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  709   Mon Jul 21 19:48:57 2008 SharonUpdate how tp restart C1ASS
How to restart C1ASS:

1. reboot
2. as root: caltech/target/c1ass:> ./startass
3. no need for root: burtgooey

that's it...
  7776   Mon Dec 3 07:40:00 2012 SteveHowToAlignmenthow was the BS chamber misalinged



 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.

 I'm taking full responsibility for this action and I told them after lunch Friday.



The BS isolation stack  supported by two beam tubes and they can pivot around the pivot point.

Attachment 1: BSsupport.jpg
  6235   Fri Jan 27 17:16:05 2012 kiwamuUpdateLSChypothetical glitch scenario

Here is a hypothetical scenario which could make the glitches in the LSC error signals. It can be considered as a 4 step phenomenon.

        (1) up conversion noise due to a large motion at 3 Hz

   => (2) rms level exceeds the line width (a.k.a. linear range) in some LSC sensors

   => (3) unlocks some of the DOFs  in a moment

   => (4) glitches due to the short unlock.

- - plan  - -

 In order to check this hypothesis the low finesse PRMI must serve as a good test configuration.

What I will do is to gradually decrease the offset in MICH such that the finesse of PRMI becomes higher.

And at each different finesse I will check the spectra, glitch rate, and etc.

Quote from #6231

        Low finesse PRMI      

In this configuration NO glitches ( a high speed signal with an amplitude of more than 4 or 5 sigma) were found when it was locked.

Is it because I didn't use AS55 ?? or because the finesse is low ??

Also, as we have already known, the up conversion noise (#6212) showed up -- the level of the high frequency noise are sensitive to the 3 Hz motion.

  13934   Fri Jun 8 14:40:55 2018 c1lscUpdateCDSi am dead
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  8394   Tue Apr 2 20:52:35 2013 ranaUpdateComputersiMac bashed

 I changed the default shell on our control room iMac to bash. Since we're really, really using bash as the shell for LIGO, we might as well get used to it. As we do this for the workstations, some things will fail, but we can adopt Jamie's private .bashrc to get started and then fix it up later.

  6765   Wed Jun 6 14:17:56 2012 steveUpdateComputersiMac ordered

Rana, Steve,


from Apple Store on line

  • $2,139.00

27-inch iMac

  • Part number: Z0M6


  • 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x4GB
  • 1TB Serial ATA Drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB GDDR5
  • Apple Mouse
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
  • Accessory Kit
  11081   Fri Feb 27 01:59:57 2015 ranaHowToLSCiPython Notebook for LSC Sensing Matrix

I have adapted one of Evan's python scripts into an ipython notebook for calculating our PRMI sensing matrix - the work is ~half done.

The script gets the data from the various PD channels (like REFL33_I) and demdoulates it at the modulation frequencies. At the moment its using just the sensing channels, but with the recent addition of the SUS-LSC_OUT_DQ channels, we can demod the actuation channels as well and not have to hand code the exc amplitudes and the basolute phase. Please ignore the phase for the moment.

The attached PDF shows the demod (including lowpass) outputs for a 2 minute stretch of PRMI locked on f2. Next step is to average these numbers and make the radar plots with the error bars. The script is scripts/LSC/SensingMatrix/PRMIsensMat.ipynb and is in the SVN now.

** along the way, I noticed that the reason this notebook hasn't been working since last night is that someone sadly installed a new anaconda python distro today  without telling anyone by ELOG. This new distro didn't have all the packages of the previous one.no I've updated it with astropy and uncertainties packages.

I've fixed the Radar plot making part, so that's now included too. The radial direction is linear, so you can see from the smearing of the blobs that the uncertainty is represented in the graphics due to each measurement being a small semi-transparent dot. Next, we'll put the output of the statistics on the plot: mean, std, and kurtosis.

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  11084   Fri Feb 27 11:20:49 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsiPython Notebook for LSC Sensing Matrix

** along the way, I noticed that the reason this notebook hasn't been working since last night is that someone sadly installed a new anaconda python distro today  without telling anyone by ELOG. This new distro didn't have all the packages of the previous one.no I've updated it with astropy and uncertainties packages.

My bad, sorry! 

Yesterday, I was trying to install a package with anaconda's package manager, conda, but it was crashing in some weird way. I wasn't able to fix it, which led me to create a fresh installation. 

  4742   Wed May 18 18:48:46 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsidentification of RFPD interface cables

[Haixing / Kiwamu]

 As a part of the Wednesday's cabling work, we spent some times for identifying the RFPD interface cables.

The RFPD interface cables are made of a 15 pin flat cable, containing DC power conductors for the RFPDs and the DC signal path.

The list below is the status of the interface cables.


- - - - RFPD name, (cable status) - - - -

- REFL11 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL33 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL55 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL165 (no cable found)

- AS55 (identified and labeling done)

- AS165 (identified and labeling done)

- POP22/110 (identified and labeling done)

- POX11 (identified and labeling done)

- POY11 (identified and labeling done)

- POY55 (identified and labeling done)

We still have two cables which are not yet identified. Their heads are around the LSC rack and labeled 'unidentified'

  7676   Tue Nov 6 18:39:16 2012 DenUpdatedigital noiseifo checking system

Matlab version of ifo digital noise estimation code is almost ready. It estimates digital noise introduced by each filter bank in each model. I'm waiting for NDS group to complete function to download online data to Matlab. Now code downloads data from the past that is not great because not all _IN1 channels are recorded and some of them are recorded at lower frequencies.

