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  234   Thu Jan 10 13:45:52 2008 PkpUpdateCamerasGLIBC Error
So, I have tried to compile the camera files which are in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/Prosilica/examples for the past 2 days now and have been unable to get rid of the following error. (specifically ListCameras.cpp, as it doesnt have any other libraries required, which unnecessarily complicates things)

../../bin-pc/x86/libPvAPI.so: undefined reference to `__stack_chk_fail@GLIBC_2.4'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [sample] Error 1

I used to get this error on mafalda too, but I had fixed it by installing the latest version of the glibc libraries. Inspite of doing so on linux2, the error still persists. I suspect it had something to do with it being a FC3 machine. My own laptop, which also runs Ubuntu works fine too. The problem with these Ubuntu machines is that they dont let me set the packet sizes to 9 kb which is required by the camera. Linux2 does.

If anyone has any idea how to resolve this issue, please let me know.

  233   Thu Jan 10 12:08:23 2008 steveUpdateSUSwhy did the BS move?
Attachment 1: bshopped.jpg
  232   Thu Jan 10 10:38:02 2008 steveUpdateSUSetmy damping restored
The IST building onstruction has really started yesterday and continuing today with big heavy ground breaking
machinary. The MC is holding lock and the suspentions are hanging on.

ETMY does not like this.

SUS-MC2_LLPD_VAR monitor is a good indicator of seismic activity on this 12 days plot
Attachment 1: etmysus.jpg
Attachment 2: sustrend16d.jpg
  231   Thu Jan 10 00:12:01 2008 tobinSummaryLockingDR
[John, Tobin, Rana]

1. We found SUS_BS_SENSOR_UL to have a ratty signal and low DC value. Twiddling the cables at the BS satellite amplifier and vacuum feedthrough brought the signal back (to 0.667V), but it is still spiky, spiking up to a couple times per second. Rana suggested that these spikes might be scattered YAG laser light (as hypothesized in August). The spikes go away when we misalign the PRM or either ITM, and when we unlock the mode cleaner, lending credance to this theory. SUS_BS_SENSOR_UR also spikes, but much less frequently. We turned off C1:SUS-BS_ULSEN_SW2 and continued.

2. After dither alignment the oplev beams were centred and we were able to lock DRM plus either arm reliably (however locking in this state broke ./drstep_bang at the first ``Going DD''). We ran scripts/DRFPMI/bang/nospring/drdown_bang and were subsequently able to lock DRFPMI (i.e., full IFO) a couple times.

3. To do: Debug ./drstep_bang with just the DRM (no arms).
  230   Wed Jan 9 20:36:42 2008 GoUpdateTreasureMoney in lab
Go's Desk.
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  229   Wed Jan 9 20:29:47 2008 DmassAoGTMICoffee Carafe
If you have been using the coffee machine in the 40m, you may have noticed small brown flecks in your coffee mug. The carafe in the 40m has accumulated a layer of what is presumed to be old dried up coffee. When a small amount of water is swirled around in the bottom, flecks of the brown layer come off. Pictures below are of the inside of the carafe.

But does it provide adequate protection from 1064 light?
Attachment 1: DSC_0363.JPG
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Attachment 3: DSC_0368.JPG
  228   Wed Jan 9 10:47:15 2008 frickeUpdateComputersethernet wiring in office/control room
The electrical people have been here for three days, installing ethernet cables and drops in the 40m office area, in the old conduits where there was power and 10base2. Soon we will have reliable ethernet connections, instead of relying on switches hanging from the ceiling, etc!
  227   Tue Jan 8 15:20:17 2008 PkpUpdateCamerasGigE update
[Tobin , Pinkesh]

Finally we got the camera doing something (other than giving out its attributes). The only thing that seems to work so far is a program called AAviewer, which converts the image into an ASCII format and displays it on the screen. If you want to play around with it, log into mafalda ( via rana.ligo.caltech.edu. Access /cvs/cds/caltech/target/Prosilica/bin-pc/x86/ and there should be a few programs in there, one of which is AAviewer, which requires you to get an IP address (which is for the camera right now. (You can also get the IP information via the ListCameras program). The camera is physically in the 40m near the network rack.

