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  1853   Fri Aug 7 11:39:13 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLMZ Alignment
For the last couple of days we've been trying to find the cause that is preventing us to get more than 0.85 for the arm power.
After re-aligning the reference caivity yesterdau, today I went for the MZ. I slightly changed the alignment of the mirror in pitch. I was able to inrease the MZ-TRANPD to 4.8 (from about 3).
Unfortunately the same increase didn't show up at the MC transmission (that is IFO input) becasue changing the MZ also changed alignment to the MC cavity changed. A little tune of the MZ periscope was necessary to adjust the beam to the MC.
 
After all this MC-TRANS read 7.2 vs 7.0 before: no big of an improvement.
 
The arm power is still below 0.85.
 
Next step: measuring the MC length. Maybe changed a lot after the MC satellite was recently it by the people that were installing sesimometers and accelerometers on it.

 

  1855   Fri Aug 7 14:31:39 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLDAQ REstarted

For some reason a few minutes ago the FB DAQ crashed and I had to restarted.

  1856   Fri Aug 7 16:00:17 2009 peteUpdateComputersRCG work. MDC MDP open loop transfer function

Today I was able to make low frequency transfer function with DTT on megatron.  There seems to have been a timing problem, perhaps Alex fixed it or it is intermittent.

I have attached the open loop transfer function for the un-optimized system, which is at least stable to step impulses with the current filters and gains.  The next step is to optimize, transfer this knowledge to the ADC/DAC version, and hook it up to isolated ETMX.

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  1859   Fri Aug 7 16:53:35 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMGuralp breakout box noise, finally

After many issues, I finally have some Guralp box noise. I did not measure every single channel with high resolution at the low frequencies because that would have taken about 3 years, but I could perhaps take some faster measurements for all of them if necessary.

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  1860   Fri Aug 7 17:05:34 2009 JenneUpdatePSLRef cav reflection PD is funky

Quote:

we have a tester cable, but you don't want it. Instead the problem is probably at the cross-connect. The D-cable goes to a cross-connect and you can probe there with a voltmeter. If the signal is good there, trace it to the ADC. Also trend for several years to see when this happened - Yoichi may know the history better.

Also, we still need to complete the FSS RFPD task list from last year.

 

 [Jenne, Ben]

I called in the reinforcements today.  Ben came over and we looked all around at all of the cross-connects and cables relating to the FSS.  Everything looks pretty much okey-dokey, except that we still weren't getting signal in the DataViewer channels.  Finally we looked at the psl.db file, which indicates that the C1:PSL-FSS_RFPDDC channel looks at channel 21 of the ADC cross connect thing.  We followed the cable which was plugged into this, and it led to a cable which was disconnected, but laying right next to the Ref Cav refl PD.  We plugged this into the DC out SMA connection of the photodiode (which had not been connected to anything), and suddenly everything was mostly golden again in dataviewer land.  RFPDDC_F now has a signal, but RFPDDC is still flat. 

 

Even though this seems to be working now, it's still not perfect.  Rob suggested that instead of having this SMA cable going from the photodiode's DC out, we should take the signal from the ribbon cable.  So I'm going to figure out which pin of the D-connector is the DC out, and take that from the cross connect to the ADC cross connect.  This will help avoid some persnickity ground loops. 

  1861   Fri Aug 7 17:46:21 2009 ZachUpdateCamerasThe phase camera is sort of working

Shown below are the plots of the amplitude and phase of the Mephisto laser light modulated with a chopper as a square wave at about 1 kHz.  The color bar for the phase should run from -pi to pi, and it does when I don't accidently comment out the color bar function.  Anyway, the phase is consistently pi/4 or pi/4 plus or minus pi.  Usually all three of these phases occur within the same image, as shown below.  Also, the amplitude is a factor of two or so higher than it should be where this phase jump occurs.  I think these problems are associated with the nature of the square wave.  However, there is a software bug that appears to be independent of the input data: there is a rounding error that causes the amplitude to jump to infinity at certain points.  This happened for only a dozen or so pixels so I deleted them from the amplitude plot shown below.  I am currently working on a more robust code that will use the Newton-Raphson method for nonlinear systems of equations. 

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  1862   Fri Aug 7 17:51:50 2009 ZachUpdateCamerasCMOS vs. CCD

The images that I just posted were taken with the CMOS camera.  We switched from the CCD to the CMOS because the CCD was exhibiting much higher blooming effects.  Unlike the CCD, there is a slight background structure if you look carefully in the amplitude image, but I can correct for this consistent background by taking a uniformly exposed image by placing a convex lens in front of the CMOS.  I will then divide each frame taken of the laser wavefront by the background image. 

  1866   Fri Aug 7 20:43:35 2009 Clara, Jenne, Rana, JanUpdatePEMTwo Guralps plugged in, prepped for huddle test

Both Guralps and the Ranger have been placed in our nice new insulated foam box, complete with packing peanuts, in the corner between the x and y arms. The Guralp breakout box has been reinstalled and everything is plugged in in prepartion for the huddle test. However, we're having some issues with ADC channels, which will be worked out tomorrow (hopefully) so that data can be collected over the weekend.

Currently, one Guralp is plugged into the three SEIS-MC1 channels. We made new channels for the second Guralp (GUR-EW, GUR-NS, and GUR-VERT), but had issues with those. So, EW and NS have been plugged into PEM_AUDIO-MIC1 and MIC2 for the time being.