There might be some useful functions in this code for other applications as I've heard during the meetings. This is what it does

  • reads model names from the input list
  • for each model
    • finds corresponding Foton file and extracts modules with sos filters and sampling rate of the model
    • finds corresponding MDL file and makes a search for subsystems with "top_names" tag and "biquad=1" tag
    • creates _IN1 channel names using module names and subsystems with "top_names" tag
    • for each channel inside the model
      • reads filter bank parameters (which filters are ON, switches, limit, offset...)
      • downloads data
      • calculates output and estimates digital noise
      • checks that output is less them limit if it is on
      • reports if something is wrong

NDS group plans to release the function to download online data this week. Hopefully, it will be possible to download ~30 channels at a time. Code will need a few minutes of data for each channel. So it will be possible to check the whole ifo during the night.

At this point I've checked 40m using DQ channels. We have ~40 IN1_DQ channels with non-empty filter banks. These are osems channels. Digital noise is low for them.

  1219   Fri Jan 9 09:14:17 2009 steveUpdatePEMifo is recovered after eq
There is no obvious damage from last night earth quake.
All sus dampings were turned on, MC locked and the arms locked right on
Attachment 1: eq4.5sb.jpg
  11322   Sat May 23 22:43:10 2015 ericqUpdateGeneralifo recovery log

Running train-of-thought elog:

East N2 cylinder found empty, replaced. West is >2kpsi

Removed Yuta-specific code from damprestore. A grep for 'yuta' in the python files within /scripts/ shows some other occurances, but nothing that is really in use at this time. New feature of damprestore.py: remembers oplev status.

Ran LSCoffsets. 

WFS offsets relieved (all <20).

Adjusted FSS offset to minimize MC_FAST_MON

ASS ran (but the arm alignment has been astoundingly stable lately. I haven't touched it all this week)

ITMX is the only optic that got a correction over 20 counts. 

BS and *TM oplev spots look well centered, except for ITMX. 

I undid the gain reduction rana introduced because X ASS seemed to be really slow. It is currently fine in its older state. What's going on here?

Some network latency stuff is going on, even freezing up terminals when trying to write text files. This may (or may not) be correlated with the summary page rysnc jobs on nodus. It occurs to me that we have a DAQ ethernet network seperate from the martian network, but the frame transfers need to go through the martian network, since nodus is the only way out to the outside world. If we had a machine/gateway directly from the DAQ network to the caltech network, the martian network wouldn't get bogged down when frames are being uploaded

GTRY = 0.55, ok. Aligned GTRX to 0.52, also ok

Y beatnote was found easily. Have spent >30 minutes looking for X green beatnote. Typical FSS slow and X temperature ranges don't seem to be giving much. Will check the beat alignment with a scope, but if the beat is too high to begin with, it may not work...

I suspect a problem with the X Green BBPD

I could see the IR beatnote between the PSL and AUX X lasers at the input to the frequency counter. (I believe it is a real beatnote because it reacted as expected to the end temperature moving, and stabilizing the end laser to the arm). However, when placing the IR beatnote at a frequency which should've made the green beatnote visible on an analyzer and/or scope, no beatnote was found. I played with the beat alignment to no avail; the DC output of the BBPD behaved as expected, but I never saw anything in the RF output or on the control room analyzer. sad I also checked the beatnote signal chain by hooking up a 1mV 26MHz signal into the cable that hooks up to the RF out of the BBPD; the signal showed up clearly on the control room analyzer. 

I'm not sure what may have happened. ELOG 9996 may be related. 

I'm calling it a night. 

  11326   Wed May 27 02:53:57 2015 ericqUpdateGeneralifo recovery log

Given my suspicion of fault with the X Green BBPD, Koji generously provided me with another one that he had confirmed to be working. 

However, I turns out I was mistaken. With the existing BBPD, I did indeed witness a beat in the RF output, but it is somehow something like 20dBm smaller than it should be. This is why I missed it the other night. Here's a video of a RF output on a scope, wherein the beat is only barely visible because I've set the trigger level very low. I could not make the beatnote any larger through any alignment motions; I had gotten to this point by doing near/far field overlap on the PSL table. 

I'm not sure what could have caused this. Mode mismatch? By eye, the beam spots looked about the same in the near and far fields, and we haven't had to touch the mode matching in quite some time... I've given up on trying to solve this for tonight. 

Just for kicks, I hooked up the fiber PD IR beatnotes as inputs to the ALS DFD. The X beat is too small to even really see above the control room analyzer's noise floor, but the Y beat looked big enough. With the arms locked on IR, the phase tracker output RMS was a few kHz, so not even worth thinking about any further. Not so surprising. 

Finally, I put back / hooked up everything in its nominal state. 

  705   Mon Jul 21 10:00:42 2008 steveUpdatePEMifo room temp
Five years of temp trend with 5 C fluctuation. The campus chilled water supply was upgraded ~ 1 year ago.

I requested our thermostats to be calibrated.
Attachment 1: temp5y.jpg
  11321   Fri May 22 18:09:58 2015 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsifoCoupling

I've started working on a general routine to measure noise couplings in our interferometers. Often this is done with swept sine measurements, but this misses the nonlinear part of the coupling, especially if the linear part is alreay reduced through some compensation or feedforward scheme. Rana suggested using a series of narrow band-limited noise injections. 

