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  9206   Sun Oct 6 18:37:43 2013 ranaUpdateSUSReplaced the laser for Optical Lever of ETMY

I centered the ETMY OL today and found that the UGF was around 3-4x too LOW after the laser swap and re-alignment. That's why the Y arm has been shaking so much today.

NO more OL work without loop measurements and noise measurements.


  9209   Sun Oct 6 22:52:09 2013 Jenne, RanaUpdateIOOinput beam to PMC aligned again


I wonder what's drifting between the laser and the PMC? And why is it getting worse lately?

  9210   Sun Oct 6 23:43:07 2013 ranaUpdateIOOWFS debugging


Tried a bunch of stuff, but eventually just turned off the TRANS_QPD loops and loops are stable. Needs more debugging.

  1. Modified the on/off scripts so that the Integrators are no longer toggled. No reason to turn them off since we are clearing the filter bank histories.
  2. With QPD feedback OFF, I have lowered the overall gain by 15x so that its just drift control.
  3. Deleted unused / bad filters from the main filter banks.
  4. Gautam is going to debug the QPD with a red laser pointer and then elog.
  5. Jamie is checking out the MC Coil dewhitening logic to see if that's in a funny state.

 Back around June 18, Jamie was debugging some Guardian code here to replace our MC autolocker. Afterwards our MC WFS stopped working. We never figured out what went wrong, but at the time we turned off the feedback from the MC trans QPD and it stabilized the response at DC.

Today, I noticed that the trans QPD feedback is on.  Did anyone do this on purpose?

Its problem causing behavior is slow, but you can catch it if you wait. With the nominal WFS gain of 0.4 the control signal ramps up monotonically at a rate of ~100 counts/minute. Depending upon the static alignment of the MC, this could let it take 10 minutes or a few hours before it rails the MC SUS actuators and breaks the lock. Very sneaky. Don't turn this loop back on without making sure its working and not breaking. I would trend it for you, but the SLOW channels associated with the TRANS QPD servo are not trended --- does anyone know how to get them in the channel list?

  9212   Mon Oct 7 10:51:18 2013 SteveUpdateSUSReplaced the laser for Optical Lever of ETMY

 Just plot.

RA: I'm not sure how to interperet this; I think that the SUM channel is divided by the SUM so that this is supposed to be RIN, but not sure. Can someone please take a look into the SUS model and then explain in the elog what the SUM normalization algorithm is?

Attachment 1: ETMXoplevETMY.png
Attachment 2: oplevSettings.png
  9213   Mon Oct 7 13:55:26 2013 JenneUpdateLSCArms locked in IR for many hours

Someone left the arms aligned, and the LSC engaged, so the arms have been locked almost continuously for several days hours.  The trend below is for 4 days hours.  What is most impressive to me is that we don't see a big degredation in the transmitted power over this time.

EDIT: Okay, I got excited without paying attention to units.  It was only several hours, which is not too unusual.  Although the lack of transmission degredation is still unusual.  However, this may be due to improved oplevs?  I'm not sure why, but we're not seeing (at least in this plot) the degredation to ~0.7 after an hour or so.


  9214   Mon Oct 7 14:15:10 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI alignment is also excellent

Something is really excellent with the alignment today, or something has changed with the POP path / electronics.  While usually we see ~120 counts on POP22_I and ~175 counts on POP110_I (cf elog 9193), today I have ~175 counts on POP22_I and ~265 counts on POP110_I.


  9215   Mon Oct 7 14:24:10 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI Config settings re-saved

I have resaved the PRMI locking settings in the IFO Config screen.  Nothing has changed, except that I have put a 1e-4 into the PRCL matrix elements for REFL11I, REFL33I and REFL55I.  So, PRMI still locks on REFL165 I&Q, but the other 3 REFL diodes' whitening gets triggered when the cavity is locked.  I think this will help the LSC sensing matrix measurements, which I'm going to test out now.

  9217   Mon Oct 7 18:36:39 2013 JenneUpdateLSCSensing Matrix scripts updated

I discovered that I was not getting enough SNR on all the refl RFPDs when I actuated using the Sensing Matrix script.  The problem was that the ITMs have actuation constants that are a factor of 5 lower than the PRM.  So, I need to push on the ITMs (for MICH) about 5 times as hard as I push on the PRM (for PRCL).  I have modified the sensing matrix scripts to allow different actuation amplitudes for each degree of freedom.  If I watch the REFL PD spectra while the script is running, I see that I now have some actual SNR (as in, more than 1, which is what the SNR was for some diodes previously). 

A consequence of this is that the script to analyze past data will no longer work on sensing matrix data taken before this afternoon.  On the other hand, that data isn't very useful, since there was no SNR.

  9220   Tue Oct 8 08:58:16 2013 SteveUpdateSUSOplev power spectrums


 Just plot.

RA: I'm not sure how to interperet this; I think that the SUM channel is divided by the SUM so that this is supposed to be RIN, but not sure. Can someone please take a look into the SUS model and then explain in the elog what the SUM normalization algorithm is?


PRM is dark. PRM and SRM oplev servos are off. ETMY is not centered.

Attachment 1: ITMoplevServoValues.png
Attachment 2: oplevPSpectrums_darkPRM.png
Attachment 3: BSoplevServoValues.png
  9221   Tue Oct 8 11:29:30 2013 SteveUpdatePEMno Janitor day today

This was the second week without wet mopping the floor and wet wipe down of the vacuum envelope.

We changed filters on the 40m "HEPA" vacuum pump. It still has very dirty exhaust. Do not use it in clean room!

Attachment 1: dirtyVacpump.jpg
  9222   Tue Oct 8 16:56:38 2013 JenneUpdateLSCLSC model sensing matrix upgrades in progress

I have modified the LSC model (the currently-running model is checked into the svn), but it is not compiling for me.  So, if you need to make changes to it, be careful, and probably save my version off to the side, and checkout the latest svn version.  (I don't foresee anyone needing to modify this model any time soon though).

The change that I'm trying to make is adding several more lockin setups, so that we can measure the sensing matrix elements for several degrees of freedom simultaneously. 

