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  209   Thu Dec 20 21:58:28 2007 AndreySummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsResults for 2 previous XARM measurements have been added

I attached results (plots) of yesterday's daytime and overnight measurements to the initial reports about those measurements.

These are ELOG entries # 201 and # 205.
  251   Mon Jan 21 23:30:03 2008 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMatlab Program for Q-factor measurements (XARM -> ITMX and ETMX)

Finally I overcame difficulties with adapting Sonia's Matlab programs for XARM (Sonia's program was for MC),

and now there exists a Matlab program that makes a fit of a ringdown curve and calculates Q-factor for a mirror ITMX.

Specifically, this program allows to measure ringdown, fit it and calculate Q-factor for the ITMX-mirror for a specific value of

Attached is a plot of a ringdown curve and its fit for the value 4.0 in channel "C1:SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_GAIN".

Calculations yield the result Q=3.7+-0.2 for the value 4.0 in channel "C1:SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_GAIN".

As Robert started 10 minutes ago the long procedure of the whole interferometer locking,
I cannot disturb the interferometer now, so I will measure Q-factors for various combinations of suspension damping gain on Tuesday.

I will also easily modify the program for measuring Q-factors of ETMX-mirror and make measurements with ETMX on Tuesday.

The Matlab scripts are in directory /cvs/cds/caltech/users/rodionov/Q-Factors/
  256   Wed Jan 23 12:31:36 2008 AndreySummarySUSDissapointing Results of XARM optimization (PDF-file)

I attach a PDF-file which summarizes briefly the results of measurements/calculations of Q-factors for ITMX mass as a function of suspension damping gain,

and this file contains the results of measurements of RMS peaks on the values of suspension gains of ITMX and ETMX (see ELOG entries from December 2007, specifically #202, #199, #194)),
but now those dependences are plotted in Q-ITMX and Q_ETMX axes.

Unfortunately, there are no clear narrow areas of minimum in those dependences (that explains the sad title of this ELOG entry).

The attached pdf-file can be shown as a short presentation for a wall during our Wednesday meeting.
  260   Thu Jan 24 20:03:40 2008 AndreyConfigurationSUSChanges to Dataviewer channels (XARM)

1) Good news. I added a chanel "C1:SUS-ETMX_POS" to Dataviewer.

I followed the instructions from WIKI-40:

modify the file "C1SUS_EX.ini" in /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/daq,
then telnet to fb40m,
then "click the appropriate blue button on the DAQ MEDM screen".

So, I can now read a signal from the channel "C1:SUS-ETMX_POS" in Dataviewer,

and this allows me to measure Q-factors of ETMX this evening (make similar work for what I did on Tuesday for ITMX).

2) BAD NEWS. While "clicking the appropriate blue button" on the DAQ MEDM screen,
namely CODAQ_DETAIL,adl screen, I obviously clicked some blue button that I should not have clicked,
and as a result the signal in Dataviewer from the channel "C1:SUS-ITMX_POS" has disappeared (it is now a straight line).

Description of what has happened and of my wrong actions:
I had two channels opened in Dataviewer simultaneously (both "C1:SUS-ETMX_POS" and "C1:SUS-ITMX_POS"),
and after clicking some blue button on CODAQ_DETAIL,adl screen, the signal from "C1:SUS-ITMX_POS" became
a straight line,
while signal from "C1:SUS_ETMX_POS" continued to be a random noise.

I was scared that I made worse for the channels and for Dataviewer, and I started clicking random blue buttons chaotically hoping that it will restore the signal from "C1:SUS-ITMX_POS". Random clicking on arbitrary blue buttons did not return the signal.

As the channel "C1:SUS-ETMX_POS" works normally, I will be measuring Q-factors of ETMX tonight,
but it is obvious that someone else (Rana, Robert,Steve?) needs to restore the correct settings for "C1:SUS-ITMX_POS".

Moreover, as I was clicking chaotically all the blue buttons on CODAQ_DETAIL,adl screen, someone else (Rana, Robert, Steve?) will need to check somehow that I did not destroy signals from some other channels.

I apologize for the negative consequences of my channel adding,

but Rana asked me in the very beginning in September to let others know if I spoil something, so that others would be aware of it and could fix the problem.

Again, I apologize and hope that the problem is not very serious.
  261   Thu Jan 24 22:10:49 2008 AndreyConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsProblem with channels - help of Rana, Robert or Steve is needed

I definitely spoiled something (changes some settings) by chaotically clicking those blue buttons (see my previous entry # 260).

Unfortunately, I cannot use standard library of functions for reading from channels from mDV directory.

