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  13895   Tue May 29 16:33:04 2018 SteveUpdatePEMair cond filters replaced

Chris replaced some air condition filters and ordered some replacement filter today.






Yesterday morning was dusty. I wonder why?

The PRM sus damping was restored this morning.

Yesterday afternoon at 4 the dust count peaked 70,000 counts

Manasa's alergy was bad at the X-end yesterday. What is going on?

There was no wind and CES neighbors did not do anything.

Air cond filters checked by Chris. The 400 days plot show 3 bad peaks at 1-20, 2-5 & 2-19


  5407   Wed Sep 14 15:05:52 2011 steveUpdatePEMair cond maintenance

Jeff has changed our AC filters inside the lab this morning. Now he is checking on the main filters at CES.  He will finish the roof units tomorrow.

Met One #1 counter is on the top of IOO chamber.  It is measuring 1 and 0.5 micron size particles.  One year of lab condition plot below.


  6754   Tue Jun 5 14:17:14 2012 steveUpdatePEMair cond maintenance


 Air conditioning maintenance is scheduled for tomorrow from 8 to 11am

  6782   Thu Jun 7 09:52:05 2012 steveUpdatePEMair cond maintenance



 Air conditioning maintenance is scheduled for tomorrow from 8 to 11am

 Jeff checked and  replaced filters  as needed. Job completed this morning.

  10773   Wed Dec 10 14:26:13 2014 steveUpdatePEMair cond maintenance and particle plot



 AC maintenance is scheduled from 8am till 11am tomorrow morning.

 IFO air condition maintenance will continue tomorrow morning and it should be finished by 11:30AM

 We have new guys taking over this job: Sal and Chris so it takes longer. The units will be shut down for a bit.

They will not enter the IFO lab. The CES housed units will be worked on.

  10761   Mon Dec 8 09:03:49 2014 steveUpdatePEMair cond maintenance tomorrow morning


 AC maintenance is scheduled from 8am till 11am tomorrow morning.

  8314   Wed Mar 20 08:59:24 2013 SteveUpdatePEMair cond maitenance is today

 Outside air quality at 8:30am  1.1 million of 0.5 micron particles cf / min with MET counter #2

AC unit output measured  directly at the outlet of east end  6,000  and south end 3,000 of 0.5 micron particles cf / min with counter #2

Lab measurement at the top of IOOC 20K of 0.5 micron particles cf / min with MET #1

HEPA filters: 2 mobile units  at the middle of the east arm at speed 100%, PSL enclosure 20% and south end flow bench are running.

The PSL, south flow bench and mobile unit (Envirco  sn69406003 ) measured zero counts of 0.5 & 0.3 micron particles

Envirco HEPA filter unit sn 69406001 measured 50 particles of 0.5micron and 320 of 0.3 micron particles cf / min with counter #2

This filter will be replaced.


NOTE: inside air quality peaks we can not control. It depends on the weather and our house keeping.

When your work is particle sensitive keep your eyes on the particle counter.





  7744   Mon Nov 26 10:58:20 2012 SteveUpdatePEMair cond maitenance tomorrow

Air conditioning maintenance is scheduled for tomorrow morning till noon.

  8219   Mon Mar 4 11:30:47 2013 SteveUpdatePEMair cond problem


 The air cond is out of order at the area covered by racks 1 X 1  through 1 X 7

The arm X and Y AC units are working.

  2972   Mon May 24 07:53:57 2010 steveConfigurationPEMair cond. just turned ON

IFO room temp 27.5C , Please remember to turn AC back on !

  1347   Tue Mar 3 08:44:31 2009 steveUpdatePEMair cond. maintenance today
IFO room 104 air conditions will be shut down for maintenance today.
This should be finished by noon.
The temperature and particle count variation can be more than usual.
  12712   Fri Jan 13 14:18:28 2017 SteveUpdatePEMair condition fixed

The old control room AC  has been stick in heating mode for about 2 months. It's thermostate and fan belt  was finally replaced. It was calibrated and set to 71 F ( just behind 1X6 on west wall ) around 1pm.

Out belt; sad inside 

at 4 pm Rana cried

It must be too tight.

