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  13341   Thu Sep 28 23:32:38 2017 gautamHowToCDSpyawg

I've modified the __init.py__ file located at /ligo/apps/linux-x86_64/cdsutils-480/lib/python2.7/site-packages/cdsutils/__init__.py so that you can now simply import pyawg from cdsutils. On the control room workstations, iPython is set up such that cdsutils is automatically imported as "cds". Now this import also includes the pyawg stuff. So to use some pyawg function, you would just do (for example):

exc=cds.awg.ArbitraryLoop(excChan,excit,rate=fs)

One could also explicitly do the import if cdsutils isn't automatically imported:

from cdsutils import awg

pyawg-away!


Linking this useful instructional elog from Chris here: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/Cryo_Lab/1748

  13342   Thu Sep 28 23:47:38 2017 gautamUpdateCDS40m files backup situation

The nodus backup too is now complete - however, I am unable to mount the backup disk anywhere. I tried on a couple of different machines (optimus, chiara and pianosa), but always get the same error:

mount: unknown filesystem type 'LVM2_member'

The disk itself is being recognized, and I can see the partitions when I run lsblk, but I can't get the disk to actually mount.

Doing a web-search, I came across a few blog posts that look like the problem can be resolved using the vgchange utility - but I am not sure what exactly this does so I am holding off on trying.

To clarify, I performed the cloning by running

sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=64K conv=noerror,sync

in a tmux session on nodus (as I did for chiara and FB1, latter backup is still running). 

  13343   Thu Sep 28 23:50:04 2017 gautamUpdateLSCDAC noise measurement (again)

I am running some more measurements of the DAC noise, for which I've shut down the BS watchdog. Some of the cables on the coil driver side have been disconnected.

I will restore these tomorrow.


As Rana pointed out to me, one important fact to keep in mind w.r.t. DAC noise is that it can be non-linear. So the RMS of the DAC noise in a higher frequency band (say 60-100Hz) can be affected by the RMS of the requested DAC signal in some lower frequency band (say 10-20Hz). One test to see if this hypothesis can explain the difference @100Hz between the ITMX channels and BS channels I observed a couple of days ago is to see if the noise around 100Hz becomes lower when I enable a 20-40Hz bandstop in the digital signal chain.

  13344   Fri Sep 29 09:43:52 2017 jamieHowToCDSpyawg

 

Quote:

I've modified the __init.py__ file located at /ligo/apps/linux-x86_64/cdsutils-480/lib/python2.7/site-packages/cdsutils/__init__.py so that you can now simply import pyawg from cdsutils. On the control room workstations, iPython is set up such that cdsutils is automatically imported as "cds". Now this import also includes the pyawg stuff. So to use some pyawg function, you would just do (for example):

exc=cds.awg.ArbitraryLoop(excChan,excit,rate=fs)

One could also explicitly do the import if cdsutils isn't automatically imported:

from cdsutils import awg

pyawg-away!


Linking this useful instructional elog from Chris here: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/Cryo_Lab/1748

?  Why aren't you able to just import 'awg' directly?  You shouldn't have to import it through cdsutils.  Something must be funny with the config.

  13345   Fri Sep 29 11:07:16 2017 gautamUpdateCDS40m files backup situation

The FB1 dd backup process seems to have finished too - but I got the following message:

dd: error writing ‘/dev/sdc’: No space left on device
30523666+0 records in
30523665+0 records out
2000398934016 bytes (2.0 TB) copied, 50865.1 s, 39.3 MB/s

Running lsblk shows the following:

controls@fb1:~ 32$ lsblk
NAME   MAJ:MIN RM  SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sdb      8:16   0 23.5T  0 disk
└─sdb1   8:17   0 23.5T  0 part /frames
sda      8:0    0    2T  0 disk
├─sda1   8:1    0  476M  0 part /boot
├─sda2   8:2    0 18.6G  0 part /var
├─sda3   8:3    0  8.4G  0 part [SWAP]
└─sda4   8:4    0    2T  0 part /
sdc      8:32   0  1.8T  0 disk
├─sdc1   8:33   0  476M  0 part
├─sdc2   8:34   0 18.6G  0 part
├─sdc3   8:35   0  8.4G  0 part
└─sdc4   8:36   0  1.8T  0 part

While I am able to mount /dev/sdc1, I can't mount /dev/sdc4, for which I get the error message

controls@fb1:~ 0$ sudo mount /dev/sdc4 /mnt/HGSTbackup/
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc4,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail or so.

Looking at dmesg, it looks like this error is related to the fact that we are trying to clone a 2TB disk onto a 1.8TB disk - it complains about block size exceeding device size.

So if we either have to get a larger disk (4TB?) to do the dd backup, or do the backing up some other way (e.g. unmount /frames RAID, delete everything in /frames, and then do dd, as Jamie suggested). If I understand correctly, unmounting /frames RAID will require that we stop all the daqd processes for the duration of the dd backup

Quote:
 
sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=64K conv=noerror,sync

in a tmux session on nodus (as I did for chiara and FB1, latter backup is still running). 


Edit: unmounting /frames won't help, since dd makes a bit for bit copy of the drive being cloned. So we need a drive with size that is >= that of the drive we are trying to clone. On FB1, this is /dev/sda, which has a size of 2TB. The HGST drive we got has an advertised size of 2TB, but looks like actually only 1.8TB is available. So I think we need to order a 4TB drive.

  13346   Fri Sep 29 11:16:52 2017 SteveUpdateALSY End table corrected

The first Faraday isolater rejected beam path from the NPRO is fixed.

 

Attachment 1: ETMYf1.jpg
ETMYf1.jpg
  13347   Fri Sep 29 18:36:25 2017 gautamUpdateLSCDAC noise measurement (again)

BS connections and damping restored.

Quote:

I am running some more measurements of the DAC noise, for which I've shut down the BS watchdog. Some of the cables on the coil driver side have been disconnected.

I will restore these tomorrow.


 

  13348   Mon Oct 2 12:44:45 2017 johannesUpdateCamerasBasler 120gm calibration

Disclaimer: Wrong calibration factors! See https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13391

The two acA640-120gm Basler GigE-Cams have been calibrated. I used the collimated output of a fiber that carried the auxiliary laser light from the PSL table. With a non-polarizing beam splitter some of the light was picked off onto a PD, and I modified the RF amplitude of the AOM drive signal to vary the power coming out of the fiber. The fiber output was directed at a white paper, which was placed 1.06m from the front of the lens tube assembly, which is where the focal plane is. Using the Pylon Viewer App I made sure that the entirety of the beam spot was imaged onto the CCD. Since the camera sensor is 1/4" across, I removed the camera from the lens tube and instead placed the Ophir power meter head at the position of the sensor and measured the power reported versus PD voltage, which turned out to be 1.5 V/uW.

The camera was put back in place and I used the Pypylon package Gautam had stumbled upon to sweep the exposure time from 100us to 10ms at different light power settings including no laser light at all for background subtraction, and rather than keeping the full bitmap data for O(100s) of images I recorded only the quantities

  1. Pixel Max
  2. Pixel Sum
  3. Pixel Mean
  4. Pixel Standard Deviation
  5. Pixel Median

I performed this procedure for both the 152 and 153 cameras and plotted the pixel sum and the pixel max vs the exposure time. All the exposures were taken at a gain setting of 100, which is the smallest possible setting (out of 100-600). To obtain the calibration factor I use the input power Pin=75nW in the 'safe' region 1ms to 10ms where the pixel sum looks smooth and the CCD is reportedly not saturated.

Camera IP Calibration Factor CF
192.168.113.152 8.58 W*s
192.168.113.153 7.83 W*s

The incident power can be calculated as Pin =CF*Total(Counts-DarkCounts)/ExposureTime.

Attachment 1: calib_20170930_152.pdf
calib_20170930_152.pdf
Attachment 2: calib_20170930_153.pdf
calib_20170930_153.pdf
  13349   Mon Oct 2 18:08:10 2017 gautamUpdateCDSc1ioo DC errors

I was trying to set up a DAC channel to interface with the AOM driver on the PSL table.

