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  10581   Wed Oct 8 03:20:46 2014 JenneUpdateLSCDo we need AO for acquisition?

As part of trying to determine whether we require the AO path for lock acquisition, or if we can survive on just digital loops, I looked at the noise suppression that we can get with a digital loop.

I took a spectrum of POX, and calibrated it using a line driving ETMX to match the ALSX_FINE_PHASE_OUT_HZ channel, and then I converted green Hz to meters. 

I then undid the LSC loop that was engaged at the time (XARM FMs 1,2,3,4,5,8 and the pendulum plant), to infer the free running arm motion. 

I also applied the ALS filters (CARM FMs 1,2,3,5,6) and the pendulum plant to the free running noise to infer what we expect we could do with the current digital CARM filters assuming we were not sensor noise limited.

In the figure, we see that the free running arm displacement is inferred to be about 0.4 micrometers RMS.  The in-loop POX signal is 0.4 picometers RMS, which (although it's in-loop, so we're not really that quiet) is already better than 1/10th the coupled cavity linewidth.  Also, the CARM filters that we use for the ALS lock, and also the sqrtInvTrans lock are able to get us down to about 1 pm RMS, although that is not including sensor noise issues. 


For reference, here are the open loop gains for the LSC filters+pendulum and ALS filters+pendulum that we're currently using.  The overall gain of these loops have been set so the UGF is 150Hz.


It seems to me that as long as our sensors are good enough, we should be able to keep the arm motion down to less than 1/10th or 1/20th the coupled cavity linewidth with only the digital system.  So, we should think about working on that rather than focusing on engaging the AO path for a while.

Attachment 3: CARMnoise_7Oct2014.zip
  10580   Tue Oct 7 19:40:58 2014 ericqUpdateLSCCM, REFL11 Wiring

I've changed the LSC rack wiring a little bit, to give us some flexibility when it comes to REFL11. 

Previous, the REFL11 demod I output was fed straight to the CM servo board, and the slow CM board output was hooked up to the REFL11I ADC channel. Thus, it wasn't really practical to ever even look at sensing angles in REFL11, since the I and Q inputs were subject to different signal paths/gains. (Also, doing LSC offsets would do wonky things to refl11 depending on the state of the switches on the CM board screen.)

Thus, I've hooked up the CM board slow output into the the previously existing, aptly named, CM_SLOW channel. The REFL11 demod board I output is split to IN1 of the CM board, and the REFL11 I ADC channel. 

So, there is no longer hidden behavior in behind the REFL11 input filters, channels are what they claim to be, and the CM board output is just as easily accessible to the LSC filters as before. 

  10579   Tue Oct 7 16:55:16 2014 SteveUpdateVACUnexpected sweaty valves

 Pump  spool valves V5, V4, V3 sweating a lot. VM3 and VC2 not so much.

They are VAT valves F28-62887-03, 11, 14 and so on ~15-16 years old.

 I'm speculating that some plastic is aging-braking down at the atmospheric-pneumatic side of valves.
The vacuum side is not effected, according to vacuum pressure readings.

May be some condensation from the small turbos? No

I'm looking for an identical valve to examine, but I can not find one.

We are using industrial grade 99.96% Nitrogen to actuate these valves.

Valves are not effected are  dry: VA6, V6, V7 and all annuloses.


Attachment 1: sweatyV5.jpg
Attachment 2: sweatyV5f.jpg
  10578   Tue Oct 7 16:41:12 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

I put a little script into ...../scripts/Admin that will check the fullness of Chiara's disk.  We only have the mailx program installed on Nodus, so for now it runs on Nodus and sends and email when the chiara disk that nodus mounts is more than 97% full.

  10577   Tue Oct 7 16:19:50 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

We're back! It was entirely my fault.

Some months ago I wrote a script that chiara calls every night, that rsyncs its hard drive to an external drive. With the power outage yesterday, the external drive didn't automatically mount, and thus chiara tried to rsync its disk to the mount point, which was at the time just a local folder, which made it go splat. 