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  1868   Sat Aug 8 17:19:07 2009 ranaUpdatePEMTwo Guralps plugged in, prepped for huddle test

 I found that several of the cables are unlabeled so I'm not sure what's plugged in. In the end, I found that the TEMP_2, _3, & _44 channels were working and so I plugged in anything that looked seismic into there.

TEMP_2 is now apparently the X channel of the 2nd Guralp. If someone can figure out which cable belongs to the Y channel, please plug it into TEMP_3 and then we can fix the channel names.

I also removed (gently) all of the accelerometers from MC2's chamber. This didn't break the lock, but I intentionally broke it to make sure it reacquired fine. It did and the MC TRANS QPD showed no significant shift afterwards.

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  1869   Sat Aug 8 17:23:29 2009 ranaUpdatePEMoffensive 2 Hz sine wave removed

Friday, we were seeing a 2 Hz harmonic series in all of the PEM channels. Today I found that some bad person had put in a 4V (!) signal into one of the channels with a signal generator. The generator was also sneakily stuck way back inside the DCU rack. NO SECRET SIGNAL INJECTIONS!

Since the ADC has a 2Vpk range, this was saturating and putting in harmonics in all the adjacent channels. I disconnected it and turned off the function generator.

  1870   Sun Aug 9 16:32:18 2009 ranaUpdateComputersRCG work. MDC MDP open loop transfer function

This is very nice. We have, for the first time, a real time plant with which we can test our changes of the control system. From my understanding, we have a control system with the usual POS/PIT/YAW matrices and filter banks. The outputs go to a separate real-time system which is running something similar and where we have loaded the pendulum TF as a filter. Cross-couplings, AA & AI filters, and saturations to come later.

The attached plot is just the same as what Peter posted earlier, but with more resolution. I drove at the input to the SUSPOS filter bank and measured the open loop with the loop closed. The loop wants an overall gain of -0.003 or so to be stable.

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  1871   Mon Aug 10 11:33:58 2009 JenneUpdatePSLNon-Elogged Beam dump on the PSL table - BadBadBad

Big thumbs down to whoever put a beam dump on the PSL table in front of the PMC yesterday afternoon without noting it in the elog

The offending beam dump has been removed, and the PMC relocked.

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  1872   Mon Aug 10 14:58:01 2009 JenneUpdatePEM2nd set of Guralp channels plugged into ADCU

The second set of Guralp channels is now plugged into the PEM ADCU, into channels which are confirmed to be working.  (Method: 1Vpp sine wave into channel, check with DataViewer).

 

Direction, Channel Name, .ini chnum, BNC plug # on ADCU

Vertical: C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR_VERT, 15023, #24

N/S (should be Y when the seismometer is put in place): C1:PEM-TEMP_2, 15001, #2

E/W (should be X when the seismometer is put in place): C1:PEM-TEMP_3, 15002, #3

 

There is IFO work going on, so I don't want to rename the channels / restart fb40m until a little later, so I'll just use the old TEMP channel names for now. 

 

There is something totally wrong with the E/W channel.  I can look at all 3 channels on a 'scope (while it's on battery, so the op-amps in the breakout box aren't grounded), and VERT and NS look fine, and when I jump around ("seismic testing"), they show spikes.  But the EW channel's signal on the 'scope is way smaller, and it doesn't show anything when I jump. 

 

I might use the handheld Guralp tester breakout box to check the seismometer.  Also, a suspicion I have is that whoever put the box back in on Friday night after our final noise measurements left the inputs shorted for this one channel.  It's the 3rd channel in the set, so it would be most likely to be stuck shorted...  Investigations will ensue.

  1873   Mon Aug 10 15:21:15 2009 JenneUpdatePSLNon-Elogged Beam dump on the PSL table - BadBadBad

Quote:

Big thumbs down to whoever put a beam dump on the PSL table in front of the PMC yesterday afternoon without noting it in the elog

The offending beam dump has been removed, and the PMC relocked.

 Maybe it was Russell Crowe

  1876   Mon Aug 10 16:37:27 2009 robUpdatePSLMZ alignment touched

I aligned the MZ.  The reflection went from .86 to .374

  1879   Mon Aug 10 17:36:32 2009 peteUpdateComputersRCG work. PIT, YAW, POS in MDP/MDC system

I've added the PIT and YAW dofs to the MDC and MDP systems.  The pendula frequencies in MDP are 0.8, 0.5, 0.6 Hz for POS, PIT, and YAW respectively.  The three dofs are linear and uncoupled, and stable, but there is no modeled noise in the system (yet) and some gains may need bumping up in the presence of noise.  The MDC filters are identical for each dof (3:0.0 and Cheby). The PIT and YAW transfer functions look pretty much like the one Rana recently took of POS, but of course with the different pendulum frequencies.  I've attached one for YAW.

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  1881   Mon Aug 10 17:49:10 2009 peteUpdateComputersRCG work - plans

Pete, Koji

 

We discussed a preliminary game plan for this project.  The thing I really want to see is an ETMX RCG controller hooked into the existing frontend via reflective memory, and the 40 m behaving normally with this hybrid system, and my list is geared toward this.  I suspect the list may cause controversy.

