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  1029   Mon Oct 6 16:41:33 2008 AlbertoDAQLSCC1LSC in coma

Quote:
Alberto, Joe,

The C1LSC medm screen is frozen and the C1LSC computer is down. We tried to reboot and to restart it first turning off the power and then just rebooting remotely. None of them worked. We check whether any of the cable was unplugged but they were ok. Also all the led turned on to green after rebooting.
Trying to reboot we get the following error message: init_module: device or resource busy.

We called Alex who first suggested to check all the connection and then to swap the timing cable between two Pentek boards but the computer was still down.
It is possible that the board is dead. Alex and Rolf are going to look into this problem and for any spare board.

by now we can't lock any DOF of the IFO.


Alex, Rob, Alberto,

Alex replaced the Pentek board used by C1LSC with a spare one that they had at the Wilson house. That fixed the DMA failure but since the board had a channel broken, one of the channels (POY) was still not available.

Looking at the wiring diagram of the ASC crate, we found that one of the Pentek boards in it was actually not used by anything and thus available to replace the bad one in LSC. We switched the two boards so that now the one that Alex installed is mounted in the ASC crate and it is connected to the cable labeled 1x2-ASC 6.

C1LSC is up again and all the channels in the C1LSC screen, including POY, now seem to be working properly.
  1030   Tue Oct 7 10:49:29 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralDisplaced Photodiode
This morning I found that the photodidode of the PLL in the PSL table was not aligned to the beam anymore. The PD support was not tight to the pedestal so that the PD was rotated and completely off of the beam.

It is possible that the BNC cable connected to the PD was pulled very strongly, or the PD was hit so that the support got unscrewed by its pedestal. Anyways, it did not happen spontaneously.

I re-aligned the PD and observed again the beat between the two laser beams. Here are the values from the measurement of the signal from the PD:
I measured the DC values of the hitting power, alternatively occluding one of the two laser beams, and I measured the beat amplitude letting them interfere and reading the peak-to-peak amplitude of the oscillating signal:

main beam DC: 200mV
secondary beam DC: 490
beat: 990mV
beat at the spectrum analyzer (after the two-way splitter of the PLL): -8.40dBm on a noise floor of the photodiode of -75dBm

the frequency of the beast is 8.55MHz and the temperature of the NPRO of the secondary beam, as read from the laser driver display, is 48.7357C.


Alberto
  1031   Tue Oct 7 12:17:57 2008 AlbertoConfigurationComputersTime reset on MEDM
Yoichi, Alberto

I noticed the MEDM screen time was about 7 minutes ahead of the right time. The time on MEDM is read on channel C0:TIM-PACIFIC_STRING which takes it from the C1VCU-EPICS computer. Yoichi found that that computer did not have the right time because one of the startup scripts, ntpd, which are contained in the directory /etc/init.d/ for some reason did not start. So restring it by typing ./ntpd start updated the time on that computer and fixed the problem.
  1039   Fri Oct 10 10:20:42 2008 AlbertoOmnistructureComputersFEs are down

Quote:

The front-end machines are all down. Another cosmic-ray in the RFM, I suppose. Whoever comes in first in the morning should do the all-boot described in the wiki.


Yoichi and I went along the arms turning off and on all the FE machines. Then, from the control room we rebooted them all following the procedures in the wiki. Everything is now up again.

I restored the full IFO, re-locked the mode cleaner.
  1040   Fri Oct 10 13:57:33 2008 AlbertoOmnistructureComputersProblems in locking the X arm
This morning for some reason that I didn't clearly understand I could not lock the Xarm. The Y arm was not a problem and the Restore and Align script worked fine.

Looking at the LSC medm screen something strange was happening on the ETMX output. Even if the Input switch for c1:LSC-ETMX_INMON was open, there still was some random output going into c1:LSC-ETMX_INMON, and it was not a residual of the restor script running. Probably something bad happened this monring when we rebooted all the FE computers for the RFM network crash that we had last night.

Restarting the LSC computer didn't solve the problem so I decided to reboot the scipe25 computer, corresponding to c1dcuepics, that controls the LSC channels.

Somehow rebooting that machine erased all the parameters on almost all medm screens. In particular the mode cleaner mirrors got a kick and took a while to stop. I then burtrestored all the medm screen parameters to yesterday Thursday October 9 at 16:00. After that everything came back to normal. I had to re-lock the PMC and the MC.

Burtrestoring c1dcuepics.snap required to edit the .snap file because of a bug in burtrestore for that computer wich adds an extra return before the final quote symbol in the file. That bug should be fixed sometime.

The rebooting apparently fixed the problem with ETMX on the LSC screen. The strange output is not present anymore and I was able to easily lock the X arm. I then run the Align and the Restore full IFO scripts.
  1066   Wed Oct 22 09:42:41 2008 AlbertoDAQComputersc1iool0 rebooted and MC autolocker restarted
This morning I found the MC unlocked. The MC-Down script didn't work because of network problems in communicating with scipe7, a.k.a. c1iool0. Telneting to the computer was also impossible so I power cycled it from its key switch. The first time it failed so I repeated it a second time and then it worked.
Yoichi then restarted c1iovme. It was also necessary to restart the MC autolocker script according to the following procedure:
- ssh into op440m
- from op440m, ssh into op340m
- restart /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts/scripts/MC/autolockMCmain40
  1070   Wed Oct 22 20:50:30 2008 AlbertoOmnistructureComputersGPS
Today I measured the GPS clock frequency at the output of CLOCK_MON in a board on the same crate where the c1iool0 computer is located. The monitor was connected with a BNC cable to the 10MHz reference input of the frequency counter on top of that rack, where it was used to check the 166MHz coming from one of the Marconi.

