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  549   Fri Jun 20 08:30:27 2008 stivUpdatePhotos40m summer line up 2008
atm1: John, Alberto, Yoichi, Koji, Masha, and Sharon

atm2: surf students Max of CIT, Sharon of MIT, Masha of Harvard, Eric of CIT not shown
  550   Fri Jun 20 17:42:48 2008 steveUpdatePSLSS trap scattering compared to black glass trap
Circular SS304 trap was compared to wedged black glass trap.

The measurement set up of entry 529 was changed to define polarization.
CrystaLaser was remounted in horizontal position and half wave plate was placed after it.
These measurements were done in horizontal polarization.

atm1: the cSSt and wBGt was moved horizontally, ~90 degrees of the incident beam
atm2: traps were rotated around the incident beam, ~20 degrees each direction
atm3: set up
atm4: top view of traps
atm5: side view of trap
  553   Mon Jun 23 19:33:01 2008 rana, jenneUpdateIOOMC_F Noise check
We looked at the MC_F spectrum because Rob and Yoichi said that it had gone 'all crazy'. It
seemed fine as we looked at it (even with only one boost stage on) so we looked for things
that might be marginal and make it go nuts.

At the error point (Q mon on the demod board and TEST IN1) of the MC Servo board we saw the
old 3.7 MHz signal (comes from the 33 MHz RFAM getting demodulated by the 29.5 MHz MC LO)
and thought that this might cause some worries. So we installed Jenne's passive elliptic
low pass which has a 3.7 MHz zero.

This wiped out the 3.7 MHz noise but we were not able to re-create the extra frequency noise
so its unlikely to have fixed the main problem. However, we leave it in because its good. If
there is a need to revert it, we have left hanging on the side of the rack the old cable which
was a SMA->TNC making a direct, unfiltered connection between the MC Demod board and the MC
servo board.

More before and after results from Jenne tomorrow, but for now here is a calibrated MC_F spectrum
using the new MC_F-Reference.xml template file.

We also noticed that we could make some small effects on the MCF spec by adjusting the PMC gain so
there's probably more hay to be made there using a lead brick and a gain slider. More in Jenne's
entry.
  555   Mon Jun 23 21:51:19 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralArm Cavity Length Measurement
We measured the arm cavity lengths sweeping the ETM mirror position and looking at the reflected demodulated output. We excited the mirror by a sine wave of 0.2 Hz and amplitude of 30000 counts. From the time series of the occurrences of the resonances of the sidebands and of the carrier we evaluated the free spectral range of the cavities and thus the lengths. The details of the procedure are explained in the attached document. As discussed in it, for each cavity we obtain two possible values of the length depending on which of the sideband resonances is that corresponding to the upper sideband and which corresponds to the lower one instead. The numbers are:
Lx=(38.30 +/- 0.08)m / (38.45 +/- 0.08)m
Ly=(38.16 +/- 0.08)m / (38.70 +/- 0.08)m

Since the difference between the two possibilities is quite large, we should be able to decide which one is correct by somehow measuring directly the cavity length. We want to try it tomorrow by a tape meter.


Alberto and Koji
  556   Tue Jun 24 10:24:43 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralAbs. Len. Meas. ~ Cavity Swing Measurement (2)
At the entry 555, Alberto reported the results of the cavity length measurement using cavity sweeping.
As expected, each result inevitably has an ambiguity depending on which resonance do we take as an upper sideband.

In order to exclude this ambiguity Steve and Koji performed a primitive non-optical measurement using a tape and photos:
This morning Steve and Koji did tape measurements to know the lengths between the ITM/ETM chambers.
Yesterday, Koji took photos of the optical tables in vacuum to know the actual positions of the suspensions.

The results are shown in the figures attached. From those non-optical measurements the lengths of the X/Y arm are known to be 38.48+-0.03 / 38.67+-/0.03 [m].

Then, we could exclude the shorter lengths of the values in the entry 555. i.e. The Y arm is longer than the X arm about 0.2 m.

These approximate lengths will be used in the further precise measurements which use precise scans of the FSR frequencies.
  559   Tue Jun 24 22:31:10 2008 MashaUpdateAuxiliary lockingmy first step in fiber stabilization
There is a new 1W INNOLIGHT NPRO laser at the Symmetric Port.