Although I see the curve of a noise in the Dataviewer from the channel "Ch1:SUS_ETMX_POS", when I try to read data from the channel using the program "get_data" from MDV directory, I get the error message
"Warning: No data available for [numbers representing "gps_start_time" and "gps_end_time"].
In new_readframedata at 136
In new_fetch_shourov at 71
In get_data at 98"

I checked, both gps-times are in the past from now, so as far I understand, nothing is recorded into the channels.
Of course, I added two hours ago to the directory "mDV", that is I used addpath(pwd) in that directory.

And I also cannot run the program that I used on Tuesday evening which takes data from "C1:SUS_ITMX_POS" (no data from that channel), which worked perfectly on Tuesday.

I again apologize for clicking the wrong blue button (see my explanation in my previous message #260). I ask someone who knows how to return normal working of channels (normal interaction of computer and channel memory) to do that.

Before that I cannot take data. I do not know how to restore the initial settings which existed before I started adding the channel to Dataviewer.

  262   Thu Jan 24 22:52:18 2008 AndreyBureaucracyGeneralAnts around a dirty glass (David - please read!)

Dear coleagues,

there are rains outside these days, so ants tend to go inside our premises.

David was drinking some beverage from a glass earlier today (at 2PM) and left a dirty glass near the computer.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ants inside of that glass now.

Of course, I am washing this glass.

  273   Sat Jan 26 02:34:34 2008 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsOvernight Measuremts in XARM

I am running the program for measuring RMS of peaks in XARM tonight. I just started it, and it will run for about 9 hours until noon on Saturday. Please do not disturb the interferometer. Now the XARM is locked, it should stay locked over the night.

  281   Mon Jan 28 17:16:54 2008 AndreyConfigurationComputersMatlab libraries DO NOT WORK properly sometimes

Working in Matlab, I encountered at two different times today the license distribution problem:

??? License checkout failed.
License Manager Error -4
Maximum number of users for Curve_Fitting_Toolbox reached.
Try again later.
To see a list of current users use the lmstat utility or contact your License Administrator.

Troubleshoot this issue by visiting:
  286   Wed Jan 30 13:09:55 2008 AndreyUpdateSUSNew results for XARM (pdf)

See attachments: pdf-presentation with plots in "true" axes Q_ETMX and Q_ITMX, and seismic backgound measurement.

Results that were shown a week ago turned out to be not sad at all!
  320   Fri Feb 15 22:16:04 2008 AndreyUpdateComputersMATLAB is not working: "Licence checkout failed"

For some unknown to me reason,

Matlab stopped working about 20 minutes ago on all computers in the control room (both UNIX control machines and Windows).

It says: "License checkout failed. License Manager Error -15. MATLAB is unable to connect to the license server."

I do not know how to revive Matlab.

At the same time, I consider that I made a significant progress in building my theoretical/computational model in the last 2 days. I was able to compute the time-evolution of accelerometer signals through stacks and pendulums using Matlab command "lsim", and I am now able to calculate RMS of spectrum of differential arm length in different frequency intervals. It seemed to me that everything is ready in my program to make the three-dimensional theoretical/computational plot (RMS as a function of Q-factors of ETMX and ITMX), but unfortunately Matlab stopped working. It seemed to me that all that was remaining was to run a loop with all possible values of Q-factors. Let's hope that Matlab will be working after the weekend.

  323   Tue Feb 19 15:21:47 2008 AndreyUpdateSUSEarthquake tripped watchdogs in ETMY, ITMY

According to the web-page http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Quakes/ci14351140.php ,

there was a 5.0 earthquake in northern Baja California in Mexico at 02.41PM earlier today.

This earthquake made an effect on our watchdogs for ETMY and ITMY (their currents exceeded maximal values).
Watchdogs for ITMY are now restored back,
and it is taking more time for a "side degree" for ETMY to calm down,
it is still (40 minutes after the kick) swinging a lot with amplitude ~ 200mV.
  330   Fri Feb 22 02:51:20 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMAccelerometer ITMX seems to be broken

As people probably know,

I am trying (for a long time) to create a computational program that calculates the evolution of accelerometer time-domain data through stacks and pendulum transfer functions to test masses, and calculate the RMS of differential arm lenght spectrum.

I noticed on Tuesday that time-domain signals from the two accelerometers (one is near ETMX, the other one is near ITMX) seem to have different amplitudes of fluctuations around the mean value. I suspected that this is the main reason why I cannot get the awaited result of minimum of RMS for equal values of Q-factors for ETMX and ITMX suspensions (because we subtract two very different numbers, so we cannot get anything close to zero). I took amplitude spectra of the accelerometer data (dttfft2), and they look very differently for ETMX and ITMX accelerometers. I believe that spectrum of ETMX accelerometer represents seismic noise, but accelerometer ITMX seems to provide us with irrelevant and wrong data. No peaks, just almost monotoneous decreasing curve, and 10 times smaller amplitude. Therefore, ITMX seems to be broken.

