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  125   Tue Nov 27 15:47:17 2007 robConfigurationIOOMC loop
After the FSS running pretty quick, I checked the MC loop. I used TPA 1&2.

MC loop
UGF: 70kHz
Input Gain: 29dB
Boost Level: 2
phase: 40 deg
  124   Tue Nov 27 15:45:08 2007 robConfigurationPSLFSS loop

It's unclear (to me, at least) what was the end result of the FSS path tweaking before Thanksgiving. Today I measured the open loop gain, and it was still around 100kHz, even with the gain sliders maxed out, but it looked really crappy with a sharp cutoff around the UGF. Then, on a lark, I pushed around the "Input Offset Adjust" slider, which sums an offset into the signal coming out of the mixer. By moving this slider to 7V, I got the UGF to 500kHz with 45 deg of phase. That would be fine, and we could go offset hunting, but the same thing happens if one puts in a large negative value! I don't really understand what's going on, but it seems like weirdness in the electronics. Unfortunately the web interface to the conlog is not running (presumably because the `new' linux1 doesn't have its apache server running) and my command line conlog efforts have been stymied. So, I don't know what the historical settings of this offset are, but zero is definitely not a good setting right now. Here's a snapshot:

UGF: 500kHz
CG : 24dB
FG : 19dB
input offset: 7V
Phase Adjust: 1.09V
Phase Button: 0
RF Amp Adjust: 7.38V

phase: 45 deg
gain: 8dB
  122   Mon Nov 26 10:17:31 2007 steveOmnistructureSUSetmy sus damping restored
20 days plot is showing etmy loosing damping 4 times.
I zoomed in with each event. Three of them could of been triggered
by garbage loading just outside. However attachment 2 plot demonstrating that small earthquake or seismic event
did not tripped etmy damping.
The fourth event was preceded by a 4-5 hrs of continous rise of the rms motion at C1:SUS-ETMY_LLPD_VAR
  121   Wed Nov 21 14:31:41 2007 robUpdatePSLFSS twiddle

I `tweaked' the FSS path today. Here's what I did:

1) Shut down the FSS autolocker

2) Turn off FSS servo

3) Assume the beam coming back from the AOM is double-first-order, and don't make any changes large enough to lose it.

4) Tweak the alignment of these components to maximize the incident power on the RC reflected diode:

a) PBS before AOM
b) AOM
c) curved mirror after the AOM

5) Translate the AOM such that the beam moves away from the PZT, then when it levels off (no more power gains with movement),
move it back just a little bit so there's a teensy drop in power. This should but the beam as close to the edge as possible,
but whether or not it's the best place is still to be determined.

6) Lock the FSS, and align the mirrors into the frequency reference cavity.

After all this, the RC transmitted power went from .57 to .73 -- probably not a big enough change to account for the missing loop
gain, but we'll know more once the loop gets measured (after Alberto stops hogging the Agilent network analyzer).

Other possible routes include a systematic check of the upstream path (e.g., the Pockels cell) and just increasing the pickoff fraction for the FSS.
  120   Tue Nov 20 18:35:20 2007 JohnHowToComputersMatLab in Emacs
If you can't get MatLab to run in emacs try adding the following to the .emacs file

(setq matlab-shell-command-switches '("-nojvm"))

This stops the gui opening.

To start MatLab type M-x matlab-shell.
To enter MatLab mode M-x matlab-mode.

I've done this on LINUX3.

To run MatLab in emacs under windows one can use MatLabShell http://www.cs.umb.edu/~ram/matlabShell/index.html
  119   Tue Nov 20 18:02:54 2007 JohnSummaryComputersPSL_Main screen
I've updated the PSL_MAIN screen. The old version may be found in cvs/cds/caltech/medm/old/medm/psl.
  118   Tue Nov 20 13:06:57 2007 tobinConfigurationComputerslinux1 has new disk
Alex put the new hard disk into linux1 along with a fresh install of linux (CentOS). The old disk was too damaged to copy.

Alex speculates that the old disk failed due to overheating and that linux1 could use an extra fan to prevent this in the future.
  117   Tue Nov 20 11:10:07 2007 tobinUpdateComputersepics access from matlab
I installed "labca", which allows direct access to EPICS channels from within Matlab. It comes with both Linux and Solaris binaries (and source) but I've only tried it on linux.

