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  12992   Mon May 15 19:21:04 2017 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsFSSslow / MCautolocker restarted

It seems that FSS slow servo stopped working.

I found that megatron was restarted (by Rana, to finish an apt-get upgrade) on ~18:47 PDT today.

controls@megatron|~> last -5
controls pts/0  Mon May 15 19:15   still logged in   
controls pts/0  Mon May 15 19:14 - 19:15  (00:01)    
reboot   system boot  3.2.0-126-generi Mon May 15 18:50 - 19:19  (00:29)    
controls pts/0  Mon May 15 18:43 - down   (00:04)    
controls pts/0  Mon May 15 15:25 - 17:38  (02:12)

FSSslow / MCautolocker were restarted on megatron.

  13032   Fri Jun 2 00:54:08 2017 KojiUpdateASSXarm ASS restoration work

While Gautam is working the restoration of Yarm ASS, I worked on Xarm.

Basically, I have changed the oscillator freqs and amps so as to have linear signals to the misalignment of the mirrors.
Also reduced the complexity of the input/output matrices to avoid any confusion.

Now the ITM dither takes care of the ITM alignment, and the ETM dither takes care of the ETM alignment.
The cavity alignment servos (4dofs) are running fine although the control band widths are still low (<0.1Hz).
The ETM spot positions should be controlled by the BS alignment, but it seems that these loops have suspicion about the signal quality.

While Gautam wa stouching the input TTs, we occasionally saw anomalously high transmission of the arm cavities (~1.2).
We decided to use this beam as this could have indicated partial clipping of the beam somewhere in the input optics chain.

Then the arm cavity was aligned to have reasonably high transmission for the green beam. i.e. Use the green power mon PD as a part of the alignment reference.

This resulted very stable transmission of both the IR and green beams. We liked them. We decide to use this a reference beam at least for now.

Attachment1: GTRX image at the end of the work.

Attachment2: ASSX screen shot

Attachment3: ASSX servo screen shot

Attachment4: Green ASX servo screen shot

Attachment 5: Screen shot of the ASS X strip tool

Attachment 6: Screen shot of the ASS X input matrix

Attachment 7: Screen shot of the ASS X output matrix

Attachment 1: GTRX.jpeg
Attachment 2: 54.png
Attachment 3: 37.png
Attachment 4: 16.png
Attachment 5: 26.png
Attachment 6: 41.png
Attachment 7: 01.png
  13081   Mon Jun 26 22:01:08 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralc1iscex timing troubles

I tried a couple of things, but no fundamental improvement of the missing LED light on the timing board.

- The power supply cable to the timing board at c1iscex indicated +12.3V

- I swapped the timing fiber to the new one (orange) in the digital cabinet. It didn't help.

- I swapped the opto-electronic I/F for the timing fiber with the Y-end one. The X-end one worked at Y-end, and Y-end one didn't work at X-end.

- I suspected the timing board itself -> I brought a "spare" timing board from the digital cabinet and tried to swap the board. This didn't help.


Some ideas:

- Bring the X-end fiber to C1SUS or C1IOO to see if the fiber is OK or not.

- We checked the opto-electronic I/F is OK

- Try to swap the IO chassis with the Y-end one.

- If this helps, swap the timing board only to see this is the problem or not.

  13094   Sat Jul 1 14:27:00 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralDRMI re-locked

Basically we use the arm cavities as the reference of the beam alignment. The incident beam is aligned such that the ITMY angle dither is minimized (at least at the dither freq).
This means that we have no capability to adjust the spot poisitions on the PRM, SRM, BS, ITMX optics.

We are still able to minimize A2L by adding intentional asymmetry to the coil actuators.

  13110   Mon Jul 10 22:07:35 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralAll FEs down

I think this is the boot disk failure. I put the spare 2.5 inch disk into the slot #1. The OK indicator of the disk became solid green almost immediately, and it was recognized on the BIOS in the boot section as "Hard Disk". On the contrary, the original disk in the slot #0 has the "OK" indicator kept flashing and the BIOS can't find the harddisk.


