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  10062   Wed Jun 18 18:16:26 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsChanges to the PD frequency response measurement system

[Nichin, Eric G, Koji]

Continuing out work from elog:10037, we wanted to check if the frequency response of AS55. Having figured out exactly how to use the Laser diode controller (LDC 3744C), we hooked up a fiber power meter to the optical fiber illuminating AS55 (that we disconnected from its mount last Friday ) and raised up the current to 150mA to get almost 0.8mW power reading.

When aligning the fiber to illuminate the PD, we found that the beam was pretty wide. So we pulled out the collimator and tweaked it to get a focused beam. The fiber was mounted back and was aligned to get a maximum DC reading. The multimeter readout 30mV finally. Taking the transimpedence as 200ohm approx., the hot current is about 1.5mA.

Network analyzer was now connected to the modulation input of the laser and the RF output from REF DET and AS55 (inputs to RF switch at rack 1Y1) were connected as input to measure the transfer function. We got just noise on the scope of NA. So, then we tried REFL33 as the Input and still got nothing (We were also not sure if this PD was properly illuminated, we did not check). However the REF DET was giving a nice response on the scope. Turns out all the PDs were disconnected form the Demodulator (D990511) on rack 1Y2.

On closer inspection the RF cable between domodulator and RF switch that was labelled AS55 had a loose SMA connector at the switch end. I will have to fix that tomorrow . For the time being Koji connected the cable labelled REFL33 to the AS55 demodulator and we finally got a response form the AS55 PD on the NA. However no readings were recorded. The power supply to REF DET was turned off in the end as Eric G claimed that it has been ON for almost a year now, which is not a good thing. Also, we removed the modulation input from NA to the diode laser and terminated the input with a 50ohm terminator.

We planned to pull out and check each and every RF cable (especially the SMA ends for faulty soldering and loose connections) and fix/ replace them as needed.

  10079   Fri Jun 20 11:41:18 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsTransimpedence measurement-BBPD

EDIT: Please ignore the following data. The revised data and plot are in Elog 10089 

Yesterday evening, I conducted the same measurements done in Elog-10059 using the same REF PD (NF 1611) and the same model of BBPD, but on different piece that needed to be checked. 

I moved the NA from near rack 1Y1 to the Jenne laser table and back again after the readings were done.

 Acquiring data

  • The following conditions were set on Network Analyzer Agilent 4395:

1) Frequency sweep range: 1MHz to 300 MHz.

2) Number of Points sampled in  the range: 201

3) Type of sweep: Logarithmic

  • Set the NA to give the corresponding transfer function value (output of BBPD over output of 1611) and also Phase response in degrees.
  • Save the data into floppy disk for processing on the computer.

 Results

The Plots of transimpedence obtained are attached. The data and matlab code used is in the zip file.

The transimpedance of  Broadband photodiode (D1002969-v8) was around 50kV/A-70kV/A (Unusually high) for most of the range (2), but the value started falling as the frequency approached 200 MHz.

 

The high impedance might be because the PD is faulty.   

 

 

 

 

  10082   Fri Jun 20 16:36:44 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsRF cables removed

 [Nichin, Eric G]

As mentioned in Elog 10062, we found RF cables running between demodulators in rack 1Y2 and RF switch in 1Y1 to have bad SMA connectors (No shield / bad soldering / no caps).

we pulled out all the cables belonging to PD frequency response measurement system , 8 in total, and all of them about 5.5m in length.

Their labels read :

REFL33, REFL11, REFL55, AS55, POX11, REFL165, POP22 and POP110. 

All of them are now sitting inside a plastic box in the contorl room.

On another note, instead of fixing all the cables ourselves, Steve and Eric G decided to order custom made RF cables from Pasternack as professionally soldered cables are worth it. We have placed an order for 2 cables (RG405-550CM) to check out  and test them before we order all of the cables.

  10086   Sat Jun 21 01:25:12 2014 NichinHowToElectronicsPD Trasimpedence measurement theory

 Here is the logic that I have been using to calculate the transimpedence of PDs. Please let me know if you think anything is wrong.

  10087   Sat Jun 21 01:46:28 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsBBPD Transimepedence plot

Sorry for the late update Koji.

There was a bug in my code that was pointed out by koji and here is the revised plot of transimpedence. The correct code attached.

The transimpedence value is unusually high, about 50kV/A-70kV/A for most of the range. The same was observed when the transimpedence was calculated on another BBPD in Elog.

It is highly unlikely that both the BBPDs are faulty and might be because I am doing the calculations wrong. Must dig deeper into this. Maybe it is a good idea to try the shot noise method of calculating the transimpedence and see how the values turn out. Will do that ASAP.

  10089   Mon Jun 23 21:16:14 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsTransimpedence measurement-BBPD

  [Nichin, Koji] 

Today evening, me and koji decided to get down to the problem of why the trasimpedence plots were not as they were supposed to be for Broadband photodiode (D1002969-v8) S1200269. There were a few problems that we encountered:

  • Turns out the REF PD was not illuminated properly, for maximum output. The DC output voltage turned out to be much higher than the previous measurement. Since I assumed that the REF PD had not been touched since the first day I took readings, I did not check this.
  • The fork holding the Test PD was a bit out of shape and only one side of it was clamping down the PD. This made the PD vulnerable swivel about that one side. We replaced it with a new one.
  • I was setting the current diving the Jenne laser to about 20mA and this resulted in nocthes at higer frequencies in the network analyzer due to over driving of the diode laser. Once we reduced this to about 12.5-13 mA they disappeared. Also, the current limit setting was set at 40mA which is way too high for the jenne laser and might have resulted in damaging it if someone had accidentally increased the current. We have now set it at 20mA.

