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  2133   Thu Oct 22 15:44:16 2009 ZachUpdateWIKI-40M UpdateMOPA diagram

 I have updated the PSL Diagram wiki page to include MOPA. As with the PSL diagram, clicking the photo on the main page takes you to a larger image. The inventory is pretty meager as I didn't have time to sit and read labels (if indeed there are any). I will look through the documentation at the 40m to see if there is a record of what is there. Again, if you know something, please amend the list!!

http://lhocds.ligo-wa.caltech.edu:8000/40m/PSL_Table_Diagram

  1254   Wed Jan 28 12:42:51 2009 YoichiUpdatePSLMOPA dying
Yoichi, Jenne, Peter

As most of you know, the MOPA output power has been declining rapidly since Jan 21. (See the attachment 1)
There was also an increase in the NPRO power observed in LMON, which is an internal power monitor of the NPRO.
Similar trend can be seen in 126MON, which picks up some scattered light from the NPRO but there may be some contributions from the PA output.

The drop in the AMPMON, LMON and CURMON (NPRO current) from the middle of Jan 26 to the end of Jan27 was caused by me.
I tried to decrease the NPRO current to put the NPRO power back to the level when the MOPA output was higher. But it did not bring back the MOPA power.
So I put back the current after an hour. This caused the sharp power drop on Jan26.
By mistake, I did not fully recover the current at that time and left it like that for a day. This accounts for the long power drop period continued until Jan27.

Shortly after I tweaked the current, the MOPA output power started to fluctuate a lot. This drives the ISS crazy.
To see if this was caused by the NPRO or power amplifier,
we decided to fix the 126MON to monitor the real NPRO power.
We opened the MOPA box and installed a mirror to direct a picked off NPRO beam to the outside of the box through an unused hole.
We set up a lens and a PD outside of the MOPA box to receive this beam. The output from the PD is connected to the 126MON cable.
So 126MON is now serving as the real monitor of the NPRO power. It has not yet been calibrated.

The second attachment shows a short time series of the MOPA power and NPRO power. When the beam is blocked, the 126MON goes to -22.
So the RIN of the NPRO is less than 1%, whereas the MOPA power fluctuates about 5%. There is also no clear correlation between the power fluctuation of the MOPA and the NPRO. So probably the MOPA power fluctuation is not caused by NPRO.

At this moment, all the feedback signals (current shunt, slow and fast actuators) are physically disconnected from MOPA box so that we can see the behavior of MOPA itself.
Attachment 1: Recent10Days.png
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Attachment 2: 126_MOPA.png
126_MOPA.png
  3132   Tue Jun 29 10:20:58 2010 ranaUpdateMOPAMOPA is NOT dead

Not dead. It just had a HT fault. You can tell by reading the front panel. Cycling the power usually fixes this.

  3137   Tue Jun 29 16:44:12 2010 Jenne, ranaUpdateMOPAMOPA is NOT dead, was just asleep

Quote:

Not dead. It just had a HT fault. You can tell by reading the front panel. Cycling the power usually fixes this.

MOPA is back onliine.  Rana found that the fuse in the AC power connector's fuse had blown.  This was evident by smelling all of the inputs and outputs of the MOPA controller. The power cord we were using for this was only rated for 10A and therefore was a safety hazard. The fuse should be rated to blow before the power cord catches on fire. The power cord end was slightly melted. I don't know why it hadn't failed in the last 12 years, but I guess the MOPA was drawing a lot of extra current for the DTEC or something due to the high temperature of the head.

We got some new fuses from Todd @ Downs. 

The ones we got however were fast-blow, and that's what we want  The fuses are 10A, 250V.  The fuses are ~.08 inches long, 0.2 inches in diameter. 

  3130   Tue Jun 29 08:41:06 2010 steveUpdateMOPAMOPA is dead

I found the laser dead this morning.

The crane people are here to unjam it.

Laser hazard mode is lifted and LASER SAFE MODE is in place. No safety glasses but CRANE HAZARD is still active.

Stay out of the 40m lab !

 

 

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  1042   Mon Oct 13 11:32:50 2008 YoixhiUpdatePSLMOPA is in trouble now
Steve, Alberto, Yoichi

A quick update.
The MOPA output went down to zero on Sunday early morning (00:28 AM).
We found that the NPRO beam is mis-aligned on the power monitoring PD (126MON).
We don't know yet if it is also mis-aligned to the power amplifier (PA) because the mechanical shutter is not working (always closed).
Most likely the beam is not aligned to the PA.
A mystery is that although the beam is terribly (more than a half inch) missing the monitor PD, the beam still goes through two faradays.
Another mystery is that the NPRO output power is now increased to 600mW.

