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  12266   Thu Jul 7 12:44:52 2016 varunUpdateCDSDAFI update

Attached is a diagram, showing the entire (planned) signal flow of the DAF model. Some thoughts on the implementation after discussion with eric:

1) Since the LSC control signals and ASC signals are running on the c1lsc FE at the same rate as DAFI (16kHz), it would be wise to start from these.

   Current implementation: has a matrix at the end of the LSC PD signals, which selects one of the PD signals and outputs it to the DAFI via IPC communication.

    Proposed Changes: Add another matrix at the end of the LSC PD signals, to give to the second stereo output. Similarly, add two matrices each at the end of the LSC control signals and     the ASC signals. Each matrix must select one of the signals and output it to the DAF via IPC.

2) The PEM running on the c1sus FE system will have to be brought to DAFI in a similar fashon. However, since c1sus runs at 2kHz, there is a possibility of imaging while the signal is    transfered to the DAFI. This could be taken care of by an anti imaging filter, or inserting zeros between two samples coming at to the 16 kHz system from the 2kHz system and then low-passing it to remove the aliased parts. (similar to upsampling)

3) For the SUS control signals, input can be given from a matrix prepared for each optic seperately.

Attachment 1: DAFI.pdf
  12267   Thu Jul 7 14:45:26 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralpianosa monitor dead

Johannes, Koji

We obtained two monitors of the same type from Larry.

  12268   Thu Jul 7 15:23:39 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralSUS Vmon

Based on Koji's observation of a flat TF, it seems more likely the Vmon channels are looking at the path I've highlighted in green (named "EPICS V Mon"), rather than the path in red (named "DAQ Mon") that Koji initially suspected. This path still lacks any AA for the 16Hz EPICS sampling.

  12269   Thu Jul 7 16:05:55 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralSUS Vmon

Ah, thanks. That makes sense. In that case, we should remove the texts "30Hz HPF" from the suspension screens.

Now we just need AA LPFs for these channels, or hook them up to the RT system.

  12270   Thu Jul 7 17:12:50 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress

I performed a visual inspection of ITMY in its natural habitat today. I did not get any great pictures from the HR side because it's located very towards the edge of the table towards the arm. Before that I checked the levelness of the table. East-west direction was fine, north-south was slightly off but still within the marks for 'level'.

The AR side had several speckles, a few of them located somewhat near the geometrical center of ITMY. The top of the barrel was worse of, as expected. The HR side was a little better, but there were a few pieces of dust? near near the center. Sample pictures are attached, I uploaded all the good ones to Picasa.

Clamps that mark the position of ITMY were already in place. I did not move the optic just yet, and we will have to move a cable block out of the way to bring ITMY near the opening for us to work on it. We will markt the position of that to preserve the weight distribution. Then we can probably take some better before/after pictures. Tomorrow I will be looking at ETMY.

  12271   Fri Jul 8 11:35:45 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

Yesterday, I expanded the extent of the ETMX suspension coil driver investigation. I set up identical monitors for two more coils (so now we are monitoring the voltage sent to UL, UR and LL - I didn't set one up for LR because it is on a second DB25 connector). Furthermore, I increased the excitation amplitude from ~20 to ~2000 (each coil had an independent oscillator at slightly different frequency between 5Hz and 8.5 Hz), the logic being that during LSC actuation we send signals of approximately this amplitude to the coils and we wanted to see if a larger amplitude signal somehow makes the system more prone to glitches.

Over ~10 hours of observation, there is no clear evidence of any glitch. About 2 hours ago (~930am PDT Fri Jul 8), the watchdog tripped - but this was because even though I had increased the trip threshold to ~800 for the course of this investigation, megatron runs this script every 20 minutes or so that automatically reduces this threshold by 17 counts - so at some point, the threshold went lower than the coil voltage, causing the watchdog to trip. So this was not a glitch. The other break around 2am PDT earlier today was an FB crash.

Do we now go ahead and pull the suspension out, and proceed with the swap?

Attachment 1: coilGlitchMon.png
  12272   Fri Jul 8 11:48:09 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation


Move the suspension on the south clean bench and make more close inspection. We need to remove the OSEMs.

Then unmount the mirror. Bring it to the clean room and work on the bond removal.
Meanwhile, set up all suspension components inclusing the alignment test setup.