To set it up, run these shell commands:
pushd /cvs/cds/caltech/users/tf/build/labca_2_1/bin/linux-x86
setenv PATH ${PATH}:`pwd`
cd /cvs/cds/caltech/users/tf/build/labca_2_1/lib/linux-x86
Then start matlab, and within matlab type:
addpath /cvs/cds/caltech/users/tf/build/labca_2_1/bin/linux-x86/labca
help labca
foo = lcaGet('C1:PSL-FSS_RCTRANSPD')
It seems like reasonably well-written software, and is being actively maintained right now. If we like it, I can build a more recent version, install it in a more permanent location, etc.
  116   Tue Nov 20 10:11:33 2007 JohnSummaryPSLPMC pole measurements
We measured the PMC pole in the following way.

1. Reduced laser power by rotating lambda/2 plate at laser output. Thermal effects in the PZT distort resonance peaks. Reducing power too much leads to problems with digitisation error.

2. Sweep NPRO PZT (C1: PSL-FSS_INOFFSET) using trianglewave. Record ramp, PMC transmission and reference cavity transmission ('C1: PSL-FSS_FAST','C1: PSL-ISS_INMONPD_F','C1: PSL-FSS_RCTRANSPD_F).

3. Since the PZT cannot sweep a full FSR in the PMC we looked at the sideband resonances within the reference cavity to calibrate the actuator.
Result: 7.35 +/- 0.22 MHz/V

4. Use #3 to calibrate the x axis of the PMC transmission.

5. Fit PMC resoances to an Airy function to get finesse. Take an average, weighted according to the resnorm. Calculate cavity pole frequency.
Result: 380kHz +/- 59kHz. This corresponds to a finesse of ~936. According to this plot the nominal pole is at 488kHz and the finesse is 732.

This is by no means a definitive measurement due to the misshapen resonance peaks recorded.
  115   Mon Nov 19 14:32:10 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYgrad student safety training
John Miller and Alberto Stochino has received the 40m safety bible.
They still have to read the laser operation manual and sign off on it.
  114   Mon Nov 19 14:19:25 2007 steveOmnistructurePEMjackhammer
The construction personal successfully jackhemmered a fence around the "Drever's parking slot"
There is no parking space available close by
  113   Fri Nov 16 18:46:49 2007 steveBureaucracyPSL MOPA was turned off & on
The "Mohana" boys scouts and their parents visited the 40m lab today.
The laser was turned off for their safety.
It is back on !
  112   Fri Nov 16 14:31:43 2007 tobinUpdateComputersop140 disks
Phil Ehrens stopped by and took op140's disks.
  111   Fri Nov 16 14:11:26 2007 tobinUpdateComputersop140
Alan called to say that Phil Ehrens will be coming by to take op140 off our hands.
  110   Fri Nov 16 11:27:18 2007 tobinUpdateComputersscript fix
I added a tidbit of code to "LIGOio.pm" that fixes a problem with ezcastep on Linux. Scripts such as "trianglewave" will now work on Linux.
# On Linux, "ezcastep" will interpret negative steps as command line arguments,
# because the GNU library interprets anything starting with a dash as a flag.
# There are two ways around this.  One is to set the environment variable
# POSIXLY_CORRECT and the other is to inject "--" as a command line argument
# before any dashed arguments you don't want interpreted as a flag.  The former
# is easiest to use here:

if (`uname` =~ m/Linux/) {
    # Add an environment variable for child processes
  109   Thu Nov 15 18:37:06 2007 tobinUpdateComputerspossible replacement for linux1's disk
It looks like the existing disk in linux1 is a Seagate ST380013A (this can be found either via the smartctl utility or by looking at the file /proc/ide/hda/model). It appears that you can still buy this disk from amazon, though I think just about any ATA disk would work. I'll ask Steve to buy one for us.
  108   Thu Nov 15 18:36:48 2007 JohnSummary PSL table work
I've rotated the lambda/2 plate to 340deg (from 6 deg) and blocked one arm of the Mach-Zender. Undo both if you need to.
  107   Thu Nov 15 18:23:55 2007 JohnHowToComputersSwap CAPS and CTRL on a Windows 2000/XP machine
I've swapped ctrl and caps on the four control room Windows machines. Right ctrl is unchanged.

Start menu->Run "regedit"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

Click on the KeyboardLayout entry.

Edit->New Binary Value name it Scancode Map.

