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  4604   Tue May 3 03:53:20 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking : done

The PRMI has been successfully locked


Also changing the sign of the PRC control gave me the lock of the carrier resonant condition.

The screenshot above is the time series of the error signals when I was locking the PRMI in the sideband resonant condition (i.e. carrier is non-resonant).

Note that I used REFL11 for the PRC control and AS55 for the MICH control as planed.

Details will be posted in the morning.

Quote from #4595

Today we will try to lock the PRMI.


  4606   Tue May 3 05:32:04 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCdaytime tasks

Daytime tasks :

 - PRM & BS oplev (Steve)

 - LSC binary outputs (Joe/Jamie)

 - installation of the REFL55 RFPD (Suresh/Jamie)

 - Adjustment of demodulation phases (Kiwamu)

 - Bounce-Roll filters on BS and PRM (Suresh/Joe)

 - Suspension diagnostic using the free-swinging spectra (Leo)

 - PMC alignment (Jenne/Koji)

  4613   Tue May 3 15:04:20 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSRe: DRMI prep : suspension diagnostic

Jenne went through all the suspension racks and pushed all the connectors.

After pushing them, we had a quick look at those spectra and found no funny noise spectrum except for C1:PRM-SENSOR_UL.

We then checked connection around the SCSI cables and eventually found the connection between ADC_card_0 and a SCSI was loose.

We put short standoffs on the ADC card so that the screws from the SCSI can nicely reach to the ADC card. Now everything looks fine.

SUS diagnostic is quite useful !

Quote from #4611

Notice that the C1:SUS-ITMX_SENSOR_UL and C1:SUS-MC3_SENSOR_UL spectra fall as 1/f.  Jenne suggested that this might indicate that there is a loose electrical connection.

  4617   Tue May 3 16:47:55 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCPRMI locking : details

Here are some details about the PRMI locking done last night.


(REFL11 installation)

 REFL11 has been installed on the AP table. The RF signal from the RFPD is sent by a heliax cable which has been called ASDD133.

Before the beam goes into the RFPD a HWP and PBS are installed such that we can adjust the amount of light entering to the photo diode.

One thing I didn't like was that I had to introduce a big amount of the light into the PD to get a reasonably big RF signal.

I was trying to look for an RF signal by looking at a spectrum analyzer, then I realized that the RF signal at 11 MHz was quite tiny when the DC_MON was less than 1.5 V.

After I increased the amount of the light up to 1.9 V in DC_MON, which sounds already too much, I then got able to see the 11 MHz signal on the analyzer.

Note that I decreased the amount of the light down to 0.5 V after I finished locking the PRMI.

We should make sure what is going on with the 11 MHz modulation.




First I started locking the MIchelson with AS55. The demodulation phase was already somewhat optimized to the I-signal port.

So I decided not to touch the demodulation phase matrix because it may take some times.

After I eliminated electrical offsets in the digital side, I was easily able to lock the Michelson. The control sign was plus.

Then I started playing with the PRC control too. The demodulation phase in REFL11 looked nearly 45 deg although I didn't carefully measure it.

I made a 45 deg rotational matrix to maximize the I-port signal and tried to lock the PRC. Then immediately I was able to lock PRC as well as MICH.

 GAIN_MICH = 100

 GAIN_PRC = 100

Also GAIN_PRC = -100 gave a carrier resonant lock.

The control filters are the same in MICH and PRC. I used my favorite filters as usual.

 FM1 = 1000 : 10

 FM6 = 0.1 : 1

 FM7 = 1 : 50

Somehow I frequently failed to engage the boost filters (i.e. FM6 and FM7) it looks offsets in the control path kicks either BS or PRM.

Quote from #4604

The PRMI has been successfully locked

Details will be posted in the morning. 


  4618   Tue May 3 17:19:25 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsHeliax connectors on 1Y2 rack : tightened

My observation wasn't accurate enough.

The looseness came from the fact that the N-SMA bulk heads were slipping on the black plate.

This is actually what Suresh pointed out (see here). So the thickness of the black plate doesn't matter in this case.

Somehow I was able to tighten the bulk heads using two wrenches and I think they are now tight enough so that the heliax's heads don't move any more.

Quote from #4601

I found that all the Heliax cables landing on the bottom of 1Y2 were too loose.

The looseness basically comes from the fact the black plate is too thick for the Heliax cable to go all the way. It permits the Heliax's heads to rotate freely.


  4619   Tue May 3 18:25:38 2011 kiwamuSummaryLSCPRMI locking : plan


 Since we've got the PRMI locked we now should be able to do more qualitative measurements.

Here is a task list that we will measure/develop in the PRMI condition.



