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  3624   Thu Sep 30 09:34:58 2010 steveUpdateGeneralvertex crane trolly drive fixed

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The vertex crane drive is overheating, it stopped functioning. Service man will be here tomorrow morning.

I crane was just turned  on for for may be  about 5 minutes. The vertical drive was fine for a while, but the horizontal did not worked at all.

The crane is tagged out again and the controller box is cooling down.

 Atm1, Vertex crane controller unit on horizontal I-beam.

            Module CCES-407 1HP 2.3A 460V/3 phase on the right was replaced. Speed was increased  to 30 Hz

Atm2, See burned insulation on black wire that was shorting to the large suppressor resistor on Atm3 One can see the pit marks on the right end of it.

        This large power dissipater resistor got hot as the malfunctioning controller 407 broke down.   Touching black power wire insulation melted and made a short.

          So the heat was created and finally the fuses were blown. The unnecessary large fuses were replaced by small ones.

Fortunately we had one spare controller on hand that made this repair to be done fast.

We used the new Crane Safety Check list  from LIGO-E1000379-v1 the first time yesterday before doors were removed.

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  4165   Tue Jan 18 10:25:23 2011 steveUpdatePEMvertex crane work this week

The crane people are here. The Vertex chambers are covered with plastic. The PSL HEPAs will be running on high during the day.

It is going to be disturbingly noisy and dirty during the day. Please try start working in the evening if it can not wait till next week.

  3492   Tue Aug 31 02:50:45 2010 kiwamuUpdateCDSvertex suspensions controlled by the new CDS

I plugged the new CDS to the vertex suspensions. 

Now PRM, SRM, ITMs, MCs and BS are under the control of the new CDS. 

From now on we will never go back to the old system.

 

Though,  the watchdogs are still running on the old system.

So if you need to turn on/off the watchdogs, you can simply enable/disable them from the usual medm screens.

  3699   Tue Oct 12 17:42:57 2010 yutaUpdateSUSvery first measurement of Q-values for MC1

Background:
 Data aquisition system is fixed, and now we can use the Dataviewer to measure Q-values of the ringdowns for each DOF, each optics.
 First of all, I measured MC1 suspention damping servo for a test.

What I did:
1. Used DAQ channels activated in this entry(#3690) to see and compare the ringdowns when the damping servo is on and off with the Dataviewer.

2. Plotted the data and fitted the ringdown using this formula;
  p[0]*exp(-p[1]*t)*sin(p[2]*t+p[3])+p[4]
 I used python's scipy.optimize.leastsq for the fitting.

3. Calculated the resonant frequency f0 and Q-value using following formulas;
  f0=2*pi*sqrt(p[1]**2+p[2]**2)
  Q=f0/(2*pi)/(2*p[1])

4. For plotting, I subtracted the offset(=p[4]).

All parameters I used for this measurement are automatically saved here;
  /cvs/cds/caltech/burt/autoburt/snapshots/2010/Oct/12/13:07/c1mcs.epics
(-1,0,1 for all matrix elements, GAIN=3,3,3,150 for POS,PIT,YAW,SIDE)

Result:
 Attached is the plot of each 4 DOF ringdown when servo is off and on.
 "servo off" means off for that DOF. Servo for the other 3 DOFs are on.

 As you can see clearly, the damping servo is working.

 The resonant frequencies and Q-values calculated from the fitting are as follows;

  servo off servo on
f0 (Hz) Q f0 (Hz) Q
POS 0.97 large 0.97 16
PIT 0.71 96 0.73 6.9
YAW 0.80 100 0.82 8.9
SIDE 0.99 large 0.99 27


 Resonant frequencies and Q-values have about 1% and 10% error respectively.
 I estimated it from my 2-time measurement of the POS ringdown.

Next work:
 - Find and modify some scripts to optimize the matrix elements
 - Calibrate the displacement
 - Do the same thing for other optics

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  3347   Mon Aug 2 10:26:15 2010 steveConfigurationVACvery slow pumpdown completed

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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

 3 days pump down #69 completed. Thanks to Koji  and Kiwamu  who did more roughing on Saturday and Sunday.