The power drop was a very fast phenomenon (less than 1/16 sec).
We are trying to figure out what happened.
The first step is to fix the mechanical shutter. We have a spare in our hand.
Attachment 1: powerdrop.png
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  1044   Mon Oct 13 13:56:03 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLMOPA is not that much in trouble now
The problem was found to be all to do with the shutter.
The shutter started to work again, after a while, apparently for no clear reason.
The alignment to the PA was actually not screwed, and the MOPA output is now slowly increasing.
We figured that the 126MON PD has been mis-aligned for a long time. It was just picking the
scattered light from the output of the PA. So when the shutter is closed, it is natural that 126MON also goes down to zero.
It is a bit difficult to center the beam on the PD because there is not much room for moving the PD.
However, Alberto came up with a configuration (flip the PD and reflect back the beam with a mirror to the PD), which seems to
be feasible. We will do this modification when the MOPA is confirmed to be ok.

Here is more detail about the shutter problem:
The shutter is controlled by the MOPA power supply. There are three ways to command the power supply.
The switch on the front panel of the power supply, the EPICS switch (through a XYCOM XY220), and the interlock.
The ribbon cable from the power supply's back is connected to J1 of the cross connect. The pin 59 of the cable is the one
controlling the shutter. It is then routed to J12 pin 36. The interlock and a XYCOM switch are both connected to this
pin.
Now what happened was, on the way tracking down those cables, I pushed some connectors, especially the ones on the XYCOM.
After that, I was able to open the shutter from the EPICS button.
Steve and Alberto tried the EPICS button many times in the morning without success.
My guess is that it was some malfunctioning of the XY220 accidentally fixed by my pushing of the cables.
But I cannot exclude the possibility of the interlock malfunctioning.



Quote:
Steve, Alberto, Yoichi

A quick update.
The MOPA output went down to zero on Sunday early morning (00:28 AM).
We found that the NPRO beam is mis-aligned on the power monitoring PD (126MON).
We don't know yet if it is also mis-aligned to the power amplifier (PA) because the mechanical shutter is not working (always closed).
Most likely the beam is not aligned to the PA.
A mystery is that although the beam is terribly (more than a half inch) missing the monitor PD, the beam still goes through two faradays.
Another mystery is that the NPRO output power is now increased to 600mW.

The power drop was a very fast phenomenon (less than 1/16 sec).
We are trying to figure out what happened.
The first step is to fix the mechanical shutter. We have a spare in our hand.
  1625   Tue May 26 17:05:44 2009 robUpdatePSLMOPA re-activated

steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

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  1626   Tue May 26 17:34:14 2009 robUpdatePSLMOPA re-deactivated

Quote:

steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

 Rob, Alberto

The chiller HT alarm started blinking, as the water temperature had reached 40 degrees C, and was still rising.  We turned off the MOPA and the chiller.  Maybe we need to open the needle valve a bit more?  Or maybe the flow needs to be reversed?  The labels on the MOPA are backwards?

Attachment 1: laser_temp.jpg
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  1621   Fri May 22 17:03:14 2009 rob, steveUpdatePSLMOPA takes a holiday

The MOPA is taking the long weekend off.

Steve went out to wipe off the condensation inside the MOPA and found beads of water inside the NPRO box, perilously close to the PCB board.  He then measured the water temperature at the chiller head, which is 6C.  We decided to "reboot" the MOPA/chiller combo, on the off chance that would get things synced up.  Upon turning off the MOPA, the neslab chiller display immediately started displaying the correct temperature--about 6C.  The 22C number must come from the MOPA controller.  We thus tentatively narrowed down the possible space of problems to: broken MOPA controller and/or clog in the cooling line going to the power amplifier.  We decided to leave the MOPA off for the weekend, and start plumbing on Tuesday.  It is of course possible that the controller is the problem, but we think leaving the laser off over the weekend is the best course of action.

 

 

  537   Wed Jun 18 00:19:29 2008 robUpdatePSLMOPA trend
15 day trend of MOPA channels. The NPRO temperature fluctations are real, and causing the PMC to consistently run up against its rails. The cause of the temperature fluctations is unknown. This, combined with the MZ glitches and Miller kicking off DC power supplies is making locking rather tetchy tonight. Hopefully Yoichi will find the problem with the laser and fix it by tomorrow night.
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  113   Fri Nov 16 18:46:49 2007 steveBureaucracyPSL MOPA was turned off & on
The "Mohana" boys scouts and their parents visited the 40m lab today.
The laser was turned off for their safety.
It is back on !
  901   Fri Aug 29 15:01:45 2008 steveUpdatePSLMOPA_HTEMP in increasing
The laser chiller temp is 21.9C ( it should be 20.0C )
Control room temp 73F ok, no obvious block