+ copy the MDC filters into SAM, and make sure everything looks good there with DTT and SR785.

+ get interface / wiring boards from Wilson House, to go between megatron and the analog ETMX system

+ test tying the ETMX pendulum and bare-bones SAM together (use existing watchdogs, and "bare-bones" needs defining)

+ work some reflective memory magic and create the hybrid frontend

 

In parallel with the above, the following should also happen:

+ MEDM screen design

+ add non-linear bits to the ETMX MDP/MDC model system

+ make game plan for the rest of the RCG frontend

  1882   Mon Aug 10 18:12:25 2009 JenneUpdatePEM2nd set of Guralp channels plugged into ADCU

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The second set of Guralp channels is now plugged into the PEM ADCU, into channels which are confirmed to be working.  (Method: 1Vpp sine wave into channel, check with DataViewer).

 

Direction, Channel Name, .ini chnum, BNC plug # on ADCU

Vertical: C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR_VERT, 15023, #24

N/S (should be Y when the seismometer is put in place): C1:PEM-TEMP_2, 15001, #2

E/W (should be X when the seismometer is put in place): C1:PEM-TEMP_3, 15002, #3

 

There is IFO work going on, so I don't want to rename the channels / restart fb40m until a little later, so I'll just use the old TEMP channel names for now. 

 

There is something totally wrong with the E/W channel.  I can look at all 3 channels on a 'scope (while it's on battery, so the op-amps in the breakout box aren't grounded), and VERT and NS look fine, and when I jump around ("seismic testing"), they show spikes.  But the EW channel's signal on the 'scope is way smaller, and it doesn't show anything when I jump. 

 

I might use the handheld Guralp tester breakout box to check the seismometer.  Also, a suspicion I have is that whoever put the box back in on Friday night after our final noise measurements left the inputs shorted for this one channel.  It's the 3rd channel in the set, so it would be most likely to be stuck shorted...  Investigations will ensue.

 All the channels are now good, and all the names are back to making sense. 

The problem with EW2 was in fact that the alligator clip used to short the inputs during the noise test Friday night was left in the box.  Not great, but now it's taken care of, and we have recorded data of the noise of the breakout box, so we can include that in our plots to see if we're at the limit of how good we can do at subtracting noise.

 

The channels are now named thusly:

C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR_VERT  (BNC input #24, .ini channel #15023)

C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR_EW     (BNC input #3, .ini channel #15002)

C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR_NS      (BNC input #2, .ini channel #15001)

C1:PEM-SEIS_MC1_X         (BNC input #11, .ini channel #15010)

C1:PEM-SEIS_MC1_Y        (BNC input #12, .ini channel #15011)

C1:PEM-SEIS_MC1_Z       (BNC input #10, .ini channel #15009)

C1:PEM-SEIS_MC2_Y (Ranger, which for the Huddle Test is oriented VERTICALLY)   (BNC input #4, .ini channel #15003)

 

Now we wait.....and tomorrow extract the noise of each of the seismometers from this!

 

 

  1883   Mon Aug 10 20:49:13 2009 Alberto, RanaUpdatePSLPMC Mode Matching Lenses Tuning

Rana, Alberto

This afternoon we tried to improve the mode matching of the beam to the PMC. To do that we tuned the positions of the two lenses on the PSL table that come before the PMC.

We moved the first lens back an forth the without noticing any improvement on the PMC transmitted and reflected power. Then we moved the first backwards by about one cm (the order is set according to how the beam propagates). That made the things worse so we moved also the second lens in the same direction so that the distance in between the two didn't change significantly. After that, and some more adjustments on the steering mirrors all we could gain was about 0.2V on the PMC transmission.

We suspect that after the problems with the laser chiller of two months ago, the beam size changed and so the mode matching optics is not adequate anymore.

We have to replace the mode matching lenses with other ones.

 

  1884   Tue Aug 11 01:21:55 2009 robUpdatePSLMZ needs some attention

the servo needs some work. 

 

2 day trend

 

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  1885   Tue Aug 11 02:15:20 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMGuralp breakout box circuit diagram

While writing my progress report, I redrew the Guralp breakout box circuit diagram with all the changes marked. Since only one hard copy exists, I thought it might be useful to post my drawing up in case it is needed for any reason. The two drawings are the same - the second has just been broken into two parts to make it easier to fit on a normal 8.5 x 11 or A4 sheet of paper. The gains for each opamp have not been marked, but they could very easily be added in if necessary. The black resistances and capacitances are the originals. All changes have been indicated in blue.

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  1886   Tue Aug 11 14:15:28 2009 StephanieUpdateGeneralMultiply Resonant EOM Update

I was able to observe the three sets of modulation sidebands created by the EOM + triply resonant circuit yesterday. Quantitative results will be posted later.

  1889   Wed Aug 12 02:00:32 2009 robUpdateLockingreport

Spent a lot of time aligning tonight.  The BS is not staying put--sometimes after a lock loss it gets badly mis-aligned. 

DD handoff is working, after putting beam on REFL diodes and running senseDRM script.

