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  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.

  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.


  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

  13903   Thu May 31 15:48:16 2018 KiraUpdatePEMrunning PID script with seismometer

I have attached the result of running the PID script on the seismometer with the can on. The daily fluctuations are no more than 0.07 degrees off from the setpoint of 39 degrees. Not really sure what happened in the past day to cause the strange behavior. It seems to have returned back to normal today.

Attachment 1: can-on-pid.png
  13902   Thu May 31 15:36:59 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralNew camera channels

Jon informed me that there are some EPICS channels that JoeB's camera server code looks for that don't exist. I thought Jigyasa and I had added everything last year but turned out not to be the case. I followed my instructions from here, did the trick. While cleaning up, I also re-named the "*MC1" channels to "*ETMX", since that's where the camera now resides. New channels are:

C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_INTERVAL (Archival interval in minutes)
C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_RESET (Reset Archival interval in minutes)

C1: CAM-ETMX_CONFIG_FILE (Config file)

  13901   Thu May 31 10:19:42 2018 gautamUpdateSUSMC3 glitchy

Seems like as a result of my recent poking around at 1X6, MC3 is more glitchy than usual (I've noticed that the IMC lock duty cycle seems degraded since Tuesday). I'll try the usual cable squishing voodo.

gautam 8.15pm: Glitches persisted despite my usual cable squishing. I've left PSL shutter closed and MC watchdog shutdown to see if the glitches persist. I'll restore the MC a little later in the eve.

Attachment 1: MC3_glitchy.png
  13900   Thu May 31 02:04:55 2018 johannesUpdatePSLAUX laser state of mind

The AUX laser is down to 5.4 mW output power sad

What's worse, because we wanted those fast switching times by the AOM for ringdowns, I made the beam really small, which

  1. came with a severe tradeoff against conversion efficiency. I tried to squeeze the last out of it today, but there's only about 1.3 mW of diffracted light in the first order that reaches the fiber, with higher diffraction orders already visible.
  2. produced a very elliptical mode which was difficult to match into the fiber. Gautam and I measured 600 uW coming out of the fiber on the AS table. This per se is enough for the SRC spectroscopy demonstration, but with the current setup of the drive electronics there's no amplitude modulation of the deflected beam.

When going though the labs with Koji last week I discovered a stash of modulators in the Crackle lab. Among them there's an 80 MHz AOM with compact driver that had a modulation bandwidth of 30MHz. The fall time with this one should be around 100ns, and since the arm cavities have linewidths of ~10kHz their ringdown times are a few microseconds, so that would be sufficient. I suggest we swap this or a similar one in for the current one, make the beam larger, and redo the fiber modematching. That way we may get ~3mW onto the AS table.

I think I want to use AS110 for the ringdowns, so in the next couple days I'll look into its noise to get a better idea about what power we need for the arm ringdowns.

Attachment 1: IMG_20180530_220058190.jpg
  13899   Wed May 30 23:57:08 2018 gautamUpdatePEMBurning smell in office area / control room

[koji, gautam]

We noticed quite a strong burning smell in the office area and control room ~20mins ago. We did a round of the bake lab, 40m VEA and the perimeter of the CES building, and saw nothing burning. But the smell persists inside the office area/control room (although it may be getting less noticeable). There is a whining noise coming from the fan belt on top of the office area. Anyways, since nothing seems to be burning down, we are not investigating further.

Steve [ 10am 5-31 ] we should always check partical count in IFO room

Service requested 


  13898   Wed May 30 16:12:30 2018 Jonathan HanksSummaryCDSLooking at c1oaf issues

When c1oaf starts up there are 446 gain channels that should be set to 0.0 but which end up at 1.0.  An example channel is C1:OAF-ADAPT_CARM_ADPT_ACC1_GAIN.  The safe.snap file states that it should be set to 0.  After model start up it is at 1.0.

We ran some tests, including modifying the safe.snap to make sure it was reading the snap file we were expecting.  For this I set the setpoint to 0.5.  After restart of the model we saw that the setpoint went to 0.5 but the epics value remained at 1.0.  I then set the snap file back to its original setting.  I ran the epics sequencer by hand in a gdb session and verified that the sequencer was setting the field to 0.  I also built a custom sequencer that would catch writes by the sdf system to the channel.  I only saw one write, the initial write that pushed a 0.  I have reverted my changes to the sequencer.

The gain channel can be caput to the correct value and it is not pushed back to 1.0.  So there does not appear to be a process actively pushing the value to 1.0.  On Rolfs sugestion we ran the sequencer w/o the kernel object loaded, and saw the same behavior.

This will take some thought.