After these changes the measurements are as follows:

I moved the NA from near rack 1Y1 to the Jenne laser table. 

 Acquiring data

  • Jenne Laser driving current: 12.8mA 
  • The following conditions were set on Network Analyzer Agilent 4395:

 

1) Frequency sweep range: 1MHz to 300 MHz.

2) Number of Points sampled in  the range: 801

3) Type of sweep: Logarithmic

  • Set the NA to give the corresponding transfer function value (output of BBPD over output of 1611) and also Phase response in degrees.
  • Save the data into floppy disk for processing on the computer.

 Results

DC output voltage of REF PD: 0.568V

DC output voltage of BBPD: 18mV

Power incident on REF PD and BBPD respectively: 0.184mW  and 0.143mW

Hence, Responsivity for REF PD and BBPD respectively:  0.315 A/W and 0.063 A/W 

Responsivity given in the Datasheet for REF PD and BBPD : 0.68 A/W and 0.1 A/W

 

 

The reason for these differences are unknown to me and must be investigated.

The Plots of transimpedence obtained are attached. The data and matlab code used is in the zip file.

The transimpedance of  Broadband photodiode (D1002969-v8) S1200269 was around 1kV/A-2kV/A for most of the range, but the value started falling as the frequency approached 100 MHz. This BBPD is best when used at 10-30 MHz.

  10093   Tue Jun 24 16:52:43 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsAn RF cable re-installed

Quote:

 [Nichin, Eric G]

As mentioned in Elog 10062, we found RF cables running between demodulators in rack 1Y2 and RF switch in 1Y1 to have bad SMA connectors (No shield / bad soldering / no caps).

we pulled out all the cables belonging to PD frequency response measurement system , 8 in total, and all of them about 5.5m in length.

Their labels read :

REFL33, REFL11, REFL55, AS55, POX11, REFL165, POP22 and POP110. 

All of them are now sitting inside a plastic box in the contorl room.

On another note, instead of fixing all the cables ourselves, Steve and Eric G decided to order custom made RF cables from Pasternack as professionally soldered cables are worth it. We have placed an order for 2 cables (RG405-550CM) to check out  and test them before we order all of the cables.

 The new RF cables arrived. But unfortunately we did not realize that RG405 was a Semi-rigid coax cable, with a copper shielding. These are meant to be installed in setups that will not be changed / disturbed. We need to order a different set of cables. The new cables have joined the other cables in the plastic box mentioned above.

For now to check if the old setup is still working, I have installed an RF cable (that we earlier pulled out and looks like in good shape, labelled REFL33) between the AS55 Demodulator output PD RF MON in rack 1Y2 and the network analyzer input. Since Manasa and the others were busy working with the interferometer, I did not switch on the laser and did not take any readings. The power supply to REF DET remains off.

I will continue with the measurements tomorrow morning and also try to get the data wirelessly using Alex's code. 

  10097   Wed Jun 25 02:01:21 2014 NichinSummaryGeneralWeekly Report

 Attached is the weekly work plan / equipment requirement / lab expert's presence needed for the upcoming week.

  10102   Wed Jun 25 17:13:10 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsLaser power check - PDFR system

[Nichin, Manasa]

I wanted to make sure Alex's system of Diode laser + laser controller + optical splitter was working fine and then make a manual measurement for AS55 PD. Manasa was supervising my work and helping me with unhooking the fibers and taking power meter readings. I have tuned on the power to REF DET from under the POY table.

I switched on the laser sitting in the 1Y1 rack and turned up the driving current to 240mA. On checking the laser power readings at AS55 (AS table) and REF DET (POY table) simultaneously, we got readings of 1.6mA and 2.4mA respectively. This much difference in readings was not expected and I did not continue taking the readings for transimpedence measurement.

I will rectify if this unequal splitting of power by the 1x16 optical splitter is going to cause any difficulties for the automated PDFR system measurement technique and resolve it if needed.

 

  10105   Wed Jun 25 20:45:04 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsAS55 Bodeplot

 [Nichin]

I finally did carry out a measurement on the network analyzer. This proves that the previous system will work properly. Just the optical splitter problem is to be taken care of.

For this, after Elog 10102, I did not touch any of the tables or photodiodes. Only turned on the laser at 1Y1 and took readings from the NA located nearby. I switched off the laser after measurements. The power to REF PD remains on.

I plotted transimpedence plots in the usual way and got ridiculous values of 15 ohms at 55MHz. Obviously there is the problem of varying amount of power illuminating the REF PD and AS55.

So, I just plotted the bode plots of transfer function got from the NA to check if the characteristics of AS55 looks as it was supposed to be and Yes! I got a nice peak at 55MHz.

 

Acquiring data

 RACK 1Y1

  • Diode Laser driving current: 240mA 
  • The following conditions were set on Network Analyzer Agilent 4395:

 

1) Frequency sweep range: 1MHz to 100 MHz.

2) Number of Points sampled in  the range: 801

3) Type of sweep: Linear

  • Set the NA to give the corresponding transfer function value (output of AS55 over output of 1611) and also Phase response in degrees.
  • Save the data into floppy disk for processing on the computer.