The frequency was supposed to be 10MHz but I actually measured 8 MHz. I tracked down the GPS input cable to the board and it turned out to come from one of the 1Y7 rack. Here it was connected to a board with a display that was showing corrupted digits, plus some leds on the front panel were red.

I'm not sure the GPS reference is working properly.
  1072   Thu Oct 23 15:27:19 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length
Here are the measurements I've got yesterday. The plot shows the transmitted power after the X arm while sweeping the frequency of the beat between the two lasers. That frequency is changed by scanning the frequency of the local oscillator of the PLL (that is the Marconi).
The X arm cavity has been locked to the TEM00 of the main beam. I tilted ITMX in order to enhance the higher modes of the secondary beam with the purpose of making them beat with the main beam.
Three traces are shown in the plot correspondent to three different measurements in which I clipped the transmitted beam at the X end with a razor blade from up and from the side of the photodiode.
Both the beats of the TEM00 mode of the main laser with the TEM01 and TEM10 modes of the secondary laser are expected to be at 6.2763 MHz. The plot has a candidate peak at 6.325MHz but it does not appear on both the measurements with the blade. the peaks at 3.897MHz and 7.795MHz are the first and the second longitudinal modes of the X arm cavity.
  1073   Thu Oct 23 18:23:47 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length

Quote:
Here are the measurements I've got yesterday. The plot shows the transmitted power after the X arm while sweeping the frequency of the beat between the two lasers. That frequency is changed by scanning the frequency of the local oscillator of the PLL (that is the Marconi).
The X arm cavity has been locked to the TEM00 of the main beam. I tilted ITMX in order to enhance the higher modes of the secondary beam with the purpose of making them beat with the main beam.
Three traces are shown in the plot correspondent to three different measurements in which I clipped the transmitted beam at the X end with a razor blade from up and from the side of the photodiode.
Both the beats of the TEM00 mode of the main laser with the TEM01 and TEM10 modes of the secondary laser are expected to be at 6.2763 MHz. The plot has a candidate peak at 6.325MHz but it does not appear on both the measurements with the blade. the peaks at 3.897MHz and 7.795MHz are the first and the second longitudinal modes of the X arm cavity.


Today I repeated the measurement and I'm attaching the resulting plot. Still, not clear and (and most of all) not nice.
It seems like tilting ITMX is introducing a lot of unwanted higher modes that don't let us to clearly identify TEM01 and TEM10.
I think I'm going to stop it to get back to technique in which the arm cavity is locked to the TEM01/10 of the main beam.
  1074   Thu Oct 23 18:27:04 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length

Quote:
Here are the measurements I've got yesterday. The plot shows the transmitted power after the X arm while sweeping the frequency of the beat between the two lasers. That frequency is changed by scanning the frequency of the local oscillator of the PLL (that is the Marconi).
The X arm cavity has been locked to the TEM00 of the main beam. I tilted ITMX in order to enhance the higher modes of the secondary beam with the purpose of making them beat with the main beam.
Three traces are shown in the plot correspondent to three different measurements in which I clipped the transmitted beam at the X end with a razor blade from up and from the side of the photodiode.
Both the beats of the TEM00 mode of the main laser with the TEM01 and TEM10 modes of the secondary laser are expected to be at 6.2763 MHz. The plot has a candidate peak at 6.325MHz but it does not appear on both the measurements with the blade. the peaks at 3.897MHz and 7.795MHz are the first and the second longitudinal modes of the X arm cavity.


Here is the Matlab code I use to calculate the HOM frequencies.
  1075   Thu Oct 23 18:45:18 2008 AlbertoOmnistructureComputer Scripts / ProgramsPython code for GPIB devices developed for the Absl length experiment
I wrote two Python scripts for my measurement that can be also used/imitated by others: sweepfrequency. py and HP8590.py. The first is is the one that we run by a Python interpreter (just typing "python <name script> <parameters>"from the terminal). It manages the parameters that we have to pass it for the measurement and calls the second one, HP8590.py which actually does most of the job.

Here what it does. It scans the frequency of the Marconi and, for each step, searches the highest peak in the Spectrum Analyzer (which is centered 50 KHz around the frequency of the Marconi). It then associates the amplitude of the peak to the frequency of the Marconi and write the two number in two columns of a file.
The file name, the GPIB-to/LAN interface IP address, the frequency range, the frequency step amplitude and the number of measures we want it to average for each step, are all set by the parameters when we call sweepfrequency.py.
More details are in the help of the function or just looking at the header of the code.

I guess that one can perform other similar measurement just with little changes in the code so I think it could turn out useful to anyone else.
  1076   Thu Oct 23 18:51:19 2008 AlbertoMetaphysicsComputerseLog
I checked it and the latest version of the elog software, the 2.7.5 (we have the 2.6.5) has, among new nice features, the very good ability to fit the entries into the screen width without showing kilometric lines like we see now. Should we upgrade it?
  1084   Fri Oct 24 11:42:48 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length: locking the X arm cavity in TEM01/10
I went back to lock the arm cavity in either TEM01 or TEM10 mode. Attached are the results. We still have several resonances which we can't clearly identify. I expect TEM01/10 to be at 6.276MHz but we don't have a peak exactly there. What we have is:
- a peak at 6.320MHz in the measurement of the TEM01 mode (the one with the lobes of the spot almost on the vertical axis)
- a peak at 6.590MHz in both the TEM01 and TEM10 measurements.