  13897   Wed May 30 12:13:13 2018 ranaUpdateComputersNODUS: rsyncd + frames

To get our rsync back to LDAS back up, I followed instructions from Dan Kozak:

  1. mounted /frames from fb1: I modified /etc/fstab
  2. modified /etc/rsyncd.conf to allow access from LDAS
  3. restarted rsync as daemon: 'sudo /usr/bin/rsync --daemon --config=/etc/rsyncd.conf'

Next need to figure out what the SL7 protocol is for running this as a daemon after boot - some kind of init.d thing probably

  13896   Wed May 30 10:17:46 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out



Last night, Rana fact-checked my story about the coil driver noise measurement. Conclusions:

  1. There is definitely pickup of strong lines (see Attachment #1. These are hypothesized to come from switching power supplies). Moreover, they breathe. Checkout Rana's twitter page for the video.
  2. The lines are almost (but not quite) at integer multiples of 19.5 kHz. The cause of this anharmonicity is to be puzzled out.
  3. When the coil driver board is located ~1m away from the SR785 and the bench supply powering it, even though the lines are visible in the spectrum, the low frequency shape does not show the weird broad features I reported here. The measured noise floor level is ~5nV/rtHz, which is consistent with LISO noise + SR560 input noise (see Attachment #2). However, there is still some excess noise at 100 Hz above what the LISO model leads us to expect. 
  4. The location of the coil driver board and SR560 relative to the SR785 and the bench power supply I used to power the coil driver board can increase the line heights by ~x50. 
  5. The above changes the shape of the low frequency part of the spectrum as well, and it looks more like what is reported in elog13870. The hypothesis is that the high frequency lines are downconverted in the SR560.

Note: All measurements were made with the fast input of the coil driver board terminated with 50ohms and bias input shorted to ground with a crocodile clip cable.

Next steps:

The first goal is to figure out where this pickup is happening, and if it is actually going to the optic. To this end, I will put a passive 100 kHz filter between the coil driver output and the preamp (Busby Box instead of SR560). By getting a clean measurement of the noise floor with the coil driver board in the Eurocrate (with the bias input driven), we can confirm that the optic isn't being buffeted by the excess coil driver noise. If we confirm that the excess noise is not a measurement artefact, we need to think about were the pickup is actually happening and come up with mitigation strategies.

RXA: good section EMI/RFI in Op Amp Applications handbook (2006) by Walt Jung. Also this page: http://www.electronicdesign.com/analog/what-was-noise

Attachment 1: EM_pickup.pdf
Attachment 2: coilDriverNoiseComparison.pdf
  13895   Tue May 29 16:33:04 2018 SteveUpdatePEMair cond filters replaced

Chris replaced some air condition filters and ordered some replacement filter today.






Yesterday morning was dusty. I wonder why?

The PRM sus damping was restored this morning.

Yesterday afternoon at 4 the dust count peaked 70,000 counts

Manasa's alergy was bad at the X-end yesterday. What is going on?

There was no wind and CES neighbors did not do anything.

Air cond filters checked by Chris. The 400 days plot show 3 bad peaks at 1-20, 2-5 & 2-19


  13894   Tue May 29 16:22:43 2018 KiraUpdatePEMparts list

I've updated the parts list to be an excel document and included every single part we will need. This is ony a first draft so it will probably be updated in the future. I also made a mistake in hole sizing for the front panel so I've updated it and attached it as well (second attachment).

Edit: re-attached the EX can panel fpd file so that everything is in one place

Attachment 1: parts_list_-_Sheet1.pdf
Attachment 2: 1U-panel-2.fpd
Attachment 3: EX-can-panel.fpd
  13893   Fri May 25 14:55:33 2018 Jon RichardsonUpdateCamerasStatus of GigE Camera Software Fixes

There is an effort to switch to an all-digital system for the GigE camera feeds similar to the one running at LLO, which uses Joe Betzwieser's custom SnapPy package to interface with the cameras in Python and aggregate their feeds into a fancy GUI. Joe's code is a SWIG-wrapping of the commercial camera-driver API, Pylon, from Basler. The wrapping allows the low-level camera driver methods to be called from within Python, and their feeds are forwarded to a gstreamer stream also initiated from within Python. The problem is that his wrapping (and the underlying Pylon software itself) is only runnable on an older version of Ubuntu. Efforts to run his software on newer distributions at the 40m have failed.

I'm working on a fix to essentially rewrite his high-level SnapPy code (generators of GUIs, etc.) to use the newest version of Pylon (pylon5) to interface at a low level with the cameras. I discovered that since the last attempt to digitize the camera system, Basler has released their own official version of a Python wrapping for Pylon on github (PyPylon).

Progress so far:

  • I've installed from source the newest version of Pylon, pylon5.0.12 on the SL7 machine (rossa). I chose that machine because LIGO is migrating to Scientific Linux, but I think this will also work for any distribution.
  • I've installed from source the the newest, official Python wrapping of the Basler Pylon software, pypylon.
  • I've tested the pypylon package and confirmed it can run our cameras.

The next and final step is to modify Joe's SnapPy package to import pypylon instead of his custom wrapping of an older version of the camera software, and update all of the Pylon calls to use the new methods. I'll hopefully get back to this early next week.