Right now, the error that I'm getting is the frustrating "something isn't connected" error, even though if you look in the model, the part that it mentions is fully connected.  Usually the solution to this is to disconnect and reconnect everything, so I'll work on that after I return to the lab in a bit.

  9223   Wed Oct 9 11:48:10 2013 SteveUpdateVACRGA scan at day 65


 Valve configuration: Vacuum Normal

Attachment 1: scanRGApd76m65d.png
Attachment 2: pd76m65d.png
  9224   Wed Oct 9 15:00:48 2013 SteveUpdatePEMfreshmen tour

 [Alan, Koji, Manasa]

Record number of 50 freshmen were given tour of the 40m this afternoon.

Attachment 1: freshmen2013.jpg
  9225   Wed Oct 9 17:27:35 2013 JenneUpdateLSCLSC model sensing matrix upgrades

The modifications to the LSC model are now complete, and the new model has been compiled, installed, and is running. The sensing matrix lockins are all in the c1cal model.  Masayuki is locking right now, so so far, things appear to be back to normal.

The longer version of the story, with all the detours and hiccups:

After several tries of deleting the GoTo and From flags / tags in the lockin area of the LSC model, and continually getting the "something is not connected" errors, I gave up and just drew several long lines.  So, in the new Sensing Matrix block (which is actually in c1cal, not c1lsc, but that's a story for the next paragraph), we should eventually make things back to the more clean flags situation, but for right now, it's working, with lots of lines everywhere.  I've tried to be very organized and clear about what lines go where, so that it's easy to see what's going on.

I eventually was able to compile c1lsc, and then installed it, and restarted the model.  Adding in 5x the lockin modules (we had 27, but now we have 5x27, so that we can look at the sensing matrix elements for every degree of freedom, and every photodiode, all at the same time) was too much for the poor lsc cpu.  I was consistently getting over 70usec per cycle, and was hitting a max of 77usec for the lsc cpu.  Both of those numbers are greater than the allowed 60usec.  So, I made the decision to put the whole sensing matrix / lockin stuff into the calibration model.  This means that I have 27+5 more IPC signals than I used to, but so far things seem to be okay (no rigorous testing yet).  (27 to send the 27 PD inputs over to the cal model, and another 5 to send the oscillator "clocks" from the cal model to the lsc model.)  The lsc model is now running faster than before (because there were 27 lockin modules in the model), at 24-28 usec, and the cal model is running at 39usec.

All seemed well and good, both the lsc and cal models compiled, but the lsc burt restore wasn't working.  Restarting the model did not successfully do a burt restore, and when I tried several different .snap files from today, and other times this month using burtgooey, I kept getting "NOT OK", and numbers weren't being restored into the epics channels.  A very few settings were restored, but most were not.  I ended up copying a .snap file from a few hours ago into a separate directory, then went in and by-hand removed all the lines referring to now non-existant lockin channels.  Burtgooey still told me "NOT OK", but settings seem to be restored, so I think it's okay.  I have not confirmed each and every one of the 10,000+ channels to ensure that the number is the same as the one in the .snap file, but as I glance around in the LSC screen and its dependants, all the numbers and buttons look about right.  

After all this stuff, Masayuki is locking both arms simultaneously in IR, as he prepares to test some new ALS scripts, so things seem okay for now.

  9226   Wed Oct 9 18:45:17 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingALS down script modified


I wrote the down script for ALS. This script is  (script)/ALS/ALSdown.py When this script is running, it watches the feedback signal of the ALS control loop so as to shut down the servo immediately when  the suspension is kicked. 

When  the value of  C1:ALS-X(Y)ARM_OUT  becomes larger than the threshold (right now it is 4500 counts), it changes the servo gain to 0, turns off all filters except for FM5 (the filter for phase compensation), resets the history of the phase tracker of each arm and prints the time on window when the suspension kicked

I put the switch on the C1ALS screen, and if you push this switch the window will open (like when you turn on the c1ass script) and the script start to run. For stopping this script, you have to close that window or press Ctrl + C on that window. This is little bit inconvenient, but we will make autolocker script for ALS and this downscript will be included that script soon. So I think it is enough to protect the suspensions right now.

 I modified the ALS down script. When  the value of  C1:ALS-X(Y)ARM_OUT  becomes larger than the threshold, it turn off the output ON/OFF switch immediately. That is because the ALS servo has ramp time. When script changes the gain to 0, it takes some seconds. That is not good for suspensions.

 After changing servo gain to 0 and turning off the filters, the script waits ramp time and turn on the servo output switch.

  9227   Wed Oct 9 22:05:55 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix screens

After finishing up working on the models for today, I made corresponding screens.  

The new Sensing Matrix (and lockin) overview screen is accessible from the sitemap:  LSC -> Sensing Matrix. 

From there, you have the oscillators, input matrices (one per degree of freedom), output matrix, and the lockin modules themselves.  You can either look at several PDs for one degree of freedom (ex. there is a screen for all the AS RFPDs, demodulated for the DARM oscillation), or all the degrees of freedom for a single PD (ex. how are all the degrees of freedom seen in AS55Q?).  The LSC screen has been updated to match - now you see 5 oscillator readbacks, and a larger output matrix.  There is a button for the Sensing Matrix overview screen, and if you click on the cartoons of the oscillators, it'll take you to the oscillators screen.

Still to do:

* Decide what 5 frequencies to use for excitation.

* Put the bandpass and lowpass filters into the lockin modules.

* Put matching notch filters into each LSC servo.

* Re-write the sensing matrix scripts.

* Put a little more stuff into the front end so that we get total mag and phase of the sensing matrix element, not just uncalibrated lockin outputs.

  9228   Wed Oct 9 22:58:34 2013 ManasaUpdateGreen LockingALS stabilization

After Jenne and Masayuki told that they were not able to stabilize the ALS for either arms yesterday, I looked into things with the ALS servo.

I had trouble initially trying to even stabilize the loop for a few minutes. So I measured the OLTF of the phase tracker loop and the ALS X arm servo. I changed phase tracker gain to 125 and that rendered UGF of 2KHz and phase margin of 45 degrees for the phase tracker loop.

The ALS servo gain was set such that UGF was 125Hz and phase margin 38 degrees (attached is the transfer function measurement for the servo).