Ops, there is a piece of paper blocking the intake of the chiller

This is a four day plot. The paper was blocking the air flow all day.
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  1027   Mon Oct 6 10:00:49 2008 steveUpdateMOPAMOPA_HTEMP is up
Monday morning conditions:

The laser head temp is up to 20.5 C
The laser shut down on Friday without any good reason.
I was expecting the temp to come down slowly. It did not.
The control room temp is 73-74 F, Matt Evans air deflector in perfect position.
The laser chiller temp is 22.2 C

ISS is saturating. Alarm is on. Turning gain down from 7 to 2 pleases alarm handler.

c1LSC computer is down
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  1282   Fri Feb 6 16:23:54 2009 steveUpdateMOPAMOPAs of 7 years

MOPAs and their settings, powers of 7 years in the 40m

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  9785   Fri Apr 4 18:51:29 2014 ericqSummaryLSCMORE CARM related modeling

In today's ISC call, Kiwamu was comparing two ways to approach resonance: 

  • "C-Type": The scheme we currently think about; zero DARM offset and slowly reduce the CARM offset
  • "D-Type": Start with no CARM offset, but a DARM offset and reduce that. 

D-type might be interesting to check out, since things change a little less dramatically when you reduce the DARM offset. Maybe this makes signal hopping easier? Signal recycling may complicate things, though. 

So, I've simulated CARM and DARM offset effects on CARM and DARM signals. (As with the previous plots, this is for the PRFPMI configuration.) From moving both offsets around, it looks like the resonance peak is about 5x wider in DARM than in CARM, so I simulated a 50pm offset range for CARM and a 250pm offset range for DARM. 

Here are some CARM signal transfer functions subject to CARM offsets in the top plot, and DARM offsets in the bottom plot. 

 carm2REFL11.pdfcarm2REFL55.pdf

carm2REFLDC.pdfcarm2TRX.pdf

 

It's looks like the DARM offset changes cause much less dramatic changes in the CARM plant features. It's conceivable that this would make CARM locking easier. 

Here are some DARM plant transfer functions. 

 darm2AS11.pdfdarm2AS55.pdf

darm2ASDC.pdfdarm2TRX.pdf

In these plots, I did something kind of artificial: when we move the CARM offset, it changes the proper demodulation phase to get DARM in the Q of the AS 1F RFPDS. So, at each CARM offset, I re-phased the AS 1F demodulators, to show the total DARM information available at the AS RFPDs at each offset, rather than what one would actually see in them with a static demod phase. 

ASDemodAngles.pdf 

  11250   Sat Apr 25 22:17:49 2015 ranaUpdateCDSMXstream restart script working (beta)

Since python from crontab seemed intractableangry, I replaced autoMX.py with a soft link that points at autoMX.sh.

This is a simple BASH scriptcool that looks at the LSC FB stat (C1:DAQ-DC0_C1LSC_STATUS), and runs the restart mxstream script if its non-zero.

So far its run 5 times successfullylaugh. I guess this is good enough for now. Later on, someone ought to make it loop over other FE, but this ought to catch 99% of the FB issues.

  11312   Tue May 19 17:03:34 2015 KojiUpdateCDSMXstream restart script working (beta)

AutoMX is resetting mx_stream every 5 minutes. Basically everytime AutoMX is called,
it resets mx_stream. Is the mx_stream stalling such often? Or the script is detecting false alerms?


> tail -200 /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/cds/autoMX.log

Tue May 19 16:43:01 PDT 2015
LSC - FB bad. Runnning restart:
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1sus closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1lsc closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1ioo closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscex closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscey closed.
0
Tue May 19 16:48:02 PDT 2015
LSC - FB bad. Runnning restart:
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1sus closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1lsc closed.
ssh_exchange_identification: read: Connection reset by peer
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscex closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscey closed.
0
Tue May 19 16:53:01 PDT 2015
LSC - FB bad. Runnning restart:
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1sus closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1lsc closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1ioo closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscex closed.
 * Stopping mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
 * Starting mx_stream ...                                                 [ ok ]
Connection to c1iscey closed.

  11314   Tue May 19 18:38:33 2015 ranaUpdateCDSMXstream restart script working (beta)

Good catch; that was some seriously bad programming on my part. I had some undeclared variable garbage going on. I fixed it and re-implemented the script in CRON on megatron. The log file shows that it has detected no problems for the last several checks. I'll check it again tomorrow to see if its doing good or bad.

