The pumpdown had stalled because of some ancient vacuum interlock code that prevented opening the valve V1 between the turbo pump and the main volume.
This interlock  compares the channels C1:Vac-P1_pressure and C1:Vac-PTP1_pressure, neither of which is functioning at the moment. The P1 channel apparently stopped reading sometime during the vent, and contained a value of ~700 torr, while the PTP1 channel contained 0. So the interlock code saw this huge apparent pressure difference and refused to move the valve.
To bypass this check, we used caput to enter a pressure of 0 for P1.
P1 IFO pressure is 1 mTorr, valve configuration: vacuum normal, annulosses are pumped, RGA is off, not pumped.
THANKS to Chris !
The shutters can be opened with high power.
No communication error message still exist.
I will reboot c1vac1 and c1vac2 to get gauge communication with medm tomorrow.
Something strange happened to the ITMX osem reading around 4.pm. PDT as shown below.
Also the there was no response of the reading as we adjusted the PITCH and YAW. :(
Note that we restarted the slow machine: c1susaux,c1ausex this afternoon because of the unresponced interface.
We continued to work on the diagonalization scripts today and devised a way of choosing starting parameters that seems to work much better, and is easier to use, than tuning up to 15 parameters by hand per optic.
We still noticed phase problems with ITMY, which appear to be preventing good diagonalization (See Attachment 1). Almost every degree of freedom has a significant imaginary part in the sensing matrix. We looked at the phases of the cross spectra in DDT and saw that indeed, the OSEM signals do not have the appropriate relative phases at the peak frequencies, especially in PIT and YAW (see Attachment 2: the phase at the peak is about 30 degrees when it should be 180). These phases are different for data takes ~24 hours apart, but are still wrong. We also looked at this information for ETMY and saw the correct behavior. We temporarily moved the pitch and yaw sliders for ITMY and looked at the OSEM response on a striptool, and the signals moved in the expected way. Can anyone suggest a reason why this would be happening? Is there another stretch of data (besides this past weekend) which would be good to compare to?
I believe that the UR and LR magnets are stuck. There was no earth quake at 16:18 yesterday. Something had to kick it into this position. See 4days plot
Please advise freeing details.
The pumpdown started at 9-12-2016
The IFO is at 5e-5 Torr vacuum normal after 73 day at atm.
ITMX needed to be freed and ETMY-UL is still misbehaving occasionally.
New pirani and cold cathode gauges added at this vent. They were baked at 100 C for 6 hrs under vacuum.
Go to the Vac Rack to read IFO pressure from the gauge itself when Vac. Monitor is blank as it is now !
P1 IFO pressure is 1 mTorr, valve configuration: vacuum normal, annulosses are pumped, RGA is not pumped.
When I restarted c1susaux yesterday, I didn't know that I needed to disable the coil outputs first. So when it came back online, it attempted to damp all the vertex area optics and ITMX got stuck
We should make a note in the Computer Restart Procedures wiki page indicating the importance of disabling the coils before rebooting c1susaux, c1auxex, and c1auxey. Today c1auxey was rebooted properly without incident. If the slider values etc go back to their previous values on their own, is it necessary to do a BURT restore? I tried doing one for c1susaux today and there were some errors for ASC channels, but the alignment sliders went right back to the proper place after reboot yesterday.
Please advise freeing details
Today the main optics were free swinging for several hours, so I attempted diagonalization in vacuum.
IFO pressure 3.7e-5 Torr at new cold cathode InstruTech - Hornet
New items in vacuum:
1, ETMX sus tower with new baked sus wire, EP30-2 epoxied magnets, same at different locations also........ .......... and 2 ruby wirestandoffs.
2, First Contact cleaned arm test masses only. This technic was a 1st time use in our vacuum system.
3, 50 mm ID green glass baffles at the ends
4, witness mirrors at ETMX and ITMY (old oplev mirrors) We observed a very dusty system: sides of optics, towers and tables were wiped. Hepa tents used at Y arm and BS
5, new pirani, cc gauge and 1.5" right angle valve
South end flow bench and both clean room assembly flow benches measured zero counts for 0.3 and 0.5 micron size particales.
The counting efficiency of 0.5 micron is 100%
0.3 micron particles / cf min
0.5 micron particles / cf min
The PSL HEPA performance was measured at the center of the table with MET ONE #3
We built matrices for ITMY and ETMY by driving one degree of freedom at a time with awggui, while the damping was on. These have been applied to the damping loops.
