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  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.
    (See
    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)

Shimming:
- 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)

Gluing:
- 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.

Gluing:
- 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
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. 

  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

  12306   Fri Jul 15 17:44:37 2016 AakashSummaryGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

Aidan has described the physical connections and initial setup here :  https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:resources:computing:acromag#recovering_from_a_terminal_power_communication_outage  .

Since I used a Raspberry Pi(domenica.martian) for communicating to Acromag(acroey.martian) card, I had to recompile everything for linux-arm architecture. 

For EPICS installation, download the EPICS base from http://www.aps.anl.gov/epics/download/base/baseR3.14.12.3.tar.gz . Installing dependencies, build, install epics at /usr/local/epics. By downloading modbusApp source from https://llocds.ligo-la.caltech.edu/daq/software/source/epics-3.14.12.2_long-source.tar.gz  , build the modbusApp for linux-arm architecture in modules/modbus directory inside epics base.

Put all the files mentioned by Aidan and run a tmux session to grab channels.

Also, pyModbus can be used to read the channels. I'll put the physical connections schematic shortly.

  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.

 

Attachment 1: HEATERS.jpeg
HEATERS.jpeg
  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.

  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.

Attachment 1: HEPAdryer.jpg
HEPAdryer.jpg
  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. 

Attachment 1: P7190201.JPG
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Attachment 2: P7190203.JPG
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  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.

fig1.pdf

fig2.pdf

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.

fig3.pdf

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

script21jul2016.m

Attachment 1: script21jul2016.m
filename='2315on5july.dat';
data=importdata(filename);
%temperature data outside the enclosure on channel 2
data1=data(:,2); 
%temperature data inside the enclosure on channel 3
data2=data(:,3); 

%sampling frequency in Hz
fs=100; 
... 30 more lines ...
Attachment 2: fig1.pdf
fig1.pdf
Attachment 3: fig2.pdf
fig2.pdf
Attachment 4: fig3.pdf
fig3.pdf
  12322   Thu Jul 21 17:01:59 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX magnet gluing/guiderod excess glue removed

One step forward, two steps back...

While attempting to suspend ETMX, I broke off a side magnet crying

It is now gluing

(This is *not* the one that was previously glued. I.e., now both ETMX side magnets have been reglued)

  12323   Thu Jul 21 21:38:44 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralTemperature measurements across the enclosure | SURF 2016

I have made the changes as suggested by Gautam.

  12326   Fri Jul 22 05:20:26 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralTemperature measurements across the enclosure | SURF 2016

Please find the new attached plots and the new script.

Attachment 1: coherence.pdf
coherence.pdf
Attachment 2: transferfunc.pdf
transferfunc.pdf
Attachment 3: transferfuncdB.pdf
transferfuncdB.pdf
Attachment 4: script22jul2016.m
filename='2315on5july.dat';
data=importdata(filename);
%temperature data outside the enclosure on channel 2
data1=data(:,2); 
%temperature data inside the enclosure on channel 3
data2=data(:,3); 

%sampling frequency in Hz
fs=100; 
... 40 more lines ...
  12327   Fri Jul 22 23:03:23 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - progress

[ericq, gautam]

Summary:

Today, we attempted to progress as far as we could towards getting the mirror suspended and gluing the second wire standoff. We think we have a workable setup now. At this stage, the suspension wire has been looped around the magnet, the second wire standoff has been inserted, coarse pitch balancing has been done, and we have verified that side OSEM/magnet positioning is tenable. Details below.

Details:

  1. First we verified that the epoxy on the side magnet re-glued yesterday had dried (verified using control setup of epoxy in aluminum foil + copper wire - we didn't perform any further tests like pulling the magnet off the tabletop as we were satisfied)
  2. We placed the optic inside the suspension cage, resting on the 4 lower earthquake stops.
  3. We looped the suspension wire around the optic. This is a somewhat challenging procedure. After consulting the documentation, we decided to follow the given advice and loop the wire around from the bottom of the optic, one side at a time. It is tricky to thread the wire between the two lower earthquake stops and get it up around the side. The side magnets were an unexpected ally in this effort as they served as some sort of intermediate checkpoint from which we could pull the wire further up. We then lightly clamped it to the winches mounted atop the suspension cage.
  4. After verifying that we had routed the wire correctly through the various stages (primary and secondary suspension points at the top of the cage), we placed the wire under very slight tension by had, and then tightly clamped the wires in the winches (we then cut off the excess length).
  5. In this state, we proceeded to install the second wire standoff (having verified that the wire was indeed sitting in the groove on the other side). 
  6. We then proceeded to raise the optic to the desired height (center of optic to 5.5 inches above the table top) with the help of the microscope and the lines on the barrel side. 
  7. Next, we attempted to freely suspend the optic (i.e. no contact with the viton tips). We were initially unsuccessful but Eric did some fine adjustment of the (unglued) standoff to achieve a stable configuration. However, the wire is now really close to the magnet - although it is not clear to me if it is touching the magnet as we initially suspected - see Attachment #1, it may be that if the wire is touching something, it is the dumbbell and not the magnet itself. While this is clearly not ideal, we think that this setup is workable as is. If after doing the pitch balancing, if the deviation of the wire becomes much more pronounced, we may have to re-glue the side magnet. In any case, both the horizontal scribed lines are now 5.5 inches above the table top.
  8. We then brought over the OSEMs from the ETMX vacuum chamber to the cleanroom. As a first check, we wanted to ensure that one of the side magnets could accommodate an OSEM (because both side magnets have been re-attached after the optic was removed from the old suspension). Attachment #2 suggests that this is possible, even though the relative positions of the side magnet and the shadow sensor may be sub-optimal. We will only really know after hooking up the electronics.