  1891   Wed Aug 12 12:08:16 2009 StephanieUpdateGeneralMultiply Resonant EOM Update

I measured the magnitude of modulation as a function of frequency using the optical spectrum analyzer and an oscilloscope while generating signals using a Marconi signal generator; the results are shown in the attached plot and are compared to the expected modulation given the measured transfer function of the circuit and the nominal modulation index of the EOM used (13 mrad/V). Using the oscilloscope, I found the resonant peaks to be at 11.11 MHz, 29.57 MHz, and 54.70 MHz. There are several different colors on the plot; this is because I had to take the data in several different segments and had to switch to measuring a different sideband partway through the measurment. I also separately found the modulation at each resonant peak for each sideband. The magnitude of modulation was measured  by finding the ratio between the magnitude of the carrier and sideband powers using an oscilloscope, and calculating the magnitude of modulation from this. This method was also used to quantify the dependence of modulation magnitude on input power at each resonant peak; these results are also attached. These same results can also be plotted as modulation magnitude as a function of voltage into the resonant circuit; this is also attached (I'm not sure which is more useful).

In order to produce these results (get the measurements in mrad/V) it was necessary to measure the gain of the amplifier. I used the signal generator to input signals of varying power and measured the output signal voltage using the oscilloscope; I then repeated this process at each resonant frequency. From this I was able to calculate the gain of the amplifier to be 28.1 dB at 11.11 MHz, 27.4 dB at 29.57 MHz, and 25.7 dB at 54.70 MHz. These values are in the same ballpark as the values in the Mini Circuits data sheet (all values are ~25-28 MHz).

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  1894   Wed Aug 12 23:45:03 2009 ChrisUpdateGeneralLong range michelson

Today I set up the EUCLID long range michelson design on the SP table; It's the same as the setup posted earlier, but without the pickoff (at PD1), which can be added later, and a few other minor changes (moved lenses, mirrors, PDs - nothing major).  I hooked up the two PD's to the oscilliscope and got a readout that pointed to more power hitting PD2 than PD3.

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  1895   Thu Aug 13 00:11:43 2009 JenneUpdateIOOMode Cleaner Unlock

So that I can collect a bit of free-swinging Mode Cleaner data, I started a script to wait 14400 seconds (4 hours), then unlock the mode cleaner.  It should unlock the MC around 4am.  As soon as someone gets in in the morning, you can relock it.  I should have plenty of data by then.

  1896   Thu Aug 13 02:17:56 2009 JenneUpdateIOOMode Cleaner Alignment

When Rob and I were getting started on locking for the evening, Mode Cleaner lost lock a few times, but every time it lost lock, it took forever to reaquire, and was pretty insistent on locking in the TEM10 mode.  I proposed that the alignment might be sketchy.  I've been fiddling with the MC alignment sliders for the last hour and a half or so, but I think I'm not 100% in tune with the 3 mirror parameter space.  The mode cleaner now locks, but I'm not in love with its' alignment.  The WFS are definitely catywhompus.  Before doing hardware things like recentering the WFS, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to consult with an alignment expert.

In case this is helpful for tomorrow, before I touched any of the sliders:

Optic, Pitch, Yaw

MC1, 3.1459, -0.7200

MC3, -0.8168, -3.0700

MC2, 3.6360, -1.0576

 

Now that mode cleaner locks, although not in a great alignment:

MC1, 3.1089, -0.7320

MC3, -0.7508, -3.0770

MC2, 3.6610, -1.0786

 

If I knew how to kill my script to unlock the mode cleaner, I would.  But I sourced it, and Rob didn't know earlier this evening how to kill something which is started with 'source' since it doesn't seem to get a process number like when you './'  to run a script. So the Mode Cleaner will probably be unlocked in the morning, and it may be persnickity to get it relocked, especially if the tree people are doing tree things with giant trucks again in the morning.

  1897   Thu Aug 13 09:22:06 2009 ranaUpdatePEMranger

Rana, Jan, Jenne

We noticed that the Ranger data was all bogus at low frequencies. So we checked it and found that the proper procedure had not been used when changing it from horizontal to vertical last week. So the huddle test data from the weekend is not valid for the ranger; we will have to repeat it sometime.

So we used the manual, and extended the hanger rod on top of the Ranger to free the mass. It now has good response and coherence with the Guralps down to 0.1 Hz. See attached plot soon.

 

  1900   Fri Aug 14 02:57:46 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMRedo of the Huddle Test

I put all three seismometers and all six accelerometers together in the foam box with peanuts. Three of the accelerometers are facing in the x-direction and three are in the y-direction. Both Guralps are aligned on the NS axis and the Ranger is pointing vertically.

**EDIT: The accelerometers are in the x and z directions, not x and y. Sorry, I was sleepy when I wrote this.**

One of the accelerometers was refusing to show anything, and after a few hours of checking connections and swapping cables, I discovered that someone had unplugged the cable from the ADC. A quick glance in the dataviewer shows that the channel has been unplugged since about 3 in the afternoon on August 8th (Saturday). So... obviously all the accelerometer measurements made with that channel since then did not actually get recorded. Yay.

Anyway, as of 2:45, everything is working and taking data. Clearly we're not getting a full night's worth... hopefully that's okay.

  1905   Fri Aug 14 15:29:43 2009 JenneUpdateComputersc1susvme2 was unmounted from /cvs/cds

When I came in earlier today, I noticed that c1susvme2 was red on the DAQ screens.  Since the vme computers always seem to be happier as a set, I hit the physical reset buttons on sosvme, susvme1 and susvme2.  I then did the telnet or ssh in as appropriate for each computer in turn.  sosvme and susvme1 came back just fine. However, I couldn't cd to /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme2 while ssh-ed in to susvme2.  I could cd to /cvs/cds, and then did an ls, and it came back totally blank.  There was nothing at all in the folder. 

