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  12362   Wed Aug 3 00:15:39 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX suspended

[lydia, steve, ericq, gautam]


  • ETMX is now suspended by wire clamps (winches have been removed) yes
  • Wire clamp was machined by shop, D groove widened to spec, old wire grooves removed from face
  • We also sanded the part of the suspension tower in contact with the primary wire clamp, as there were a couple of craters there which looked dangerous (pictures to follow)
  • Height was adjusted by centering magnets on OSEMs. We then winched an extra half turn in anticipation of wire sag
  • I then proceeded to tighten, first, the primary wire standoff (I reduced the torque on the torque wrench to ~1.25Nm), and then the secondary wire clamps.
  • Checked that the ruby standoff is sitting on the optic barrel and not on glue 
  • Later in the evening, I inserted OSEMs, centered magnets, and checked that the damping scheme set up last week works (I'm leaving the damping on, bottom EQ stops are ~0.5mm from the optic)
  • Checked the pitch balancing - initially, we were ~60mrad off. By using the tweezers to gently adjust the position of the ruby standoff (after clamping the optic, turning the damping off), I was able to improve the situation a little bit - now we are ~20 mrad off. I am not attempting to do the fine pitch balancing tonight, but all parts of the PZT buzzer set up are ready to go in the cleanroom.
  • Unfortunately, in the process of doing the pitch balancing, the position of the magnets relative to the OSEM coils have moved. Now the UR magnet looks a little high relative to the coil, but perhaps after any sag has set in, we should be alright. Else, we can probably get away by inserting one of the little metal shim pieces, the adjustment required is small.
  • Lydia will upload some photos soon. 
  • We actually went through another failed attempt today - this time, the problem was that the winches were not sufficiently secure at the top, such that when the range of the winch was nearing its end, the whole assembly twisted and took the wire along with it. Perhaps this would not have happened if we had a winch adaptor plate handy...
  • Plan for tomorrow:
    • ​Fine pitch balancing using PZT buzzer
    • Clean ETMY epoxy residue from knocked off magnet
    • Glue wire standoff
    • Glue ETMY magnet
  12363   Wed Aug 3 09:26:54 2016 LydiaUpdateSUSETMX suspended: photos

Here are the photos we took showing the magnet positions in the OSEMs, and others showing the positions of the wire and unglued standoff. These were taken before the pitch balancing adjustment Gautam described, which apparently cause UR to be a little too high. Thoe OSEMs were all inserted only until the ends of the magnets were almost inside, to lower the risk of knocking any magnets off.

 At the time of these pictures, all magnets except LL were intentionally positioned slightly above the center of the OSEM in anticipation of wire sag. The LL magnet was approximately centered in the OSEM. It was not possible to get both LL and UL the same height relative to their respective OSEMs, possibly due to a spacing error when they were glued to the optic. 

Attachment 1: Position of wire along bottom of the optic. Looks adequately centered and not kinked. 

Attachment 2: Photo showing good contact between the sandoff and the barrel of the optic. The standoff does not appear to be resting on glue from the guiderod. 

Attachment 3: Shows position of standoff and wire after rough pitch banacing. Wire is visibly resting in the groove.

Attachment 4: SD magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 5: LL magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 6: LR magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 7: UL magnet location photographed through OSEM.

Attachment 8: UR magnet location photographed through OSEM.


  12367   Wed Aug 3 15:36:57 2016 SteveUpdateSUSNi plated magnets & epoxy ordered

Ni plated SmCo magnets with specification of LIGO-C1103521-v2 for SOS ordered from Electron Energy Corp 

100 pieces of Ni- Platted magnets are in 9-27-2016 They are stored at clean cabinet S15

EP30-2 epoxy  1/2 pt kit 250 ml of part A and 25 ml of part B should be here in 7 days. These can packed epoxy is much more economical than the double barrel cartridges.

Spare SOS wire clamps will be out of the machine shop next week.

  12370   Thu Aug 4 03:14:39 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX suspended

[lydia, steve, ericq, gautam]


  • ETMX is now suspended by wire clamps (winches have been removed) yes
  • Unfortunately, in the process of doing the pitch balancing, the position of the magnets relative to the OSEM coils have moved. Now the UR magnet looks a little high relative to the coil, but perhaps after any sag has set in, we should be alright. Else, we can probably get away by inserting one of the little metal shim pieces, the adjustment required is small

[lydia, ericq, gautam]

  • Turns out setting the height of the optic with the OSEMs isn't quite reliable. We were indeed too high, for all the OSEMs
  • Related to the above - we observed no sag (which is one of the reasons we winched a little bit extra in the first place)
  • Eric and I re-did the suspension in the afternoon. We found no wire grooves in the primary (or secondary) clamps, so we just reused them (is this a red flag? should we be using more torque?)
  • This time we set the height using the traveling microscope - double checked the height to which the microscope was levelled = 5.5"
  • Having checked the height of both scribe lines, we proceeded to clamp the suspension, with ~1.35Nm of torque (since 1.25Nm seemed a little low, no wire grooves were made in the clamps) - clamping was successful
  • In the evening, Lydia and I attempted to do the fine pitch balancing
  • Both left side magnets (as viewed from the AR side) are low (within 0.5mm of the teflon). Right side magnets are pretty well centered. But left side ones seemed usable so we went ahead and tried to turn the damping on.
  • Damping worked reasonably well
  • Tried to do fine pitch balancing with PZT buzzer. Reduced voltage from Fn generator to 0.4Vrms (down from 1.7Vrms) but had limited success. 
  • I was able to do much better with just the teflon tipped tweezers. So gave up on the PZT buzzer
  • After ~3hours of a random walk between two pretty-close-to-ideal positions, we have now realized a fine pitch balancing of ~1mrad (~3mm off the ideal height of 5.5" over a lever arm of ~1.5m, but the mirror tilt is half of this angle)
  • Actually, I was able to do much better - at one point, we even had the reflected beam dead center on the iris 1.5m away. But adjusting the OSEM positions even a little bit (say from oscillating around 40% to 50% of the maximum value) has a BIG effect on the pitch balance (it caused a misalignment of 4mrad)
  • I think gluing the standoff without destroying the fine pitch balancing is going to be very challenging, judging by how gently I had to touch the standoff to destroy the fine pitch balance completely. Perhaps we want to consider using some 3 axis stage to bring the needle with glue in and perturb the standoff as little as possible

    Lydia also briefly played around with the IR camera to inspect the OSEMs. A more thorough investigation will be done once the cage is in for air baking. From our initial survey, we feel that the beams are pretty well aligned along the straight line between PD and LED - we estimate the upper bound on any misalignment to be ~10 degrees.


  12377   Fri Aug 5 02:17:10 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff Ready for Gluing

Part 1: Rotation of optic

  • As reported in my elog yesterday, both the left magnets (UL and LL) seemed too low relative to the OSEM coils
  • Eric and I checked the height of the scribe lines using the microscope and found that the scribe lines were low on the left side and high on the right side (as viewed from the AR side) by approximately the same amount, confirming our suspicion that the optic was rotated. The position of the scribe line on the bottom of the optic relative to the bottom-rear face EQ stop also suggested the same
  • Eric brought in the bottom EQ stops, and once the wire was slightly unloaded, rotated the optic by the required amount by hand 
  • This process took two tries, but we were successful
  • Re-checked heights of scribe lines using microscope, and once we were satisfied, re-did the coarse pitch balancing

Part 2: Replacement of holder for top pair of OSEMs

  • Eric and I had difficulty removing the UR OSEM-holding screw
  • This is the non-silver-coated new variety of screw
  • It got to a point where I could neither move the screw in or out, even with the help of a pair of pliers
  • I decided to swap out the piece of the suspension tower holding the top two OSEMs (UR and UL) with the same piece from the old ETMX tower that is currently residing on the flow bench at the south end (along with the accompanying piece that overhangs the optic and holds the front-face and top earthquake stops
  • I cleaned the piece 3-4 times with acetone, and then a couple of times with isopropanol. I adjudged this to be sufficient as we are going to air bake the tower anyways prior to installation in the vacuum chamber
  • I then swapped the pieces:
    • First I brought in the bottom pairs of EQ stops
    • Next, I secured the optic using the three lower face EQ stops
    • Then, I removed the EQ stop screws from the overhanging piece, after which I removed the overhanging piece itself
    • After removing the top-back EQ stop, I removed the OSEM-holding piece from the suspension tower
    • Did the above steps in reverse, installing the new piece
  • All went smoothly. This piece does not have a serial number unfortunately
  • After this, I re-inserted the OSEMs, and judged the magnet-coil alignment to be satisfactory to proceed further
  • We decided to use the old variety of silver plated OSEM holding screws for the top two OSEMs (by choice) and the side OSEM (the new variety is too short anyways). During the course of my work tonight, I found this worked way better. The bottom pair of OSEMs remain held by the new variety of unplated screws. We may want to review whether we really want to use this new type of screws (I believe the idea is to make it easier to tighten and loosen the screws)

Part 3: Fine pitch balancing

  • As per the SOS assembly procedure, I turned off the HEPA filters at the clean bench for this part of the work
  • Checked that the HeNe beam incident on the optic was level with the tabletop, beam height set to 5.5"
  • Proceeded to do the fine pitch balancing the same way as described in yesterday's elog (i.e. no PZT buzzer, just fine touches by hand)
  • I was able to converge fairly quickly to a good point in configuration space
  • After re-centering the OSEM coils such that the PD output was ~50% of its maximum value (see Attachment #1), I found over a lever arm length of 56" (=1.42m) a beam height deviation from 5.5" by <2mm. This corresponds to 0.7mrad pitching forwards towards the HR side
  • The suspension assembly procedure tells us to aim for 0.5mrad, but I think this is close enough for standoff gluing, as this misalignment is extremely sensitive to the OSEM coil positions (although I would say, from Attachment #1, that they are actually pretty well centered)
  • The only thing that concerns me is that the LL magnet is still a little low relative to the coil. This can be fixed by shimming if necessary...