 - Optical gain measurements

 - Characterization of control loops

 - MICH and PRC calibrations

 - Noise budget

 - Development of automatic noise budget scripts

 - Arm loss measurement 

 - Shnupp asymmetry measurement

  4623   Wed May 4 13:45:56 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSClocking last night

Last night I was trying to calibrate the MICH error signal and the actuators on BS and ITMs.

However I gave up taking the data because the MC locking was unstable. MC3 drifted a lot.

  4626   Wed May 4 13:57:04 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSmechanical resonances updated

[Leo  w/ a little help from Kiwamu]

Leo summarized the mechanical resonances of all the suspensions, based on the free-swinging spectra taken on Sat Apr 30.

Since Leo doesn't have the wiki account I helped him putting the information on the wiki.

Good work, Leo !


Quote from

Here are the free-swinging spectra for the BS, ETMX, ETMY, ITMX, ITMY, MC1, MC2, MC3, and PRM chambers.  Kiwamu left the suspensions free for 5 hours this weekend, starting at Sat Apr 30 00:15:26 2011.


  4627   Wed May 4 15:22:39 2011 kiwamuUpdate Re: Intermittent MC3 UL PD signal

I went push all the possible connectors for the MC3 shadow sensors including the SCSIs, flat cables and satellite box.

Also I put screws on them so that they won't become loose any more.

As a result UL_PDMON dropped from 0.6 V to 0.490 V and it becomes stable so far.

I didn't strain relief the cables but we must do it at some point before going into the full locking test.

Quote from #4625

The attached plot shows the 30 day trend of the MC3 UL PD signal. The signal dropped to zero at some point but now it is close to the level it was a few weeks ago. There still could be a problem with the cable.

The rest of the MC1,2,3 PD signals looked ok.


  4637   Thu May 5 13:14:15 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCchans file for LSC

Foton doesn't correctly display the LSC filter bank file : C1LSC.txt.

Foton tells a lie that they all are empty.


The file itself looks fine to me i.e. I can find correct filters in text format.

Looks like someone (maybe Joe and Jenne ?) updated the file. I am not sure if this is the reason or not.

allegra:chans>ls -al | grep LSC
-rw-r--r--  1 controls controls   20659 May  5 11:46 C1LSC.txt



  4638   Thu May 5 13:55:08 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCMI locking : calibration of BS and ITMs actuators

EDIT by KI on 15/5/2011:

The calibration of MICH error signal was wrong by a factor of 2.


The open loop transfer functions of the Michelson locking have been measured.

The purpose of this excise is to calibrate the coil-magnet actuators on BS and ITMs.

The estimated actuation coefficients are :

 BS = 3.69e-08 [m/counts]
 ITMX = 8.89e-09 [m/counts]
 ITMY = 9.22e-09 [m/counts] 

I guess the accuracy is something like 5 % because the calibration of the MI optical gain relies on a peak-to-peak measurement.

A next step is to calibrate the PRM actuator and the PRC optical gain.



The Michelson was locked with different actuators in every measurement. I locked the Michelson to the dark fringe with BS, ITMX and ITMY in each time.

The measured peak-to-peak value in the error signal was 20.2 counts, corresponding to a sensor gain of 5.96e+07 [counts/m]. Note that I used AS55_Q for the locking.

After locking the MI I took the open loop transfer function by injecting broadband noise from DTT.

Then the data were fitted coarsely.  In the fitting I used the resonant frequencies that Leo reported recently (http://blue.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/Mechanical_Resonances).

The Q-values are assumed to be 5 because of the local dampings. As a result the fitting gives us the actuator coefficients.

Here is a plot showing the measured open loop transfer functions. The solid lines represent the fittings.



(by the way)

- The delay time including ADC/DAC and RFM looks quite big. According to the fitting the delay is something like 600 usec.

This is about two times larger than the one reported before (see this entry). I will re-measure it with empty filters.

  4643   Thu May 5 15:28:23 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCRe: MI locking : calibration of BS and ITMs actuators

They are the DC responses.

I put the resonant frequencies that Leo reported in the wiki to obtain the DC response.

The resonant frequencies I used are :

  f_BS = 0.957 Hz

  f_ITMX = 0.966 Hz

  f_ITMY = 0.988 Hz

Also I assumed that all the Q-values are 5 due to the damping.


I've got confused

1) Are these the DC responses of the coils? If that is true, we need to specify the resonant frequency of each suspension to get the AC response.

2) Are these the AC responses well above the resonant freqs? In that case, The responses should be x.xxx / f^2 [m/counts]


 BS = 3.69e-08 [m/counts]
 ITMX = 8.89e-09 [m/counts]
 ITMY = 9.22e-09 [m/counts]


  4656   Sat May 7 02:52:53 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCTRY photo diode installed

[Suresh / Kiwamu]

 We installed the TRY photo diode (Thorlabs one) and the ETMYT CCD camera in place on the ETMY table.