Set up an interferometer to measure difference in phase noise introduced by a fiber. Works as expected without the fiber! (balanced intensity, out of phase noise in the two outputs).
  563   Wed Jun 25 09:46:45 2008 SharonUpdate Adaptive Filters
I have been learning about different methods for applying adaptive filters to improve the Mode Cleaner lock in specific, and other LIGO systems in general.
Finding the exact number of coeffs we would like to apply for our FIR adaptive filter is very important to the efficiency of the filter. Getting this number higher might improve the accuracy of the filter, but costs time we do not have. Another important number to find is the step size. The step size is the variable that controls how far back we want to look into our data for finding the new coeffs. To understand more about the step size it is necessary to learn about the standard deviation of our input and output signals. By getting the step size too big, we are considering long term behavior, but might be missing out on a short term one.
In the near future I will be learning about the meanings of these variables and their contribution to the over all accuracy of our filters.
Results will be posted.
  564   Wed Jun 25 11:01:45 2008 MashaUpdateAuxiliary lockingfiber stabilization
For the first week, I have been learning about fiber noise cancellation, auxiliary locking techniques, and other relevant helpful topics in more detail. I am now working on a setup (more detail in previous entry) to measure phase noise introduced by 25m(?) fiber, and then will proceed to try to cancel the noise.
  565   Wed Jun 25 11:36:14 2008 Max JonesUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFirst Week Update
For the first week I have been modifying the noise budget script in caltech/NB to run with 40 m parameters and data. As per Rana's instructions, I have tried to run the script with only seismic and Darm sources. This involves identifying and changing channel names and altering paramter files (such as NB/ReferenceData/C1IFOparams.m). To supply the parameter files, I have copied the H1 files with (as yet only) slight modification. The channel name changes have been made to mirror the sites for the most part. Two figures are attached which show the current noise budget. The Day plot was taken 6/23/08 at ~10:30 am. The night plot was taken 6/22/08 at ~11:00 pm . Note that the SRD curve is for the sites and not for the 40 m (I hope to change that soon). Also in one of the plots the DARM noise signal is visible. Obviously this needs work. A list of current concerns is

1) I am using a seismic transfer function made by previous SURF student Ryan Kinney to operate with channels of the form C1:PEM_ACC-ETMY_Y (should I be using C1:DMF-IX_ACCY?) and the channels I am currently using are the acceleraometers for the mode cleaner with names of the form C1:PEM_ACC-MC1_X. Rana said that he thinks these may be the same but I need to be sure.

2) We don't have a DARM_CTRL channel but the code requires it, currently I am using DARM_ERR as a substitute which is probably partly responsible for the obvious error in DARM noise.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Max.
  567   Wed Jun 25 13:38:22 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralAbs. Len. Meas. ~ Placement of the 700mW NPRO on the AP table
This morning I have put the 700mW NPRO on the AP table for the abs length measurement.

The RF amplifier was moved (the cables were not changed). I cleaned up some cable arrangements. I was keen not to disturb any of the other optical path. Even so, please let me know if any suspicious behaviour is found on the AP table.
  571   Thu Jun 26 01:10:18 2008 ranaUpdatePEMAlarm Handler indicates that dust level is high
In its first useful act, the Alarm Handler started beeping indicating that the dust particle
counts for particles of diameter less than 0.5 micron had exceeded 5000 /cu. ft.
Here's the
80 day trend of particles, temperature and humidity:
  572   Thu Jun 26 10:56:15 2008 Max JonesUpdatePEMRemoved Magnetometer
I removed the Bartington Magnetometer on the x arm to one of the outside benches. I'll be trying to determine if and how it works today. It makes a horrible high pitched sound which is due to the fact that the battery is probably 16 yrs old. It still works with ac power though and I want to see if it is still operating correctly before I ask to buy a new battery. Sorry for the bother.
  574   Thu Jun 26 14:06:00 2008 MashaUpdateGeneral500mW INNOLIGHT NPRO info
Below is the placement of 500mW INNOLIGHT NPRO mephisto laser. It is set up on the Symmetric Port table.
  575   Thu Jun 26 18:24:28 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLFSS input ofset slider problem - fixed
I checked the FSS servo interface board and found that a LT1125CSW used to differentialize offset channel was broken (no virtual short).
So I replaced it. Now the slider is working.
The op-amp was hitting the rail. So it seems like we had been applying the maximum offset to the FSS input all the time.
The reason why the FSS loop still worked with the large offset is that the applied offset (~14V) is attenuated by a factor of 500 at the summing point.
  576   Thu Jun 26 18:27:04 2008 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsNo Dataviewer No Cry
Dataviewer was hanging. It would open the Grace window but then not plot anything. Since DTT was working
fine we diagnosed this as a DV only problem. It turned out that there was a boatload of messages in the
dataviewer queue. You can check for extra messaages using the command 'ipcs -q' and then use 'rmq' to remove them.