  3192   Mon Jul 12 10:23:51 2010 steveUpdatePEMair condition maintenance is today

The AC filters will be checked and/or replaced today. This means the AC will be off for sort periods of time. Temperature and particle count will be effected some what.

See 800 days plot

  13046   Wed Jun 7 10:07:00 2017 SteveUpdatePEMair condition thermostate

The Y arm ac thermostate was calibrated after cooling water relay replacement by Mike.... yesterday. The set temp is remaind to be 70F

The east end south wall temp is reading 22C

  3297   Tue Jul 27 11:43:24 2010 steveUpdatePEMair quality is bad today

The lab is at 30,000 and Pasadena air is at 1.1 e+6 particles /cf min of 0.5 micron.

  200   Wed Dec 19 11:31:01 2007 steveOmnistructurePEMaircond filter maintenance
Jeff is working on all air condiontion units of the 40m lab
This we do every six months.
  2831   Thu Apr 22 09:03:54 2010 steveOmnistructurePEMaircondition can not be turned off

Koji and I wanted to turn off the IFO-room AC so the wind would not blow on MC1-3. We could not. The switches were probably bypassed when the power transformer was replaced at the last scheduled power outage.

  3623   Wed Sep 29 18:28:32 2010 yutaUpdateComputersaldabella connects to the wireless network

 We need laptops that connect to the wireless network to use them in the lab.

 Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop
 Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01) (PCIID: 14e4:4311 (rev 01))

What I did:
1. I followed this method(Japanese!): http://www.linuxmania.jp/wireless_lan.html
 Except I installed ndiswrapper-1.56 and cabextracted sp32156.exe.
 Also, I didn't run
  # ndiswrapper -m

2. Then I did step #6 in here: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/1275
 Note that the hardware is eth1 instead of wlan0.

3. Added the following line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to make ndiswrapper load on every boot:
 /sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper

 aldabella now connects to the wireless martian network on every boot!!

 Somehow, the method that uses Broadcom official driver doesn't work.
 It returns the following error when activating eth1:
  Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    SET failed on device eth1 ; Invalid argument.
  Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    SET failed on device eth1; Invalid argument.

  3541   Tue Sep 7 23:49:08 2010 sanjitConfigurationComputersaldabella network configuration


added name server as the first entry in /etc/resolv.conf

changed the host IPs in /etc/hosts to 192.168.xxx.yyy

made: localhost.localdomain localhost

::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhos6

as the first two lines of /etc/hosts


/cvs/cds mounts

on ethernet, DNS look-up works without the explicit host definitions in /etc/hosts,

but those entries are needed for wifi only connection.


  106   Thu Nov 15 18:06:06 2007 tobinUpdateComputersalex: linux1 root file system hard disk's dying
I just noticed that Alex made an entry in the old ilog yesterday, saying: "Looks like linux1 root filesystem hard drive is about to die. The system log is full of drive seek errors. We should get a replacement IDE drive as soon as possible or else the unthinkable could happen. 40 Gb IDE hard drive will be sufficient."
  9080   Wed Aug 28 06:17:15 2013 manasaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsalias for MATLAB2010

Although Matlab 2013 has not been causing any visible trouble so far, it takes a while to startup.

I have added alias 'ml10' to bash to start Matlab 2010 from the terminal for convenience.

  3929   Tue Nov 16 03:33:22 2010 yutaUpdateIOOaligned Faraday, beam reached SM just before PRM

(Koji, Yuta)

We aligned the Faraday after MC and we are now ready to install PRM.

  MC was roughly aligned (beam spot ~0.7mm from the actuation center).
  So, we started aligning in-vac optics.
  First thing to align was the Faraday after MC3.

What we did:
  1. Ran A2L.py for confirmation.(Second from the last measurement point on the A2L result plot)

  2. Aligned the Faraday so that MC3 trans can go through it. We moved the Faraday itself, while we didn't touch IM2.
     We turned the pitch nob of the last steering mirror at PSL table in CCW slightly in order to lower the beam at the Faraday by ~1mm.

  3. During the alignment, we found that the polarization of the incident beam was wrong. It should have been S but it was P.
     As there is the HWP right before the EOM, Rana rotated it so as to have the correct polarization of S on the EOM and the MC.
     Note that the PMC and the main interferometer are configured to have P-pol while the MC is to have S-pol.

