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  16302   Thu Aug 26 10:30:14 2021 JamieConfigurationCDSfront end time synchronization fixed?

I've been looking at why the front end NTP time synchronization did not seem to be working.  I think it might not have been working because the NTP server the front ends were point to, fb1, was not actually responding to synchronization requests.

I cleaned up some things on fb1 and the front ends, which I think unstuck things.

On fb1:

  • stopped/disabled the default client (systemd-timesyncd), and properly installed the full NTP server (ntp)
  • the ntp server package for debian jessie is old-style sysVinit, not systemd.  In order to make it more integrated I copied the auto-generated service file to /etc/systemd/system/ntp.service, and added and "[install]" section that specifies that it should be available during the default "multi-user.target".
  • "enabled" the new service to auto-start at boot ("sudo systemctl enable ntp.service") 
  • made sure ntp was configured to serve the front end network ('broadcast') and then restarted the server ("sudo systemctl restart ntp.service")

For the front ends:

  • on fb1 I chroot'd into the front-end diskless root (/diskless/root) and manually specifed that systemd-timesyncd should start on boot by creating a symlink to the timesyncd service in the multi-user.target directory:
$ sudo chroot /diskless/root
$ cd /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants
$ ln -s /lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service
  • on the front end itself (c1iscex as a test) I did a "systemctl daemon-reload" to force it to reload the systemd config, and then restarted the client ("systemctl restart systemd-timesyncd")
  • checked the NTP synchronization with timedatectl:
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ timedatectl 
      Local time: Thu 2021-08-26 11:35:10 PDT
  Universal time: Thu 2021-08-26 18:35:10 UTC
        RTC time: Thu 2021-08-26 18:35:10
       Time zone: America/Los_Angeles (PDT, -0700)
     NTP enabled: yes
NTP synchronized: yes
 RTC in local TZ: no
      DST active: yes
 Last DST change: DST began at
                  Sun 2021-03-14 01:59:59 PST
                  Sun 2021-03-14 03:00:00 PDT
 Next DST change: DST ends (the clock jumps one hour backwards) at
                  Sun 2021-11-07 01:59:59 PDT
                  Sun 2021-11-07 01:00:00 PST
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ 

Note that it is now reporting "NTP enabled: yes" (the service is enabled to start at boot) and "NTP synchronized: yes" (synchronization is happening), neither of which it was reporting previously.  I also note that the systemd-timesyncd client service is now loaded and enabled, is no longer reporting that it is in an "Idle" state and is in fact reporting that it synchronized to the proper server, and it is logging updates:

controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ sudo systemctl status systemd-timesyncd
â— systemd-timesyncd.service - Network Time Synchronization
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/systemd-timesyncd.service; enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2021-08-26 10:20:11 PDT; 1h 22min ago
     Docs: man:systemd-timesyncd.service(8)
 Main PID: 2918 (systemd-timesyn)
   Status: "Using Time Server (ntpserver)."
   CGroup: /system.slice/systemd-timesyncd.service
           â””─2918 /lib/systemd/systemd-timesyncd

Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd[1]: Started Network Time Synchronization.
Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: Using NTP server (ntpserver).
Aug 26 10:20:11 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 64s/+0.000s/0.000s/0.000s/+26ppm
Aug 26 10:21:15 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 128s/-0.000s/0.000s/0.000s/+25ppm
Aug 26 10:23:23 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 256s/+0.001s/0.000s/0.000s/+26ppm
Aug 26 10:27:40 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 512s/+0.003s/0.000s/0.001s/+29ppm
Aug 26 10:36:12 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 1024s/+0.008s/0.000s/0.003s/+33ppm
Aug 26 10:53:16 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 2048s/-0.026s/0.000s/0.010s/+27ppm
Aug 26 11:27:24 c1iscex systemd-timesyncd[2918]: interval/delta/delay/jitter/drift 2048s/+0.009s/0.000s/0.011s/+29ppm
controls@c1iscex:~ 0$ 

So I think this means everything is working.

I then went ahead and reloaded and restarted the timesyncd services on the rest of the front ends.

We still need to confirm that everything comes up properly the next time we have an opportunity to reboot fb1 and the front ends (or the opportunity is forced upon us).

There was speculation that the NTP clients on the front ends (systemd-timesyncd) would not work on a read-only filesystem, but this doesn't seem to be true.  You can't trust everything you read on the internet.

  17109   Sun Aug 28 23:14:22 2022 JamieUpdateComputersrack reshuffle proposal for CDS upgrade

@tega This looks great, thank you for putting this together.  The rack drawing in particular is great.  Two notes:

  1. In "1X6 - proposed" I would move the "PEM AA + ADC Adapter" down lower in the rack, maybe where "Old FB + JetStor" are, after removing those units since they're no longer needed.  That would keep all the timing stuff together at the top without any other random stuff in between them.  If we can't yet remove Old FB and the JetStor then I would move the VME GPS/Timing chassis up a couple units to make room for the PEM module between the VME chassis and FB1.
  2. We'll eventually want to move FB1 and Megatron into 1X7, since it seems like there will be room there.  That will put all the computers into one rack, which will be very nice.  FB1 should also be on the KVM switch as well.

I think most of this work can be done with very little downtime.

  7173   Tue Aug 14 11:33:14 2012 Jamie Alex DenUpdateCDSAI and AA filters

When signals are transmitted between the models running at different rates, no AI or AA filters are automatically applied. We need to fix our models.


  10188   Fri Jul 11 22:02:52 2014 Jamie, ChrisOmnistructureCDScdsutils: multifarious upgrades

To make the latest cdsutils available in the control room, we've done the following:

Upgrade pianosa to Ubuntu 12 (cdsutils depends on python2.7, not found in the previous release)

  • Enable distribution upgrades in the Ubuntu Software Center prefs
  • Check for updates in the Update Manager and click the big "Upgrade" button

Note that rossa remains on Ubuntu 10 for now.

Upgrade cdsutils to r260

  • Instructions here
  • cdsutils-238 was left as the default pointed to by the cdsutils symlink, for rossa's sake

Built and installed the nds2-client (a cdsutils dependency)

  • Checked out the source tree from svn into /ligo/svncommon/nds2
  • Built tags/nds2_client_0_10_5 (install instructions are here; build dependencies were installed by apt-get on chiara)
  • ./configure --prefix=/ligo/apps/ubuntu12/nds2-client-0.10.5; make; make install
  • In /ligo/apps/ubuntu12: ln -s nds2-client-0.10.5 nds2-client

nds2-client was apparently installed locally as a deb in the past, but the version in lscsoft seems broken currently (unknown symbols?). We should revisit this.

