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  16606   Thu Jan 20 17:21:21 2022 TegaUpdateSUSTemporary watchdog

Temp software watchdog now operational for LO1 and the remaining optics!

Koji helped me understand how to write to switches and we tried for a while to only turnoff the output switch of the filters instead of the writing a zero that resets everything in the filter.

Eventually, I was able to move this effort foward by realising that I can pass the control trigger along multiple records using the forwarding option 'FLNK'. When I added this field to the trigger block, record(dfanout,"C1:SUS-LO1_PUSH_ALL"), and subsequent calculation blocks, record(calcout,"C1:SUS-LO1_COILSWa") to record(calcout,"C1:SUS-LO1_COILSWd"), everything started working right.


After some work on the reference database file, we now have a template for temporary watchdog implementation for LO1 located here "/cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux/C1_SUS-AUX_LO1.db".

Basically, what I have done is swap the EPICS asyn analog input readout for the COIL and OSEM to accessible medm channels, then write out watchdog enable/disable to coil filter SW2 switch. Everything else in the file remains the same. I am worried about some of the conversions but the only way to know more is to see the output on the medm screen.

To test, I restarted c1su2 but this did not make the LO1 database available, so I am guessing that we also need to restart the c1sus, which can be done tomorrow.


  16605   Thu Jan 20 17:03:36 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IV of BHR upgrade - SR2 OSEM tuned.

The main issue with SR2 OSEMs, now that I think of it, was that the BS table was very inclined due to the multiple things we removed (including counterweights). Today the first I did was level the BS table by placing some counterweights in the correct positions. I placed the level in two directions right next to SR2 (clamped in its planned place), and made the bubble center.

While doing do, at one point, I was trying to reach the far South-West end of the table with the 3x heavy 6" cylindrical counterweight in my hand. The counterweight slipped off my hand and fell from the table. See the photo in attachment 1. It went to the bottommost place and is resting on its curved surface.

This counterweight needs to be removed but one can not reach it from over the table. So to remove it, we'll have to open one of the blank flanges on the South-west end of BS chamber and remove the counterweight from there. We'll ask Chub to help us on this. I'm sorry for the mistake, I'll be more careful with counterweights in the future.

Moving on, I tuned all the SR2 OSEMs. It was fairly simple today since the table was leveled. I closed the chamber with the optic free to move and damped in all degrees of freedom.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CQ6VouSB1HX2DPqW6


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


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

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

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

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


  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.

  16602   Thu Jan 20 01:48:02 2022 KojiUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation updated

IMC is not such lossy. IMC output is supposed to be ~1W.

The critical coupling condition is G_PRC = 1/T_PRM = 17.7. If we really have L_arm = 50ppm, we will be very close to the critical coupling. Maybe we are OK if we have such condition as our testing time would be much longer in PRMI than PRFPMI at the first phase. If the arm loss turned out to be higher, we'll be saved by falling to undercoupling.
When the PRC is close to the critical coupling (like 50ppm case), we roughly have Tprc x 2 and Tarm to be almost equal. So each beam will have 1/3 of the input power i.e. ~300mW. That's probably too much even for the two OMCs (i.e. 4 DCPDs). That's OK. We can reduce the input power by 3~5.


LO Power

LO power when PRFPMI is locked is calculated by assuming 1 W of input power to IMC. IMC is assumed to let pass 10% of the power (L_{\rm IMC}=0.1).


  16601   Thu Jan 20 00:26:50 2022 KojiUpdateSUSTemporary watchdog

As the new db is made for c1susaux, 1) it needs to be configured to be read by c1susaux 2) it requires restarting c1susaux 3) it needs to be recorded by FB 4) and restartinbg FB.
(^-Maybe not super exact procedure but conceptually like this)



  16600   Wed Jan 19 21:39:22 2022 TegaUpdateSUSTemporary watchdog

After some work on the reference database file, we now have a template for temporary watchdog implementation for LO1 located here "/cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux/C1_SUS-AUX_LO1.db".