Remarks:

  1. We found that after a few hours, there was some sag introduced in the wire, presumably it stretched into an equilibrium position under the weight of the optic. We will re-check the heights tomorrow while conducting further tests.

Immediate to-do:

  1. Insert all OSEMS. Ensure that the magnet positions relative to the coil are compatible.
  2. Enable damping loops. We have a cable coming from the IFO area into the cleanroom through a hole-in-the-wall. We are missing a DB25 gender changer at the moment. 
  3. Do the pitch balancing.
  4. Glue the second standoff in place. 

Other attachments:

Attachment #3 - Unglued stand off with wire in the groove, mirror freely suspended.

Attachment #4 - Glued stand off with wire in the groove, mirror freely suspended. Clearance between wire and magnet looks reasonable.

Attachment #5 - Barrel of optic (underside), mirror freely suspended. The wire seems to be in a reasonable orientation along the barrel, albeit not perfectly parallel.


Koji just pointed out that we should check that the unglued ruby standoff is in good contact with the barrel of the optic. Attachment #1 suggests that maybe this is not the case. If you zoom into Attachment #1, it is not clear if the standoff is sitting on the glue.

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  12328   Sun Jul 24 03:43:56 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralMagnet positioning

When Koji and I were gluing magnets to ETMY, we decided to position the side magnet based on the empirically observed offsets from the standoff groove seen at other side magnet locations. Specifically, we figured that the magnet should be glued 1.25mm closer to the HR surface than the wire groove.

However, Steve has told me that he believed that this distance should be something like 0.5mm. 

I used the 1.25mm figure when gluing the ETMX side magnets, which now do not align well to their OSEM mounts. While it is certainly possible that I made an error when shimming the fixture, I think it is also possible that this figure was incorrect. 

Sadly, after poring through the DCC and various elogs, I have not been able to come up with a definitive answer on what this offset should actually be.

One approach is to examine the suspension tower dimensions. I.e. when subject only to gravity, the wire loop should lie in the plane of the back face of the top block of the suspension, as it is constrained by the clamps. Thus, the standoff grooves also lie in this plane. The center of the side OSEM mounting holes are about 1.64mm in front of this plane, which is larger than the 1.25mm figure that Koji and I came up with. Examining the picture Gautam posted of the marginal magnet/OSEM alignement, we see that this figure would in fact move the magnet in the wrong direction...

ELOGs in which the intitial side magnet gluing and fixture shimming are detailed do not reference the absolute position of the side magnet, nor do they include any pictures of their fixture setup. (Some links for the curious: 2652 2654 2668)

The DCC isn't much help either, as it is not clear what version of the gluing fixture we actually have. There is a drawing for a 40m specific version, but it includes swappable side-magnet-pickle-picker-slots to achieve different positions for different (circa 2001) optics; this is not the kind of fixture we currently have in our possesion. (https://dcc.ligo.org/D010131) I have discovered that some versions of this fixture (https://dcc.ligo.org/d990168) include an assumed 0.5deg wedge angle and thus position the two side slots differently. Although the fixture we have has no identifying marks on it whatsoever (naturally), I measured the two side slots to be different in axial position by roughly 0.6mm, which is consistent with a 0.5deg wedge. Furthermore, the sign of this difference indicates that this fixture ring is designed for the opposite wedge orientation than our ETMs, which have a 2.5deg wedge, making this fixture wrong by 3deg (which is ~4mm over the diameter of the optic). 

We did not account for this for either ETMX or ETMY, so this is another source of error, but this does not give us much guidance on what the real absolute magnet position should be.

  12331   Mon Jul 25 13:01:49 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - progress

(Full resolution versions of the photos in this ELOG are on picasa)

The OSEM gender changers were not in the box labelled as such, we need these to be able to use the OSEMS to see just how bad the side magnet alignment is, and to do any kind of damping for the fine pitch balancing. The hunt is on.

In the meantime, Gautam and I checked out the standoff seating, and alignment of the face OSEMS (after slightly adjusting the wire length - I guess some sagging is still happening).

With a bit of poking, we convinced ourselves that we sat the standoff in contact with the optic's barrel. Amazingly, we were able to maintain the coarse pitch balance of the optic.

We then partially inserted the face OSEMS, to check their magnet alignment. ("partially" means that the OSEM is not actually enclosing the magnet, we don't want to knock anything off) They seem ok, but not perfect. These magnets were not removed or reglued, so presumably their alignments should be unchanged.

  12332   Mon Jul 25 13:47:19 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - progress

Ugh. frown

Steve, please look into getting some plated magnets (either SmCo or NdFeB is OK) of this size so that we can install cleaner magnets by the next vent.

