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  420   Wed Apr 16 09:47:35 2008 AndreySummaryPEMWeather Station
The weather station is functional again.

The long ethernet Cat5 cable connecting 'WeatherLink' and processor 'c1pem1' was repaired yesterday, namely the RJ45 connector was replaced,
and information about weather conditions is now again continuously being transferred from the 'Weather Monitor' to the control UNIX computers. We can see this information in 'c0Checklist.adl' screen and in Dataviewer.

Below are the two sets of trends for the temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure and the amount of precipitation.

The upper set of trends ("Attachment 1") is "Full Data" in Dataviewer for the 3 hours from 6.30AM till 9.30AM this morning,
and the lower set of trends ("Attachment 2") is "Minute Trend" in Dataviewer for 15 hours from 6.30PM yesterday till 9.30AM this morning.

I also updated the wiki-40 page describing the Weather Station and added to there a description of the process of attaching the RJ45 connector to the end of ethernet Cat5 cable. To access the wiki-40 page about the "weather station" you should go from the main page to "PEM" section and click on "Weather Station".
Attachment 1: Weather-FullData_3hrs.png
Attachment 2: Weather_Trend_15hrs.png
  419   Tue Apr 15 18:44:25 2008 ranaConfigurationComputersRosalba
There is a new computer in the control room -- its called Rosalba,
in keeping with our naming convention. Its a quad-core machine that
Dmass found for cheap somewhere; we've installed the CentOS on it
that Alex recommended.

Its a 64-bit Linux and so that's going to cause some problems. Alex has done this
before and so we have some confidence that we can get our regular tools (DTT, Dataviewer)
to run on it.

I have made a new apps tree for all of our future 64-bit Linux machines. So far, there is
a 64-bit firefox and a 64-bit matlab in there. As we start using this machine some more, we
will be forced to install more 64-bit Linux stuff.

We also didn't have enough network cables to run to both linux3 and rosalba. Andrey has decided that we
should not ditch linux3 and so he will run another cable for it tomorrow.
  418   Tue Apr 8 09:08:54 2008 steveConfigurationPEMweather station disconnected
We can not leave cables in the walkways and go on vacation.
I disconnected the weather station from the DAQ
Every Tuesday is janitor day in the 40m.
We have to give him free space for doing a good job.

Burned toast award goes to Andrey.
Attachment 1: toast.jpg
  417   Mon Apr 7 18:58:49 2008 steveUpdateGeneralreflectivity of SS304
The reflectivity of stainless steel 304 super polished # 8 was measured the same way as elog entry 409

The reflectivity: 74 +- 1 % from incident angle 10 to 80 degrees
Attachment 1: ss304s8refl.pdf
ss304s8refl.pdf ss304s8refl.pdf
  416   Mon Apr 7 16:42:56 2008 ranaUpdateComputerseLog intermittent
Phil Ehrens restarted Dziban again this morning. Looks like its still crashing each Monday around 8 AM.

Here is the latest suspect:

  414   Fri Apr 4 16:54:06 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentWeather station is fully alive

After today's trip to the roof of our building the weather station seems to be completely resurrected!

We went to the roof together with Steve Vass, and we discovered that:

(1) Sensors of wind speed, wind direction and the bowl that measures the amount of precipitation do not have any visible defects, so there is no problem with all those sensors even after being outside for seven years.

(2) We discovered that there are cable junctions located on the roof, and those junctions were located close to the rim (edge) of the roof, before the cables go inside of 40-meter lab room. The taping in the place of the junction was not good due to the age, and the connections between the cables were disrupted (cable endings were out of the connectors). Therefore, no signal from the roof sensors could be transferred to the 'Weather Monitor'. It was not wise from the person who installed the weather station to leave the fragile cable connections outside, on the roof, because the length of the cables allowed to locate those three connectors inside of the building.

See the attached PDF-file with pictures.

(3) After the cables were plugged into the connectors, these cable junctions were gently pulled into the inside of the 40-meter interferometer room. These cable junctions should not be located outside of the building!

Immediately after all the above-mentioned steps, the reasonable indications of outside temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction appeared on the 'Weather Monitor'.

In order to see if there is any problem of communication between the 'Weather Monitor' and UNIX control computers through 'c1pem1', I rolled out two brand new black cat-5 ethernet cables on the floor of the interferometer room (they are on the floor temporarily, the ethernet cable will go from the floor into the ceiling cable tray eventually), connected the two cables together through freshly purchased from Caltech bookstore cable connectors, and thus connected the 'Weather Monitor' to the processor 'c1pem1'.

