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  15528   Sat Aug 15 15:12:22 2020 JonConfigurationVACOverhaul of small turbo pump interlocks


Yesterday I completed the switchover of small turbo pump interlocks as proposed in ELOG 15499. This overhaul altogether eliminates the dependency on RS232 readbacks, which had become unreliable (glitchy) in both controllers. In their place, the V4(5) valve-close interlocks are now predicated on an analog controller output whose voltage goes high when the rotation speed is >= 80% of the nominal setpoint. The critical speed is 52.8 krpm for TP2 and 40 krpm for TP3. There already exist hardware interlocks of V4(5) using the same signals, which I have also tested.

Interlock signal

Unlike the TP1 controller, which exposes simple relays whose open/closed states are sensed by Acromags, what the TP2(3) controllers output is an energized 24V signal for controlling such a relay (output circuit pictured below). I hadn't appreciated this difference and it cost me time yesterday. The ultimate solution was to route the signals through a set of new 24V Phoenix Contact relays installed inside the Acromag chassis. However, this required removing the chassis from the rack and bringing it to the electronics bench (rather than doing the work in situ, as I had planned). The relays are mounted to the second DIN rail opposite the Acromags. Each TP2(3) signal controls the state of a relay, which in turn is sensed using an Acromag XT1111.

Signal routing

The TP2(3) "normal-speed" signals are already in use by hardware interlocks of V4(5). Each signal is routed into the main AC relay box, where it controls an "interrupter" relay through which the Acromag control signal for the main V4(5) relay is passed. These signals are now shared with the digital controls system using a passive DB15 Y-splitter. The signal routing is shown below.

Interlock conditions

The new turbo-pump-related interlock conditions and their channel predicates are listed below. The full up-to-date channel list and wiring assignments for c1vac are maintained here.

Channel Type New? Interlock-triggering condition
C1:Vac-TP1_norm BI No Rotation speed < 90% nominal setpoint (29 krpm)
C1:Vac-TP1_fail BI No Critical fault occurrence
C1:Vac-TP1_current AI No Current draw > 4 A
C1:Vac-TP2_norm BI Yes Rotation speed < 80% nominal setpoint (52.8 krpm)
C1:Vac-TP3_norm BI Yes Rotation speed < 80% nominal setpoint (40 krpm)

There are two new channels, both of which provide a binary indication of whether the pump speed is outside its nominal range. I did not have enough 24V relays to also add the C1:Vac-TP2(3)_fail channels listed in ELOG 15499. However, these signals are redundant with the existing interlocks, and the existing serial "Status" readback will already print failure messages to the MEDM screens. All of the TP2(3) serial readback channels remain, which monitor voltage, current, operational status, and temperature. The pump on/off and low-speed mode on/off controls remain implemented with serial signals as well.

The new analog readbacks have been added to the MEDM controls screens, circled below:

Other incidental repairs

  • I replaced the (dead) LED monitor at the vac controls console. In the process of finding a replacement, I came across another dead spare monitor as well. Both have been labeled "DEAD" and moved to Jordan's desk for disposal.
  • I found the current TP3 Varian V70D controller to be just as glitchy in the analog outputs as well. That likely indicates there is a problem with the microprocessor itself, not just the serial communications card as I thought might be the case. I replaced the controller with the spare unit which was mounted right next to it in the rack [ELOG 13143]. The new unit has not glitched since the time I installed it around 10 pm last night.
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  15738   Fri Dec 18 22:59:12 2020 JonConfigurationCDSUpdated CDS upgrade plan

Attached is the layout for the "intermediate" CDS upgrade option, as was discussed on Wednesday. Under this plan:

  • Existing FEs stay where they are (they are not moved to a single rack)

  • Dolphin IPC remains PCIe Gen 1

  • RFM network is entirely replaced with Dolphin IPC

Please send me any omissions or corrections to the layout.