Other programs dont seem to be working and its probably due to the network/packetsize issues. Since linux2 can change its packetsize to a higher number, I will get it to compile on linux2 for now and then give it a shot.
  226   Mon Jan 7 09:01:39 2008 steveUpdateSUSBS sus damping restored
The BS sus damping was lost at 8am Sunday morning.
Attachment 1: bssdl.jpg
  225   Fri Jan 4 08:42:03 2008 steveUpdateSUSetmy trips again
ETMY sus damping tripped at 6am this morning
It was reset. We should put an accelerometer to the south end to see
the garbage dumping effect.
Attachment 1: etmy20m.jpg
Attachment 2: etmy120s.jpg
Attachment 3: etmysenV.jpg
  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.
  222   Thu Jan 3 09:55:11 2008 steveUpdateSUSetmy sus damping restored
ETMY watch dog was lost at midnight
Attachment 1: etmy12h.jpg
  221   Thu Jan 3 09:12:59 2008 steveUpdatePSLMZ servo
Here is MZ trend for one year and 40 days.
Now days it runs out of range on the low side.
This is the weakest link in the psl today.
Attachment 1: mz1y.jpg
Attachment 2: mz40d.jpg
  220   Thu Jan 3 08:53:55 2008 steveUpdateSUSetmy vs etmx
Rana have corrected sus gain damping setting of ETMY 8 days ago

gain settings: pos, pit, yaw & sd
etmx: 4,2,2,& -16
etmy: 4,2,2,& 50
Attachment 1: sus.jpg
  219   Wed Jan 2 11:38:56 2008 tobinSummaryWIKI-40M Updatewiki spam
Our wiki keeps getting spammed. It turns out that you can upload attachments without a password, which is a bug. I'll ask David Barker whether there's a fix for this.
  218   Sun Dec 30 02:36:35 2007 pkpUpdateGeneralAnother update
So I followed suggestions 1 and 3 so far and have started writing up what all needs to be done in order to compile and use the camera. I wrote a program to ping the camera and get its properties and am working on a program to get an image. The reason why I want to write my own programs to do this, is that it will be easier to reuse and also to compile/use in the first place. The programs currently rest in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/Prosilica/ . Unfortunately I will be away for the next couple of days and will have another update on the 2nd.
  217   Thu Dec 27 18:18:56 2007 ranaUpdateComputersUpdate on GigE Camera

So I finally got the linux software to compile on mafalda. I got the software to dump all the information regarding the camera onto a file. I tried to take a tiff snap and came up empty. So I looked at the configuration file and realized that the camera thinks that the frame-rate is a nan. Am reading up the manual to fix the frame-rate manually and then will attempt to take another snap.

All the files are in a folder called Prosilica in /home/controls/ on mafalda. All the executables are in /home/controls/Prosilica/bin-pc/x86/* . On another note, I am looking for a name for the camera. Any suggestions are welcome.

Suggestion #1: put this in the target area in a directory called /prosilica/. /home/controls is not backed up.

Suggestion #2: put a readme file in there on any work that was necessary to get it to compile.

Suggestion #3: make a wiki page for the camera with all the info that camera code developers will need
  216   Thu Dec 27 13:08:04 2007 ranaUpdateSUSETMY tripping
Here's a trend from the last 2 days of ETMX and ETMY. You can see that the damping gain increase
has made them now act much more alike. Problem fixed.
Attachment 1: Untitled.png
  215   Thu Dec 27 12:12:02 2007 pkpUpdate Update on GigE Camera
So I finally got the linux software to compile on mafalda. I got the software to dump all the information regarding the camera onto a file. I tried to take a tiff snap and came up empty. So I looked at the configuration file and realized that the camera thinks that the frame-rate is a nan. Am reading up the manual to fix the frame-rate manually and then will attempt to take another snap.

All the files are in a folder called Prosilica in /home/controls/ on mafalda. All the executables are in /home/controls/Prosilica/bin-pc/x86/* . On another note, I am looking for a name for the camera. Any suggestions are welcome.
  214   Wed Dec 26 15:12:48 2007 ranaUpdateSUSETMY tripping
It turned out that the ETMY POS damping gain was set to 1.0 while the ETMX had 3.8.

I put both ETMs to a POS gain of 4 and then also set the PIT, YAW and SIDE gains for
ETMY. Let's see if its more stable now.

In the next week or so Andrey should have perfected his damping gain setting technique
and the numbers should be set more scientifically.
  213   Wed Dec 26 15:00:06 2007 ranaUpdateSUSETMY tripping
Steve mentioned to me that ETMY is still tripping more than ETMX. The attached DV plot
shows the trend of the watchdog sensors; essentially the RMS fluctuations of the shadow
sensors. (note** DV can make PNG format plots directly which are much better than JPG
when making plots and much smaller than PS or PDF when plotting lots of points).
Attachment 1: etm.png
  212   Sat Dec 22 15:32:11 2007 tobinAoGEnvironmentants
Ants are everywhere: on the PSL table, on the circuit board I'm soldering...