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  7232   Mon Aug 20 09:49:01 2012 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the DARK

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 The problem with the glow on the ETMY face is due to the red light being scattered off of the optical table from the HeNe laser for the OL. Why is the red light hitting the table?

One way to fix the problem for the camera image is to insert a long pass filter (if Steve can find one).

 Edmund Optics: NT62-874

 Edmund Optics: NT65-731

Edmund Optics: NT32-759 

 

 Atm1, condition: all oplev lasers are off or blocked, green shutters are closed at the ends, PSL out put shutter is closed, all outside LED illuminating are off, all room lights are off

                         Only the OSEMs are on. ETMY and ITMX are still look like illuminated.

Atm2, condition: open PSL shutter. ETMY at 11 o'clock  and ETMX 1 o'clock bright scattered spot of 1064 nm are visible

Atm3, condition: closed PSL shutter and restored all oplev He/Ne lasers, it is visible at ETMY

Next: I will disconnect power to OSEMs at ETMY

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  7215   Fri Aug 17 08:33:46 2012 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark

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 I optimized the TM views with illuminator light on quad1  It actually looks better there.

I'll post a dark-  OSEM light only in jpg tomorrow.  ETMY camera is malfunctioning in dark condition now.

 

ALL  illuminator lighting are off. ITMX and ETMY looks back lighted. I will check on their apertures.

In order to focus on 1064 resonant spots I tried to restore and align the arms  by script. I only got flashes.

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  7216   Fri Aug 17 09:34:27 2012 KojiUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark
I used the LED illuminations at ETMX and BS yesterday for a tour.
I am afraid that I left them on.
  7217   Fri Aug 17 10:38:15 2012 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark
> I used the LED illuminations at ETMX and BS yesterday for a tour.
> I am afraid that I left them on.

It was turned off before the picture was taken.
All LED illuminations were turned off. I checked them a few times.
  7219   Fri Aug 17 14:45:51 2012 ranaUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark

 The problem with the glow on the ETMY face is due to the red light being scattered off of the optical table from the HeNe laser for the OL. Why is the red light hitting the table?

One way to fix the problem for the camera image is to insert a long pass filter (if Steve can find one).

 Edmund Optics: NT62-874

 Edmund Optics: NT65-731

Edmund Optics: NT32-759 

  7236   Mon Aug 20 18:10:44 2012 JenneUpdateCamerasvideo capture script copied over to real scripts directory

The videocapture.py script is now in ...../scripts/general/ , along with the videoswitch. 

Also, there's a button gui on the VIDEO medm screen to capture different camera views.

  10259   Wed Jul 23 10:39:18 2014 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo quad processors replaced

Quad processor 2 & 3 were replaced.

  2120   Mon Oct 19 18:14:28 2009 robUpdateCamerasvideo switch broken

The Chameleon HB (by Knox) video switch that we use for routing video signals into the control room monitors is broken.  Well, either it's broken, or something is wrong with the mv162 EPICS IOC which communicates with it via RS-232.  Multiple reboots/resets of both machines has not yet worked.  The CHHB has two RS-232 inputs--I switched to the second one, and there is now one signal coming through to a monitor but no switching yet. I've been unable to further debug it because we don't have anything in the lab (other than the omega iserver formerly used for the RGA logger) which can communicate with RS-232 ports.  I've been trying to get this thing (the iserver) working again, but can't communicate with it yet.  For now I'm just going to bypass the video switch entirely and use up all the BNC barrel connectors in the lab, so we can at least have the useful video displays back.

