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Entry  Sat Jan 28 00:46:21 2023, Koji, Mechanics, General, OMC #4: Replaced the locks of the transport fixture  PXL_20230128_022952669.jpg

Yesterday, we noticed that we could not close the transport fixture for OMC #4. We could not fully rotate the knobs of the locks. Today, I took the hooks from the functioning locks of the spare transport fixture.

It turned out that the default dimension of the lock seemed too tight. The functioning one has the through holes elongated by a file or something. This modification will be necessary for future transport fixtures.

Entry  Sat Jan 28 00:38:56 2023, Koji, Mechanics, General, OMC #1 cable bracket replacement / OMC #1 repair completed PXL_20230128_011405446.jpgPXL_20230128_011401778.jpgPXL_20230128_013509885.jpgPXL_20230128_014001006.jpgPXL_20230128_014035044.jpg

The AL metal bracket was replaced with a PEEK version.

Attachments 1/2: Before the replacement. The photos show how the cables are arranged.

Attachment 3: How the replacement work is going. The 1/4-20 screws were super tight. Once the connectors were removed, an Allen key was inserted to a hole so that the 1/4-20 on the short sides were removed by closing Allen key arms. For the screws on the longer sides, the same technique can be applied by using three Allen keys. This time none of the screws/cable pegs were wasted. The clothes were used to protect the breadboard from any impact of the action.

Attachments 4/5: Final state.

OMC #1 repair has been 100% done


We still have 4 correct cable pegs and many 1/4-20 BHSCs for OMC #4.

Entry  Tue Nov 15 07:46:58 2022, Camille Makarem, Optics, General, cleaning OMC #1 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Camille and Koji did a "deep cleaning" of OMC#1:
1) Applied First Contact to the mirror surfaces. Removed first contact after ~10 minutes.
2) Acetone scrub of the mirror surfaces with a cotton swab.
3) Applied First Contact again. Removed after ~10 minutes. We left the FC paint on for the work on Thu.

The foggy spot on the input mirror was unchanged after the first round of First Contact. But the foggy spot came off during the acetone scrub.

    Reply  Tue Nov 15 10:58:53 2022, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #1 damaged black glass removal PXL_20221114_222641455.jpgPXL_20221114_222544330.jpgPXL_20221114_222555849.jpgPXL_20221114_233748631.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

The damaged black glass was removed from the OMC breadboard leaving the glass base.
The black glass pieces were bonded very tightly on the FS base with EP30-2. The apparent amount of the bond was not so much but it was such hard that removal by hand was not possible.
We decided to give drips of Acetone on the base hoping the gradual dissolving of EP30-2. Using a knife edge, the "filets" of the bonds were removed, but the BD was still tight.

By wedging the black glass-black glass bonding with the nife edge, the left side (the directly damaged one) was taken off from the structure leaving a tiny fragment of the glass on the base.

The remaining one was even stronger. We patiently kept dripping Acetone on the base and finally, the black glass piece was knocked off and removed from the base.

Attachment 1: The base right after the black glass removal.

Attachment 2: The black glass pieces were stored in a container with Al foil + clean cloth bed. The damaged and fogged surfaces faced up.

Attachment 3: The zoom-in shot of the black glass pieces.

Attachment 4: The base was wiped with Acetone and cleaned with FC. We will bond another BD assembly on the base, presumably using the UV epoxy.

       Reply  Tue Nov 15 11:12:24 2022, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #1 fogging on the AR side of BS1 cleaned PXL_20221114_225338114.jpgPXL_20221114_232824245.jpgPXL_20221114_233714774.jpgPXL_20221114_233748631.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

Photo of the BS1 AR cleaning process

Attachment 1: Before cleaning. Foggy surface is visible.

Attachment 2: After FC cleaning. The structure of the deposited material is still quite visible.

Attachment 3: Acetone scrubbing. Cotton Q-tip was used so that the stick does not melt with acetone.

Attachment 4: After acetone scrubbing. Nicely clean!

Acetone scrubbing was applied to HR/AR of BS1, FM1, FM2, BS2, and HR of CM1 and CM2. (total 10 surfaces)
Then final FC paint was applied to these 10 surfaces.

We'll come back to the setup on Thu for FC peeling and loss measurement.

          Reply  Thu Jan 26 23:46:13 2023, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #1 input beam dump bonding PXL_20230127_052955482.jpgPXL_20230127_052949869.jpg

A beam dump was stacked on the base of the previous beam dump. The angle was determined so that the main transmission goes through while the stray OMC reflection is blocked without clipping at the edge.

The resulting alignment of the beam dump is shown in Attachment 1.

The beam dump tended to slip on the base. To prevent that a couple of weights were placed around the bonding area. (Attachment 2)


Entry  Thu Jan 26 23:16:35 2023, Koji, Optics, Configuration, OMC #4: Top side bonding. PXL_20230126_235309334.jpgPXL_20230127_053008237.jpgPXL_20230127_053020709_2.jpgPXL_20230127_053042809.MP_2.jpgPXL_20230127_053058275_2.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

1. Flipping the OMC

It turned out that the transport fixture for this OMC could not be closed. The locks are too short, and the knobs could not be turned. We temporarily fastened the long 1/4-20 screws to secure the box and flipped it to make the top side face up.

2. Setting up the top-side template

The top side template was attached to the breadboard. We took care that the lock nuts on the positioning screws were not touched. The margins between the template and the glass edges were checked with a caliper. The long sides seemed very much parallel and symmetric, while the short sides were not symmetric. The lock nut on the short side was loosened, and the template was shifted to be symmetric w.r.t. the breadboard.

3. UV epoxy work

The cylindrical glass pieces were wiped, and the bonding surfaces were cleaned so that the visible fringes were <5 fringes. We confirmed the hooking side is properly facing up. The UV epoxy and UV curing were applied without any trouble. (Attachment 1)

4. EP30-2 bonding of the invar mounting blocks

Six invar blocks were bonded. This time the Allen key weights were properly arranged, so they didn't raise the blocks. The bond properly wetted the mating surfaces.


The final step of the bonding is to remove the template.
And replace the locks of the transport fixture.


Entry  Thu Jan 26 23:07:14 2023, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #4: Input beam dump bonding PXL_20230126_221556977.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

During the second UV epoxy session, we did not bond the input beam dump. This is because this beam dump was not the one planned from the beginning and if it was bonded in place, it would have created difficulties when removing the template.

First, we aligned a couple of Allen wrenches to define the location of the beam dump. We've checked that the main transmission is not blocked at all while the stray beam from the OMC reflection is properly dumped.

After the confirmation, the UV epoxy + UV alight were applied.

The resulting position of the beam dump is shown in the attachment.

Entry  Thu Jan 19 23:45:44 2023, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #4: cavity mirror bonding 

[Koji, Camille]

We worked on the bonding of the flat mirrors for the OMC cavity with UV epoxy.

- Prepared the UV illumination setup. Cleaned up the table a bit to spare some space for the illuminator.
- Checked the output power of the illuminator. The foot pedal worked fine. The timer was set to be 10s. The UV output from the fiber was nominally 6W. This is after some warming up for ~1min. (Checked the output power continuously with the UV power meter.)

- Checked the cavity alignment / FSR / TMS - it looked good at this moment

- We confirmed that the UV epoxy has an expiration of July 3, 2023. The bond capsule was brought from Downs right before the work started, and thawed at the lab.

FM1 bonding

- The bottom of FM1 and the breadboard were cleaned. Cleaning with lens cleaning paper + IPA remained a few specks of dust on the surface. We decided to use Vectra swabs to wipe the breadboard surface. This worked pretty well.
- Applied a tap of UV epoxy to FM1 and placed it on the template. The optic was constrained by a retainer clip.
- We found that the spot positions were significantly moved. Probably FM1 was not well touching the template before. We tried to recover the previous optical axis by aligning CM1 and CM2.
- Here is the tip: align the beam on CM1 at the desired spot. Move CM1 to bring the spot on CM2 to the desired spot. CM2 is aligned to have TEM00 as much as possible.

- We recovered reasonable spots on the mirrors. Measured the FSR and TMS (vertical and horizontal) to be 264.73MHz, 58.18MHz, and 58.37MHz, respectively. This makes the 9th-order modes well separated from TEM00. Very good.

- Gave UV illumination 10s x 2. Confirmed that the mirror is rigidly bonded.


FM2 bonding

- Continued to bond the other flat mirror. The same process was repeated.
- The bottom of FM2 and the breadboard were cleaned.
- Applied a tap of UV epoxy to FM2 and placed it on the template. The optic was constrained by a retainer clip.
- Measured the FSR and TMS (vertical and horizontal) to be 264.7925MHz, 58.15MHz, and 58.3725MHz, respectively. This makes the 9th-order modes well separated from TEM00. Very good.

- Gave UV illumination 10s x 2. Confirmed that the mirror is rigidly bonded.

SM1/BS2/BS3 bonding

- Continued to bond some less important mirrors.
- SM1 was placed on the template with the same step as above. BS2 (for QPD) and a dummy QPD housing were also placed just to check if the optical axis has any inconsistency. The good beam alignment on the QPD housing was confirmed.
- Applied a bond to SM1 and blasted the UV (20s)
- Applied a bond to BS2. Checked the alignment on QPD1 again. It looked good. UV illumination was applied.

- Placed BS3 to the cavity transmission. A dummy DCPD housing was placed at the reflection side of BS3. There was no inconsistency with the beam alignment.
- The UV illumination was applied (20s).

Optic Inventory

Breadboard: #6
BS1: E6
FM1: A1
FM2: A3
CM1: PZT ASSY #8 (M7+PZT11+C11)
CM2: PZT ASSY #11 (M14+PZT13+C13)
SM1: E9
BS2: B8
BS3: B6

    Reply  Mon Jan 23 19:51:20 2023, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #4: cavity mirror bonding HOM_plot_PZT0_0.pdfPXL_20230124_032358482.MP.jpgPXL_20230124_032452805.MP.jpgPXL_20230124_032425638.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

We continued to bond two CM mirrors and the other two steering mirrors for QPD2.

Before the bonding work, the FSR and TMSs were checked again.

FSR: 264.7925 MHz
TMS_V: 58.15125 MHz
TMS_H: 58.33375 MHz

Checked the transmission: The OMC loss was 4.3 +/- 0.2 %.

This does not make the HOMs coincidently resonant until the 18th-order (+9MHz). Looks good.

CM1/CM2/SM2/SM3 bonding

- Applied the bond to CM1 and the UV illuminated.
- Applied the bond to CM2 and the UV illuminated.
==> The cavity bonding is completed.

Removed the micrometer for CM2 to allow us to bond SM2/SM3
- Checked the spot at QPD2: The spot was a couple of mm too left. This was too much off compared to the QPD adjustment range. ==> Decided to shim the SM3 position with a piece of Al foil.
- Otherwise everything looked good. SM2/SM3 were bonded.

Invar block bonding

Prepared EP30-2
- There are three tubes of EP30-2 that expires on 2/22, 2023.
- A tube was almost empty. Used this tube to fill/purge the applicator. The 2nd tube was then attached to squeeze out 8g of glue mixture. 
- 0.4g of fused silica beads were added to the glue mixture.
- Mixed the bond and a test piece was baked by the oven. (200F=95C, 5min preheat, bakeing 15min).
- The glue test piece was "dry" and crisp. Looked good.
- Applied the glue on the invar blocks. Confirmed that the bonding surfaces were made completely "wet".
- 4-40 screws were inserted to the blocks so that the blocks were pushed toward the template. See Attachments 3 and 4.


