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  15962   Thu Mar 25 12:11:53 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

I finished prewiring the new c1auxey Acromag chassis (see attached pictures). I connected all grounds to the DIN rail to save some wiring. The power switches and LEDs work as expected.

I configured the DAQ modules using the old windows machine. I configured the gateway to be The host machine still needs to be setup.

Next, the feedthroughs need to be wired and the channels need to be bench tested.

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  15964   Thu Mar 25 14:58:16 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS SmCo magnets Inspection

Redoing magnet measurement of envelope 1:

Magnet # Max Magnetic Field (kG)


2 2.82
3 2.86
4 2.9
5 2.86
6 2.73
7 2.9
8 2.88
9 2.85
10 2.93

Moving on to inspect and measure envelope 3 (the last one):

Magnet # Max Magnetic Field (kG)
1 2.92
2 2.85
3 2.93
4 2.97
5 2.9
6 3.04
7 2.9
8 2.92
9 3
10 2.92
11 2.94
12 2.92
13 2.92
14 2.95
15 3.02
16 2.91
17 2.89
18 2.9
19 2.86
20 2.9
21 2.92
22 2.9
23 2.87
24 2.93
25 2.85
26 2.88
27 2.92
28 2.9
29 2.9
30 2.89
31 2.83
32 2.83
33 2.8
34 2.94
35 2.88
36 2.91
37 2.9
38 2.91
39 2.94
40 2.88


  15969   Fri Mar 26 10:25:37 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I measure some of the dowel pins we got from Mcmaster with a caliper.

One small pin is 0.093" in diameter and 0.376" in length. The other sampled small pin has the same dimensions.

One big pin is 0.187" in diameter and 0.505" in length. The other is 0.187" in diameter and 0.506" in length.

The dowels meet our requirements.

  15978   Tue Mar 30 17:27:04 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

{Yehonathan, Jon}

We poked (looked in situ with a flashlight, not disturbing any connections) around c1auxex chassis to understand better what is the wiring scheme.

To our surprise, we found that nothing was connected to the RTNs of the analog input Acromag modules. From previous experience and the Acromag manual, there can't be any meaningful voltage measurement without it.

I also did some rewiring in the Acromag chassis to improve its reliability. In particular, I removed the ground wires from the DIN rail and connected them using crimp-on butt splices.


  15999   Tue Apr 6 15:42:57 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

We got some dumbells from Re-Source Manufacturing (see attached). I picked 3 in random and measured their dimensions:

1. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0860" in length

2. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0860" in length

3. 0.0760" in diameter, 0.0865" in length

In accordance with the Schematics.

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  16011   Fri Apr 9 20:54:54 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today I assembled the skeleton of 6 towers, without clamps and sensor assembly (attachment 1).

Some of the side plates have this weird hole that doesn't fit any of the suspension blocks (attachment 2). I didn't notice when I counted the parts and now there are exactly enough side plates to assemble 7 towers.

Also found that one of the stiffener plates has a broken threading.

We will need more parts to go beyond the necessary 7 SOSs. I will do the recounting later.

Things to do next:

1. Find the capped spring plungers and send them to C&B.

2. Assemble the clamps onto the suspension blocks.

3. Push some Viton tips into the vented screws we got to make safety stops.

4. more C&B: Magnets, dumbells, dowel pins, OSEMs.

5. Push clean dowel pins into the last suspension block.

6. Assemble 7th Tower.

7. Assemble safety stops and clamps.

8. Glue magnets to dumbells.



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  16018   Mon Apr 12 17:30:11 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today, I screwed the plungers on the sensor plates and installed them on the Towers. I also installed the wire clamps on the suspension blocks (attachment).

I ran into problems in 2 separate suspension blocks: one had a dowel pin that was slightly too fat for the wire clamp. In another, the tapped holes were too short so that the 4-40 screws couldn't be screwed all the way.


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  16019   Mon Apr 12 18:34:26 2021 YehonathanSummaryPSLPMC unlocked at 2pm on Sunday; ~ Restored

PMC lost lock again at around 16:00 April 12. I was able to lock it again but the transmission is only 0.6 now and REFL is 0.14.

Rana came in and realigned the PMC stirring mirrors. Now the transmission is 0.757V, and the REFL is 0.03V.