Result: Now we can see reasonable indications of outside temperature, pressure, amount of precipitation, wind speed and direction on the EPICS screen! Moreover, these indications are changing with time.

As a reminder for everyone: standard atmospheric pressure is about 101kPa, so the indications of pressure as 99900Pa is quite reasonable.

One thing is not clear for me yet: wind speed on the 'Weather Monitor' is fluctuating between 2 and 4 mph, while MEDM EPICS-screen values are fluctuation in the range between 0 and 3mph.

Many thanks to Steve Vass and Alexander Ivanov for their help.
Attachment 1: Work_on_the_Roof.pdf
Work_on_the_Roof.pdf Work_on_the_Roof.pdf Work_on_the_Roof.pdf Work_on_the_Roof.pdf
  413   Thu Apr 3 19:27:50 2008 AndreySummaryPhotosTour for prospective grad students
Last Friday (March 28), there was a tour of 40-meter lab for prospective graduate students.

Rana showed to the prospective students the interferometer. See pdf-attachment with pictures (two pictures of Rana with undergraduates (I took them) and two old pictures which I discovered on the memory card of Nikon d-40, it was not me who took those two last pictures).
Attachment 1: Rana_Lecturing.pdf
Rana_Lecturing.pdf Rana_Lecturing.pdf Rana_Lecturing.pdf Rana_Lecturing.pdf
  412   Thu Apr 3 18:46:04 2008 AndreyConfigurationComputers"Network switch board" and "c1pem1 crate" were touched

While working with the weather station, I did two things that potentially (with a very small probability) might influence the smooth work of other processors/computers.
I did the following on Wednesday, April 2nd, in times between 1PM and 3PM.

(1) I turned off for several seconds and returned into the initial position the switch-key on the rack with computer (processor) 'c1pem1' in order to reboot processor 'c1pem1'. The turning off/on of that key-switch was repeated several times.

(2) I pulled gently the whole "Network-Switch Board" towards me in order to replace an ethernet cat 5 cable going into the board form the processor 'c1pem1'. Some other connections of other ethernet cables might be flimsy, and then other people in 40-meter might have problems with computers other than 'c1pem1'. It should not happen, but in case of extraordinary behaviour of any other computer in our lab, people should check the connectors on the network-switch board. It is located near the middle of Y-arm. See picture.
Attachment 1: Computer_Rack.JPG
  410   Thu Apr 3 18:33:17 2008 AndreySummaryEnvironmentStatus of Weather Station

During the last two days some things related to weather station have been improved.

1) Startup file for the computer (processor) 'c1pem1' was changed so that now 'c1pem1' can be rebooted from "Linux1". Computer 'c1pem1' is responsible for communicating data between 'Weather Monitor' and control UNIX machines. Before April 1st it was impossible to reboot the computer 'c1pem1'. Now 'c1pem1' runs without difficulties.

2) It was determined that some ethernet cables of category "cat 5" were bad. I replaced one short cat 5 cable between 'c1pem1' and 'network-switch board' in the neighboring computer rack, and I still need to replace the internet ending of another long (~20 meters) cat 5 cable after Alex Ivanov will bring the tool for that.

3) 'Weather monitor' and 'WeatherLink' are temporarily moved away from their "nested" positions on the north wall, and they are now in the proximity of processor 'c1pem1'. Thus the signal about "Inside Temperature" goes into 'c1pem1' computer without any additional ethernet cables, and "inside temperature" is correctly displayed on the "Checklist" adl. MEDM screen on the control UNIX machines. The cable with a signal from the roof sensors (which might be dead due their 7-year age) is temporarily disconnected from the 'Weather Monitor'.

Result: 'Weather Monitor' and computer (processsor) 'c1pem1' are alive, they communicate reasonable "Inside Temperature" to the control UNIX-machines.

The fate of the outside sensors is currently unknown, I plan to go to the roof together with Mr. Steve Vass tomorrow and try to determine what should be done with them.

I am also writing (right now) a wiki-40 page which explains what is the "Weather Station" and what is its status.
  409   Wed Apr 2 15:03:51 2008 steveUpdateGeneralreflectivity of black glass
The reflectivity of black glass, shade 12 was supplied by Donald O'Shea
of Emerald Glass Inc., Westlake, OH 44145

The reflectivity of this glass was measured as shown

Old 1064 nm Crysta Laser with poor beam quality was the source.
Attachment 1: bg12refl.pdf
Attachment 2: bg12refsetup.pdf
  408   Mon Mar 31 14:14:16 2008 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2 status

c1susvme2 is getting worse and worse. it won't run for more than ~45 minutes without fatally de-syncing. for now I've turned off c1iovme (which sends the MCL signal) to see if that's causing the problem. next I'll swap the boards for c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 to see if it's the cpu (or maybe the RFM card) itself, rather than the timing/pentek systems.