The structure I'm working on is a python script that uses the AWG interface written by Chris W. to create the excitations. Afterwards, I calculate a series of PSD estimates from the data (i.e. a spectrogram), and apply a two-sample, unequal variance, t-test to test for statisically significant increases in the noise spectra to try and evaluate the nonlinear contriubutions to the noise. I've started a git repository at github.com/e-q/ifoCoupling with the code. 

So far, I've tested one such injection of noise coupling from the ETMX oplev error point to the single arm length error signal. It's completely missing the user interface and structure to do a general series of measurements, but this is just organizational; I'm trying to get the math/science down first. 

Here's a result from today:

Median, instead of the usual mean, PSDs are used throughout, to reject outliers/glitches.

The linear part of the coupling can be estimated using the coherence / spectrum height in the excitation band, but I'm not sure what the best what to present/paramerize the nonlinear parts of each individaul excitation band's result is.

Also, I anticipate being able to write an excitation auto-leveling routine, gradually increasing the exctiation level until the excited spectrum is some amount  noisier than the baseline spectrum, up to some maximum amount configurable by the user. 

The excitation shaping could probably be improved, too. It's currently and elliptic + butterworth bandpass for a sharp edge and rolloff. 

I'm open to any thoughts and/or suggestions anyone may have!

Attachment 1: ETMX_PIT_L_coupling.png
  11325   Tue May 26 19:57:11 2015 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsifoCoupling

Looks like a very handy code, especially with the real statistical tests.

I would make sure to use much smaller excitation amplitudes. Since the coupling is nonlinear, we expect that its only a good noise budget estimator when the excitation amplitude is less than a factor of 3 above the quiesscent excitation.

  9346   Tue Nov 5 16:47:19 2013 ranaFrogsLSCillegal power supply about to expire

 Is this your illegally installed HP bench power supply?


If so, or if not but you care about the signal that passes through these amplifiers, I suggest you remove this temporary power supply and wire the power from the rack power supplies through the fuse blocks and possibly use a voltage regulator.

In 24 hours, that power supply will be disconnected and the wires snipped if they are still there.

  9348   Tue Nov 5 17:12:48 2013 JenneFrogsLSCillegal power supply about to expire


 Is this your illegally installed HP bench power supply?

 Steve has promised to add another row of fuses to the LSC rack first thing in the morning.  Then, during Wednesday Chores, we can move the wires from the power supply to the fused power.

STEVE:  NEVER MIND about doing this in the morning.  Let's chat at the lunch meeting about what needs to be done to power things down, then back up again, in a nice order, and we can do it after lunch.  

So, please do not do anything to the LSC rack tomorrow!  Thank you.

  235   Thu Jan 10 15:04:04 2008 steveUpdateSUSilluminator light effect on BS position
The bs chamber illuminator light was turned on this morning and left on.
Earlier on Rana noticed that the bs moved.
I follwed up to see what happened. I turned off oplev servo and tried to recenter on oplev pd
by adjusting pitch and yaw biases. It did not move. I looked at suspention and realized that the
illuminator was still on. I turned it off and to my amazement the the AP spot started flashing
Attachment 1: bssusilum.jpg
  7818   Wed Dec 12 20:22:03 2012 JamieUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsilluminators fixed and added to VIDEO screen

I fixed the illuminator setup.  ETMY was not hooked up, and the screen wasn't configured quite right.  The ITMX illuminator still needs to be hooked up to the vertex switch.

I made an updated illuminator script that works more like the videoswitch scripts, with a saner interface, and is located here:


I also fixed up the illuminator MEDM interface a bit and added it to the VIDEO screen:


While I was at it, I cleaned up the sitemap a bit:


I hope everyone won't be too confused.

  12186   Thu Jun 16 08:52:14 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralilluminators turned off

PSL, BS, ITMY and ETMX the illuminators were left on over night.

  11824   Mon Nov 30 12:19:38 2015 yutaroUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsimage capture

On VIDEO.adl, Image Capture and Video Capture did not seem to work and gave me some errors, so I fixed following two things:

1. just put one side of a USB cable to Pianosa the other side of which was connected to Sensoray; I don't know why but this was unconnected.

2. slightly fixed /users/sensoray/sdk_2253_1.2.2_linux/imsub/display-image.py as fpllows   

L52:       pix[j, i] = R, G, B     ->     pix[j, i] = int(R), int(G), int(B)  

It seems to work, at least for some cameras including ETMYF and ITMYF. 

  6885   Wed Jun 27 23:54:21 2012 yutaUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsimage capturing script

Mike J. came tonight and he fixed Sensoray (elog #6645). He recompiled it and fixed it.

I made a python wrapper script for Sensoray scripts. It currently lives in /users/yuta/scripts/videocapture.py.
If you run something like
  ./videocapture.py AS
it saves image capture of AS to /users/yuta/scripts/SensorayCapture/ directory with the GPS time.
Below is the example output of AS when MI is aligned. We still see some clipping in the right. This clipping is there when one arm is mis-aligned and clipping moves together with the main beam spot. So, this might be from the incident beam, probably at the Faraday.