Optic Inventory

Breadboard: #6
BS1: E6
FM1: A1
FM2: A3
CM1: PZT ASSY #8 (M7+PZT11+C11)
CM2: PZT ASSY #11 (M14+PZT13+C13)
SM1: E9
BS2: B8
SM2: E11
SM3: E14
BS3: B6

       Reply  Thu Jan 26 22:57:19 2023, Koji, Optics, General, OMC #4: One Invar block bonded with tilt PXL_20230126_221425695.jpgPXL_20230126_221522416.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

The bottom side template was separated into two pieces and successfully removed from the breadboard. The template was assembled together again and bagged to store it in a cabinet.

We found that the invar block for DCPD(R) was bonded with some air gap (Attachment2 1/2).


The Allen key used as a weight was too small, which caused it to get under one of the screws used as hooks and lift the block.


We've investigated the impact of this tilt.

- Bonding strength: The bonding area is ~60% of the nominal. So this is weak, but we can reinforce the bonding with an aluminum bar.
- Misalignment of the DCPD housing: The tilt will laterally move the position of the DCPD. However, the displacement is small and it can be absorbed by the adjustment range of the DCPD housing.
- Removal: From the experience with the removal of the beam dump glass, this requires a long time of acetone soaking.


- We don't need to remove the invar block.
- Action Item: Reinforcement of the bonding

Entry  Wed Jan 25 23:51:04 2023, Koji, General, General, The items packed for Downs PXL_20230127_055920944.jpg

Qty1 1/2 mounts
Qty2 prism mounts
Qty6 gluing fixures
Qty1 Rotary stage
Qty1 2" AL mirror
Qty1 Base for the AL mirror

=> Handed to Stephen -> Camille on Jan 27, 2023.

Entry  Mon Dec 19 18:51:50 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, TMS measurement with the PZT voltages altered Cav_scan_response_PZT1_0_Pitch.pdfCav_scan_response_PZT1_0_Yaw.pdfOMC_20221215.pdfHOM_plot_PZT0_0.pdfHOM_PZTV_PZT1_0V.pdf

[Camille, Koji] Log of the work on Dec 15, 2023

The vertical and horizontal TMSs for OMC #4 were measured with the PZT voltages scanned from 0V to 200V.

We concluded that this alignment nicely avoids the higher-order mode structure up to ~19th order. We are ready for the cavity mirror bonding.

The RF transfer functions to the trans RF PD from the modulation on the BB EOM were taken with the presence of the vertical misalignment of the incident beam and the vertical clipping of the beam on the RFPD.

The typical measurement results and the fitting results are shown in Attachments 1/2.

The TFs were taken with the voltage 0, 50, 100, 150, and 200V applied to PZT1 while PZT2 were left open. The measurement was repeated with the role of PZT1 and PZT2 swapped.

The ratio between the TMS and FSR was evaluated for each PZT voltage setting. (Attachment 3)

When the PZTs are open, the first coincident resonance is the 19th-order mode of the 45MHz lower sideband. (Attachment 4)

When the PZT2 voltage is scanned with PZT1 kept at ~0V, no low-order sidebands come into the resonance (Attachment 5) until the PZT1 voltage is above 100V.

We found that the high voltage on PZT1 misaligns the cavity in yaw and the spot (presumably) moves to an undesirable area regarding the cavity loss.
This does not happen to PZT2. Therefore the recommendation here is that the PZT2 is used as the high voltage PTZ, while PZT1 is for the low voltage actuation.


Entry  Fri Dec 9 13:13:13 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, FSR/TMS/Spot Positions/Transmission HOM_plot_PZT.pdfOMC4_spot.pngPXL_20221208_233706115.jpg

[Camille Koji]

We quickly measured the basic parameters of the OMC as is.

=== FSR ===
Used the technique to find a dip in the transmission transfer function (TF) with offset locking + phase modulation. The FSR was 264.79003MHz = The cavity length of 1.13219 [m] (requirement 1.132+/-0.005 [m])

=== TMS ===

Used the technique to find the peaks in the trans TF with phase modulation + input misalignment + trans PD clipping.
TMS_V: 58.0727 / TMS_H: 58.3070 => TMS/FSR V:0.219316 H:0.220201

This makes the 9th-order modes nicely avoided (Attachment 1). A slightly longer FSR may makes the numbers close to the nominal.

=== Spot positions ===

The image/video capture board turned out not functional with the new Apple silicon mac. We decided to use a small CCD monitor and took a photo of the display.

All the spots are within the acceptable range. The scattering on CM2 was particularly bright on the CCD image and also in the image with the IR viewr.

The spot on FM1/2 are right at the expected location. The spot on CM1 is 0.5mm low and 0.7mm inside (left). The spot on CM2 is ~0.25mm too high and 0.3mm outside.
(Attachment 2, a small grid is 1 mm/div)

== Transmission ==

We made a quick simplified measurement (Attachment 3).

Assuming the reflectivity of the matched beam to be ~0, the mode matching is M=1-(59.2e-3-(-6.5e-3))/(3.074-(-6.5e-3))=0.979
==> The power of the coupled mode is M x 21.28mW = 20.83 mW
The measued transmission was 19.88 mW

==> The OMC transmission (total) was 0.954 (4.5% loss)

This number is not too bad. But the spot on CM2 has too bright scattering. Next week, we want to check if swapping CM2 may improve the situation or not.

    Reply  Mon Dec 12 19:04:40 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, FSR/TMS/Spot Positions/Transmission 2nd trial PXL_20221212_235351320.jpgOMC4_spot.pngHOM_plot_PZT.pdfPXL_20221213_000406843.jpgScreen_Shot_2022-12-12_at_19.36.10.png

[Camille Koji]

We replaced CM2 with a PZT mirror subassembly serialized by PZT "13" (Attachment 1).
This made the transmission increase to 96.x%. Therefore the quick measurement of FSR and TSM were done. Also more careful measurement of the transmission was done.

Next time

== Alignment ==

  • CM2 was replaced from PZT "12" to PZT "13".
  • The resulting position of the cavity spot were all over 1mm too "+" (convention T1500060 Appendix C).
  • So we decided to rotate CM2 by 1mrad in CW. This was done with (-) micrometer of CM2 "pushed" by 20um (2 rotational div).
  • The resulting spot positions were checked with CCD. (Attachment 2). The spot positions seemed to be within +/-1mm from the center as far as we can see from the images. (good)
  • CM2 spot looks much darker. CM1 spot is almost invisible with a CCD and also an IR viewer. FM1/2 spots were nominal bright level. (Looks OK)

== Quick measurement of the transmission ==

Transmission: 20.30 mW
Reflection Voltage (locked): 65.0 mV
Reflection Voltage (unlocked): 3.094 V
Reflection Voltage (dark): -6.5 mV
Incident Power: 21.64 mW

---> Mode matching 1-0.023 / Pcoupled = 21.14 / OMC Transmission 0.96

96% transmission is not the best but OK level. We decided to proceed with this mirror combination.

== Quick measurement of FSR/TMS ==

FSR: 264.7837MHz
TMS_V = 58.2105MHz
TMS_H = 58.1080MHz

The HOM structure (with PZT Vs = 0) is shown in Attachment 3. 9th order modes look just fine. The excplicit coincidence is 19th order 45MHz lower sideband. (Looks good)

== Transmission measurement ==

The raw measurements are shown in Attachment 4. The processed result is shown in Attachment 5.
We found that data set 2 has exceptionally low transmission. So we decided to run the 4th measurement excluding the set 2.

Over all OMC loss
Set1: 0.029 +/- 0.014
Set3: 0.041 +/- 0.0014
Set4: 0.038 +/- 0.001

--> 0.036 +/- 0.004
(0.964 Transmission)


Entry  Mon Dec 5 20:09:39 2022, Koji, Optics, General, (re)starting the OMC #4 build PXL_20221205_233712211.jpg

[Camille Koji]

We started buikding the OMC #4.

  • Removed OMC #1 from the optical setup and placed it at a safe side on the optical table/
  • Fixed OMC #4 in the optical setup
  • Cleaned the OMC cavity mirrors
  • Placed the OMC cavity mirrors
    • FM1: A1
    • FM2: A3
    • CM1: PZT #11
    • CM2: PZT #12
  • Aligned the beam to the cavity
  • Locked the cavity on TEM00
  • Finely aligned the beam to the cavity
Entry  Fri Dec 2 11:42:03 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, OMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants PXL_20221130_234101575.jpgPXL_20221130_234013958.jpgPXL_20221201_021727724.jpgScreen_Shot_2022-12-02_at_12.43.02.png
[Camille, Koji] Log of the work on Nov 30, 2022
The following is the notes from GariLynn

Cleaning for water-soluble contaminants:
It uses deionized water instead of acetone.
  • The first contact must go on the mirror before the water can dry,  so you will need a bigger brush. We have some that are 1cm, I think they are in the back wall cabinet of B119.
  • For the bigger brush, you will need a beaker and perhaps a bigger bottle of First Contact.  There is one in the mini-fridge in the back corner of B110
  • You use an alpha swab instead of a cotton bud
  • For this effort, I encourage you to get a bottle of DI water from stores.
  • I also encourage you to rehearse the motions beforehand - timing is critical, and your mirrors are in a tight spacing

(Attachment 1)
We obtained Regent grade DI water. It was poured into a smaller cup.
FC liquid was also poured into a small beaker.
Wash the mirror with a swab. We should have used a smaller swab that GariLynn has in her lab.

As soon as the mirror was wiped with the water, the FC was applied with a large brush. Don't let the water away!
Then more layer of the FC was added as usual.

The quick painting of FC made a mess around the mirrors due to excess liquid (Attachment 2). So, we decided to remove the FC remnants (on non-optic surfaces) with cotton swabs and then applied FC as usual.

This made the mess removed, however, we found the OMC loss was increased to >10%(!) (Attachment 3). We decided to continue tomorrow (Thu) with more weapons loaded consulting with GariLynn.


    Reply  Fri Dec 2 12:38:15 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, OMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants PXL_20221202_034932211.jpgOMC_loss.pdf

Another set of FC cleaning was applied to FM1/FM2/CM1/CM2 and SM2. Some FC strings are visible on SM2. So I decided to clean SM2 as well as the cavity mirrors close to SM2 (i.e. FM2 and CM2)

As a result, the bright scattering spot on CM1 is now very dim. And the loss was reduced to 4.0%. This is 0.4% better than the value before the water cleaning.

It'd be interesting to repeat the water cleaning, at least on FM1. FM1 is the closest cavity mirror to the beam dump damaged by the high-power laser pulse.
Maybe we should also clean the AR side of FM1 and BS1, as they were right next to the damaged beam dump. It is not for the loss but for reducing the scattering.

       Reply  Fri Dec 2 23:58:33 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, OMC #1 cleaning for water soluble contaminants PXL_20221203_063327268.jpgOMC_loss.pdf

The second trial of the water scrub

A bright scatter is visible on FM1, so I tried water scrub on FM1. This time, both surfaces of FM1 and both surfaces of BS1 were cleaned.

Smaller Vectra swabs were used for the scrub. Then the water was purged by IPA splashed from a syringe. Right after that FC was applied.
This was a bit messy process as the mixture of water/IPA/FC was splattered on the breadboard.
Nevertheless, all the mess was cleaned by FC in the end.

The transmission measurements are shown in Attachment 1, and the analyzed result is shown together with the past results.

The 2nd water scrub didn't improve the transmission and it is equivalent to the one after the two times of deep cleaning.
I concluded that the water scrub didn't change the transmission much (or at all). We reached the cleaning limit.

Entry  Thu Jul 21 13:21:27 2022, Koji, General, Configuration, Windows laptop for WincamD Beam'R2 recovery IMG_1102.JPG

The Windows laptop for WincamD/Beam'R2 (DELL Vostro3300) was not functional.
- Windows 7 got stuck in the starting up process (Google "startup repair loop")
- The battery can't charge and the adapter connection is flaky

I decided to newly install Win10.
I made a new bootable Win10 DVD from the ISO downloaded from IMSS. The ISO file was converted to CDR using Disk Utility on Mac.
This deleted the past disk partitions. The installation process has no trouble and Win10 ran successfully. The machine is slow but still acceptable for our purpose.
Dataray Version 7.1H25Bk was downloaded from the vendor website https://dataray.com/blogs/software/downloads and installed successfully.
The devices ran as expected by connecting the heads and selecting the proper device in the software.