Basically, what I have done is swap the EPICS asyn analog input readout for the COIL and OSEM to accessible medm channels, then write out watchdog enable/disable to coil filter SW2 switch. Everything else in the file remains the same. I am worried about some of the conversions but the only way to know more is to see the output on the medm screen.

To test, I restarted c1su2 but this did not make the LO1 database available, so I am guessing that we also need to restart the c1sus, which can be done tomorrow.

  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.

  16598   Wed Jan 19 16:22:48 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation updated

I have further updated my calculation. Please find the results in the attached pdf.

Following is the description of calculations done:

Arm cavity reflection:

Reflection fro arm cavity is calculated as simple FP cavity reflection formula while absorbing all round trip cavity scattering losses (between 50 ppm to 200 ppm) into the ETM transmission loss.

So effective reflection of ETM is calculated as

r_{\rm ETMeff} = \sqrt{1 - T_{\rm ETM} - L_{\rm RT}}

r_{\rm arm} = \frac{-r_{\rm ITM} + r_{\rm ETMeff}e^{2i \omega L/c}}{1 - r_{\rm ITM} r_{\rm ETMeff}e^{2 i \omega L/c}}

The magnitude and phase of this reflection is plotted in page 1 with respect to different round trip loss and deviation of cavity length from resonance. Note that the arm round trip loss does not affect the sign of the reflection from cavity, at least in the range of values taken here.

PRC Gain

The Michelson in PRFPMI is assumed to be perfectly aligned so that one end of PRC cavity is taken as the arm cavity reflection calculated above at resonance. The other end of the cavity is calculated as a single mirror of effective transmission that of PRM, 2 times PR2 and 2 times PR3. Then effective reflectivity of PRM is calculated as:

r_{\rm PRMeff} = \sqrt{1 - T_{\rm PRM} - 2T_{\rm PR2} - 2T_{\rm PR3}}

t_{\rm PRM} = \sqrt{T_{\rm PRM}}

Note, that field transmission of PRM is calculated with original PRM power transmission value, so that the PR2, PR3 transmission losses do not increase field transmission of PRM in our calculations. Then the field gain is calculated inside the PRC using the following:

g = \frac{t_{\rm PRM}}{1 - r_{\rm PRMeff} r_{\rm arm}e^{2 i \omega L/c}}

From this, the power recycling cavity gain is calculated as:
G_{\rm PRC} = |g|^2

The variation of PRC Gain is showed on page 2 wrt arm cavity round trip losses and PR2 transmission. Note that gain value of 40 is calculated for any PR2 transmission below 1000 ppm. The black verticle lines show the optics whose transmission was measured. If V6-704 is used, PRC Gain would vary between 15 and 10 depending on the arm cavity losses. With pre-2010 ITM, PRC Gain would vary between 30 and 15.

LO Power

LO power when PRFPMI is locked is calculated by assuming 1 W of input power to IMC. IMC is assumed to let pass 10% of the power (L_{\rm IMC}=0.1). This power is then multiplied by PRC Gain and transmitted through the PR2 to calculate the LO power.

P_{\rm LO, PRFPMI} = P_{\rm in} L_{\rm IMC}G_{\rm PRC}T_{\rm PR2}

Page 3 shows the result of this calculation. Note for V6-704, LO power would be between 35mW and 15 mW, for pre-2010 ITM, it would be between 15 mW and 5 mW depending on the arm cavity losses.

The power available during alignment is simply given by:
P_{\rm LO, align, PRM} = P_{\rm in} L_{\rm IMC} T_{\rm PRM} T_{\rm PR2}

P_{\rm LO, align, no PRM} = P_{\rm in} L_{\rm IMC} T_{\rm PR2}

If we remove PRM from the input path, we would have sufficient light to work with for both relevant optics.

I have attached the notebook used to do these calculations. Please let me know if you find any mistake in this calculation.

  16597   Wed Jan 19 14:41:23 2022 KojiUpdateBHDSuspension Status

Is this the correct status? Please directly update this entry.