Then select the new Scancode Map entry.

Edit menu->Modify Binary Data.

In the dialog box enter the following data:

0000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0008: 03 00 00 00 3A 00 1D 00
0010: 1D 00 3A 00 00 00 00 00

Exit the Registry Editor. You need to log off and then on in XP (and restart in Windows 2000) for the changes to be made.
  106   Thu Nov 15 18:06:06 2007 tobinUpdateComputersalex: linux1 root file system hard disk's dying
I just noticed that Alex made an entry in the old ilog yesterday, saying: "Looks like linux1 root filesystem hard drive is about to die. The system log is full of drive seek errors. We should get a replacement IDE drive as soon as possible or else the unthinkable could happen. 40 Gb IDE hard drive will be sufficient."
  105   Thu Nov 15 17:09:37 2007 pkpUpdateOMCVertical Transfer functions with no cables attached.
[Norna Pinkesh]

The cables connecting all the electronics ( DCPDs, QPDs etc) have been removed to test for the vertical transfer function. Now the cables are sitting on the OMC bench and it was realigned.
  104   Thu Nov 15 04:18:11 2007 JohnSummaryPSLPMC cavity pole measurements
In connection with our work on the ISS I attempted to measure the PMC cavity pole.

I swept the PMC PZT and looked at the transmission through the cavity on the ISS Monitor diode (which is now back on the table, feel free to remove it again tomorrow).

To avoid thermal effects I reduced the laser power using the half wave plate at the laser ouput (rotated from 6 deg to 340deg).

I swept the PZT using the triangle wave command "trianglewave C1: PSL-PMC_RAMP -3.5 3.3 20 200". I noticed that the functional form of the resonances deteriorated over the duration of the excitation. Each sweep was able to capture just over one FSR. The resonances were a little close to the 'points' of the triangle wave for my liking although I don't think PZT hysteresis was a big factor.

Looking at the data the peaks are not of uniform width across a sweep or between consecutive sweeps. Hence any results from this mesurement are not particularly useful. I can't be sure if this was due to misalignments, thermal effects, higher order mode content or some other affect.

Rob suggests sweeping the laser frequency using the NPRO PZT instead.
  103   Wed Nov 14 17:50:00 2007 tobinUpdatePSLISS
Here's the current wiring between the ISS and its PDs:

pin cable PD ISS
1 blue +5 +5
2 red +15 +15
3 white -15 -15
4 brown OUT IN PD +
5,6,7,8 no connection no connection GND
9 black GND IN PD -

The schematics for the ISS and the PDs are linked from our wiki.

We'll connect the ISS GND to the PD GND.
  102   Wed Nov 14 16:54:54 2007 pkpUpdateOMCMuch better looking vertical transfer functions
[Norna Pinkesh]

So after Chub did his wonderful mini-surgery and removed the peek from the cables and after Norna and I aligned the whole apparatus, the following are the peaks that we see.
It almost exactly matches Norna's simulations and some of the extra peaks are possibly due to us exciting the Roll/longitudnal/yaw and pitch motions. The roll resonance is esp prominent.

We also took another plot with one of the wires removed and will wait on Chub before we remove another wire.
  101   Wed Nov 14 12:47:19 2007 tobinUpdatePSLISS
John, Tobin

With John's notch filter installed and the increased light on the ISS sensing diode, we were able to get a UGF of about 60 kHz with the gain slider set to about 20 dB. This morning we met with Stefan to learn his ISS-fu.

His recommendations for the ISS include:
  • Replace the cables from the board to the front panel connectors if this hasn't already been done.
  • Replace the input opamps with 4131's. Be sure to test both positive and negative input signals.
  • Check that all the compensation capacitors are in place and are 68 pF
  • Make sure all the feedback loops have high frequency rolloff
  • The ISS board reads the PDs differentially; make sure the PD sends differentially.
  • Add a big (ie 10uF tantalum) capacitor to the PD to suppress power supply noise
  • Add bigger power supply bypass caps to the ISS
I just took sensing noise spectra (from the PD DC bnc ports) and then took the photodiodes off the table to check that they have the negative end of the differential line connected to ground. (I placed black metal beam blocks on the table in place of the ISS PD's. Also, from the ISS schematic, it looks like it sends a differential output to the PD DC bnc ports, but we have been plugging them directly into the SR785 (grounding the shield). We should make a little BNC-doodle that separates the signal+shield to go into the A and B inputs on the spectrum analyzer.) Opening up one of the photodiodes, it appears that the negative line of the differential output is not connected. Will continue later this afternoon.
  100   Wed Nov 14 12:33:35 2007 tobinAoGEnvironmentconstruction
The construction crews are running a jack-hammer right outside of the control room.
  99   Wed Nov 14 07:48:38 2007 nornaOmnistructureOMCOMC Cable dressing
[Snipped from an email]

