I temporarily disconnected the Heliax cable that brings the 166MHz LO to the LSC rack.
I'm doing a couple of measurement and I'll put it back in as soon as I'm done.
These are the losses I measured on a RG-174 cable for the two frequencies that we're planning to use in the Upgrade:
(The cable was 2.07m long. The input signal was +10dBm and the output voltages at the oscilloscope where: Vpk-pk(11MHz)=1.90V, Vpk-pk(11MHz)=1.82V )
I apologize for the lack of correctness on the units in yesterday's elog entry, but I wasn't very sharp last night.
I repeated the measurement today, this time also making sure that I had a 50ohm input impedance set in the scope. These the results for the losses.
I also measured the losses in the Heliax cable going from the 166 MHz LO to the LSC rack:
Oplev positions before and after drag wiped arm TMs as of yesterday. Slow-mode pumpdown has started with 3/4 turn opened RV1 valve at 8am today.
I'm leaving the lab now for less than 2 hours. I should be back in time for when the pumping is finished so that I can measure the finesse again.
Seems like very strange cable loss numbers. The Heliax is lossier than the RG-174? I wonder how these compare with the specs in the cable catalog?
I did the measurement on a 4.33 meter long cable with SMA connectors at the ends.
[Jenne, Kiwamu, Koji]
We got the IFO back up and running! After all of our aligning, we even managed to get both arms locked simultaneously.
I'm going to do it right now.
Last week we vented and we cleaned the main optics of the arm cavities.
I measured the frequency of the cavity poles for both the arm cavities to see how they changed (see previous elog entry 2226). These the results:
fp_X = 1616 +/- 14 Hz
fp_Y = 1590 +/- 4 Hz
The Y arm cavity pole moved down by 130 Hz, whereas the X arm moved by only 34 Hz. I wonder if that is because Kiwamu spent much more time on cleaning ITMY than on any other optic.
The way the filter's transfer function has been measured is by a swept sine between the "SERVO INPUT" and the "PIEZO DRIVE OUTPUT" connection on the box front panel. The spectrum analyzer used for the measurement is the SR785 and the source amplitude is set at 0.1V.
The two transfer functions are clearly different. In particular the old one looks like a simple integrator, whereas the new one already includes some sort of boost.
That probably explains why the new one is unable to lock the PLL. Indeed what the PLL needs, at least to acquire lock, is an 1/f filter.
I thought the two boxes were almost identical, at least in the filter shapes. Also the two schematics available in the DCC coincide.
Yesterday I measured the Open Loop Gain of the PLL in the absolute length experiment. The servo I used was that of the old Universal PDH box.
The OLG looks like this:
The UGF is at 10 KHz.
The elog has been quite slow for the last two days. The cause is nodus, that has been slowing down the access to it.
I looked at the list of the running processes on nodus by typing the command prstat, which is the equivalent for Solaris of the Linux "top". I didn't see any particular process that might be absorbing too many resources.
I remember Rana fixing the same problem in the past but couldn't find his elog entry about that. Maybe we should just restart nodus, unless someone has some other suggestion.
Problem solved. Nodus and the elog are running fine. It's just that the elog takes some time to make a preview of complex pdf attachments, like those in Kiwamu's entry 2405.
Since it wasn't sure whether all the front-ends had been restored after the bootfest, I burtrestored everything to Dec 26 at 20:00.
Always keep in mind that to burtrestore c1dcuepics, the snapshot file has to be modified by hand by moving the last quote up to the line before the last.
I opened the auxiliary laser's shutter.
I'm currently working on the AP table.
I finished working on the table.
I closed the AUX NPRO's shutter.
This morning I found all the watchdogs had tripped during the night.
I restored them all.
I can't damp ITMX. I noticed that its driving matrix is all 1s and -1s as the the right values had been lost in some previous burtrestoring.
FYI: I stored the Universal PDH boxes in the RF cabiner in the Y arm.
In the lab there are lots of old posters with outdated autocad drawings, or printouts with schematics of old electronics hanging on the walls.
Can we get rid of those and start giving the lab a fresh and modern look?
This morning I found that there was no light on the SPOB PD. I went looking at the photodetector and I found that the shutter in front of it was closed.
I switched the shutter driver from n.c. to n.o. which had the effect of opening it.
I guess we inadvertently closed the shutter with Rana when last week we were tinkering with the ITMY camera.
This morning I've been having problems in trying to lock the X arm.