Built and installed pyepics (a cdsutils dependency)

  • Download link to ~/src on chiara
  • python setup.py build; python setup.py install --prefix=/ligo/apps/ubuntu12/pyepics-3.2.3
  • In /ligo/apps/ubuntu12: ln -s pyepics-3.2.3 pyepics

pyepics was also installed as deb before; should revisit when Jamie gets back.

Added the gqrx ppa and installed gnuradio (dependency of the waterfall plotter)

Added a test in /ligo/apps/ligoapps-user-env.sh to load the new cdsutils only on Ubuntu 12.

The end result:

controls@chiara|~ > z
usage: cdsutils  

Advanced LIGO Control Room Utilites

Available commands:

  read         read EPICS channel value
  write        write EPICS channel value
  switch       switch buttons in standard LIGO filter module
  avg          average one or more NDS channels for a specified amount of seconds
  servo        servos channel with a simple integrator (pole at zero)
  trigservo    servos channel with a simple integrator (pole at zero)
  audio        Play channel as audio stream.
  dv           Plot time series of channels from NDS.
  water        Live waterfall plotter for LIGO data

  version      print version info and exit
  help         this help

Add '-h' after individual commands for command help.
  13207   Mon Aug 14 20:12:09 2017 Jamie, GautumUpdateCDSWeird problem with GPS receiver

Today we saw a weird issue with the GPS receiver (EndRun Technologies Tempus LX).  GPS timing on fb1 (which is handled via IRIG-B connection to the receiver with a spectracom card) was off by +18 seconds.  We tried resetting the GPS receiver and it still came up with +18 second offset.  To be clear, the GPS receiver unit itself was showing a time on it's front panel that looked close enough to 24-hour UTC, but was off by +18s.  The time also said "GPS" vertically to the right of the time.

We started exploring the settings on the GPS receiver and found this menu item:

Clock -> "Time Mode" -> "UTC"/"GPS"/"Local"

The setting when we found it was "GPS", which seems logical enough.  However, when we switched it to "UTC" the time as shown on the front panel was correct, now with "UTC" vertically to the right of the time, and fb1 was then showing the correct GPS time.

From the manual:

Time Mode
Time mode defines the time format used for the front-panel time display and, if installed, the optional
time code or Serial Time output. The time mode does not affect the NTP output, which is always
UTC. Possible values for the time mode are GPS, UTC, and local time. GPS time is derived from
the GPS satellite system. UTC is GPS time minus the current leap second correction. Local time is
UTC plus local offset and Daylight Savings Time. The local offset and daylight savings time displays
are described below.

The fact that moving to "UTC" fixed the problem, even though that is supposed to remove the leap second correction, might indicate that there's another bug in the symmetricom driver...

  13211   Tue Aug 15 16:32:42 2017 Jamie, GautumUpdateCDSGPS receiver apparently set to correct mode as "UTC"

The setting when we found it was "GPS", which seems logical enough.  However, when we switched it to "UTC" the time as shown on the front panel was correct, now with "UTC" vertically to the right of the time, and fb1 was then showing the correct GPS time.

From Keith Thorne:

In the GPS receiver, you are trying to match the IRIG-B output format that is created by the aLIGO IRIG-B Fanout.  Since we have to prep the aLIGO IRIG-B Fanout every time there is a leap second coming, I would suspect that we are sending UTC to the IRIG-B receivers.  Thus, the GPS receiver needs to be set to that mode.

Soooo, "UTC" is the correct mode for the GPS receiver.

  4993   Tue Jul 19 23:39:11 2011 Jamie, JenneUpdateLSCMajor overhaul of LSC rack; binary switching of whitening filters now working

Yesterday we started going through the LSC binary whitening switching to make sure the new switching control in the LSC model was working.  Jenne and I hooked up a fancy home-brew white noise generator [0] into all of the LSC whitening filter inputs and started switching the whitening filters to see what would happen.  We found that some of the channels were switching, but the majority were not, or worse yet switching the wrong channels.  Upon closer inspection, and after finally finding the LSC wiring schematic, we found that the LSC rack cross-connect/back-plane cabling was pretty much a complete mess, and didn't at all correspond to the channel layout in Suresh's diagram.

Given that the back-plane wiring had to be almost completely redone, we decided to completely redo the LSC electronics layout, to be a little more self-consistent and to use the given space more efficiently.  We'll post an updated electronics drawing soon.  The LSC model was also updated to reflect the new layout.

We then went through and verified that all of the whitening switching was working with the new layout.  As described previously, the first filter in the PD input filter bank is used to control the switching.  We did indeed verify that all the switching is working, but we noticed that switching logic was inverted, such that the whitening filter engaged when the filter was turned off.  This was fixed in the model and all the switching logic was verified to be working as expected.

Everything has now been hooked back up, but we need to verify that we're getting all of the PD demodulated RF and DC outputs as expected.  We need to check the RF phases, as some of the RF cable lengths have changed.

[0] a 50k resistor



  4790   Mon Jun 6 18:29:01 2011 Jamie, JoeUpdateCDSCOMPLETE FRONT-END REBUILD (WITH PROBLEMS (fixed))

Today Joe and I undertook a FULL rebuild of all front end systems with the head of the 2.1 branch of the RCG.  Here is the full report of what we did:

  1. checked out advLigoRTS/branches/branch-2.1, r2457 into core/branches/branch-2.1
  2. linked core/release to branches/branch-2.1
  3. linked in models to core/release/src/epics/simLink using Joe's new script (userapps/release/cds/c1/scripts/link_userapps)
  4. remove unused/non-up-to-date models:
  5. c1dafi.md
  6. modified core/release/Makefile so that it can find models:
  7. --- Makefile	(revision 2451)
    +++ Makefile (working copy)
    @@ -346,7 +346,7 @@
    #MDL_MODELS = x1cdst1 x1isiham x1isiitmx x1iss x1lsc x1omc1 x1psl x1susetmx x1susetmy x1susitmx x1susitmy x1susquad1 x1susquad2 x1susquad3 x1susquad4 x1x12 x1x13 x1x14 x1x15 x1x16 x1x20 x1x21 x1x22 x1x23