  13112   Tue Jul 11 15:12:57 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralAll FEs down

If we have a SATA/USB adapter, we can test if the disk is still responding or not. If it is still responding, can we probably salvage the files?
Chiara used to have a 2.5" disk that is connected via USB3. As far as I know, we have remote and local backup scripts running (TBC), we can borrow the USB/SATA interface from Chiara.

If the disk is completely gone, we need to rebuilt the disk according to Jamie, and I don't know how to do it. (Don't we have any spare copy?)

  13154   Mon Jul 31 20:35:42 2017 KojiSummaryComputersChiara backup situation summary

- CDS Shared files system: backed up
- Chiara system itself: not backed up

controls@chiara|~> df -m
Filesystem     1M-blocks    Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1         450420   11039    416501   3% /
udev               15543       1     15543   1% /dev
tmpfs               3111       1      3110   1% /run
none                   5       0         5   0% /run/lock
none               15554       1     15554   1% /run/shm
/dev/sdb1        2064245 1718929    240459  88% /home/cds
/dev/sdd1        1877792 1426378    356028  81% /media/fb9bba0d-7024-41a6-9d29-b14e631a2628
/dev/sdc1        1877764 1686420     95960  95% /media/40mBackup

/dev/sda1 : System boot disk
/dev/sdb1 : main cds disk file system 2TB partition of 3TB disk (1TB vacant)
/dev/sdc1 : Daily backup of /dev/sdb1 via a cron job (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/backup/localbackup)

/dev/sdd1 : 2014 snap shot of cds. Not actively used. USB



  13159   Wed Aug 2 14:47:20 2017 KojiSummaryComputersChiara backup situation summary

I further made the burt snapshot directories compressed along with ELOG 11640. This freed up additional ~130GB. This will eventually help to give more space to the local backup (/dev/sdc1)

controls@chiara|~> df -m
Filesystem     1M-blocks    Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1         450420   11039    416501   3% /
udev               15543       1     15543   1% /dev
tmpfs               3111       1      3110   1% /run
none                   5       0         5   0% /run/lock
none               15554       1     15554   1% /run/shm
/dev/sdb1        2064245 1581871    377517  81% /home/cds
/dev/sdd1        1877792 1426378    356028  81% /media/fb9bba0d-7024-41a6-9d29-b14e631a2628
/dev/sdc1        1877764 1698489     83891  96% /media/40mBackup



  13170   Mon Aug 7 22:50:57 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralNew wifi router for the GC network installed

I have replaced the old 11n wifi router (CISCO / Linksys) for the GC network with a new one with 11ac technology.

The new one is a 3band wifi router. Thus it has one 2.4GHz (11n) SSID and two 5GHz (11ac) SSIDs. All these have been set to be hidden. Just come to the 40m and find the necessary info for the connection.

Note that the user id / password for the admin tool have been changed from the default values.

  13201   Sun Aug 13 01:35:09 2017 KojiUpdateSUSGlitches stay on MC1

We used to have similar suspension excursion at ETMX. This was the motivation to replace the stand-offs from Al ones to ruby ones. Did the replacement solve the issue at ETMX?

  13216   Wed Aug 16 17:14:02 2017 KojiUpdateCDSfront-end/DAQ network down for kernel upgrade, and timing errors

What's the current backup situation?

  13218   Wed Aug 16 18:06:01 2017 KojiUpdateCDSfront-end/DAQ network down for kernel upgrade, and timing errors

We also need to copy chiara's root. What is the best way to get the full image of the root FS?
We may need to restore these root images to a different disk with a different capacity.

Is the dump command good for this?

  13251   Thu Aug 24 18:51:57 2017 KojiSummaryLSCFirst cavity length reconstruction with a neural network


  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.

  13440   Tue Nov 21 17:51:01 2017 KojiConfigurationComputersnodus post OS migration admin

The post OS migration admin for nodusa bout apache, elogd, svn, iptables, etc can be found in https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/NodusUpgradeNov2017

Update: The svn dump from the old svn was done, and it was imported to the new svn repository structure. Now the svn command line and (simple) web interface is running. And "websvn" was also implemented.

  13449   Wed Nov 22 16:40:00 2017 KojiUpdateOptical LeversOplev "noise budget"

You may want to consult with the cryo Q people (Brittany, Aaron) for a Si QPD. If you want the same QPD architecture, I can look at my QPD circuit stock.