Dataviewer is working now.

Here's the screen dump from op440m:
op440m:~>ipcs -q
IPC status from <running system> as of Thu Jun 26 18:19:32 PDT 2008
T         ID      KEY        MODE        OWNER    GROUP
Message Queues:
q        400   0x1a51     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          1   0x501      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          2   0x512      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        103   0x553      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          4   0x574      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          5   0x18be     --rw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         56   0x1d9f     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          7   0x1e56     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q          8   0x1efd     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        109   0x2044     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         10   0x207a     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         11   0x24c4     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         12   0x24d7     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         13   0x251b     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         14   0x2fe8     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        115   0x3a65     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        116   0x967      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         17   0x98e      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        118   0x456c     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        669   0x194      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        620   0xe70      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         71   0x15d0     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        222   0x3586     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        173   0x5e37     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        624   0x5e4d     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        475   0x10d7     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        176   0x5ee3     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        277   0x4e22     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        428   0x25f3     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         29   0x3354     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        180   0x368f     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q        131   0xb0f      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         82   0x47a5     --rw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         83   0x4b83     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         34   0x4f6d     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         85   0x4539     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         86   0x67a1     --rw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         37   0x4b7      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         38   0xd37      -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         39   0x156c     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
q         40   0x2b62     -Rrw-rw-rw- controls    staff
op440m:~>rmq
---------------------------------------------------------------
Deleting message queues which are owned by user: controls ....
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      Deleted message queue: 400
      Deleted message queue: 1
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op440m:~>
  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.
  578   Thu Jun 26 20:59:22 2008 ranaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsAlarm Handler
Please do not turn off the Alarm Handler on op540m.
  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
  586   Fri Jun 27 19:59:44 2008 JohnUpdateComputersc1iovme
C1susvme2 and C1iovme crashed which sent the optics swinging and tripped the watchdogs.

Koji and I were able to restore c1susvme2 without any trouble.

We have been unable to revive c1iovme. We have tried telneting in and running startup.cmd,
the process runs for a while then hangs with "DAQ init failed -- exiting".

Resetting the board doesn't help. I didn't try keying the whole crate.

All optics are back to normal with damping restored.
  587   Sat Jun 28 03:10:25 2008 robUpdateComputersc1iovme

Quote:
C1susvme2 and C1iovme crashed which sent the optics swinging and tripped the watchdogs.

Koji and I were able to restore c1susvme2 without any trouble.

We have been unable to revive c1iovme. We have tried telneting in and running startup.cmd,
the process runs for a while then hangs with "DAQ init failed -- exiting".

Resetting the board doesn't help. I didn't try keying the whole crate.

All optics are back to normal with damping restored.


I tried keying the crate, then keying the DAQ controller & AWG, then powering down & restarting the framebuilder.
On coming up, the framebuild doesn't start a daqd process, and I can't get one to start by hand (it just prints "652", and then stops).
No error messages and daqd doesn't appear in the prstat.

I then tried keying the DAQ controller again (after the fb0 reboot), which blew the watchdogs on all the suspensions. So then I went around and keyed all the crates.

Now, the suspension controllers are back online. Still no c1iovme, and now the framebuilder/DAQ/AWG are also hosed. We can try keying all the crates again, in the order that Yoichi did last week.

After some more poking around, I found the daqd log file. It's now complaining about

Jun 28 03:00:39 fb daqd[546]: [ID 355684 user.info] Fatal error: channel `C1: PSL-FSS_MIXERM_F' is duplicated 126

This is the second error message like this. It first complained about C1: PSL-FSS_FAST_F, so I commented that out of C1IOOF.ini and rebooted the framebuilder (note this is an actual reboot of the full solaris machine). Eventually I discovered that C1IOOF.ini and C1IOO.ini are essentially identical. They presumably will keep getting these duplicate channel errors until one of them is completely removed.

C1IOO.ini has a modification time of seven PM on Friday night. Who did this and didn't elog it? I've now modified C1IOOF.ini, and I don't remember when it was last modified.
  588   Sat Jun 28 14:56:44 2008 JohnUpdateComputersini files
In short, I was editing the ini files yesterday evening, I didn't e-log it and after some investigation this afternoon it apears
that I am to blame for all the computer problems which followed.


