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  4089   Wed Dec 22 17:24:50 2010 steveConfigurationVACslow pumpdown at 12 hours

We have reached 200 Torr at 12 hours of slow pumping speed. Kiwamu stopped the pumping for 11 hrs last night .and I restarted it this morning.

Now RV1 is fully open with butterfly valve in place  and the second roughing  pump RP3 was just turned on.


How to stop pumping:

1,  close RV1 manual valve with torque wheel

2, close V3

3, turn off roughing pumps RP1 & RP3

4, disconnect metal hose connection to butterfly valve

Attachment 1: slowpd12h.jpg
  4088   Wed Dec 22 15:47:22 2010 KojiUpdateVACTank closing procedure

[Jenne Kiwamu Joe Osamu Steve Koji]

Yesterday (21st), we closed the BSC and the four testmass chambers.

We splitted the team into three.

- Wiping team (Jenne/Kiwamu)
- Suspension team (Osamu/Koji)
- Door closing team (Joe/Steve)

While the wiping team was working, the suspension team prepared the next suspension.
Once the mirror was wiped, the suspension team restored that suspension at the position of the markings on the table.

After the wipe of the first mirror, the wiping team got experienced and they were the fastest among the teams.
So the wiping team worked as the second suspension team when necessary.

All of us became the closing team after the last suspension has been restored.

We checked that we still have the Michelson fringes and the oplev pointings.

In total, the work was very efficient such that we only took four hours for the entire process.

We left the suspension marking on the optical tables because they are quite useful.

  4087   Wed Dec 22 15:30:47 2010 OsamuUpdateASCETMY oplev fixed

According to c1scy.mdl, OL signals should be connected to adc_0_24 to adc_0_27 but they were connected to adc_0_16 to adc_0_19 which are assigned to QPD signals.

Actually cable connections were messed up. One ribbon cable was connected from QPD driver and ADC ports assigned for OL, and another ribbon cable was connected from the board combining the signals of oplev and QPD to ADC port assigned for QPD.

Now ETMY oplev is working well and aligned to center.

  4086   Wed Dec 22 11:24:23 2010 haixingUpdateSUSmeasurement of imbalance in quadrant maglev protope

Yesterday, a sequence of force and gain measurement was made to determine the imbalance in the

quadrant, magnetic-levitation prototype. This was the reason why it failed to achieve a stable levitation.

The configuration is shown schematically by the figure below:




Specifically, the following measurements have been made:

(1) DC force measurement among four pairs of magnets at fixed distance with current of the coils on and off

From this measurement,  the DC force between pair of magnets is determined and is around 1.6 N at with a

separation of 1 cm. This measurement also lets us know the gain from voltage to force near the working point.


The force between pair "2" is about 13% stronger than other pairs which are nearly identical. The force by the

coil is around 0.017 N per Volt (levitation of 5 g per 3 Volt); therefore, we need around 12 volt DC compensation

of pair "2" in order to counterbalance such an imbalance.  Given the resistence of the coil equal to 26 Om, this

requires almost 500 mA DC compensation. Koji suggested that we need a high-current buffer, instead of what

has been used now.


(2) DC force measurement among four pairs of magnets (with current of the coils off) as a function of distance

From this measurement, we can determine the stiffness of the system. In this case, the stiffness or the

effective spring constant is negative, and we need to compensate it by using a feedback control. This is

one of the most important parameters for designing the feedback control. The data is still in processing.


(3) Gain measurement of the OSEM from the displacement to voltage.

This measurement is a little bit tricky due to the difficulty to determine the displacement of the flag.

After several measurements, it gave approximately 2 V/cm.


Plan for the next few days:

From the those measurements, all the parameters for the plant and sensor that need to determine the

feedback control are known. They should be plugged into the simulink model and to see whether the

old design is appropriate or not. Concerning the experimental part, we will first try to levitate the configuration

with 2 pairs of magnets, instead of 4 pairs, as the first step, which is easier to control but still interesting.







  4085   Wed Dec 22 06:50:19 2010 ranaUpdateelogelogd is getting killed by Suresh

After another elog crash, I've blacklisted the domain that Suresh is using by editing the apache httpd.conf. Let's see what happens now.

  4084   Tue Dec 21 16:34:42 2010 kiwamuSummaryVACAll the test masses have been wiped

 [Jenne and Kiwamu]

 We wiped all the test masses with isopropyl alcohol.

They became apparently much cleaner.

(how to)

 At first we prepared the following stuff:

  * syringe

  * isopropyl alcohol 

  * lens papers

  * cleaned scissors

  Then we cut the lens papers into the half by the scissors such that the long side can remain.

This is because that the SOSs have relatively narrow spaces at their optic surfaces for putting a piece of paper. 

   We did vertical and horizontal wiping using the lens paper and appropriate amount of isopropyl alcohol.

Each wiping (vertical and horizontal) requires two or three times trials to appropriately remove dusts.

Amount of isopropyl:

   * vertical 15 [ul]

   * horizontal 10 [ul]

In addition to this, we also used the ionizer gun for blowing big dusts and fiber away from the surface.



(surface inspection)

   Before wiping them, all the test masses had small dusts uniformly distributed on the HR surfaces.