Then, the Win10 fell into "Hibernation Loop" and "Shutdown loop" (after disabling hibernation in the safe mode).
This is probably the combination of extremely slow windows update (feature update i.e. beta OS update) and the occasional shutdown due to the flakiness of the AC connection

Win10 was reinstalled and automatic Win update was disabled via windows policy manager or something like that. Still, it tries to download and update some of the updates (what's happening there!?

Here are my strong recommendations on how to use this laptop

  • Do not use any network connection. It will enable Windows Update kicks in and destroy the machine.
  • Use a USB stick for data transportation if necessary
  • The laptop should always be connected to the power supply at a stable location. (The adapter connection is flaky and the battery is dead)
  • Buy a replacement battery (maybe a 3rd-party cheap one
  • The Win10 DVD should always be inserted into the laptop's drive so that we can reinstall the windows anytime.
    Reply  Tue Nov 29 15:54:47 2022, Koji, General, Configuration, Windows laptop for WincamD Beam'R2 recovery 

Aaron took the set to Cryo lab


Entry  Fri Nov 18 18:41:05 2022, Camille Makarem, General, General, 2nd deep cleaning of OMC #1 PXL_20221118_213955948.jpg

The four cavity mirrors in OMC #1 were each scrubbed using acetone and a cotton swab.
Then, the four mirrors were painted with First Contact (picture attached). The First Contact was allowed to dry for 20 minutes, then removed while using the top gun.

    Reply  Mon Nov 21 19:13:35 2022, Koji, General, General, Transmission measurement (2nd deep cleaning of OMC #1) PXL_20221122_030736513.jpgOMC_loss.pdf

OMC Transmission measurement after the 2nd deep cleaning

The 2nd deep cleaning didn't improve the transmission. (See Attachment 2)
The measured loss was 0.044+/-0.002


Entry  Thu Nov 17 19:50:00 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, Conclusion on the cleaning of OMC #001 OMC_loss.pdf

Conclusion on the cleaning of OMC #001

- After a couple of first contact cleaning trials and deep cleaning, the total loss was measured to be 0.045+/-0.004.
  This indicated a slight improvement from the loss measured at LLO before any cleaning (0.064+/-0.004).
  However, the number did not improve to the level we marked in 2013 (0.028+/-0.004).

- This loss level of 4.5% is comparable to the loss level of OMC #3, which is currently used at LHO.
  Therefore, this OMC #1 is still a useful spare for the site use.

- Some notes / to-do regarding this unit:
  1) The beam dump with melted black glass was removed. A new beam dump needs to be bonded on the base.
  2) The connector bracket still needs to be replaced with the PEEK version.
  3) The PZT of CM1 has been defunct since 2013. Combining LV and HV drivers is necessary upon use at the site. (LLO used to do it).

Entry  Thu Nov 17 18:56:22 2022, Koji, Optics, General, Transmission measurements of OMC #1 after deep cleaning PXL_20221117_232145418.jpgScreen_Shot_2022-11-17_at_19.02.31.png

[Camille, Koji]

- Removed the first contact we left on Monday.

- Measured transmission (Set1) Very high loss! Total optical loss of 18.5%! Observation with the IR viewer indicated that CM1 has bright scattering. We suspencted a remnant of FC.

- Applied the second FC on the four cavity mirrors. This made the CM1 sport darker.

- Measured the transmission (Set1~Set3). We had consistent loss of 4.2~5.0%. We concluded that this is the limitation of this OMC even with the cleaning.

Entry  Mon Nov 14 08:34:45 2022, Camille, Optics, Characterization, transmission measurements through OMC #1 (before cleaning) PXL_20221111_200942943.jpgPXL_20221111_200957951.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

Friday, Nov 11th, 2022

Setting up OMC #1 for transmission measurements:

The laser beam was aligned to the OMC cavity. The OMC cavity was locked and the transmission measurements were recorded.

    Reply  Mon Nov 14 09:27:13 2022, Koji, Optics, Characterization, transmission measurements through OMC #1 (before cleaning) OMC_Powerbudget.xlsx

The measured total optical loss of the OMC was

1st:   0.015 +/- 0.003
2nd: 0.085  +/- 0.005
3rd:  0.0585+/- 0.0008
4th:  0.047  +/- 0.002

In avegrage the estimated loss is
Loss = 0.055 +/- 0.014

This is unchanged from the measurement at LLO after the FC cleaning
Loss = 0.053 +/- 0.010

Entry  Fri Nov 11 19:07:48 2022, Koji, Supply, General, Supply Order 

Clean Supply Ordered

  • TexWipe TX8410 AlphaSat Vectra Alpha 10 50 sheets x 12 pk  (VWR TWTX8410)
  • Mask KIMTECH PURE® M3 Pleat-Style Face Masks 50 masks x 10 pk (VWR 15628-213)
  • Stainless Pan x3 (VWR 10193-562)
  • Ansell Accutech Latex Gloves 6.5 25*8pk (Fisher 19162026)
  • Ansell Accutech Latex Gloves 7.0 25*8pk (Fisher 19162027)
Entry  Mon Nov 7 21:16:16 2022, Camille, Optics, Configuration, Setting up the fiber couplers PXL_20221108_003849213.jpgPXL_20221108_003909265.jpgPXL_20221108_003929309.jpg

[Camille, Koji]

Began setting up fiber assembly for OMC testing:
-Aligned fiber mount to maximize transmission through fiber
-Adjusted polarization at output of fiber to minimize s-polarized output.

Power measurements:
fiber input: 56.7 mW
fiber output:43.2 mW
s-polarized output: 700 uW

    Reply  Mon Nov 7 22:00:33 2022, Koji, Optics, Configuration, Setting up the fiber couplers 

Fiber matching: 43.2/56.7 = 76%
S/P-pol ratio 0.7/43.2 = 1.6%


Entry  Mon Sep 26 14:27:49 2022, Koji, General, General, LLO OMC ICS work 

OMC #001

OMC #002

Entry  Tue Sep 20 08:54:33 2022, Koji, General, General, PD cage arrangement 

Upon the LLO work, the current PD arrangement in the cages are:
B1 OMC1 PDT (A1-23)
B2 OMC1 PDR (A1-25)
B3 original (C1-03)
B4 OMC2 PDT (B1-22)

C1 OMC2 PDR (B1-23)
C2 original (C1-08)
C3 original (C1-09)
C4 original (C1-10)

Entry  Mon Jul 18 14:20:09 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Plan Portal 

== Initial Preparation ==

  • [Done] OMC #002 placement
  • [Done] OMC #002 locking
  • Details OMC ELOG 414

== Measurements ==

  • [Done] Transmission / Power budget before FirstContact OMC ELOG 416
  • [Done] Transmission / Power budget after FirstContact OMC ELOG 417
  • [Done] Backscatter measurement with a new deflection optics
    • [Done] Optics bonding done waiting for cure OMC ELOG 420 -> Returned the bond to Madeline OMC ELOG 424
    • [Done] Backscatter measurement
      • Measurement: 0.6 ppm OMC ELOG 422
      • (Transmission is 10~60mW. If the backscatter is the order of 1ppm or less, we expect the light level is ~10nW. Can we really detect it? How? ... OK... last time the measurement has been done with the stick PD type powermeter with baffles and the room light turned off (OMC ELOG 209). So it's not totally crazy.)
  • [Done] High QE PD preparation / install / QE check
    • [Done] High QE PD inventory check
      • A1-23    LLO OMC#001
      • A1-25    LLO OMC#001
      • B1-01    LHO OMC#003
      • B1-16    LHO OMC#003
      • B1-22    @CIT Cage B1 Cleaned/Installed
      • B1-23    @CIT Cage B2 Cleaned/Installed
      • C1-03    @CIT Cage B3 Cleaned
      • C1-05    Dead / CIT contamination test cav
      • C1-07    Dead / CIT contamination test cav
      • C1-08    @CIT Cage C2
      • C1-09    @CIT Cage C3
      • C1-10    @CIT Cage C4
      • C1-11    @CIT Cage D1
      • C1-12    @CIT Cage D2
      • C1-14    @CIT Cage D3
      • C1-15    Dead / CIT Cage D4
      • C1-17    LHO Spare
      • C1-21    LHO Spare
      • D1-08    not @CIT, maybe LLO Spare?
      • D1-10    not @CIT, maybe LLO Spare?
    • [Done] Install & QE check
  • [Done] Fiber input beam characterization OMC ELOG 421

== Repair / Preparation ==

== Shipping ==

  • [Done] Tools to ship to LLO OMC ELOG 448
    • CLASS B special tool kit (Allens / Pliers / Mighty-Mouse spanner / Spatula / etc)
    • FC kit
    • Electronic kit (PD connector / trans-impedance amp)
    • Spare High QE PDs
    • Power meters
    • Glass Beamdumps (for optical testing)
    • Cable bracket replacement kit (PEEK cable bracket / cable pegs / fastners / spare fasteners / kapton sheet / cable ties)
    • Emergency EP30-2 kit (excluding the bond)
  • [Done] OMC Pelican Filling (Stephen) / OMC Outerbox/insulation (Stephen/Downs) / OMC Shipment Aug 29, 2022 OMC ELOG 445


    Reply  Tue Jul 19 03:17:56 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Power Budget before mirror cleaning 

o Power Budget (2022/07/18)
NPRO ADJ -50 (min)
Fiber incident 62.8mW
Fiber output 45.1mW
Matching to the fiber 72%

DCPD T =  8.90  +/- 0.01  mW
REFPD  =  3.760  +/- 0.001 V

DCPD R =  8.82  +/- 0.01  V
REFPD  =  3.760 +/- 0.001 V

CM1    =  81.4  +/- 0.1   uW
REFPD  =  3.767 +/- 0.001 V

CM2    =  86.6  +/- 0.1   uW
REFPD  =  3.767 +/- 0.001 V

OFS    = -6.214 +/- 0.001 mV (beam blocked)
OFS_REF= +4.587mV

LOCKED =  57.5  +/- 0.5   mV
REFPD  =  3.970 +/- 0.003 V

UNLOCK =  2.816 +/- 0.003 V
REFPD  =  3.943 +/- 0.001 V

P_Inc  =  20.04 +/- 0.01  mW
REFPD  =  3.946 +/- 0.001 V

Analysis Result

- Cavity coupling 0.989 (1.1% junk&sidebands)

- Cavity R&T: R=756ppm, T=0.946
- OMC Throughput (Cavity T x First BS R): T=0.939
- Cavity loss per mirror 90 ppm / Round Trip Loss 432ppm


       Reply  Thu Jul 21 02:55:06 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Power Budget after mirror cleaning 

o Power Budget after FirstContact cleaning (2022/07/20)
NPRO ADJ -50 (min)
Fiber incident --.-mW
Fiber output --.-mW
Matching to the fiber ??%

DCPD T =  8.62  +/- 0.01  mW
REFPD  =  3.549  +/- 0.001 V

DCPD R =  9.46  +/- 0.01  V
REFPD  =  3.562 +/- 0.001 V

CM1    =  74.5  +/- 0.1   uW
REFPD  =  3.585 +/- 0.001 V

CM2    =  81.7  +/- 0.1   uW
REFPD  =  3.585 +/- 0.001 V

vOFS    = -6.197 +/- 0.001 mV (beam blocked)
vOFS_REF= +4.58mV

LOCKED =  47.6  +/- 0.2   mV
REFPD  =  3.596 +/- 0.003 V

UNLOCK =  2.700 +/- 0.003 V
REFPD  =  3.590 +/- 0.001 V

P_Inc  =  19.36 +/- 0.001  mW
REFPD  =  3.594 +/- 0.001 V

Analysis Result

- Cavity coupling 0.980 (2.0% junk&sidebands)

