then the ones underneath so the optic is sitting on them, followed by the top one facing down, and then bringing in the stops on the faces.

While moving in the stoppers I noticed that the far lower stopper on the HR side was barely touching the face of the optic in its resting position and was basically pushing it sideways when moved forward. It was just on the edge, so I tried to compensate minimally by moving the underneath stops a little further on the near side, trying to let it 'slide' over a little so the screw would have better contact. I must have been too generous with the adjustment, because while proceeding I noticed at some point that the stick magnets on one side of the optic were not attached anymore but laying inside the OSEMs. The side magnet was also missing, it is now sitting on the suspension jig base plate. The dumbbells all seem intact, but we'll test them before we reglue the magnets to the optic. This is extremely unfortunate, but hopefully won't take too long to fix. At the very least, as Koji put it, the cleaning will be easier with the optic out of the suspension. Still, what a bummer.

  12298   Wed Jul 13 03:16:47 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Multicolor flash light:

- It seems that the usb port charging doesn't work.

- There is a battery charger on Steve's desk. I set the batteries on it.


White LED flash light:

- I temporarily brought a compatible charger from WB. It's charging two batteries behind the LCD display on my desk.


  12299   Wed Jul 13 15:35:56 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralVent Progress - ETMY repositioned and removed

[Lydia, Johannes]

Took photos to document the original OSEM orientation and wrote down the serial numbers for each position. We removed the OSEMs, moved the suspension to the accessible side of the table and took out the optic, which was brought to the clean room to have the magnets reglued. The ETMY chamber is now closed up with the OSEMs and clamps inside on the table, and should not need to be reopened until the magnets have been reattached. 

  12300   Wed Jul 13 21:13:51 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX guide rod gluing / ETMY Magnet gluing

[Eric, Koji]

  • ETMX: The Al guide rod has been glued on the mirror.
  • ETMY: The UR, LR, and SD magnets have been glued on the mirror.
  • For both, we are waiting for the glue getting cured.

Handing over message to the next step

  • ETMX: The arm of the fixture has probably been glued together with the guide rod. It has to be taken care when the fixture is removed.
    ETMX gluing section and Attachment 13)

ETMX: guide rod gluing (done) -> fixture unmounting side -> fixture setting -> magnet gluing -> suspend -> pitch balance -> ruby gluing -> air bake
ETMY: magnet (done) -> fixture unmounting -> air bake

ETMY gluing

Mirror transport:
- A transport setup was made with a donut holder for a 3" optic, glass jar, stain less tray, and a CS Stat zipbag. (Attachment 1)

- The magnets have been glued witht the gluing fixture. (Attachment 2)
- We checked the dimensions of the glued magnet and found that the thicker side has to be raised by 1mm. (We used the fact that the relative distance between the wire groove and the magnet is always the same.)
- The ETMs have 2.5deg wedge and this corresponds to 3.2mm height difference between the left and right edges. This meant that the thinner side had to be raised by 4.2mm.
- We used a 0.9mm Teflon sheet for the thicker side (Attachment 3) and two 2.2mm Teflon pieces for the thinner side (Attachment 4). For stabilization of the fixture, two Teflon tubes with a diameter of ~3mm are inserted to the top and bottom side of the mirror (Attachment 5).

Magnet orientation:
- Mirror orientation in the fixture (Attachment 6).
- It was confirmed that existing UR, LR, and Right SD magnets have the polarity of N facing out, S facing out, and N facing out. And we confirmed that this is consistent with ETMX and the procedure document (E970037)
- Along with the procedure document, we arranged the magnet-dumbbells UL, LL, and Left SD magnets to have S-out, N-out, and N-out. (Attachments 7, 8, and 9)

- In prior to gluing, all three dumbbells surfaces were cleaned by acetone and razor blade scrubbing.
- After the epoxy curing test (see below), the three magnet-dumbbell pairs have been glued on the mirror. A single dub of EP30-2 was applied to each dumbbell surface.

- Attachments 10, 11, and 12 shows how glue is spread at each joint.

ETMX gluing

Guide rod positioning:
- The longitudinal position of the guide rod was adjusted using the micrometer microscope such that it located at the center of the mirror thickness.
- The guide rod is not long enough to have the edges sticking out from the form of the fixture arm. Therefore only arm finger of the arm held the guide rod. 
- The height was adjusted to be 1.73mm (68mil) lower than the mirror scribe line. The mirror is fixed on the fixture upside down. So this bonds the guide rod above the scribe line.

- Then the epoxy was applied to the guide rod. The glue was applied to two edges of the rod, but capillary action spread the glue around the rod. It seemed that the fixture and the rod were connected with the glue. Care should be taken when the fixture is going to be removed. (Attachment 13)
- The top side (in the picture) where the stand-off will come is still relatively kept clean. So it must be OK for the stand off. If there is an issue, we can shave the epoxy with a razor blade.

Glue testing

- EP30-2 tends to fail to get cured. In order to check the mixture is properly made or not, we put a test piece into air bake oven.
- The procedure says, 200F 15min bake show if the glue is in a good shape or not.

- We have the temperature sensor setup on a air bake oven, but it seemed that the indicated temperature there is overestimate.
  The heating setting of 2 was enough to show the temp of 100degC although EP30-2 didn't get cured with this setting.

- Our experience says that heater setting of "5" makes the temperature ~90degC. On July 12nd, this setting showed the temp of 90degC. Today (July 13rd) it didn't. In the both cases, the epoxy got cured nicely. So we should use this setting.

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  12301   Thu Jul 14 01:00:33 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX ruby guided gluing

Today I took the picture of the glued ruby stand-off. The groove has not been invaded by the epoxy!

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  12302   Thu Jul 14 22:29:57 2016 ericq UpdateGeneralETMX guide rod gluing / ETMY Magnet gluing

The pickle puckers came off ETMY cleanly yes ETMY now rests in the ring holder, under a glass jar, with all of its magnets.

We removed the guiderod gluing fixture from ETMX without any apparent damage to the fixture arm, optic, or guiderod epoxy joint. 

I started measuring some distances on the optic for the side magnet gluing, but am not sure of it yet. So, I didn't manage to start the gluing today. 

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