I noticed that the PZT was around 250V. Given that the PMC got unlocked at 16:00, which is around the peak temperature time in the lab (lagging behind the outside weather), due to the PZT voltage going down to 0V, I figured that the PZT voltage would go up during the night when the lab gets cold and therefore will likely go out of range again.

I found a different working point at 150V and relocked the PMC.


  16024   Tue Apr 13 20:45:16 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLLaser amplifier

{Yehonathan, Rana}

We unpacked the content of the amplifier crate in front of the water fountain (see attachments). Inside we found:

1. Amplifier head. (attachment 1)
2. Amplifier electronics and pump diodes (attachment 2).
3. Optical fiber (attachment 3).
4. 2 Long water hoses (~2m) and 2 short ones.
5. Network cable.
6. A wooden plate.
7. Cable sleeve (attachment 2)?
8. Some manuals will be uploaded to the wiki soon.

Please don't move/touch any of that stuff

Things that we need to consider/obtain:
1. A suitable power cable (attachment 4) with suitable power ratings (800W according to the amplifier specs). The connector head is C19 I believe.
2. A chiller. Rana says Aidan knows where to find one. Should we chill the amplifier head as well?
3. A mounting plate for the amplifier head with good thermal conductivity.
4. The pump wavelength is 808nm, we need to get suitable safety goggles.
5. Where to put the big electronics box. Preferably on 1X1 or 1X2.
6. How do we arrange the different components on the table? We also need to mode match the beam into the amplifier.


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  16034   Thu Apr 15 09:46:24 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLLaser amplifier

Some more relevant documents provided by Matt:

Phase III:70W amplifier integration at LIGO

70W amplifier External Shutter

aLIGO PSL high power attenuator


  16040   Fri Apr 16 10:58:16 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralGlue Freezer completely frozen

{Paco, Anchal, Yehonathan}

We emptied the fridge and moved the amplifier equipment on top of the amplifier crate. We unplugged the freezer and moved it out of the lab to defrost (attachment).


I was looking at the laser head/amp and somehow decided to open the glue freezer. And it was stuck. I've managed to open it but the upper room was completely frozen.
Some of the batteries were embedded in a block of ice. I think we should throw them out.

Can the person who comes in the morning work on defrosting?

- Coordinate with Yehonathan and move the amps and the wooden crate so that you can move the freezer.

- Remove the contents to somewhere (it's OK to be room temp for a while)

- Unplug the freezer

- Leave the freezer outside with the door open. After a while, the ice will fall without care.

- At the end of the day, move it back to the lab. Continue defrosting the other day if the ice remains.


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  16044   Fri Apr 16 18:21:36 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLLaser amplifier

I surveyed a bit the 1X1/2 area to plan for the installation of the laser amplifier.

There is a vacancy at the bottom of 1X2 (attachment 1). I measured the dimensions of the diode box (DB) and it should fit. The optical fiber bundle is 75m long and should reach the amplifier head on the table easily.

According to the specs, the maximum power consumption of the DB is 800W (typically 600W), it should probably have its own circuit breaker. It can easily draw more than a few amps. The rack power strips are connected to this 4 socket box (attachment 2), is this just another power strip? It is connected to a circuit breaker with a 30A rating. How do we proceed from here?

In any case, we will need at least 2 meters of power cable.

I also tried to find a suitable place for a water chiller. A few suggestions are in the attachments. Basically either between the electronics shelves and the small rack next to 1X2 or next to the small rack close to the optical table. Maybe put it where the ladder sits and find another place for the ladder. Other options?

We would also need a windows machine running the Beckhoff software. The idea is that all the different laser components (DB, chillers, interlocks, switches) are connected to the EtherCat (over the ethernet infrastructure) so that the Beckhoff code can recognize a failure and switch off everything.

The things that are monitored:

1. Is the NPRO on?

2. Is the flow rate from the chillers enough?

3. Is the temperature of the diodes in the normal range?

4. Is one of the interlocks open?

5. Was one of the emergency buttons pushed?

6. Was the key switch on the DB turned to OFF?

The DB is EtherCat ready but the rest of the signals need to be interfaced somehow. Do we have to buy these EtherCAT terminals?



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  16045   Fri Apr 16 19:07:31 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralGlue Freezer completely frozen

There is still a huge chunk of unmelted ice in the fridge. I moved the content of that fridge in the main fridge and put "do not eat" warning signs.