Attachment 1: CDS_2020_Dec.pdf
Attachment 2: CDS_2020_Dec.graffle
  15742   Mon Dec 21 09:28:50 2020 JamieConfigurationCDSUpdated CDS upgrade plan

Attached is the layout for the "intermediate" CDS upgrade option, as was discussed on Wednesday. Under this plan:

  • Existing FEs stay where they are (they are not moved to a single rack)

  • Dolphin IPC remains PCIe Gen 1

  • RFM network is entirely replaced with Dolphin IPC

Please send me any omissions or corrections to the layout.

I just want to point out that if you move all the FEs to the same rack they can all be connected to the Dolphin switch via copper, and you would only have to string a single fiber to every IO rack, rather than the multiple now (for network, dolphin, timing, etc.).

  15746   Wed Dec 23 23:06:45 2020 gautamConfigurationCDSUpdated CDS upgrade plan
  1. The diagram should clearly show the host machines and the expansion chassis and the interconnects between them.
  2. We no longer have any Gentoo bootserver or diskless FEs.
  3. The "c1lsc" host is in 1X4 not 1Y3.
  4. The connection between c1lsc and Dolphin switch is copper not fiber. I don't know how many Gbps it is. But if the switch is 10 Gbps, are they really selling interface cables that have lower speed? The datasheet says 10 Gbps.
  5. The control room workstations - Debian10 (rossa) is the way forward I believe. it is true pianosa remains SL7 (and we should continue to keep it so until all other machines have been upgraded and tested on Debian 10).
  6. There is no "IOO/OAF". The host is called "c1ioo".
  7. The interconnect between Dolphin switch and c1ioo host is via fiber not copper.
  8. It'd be good to have an accurate diagram of the current situation as well (with the RFM network).
  9. I'm not sure if the 1Y1 rack can accommodate 2 FEs and 2 expansion chassis. Maybe if we clear everything else there out...
  10. There are 2 "2GB/s" Copper traces. I think the legend should make clear what's going on - i.e. which cables are ethernet (Cat 6? Cat 5? What's the speed limitation? The cable? Or the switch?), which are PCIe cables etc etc. 

I don't have omnigraffle - what about uploading the source doc in a format that the excellent (and free) draw.io can handle? I think we can do a much better job of making this diagram reflect reality. There should also be a corresponding diagram for the Acromag system (but that doesn't have to be tied to this task). Megatron (scripts machine) and nodus should be added to that diagram as well.

Please send me any omissions or corrections to the layout.

  15771   Tue Jan 19 14:05:25 2021 JonConfigurationCDSUpdated CDS upgrade plan

I've produced updated diagrams of the CDS layout, taking the comments in 15476 into account. I've also converted the 40m's diagrams from Omnigraffle ($150/license) to the free, cloud-based platform draw.io. I had never heard of draw.io, but I found that it has most all the same functionality. It also integrates nicely with Google Drive.

Attachment 1: The planned CDS upgrade (2 new FEs, fully replace RFM network with Gen 1 Dolphin IPC)
Attachment 2: The current 40m CDS topology

The most up-to-date diagrams are hosted at the following links:

Please send me any further corrections or omissions. Anyone logged in with LIGO.ORG credentials can also directly edit the diagrams.

Attachment 1: 40m_CDS_Network_-_Planned.pdf
Attachment 2: 40m_CDS_Network_-_Current.pdf
  15772   Tue Jan 19 15:43:24 2021 gautamConfigurationCDSUpdated CDS upgrade plan

Not sure if 1Y1 can accommodate both c1sus2 and c1bhd as well as the various electronics chassis that will have to be installed. There may need to be some distribution between 1Y1 and 1Y3. Does Koji's new wiring also specify which racks hold which chassis?