I'm fixing the backup script to only run if the destination of the rsync job is not a local volume. 

  10576   Tue Oct 7 16:17:15 2014 SteveUpdateGeneralreason for 8 sec power outage


We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.


There was an equipment malfunction in one of Pasadena's substation that caused the outage. After about an 8 second delay, back up circuits restored power. This affected about 1/2 of the campus.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Vass [mailto:steve@ligo.caltech.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 2:18 PM
To: Anchondo, Michael
Subject: 5s

Hi Mike,

Can you tell me about yesterday's power outage?

Thanks, Steve
  10575   Tue Oct 7 10:09:07 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralChiara not responding

Chiara doesn't seem to be responding and I guess something happened 7 hrs ago.

I tried to hook up chiara to a monitor to reboot or atleast look for error messages; but it is not even detecting the external monitor (Tried changing monitors and vga cables; still see nothing).

I tried to ssh into it and only received errors :
NFS lookup failed for server XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX : error 5 (RPC: Timed out)
ssh: chiara: host/servname not known

Steve had the vacuum checked and everything seems fine with the status of the vacuum system atleast.

  10574   Tue Oct 7 00:18:12 2014 JenneUpdateLSCYgreen PSL alignment, ETMX strain relief

No exciting progress today.  I did PSL green alignment for the Yarm, although I now think that the Xarm green needs realigning too.

Also, I was foiled for a while by ETMX jumping around.  I think it's because the adapter board on the Xend rack didn't have any strain relief.  So, I zip tied the heavy cable in a few places so that it's no longer pulling on the connector.  Hopefully we won't see ETMX misbehaving as often now, so we won't have to go squish cables as often.

  10573   Mon Oct 6 18:15:12 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: end green alignment

After Q brought back the IR, I went to check the green situation.

1. The end lasers had to be turned ON. 
2. The heaters for the doubler crystals had to be enabled. The heaters are at the set values.
3. The X arm PZTs for the steering mirrors had to be powered up (Set voltage 100V and current 6.7mA)
4. I aligned the green to the already IR-aligned arms.

Green PSL alignment has to be done after Q finishes his work on the MC WFS.

  10572   Mon Oct 6 17:36:17 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

The autolocker is now working, but I didn't change anything to make it so. I was just putting in some echo statements, to see where it was getting hung up, and it started working... This isn't the first time I've had this experience. 

It turns out IOO had a bad BURT restore. I restored from 5AM this morning, the WFS are ok now. 

  10571   Mon Oct 6 17:04:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

I brought back the PMC, MC and Arms.


  • Same as when we replaced the busted sorensen, the kepco regulators in 1X1 (which power the FSS HV amp, PMC PZT and WFS) needed to be brought back up in the proper order. (Middle two are  + and - for the FSS, need to be rolled up in unison). Also the same as that occasion, sticky sliders prevented the full voltage range on the PMC PZT from being accessible. I touched every button on the PMC and FSS screens, which seemed to fix it. 
  • I then realigned the PMC to ~0.80 transmission


  • Needed to do some hand alignment to get a lock
  • Measured spot positions, they were all under 2mm
  • Despite centering the beams on the WFS and setting the offsets, WFS would not turn on successfully
  • Also, the autolocker on megatron isn't doing anything but blinking
  • Also also, MC2 is exhibiting some intermittent alignment wandering. The SUSDOF traces look like flat ramps lasting a few minutes. 


  • No green was evident anywhere, but it didn't take to much alignment tweaking to get IR flashes
  • No signals were evident on RFPDs, confirmed light on PDs and power to demod boards. 
  • Turned out the 11MHz Marconi was not doing anything, and needed to be reset to the modulation frequency in ELOG 10314 (which reminds me that I need to update the sticker on the marconi)
  • Locked arms, ASS'ed, oplev spots were acceptable. 