  12335   Mon Jul 25 20:37:46 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - Side OSEM test

[Lydia, gautam]

Summary: We did some preliminary tests to check if at least one of the side magnet positions is usable for the side OSEM. We mainly wanted to check how much dynamic range we lose because of the sub-optimal longitudinal positioning of the side magnet. We found that when the side magnet was mainly moving along the axis of the side OSEM (with minimal yaw motion as gauged by eye), the PD voltage bottomed out at ~80 counts (while the completely unoccluded readout was ~800 counts). 

Details:

  1. First, we placed the face OSEMs into their holders one by one, and adjusted their position till the readout was approximately half the saturation value (as judged by the average value of the readout, at this point, the mirror was still swinging around a fair bit).
  2. Next, we enabled the POS, PIT and YAW damping (with all existing settings unchanged), but with the SD coil input and output disabled. We had to increase the watchdog threshold to ~600mV.
  3. Once the optic was reasonably well damped (~70mV on the watchdog was the best we saw), I put in the side OSEM till the PD was completely occluded. At this point, I enganed the earthquake stops, and then released the mirror such that it was freely hanging. I then observed the optic by eye, and noted a time when the dominant motion was along the axis of the side OSEM coil (i.e. minimal YAW motion). 
  4. Attachment #1 shows time series plots of the 5 OSEM PD voltage monitors. Perhaps because the side OSEM input was disabled, the damping wasn't as efficient as it normally is (also there is a fan blowing air around the clean bench). But at the point indicated on the plot, the YAW motion was negligible to the eye, while the dominant motion was along the axis of the coil. During this time, the readout bottomed out at approximately 10% of the saturation value (towards the end of these plots, I disabled the damping loops and began pulling the OSEMs out one by one). Because the damping was imperfect, this is only an approximate guess of how much dynamic range we are losing. But does this warrant regluing the side magnet?

Other remarks:

  • The 4 face magents were reasonably well centered in the coil. While Eric and I were looking at this earlier today, the LL magnet looked a little close to the coil, but after putting all 4 OSEMs in, the situation looked reasonable to the eye. I couldn't take pictures because of space constraints, and furthermore, it's almost impossible to hold the camera in the correct vertical position. 
  • Steve, Eric and I couldn't find the OSEM gender changer anywhere in the lab and it wasn't in the box it was advertised to be in. So we made a custom cheater cable, and cleaned it by wiping with Isoprop., and wrapped it in foil for use in this test. The OSEM pins should probably be cleaned before we put these back in vacuum. 
Attachment 1: osem_test_2016_07_25.png
osem_test_2016_07_25.png
  12340   Tue Jul 26 18:07:57 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMX suspension - Further OSEM Tests

Today, we did the following:

  • Once again, inserted all four face OSEMs till the sensor voltage readouts were approximately half their saturation value. The presence of some ferromagnetic material in the Honeywell components makes this tricky as each coil is coupled to the other three, but we were able to converge to a point where all the voltage readouts were oscillating around a mean value of ~40-60% of their maximum value, with all the damping loops OFF.
  • Turned on all damping loops, and verified that the OSEM positioning was indeed such that the sensor readout is nominally around 50% of the saturation value. The air buffeting around the clean bench means that the damping isn't nearly as effective as it is inside the vacuum chamber.
  • Attempted to increase the gain on the damping loops - we first switched out the Chebyshev low-pass filter in all the damping loops for something a little less aggressive, to allow us to turn up the gain. However, this experiment wasn't a success, when we turned the damping loops on, they were ringing the optic up.
  • At this point, Eric checked the offset sliders (summed in via the slow system) and saw that they were not zero. We zeroed these, but naturally, they destroyed the OSEM positioning equilibrium we had established earlier. So we had to go back and re-position the OSEMs
  • After re-centering the face OSEM magnets relative to the LED-PD pair, we insertd the side OSEM such that the side magnet completely occluded the PD. Interestingly, Eric noticed that the magnetic attraction between OSEM and magnets conspired to center the side magnet fairly well in the side OSEM, when it completely blocked the PD. However, when he returned the side OSEM coil to its nominal operating position of approximately half-blocking the PD, some minor misalignment was re-introduced (i.e. even when the optic was swinging mostly along the axis of the side OSEM, the voltage readout did not quite go down to 0). 
  • We then decided to compare the spectra for the error signals for the 4 DOFs with the current configuration (i.e. suspension clamped down to table top, optic freely hanging, all OSEMs reasonably well centered, and with the ETMX SUS model reverted to its normal state) to some reference (see Attachment #1). I initially thought I would wait for the optic to settle down a bit more before taking the spectra, but it doesn't seem to be showing any signs of getting any quieter in the last one hour. In Attachment #1, I have plotted as reference the spectra of the error signals from the early hours of 4 July 2016, at which point we were at atmosphere but the heavy doors were not yet off, so this is not really a fair comparison, but we don't really have a period in which the optic was exposed to the atmosphere and with the OSEMs in place, at least from this vent. Colors are identical for a given DOF, with todays trace as a solid line, and the reference dashed.
  • We did not check the room available to install some shimming piece of metal in the side OSEM holder, as a possible solution to solve the misalignment problem. Steve has already found pieces of varying thickness, and they are soaking in acetone right now, we plan to air bake them tomorrow. 