I could stabilize the arm to ~500 Hz/rtHz (rms), which is twice that of what we had while we did the (PRMI+1arm ALS).

But ALS was still not stable long enough with the higher rms to even allow a cavity scan to find IR resonance. I suspect the problem to now lie with the PDH loop. We should be looking to stabilize the PDH for green if we need a stable ALS.

Attachment 1: ALS_XARM_OLTF.pdf
  9229   Thu Oct 10 08:25:07 2013 SteveUpdatesafetyChris received safety training

Chris Couste, our new undergrad help received 40m specific, basic safety training yesterday.

  9230   Thu Oct 10 11:30:15 2013 SteveUpdateSUSOplev power spectrums: PIT-YAW


Power spetrum of ETMX and ETMY in the view of oplev  pitch and yaw.

Attachment 1: PitYawOLetmXY.png
  9231   Thu Oct 10 11:46:43 2013 JenneUpdateSUSITMY OpLev Noise

For my work designing a cost function, so that I can try out new feedback servo designs on the oplevs, I wanted to know what the dark noise of an oplev is.  Since the pitch and yaw channels are divided by the sum channel, when the laser is off, the noise in the pitch and yaw channels looks much higher than it really is.  So, I collected some data from the 4 individual quadrants of the ITMY oplev, when the laser was on (but damping was off), and when the laser was off.  I used the values of the oplev input matrix to re-create the non-normalized pitch and yaw signals.  What I see is that we have some kind of real signal below 1 kHz, but we're hitting the noise at around 1 kHz.  So, we definitely don't want to use oplev error signal information above 1 kHz when designing new servos.

The last word in the title is "off".  OSEM damping was on, but the oplev damping was off.  These are uncalibrated, because the calibrations that we have to go from counts to microradians are for the normalized signals. 


  9232   Fri Oct 11 00:37:21 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingY-arm ALS

[Manasa, Masayuki]

- Motivation

Our goal is to realize PRMI+one arm again. However we found that the noise level of the Y-arm is worse than before (entry).
  Today we went through into the servo gains of the ALS related loops. 

- What we did

Step 1 to 6 is for Yarm
Alignment of the cavity and the green:
1. Locked arms using IR PDH, aligned the green beam to increase the transmission. Now the value of ALS-TRY_OUTPUT is more than 0.8.

Checking and adjustment of the end green PDH gain:
2. Measured the OLTF of green PDH loop.
3. The gain of the PDH box was 8.2. We found that the UGF was too high and the phase mergin was too low (20deg)
    Therefore, the gain was reduced to the gain to 6.8. Now, the UGF and phase margin are 17.7 kHz, 41.96 degree, respectively.

Phase tracker loop:
4. Measured the OLTF of the phase tracker loop. The UGF was 2 kHz, and phase margin was 45 degree.
    We found that these were already the nominal and optimized numbers.
    For a reference: the filter bank C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_PHASE has the gain of 110.

ALS loop:
5. Disable the IR PDH lock, and stabilized Yarm by ALS. We measured the OLTF of the ALS loop (attachment 1).
    The UGF and phase margin were turned out to be 125 Hz and 41 degree. respectively. This looks pretty optimal.
    The ALS servo gain (the gain of the C1:ALS-YARM module) was 15.0.
6. We measured the in-loop noise of the ALS loop (C1:BEATY_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ) (attachment 2).
    The comparison of the in-loop performance is discussed below.

- Discussion

After these adjustment, we found that the ALS in-loop noise of Yarm decreased in high frequency band.
(see this entry for the comparison. Sorry for my laziness! I don't have the overlaid plot)

If we believe this is true, lowering the end PDH gain improved the noise level between 100Hz to 1kHz.
This sounds weird as we decreased the PDH gain, rather than increased. We should confirm this effect by increasing the gain.

Now the in-loop RMS is started to be dominated by the peaks at 3, 16, and 24 Hz.
We should compare the current in-loop spectrum with the previous spectrum when the ALS was working fine.

By the way:
We suffered from frequent disruptions of the ALS servo during our investigation.
As we speculated that this was caused by the malfunction of the green PDH loop, we left the arm still and observed
how the green PDH lock is robust. Our discovery was that the green PDH loop had frequent interruptions (every 5~10min).

From this observation, we strongly feel that we need to look into the entire end PDH loop.

Attachment 1: OLTF.pdf
Attachment 2: ERR.pdf
  9233   Fri Oct 11 00:37:23 2013 manasaUpdateGreen LockingX arm green locking modes

[Masayuki, Manasa]

We have stabilized the ALS for Y arm and concluded that although the PDH servo could be stabilized, it drifts and loses stability over a span of few hours. (See masayuki's elog today)

We wanted to follow the same systematic procedure like in the previous elog to look at the condition of the X arm as well.
In order to stabilize the green PDH servo, we held the arm using the IR PDH and aligned the end-green to the X arm.

We see 2 TEM00-like modes and one oblong TEM00+TEM01 mode that can lock to the cavity. It is not clear to me as yet as to how to differentiate between these 2 TEM-00 like modes and how we should decide between them.

One of the TEM00-like mode is strongly matched to the arm cavity. Normalized GTRX measures 0.6 counts. The other TEM00-like mode is weakly matched to the cavity. Normalized GTRX measures 0.12 counts. This might be the reason why Jenne and Masayuki were seeing a lower beat amplitude. Camera images are shown below.


On another note, we found that an oblong mode (looks like a TEM00+TEM10 mode) also locks to the cavity. The mode looks weird in that, only one half of the mode is seen moving due to seismic noise and the other part does not. I am not sure how I can describe this...so here is a 10 second video of how this mode looks like. 

  9234   Fri Oct 11 17:37:08 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix screens


Still to do:

* Decide what 5 frequencies to use for excitation.

* Put the bandpass and lowpass filters into the lockin modules.

* Put a little more stuff into the front end so that we get total mag and phase of the sensing matrix element, not just uncalibrated lockin outputs.

 I worked on some of these "to-do" things today for the new sensing matrix setup.  I chose several frequencies around 90 Hz for my measurements.  This was an area (while PRMI was locked with REFL 165 I&Q, and all 4 REFL PDs had their whitening on) there was a pretty wide clean space in the noise spectrum.