Now we can see a signal on the TRY digital channel.

It will be quite useful for the Y arm locking, for instance we can do a triggered locking and the maximization of the intracavity power.

Someone has to install the EMTY trans QPD at some point.

  4664   Mon May 9 12:33:40 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCC1:LSC-TRIG_MTRX : wrong matrix size

I found that C1:LSC-TRIG_MTRX has a wrong matrix size. It needs to be fixed.

It is designed to have a 11x8 matrix in the simlink model file, but it's been compiled as a 6x8 matrix.

I recompiled c1lsc but it didn't fix the issue. Here below is the matrix statement in the C file :c1lsc.c. Indeed it is 6x8 matrix ....

// MuxMatrix:  LSC_TRIG_MTRX
  lsc_trig_mtrx[ii] =
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][0] * lsc_imux_trigger[0] +
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][1] * lsc_imux_trigger[1] +
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][2] * lsc_imux_trigger[2] +
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][3] * lsc_imux_trigger[3] +
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][4] * lsc_imux_trigger[4] +
          pLocalEpics->lsc.LSC_TRIG_MTRX[ii][5] * lsc_imux_trigger[5];

  4671   Mon May 9 18:54:29 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCtriggerd locking logic : screen prepared

I made a new medm screen for the triggering logics. Have fun.

I put a button on C1LSC.adl to invoke this screen.


Quote from #4656

It will be quite useful for the Y arm locking, for instance we can do a triggered locking and the maximization of the intracavity power.


  4673   Tue May 10 00:31:28 2011 kiwamuUpdateASCIFO alignment plan

The alignment of the interferometer goes basically step by step.

Tuesday will be an alignment day.

  0. MC beam centering (it's done)

  1. F2P to balance the coils on every optics including BS, PRM, SRM, ITMs and ETMs (Kiwamu).

  2. A2L and then change the DC bias of ITMY and ETMY to get a perfect eigen axis (VF/Jamie).

  3. align input PZT mirrors (PZT1 and 2) to maximize the Y arm transmission (VF/Jamie).

  4. do the same things for X arm but using BS instead of the PZTs.

  5. Alignment of the central part.

  6. Make a script to automatically get those things done. 

  4682   Tue May 10 22:56:17 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSf2p filters installed on ETMY

New f2p filters were installed on ETMY. 

The statistical error of the coil gain settings are now about 0.8% at high frequency (i.e. above the resonant freq of the pendulum mode)

 What I did :

 -   measured and corrected the coil imbalances on ETMY using a script called F2P_LOCKIN.py

 -   made the new f2p filters based on the measurements and installed them.

  Next step :

 -  do the same adjustment for all the suspensions including PRM, SRM, BS, ITMs and ETMs


(Notes on F2P_LOCKIN.py)

 F2P_LOCKIN.py is a script that I've made in python. This is basically the same as the old script, f2pratio, but uses the realtime LOCKINs instead of ezcademods.

The script automatically measures the coil imbalances on an optics of interest by driving the local LOCKIN oscillators.

In the first step the script automatically balances the coil gains at high frequency (8.5Hz).

In the next step it gives some coefficients, which basically represent the coil imbalances at low frequency (0.01Hz)

Then with those coefficients one will be able to design the f2p filters.

It is not well polished yet, so I will spend some more times to make it user-friendly and readable.

Example usage : F2P_LCKIN.py -o ETMX

It currently resides in /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scriptss/SUS/


(new f2p filters)

The plot below shows the new f2p filters. Note that they are already installed.


Pendulum mode = 0.982 Hz (according to the wiki)
Q of the pendulum mode = 1 (to avoid ringing of IIR filters)
UL_fz = 0.965125
UR_fz = 1.029517
LL_fz = 0.934231
LR_fz = 0.996562
UL_Qz = 0.982816
UR_Qz = 1.048388
LL_Qz = 0.951356
LR_Qz = 1.014829
  4683   Tue May 10 23:14:01 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSETMX_OPLEV : He-Ne laser dead ?

I found that a He-Ne laser which has been used for ETMX_OPLEV was NOT giving the light.

Since I didn't find the switch key for it I have no idea if the laser is simply off or dead.

  4684   Wed May 11 00:23:21 2011 kiwamuUpdateASCY arm and beam pointing alignment

[Jamie / Valera / Kiwamu]

 The incident beam pointing was improved a lot by using C1ASS realtime code.

Some more details will be posted later. The below is the list of the highlights today.

 - The Y arm cavity was aligned to have good beam centering on the mirrors.

