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  16297   Wed Aug 25 11:48:48 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

After confirming that, indeed, leaving the RTN connection floating can cause reliability issues we decided to make these connections in the c1auxex analog input units.

According to Johannes' wiring scheme (excluding the anti-image and OPLEV since they are decommissioned), Acromag unit 1221b accepts analog inputs from two modules. All of these channels are single-ended according to their schematics.

One option is to use the Acromag ground and connect it to the RTNs of both 1221b and 1221c. Another is to connect the minus wire of one module, which is tied to the module's ground, to the RTN. We shouldn't tie the grounds of the different modules together by connecting them to the same RTN point.

We should take some OSEM spectra of the X end arm before and after this work to confirm we didn't produce more noise by doing so. Right now, it is impossible due to issues caused by the recent power surge.


{Yehonathan, Jon}

We poked (looked in situ with a flashlight, not disturbing any connections) around c1auxex chassis to understand better what is the wiring scheme.

To our surprise, we found that nothing was connected to the RTNs of the analog input Acromag modules. From previous experience and the Acromag manual, there can't be any meaningful voltage measurement without it.


  16321   Mon Sep 13 14:32:25 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

So we agreed that the RTNs points on the c1auxex Acromag chassis should just be grounded to the local Acromag ground as it just needs a stable reference. Normally, the RTNs are not connected to any ground so there is should be no danger of forming ground loops by doing that. It is probably best to use the common wire from the 15V power supplies since it also powers the VME crate. I took the spectra of the ETMX OSEMs (attachment) for reference and proceeding with the grounding work.


  16332   Wed Sep 15 11:27:50 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

{Yehonathan, Paco}

We turned off the ETMX watchdogs and OpLevs. We went to the X end and shut down the Acromag chassi. We labeled the chassi feedthroughs and disconnected all the cables from it.

We took it out and tied the common wire of the power supplies (the commons of the 20V and 15V power supplies were shorted so there is no difference which we connect) to the RTNs of the analog inputs.

The chassi was put back in place. All the cables were reconnected. Power turn on.

We rebooted c1auxex and the channels went back online. We turned on the watchdogs and watched the ETMX motion get damped. We turned on the OpLev. We waited until the beam position got centered on the ETMX.

Attachment shows a comparison between the OSEM spectra before and after the grounding work. Seems like there is no change.

We were able to lock the arms with no issues.


  16346   Mon Sep 20 15:23:08 2021 YehonathanUpdateComputersWifi internet fixed

Over the weekend and today, the wifi was acting bad with frequent disconnections and no internet access. I tried to log into the web interface of the ASUS wifi but with no success.

I pushed the reset button for several seconds to restore factory settings. After that, I was able to log in. I did the automatic setup and defined the wifi passwords to be what they used to be.

Internet access was restored. I also unplugged and plugged back all the wifi extenders in the lab and moved the extender from the vertex inner wall to the outer wall of the lab close to the 1X3.

Now, there seems to be wifi reception both in X and Y arms (according to my android phone).


  16359   Thu Sep 23 18:18:07 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I have noticed that the dumbells coming back from C&B had glue residues on them. An example is shown in attachment 1: it can be seen that half of the dumbell's surface is covered with glue.

Jordan gave me a P800 sandpaper to remove the glue. I picked the dumbells with the dirty face down and slid them over the sandpaper in 8 figures several times to try and keep the surface untilted. Attachment 2 shows the surface from attachment 1 after this process.

Next, the dumbells will be sent to another C&B.

  16374   Mon Oct 4 16:00:57 2021 YehonathanSummarySUSPRM and BS Angular Actuation transfer function magnitude measurements

{Yehonathan, Anchel}

In an attempt to fix the actuation of the PRMI DOFs we set to modify the output matrix of the BS and PRM such that the response of the coils will be similar to each other as much as possible.

To do so, we used the responses at a single frequency from the previous measurement to infer the output matrix coefficients that will equilize the OpLev responses (arbitrarily making the LL coil as a reference). This corrected the imbalance in BS almost completely while it didn't really work for PRM (see attachment 1).

The new output matrices are shown in attachment 2-3.

  16393   Tue Oct 12 11:32:54 2021 YehonathanSummarySUSPRM and BS Angular Actuation transfer function magnitude measurements

Late submission (From Thursday 10/07):

I measured the PRMI sensing matrix to see if the BS and PRMI output matrices tweaking had any effect.

While doing so, I noticed I made a mistake in the analysis of the previous sensing matrix measurement. It seems that I have used the radar plot function with radians where degrees should have been used (the reason is that the azimuthal uncertainty looked crazy when I used degrees. I still don't know why this is the case with this measurement).

In any case, attachment 1 and 2 show the PRMI radar plots with the modified output matrices and and in the normal state, respectively.

It seems like the output matrix modification didn't do anything but REFL55 has good orthogonality. Problem gone??

  16400   Thu Oct 14 09:28:46 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLPMC unlocked

PMC has been unlocked since ~ 2:30 AM. Seems like the PZT got saturated. I moved the DC output adjuster and the PMC locked immidiatly although with a low transmission of 0.62V (>0.7V is the usual case) and high REFL.

IMC locked immidiately but IFO seems to be completely misaligned. The beams on the AS monitor are moving quite alot syncronously. BS watchdog tripped. I enabled the coil outputs. Waiting for the RMS motion to relax...