Some minor improvements to the diagram:

  1. The GPS receiver in 1X7 should be added. All the timing in the lab is synced to the 1pps from this.
  2. We should add hyperlinks to the various parts datasheets (e.g. Dolphin switch, RFM switch, etc etc) so that the diagram will be truly informative and self-contained.
  3. Megatron and nodus, but especially chiara (NFS server), should be added to the diagram. 
  15921   Mon Mar 15 20:40:01 2021 ranaConfigurationComputersinstalled QTgrace on donatella for dataviewer

I installed QTgrace using yum on donatella.angel Both Grace and XMgrace are broken due to some boring fight between the Fedora package maintainers and the (non existent) Grace support team. So I have symlinked it:

controls@donatella|bin> sudo mv xmgrace xmgrace_bak
controls@donatella|bin> sudo ln -s qtgrace xmgrace
controls@donatella|bin> pwd

I checked that dataviewer works now for realtime and playback.cool Although the middle click paste on the mouse doesn't work yet.angry

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  15928   Wed Mar 17 09:05:01 2021 Paco, AnchalConfigurationComputers40m Control Room Changes
  • Switched positions of allegra and donatella.
  • While doing so, the hdmi cable previously used by donatella snapped. We replaced this cable by another unused cable we found connected only on one end to rossa. We should get more HDMI cables if that cable was in use for some other purpose.
  • Paco bought a bluetooth speaker/mic that is placed infront of allegra and it's usb adapter is connected to iMac's keyboard in the bottom. With the new camera installed, the 40m video call environment is now complete.
  • Again, we have placed allegra's monitor for place holder but it is not working and we need new monitors for it in future whenever it is going to be used.
  16027   Wed Apr 14 13:16:20 2021 AnchalConfigurationComputers40m Control Room Changes
  • I have confirmed that the old two monitors' backlighting is not working. One can see the impression of the display without any brightness on them. Both old monitors are on the shelf behind.
  • Today we got a monitor and mouse from Mike. I had to change /etc/default/grub GRUB_GFXMODE to 1920x1200@30 on allegra for it to work with the(any) monitor.
  • Allegra is Debian 10 with latest cds-workstation installed on it. It is a good test station to migrate our existing scripts to start using updated cds-workstation configuration.
  • Again, we have placed allegra's monitor for place holder but it is not working and we need new monitors for it in future whenever it is going to be used.


  16163   Wed May 26 11:45:57 2021 Anchal, PacoConfigurationIMCMC2 analog camera

[Anchal, Paco]

We went near the MC2 area and opened the lid to inspect the GigE and analog video monitors for MC2. Looked like whatever image is coming through the viewport is split into the GigE (for beam tracking) and the analog monitor. We hooked the monitor found on the floor nearby and tweaked the analog video camera around to get a feel for how the "ghost" image of the transmission moves around. It looks like in order to try and remove this "extra spots" we would need to tweak the beam tracking BS. We will consult the beam tracking authorities and return to this.

  16302   Thu Aug 26 10:30:14 2021 JamieConfigurationCDSfront end time synchronization fixed?

I've been looking at why the front end NTP time synchronization did not seem to be working.  I think it might not have been working because the NTP server the front ends were point to, fb1, was not actually responding to synchronization requests.

I cleaned up some things on fb1 and the front ends, which I think unstuck things.

On fb1:

  • stopped/disabled the default client (systemd-timesyncd), and properly installed the full NTP server (ntp)
  • the ntp server package for debian jessie is old-style sysVinit, not systemd.  In order to make it more integrated I copied the auto-generated service file to /etc/systemd/system/ntp.service, and added and "[install]" section that specifies that it should be available during the default "multi-user.target".
  • "enabled" the new service to auto-start at boot ("sudo systemctl enable ntp.service") 
  • made sure ntp was configured to serve the front end network ('broadcast') and then restarted the server ("sudo systemctl restart ntp.service")

For the front ends:

  • on fb1 I chroot'd into the front-end diskless root (/diskless/root) and manually specifed that systemd-timesyncd should start on boot by creating a symlink to the timesyncd service in the multi-user.target directory:
$ sudo chroot /diskless/root
$ cd /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants
$ ln -s /lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service
  • on the front end itself (c1iscex as a test) I did a "systemctl daemon-reload" to force it to reload the systemd config, and then restarted the client ("systemctl restart systemd-timesyncd")
  • checked the NTP synchronization with timedatectl:
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ timedatectl 
      Local time: Thu 2021-08-26 11:35:10 PDT
  Universal time: Thu 2021-08-26 18:35:10 UTC
        RTC time: Thu 2021-08-26 18:35:10
       Time zone: America/Los_Angeles (PDT, -0700)
     NTP enabled: yes
NTP synchronized: yes
 RTC in local TZ: no
      DST active: yes
 Last DST change: DST began at
                  Sun 2021-03-14 01:59:59 PST
                  Sun 2021-03-14 03:00:00 PDT
 Next DST change: DST ends (the clock jumps one hour backwards) at
                  Sun 2021-11-07 01:59:59 PDT
                  Sun 2021-11-07 01:00:00 PST
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ 

Note that it is now reporting "NTP enabled: yes" (the service is enabled to start at boot) and "NTP synchronized: yes" (synchronization is happening), neither of which it was reporting previously.  I also note that the systemd-timesyncd client service is now loaded and enabled, is no longer reporting that it is in an "Idle" state and is in fact reporting that it synchronized to the proper server, and it is logging updates:

controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ sudo systemctl status systemd-timesyncd
â— systemd-timesyncd.service - Network Time Synchronization
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service; enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-08-26 10:20:11 PDT; 1h 22min ago
     Docs: man:systemd-timesyncd.service(8)
 Main PID: 2918 (systemd-timesyn)
   Status: "Using Time Server (ntpserver)."
   CGroup: /system.slice/systemd-timesyncd.service
           â””─2918 /lib/systemd/systemd-timesyncd

Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd[1]: Started Network Time Synchronization.
Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: Using NTP server (ntpserver).
Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 64s/+0.000s/0.000s/0.000s/+26ppm
Aug 26 10:21:15 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 128s/-0.000s/0.000s/0.000s/+25ppm
Aug 26 10:23:23 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 256s/+0.001s/0.000s/0.000s/+26ppm
Aug 26 10:27:40 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 512s/+0.003s/0.000s/0.001s/+29ppm
Aug 26 10:36:12 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 1024s/+0.008s/0.000s/0.003s/+33ppm
Aug 26 10:53:16 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 2048s/-0.026s/0.000s/0.010s/+27ppm
Aug 26 11:27:24 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 2048s/+0.009s/0.000s/0.011s/+29ppm
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ 

So I think this means everything is working.

I then went ahead and reloaded and restarted the timesyncd services on the rest of the front ends.

We still need to confirm that everything comes up properly the next time we have an opportunity to reboot fb1 and the front ends (or the opportunity is forced upon us).

There was speculation that the NTP clients on the front ends (systemd-timesyncd) would not work on a read-only filesystem, but this doesn't seem to be true.  You can't trust everything you read on the internet.

  50   Thu Nov 1 19:53:02 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosTobin's picture
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  51   Thu Nov 1 19:53:34 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosRobert's photo
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  52   Thu Nov 1 19:54:22 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosRana's photo
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  53   Thu Nov 1 19:55:03 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosAndrey's photo
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  54   Thu Nov 1 19:55:59 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosAndrey, Tobin, Robert - photo
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  55   Thu Nov 1 19:58:07 2007 Andrey RodionovBureaucracyPhotosSteve and Tobin's picture
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  57   Fri Nov 2 08:59:30 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYthe laser is ON
The psl laser is back on !
  75   Wed Nov 7 02:14:08 2007 AndreyBureaucracyIOOMore information about MC2 ringdown
As Tobin wrote two hours ago, we (Andrey, Tobin, Robert) made a series of ringdown measurements for MC2
in the spirit of the measurement described by Rana -> see
entry from Mon Oct 29 23:47:29 2007, rana, Other, IOO, MC Ringdowns.