LO1 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]
LO2 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]
AS1 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]

AS4 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]
PR2 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]
PR3 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]
SR2 [Glued] [Suspended] [Balanced] [Placed In Vacuum] [OSEM Tuned] [Damped]

Last updated: Fri Jan 28 10:34:19 2022

  16596   Wed Jan 19 12:56:52 2022 PacoSummaryBHDAS4 OSEMs installation

[Paco, Tega, Anchal]

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

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

  16595   Wed Jan 19 12:50:10 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IV of BHR upgrade - SR2 OSEM tuning progress.

It was indeed the issue of the top OSEM plate not being in the right place horizontally. But the issue was more non-trivial. I believe because of the wedge in thick optics, there is a YAW offset in the optic in the free hanging position. I had to readjust the OSEM plate 4 times to be able to get full dark to bright range in both upper OSEMs. After doing that, I tuned the four OSEMs somewhat near the halfway point and once I was sure I'm inside the sensitive region in all face OSEMs, I switched on POS, PIT, and YAW damping. Then I was able to finely tune the positions of both upper OSEMs.

However, on reaching to lower right OSEM, I found again the same issue. I had to stop to go to the 40m meeting, I'll continue this work in the afternoon. But OSEM plate adjustment in the horizontal direction, particularly for thick optics is required to be done before transporting them. I achieved the best position by turning the OSEM 90 degrees and using the OSEM LED/PD plates to determine the position. This was the final successful trial I did in adjusting the plate position horizontally.


  16594   Tue Jan 18 18:19:22 2022 KojiSummaryBHDAS4 placed in ITMY Chamber, OSEMs connected

AS4 satellite amplifier D1002818 / D080276 troubleshoot

I dug into the circuit to see what/where things were wrong.

- UL saturation issue: The open light voltage at the TIA output (I-V out) was 10.4V. It seemed that the photocurrent of 86uA was simply a little too much for the transimpedance gain of 121kOhm. So the R18 was replaced to 100kOhm. This made the I-V out to be 8.6V and the ADC input count to be 28200 (Attachment 1). This modification was done on the unit S2100742 CH1 (LEFT CH1)

- Non responding LL issue: Now moved on to LL (LEFT CH2). The basic circuit test didn't reveal any problem. So the DSUB25 cables were swapped at the vacuum feedthru flange. The result is shown in Attachment 2. LL OSEM issue was moved to the 2nd ch of the right channel of the sat amp (CH6). This is means that the problem is somewhere in the vacuum chamber (including the vacuum feedthru). We need to check the in-vacuum cable and the OSEM. We can test the OSEM by swapping the position of the OSEM connector between LL and UL (for example).


  16593   Tue Jan 18 18:16:28 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDPart IV of BHR upgrade - SR2 Sat Amp Box inspection

I tested the monitor ports on the SR2 Sat Amp Box but found that all LED Mon and PD Mon are giving expected values. I disconnected the cable to OSEM and checked the PD monitors and found no offsets in case of no PD current. I realised that PD transimpedance offset should be checked with PD inputs shorted instead. So I created a male DB 25 connector with pinds 2-3, 50-6, 8-9 and 11-12 shorted. This on connecting to the OSEM cable at the back of sat amp boxes should short the PD inputs. On using this plug, I found no offsets in any of the Sat Amp PD output channels.

Discussion with Koji

It is possible that the issue is there because the magnet is missing the LED-PD path way because it is offset sideways. In fact, in my limited memory, I do not recall seeing the UL OSEM signal ever going to complete darkness either. Tomorrow, we should take a photo of the OSEMs from the back and see if any sideways adjustment of the top OSEM plate is required. If any adjustment is required, we must take the OSEMs out and then do the adjustment. Do not attempt to adjust OSEM plate with OSEMs inserted in-situ. That will most probably knock off the magnets.