Its not relaxing. RMS motion is still high. I disabled the coils again and reenabled them. This seems to have worked. Arms were locked quite easily but the ETMs oplevs were way off and the ASS couldn't get the TRX and TRY more than 0.7. I align the ETMs to center the oplev. I realign everything else and lock the arms. Maximium TR is still < 0.8.



  16401   Thu Oct 14 11:25:49 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLPMC unlocked

{Yehonathan, Anchal}

I went to get a sandwich around 10:20 AM and when I came back BS was moving like crazy. We shutdown the watchdog.

We look at the spectra of the OSEMs (attachment 1). Clearly, the UR sensing is bad.

We took the BS sattelite box out. Anchal opened the box and nothing seemed wrong visually. We returned the box and connected it to the fake OSEM box. The sensor spectra seemed normal.

We connected the box to the vacuum chamber and the spectra is still normal (attachment 2).

We turn on the coils and the motion got damped very quickly (RMS <0.5mV).

Either the problem was solved by disconnecting and connecting the cables or it will come back to haunt us.




  16402   Thu Oct 14 13:40:49 2021 YehonathanSummarySUSPRM and BS Angular Actuation transfer function magnitude measurements

Here is a side by side comparison of the PRMI sensing matrix using PRM/BS actuation (attachment 1) and ITMs actuation (attachment 2). The situation looks similar in both cases. That is, good orthogonality on REFL55 and bad seperation in the rest of the RFPDs.


should compare side by side with the ITM PRMI radar plots to see if there is a difference. How do your new plots compare with Gautam's plots of PRMI?


  16405   Thu Oct 14 20:16:22 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralPRMI free swinging

{Yehonathan, Raj}

We aligned the IFO in the PRMI state and let it swing freely.

  16426   Tue Oct 26 10:17:14 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Things that I need to start suspending optics:

1. Winch adapter plate (D970314). Might need to make one.

2. Quad photodetector

3. Camera and camera mount

4. Beam height target

5. Height gauge

  16439   Thu Oct 28 23:13:19 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Tega, Yehonathan, Koji}

Suspension of a Dummy Optic

We gathered the components needed for suspending a 2" optic housed in a 3" ring adapter:

1. SOS Tower

2. Winches+Winch adapter plate (Attachment 3)

2. HeNe Laser + Power supply

3. A steering mirror

4. QPD + ND2 Filter + Electronic amplifier

5. Oscilloscope

6. Dummy optic housed in a ring adapter (Attachment 2)

An OpLev was built using the HeNe laser, steering mirror, suspended optic, QPD (Attachment 1).

The beam height was set with a ruler. The QPD was placed in front of the laser and its height was adjusted until the Y signal vanished.

The beam was made parallel to the table. First, roughly by using an iris. Then, more accurately, by measuring the beam directed at the suspended optic with the QPD and zeroing the Y signal by adjusting the steering mirror.

We suspended the dummy optic using a music wire we found in the cleanroom cabinet.

All the wire clamps on the ring adapter, SOS, and winches were loosened.

About 0.5m of music wire was cut. Then, the wire was threaded through the wire clamp on the adapter side block, around the ring adapter, and through the wire clamp on the other side block, keeping the wire untwisted. The optic was put on the safety stop and the height was roughly adjusted using the lower EQ stops.

The wire pair was then threaded through the wire clamp on the suspension block and held near the winches. The wire was made to go through the groves at the side blocks. The wire was clamped to the side blocks. The wires were clamped on the winches. The wires were pulled by the winches until the magnet marking on the side blocks was centered on the OSEMs' holes on the side plates of the SOS (attachment 4).

Once the heights were set, the wire was clamped at the suspension block.

We balanced the dummy optic using a counterweight.

We placed the QPD at the laser reflection from the optic. We adjusted the screw set going through the counterweights to adjust the balance. The pitch imbalance was monitored by observing the Y signal on the oscilloscope.


1. Turns out that for a 1/4" thick optic, the rear counterweight needs to be removed for achieving balance.

2. To fix the counterweight on the setscrew we will use some epoxy.

3. Seems like the left optical table in the cleanroom is slightly tilted. We need to fix it.

4. The bottom long EQ stop is not touching the adapter due to the balancing mass socket. We might want to put a nut on it.

5. Still need to glue 3 more side magnet+dumbell assemblies to rods and then glue them before gluing them to the side blocks which will take at least 2 more days until we can start suspending a real optic.

  16443   Tue Nov 2 15:02:03 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Yehonathan, Tega}

We took the free-swinging spectra of the OpLev in the X and Y direction.

To make the motion of the optic quiet we turned off the airflow on the optical bench and moved the QPD close to the SOS so that the laser beam stays more or less within the QPD sensitive area.

In the process, we realized that the cleanroom HeNe went bad. It turned off after a few minutes after turning it on. The behavior repeated with another power supply. We replaced the HeNe and realigned it coarsely.

The data was taken using an oscilloscope while the optic was swinging freely. The PSD was calculated afterward (attachment 1).

Surprisingly, the pitch has a resonance frequency of ~ 2.5 Hz. And this is after we removed the back counterweight.

Additionally, we aligned the tilt of the optical table. Using a spirit bubble we adjusted the tilt by using a wrench on the table legs. As we suspected, the table was slightly tilted in the north-south direction.

  16456   Mon Nov 8 17:22:27 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Big Gluing Day

Today I glued the magnet+dumbell assemblies on the optics adapters.