  186   Mon Dec 10 19:08:03 2007 tobinConfigurationPSLMZ
The MZ seems finicky today--it keeps unlocking and relocking.

I've temporarily blocked one of the MZ arms while I work on the ISS.
  1925   Tue Aug 18 15:52:27 2009 JenneUpdatePSLMZ
I tweaked up the MZ alignment.  The reflection had been around 0.550, which kept the MEDM indicator green, but was still too high.  I fiddled with BS1, and a little bit with BS2.  When I had the doors of the PSL table open, I got as low as 0.320.  When I closed up and came back to the control room, the MZ refl had drifted up to 0.354.  But it's good again now.

In the future, mirrors shouldn't be so close together that you can't get at their knobs to adjust them No good.  I ended up blocking the beam coming out of the PMC to prevent sticking my hand in some beam, making the adjustment, then removing the dump.  It worked in a safe way, but it was obnoxious. 

  1926   Tue Aug 18 19:57:47 2009 rana, JenneUpdatePSLMZ

- we finished the MZ alignment; the contrast is good.

- we did the RFAM tuning using a new technique: a bubble balanced analyzer cube and the StochMon RFPD. This techniques worked well and there's basically no 33 or 166 RFAM. The 133 and 199 are as expected.

- the MC locked right up and then we used the periscope to align to it; the transmission was ~75% of max before periscope tuning. So the beam pointing after the MC should be fine now.

- the Xarm locked up with TRX = 0.97 (no xarm alignment).

 

If Rob/Yoichi say the alignment is now good, the we absolutely must center the IOO QPDs and IP POS and IP ANG and MC TRANS  today so that we have good references.

 

-----------------------------------

The first photo is of our nifty new setup to get the beam to the StochMon PD.  The MZ transmitted beam enters the photo from the bottom right corner, and hits the PBS (which we leveled using a bubble level).  The P-polarization light is transmitted through the cube, and the S-polarization is reflected to the left.  The pure S-polarized light hits a Beam Splitter, which we are using as a pickoff to reduce the amount of light which gets to the PD.  Most of the light is dumped on an aluminum dump.  The remaining light hits a steering mirror (Y1 45-S), goes through a lens, and then hits the StochMon PD.  While aligning the MZ to maximize visibility, we look at the small amount of P-polarized light which passes through the PBS on an IR card, and minimize it (since we want to be sending purely S-polarized light through the EOMs and into the MC).

The second photo is of a spectrum analyzer which is directly connected to the RF out of the StochMon PD.  To minimize the 33MHz and 166MHz peaks, we adjust the waveplates before each of the EOMs, and also adjusted the tilt of the EOM holders.

The final photo is of the EOMs themselves with the Olympus camera.

Once we finished all of our MZ aligning, we noticed that the beam input to the MC wasn't perfect, so Rana adjusted the lower periscope mirror to get the pointing a little better.  

The MZ refl is now at 0.300 when locked.  When Rana reduced the modulation depth, the MZ refl was about 0.050 .  Awesome!

 

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  2148   Tue Oct 27 01:45:02 2009 robUpdateLockingMZ

Quote:
Tonight we also encountered a large peak in the frequency noise around 485 Hz. Changing the MZ lock point (the spot in the PZT range) solved this.


This again tonight.

It hindered the initial acquisition, and made the DD signal handoff fail repeatedly.
  1853   Fri Aug 7 11:39:13 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLMZ Alignment
For the last couple of days we've been trying to find the cause that is preventing us to get more than 0.85 for the arm power.
After re-aligning the reference caivity yesterdau, today I went for the MZ. I slightly changed the alignment of the mirror in pitch. I was able to inrease the MZ-TRANPD to 4.8 (from about 3).
Unfortunately the same increase didn't show up at the MC transmission (that is IFO input) becasue changing the MZ also changed alignment to the MC cavity changed. A little tune of the MZ periscope was necessary to adjust the beam to the MC.
 
After all this MC-TRANS read 7.2 vs 7.0 before: no big of an improvement.
 
The arm power is still below 0.85.
 
Next step: measuring the MC length. Maybe changed a lot after the MC satellite was recently it by the people that were installing sesimometers and accelerometers on it.

 

  1195   Fri Dec 19 11:29:16 2008 Alberto, YoichiConfigurationMZMZ Trans PD
Lately, it seems that the matching of the input beam to the Mode Cleaner has changed. Also, it is drifting such that it has become necessary to continuously adjust the MC cavity alignment for it to lock properly.

