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  9961   Fri May 16 09:46:05 2014 SteveUpdatePSLpointing monitoring

Quote:

 Tonight I noticed that the drop in PMC transmission was ~1V, more than the usual of ~0.5V from the daily drift.

While re-aligning on the table, I noticed that the misalignment was not from either of the steering mirrors; i.e. I has to walk them both to get the alignment back. This implies that the misalignment is generated far upstream. Maybe the the laser itself is moving. We need some updates from Steve's laser misalignment tracker.

I'd like to replace the paper target with IOO -QPD_POS so we can log it.

  9986   Wed May 21 22:15:37 2014 ericqUpdatePSLPMC relocked

PMC has been unlocked for ~4hrs, not sure why. It's servo gain was down at -10dB...

Relocked with transmission of .76V, MC locks fine with WFS, transmission of 15.5k.

  9993   Mon May 26 20:10:14 2014 ericqUpdatePSLPMC relocked

I came in and PMC transmission was at 0.5V, and ETMX was swinging around a lot, (LSC mode was on). 

Turning off oplevs let ETMX calm down. I realigned the PMC to 0.82V. 

MC wouldn't relock, it looked misaligned in pitch and yaw on MC camera.

I've touched the alignment, and gotten the reflection below 0.5, but it unlocks periodically, spot positions aren't great, and turning on WFS throws it out of alignment. ughhhhh

  9997   Tue May 27 22:29:17 2014 JenneUpdatePSLPSL making noises

Also, while I was working on the PSL table, I heard noise that sounded like a bearing rolling around.  I suspected the HEPAs, since the one on the north east corner of the table has a problem when it's turned up high (we've known about this for a long time), however turning off the HEPAs didn't affect the noise.  The noise is strongest near the back of the PSL controller on the shelf above the table, and the PSL controller box is vibrating.  So, I suspect that the fan on the PSL controller box is about to give out.

EDIT:  To clarify, I mean the Innolight's controller.

  9998   Wed May 28 11:55:16 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPSL Innolight controller fan is noisy

Quote:

Also, while I was working on the PSL table, I heard noise that sounded like a bearing rolling around.  I suspected the HEPAs, since the one on the north east corner of the table has a problem when it's turned up high (we've known about this for a long time), however turning off the HEPAs didn't affect the noise.  The noise is strongest near the back of the PSL controller on the shelf above the table, and the PSL controller box is vibrating.  So, I suspect that the fan on the PSL controller box is about to give out.

EDIT:  To clarify, I mean the Innolight's controller.

 The bearing is chirping in the back of the 2W Innolight laser controller. It is loud enough to hear it. I placed 4 soft  rubber feet under the controller to avoid shaking other things on self.

The HEPA filter bearing becomes noisy at 50V

 Keep it at 20V for low noise

  10030   Thu Jun 12 10:41:58 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPMC-T trend of 4 years

Quote:

Quote:

Also, while I was working on the PSL table, I heard noise that sounded like a bearing rolling around.  I suspected the HEPAs, since the one on the north east corner of the table has a problem when it's turned up high (we've known about this for a long time), however turning off the HEPAs didn't affect the noise.  The noise is strongest near the back of the PSL controller on the shelf above the table, and the PSL controller box is vibrating.  So, I suspect that the fan on the PSL controller box is about to give out.

EDIT:  To clarify, I mean the Innolight's controller.

 The bearing is chirping in the back of the 2W Innolight laser controller. It is loud enough to hear it. I placed 4 soft  rubber feet under the controller to avoid shaking other things on self.

The HEPA filter bearing becomes noisy at 50V

 Keep it at 20V for low noise

  The aging of the laser came up when the noisy bearing showed.  ~10% down in in 4 years. That is pretty good.

  10072   Thu Jun 19 14:41:00 2014 ManasaUpdatePSLISS disabled

I would like to measure the switching time of the AOM. So I have disconnected the modulation input to the AOM that comes from the ISS. I have also turned OFF the SR560's and the AWG that belong to ISS. 

Pics and cable connections of the state in which the ISS setup was left at, will be updated soon.

  10076   Thu Jun 19 17:28:19 2014 SteveUpdatePSL window device is ready for test

The window is at the north west corner of the  PSL enclosure.