Unlike magnet gluing on a 3" optic where one can use a magnet gluing fixture, here I had to position the magnets manually. There is a complication though: the magnet is much heavier than the dumbell making it almost impossible gluing the dumbell side down onto the adapter since it is very unstable in this position. A workaround is to put the magnets on some paramagnetic sheet so that the magnets stick to it and then flip it over and glue it on the adapter dumbell sides down.

The problem here is that I need to position the magnets relatively accurately on the metal sheet. To make things slightly easier I printed some drawings of the positions of the magnet, laminated them, and cleaned them to have a decent starting point (attachment 1).

For each adapter:

1. I applied glue to the 4 circular grooves at the back of the adapter.

2. I picked 4 magnets (2 north, 2 south). Trying to match their strength.

3. Made a note of which magnets I picked for which adapter in the magnet+dumbell spreadsheet.

4. Clean the dumbells' surfaces when necessary.

5. Put the magnets on a laminated magnet-positions-drawing on a metal sheet that was precleaned in the right order.

6. Flip the metal sheet and position it on the adapter such that the dumbells go as precisely as possible into the circular grooves on the adapater.

7. Adjust the magnets' positions by pushing them slightly with a non-magnetic tip.

Attachment 2 shows the numbering on the adapters for future tracking.

I also glued some magnets and aluminum rods to side blocks. Next gluing session I will glue magnets to the aluminum rods. Probably some dumbells will not stick well to the adapters. These will have to be cleaned and reglued as well.



  16459   Tue Nov 9 11:11:37 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

The gluing was mostly successful. Only two magnets didn't stick (see attachment).

  16465   Fri Nov 12 23:47:29 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Tega, Yehonathan}

First attempt at the suspension of a Lambda Optic mirror

We found the box with the 2" Lambda Optic mirrors in the cleanroom. We choose to suspend a mirror with a ROC = 5m, probably LO1.

The mirror was put inside an adapter that was prepared beforehand, put the mirror in place by tightening the Teflon rod, and then clamp it using the clamping pads.

We decided to cut two wires and clamp them to the side blocks of the adapter, while it sits on the EQ stops. The wires were threaded through the winches' clamps, through the wire clamp on the suspension block, and through the side blocks' wire clamps. We adjusted the wire position while pulling on it. The wire was made to sit inside the wire grooves on the side blocks. While tightening the clamp on the side block with the magnet, the LN key fell knocking off two magnets from the back of the adaptercrying.

Next time we think it might be a better idea to do all the adapter wire clamping on the table instead of on the SOS tower.

In the meanwhile, here are some pictures from today.


  16470   Tue Nov 16 17:42:46 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Tega, Yehonathan}

Another attempt at the suspension of a Lambda Optic mirror

The lambda mirror was removed from the adapter whose magnets were knocked off. We tried to mount the mirror on a different adapter but we knocked off magnets from two adapters crying. We succeeded in mounting the mirror at the third attempt (Adapter number 6). In the meanwhile, Tega threaded wires through side blocks separated from the adapter. He positioned the wires inside the grooves of the side block under a microscope (attachment 1). This procedure is much more accurate and pain-free than doing it on the suspended mirror.

We took the adapter and put it on the EQ stops. The wires were threaded through the wire clamp on the suspension block and clamped at the winches.

The adapter was rotated until the side magnet was roughly at the center of the side OSEM port. We then, as before, put coils in OSEM ports and try to adjust the height of the side magnet and the magnet groove on the other side block such that they are roughly at the center of the coil. We used the winches for fine adjustment.

I used the Canon camera to make sure the side blocks are leveled (attachment 2). I used the macro lens for that purpose. I set up a live stream from the Canon camera using these instructions only that I use OBS instead of CamTwist. I painted a semi-transparent green rectangle to annotate the position of the side magnet socket (attachment 3). I did this several times to confirm the repeatability of the results. Again using the winches for fine adjustments.

Once the height of the side magnets was confirmed to be leveled. I clamped the wires to the suspension block and cut them above it.

I tried to balance the optic but again I see that the suspensions are hysteretic. I check to see whether the wire is touching anything and indeed it touches the corner of the side blockcryingcryingcrying (attachments 4, 5).




  16483   Wed Nov 24 14:15:15 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Late update. We got 2 modified side blocks from Jordan a few days ago. Yesterday, I glued a side magnet to one of the modified side blocks.

I took the opportunity to reglue some magnets that were knocked off from the adapters. I did this for 2 adapters only since w need 4 shallow adapters and we already had 2 complete ones.

Today, Jordan gave us the rest of the modified side blocks clean and baked. We are ready to suspend a mirror today.

  16484   Wed Nov 24 14:34:15 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSaving on SUSAUX slow channels

Koji found out that the stock for BIO Acromag modules is very low and that the lead time for ordering new ones is ~ 1-year X-o.

We figure we might need to minimize the number of modules but still keep the Acromag chassis functional.


Looking at the new C1AUXEY feed-throughs spreadsheet one can see that we actually normally need only 1 BIO (not 2) module since there are 16 suspensions related bios + 1 green shutter which is unrelated to SUSAUX so there is no room to cut back here.


There are 16 analog input channels, 5 for PDMONs and 5 VMONs, and 6 spares which require 2 ADCs. Removing the spares and 2 monitoring channels will be enough to get us to 1 ADC.

  16485   Wed Nov 24 17:13:31 2021 YehonathanMetaphysicsGeneralToilet tank broken

The toilet tank in the big bathroom stopped refilling. I contacted PPService@caltech.edu and put up an "Out of Order sign".