Pitch:1158085097 Yaw: 1158086537 Pos: 1158089237 Side: 1158087977
Pitch: 1158095897 Yaw: 1158097577 Pos: 1158099377 Side: 1158100817
Today the Y arm was locking fine. The alignment had drifted somewhat so I ran the dither and TRY returned to ~0.8. However, the mode cleaner has been somewhat unstable. It locked many times but usually for only a few minutes. Maybe the alignment or autolocker needs to be adjusted, but I didn't change anything other than playing with the gain sliders (which didn't seem to make it either better or worse).
ITMX is still stuck.
All is not lost. I've stuck and unstuck optics around a half dozen times. Can you please post the zoomed in time series (not trend) from around the time it got stuck? Sometimes the bias sliders have to be toggles to make the bias correct. From the OSEM trend it seems like it got a large Yaw bias. May also try to reseat the satellite box cables and the cable from the coil driver to the cable breakout board in the back of the rack.
Here's the timeseries plots. I've zoomed in to right after the problem- did you want before? We pretty much know what happened: c1susaux was restarted from the crate but the damping was on, so as soon as the machine came back online the damping loops sent a huge signal to the coils. (Also, it seems to be down again. Now we know what to do first before keying the crate.) It seems like both right side magnets are stuck, and this could probably be fixed by moving the yaw slider. Steve advised that we wait for an experienced hand to do so.
susaux is responsible for turning on/off the inputs to the coil driver, but not the actual damping loops. So rebooting susaux only does the same as turning the watchdogs on/off so it shouldn't be a big issue.
Both before and after would be good. We want to see how much bias and how much voltage from the front ends were applied. l1susaux could have put in a huge bias, but NOT a huge force from the damping loops. But I've never seen it put in a huge bias and there's no way to prevent this anyway without disconnecting cables.
I think its much more likely that its a little stuck due to static charge on the rubber EQ stop tips and that we can shake it lose with the damping loops.
ITMX is free, OSEM signals all rougly centered.
This was accomplished by rocking the static alignment (i.e. slow controls) pitch and yaw offsets until the optic broke free. This took a few volts back and forth. At this point, I tried to find a point where the optic seemed to freely swing, and hopefully have signals in all 5 OSEMS. It seemed to be free sometimes but mostly settling into two different stationary states. I realized that it was becoming torqued enough in pitch to be leaning on the top-front or top-back EQ stops. So, I slowly adjusted the pitch from one of these states until it seemed to be swinging a bit on the camera, and three OSEM signals were showing real motion. Then, I slowly adjusted the pitch and yaw alignments to get all OSEMS signals roughly centered at half of their max voltage.
In order to figure out the difference betweent simulated result and measurement, I tried to measuren the electronic noise by following ways as show in attachment 1
1.measure from the satellite box by SR785 at ETMY ,calibrate to counts by divide by 3267.8. while at that conditin, the set up is in suspension.
2. measure after ADC by diagnostics test tools, with set up on table in history and on uspension currently.
3. use the caculated butterfly channel.
the results are shown in attachmemt 2. The overall nosie level are still much higher than simulation.
If we have some data with one of the optics clamped and the open light hitting the PD, or with the OSEMs removed and sitting on the table, that would be useful for evaluating the end-to-end noise of the OSEM circuit. It seems like we probably have that due to the vent work, so please post the times here if you have them.
The ETMX OSEMs have been attached to its Satellite box and plugged in for the last 10 days or so, with the PD exposed to the unobstructed LED. I pulled the spectrum of one of the sensors (mean detrended, I assume this takes care of removing the DC value?). The DQed channels claim to record um (the raw ADC counts are multiplied by a conversion factor of 0.36). For comparison, re-converted the y-axis for the measured curve to counts, and multiplied the total noise curve from the LISO simulation by a factor of 3267.8cts/V (2^16cts/20V) so the Y axis is noise in units of counts/rtHz. At 1Hz, there is more than an order of magnitude difference between the simulation and the measurement which makes me suspect my y-axis conversion, but I think I've done this correctly. Can such a large discrepancy be solely due to thick film resistors?
