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  7660   Fri Nov 2 03:28:54 2012 ranaUpdateGeneralbronze bushing for 40m vac


Suprema- SS clear edge mirror mount 2" diameter is modified for 40m vacuum use. One left and one right handed one. It's adjustment screw housing is bronze! It is not ideal for out gassing.

It will be baked and scanned. If it passes we should use it.

We may need these to bring out some pick-off beams.

 I vote against it. We don't know about the grease inside the screw bushings - scans are not everything if adjusting the screw loosens up the grease. If we need more pick off mirrors lets just make some of the kind that we already use inside for the 2" optics.

  7667   Sat Nov 3 10:31:59 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentPOP, POX, POY, IPPOS, IPANG, REFL all coming out of vac

  That's good, but I request two things:

1) Check that the REFL beam is coming from the HR surface and not the AR surface. The real REFL beam should have as much power as the Faraday output. And where does the AR surface reflection go?

2) Use frame grabber to get as many images of the spot positions on the mirrors as is reasonable. Don't endanger bumping the tables again, but take what images can be gotten by remote camera views.

  7678   Wed Nov 7 07:11:10 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentAlignment- POY and oplevs. photos.

The way to usually do image subtraction is to:

1) Turn off the room lights.

2) Take 500 images with no beam.

3) Use Mean averaging to get a reference image.

4) Same with the beam on.

5) Subtract the two averaged images. If that doesn't work, I guess its best to just take an image of the green beam on the mirrors using the new DSLR.

  7686   Wed Nov 7 23:22:45 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentJamie's tip tilt proposal

 With Picos, we lose the ability to dither the input beam as well as align the beam with the IFO locked. And the active TT will still have hysteresis, but also actuators. Once in vacuum, I'm not sure how we adjust them - what's the error signal for PR2/PR3 ?

If the interferometer is aligned, why not just pump down now? I'm not sure that we have evidence of TT hysteresis issues once people stop touching them.

  7731   Tue Nov 20 11:40:19 2012 ranaConfigurationGreen LockingEnd table upgrade for auxiliary green laser : ETMX layout on new table



  1. No more mounts using the 1" dia. pedestal / fork technology.
  2. No more mounts using the 1/2" post / post holder technology. Both of these are loose, weak, and cause noise.
  3. All steerable mirror mounts which carry the important sensing beams should use steel mounts (e.g. Polaris from Thorlabs). Aluminum mirror mounts are not to be used.
  4. The mounts must be mounted to a 3/4" steel post (these are the custom ones we used in the PSL; Steve should get some more of them made).
  5. The post is then mounted on an aluminum base (The BA2 or BA3 (2" x 3" aluminum) from Thorlabs is OK. The 1" x 3" ones are not). These must be fastened to the table using 2 screws, each with a SS washer.


  7739   Sat Nov 24 13:58:07 2012 ranaUpdateLSCcalibration of arms

For the loop diagnosis, its best to use the method of "IN1/IN2", rather than manipulate the close loop gain. In this way, you can directly plot the swept sine measurement from DTT as the open loop gain.

Also, for reporting calibration, we should all try to record the current settings better. Anything that may change the loop gain should be recorded along with the Bode plot and the DATA must be posted to the elog - no more of just posting plots.

We need to know, e.g.

  1. what is the power in the arms?
  2. are the LSC whitening filters on?
  3. are the SUS dewhitening filters on?
  4. What normalization is being used in the LSC?
  5. What digital filters are on in the X/YARM loop filter bank?

Resistance is feudal.

  7742   Mon Nov 26 10:06:51 2012 ranaSummaryIOOMC slides from 2002
  7758   Wed Nov 28 21:42:21 2012 ranaFrogsComputer Scripts / Programsdataviewer font error

An error this evening on rossa: dataviewer not working due to some font errors:

controls@rossa:~ 0$ dataviewer
Connecting.... done
Warning: Not all children have same parent in XtManageChildren
Warning: Not all children have same parent in XtManageChildren
Warning: Not all children have same parent in XtManageChildren
Warning: Not all children have same parent in XtManageChildren
Warning: Not all children have same parent in XtManageChildren
    Name: FilterText
    Class: XmTextField
    Character '\52' not supported in font.  Discarded.

    Name: FilterText
    Class: XmTextField
    Character '\56' not supported in font.  Discarded.

    Name: FilterText
    Class: XmTextField
    Character '\170' not supported in font.  Discarded.



  7768   Fri Nov 30 14:21:18 2012 ranaHowToComputer Scripts / ProgramsThe mystery of PDFs and you. As deep as the mystery of Rasputin.