I'm either missing the real TEM01/10 mode or the peaks at 6.590MHz are those. If that were true, that would mean that the radius of curvature of ETMX is 49.29 m instead of 57.57 m as listed in the IFO data sheets. I think it's much more likely that the measurements are missing the right peaks.
  1086   Fri Oct 24 17:21:13 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length: the right amount of beam clipping
I found the reason why the peak at about 6.3MHz appeared only on the TEM10 mode: the blade was clipping the beam too much and it was probably totally killing the mode. I'm attaching a plot that shows that difference when I did that.
  1087   Fri Oct 24 18:05:01 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length: transverse mode spacing measured for the X arm
The ETMX suffers of astigmatism. I measured the following frequencies for the higher order modes:
- f_01 = 6317500 +/- 500 Hz
- f_10 = 6305500 +/- 500 Hz

From

g2=1/g1*(cos(A*L*pi/c))^2

where A= (fsr-f_i), fsr=(3897654+/-15)Hz (see elog entry 956), L=(38.4580+/-0.0003)m, g1=0.9947 (from R1=7280m), I get the following values for the g-factor coefficients:

g2_x = 0.3164 +/- 0.0002
g2_y = 0.3209 +/- 0.0002

from which we have the radius of curvature of ETMX:

R_x = 56.26 +/- 0.01 m
R_y = 56.63 +/- 0.01 m


The specs for the mirror have R2= 57.57 m (unc).

So, they seem conditions similar of those of ETMY that Koji measured:

Rx = 56.1620 +/- 0.0013 [m]
Ry = 57.3395 +/- 0.0011 [m]

for which L_yarm: 38.6462 m +/- 0.0003 m
  1093   Mon Oct 27 11:16:23 2008 AlbertoConfigurationIOOStochMon Calibration
I implemented the calibration for the four channels of the StochMon in the ioo EPICS database. Now the output of those channels, as shown in the medm screen, gives the peak-to-peak amplitude in voltage of each frequency from the RFAMPD at the transmission of the MC, normalized by the DC output from the same photodiode.

Basically the calibration takes into account the following factors:
- two in series RF preamplifiers, currently laying on the PSL table near the RFAMPD, with gains of 19 dB and 17 dB, respectively
and, inside the StochMon blue box:
- a resonant band-pass filter with the following gains h_f(f) for each of the frequencies of interest: 33MHz -39.5 dB; 133MHz -40.8 dB; 166MHz -49.0 dB; 199MHz -45.0 dB
- a power detector that provides an output voltage linearly proportional to the input power in dBm, with a factor alpha of proportionality equal to an average value of -0.0271 V/dBm for all the frequencies

The calibration that relates the output voltage from the PD to the output voltage from the StochMon is then obtained as:

V_pd(f) = sqrt(2*R*P0)/h_f(f) * 10^( (Vo-q)/(20*alpha) )

where R=50ohm, P0=1mW and q=0.772 V, the latest being the offset in the calibration of the power detector (that is its output for a 0 dBm input).
  1097   Tue Oct 28 11:10:18 2008 AlbertoUpdateLSCHigher Order Mode resonances in the X arms

Quote:
Recently we had been having some trouble locking the full IFO in the spring configuration (SRC on +166).
It was thought that an accidental higher order mode resonance in the arms may have been causing problems.

I previously calculated the locations of the resonances using rough arm cavity parameters(Elog #690). Thanks to Koji
and Alberto I have been able to update this work with measured arm length and g factors for the y arm (Elog #801,#802).
I have also included the splitting of the modes caused by the astigmatic ETM. Code is attached.

I don't see any evidence of +166MHz resonances in the y arm.


In the attached plot different colours denote different frequencies +33, -33, +166, -166 & CR.
The numbers above each line are the mn of TEMmn.
Solid black line is the carrier resonance.


I plugged the measures of the length of the X arm and radius of curvature of ETMX I made in to John's code to estimate the position of the resonances of the HOM for the sidebands in the X arm. Here's the resulting plot.
  1109   Mon Nov 3 19:18:47 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralnew elog
Phil Ehrens kindly poured our elog's content in a CD that now is here at the 40m.
I've been trying to install the 2.7.5 version of the elog on Nodus, a Sun machine, but the installing procedure is different from linux and I dont' know it. I tried to recompile the elog from the source code but the way gcc is called must be wrong because I get this error message:

nodus:elog-2.7.5>make
gcc -DHAVE_SSL -o elog src/elog.c -lsocket -lnsl -lssl
src/elog.c:45:25: openssl/ssl.h: No such file or directory
src/elog.c:329: error: parse error before "SSL"
src/elog.c: In function `ssl_connect':
src/elog.c:331: error: `SSL_METHOD' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:331: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
src/elog.c:331: error: for each function it appears in.)
src/elog.c:331: error: `meth' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:332: error: `SSL_CTX' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:332: error: `ctx' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:340: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:341: error: `sock' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c: In function `retrieve_elog':
src/elog.c:383: error: `SSL' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:383: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c: In function `submit_elog':
src/elog.c:631: error: `SSL' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:631: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
make: *** [elog] Error 1

Joe, Yoichi, anyone else knows how to do that?
  1114   Tue Nov 4 17:58:42 2008 AlbertoDAQPSLMC temperature sensor
I added a channel for the temperature sensor on the MC1/MC3 chamber: C1:PSL-MC_TEMP_SEN.
To do that I had to reboot the frame builder. The slow servo of the FSS had to get restarted, the reference cavity locked and so the PMC and MZ.
  1115   Wed Nov 5 12:41:36 2008 AlbertoUpdateLSCAbsolute Length and g-factor measurements conclusions
Absolute Length and g-Factor Measurement for the 40m Arm Cavities, Summary of Results

MOTIVATION OF THE EXPERIMENT
Lately locking the interferometer in the so called spring configuration (SRC on +166 MHz sideband) has been difficult and a possible resonance of an higher order mode of the +166 MHz sideband in the arms was
hypothesized as the cause. We wanted to know the frequencies of the HOMs of the sidebands and see where they are, relatively to the carrier resonance.