 - The input PZTs were also aligned to the aligned Y arm by hand.

 - Automation of the  Y arm alignment using C1ASS_LOCKIN got partially functional with two loops closed. C1ASS correctly servos the centering on ETMY

 - The amount of the off-centering on ITMY and ETMY look roughly within 1 mm.

 - As a result the intracavity power got bigger by a factor of about 3.5

  4688   Wed May 11 11:44:52 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSf2p filters installed on ITMY

New f2p filters were installed on ITMY this morning. The statistical error of the coil gain setttigs are about 0.6 % at high frequency.




 Pendulum mode = 0.988 Hz, Q = 1





UL: fz = 1.014824 Hz, Q = 1.027150

UR: fz = 0.975038 Hz, Q = 0.98688

LL: fz = 1.000229 Hz, Q = 1.012378

LR: fz = 0.972688 Hz, Q = 0.946116

Quote from #4682

New f2p filters were installed on ETMY. 

The coil imbalances are now about 0.8% at high frequency (i.e. above the resonant freq of the pendulum mode)

  4691   Wed May 11 17:10:04 2011 kiwamuConfigurationElectronicsfixed : MC3 LL PD has no signal

[Valera / Kiwamu]

It was because of a loose connection. Pushing the connector solved the issue.


We really have to think about making reliable connections and strain reliefs.

Quote from #4685

Yesterday we found that MC3 OSEM LL PD did not have a sensible signal - the readback was close to zero and it was making MC move around. I disabled the PD LL so that the damping is done with just three face plus side PDs. There still no signal from MC3 LL PD today. It needs debugging.


  4692   Wed May 11 17:20:24 2011 kiwamuConfigurationIOOloop diabled on PZT2

[Valera / Kiwamu]

The pointing of the incident beam to the interferometer has been jumping frequently.

Due to this jump the lock of the Y arm didn't stay for more than 2 min.

We turned off the strain gauge loop of PZT2-YAW and PZT2-PITCH, then the spot motion became solid and the Y arm locking became much more robust.

  4694   Wed May 11 22:52:55 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCstatus update and plan

Rana forced me to write this entry for summary because he didn't come to the 40m meeting today.

Status update :

    Interferometer Input Beam alignment with the PZTs.

     60 % done. The rest of the 40 % is to make the procedures automated.

     The beam spots on ITMY and ETMY are centered within ~1 mm accuracy.

     PRM, BS, ITMX, & ITMY actuator calibrations and PRC/MICH error calibrations

    Ongoing: First we will do it by hand, then some scripts will be made for the calibraion and resultant noise budget.

     F2A Suspension filter calculations.

      ETMY and ITMY are done. Need volunteer for ETMX, ITMX, BS, PRM, & SRM !!

      Bounce-Roll notch filters

      Leo is working on it. 25% complete...

     DC signal from RFPDs

      The RFPDs have a local SMA DC output as well as a DC output from their PD Interface cards in the LSC rack. We have hooked up some of the PD Interface DC outputs to the LSC ADCs but not tested??

Next steps:

  Installation of a temporary (Thorlabs) DCPD on either POY to see the intra-cavity power in the PRC. It would be ridiculous to put detectors on POX or POP since they're still clipped.

  D-phase and amplitude imbalance adjustment of the demod baords.

          make a script which uses pynds.

  Alignment of the full interferomter, starting from the X arm

  Loss measurements for the arms

  Schnupp asymmetry measurement


  4699   Thu May 12 05:25:26 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOIP_POS disconnected

A cable for IP_POS has been disconnected at the LSC rack, 1Y2. Due to it currently no IP_POS signal shows up on the digital side.

It looks like we disconnected the cable together with some unused cables when we were cleaning up the wiring of the LSC rack.

The cable, a shielded flat-cable, is supposed to send DC power to the QPD and send the signals from the QPD to an interface board on the LSC rack.

I will check how it used to be and reconnect it.

  4704   Thu May 12 18:21:19 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOwelcome back IP_POS

IP_POS is back. 

I reconnected the cable to an interface card : D030238-A which has been labeled as "IP POS".

The card currently resides on the third crate rack from the top at the very right side in 1Y2. Also a rear side connection was modified a little bit.

I will clean up some cables because I tried some cables to see which was which.

Hopefully I will make a simple wiring diagram such that we will never forget the connections.

Quote from #4700

Quote from #4799

A cable for IP_POS has been disconnected at the LSC rack, 1Y2. Due to it currently no IP_POS signal shows up on the digital side.

I will check how it used to be and reconnect it.

 I found the disconnected cable, but I do not see the interface board at the LSC rack

  4706   Thu May 12 23:12:40 2011 kiwamuUpdateCDSc1lsc crashed

This is my third time to crash a real-time machine. This time I crashed c1lsc.