  8036   Fri Feb 8 12:43:26 2013 yutaUpdateComputersvideocapture.py now supports movie capturing

I updated /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/videoscripts.py so that it supports movie capturing. It saves captured images (bmp) and movies (mp4) in /users/sensoray/SensorayCaptures/ directory.
I also updated /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/pylibs/pyndslib.py because /usr/bin/lalapps_tconvert is not working and now /usr/bin/tconvert works.
However, tconvert doesn't run on ottavia, so I need Jamie to fix it.

videocapture.py -h:
Usage:
    videocapture.py [cameraname] [options]

Example usage:
    videocapture.py MC2F -s 320x240 -t off
       (Camptures image of MC2F with the size of 320x240, without timestamp on the image. MUST RUN ON PIANOSA!)
    videocapture.py AS -m 10
       (Camptures 10 sec movie of AS with the size of 720x480. MUST RUN ON PIANOSA!)


Options:
  -h, --help          show this help message and exit
  -s SIZE             specify image size [default: 720x480]
  -t TIMESTAMP_ONOFF  timestamp on or off [default: on]
  -m MOVLENGTH        specity movie length (in sec; takes movie if specified) [default: 0]

  8612   Wed May 22 00:42:13 2013 KojiSummarySUSviolin Q

While looking at the decay of the violin mode of the PRM, I made a simple measurement of the decay rate.

Error signal: REFL33I

The peak @628Hz became 0.372 to 0.303 in 60 sec.

-> Half life of the amplitude T_{1/2} is 203sec.

Q = 4.53 f0 T_{1/2} = 5.8 x10^5

  1611   Wed May 20 01:53:48 2009 rob, peteUpdateLockingviolin mode filters in drstep_bang

Recently the watch script was having difficulty grabbing a lock for more than a few seconds.  Rob discovered that the violin notch filters which were activated in the script were causing the instability.  We're not sure why yet.  The script seems significantly more stable with that step commented out.

  3875   Sat Nov 6 01:54:15 2010 FrankSummaryComputersvirus definition file update on laptop for dinocam

i took some pictures with the dinocam this afternoon. I used the laptop computer next to it using wireless lan connection to the caltech network to send the pictures to me.

The installed anti virus software was bitching about the old database and wanted to update that. As the installed virus definition database was from mid last year i agreed and started downloading the update. As the file was huge (~100MB) it wasn't finished when i left. computer is still running and probably waiting for instructions.

Will come back on the weekend to finalize the new virus definition file database installation.

  4447   Mon Mar 28 16:19:23 2011 steveFrogsPhotosvisithing 5th graders

Suresh is captivating his audience with gravity waves on last Friday, March 25

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  3682   Fri Oct 8 17:36:16 2010 steveFrogsPhotosvisiting undergrads

Prof Alan Weistein guided the 24 student through the 40m. His performance was rated as  an enthusiastic 9.5

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  5434   Fri Sep 16 16:07:28 2011 steveUpdateSAFETYvisitors safety training

Paul, Mirko and Katrin visiting grad students received the 40m basic safety training.

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  12810   Tue Feb 7 19:14:59 2017 JohannesUpdateCDSvme crate backplane adapter board layout

After fighting with Altium for what seems like an eternity I have finished putting my vision of the vme crate backplane adapter board into an electronic format. It is dimensioned to fill the back space of the crate exactly. The connectors are panel mount and the PCB attaches to the connectors with screws, such that the whole thing will be mechanically much more stable than the current configuration. A mounting bracket will attach to horizontal struts that need to be installed in the crates, mechanical drawings to follow.

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  12781   Tue Jan 31 22:15:02 2017 JohannesUpdateCDSvme crate backplane adapter boards

I made a crude sketch for how Lydia and I envision the connector situation on the back of the vme crates to be solved. Essentially the side panels of each crate extend about 2" (52 mm) beyond the edge of the DIN connectors. This is plenty of space for a simple PCB board. The connector of choice is D-Sub. We can split the 64 used pins into 2x 37 D-Sub OR (2x25 pin + 1x15pin). The former has fewer cables, but a few excess unused leads. A quick google search showed me that it is much cheaper to get twisted pair cables for 15 and 25 pin D-Subs. From what I remember, the used pins on the DIN connectors are concentrated on the low numbers end and the high numbers end, so might not need the 'middle' connector in many cases if we decide to break it up into three. I have to check this with Lydia though.