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

[Tega, Anchal, Paco]

We started working on SR2 installation. Preliminary work involved

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

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

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

1st connector: LL -> UR -> UL

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Anchal, Paco]

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

  16590   Fri Jan 14 18:12:47 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAS4 placed in ITMY Chamber, OSEMs connected

AS4 was succesfully suspended and trasported to ITMY chamber (40m/16589). We placed it near the door to make it easy to tune the OSEMs. We connected the OSEMs and found that the LL OSEM is not responding. Even though the the OSEMs are completely out right now, there was no signal on this OSEM. This could be an issue in either at the LED driver circuit or the PD circuit in AS4 Sat Amp box, or it could be the OSEM that is bad. We'll investigate further next day. For now, we recorded the full brightness reading for the OSEMs:

  • UL: 32767  -> 16383
  • UR: 29420 -> 14710
  • LR: 30100 -> 15050
  • SD: 29222 -> 14611

Another thing to note is that UL value above is not changing at all. I checked the CDS screen and the the ADC input is overflowing in complete bright position of the OSEM.

  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.

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

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

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

  16587   Fri Jan 14 13:46:25 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation updated

I updated the arm cavity roundtrip losses due to scattering. Yehonathan told me that arm cavity looses 50ppm every roundtrip other than the transmission losses. With the updated arm cavity loss:

  PRFPMI LO Power (mW) Unlocked PRC LO Power (uW) PRC Gain
pre-2010 ITM 8 28 15.2
V6:704 24 113 12


  16586   Fri Jan 14 12:01:21 2022 AnchalUpdateElectronicsBS & ITMY feedthroughs labeled and connected to Sat Amps

I labeled all the newly installed flanges and connected the in-air cables (40m/16530) to appropriate ports. These cables are connected to the CDS system on 1Y1/1Y0 racks through the satellite amplifiers. So all new optics now can be damped as soon as they are placed. We need to make more DB9 plugs for setting "Acquire" mode on the HAM-A coil drivers since our Binary input system is not ready yet. Right now, we only have 2 such plugs which means only one optic and be damped at a time.


  16585   Fri Jan 14 11:00:29 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation

Yeah, I counted the loss from arm cavities as the transmission from ETMs on each bounce. I assumed Michelson to be perfectly aligned to get no light at the dark port.  Should I use some other number for the round-trip loss in the arm cavity?

  16584   Fri Jan 14 03:07:04 2022 KojiUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation

I opened the notebook but I was not sure where you have the loss per bounce for the arm cavity.

    PRC_RT_Loss = 2 * PR3_T + 2 * PR2_T + 2 * Arm_Cavity_Finesse * ETM_T + PRM_T

Do you count the arm reflection loss to be only 2 * 13ppm * 450 = 1.17%?

  16583   Thu Jan 13 17:10:55 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation

I corrected the calculation by adding losses by the arm cavity ends times the arm cavity finesse and also taking into account the folding of the cavity mirror. I used exact formula for finesse calculation and divided it by pi to get the PRC gain from there. Attachment 3 is the notebook for referring to the calculations I made.

Note that using V6-704 would provide 35 mW of LO power when PRFPMI is locked and 113 uW for alignment, but will bring down the PRC Gain to 17.5.

pre-2010 ITM (if it is still an option) would provide 12 mW of LO power when PRFPMI is locked and 28 uW for alignment, but will keep the PRC Gain to 24.6.

I still have to do a curvature check on the V6-704 optic.

  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.

  16581   Thu Jan 13 12:29:27 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAS4 LR magnet broke

After the debacle with AS1 (40m/16580), we decided the put the PEEK earthquake stop by first removing the lower OSEM plate and then doing it. So I unfastened AS4 from its position with the earthquake stops in place and moved the suspension to the center of the table. Then I carefully removed the bottom OSEM plate. But I found out that the LR magnet is broken and lying on the floor of the suspension sad. Given my past on the same day, it could be me breaking it again during the moving of the suspension of taking off the OSEM plate or there is a small chance that this break happened before. Regardless of fault, this meant we have to resuspend AS4 again as well. So we transported AS4 back to the clean room and the work on it's re-suspension has begun.