I returned the fridge to the lab and plugged it back in to prevent flooding.

Defrosting will have to continue on Monday.

  16048   Mon Apr 19 10:52:27 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralGlue Freezer completely frozen

{Anchal, Paco, Yehonathan}

We took the glue fridge outside.

  16051   Mon Apr 19 19:40:54 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralGlue Freezer completely frozen

{Paco, Yehonathan}

We broke the last chunk of ice and cleaned the fridge. We move the fridge back inside and plugged it into the wall. The glues were moved back from the main fridge.

The batteries that were found soaking wet are now somewhat dry and were left on the cabinet drawers for future recycling.


{Anchal, Paco, Yehonathan}

We took the glue fridge outside.


  16052   Mon Apr 19 21:54:55 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSUpdated c1auxey wiring plan

Except for the feed-throughs that require a DB9-M connector I finished wiring and labeling the Acromag, following Jon's updated wiring plan.

We can start testing the differential inputs until the missing connectors arrive.


  16080   Thu Apr 22 17:28:34 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLLaser amplifier

According to the aLIGO 70W amplifier interlock concept the flow rate of the chiller should be between 5 and 40 l/min. The chillers I found in the TCS lab both have around 15 l/min flow rate so we should be fine in that regard.

Assuming that the power consumption of the diode box is ~800W and that the optical output power of the diode is ~ 300W of optical power, the chillers need to be able to remove the remaining power. At room temperature, they both have enough cooling capacity according to their specs.

As for the idea to put the chiller and diode box in the drill room: There are not a lot of options here. The only viable place is the SW corner (attachment 1). I was told this place is used sometimes for liquid nitrogen dewar. Alternatively, if possible, we can move the fire extinguishers to the SW corner and use the NW corner. In that way, we don't have to clear all the junk from the SW corner, as long as the extinguishers are still accessible.

I made a sketch (attachment 2) showing a possible setup for a diode box + chiller rack. The fiber and network cable can go through the hole in the wall that already exists for the N2. It will have to get bigger though (attachment 3). The rack would also need to host some Acromag unit to convert the communication channel of the chiller/flow meter to Ethernet. The Acromag on 1X7 has no spare channels.

The only power socket in the room, to which the drill is connected, is circuit #36 which is connected to panel L in the lab. The breaker's ampacity seems to be 20A if I'm reading the number on the breaker correctly.


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Attachment 2: DrillRoomSchematics.pdf
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  16098   Thu Apr 29 16:35:51 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSUpdated c1auxey wiring plan

I installed the EPICs base, asyn and modbus modules according to Jon's instructions.

Since the modbus configurations files were already writtten for c1auxey1 (see elog 15292) the only thing I did was to change the IP addresses in ETMYaux.cmd to match the actual assigned IPs.

I followed the rest of the instructions as written.

The modbus service was activated succesfully.

The only thing left to do is to change ETMYaux.db to reflect to new channels that were added. I believe these are BI channels named C1:SUS-ETMY_xx_ENABLEMon.


  16103   Thu Apr 29 19:55:45 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSUpdated c1auxey wiring plan

We received a stock of DB9 male feed-through connectors. That allowed me to complete the remaining wiring on the c1auxey Acromag chassis. The only thing left to be done is the splicing to the RTS.


  16111   Mon May 3 16:49:04 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I found a "vice" in the cleanroom (attachment 1). I used it to push dowel pins into the last suspension block using some alcohol as a lubricant.

I then assembled the 7th and last suspension tower (attachment 2).

Things that need to be done:

1. Push Viton tips into vented screws and assemble the earthquake stops.

2. Glue magnets to dumbells.

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  16119   Tue May 4 19:14:43 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralOSEMs from KAGRA

I put the box containing the untested OSEMs from KAGRA near the south flow bench on the floor.

  16170   Tue Jun 1 16:17:06 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I tried to push the clean Viton tips into the vented screws just to find out that the vented holes are too small. We need to drill 0.1" diameter holes about 0.1" deep into these screws and clean them again.


  16178   Thu Jun 3 17:15:17 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

As Jon wrote we need to use the NPN configuration (see attachments). I tested the isolator channels in the following way:

1. I connected +15V from the power supply to the input(+) contact.

2. Signal wire from one of the digital outputs was connected to I1-4

3. When I set the digital output to HIGH, the LED on the isolator turns on.

4. I measure the resistance between O1-4 to output(-) and find it to be ~ 100ohm in the HIGH state and an open circuit in the LOW state, as expected from an open collector output.

