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  4472   Wed Mar 30 21:46:10 2011 Aidan, KiwamuUpdateGreen LockingStates of the Green beat note

The attached table shows the amplitude of the green beat note when the end laser was in various states. We can increase the beat note amplitude dramatically by switching to a different states.

State 1
C1:GCX-GRN_REFL_DC:             638 counts
C1:GCV-XARM_BEAT_DC: (PSL blocked)    950 avg counts (zero = -794 counts)
amplitude of beat note:            -23dBm (after PD + amps) (f ~ 30 MHz)?
C1:GCX-SLOW_SERVO2_OUT:            318 counts

State 2
C1:GCX-GRN_REFL_DC:             180 counts
C1:GCV-XARM_BEAT_DC: (PSL blocked)    1270 avg counts (zero = -794 counts)
C1:GCV-XARM_BEAT_DC: (PSL unblocked)    1700 avg counts (zero = -794 counts)
amplitude of beat note:            -7dBm (after PD + amps) f = 60MHz
amplitude of beat note:            0dBm (after PD + amps) f = 30MHz
C1:GCX-SLOW_SERVO2_OUT:            290 counts

State 3
C1:GCX-GRN_REFL_DC:             220 counts
C1:GCV-XARM_BEAT_DC: (PSL blocked)    1120 avg counts (zero = -794 counts)
C1:GCV-XARM_BEAT_DC: (PSL unblocked)    1520 avg counts (zero = -794 counts)
amplitude of beat note:            0dBm (after PD + amps) f = 15MHz
C1:GCX-SLOW_SERVO2_OUT:            305 counts

PSL temp = ??
C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWM = -3.524

  4474   Thu Mar 31 08:31:44 2011 SureshUpdateVIDEOCable laying...continued

The video work has crossed a milestone.    

Kiwamu and Steve have shifted the three quads from the control room to the Video MUX rack (1Y1) and have wired them to the MUX.

The monitors in the control room have been repositioned and renumbered.  They are now connected directly to the MUX. 

Please see the new cable list for the input and output channels on the MUX.

As of today, all cables according the new plan are in place.  Their status   indicated on the wiki page above is not verified .  Please ignore that column for now, we will be updating that soon.

I shifted the MC1F/MC3F camera and the MC2F cameras onto the new cables.  Also connected the monitors at the BS chamber and end of the X arm to their respective cables.  I have removed the RG58B BNC (black) cables running from MC2 to BS and from ETMXF to the top of the Flow Bench. 

Some of the old video cables are still in place but are not used.   We might consider removing them to clear up the clutter. 

Some of the video cables in use are orange and if the lab's  cable color code is to be enforced these will have to be replaced with blue ones..

Some of the cables in use running from the MUX to the monitor in the control room are the white 50 Ohm variety.  There are also black RG59 Cables running the same way ( we have surplus cables in that path)  and we have to use those instead of the white ones. 

There are a number of tasks remaining:

a)  The inputs from the various existing cameras have to be verified. 

b) There are quite a few cameras which are yet to be installed.

c) The Outputs may not not be connected to their monitors.  That the monitors may still be connected to an old cable which is not connected to the MUX.  The new cable should be lying around close by.  So if you see a blank monitor please connect it to its new cable. 

d) The status column on the wiki page has to be updated.

e) Some of the currently in place may need to be replaced and some need to be removed.  We need to discuss our priorities and come up with a plan for that.

After checking everything we can certify that the video cabling system is complete.

I would like Joon Ho to take care of this verification+documenting process and declaring that the job is complete. 


Steve attached these two pictures.

Attachment 1: P1070489.JPG
Attachment 2: P1070494.JPG
  4478   Thu Mar 31 19:58:11 2011 kiwamuUpdateCDSc1iscex crashed

After I did several things to add new DAQ channels on c1iscex it suddenly became out of network. Maybe crashed.

Then c1iscex didn't respond to a ping and all the epics values associated with c1iscex became not accessible.

I physically shut it down by pushing the reset button. Then it came back and is now running fine.


(how I broke it)

Since activateDAQ.py has screwed up the 'ini' files including C1SCX.ini, I was not able to add a channel to C1SCX.ini by the usual daqconfig GUI.

So I started editing it in a manual way with an editor and changed some sentences to that shown below


Then I rebooted fb to reflect the new DAQ channels.

After that I looked at the C1_FE_STATUS.adl screen and found some indicator lights were red.