  13891   Fri May 25 13:06:33 2018 Jon RichardsonConfigurationElectronicsImproved Measurements of AUX-PSL PLL

Attached are gain-variation measurements of the final, in situ AUX-to-PSL phase-locked loop (PLL).

Attachment 1: Figure of open-loop transfer function

Attachment 2: Raw network analyzer data

The figure shows the open-loop transfer function measured at several gain settings of the LB1005 PI servo controller. The shaded regions denote the 1-sigma sample variance inferred from 10 sweeps per gain setting. This analysis supercedes previous posts as it reflects the final loop architecture, which was slightly modified (now has a 90 dB low-frequency gain limit) as a workaround to make the LB1005 remotely operable. The measurements are also extended from 100 kHz to 1 MHz to resolve the PZT resonances of the AUX laser.


  • Gain variation confirms response linearity.
  • At least two PZT resonances above the UGF are not far below unity (150 kHz and 500 kHz).
  • Recommend to lower the proportional gain by 3 dB. This will place the UGF at 30 kHz with 55 degrees of phase.
Attachment 1: LB1005_OL_transfer.pdf
Attachment 2: data.tar.gz
  13890   Thu May 24 20:31:03 2018 gautamConfigurationALSDFD noises

A couple of months ago, I took 21 measurements of the delay line transfer function. As shown in Attachment #2, the unwrapped phase is more consistent with a cable length closer to 45m rather than 50m (assuming speed of light is 0.75c in the cable, as the datasheet says it is).

Attachment #1 shows the TF magnitude for the same measurements. There are some ripples consistent with reflections, so something in this system is not impedance matched. I believe I used the same power splitter to split the RF source between delayed and undelayed paths to make these TFs as is used in the current DFD setup to split the RF beatnote.


I had made some TF measurements of the delay sometime ago, need to dig up the data and see what number that measurement yields.

Attachment 1: TF_X_mag.pdf
Attachment 2: TF_X_phase.pdf
  13889   Thu May 24 19:41:28 2018 gautamConfigurationALSBeathMouth reinstalled on PSL table


  • DC light power incident on beat PD is ~400uW from the PSL and ~300uW from EX.
  • These numbers are consistent with measured mating sleeve and fiber coupler losses.
  • However, I measure an RF beatnote of 80mVpp (= -18dBm). This corresponds to a mode matching efficiency of ~15%, assuming InGaAs efficiency of 0.65A/W.

I find this hard to believe.


  • I took this opportunity to clean the fiber tips on the PSL table going into the BeatMouth.
  • PSL light power going into the BeatMouth is 2.6mW. Of which ~400uW reaches the Beat PD (measured using my new front panel monitor port).
  • Similarly, 1mW of EX light reaches the PSL table, of which ~300uW reaches the Beat PD.
  • The RF amplifier gain is 20dB, and RF transimpedance is 50 ohms.
  • Using the (electrical) 20dB coupled port on the front panel, I measured a beat signal with 8mVpp. So the actual beat note signal is 80mVpp.


As I see it, the possibilities are:

  1. My measurement technique/calculation is wrong.
  2. The beat PD is broken has optoelectronic different that is significantly different from specifications.
  3. The non-PM fiber lengths inside the beat box result in ~15% overlap between the PSL and EX beams. Morever, there is insignificant variation in the electrical beat amplitude as monitored on the control room analyzer. So there is negligible change in the polarization state inside the BeatMouth.

I guess #3 can be tested by varying the polarization content of one of the input beams through 90 degrees.

  13888   Thu May 24 16:08:12 2018 KiraUpdatePEMparts list

We will need to order a few things for our final setup.

  1. 1U box to place the heater circuit and temperature circuits in. The minimum depth that will fit all the electronics is 10 inches according to my sketch.
    • I found two possibilities online for this. I don't know exactly what our budget is, but this one is $144. According to the datasheet, the front panel is less than 19 inches wide, so if we are to order this one, I've adjusted the width of the panel I designed to match the width of the panel that comes with it I've labeled it in the attached file as 1U-panel-1.
    • The other possibility is this one. It comes with handles already which is quite nice. I wasn't able to find a price for it on the website.
  2. Front panel for the 1U box and block panel. I've attached them as .fpd files below in one .zip file. Not sure if this is the correct way to attach them, though.
  3. We'll also need a 16 gauge cable that has 6 wires bunched together. This is to connect up the heater circuit and AD590s. The other cables that we will need can be found in the lab.
Attachment 1: front_panels.zip
  13887   Thu May 24 15:18:12 2018 KiraUpdatePEMPID loop restarted

Rana said that it wasn't necessary to gather more data on the temperature fluctuations so I have reconnected the heater circuit and restarted the PID loop with the can on the seismometer.