    #MDL_MODELS = $(wildcard src/epics/simLink/l1*.mdl)
    -MDL_MODELS = $(shell cd src/epics/simLink; ls m1*.mdl | sed 's/.mdl//')
    +MDL_MODELS = $(shell cd src/epics/simLink; ls c1*.mdl | sed 's/.mdl//')

    World: $(MDL_MODELS)
  8. removed channel files for models that we know will be renumbered
    • For this rebuild, we are also building modified sus models, that are now using libraries, so the channel numbering is changing.
  9. make World
    • this makes all the models
  10. make installWorld
    • this installs all the models
  11. Run activateDQ.py script to activate all the relevant channels
    • this script was modified to handle the new "_DQ" channels
  12. make/install new awgtpman:
  13. cd src/gds
    cp awgtpman /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/gds/bin
  14. turn off all watchdogs
  15. test restart one front end: c1iscex

    The c1iscex models (c1x01 and c1scx) did not come back up.  c1x01 was running long on every cycle, until the model crashed and brought down the computer.  After many hours, and with Alex's help, we managed to track down the issue to a patch from Rolf at r2361.  The code included in that patch should have been wrapped in an "#ifndef RFM_DIRECT_READ".  This was fixed and committed to branches/branch-2.1 at r2460 and to trunk at r2461.

  17. update to core/branches/branch-2.1 to r2460
  18. make World && make installWorld with the new fixed code
  19. restarted all computers
  20. restart frame builder
  21. burt restored to 8am this morning
  22. turned on all watchdogs

Everything is now green, and things seem to be working.  Mode cleaner is locked.  X arm locked.


  4809   Mon Jun 13 15:33:55 2011 Jamie, JoeUpdateCDSDolphin fiber between 1Y3 and 1X4 appears to be dead

The fiber that connects the Dolphin card in the c1lsc machine (in the 1Y3 rack) to the Dolphin switch in the 1X4 rack appears to have died spontaneously this morning.  This was indicated by loss of Dolphin communication between c1lsc and c1sus.

We definitively tracked it down to the fiber by moving the c1lsc machine over to 1X4 and testing the connection with a short cable.  This worked fine.  Moving it back to using the fiber again failed.

Unfortunately, we have no replaced Dolphin fiber.  As a work around, we are stealing  a long computer->IO chassis cable from Downs and moving the c1lsc machine to 1X4.

This is will be a permanent reconfiguration.  The original plan was to have the c1lsc machine also live in 1X4.  The new setup will put the computer farther from the RF electronics, and more closely mimic the configuration at the sites, both of which are good things.

  4811   Mon Jun 13 18:40:08 2011 Jamie, JoeUpdateCDSSnags in the repair of LSC CDS

We've run into a problem with our attempts to get the LCS control back up and running.

As reported previously, the Dolphin fiber connection between c1lsc and c1sus appears to be dead.  Since we have no replacement fiber, the solution was to move the c1lsc machine in to the 1X4 rack, which would allow us to use one of the many available short Dolphin cables, and then use a long fiber PCIe extension cable to connect c1lsc to it's IO chassis.  However, the long PCIe extension cable we got from Downs does not appear to be working with our setup.  We tested the cable with c1sus, and it does not seem to work.

We've run out of options today.  Tomorrow we're going to head back to Downs to see if we can find a cable that at least works with the test-stand setup they have there.

  4812   Mon Jun 13 19:26:42 2011 Jamie, JoeConfigurationCDSSUS binary IO chassis 2 and 3 moved from 1X5 to 1X4

While preping 1X4 for installation of c1lsc, we removed some old VME crates that were no longer in use.  This freed up lots of space in 1X4.  We then moved the SUS binary IO chassis 2 and 3, which plug into the 1X4 cross-connect, from 1X5 into the newly freed space in 1X4.  This makes the cable run from these modules to the cross connect much cleaner.

  4816   Tue Jun 14 12:23:44 2011 Jamie, JoeUpdateCDSWE ARE ALL GREEN! LSC back up and running in new configuration.

After moving the c1lsc computer to 1X4, then connecting c1lsc to it's IO chassis in 1Y3 by a fiber PCIe extension cable, everything is back up and running and the status screen is all green.  c1lsc is now directly connected to c1sus via a short copper Dolphin cable.

After lunch we will do some more extensive testing of the system to make sure everything is working as expected.

  4733   Tue May 17 18:09:13 2011 Jamie, KiwamuConfigurationCDSc1sus and c1auxey crashed, rebooted

c1sus and c1auxey crashed, required hard reboot

For some reason, we found that c1sus and c1auxey were completely unresponsive.  We went out and gave them a hard reset, which brought them back up with no problems.

This appears to be related to a very similar problem report by Kiwamu just a couple of days ago, where c1lsc crashed after editing the C1LSC.ini and restarting the daqd process, which is exactly what I just did (see my previous log).  What could be causing this?

  4818   Tue Jun 14 18:12:34 2011 Jamie, KiwamuUpdateLSCLSC seems to be fully recovered

We are now locking the arms reliably, with reasonable transmitted power.  We zeroed the LSC offsets with script, since they were apparently not being reset with either the overall burt restore or the arm restore scripts.

We have lost a bit of power through the mode cleaner.  However, we have opted not to tweak it up just yet, so that we don't have to realign to the arms.

  5012   Thu Jul 21 12:19:29 2011 Jamie, KiwamuUpdateIOOMC Trans QPD working, now locking

It turns out that the MC_TRANS_SUM signal was being derived from the SUS-MC2_OL_SUM_INMON channel in the ioo.db file. 

However, this channel name was recently changed to SUS-MC2_OLSUM_INMON (no underscore between OL and SUM) when

I added the new OL_SUM epics channel to the sus_single_control library model (I forgot to mention it in my previous log on this change,

apologies).  This is why there appeared to be no signal.  This was also what was preventing the mode cleaner from locking, since

the MC_TRANS_SUM signal is used as a trigger in the MC autolocker script.

We modified the ioo.db file at /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iool0/ioo.db [0,1] to change the name of the channel that the

C1:IOO-MC_TRANS_SUM signal is derived from.  The diff on the ioo.db file is:

--- /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iool0/ioo.db	2011-07-21 11:43:44.000000000 -0700
+++ /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iool0/ioo.db.2011Jul21	2011-07-21 11:43:36.000000000 -0700
@@ -303,7 +303,7 @@
         field(DESC,"MC2 Trans QPD Sum")
-        field(INPA, "C1:SUS-MC2_OLSUM_INMON")
+        field(INPA, "C1:SUS-MC2_OL_SUM_INMON")
         field(SCAN, ".1 second")
         field(CALC, "A+0.001")

We then rebooted the c1iool0 machine, and when it came back up the MC_TRANS_SUM channel was showing the correct values.