I will try tomorrow to clap my hands, shout, yell, near the broken accelerometer to confirm that the accelerometer is broken (more precisely, that either accelerometer itself is broken,
or cable connections, or DAQ channel, but something is wrong). Now it is very late, and I am going home.

See attached figures: time-scale is 10^(-1), 10^0, 10^1, 10^2 Hz.
  336   Fri Feb 22 15:16:33 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMITMX Accelerometer is NOT broken

As I wrote in message 330, there was a bad signal from ITMX accelerometer. I have found the reason: the BNC-cable which goes from the black board with switches for accelerometer gain (1,10,100) towards DAQ-tower was completely disconnected from that black board with gain-switches. The end of the long BNC-cable was on the floor. Therefore, it was totally impossible to see any accelerometer signal. The cable that I am writing about should transport the signal from ITMX_X accelerometer.

Now all the BNC-connections seem to be in good shape, and spectra of accelerometers near ITMX and ETMX , both of them are in x-directions, are very much similar.
  338   Fri Feb 22 20:42:44 2008 AndreySummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsIt seems I succeeded in theoretical simulations

I am pretty happy at this moment.

I definitely feel that it took me too much time to understand how to do the Matlab program and how to overcome difficulties,

but eventually at last my Matlab program seems to start working.

Briefly: What the program does?
--> take time-domain signal from two accelerometers near ITMX and ETMX (use 'get_data');
--> calculate the time-evolution of those two signals through the system "stack + pendulum" to the test-masses ITMX and ETMS (use 'lsim' in Matlab),
which gives us the time-domain evolution of the deviation of the position of individual test-mass from its average position.
--> Subtract the two results from each other in time-domain, this gives us the deviation of the length of the XARM-cavity from its average value
(roughly speaking, deviation of the length of the cavity from exactly 40 meters, although I am aware that the exact average length of XARM is less than 40 meters).
--> Take the amplitude spectrum of the result, using Sqrt(pwelch) and calibrate it from "counts" to "meters".
--> Calculate root-mean-square of peaks at different frequency intervals, for example near 0.8Hz,
and plot the three-dimensional surface showing the dependence of RMS on Q-factors Q_{ETMX} and Q_{ITMX}.

Eventually I am able to create these dependences of RMS.

I see that the minimum of the dependence is close to the diagonal corresponding to exact equality of Q_ETMX} and Q_{ITMX}, but not exactly along the diagonal. The plot allows to say
which of two conditions "Q_I > Q_E" or "Q_E < Q_I" should be fullfilled for optimization reasons. My plot is raw, I might have made a mistake in axis-label, I do not garantee now that the axis label "Q_ITMX - Q_ETMX" is correct,
maybe I need to change it for "Q_ETMX - Q_ITMX". I need some more time to determine this on Monday, but clearly there is asymmetry between Q_I and Q_E.

The peak at 0.8 Hz is pretty stable, while the peak at around 3Hz is not very repeatable, therefore in both experimental measurements and these simulations the amplitude of RMS of peak at 3Hz) is several orders of magnitude smaller than for RMS of peak at 0.8Hz, and I do not see minimum somewhere in the RMS-dependence, I see now only steady growth of RMS as Q_factors increase.

I will need to spend some time on Monday trying to understand how the sampling frequency and number of fft-points influence my results when I take amplitude spectrum using pwelch-command, as well I will need to double-check the correctness of normalization from counts to meters (I am not confident right now that amplitude of order of 10^(-12) meters is correct).

So, I need some time after the weekend to analyze my results and maybe make some slight changes, but I am glad that my Matlab model started to work in principle. I wanted to let others know about the status of the progress in my work. The fact that Matlab program works now is a good ending of a week.

  339   Fri Feb 22 21:19:38 2008 AndreyBureaucracyComputer Scripts / ProgramsMDV library does not work at "LINUX 2"

While working on Thursday evening with Matlab scripts "dttfft2" and "get_data", I noticed that mDV library does not work at computer "LINUX 2" (the third computer in the control-room if you enter it from the restroom). There are multiple error messages if we try to run "hello_world", "dttfft2" or "get_data". In order to take data from accelerometers, I changed the computer - I was working from "LINUX 3" computer, the most right computer in the control room, but for the future someone should resolve the issue at "LINUX 2". I am not experienced enough to revive the correct work of mDV directory at "LINUX 2".