  13886   Thu May 24 13:06:17 2018 gautamConfigurationALSDFD noises


  1. The DFD noise floor is ~0.5Hz/rtHz at 100Hz (see Attachment #2).
  2. I cannot account for the measured noise floor of the DFD system. The Marconi noise and the AA noise contributions should be neglibible at 100Hz.
  3. This SURF report would lead me to believe that the delay line cable length is 50m. But my calibration suggests it is shorter, more like 40m (see Attachment #1). I had made some TF measurements of the delay sometime ago, need to dig up the data and see what number that measurement yields.

Details and discussion: (diagrams to follow)

  • Delay line linearity was checked by driving the input with Marconi, waiting for any transient to die down, and averaging the I and Q inputs to the phase tracker servo (after correcting for the daughter board TF) for 10 seconds. The deg/MHz response was then calculated by trigonometry. Not sure what to make of the structure in the residuals, need to think about it.
  • DFD noise was checked by driving the DFD input with a Marconi at 50MHz, RF level = 8dBm, which are expected parameters for nominal ALS operation. In this configuration, I measured the spectrum of the phase tracker output. I then used the calibration factor from the above bullet to convert to Hz/rtHz.
  • The electronics noise contribution of the daughter board was calibrated to Hz/rtHz by using the Marconi to drive the DFD input with a known FM signal (mod depth ~0.05), and using the SR785 to measure the power of the FM peak. This allows one to back out the V/Hz calibration constant of the delay line. I tweaked the carrier frequency until the ratio of power in I channel to Q channel (or the other way around) was >20dB before making this measurement.
  • I have no proof - but I suspect that the whole host of harmonics in the noise spectrum is because the 1U AA chassis sits directly on top of some Sorensen power supplies. These Sorensens power the frequency distribution box in the LSC rack, so the simplest test to confirm would be to turn off the RF chain, and then Sorensens, and see if the peaky features persist.
Attachment 1: DFDcalib.pdf
Attachment 2: DFD_NB.pdf
  13885   Thu May 24 10:16:29 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralAll models on c1lsc frontend crashed

All models on the c1lsc front end were dead. Looking at slow trend data, looks like this happened ~6hours ago. I rebooted c1lsc and now all models are back up and running to their "nominal state".

Attachment 1: c1lsc_crashed.png
  13884   Wed May 23 19:24:37 2018 Udit KhandelwalSummaryGeneralSummary 05/23/2018

Tip-Tilt Redesign Project with Koji:

Did further itirations to the ECD backplate. Going to determine minimum thickness between magnet hole and plus sign for eddy current damping.

Chamber optical table layouts

Finished the positioning of optics and instruments in SolidWorks for the Vertex chambers. The reference for positioning is "40m_upgrade_layout_Dec2012.dwg", and solidworks files I created are in the main 40m CAD folder.

  13883   Wed May 23 17:58:48 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out
  • Marked up schematic + photo post changes uploaded to DCC page.
  • There was a capacitor in the DAQ monitor path making a 8kHz corner that I now removed (since the main point of this front panel HPF monitor point is to facilitate easy coil driver noise debugging, and I wanted to be able to use the SR785 out to high frequencies without accounting for an additional low pass). Transfer function from front panel LEMO input to front panel LEMO monitor is shown in Attachment #1.
  • Voltage noise measured at DB25 output (with the help of a breakout cable and SR560 G=100) with front panel LEMO input terminated to 50ohm, Bias input grounded, and pin1 of U21A grounded (i.e. watchdog enabled state) is shown in Attachment #2. This measurement was taken on the electronics bench.
  • Inside the lab (i.e. coil driver board plugged into eurocrate), the noise measured in the same way looks identical to what was measured in elog13870.
  • I tried repeating the measurement by powering the board using an bench power supply and grounding the bias input voltage near 1X6, and the strange noise profile persists. So this supports the hypothesis that some kind of environmental pickup is causing this noise profile. Needs more investigation. 

In any case, if it is indeed true that the optic sees this current noise, the place to make the measurement is probably the Sat. Box. Who knows what the pickup is over the ~15m of cable from 1X6 to the optic.


Detailed report + photos to follow


Attachment 1: MC1_monitorTF.png
Attachment 2: MC1_ULnoise.pdf
  13882   Wed May 23 14:50:33 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

This time the test went without issue. The first attachment is the data for the past 24 hours and the second attachment is the full data over 6 days. The average temperature fluctuations (from highest point to lowest point) for the can on was 0.43 C and for the can off it came out to 0.55 C. In addition the seismometer with the can off is about 1 C cooler than with the can on. I'd like to leave the can off until the end of the week so we can get a comparable data set for both the can on and off. Eventually I'll need to figure out a way to clamp the can down to the block in order to get better insulation and hopefully get even smaller temperature fluctuations.

