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  13806   Wed May 2 10:03:58 2018 SteveHowToSEIpreparation of load cell measurement at ETMX

Gautam and Steve,

We have calibrated the load  cells. The support beams height monitoring is almost ready.

The danger of this measurment that  the beams height changes can put shear and torsional forces on this formed (thin walled) bellow

They are designed for mainly axial motion.

The plan is to limit height change to 0.020" max

0, center oplev at X arm locked

1, check that  jack screws are carrying full loads and set height indicator dials to zero ( meaning: Stacis is bypassed )

2, raise beam height with aux leveling wedge  by 0.010"  on all 3 support point and than raise it an other 0.005"

3, replace levelling wedge with load cell that is centered and shimmed.     Dennis   Coyne pointed out that the Stacis foot has to be loaded at the center of the foot and formed bellow can shear at their limits.

4, lower the support beam by 0.005" ......now full load on the cells

Note: jack screw heights will not be adjusted or  touched.......so the present condition will be recovered


We could use similar load cells   to make the actual weight measurement on the Stacis legs. This seems practical in our case.

I have had bad experience with pneumatic Barry isolators.

Our approximate max compression loads are 1500 lbs on 2 feet and 2500 lbs on the 3rd one.



Attachment 1: loadcellCAL500.pdf
Attachment 2: 3loadcellwcontr.jpg
Attachment 3: loadcellLocation.pdf
Attachment 4: DSC01009.JPG
Attachment 5: jack_screw.jpg
Attachment 6: ETMX_NW_foot_STACIS.pdf
  13809   Thu May 3 09:56:42 2018 SteveHowToSEIpreparation of load cell measurement at ETMX

[ Dennis Coyne'  precision answer ]

Differential Height between Isolators

According to a note on the bellows drawing (D990577-x0/A), the design life of the bellows at ± 20 minutes rotational stroke is 10,000 cycles. A 20 minute angular (torsional) rotation of the bellows corresponds to 0.186" differential height change across the 32" span between the chamber support beams (see isolator bracket, D000187-x0/B).

Another consideration regarding the bellows is the lateral shear stress introduced by the vertical translation. The notes on the bellows drawing do not give lateral shear limits. According to MDC's web page for formed bellows in this size range the lateral deflection limit is approximately 10% of the "live length" (aka "active length", or length of the convoluted section). According to the bellows drawing the active length is 3.5", so the maximum allowable lateral deflection should be ~0.35".

Of course when imposing a differential height change both torsional and lateral shear is introduced at the same time. Considering both limits together, the maximum differential height change should be < 0.12".

One final consideration is the initial stress to which the bellows are currently subjected due to a non-centered support beam from tolerances in the assembly and initial installation. Although we do not know this de-centering, we can guess that it may be of the order of ~ 0.04". So the final allowable differential height adjustment from the perspective of bellows stress is < 0.08".   Steve:  accumulated initial stress is unknown.  We used to adjust the original jack screws for IFO aligment in the early days of ~1999. This kind of adjustment was stopped when we realized how dangereous it can be. The fact is that there must be unknown amount of accumulated initial stress. This is my main worry but I'm confident that 0.020" change is safe.

So, with regard to bellows stress alone, your procedure to limit the differential height change to <0.020" is safe and prudent.

However, a more stringent consideration is the coplanarity requirement (TMC Stacis 2000 User's Manual, Doc. No. SERV 04-98-1, May 6, 1991, Rev. 1), section 2, "Installation",which stipulates < 0.010"/ft, or < 0.027" differential height across the 32" span between the chamber support beams. Again, your procedure to limit the differential height change to < 0.02" is safe.

Centered Load on the STACIS Isolators

According to the TMC Stacis 2000 User's Manual (Document No. SERV 04-98-1, May 6, 1991, Rev. 1), section 2, "Installation", typical installations (Figure 2-3) are with one payload interface plate which spans the entire set of 3 or 4 STACIS actuators. Our payload interface is unique.

Section 2.3.1, "Installation Steps": "5. Verify that the top of each isolator is fully under the payload/interface plate; this is essential to ensure proper support and leveling. The payload or interface plate should cover the entire top surface of the Isolator or the entire contact area of the optional jack."

section 2.3.2, "Payload/STACIS Interface": "... or if the supporting points do not completely cover the top surface of each Isolator, an interface plate will be needed."

The sketch in Figure 2-2 indicates an optional leveling jack which appears to have a larger contact surface area than the jacks currently installed in the 40m Lab. Of course this is just a non-dimensioned sketch. Are the jacks used by the 40m Lab provided by TMC, or did we (LIGO) choose them? I beleive Larry Jones purchased them.

A load centering requirement is not explicitly stated, but I think the stipulation to cover the entire top surface of each actuator is not so much to reduce the contact stress but to entire a centered load so that the PZT stack does not have a reaction moment.

From one of the photos in the 40m elog entry (specifically jack_screw.jpg), it appears that at least some isolators have the load off center. You should use this measurement of the load as an opportunity to re-center the loads on the Isolators.

In section 2.3.3, "Earthquake Restraints" restraints are suggested to prevent damage from earth tremors. Does the 40m Lab have EQ restraints? Yes, it has

Screw Jack Location

I could not tell where all of the screw jacks will be placed from the sketch included in the 40m elog entry which outlines the proposed procedure.

Load Cell Locations

The sketch indicates that the load cells will be placed on the center of the tops of the Isolators. This is good. However while discussing the procedure with Gautam he said that he was under the impression that the load cell woudl be placed next to the leveling jack, off-center. This condition may damage the PZT stack. I suggest that the leveling jack be removed and replaced (temporarily) with the load cell, plus any spacer required to make up the height difference. Yes

If you have any further question, just let me know.




Dennis Coyne
Chief Engineer, LIGO Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
MC 100-36, 1200 E. California Blvd.




