Rana noticed that recently the temperature inside the lab has been a little bit too high. That might be causing some 'unease' to the computers with the result of making them crash more often.
For the next hours I'll be paying attention to the temperature inside the lab to make sure that it doesn't go out of control and that the environment gets too cold.
Today the lab is perceptibly cooler.
The temperature around the corner is 73 F.
It has rained continuously for the last 24 hours. Bob walked through the lab looking for possible water infiltrations. The floor looked dry: no puddles or leaks anywhere so far.
There is a planned power outage tomorrow, Saturday from 7am till midnight.
I vented all annulies and switched to ALL OFF configuration. The small region of the RGA is still under vacuum.
The vac-rack: gauges, c1vac1 and UPS turned off.
It turns out that we perfecly timed the big one
In the process of finding the signal of the big chilean earthquake I just realized that we were all off
MC1 and MC3 seem to have kept themselves together, but all the other optics' watchdogs tripped.
Some of the suspensions got watchdog tripped -> enabled -> damped.
The MC mirrors got slightly misaligned.
[Alberto, Koji, Rana]
The RFM network failed today. We had to reboot the frame builder anf restart all the front end following the instructions for the "Nuclear Option".
Burt-restoring to May 1st at 18:07, or April 30 18:07 made c1sosvme crash. We had to reset the front ends again and restore to April 15th at 18:07 in order to make everything work.
Everything seems fine again now.
... not just because we haven't locked the interferometer for quite some time. I mean, it literally stinks. The chiller's chiller is molding. Its' dripping water and there's mold all under it (Jo just confirmed: "yeah, it's mold").
Someone from Caltech maintenance just crossed the door. Hopefully he'll help us fix it.
I'll keep you updated. Stay tuned.
Someone has been moving the big blue recycling bin in front of the laser-chiller-chiller (the air conditioner in the control room). This is unacceptable. The chiller temp was up to 20.76C. No good.
You are free to move the recycling bin around so you can access drawers or the bike-exit-door in the control room, but make sure that it does not block air flow between the chiller-chiller and the chiller.
The attached photo shows the BAD configuration.
We're going to have to reinstate the policy of No food / organic trash *anywhere* in the 40m. Everyone has been pretty good, keeping the food trash to the one can right next to the sink, but that is no longer sufficient, since we've been invaded by an army of ants:
We are going back to the old policy of Take your trash out to the dumpsters outside. I'm sure there are some old wives tales about how exercise after eating helps your digestion, or something like that, so no more laziness allowed!
Katharine, Sharmila, Gopal, Kiwamu, Jenne, Aidan, Steve, and Koji
A guy from the carpenter shop has done the drilling work in the morning.
In the afternoon we wrapped the central part of the interferometer with plastic sheets in order to avoid the dusts from the tile ripping that will happen tomorrow.
I powered down 1Y1 and 1Y2 instrument racks of MC and RF-systems this morning.
Both racks, SP table, clean tools-parts boxes and MC2 area are also covered with plastics.
Bertin Bros. Construction, Inc is working on the floor preparation. Their head man is Robby Bertin, cell 626. 831.2264
remove tiles, clean off tile glue, drill for ribbed steel bars, rough clean- surface for good bounding. paint floor with bounding agent
Tiles and adhesive removed. There were no dust storms created. Solvent paint- removal made the hole IFO -lab smell like the paint shop.
The south door is open with a fan blowing air inside. The north-west door is open through control room to outside to let air rinse the drying
paint-removal. Koji is taking lunch break while test riding our new PSL table legs.
Since the laser is off, Jenne and I rasied the chiller-chiller (small AC in the Control Room) set point temperature to 73 degree F (from 68F) to save people from shivering.
WE programmed the MOPA chiller's AC unit to turn off at 6PM each day and automatically turn on at 7 AM each morning. Its now very quiet in the control room at night.
Next, we'll leave it off during the day and see if it makes Steve go crazy or not.
I changed the setpoint for the HVAC control (next to Steve) from 73F to 72F. This is to handle the temperature increase in the control room with the AC unit there turned off.
We know that the control setpoint is not linear, but I hope that it settles down after several hours. Lets wait until Tuesday evening before making another change.