Attachment 1: seis-temp-3.png
Attachment 2: seis-temp-full-2.png
  13881   Wed May 23 00:45:18 2018 johannesConfigurationGeneralAS port laser injection

I was planning to set up the additions to the AS table that are outlined in Attachment #1. Unfortunately the beam is too large for the 2mm clear aperture Faraday rotators that we have available at that position. I checked the 40m and QIL and found 5 Faraday isolators/rotators for 1064 nm total, but none have large enough aperture for the current setup. Some options for buying a larger aperture isolator are:

I wanted to leave the rest of the setup undisturbed at first, but I think a much easier solution would be to move the 2" focusing lens up by about 12", which moves the beam focus away from AS55 to where the Faraday will be placed, but we can re-focus it with another lens. I may have to change the mode-matching for the aux laser fiber slightly to accomodate this change, but if there are no other concerns I would like to start this work tomorrow (Wednesday).

Attachment 1: faraday_location.pdf
  13880   Tue May 22 23:28:01 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out

This work is now complete. MC1 coil driver board has been reinstalled, local damping of MC1 restored, and IMC has been locked. Detailed report + photos to follow, but measurement of the noise (for one channel) on the electronics workbench shows a broadband noise level of 5nV/rtHz (yes) around 100Hz, which is lower than what was measured here and consistent with what we expect from LISO modeling (with fast input terminated with 50ohm, slow input grounded).


I have pulled out MC1 coil driver board from its Eurocrate, so IMC is unavailable until further notice.


  13879   Tue May 22 17:29:27 2018 keerthanaUpdateelogMEDM Diagram for the auxilary laser system control and display.

(keerthana, gautam, jon)

In the morning, Jon gave me an overview of the Auxiliary laser system which we are planning to setup. Based on the diagram he uploaded in the elog, I have made the MEDM diagram for controlling and displaying the parameters. Here the parameters which we will be controlling are temperature (in terms of voltage), oscilator frequency ( with the help of IFR 2023B), the frequency offset and the PID controls. The display includes the beat frequency, error signal voltage, control voltage and a switch to give feed back to the AUX laser. As the frequency counter is not connected at the moment, I haven't included its channel number in it. The screenshot of the diagram is attached with this. I am also considering to give a PID feedback to the slow control from the AUX feedback signal. The screen can be accessed from the PSL dropdown menu in sitemap.

Attachment 1: MEDM_aux.png
  13878   Tue May 22 17:26:25 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out

I have pulled out MC1 coil driver board from its Eurocrate, so IMC is unavailable until further notice. Plans:

  1. Thick film --> Thin Film
  2. AD797 --> Op27
  3. Remove Pots in analog actuation path.
  4. Measure noise
  5. Route HPF signal (UL DAQ Mon) to front panel. I think we should use the SMA connectors. That way, we have DC and AC voltage monitors available for debugging.

If there are no objections, I will execute Step #5 in the next couple of hours. I'm going to start with Steps 1-4.

  13877   Tue May 22 14:49:03 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

It appears that one of the wires was disconnected overnight or this morning so I wasn't able to gather data over a full 24 hour period. Perhaps someone accidentally kicked it. I placed some cones in that area so hopefully the wires won't be in the way as much and I can get the data tomorrow. From the data I do have it seems that the seismometer is at a colder temperature when the can is not on, though it is difficult to see by how many degrees the temperature fluctuates. I've included the data from 5 days back to see the comparison.

Attachment 1: seis-temp-2.png
  13876   Tue May 22 10:14:39 2018 Jon RichardsonConfigurationElectronicsDocumentation & Schematics for AUX-PSL PLL



[Jon, Gautam]

Attached is supporting documentation for the AUX-PSL PLL electronics installed in the lower PSL shelf, as referenced in #13845.

Some initial loop measurements by Gautam and Koji (#13848) compare the performance of the LB1005 vs. an SR560 as the controller, and find the LB1005 to be advantageous (a higher UGF and phase margin). I have some additional measurements which I'll post separately.

Loop Design

Pickoffs of the AUX and PSL beams are routed onto a broadband-sensitive New Focus 1811 PD. The AUX laser temperature is tuned to place the optical beat note of the two fields near 50 MHz. The RF beat note is sensed by the AC-coupled PD channel, amplified, and mixed-down with a 50 MHz RF source to obtain a DC error signal. The down-converted term is isolated via a 1.9-MHz low-pass filter in parallel with a 50 Ohm resistor and fed into a Newport LB1005 proportional-integral (PI) servo controller. Controller settings are documented in the below schematic. The resulting control signal is fed back into the fast PZT actuator input of the AUX laser.

Schematic diagram of the PLL.











Hardware Photos

Optical layout on the PSL table.


PLL electronics installed in the lower PSL shelf.


Close-up view of the phase detector electronics.


Slow temp. (left) and fast PZT signals into the AUX controller.


AUX-PSL beat note locked at 50 MHz offset, from the control room.