  13840   Mon May 14 08:55:40 2018 Dennis CoyneHowToSEIpreparation of load cell measurement at ETMX

follow up email from Dennis 5-13-2018. The last line agrees with the numbers in elog13821.

Hi Steve & Gautam,

I've made some measurements of the spare (damaged) 40m bellows. Unfortunately neither of our coordinate measurement arms are currently set up (and I couldn't find an appropriate micrometer or caliper), so I could not (yet) directly measure the thickness. However from the other dimensional measurements, and a measurement of the axial stiffness (100 lb/in), and calculations (from the Standards of the Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association (EJMA), 6th ed., 1993) I infer a thickness of 0.010 inch in . This is close to a value of 0.012 in used by MDC Vacuum for bellows of about this size.

I calculate that the maximum allowable torsional rotation is 1.3 mrad. This corresponds to a differential height, across the 32 in span between support points, of 0.041 in.

In addition using the EJMA formulas I find that one can laterally displace the bellows by 0.50 inch (assuming a simultaneous axial displacement of 0.25 inch, but no torsion), but no more than ~200 times. I might be good to stay well below this limit, say no more than ~0.25 inch (6 mm).

If interested I've uploaded my calculations as a file associated with the bellows drawing at D990577-A/v1.

BTW in some notes that I was given (by either Larry Jones or Alan Weinstein) related to the 40m Stacis units, I see a sketch from Steve dated 3/2000 faxed to TMC which indicates 1200 lbs on each of two Stacis units and 2400 on the third Stacis.

  14049   Tue Jul 10 16:59:12 2018 Izabella PastranaHowToComputer Scripts / ProgramsTaking Remote TF Measurements with the Agilent 4395A

I copied the netgpibdata folder onto rossa (under the directory ~/Agilent/), which contains all the necessary scripts and templates you'll need to remotely set up, run, and download the results of measurements taken on the AG4395A network analyzer. The computer will communicate with the network analyzer through the GPIB device (plugged into the back of the Agilent, and whose communication protocol is found in the AG4395A.py file in the directory ~/Agilent/netgpibdata/).

The parameter template file you'll be concerned with is TFAG4395Atemplate.yml (again, under ~/Agilent/netgpibdata/), which you can edit to fit your measurement needs. (The parameters you can change are all helpfully commented, so it's pretty straightforward to use! Note: this template file should remain in the same directory as AGmeasure, which is the executable python script you'll be using). Then, to actually set up, run, and download your measurement, you'll want to navigate to the ~/Agilent/netgpibdata/ directory, where you can run on the command line the following: python AGmeasure TFAG4395Atemplate.yml

The above command will run the measurement defined in your template file and then save a .txt file of your measured data points to the directory specified in your parameters. If you set up the template file such that the data is also plotted and saved after the measurement, a .pdf of the plot will be saved along with your .txt file.

Now if you want to just download the data currently on the instrument display, you can run: python AGmeasure -i -a 10 --getdata

Those are the big points, but you can also run python AGmeasure --help to learn about all the other functions of AGmeasure (alternatively, you can read through the actual python script).

Happy remote measuring! :)





  14662   Tue Jun 11 00:00:15 2019 MilindHowToPSLSteps to lock the PMC

Today, Rana had me key the PSL crate.

  1. Locating the rack: the crate is 1X1. This link provides details of the locations and functions of the racks.
  2. Keying the crate: the key is located at the bottom of the rack (in this case). Keying it requires one to turn the key through 90 degrees (anti clockwise facing the rack) and back to to the original position.

Locking the PMC:

  1. Accessing the medm screen for the PMC: open a new terminal and use the command sitemap. This should open up the sitemap medm screen. Click on the PSL button and then select C1PSL_PMC from the dropdown that is produced. This opens up a medm screen similar to that in Attachment #1.
  2. The correct toggling: The keying of the crate sometimes scrambles the settings on the medm screen. Rana and I performed extensive toggling of the buttons and concluded that the combination in Attachment #1 ought to be the correct one.
  3. Locking the PMC: The state of the PMC was deduced by observing CH01 on monitor 7. When not locked, there is no observable bright spot. At this point the "Input Offset (V)" slider is set to zero and the "Servo Gain Adjust (dB)" slider is set to minimum. To obtain lock, complete step 2 and then move the "DC Output Adjust (V)"  slider (at the bottom left on the screen) around rapidly while looking for a bright spot. On observing such a spot on the monitor, release the slider and quickly increase the "Servo Gain Adjust (dB)" slider to around 15 dB. Higher gain values produce a bright spot on CH02 as well which vanishes (almost) on decreasing the gain to the aforementioned value.
Attachment 1: pmc_locked_settings.pdf
  14764   Tue Jul 16 15:17:57 2019 KojiHowToCDSFinal bit bug of the BIO CDS module

Yutaro talked about the BIO bug in KAGRA elog. http://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=9536

I think I made the similar change for the 40m model somewhere (don't remember), but be aware of the presense of this bug.

  14858   Thu Sep 5 18:42:19 2019 aaronHowToCDSWFS discussion, restarting CDS

[aaron, rana]

While going to take some transfer functions of the MC WFS loop, LSC was down. When we tried to restart the FE using 'rtcds restart --all', c1lsc crashed and froze. We manually reset c1lsc, then laboriously determined the correct order of machines to reboot. Here's what works best:

on c1lsc:

rtcds start c1x04 c1lsc c1ass c1oaf c1cal c1daf

Starting c1dnn crashes the other FE

on c1ioo

rtcds restart --all

on c1sus

rtcds restart c1rfm c1sus c1mcs

restarting c1pem crashes the other FE on c1sus

We're seeing a lot of red IPC indicators--perhaps it's an issue with the order we're restarting?