[ericq, Lydia, Teng]
Brief summary of this afternoon's activities:
Addendum: I had a suspicion that the alignment had moved so much, we were missing the TRX PDs. I misaligned the Y arm, and used AS110 as a proxy for X arm power, as we've done in the past for this kind of thing. Indeed, I could maximize the signal and lock a TM00 mode. Both the high gain PD and QPD in the TRX path are totally dark. This needs realignment on the end table.
Rana suspicious. We had arms locked before pumpdown with beams on Transmon PDs. If they're off now, must be beams are far off on the mirrors. Try A2L to estimate spot positions before walkin the beams too far.
REF33 was removed for taking picture of the bare C30362 InGaAs photodiode per Rana's request. All other rf photodiodes have their glass cover on.
Note: it is back to it's place but this pd will need alignment!
The small steering mirror was completly lose before it was removed.
The misalignment wasn't as bad as I had intially feared; the spot was indeed pretty high on ETMX at first. Both transmon QPDs did need a reasonable amount of steering to center once the dither had centered the beam spots on the optics.
Arms, PRMI and DRMI have all been locked and dither aligned. All oplevs and transmon QPDs have been centered. All AS and REFL photodiodes have been centered.
Green TM00 modes are seen in each arm; I'll do ALS recovery tomorrow.
Good 8 hours
Rana came by and freed ITMX again. I think it shouldn't be a problem for me to free it if it happens again.
In hopes of getting better SNR on the free swing spectra, we kicked all optics at around 7pm. The damping should come back on a little after midnight. ITMX did not get stuck after this kick.
We moved the Acromag and its power supply to the X end, where we connected it to the diagnostic output of the NPRO controller. We renamed the channels to be descriptive of the pin outputs as described in the laser manual. We were able to recover readouts similar to those we found with a multimeter.
We should figure out how to set up the channels on the front end machines: right now they are accessed through a tmux session running on pianosa. Once we are confident in the operation, we will make a box to contain the Acromag and wire connections and move the setup to connect to the PSL controller.
Just a heads up, it looks like the damping came on at around 8:30pm. Not sure why.
I had hoped to do some ALS work, but I realized too late that we loaned our HP analyzer to Andrew. I decided instead to do some ETMX testing.
I have a script running that'll misalign both ETMs and back by about 0.5mrad with half hour rests in between. It'll be done around 6AM.
Seems like the angular position was fairly stable, though there is some change in the ETMX pitch that could be hysterisis or normal drift. I didn't mention it explicity in the previous log, but the misalignment was purely in pitch. I'll give it another shot with a bigger misalginment, and maybe a mix of pitch and yaw.
This afternoon around 2:45, ITMX started ringing up at ~.9Hz for about a minute and then got stuck again. When I noticed this evening, I tried to free it with the alignment sliders but was unable to see any signal on UL or UR. It also looks like the damping for ITMY was turned off at the same time ITMX got stuck (not at the start of its ring up). SRM also has a spike in its motion at this time, and another one minute later that ended up with the LR OSEM at a much higher level, though the mirror does not appear to be stuck. We didn't see any strange behavior from any of the other optics.
Teng and I were working on diagnosing a problem with the ITMY UL whitening, but by the time we disconnected any applicable cables, the damping for ITMY was already off. Later we unplugged the ITMX PD whitening cables after verifying that the ITMX damping was also already off. This problem may have occured earlier, while Teng, Eric, and I were examining and pushing in the cables at 1X5 without unplugging anything.
We found that the reason for the bad phase on the ITMY free swing data is because the whitening filter for UL is not being properly turned on. We are in the process of investigating the source of this problem. Right now all the cables to the PD whitening boxes in 1X5 are switched between ITMY and ITMX.
The earth quake shook ITMX free for a short while.
When we plugged in the back cables yesterday on the whitening boxes after switching them, two of the ITMX PDMon channels (UR and LR) got stuck at 0. This caused me to believe ITMX was still stuck even when it was freed. However, it was left in a stuck state overnight and freed again today after this issue was discovered. The alignment sliders have been set to 0 as a safety net to keep ITMX from getting stuck again if c1susaux is restarted again. We switched the cables back and the problem was still there.
The ITMY UL whitening filter problem, which the cables were originally switched to diagnose, was also still there. Ericq suggested we turn off all the whitening filters in order to get diagonalization data that would not show a phase difference between coils. We ran the diagonalization again with all the dewhitening filters off and got much cleaner results, with no visible cross-coupling peaks remaining between the degrees of freedom (see attachemnt 1). We did not apply this matrix to the damping, however, because there are elements which have the wrong sign compared to the ideal matrix. Significant adjustments to the output matrix will probably need to be made if this result is to be used. We also verified that the phase problem had been solved in DTT, where we saw the same sign discrepancies as in the matrix below.