So I pushed "Diag reset" button and "DAQ Reload" button on the C1SCX_GDS_TP.adl screen and then c1iscex died.

After the reboot the new DAQ channels looked acquired happily.

This is my second time to crash a front end machine (see this entry)

  4482   Fri Apr 1 23:05:58 2011 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingnoise budget

I made a coarse noise budget in order to decide our next actions for the X arm green locking.

So be careful, this is not an accurate noise budget !

 Some data are just coming from rough estimations and some data are not well calibrated.


 Assuming all the noise are not so terribly off from the true values, the noise at high frequency is limited by the dark noise of the PD or it already reaches to the IR inloop signal.

The noise at low frequency is dominated by the intensity noise from the transmitted green light although we thought it has been eliminated by the comparator.

In any case I will gradually make this noise budget more accurate  by collecting some data and calibrating them.


According to the plot what we should do are :

  * More accurate PD noise measurement

  * More accurate shot noise estimation

  * Searching for a cause of the small beat signal (see here) because a bigger beat signal lowers the PD noise.

  * Investigation of the Intensity noise

  4484   Mon Apr 4 11:52:13 2011 JenneUpdatePEMSTS2s unpacked

I unpacked the STS2 seismometers that we borrowed from LLO.  They are sitting underneath the Xarm, in the middle of the mode cleaner, near the other seismometer stuff. 

  4491   Wed Apr 6 02:41:01 2011 kiwamuUpdateGreen Lockingnoise budget : some more noise

It turned out that the dark noise from the beat PD and the shot noise on the beat PD was overestimated.

So I corrected them in the plot of the last noise budget (#4482).

Additionally I added the end laser error signal in the plot. Here is the latest plot.


 The end laser error spectrum is big enough to cover most of the frequency range.
 (although it was taken at a different time from the other curves.)

Quote from #4482

According to the plot what we should do are :

  * More accurate PD noise measurement

  * More accurate shot noise estimation

  4492   Wed Apr 6 16:02:07 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateElectronicsCable laying...continued

[Steve, Kiwamu, Larisa]


Having finished laying new cable last week, we moved on to connecting those on PSL table and AP table.

Cables connected:

--RCR, RCT, PMCR (all three are blue)

--OMCR (blue cable, ***now has a camera***), PMCT, IMCR, REFL, AS (white cable), OMCT (***now has camera***)


Unless otherwise noted, the cables are black on the AP table. Also on the AP table: cables were connected directly to the power source.

The wiki has been updated accordingly.


Steve noted that MC2T and POP cameras are not there.



  4496   Thu Apr 7 11:38:56 2011 steveUpdatePSLenclosure windows on the east side of the PSL

The PSL enclosure now have 4 windows on each side. The bottom rail guides on the east side will be replaced by  one  U-channel for smoother, more gentle sliding.

Door position indicator- interlock switches are not wired yet.

Attachment 1: P1070538.JPG
  4499   Thu Apr 7 13:14:23 2011 josephbUpdateCDSProposed plan for ITMX/ITMY control switch


The controls (fast and slow both) think ITMX is ITMY and ITMY is ITMX.


After some poking around today, I have convinced myself it is sufficient to simply swap all instances of ITMX for ITMY in the C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMX.db  file, and then rename it to C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db (after having moved the original C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db to a temporary holding file).

A similar process is then applied to the original C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db file.  These files live in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux.  This will fix all the slow controls.

To fix the fast controls, we'll modify the c1sus.mdl file located in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/core/advLigoRTS/src/epics/simLink/ so that the ITMX suspension name is changed to ITMY and vice versa.  We'll also need to clean up some of the labeling

At Kiwamu and Bryan's request, this will either be done tomorrow morning or on Monday.

So the steps in order are:

1) cd /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux

2) mv C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMX.db C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMX.db.20110408

3) mv C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db.20110408

4) sed 's/ITMX/ITMY/g' C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMX.db.20110408 > C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db

5) sed 's/ITMY/ITMX/g' C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMY.db.20110408 > C1_SUS-AUX1_ITMX.db

6) models

7) matlab

8) Modify c1sus model to swap ITMX and ITMY names while preserving wiring from ADCs/DACs/BO to and from those blocks.

9) code; make c1sus; make install-c1sus

10) Disable all watchdogs

11) Restart the c1susaux computer and the c1sus computer


  4503   Fri Apr 8 01:05:45 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics


 The measured power levels of the RF source harmonics are given below:



We are considering inclusion of bandpass filters centered on 11 and 55 MHz  to suppress the harmonics and meet the requirements specified in Alberto's thesis (page 88).