  10570   Mon Oct 6 11:09:52 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown: slow computers

As per other slow computers, which Chris figured out in elog 10189, I added all the rest of the slow computers to Chiara's /etc/hosts file, so that they would come up when Manasa went and keyed the crates. 

Computers that were already there:

  • c1auxex
  • c1psl
  • c1iscaux

Computers that I added today:

  • c1susaux
  • c1auxey
  • c1iscaux2
  • c1pem1
  • c1aux
  • c1iool0
  • c1vac1

Manasa keyed all of these crates *except* for the vac computer, since Steve said that the vacuum system is up and running fine.

  10569   Mon Oct 6 10:28:18 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown


We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

 The last time we had a power failure IFO recovery elog

  10568   Mon Oct 6 10:23:43 2014 SteveUpdateVACUnexpected power shutdown


We had an unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

PSL Innolight laser and the 3 units of IFO air conditions turned on.

The vacuum system reaction to losing power: V1 closed and Maglev shut down. Maglev is running on 220VAC so it is not connected to VAC-UPS.  V1 interlock was triggered by Maglev "failure" message.

Maglev was reset and started. After Chiara was turned on manually I could bring up the vac control screen through Nodus and opened V1

"Vacuum Normal" valve configuration was recovered instantly.


Chiara needs UPS 

It is arriving Thursday

  10567   Mon Oct 6 10:04:58 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralUnexpected power shutdown

We had a unexpected power shutdown for 5 sec at ~ 9:15 AM.

Chiara had to be powered up and am in the process of getting everything else back up again.

Steve checked the vacuum and everything looks fine with the vacuum system.

  10566   Sun Oct 5 23:43:08 2014 KojiUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

There are several non scientific reasons.

  10565   Sun Oct 5 10:09:49 2014 ranaUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

It seems clever, but I wonder why use DTT and command line perl, instead of using the FE lockins or just demod the offline data or all of the other sensing matrix scripts made for the LSC (at 40m) or ASC (at LLO) ?

  10564   Fri Oct 3 13:03:05 2014 ericqUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

Yesterday, Koji and I measured the transfer function of pitch and yaw excitations of each MC mirror, directly to each quadrant of each WFS QPD. 

When I last touched the WFS settings, I only used MC2 excitations to set the individual quadrant demodulation phases, but Koji pointed out that this could be incomplete, since motion of the curved MC2 mirror is qualitatively different than motion of the flat 1&3. 

We set up a DTT file with twenty TFs (the excitation to I & Q of each WFS quadrant, and the MC2 trans quadrants), and then used some perl find and replace magic to create an xml file for each excitation. These are the files called by the measurement script Koji wrote. 

I then wrote a MATLAB script that uses the magical new dttData function Koji and Nic have created, to extract the TF data at the excitation frequency, and build up the sensing elements. I broke the measurements down by detector and excitation coordinate (pitch or yaw).

The amplitudes of the sensing elements in the following plots are normalized to the single largest response of any of the QPD's quadrants to an excitation in the given coordinate, the angles are unchanged. From this, we should be able to read off the proper digital demodulation angles for each segment, confirm the signs of their combinations for pitch and yaw, and construct the sensing matrix elements of the properly rotated signals. 



The axes of each quadrant look consistent across mirrors, which is good, as it nails down the proper demod angle. 

The xml files and matlab script used to generate these plots is attached. (It requires the dttData functions however, which are in the svn (and the dttData functions require a MATLAB newer than 2012b))

Attachment 5: analyzeWfs.zip
  10563   Fri Oct 3 10:10:37 2014 SteveUpdateVACcold cathode gauge reading switched


We have two cold cathode gauges at the pump spool and one  signal cable to controller. CC1  in horizontal position and CC1 in vertical position.  