The D-Sub connectors would be panel mounted, for which we need a narrow panel piece with dsub cutouts. We can run horizontal struts across the vme crate from side panel to side panel. This way the force upon cable (dis)connection is mostly on the panel which is attached to the struts which are attached to the crate. This will also prevent gravitational sag or cable strain from pulling on the DIN connection, and we can use twisted pair cables with backshell, screws, and strain reliefs.

I was lookng into getting started with the PCB when Altium complained that the license is expired and to renew it. This is a relatively simple board layout so some free software out there is probably enough.

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  6305   Wed Feb 22 16:55:16 2012 JamieUpdateSUSwacky state of SUS input matrices

While Kiwamu and I were trying to investigate the the vertex glitches we were noticing excess noise in ITMX, which Kiwamu blamed on some sort of bad diagonalization.  Sure enough, the ITMX input matrix is in the default state [0], not a properly diagonalized state.  Looking through the rest of the suspensions, I found PRM also in the default state, not diagonalized.

We should do another round of suspension diagonalization.

Kiwamu (or whoever is here last tonight): please run the free-swing/kick script (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/freeswing) before you leave, and I'll check the matrices and update the suspensions tomorrow morning.

[0]

0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0
1.66 1.66 -1.66 1.66 0
1.66 -1.66 -1.66 1.66 0
0 0 0 0 1

  6307   Thu Feb 23 02:20:07 2012 ZachUpdateSUSwacky state of SUS input matrices

This reminds me that the whole Dr. SUS situation never got taken care of. Where I left off, I was having issues pulling 40m data with NDS2 (which is what all the diagonalization scripts use).

What is the deal with 40m+NDS2? If it is till no-go, can we have a consensus on whether this is too important to wait for? If so, I will rewrite the scripts to use NDS and we can upgrade to NDS2 once we can prove we know how to use it.

 

Quote:

While Kiwamu and I were trying to investigate the the vertex glitches we were noticing excess noise in ITMX, which Kiwamu blamed on some sort of bad diagonalization.  Sure enough, the ITMX input matrix is in the default state [0], not a properly diagonalized state.  Looking through the rest of the suspensions, I found PRM also in the default state, not diagonalized.

We should do another round of suspension diagonalization.

Kiwamu (or whoever is here last tonight): please run the free-swing/kick script (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/SUS/freeswing) before you leave, and I'll check the matrices and update the suspensions tomorrow morning.

[0]

0.25 0.25 0.25 0.25 0
1.66 1.66 -1.66 1.66 0
1.66 -1.66 -1.66 1.66 0
0 0 0 0 1

 

  2823   Wed Apr 21 10:09:23 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Theoretically the waist position of a Gaussian beam (1064) in our PPKTP crystal differs by ~6.7 mm from that of the incident Gaussian beam.

So far I have neglected such position change of the beam waist in optical layouts because it is tiny compared with the entire optical path.

But from the point of view of practical experiments, it is better to think about it.

In fact the result suggests the rough positioning of our PPKTP crystals;

we should put our PPKTP crystal so that the center of the crystal is 6.7 mm far from the waist of a Gaussian beam in free space.


(How to)

The calculation is very very simple.

The waist position of a Gaussian beam propagating in a dielectric material should change by a factor of n, where n is the refractive index of the material.

In our case, PPKTP has  n=1.8, so that the waist position from the surface of the crystal becomes longer by n.

Now remember the fact that the maximum conversion efficiency can be achieved if the waist locates at exact center of a crystal.

Therefore the waist position in the crystal should be satisfied this relation; z*n=15 mm, where z is the waist position of the incident beam from the surface and 15 mm is half length of our crystal.

Then we can find z must be ~8.3 mm, which is 6.7 mm shorter than the position in crystal.

The attached figure shows the relation clearly. Note that the waist radius doesn't change.

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  2850   Tue Apr 27 14:18:53 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

The mode profile of Gaussian beams in our PPKTP crystals was calculated.