Especially ETMX was quite dirty, many small spots (dusts) were found when we shined the surface with the fiber illuminator.

ETMY was not so bad, only a couple of small dusts were at around the center.  ITMX/Y had several dusts, they were not as dirty as ETMX, but not cleaner than ETMY.

   After we wiped them,  we confirmed no obvious dusts were around the centers of the optics. They looked pretty good !



  4083   Tue Dec 21 16:20:09 2010 steveConfigurationVACpumpdown has started

Slow pumpdown of rebuilt IFO-mark4 started at 3pm today.

We are at 680Torr at this minute with 1.5 Torr/min speed.

  4082   Tue Dec 21 11:52:58 2010 josephbUpdateComputersRGA scripts fixed, c0rga fixed

c0rga apparently had a full hard drive.  There was 1 Gig log file in /var/log directory, called Xorg.0.log.old which I deleted which freed up about 20% of the hard drive.  This let me then modify the crontab file (which previously had been complaining about no room on disk to make edits).

I updated the crontab to look at the new scripts location, updated the RGA script itself to write to the new log location, and then created a soft link in the /opt directory to /cvs/cds/rtcds on c0rga.

The RGA script should now be running again once a day.

  4081   Tue Dec 21 08:26:08 2010 ranaUpdateelogelogd is getting killed by Suresh

Suresh killed the elogd again from India. This was the log file:

Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 115
Referer: http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/~ajw/40m_upgrade.html
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Via: 1.1 sfire5.du.ac.in:3128 (squid/2.6.STABLE6)
Cache-Control: max-age=259200
Connection: keep-alive

Stop killing our elog!

  4080   Mon Dec 20 23:32:58 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOORe:checking out & closing the vacuum chambers

  4079   Mon Dec 20 23:10:25 2010 JenneUpdateSUSPretty much ready for pump-down. A few final things....

[Kiwamu, Jenne, Koji, Osamu]

We have mostly prepared the IFO for pump down. 

After lunch [Steve, Bob, Koji, Kiwamu, Jenne, Joe, Joon Ho, Vladimir, Osamu] put the access connector back in place.  Hooray!  Steve still has to check the Jam Nuts before we pump down.  Kiwamu checked the leveling of the IOO table, and fixed all of the weights to the table.

For all 4 test masses, bars (upside-down dog clamps) were placed to mark the alignment of 2 sides of the suspension tower.  All test mass tables were re-leveled, and the weights fixed to the tables.  

For ETMY, PRM, BS, SRM, we confirmed that the OSEMs were close to their half-range.  ETMX was already fine.  ITMY (the screens and the optics wiki are still old-convention, so this is listed as ITMX! No good!) OSEMs are pretty much fine, but ITMX desperately needs to be adjusted.  Unfortunately, no one can find the standard screwdriver (looks like a minus), to adjust the ITM OSEMs.  All the other towers had hex-key set screws, but the ITMs need a screwdriver.  We will ask Bob to sonicate a screwdriver in the morning. 



  4078   Mon Dec 20 22:56:20 2010 JenneUpdateIOOPlan for closing the vacuum chambers


  • If still everythig is fine, put the BS heavy door.

- Do the following list for all of the testmass chambers.

  • Check if the OSEMs and the OPLEV are still fine. (ITMX and ITMY were not done on Monday, so need extra care.)
  • Inspect the surface of the mirror with a laser pointer or a fiber coupled halogen light.
  • Blow the mirrors by the ionization gun.
  • Inspect the mirror surface again.
  • Move the suspension tower close to the door.
  • Make a single drag-wipe with iso
  • Move the SOS tower at the original place.
  • Check the OSEMs and the OPLEVs. Adjust the alignment.
  • Put the heavy door.

- Start slow pumping

  4077   Mon Dec 20 16:57:58 2010 steveUpdateIOOchecking out & closing the vacuum chambers
  • Check EQ-stops
  • clamp down counter weights
  • check other components are clamped
  • remove all tools
  • check cabling is not is not shorting out seismic stack or blocking beam
  • confirm well centered spots on mirrors
  4076   Mon Dec 20 10:47:29 2010 KojiUpdateIOOPlan for closing the vacuum chambers


  • Place the bars on the in-vac tables to mark the positions of the test mass suspensions. (ITMX/ITMY/ETMX/ETMY)
  • Check the table leveling again (ITMX/ITMY/ETMX/ETMY/BSC)
  • Align the whole interferometer.
  • Check the OPLEV spots by either QPDs or apertures
  • Check the OSEM values (MC1/2/3, BS, PRM, SRM, ITMX, ITMY, ETMX, ETMY)
  • Energize OMC PZTs.
    • We have removed the cards at the back of the HV driver.
    • Insert the card and check the connection.
    • Adjust the DC values at the middle of the range.
      -> They have an internal bias circuit to provide +75V at the outputs. (D060287).
      The actual voltages confirmed.
    • Adjust the physical knobs of the PZTs such that we can see the spots at the OMCR cam
  • If everything is fine, attach the access connector.
  • If still everythig is fine, put the BS heavy door.


- Do the following list for all of the testmass chambers.