I swapped the processors for c1susvme1 and c1susvme2. So for now, to startup, you should ssh into c1susvme1 and run the startup.cmd for c1susvme2, and vice versa.
  407   Mon Mar 31 14:01:40 2008 jamieSummaryLSCSummary of DC readout PD non-linearity measurements
From March 21-26, I conducted some measurements of the response non-linearity of some mock-up DC readout photodetectors. The detectors are simple:
Vbias ---
        |-------- output
This is a description of the final measurement.

The laser current modulation input was given a 47Hz sine wave at 20mV. A constant small fraction of the beam was shown onto the reference detector, and a beam that was varied in DC power level was incident on the test detector. Spectra were taken from both detectors at the same time, 0.25Hz bandwidth, over 100 averages.

At each incident power level on the test detector, the Vpk in all multiples of the modulation frequency were measured (ie. V[i*w]). The difference between the 2f/1f ratio in the test and reference was then calculated, ie:
V_test[2*w]/V_test[1*w] - V_ref[2*w]/V_ref[1*w]
This is the solid black line in the plot ("t21-r21_v_power.png").

The response of a simulated non-linear detector was also calculated based on the Vpk measured at each harmonic in the reference detector, assuming that the reference detector had a purely linear response, ie:
V_nl[beta,2*w]/V_nl[beta,1*w] - V_l[2*w]/V_l[1*w]
these are the dashed colored lines in the plot ("t21-r21_v_power.png").

The result of the measurement seems to indicate that the non-linearity in the test detector is less than beta=-1.

The setup that was on the big optics table south of the laser, adjacent to the mode cleaner, is no longer needed.
Attachment 1: t21-r21_v_power.png
  406   Fri Mar 28 16:18:18 2008 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2 status
c1susvme2 is getting worse and worse. it won't run for more than ~45 minutes without fatally de-syncing. for now I've turned off c1iovme (which sends the MCL signal) to see if that's causing the problem. next I'll swap the boards for c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 to see if it's the cpu (or maybe the RFM card) itself, rather than the timing/pentek systems.
  405   Wed Mar 26 22:26:15 2008 JohnUpdateComputersc1susvme
I removed the fan and tweaked the timing cables to see if they were the source of our problems. I saw no effect. I'm leaving the fan off for the moment to see if that helps. It is on top of the filing cabinet next to my desk.
  404   Wed Mar 26 13:41:53 2008 AndreyHowToSUSModification of ''C1DRIFT_MONITOR''
I learned how to modify the drift-monitor in MEDM so that values on it change colors from green to yellow to red depending how much is the fluctuatioin (deviation) of the value from its mean nominal value.

In order to do this, I used the following eight commands:


where CHANNEL_MAME is the name of the channel the value of which is indicated on the MEDM screen C1DRIFT_MONITOR, for example
C1:SUS-MC1_SUSPOS_INMON, and VALUE is numerical value that I assigned to the channel parameters.

By now I modified nine mode-cleaner channels (POS, PITCH and YAW channels for MC1, MC2 and MC3) and 6 channels for ITMX and ITMY.

Note that as we have problems this week with computer C1SUSVM, namely ''c1susvme2'' is not working, indicators for MC2 in the drift-monitor do not change colors today although they should.

In order to judge which values should be established as reasonable deviations from the average nominal values, I was looking into Dataviewer trends for the channels that are in the drift-monitor.

In the future indicators for channels ETMX and ETMY, BS, PRM, SRM should be modified in complete analogy with what I did already for MC and for ITM. So, I have modified 3*5 = 15 channels, and 3*5 = 15 channels are left for the future.

Note that (as far as I understand) instead of commands "tdswrite" it is absolutely legitimate to use commands "ezcawrite".
  403   Tue Mar 25 16:34:47 2008 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2


c1susvme2 isn't behaving itself. It keeps getting out of sync and/or giving a red status light.

After going through the usual restart procedures a few times (unsuccessfully) we power cycled the c1susvme & c1sosvme crates. We think everything came back okay.

We still can't get the status and CRC (cyclic redundancy check) to return to normal on c1susvme2. If Alex is around tomorrow please ask him to take a look.

I rebooted it again this morning. The ASS machine is currently not running its process, for whatever reason (someone turn it off?). Let's leave it like this for a day and see how the c1susvme2 does. The other recent change is Steve's install of a cooling fan--maybe that's causing the problem.