  341   Tue Feb 26 20:24:04 2008 AndreySummaryTMISorrow
As for that plot of three-dimensional surface, I indeed was wrong with the axis "Q_ETMX-Q_ITMX" (I put there wrong string "Q_ITMX-Q_ETMX"). On Friday plot there were values 10^(-12) on the z-axis, and that should be really meters, but the point that as I realized on Monday, I have never calibrated experimental measurement results from counts to meters , that's why it is this difference between 10^(-6) and 10^(-12). I still did not find the way to compare experim. and theoretical plots, because even if I leave "counts" on both plots, so that I have scale 10^(-6) on both plots, then the change in theoretical plot is just 0.02*10^(-6) for the range of Q-factors change, while the change in experimental measurements is an order of magnitude more 0.4*10^(-6), so the surface for theretical plot would be almost flat in the same axes as experimental results.
  401   Tue Mar 25 13:21:25 2008 AndreyUpdateComputersc1susvme2 is not behaving itself again
  404   Wed Mar 26 13:41:53 2008 AndreyHowToSUSModification of ''C1DRIFT_MONITOR''
I learned how to modify the drift-monitor in MEDM so that values on it change colors from green to yellow to red depending how much is the fluctuatioin (deviation) of the value from its mean nominal value.

In order to do this, I used the following eight commands:


where CHANNEL_MAME is the name of the channel the value of which is indicated on the MEDM screen C1DRIFT_MONITOR, for example
C1:SUS-MC1_SUSPOS_INMON, and VALUE is numerical value that I assigned to the channel parameters.

By now I modified nine mode-cleaner channels (POS, PITCH and YAW channels for MC1, MC2 and MC3) and 6 channels for ITMX and ITMY.

Note that as we have problems this week with computer C1SUSVM, namely ''c1susvme2'' is not working, indicators for MC2 in the drift-monitor do not change colors today although they should.

In order to judge which values should be established as reasonable deviations from the average nominal values, I was looking into Dataviewer trends for the channels that are in the drift-monitor.

In the future indicators for channels ETMX and ETMY, BS, PRM, SRM should be modified in complete analogy with what I did already for MC and for ITM. So, I have modified 3*5 = 15 channels, and 3*5 = 15 channels are left for the future.

Note that (as far as I understand) instead of commands "tdswrite" it is absolutely legitimate to use commands "ezcawrite".
  410   Thu Apr 3 18:33:17 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentStatus of Weather Station

During the last two days some things related to weather station have been improved.

1) Startup file for the computer (processor) 'c1pem1' was changed so that now 'c1pem1' can be rebooted from "Linux1". Computer 'c1pem1' is responsible for communicating data between 'Weather Monitor' and control UNIX machines. Before April 1st it was impossible to reboot the computer 'c1pem1'. Now 'c1pem1' runs without difficulties.

2) It was determined that some ethernet cables of category "cat 5" were bad. I replaced one short cat 5 cable between 'c1pem1' and 'network-switch board' in the neighboring computer rack, and I still need to replace the internet ending of another long (~20 meters) cat 5 cable after Alex Ivanov will bring the tool for that.

3) 'Weather monitor' and 'WeatherLink' are temporarily moved away from their "nested" positions on the north wall, and they are now in the proximity of processor 'c1pem1'. Thus the signal about "Inside Temperature" goes into 'c1pem1' computer without any additional ethernet cables, and "inside temperature" is correctly displayed on the "Checklist" adl. MEDM screen on the control UNIX machines. The cable with a signal from the roof sensors (which might be dead due their 7-year age) is temporarily disconnected from the 'Weather Monitor'.

Result: 'Weather Monitor' and computer (processsor) 'c1pem1' are alive, they communicate reasonable "Inside Temperature" to the control UNIX-machines.

The fate of the outside sensors is currently unknown, I plan to go to the roof together with Mr. Steve Vass tomorrow and try to determine what should be done with them.

I am also writing (right now) a wiki-40 page which explains what is the "Weather Station" and what is its status.
  412   Thu Apr 3 18:46:04 2008 AndreyConfigurationComputers"Network switch board" and "c1pem1 crate" were touched

While working with the weather station, I did two things that potentially (with a very small probability) might influence the smooth work of other processors/computers.
I did the following on Wednesday, April 2nd, in times between 1PM and 3PM.

(1) I turned off for several seconds and returned into the initial position the switch-key on the rack with computer (processor) 'c1pem1' in order to reboot processor 'c1pem1'. The turning off/on of that key-switch was repeated several times.

(2) I pulled gently the whole "Network-Switch Board" towards me in order to replace an ethernet cat 5 cable going into the board form the processor 'c1pem1'. Some other connections of other ethernet cables might be flimsy, and then other people in 40-meter might have problems with computers other than 'c1pem1'. It should not happen, but in case of extraordinary behaviour of any other computer in our lab, people should check the connectors on the network-switch board. It is located near the middle of Y-arm. See picture.
  413   Thu Apr 3 19:27:50 2008 AndreySummaryPhotosTour for prospective grad students
Last Friday (March 28), there was a tour of 40-meter lab for prospective graduate students.