  • Check if the OSEMs and the OPLEV are still fine.
  • Inspect the surface of the mirror with a laser pointer or a fiber coupled halogen light.
  • Blow the mirrors by the ionization gun.
  • Inspect the mirror surface again.
  • Move the suspension tower close to the door.
  • Make a single drag-wipe with iso
  • Move the SOS tower at the original place.
  • Check the OSEMs and the OPLEVs. Adjust the alignment.
  • Put the heavy door.

- Start slow pumping

  4075   Mon Dec 20 10:06:36 2010 kiwamuUpdateCDSETMY damped

  Last Saturday I succeeded in damping the ETMY suspension eventually.

This means now ALL the suspensions are happily damped. 

It looked like some combination of gains and control filters had made unstabie conditions.


  I actually was playing with the on/off switches of the control filters and the gain values just for fun.

Then finally I found it worked when the chebyshev filters were off. This is the same situation as Yuta told me about two months before.

Other things like the input and the output matrix looked nothing is wrong, except for the sign flips at ULSEN and SDSEN as I mentioned in the last entry (see here).

So we still should take a look at the analog filters in order to make sure why the signs are flipped.

  4074   Sun Dec 19 22:45:28 2010 ranaUpdateelogrestarted

I deleted the yellow box which showed up by default when making an elog entry. Would be nice if we could make it so that you have to click a button to 'opt-in' for the yellow box rather than get it by default.

I added a 'robots.txt' file to the /users/public_html/ area using Google's instructions (it only works with robot compliant crawlers), but am not sure how to put robots.txt into the elog port.

  4073   Sun Dec 19 11:19:42 2010 KojiUpdateelogrestarted

Did it again. It seemed that Google bot came to the elog and tried to obtain "http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/robots.txt". That was the last of the log.
Bot came from the AJW's homepage. Also Google FeedFecther came to the elog.

  4072   Sat Dec 18 23:33:06 2010 KojiUpdateelogrestarted

Did the same.


The process was taking up 100% of the CPU and not responding via web. The .log file showed the last action was somebody reading/editing one of Jenne's entries from August regarding TT ECD. The restart script didn't work, so I had to do a 'kill -9' to get it to die.


  4071   Sat Dec 18 06:24:49 2010 ranaUpdateelogrestarted

The process was taking up 100% of the CPU and not responding via web. The .log file showed the last action was somebody reading/editing one of Jenne's entries from August regarding TT ECD. The restart script didn't work, so I had to do a 'kill -9' to get it to die.

  4070   Sat Dec 18 01:17:04 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOOsome more alignments

 [Koji and Kiwamu]

 We did some more vacuum works today. It is getting ready to pump down.

 (what we did) 

 - alignment of the POY mirrors. Now the beam is coming out from the ITMY chamber successfully

  - leveling of the tables (except for the IOO and OMC chamber)

  - realigned the beam axis down to the Y arm because the leveling of the BS table changed the alignments.

 - installed IP_POS mirrors

 - aligned the green beam and made it overlap with IR beam path.

 - repositioned green steering mirrors since one of them are too close to the dark beam path

 - aligned everything.

  4069   Fri Dec 17 03:37:47 2010 ranaUpdateSUSITMY / SRM / BS / PRM OPLEVs aligned


The sole thing that has been deviated from the optical layout was that the SRM returning beam had to be reroute
as the SRM has better reflectivity on the AR surface in stead of the HR one.

 I suppose that if we were really clever we would intentionally choose either the AR or HR surface so as to minimize the effect of the thermal lensing and/or thermal expansion from the locked interferometer absorption.

  4068   Fri Dec 17 02:22:06 2010 kiwamuUpdateCDSETMY damping: not good

  I made some efforts in order to damp ETMY, however it still doesn't happily work.

 It looks like something wrong is going on around the whitening filters and the AA filter borad.

I will briefly check those analog parts tomorrow morning.


- - -(symptom)

Signs of the UL and the SD readouts are flipped, which I don't know why.

At the testpoints on the analog PD interface board, all the signs are the same. This is good.

But after the signals go through the whitening filters and AA filters, UL and SD become sign-flipped.

I tried compensating the sign-flips by changing the sign by means of the software, but it didn't help the damping. 

In fact the suspension got crazy when I activated the damping. So I have no idea if we are looking at exactly right readouts or some sort of different signals.


- - -(fixing DAC connector)

 I fixed a connector of the DAC ribbon cable since the solderless connector was loosely locked to its cable.

Before fixing this connector I couldn't apply voltages on some of the coils  but now it is working well.

  4067   Fri Dec 17 00:55:30 2010 KojiUpdateIOOThe dark port beams reached the AP table

[Koji and Kiwamu]

We obtained two dark port beams on the AP table: OMC REFL and AS

- First, IPANG and BS were aligned so as to have the beams on the center of the ETMs.

- Then ITMX/ITMY/PRM/SRM were aligned to have fringes in a single spot anywhere.

- As we already had the dark port beam on the steering mirrors on the BS table, today the PZT mirrors were adjusted.
This work was the beam steering between the BS table to the OMC table. After some tweaking of the mirror mounts, 
the spot on the last PZT mirror was found.