Unlike the Acromag output, the isolator output is not pulled up in the LOW state. To do so we need to connect +15V to the output channel through a pull-up resistor. For now, I leave it with no pull-up. According to the schematics of the HAM-A Coil Driver, the digital output channels drive an electromagnetic relay (I think) so it might not need to be pulled up to switch back. I'm not sure. We will need to check the operation of these outputs at the installation.

During the testing of the isolator outputs pull-up, I accidentally ran a high current through O2, frying it dead. It is now permanently shorted to the + and - outputs rendering it unusable. In any case, we need another isolator since we have 5 channels we need to isolate.

I mounted the isolator on the DIN rail and started wiring the digital outputs into it. I connected the GND from the RTS to output(-) such that when the digital outputs are HIGH the channels in the coil driver will be sunk into the RTS GND and not the slow one avoiding GND contamination.

Attachment 1: Optical_Isolator_NPN_Input.png
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  16182   Fri Jun 4 14:49:23 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I made a diagram (Attached). I think it explains the blue thing in the previous post.

I don't know what is the grounding situation in the RTS so I put a ground in both the coil driver and the RTS. Hopefully, only one of them is connected in reality.


- Could you explain what is the blue thing in Attachment 1?

- To check the validity of the signal chain, can you make a diagram summarizing the path from the fast BO - BO I/F - Acromag - This opto-isolator - the coil driver relay? (Cut-and-paste of the existing schematics is fine)



Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16187   Sun Jun 6 15:59:51 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

According to the BO interface circuit board https://dcc.ligo.org/D1001266, PCIN wires are connected to the coil driver and they are not pulled either way.

That means that they're either grounded or floating. I updated the drawing.


This RTS also use the BO interface with an opto isolator. https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1002593

Could you also include the pull up/pull down situations?


Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16189   Mon Jun 7 13:14:20 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSBI channels on c1auxey

I added a new XT1111 Acromag module to the c1auxey chassis. I sanitized and configured it according to the slow machines wiki instructions.

Since all the spare BIOs fit one DB37 connector I didn't add another feedthrough and combined them all on one and the same DB37 connector. This was possible because all the RTNs of the BIOs are tied to the chassis ground and therefore need only one connection. I changed the wiring spreadsheet accordingly.

I did a lot of rewirings and also cut short several long wires that were protruding from the chassis. I tested all the wires from the feedthroughs to the Acromag channels and fixed some wiring mistakes.

Tomorrow I will test the BIs using EPICs.

  16193   Tue Jun 8 11:54:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSBI channels on c1auxey

I tested the digital inputs the following way: I connected a DB9 breakout to DB9M-5 and DB9M-6 where digital inputs are hosted. I shorted the channel under test to GND to turn it on.

I observed the channels turn from Disabled to Enabled using caget when I shorted the channel to GND and from Enabled to Disabled when I disconnected them.

I did this for all the digital inputs and they all passed the test.

I am still waiting for the other isolator to wire the rest of the digital outputs.

Next, I believe we should take some noise spectra of the Y end before we do the installation.


Tomorrow I will test the BIs using EPICs.


  16199   Mon Jun 14 15:31:30 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I checked the BI situation on the HAM-A coil driver. It seems like these are sinking BIs and indeed need to be isolated from the Acromag unit GND to avoid contamination.

The BIs will have to be isolated on a different isolator. Now, the wires coming from the field (red) are connected to the second isolator's input and the outputs are connected to the Acromag BI module and the Acromag's RTN.

I updated the wiring diagram (attached) and the wiring spreadsheet.

In the diagram, you can notice that the BI isolator (the right one) is powered by the Acromag's +15V and switched when the coil driver's GND is supplied. I am not sure if it makes sense or not. In this configuration, there is a path between the coil driver's GND and the Acromag's GND but its resistance is at least 10KOhm. The extra careful option is to power the isolator by the coil driver's +V but there is no +V on any of the connectors going out of the coil driver.