I believe I have discovered their energy source.
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  211   Sat Dec 22 00:52:57 2007 tobinConfigurationPSLISS surgery
In an attempt to quell oscillations in the (unused) outer loop portion of the ISS, I shorted the "PD+" and "PD-" signals from the (nonexistent) outer-loop diodes, and soldered in 47pf compensation capacitors in C92 and C220. This seems to have eliminated oscillations seen at TP41 and TP42. There's still something amiss at TP30 and maybe TP20. Otherwise, the ISS seems happy. I can turn the gain slider to +15dB without saturation (with the HEPA off), though there seems to be less light on the diode (~3.9V) than a week or two ago.
  210   Fri Dec 21 20:32:25 2007 tobinUpdatePhotosGigE camera
I couldn't resist any longer: I plugged in the Prosilica GC 750 GigE camera and took it for a spin. This is the little CMOS camera which sends out video over gigabit ethernet.

There were no difficulties at all in getting it running. I just plugged in the power, plugged in ethernet, and put on a lens from Steve's collection. I downloaded the "Sample Viewer" from the Prosilica website and it worked immediately.

It turns out that "Kirk's" computer has not only a gigabit ethernet card, but a little gigabit ethernet switch. I plugged the camera into this switch. The frame rate is amazing. With the camera under fluorescent lights I thought I saw some wacky automatic gain control, but I think this ~10Hz flicker is aliasing of the 60 Hz room lighting.

I put the camera on the PSL table briefly and tried viewing the image from a laptop over the (54mbs) wireless network. This didn't work so well: you could get a couple frames out of the camera, but then the client software would complain that it had lost communications. It appeared that scattered 1064nm light did show up brightly on the camera image. There is a green ethernet cable currently stashed on the roof of the PSL that appears unused. We can try mounting the gigE CMOS cable in place of one of the CCD video cameras.

I did not try the Linux software.

The camera is currently set up at Kirk's desk, using the cool little tripod Rana got from CyberGuys.

This camera looks very promising! Also, in the test image attached below, a very unusual condition has been documented.
Attachment 1: robs_desk.png
  209   Thu Dec 20 21:58:28 2007 AndreySummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsResults for 2 previous XARM measurements have been added

I attached results (plots) of yesterday's daytime and overnight measurements to the initial reports about those measurements.

These are ELOG entries # 201 and # 205.
  208   Thu Dec 20 21:57:34 2007 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMeasurements in XARM today

Today at 2PM I started a program, it should change the suspension gains in the interval from 1.0 to 3.8 with the step 0.2. Estimated running time is till 3.30AM coming night.

Results will be reported on Friday.


Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to add results on Friday. I have so far accelerometer spectra only, which I add to this ELOG entry.

I have files with the measurement results, and I will process them after Christmas and add to this ELOG entry. I might not be in the lab on Dec. 24 and 25.
Attachment 1: Accelerom_ETMX.png
Attachment 2: Accelerom_ITMX.png
  207   Thu Dec 20 19:10:03 2007 waldmanUpdateOMCStressful reattachment of heater
Photos may follow eventually, but for now here's the rundown. I scraped the heater clean of the thermal epoxy using a clean razor blade. Then I stuffed a small piece of lint free cloth in the OTAS bore and wrapped the OMC in tin foil. With a vacuum sucking directly from the face of the OTAS, I gently scraped the glue off the OTAS aluminum. I wiped both the OTAS and the heater down with an isoproponal soaked lint-free cloth. I put a thin sheen of VacSeal on the face of the heater, wiping off the excess from the edges with a cloth. Then I clamped the heater to the OTAS using 2" c-clamps from the tombstone back to the heater front, making sure the alignment of the OTAS was correct (connector on the absolute bottom, concentric with the OTAS outer diameter). I added a second clamp, then beaded the outside of the joint with a little bit extra VacSeal, just for kicks. I'll leave it covered at least overnight, and maybe for a day or two.

  206   Thu Dec 20 19:05:34 2007 waldmanHowToOMCHOWTO build front ends
For instance, to build the TPT front end code.

  • Save your file /cvs/cds/advLigo/src/epics/simLink/tpt.mdl
  • go to /cvs/cds/advLIGO on the TPT machine
  • do make clean-tpt tpt install-tpt
  • do rm /cvs/cds/caltech/chans/daq/C2TPT.ini (this step is needed because the DAQ install code isn't quite right at the time of this writing.
  • do make install-daq-tpt
  • run starttpt to restart the tpt computer.