Yoichi showed me how to do 'df' to figure out what filesystems are mounted, and it looked as though the filesystem was mounted.  But then Yoichi tried to unmount the filesystem, and it claimed that it wasn't mounted at all.  We then remounted the filesystem, and things were good again.  I was able to continue the regular restart procedure, and the computer is back up again.

Recap: c1susvme2 mysteriously got unmounted from /cvs/cds!  But it's back, and the computers are all good again.

  1907   Fri Aug 14 18:33:02 2009 ClaraUpdate Record of Accelerometer and Seismometer Movements

Rather than make a new elog post every time I move something, I'm going to just keep updating this Google spreadsheet, which ought to republish every time I change it. It's already got everything I've done for the past week-ish. The spreadsheet can be accessed here, as a website, or here, as a pdf. I will still post something nightly so that you don't have to search for this post, but I wanted to be able to provide more-or-less real-time information on where things are without carpet-bombing the elog.

  1908   Fri Aug 14 23:45:14 2009 ChrisUpdateGeneralLong Range Readout

The EUCLID-style Michelson readout is on the SP table now and is aligned.  See image below.  I took several power spectra with the plotter attached to the HP3563 (not sure if there's another way to get the data out) and I'm still waiting to calibrate (since dP/dL isn't constant as it isn't locked, this is taking a bit longer).  When put into XY mode on the oscilliscope (plotting Voltage at PD2 on the x and Voltage at PD3 on the y), a Lissajous figure as in the first plot below.  It's offset and elliptical due to imperfections (noise, dc offset, etc) but can ideally be used to calculate the L_ target mirror movement.  By rotating the first quarter wave plate by ~80.5deg counter-clockwise (fast axis was originally at Pi/8, now at 103deg), I was able to turn the Lissajous figure from an ellipse into a more circular shape, which would ideally allow for us to use a circular approximation (much simpler) in our displacement calculations.

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  1909   Sat Aug 15 05:08:55 2009 YoichiUpdateLockingFriday night locking
Summary: DD hand off fails for DRFPMI.

Tonight, I did a lot of house keeping work.

(1) I noticed that the reference cavity (RC) was locked to TEM10.
This was probably the reason why we had to increase the FSS common gain.
I re-locked the RC to TEM00. Now the common gain value is back to the original.

(2) The MC WFS did not engage. I found that c1dcuepics had the /cvs/cds mounting problem.
I rebooted it. Then MC WFS started working.

(3) After checking that the MC WFS QPDs are centered for direct reflection (the MZ half fringe method),
I locked the MC and tweaked the mirror alignment (mainly MC3) to offload the WFS feedback signals.
Now the MC locks to TEM00 robustly.

(4) Since the MC mirror alignment is touchy recently, I did not like the idea of mis-aligning MC2
when you do the LSC PD offset adjustment. So I modified the LSCoffset script so that it will close
the PSL shutter instead of mis-aligning MC2.

(5) I changed the PD11_Q criteria for success in the alignment scripts because PD11_Q is now lower
than before due to the lower laser power.

(6) Since today's bootfest, some epics values were not properly restored. Some of the PD gains were
unmatched between I and Q. I corrected these with the help of conlog.

(7) By checking the open loop TFs, I found that the short DOFs have significantly lower UGFs than before,
probably due to the lower laser power. I increased the gains of MICH, PRCL and SRCL by a factor of 2 for
the full configuration.
For the DRM configuration the changes I made were:

PRC -0.15 -> -0.3
SRC 0.2 -> 0.6
MICH 0.5 -> 0.5

(8) I locked the DRFPMI with arm offsets, then adjusted the demodulation phases of PD6,PD7,PD8 and PD9 (DD PDs)
to minimize the offsets in the error signal, while locked with the single demodulation signals.

Change log:
PD6_PHASE 201 -> 270
PD7_PHASE 120 -> 105
PD8_PHASE 131 -> 145
PD9_PHASE -45 -> -65


(9) I ran senseDRM to get the sensing Matrix for the short DOFs using DD signals in DRM configuration.

(10) Still the DD hand off fails for DRFPMI. It succeeds for DRM.
  1912   Sat Aug 15 18:57:48 2009 ranaUpdateVACUPS failed

As Rob noted last Friday, the UPS which powers the Vacuum rack failed. When we were trying to move the plugs around to debug it, it made a sizzling sound and a pop. Bad smells came out of it.

Ben came over this week and measured the quiescent power consumption. The low power draw level was 11.9 A and during the reboot its 12.2 A. He measured this by ??? (Rob inserts method here).

So what we want is a 120 V * 12.2 A  ~ 1.4 kVA UPS with ~30-50% margin. We look for this on the APC-UPS site:

On Monday, we will order the SUA2200 from APC. It should last for ~25 minutes during an outage. Its $1300. The next step down is $200 cheaper and gives 10 minutes less uptime.

  1913   Sat Aug 15 22:50:18 2009 ClaraUpdateLockingMode Cleaner is out of lock again

It was fine when I came in earlier today, but I just got back from dinner, and it's not good. I looked in dataviewer, and it seems to have been sliding out for the past couple of hours... Here is a picture:

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I swear I am not responsible this time... all I've been doing is working in the control room.