I put bandpass filters into the _SIG banks of the lockin modules, and lowpass filters into the _I banks.  However, when I loaded the new filter coefficients, it looks like not all of them are showing up in the screens.  I'm a little confused as to why.  They are still there if I close and re-open Foton, so I think I really put them in.

Also, I don't think that I'm successfully getting any signal from the LSC model into the new lockin modules on the CAL model.  I'm not sure if this is to do with the fact that I added 32 more IPC connections the other day.  I've emailed Jamie to ask whether or not we may have hit some limit.

I also tried testing out a small bit of c-code for the calibration of the lockin outputs.  It seems as though I cannot do an arctangent in the front end.  When I compile the c1tst model, and start it up, if I have an "atan2" in the code, it tells me "No Sync".  However, if I remove that line of c-code, the model compiles fine (which it did in the case with the arctan), and the model runs just fine (which it doesn't with the arctan).  My backup plan is to include a Taylor expansion for the arctangent in some c-code.

  9235   Fri Oct 11 20:30:08 2013 MasayukiUpdateSUSCentering of Oplev of ETMY

I centered the oplev of the ETMY, because I found that Yarm lost lock every 10 minutes, and the ETMY oplev was misaligned very much. I attached the 40 minutes trend of oplev and LSC-TRY. Yarm looks more stable. After centering of the oplev, the YARM looks to be more stable.


Attachment 1: Oplev_centering.png
  9236   Sun Oct 13 13:29:09 2013 ranaUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix screens

  I think that we always drive above the UGF for sensing matrix measurements since we like to put notches in the servo. In principle, we could drive within the control band and then take out the effect by measuring the control signal and undoing the gain in the digital filters. But that seems pretty complicated for any MIMO system.

  9237   Mon Oct 14 17:40:15 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix screens

 Hmmmm, yup.  I forgot to pay attention to what the UGFs of our LSC loops are when I was picking a low-noise region.  Since they're (currently, at least) around 100Hz, I want to find a frequency in the few hundred Hz region.  Masayuki has the IFO right now for ALS diagnostics, so I'll pick new frequencies later.   If we decide to omit the bandpass filters, it's even easier to change frequencies on the fly (although we'll always still have to make the servo notch filters match).

  9238   Mon Oct 14 17:51:40 2013 JenneUpdateIOOinput beam to PMC drifted again


I wonder what's drifting between the laser and the PMC? And why is it getting worse lately?

 The PMC refl is bad in pitch today, and the transmission is only 0.76, rather than our usual 0.83ish.

I did a quick, rough tweak-up of the alignment, and now we're at 0.825 in transmission.

  9239   Mon Oct 14 21:12:35 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix screens

After staring and thinking, I remembered that there is a limit to the number of characters that a channel name can have.  So, I removed the "_LOCKIN" part of the names, and recompiled, and everything seems to work.  I modified the screens that I had made, and they show all the appropriate things now.  

The symptoms were that the numbers in the filter banks (for example, INMON) were white with the usual black background.  The numbers are supposed to be green with a black background.  After I recompiled, all the numbers were green.

This also means I need to re-put in the low pass filters. 

  9240   Tue Oct 15 01:39:07 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingY-arm ALS


 - Motivation

We found that we need to look into the entire end PDH loop to figure out what causes the worse noise level of the Y-arm than before.(entry)
Today, I measured in-loop noise of the end PDH loop and the ALS loop with different end PDH servo gain of Y-arm to make sure the PDH servo gain change the noise level of the ALS control loop.

- What I did

Measuring the OLTF of the end PDH loop:
1. Measured the OLTF of the PDH loop with the end PDH servo gain 6 and 7.

The UGF and  phase margine: 16 kHz and 53 degree(gain 7) 

                                             7.8 kHz and 86 degree(gain 6)

I couldn't measure the OLTF with higher servo gain than 7 because the loop was not stable enough. I guess that is because of the noise of the SR560, which I used for node of the excitation signal.

Calibration of the end PDH error signal
2. Locked the cavity using IR and turn on the notch filter at 580 Hz of the C1:LSC-XARM. Excited the ETMY using awg with sinusoidal signal at 580 Hz. Set the end PDH servo gain to 6 and measured error signal of the end PDH. The calibration factor of the end PDH error signal H is calculated by

H = abs(G + 1) / A * Verr / Vin

where G is the OLTF of the end PDH, A is the actuator response of the ETMY, Vin is the amplitude of the excitation signal and Verr is the error signal at 580 Hz. This H convert the  error signal to the fluctuation of the cavity length, so it has the unit of V/m. We can change that unit to V/Hz by multiplying f/L, where f is the laser frequency of IR and L is the length of the arm. In this case the H convert the error signal to the fluctuation of the resonant frequency of the cavity.
 The actual number was

H = 1.4e7 [V/m]  (2.0e-6 [V/Hz])

In-loop noise of the end PDH loop
3. Measured the error signal of the PDH loop with the end PDH servo gain of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. I calibrated these signals with above H, so  these unit is Hz/rHz. I attached the result of these in-loop noise. When the end PDH servo gain is 9.0, the end PDH loop looks unstable. And 8.0 looks to be the optimal gain in terms of the in-loop noise of end PDH loop.

ALS in-loop noise:
4. Stabilized the Y-arm with ALS control loop with different end PDH servo gain, and measured in-loop noise of the ALS control loop. I attached these results and discussed about this results below.

- Discussion

 Now we can say that too high PDH servo gain makes ALS loop very noisy. Compare to when the PDH servo gain is 7 or 8, the ALS in-loop noise is roughly 4 times higher when the PDH servo gain is 9.0, which means the PDH loop is not stable. However between 100 Hz and the end PDH in-loop noise has no big difference between when the servo gain is 6 and 9. If this high frequency noise comes from the end PDH control and this effect is linear, these noises should be same level. Also the PDH servo gain of 7.0 looks optimal gain in terms of the in-loop noise of ALS control loop, although the 8.0 has smallest end PDH in-loop noise. Actually PDH in-loop noise are smaller than ALS in-loop noise.