  • It would have been most convenient to use channels from c1ioo given proximity to the PSL table.
  • Looking at the 1X2 rack, it looked like there were indeed some spare DAC channels available.
  • So I thought I'd run a test by adding some TPs to the c1als model (because it seems to have the most head room in terms of CPU time used).
  • I added the DAC_0 block from CDS_PARTS library to c1als model (after confirming that the same part existed in the IOP model, c1x03).
  • Model recompiled fine (I ran rtcds make c1als and rtcds install c1als on c1ioo).
  • However, I got a bunch of errors when I tried to restart the model with rtcds restart c1als. The model itself never came up.
  • Looking at dmesg, I saw stuff like
    [4072817.132040] c1als: Failed to allocate DAC channel.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: DAC local 0 global 16 channel 4 is already allocated.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: Failed to allocate DAC channel.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: DAC local 0 global 16 channel 5 is already allocated.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: Failed to allocate DAC channel.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: DAC local 0 global 16 channel 6 is already allocated.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: Failed to allocate DAC channel.
    [4072817.132040] c1als: DAC local 0 global 16 channel 7 is already allocated.
    [4073325.317369] c1als: Setting stop_working_threads to 1
  • Looking more closely at the log messages, it seemed like rtcds could not find any DAC cards on c1ioo.
  • I went back to 1X2 and looked inside the expansion chassis. I could only find two ADC cards and 1 BIO card installed. The SCSI cable labelled ("DAC 0") running from the rear of the expansion chassis to the 1U SCSI->40pin IDE breakout chassis wasn't actually connected to anything inside the expansion chassis.
  • I then undid my changes (i.e. deleted all parts I added in the simulink diagram), and recompiled c1als.
  • This time the model came back up but I saw a "0x2000" error in the GDS overview MEDM screen.
  • Since there are no DACs installed in the c1ioo expansion chassis, I thought perhaps the problem had to do with the fact that there was a "DAC_0" block in the c1x03 simulink diagram - so I deleted this block, recompiled c1x03, and for good measure, restarted all (three) models on c1ioo.
  • Now, however, I get the same 0x2000 error on both the c1x03 and c1als GDS overview MEDM screens (see Attachment #1).
  • An elog search revealed that perhaps this error is related to DAQ channels being specified without recording rates (e.g. 16384, 2048 etc). There were a few DAQ channels inside c1als which didn't have recording rates specified, so I added the rates, and restarted the models, but the errors persist.
  • According to the RCG runtime diagnostics document, T1100625 (which admittedly is for RCG v 2.7 while we are running v3.4), this error has to do with a mismatch between the DAQ config files read by the RTS and the DAQD system, but I'm not sure how to debug this further.
  • I also suspect there is something wrong with the mx processes:
    controls@c1ioo:~ 130$ sudo systemctl status mx
    ● open-mx.service - LSB: starts Open-MX driver
       Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/open-mx)
       Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2017-10-03 00:27:32 UTC; 34min ago
      Process: 29572 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/open-mx stop (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
      Process: 32507 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/open-mx start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo systemd[1]: Starting LSB: starts Open-MX driver...
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo open-mx[32507]: Loading Open-MX driver (with  ifnames=eth1 )
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo open-mx[32507]: insmod: ERROR: could not insert module /opt/3.2.88-csp/open-mx-1.5.4/modules/3.2.88-csp/open-mx.ko: File exists
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo systemd[1]: open-mx.service: control process exited, code=exited status=1
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: starts Open-MX driver.
    Oct 03 00:27:32 c1ioo systemd[1]: Unit open-mx.service entered failed state.
  • Not sure if this is related to the DC error though.
Attachment 1: c1ioo_CDS_errors.png
c1ioo_CDS_errors.png
  13350   Mon Oct 2 18:50:55 2017 jamieUpdateCDSc1ioo DC errors
Quote:

 

  • This time the model came back up but I saw a "0x2000" error in the GDS overview MEDM screen.
  • Since there are no DACs installed in the c1ioo expansion chassis, I thought perhaps the problem had to do with the fact that there was a "DAC_0" block in the c1x03 simulink diagram - so I deleted this block, recompiled c1x03, and for good measure, restarted all (three) models on c1ioo.
  • Now, however, I get the same 0x2000 error on both the c1x03 and c1als GDS overview MEDM screens (see Attachment #1).

From page 21 of T1100625, DAQ status "0x2000" means that the channel list is out of sync between the front end and the daqd.  This usually happens when you add channels to the model and don't restart the daqd processes, which sounds like it might be applicable here.

It looks like open-mx is loaded fine (via "rtcds lsmod"), even though the systemd unit is complaining.  I think this is because the open-mx service is old style and is not intended for module loading/unloading with the new style systemd stuff.

  13351   Mon Oct 2 19:03:49 2017 gautamUpdateCDS[Solved] c1ioo DC errors

This did the trick - I simply ran

sudo systemctl restart daqd_*

on FB1, and now all the CDS overview lights are green again.

I thought I had done this already, but I realize that I was supposed to restart the daqd processes on FB1 (which is where they are running) and not on c1ioo frown.

Thanks Jamie for the speedy resolution!

Quote:
Quote:

 

  • This time the model came back up but I saw a "0x2000" error in the GDS overview MEDM screen.
  • Since there are no DACs installed in the c1ioo expansion chassis, I thought perhaps the problem had to do with the fact that there was a "DAC_0" block in the c1x03 simulink diagram - so I deleted this block, recompiled c1x03, and for good measure, restarted all (three) models on c1ioo.
  • Now, however, I get the same 0x2000 error on both the c1x03 and c1als GDS overview MEDM screens (see Attachment #1).

From page 21 of T1100625, DAQ status "0x2000" means that the channel list is out of sync between the front end and the daqd.  This usually happens when you add channels to the model and don't restart the daqd processes, which sounds like it might be applicable here.

It looks like open-mx is loaded fine (via "rtcds lsmod"), even though the systemd unit is complaining.  I think this is because the open-mx service is old style and is not intended for module loading/unloading with the new style systemd stuff.

 

Attachment 1: CDSoverview.png
CDSoverview.png
  13352   Mon Oct 2 23:16:05 2017 gautamHowToCamerasCCD calibration

Going through some astronomy CCD calibration resources ([1]-[3]), I gather that there are in general 3 distinct types of correction that are applied:

  1. Dark frames --- this would be what we get with a "zero duration" capture, some documents further subdivide this into various categories like thermal noise in the CCD / readout electronics, poissonian offsets on individual pixels etc.
  2. Bias frames --- this effect is attributed to the charge applied to the CCD array prior to the readout.
  3. Flat-field calibration --- this effect accounts for the non-uniform responsivity of individual pixels on the CCDs. 

The flat-field calibration seems to be the most complicated - the idea is to use a source of known radiance, and capture an image of this known radiance with the CCD. Then assuming we know the source radiance well enough, we can use some math to back out what the actual response function of individual pixels are. Then, for an actual image, we would divide by this response-map to get the actual image. There are a number of assumptions that go into this, such as: 

  • We know the source radiance perfectly (I guess we are assuming that the white paper is a Lambertian scatterer so we know its BRDF, and hence the radiance, perfectly, although the work that Jigyas and Amani did this summer suggest that white paper isn't really a Lambertian scatterer). 
  • There is only one wavelength incident on the CCD.
  • We can neglect the effects of dust on the telescope/CCD array itself, which would obviously modify the responsivity of the CCD, and is presumably not stationary. Best we can do is try and keep the setup as clean as possible during installation.

I am not sure what error is incurred by ignoring 2 and 3 in the list at the beginning of this elog, perhaps this won't affect our ability to estimate the scattered power from the test-masses to within a factor of 2. But it may be worth it to do these additional calibration steps. 

I also wonder what the uncertainty in the 1.5V/A number for the photodiode is (i.e. how much do we trust the Ophir power meter at low power levels?). The datasheet for the PDA100A says the transimpedance gain at 60dB gain is 1.5 MV/A (into high impedance load), and the Si responsivity at 1064nm is ~0.25A/W, so naively I would expect 0.375 V/uW which is ~factor of 4 lower. Is there a reason to trust one method over the other?  

Also, are the calibration factor units correct? Jigyasa reported something like 0.5nW s / ct in her report.

Camera IP Calibration Factor CF
192.168.113.152 8.58 W*s
192.168.113.153 7.83 W*s

The incident power can be calculated as Pin =CF*Total(Counts-DarkCounts)/ExposureTime.

References:

[1] http://www.astrophoto.net/calibration.php

[2] https://www.eso.org/~ohainaut/ccd/

[3] http://www.astro.ufl.edu/~lee/ast325/handouts/ccd.pdf

  13353   Tue Oct 3 01:32:39 2017 gautamUpdateLSCLaser intensity noise coupling to MICH (simulated)

GV Oct 6: This coupling is probably not correct - Finesse outputs TF magnitude in units of W/W, and not W/RIN

Since I was foiled (by lack of DAC) in my attempt to measure the coupling of laser intensity noise to MICH in the DRMI (no arms) configuration, I decided to try understanding the effect with a simulation.