Looking for causes we stopped on the Mach Zehnder. We found that the monitor channel:
C1:PSL-MZ_MZTRANSPD

which supposedly reads the voltage from some photodiode measuring the transmitted power from the Mach Zehnder, is totally unreliable and actually not related to any beam at all.

Blocking either the MZ input or output beam does not change the channel's readout. The reflection channel readout responds well, so it seems ok.
  2035   Thu Oct 1 13:12:41 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ Work from 13:00-

I will investigate the MZ board. I will unlock MZ (and MC).

  1395   Thu Mar 12 18:44:02 2009 YoichiUpdatePSLMZ aligned
The MC lost the alignment somehow this afternoon.
So I thought it was good time to touch the MZ because I had to align the MC using the periscope anyway.

I mainly touched the mirror with a PZT. The MZ reflection went down from 0.5 to 0.3.
  604   Mon Jun 30 15:08:52 2008 JohnSummaryPSLMZ alignment
I adjusted the alignmnet of the Mach-Zehnder's two North mirrors (downstream of the EOMs).

MZ REFL is reduced from 0.54 to 0.43. The largest improvement was due to pitch on the PZT mirror.
Attachment 1: mzalign.png
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  607   Mon Jun 30 18:36:01 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLMZ alignment again
John, Yoichi

We re-adjusted the MZ alignment. The reason behind this is to make sure that the MZ dark port is not falling at a strange fringe, where it is only dark at the dark port PD. It can happen when the two beams poorly overlap.
We tried both the minimization of the MZ dark PD and the maximization of the MZ transmission at the same time.
We also placed another PD in the MZ dark port at a different distance from the original dark PD and tried to minimize this too.
If the MZ dark port is at a strange fringe, one of the dark PD can be dark where the other one is still bright.
If both of the dark PD get dark, the overlap between the beams should be ok.
We tweaked only the two mirrors of the MZ after the EOMs (mainly the one with a PZT).

Right now, the MZ dark power is 0.432.
BTW, we should change the name of the MZ dark port on the medm screen (it is now MZ reflection, where it is not a reflection).
I will try to change it later.

We wanted to put the beam position on the IOO-QPD_POS_* back to the original (before John tweaked the MZ alignment earlier).
However, the trends of IOO-QPD_POS_* show a lot of fluctuation and jumps, of which we don't know the cause. So we could not find reasonable original values.
We suspect a circuit problem in IOO-QPD_POS, especially because the jumps are very strange.
We will do this investigation later too.
  1876   Mon Aug 10 16:37:27 2009 robUpdatePSLMZ alignment touched

I aligned the MZ.  The reflection went from .86 to .374

  1099   Wed Oct 29 12:23:04 2008 YoichiConfigurationPSLMZ alignment touched and the alarm level changed
Since the MZ reflection is alarming all the time, I tried to improve the MZ alignment by touching the folding mirror.
I locked the X-arm and monitored the transmitted light power while tweaking the mirror alignment to ensure that the output beam pointing is not changed.
I changed the alignment only a little, almost like just touching the knob.
The reflected power monitor was around 0.6 this morning and now it is about 0.525. Still large.
I changed the alarm level (HIGH) from 0.5 to 0.55.
  1874   Mon Aug 10 15:24:17 2009 robSummaryPSLMZ bad

I think the MZ pzt is broken/failing.  I'm not sure how else to explain this behavior.

The first bit of the time series is a triangle wave into the DC offset (output) field, over approximately the whole range (0-250V).   You can see the fringe visbility is quite small.  The triangle wave is stopped, and I then maxed out the offset slider to get to the "high" power point from the triangle wave sweep. Then for a little while with the PZT is held still, and the power still increases.  The MZ is then locked, and you can see the PZT voltage stay about the same but the power continues to rise over the next ~10 minutes or so.

Attachment 1: brokenMZpzt.png
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  1875   Mon Aug 10 15:56:12 2009 robSummaryPSLMZ bad redux

Quote:

I think the MZ pzt is broken/failing.  I'm not sure how else to explain this behavior.

 

The first bit of the time series is a triangle wave into the DC offset (output) field, over approximately the whole range (0-250V).   You can see the fringe visbility is quite small.  The triangle wave is stopped, and I then maxed out the offset slider to get to the "high" power point from the triangle wave sweep. Then for a little while with the PZT is held still, and the power still increases.  The MZ is then locked, and you can see the PZT voltage stay about the same but the power continues to rise over the next ~10 minutes or so.

 

 

 

This plot answers the previous question, and raises a new one--what the heck is MZTRANSPD?  I'd guess the pins are unconnected--it's just floating, and somehow picking up the MZ_PZT signal.