 I'm wondering what causes the 60 Hz peak in black curve. When the gain become higher, the peak at 60 Hz looks to become larger. The UGF of the ALS loop is above 100Hz, so  it's not because of that. I feel there is some hint for understanding this result in this peak.

From this observation, I could make sure that the end PDH servo gain change the ALS in-loop noise, but that effect doesn't look so simple.


By the way
 We should take care about 60 Hz comb peaks.  You can see huge peaks in PDH in-loop noise and also in ALS in-loop noise.

Attachment 1: PDHinloop.pdf
Attachment 2: ALSinloop.pdf
  9241   Tue Oct 15 15:25:13 2013 SteveUpdateSUSOplev power spectrums bandwidths

  Atm1 bandwidth 0.01 Hz ETMY plot is different from

Atm2 bandwidth 0.1 Hz  normal ???????    They should be the same !!!!

Attachment 1: BW0.01oplevPS.png
Attachment 2: oplevPSetmXYclosed.png
  9242   Wed Oct 16 02:08:05 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingScript for scan cavity.

I wrote the script to scan the cavity using ALS until it finds IR resonance . This script is  (script)/ALS/ALSfindIRresonance.py I attached the time series of the C1:ALS-OFFSETTER and IR transmission of XARM when the script was working.

When you start this script, it start rough scan. It steps the offset of the C1:ALS-OFFSETER with ramp time, and for each step it checks the value of C1:LSC-TR. At rough scan, one step is 0.1 count. When IR transmission become larger than threshold, this script start fine scan. In fine scan, this script steps the offset by 0.01 for the range of 2. For each step, C1:LSC_TR value is measured, and after fine scan it set the offset to the value which had the maximal C1:LSC-TR.

I put new button 'Scan %ARM'  to the ALS screen. You can run this script by pushing that button.


Attachment 1: scan-cavity.png
Attachment 2: Scan_ARMs.png
  9243   Wed Oct 16 02:27:56 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI + 2 arm attempt
[Masayuki, Jenne]
Masayuki informed me that the Xarm ALS was feeling pretty good today, so we quickly (<20 minutes, including 2 open loop transfer functions) locked the PRMI+Xarm
We then tried PRMI + 2 arms, but while trying to bring the arms into IR resonance, the PRMI lost lock.
What we did (procedure-wise):
I locked and aligned both arms in IR.  I misaligned the ETMs, locked MICH to tweak BS pointing.  I locked PRMI with REFL 165 I&Q, and used the ASS to tweak up the PRM pointing.  I then moved PRM -0.5 units in pitch (after turning off the LSC). 
Masayuki then restored ETMX, locked the Xarm ALS, used his nice new script to find the IR resonance, then we stepped ~5 offset counts away from the resonance.  This is just barely off the IR resonance, since we don't want to cross any sideband cavity resonances.  I then brought the PRM back, and turned on the LSC.  PRMI immediately acquired lock.  Then Masayuki, with a 30 second ramp time, moved us back the ~5 counts until we had Xarm IR resonance! 
After that,
we took 2 open loop transfer functions, one of PRCL and one of MICH.

It was smooth like butter.  Seriously, we decided to give it a try around 12:50am, and by 1:08am we had saved both OLTF .xml files.  During this lock, Xarm ALS beatnote was -14.5 dBm, at 68.9 MHz.
After that success, we decided to be bold, and see if we could do PRMI + 2 arms.  I turned off the PRMI's LSC, and misaligned the PRM by -0.5 slider units.  We restored ETMY, and Masayuki got both arms locked with ALS, found the resonances, and then stepped ~5 offset counts away from each resonance.  I restored the PRM, and enabled the LSC.  Once again, the PRMI acquired lock immediately.  However, when I tried to turn on the ASS, I lost lock of the PRMI (but not the arms' ALS).  PRMI did seem noticeably noisier this time than either without any arms, or even with just Xarm.  The POP spot on the camera was wiggling about the same amount that it normally does when the ETMs are misaligned, PRMI is locked, and the ASS is on.  However, the ASS was off, and we were still seeing this angular motion.  Anyhow, I relocked the PRMI, and left the ASS off.  Then, we tried bringing the arms back into resonance for IR.  We should probably automate this process, or do it with a CARM-type loop, so that both come in at the same time.  As it was, Masayuki typed the offset for resonance into one arm (with a 30 second ramp time), then quickly typed in the number for the other arm (again with a 30 second ramp time).  So, the arms weren't exactly in common.  We lost PRMI lock during the scan toward resonance. 
Here is some time series data.  While it's tricky to see much in this plot, here's the command to get it:  ./getdata -s 1065947469 -d 40 -c C1:LSC-POP22_I_ERR_DQ C1:LSC-TRX_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-TRY_OUT_DQ C1:ALS-OFFSETTER1_OUT_DQ C1:ALS-OFFSETTER2_OUT_DQ C1:LSC-MICH_IN1_DQ C1:LSC-PRCL_IN1_DQ   Also, the text files for these traces are in my directory: /users/jenne/PRCL/PRMI_Xarm_ALS_16Oct2013/  During this trial (at least before the lockloss), Xarm was still on the same lock stretch with ALS as before, so -14.5 dBm at 68.9 MHz, and the Yarm was -21.7 dBm at 82.9 MHz.
To take a step back, we should try bringing in only one arm to IR resonance, then the other, to see if we can isolate what the cause of the lockloss was. 
I need to finish setting up the new sensing matrix measurement stuff, so we can take sensing matrix data throughout this process.


PRCL Open Loop Transfer Function.  PRMI locked on REFL 165 I&Q, Xarm held on IR resonance using ALS, ETMY misaligned:


MICH Open Loop Transfer Function.  PRMI locked on REFL 165 I&Q, Xarm held on IR resonance using ALS, ETMY misaligned:


 Time series data during our PRMI + 2 arm attempt:


  9244   Wed Oct 16 02:39:24 2013 ranaUpdateLSCPRMI + 2 arm attempt


 that's some hot stuff

its time to get the CM servo hardware turned back on. We're going to want to switch it on when we're about ~1/50th of the way up the CARM fringe.

A good way to re-commission it is to lock it to the single arm, using a Pomona box filter to move the arm pole down to the coupled cavity pole frequency.