 

 

The experimental values obtained were:

DC output voltage of REF PD: 7.48V

DC output voltage of AS55: 53.7mV

Power incident on REF PD and AS55 respectively: 2.4mW  and 1.6mW

Taking the DC transimpedence of AS55 as 66.2 ohms (from schematic given at D1300586-v1) and for REF PD as 1E04 ohms

Hence, Responsivity for REF PD and AS55 respectively are:  0.312 A/W and 0.51 A/W

 

The data and code used are in the zip file.

  10108   Fri Jun 27 18:07:38 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsUpdated script for acquiring data from Agilent 4395A network analyzer

The updated script for remotely getting data from Agilent 4395A network analyzer is located at /users/nichin

This network analyzer device is located at crocetta.martian (192.168.113.108)

How to run the script:

> python NWAG4395A_modified.py [filename.yml]

  1. The script accepts sweep parameters and output options via a .yml file that is written following a template that can be found at /users/nichin/NWAG4395template.yml
  2. The data obtained is stored as a .dat file and the corresponding details regarding the acquired data is in a .par parameter file
  3. You can choose to get a plot of the data obtained by specifying it in the .yml file. The plots are automatically stored as PDF.
  4. Plots, data and parameter files are all stored in a new folder that is created with a timestamp in its name.
  5. NOTE: Plotting options are only available in computers running numpy versions of 1.6.0 or above. The plotting sections of the code worked on Chiara, which has a 1.6.1 numpy, but did not work on Rossa which only had 1.3.0 numpy. Anyway, I have added an extra function that checks the version and skips the plotting part if needed.

Test Run:

I connected a simple 2MHz Low pass filter between the modulation output and signal input of the NA and ran a scan from 0Hz to 20MHz. The script was run from Chiara.

The expected plot was obtained and is attached here.

Further work:

I now have to work on setting up the RF switch in rack 1Y1 to select between required PDs and also on the code that chooses which channel is being selected.

There is also a problem of 2 8x1 RF switches being present, instead of one 16x1. Alex's code for RF switching does not take this into account.

RXA: I've deleted your plot because it didn't meet the minimal Bode plot standards. Please look up "Bode Plot" using Google/Wikipedia and try to follow some good example. Bode plot should contain Phase as well as magnitude. Also, the axes must be labeled with some physical units.

  10111   Mon Jun 30 00:18:15 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsUpdated script for acquiring data from Agilent 4395A network analyzer

Quote:

 

RXA: I've deleted your plot because it didn't meet the minimal Bode plot standards. Please look up "Bode Plot" using Google/Wikipedia and try to follow some good example. Bode plot should contain Phase as well as magnitude. Also, the axes must be labeled with some physical units.

Sorry Rana for not giving much attention to the plot. I will definitely change the way they are being plotted.

I was more focused on getting the data acquisition to work. Also, the current script gets only the magnitude and not the phase... I still have to work on that.

  10123   Wed Jul 2 16:16:45 2014 NichinUpdateGeneralLAN wire added

 [Nichin, Eric Q]

We added a new LAN wire from Rack 1Y4 to 1Y1 to connect the RF switch at 1Y1 to the martian network. The wire is labelled "To RF Switch (1Y1)"

The wire was run along the Y arm in the tray right next to the vaccum chamber, not the one on top.

 

  10128   Thu Jul 3 16:28:38 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsRF cables installed

 [ Nichin, Eric G]

RF cables have been installed between deomodulator output PD RF MON and the RF switch for the following PDs:

 REFL33, AS55, REFL55,REFL165,REFL11,POX11,POP22

The cables are labelled on both ends and have been run on the overhead tray.

The cabling looks neat on 1Y2, but not so much in 1Y1(RF switch). I will better organize them later.

There were quite a few more demodulator units labelled with PD names. Do any of them need to be included in the automated frequency response measurement system? Please let me know so that I can include them to the RF switch and check them for proper illumination, which i will do for all the above PDs next week.

Test run:

I tested the RF switch selection code and then the data acquisition code for the NWAG4395A network analyzer and they both seemed to work fine. I selected the channel to which AS55 is hooked up to and then remotely got its transfer function.

There is quite some noise in the system as the plot shows. Especially the phase. Maybe my driving power was a bit too low. Have to figure out the reason behind this.

Further work:

  • Make sure all the PDs are properly illuminated.
  • Create a DC voltage reading's database for all PDs.
  • Canonical plots for each PD to compare with the current data.
  • Implement a script to fit the transfer function and extract required information about the PD.

 

 

 

  10143   Mon Jul 7 17:20:09 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsRF PDs needed

Quote:

Quote:

 REFL33, AS55, REFL55,REFL165,REFL11,POX11,POP22

There were quite a few more demodulator units labelled with PD names. Do any of them need to be included in the automated frequency response measurement system? Please let me know so that I can include them to the RF switch and check them for proper illumination, which i will do for all the above PDs next week.

 In the order that makes more sense to me, it looks like you have:

REFL11, REFL33, REFL55, REFL165,

AS55

POX11

POP22

We don't really need POP22 right now, although we do want the facility to do both POP22 and POP110 for when we (eventually) put in a better PD there.  Also, we want cabling for POP55, so that we can illuminate it after we re-install it.  If we're working on 2f PDs, we might as well consider AS110 also, although I don't know that there was a fiber layed for it.  The big one that you're missing is POY11.

 A new RF cable has been included for POY11. Cabling for POP55 and POP110 might or might not exist. I will check and report it.

  10145   Mon Jul 7 18:38:27 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsRF cables rerouted

Quote:

The RF cables have been routed incorrectly. The cables run to the module from the front of the rack. We cannot close the doors to the racks if they are to remain this way.

I have asked Nichin to reroute the cables properly.

