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  4989   Tue Jul 19 10:54:14 2011 steveUpdateGenerallarge sensor card can not be found

Please return sensor card to  laser log box so others can use it. We have only one larger fluorescent sensor card.

  5001   Wed Jul 20 14:42:34 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today

C1:SUS-ETMX_OLPIT_GAIN set to 1.0     OLYAW 1.0

                ETMY                                     -0.2                   -0.2

                ITMY                                        2.0                    -2.0

                ITMX                                        0.5                     0.5

                  BS                                          0.4                    -0.4

                PRM                                         0.5                    -0.7

                SRM                                         1.0                     1.0

Earlier today Rana and I made power spectra of ETMY_OPLEV_ERROR signals with servo on and off.

It was indicating that the servo is not doing anything. These gain values were not set since IFO rebuilt.

Valera's entries were searched also. He did not do such thing. Rana may know where it is in the elog if it happened.

  5011   Thu Jul 21 10:08:30 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus sensor summary

OSEM voltages to be corrected at upcoming vent: threshold ~ 0.7-1.2V, ( at 22 out of 50 )










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  5014   Thu Jul 21 16:06:35 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today checked by conlog

 Present values agree with conlog records. It can be concluded that there were no big changes made. There are some 0.1-0.2 gain  and one polarity changes during the periods of Valera's visits.


  5016   Fri Jul 22 10:13:41 2011 steveUpdateVACRGA scan at day 213
Attachment 1: pd70m213scan.jpg
  5017   Fri Jul 22 10:24:34 2011 steveUpdateVACpressure plot at day 213

Dec 21, 2010 we pumped down the MARK4 rebuilt 40m-IFO and the malev has been pumping on it since than

Attachment 1: p.jpg
  5029   Mon Jul 25 11:46:28 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY sus problem hunt

[Kiwamu / Steve]

We checked some electronics noise on the ETMY shadow sensor system.

Noise from the WF, AA board and ADC are below the shadow sensor spectra on ETMY.

It means something funny is going on in the upstream side (including the satelight box and shadow sensors)

OR the coil drivers side are going crazy ??


As Rana pointed out in his entry (#5025), the spectra of the shadow sensors on ETMY were quite bad below 3 Hz. The floor are higher than that of ETMX by factor of 10 or so.

To check if the noise comes from some of the electronics, we disconnected D15-sub from pd to whitening in.

The spectra with/without shadow sensors are attached below.

The curves in brown and green are the ones taken when the shadow sensors were disconnected from the WF board.

So these two curves represent the summed noise of the WF, AA and ADC.

This tells us to look toward the OSEM.


Attachment 1: ETMY_AA_ADC.png
  5037   Tue Jul 26 11:38:45 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY bias checked


 I test drove ETMY biases.

PITCH  worked well in slow and fast modes. Slow drive was from the IFO alignment screen C1:SUS-ETMY_PIT_COM and

the fast one from C1:SUS-ETMY_ASCPIT_OFFSET

YAW did not.  It was always diagonal. It was  specially bad with the fast drive. I compared them with ETMX. ETMX yaw is diagonal a little bit too.

The OPLEV return spots on the qpd ETMX and ETMY are big 5-6 mm diameter. The ETMY spot has weird geometry to qpd.

  5043   Wed Jul 27 10:10:12 2011 steveUpdatePSLlocking status

 80 days: PMC is drifting

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  5047   Wed Jul 27 15:38:01 2011 steveUpdateVACbeam traps for vacuum

We have cleaned, baked, rga scaned traps for vacuum. Thorlabs LB1 on 1" OD ss posts and forks. The effective surface area is 43 x 18 mm of stacked razors.

Seven pieces are mounted on New Focus #9962  1" OD SS vented-  pedestrals to 5.5" center height and 5 pieces to 4.875"

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  5050   Wed Jul 27 15:49:56 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYManuel receives safety training

Our surf student Manuel Marchiò received 40m specific safety training today.

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  5055   Thu Jul 28 16:26:42 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX, ITMY & ETMY OSEM gains adjusted


OSEM damping gains were adjusted by observing  real time dataviewer to get Q of 5

OSEMs were kicked up one by one with 200 counts  ~1sec. The error signal was optimized to get 1/2 of exitation amplitude at the 5th sinusoid wave.