Attachment 1: Schematic_PLL.pdf
  13875   Mon May 21 18:02:55 2018 keerthanaUpdateGeneralTesting of the new mini-circuits frequency counter

Today, I tested the new mini-circuit frequency counter by connecting it with the beat signal output. The frequency counter works fine. Now I am trying to get a display of the frequency in the computer screen using python programming. I have made the code for remotely changing oscilator frequency and it is saved in the folder 'ksnair'. A picture of the new mini circuits frequency counter is attached below. Part no: UFC-6000, S/N: 11501040012, Run: M075270.

Attachment 1: frequency_counter.jpg
  13874   Mon May 21 17:36:00 2018 poojaUpdateCamerasGigE camera image of ETMX

Today Steve and I tried to to capture the image of scattering of light by dust particles on the surface of ETMX using GigE camera. The image ( at gain =100, exposure time = 125000) obtained has been attached. Unlike the previous images, a creepy shape of bright spots was seen. Gautam helped us lock infrared light and see the image. A similar less intense shape was seen. This may be because of the dust on the lens.

Attachment 1: Image__2018-05-21__17-34-15_125k100g.tiff
  13873   Mon May 21 15:34:19 2018 gautamConfigurationElectronicsChannel hijacking history

Since we've been hijacking channels like there is no tomorrow for the AUX-PLL setup, I'm documenting the channel names here. The next time c1psl requires a reboot, I'll rename these channels to something more sensible. To find the channel mapping, Koji suggested I use this. Has worked well for us so far... We've labelled all pairs of wires pulled out of the cross connects and insulation taped the stripped ends, in case we ever need to go back to the original config.

Previously unused C1PSL Channels now used for AUX PLL

Channel name AI/AO Function
C1:PSL-126MOPA_126CURADJ AO Slow temperature control
C1:PSL-FSS_RFADJ AO Servo trigger TTL
C1:PSL-126MOPA_126PWR AI PLL error signal monitor
C1:PSL-126MOPA_DMON AI PLL control signal monitor

To mitigate integrator railing

  13872   Mon May 21 14:17:28 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I have attached the graph for the seismometer temperature fluctuations over 3 days. As we can see, there is a noticeable fluctuation in daily temperature as well as a difference between days in the maximum and minimum temperatures. I will repeat this test but take the can off to see if there's any difference between having the can on or off.

Attachment 1: seis-temp.png
  13871   Mon May 21 10:15:35 2018 gautamUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I guess it's fine for now while we are still finalizing the setup at EX, but we should eventually line up the seismometer axes with the IFO axes. Is there a photo of the orientation of the seismometer pre heater can tests? If not, probably good to make some sort of markings on the granite slab / seismometer to allow easy lining up of these axes...

  13870   Sun May 20 23:43:50 2018 gautamUpdateIOOCoil driver noise re-measurement


In the IMC actuation chain, it looks like the MC1/MC3 de-whitening boards, and also all three MC optics' coil driver boards, are showing higher noise than expected from LISO modeling. One possible candidate is thick film resistors on the coil driver boards. The plan is to debug these further by pulling the board out of the Eurocrate and investigating on the electronics bench.

Why bother? Mainly because I want to see how good the IR ALS noise is, and currently, the PSL frequency noise is causing the measurement to be worse than references taken from previous known good times.


Sometime ago, rana suggested to me that I should do this measurement more systematically.

  • Attachments #1, #2 and #3 show noise measurements in various conditions for MC1, MC2 and MC3 respectively.
  • In the above three attachments, I stitched together multiple spans from the SR785, and so the bin-width is different. The data is downloaded from the analyzer normalized by the bin-width (PSD units).
  • The roll-off at ~800Hz in the orange trace for MC1 and MC3 is consistent with an 800 Hz LPF that was used for anti-image filtering from the old 2 kHz era.
  • While it may look like the analog de-whitening isn't being switched on in some of these plots, I confirmed by transfer function measurement that it is indeed switching.
  • Data used to make these plots are in Attachment #4. Unfortunately, the code requires some of my personal plotting librariesno and so I'm not uploading it.
  • Sketch of measurement setup is shown in Attachment #5. It is not indicated in the schematic, but the SR560 was operated in battery mode for this measurement.
  • For MC1, I did the additional measurement of terminating the LEMO input to the coil driver and measuring (what should have been) just the coil driver electronics noise. But this measurement doesn't look very clean, and hence, the decision to pull the board out to continue debugging.
  • While at 1X6, Rana tightened the LEMO connectors going to MC1. We should opportunistically do MC2 and MC3 as well.
  • Some changes to be made:
    • Thick film ---> thin film.
    • Reroute HPF-ed back-plane Vmon output to the front panel LEMO.

I've now restored all the wiring at 1X6 to their state before this work.

Attachment 1: MC1_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 2: MC2_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 3: MC3_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 4: MC_coilDriverNoises.tgz
Attachment 5: ActuationChainNoiseMeas.pdf
  13869   Sun May 20 17:43:01 2018 ranaUpdateElectronicsHow to choose resistors

Article from EE Times, describing why metal foil (NOT metal film) resistors are really better than wirewound when it comes to everything except high power dissipation.