Rana showed to the prospective students the interferometer. See pdf-attachment with pictures (two pictures of Rana with undergraduates (I took them) and two old pictures which I discovered on the memory card of Nikon d-40, it was not me who took those two last pictures).
  414   Fri Apr 4 16:54:06 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentWeather station is fully alive

After today's trip to the roof of our building the weather station seems to be completely resurrected!

We went to the roof together with Steve Vass, and we discovered that:

(1) Sensors of wind speed, wind direction and the bowl that measures the amount of precipitation do not have any visible defects, so there is no problem with all those sensors even after being outside for seven years.

(2) We discovered that there are cable junctions located on the roof, and those junctions were located close to the rim (edge) of the roof, before the cables go inside of 40-meter lab room. The taping in the place of the junction was not good due to the age, and the connections between the cables were disrupted (cable endings were out of the connectors). Therefore, no signal from the roof sensors could be transferred to the 'Weather Monitor'. It was not wise from the person who installed the weather station to leave the fragile cable connections outside, on the roof, because the length of the cables allowed to locate those three connectors inside of the building.

See the attached PDF-file with pictures.

(3) After the cables were plugged into the connectors, these cable junctions were gently pulled into the inside of the 40-meter interferometer room. These cable junctions should not be located outside of the building!

Immediately after all the above-mentioned steps, the reasonable indications of outside temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction appeared on the 'Weather Monitor'.

In order to see if there is any problem of communication between the 'Weather Monitor' and UNIX control computers through 'c1pem1', I rolled out two brand new black cat-5 ethernet cables on the floor of the interferometer room (they are on the floor temporarily, the ethernet cable will go from the floor into the ceiling cable tray eventually), connected the two cables together through freshly purchased from Caltech bookstore cable connectors, and thus connected the 'Weather Monitor' to the processor 'c1pem1'.

Result: Now we can see reasonable indications of outside temperature, pressure, amount of precipitation, wind speed and direction on the EPICS screen! Moreover, these indications are changing with time.

As a reminder for everyone: standard atmospheric pressure is about 101kPa, so the indications of pressure as 99900Pa is quite reasonable.

One thing is not clear for me yet: wind speed on the 'Weather Monitor' is fluctuating between 2 and 4 mph, while MEDM EPICS-screen values are fluctuation in the range between 0 and 3mph.

Many thanks to Steve Vass and Alexander Ivanov for their help.
  420   Wed Apr 16 09:47:35 2008 AndreySummaryPEMWeather Station
The weather station is functional again.

The long ethernet Cat5 cable connecting 'WeatherLink' and processor 'c1pem1' was repaired yesterday, namely the RJ45 connector was replaced,
and information about weather conditions is now again continuously being transferred from the 'Weather Monitor' to the control UNIX computers. We can see this information in 'c0Checklist.adl' screen and in Dataviewer.

Below are the two sets of trends for the temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure and the amount of precipitation.

The upper set of trends ("Attachment 1") is "Full Data" in Dataviewer for the 3 hours from 6.30AM till 9.30AM this morning,
and the lower set of trends ("Attachment 2") is "Minute Trend" in Dataviewer for 15 hours from 6.30PM yesterday till 9.30AM this morning.

I also updated the wiki-40 page describing the Weather Station and added to there a description of the process of attaching the RJ45 connector to the end of ethernet Cat5 cable. To access the wiki-40 page about the "weather station" you should go from the main page to "PEM" section and click on "Weather Station".
  421   Wed Apr 16 10:20:01 2008 AndreyUpdateComputersRosalba and linux3

There is a new computer in the control room -- its called Rosalba,
in keeping with our naming convention. Its a quad-core machine that
Dmass found for cheap somewhere; we've installed the CentOS on it
that Alex recommended.

Its a 64-bit Linux and so that may cause some problems. Alex has done this
before and so we have some confidence that we can get our regular tools (DTT, Dataviewer)
to run on it.

I have made a new apps tree for all of our future 64-bit Linux machines. So far, there is
a 64-bit firefox and a 64-bit matlab in there. As we start using this machine some more, we
will be forced to install more 64-bit Linux stuff.

We also didn't have enough network cables to run to both linux3 and rosalba. Andrey has decided that we
should not ditch linux3 and so he will run another cable for it tomorrow.

The ethernet cable for linux3 was installed on Wednesday morning. Now linux3 has Internet connection again.
  424   Thu Apr 17 20:17:37 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMTwo issues with our weather station

I encountered two difficulties working with the "Weather Station".

(1) It turns out that there is no indication for "outside humidity" on the "weather monitor" (a small black box located on the north wall of the interferometer). I realized that "outside humidity" is absent in our system when I tried to see the Dataviewer trend and real-time value from the channel "C1: PEM-weather-outsideHumid". It shows impossible number 128%.