Damping can be turned back on, using the old, non-diagonalized matrix currently in effect. There is enough free swing data to diagonalize ITMY now, so feel free to mess with it.
Matrix (wrong signs red, suspiciously small elements orange):
pit yaw pos side butt
UL 1.633 0.138 1.224 0.136 0.984
UR -0.202 -1.768 1.179 0.132 -1.028
LR -2.000 0.094 0.776 0.107 1.001
LL -0.165 2.000 0.821 0.111 -0.987
SD 0.900 1.131 -1.708 1.000 -0.107
PMC was terribly misaligned. The PMCR camera seems to have drifted somewhat off target too, but I didn't touch it.
Realigned ITMX for the nth time today.
Finding ALSY beatnote was easy, ALSX eludes me. I did a rough one-point realignment on the X beat PD which is usually enough, but it's probably been long enough that near/far field alignmnet is neccesary.
ALSY noise is mostly nominal, but there is a large 3Hz peak that is visible in the spot motion, and also modulates the beat amplitude by multiple dBs.
It looked to me that the ETMY oplev spot was moving too much, which led me to measure the oplev OLGs. There is some wierd inter-loop interference going on between OLPIT and OLYAW. With both on (whether OSEM damping is on or off, so input matrix shenanigans can't be to blame) there is a very shallow "notch" at around 4.5Hz, which leads to very little phase at 3Hz, and thus tons of control noise. Turning the OL loop not being measured off makes this dip go away, but the overall phase is still signfinicantly less than we should have. I'm not sure why. I'll just show the PIT plot, but things look pretty much the same for YAW.
I did some more ETMX tests. Locked arm, raised the servo output limit to 15k, then increased the gain to make the loop unstable. I saw the SUS LSC signals go up to tens of thousands of counts when the unlock happened. I did this a dozen times or so, and every time the ETM settled in the same angular position according to the oplev.
Right now, another hysteresis script is running, misaliging in pitch and yaw. Amplitude 1V in each direction. So far, everything is stable after three on/off cycles.
With the WFS and OL, we never have figured out a good way to separate pit and yaw. Need to figure out a reference for up/down and then align everything to it: quad matrix + SUS output matrix
Motivated by the strange pitch/yaw coupling behavior we ran into while doing diagonalization, we looked at the oplev pitch and yaw free swing spectra for all 4 test masses (see attachment 1). We saw the same behavior there: At the peak frequencies for the angular degress of freedom, the oplevs saw significant contributions from both pitch and yaw. We also examined the phase between pitch and yaw at these peaks and found that consistently, pitch and yaw were in phase at one of the resonance frequencies and out of phase at the other (ignoring the pos and side peaks).
This corresponds physically to angular motion about some axis that is diagonal, ie not perfectly vertical or horizontal. If we trust the oplev calibration, and Eric says that we do, then the angle of this axis of rotation with the horizontal (pitch axis) is
Where Y and P are yaw and pitch ASD values. This will always give an angle between 0 and 90 degrees; which quadrant the axis of rotation occupies can be dermined by looking at the phase between pitch and yaw at the same frequencies. 0 phase means that the axis of rotation lies somewhere less than 90 degrees counterclockwise from the horizontal as viewed from the AR face of the optic, and a phase of 180 degrees means the axis is clockwise from horizontal (see attachment 2). Qualitatively, these features show up the same way for segments of data taken at different times. In order to get some quantitative sense of the error in these angles, we found them using spectrogram values with a bandwidth of 0.02 Hz averaged over 4000 seconds.