THE EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE IN BRIEF
A second laser beam from an NPRO is injected into the interferometer through the AS port. The beam is mode matched to the arm cavities so that it can resonate inside of these. The secondary beam interferes with
the PSL beam and the incident intensity on one end mirror, excluding by now any higher mode, is I(t)=I1+I2+(interference terms)*exp[-i*(f1-f2)*t]. The last term comes from the beat between the two fields at the
relative frequency of the two lasers. For beating frequencies multiple of the FSR of the cavity, the beat gets transmitted and appears at the trans PD.
Whereas the PSL has a constant frequency, the NPRO frequency fluctuates, so that the relative phase between the two is not constant. To prevent that, a PLL servo locks the phase of the NPRO to that of the PSL.
The result is a beat frequency at the steady and tunable value set by the local oscillator of the PLL.

Length Measurement
One arm at a time, the cavity is locked to the TEM00 mode of the main laser. The beat frequency is then scanned for a few cavity FSRs and the transmitted power is measured. A linear fit of the resonant frequencies gives
us the FSR of the cavity.

g-factor Measurement
For non-planar Fabry-Perot cavities, the HOMs of the laser are not degenerate and resonate in the cavity at frequencies different from the correspondent fundamental mode. The shift in frequency is measured by the
Transverse Mode Spacing (TMS) and it is a function of the g-factors of the cavity:

TMS=FSR*acos[sqrt(g1*g2)]/pi

with g1=1-L/R1, where L is the cavity absolute length and R1 the radius of curvature of the input mirror, and similarly for g2 for the end mirror.
We measured the TMS by means of the beat between an HOM of the main laser and the TEM00 of the secondary beam. To do that we locked the cavity to either TEM01/10 and looked at the transmitted power for frequencies
of the beat around the TMS expected from the design parameters of the cavity.
Since the phase of the intensity of the beat between TEM01/10 and TEM00 has only DC components if measured across a symmetric portion of the spot, it is necessary to brake the symmetry of the incident beam on the
PD by chopping it just before it hits the sensor.
We approximated g1=1 for the ITMs. The effect of an astigmatic ETM is to brake the degeneracy of the TEM10 and TEM01 modes and split their resonant frequencies. By measuring that shift, we can evaluate the radius
of curvature of the mirror for the axis of the two transverse modes.

EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
X Arm
FSR     =  (3897627 +/- 5 )   Hz
L       = (38.45833  +/- 0.00005) m
g2x     =   0.31197  +/- 0.00004
g2y     =   0.32283  +/- 0.00004
R-ETM_x = (55.8957   +/- 0.0045) m
R-ETM_y = (56.7937   +/- 0.0038) m

Y Arm
FSR     = ( 3879252 +/- 30 )  Hz
L       = (38.6462   +/- 0.0003) m
g2x     =   0.31188  +/- 0.00004
g2y     =   0.32601  +/- 0.00004
R-ETM_x = (56.1620   +/- 0.0013) m
R-ETM_y = (57.3395   +/- 0.0011) m


CONCLUSIONS
The attached graphs,one for the X arm and the other for the Y arm, plot the distributions of the first HOMs of the sidebands near the carrier resonance in the arm cavities. As it appears, the resonances of
the +166 sideband are far enough for not resonating in the arm cavities if the arms are locked to the carrier.
We have to look for something else to explain the locking problem of the interferometer in the spring configuration.
  1124   Fri Nov 7 18:38:19 2008 AlbertoDAQPSLMC temperature sensor hooked up
Alberto, Rana,
we found that the computer handling the signals from ICS-110B was C1IOVME so we restarted it. We changed the name of the channel to C1:PEM_TEMPS and the number to 16349. We tracked it up to the J14 connector of the DAQ.
We also observed the strange thing that both of the differential pairs on J13 are read by the channle. Also, if you connect a 50 Ohm terminator to one of the pairs, the signal even get amplified.

(The name of the channel is PEM-MC1_TEMPS)
  1132   Thu Nov 13 11:33:25 2008 AlbertoHowToTreasureMaking (good) Matlab figures
Just a little summary of some useful ways to change plot settings in Matlab that I wanted to share and remember for the future:

http://saig.phys.ualberta.ca/toolbox/Matlab/making_figures.html
  1133   Thu Nov 13 15:50:44 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralGPS 10MHz clock
The schematic of the 1Y7 rack that Alan pointed out (see attachment) don't represent anymore the actual rack.
First, with Yoichi we found that the GPS receiver for the 10 MHz is in a different position,
on the other side of the VME computer. It seems to output 1 kHz, which also appears in some modulated way.
This signal is then passed to a board on 1Y7 that seems make just copies of the signal. One of these goes
to an other board in 1Y6 that looks like a GPS receiver but has actually no GPs antenna input. Here it is
not connected to anything, but on its same crate is a the awg computer, so it might be providing the clock
to that by the crate.