  205   Thu Dec 20 02:04:09 2007 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew overnight measurements in XARM and their results

I ran in the daytime/evening time my program, changing the damping gains in suspension "position" degree of freedom for ETMX and ITMX
in the interval from 1.00 to 3.75 with the step 0.25 (see entry # 201).

Now I am running overnight (from 2AM till 9AM) the program changing the gains in the interval from 1.3 to 3.5 with the step 0.20,
12 X 12 = 144 experimental points. I started so late because I fell asleep after my Wednesday evening dinner, then woke up half an hour ago and hurried to the lab.


All the meaning of the attachments 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-11 is the same as in previous ELOG entries # 195, # 199, # 202, see in those entries which graph corresponds to which coordinate axes orientation.
Attachment 1: RMS-08Hz-Top-View.png
Attachment 2: RMS-3Hz-Top-View.png
Attachment 3: RMS-broadband-Top-View.png
Attachment 4: RMS-08Hz-Side_View.png
Attachment 5: RMS-3Hz-Side_View.png
Attachment 6: RMS-broadband-Side_View.png
Attachment 7: RMS-08Hz-Q_I-Q_E-Axes.png
Attachment 8: RMS-3Hz-Q_I-Q_E-Axes.png
Attachment 9: RMS-broadband-Q_I-Q_E-Axes.png
Attachment 10: Accelerometer-ETMX.png
Attachment 11: Accelerometer-ITMX.png
  204   Wed Dec 19 20:28:27 2007 AndreyDAQPEMNames for all 6 accelerometers have been changed

I eventually changed the names for all 6 accelerometers (see my ELOG entry # 172 from Dec. 05 about my intent to do that).

I removed the word "BS" from their names,
and I changed the word combination "ACC_BS_EAST" in the old name for "ACC_ITMX" in the new name;
as well "ACC_BS_WEST" is now replaced by "ACC_ETMX".
(the reasoning behind such a change should become clear from my ELOG entry #172).

New accelerometer names are:
(note: there are no spaces (nowhere!) in the names of accelerometers, but ELOG replaces ": P" written without a space by a strange symbol Tongue)

C1 : PEM - ACC _ ETMX _ X ;
C1 : PEM - ACC _ ETMX _ Y ;
C1 : PEM - ACC _ ETMX _ Z ;
C1 : PEM - ACC _ ITMX _ X ;
C1 : PEM - ACC _ ITMX _ Y ;
C1 : PEM - ACC _ ITMX _ Z .

One can find them in "C1 : PEM - ACC" in Dataviewer.

  203   Wed Dec 19 16:40:12 2007 steveUpdateSAFETYlaser safety glasses measured
I measured the coarse transission at 1064nm of the 40m safety glasses today.

12 pieces of UVEX # LOTG-YAG/CO2 light green, all plastic construction, ADSORBANT

3 pieces of 6KG5, Scott colored filter glass type,

individual prescription glasses: alan, bob, ben, jay and steve

7 pieces of dual waveleght glasses

These glasses showed 0.00mW transmission out of 170mW Crysta Laser 1064
  202   Wed Dec 19 16:07:37 2007 AndreySummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsResults of overnight measurements Tue/Wed night (entry #198)

As indicated in ELOG entry 198, I was making overnight measurements during last night from Tuesday to Wednesday.

I was changing the suspension damping gain in ETMX and ITMX in "position" degree of freedom between values of 1.00 and 4.50 with the step 0.25.

Results for RMS of peaks (A) at 0.8Hz, (B) at about 3.0Hz and (C) in the range from 0.6Hz to 3.7Hz ("RMS in a broad interval") are given below:

I plotted three results for RMS in the abovementioned three intervals in three different ways:

1) view from the top in the axes (Q_{ITMX}+Q_{ETMX})/2 and (Q_{ITMX}-Q_{ETMX}) -> first three graphs (attachments 1 -3);

2) view from the side in the same sum- and difference-axes -> next three graphs (attachments 4-6);

3) view from the side in Q_{ITMX} and Q_{ETMX} axes -> next three graphs (attachments 7-9)

Attachments 10 and 11 show ratios of accelerometer signals at different times of the night/morning.

A little discussion about these graphs:

1) The areas of minima and of rapid growth are the same for all the measurements during all three nights.

2) Tonight there was a strange spike for the values of Q_{ETMX}=2.5 and Q_{ITMX}=4.0. I interpret that as an error of experiment.