  4. Setup the video camera to monitor the entrance aperture of the Faraday. It required 4 steering mirrors to convey the image to the CCD.

  5. Moved all of the OSEMs for MC1 and MC3 so that the sensor output can have roughly half of their maxima.

  6. Ran A2L.py. (The last measurement point on the A2L result plot)

  7. Aligned the IO optics so that the beam goes Faraday -> MMT1 -> MMT2 -> SM3.


  1. OSEM sensor outputs for MC1 and MC3 are;

(V) MC1 MC3
max current value max current value
ULSEN 1.3 0.708 1.37 0.699
URSEN 1.4 0.845 1.71 0.796
LRSEN 1.45 0.743 1.77 0.640
LLSEN 1.56 0.762 1.56 0.650
SDSEN 1.67 0.801 1.59 0.821

  2. A2L result is;

     The beam position slightly got lower(~0.2mm), because we touched SM at PSL table.
     Alignment slider values changed because we moved MC1 and MC3 OSEMs.

  3. Now, MC_RFPD_DCMON is ~0.39 when MC unlocked and ~0.083 when locked.
     So, the visibility of MC is ~79% (for S-pol).

  4. Now the incident beam to the MC has S polarization, the cavity has higher finesse. This results the increased MC trans power.
     It was ~8e2 when the polarization was P, now it is ~4.2e3 when the MC is locked.

  5. The beam reached SM3 at BS table. The alignment of the SM2, MMT1, MMT2 were confirmed and adjusted.

  6. All pieces of the leftover pizza reached my stomach.

  - Install PRM to the BS chamber.
  - Align PRM and get IFO reflection beam out to the AP table

  6713   Wed May 30 01:35:15 2012 yutaUpdateGreen Lockingaligned Y arm green beam

[Jenne, Yuta]

We aligned the Y arm for IR (C1:LSC-TRY_OUT is now ~ 0.9), and aligned the green beam from the ETMY table. The Y arm green is now resonating in TEM00 mode, but we need some monitors (green trans or green refl) to maximize the coupling.

We noticed that the MC beam spot are oscillating at ~ 1 Hz, mostly in YAW.  This wasn't observable before the PMC realignment (elog #6708). We should find out why and fix it.

  6798   Tue Jun 12 01:58:33 2012 yutaUpdateGreen Lockingaligned Y arm to Y end green

[Jenne, Yuta]

We aligned Y arm to the Y end green incident beam.
We noticed two TEM00, bright and dim, so we decreased Y end laser temperature to 34.13 deg C.
It doubled the transmission of the green, and now the transmission to the PSL table is 178 uW, which is close to the maximum(197 uW) we got so far.

Current settings for Y end laser is;

  Y end laser "T+": 34.049 deg C
  Y end laser "ADJ": 0
  Y end laser measured temperature: 34.13 deg C
  Y end slow servo: on (was off)

We aligned IR beam to the Y arm by mostly adjusting PZTs and got the transmission, C1:LSC-TRY_OUT ~ 0.9.

We tried to calculate the mode-matching ratio for IR by taking TRY data while ITMY and ETMY are swinging (without ALS), but it was difficult because we see too many higher order modes.

Tomorrow, we will (1) connect the beatbox to ADC, (2) edit c1gcv model, (3) scan the arm using I-Q signals.

  1327   Thu Feb 19 23:50:31 2009 peteUpdateLockingaligned pd's on AP table

Yoichi, Peter

While continuing our efforts to lock, we noticed the procedure failed at a point it had gotten past last night:  turning on the bounce/roll filters in MICH, PRC, and SRC.  We checked the MICH transfer function and noticed that the unity gain point was ~10 Hz, well below the bounce modes.   We tried increasing the gain but found saturation, and Rob suggested that there could be misalignment on the AP table, which Steve worked on today.  We went out and found two of the PDs (ASDD133 and AS166) to be badly misaligned probably due to a bumped optic upstream.  We re-aligned.



  4016   Mon Dec 6 22:18:39 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingaligned the beam axis

 [Suresh and Kiwamu]

We aligned the green beam to the X arm cavity more carefully.

Now the green beam is hitting the centers of ETMX, ITMX and BS.