Now c1susvme1 is joining the action. Since leaving the ASS off doesn't change anything, we can probably absolve it of blame. I now suspect the 4-pin LEMO cables going from the CLK DRIVER modules to the clock fanout modules. These cables are being squeezed/shaken by Steve's new fan setup, and may have been the culprit all along. John will do some testing to see if they are indeed the problem.
  402   Tue Mar 25 15:56:09 2008 JohnUpdateTreasureAssorted pictures
Some pictures scavenged from the D40.
Attachment 1: D40.pdf
D40.pdf D40.pdf
  401   Tue Mar 25 13:21:25 2008 AndreyUpdateComputersc1susvme2 is not behaving itself again
  400   Tue Mar 25 10:44:24 2008 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2

c1susvme2 isn't behaving itself. It keeps getting out of sync and/or giving a red status light.

After going through the usual restart procedures a few times (unsuccessfully) we power cycled the c1susvme & c1sosvme crates. We think everything came back okay.

We still can't get the status and CRC (cyclic redundancy check) to return to normal on c1susvme2. If Alex is around tomorrow please ask him to take a look.

I rebooted it again this morning. The ASS machine is currently not running its process, for whatever reason (someone turn it off?). Let's leave it like this for a day and see how the c1susvme2 does. The other recent change is Steve's install of a cooling fan--maybe that's causing the problem.
  399   Mon Mar 24 20:15:03 2008 JohnSummaryComputersc1susvme2
c1susvme2 isn't behaving itself. It keeps getting out of sync and/or giving a red status light.

After going through the usual restart procedures a few times (unsuccessfully) we power cycled the c1susvme & c1sosvme crates. We think everything came back okay.

We still can't get the status and CRC (cyclic redundancy check) to return to normal on c1susvme2. If Alex is around tomorrow please ask him to take a look.
  398   Mon Mar 24 13:03:54 2008 robUpdateElectronicsHP4195A is back

The swept sine output looks totally normal from 500Mhz to 150MHz (measuring ~220mVrms below 300MHz -- 0dBm), where it abruptly transitions to a distorted waveform which the scope measures as having a frequency of ~25MHz and with 450mVrms (+6dBm). It then transitions again at some other part of the sweep to a cleaner-looking 25MHz waveform with ~1.2Vrms (+15dBm).

The HP4195A is back from repair. At first, it exhibited exactly the same behaviour for which it was sent in for repair, and which is described above (pillage from entry 337). After speaking with the repair tech on the phone, who tried to imply that the digital scope was tricking us, I plugged the output into our HP8591E spectrum analyzer, just to have firm ammunition to combat the repair guy's looniness. This led to even weirder behaviour, like no output and overload signals on the inputs (with nothing connected). After turning the unit on and off several times, and firmly seating (and screwing in) the DB9 connectors in the back of the unit, it appears to be working properly. Except for a brief glitch as it passes through 150MHz, the swept sine signal now appears normal, both on the scope and in the spectrum analyzer.

Apparently the whole thing is due to a loose connection somewhere in the box, which wasn't actually fixed by the repair, but has at least been temporarily fixed by me stumbling around with a screwdriver and then pushing the power button a couple of times.
  397   Sun Mar 23 10:42:54 2008 ValeraSummaryElectronicsRFAM of the RF stabilization box is measured
I reconstructed Tobin's setup to measure the RFAM after the RF stabilization box in the 166 MHz modulation path.
The setup consisted of the splitter and the mixer followed by the RF low pass filter and the SR560 (gain x100).
The RF level into splitter was 20 dBm. The Mini-Circuits ZLW-3H (17 dBm LO) mixer was used. The LO was taken
straight out of the splitter and the RF path was attenuated by 11 dBm, The DC out of the mixer was 700 mV.
The noise floor was measured with the RF input of the mixer terminated on 50 Ohm. The 45 MHz measurement
in broad band setting looks better than the noise floor at high frequencies. I am not sure what was wrong with
one or both of those measurements. The 9 MHz measurements are above the noise floor.

The RFAM meets the AdvLIGO requirements in the detection band (f > 10 Hz).

The attached zipped files are:
SRS003 9 MHz DC-200 Hz
SRS004 9 MHz DC-26 kHz
SRS006 45 MHz DC-200 Hz
SRS005 45 MHz DC-26 kHz
SRS007 Noise floor DC-200 Hz
SRS008 Noise floor DC-26 kHz
Attachment 1: RFAM.zip
Attachment 2: amplitudenoise.pdf
  396   Sun Mar 23 00:56:42 2008 JohnUpdateLSCMore on 3f
We ended our last attempt at 3f locking concerned about the beam size on PD6. I investigated tonight. The beam was not obviously overfilling the diode and a quick tweak of the steering mirror revealed a decent plateaux. Nevertheless we decided to try a different approach to see if we found the same problems as before on a different diode.