For this purpose, I used my DRMI Finesse model - this had mirror positions tuned for locking and photodiode demod phases tuned to give a sensing matrix model that wasn't too far from an actual measurement (within factor of a few). So the model seems okay for a first pass at estimating this coupling.

Measuring transfer functions in Finesse is straightforward - use the fsig command to modulate some quantity (in this case the input beam intensity), and use the pd2 detector to demodulate the effect of this modulation at the port of interest (in this case AS55_Q).

**Note that to apply a modulation to an input beam (i.e. Laser) in Finesse, the keyword for the "type" argument given to fsig is "amp" and not "amplitude" as the manual would had me believe. In fact, there seem to be quite a few such caveats. The best way to figure this out is to go to the pykat installation directory, find the file components.py, and look for the fsig_name for the component of interest. It is also indicated in the same file, via the canFsig argument, if that property of the component can be modulated for transfer function measurements.  

Attachment #1 shows the result of such a sweep.

To estimate what the actual contribution to the displacement noise is, I used the DQ-ed MC transmission (recorded at 1024Hz) from the DRMI lock, computed the ASD using scipy.signal.welch, divided by the nominal MC transmission of ~15,000 counts to convert to RIN/rtHz. The RIN was then multiplied by the above calculated coupling function, and divided by the sensing matrix element for AS55_Q (in units of W/m) to give the curve shown in Attachment #2. If we believe the simulation, then Laser Intensity Noise shouldn't be the limiting noise between 10Hz-1kHz. 

I will of course measure the actual coupling and see how it lines up with Attachment #1 - would be a nice additional validation of the Finesse model. I will also try using the Finesse model to estimate some other coupling transfer functions (e.g. Laser Frequency Noise, Oscillator Noise).

Quote:

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

 

Attachment 1: MICH_intensityNoiseCoupling.pdf
MICH_intensityNoiseCoupling.pdf
Attachment 2: MICH_intensityNoiseASD.pdf
MICH_intensityNoiseASD.pdf
  13354   Tue Oct 3 01:58:32 2017 johannesHowToCamerasCCD calibration

Disclaimer: Wrong calibration factors! See https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/40m/13391

The factors were indeed enormously off. The correct table reads:

Camera IP Calibration Factor CF
192.168.113.152 85.8 pW*s
192.168.113.153 78.3 pW*s

I did subtract a 'dark' frame from the images, though not in the sense of your point 1, just an exposure of identical duration with the laser turned off. This was mostly to reduce the effect of residual light, but given similar initial conditions would somewhat compensate for the offset that pre-existing charge and electronics noise put on the pixel values. The white field is of course a difference story.

I wonder how close we can get to a white field by putting a thin piece of paper in front of the camera without lenses and illuminate it from the other side. A problem is of course the coherence if we use a laser source... Or we scrap any sort of screen/paper and illuminate directly with a strongly divergent beam? Then there wouldn't be a specular pattern.

I'm not sure I understand your point about the 1.5V/A. Just to make sure we're talking about the same thing I made a crude drawing:

The PD sees plenty of light at all times, and the 1.5V/uW came from a comparative measurement PD<-->Ophir (which took the place of the CCD) while adjusting the power deflected with the AOM, so it doesn't have immediate connection to the conversion gain of silicon in this case. I can't remember the gain setting of the PD, but I believe it was 0dB, 20dB at most.

Attachment 1: gige_calibration.pdf
gige_calibration.pdf
  13355   Tue Oct 3 19:39:10 2017 gautamUpdateCDSslow machine bootfest

Eurocrate key turning reboots for c1susaux, c1auxex,c1auxey, c1iscaux, c1iscaux2 and c1aux. Usual precautions were taken for ITMX. Did burtrestore for c1iscaux andc1iscaux2  in order to restore the LSC PD whitening gains.


Un-related to this work: input pointing into PMC was tweaked as the PMC_REFL spot was pretty bright.

  13356   Wed Oct 4 17:18:15 2017 gautamUpdateCDSFree DAC channels in c1lsc

There are at least 5 free DAC channels (4 if you discount the one channel from these that I am hijacking) available in the 1Y2 electronics rack.

Jamie's nice wiring diagram shows the topology - the actual DAC card sits in 1Y3 inside the c1lsc expansion chassis (while the c1lsc frontend itself is in 1X4). The output of the DAC goes via SCSI to an interface box (D080303) and then to some dewhitening/AI boards (D000316). There are a total of 16 DAC channels available, out of which 8 are used for the TTs, 2 are used for the DAFI model, and one is labeleld "From c1ioo 1X2" (I don't know what this one is for). So I'm going to use some of these channels for measuring the coupling of oscillator noise and intensity noise to MICH in the DRMI lock.

The de-whitening/AI board seems to be old - it has 2x 800Hz Butterworth LPFs and no notch for the clock frequency, but maybe this doesn't matter for the tests I have in mind. The AI board available on 1X2 is more modern but routing the DAC channels from 1Y2 to it is going to be some work.

I'm going to add my testpoint to c1daf given that it seems to be the least critical model on c1lsc.

EDIT: testpoints added to c1daf don't show up in the list of available channels - there was some issue with this model while we were getting the new RTCDS going. So I'm moving my temporary testpoint to c1cal instead.

  13357   Wed Oct 4 17:38:25 2017 gautamUpdateLSCFS725 for Marconi stabilization

I've located the Stanford Research FS725 Rb reference unit. The question is where to put it. This afternoon Steve and I put it inside the little electronics rack next to 1X3, but in hindsight, this probably isn't such a great place for a timing reference as there are a bunch of Sorensen power supplies in there (and presumably the accompanying harmonics from these switching supplies). 

The unit itself was repaired in 2015, and powering it on, it locked to the internal reference within a few minutes as prescribed in the manual. 

  13359   Thu Oct 5 02:14:51 2017 gautamUpdateLSCMore DRMI coupling measurements - setup

In the end I decided to access the available spare DAC channels via the C1ASS model - for this purpose, I added a namespace block "TEST" in the C1ASS simulink model, which is a SISO block. Inside is just a single CDS filter module. My idea is to use the EXC of this filter module to inject excitations for measuring various couplings. Rather than have a simple testpoint, we also have the option of adding in some filter shapes in the filter module which could possibly allow a more direct read-off of some coupling TF. Recompiling the model went smooth - there was a crash earlier in the day which required me to hard-reboot c1lsc (and also restart all models on c1sus and c1ioo but no reboots necessary for those machines).

Note that to get the newly added channels to show up in the channel lists in DTT/AWGGUI etc, you need to ssh into fb1 and restart the daqd processes via sudo systemctl restart daqd_*. If I remember right, it used to be enough to do telnet fb 8088 followed by shutdown. This is no longer sufficient.

It took me a while to get the DRMI locking going again. The model restarts earlier in the evening had changed a bunch of EPICS channel settings (and out config scripts don't catch all of these settings). In particular, I forgot to re-enable the x3 digital gain for the ITMs, BS and SRM (necessitated by removing an analog x3 gain on the de-whitening boards). I was hesitant to spend time re-adjusting all damping / oplev loop gains because if we change the series resistor on the coil driver board, we will have to do this again. I also didn't want this arbitrary FM to be enabled in the SDF safe.snap. But maybe it's worth doing it anyways - if nothing it'll be good practise.

Once I hunted down all the setting diffs and tweaked alignment, the DRMI locks were pretty robust.

I had hoped to make some of these TF measurements tonight. But I realized I needed to look up a bunch of stuff in manuals/datasheets, and think about these measurements a little. I wasn't sure if the DW/AI board could drive a signal over 40m of BNC cabling so I added an SR560 (DC coupled, gain=1, low noise mode, 50ohm output used) to buffer the output. The Marconi's external modulation input is high impedance (100k) but for the AOM driver we want 50ohm. For the Marconi, the external input accepts 1Vrms max, while for the AOM driver, we want to drive a signal between 0V and 1V at most.