Results (all numbers in degrees unless otherwise specified):
peak 1 ( 0.692 Hz):
ptich/yaw phase: -179.181
peak 2 ( 0.736 Hz):
pitch/yaw phase: 0.0123677
peak 1 ( 0.502 Hz):
ptich/yaw phase: -179.471
peak 2 ( 0.688 Hz):
pitch/yaw phase: -0.43991
peak 1 ( 0.73 Hz):
ptich/yaw phase: -0.227034
peak 2 ( 0.85 Hz):
pitch/yaw phase: -179.856
peak 1 ( 0.724 Hz):
ptich/yaw phase: 6.03312
peak 2 ( 0.844 Hz):
pitch/yaw phase: -176.838
ETMY and ITMX both show a more significant (~4x) contribution from pitch on one peak, and from yaw on the other. This is reflected in the fact that they each have one angle somewhat close to 0 (below 30 degrees) and one close to 90 (above 60 degrees). The other two test masses don't follow this rule, meaning that the 2 angular frequency peaks do not correspond to pitch and yaw straightforwardly.
Also, besides ITMX, the axes of rotation are at least several degrees away from being perpendicular to each other.
I scripted a series of YARM DC reflectivity measurements last night alternating between locked state and unlocked state (with ETMY misaligned) for measuring the after-vent armloss. The general procedure is based on elog 11810, but I'll also give a brief summary here.
I did this back in June (but strangely never posted what I found, shame on me). What I found back then was a YARM loss of 237 ppm +/- 41 ppm and an XARM loss of 501 ppm +/- 105 ppm
Last night's data indicates a YARM loss of 143 ppm +/- 24 ppm after cleaning with first contact.
THIS IS STILL ASSUMING THAT THE MODE-MATCHING HASN'T CHANGED. We had however moved ETMY closer to ITMY during the vent by 19mm. Gautam and I had some trouble setting up the ALS to confirm the mode-matching, but we're in the process of recovering the XARM IR beat.
[ Gautam and Steve ]
c1vac1 and c1vac2 were rebooted and the gauges are communicating now. V1, VA6, V5 and V4 were closed and disconnected to avoid unexpected valve switching. All went smoothly.
The new ITcc gauge is at 1e-5 Torr as CC1 This is the gauge that should be logged in slow channel.
TP2 fore line dry pump was replaced this morning after 382 day of operation.
TP3 dry pump is very noisy, but it's pressure still 47 mTorr
[ericq, Gautam, Steve]
Following roughly the same procedure as ELOG 11354, c1vac1 and c1vac2 were rebooted. The symptoms were identical to the situation in that ELOG; c1vac1 could be pinged and telneted to, but c1vac2 was totally unresponsive.
The only change in the linked procedure was that we did not shut down the maglev. Since I unwittingly had it running for days without V4 open while Steve was away, we now know that it can handle shorter periods of time than that...
Upon reboot, many channels were readable again, unfortunately the channels for TP2 and TP3 are still blank. We were able to return to "Vacuum normal state," but because of unknowned communication problems with VM1's interlock, we can't open VM1 for the RGA. Instead we opened VM2 to expose the RGA to the main IFO volumn, but this isn't part of the "Normal" state definite, so things currently read "Undefined state".
Today we re-installed the fiber coupler on the X-endtable to couple some of the PSL light into a fiber that runs to the PSL table, where it is combined with a similar PSL pickoff to make an IR beat between the EX AUX laser and the PSL. The main motivation behind this was to make the process of finding the green beatnote easier. We used JAMMT (just another mode matching tool) to calculate a two lens solution to couple the light into the collimator - we use a +200mm and -200mm lens, I will upload a more detailed mode matching calculation + plot + picture soon. We wanted to have a beam waist of 350um at the collimator, a number calculated using the following formula from the Thorlabs website:
where d is the diameter of the output beam from the collimator, f is the collimating lens focal length and MFD is 6.6um for the fiber we use.
There is ~26mW of IR light coming through the BS after the EX AUX - after playing around with the 6 axis stage that the coupler is mounted on, Johannes got the IR transmission to the PSL table up to ~11.7mW. The mode matching efficiency of 45% is certainly not stellar, but we were more curious to find a beat and possibly measure the X arm loss so we decided to accept this for now - we could probably improve this by moving the lenses around. We then attenuated the input beam to the fiber by means of an ND filter such that the light incident on the coupler is now ~1.3mW, and the light arriving at the PSL table from the EX laser is ~550uW. Along with the PSL light, after the various couplers, we have ~500uW of light going to the IR beat PD - well below its 2mW threshold.
The IR beat was easily found with the frequency counter setup. However, there was no evidence of a green beat. So we went to the PSL table and did the near-field-far-field alignment onto the beat PD. After doing this, we were able to see a beat - but the amplitude was puny (~-60dBm, we are more used to seeing ~-20dBm on the network analyzer in the control room). Perhaps this can be improved by tweaking the alignment onto the PD while monitoring the RF output with an oscilloscope.