I installed an additional isolator on the DIN rail and wired the remaining BOs (C1:SUS-ETMY_SD_ENABLE, C1:SUS-ETMY_LR_ENABLE) through it to the DB9F-4 feedthrough. I also added DB9F-3 for incoming wires from the RTS and made the required connection from it to DB9F-4.

I tested the new isolated BOs using the Windows machine (after stopping Modbus). As before, I measure the resistance between pin 5 (coil driver GND) and the channel under test. When I turn on the BO I see the resistance drops from inf to 166ohm and back to inf when I turn it off. Both channels passed the test.


Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16205   Wed Jun 16 17:24:29 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I updated the wiring diagram according to Koji's suggestion. According to the isolator manual, this configuration requires that the isolator input be configured as PNP.

Additionally, when the switch in the coil driver is open the LED in the isolator is signaling an on-state. Therefore, we might need to configure the Acromag to invert the input.

There are the Run/Aquire channels that we might need to add to the wiring diagram. If we do need to read them using slow channels, we will have to pull them up like the EnableMon channels to use them like in the wiring diagram.

Attachment 1: Optical_isolator_Wiring.pdf
  16207   Wed Jun 16 20:32:39 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I installed 2 additional isolators in the Acromag chassis. I set all the input channels to PNP. I ran the digital inputs (EnableMon channels) through these isolators according to the previous post.

I tested the digital inputs in the following way:

I connected an 18V voltage source to the signal wire under test through a 1Kohm resistor. I connected the GND of the voltage source to the RTN wire of the feedthrough. When the voltage source was connected, the LED on the isolator turned on and the EPICs channel under test was Enabled. When I disconnected the voltage source or shorted the signal wire to GND the LED on the isolator turned off and the EPICs channel showed a Disabled state.

  16215   Fri Jun 18 19:02:00 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Today I glued some magnets to dumbells.

First, I took 6 magnets (the maximum I can glue in one go) and divided them into 3 north and 3 south. Each triplet on a different razor (attachment 1).

I put the gluing fixture I found on top of these magnets so that each of the magnets sits in a hole in the fixture. I close the fixture but not all the way so that the dumbells get in easily (attachment 2).

I prepared EP-30 glue according to this dcc. I tested the mixture by putting some of it in the small toaster oven in the cleanroom for 15min at 200 degrees F.

The first two batches came out sticky and soft. I discarded the glue cartridge and opened a new one. The oven test results with the new cartridge were much better: smooth and hard surface. I picked up some glue with a needle and applied it to the surface of 6 dumbells I prepared in advance. I dropped the dumbells with the glue facing down into the magnet holes in the fixtures (attachment 3). I tightened the fixture and put some weight on it. I let it cure over the weekend.

I also pushed cut Viton tips that Jordan cleaned into the vented screws. While screwing small EQ stops into the lower clamps I found some problems. 4 of the lower clamps need rethreading. This is quite urgent because without those 4 clamps we don't have enough SOS towers. Moreover, I found that the screws that we bought from UC components to hold the lower clamps on the SOS towers were silver plated. This is a mistake in the SOS schematics (part 23) - they should be SS.

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  16221   Tue Jun 22 17:05:26 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

According to the schematics, the distance between the original EQ tap holes is 0.5". Given that the original tap holes' diameter is 0.13" there is enough room for a 1/4" drill.


Then, can we replace the four small EQ stops at the bottom (barrel surface) with two 1/4-20 EQ stops? This will require drilling the bottom EQ stop holders (two per SOS).



  16227   Mon Jun 28 12:35:19 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

On Thursday, I glued another set of 6 dumbells+magnets using the same method as before. I made sure that dumbells are pressed onto the magnets.

I came in today to check the gluing situation. The situation looks much better than before. It seems like the glue is stable against small forces (magnetic etc.). I checked the assemblies under a microscope.

It seems like I used excessive amounts of glue (attachment 1,2). The surfaces of the dumbells were also contaminated (attachment 3). I cleaned the dumbells' surfaces using acetone and IPO (attachment 4) and scratched some of the glue residues from the sides of the assemblies.

Next time, I will make a shallow bath of glue to obtain precise amounts using a needle.

I glued a sample assembly on a metal bracket using epoxy. Once it cures I will hang a weight on the dumbell to test the gluing strength.

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  16229   Tue Jun 29 20:45:52 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I glued another batch of 6 magnet+dumbell assemblies. I will take a look at them under the microscope once they are cured.