I confirmed that the Rayleigh range of the incoming beam (1064 nm) and that of the outgoing beam (532 nm) is the same.

And it turned out that the waist postion for the incoming beam and the outgoing beam should be different by 13.4 mm toward the direction of propagation.

These facts will help us making optical layouts precisely for our green locking.


(detail)

The result is shown in the attached figure, which is essentially the same as the previous one (see the entry).

The horizontal axis is the length of the propagation direction, the vertical axis is the waist size of Gaussian beams.

Here I put x=0 as the entering surface of the crystal, and x=30 mm as the other surface.

The red and green solid curve represent the incoming beam and the outgoing beam respectively. They are supposed to  propagate in free space.

And the dashed curve represents the beams inside the crystal.

A trick in this calculation is that: we can assume that  the waist size of 532 nm is equal to that of 1064 nm divided by sqrt(2) . 

If you want to know about this treatment in detail,  you can find some descriptions in this paper;

"Third-harmonic generation by use of focused Gaussian beams in an optical super lattice" J.Opt.Soc.Am.B 20,360 (2003)"

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  3325   Thu Jul 29 21:13:39 2010 DmassUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Quote:

The mode profile of Gaussian beams in our PPKTP crystals was calculated.

I confirmed that the Rayleigh range of the incoming beam (1064 nm) and that of the outgoing beam (532 nm) is the same.

And it turned out that the waist postion for the incoming beam and the outgoing beam should be different by 13.4 mm toward the direction of propagation.

These facts will help us making optical layouts precisely for our green locking.


(detail)

The result is shown in the attached figure, which is essentially the same as the previous one (see the entry).

The horizontal axis is the length of the propagation direction, the vertical axis is the waist size of Gaussian beams.

Here I put x=0 as the entering surface of the crystal, and x=30 mm as the other surface.

The red and green solid curve represent the incoming beam and the outgoing beam respectively. They are supposed to  propagate in free space.

And the dashed curve represents the beams inside the crystal.

A trick in this calculation is that: we can assume that  the waist size of 532 nm is equal to that of 1064 nm divided by sqrt(2) . 

If you want to know about this treatment in detail,  you can find some descriptions in this paper;

"Third-harmonic generation by use of focused Gaussian beams in an optical super lattice" J.Opt.Soc.Am.B 20,360 (2003)"

If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

 

  3327   Thu Jul 29 22:58:25 2010 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

- As you said, I just calculated the waist position in the crystal because the speed of light changes in a medium and eventually the waist position also changes.

- Yes, I did. Once you get a beam with the right waist size, you just put your crystal at the waist position with the offset.

  In fact you don't have to think about the rayleigh range inside of the crystal because what we care is the waist size and it doesn't change.

Quote:

 If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

  3328   Fri Jul 30 00:02:15 2010 DmassUpdateGreen Lockingwaist positon of Gaussian beam in PPKTP crystals

Quote:

- As you said, I just calculated the waist position in the crystal because the speed of light changes in a medium and eventually the waist position also changes.

- Yes, I did. Once you get a beam with the right waist size, you just put your crystal at the waist position with the offset.

  In fact you don't have to think about the rayleigh range inside of the crystal because what we care is the waist size and it doesn't change.

Quote:

 If I understand your elog, you are just calculating the the offset in position space that you get by having a refractive index.

Did you end up changing the mode matching so that the rayleigh range (which changes with refractive index) was confocally focused inside the crystal (e.g. Zr = 15 mm?

 I thought we cared about satisfying the confocal focusing parameter, that is to say we want to set Zr = 2L_crystal. If Zr changes inside the crystal, this is the number we care about..isn't it NOT the waist size, but the rayleigh range we care about? I am not entirely sure what youre response is saying you did...

  1. Calculate Zr = pi * wo^2/(lamba/n)
  2. Do mode matching to get this wo in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move the oven by using n
  4. Move hte ovens

OR

  1. Calculate Zr = pi*wo^2/(lamba)
  2. Do mode matching to get this in free space
  3. Calculate the offset you need to move your ovens using n
  4. Move your ovens

I guess the waist size would also let me know - are you using 69 um or 53 um waist size?