  16580   Thu Jan 13 12:24:08 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAS1 SD and LR magnets broke

[Anchal (vacuum work), Paco (outside)]

After the AS1 Sat Amp fix (40m/16579), we today were able to tune all OSEMs to the mid-bright level. But when we were about to call it, we were told that the new PEEK earthquake stop screw and bolts need to go on the thin suspended optics. Against better judgment, we decided to install the new back earthquake stop in-situ since we had tuned all OSEMs already. I installed the new stop but after that found that in the process I have broken off the side magnet and LR magnet from the optic adaptor and they are inside the OSEM coils now. This means we'll have to redo the AS1 suspension almost from scratch again sad. We have transported AS1 to the cleanroom where the work on re-suspension has begun.

  16579   Thu Jan 13 09:48:41 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAS1 Sat Amp fixed

I fixed the issue in AS1 Sat Amp (S2100741) by using a razor blade. I cut the short between the two places, cleaned up the area and covered it with electrical tape. However, later feedback from Rana was to not use electrical tape as it dries up and becomes brittle and lfaky in long run. So after the AS1 OSEM tuning is over, I'll open this box again and use something else to insulate the exposed area. See attached pictures for current status.


  16578   Tue Jan 11 18:40:25 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAS1 Sat Amp has a PCB issue

AS1 Sat Amp (S2100741) has a critical PCB issue on it's Ch5-8 board S2100548. This board is supposed to just feed through the coil driver signal from the front DB9 connector to the back DB25 connector but it has a short between pins 2 and 7 at the "Coil Input" end (connector J1). The short persists even after I disconnect the sat amp to the flange connector on the back of this board, which definitely means the short is present in the passive channeling through the PCB or at the soldering points of the two DB connectors. I just flipped the board and found that the soldering connections are clean and separate. I think we'll have to use one of the spare sat amp boxes for AS1 for now, while we either declare this one manufacture defected or fix the issue.

I actually found the short on the PCB trace by just looking carefully at it. Attachment 1 shows the photo of it. Maybe we can fix this by simply cutting the tumor between the two traces (why are these traces so close together in such a large board anyways!!!), but I'm not sure if that is a reliable way of fixing this issue. I'll wait for Koji's comments on what to do with this. We'll recommence OSEM tuning for AS1 tomorrow with fixed electronics.

  16577   Tue Jan 11 18:18:29 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDAttempted OSEM installation on AS1

[Anchal, Paco, Yehonathan]

Connected in-cir cable to new flange on ITMY Chamber

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

1st connector: LL -> UR -> UL

2nd connector: LR -> SD

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

  • SD: 29564 -> 14787
  • LR: 30902 -> 15451
  • UR: 29280 -> 14640
  • LL: 27690 -> 13845
  • UL: 27668 -> 13834

:( We had to stop here as we were unable to actuate on the side coils. We checked the signal chain and found that the monitor output of AS1 LL/SD coil driver is responding to offset changes in the coil output filter module of AS1 side. However, when we connected the output of the coil driver through a breakout board to the AS1 Sat Amp, we saw no signal. We tried switching the coil driver bo with another one one the rack but we found the exact same issue. This led us to believe that something must be wrong with the AS1 Sat Amp. We checked the output of the AS1 LL/SD coil driver without connecting it to the sat amp and found that the output was responding to our CDS changes. Then we checked the second "Coil Input" port of the AS1 Sat Amp, and found that pins 2-7 and pins 3-8 are shorted. This means channel 5 and 8 on this box would be shorted. This is the reason why we were unable to actuate on the coils. I'll work on debugging this box, my first guess is that the ribbon cable is bad.

  16575   Tue Jan 11 15:21:16 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 transmission calculation

I did this simple calculation where I assumed 1W power from laser and 10% transmission past IMC. We would go ahead with V6-704/V6-705 ATFilms 3/8" optic. It would bring down the PRC gain to ~30 but will provide plenty of light for LO beam and alignment.