This is how to post PDF:

From DTT, print the plot as a postscript file.

Then use ps2pdf to make a archival PDF version (the flag is the key!). Example:

ps2pdf -dPDFX /home/controls/Desktop/darm.ps

  7773   Sat Dec 1 13:56:38 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentBS chamber


 Whoever was working around the BS chamber at 11 AM on Friday should admit it now and take the punishment.

For those of you who like to do work on the interferometer without reporting it in the elog because you think that what you did doesn't affect anything, this is your example of how our time can be wasted by such laziness.

  7779   Tue Dec 4 01:43:37 2012 ranaUpdatePSLPMC calibration for MC_F calibration

  If you can't find the PMC sidebands in the transmission, its because the SNR is too small.

It may be a better idea to look at the PMC error signal, since the DC signal there is suppressed by the demodulation.

  7791   Wed Dec 5 09:42:46 2012 ranaOmnistructureComputersnew (beta) version of NDS2 installed on control room machines

NDS2 is not designed for non DQ channels - it gets data from the frames, not through NDS1.

For getting the non-DQ stuff, I would just continue using our NDS1 compatible NDS mex files (this is what is used in mDV).

  7792   Wed Dec 5 09:53:01 2012 ranaUpdateWienerFilteringThe microphones and the speaker on the AP table

  Don't try to re-invent the mic mount: just copy the LIGO mic mount for the first version.

  7796   Fri Dec 7 00:08:39 2012 ranaUpdateAlignmentc1ass


 This looks like a good performance tuning for these. It would be good if you can codify this procedure in the wiki so that even unexperienced people can tune up the system after reboots or vacuum work.

Is it possible to have some python scripts automatically measure and set the phases and matrices? If so, can we also run them iteratively so that after the second run we can confirm that they have converged? Then the script can output a short report of numbers telling us how well the system is now tuned.

I suppose that there is also a similar system possible to align the arms in a continuous way; i.e. low level drives and very low bandwidth. Also something fast / slow for the the DRMI.

  7802   Sun Dec 9 17:51:53 2012 ranaUpdateLSCbeam inside DRMI is clipping on PR3 Tip-Tilt


 Some explanation of how you define power buildup please. Also some plots showing the evidence.

  7819   Thu Dec 13 01:49:53 2012 ranaUpdatePEMseismometers


I've installed Guralp readout box back and it turned out that it does not work with voltage provided from the rack (+13.76 0 -14.94).  +/-12 voltage regulators inside the box convert it to -0.9 0 -12. I've connected the box to +/-15 DC voltage supply to measure seismic motion at the ETMY table. Readout box works fine with +/- 15.

Seismic noise on the ETMY table measured to be a few times higher then on the floor in horizontal direction in the frequency range 50 - 200 Hz. Attached are compared spectrums of X, Y and Z motions.

 Looking at the PEM BLRMS, I noticed that the GUR1Z channel had a much reduced microseism compared to the GUR1X. Looking at the BLRMS screens everything seems ON, although its a mess (too many filters in the banks, etc. - clean this up, PEM people).

 Looking at the Z channel in DTT, I see that the Z spectra looks double high pass filtered below ~1 Hz.     Needs some attention in the daytime.

From Den and Ayaka's elog entry from Nov 29, its clear that this problem is there at that time. It seems that the seismometer was not even hooked up before then. Perhaps Tara returned the seismometer around Thanksgiving and then someone here hooked it up but neglected to log this work? If so, please make an elog now describing the installation of this sensor at the 40m and log any future work which takes place at the 40m lab even if you think it is inconsequential.

  7832   Fri Dec 14 09:31:59 2012 ranaUpdateLSCHigh frequency noise in AS signal

This is NOT calibrated. Its sort of calibrated in the 500-1000 Hz area, but does not correctly use the loop TF or the cavity pole.

As for the noise, remember that the whole point of changing the AS whitening gain was to turn on the whitening filter AFTER locking. With the WF OFF, there's no way that you can surpass the ADC noise limit.


I calibrated the AS error signal into the displacement of the YARM cavity in the same way as I did before (elog).

  7841   Mon Dec 17 19:47:15 2012 ranaUpdatePEMSeismic StripTool config updated

I have updated the Seismic Striptool display which is plotted on the wall in the control room. Please take a look and make comments. We should finalize it and not change it anymore.

By having an unchanging display, we can get used to small changes in the seismic environment which disrupt our locking.