I wanted to edit C0EDCU.ini and C1IOOF.ini to change C1: PSL-FSS_FAST to a fast channel as C1: PSL-FSS_FAST_F
was dead.

I opened these files and made backups. It appears this is where it all went awry. My backup for C1IOOF
is called C1IOO.ini.090627 i.e. missing the F.

Later c1susvme2 and c1iovme crashed. After failing to bring c1iovme back I wondered if my edits had
caused the problems so I restored the back up files. It appears that here I wrote over C1IOO with my backup of
C1IOOF (presumably because I had made a typo in the name).

To remedy the situation we could restore C1IOO from e.g. chans/archive/C1IOO_080618_160028.ini

No excuses for not e-logging this activity.
  589   Sat Jun 28 23:23:50 2008 JohnUpdateComputersRebooting
All of the computers are now showing green lights.

Remaining problems:

Alignment scripts are failing with "ERROR: LDS - NDS server error #13"
I think this is a server transmission error.

Dataviwer shows all channels as zero.
  590   Sun Jun 29 02:33:28 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralAbs. Len. Meas. ~ Optical setup (I)
I have constructed the beam injection optics for the abs length measurement.

The injection beam was coarsely aligned to the interferometer. The reflected beam from SRM was already seen at AS CCD.
I have attached the optical configration for this measurement and the optics layout at the AP table.

I am going to go to LHO for three weeks. During the absence Alberto tunes the mode matching and the alignment of the interferometer.

In the process of making this report, I noticed that one of the iris apertures is about disturbing the beam for OMCR CCD. I will check this before I go to Hanford. Also an RF spectrum analyzer is at the AP table. I try to return this near the PSL on Monday morning.

Attachment 1: Optical configuration for the abs length measurement.
1) One of the arms is locked to the PSL beam by the main control system (red).
2) A laser beam is injected from the AS port (blue). This laser essentially has different frequency from that of PSL.
3) The injected beam and the outgoing PSL beam appear at the output of the faraday in the injection system.
4) They beat each other at the frequency difference of those two lasers.
5) A PLL is used to lock the frequency difference to a local oscillator (LO).
6) The LO frequency is swept at around 3.87MHz, that is the approximate FSR frequency of the arm cavity.
7) If the LO frequency hits the FSR within the resonant width, the beating also appears at the transmitted light as the injected beam also becomes resonant to the arm cavity.
8) Amplitude of the beating at the transmitted light is measured by a RF spectrum analyzer as a function of the LO frequency. We get the FSR frequency (= the arm cavity length) from the top of the resonance.

Attachment 2: Optics at the AP table for the laser injection
700mW NPRO, laser source. vertically polarized.
Periscope, to raise the beam 1 inch to make the beam at the 4 inch elevation.
INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2, steering mirrors to align the injection beam to the IFO beam.
HWP1, half wave plate to make the beam to the farady horiz-polarized. nominal 42deg on the readout.
FI, Faraday isolator for protection of the NPRO from the returning light, for obtaining the returning light.
HWP2, to make the beam from the Faraday horiz-polarized. nominal 357deg on the readout.
MM_Lens, f=125mm to match the laser mode to the IFO beam.
SM1/SM2, steering mirrors to align the IFO beam to the Farady Isolator.
IRIS1/IRIS2, for the coarse alignment of the injection beam.
FLIP, flipper mount to turn on/off the injection optics.

Alignment procedure of the injection system
0) Ignite NPRO several hours before the experiment so that the laser frequency can be stable.
1) Turn up FLIP. Close the shutter of NPRO.
2) Adjust SM1/SM2 so that the ifo beam can appear at the output of FI.
3) Adjust height and position of IRIS1/IRIS2 with regard to the ifo beam so that the ifo beam goes through IRIS1/IRIS2 even when they are closed.
4) Turn down FLIP. Open the shutter of NPRO.
5) Adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 so that the injection beam can go through IRIS1/IRIS2 even when they are closed.
6) At this time, it is expected that the reflection of the injection beam from SRM appears at AS CCD, if SRM is aligned.
7) Adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 so that the injection beam at AS CCD can overlap to the IFO beam.
8) Confirm the beam at the output of the FI also overlaps.
---- We are here ----
9) Change the ifo configuration to the X or Y arm only.
10) Scan the crystal temperature of the 700mW NPRO in order to try to have the beating of the two beams at the PD. AS OSA may be useful to obtain the beating.
11) Once the beating is obtained, adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 such that the beating amplitude is maximized.
  592   Sun Jun 29 14:53:02 2008 robUpdateComputersRebooting

Quote:
All of the computers are now showing green lights.

