The 7.5 in-lb of Wiha seems at the upper end of torque range for a 4-40 SS screw
Wiha 28502 ordered with range 5 -10 in-lb for silver plated 4-40 screws
Do not trust the Venzo torque wrench under 2 Nm ! It miss lead me.
Recommended torque values for silver-plated fasteners are here. For aLIGO we use the guidelines in T1100066-v6, This doc is posted in 40m wiki under Mechanics also.
So, we'll use 6 in-lbs on silver plated 18-8 stainless steel socket head cap screw 4-40 x 3/8 into SS tower bridge.
Please replace these clamp screws every time if they were tightened without a torque wrench.
New Wiha 28504 torque wrench for SOS wire clamping. It's range 7.5 - 20 in-lb in 0.5 steps [ 0.9 - 2.2 Nm ] Audible and perceptible click when the pre-set torque has been attained at ±6% accuracy.
The new ETMX sus wire torqued to ~ 11.5 in-lb [1.3 Nm ]
Gautam and Steve,
The clamp's left side was jammed onto the left guide pin. It was installed slit facing left. Gautam had to use force to remove it. The clamp should move freely seating on the guide rods till torque aplied. Do not move on with the hanging of optic with a jammed clamp. Fix it.
Never use force as you are hanging - aligning optic. The clamp is in the shop for resurfacing and slit opening.
The saga has started here We have to give credit to the Boss who fixed it. The seismometers themself are not labeled yet.
Atm6 added on 8-12-2016 EX needed to be centered
Thanks to Max for the nice plost at summery pages
Rana felt it was alright to use the wire clamp and suspension cage in its existing condition for checking the ETMY magnet-OSEM coil alignment. So we set about trying to re-suspend ETMY. The summary of our attempts:
Regarding the vacuum bake of the optics: why do we want to do this again? Koji mentioned that the EP30-2 curing process does not require a bake, and there is also no mention of requiring a vacuum bake in the EP30-2 gluing guide. Is there any other reason for us to vacuum bake the optic?
After some cable swapping, we now have both Guralp seismometers running and the times series and spectra look similar to each other and motley healthy.
Bean and I took a look at the whole situation today. Ben had nicely fixed the Dsub end of the EX cable (the EY one is still just a sad joke), After installing this newly fixed cable, we still saw no signals. There was some confusion in the control room about using the MED displays to diagnose seismometers: flickering MEDM values cannot be used for this. It would be like checking a pizza box temperature to determine if the pizza is any good.
Tomorrow, Lydia is going to change all of the labels and channel names. The new names will be EX & EY to prevent this kind of huge waste of time with channel name swapping. That means no more illegal names with the label maker, Steve.
From the spectrum you can see that the EX seismometer (GUR2) is still not centered or at least its oscillating at 245 Hz for some reason. This should go away after some power cycling or recentering using the magic wand.
I noticed some anomalies in the mechanical setups at the ends:
The Guralp cable has been reconnected and powered after having the connector changed out.
The pickle pickers came off nicely and both magnets seem to be glued on okay. The alignment of the face magnets look pretty good, but we will only really know once we suspend the mirror, check the pitch balance, and put in the OSEM coils.
I brought the ETMY suspension tower + OSEM coils out of the vacuum chamber into the cleanroom. Given that the old wire had a pretty sharp kink in it, I removed it with the intention of suspending the optic with a new length of wire. I noticed a few potential problems:
Attachment #1 - ETMY tower is different from ETMX tower:
Attachment #2 - the base of the tower is significantly rusty:
I am holding off on attempting to re-suspend the optic for now, until we decide if the old wire grooves need to be removed or not. If we are okay with re-using the same piece as is, or if we are okay with using sandpaper and not the machine shop to remove the grooves, I will resume the re-suspension process.
Eric suggested another alternative, which is to use the old ETMX tower. I don't recall it being rusted, but this has to be checked again. The other problem of the wire-grooves would possibly still be an issue.
Regarding the vacuum bake of the ETMs, Bob tells us that the best case scenario we are looking at is September.