The 1 mm thick BK7 window is AR coated both side R <0.08%,  W2-PW1-1004-1064-0

The PZT stack is 0.75" OD, 0.25" thick with  ~ 6 mm ID,  motion range 2.5 micron at 200V

Soft silicon rubber isolation.

 

RXA: This is the opto-mechanical phase shifter that Steve has built for diagnosing scattered light problems. We put it into the reflected light path of any of the cavities and see if it can move the scattering noise from DC up to a higher frequency. e.g.:

The paper on this from GEO

  10091   Tue Jun 24 13:02:54 2014 ManasaUpdatePSLRingdown PD installed

Quote:

I would like to measure the switching time of the AOM. So I have disconnected the modulation input to the AOM that comes from the ISS. I have also turned OFF the SR560's and the AWG that belong to ISS. 

Pics and cable connections of the state in which the ISS setup was left at, will be updated soon.

I installed a fast PDA10CF along the path of a leaking beam from one of the steering mirrors that direct the main beam to the PMC. This beam was dumped to a razor blade. I removed the razor blade and installed a Y1 to steer this beam through a lens on the PD.

Pics of the layout post-installation will be updated.

Also, I tested the AOM by giving it 0-1V modulation input from the AWG. This has been disconnected after the test. So everything should be as it was pre-testing.

  10115   Mon Jun 30 22:40:21 2014 ManasaUpdatePSLAOM ringdown

Quote:

Quote:

I would like to measure the switching time of the AOM. So I have disconnected the modulation input to the AOM that comes from the ISS. I have also turned OFF the SR560's and the AWG that belong to ISS. 

Pics and cable connections of the state in which the ISS setup was left at, will be updated soon.

I installed a fast PDA10CF along the path of a leaking beam from one of the steering mirrors that direct the main beam to the PMC. This beam was dumped to a razor blade. I removed the razor blade and installed a Y1 to steer this beam through a lens on the PD.

Pics of the layout post-installation will be updated.

Also, I tested the AOM by giving it 0-1V modulation input from the AWG. This has been disconnected after the test. So everything should be as it was pre-testing.

Edit/manasa/ Data has not been fit correctly in here. A proper fit will follow this elog.

Proper fits and numbers are here :elog

Earlier last week I had tried to measure the AOM ringdown and concluded I could not make one.

I was proved wrong and I was able to make a measurement. I am still not sure why I was not able to make the measurement earlier with the very same settings and configuration.

What I did:

I gave the AOM a 0-1V modulation input using the signal generator (50 ohm feedthrough bnc was used to impedance match the AOM driver's modulation input). For the measurement here I used a 1Hz square wave. I used a 300MHz oscilloscope to look at the falling edge of the ringdown PD output installed.

I recorded a few ringdown samples. To get a quick number, I fit one such sample to find the AOM switching time as 1.48us (Plot attached). 

  10140   Mon Jul 7 16:39:09 2014 manasaUpdatePSLPMC ringdown setup

I moved stuff on the PSL table to accommodate the PMC ringdown setup.

I used the beam that leaks from the steering mirror at the PMC transmission that was dumped to a razor blade dump. I installed a Y1 to steer the beam to the ringdown PD. Power in the beam 75mW.

Results are in here elog 

  10146   Mon Jul 7 21:36:33 2014 Jenne, ranaUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

The PMC local oscillator is going a little weird dyingWe need to check out why the level is fluctuating so much.

Here's a 6 month plot, where you can see that the lower level keeps getting lower (y-axis is dBm):

PMC_LO_failing.pdf

This LHO entry from 2008 shows where we first discovered this effect. As Rick Savage and Paul Schwinberg later found out, the ERA-5SM+ amplifier slowly degrades over several years and was replaced for both of the eLIGO interferometers. We have spares in the Blue box and can replace this sometime during the day.

Our PMC LO is made by this obsolete crystal oscillator circuit: D000419. There are many versions of this floating around, but they all have the ERA-5 issue.

  10148   Mon Jul 7 22:18:26 2014 KojiUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

It seems that there is no better chip in MiniCircuits line-up with the same form factor.
ERA-5 is the most powerful one in the ERA (or MAR) series.

If the output is ~0dBm we have MAR-6SM in stock. But I suspect that ERA-5 was driven at the power level close to its saturation (~18dBm).