It follows from the "Davis" technical documentation that the outside sensor can be of two types: either "External Temperature Sensor" or "External Temperature/Humidity Sensor". I suspect (I do not know for sure) that we have the first type of sensor "external temperature only" and therefore we in principle cannot have information about outside humidity. I propose to Steve to climb to the roof on Friday to resolve this uncertainty looking at the sensor.

(2) I wanted to change the units of pressure from "Pascal" (force/area) to other units, "mbar" for example. For this purpose I need to edit the file "Weather.st" in the directory /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1pem1 (this file is run on the VME processor "c1pem1"). Unfortunately, when I try to open the file with emacs, I get the message that the file exists but protected from modifications. I do not know how to unblock the file "Weather.st". I need some help with that.

I thought that switching-off the processor "c1pem1" could resolve the issue, so I switched-off the whole crate where the processor "c1pem1" is installed for about 5 minutes, turning the metallic key. As it did not make any difference for the accessibility of the file "Weather.st", I switched-on the crate after 5 minutes. There are other processors besides "c1pem1", so they were turned-off for several minutes earlier today.

Also, I created a new MEDM screen which has information about weather only, a smaller version of the "C0Checklist.adl" MEDM screen. Both screens are now located under the most top-left button "Checklist" of the main MEDM screen.
  427   Fri Apr 18 16:48:13 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMRain collector of weather station

Today the rain collector of our weather station was cleaned. As a result, we checked that the rain indication on the weather monitor and on the MEDM screens is alive and working properly. I am adding some details about the roof sensors to the wiki-40 page about the weather station. See especially the link "More description of the roof sensors and their interaction with UNIX computers" from the main Weather Station page in wiki-40.

Pictures of the rain collector before (dirty, the opening is fully clogged with dust and dirt) and after (clean opening in the bottom of the bowl) the cleaning are attached.
  440   Wed Apr 23 22:39:54 2008 AndreyDAQComputer Scripts / ProgramsProblem with "get_data" and slow PEM channels

It turns out that I cannot read minute trends for the slow weather channels for more than 1000 seconds back (roughly more than 15 minutes ago) using "get_data" script.

For comparison, I tried MC1 slow channels, and similar problem did not arise there. Probably, something is wrong with the memory of slow weather channels. At the same time, I can see minute-trends in Dataviewer as long ago as I want.

In response to
>>get_data('C1: PEM-weather_outsideTemp', 'minute', gps('now') - 3690, 3600);
I get the error message:
"Warning: Missong C1: PEM-weather_outsideTemp M data at 893045156".
  444   Thu Apr 24 22:06:47 2008 AndreySummaryComputersEthernet Cables and Hubs
Today in the morning (between 8.30AM and noon) Joe and I were working on understanding which ethernet cables connect "processors controlling the work of equipment in the interferometer room" and "Internet hub in the computer room".

Firstly, we took off several times the blue ethernet cables from the router located near ETMX in the morning. We were trying to understand which port in the hub is responsible for the interaction with that processor.

Secondly, we were working on reviving the connection with the computer controlling vacuum in the interferometer.

Later in the middle of the day (around 2PM) Joe continued some work with ethernet cables without me. We plan on continuing the cable work on Friday morning. A better and more detailed elog will appear then.
  447   Fri Apr 25 11:33:40 2008 AndreyConfigurationComputersComputer controlling vaccum equipment

Old computer (located in the south-end end of the interferometer room) that was almost unable to fulfill his duties of controlling vacuum equipment has been replaced to "Linux-3". MEDM runs on "Linux-3".

We checked later that day together with Steve Vass that vacuum equipment (like vacuum valves) can be really controlled from the MEDM-screen 'VacControl.adl'.

Unused flat LCD monitor, keyboard and mouse (parts of the former LINUX-3 computer) were put on the second shelf of the computer rack in the computer room near the HP printer.
  448   Fri Apr 25 13:20:04 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMMicrophone test
In response to Rana's request, I tested the microphone (if it is alive or not) by clapping my hands and speaking aloud nearby.

The microphone is alive, see the attached "Full Data" for 5 minutes from Dataviewer.
  452   Sat Apr 26 01:45:38 2008 AndreySummaryPEMWeather Station enhancement
Two more things concerning weather monitoring have been done during this week.

1) A Dataviewer template was created, so that it allows to see "real-time" information from weather channels immediately, without adding many channels "manually".

If one wants to use this template,
open Dataviewer -> "File" -> "Restore Settings", /cvs/cds/caltech/users/Templates/Dataviewer_Templates/Weather.xml.