  14859   Thu Sep 5 20:30:43 2019 ranaHowToCDSWFS discussion, restarting CDS

via Polish chat, GV tells us to RTFE

  14860   Fri Sep 6 09:40:56 2019 aaronHowToCDSWFS discussion, restarting CDS

As suggested, I ran the script cds/rebootC1LSC.sh

I got a timeout error when the script tried closing the PSL shutter ('C1:AUX-PSL_ShutterRqst' not found), but Rana and I closed the shutter before leaving last night. c1sus is down, so the script found no route to host c1sus; I'm thinking I need to reset c1sus for the script to run completely. Nonetheless, c1lsc was rebooted, which crashed c1ioo and left the c1lsc FE all red (probably because c1sus wasn't restarted).


  14861   Fri Sep 6 11:56:44 2019 aaronHowToCDSWFS discussion, restarting CDS


I reset c1lsc, c1sus, and c1ioo.

I noticed that the script gives the command 'ssh c1XXX', but we have been getting no route to host using this command. Instead, the machines are currently only reachable as c1XXX.martian. I'm not sure why this is, so I just appended .martian in rebootC1LSC.sh

This time, the script does run. I did get 'no route to host' on c1ioo, so I think I need to reset that machine again. After reset, the script failed to login to c1ioo and c1lsc.

Fri Sep 6 13:09:05 2019

After lunch, I reset the computers again, and try the script again. There is again no route to host for c1ioo. I'm going inside to shutoff the power to c1ioo, since the reset buttom seems to not be working. I still can't login from nodus, so I'm bringing a keyboard and monitor over to plug in directly.

On reset, c1ioo repeatedly reaches the screen in attachment 1, before going black. Holding down shift or ctrl+alt+f1 doesn't get me a command prompt. After waiting/searching the elog for >>3 min, we decided to follow these instructions to cycle the power of c1ioo. The same problem recurred following power up. I found online some instructions that the SunSystems 4600 can hang during reboot if it has become too hot ("reboot during a thermal shutdown"); I did notice that the temperature light was on earlier in this procedure, so perhaps that is the problem. I followed the wiki instructions to shut down the computer again (pressed power button, unplugged 4 power supplies from back of machine), and left it unplugged for 10-30 min (Fri Sep 6 14:46:18 2019 ).

Fri Sep 6 15:03:31 2019

Rana plugged in the power supplies and reset the machine again.

Fri Sep 6 16:30:37 2019

c1ioo is still unreachable! I pressed reset once, and the reset button flashes white. The yellow warning light is still on.

Fri Sep 6 16:54:21 2019

The reset light has stopped flashing, but I still can't access c1ioo. I reset once more, this time watching c1ioo on a monitor directly. I'm still seeing the same boot screen repeatedly. I do see that CPU0 is not clocking, which seems weird.

Troubleshooting CPU module

Following gautam's elog here, I found the Sun Fire X4600 manual for locating faulty CPUs. After the white reset light stopped flashing, I held down the power button to turn off the system. Before shutdown, all of the CPU displayed amber lights; after shutdown, only the leftmost CPU (as viewed from the back, presumably CPU0) displays an amber light. The manual says this is evidence that the CPU or DIMM is faulty. Following the manual, I remove the standby power, then checked out these Instructions for replacing the CPU to remove the CPU; Gautam also has done this before.

Fri Sep 6 20:09:01 2019 Fri Sep 6 20:09:02 2019

I pulled the leftmost CPU module out, following the instructions above. The CPU module matches the physical layout and part number of the Sun Fire X4600 M2 8-DIMM CPU module; pressing the fault reminder light gives amber indicators at the DIMM ejectors, indicating faulty DIMMs (see). The other indicator LEDs did not illuminate.

I located several spare DIMMs in the digital cabinet along Y arm (and a couple with misc computer components in the control room), but didn't find the correct one for this CPU module. The DIMM is Sun PN 371-1764-01; I found it online and ordered eight. Please let me know if this is incorrect.

To protect the CPU module, I've put it in an ESD safe bag with some bubble wrap and a note. It's on the E shop bench.

Conclusion: Need new DIMM, didn't find the correct part but ordered it.

Attachment 1: B26CECF8-FC0D-4348-80DC-574B1E3A4514.jpeg
  14862   Fri Sep 6 15:12:49 2019 KojiHowToCDSWFS discussion, restarting CDS

Assuming you are at pianosa, /etc/resolv.conf is like

# Generated by NetworkManager

But this should be like


search martian

as indicated in https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/14767

I did this change for now. But this might get overridden by Network Manager.

  14865   Fri Sep 6 21:22:06 2019 KojiHowToCDSHow to save c1ioo

Q1 Can we run the machine with the reduced # of cores?

Q2 We might be able to order them quickly. What's the spec and configuration of the DIMMs (like DDR2-667MHz ECC 4GBx4, and even more specs (like Samsung 2GB DDR2 RAM PC2-6400 240-Pin DIMM M378T5663EH3) so that we are to identify the exact spec).

Q3 Can we scavenge the old OMC RT machine or even megatron to extract the memories?

  14866   Fri Sep 6 22:03:30 2019 aaronHowToCDSHow to save c1ioo

Saw these slightly delayed.

Q1: Not sure--is it a safe operation for me to remove the DIMM on CPU0, replace CPU0 (with no DIMM), and boot up to try this?

Q2: Specifically, it's this DIMM. The CPU core is compatible with DDR2, clock rate up to 333 MHz (DDR2-667) and 1, 2, or 4 GB of memory.

Q3: Hmm checking on that.
I see a message on megatron that it's currently running MC autolocker and the FSS slow servo, with nothing else listed. It's currently running 30-70% of its available memory on all 8 cores, so seems it's got some to spare. I need to relocate the old c1omc RT machine for myself, but becoming inefficient so I'm off.

Q1 Can we run the machine with the reduced # of cores?

Q2 We might be able to order them quickly. What's the spec and configuration of the DIMMs (like DDR2-667MHz ECC 4GBx4, and even more specs (like Samsung 2GB DDR2 RAM PC2-6400 240-Pin DIMM M378T5663EH3) so that we are to identify the exact spec).