I attach here some pictures that we saw on the screen of the scope, but I need to admit that I am not experienced enough to present a nice fit to these data, although I attach fits that I am able to do today.

I definitely learned a lot of new Matlab functions from Tobin - thanks to him!, but I need to learn two more things:

Firstly, I do not know how to delete "flat" region (regions before the ringdown starts) in Matlab ->
I needed to delete the entries for times before the ringdown ("negative times") by hand in the text-file, which is extremely non-elegant method;

Secondly, I tried to approximate the ringdown curve by a function ydata=a*exp(b*xdata) but I am not exactly sure if this equation of the fitting curve is a good fit or if a better equation can be used.

It seems, in this situation it is better for me to ask more experienced "comrades" on November 7th.

P.S. It seems I really like the type of message "Bureaucracy" - I put it for every message. As Alain noted, maybe that is because some things are very bureacratized in the former USSR / Russia. By the way, when I was young, November 7th was one of two most important holidays in the USSR - I liked that holiday because I really liked military parades on the red square. I attach a couple of pictures. November 7 is the anniversary of the Revolution of 1917.
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  113   Fri Nov 16 18:46:49 2007 steveBureaucracyPSL MOPA was turned off & on
The "Mohana" boys scouts and their parents visited the 40m lab today.
The laser was turned off for their safety.
It is back on !
  115   Mon Nov 19 14:32:10 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYgrad student safety training
John Miller and Alberto Stochino has received the 40m safety bible.
They still have to read the laser operation manual and sign off on it.
  130   Wed Nov 28 12:43:53 2007 AndreyBureaucracy Here was the PDF-file of my presentation

I was making a report with powerpoint presentation during that Wednesday's 40-m meeting.

Here was the pdf-file, but LATER IN THE EVENING I CREATED A WIKI-40M-page describing the algorithm, and now the pdf-file is ON THAT WIKI-40M PAGE.

NOTE ADDED AFTER THE PRESENTATION: I double checked, I am indeed taking the root-mean-square of a difference, as we discussed during my talk.

My slide #17 "Calculation of differential length" was wrong, but now I corrected it.
  135   Wed Nov 28 19:02:41 2007 AndreyBureaucracyWIKI-40M UpdateNew WIKI-40M page describing Matlab Suspension Modeling

I created the WIKI-40m page with some details about my today's talk on the 40-m lab meeting.

The address is:


(or you can go to the main page, http://lhocds.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/ , and click on the link "Modeling of suspensions").

The WIKI-40m page describes my transfer functions and contains the pdf-file of my presentation.
  224   Thu Jan 3 12:38:49 2008 robBureaucracyTMISore throat


I did not feel anything wrong yesterday, but unfortunately I have a very much sore throat today. I need to drink warm milk with honey and rinse my throat often today. So far I do not have other illness symptomes (no fever), so I hope that this small disease will not last for a long time, but I feel that it is better for me to cure my sore throat today at home (and probably it is safer for others in 40-m).

I took yesterday the book "Digital Signal Processing", so I have it for reading at home.

Hope to see you tomorrow.

I've added a new category--TMI--for entries along these lines.
  262   Thu Jan 24 22:52:18 2008 AndreyBureaucracyGeneralAnts around a dirty glass (David - please read!)

Dear coleagues,

there are rains outside these days, so ants tend to go inside our premises.

David was drinking some beverage from a glass earlier today (at 2PM) and left a dirty glass near the computer.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ants inside of that glass now.

Of course, I am washing this glass.