1) Last Friday Pinkesh and I set the OMC up with only the top three OSEMs and took a vertical transfer function. We had removed the other OSEMs due to difficulty of aligning all OSEMs with the weight of the bench etc bringing the top mass lower than the tablecloth can accommodate. See attached TF.Clearly there are extra peaks (we only expect two with a zero in between) and my belief is that at least some of them are coupling of other degrees of freedom caused by the electrical wiring. Pinkesh and I also noticed the difficulty of maintaining alignment if cables got touched and moved around. So.....

2) Yesterday Dennis and I took a look at how much moving a cable bundle around (with the peak shielding) changed the DC alignment. In a not too precise experiment ( using HeNe laser reflecting off the bench onto a surface ~ 1 metre away) we saw that we could reposition the beam one or two mm in yaw and pitch. This corresponds to ~ one or two mrad which is ~ the range of the OSEM DC alignment. We discussed possibility of removing the cabling from the middle mass, removing the peak and taking it from the bench directly to the structure above. I asked Chub if he could make an equivalent bundle of wires as those from the two preamps to see what happens if we repeat the "moving bundle" experiment. So...

3) Today Chub removed the cabling going to the preamps and we replaced it with a mock up of wire bundle going directly from the preamps to the structure above. See attached picture. The wires are only attached to the preamp boxes weighted down with masses but the bundle is clamped at the top. We repeated the "wiggle the bundle" test and couldnt see any apparent movement ( so maybe it is at most sub-mm). The cable bundle feels softer.

The next thing Chub did was to remove the second bundle ( from photodiodes, heater, pzt) from its attachment to the middle mass and strip off the peek. It is now also going to the top of the structure directly. The whole suspension now appears freer. We discussed with Dennis the "dressing " of the wires. There are some minor difficulties about how to take wires from the bright side to the dark side, but in general it looks like that the wires forming the second "bundle" could be brought to the "terminal block" mounted on the dark side and from there looped up to the top of the structure. We would have to try all this of course to see the wiring doesnt get in the way of other things (e.g. the L and R OSEMs). However this might be the way forward. So...

4) Tomorrow Pinkesh and I will check the alignment and then repeat the vertical transfer function measurement with the two bundles as they are going from bench to top of structure. We might even do a horizontal one if the middle mass is now within range of the tablecloth.
We can then remove preamp cables completely and lay the second bundle of cables on the optical bench and repeat the TFs.

The next thing will be to weigh the bench plus cables. This will allow us to
a) work out what counterbalance weights are needed - and then get them manufactured
b) firm up on how to handle the extra mass in terms of getting the masses at the correct height.

And in parallel Chub will work on the revised layout of cabling.

Looking a little further ahead we can also get some stiffness measurements made on the revised bundle design ( using Bob's method which Alejandro also used) and fold into Dennis's model to get some sanity check the isolation.

I think that's it for now. Comments etc are of course welcome.

  98   Tue Nov 13 14:33:40 2007 JohnUpdatePSLISS filter
The transfer function from 'In Loop Error Point Monitor' to TP3 the filter out test point on the ISS board.

-33dB at 3.715MHz.
  97   Mon Nov 12 23:44:19 2007 JohnUpdatePSLISS


After John soldered a 3.7 MHz notch filter onto the ISS board, I took a quick TF and RIN measurement. The out-of-loop RIN is attached, including a dark noise trace, and with the gain slider at 10dB. The UGF is 35kHz with a phase margin of 30deg. John is currently doing a more thorough inspection, and will detail his findings in a subentry.

No progress on the ISS tonight. I tried to implement a new filter (attached)to try and gain some phase before the notch. If anything this made things worse. More work is needed.