I also hanged a weight of ~150g from a sample dumbell made in the previous batch (attachments) to test the magnet+dumbell bonding strength.

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  16235   Thu Jul 1 16:45:25 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

The bonding test passed - the weight still hangs from the dumbell. Unfortunately, I broke the bond trying to release the assembly from the bracket. I made another batch of 6 dumbell+magnet.

I used some of the leftover epoxy to bond an assembly from the previous batch to a bracket so I can test it.

  16243   Fri Jul 9 18:35:32 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

Following Koji's channel list review, we made changes to the wiring spreadsheet.

Today, I made the changes real in the Acromag chassis. I went through the channel list one by one and made sure it is wired correctly. Additionally, since we now need all the channels the existing isolators have, I replaced the isolator with the defective channel with a new one.

The things to do next:

1. Create entries for the spare coil driver and satellite box channels in the EPICs DB.

2. Test the spare channels.

  16244   Mon Jul 12 18:06:25 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I edited /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1auxey1/ETMYaux.db (after creating a backup) and added the spare coil driver channels.

I tested those channels using caget while fixing wiring issues. The tests were all succesful. The digital output channel were tested using the Windows machine since they are locked by some EPICs mechanism I don't yet understand.

One worrying point is I found that the differential analog inputs to be unstable unless I connected a reference to some stable voltage source unlike previous tests showed. It was unstable (but less) even when I connected the ref to the ground connectors on the power supplies on the workbench. This is really puzzling.

When I say unstable I mean that most of the time the voltage reading shows the right value, but occasionly there is a transient sharp volage drop of the order of 0.5V. I will do a more quantitative analysis tomorrow.


  16259   Tue Jul 27 17:14:18 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

Jordan has made 1/4" tap holes in the lower EQ stop holders (attachment). The 1/4" stops (schematics) fit nicely in them. Also, they are about the same length as the small EQ stops, so they can be used.

However, counting all the 1/4"-3/4" vented screws we have shows that we are missing 2 screws to cover all the 7 SOSs. We can either:

1. Order new vented screws.

2. Use 2 old (stained but clean) EQ stops.

3. Screw holes into existing 1/4"-3/4" screws and clean them.

4. Use small EQ stops for one SOS.


Also, I found a mistake in the schematics of the SOS tower. The 4-40 screws used to hold the lower EQ stop holders should be SS and not silver plated as noted. I'll have to find some (28) spares in the cleanroom or order new ones.


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  16262   Wed Jul 28 12:00:35 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

After receiving two new tubes of EP-30 I resumed the gluing activities. I made a spreadsheet to track the assemblies that have been made, their position on the metal sheet in the cleanroom, their magnetic field, and the batch number.

I made another batch of 6 magnets yesterday (4th batch), the assembly from the 2nd batch is currently being tested for bonding strength.

One thing that we overlooked in calculating the amount of glue needed is that in addition to the minimum 8gr of EP-30 needed for every gluing session, there is also 4gr of EP-30 wasted on the mixing tube. So that means 12gr of EP-30 are used in every gluing session. We need 5 more batches so at least 60gr of EP-30 is needed. Luckily, we bought two tubes of 50gr each.

  16263   Wed Jul 28 12:47:52 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

To simulate a differential output I used two power supplies connected in series. The outer connectors were used as the outputs and the common connector was connected to the ground and used as a reference. I hooked these outputs to one of the differential analog channels and measured it over time using Striptool. The setup is shown in attachment 3.

I tested two cases: With reference disconnected (attachment 1), and connected (attachment 2). Clearly, the non-referred case is way too noisy.

Attachment 1: SUS-ETMY_SparePDMon0_NoRef.png
Attachment 2: SUS-ETMY_SparePDMon0_Ref_WithGND.png
Attachment 3: DifferentialOutputTest.png
  16265   Wed Jul 28 20:20:09 2021 YehonathanUpdateGeneralThe temperature sensors and function generator have arrived in the lab

I put the temperature sensors box on Anchal's table (attachment 1) and the function generator on the table in front of the c1auxey Acromag chassis (attachment 2).