Currently, videocapture.py runs only on pianosa, since Sensoray 2253S is connected to pianosa. Also, it can only capture MON4. My script changes MON4 automatically.


  3980   Tue Nov 23 22:01:49 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOOimmigration plan for in-vac PZT mirrors

 [Suresh, Kiwamu]

We found that two of three PZT mirrors are at wrong place in the chambers.

Therefore we have to move these PZT mirrors together with their connections.

Here is a diagram for the current situation and the plan.



  Basically mirror (A) must be associated to the output beam coming out from the SRM, but it was incorrectly put as a part of the input optics.

Similar to that, mirror (C) must belong to the input optics, but it is incorrectly being used as a part of OMC stuff.

Therefore we have to swap the positions of mirror (A) and mirror (C) as shown in the diagram above.

In addition to the mirror immigration, we also have to move their cables as well in order to keep the right functions.


 We took a look at the length of the cables outside of the chambers in order to check if they are long enough or not.

And we found that the cables from c1asc (green line in the diagram) is not long enough, so we will put an extension D-sub cable.

  2450   Thu Dec 24 01:25:29 2009 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsimpedance analyzing

The validation for high impedance measurement has been well done.

The impedance measurement is one of the keys for designing the EOM circuit.

So far I was very struggling to measure the high impedance ( above several 1000 Ohm) at RF because the EOM circuit has a high impedance at its resonance.

Finally I realized that the measured impedance was suppressed by a parasitic resistance, which especially reduces the impedance at the resonance.

Also I found that we can extract the TRUE impedance data by subtracting the effect of the parasitic resistance from resultant data.

In order to confirm whether this subtraction works correctly or not,  the impedance was directly re-measured with another analyzer for crosscheck.

                The followers are details about the re-measurement.


(measurement )

The measurement has been performed with help from Peter and Frank. ( Thank you !)

By using  network analyzer AG4395A with the impedance test kit AG43961A (these are at the PSL lab.), the impedance of resonant circuit with EOM was measured.

The picture of setup is attached. This impedance test kit allows to measure typically 0.1 [Ohm]-1M [Ohm] and frequency range of 100kHz-500MHz.


The resultant plot is attached. In the plot the blue curve represents the impedance measured by usual analyzer at 40m.

Note this curve is already subtracted the effect of the parasitic resistance.

( the parasitic resistance is in parallel to the circuit and it has ~7.8k Ohm, which is measured while the probe of the analyzer stays open. )

The red curve is the re-measured data using the impedance test kit.

The important point is that; these two peak values at the resonance around 40MHz show good agreement in 10%.

The resonant frequencies for two data differs a little bit, which might be the effect of a stray capacitance ( ~several [pF] )

The red curve has a structure around 80MHz, I think this comes from the non-coaxial cables, which connect the circuit and analyzing kit.

You can see these cables colored black and red in the picture.


( conclusion )

Our measurement with the subtraction of the  parasitic resistance effect is working reliably !

Attachment 1: DSCN0421.JPG
Attachment 2: EOM.png
  3054   Tue Jun 8 00:38:22 2010 Koji, KiwamuUpdateIOOimproved Gaussian beam in new IOO

The shape of the beam spot in the new input optics got much much better 

As Alberto and Kiwamu found on the last week, the beam spot after MMT1 had not been good. So far we postponed the mode measurement due to this bad beam profile.

Today after we did several things in the vacuum chamber, the beam spot became really a good Gaussian spot. See the attachment below.

There were two problems which had caused the bad profile:

(1)  a steering mirror after MMT1 with the incident angle of non 45 deg

(2) clipping at the Faraday.


Also MCT_QPD and MCT_CCD were recovered from misalignment  

Tomorrow we are going to restart the mode matching. 


(what we did)

* We started from checking the shape of the beam going out from the BS chamber. There still were some stripes which looked like an interference on the spot. 

* We found a steering mirror after MMT1 had the incident angle of non 45 deg. In fact the mirror had a large transmission. After we made the angle roughly 45 deg, the stripes disappeared.

However the spot still didn't look a good Gaussian, it looked slightly having a bump on the horizontal profile.

* Prior to moving of some optics in the vacuum, we ran the A2L_MC scripts in order to check the beam axis. And it was okay.

* To recover the MCT, we steered one of the vacuum mirrors which was located after the pick off mirror.  And after aligning some optics on the AP table, finally we got MCT recovered.

 * We rearranged MC_refl mirrors according to the new optical layout that Koji has made. At the same time the mirrors for IFO_refl was also rearranged coarsely.

 * We leveled the optical table of the MC chamber by moving some weights. Then we locked the MC again and aligned it. We again confirmed that the beam axis was still fine by running the A2L scripts.

 * We found the beam going through Faraday was off-centered by ~5mm toward the west. So we moved it so that the beam propagates on the center of it. 

 * Then looking at the beam profile after MMT1, we found that the profile became really nicer. It showed a beautiful Gaussian. 

In the attachment below, the top panel represents the horizontal profile and the bottom one represents the vertical profile.

The blue curves overlaid on the plot are fitted Gaussian profile, showing beautiful agreements with the measured profile.

Attachment 1: 2010-6-7_2.png
  6771   Wed Jun 6 21:11:45 2012 yutaUpdateGreen Lockingimproved Y arm green alignment

  Y arm green transmission to the PSL table improved from ~ 20 uW to 61 uW. Improvement was done by adjusting steering mirrors before and after the faraday on the Y end table.
  But 61 uW is not enough!