Attachment #1: Striptool trace showing OSEMs are pretty well centered (towards the end, I turned on the HEPA filters again, which explains the shift of the traces). The y-axis is normalized such that the maximum displayed corresponds to the fully open PD output of the coils

Attachment #2: Fine pitch balancing optical lever setup

Attachment #3: Tower assembly

Attachment #4: SIDE OSEM close-up

Attachment #5: UR OSEM close-up

Attachment #6: UL OSEM close-up

Attachment #7: LL OSEM close-up (this is the concerning one)

Attachment #8: LR OSEM close-up

We should also check the following (I forgot and don't want to wear my clean jumpsuit again now to take more photos):

  1. Wire is still in groove
  2. Standoff is sitting on the optic barrel and not on epoxy residue of the guiderod
  12378   Fri Aug 5 04:43:09 2016 KojiUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff Ready for Gluing

If only the LL magnet looks too low, doesn't this mean that the OSEMs are not arranged in a square shape?
If so, you can fix this misalignment by moving the OSEM holding plate rather than OSEM shimming, can't you?

  12379   Fri Aug 5 09:38:12 2016 SteveUpdateSUSSOS sus wire ordered

0.0017" OD., 500ft steel music wire ordered. Pictures of the existing roll are below. It will be on 8" OD. spool too.


  12381   Fri Aug 5 18:21:28 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX Ruby Wire Standoff GLUED
  • The latest twist in this apparently never-ending saga was that even though fine pitch balancing was achieved, the wire was out of the groove on both sides!
  • I rectified this situation in the morning, did the fine pitch balancing in the afternoon
  • Koji's suggestion of adjusting the OSEM holding plate totally did the trick, all four magnets are reasonably well centered relative to the vertical now...
  • After the latest round of fine pitch balancing, we are now tilted in pitch backwards (i.e. towards the AR face) by <0.7mrad. 
  • Prior to gluing, I visually inspected the optic to check that (see attachments):
    • Wires are in grooves on both sides
    • Unglued ruby standoff has the correct "rotation", i.e. that the wire contacts the standoff after the groove has started, and leaves it before the groove ends, since the groove doesn't go all the way around the standoff
    • Section of wire around the bottom half of the optic has no obvious kinks/other funny features
    • Unglued standoff is in contact with the barrel
    • All magnets are well clear of teflon in OSEM coils on both sides
  • Eric also checked the frequencies of the various modes (PIT, YAW, POS and SIDE) by looking at the power spectrum of the free-swinging error signals on the coils. The pitch mode is now softer than before, at ~710mHz
  • We then proceeded to glue the optic, using a needle to apply the glue (optic was clamped using face EQ stops, bottom EQ stops were not engaged as we felt this would affect the fine pitch balancing
  • During the process, it looks like we may have inadvertently gotten some glue onto the wire (see attachments) - it doesn't look like any has seeped into the groove itself, but there is definitely some on the wire. We can possibly try cleaning this once the optic is out. In the worst case scenario, we will have to loop another section of wire, but the fine pitch balancing should be unaffected provided we did not perturb the optic too much
  • Bob has said the large oven will be available to bake the cages on Tuesday, August 9th. By this time, we should have ETMY suspended as well (we were unable to glue the knocked off magnet on ETMY as the glass bowl we had for soaking the edge of the optic in acetone to remove the epoxy residue broke while I was assembling the various pieces of Teflon inside it. Steve is procuring a new one on Monday). It is still unclear when we can vacuum bake the two ETMs...


Attachment #1: Wire is in the groove in the unglued wire-standoff, groove rotation looks pretty good.

Attachment #2: Ruby standoff is sitting on the barrel of the optic (if you zoom in)

Attachment #3: Side magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #4: UR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #5: UL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #6: LL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #7: LR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil

Attachment #8: Wire is in the groove in the glued Ruby standoff

Attachment #9: Standoff after gluing. 3-4 drops of epoxy are visible on the wire, but none looks to have seeped into the groove itself

Attachment #10: Side view of newly glued Ruby standoff

Attachment #11: Before and After gluing shots.




  12382   Sun Aug 7 14:53:39 2016 ericq UpdateSUSETMX Standoff gluing was successful

I came in to check on ETMX. I freed the earthquake stops, and found that the OSEMS were reasonably, but not perfectly, centered. Turning on the damping, I found that the pitch balance is biased slightly downwards at about ~0.5mrad, which is acceptable. 

As another check for how much we moved the standoff while gluing, we can look at the spectra of the OSEMS while the mirror is free swinging, and see if/how the resonance frequencies have moved around. As Gautam previously mentioned, the pitch frequency is even softer than we expected from the thicker ruby standoff alone. This is due to the excess glue around the guide rod forcing us to position the standoff even lower to have good contact with the optic's barrel. In the plot below, the design yaw/pit/pos frequencies are the dashed lines, and the measured frequencies are the solid lines. 

[The plot is not in spectral density units, so that the peak heights reflect real units of motion at each resonance frequency. Data and code used to generate the plot is attached] 

  Yaw Pitch Pos Side
Design frequencies from T000134: 0.773 Hz 0.856 Hz 1.001 Hz  
ETMX Measurement in-air 2010 0.828 Hz 1.04 Hz 0.908 Hz 0.949 Hz
Pre-gluing 0.785 Hz 0.709 Hz 0.949 Hz 0.975 Hz
Post-gluing 0.789 Hz 0.705 Hz 0.953 Hz 0.984 Hz

According to the calculations from ELOG 12316, this pitch frequency implies the support point is 0.317mm lower than the design value of 0.985mm. (However, this is just an approximation and does not include the fact that each standoff is at a different height.)

Nevertheless, this difference is frequency is not so large that the dynamics of the suspension will be qualitatively changed in some important way; really, the pitch frequency is just ~1.5dB lower. So, I deemed our standoff gluing a success, removed the optic from the suspension, and placed it in an optic holding ring after giving the top of the barrel a gentle drap wipe with some iso. At this point, I used the microscope to look at the ruby standoff groove. As far as I can tell, no glue has invaded the groove - it looks sharp as ever. (whew)

I also wiped the wire with acetone and easily removed the glue droplets. However, I noted that (as is the case for ETMY) the wire is deformed at the points where it was in contact with the standoffs. I wonder if we should re-suspend with new wire, or accept the current deformed wires.

In any case, we can now move on to air baking the ETMX tower and gluing the stray magnet back onto ETMY.

  12384   Tue Aug 9 00:44:43 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up


Given that ETMX looks to be in good shape and the optic and suspension tower are ready for vacuum and air bakes respectively, I set about re-gluing the knocked off magnet of ETMY. In my previous elog, I had identified the knocked off magnet as the UL magnet. But in fact, it was the LR magnet that broke off. This is actually one of the magnets that was knocked off when Johannes was removing the optic from the vacuum chamber. I have edited the old elog accordingly. 

Step 1: Removing epoxy residue

  • I used the teflon+glass rig Steve put together for this purpose
  • After soaking for ~2 hours in acetone, I was able to remove approximately half of the ring residue by lightly pushing with a wipe.
  • The other half wouldn't budge so I let it soak for another 4 hours
  • After 6 hours of soaking, I was able to get all of the epoxy residue off - it doesn't simply dissolve in the acetone, I had to push a little with one of the cotton-tipped paddles in the cleanroom
  • I gave the portion exposed to acetone a quick drag wipe with isopropanol. I didn't spend too much time trying to clean the AR side given that we will be using first contact anyways.
  • I have not touched the HR side for now, even though a small portion of it was exposed to acetone. While cleaning the HR face with first contact, this portion can be inspected and cleaned if necessary

Step 2: Putting the optic in the magnet gluing jig

  • I transferred the optic to the magnet gluing jig
  • Given that we weren't touching any side magnets, I reasoned I did not have to go through the elaborate shimming routine to account for the wedge of the optic that we had to do in the recent past
  • However, I did not think to put a thicker teflon spacer on the lower side of the wedge, and as a result, I knocked off the UR magnet as well as the jig did not have sufficient clearance
  • Fortunately, the UR magnet came off cleanly, there was hardly any epoxy residue left on the optic. The UR magnet was NOT one of the magnets knocked off by Johannes while removing the optic from the vacuum chamber
  • I gave the area formerly occupied by the UL magnet 3-4 wipes with acetone and then 1-2 wipes with isopropanol
  • At this stage, I proceeded to re-insert the magnet-gluing jig. I used the two scribe lines on the outer side of the jig to fix the rotation of the jig, and used the remaining two attached face magnets to fix the overall position of the jig (by centering these magnets relative to the apertures on the jig). In order to center well, I had to unscrew the stuck silver plated screw on the jig by 1 turn
  • Having arranged the jig satisfactorily, I proceeded to remove epoxy residue off the dumbbell of the recently knocked off UL magnet using first a razor blade, then sandpaper and finally made some new grooves with a razor blade. I then cleaned the surface of the dumbbell to be in contact with the optic with isopropanol. All of this was done for the LR magnet two weeks ago right after it was knocked off

Step 3: Gluing the magnets

  • I prepared the magnets in the pickle pickers
  • I discarded 1 full squeeze of the epoxy after it reached the tip of the mixing fixture, and then extracted another full squeeze of the gun for mixing and gluing the magnets
  • I mixed the epoxy in an Al foil vessel for 3-4 minutes, and then placed a few drops on a piece of Al foil for a test bake at 200F for ~15 minutes
  • The test bake went well, so I proceeded to apply glue to the dumbbells and re-glue the magnets to the optic
  • The gluing was done around midnight, so we should be able to have a look at this post lunch tomorrow.