I physically rebooted c1lsc machine by pushing the power button and it came back and now running fine.


(what I did)

The story is almost the same as the last two times (1st time, 2nd time).

I edited c1lsc.ini file using daqconfig and then shutdown daqd running fb.

Some indicators for c1lsc on the C1_FE_STATUS screen became red. So I hit the 'DAQ reload' button on the C1LSC_GDS_TP screen.

Then c1lsc died and didn't respond to ping.

  4710   Fri May 13 01:42:35 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCready for Schnupp asymmetry measurement

[Valera / Kiwamu]

 We are able to lock each arm smoothly.  It is ready for the Schnupp asymmetry measurement.

( to be done )

 - Manual D-phase adjustment of the AS55 channel.

 - A script to adjust the D-phase.

 - Trigger logic for the boost filters.

 - Modification of some old alignment scripts to adopt them to the new LSC channels

  4719   Sun May 15 12:42:29 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSf2p ratio adjutment done for all the suspensions

The f2p adjustment for all the suspensions are done (except for MC1,2,3)

Attachment 1: f2p_summary.pdf
f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf f2p_summary.pdf
  4720   Sun May 15 14:01:56 2011 kiwamuUpdateIOOwiring diagram for IP-POS

Here is a wiring diagram which shows how IP-POS (new official name is IB_POS) is connected.

Another thing we have to remember is : at some point we will also connect some more QPDs (e.g. POX, POY, AS, REFL and POP) in the same way.

They will also be acquired by the same slow machine : c1iscaux.


Quote from #4704

IP_POS is back. 

Hopefully I will make a simple wiring diagram such that we will never forget the connections.

  4721   Sun May 15 19:10:12 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCCalibration of actuators : BS, ITMX and ITMY

The AC response of the actuators on BS, ITMX and ITMY were re-measured by another technique.

Last time I estimated them by measuring the open-loop transfer functions, but this time the responses were measured in a more direct way.

The measured AC responses (60 Hz - 200 Hz) are :

      BS   = 1.643e-98 / f2  [m/counts] (corrected based on the plot below - Manasa)

     ITMX = 3.568e-9 / f2 [m/counts]

     ITMY = 3.542e-9 / f2 [m/counts]

Next : measurement of the PRM actuator response

(The technique) 

 This time a technique that Rana told me a week ago was used.

This technique allows us to directly measure the response of an actuator at high frequency without any loop corrections.

First of all, MICH has to be locked to keep MICH within the linear range of the error signal. So now MICH is a linear sensor to the mirror motions.

In the MICH control a steep low pass filter should be inserted in order to avoid unwanted effects from the control loop at the high frequencies.

For example I put a low pass filter composed of an elliptical filter whose cut-off frequency is at 50 Hz such that the control loop doesn't push the mirrors above the cut-off frequency.

Hence the error signal of MICH above 50 Hz directly corresponds to the motion of the mirrors including BS, ITMX and ITMY.

Taking a transfer function from an actuator to the MICH error signal directly gives the actuator response.

In my measurements MICH was locked by feeding the signal back to BS. The plot below is the expected open-loop transfer function for the MICH control.


You can see that the open loop TF suddenly drops above 50 Hz. The UGF was at about 20 Hz, confirmed by looking at the loop oscillation on DTT.



 In the technique the error signal has to be calibrated to [m]. This time AS55_Q was used and calibrated based on a peak-to-peak measurement.

The peak to peak value in the MICH error signal was 8 counts, which corresponds to the sensor efficiency of 4.72e+07 [counts/m].

Then I took transfer functions from each suspension (i.e. C1:SUS-XXX_LSC_EXC) to the error signal at AS55_Q over a frequency range from 60 Hz to 200Hz.

For the transfer function measurements I ran the swept sine on DTT to get the data. Note that the PD whitening filters were on.

The plot below is the results of the measurements together with the fitting lines.


In the fitting I excluded the data pints at 60 Hz, because their coherence was low due to the power line noise.

  4722   Sun May 15 19:55:15 2011 kiwamuUpdatePhotosETMY optical bench

Just for a record. This is the latest picture of the ETMY optical bench.

I will upload this picture on the wiki after the wiki gets up.


  4724   Mon May 16 10:05:02 2011 kiwamuUpdatePhotosRe:ETMY optical bench

You are right. We should change or rotate the mirror mount.

Actually when Suresh and I were putting the mirror we rotated the mount  by 90 deg such that the fat side of the mount is at left had side.

It was because the fat side had been clipping the oplev beam when the fat side is at right.

At that moment we were blocking the green beam to only see the faint IR beam with a sensor card, so we haven't checked the green beam.