- Cavity R&T: R=229ppm, T=0.970 (previous T=0.946, 2.4% UP!)
- OMC Throughput (Cavity T x First BS R): T=0.963
- Cavity loss per mirror 42.8 ppm / Round Trip Loss 238ppm

    Reply  Thu Jul 21 14:35:35 2022, Koji, General, General, Bond reinforcement blocks for the invar brackets IMG_1095.JPGIMG_1091.JPG

Bond reinforcement blocks for the invar brackets:

  • Attachment 1: CLASS A glass prisms (the surplus of the 2016 repair)
  • Attachment 2: Dirty reiforcement bars made of Aluminum
  • There are also many dirty prisms in the kit obtained from Stephen
    Reply  Thu Jul 21 14:55:48 2022, Koji, General, General, Optics bonding for the backscatter measurement IMG_1098.JPG

The backscatter beam is supposed to appear in the backpropagation path. The transmission of the OMC has a couple of optics, it's not easy to access that beam.
To try to deflect the beam either horizontally or vertically, small optical pieces were made. (Attachment)

These are the combination of the optics

- Thorlabs PF05-03 Fused Silica Mirror Blank (dia12.7mm x t 6.0mm) + Thorlabs 1/2"sq BB Dielectric Mirror BBSQ05-E03

- Thorlabs PF05-03 Fused Silica Mirror Blank (dia12.7mm x t 6.0mm) + Thorlabs ME05-G01 Protected Al Mirror (dia12.7mm x t 3.2mm) + Thorlabs MRA10-K13 Right-Angle Prism Nd:YAG 10mm

Torr seal was used as the bonding epoxy. It uses a 1:2 volume mixture (not easy because of the viscosity) and is relatively fast to cure (in a couple of hours).
The test piece showed some softness after 3~4 hours so I left the parts cured overnight at room temp (i.e. 18degC)

    Reply  Thu Jul 21 17:47:00 2022, Koji, General, General, The profile of the beam incident on the fiber input coupler fiber_beam_profile.pdf

The profile of the beam incident on the fiber input

The fiber input was deflected by a 45deg mirror. The beam profile was measured with WincamD. The beam was too strong (~60mW) even at the smallest pump power (ADJ -50) of the NPRO. So the two ND20 filters were added to the lens right before the 45 deg mirror and the camera.

The measured profile had some deviation from the nice TEM00 particularly around the waist. This could be a problem of the too small beam on the ND filter and the CCD.
This is not an issue as we just want to know the approximate shape of the beam.

For the fiber coupling, if we have the beam waist radius of ~200um it is sufficient for decent coupling.

    Reply  Fri Jul 22 00:31:17 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 backscatter measurement OMC_backscatter.pdf

Measure the power ratio between the forward-propagating and reverse-propagating beams.

  1. Place a small deflecting mirror at the transmission.
  2. Place a flat mirror at the deflected transmission. When the alignment of this mirror is adjusted to retroreflect this beam, the DC of the cavity reflection PD increases, and also the CCD shows spurious fringes.
  3. This condition allows us to locate the power meter at the reverse-propagating spot of the transmission (Attachment 1)
  4. Place a black glass beam dump for the main (bright) transmission (Attachment 2)
  5. Now the power meter is receiving the counter-propagating beam. Turn off the room light and place an anodized Al baffle as shown in Attachment 2. Move the baffle to block only the counter-propagating. Move the baffle out. => Record the power meter reading with/without the baffle in the counter-propagating path. The difference is the power of the reverse-propagating beam.
  6. Now measure the power of the reflected main transmission. This tells us the power ratio between the foward- and back-propagating beams.
  7. Remove the small deflecting mirror and measure the power of the main transmission.
  8. Now the back-propagating power can be estimated from 6 and 7. The same amount is going back to the IFO path.
  9. The reflectivity can be calculated from the 7 and the transmission

- To increase the incident laser power, NPRO Current ADJ was set to be 0 (increased from -50)

- 1st:  Without the baffle 0.373 +/- 0.001 uW / With the baffle 0.318 +/- 0.001 uW
- 2nd: Without the baffle 0.370 +/- 0.001 uW / With the baffle 0.318 +/- 0.001 uW
- 3rd: Without the baffle 0.370 +/- 0.001 uW / With the baffle 0.317 +/- 0.001 uW

==> 53.3 +/- 0.6 nW

- The main transmission was 84.0mW
==> Backpropagation ratio was 0.634+/-0.007 ppm

- Direct measurement of the OMC was  after BS 96.6mW
==> Backpropagation power from the cavity: 61.3 +/- 0.7 nW

- Cavity transmission for the matched beam is Tcav RinputBS = 0.963
==> Incident resonant TEM00 power 100.3mW

- Reflection 61.3+/-0.7 nW x RinputBS = 60.8+/-0.7 nW
-> The effective reflectivity for the mode-matched resonant TEM00 beam incident on the OMC (1st steering mirror) is 0.606+/-0.007 ppm

    Reply  Fri Jul 22 17:47:38 2022, Koji, General, General, C&B request for the reinforcement blocks PXL_20220722_222013127.jpg

OMC Reinforcement blocks

1. P/N D1600316; Version v4; Type 01; Qty 30; Source Chemistry Machine Shop
2. P/N D1600316; Version v4; Type 02; Qty 15; Source Chemistry Machine Shop
3. P/N D1600316; Version v4; Type 01; Qty 40; Source Resource MFG PO S422806
4. P/N D1600316; Version v4; Type 02; Qty 40; Source Resource MFG PO S422806

Stephen asked Srinath for the ICS entry.
Stephen made the C&B request https://cleanandbake.ligo.caltech.edu/clean_and_bake/request/1708/

Madeline was asked to take care of the C&B.

Also, the Torr Seal box was returned to Madeline.

    Reply  Tue Jul 26 00:12:58 2022, Koji, General, General, High QE PD: QE measurements IMG_1118.JPG

- Installed the High QE PDs to OMC #002

  • B1-22@Cage B1 was installed to the transmission DCPD
  • B1-23@Cage B1 was installed to the reflection DCPD

Upon the installation, the legs of the PDs were cut by 3mm. Also, the tab of the PD could not be embedded in the DCPD housing. Therefore, the tabs were cut.

The alignment looked just fine. The weak reflections are directed to the black glass beam dumps.

- After the installation, the QEs were measured.

  • With Thorlabs S130C power meter, the QE was estimated to be ~95%. (Accuracy +/-7%)
  • With Thorlabs S401C power meter, the QE was estimated to be ~100%. (Accuracy +/-3%)

It is so confusing. So I decided to make the QE test setup.

Ophir RM9 with chopper (+/-5%): 8.97mW
Thorlabs S140C integrating sphere (+/-7%): 9.11mW
Thorlabs S130C PD power meter (+/-7%): 9.15mW
Thorlabs S401C thermal power meter (+/-3%): 8.90mW
So there looks ~3% discrepancy between S130C and S401C

Then tried to measure the QE of C1-03@Cage B3 with Ophir RM9
- Initial state: QE=0.95
- First FirstContact application: QE went up to 0.973
- Second FirstContact application: QE = 0.974, basically no change

To Do:
- Calibrate the trans-impedance amp with Keithley
- Apply FC to B1-22 and B1-23 to see if there is an improvement
- The power should be measured with S401C because the accuracy seems better (+/-3%).
- Take photos of the PD FC process

General To Do:

- Backscatter test 2nd trial

- Start applying the first contact to the optical surfaces
- Beam dump cleaning
- Apply FC cap to the PDs
- Delamination repair (light side)
- Delamination repair (dark side)
- Cable bracket replace (dark side)


       Reply  Wed Jul 27 10:34:09 2022, Koji, General, General, High QE PD: QE measurements 2 IMG_1119.JPGIMG_1120.JPG

- DLPCA-200 trans-impedance amplifier was calibrated.
  Keithley source meter 2450 was connected to the amp. Provide current and read the output voltage with the precision digital voltage meter (Agilent/Keysight).
  Gain: 999.7V/A@7mA, 999.6V/A@8mA

- From the power meter spec, Thorlabs S401C seemed the best (+/-3%). So the QEs of the 9 PDs were checked with this power meter again.

- All PDs exhibited the QE of 0.95~0.96. It's all relative as the power meter has a systematic error.
- Tried to clean B1-22 and B1-23 PDs. They didn't show significant improvement after the cleaning. To avoid the unnecessary risk of damaging the PDs, further cleaning was not performed. (Some photos were attached)

- What we can do is use this result as the relative measurements.
- For OMC#2, B1-22 is the DCPD(T) and B1-23 is the DCPD(R). C1-03 and C1-12 are the spares, according to this latest result.
- At LLO, we track down the source of the throughput reduction (-10%). The QEs of the PDs are going to be tested in the same setup at once to compare their PDs and our PDs.

PD Type SN Case DCV1 Pin [mW] dPin [mW] Power Meter DCV2 Avg(DCV) Std(DCV) DCVOFS (mV) Responsivity [A/W] dR QE dQE Date Note
IGHQEX3000 B1-22 B1 7.734 9.43 0.02 TL 401C 7.745 7.7395 0.006 -0.0260 0.821 0.002 0.957 0.002 July 26, 2022 clean1 / installed (T)
IGHQEX3000 B1-23 B2 7.679 9.26 0.02 TL 401C 7.709 7.6940 0.015 -0.0220 0.831 0.002 0.969 0.003 July 26, 2022 clean1 / installed (R)
IGHQEX3000 C1-03 B3 7.775 9.40 0.02 TL 401C 7.770 7.7725 0.003 -0.0450 0.827 0.002 0.964 0.002 July 26, 2022 clean3
IGHQEX3000 C1-08 C2 7.717 9.45 0.02 TL 401C 7.750 7.7335 0.017 -0.0430 0.819 0.002 0.954 0.003 July 26, 2022 initial
IGHQEX3000 C1-09 C3 7.737 9.50 0.05 TL 401C 7.776 7.7565 0.019 -0.0580 0.817 0.005 0.952 0.006 July 26, 2022 initial
IGHQEX3000 C1-10 C4 7.757 9.50 0.03 TL 401C 7.774 7.7655 0.009 -0.0650 0.818 0.003 0.953 0.003 July 26, 2022 initial
IGHQEX3000 C1-11 D1 7.826 9.66 0.01 TL 401C 7.828 7.8270 0.001 -0.0570 0.810 0.001 0.945 0.001 July 26, 2022 initial
IGHQEX3000 C1-12 D2 7.841 9.51 0.02 TL 401C 7.841 7.8410 0.000 -0.0410 0.825 0.002 0.961 0.002 July 26, 2022 initial
IGHQEX3000 C1-14 D3 7.769 9.55 0.01 TL 401C 7.789 7.7790 0.010 -0.0520 0.815 0.001 0.950 0.002 July 26, 2022 initial
    Reply  Wed Jul 27 10:09:51 2022, Koji, General, General, 4+4 wire clamp in hand PXL_20220727_072154009.jpg

Regarding: D1200971

- 4 CLASS A wire clamp obtained from the OMC spare
- 4 more DIRTY wire clamp obtained from WB experiments (they no longer use these)

Once the later ones are C&Bed, we have enough.


    Reply  Wed Jul 27 10:34:30 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Protective FirstContact Paint IMG_1125.JPG

The optical surfaces were coated with FirstContact to keep them clean / somewhat protected during the transportation.
The PD aperture was sealed with FirstContact "caps" (made by Kate in 2016?).