Attachment 1: RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
  4506   Sun Apr 10 19:14:08 2011 KojiUpdateGreen LockingNew Green PD test1

I started to modify another green PD set.

It so far has the transimpedance of 240 Ohm on CLC409 for the RF output.

It shows the BB output upto ~100MHz.
The measurement shows the transimpedenca of ~90Ohm which is ~25% smaller than the expected gain of 120Ohm.
It is calibrated based on the transimpedances of Newfocus 1611 (10kOhm and 700Ohm for AF and RF).

The next step is to change the transimpedance resister to 2k and replace the PD to S3399 Si PD, which has the diameter of 3mm.
Then, the noise level will be measured. (and replace the RF opamp if necessary)


Attachment 1: SGD444A_240.png
Attachment 2: SGD444A_240_test.png
  4507   Mon Apr 11 09:49:53 2011 ranaUpdateElectronicsNew Green PD test1

 Ooh. Can you explain the purpose of the resistors which are connected to the (+) inputs? It looks like some real electronics ninjitsu.

  4508   Mon Apr 11 11:34:05 2011 KojiUpdateElectronicsNew Green PD test1


 Ooh. Can you explain the purpose of the resistors which are connected to the (+) inputs? It looks like some real electronics ninjitsu.

51 Ohm for CLC409

The datasheet of CLC409 uses 25Ohm there. This is to cancel the input bias current of the two inputs of the opamp.

The source impedance (series) of SGD444 is 50Ohm. So I used 50Ohm for the + input shunting.

However, I could probably use anything between 0-50Ohm as the datasheet itself tells that the bias currents are
not related between the two inputs. In addition, I am not sure how much the real series resistance of the PD is.

1kOhm for OP27

This resister is to ensure the (+) input to have a high impedance at high frequencies.

As far as OP27 is behaving as an ideal opamp, the (+) input has a high impedance.
Also if the inductor behaves as the ideal inductor, no photocurrent comes to the AF path.

However, if both of the op27 and the inductor show similar impedances to the RF transimpedance of 240Ohm,
the AF path absorbs some photocurrent and affects the RF transimpedance of the RF output.

We know that the inductor has a self resonance where the shunt capacitance take over the impedance of the coil.
Above that frequency, the inductor is no longer the inductor. The self resonant freq of this inductor is ~300MHz. It is OK, but not
too far from the freq of interest if we like to see clear cut off at around f>100MHz.
Also OP27 is an AF amplifier and I had no confidence about the input impedance of the OP27 at 100~300MHz.

If I put 1k in the (+) input of the OP27, I can ensure the entire AF path has the impedance of ~1k (at least 500Ohm even when L and OP27 are shorted).
I think the chip resister easily works as a resister up to 1GHz.

Attachment 1: SGD444A_240_test.png
  4509   Mon Apr 11 13:30:04 2011 josephb, JamieUpdateCDSNo Wiper script - Frames full over weekend


The daqd process was dying every minute or so when it couldn't write frame.  This was slowing down the network by writing a 2.9G core dump over NFS every minute or so. (In /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/).

The problem was /frames/ was 100% full.

Apparently, when we switched the fb over to Gentoo, we forgot to install crontab and a wiper script.


We will install crontab and get the wiper script installed.

  4510   Mon Apr 11 14:17:22 2011 josephb, jamieUpdateCDSFrame wiper script installed

[Joe, Jamie, Alex]


I asked Alex which cron to use (dcron? frcron?).  He promptly did the following:

emerge dcron

rc-update add dcron default

Copied the wiper.pl script from LLO to /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/

At that point, I modified wiper.pl script to reduce to 95% instead of 99.7%.

I added controls to the cron group on fb:

sudo gpasswd -a controls cron

I then added the wiper.pl to the crontab as the following line using crontab -e.

0 6 * * *       /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/wiper.pl --delete &> /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/target/fb/wiper.log


Note, placing backups on the /frames raid array will break this script, because it compares the amount in the /frames/full/, /frames/trends/minutes, and /frames/trends/seconds to the total capacity. 

Apparently, we had backups from September 27th, 2010 and March 22nd, 2011.  These would have broken the script in any case. 

We are currently removing these backups, as they are redundant data, and we have rsync'd backups of the frames and trends.  We should now have approximately twice the lookback of full frames.