3) On all the plots from all three nights there is a wide area of minimum on the plots for RMS at 0.8Hz and for "RMS in the broad interval",
and the graph for "RMS at 3Hz" indicates a clearer minimum in a localized area for Q_{ITMX}=2+-1, Q_{ETMX}=2+-1. Note that this area 2+-1
is included into the wide region of minimum for "RMS at 0.8Hz" and "RMS in a broad range".

Therefore, my guess at this stage is that we can choose the optimized value of suspension damping gains for both Q_{ITMX} and Q_{ETMX} somewhere
around 2+-1. I would like to make another overnight measurement (tonight) in that narrowed region with a small step to have more certainty.

By the way, I realized that I was a little bit careless and at some plots Q_I stands for {Q_ITMX}, and Q_E stands for Q_{ETMX}.
Attachment 1: RMS_08Hz_Top_view.png
Attachment 2: RMS_3Hz_Top_view.png
Attachment 3: RMS_broad_Top_view.png
Attachment 4: RMS_08Hz_Side_view.png
Attachment 5: RMS_3Hz_Side_view.png
Attachment 6: RMS_broadband_Side_view.png
Attachment 7: RMS_08Hz_Q_I-Q_E-axes.png
Attachment 8: RMS_3Hz_Q_I-Q_E-axes.png
Attachment 9: RMS_broadband_Q_I-Q_E-axes.png
Attachment 10: Accelerom_ETMX.png
Attachment 11: Accelerom_ITMX.png
  201   Wed Dec 19 15:51:00 2007 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsDaytime measurements in XARM and their results

I was making measurements in XARM for three different nights. All the results agree with each other (I will put the results from the last night soon).

Steve Vass recommended to me to compare those results with the daytime data, in order to see if there is a real necessity to run the scripts overnight or if daytime results will yield similar results.

XARM has been locked, and I am taking measurements today from 3.30PM till 11.30PM.

I will be changing the suspension damping gains in ETMX and ITMX "position" degrees of freedom in the interval from 1.0 to 3.75 with the step 0.25.


All the meaning of the attachments 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-11 is the same as in previous ELOG entries # 195, # 199, # 202, see in those entries which graph corresponds to which coordinate axes orientation.
Attachment 1: RMS-08Hz-Top_View.png
Attachment 2: RMS-3Hz-Top_View.png
Attachment 3: RMS-broadband-Top_View.png
Attachment 4: RMS-08Hz-Side-View.png
Attachment 5: RMS-3Hz-Side_View.png
Attachment 6: RMS-broadband-Side_View.png
Attachment 7: RMS-08Hz-Q_I-Q_E-Axes.png
Attachment 8: RMS-3Hz-Side_View.png
Attachment 9: RMS-broadband-Side_View.png
Attachment 10: Accelerometer_ETMX.png
Attachment 11: Accelerometer_ITMX.png
  200   Wed Dec 19 11:31:01 2007 steveOmnistructurePEMaircond filter maintenance
Jeff is working on all air condiontion units of the 40m lab
This we do every six months.
Attachment 1: acfilters6m.jpg
  199   Tue Dec 18 23:41:00 2007 AndreySummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsResults of Mon/Tue overnight measurements (entry #194)

Here I inform our community about the results of the measurements of RMS values in XARM during the previous night from Monday to Tuesday (I announced those measurements in ELOG entry #194).

All the plots in today's report seem to agree well with the analogous plots from the night from Saturday to Sunday (those results are given in ELOG entry # 195).

All the intervals in which RMS have been calculated are the same as in yesterday's ELOG entry #195.

I plotted three results for RMS in the abovementioned three intervals in three different ways:

1) view from the top in the axes (Q_{ITMX}+Q_{ETMX})/2 and (Q_{ITMX}-Q_{ETMX}) -> first three graphs (attachments 1 -3);

2) view from the side in the same sum- and difference-axes -> next three graphs (attachments 4-6);

3) view from the side in Q_{ITMX} and Q_{ETMX} axes -> next three graphs (attachments 7-9, also attch. 12), above accelerometer spectra (attachments 10-11).

Also, I compared the ground noise level by comparing spectra of accelerometer signals at different times during that night. As a reminder, before my disease I installed one accelerometer near ITMX and another accelerometer near ETMX (see entries 161 and 172 in ELOG). The plots of ratios of accelerometer signals at different times (pairs of times that were used: 11PM and 2AM, 11PM and 5AM, 11PM and 8AM) are given below, see attachments 10-11. The program was running from 11PM on Monday till 9AM on Tuesday.