C1: SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_N1 gain   111      ->        65,             PIT        7.2      ->    8,           YAW        12      ->     6,          SIDE     280

                  ITMY                                      277       ->     120,                        19.2     ->     7,                             24     ->     19,                        420    ->      470

                  ETMY                                       10        ->       32,                          20      ->     3,                             20     ->     10,                          50

                  ETMX                                       22        ->      25,                             3,                                                3,                                              -170  

ETMX having problems:  1, YAW can not be excited

                                             2, SIDE has no error signal in dataviewer. Sensing voltage on MEDM screen 0.142V




  5061   Fri Jul 29 16:04:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMX, PRM & SRM OSEM gains set

Jamei fixed the computer. Now I had a healthier ETMX with SIDE signal that allowed me to set gains to get Q of 5

The Y arm restore locked the arm at TRY -out 2.4V,    the X arm still did not lock or align to lock. It has some fringes.

ETMX  POS gain   22  -> 17,              PIT  3  ->  1,                    YAW  3,                     SIDE     -170    ->    -110

PRM                        50  ->  30,                     1,                                       2,                                       50

SRM                        55  ->  20,                    2.4  ->  1.5,                      4.8  ->  2,                          140   ->    100

Now all SUS OSEM gains are set

  5080   Mon Aug 1 08:52:37 2011 steveUpdateVACpreparation to vent

Both arms locked easely around 1V transmited.  We should recenter oplevs.

Attachment 1: pztsteering.png
Attachment 2: vac1Aug2011.png
Attachment 3: PEM200d.jpg
  5082   Mon Aug 1 16:06:05 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplevs are centered

Kiwamu, Koji and Steve,

Arm aligned separatly and oplev qpds were centered  including BS. Than we realigned manually DRM and centered their qpds.

ALL SUS oplevs were centered to resonating cavities.

  5083   Mon Aug 1 17:47:37 2011 steveUpdateASCwhat is not working

SUS-ETMY_QPD is not responding. It is reading zero in dataviewer and 4,400 counts on QPD MEDM screen.......must be wrong cable connected

IP-POS is sick. Last time alive 7-19-2011

IP-ANG beam is clipping on pick-up mirror at ETMY chamber. This will have to be fixed at the vent. The qpd itself is responding to light.

  5104   Wed Aug 3 09:40:13 2011 steveUpdateVACvent

The vacuum system is coming up to atm. The vent was started with slow N2 flow. The PSL output is blocked 2 places on the table.

Attachment 1: pzt2011Aug3.png
  5109   Wed Aug 3 14:20:49 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX and PRM damping restored

ITMX watchdog tripped around 5 Torr  and the PRM around 450 Torr of this vent. They were restored than.

We are at 580 Torr now.

  5111   Wed Aug 3 16:18:30 2011 steveUpdateVACvent is almost finished

P1 at 750 Torr,  Vent valve VV1 is left open to atm. It will reach equilibrium in an hour. The PSL power is not turned down yet. The beam path is blocked at two places inside the enclosure.

The low power 20 mW  input  MC can be locked tonight.


Next day's - Thursday notes:

We  reached 760 Torr of atm in 8 hrs at  1.7 Torr/ min with 5 cylinders of  instrument grade air.

Used 500 PSI of nitrogen to get to 20 Torr at first.  This flow  and the first cylinder of N2  has to be slower next time.


We did the following:

1, oplevs were centered on locked caveties 2 days ago

2, just before vent we rechecked arms  pointing, they wre still locking

3,eloged strain gages  and turned HVs off at PZT-steering   at 1Y3 rack and OMC-PZT ps at 1X2 aux rack. They were actually off.

4,,checked jam nuts 6 places x 3

5, turned oplev servos off

6, eloged SUS summery page

7, checked particle counts at ITMY: 1 micron 300,  0.5 micron 3K,  0.3 micron  30K particles / cft-min. All three cranes were wiped 2 days ago.

8, blocked laser into IFO: main 1064 in 1.25W were blocked by manual 2 blocks on PSL table. The PSL output shutter was left open to be triggered by interlock  at P1 3 mTorr. It did!

    Aux NPRO-AP and green light  input at both ends were blocked.