If we allow different form factors, we have GVA-** or GALI-** in the market and also in the blue tower, in order to gain more performance margin.
If it is difficult to apply them, I would rather use another ERA-5 with enhanced heat radiation.

I'm sure that Downs has EAR-5 replacement.

  10149   Mon Jul 7 23:19:55 2014 ranaUpdatePSLPMC ringdown setup

Quote:

I moved stuff on the PSL table to accommodate the PMC ringdown setup.

I used the beam that leaks from the steering mirror at the PMC transmission that was dumped to a razor blade dump. I installed a Y1 to steer the beam to the ringdown PD. Power in the beam 75mW. 

 I am guessing that 75 mW will burn / destroy any Thorlabs PD. I hope that mW is supposed to be uW.

  10153   Tue Jul 8 15:28:32 2014 KojiUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

Koushik and Koji try to fix the PMC oscillator issue. So we remove the module from the rack.
This means we don't have the PMC transmission during the work.

  10159   Wed Jul 9 00:47:22 2014 KojiUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

Koushik replaced an ERA-5 in the PC path. We put the module back to the rack and found no change.
The epics LO level monitor monitor is still fluctuating from 6~11dBm. We need more thorough investigation
by tracing the signals everywhere on the board.

Despite the poor situation of the modulation, PMC was locking (~9PM). Rana suspect that the PMC demodulation
phase was not correctly adjusted long time. 

Koushik has the measured power levels and the photos of the board. I'll ask him to report on them.

  10160   Wed Jul 9 00:59:09 2014 ranaUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

Quote:

Koushik and Koji try to fix the PMC oscillator issue. So we remove the module from the rack.
This means we don't have the PMC transmission during the work.

 After the ERA-5 was replaced (see Koushik elog) we relocked the PMC.

The new LO level going into the PMC servo card is +11.5 dBm. The LO mon on the PMC card reads 9 dBm and seems so flat I now suspect the monitor circuit.

I also measured the RF drive to the EOM as a function of C1:PSL-PMC_RFADJ on the Phase Shifter screen.

The phase shifter slider gives ~75 deg/V in phase shift of the RF out to the EOM. I tried to optimize the loop gain quickly using the fluctuations in the reflected power. The loop oscillates at high frequency with the slider at 21 dB and also at 9 dB. So I set the gain at +14 dB. Needs to be optimized correctly in the daytime.

 

  10162   Wed Jul 9 11:41:12 2014 KoushikUpdatePSLPMC local oscillator is going wonky

Quote:

Koushik replaced an ERA-5 in the PC path. We put the module back to the rack and found no change.
The epics LO level monitor monitor is still fluctuating from 6~11dBm. We need more thorough investigation
by tracing the signals everywhere on the board.

Despite the poor situation of the modulation, PMC was locking (~9PM). Rana suspect that the PMC demodulation
phase was not correctly adjusted long time. 

Koushik has the measured power levels and the photos of the board. I'll ask him to report on them.

 Updates from Koushik:

The power levels measured (before and after relacement of ERA-5) are as follows:

LO to Servo : Vout = 2.3 Vpp / Pout = 11.21 dBm at f = 35.5 MHz

RF to PC   :   Vout = 354 mVpp / Pout = -5.1 dBm at f= 35.5 MHz

The measurements were done using an oscilloscope with 50 ohms load impedance. Unfortunately the photos are not available from the camera.

  10164   Wed Jul 9 16:33:05 2014 manasaUpdatePSLPMC ringdown setup

Quote:

Quote:

I moved stuff on the PSL table to accommodate the PMC ringdown setup.

I used the beam that leaks from the steering mirror at the PMC transmission that was dumped to a razor blade dump. I installed a Y1 to steer the beam to the ringdown PD. Power in the beam 75mW. 

 I am guessing that 75 mW will burn / destroy any Thorlabs PD. I hope that mW is supposed to be uW.

 It was ~7.5mW and measured ~2V at the PD output (given its range 0-5V ) on the oscilloscope . So PD is safe !

  10167   Wed Jul 9 19:53:34 2014 ranaUpdatePSLPMC LO monitor trend (5 years)

LODET.png

The first step is

The second uptick (In Nov 14, 2013) is when I removed a 3 dB attenuator from the LO line. Don't know why the decay accelerates after that.