We then found that the MC autolocker was not running, presumably because it had crashed after the channel rename?

In any event, we logged in to op340m and restarted the autolockerMCmain40m script.

The mode cleaner is now locked.

[0] Rana's log where this was initially defined

[1] All of the slow channel stuff is still in the old /cvs/cds/caltech path.  This needs to be fixed.


  4808   Mon Jun 13 12:34:21 2011 Jamie, KojiUpdateLSCUpdated LSC model installed

After a couple of hickups, I was able to compile and install Koji's rework of the LSC model.

The main changes are that the model now use an RF_PD library part, and the channel names were tweaked to be more in line with what we expect.

I found a couple of small bugs in the model that were preventing it from compiling.  Those were fixed and it compiled with no further problems.

There was also some rearrangement of signal inputs to the PD_DOF matrix.  The matrix screen was updated to reflect the proper inputs.  However, this also meant that the burt restore scripts for the IFO configurations were setting the wrong elements in the matrix.  I fixed the settings for X and Y arm locking, and updated the burt snapshots using the burt/c1ifoconfigure/C1save{X,Y}arm scripts.  NOTE: burt settings will need to be updated for the MICH, PRM, DRM, and FULL IFO configurations as well.

During the build/install process, Joe and I also found a bug in the feCodeGen that was causing the filter screens to be created with the wrong names.  Joe sent out a patch that will hopefully be merged soon.  Building the model with Joe's patch fixed the screen names, so the screens are currently named correctly.

  8598   Fri May 17 18:58:58 2013 Jamie, KojiSummaryCDSWeird DAC bit flipping at half integer output values

While looking at the DAC anti-imaging filters, Koji noticed an odd feature of the DAC output:


What you see here is 16kHz double data from a model right before the DAC part ('C1:SUS-PRM_ULCOIL_OUT', blue), and the full 64kHz int data sent to the physical DAC as reported by the IOP ('C1:X02-MDAC0_TP_CH0', green).  The balls are the actual sample values (as expected there are four green balls for every blue).  The output data is being ramped continuously between 0 and 1.

As the output data crosses the half-count level, the integer DAC output oscillates continuously at every 64kHz sample between the bounding integer values (in this case 0 and 1).

Here's the data as we hold the output continuously at the half-count level; the integer DAC output just oscillates continuously:


After some probing I found that the oscillation happens between [-0.003 +0.004] of the half-count level.

The result of this is a fairly strong 32 kHz line in the DAC analog output.

We looked in the controller.c and couldn't identify anything that would be doing this.  This is the output procedure as I can see it (controller.c lines): 

  1. The double from the model is passed to the IOP
  2. The IOP applies a sample-and-hold or zero-pad if the model is running at a slower speed than the IOP (1799)
  3. The data is then anti-image filtered (1801)
  4. A half-integer is added/subtracted before casting such that the cast is a round instead of a floor (1817)
  5. The data double is cast to an int (1819)
  6. The data is written to the DAC (1873)

There's nothing there that would indicate this sort of bit flipping.

  4493   Wed Apr 6 18:55:49 2011 Jamie, LarisaConfigurationLSCmajor AP table cleanup

We ripped out all of the old AS, PLL, and REFL paths, green, orange, and cyan respectively on the old AP table layout photo:

  • AS (green): had already been re-purposed by putting a ThorLabs diode right after the first steering mirror.   Everything downstream of that has been removed.
  • PLL (orange): everything removed.
  • REFL (cyan): CCD was left in place, so everything upstream of that was not touched.  Everything else was removed, including all of the REFL detectors.
  • OMCT (purple): previously removed
  • OMCR (blue): left in place, but the diode and CCD are not connected (found that way).
  • MCT (magenta): previously removed.
  • IMRC (red): untouched

All optics and components were moved to the very south end of the SP table.

We also removed all spurious cables from the table top, and from underneath, as well as pulled out no-longer-needed power supplies.

  8545   Tue May 7 20:09:10 2013 Jamie, RanaUpdatePSLPMC problem was FSS slow actuator

Rana showed up and diagnosed the problem as a railed FSS SLOW output.  The SLOW Monitor about was showing ~6V, which is apparently a bad mode-hoppy place for the NPRO.  Reducing the SLOW output brought things back into a good range which allowed the PMC to lock again.

In attempting to diagnose the problem I noticed that there is -100 mV DC coming out of the PMC RFPD RF output.  This is not good, probably indicating a problem, and was what I thought was the PMC lock issue for a while.    Need to look at the PMC RFPD RF output.

  4868   Thu Jun 23 21:35:46 2011 Jamie, Rana, KiwamuUpdateSUSFix calibration for sus sensors

We have fixed the counts-to-micron (cts2um) calibration for the suspension sensor filters. Each suspension sensor filter bank (e.g. ULSEN) has a "cts2um" calibration filter. These have now been set with the following flat gains:

   40 V       10^3 um         um
 -------- *  --------  = .36  --
 2^16 cts     1.7 V           ct

The INMTRX was also fixed with proper element values:

.25 .25 .25 .25 0 POS
1.666 1.666 -1.666


1.666 -1.666 -1.666 1.666 0 YAW
0 0 0 0 1 SIDE

This was done for all core optic suspensions (BS, PRM, SRM, ITMX, ITMY, ETMX, ETMY).


  7174   Tue Aug 14 11:39:13 2012 Jamie, Rolf, AlexUpdateCDSDebugging of c1sus machine and c1rfm models

Rolf and Alex came over this morning to see if they could help debug some issues we have been seeing with IPC transmission between the c1sus and c1lsc machines.

c1oaf, which runs on c1lsc, sees a lot of transmission errors on it's dolphin receivers from c1rfm, which runs on c1sus.  Their speculation is that c1rfm is trying to process too many channels, and it's not able to read off all the RFM channels and retransmit them over dolphin to c1lsc before the end of cycle.  To test this they turned off all RFM reads on c1rfm and the dolphin receiver errors on c1lsc all went away.  We ran into other problems before I had a chance to pester them about what the take-away is here.  We might just need to reduce the load on c1rfm, maybe by introducing a c1rfm2?