I will have another look at the spectra tomorrow morning, to see if the damping improves overnight. 

Attachment 1: OSEM_spectra.pdf
OSEM_spectra.pdf
  12345   Thu Jul 28 03:22:28 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX magnets re-reglued

[gautam, ericq]

Brief summary, some pictures and such follow in the daytime. 

  • All magnets enclosed by OSEMS were knocked off. (This means one side magnet remained, on the guiderod side)
  • Glue residue cleaned from ETMX
  • Dumbbell feet were cleaned of glue, finely sanded, re-scored with a razor blade
  • The magnet gluing fixture was painstakingly aligned multiple times, adjusting the shim height to get a magnet/wire groove clearance of 0.25-5mm
  • Epoxy mixed, test batch cured perfectly, applied to 5 dumbbells (after triple-checking polarities) and set to glue. 

The epoxy needs at least 12 hours of room temperature air curing, so no touchy until 3:30PM on Jul 28!

  12347   Thu Jul 28 13:49:44 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMX magnets re-reglued
Quote:

[gautam, ericq]

Brief summary, some pictures and such follow in the daytime. 

  • All magnets enclosed by OSEMS were knocked off. (This means one side magnet remained, on the guiderod side)
  • Glue residue cleaned from ETMX
  • Dumbbell feet were cleaned of glue, finely sanded, re-scored with a razor blade
  • The magnet gluing fixture was painstakingly aligned multiple times, adjusting the shim height to get a magnet/wire groove clearance of 0.25-5mm
  • Epoxy mixed, test batch cured perfectly, applied to 5 dumbbells (after triple-checking polarities) and set to glue. 

The epoxy needs at least 12 hours of room temperature air curing, so no touchy until 3:30PM on Jul 28!

Attachment #1 - After multiple trials shimming the magnet gluing rig with teflon spacers, we think that we managed to find a configuration in which the side magnet edge is between 0.25 mm and 0.5 mm from the groove in the ruby wire standoff in which the wire will sit. 

Attachment #2 - Zoomed in view of the side magnet.

Of course we won't know until we suspend the optic, but we believe that we have mitigated the misalignment between the side OSEM axis and side magnet.

The short term plan is to try and suspend ETMY in the end chamber and have a look at the alignment between all magnets and OSEM coils for it. Once the epoxy on ETMX is cured, we will try and suspend the optic again, this time taking extra care while tightening the wire clamps.


Unrelated to this work: Bob just informed me that we had left the air bake oven on overnight - this unfortunately melted the plastic thermocouple inside.

Attachment 1: ETMX_sideMagnet.JPG
ETMX_sideMagnet.JPG
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  12348   Thu Jul 28 16:43:01 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralETMX aluminium standoff groove condition

 

I took some pictures with the digital microscope of the aluminum standoffs removed from ETMX. The first one had some leftover epoxy still attached, so I was able to distinguish which part of the groove was occupied by the wire. A better microscope would help (this one has a maximum magification of 80, 200 or so would be much better) but I was still able to see what looks like a second minimum inside the groove at the wire location (see Attachments 1 and 2). The bottom edge of the standoff shows the profile of the groove on the opposite side from the glue. I took several photos with different lighting angles and at different locations on the microscope stage and convinced myself that this was not just an artificial effect. I also took photos of the groove in a different place and did not see this feature (Attachment 3).

The other standoff in the same container had no visible damage to the groove or to the body of the rod. I rotated it under the mocroscope and could celarly see the 'V' shape all the way around. The smooth undanaged groove caught the light more easily and was obvious. The damaged one is scratched around much of the surface, but the undamaged standoff is very smooth. Eric, were both aluminum standoffs in the container with the extra ruby one taken off ETMX, or was one of them new? in any case, see Attachement 4 for a comparison. The believed damage is somewhat visible on the top edge of the lower standoff in the photo. 

[Edit:] Also, in the drawings it looks like the specified radius for the bottom of the groove (0.001 in) is smaller than the radius of the wire (0.00085 in). This would prevent having two clean points of contact like Steve and Gautam were describing as the goal. This is also true of drawings for the new Sapphire guiderods, though the dimensions are in metric units the specified radius of the groove bottom is smaller than the wire's diameter, but larger than its radius. Maybe this providied the initial ability for the wire to move around and carve two distinct grooves. 

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  12349   Thu Jul 28 17:48:17 2016 gautamUpdateGeneralETMY LR magnet broke off

While ETMX magnets were curing, I wanted to try and suspend ETMY in the endchamber, put in the OSEMS and see if the magnets aligned well with the coils, and run the same type of diagnostics we have been doing for ETMX. However, while I was trying to slip the optic into the wire, the UL magnet on ETMY broke off. I recovered the magnet and now both optic and magnet are back in the cleanroom. The magnet dumbbell has been cleaned with acetone and then sandpaper to remove residual epoxy - it remains to clean the residue off the optic itself before re-gluing the magnet tonight

I also noticed that the existing wire in the suspension had a kink in it. It looks fairly sharp, and I think we should change the wire while re-inserting the optic. Putting the optic into an existing loop of wire is tricky, as if you go in from the front of the suspension cage, the magnets on the AR side attract the wire, and makes it quite difficult to loop the wire around. I have to think of some way of holding the wires in place while the optic is being placed, and then, once the optic is roughly in position, slip the wire into the grooves in the standoffs. 