  16487   Tue Nov 30 11:03:44 2021 YehonathanMetaphysicsGeneralToilet tank broken

a plumber came in yesterday and fixed the issue.


The toilet tank in the big bathroom stopped refilling. I contacted PPService@caltech.edu and put up an "Out of Order sign".


  16489   Wed Dec 1 12:57:08 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Yehonathan, Tega}

We glued some magnets onto modified side blocks. We followed pretty much the same procedure form last time. The music wires were clamped on the side blocks away from the optic adapter. The clamps were screwed down using the low profile screws the Jordan obtained from UC components to allow maximum clearance for the coils (Attachment 2).

The modified side blocks with wires already clamped in them were screwed onto the adapter. We put the adapter on the EQ stops and do rough adjustments, making sure the side magnet is roughly on the center of a coil we inserted to the side. The wires were threaded through the wire clamp on the suspension block and clamped on the winches. We realigned the Oplev beam such that it is parallel to the table using the quad photodiode.

We balanced the height of the adapter. This time we used a camera facing the adapter. The tilt of the camera was set by drawing a straight line (red line in attachment 1) such that the bottom clamps on the SOS are parallel to it.

Then, we adjusted the winches such that the screws on the side blocks are on the same green line on attachment 1.

Once the height was adjusted, we clamped the wire on the suspension block and cut it at the winches.

We balanced the optic. We had to take out the front counterweight to get the balance (attachment 3).

We checked whether the wire is touching anything. We confirmed that it doesn't. The wire goes nicely through the new hole on the side blocks (attachment 4, 5).

We measure the resonance frequency for both yaw (attachment 6) and pitch (attachment 7). They both seem to be sub-Hz. The pitch trace also shows that the oscillations are centered around 0 meaning the optic is balanced.

There's still the issue of what to do with the lower back EQ stop not touching the adapter.

  16491   Mon Dec 6 18:23:04 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I installed OSEMs on the LO1 SOS. To my surprise, the side magnet is not in the center of the side OSEM. It completely misses the LED as can be seen in the attachment.

Looking at the CAD model, it turns out the position of the OSEM on the left side plate is different from the position of the OSEM on the right side plate in the SOS tower.

We need to take the optic down, swap the right and left side blocks, and resuspend it.

There is not enough 🤦🏻‍♂️in the world

  16497   Thu Dec 9 21:57:35 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Yehonathan, Tega}

We took the optic out of the SOS tower and removed the side blocks. We mounted new side blocks with wires already clamped in them in the reverse order.

The Adapter was placed back into the SOS and the wires were threaded through the wire clamp and suspended on the winches. The roll of the optic was balanced using a camera (attachment 1).

The pitch was balanced. this time I used 2 counterweights instead of 1 in order to not have to take so much of the weight out.

The mechanical resonances were measured by taking a 100 sec time series of QPD readout and doing PSD estimation (attachment 2). The mirror motion was damped as much as possible before taking the measurement.

3 peaks below 1.5Hz can be seen with frequencies of 755mHz (Yaw), 942mHz, 1040mHz (Pitch + Pos). The pitch/pos peaks are a bit close to each other, I bet if we go back to 1 counterweight the situation will be better.

While inserting the side OSEM I realized I didn't check the overall height of the adapter. The magnet was too high. I will fix it tomorrow and repeat the roll balancing.


  16505   Tue Dec 14 14:02:33 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Yehonathan, Paco}

I fixed the overall height of the adapter (attachment 1). I put an OSEM next to the side magnet. I positioned a camera in front of the SOS and connected it to my laptop for live streaming. I painted a line indicating the height of the OSEM plates and a line in between with the mean height. I discarded the wire clamp on the suspension block I released the wires from the winches and pulled on them until the magnet was roughly in the right position. I clamped the wires back on the winches and adjusted them until the magnet was on the middle line. I also verified that the roll of the adapter is aligned as before by making sure that the horizontal features on the adapter are parallel to the horizontal features on the SOS tower.

The wires were clamped to the suspension block using a new wire clamp.

I Found that locking the counterweight setscrew changes the alignment. Today we verified this effect. We released the setscrew and pre-compensated by adjusting the counterweight such that when the setscrew was locked the mirror was aligned.

We measured mechanical resonances (attachment 2). This time the yaw motion was very quiet so we got a smaller peak for the yaw. The peaks are the same as before. Y readout has peaks around the pitch and pos resonances that don't appear in the X readout. I'm not sure what they are. Maybe coming from the QPD electronics.

We locked the adapter using the EQ stops. We made sure the alignment stays close to ideal.

We installed OSEMs on the SOS. We chose suboptimal OSEMs because LO1 will only be used for steering. I made a spreadsheet copying the OSEM catalog into it. There we mark which OSEM goes where.

I cleaned the optic using the ion gun with a pressure of 30 PSI.

The next steps are:

1. Engrave the SOS tower.

2. Cut the wire at the winches and remove the winch adapter plate.

3. Wrap the SOS with foil.

4. Install the SOS in the vacuum chamber.



  16511   Wed Dec 15 22:09:53 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Paco, Yehonathan, Anchal}

I cut the wires from the winches and removed the winch adapter plate. I engrave  'LO1' on the SOS tower. Me and Paco wrapped the SOS with foil and transported it to Anchal who put it inside the ITMX chamber.