  1. y-scale is now linear; the log-scale was suppressing the factor of 2-3 variations which are important to us.
  2. Just as the rainbow does, the colors now go from red to purple to represent the noise from 0.1 - 30 Hz: the red traces are 0.1-0.3 Hz, the green/yellow traces are 0.3-3 Hz, and the blue/purple traces are 3-30 Hz.
  3. This is just showing GUR1. Let's try to keep this seismometer working so that we can have some long term record of the seismicity here. This means don't click off the buttons, disconnect the sensor, reboot the machine, etc. When you do do these things, elog them.
  7844   Mon Dec 17 21:41:30 2012 ranaSummarySUSBeCu wire

Just in case we want to retrofit the Tip/Tils with Beryllium Copper wire, here are links to a few sources which have a supply of the right composition and temper:






I don't think its worth it to do something to modify them unless we get a real reduction in the hysteresis - need a benchtop test setup ASAP.

  7859   Wed Dec 19 20:18:51 2012 ranaUpdateComputersWe are Changing the Passwerdz next week----

Be Prepared


  7866   Thu Dec 20 19:46:20 2012 ranaConfigurationEnvironmentControl Room Projector



  7873   Thu Jan 3 19:19:59 2013 ranaHowToElectronicscable racks

Today I found 3 power cables in the orange Pomona cable tray, put in so that the cables were damaged and therefore dangerous.

Please think about what you are doing before doing it. Damaging these things because your are in a hurry or frustrated will just waste our time and damage our interferometer.

For reference, we only use the thick blue Pomona racks for power cables. We use the orange and black ones for thinner cables. Pay attention and keep the cables organized.

Cable Rack Selection


  7875   Fri Jan 4 13:23:10 2013 ranaUpdateElectronicsPhotodiode transimpedance

You have to correct this transimpedance ratio by correcting for the different levels of DC photocurrent in the two devices.

For the dark noise, you must always include a trace showing the noise of the measurements device (i.e. the analyzer noise must be less than the dark PD noise) with the same input attenuation setting.

  7879   Mon Jan 7 19:23:19 2013 ranaUpdateElectronicsJamie's 1811 PS from 1998

  1. Front Panel switch supplies power, but does not light up - its unsafe as is. Needs new switch.
  2. Output has current limiting (which is nice) and schematic inside the box (which is very nice).
  3. Output voltage is not filtered or regulated ? LM7812 / 7912 would do the trick - or pick a PS with 18V outputs to reg down to 15 V.
  4. Box needs rubber feet.
  5. Overall B-

Also, we still need to get a 32GB SD card for the new camera. It only has an 8GB one.

  7900   Tue Jan 15 01:41:40 2013 ranaUpdateSUSTT

 That seems like easily enough range; as long as we can put the TT into the middle of their range to start with we should be OK.

We should consider instrumenting the leakage transmission through all TT with a bare QPD on a stick. We can then use those sensors to monitor the spot positions within the input mirrors as well as the PRC / SRC.

  7909   Wed Jan 16 20:27:16 2013 ranaUpdateLockingExpected PRC gains

Why would we use such a bad optic in our recycling cavity? Is 1.5% the spec for these mirrors? Is this the requirement that Kiwamu calculated somehow? Did anyone confirm this measurement?

I can't believe that we'll have low noise performance in a RC where we dump so much power.

  7921   Sat Jan 19 16:02:28 2013 ranaOmnistructureElectronicsPS cleanup

During our 'Women in Physics' tours today, we were reminded that there are several bench power supplies being used as permanent inside.

Some are being used to power PZTs, AOMs, VCOs, RFPDs, etc. On Wednesday, after the meeting, we will all go inside and remove one and replace it with a fused, professional wiring to the rack power supplies. The temporary ones must be removed.

  7922   Sat Jan 19 18:23:31 2013 ranaUpdateComputersAll front ends but c1lsc are down

After sshing into several machines and doing 'sudo shutdown -r now', some of them came back and ran their processes.

After hitting the reset button on the RFM switch, their diagnostic lights came back. After restarting the Dolphin task on fb:

"sudo /etc/init.d/dis_networkmgr restart"

the Dolphin diagnostic lights came up green on the FE status screen.

iscex still wouldn't come up. The awgtpman tasks on there keep trying to start but then stop due to not finding ADCs.


Then power cycled the IO Chassis for EX and then awtpman log files changed, but still no green lights. Then tried a soft reboot on fb and now its not booting correctly.

Hardware lights are on, but I can't telnet into it. Tried power cycling it once or twice, but no luck.

Probably Jamie will have to hook up a keyboard and monitor to it, to find out why its not booting.


P.S. The snapshot scripts in the yellow button don't work and the MEDM screen itself is missing the time/date string on the top.