Remaining problems:

Alignment scripts are failing with "ERROR: LDS - NDS server error #13"
I think this is a server transmission error.

Dataviwer shows all channels as zero.


Fixed. Just started the testpoint manager on fb40m.


su
/usr/controls/tpman &
  597   Sun Jun 29 20:29:48 2008 ranaUpdatePSLCorrelation of PSL SLOW control v. Room temperature
  598   Mon Jun 30 01:49:06 2008 JohnUpdateIOOMC work
I'm in the process of aligning the mode cleaner/ input beam.

I turned off the WFS and cleared their histories, adjusted the input periscope and re-aligned the mode-cleaner accordingly.
I then unlocked the cavity and centred the beams on the WFS.

MC transmission is ~3.3 and the REFL beam looks a little better.

However, turning the WFS on now lowers the transmission. More thought tomorrow.

I'm leaving the MC locked with WFS off.
  599   Mon Jun 30 05:33:38 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralAbs. Len. Meas. ~ Optical setup (II)
o The position of the iris was adjusted so as not to disturub the beam for OMCR CCD.

o The RF spectrum analyzer was returned to the place of the network analyzer.


Quote:

In the process of making this report, I noticed that one of the iris apertures is about disturbing the beam for OMCR CCD. I will check this before I go to Hanford. Also an RF spectrum analyzer is at the AP table. I try to return this near the PSL on Monday morning.
  600   Mon Jun 30 08:59:23 2008 steveUpdateIOOIOO-MC_DEMOD_LO is low
The alarm handler is beeping relentlessly: asking for help in high partical count and low demod signal
  601   Mon Jun 30 09:46:15 2008 JohnUpdateIOOMC WFS
MC WFS are on. They seem to do some good during the day.
  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
  607   Mon Jun 30 18:36:01 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLMZ alignment again
John, Yoichi

We re-adjusted the MZ alignment. The reason behind this is to make sure that the MZ dark port is not falling at a strange fringe, where it is only dark at the dark port PD. It can happen when the two beams poorly overlap.
We tried both the minimization of the MZ dark PD and the maximization of the MZ transmission at the same time.
We also placed another PD in the MZ dark port at a different distance from the original dark PD and tried to minimize this too.
If the MZ dark port is at a strange fringe, one of the dark PD can be dark where the other one is still bright.
If both of the dark PD get dark, the overlap between the beams should be ok.
We tweaked only the two mirrors of the MZ after the EOMs (mainly the one with a PZT).

Right now, the MZ dark power is 0.432.
BTW, we should change the name of the MZ dark port on the medm screen (it is now MZ reflection, where it is not a reflection).
I will try to change it later.

We wanted to put the beam position on the IOO-QPD_POS_* back to the original (before John tweaked the MZ alignment earlier).
However, the trends of IOO-QPD_POS_* show a lot of fluctuation and jumps, of which we don't know the cause. So we could not find reasonable original values.
We suspect a circuit problem in IOO-QPD_POS, especially because the jumps are very strange.
We will do this investigation later too.
  608   Tue Jul 1 09:26:33 2008 steveUpdateComputersRFM network is down
  609   Tue Jul 1 10:15:22 2008 steveUpdatePSLeventfull two days
The laser recovered from a short temp rise. The MZ was aligned and realigned. The suspentions were kicked up accidentally.
Now the computers are down.
  610   Tue Jul 1 11:53:38 2008 YoichiUpdateComputersRFM network back
I took a tour of the FE machines and power cycled all of them.
After executing the software restart procedures of those computers, the RFM network got back to the normal state.
For some reason, the computers requiring startup.cmd (like c1lsc) halt after running this command. Actually the computer is running ok, but the command freezes. Basically, what it does is simply to load a kernel module. I don't know what is wrong.
Anyway, I just closed the terminal after running startup.cmd and it seems fine for now.
  614   Tue Jul 1 13:34:29 2008 robUpdateComputersRFM network back

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For some reason, the computers requiring startup.cmd (like c1lsc) halt after running this command. Actually the computer is running ok, but the command freezes. Basically, what it does is simply to load a kernel module. I don't know what is wrong.
Anyway, I just closed the terminal after running startup.cmd and it seems fine for now.