Attachment 1: 20210728_201313.jpg
Attachment 2: 20210728_201607.jpg
  16276   Wed Aug 11 12:06:40 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSOpto-isolator for c1auxey

I redid the differential input experiment using the DS360 function generator we recently got. I generated a low frequency (0.1Hz) sine wave signal with an amplitude 0.5V and connected the + and - output to a differential input on the new c1auxcey Acromag chassis. I recorded a time series of the corresponding EPICS channel with and without the common on the DS360 connected to the Ref connector on the Acromag unit. The common connector on the DS360 is not normally grounded (there is a few tens of kohms between the ground and common connectors). The attachment shows that, indeed, the analog input readout is extremely noisy with the Ref being disconnected. The point where the Ref was connected to common is marked in the picture.

Conclusion: Ref connector on the analog input Acromag units must be connected to some stable voltage source for normal operation.

Attachment 1: SUS-ETMY_SparePDMon0_2.png
  16297   Wed Aug 25 11:48:48 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

After confirming that, indeed, leaving the RTN connection floating can cause reliability issues we decided to make these connections in the c1auxex analog input units.

According to Johannes' wiring scheme (excluding the anti-image and OPLEV since they are decommissioned), Acromag unit 1221b accepts analog inputs from two modules. All of these channels are single-ended according to their schematics.

One option is to use the Acromag ground and connect it to the RTNs of both 1221b and 1221c. Another is to connect the minus wire of one module, which is tied to the module's ground, to the RTN. We shouldn't tie the grounds of the different modules together by connecting them to the same RTN point.

We should take some OSEM spectra of the X end arm before and after this work to confirm we didn't produce more noise by doing so. Right now, it is impossible due to issues caused by the recent power surge.


{Yehonathan, Jon}

We poked (looked in situ with a flashlight, not disturbing any connections) around c1auxex chassis to understand better what is the wiring scheme.

To our surprise, we found that nothing was connected to the RTNs of the analog input Acromag modules. From previous experience and the Acromag manual, there can't be any meaningful voltage measurement without it.


  16321   Mon Sep 13 14:32:25 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

So we agreed that the RTNs points on the c1auxex Acromag chassis should just be grounded to the local Acromag ground as it just needs a stable reference. Normally, the RTNs are not connected to any ground so there is should be no danger of forming ground loops by doing that. It is probably best to use the common wire from the 15V power supplies since it also powers the VME crate. I took the spectra of the ETMX OSEMs (attachment) for reference and proceeding with the grounding work.


Attachment 1: ETMX_OSEMS_Noise.png
  16332   Wed Sep 15 11:27:50 2021 YehonathanUpdateCDSc1auxey assembly

{Yehonathan, Paco}

We turned off the ETMX watchdogs and OpLevs. We went to the X end and shut down the Acromag chassi. We labeled the chassi feedthroughs and disconnected all the cables from it.

We took it out and tied the common wire of the power supplies (the commons of the 20V and 15V power supplies were shorted so there is no difference which we connect) to the RTNs of the analog inputs.

The chassi was put back in place. All the cables were reconnected. Power turn on.

We rebooted c1auxex and the channels went back online. We turned on the watchdogs and watched the ETMX motion get damped. We turned on the OpLev. We waited until the beam position got centered on the ETMX.

Attachment shows a comparison between the OSEM spectra before and after the grounding work. Seems like there is no change.

We were able to lock the arms with no issues.


Attachment 1: c1auxex_Grounding_OSEM_comparison1.pdf
Attachment 2: c1auxex_Grounding_OSEM_comparison2.pdf
  16346   Mon Sep 20 15:23:08 2021 YehonathanUpdateComputersWifi internet fixed

Over the weekend and today, the wifi was acting bad with frequent disconnections and no internet access. I tried to log into the web interface of the ASUS wifi but with no success.

I pushed the reset button for several seconds to restore factory settings. After that, I was able to log in. I did the automatic setup and defined the wifi passwords to be what they used to be.

Internet access was restored. I also unplugged and plugged back all the wifi extenders in the lab and moved the extender from the vertex inner wall to the outer wall of the lab close to the 1X3.

Now, there seems to be wifi reception both in X and Y arms (according to my android phone).


  16359   Thu Sep 23 18:18:07 2021 YehonathanUpdateBHDSOS assembly

I have noticed that the dumbells coming back from C&B had glue residues on them. An example is shown in attachment 1: it can be seen that half of the dumbell's surface is covered with glue.