Q3 Can we scavenge the old OMC RT machine or even megatron to extract the memories?

  14867   Mon Sep 9 11:36:48 2019 aaronHowToCDSHow to save c1ioo

One pair of DIMM cards from the Sunstone box had the same Sun part number as those in c1ioo, so I swapped them in and reinstalled c1ioo's CPU0. c1ioo now boots up an seems ready to go, I'm able to log on from nodus. I also reinstalled optimus' CPU0, and optimus boots up with no problems.

  • old C1OMC RT
  • Megatron
    • I also found that megatron will require a CPU filler board if we remove one of its DIMM (it cannot operate with empty CPU module slots)
  • optimus
    • Rana says I can also consider using two of optimus' DIMM cards. Optimus appears to not be running any scripts currently, and I don't find any recent elog entries or wiki pages mentioning optimus with critical use.
    • I shutdown optimus (from the command line Mon Sep 9 13:17:58 2019).

While opening up optimus, I noticed a box labelled 'SUNSTONE' sitting below the rack--it contains two CPU modules a similar type as in c1ioo! I'm going to try swapping in the DIMM cards from this SUNSTONE box; I didn't find any elogs about sunstone--where are these modules from?

I reset c1lsc and c1sus, then ran rebootC1LSC.sh as before. All models started by the script are running with minimal red lights; c1oaf, c1cal, c1dnn, c1daf, and c1omc are not started by the script. I manually started these in the order c1cal->c1oaf->c1daf->c1dnn. Starting c1dnn crashed the other FE on c1ioo, so I reset all three FE again, and ran the script again (this time, including the startup for c1cal, c1oaf, and c1daf, but excluding c1dnn).

Except for c1dnn and c1omc, all models are started. The status lights are attached.

Attachment 1: reboot.png
  14881   Mon Sep 16 12:00:16 2019 aaronHowToGeneralMoved some immovable optics

When I put away the lenses we had used for measuring the RF transfer functions of the QPD heads, I saw that I'd removed them from the cabinet containing green endtable optics, but hadn't noticed the sign forbidding their removal. I'll talk with Koji/Gautam about what happened and what should be done.

  14890   Tue Sep 17 14:43:59 2019 gautamHowToCDSFinal bit bug of the BIO CDS module

Came across this while looking up the BIO situation at 1Y2. For reference, the fix Koji mentions can be seen in the attached screenshot (one example, the other BIO cards also have a similar fix). The 16th bit of the BIO is grounded, and some bit-shifting magic is used to implement the desired output.


Yutaro talked about the BIO bug in KAGRA elog. http://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=9536

I think I made the similar change for the 40m model somewhere (don't remember), but be aware of the presense of this bug.

Attachment 1: Screen_Shot_2019-09-17_at_2.44.41_PM.png
  14900   Thu Sep 19 15:59:29 2019 aaronHowToCDSHow to save c1ioo

New DIMM cards have arrived. I stored them in the digital cabinet along y arm.

  15462   Thu Jul 9 16:02:33 2020 JonHowToCDSProcedure for setting up BHD front-ends

Here is the procedure for setting up the three new BHD front-ends (c1bhd, c1sus2, c1ioo - replacement). This plan is based on technical advice from Rolf Bork and Keith Thorne.

The overall topology for each machine is shown here. As all our existing front-ends use (obsolete) Dolphin PCIe Gen1 cards for IPC, we have elected to re-use Dolphin Gen1 cards removed from the sites. Different PCIe generations of Dolphin cards cannot be mixed, so the only alternative would be to upgrade every 40m machine. However the drivers for these Gen1 Dolphin cards were last updated in 2016. Consequently, they do not support the latest Linux kernel (4.x) which forces us to install a near-obsolete OS for compatibility (Debian 8).



  • OS: Debian 8.11 (Linux kernel 3.16)
  • IPC card driver: Dolphin DX 4.4.5 [works only with Linux kernel 2.6 to 3.x]
  • I/O card driver: None required, per the manual

Install Procedure

  1. Follow Keith Thorne's procedure for setting up Debian 8 front-ends
  2. Apply the real-time kernel patches developed for Debian 9, but modified for kernel 3.16 [these are UNTESTED against Debian 8; Keith thinks they may work, but they weren't discovered until after the Debian 9 upgrade]
  3. Install the PCIe expansion cards and Dolphin DX driver (driver installation procedure)
  15760   Tue Jan 12 08:21:47 2021 anchalHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

I used an Acromag XT1221 in CTN to play around with different wiring and see what works.  Following are my findings:

Referenced Single Ended Source (Attachment 1):

  • If the source signal is referenced single ended, i.e. the signal is only on the positive output and the negative side is tied to GND on the source side AND this GND is also shared by the power supply powering the Acromag, then no additional wiring is required.
  • The GND common to the power supply and the source is not required to be Earth GND but if done so, it should be at one point only.
  • RTN terminal on Acromag can be left floating or tied to IN- terminal.

Floating Single Ended Source (Attachment 2):

  • If the source signal is floating single-ended i.e. the signal is only on the positive output and the negative output is a floating GND on the source, the the IN- should be connected to RTN.
  • This is the case for handheld calibrators or battery powered devices.
  • Note that there is no need to connect GND of power supply to the floating GND on the source.

Differential Source (Attachment 3):

  • If the source is differential output i.e. the signal is on both the positive output and the negative output, then connect one of the RTN terminals on Acromag to Earth GND. It has to be Earth GND for this to work.
  • Note that you can no longer tie the IN- of different signals to RTN as they are all carrying different negative output from the source.
  • Earth GND at RTN gives acromag a stable voltage reference to measure against the signals coming in IN+ and IN-. And the most stable voltage reference is of course Earth GND.