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

[Paco, Yehonathan, Chub]

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

  16573   Tue Jan 11 13:43:14 2022 KojiUpdateSUSTemporary watchdog

I don't remember the syntax of the db file, but here this calc channel computes A&B. And A&B corresponds to INPA and INPB.

        field(INPA,"C1:SUS-LO1_UL_COMM  PP  NMS")
        field(INPB,"C1:SUS-LO1_LATCH_OFF  PP  MS")

What is this LATCH doing?


  16572   Tue Jan 11 12:19:12 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDLO1 Input Matrix Diagonalization performed.

The frree swinging test was successful. I ran the input matrix diagonalization code (scripts/SUS/InMAtCalc/sus_diagonalization.py) on the LO1 free swinging data collected last night. The logfile and results are stroed in scripts/SUS/InMatCalc/LO1 directory. Attachment 1 shows the power spectral density of the DOF bassis data (POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE) before and after the diagonalization. Attachment 2 shows the fitted peaks.

Free Swinging Resonances Peak Fits
  Resonant Frequency [Hz] Q A
POS 0.941 506 84
PIT 1.015 304 778
YAW 0.694 300 626
SIDE 0.999 371 49

LO1 New Input Matrix

The new matrix was loaded on LO1 input matrix and this resulted in no control loop oscillations at least. I'll compare the performance of the loops in future soon.

  16571   Tue Jan 11 10:58:58 2022 TegaUpdateSUSTemporary watchdog

Started working on this. First created a git repo for tracking https://git.ligo.org/40m/susaux.git

I have looked through the folder to see what needs doing and I think I know what needs to be done for the final case by just following the same pattern for the other optics, which I am listing below

- Create database file for the BHD optics, say C1_SUS-AUX_LO1.db by copying another optic database file say C1_SUS-AUX_SRM. Then replace the optic name.

- Insert a new line "C1:SUS-LO1_LATCH_OFF" in the file autoBurt_watchdogs.req

- Populate the file autoBurt.req with the appropriate channels for LO1

- Populate the file C1SUSaux_post.sh with the corresponding commands for LO1

- Add the line dbLoadDatabase("/cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux/C1_SUS-AUX_LO1.db") to the file C1SUSaux.cmd


For the temporary watchdog, we comment everything I have just talked about, and do only what come next.

My question is the following:

I understand that we need to use the OUT16 slow channel as a temporary watchdog since we don't currently have access to the slow channels bcos the Acromag units have not been installed. My guess from Koji's instructions is that we need to update the channels in the last two fields "INPA" and "INPB" below

        field(DESC,"ANDs Enable with Watchdog")
        field(SCAN,"1 second")
        field(INPA,"C1:SUS-LO1_UL_COMM  PP  NMS")
        field(INPB,"C1:SUS-LO1_LATCH_OFF  PP  MS")

Suppose we replace the channel for INPA with C1:SUS-LO1_ULCOIL_OUT16, what about INPB. Is this even the right thing to do as I am just guessing here?


  16570   Tue Jan 11 10:46:07 2022 TegaUpdateCDSSUS screen debugging

Seen. Thanks.

Red Arrow: The channel was labeled incorrectly as INMON instead of OUTPUT

Green Arrow: OK, I will create a custom medm screen for this.

Blue arrow: Hmm, OK I will look into this. Doing this work remotely is a pain as the medm response is quite slow for poking around.

Orange circle: OK, I'll move this to the left side of the line.

Note to self: I also noticed another error on the side (LPYS blue box just b4 the sum). The channel is pointing to YAW instead of the side, so needs to be fixed as well.


Indicated by the red arrow:
Even when the side damping servo is off, the number appears at the input of the output matrix

Indicated by the green arrows:
The face magnets and the side magnets use different ADCs. How about opening a custom ADC panel that accommodates all ADCs at once? Same for the DAC.