  4511   Mon Apr 11 19:09:59 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemInstalled low pass filters in the demod boards


As part of the RF system upgrade some of the demod boards in the lab were modfied.  The filter U5 (see the circuit schematic) was replaced. These changes are tabulated below.


Filters installed in the demod boards
Serial number Old name of the card New name of the card Filter installed Remarks
107 POY33 REFL33 SCLF-33+ R14=50Ohm
118 AP133, ASDD133 REFL55 SCLF-65  
114 PO199 REFL165 SCLF-190 R14=50Ohm
120 PO133 POP110 SCLF-135  
123 SP133 POP55 SCLF-65+ AT1 removed, R14=50Ohm
122 SP199, REFLDD199 AS165 SCLF-190  
121 SP166, REFL16 POP11 SCLF-10.7  
116 AP199 199 MHz POP165 SCLF-190  
126 AS166 33.3 MHz POX11 SCLF-10.7  
119 POX 33.3 MHz POY11 SCLF-10.7  
021 24.5 MHz (LLO) REFL11 SCLF-10.7  
020 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 POP22 SCLF-21.4  
022 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 AS11 with amp SCLF-10.7  
029 24.5          SCLF-f5 AS55 with amp SCLF-65  


Next, I and Q phase has to be checked for orthogonality. And noise levels of the cards have to measured.




  4512   Mon Apr 11 20:03:05 2011 taraUpdateElectronicsTTFSS for 40m

I brought TTFSS set #7 to 40m and kept it in the electronic cabinet.

note that Q4 transistor has not been replaced back to PZT2907A yet. It's still GE82.

Q3 is now pzt3904, not PZT2222A.


  4513   Mon Apr 11 21:13:15 2011 KojiUpdateElectronicsNew Green PD test1


The (-) input has been decoupled by the capacitor. So the series resistance of the PD is not the matter.
In this sense, we should use 0Ohm for the (+) input shunting.


51 Ohm for CLC409

The datasheet of CLC409 uses 25Ohm there. This is to cancel the input bias current of the two inputs of the opamp.

The source impedance (series) of SGD444 is 50Ohm. So I used 50Ohm for the + input shunting.

However, I could probably use anything between 0-50Ohm as the datasheet itself tells that the bias currents are
not related between the two inputs. In addition, I am not sure how much the real series resistance of the PD is.

  4514   Mon Apr 11 23:35:02 2011 ranaUpdateRF SystemInstalled low pass filters in the demod boards

I am a little concerned about using these low pass filters so close to the band edge. Recall that there is no on-board preamp for the RF input to the mixer.

So, if the input impedance of the filters is not 50 Ohms, we will get some unwanted reflections and sensitivity to cable length.

I think its worth while to check the impedance or S-parameters of these things with the LO activated to find out if we need to remove them or not.

  4515   Tue Apr 12 12:01:30 2011 josephbUpdateGeneralIFO controls, now with 10% less lying (ITMX/ITMY controls swapped)

The ITMX/ITMY control swap is complete.

The steps from this elog were followed.

In addition, I did a burt restore of c1sus, c1mcs.

I then swapped all the gain settings from ITMX to ITMY, and reenabled the watchdogs.

I did some basic kick tests (1000 counts into UL coil) and confirmed channels like C1:SUS-ITMX_ULPD_VAR (watchdogs mV readback) corresponded to the correct optic.  I also checked that the POS, PIT, YAW, SIDE produced reasonable damping when engaged.

  4516   Tue Apr 12 16:01:33 2011 josephbUpdateGeneralRFM errors


Currently the c1scy, c1mcs, and c1rfm models are reporting an error with receiving some data sent over the GE Fanuc Reflected memory cards.

To be more exact, the C1:SUS-ETMY_ALS signal from the c1gcv FE code on the c1ioo computer going too the Y end is not being received However, the C1:SUS-ETMY_LSC signal is.  So the physical RFM card seems to be working.

Similarly, the TRY signal is being sent correctly from the Y end computer.  The X end is working fine and receiving both LSC and ALS signals.

The c1mcs and c1rfm models also receive data from the c1ioo computer and reporting receiving errors.


Because the RFM cards are transmitting and receiving at least some channels, I'm guessing there was changes made to the C1.ipc file, which defines the memory locations of these various channels on the RFM network, and that when a model was rebuilt, a different one using the previous IPC file was not, and thus one of the computer is going to the wrong place to either read or write data.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on the  following:

1) Clean out the C1.ipc file (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/ipc/)

2) Rebuild all models

3) Run activate_daq.py script

4) Restart models via script

If this doesn't clear up the problem, I'll continue  to bug hunt.