The ISS loop is off and the power is off at the chassis.
  96   Mon Nov 12 15:18:34 2007 robUpdatePSLISS

After John soldered a 3.7 MHz notch filter onto the ISS board, I took a quick TF and RIN measurement. The out-of-loop RIN is attached, including a dark noise trace, and with the gain slider at 10dB. The UGF is 35kHz with a phase margin of 30deg. John is currently doing a more thorough inspection, and will detail his findings in a subentry.
  95   Mon Nov 12 15:05:49 2007 robConfigurationPSLFSS

Spent a bit of time fiddling with the FSS again today. In a not-particularly-systematic manner, I raised the input-side of the 21.5MHz PC, adjusted the half-wave plate in front of it, touched up the RC alignment and the alignment onto the transmitted and reflected diodes. This got us a ~15% increase in
transmitted light, and I was able to push the UGF to 140kHz with the common gain slider at 30dB and the FAST gain slider at 22dB. The next options include adjusting the AOM setup, mode matching into the RC, and just increasing the pickoff fraction right from the getgo.
  94   Mon Nov 12 14:09:19 2007 robDAQGeneraltpman dead on fb40m
The testpoint manager was dead on fb40m. I know I re-started it sometime after the power outage, so something must have killed it. If you get an error from DTT like
"diagnostic kernel does not support: testpoints", then log into fb40m as root, check for the tpman with a ps -ef | grep tpman. If it's not there, then run /usr/controls/tpman & and close the terminal window.
  93   Mon Nov 12 10:53:58 2007 pkpUpdateOMCVertical Transfer functions
[Norna Sam Pinkesh]

These plots were created by injected white noise into the OSEMs and reading out the response of the shadow sensors ( taking the power spectrum). We suspect that some of the additional structure is due to the wires.
  92   Sun Nov 11 21:21:04 2007 ranaHowToComputersNew DV
To use the new ligoDV (previously GEO DV) to look at 40m data, open up a matlab, set up for mDV as usual,
and then from the /cvs/cds/caltech/apps/ligoDV/ directory, type 'ligoDV'.

Then select which NDS server you want to look at and then start clicking to get some plots.
  91   Sun Nov 11 21:05:55 2007 ranaHowToSUSMC Touching or not
I wrote a script: SUS/freeswing-mc.csh, which gives the MC mirrors the appropriate kicks
needed to make a measurement of the free swinging peaks in the way that Sonia did.

set ifo = C1
set sus = ${ifo}:SUS-

foreach opt (MC1 MC2 MC3)

  set c = `ezcaread -n ${sus}${opt}_PD_MAX_VAR`
  ezcastep ${sus}${opt}_PD_MAX_VAR +300

  ezcaswitch ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL OFFSET ON
  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL_OFFSET 30000
  sleep 1
  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL_OFFSET 0
  sleep 1
  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL_OFFSET 30000
  sleep 1
  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_LATCH_OFF 0

  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL_OFFSET 0
  ezcaswitch ${sus}${opt}_ULCOIL OFFSET OFF

  ezcawrite ${sus}${opt}_PD_MAX_VAR $c



It basically ups the watchdog threshold, wacks it around at the pendulum frequency, and then disables the
optic so that there are no electronic forces applied to it besides the bias. The date command at the end
is so that you know when to start your DTT or mDV or lalapps code or whatever.
  90   Fri Nov 9 21:36:14 2007 robConfigurationPSLFSS
rob, rana

We looked at the FSS a bit today. The most we could get out of it with the gain sliders was a UGF of around 95kHz. After a bit of tweaking the waveplate after the AOM, this got up to ~115kHz. We should be able to get at least 500kHz. This system needs a fair amount of work.
  89   Fri Nov 9 17:33:33 2007 robConfigurationPSLISS

The 3.7 MHz is actually on the light. It's the beat between the 29.5 MHz sidebands and the 33.2 MHz sidebands. There are pads in the ISS PCB for a filter to notch this frequency--John is working on it.

I also found a 1.2 ND filter on the lens which focuses the beam on the ISS diodes. I replaced it with a 0.6 ND filter, which brought the ISS DC level (on the screen) up to ~4.2 (it saturates at 5). Once John finishes the filter we should be able to crank up the gain.
  88   Fri Nov 9 09:37:55 2007 steveUpdatePSLhead temp hiccup
Just an other PSL-126MOPA_HTEMP hiccup.
The water chiller is at 20.00C
  87   Fri Nov 9 00:23:12 2007 pkpUpdateOMCX and Z resonances
I got a couple of resonance plots going for now. I am still having trouble getting the Y measurement going for some reason. I will investigate that tommorow. But for tonight and tommorow morning, here is some food for thought. I have attached the X and Z transfer functions below. I compared them to Norna's plots - so just writing out what I was thinking -

Keep in mind that these arent high res scans and have been inconviniently stopped at 0.5 Hz Frown.

