Someone adjusted the Guralp2 mass position last night??
There was more jackhammering this morning just about 20 ft north-west of the beamsplitter chamber, outside.
This is the first touch to the MC mirrors after the earthquake on 16th.
So far, I have aligned in Yaw such that the yaw peak is minimized.
This seal is good for daily use- operation only. The IFO has to be sealed with light metal doors every night so ants and other bugs can not find their way in.
Our janitor Kevin is mopping the hole IFO room floor area with 5% ant killing solution in water in order to discourage bugs getting close to our openings of the vented chamber.
You may be sensitive to this chemical too. Do not open chamber till after lunch.
Old control room air condition failed yesterday around noon. It was blowing 80-85F hot air for about 2-3 hours at racks 1Y4-7 and the entry room 103
I went and double-checked and aligned the styrofoam cooler at ~5:00 UTC. It was fine, but we really need a better huddling box. Where's that granite anyway?
Here's the new Huddle Test output. This time I show the X-axis since there's some coherence now below 0.1 Hz.
You'll also notice that the Wiener filter is now beating the FD subtraction. This happened when I increased the # of taps to 8000. Looks like the noise keeps getting lower as I increase the number of taps, but this is really a kind of cheat if you think about it carefully.
The same thing happening again. The intermittent offset upstream of the seismometer that never got fixed.
The granite plate and ball bearings are in. I will place seismometers on it.
Safety glasses 1064 nm transmission measured at ~200 mW level. They are all good.
Some more words about the RFAM: I noticed that there was an excess RFAM by unlocking the RC and just looking at the RF out with the 50 Ohm input of the scope. It was ~100 mVp-p! In the end our method to minimize the AM was not so sensible - we aligned the waveplate before the EOM so as to minimize the p-pol light transmitted by the PBS cube just ahead of the AOM. At first, this did not minimize the RFAM. But after I got angry at the bad plastic mounting of the EOM and re-aligned it, the AM seemed to be small with the polarization aligned to the cube. It was too small to measure on the scope and on the spectrum analyzer, the peak was hopping around by ~10-20 dB on a few second timescale. Further reduction would require some kind of active temperature stabilization of the EOM housing (maybe a good SURF project!).
For the EOM mount we (meaning Steve) should replace the lame 2-post system that's in there with one of the mounts of the type that is used in the Mach-Zucker EOMs. I think we have spare in the cabinet next to one of the arms.
After the RFAM monkeying, I aligned the beam to the RC using the standard, 2-mirror, beam-walking approach. You can see from the attached plot that the transmission went up by ~20% ! And the reflection went down by ~30%. I doubt that I have developed any new alignment technique beyond what Yoichi and I already did last time. Most likely there was some beam shape corruption in the EOM, or the RFAM was causing us to lock far off the fringe. Now the reflected beam from the reference cavity is a nice donut shape and we could even make it better by doing some mode matching! This finally solves the eternal mystery of the bad REFL beam (or at least sweeps it under the rug).
At the end, I also fixed the alignment of the RFPD. It should be set so the incident angle of the beam is ~20-40 deg, but it was instead set to be near normal incidence ?! Its also on flimsy plastic legs. Steve, can you please replace this with the new brass ones?
Teflon feet removed and heavy brass-delrin pd base installed. Ref-cavity reflected light remains to be beautiful doughnut shape on camera.
Large earthquake shakes Baja California, Mexico and 6 over Magnitude 5 aftershakes follow. The frontend computers are still down since Friday.
Steve and Koji (Friday, Apr 02)
Installation of ITMs are going on. Two new ITMs were placed on the optical table in the vacuum chambers. ITM for the south arm was put at the right place in accordance to the CAD drawing. ITM for the east arm is still at a temporaly place.
Tower placement (10:30-11:30)
- Put the tower on the table at a temporary place such that we can easily work on the OSEMs.
ITM (South arm) (14:00-16:30)
- Put the tower on the table at a temporary place such that we can easily work on the OSEMs.
- Leveled the table approximately.
- Released the EQ stops
- Removed anchors for the OSEM cables as it was too short. The wire distribution will be changed later.
- Put the OSEMs. Adjust the insertion to the middle of the OSEM ranges.
- Clamped the EQ stops again
- Placed the tower to the right place according to the CAD drawing.
- Released the EQ stops again.
- Check the OSEM values. The LL sensor showed small value (~0.5). Needs to be adjusted.