The transportation seems to be successful. Nothing broke. However, we found that even with the short side OSEM the LO1, as it is now, cannot sit in its designed position since ITMX's side OSEM stands in its way.

If there are magnets on both ITMX sides we can move its side OSEM to the other side. Another option is to resuspend LO1 with a side magnet on its left side.


  16518   Thu Dec 16 18:16:36 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today I glued magnets onto the new 3/4" mirror adapters. I also took the opportunity to make some more side magnets assemblies.

Yesterday I mounted PR3/SR2 3/4" thick mirror onto one of the new adapter. There seem to be no issues for now.

I started the process of suspending AS1 (E2000226-A). The Lambda Optic mirror with the closest specs has Rc = 2 m. I attached side blocks with clamped wires onto adapter number 7 - side block with a magnet on the right.

I then took one of the Lambda Optic mirrors and tried mounting it in the adapter. It was quite difficult to get it right. Unfortunately, I chipped the edge of the substrate (attachment 1) 🤦🏻‍♂️. I put the mirror back in the box and decided to use the spare mirror. I successfully mounted it into the adapter but when I put the clamping screws one of them fell on the mirror 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️. There is no visible damage though. I took some pictures (attachment 2-4).

I and Anchal then started suspending the mirror but then we found that one of the wires is dented in the middle 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️. I'm burned out for today.

Late update: one nice thing that I found yesterday is that the glue is viscous enough to hold the dumbells without a metal sheet from above holding the magnets. This greatly simplifies the gluing process.


  16520   Fri Dec 17 17:50:17 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I threaded a new wire through a different side block with a magnet and clamped it under a microscope. It was hard, but eventually, I was able to do it by holding the wire on both sides of the side block with weights.

The dented wire was discarded and the side block that was mounted on the AS1 adapter was put aside. I mounted the side block with the new wire on the AS1 adapter.


Anchal and I hanged the AS1 adapter and clamped the wires on the winches of an SOS tower. I balanced the roll and adjusted the height of the magnet with respect to a side OSEM using a camera (attachments 1 & 2).

I shoot the Hene laser on the optic and look at the reflection. I align the laser beam to be as close as possible to the center of the mirror. The OpLev needs to be realigned.

To my surprise, the ghost beam shoots up above the reflected beam! See attachment 3. I check to see that the arrow which marks the thinnest side of the mirror is horizontal (attachment 4). WTF?!

Also, now I realize that the marking on the Lambda optics are pencil markings 😵😵😵.

  16523   Fri Dec 17 22:16:07 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I specifically checked the specification before mounting the mirror. It says clearly "Arrow at the thinnest location pointing towards Side 1". I guess they just ignored it.

As for LO1, I mounted it without noticing the location of the arrow. Later, I checked and the ghost beam was horizontal so I left it as it is. Yeah, I guess I will remount the mirror. Also, what do we do with the pencil markings? It's not vacuum-compatible.


We @40m do the convention of the arrow at the thinnest side & pointing the HR side, but nobody says Lambda does the same.

We can just remount the mirror without breaking the wires and adjust the pitching if you do it carefully.

Does this mean that the LO1 also likely to have the wedge pointing up? Or did you rotate the mirror to have the wedge reflection to be as horizontal as possible?


  16528   Mon Dec 20 17:26:13 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

{Yehonathan, Anchal}

I released the AS1 wires from the winches, removed the adapter from the SOS tower, and removed the Lambda optic from the adapter. Attachment 1 shows the pencil markings on the optic before cleaning. I cleaned the pencil marking from the side of the optic with acetone using swabs until there were no pencil residues on the swab (attachment 2 shows the swab I used next to an unused swab). I was not able to remove the markings completely though (attachment 3).

I remounted the optic with the arrow rotated by 90 degrees counterclockwise.

We hang the adapter on the winches and adjust the height of the magnet and the adapter roll using the winches. We monitor the height of the adapter using a live stream from the Cannon camera. The camera's tilt was adjusted using straight features on the SOS tower. When we ran out of winch travel we adjust the height using the lower EQ stops and pull tight the wires. Attachment 4 shows the alignment of the side magnet with respect to the SOS tower and a side OSEM.

We checked the ghost beam trajectory and it looks much better (attachment 5)

We started realigning the OpLev. We realize that the height of the beam should be 5+14/32" = 5.437 by measuring the height of the screw holding the side OSEM from the table. The real height from the schematics is 5.425 We make the beam parallel with the table first using an iris and then the QPD.

Today, I balanced the counterweight. First using an iris, then by placing a QPD close to the SOS measuring the reflection from AS1. I locked the counterweight's set screw and the QPD Y readout looks good. Attachment 6 shows the QPD y readout near the beat node between pitch and pos. The node comes very close to zero which indicates that the pitch is balanced.

I measured the free-swinging motion using the QPD x and y axes. Attachment 7 shows the spectra of that motion. The major peaks are at 755mHz, 953mHz, and 1.05Hz.


  16531   Tue Dec 21 18:04:46 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I locked the EQ stops while retaining the XY alignment on the QPD and installed 5 green OSEMs. AS1 is ready for transfer into the vacuum chamber.

  16544   Wed Jan 5 19:18:06 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- AS4

{Paco, Yehonathan, Anchal}

Today we suspended AS4 (E2000226-B). Anchal mounted Lambda Optic mirror with an RoC closest to AS4 in a thin optic mount. He noted that this optic as well as AS1 don't have a wedge angle. The specs claim that the wedge angle is 2 degrees what should have been clearly seen by inspecting the optic with a naked eye. All the ghost beam deflections probably come from the curvature of the mirror.