Anyway the mount is apparently not good for the green beam.

Quote from #4723

I didn't notice it the other day when I was working on putting in the trans QPD, but do we need to switch the mirror mount for the first turning mirror of the IR trans beam, which the green transmits through to go into the cavity?  It seems like we've set ourselves up for potential clipping.


  4726   Mon May 16 11:47:59 2011 kiwamuUpdateASSc1ass update part II

The medm screen for c1ass started being modified to be more user-friendly.

The modification is still ongoing, but the goal is to make a screen which anyone can easily understand and play with.


Still to do : ( need a volunteer )

- Modification of the screens

- Commission the input beam and X-arm servos

- Make scripts for X-arm

- Measure the PZT mirrors' matrix for the translation and angle


Quote from #4709

Here the status of the dither alignment or c1ass:

Still to do:

- Commission the input beam and X-arm servos

- Make scripts for X-arm


  4729   Tue May 17 01:05:56 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCAsymmetry measurement prep : recentering works

I re-centered beams on several PDs and a camera including :



The most important one was AS55.

When I was locking each arm I found that the error signal from AS55 was very coupled to the angular motion of the arms.

I checked the beam on the AS55 RFPD and found the beam on the edge of the photo diode. This is possibly because Valera and I had been touching the input beam alignment.

At that time the DC signal from AS55 without aligning PRM and SRM was about 5 mV.

Adjusting the beam position by a steering mirror brought the DC signal up to 20 mV.

Then the lock of each arm became more stable.

  4731   Tue May 17 16:53:22 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSoplev sign was wrong on ETMY

Last night I found that the sign of the oplev control of PITCH on ETMY was wrong. I flipped it to the correct sign.

We've been locking the Y arm by feeding a signal back to ITMY  because pushing ETMY somehow made the lock unstable in the angular motion.

After the correction of the oplev contol sign, I was able to keep the lock robustly by pushing ETMY.

  4734   Tue May 17 19:38:32 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSwrong connection on 1X5

Today Steve was working around the 1X5 rack to strain relief the cable jungles and the jungle is now getting less jungle.

During the work he disconnected and reconnected some cables.

So for a doublecheck I checked all the suspensions to see if the suspensions are still healthy or not.

Aha, then I found a mistake.


See the pictures below. It's a very subtle difference. This wrong connection prevented MC1 and MC3 from damping.

wrong.png correct.png

  4742   Wed May 18 18:48:46 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsidentification of RFPD interface cables

[Haixing / Kiwamu]

 As a part of the Wednesday's cabling work, we spent some times for identifying the RFPD interface cables.

The RFPD interface cables are made of a 15 pin flat cable, containing DC power conductors for the RFPDs and the DC signal path.

The list below is the status of the interface cables.


- - - - RFPD name, (cable status) - - - -

- REFL11 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL33 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL55 (identified and labeling done)

- REFL165 (no cable found)

- AS55 (identified and labeling done)

- AS165 (identified and labeling done)

- POP22/110 (identified and labeling done)

- POX11 (identified and labeling done)

- POY11 (identified and labeling done)

- POY55 (identified and labeling done)

We still have two cables which are not yet identified. Their heads are around the LSC rack and labeled 'unidentified'

  4747   Thu May 19 03:13:54 2011 kiwamuUpdateElectronicsREFL11 not working

I took REFL11 out from the AS table for a health check because it wasn't working properly.

The symptoms were :

   - a big offset of ~ -3 V on the RF output. No RF signals.

   - The DC output seemed to be okay. It's been sensitive to light.

I did a quick check and confirmed that +/- 5V were correctly supplied to the op-amps.

It looks that the last stage (MAX4107) is saturated for some reasons. Need more inspections.

At the moment the REFL11 RFPD is on the bench of the Jenne laser.


  4749   Thu May 19 16:46:20 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCc1lsc model : input channels rearanged

According to Suresh's LSC rack design I rearranged the input channels of the c1lsc model such that the analog signals and the ADC channels are nicely matched.

Also I updated the c1lsc model in the svn with a help from Joe. The picture below is a screen shot of the input channels in the model file after I edited it.


  4753   Fri May 20 03:01:17 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSClocking status

(PRMI locking)

Since REFL11 has gone I tried locking the PRMI with combination of REFL55 and AS55.

Without any pain the lock of PRMI was achieved successfully. AS55 was used to sense MICH and REFL55 was used for PRC.



Additionally I was modifying several scripts which are invoked from C1IFO_CONFIGURE.adl. Some details about the scripts will be uploaded on the wiki later.

An important thing is that now we are able to use the "restore" commands for the Y arm, X arm, Michelson and PRM locking.