ITM (South) damping adjustment
- Found the signs for the facing magnets are reversed.
- Otherwise it damps very well.
The cabling on the seismic stack was rerouted so it could reach the south edge of the table: the cables were removed from the viton padded clamps and repositioned this morning.
ITM-south tower's earthquake screw viton tips could be a little bit larger. They do not stay in their screw hole after a hard clamping action.
4-40 earthquake screws under the test mass:viton tips can fall out without action, the treads are cross threaded so the screws are wobbling
This morning, at about 12 Koji found all the front-ends down.
At 1:45pm rebooted ISCEX, ISCEY, SOSVME, SUSVME1, SUSVME2, LSC, ASC, ISCAUX
Then I burtestored ISCEX, ISCEY, ISCAUX to April 2nd, 23:07.
The front-ends are now up and running again.
I restored damping to all SUSes except ITM-east. The ITMX OSEMs are being used in the clean assembly room.
In order to minimize the diffusion of more dust particles into the vented IFO vacuum envelope
BEFORE opening chamber:
-Have a known plan,
-Heavy 1" thick door requires 3 persons- of one experienced and one certified crane operator and steel tow safety shoes
-Block IFO beams, be ware of experimental set up of other hazards: 1064, visible or new-special installation
- Look at the particle counter, do not open above 6,000 particles of 0.5 micron. Construction activities are winding down. See plot of 35 days since we vented.
-Have clean door stand for heavy door, covered with merostate at the right location and dry-clean screws for light covers,
-Prepare lint free wipers for o-rings,(no solvent on o-ring!) Kimwipes for outside of chamber and metal covers, methanol and powder free gloves
-Wipe with wet Kimwipe-tissue of methanol around the door, chamber of interest and o-ring cover ring
-Cut door covering merostate and tape it into position,..if in place...check folded-merostate position, if dusty... replace it
-Is your cleanroom garment clean?.......if in doubt ....replace it
-Keep surrounding area free and clean
-Make sure that HEPAs are running: PSL-enclosure, two mobile units and south end flow banch
-Check the tools: are they really clean? wipe it with wet Kimwipe, do you see anything on the Kimwipe?
-You are responsible to close chamber ASAP with light door or doors as you finished for the day.
Merostate cover down is appropriate during daily brakes.
The 1979 vintage RF spectrum analyzer HP4195A sn2904J01587 shipped out for repair today to http://www.avalontest.com
It has a 25 MHZ oscillation when you go below 150 MHZ in your sweep....atm1 with the larger amplitude shows this 25 MHZ
Atm2 is displaying full sweep-sign scans from 1 to 500 MHZ.....here one can clearly see the three segment of the scan:
1, large amplitude 25 MHZ oscillation dominating the spectrum up to 150 MHZ
2, the mid section from 150 MHZ to 300 MHZ with medium size amplitude is normal
3, from 300 MHZ to 500 MHZ the amplitude is decreasing.......showing the disadvantage of using a 300 MHZ oscilloscope
We found ref-cavity HV was off yesterday afternoon. It was turned back on.
ETMY sus damping was restored
The 40m's new undergrad Kevin Kuns was introduced to 40m safety hazards. He is new and needs guidance as specially with 2W laser work.
Peter King will train him on Friday to LIGO-laser standard.
Koji and I wanted to turn off the IFO-room AC so the wind would not blow on MC1-3. We could not. The switches were probably bypassed when the power transformer was replaced at the last scheduled power outage.
There is one three position manual/off/auto switch next to the filter for each unit at CES. They have to be in AUTO position when we want to turn AC on/off from the lab.
Now I know why Rana was wearing his bright green pants yesterday. It is nice to see the green beam in the 40m IFO again. It calls for celebration!
I stopped AWG 1Hz drive of ITMYs (south-arm) I still see unblocked beams at the ETMYs table. We have plenty of cleaned razor beam traps to be used. Please block Faraday rejects etc
I stopped AWG 1 Hz drive to ITMYs. ITMXe was also driven or oscillating. ITMXe damping was off, so I turned it on. It did not effect it's oscillation
ETMY-south sus damping was restored
As we learned yesterday, the PSL laser power out put mechanical shutter is not working in the remote mode. It only works in local manual mode.
Do not rely on the MEDM screen monitor readout! The position is only changing on the monitor. The main beam must be blocked before the output periscope.