Need to do some diggin to see if we can find ~1k metal foil resistors which can handle ~1W of heat.

Steve: here it is

  13868   Fri May 18 20:03:14 2018 PoojaUpdateCamerasTelescopic lens solution for GigE

Aim: To find telescopic lens solution to image test mass onto the sensor of GigE camera.

I wrote a python code to find an appropriate combination of lenses to focus the optic onto the camera keeping in mind practical constraints like distance of GigE camera from the optic ~ 1m and distance between the lenses need to be in accordance with the Thorlab lens tubes available. We have to image both the enire optic of size 3" and beam spot of 1" using this combination of lens. The image size that efficiently utilizes the entire sensor array is 1/4". Therefore the magnification required for imaging the entire optic is 1/12 and that for the beam spot is 1/4.

I checked the website of Thorlabs to get the available focal lengths of 2" lenses (instead of 1" lenses to collect sufficient power). I have tried several combination of lenses and the ones I found close enough to what is required have been listed below along with thier colorbar plots.

a) 150mm-150mm (Attachment 2 & 3)

With this combination, object distance varies like 50cm for 1" beam spot to 105cm for 3" spot. Therefore, it posses a difficulty that there is a difference of ~48cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

b) 125mm-150mm (Attachment 4 & 5)

With this combination, object distance varies like 45cm for 1" beam spot to 95cm for 3" spot. There is a difference of ~43cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

c) 125mm-125mm (Attachment 6 & 7)

The object distance varies like 45cm for 1" beam spot to 90cm for 3" spot. There is a difference of ~39cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

Sensitivity check was also done for these combination of lenses. An error of 1cm in object distance and 5mm in the distance between the lenses gives an error in magnification <2%.

The schematic of the telescopic lens system has been given in Attachment 8.


Attachment 1: MC1_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 2: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_1.pdf
Attachment 3: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_3.pdf
Attachment 4: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_1.pdf
Attachment 5: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_3.pdf
Attachment 6: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_1.pdf
Attachment 7: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_3.pdf
Attachment 8: tel_design.pdf
  13867   Fri May 18 19:59:55 2018 Jon RichardsonConfigurationElectronicsAUX-PSL PLL Characterization Measurements

Below is analysis of measurements I had taken of the AUX-PSL PLL using an SR560 as the servo controller (1 Hz single-pole low-pass, gain varied 100-500). The resulting transfer function is in good agreement with that found by Gautam and Koji (#13848). The optimal gain is found to be 200, which places the UGF at 15 kHz with a 45 deg phase margin.

For now I have reverted the PLL to use the SR560 instead of the LB1005. The issue with the LB1005 is that the TTL input for remote control only "freezes" the integrator, but does not actually reset it. This is fine if the lock is disabled in a controlled way (i.e., via the medm interface). However, if the lock is lost uncontrollably, the integrator is stuck in a garbage state that prevents re-locking. The only way to reset this integrator is to manually flip a switch on the controller box (no remote reset). Rana suggests we might be able to find a workaround using a remote-controlled relay before the controller.

Attachment 1: SR560_OL.pdf
Attachment 2: SR560_CL.pdf
  13866   Fri May 18 19:10:48 2018 keerthanaUpdateGeneralCode for adjusting the oscillator frequency remotly

Target: Phase locking can be acheived by giving a scan to the oscilator frequency. This frequency is now controlled using the knobe on the AM/FM signal generator 2023B. But we need to control it remotely by giving the inputs of start frequency, end frequency and the steps.

The frequency oscilator and the computer is connected with the help of GPIB Ethernet converter. The IP address of the converter I used is '' and its GPIB address is 10.

I could change the oscilator frequency by changing the input frequency with the help of the code I made (Inorder to check this code, I have changed the oscilator frequency multiple times. I hope it didn't create trouble to anyone). Now I am trying to make this code better by adding certain features like numpy, argument parse etc, which I will be able complete by next week. I am also considering to develop the code to have a sliding system to control the oscillatory frequency.

For record: The maximum limit of frequency which i changed upto is 100MHz.


Attachment 1: frequency_set.jpg
  13865   Fri May 18 18:14:18 2018 Udit KhandelwalSummaryGeneralSummary 05/18/2018

Tip-Tilt Suspension Design:

Designed a new ECD plate and changed dimensions of the side arms after discussing with Koji. After getting feedback on the changes, I will finish the assembly and send it to him to get approved for manufacturing.


  13864   Fri May 18 14:33:34 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

Here is the result of my test. I think I'll leave the can on over the weekend because there's a long period of time where the seismometer heated up by 0.8 degrees so I can't fully see the fluctuations over a full 24 hour period.

Attachment 1: seis_temp_can_on.png
  13863   Fri May 18 14:18:03 2018 gautamConfigurationElectronicsBasic MEDM Control Screen setup

I setup a basic MEDM screen for remote control of the PLL.