Provided the gluing goes well, the plan for tomorrow is:

  1. Bring ETMY suspension tower from the vacuum chamber to the cleanroom along with its OSEMs
  2. Suspend ETMY with a new length of wire (this should be much more straightforward than our ETMX exploits as both standoffs are already glued)
  3. Insert OSEMs, check that all 4 face magnets are well centered w.r.t. their coils and also that at least one side magnet is well aligned relative to its coil and can be used 
  4. If step 3 goes well, then ETMY is also ready for a vacuum bake. I guess we can also air bake the ETMY suspension tower, there's plenty of room in the oven
  12386   Tue Aug 9 15:27:57 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up

The pickle pickers came off nicely and both magnets seem to be glued on okay. The alignment of the face magnets look pretty good, but we will only really know once we suspend the mirror, check the pitch balance, and put in the OSEM coils.

I brought the ETMY suspension tower + OSEM coils out of the vacuum chamber into the cleanroom. Given that the old wire had a pretty sharp kink in it, I removed it with the intention of suspending the optic with a new length of wire. I noticed a few potential problems:

Attachment #1 - ETMY tower is different from ETMX tower: 

  • The ETMY suspension seems to be of an older generation - it does not have the the two secondary wire clamps. 
  • The top piece was attached to the body of the tower using non-silver-plated screws. Steve tells me this is the wrong type, and we can switch these out when we put it back together.
  • The wire clamp itself doesn't have much of a groove from the wire. But the wires have made asymmetric grooves in the tower itself (the left groove is deeper than the right as seen in Attachment #1), that are clearly visible. Should we get these grooves removed before attempting re-suspension? How do we want to remove it? Steve thinks the best option is to send it to the shop for milling, as there is hardly any room to rub sandpaper along the piece because of the pins, and these pins don't come out. 
  • Or do we just not care about these grooves for now, if we are planning to use new wire anyways after air-baking the towers? 
  • Steve thinks we should have a few spares of these top blocks handy (the latest version, with the secondary clamps), he wants to know if we should place an order for these (we already have 10 spare wire clamp pieces available for if/when we need them)

Attachment #2 - the base of the tower is significantly rusty:

  • A few wipes with an acetone soaked rag yielded quite a lot of rust
  • Steve thinks this is because the wrong type of stainless steel was used
  • Does this have to do with the cage being of an older variety? After a few vigorous wipes, no more rust came off, but the rusting process will presumably keep generating new rust? Is this a concern? Do we want to change this piece before putting the tower back in?

I am holding off on attempting to re-suspend the optic for now, until we decide if the old wire grooves need to be removed or not. If we are okay with re-using the same piece as is, or if we are okay with using sandpaper and not the machine shop to remove the grooves, I will resume the re-suspension process. 

Eric suggested another alternative, which is to use the old ETMX tower. I don't recall it being rusted, but this has to be checked again. The other problem of the wire-grooves would possibly still be an issue.

Regarding the vacuum bake of the ETMs, Bob tells us that the best case scenario we are looking at is September.


  12388   Tue Aug 9 16:19:27 2016 SteveUpdateSUStorque driver for wire clamp

New Wiha 28504 torque wrench for SOS wire clamping. It's range 7.5  - 20 in-lb in 0.5 steps [ 0.9 - 2.2 Nm ] Audible and perceptible click when the pre-set torque has been attained at ±6% accuracy.  

The new ETMX sus wire torqued to ~ 11.5 in-lb [1.3 Nm ]


Gautam and Steve,

The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.

Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.



  12390   Wed Aug 10 03:08:03 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY patch-up

[lydia, gautam]

Rana felt it was alright to use the wire clamp and suspension cage in its existing condition for checking the ETMY magnet-OSEM coil alignment. So we set about trying to re-suspend ETMY. The summary of our attempts:

  • Transferred optic from magnet gluing rig to the suspension cage
  • Adjusted bottom EQ stops till the scribe lines on both sides were at 5.5" as verified with the microscope
  • Looped cleaned length of wire around optic, attached free ends to winches, placed the wires under light tension by finger-pulling the slack out
  • Lowered the bottom EQ stops
  • Winched the optic to the right height
  • Clamped the wire with the only wire clamp on this variant of the suspension cage. We used the same torque wrench at the same torque setting as was successful for ETMX. But after removing the winches, and releasing the face EQ stops, the optic seems to have sagged a lot - it now touches all the bottom EQ stops, and the more I lower it, the more it seems to come down. Perhaps it is the effect of the wire grooves in the cage, or that the wire-clamp itself is slightly different from the piece used on the ETMX cage, but 1.3Nm of torque doesn't seem to have tightened the wire clamp sufficiently
  • We can still probably salvage the situation by re-attaching the winches to the top of the cage, setting the optic to the right height again, and clamping the wire clamp with more torque (as this is just a check to see that the reglued magnet configuration is compatible with the OSEM coil positions on the cage). Before air baking the cage, we will have the old wire grooves removed, and then suspend the optic with a fresh loop of wire after the bake
  • We could not check the magnet-OSEM alignment because of the slipping of the wire through the clamp. We decided against pushing on tonight
  • Optic is currently in the cage, resting on the bottom EQ stops and with all face EQ stops within 1mm of the optic. The OSEM coils have not been inserted into the holders

Regarding the vacuum bake of the optics: why do we want to do this again? Koji mentioned that the EP30-2 curing process does not require a bake, and there is also no mention of requiring a vacuum bake in the EP30-2 gluing guide. Is there any other reason for us to vacuum bake the optic?

  12392   Wed Aug 10 15:34:24 2016 SteveUpdateSUS6 in-lbs torque driver for wire clamp screw

The 7.5 in-lb of Wiha seems at the upper end of torque range for a 4-40 SS screw

Wiha 28502 ordered with range 5 -10 in-lb for silver plated 4-40 screws

Do not trust the Venzo torque wrench under 2 Nm ! It miss lead me.

Recommended torque values for silver-plated fasteners are here. For aLIGO we use the guidelines in T1100066-v6, This doc is posted in 40m wiki under Mechanics also.

So, we'll use 6 in-lbs  on silver plated 18-8 stainless steel socket head cap screw 4-40 x 3/8 into SS tower bridge.

Please replace these clamp screws every time if they were tightened without a torque wrench.


New Wiha 28504 torque wrench for SOS wire clamping. It's range 7.5  - 20 in-lb in 0.5 steps [ 0.9 - 2.2 Nm ] Audible and perceptible click when the pre-set torque has been attained at ±6% accuracy.  

The new ETMX sus wire torqued to ~ 11.5 in-lb [1.3 Nm ]


Gautam and Steve,

The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.

Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.




  12397   Wed Aug 10 23:45:03 2016 gautam UpdateSUSETMY re-suspended


  • ETMY has been re-suspended
  • Reglued magnets (and also those that weren't knocked off) quite well with OSEM coils (see attachments)
  • Pitch balance is off by ~2.8mrad (8mm over 1.5m lever arm) after inserting and centering OSEMs
  • The same damping scheme used during the ETMX re-suspension process works reasonably well with ETMY as well


  • I suspected that I had not tightened the wire clamp enough yesterday, and that the wire had slipped once the winches were removed
  • Steve and I looked into the torque wrench situation today, and I realised that I had not been using the torque wrench correctly. What I thought were clicks indicating that the set torque has been reached was in fact just the sound the piece makes when going the opposite way relative to the direction set by the clip on the torque wrench. Anyways, the point is that while I thought I was tightening the screws with ~1.3Nm of torque, what was actually being applied was much less (although I don't have a good way to quantify how much less)
  • So today I put the winches back on top of the tower, and winched the optic back up to the correct height using the ususal scribe line + microscope prescription
  • I then tightened the wire clamp by hand. This is obviously not very repeatable, but it will have to do until we get a torque wrench with the correct range
  • This seems to have done the trick - I did the tightening shortly after lunch, and after ~10 hours, there is no evidence of any wire sag
  • I then proceeded to insert the OSEMs, first not all the way in to check the clearance available to the magnet, and once I was satisfied there was no danger of knocking anything off, went ahead and inserted the coils till the PD readouts were approximately half of the maximum (i.e. fully un-occluded) values. I used the OSEM coils originally on the ETMY tower, but all the other readout and drive electronics in the signal chain (satellite box included) belong to the ETMX setup (so as to avoid any cable routing over 80m from the Y end to the cleanroom). After some adjustment of the OSEM holding plates, I was able to center the magnets relative to the coils 
  • The tower only allows for a side OSEM to be inserted on one side. The other side does not have a threaded hole for a set screw. So we are forced to use the reglued magnet and not the side magnet that was not knocked off. By eye, it looks like the magnet may never completely occlude the LED, but the Striptool trace I was using to monitor the output of the PD did not yield any conclusive evidence. The optic was moving around a lot and I did not perform this check after turning the damping on
  • I was able to damp the optic as well as we were able to damp ETMX on the clean bench (with the HEPA turned OFF). I had to turn the YAW gain down from 100-->75 to avoid some oscillations 
  • I then proceeded to check the pitch balance with the HeNe. The spot is low on an iris 1.43m away by ~8mm, which corresponds to a pitch misalignment of ~2.8mrad. I am not sure what to make of this - but perhaps its not unreasonable that we see this? Is there any record of what fine pitch balancing was achieved when the optic was put together back in 2010? This is also very sensitive to how far in/out the OSEM coils are, and though I've tried to center the coils as best as I can, I obviously have not done a perfect job...

What's next?