I took the opportunity to replace the face OSEM coil holder screws while the chamber was open. 

EDIT 9 August 2016: It was in fact the LR magnet that was knocked off.

  12350   Thu Jul 28 22:43:03 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralETMY UL magnet broke off

I'd recommend replacing the wire and grinding down the clamp to prevent cutting the wire. Since we have almost never replaced clamps, many of them probably have grooves from the wires and can make unpleasant cuts. Better safe than sorry in this case.

  12351   Fri Jul 29 03:32:30 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralETMX suspended once more

[gautam, ericq]

Tonight's progress on ETMX:

  • All pickle pickers removed successfully, face magnet positions look symmetric (all on border of AR coating), side magnet same location as in yesterday's photo
  • Flipped around clamp blocks on winches and top blocks, refinished main clamp block not on tower yet
  • Trimmed viton tips of EQ stops, I had left them too long before, leading to bending and unwanted translation when in contact with optic
  • Inserted optic into bottom EQ stops, turned bolts to position optic at correct height and sort of pitch leveled
  • Threaded new length of wire up through both sides, clamped at winch. Made an effort to avoid any wire twisting. 
  • Winched until enough tension to sit in standoff groove, inserted second ruby standoff
  • Winched to just come up off of bottom EQ stops, observed neccesary correction of second standoff for rough pitch balance
  • Roughly pitch balanced by iterating standoff location
  • Partially inserted OSEMS, all four face magnets looked low. We figure it's more likely that our microscope was set to the wrong height, than all four OSEMS being too high by the same amount. (Given how the face magnets are all located on the concentric circle of the AR coating, we know there wasn't much translation error in the magnet gluing)
  • Did some common mode winching of both wire ends to get magnets to correct height, all OSEM alignments look good
  • Inserted OSEMs to half of open voltage
  • Having trouble engaging stable damping of all DoFs, this will be followed up in the daytime.

Since the air bake oven we had been using is out of commision, we're not sure where to do our EP30 test runs. If we are fortunate, we can get the fine pitch balance done tomorrow while Bob is still around, so he can help us quickly bake the test dots, so we can do the standoff gluing. 

  12354   Fri Jul 29 13:17:34 2016 KojiUpdateGeneralOven

While the air bake oven situation is being improved, how about to buy a cheepo toaster oven at Target, BestBuy, or anywhere?

We don't need precise temp control for the glue cure test. At LLO I saw that they are using cooking grade oven for this purpose.
(Of course, we should not use this oven for foods once it is used for epoxy)

I have a fryer temp sensor in my office on the freezer stole from the 40m long time ago. You should be able to measure high temp.

If you have such an oven, I'd love to borrow it for the OMC lab later, as I expect to work on epoxy bonding later.

  12358   Sun Jul 31 17:28:38 2016 ranaOmnistructureGeneralupclean

I cleaned up the south Electronics bench today.

The other two, as well as several of the desks are in some chaotic state of degradationno. Please clean up your areas and put away projects which do not need to remain staged for several months. Try to eliminate "that's not mine" and "I don't know who's that is" from your vocabulary.  angry Fight back against entropy!

  12360   Mon Aug 1 18:50:29 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

There were many unknown and unsolved problems with using modbusApp for linux-arm architecture. So I tried to install the necessary files to setup Acromag Busworks card 1221-000 on Zita(192.168.113.217), which is a linux-x86_64 machine on the martian network. After installing a few dependencies and seting up few symbolic links for some libraries, everything is successfully configured. Initially I was unable to run myiocconfig.cmd file(as mentioned by Aiden on ATF wiki page) due to a undefined macro error for envset. Later I found that this error might be due to THIS bug in epics base. So, I removed the first four lines of that given code and directly referenced the .db file's location and it worked.

Now, I am facing another issue while running this file but on different line. Random symbols are returned on the last second line of the file each time I run it. I have attached the screenshots of those errors. I tried changing the encoding of the file several times but still it is showing the same error.

 

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  12364   Wed Aug 3 10:52:03 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralETMY soaking dish

ETMY UL epoxy soaking dish. All teflon in glass.

 

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  12366   Wed Aug 3 15:35:19 2016 AakashUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

Lydia helped me to troubleshoot the Accromag connection problems which I was facing previously.  If power goes off/turned off manually, the ethernet cable has to be pulled out and put back again until only a non-blinking green light is observed. I was foolish enough that I did not use secure power connections. About the random symbol, a code block was not closed in the other supporting file which was being called in the main program. There are still some port errors and register errors, which I would work on later tonight.

  12368   Wed Aug 3 16:34:59 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralAcromag Setup | SURF2016

Actually, if the power goes off and back on, the ethernet connection comes back online after about 5 seconds, or faster if it is disconnected and reconnected. The main issue was that the cable had partially slipped out (ie both power and network connections were loose); I suggest that the final setup should use ethernet cables that have a locking tab as this one does not. 