The general measurement setup is schematically shown in Fig 1. Questions to address:

  • What happens if we apply a negative voltage to the input of the AOM driver? What is the damage threshold? Do we have to worry about SR560 offset level?
  • Is there a way to dynamically adjust the offset in DTT such that we can have different amplitude signals at different frequencies (usually done by specifying an envelope in DTT) but still satisfy the requirement that the entire signal lie between 0-1V?
  • For the Laser Intensity noise -> MICH coupling TF measurement, I guess we can use the AOM to inject an excitation, and measure the ratio of the response in MC_TRANS and in MICH_IN1. Then we multiply the in-loop MC_TRANS spectrum by the magnitude of this TF to get the Laser Intensity Noise contribution to MICH.
  • The Laser Frequency Noise coupling should be negligible in MICH - but the measurement principle should be the same. Drive the AO input of the Mode Cleaner Servo board from the DAC, look at ratio of response in MICH_IN1 and MC_F. Multiply the DRMI in-lock MC_F spectrum by this TF.
  • The oscillator noise seems more tricky to me (also Finesse modeling suggests this may be the most significant of the 3 couplings described in this elog, though I may just be computing the coupling in Finesse wrongly)
    • I don't understand all the External Modulation options specified in the manual.
    • DC? AC? FM? PM? AM? Need to figure out what is the right settings to use.
    • I'm not sure how independent the various modulations will be - i.e. if I select PM, how much AM is induced as a result of me driving the EXT MOD input?
    • What is the right level of excitation drive? I tried this a bunch of times tonight - set the PM range to 0.1rad (for the full scale 1Vrms sine wave input), but with an excitation of just a few counts, already saw non-lineaer coupling in MICH_IN1 which probably means I'm driving this too hard.
    • This measurement needs a bit more algebra. We have an estimate of the Marconi phase noise from Rana (is this the right one to use?). But the "Transfer Function" we'd measure is cts in MICH_IN1 in response to counts to Marconi via the signal chain in Attachment #1. So we'd need to know (and divide out) the AI/DW board TF, and the Marconi's TF, which the datasheet suggests has a lower 3dB frequency of 100Hz (assuming SR560 and cable can be treated as flat).
    • A simpler test may be to just hook up the Marconi to the Rb standard, and the Rb to 1pps from GPS, and look for a change in the MICH noise.

Am I missing something?

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  13360   Thu Oct 5 11:46:15 2017 gautamUpdateCDSslow machine bootfest

MC Autolocker was umnhappy because c1iool0 was unresponsive and hence it couldn't write to the "C1:IOO-MC_AUTOLOCK_BEAT" channel. I keyed the crate and IMC locked almost immediately. I'm moving this channel into the RTCDS model as we did for the IFO_STATE EPICS channel so that the autolocker isn't dependant on c1iool0 (which was the whole point of migrating the IFO-STATE variable anyways). I also commented out all of these channels in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iool0/autolocker.db so that there aren't duplicate channels.

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Eurocrate key turning reboots for c1susaux, c1auxex,c1auxey, c1iscaux, c1iscaux2 and c1aux. Usual precautions were taken for ITMX. Did burtrestore for c1iscaux andc1iscaux2  in order to restore the LSC PD whitening gains.


Un-related to this work: input pointing into PMC was tweaked as the PMC_REFL spot was pretty bright.

 

  13361   Thu Oct 5 13:58:26 2017 gautamUpdateCDS40m files backup situation

The 4TB HGST drives have arrived. I've started the FB1 dd backup process. Should take a day or so.

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Edit: unmounting /frames won't help, since dd makes a bit for bit copy of the drive being cloned. So we need a drive with size that is >= that of the drive we are trying to clone. On FB1, this is /dev/sda, which has a size of 2TB. The HGST drive we got has an advertised size of 2TB, but looks like actually only 1.8TB is available. So I think we need to order a 4TB drive.

 

  13362   Thu Oct 5 18:40:27 2017 gautamUpdateLSCFS725 for Marconi stabilization

[steve, gautam]

  1. We installed the FS725 on the shelf inside the PSL enclosure - see Attachment #1.
  2. We ran a long BNC cable (labelled "GPS 1pps" on both ends) from 1X7 to the PSL enclosure - this was to pipe the 1PPS signal from the GPS timing unit (EndRun Technologies Tempus LX) rear panel (50 ohm output according to the datasheet) to the 1PPS input of the FS725 (high impedance). See Attachments #2. Note that the 1pps output was already tee'd on the rear panel. One port of the tee was unused (this now goes to the FS725) while the other was going to the 1PPS input of the Master Timing Sequencer (D050239), so I decided that there was no need to tee the 1pps input of the FS725 with a 50ohm terminator. In a few minutes, the Rb standard indicated that it was locked to its internal reference, and also to the external 1pps input (see Attachment #1). 
  3. We ran a long BNC cable (labelled "Rb 10MHz" on both ends) from the 10MHz output of the FS725 (50 ohm output impedance),  in the PSL enclosure to the rear BNC "FREQ_STD IN/OUT" BNC connector of the Marconi (1kohm input impedance). Changed the frequency reference setting on the Marconi to "External Direct". The FS725 datasheet recommends terminating the load with a 50ohm inline terminator, I have not yet done this (see Attachment #3). Is it appropriate to use a Balun (FTB-1-1) here? This would avoid ground loops between the Marconi and the FS725, and also make the load seen by the FS725 50ohms
  4. Found that there was an unused long cable from the PSL enclosure to the 1X2 electronics rack. We re-purposed this to drive the AOM driver via the DAC output in 1Y2. The cable is labelled "AOM driver" on both ends. This was to facilitate measurement of the coupling of laser intensity noise to AS55_Q in a DRMI lock.
  5. Removed 2 long cables between 1X7 and 1X2 that weren't connected to anything.
  6. Re-arranged the DC bench supply on the shelf in the PSL enclosure, whose only purpose seems to be to supply 12V to a fan attached to the rear of the PSL NPRO controller. Seems to be a waste of space! The fan was momentarily disconnected but has since been reconnected and is spinning again.
  7. Removed a couple of unused power cables from the mess on the shelf in the PSL enclosure. Also removed an unused Sony Video Squential Switcher YS-S6 from the PSL enclosure. 
Quote:

I've located the Stanford Research FS725 Rb reference unit. The question is where to put it. This afternoon Steve and I put it inside the little electronics rack next to 1X3, but in hindsight, this probably isn't such a great place for a timing reference as there are a bunch of Sorensen power supplies in there (and presumably the accompanying harmonics from these switching supplies). 

The unit itself was repaired in 2015, and powering it on, it locked to the internal reference within a few minutes as prescribed in the manual. 

 

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  13363   Fri Oct 6 00:25:45 2017 ranaUpdateLSCFS725 for Marconi stabilization

Steve, can you please connect this fan to the rack power and remove this extra power supply?

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Re-arranged the DC bench supply on the shelf in the PSL enclosure, whose only purpose seems to be to supply 12V to a fan attached to the rear of the PSL NPRO controller. Seems to be a waste of space! The fan was momentarily disconnected but has since been reconnected and is spinning again.

  13364   Fri Oct 6 12:46:17 2017 gautamUpdateCDS40m files backup situation

Looks to have worked this time around.

controls@fb1:~ 0$ sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdc bs=64K conv=noerror,sync
33554416+0 records in
33554416+0 records out
2199022206976 bytes (2.2 TB) copied, 55910.3 s, 39.3 MB/s
You have new mail in /var/mail/controls

I was able to mount all the partitions on the cloned disk. Will now try booting from this disk on the spare machine I am testing in the office area now. That'd be a "real" test of if this backup is useful in the event of a disk failure.

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The 4TB HGST drives have arrived. I've started the FB1 dd backup process. Should take a day or so.

 

  13365   Fri Oct 6 12:56:40 2017 gautamSummaryLSCRTCDS NN

[gabriele, gautam]

Gabriele had prepared a C code implementation of his NN for MICH/PRCL state estimation. He had been trying to get it going on some of the machines in WB, but was unsuccessful. The version of RCG he was trying to compile and run the code on was rather dated so we decided to give it a whirl on our new RCG3.4 here at the 40m. Just noting down stuff we tried here:

  • Code has been installed at /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/cds/c1/src/nn.This is to facilitate compilation by the RCG.
  • There is also a simulink block diagram (x3tst.mdl) in there which we copied and pasted into c1pem. Changed the appropriate paths in the C-Code block to point to the location in the previous bullet point.
  • c1pem was chosen for this test as it runs at 2k which is what the network is designed for.
  • Since we were running the test on c1sus and expected the machine to crash, I shutdown all the watchdogs for the test.
  • Code compiled without any problems (i.e. rtcds make c1pem and rtcds install c1pem executed successfully). There were some warning messages related to C-Code blocks but these are not new, they show up in all models in which we have custom C-code blocks. 
  • Unfortunately, the whole c1sus FE crashed when we tried rtcds restart c1pem.
  • We tried a couple of more iterations, and attempted to monitor dmesg during the restart process to see if there were any clues as to why this wasn't working, but got nothing useful.

All models have been reverted to their state prior to this test, and everything on the CDS_OVERVIEW MEDM screen is green now.

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  13366   Fri Oct 6 17:08:09 2017 SteveUpdateALSX End table beam traps corrected

There are no more double sided tape on this table.