  10172   Thu Jul 10 01:02:13 2014 ranaUpdatePSLmore PMC science

Increased gain and SNR in PMC LO monitor circuit.

  1. R20: 499 -> 50k Ohms (increases gain by 100)
  2. Used Marconi to drive the LO input and readout C1:PSL-PMC_LODET
  3. Fit this function and loaded it into the psl.db file. The old Kalmus way used LOGE, but I wanted to use log10, so I did. The sensor is only useful in a narrow band. Since the signal is so low at low levels, I just fit to the highest 4 points because I was too lazy to do proper weighting. Do as I say, not as I do.

Plot with data and fit attached.

** N.B.: in order to update the calibration without rebooting, I used the following command: z write C1:PSL-PMC_LOCALC.CALC "2.235*LOG(B)+12.265". This allows us to update EPICS CALC records without rebooting the IOC.

  10173   Thu Jul 10 02:09:20 2014 JenneUpdatePSLFSS Fast gain set

I have put in a new nominal value for the FSS fast gain:  21.5 dB. 

There is an oscillation peak in the MC error point spectra around 41.5 kHz if the FSS gain is set too high.  I used the 4395 to have a look at the MC error point, and saw that if I set the FSS fast gain any lower than about 18 dB, the peak wasn't getting any smaller than -41 dBm.  If I set the fast gain any higher than about 26 dB the peak wouldn't get any larger than about -34 dBm. 

However, if I set the gain to 19.5dB, the PC RMS drive is consistently above 2 V, which isn't so good.  If I crank the gain up to 27 dB or more, the PC RMS will stay below 0.9 V, which is great. 

As a compromise, I have decided on 21.5 dB as the new FSS fast gain.  This puts the oscillation peak at about -39.5 dBm, and the PC RMS around 1.6 V.

I changed the nominal gain by ezcawrite C1:PSL-STAT_FSS_NOM_F_GAIN 21.5.  This sets the nominal value so that the FSS screen's fast slider doesn't turn red at the new value.  And, since the MC autolocker reads this epics channel and puts that into the gain during the mcup script, the MC autolocker now uses this new gain.  For reference, it used to be set to 23.5 dB.

  10203   Tue Jul 15 17:34:01 2014 manasaUpdatePSLproposing AOM re-alignment

I am going to tweak the alignment of the beam into the AOM (before the PMC) tomorrow morning. If anybody has any objections to this, please raise a red flag.

Proposed alignment procedure:

1. Reduce PSL power to say 10% 

2.  Since the AOM is not on any sort of a mechanical stage, I will have to just play around carefully until I see a maximum power rejection into first order.

I am assuming that moving the AOM is not going to affect the input pointing because all these activities are happening before the PMC. So as long as I have the output beam from the AOM aligned to the PMC at the end, everyone should be happy.

  10216   Wed Jul 16 15:26:48 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPSL Innolight controller fan is dying

Quote:

Quote:

Also, while I was working on the PSL table, I heard noise that sounded like a bearing rolling around.  I suspected the HEPAs, since the one on the north east corner of the table has a problem when it's turned up high (we've known about this for a long time), however turning off the HEPAs didn't affect the noise.  The noise is strongest near the back of the PSL controller on the shelf above the table, and the PSL controller box is vibrating.  So, I suspect that the fan on the PSL controller box is about to give out.

EDIT:  To clarify, I mean the Innolight's controller.

 The bearing is chirping in the back of the 2W Innolight laser controller. It is loud enough to hear it. I placed 4 soft  rubber feet under the controller to avoid shaking other things on self.

The HEPA filter bearing becomes noisy at 50V

 Keep it at 20V for low noise

 The fan is dying. It is changing speed erratically and stops for short time periods. It is very likely to stop rotating soon. It will halt all operations in the lab. We can not see the PMC-T power because Manasa is working on

 AOM alignment.

 

  10219   Wed Jul 16 19:38:37 2014 manasaSummaryPSLAOM alignment issues and removed from beam path

AOM removed from the beampath and PMC relocked. 