We then tried to debug an issue in the c1sus machine where models would occasionally run slow for a cycle, or run slow when a different model on the machine was loaded or unloaded.  The suspect was BIOS settings.  Unfortunately, we ran into trouble when we tried to tweak the BIOS setting on c1sus.  We found that all the serial/COM ports were on, which is usually a big no-no for the RTS (the interrupts cause many cycle delays).  However, turning off the COM ports prevented the machine from booting at all.  This was a big mystery.  The machine seemed to be acting flaky in general as well, since the boot (pre-kernel) would hang in various places after different reboots.  Alex went to grab us a spare machine that we're going to try swapping out this afternoon.

  4962   Tue Jul 12 11:52:54 2011 Jamie, SureshUpdateLSCLSC model updates

The LSC model has been updated:

Binary outputs to control whitening filter switching

We now take the filter state bit from the first filter bank in all RF PD I/Q filter banks (AS55_I, REFL11_Q, etc) as the controls for the binary analog whitening switching on the RF PD I/Q inputs. The RF_PD part was also modified to output this control bit. The bits from the individual PDs are then combined into the various words that are written to the Contec BO part.

Channel mapping updated/fixed to reflect wiring specification

Yesterday Suresh posted an updated LSC wiring diagram, with correct channel assignments for the RF PD I/Q and DC inputs.  Upon inspection of the physical hardware we found that some of LSC the wiring was incorrect, with I/Q channels swapped, and some of the PDs in the wrong channels.  We went through and fixed the physical wiring to reflect the diagram.  This almost certainly will affect the EPICS settings for some of the input channels, such as offsets and RD rotations.  We should therefore go through all of the RF inputs and make sure everything is kosher.

I also fixed all of the wiring in the LSC model to also reflect the diagram.

Once this was all done, I rebuilt and restarted the LSC model, and confirmed that the anti-whitening filter banks in the PD input filter modules were indeed switching the correct bits.  I'll next put together a script to confirm that the LSC PD whitening is switching as it should.


  8225   Mon Mar 4 19:52:03 2013 Jamie, YutaUpdateGeneralinput pointing mirror (TT1/TT2) control improved

We improved the active tip-tilt (TT) controllers such that they now have filter banks at the PIT/YAW inputs, and at the coil outputs:


This allowed us to do a couple of things:

  • normalize the matrix to unity, and move overall gains into the filters (we moved x100 gain into PIT/YAW)
  • slider control is now PIT/YAW OFFSET
  • potentially do coil balancing
  • allow for input excitiations
  • automatically record EPICS values

These are all big improvements.  The TT MEDM screens were appropriately updated.

We had to rebuild/restart c1ass, which reset the TT pointing.  We recorded all the values before hand and were able to recover the pointing easily.  Interestingly, there did appear to be hysteresis in pitch, which is maybe not entirely unexpected, but still worth nothing.


  13133   Sun Jul 23 22:16:55 2017 Jamie, gautamUpdateCDSfront-end now running with new OS, RCG

All front ends and model are (mostly) running now

All suspensions are damped:

It should be possible at this point to do more recovery, like locking the MC.

Some details on the restore process:

  • all models were recompiled with the new RCG version 3.0.3
  • the new RCG does stricter simulink drawing checks, and was complaining about unterminated outputs in some of the SUS models.  Terminated all outputs it was concerned about and saved.
  • RCG 3.0 requires a new directory for doing better filter module diagnostics: /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/tmp
  • had to reset the slow machines c1susaux, c1auxex, c1auxey

The daqd is not yet running.  This is the next task.

I have been taking copious notes and will fully document the restore process once complete.

c1ioo issues

c1ioo has been giving us a little bit of trouble.  The c1ioo model kept crashing and taking down the whole c1ioo host.  We found a red light on one of the ADCs (ADC1).  We pulled the card and replaced it with a spare from the CDS cabinet.  That seemed to fix the problem and c1ioo became more stable.

We've still been seeing a lot of glitching in c1ioo, though, with CPU cycle times frequently (every couple of seconds) running above threshold for all models, up to 200 us.  I tried unloading every kernel module I could and shutting down every non-critical process, but nothing seemed to help.

We eventually tried stopping the c1ioo model altogether and that seemed to help quite a bit, dropping the long cycle rate down to something like one every 30 seconds or so.  Not sure what that means.  We should look into the BIOS again, to see if there could be something interacting with the newer kernel.

So currently the c1ioo model is not running (which is why it's all white in the CDS overview snapshot above).  The fact that c1ioo is not running and the remaining models are still occaissionly glitching is also causing various IPC errors on auxilliary models (see c1mcs, c1rfm, c1ass, c1asx). 

RCG compile warnings

the new RCG tries to do more checks on custom c code, but it seems to be having trouble finding our custom "ccodeio.h" files that live with the c definitions in USERAPPS/*/common/src/.  Unclear why yet.  This is causing the RCG to spit out warnings like the following:

Cannot verify the number of ins/outs for C function BLRMS.
    File is /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/src/BLRMSFILTER.c
    Please add file and function to CDS_SRC or CDS_IFO_SRC ccodeio.h file.

This are just warnings and will not prevent the model form compiling or warning.  We'll figure out what the problem is to make these go away, but they can be ignored for the time being.

model unload instability

Probably the worst problem we're facing right now is an instability that will occaissionally, but not always, cause the entire front end host to freeze up upon unloading an RTS kernel module.  This is a known issue with the newer linux kernels (we're using kernel version 3.2.35), and is being looked into.

This is particularly annoying with the machines on the dolphin network, since if one of the dolphin hosts goes down it manages to crash all the models reading from the dolphin network.  Since half the time they can't be cleanly restarted, this tends to cause a boot fest with c1sus, c1lsc, and c1ioo.  If this happens, just restart those machines, wait till they've all fully booted, then restart all the models on all hosts with "rtcds start all".

  9135   Tue Sep 17 17:55:42 2013 Jamie.ConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programspyepics configured

 controls@rosalba:~ 0$ cdsutils
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/__main__.py", line 7, in <module>
    from cdsutils import CMDS
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/__init__.py", line 4, in <module>
    from servo import servo
  File "/ligo/apps/cdsutils/lib/cdsutils/servo.py", line 1, in <module>
    from epics import PV
ImportError: No module named epics
controls@rosalba:~ 1$
Mon Sep 16 19:40:32 2013 

 I properly installed the python-pyepics package on all the workstations, so this should be working now.