 

 

Attachment 1: badMZtrans.png
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  2349   Mon Nov 30 19:23:50 2009 JenneUpdateMZMZ down

Came back from dinner to find the Mach Zehnder unlocked.  The poor IFO is kind of having a crappy day (computers, MZ, and I think the Mode Cleaner alignment might be bad too).

  14547   Wed Apr 17 00:43:38 2019 gautamUpdateFrequency noise measurementMZ interferometer ---> DAQ
  1. Delay fiber was replaced with 5m (~30 nsec delay)
    • The fringing of the MZ was way too large even with the free running NPRO (~3 fringes / sec)
    • Since the V/Hz is proportional to the delay, I borrowed a 5m patch cable from Andrew/ATF lab, wrapped it around a spool, and hooked it up to the setup
    • Much more satisfactory fringing rate (~1 wrap every 20 sec) was observed with no control to the NPRO
  2. MZ readout PDs hooked up to ALS channels
    • To facilitate further quantitative study, I hooked up the two PDs monitoring the two ports of the MZ to the channels normally used for ALS X.
    • ZHL3-A amps inputs were disconnected and were turned off. Then cables to their outputs were highjacked to pipe the DC PD signals to the 1Y3 rack
    • Unfortunately there isn't a DQ-ed fast version of this data (would require a model restart of c1lsc which can be tricky), but we can already infer the low freq fringing rate from overnight EPICS data and also use short segments of 16k data downloaded "live" for the frequency noise measurement.
    • Channels are C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_IN1 and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_Q_IN1 for 16k data, and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_INMON and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_INMON for 16 Hz.

At some point I'd like to reclaim this setup for ALS, but meantime, Anjali can work on characterization/noise budgeting. Since we have some CDS signals, we can even think of temperature control of the NPRO using pythonPID to keep the fringe in the linear regime for an extended period of time.

  14571   Thu Apr 25 03:32:25 2019 AnjaliUpdateFrequency noise measurementMZ interferometer ---> DAQ
  • Attachment #1 shows the time domain output from this measurement. The contrast between the maximum and minimum is better in this case compared to the previous trials.
  • We also tried to extract the frequency noise of the laser from this measurement. Attachment #2 shows the frequency noise spectrum. The experimental result is compared with the theoretical value of frequency noise. Above 10 Hz, the trend is comparable to the expected 1/f characteristics, but there are other peak also appearing. Similarly, below 10 Hz, the experimentally observed value is higher compared to the theory.
  • One of the uncertainties in this result is because of the length fluctuation of the fiber. The phase fluctuation in the system could be either because of the frequency noise of the laser or because of the length fluctuation of the fiber.  So,one of the reasons for the discrepancy between the experimental result and theory could be because of  fiber length fluctuation. Also, there were no locking method been applied to operate the MZI in the linear range.
  • The next step would be to do a heterodyne measurement. Attachment #3 shows the schematic for the heterodyne measurement. A free space AOM can be inserted in one of the arms to do the frequency shift. At the output of photodiode, a RF heterodyne method as shown in attachment #3 can be applied to separate the inphase and quadrature component. These components need to be saved with a deep memory system. Then the phase and thus the frequency noise can be extracted.
  • Attachment #4 shows the noise budget prepared for the heterodyne setup. The length of the fiber considered is 60 m and the photodiode is PDA255. I also have to add the frequency noise of the RF driver and the intensity noise of the laser in the noise budget.
Quote:
  1. Delay fiber was replaced with 5m (~30 nsec delay)
    • The fringing of the MZ was way too large even with the free running NPRO (~3 fringes / sec)
    • Since the V/Hz is proportional to the delay, I borrowed a 5m patch cable from Andrew/ATF lab, wrapped it around a spool, and hooked it up to the setup
    • Much more satisfactory fringing rate (~1 wrap every 20 sec) was observed with no control to the NPRO
  2. MZ readout PDs hooked up to ALS channels
    • To facilitate further quantitative study, I hooked up the two PDs monitoring the two ports of the MZ to the channels normally used for ALS X.
    • ZHL3-A amps inputs were disconnected and were turned off. Then cables to their outputs were highjacked to pipe the DC PD signals to the 1Y3 rack
    • Unfortunately there isn't a DQ-ed fast version of this data (would require a model restart of c1lsc which can be tricky), but we can already infer the low freq fringing rate from overnight EPICS data and also use short segments of 16k data downloaded "live" for the frequency noise measurement.
    • Channels are C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_IN1 and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_Q_IN1 for 16k data, and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_INMON and C1:ALS-BEATX_FINE_I_INMON for 16 Hz.