AOM alignment:

1. Measured the initial power after PMC as 1.30W and reduced it down to 130mW.
2. Checked the power in the AOM zero order transmission before touching it. For 0-1V modulation input, the power dropped from 125uW to 98.3uW.
3. Steered the mirror right before the AOM to increase AOM zero order transmission and then carefully moved the AOM around to obtain maximum power attenuation. I repeated this a few times and the maximum attenuation that I could obtain was 125uW to 89.2uW (~30% attenuation).
Although this is not the right way to align the AOM, we do not have much options with the current setup as there is not enough separation between the zero order and first order beams and the AOM is on a fixed rigid mount.
4. I tried to dump the first order beam from the AOM and it wasn't satisfactory as well. There is barely any separation between the zero order and first order beams.

PMC relocking:

1. SInce the alignment to the PMC was disturbed by moving the AOM and the steering mirror in front of it, the PMC alignment was lost.
2. I could not relock the PMC at low power or high power. Rana had to come to rescue and fixed the alignment so that we could see flashes of PMC on the trans camera (This was done by aligning refl beam to the PMC REFL PD while giving a triangular ramp to the PMC PZT voltage).
Also I should not have tried to lock the PMC at high power as I could have been steering the beam at high power to the edges of the PMC mirrors that way and burning stuff easily.
3. Before fine tuning the alignment, I decided to remove the AOM from the beam path as there needs some work done on it to make it useful.
4. I removed the AOM from the beam path and relocked the PMC. 
5. PMC is relocked with 0.79 counts in TRANS and I measured the power after PMC 1.30W

Attachment: picture showing AOM removed from the beampath.

  10220   Wed Jul 16 21:23:35 2014 ManasaUpdatePSLPSL Innolight controller fan is dying

[Koji, Manasa]

The air flow from the dying fan was kinda weak and we decided to give a help with an external fan.

Koji brought a fan taken from a junk found at EE shop in W.Bridge.
The fan has been tied to the cage of the existing fan using cable ties to provide air circulation.
So even if the existing one dies anytime, we still don't super-heat anything.
The power supply for the fan rests next to the controller. 

The air from the fan ventilation was hot, and now with the additional fan this hot air is actually sucked
out with stronger flow. So this is relieving for now.

  10231   Thu Jul 17 17:19:25 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPSL Innolight controller fan is dying with extra fan

Quote:

[Koji, Manasa]

The air flow from the dying fan was kinda weak and we decided to give a help with an external fan.

Koji brought a fan taken from a junk found at EE shop in W.Bridge.
The fan has been tied to the cage of the existing fan using cable ties to provide air circulation.
So even if the existing one dies anytime, we still don't super-heat anything.
The power supply for the fan rests next to the controller. 

The air from the fan ventilation was hot, and now with the additional fan this hot air is actually sucked
out with stronger flow. So this is relieving for now.

     PMC transmission as an indicator of laser controller with extra fan solution: 8 and 1day plot

  10295   Wed Jul 30 09:51:18 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPSL Innolight controller fan is noisy

Quote:

 

 The bearing is chirping in the back of the 2W Innolight laser controller. It is loud enough to hear it. I placed 4 soft  rubber feet under the controller to avoid shaking other things on self.

The HEPA filter bearing becomes noisy at 50V

 Keep it at 20V for low noise

 

Hello Steve, 

I’ve received some fan pictures from our manufacturing center. Your system will have one of the two fans pictured. Please contact manufacture company   for more information.

http://www.sunon.com/index.php

 

 

Best Regards,

Agustin (TJ) Tijerina

Commercial Product Support Center

Coherent, Inc.

5100 Patrick Henry Dr., Santa Clara, Ca. 95054

Product Support: (800) 367-7890

product.support@coherent.com

www.coherent.com

 Finally we got it!

The fans are ordered.

  10315   Fri Aug 1 00:51:07 2014 KojiUpdatePSLFSSSlowServo update

FSS Slow set point to be zero


op340m:FSS>cat FSSSlowServo
#!/usr/bin/perl -w

# PID Servo for PSL-FSS (Slow)
# Tobin Fricke 2007-01-09

use strict;
#use Scalar::Util qw(looks_like_number);

sub looks_like_number {
    return ($_[0] =~ /^-?\d+\.?\d*$/);  #FIXME
}

use EpicsTools;

# Parameters
my $process  = 'C1:PSL-FSS_FAST';
my $actuator = 'C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWDC';
#my $setpoint = 5.5;
my $setpoint = 0;
my $blinkystatus = 0;
 

op340m:scripts>/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/PSL/FSS/FSSSlowServo > /cvs/cds/caltech/logs/scripts/FSSslow.cronlog &

  10429   Mon Aug 25 15:49:44 2014 SteveUpdatePSLHEPA turned on

The PSL HEPA was off. It was turned on and it is running at 30VAC now.