Moreover, the green PDH problems with the X end persist - even though the arm readily locks to a TEM00 mode, it frequently spontaneously drops lock. I twiddled around with the gain on the uPDH box while looking at the error signal while locked on a oscilloscope, but was unable to mitigate the situation. Perhaps the loop shape needs to be measured and that should tell us if the gain is too low or high. But ALS is getting closer to the nominal state...
Johannes is running his loss measurement script on the X arm - but this should be done by ~10pm tonight.
Some things I did last night:
I measured the X PDH OLG, and turned the gain down by ~6dB to bring the UGF back to 10kHz, ~50deg phase margin, 10dB gain margin. However, the error signal on the oscilloscope remained pretty ratty. Zooming in, it was dominated by glitches occuring at 120Hz. I went to hook up the SR785 to the control signal monitor to see what the spectrum of these glitches looked like, but weirdly enough connecting the SR785's input made the glitches go away. In fact, with one end of a BNC connector plugged into a floating SR785 input, touching the other end's shield to any of the BNC shields on the uPDH chassis made the glitches go away.
This suggested some ground loop shenanigans to me; everything in the little green PDH shelves is plugged into a power strip which is itself plugged into a power strip at the X end electronics rack, behind all of the sorensens. I tried plugging the power strip into some different places (including over by the chamber where the laser and green refl PD are powered), but nothing made the glitches go away. In fact, it often resulted in being unable to lock the PDH loop for unknown reasons. This remains unsolved.
As Gautam and Johannes observed, the X green beat was puny. By hooking up a fast scope directly to the beat PD output, I was able to fine tune the alignment to get a 80mVpp beat, which I think is substaintially bigger than what we used to have. (Is this plus the PDH gain changed really attributable to arm loss reduction? Hm)
However, the DFD I and Q outputs have intermittent glitches that are big enough to saturate the ADC when the whitening filters are on, even with 0dB whitening gain, which makes it hard to see any real ALS noise above a few tens of Hz or so. Turning off the whitening and cranking up the whitening gain still shows a reasonably elevated spectrum from the glitches. (I left a DTT instance with a spectrum on in on the desktop, but forgot to export...) The glitches are not uniformly spaced at 120Hz as in the PDH error signal. However, the transmitted green power also showed intermittant quick drops. This also remains unsolved for the time being.
I started a script on Friday night to collect some data for a reflection armloss measurement of the XARM. Unfortunately there seemed to have been a hickup in some data transfer and some errors were produced, so we couldn't really trust the numbers.
Instead, we took a series of manual measurements today and made sure the interferometer is well behaved during the averaging process. I wrote up the math behind the measurement in the attached pdf.
The numbers we used for the calculations are the following:
While we average about 50 ppm +/-15 ppm for the XARM loss with a handful of samples, in a few instances the calculations actually yielded negative numbers, so there's a flaw in the way I'm collecting the data. There seems to be a ~3% drift in the signal level on the PO port on the order of minutes that does not show in the modecleaner transmission. The signals are somewhat small so we're closing the shutter over night to see if it could be an offset and will investigate further tomorrow. I went back and checked my data for the YARM, but that doesn't seem to be affected by it.
We poked around trying to figure out the X PDH situation. In brief, the glitchiness comes and goes, not sure what causes it. Tried temp servo on/off and flow bench fan on/off. Gautam placed a PD to pick off the pre-doubler AUX X IR light to see if there is some intermittant intensity fluctuation overnight. During non-glitchy times, ALSX noise profile doesn't look too crazy, but some new peak around 80Hz and somewhat elevated noise compared to historical levels above 100Hz. It's all coherent with the PDH control up there though, and still looks like smooth frequency noise...
NB: The IR intensity monitoring PD is temporarily using the high gain Transmon PD ADC channel, and is thus the source of the signal at C1:LSC-TRY_OUT_DQ. If you want to IR lock the X arm, you must change the transmon PD triggering to use the QPD.
The last good rga scan at vent 78 day 38
RGA background scan
Vacuum Status: Chamber Open
All chamber annuloses are vented. Vac Monitor screen is not communicating with gauges. The valve position indicator are working.