2) I wrote a couple of Matlab scripts that allow to read data (minute trends) from the Dataviewer channels over some time in the past, save the received data in mat-files, and plot those minute-trends. Thus, one can get plots that are very much similar to what one can see in Dataviewer. These two Matlab files are located in the directory
"/cvs/cds/caltech/users/weather_station". File "WeatherReading.m" allows reading from the weather channels (paths to mDV directory must be configured before using my script), file "WeatherTrends.m" allows plotting of those minute trends.

Unfortunately, hardware problems arise very often if we want to read for a somewhat long time in the past, so until now I have not succeeded in getting trends for more than 20 minutes. As an example, see the attached png-file with the 20-minutes trends of data from Thursday evening.

3) So far I did not have success in learning how to recalculate pressure from Pascals to mbars in EPICS (although I tried google-search).

4) I am making every effort in recent weeks not to put any personal or non-scientific information into elog, but this message could be important for all of us, so I cannot resist:
a shark in the Pacific Ocean has killed a swimmer near San-Diego (I saw this in russian news and then made a quick google-search).
  458   Mon Apr 28 23:44:33 2008 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsWeather.db

I was trying to figure out how to modify the file "Weather.db" so that the atm.pressure would be recalculated from Pa to bar before appearing in the EPICS screen, but so far I did not succeed. I restarted processor "c1pem1" several times. I will continue this tomorrow, and also I will modify the nmaes of the weather channels.
  460   Tue Apr 29 21:30:49 2008 AndreyUpdatePEMIn the process of renaming channels for Weather Station

I startted renaming channels for the weather station, and I will continue this tomorrow, on Wednesday.

I have restarted 'c1pem1' several times and reconfigured "C0DCU1" on the framebuilder MEDM screen.

Framebuilder now does not work.
  461   Wed Apr 30 20:48:58 2008 AndreySummaryPEMNew Weather Channels

I created the new channels for the weather station, all letters are capital ones. They are of the form "C1 : PEM-WS_PARAMETER" where "PARAMETER" is temperature, pressure, wind,... characteristics (names are self-obvious).

These new weather channels are indicated on the "Weather Checklist" MEDM screen. Also, units of pressure were changed from Pascal to torr and mbars.

The new weather channels are also visible in Dataviewer. I updated the template, and as an example of Dataviewer data I attach the following 5-hour trends of weather parameters from 3.30PM to 8.30PM on April 30th.
  476   Wed May 14 13:14:19 2008 AndreySummaryComputersReflective Memory Network is restored

Reflective Memory Network is restored, all watchdogs and oplevs are returned to the "enabled" state.

In order to revive the computers, several things were done.

1) Following Mr. Adhikari's elog entry #353, I walked around the interferometer room, and switched off the power keys in all crates with computers whose names are contained in the MEDM Reflective Memory screen, including the rack with the framebuilder. By the way, it was nontrivial to find the switch in the 1Y4 crate that would shut off/on processors "c1susvme1" and "c1susvme2": the switch turned out to be located at the rear side of the crate, and it is not a key but it is a button.

2) I was trying to follow wiki-40 computer restart procedures, but every time that I was trying to run "startup.cmd" screen from the corresponding target subdirectory, I got the error message "Device or resource busy".
By the way, one more thing was learned: if you firstly open in terminal burtgooey, select the snap file, then reboot the processor, and then will try to burt-restore it, you will get the message "Status Not OK". In order to really burt-restore the processor which was recently rebooted, you need to close the terminal with burtgooey and open burtgooey in a new terminal window which should be opened after rebooting the processor.

Feeling that my activities according to wiki-40 procedures do not revive computers, I invited Alex Ivanov.

3) Alex tried to touch the memory card in "c1iovme" in rack 1Y2, because once before this card failed causing network problems, but this did not help.

4) We shutted off and restarted again (pressing the power-switching button) the black Linux machine "c1dcuepics" (located in the very bottom below the framebuilder). Alex says that this machine is responsible for all EPICS. It was not restarted for 182 days, and probably some process there went wrong.

After restarting this machine "c1dcuepics" we were able to follow wiki-40 procedures for restarting all other computers (whose names are on the MEDM RFM network). We ran correcponding "startup.cmd" files and burt-restored them without error messages.

Now all the computers work and communicate in a proper way.

Mr. Joseph Betzwiezer was helping me with all these activities (we decided that it is more important that cameras for now), thanks to him. But our joint skills turned out to be insufficient, so Alex Ivanov's contribution was the most important.
  477   Wed May 14 14:05:40 2008 AndreyUpdateComputersComputer Linux-2, MEDM screen "Watchdogs"

Computer "Linux-2", MEDM screen "C1SUS_Watchdogs.adl": there is no indication for ETMY watchdogs, everything is white. There is information on that screen "C1SUS_Watchdogs.adl" about all other systems (MC, ETMX,...), but something is wrong with indicators for ETMY on that particular control computer.
  483   Fri May 16 17:27:55 2008 AndreyOmnistructureGeneralToilets are broken, do not use them !!!