  10508   Tue Sep 16 10:47:52 2014 SteveUpdatePSLLaser turned on

 Our janitor turned off the laser accidentally. 

  10509   Tue Sep 16 14:26:45 2014 ericqUpdatePSLLaser turned on

Quote:

 Our janitor turned off the laser accidentally. 

 The PMC wasn't locking very happily after this. I tweaked the pointing onto the PMC REFL diode, to make sure it was centered, and touched the alignment into the PMC. I also reset the FSS Slow output to zero. It took a little while for the laser to settle in, for some reason, but the transmission is up at 0.80 now. 

Tweaked MC2 pointing to get the MC transmission high enough to let WFS kick in, which nicely got the rest of the MC alignment done. After that, I offloaded the WFS into the MC suspensions. 

Lastly, I ran the command that Rana posted in ELOG 10391, to set the FSS input offset (From -0.18 to -0.06)

  10510   Tue Sep 16 16:03:36 2014 KojiUpdatePSLLaser turned on

Quote:

 Our janitor turned off the laser accidentally. 

 Didn't you take this opportunity to replace the cooling fan of the innolight controller?

  10588   Thu Oct 9 13:29:14 2014 JenneUpdatePSLPower outage II & recovery

Quote:

 

 IFO vacuum, air condition and PMC HV are still down. PSL out put beam is blocked on the table.

 PMC is fine.  There are sliders in the Phase Shifter screen (accessible from the PMC screen) that also needed touching. 

PSL shutter is still closed until Steve is happy with the vacuum system - I guess we don't want to let high power in, in case we come all the way up to atmosphere and particulates somehow get in and get fried on the mirrors. 

  10658   Fri Oct 31 15:34:47 2014 SteveUpdatePSLPSL HEPAs are running again

Quote:

The PSL HEPA stopped working while it was running at 80%. I have closed the PSL enclosure.

Steve is working to fix this.

 The Variac burned out and it was replaced. Each unit was checked out individually. HEPA -north is still noisy at full speed.

  10724   Mon Nov 17 23:04:51 2014 JenneUpdatePSLAligned PMC

I aligned the beam into the PMC, mostly in yaw.  Don't know why it drifted, but it was annoying me, so I fixed it.

  10777   Thu Dec 11 09:11:18 2014 manasaUpdatePSLPSL FSS Slow actuator

I am not sure if people have been noticing it lately; but the slow actuator on the PSL FSS has been railing up quite often these days. I found it at >0.8 and as high as 1.5 on certain occasions before resetting it to nominal zero.

It could be because the PMC alignment needs to be tweaked. The night crew should consider doing this before starting to lock.

  10800   Mon Dec 15 22:40:09 2014 ranaSummaryPSLPMC restored

 Found that the PMC gain has been set to 5.3 dB instead of 10 dB since 9 AM this morning, with no elog entry.

SadToastFace.jpg

I also re-aligned the beam into the PMC to minimize the reflection. It was almost all in pitch.

  10848   Tue Dec 30 17:26:23 2014 ranaUpdatePSLRelaxation Osc and the NPRO Noise eater

I wonder if the variable bump around 100 kHz can be something about the NPRO and if the bump we see is the closed loop response due to the Noise Eater.

NE_Mephisto.png

This plot (from the Mephisto manual) shows the effect of the NE on the RIN, but not the frequency noise. I assume its similar since the laser frequency noise above 10 kHz probably just comes from the pump diode noise.

I went out to the PSL and turned off the NE at ~4:53 PM local time today to see what happened. Although the overall PCDRIVE signal looks more ratty, there is no difference in the spectra of ON/OFF when the PCDRIVE is low. When its noisy, I see a tiny peak around 1 MHz with NE OFF. Turned it back on after a few hours.