  1914   Sun Aug 16 04:33:11 2009 ClaraUpdateLockingMode Cleaner is out of lock again

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It was fine when I came in earlier today, but I just got back from dinner, and it's not good. I looked in dataviewer, and it seems to have been sliding out for the past couple of hours... Here is a picture:

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I swear I am not responsible this time... all I've been doing is working in the control room.

 Mode cleaner bounced back on its own about 2 hours ago.

  1915   Mon Aug 17 02:05:49 2009 Yoichi,ranaUpdatePSLReference cavity reflection looks bad
Rana, Yoichi

It has been a well known fact that the reference cavity reflection beam looks ugly.

We measured the visibility of the RC by locking and unlocking it.
Comparing the reflected beam powers, we got the visibility of 0.46,
which is pretty bad.

The beam going into the RC looks fine (circular on a sensor card).
However, the beam reflected back from the RC is distorted into a
horizontal ellipse, even when the RC is not locked.

We took a picture of the reflected beam hitting a white paper with the
infrared camera (see the attachment). It looks like two overlapping
circles horizontally separated. Could it be a badly coated optics
producing a secondary reflection ?

We looked into the RC's front mirror with an inspection mirror, but we
could not identify any obstructing object.

Rana is now touching the RC alignment.

We plan to remove the periscope before the RC to have a better look
into the cavity for inspection.


Late breaking update:
- We also moved the Refcav reflection camera to look at the leakage through a reflection steering mirror so that there's less chance of distortion. There was previously a W1 window in there as a pickofff. Also changed the camera to autogain so that we can see something.

- Re-aligned onto the refl pd.

- Tweaked alignment into RC. Mainly in yaw. Transmission went from 5V to 7V. In your face, Aso!
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  1917   Mon Aug 17 04:16:13 2009 YoichiUpdatePSLReference cavity reflection looks bad

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Rana, Yoichi
- We also moved the Refcav reflection camera to look at the leakage through a reflection steering mirror so that there's less chance of distortion. There was previously a W1 window in there as a pickofff. Also changed the camera to autogain so that we can see something.

- Re-aligned onto the refl pd.

- Tweaked alignment into RC. Mainly in yaw. Transmission went from 5V to 7V. In your face, Aso!


After our removal of the pick off window and Rana's re-alignment of the beam into the RC, the RC optical gain increased.
FSS was complaining about it by driving the PC feedback crazy.
I reduced the nominal common gain from 12.5dB to 11dB.
  1918   Mon Aug 17 07:01:09 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMADC noiseness

I shorted the inputs on three channels and the outputs on three channels of the Guralp box, and I did similar things with the accelerometers. I was going to move the instruments themselves back, but I didn't have time, so they are still in the box in the corner. If the setup could stay as-is for at least a few hours, that would be awesome.

  1922   Tue Aug 18 01:16:01 2009 JenneUpdatePSLMach Zehnder is realigned

The Mach Zehnder and I got to know each other today.  The reason for redoing the alignment was to improve pointing from the PSL table into the MC/IFO in hopes that this would solve the MC unlocking problems that we've been having lately.  Since Rana had aligned the IOO QPDs a few weeks ago when all of the alignments and things were good, I used them as a reference for my Mach Zehnder alignment activities. 

 
The order of operations were approximately as follows:

1. Block the secondary (west) arm of the Mach Zehnder using either an aluminum or razor dump.

2. Use SM1 in the MZ to align the beam to the IOO_QPDs (Pos and Ang).  I unfortunately also touched BS2 at this juncture, which made the refl path no longer a reference.

3.  Make sure that the QPD Sum on both Pos and Ang was sensible.  Since there are 2 beamsplitters in a Mach Zehnder, the power on the QPDs should be a quarter when only one beam is on them.  Be careful not to allow the beam no clip on anything.  The biggest problem was the bottom periscope mirror - if you hit it too high or too low, since it is a very thick optic, you end up coming out its side!  This is the frosty part on the edges, totally inappropriate for beams to go through!  Since the side of the periscope mirror isn't HR coated, when going through it like this, I was able to saturate the QPDs.  Not so good. 

4. Also, make sure that this first beam is on the MZ Refl PD.  Do this using the steering optics after the beam has left the MZ.  Use a viewer to look at the PD, and see the small spot of the beam on the diode.  We closed the iris which is present and was standing fully open to remove a spurious beam which was a parallel split-off of the main beam.  Since it was very weak, it is fine.

5.  Unblock the west arm, and block the east arm of the MZ.

6. Align this arm to both the IOO QPDs and the MZ refl diode using the adjustments on BS1, the PZT mirror and if necessary, BS2.  Note that the adjust knobs on the PZT mirror have lock screws.  Make sure to unlock them before adjusting, and relock afterward, to avoid slipping while the PZT is moving.

7.  Unblock all the beams, and make sure there is only one spot both on the transmission side and the reflection side, i.e. the 2 spots from the 2 arms are completely overlapping.  For the Trans side, make sure to look both in the near field and the far field (even after the periscope) to ensure that you really have one spot, instead of just the 2 spots crossing at a single location.

8.  Look at the MZ refl DC out and the PD out from the ISS box (which is essentially MZ trans, looking at Morag and Siobhan) on a 'scope.