  12273   Fri Jul 8 13:01:23 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag is talking ! | SURF 2016

Acromag is talking now, after few changes to the original EPICS configuration and cross compile configuration. Modbus config files also were changed and compiled again to run it on linux-arm architecture. I have made use of pyModbus for the final work and I am planning to use the same for grabbing channels. Though I am unable to grab channel data right now, I am able to communicate to it over ethernet and send and receive data. 

  12274   Fri Jul 8 14:03:26 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

ETMX is currently in the clean room, the barrel is the tiniest bit submerged in acetone that will remove a guide rod, standoff, and side OSEM. 

Additional inpsection of the standoffs on the flow bench did not provide any insight, pictures are in picasa. Here is a cropped version of a picture we took:


We should look at them under a microscope.

  12275   Fri Jul 8 15:44:07 2016 PrafulUpdateElectronicsReplacing DIMM on Optimus

Optimus' memory errors are back so I found the exact DIMM model needed to replace: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-10-Samsung-4GB-2Rx4-PC2-5300P-555-12-L0-M393T5160QZA-CE6-ECC-Memory-/201604698112?hash=item2ef0939000:g:EgEAAOSwqBJXWFZh I'm not sure what website would be the best for buying new DIMMs but this is the part we need: Samsung 4GB 2Rx4 PC2-5300P-555-12-L0 M393T5160QZA-CE6.

  12276   Fri Jul 8 16:33:26 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

The magnet, guide rod, and standoff came off without too much force. However, some epoxy residue remains on the barrel. I didn't really want to scrape it off, so I've opted for more soaking. Much of the acetone had evaporated already, so I put some more - just to the point where the residue is submerged. 

  12277   Fri Jul 8 19:33:16 2016 PrafulUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMEDM Tab on Summary Pages

A new MEDM tab has been added to the summary pages (https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/detcharsummary/day/20160708/medm/), although some of the screens are not updated when /cvs/cds/projects/statScreen/cronjob.sh is run. In /cvs/cds/projects/statScreen/log.txt, the following error is given for those files: import: unable to read X window image `0x20011f': Resource temporarily unavailable @ error/xwindow.c/XImportImage/5027. If anyone has seen this error before or knows how to fix it, please let me know.

In the meantime, I'll be working on creating an archive of MEDM screens for every hour to be displayed on the summary pages.

  12278   Fri Jul 8 20:44:09 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX removed from suspension

In the evening, I went into the clean room to check how it goes.

- The air around the table is quite warm like a hell. Is this normal?

- I checked how the scattered epoxy spots look like. They were not touching the bath anymore due to evaporation.
- I scraped the spots with the tweezers there. They were easily removed. The particlates on the side barrel were wiped by a wipe with aceton. (Result: Attachment 3)

- Then looked at the other side. I poked the standoff with the tweezer. It was easily removed. I don't think the bond was too weak. Just the area of the bond was so tiny.
- Also residue was scraped by a tweezer and wiped with a cloth. (Attachment 2)

- The removed stand off is in the stainless bowl together with the parts that Eric removed.

- I didn't want to leave the optic in the aceton fume. It was placed on a metal donuts for a 3" optic. (Attachment 4)

- I couldn't find a vacant clean glass jar for the lid. So, a foil hut was built. We should be very careful not to scratch the optic when we remove the hut. (Attachment 5)

- The aceton bath was covered with the foil as it was. (Attachment 6)

Attachment 1: photo1.jpg
Attachment 2: photo2.jpg
Attachment 3: photo3.jpg
Attachment 4: photo4.jpg
Attachment 5: photo5.jpg
Attachment 6: photo6.jpg
  12279   Fri Jul 8 21:02:09 2016 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMEDM Tab on Summary Pages

Very nice!

Some of the screens are up-to-date, and some are not. Are the errors associated with the screens that failed to get updated?

  12280   Fri Jul 8 21:15:03 2016 PrafulUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsMEDM Tab on Summary Pages

Thanks! Yes, only the screens that are not updated when the script is executed show this error. I'll try to keep debugging over the weekend.


Very nice!

Some of the screens are up-to-date, and some are not. Are the errors associated with the screens that failed to get updated?


  12281   Fri Jul 8 21:22:38 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMX SUS Coil driver electronics investigation

While ETMX is out, I'm leaving the larger amplitude excitations to the coils on over the weekend, in case any electronic glitch decides to rear its head over the weekend. The watchdog should be in no danger of tripping now that we have removed the ETM.

Unrelated to this work: while removing the ETMX suspension from the chamber, I also removed the large mirror that was placed inside to aid photo taking, so that there is no danger of an earthquake knocking it over and flooding the chamber with dust.