As I explained in the previous ELOG entry # 198, tonight I am taking experimental data in the narrowere interval from 1.00 to 4.50 with a smaller step 0.25.
Attachment 1: RMS_08HZ_Top_View.png
Attachment 2: RMS_3HZ_Top_View.png
Attachment 3: RMS_broad_Top_View.png
Attachment 4: RMS_08HZ_Side_View.png
Attachment 5: RMS_3HZ_Side_View.png
Attachment 6: RMS_broad_Side_View.png
Attachment 7: RMS_08HZ_Q_E_Q_I_Axes.png
Attachment 8: RMS_3HZ_Q_E_Q_I_Axes.png
Attachment 9: RMS_broad_Q_E_Q_I_Axes.png
Attachment 10: Accelerometer_ITMX.png
Attachment 11: Accelerometer_ETMX.png
Attachment 12: RMS_broad_Q_E_Q_I_Axes.png
  198   Tue Dec 18 23:27:36 2007 AndreyConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsNew overnight measurements (this night from Tue to Wed)

I am making overnight measurements in XARM tonight.

This is the third night of measurements in XARM, but tonight I am scanning the narrower region between values of damping gain 1.00 and 4.50 with the smaller step 0.25. (for comparison, during two previous measurements the region was between 1.0 and 7.0 with the step 0.5).

I have relocked the XARM before the start of the measurements.

I started running the program at 9.30PM, and it should collect all the data by 9.00AM wednesday morning.

Below are explanations why I chose these different parameters for the interval and step:

I am going to put the results of previous night measurements into the next ELOG entry, and it we be pretty obvious from those graphs that results in XARM from the two previous (different) nights agree well with each other, and the approximate positions of minima and areas of "big growth" of the surfaces are pretty obvious from those graphs. It is clear that RMS are too big for the values of the damping gain bigger than 4.0, and that minima are somewhere near the values of 2.0. But those graphs were too rough to locate a somewhat precise value for the minima. Therefore, I am studying tonight the interval of gains between 1.00 and 4.50 with a smaller step.

A short note how I estimate time that is necessary to collect the experimental data.

there are 15 experimental points for each ETMX and ITMX suspension gains in the interval between 1.00 and 4.50 with the step 0.25. They are: 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00, ..., 3.75, 4.00, 4.25, 4.50. As I am changing both ETMX and ITMX gains, I have an array of 15*15=225 elements.
It takes 3 minutes for each point to collect the data (I wrote the program that way). Therefore, the total time it takes to run the program is: 225*3=675 minutes, or 675/60=11.25 hours, almost 11 and a half hours.
  197   Tue Dec 18 21:31:31 2007 tobinUpdatePSLISS RIN
My measurements of the ISS RIN via the SR785 and via the DAQ disagree considerably. The spectral shapes are very similar, however, so I expect that a constant factor is creeping in somewhere. Measurements taken at the PD DC monitor points using the SR785 attached. There is a lot of excess noise in the 300 Hz - 1 kHz region.
Attachment 1: iss-rin.pdf
  196   Tue Dec 18 16:50:35 2007 tobinUpdateSAFETYuvex laser safety glasses defective
A few days ago we noticed what appeared to be a blotched, speckled fracturing of the coating of the "UVEX" laser safety glasses. These are the glasses with "transparent" (reflective to 1064nm) lenses and white frames that we keep in a box on top of a filing cabinet in the control room. Today Steve measured the transmission of these glasses and found 80% transmission of 1064nm in several cases.

Do not use the white, transparent "uvex" laser safety glasses until further notice. Steve has hidden them away so that you won't be tempted.

Below is attached a photo of a bad lens.
Attachment 1: bad-glasses.jpg
Attachment 2: bad-glasses-zoom.jpg
  195   Tue Dec 18 00:51:39 2007 AndreyUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsResults of Saturday overnight measurements

As I indicated in the previous e-log entry (#194), I made overnight measurements in XARM in the night from Saturday to Sunday.

Root-mean-square values of the peaks in calibrated spectra were calculated, and I plotted them as functions of suspension gains in ITMX and ETMX "position" degrees of freedom.
More specifically, Q_ITMX means the value in the channel "C1:SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_GAIN", while Q_ETMX means the value in the channel "C1:SUS-ETMX_SUSPOS_GAIN".

Root-mean-square values (RMS) were calculated during that night in three intervals:

1) around 0.8 HZ in the interval (0.6 Hz <-> 1.0 Hz);

2) around 3.0 Hz in the interval (2.0 Hz <-> 3.6 Hz);

3) in the broad interval from 0.6Hz to 3.6Hz.