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  5116   Thu Aug 4 08:25:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus at atm

ITMX and PRM moved alot.  BS and   ITMY just a little based on oplev reference.

Attachment 1: SUSatm.png
Attachment 2: oplevsaftervent.png
  5123   Fri Aug 5 13:51:51 2011 steveUpdateSUScross coupling

We need a plan how to minimize cross coupling in the OSEMs now

  5124   Fri Aug 5 14:03:12 2011 steveUpdateGeneralmalfunctioning crane at ETMY

The horizontal trolley drive stopped working  at the east end this morning. It is working intermittently. In the worst case we can take the door off with the manual -Genie- lift.

I'm working with Konecrane to solve  the wormgear drive problem.

  5139   Mon Aug 8 13:24:00 2011 steveMetaphysicsTreasure Monday morning


Just a reminder that a film crew will be here Monday morning, filming Christian Ott for some Discovery channel show.

They are slated to be here from 8am to 12:30pm or so.  They will take a couple of shots inside the lab, and the rest of the filming should be of Christian in the control room (which they will "clean up" and fit with "sexy lighting").  I will try to be here the whole time to oversee everything.

Konecrane Fred was early this morning. He diagnosed the ETMY crane horizontal drive gear box dead and left just before the film crew showed up.

New gear box should be here by the end of this week for installation.

The lab air quality is high ~20,000 counts of particles of 0.5 micron.  Keep an eye on this before you open the chamber.

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  5140   Mon Aug 8 14:21:03 2011 steveUpdatePEMParticle counts controlled


[Jenne, Kiwamu]

While Kiwamu was finalizing the X green alignment, I started to prepare to remove the ETMY door, and begin checking out its OSEMs, etc, so we could start moving it to it's new place, and figure out why it's been wonky for a while.  I ran the particle counter, and we have a factor of ~5 more particles than normal.  Kiwamu and I agreed not to open ETMY.  Since we had briefly opened the IOO and Output Optics chambers to check the X green's position on the PSL table, we immediately shut those doors.  They were probably open for ~15 minutes or so.  (Yes Steve, we should have checked before opening any doors, but at least we remembered to check at all, and the doors were only open for a few minutes rather than for a few hours.)

I attach a 24hrs trend of the particle counts, for reference.  It looks like it's been a little high for a while, but today it's really dirty in the air.

 The east end particle count is 155K for 0.3 micron and 15K for 0.5 micron  counts/cf min.  In order to minimize diffusion of dirt into the IFO we set up the mobile HEPA with CP Stat 100 tent.

This set up gives us practically ZERO inside the tent

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  5142   Mon Aug 8 15:52:39 2011 steveUpdateVACback ground rga scan

The RGA region is beeing monitored during the vent. This will tell us how clean the RGA itself is.


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  5158   Tue Aug 9 16:40:12 2011 steveUpdateGeneralclean room coat counts

I measured the particles coming off of new- unused clean room coat. Tyvek, Convertors, Allegiance #9393 measured  10 counts of 0.3 micron at 1 minute and 0 count at 7 minute.

The 0.5 micron size  measured 0 at both times. Jenne's used coat measured 20 counts of 0.3 micron  and 0 counts for 0.5 micron at 1 minute. ( counts / cf- min)

The HEPA tent background is consistently 0 when it's CP STAT 100 curtains are closed.

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  5159   Tue Aug 9 16:54:47 2011 steveUpdateVACscratch on vac door

Jenne found a big scratch on the north vac door of ITMY. Fortunately it does not reach the inner annulos 0 -ring seal.

This is precisely what we have to avoid to preserve our vacuum system!


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  5166   Wed Aug 10 07:59:33 2011 steveUpdateSUSthis is too dam nice


Suresh and I tweaked the OSEM angles in ETMX yesterday.  Last night the ETMs were left free swinging, and today I ran Rana's peakFit scripts on ETMX to check the input diagnolization:


It's well inverted, but the matrix elements are not great:

       pit       yaw       pos       side      butt
UL    0.3466    0.4685    1.6092    0.3107    1.0428
UR    0.2630   -1.5315    1.7894   -0.0706   -1.1859
LR   -1.7370   -1.5681    0.3908   -0.0964    0.9392
LL   -1.6534    0.4319    0.2106    0.2849   -0.8320
SD    1.0834   -2.6676   -0.9920    1.0000   -0.1101

The magnets are all pretty well centered in the OSEMS, and we worked at rotating the OSEMS such that the bounce mode was minimized.