  • Is the observed pitch imbalance a deal breaker? If so, I guess we need to re-glue a standoff? 
  • Are we willing to accept the side OSEM situation? (Tomorrow, I need to do a check to see what, if any, dynamic range we lose, with the damping on)
  • If both the above are not problems we need to worry about, then:
    • ETMY + ETMX -------> Vacuum bake on 22nd August (? - Bob also told me earlier today that he will try and put in some old turbo pump next week, and if that works, we could possibly get in the queue even before the 22nd)
    • ETMY tower -------> Steve for sanding and removing wire grooves -------> Air bake
    • ETMX tower -------> Air bake (provided the latest round of wire tightening has not left any grooves in the top piece of the tower, if it has, this needs to be cleaned up too)
    • Some lengths of SOS wire (for re-suspending optics after bake) -------> Air bake


Attachment #1: Striptool trace showing all OSEM coils have been pushed in till the PD readout is approximately half the fully open value

Attachment #2: Pitch balance is off by ~2.8mrad (the Iris center is 5.5" above the table)

Attachment #3: UR magnet

Attachment #4: UL magnet

Attachment #5: LR magnet

Attachment #6: LR magnet

Attachment #7: SD magnet

  12398   Thu Aug 11 00:20:41 2016 KojiUpdateSUSETMY re-suspended

How much pitch bias do you need in order to correct this pitch misalignment?
That may give you the idea how bad this misalignment is.

  12401   Thu Aug 11 11:56:40 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY re-suspended

How much pitch bias do you need in order to correct this pitch misalignment?
That may give you the idea how bad this misalignment is.

I needed to move the pitch slider on the IFO align screen to -2.10 (V?) from 0 to get the HeNe spot to the center of the iris. The slider runs from -10V to 10V, so this is something like 10% of its range. I am not sure if it means anything, but the last saved backup value of this pitch slider was -3.70. Of course, application of the bias will affect all the coils, and when the optic is pitch balanced, the lower magnets are a little too far out and the upper magnets are a little too far in (see Attachment #1), as we expect for a downward pitch misalignment to be corrected. I suppose we can iteratively play with the coil positions and the bias such that the coils are centered and we are well balanced (maybe this explains the old value of -3.70). 

I also checked that the side magnet can completely occlude its PD. With the damping on, by pushing the coil all the way in, the output of the side PD went down to 0.

  12409   Mon Aug 15 14:29:32 2016 SteveUpdateSUSSOS sus wire ordered

The wire will arrive in 1-2 weeks. It is a new production. Brad Snook of Ca Fine Wire was suprised that we are still using the 13 years old wire.  Oxidation is an issue with iron contained steel wire.

He would not give me a shelf life time on it. He recommended to check the strenght of it before usage. It passed with safety factor of 2 just recently.

In the future we'll store the new spool in oxigen free nitrogen environment..


0.0017" OD., 500ft steel music wire ordered. Pictures of the existing roll are below. It will on 9" OD. spool too.



  12410   Mon Aug 15 14:34:33 2016 ericqUpdateSUSSOS sus wire ordered

We have indeed seen numerous tarnished/rusty points along the wires, and just tried to choose lengths free of any of these. I wonder if this can explain the brittleness/ease with which we've been breaking it. My feeling is that we should use the newer wire if feasible.

  12411   Mon Aug 15 18:28:15 2016 gautamUpdateSUSAir-bake preparation

I assume that we are prepared to live with the pitch bias situation of ETMY (i.e. we can achieve a configuration in which there is some pitch bias to the coils, and the OSEMs are inserted such that the PD outputs are half their maximum value). Or at least that we don't want to go through the whole standoff-regluing procedure for ETMY as well.

So today I took the optic out, and began to make some preparations for the air bake.

  • Both optics are now sitting in their respective metal donuts. 
  • How do we want to bake the optics? Bob has said he has prepared the oven for this bake, and that he has configured the temperature controller to a setpoint of 34C, and a ramp time of 2 hours to reach that temperature from lab temperature (we should check this before putting the optics in there with our independent temperature sensor - also, he is away for the week now so we can't get his input on any of these). But what about the actual logistics of how the optics are going to be housed? Specifically:
    • Do we want the donut to sit on some sort of tray? Presumably it is not ideal to have the HR surface in close proximity to the oven floor? 
    • Does the oven need any special cleaning?
    • Do we cover the donut+optic setup with a glass jar? If we do, any particles we eject off the optic can't escape the confines of the bowl, and if we don't, detritus from elsewhere may settle on the optic?
    • How long do we want this bake to last? 24hours? 48 hours? Bob didn't have an answer when I asked him earlier in the afternoon...
  • I also removed the suspension block from the top of the towers of both ETMX and ETMY, so that Steve could work on sanding them before we acetone-wipe and bake the towers themselves.
    • It was very apparent that the weights of the two pieces were largely different (ETMY suspension block ~350g, ETMX suspension block ~960g), even though they have the same physical dimensions.
    • Investigation into why this was yielded nothing conclusive. But Steve and I think that the ETMY suspension block is made out of Aluminum rather than SS, which would explain why the wire grooves seem deeper in the ETMY piece than the ETMX piece. It is worth noting that the specification calls for SS and not aluminum. But the top piece of the ETMY suspension (and indeed the old ETMX suspension) looks different from the specification, in that they don't have tapped holes for the secondary wire clamps (see Attachment #1).
    • I'm not sure if this is important, but it is worth noting. Steve and I also checked the remaining suspension towers. We think that ITMY, BS, SRM and PRM have the correct (to specification) suspension block. We couldn't get a look at ITMX and didn't want to take the door off. So ETMY (and possibly ITMX) will be the only suspension(s?) with a different suspension block.
  • Steve's sanding efforts did not go ideally.
    • He was successful in removing the wire grooves.
    • But the sharp edge which is supposed to clamp the wire seems to have been rounded a little bit (see Attachment #1). 
    • Overall, the section that we was sanded looks lower (i.e. its like we've dug a small channel into the plane of the suspension block)
    • Given that we suspect the ETMY suspension block is Aluminum, it is likely that attempting to sand it will yield an even deeper channel.
  • Do we want to bake the suspension towers in the large baking oven? Presumably we don't want to bake the optics with anything else. But does the large oven need any special cleaning before we stick the towers in there?
  • ETMY has some acetone marks on it. I will try and have this removed by drag wiping with more acetone and isopropanol prior to the bake tomorrow. Anyways we will first-contact clean the HR (and AR) sides after the bake before installing the optic.

In summary, the questions that remain (to me) are:

  1. Are we okay using an Al suspension block?
  2. How perfectly do we want wire grooves from prior suspensions removed? It looks like sanding doesn't work well, do we want to consider sending this into the shop?
  3. Baking logistics, as described above.

I think we can start the baking of the optics tomorrow. The timeline for the suspension towers is unclear, depends on how we want to deal with the sanding dilemma.

  12412   Tue Aug 16 08:04:49 2016 SteveUpdateSUSETMY had Aluminum bridge

The SOS ETMY tower had and Aluminum bridge. How is it possible that this was true? Is SS better than Al for some quantitative scientifc reason ???

Their weight ratio as measured  =  922 / 307 g = 3

Destinies:  SS 304 / Al 6061  >  0.289 / 0.098  [ lb /in3 ] =  2.94

  12415   Tue Aug 16 21:54:27 2016 gautamUpdateSUSAir-bake - IN PROGRESS

I put in both ETMX and ETMY into the air-bake oven at approximately 8.45pm tonight. They can be removed at 8.45am tomorrow morning. 

  • Given that we had previously melted a thermocouple in this oven, and there have been no high temperature bakes in it since, we ran the oven at 100C for about 3 hours in the afternoon
  • After that, I left the oven door open for an hour for the interior to return to room temperature
  • I then re-connected the controller (which doesn't seem very precise, it pulses the AC power to the oven in order to control the temperature), and dialled the oven back down to heating level 4, which is what Bob had it set at. I then waited for a couple of hours for the oven to reach ~34C
  • Before putting the optics in, I gave the inside of the oven a quick wipe with a clean wipe, and palced a layer of Al foil on the bottom of the oven
  • The optics are sitting on their donuts (see Attachment #1) - the copper wire elevates the optic+donut slightly and provides a path for air flow
  • ETMY was drag wiped with acetone+isopropanol prior to baking (to remove acetone stains from soaking to remove epoxy residue
  • We will of course be cleaning the optics with first contact prior to re-installation in the vacuum chambers
  • I am not sure what the extra cylindrical piece in there is, but Bob advised me to leave it in there so that's what I did
  • I've observed the temperature over ~2hours since I first put it in, and the oven/controller isn't going bonkers, so I'm trusting the controller and leaving for the night
  12416   Wed Aug 17 08:47:43 2016 ericqUpdateSUSAir-bake finished

I turned off the air bake oven at 8:45AM. I'll leave the optics alone for a bit while it cools.

  12419   Wed Aug 17 22:09:04 2016 ranaUpdateSUSSOS sus wire ordered

Not really true that it passed. That's just an arbitrary margin. Best to throw away all the old wire. We have no quantitative estimate of what the real torque should be. Its just feelings.


The wire will arrive in 1-2 weeks. It is a new production. Brad Snook of Ca Fine Wire was suprised that we are still using the 13 years old wire.  Oxidation is an issue with iron contained steel wire.

He would not give me a shelf life time on it. He recommended to check the strenght of it before usage. It passed with safety factor of 2 just recently.

In the future we'll store the new spool in oxigen free nitrogen environment..


  12420   Wed Aug 17 23:00:57 2016 gautamUpdateSUSAir-bake of towers

I just put in the following into the air bake oven for a 12 hour, 70C bake:

  • ETMX and ETMY cages (with sanded suspension blocks loosely tightened for now, we will tighten them after the bake)
  • 13 new wire clamps that were recently made by the shop
  • 7 lengths of suspension wire (since the new wire is unlikely to arrive for another 2 weeks). This should be sufficient in case we overtighten the wire clamps a couple of times and the wire snaps.

I put these in at 10.30pm. So the oven will be turned off at 10.30am tomorrow morning. The oven temperature seems stable in the region 70-80 C (there is no temperature control except for the in built oven control, I just adjusted the dial till I found the oven remains at ~70C.