Indicated by the blue arrows:
This button opens a custom FM window. When the pitch gain was modified with a ramping time, the pitch and yaw gain grows at the same time even though only the pitch gain was modified.

Indicated by the orange circle:
The numbers are not indicated here, but they are input-related numbers (for watchdogging) rather than output-related numbers. It is confusing to place them here.


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

[Paco, Chub]

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

  16568   Tue Jan 11 09:53:14 2022 not KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- Peek screws and nuts

I handed the Peek parts we got from McMaster to Jordan for C&B.

  16567   Mon Jan 10 18:36:41 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDLO1 free swinging test set to trigger

LO1 is set to go through a free swinging test at 1 am tonight. We have used this script (scripts/SUS/InMatCalc/freeSwing.py) reliably in the past so we expect no issues, it has a error catching block to restore all changes at the end of the test or if something goes wrong.

To access the test, on rossa, type:

tmux a -t freeSwingLO1

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

  16566   Mon Jan 10 18:20:45 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDTested 2" PR2 candidates transmission

I tested 2 more optics found by Paco and Yehonathan in QIL.

  Polarization Incident Power [mW] Transmitted Power [mW] Transmission [ppm]
V6-704 V6-706 p-pol 850 17.1 20118
Yellow cylindrical box p-pol 850 <1 ( could not even see it to measure it with a more sensitive power meter) <1000

I would like someone to redo the second test. I'm not sure what was happening but I could not find the transmitted beam at all on my card even with all lights out. This is either too good a coating and not useful for us or I did something wrong while measuring it.

V6-704, V6-706 mirror seemed like a good candidate as the paper with it said it would be a 200 ppm mirror. But I measured a lot more transmission than that. Now that I see that paper more carefully, it is a 45 degree s-pol mirror, probably that's why it had so much transmission for p-pol at near-normal incidence.


  16565   Mon Jan 10 17:04:47 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDAS1 Sat Amp CH2 had offset

We found that there was a small offset (~300 mV) at TP6 and TP8, in PD2 circuit (CH2 of the board). I replaced U3 AD822ARZ but did not see any affect. I disconnected the adaptor board in the back and saw that the offset went away. This might mean that the cable had some flaky short to a power supply pin. However, when I just reinserted the adaptor board back again, there was no offset. We could not find any issue with the board after that to fix, so we left it as it is. If this board gives offset issues in the future, most probably the ribbon cable would be the suspect.

Now all ADC channels are showing no offset or overflows in C1SU2 chassis.

  16564   Mon Jan 10 15:59:46 2022 KojiUpdateBHDPR2 Sat Amp has a bad channel

The issue was present in the cable between the small adapter board and the rear panel. The cable and the Dsub 25 connectors were replaced. The removed parts were resoldered. Did the basic test of the channel.

Attachment 1: I cleaned up the area of the PD3 circuit of S2100556 and checked the voltage when the circuit was energized. The PD photocurrent line from the rear panel had S2100556 even with R25 removed. So the problem was between the rear panel to the outer side of R25. I've started to remove the cables to localize the issue and found that the issue disappeared when the ribbon cable was removed.

Attachment 2: I didn't investigate how the ribbon cable was bad. It was just trashed. The cable and the 25pin Dsub connectors were replaced and the line in question looked normal.

Attachment 3: All the components removed were stuffed again. The I/V-output of the circuit showed a 0.7mV offset but it seemed within the normal range. By touching R25 with a finger made it up to ~10mV as the other channels do. BTW: For 1000pF cap (C10) I used a stock 1000pF cap (KEMET, C330C102JDG5TA, 5%, 1kV, C0G) instead of nominal one (KEMET, C317C102G1G5TA,  2%, 100V, C0G).

Attachment 4: Noticed that the jumpers for shield grounding were missing. So they were installed (Attachment 5). This jumper is connected to Pin13. This line becomes Pin1 of the Dsub25 sat-amp cable because of the adapter board D2100148. The sat amp cable is D2100675. Hmm. In fact, this line does not touch the shield anywhere (unlike the aLIGO case). So only the chassis provides the cable shielding, no matter how the jumpers are connected or not connected.