  13462   Sun Dec 3 17:01:08 2017 KojiConfigurationComputerssendmail installed on nodus

An email has come at 5PM on Dec 3rd.


  13465   Thu Dec 7 15:02:37 2017 KojiHowToComputer Scripts / ProgramsLots of red on the FE status screen

Once a realtime machine was rebooted, it did not come back. I suspect that the diskless hosts have a difficulty to boot up.

Attachment 1: DSC_0552.JPG
  13467   Thu Dec 7 16:28:06 2017 KojiUpdateIOOLots of red on the FE status screen

Once the RT machines were back, we launched only the five IOPs. They had bunch of red lights, but we continued to run essential models for the IFO. SOme of the lights were fixed by "global diag reset" and "mxstream restart".

The suspension were damped. We could restore the IMC lock. The locking became OK and the IMC was aligned. The REFL spot came back.

At least, I could confirm that the WFS ASC signals were not transmitted to c1mcs. There must be some disconneted links of IPC.

  13512   Sun Jan 7 03:22:24 2018 KojiUpdatePonderSqueezeDisplacement requirements for short-term squeezing

Interesting. My understanding is that this is close to signal recycling, rather than resonant sideband extraction. Is that correct?

For signal recycling, we need to change the resonant condition of the carrier in the SRC. Thus the macroscopic SRC length needs to be changed from ~5.4m to 9.5m, 6.8m, or 4.1m.
In the case of 6.8m, SRC legnth= PRC length. This means that we can use the PRM (T=5%) as the new SRM.

Does this T(SRM)=5% change the squeezing level?

  13515   Sun Jan 7 20:11:54 2018 KojiUpdatePonderSqueezeDisplacement requirements for short-term squeezing

In fact, that is my point. If we use signal recycling instead of resonant sideband extraction, the "tuning" of the SRC is opposite to the current setup. We need to change the macro length of the SRC to make 55MHz resonant with this tuning. And if we make the SRC macro length together with the PRC macro length for this reason, we need to thing again about the mode matching. Fortunately, we have the spare PRM (T=5%) which matches with this curvature. This was the motivation of my question. We may also choose to keep the current SRM because of its higher T and may want to evaluate the effect of expected mode mismatch.

  13540   Fri Jan 12 16:01:27 2018 KojiConfigurationComputerssendmail troubles on nodus

I personally don't like the idea of having sendmail (or something similar like postfix) on a personal server as it requires a lot of maintenance cost (like security update, configuration, etc). If we can use external mail service (like gmail) via gmail API on python, that would easy our worry, I thought.

  13546   Sat Jan 13 03:20:55 2018 KojiConfigurationComputerssendmail troubles on nodus

I know it, and I don't like it. DokuWiki seems to allow us to use an external server for notification emails. That would be the way to go.

  13566   Mon Jan 22 12:48:48 2018 KojiSummaryGeneralBeat setup for aLIGO EOM test

I'm planning to construct a beat setup between the PSL and AUX beams. I am going to make it in the area shown in a blue square in the attached photo. This does not disturb Johannes' and PSL setups. The beams are obtained from the PBS reflection of the PSL and the dumped beam of the aux path (0th or 1st order beam of the AOM).

Attachment 1: IMG_3048.JPG
  13567   Mon Jan 22 20:54:58 2018 KojiSummaryGeneralAUX-PSL beat setup

The beat setup has been made on the PSL table. The BS and the PD were setup. The beat was found at 29.42degC and 50.58degC for the PSL and AUX crystal temperatures, respectively.
We are ready for the EOM test. I have instruments stacked around the PSL table. Please leave them as they are for a while. If you need to move them, please contact with me. Thanks.

A picked-off PSL after the main modulator was used as the PSL beam. This was already introduced close to the setup thanks to the previous 3f cancellation test ELOG 11029. The AUX beam was obtained from the transmission of 90% mirror. Both paths have S polarization. The beams are combined with a S-pol 50% BS. The combined beam is detected by a new focus 1GHz PD.

The PSL crystal temp (actual) was 50.58degC. The AUX crystal temp was swept upward and the string beat was found at 50.58degC. After a bit of alignment, the beat strength was -18dBm (at 700V/A RF transimpedance of NF1611) .