    Reply  Wed Jul 27 23:52:18 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (1) IMG_1126.JPGIMG_1135.JPGIMG_1127.JPGIMG_1129.JPGIMG_1130.JPG

Parts check

- D1300052-V3 SN001 is going to be used (Attachment 1)

- This is the PEEK version of the cable bracket (Attachment 2). The side thread holes have no Helicoils inserted. This needs to be done!

Connector arrangement check / cable routing check

Attachment 3: Connector Arrangement from the Northside

Attachment 4: Connector Arrangement from the South side

Attachment 5: Cable routing (Northside down)

At this point, the delamination of the V shape beam dumps was visible. This is the subject of bonding reinforcement.

    Reply  Thu Jul 28 00:28:15 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (2)  IMG_1132.JPGIMG_1133.JPGIMG_1136.JPG

Connector unmounting

- (Attachment 1) The connector nut rings were removed using an angled needle nose plier. The connector shell has a tight dimension relative to the hole on the bracket. But of course, they could be extracted.

- The 4 screws mounting the bracket to the invar blocks were successfully removed. No extra damage to the bonding.

- (Attachment 2) The plan was to remove the cable pegs by unfastening the button head 1/4-20 screws from the bracket and then just replace the bracket with the new one. However, these screws were really tight. The two were successfully removed without cutting the PEEK cable ties. Two cable ties were necessary to be cut to detach the bracket+pegs from the fragile OMC. Then one screw was removed. However, the final one could not be unfastened. This is not a problem as we are not going to recycle the metal cable bracket... as long as we have spare parts for the new bracket.

- (Attachment 3) Right now, the new bracket is waiting for the helicoils to be inserted. So the OMC lid was closed with the cables piled up. Just be careful when the lid is open.

    Reply  Thu Jul 28 00:46:47 2022, Koji, General, General, Subject: OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (3) IMG_1137.JPGIMG_1148.JPGIMG_1138.JPG

Checking the spare parts

- Conclusion for OMC#2: need PEEK cable ties
- for more OMCs: need more BHCS / PEEK cable ties / Helicoils

  • Helicoils: 1/4-20 0.375 helicoils / Qty 4 / Class A (Attachment 1)
    • looks like there are many more as the transport fixture bags (Attachment 2). Stephen noted that they are meant to be CLASS B
  • Cable pegs: D1300057 / Qty 24 + 3 recycled from OMC#2 / Class A (Attachment 3)
    • Requirement: 3+3+4 = 10 for the 4th OMC / 3x4 =12 for the cable bracket replacement -> we have enough
  • PEEK Cable Ties: Stephen reported they were deformed by baking heat... did not check how they are in the bags.
  • Button Head Cap Screws 1/4-20 length ? none found in the bags.
    • Qty 4 spare (forgot to take a picture) + 3 recycled. So we have sufficient for OMC#2
    Reply  Wed Aug 10 18:42:27 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (4) PXL_20220809_235457354.jpgPXL_20220811_011910569.jpgPXL_20220811_013746139.jpg

[Stephen Koji]

Now we got the C&Bed parts to continue to work on the cable bracket replacement.

1) Helicoil insertion

1/4-20 Helicoils were inserted into the 6 thread holes of D1300052. It went mostly okay. We witnessed that the Helicoil insertion tool delaminated the plating of the Helicoils upon insertion (Attachment 1). Stephen mentioned that this is not usual, but we didn't find anything further such as increased friction, more debris, etc. So we decided to go forward.

2) EP30-2 Kit

The EP30-2 kit was transferred from the 40m clean room to the OMC lab. The EP30-2 kit tracking was updated via C1900343

3) D1300052 reinstallation -> FAIL

Now resumed to the installation of D1300052 bracket. However, the hole size of the bracket is just a bit too small compared with the size of the mighty mouse connectors. It was already quite tight with the metal version. However, this PEEK version seems to have 0.1 mm further small diameter, and then the connectors do not penetrate the holes. The plan could be
1) Use a razor blade to shave the hole inner circle.
2) Use a cleaned drill bit to make the hole size 0.2mm bigger.

       Reply  Thu Aug 11 15:24:57 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (5) 

- The hole size extension is going forwared now.

- Madeline and Chub are cleaning (sonicating) a drill (29/64=0.4531")
- The parts in a bag were brought to the 40m C&B lab.

- The hole is going to be 11mil=0.28mm larger than the recommendation (0.442").
  It's not a D-hole. The connector has a rounded-rectangular flange that fits into the PEEK parts.
  So I don't think it's an issue.

- Chub has a proper spanner to fasten the nuts. We want to use it here and LLO.


    Reply  Mon Aug 15 21:31:56 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Cable bracket replacement (6)  IMG_1155.JPGIMG_1149.JPGIMG_1150.JPG

The cable bracket was successfully replaced.

  • Looking from the QPD side (North side in Attachment 1), the connectors for the DCPDs and PZT are sticking out, and the ones for QPDs are sticking to the other side. So only two rectangular holes (for QPDs) are facing north.
    • Top left is DCPDT
    • Top right is DCPDR
    • Bottom center is PZT
    • Bottom left is QPD (far/long)
    • Bottom right is QPD (near/short)
  • First, the cable pegs for the short sides are fastened with the original screws (Vented BHCS 1/4-20).
  • Then, the cables are started to be inserted from the bottom so that the nuts can be rotated with the spanner. The spanner helped a bit but the nut only has two positions to hook the spanner and the clearance is not sufficient to insert the spanner when one of the hook positions is facing the bottom. The enlarged hole (29/64") perfectly worked . The flange of the connector can be held with a rectangular hole, so a bit bigger hole than the connector size was not an issue. Finally, all the cables were attached to the bracket.
  • The bracket has not yet been fixed on the OMC breadboard yet. This was done with the four screws from the top. Along with the assembly document E1300201, the fastening torque was limited to 2 in-lb using a digital torque wrench.
  • Attachment 2 shows the view from the "North" side. Attachment 3 shows the view from the "South" side. The cables were not yet tied on the cable pegs on the long side of the bracket.
    Reply  Mon Aug 15 22:06:18 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 new cable tie installed IMG_1929.JPGIMG_1930.JPG

[Stephen Koji]

New cable ties were installed on the cable pegs attached to the long sides of the cable bracket.


    Reply  Mon Aug 15 22:43:35 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part1 (1) IMG_1926.JPGPXL_20220816_011346581.jpg

[Stephen Koji]

Checked the delamination status:

  • The Invar bar on the cable bracket (DCPD side): Almost all delaminated (Attachment 1 left)
  • The invar bar on the cable bracket (QPD side): Rims still intact, center delaminated (Attachment 1 right)
  • The invar bar reinforced in 2016: One of the reinforcement bar half delaminated (Attachment 2)
       Reply  Mon Aug 15 22:49:03 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part1 (2) 7x

EP30-2 preparation

  • Two Al foil cups + A sheet of Al foil (for test cure)
  • Set a tube on the glue gun
  • Attach an applicator tube
  • Push a couple of times, and dispense the glue for a single stroke on a waste Al cup
  • Pour the 6g of glue to the other cup.
  • Add 0.3g of silica beads powder to the cup
  • Steer. Pick a few drops to the test cure Al foil
  • Bake the test piece for 15min in 200F (95degC) ==> Very good

#1 The Invar bar on the cable bracket (DCPD side)

Added short (frosted) Al bars (Attachment 1) to the short sides of the invar bar. (Attachments 2/3). Some glue was sucked into the delamination gap by capillary action (=good) (Attachment 4)

#2 The Invar bar on the cable bracket (QPD side)

Added short (frosted) Al bars to the short sides of the invar bar. (Attachments 3/5). Maybe some glue was sucked into the delamination gap??? Not so clear. (Attachment 4)

#3 The Invar bar reinforced in 2016

Added a short (frosted) Al bars to a short side of the invar bar (Attachment 6). On both sides of the 2016 reinforcement, rectangular prisms are added (Attachment 6)
Some capillary action is visible beneath the invar bar (Attachment 7)

Leave it as it is for a day


          Reply  Wed Aug 24 02:51:23 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part1 (3) 8x

Inspection of the bonding on the suspension interface side. All look good.

    Reply  Wed Aug 24 02:53:46 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part2 (1) IMG_1168.JPGIMG_1169.JPGIMG_1170.JPGIMG_1171.JPGIMG_1175.JPG

Inspection of the delaminations in the optics side

       Reply  Wed Aug 24 03:20:59 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part2 (2) 11x


          Reply  Wed Aug 24 03:26:43 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 Delamination repair Part2 (3) 8x



    Reply  Wed Aug 24 02:57:43 2022, Koji, General, General, EP30-2 bonding setup IMG_1178.JPGIMG_1179.JPGIMG_1180.JPG

EP30-2 bonding setup

    Reply  Wed Aug 24 11:29:47 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 ready for shipment IMG_1207.JPGPXL_20220825_004259850.jpgPXL_20220825_004307204.jpgPXL_20220825_005423342.jpgPXL_20220825_005549985.jpg

[Stephen Koji]

The OMC #002 is ready for shipment.

Attachment 1: Work done on Sept 19, 2022

Other attachments: Putting the OMC in the pelican case.

    Reply  Thu Aug 25 14:22:08 2022, Koji, General, General, LLO OMC #001 Ballast Mass investigation DSCN0917.JPGDSCN0922.JPGP6108705.JPGP6108707.JPGP6108706.JPG

Inspected the past LLO add-on mass configuration.

There are unknown masses at the DCPD side. It looks like a small SS mass with an estimated mass of 5g. But the DCC number is unknown.

We are going to add 10g on each corner as well as the damping aterial. We should be able to figure out the fastener / mass configuration.

       Reply  Thu Aug 25 20:05:00 2022, Koji, General, General, LLO OMC #001 Ballast Mass investigation balance_mass_config_LLO.pdf

Here is the balance mass info for the LLO OMC#001 analyzed from the photographs

  • Added masses are: 50+10g, 50+20, 10+20+5, and 20+20+10 for the mass right above FM1/CM1/FM2 and CM2, respectively.
  • The length of the 1/4-20 screws seem L=3/4"~1"

If we attach the additional mass, longer 1/4-20 screws (1", 1" 1/8, 1" 1/4) are going to be used.

    Reply  Fri Aug 26 22:29:02 2022, Koji, General, General, Tool Shipping Prep PXL_20220831_025623318.jpgPXL_20220831_024518032.jpgPXL_20220831_030234581.jpg

Shipping preparation for the LLO trip

Started July 15, 2022 and finished Aug 30. So it took ~1.5 months (with a couple weeks of break)

Class B special tools

  • Screw Drivers 1
    • https://www.steritool.com/
    • https://www.steritool.com/precision-screwdrivers-mini.aspx
  • Screw Drivers 2
    • What I have seems S555Z-7
    • https://www.starrett.com/
    • https://www.starrett.com/dms/flipbooks/Cat-33/index.html?page=354
  • Allen Wrenches
    • Bondhus: These are not made of SS, but of so called protanium steel. I have a chrome finish one (BriteGuard) and K14 gold finish one (goldguard).
    • https://intl.bondhus.com/pages/goldguard-ball-end
    • https://intl.bondhus.com/pages/briteguard-ball-end
  • Scissors
    • VWR - Stainless Steel
    • Unknown PN /  probably this?
    • https://us.vwr.com/store/product/4527635/vwr-dissecting-scissors-sharp-blunt-tip
  • Forceps
    • VWR - Stainless Steel
    • https://us.vwr.com/store/product/4531765/vwr-hemostatic-forceps
  • Wire cutters
    • Looks like they are orthodontic wire cutters. One has the marking "Orthomechanic Stainless Steel" but the company does not sell cutters anymore. The other has a marking "333" but the company is unknown. Similar products can be found on Amazon
  • Long nose pliers - straight stainless steel
    • https://www.aventools.com/
    • https://www.aventools.com/long-nose-pliers-stainless-steel-6-2
  • Bent nose pliers - stainless steel
    • unknown 
  • Tweezers
    • Excelta 
    • The short one is 20A-S-SE. The longer one is 24-SA-PI, maybe?
    • https://www.excelta.com/
    • https://www.excelta.com/straight-laboratory-instruments-forceps
    • https://www.excelta.com/style-24-24-6-sa
  • Mighty-Mouse spanner
  • 2x driver bits for the digital torque wrench