  12282   Fri Jul 8 22:26:03 2016 varunUpdateCDSDAFI Update: Changes in LSC model

I have added the control signals DARM_CTRL, MICH_CTRL, PRCL_CTRL, SRCL_CTRL, CARM_CTRL, XARM_CTRL, YARM_CTRL, MC_CTRL to the DAFI model from the LSC model via IPC commn.

The changes done to the LSC model include addition of an extra block going to DAFI (attachment 2, red rectangle in attachment 1), and addition of an extra overall output from the LSC, called DAFI_OUT2, which goes to DAFI through IPC link C1:LSC-DAF_2 (attach. 3). Now two distinct inputs can be given to the DAFI, whose intended purpose is to act as two distinct audio signals in the stereo output, but can also be used for arbitrary math. 

I am going to add the following PEM channels as DAF inputs subsequently, in a similar 2 input fashon.




Attachment 1: lsc.png
Attachment 2: lsctodaf.png
Attachment 3: lsctodaf1.png
  12283   Sun Jul 10 15:38:01 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX in guiderod/standoff gluing fixture

I was hoping to glue a standoff and guide rod today, but some problems have reared their heads. Story follows:

Upon first placng the optic into the standoff gluing fixture, I was presented with a geometric problem. In the assembly procedure, one glues the rods before the magnets, which prevents a situation like this:

When what you want to do is this:

So, I spun the optic around such that the magnet is on the far side of the scribe line from the side arm, and instead of extending the side arm past the scribe line, will bring it back towards the near side. I also swapped the arms of the fixture such that the guide rod will be glued on the opposite side of the optic than the side magnet, so the side magnet won't get in the way when doing the pitch adjustment of the second standoff.

Then, I found the scribed ruby rods, and took a look at one under a microscope. The groove looks nice and sharp. I placed the standoff in the side arm of the fixture.

However, the fact that the groove does not go all the way around the standoff leads to problem #1: when adjusting the position of the side arm, the standoff seems to roll around unpredictably, making it hard to deterministically position it while keeping the groove facing outwards. 

Problem #2 is not too surprising give Steve's finding about the guide rod holding arm in ELOG 12264. Given that the tip is banged up, the guide rod does not sit straight in the arm, making it crooked. This would lead to the second standoff's groove not being well aligned to the suspension wire.

I will meditate on solutions to these problems... I have covered the optic and fixture with the same foil hut Koji made on Friday.

Also, I peeked at the aluminum standoffs under the microscope. Since the groove goes all the way around, we don't really know where the wire was seated before. Still, there are some places where the groove looks kind of worn:

  12284   Sun Jul 10 15:54:23 2016 ericqUpdateCDSAll models restarted

For some reason, all of the non-IOP models on the vertex frontends had crashed.

To get all of the bits green, I ended up restarting all models on all frontends. (This means Gautam's coil tests have been interrupted.)

  12285   Sun Jul 10 17:33:00 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralVent progress

It took a little time, but I relocked the IMC and realigned to the point where the PRC is flashing, visible on REFL and AS, and tiny flashes are visible in TRY.

  12286   Sun Jul 10 18:20:39 2016 ranaUpdateElectronicsAntialiasing Filter Update

Comments on the schematic:

  1. Only the instrumentation amp should be made up of the ADA4004. Not the whitening parts.
  2. Please think about the front panel design and make a drawing of the front and back panels. Power connectors, indicators, switches, etc. Take a look at some of our existing 1U rack electronics to see what standard arrangements are. Add a front and back panel drawing to the elog.
  3. The whitening and anti-aliasing opamps can all be OP27 SOIC-8 for now. Later, if we need better noise performance or speed we can use faster opamps.
  4. There should be a 3rd stage of AA. Each of the exisitng stages (U5, U6) can only be second order and we want the option to have a 6th order low pass.
  5. There should be 100 nF decoupling capacitors on the power pins of all the single opamps.
  6. There is a low noise power daugther board made by Ben Abbott which you can use on the DCC. It should accept the direct power connector from the back panel and supply regulated power to the board.
  7. Take care to update the lower right hand corner info box with updated drawing version #'s and author name.
  8. The MAX4158 is 16 years old. It may be good if you can find a newer parts so it doesn't go obsolete.
  9. All of the R & C on the board should be sized 1206 for the SMD.
  10. For the whitening and AA filtering stages, we want the capability to use larger size parts (e.g. the red WIMA caps that are in the blue spinny box). So you will have to use larger footprints for those.
  11. The resistors should all be 0.1% thin film or metal film.
  12287   Sun Jul 10 20:08:44 2016 varunUpdateCDSDAFI Update: Changes in LSC and PEM models

I have added the PEM signals mentioned in the previous elog as DAF inputs through PCIE IPC, and compiled and restarted the c1pem and c1daf models. 