And for posterity, the pyepics source is at:


From this debian packages were built:

 controls@pianosa:~/src/pyepics 0$ debuild -uc -us

The .deb was then moved into the /ligo/apps/deb nfs:

 controls@pianosa:~/src 0$ cp python-pyepics_*_all.deb /ligo/apps/debs/pyepics/

It was then installed on the various workstations:

 controls@rosalba:~ 0$ sudo dpkg -i /ligo/apps/debs/pyepics/python-pyepics*.deb

This will probably need to be repeated any time we upgrade the EPICS install.

  9357   Wed Nov 6 17:21:58 2013 JamitUpdateCDSFB not talking to LSC?


Something funny is going on with the framebuilder's communication with the LSC machine. 

This is a different failure mode / error than I have seen before.  It's not the type of problem that is solved by restarting the mxstreams (that is indicated by also the 2 blocks on top of one another, that are green on the lsc machine right now, being red), although I did try that, before I looked closer and realized that that wasn't the problem.

ssh-ing to c1lsc, and doing a "rtcds restart all" seems to be fixing the problem.  Both c1oaf and c1cal needed another round of restarting, because they needed their BURT buttons pressed manually.  All of the models on the lsc machine are running fine now, though.

Here's a screenshot of the CDS overview screen, with the error lights:


This definitely looks like a timing problem on the c1lsc front end computer.  The red lights on the left mean that the timing synchronization is lost at the user model.  I'm perplexed why it looks like the IOP is not seeing the same error, though, since it should originate at the ADC.  The red lights to the right just mean the timing synchronization is lost with the DAQ, which is too be expected given a timing loss at the front end.

We'll have to take a closer look when this happens again.

  7199   Wed Aug 15 20:15:51 2012 JanUpdateIOORingdown measurements


While I thought that the bumps observed at the end of the ringdown might be because of the cavity trying to lock itself, Jan commented that they have always existed in these measurements and their source is not known yet.

What I meant to say was that in all ringdown measurements that we observed today, the bumps were consistently part the ringdown, and that I have no explanation for the bumps. It should also be mentioned that fitting the bumpy part of the ringdown instead (we used the clean first 10us), the ringdown time is about twice as high. In either case, the ringdown time is significantly smaller than we have seen in documents about previous measurements.

We (basically I) also made one error when producing the plots. The yaxis label of the semi-logarithmic plot should be log(...), not log10(...).

  16769   Mon Apr 11 11:00:30 2022 JancarloUpdateVACC1VAC Reboot and Nitrogen tanks

[Paco, JC, Ian, Jordan, Chub]

Checking in the morning, I walked over to the Nitrogen tanks to check the levels. Noticed one tank was empty, so I swapped it out. Chub came over to check the levels and to take note of how many tanks were left available for usage (None). Chub continued to put in a work order for a set of full Nitrogen tanks. We should be set on Nitrogen until Thursday this week (4/14/22).

As for C1VAC, this morning, Paco and I attempted to open the PSL shutter, but the interlock system was tripped so we didn't get any light into the IFO. We traced the issue down to C1VAC being unresponsive. We discussed this may have interlocked as a result of the Nitrogen tanks running out, but we do not believe this was the issue since we would have recieved an email. We tried troubleshooting as much as possible avoiding a reboot, but were unable to solve the issue. In response, we ran the idea of a reboot across Jordan and Ian, where everyone was in agreement, and fixed the system. Restarting c1vac seems to have closed V4, but this didn't cause any issues with the current state of the vacuum system.

After opening the PSL shutter again, we see the laser down the IFO, so we resume alignment work

  16784   Mon Apr 18 15:17:31 2022 JancarloUpdateGeneralTool box and Work Station Organization

I cleaned up around the 40 m lab. All the Laser Safety Glasses have been picked up and placed on the rack at the entrance.

Some miscellaneous BNC Connector cables have been arranged and organized along the wall parallel to the Y-Tunnel.

Nitrogen tanks have been swapped out. Current tank is at 1200 psi and the other is at 1850 psi.

The tool box has been organized with each tool in its specified area.

  10879   Thu Jan 8 19:02:42 2015 JaxSummaryElectronicsMC demod modifications

Here's a summary of the changes made to the D990511 serial 115 (formerly known as REFL 33), as well as a short procedure. It needed tuning to 29.5MHz and also had some other issues that we found along the way. 

So here's a picture of it as built:

The changes made are:

1. U11 and U12 changed from 5MHz LP to 10 MHz LP filters.

2. Resistors R8 and R9 moved from their PCB locations to between pins 1 (signal) and 3 (ground) of U11 and U12, respectively. These were put in the wrong place for proper termination so it made sense to shift them while I was already replacing the filters.

Also, please note- whoever labeled the voltages on this board needed an extra cup of coffee that day. There are two separate 15V power supplies, one converted from 24V, one directly supplied. The directly supplied one is labeled 15A. This does NOT mean 15 AMPS.

Transfer functions:

Equipment: 4395A, Signal generator (29.5 MHz), two splitters, one mixer

You can't take the TF from PD in to I/Q out directly. Since this is a demod board, there's a demodulating (downconverting) mixer in the I and Q PD in paths. Negligible signal will get through without some signal applied to the L input of the mixer. In theory, this signal could be at DC, but there are blocking capacitors in the LO in paths. Therefore, you have to upconvert the signal you're using to probe the board's behavior before it hits the board.  Using the 4395A as a network analyzer, split the RF out. RFout1 goes to input R, RFout2 goes to the IF port of the mixer. Split the signal generator (SG). SG1 goes to LO in, SG2 goes to the L port of the mixer. The RF port of the mixer (your upconverted RFout2) goes to PD in, and the I/Q out goes back to the A/B port of the 4395A - at the same frequency as the input, thanks to the board's internal downconversion. 

Phase measurement:

Equipment: Signal generator (29.5 MHz), signal generator (29.501 MHz), oscilloscope

Much simpler: 29.5 MHz to the LO input (0 dBm), 29.501 MHz to the PD input (0 dBm), compare the phases of the I/Q outputs on the oscilloscope. There are four variable capacitors in the circuit that are not on the DCC revision of the board - C28-31. On the LO path, C28 tunes the I phase, C30 tunes the Q phase. On the PD path, C29 and 31 appear to be purely decorative - both are in parallel with each other on the PD in Q path, I'm guessing C29 was supposed to be on the PD in I path. Fortunately, C28 and C30 had enough dynamic range to tune the I/Q phase difference to 90 degrees.