  • We might have a mix of these three types of signals coming to a single Acromag box. In that case, we have to make sure we are not connecting the different IN- to each other (maybe through RTN) as the differential negative inputs carry signal, not a constant voltage value.
  • In this case, I think it would be fine to always use differential signal wiring diagram with the RTN  connected to Earth GND.
  • There's no difference in software configuration for the two types of inputs, differential or single-ended.
  • For cases in which we install the acromag box inside a rack mount chasis with an associated board (example: CTN/2248), it is ok and maybe the best to use the Attachment 1 wiring diagram.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Related elog posts:

40m/14841    40m/15134

Edit Tue Jan 26 12:44:19 2021 :

Note that the third wiring diagram mentioned actually does not work. It is an error in judgement. See 40m/15762 for seeing what happens during this.

Attachment 1: SingleEndedNonFloatingWiring.pdf
Attachment 2: SingleEndedFloatingWiring.pdf
Attachment 3: DifferentialSignalWiring.pdf
  15761   Tue Jan 12 11:42:38 2021 gautamHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

Thanks for the systematic effort.

  1. Can you please post some time domain plots (ndscope perferably or StripTool) to clearly show the different failure modes?
  2. The majority of our AI channels are "Referenced Single Ended Source" in your terminology. At least on the c1psl Acromag crate, there are no channels that are truly differential drive (case #3 in your terminology). I think the point is that we saw noisy inputs when the IN- wasn't connected to RTN. e.g. the thorlabs photodiode has a BNC output with the shield connected to GND and the central conductor carrying a signal, and that channel was noisy when the RTN was unconnected. Is that consistent with your findings?
  3. What is the prescription when we have multiple power supplies (mixture of Sorensens in multiple racks, Thorlabs photodiodes and other devices powered by an AC/DC converter) involved?
  4. I'm still not entirely convinced of what the solution is, or that this is the whole picture. On 8 Jan, I disconnected (and then re-connected) the FSS RMTEMP sensor from the Acromag box, to check if the sensor output was noisy or if it was the Acromag. The problem surfaced on Dec 15, when I installed some new electronics in the rack (though none of them were connected to the Acromag directly, the only common point was the Sorensen DCPS. And between 8 Jan and today, the noise RMS has decreased back to the nominal level, without me doing anything to the grounding. How to reconcile this?
  15762   Wed Jan 13 16:09:29 2021 AnchalHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

I'm working on a better wiring diagram that takes into account multiple power supplies, how their GND is passed forward to the circuits or sensors using those power supplies and what possible wiring configurations on Acromag would give low noise. I think I have two configurations in mind which I will test and update here with data and better diagrams.

I took some striptool images earlier yesterday. So I'm dumping them here for further comments or inferences.

Attachment 1: SimpleTestsStriptoolImages.pdf
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  15778   Tue Jan 26 12:59:51 2021 AnchalHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

Taking inspiration from SR785 on how it reads differential signal, I figured that acromag too always need a way to return current through RTN ports always. That must be the reason why everything goes haywire when RTN is not connected to IN-. Now for single ended signals, we can always short RTN to IN- and keep same GND but then we need to be careful in avoiding ground loops. I'm gonna post a wiring diagram in next post to show how if two signal sources connect to each other separately, a GND loop can be formed if we tie each IN- port to RTN on an acromag.
Coming to the issue of reading a differential signal, what SR785 does is that it connects 50 Ohm resistance between Earth GND and differential signal shields (which are supposed to signal GND). In a floating GND setting, SR785 connects a 1 MOhm resistor between input shield and Earth GND. This can be used to read a differential signal through a single BNC cable since the shiled can take arbitrary voltages thanks ti the 1 MOhm resistor.

We can do the same in acromag. Instead of shorting RTN to IN- ports, we can connect them through a large resistor which would let IN- float but will give a path for current to return through RTN ports. Attached here are few scenarios where I connected IN- to RTN throguh wire, 820 Ohms, 10kOhms and 1MOhms in two sub cases where RTN was left open or was shorted to Earth GND. In all cases, the signal was produced by a 9V battery outputing roughly 8.16V. It seems that 10kOhm resistor between RTN and IN- with RTN connected to Earth GND is the best scenario noise wise. I'll post more results and a wiring diagram soon.

Attachment 1: TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf
TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf TestingDifferentialSignalWithFloatingRTNwrtIN-.pdf
  15779   Tue Jan 26 15:37:25 2021 AnchalHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

Here I present few wiring diagrams when using Acromag to avoid noisy behavior and ground loops.

Case 1: Only single-ended sources

  • Attachment 1 gives a functioning wiring diagram when all sources are single ended.
  • One should always short the RTN to IN- pin if the particular GND carried by that signal has not been shorted before to RTN for some other signal.
  • So care is required to mark different GNDs of different powersupply separately and follow where they inadvertently get shorted, for example when a photodiode output is connected to FSS Box.
  • Acromag should serve as the node of all GNDs concerned and all these grounds must not be connected to Earth GND at power supply ends or in any of the signal sources.
  • I think this is a bit complicated thing to do.

Case 2: Some single and some differential sources

  • Connect all single ended sources same as above keeping care of not building any ground loops.
  • The differential source can be connected to IN+ and IN- pins, but there should be a high resistance path between IN- and RTN. See Attachment 2.
  • Why this is the case, I'm not sure since I could not get access to internal wiring of Acromag (no response from them). But I have empirically found this.
  • This helps IN- to float with respect to RTN according to the negative signal value. I've found that 10kOhm resistance works good. See 40m/15778.
  • If RTN is shorted to nearby Earth GND (assuming none of the other power supply GNDs have been shorted to Earth GND) shows a reduction in noise for differential input. So this is recommended.
  • This wiring diagram carries all complexity of previous case along with the fact that RTN and anything connected to it is at Earth GND now.