Attached are the pictures of the simulink diagram of the addition in the PEM and the DAF. 

Since the signals are moving from a 2kHz clock rate machine to a 16kHz clock rate machine, some imaging effects are possible, which I have to look into.

Attachment 1: pemtodaf.png
Attachment 2: pemindaf.png
  12289   Mon Jul 11 15:13:22 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralVent progress: in-date First Contact procured

I have obtained 2x100cc bottles of in-date first contact from Garilynn (use before date is 09/14/2016) for cleaning of our test-masses. They are presently wrapped in foil in the plastic box with all the other first contact supplies.

Attachment 1: image.jpeg
  12290   Tue Jul 12 09:18:12 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralSlippery substance mystery

I found a note on Steve's desk that R. Abbott left yesterday afternoon about an unidentified slippery substance being present on the floor by cabinet S12, along the X arm. (Steve is away this week)

Just now, I found no trace of the substance in the vicinity of that cabinent (which is one of the cabinets for clean objects). Maybe the janitor cleaned it already?

  12291   Tue Jul 12 09:35:51 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralSlippery substance mystery

I've noticed the spot that Rich means before, too. I think you only notice this when you're wearing the shoe covers, not sneakers or crocs. I didn't see any 'substance', it seems more like the floor finish (wax?) seems to be more slippery in that area than others.


I found a note on Steve's desk that R. Abbott left yesterday afternoon about an unidentified slippery substance being present on the floor by cabinet S12, along the X arm. (Steve is away this week)

Just now, I found no trace of the substance in the vicinity of that cabinent (which is one of the cabinets for clean objects). Maybe the janitor cleaned it already?


  12292   Tue Jul 12 16:08:00 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX ruby guided gluing

[ericq, Koji]

We have positioned and applied epoxy to one ruby standoff on ETMX, for overnight curing according to the SOS standoff gluing procedure. This included:

  • Removing and reinserting the guiderod until the groove is properly oriented, as seen by microscope
  • finding the right vertical offset with the microscope + 3 axis micrometer stage
  • axial centering by equalizing the distances from the grove to each bevelled edge of the barrel with the microscope stage
  • mixing epoxy
  • Testing the mix by putting some drops on some foil, and putting that in a 200F oven for 15 minutes, and checking that it cured well
  • Applying some tiny droplets of expoxy using the tip of some copper wire, making an effort to keep epoxy away from the glue

Instead of trying to fix up a way of gluing the guiderod with the proper alignment, we chose to be more conservative and glue the standoff today, then switch the gluing fixture's arms tomorrow to glue the guide rod with the good fixture arm. 

Additionally, we chose to glue one of the more assymetric standoffs on this first side. What I mean by this is: We have 3 ruby standoffs with grooves. Two of them have the groove about 1/8th of the way along their length, and one has it about 1/4 of the way. Since the second standoff is going to be glued while suspended, after pitch balancing, we figure that we want to use the more centered groove on that side, meaning we used one of the 1/8th standoffs today.

Unfortunately, we neglected to take any pictures :/

  12293   Tue Jul 12 18:13:19 2016 KojiUpdateVACN2 bottle replaced

Gautam, Koji

We replaced the right N2 bottle as it was empty.

  12294   Tue Jul 12 20:16:15 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus. 

  12295   Tue Jul 12 23:51:16 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMY inspection

On Monday I inspected ETMY, and found nothing really remarkable. There was only little dust on the HR side, and nothing visible in the center. The AR side has some visible dust, nothing too crazy, but some of it near the center.

  12296   Wed Jul 13 00:01:38 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralITMX dust

We ran out of illuminator juice, and short-term charging couldn't restore enough battery life to continue the work. We should be able to get some better pictures tomorrow.


Looked at ITMX. Johannes and I both saw a fairly large speck of dust near the center of the HR side. We tried to take some photos but couldn't get any with good focus


  12297   Wed Jul 13 00:38:25 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMY attempted repositioning

[Lydia, Johannes]

We attempted to move the ETMY suspension near the access port in preparation for the cleaning process. The plan was to move in the face restraints first to the point of almost making contact, then the ones underneath so the optic is sitting on them, followed by the top one facing down, and then bringing in the stops on the faces.