What I did:
  1. The incident power to the faraday for the green beam on the Y end table was 1.4 mW, but the transmission was 1.2 mW. So, I adjusted the steering mirrors and the transmission increased to 1.4 mW.

  2. I found that adjusting the steering mirrors to the faraday also increased alignment of the green beam to the Y arm. We always adjusted only the steering mirrors after the faraday for the alignment. I adjusted the alignment using both steering mirrors this time. Reflection of the green beam on the ETMYT camera seems more reasonable now and more frequently lock to TEM00 when closing and opening the Y end green servo loop.

  3. For the adjustment, I tried to utilize PD at the reflection port, or the transmission port. However, I couldn't do that because they fluctuates too much. I don't know why.

  4. Measured the green transmission to the PSL table, The transmitted power was ~20 uW, but after the aligning, it improved to 61 uW.

Current green power:
  I measured the green beam power at various places using Newport power meter (Model 840) with its filter on.


  Incident green power to the Y arm is ~ 1 mW (more than 1 mW because the aparture of the power meter was smaller than the beam size) and Y arm transmission is designed to be 55%. So, if the alignment and mode matching are perfect, the transmission to the PSL table should be ~ 600 uW. The measured value 61 uW seems too small. Kiwamu says it was 140 uW when he did Y arm.

  I will find the beat note again tonight and check if the beat PD is working correctly and if the mode matching of the two beams at the PSL table is good.

  6776   Thu Jun 7 02:25:27 2012 yutaUpdateGreen Lockingimproved Y arm green alignment - even more

[Koji, Yuta]

  We improved the Y arm green transmission to the PSL table. It is now 197 uW.
  The improvement was done mainly by adjusting the Y arm green servo gain.

What we did:
  1. Fine-adjusted steering mirrors after the faraday on Y end table by monitoring Y arm green transmission (used Thorlabs PDA36A as a PD, C1:GCV-GREEN_TRY as a channel). We decided which way to adjust the mirrors by just pushing/pulling its mount.

  2. The output of the reflection PD on the oscilloscope seemed like the Y end frequency servo was oscillating. So, we reduced the amplitude of the frequency modulation from 2.83 V to 0.13 V.

  3. We noticed there were two TEM00, one is brighter and the other is dim. We thought this came from a mode-hopping or something. So, we changed the Y end laser temperature from 34.68 deg C to 34.13 deg C (measured). This reduced dim TEM00 and the main one got brighter. C1:GCY-SLOW_SERVO2_OFFSET was changed from 29425 to 29845.

  4. Fine-adjusted the position of the mode-matching lens by reduing LG modes.

Current green power:
  Current measured green power values are as follows.


  Calculated value for the Y arm green transmission is ~ 600 uW, but we think we are almost at the maximum we can get. So, we have about 70% loss from the Y end table to the PSL table. There may be large loss in windows. The beam shape of the transmitted beam seems OK, but there may be some clipping.

To do:
  - Fine tune the Y end frequency servo loop. Reducing the amplitude of the frequency modulation for reducing the gain is not a very good idea.

  6780   Thu Jun 7 07:27:27 2012 KojiUpdateGreen Lockingimproved Y arm green alignment - even more

Yes. The end PDH servo should be checked more carefully.

The end PDH seems to have insufficient gain at around 100Hz.
The attached is the ALS noise budget calculated with the simulink model for the green locking paper.

The residual error of the end AUX laser (green) is contributing to the final ALS signal (black).
In particular, the residual AUX frequency noise, which is shown as the blue, is contributing to the noise above 100Hz.

In the model I also confirmed that the servo still has a room for improvement.

By having more suppression of the AUX frequency noise, we will be able to increase the ALS servo bandwidth
without increasing the ALS residual RMS by a servo bump. This will give us the improvement of the seismic
noise suppression at 10Hz (i.e. more suppression of red).

Attachment 1: freq_noise_AUX.pdf
  679   Wed Jul 16 11:00:15 2008 MashaUpdateAuxiliary lockingimproving ADC input for the mach zehnder setup and completely unrelated happenings
For most of last week, the SURFs + Jenne were helping Mike and Ken with "stray light control for
Enhanced LIGO", i.e. cleaning and baking many many baffles which will catch scattered light in the

Otherwise, the two channels of the Mach Zehnder which will be used to measure fibre noise were
balanced, which should reduce the effect of laser amplitude noise in phase noise detection. I have
set up two digital channels to collect time series data from the two photodiodes and took some
preliminary noise measurements. I will be using Matlab to combine the signals as to directly measure
the phase noise, and I wrote some Matlab code to speed up this process: loading the files,
manipulating time series data, and converting into frequency domain. Currently I am building a
filter that will attenuate the signal at frequencies below 1Hz and amplify at higher frequencies in
order to whiten the spectra and reduce ADC noise.
  12560   Thu Oct 13 19:28:14 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralin-air alignment

I did the following today to prepare for taking the doors off tomorrow.