I checked out the cable that I took from you, and all of the connections looked right. The only thing I did notice was that some of the soldered wires on the 37-pin connector had gotten hot enough to melt their insulation, and potentially short together. I cut off that connector, and left it on your desk to check out. I put on a new connector, and checked the pinout. If the Guralps still doesn't work, we'll have to check out other possibilities.
Given that ETMX looks to be in good shape and the optic and suspension tower are ready for vacuum and air bakes respectively, I set about re-gluing the knocked off magnet of ETMY. In my previous elog, I had identified the knocked off magnet as the UL magnet. But in fact, it was the LR magnet that broke off. This is actually one of the magnets that was knocked off when Johannes was removing the optic from the vacuum chamber. I have edited the old elog accordingly.
Step 1: Removing epoxy residue
Step 2: Putting the optic in the magnet gluing jig
Step 3: Gluing the magnets
Provided the gluing goes well, the plan for tomorrow is:
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
I came in to check on ETMX. I freed the earthquake stops, and found that the OSEMS were reasonably, but not perfectly, centered. Turning on the damping, I found that the pitch balance is biased slightly downwards at about ~0.5mrad, which is acceptable.
As another check for how much we moved the standoff while gluing, we can look at the spectra of the OSEMS while the mirror is free swinging, and see if/how the resonance frequencies have moved around. As Gautam previously mentioned, the pitch frequency is even softer than we expected from the thicker ruby standoff alone. This is due to the excess glue around the guide rod forcing us to position the standoff even lower to have good contact with the optic's barrel. In the plot below, the design yaw/pit/pos frequencies are the dashed lines, and the measured frequencies are the solid lines.
[The plot is not in spectral density units, so that the peak heights reflect real units of motion at each resonance frequency. Data and code used to generate the plot is attached]
According to the calculations from ELOG 12316, this pitch frequency implies the support point is 0.317mm lower than the design value of 0.985mm. (However, this is just an approximation and does not include the fact that each standoff is at a different height.)
Nevertheless, this difference is frequency is not so large that the dynamics of the suspension will be qualitatively changed in some important way; really, the pitch frequency is just ~1.5dB lower. So, I deemed our standoff gluing a success, removed the optic from the suspension, and placed it in an optic holding ring after giving the top of the barrel a gentle drap wipe with some iso. At this point, I used the microscope to look at the ruby standoff groove. As far as I can tell, no glue has invaded the groove - it looks sharp as ever. (whew)
I also wiped the wire with acetone and easily removed the glue droplets. However, I noted that (as is the case for ETMY) the wire is deformed at the points where it was in contact with the standoffs. I wonder if we should re-suspend with new wire, or accept the current deformed wires.
In any case, we can now move on to air baking the ETMX tower and gluing the stray magnet back onto ETMY.
Attachment #1: Wire is in the groove in the unglued wire-standoff, groove rotation looks pretty good.
Attachment #2: Ruby standoff is sitting on the barrel of the optic (if you zoom in)
Attachment #3: Side magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil
Attachment #4: UR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil
Attachment #5: UL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil
Attachment #6: LL magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil
Attachment #7: LR magnet is well centered w.r.t OSEM coil
Attachment #8: Wire is in the groove in the glued Ruby standoff
Attachment #9: Standoff after gluing. 3-4 drops of epoxy are visible on the wire, but none looks to have seeped into the groove itself
Attachment #10: Side view of newly glued Ruby standoff
Attachment #11: Before and After gluing shots.
I took the spectrum of an EM172 connected to my amplifier inside and outside a large box filled with foam layers:
I also made a diagram with my plan for the microphone amplifier boxes. This is a bottom view:
The dimensions I got from this box: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/bud-industries/CU-4472/377-1476-ND/696705
This seemed like the size I was looking for and it has a mounting flange that could make suspending it easier. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
I'll be doing a Huddle test next week to get a better idea of the noise floor and well as starting construction of the circuits to go inside the boxes and the boxes themselves.
0.0017" OD., 500ft steel music wire ordered. Pictures of the existing roll are below. It will be on 8" OD. spool too.
If only the LL magnet looks too low, doesn't this mean that the OSEMs are not arranged in a square shape?
If so, you can fix this misalignment by moving the OSEM holding plate rather than OSEM shimming, can't you?