Quote:

Lydia helped me to troubleshoot the Accromag connection problems which I was facing previously.  If power goes off/turned off manually, the ethernet cable has to be pulled out and put back again until only a non-blinking green light is observed. I was foolish enough that I did not use secure power connections. About the random symbol, a code block was not closed in the other supporting file which was being called in the main program. There are still some port errors and register errors, which I would work on later tonight.

 

  12374   Thu Aug 4 17:29:17 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralGuralp Cable

The Guralp cable has been pulled and put in the corner to the left of the water cooler:

 

Ben came by today before the cable had been pulled but he said he'll be back tomorrow.

  12376   Thu Aug 4 17:57:09 2016 KojiConfigurationGeneralDon't restart apache2 - nodus /etc/apache2/sites-available/* accidentally deleted

Late coming elog about the deletion of the apahce config files


Thu Aug 4 8:50ish 2016

Please don't restart apache2

I accidentally deleted four files in /etc/apache2/sites-available / on nodus. The deleted files were

elog   nodus  public_html  svn

I believe public_html is not used as it is not linked from /etc/apache2/sites-enabled

They are the web server config files and need to be reconfigured manually. We have no backup.

Currently all the web services are running as it was. However, once apache2 is restarted, we'll lose the services.


 

  12387   Tue Aug 9 15:50:30 2016 PrafulUpdateGeneralGuralp Cable

The Guralp cable has been reconnected and powered after having the connector changed out.
 

  12393   Wed Aug 10 17:20:16 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralSeismometer channel names changed

[ericq, Lydia]

We changed the seismometer channel names from, e.g. C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR1_X to C1:PEM-SEIS_EY_X.

  • GUR1 referred to the seismometer at the Y end, GUR2 referred to the seismometer at the X end, and STS1 referred to the seismometer at the vertex. These have been renamed EY, EX, and BS respectively in all channel and filter names. 
  • The models for c1pem and c1oaf were changed in Simulink. The DAQ boxes were also updated with the new names. The script which forcibly renames channels saved to disk was edited to no longer refer to the GUR1, GUR2 etc channels. Going along with what Rana suggested we decided not to change the names of the renamed channels this way when saving, so the data saved from the seismometers can be found under e.g. C1:PEM-SEIS_EY_X_OUT_DQ. 
  • The filter files generated by Foton were changed to reflect the new channel names. 
  • We compiled the changes to the models and restarted the models on the relevant machines (c1lsc for the c1oaf model and c1sus for the c1pem model). c1sus_aux was down so we manually restarted it to turn off the watchdogs as a precaution before putting too much strain on c1sus. 
  • The MEDM screens now show the correct information, relabeled with the new names under PEM-RMS. 
  • The striptool display projected on the wall now shows the appropriate C1:PEM-RMS_BS channels and has been renamed to "SeismicRainbowBS.strip" 
  • We verivied that the new channels can be accessed live and the data from the DQ channels is saved to disk. 
  • After the changes were complete, we attempted to commiting to svn (the commit also included bringing the MEDM screen files into version control.) However the svn server was taking a long time to respond, so we will try again tomorrow to commit the file changes. 
  • There are still some lefotver unused channels with name sinculding STS_2 and STS_3 that refer to seismomters we no longer use. We left these alone. 

Summary of new channel names:

C1:PEM-RMS_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z} followed by the same filtering options as before, e.g. _BP_1_3_OUT

C1:PEM-SEIS_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z}_{EXC, IN1, IN2, OUT, or OUT_DQ} 

C1:OAF-WIT_{BS, EX, or EY}_{X, Y, or Z}_{EXC, IN1, IN2, or OUT} 

 

  12394   Wed Aug 10 17:30:26 2016 Max IsiUpdateGeneralSummary pages status
Summary pages are currently empty due to a problem with the code responsible for locating frame files in the cluster. This should be fixed soon and the
pages should go back to normal automatically at that point. See Dan Kozak's email below for details.


Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:28:50 -0700
From: Dan Kozak <dkozak@ligo.caltech.edu>


> Dan, maybe it's a gw_data_find problem?

Almost certainly that's the problem. The diskcache program that finds
new data died on Saturday and no one noticed. I couldn't restart it,
but fortunately it's author just returned from several weeks vacation
today. Smile He's working on it and I'll let you know when it's back up.

--
Dan Kozak
dkozak@ligo.caltech.edu
  12399   Thu Aug 11 11:09:52 2016 Max IsiUpdateGeneralSummary pages status
This problem has been fixed.

> Summary pages are currently empty due to a problem with the code responsible for locating frame files in the cluster. This should be fixed soon and the
> pages should go back to normal automatically at that point. See Dan Kozak's email below for details.
>
>
> Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:28:50 -0700
> From: Dan Kozak <dkozak@ligo.caltech.edu>
>
>
> > Dan, maybe it's a gw_data_find problem?
>
> Almost certainly that's the problem. The diskcache program that finds
> new data died on Saturday and no one noticed. I couldn't restart it,
> but fortunately it's author just returned from several weeks vacation
> today. Smile He's working on it and I'll let you know when it's back up.
>
> --
> Dan Kozak
> dkozak@ligo.caltech.edu
  12432   Tue Aug 23 09:50:17 2016 Max IsiUpdateGeneralSummary pages down due to cluster maintenance

Summary pages down today due to schedulted LDAS cluster maintenance. The pages will be back automatically once the servers are back (by tomorrow).