  • Locked MC at low power
    • low power autolocker used during the last vent isn't working so well now
    • so I manually locked the IMC - locks are holding for ~30 mins and MC transmission was maximized by tweaking MC1 and MC2 alignments. The transmission is now ~1150 which is what I remember it being from the last vent
    • I had to restart c1aux to run LSCoffsets
  • Aligned arms to green using bias sliders on IFO align
    • X green transmission is ~0.4 and Y green transmission is ~0.5 which is what I remember it being before this vent
  • Removed ND filters from end Transmon QPDs since there is so little light now
  • Locked Y arm, ran the dither
    • Some tip tilt beam walking was required before any flashes were seen
    • I had to tweak the LSC gain for this to work
    • TRY is ~0.3 - in the previous vent, in air low power locking yielded TRY of ~0.6 but the 50-50 BS that splits the light between the high gain PD and the QPD was removed back then so these numbers are consistent
  • Tried locking X arm
    • For some reason, I can't get the triggering to work well - the trigger in monitor channel (LSC-XARM_TRIG_IN) and LSC-TRX_OUT_DQ are not the same, should they not be?
    • Tried using both QPD and high gain PD to lock, no luck. I also checked the error signal for DC offsets and that the demod phase was okay
    • In any case, there are TRX flashes of ~0.3 as well, this plus the reasonable green transmission makes me think the X arm alignment is alright
  • All the oplev spots are on their QPDs in the +/- 100 range. I didn't bother centering them for now

I am leaving all shutters closed overnight.

So I think we are ready to take the doors off at 8am tomorrow morning, unless anyone thinks there are any further checks to be done first.

Vent objectives:

  1. Fix AS beam clipping issues (elog1, elog2)
  2. Look into the green scatter situation (elog)

Should we look to do anything else now? One thing that comes to mind is should we install ITM baffles? Or would this be more invasive than necessary for this vent?

Steve reported to me that he was unable to ssh into the control room machines from the laptops at the Xend and near the vacuum rack. The problem was with pianosa being frozen up. I did a manual reboot of pianosa and was able to ssh into it from both laptops just now.

  4352   Thu Feb 24 18:21:24 2011 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingin-loop and out-of-loop measurements

Two different measurement have been performed for a test of the green locking last night.

Everything is getting better. yes. yes.



[ measurement 1 : IR locking]

The X arm was locked by using the IR PDH signal as usual (#4239#4268) .

The in-loop signal at from the IR path and the out-of-loop signal at from the green beat note path were measured.


Let us look at the purple curve. This is an out-of-loop measurement by looking at the green beat note fluctuation.

The rms down to 0.1 Hz used to be something like 60 kHz (see here), but now it went down to approximately 2 kHz. Good.

This rms corresponds to displacement of about 260 pm of the X arm. This is barely within the line width. The line width is about 1 nm.



[ measurement 2 : green locking]

The motion of the X arm was suppressed by using the green beat signal and feeding it back to ETMX.

After engaging the ALS servo, I brought the cavity length to the resonance by changing the feedback offset from epics.

Then took the spectra of the in-loop signal at the beat path and the out-of-loop signal at the IR PDH path.


 Here is a time series of TRX after I brought it to the resonance.


TRX was hovering around at the maximum power, which is 144 counts.


Since I put one more 10:1 filter to suppress the noise around 3 Hz, the rms of the in-loop beat spectrum went to about 1 kHz, which used to be 2 kHz (see #4341).

But the out-of-loop (IR PDH signal) showed bigger noise by a factor of 2 approximately over frequency range of from 2 Hz to 2 Hz. The resultant rms is 2.7 kHz.

The rms is primarily dominated by a peak at 22 Hz (roll mode ?).

I calibrated the IR PDH signal by taking the peak to peak signal assuming the finesse of the cavity is 450 for IR. May need a cooler calibration.

  7865   Thu Dec 20 18:33:52 2012 JamieUpdateGeneralin-vac adapter cables for TTs

We need short cables that mirror the pins:


The male side will plug into the 25-pin female on the stack-top bracket.  The tip-tilt quadrapus cable will plug into the female side. This will match up pin 1 on the tip-tilt cable, which is connected to it's shield, to pin 13 on the bracket, which is the shield of the cable that runs to the stack.

They need to be vacuum compatible.  Shorter length is preferred, and there is no minimum length (something like an all-in-one gender changer would be ideal, but probably expensive to have made).


  7868   Fri Dec 21 09:55:23 2012 SteveUpdateGeneralin-vac adapter cables for TTs


 Accu-Glass is closed till Jan 2, 2013

Atm2 would be the ideal solution Gender Adaptor Special with male - female sides and vented D-sub. How many are we getting 2 or 6 ?

Attachment 1: extensioncable.pdf
Attachment 2: genderchanger.pdf
  7338   Tue Sep 4 20:03:38 2012 JenneUpdateGeneralin-vac progress

Opened ETMY, beam was high and to the right (if you look at the face of ETMY).  Tried walking beam up, since just doing PZT2 caused clipping at the BS before we got to the correct spot on ETMY.  Moved PZT1, then PZT2, to translate beam, but we couldn't get far enough without starting to fall off of PZT2.  Put PZT1 approx. back where it was. Jamie tapped on the top of PR3 (tip tilt just before BS), and then did some compensation with PZT2 to get the beam through the BS target to the center of ETMY.

The beam is very dim at ETMY.  We ended up holding the big IR card with holes such that one of the holes was near the center of the optic, in front of the cage.  Then one person turned off all the room lights so we could see the beam, another person moved PZT2 and PR3, then lights person turned on and off the lights so we could compare beam position with hole position.  A total pain, but it ended up working better than just trying to follow the beam with a card.