While moving in the stoppers I noticed that the far lower stopper on the HR side was barely touching the face of the optic in its resting position and was basically pushing it sideways when moved forward. It was just on the edge, so I tried to compensate minimally by moving the underneath stops a little further on the near side, trying to let it 'slide' over a little so the screw would have better contact. I must have been too generous with the adjustment, because while proceeding I noticed at some point that the stick magnets on one side of the optic were not attached anymore but laying inside the OSEMs. The side magnet was also missing, it is now sitting on the suspension jig base plate. The dumbbells all seem intact, but we'll test them before we reglue the magnets to the optic. This is extremely unfortunate, but hopefully won't take too long to fix. At the very least, as Koji put it, the cleaning will be easier with the optic out of the suspension. Still, what a bummer.

  12298   Wed Jul 13 03:16:47 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX dust

Multicolor flash light:

- It seems that the usb port charging doesn't work.

- There is a battery charger on Steve's desk. I set the batteries on it.


White LED flash light:

- I temporarily brought a compatible charger from WB. It's charging two batteries behind the LCD display on my desk.


  12299   Wed Jul 13 15:35:56 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralVent Progress - ETMY repositioned and removed

[Lydia, Johannes]

Took photos to document the original OSEM orientation and wrote down the serial numbers for each position. We removed the OSEMs, moved the suspension to the accessible side of the table and took out the optic, which was brought to the clean room to have the magnets reglued. The ETMY chamber is now closed up with the OSEMs and clamps inside on the table, and should not need to be reopened until the magnets have been reattached. 

  12300   Wed Jul 13 21:13:51 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX guide rod gluing / ETMY Magnet gluing

[Eric, Koji]

  • ETMX: The Al guide rod has been glued on the mirror.
  • ETMY: The UR, LR, and SD magnets have been glued on the mirror.
  • For both, we are waiting for the glue getting cured.

Handing over message to the next step

  • ETMX: The arm of the fixture has probably been glued together with the guide rod. It has to be taken care when the fixture is removed.
    ETMX gluing section and Attachment 13)

ETMX: guide rod gluing (done) -> fixture unmounting side -> fixture setting -> magnet gluing -> suspend -> pitch balance -> ruby gluing -> air bake
ETMY: magnet (done) -> fixture unmounting -> air bake

ETMY gluing

Mirror transport:
- A transport setup was made with a donut holder for a 3" optic, glass jar, stain less tray, and a CS Stat zipbag. (Attachment 1)

- The magnets have been glued witht the gluing fixture. (Attachment 2)
- We checked the dimensions of the glued magnet and found that the thicker side has to be raised by 1mm. (We used the fact that the relative distance between the wire groove and the magnet is always the same.)
- The ETMs have 2.5deg wedge and this corresponds to 3.2mm height difference between the left and right edges. This meant that the thinner side had to be raised by 4.2mm.
- We used a 0.9mm Teflon sheet for the thicker side (Attachment 3) and two 2.2mm Teflon pieces for the thinner side (Attachment 4). For stabilization of the fixture, two Teflon tubes with a diameter of ~3mm are inserted to the top and bottom side of the mirror (Attachment 5).

Magnet orientation:
- Mirror orientation in the fixture (Attachment 6).
- It was confirmed that existing UR, LR, and Right SD magnets have the polarity of N facing out, S facing out, and N facing out. And we confirmed that this is consistent with ETMX and the procedure document (E970037)
- Along with the procedure document, we arranged the magnet-dumbbells UL, LL, and Left SD magnets to have S-out, N-out, and N-out. (Attachments 7, 8, and 9)

- In prior to gluing, all three dumbbells surfaces were cleaned by acetone and razor blade scrubbing.
- After the epoxy curing test (see below), the three magnet-dumbbell pairs have been glued on the mirror. A single dub of EP30-2 was applied to each dumbbell surface.

- Attachments 10, 11, and 12 shows how glue is spread at each joint.

ETMX gluing

Guide rod positioning:
- The longitudinal position of the guide rod was adjusted using the micrometer microscope such that it located at the center of the mirror thickness.
- The guide rod is not long enough to have the edges sticking out from the form of the fixture arm. Therefore only arm finger of the arm held the guide rod. 
- The height was adjusted to be 1.73mm (68mil) lower than the mirror scribe line. The mirror is fixed on the fixture upside down. So this bonds the guide rod above the scribe line.