Also we confirmed that the green beam successfully comes out from the chamber to the PSL table.


(what we did)

- opened the BS, ITMX and ETMX chambers. 

- checked the positions of the beam spots on ITMX, BS and ETMX

   The spot position on ETMX was fine,

   But at BS and ITMX, the spots were off downward.

   We decided to move the beam angle by touching a steering mirror at the end green setup.

- changed the beam axis by touching the steering mirror at the end station.

- checked the spot positions again, they all became good. It looks the errors were within ~ 1mm.

- moved the position of a TT, which is sitting behind the BS, by ~10mm, because it was almost clliping the beam.

- aligned the green optics

- got the beam coming out from the chamber. 



  7658   Thu Nov 1 19:28:48 2012 JenneUpdateAlignmentaligned, AS beam on camera

After everyone else did the hard work, I moved the AS first-on-the-table steering mirror sideways a bit so the AS beam is on the center of the mirror, then steered the beam through the center of the lens, onto the 2" 99% BS.  I also moved the camera from it's normal place (the 1% transmitted through that BS) to the AS110 PD path, as we did last vent.  We'll need to put it back before we go back to high power.

  7657   Thu Nov 1 19:26:09 2012 jamieUpdateAlignmentaligned, this time without the crying

Jamie, Jenne, Nic, Manasa, Raji, Ayaka, Den

We basically walked through the entire alignment again, starting from the Faraday.  We weren't that far off, so we didn't have to do anything too major.  Here's basically the procedure we used:

  • Using PZT 1 and 2 we directed the beam through the PRM aperture and through an aperture in front of PR2.  We also got good retro-reflection from PRM (with PRM free-hanging).  This completely determined our input pointing, and once it was done we DID NOT TOUCH the PZT mirrors any more.
  • The beam was fortunately still centered on PR2, so we didn't touch PR2.
  • Using PR3 we direct the beam through the BS aperture, through the ITMY aperture, and to the ETMY aperture.  This was accomplished by loosening PR3 and twisting it to adjust yaw, moving it forward/backwards to adjust the beam translation, and tapping the mirror mount to affect the hysteresis to adjust pitch.  Surprisingly this worked, and we were able to get the beam cleanly through the BS and Y arm apertures.  Reclamped PR3.
  • Adjusted ITMY biases (MEDM) to get Michelson Y arm retro-reflecting to BS.
  • Adjusting BS biases (MEDM) we directed the beam through the ITMX and ETMX apertures.
  • Adjusted ITMX biases (MEDM) to get Michelson X arm retro-reflecting to BS.

At this point things were looking good and we had Michelson fringes at AS.  Time to align SRC.  This is where things went awry yesterday.  Proceeded more carefully this time:

  • Loosened SR3 to adjust yaw pointing towards SRM.  We were pretty far off at SRM, but we could get mostly there with just a little bit of adjustment of SR3.  Got beam centered in yaw on SR2.
  • Loosened and adjusted SR2 to get beam centered in yaw on SRM.
  • Once we were centered on SR3, SR2, and SRM reclamped SR2/SR3.
  • Pitch adjustment was the same stupid stupid jabbing at SR2/3 to get the hysteresis to stick at an acceptable place.**
  • Looked at retro-reflection from SRM.  We were off in yaw.  We decided to adjust SRM pointing, rather than go through some painful SR2/3 iterative adjustment.  So unclamped SRM and adjusted him slightly in yaw to get the retro-reflection at BS.

At this point we felt good that we had the full IFO aligned.  We were then able to fairly quickly get the AS beam back out on the AS table.

We took at stab at getting the REFL beam situation figured out.  We confirmed that what we thought was REFL is indeed NOT REFL, although we're still not quite sure what we're seeing.  Since it was getting late we decided to close up and take a stab at it tomorrow, possibly after removing the access connector.

The main tasks for tomorrow:

  • Find ALL pick-off beams (POX, POY, POP) and get them out of the vacuum.  We'll use Jenne's new Suresh's old green laser pointer method to deal with POP.
  • Find all OPLEV beams and make sure they're all still centered on their optics and are coming out cleanly.
  • Center IPPOS and IPANG
  • Find REFL and get it cleanly out.
  • Do a full check of everything else to make sure there is no clipping and that everything is where we expect it to be.