I plotted three results for RMS in the abovementioned three intervals in three different ways:

1) view from the top in the axes (Q_{ITMX}+Q_{ETMX})/2 and (Q_{ITMX}-Q_{ETMX}) -> first three graphs (attachments 1 -3);

2) view from the side in the same sum- and difference-axes -> next three graphs (attachments 4-6);

3) view from the side in Q_{ITMX} and Q_{ETMX} axes -> next three graphs (attachments 7-9), above accelerometer spectra (attachments 10-11).

Also, I compared the ground noise level by comparing spectra of accelerometer signals at different times during that night. As a reminder, before my disease I installed one accelerometer near ITMX and another accelerometer near ETMX (see entries 161 and 172 in ELOG). The plots of ratios of accelerometer signals at different times (pairs of times that were used: 12AM and 3AM, 12AM and 6AM, 12AM and 9AM) are given below, see attachments 10-11.

Tomorrow I will try to compare the results with the second measurements that are being taken tonight.
Attachment 1: RMS_08Hz_top_view.png
Attachment 2: RMS_3Hz_top_view.png
Attachment 3: RMS_broad_top_view.png
Attachment 4: RMS_08Hz_Qsum-Qdiff-axes.png
Attachment 5: RMS_3Hz_Qsum-Qdiff-axes.png
Attachment 6: RMS_broad_Qsum-Qdiff-axes.png
Attachment 7: RMS_08Hz_Qaxes.png
Attachment 8: RMS_3Hz_Qaxes.png
Attachment 9: RMS_broad_Qaxes.png
Attachment 10: Accel_ITMX.png
Attachment 11: Accel_ETMX.png
  194   Mon Dec 17 23:42:08 2007 AndreyConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsOvernight measurements in X-arm

I am making overnight measurements this night (from Monday to Tuesday) in XARM.

The X-arm is now locked, and the values for suspension damping gain will be changed in the interval from 1 to 7 with the step 0.5 in both ITMX and ETMX.

This is the second, repeated measurement. The results of the first measurement from Saturday to Sunday night will be reported in the separate ELOG entry (sorry, I did not make an ELOG entry on Saturday evening about running the program overnight).

The very first attempt to run the script in the night from Thursday to Friday was not successful.
  193   Mon Dec 17 11:47:13 2007 albertoUpdateElectronicsan alternative design for the RFAM monitor's filter at 33Mhz
Since the Butterworth turned out o be rather wide-band, I tried an other configuration for the 33 MHz filter. Attached are the simulated transfer function and the measured. As one can see, the measured peak is much broader than expected.
Attachment 1: RFSim99-33MHz.png
Attachment 2: RF99-SimmButterworthPrototype.png
Attachment 3: RFSim99-33MHz-TFplot.png
  192   Sun Dec 16 16:52:40 2007 dmassUpdateComputersComputer on the end Fixed
I had Mike Pedraza look at the computer on the end (tag c21256). It was running funny, and turns out it was a bad HD.

I backed up the SURF files as attachments to their wiki entries. Nothing else seemed important so the drive was (presumably) swapped, and a clean copy of xp pro was installed. The username/login is the standard one.

Also - that small corner of desk space is now clean, and it would be lovely if it stayed that way.
  191   Thu Dec 13 23:56:02 2007 AndreyConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsOvernight measurements

After my disease (fever, vomitting, nose problem, overall weakness) I returned to LIGO today for the first time after the weekend, and I am running the script for the XARM-measurements over this night.

So, suspension dumping gains should undergo changes in the interval from 1 to 10 in both ITMX and ETMX.

XARM has been of course locked.

I started running the script for the first time at about 10PM, but I realized after an hour and a half that my step of gain increase 0.2 was too shallow, too small to execute my program during one night. Therefore, I needed to terminate the program, change my program so that it increases the gain with increment 0.5, not 0.2, and started it again around midnight.

Going home.

P.S. The red pump that I borrowed from the lab (Steve's pump?) is back at its previous place. The tire-worker tells me that I absolutely need to change all four tires for almost 500 dollars. I regret a lot about that huge money loss.
  190   Thu Dec 13 12:05:36 2007 albertoOmnistructureElectronicsThe new Butterworth seems to work quite well
It works better probably because of the small inductors I'm using this time.
The peak is at 30 MHz because I didn't have the precise elements to get 33.

The bandwidth and the Q could be improved by adding one or two more order to the filter and trying to better match the low-pass' resonant frequency with the high-pass'.

Also I have to see if it could work at 166 and 199 MHz as well.
Attachment 1: TF_New_Butterworth_12-Nov-2007_TF.png
Attachment 2: Bultervverth2.png
  189   Wed Dec 12 22:24:48 2007 tobinFrogsPEMweather station
I poked at the weather station briefly this evening.