CC1 h started not reading so I moved cable over to CC1 v

Attachment 1: CC1switched.png
  10562   Fri Oct 3 03:02:17 2014 ericqUpdateLSCNo luck locking DRMI

I haven't been able to lock the DRMI tonight, neither with 1F and no arms nor 3F and arms held off with ALS... I tried previous recipes, and new combinations informed by simulations I've run, to no avail. 

I touched the alignment of the green beat PD on the PSL table, since the X beatnote was rather low, but wasn't able to improve it by much. I never took a spectrum, since it wasn't my main focus tonight, but the low frequency motion of both arms on ALS, as observed by RIN, was good as I've ever seen it. 

In our WFS work earlier today, Koji and I reset the WFS offsets, and it actually seems to have helped a good deal, in terms of the "fuzz" of MC REFL on the wall striptool. I had previously presumed this to be due to excess angular motion, but perhaps it is more accurately described as an alignment offset that let the nominal angular motion couple into the RIN more. 

  10561   Thu Oct 2 20:54:45 2014 KojiUpdateIOOIMC WFS measurements

[Eric Koji]

We made sensing matrix measurements for the IMC WFS and the MC2 QPD.

The data is under further analysis but here is some record of the current state to show
IMC Trans RIN and the ASC error signals with/without IMC ASC loops

The measureents were done automatically running DTT. This can be done by


The analysis is in preparation so that it provides us a diagnostic report in a PDF file.

Attachment 1: IMC_RIN_141002.pdf
Attachment 2: IMC_WFS_141002.pdf
  10560   Thu Oct 2 14:36:52 2014 steveUpdatePEMoil drops on vertex crane



 KroneCrane Fred inspected and certified the 3 40m cranes for 2014. The vertex crane crane was load tested at fully extended position.

 Small oil drops were found during prevent inspection of the vertex crane. They were wiped off. It took 231 days to grow this size.

Attachment 1: VertexOilDrops.jpg
  10559   Thu Oct 2 09:23:23 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent 77



 Pump down reached "vacuum normal" state. IFO _P1 pressure 1e-4 torr

PSL shutter is opened.

 IFO_P1 pressure 1.6e-5 torr after 6 days at atm


PS: PSL sliding door 11 was left open overnight. The PSL particle count will reach room counts in 20 seconds at low speed of HEPA

Attachment 1: vent77SRMmoved.png
  10558   Wed Oct 1 19:40:46 2014 ericqUpdateLSCArms IR aligned
  • Beamsplitter was put into MC refl path.
  • HWP was rotated to maximize power into PMC. 
  • MC autolocker locked, small alignment tweak led to WFS taking over
  • Light present on REFL, AS and POP!
  • After small adjustments to TTs and ETMY, locked Yarm with AS55, ran ASS. 
  • Adjusted AS camera and RFPD alignment for ASS'd AS beam. 
  • Left arm locked on AS55, aligned new POY beam onto POY11. Centered ITMY oplev while I was there. 
  • After adjusting digital POY11 demod angle with an excitation into ETMY, arms were POX/POY locked and ASS'ed.
  • PRM and SRM eyeball aligned

The IFO is ready for 3F DRMI comissioning 

  10557   Wed Oct 1 16:26:53 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 completed


 Pump down reached "vacuum normal" state. IFO _P1 pressure 1e-4 torr in 8 hrs actual pumping time

 PSL shutter is opened.

Attachment 1: pd78completedin25hrs.png
  10556   Wed Oct 1 10:21:19 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 stops at 3.5 Torr



We  stopped pumping just short of 3 hours at 320 Torr.  Pumping speed was 2.7 Torr / min with partially closed RV1 and butterfly valve/

RP1&3 roughing pump hose is disconnected. Butterfly valve removed. The vac envelope is closed. 