  279   Mon Jan 28 12:42:48 2008 DmassBureaucracyTMICoffee
There is tea in the coffee carafe @ the 40m. It is sitting as though it were fresh coffee. There is also nothing on the post it.
  339   Fri Feb 22 21:19:38 2008 AndreyBureaucracyComputer Scripts / ProgramsMDV library does not work at "LINUX 2"

While working on Thursday evening with Matlab scripts "dttfft2" and "get_data", I noticed that mDV library does not work at computer "LINUX 2" (the third computer in the control-room if you enter it from the restroom). There are multiple error messages if we try to run "hello_world", "dttfft2" or "get_data". In order to take data from accelerometers, I changed the computer - I was working from "LINUX 3" computer, the most right computer in the control room, but for the future someone should resolve the issue at "LINUX 2". I am not experienced enough to revive the correct work of mDV directory at "LINUX 2".

  343   Thu Feb 28 12:31:33 2008 robBureaucracyComputer Scripts / ProgramsMDV library does not work at "LINUX 2"


While working on Thursday evening with Matlab scripts "dttfft2" and "get_data", I noticed that mDV library does not work at computer "LINUX 2" (the third computer in the control-room if you enter it from the restroom). There are multiple error messages if we try to run "hello_world", "dttfft2" or "get_data". In order to take data from accelerometers, I changed the computer - I was working from "LINUX 3" computer, the most right computer in the control room, but for the future someone should resolve the issue at "LINUX 2". I am not experienced enough to revive the correct work of mDV directory at "LINUX 2".


This turned out to be due to /frames not being mounted on linux2, as a result of a reboot. The issue is discussed in entry 270. I remounted the /frames, and added a line to mdv_config.m to check whether the frames are mounted.
  382   Fri Mar 14 16:56:03 2008 DmassBureaucracyComputersNew 40m control machine.
I priced out a new control machine from Dell and had Steve buy it.

GigE cards (jumbo packet capable) will be coming seperately.

Quad core (2+GHz)
4 Gigs @ 800MHz RAM
24" LCD
low end video card (Nvidia 8300 - analog + digital output for dual head config)

No floppy drive on this one (yet?)
  488   Tue May 20 09:28:42 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety traning for 40m
Tara Chalernsongsak, new gradstudent for K. Libbrecht was introduced to the basics of the 40m operations.
  491   Thu May 22 11:21:45 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYearly surf sudent
Caltech under grad Eric Mintun received the 40m safety training.
Now he has to read and sign SOP of laser and ifo.
He'll be working with GigE cameras with Joe
  505   Thu May 29 16:49:49 2008 steveBureaucracyPhotosYoichi has arrived
Yoichi had his first 40m meeting. We welcomed him and Tobin, who is visiting, by sugar napoleons that
Bob made.
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  511   Mon Jun 2 12:20:35 2008 josephbBureaucracyCamerasBeam scan has moved
The beamscan has been moved from the Rana lab back over to the 40m, to be used to calibrate the Prosilica cameras.
  523   Fri Jun 6 15:56:00 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYYoichi received safety training
Yoichi Aso received 40m specific safety training.
  552   Mon Jun 23 15:22:04 2008 ranaBureaucracySAFETYLaser Safety Walkthrough today
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  708   Mon Jul 21 15:52:22 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYfire alarms test
The fire alarm test and evacuation drill was successfully completed at 13:45 Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Everybody was on time for the 40m meeting.
  840   Fri Aug 15 14:12:31 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety glasses required
The MOPA shutter is opened,
the PSL enclosure is switched to bypass mode,
manual block removed from PMC,

the PSL output is still blocked and the mechanical shutter is still closed.

Pumpdown is at 300 Torr continuing

Laser safety glasses are required!
  942   Thu Sep 11 14:27:53 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety training
Peter Kalmus received 40m specific safety training last week.
  1068   Wed Oct 22 16:22:53 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYCaryn received safety training
Caryn Polatchi has received 40m safety training on Monday, Oct 20
  1071   Thu Oct 23 11:26:25 2008 steveBureaucracyVACoptosigma forks for vacuum
Nine short forks from OptoSigma were cleaned, baked and measured by Bob T.
They passed the LIGO vac compatiblity test as Rana predicted.
Remember: Thorlab and Newfocus forks failed this qualification process.
  1123   Fri Nov 7 16:05:55 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYinsect killer sprayed at kitchen area !