 

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  13367   Mon Oct 9 01:29:26 2017 gautamUpdateLSCDRMI Nosie Budget v3.0

Summary:

I spent this weekend doing a more careful investigation of the DRMI noise. I think I have some new information/insights. Attachment #1 is the noise budget (png attached because pdf takes forever to upload, probably some ImageMagick problem. The last attachment is a tarball of the PDF). Long elog, so here are the Highlights:

  1. Coil de-whitening does result in small improvement in noise in the 60-200Hz band.
  2. Above 200Hz, we seem to be limited by "Dark" noise. More on this below.
  3. The coupling from SRCL->MICH is the other limiting noise in the 60-200Hz band now.

Sensing Matrix Measurement:

  • I rotated the AS55 demod phase from -42 degrees to -82 degrees, the idea being to get more of the MICH error signal in AS55_Q.
  • Consequently, the MICH servo gain has been lowered from -0.035 to -0.021. Settings have been updated in the snap file used by the locking script.  
  • Seems to have worked.
  • Attachment #2 is the measured sensing elements.
  • One major source of uncertainty in these sensing element numbers is the actuator gains for PRM, SRM and BS. The coil driver electronics for the latter two have been modified recently, and for them, I am using numbers from this elog scaled by the expected factor as a result of removing the x3 gain in the de-whitening boards for SRM and BS.

MICH OLTF

  • Measurement was done in lock using the usual IN1/IN2 method.
  • Model made by loading the FOTON filters + assumed models for the BS pendulum and AA/AI filters in Matlab, and fitting to an overall gain + delay.
  • Attachment #3 shows the agreement between measurement and model.
  • The model was exported and used to invert in-loop signals to their out-of-loop counterparts in the noise budget.

DAC Noise

  • I had claimed that turning on the coil de-whitening did not improve the MICH noise.
  • This was not exactly true - I had only compared MICH noise with the BS de-whitening turned ON/OFF, while the ITM de-whitening was always on.
  • Turns out that there is in fact a small improvement - see Attachment #4 (DTT crashes everytime I try to print a pdf, so png screenshot will have to do for now).
  • I have also changed the way in which DAC noise is plotted in the Noise Budget code:
    • I used to directly convert the measured voltage noise (multiplied by appropriate scalar to account for quadrature sum of 4 coils each in 3 optics) to displacement noise using the sensing measurement cts/m values.
    • Now I convert the measured voltage noise first to current noise (knowing the series resistance), then to force noise (using the number 0.016 N/A per coil), then to displacement noise (assuming a mirror mas of 250g).
    • Quadrature sum is again taken for 4 coils on 3 optics.
  • I've also added the option to plot the DAC noise with the de-whitening filter TF applied (taking care that the maximum of filtered DAC noise / coil driver electronics noise is used at each frequency).
  • So the major source of uncertainty in the calculated DAC noise is the assumed actuator gain of 0.016 N/A.

The DAC noise is not limiting us anywhere when the coil de-whitening is switched on.


Dark Noise

I think this is the major find.

  • The dark noise spectrum is measured with:
    • the PSL shutter closed
    • the AS55 I and Q analog whitening filters (and corresponding digital de-whitening filters) engaged, to mimic the operating conditions under which the in-lock error signal is acquired.
  • Comparing the blue and black traces, it is clear that turning on the analog whitening is having some effect on the dark noise.
  • However, the analog whitening filters should suppress the ADC noise by ~30dB @ 100Hz - so assuming 1uV/rtHz, this would be ~30nV/rtHz @100Hz.
  • But the measured noise seems to be ~5x higher, with 4*10^-4 cts/rtHz translating to roughly 120nV/rtHz.
  • The photodiode dark noise is only 15nV/rtHz according to the wiki. Where is this measured?

So I don't understand the measured Dark Noise level, and it is limiting us at frequencies > 200Hz. Some busted electronics in the input signal chain? Or can the LSC demod daughter board gain of ~5 explain the observed noise?


Shot noise

  • The DC power on AS55 photodiode was measured to be ~13mW with the SRM misaligned.
  • This corresponds to ~100cts peak amplitude on the ASDC channel (derived from AS55 photodiode).
  • In the DRMI lock, the ASDC level is ~200cts.
  • I used these numbers, and equation 2.17 in Tobin's thesis, to calculate this curve.

Edit 1730 9 Oct: I had missed out the factor of 5 gain in the demod board in calculating the shot noise curve. Attachment #7 shows the corrected shot noise level. Explicitly:

n_{\mathrm{shot}} [m/\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}] = \alpha \sqrt{2 h \nu \bar{P} (\frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{4}\mathrm{cos}2\theta)}, where \alpha [m/W] = (\mathcal{M}_{\mathrm{MICH}} [V/m] / 5 [V/V] / 420 [V/A] / 0.7 [A/W])^{-1}is to convert shot noise in W to displacement units.


AUX coupling

This is the other find.

  • While chatting with Gabriele, he suggested measuring the SRCL->MICH and PRCL->MICH cross couplings.
  • I injected a signal in SRCL servo EXC channel, and adjusted amplitude till coherence in MICH_IN1 was good.
  • The actual TF measured was MICH_IN1 / SRCL_IN1 (so units of cts/ct).
  • My multiplying the in-lock PRCL and SRCL IN1 signals by these coupling coefficients (assumed flat in frequency for now, note that measurement was only made between 100Hz and 1kHz), I get the trace labelled "AUX coupling" in Attachment #1 (this is the quadrature sum for SRCL and PRCL couplings).
  • Also repeated for PRCL -> MICH coupling in the same way.
  • Measurements of these TFs and coherence are shown in Attachment #5 (again png screenshot because of DTT).
  • However, there is no significant coherence in MICH/SRCL or MICH/PRCL in this frequency range.

This seems to be limiting us from saturating the dark noise once the coil de-whitening is engaged. But lack of coherence means the mechanism is not re-injection of SRCL/PRCL sensing noise? Need to think about what this means / how we can mitigate it.


OL A2L coupling

  • I didn't measure these
  • These couplings would have changed because I modified the Oplev loop shapes to allow engaging of coil de-whitening filters.
  • But anyways, their effect will only be below 100Hz because I made the roll-offs steeper.

Still to measure (but not likely to be limiting us anywhere in the current state):

  • Laser intensity noise -> MICH coupling (using AOM).
  • Laser frequency noise -> MICH coupling (using CM board IN2).
  • Oscillator noise (amplitude + phase) -> MICH coupling (using AM/FM input of Marconi).

I've also made several changes to the NB code - will push to git once I finish cleaning stuff up, but it is now much faster to make these plots and see what's what.

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  13368   Mon Oct 9 11:55:01 2017 KojiUpdateLSCDRMI Nosie Budget v3.0

My last characterization of the AS55 PD was on Feb 2013. ELOG 8100

There I said the dark noise at the PD output was 16nV/rtHz. I don't have the measurement of the Voltage noise at the output of the demod board.

Note that the PD can only be limited by shot noise when the DC current is larger then 4mA.

  13369   Mon Oct 9 22:18:34 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

I measured the output voltage noise of the Q output of the AS55 Demod Board with the PSL shutter closed, using the SR785 (see Attachment #1). The measured noise is consistent with the expected number of ~120nV/rtHz around 100Hz. I had measured the gain of this board from RFPD input to Q output to be ~5.1: so if the PD dark noise is 16nV/rtHz, this would be amplified to ~80nV/rtHz. Still a discrepancy of ~50%. I didn't measure the noise with the PD input terminated. Added the noise of the demod board output with the RFPD input terminated. The level of ~100nV/rtHz seems consistent with the actual PD dark noise being ~80nV/rtHz, as their quadrature sum is around 130nV/rtHz. Need to dig up the schematics for the demod board + daughter board, and check against LISO, to see if this is consistent with what is expected.

Also - I think I was using the wrong value of the DC power on the AS55 photodiode for shot noise calculations - 13mW was for REFL55, not AS55. I did a crude measurement of the power by sticking the Ophir power meter (filter removed) in front of the AS55 PD with the Michelson flashing around, and noticed the maximum value registered was ~1.2mW. So in the DRMI lock, there would be ~2.4mW, which is 10x lower than the value I was assuming. I've made the correction in the NB code, for the next time the plot is generated. A more rigorous measurement would involve sticking the Ophir in front of the AS110 PD during a DRMI lock. The light from the AS port is split by a 50-50 BS to the AS55 and AS110 PDs (so measuring at AS110 is a reasonable proxy for power at AS55), and the AS110 signals are not used for triggering in the DRMI lock, so this is feasible.