This time our 3f diode was Refl 33. I put a splitter on the output of the diode at the LSC rack sending one half into the usual refl 33 board, the other into refl DD 199 (which is demodulating at 99Mhz).

I got as far as handing off PRC to the 3f signal in lock. More work needed.
  395   Sun Mar 23 00:43:08 2008 mevansHowToGeneralOnline Adaptive Filtering
I wrote a short document about the OAF running on the ASS. Since there is no BURT setup, I put a script in /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts to help with setting initial parameters: upass.
Attachment 1: OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf
OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf OnlineAdaptiveFilter.pdf
  394   Sat Mar 22 22:39:02 2008 mevansSummaryCDSDirect Form 2 filters are bad
Here I show a comparison between the filter algorithm currently used in LIGO (Direct Form II), and an alternative algorithm designed to reduce numerical noise. The input signal is

x = sin(2 * pi * t) + 1e-9 * sin(2 * pi * (fs / 4) * t);

where fs = 16384 is the sample rate. The filter is a 4th order notch at 1Hz (f_poles = f_zeros = 1Hz, Q_poles = 1, Q_zeros = 1e6). It is clear that the DF2 algorithm produces a noise floor that is, for this simple filter, 1e-11 / rtHz smaller than the input drive amplitude (see plots). That should probably be scary given how many second-order-sections we run our signals through. The low-noise form does a somewhat better job. The low-noise algorithm has the same memory and computational requirements as DF2, and our CDS guys have the code in hand. I suggest we start testing soon.

(The code is included below. You will need my Matlab library to run the top level test script.)
Attachment 1: low-noise_filtering.png
Attachment 2: low-noise_zoom.png
Attachment 3: FiltRT.zip
  392   Fri Mar 21 23:17:47 2008 ranaConfigurationDMFseisBLRMS restarted
I updated the seisBLRMS par file with the new channel names of the accelerometers and the seismometer and then
recompiled the code and restarted it according to Rob's elog entry. It went fine and the seisBLRMS is now back in
  391   Fri Mar 21 23:15:11 2008 ranaConfigurationPEMRanger SS-1: New Setup
The Ranger seismometer has been in a bad state. Its output had been sent into a SR560 without any termination.

The seismometer is, internally, just a mass on a flexure with a magnet and a pickup coil for readout.
The damping of the system depends on the resistor hooked up across the coil. With the SR560 this is
the 1 Meg input impedance of it and so the mass is undamped.

I installed a 4300 Ohm resistor in there which seems to nearly critically damp it. However, this will not
allow us to reach the ultimate quantum noise limited performance. We will have to analyze the thermal, voltage,
and current noise to get that.

I then also increased the gain from 10 to 100 on the SR560. This should now make the front end noise of the
seismometer/SR560 close to equal to the noise of the PEM ADC.
  390   Fri Mar 21 17:01:21 2008 ranaConfigurationDMFLocale change on Mafalda & seisBLRMS restart
Ever since we moved the accelerometers to be around the MC and changed their names, the seisBLRMS
has not been working. I tried to restart it today after fixing the channel names in the par file
but I ran into a PERL / UBUNTU bug.
perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = (unset),
        LC_ALL = (unset),
        LC_TIME = "en_US.ISO8859-1",
        LC_MONETARY = "en_US.ISO8859-1",
        LC_CTYPE = "en_US.ISO8859-1",
        LC_COLLATE = "en_US.ISO8859-1",
        LC_MESSAGES = "C",
        LC_NUMERIC = "en_US.ISO8859-1",
        LANG = "en_US.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").

I don't know how this crept up or when it started. There were a bunch of fixes on the Ubuntu
forums which didn't work.

In the end I just set the 'unset' environment variables via our cshrc.40m file and this seemed
to make ligotools/perl happy. Lets hope this lasts...I love Linux.
  389   Fri Mar 21 11:54:38 2008 robUpdateVACtp 2 failed

Small turbo #2 is the forepump of the maglev.
It failed last night, shut down the maglev and interlock closed V1
Ifo pressure is 20 mTorr now. The Yarm was still locked at 8am this morning.
The PSL beam to MC was blocked just before the output periscope.
The psl mechanial shutter did not work from epic screen.