Ben found the Sorenson 5V ps off. It was turned off since our last scheduled power outage. I wonder what else is running on 5V in the PSL? This power supply should be on the
"alarm handler" list to avoid future repeat of this condition. However a real safety switch would have confirming position sensors of the shutter open or closed. Is there such thing at the sites?
[Jenne, Kiwamu, and Steve via phone]
Around 9:30pm, Kiwamu and I came back from dinner, and were getting ready to begin the beam scan measurements. I noticed that one of the vacuum pumps was being very loud. Kiwamu noted that it is the fore pump for TP3's turbo, which he and Steve replaced in January (elog 2538). We had not noticed these noises before leaving for dinner, around 8pm.
We called Steve at home, and he could hear the noise through the phone. He said that even though it was really loud, since it was reading 3.3mTorr (on the display of the controller, in the vacuum rack just above head-height) which is close to the nominal value, it should be fine to leave. He will check it out in the morning. If it had been reading at or above ~1Torr, that's indicative of it being really bad, and we would have needed to shut it off.
For future reference, in case we need to turn it off, Steve said to use the following procedure:
1. Close VM3, to isolate the RGA, which is what this pump is currently (while we're at atmosphere) pumping on. I don't know if there are other things which would need to be shut at this stage, if we were at vacuum nominal.
2. Close VM5, which is right in front of TP3, so TP3's pump is just pumping on itself.
3. Push the "Stop" button on the Turbo controller for TP3, in the vacuum rack, about waist level. Turning off the turbo will also turn off the fore pump.
UPDATE, 1am: The controller in the rack is reading 3.1mTorr, so the pump, while still noisy, still seems to be working.
The foreline pressure of TP3 is 2.9 mTorr The drypump is loosing it's bearing and it is very noisy.
V3, V5 closed and TP3 small turbo controller off. This turned off the noisy forepump that has to be replaced.
RGA is running at cc4 2e-6 Torr
The RGA was turned off at cc4 1e-5 Torr
Bob replaced the tipseal in an other drypump and I swapped it in. TP3 turbo is running again, it's foreline pressure is 40 mTorr. The RGA is still off
IFO room temp 27.5C , Please remember to turn AC back on !
Valera and I put the 2 Guralps and the Ranger onto the big granite slab and then put the new big yellow foam box on top of it.
There is a problem with the setup. I believe that the lead balls under the slab are not sitting right. We need to cut out the tile so the thing sits directly on some steel inserts.
You can see from the dataviewer trend that the horizontal directions got a lot noisier as soon as we put the things on the slab.
The tiles were cut out in 1.5" ID circle to insure that the 7/16" OD lead balls would not touch the tiles on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Granite surface plate specifications: grade B, 18" x 24" x 3" , 139 lbs
These balls and granite plate were removed by Rana in entry log #3018 at 5-31-2010
This box was made to provide good thermal stability for seismometer calibration. There is an inner solid shell of 0.064" Al box that is covered by 2" insulation
inside and outside. The polystyrene foam is "CertiFoam 25 SE " from McMasterCarr #9255K3.
Is the cooling line clogged? The chiller temp is 21C See 1 and 20 days plots
Steve for Nancy,
Seismometer interface box ac power was turned off, Guralps disconnected and moved. Ranger locked, moved and released. Nancy will describe the rest soon.
The flattened lead balls were checked for their heights by the calliper, and were all in the range of 9.50 to 9.70 mm.
The rechecking was done by using these balls between two aluminium plates and checking their levelling. When confirmed this, we proceeded to install the balls(no more balls :P ) in their place.
The Guralps were switched off by switching off the power supply to them. The ranger mass was clamped in order to be able to move it. This can be undone by rotating the transport screw counter-clockwise.
We installed the flattened lead ballsin the space made for them. The granite was then placed on it with the help of many other people in the lab. It was lowered by hanging it on two straps held by people , and then placed in the space marked for it.
Did we then turn on the seismometers? Did we release the locking screw on the Ranger? What happened to Bat-Boy??? Since they make a good mystery I will choose to leave them out of my elog entry.
Nancy and Sharmila received introductory early bird surf safety training for the 40m lab.
The laser chiller temp is fluctuating and the power output is decreasing. See 120 days plot.
Yesterday I removed ~300cc water from the overflowing chiller tank.
I found the laser dead this morning.
The crane people are here to unjam it.
Laser hazard mode is lifted and LASER SAFE MODE is in place. No safety glasses but CRANE HAZARD is still active.
Stay out of the 40m lab !