Part 1: Rotation of optic
Part 2: Replacement of holder for top pair of OSEMs
Part 3: Fine pitch balancing
Attachment #1: Striptool trace showing OSEMs are pretty well centered (towards the end, I turned on the HEPA filters again, which explains the shift of the traces). The y-axis is normalized such that the maximum displayed corresponds to the fully open PD output of the coils
Attachment #2: Fine pitch balancing optical lever setup
Attachment #3: Tower assembly
Attachment #4: SIDE OSEM close-up
Attachment #5: UR OSEM close-up
Attachment #6: UL OSEM close-up
Attachment #7: LL OSEM close-up (this is the concerning one)
Attachment #8: LR OSEM close-up
We should also check the following (I forgot and don't want to wear my clean jumpsuit again now to take more photos):
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.
Sorry I was writting the elog, but I had to dive into the chamber (@LHO) before completion.
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.
Nodus' /export and /etc directories are now being backed up at /cvs/cds/caltech/nodus_backup
They will be rsync'd over as part of the nightly tape backups (scripts/backup/rsync.backup)
The nodus restart caused a bit of downtime. The apache configuration files were accidentally deleted the other day, so elog/svn/wikis were just holding on in memory; this fact was unfortunately not elogged.
Things should be up and running again, except for the 8080->8081 elog redirection which I haven't been able to figure out.
I will also set up the NFS backup to include nodus configuration files from now on
Usual Ubuntu apt-get upgrades; long delayed but now happening.
[lydia, steve, ericq, gautam]
[lydia, ericq, gautam]
Lydia also briefly played around with the IR camera to inspect the OSEMs. A more thorough investigation will be done once the cage is in for air baking. From our initial survey, we feel that the beams are pretty well aligned along the straight line between PD and LED - we estimate the upper bound on any misalignment to be ~10 degrees.
I could not get Den's circuit to work for some reason with microphone input, so I decided to try to use another circuit I found online. I made some modifications to this circuit and made a schematic:
Using this circuit, I have been able to amplify microphone input and adjust my passband. Currently, this circuit has a high-pass at about 7 Hz and a low-pass at about 23 kHz. I tested the microphone using Audacity, an audio testing program. I produced various sine waves at different frequencies using this program and confirmed that my passband was working as intended. I also used a function generator to ensure that the gain fell off at the cutoff frequencies. Finally, I measured the frequency response of my amplifier circuit:
A text file with the parameters of my frequency response and the raw data is attached as well.
These results are encouraging but I wanted to get some feedback on this new circuit before continuing. This circuit seems to do everything that Den's circuit did but in this case I have a better understanding of the functions of the circuit elements and it is slightly simpler.
# SR785 Measurement - Timestamp: Aug 03 2016 - 18:04:48
#---------- Measurement Setup ------------
# Start frequency (Hz) = 1.000000
# Stop frequency (Hz) = 102400.000000
# Number of frequency points = 800
# Excitation amplitude (mV) = 50.000000
# Settling cycles = 1
# Integration cycles = 5
#---------- Measurement Parameters ----------
# Measurement Group: "Swept Sine" "Swept Sine"
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.
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.
Ni plated SmCo magnets with specification of LIGO-C1103521-v2 for SOS ordered from Electron Energy Corp
100 pieces of Ni- Platted magnets are in 9-27-2016 They are stored at clean cabinet S15
EP30-2 epoxy 1/2 pt kit 250 ml of part A and 25 ml of part B should be here in 7 days. These can packed epoxy is much more economical than the double barrel cartridges.
Spare SOS wire clamps will be out of the machine shop next week.
Guralps as connected with pictures
ETMY UL epoxy soaking dish. All teflon in glass.
Here are the photos we took showing the magnet positions in the OSEMs, and others showing the positions of the wire and unglued standoff. These were taken before the pitch balancing adjustment Gautam described, which apparently cause UR to be a little too high. Thoe OSEMs were all inserted only until the ends of the magnets were almost inside, to lower the risk of knocking any magnets off.
At the time of these pictures, all magnets except LL were intentionally positioned slightly above the center of the OSEM in anticipation of wire sag. The LL magnet was approximately centered in the OSEM. It was not possible to get both LL and UL the same height relative to their respective OSEMs, possibly due to a spacing error when they were glued to the optic.