As we have not touched any of the OMC optics since they were aligned well, the alignment has been adjusted by the nobs of the PZT steering mirrors.
Once the beam is on the output mode matching telescope (OMMT), the work was quite easy thanks to the beam shrinking by the OMMT.

Note that the dark port beam is slightly clipped by the green steering mirror. The steering mirror will be moved next time.

After the alignment, we indeed obtained OMC REFL and AS beams on the AP table.
The fringes were visible on the OMC REFL CCD.

We keep the dark port setup on the OMC (in-vac) and AP tables so that they can be the reference of the dark port alignment.
In principle we can align the beams onto the OMC by the two PZT mirrors.

What is left?

Our minimum success of this vent is to setup the X arm cavity which is needed for the green locking.
This setup was already realized. So we fulfilled the condition to close the tank even if the damping of
the ETMY is not achieved. (But we should try)

Tomorrow, we make a light touches to POY, Green, IPPOS, and check the table leveling, clamping, etc, in general.

JD:  We should check OSEMs for all optics *after* table leveling.  Some of them (esp. BS and ITMX) are currently close to their limits right now.

KA: Check green alignment. / Take photos of the tables. / Fix the leveling weights

Location    Optics            Action
@ITMY -     POY               mirror replacement (45deg->0deg) / alignment

@BSC -      Green steering    alignment
            IPPOS steering    alignment
            Beam dumps
            Table Leveling

@ETMX -     Al foil removal
            Table Leveling

@ETMY -     ETMY damping
            Table Leveling

@ITM/ETM -  Mirror Wiping

  4066   Fri Dec 17 00:30:05 2010 KojiUpdateIOOITMY / SRM / BS / PRM OPLEVs aligned

[Steve and Koji]

The invac OPLEV mirrros were aligned before we get to the PMA party.

The OPLEV mirrors were adjusted in accordance with the optical layout.
Surprisingly the optical layout was enough precise such that we have the healthy red beams on the optical tables.
Steve placed the apertures at the position of the returning spots while I shook the stack to check if the range of the spot motion is sufficient.

The sole thing that has been deviated from the optical layout was that the SRM returning beam had to be reroute
as the SRM has better reflectivity on the AR surface in stead of the HR one.

  4065   Thu Dec 16 15:10:18 2010 josephb, kiwamuUpdateCDSETMY working at the expense of ETMX

I acquired a second full pair of Host interface board cards (one for the computer and one for the chassis) from Rolf (again, 2nd generation - the bad kind).

However, they exhibited the same symptoms as the first one that I was given. 

Rolf gave a few more suggestions on getting it to work.  Pull the power plugs.  If its got slow flashing green lights, just soft cycle, don't power cycle.  Alex suggested turning the IO chassis on before the computer.

None of it seemed to help in getting the computer talking to the IO chassis.


I finally decided to simply take the ETMX IO chassis and place it at the Y end.  So for the moment, ETMY is working, while ETMX is temporarily out of commission. 

We also made the necessary cables (2x 37 d-sub female to 40 pin female and 40 pin female to 40 pin female) .  Kiwamu also did nice work on creating a DAC adapter box, since Jay had given me a spare board, but nothing to put it in.

  4064   Thu Dec 16 10:52:42 2010 josephbUpdateCamerasNew PoE digital cameras

We have two new Basler acA640-100gm cameras.  These are power over ethernet (PoE) and very tiny.

Attachment 1: basler.jpg
  4063   Thu Dec 16 01:23:43 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSSRM OSEMs installed

  [Zach and Kiwamu]

 We worked on some more vacuum businesses.  Today we finished did the following works:

 - alignment of the POX mirrors 

 - alignment of the POP1 and POP2 mirrors

 - installation of OSEMs onto SRM

 - alignment of the SRM tower


 (alignment of POP mirrors)

 Since a beam on the POP path was quite too weak to see even by IR viewers, we used a He-Ne laser to imitate the real beam instead.

We injected the He-Ne beam from an optical bench to the chamber, and made it go through the PRM and PR2 by using some steering mirrors.


(OSEM cables)

 The pin assignment was flipped in a way of mirror image due to the extension cables which cause a mirroring.

 So we made mirroring connectors to flipp them back to the correct pin assignment, and plugged the mirroring connectors in between the feedthrough of the BS chamber and the SRM satellite box.

This is a picture showing how they are connected now.


  4062   Wed Dec 15 23:10:40 2010 KojiUpdateIOOSRM Oplev / Dark Steering mirrors installed

I helped the vacuum installation work in the evening.

- Three steering mirrors after the SRM (OM1-OM3) were installed on the table. OM1 and OM2 were aligned.
  OM3 is in-place but not aligned to the OM4 (PZT).

- The ITMY oplev setup was disintegrated. The SRM/ITMY oplev beams were prepared.

- The SRM oplev mirrors were placed on the table and aligned.

- The ITMY oplev mirrors were placed on the table but not in-place.

  4061   Wed Dec 15 18:29:59 2010 JenneUpdatePEMSeismometer Channels Being Recorded Again

The Seismometer channels are once more being recorded.  Alastair brought Gur1 back from the ATF the other day, and today I put it in its place below MC2 (yeah, the numbers are backwards.  But they always have been.) 