40m SURFs Razib Obaid, Nancy Aggarwal, Unknown Bearded SMURF, Megan Daily, Gopal Nataraj, Katharine Larson and Sharmila Dhevi received 40m specific safety training on June 23, 2010.
Slow pump down _pd68 has reached the vacuum normal state. CC4_Rga region is pumped now. The RGA is still off.
Precondition to this pump down: 129 days at atm, ITMs replaced. MMT, oplev and other components were removed from BSC, ITMCs. New MMT mirrors are in. IOO_access_connector was out. The end chambers were not opened.
The AC filters will be checked and/or replaced today. This means the AC will be off for sort periods of time. Temperature and particle count will be effected some what.
See 800 days plot
I have just removed an other 400 cc of water from the chiller. I have been doing this since the HTEMP started fluctuating.
The Neslab bath temp is 20.7C, control room temp 71F
The PSL shutter was closed. The beam path blocked two places. High voltage power supplies to IOO and OMC PZT were checked to be off. Oplevs are off.
The south arm green cavity was misaligned yesterday
We would like to keep the vent speed at 1 torr / min. I'm venting with N2 now up to 25 PSI. We have 3 cylinder of instrument grade air inside the lab. Additional supply will arrive later. It can be as late as 1pm
The vent has been finished successfully in this morning.
The vent was finished successfully this morning.
Thanks to Kiwamu, Alberto and Koji
The ref cavity ion pump was running at 7.7kV instead of 5kV
This Digitel SPC-1 20 l/s ion pump should be running at 5kV
The control room temp is warmer than usual. The heat exchanger Office Pro 18 set point was lowered from 70 to 68F yesterday.
The MOPA headtemp is higher also. The Neslab chiller bath temp peaks around 21.6 C daily. This should be rock solid 20.00 C
It did not have any effect.
Now, I have just lowered the thermostat setting of room 101 from 73 to71F I hope Koji can take this.
All 3 cranes will be load tested at 1 ton tomorrow morning between 9am and 2pm
Do not come to the 40m lab during this period. We may disturb your experiment.
Please prepare your touchy set ups to take this test.
Little change in the AC set temp can make wonders. Neslab chiller bath temp 19.99C is back to normal and daily variation of PSL are much better.
The lab is at 30,000 and Pasadena air is at 1.1 e+6 particles /cf min of 0.5 micron.
Head count at the evacuation drill today. I checked alarms and flashers at room 104,102,101, 103, 105 and 107. They were really loud and bright.
Bob and Steve closed BS chamber with the help of the manual Genie lift and the pump down started. The PSL shutter was closed and manual block was placed in the beam path. High voltage power supplies were checked to be off.
Pumping speed ~ 1 Torr/min was achieved at 1/8 of a turn opened roughing valve RV1
29 Thu BS chamber work: Move cable towers / green steering mirrors / (2 TTs with TT charactrization) / Put the heavy door by 5PM.
30 Fri Pumping down
31 Sat WFS work by Nancy
1 Sun - 5 Thu WFS work by Nancy
5 Thu PSL Table prep
6 Fri PSL Table prep / Likely to shut down the PSL
9 Mon PSL Table prep / shutting down of the PSL (optional)
10 Tue PSL box Frame lifting
12 Thu PSL table tapping
16 Mon - 17 Tue concrete pouring preparation
19 Thu - 23 Fri Tripod placement
24 Tue - 26 Thu concrete pouring
The PSL table height will be raised to the level of the AP table. This will be done using 6 TMC's Rigid Damped Tripod legs. Their planed positions shown below.
The legs will be grouted to the floor with concrete.
We are at 370 Torr at 9 hrs of pumping. RV1 is opened to ~ 3/8 turn orifice. We are using one roughing pump RP3 and butterfly valve is in place.
How to stop: 1, close RV1 by torque wheel 2, close V3 from MEDM screen 3, turn off RP3 roughing from MEDM screen 4, disconnect metal hose to oily pump
after butterfly valve. This KF-45 O-ring seal should be kept clean 5, place/close 45 mm cover blanks at the end of the hose and and on the 5" nipple.
How to start: 1, remove blanks from hose and nipple 2, reconnect roughing pump hose to RV1 nipple 3, turn on PR3 4, open V3 5, open RV1 by wrench to ~3/8
6, fine tune RV1 opening to 1 Torr/min
ESSENTIAL: one operator has to be present when oilly roughing pump is connected to the vac. envelope