The Slow control voltage slider allows the frequency of the laser to be moved around via the front panel slow control BNC.

The TTL signal slider provides 0/5V to allow triggering of the servo. Eventually this functionality will be transferred to the buttons (which do not work for now).

The screen can be accessed from the PSL dropdown menu in sitemap. We can make this better eventually, but this should suffice for initial setup.

Attachment 1: AUX_PLL_CTRL.png
  13862   Fri May 18 09:13:41 2018 PoojaUpdateSUSColored GigE image

To obtain a colored version with good contrast of the grayscale image of scattering of light by dust particles on the surface of test mass, got using GigE camera. The original and colored images are attached here.


Attachment 1: Image__2017-11-14__08-25-13_100k100g1V_colored.png
Attachment 2: Image__2017-11-14__08-25-13_100k100g1V.tiff
  13861   Fri May 18 07:41:01 2018 steveUpdateSUSclipping ITMX oplev

The ITMX oplev still clipping


The ITMX oplev beam is clipping. It will be corected with locked arm



  13860   Thu May 17 18:05:01 2018 gautamUpdateSUSSR785 near 1X5

I'm working near 1X5 and there is an SR785 adjacent to the electronics rack with some cabling running along the floor. I plan to continue in the evening so please leave the setup as is.

During the course of this work, I noticed the +15V Sorensen in 1X6 has 6.8 A of current draw, while Steve's February2018 label says the current draw is 8.6A. Is this just a typo?

Steve: It was most likely my mistake. Tag is corrected to 6.8A

I'm still in the process of electronics characterization, so the SR785 is still hooked up. MC3 coil driver signal is broken out to measure the output voltage going to the coil (via Gainx100 SR560 Preamp), but MC is locked.

Attachment 1: B55CE985-B703-4282-B716-3144957C7372.jpeg
  13859   Thu May 17 15:38:19 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I've moved my setup to the actual seismometer. I attached the temperature sensor to the seismometer (attachment 1) with duct tape, though this is temporary. I will be monitoring the temperature fluctuations of the seismometer for a whole day then take the can off and repeat the test. The can isn't clamped down so the insulation isn't perfect, so I'd expect to see some noticeable fluctuations even with the can on. I've also labeled the long cable for the temperatuse sensor readout (attachments 2 and 3). There will also be an out of loop sensor added in later, but for this test since I am not running the loop it doesn't matter which sensor I monitor. Attachment 4 is a picture of the current setup.

Attachment 1: IMG_20180517_144420.jpg
Attachment 2: IMG_20180517_145754.jpg
Attachment 3: IMG_20180517_151956.jpg
Attachment 4: IMG_20180517_145121.jpg
  13858   Thu May 17 13:51:35 2018 Jon RichardsonConfigurationElectronicsDocumentation & Schematics for AUX-PSL PLL

[Jon, Gautam]

Attached is supporting documentation for the AUX-PSL PLL electronics installed in the lower PSL shelf, as referenced in #13845.

Some initial loop measurements by Gautam and Koji (#13848) compare the performance of the LB1005 vs. an SR560 as the controller, and find the LB1005 to be advantageous (a higher UGF and phase margin). I have some additional measurements which I'll post separately.

Loop Design

Pickoffs of the AUX and PSL beams are routed onto a broadband-sensitive New Focus 1811 PD. The AUX laser temperature is tuned to place the optical beat note of the two fields near 50 MHz. The RF beat note is sensed by the AC-coupled PD channel, amplified, and mixed-down with a 50 MHz RF source to obtain a DC error signal. The down-converted term is isolated via a 1.9-MHz low-pass filter in parallel with a 50 Ohm resistor and fed into a Newport LB1005 proportional-integral (PI) servo controller. Controller settings are documented in the below schematic. The resulting control signal is fed back into the fast PZT actuator input of the AUX laser.

Schematic diagram of the PLL.











Hardware Photos

Optical layout on the PSL table.


PLL electronics installed in the lower PSL shelf.


Close-up view of the phase detector electronics.


Slow temp. (left) and fast PZT signals into the AUX controller.


AUX-PSL beat note locked at 50 MHz offset, from the control room.


  13852   Thu May 17 11:56:37 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralEPICS process died on c1ioo

The EPICS process on the c1ioo front end had died mysteriously. As a result, MC autolocker wasn't working, since the autolocker control variables are EPICS channels defined in the c1ioo model. I restarted the model, and now MCautolocker works.

  13851   Thu May 17 09:14:38 2018 SteveUpdateGeneralStack measurement setup decommissioned

The final set-up of stack measurment with 3 load cells and 4 leveling wedge mounts as Atm 1

Sensor voltages BEFORE and AFTER this attempt.

Attachment 1: Load_Cell_Measurement_Set_Up.jpg
Attachment 2: ETMX_stack_up_down.png
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