We also checked the clock monitor output on the boards in the PSL that provides for the clock to the Penteks
and it seems that these are actually getting 4MHz.
  1139   Mon Nov 17 11:01:15 2008 AlbertoHowToElectronicsCalibrating the Frequency Standard of the Marconi
I locked the SRS Rubidium Frequency Standard FS275 to the the 1pps from the GPS. The specs from the manual provide a frequency accuracy of 5x10^-11, that is 5x10-4 @ 10 MHz, since this is the reference signal frequency we're are going to use.
The Marconi internal frequency standard is provided by a TCXO oscillator. The instrument can be set in either one of these ways: 1) Indirect Synchronization, by which the internal TCXO is phase-locked to the external frequency standard (i.e. the SRS FS275 in our case) 2) Direct Sync, in which the internal TCXO is bypassed and the frequency standard is the external one.

I checked the specs of both frequency standards and found:

SRS FS275: 5x10^-11 -> 5x10^-10 Hz @ 10 MHz

Marconi: here what the data sheet says is that "the temperature coefficient is 7 in 10^7 in the temperature range between 0 and 55 C" and so should be also the frequency accuracy.

The SRS FS275 seems more accurate than the TCXO therefore I'm going to set the Marconi on the direct external mode.
  1145   Tue Nov 18 19:44:53 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralX Arm Cavity "Negative" FSRs Measured
Previous measurements on the X arm cavity revealed a shift of the frequencies of the cavity resonances from where one would expect these to be by just looking at integer multiples of the cavity FSR. In particular, plotting the resonant frequencies versus the order of their occurrences while sweeping the laser frequency (in our case that of the beat between the two lasers), the linear fit of the data contained an unwanted offset:

resonant_frequency = n x FSR + offset

In part, we attributed this offset to the local oscillator of the PLL, the Marconi, which was not referred to an absolute frequency clock.
For that reason, I connected the Marconi to the RS FS275 which uses the 1PPS from the GPS to generate a 10 MHZ reference signal, and then scanned the cavity again. This time I started from negative beat frequencies, that happen when the frequency of the secondary laser is smaller than the main laser's, to positive frequencies. The way I made sure of the sign of the frequency was looking at the effect of changing the temperature of the NPRO. I decided that negative frequencies where those for which an increase in temperature lowered the beat frequency and positive frequencies those for which increasing the temperature made the beat frequency go up.
I then plotted the data and obtained the attached plot.

The offset was reduced to about 80 Hz (from more than 200 in the previous measurements). I think the residual offset has to do with something that happens in the cavity, something, as Koji found out, related to the alignment of the mirrors.

Thanks to the more data points, the measurement of the FSR improved to (3897627 +/- 5) Hz, which would let us know the measure of the cavity length with an error of 50um, if it weren't for the offset. I have to understand whether and how to take this into account to determine the precision in the cavity length. I guess it depends on whether it is real or it is still a systematic error due to the measurements.
  1146   Wed Nov 19 10:32:11 2008 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsAll the Marconi Set to the Rubidium Frequency Standard
I placed the SRS Rubidium FS275 over the PSL rack, next to the frequency counter. This one and the Marconi on the PSL rack have been connected to the 10MHz output of the frequency standard. I set also the first Marconi, the one that used to drive the others, to external, direct frequency reference. Now it reads 166981718 Hz versus 166981725 Hz measured by the frequency counter: 8 Hz difference.
  1169   Wed Dec 3 11:58:10 2008 AlbertoUpdatePSLMC Alignment
Rana, Alberto,

more details on the MC alignment we did yesterday.


Last week Rana re-aligned the Mach Zender (MZ) on the PSL table to reduce the power at the dark port (see elog entry #1151). After that, the beam was aligned to the MZ but not properly aligned to the Mode Cleaner (MC) anymore. As a result the MC could not lock or did it on unwanted transverse modes. To fix that we decided to change the alignment of the MC input periscope on the PSL table.


The ultimate goal of the operation was to align the MC transmitted beam to the IFO and to maximize the power.
Such a condition depends on:
a) a good cavity alignment and
b) input beam matching to the cavity TEM00 mode.


Since the MZ alignment had only affected the input beam, we assumed the cavity alignment was still good, or at least it had not changed, and we focused on the input beam.

The IOO computer, by the MC autolocker script, is able to change the cavity alignment and the length to match the input beam and lock the cavity. Although both the length servo (LSC) and the alignment servo (WFS) have a limited effective operating range. So for the script to work properly and at best, input beam and cavity matching have to be not far from that range.

The MC periscope has two mirrors which control the pitch and yaw input angles. By changing either yaw or pitch of both mirrors together (“two-knob" technique) one can change the input angle without moving the injection point on the cavity input mirror (MC1). So this is the procedure that we followed:

  • 1) turned of the autolocker running the MC-down script
    2) brought the reflected beam spot back on the MC-reflection camera and on the reflection photodiode (REFL-PD)
    3) turned on the LSC servo
    4) tweaked the periscope's mirrors until the cavity got locked on a TEM00 mode
    5) tweaked the periscope aiming at ~0.3V from the REFL-PD and ~3V on the transmission photodiode (TRANS-PD).


Following the steps above we got ~0.5 V on the REFL-PD and ~2V on the TRANS-PD but no better than that.

Looking at the Drift Monitor MEDM screen, we found that the cavity was not in the reference optimal position, as we initially assumed, thus limiting the matching of the beam to the MC.

We restored the optics reference position and repeated the alignment procedure as above. This time we got ~3V on the TRANS-PD and ~0.5 on the REFL-PD. We thought that the reason for still such a relatively high reflection was that the beam was not well centered on the REFL-PD (high order modes pick-up?).

On the AS table we centered the REFL-PD by aligning a beam splitter in the optical path followed by the light to reach the photodiode.