We clearly need a better plan for adjusting the tip tilts in pitch, because utilizing their hysteresis is ridiculous.  Koji and Steve are thinking up a set of options, but so far it seems as though all of those options should wait for our next "big" vent.  So for now, we have just done alignment by poking the tip tilt.

Tomorrow, we want to open up the MC doors, open up ETMY, and look to see where the beam is on the optic.  I am concerned that the hysteresis will relax over a long ( >1hour ) time scale, and we'll loose our pointing.  After that, we should touch the table enough to trip the BS, PRM optics, since Koji is concerned that perhaps the tip tilt will move in an earthquake.  Jamie mentioned that he had to poke the tip tilt a pretty reasonable amount to get it to change a noticeable amount at ETMY, so we suspect that an earthquake won't be a problem, but we will check anyway.

After doing all of that, we adjusted IPANG so that the beam gets out of the vacuum envelope.  The beam must squeeze between the wall of the black beam tube and a lens for the oplev, so there is a very, very limited amount of space.  The eventual new tables will be very helpful for alleviating this, but for now we must live with it.  Even though it is pretty squishy right at the edge of the table, with the new layout we should think about giving IPANG a little more space.  Basically, if there is any Yaw motion, the beam going to the QPD will be clipped, and we may get confusing info.  We moved some of the IPANG optics that are on the end transmission table so the beam is centered on the optics while it just makes it through the space between the wall and the lens.  The spot was centered on the IPANG QPD. 

We still need to check on IPPOS, but it is always easier than IPANG.

General notes:

We discovered that the 45deg SOS beam targets are awesome, especially the ones with the irises.  The plain hole ones have very small holes relative to our beam size, so they are much more useful for the MC optics (which they were designed for).  The 45deg targets were made such that the target holes do not line up with the mounting holes.  This is good, since the mounting holes are lower than the center of the optic.  I don't think ericQ and I realized that on Friday, so it's probable that we had installed the target upside-down.  We still need to remake the 0deg targets for the next vent.

Jamie dogged down the new 'bathroom mirror' that lets us see BS and PRM on the same camera view.  He also adjusted some of the masses on the BS table to relevel the table. We need to (at some point) rename the AS_SPARE camera to something like BS_PRM, since we plugged the new camera into the AS_SPARE port on the videoswitch.

tl;dr: Input beam adjusted so we're hitting center of ETMY.  IPANG coming out of vacuum, QPD centered. Need better tip tilt in-situ adjustment capability.

  5275   Mon Aug 22 02:43:28 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralin-vac work

[Kieko / Kiwamu]

 The AS beam shows a little bit of clipping and right now this is the only concern for the alignment of the interferometer.

Other than that everything is okay including :

  + Beam centering on all the suspended optics

  + Arm cavity alignments. The Fabry-Perot fringes from both arm cavity were found on the AS camera.

  + POX/POY/POP, they are still successfully coming out from the chambers


  + Alignment of the green beams and the associated optics. Both green are reaching to the PSL table


We need to check/fix the AS beam clipping and once it's done we will readjust the OSEM mid range and the oplevs.

Then it will be ready for the drag/wipe and door closing.

  5253   Wed Aug 17 06:42:38 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralin-vac work : the end is near

We will pump down the chambers on Thursday morning.

Today will be a day of the OSEM and oplev party.


 -- to do list for today --

 + OSEM mid-range adjustment

 + oplev realignment

 + placement of beam traps

 + extraction of IPPOS

 + table leveling

 + interferometer alignment

 + AM-PM mystery

 + preparation for drag and wipe

  5256   Wed Aug 17 15:55:01 2011 JenneUpdateGeneralin-vac work : the end is near


We will pump down the chambers on Thursday Friday morning.

 All hands on deck at 9am Thursday for drag wiping and doors.  We'll do the 5 doors first (including drag wiping), then put on the access connector last.  Steve will then begin pumping early Friday morning.

  5152   Tue Aug 9 10:15:25 2011 kiwamuUpdateGeneralin-vac work plan today

We will move on to the vertex region today.

The goal of the vertex region work is to get the pick-off beams out the chambers, including POX/Y and POP.

The work will be in parallel to the ETM woks.

The first step will be : lock and align MC with the IR beam.

  5155   Tue Aug 9 15:14:46 2011 KojiUpdateGeneralin-vac work plan today

This morning Kiwamu and I have aligned the MC. Kiwamu aligned the last steering (on the OMC table) to recover the touch last week.
Then I have aligned the MC with MC1 and MC3 as the last steering did not help to get TEM00.


C1:SUS-MC1_PIT_COMM = 2.6587
C1:SUS-MC1_YAW_COMM = 2.7471
C1:SUS-MC2_PIT_COMM = 3.486
C1:SUS-MC2_YAW_COMM = -1.1592
C1:SUS-MC3_PIT_COMM = -1.876
C1:SUS-MC3_YAW_COMM = 1.2829


C1:SUS-MC1_PIT_COMM = 2.7596
C1:SUS-MC1_YAW_COMM = 2.6627

C1:SUS-MC2_PIT_COMM = 3.486
C1:SUS-MC2_YAW_COMM = -1.1592
C1:SUS-MC3_PIT_COMM = -1.697
C1:SUS-MC3_YAW_COMM = 1.2901


We will move on to the vertex region today.