Tomorrow, we will look to put on first contact onto the ETMs, and then get about to re-suspending them.

  12421   Thu Aug 18 08:17:16 2016 SteveUpdateSUSwire clamping preparation

The wire inprints were removed by 800P grain paper [Norton 73568] The SS bridge block now has an undesireble vally in the wire location.

The sus bridges were soaked in acetone over night and sonicated to remove residual sand paper.



I just put in the following into the air bake oven for a 12 hour, 70C bake:

  • ETMX and ETMY cages (with sanded suspension blocks loosely tightened for now, we will tighten them after the bake)
  • 13 new wire clamps that were recently made by the shop
  • 7 lengths of suspension wire (since the new wire is unlikely to arrive for another 2 weeks). This should be sufficient in case we overtighten the wire clamps a couple of times and the wire snaps.

I put these in at 10.30pm. So the oven will be turned off at 10.30am tomorrow morning. The oven temperature seems stable in the region 70-80 C (there is no temperature control except for the in built oven control, I just adjusted the dial till I found the oven remains at ~70C.

Tomorrow, we will look to put on first contact onto the ETMs, and then get about to re-suspending them.


  12422   Thu Aug 18 14:14:20 2016 gautamUpdateSUSAir-bake of towers - finished

I took the two cages, wires and wire clamps out this morning, back into the cleanroom after their 12 hour 70C bake. 

I've also applied first contact to the AR face of the optics. Steve is preparing a jig which will allow us to apply first contact on the HR side with the optic horizontal. The idea is to apply a large coating first, to clean the bulk of the HR surface, and peel it off before re-suspending the optic. Then we can paint on a smaller area, suspend the optic (and hope the pitch balancing is alright) before taking the whole assembly into the chamber where it will be peeled off. 

Calum recommended that we buy a new ionizing gun + electrometer assembly (apparently our current set up is woefully obsolete) but I don't know if we can have these in time for the first contact peeling...

  12423   Thu Aug 18 15:16:09 2016 SteveUpdateSUSSOS sus wire is in


Stress Relieved 0.0017"  Music Wire  CFW P/N: CFW2035025,   Made 08-17-2016                                

    Old  2003    New  2016  
GBL 358.9 240.610 grams
UTS 357,061 229,603 PSI
YTS 343,211 177,371 PSI
ELONG 2.38 0.8 %
HEAT 10622 10622  

GBL (grams breaking load )         

UTS (ultimate tensile strength)                                 

YTS (yield tensile strength) 

ELONG (elongation)  


0.0017" OD., 500ft steel music wire ordered. Pictures of the existing roll are below. It will be on 8" OD. spool too.



  12424   Fri Aug 19 22:51:12 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMs first-contacted

I've applied first contact to both the ETMs. They're now ready to be suspended. I've also cut up some lengths of the new wire and put them in the oven for a 12 hour 70C bake. 

  • For both ETMs, I first applied first contact to the bulk of the HR and AR surfaces (all the way out to the edge for the HR, for the AR as large an area as possible without getting too close to the magnets). Calum recommended pouring first contact onto the horizontal optic, but since I had no practise with this method, I opted not to try it out for the first time on our ETMs
  • After allowing this to dry for 24 hours, I peeled this layer off. Visual inspection suggests that the whole film came off cleanly. 
  • I then applied first contact to a smaller area around the center of the optic for only the HR surface. This will only be peeled off once the suspended optic is back in the vacuum chamber. This way, we keep the HR face protected for as long as possible.
  • Even though we applied F.C to both faces of the ITMs, I don't think its so important to keep a film on the AR side of the ETMs till we take it in. So I didnt re-coat the AR side with a smaller area of F.C. This way, if we want, we can do the OSEM assembly in the cleanroom without having to worry about peeling the F.C off with limited access to the rear of the optic.
  • I also opted to bake some lengths of the newly arrived steel wire for suspension. Not sure how important/useful this bake will be.

Unless we want the AR surface to also have a small F.C coat until the optic is in the vacuum chamber, I think I will proceed with re-suspending the ETMs..

  12426   Sun Aug 21 16:23:05 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMX suspended
  • ETMX has been successfully suspended
  • I've used one of the new wire clamps, and also the new suspension wire 
  • Because the HR face has first contact, pitch balancing cannot be checked at this point. But since the pitch balance was checked after the standoff was glued, there is no reason to believe it would have changed
  • Heights of the two scribe lines were checked with the microscope and verified to be at 5.5" above the tabletop. Also checked the position of the scribe line on the bottom of the optic to make sure the optic wasn't somehow rotated
  • Checked that wire was in the groove in the standoff on both sides, and that the optic was freely hanging with no EQ stops engaged. I also verified that there are no obvious kinks/other funny features where the wire is in contact with the optic barrel below the standoffs.
  • Wire clamps were tightened with the new torque wrench and 5 in. lb. (0.56 N m) of torque. Primary clamp was successfully tightened. However, the wire snapped between the primary and secondary clamps on one side. It is unclear to me how or why this happened. But since the primary wire clamp is the important one, I don't think it is worth re-suspending ETMX all over again
  • I've left the cage on the flow bench for now, with EQ stops engaged. OSEM coils have yet to be inserted, but I suppose we want to do this in the vacuum chamber now to do the fine rotation to minimize the bounce mode in the OSEM signals
  • I've prepared ETMY and its cage for suspension, will work on it tomorrow
  12428   Mon Aug 22 13:06:11 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY suspended

Today morning, I suspended ETMY and made the same checks dscribed below. The clamping went smoothly, 5 in. lb. of torque seems sufficient, in the limited observation time, there has been no evidence of wire sag. Today afternoon, we will go about putting the OSEM coils in, setting their equilibrium points etc. This may need to be re-done once the optic is in the chamber and the first contact has come off, but at least we can coarsely place them in the relative convenience of the cleanroom. 

GV EDIT 9.15pm 22 Aug: Eric had a look at both towers and pointed out that I had neglected to use washers on the wire stops. After consultation with Steve, I decided that it is not worth it to remove the clamp and re-suspend the optic - it is likely that the current suspension process will have caused new grooves in the suspension block, which will have to be removed, and the sanding process did not work so well last time. In any case, the net effect of this will be that the actual torque with which the clamp is tightened will be slightly different from 5 in. lb., but since there is no evidence that the clamp isn't tight enough / is too tight, I think it is okay to push ahead. 

  • ETMX has been successfully suspended
  • I've used one of the new wire clamps, and also the new suspension wire 
  • Because the HR face has first contact, pitch balancing cannot be checked at this point. But since the pitch balance was checked after the standoff was glued, there is no reason to believe it would have changed
  • Heights of the two scribe lines were checked with the microscope and verified to be at 5.5" above the tabletop. Also checked the position of the scribe line on the bottom of the optic to make sure the optic wasn't somehow rotated
  • Checked that wire was in the groove in the standoff on both sides, and that the optic was freely hanging with no EQ stops engaged. I also verified that there are no obvious kinks/other funny features where the wire is in contact with the optic barrel below the standoffs.
  • Wire clamps were tightened with the new torque wrench and 5 in. lb. (0.56 N m) of torque. Primary clamp was successfully tightened. However, the wire snapped between the primary and secondary clamps on one side. It is unclear to me how or why this happened. But since the primary wire clamp is the important one, I don't think it is worth re-suspending ETMX all over again
  • I've left the cage on the flow bench for now, with EQ stops engaged. OSEM coils have yet to be inserted, but I suppose we want to do this in the vacuum chamber now to do the fine rotation to minimize the bounce mode in the OSEM signals
  • I've prepared ETMY and its cage for suspension, will work on it tomorrow


  12430   Mon Aug 22 18:04:24 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY OSEMs inserted

[Johannes, gautam]

We worked on trying to insert the OSEMs in the optimal positions such that the coupling of the bounce mode into the OSEM sensor signals was minimised.

First, I gave the barrel of the optic a wipe with some optical tissue + acetone in order to remove what looked like some thin fibres of dried first contact. It may be that while I was applying the F.C., the HEPA air flow deposited these on the barrel. In any case, they came off easily enough. There is still a few specks of dust on various parts of the barrel, but it is likely that these can just be removed with the ionized air jet, which we can do after putting the optic in the chamber.

We then did the usual OSEM insertion till the magnets neutral position was such that the sensor output was ~50% of the fully open value (turned the HEPA off for the remainder of this work). I tweaked the bottom OSEM plate a little in order to center the magnets relative to the coil as best as possible. Once this was done, we attempted to look at spectra of the sensor outputs, with 0.05 Hz bandwidth - however, we were unable to identify any peak at 16.4 Hz, which is what a Jan 2015 measured value wiki page claims the bounce mode frequency is (although this was an in vacuum measurement). There were a couple of peaks at ~15.7 Hz and ~16.7 Hz, but I can't think of any reason why the bounce mode resonance should have changed so much - after all, this is ETMY for which no standoff regluing was done. The only difference is that there is some first contact + peek mesh on the HR face now, but I doubt this can modify the bounce resonance frequency so much (this is just my guess, I will have to back this up with a calculation).

Anyways we decided to take this up again tomorrow. Things are progressing fairly well now, I hope to be able to put in ETMY back into the chamber at some point tomorrow and commence re-alignment of the interferometer. I've left the OSEMs in for today, with the EQ stops not engaged but close by. HEPA has been turned back on.

  12434   Tue Aug 23 19:35:38 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY back in IFO

[johannes, gautam]

Summary: Today we moved the suspended ETMY optic back into the chamber from the cleanroom. Once in the chamber, we positioned the optic using the stops that marked the previous position of the optic. We then shortened the arm length by 19mm (in order to match the X and Y arm lengths. The F.C. coat on the HR face was removed prior to the final placement of the optic. We then adjusted the OSEM positions in their holders to get the sensor outputs to half their maximum value.