  12440   Thu Aug 25 08:19:25 2016 Max IsiUpdateGeneralSummary pages down due to cluster maintenance

The system is back from maintenance and the pages for last couple of days will be filled retroactively by the end of the week.

Quote:

Summary pages down today due to schedulted LDAS cluster maintenance. The pages will be back automatically once the servers are back (by tomorrow).

 

  12477   Wed Sep 7 18:00:47 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralAcromag Progress

[Teng, Lydia]

We would like to establish a system for setting up ADC channels and integrating them into the existing EPICS framework, so that we can gradually switch over channels that are currently handled by the aging slow machines. Otherwise, we will be stuck when they eventually fail. As a preliminary test for this method, we are in the process of setting up an Acromag ADC to read the "Diagnostic" output of the PSL controller. This information will also be useful to monitor the health of the PSL. 

Today, we accomplished the following:

  • Configured the Acromag XT1221 for use on the martian netowrk. It is assigned the static IP 192.168.113.237, with hostname iocPSLmon. 
  • Connected the Acromag to a switch on the 1X6 cabinet, and set it up on a desk near the X arm door with a 24V DC power supply. 
  • Verified that the IP was reachable from a control room desktop. 
  • Modified the files from Aiden's wiki page (myiocconfig.cmd and IOCTEST.db) to reflect our setup. 
  • Attached input 0 to a DC voltage and retrieved the output over the network. 
    • Channel name: "C3:ACROMAG_INPUT0" 
    • Values are currently uncalibrated, the voltage is represented by a 16 bit signed integer
    • We changed the value of the DC input and verified that the channel output changed in the expected direction

The power supply has been turned off for the night. 

  12481   Sat Sep 10 14:26:01 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralPRM SRM alignment

For the PRM, I aligned it until the arm flashes were maximized and the REFL camera showed a centered spot with dips happening during the arm pops. AS port was more messy since the Michelson alignment wasn't perfect, but the spots were both near the center of the cam and the SRM alignment maximized the wangy fringiness of the image as well as the angry cat meow sounds that the full IFO makes as heard through the DAFI (listening to POX).

On Monday, Osamu should be back and can help with doors and then alignment recovery and locking.

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  12482   Mon Sep 12 17:15:22 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralPRM SRM alignment

[Gautam, Steve, Johannes]

We put on the remaining heavy doors on the chambers (ITMY, ITMX,ETMX, in this order) this morning. On the ITMY and ETMX tables we placed old OpLev steering mirrors that are clean and baked as witness plates such that may one day provide some insight into dust accumulation on optics.

With the heavy doors on we confirmed that we were still able to lock both IFO arms and used the dither scripts to optimize the alignment. Following that we centered all OpLevs and aligned the X and Y green beams.

ITMY table witness plate
ETMX table witness plate

 

  12485   Mon Sep 12 20:19:25 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralMC REFL beam splitter not replaced

The beam splitter that directs light into the MC REFL photodiode has not been replaced; there is still a mirror there. Gautam suggested we wait to replace it until the PSL shutter is open so the beam can be aligned. However, this must be done before going to high power.

GV addendum: What I suggested was to try and recover the arm alignment using the current low power configuration after pumpdown - since we were well aligned just before pumpdown, we should be able to recover this alignment pretty easily at low power. After locking both arms and running the dither align (also center all Oplevs), we can go ahead do the following:

  • Replace mirror in MC Refl path with 10% reflection BS (Johannes, Lydia and I confirmed that this is on the AP table earlier today). Then align the reflected beam onto the PD using the tiny mirror
  • Replace HR mirror in Transmon path at the EY table
  • Replace ND filters on Transmon QPDs at EX and EY tables
  • Repalce ND filter on Transmon CCD at EY table
  • Revert MC autolocker to the nominal version instead of the low power version we have been using during the vent
  • Turn up MC to nominal power by rotating the wave plate on the PSL table - confirm that we have nominal levels by measuring with power meter
  • Recover single arm locks, green beatnotes etc at nominal operating conditions
     
  12489   Tue Sep 13 19:02:56 2016 TengUpdateGeneralITMX sensor

[Lydia,Teng]

Something strange happened to the ITMX osem reading around 4.pm. PDT as shown below.

Also the there was no response of the reading as we adjusted the PITCH and YAW. :(

Note that we restarted the slow machine: c1susaux,c1ausex this afternoon because of the unresponced interface.

 

 

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  12491   Wed Sep 14 09:33:54 2016 SteveUpdateGeneralITMX magnets are stucked

I believe that the UR and LR magnets are stuck. There was no earth quake at 16:18 yesterday. Something had to kick it into this position. See 4days plot

Please advise  freeing details.

Quote:

[Lydia,Teng]

Something strange happened to the ITMX osem reading around 4.pm. PDT as shown below.

Also the there was no response of the reading as we adjusted the PITCH and YAW. :(

Note that we restarted the slow machine: c1susaux,c1ausex this afternoon because of the unresponced interface.