Attachment 1: IMG_3051.JPG
  13602   Fri Feb 2 22:47:00 2018 KojiSummaryGeneralAP1053: Packaging & Performance

I've packaged an AP1053 in a Thorlabs box. The gain and the input noise level were measured. It has the gain of ~10 and the input noise of ~0.6nV/rtHz@50MHz~200MHz.


AP1053 was soldered on Thorlabs' PCB EEAPB1 (forgot to take a picture). The corresponding chassis is Thorlabs' EEA17. There is a 0.1uF high-K ceramic cap between DC and GND pins. The power is supplied via a DC feedthru capacitor (Newark / Power Line Filter / 90F2268 / 5500pF) found in the WB EE shop. The power cable has a connector to make the long side of the wires detachable. Because I did not want to leave the RF signal path just mechanically touched, the SMA connectors were soldered to the PCB. As the housing has no access hole, I had to make it at one of the sides.

The gain of the unit was measured using the setup shown in the upper figure of Attachment 2. When the unit was energized, it drew the current of about 0.1A. The measued gain was compensated by the pick off ratio of the coupler (20dB). The gain was measured with the input power of -20, -10, 0, 10, and 15dBm. The measurement  result is shown in Attachment 3. The small signal gain was actually 10dB and showed slight degradation above 100MHz. At the input of 10dB some compression of the gain is already visible. It looks consistent with the specification of +26.0dBm output for 1dB compression above 50MHz and +24.0dBm output below 50MHz.

The noise level was characterized with the setup shown in the bottom figure of Attachment 3. The noise figure of the amplifier is supposed to be 1.5dB above 200MHz and 3.5dB below 200MHz. This is quite low and the output noise of AP1053 can not be measured directly by the analyzer. So, another LN amplifier (ZFL-500HLN) was stacked. The total gain of the system was measured in the same way as above. The measured noise level was ~0.7nV/rtHz between 50MHz and 200MHz. Considering the measurement noise level of the system, it is consistent with the input referred noise of 0.6nV/rtHz. I could not confirm the advertized noise figure of 1.5dB above 200MHz. The noise goes up below 50MHz. But still 2nV/rtHz at 3MHz. I'd say this is a very good performance.

Attachment 1: AP1053.JPG
Attachment 2: AP1053_measurement.pdf
Attachment 3: AP1053_gain.pdf
Attachment 4: AP1053_noise.pdf
  13603   Fri Feb 2 23:28:13 2018 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsnetgpib data missing / PROLOGIX yellow box (crocetta) not working

I could not understand why 'netgpibdata' scripts are missing in "scripts/general" folder on pianosa... Where did they go???

Also, I found that the PROLOGIX GPIB-LAN controller for crocetta ( is no longer working. I need to reconfigure it with "telnet"...

  13607   Mon Feb 5 18:04:35 2018 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsnetgpib data missing / PROLOGIX yellow box (crocetta) not working

crochetta was reconfigured to have It was confirmed that it can be used with netgpibdata.py

Configuration: I have connected my mac with the unit using an Apple USB-Ethernet adapter. The adapter was configured to have a manual IP of "netfinder.exe" was run to assign the IP addr to the unit. It seemed that NVRAM of the unit evaporated as it had the IP of Once it was configrued, it could be run with netgpibdata as usual.

  13622   Thu Feb 8 01:27:16 2018 KojiUpdateALSD990694 characterization / THD measurement plan

> So my question is - should we just cut the PCB trace and add this series resistance for the 4 ALS signal channels, and THEN measure the THD?



  13642   Tue Feb 20 13:59:30 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralModulation depth measurement for an aLIGO EOM

Last night I worked at the PSL table for the modulation depth measurement for an aLIGO EOM. Let me know if the IFO behavior is unusual.