Then we'll be ready to close.  I don't see us putting on heavy doors tomorrow, but we should be able to get everything mostly done so that we're ready on Monday.

** Comment: I continue to have no confidence that we're going to maintain good pointing with these crappy tip-tilt folding mirrors.


  6789   Fri Jun 8 15:08:27 2012 yutaUpdateGreen Lockingaligned/mode-matched Y green beat setup

Laser temperature settings for Y arm green work today are;

  PSL laser temperature on display: 31.38 deg C (PSL HEPA 100%)
  C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWDC = 1.68
  Y end laser "T+": 34.049 deg C
  Y end laser "ADJ": 0
  Y end laser measured temperature: 34.13 deg C (*)

Green transmission from Y end and PSL green power on the beat PD are;

  P_Y = 28 uW
  P_PSL = 96 uW

P_Y decrease from its maximum we got (75 uW, see elog #6777) is because the alignment for Y arm green is decreased. I can see the decrease from the green reflection on ETMT camera, but I will leave it because we already have enough beat.

I aligned PSL optics, including the mode-matching lens to maximize the beat note. The beat note I got is about 26dBm.
The calculated value is -14 dBm, so we have about 75 % loss.
I measured the reflection from the PD window and its reflectivity was about 30%. We still have unknown 45% loss.

  1764   Mon Jul 20 12:35:21 2009 robConfigurationLockingalignment biases funny

I found the alignment biases for the PRM and the SRM in a funny state.  It seemed like they had been "saved" in badly misaligned position, so the restore scripts on the IFO configure screen were not working.  I've manually put them into a better alignment.

  7408   Wed Sep 19 09:32:24 2012 SteveUpdateSUSalignment centering jig

SOS alignment tool with ID 9.5 and 6.3 mm

  4044   Sat Dec 11 00:41:55 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOOalignment of IP_ANG is done

  [Jenne, Koji and Kiwamu]

 We finished a coarse alignment of IP_ANG.

 The beam for IP_ANG successfully reached to the ETMY chamber and is ready for the final alignment.

 (Additionally we again tried looking for a resonance for TEM00 in the X arm, but we obtained only flashes of some higher order modes.)

--- what we did

 * installed the steering mirrors for IP_ANG and IP_POS.

 * checked PZT1 if it worked correctly or not. It was healthy.

 * neutralized and realigned PZT1.

 * flipped a window, which is standing before PRM, because the wedged side of the window was at wrong side.

 * realigned PZT2 and checked the spot positions on the TTs.

 * repositioned more carefully the TTs and aligned them to the correct angles.

 * aligned the beam to the center of both the BS and ITMY by rotating the last TT.

 * aligned the beam more precisely by tweaking PZT2 while looking at the spot at the Y end.

         The beam is still hitting the center of ETMY.

 * aligned the steering mirror for IP_ANG while looking at the spot at the Y end.

        In fact IP_ANG is visible with a card. 

 * aligned the BS by looking at the spot on ITMX.

 * covered ETMX with aluminum foil, and made a ~1cm hole on the foil as a target.

         The hole was placed on the center of ETMX.

 * more precisely aligned the BS by looking at the spot on the aluminum foil.

         The spot was clearly visible on CCD monitor.

 * aligned the ITMX by looking at a spot on the foil. The spot represented the beam reflected by ITMX back to ETMX.

 * saw flashes on the foil but couldn't make it TEM00 because it was difficult to see any flashes on the surface of either ETMX or ITMX.

        It means the flashes are visible only when the beam is hitting some scattering surface.

        The mirror surface of the test masses are less lossy than that of the old test masses ??



  4050   Tue Dec 14 01:04:23 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSalignment of ITMs and PRM done

   The alignment of the ITMs and the PRM has been done.

 As a result their reflections now come out at the REFL port successfully. 

The vacuum work is going on well as we scheduled at the last meeting.


(plan for tomorrow) 

 - installation of ETMY

 - installation of OSEMs on ETMY

 - alignment of the beam to the center of ETMY

 - alignment of the ETMY to the beam

 - final alignment of IP_ANG

 - setting up the oplev for ETMY

 - replace one of the steering mirrors at the RFEL path by a 0 deg mirror (see here).