  9245   Wed Oct 16 03:04:37 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix model parts


Still to do:

* Put a little more stuff into the front end so that we get total mag and phase of the sensing matrix element, not just uncalibrated lockin outputs.

 I worked today some more on the new Sensing Matrix situation.  I have added stuff to the CAL model, so that the sensing matrix elements come out calibrated to W/m, with phase in degrees.  The idea is that we can see time series of the calibrated lockin outputs, so that we have minimal post-processing to do, since these are things that will be interesting to look at live.


The first step is to go from I and Q to magnitude and phase.  Each "sensor" (ex. REFL55Q) is demodulated with a lockin part, which outputs sub I and Q channels (so, something like REFL55Q_I and REFL55Q_Q).  We are only interested in the _I component of the lockin.  But, REFL55I also has a _I and _Q.  Again, we only take the _I part.  Now, we have REFL55I_I and REFL55Q_I.  We call these the I and Q components of the sensors (this is exactly what we normally call them, but it can get confusing since the lockins also have _I and _Q before we discard the _Q part).  Now, we want to take these I and Q components, and transform them to a magnitude and phase. After we do that, we want to calibrate the magnitude to "Watts per meter" from "counts sensed per counts driven".  I also converted the phase to degrees, since that's the unit we usually use when talking about the sensing matrices. 

To go from the I and Q components to Mag and Phase, I wrote a little block of c-code, which is in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/userapps/release/isc/c1/src/MagPhaseFromIQ.c . Since we can't use the arctan function, I approximated it using equation 17 from Full Quadrant Approximations for the Arctangent Function [Tips and Tricks] from IEEE.  (I used x -> y/x in equation 17, so that I had a 2D situation).  I also have an "if / else if" cascade to determine what quadrant I'm in.  Since the formula in the paper is from [0,pi/2), I just needed to add pi, subtract the answer from pi, or negate the answer to get to the other quadrants.  Also, note that they are using a "normalized" arctan function, so equation 17 is really from [0,1), and you have to remember to multiply by pi/2 on your own.

To get from drive counts to drive meters, I put in an EPICS variable for the optic's actuation constant (ex, PRM's constant can be found in elog 8255).  Right now, we have to transfer the oscillation frequency from the oscillator part's _FREQ variable to a new EPICS variable, but Zach and Joe just today made a new oscillator part that makes it easier to access the frequency and amplitude of the drive within the front end.  See LLO aLog 9139 for details on this new part.  I had trouble compiling with their new part, but once I get that figured out, I won't need to do this transfer of information.  Anyhow, the drive calibration is (optic actuation constant)/[(drive frequency)^2]. 

Then the total calibration of the magnitude is Mag in cts/m = 2 * mag / [(drive amplitude) * (drive calibration)] .  The factor of 2 comes from the fact that the lockin output is a factor of 2 smaller than the true sensing matrix element.  The lower case "mag" in the formula is the output of the c-code. 

After this, there is yet another EPICS variable, to hold the calibration for the photodiode, to get from counts sensed to Watts of power at the actual port.  By "actual port", I mean the true IFO port, taking into account any optical elements between the port and the photodiode, like beam splitters and dumps, or loss from the imperfect reverse isolation of the input Faraday.

The code all compiles and runs fine, although I haven't done any explicit testing yet.

Still to-do for Sensing Matrix:

* Find all of the numbers for all of the EPICS variables.  In particular, I need to get the ratio of the power hitting each photodiode to the power at that port. 

* Write a script to do a burt-restore with all the correct settings, and turn on the dither lines.

* Put the lowpass filters back in the demodulators, now that they have new (shorter) names.

* Try it, and compare with the optickle model, and previous measurements.

* Copy Anamaria's script to look at the error statistics for my measurements.


  9246   Wed Oct 16 10:32:40 2013 SteveUpdateSUSFlowbench effect on oplev error signals

 ETMX _OPLEV_...ERROR signals are effected by turning ON the  flow bench motor  at the south end 

 The broadband noise [~ 5-60 Hz] is much higher when the motor is running.

The flow bench was turned off.



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  9247   Wed Oct 16 17:34:28 2013 JenneUpdateLSCPRMI + 2 arm attempt

Koji reminded me that we should also save the data from the PRMI+Xarm, just in case we want to look at it later.

Here is the time series, in which you can see us finding the Xarm IR resonance, moving the arm off resonance, locking PRMI, and bringing the arm back into resonance.  At the very end, the arm is still held on resonance, but I had disabled the LSC locking, so we see very large flashes at TRX (of order 40, rather than 1).


The data is in the same folder as the 2arm data: /users/jenne/PRCL/PRMI_Xarm_ALS_16Oct2013/

The text files have been differentiated, so that the 2arm data has "_2arms" at the end of the filename, while the Xarm data had "_Xarm" appended to the filename. Since we left the cavities locked for many minutes (during which transfer functions were taken), the data set for the PRMI+Xarm is very long.

  9248   Wed Oct 16 19:19:14 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingEnd PDH 60 Hz comb noise in YARM

[Manasa, Masayuki]

- Motivation

For PRMI + 2arm, we tried to make the ALS control noise better. As this entry we had huge 60 Hz comb noise in PDH loop of YARM.

So we tried to figure out the problem and fix it.

- What we did

We checked which power supply the staff in Y-end are connected to, and change some of them to connect to 1Y4 AC power supply from wall AC. What we changed was
1.Main end laser
2.He-Ne laser
3.Green REFL PD

We checked error signal of PDH control and compared before and after. The 60 Hz peak get better from -80 dBVpk to -90 dBVpk. Also I attached the plot of XARM, privious YARM (the data of Yesterday night), and current YARM ALS in-loop noises. The RMS of ALS in-loop noise of Y-arm get better by factor of 2. However, even the 60 Hz comb noise get better than before, RMS get worse by comb noise. 

We would like to make these noise better at least until these noises don't affect to RMS, so we should continue to check.

Attachment 1: comb_noise.pdf
  9249   Thu Oct 17 13:26:13 2013 JenneUpdateASCPOP QPD realigned

I locked the PRMI, and tried to turn on the ASS, but this caused PRMI to lose lock. 