We did all the height and roll balancing using a camera (Attachment 1,2). We balanced that pitch of the adapter using a QPD not before we realigned the OpLev setup.

We measured the motion spectra (attachment 3). Major peaks are found at 755 mHz, 964 mHz, and 1.062Hz. I locked the counterweights setscrew and observed that the pitch balance doesn't change. I locked the EQ stops such that the alignment of the mirror remained the same by monitoring the QPD signals. I clamped the suspensions wires to the suspension block.

The only thing remaining is inserting the OSEMs.


  16550   Thu Jan 6 17:00:20 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- LO2

{Paco, Yehonathan}

Today we suspended LO2 (E1800089) which Anchal has loaded into the thick optic adapter. Attachments 1,2 show the height and roll balance adjustments.

I realigned the opLev setup and balanced the suspended mass. We figured that if we use 2 counterweights we will be 1 short. We decided to use 1 mass at the back of the adapter. This has the additional advantage that the Viton tip on lower back EQ stop can touch it and act normally. The optic was successfully balanced in this way. Attachment 3 shows the motion spectra on the QPD. There are major peaks at 712 mHz, 854 mHz, 876 mHz, and 996 mHz. As expected using only 1 counterweight raised the center of mass and lowered the pitch resonance frequency. The optic was locked keeping the alignment fixed on the center of the QPD, OSEMs were inserted and the SOS tower was engraved.

We should apply some glue to the counterweight to prevent it from spinning on the setscrew.

  16551   Thu Jan 6 17:16:51 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDUsing Peek screws/nuts

There were several cases where the long EQ stops didn't perform as expected.

In one type of case, we used a counterweight at the front of the adapter but not in the back leaving a recess where the lower back EQ stop should touch.

In the other type, a recess in the thick optics adapter prevented the upper EQ stop from touching the adapter. In the first thick optic, the screw was screw barely scratched the recess' corner. In the second case, it didn't touch it at all.

In the last group meeting, we discussed using Peek screws (made out of plastic) to prevent metal on metal bumping when the EQ can touch the adapter and Peek nuts when it doesn't to increase its impact area.

Mcmaster has 1.5" long 1/4-20 screws (part number 98885A131) that will fit well in the OSEM plates. We can order 20 of those.

The biggest Peek nuts on Mcmaster however are not big enough (7/16" wide) to cover the entire bottom recess area which is 0.5" wide (they are good enough for the top recess area in the thick adapter optic design). Koji suggested that we can use a big Peek washer for that purpose that can be held between nuts. We should then order 10 Peek nuts (98886A813) and 1 package of 10 Peek washers (0.63" OD) (93785A600).

  16556   Fri Jan 7 17:59:45 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- SR2

{Yehonathan, Paco}

{Paco, Yehonathan}

Today we suspended SR2 (E1800089) which Anchal has loaded into the thick optic adapter. Attachments 1,2 show the height and roll balance adjustments.

I realigned the opLev setup and balanced the suspended mass. Attachment 3 shows the motion spectra on the QPD. There are major peaks at 723 mHz, 832 mHz, and 996 mHz. I inserted OSEMs and tightened them in place. I adjusted the OSEM plates to make sure the magnets are at the center of the OSEMs, then I tightened the OSEM plates to the SOS tower.

The optic was locked keeping the alignment fixed on the center of the QPD.

Again, we should apply some glue to the counterweight to prevent it from spinning on the setscrew. Is there a glue other than EP30 that we can use?

Related: Peek nuts, screws and washers were ordered from Mcmaster.

  16582   Thu Jan 13 16:08:00 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDgluing magnets after AS1/4 misfortune

{Yehonathan, Anchal, Paco}

In the cleanroom, we removed AS1 and AS4 from their SOS towers. We removed the mirrors from the adapters and put them in their boxes. The broken magnets were collected from the towers and their surfaces were cleaned as well as the magnet sockets on the two adapters and on the side block from where the magnets were knocked off.

We prepared our last batch of glue (more glue was ordered three days ago) and glue 2 side magnets and 2 face magnets. We also took the chance and apply glue on the counterweights on the thick optic adapters so there is no need to look for alternatives for now.

The peek screws and nuts were assembled on the thick optics SOS towers instead of the metal screws and nuts that were used as upper back EQ stops.

  16589   Fri Jan 14 17:33:10 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDAS4 resurrection

{Yehonathan, Anchal}

Came this morning, the gluing of the magnets was 100% successful. Side blocks, counterweights were assembled. We suspend AS4 and adjust the roll balance and the magnet height (attachments 1,2). OpLev was slightly realigned.

The pitch was balanced. We had to compensate for the pitch shift due to the locking of the counterweights. Once we got good pitch balance, the motion spectrum was taken (attachment 3). Major peaks are at 755mHz, 953mHz, 1040mHz.

Previous peaks were 755mHz, 964mHz, and 1.062Hz so not much has changed. We pushed back the OSEMs, adjusted OSEM plate and locked it tightly. We lock the EQ stops and transfer AS4 to the vacuum chamber in foil. We open the foil inside the chamber. No magnets were broken. Everything seems to be intact. We connect the OSEMs to CDS.

  16599   Wed Jan 19 18:15:34 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDAS1 resurrection

Today I suspended AS1. Anchal helped me with the initial hanging of the optics. Attachments 1,2 show the roll balance and side magnet height. Attachment 3 shows the motion spectra.