Rana and Koji are working on ETMY now.  Maybe they'll come up with a better procedure.


  5184   Thu Aug 11 08:29:28 2011 steveUpdateComputersdataviewer at Rosalba

I'm having this problem with DTV every morning at Rosalba only. It wants to start with a negative GPS time and it can not connect to the frame builder.

Normally after a few time of starting it, it will work.

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  5193   Thu Aug 11 15:31:43 2011 steveUpdateGeneralmalfunctioning crane at ETMY


The horizontal trolley drive stopped working  at the east end this morning. It is working intermittently. In the worst case we can take the door off with the manual -Genie- lift.

I'm working with Konecrane to solve  the wormgear drive problem.

 Gear box found, it's  lead time one week at $825    The crane may be functional round August 25

  5194   Thu Aug 11 16:07:37 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY rack cables strain releived
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  5212   Fri Aug 12 16:52:49 2011 steveUpdateGeneralChamber illuminator switch

I'm looking for an ether net based  power switch for turning lights on and off for the vacuum system from MEDM screen.  This is what I found

Jamie please take a look at it.



  5262   Thu Aug 18 10:59:04 2011 steveUpdateTreasurePrepared for drag wiping


While waiting for the IFO team to align things (there were already ~5 people working on a ~1 person job...), I got all of our supplies prepped for drag wiping in the morning. 

The syringes are still on the flow bench down the Xarm.  I put fresh alcohol from unopened spectrometer-grade bottles into our alcohol drag wiping bottles.

The ITMs already had rails for marking their position in place from the last time we drag wiped.  I placed marker-rails for both ETMs.

 We should use the deionizer before drag wiping with isopropanol.

  5264   Thu Aug 18 15:54:35 2011 steveUpdateSUSdamped and undamped OSEMs

damped sus at atm1 and freeswingging sus at atm2


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  5268   Fri Aug 19 09:14:56 2011 steveUpdateIOOdegrading laser power at atm

Light into the MC is 20 mW at atm, MC_Transmitted ~10 MW = 400 count

The PMC_T is OK but something else is drifting.

Attachment 1: power@atm.jpg
  5269   Fri Aug 19 10:26:53 2011 steveUpdateSUSOSEM sensor spectra

Free swingging OSEM sensors LL at atm

Attachment 1: 8freeSUSosemSensors.jpg
  5270   Fri Aug 19 15:31:53 2011 steveUpdateGeneralpower interruption rescheduled to 10-1-2011




Building:               Central Engineering Services (C.E.S.)

          LIGO Gravitational Physics building adjacent to C.E.S. 40M- Lab

          Safety Storage adjacent to CES

          Steele House 

          Keck Lab


Date:                   Saturday, October 1, 2011

Time:                   8:00 a.m. To 9:00 a.m.            

Interruption:   Electricity

Contact:                Mike Anchondo ext. 4999  Tom Brennan 4984

*This interruption is required for maintenance of high voltage switchgear in Campus Sub Station.

(If there is a problem with this Interruption, please notify

 the Service Center X-4717 or the above Contact as soon as possible.

 If no response is received we will proceed with the interruption.)


                                Reza Ohadi,

                                Director, Campus Operations & Maintenance

  5276   Mon Aug 22 11:40:08 2011 steveUpdateVACcranes checked

Cranes are  checked and they are ready for lifting. At the east end will use the manual Genei-lift to put door on.

  5300   Thu Aug 25 08:12:09 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY & ITMY wiped, replaced, vac door on


We've closed up ETMX:

  • the optic was drag wiped
  • the suspension tower was put back in place
  • earthquake stops were backed off the appropriate number of turns, and de-ionized
  • chamber door was put on

 jamie, jenne, kiwamu, suresh, steve


ETMY and ITMY were treated the same way as ETMX. The BS chamber was closed with heavy vac door yesterday also. The IOO access connector's inner jamnuts are torqued to 45 ft/lbs as all vac door bolts.

The vac envelope is ready for pumpdown condition, except ITMX chamber with light atm door cover.

Jenne will summeries the condition of dust on the  TMs before and after the drag wipes.