This is normal. On the linux RTFEs (Real-Time Front Ends), the real-time code totally hijacks the kernel, disallowing any interrupts. The system thus becomes totally unresponsive while the code is running, and communicates only through the RFM and the VME backplane.
  618   Tue Jul 1 21:45:48 2008 JohnUpdatePSLMach Zehnder script and screen
I've edited C1: PSL_MACH_ZEHNDER.adl and /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts/PSL/MZ/lockMZ
to reflect the changes described in entry #616.
  619   Tue Jul 1 21:54:05 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralRe: Abs. Length Meas. setup
I tried to look for the beating in the signal from the PD but I couldn't find. I had the temperature of the laser initially set to 40deg and then slowly increased by one degree. The manual of the laser says the frequency should change by several GHz. The problem is then that our PD is limited to no more than 30Mhz.

Although the two beams seem to overlap quite well, we might still need a better matching of the injected beam.


Alberto


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o The position of the iris was adjusted so as not to disturub the beam for OMCR CCD.

o The RF spectrum analyzer was returned to the place of the network analyzer.


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In the process of making this report, I noticed that one of the iris apertures is about disturbing the beam for OMCR CCD. I will check this before I go to Hanford. Also an RF spectrum analyzer is at the AP table. I try to return this near the PSL on Monday morning.
  620   Wed Jul 2 00:59:13 2008 MashaUpdateAuxiliary lockingbalanced detection, noise plots, progress
Progress report submitted today(!). It is on the 40m wiki page. Below is a figure of some estimated noise sources.

Made voltage divider that acts as an attenuator for one of the paths in the Mach Zehnder, which should help to balance the detection and reduce noise.

First tested using a 636 Hz Matlab generated audio signal (thanks to John inspiration on portable headphones). Figure is attached, with plots of noise spectra of original and optimized signal with and without added acoustic noise (visible as peaks as 636 and 1272 Hz, linewidth approx 4 Hz). My first try at optimization reduces the noise by nearly an order of magnitude for most frequencies.

Will work on finding different noise source to better see what happens at low frequency, and try to get finer control of tunable gain.
  623   Wed Jul 2 13:56:10 2008 Rob, Yoichi, JohnUpdateLocking24.5 Hz resonance
Work continues on trying to reduce the CARM offset using dc signals from PO_DC. Got up to arm powers of
~35 last night.

We found that progress was stymied by an oscillation around 24 Hz. This oscillation was clearly visible
in the intensity of the light at REFL, PO and TrX.

Initially we suspected that this oscillation was due to an instability in the CARM loop. We attempted to
solve the problem by tuning the crossover frequncy of the AO and MC_L paths and shaping the MC_L loop to
reduce the impact of the 24 Hz noise.

After some quick tests we found that the 24 Hz signal was present even when dc CARM was used. It appears
that the peak is in fact due to a SOS mechanical resonance. We currently suspect a roll mode.

We're going to check that PRC, MICH and DARM have filters to attenuate the 24 Hz line. We'll also look at the
SUS_POS bandstop filters to see where they are centred.

The ISS was behaving strangely again. Constantly saturated at 5dB of gain. Someone needs to look a this.
  624   Wed Jul 2 15:14:42 2008 steveUpdateGeneraladded beam traps
I placed baked razor beam trap after INJ_SM1 and flipper in the injection path on the AP table


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I have constructed the beam injection optics for the abs length measurement.

The injection beam was coarsely aligned to the interferometer. The reflected beam from SRM was already seen at AS CCD.
I have attached the optical configration for this measurement and the optics layout at the AP table.

I am going to go to LHO for three weeks. During the absence Alberto tunes the mode matching and the alignment of the interferometer.

In the process of making this report, I noticed that one of the iris apertures is about disturbing the beam for OMCR CCD. I will check this before I go to Hanford. Also an RF spectrum analyzer is at the AP table. I try to return this near the PSL on Monday morning.