 

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  13370   Tue Oct 10 22:04:06 2017 ranaUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

how about calibrate the DC channels so that you can just get the acutal power levels from the trend data?

  13371   Wed Oct 11 10:29:43 2017 SteveUpdateElectronicsSR560 noise level

Gautam and Steve,

All 3 show the same noise level ~80 nV / rt Hz at 1 kHz as shown. Batteries ordered to be replaced in the top 2

We'll do more measurement to see how can we get to 4 nV / rt Hz  specification level.

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  13372   Wed Oct 11 14:42:03 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

I keep adding traces to this plot, here is the most complete one I have now. Looks like the input noise to the D040179 (measured at "Q out" SMA jack of D990511 with RFPD input terminated) is ~10nV/rtHz. This supports the hypothesis that something is wonky on the daughter board, because the purple trace should only be the quad sum of the orange and green traces. I will pull it out and have a look.

Some other follow-ups on the questions raised at the meeting:

  1. Doesn't look like I've implemented thin film resistors on the input of the coil driver boards. De-whitening boards have the critical signal path resistors (judged as the ones with largest contribution as per LISO model) changed to thin film. Pictures are here.
  2. I think I didn't make a full elog of my demod board efficiency investigations, but from my notes and Attachment #4 of elog 12972, I calculated the gain in the signal path as the ratio of Vpp_out / Vpp_in.
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I measured the output voltage noise of the Q output of the AS55 Demod Board with the PSL shutter closed, using the SR785 (see Attachment #1). The measured noise is consistent with the expected number of ~120nV/rtHz around 100Hz. I had measured the gain of this board from RFPD input to Q output to be ~5.1: so if the PD dark noise is 16nV/rtHz, this would be amplified to ~80nV/rtHz. Still a discrepancy of ~50%. I didn't measure the noise with the PD input terminated. Added the noise of the demod board output with the RFPD input terminated. The level of ~100nV/rtHz seems consistent with the actual PD dark noise being ~80nV/rtHz, as their quadrature sum is around 130nV/rtHz. Need to dig up the schematics for the demod board + daughter board, and check against LISO, to see if this is consistent with what is expected.

Also - I think I was using the wrong value of the DC power on the AS55 photodiode for shot noise calculations - 13mW was for REFL55, not AS55. I did a crude measurement of the power by sticking the Ophir power meter (filter removed) in front of the AS55 PD with the Michelson flashing around, and noticed the maximum value registered was ~1.2mW. So in the DRMI lock, there would be ~2.4mW, which is 10x lower than the value I was assuming. I've made the correction in the NB code, for the next time the plot is generated. A more rigorous measurement would involve sticking the Ophir in front of the AS110 PD during a DRMI lock. The light from the AS port is split by a 50-50 BS to the AS55 and AS110 PDs (so measuring at AS110 is a reasonable proxy for power at AS55), and the AS110 signals are not used for triggering in the DRMI lock, so this is feasible.

 

 

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  13373   Wed Oct 11 17:59:45 2017 ranaUpdateElectronicsSR560 noise level

these are not the SR785 settings that you're looking for

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Gautam and Steve,

All 3 show the same noise level ~80 nV / rt Hz at 1 kHz as shown. Batteries ordered to be replaced in the top 2

We'll do more measurement to see how can we get to 4 nV / rt Hz  specification level.

To get low noise measurements on the SR785, you have to have the input range set to -50 dB, not +20 dB. Its not within the powers of commercial electronics ADCs to give you a 10 nV noise floor with +10 V input signals. The SR560 has an input referred noise of 5 nV/rHz, so the output noise should be 5e-9 x 500 = 2.5 uV/rHz. Your picture shows it giving 1 uV RMS, so you also need to use the PSD units.

  13374   Wed Oct 11 19:31:32 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

I tried replacing the AD797s on the daughter board with OP27s, and saw no significant improvement in the electronics noise of the demod board. Note that according to LISO, in this configuration, the voltage noise of the Op27 is expected to dominate the total noise of the daughter board. Measurement condition was that the RFPD input was terminated, but the LO input was still being driven (SR785 input range is -50dBVpk for all traces, and the input ranging was set to "UpOnly"). Need to do a more systematic investigation to figure out where this excess noise is coming from. I will upload photos of the board later.

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This supports the hypothesis that something is wonky on the daughter board, because the purple trace should only be the quad sum of the orange and green traces. I will pull it out and have a look.

 

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  13375   Thu Oct 12 01:03:49 2017 johannesHowToCamerasETMX GigE side view

I calculated a better lens solution for the ETMX side view with the simple python script that's attached. The camera is still not as close to the viewport as we would like, and now the front lens is almost all the up to the end of the tube. With a little more playing around there maybe a better way, especially if we expand the repertoire of focal lengths. Using Steve's wonderful camera fixture I put the beam spot in focus. I turned the camera sideways for better use of the field of view, and now the beam spot actually fills the center area of the beam, to the point where we probably don't want more magnification or else we start losing the tails of the Gaussian.

We'll take a serious of images tomorrow, and will have an estimate of the scatter loss by the end of tomorrow.

 

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  13376   Thu Oct 12 01:50:11 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

I worked on the daughter board a little more in the evening. I have somehow managed to make the dark noise ~25% worse [Attachment #1].

  • Earlier in the day, I had switched out both on-board AD797s for OP27. The latter has ~3x the input voltage noise, and LISO modeling suggests that this is the dominant contribution to the output voltage noise.
  • There are some differences in the actual components with which the board is stuffed, and the schematic. 
  • After updating the LISO model, I expect to get an output voltage noise of ~50nV/rtHz. But I measured ~2x this value (measured with LO input of demod board driven, RFPD input terminated).
  • While I had the board out, I replaced most of the installed thick-film resistors with thin film ones. For good measure, I also changed the AD829s.

After making all these changes, I re-installed the card in the eurocrate and repeated the measurement. The Q channel noise was close to the expected value (~50nV/rtHz), but the I channel is twice as noisy. I will continue this investigation tomorrow.

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  13377   Thu Oct 12 07:56:33 2017 SteveHowToCamerasETMX GigE side view at 50 deg of IR scattering

 Telescope front lens to wall distance 25 cm,  GigE camera lenght 6 cm and cat6 cable 2cm

 Atm3,   Existing short camera  can has 16cm  lenght to lexan guard on viewport. Available 2" od periscope tube lenght is 8cm. The one in use 16 cm long.

             Note: we can fabricate a lite cover with tube that would accomodate longer telescope.

             Can we calibrate the AR coated M5018-SW and compare it's performance agains the 2" periscope

             Look at the Edmond Optics 3" od camera lens with AR

This lower priced   1" apeture Navitar lens  can be an option too.

 

 Atm1,   Now I can see dust. This is much better. The focus is not right yet.

Atm2,   Chamber viewport wiped and image refocused. Actually I was focusing on the dust.

Quote:

I calculated a better lens solution for the ETMX side view with the simple python script that's attached. The camera is still not as close to the viewport as we would like, and now the front lens is almost all the up to the end of the tube. With a little more playing around there maybe a better way, especially if we expand the repertoire of focal lengths. Using Steve's wonderful camera fixture I put the beam spot in focus. I turned the camera sideways for better use of the field of view, and now the beam spot actually fills the center area of the beam, to the point where we probably don't want more magnification or else we start losing the tails of the Gaussian.

We'll take a serious of images tomorrow, and will have an estimate of the scatter loss by the end of tomorrow.

 

 

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  13378   Thu Oct 12 12:17:28 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

Here is the marked up schematic with the board as it is stuffed. Annoyingly, there is a capacitor (C1) which according to the schematic is supposed to be open, but is stuffed in our board. I can't find any elog about this, and its a pain to measure the value of this capacitance. I will upload all of this + LISO + noise model/measurements to a 40m AS55 daughter board DCC page.

 

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  13379   Thu Oct 12 14:42:45 2017 gautamUpdateCDSslow machine bootfest

Steve reported problems getting the X arm locked. Alignment sliders were inaccessible. Eurocrate key turning reboots for c1susaux, c1auxex,c1auxey, c1iscaux and c1aux. Usual precautions were taken for ITMX.

This is becoming a once-a-week thing sad.

  13380   Fri Oct 13 12:26:12 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

Attachment #1 - Measured / modelled noises for AS55 demod board. I've plotted quadrature sum of the LISO trace with the SR785 noise floor with input terminated to ground via 50ohm. Note that these measurements were made after all the changes in the marked up schematic in the previous elog were implemented.

Both channels should be identical - I don't understand why the I channels are noisier than their Q counterparts. This is almost certainly a problem on the daughter board, as the orange traces are pretty much identical for both channels.