We also centered the beam on the reflection Wave Front Sensors (WFS). To do that we halved the power on the MZ to reduce the sidebands power and prevent the WFS QPD from saturating. We then aligned the beam splitters on the QPD by balancing the power among the quadrants. Finally we restored the power on the MZ.

As a last thing, we also centered the transmitted beam on the TRANS-QPD.


The MC is now aligned and happily locked with 3V at the TRANS-PD and 0.3V at REFL-PD.
  1192   Thu Dec 18 12:52:00 2008 AlbertoConfigurationSUSMode Cleaner Cavity Alignment
This morning I found the MC locked to the 10 mode. When I locked it on the 00 mode, it was unstable and eventually it always got locked to the wrong mode.

I looked at the Drift Mon MEDM screen, which shows a reference record for position, pitch and yaw of each mirror, and I found that the MC optics were in a different status. Moving the sliders of the mirrors' actuators, I brought them back to the reference position. Then the lock got engaged and it was stable, although the MC reflection from the photodiode, with the wave front sensors (WFS) off, was about 2V. That's higher than the 0.5V the it could get when we aligned the cavity and the input periscope last time.

With the WFS on, the reflection dropped to 0.3V and, so far, the the cavity has been stably locked.
  1194   Fri Dec 19 11:18:52 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralMode Cleaner Temperature Monitor
I reduced from 10 to 5 the gain of the SR560 that Caryn has set up after the lock-in amplifier nest to the PSL rack because the overload LED was flashing.
  1244   Thu Jan 22 11:54:09 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLMach Zehnder Output Beam QPD
I rotated by 180 degrees the 10% beam splitter that it is used to fold the beam coming from the Mach Zehnder (directed to the MC) on to the QPD.

The alignment of the beam with that QPD has so been lost. I'll adjust it later on.

The rotation of the BS had the (surprising) effect of amplifying the Absolute Length experiment's beat by 9 times. Maybe because of a polarizing effect of the Beam Splitter which could have increased the beating efficiency between the PSL and the NPRO beams?
  1252   Sat Jan 24 11:50:24 2009 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsPhotodiode Filters' Transfer Functions
I found an elog entry by Jenne with the measurement of the transfer functions of the filters of some of our photodetectors. Since it might turn useful to us these days, while I'm thinking about posting them on the wiki sometime, I also copy the link here:
Jenne's on the PD's TF

If we still had the data for those plots, it would be great. Do we have it?
  1263   Mon Feb 2 12:35:22 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus
I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.
  1264   Mon Feb 2 17:25:44 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralSome little problem with the new elog
For some reason the new elog does not look exactly like it should. 1) Some of the editing features are not available. 2) The Reply option opens the HTML of the message by default. I think this is happening because Nodus is a Sun of platform and things are a little bit different from linux. I'm working to fix these things. If I make any change and need to restart the elog, I'll try to be very quick. I apologize for the inconveniences.
  1265   Mon Feb 2 18:32:54 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralSome little problem with the new elog

Quote:
For some reason the new elog does not look exactly like it should. 1) Some of the editing features are not available. 2) The Reply option opens the HTML of the message by default. I think this is happening because Nodus is a Sun of platform and things are a little bit different from linux. I'm working to fix these things. If I make any change and need to restart the elog, I'll try to be very quick. I apologize for the inconveniences.

 I think I solved the problem (as you can probably see).

The cause was that this WYSIWYG interface for HTML is provided by an independent text editor called FCKeditor which is included in the elog. Although the elog installer has a bug and does not unzip properly the relative package. One has to do it by hand. (going to /elog/scripts/ and unzipping fckeditor.zip by hand in the same directory).

  1266   Mon Feb 2 18:51:02 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus

Quote:
I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.

 As a reference. The elog runs on background in nodus.

To kill the process:

1) pkill -3 elogd

2) rm -f /var/run/elogd.pid

To restart it:

elogd -p 8080 -c /export/elog/elog-2.7.5/elogd.cfg -D

  1268   Tue Feb 3 15:01:38 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersmegatron slow?

I notice that Megatron is slower than any other computer in running code that invokes optickle or looptickle (i.e. three times slower than Ottavia). Even without the graphics.

Has anyone ever experienced that?

  1308   Mon Feb 16 10:18:13 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCFE system rebooted

Quote:

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I didn't get a chance to do much testing since the sus controller (susvme1) went nuts. In retrospect, this could be due to something in the script, so maybe we should try a burt restore to Friday afternoon next time someone wants to look at it.


I tried the burtrestore today, it didn't work. Also tried some switching of timing cables, and multiple reboots, to no avail. This will require some more debugging. We might try diagnosing the clock driver and fanout modules, the penteks, and we can also try rebooting the whole FE system.


I rebooted the whole FE system and now c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 are back on.

I can't restart the MC autolocker on c1susvme2 because it doesn't let me ssh in. I tried to reboot it a few times but it didn't work. Once you restart it, it becomes inaccessible and doesn't even respond to pinging. Although the controls for the MC mirrors are on.

The mode cleaner stays unlocked.
  1345   Mon Mar 2 16:27:40 2009 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsMC Drum Mode SR560 Preamplifier Replaced

Today I checked out the SR560 around the lab. I confirmed that the one with the label "channel A noisy" is effectively mulfuctioning.

It was coonected to the lock-in amplifier set up for the drum mode peak readout.

I repleaced that with a working one.

  1348   Tue Mar 3 10:39:07 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCc1lsc discontinued functioning

The c1lsc has been unstable since last night. Its status on the DAQ screen was oscillating from green to red every minute.

Yesterday, I power recycled it. That brought it back but the MC got unclocked and the autolocker could not get engaged. I think it's because the power recycling also turned c1iscaux2 off which occupies the same rack crate.