 - setting up POX/POY (if there are time)


(today's activity) 

 - aligned the PRM tower such that the reflected beam goes back to exactly the same path as that of the incoming beam.

 - leveled the ITMY table because the OSEMs of ITMY had been completely out of range.

 - aligned the ITMY and ITMX in order to let the reflections back to REFL.

 - with a help from Osamu, we put a CCD camera, which actually had been used as OMC_T, just after the view port on the AP table.

 - looking at the CCD monitor we were able to see the reflected lights from the ITMs. (In fact sensor cards didn't help looking for the lights.)

  - playing with the alignment of the ITMs, we easily obtained Michelson fringes, which were also visible on the CCD monitor.

  5244   Tue Aug 16 04:25:34 2011 Suresh, KiwamuUpdateSUSalignment of MC output to Y-arm using PZTs

We did several things today+night.  The final goal was to lock the PRC so that we could obtain the POX, POY and POP beams.  However there were large number of steps to get there.

1) We moved the ITMY into its place and balanced the table

2) We then aligned the Y-arm cavity to the green beam which was set up as a reference before we moved the ETMY and ITMY to adjust the OSEMS.  We had the green flashing in Y-arm

3) We checked the beam position on PR2. It was okay. This confirmed that we were ready to send the beam onto the Y arm.

4) We then roughly aligned the IR beam on ETMY where Jamie had placed an Al foil with a hole.  We got the arm flashing in both IR and green. 

5) We used the PZTs to make the green and IR beams co-incident and flashing in the Y arm.  This completed the alignment of the IR beam into the Y-arm.

6) The IPPO (pick-off) window had to be repositioned to avoid clipping.  The IPANG beam was aligned such that it exits the ETMY chamber onto the ETMY table.  It can now be easily sent to the IPANG QPD.

7) Then BS was aligned to direct the IR beam into the X-arm and had the X-arm flashing.  It had already been aligned to its green.

8) It was now the turn of the SRC.  The beam spots on all the SRC related optics were off centered.  We aligned all the optics in the AS path to get the AS beam on to the AP table.

9) The AS beam was very faint so we repositioned the AS camera to the place intended for AS11 PD, since there was a brighter beam available there. 

10) We could then obtain reflections from ITMY, ITMX and PRM at the AS camera. 

11) Problems:

      a) ITMY osems need to be readjusted to make sure that they are in mid-range.  Several are out of range and so the damping is not effective.

      b) When we tried to align SRC the yaw OSEM had to be pushed to its full range.  We therefore have to turn the SRM tower to get it back into range.

 12)  We stopped here since moving the SRM is not something to be attempted at the end of a rather long day. Kiwamu is posting a plan for the rest of the day.

  7919   Fri Jan 18 15:08:13 2013 jamieUpdateAlignmentalignment of temporary half PRC

[jenne, jamie]

Jenne and I got the half PRC flashing.  We could see flashes in the PRM and PR2 face cameras.

We took out the mirror in the REFL path on the AP that diverts the beam to the REFL RF pds so that we could get more light on the REFL camera.  Added an ND filter to the REFL camera so as not to saturate.

  7736   Wed Nov 21 01:31:37 2012 Koji, AyakaUpdateLockingalignment on ETMX table

Since the transmission beam on ETMXT camera seemed to be clipped, we checked the optics on ETMX table.

We aligned the lens so that it is orthogonal to the beam, then the beam shape looks fine.


Also we removed some an-used optics which were used for fiber input.

  7635   Sat Oct 27 23:13:12 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentalignment strategy

 Maybe we have already discarded this idea, but why not do the alignment without the MC?

Just lock the green beam on the Yarm and then use the transmitted beam through the ITMY to line up the PRC and the PZTs? I think our estimate is that since the differential index of refraction from 532 to 1064 nm is less than 0.01, using the green should be OK. We can do the same with the Xarm and then do a final check using the MC beam.

In this way, all of the initial alignment can be done with green and require no laser Goggles (close the shutter on the PSL NPRO face).