The dark red curves were measured by shorting the inputs to D040179 to ground via 50ohms using some Pomona minigrabbers - I wanted to avoid ripping the daughter board out, but this probably explains the excess noise compared to the green trace at low frequencies. All other measurements were made with the board installed in the LSC rack eurocrate, with the LO input driven at the nominal level (I didn't measure this yesterday but a measurement from ~6months ago says that this level is 1.5dBm).

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  13381   Mon Oct 16 12:13:38 2017 gautamUpdateCDSMegatron maintenance

Wall StripTool traces showed that IMC has not been locked for at least 8 hours when I came in this morning. Going to the IMC autolocker log, it looks like the last timestamp was at ~6pm yesterday. Megatron was responding to ping, but I couldn't ssh into it. So I went over to the machine and did a hard-reboot via front panel power switch. The computer took ~10mins to come back online and respond to ping. Once it did, I was able to ssh into it. However, trying the usual commands to restart the IMC autolocker and FSS Slow loops didn't work. Specifically, monitoring the logfile with tail -f Autolocker.log, I would see that the autolocker seemed to get stuck after starting the "blinky" script. Trying to restart the process using sudo initctl restart MCautolocker, init would print to shell that the restart had worked, and reported the PID, but the logfile wouldn't update "live" as it should when tail is used with the -f option. All very strange frown.

Anyways, as a last resort, I kill -9'ed the PID for the init instance, and init automatically restarted the Autolocker - this did the trick, IMC is locked now and logfile seems to be getting updated normallyyes.

I also cleared a bunch of matlab crash dump files in the home directory.

  13382   Mon Oct 16 16:01:04 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

Koji suggested looking at the output of the AS55 demod board on a fast oscilloscope to look for differences in the two channel outputs (if there is some high-frequency oscillations, for example, we could miss this information in the SR785 spectra). Besides, I was only looking at spectra out to a few kHz on the SR785. I grabbed this data with a 300MHz BW Tektronix oscilloscope (battery mode) today. Input impedance of both channels were set to 1Mohm, and the measurement was made with the RFPD input terminated, output of the daughter board is what is measured. The vertical scaling of the channels was set to the minimum allowed, 1mV/div.

Attachment #1 shows that there is indeed a visible difference between the two channels - the (noisier) I channel has a much larger DC offset of ~5mV compared to the Q channel (I tried switching channels on the O'scope and the larger DC offset remained on the I channel, so seems real). There is also some kind of oscillation going on in the I channel, although the frequency is pretty low, with the peaks spaced ~50us apart. Indeed, in the ASD of the acquired data, the excess power in the I channel at 20kHz and higher harmonics are evident (see Attachment #2). Anyway all of this points to something being anomalous on the daughter board I channel signal path - I will pull it out and monitor the outputs at various points along the signal path with the fast scope to see if I can narrow down what's going on where.

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Both channels should be identical - I don't understand why the I channels are noisier than their Q counterparts. This is almost certainly a problem on the daughter board, as the orange traces are pretty much identical for both channels.

 

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  13383   Tue Oct 17 17:53:25 2017 jamieSummaryLSCprep for tests of Gabriele's neural network cavity length reconstruction

I've been preparing for testing Gabriele's deep neural network MICH/PRCL reconstruction.  No changes to the front end have been made yet, this is all just prep/testing work.

Background:

We have been unable to get Gabriele's nn.c code running in kernel space for reasons unknown (see tests described in previous post).  However, Rolf recently added functionality to the RCG that allows front end models to be run in user space, without needing to be loaded into the kernel.  Surprisingly, this seems to work very well, and is much more stable for the overall system (starting/stopping the user space models will not ever crash the front end machine).  The nn.c code has been running fine on a test machine in this configuration.  The RCG version that supports user space models is not that much newer than what the 40m is running now, so we should be able to run user space models on the existing system without upgrading anything at the 40m.  Again, I've tested this on a test machine and it seems to work fine.

The new RCG with user space support compiles and installs both kernel and user-space versions of the model.

Work done:

  • Create 'c1dnn' model for the nn.c code.  This will run on the c1lsc front end machine (on core 6 which is currently empty), and will communicate with the c1lsc model via SHMEM IPC.  It lives at:
    • /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/isc/c1/models/c1dnn.mdl
  • Got latest copy of nn.c code from Gabriele's git, and put it at:
    • /opt/rtcds/userapps/release/isc/c1/src/nn/
  • Checked out the latest version of the RCG (currently SVN trunk r4532):
    • /opt/rtcds/rtscore/test/nn-test
  • Set up the appropriate build area:
    • /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/rtbuild/test/nn-test
  • Built the model in the new nn-test build directory ("make c1dnn")
  • Installed the model from the nn-test build dir ("make install-c1dnn")

Test:

I tried a manual test of the new user space model.  Since this is a user space process running it should have no affect on the rest of the front end system (which it didn't):

  • Manually started the c1dnn EPICS IOC:
    • $ (cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1dnn/c1dnnepics && ./startupC1)
  • Tried running the model user-space process directly:
    • $ taskset -c 6 /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1dnn/bin/c1dnn -m  c1dnn

Unfortunately, the process died with an "ADC TIMEOUT" error.  I'm investigating why.

Once we confirm the model runs, we'll add the appropriate SHMEM IPC connections to connect it to the c1lsc model.

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  13384   Tue Oct 17 19:31:53 2017 gautamUpdateLSCAS55Q Dark Noise

[Koji, gautam]

We took a closer look at the AS55 demod board today. The procedure was to just be as thorough as possible, and check the behaviour of the circuit (both Transfer Function and Noise) stage by stage. Checking the transfer function was the key.

During this process, we found that the reason why the Q channels had lower noise than the I channels was because of the gain of the AD829 stage of the circuit was 0dB rather than 4dB (which is what it should be according to the component values used). Specifically, resistor R12, which is supposed to be 1.30kohm, was measured to be 1.03kohmfrown. Replacing this resistor, the transfer functions (see Attachment #1) and noise levels (see Attachment #2) match the expectations from LISO. Some notes:

  1. The daughter board essentially consists of 2 stages
    • OP27 stage, which has a design gain of 16dB ((=316ohm/50ohm) (flat at frequencies <100kHz).
    • AD829 stage, which has a design gain of 4dB (=1.3kohm/768ohm), and is a 2nd order Butterworth LPF with corner @ 1MHz.
    • So the overall gain of the daughter board is 20dB (i.e. x10) at audio frequencies.
  2. The output noise of D040179 is expected to be ~35nV/rtHz at 100Hz, and the measurement (made with inputs soldered together) is consistent with this value.
  3. The measured voltage noise at the input to D040179 (i.e. the output of the minicircuits mixer + SCLF-5 LPF) is ~9nV/rtHz.
  4. The output voltage noise of the demod board with RFPD input terminated then is expected to be the quadrature sum of the noise due to the D040179 electronics (i.e. 40nV/rtHz) and the input noise to the D040179 (i.e. 9nV/rtHz) multiplied by the gain of the daughter board (i.e. x10) == \sqrt{40^2 + 90^2} \approx 98nV/\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}.
  5. To calculate the "dark noise" contribution of AS55 to MICH displacement noise, we have to further add the photodiode dark noise contribution: this gets us up to \sqrt{98^2 + 80^2} \approx 130nV/\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}. This is consistent with the measurement (see Attachment #2).
  6. Assming the whitened ADC noise level is much below this (should only be ~10nV/rtHz), and given the measured sensing element of 6.2e8 V/m, this means that the dark noise sets a maximum achievable sensitivity of 2e-16m/rtHz.

To figure out what (if anything) is to be done next, we need to first figure out what is the goal. In the end, we care about DARM and not MICH. The optical gain for the former is ~300x the latter, so the dark noise contribution gets scaled by this factor (giving us a number of 7e-19 m/rtHz). There are certainly many noises above that level which have to be handled first. Indeed, looking at the DARM spectrum from DRFPMI lock back in March 2016, it looks like the current 1f DRMI (with coils de-whitened) Michelson sensitivity is within a factor of 2 of DARM in the full lock (albeit with vertex DoFs on 3f signals, and no coil de-whitening). Koji pointed out that we need to consider the photodiode resonant circuit itself too.