Attachment 1: Position of wire along bottom of the optic. Looks adequately centered and not kinked.
Attachment 2: Photo showing good contact between the sandoff and the barrel of the optic. The standoff does not appear to be resting on glue from the guiderod.
Attachment 3: Shows position of standoff and wire after rough pitch banacing. Wire is visibly resting in the groove.
Attachment 4: SD magnet location photographed through OSEM.
Attachment 5: LL magnet location photographed through OSEM.
Attachment 6: LR magnet location photographed through OSEM.
Attachment 7: UL magnet location photographed through OSEM.
Attachment 8: UR magnet location photographed through OSEM.
I found the DAFI screen as a button inside of the LSC screen - I think its more logically found from the sitemap, so I'll move it into there as well.
1) I have added the status summary of the DAFI block to the main FE status overview screen in the c1lsc cloumn. (attachment 1)
2) I have edited all the kissel matrix buttons appropriately, and given them appropriate lables. (attachment 2)
Gautam and I noticed a 60 Hz + harmonics hum which comes from the DAFI. Its the noisiest thing in the control room. It goes away when we unplug the fiber coming into the control room FiBox receiver, so its not a ground loop on this end. Probably a ground loop at the LSC rack.
Upon further investigation we notice that the Fibox at the LSC rack had its gain turned all the way up to +70 dB. This seemed too much, we reduced it to ~20 (?) so that we could use more of the DAC range. Also, it is powered by a AC/DC converter plugged in to the LSC rack power strip. We cannot use this for a permanent install - must power the FiBox using the same power supplies as are used for the LSC electronics. Probably we'll have to make a little box that takes the fused rack power of 15 V and turns it into +12 V with a regulator (max current of 0.15 A). Making sure that the FiBox doesn't pollute the rest of the LSC stuff with its nasty internal DC-DC converters.
We also put a high pass in the output filter banks of DAFI. For the PEM channels we put in a 60 Hz comb. WE then routed the Y-end Guralp in through the boxes and out the output, mostly bypassing the frequency shifting and AGC. It seems that there is still a problem with GUR2.
Does anyone know which one is GUR1 and which one is GUR2? I don't remember the result of the Guralp cable switching adventures - maybe Koji or Steve does. According to the trend it was totally dead before March and in March it became alive enough for us to see ~30 ADC counts of action, so way smaller than GUR111 or GUR snoopy or whatever its called.
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.
I cleaned up the south Electronics bench today.
The other two, as well as several of the desks are in some chaotic state of degradation. 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. Fight back against entropy!
Summary: Third unsuccessful attempt at getting ETMX suspended. I think we should dial the torque wrench back down to 1.0 N m from 1.5 N m for tightening the primary clamp at the top of the SOS tower. No damage to magnets, standoff successfully retrieved (it is sitting in the steel bowl)
Unfortunately I don't know of a more deterministic way of deciding on a "safe" torque with which to tighten the bolts except by trial and error. It is also possible that the clamping piece is damaged in some way and is responsible for these breakages, but short of getting the edges chamfered, I am not sure what will help in this regard.
Unrelated to this work: earlier today before the first wire failure, while I was optimistic about doing fine pitch balancing and gluing the standoff, I set up an optical lever arm ~3m in length, with the beam from the HeNe on the clean bench at 5.5 in above the table, and parallel to it (verified using Iris close to the HeNe and at the end of the lever arm). I also set up the PZT buzzer - it needs a function generator as well for our application, so I brought one into the cleanroom from the lab, isopropanol wiped it. The procedure says apply 5Vrms triangular wave at 1000Hz, but our SR function generators can't put out such a large signal, the most they could manage was ~2Vrms (we have to be careful about applying an offset as well so as to not send any negative voltages to the PZT voltage unit's "External input". All the pieces we need for the fine pitch balancing should be in the cleanroom now.