  14603   Fri May 10 18:24:29 2019 gautamUpdateNoiseBudgetaligoNB

I pulled the aligoNB git repo to /ligo/GIT/aligoNB/aligoNB. There isn't a reqs.txt file in the repo so installing the dependencies on individual workstations to get this running is a bit of a pain. I found the easiest thing to do was to setup a virtual environment for the python3 stuff, this way we can run python2 for the cdsutils package (hopefully that gets updated soon). I'm setting up a C1 directory in there, plan is to budget some subsystems like Oplev, ALS for now, and develop the code for the eventual IFO locking. As a test, I ran the H1 noise budget (./aligonb H1), works, so looks like I got all the dependencies...

  7529   Thu Oct 11 11:57:40 2012 jamieUpdateCDSall IOP models rebuild, install, restarted to reflect fixed ADC/DAC layouts


As Rolf pointed out when he was here yesterday, all of our IOPs are filled with parts for ADCs and DACs that don't actually exist in the system.  This was causing needless module error messages and IOP GDS screens that were full of red indicators.  All the IOP models were identically stuffed with 9 ADC parts, 8 DAC parts, and 4 BO parts, even though none of the actual front end IO chassis had physical configurations even remotely like that.  This was probably not causing any particular malfunctions, but it's not right nonetheless.

I went through each IOP, c1x0{1-5}, and changed them to reflect the actual physical hardware in those systems.  I have committed these changes to the svn, but I haven't rebuilt the models yet.  I'll need to be able to restart all models to test the changes, so I'm going to wait until we have a quiet time, probably next week.

I finally got around to rebuilding, installing, and restarting all the IOP models.  Everything went smoothly.  I had to restart all the models on all the screens, but everything seemed to come back up fine.  We now have many fewer dmesg error messages, and the GDS_TP screens are cleaner and don't have a bunch of needless red.

A frame builder restart was also required, due to name changes in unused (but unfortunately still needed) channels in the IOP.

  11426   Sat Jul 18 14:55:33 2015 jamieUpdateGeneralall front ends back up and running

After some surgery yesterday the front ends are all back up and running:

  • Eric found that one of the DAC cards in the c1sus front end was not being properly initialized (with the new RCG code).  Turned out that it was an older version DAC, with a daughter board on top of a PCIe board.  We suspected that there was some compatibility issue with that version of the card, so Eric pulled an unused card from c1ioo to replace the one in c1sus.  That worked and now c1sus is running happily.
  • Eric put the old DAC card into c1ioo, but it didn't like it and was having trouble booting.  I removed the card and c1ioo came up fine on it's own.
  • After all front end were back up and running, all RFM connections were dead.  I tracked this down to the RFM switch being off, because the power cable was not fully seated.  This probably happened when Steve was cleaning up the 1X4/5 racks.  I re-powered the RFM switch and all the RFM connections came back on-line
  • All receivers of Dolphin (DIS) "PCIE" IPC signals from c1ioo where throwing errors.  I tracked this down to the Dolphin cable going to c1ioo being plugged in to the wrong port on the c1ioo dolphin card.  I unplugged it and plugged it into the correct port, which of course caused all front end modules using dolphin to crash.  Once I restarted all those models, everything is back:

  5325   Tue Aug 30 14:33:52 2011 jamieUpdateCDSall front-ends back up and running

All the front-ends are now running.  Many of them came back on their own after the testpoint.par was fixed and the framebuilder was restarted.  Those that didn't just needed to be restarted manually.

The c1ioo model is currently in a broken state: it won't compile.  I assume that this was what Suresh was working on when the framebuilder crash happened.  This model needs to be fixed.

  8129   Thu Feb 21 15:21:07 2013 yutaUpdateVACall heavy doors on, started pumping down annulus

[Steve, Manasa, Jenne, Sendhil, Evan, Yuta]

We put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chamber and started pumping down from annulus.

What we did:
  1. Replaced POP55 with AS55 back, because it was not broken.
  2. Centered on AS55, REFL55, REFL11, POPDC PD.
  3. Tried to lock PRMI, but I couldn't lock even MI stably for more than 1 min. I believe this is because it was noisy this morning. But I checked again that REFL/POP/AS beams are coming out without clipping and we have some error signals.
  4. Noticed AS beam has less range in left (on AS camera), so we tweaked OM4 a little to make more room.
  6. Took pictures inside ITMX and BS chambers
  7. Put heavy doors on ITMX/ITMY/BS chambers.
  8. Started pumping down annulus.
  9. Recentered IPANG/IPPOS and oplevs on their QPDs.