  15566   Wed Sep 9 20:52:45 2020 ranaSummaryIOOwandering line in IMC

since the summary pages are working again, I was clicking through and noticed that there's a wandering peak in the whitened IMC spectrogram that goes from 10-30 Hz over the course of a day.

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/detcharsummary/day/20200909/ioo/

anyone know what this is ?

  11487   Mon Aug 10 15:25:05 2015 SteveUpdatePEMwasp nest

The wasp nest will be removed tomorrow from from the out side of the east arm window.

The resonant frequency of the newly arrived gravity bee detector is not known.
 

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  2309   Fri Nov 20 16:18:56 2009 robConfigurationSUSwatchdog rampdown

I've changed the watchdog rampdown script so it brings the SUS watchdogs to 220, instead of the 150 it previously targeted.  This is to make tripping less likely with the jackhammering going on next door.  I've also turned off all the oplev damping.

  2372   Wed Dec 9 17:51:03 2009 kiwamuUpdateSUSwatchdogs

Please do not touch the watchdogs for all SUSs except for MCs,

because I am going to measure the free swinging spectra for ITMs, ETMs, BS, PRM, SRM tonight.

Today, it is good chance to summarize those data under atmospheric pressure.

thank you.

 

  6060   Thu Dec 1 17:33:18 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSwatchdogs fixed

The watchdogs' issue has been solved and they are now working fine.

It was just because one of the Sorensens had been off.

The Sorensen is the one supplying +5 V in the 1X5 rack.
This +5 V is actually used as a pull-up-current to properly drive the MAX333As (CMOS analog switch) in the coil drivers (D010001).
So this was it.

Quote from #6010

Tonight we noticed that, in fact, the watchdogs don't work for any of the corner optics (I confirmed that they do work for the ETMs).

  3456   Mon Aug 23 15:24:24 2010 kiwamuConfigurationSUSwatchdogs off

For the new CDS test, I turned off the watchdogs for PRM, SRM, BS, ITMs and MCs.

I will restore these watchdogs after several hours from now.

 

  4024   Tue Dec 7 20:38:17 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSwatchdogs off at ITMX and ETMX

I am leaving ITMX and ETMX freely swinging, so that later I can take the spectra and diagonalize the input matrices.

Please don't restore the watchdogs until tomorrow morning.

  4031   Wed Dec 8 22:47:09 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSwatchdogs off at ITMX and ETMX

Tonight, swing again.

Please do not restore the watchdogs until tomorrow (Dec.9) morning.

Quote: #4024

I am leaving ITMX and ETMX freely swinging, so that later I can take the spectra and diagonalize the input matrices.

Please don't restore the watchdogs until tomorrow morning.

 

  11767   Mon Nov 16 16:18:34 2015 gautamUpdateGeneralwater leak along Y-arm?

A Caltech maintenance staff dropped by at around noon today, and told me that he had seen a small puddle of water on the other side of the door along the Y-arm that is kept locked (about 10m from the end-table, on the south side of the arm). He suspected a leak in the lab. Koji and I went down to the said door and observed that there was indeed a small puddle of water accumulated there. There isn't any obvious source of a leak on our side of the door, although the walls tiles in the area suggest that there could be a leak in one of the pipes running through the wall/under the floor. In any case, the leak doesn't seem too dramatic, and we have decided to consult Steve as to what is to be done about this once he is back on Wednesday.

  11771   Tue Nov 17 10:06:53 2015 SteveUpdateGeneralwater leak in east arm
Quote:

A Caltech maintenance staff dropped by at around noon today, and told me that he had seen a small puddle of water on the other side of the door along the Y-arm that is kept locked (about 10m from the end-table, on the south side of the arm). He suspected a leak in the lab. Koji and I went down to the said door and observed that there was indeed a small puddle of water accumulated there. There isn't any obvious source of a leak on our side of the door, although the walls tiles in the area suggest that there could be a leak in one of the pipes running through the wall/under the floor. In any case, the leak doesn't seem too dramatic, and we have decided to consult Steve as to what is to be done about this once he is back on Wednesday.