  5303   Thu Aug 25 17:14:49 2011 steveUpdateVACclean room fashion changes

Jamie is modeling our next generation  in-vac & clean room bonny suit that Jenne and myself already tested.

It is quite bearable with our traditional cleanroom beret-bouffant cap. Please use these in the future.

This will help to avoid the farther degradation of somewhat dusty 40m vac envelope.

It is the required dress code to enter the clean assembly room in the 40m.

 We have small, med, large and x-large in stock. I'm getting larger sizes.

It will not allow certain people to climb inside the vacuum chamber in dirty pants.

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  5306   Fri Aug 26 07:53:59 2011 steveUpdateSUSBroken UL magnet on ITMX


Dmass just reminded me that the usual procedure is to bake the optics after the last gluing, before putting them into the chambers.  Does anyone have opinions on this? 

On the one hand, it's probably safer to do a vacuum bake, just to be sure.  On the other hand, even if we could use one of the ovens immediately, it's a 48 hour bake, plus cool down time.  But they're working on aLIGO cables, and might not have an oven for us for a while.  Thoughts?

 Follow full procedure for full strength, minimum risk

  5307   Fri Aug 26 10:45:17 2011 steveUpdateGeneral crane at ETMY is fixed


The horizontal trolley drive stopped working  at the east end this morning. It is working intermittently. In the worst case we can take the door off with the manual -Genie- lift.

I'm working with Konecrane to solve  the wormgear drive problem.

 New gear box installed and tested by Fred KoneCranes.

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  5309   Fri Aug 26 15:59:33 2011 steveUpdateGeneraldrawer cabinet moves in

manufacturer info

Jamie and Shuresh moved in Jenne's 11 drawers cabinet and relocated old note book boxes on the inside of the vac tube.

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  5322   Tue Aug 30 10:49:29 2011 steveUpdateSUSBS & PRM damping restored

I have restored the damping of BS and PRM. Today is janitor day. He is shaking things around the lab.

  5328   Wed Aug 31 11:37:56 2011 steveUpdateGreen Lockingshutter in place at east end

Uniblitz mechanical shutter installed in the green beam path at ETMY-ISCT  The remote control cable has not been connected.

  5331   Thu Sep 1 11:03:22 2011 steveUpdateVACback ground rga scan

The RGA back ground at day 29 of this vent.

Attachment 1: v70-bg-d29scan.jpg
Attachment 2: vent70tempres.jpg
  5332   Thu Sep 1 15:07:45 2011 steveUpdateSUSwhy ITMY is moving more ?

Atm1, ITMY and the SRM are on the same isolation stack.  So why does  the SRM move twice as much?

Atm2, We should check the ITMY  SIDE_OSEM before pump down. Anatomically correct, beautiful picture taken by Kiwamu on August 22

Attachment 1: itmy_srm_etmx.jpg
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  5333   Thu Sep 1 15:59:46 2011 steveUpdateSUSlight doors on at the ITMs

Suresh, Kiwamu and Steve

Heavy chamber doors replaced by light ones at  ITMX-west and ITMY-north locations.

  5341   Tue Sep 6 08:05:53 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX must be touching


The new ITMX was aligned by changing the DC biases.

The resultant DC biases are reasonably small.

C1:SUS-ITMX_PIT_COMM = -0.2909

C1:SUS-ITMX_YAW_COMM = -0.0617


The alignment was done by trying to resonate the green light in the X arm cavity.

The spot position of the green light on the ITMX mirror looked good. This was confirmed by inserting a sensor card.

I did the OSEM mid-range adjustment and the rotation adjustment but at the end the OSEM DC voltage has changed due to the DC bias operation.

The OSEM rotation was approximately optimized so that all the face shadow sensors are sensitive to the POS motion but the SIDE shadow sensor is insensitive to the POS motion.

It needs a free swinging diagnosis.

 ITMX OSEMs   UL 1.8V,   UR 1.7V,   LR 0V,   LL 0V,   SD 1.3V  at the same bias setting shown above. May be a lose earth quake tip?or magnet is touching?

Attachment 1: osemITMX.jpg
  5355   Wed Sep 7 08:14:01 2011 steveUpdateSUSfinal OSEM check

All fine, except ITMX_sensor_UL's  60  counts deep hoop for an hour.

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