Both toilets in 40-meter were constantly flushing, the leaking water was on the floor inside of the restrooms, so


I have heard the constant loud sound of flushing water, opened the door, and was unpleasantly surprised because all the floor was under the layer of water and the toilets were constantly flushing. I called security at X5000, a plumber came in and told that a team of plumbers needs to repair the flushing system after the weekend. The plumber today just shut off the flushing water, wiped off the floor and told not to use the restrooms in the weekend. We should expect a team of plumbers on Monday.

Sinks are working, so you can wash your hands.
  512   Tue Jun 3 02:15:29 2008 AndreySummaryCamerasFitting results

There have been a lot of work going on related to the processing of images captured by the cameras GC-650 and GC-750 recently.

In the end of the week of May 30 Joseph and me (Andrey) installed the two cameras capturing the images of the pick-off of the main beam on the PSL optical table. The cameras are located after the picked-off beam going towards the "PSL position QPD", after the 33-66 beamsplitter (33% of reflection and 66% of transmission).

Initially (on May 30) the GC-650 camera was taking the images of reflected beam, while the camera GC-750 was taking images of transmitted beam. On Monday June 2 we switched the positions of the cameras, so GC-650 appeared to be on the path of the transmitted beam and GC-750 on the path of the reflected beam.

I (Andrey Rodionov) was able in the weekend to succeed in writing a Matlab program that performs the two-dimensional Gaussian fitting of the captured images, and I used that program to fit the images from the cameras.

The program fits the camera data by a two-dimensional Gaussian surface:

Z = A * exp[ - 2 * (X - X_Shift)^2 / (Waist_X)^2 ] * exp[ - 2 * (Y - Y_Shift)^2 / (Waist_Y)^2 ] + CONST_Shift,

where A, X_Shift, Waist_X, Y_Shift, Waist_Y, CONST_Shift are 6 parameters of the fit.

Attached are the pdf-files showing the results: images taken with our cameras, the 2-dimensional Gaussian fit for these images and the surfaces of residuals. Residuals are differences between the exact beam profile and the result of fitting. In normalized version of residual graph I normalize it by the first coefficient of fitting A, the factor in front of the exponents.
  515   Tue Jun 3 12:33:36 2008 AndreyUpdateCamerasAndrey, Josephb

Continuing our work with cameras,

1) we removed both cameras from their places on Monday afternoon, and were taking the beam-scans with a special equipment (see elog-entry 511) from Bridge bld.,

2) and on Tuesday morning we putted back the GC-750 camera into the transmitted beam path, camera GC-650 into the reflected beam path. We plan to compare the images from the "reflection camera" for several different angles of tilt of the camera.
  11   Wed Oct 24 01:43:32 2007 Andrey RodionovOtherGeneralPDF-file -> Will report about first results for XARM during Wednesday meeting

Here is the pdf-file with some graphs showing first results for XARM optimization.

We will discuss alltogether during our Wednesday meeting which starts at 2.40PM. Probably it would be necessary to project this pdf-file to the big screen,
so someone should bring laptop and probably connect it to the projector. I do not have a laptop.

See you on that meeting.
  38   Wed Oct 31 10:31:23 2007 Andrey RodionovRoutineVACVenting is in progress

We (Steve, David, Andrey) started venting the vacuum system at 9.50AM Wednesday morning.
  41   Wed Oct 31 19:26:08 2007 Andrey RodionovRoutineGeneralPhotographs of "Mode-Cleaner Entrance"

Here are the pictures of "inside the chamber".
  46   Thu Nov 1 16:34:47 2007 Andrey RodionovSummaryComputersLimitation on attachment size of E-LOG

I discovered yesterday when I was attaching photos that it is NOT possible to attach files whose size is 10Mb or more. Therefore, 10Mb or something very close to that value is the limit.
  47   Thu Nov 1 16:42:48 2007 Andrey RodionovSummaryEnvironmentEnd of Daylight Saving Time this weekend
Useful information for everyone, as a friendly reminder:

According to the web-page


this coming weekend there will be the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Clocks will be adjusted backward one hour.
  50   Thu Nov 1 19:53:02 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosTobin's picture
  51   Thu Nov 1 19:53:34 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosRobert's photo
  52   Thu Nov 1 19:54:22 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosRana's photo
  53   Thu Nov 1 19:55:03 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosAndrey's photo
  54   Thu Nov 1 19:55:59 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosAndrey, Tobin, Robert - photo
  55   Thu Nov 1 19:58:07 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosSteve and Tobin's picture
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