RGA is pumped by Maglev through VM2
We let the PSL shutter closed overnight and observed the POXDC, POYDC and ASDC offsets. While POY has small fluctuations compared to the signal level, POX is worse off, and the drifts we observed live in the DC reading are in the same ballpark as the offset fluctuations. The POXDC level also unexpectedly increased suddenly without the PSL shutter being opened, which we can't explain. The data we took using POXDC cannot be trusted.
Even the ASDC occasionally shows some fluctuations, which is concerning because the change in value rivals the difference between locked and misaligned state. It turns out that the green shutters were left open, but that should not really affect the detectors in question.
We obtained loss numbers by measuring the arm reflections on the ASDC port instead. LSCoffsets was run before the data-taking run. For each arm we misaligned the respective other ITM to the point that moving it no longer had an impact on the ASDC reading. By taking a few quick data points we conclude the following numbers:
XARM: 247 ppm +/- 12 ppm
YARM: 285 ppm +/- 13 ppm
This is not in good agreement with the POYDC value. The script is currently running for the YARM for better statistics, which will take a couple hours.
ITMX is misaligned for the purpose of this measurement, with the original values saved.
GV edit 5Oct2016: Forgot to mention here that Johannes marked the spot positions on the ITMs and ETMs (as viewed on the QUAD in the control room) with a sharpie to reflect the current "well aligned" state.
I installed a 10% BS to pick off some of the light going to the IR fiber, and have added a Thorlabs PDA55 PD to the EX table setup. The idea is to be able to monitor the power output of the EX NPRO over long time scales, and also to serve as an additional diagnostic tool for when ALS gets glitchy etc. There is about 0.4mW of IR power incident on the PD (as measured with the Ophir power meter), which translates to ~2500 ADC counts (~1.67V as measured with an Oscilloscope set to high impedance directly at the PD output). The output of the PD is presently going to Ch5 of the same board that receives the OL QPD voltages (which corresponds to ADC channel 28). Previously, I had borrowed the power and signal cables from the High-Gain Transmon PD to monitor this channel, but today I have laid out independent cabling and also restored the Transmon PD to its nominal state.
On the CDS side of things, I edited C1SCX to route the signal from ADC Ch28 to the ALS block. I also edited the ALS_END library part to have an additional input for the power monitor, to keep the naming conventions consistent. I have added a gain in the filter module to calibrate the readout into mW using these numbers. The channel is called C1:ALS-X_POWER_OUT, and is DQed for long-term trending purposes.
The main ALS screen is a bit cluttered so I have added this channel to the ALS overview MEDM screen for now..
There are multiple methods by which the arm loss can be measured, including, but not limited to:
We found that the second method is extremely sensitive to errors in the ITM transmissivity. The first method was not an option for a while because the AOM (which serves as a fast shutter to cut the light to the cavity and thereby allow measurement of the cavity ringdown) was not installed. Johannes and Shubham have re-installed this so we may want to consider this method.
Most of the recent efforts have relied on the 3rd method, which itself is susceptible to many problems. As Yutaro found, there is something weird going on with ASDC which makes it perhaps not so reliable a sensor for this measurement (unfortunately, no one remembered to follow up on this during the vent, something we may come to regret...). He performed some checks and found that for the Y arm, POY is a suitable alternative sensor. However, the whitening gain was at 0dB for the measurements that Johannes recently performed (Yutaro does not mention what whitening gain he used, but presumably it was not 0). As a result, the standard deviation during the 10s averaging was such that the locked and misaligned readings had their 'fuzz' overlapping significantly. The situation is worse for POX DC - today, Eric checked that the POX DC and POY DC channels are indeed reporting what they claim, but we found little to no change in the POX DC level while misaligning the ITM - even after cranking the whitening gain up to 40!
Eric then suggested deriving ASDC from the AS110 photodiode, where there is more light. This increased the SNR significantly - in a 10s averaging window, the fuzz is now about 10 ADC counts out of ~1500 (~<1%) as opposed to ~2counts out of 30 previously. We also set the gains of POX DC, POY DC and ASDC to 1 (they were 0.001,0.001 and 0.5 respectively, for reasons unknown).
I ran a quick measurement of the X arm loss with the new ASDC configuration, and got a number of 80 +/- 10 ppm (7 datapoints), which is wildly different from the ~250ppm number I got from last night's measurement with 70 datapoints. I was simultaneously recording the POX DC value, which yielded 40 +/- 10 ppm.