RF cables have been rerouted from the side of the rack, under the supervising eye of Manasa.

I moved the red ladder from near 1X4 to 1Y1 and back again.

Current list of RF cables:

REFL11, REFL33, REFL55, REFL165,

AS55

POX11

POP22

POY11

I have not connected them to the RF switch yet. ( until I figure out how to get both the switches working properly)

  10152   Tue Jul 8 15:07:24 2014 NichinHowToElectronicsRF Multiplexer in rack 1Y1

The RF multiplexer is configured as shown in the figure. It is now effectively a 15x1 RF mux.

RF_Multiplexers.png

To select a required channel:

Run the script as shown below 

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/rfMux.py

>python rfMux.py ch11

For channel 10 to 16, you can just enter the required channel number and it is routed to the output.

For channel 1 to 8, you only need to input the required channel number as above. No need to run the code again to select ch9 after selecting ch1-8

 

How the NI-8100 controller works:

Whenever any channel of one switch is selected, the output of the other switch is set to its ch0 (ch1 and ch9 in the figure).

So selecting ch1-8 will automatically select ch9 as output for the other switch. IF you send a command to select ch9 afterwards, the first switch will be automatically set to ch1 and not stay on what you had selected before.

  10154   Tue Jul 8 16:45:15 2014 NichinUpdateGeneralWeekly plan

 My plan for next week is...

1)    1) Taking DC output readings with multimeter for each PD to create a database for all the PDs. Requires taking off the table tops for each PD.  Also, making sure each PD is illuminated properly.

    2 - 3 Hours inside the lab 

    Requires presence of expert

Occupies all the PDs , RF switch and the Network analyzer.

2)    2)  Integrate the switch selection script with the Network analyzer script to complete the automation part of the project.  (If time permits, build a simple GUI for easy operation)

Occupies the control room computer, RF switch and the Network analyzer

3)    3)  Create a database of canonical plots for each PD to compare with the current plot and maybe even plot the difference between the current plot and canonical plot.

Occupies the control room computer, PDs , RF switch and the Network analyzer.

4)    4)  Fit the transfer function or transimpedance using vector fitting. (vectfit4.m)

5)    5) Update 40m-Wiki

6)    6) Progress Report to be submitted to SFP.

  10166   Wed Jul 9 17:34:11 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsPDFR: Beam pointing adjustments and DC measurements

 [Nichin, Manasa]

AIM: Taking DC output readings with multimeter for each PD to create a database (required for transimpedance calculations), by taking off the table tops. Also, making sure each PD is illuminated properly.

What we did:

  • In rack 1Y1: Diode laser controller was set to 150.0 mA at all times. This gave powers in the neighbourhood of 1mW at the end of fibers illuminating all PDs. The laser outputs light of 1064nm wavelength. The laser was switched off in the end.
  • Checked the collimation of the fiber for each PD. In some cases they were not focused to give a sharp spot, so we had to unmount the fibers and fix it and mount them back. Manasa did it initially and I learnt how it was done properly. Eventually I got better and did it myself (under her supervision)
  • Set the mount alignment for maximum illumination of the PD.
  • Record the power falling on the laser and also the DC voltage output. Any light that did not come from my fiber was blocked when taking the readings and then unblocked. I also took care of offset voltage present when taking the DC readings.

Recorded measurements:

REFL11:   Pinc = 0.91 mW         VDC = 34.9 mV 

REFL33:   Pinc = 0.83 mW         VDC = 33.2 mV 

REFL55:   Pinc = 1.08 mW         VDC = 42.7 mV 

REFL165: Pinc = 0.79 mW         VDC = 115.3 mV

AS55:         Pinc = 0.78 mW         VDC = 31.3 mV

POX11:      Pinc = 0.83 mW         VDC = 34.7 mV

POP22**:   Pinc = 1.08 mW         VDC = 5.82 mV

POY11:      Not illuminated; there was no optical fiber mount. Although, there was a fiber near it with a cap on the end. It also looks like there is no space to put in a new mount near the PD. 

REF PD:    Pinc = 1.19 mW         VDC = 8.2 V     (REF PD = New focus 1611)

**Note: The current POP 22 PD does not have 2 different outputs for DC and RF signals. I unplugged the RF cable from the output, took readings with the multimeter and then plugged back the RF cable.

Further work:

I will calculate the responsivity for each PD and compare it to the expected values. 

  10183   Fri Jul 11 11:51:03 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsPDFR: List of DC transimpedances

The following values are going to be entered in the param_[PDname].yml file for each PD. I am elogging them for future reference.

I got the values from combing schematics and old Elog entries. Please let me know if you believe the values are different.

  • AS55: 66.2 ohms
  • REFL11 : 66.2 ohms 
  • REFL33 : 50.2 ohms
  • REFL55: 50 ohms (Elog 4605)
  • REFL165: 50.2 ohms
  • POY11: 66.2 ohms
  • POX11: 50.2 ohms
  • REF (NF1611): 700 ohms
  • POP22: ?? (This is currently a Thorlab BBPD )
  10186   Fri Jul 11 17:49:12 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsNew Prologix GPIB-Ethernet controller

I have configured a NEW Prologix GPIB-Ethernet controller to use with HP8591E Spectrum analyzer that sits right next to the control room computers.

Static IP: 192.168.113.109

Mask: 255.255.255.0

Gateway: 192.168.113.2

I have no clue how to give it a name like "something.martian" and to update the martian host table (Somebody please help!!)