What I did was:

  • Cranked up the HEPA speed to 100
  • Placed an aLIGO EOM in the AUX beat path (south side of the PSL laser). (It is still on the PSL table as of Feb 20, 2018)
  • Closed the PSL shutter
  • Turned off the main Marconi forr 11MHz. The freq and output power of this marconi have not been touched.
  • Turned off the freq generation unit
  • Worked on my measurement with the spectrum and network analyzers + aux marconi.
  • Turned down the HEPA speed to 30
  • Turned on the freq generation unit
  • Turned on the main Marconi
  • Opened the PSL shutter => IMC locked
  13650   Thu Feb 22 16:11:14 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralaLIGO EOM crystal replacement

aLIGO EOM crystal replacement

  • The entire operation has been performed at the south flow bench @40m.
  • We knew that the original crystal in the aLIGO EOM we are testing has some problem. This was replaced with a spare RTP crystal.
  • Once the housing was removed, it was obvious that the crystal has a crack (Attachment 1).
    It seemed that it was produced by either a mechanical stress or a thermally induced stress (e.g. soldering).
  • I wanted to make sure the new crystal is properly aligned interms of the crystal axis.
    The original crystal has the pencil marking at the top saying "Z" "12". The new (spare) crystal has "Z" and "11".
    So the new crystal was aligned in the same way as the original one. (Attachment 2)
  • I took an opportunity to measure the distribution of the electrode lengths (Attachment 3). The lengths are 14, 5, and 14mm, respectively.
Attachment 1: IMG_3421.JPG
Attachment 2: IMG_3426.JPG
Attachment 3: IMG_3427.JPG
  13652   Thu Feb 22 17:19:47 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralModulation depth measurement for an aLIGO EOM

aLIGO EOM test: Setup

  • The modulation signal was supplied from an aux Marconi.
  • Between the Marconi and the EOM, a 20dB coupler (ZFDC-20-5) was inserted. There the Marconi was connected to the output port, while the EOM was to the input port. This way, we can observe how much of the RF power is reflected back to Marconi.
  • The beat setup (40m ELOG 13567) was used for the measurement. The EOM was placed in the beam path of the beat setup in the PSL side.
  • To eliminate the modulation sidebands of 11MHz and 55MHz, the 40m Marconi and the freq generator were turned off (in this order).
  • The nominal amplitude of the carrier beat note was -15dBm ~ -16dBm.
  • The cable from the source to the EOM was ~3m. And the loss of this cable was ~0.4dB.


  • The EOM had three input ports. 
  1. 9MHz input - In reality, there was no matching circuit.
  2. Center port - matched at 24.1MHz and 118.3MHz. 24.1MHz port has no amplification (just matching), and 118.3MHz is resonant.
  3. 45.5MHz port - resonantly matched at 45.5MHz
  • The Marconi output power was set to be +13dBm. For the 45MHz measurement, 20dB attenuator is inserted right next to the Marconi so that the VSWR seen from the Marconi was improbed. (Marconi did not like the full reflection of unmatched circuit and shutdown due to the protection function.)
  • The amplitude ratios between the sidebands and the carrier were multiplied by a factor of 2, to obtain the modulaiton depths. ( BesselJ(1,m)/BesselJ(0,m) ~ m/2 )
  • The result is found in Attachment 2.
    • The center port showed the modulation response of 0.7mrad/V and 15mrad/V for 24.1MHz and 118.3MHz, respectively. This suggests that the amplification factor for 118.3MHz is ~x21.
    • The VSWR of the center port is below 1.5 at the target frequencies. That's as tuned in Downs and has not been changed by the crystal replace.
    • The 45MHz port has the modulation response of 0.034mrad/V. This later tuned out that the amplification of ~x19. The circuit is well matched at the resonant frequency.
  • The linearity was checked with the 45MHz port (Attachment 3). The input power (idrectly connected to the EOM without 20dB attn) was varied between -17dBm to +13dBm. There was no sign of non linearity.
  • The modulation response at 24MHz was compared at various input ports. (Attachment 4)
    • The input signal was amplified tobe 23dBm by ZHL-3A for better sideband visibility. The actual amplifier output was ~30dBm, and a 6dB ATTN was used to improve the VSWR to protect the amplifier.
    • The 9MHz port showed 3.6mrad/V and 1.8mrad/V with the port unterminated and terminated, respectively. This factor of two difference is as expected.
      This 1.8mrad/V is roughly x2.6 higher compared to the one of the matched 24/118MHz port. This is close number to the ratio of the plate sizes (14mm/5mm = 2.8).
    • With the current condition, the 9MHz (unterminated), 9MHz (terminated), 24/118MHz, and 45MHz ports requires 22dBm, 27dBm, 36dBm, and 21dBm to realize the current modulation depth of 0.014 at 24MHz.
    • Comparing this matched 9MHz performance, the amplification of the 45MHz port at 45MHz was determined to be ~x19.
  • Considering these results, the modulation response of the center port at 24MHz seems too low. We don't want to supply 36dBm for the 0.014rad modulation (nominal number for H1).
    Here are some thoughts:
    • Use the 45MHz or 9MHz port for 24MHz modulation. Probably the unit is unmatched but, we can come up with the idea to improve the VSWR at 24MHz somehow?
    • Redistribute the plate length to have better modulation at 24MHz. Can we achieve sufficient modulation capability with the frequency of the long and short ports swapped? We hope that we don't need to start over the matching of the 24/118MHz again because the capacitances of the ports are almost the same.
Attachment 1: IMG_3436.JPG
Attachment 2: modulation_depth.pdf
Attachment 3: modulation_linearity.pdf
Attachment 4: modulation_24MHz.pdf
  13720   Fri Mar 30 03:23:50 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralaLIGO EOM work