 This is our second stop. I will be back this afternoon.     IFO  P1 3.5 Torr


Attachment 1: pd78secondStop.png
  10555   Tue Sep 30 18:02:53 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 stops at 320 Torr


We  stopped pumping just short of 3 hours at 320 Torr.  Pumping speed was 2.7 Torr / min with partially closed RV1 and butterfly valve/

RP1&3 roughing pump hose is disconnected. Butterfly valve removed. The vac envelope is closed. 

Attachment 1: 3h.png
  10554   Tue Sep 30 17:26:18 2014 ericqUpdateLSCNew AO cable in place

I've installed a new 2pin lemo cable going from the CM servo out to in2 of the MC servo board, and removed the temporary BNC. I used some electrical tape to give the cable some thickness where the lemo head screws on to try to strain relieve the solder joints; hopefully this cable is more robust than the last. 

I put an excitation into the CM board, and saw it come out of MC_F, so I think we're set. 

  10553   Tue Sep 30 16:18:57 2014 SteveUpdateVACpump down #78 has started


Q checked the earth quake stops of SRM and we put the ITMY & BS doors on. 

Attachment 1: pd78hastarted.png
  10552   Tue Sep 30 11:53:29 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update


Photos have been taken of the ITMY chamber, and uploaded to picasa. Here's a slideshow:

  10551   Mon Sep 29 18:12:24 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

I closed the PSL shutter as we didn't want to burn the mirror surface when we are not working.

  10550   Mon Sep 29 17:10:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Everything is aligned, AS and POY make it out of vacuum unclipped, OSEM readings look good.

I set up the SRM oplev, centered all oplevs.

Tomorrow, we just have to take pictures of the ITMY chamber before we put the heavy doors on. 

  10549   Mon Sep 29 12:47:51 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

  •  Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok

 [Koji, ericq]

We have completed the above points; the ITMY table is still level.

Despite what the wiki says, the SRM LR OSEM open voltage is ~1.97V instead of ~1.64, so we shot for half of that. 

The in-air steering of the SRM oplev return beam needs adjustment. I'll estimate the beam path length when I'm taking pictures and closing up. 

Left to do:

  • Now that AS is back on diode, lock arms and align everything. Confirm everyone's happiness. 
  • Take numerous pictures of ITMY chamber.
  • Center oplevs
  • Put doors on
  • Close shutters
  • Pump down
  • Replace MC refl Y1 with the beamsplitter
  • Turn PSL power back up

Related In-Air work:

  • Fix POY steering
  • Fix SRM oplev return steering
  10548   Mon Sep 29 10:29:25 2014 SteveUpdateVACRGA is not running


 The RGA time stamp was correct last at 20140527


  Rga stopped scanning at 20140530

Attachment 1: rgascanTimeStamp.png
  10547   Mon Sep 29 09:11:25 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent day 5 RGA scan



Attachment 1: v77_bg-mag-d5.png
  10546   Fri Sep 26 17:13:39 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length

POY has >2 inches of clearance from the SRM cage. 

Distance reconstruction indicates an SRC length of 5399mm, which was exactly our target. 

  10545   Fri Sep 26 16:10:14 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent update

Today so far:

  • I moved SRM forward by 3mm
  • Then I leveled the ITMY table 
  • At this point, bringing the ITMY oplev beam back onto its QPD got me back to green locking and IR flashes 
  • AS and POY beams are both making it out to their tables, as seen by IR card. (Though not to their in-air optics)

Here's my quick brain dump of things to do before we can pump down (anyone see anything missing?):

  • Check the clearance of the POY beam at the SRM cage
  • Re-do distance reconstruction measurements, confirm desired SRC length
  • Lock the SRM cage down fully (right now, has 2 clamps on, and one laying unused)
  • Align SRM for SRC flashes
  • Adjust SRM OSEM positions as needed
  • Adjust SRM oplev beam path, measure lever arm for calibration
  • Confirm beam spots on output mirrors in ITMY and BS chambers are ok
  • Take pictures of ITMY chamber. 
  • Closeup checklist
  10544   Fri Sep 26 12:25:34 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

I figured out that didn't change the initial guess for the fit routine in Gabriele's code. I also changed the fminsearch criteria to least squares fitting, instead of minimax. The consistency checks now look just as good as the previous time we did these kind of measurements, no disagreements bigger than 1.6mm. 