 

  10192   Mon Jul 14 12:49:07 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsNew Prologix GPIB-Ethernet controller

Quote:

Quote:

I have configured a NEW Prologix GPIB-Ethernet controller to use with HP8591E Spectrum analyzer that sits right next to the control room computers.

Static IP: 192.168.113.109

Mask: 255.255.255.0

Gateway: 192.168.113.2

I have no clue how to give it a name like "something.martian" and to update the martian host table (Somebody please help!!) 

The instructions for adding a name to the martian DNS table are in the wiki page that I pointed you to:

https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Martian_Host_Table

The instructions at https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Martian_Host_Table   are outdated!

The name server configuration is currently at /etc/bind/zones/martian.db [ source: elog:10067 ]

 

Anyway, I need superuser access to edit the files, which I don't have. Even if I did know the password, I don't think it's a good idea for me to be messing around. So any of the 40m folks please update the martian table to include:

santuzza.martian  192.168.113.109

 

  10196   Mon Jul 14 16:51:07 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsMartian table updated, Named server restarted

 [Nichin, Jenne]

The martian lookup tables are located at /etc/bind/zones/martian.db  and etc/bind/zones/rev.113.168.192.in-addr.arpa

Jenne updated these to include santuzza.martian  192.168.113.109

 

 

The method to restart named server given at  https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Martian_Host_Table  also does not work.

I restarted it using  >sudo /etc/init.d/bind9 restart

The named server is now updated and works fine. :)  I will update the 40m wiki now.

  10197   Mon Jul 14 17:51:34 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMEDM for PDFR system

14.pngA

 Successfully completed the rudimentary GUI for PDFR system. (users/nichin/PDFR)

Pressing any of the buttons above runs the script that does the following:

1) Change RF mux channel to the required one.

2) Frequency sweep on the network analyzer. The common sweep parameters are in a file named param_NWAG4395A.yml . PD specific parameters are in param_[PD name].yml in their respective folders

3) The transimpedance is calculated and the plot is saved as PDF in the respective folder for the PD. Each set of measurement data and plot is in a timestamped subfolder.

Further work:

To take transimpedance readings for each PD and create a canonical set of data that can be used to compare with data obtained for every measurement run.

  10202   Tue Jul 15 12:36:17 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsRF cables rerouted

Quote:

 

I have not connected them to the RF switch yet. ( until I figure out how to get both the switches working properly)

 I went into the lab and connected the RF cables to the Mux. Will take measurements for each PD henceforth.

  10210   Wed Jul 16 01:27:01 2014 NichinHowToComputer Scripts / ProgramsHP8591E spectrum analyzer remote scan

The script for running continuous scans on HP 8591E spectrum analyzer is located at scripts/general/netgpibdata/HP8591E_contdScan.py

Give the file HP8591E_param.yml as an argument when running the script. This contains the sweep parameters: Start and stop frequencies along with the place where the plot is stored as a PDF.

The default PDF is located on the Desktop and is named HP8591E_View.pdf     Open this using okular and then run the script.  (Okular pdf viewer automatically reloads the PDF as and when a new one is created)

What the script does:

1) Set the start and stop frequencies as given in the .yml file

2) Take a data trace and plot it in a PDF.

3) Repeat taking traces and update the PDF. Untill Ctrl+C is pressed (PDF refresh rate: approximately every 3 seconds )

4) Exit smoothly after the keyboard interrupt.

Other details:

This spectrum analyzer is connected to a GPIB - Ethernet controller that is configured as santuzza.martian (192.168.113.109)

I have currently stolen the wireless modem from the spectrum analyzer inside the lab (vanna.martian) and using it for this one. *poker face*

To improve:

Get the plot to show where the two biggest peaks are located. Currently it recognizes only the biggest one.

Possibly have makers on the two peaks.

PFA a sample pdf

  10212   Wed Jul 16 01:46:41 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsTest run of PDFR system

A test run was conducted on the PDFR system last afternoon and transimpedance plots were generated for 6 of the PDs. The laser was shut down after the test run.

I have not verified (yet) if the transimpedance values indicated by the plots are correct or not. The values mostly look INCORRECT. But the peaks are exactly where they need to be. *phew!*

Reasons: Incorrect calibration, Light other than from the PDFR system fibers on the PDs

Will have to work on debugging all this.

  10213   Wed Jul 16 01:54:25 2014 NichinUpdateGeneralWork plan for next week

1) Debugging transimpedance calculations in the PDFR

Requires presence of an expert whenever I get inside the lab to take DC measurements or check the illuminating fibers.

2) Creating and incorporating canonical data plots with every measurement of PDFR.

3) Transfer function fitting for transimpedance

4) Improve the Spectrum analyzer scan scripts as mentioned in my elog.

  10217   Wed Jul 16 17:06:41 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsHP8591E spectrum analyzer remote scan

Updated script does the following:

1) Gets the highest 2 peaks

2) Puts a marker on the peaks. Now it looks very similar to the spectrum analyzer display.

3) The refresh rate is still 3 seconds. It might become better if the analyzer was hooked up to a wired martian LAN port rather than the wireless module I am using now.

PFA a sample pdf

  10229   Thu Jul 17 16:39:34 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsPDFR debugging attempt : REFL11

In a attempt to debug the values of transimpedance generated by the PDFR system, I did a manual measurement for REFL11 PD.