  7943   Thu Jan 24 16:34:56 2013 ranaUpdateGeneralLaseroptik mirror - SN6

  I have two questions:

1) Are we sure that the T measurement is not being compromised by some systematic? i.e. some leakage is making the apparent T appear too high.

2) IF the T is really so high, how should we decide whether or not to use this one rather than the G&H? Is the 532 nm property more important than the high recycling gain?

  7979   Thu Jan 31 22:14:11 2013 ranaSummaryASCOptics lit

 Gouy not Guoy:


pronounced Goo-eee, with the emphasis on the second syllable.

  7988   Fri Feb 1 23:52:59 2013 ranaUpdateLockingPRM/PR2 cavity

 Very exciting result, if true. I suppose we should try to reconfirm this result by doing another phase map of PRM03.

Is it possible that PR2 is not flat? How would we test to see if the tip-tilt frame screw gives it a curvature? Perhaps we can check with COMSOL.

  8015   Wed Feb 6 19:59:35 2013 ranaUpdateLockingPRC cavity gains

  Getting closer, but need to use the real measured AR reflectivity values, not the 1500 ppm guess. These should be measured at the correct angles and pol, using an NPRO.

  8029   Fri Feb 8 00:23:33 2013 ranaSummaryGeneralPRC/arm mode matching calculations


 I would guess that either flipping PR2 or PR3 would give nearly the same effect (g = 0.9) and that flipping both makes it even more stable (smaller g). But what we really need is to see the cavity scan / HOM resonance plot to compare the cases.

The difference of 0.5% in mode-matching is not a strong motivation to make a choice, but sensitivity to accidental HOM resonance of either the carrier or f1 or f2 sidebands would be. Should also check for 2*f2 and 2*f1 resonances since our modulation depth may be as high as 0.3. Accidental 2f resonance may disturb the 3f error signals.

  8051   Sat Feb 9 19:34:34 2013 ranaUpdateOpticsG&H - AR Reflectivity


 Use the trick I suggested:

Focus the beam so that the beam size at the detector is smaller than the beam separation. Use math to calculate the beam size and choose the lens size and position. You should be able to achieve a waist size of < 0.1 mm for the reflected beam.

  8096   Sun Feb 17 19:27:19 2013 ranaUpdateSUSPRM coil balanced

 I will check out the AS55 situation tomorrow. Just put it on my desk.

MC Autolocker was disabled - I enabled it.

For the F2P.py, you should look at how we did this with the script written 8 years ago in csh. There we stored the initial values in a file (so they don't get blow away if someone does CTRL-C). Your python script should have a trap for SIGINT so that it dies gracefully by restoring the initial values. In order to have the smooth value adjustment, you must first set the TRAMP field for all the coil gains to 2 and then switch. Make sure that the lockin ignores the first few seconds of data after making this switch or else it will be hugely biased by this transient.

For the PRM OL use as a F2A reference, you also have to take into account that the OL beam is hitting the PRM surface at non-normal incidence. IF it is a large angle, there will be a systematic error in the setting of the F2Y values.

  8120   Wed Feb 20 19:58:59 2013 ranaUpdateAlignmentBS table oplev re-arranged

Please confirm the SRM OL beam is not too bad and also find where the mis-aligned SRM puts its beam. WE want to be sure that there is not too much unwanted scattering from SRM into the PRFPMI.

  8123   Wed Feb 20 21:12:37 2013 ranaUpdateAlignmentclipping centering checklist


 Is the beam going towards the OMC going to cause backscatter because of uncontrolled OMC or can we park that beam somewhere dark?

  8132   Thu Feb 21 18:10:13 2013 ranaUpdateSEIPump Down misalignments

This plot shows the trend of the OL during the past several hours of roughing pumping.

The big steps at the start of the pump down is NOT due to the pumping, but is instead the "recentering" that Yuta did. Looks like he was unable to find zero on the ETMY.

Some of the rest of the drift is probably just the usual diurnal variation, but there does seem to be some relation to the pumping trend. I guess that the shift of ~0.3 in the ITMX and ITMY pitch is real and pressure related.

We need to figure out how to put the OL calibration factor into the SUS-OL screens.


  8147   Sat Feb 23 15:46:16 2013 ranaUpdateComputerscrontab in op340m updated

According to Google, you can add a line in the crontab to backup the crontab by having the cronback.py script be in the scripts/ directory. It needs to save multiple copies, or else when someone makes the file size zero it will just write a zero size file onto the old backup.