The PSL mechanical shutter actually did trip last night, greatly confusing me and Rana. Not realizing that the software vacuum interlock had tripped, we manually re-opened the shutter. I'll modify the relevant MEDM screens to indicate when the EPICS interlock trips.
  388   Fri Mar 21 09:02:03 2008 steveUpdateVACtp 2 failed
Small turbo #2 is the forepump of the maglev.
It failed last night, shut down the maglev and interlock closed V1
Ifo pressure is 20 mTorr now. The Yarm was still locked at 8am this morning.
The PSL beam to MC was blocked just before the output periscope.
The psl mechanial shutter did not work from epic screen.
  387   Thu Mar 20 17:45:36 2008 ranaSummaryASSAdaptive Filtering in the ASS system
Over the past couple weeks we (Matt, Alex, Rob, me) have worked on getting an adaptive filter
system working. We wanted to load this system into c1ass to use this processor. The dither alignment
system hasn't been employed here for awhile and so we have just used this box.

The signals are acquired in the PEM ADCU. Alex modified the code there to send the signals over to
the new system. We also get the SUS-LSC_OUT signals from each of the suspensions so that we can
try to minimize them.

The outputs of the adaptive filter go into the unused SUS-MCL inputs of all the suspensions (except
for MC2). In the current setup, we have 6 accelerometers and 1 seismometer around the MC to be used
to demonstrate the principle of the whole thing.

Much more documentation and description of everything is necessary. We'll try to get Matt, Rob, and Alex
to use the elog.
  386   Thu Mar 20 16:06:27 2008 robConfigurationLSCLSC code change

I changed the LSC code again. I noticed that when turning off the LSC (e.g., going from LA to OFF), the cpu time would jump from ~50 to ~80, and irrevocably de-sync all the SUS controllers. This was because turning off the LSC would suddenly zero the inputs to the decimation filters that send information to the ASS box, which for some reason greatly increases the computation time of the iir filter function call. I changed the code so that these inputs are never zeroed. The ASS receives inputs from the LSC all the time now.

I also noticed that the ASS machine was running in ~2400 usec. Yes, 2,400 microseconds. I don't know how long it's been doing that, but I restarted it. Immediately after restart, it ran at 1700 microseconds. After using the "RESET" field in the adaptOnline code, that dropped to ~100 usec. Now it's not doing any adaptive filtering, as I don't know what the good settings are and no-one has been elogging their IFO work the last few days.
  385   Thu Mar 20 15:28:20 2008 steveUpdateVACtp2 's drypump replaced
The fore pump of tp2 was replaced at fore line pressure 998m Torr
  384   Mon Mar 17 18:30:48 2008 mevansConfigurationPEMAdaptive Filtering
It seems that adaptive filtering can achieve results similar to those of the MISO FIR Wiener (entry 369). The adaptive code simulates real-time operation, but uses the same data used by Rana for the Wiener filter. I ran the adaptive filter over the data 100 times to ensure that it was well trained... maybe too well.
Attachment 1: mcacc_adaptive.png
  383   Sun Mar 16 17:03:32 2008 robConfigurationCDSASS code change

I've updated the ass.mdl file in the directory:


to get us started in the adaptive PEM noise subtraction.

After several iterations of remote help from Alex, the code compiles and runs, receives signals from the LSC, PEM, and MC2, and communicates with the suspension controllers. I've also adapted the .par file from the code generator, but haven't got the testpoints working with the new ASS code. There are no MEDM screens yet, and Matt's adaptive filter code has not been installed (there's a matrix as a placeholder).

Putting in the adaptive code should be simple, building the MEDM screens tedious, and getting the testpoints working uncertain. I noticed that the new testpoint.par file starts at a different channel number than the previous (working) version, which is strange. I probably have a script somewhere to change all these numbers by a constant offset, but I don't know if that's the actual problem--maybe stuff just needs to be rebooted.

The code receives as input the first 24 channels from the PEM ADCU, the eight suspension control signals from the LSC, and the output of the MCL filter from MC2. It outputs to the MCL filter input of each suspension (except MC2).
  382   Fri Mar 14 16:56:03 2008 DmassBureaucracyComputersNew 40m control machine.
I priced out a new control machine from Dell and had Steve buy it.

GigE cards (jumbo packet capable) will be coming seperately.