Thus, the current estimate of the SRC length after yesterday's motions is 5402mm, where we desire 5399mm. So, we will try to move SRM 3mm closer to SR2, after confirming that we are not clipping the POY beam. After all that, we will level the table.

  10543   Fri Sep 26 11:44:55 2014 nicolasFrogsComputer Scripts / ProgramsLoaded larry's fake filter into C1:ALS-OFFSETTER2

 Larry and Nicolas

Larry's transfer function measurements suddenly started returning 0dB 0degrees when before there was some fake filter in the C1:ALS-OFFSETTER2 filter bank.

We looked in the filter bank and his filter was gone. So I created a new filter called LARRYP in FM2. We also disabled the output so he could drive the filter bank and test his TF code.

  10542   Fri Sep 26 09:13:17 2014 SteveUpdateSUSvent day 2

 ITMY in vac table needs leveling.

Attachment 1: ventDay2.png
Attachment 2: ITMY.png
  10541   Thu Sep 25 19:42:12 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

[q, Jenne, Manasa]

ELOG Outline

  • Aligned arms
  • Took a bunch of photos of ITMY chamber. 
  • Used Crystallaser to reverse trace POY beam path
  • Realized real POY flashes were visible
  • Tried adjusted POY steering to give us enough room to move SRM forward 3 in
  • Not enough steering room
  • Placed beam centering targets just before OM3 and after OM4, on far side of BS table
  • Twisted SR2 by ~5 degrees
  • Moved SRM laterally ~3 inches (beam had been hitting optic center, then suspension cage after SR2 twist)
  • Moved SRM foward about 3 inches, adjusted angle for coarse retroreflection
  • Measured distances between suspensions
  • Tried running Gabriele's distance reconstruction code, results not looking so good; redundancy checks are off by ~1cm
  • Started roughly repositioning OM1 and OM2 to get through beam targets
  • Closed light doors
  • ITMY pointing has gone bad, no green or IR resonance to be seen, still have IR and Green in Xarm, so TTs, BS are ok
  10540   Thu Sep 25 15:41:15 2014 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsRossa having a better day


I think I found out why rossa was mad. 

An apt-get update on the 18th downloaded kernel 2.6.32-65-generic, so 2.6.32-58-generic, which what was previously chosen as a working kernel, had moved down in the grub ordering.

It turns out the grub configuration accepts strings, so I changed it to GRUB_DEFAULT="Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-58-generic", ran sudo update-grub, and Rossa now seems to boot happily. 

  10539   Thu Sep 25 11:38:47 2014 JenneUpdatePEMSeismometers in place

[Zach, Jenne, Steve]

This work happened on Tuesday.  Bad Jenne for forgetting to elog it!

Zach brought the 40m's seismometers back (one Guralp and one T-240).  We have set the seismometers on their slabs.  Also, we ran the T240 cable from 1X5 over to the vertex slab.  Also, also, Zach and Steve mounted the T-240 readout box in the 1X5 rack.  We have not yet hooked it up to power, although there are fused power blocks available on that rack. 

So, the T-240 box needs power, and then we need to connect the seismometers to their respective boxes.  Also, we need to run medium-short BNC cables from the T-240 readout box to the PEM AA board over in 1X7.

  10538   Thu Sep 25 11:33:41 2014 JenneUpdateLSCPOY alignment laser


I looked at the CAD layout and it seems like we will clearly be clipping POY if we move SRM by 7.5cm. Since POY is not visible at low power, we cannot be sure about the clipping.

 I was bad and forgot to elog this yesterday (bad grad student!), but I setup a laser pointer to show us where the POY beam is. 