9.  Touch / gently wiggle BS1 or another optic, and watch the 'scope.  At the same time, adjust BS1, the PZT mirror and BS2 to maximize the contrast between light and dark fringes.  Ideally, the refl PD should go almost to zero at the dark fringes.

10.  Check that you still have only one overlapping beam everywhere, and that you're actually hitting the MZ refl PD.

11. Because I was concerned about clipping while still figuring out the status of the lower periscope mirror, I removed the beam pipe holders between the last optic before the periscope, and the lower periscope mirror.  The beam pipe had already been removed, this was just the pedestals and the snap-in clamps.

All done for now!  Still to be done:  Optimize the position of the EOMs.  There is a waveplate out front and the EOMs are mounted in such a way that they can be moved in several directions, so that we can optimize the alignment into them.  They ideally only should see a single polarization, in order to apply solely a phase modulation on the beam.  If the input polarization isn't correct, then we'll get a bit of amplitude modulation as well, which on PDs looks like a cavity length change.  Also, the little blue pomona-type box which has the RF signals for the EOMs needs to be clamped to the table with a dog clamp, or better yet needs to be moved underneath the PSL table, with just the cables coming up to the EOMs.  The SMA connections and the SMA cable kept interfering with the MZ refl beam...it's a wonder anyone ever made the beam snake around those cables the way they were in the first place. Right now, the box is sitting just off the side of the table, just inside the doors.

 
Something else that Rana and I did while on the table:  We moved the PMC trans optics just a teensy bit toward the PSL door (to the east) to avoid coming so unbelievably close to the MZ refl optics.  The PMC trans beam shown in the lowest part of my sketch was very nearly clipping on the MZ refl steering optic just near it.  This situation isn't totally ideal, since (as it has been in the past), the first optic which is dedicated to the PMC trans isn't fully sitting on the PSL table.  The pedestal needs to hang off the edge of the table a bit to keep this beam from clipping.  Unfortunately there really isn't space to make a better beam path.  Since we're planning on getting rid of the MZ when the upgrade happens, and this isn't causing us noticeable trouble right now, we're going to let it stay the way it is.

Also, we dumped the reflection from the PMC RFPD onto a razor blade dump. And we noticed that the PZT mirror and BS2 in the MZ are badly vibrationally sensitive. BS2 has a ~400 Hz resonance (which is OK) but a ~150 ms ringdown time!! PZT mirror is similar.

Q = pi * f * tau = 200!  Needs some damping.

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  1924   Tue Aug 18 15:16:15 2009 robUpdateIOOMC WFS working again

Rob, Yoichi

 

The MC WFS have apparently been bad for a few days, causing the MC alignment to drift away at DC.  We tried a few things to fix it, including jiggling some EPICS settings in the WFS head & demod screens.  This seemed to work for WFS1 but not WFS2.  Confused, we decided to go stare at the rack 1Y2.  While doing that, we noticed that the top two Sorensens in 1Y1 (these are directly below the Guralp box) were at different voltages from nominal.  The 5V had dropped to 4.2V and the 24V was at 24.6V.  We adjusted the knobs until these were set correctly.  After this, the MC WFS appear to work again.

 

When working in a rack, you must be as careful about accidentally touching things as when working on an optical table.

  1925   Tue Aug 18 15:52:27 2009 JenneUpdatePSLMZ
I tweaked up the MZ alignment.  The reflection had been around 0.550, which kept the MEDM indicator green, but was still too high.  I fiddled with BS1, and a little bit with BS2.  When I had the doors of the PSL table open, I got as low as 0.320.  When I closed up and came back to the control room, the MZ refl had drifted up to 0.354.  But it's good again now.

In the future, mirrors shouldn't be so close together that you can't get at their knobs to adjust them No good.  I ended up blocking the beam coming out of the PMC to prevent sticking my hand in some beam, making the adjustment, then removing the dump.  It worked in a safe way, but it was obnoxious. 

  1926   Tue Aug 18 19:57:47 2009 rana, JenneUpdatePSLMZ

- we finished the MZ alignment; the contrast is good.

- we did the RFAM tuning using a new technique: a bubble balanced analyzer cube and the StochMon RFPD. This techniques worked well and there's basically no 33 or 166 RFAM. The 133 and 199 are as expected.

- the MC locked right up and then we used the periscope to align to it; the transmission was ~75% of max before periscope tuning. So the beam pointing after the MC should be fine now.

- the Xarm locked up with TRX = 0.97 (no xarm alignment).

 

If Rob/Yoichi say the alignment is now good, the we absolutely must center the IOO QPDs and IP POS and IP ANG and MC TRANS  today so that we have good references.

 

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The first photo is of our nifty new setup to get the beam to the StochMon PD.  The MZ transmitted beam enters the photo from the bottom right corner, and hits the PBS (which we leveled using a bubble level).  The P-polarization light is transmitted through the cube, and the S-polarization is reflected to the left.  The pure S-polarized light hits a Beam Splitter, which we are using as a pickoff to reduce the amount of light which gets to the PD.  Most of the light is dumped on an aluminum dump.  The remaining light hits a steering mirror (Y1 45-S), goes through a lens, and then hits the StochMon PD.  While aligning the MZ to maximize visibility, we look at the small amount of P-polarized light which passes through the PBS on an IR card, and minimize it (since we want to be sending purely S-polarized light through the EOMs and into the MC).