I checked the matching between BNC inputs on the breakout box to the ADC channels as labeled in the SimuLink diagram.  To do this I had all 32 channels activated, and I put a 1Hz, 1Vpp sine wave into various BNC inputs to see what channel they showed up as.  At first things were a bit backwards (BNC channels 1-16 going to ADCs 16-31, and BNCs 17-32 going to ADCs 0-15), but then Joe quickly flipped the cables on the adapter board in the back and things are in the correct order now.  Channel 1 on the BNC board corresponds to channel 0 on the ADC, etc. 

I checked that jumping near each seismometer made the signals spike, which they did. 

I then changed the channel names in the c1pem.mdl SimuLink diagram to match the old channel names for the Guralps and the accelerometers, and deleted all of the other channels that aren't being used.  There's a table in the diagram to indicate what goes with what, as of today.  If you do anything to the PEM diagram, please update the table so it's easy to look things up.

I recompiled the code, but have not yet restarted the frame builder since Zach and Kiwamu are working on some things in the chamber, and I don't want to be annoying (so the channels aren't actually being recorded quite yet). 

Edit, 7:15pm:  Just kidding.  Something didn't work, and I have to track down what.  I'm not getting any data yet.

  4060   Wed Dec 15 17:21:20 2010 josephbUpdateCDSETMY controls status


The c1iscey was converted over to be a diskless Gentoo machine like the other front ends, following the instructions found here.  Its front end model, c1scy was copied and approriately changed from the c1scx model, along with the filter banks.  A new IOP c1x05 was created and assigned to c1iscey.

The c1iscey IO chassis had the small 4 PCI slot board removed and a large 17 PCI slot board put in.  It was repopulated with an ADC/DAC/BO and RFM card.  The host interface board from Rolf was also put in. 

On start up, the IOP process did not see or recognize any of the cards in the IO chassis.

Four reboots later, the IOP code had seen the ADC/DAC/BO/RFM card once.  And on that reboot, there was a time out on the ADC which caused the IOP code to exit.

In addition to the not seeing the PCI cards most of the time, several cables still need to be put together for plugging into the the adapter boards and a box need to be made for the DAC adapter electronics.


  4059   Wed Dec 15 16:04:49 2010 steveConfigurationVACvacuum valves found in default condition

This condition is created when we run out of nitrogen that holds the valves in set positions. The Maglev and other turbos are still running in this configuration so one has to pay attention that the foreline valves are open.

Reset  error message on vacuum screen and opened V4 & V5 at 3pm today.

  4058   Wed Dec 15 14:23:32 2010 KojiUpdateCDSETMY IO chassis update


I wish this board works fine at least for several days...


I gave Alex a sob story over lunch about having to go and try to resurrect dead VME crates.  He and Rolf then took pity on me and handed me their last host interface board from their test stand, although I was warned by Rolf that this one (the latest generation board from One Stop) seems to be flakier than previous versions, and may require reboots if it starts in a bad state.

Anyways, with this in hand I'm hoping to get c1iscey damping by tomorrow at the latest.


  4057   Wed Dec 15 13:36:44 2010 josephbUpdateCDSETMY IO chassis update

I gave Alex a sob story over lunch about having to go and try to resurrect dead VME crates.  He and Rolf then took pity on me and handed me their last host interface board from their test stand, although I was warned by Rolf that this one (the latest generation board from One Stop) seems to be flakier than previous versions, and may require reboots if it starts in a bad state.

Anyways, with this in hand I'm hoping to get c1iscey damping by tomorrow at the latest.

  4056   Wed Dec 15 12:46:18 2010 KojiSummaryIOOFinishing up the vac work

What else?

v: Edit on Dec 15 10PM
v: Edit on Dec 16 10PM

JD:  We should check OSEMs for all optics *after* table leveling.  Some of them (esp. BS and ITMX) are currently close to their limits right now.

KA: Check green alignment.

Take photos of the tables.

Fix the leveling weights

Location    Optics            Action
@ITMX -     v POX             alignment
            v POP1/POP2       alignment
            v Table Leveling

@ITMY -     POY               mirror replacement (45deg->0deg) / alignment
            v SR2-TT          alignment
            v SRM Tower       alignment / EQ-stop release
            v SRM             alignment
            v SRM OSEM
            vvSRM OPLEV (X2)  install (VIS)/ alignment
            v ITMY OPLEV (X2)   install (VIS)/ alignment
            v OM1/OM2         install (DLC 45deg)/ alignment       
            v Table Leveling

@BSC -      v OM3             install (DLC 45deg/ alignment)
            v OM4(PZT)          neutralize, adjustment
            IPPOS steering    alignment
            v BS OPLEV        alignment
v PRM OPLEV(x2)     alignment
            Beam dumps
            Table Leveling

@IMC -      v REFL              mirror replacement (45deg->0deg)

@ETMX -     Al foil removal
            Table Leveling

@ETMY -     ETMY damping
            Al foil removal
            Table Leveling

@OMC -      v OM5(PZT)        neutralize, adjustment

@ITM/ETM -  Mirror Wiping

  4055   Tue Dec 14 22:42:56 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSinstalled the last TT . And some more progresses

  [Koji, Oasmu and Kiwamu]

We made the following progresses :

   (1) installation of the last TT called SR2.