I have been working on the aux beat setup on the PSL table between 9PM-3AM.

This work involved:

- Turning off the main marconi
- Turning off the freq generation unit (incl IMC modulation)
- Closing the PSL shutter

After the work, these were reverted and the IMC and both arms have been locked.

  13725   Mon Apr 2 15:14:21 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralModulation depth measurement for an aLIGO EOM

The new matching circuit was tested.


f_nominal  f_actual  response    required mod.  drivng power
 [MHz]      [MHz]    [mrad/V]     [rad]         needed [dBm]
  9.1       9.1        55         0.22      =>   22
118.3     118.2        16         0.01      =>    6

 45.5      45.4        45         0.28      =>   25
 24.1       N/A         2.1       0.014     =>   27


- 9.1MHz and 118.3MHz: They are just fine.

- 24.1MHz: Definitely better (>x3) than the previous trial to combine 118MHz & 24MHz.
  We got about the same modulation with the 50Ohm terminated bare crystal (for the port1).
  So, this is sort of the best we can do for the 24.1MHz with the current approach.
  The driving power of 27dBm is required at 24.1MHz

- About the 45MHz
  - The driving power of 27dBm is required at 24.1MHz
  - The maximum driving power with the AM stabilized driver is 23dBm, nominally to say.
  - I wonder how we can reduce resistance (and capacitance) of the 45MHz further...?
  - I also wonder if the IFO can be locked with reduced modulation (0.28 rad->0.2 rad)
  - Can the driver max power be boosted a bit? (i.e. adding an attenuator in the RF power detection path)


Attachment 1: modulation_depth.pdf
Attachment 2: impedance_eom.pdf
  13730   Thu Apr 5 12:13:18 2018 KojiUpdateIOOCoil driver noise

Why is MC2 LR so different from the others???

  13772   Thu Apr 19 20:41:09 2018 KojiConfigurationGeneralAux Laser LD dying? (AS port laser injection)

I suspect that the LD of the aux laser is dying.
- The max power we obtain from this laser (700mW NPRO) is 33mW. Yes, 33mW. (See attachment 1)
- The intensity noise is likely to be relaxation oscillation and the frequency is so low as the pump power is low. When the ADJ is adjusted to 0, the peak moved even lower. (Attachment 2, compare purple and red)
- What the NE (noise eater) doing? Almost nothing. I suspect the ISS gain is too low because of the low output power. (Attachment 2, compare green and red)

Attachment 1: Aux_laser_adj_Pout.pdf
Attachment 2: Aux_laser_RIN.pdf
  13818   Sat May 5 20:30:21 2018 KojiUpdatePSLModulation depth measurement for the 3IFO aLIGO EOM and aftermath

Caution: Because of this work and my negligence, the RF output of the main Marconi for the IFO modulation is probably off. The amplifier (freq gen. box) was turned on. Therefore, we need to turn the Marconi on for the IFO locking.