  4518   Wed Apr 13 11:34:07 2011 josephbUpdateCDSFixed IFO_ALIGN.adl


I switched the ITMX and ITMY control channels yesterday, but forgot to update the IFO_ALIGN.adl file (/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/c1ifo/) which had the control labels swapped to make life easier.


I swapped ITMX and ITMY control locations on the screen.


Are there any other screens involving ITMX and ITMY that had controls reversed to make life easier?

  4519   Wed Apr 13 16:38:17 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateElectronicsVideo MUX camera/monitor check

 [Kiwamu, Larisa]


The following Video MUX inputs(cameras) and outputs(monitors) have been checked:

MC2F, FI, AS Spare, ITMYF, ITMXF, ETMYF, ETMXF, PSL Spare, ETMXT, MC2T, POP, MC1F/MC3F, SRMF, ETMYT, PRM/BS, CRT1(MON1), ETMY Monitor, CRT2(MON2), CRT4(MON4), MC1 Monitor, CRT3(MON3), PSL1 Monitor, PSL2 Monitor, CRT6(MON6), CRT5(MON5), ETMX Monitor, MC2 Monitor, CRT9, CRT7(MON7), CRT10, and Projector.


Their respective statuses have been updated on the wiki:   (wiki is down at the moment, I will come back and add the link when it's back up)

  4522   Thu Apr 14 00:21:28 2011 KojiUpdateCDSNew C1LSC code running

[Jamie, Jenne, Koji]

We installed the new c1lsc and started the process.

We still need to configure bunch of the EPICS variables, matrices, and some of the filters.
This should be done in order to transmit the signals to the suspensions.
Jenne is going to work on this task tomorrow (Friday) morning,
and Koji will take over the task afternoon/evening.

  4523   Thu Apr 14 01:03:43 2011 KojiUpdateLSCLSC Campaign ~ Status

Target: To lock the Michelson with the new RF/LSC


RF generation box: READY - already ready to go to the IOO rack. (Suresh)

RF distribution box: In Progress - the internal components are to be connected. (13th evening - Suresh)

Placing PD and CCD: Done - PD and CCD on the AP table (13th Afternoon - Aidan, Larisa with supervision of Kiwamu)

Cabling1: Done - PD signal AP table to the demodulator (13th Afternoon - Jamie with supervision of Suresh)

Cabling2: Done - RF generation box (IOO Rack) to the demodulator

Demodulator: In Progress - Test and install (13th night - Kiwamu with supervision of Suresh)

LSC model: Done - Run the new LSC model. (It is named as "C1LST" so far) (13th evening - Jamie)

LSC medm: Done on 14th - Modify the current LSC medm screens Update the EPICS database Adjust the matrices (- Jenne with supervision of Koji)

  4524   Thu Apr 14 12:57:15 2011 josephbUpdateCDSRFM network happy again

[Joe, Alex]

Problem Symptoms:

There were red lights on the status screen indicating RFM errors for the c1scy, c1mcs and c1rfm processes.

The c1iscey, c1sus machines were receiving data sent over the RFM network from the c1ioo computer with a bad time stamp, a few cycles too late.  The c1iscex computer was receiving data from c1ioo fine.


The c1iscex RFM card had gotten into a bad state and was somehow slowing things down/corrupting data.  It didn't affect itself, but due to the loop topology was messing everyone else up.  Basically the only one who wasn't throwing an error was the culprit.


Hard power cycling the c1iscex computer reset the RFM card and fixed the problem.

  4526   Thu Apr 14 19:05:17 2011 KojiUpdateLSCNew (temporary) LSC screen

[Jenne Koji]

The PD signals are transmitted to the suspension now.

The trigger thresholds were set to -1. This means the triggers are always on.

Attachment 1: temporary_LSC_screen.png
  4527   Fri Apr 15 02:17:18 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCMichelson locked

[Koji / Kiwamu]

The Michelson was locked with the new LSC realtime code.



(what we did)

 --  Fine alignment of the Michelson, including PZTs, BS and ITMY.

  Since the X arm has been nicely aligned we intentionally avoided touching ITMX. The IR beam now is hitting the center of both end mirrors.

  At the end we lost X arm's resonance for IR. This probably means the PZTs need more careful alignments.