Bob and I cleaned out the sink area and sprayed
Spectracide's BUG STOP insect killer solution on the shelfs and sink
table top area.

NO eating or coffee drinking till Monday

This is an effort to stop the ants coming.
  1227   Wed Jan 14 10:59:06 2009 steveBureaucracyVACrga waiting to be "connected"
We have no RGA data since old Dycor passed away in the middle of Oct, 2008
New SRS-RGA200 was installed on the vac envelope on Nov 14, 2008
It is waiting to be software connected to the 40m logging
  1243   Thu Jan 22 08:34:10 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety training
Kakeru received 40m safety training yesterday.

He has no authorization to work alone in the high power beam path yet.
  1273   Thu Feb 5 09:12:29 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety updates & fire alarm test

The fire alarm test was completed at 13:30 yesterday.


I updated the 40M Emergency Calling List by replacing Rob by Yoichy. The calling order: Vass,  Aso and Taylor.

Rana and Yoichy were added to the "Registered PSL Operator List"  and posted it in the lab. (not in the document, that should be up dated)

We are getting ready for the annual safety audit. It will be held next week  at 14:00 Friday, Feb 13, 2009

Please participate in the preparation by correcting it or just  tell me.


Rod Luna is organizing the pick up of the following old equipment:

HP laser jet  5000n, 3 of 19" 10 base-T network ports and  4 small hubs,

2 Sun monitors, 1 Viewsonic monitor, 7 keypads and

Hitachi scopes 2 of V-355, 2 of V-422, 1 of V-202 and 1 of V-6165



  1288   Tue Feb 10 10:48:48 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety glasses scanned
All 40m safety glasses are absorbent.
They were scanned by 180 mW  2mm spot size  of 1064 nm beam and  their  transmissions were measured
They showed no degradation.
UVEX 's  LOTG-YAG/CO2 glasses (fits over personal glasses) 11 pieces,
Glendale-XC by Bacou-Dalloz,  #1166218VLT68% , aerodynamic style, 7 pieces, (4 missing )
KG5- glasses , heavier- made out of glass, 3 pieces,
Thorlab's LG10, 1 piece
Old glasses by "Laser Glass" Nd-YAG, 2 pieces
Totaling 24
Atm.2  showing our muilty wavelength glasses of 1064 and 530 nm
Their transmittance for both wavelength were zero.
Note: if you have prescripton safety glasses I would like to scan it for you !



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  1319   Wed Feb 18 15:31:38 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYemergency back-up lights checked
All 13 exit and  emergency back-up lights and their batteries were checked.
Two of  the batteries were replaced.
  1332   Mon Feb 23 11:07:01 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYKiwamu receives safety training

Osamu and Kiwamu received 40m safety training on Thursday, Feb 19, 2009

Kiwamu needs Osamu's close supervision at PSL enclosure and AP table
I hope they already read, understood and signed the laser SOP
  1700   Wed Jun 24 17:08:16 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsurf student safety

The 40m lab specific safety training is done. The participants were

Stephanie Erickson, Clara Bennett, Chris Zimmerman, Zach Commings, Michelle Stephen surfs and Drew Cappel  postock.

They have already went through the Caltech Safety Office laser and general safety training.

They still have to read, understand and sign the the SOP for the laser & lab

  1802   Wed Jul 29 11:15:06 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYKevin receives safety training

Kevin Vigue, our high school summer student went through the 40m specific safety traning yesterday.

  1980   Wed Sep 9 10:13:31 2009 steveBureaucracyGeneralthe use of FAX machine, scanner & toaster


 You said that the use of FAXST was forbidden for phds and graduate students. I had to swear on the promise of not ever buying an other FAXST

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