Attachment 1: Optical configuration for the abs length measurement.
1) One of the arms is locked to the PSL beam by the main control system (red).
2) A laser beam is injected from the AS port (blue). This laser essentially has different frequency from that of PSL.
3) The injected beam and the outgoing PSL beam appear at the output of the faraday in the injection system.
4) They beat each other at the frequency difference of those two lasers.
5) A PLL is used to lock the frequency difference to a local oscillator (LO).
6) The LO frequency is swept at around 3.87MHz, that is the approximate FSR frequency of the arm cavity.
7) If the LO frequency hits the FSR within the resonant width, the beating also appears at the transmitted light as the injected beam also becomes resonant to the arm cavity.
8) Amplitude of the beating at the transmitted light is measured by a RF spectrum analyzer as a function of the LO frequency. We get the FSR frequency (= the arm cavity length) from the top of the resonance.

Attachment 2: Optics at the AP table for the laser injection
700mW NPRO, laser source. vertically polarized.
Periscope, to raise the beam 1 inch to make the beam at the 4 inch elevation.
INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2, steering mirrors to align the injection beam to the IFO beam.
HWP1, half wave plate to make the beam to the farady horiz-polarized. nominal 42deg on the readout.
FI, Faraday isolator for protection of the NPRO from the returning light, for obtaining the returning light.
HWP2, to make the beam from the Faraday horiz-polarized. nominal 357deg on the readout.
MM_Lens, f=125mm to match the laser mode to the IFO beam.
SM1/SM2, steering mirrors to align the IFO beam to the Farady Isolator.
IRIS1/IRIS2, for the coarse alignment of the injection beam.
FLIP, flipper mount to turn on/off the injection optics.

Alignment procedure of the injection system
0) Ignite NPRO several hours before the experiment so that the laser frequency can be stable.
1) Turn up FLIP. Close the shutter of NPRO.
2) Adjust SM1/SM2 so that the ifo beam can appear at the output of FI.
3) Adjust height and position of IRIS1/IRIS2 with regard to the ifo beam so that the ifo beam goes through IRIS1/IRIS2 even when they are closed.
4) Turn down FLIP. Open the shutter of NPRO.
5) Adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 so that the injection beam can go through IRIS1/IRIS2 even when they are closed.
6) At this time, it is expected that the reflection of the injection beam from SRM appears at AS CCD, if SRM is aligned.
7) Adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 so that the injection beam at AS CCD can overlap to the IFO beam.
8) Confirm the beam at the output of the FI also overlaps.
---- We are here ----
9) Change the ifo configuration to the X or Y arm only.
10) Scan the crystal temperature of the 700mW NPRO in order to try to have the beating of the two beams at the PD. AS OSA may be useful to obtain the beating.
11) Once the beating is obtained, adjust INJ_SM1/INJ_SM2 such that the beating amplitude is maximized.
  626   Wed Jul 2 18:30:01 2008 JohnUpdateIOOQPD alignment
I aligned the beams on the following QPDs

IP POS
IP ANG
MC TRANS
IOO POS
  627   Wed Jul 2 19:15:52 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralStatus of the alignment of the NPRO beam for the Absolute Length Measurement
Today I've tried to bring the frequency of the NPRO laser close enough to that of the IFO beam so that the beat between the two beams can be at a detectable frequency for the photodiode. The way I've been changing the frequency is by the NPRO's temperature control on its driver.

Looking at the signal from the AS OSA should enable us to monitor the direction in which the frequency is changing. Every time the resonances of the IFO beam and of the NPRO beam overlap, we know that the frequencies of the two beams are some FSR of the OSA away from each other. At the overlapping of the resonances, if the difference of frequency is within the detectable range of the photodiode, we should see a peak in the network/spectrum analyzer.

This way turned out not very easy in practice because from the AS OSA one can hardly distinguish the resonances of the primary beam from those of the secondary beam. The cause is mainly the flashing of the IFO beam at the AS port which produces a pattern of resonances of different amplitude. Also for some reason, triggering the output signal from the OSA at the oscilloscope doesn't work very well.

However, even if we didn't have these problems, I think that the two beams are not very well aligned, at least not anymore. I'm attaching some pictures from the AS port. The bright spot on the left is the NPRO beam and the one in the center which flashes is the IFO beam. We probably need some more work in the alignment of the NRPO beam.
  628   Thu Jul 3 11:53:30 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralStatus of the alignment of the NPRO beam for the Absolute Length Measurement
The method itself looked fine.

Use of the one arm configuration will make the work easier as constant power at the AS port is obtained.
How much is the FSR of the OSA?

Apparently the alignment is not good any more as Alberto pointed. Everytime you touch the flipper you'd better to adjust it. Then, if necessary, adjust the injection steerings.