Killing the autolocker on op340 e restarting didn't work. So I rebooted also c1dcuepis and burt-restored almost all snapshot files. To do that, as usual, I had to edit the snapshot files of c1dcuepics to move the quotes from the last line.

After that I restarted the autolocker that time it worked.

This morning c1lsc was again in the same unstable status as yesterday. This time I just reset it (no power recycling) and then I restarted it. It worked and now everything seems to be fine.

  1354   Wed Mar 4 12:38:07 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputer Scripts / Programs3f locking simulations
I simulated the REFL signals demodulated at the differential frequencies of the sidebands (f2-f1), at their summed frequencies (f2+f1). I also simulated their combination as in the Double Demodulation.
 
I repeated the simulation for:
- Old (current) 40m
- 40m Upgrade
- AdvLIGO
 
I'm attaching the results to this elog entry.
 
The plots show how the signal varies exploring the two-dimensional space of the demodulation frequencies (differential and sum).

 Both the Upgrade and the Old40m's signals look anomalous since the zero-crossing point does not change with the demodulation phases.

I suspect there's is a problem with the optickle model of the 40m.

  1373   Mon Mar 9 11:09:33 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputersRe: Not even data retrieval working

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Although getting the regular DAQ data works, we can't get any testpoints.

I tried restarting tpman several times; there's no inittab on fb40m for this so we should get Alex to set one up when he comes.
I also tried various power cycles and reboots: daqawg, daqctrl, etc. I also notice that Osamu's setup of new stuff is connected to
the same rack and power strips as all of our sensitive DAQ machines. We should find out if there was any hardware installed in the
last couple days; it would be easy to accidentally unplug or damage on of our fibers.

I moved the old tpman.log over to tpman.log.090308. It starts out with a header and then just lists when each TP is requested.

When restarting tpman it puts the following into the terminal:
fb:controls>./tpman &
[1] 1037
fb:controls>VMIC RFM 5565 (0) found, mapped at 0x2868c90
VMIC RFM 5579 (1) found, mapped at 0x2868c90
Could not open 5565 reflective memory in /dev/daqd-rfm1
16 kHz system
Spawn testpoint manager
Channel list length for node 0 is 4168
Test point manager (31001001 / 1): node 0
which is OK?; its the same startup outputs that are in the old log file. It would be nice if there was not and error message about the RFM.
Requesting new testpoints via tdsdata, dtt, or the diag command line doesn't seem to work. tpman doesn't spit anything out although 'tp show 0'
does show that the TP is selected.

Once Alex fixes the 'tpman' issue, we should make sure to put an inittab or startup script in there so that tpman writes a log
file and also archives its old log files upon a restart.


Alex fixed the problem. It was caused by the awgtpman running on kami1.martian which conflicted with the tpman in fb0.

Killing awgtpman on kami1 allowed for the tpman on tp0 to work properly again.

If more test points are needed, Alex suggested to tune the GDS settings accordingly.
What this actually means, I still have to understand it.
  1377   Mon Mar 9 17:11:38 2009 AlbertoConfigurationoplevsoptical levers centering

Yoichi, Alberto

this afternoon we centered the optical levers for all the optics.

To do that we first ran the alignment scripts for all the cavities.

  1421   Tue Mar 24 13:10:07 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLnew mirror installed on the AP table

New flipping mirror installed on the AP table on the beam path to the REFL199 PD.

If you're missing the double demod signal, please check that it is actually down.

  1479   Mon Apr 13 18:57:03 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersGPIB/ETH Interface Troubles

I really don't understand why my programs that I used to use to get data from the HP Spectrum Analyzer and the Marconi frequency generator don't work anymore.

I spent hours trying to debug the code but I can't sort the problem out.

The main problem seem to be with the function recv from the socket library. Somehow it can't anymore get any data from the instruments. The thing I can't understand, though, is that if called directly from the python terminal it works fine!

In particular the problem is with the following lines in my code:

netSock.send("mkpk;mka?\n")
netSock.send("++read eoi\n")
tmp = netSock.recv(1024)

Tried a lot of tickering but it didn't work.

I attach the two scripts I've been using. One (sweepfrequencyPRC.py) calls the other (HP4395PRC.py).

They worked egregiously for weeks in the past. Don't know what happened since then.

  1481   Tue Apr 14 12:10:11 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersGPIB/ETH Interface Troubles

Quote:

I really don't understand why my programs that I used to use to get data from the HP Spectrum Analyzer and the Marconi frequency generator don't work anymore.

I spent hours trying to debug the code but I can't sort the problem out.

The main problem seem to be with the function recv from the socket library. Somehow it can't anymore get any data from the instruments. The thing I can't understand, though, is that if called directly from the python terminal it works fine!

In particular the problem is with the following lines in my code:

netSock.send("mkpk;mka?\n")
netSock.send("++read eoi\n")
tmp = netSock.recv(1024)

Tried a lot of tickering but it didn't work.

I attach the two scripts I've been using. One (sweepfrequencyPRC.py) calls the other (HP4395PRC.py).

They worked egregiously for weeks in the past. Don't know what happened since then.

This morning Joe looked at my code and made me notice that for some reason the query to the Spectrum Analyzer made by netSock.recv(1024) contained two answers. It was like the buffer contained the answer two different queries.

After some experiment I found that basically the GPIB interface wasn't switching from the "auto 1" to the "auto 0" mode as it should. I rewrote part of the code and that seemed have solved the problem.

Still don't understand why it used to work in the past and then it stopped.