-- Signal acquisition

 We replaced the RFPD (AS55) that Aidan and Jamie nicely installed by POY11 because we haven't yet  installed a 55MHz RF source.

The maximum DC voltage from the PD went to about 50 mV after aligning steering mirrors on the AP table.

The RF signal from the PD is transferred by a heliax cable which has been labeled 'REFL33'.

Then the RF signal is demodulated at a demodulation board 'AS11', which is one of the demodulation boards that Suresh recently modified.

Although we haven't fully characterized the demod board the I and Q signal looked healthy.

Finally the demod signals go to ADC_0_3 and ADC_0_4 which are the third and fourth channel.

They finally show up in REFL33 path in the digital world.


-- Control

 With the new LSC code we fedback the signal to BS. We put anti-whitening filters in the I and Q input filter banks.

We found that dataviewer didn't show correct channels, for example C1LSC_NREFL33I showed just ADC noise and C1LSC_NREFL33Q showed NREFL_33I.

Due to this fact we gave up adjusting the digital phase rotation and decided to use only the I-phase signal.

Applying a 1000:10 filter gave us a moderate lock of the Michelson. The gain was -100 in C1LSC_MICH_GAIN and this gave us the UGF of about 300 Hz.

 Note that during the locking both ETMs were intentionally misaligned in order not to have Fabry-Perot fringes.

  4528   Fri Apr 15 02:18:50 2011 KojiUpdateLSCBunch of RF cables removed

While Kiwamu was working on the RF cabling at the LSC rack, I removed 80% of SMA cables which were not connected anywhere.
The rack is cleaner now, but not perfect yet. We need patch panels/strain relieving for heliaxes, cleaning up of the RF/LO cables, etc.

  4530   Fri Apr 15 12:17:39 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSC11MHz demod board : funny I-Q phase

During checking the 11MHz demod boards I found that the I-Q relative phase showed funny LO power dependence.

It is now under investigation.


 In the plot above the green curve represents the I-Q phase of a 11MHz demod board (see here).

It showed a strong dependence on the LO power and it changes from -60 deg to -130 deg as the LO power changes.

This is not a good situation because any power modulation on the LO will cause a phase jitter.

For a comparison I also took I-Q relative phase of a 33MHz demod board, which hasn't been modified recently.

 It shows a nice flat curve up to 5 dBm although it looks like my rough measurement adds a systematic error of about -5 deg.


 - to do -

* check RF power in every point of LO path on the circuit

* check if there is saturation by looking at wave forms.

  4531   Fri Apr 15 13:40:00 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateElectronicsLow pass filter for X arm laser temperature control, second try

Plotting the data points yielded by the spec analyzer of my first LPF yielded a result that was not expected: the desired cutoff frequency wasn't achieved because of some extra 100k resistance that wasn't taken into consideration. (see  here ). I have redrawn the Bode graphs for this configuration so that it is easier to see that it is wrong (first attachment)


After some calculation adjustments, it was found that the capacitor value could remain at 10uF, but the resistance needed to be changed to 100k to maintain a gain of 0.5 and critical frequency at 0.1Hz. Second attachment is the Bode graph that results from this configuration.


Note: Bode graphs are both in Log-Linear scales (Wikipedia said so)


Attachment 1: Bode2.jpeg
Attachment 2: Bode100k.jpg
  4533   Fri Apr 15 15:15:08 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSC11MHz demod board : 90 degree splitter

[Rana, Koji, Kiwamu]

 Moreover the amplitude of the I and Q signals are highly unbalanced, depending on the LO power again.

This implies the coil for a 90 degree splitting won't work at 11 MHz since the coil is home made and used to be designed for a specific frequency (i.g. 24.5 MHz).

We decided to use a Mini circuit 90 deg splitter instead. Steve will order few of them soon and we will test it out.


During checking the 11MHz demod boards I found that the I-Q relative phase showed funny LO power dependence.

It is now under investigation.


  4534   Fri Apr 15 22:54:20 2011 Aidan, BryanUpdateGreen LockingBeat note amplitude on Vertex PD

I was investigating the beat note amplitude on the vertex PD again yesterday. The incident power on the PD was 150uW in the PSL green beam and 700uW in the X-ARM green beam. With perfect overlap and a transimpedance of 240, I expected to get a beat note signal of around 25mV or -19dBm. Instead, the size was -57dBm. Bryan and I adjusted the alignment of the green PSL beam to try and improve the mode overlap but we couldn't do much better than about -50dBm. (The noise floor of the PD is around -65dBm).