If the PSL beam is blocked, only the injection beam appears at the optical ports. The spot is obtained at the AS port and the SY port (REFL) at the same time. I recommend to confirm the transmittion to the SY port too by the CDD, the card, and whatever. Note that this may be difficult because this will have the beam power of below 1 mW.


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Alberto> Today I've tried to bring the frequency of the NPRO laser ...
  630   Thu Jul 3 13:12:32 2008 Rob, Yoichi, JohnUpdateLockingMore oscillations
Bounce/ roll filters were added to the short degrees of freedom to reduce the effect of the 24Hz line seen on Tuesday night.

However last night saw the arrival of a new oscillation at ~34Hz. This may be the second harmonic of the MOS roll mode. Reducing the arm offset would cause this oscillation to ring up and break the lock (first plot). This effect was repeatable.

No signal was seen in the oplevs or osems which leads us to rule out alignment problems, at least for now.

Although one can clearly see DARM_ERR increasing as arm power increases adding a resonant gain in the DARM loop had no effect.

We also noticed that x arm transmission was significantly more noisy than the Y (second plot). And showed greater coherence with the increase in DARM noise. Investigations showed that the PD was not the source of the difference.

Turning up the MC gain seems to help a little.

We're now looking at POX as a candidate for RF_CARM (third plot).
  634   Thu Jul 3 18:48:09 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralBeats of the two lasers in the absolute length measurement observed
I adjusted the alignment of the flipper mirror as suggested by Koji making the two beam spots match. I also aligned all the IFO mirrors (ITMs, PRM, SRM, ETMs) to have more power for the IFO signal at the AS port. When I did that I could see the beats at the AS OSA. Then I explored the range of temperature of the NPRO from 35deg (C) to 51.2807deg and at that point I could observe a peak corresponding to the beat at about 10MHz on the network analyzer. The peak tends to drift because the laser takes probably a longer time to actually thermalize and it moves very rapidly changing the temperature of the laser.
  635   Thu Jul 3 22:54:45 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralBeats of the two lasers in the absolute length measurement observed
Great! Conguraturation! I wish if I could see it! It's nice if you can put the photo or anything of the RF spectrum analyzer.

Next step:
o You can try to maximize the beat amplitude by the tuning of the Injection steering mirrors.

o At the south end of the SP table, I prepared a frequency mixer. You can put the beat signal into the RF input, and an oscillator (which you can bring from somewhere) to the LO input in order to obtain the error signal of the PLL. Put the IF output of the mixer in a SR560, and please try to lock it by a simple 6db/oct (1st order) LPF of the SR560. For the actuator you can use the fast-pzt input of the NPRO.


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Then I explored the range of temperature of the NPRO from 35deg (C) to 51.2807deg and at that point I could observe a peak corresponding to the beat at about 10MHz on the network analyzer.
  637   Mon Jul 7 11:22:02 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralBeats of the two lasers in the absolute length measurement observed
I didn't post a screenshot from the RF SA because I had troubles with the interface with the computer (unfortunately the network SA cannot export the data either).

There is problem with the PLL circuit. The signal, beside the beat, also contains peaks at 33, 66 and 99 MHz, so we should think about filtering those out.


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Great! Conguraturation! I wish if I could see it! It's nice if you can put the photo or anything of the RF spectrum analyzer.

Next step:
o You can try to maximize the beat amplitude by the tuning of the Injection steering mirrors.

o At the south end of the SP table, I prepared a frequency mixer. You can put the beat signal into the RF input, and an oscillator (which you can bring from somewhere) to the LO input in order to obtain the error signal of the PLL. Put the IF output of the mixer in a SR560, and please try to lock it by a simple 6db/oct (1st order) LPF of the SR560. For the actuator you can use the fast-pzt input of the NPRO.


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Then I explored the range of temperature of the NPRO from 35deg (C) to 51.2807deg and at that point I could observe a peak corresponding to the beat at about 10MHz on the network analyzer.
  638   Mon Jul 7 13:06:38 2008 KojiUpdateGeneralBeats of the two lasers in the absolute length measurement observed
One may need an RF filter after the mixer. I expect the SR560 does work for this purpose.
If it does not, a passive LPF can be used.


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I didn't post a screenshot from the RF SA because I had troubles with the interface with the computer (unfortunately the network SA cannot export the data).

There's is problem with the PLL circuit. The signal, beside the beat, also contains peaks at 33, 66 and 99 MHz, so we should think about filtering those out, correct?
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