  • Took the tops off AS and POY tables. (REFL11 and REF PD) Under the supervising eye of Manasa
  • Verify that no extra light is falling on REFL11.
  • Retake DC voltage readings, power readings.
  • Manually set the sweep parameters and record readings from network analyzer.
  • Put the tops back on the tables
  • Calculate transimpedance 

Results:

REF PD(1611):

Pinc = 1.12 mW                 T_dc = 10000 V/A (datasheet)

Vdc = 7.68 V                      T_rf = 700 V/A (datasheet)

Calculated Responsivity = 0.68 A/W (Which matches perfectly with the datasheet value of 0.68 A/W) 

REFL11:

Pinc = 0.87 mV             T_dc = 66.2 V/A (schematic)

Vdc = 32.5 mV      

Calculated Responsivity = 0.56 A/W

 

 

Network analyzer reading at 11 MHz : 0.42

Calculated RF Transimpedance = 460 V/A

40m Wiki : RF Transimpedance = 4 kV/A

I ran the same measurement using PDFR system and got the same results.

Attached: the automatic data and plot obtained.

Conclusion:  The PDFR system and manual measurements agree with each other. However the values do not match with 40m Wiki. I have no clue about which measurement is correct or any mistakes I might be making in the calculations. 

 

  10238   Fri Jul 18 17:10:57 2014 NichinSummaryElectronicsCharacterization of demodulator boards.

Rack 1Y2, I took transfer function measurements for each of the following demodulator boards: REFL11, REFL33, REFL55, REFL165, AS55, POP22, POX11 and POY11.

What I did:

1) Removed the wire at PD Input to demodulator board.

2) Put the MOD output from network analyzer into PD input of board.

3) Ran a sweep from 100kHz to 100MHz.

4) Measured the transfer function between PD RF MON and PD Input. (The PD RF MON signal came out of the RF multiplexer, so the mux is included as well )

5) Put the original wire back at PD Input.

Results:

The plots clearly show an attenuation of 20dB (factor of 10) for all the demodulator boards. This explains why my transimpedance measurements are off by 10 times.

Note: for REFL 165, there was an extra 100MHz high pass filter installed at PD Input. I did not remove this and made my measurements along with this.

To Do:

a) Modify the PDFR system to calibrate out this attenuation.

b) Measure the transfer function between the input and output of RF mux, so that we can have just the transfer function between PD input an PD RF MON (for documentation's sake)

 

  10252   Tue Jul 22 15:50:35 2014 NichinSummaryElectronicsCharacterization of demodulator boards.

Quote:

Rack 1Y2, I took transfer function measurements for each of the following demodulator boards: REFL11, REFL33, REFL55, REFL165, AS55, POP22, POX11 and POY11.

What I did:

1) Removed the wire at PD Input to demodulator board.

2) Put the MOD output from network analyzer into PD input of board.

3) Ran a sweep from 100kHz to 100MHz.

4) Measured the transfer function between PD RF MON and PD Input. (The PD RF MON signal came out of the RF multiplexer, so the mux is included as well )

5) Put the original wire back at PD Input.

Results:

The plots clearly show an attenuation of 20dB (factor of 10) for all the demodulator boards. This explains why my transimpedance measurements are off by 10 times.

Note: for REFL 165, there was an extra 100MHz high pass filter installed at PD Input. I did not remove this and made my measurements along with this.

To Do:

a) Modify the PDFR system to calibrate out this attenuation.

b) Measure the transfer function between the input and output of RF mux, so that we can have just the transfer function between PD input an PD RF MON (for documentation's sake)

 

I repeated the exact steps above and made sure everything was back where it should be after I was done.

Reason I had to retake the measurements:

My script for acquiring data from the AG4395A network analyzer was such that it first acquired the magnitude data from channel 1 and then recorded phase data from channel 2 without holding its trace. Hence the phase and magnitude data were not exactly in sync with each other. So, when I tried to fit the data to a model using vector fitting, I ended up with very bad results.

I have now changed every single script relating to the network analyzer to just get the real and imaginary data in one go and then calculate the phase using this data.

The fitting process is now in progress and results will be up shortly.

  10260   Wed Jul 23 10:40:23 2014 NichinUpdateGeneralWeekly Update

To do:

  1. Measure and calibrate out  attenuation and phase changes due to RF cables in the PDFR system.
  2. Create a database of canonical plots for comparison each time new data is acquired.
  3. Vector fitting or LISO fitting of transimpedance curves.

Does not require time from a lab expert.

  10263   Wed Jul 23 11:54:27 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsCharacterization of demodulator boards.

Quote:

 

I repeated the exact steps above and made sure everything was back where it should be after I was done.

Reason I had to retake the measurements:

My script for acquiring data from the AG4395A network analyzer was such that it first acquired the magnitude data from channel 1 and then recorded phase data from channel 2 without holding its trace. Hence the phase and magnitude data were not exactly in sync with each other. So, when I tried to fit the data to a model using vector fitting, I ended up with very bad results.

I have now changed every single script relating to the network analyzer to just get the real and imaginary data in one go and then calculate the phase using this data.

The fitting process is now in progress and results will be up shortly.

The plots in the previous Elog includes delay and a little attenuation by RF cables and the RF mux.

Today I separately calculated the delay and attenuation for an RG405 cable (550 cm) and the RF mux(using really small RF cables). These delays should be accounted for when fitting the transfer function of Demodulator boards and transimpedance of PDs.

The plots are in both semilogx and linear.

  10265   Wed Jul 23 18:53:11 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsTime delay in RG405 coaxial cables

 A time delay can be modeled as the exponential transfer function :  e(-sTd)  as seen HERE . Therefore the slope of the phase gives us the time delay.