Quad core (2+GHz)
4 Gigs @ 800MHz RAM
24" LCD
low end video card (Nvidia 8300 - analog + digital output for dual head config)

No floppy drive on this one (yet?)
  381   Fri Mar 14 15:52:07 2008 robConfigurationLSCLSC code change

I've edited the LSC code to send different signals to the ASS box. Now, instead of the previously selected error signals deemed to be acceptable for the Alignment Sensing and Stabalization system, it sends the LSC control signals for each suspension to the ASS box (in its new incarnation as the Adaptive Susurration Subtraction system). These are the signals after the output matrix, and also after the LSC-[SUS] filter modules.
  380   Fri Mar 14 15:06:24 2008 robUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsrouting PEM -> ASS -> SUS_MCL


on ASS RFM 1 has PEM signals at

float at 0x100000 has c0dcu1 first ICS110B chan 1
float at 0x100004 has chan 2

ASS sends to RFM 0

float at 0x100000 goes to PRM MCL
0x100004 to BS MCL
0x100008 to IMTX MCL
0x10000c to ITMY MCL
0x100010 to SRM MCL
0x100018 to MC1 MCL
0x10001c to MC3 MCL
0x100020 to ETMX MCL
0x100024 to ETMY MCL

You can differentiate between RFM 0 and RFM 1 in the simulink model by adding 0x4000000 to the offsets for RFM 1.
  379   Fri Mar 14 14:59:51 2008 josephbConfigurationCamerasComparison between GC650 (CCD) and GC750 (CMOS) looking at ETMX
Attached are images taken of ETMX while locked.

The first two are 300,000 microsecond exposure time, with approximately the same focusing/zoom. (The 750 is slightly more zoomed in than the 650 in these images). The second are 30,000 microsecond exposures. The la

The CMOS appears to be more sensitive to the 1064 nm reflected light (resulting in bright images for the same exposure time). This may make a difference in applications where images are desired to be taken quickly and repeatedly.

Both seem to be resolving individual specks on the optic reasonably well.

Next test is to place both camera on a Gaussian beam (in a couple different modes say 00, 11, and so forth), probably using the PMC.
Attachment 1: ETMX_z2_exp_300000_650.tiff
Attachment 2: ETMX_z2_exp_300000_750.tiff
Attachment 3: ETMX_z2_exp_30000_650.tiff
Attachment 4: ETMX_z2_exp_30000_750.tiff
  378   Fri Mar 14 12:06:29 2008 josephbConfigurationCamerasGC750 looking at ETMX while locked
The GC750 (CMOS) is currently looking at the front of ETMX. Unfortunately, its being routed through a 10Mbit connection (which I will be purchasing a replacement for today), so getting it to send images to Mafalda/Linux 2 or 3 isn't working well, but by using a local gigabit switch and a laptop I can get sufficient speed for full images with the sample viewer.

The attached image is from a full 752x480 reslution with 10,000 microsecond exposure with the X-arm locked. Although it looks like I still need to work on the focusing. Will be switching the GC750 with the GC 650 (CCD) later today and comparing the resulting images.
Attachment 1: ETMX_zoom_exp_10000_750.tiff
  377   Thu Mar 13 18:20:29 2008 JohnUpdateGeneralNew Focus 4003 EOM 29.489MHz
I measured the modulation index as a function of drive power using an OSA. Agrees well with spec of 0.2 rad/V.
  376   Thu Mar 13 13:15:09 2008 aivanovUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsnew sfotware intall, backup files
op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme[12]/*.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 57920 2008-03-13 13:11 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme2/losLinux2.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 57976 2008-03-13 13:11 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme1/losLinux1.o
op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1isce[xy]/*.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 246861 2008-03-13 13:12 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscey/losEtmy.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 246861 2008-03-13 13:12 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscex/losEtmx.o
op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c0dcu1/*.o
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 63547 2008-03-12 14:57 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c0dcu1/dcuDma.o

op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme[12]/*.o.13mar08
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 55960 2005-06-21 13:30 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme2/losLinux2.o.13mar08
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 55960 2005-06-21 13:30 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme1/losLinux1.o.13mar08
op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1isce[xy]/*.o.13mar08
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 229793 2007-03-08 11:09 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscex/losEtmx.o.13mar08
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 229793 2007-03-08 11:09 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iscey/losEtmy.o.13mar08
op440m:40m>ls -alt /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c0dcu1/*.o.12mar08
-rw-r--r-- 1 controls staff 60810 2004-09-08 08:47 /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c0dcu1/dcuDma.o.12mar08
  375   Thu Mar 13 12:11:58 2008 aivanovUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsrouting PEM -> ASS -> SUS_MCL

on ASS RFM 1 has PEM signals at

float at 0x100000 has c0dcu1 first ICS110B chan 1
float at 0x100004 has chan 2

ASS sends to RFM 0

float at 0x100000 goes to PRM MCL
0x100004 to BS MCL
0x100008 to IMTX MCL
0x10000c to ITMY MCL
0x100010 to SRM MCL
0x100018 to MC1 MCL
0x10001c to MC3 MCL
0x100020 to ETMX MCL
0x100024 to ETMY MCL
  374   Thu Mar 13 03:07:19 2008 LisaMetaphysicsEnvironmentCoolness at the 40m
My first (and hopefully not last) week at the 40m lab is ending Frown
I found this lab really cool, the people working here really cool as well, and this e-log....
this e-log is not just cool, it is FANTASTIC!!!