 (2) fixing an earthquake stop issue on the BS

  (3) fixing a clipping of beams at the dark port

(earthquake stops on the BS)

 - When we were aligning the BS, we found that the BS showed funny behaviors.

For example a kick on LR didn't shake LRSEN, and a big DC angular offset (~ 8 in the medm screen ) was needed to keep a horizontal beam axis in the reflection.

We checked all the earthquake stops and found two suspicious earthquake stops at right bottom side.

They looked like slightly touching the BS. So we moved them further away from the BS.

Then the problem had gone.  We doublechecked the health by kicking, applying an angular offset  and so on.


(beam clipping)

We found transmitted/reflected beams from the BS to the dark port was clipped at the BS tower.

We moved the BS tower by ~1cm and realigned the rotation of the BS tower.

We also found the beam spots on the two TTs, PR2 and PR3, were offcentered. Especially the beam spot on PR3 was almost on the edge of the mirror.

Probably this was because we touched PZT1 when aligning the beam to the Y end.

So it means, it is not a good idea to align the beam to the end only by steering PZT1. We should use PR2 and PR3 as well when we align the beam to the Y end.

We realigned them such that the beam hits the center of PR2, PR3 and ETMY.

  4054   Tue Dec 14 15:15:19 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSput ETMY and aligned the beam

  [Zach and Kiwamu]

 We installed the new ETMY tower and successfully aligned the beam to the center of ETMY.

 Also we finished the final alignment of IP_ANG.



(what we did)

 - took the old ETM out  from the chamber and put it on the flow bench at the X end.

 - with a help from Joe and Osamu, we brought the new ETM and put it roughly on place.

 - did a fine positioning of ETMY.

 - covered the ETM tower with a large peace of aluminum foil in order to see the spot on a video monitor.

 - stoled a compact video monitor that was sitting on the PSL table since we don't have any monitors at the Y end.

 - made a ~1cm hole on the foil as a target for the beam.

 - steered PZT1 in order to correct the beam position on ETMY. This is done by looking at the spot on the video monitor.

 - steered IPANG_SM1 to let the beam hit a steering mirror in the ETMY chamber which Koji installed recently.

     Now we have IP_ANG coming out from the viewport of the ETMY chamber.

  4053   Tue Dec 14 11:24:35 2010 josephbUpdateCDSburt restore

I had updated the individual start scripts, but forgotten to update the rc.local file on the front ends to handle burt restores on reboot.

I went to the fb machine and into /diskless/root/etc/ and modified the rc.local file there.

Basically in the loop over systems, I added the following line:

/opt/epics-3.14.9-linux/base/bin/linux-x86/burtwb -f /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/latest/${i}epics.snap  -l /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/logs/${i}epics.log.restore -v

The ${i} gets replaced with the system name in the loop (c1sus, c1mcs, c1rms, etc)

  4052   Tue Dec 14 09:26:17 2010 ZachUpdateelogrestarted

 Restarted the elog with the script

  4051   Tue Dec 14 04:14:53 2010 ranaUpdateElectronicsRF Photodiode Characterizations

This is looking better, but the fit data for the TF should be plotted along with the data. The data should be made up of points and the fit a line.

For the fit, we should have the Q of the main resonance as well as the peak height of the main resonance and the values of the gain at the notch frequencies.

Also the peak as well as the notches should have the frequencies fit for and labeled. In principle, you can make the plot on the wiki have all of the data. Then in the end we can print the plot in a small size and glue it to the PD's backside.

  4050   Tue Dec 14 01:04:23 2010 kiwamuUpdateSUSalignment of ITMs and PRM done

   The alignment of the ITMs and the PRM has been done.

 As a result their reflections now come out at the REFL port successfully. 

The vacuum work is going on well as we scheduled at the last meeting.


(plan for tomorrow) 

 - installation of ETMY

 - installation of OSEMs on ETMY

 - alignment of the beam to the center of ETMY

 - alignment of the ETMY to the beam

 - final alignment of IP_ANG

 - setting up the oplev for ETMY

 - replace one of the steering mirrors at the RFEL path by a 0 deg mirror (see here).

 - setting up POX/POY (if there are time)


(today's activity) 

 - aligned the PRM tower such that the reflected beam goes back to exactly the same path as that of the incoming beam.

 - leveled the ITMY table because the OSEMs of ITMY had been completely out of range.

 - aligned the ITMY and ITMX in order to let the reflections back to REFL.

 - with a help from Osamu, we put a CCD camera, which actually had been used as OMC_T, just after the view port on the AP table.

 - looking at the CCD monitor we were able to see the reflected lights from the ITMs. (In fact sensor cards didn't help looking for the lights.)

  - playing with the alignment of the ITMs, we easily obtained Michelson fringes, which were also visible on the CCD monitor.

  4049   Mon Dec 13 22:21:41 2010 kiwamuSummarySUSfunny output matrix of ETMX: solved !

I found that a few connections in the simulink model of c1scx was incorrect, so I fixed them correctly.