I worked on my EOM m easurement using the beat setup. As there was the aux injection electronics, I performed my measurement having tried not to disturb the aux setup. The aux Marconi, the splitted PD output, and an open channel of the oscilloscope were used for my purpose. I have brought the RF spectrum analyzer from the control room. I think I have restored all the electronics back as before. I have re-aligned the beat setup after the EOM removed. Note that the aux NPRO, which had been on, was turned off to save the remaining life of the laser diode.

  13819   Sat May 5 22:32:07 2018 KojiUpdatePSLModulation depth measurement for the 3IFO aLIGO EOM

The 3IFO EOM was formerly tuned as the H2 EOM, so the resonant frequencies are different from the nominal aLIGO ones.

PORT1: 8.628MHz / 101 +/- 6 mrad_pk/V_pk
PORT2: 24.082MHz / 41.2 +/- 0.7 mrad_pk/V_pk
PORT3: 43.332MHz / 62.2 +/- 4 mrad_pk/V_pk

9MHz modulation is about x2.4 better than the one installed at LHO.
24MHz modulation is about x14 better. (This is OK as the new 24MHz is not configured to be resonant.)
45MHz modulation is about x1.4 better.

  13842   Tue May 15 10:42:14 2018 KojiUpdatePSLModulation depth measurement for the 3IFO aLIGO EOM and aftermath

The marconi RF output was turned on and thus the RF generator condition was restored to the nominal state on Friday 11th.

  13904   Thu May 31 17:47:12 2018 KojiUpdateComputersmegatron process cleaning up

megatron had full of zombie medm processes due to some of the screenshot scripts.

I also found that apache2 is running on megatron without any configuration. I just disable it by

sudo update-rc.d apache2 disable

  13905   Thu May 31 19:51:06 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralWiFi router firmware update / rebooting

The model of our martian wifi router (NETGEAR R6400) was found in the FBI router list to be rebooted asociated with the malware "VPNFilter" issue.

I checked the attached devices and found bunch of (legit) devices blocked to access the wifi router. This is not an immediate problem as most of the packets do not go through the wifi router. But potentially a problem in some cases like Wifi enables GPIB adapters. So I marked them to be "allowed".

In this opprtunity, I have updated the firmware of the wifi router and this naturally involved rebooting of the device.


  13906   Thu May 31 22:59:27 2018 KojiConfigurationComputersShorewall on nodus

[Jonathan Koji]

Shorewall (http://shorewall.net/), a tool to configure iptables, was installed on nodus.
The description about shorewall setting on nodus can be found here: https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/NodusShorewallSetting

NDS (31200) on megatoron is not enabled outside of the firewall yet.

  13910   Fri Jun 1 21:47:23 2018 KojiFrogsGeneralTouch screen manipulation of the IFO

[Koji Gautam]

We talked about touch interface of medm. We realized that android (and iOS) has vnc clients. I just installed VNC viewer on my phone and connected to my mac. Typing is tricky but I managed to get into pianosa, then launched sitemap. We could unlock/lock the IMC by screen touch!

Basically we can connect to one of the laptops (or control machines) from a tablet (either android or ipad). It'd be better to put both in a same network. It'd be great if we have a tablet case with a keyboard so that we can type without blocking the screen.

Attachment 1: Screenshot_20180601-214459.png
  13923   Wed Jun 6 17:22:23 2018 KojiBureaucracyGeneralSalvaged junk from yend

While Keerthana and johannes were working at the end, I made a little cleaning at the yend. I salvaged large amount of hardware inclding optics, optomechanics. We all together should work on returning them to appropriate locations.

Attachment 1: DSC_0661.JPG
  13929   Thu Jun 7 20:21:15 2018 KojiUpdateComputer Scripts / Programs/cvs/cds Backup in danger

Local backup on chiara seems not working since Nov 19, 2017.

2017-11-18 07:00:01,504 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2017-11-18 07:03:00,113 INFO       Backup rsync job ran successfully, transferred 1954 files.
2017-11-19 07:00:02,564 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2017-11-19 07:00:02,592 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!

  13936   Sun Jun 10 03:46:38 2018 KojiUpdateIOOWFS HEAD SW confusion

I was checking on the slow machine channels and found something I could not understand.