The major peaks are at 668mHz, 821mHz, 985mHz.

For some reason, I was not able to balance the pitch with 2 counterweights as I did with the rest of the thin optics (and AS1 before). Inserting the weights all the way was not enough to bring the reflection up to the iris aperture that was used for preliminary balancing. I was able to do so with a single counterweight (attachment 4). I'm afraid something is wrong here but couldn't find anything obvious. It is also worth noting that the yaw resonance 668mHz is different from the 755mHz we got in all the other optics. Maybe one or more of the wires are not clamped correctly on the side blocks?

The OSEMs were pushed into the OSEM plate and the plates were adjusted such that the magnets are at the center of the face OSEMs. The wires were clamped and cut from the winches. The SOS is ready for installation.

Also, I added a link to the OSEM assignments spreadsheet to the suspension wiki.

I uploaded some pictures of the PEEK EQ stops, both on the thick and thin optics, to the Google Photos account.

  16603   Thu Jan 20 12:10:51 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDAS1 resurrection

I was wondering whether I should take AS1 down to redo the wire clamping on the side blocks. I decided to take the OpLev spectrum again to be more certain. Attachments 1,2,3 show 3 spectra taken at different times.

They all show the same peaks 744mHz, 810mHz, 1Hz. So I think something went wrong with yesterday's measurement. I will not take AS1 down for now. We still need to apply some glue to the counterweight.

  16617   Mon Jan 24 17:58:21 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDPR2 Suspension

I picked up the PR2 mirrors (labeled M1, M2) from Anchel's table and took them to the cleanroom. By inspection, I spotted some dust particles on M1. I wasn't able to remove them with clean air so I decided to use M2 which looked much cleaner. I wasn't able to discern any wedge angle on the optic. I inserted the optic into a thin optic adapter. The optic is thicker than I expected so I use long screws for the mirror clamping. I expect that the pitch balance will shift towards the front of the mirror so I assembled only 1 counterweight for now. The side blocks with wires in them were installed.

I engraved the SOS and installed the winches on it. Paco came in and helped me to hang the optic. Looking at the wire hanging angle I realize that 1 counterweight at the front is not enough. I install a second counterweight at the back and observe that I can cross the balancing point.

I locked the EQ stops. Suspension work continues tomorrow...

  16649   Mon Feb 7 15:32:48 2022 YehonathanUpdateGeneralY End laser controller

I went to the Y end. The AUX laser was on Standby. I pushed the Standby button. The laser turned on and there was some green light. However, the controller displayed the message "CABLE?" which according to the manual means that the laser head is powered but there is no control over the laser (e.g. the control cable is disconnected). I turned off the controller and disconnected both the power and control cables. I put them back and turned the controller back on.

I pushed the Standby button, the laser turned on and this time the controller displayed the laserhead's state. I was able to change the current/temperature. The problem seems to be resolved.

  16678   Thu Feb 24 18:05:58 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDRe-susspension of AS1

{Yehonathan, Anchal, Paco}

Yesterday, Anchal and Paco removed AS1 from the vacuum chamber and moved it into the cleanroom. The suspension wires were cut and the AS1 optic was put on the table.

Two things were noticed:

1. One of the wires was not sitting inside the side block groove (attachment 1)

2. One of the face magnets was grossly tilted (attachment 2). Probably due to uneven polishing of the dumbbell.

We put new wires into the side blocks making sure they sit in their grooves and we removed the tilted magnet. A different, more straight magnet was picked from the remaining spare magnets. The dumbbell and adapter were cleaned from glue residues and a batch of glue was prepared.

In the process of gluing a different magnet was knocked off. We cleaned that magnet too. The 2 magnets were glued on the adapter.

Today I came and saw that the gluing failed completely. One of the magnets was completely away from its socket and the other one wasn't glued at all.

I prepared a new batch of glue and glued the two magnets.

  16694   Wed Mar 2 14:02:43 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDRe-susspension of AS1

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.

  16705   Mon Mar 7 10:06:32 2022 YehonathanUpdateIOOIMC unlocked again, completely misaligned

Came this morning and saw that the IMC is unlocked.

Went into MC Lock screen and see that the watchdog is down and the PSL shutter is closed. I tried to open the shutter but nothing happened - no REFL signal or beam on the MC REFL camera .

Thinking this has something to do with the watchdog I upped the watchdog:

ezcawrite C1:SUS-MC2_LATCH_OFF 1

The watchdog on the MEDM screen became green but the shutter still seemed unresponsive. I went to the PSL table and made sure that the shutter is working. I opened the AS table and saw there no MC REFL beam anywhere.

Thinking that MC1 must be completely misaligned I opened the MC align screen to find that indeed all the alignment values has been zeroed! (attachment).

I burt restore c1iooepics from Mar 4th 00:19. Didn't help.

I try to burt restore c1susepics from Mar 1st 13:19. Still zero.

I try to burt restore c1susaux from Mar 1st 00:19 -> seems like alignment values have been restored.

I open the shutter. Beam is flying! MC Watchdogs tripped! I close the shutter. OK, I need to wait until the MCs are dampped enough. MC2 and MC3 have relaxed so I enable their watchdogs. MC1 is still swinging a bit. I turn on damping for MC1 as well.


MC locked immediately but the REFL is still high like 1.2. Is it normal?

I turn on the WFSs and the REFL went down to 0.3 nice. I run the MC WFS relief script.