It had been a mystery why we had to put a funny matrix on ETMX (see this entry).

But now we don't have to do such a voodoo magic because the problem was solved.

Now the damping of ETMX is happily running with an ordinary output matrix.


 I looked at the wiring diagram of the ETMX suspension (it's on Ben's web page) and confirmed that the coils are arranged in order of UL, LL, UR, LR.

But then I realized that in our simulink model they had been arranged in order of UL, UR, LL, LR.

So UR and LL had been swapped incorrectly !

So I just disconnected and plugged them into the right outputs in the simulink model.

   I rebooted c1iscex in order to reactivate c1scx front end code.

After rebooting it, I changed the output matrix to the usual one, then everything looked okay.

(actually it's been okay because of the combination of the wrong connections and the funny matrix).

  4048   Mon Dec 13 21:03:30 2010 KevinUpdateElectronicsRF Photodiode Characterizations

[Koji, Jenne, Kevin]

Jenne worked on fixing REFL11 last week (see elog 4034) and was able to measure an electrical transfer function. Today, I tried to measure an optical transfer function but REFL11 is still not responding to any optical input. I tried shining both the laser and a flashlight on the PD but could not get any DC voltage.

I also completed the characterizations of POX. I redid the optical transfer function and shot noise measurements. I also took a time series of the RF output from the PD when it was powered on with no light. This measurement shows oscillations at about 225 MHz. I also measured the spectrum with no light which also shows the oscillations at 225 MHz and smaller oscillations at ~455 MHz.

The plots can be found at http://lhocds.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/Electronics/POX?action=show.

  4047   Mon Dec 13 18:06:43 2010 JenneUpdateSUSETMY resuspended, ready to install. Tip Tilt realigned, ready to install.

[Koji, Jenne]

I wish I could use a bigger font for this, but, the suspension work is totally done for the upgrade!!!

Now, nobody break any suspensions, or we're not going to be friends for a while. 

Koji and I put ETMY back in its tower, and made sure that both scribe lines are at the correct height.  We also confirmed that the balance is good (as Suresh mentioned in a previous elog, since we balanced using the AR surface, the HR surface is pointing downward a little bit, but it's well within the OSEMs ability to correct.

While we were in there, we also looked at Tip Tilt number 002.  As mentioned in elog 3645, the pitch pointing was off by a little bit.  Since the TTs don't have actuators, the pointing has to be pretty good.  We tweaked the balancing, and now the reflected beam goes completely back into the laser aperture, so it's as balanced as it's going to get.  This TT is now ready for installation onto the ITMY table as part of the SRC.

Kiwamu confirmed that he's going to install these optics tomorrow, since he's doing some other alignment work today.

Just for good measure, the Table:


  4046   Mon Dec 13 17:18:47 2010 josephbUpdateCDSBurt updates


Autoburt wouldn't restore settings for front ends on reboot

What was done:

First I moved the burt directory over to the new directory structure.

This involved moving /cvs/cds/caltech/burt/ to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt.

Then I updated the burt.cron file in the new location, /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/.  This pointed to the new autoburt.pl script.

I created an autoburt directory in the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts directory and placed the autoburt.pl script there.

I modified the autoburt.pl script so that it pointed to the new snapshot location.  I also modified it so it updates a directory called "latest" located in the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt directory.  In there is a set of soft links to the latest autoburt backup.

Lastly, I edited the crontab on op340m (using crontab -e) to point to the new burt.cron file in the new location.

This was the easiest solution since the start script is just a simple bash script and I couldn't think of a quick and easy way to have it navigate the snapshots directory reliably.

I then modified the Makefile located in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS/ which actually generates the start scripts, to point at the "latest" directory when doing restores.  Previously it had been pointing to /tmp/ which didn't really have anything in it.

So in the future, when building code, it should point to the correct snapshots now.  Using sed I modified all the existing start scripts to point to the latest directory when grabbing snapshots.


According to Keith directory documentation (see T1000248) , the burt restores should live in the individual target system directory i.e. /target/c1sus/burt, /target/c1lsc/burt, etc.  This is a distinctly different paradigm from what we've been using in the autoburt script, and would require a fairly extensive rewrite of that script to handle this properly.  For the moment I'm keeping the old style, everything in one directory by date.  It would probably be worth discussing if and how to move over to the new system.

  4045   Mon Dec 13 11:56:32 2010 josephb, alexUpdateCDSDolphin is working


The dolphin RFM was not sending data between c1lsc and c1sus.


Dig into the controller.c code located in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS/src/fe/.  Find this bit of code on line 2173:


2173 #ifdef DOLPHIN_TEST
2174 #ifdef X1X14_CODE
2175         static const target_node = 8; //DIS_TARGET_NODE;
2176 #else
2177         static const target_node = 12; //DIS_TARGET_NODE;
2178 #endif
2179         status = init_dolphin(target_node);

Replace it with this bit of code:

2173 #ifdef DOLPHIN_TEST
2174 #ifdef C1X02_CODE
2175         static const target_node = 8; //DIS_TARGET_NODE;
2176 #else
2177         static const target_node = 4; //DIS_TARGET_NODE;
2178 #endif
2179         status = init_dolphin(target_node);

Basically this was hard coded for use at the site on their test stands.  When starting up, the dolphin adapter would look for a target node to talk to, that could not be itself.  So, all the dolphin adapters would normally try to talk to target_node 12, unless it was the X1X14 front end code, which happened to be the one with dolphin node id 12.  It would try to talk to node 8.