The leak was found inside the wall. Fortunately the plumbers were able to access it from CES room 108

This has been leaking for sometimes. The damaged wall area is about 18 ft long and 1 ft high.

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  1991   Fri Sep 18 14:25:00 2009 robOmnistructurePSLwater under the laser chiller

rob, koji, steve

We noticed some water (about a cup) on the floor under the NESLAB chiller today.  We put the chiller up on blocks and took off the side panel for a cursory inspection, but found no obvious leaks.  We'll keep an eye on it.

  1992   Fri Sep 18 16:05:08 2009 JenneOmnistructurePSLwater under the laser chiller

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rob, koji, steve

We noticed some water (about a cup) on the floor under the NESLAB chiller today.  We put the chiller up on blocks and took off the side panel for a cursory inspection, but found no obvious leaks.  We'll keep an eye on it.

 The culprit has been found:  One of the bottles of chiller water had a tiny leak in it, and apparently the floor is sloped just right to make it look like the water had been coming from under the chiller.  All is well again in the world of chilled water.

  2297   Thu Nov 19 09:25:19 2009 steveUpdateMOPAwater was added to the laser chiller

I added ~500 cc of distilled water to the laser chiller yesterday.

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  8099   Mon Feb 18 18:28:01 2013 yutaBureaucracyAlignmentwe are going to pump down

We will start preparing for pumping down. Main goal for this is to demonstrate PRFPMI using ALS.
Here are to-dos before we pump down.

Feb 18 eveing
- check input beam and Y arm alignment again
- IPPOS/IPANG alignment
- check all oplevs

Feb 19 morning
- open ETMX chamber heavy door
- align BS to X end
- adjust OSEM values (added by YM)
- center beam on all AS optics
- make sure AS/REFL is clear
- take picture of flipped PR2 (added by YM)
- make sure green is not clipped by new PRM oplev mirrors  (added by YM)
- center all oplevs

Feb 19 afternoon - Feb 20 morning
- close PSL shutter
- close all heavy doors and put the access connector back
- start pumping down

Feb 20 evening
- start aligning IFO

  13475   Thu Dec 14 08:59:17 2017 SteveUpdateGeneralwe are here
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  1627   Wed May 27 10:54:09 2009 robUpdatePSLwe don't understand the chiller (broken)

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steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

 Rob, Alberto

The chiller HT alarm started blinking, as the water temperature had reached 40 degrees C, and was still rising.  We turned off the MOPA and the chiller.  Maybe we need to open the needle valve a bit more?  Or maybe the flow needs to be reversed?  The labels on the MOPA are backwards?

 The chiller appears to be broken.  We currently have it on, with both the SENSOR and RS-232 unplugged.  It's running, circulating water, and the COOL led is illuminated.  But the temperature is not going down.  The exhaust out the back is not particularly warm.  We think this means the refrigeration unit has broken, or the chiller computer is not communicating with the refrigerator/heat exchanger.  Regardless, we may need a new chiller and a new laser.

  1628   Wed May 27 15:59:44 2009 robUpdatePSLwe don't understand the chiller (broken)

steve, alberto, rob

After some futzing around with the chiller, we have come to the tentative conclusion that the refrigeration unit is not working.  Steve called facilities to try to get them to recharge the refrigerant (R-404a) tomorrow, and we're also calling around for a spare chiller somewhere in the project (without luck so far).

  7693   Fri Nov 9 11:38:38 2012 jamieUpdateGeneralwe're closing up

After a brief look this morning, I called it and declared that we were ok to close up.  The access connector is almost all buttoned up, and both ETM doors are on.

Basically nothing moved since last night, which is good.  Jenne and I were a little bit worried about how the input pointing might have been effected by our moving of the green periscope in the MC chamber.