  10849   Tue Dec 30 20:35:59 2014 ranaSummaryPSLPMC Tune Up
  1. Calibrated the Phase Adjust slider for the PMC RF Modulation; did this by putting the LO and RF Mod out on the TDS 3034 oscope and triggering on the LO. This scope has a differential phase measurement feature for periodic signals.
  2. Calibrated the RF Amp Adj slider for the PMC RF Modulation (on the phase shifter screen)
  3. The PMC 35.5 MHz Frequency reference card is now in our 40m DCC Tree.
  4.  The LO and RF signals both look fairly sinusoidal !
  5. Took photos of our Osc board - they are on the DCC page. Our board is D980353-B-C, but there are no such modern version in any DCC.
  6. The PMC board's Mixer Out shows a few mV of RF at multiples of the 35.5 MHz mod freq. This comes in via the LO, and can't be gotten rid of by using a BALUN or BP filters.
  7. In installed the LARK 35.5 MHz BP filter that Valera sent us awhile ago (Steve has the datasheet to scan and upload to this entry). It is narrow and has a 2 dB insertion loss.

For tuning the phase and amplitude of the mod. drive:

- since we don't have access to both RF phases, I just maximized the gain using the RF phase slider. First, I flipped the sign using the 'phase flip' button so that we would be near the linear range of the slider. Then I put the servo close to oscillation and adjusted the phase to maximize the height of the ~13 kHz body mode. For the amplitude, I just cranked the modulation depth until it started to show up as a reduction in the transmission by ~0.2%, then reduced it by a factor of ~3. That makes it ~5x larger than before.

  10885   Fri Jan 9 19:18:51 2015 JenneUpdatePSLPMC realigned

A few hours ago I tweaked up the alignment to the PMC.  It was really bad in pitch, and the transmission was down to about 0.711.

  10909   Thu Jan 15 19:01:30 2015 ericqUpdatePSLPMC realigned

PMC realigned again... The transmission was down to 0.70, and the MC was having a hard time trying to autolock.

  10913   Fri Jan 16 18:09:09 2015 JenneUpdatePSLPMC autolocker not running?

Have we been running the PMC autolocker lately?  I can't remember, and I also can't find where it might be running.  It's not on megatron, either in the crontab or Q's new /etc/init place.  It's also not on op340m. 

Anyhow, what prompted this was that the PMC transmission has been incredibly fuzzy today.  On the StripTool it looks like it was fine until about -7 hours ago, when it lost lock.  Then Diego relocked it around -3 hours ago, and it's been fuzzy ever since. It was unlocked again for about 15 minutes about 45 minutes ago, and when I relocked it, it was even more fuzzy.

The FSS slow is almost exactly zero, the PMC's PZT is not at the edge of the range, the FSS PC drive RMS has been both high and low, and the PMC fuzz level has just been consistently high.  I was checking the parameters in the PMC phase shifter screen, and looked up the autolocker to see what the nominial values are supposed to be. 

For the RFADJ value, the autolocker sets it to 2.0, and after it locks increases it up to 4.5.  I found the value at 2.0, and the autolocker isn't running, which made me wonder if the autolocker died sometime after it set the value low, but before it could detect lock and reset the value to high.  (Actually, after lock it sets the value to whatever is in the channel C1:PSL-STAT_PMC_NOM_RF_ADJ, which is 4.5).

Anyhow, I manually set the RFADJ value to 4.5, and the PMC transmission immediately improved. 

 

EDIT, 8pm, JCD:  Rana reminded me that he attached a screenshot back on 30Dec2014 (http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/10849), which I had ignored earlier because the parameters weren't written in text.  My bad.  Anyhow, after the New Year's tune-up, the RFADJ should be 6.0.  I have set it so, and also changed the C1:PSL-STAT_PMC_NOM_RF_ADJ chan to be 6.0.

  10950   Wed Jan 28 17:32:26 2015 KojiUpdatePSLPMC aligned

PMC aligned.

PMC Trans increased from 0.740 to 0.782

IMC Trans increased from 16200 to 17100

  10986   Sat Feb 7 13:34:11 2015 KojiSummaryPSLISS AOM driver check

I wanted to check the status of the ISS. The AOM driver response was measured on Friday night.
The beam path has not been disturbed yet.

- I found the AOM crystal was removed from the beam path. It was left so.

- The AOM crystal has +24V power supply in stead of specified +28V.
  I wanted to check the functionality of the AOM driver.