The scripts will automatically acquire the lock of each DOF.  The image below is just a screen shot of the medm screen where you can call the scripts.



( Still to do)

   * PRM actuator response measurement

   * PRC noise budget

   * MICH-PRC actuator decoupling

  4754   Fri May 20 03:29:04 2011 kiwamuUpdateCDSBinary IO box on 1X5 : LEDs off

[Steve / Kiwamu]

 When Steve was working on the strain reliefs on 1X5 he found that some LEDs on the back side of the binary IO boxes were off.

There are 4 binary IO boxes and their power are directly supplied from Sorensens. According to the display of the Sorensens, the power are correctly generated.

Steve and I checked a picture of the boxes taken before he started working and we found it's been like this.

It might be just a problem of the LEDs or the fuses are blown, but anyway it needs an inspection.

Here is a picture of the back side of the boxes. You can see some LEDs are on and some are off.


  4757   Sat May 21 06:19:46 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCDRMI trial : no luck

I will try with POY55 that Koji prepared today.

  4759   Mon May 23 00:36:51 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCDRMI trial : sucess

Eventually the DRMI was locked.

I was struggling to find a good signal port for SRC over the weekend and finally found AS55_I worked somehow. I used :

   REFL11_I --> PRC

   AS55_Q   --> MICH

   AS55_I    --> SRC

A configuration script was prepared such that someone can try this configuration by clicking a button on the C1IFO_CONFIGURE.adl screen.

I don't think this signal extraction scheme is the best, but now we can find better signal ports by shaking each DOF and looking at each signal port.

More details will be reported in the morning.


I will try with POY55 that Koji prepared today.


  4760   Mon May 23 12:27:26 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCDRMI trial : details

(PRMI locking with slightly misaligned SRM)

 First I tried locking PRC and MICH with a little bit misaligned SRM. This condition allowed me to search for a good signal port for SRC.

In this locking, REFL11_I was used to lock PRC and AS55_Q was used for MICH. This is the same scheme as the current PRMI locking.

Since the alignment of SRM was close to the good alignment, I expected to see fringes from SRC in some signal ports (i.e. REFL55, POY55 and so on).

Sometimes a fringe of SRC disturbed AS55_Q and broke the MICH locking, so I had to carefully misalign SRM so that the SRC fringes are small enough to maintain the lock of MICH.


(Looking for a good signal port for SRC)

 After I locked the PRMI with slightly misaligned SRM, I started looking for a good signal port for SRC.

At the beginning I tried finding a good SRC port by shaking SRM at 100 Hz and looked at the power spectra of all the available LSC signals.

I was expecting to see a 100 Hz peak in the spectra, but this technique didn't work well because SRC wasn't within the linear range and hence didn't produce linear signals.

So I didn't see any strong signals at 100 Hz and finally gave up this technique.

Then I started looking for a PDH-like signal in time series and immediately found AS55_I showed large PDH-like signals.

So I started using the AS55_I for the SRC locking and eventually succeeded.


(Two tips for the DRMI locking)

During the locking of DRMI, I found two tips that made the locking quite smooth.

 - Triggered locking

   Since every LSC signal ports showed large signals from PRC somehow, feeding back the signals made the suspensions crazy.

   So I used triggered locking for the PRC and MICH locking to avoid unwanted kicks on BS and PRM.

   If  the DC of REFL goes above a certain level, the control of  PRC starts. Also if the DC of AS goes below a certain level the control of MICH starts.

  These triggers make the lock smoother.

 - Do not use resonant gain filters

  This is really a stupid tip. When I was trying to lock MICH, the lock became quite difficult for some reasons.

  It looked there was an oscillation at 3 Hz every time the MICH control started. It turned out that a 3 Hz resonant gain filter had been making it difficult.

  All the resonant gain filters should be off when a lock acquisition is taken place.

Quote from #4759

Eventually the DRMI was locked.

More details will be reported in the morning.


  4761   Mon May 23 14:28:23 2011 kiwamuConfigurationLSCPOY55 installed

Last Saturday the POY55 RFPD (see this entry) was installed on the ITMY optical bench for the trial of the DRMI locking.

Since the amount of the light coming into the diode is tiny, the DC monitor showed ~ 3 mV even when the PRC was locked to the carrier.

In order to amplify the tiny RF signal from the photo diode a ZHL amplifier was installed next to the RFPD. The RF amp is sitting on delrin posts for insulation from the table.


  4762   Mon May 23 18:10:41 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCf2p filters on PRM : not good

During the DRMI trial I noticed that the f2p filters on PRM is not quite effective (i.e. pushing PRM in POS direction makes misalignments).