- Then the epoxy was applied to the guide rod. The glue was applied to two edges of the rod, but capillary action spread the glue around the rod. It seemed that the fixture and the rod were connected with the glue. Care should be taken when the fixture is going to be removed. (Attachment 13)
- The top side (in the picture) where the stand-off will come is still relatively kept clean. So it must be OK for the stand off. If there is an issue, we can shave the epoxy with a razor blade.

Glue testing

- EP30-2 tends to fail to get cured. In order to check the mixture is properly made or not, we put a test piece into air bake oven.
- The procedure says, 200F 15min bake show if the glue is in a good shape or not.

- We have the temperature sensor setup on a air bake oven, but it seemed that the indicated temperature there is overestimate.
  The heating setting of 2 was enough to show the temp of 100degC although EP30-2 didn't get cured with this setting.

- Our experience says that heater setting of "5" makes the temperature ~90degC. On July 12nd, this setting showed the temp of 90degC. Today (July 13rd) it didn't. In the both cases, the epoxy got cured nicely. So we should use this setting.

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  12301   Thu Jul 14 01:00:33 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralETMX ruby guided gluing

Today I took the picture of the glued ruby stand-off. The groove has not been invaded by the epoxy!

Attachment 1: ruby.jpg
  12302   Thu Jul 14 22:29:57 2016 ericq UpdateGeneralETMX guide rod gluing / ETMY Magnet gluing

The pickle puckers came off ETMY cleanly yes ETMY now rests in the ring holder, under a glass jar, with all of its magnets.

We removed the guiderod gluing fixture from ETMX without any apparent damage to the fixture arm, optic, or guiderod epoxy joint. 

I started measuring some distances on the optic for the side magnet gluing, but am not sure of it yet. So, I didn't manage to start the gluing today. 

  12303   Thu Jul 14 23:38:59 2016 varunUpdateCDSc1lsc FE unresponsive

Today, at around 10:30, c1lsc machine froze and stopped responding to ping and ssh after I compiled and restarted c1daf. I think it is due to a large array in one of my codes. The daqd.log file shows the following:

    Warning: "Virtual circuit unresponsive"
    Context: "c1lsc.martian.113.168.192.in-addr.arpa:5064"
    Source File: ../tcpiiu.cpp line 945
    Current Time: Thu Jul 14 2016 22:27:42.102649102

I think the c1lsc FE may need a hard reboot.

  12304   Fri Jul 15 12:21:28 2016 varunUpdateCDSc1lsc FE unresponsive

c1lsc is up and running, Eric did a manual reboot today.


Today, at around 10:30, c1lsc machine froze and stopped responding to ping and ssh after I compiled and restarted c1daf. I think it is due to a large array in one of my codes. The daqd.log file shows the following:

    Warning: "Virtual circuit unresponsive"
    Context: "c1lsc.martian.113.168.192.in-addr.arpa:5064"
    Source File: ../tcpiiu.cpp line 945
    Current Time: Thu Jul 14 2016 22:27:42.102649102

I think the c1lsc FE may need a hard reboot.


  12305   Fri Jul 15 16:23:51 2016 ericq UpdateGeneralGluing setbacks

[ericq, Lydia]

Here is a picture of the ETMX guide rod post-gluing. There is unfortunately a fair amount of excess. The "tab" is the result from the epoxy travelling along the finger of the fixture arm that held the guide rod.

We set out to glue the previously remove ETMX side magnet, and set up the fixture to do so. For ETMX we needed 3 mm of shimming on the thick side, and 6mm on the thin side.

However, while cleaning the magnet+dumbbell base of epoxy residue, I broke the dumbbell off of the magnet no

We then fetched the spare side magnet that Steve had been holding onto. While cleaning it, it was dropped and dissapeared from this plane of existence nono

So, instead of gluing a side magnet today, we are gluing the existing magnet and dumbbell back together:

Sadly, this used up the last of our EP30.nonono

Though Koji had the foresight to order more(yes), it will not arrive until Monday/Tuesday, so no side magnet gluing until then.frown

  12307   Sat Jul 16 00:30:42 2016 varunUpdateCDSDAFI update: Frequency warping | c1lsc unresponsive

Summary: I am trying to implement frequency warping/pitch shifting on the real time FE. Here is a description long overdue:

Description: The overall idea is as follows:

The DFT of a frame x_i[n]  is given by X_i[k] = \sum_{n=0}^{m-1}x_i[n]e^{-j2\pi \frac{kn}{m}}. A matrix W containing all W_{kn} = e^{-j2\pi \frac{kn}{m}} for k, n = 1, 2, ..., m can be calculated and predefined in the code. The input arrival rate is 16384 Hz, i.e. once in every 60 $\mu$s time window. Hence, the fourier coefficients can be updated cumulatively in each cycle using the current value of the input, previous value of the fourier coefficient and the components of the W matrix. This will distribute the computational load of the FFT into all the time windows. Similar operations can be carried out for the inverse STFT.