  1197   Fri Dec 19 16:38:09 2008 steveUpdateLSCall optlevs centered
All optlevs were centered after full alignment.

Qpd sums are:
ETMX 12,229 counts
ITMX 9,932
ETMY 12,043
ITMY 4,362
BS 1,880
PRM 1,423
SRM 11,641
  10132   Mon Jul 7 09:46:00 2014 SteveConfigurationSUSall sus damping restored

All suspension damping restored. There had to be an earth quake.

  2036   Thu Oct 1 14:22:28 2009 robUpdateSUSall suspensions undamped



 The EQ did not change the input beam pointing. All back to normal, except MC2 wachdogs tripped again.

 Round 3 for the day of MC2 watchdogs tripping.

 I've watchdogged all the suspensions while I mess around with computers.  If no one else is using the IFO, we can leave them undamped for a couple of hours to check the resonant frequencies, as long as I don't interrupt data streams with my computer hatcheting.

  2039   Thu Oct 1 19:18:24 2009 KojiUpdateSUSall suspensions undamped

Ops. I restored the damping of the suspensions at around 16:30.




 The EQ did not change the input beam pointing. All back to normal, except MC2 wachdogs tripped again.

 Round 3 for the day of MC2 watchdogs tripping.

 I've watchdogged all the suspensions while I mess around with computers.  If no one else is using the IFO, we can leave them undamped for a couple of hours to check the resonant frequencies, as long as I don't interrupt data streams with my computer hatcheting.


  13279   Thu Aug 31 00:46:57 2017 ranaSummaryCDSallegra -> Scientific Linux 7.3

I made a 'LiveCD' on a 16 GB USB stick using this command after the GUIs didn't work and looking at some blog posts:

sudo dd if=SL-7.3-x86_64-2017-01-20-LiveCD.iso of=/dev/sdf


Debian doesn't like EPICS. Or our XY plots of beam spots...Sad!


No, not confused on that point. We just will not be testing OS versions at the 40m or running multiple OS's on our workstations. As I've said before, we will only move to so-called 'reference' systems once they've been in use for a long time.

Ubuntu16 is not to my knowledge used for any CDS system anywhere.  I'm not sure how you expect to have better support for that.  There are no pre-compiled packages of any kind available for Ubuntu16.  Good luck, you big smelly doofuses. Nyah, nyah, nyah.

K Thorne recommends that we use SL7.3 with the 'xfce' window manager instead of the Debian family of products, so we'll try it out on allegra and rossa to see how it works for us. Hopefully the LLO CDS team will be the tip of the spear on solving the usual software problems we have when we "~up" grade.

  6685   Fri May 25 17:52:08 2012 JamieUpdateComputersallegra now running Ubuntu 10.04

The last of the control room machines is now upgraded.

  1467   Fri Apr 10 01:24:08 2009 ranaUpdateComputersallegra update (sort of)

I tried to play an .avi file on allegra. In a normal universe this would be easy, but because its linux I was foiled.

The default video player (Totem) doesn't play .avi or .wmv format. The patches for this work in Suse but not Fedora. Kubuntu but not CentOS, etc.I also tried installing Kplayer, Kaffeine, mplayer, xine, Aktion, Realplay, Helix, etc. They all had compatibility issues with various things but usuallylibdvdread or some gstreamer plugin.So I pressed the BIG update button. This has now started and allegra may never recover. The auto update wouldn't work in default mode becauseof the libdvdread and gstreamer-ugly plugins, so I unchecked those boxes. I think we're going to have this problem as long as we used any kind ofadvanced gstreamer stuff for the GigE cameras (which is unavoidable).


  1007   Mon Sep 29 15:09:36 2008 steveUpdatePSLalmost 4 yrs plot of power & temps
The water chiller is normally running 1.5 C warmer than the laser head temp.
When control room temp is stable and PEM-count_temp is stable we can expect the head temp to be stable 20.0 C

PSL-126MOPA_HTEMP is running warmer in the last ~40 days

The ifo arm thermostate temp settings were raised by 2 F on 8-11-08
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