Unfortunately, in our setup, we only had nodes 4 and 8.  Thus, both our codes would try to talk to a nonexistent node 12.  This new code has everyone talk to node 4, except the c1x02 process which talks to node 8 (since it is node 4 and can't talk to itself).

I'm told this stuff is going away in the next revision and shouldn't have this hard coded stuff.

Different Dolphin Problem and Fix:

Apparently, the only models which should have pciRfm=1 are the IOP models which have a dolphin connection.  Front end models that are not IOP models (like c1lsc and c1rfm) should not have this flag set.  Otherwise they include the dolphin drivers and causes them and the IOP to refuse to unload when using rmmod.

So pciRfm=1 only in IOP models using Dolphin, everyone else should not have it or should have pciRfm=-1.


Current CDS status:

MC damp dataviewer diaggui AWG c1ioo c1sus c1iscex RFM Dolphin RFM Sim.Plant Frame builder TDS
  4044   Sat Dec 11 00:41:55 2010 kiwamuUpdateIOOalignment of IP_ANG is done

  [Jenne, Koji and Kiwamu]

 We finished a coarse alignment of IP_ANG.

 The beam for IP_ANG successfully reached to the ETMY chamber and is ready for the final alignment.

 (Additionally we again tried looking for a resonance for TEM00 in the X arm, but we obtained only flashes of some higher order modes.)

--- what we did

 * installed the steering mirrors for IP_ANG and IP_POS.

 * checked PZT1 if it worked correctly or not. It was healthy.

 * neutralized and realigned PZT1.

 * flipped a window, which is standing before PRM, because the wedged side of the window was at wrong side.

 * realigned PZT2 and checked the spot positions on the TTs.

 * repositioned more carefully the TTs and aligned them to the correct angles.

 * aligned the beam to the center of both the BS and ITMY by rotating the last TT.

 * aligned the beam more precisely by tweaking PZT2 while looking at the spot at the Y end.

         The beam is still hitting the center of ETMY.

 * aligned the steering mirror for IP_ANG while looking at the spot at the Y end.

        In fact IP_ANG is visible with a card. 

 * aligned the BS by looking at the spot on ITMX.

 * covered ETMX with aluminum foil, and made a ~1cm hole on the foil as a target.

         The hole was placed on the center of ETMX.

 * more precisely aligned the BS by looking at the spot on the aluminum foil.

         The spot was clearly visible on CCD monitor.

 * aligned the ITMX by looking at a spot on the foil. The spot represented the beam reflected by ITMX back to ETMX.

 * saw flashes on the foil but couldn't make it TEM00 because it was difficult to see any flashes on the surface of either ETMX or ITMX.

        It means the flashes are visible only when the beam is hitting some scattering surface.

        The mirror surface of the test masses are less lossy than that of the old test masses ??



  4043   Fri Dec 10 12:55:27 2010 JenneUpdateComputersBackup should be running successfully now

[Joe, Jenne]

The nightly backup of the frames and the /cvs/cds directories is back up and running.  We are free again to do crazy stuff at will, and it will all be saved for eternity.

  4042   Fri Dec 10 11:51:20 2010 OsamuUpdateSUSITM seems bad


This graph shows 5 hours data in minute trend for ITMX and ETMX from 5am to 10 am today. ITM pitch drift is 3 times lager than ETM pitch if the OSEM sensitivity is assumed to be the same.



This graph is last 1 hour data of above graph in second trend.

It is clealy seen that ITM yaw is jumping between two stages. I guess ITM is something wrong, touching magnets or earthquake stops?

Needs inspection.


  4041   Fri Dec 10 11:04:03 2010 OsamuUpdateSUSETM oplev mufunctioning



This plot shows ETM oplev and OSEM trend for 10 hours on day before yesterday as almost the same as plot shown this entry. I reported the 10-30minites fluctuations were seen, but I noticed it comes from not suspension but from oplev power fluctuation.

After Kiwamu fixed the ETM OSEM touch yesterday afternoon, still the same trend was seen, so we had thought what we fixed was not enough. This morning I looked at the yesterday's and day before yesterday's trend and noticed the simila trend both the pit and yaw in ETM oplev but not on the OSEM trend. Kiwamu suggested me to put the oplev sum on the same plot. It was!

So, ETMX is not bad, but in fact, still alignment fluctuation exist on the cavity. ITM?


  4040   Fri Dec 10 09:58:57 2010 AidanUpdateSUSbeam pointing has been done

Good news. I feel multi-chromatic-locking success is just around the corner.

By the way, there's a new presentation on the DCC from the ANU group where they've locked a short single cavity with both colors - G1000735:





[Koji, Osamu and Kiwamu]

 We aligned the beam axis pointing down to both X and Y arm.

Now the beams are hitting the centers of both ETMX and ETMY.

Amazingly Osamu made X arm flashing by aligning the cavity.


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