I have written and run a pseudo-real time code on my CPU. The following is the essence:
 Let the frame-length be M, and the intended scale factor of the frequency warping be 'r'. The frame overlap is 50%. At each clock cycle, the following tasks are performed:  (1 to 3 are routine tasks performed at every clock cycle, 4 is a special task performed only when a frame is filled.)
 1) Take input and apply hanning window to it.
 2) Cumulate X_i[k] for every k using the value of x_i[n] (the input) at that particular instant. Also start to cumulate X_{i+1}[k], which will be later transfered to X_i[k].
 3) Because of 4), we now have 'r+1' filled frames corresponding to output fft. Now take the ifft using two consecutive frames corresponding to only two time series points. The computations required for this task are the same as the computations required for calculation of the fourier coefficients iteratively, since the entire time series ifft is not computed.
 4) Do these special tasks after each frame gets filled:
      At this point, the ffts of the current frame and a previous frame is ready. Let us call them X1 and X2.
      Calculate phase difference between the two.
      Calculate all the interpolated |Y_i| in between these two frames depending upon the scale factor.
      Assign phase of X1 to first Y frame and assign increasing phase to all the other Y frames.
      and also do all the usual non-special tasks.

This code takes about 9-10 microseconds for a cycle with special tasks, and 5-6 microseconds for a cycle with routine tasks on my laptop (brought down from 100 microseconds peak time in the earlier offline implementation due to elemination of explicit dft and reduction in fft size), for a frame size of 32 samples. However, when fed into the c1lsc FE, it crashes, as it has done once again today evening, in the same fashon as yesterday. There could be 2 possible reasons:

1) Size of the array containing the W_{kn} matrix elements is too large for the FE memory,

2) the computations are taking up more than 60 microseconds.

Since there are already a few codes with similar array sizes, I am more inclined to think that 2) is more likely.

Another problem that I am anticipating is that for a 32 point dft and a sampling rate of 16kHz, the frequency resolution achieved is about 500 Hz, which is not sufficient if we need to represent seismic signals. The only way I can think of, for representing such signals with a small number of fft points, is to reduce the effective sampling rate, i.e. do DSP on inputs at a much lower rate than 16kHz (say 1kHz, which will give a resolution of ~30 Hz, or 2kHz giving a resolution of ~60Hz). Another advantage of this method is that it frees up more clock cycles for computation, thus the computational load can be further distributed.  The problem in this implementation is that it will increase the delays.

  12308   Mon Jul 18 05:05:05 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralHeater for Seismometer Enclosure | SURF 2016

I took off the silicon rubber heaters which were used by a SURF last year for heating the enclosure. The heater data sheet has mentioned the power dentsities, but I doubted the values. So I wanted to measure the actual power density by these heaters. I think the rubber heaters are broken somewhere within, the surface is not heated evenly. Although I don't have a good quantative reason to use, I was thinking to use a thermoelectric cooling module for the enclosure. 

From the data I collected few days back, I am trying to obtain a transfer function of temperature inside the enclosure to that of outside. My aim is to measure the pole frequency of temperature fluctuations inside the enclosure relative to the outside fluctuations.


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  12309   Mon Jul 18 18:44:52 2016 varunUpdateCDSc1lsc FE recovered

c1lsc FE is up and running.


2) The machine was manually rebooted.

3) c1daf was recompiled and installed, with the problematic piece of code removed.

4) NTP timing was adjusted.

5) Frame Builder was restarted.

6) All models on c1lsc machine were restarted.

Attachment 1 shows the CDS status after the recovery. I wont be trying to run frequency warping immediately, I will first finish implementing the other harmless modules first.

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  12310   Tue Jul 19 13:21:42 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralVent progress - ETMY attempted repositioning

[Lydia, Johannes]

We moved ITMY from its original position to a place near the access point. We took the OSEMs off first, and noticed that the short flat head screw driver was still a little too long to properly reach the set screws for the lower OSEMs. We were able to gradually loosen them, though and thus remove the lower OSEMs as well. We had to move a cable tower out of the way, but used clamps to mark its position. After making sure the optic is held by its earthquake stops, we moved it to its cleaning location. All magnets are still attached.