To do this, I removed the tiny mirror that sends the beam to the POY RF PD (so we do not have POY to lock the Yarm right now.  I think Q has successfully been using AS).  The laser pointer goes through 2 temporary steering mirrors, then passes through the place that the tiny mirror usually sits, and then travels along the POY path into the vacuum system.  The idea here is that we should be able to adjust the laser pointer and the temp steering mirrors, and not touch any of the actual POY mirrors, but still get the green beam to go all the way to ITMY.  Yesterday I confirmed that the laser pointer was hitting the in-vac POY pickoff mirror, and today Q and Manasa are doing final adjustment to get the beam all the way to the ITM. 

  10537   Thu Sep 25 10:53:32 2014 SteveUpdateSUSHeNe laser test



Attachment 1: centeredDay6.png
  10536   Thu Sep 25 08:21:15 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent day 1


[Steve, EricQ, Jenne]

ITMY and BS heavy doors are off, light doors are on.  Q is aligning the IFO.


Attachment 1: ventDay1.png
  10535   Wed Sep 24 18:56:45 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralOttavia slowness

Ottavia was having some severe interaction latency today. Xorg was taking up >90% of the CPU, just sitting around. The machine was logged in to a desktop session with lots of graphical effects turned on. I changed the system default session to "gnome-fallback" in /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf, which was already set as the default for controls, but wouldn't get chosen for the autologin that happens on boot. 

Hopefully this helps ottavia stay usable...

  10534   Wed Sep 24 18:17:46 2014 ericqUpdateGeneralAlignment Restored

Interferometer alignment is restored

ASS has been run on each arm, recycling mirrors were aligned by overlapping on AS camera. 


  • Mode cleaner alignment took some manual tweaking, locked fine around 1k counts. Still no autolocker.
  • At this point, some light was visible on AS and REFL, which was a good sign regarding TTs. 
  • Used green light to align ETMs to support a green 00 mode. 
  • Ensured no recylcying flashes were taking place on AS camera and PRM face camera.
  • Arms were locked using AS55, with the other ITM misalgined, for better SNR than PO[XY]. ASS brought arm powers to ~0.06, which is about what we would expect from 1k MC2 trans instead of 16k.
    • ASS Yarm required debugging, see below.
    • ETMX was getting kicks again. Top Dsub connector on the flange near the ground closer to the end table was a little loose. We should fasten it more securely.
  • At this point, michelson alignment was good. Brought in PRM to see PRC flashes, REFL spot was happy. Brought in SRM to AS sppot. 
  • Saved all optic positions. 
  • Oplevs:
    • PRMs new aligned state is falling off the QPD.
    • ETMs and BS oplev centering are fine, rest are less good, but still on the detector.


ASS-RFM issue:

ETMY was not getting its ASC pitch and yaw signals. C1SCY had a red RFM bit (although, it still does now...)

I took a look at the c1rfm simulink diagram and found that C1RFM had an RFM block called C1:RFM-TST_ETMY_[PIT/YAW] and C1SCY had one called C1:TST-SCY_ETMY_[PIT/YAW]. 

It seems that C1TST was illegally being used in a real signal chain, and Jenne's recent work with c1tst broke it. I renamed the channels in C1RFM and C1SCY to C1:RFM-SCY_ETMY_[PIT/YAW], saved, compiled, installed, restarted. All was well.

There are still some  in SCY that have this TST stuff going on, however. They have to do with ALS, it seems, but are SHMEM blocks, not RFM. Namely:



  10533   Wed Sep 24 16:02:58 2014 JenneUpdateVACvent is completed

[Steve, EricQ, Jenne]

ITMY and BS heavy doors are off, light doors are on.  Q is aligning the IFO.

  10532   Wed Sep 24 13:28:48 2014 SteveUpdateVACvent is completed

 The vent is completed. ITMX was kicked up accidentally. Valve configuration: chamber open, RGA is pumped through VM2  Maglev

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