A RG405 coaxial cable, exactly 5.5 meters in length, was fit to an ideal delay function e(-sTd) , with Td = 150 ns.

The plots shows the actual data, fit data and data after correction using the ideal model stated above.

Conclusion:

Delay in RG405 cables is approximately 27.27 ns per meter. This value can be used to correct the phase in measurements of transimpedance for each PD by dividing out the ideal transfer function for time delay.

[EDIT: This looks like we have about 12 % the speed of light inside the RF cables. Too small to be true. I will check tomorrow if the Network analyzer itself has some delay and update this value.]

The varying attenuation of about 1dB due to the cable is not compensated by this. We need to separately include this.

Things to do:

1) Get the length of RF cables that is being used by each PD, so that the compensation can be made.

2) Calculate the attenuation and delay caused by RF multiplexer and Demodulator boards. Include these in the correction factor for transimpedance measurements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  10266   Wed Jul 23 19:30:34 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsTime delay in the RF multiplexer (Rack 1Y1)

A time delay can be modeled as the exponential transfer function :  e(-sTd)  as seen HERE . Therefore the slope of the phase gives us the time delay.

The transfer function of RF multiplexer in rack 1Y1 (NI PXI-2547) was fit to an ideal delay function e(-sTd) , with Td = 59 ns.

The plots shows the actual data, fit data and data after correction using the ideal model stated above.

Conclusion:

Delay the RF Multiplexer is approximately 59 ns. This value can be used to correct the phase in measurements of transimpedance for each PD by dividing out the ideal transfer function for time delay.

 

  10280   Mon Jul 28 10:42:43 2014 NichinUpdateElectronicsDemodulator board's characterization

 I used vector fitting to fit the transfer functions between RF input and PD RF MON of demodulator boards. These fittings can certainly do a lot better on LISO, but for the time being I will assume these to be good enough and change the main PDFR scripts to calibrate out this factor and get a decent reading of PD transimpedance. Then it will just be a matter of changing the transfer function parameters. A lot of work needs to be done on the PDFR interface and plot features.

Attached: The plots showing data and fits.

  10288   Tue Jul 29 18:58:57 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPDFR update and Test run

The PDFR system's interface and scripts have been updated to include quite a few more features.

On the interface side, there are buttons to open the previous plot for each PD and also a single button to run the scans on all PDs sequentially. The previous plot buttons actually open a softlink that is updated each time a measurement is taken.

Running a scan now pops up a terminal window to show messages that help understand whats going on.

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In the background, the script now takes in the transfer function of the demodulator board in ZPK format and calibrates it out of each measurement. The parameters are given .dat files making it easier to replace the transfer function. (Remember my last elog which showed that the fitting of transfer functions were not really great and that I am going to use it anyway to get the script updated.)  Also, the script now takes the delay in the RF cables and calibrates out that as well. So we no longer have the huge phase variations and the phase related to transimpedance are visible.

A test run was conducted today. Plots attached.

NOTE: The test can be conducted only on REFL 11,33,55,165 , AS55, and POX11.

POY11 has an optical fiber routed from this system, but there is no space to actually illuminate this PD. So it is currently not included in our system, even though there is a button for this.

POP22 has a fiber illuminating it, but its a unknown broadband PD. I do not know it's DC transimpedance or other values. Its just of matter of updating a few files that feed it's parameters into PDFR.

However, for the above PDs, the demodulator boards have been fit to a transfer function and the script is ready to go as soon as the above problems are fixed.

Conclusion: The plots look noisy. But, the transimpedance now resembles the one on 40-m wiki for all the PDs, both the shape and values.

There will be some errors that are induced because of improper demodulator TF fitting. This has to be taken care of eventually.

Work remaining: Create a canonical set of plots for each PD and set them as the baseline. These canonical plots will be plotted along with each measurement for easy comparison.

A well documented manual for the whole system clearly explaining where and how it takes all the parameters into account so that anybody can easy update just the essential information.

  10305   Thu Jul 31 12:01:35 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPDFR update

The Transimpedance plots of PDFR now have a reference plot or baseline plot along with the current measurement, for easy comparision.

Current Work: Getting Matlab's vectfit3 to work simultaneously on the transimpedance readings and print the zeros and poles alongside the plots. 

  10332   Tue Aug 5 17:24:37 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsPDFR update

The PDFR system now has the capability to automatically run vectfit3.mat using a wrapper script named vectorfitzpk.m

This is done via a shell script being called from inside python that inturn runs the matlab script.

  10346   Thu Aug 7 13:39:41 2014 NichinUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsWrapping up PDFR

1)The PDFR scripts have all been migrated into /scripts/PDFR/

2) The MEDM screen to run PDFR is /medm/MISC/PDFR.adl

3) A new button has been added on sitemap to open the above medm window.

4) All data and plots generated will sit in /scripts/PDFR/"PD Name"/

5) All features are working after the migration and absolute file paths are being used.

Work Remaining : Manual for others to make changes and keep using my system.

 

  10355   Fri Aug 8 16:45:40 2014 NichinUpdateWikiPDFR wiki updated

 The PDFR system has been documented in the 40m wiki and all the relevant information about making changes and keeping it updated have been mentioned.

https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Electronics/PDFR_system

This pretty much wraps up my SURF 2014 project at the 40m lab. 