TODO: Upload all this onto the DCC

Attachment 1: D040179_TFs.pdf
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  13385   Tue Oct 17 23:07:52 2017 gautamUpdateCDSFEs unresponsive

While working on the IFO tonight, I noticed that the blinky status lights on c1iscex and c1iscey were frozen (but those on the other 3 FEs seemed fine). But all other lights on the CDS overview screen were green I couldn't access testpoints from these machines, and the EPICS readbacks for models on these FEs (e.g. Oplev servo inputs outputs etc) were frozen at some fixed value. This lasted for a good 5 minutes at least. But the blinky lights started blinking again without me doing anything. Not sure what to make of this. I am also not sure how to diagnose this problem, as trending the slow EPICS records of the CPU execution cycle time (for example) doesn't show any irregularity.

  13386   Wed Oct 18 01:41:32 2017 jamieUpdateCDSFEs unresponsive
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While working on the IFO tonight, I noticed that the blinky status lights on c1iscex and c1iscey were frozen (but those on the other 3 FEs seemed fine). But all other lights on the CDS overview screen were green I couldn't access testpoints from these machines, and the EPICS readbacks for models on these FEs (e.g. Oplev servo inputs outputs etc) were frozen at some fixed value. This lasted for a good 5 minutes at least. But the blinky lights started blinking again without me doing anything. Not sure what to make of this. I am also not sure how to diagnose this problem, as trending the slow EPICS records of the CPU execution cycle time (for example) doesn't show any irregularity.

So this wasn't just an EPICS freeze?  I don't see how this had anything to do with any of the work I did earlier today.  I didn't modify any of the running front ends, didn't touch either of the end station machines or the DAQ, and didn't modify the network in any way.  I didn't leave anything running.

If you couldn't access test points then it sounds like it was more than just EPICS.  It sounds like maybe the end machines somehow fell of the network momentarily.  Was there anything else going on at the time?

  13387   Wed Oct 18 02:09:32 2017 gautamUpdateCDSFEs unresponsive

I was looking at the ASDC channel on dataviewer, and toggling various settings like whitening gain. At some point, the signal just froze. So I quit dataviewer and tried restarting it, at which point it complained about not being able to connect to FB. This is when I brought up the CDS_OVERVIEW medm screen, and noticed the frozen 1pps indicator lights. There was certainly something going on with the end FEs, because I was able to ping the machine, but not ssh into it. Once the 1pps lights came back, I was able to ssh into c1iscex and c1iscey, no problems.

Could it be that some of the mx processes stalled, but the systemctl routine automatically restarted them after some time? 

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So this wasn't just an EPICS freeze?  I don't see how this had anything to do with any of the work I did earlier today.  I didn't modify any of the running front ends, didn't touch either of the end station machines or the DAQ, and didn't modify the network in any way.  I didn't leave anything running.

If you couldn't access test points then it sounds like it was more than just EPICS.  It sounds like maybe the end machines somehow fell of the network momentarily.  Was there anything else going on at the time?

 

  13388   Wed Oct 18 09:21:22 2017 jamieUpdateCDSFEs unresponsive
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I was looking at the ASDC channel on dataviewer, and toggling various settings like whitening gain. At some point, the signal just froze. So I quit dataviewer and tried restarting it, at which point it complained about not being able to connect to FB. This is when I brought up the CDS_OVERVIEW medm screen, and noticed the frozen 1pps indicator lights. There was certainly something going on with the end FEs, because I was able to ping the machine, but not ssh into it. Once the 1pps lights came back, I was able to ssh into c1iscex and c1iscey, no problems.

Could it be that some of the mx processes stalled, but the systemctl routine automatically restarted them after some time?

An mx_stream glitch would have interrupted data flowing from the front end to the DAQ, but it wouldn't have affected the heartbeat.  The heartbeat stop could mean either that the front end process froze, or the EPICS communication stopped.  The fact that everything came back fine after a couple of minutes indicates to me that the front end processes all kept running fine.  If they hadn't I'm sure the machines would have locked up.  The fact that you couldn't connect to the FE machine is also suspicious.

My best guess is that there was a network glitch on the martian network.  I don't know how to account for the fact that pings still worked, though.

  13389   Wed Oct 18 11:37:58 2017 johannesHowToCamerasETMX GigE side view at 50 deg
uote:

 Telescope front lens to wall distance 25 cm,  GigE camera lenght 6 cm and cat6 cable 2cm

 Atm3,   Existing short camera  can has 16cm  lenght to lexan guard on viewport. Available 2" od periscope tube lenght is 8cm. The one in use 16 cm long.

             Note: we can fabricate a lite cover with tube that would accomodate longer telescope.

             Can we calibrate the AR coated M5018-SW and compare it's performance agains the 2" periscope

             Look at the Edmond Optics 3" od camera lens with AR

Atm1,   Now I can see dust. This is much better. The focus is not right yet.

Atm2,   Chamber viewport wiped and image refocused. Actually I was focusing on the dust.

We don't really have to calibrate the lens, just the CCD, which we've done. It's more about knowing the true aperture size to know how much solid angle you're capturing to infer the total amount of scatter. For our custom lens tubes this is the ID of the retaining ring.

The Edmund Optics lens tube looks tempting, but itcomes at a price. Thorlabs sells lens tubes that offer a more flexibility than what we have right now, so I bought a few different ones, and also more 150mm 2" lenses. This will allow for more compact solutions and offer some in-situ focusing ability that doesn't require detaching the lens tube like now. Should be here in a couple of days, then we'll be able to enclose the GigE camera in the viewport can with a similar field of view we have now.

I also bought a collimation package for the AS port fiber stuff so we can move ahead with the ringdown measurements and also mode spectroscopy.

  13390   Wed Oct 18 12:14:08 2017 jamieSummaryLSCprep for tests of Gabriele's neural network cavity length reconstruction
Quote:

I tried a manual test of the new user space model.  Since this is a user space process running it should have no affect on the rest of the front end system (which it didn't):

  • Manually started the c1dnn EPICS IOC:
    • $ (cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1dnn/c1dnnepics && ./startupC1)
  • Tried running the model user-space process directly:
    • $ taskset -c 6 /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/c1dnn/bin/c1dnn -m  c1dnn

Unfortunately, the process died with an "ADC TIMEOUT" error.  I'm investigating why.

Once we confirm the model runs, we'll add the appropriate SHMEM IPC connections to connect it to the c1lsc model.

I tried moving the model to c1ioo, where there are plenty of free cores sitting idle, and the model seems runs fine.  I think the problem was just CPU contention on the c1lsc machine, where there were only two free cores and the kernel was using both for all the rest of the normal user space processes.

So there are two options:

  • Use cpuset on c1lsc to tell the kernel to remove all other processes from CPU6 and save it just for the c1dnn model.  This should not have any impact on the running of c1lsc, since that's exactly what would be happening if we were running the model in kernel space (e.g. isolating the core for the front end model).  The auxilliary support user space processes (epics seq/ioc, awgtpman) should all run fine on CPU0, since that's what usually happens.  Linux is only using the additional core since it's there.  We don't have much experience with cpuset yet, though, so more offline testing will be required first.
  • Run the model on c1ioo and ship the needed signals to/from c1lsc via PCIe dolphin.  This is potentially slightly more invasive of a change, and would put more work on the dolphin network, but it should be able to handle it.

I'm going to start testing cpuset offline to figure out exactly what would need to be done.

  13391   Wed Oct 18 15:26:58 2017 johannesHowToCamerasRevision: CCD calibration

The units were still off in my previous post. Here's the corrected, sanity-checked version:

Camera IP Calibration Factor
192.168.113.152 85.8 +/- 4.3 pW*μs
192.168.113.153 78.3 +/- 3.9 pW*μs

I estimated the uncertainties based on a linear fit to the data I recorded with 75nW incident on the CCD and assumed a 5% uncertainty in that number. This is just an upper limit, to be safe. I had calibrated the power reading placing the Ophir power meter where the CCD would otherwise be and comparing it to the PD voltage of a picked off beam. In my previous figures the axes were mislabeled, so I reproduce them here:

Using the current camera position I recorded 50 exposures both with and without beam (XARM locked vs PSL shutter closed) and averaged the images to see how much the reading fluctuates. The exposure time was 10 ms, which left the maximum reported pixel value in all exposures below 3800 out of 4096. The gain setting was 100, which is what I used to calibrate the CCDs.

Counts with XARM locked 2.799 +/- 0.027 x107
Counts with shutter closed 3.220 +/- 0.047 x106
Power on CCD 193.9 +/- 2.2 nW
Power scattered into 2π (*) 254 +/- 39 μW
ETMX scatter loss (**) 25.4 +/- 3.9 ppm

(*) I calculated the lens positions to focus at a plane 65cm from the front lens. We're pretty close to that, but I can't confirm the actual distance easily, so I assumed a 5cm error on the distance, which is where most of the error is coming from. This is also assuming uniform scatter.

(**) This is assuming 10W of circulating power

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