Jordan gave me a P800 sandpaper to remove the glue. I picked the dumbells with the dirty face down and slid them over the sandpaper in 8 figures several times to try and keep the surface untilted. Attachment 2 shows the surface from attachment 1 after this process.

Next, the dumbells will be sent to another C&B.

Attachment 1: dumbell_before.png
Attachment 2: dumbell_after.png
  16374   Mon Oct 4 16:00:57 2021 YehonathanSummarySUSPRM and BS Angular Actuation transfer function magnitude measurements

{Yehonathan, Anchel}

In an attempt to fix the actuation of the PRMI DOFs we set to modify the output matrix of the BS and PRM such that the response of the coils will be similar to each other as much as possible.

To do so, we used the responses at a single frequency from the previous measurement to infer the output matrix coefficients that will equilize the OpLev responses (arbitrarily making the LL coil as a reference). This corrected the imbalance in BS almost completely while it didn't really work for PRM (see attachment 1).

The new output matrices are shown in attachment 2-3.

Attachment 1: BS_PRM_ANG_ACT_TF_20211004.pdf
BS_PRM_ANG_ACT_TF_20211004.pdf BS_PRM_ANG_ACT_TF_20211004.pdf BS_PRM_ANG_ACT_TF_20211004.pdf BS_PRM_ANG_ACT_TF_20211004.pdf
Attachment 2: BS_out_mat_20211004.txt
9.839999999999999858e-01 8.965770586285104482e-01 9.486710352885977526e-01 3.099999999999999978e-01
1.016000000000000014e+00 9.750242104232501594e-01 -9.291967546765563801e-01 3.099999999999999978e-01
9.839999999999999858e-01 -1.086765190351774768e+00 1.009798093279114628e+00 3.099999999999999978e-01
1.016000000000000014e+00 -1.031706735496689786e+00 -1.103142995587099939e+00 3.099999999999999978e-01
0.000000000000000000e+00 0.000000000000000000e+00 0.000000000000000000e+00 1.000000000000000000e+00
Attachment 3: PRM_out_mat_20211004.txt
1.000000000000000000e+00 1.033455230230304611e+00 9.844796282226820905e-01 0.000000000000000000e+00
1.000000000000000000e+00 9.342329554807877745e-01 -1.021296201828568506e+00 0.000000000000000000e+00
1.000000000000000000e+00 -1.009214777246558503e+00 9.965113815550634691e-01 0.000000000000000000e+00
1.000000000000000000e+00 -1.020129700278567197e+00 -9.973560027273553619e-01 0.000000000000000000e+00
0.000000000000000000e+00 0.000000000000000000e+00 0.000000000000000000e+00 1.000000000000000000e+00
  16393   Tue Oct 12 11:32:54 2021 YehonathanSummarySUSPRM and BS Angular Actuation transfer function magnitude measurements

Late submission (From Thursday 10/07):

I measured the PRMI sensing matrix to see if the BS and PRMI output matrices tweaking had any effect.

While doing so, I noticed I made a mistake in the analysis of the previous sensing matrix measurement. It seems that I have used the radar plot function with radians where degrees should have been used (the reason is that the azimuthal uncertainty looked crazy when I used degrees. I still don't know why this is the case with this measurement).

In any case, attachment 1 and 2 show the PRMI radar plots with the modified output matrices and and in the normal state, respectively.

It seems like the output matrix modification didn't do anything but REFL55 has good orthogonality. Problem gone??

Attachment 1: modified_output_matrices_radar_plots.png
Attachment 2: normal_output_matrices_radar_plots.png
  16400   Thu Oct 14 09:28:46 2021 YehonathanUpdatePSLPMC unlocked

PMC has been unlocked since ~ 2:30 AM. Seems like the PZT got saturated. I moved the DC output adjuster and the PMC locked immidiatly although with a low transmission of 0.62V (>0.7V is the usual case) and high REFL.

IMC locked immidiately but IFO seems to be completely misaligned. The beams on the AS monitor are moving quite alot syncronously. BS watchdog tripped. I enabled the coil outputs. Waiting for the RMS motion to relax...

Its not relaxing. RMS motion is still high. I disabled the coils again and reenabled them. This seems to have worked. Arms were locked quite easily but the ETMs oplevs were way off and the ASS couldn't get the TRX and TRY more than 0.7. I align the ETMs to center the oplev. I realign everything else and lock the arms. Maximium TR is still < 0.8.



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