Since this is similar to what happened the other night (see elog 9243, 2nd big paragraph), I looked into it a little further.  I noticed that the POP QPD pitch was very close to the edge of the QPD, so I went out and (while PRMI was locked) recentered the POP QPD.  After doing so, I was able to run the PRM ASS, and it worked very nicely, just as it has before.  So, it looks like something drifted, such that the optimal PRM alignment caused the POP beam to not be fully on the QPD.  Since the ASC loop is triggered by PRMI lock, and is constantly on, falling off the QPD causes lockloss.

While I was out there, I tweaked up the PMC pitch alignment yet again.  The FSS numbers all looked reasonable, however PMC transmission was ~0.75 .  I did a tiny bit of work in pitch, and now we're back to 0.83 transmission. 

  9250   Thu Oct 17 13:40:55 2013 JenneUpdateLSCNew lockin / sensing matrix frequencies

I locked PRMI, and (after fixing the POP QPD situation, noted in elog 9249) took power spectra of all the REFL RFPDs.  It looks like the area above 500 Hz is pretty clean and flat for all the signals, so I'm going to use 560Hz, 562Hz, 564Hz, 566Hz and 568Hz for my 5 sensing matrix frequencies.

Also, I'm not sure what is going on with REFL11, but there's a weird dip between 630 Hz and 660 Hz in both I and Q.  I recentered this guy not too long ago (elog 9218), but it clearly needs some more looking-at.


  9251   Thu Oct 17 18:29:28 2013 KojiUpdateLSCPRMI+2arm attempt (not really yet)

While Manasa, Jenne, and Masayuki are working on the preparing the interferometer, I write the elog for them.

- 6PM-ish: X and Y arms were was locked. They were aligned with ASS.

- PRMI was locked. The PRM was aligned with ASS.

- Jenne went into the lab and aligned the PRM ASC QPD.

- Jenne also aligned all of the oplev spots except for the SRM.

- 6:40PM Then, Manasa and Masayuki checked the out-of-loop stability of the arms.
The X and Y arms have the rms of 2.2kHz and 600Hz, respectively.
The X arm is significantly worse than the Y arm.

Masayuki saved the plot somewhere in his directory.

- 7:20PM X beat: 41.2MHz, Y beat: 14.8MHz

- 7:22PM PRMI locked POP110 115-120 

- 7:30PM Lost lock of everything. Start over. Taking the arm alignment.

- 7:45PM start the 2nd trial. PRMI+one arm ready.

- 8:00PM explosion! Lost lock.

- 8:30PM The Xarm ALS is not stable anymore. It loses the control in ~10sec.
We are investigating the out-of-loop stability of the Yarm ALS.
(i.e. Look at the beat note error signal while locking the Yarm with the IR PDH)

  9252   Thu Oct 17 22:38:25 2013 MasayukiUpdatePSLPSL temperature changed

[Manasa, Masayuki]

PSL temperature changed

The beat note of Xarm looked somehow strange before (elog). It should be the highest when the green transmission power is highest, in other words when the end green PDH locks with a TEM00 mode. But it was not like that. When the end PDH locked with other modes (GTRX: below 0.3), the beat note was higher than TEM00 mode (GTRX: around 0.5). 

We guessed that end green laser was somewhere around the point where there were 2 stable TEM00 modes . In order to move away from this unstable region of the end laser, we changed PSL temperature to obtain beat note at a different green laser frequency where we do not have any of the weird modes oscillating.

We changed the PSL temperature from 31.63 degree to 31.33 degree. We measured the in-loop noise of ALS loop and I attached it. There is not big difference in Yarm, but the Xarm in-loop noise become better in high frequency region. We think before the xend green laser was in a not-so-good state and the laser had more frequency noise then. 

ALS stability

After change PSL temperature, Xarm ALS is so stable. Actually Xarm is being locked right now and it is locked for more than 50 minutes!!
Although the Xarm ALS is so stable, Yarm ALS is not stable right now. It lost lock by ~5min. We don't know what is the reason, so we will try to fix it tomorrow.

Attachment 1: in-loop.pdf
  9253   Fri Oct 18 08:12:08 2013 SteveUpdatePEM1000 days trends
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  9254   Fri Oct 18 15:18:49 2013 SteveUpdatePEM particle count peak or ...

Sunday evening fireworks. Manasa heard it.

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  9255   Mon Oct 21 09:46:12 2013 SteveUpdatePSLLaser just turned on

I have just turned on the PSL Innolight laser. The laser shut down  with unknown reason a day ago.

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  9256   Mon Oct 21 13:15:52 2013 KojiUpdateIOOPMC aligned

PMC aligned. Trans 0.78 -> 0.83

  9257   Tue Oct 22 10:12:33 2013 SteveUpdatePEM south arm AC intake duct checked

  The 4th week of no wet mopping of the floor  and no wet wiping  the vacuum envelope.


We cleaned the intakes of the south arm IFO air condition. The bottom duct have quite a bit accumulation Atm1

See wet wiped contrast on Atm2

We found 3 holes around pipes ( coming from CES ) on the east wall that has to be sealed.

After closer examination of these holes, they are sealed off well.

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Attachment 3: SouthArmMidIntakeWipe.jpg
  9258   Tue Oct 22 11:58:16 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingYarm ALS PDH

[Manasa, Masayuki]


As this entry, Yarm ALS is not stable enough to lock PRMI + 2 arms. We tried to figure out what is the reason.

What we did

Check connection and alignment

1. Check the Green REFL PD.
Reflection is hitting the center of PD.

2. Check all the BNC connections
All connection are fine.

3. Check which power supply the PDH box is connected to.
PDH box is connected to 1Y4 AC power supply.

Check the control signal and error signal

4. Connected the PZT OUTMON to PC
Before the PZT output was not connected to the monitor channel. We connected that.

5. Saw the time series of the error signal and control signal (PZT output)
 When the Yarm lost end PDH lock, we found that control signal kicked the PZT of end green laser. And also we saw the saturation of control signal. We are not sure where this saturation comes from.


With these check, we couldn't find any problem in connection or alignment. But the PDH control signal looks somehow strange. We tried to compare the Yarm signals with that of the Xarm, but we could not conclude anything meaningful.