First Contact Kit

  • FC bottole / PEEK mesh

Bonding kit (excl EP30-2 bond)

  • reinforcement bars (4 types)
  • bonding liner powder
  • tools: spatula / bond applying rod

Power meters (excl Power meter controller)

  • Thorlabs Thermal
  • Thorlabs Photodiode
  • Thorlabs Integrating Sphere


  • preamp + power cable
  • PD testing kit (PD connector / DB9 break out / grabber-BNC)
  • Nitrile gloves

Cable bracket replacement kit

  • PEEK cable bracket (Helicoiled)
  • Cable pegs (x4 salvaged / spare)
  • fastners
  • kapton sheet
  • cable ties

Optics / Optomechanics

  • Optical fiber / spare fiber
  • OMC transport feet
  • OMC backscatter inspection prisms

Misc tools

  • digital torque wrench

=== Action done on Aug 30 ===

Fiber MM setup / Fiber coupler mount
Glass Beamdumps (for optical testing)
Flipper mirror
Thorlabs fiber coupler tool
General bent nose plier for fiber
Thorlabs collimator tiny allen
Spare High QE PDs

Spare OMC bags / Zip bags

Balance Mass 10g Qty 8 (Different Type D11*** 1.25" dia), 20g Qty 10 / Mass damper D1700301 -04 / Mass damper screws SHCS 1/4-20 x 1.25 Qty 25 / 1" screws and 1 1/8" screws

Shipping request: https://services1.ligo-la.caltech.edu/FRS/show_bug.cgi?id=25002

=== Low supply! ===

  • Masks
  • 7.0 gloves supply low
  • 7.5 glove completely gone
  • Wet vectra cloth
  • Dry vectra cloth
Entry  Fri Jul 15 22:14:14 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC Lab recovery for the OMC #002 test PXL_20220716_035922673.jpgPXL_20220716_025319391.MP.jpgPXL_20220716_025334324.jpgPXL_20220716_035309066.jpgPXL_20220716_035411435.NIGHT.jpg

- The lab is chilly (18degC)

- Cleaned the lab and the optical table a bit so that the delicate work can be done. The diode test rig (borrowed from Downs - see OMC ELOG 408 and OMC ELOG 409) was removed from the table and brought to the office (to return on Monday)

- The rack electronics were energized.

- The OMC mirrors in use were returned to the cases and stored in the plastic box.

- The optical table was also cleaned. Removed the old Al foils. The table was wiped with IPA

- The OMC #4 was moved to the other part of the table, and then OMC #2 was placed in the nominal place (Attachment 1). Note that the "legs" were migrated from #4 to #2. There are three poles that defines the location of the OMC Transportation

- The lid was removed and the OMC was inspected (Attachment 2). Immediately found some more delamination of the epoxy beneath the cable bracket (Attachment 3). This needs to be taken care of before shipment.

- The cavity was already flashing as usual, and a bit of alignment made the TEM00 flashing.

- The locking was a little tricky because the LB unit seemed to have a gain-dependent offset. After some adjustment, robust locks were achieved. The cavity was then finely adjusted. Attachment 4 shows the CCD image of the reflection. The core of the spot is more or less axisymmetric as usual. There is also a large helo around the spot. I was not aware of this before. I may need to wipe some of the mirrors of the input path.

- As the satisfactory lock was achieved, I called a day by taking a picture of the table (Attachment 5).

    Reply  Tue Jul 26 00:01:59 2022, Koji, General, General, OMC #002 delamination check 2 IMG_1106.JPGIMG_1107.JPGIMG_1110.JPG

More epoxy delamination check:

DCPD R (Attachment 1): Found half delaminated

DCPD T (Attachment 2): Found half delaminated

QPD1/QPD2 (Attachment 3): Looks fine


In total we need to fix bonding of three invar bases (including the one for the cable bracket)

Entry  Mon Jul 25 18:25:04 2022, Koji, General, General, A/C Filter was replaced 
New filter PN
TK70457312T Mini-Pleat Air Filter, Style - Air Filters Box, Performance Rating MERV 14, Nominal Filter Size 12x24x2
Previous filter PN
Global Industrial Equipment
Extended Surface Pleated Cartridge Filter Serva-Cell Mp4 Slmp295 12X24X2 Gl WBB431699
-> No longer available
Entry  Thu May 20 17:03:50 2021, Koji, General, General, SRS LCR meter SRS720 borrowed from Downs P_20210520_154841.jpg

Item loan: SRS LCR meter SRS720 borrowed from Downs. The unit is at the 40m right now for testing with an excelitas PD. Once it is done, the setup will be moved to the OMC lab for testing the high QE PDs

    Reply  Sun May 30 15:17:16 2021, Koji, General, General, DCPD AF capacitance measirement PD_cap_meas.pdf20210529013015_IMG_0577.jpeg20210529013114_IMG_0580_2.jpeg20210529013200_IMG_0584.jpeg20210529013229_IMG_0586.jpeg

Attachment 1: System diagram. The reverse bias voltage is controlled by DS335. This can produce a voltage offset up to 10V. A G=+2 opamp circuit was inserted so that a bias of up to +15V can be produced. The capacitances of the photodiodes were measured with SR720 LCR meter with a probe. DS335 and SR720 were controlled from PC/Mac via serial connections.

Attachment 2: Overview

Attachment 3: How was the probe attached to the photodiode under the test

Attachment 4: The bias circuitry and the power supply

Attachment 5: G=+2 amp

       Reply  Sun May 30 15:32:56 2021, Koji, General, General, DCPD AF capacitance measirement highQEPD_capacitance.pdfC30665_capacitance.pdf

Measurement result:

The capacitance at no bias was 460~500pF. This goes down to below 300pF at 1.0~1.5V reverse bias. At maximum +15V, the capacitance goes down to 200~220pF.

On this opportunity, the capacitances of a couple of Excelitas C30665 photodiodes were measured. In Attachment 2, the result was compared with one of the results from the high QE PDs. In general the capacitance of C30665 is lower than the one from the high QE PDs.

    Reply  Fri Jul 22 17:41:01 2022, Koji, General, General, SRS LCR meter SRS720 returned to Downs PXL_20220723_002330805.jpg

SRS LCR meter SRS720 was returned to Downs as before.


Entry  Tue Jun 28 16:13:34 2022, Koji, General, General, The small optical table not small enough to get out IMG-5203.jpg

The table width was an inch too large compared to the door width. We need to tilt the table and it seemed too much for us. Let's ask the transportation for handling.

Photo courtesy by Juan

Entry  Thu Jun 23 21:03:33 2022, Koji, Facility, General, Moving the small optical table to CAML (TCS Lab) PXL_20220624_035628602.jpg

I've cleared the small optical table and wondered how to move it out of the room. Fortunately, the north side of the big table had wide enough clearance and let the 36" wide table go through. This was easy without moving other heavy stuff.

From here to the door, a bit of work is required. A possibility is to roll the laser blocking wall to the south side of the big table. This will require moving the shelving in the entrance area but it's not a lot of work compared to disassembling a part of the wall.

If this does not work somehow, we will consider removing the last panel of the wall and it will definitely allow the table to get out from the door.

Entry  Fri Feb 5 07:40:37 2021, Stephen, Supply, General, OMC Unit 4 Build Machined Parts IMG_8117.JPG

OMC Unit 4 Build Machined Parts are currently located in Stephen's office. See image of large blue box from office, below.

Loaned item D1100855-V1-00-OMC08Q004 to Don Griffith for work in semi-clean HDS assy.

This includes mass mounting brackets, cable brackets, balance masses, etc. For full inventory, refer to ICS load Bake-9527 (mixed polymers) and Bake-9495 (mixed metals).

Inventory includes all items except cables. Plasma sprayed components with slight chipping were deemed acceptable for Unit 4 use. Cable components (including flex circuit) are ready to advance to fabrication, with a bit more planning and ID of appropriate wiring.

    Reply  Wed Jul 7 14:21:50 2021, Stephen, Supply, General, OMC Unit 4 Build Machined Parts IMG_9238.JPGIMG_9236.JPG

More explicit insights into the inventory for the Unit 4 build. Image of inventory included below.

Machined Parts:

Cable Components:

  • Hughes Circuits made us Kapton flex circuits. These have not been processed in any way.
  • Rich had supplied a spool of Gore 4-conductor in-vacuum wire (see below image). I returned the sppol for Rich but it is living in Downs and available for use.
  • PEEK cable ties were damaged during bake, and will be replaced by SYS inventory.

Retrofit/Repair Capabilities:

  • Aluminum reinforcement brackets D1600316
  • Glass reinforcement brackets (Edmund Optics 45-072 and 45-071)

ref: E1900034 and other associated documents.

Entry  Sat Nov 21 13:58:30 2020, Koji, Electronics, Characterization, Dark Current Measurement for InGaAs QPDs Q3000_dark_current.pdf

Dark current measurement for InGaAs QPDs (OSI FCI-InGaAs-Q3000) has been done using Keithley 2450 and Frank's diode test kit. Frank's setup uses various custom instruments which are no longer exist, therefore the kit was used only for switching between the segments.

The diodes were serialized as 81, 82, 83, 84, continuing the numbering for the OMC QPDs. The numbers are engraved at the side and the back of the diode cans.

Overall, the QPDs nominally indicated the usual dark current level of <10nA.
SEG1 of #82 showed a lower voltage of reverse breakdown but this is not a critical level.
#83 showed variations between the segments compared to the uniform characteristics of #81 and #84.

    Reply  Sun Nov 22 13:49:12 2020, Koji, Electronics, Characterization, Impedance Measurement for InGaAs QPDs impedance_measurement.pdfP_20201121_183830.jpgimpedance_test.pdfQ3000_impedance_test.pdf

To know any anomaly to the junction capacitance of the QPD segments, the RF impedances were tested with a hand-made impedance measurement.
All segments look almost identical in terms of capacitance.

Measurement setup:
The impedance of a device can be measured, for example, from the complex reflection coefficient (S11). To measure the reflection, a bidirectional coupler was brought from the 40m. Attachments 1 and 2 shows the connection. The quantity A/R shows S11. The network analyzer can convert a raw transfer function to an impedance in Ohm.

Calibration and Measurement limit:
The network analyzer was calibrated with 1) a piece of wire to short the clips 2) 50ohm resistor 3) open clips. Then the setup was tested with these three conditions (again). Attachment 3 shows the result. Because of the impedance variation of the system (mainly from the Pomona clip, I guess), there looks the systematic measurement error of ~1pF or ~25nH. Above 100MHz, the effect of the stray impedance is large such that the measurement is not reliable.

The setup was tested with a 10pF ceramic capacitor and this indicated it is accurate at this level. The setup is sufficient for measuring the diode junction capacitance of 300~500pF.

Impedance of the QPD segments:

Then the impedances of the QPD segments were measured (Attachment 4). The segments showed the identical capacitance of 300~400pF level, except for the variation of the stray inductance at high freq, which we can ignore. Note that there is no bias voltage applied and the nominal capacitance in the datasheet is 225pF at 5V reverse bias. So I can conclude that the QPDs are quite nominal in terms of the junction capacitance.

(Ed: 11/23/2020 The RF components were returned to the 40m)

       Reply  Mon Nov 23 23:17:19 2020, Koji, Electronics, Characterization, The dark noise of the Q3000 QPDs Q3000_dark_noise_81.pdfQ3000_dark_noise_82.pdfQ3000_dark_noise_83.pdfQ3000_dark_noise_84.pdf

The dark noise levels of the four Q3000 QPDs were measured with FEMTO DLPCA200 low noise transimpedance amp.