When we projected the beams to the wall of the enclosure, the xarm beam was 2 to 3x as large as the PSL green beam, indicating that the beam size and/or curvatures on the PD were less than ideal. There is a telescope that the XARM beam goes through just before it gets to the PD. I mounted the second lens in this telescope on a longitudinal translation stage. With some finagling of the position of that lens we were able to improve the beatnote signal strength to -41dBm.

Obviously the ideal solution would be to measure the beam size and RoC of the PSL beam and XARM beams and then design a telescope that would match them as precisely as possible because there's still another 20dB signal strength to be gained.


  4537   Sat Apr 16 02:00:14 2011 ranaUpdateLSC11MHz demod board : 90 degree splitter

One way to avoid some of the bad stuff in there is to take the 1 dBm input and amplify it to ~21 dBm before splitting and sending in to the Level 17 mixers.

One way to do this is by using the A3CP6025 from Teledyne-Cougar. Its an SMA connectorized amp which can put out 25 dBm and has a gain of 24 dB. We can just glue it onto the demod boards. Then we can remove the ERA-5 amplifiers and just use the broadband splitter as Kiwamu mentioned.

  4539   Mon Apr 18 14:11:44 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCRF status

 We will make them all green !!


Again, all the files are available in the svn.


  4543   Tue Apr 19 15:48:43 2011 josephbUpdateCDSMEDM screens and Front Ends updated to new Matrices


The original matrix naming conventions for the front ends was broken.  It used _11, _12,...,_1e, _1f, _110, _111 and so forth.  The code was changes to use _1_1, _1_2,...,_1_16,_1_17, and so on.

In addition the matrix of filter banks was modified to use the same naming convetion (instead of starting at zero, it now start with one).

Work Done:

I rebuilt all the models, and restarted them all.

I wrote a simple script to modify the burt restore files to have the correct names for all the stored matrix values.

I also modified all the suspension screens, by modifying the default screens in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/medm/master/

The C1SUS, C1SCX, C1SPX, C1SCY, C1SPY, and C1MCS models had their foton filter files modified to put filters into the newly changed named filters

  4544   Tue Apr 19 17:34:02 2011 KojiUpdateCDSMEDM screens and Front Ends updated to new Matrices

Just a curiosity:

I just wonder how you have distingushed the difference between _111 and _111.

They are equivalent alone themselves. Have you looked at the contexts of the lines?
Or you just did not have the larger matrix than 16x16, did you?

  4545   Wed Apr 20 11:02:18 2011 josephbUpdateCDSMEDM screens and Front Ends updated to new Matrices
We simply didn't any matrices larger than 16x16. If we had, than that matrix would not have worked properly since the beginning.


Just a curiosity:

I just wonder how you have distingushed the difference between _111 and _111.

They are equivalent alone themselves. Have you looked at the contexts of the lines?
Or you just did not have the larger matrix than 16x16, did you?


  4546   Wed Apr 20 20:42:55 2011 kiwamuUpdateVIDEOtoday's video session

[Steve / Suresh / Kiwamu]

90 % of unused video cables have been removed.

Still a couple of video cables are floating around the video MUX. They will be removed in the next week's session.




  4548   Wed Apr 20 22:29:07 2011 sureshUpdateRF SystemPlan for LSC rack

The suggested layout of the 1Y2 Rack is shown below.

To simplify the wiring, I have largely kept demod boards with the same same LO frequency close to each other. 

The Heliax cables land on the top and bottom of the of subracks.  These are currently flexible plastic sheets.  Steve has agreed to replace them with something more rigid.  It would be good to have eight N-type connectors on the top and eight  at the bottom.  As  demod boards occur in sets of eight per subrack.  So it would be convenient if the 11 and 55 Mhz Heliax cables land on the top and the rest at the bottom.  In the layout I have shown the current situation. 

The LO signals to the boards come from the RF Distribution box and this is kept in the middle so that cables to both the subracks can be kept short.

The outputs of the AA filter boards from both subracks  have to be connected to the SCSI Interface board with a twisted pair ribbon cable. 


  4550   Thu Apr 21 08:26:42 2011 steveUpdatePEMPSL enclosure work today

The east side window guides  will be replaced by one long U-channel. There will be drilling into 2x2 steel frame. It should be done by 2pm today

This should remove the jerking motion of windows hitting the individual guides.