On the IOO WFS HEAD screen, there are two sets of 4 switches (magenta rectangles in Attachment 1) labeled 2/4/8/16dB.
But as far as I could confirm with the WFS demod (D980233) and WFS head (D980012) drawings, they are the gain (attenuation) switches for the individual segments.
Their epics variable names are "C1:IOO-WFS1_SEG1_ATTEN", "C1:IOO-WFS1_SEG2_ATTEN", etc...

I confirmed the switches are alive (effective), and they are not all ON or OFF. I wonder what is the real situation there...

Attachment 1: C1IOO_WFS_HEADS.png
  13944   Mon Jun 11 22:05:03 2018 KojiUpdateelogComparison of the analytical and finesse values of TMS and FSR.

> The percentage error which I found out =[(analytical value - finesse value)/analytical value]*100

Yes, I this does not give us 0.70%

(3.893408 - 3.8863685)/3.893408 *100 = 0.18%

But any way, go for the fitting.

  13946   Mon Jun 11 22:46:24 2018 KojiUpdateIOOWFS HEAD SW confusion

The unfortunate discovery today was that the attenuator switches on the IMC WFS heads are actually assigned to individual segments, and they are active. That means that we have been running the WFS with an uneven gain setting. The attached PDFs show that the signals with the attenuators on and off all at the same time, while the WFS servo output was frozen. A more annoying feature is that when some of the attenuators are on, this does not lower the gain completely. I mean that the attenuated channels show some reduction of the gain, but that is not the level of reduction we see when all attenuators are turned on. This RF could come from some internal RF coupling or some similar effect.

Moreover, the demodulation phases are quite off for most of the segments.

So far, the WFS is running with this uneven attenuation. We take time to characterize the gain and retune the demod phases and input matrices.

Attachment 1: 180611_IMC_WFS1.pdf
Attachment 2: 180611_IMC_WFS2.pdf
  13975   Sat Jun 16 01:25:29 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralPRC modescan attempt

The PRC FSR is, of course, very close to twice of our f1 moudlation frequency (11MHz x 2 = 22MHz) .

I still don't understand what response the measurement is looking for. I understood the idea of using the subcarrier as a stablized carrier to the PRC with a certain freq offset from the main carrier. I suppose what was swept was the AOM modulation frequency (i.e. modulation frequency of the AM applied to the subcarrier). If that is the case, the subcarrier seemed fixed at an arbitorary frequency (i.e. 50MHz) away from the carrier. If one of the AM sidebands hits the PRC resonance (i.e. 22, 44, 66MHz away from the main carrier), you still have the other sideband reflected back to the AS. Then the RF signal at the AS is still dominated by this reflected sideband. I feel that the phase modulation is rather suitable for this purpose.

If you are talking about ~MHz AM modulation by the AOM and scanning the PLL frequency from 1MHz to 60MHz, the story is different. And this should involve demodulation of the AS signal at the AM modulation frequency. But I still don't understand why we don't use phase modulation, which gives us the PDH type signal at the reflection (i.e. AS) port...


  13977   Sun Jun 17 14:20:35 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralChiara new USB 4TB DIsk

I have connected a 4TB disk to chiara via a USB-SATA adapter. This disk has been recognized as /dev/sde. A GUID Partition Table (GPT), not MBR was made with gdisk to make a partition with the size beyond 2TB.
I tried to use "dd" to copy /home/cds (/dev/sdb1) to /dev/sde1, but failed. The copy was done (taking ~12h) and the partition was not recognized as a complete filesystem.

So I decided to use rsync instead.

sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sde1
sudo mkdir /media/usb4g
sudo mount -t ext4 -o rw /dev/sde1 /media/usb4g
sudo rsync -a --progress /home/cds/ /media/usb4g

14:33 Copied     33G/1831G
14:38 Copied     36G/1831G
17:02 Copied   365G/1831G (~2.2GB/min)
01:18 Copied 1449G/1831G (~2.2GB/min)
04:36 Completed
> sent 1907955222607 bytes  received 126124609 bytes  37010956.31 bytes/sec
> total size is 1907271994803  speedup is 1.00

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