The measurement has been done in the audio frequency band. The amp gain was 10^7 V/A. The reverse bias was set to be 5V and the DC output of the amplifier was ~40mV which corresponds to the dark current of 4nA. It is consistent with the dark current measurement.

The measured floor level of the dark current was below the shot noise level for the DC current of 0.1mA (i.e. 6pA/rtHz).
No anomalous behavior was found with the QPDs.

Note that there is a difference in the level of the power line noise between the QPDs. The large part of the line noises was due to the noise coupling from a soldering iron right next to the measurement setup, although the switch of the iron was off. I've noticed this noise during the measurement sets for QPD #83. Then the iron was disconnected from the AC tap.

          Reply  Tue Nov 24 10:45:07 2020, gautam, Electronics, Characterization, The dark noise of the Q3000 QPDs 

I see that these measurements are done out to 100 kHz - I guess there is no reason to suspect anything at 55 MHz which is where this QPD will be reading out photocurrent given the low frequency behavior looks fine? The broad feature at ~80 kHz is the usual SR785 feature I guess, IIRC it's got to do with the display scanning rate.


The measured floor level of the dark current was below the shot noise level for the DC current of 0.1mA (i.e. 6pA/rtHz).

             Reply  Tue Nov 24 12:27:18 2020, Koji, Electronics, Characterization, The dark noise of the Q3000 QPDs 

The amplifier BW was 400kHz at the gain of 1e7 V/A. And the max BW is 500kHz even at a lower gain. I have to setup something special to see the RF band dark noise.
With this situation, I stated "the RF dark noise should be characterized by the actual WFS head circuit." in the 40m ELOG.

Entry  Fri Nov 20 18:51:23 2020, Koji, General, General, Instrument loan 

FEMTO DLPCA200 low noise preamp (brand new)

Keithley Source Meter 2450 (brand new) => Returned 11/23/2020

were brought to the OMC lab for temporary use.


Entry  Mon Nov 9 22:06:18 2020, Koji, Mechanics, General, 5th OMC Transport Fixture IMG_0211.jpgIMG_0221.jpg

I helped to complete the 5th OMC Transport Fixture. It was built at the 40m clean room and brought to the OMC lab. The fixture hardware (~screws) were also brought there.

Entry  Fri Nov 6 18:38:00 2020, Koji, General, General, Powermeter lent from OMC Lab to 2um ECDL 

Thorlabs' powermeter controler + S401C head was lent from OMC Lab. Returned to OMC Jul 15, 2022 KA


Entry  Fri Oct 23 19:09:54 2020, Koji, General, General, Particle counter transfered to Radhika 

See this entry: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/15642

Entry  Fri Oct 9 01:01:01 2020, Koji, General, General, TFT Monitor mounting 20201008214515_IMG_0152.jpg20201008214519_IMG_0153.jpg20201008214536_IMG_0154.jpg20201008220955_IMG_0155.jpg20201008221019_IMG_0156_2.jpg

To spare some room on the optical table, I wanted to mount the two TFT monitor units on the HEPA enclosure frame.
I found some Bosch Rexroth parts (# 3842539840) in the lab, so the bracket was taken for the mount. This swivel head works very well. It's rigid and still the angle is adjustable.


BTW, this TFT display (Triplett HDCM2) is also very nice. It has HDMI/VGA/Video/BNC inputs (wow perfect) and the LCD is Full-HD LED TFT.



The only issue is that one unit (I have two) shows the image horizontally flipped. I believe that I used the unit with out this problem before, I'm asking the company how to fix this.


    Reply  Fri Oct 16 00:53:29 2020, Koji, General, General, TFT Monitor mounting 

The image flipping of the display unit was fixed. The vendor told me how to fix it.

- Open the chassis by the four screws at the side.
- Look at the pass-through PCB board between the mother and display boards.
- Disconnect the flat flex cables from the pass-through PCB (both sides) and reconnect them (i.e. reseat the cables)

That's it and it actually fixed the image flipping issue.


Entry  Thu Oct 8 19:55:22 2020, Koji, General, Characterization, Power Measurement of Mephisto 800NE 1166A Mephisto800NE_1166A.pdf

The output of Mephisto 800NE (former TNI laser) was measured.
The output power was measured with Thorlabs sensors (S401C and S144C). The reference output record on the chassis says the output was 837mW at 2.1A injection.
They all showed some discrepancy. Thus we say that the max output of this laser is 1.03W at 2.1A injection based on the largest number I saw.

Entry  Fri Dec 13 14:59:18 2019, Stephen, General, General, OMC Beam Dump Production Cure Bake IMG_6080.JPGIMG_6079.JPG

[Koji, Jordan, Stephen]

The beam dumps, bonded on Fri 06 Dec 2019, were placed in the newly tuned and configured small dirty ABO at the Bake Lab on Fri 13 Dec 2019.

Images are shared and references are linked below

Bonding log entry - https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/OMC_Lab/386

Bake ticket - https://services.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/clean_and_bake/request/992/

OMC Beam Dump - https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1201285

    Reply  Wed Dec 18 21:54:53 2019, Koji, General, General, OMC Beam Dump Production Cure Bake P_20191218_160650_vHDR_On.jpegP_20191218_160705_vHDR_On.jpegP_20191218_160733_003.jpeg

The beamdumps were taken out from the oven and packed in bags.

The bottom of the V are completely "wet" for 17 BDs among 20 (Attachment 1/2).

3 BDs showed insufficient glue or delamination although there is no sign of lack of rigidity. They were separated from the others in the pack.

       Reply  Mon Sep 28 16:03:13 2020, rana, General, General, OMC Beam Dump Production Cure Bake 
are there any measurements of the BRDF of these things? I'm curious how much light is backscattered into the incoming beam and how much goes out into the world.

Maybe we can take some camera images of the cleaned ones or send 1-2 samples to Josh. No urgency, just curiosity.

I saw that ANU and also some labs in India use this kind of blue/green glass for beam dumps. I don't know much about it, but I am curious about its micro-roughness and how it compares to our usual black glass. For the BRDF, I think the roughnesss matters more for the blackness than the absorption.

          Reply  Mon Sep 28 16:13:08 2020, Koji, General, General, OMC Beam Dump Production Cure Bake 

According to the past backscatter test of the OMC (and the black glass beamdump: not V type but triangular type on a hexagonal-mount), the upper limit of the back reflection was 0.13ppm. https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/OMC_Lab/209

I don't have a BRDF measurement. We can send a few black glass pieces to Josh.

Entry  Mon Aug 10 15:53:46 2020, Koji, General, General, Lab status check 

Check-in to the OMC lab to see the status. Nothing seemed changed. No bug. The HEPA is running normal. The particle level was 0.

Went into the HEPA enclosure and put a cover on the OMC. Because of the gluing template, the lid could not be close completely (that's expected and fine).

The IPA vector cloth bag was not dry yet but seemed expired (some smell). There is no stock left -> 5 bags to be ordered.

Entry  Mon Aug 10 15:34:04 2020, Koji, Facility, Loan / Lending, Glue bake oven 

Black and Decker Glue Baking Oven came back to the OMC lab on Aug 10, 2020, Georgia had lent the unit for the SAMS assembly/testing.

Entry  Thu Jul 31 15:07:53 2014, Koji, General, General, Item lending 

Tara: Laser Safety goggle -> Returned

HP signal generator (990MHz) (prev. setting 32.7MHz / +3dBm)
Black glass beam dump


LB1005 Oct 24.

    Reply  Fri Jan 30 19:31:08 2015, Koji, General, General, Item lending 



HP signal generator (990MHz) (prev. setting 32.7MHz / +3dBm)Returned March 23, 2016
Black glass beam dump


LB1005 Oct 24. This unit is permanently gone to Cryo lab. Acquired a new unit. Aug, 2016.


Tara: Laser Safety goggle -> Returned

HP signal generator (990MHz) (prev. setting 32.7MHz / +3dBm)
Black glass beam dump


LB1005 Oct 24.


       Reply  Tue Feb 3 18:23:49 2015, Koji, General, General, Item lending 

- The laser was removed and shipped to LHO today.

- UV illuminator / fused silica fiber light guide / UV power meter / UV face shield (Qty 2) will be shipped to MIT.
They are CIT properties except for the illuminator.




HP signal generator (990MHz) (prev. setting 32.7MHz / +3dBm)
Black glass beam dump


LB1005 Oct 24.


Tara: Laser Safety goggle -> Returned

HP signal generator (990MHz) (prev. setting 32.7MHz / +3dBm)
Black glass beam dump


LB1005 Oct 24.



          Reply  Wed Feb 4 20:07:24 2015, Koji, General, General, Item lending C30140_1.JPGC30140_2.JPGC30141.JPGC30142.JPGC30143.JPG

Shipment to MIT (L. Barsotti, J. Miller)

1. UV Illuminator (LESCO Super Spot MK III)

2. UV Power meter (American Ultraviolet AIB1001) Caltech property C30140

3. UV protection face shield (VWR UVC-803) Qty.2 Caltech property C30141/C30142

4. UV Fiber Optic Light Guide (American Ultraviolet OLB1081) C30143

All returned: Aug 30, 2016

             Reply  Tue Jul 21 20:20:12 2015, Koji, General, General, Item lending 

Kate (ATF)

- 4ch color oscilloscope (Tektronix)

- Chopper controller

- Chopper with a rotating disk

                Reply  Fri Sep 9 14:34:31 2016, Koji, General, General, Item lending 

To 40m

First Contact Kit by Calum

Class A Kapton sheets


                   Reply  Thu Feb 27 14:31:13 2020, Koji, General, General, Item lending P_20200227_134755_vHDR_On.jpg

Item lending as per Ian's request: Particle Counter from OMC Lab to QIL


                      Reply  Mon Aug 10 15:29:54 2020, Koji, General, General, Item lending 

The particle counter came back to the OMC lab on Aug 10, 2020


Entry  Fri Dec 6 00:55:25 2019, Koji, Optics, General, Beamdump gluing 6x

[Stephen, Koji]

20 glass beamdumps were bonded at the 40m cleanroom.

Attachment 1: We had 20 fused silica disks with a V-groove and 40 black glass pieces
Attachment 2: The black glass pieces had (usual) foggy features. It is well known to be very stubborn. We had to use IPA/acetone and wiping with pressure. Most of the feature was removed, but we could still see some. We decided to use the better side for the inner V surfaces.
Attachment 3: EP30-2 expiration date was 1/22/2020 👍. 7.66g of EP30-2 was poured and 0.38g of glass sphere was added. Total glue weight was 8.04g
Attachment 4: Glue test piece was baked at 200F in a toaster oven for ~12min. It had no stickiness. It was totally crisp. 👍👍👍
Attachment 5: Painted glue on the V-groove and put the glass pieces in. Then gave a dub of blue at the top and bottom of the V from the outside. In the end, we mostly had the glue went through the V part due to capillary action.
Attachment 6: The 20 BDs were stored in stainless vats. We looked at them for a while to confirm there is no drift and opening of the V part. Because the air bake oven was not available at the time, we decided to leave the assys there for the room temp curing, and then later bake them for the completion of the curing.

Entry  Tue Oct 22 15:54:59 2019, Koji, Electronics, Loan / Lending, Borrowed LB1005 from Cryo Cav 

From Cryo Cav setup

Borrowed LB1005 Servo box -> OMC


Entry  Tue Oct 22 11:56:09 2019, Stephen, Supply, General, Epoxy Status update as of 22 October 2019 image_ep30-2_epoxy_kit_pcs_item_1582_location_downs_3303.JPG

The following is the current status of the epoxies used in assembly of the OMC (excerpt from C1900052)

Re-purchasing efforts are underway and/or complete

Entry  Tue Oct 22 11:52:53 2019, Stephen, General, General, Epoxy Curing Timeline of OMC PZT Assy #9 and #10 omc_elog_383_Epoxy_Curing_Timeline_of_OMC_PZT_Assy_20191022.pngomc_elog_383_Epoxy_Curing_Timeline_of_OMC_PZT_Assy.pptx

This post captures the curing timeline followed by OMC PZT Assys #9 and #10.