That doesn't seem to have solved the problem. The X arm can get locked but TRX slowly moves between 0.2 and 1.
The X arm is now locked with TRX stable at ~1.
I think earlier on today I was having problems with running the alignment scripts from op540. Now I'm controlling the IFO from Rosalba and I can easily and stably lock all degrees of freedom.
I needed the X arm to be locked to align the auxiliary beam of the AbsL experiment to the IFO. To further stabilize TRX I increased the loop gain from 1 to 1.5.
Now the auxiliary beam is well aligned to the IFO and the beat is going through the PRC. I'm finally ready to scan the recycling cavity.
I also changed the gain of the PRC loop from -0.1 to -0.5.
Rana noticed that recently the temperature inside the lab has been a little bit too high. That might be causing some 'unease' to the computers with the result of making them crash more often.
For the next hours I'll be paying attention to the temperature inside the lab to make sure that it doesn't go out of control and that the environment gets too cold.
I'm working on the AbsL experiment. A measurement which involved the PRC locked is running at the moment.
Please make sure of not interfering with the interferometer until it is done. Thank you.
Today the lab is perceptibly cooler.
The temperature around the corner is 73 F.
I'm done for the moement.
I realized that I need to take into account somehow the DC power from the photodiode. By now the measurement of the transmitted beat's power is affected by the total power circulating inside of the PRC and thus it depends on the cavity alignment.
I closed the laser shutter and turned down the flipping mirrors.
I'm planning to restart measuring by 2.30pm today. Till then the interferometer is available.
I'm currently running a measurement on the PRC.
Please don't interfere with the IFO until it is done. Talk with Alberto if you've been intending to work inside the lab.
Leaving for dinner. Back in ~1hr.
I left a measurement running. Please don't interfere with it till I'm back. Thanks.
I finished measuring the AbsL for this morning. The IFO is again available.
Please don't mess up with the interferometer though. I'll be back in a couple of ours
At the moment I'm running a measurement on the PRC and I'm planning to leave it going for the time we'll be at the 40m meeting.
Please be careful in the lab. Thank you.
Thi afternoon I found that the RFM network in trouble. The frontends sync counters had railed to 16384 counts and some of the computers were not responding. I went for a bootfest, but before I rebooted c1dcu epics. I did it twice. Eventually it worked and I could get the frontends back to green.
Although trying to burtrestore to snapshots taken at any time after last wednesday till today would make the RFM crash again. Weird.
Also, c1iscey seems in a coma and doesn't want to come back. Power cycling it didn't work. I don't know how to be more persuasive with it.
I started a long measurement of the PRC's transmissivity. I'm leaving the lab and I'm going to be back at about 8 tonight. Please do not disturb the interferometer. it is important that the MC and the PRC stay locked all the time.
That measurement is finished. I'm now going to start another one that will take another hour or so. I'm leaving it running for the night. If you want to work on the IFO, it should be definitely done by 11pm.
A measurement will be running for the next hour. Please be careful.
This afternoon the watchdogs stopped working: they didn't trip when the suspension positions crossed the threshold values.
I rebooted c1susaux (aka c1dscl1epics0 in the 1Y5 rack), which is the computer that runs the watchdog processes.
The reboot fixed the problem.
I'm leaving a measurement running overnight. It should be done in about one hour.
Tomorrow morning, If you need to use the interferometer, and you don't want to have the auxiliary beam going onto the dark port, you can turn down the flipping mirror and close the NPRO's mechanical shutter.
This is what I measured last night:
This is not a fit. It's just a comparison of the model with the data.
I turned off the modulation at 166MHZ becasue I don't need it if I'm only locking the PRC.
It was introducing extra amplitude modulations of the beam which interfered with the AbsL's PLL photodiode.
I'm going to turn it back on later on.
I turned back on the 166MHz modulation just a bit. I set the slider at 4.156.
When it was totally off the MZ seemd quite unhappy.
This morning the LSC scripts wheren't running properly. I had to reboot c1iscey, c1iscex, c1lsc, c1asc .
I burtrestored to Monday January 25 at 12:00.
I temporarily turned off the 166 modulation.
I just started a measuremtn that will be running for the next hour or so. Please be careful with the interferometer.
Done. IFO available
Zach made me notice that the elog had crashed earlier on this afternoon.
I just restarted it with the restarting script.
Instructions on how to run the last one are now in the wiki page. Look on the "How To" section, under "How to restart the elog".
Again, this morning Zach told me that the elog had crashed while he was trying to post an entry.
I just restarted it.