Case 3: Signal agnostic wiring

  • Attachment 3 gives a wiring diagram which mimics the high resistance shorting of RTN to IN- in all ports regardless of the kind of signal it is used for reading.
  • In this case, instead of being the node of the star configuration for GND, acromag gets detached from any ground loops.
  • All differences in various GNDs would be kept by the power supplies driving small amounts of current through the 10 kOhm resistors.
  • This is a much simpler wiring diagram as it avoids shorting various signal sources or their GNDs with each other, avoiding some of the ground loops.

Edit Wed Jan 27 13:38:19 2021 :

This solution is not acceptable as well. Even if it is successfull in reading the value, connecting resistor between IN- and RTN will not break the ground loops and the issue of ground loops will persist. Further, IN- connection to RTN breaks the symmetry between IN-  and IN+, and hence reduces the common mode rejection which is the intended purpose of differential signal anyways. I'll work more on this to find a way to read differential signals without connecitng IN- and RTN. My first guess is that it would need the GND on the source end to be connected to EarthGND and RTN on acromag end to be connected to EarthGND as well.


Attachment 1: GeneralLabWiring.pdf
Attachment 2: GeneralLabWiring2.pdf
Attachment 3: GeneralLabWiring3.pdf
  15785   Fri Jan 29 17:57:17 2021 AnchalHowToCDSAcromag wiring investigation

I found a white paper  from Acromag which discusses how to read differential signal using Acromag units. The document categorically says that differential signals are always supposed to be transmitted in three wires. I provides the two options of either using the RTN to connect to the signal ground (as done in Attachment 3) or locally place 10k-100k resistors between return and IN+ and IN- both (Attachment 2).

I have provided possible scenarios for these.

Using two wires to carry differential signal (Attachment 1):

  • I assume this is our preferential way to connect.
  • We can also assume all single-ended inputs as differential and do a signal condition agnostic wiring.
  • Attachment 3 show what were the results for different values of resistors when a 2Hz 0.5V amplitude signal from SR785 which as converted to differential signal using D1900068 was measured by acromag.
  • The connection to RTN is symmetrical for both inputs.

Using three wires to carry differential signal (Attachment 2):

  • This is recommended method by the document in which it asks to carry the GND from signal source and connect it to RTN.
  • If we use this, we'll have to be very cautious on what GND has been shorted through the acromag RTN terminals.
  • This would probably create a lot of opportunities for ground loops to form.

Using an acromag card without making any connection with RTN is basically not allowed as per this document.

Attachment 1: GeneralLabWiringDiffWith2Wires.pdf
Attachment 2: GeneralLabWiringDiffWith3Wires.pdf
Attachment 3: DiffReadResistorbtwnINandRTN.pdf
DiffReadResistorbtwnINandRTN.pdf DiffReadResistorbtwnINandRTN.pdf DiffReadResistorbtwnINandRTN.pdf
  15857   Wed Mar 3 12:00:58 2021 Paco, AnchalHowToIMCMC_F ASD

[Paco, Anchal]

- Saved BURT backup in /users/anchal/BURTsnaps/
- Copied existing code for mode cleaner noise budget from /users/rana/mat/mc. Will work on this from home to convert it inot new pynb way.

Get baseline IMC measurements (passive):
- MC_F:
  - What is MC_F? Let's find out.
  - On MC_F Cal window titled 'C1IOO-MC_FREQ', we turned off ON/OFF and back on again.
  - Using diaggui, we measured ASD of MC_F channel in units of counts/rtHz.

[Rana, Paco]

- Using diaggui, measured ASD from a template (under /users/Templates) and overlay the 1/f noise of the NPRO (Attachment 1)

[Anchal, Paco]

- WFS Master
  - Went through the schematic and tried to understand what is happening.
  - Accidentally switched on MC WF relief (python 3). Bunch of things were displayed on a terminal for a while and then we Ctrl-C it.
  - The only thing we noticed that change is a slight increase in WFS1 Yaw, and a corresponding decrease in WFS1 Pitch, WFS2 Pitch, and WFS2 Yaw.
  - We need to find out what this script does.

Future work:

  • Create an automated script for taking MC_F_DQ spectrum and refer it against reference trace.
  • Use pynb to create a noise budget for mode cleaner.
  • Identify excess noise between 10-40 Hz.
  • Configure output matrix in WFS Master to reduce the noise. Automate this process as well.
Attachment 1: 20210303_MC_F_Spectrum.pdf
Attachment 2: 20210303_MC_F_Spectrum.tar.gz
  16085   Mon Apr 26 18:52:52 2021 Anchal, PacoHowToComputer Scripts / Programsawg free slot

Today we had some trouble launching an excitation on C1:IOO-MC_LSC_EXC from awggui. The error read:

awgSetChannel: failed getIndexAWG C1:SUS-MC2_LSC_EXC ret=-3

What solved this was the following :

  1. launch the dtt command line interface
  2. Anchal remembers a slot number 37008
  3. We issue >> awg free 37008
  4. Slot freed, launch a new instance of awggui
  16441   Sun Oct 31 14:21:31 2021 ranaHowToTreasureIFOCad

IFOcad model/video of the AEI 10m interferometer:


  16467   Tue Nov 16 11:37:26 2021 HangHowToSUSFitting suspension model--large systematic errors

One goal of our sysID study is to improve the aLIGO L2A feedforward. Our algorithm currently improves only the statistical uncertainty and assumes the systematic errors are negligible. However, I am currently baffled by how to fit a (nearly) realistic suspension model...

My test study uses the damped aLIGO QUAD suspension model. From the Matlab model I extract the L2 drive in [N] to L3 pitch in [rad] transfer function (given by a SS model with the A matrix having a shape of 103x103). I then tried to use VectFIT to fit the noiseless TF. After removing nearby z-p pairs (defined by less than 0.2 times the lowest pole frequency) and high-frequency zeros, I got a model with 6 complex pole pairs and 4 complex zero pairs (21 free parameters in total). I also tried to fit the TF (again, noiseless) with an MCMC algorithm assuming the underlying model has the same number of parameters as the VectFIT results. 

