Could not get past arm power of ~11 or so. I was suspicious of the transmon high-gain/low-gain PD handover, so I ran the matchTransMon scripts, but that did not help. I also removed the line in the cm_step script that increased the CM gain by 18dB at an arm power of 4. The gain of the CM servo will increase naturally as the power in the IFO builds up, so it may not be good to crank it right away. I tried several other CM gains, and watched the DARM loop, but still could not get past an arm power of ~10-11. I'm not sure what's wrong, but it may be that mysterious CM-servo/McWFS conspiracy, so we can try turning down the McWFS gain next time.
Last night, we put the IFO in FP Michelson configuration. We took transfer functions of CARM and DARM, first using CM excitations directly on the ETMs, and then using modulations of the laser frequency via MC excitation. We found that there was basically no coupling into DARM using the MC excitation, but that there was coherence in DARM using the ETM excitation. Therefore, I tuned the ETM common mode in the output matrix. I did this by taking transfer functions of PD1_Q with PD2_I (see attached plot). I changed the drdown_bang script to set C1:LSC-BTMTRX_14 0.98 and C1:LSC-BTMTRX_24 1.02.
I've plotted some transfer functions showing the response at POB DC to laser frequency (phase) noise. There are transfer functions for multiple CARM offsets. Basically, the transfer function looks like the DARM transfer function when the CARM is at zero offset, and is super-wonky elsewhere. POB-DC is not a good CARM signal for intermediate stages of lock acquisition in a dual-recycled interferometer. We should look into switching back to REFL-DC.
Here are the corresponding transfer functions for REFL-DC.
I hereby award the previous rainbow transfer functions the plot innovation of the month award for its use of optical frequency to denote CARM offset.
The attached movie here shows the sensing matrix (minus MICH) as a function of CARM offset. There are 3 CARM signals plotted:
GREEN - tonights starting CARM signal - REFL_DC
RED - my favorite CARM signal - REFL 166 I
CYAN - runner up CARM signal - POX 33 I
We installed the watchLockLoss script in scripts/AutoDTT/. This script monitors arm power and uses command line
DTT to save 5 s snapshot of the interferometer when it senses loss of lock. We ran it on linux and it seemed to
save an xml file about half the time; we'll try it on solaris.
I managed to get up to arm power of about 20 a couple of times. IFO lost lock a couple of times after turning
off moving zero. MC2 would often get tripped by lock loss and need resetting. Maybe we will try to stiffen the
Plotted assuming the average arm power goes up to ~80. No DARM offset.
To set the demod phase for RF CARM, sensed at REFL2 (REFL 166I), it suffices to set the demod phase for REFL2 to be the optimal phase for controlling SRCL in a no-arm state.
For POX33, the ideal phase for single arm locking does not yield a zero-offset CARM signal. So the offset needs to be manipulated digitally.
With no DARM offset, sweeping CARM shows an asymmetry between the state where we lock to a DARM spring and the state with a DARM anti-spring. This is why we have a link between the DARM and CARM optical springs.
For each DARM detune direction (positive or negative, spring or anti-spring), there is only one CARM direction which can yield a DC-based error signal lock with a CARM offset but no DARM offset, which is what we want.