We did not get to check where the input beam hits the optic or see if the pitch balance of the optic is such that the reflected beam makes it back to the ITM. The plan for tomorrow is to do this. 

Part 1: Cleanroom work

  • We worked a little more on trying to adjust the rotational position of the OSEM coils in order to minimize the coupling of the bounce mode into the sensor signals. 
  • We had limited success in this regard. After about an hour, we concluded that it made more sense to do this in the chamber itself. For one thing, the drive electronics for the Y end are different (in the cleanroom, we are using the X end electronics, satellite box etc.).
  • We adjusted the position of the OSEMs till the sensor output readout was half the open value as best as we could. We also made sure that the wire was in the groove on both sides and that the magnets were well centered in the vertical direction relative to the OSEM coils and that there was no danger of knocking any magnets off (see attached pictures).
  • We then engaged all the EQ stops, and transferred the suspension cage to a cart (topped with Al foil, wiped clean) for transportation to the Y-end (with OSEMs left in).

Part 2: Transportation of optic

  • Nothing special here, just took great care while going over bumps near doors between the cleanroom and the IFO, and along the Y-arm itself.
  • Definitely a 2 man job - one person can lift a pair of wheels over any bumps while the other can make sure there is no danger of the cage toppling over. 

Part 3: Chamber work

  • PSL shutter was closed for this part of work. Earlier today, I found that C1SUSAUX had failed yet again (why are all the slow computers dying more often nowadays?!). I restarted the slow machine, and locked the mode cleaner. The alignment hadn't drifted so much from when EricQ had last aligned the IMC, and with only minimal tweaking, I was able to lock the IMC and see a beam on the REFL camera.
  • First, I transferred the suspension cage onto the edge of the table inside the chamber. Care was taken not to accidentally place the cage onto the trailing OSEM wires.
  • There were some specks of dust on the barrel of the optic, and also the cage. These were removed with clean wipes and isopropanol.
  • I judged that it would be too precarious to remove the F.C. with the optic in its final desired position. So we decided to take the coat off with the optic at the edge of the table. The central part of the HR face looks pretty clean. Even though the whole HR face was cleaned with F.C., the part that was left uncovered prior to putting the optic back into the chamber has a few specks of dust on it (see attachments). These could not be removed just by blowing ionized air. I was hesitant to drag wipe the optic, so I left things as is. In any case, the optic as a whole is MUCH cleaner (to my eye at least) than prior to the cleaning. 
  • Conveniently, the stops marking the previous position of the optic were on the far side and back.
  • Since we wanted to shorten the Y arm length by 2 cm, we placed a clean steel ruler of width 19mm in front of the rear stop (see attached pictures). I then moved the cage back along the side stop till I hit the ruler.
  • I then clamped the optic down, removed the spacing ruler, and re-adjusted the position of the rear stop to mark the new position of ETMY.
  • We were concerned that the change of position of the cage on the table affected the leveling. Checking with a clean spirit level, we found evidence of a slight tilt in the direction towards the vertex of the IFO, as expected from the way the ETMY cage was moved. To compensate for this, I moved one of the counterweight masses (see attachments) till the spirit level showed the table to be level (to its resolution) in two perpendicular directions
  • We then plugged in the OSEMs into the DB25 connectors on the table. We found that the Y-end electronics were giving different readouts from what we had been seeing in the cleanroom with the X end electronics (not surprising I guess). We resolved to pull out all the OSEMs, check their maximum sensor output values, and re-insert them till the sensor output was half this maximum as best as we could. NOTE TO SELF: UPDATE THE WIKI PAGE!
  • We turned on the damping, and found that the exisiting input matrix performs fairly well.
  • We took a quick look at the spectra of the sensor outputs - interestingly, with the suspension on the seismic stacks inside the chamber, the 16.4 Hz bounce mode peak showed up clearly (these were totally absent in the cleanroom). I did not attempt any fine rotation of the OSEMs in the holders (it is not even clear to me how good/bad the present configuration is) because I reasoned we first need to apply a pitch bias to get the beam back to the ITMY chamber and then re-adjust the OSEM coils. The bounce mode decoupling will be the last step. 
  • For tonight, we decided to leave the optic freely swinging (with EQ stops close by) so that tomorrow, we can look at the offline spectra of sensor outputs and if necessary, re-diagonalize the suspension. 
  • After checking nothing unwanted was left behind in the chamber, we closed it up for tonight.

Plan for tomorrow:

  • Pitch balancing check (by looking at reflected beam at ITMY)
  • Re-adjust OSEMs on ETMY, minimize bounce mode coupling into sensor outputs
  • Make Y arm cavity by re-positioning ITMY


Attachment #1: Wire is in groove in side without OSEM

Attachment #2: Wire is in groove in side with OSEM (picture taken with OSEM coil removed)

Attachment #3: UL magent relative to OSEM coil

Attachment #4: LL magent relative to OSEM coil

Attachment #5: LR magnet relative to OSEM coil

Attachment #6: UR magnet relative to OSEM coil

Attachment #7: Side magnet relative to OSEM coil

Attachment #8: ETMY HR face with F.C. film removed. Non-covered part isn't super clean, but the covered part itself does not have any large specks of dust visible.

Attachment #9: Scheme adopted to shorten Y arm length by 19mm.

Attachment #10: Current situation inside EY chamber. Counterweight that was moved to balance the table is indicated.


  12441   Thu Aug 25 15:43:29 2016 ericqUpdateSUSOSEM issues

We've seen for some time now that one of the PRM OSEM signals has been gone, and all of the SRM signals seem dark. We had tried squishing various cables to no avail.

Today I played some "musical satellite boxes," in an attempt to see if the problems are in the chambers or in the signal chains. That is, I swapped the OSEM cables from the vacuum feedthroughs between the satellite boxes, and observed what happened.

It seems clear that something is up with SRM inside the chamber. For PRM, it's not so clear...

  PRM Satellite SRM Satellite BS Satellite
PRM OSEMs LR low + small fluctuations LR low + small fluctuations LR low + small fluctuations
SRM OSEMs No signals No Signals No Signals
BS OSEMs LR low, flat OK OK

Somehow, issues with the LR channel follow both the PRM OSEMs and the PRM satellite box. frown

PRM LR first went dark on Jul 2nd, after the IFO was vented, but before we took any doors off (which happened on the 5th). I'm not sure what may have caused this.

SRM OSEMS first went dark on the evening of Jul 18, the day before ELOG 12310, when ITMY was moved in the same chamber. Maybe this ELOG was written about work the day before, but the sensors show disturbances over the course of hours. I think we need to double check the connections in chamber. 

  12443   Thu Aug 25 20:07:35 2016 gautamUpdateSUSOSEM issues - maybe resolved?

[lydia, johannes, gautam]

While struggling to minimize the bounce mode coupling into the sensor signals, we briefly poked into the ITMY chamber, and think that we understand the origin of the problem, at least for the SRM.

Essentially, we believe that moving the ITM from its nominal position to the edge of the table has shifted the table leveling such that the optic (SRM) is tilted backwards (hence the magnets are completely occluding the LEDs) and that perhaps the optic is in contact with one or more of the bottom EQ stops (hence the signal is stationary, no oscillations visible. The timing of the signals going dark as Eric mentioned supports this hypothesis. The reason why we believe this to be the case is that when I was trying to loosen the screw on the clamp holding the ITMY cage to the table, we saw ~1Hz signals from all 5 SRM OSEM sensors, though they were well away from the nominal equilibrium values. The arrangement of towers in the chamber right now did not permit me to get a good look at the SRM magnets, but I believe they are all still attached to the optic, and that they are NOT stuck to the OSEM coils. If this is indeed the case, putting ITMY back in will solve the issue completely.

It is not clear what has happened to the LR coil on the PRM - could it be that during the venting process, somehow the LR magnet got stuck to the OSEM? If so, can we free it by the usual bias jiggling?

  12444   Thu Aug 25 21:11:43 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY back in IFO

There was some confusion as to the order in which we should go about trying to recover the Y arm. But here are the steps we decided on in the end.

  1. Use the tip tilts to make sure the input beam is hitting roughly the center of ETMY, with ITMY left out.
  2. Use the reflected beam from the ETM as viewed in the ITM chamber to set the pitch bias on ETM.
  3. Center OSEM coils on ETM, rotate them to minimize bounce mode coupling into the sensor signals.
  4. Install the ITM, look for cavity flashes, and use alignment biases to try and lock the Y arm in air.

Yesterday, Eric, Johannes and I tried to do step 1, but after some hours of beam walking, we were unsuccessful. Today morning, Koji suggested that the ITM wedge could be playing a part - essentially, over 40m, the wedge would shift the beam horizontally by ~30cm, which is kind of what we were seeing yesterday. That is, with 0 biases to the tip tilts, we could find the beam in the ETM chamber, towards the end of the table, ~30cm away from where it should be (since the input pointing is adjusted taking this effect into account, but we were doing all of our alignment attempts without the ITM in).

So, we shifted strategy today. The idea was to trust that the green beam was well aligned to the cavity axis (we had maximized the green transmission before the vent), and set the pitch bias voltage to ETMY by making the reflected beam overlap with itself. This was done successfully, and we needed to apply a pitch bias of ~-2.70 (value on the MEDM screen slider), which agrees well with what I was seeing in the cleanroom. We then adjusted the OSEMs to bring the sensor outputs to half their nominal maximum value. Next, we went into the ITMX chamber, and were able to find the green beam, at the right height, and approximately where we expect the center of the ITM to be (this supports the hypothesis that the green input pointing was pretty good). I am however concerned if this is truly the right value of the bias for making a cavity with the ITM, because the pre-vent value of the pitch bias slider for ETMY was at -3.7, which is a 30% difference from the current value (and I can't think of a reason why this should have changed, the standoffs weren't touched for ETMY). If we go ahead and fine tune the OSEMs rotationally assuming this is the right bias to have, we may end up with sub-optimal bounce mode coupling into the sensor signals if we have to apply a significantly larger/smaller offset to realise a cavity? The alternative is to put in the ITM, and set the pitch balance using the IR beam, and then go about rotating OSEMs. The obvious downside is that we have to peel the F.C. off, risking dirtying the ITMs.