First thing this morning I went into the BS chamber to check out the alignment situation there.  I put the targets on the PRM and BS cages.  We were basically clear through the PRM aperture, and in retro-reflection.

The BS was not quite so clear.  There is a little bit of clipping through the exit aperture on the X arm side.  However, it didn't seem to me like it was enough to warrant retouching all the input alignment again, as that would have set us back another couple of days at least.

Both arm green beams are cleaning coming out, and are nicely overlapping with the IR beams at the BS (we even have a clean ~04 mode from the Y arm).  The AS and REFL spots look good.  IPANG and IPPOS are centered and haven't moved much since last night.  We're ready to go.

The rest of the vertex doors will go on after lunch.

  152   Fri Nov 30 21:27:24 2007 ranaDAQPEMweather / stacis / c1pem1
I was trying to add some Seis BLRMS channels to the c1pem1 processor so that we could have DMT trends.

Then I found that none of the Weather channels have been working for a year or so. I could also not
telnet into it. I tried resetting it but no luck. There was no entry in the Wiki for it so I added
a place holder.

Have the weather channels ever worked? Do we have those sensors? I think I've never actually looked
for this. Seems like a fine ugrad job.
  189   Wed Dec 12 22:24:48 2007 tobinFrogsPEMweather station
I poked at the weather station briefly this evening.

* There's almost nothing in the elog about it.
* It exists. It is located on the North wall, just north of the beam splitter.
* It seems to be displaying reasonable data for the indoors, but nothing for the outdoor sensors.
* c1pem didn't seem to be starting up (couldn't telnet into it, etc). I altered its startup file and reset it several times, and eventually it came to life.
* the weather station has a serial cable that goes all the way to c1pem. I plugged it in.
* however, the Weather.st program complains "NO COMM"--it gets no data from the weather station
* The next thing to do is to plug in a laptop to that serial cable and see if the weather station can be convinced to talk.
  11291   Thu May 14 17:41:10 2015 ranaUpdatePEMweather station and Guralp maintenance

Today Steve and I tried to recenter the Guralps. The breakout box technique didn't work for us, so we just turned the leveling screws until we got the mass position outputs within +/-50 mV for all DoF as read out by the breakout box.

Some points:

  1. GUR1 is at the ETMY (E/W arm) and GUR2 is at the X-end (South arm)
  2. The SS containers are good and make a good seal.
  3. We had to replace the screws on the granite slab interface plate. The heads were too big to allow the connector to snap into place.
  4. The Guralps had been left way, way off level and the brass locking screws were all the way up. We locked them down after leveling today. Steve was blaming Cathy(?).
  5. The GUR1_Z channel now looks good - see the summary pages for the before and after behavior. My mistake; the low frequency is still as bad as before.
  6. GUR2 X/Y still look like there is no whitening or if the masses are stuck or the interface box is broken.
  7. When we first powered them up, a few of the channels of both seismometers showed 100-200 Hz oscillations. This has settled down after several minutes.

 

The attachment shows the 6 channels after our work. You can see that GUR2_X/Y still look deadish. I tried wiggling the cables at the interface box and powering on/off, but no luck. Next, we swap cables.

Tried to bring the weather station back to life, but no luck. The unit on the wall is alive and so is the EPICS IOC (c1pem1). But there is apparently no communication between them. telnet into c1pem and the error message repeating at the prompt is:

Weather Monitor Output: NO COMM

Might be related to the flaky connector situation that Liz and I found there a couple summers ago, but I tried jiggling and reseating that one with no luck. Looks like it stopped working around 8 PM on March 24, 2014. That's the same time as a ~30s power outage, so perhaps we just need some more power cycling? Tried hitting the reset button on the VME card for c1pem1, but didn't change anything.

Let's try power cycling that crate (which has c1pem1, c0daqawg, and some GPS receiver)...nope - no luck.

Also tried power cycling the weather box which is near the BS chamber on the wall. This didn't change the error message at the c1pem1 telnet prompt.

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