* There's almost nothing in the elog about it.
* It exists. It is located on the North wall, just north of the beam splitter.
* It seems to be displaying reasonable data for the indoors, but nothing for the outdoor sensors.
* c1pem didn't seem to be starting up (couldn't telnet into it, etc). I altered its startup file and reset it several times, and eventually it came to life.
* the weather station has a serial cable that goes all the way to c1pem. I plugged it in.
* however, the Weather.st program complains "NO COMM"--it gets no data from the weather station
* The next thing to do is to plug in a laptop to that serial cable and see if the weather station can be convinced to talk.
  188   Wed Dec 12 16:22:22 2007 albertoOmnistructureElectronicsLC filter for the RF-AM monitor circuit
In the LC configuration (see attached schematic) the resonant frequency is tuned to one of the peak of our RF-AM monitor and it is amplified by a factor equal to the Q of the filter. As I wrote in one of the last elog entries, we would like amplifications of about 10-30 dB in order to have negligible couplings. Such values are obtained only with small capacitances (few or less pF). The drawback is relatively large inductance (uH or more) which has inevitably low Self Resonant Frequencies (SRF - the resonant frequencies of the RLC circuit usually associated with an actual inductor - ~ MHz). Even before, one limit is also the input impedance of the RF amplifier. Quality factors > 1 require megaohms, far from the 50 ohms in the MiniCircuit amplifiers Iím using now. So, if we plan to use these even for the final design of the circuit, we have to abandon the LC configuration.
For this same reason the only way I could get the expected responses from my several test boards was with a 10 megaohm input probe (see attachment for the measurement with and without probe). Assuming that impedance, I found these as the best trade-offs between the attenuation requirements and the values of the inductors for respectively the peaks at 33, 66,133, 166,199 MHz:
26uH, 6.6u, 20u, 73u, 16u
If we could find inductor with these values and high SRF the configuration should work. The problem is I couldnít find any. Above a few uH they all seem to have SRF ~ MHz.
That is why I switched to the Butterworth. This should work despite the input impedance of the amplifier and with much smaller inductances. I made a totally new test circuit, with surface mount components. I think I still have to fix some things in the measurements but (this time I got rid of the simulator I was using earlier and designed a new configuration with new values from the Horowitzís tables) it seems I have the expected peaks. More soon.
Attachment 1: TF_LC_filter_10pF_1.8uH_scope_probe.png
Attachment 2: TF_LC_filter_10pF_1.8mH_no_probe.png
Attachment 3: LC_filter_schematic.png
  187   Mon Dec 10 20:35:59 2007 tobinConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programsautolocking scripts
I added this tidbit of csh code to the MZ autolocker to prevent multiple copies from running (on one computer):
if (`pgrep lockMZ | wc -l` > 1) then
   echo lockMZ is already running! 
Similarly, here's some bash code that does something similar; I'll add it to the other autolocker scripts:
  pgrep `basename $0` | grep -v $$ > /dev/null                                                                           
  echo Another copy of this program is already running.  Exiting!                                                        
  exit 1                                                                                                                 
This code searches for all processes with the same name as this script ($0) and then use grep to exclude (-v) the current process ID ($$).
  186   Mon Dec 10 19:08:03 2007 tobinConfigurationPSLMZ
The MZ seems finicky today--it keeps unlocking and relocking.

I've temporarily blocked one of the MZ arms while I work on the ISS.
  185   Mon Dec 10 18:42:20 2007 tobinUpdatePSLISS RIN script
I wrote a script to measure the ISS RIN. The script uses the "labca" interface (described in an earlier entry) to read and twiddle EPICS settings and mDV to get DAQ data. The script measures open loop RIN, closed loop RIN at each of several gain slider settings, and dark noise. The dark noise is obtained by misaligning (unlocking) the PMC. The script also compares the whitened and unwhitened spectra for an open loop measurement and performs a fit of a simple pole to find the dewhitening filter.

This is all very exciting, but I don't quite believe the results, since the closed loop RIN seems to bottom out at 2e-7/rtHz regardless of the gain slider setting.

Sample output attached. The script may be found at scripts/PSL/ISS/rin.m.
Attachment 1: rin-20071210-1831.pdf
  184   Mon Dec 10 13:54:26 2007 robHowToComputer Scripts / ProgramsDon't blame the Matlab compiler

For human error. We should be careful to only run the compiler outside the mDV directory (thus placing the _mcr outside of the range the addpath command in the mdv_config files). Or maybe there's a smarter solution...
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