We don't understand right now but we will continue to check that. We will add more details to the discussion once we have looked into the PDH box signals using oscilloscope.


  9259   Tue Oct 22 18:55:55 2013 ranaUpdateCDSWorkstation swap: Rosalba to ???

We got a new computer from Xi computer corp. I am currently installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on to it to start with and then will move on to 12 if we can figure out a way to test it besides "I guess it should work?"

Rosalba has been removed and put onto the old Jamie desk. Old Jamie desk also has a Mac Mini running on there.

At the meeting tomorrow we need to decide on a new Italian baby girl name for this new machine.

  9260   Wed Oct 23 00:05:17 2013 manasaUpdateSUSUnstable Y arm ALS points to problems with ETMY suspension

[Masayuki, Manasa]

Looking into control signals and error signals of the Y arm green PDH servo,

1. The saturation of feedback signal (PZT_OUT) at +/-4000 counts (less than 5V) comes from only the readout saturating. The signals looked fine on the oscilloscope.
2. We did a sine sweep at the PZT_OUT and optimized the LO frequency. The LO frequency did not need any change.
3. The error signal has some offset to it. We are not sure where this comes from.

We have been seeing that whenever green loses lock, the spot position moves down in pitch on the ETMYF camera and the GTRY camera. This led us to think about if the lock loss originated from the PDH or from the cavity.

We looked into dataviewer channels of green, IR, oplev and suspension for the following cases:
1. Green and IR PDH locked
2. Green locked and arms flashing for IR
3. Green shutter closed and IR PDH locked
4. Green shutter closed and arms flashing for IR
5. Arms flashing for IR and ETMY oplev servo turned off.

Dataviewer snapshots of glitch in all the above cases are saved in masayuki's folder users/masayuki/ALS/kicked_mirror/

In all the above cases, we could still see the glitch. We could conclude that the problem lied with the ETMY SUS.
Shown below is the dataviewer snapshot of ETMY sus and shadow sensor channels. The glitch exists even when the oplev servo is turned off pointing to problems associated with the ETMY suspension.


  9261   Wed Oct 23 00:13:30 2013 MasayukiUpdateGreen LockingFPMI with ALS arm stabilization

In 2arms + MICH configuration, residual motion of the cavity will couple with MICH signal. When cavity length change, the reflectivity of cavity also change. And that cause the phase shift in reflected light. That phase shift is detected in MICH signal. When we try to lock the DRMI + arm, that coupling will be problem for lock acquisition. For practice to estimate that coupling, I estimated the coupling between the cavity motion and the AS55Q signal.

What I did

- Measurement steps
  I did the same measurement as that of this entry. For the estimation below steps are needed. The detail of each step will be written below.
  --Measurement and calibration of the AS55Q error signal with MICH + 2arms locked by ALS control
  --Measurement of the ALS in-loop noise and estimation of residual motion of the cavities.
  --Calibration of the coupling from residual arm motion to AS55Q signal

- Calibration of  the AS55Q signal
1. Sensor gain estimation
  We used the same method as the previous entry,
  We excited the BS at 580 Hz with a given amplitude (Vin). We enabled the notch filter at 580 Hz in the LSC MICH servo. We measured  the peak height (Verr) of the AS55Q error signal. We used the actuator response (A_bs) of BS measured in this entry.
  We can get the sensor gain (H) of AS55Q in unit of count/m

          Verr    1
   H = ------- -------
          Vin   A_bs

By this calculation H = 4.2e+07.

2. Fitting of OLTF for the MICH loop
  We measured the OLTF of the MICH loop. Modelled OLTF is fitted into the measurement data. That modelled OLTF includes the actuator response of BS, the MICH servo filters, DAI,DAA,AI,AA filters, the TF of sample and hold circuit. (About DAI, DAA filters and S/H circuit please read this entry. About AI,AA filters please read this entry)  Also I put time-delay into that OLTF. I estimated that time-delay and the gain of OLTF by fitting.  The time delay was 311usec.


3. Estimation of the MICH free running noise
 With modeled OLTF, I estimated the MICH free running noise.

Estimation of the coupling from residual cavity motion to AS55Q signal
 The ALS in-loop noise data has the unit of Hz/rHz (disturbance of the cavity resonant frequency). By multiplying L_arm/f_laser we can convert the unit to m/rHz (disturbance of the cavity length) .
 I used the same coupling constant between residual motion of cavity and MICH noise as this entry. For estimation of the coupling constant, we excited ETMs  and measured the TF from excitation signal to AS55Q error signal.  I assumed the cavity pole as 4000 Hz. The result is discussed below


  ALS in-loop noise include the sensor noise. in high frequency region the in-loop noise is dominated by the sensor noise. So in this region in-loop noise does not mean actual residual motion of the cavity.  And this sensor noise pushes the mirror. So we have to estimate the actual motion of the cavity by multiplying the servo transfer function of the control in this region.

 I made 2 plots. Both include the MICH free running noise and estimated coupling noise from both arms. In one plot, for estimation of the coupling I multiplied only coupling constant to calibrated in-loop noise of the ALS loop. In another plot,  I multiplied coupling constant and OLTF of ALS loop in order to estimate the actual motion of the cavity.  If the 3 curves are coincide in first plot, that means the ALS in-loop noise is same as the residual cavity motion in that region and the MICH free running noise is dominated by coupling from residual cavity motion. If those curves are coincide in second plot, that means the ALS in-loop noise is sensor noise in that region.

 Above 40 Hz, the 3 curves are totally in coincident in first plot. On the other hand in second plot the 3 curves look similar in this region. That may mean above 40 Hz the ALS noise are dominated by sensor noise and MICH free running noise is dominated by the coupling from residual cavity motion.  Also in the region between 10 Hz and 40 Hz, the MICH free running noise seems to be dominated by coupling from cavity motion.

Figure 1


Figure 2


In second plot, the coupling from cavity motion is overestimated. It's possibly because of overestimation of coupling constant, but I'm not sure.
Koji mentioned that we should measure the residual motion of the cavity by using POX and POY. Now the ALS is much more stable than before, so I think we can easily do the measurement again with out of loop measurement. That will be more strait forward measurement.

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