  4551   Thu Apr 21 14:39:43 2011 steveUpdateRF Systemnew strain relieved N connectors at AP

New right angle PVC, 2 x 2 x  1/4" installed at the AP table to strain relief the 1/4" spiral corrugated RF coaxes.

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  4552   Thu Apr 21 15:03:29 2011 steveUpdateComputersjuction board finds home

The anti aliasing box was opened up at the back to accommodate the junction board and the SCSI cable towards the ADC. Aluminum plate was attached to the bottom to hold the strain relief clamp.

Three more hanging junction cards will be replaced in this manner.

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  4553   Thu Apr 21 15:20:46 2011 steveUpdatePEMPSL enclosure work today


The east side window guides  will be replaced by one long U-channel. There will be drilling into 2x2 steel frame. It should be done by 2pm today

This should remove the jerking motion of windows hitting the individual guides.

 The installation went smoothly. There will be no more banging the doors into  guides on the east side.

Atm2 showing the west side as is today

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  4554   Thu Apr 21 21:24:41 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCdemod board : new 90 deg splitter

A new 90 degree splitter, PSCQ-2-51W, has arrived today and I installed it on a demod board called AS11.

Results of the I-Q phase measurement with the new splitter will be reported soon.


 * Picture 1 = before removal of the handmade coil

 * Picture 2 = after removal of the coil and the associated capacitors

 * Picture 3 = after soldering PSCQ-2-51-W




Quote from #4358

 First of all we will replace the home-made 90 degree splitter (see this entry) by a commercial splitter, PSCQ-2-51-W+ from Mini circuit. This is the step 1 basically.

  4555   Thu Apr 21 21:46:22 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCdemod board : new 90 deg splitter

A less LO power dependence on the relative phase was found. The new 90 deg splitter works better.

From -3 dBm to 10 dBm in LO power, the relative phase is within 90 +/- 5 deg.

As a comparison I plot the phase that I measured when the handmade coil had been there (green curve in the plot).



 I will also measure amplitude unbalances between I and Q.

Quote from #4554

A 90 degree splitter, PSCQ-2-51W, has arrived today and I installed it on a demod board called AS11.

Results of the I-Q phase measurement with the new splitter will be reported soon.



  4556   Fri Apr 22 02:10:53 2011 ZachUpdateelogrestarted

Restarted the elog with the script.

  4557   Fri Apr 22 09:05:53 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
As seen in the previous measurement the first harmonic of both the 11 MHz and 55 MHz outputs are about 30dB
higher than desired.  In an attempt to attenuate these and higher harmonics I introduced SBP-10.7 filters into
the 11MHz outputs and SLP-50 filters into the 55 MHz outputs.
Then I measured the height of the harmonics again and found that they were suppressed as expected.  Now harmonic
at 22 MHz is 58dB lower than the 11 MHz fundamental.  And the 110 MHz is lower by 55 dB compared to the 55 MHz
fundamental.  None of the higher harmonics are seen => they are below 70dB

SLP-50 has an insertion loss(IL) of 4.65 dB and Return Loss(RL) of 3dB.  It would be better to use SBP-60
(IL=1.4 dB and RL=23dB)

The filter on the 11 MHz lines is okay. The SBP-10.7 has IL=0.6 dB and RL=23 dB.
  4558   Fri Apr 22 09:25:43 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source: Temperature sensor relocated

RF Amp operating temperature

Earlier measurement reported by Alberto in LIGO-T10004-61-v1 based on the LM34 temperature sensor were lower than that shown by placing a calibrated thermocouple sensor directly on the heat sink by about 5deg C. The difference probably arose because the LM34 was located on a separate free-hanging copper sheet attached to the RF Amp by a single screw, resulting in a gradient across the copper strip.   I tried to move the LM34 which was glued down, but broke the leads in the process.  I then replaced it with another one mounted much closer to the heat sink and held it down with a copper-strip clamp.  There is no glue involved and there is heatsink compound between the flat surface of the LM34 and the heatsink.  Picture attached. 

  The picture also shows the new filters which have been put in place to reduce the harmonics.  Note that the SBP-10.7 which was to go on the 11 MHz Demod output is located much farther upsteam due to space constraints.


  4559   Fri Apr 22 10:28:22 2011 ranaUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
You should be able to resolve the other harmonics by decreasing the IF BW or RBW on the analyzer. Even though
they're OK, its useful to have the final measurement of all of them in some kinds of physical units (like dBm, but
not dBm/Hz or dB or dBcubits).
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