For much of the rest of the day, we were trying to play with the rotation of the OSEM coils in order to minimize the bounce mode coupling into the sensor signals. We weren't able to come up with a good scheme to do this measurement, and I couldn't find any elog which details how this was done in the past. The problem is we have no target as to how good is good enough, and it is extremely difficult to gauge whether our rotation has improved the situation or not. For instance, with no rotation of the OSEMs, by observing the bounce mode peak height over a period of 20-30 minutes, we saw the peak height change by a factor of at least 3. This is not really surprising I guess, because the impulses that are exciting the bounce mode are stochastic (or at least they should be), and so it is very hard to make an apples to apples comparison as to whether a rotation has improved the situation on.

After some thought, the best I can come up with is the following. If anyone has better ideas or if my idea is flawed, or if this is a huge waste of time, please correct me!

  1. Adopt this spectrum (except the side signal) as a reference for what constitutes "good" rotational orientation of the OSEMs (even though it is for ETMX not ETMY).
  2. Start with one coil. The suspension assembly document tells us to expect the orientation with minimal bounce coupling to be located within 20 degrees of "the vertical", the vertical being defined as that orientation in which the line connecting the LED and PD as seen by eye is vertical. So start with the coil oriented vertically, as best as possible by eye.
  3. Damp the optic for ~1min, with the curtain covering the chamber entrance. Ideally, we want the door back on, as this lowers the noise floor significantly, but it is too cumbersome to replace even the light door so I suppose we will have to compromise.
  4. Take a reference spectrum. In the interest of time, I think a bandwidth of 0.1Hz on the Fourier Transform should be sufficient. (Tangentially related - the BW you specify in the measurement setup in DTT doesn't seem to be the BW with which the spectrum is computed, I wonder why that is?)
  5. It is basically impossible to rotate the coil continuously. So divide the range to be explored into steps (so each step will involve rotating the coil by ~2 degrees (I don't know if this number is physically feasible, but some discrete step will be involved). Rotate the coil, center it such that the sensor output is close to half the maximum.
  6. Pull the curtain down, damp the optic, and take another spectrum. If the bounce mode peak is higher, abandon this direction of rotation, and rotate the other way. We accept as the optimal position the one from which the bounce mode peak height gets worse by rotating to either side.

Of course, this method assumes that the excitation into the bounce mode is a constant over time. I'm also attaching the spectrum of the OSEM sensor signals right now - the optic is in the chamber, free swinging (no damping) with the door on (so it is fairly quiet). The LR signal seems to be the best (indeed seems to match the levels in this plot), but it is not clear whether the others can be improved or not.

There was also some concern as to whether we will be able to see the beam in the ETMX chamber once the ITM has been re-installed. Assuming we get 100mW out of the IMC, PRM transmission of 5.5%, and ITM transmission of 1.4%, we get ~35uW incident on the ETM, which while isn't a lot, should be sufficient to see using an IR card.

  12445   Fri Aug 26 11:35:44 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY UL sensor problematic

I've been noticing that the ETMY UL sensor output has been erratic  over the last few days. It seems to be jumping around a lot, even though there is no discernable change in any of the other sensor signals. Damping is OFF, which means the sensor signals should just be a reflection of actual test mass motion. But the fact that only one sensor output is erratic leads me to believe that the problem is in the electronics. I've also double checked that we aren't touching any EQ stops. Also, we had centered all the sensor outputs to half their maximum value pretty carefully. But looking at the Striptool traces, I now find that the UL sensor output has settled at some other value. Simply removing the OSEM connector and plugging it in again leads to the sensor output going back to the carefully centered value. Could it be that the photodiode has gone bad? If so, do we have spare OSEMs to use? I will also re-squish the satellite box cables to see if that fixes the problem.


Attachment #1: Sensor output spectra around the bounce mode peak. Nothing was touched inside the chamber between the time this spectrum was taken and the spectrum I put up last night (in fact the chamber was closed)

Attachment #2: UL sensor output is erratic, while the others show no glitching. This supports the hypothesis that the problem is electronic. The glitch itself happened while the chamber was closed.

Attachment #3: The only difference between this trace and Attachment #2 is that the UL connector was removed and plugged in (OSEM wasn't touched)

  12446   Fri Aug 26 14:05:38 2016 SteveUpdateSUSETMY UL sensor problematic

This problem has existed well before the vent


  12447   Fri Aug 26 14:09:46 2016 ericqUpdateSUSETMY UL sensor problematic

We do indeed have a box of clean spare OSEMs, it should be out with all of the other boxes of clean stuff we had for the suspension building. You could also try swapping in a different satellite box, to see if the circuit powering the OSEM PD is to blame.

  12448   Fri Aug 26 17:48:14 2016 gautamUpdateSUSbounce mode coupling reduction

We worked on reducing the bounce mode coupling into the sensor signals today. After some trial and error, essentially following the procedure I had put up in my previous elog, we think we were successful in reducing the coupling. We have now left the optic free swinging, so that we can collect some data and look at a spectrum with finer bandwidth. But as per the methodology we followed, we saw that the peak height corresponding to the bounce mode increased when we rotated the OSEM either side of its current position (except for the side OSEM, which we felt was in a good enough position to warrant not touching it and messing it up - of course only the spectrum will tell us if we are right or not. I also took some pictures with the camera with the IR filter removed, but we couldn't get any real information from these photos. I also checked with Jenne and Jamie who both suggested that they didn't have any metric with which they judged if the rotation of the OSEM was good enough or not. So we will wait to have a look at the spectrum from later tonight, and if it looks reasonable enough, I vote we move on. As Eric suggested, perhaps we can repalce the UL OSEM coil and see if that solves the apparent UL coil problem. Then we should move on to putting the arm cavity together.

Addendum 11pm 26 Aug 2016: I've uploaded the spectra - looks like our tweaking has gained us a factor of ~2 on LL, LR and SD, and no significant improvement on UL and UR compared to yesterdays spectrum.

  12449   Sun Aug 28 21:40:11 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY UL sensor problematic

I wanted to observe the UL coil for any excursions over the weekend. Looking at the 2 day trend, something is definitely wrong. These glitches/excursions are much more pronounced than what is seen in the pre-vent plots Steve had put up.

In order to try and narrow down whether the problem is with the Satellite box or the LED/PD themselves, I switched the Satellite box at the Y end with the Satellite box for ITMY (at ~930pm tonight). Hopefully over a 12 hour observation period, we see something that will allow us to make some conclusion. 

  12450   Mon Aug 29 09:37:05 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY UL sensor problematic

It looks like the problem is indeed in the Satellite box. Attachment #1 shows the second trend for the last 12 hours (~930pm 28 Aug 2016 - 930am 29 Aug 2016) for the ITMY and ETMY sensor signals. The satellite boxes for the two were switched during this time (the switch is seen at the leftmost edge of the plots). After the switch, ETMY UL has been well behaved, though ITMY UL shows evidence of excursions similar to what we have been seeing. All the ITMY coils are pulled out of the suspension cage currently, and are just sitting on the optical table, so they should just be reading out a constant value. I think this is conclusive evidence that the problem is with the Satellite box and not the OSEM itself. I will pull the Satellite box out and have a look at its innards to see if I can find the origin of the problem...

  12451   Mon Aug 29 14:42:06 2016 gautamUpdateSUSETMY Satellite box diagnostics

I opened up the ETMY satellite box to investigate the glitches seen in the UL sensor output. 

Attachments #1 & 2: The connection to J4 from the satellite amplifier goes through a "satellite amplifier termination board", whose function, according to the schematic, is to prevent oscillations of the output amplifiers for the PD outputs. This seems to have been attached to the inside cover of the Satellite box by means of some sort of sponge/adhesive arrangement. The box itself gets rather hot however, and the sponge/adhesive was a gooey mess. I believe it is possible that some pins on the termination board were getting shorted - so if the 100 ohm resistor for the Ul channel that is meant to prevent the output amplifier oscillating was getting shorted, this could explain the problem.

For now, I cleaned off the old sponge/adhesive as best as I could, and used 4 pads of thick double sided tape (with measured resistance > 60Mohm) to affix the termination board to the inside of the box lid. In the ~3 hours since I have plugged the satellite box back in, there has been no evidence of any glitching. 

Of course, it could be that the problem has nothing to do with the termination board, and perhaps an OpAmp in the UL signal chain is damaged, but I stopped short of replacing these for now. I plan to push on with putting the IFO back together, and will keep an eye on this problem to see if more action is needed.

Also, if the inside of the ETMY satellite box had this problem of the sponge/adhesive giving way, it may be that something similar is going on in the other boxes as well. This remains to be investigated.

  12452   Mon Aug 29 21:53:14 2016 LydiaUpdateSUSETMY bounce mode coupling

[gautam, johannes, lydia]

We decided to try some different approaches on minimizing the ETMY bounce coupling today, since the peak height in the previously attched spectrum was  higher than the previously recorded levels in 2011 for all but the LR OSEM.