Z case --

I see two small resonances and two large ones - the large ones are at 5.5 Hz and 0.55 Hz and the small ones at 9 Hz and 2 Hz respectively. In Norna's resonances, these features arent present. Secondly, the two large peaks in Norna's measurement are at 4.5 Hz and just above 1 Hz. Which was kind of expected, since we shortened the wires a bit, so one of the resonances moved up and I suppose that the other one moved down for the same reason.

X case --

Only one broad peak at about 3 Hz is seen here, whereas in Norna's measurement, there were two large peaks and one dip at 0.75 Hz and 2.5 Hz. I suspect that the lower peak has shifted lower than what I scanned to here and a high res scan going upto 0.2 Hz is taking place overnight. So we will have to wait and watch.

Pitch Roll and Yaw can wait for the morning.
  86   Fri Nov 9 00:01:24 2007 waldmanOmnistructureOMCOMC mechanical resonances (Tap tap tappy tap)
[Pinkesh, Aidan, Sam]

We did a tap-tap-tappy-tap test of the OMC to try to find its resonances. We looked at some combination of the PDH error signal and the DCPD signal in a couple of different noise configurations. The data included below shows tapping of the major tombstone objects as well the breadboard. I don't see any strong evidence of resonances below the very sharp resonance at 1300 Hz (which I interpret as the diving board mode of the breadboard). If I get free, I 'll post some plots of the different breadboard resonances you can excite by tapping in different places.

(The "normalized" tapping response is abs(tap - reference)./reference.)
  85   Thu Nov 8 18:44:01 2007 tobinConfigurationPSLISS
Tobin, Rob

With the Sense PD blocked, I adjusted the offset trim of the fourth stage in the ISS servo until the current shunt signal was zeroed. After this adjustment, we are able to crank the ISS gain all the way up to 30 dB without CS saturations (provided the HEPA is turned down to a very quiet level), getting about 35kHZ UGF at that gain setting. However, the current shunt mean value was still enormous.

Examining the current shunt signal on a fast scope, we saw an enormous (>2Vpp) 3.6 MHz sawtooth signal. Going up the chain of op-amps, we found that U1, as measured at the "Filter Out" testpoint, is oscillating wildly at 12 MHz (680 mVpp).
  84   Thu Nov 8 15:57:53 2007 tobinConfigurationPSLshelf removed
I removed the sheet metal shelf from the PSL enclosure, for easier access to the ISS.

ISS investigations ongoing.
  83   Thu Nov 8 11:40:21 2007 steveUpdatePEMparticle counts are up
I turned up the psl HEPA filter to 100%
This 4 days plot shows why
  82   Thu Nov 8 00:55:44 2007 pkpUpdateOMCSuspension tests
[Sam , Pinkesh]

We tried to measure the transfer functions of the 6 degrees of freedom in the OMS SUS. To our chagrin, we found that it was very hard to get the OSEMs to center and get a mean value of around 6000 counts. Somehow the left and top OSEMs were coupled and we tried to see if any of the OSEMs/suspension parts were touching each other. But there is still a significant coupling between the various OSEMs. In theory, the only OSEMS that are supposed to couple are [SIDE] , [LEFT, RIGHT] , [TOP1, TOP2 , TOP3] , since the motion along these 3 sets is orthogonal to the other sets. Thus an excitation along any one OSEM in a set should only couple with another OSEM in the same same set and not with the others. The graphs below were obtained by driving all the OSEMS one by one at 7 Hz and at 500 counts ( I still have to figure out how much that is in units of length). These graphs show that there is some sort of contact somewhere. I cant locate any physical contact at this point, although TOP2 is suspicious and we moved it a bit, but it seems to be hanging free now. This can also be caused by the stiff wire with the peek on it. This wire is very stiff and it can transmit motion from one degree of freedom to another quite easily. I also have a graph showing the transfer function of the longitudnal degree of freedom. I decided to do this first because it was simple and I had to only deal with SIDE, which seems to be decoupled from the other DOFs. This graph is similar to one Norna has for the longitudnal DOF transfer function, with the addition of a peak around 1.8 Hz. This I reckon could very be due to the wire, although it is hard to claim for certain. I am going to stop the measurement at this time and start a fresh high resolution spectrum and leave it running over night.