Before tuning:

After tuning:


  16802   Fri Apr 22 07:01:58 2022 JcUpdateCoil DriversAdding Resistors and Reinstalling

[Koji, JC]

Coil Drivers LO2, SR2, AS4, and AS1 have been updated a reinstalled into the system. 

LO2 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH1/2/3        Unit: S2100008

LO2 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH3                    Unit: S2100530

SR2 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH1/2/3        Unit: S2100614

SR2 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH3                    Unit: S2100615

AS1 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH1/2/3        Unit: S2100610

AS1 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH3                    Unit: S2100611

AS4 Coil Driver 1 (UL/LL/UR)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH1/2/3        Unit: S2100612

AS4 Coil Driver 2 (LR/SD)now has R=100 // 1.2k ~ 92Ohm for CH3                    Unit: S2100613

  16846   Thu May 12 13:46:59 2022 JcUpdateAlignmentPOP Beam

[Tega, JC]

Tega and I went in to adjust the POP being in the ITMX Table. The beam entered the table high, so we adjusted the this by adding mirrors (The highlighted in Turqoise are mirrors which adjust the pitch of the beam). All the mirrors are set and we are now in the process of adjusting the PD.

  3267   Thu Jul 22 13:44:47 2010 JennaUpdatePEMGuralp seismometer

One of the Guralps [Gur2] has been taken to the atf gyro lab, along with the breakout box.


Edit by Jenne:  This means that we have no working seismometers in the 40m lab right now, so don't worry if you're looking for seismo data and you can't find any.  The 6 accelerometers should all still be up and running.

  3392   Tue Aug 10 15:23:35 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsRubidium clock time constant

[Jenna & Alastair]

We changed the locking time constant on one of the Rubidium clocks using the RbMon software that came with it. We had to use the ancient Dell laptop latitudeD810 because it has a serial port built in, and we couldn't get the usb->serial adapter to work right with the clock. We tried the usb connector on more than one computer, and we had installed the right adapter and the computer seemed to recognize it fine, it just wouldn't communicate with the clock. We even tried it with the Dell latitute laptop and it still failed to work, so the only way seems to be to use the serial port directly.

The clock has a default time constant of 18.2 hours because it's designed to be locked to a GPS clock which is less stable than the Rb clock itself, so we changed it to a time constant of .57 hours. We also changed the length of the BNC cables to get the DC offset to 10mV, but then as I was typing this, we opened up data viewer to look at the real time data and saw the output suddenly leap up, and found that the offset is now -5mV mysteriously, so we went to investigate and found that the gain of the SR560 was still set to 1 from a calibration. We beat one of the clocks with a marconi for a few minutes with the gain still at this level to do another calibration, and then hooked the clocks back up together and upped the gain to 100. The DC offset is currently about 2.5mV. We're going to leave them alone for a few hours, and then check to see what the signal looks like over that period.

  3393   Tue Aug 10 16:55:38 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsc1iovme restarted

 Alastair and I restarted the c1iovme around the time of my last elog entry (~3:20).

  3398   Wed Aug 11 12:58:56 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsRubidium clock phase noise

I took some measurements of the clock this morning, first without the box, then with the box, then without the box again. All the noise levels look pretty much the same. When I first put the box on, it was only propped up on one side, so I think the clocks got a bit overheated and the data looks ridiculous, which is the first plot. I took it off and let them cool down a bit, and then put the box on, this time with a generous 3 inch gap at the bottom all the way around, and it seemed to be fine after that.

The calibration for the data is pi (rad) /6415 (counts) /100.

Aidan: I edited this post to change the plots from Postscripts to PDFs.

  3400   Wed Aug 11 15:27:16 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsRubidium clock phase noise

We unsynched the clocks by unhooking the 1pps locking. I've added it to the plot of the other measurements here, and we've divided by a factor of sqrt(2) in the calibration to get the phase noise from just one clock, so the calibration is now

pi (rad) /6415 (counts) /100/sqrt(2).

I've also added the noise of the clock according to SRS to the plot.

The units of this plot are rad/rt(Hz). I've no idea why it just says magnitude.

  3401   Wed Aug 11 16:13:59 2010 JennaUpdateelogelog restarted

The elog crashed, so we restarted it again.

  3402   Wed Aug 11 16:38:02 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsRubidium clock phase noise


The units of this plot are rad/rt(Hz). I've no idea why it just says magnitude.

 This is a known thing (at least to me and Rana), so it's not just you.  When you put in some points like your PD Spec, the units disappear, and I've never figured out how to get them back while keeping the points.  Thanks for putting the units in your entry though.  If anyone else does know how to get the units to 'stick' where they're supposed to be, that would be helpful. 

  3409   Thu Aug 12 16:18:00 2010 JennaUpdateElectronicsRb clocks overnight

I took a look at the data from the middle of the night to see if it was significantly quieter than the data from the day, but it doesn't seem to be. The plot shows data from yesterday around 12:30pm and from this morning around 2am. It's a bit quieter at low frequencies, but not by much.

  3423   Fri Aug 13 20:58:20 2010 JennaSummaryElectronicsRubidium clock phase noise measurement

 Here's an overview of the rubidium measurement:





 We have two SRS FS275 Rubidium clocks which are locked together using the built-in PLL through the 1pps input/output. The default time constant for this locking is 18.2 hours because it's designed to be locked to a GPS. We changed this time constant to .57 hours (as decribed in this elog entry) to get the clocks to more reliably lock to each other. We then mix the 10MHz outputs together using a 7dbm mixer (see elog here and picture below)



The signal then goes through an AC-coupled SR560 with a gain of 100 and LPF at 10kHz, and is then fed into the DAQ. In the first picture below you can make out what all the lights are labeled, and in the second you can see what lights are on. I couldn't get a picture that did both in one, sadly.



  577   Thu Jun 26 18:29:44 2008 JenneUpdate MC Back online
Jenne, Rob, Yoichi

I was playing with the Mode Cleaner earlier today, working on measuring the effect of the new filter (see next post for loop gain measurements etc.), and bumped something which made it so the Mode Cleaner would not lock.