We also discovered another possible problem today - the spot on the AS camera has been looking rather square (clearly not round) since, I presume, closing up and realigning everything. By looking at the beam near the viewport on the AS table for various configurations of the ITM, we were able to confirm that whatever is causing this distortion is in the vacuum. By misaligning the ITM, we are able to recover a nice round spot on the AS camera. But after running the dither align script, we revert to this weirdly distorted state. While closing up, no checks were done to see how well centered we are on the OMs, and moreover, the DRMI has been locked since the vent I believe. It is not clear how much of an impact this will have on locking the IFO (we will know more after tonight). There is also the possibility of using the PZT mounted OMs to mitigate this problem, which would be ideal.
Long story short -
GV Edit 8 Oct 2016: Going through some old elogs, I came across this useful reference for loss measurement. It doesn't talk about the reflection method (Method 3 in the list at the top of this elog), but suggests that cavity ringdown with the Trans PD yields the most precise numbers, and also allows for measuring TITM
This elog is meant to review some of the important changes made during the vent this summer - please add to this if I've forgotten something important. I will be adding this to the wiki page for a more permanent record shortly.
Optics, OSEM and suspension status:
ITMX & ITMY
Summary of characterization tasks to be done:
[ericq, Gautam, Lydia]
We spent some time tonight trying to revive the PRFPMI. (Why PR instead of DR? Not having to deal with SRM alignment and potentially get a better idea of our best-case PRG). After the usual set up and warm up, we found ourselves unable to hold on to the PRMI while the arms flash. In the past, this was generally solved through clever trigger matrix manipulations, but this didn't really work tonight. We will meditate on the solution.
Summary: At the 40m meeting yesterday, Eric Q. gave the suggestion that we accept the input matrix weirdness and adjust the output matrix by driving each coil individually so that it refers to the same degrees of freedom. After testing this strategy, I don't think it will work.
Yesterday evening I tested this idea by driving one ITMY coil at a time, and measuring the response of each of the free swing modes at the drive frequency. I followed more or less the same procedure as the standard diagonalization: responses to each of the possible stimuli are compared to build a matrix, which is inverted to describe the responses given the stimuli. For the input matrix, the sensor readings are the responses and the free swing peaks are the stimuli. For the output matrix, the sensors transformed by the diagonalized input matrix as the responses of the dofs which are compared, and the drive frequency peak associated with a coil output is the stimulus. However, the normalization still happens to each dof independently, not to each coil independently.
The output matrix I got had good agreement with the ITMY input matrix in the previous elog: for each dof/osem the elements had the same sign in both input and output matrices, so there are no positive feedback loops. The relative magnitude of the elements also corresponded well within rows of the input matrix. So the input and output matrices, while radically different from the ideal, were consistent with each other and referred to the same dof basis. So, I applied these new matrices (both input and output) to the damping loops to test whether this approach would work.
drive-generated output matrix:
UL UR LR LL SD
pit 1.701 -0.188 -2.000 -0.111 0.452
yaw 0.219 -1.424 0.356 2.000 0.370
pos 1.260 1.097 0.740 0.903 -0.763
sid 0.348 0.511 0.416 0.252 1.000
but 0.988 -1.052 0.978 -0.981 0.060
However, when Gautam attempted to lock the Y arm, we noticed that this change significantly impacted alignment. The alignment biases were adjusted accordingly and the arm was locking. But when the dither was run, the lock was consistently destroyed. This indicates that the dither alignment signals pass through the SUS screen output matrix. If the output matrix pitch and yaw columns refer instead to the free swing eigenmodes, anything that uses the output matrix and attempts to align pitch and yaw will fail. So, the ITMY matrices were restored to their previous values: a close to ideal input matrix and naive output matrix. We could try to change everything that is affected by the output matrices to be independent of a transformation to the free swing dof basis, and then implement this strategy. But to me, that seems like an unneccessary amount of changes with unpredictable consequences in order to fix something that isn't really broken. The damping works fine, maybe even better, when the input matrix is set by the output matrix: we define pitch, for example, to be "The mode of motion produced by a signal to the coils proportional to the pitch row of the naieve output matrix," and the same for the other dofs. Then you can drive one of these "idealized" dofs at a time and measure the sensor responses to find the input matrix. (That is how the input matrix currently in use for ITMY was found, and it seems to work well.)