 

 

 

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  12493   Wed Sep 14 19:41:23 2016 JohannesUpdateGeneralPSL back to high power

Today's summary:

  • Replaced mirror in MC REFL path with R=10% BS and aligned beam on PD while still at low power
  • Replaced HR mirror in Transmon path at EY table with 50/50 BS. Alignment onto QPD not yet confirmed because we need IR from the YARM for it.
  • Put ND filters back on Transmon QPDs at both X and Y ends. For now I put all the filters on, for a combined OD of 1.6 at both ends (1.0 + 0.6 at YEND and 1.0 + 0.4 + 0.2 at XEND).
  • Put ND filter back on Transmon CCD on EY table.
  • Reverted MC autolocker to nominal, high power version.
  • Raised PSL output power back to nominal level by turning the waveplate. At the PSL shutter I measured a power of 1.03W. It occured to me too late that I realigned the PMC only afterwards and increased its transmission by a few percent, so I'll have to re-measure the actual PSL power.
  • MC is locked with its transmission back up to ~15,400 counts. The autolocker is not very good at obtaining the lock, as it seems to try to turn the VCO gain up too far and loses lock. The script probably needs a revision.
  • The YARM was pretty badly aligned. We used the green light to visually center the beam on the test masses AND had to go exploring with the TTs to see IR flashes in the first place. We got the YARM to lock to IR and were able to run the dither alignment. The maximum transmission we saw was on the order of 0.85. However, something strange is happening with the LSC control of the armlength. When the lock is engaged it drives PIT and YAW, which manifests itself in the OpLev signal and variable transmitted power on the TRY PDs. Osamu helped us diagnose this and was able to reduce the effect by tuning the POS gains to the individual ETMY OSEMS. The problem persisted even after using the new matrix diagonalization coefficients, we'll have to investigate this further and also take a look at the filters in the feedback path.
  • ITMX is still stuck and way out of alignment, so we couldn't even start with the green light in the XARM.
  12494   Wed Sep 14 20:05:32 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralITMX magnets are stucked

When I restarted c1susaux yesterday, I didn't know that I needed to disable the coil outputs first. So when it came back online, it attempted to damp all the vertex area optics and ITMX got stuck frown

We should make a note in the Computer Restart Procedures wiki page indicating the importance of disabling the coils before rebooting c1susaux, c1auxex, and c1auxey. Today c1auxey was rebooted properly without incident. If the slider values etc go back to their previous values on their own, is it necessary to do a BURT restore? I tried doing one for c1susaux today and there were some errors for ASC channels, but the alignment sliders went right back to the proper place after reboot yesterday.

Quote:

I believe that the UR and LR magnets are stuck. There was no earth quake at 16:18 yesterday. Something had to kick it into this position. See 4days plot

Please advise  freeing details

 

  12500   Fri Sep 16 19:48:52 2016 LydiaUpdateGeneralAlignment status

Today the Y arm was locking fine. The alignment had drifted somewhat so I ran the dither and TRY returned to ~0.8. However, the mode cleaner has been somewhat unstable. It locked many times but usually for only a few minutes. Maybe the alignment or autolocker needs to be adjusted, but I didn't change anything other than playing with the gain sliders (which didn't seem to make it either better or worse).

ITMX is still stuck.

  12506   Mon Sep 19 13:57:21 2016 ranaUpdateGeneralnever post EPS files in the ELOG. Ever.

http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2092/which-figure-type-to-use-pdf-or-eps

  12507   Mon Sep 19 22:03:10 2016 ericqUpdateGeneralFurther recovery progress

[ericq, Lydia, Teng]

Brief summary of this afternoon's activities:

  • PMC alignment adjusted (Transmission of 0.74)
  • IMC locked, hand aligned. Tranmission slightly over 15k. Measured spot positions to be all under 2mm.
  • Set DC offsets of MC2 Trans + WFS1 + WFS2 (WFS2 DC offsets had wandered so much that DC "centered" left some quadrants almost totally dark)
  • Set demod offsets of WFS1+WFS2
    • Note to self: WFS script area is a mess. I can never remember which scripts are the right ones to run. I should clean this up
  • WFS loops activated, tested. All clear.
  • Locked Yarm, dither aligned. Transmission 0.8
  • Moved BS to center ITMY reflection on AS camera
  • Misaligned ETMY, aligned PRM to make a flashing PRY AS beam. REFL camera spot confirmed to be on the screen, which is nice
  • Wandered ITMX around until its AS spot was found. ITMX OSEMs not too far from their half max. (todo: update with numbers)
  • Wandered SRM around until full DRMI flashes seen
  • Centered all vertex oplevs
  • Made a brief attempt at locking X arm, could only get some crazy high order mode to lock. BS and ITMX alignments have changed substantially from the in-air locks, so probably need to adjust ETMX much more.

Addendum: I had a suspicion that the alignment had moved so much, we were missing the TRX PDs. I misaligned the Y arm, and used AS110 as a proxy for X arm power, as we've done in the past for this kind of thing. Indeed, I could maximize the signal and lock a TM00 mode. Both the high gain PD and QPD in the TRX path are totally dark. This needs realignment on the end table.

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