After much poking around by Rob and Yoichi, we found that the TNC-to-2 pin LEMO from Out1 of the MC Servo Board to Ch1 of the Pentek Generic board to the right of the MC Servo Board was bad. If we touched the cable, the MC would lock, but as soon as we let go, the MC would fall out of lock. The LEMO end of the cable was not heat shrink wrapped, so the 2 wires could have been touching. I replaced the cable, and the MC locked immediately after plugging it in, so I think that has fixed the problem.
  580   Thu Jun 26 22:08:33 2008 JenneUpdateElectronics3.7MHz bandstop filter in MC Servo
The 3.7MHz elliptical bandstop filter that I made during my SURF summer is now installed in the MC servo loop to reduce the noise at 3.7MHz.

I have taken transfer functions with and without the filter between TP1A and TP2A, with EXCA at -20dBm, using the HP4195A Network Analyzer. I have also taken power spectra of TP1A with and without the filter, and time domain data with the filter of OUT2 on the MC Servo Board and Qmon on the Demod board just before the MC servo board. The filter is between Qmon and OUT2 in the loop.

The UGF and phase margin don't change noticeably with and without the filter, and the MC still locks nicely (after the minor fiasco this afternoon), so I think it's okay. The UGF is around 57kHz, with about 38 degrees phase margin.

1 July 2008: I redid the plots. Same info, but the traces with and without the filters are now on the same graph for easier readability.
  584   Fri Jun 27 18:03:46 2008 JenneUpdateElectronicsAnother bad cable in the MC servo
Eric was helping me to measure the response of the LO input on the MC's Demod board, and when we disconnected the end of the cable between the demod board and the delay line phase shifter for the 29.5MHz oscillator, we noticed that the phase shifter's end of the cable was loose, like the connector wasn't fully connected. When we checked it by wiggling the connector, the SMA end fell off. I made a new SMA end for the cable, and reinstalled the cable. The MC locked as soon as I plugged the cable in, so everything seems good again. I tried to not change the cable length when I remade the connector, but the cable is shorter than it was by a small amount, due to the way the end fell off.
  585   Fri Jun 27 18:21:01 2008 JenneUpdateElectronicsResponse of the LO input on the MC demod board
The alarm handler has been flipping out saying that the LO input of the MC's demod board is too low, so at Rana's suggestion, Eric and I measured the response of the LO input. We used an SR345 function generator at 29.485MHz and several different amplitudes to make a table. The demod board should see an input from the LO between 0-2dBm. When I measured what was going into the LO input from the 29.5MHz delay line phase shifter, the LO input was seeing 4dBm. I'm going to put a 3dB attenuator between the phase shifter and the demod board.

Also, now that we have this table of response values, I'm going to change the settings of the alarm handler to something more reasonable.
Amplitude of 29.485MHz input sine wave [dBm]    |        Value of channel C1:IOO-MC_DEMOD_LO
--------------------------------------------    |        -----------------------------------
-10                                             |        -0.000449867
-8                                              |        -0.000449867
-6                                              |        -0.000449867
-4                                              |        0.000384331
-2                                              |        0.00526733
0                                               |        0.0199163
2                                               |        0.0492143
4                                               |        0.0931613
6                                               |        0.161523
8                                               |        0.229885
10                                              |        0.293364
  605   Mon Jun 30 15:56:22 2008 JenneUpdateElectronicsFixing the LO demod signal
To make the alarm handler happy, at Rana and John's suggestion I replaced R14 of the MC's Demod board, changing it from 4.99 Ohms to 4.99 kOhms. This increased the gain of the LO portion of the demod board by a factor of 10. Sharon and I have remeasured the table of LO input to the demod board, and the output on the C1:IOO-MC_DEMOD_LO channel:

Input Amplitude to LO input on demod board [dBm]: | Value of channel C1:IOO-MC_DEMOD_LO
------------------------------------------------- | -----------------------------------
-10 | -0.00449867
-8 | 0.000384331
-6 | 0.0101503
-4 | 0.0296823
-2 | 0.0882783
0 | 0.2543
2 | 0.542397
4 | 0.962335
6 | 1.65572
8 | 2.34911
10 | 2.96925
  673   Tue Jul 15 11:47:56 2008 JenneDAQPEMAccelerometer channels in ASS Adapt MEDM screen
Jenne, Sharon

We have traced which accelerometers correspond to which channels in the C1ASS_TOP MEDM screen.

Accelerometer Channel
------------- --------------------------

  674   Tue Jul 15 12:23:22 2008 JenneUpdateGeneralMC2 Watchdog tripped
Alberto, Jenne

Mode Cleaner was unlocked. We checked, and found that MC2's watchdog was tripped. It didn't look like anything bad was going on, so we turned the optic back on, and tried to relock the MC. It looks like the Mode Cleaner is now locked, but the lock bit on the LockMC screen is still red. I don't know what's up.
  687   Thu Jul 17 00:59:18 2008 JenneSummaryGeneralFunny signal coming out of VCO
While working on calibrating the MC_F signal, Rana and I noticed a funny signal coming out of the VCO. We expect the output to be a nice sine wave at about 80MHz. What we see is the 80MHz signal plus higher harmonics. The reason behind the craziness is to be determined. For now, here's what the signal looks like, in both time and frequency domains.

The first plot is a regular screen capture of a 'scope. The second is the output of the SR spectrum analyzer, as seen on a 'scope screen. The leftmost tall peak is the 80MHz peak, and the others are the harmonics.
  694   Fri Jul 18 16:57:37 2008 JenneUpdateIOOCalibrated MC_F
I have calibrated MC_F. The conversion factor is 137.49 MHz/count.

The calibration data taken is attached, along with a calibrated power spectrum.

On the data plot, the x axis is volts from the C1:IOO-MC_FAST_MON channel, with the calibration between FAST_MON and MC_F = -788.18 volts/count.
The linear term of the fit line = -0.085MHz/volt. Error bars are +/- 1 in the last digit of what the spectrum analyzer gave me for frequency (+/- 0.01MHz).

The net conversion factor is then (-788.18)*(-0.085)*(2) = 137.49 MHz/count. The factor of 2 is because the light passes through the AOM twice.

On the power spectrum,
REF0 and REF1 = MC unlocked, HEPAs on, MC Refl gain = 22
REF2 and REF3 = MC locked, HEPAs on, MC Refl gain = 22
REF4 and REF5 = MC locked, HEPAs on, MC Refl gain = 19
REF6 and REF7 = MC locked, HEPAs off, MC Refl gain = 19
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