  16710   Mon Mar 7 16:56:08 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDRe-susspension of AS1

{Paco, Yehonathan}

We tried to roughly balance the adapter with two counterweights at the front, like with the other thin optics using an iris. As before, we couldn't get the beam above the iris hole no matter how much we inserted the counterweights into the adapter. We noticed that one of the side blocks is actually the one where the clearance for the wire was made on the wrong side. So there was clearance on both the up and bottom sides of the side block (see attachment 1).

Could this be the cause of the balancing issue? Running out of ideas on how to fix it we gave it a try and replaced it with a spare side block. We also found that the wire on the other side block was kinked so we replaced the wire on this one as well.

After inserting new wires into the side blocks, we hung the adapter on the winches and the beam was above the iris aperture! How could this tiny amount of missing mass make this much difference?

We were able to roughly balance the adapter.

We then tried to balance the roll of the adapter but accidentally knocked off the side magnet 😫.

We usually glue several side magnets together and they all together support the metallic plate on which the magnets are magnetically attached to. This time we had only one side magnet to glue so instead of trying to glue the magnet vertically we are trying to glue it horizontally using a flat surface and a stage to clamp it (attachments 2,3).

BTW, the HeNe was not working when we came into the cleanroom. We realized it was the old HeNe that we already determined to be broken but there was no sign on it. I attached a "BAD" sign on it and replaced it with the new HeNe. The OpLeve beam was realigned. All of this happened before all the things described above

  16714   Tue Mar 8 12:24:13 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDRe-susspension of AS1

The gluing seemed to be successful. I assembled the side block with the magnet on the adapter. Paco helped me hang the adapter on the SOS tower.

The height and roll of the adapters were balanced (attachment 1,2).

The QPD was placed at the beam reflection. The beam was centered horizontally on the QPD and then measured vertically. The pitch DOF was balanced using the counterweights. The counterweight was locked. Balance was retained.

I tried to assemble the upper mirror clamp on the tower but for some reason, one of its tap holes was not able to accept screws. I gave it to Jordan for retapping. I measured the motion spectrum using the QPD connected to a scope (attachment 3).

Major peaks are at 668mHz, 942mHz, and 1029mHz.


  16718   Wed Mar 9 11:52:18 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDSimplified BHD readout sketch on ITMY table

I have made an editable draw.io diagram of the planned simplified BHD setup on the ITMY table (see attached).  10 pts = 1 inch.

This is very sketchy but easily adjustable since we are removing everything but the ITMY Oplev from that table.

  16736   Fri Mar 18 18:39:13 2022 YehonathanSummaryCDSc1auxey1 slow controls acromag chassis installed, powered

{Yehonathan, Anchal}

We connected the c1auxey1 chassie to the different boxes (coil drivers, SAT amp, etc.) using DB9 cables and labeling them in the process. We ran out of 2.5 foot DB9 cables so we used 5 foot as a temporary solution.

The chassie was powered, but a two issues arised:

1. The Acromags didn't turn on.

2. When connecting the green laser shutter BNC cable, the power supply overloaded.

We took the chassie back to the bench. The wire that powers the Acromags was disconnected. We made a new longer wire and made sure it is not connected flimsily.

The issue with the BNC turned out to be a much deeper problem: The GND and EXC wires on the DIN rail connector were switched! Making the shield of the BNC to have high volatage compared to the shield of the green shutter causing current to overflow when the BNC was connected.

We switched back the EXC and GND wires. Not trusting the digital I/O tests that were done before due to this mistake we tested some of the I/Os using a spare coil driver. We tested both the inputs and the outputs and they all seemed to work.

Finally, we also noticed that the 2 RTS DB9s were wrongly female type so we switched them to males. We closed the lead on chassie and installed it back in the rack. We connected the cables and saw that the green shutter BNC cable was no longer shorting the power supply.

  16761   Thu Apr 7 11:47:22 2022 YehonathanUpdateBHDInitial BHD modeling: AS - LO mode matching

I begin modeling the initial BHD setup using Finesse. I started with copying C1_w_BHD.kat from the 40m/bhd repo and making changes to reflect the current BHD setup:

1. OMCs were removed.

2. Only 1 PD per BHD port was left.

3. Transmission of PR2 was changed to 2.2%. The PRG was calculated to be ~15.5.

4. Actual RoCs of new optics were dialed in (Yesterday me and Paco went into the cleanroom to measure the RoCs and they seem to match the datasheets).

Here's a table comparing the old (design?) RoCs with the new RoCs:

  New RoC Old RoC
LO1 5m 6m
LO2 inf inf
LO3 500mm 750mm
LO4 150mm -450mm
AS1 2m 2.8m
AS2 inf inf
AS3 200mm -2m
AS4 750mm 600mm
PR2 2000m -700m
PR3 1000m 1000m
SR3 1000m -700m


The changes looked quite alarming, especially for LO4 and AS3, so I wrote a script to calculate the mode matching between the LO and AS beams called AS_LO_ModeMatching.ipynb and pushed it into the repo. In the notebook a bright AS beam is created by creating a small asymmetry between the arms of ~ 0.003 degrees (~10pm). Amplitude detectors were put at the input ports of the BHD BS to calculate the fields in the AS and LO beams. In particular TEM00, TEM02 and TEM20 were measured for each beam.

The calculation shows that with the old RoCs the mode matching between the LO and AS beams is 99% while for the new RoCs it is ~ 50%.

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