I checked the f2p filters in an easy way. I pushed POS at 0.01 Hz with an amplitude of 1000 counts and looked at the oplev error signals with / without the f2p filters.

The picture below is a time series of the POS excitation, the oplev's PITCH and YAW error signals.

You can see there still is a big coupling from POS to YAW after the f2p filters were enabled. (Its supposed to be like this)

I will redo the f2p measurement on PRM.


  4797   Wed Jun 8 23:17:25 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCDRMI output matrix diagonalization

Approximately two weeks ago I diagonalized the LSC output matrix for the DRMI locking.

Since actuation on the position of BS changes not only MICH but also PRC and SRC, we needed to diagonalize the output matrix.


- What I did :

 (1) The DRMI was locked. At this point PRC, MICH and SRC was controlled by PRM, BS and SRC actuators respectively.

 (2) I injected excitation signal on C1:LSC-MICH_EXC by awg. The excitation was at about 200 Hz, which is above the UGF of all the LSC loops.

    At this point the excitation only shakes the position of BS.

 (3) I looked at spectra of REFL11_I, AS55_Q, AS55_I, that were used to sense PRC, MICH and SRC respectively.

   At the beginning I was able to see the peak due to the excitation in those spectra. This means BS shakes the other DOFs (i.e. PRC and SRC) as well as MICH.

 (4) To minimize the coupling from MICH to PRC (or SRC), I tuned a number on an element of the output matrix, which transfers the signal from MICH to PRM (or SRM).

   This business was done by looking at the peak on REFL11_I (or AS55_I) and minimizing it. Since this technique was too naive the tuning was done only in second decimal place.


  4799   Thu Jun 9 12:21:07 2011 kiwamuUpdatePSLRe : PMC needs help

Nulling the slow actuation offset fixed the issue. Now PMC is back to normal.


The reflected beam on the CCD was quite symmetric (it looked very TEM00 mode !) for some reasons, I somehow suspected the mode matching to PMC.

One possibility I thought of was the laser temperature because it could change the laser spatial mode.

So I looked at the slow actuation offset on the FSS screen and found it was at -4.0 which sounds somewhat big.

Then I zeroed the offset by the slider and relocked PMC.

Then the spatial pattern of the reflected beam became usual (i.e. junk light looking) and the transmitted light wet up to 0.83 which is normal.

Quote from #4798

The PMC is losing power.


  4801   Thu Jun 9 18:25:22 2011 kiwamuHowToCDSlook back a channel which doesn' exist any more

For some purposes I looked back the data of some channels which don't exist any more.  Here I explain how to do it.

If this method is not listed on the wiki, I will put this instruction on a wiki page.


(How to)

   (1) Edit an "ini" file which is not associated to the real-time control (e.g. IOP_SLOW.ini)

   (2) In the file, write a channel name which you are interested in. The channel name should be bracketed like the other existing channels.

               example:  [C1:LSC-REFL11_I_OUT_DAQ]

   (3) Define the data rate. If you want to look at the full data, write

              datarate = 2048

        just blow each channel name.

        Or if you want to look at only the trends, don't write anything.

   (4) Save the ini file and restart fb. If necessary hit "DAQ Reload" button on a C1:AAA_GDS_TP.adl screen to make the indicators green.

   (5) Now you should be able to look at the data for example by dataviewer.

   (6) After you finish the job, don't forget to clean up the sentences that you put in the ini file because it will always show up on the channel list on dtt and is just confusing.

        Also don't forget to restart fb to reflect the change.

  4802   Thu Jun 9 20:10:38 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSETMY whitening filter : all off

I checked the state of the whitening filters for the ETMY shadow sensors.

Result : They've been OFF  (i.e. flat response).


(measurement and setup)

 I measured the transfer functions of the whitening board (D000210) by looking at the signal before and after the whitening stage.

 The whitening board handles five signals; UL, UR, LR, LL and SD, and there are five single-pin lemo outputs for each signal on the front panel.

A good thing on those lemo monitors is that their signals are monitored before the whitening stages.

Rana suggested me to use these signals for the denominator of the transfer functions and consider the sensor signals as excitation signals.

So I plugged those signals into extra ADC channels via an AA-board and measured the transfer functions.

In the measurement the coherence above 4 Hz was quite small while the suspension was freely swinging.

Therefore I had to excite the ETMY suspension by putting random noise in a frequency band from 5 Hz to 35 Hz to obtain better coherence.



 The response is flat over frequency range from ~ 0.2 Hz to ~40 Hz, see the plot below. 

According to the spectrum of each signal the measurements above 10 Hz are just disturbed by the ADC noise.

If the whitening filters are ON, a pole and zero are expected to appear at 30 Hz and 3 Hz respectively according to the schematic, but no such features.



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