At some point I'd like to reclaim this setup for ALS, but meantime, Anjali can work on characterization/noise budgeting. Since we have some CDS signals, we can even think of temperature control of the NPRO using pythonPID to keep the fringe in the linear regime for an extended period of time.

Attachment 1: Time_domain_output.pdf
Time_domain_output.pdf
Attachment 2: Frequency_noise.pdf
Frequency_noise.pdf
Attachment 3: schematic_heterodyne_setup.png
schematic_heterodyne_setup.png
Attachment 4: Noise_budget_1_micron_in_Hz_per_rtHz.pdf
Noise_budget_1_micron_in_Hz_per_rtHz.pdf
  2017   Tue Sep 29 10:44:29 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ investigation

Rana, Jenne, Koji

Last night we checked MZ. The apparent thing we found was the gain slider does not work.
The slider actually changes the voltage at the cross connection of 1Y2 (31 pin4?), the gain does not change.
The error spectrum didn't change at all even when the slider was moved.

Rana poked the flat cable at the bottom of 1Y2, we had no imporvement.

We coudn't find the VME extender board, so we just replaced AD602 (=VGA) and LT1125 (=Buffer for the ctrl voltage).
Even after the replacement, the gain slider is not working yet.

Today, I will put a lead or probe to the board to see whether the slider changes the voltage on the board or not.

Somehow the gain is sitting at a intermediate place that is not to low not to high. So I still don't know the gain slider
is the cause of the MZ instability or not.

  1012   Wed Oct 1 02:10:03 2008 ranaUpdateIOOMZ is going bad
Here's a 2 day trend of the MZ. You can see that there is something bad with ERR - it should really be going to zero.

Also LODET is dead. We need to rejuvinate LODET somehow.

The next plot is a 90 day hour-trend of the same signals. You can see that LODET came back to us between
September 10 and 19 ??? I looked at a 4 year trend and it seems that this signal has always been zero
(nice use of disk space) except for a few days in Nov of 06 and then whatever happend on Sep 10.
Attachment 1: Untitled.png
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Attachment 2: Untitled.png
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  931   Fri Sep 5 08:34:03 2008 steveUpdatePSLMZ locked
The MC is happy.
The MZ can be locked if you move the slider by hand.
Attachment 1: mzhv.jpg
mzhv.jpg
  1884   Tue Aug 11 01:21:55 2009 robUpdatePSLMZ needs some attention

the servo needs some work. 

 

2 day trend

 

Attachment 1: badMZservo.png
badMZservo.png
  639   Mon Jul 7 13:49:27 2008 YoichiHowToPSLMZ offset, gain tips
John, Yoichi

This morning John found that MZ servo is not working.
We were able to bring the MZ back by changing the output offset a bit. But we were not sure what was actually wrong.
So we pulled out the MZ board and checked several TPs to understand the behavior.
Here is the summary of what we learned this morning.

The MZ control board has the following stages:

[Mixer] -(error signal)-> [Sum amp for input offset] -(error + offset)-> [Variable Gain Amp] -> [Filter (x100 DC gain)] -(FB signal)-> [High Voltage Amp] -> output
(The HV amp also works as the sum amp for the output offset)

(1) We noticed that the Sum amp for the input offset has an output of -0.14V even when the offset input is 0V. This can be canceled by the input offset slider.
So for the moment, it is fine. But we might want to change the op-amp because the weird offset implies there might be something wrong with the chip.
The procedure to null the -0.14V offset is the following:
a) Enable Test 1 input on the MZ MEDM screen.
b) Move the input offset slider until the mixer monitor becomes 0V. Currently the input offset slider is at -7.5V to cancel the -0.14V offset.

(2) Because the gain of the Variable Gain Amp and the Filter combined is large, the Filter can be easily saturated if the output offset is not right.
This was the cause of the MZ problem this morning. The output offset slider was at a wrong position making the error signal slightly off centered from zero.
This residual DC error signal was amplified by the large gain chain and saturated the filter amp.
Our experience is that the output offset cannot go below -3V. We set it at 0V for now.
  2032   Thu Oct 1 09:36:09 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ relocked (Re:suspention damping restored and MZ HV stuck)

MZ stayed unlocked. Now It was relocked.

Quote:

Earthquake  of magnitude 5.0  shakes ETMY loose.

MC2 lost it's damping later.