There is an extra peak in the high res spectrum that is disturbing.
  81   Wed Nov 7 16:07:03 2007 steveUpdatePSLPSL & IOO trend
1.5 days of happy psl-ioo with litle bumps in C1:PSL-126MOPA_HTEMP
  80   Wed Nov 7 14:05:59 2007 tobinConfigurationIOOMC ringdown
Modeling the mode cleaner as a simple cavity with all losses lumped together, we expect the cavity power to be
attenuated by a factor (1-L) after each interval (2l/c)=1/fsr. Therefore we can get the cavity loss L
(including power lost through transmission) from the ringdown time constant tau as:

L = 1 - exp[ - 1/(tau * fsr) ]

From this we have to subtract the 2000 ppm transmission for each of MC1 and MC3, and divide by three to spread
the losses across the three optics.

I get 168 39 ppm loss per optic based on a very simple exponential fit to the tails (t>0) of four of Andrey's data files.

By comparison, I get 154 37 ppm from Rana's data files from before the vent.
  79   Wed Nov 7 14:01:31 2007 waldmanOmnistructureOMCFrequency and Intensity noise
One of the biggest problems I had using the PZT to lock was excessive noise. I did a little noise hunting and found that the problem was the cable running from the rack to the laser fast input. As a reminder, the laser has a 4 MHz / volt fast input. We require about 300 MHz to go one FSR, so there is a Thorlabs HV box between at the NPRO fast input which takes 0-10 V -> 0-150 V. The 150 V HV range is worth about 600 MHz of NPRO frequency.

OLD SETUP: Single side of DAC differential (10 Vpp) -> 9V in series with 10 kOhm -> 10 kOhm input impedance of Thorlabs HV -> NPRO

We used the single side of the DAC differential because we didn't have a differential receiver. This turned out to be a bad idea because the cable picks up every 60 Hz harmonic known to man kind.

NEW SETUP: Digital conditioning -> DAC differential (digitally limited to 0 - 1 V) -> SR560 in A-B mode gain 10 (0 - 10 V output)-> Thorlabs HV -> NPRO.

This has almost no 60 Hz noise and works much, much better. Moral of the story, ALWAYS USE DIFFERENTIAL SIGNALS DIFFERENTIALLY !

Note that I may be saturating the SR560 with 10 V output, Its spec'd for 10 Vpp output with 1 VDC max input. I don't know whether or not it can push 10 V out....
  78   Wed Nov 7 13:54:44 2007 robConfigurationIOOMode Cleaner transfer function
I performed the same procedure described here, and re-measured the transfer function of the mode cleaner to see the effect of the drag-wiping. The results are attached in a pdf. We don't seem to have done any damage, but the improvements are barely measurable.

pole frequency3.789kHz3.765kHz
loss per optic99ppm91ppm
  77   Wed Nov 7 10:55:21 2007 ajwConfigurationComputersbackup script restarted
Following the reboot of computers on 10/31/07, the backup script required restart (which unfortunately "can't" be automated because a password needs to be typed in). I restarted, following the instructions in /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts/backup/000README.txt and verified that it more-or-less worked last night (the rsync sometimes times out; it gets through after a couple of days of trying.)
  76   Wed Nov 7 09:38:01 2007 steveUpdateVACrga scan
pd65-m-d2 at cc1 6e-6 torr
  75   Wed Nov 7 02:14:08 2007 AndreyBureaucracyIOOMore information about MC2 ringdown
As Tobin wrote two hours ago, we (Andrey, Tobin, Robert) made a series of ringdown measurements for MC2
in the spirit of the measurement described by Rana -> see
entry from Mon Oct 29 23:47:29 2007, rana, Other, IOO, MC Ringdowns.

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

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

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

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

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

P.S. It seems I really like the type of message "Bureaucracy" - I put it for every message. As Alain noted, maybe that is because some things are very bureacratized in the former USSR / Russia. By the way, when I was young, November 7th was one of two most important holidays in the USSR - I liked that holiday because I really liked military parades on the red square. I attach a couple of pictures. November 7 is the anniversary of the Revolution of 1917.
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