  12311   Tue Jul 19 15:16:43 2016 SteveUpdatesafetysafety training

Our new graduate student Lydia received 40m specific safety training.

  12312   Tue Jul 19 15:30:08 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralHEPA dryer and dust

I set up a simple HEPA filter dryer to dry your clean room garment before  you can put it away into your storage box.

Our lab is dusty ! This is  specially important when we are vented. Please wipe things daily and cover item with foils .... etc.

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  12313   Tue Jul 19 16:39:29 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralETMX magnet gluing/guiderod excess glue removed

[ericq, Lydia]

The epoxy arrived. Eric managed to remove the excess glue below the guiderod with a razor blade (see attachment 1). The magnet and dumbell that came apart were reglued successfully and passed the stregth test of picking up the magnet from the table by the dumbell, so the magnet was glued back on the optic and is setting in the gluing apparatus (see attachment 2).

We double checked the polarity against the side magnets on ETMY. Because of the gluing position strategy (a fixed distance toward the HR side from the groove location), the other side magnet appears slightly below the center of the gluing barrel, which after some discussion with Koji was determined to be ok. 

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  12314   Wed Jul 20 11:39:07 2016 SteveUpdateVACvent 78 day 20

RGA background scan


Vacuum Status: Chamber Open

All chamber annuloses are vented.  Vac Monitor screen is not communicating with gauges. The valve position indicator are working.

RGA is pumped by Maglev through VM2



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  12315   Wed Jul 20 13:58:55 2016 SteveUpdateSUSSUS damping out of vac chamber

Cheater cable to be used in clean room pitch gluing alingment.

Satelite amp needs to be there.

Atm 2-3, The ETMs  suspension damping cable  are connected at the end racks. All others go to 1X5

Atm 4-5, The other end of this cable in the high cable tray at 1X3 as shown. We'll disconnect the shorty and move the end to ETMX ( or any sus at 1X5 )


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  12316   Wed Jul 20 14:03:01 2016 ericqUpdateSUSEffect of thicker ruby standoffs

The new ETMX ruby guide rods are slightly thicker than the old aluminum ones; specifically 1.27mm vs 1.0mm.

Since we did not change the guide rod location in response to this fact, the vertical position of the suspension point changes, which in turn changes the dynamics of the suspension. Specifically, since the standoff is placed below the guide rod, the suspension point is lowered, which makes the pitch mode softer. I crunched a few numbers and have determined that this effect should not be a problem.

Given the wiki's value of the ETMX pitch resonance frequency of 0.829 Hz, I predict a the new pitch resonance frequency of 0.800 Hz.

(wiki link: https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/Suspensions/Mechanical_Resonances)

A useful document about the dynamics of our suspension can be found at T000134

From this document, one will find that the effect of changing the suspension point height over the optic center of mass,`b`, on the pitch resonance frequency (while keeping all other dimensions equal) to be:

\frac{\omega'_\theta}{\omega_\theta} \approx \sqrt{\frac{b'}{b}}

The top of the standoff is fixed by the guide rod, so let's say that b' is given by the position of the center of the Ruby standoff. This is then smaller than the previous b by the differences in the radii of the standoffs:

b' = b - \frac{\oslash_{\textrm{ruby}}-\oslash_{\textrm{Al}}}{2}

The nominal value of b is 0.985mm. Thus, the pitch resonance frequency is changed by factor of 0.965, i.e. 3.5% smaller. Then, taking the wiki value of 0.829 Hz results in 0.800Hz, a 30mHz decrease.

  12317   Thu Jul 21 05:22:26 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralTemperature measurements across the enclosure | SURF 2016

I have measured the transfer function of temperature fluctuations inside the enclosure to that of the temperature fluctuations outside. The transfer function has been estimated by using 'tfestimate' which is library function in Matlab and which estimates the transfer function based on Welch's method. The attached plots shows the transfer function of the temperature inside the enclosure to that of outside temperature.



In order to determine a relation between temperature inside the enclosure to that of the outside temperature, I have calculated the mean squared coherence.  I have used Matlab's 'mscohere' library function which uses Welch's method to calculate the coherence. Attached plot shows the coherence between the temperature across the enclosure.


Also, I have attached the matlab script which I used for generating these plots.


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%temperature data outside the enclosure on channel 2
%temperature data inside the enclosure on channel 3

%sampling frequency in Hz
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