80 degrees is too uncomfortable in the control room so I turned on the AC. The set point is 74F.
The following is a message from the LIGO 40m Chief Recycling Officer:
Please get up off your (Alignment Stabilization Servo)es and recycle your bottles and cans! There is a recycling bin in the control room. Recent weeks have seen an increase in number of bottles/cans thrown away in the regular garbage. This is not cool.
There were small pieces of glass, remnants of a fluorescent tube, which were lying around on the ETMY end table for a while now. We picked up the larger pieces by hand and used the HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to pick up the remaining glass and dust on the table.
Sonali, Ishwita, and another anonymous SURF saved the long-lasted water shortage of the 40m
Mess in the lab is increasing. Kiwamu and I had to clean up some stuffs to continue our work.
(i.e. some components were disturbing to open the lid of the tables.)
Basically the tools/equipments/component/cables/digital cameras/lens caps/IR viewers
you have used for the day should be cleaned up at the end of the day.
If one likes to leave a temporary stuff, leave a note to indicate by whom, for what, how long
it will be kept like that, and when one is going to back there with contact info like the cell phone #.
The Kinemetrics dudes are going to visit us @ 1:45 tomorrow (Wednesday) to check out our stacks, seismos, etc.
I put these maps here on the elog since people are always getting lost trying to find the lab.
Here's another useful link:
I'm just on an elog roll this morning...
Again while poking around inside the IFO room, I noticed that they have replaced all of our incandescent lights with CFLs. Do we care? The point of having the incandescent lights on a separate switch from the big fluorescent lights was so that we could have only 60Hz lines, not wide-band noise if we want the lights on while locking.
I'm not sure that we actually care, because more often we just turn off all the lights while trying to do serious locking, but if we do care, then someone needs to ask the custodial staff (or someone else?) to undo the change.
I turned it back on, maybe around 11am? Definitely a little while before the 12:30 meeting.
EDIT by KI:
Sorry, it's me. I was checking if AC was doing something bad on the ALS noise.
This is the fone storree
we should turn off 3977,3979 and 2351 has no function
Edit, JD: x8925 is at the Visitor desk, and isn't on the map.
Or, how a lab should look at the end of every day.
Beat that, Bridge kids!
I've changed R2 resistor in the seism box for the VERT 1 channel from 464 Ohm to 1051 Ohm to reduce the gain of this channel by a factor of 2. This should help the GUR1Z signal not to be corrupted inside the AA box, so we can use it in the adaptive filtering.
I tried to figure out why offline LMS filter subtract seismic noise much better from MC_F then the Wiener filter. I did the calculations twice - with my codes and with Matlab in-build functions, the results are the same. So this is not a code error.
The coherence between GUR 1, 2 and MC_F is still poor. Wiener filter is linear and its performance is confined to the frequency ranges where we see coherence. Lms filter is non-linear and it may be possible to subtract the noise even if non-linear effects are present in the system.
I've checked seismometer readout box again. I've soldered 50 Ohms to plus and minus inputs to VERT 1,2 N/S 1,2, E/W 1,2 - GUR 1 and 2 use these channels. Then I put the box back and connected it to the ADC.
The plot shows that the readout box noise is below the ADC noise. It is possible that amplifiers introduce non-linear effects. To check this I plotted the coherence between OSEM sensors and GUR1X signal:
The coherence between OSEM sensors and GUR1X is pretty good, so may be witness path is not responsible for low coherence at 0.1 - 0.5 Hz between MC_F and GUR 1,2. IT seems that MC_F is bad at low frequencies. I terminated the input to the Channel 1 of the Pentek Generic board, where MC_F is plugged in.
ADC is also good. Something else is wrong.
I don't know why, but they're looking around on the roof, and inside our ceiling above the bathrooms.
Bob tells me that the carpenter is going to move the nitrogen bottles to the other side of the outside door, so that the plumbers can install a safety shower / eyewash right outside our door.
Also, the carpenter just mounted a new glass door cabinet from Bob's lab in the IFO room, so we have some new storage space.
Mode Cleaner doesn't want to stay locked. Seismic is coming down from an earthquake ~20min ago.
We're in the process of measuring IPPOS, so this is obnoxious.