Attachment 6: Final state of the circuit

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

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

  16562   Mon Jan 10 14:52:51 2022 AnchalSummaryBHDLO1 OSEMs roughly calibrated and noise measured

I used the open light level output of 908 for ITMX side OSEM from 40m/16549 to roughly calibrate cts2um filter module in LO1 OSEM input filters. All values were close to 0.033. As the calibration reduces the signal value by about 30 times, I increased all damping gains by a factor of 30. None of loops went into any unstable oscillations and I witnessed damping of kicks to the optic.

In-loop power spectrum

I also compared in-loop power spectrum of ETMX and LO1 while damping. ETMX was chosen because it is one of the unaffected optics by the upgrade work. ITMX is held by earthquake stops to avoid unnecessary hits to it while doing chamber work.

Attachment 1 and 2 show the power spectrum of in-loop OSEM values (calibrated in um). At high frequencies, we see about 6 times less noise in LO1 OSEM channel noise floor in comparison to ETMX. Some peaks at 660 Hz and 880 Hz are also missing. At low frequencies, the performance of LO1 is mostly similar to EMTX except for a peak (might be loop instability oscillation) at 1.9 Hz and another one at 5.6 Hz. I'll not get into noise hunting or loop optimization at this stage for the suspension. For now, I believe the new electronics are damping the suspensions as good as the old electronics.

  16561   Mon Jan 10 14:00:44 2022 not KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- SR2


For the thin optics adapter design, we want Peek 1/4-20 screw (part # 98885A131) to replace the lower back long EQ stop. On it, we will have a Peek washer (part # 93785A600) fastened between two Peek nuts (part #98886A813).

For the thick optics adapter design, we want Peek 1/4-20 screw (part # 98885A131) to replace both the upper and lower back EQ stop. On the upper stop, we need a single Peek nut (part #98886A813).

I will cure-test the Vacseal.


Vacseal in the freezer. It could have been expired sooooo many years ago, We need some cure testing.

Can you release the part numbers of the ordered components (and how/where to use them), so that we can incorporate them into the CAD model?


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.


  16560   Mon Jan 10 13:35:52 2022 AnchalUpdateBHDPR2 Sat Amp has a bad channel

The unit was tested before by Tege. The test included testing the testpoint voltages only. He summarized his work in this doc. The board number is S2100737. Here are the two comments about it:
"This unit presented with an issue on the PD1 circuit of channel 1-4 PCB where the voltage reading on TP6, TP7 and TP8 are -15.1V,  -14.2V, and +14.7V respectively, instead of ~0V.  The unit also has an issue on the PD2 circuit of channel 1-4 PCB because the voltage reading on TP7 and TP8 are  -14.2V, and +14.25V respectively, instead of ~0V."

"Debugging showed that the opamp, AD822ARZ, for PD2 circuit was not working as expected so we replaced with a spare and this fixed the problem. Somehow, the PD1 circuit no longer presents any issues, so everything is now fine with the unit."

Note:  No issues were reported on PD3 circuit is is malfunctioning now.


Also: Was this unit tested before? If so, what was the testing result at the time?


  16559   Sat Jan 8 16:01:42 2022 PacoSummaryBHDPart IX of BHR upgrade - Placed LO2 filters

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

  16558   Fri Jan 7 18:28:13 2022 KojiUpdateBHDPR2 Sat Amp has a bad channel

Leave the unit to me. I can look it at on Mon. For a while, you can take a replacement unit from the electronics stack.

Also: Was this unit tested before? If so, what was the testing result at the time?

  16557   Fri Jan 7 18:24:25 2022 KojiUpdateBHDSOS assembly -- SR2

Vacseal in the freezer. It could have been expired sooooo many years ago, We need some cure testing.

Can you release the part numbers of the ordered components (and how/where to use them), so that we can incorporate them into the CAD model?


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.

  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.

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