  • We recoreded a coarse reference spectrum with the light door off and the HEPA filter on. 
  • We attempted to match UL, UR and LL orientation to their apparent position in photos takes before the OSEMs were initially removed. We found that every OSEM showed a stronger bounce coupling, including those that had not been moved. We repeated the spectrum a few times, damping the optic and then turning the damping back off between each data set. The effect persisted, so we decided to move them back to where they started today (the final posiitons of our earlier optimization attempt). 
  • The peaks returned to approximately their reference levels for all except LL. UL was still the worst overall, so we attempted to more finely tune its angle without success: we saw increases in the peak height in both directions again (when turned approx. 3-4 degrees). 
  • We then turned the UL OSEM by 90 degrees. (See Attachment 1). Surprisingly, the 16.4 Hz peak height was greatly reduced (by a factor of 7-9). We took another spectrum to confirm and the peak was significantly lower than the reference yet again. We decided to leave the OSEM in this configuration in order to take a finer spectrum (See Attachment 2). However, this means that while the magnet looks well centered in the OSEM, the sideways range of motion is reduced and there are no earthquake stops preventing string side to side swings, so care should be taken in the ETMY chamber. 
  • Before starting, we had discussed a possilbe mechanism for bounce coupling that could potentially be minimized by turning the OSEM so that the nominal beam direction was horizontal. This would be possible if the beam of light inside the OSEM were directed toward the front or back, i.e. if it had some component parallel to the POS axis. Then, if the component of the beam in the plane of the optic's surface is oriented vertically, the bounce mode will move the edge of the magnet's shadow in and out of the center of the beam, allowing for strong coupling (proportional to the size of the angle). Turning the OSEM by 90 degrees would eliminate this kind of coupling. 
  • It's also true that (regardless of the mechanism) minimizing bounce couling for an OSEM maximizes the side coupling. The side coupling values of the pre-vent diagonalization matrices might be useful to compare to what we see now, to find out if the minimization we do in fact increases the side coupling (if not, maybe we are not truly minimizing the bounce coupling but observing some other effect, or our measurement method is too inconsistent.) Thoughts on this are welcome. 
  • Now that this improvement has been found, we should do a more thorough investigation to see where the true optimum position is (no small steps have been taken around this new position, and the minimum could also be at some angle in between).
  • In the interest of finishing the vent, should we try to find out exactly why the optimal angles seem so different than expected, or should we just try to minimize as best we can and move on to setting up the Y arm cavity? 
  12453   Tue Aug 30 09:51:37 2016 SteveUpdateSUSthe chamber HEPA tents are back

How to minimize particles entering the vacuum envelope.


Just the way it was in August 2011 vent and before.

The portable HEPAs were set up at ETMY and ITMY with CP STAT 100 curtains.

The  40m particles on the floor at ITMY 3000-5000 counts  of 0.5 micron cf / min and 0.3 micron size particles are 55,000 - 65,000 counts cf / min

At this condition the MET One Counter #3 on the floor inside the tent goes to zero count  of 0.5 micron and 20-40 counts cf / min  for 0.3 micron when the tent is slightly overpressured.






  12454   Tue Aug 30 15:44:28 2016 SteveUpdateSUS wire standoffs update

100 Sapphire prisms ordered. Delivery date 9-30-2016

~60 deg. prisms,

Size A=B=C=2 mm, length 5 mm

Material: sapphire

Surface quality: 5 micron RMS

Tolerances: +- 0.1 mm

This prism will be used as a mechanical component

No crystal orientation required



There are some issues with 5 mm sapphire prism Atm5. It will cause  interference between one of the prisms and the Side OSEM.

Here are some drawings to see the issues with larger wire standoff.

The 2 mm prism will work.with a 1 mm longer dumbell.

Quotes requested from http://photomachining.com/laser-micromachining-photomachining-contact.html and http://www.optocity.com/ 




  12455   Tue Aug 30 20:26:36 2016 gautamUpdateSUSITMY installed

[gautam, johannes, lydia]

Today we installed ITMY into position in the chamber.

  • First, we took the F.C coat off both faces
  • A stream of ionized nitrogen was used during the peeling process. We took as much care as possible not to blow towards the SRM. 
  • F.C. films came off smoothly. But when we looked at a picture we took prior to putting the optic in place, it looks like there may be a sliver of F.C. left on the optic. There are also a few specks of dust visible on the HR face, but well away from the clear aperture (see Attachment #1). Do we want to use isopropanol + optical tissue to try and remove these?
  • After F.C removal, we moved the optic into place against its stops. Returned OSEM connector tower to approximately its original place as it was moved to facilitate shifting the ITM to the edge of the table. 
  • I cleaned up the tangled mess of OSEM connector wires. On the ITMY tower, the OSEM cables have been tied using pieces of thin copper wire so as to avoid the wires straying into the beam path. Checked that wires are in grooves on both sides.
  • Unfortunately we were not able to start on setting up a cavity today, because when we checked the leveling of the ITM, we found that it was significantly not level. This is probably because the ITM was at the edge of the table. The cage is rather heavy and the location it was put in had a large lever arm. In any case, the table is slowly relaxing back to their usual state, Steve recommended we leave it overnight.
  • Other issues:
    • the UL sensor on ITMY also seemed to show some evidence of glitchy behaviour. Looking in the Satellite box, I didn't see any obvious probelms like I did for the ETMY box (for which I am not even sure if I did a legitimate fix anyways). I guess we have to keep observing and think about doing something about this if it really is problematic.
    • SRM barrel is pretty dusty. So is SR3. Do we want to clean these? If so how? F.C. or isoprop drag wipe?

We did some quick checks with the green beam and the IR beam. With the help of the custom Iris for the suspension towers, we gauged that both beams are pretty close to the center of the test mass. So we are in a not unreasonable place to start trying to align the beam. Of course we didn't check if the beam makes it to the ETM today.

The SRM OSEM sensor problem seems to have been resolved by moving the ITM back to its place as we suspected. The values are converging, but not to their pre-vent values (attachment #2). We can adjust these if necessary I guess... Or perhaps this fixes itself once the table returns to its neutral position. This remains to be monitored.

In the never-ending B-R mode reduction saga - we found what we think is an acceptable configuration now. Spectrum attached (Attachment #3). The top two OSEMs are now nearly 90 degrees rotated, while the bottom two are nearly horizontal. Anyways I guess we just have to trust the spectra. I should also point out that the spectra change rather significantly from measurement to measurement. But I think this is good enough to push ahead, unless anyone thinks otherwise?

  12456   Wed Aug 31 18:07:43 2016 JohannesUpdateSUSITMY free swinging

[Lydia, Gautam, Koji, Johannes]

Summary of things done today:

  • Rebalanced ITMY table
    • After waiting until today to see if the table would relax into a level position, engaged the earthquake stops for SRM and moved the large counterweight by ~4 inches. The table is now level to within ~0.1 mrad in direction of the access port
    • Since the relaxing seems to take some time, we will open ITMX and ETMX chamber tomorrow and level the tables with additional weights, so the springs can get used to 'levelness' again
  • Cleaned ITMY, SRM and SR2 optics
    • Koji drag-wiped all three optics and cleaned the table in general where accessible. He was able to remove the sliver discussed in elog https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/12455
    • We measured the particle count in the chamber and found it to be 4000 for 0.3 microns and 660 for 0.5 microns.
  • We pulled out stops on ETMY ITMY and roughly centered the OSEMs half-way, using photos of the previous OSEM rotation as a reference point for their orientation. We foudn that the green beam is hitting ITMY almost centered and that the reflection doesn't seem to steer off too much, but were not yet able to see any returned light on the ETMY cameras.

Unless we get lucky and get the green light to flash in the cavity by playing with the mirror alignment, we will open the ETMY chamber tomorrow. On one hand we can look for the reflected green light in the chamber, or alternatively the IR beam transmitted by ITMY. This way we can obtain estimates for the OSEM biasing and perform the final centering of the OSEMs. We will then also address the bounce mode minimization in ITMY and check if the previous orientations still hold.

  12457   Wed Aug 31 22:09:18 2016 gautamUpdateSUSY arm locked to Green

Koji tweaked the alignment sliders till we were able to get the Y arm locked to green in a 00 mode, GTRY ~ 0.5 which is the prevent number I have in my head. The green input pointing looks slightly off in yaw, as the spot on the ITM looks a little misaligned - I will fix this tomorrow. But it is encouraging that we can lock to the green, suggests we are not crazily off in alignment.

[Ed by KA: slider values: ETMY (P, Y) = (-3.5459,  0.7050), ITMY (P, Y) =  (0.3013, -0.2127)]

While we were locked to the green, ITMY UL coil acted up quite a bit - with a large number of clearly visible excursions. Since the damping was on, this translated to somewhat violent jerking of ITMY (though the green impressively remained locked). We need to fix this. In the interest of diagnosis, I have switched in the SRM satellite box for the ITM one, for overnight observation. It would be good to narrow this down to the electronics. Since SRM is EQ-stopped, I did not plug in any satellite box for SRM. The problem is a difficult one to diagnose, as we can't be sure if the problem is with the LED current driver stage or the PD amplifier stage (or for that matter, the LED/PD themselves), and because the glitches are so intermittent. I will see if any further information can be gleaned in this regard before embarking on some extreme measure like switching out all the 1125 OpAmps or something...

Does anyone know if we have a spare satellite box handy? 

  12458   Wed Aug 31 23:01:02 2016 gautamUpdateSUSthe chamber HEPA tents are back

Some more numbers we found while working in/around the chamber today:

Particle counts
Area 0.3 micron count (per cfm) 0.5 micron count (per cfm)
Vacuum chamber (vented) ITMY  ~5000 ~600
HEPA enclosure on ITMY door <100 0
Lab ~100,000 ~6000

These numbers were measured using our particle counter, which has a pump rate of 0.1 cfm, so the numbers above are 10x the numbers shown on the instrument after a measurement to account for this.

Essentially, the chamber is pretty dirty. Peeling the F.C with hard to reach optics like the ITM installed in place is not really feasible, and after peeling the F.C, we are looking at a best case of an additional 1-2 weeks in air to align the IFO, during which the optic is apparently exposed to quite a lot of particulates. In fact, with the high intensity flashlight left on, I actually saw some flecks of dust occassionally floating around inside the chamber while I was working on the optic. But this is just something we have to accept I guess.

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