EDIT: Followed by a 6.2 and a 7.1 at 07:06UTC and 07:15UTC in the same area.
We're following the tried and true tradition of going home when there's an earthquake big enough that the MC won't stay locked.
Several optics have rung up, PRM is the only one which has tripped so far, because the side sensor has the extra gain, but the watchdog threshold is set for the face OSEMs.
There is an intermittent rattling sound coming from the HEPA in the NE corner of the PSL table (right above the PMC, all of our input optics).
Steve says it might be a bad bearing, but he'll check it out in the morning and get it fixed.
MC was having a hard time staying locked, with no discernable reason from the control room (i.e. no big seismic, no PMC PZT railing). The HEPA was on 100%, so I turned it down to 50% to hopefully reduce the rattling, if that was what was wrong.
I assume it's the rock tumbler, although it could be something else, but the MC has had trouble staying locked yesterday and today (yesterday Yaakov and I went over there and they were doing stuff almost constantly - it's super loud over there), and today even the PMC has fallen out of lock twice. I just relocked it again, since it went out of lock just after Journal club started.
Anyhow, I think this will be good data for Masha, and then also for the Masha+Yaakov triangulation project.
Just felt an EQ. Impulse moved some vertical blinds by several mm.
Tue Aug 07 23:26:06 2012
All optics except MC2 and ETMX are crazy
[Sasha, Masha, Liz, Eric]
A bunch of surfs in the lab just noticed that ETMX is going crazy (laser is shifting everywhere) due to a 4.5 EQ that just hit LA. The optic is already shut down according to the watchdogs.
There were another couple of earthquakes at about 9:30am and 9:50am local.
All but MC2 were off the watchdogs. I damped and realigned everything and everything looks ok now.
None of the suspensions All suspensions were tripped (edited by Manasa; see elog 8271) by this morning's earthquakes, but the MC suspensions are in a different place than they were a day ago. The big symptom here is that the MCWFS are pulling the mode cleaner slightly out of alignment. When it first locks, the reflected light is ~0.5, but when the WFS are engaged it goes up to ~0.8. I'm going to put the MC optics back where they were (according to SUSpit and SUSyaw), and tweak up the MC from there. Probably other optics are affected, but I was going to work on continuing to center the beam on the Yarm optics, so I'll deal with the rest of the IFO in a minute.
Note re: lower plot - the mxstream was down on c1sus and c1ioo, so no fast channels on those computers were recorded for almost a day. (The plot is one day 4 days long). I was going to plot the seismic blrms along with the suspension pointing values, but there's no data saved, so there's no point. Jamie tells me he thinks this spontaneous loss of the mxstream is fixed in the next RCG upgrade, and that we can talk about upgrading the RCG after the LSC meeting, so this data loss is no longer an issue.
EDIT: Plot with 4 days of trend, rather than just 1. The MC alignment (as measured by MC refl) has been very bad for several days. I'm going to move the suspensions back to their last good place. Also, Manasa realigned the MC after the EQ, so I don't actually know where the suspensions got kicked to this morning.
I found all suspensions including the MC suspensions tripped this morning after the earthquake.
I damped all the optics and realigned MC mirrors to lock at refl 0.57.
PRM and SRM tripped a couple of times due to the aftershocks that followed; but were damped eventually.
I borrowed the HP impedance test kit from Rich Abbott today. The purpose is to profile the impedance of the NPRO PZTs, as part of the AUX PDH servo investigations. It is presently at the X-end. I will do the test in the coming days.
EDIT: After discussing with Koji and checking the existing M2ISS PDs I put the two C30642G back and took two C30665GH (active diameter: 3mm) diodes. Only one of this type remains in storage.
I removed two C30642G photodiodes from the stash for the new M2ISS hardware and updated the wiki page accordingly.
I've taken a PI Piezo Actuator (P-810.10) from the 40m collection. I forgot to note it on the equipment checklist by the door, will do so when I next drop by.
Borrowed Zurich HF2LI Lock in Amplifer to QIL lab Wed Apr 24 11:25:11 2019.
I borrowed one Marconi (2023 B) from 40 m lab to QIL lab.
ZHL-3A (2 units) —-> QIL