  373   Thu Mar 13 02:52:06 2008 LisaConfigurationLSCLocking with 3f
Today we have tried to use the reflected signal demodulated at 3*f1 ~ 99 MHz (REFL31) for length control.
This signal is cool because it is generated by the beating of sidebands, so it is not very sensitive to what the carrier does inside the IFO.
In particular, its gain and the demodulation phase shouldn't change much while changing the CARM offset during the locking sequence.
The idea is therefore to use REFL31_I and REFL31_Q for controlling MICH and PRCL, with the goal of making the lock acquisition sequence more robust.

We minimized hardware changes by using the 199MHz demodulation board, changing the local oscillator to 99.586317 MHz, with an amplitude of +10 dbm (the 3f signals are therefore acquired as LSC-PD6_I and LSC-PD6-Q).

We locked both the PRM and the DRM in a stable way using the REFL31_I and REFL31_Q, after tuning the demodulation phase (50) and removing their offsets.
On the other hand, we weren't able to acquire the lock in the DRM configuration directly by using the 3f signals. We needed instead to use the f signals first, and switch to the 3f signals once the lock was already acquired, otherwise ending up locking DRM at a different working point.
One explanation for that might be the fact that the beam impinging upon the 3f diode is too big compared with the diode size (only 1 mm, half of the size of the f1 diode).
For these reason, in presence of misalignments, some of the reflected light goes in high order modes, which can be partially (or all) off the diode, thereby generating multi-zero crossing in the demodulated error signal.

The next step before making the test with the whole IFO is therefore to modify the telescope in front of the 3f diode in order to reduce the beam size and repeat the tests we did tonight in DRM configuration.

P.S.: We made a test by changing the frequency of the local oscillator by a little bit and then coming back to the original value. We observed that the phase of the signal can change, so every time this frequency is moved the 3f demod phase need to be retuned.

John, Rob, Rana, Lisa
  372   Wed Mar 12 23:05:44 2008 ranaUpdateIOOMC WFS
they are bad, somewhat

please fix
  371   Wed Mar 12 00:47:26 2008 ranaConfigurationPEMAccelerometer and Seismometer movements
And this is a cool snapshot showing how this operation used 16 cores on menkar !
Attachment 1: Screenshot.png
  370   Wed Mar 12 00:40:35 2008 ranaConfigurationPEMAccelerometer and Seismometer movements
Same as above but with 2048 taps and a 128 Hz sample rate. Does much better at the 16 Hz bounce mode.
Attachment 1: mc2048-128.pdf
  369   Wed Mar 12 00:36:52 2008 ranaConfigurationPEMAccelerometer and Seismometer movements
I used the MISO FIR Wiener matlab code to see how well we might do in principle.

The attached 3 page PDF file shows the MC_L control signal (force on MC2) and the residual
after subtracting off the accelerometer and seismometer using a 32 Hz sample rate and
512 taps (page 1), 1024 taps (page 2), and 2048 taps (page 3). As Matt smarmily points out,
there's not a lot to win by going beyond 512; maybe a factor of sqrt(2) for a factor of 4
tap number.
Attachment 1: finished.pdf
finished.pdf finished.pdf finished.pdf
  368   Tue Mar 11 23:14:01 2008 ranaConfigurationPEMAccelerometer and Seismometer movements
Steve and Matt moved the accelerometers and seismometers today.
The accelerometers are now placed around the MC and the seismometer is in-between MC1 & MC2.

We have changed the names of the acc channels to reflect whether they are close to MC1/MC3
or MC2. We tested the accelerometer to channel name mapping by switching gains at the wilcoxon
breakout box and also by tapping. It seems now that the previous setup near the ITMX/ETMX had
some few channels mislabeled which would have given some confusing results.

Alex, Jay, and Rolf came over today and installed, then de-installed some of the hardware for
sending the PEM channels over to the C1ASS machine where the adaptive filter front end will go.
Everything should be back to the way it was...hopefully, the guys will modify the ADCU PEM
code to send the signals to the new FE over the reflective memory net and then send them to the
MCL inputs of the suspensions. So the first incarnation should use the accelerometers and seismometer
to drive MC1 and/or MC3.
Attachment 1: Acc.pdf
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