  4839   Mon Jun 20 11:04:03 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSWork Plan for Week 2

Here is my work plan for this week:

Current Week Plan (Week 2) (As of 6/17/11)

 

Setting Up for Horizontal Displacement Measurements

1) Help Steve clean small table for experiment

2) Remove aluminum base from TT suspension

3) Mount shaker onto table base

4) Mount horizontal slider onto table base

5) Connect TT suspension, shaker, and horizontal slider

Begin Assembly of Sensors

1) Begin building circuit for displacement photosensors

2) Calibrate photosensor using linear regions of power versus distance curves

3) Circuit box for photosensors?

  4844   Mon Jun 20 18:12:20 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSSmall Table Cleaned and Levelled

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The small optical bench (next to the MC-2 Chamber and the tool box tower) has been cleared of the misc. object previously on it, cleaned, and leveled (after much calibration X___X).

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT MOVE OR HIT THE TABLE! It was incredibly painful to level.

This is how leveling the table made me feel...

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VERY SAD...so do not move please!

The shaker has already been moved to the table and the amplifier for my shaking experiment is located behind the table (not on the table, as to prevent scratching).

 

 

  4853   Wed Jun 22 12:24:44 2011 NicoleSummarySUSMidweek 2 Work Summary

I have made my transfer function model and posted it to the suspension wiki. Here is the link to my model!

Bode Plot Model

Please let me know if there need to be any adjustments, but I have posted the bode plots, a model image, and an explanation of why I think it's right! ^ ___^ V

I am currently working on the photo sensor circuit for the displacement detector. So far, I have gotten the infared LED to light up! ^ ___^ V

I am now trying to get a plot of forward voltage versus current for the LED. HOPEFULLY it will match the curve provided in the LED datasheet.

I'm using the bread board circuit box and when I'm not working at the bench, I have signs posted. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE CONNECTIONS! It is

fine to move the bread board circuit box, but please do not disturb the connections > ____<

Here is a photo of the workspace

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  4858   Wed Jun 22 18:41:23 2011 NicoleSummarySUSBROKEN bread board circuit box and L9337 LED Current Versus Voltage Curve

NOTE: The potentiometers on the bread board circuit box (the one I have been using with the signal generator, DC power, LED displays, and pulse switches) is BROKEN!

The potential across terminals 1 and 2 (also 2&3) fluctuates wildly and there dial does not affect the potential for the second potentiometer (the one with terminals 4, 5, and 6).

This has been confirmed by Koji and Jaimie.  PS I didn't break it! >____<

 

NEVERTHELESS, using individual resistors and the 500 ohm trim resistor, I have managed to get the current versus forward voltage plot for the Hamamatsu L9337 Infared LED

LED_I_vs_V_exp_plot.png

  4875   Fri Jun 24 01:05:32 2011 NicoleSummarySUSTransfer Function Model Analysis Summary and New Posted LED V vs. I Curve

I have updated the TT suspension wiki to include a new page on my transfer function model. In this new page, an introduction and analysis of my transfer function (including a comparison of the transfer functions for a flexibly- and rigidly-supported damper) are included.  This page contains linear and logarithmic bode plots.  Here is a link to the transfer function page.

 

I have also updated my photosensor page on the TT suspension wiki so that the experimental data points in my current versus voltage plot are plotted against the curve provided by the Hamamtsu data sheet. I have also included an introduction and analysis for my mini-experiment with the forward voltage and forward current of the LED. Here is link to the photsosensor page.

  4879   Fri Jun 24 17:04:25 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSBasic Laser Safety Training; Moved TT Mirror; Horizontal Displacement Mech Plan

Today Ishwita, Sonali, and I completed basic laser safety training with Peter King. I completed the Laser Safety Quiz and have turned in my certificate sheet.

I just need to turn in a signed copy of the Lab Safety Checklist to SFP (which I can now have signed by Koji after completing the course).

 

Steve and I have removed the TT mirror from the clean box. It is now on the small optical table in the lab that I have been working on.  Thanks to Steve, all of the mechanical components for the horizontal displacement measurement experiment are compiled and on the small optical table. Here is a photo of the small optical table with the gathered components. CompiledParts.JPG

The plan is to attach the slider and the shaker directly to the black mounting plate. On the slider, we we then place the smaller black mounting plate (with the lip). The lip will attach to the shaker. We know exactly where to drill and everything is lined up. The shaker will be placed on the smaller black mounting plate (with the lip).  The assembly will begin on Monday.

 

Here is a photo of the planned set-up for the shaker and the horizontal slider + mounting base.

 HorizontalDispMount.JPG

  4908   Wed Jun 29 11:25:07 2011 NicoleSummarySUSWeekly Summary of Work

Update of Week 3 Work:

-I've finished reading The Art of Electronics Ch 1, 2, and 4.

-The mechanical stage for the horizontal displacement measurements is set up.

-I've opened up the circuit box for the quad photodiode and am currently working on the circuit diagram for the box and for the quad photodiode sensors.

 

Later this week, I plan to finish the circuit diagrams and figure out how the circuits work with the four inputs. I also plan to start working on my first

progress report.

 

  4913   Wed Jun 29 22:35:06 2011 NicoleSummarySUSCompleted Quad photodiode Box Circuit Diagrams

I have finished drawing the circuit diagrams for the quad photodiode boxes. Here are copies of the circuit diagram.

There are three main operation circuits in the quad photdiode box: a summing circuit (summing the contributions from the four inputs),

a Y output circuit (taking the difference between the input sums 3+2 and 1+4), and an X output circuit (taking the difference between the

input sums 3+4 and 1+2). I will complete an mini report on my examination and conclusions of the QPD circuit for the suspension wiki tomorrow.

summingcircuit.jpgQPDYcircuit.jpgQPDX_2circuit.jpg

 

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