Please see the first attached plots for a comparison between the fitted models and the true one. In the second plot, we show the fractional residual

    | TF_true - TF_fit | / | TF_true |,

and the inverse of this number gives the saturating SNR at each frequency. I.e., when the statistical SNR is more than the saturating value, we are then limited by systematic errors in the fitting. And so far, disappointingly I can only get an SNR of 10ish for the main resonances...

I wonder if people know better ways to reduce this fitting systematic... Help is greatly appreciated!

Attachment 1: L2L_L3P_fit.pdf
Attachment 2: L2L_L3P_residual.pdf
  16486   Mon Nov 29 15:24:53 2021 HangHowToGeneralFisher matrix vs length of each FFT segment

We have been discussing how does the parameter estimation depends on the length per FFT segment. In other words, after we collected a series of data, would it be better for us to divide it into many segments so that we have many averages, or should we use long FFT segments so that we have more frequency bins?

My conclusions are that:

1). We need to make sure that the segment length is long enough with T_seg > min[ Q_i / f_i ], where f_i is the resonant frequency of the i'th resonant peak and the Q_i its quality factor. 

2). Once 1) is satisfied, the result depends weakly on the FFT length. There might be a weak hint preferring a longer segment length (i.e., want more freq bins than more averages) though. 


To reach the conclusion, I performed the following numerical experiment.

I considered a simple pendulum with resonant frequency f_1 = 0.993 Hz and Q_1 = 6.23. The value of f_1 is chosen such that it is not too special to fall into a single freq bin. Additionally, I set an overall gain of k=20. I generated T_tot = 512 s of data in the time domain and then did the standard frequency domain TF estimation. I.e., I computed the CSD between excitation and response (with noise) over the PSD of the excitation. The spectra of excitation and noise in the readout channel are shown in the first plot. 

In the second plot, I showed the 1-sigma errors from the Fisher matrix calculation of the three parameters in this problem, as well as the determinant of the error matrix \Sigma = inv(Fisher matrix). All quantities are plotted as functions of the duration per FFT segment T_seg. The red dotted line is [Q_1/f_1], i.e., the time required to resolve the resonant peak. As one would expect, if T_seg <~ (Q_1/f_1), we cannot resolve the dynamics of the system and therefore we get nonsense PE results. However, once T_seg > (Q_1/f_1), the PE results seem to be just fluctuating (as f_1 does not fall exactly into a single bin). Maybe there is a small hint that longer T_seg is better. Potentially, this might be due to that we lose less information due to windowing? To be investigated further... 

I also showed the Fisher estimation vs. MCMC results in the last two plots. Here each dot is an MCMC posterior. The red crosses are the true values, and the purple contours are the results of the Fisher calculations (3-sigma contours). The MCMC results showed similar trends as the Fisher predictions and the results for T_seg = (32, 64, 128) s all have similar amounts of scattering << the scattering of the T_seg=8 s results. Though somehow it showed a biased result. In the third plot, I manually corrected the mean so that we could just compare the scattering. The fourth plot showed the original posterior distribution. 


Attachment 1: setup.pdf
Attachment 2: Fisher_vs_Tperseg.pdf
Attachment 3: fisher_vs_mcmc_offset_removed.png
Attachment 4: fisher_vs_mcmc.png
  131   Wed Nov 28 16:18:15 2007 AlbertoMetaphysicsEnvironmentso clean you can eat on it
I tidied up the desks in the lab, brought the Spectrum Analyzers back to the Salumeria (you don't want to know about that), sorted a lot of stuff and boxed up what I didn't know (you can find it in a couple of carton boxes on the table).
The blackmail with the pie might not work next time.
Please, preserve the common sort.

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  180   Fri Dec 7 14:14:48 2007 robMetaphysicsComputer Scripts / Programstdsread problems on Solaris

tdsread has developed a strange new illness, whereby it cannot read EPICS values from two subsystems at once (e.g., getting an LSC and SUS value simultaneously). I thought this might have something to with the fact that both losepics and iscepics are running on the same box,
but the same thing happens with IOO EPICS records, so that's not the culprit.

This is new behaviour, and it's only happening on the solaris machines. I suspect some ENV/cshrc juju has caused it, as the tdsread executable is the same one from April, and I don't think our EPICS infrastructure has changed otherwise. In the near term we can either try running the scripts on linux, or modify the IFO scripts to not do these types of calls.
  277   Sun Jan 27 13:13:21 2008 tobinMetaphysicsGeneraldeparture
It's been grand. Thanks for having me!


Sugar napoleons may be forwarded to T. F., c/o LLO, P.O. Box 940, Livingston, LA 70754-0940.
  374   Thu Mar 13 03:07:19 2008 LisaMetaphysicsEnvironmentCoolness at the 40m
My first (and hopefully not last) week at the 40m lab is ending Frown
I found this lab really cool, the people working here really cool as well, and this e-log....
this e-log is not just cool, it is FANTASTIC!!!

  438   Tue Apr 22 22:19:02 2008 robMetaphysicslorejiggling sliders

In the interests of tacit communication of scientific knowledge, I here reveal a nugget of knowledge which may or may not prove useful to new LIGOites: sometimes when front-end machines are rebooted, the hardware they control can wind up in a state which is not accurately represented by the EPICS values you may see. This can be easily rectified by momentarily changing the EPICS settings in question. For reference, this came up tonight in the context of the whitening gain sliders for the TransMon QPDs.
  652   Wed Jul 9 15:04:22 2008 steveMetaphysicsPhotosSURFs helping hands
Surf students are helping out with baffle cleaning.
Attachment 1: surfjob.png
  657   Thu Jul 10 23:27:57 2008 JohnMetaphysicsCamerasSecret handshakes
Rob and I have joined the ranks of the illuminati and exercised our power.