  1490   Thu Apr 16 16:37:42 2009 AlbertoUpdateAuxiliary lockingthe zipper

It takes 18 months to double the computational power of microprocessors but it took man thousands of years to invent the zipper. I never really understood that till these days.

Here is a sample of my latest results from Optickle simulations of the locking signal for the Power Recycling Cavity.

Thanks also to Rob's revolutionary bidimensional rotating matrix idea (I can see entire books of linear algebra going to be rewritten now because of that) I could find the way to determine the optimal demodulation phases for the demod signals.

There were also an other couple of missing details. But that came easily along.

The parfor function for the parallel computation in Matlab sped up some loops by a factor of 100.

 

In these particular plots there's still no CARM offset scan. That's what I'm going to post next on the elog, together with the signals for the other degrees of freedom.

  1491   Thu Apr 16 17:19:44 2009 AlbertoUpdateAuxiliary lockingthe zipper

Quote:

It takes 18 months to double the computational power of microprocessors but it took man thousands of years to invent the zipper. I never really understood that till these days.

Here is a sample of my latest results from Optickle simulations of the locking signal for the Power Recycling Cavity.

Thanks also to Rob's revolutionary bidimensional rotating matrix idea (I can see entire books of linear algebra going to be rewritten now because of that) I could find the way to determine the optimal demodulation phases for the demod signals.

There were also an other couple of missing details. But that came easily along.

The parfor function for the parallel computation in Matlab sped up some loops by a factor of 100.

 

In these particular plots there's still no CARM offset scan. That's what I'm going to post next on the elog, together with the signals for the other degrees of freedom.

 Just to show that I'm confident I'm getting reasonable results, I'll post two PRC scans for different CARM. One set of plots is for the current 40m with -19.78 deg of SRM detuning phase, the other is for the Old Upgrade (9 Mhz vs the 11 currently planned) with no detuning phase.

I'm going to put together the results and get some conclusion about the 3f locking scheme for the current 40m and the upgrade.

  1538   Fri May 1 18:24:36 2009 AlbertoSummaryGeneraljitter of REFL beam ?
Some loud thinking.
 
For the measurement of the length of the PRC, I installed a fast photodiode in the path of the beam reflected by PRM which goes to the 199 PD on the AS table. I picked up the beam by a flipping mirror on the same table.
I have the problem that the DC power that I measure at the PD when the PRC is locked is not constant but fluctuates. This fluctuation is irregular and has a frequency of about one Hz or so. I.e. it makes the 33 Mhz line on the PD oscillate by +/- 10 dBm.
 
Since this fluctuation does not appear at the REFL 33 PD, which has a much larger surface, but also shows up on the REFL 199 PD, I suspected that it was due to the very small size of the fast PDs. If the spot is too large, I thought, the power on the PD should be affected by the beam jitter.
 
Trying to avoid any beam jitter, I placed two lenses with focal lengths one ten times the other on the optical path in such a way to reduce the spot size on my fast PD by the same factors. The DC power was still fluctuating, so I'm not sure it's beam jitter anymore.
 
SPOB is definitely not constant when the PRC is normally locked, even with high loop gains, so maybe the reflected power really fluctuates that much.
Although, if it's actually the DC power that is fluctuating, shouldn't it appear also at the REFL 33 and shouldn't it be a problem that it shows up also in REFL 199? The elog doesn't say anything about that.
 

It's crucial that I get a stable transmitted power to have an accurate measurement of the PRC transmissivity and thus of its macroscopic length.

  1539   Fri May 1 18:51:34 2009 AlbertoSummaryEnvironmentearthquake

Earthquake 4.4 Leo Carrillo Beach.

Some of the watchdogs tripped out.

  1543   Mon May 4 16:49:56 2009 AlbertoUpdateMOPAlaser power is dropped

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As PSL-126MOPA_DTEC went up, the power out put went down yesterday

Alberto, Jenne, Rob, Steve,
 
later on in the afternoon, we realized that the power from the MOPA was not recovering and we decided to hack the chiller's pipe that cools the box.
 
Without unlocking the safety nut on the water valve inside the box, Jenne performed some Voodoo and twisted a bit the screw that opens it with a screw driver. All the sudden some devilish bubbling was heard coming from the pipes.
The exorcism must have freed some Sumerian ghost stuck in our MOPA's chilling pipes (we have strong reasons to believe it might have looked like this) because then the NPRO's radiator started getting cooler.
I also jiggled a bit with the valve while I was trying to unlock the safety nut, but I stopped when I noticed that the nut was stuck to the plastic support it is mounted on.
 
We're now watching the MOPA power's monitor to see if eventually all the tinkering succeeded.

 

[From Jenne:  When we first opened up the MOPA box, the NPRO's cooling fins were HOT.  This is a clear sign of something badbadbad.  They should be COLD to the touch (cooler than room temp).  After jiggling the needle valve, and hearing the water-rushing sounds, the NPRO radiator fins started getting cooler.  After ~10min or so, they were once again cool to the touch.  Good news.  It was a little worrisome however that just after our needle-valve machinations, the DTEC was going down (good), but the HTEMP started to rise again (bad).  It wasn't until after Alberto's tinkering that the HTEMP actually started to go down, and the power started to go up.  This is probably a lot to do with the fact that these temperature things have a fairly long time constant. 

Also, when we first went out to check on things, there was a lot more condensation on the water tubes/connections than I have seen before.  On the outside of the MOPA box, at the metal connectors where the water pipes are connected to the box, there was actually a little puddle, ~1cm diameter, of water. Steve didn't seem concerned, and we dried it off.  It's probably just more humid than usual today, but it might be something to check up on later.]

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