The goal of the vertex region work is to get the pick-off beams out the chambers, including POX/Y and POP.

The work will be in parallel to the ETM woks.

The first step will be : lock and align MC with the IR beam.


  5258   Wed Aug 17 20:14:49 2011 jamie, kiwamu, suresh, jenne, keiko, anamariaUpdateGeneralin-vacuum work status, prep for pump

This afternoon's work:

  • OSEMs were adjusted on all suspended optics.
  • X and Y-arms were aligned to green.
  • Once that was done, the input pointing was adjusted with the PZTs to get the IR beam centered on ITMY and ETMY.
  • Once the input pointing was ok we extracted IPANG and IPPOS.
  • BS, ITMY, PRM, SRM optical levers (oplevs) were extracted.
  • Prepared rails and stops for TMs for morning drag wiping.

TODO before drag wiping:

  • Check full IFO alignment.
  • Readjust OSEMs if needed.
  • Extract ITMX oplev.
  10874   Wed Jan 7 21:13:35 2015 ranaUpdateGeneralinane LSCoffsets script removed


 A few things that I have neglected to ELOG yet:

  • scripts/offsets/LSCoffsets is a new script that uses ezcaservo to set FM offsets of our LSC PDs. It still warns about large changes, and lets you revert. It reads the FM gain to pick the right gain for the ezcaservo call. 

 We never, ever want to use ezcaservo to do this. IN fact, we twice have already deleted scripts where people have implemented these (sometimes) unstable servos. Also, since this change had never been committed to the SVN, I just deleted it and updated from the SVN to get back the script that doesn't use any servos.

I'm going to periodically delete locking scripts that are not committed to the SVN since anyone who is too lazy to use the SVN probably can't write code worth using.

  10880   Thu Jan 8 19:41:50 2015 ericqUpdateGeneralinane LSCoffsets script removed

The restored offset script used old tdsavg calls that our workstations can't do, and didn't include things like the transmon QPDs. I've written yet another offset script that uses cdsutils averaging to do the thing, and committed to the svn. 

  8328   Thu Mar 21 13:50:08 2013 JamieUpdateLockingincident angles

Is there a reason to use non-45 degree incident angles on the steering mirrors between the laser and the PD?  I would always use 45 degree incident angles unless there is a really good reason not to.

  8329   Thu Mar 21 14:02:45 2013 AnnalisaUpdateLockingincident angles


Is there a reason to use non-45 degree incident angles on the steering mirrors between the laser and the PD?  I would always use 45 degree incident angles unless there is a really good reason not to.

 Actually not, it is a mistake! It is one of the things I'm going to modify, in addition to add more BS to reduce the power. 

  5478   Tue Sep 20 13:57:44 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOincident beam to MC aligned

Since the MC wasn't able to capture the 00 mode in this morning I aligned the incident beam going to MC.

As a result C1:IOO-RFPD_DCMON went down to 0.6. However the beam on IPPOS is almost falling off from the QPD.

  4105   Tue Jan 4 13:57:48 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOincident mirror changed from 45deg to 0 deg

I replaced the final steering mirror (Y1-1037-45-S) in the zig-zag path on the PSL table by a 0 deg mirror Y1-1037-0.

With a sensor card I confirmed the transmission reduced a lot after the replacement.

As we expected, the replacement of the mirror caused a mis-alignment of the incident beam axis to the MC, so I compensated it by touching the angle of the mirror a little bit.

After the alignment of the mirror, the MC is still resonating at TEM00.

We will check the spot positions more accurately by A2L technique.


- Y1-45S has 4% of transmission. Definitively we like to use Y1-0 or anything else. There must be the replaced mirror. 

I think Suresh replaced it. So he must remember wher it is.

  11580   Mon Sep 7 16:30:56 2015 ranaHowToComputer Scripts / Programsincrease of window border size on Rossa

Frustrated by the single pixel width of the windows and how hard that makes it to drag things around, I explored StackExchange:

which showed how there is a .xml file which can be edited to increase this. I've changed the border size to 4 pixels on Rossa - its nice.devil

  3909   Fri Nov 12 13:12:55 2010 kiwamuUpdatePSLincreased NPRO power

I maximized the laser power by rotating the HWP after the NPRO.

If someone works on the MC locking, one should decrease it again.


  588   Sat Jun 28 14:56:44 2008 JohnUpdateComputersini files
In short, I was editing the ini files yesterday evening, I didn't e-log it and after some investigation this afternoon it apears
that I am to blame for all the computer problems which followed.

I wanted to edit C0EDCU.ini and C1IOOF.ini to change C1: PSL-FSS_FAST to a fast channel as C1: PSL-FSS_FAST_F
was dead.

I opened these files and made backups. It appears this is where it all went awry. My backup for C1IOOF
is called C1IOO.ini.090627 i.e. missing the F.

Later c1susvme2 and c1iovme crashed. After failing to bring c1iovme back I wondered if my edits had
caused the problems so I restored the back up files. It appears that here I wrote over C1IOO with my backup of
C1IOOF (presumably because I had made a typo in the name).

To remedy the situation we could restore C1IOO from e.g. chans/archive/C1IOO_080618_160028.ini

No excuses for not e-logging this activity.
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