Osamu showed me the secret way to change the video labels for the quads and
so we fixed them. He made me swear not to divulge this art.

- Rana Adhikari
  658   Fri Jul 11 00:30:24 2008 robMetaphysicsComputersstrange SUS controllers

rob, johnnieM

We were hampered early tonight by the fact that someone sneakily turned off the HP RF Ampflier on the AS table.

After that, we were hampered further by mode cleaner strangeness. It would occasionally spontaneously unlock & blow its watchdogs. It never made it through the ontoMCL script (putting DC-CARM onto the MCL). After some investigation, we found that c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 were running stochastically late (SYNC_FE != 0), even though their computation times never got above 61. Also, the end SUS controllers were never late.


After rebooting the vertex SUS controllers and the c1lsc, things appear to be working again.
  716   Tue Jul 22 16:50:09 2008 steveMetaphysicsEnvironmentprofessorial clean up of work bench
Atm1: is showing the spiritual satisfaction after work bench clean up by the professor himself.

Atm2: some items are still waiting to be placed back to their location
Attachment 1: ranaclup.png
Attachment 2: cleanup2.png
  1025   Fri Oct 3 19:38:02 2008 robMetaphysicsEnvironmentThe Gatekeeper

Found this lady outside the door of the 40m lab a few nights ago.
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  1026   Sat Oct 4 07:23:42 2008 KojiMetaphysicsEnvironmentThe Gatekeeper
Hi, this is Koji from Japan.

I am afraid that this is a poisonous spider, Latrodectus hasseltii.
In Japanese word "Seaka-goke-gumo" (red-backed widow spider)

I am not an expert of insects, but this type of spider is getting famous in Japan as they were accidentally imported from South-West asia and Austraria to Japan in recent years, and they settled in certain city areas.

It is said that its neurotoxic venom causes unpleasant results such as shock, pain, and inflammation, even it is not too strong to kill human.

Be careful.


Found this lady outside the door of the 40m lab a few nights ago.
  1076   Thu Oct 23 18:51:19 2008 AlbertoMetaphysicsComputerseLog
I checked it and the latest version of the elog software, the 2.7.5 (we have the 2.6.5) has, among new nice features, the very good ability to fit the entries into the screen width without showing kilometric lines like we see now. Should we upgrade it?
  2228   Tue Nov 10 17:49:20 2009 AlbertoMetaphysicsComputersTest Point Number Mapping

I found this interesting entry by Rana in the old (deprecated) elog : here

I wonder if Rolf has ever written the mentioned GUI that explained the rationale behind the test point number mapping.

I'm just trying to add the StochMon calibrated channels to the frames. Now I remember why I kept forgetting of doing it...

  2439   Mon Dec 21 08:16:54 2009 steveMetaphysicsPEMjackhammering next door

At ITMX, on the CES side, 5 Ft  from the wall the jackhammer is on. The susses are holding well.

  2489   Fri Jan 8 18:20:12 2010 steveMetaphysicsTreasureRob now can concentrate on his thesis

We are celebrating Rob's promotion to thesis poetry.  These pictures were taken on December 9, 2009

Rob has finished all his measurements in the lab and is officially well prepared to graduate.

rob1.JPGrob2.JPG rob3.JPG


  2667   Thu Mar 11 15:24:51 2010 steveMetaphysicsEnvironmentIFO was well protected


There is a planned power outage tomorrow, Saturday from 7am till midnight.

I vented all annulies and switched to ALL OFF configuration. The small region of the RGA is still under vacuum.

The vac-rack: gauges, c1vac1 and UPS turned off.

 It turns out that we perfecly timed the big one

In the process of finding the signal of the big chilean earthquake I just realized that we were all off

  2763   Sun Apr 4 17:32:07 2010 AlbertoMetaphysicsGeneralnew y-arm?


There's several more of the this vintage in one of the last cabinets down the new Y-arm.

 Hold on, did the arms get re-baptized?

  3592   Tue Sep 21 15:33:02 2010 steveMetaphysicsTreasureWagonga alart

John Miller has arrived from Australia with 3 bags of  Wagonga Coffee. Trade bargaining has started on

250 mgs of Sumatran Mandehling, Timur and Papua New Guine.

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  3751   Thu Oct 21 10:44:56 2010 steveMetaphysicsTreasure1987 supernova tapes plus....?

I'm cleaning out to make room for our new optical cabinet. Are we keeping these? There are  ~20  pieces of 10" od 1" wide tapes and large number of cassettes.

AJW,  Zucker,  Stuart A and Koji were notified in this matter.

Alan suggested to save data of Bruce Allen paper of observation of binary neutron stars in the 40m on 1994 November 14-20 and save back up tapes of his period in the 40m.

Mike: reels are not readable any more, it is time to let go

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  4257   Mon Feb 7 19:21:32 2011 Beard PapaMetaphysicsPhotosThe Adventures of Dr Stochino and Beard Papa

  4653   Fri May 6 15:42:55 2011 valeraMetaphysicsIOOInput mode cleaner length and 11 MHz modulation frequency

 After Kiwamu set the REFL11 phases in the PRMI configuration (maximized PRM->REFL11I reesponse) I tried to measure the MC length and the 11 MHz frequency missmatch by modulating the 11 MHz frequency and measuring the PM to AM conversion after the MC using the REFL11Q signal. The modulation appears in the REFL11Q with a good snr but the amplitude does not seem to go through a clear minimum as the 11 MHz goes through the MC resonance.

We could not relock the PRMI during the day so I resorted to a weaker method - measuring the amplitude of the 11 MHz sideband in the MC reflection (RF PD mon output on the demod board) with a RF spectrum analyzer. The minimum frequency on the IFR is 11.065650 MHz while the nominal setting was 11.065000 MHz. The sensitivity of this method is about 50 Hz.

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