I set up a test inverting amplifier circuit using the LT1677 opamp:
The input signal was a sine wave from the function generator with peak to peak amplitude of 20 mV and a frequency of 500 Hz and I received an output with an amplitude of about 670 mV and the same 500 Hz frequency, agreeing with the expected gain of -332k/10k = -33.2:
So now I know that the LT1677 works as expected with a negative supply voltage. My issue with Den's original circuit is that I was getting some clipping on the input to pin 2, which didn't seem to be due to any of the capacitors- I switched them all out. I set up a modified version of Den's circuit using a negative voltage input to see if I could fix this clipping issue:
I might reduce the input voltages to +5V and -5V- I couldn't get my inverting amp circuit to work with +12V and -12V. I'll start testing this new circuit next week and start setting up some amplifier boxes.
Unbaked steel music wire from "Ca Fine Wire Co" from 24" od spool, od 0.0017" used. Identical to the one that broke.
The set up as shown with silver plated screws-washers on clamp. The unused clamp edges were sanded on P800 paper at 45 degrees just not to be very sharp.
Use your finger to feel the sharpness of edge and sand till it gets a little bit not so sharp. The drawing note is "sharp edges" on wire clamp for low loss, high Q in mind.
The wire broke at the midle with single load 295 grms
The wire hold on overnight at single load 242 grms Vezo torque wrench is not accurate! This test was performed ~ 1.5Nm DO NOT USE THIS NUMBER! (added at 8-10-2016)
This gives us a factor of 2 safety with loop suspended of 250 grms small optic.
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.
The question arose whether we can get good enough data to diagonize our OSEM sensing matrices in air.
I just took a look at the BS spectra over the last six hours (~10PM-4AM), and the SNR looks good. The BS diagonalization itself doesn't seem so great; the POS is hugely coupled into pitch and yaw, and the angular motions are themselves coupled to each other at around 10%.
NB: use a flat-top window when you really care about peak heights that don't fall exactly on an FFT bin.
I would've liked to check this for the PRM and SRM too, but one of the PRM sensors continues to be dark, and I just noticed that all of the SRM OSEM signals are dark. ughhhh
I tried to recompile the modbusApp binary for linux-arm acrhitecture since I suspected someting wrong with it. But still the problem persists; I can connect to acromag but cannot access the channels. I have also reconfigured new acromag bus works terminal XT 1221-000 and I want to test if I could access its channels. My target is to complete this acromag setup work before sunday morning so that I can focus towards having some useful results for my presentation.
Tonight's progress on ETMX:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brief summary, some pictures and such follow in the daytime.
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.
The clamp is in the machine for milling off the grooves. It's condition is normal. The edges needs some 800 sand paper so it is not sharp anywhere.
How did those nicks get on the edge? Fortunatelly they did not aligned with the wire.
I recreated Den's microphone amplifier circuit on a solderless breadboard to test it and make sure it does what it's supposed to. So far it seems like everything is working- I'll do some testing tomorrow to see what the amplified output is like for some test noises. Here's the circuit diagram that Den made (his elog as well https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/6651):
I'm not sure why he set up the circuit the way he did- he has pin 7 grounded and pin 4 going to +12V while in the datasheet for the opamp (http://cds.linear.com/docs/en/datasheet/1677fa.pdf), pin 7 goes to positive voltage and pin 4 goes to negative voltage. There's some other strange things about the circuit that I don't really understand, such as the motivation for using no negative voltage source, but for now I'm going to stick with Den's design and then make some modifications after I have things working and a better understanding of the problem.
Here's my current plan:
-Make sure Den's amplifier works, test it out and make changes if necessary
-Make multiple amplifier circuits on soldering breadboard
-Either make a new amplifier box or reuse Den's old box depending on how many changes I make to the original circuit
-Solder EM172s to BNC connectors, set them up around the floor suspended
-Get the amplifier box hooked up, set up some data channels for the acoustic noise
-Add new acoustic noise tab to the summary pages
Den also mentioned that he wanted me to measure the coupling of acoustic noise to DARM.
For the rest of this vent, at least, we need to start using the EQ stops more frequently. Whenever the suspension is being worked on clamp the optic. When you need it to be free back off the stops, but only by a few hundred microns - never more than a millimeter.
Best to take our time and use the stops often. With all the magnets being broken off, its not clear now how many partially cracked glue joints we have on dumbells which didn't completely fall off.