The second photo is of a spectrum analyzer which is directly connected to the RF out of the StochMon PD.  To minimize the 33MHz and 166MHz peaks, we adjust the waveplates before each of the EOMs, and also adjusted the tilt of the EOM holders.

The final photo is of the EOMs themselves with the Olympus camera.

Once we finished all of our MZ aligning, we noticed that the beam input to the MC wasn't perfect, so Rana adjusted the lower periscope mirror to get the pointing a little better.  

The MZ refl is now at 0.300 when locked.  When Rana reduced the modulation depth, the MZ refl was about 0.050 .  Awesome!

 

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  1928   Wed Aug 19 17:11:33 2009 JenneUpdateIOOQPDs aligned

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If Rob/Yoichi say the alignment is now good, the we absolutely must center the IOO QPDs and IP POS and IP ANG and MC TRANS  today so that we have good references.

  

 IOO_QPD_POS,    IOO_QPD_ANG,    MC_TRANS,    IP_POS, IP_ANG    have all been centered.

Also, the MCWFS have been centered.

I'm now working on making sure beam is hitting all of the RF PDs around.

  1929   Wed Aug 19 18:02:22 2009 JenneUpdateLSCRF PDs aligned

All of the LSC RF PDs have been aligned.  I didn't really change much of anything, since for all of them, the beam was already pretty close to center.  But they all got the treatment of attaching a Voltmeter to the DC out, and adjusting the steering mirror in both pitch and yaw, finding where you fall off the PD in each direction, and then leave the optic in the middle of the two 'edges'.

Before aligning each set (PO, Refl, AS), I followed the procedure in Rob's new RF photodiode Wiki Page

Also, for superstitious reasons, and in case I actually bumped them, I squished all of the ribbon cable connectors into the PDs, just in case.

  1930   Wed Aug 19 23:57:35 2009 robUpdateLockingreport

 

locking work proceeding apace tonight.

diagonalized DRM with setDDphases & senseDRM

initial locks are fairly quick, aqstep script succeeds reliably.

first part of cm_step (handoff CARM-> MCL) usually works.

tuning up later parts of cm_step (presumably due to optical gain changes resulting from MOPA decline). 

got to arm powers ~60.

  1932   Fri Aug 21 17:05:04 2009 JenneUpdateGeneralrestarted the elog

[Kevin, Jenne]

Kevin's awesome final report/elog entry was so awesome that it crashed the elog.  It has been restarted.  We're going to put his pictures and documentation in the wiki, with a link from the elog to prevent re-crashing.

  1935   Fri Aug 21 18:37:16 2009 JenneUpdateGeneralTransfer function of Mode Cleaner Stacks

Using free-swinging Mode Cleaner OSEM data and Guralp seismometers, I have taken transfer functions of the Mode Cleaner stacks.

During this experiment, the MC was unlocked overnight, and one Guralp seismometer was underneath each chamber (MC1/MC3, and MC2).  Clara will let me know what the orientation of the seismometers were (including which seismometer was underneath which chamber and what direction the seismometer axes were pointing), but for now I have included TFs for every combination of suspension motion and seismometer channels.

I combined the 4 OSEM channels for each optic in POS and PIT, and then calibrated each of my sus channels using the method described in Kakeru's elog entry 1413. Units are meters for POS, and radians for PIT.  I also calibrated the guralp channels into meters.

The traces on each plot are: MC_{POS or PIT} / Guralp_{1 or 2}_{direction}.  So each plot shows the coupling between every seismometer direction and a single mirror direction.  The colors are the same for all the plots, ie the gold trace is always Gur1Z.

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  1938   Tue Aug 25 00:35:04 2009 ranaUpdateGeneralTransfer function of Mode Cleaner Stacks

Looks like all of the accelerometers and seismometers have been disconnected since early AM last Monday when Clara disconnected them for her sensor noise measurement.

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  1943   Tue Aug 25 18:42:42 2009 steveUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

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The PSL Temperature Box (D980400-B-C, what kind of numbering scheme is that?) modified at LHO/LLO ~8 years ago to have better resolution on the in-loop temperature sensors.

I haven't been able to find a DCN / ECN on this, but there's an elog entry from Hugh Radkins here.  I'm also attaching the PDF of the latest drawing (circa 2000) from the DCC.

The schematic doesn't show it, but I am guessing that the T_SENSE inputs are connected to the AD590 chips, and that 4 of these are attached somehow to the RefCav can. IF this is true, I don't understand why there are input resistors on the LT1125 of U1; the AD590 is supposed to be a current source ?

Peter King is supposed to be coming over to work on this today so whoever spots him should force/cajole/entice him to elog what he's done. Film him if necessary.

 

I also think R1-8 should be swapped into metal film resistors for stability. The datasheet says that it puts out 1 uA/K, so the opamps put out 10 mV/K.

J8 and JP1 should be shorted to disable both the tidal and VME control input. Both are unused and a potential source of drift.

 Peter King is updating our temp box as Hugh did at Hanford Oct.22 of 2001 I still have not seen an updated drawing of this.

The LT 1021-7 reference chip will arrive tomorrow morning. This modification should be completed by noon.

 ** The link to the DCN from Hugh is here in the DCC.

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