  8153   Sun Feb 24 16:49:00 2013 ranaSummaryElectronicsReplacement for the AD743: OPA140 and OPA827

  This looks pretty good already. Not sure if we can even measure anything reasonable below 0.1 Hz without a lot of thermal shielding.

The 10-20 kHz oscillation may just be the loop shape of the opamp. I think you saw similar effects when using the AD743 with high impedance for the OSEM testing.

  8154   Sun Feb 24 17:54:34 2013 ranaUpdateSUSSUS Summary


 I asked John Z to talk with Jamie and then install a new NDS2 server software for us. Jamie may know if this happened or was foiled by the linux1 RAID failure.

In any case, our pyNDS stuff ought to be able to talk to NDS2 or our old NDS1 stuff, I hope.

  8158   Mon Feb 25 17:58:28 2013 ranaUpdateAlignmentY arm locked, both colors


 That's good news. I was ready to give up and say we should vent and remove the baffles. It will be interesting if you can find out how much the sensors and OL and IPANG are off from their pre-pump values. We should think about how to have better references.

Also, what is the story with the large drift we are seeing in IPANG?

  8191   Wed Feb 27 20:10:43 2013 ranaUpdateLockingDRFPMI flashes


 If its true that there have been large flashes, then there indeed might be beer. But first I'd have to see a calibrated plot. And make sure that the flashes are not overamplified due to a whitening filter imbalance.

Is it the readout of a PD with no whitening/antiwhitening? IF so, its much easier to believe.

  8195   Wed Feb 27 23:19:54 2013 ranaUpdateSummary PagesMultiprocessing Implementation

  At first I thought that this was goofy, but then I logged in and saw that Megatron only has 8GB of RAM. I guess that used to be cool in the old days, but now is tiny (my laptop has 8 GB of RAM). I'll see if someone around has some free RAM for a 4600; in the meantime, I've killed a MEDM that was running on there and using up a few hundred MB.

Run your ssh-MEDMs elsewhere or else I'll make a cronjob to kill them periodically.

  8210   Sat Mar 2 00:09:31 2013 ranaUpdateLSCXarm oscillation stopped

  Don't use resonant gain - it can lead to a loop instability since it makes the loop have 3 UGFs.

Just use a elliptic bandstop filter at this harmonic frequency separately for each test mass. There are many detailed examples of this in elog entries from Rob and I over the past ~10 years. This bandstop should get clicked on automatically after lock acquisition.

  8211   Sat Mar 2 00:23:19 2013 ranaSummaryCOCPhase Maps measured of the ATF flat mirrors

I took the two 'flat' 2" mirrors over to Downs and Garilynn showed me how to measure them with the old Wyko machine.

The files are now loaded onto our Dropbox folder - analysis in process. From eyeball, it seems as if the RoCs are in the neighborhood of ~5 km, with the local perturbations giving ~10-15 km of curvature depending upon position (few nm of sage over ~1 cm scales)

Koji's matlab code should be able to give somewhat more quantitative answers...

Ed: Here you are. "0966" looks good. It has RoC of ~4km. "0997" has a big structure at the middle. The bump is 10nmPV (KA)


  8213   Sat Mar 2 14:52:02 2013 ranaUpdateLSCstable lock of PRMI

  Whereas the sensing matrix coefficients for ITMX/ITMY in REFL_I indicate an actuation imbalance, the disparity in the ITMX/ITMY to AS_Q elements does not. However, they do indicate why there is a PRM to AS_Q coupling at all.

I would recommend setting up the triggering so that the REFL & AS whitening is turned on AFTER lock acquisition and using a frequency of ~100-300 Hz for the sensing matrix measurement to fix these issues.

  8217   Mon Mar 4 09:55:33 2013 ranaUpdateLSCLSC whitening triggering started

  How about posting a logic flow diagram? Is the idea to trigger only on the power signals to determine the lock state? Is the hysteresis going to be done in the same way as the main filter bank triggers?

  8326   Thu Mar 21 12:33:51 2013 ranaUpdateComputersFixed

Please stop power cycling computers. This is not an acceptable operation (as Jamie already wrote before). When you don't know what to do besides power cycling the computer, just stop and do something else or call someone who knows more. Every time you kill the power to a computer you are taking a chance on damaging it or corrupting some hard drive.

In this case, the right thing to do would be to hook up the external keyboard and monitor directly to c1sus to diagnose things.


  8337   Mon Mar 25 15:24:41 2013 ranaUpdateLockingTT1 drift


 I doubt that it has truly disappeared. Can you please make a measurement of it and quantify the hysteresis using some angle sensor?

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