Source file posted in case any updates or edits need to be made.

Entry  Tue Oct 22 10:25:01 2019, Stephen, General, General, OMC PZT Assy #9 and #10 Production Cure Bake  OMC_ABO_PZT_Curing_Bake_effort_201906_thru_201909.xlsproduction_cure_bake_pzt_assys_9_and_10_20190927.png

OMC PZT Assy Production Cure Bake (ref. OMC elog 381) for PZT Assy #9 and #10 started 27 September 2019 and completed 28 September 2019. Captured in the below figure (purple trace). Raw data has been posted as an attachment as well.

We have monitored the temperature in two ways:

1) Datalogger thermocouple data (purple trace).
2) Checking in on temperature of datalogger thermocouple (lavender circles) and drive thermocouple (lavender diamonds), only during initial ramp up.

Comments on bake:

  • No changes were made to the tuning or instrumentation of the oven between the successful qualifying bake obtained on 26 September (ref. OMC elog 380). However, the profile seems to have been more similar to prior qualifying bake attempts that were less successful (ref. OMC elog 379), particularly as the oven seems to have ramped to an overtemperature state. I am a bit mystified, and I would like to see the oven tuning characterized to a greater extent than I have had time and bandwith to complete within this effort.
  • The maximum datalogger temperature was 104 °C, and the duration of the soak (94 °C or higher) was 68 minutes. This was in contrast to a programmed soak of 2.5 hours and a programmed setpoint of 84 °C.
  • The drive thermocouple did appear to be under-reporting temperature relative to the datalogger thermocouple, but this was not confirmed during the soak period. Neither thermocouple was calibrated as part of this effort.


Entry  Mon Sep 23 21:29:51 2019, Koji, Optics, General, OMC(004): PZT sub-assembly gluing (#9/#10) IMG_8933.jpgIMG_8934.jpg

[Stephen, Shruti, Koji]

We worked on the gluing of the PZT sub-assy (#9 and #10) along with the designed arrangement by Shruti (OMC ELOG 374).

The detailed procedures are described in E1300201 Section 6.2 PZT subassembly and Section 7.3 EP30-2 gluing.

We found that the PZTs, which were debonded from the previous PZT sub assy with acetone, has some copper wires oxidized. However, we confirmed that this does not affect the conductivity of the wires, as expected.

The glue test piece cooked in the toaster oven showed excellent curing. GO SIGNAL

Stephen painted the PZT as shown in Attachment 1.

The fixtures were closed with the retaining plate and confirmed that the optics are not moving in the fixtures.

At this point, we checked the situation of the air-bake oven. And we realized that the oven controller was moved to another vacuum oven and in use with a different setting.

Stephen is going to retrieve the controller to the air bake oven and test the temp profile overnight. Once we confirm the setting is correct, the PZT sub assys will be heat cured in the oven.  Hopefully, this will happen tomorrow. Until then, the sub-assys are resting on the south flow bench in the cleanroom.

    Reply  Mon Sep 30 23:16:53 2019, Koji, Optics, General, OMC(004): PZT sub-assembly gluing (#9/#10) IMG_8950.jpegIMG_8953.jpegIMG_8954.jpegIMG_8955.jpeg

Friday: [Stephen, Koji]

As the oven setting has qualified, we brought the PZT assys in the air bake oven.

Monday: [Stephen, Shruti, Koji]

We brought the PZT assys to the clean room. There was not bonding between the flexture and the PZT subassy (Good!). Also the bonding o at each side looks completely wetted and looks good. The package was brought to the OMC lab to be tested in the optical setup.

Entry  Thu Sep 26 17:33:52 2019, Stephen, General, General, Dirty ABO test run prior to PZT Subassembly Bonding - ABO is Ready! image_showing_20190924_abo_qualifying_bake.png

Follow up on OMC elog 379

I was able to obtain the following (dark blue) bake profile, which I believe is adequate for our needs.

The primary change was a remounting of the thermocouple to sandwich it between two stainless steel masses. The thermocouple bead previously was 1) in air and 2) close to the oven skin.

Entry  Tue Sep 24 12:19:20 2019, Stephen, General, General, Dirty ABO test run prior to PZT Subassembly Bonding  image_showing_20190923_abo_qualifying_bake.png

The 40m Bake Lab's Dirty ABO's OMEGA PID controller was borrowed for another oven in the Bake Lab (sound familiar? OMC elog 377), so I have had to play with the tuning and parameters to recover. This bake seemed to inadequately match the intended temperature profile for some reason (intended profile is shown by plotting prior qualifying bake for comparison).

The parameters utilized here are exactly matching the prior qualifying bake, except that the autotuning may have settled on different parameters.

Options to proceed, as I see them, are as follows:

  1. reposition the oven's driving thermocouple closer to the load and attempt to qualify the oven again overnight
  2. retune the controller and attempt to qualify the oven again overnight
  3. proceed with current bake profile, except monitor the soak temperature via data logger thermocouple and intervene if temperature is too high by manually changing the setpoint.


Entry  Wed Sep 18 23:38:52 2019, Stephen, General, General, Dirty ABO ready for PZT Subassembly Bonding index.png

The 40m Bake Lab's Dirty ABO's OMEGA PID controller was borrowed for another oven in the Bake Lab, so I have had to play with the tuning and parameters to recover a suitable bake profile. This bake is pictured below (please excuse the default excel formatting).

I have increased the ramp time, temperature offset, and thermal mass within the oven; after retuning and applying the parameters indicated, the rate of heating/cooling never exceeds .5°C/min.

Expected parameters:  Ramp 2.5 hours Setpoint 1 (soak temperature) 94 °C no additional thermal mass
Current parameters:    Ramp 4 hours Setpoint 1 (soak temperature) 84 °C Thermal mass added in the form of SSTL spacers (see photo)

The ABO is controlled by a different temperature readout from the data logger used to collect data; the ABO readout is a small bead in contact with the shelf, while the data logger is a lug sandwiched between two stainless steel masses upon the shelf. I take the data logger profile to be more physically similar to the heating experienced by an optic in a gluing fixture, so I feel happy about the results of the above bake.

I plan to add the data source file to this post at my earliest convenience.

Entry  Wed Sep 18 23:16:06 2019, Stephen, Supply, General, Items staged at 40m Bake Lab for PZT Subassembly Bonding IMG_5216.JPGIMG_5215.JPG

The following items are presently staged at the 40m Bake Lab (see photo indicating current location) (noting items broght by Koji as well):

  1. Bonding fixtures, now modified with larger washers to constrain springs, and with modification from OMC elog 358.
  2. Curved Mirrors and Tombstones as selected by Shruti in OMC elog 374.
  3. PZTs as debonded from first iteration subassemblies (SN 12 and SN 13)
  4. Epoxy-cure-testing toaster oven
  5. Other items I can't think of but will populate later  =D

The following item is in its home in Downs 303 (Modal Lab)

  1. EP30-2 epoxy (expiration 2020 Jan 22) with full kit (tracked in PCS via location update [LINK])


Entry  Wed Sep 18 22:30:11 2019, Stephen, Supply, General, EP30-2 Location and Status IMG_5217.JPG

Here is a summary of the events of the last week, as they relate to EP30-2.

1) I lost the EP30-2 syringes that had been ordered for the OMC, along with the rest of the kit.

  • Corrective action: Found in the 40m Bake Lab garbing area.
  • Preventative action: log material moves and locations in the OMC elog
  • Preventative action: log EP30-2 moves and locations in PCS via location update [LINK]
  • Preventative action: keep EP30-2 kit on home shelf in Modal Lab unless kit is in use

2) The EP30-2 syringes ordered for the OMC Unit 4 build from January had already expired, without me noticing.

  • Corrective action: Requested LHO ship recently-purchased EP30-2 overnight
  • Preventative action: log expiration dates in OMC elog
  • Preventative action: begin purchasing program supported by logistics, where 1 syringe is maintained on hand and replaced as it expires

3) LHO shipped expired epoxy on Thursday. Package not opened until Monday.

  • Corrective action: Requested LHO ship current EP30-2 overnight, this time with much greater scrutiny (including confirming label indicates not expired)
  • Preventative action: Packages should be opened, inspected, and received in ICS or Techmart on day of receipt whenever possible.

4) Current, unopened syringe of EP30-2 has been received from LHO. Expiration date is 22 Jan 2020. Syringe storage has been improved. Kit has been docked at its home in Downs 303 (Modal Lab) (see attached photo, taken before receipt of new epoxy).

Current Status: Epoxy is ready for PZT + CM subassembly bonding on Monday afternoon 23 September.

Entry  Thu Sep 5 15:40:42 2019, shruti, Optics, Configuration, PZT Sub-Assembly Diagrams_SubAssembly.pdfC10_C13_Combinations.pdfPlots_Config_Tolerance.pdf

Aim: To find the combinations of mounting prism+PZT+curved mirror to build two PZT sub-assemblies that best minimises the total vertical beam deviation.

(In short, attachment 1 shows the two chosen sets of components and the configuration according which they must be bonded to minimize the total vertical angular deviation.)

The specfic components and configuration were chosen as follows, closely following Section 2.3.3 of T1500060:

Available components:

Mounting prisms: 1,2,12,14,15 (Even though there is mention of M17 in the attachments, it can not be used because it was chipped earlier.)

PZTs: 12,13

Curved mirrors: 10,13



For a given choice of prism, PZT and mirror, the PZT can be placed either at 0deg or 180deg, and the mirror can rotated. This allows us to choose an optimal mirror rotation and PZT orientation which minimises the vertical deviation.

Total vertical angle = $\theta_{v, prism} +\theta_{v,wedge} +\theta_{v,mirror}$

\theta_{v, prism} was measured by Koji as described in elog 369.

\theta_{v, wedge} [\text{arcsec}] = \theta_{PZT} \sin{\frac{\pi \phi_{PZT}}{180}},             \theta_{PZT}, \phi_{PZT} are the wedge angle and orientation respectively and were measured earlier and shown in elog 373 . 

\theta_{v, mirror} [\text{arcsec}] = \frac{180 \times 3600 \times d}{\pi R_{RoC}} \times \sin{\frac{\pi (\phi-\phi_{ROT})}{180}},               The measurement of the location of the curvature bottom (d, \phi) of the mirrors is shown in elog 372 . The optimal \phi_{ROT} is to be found.


These steps were followed:

  1. For every combination of prism, PZT, and mirror, the total vertical deviation was minimized with respect to the angle of rotation of the curved mirror computationally (SciPy.optimize.minimize). The results of this computation can be found in Attachment 2: where Tables 1.1 and 2.1 show the minimum achievable deviations for mirrors C10 and C13 respectively, and Tables 1.2 and 2.2 show the corresponding angle of rotation of the mirrors \phi_{ROT} .
  2. From the combinations that show low total deviations (highlighted in red in Attachment 2), the tolerances for 5 arcsec and 10 arcsec deviations with mirror rotation were calculated, and is shown in Tables 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4 of Attachment 2.
  3. While calculating the tolerances, the dependence of the vertical deviations with rotation were also plotted (refer Attachment 3).
  4. Two sets from available components with low total deviation and high tolerance were chosen. 



These are the ones that were chosen:

  1. M14 + PZT13 at 0deg + C13 rotated by 169deg anticlockwise (tot vertical dev ~ -3 arcsec)
  2. M12 + PZT12 at 0deg + C10 rotated by 88deg clockwise (tot vertical dev ~0 arcsec)

The method of attaching them is depicted in Attachment 1.


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