- I've inserted a 20dB directional coupler between the driver and the crystal.
  To do so, I first turned off the power supply by removing the corresponding fuse block at the side panel of the 1X1 Rack.
  Then ZFDC-20-5-S+ was inserted, the coupled output was connected to a 100MHz oscilloscope with 50Ohm termination.
  Then plugged in the fuse block again to energize the driver box.

  Note that the oscilloscope bandwidth caused reduction the amplitude by a factor of 0.78. In the result, this has already been compensated.

- First, I checked the applied offset from a signal generator (SG) and the actual voltage at the AOM input. The SG OUT
  and the AOM control input are supposed to have an impedance of 50Ohm. However, apparently the voltage seen at the
  AOM in was low. It behaved as if the input impedance of the AOM driver is 25Ohm.
  In any case, we want to use low output impedance source to drive the AOM driver, but we should keep this in mind.

- The first attachment shows the output RF amplitude as a function of the DC offset. The horizontal axis is the DC voltage AT THE AOM INPUT (not at the SG out).
  Above 0.5V offset some non linearity is seen. I wasn't sure if this is related to the lower supply voltage or not. I'd use the nominal DC of 0.5V@AOM.

  The output with the input of 1V does not reach the specified output of 2W (33dBm). I didn't touch the RF output adjustment yet. And again the suppy is not +28V but +24V.

- I decided to measure the frequency response at the offset of 0.53V@AOM, this corresponds to the DC offset of 0.8V. 0.3Vpp oscillation was given.
  i.e. The SG out seen by a high-Z scope is V_SG(t) = 1.59 + 0.3 Sin(2 pi f t) [V]. The AOM drive voltage V_AOM(t) = 0.53 + 0.099 Sin(2 pi f t).
  From the max and min amplitudes observed in the osciiloscope, the response was checked. (Attachment 2)
  The plot shows how much is the modulation depth (0~1) when the amplitude of 1Vpk is applied at the AOM input.
  The value is ~2 [1/V] at DC. This makes sense as the control amplitude is 0.5, the applied voltage swings from 0V-1V and yields 100% modulation.

  At 10MHz the first sign of reduction is seen, then the response starts dropping above 10MHz. The specification says the rise time of the driver is 12nsec.
  If the system has a single pole, there is a relationship between the rise time (t_rise) and the cut-off freq (fc) as fc*t_rise = 0.35 (cf Wikipedia "Rise Time").
  If we beieve this, the specification of fc is 30MHz. That sounds too high compared to the measurement (fc ~15MHz).
  In any case the response is pretty flat up to 3MHz.

  10988   Sun Feb 8 21:54:50 2015 ranaSummaryPSLISS AOM driver check

This is good news. It means that the driver probably won't limit the response of the loop - I expect we'll get 20-30 deg of phase lag @ 100 kHz just because of the acoustic response of the AOM PZT + crystal.

  11127   Tue Mar 10 14:47:05 2015 manasaUpdatePSLPMC relocked

PMC was locked in a bad state. FSS slow actuator adjust was at ~ -0.7 and PZT voltage at ~45.

So I set these right by moving the appropriate sliders and relocked it. FSS slow actuator adjust brought back to zero and PZT voltage ~115. PMC trans after relock is 0.789.
 

  11141   Fri Mar 13 23:49:28 2015 ranaUpdatePSLRelaxation Osc and the NPRO Noise eater

Another thought about the mystery PCDRIVE noise: we've been thinking that it could be some slow death inside the NPRO, but it might also be a broken and intermittent thing in the MC servo or MC REFL PD.

Another possibility is that its frequency noise in the old oscillator used to drive the pre-PMC EOM (which is the Pockel Cell for the FSS). To check this, we should swap in a low noise oscillator for the PMC. I have one for testing which has 36 and 37 MHz outputs.

  11373   Wed Jun 24 08:05:43 2015 SteveUpdatePSLlaser turned on

The laser went off around 11am yesterday. It was turned on

  11560   Wed Sep 2 23:50:00 2015 ranaUpdatePSLPMC LO dying

Let's order a pair of 35.5 MHz Wenzel for this guy and package like Rich has done for the WB low noise oscillators.

WE're only sending 6 dBm into it now and its using a 13 dBm mixer. Bad for PMC stability.

Also, if anyone has pix of the servo card, please add them to the DCC page for the PMC.

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