 

  221   Thu Jan 3 09:12:59 2008 steveUpdatePSLMZ servo
Here is MZ trend for one year and 40 days.
Now days it runs out of range on the low side.
This is the weakest link in the psl today.
Attachment 1: mz1y.jpg
mz1y.jpg
Attachment 2: mz40d.jpg
mz40d.jpg
  611   Tue Jul 1 11:57:24 2008 YoichiConfigurationPSLMZ servo switch problem again
C1:PSL-MZ_BLANK switch (to turn on/off the servo) is not working again. The switch is always off regardless of the epics state.
I pushed the cables into the xycom card, but it did not fix the problem.
  616   Tue Jul 1 16:48:42 2008 rob, johnConfigurationPSLMZ servo switch problem resolved forever

Quote:
C1:PSL-MZ_BLANK switch (to turn on/off the servo) is not working again. The switch is always off regardless of the epics state.
I pushed the cables into the xycom card, but it did not fix the problem.


We have fixed this problem forever, by totally disabling this switch. Looking at the schematic for the MZ servo and the datasheet of the AD602, we found that a HI TTL on pin 4 disables the output of the AD602. Since the MZ servo was stuck in the off position, this seemed to indicate that it may be the XYCOM220 itself which is broken, constantly putting out a +5V signal regardless of the EPICS controls. We thought we might be able to get around this by disconnecting this signal at the cross-connect, but ultimately we couldn't find it because there is no wiring diagram for the Mach-Zehnder (!). So, we pulled the board and wired pin 9A of P1 to ground, permanently NORMALizing the MZ_BLANK switch. John has marked up the schematic, and someone should modify the MEDM screen and check the new screen into svn.

We can still the turn the MZ servo on and off by using the test input 1 switch.

Someone also will need to modify the MZ autolocker to use the test input 1 (MZ_SW1) instead of the old MZ_BLANK.
  2018   Tue Sep 29 12:47:08 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ unlocked

12:45 I started the work on MZ. Thus the MZ was unlocked.

Found the bad connection on the FLKM 64pin cross connection board. We need a replacement.

I went to Wilson and got the replacement, two VME extender boards, three 7815, and three 7915. Thanks, Ben!

  1149   Thu Nov 20 09:37:39 2008 steveUpdatePSLMZ vs temp
This 12 days plot shows that it can hold lock if the daily temp variation is not more than 3/4 of a degree C
The MZ is happy if it's HV is above 100V
Attachment 1: mztemp.jpg
mztemp.jpg
  2006   Sat Sep 26 13:55:20 2009 JenneUpdateMZMZ was locked in a bad place

I found the MZ locked in a bad place earlier today.  It was locked in a similarly bad spot yesterday after we fixed the cable situation for 126MOPA_126MON, with reflection of ~0.8, rather than the nominal 0.305.  It's good now though. 

  2020   Tue Sep 29 18:21:41 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ work done

The MZ work completed. I replaced the bad cross connection terminal. The gain slider is working now.

I looked at the error spectrum on an FFT analyzer. I could see the lock was more tight.

Then I proceeded to the MZ epics panel.

1) C1:PSL-MZ_MZTRANSPD has no meaning (not connected). So I put  C1:PSL-ISS_INMONPD as the MZ trans monitor.

2) The EPICS setting for the MZ gain slider was totaly wrong.
    Today I learned from the circuit, the full scale of the gain slider C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN gave us +/-10V at the DAC.
    This yield +/-1V to V_ctrl of the AD602 after the internal 1/10 attenuation stage.
    This +/-1V didn't correspond to -10dB~+30dB, but does -22dB~+42dB and is beyond the spec of the chip.

    The gain of AD602 is calculated by

G [dB] = 32 V_crtl + 10,  for -0.625 [V]< V_ctrl < +0.625 [V].

    In order to fix this I used the following commands which overrode the EPICS parameters.
    The tip of EGUF/EGUL is to know how much the gain (virtually) goes for the full scale of the DAC output. 

ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.EGUF 42
ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.EGUL -22
ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.DRVH 30
ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.DRVL -10
ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.HOPR 30
ezcawrite C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN.LOPR -10

   and for the permanent change I modified the db file /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1iool0/c1iooMZservo.db
   This will be active when cliool0 is rebooted.

# This yields the output limited to -6.25V ~ +6.25V, which corresponds to -10dB ~ +30dB
# modified by Koji Arai (29-Sept-2009)
grecord(ao,"C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN")
{
        field(DESC,"GAIN- overall pre-modecleaner servo loop gain")
        field(SCAN,"Passive")
        field(PINI,"YES")
        field(DISV,"1")
        field(DTYP,"VMIVME-4116")
        field(OUT,"#C3 S5 @")
        field(EGUF,"42")
        field(EGUL,"-22")
        field(PREC,"1")
        field(EGU,"dB")
        field(HOPR,"30")
        field(LOPR,"-10")
        field(DRVH,"30")
        field(DRVL,"-10")
        field(LINR,"LINEAR")
        field(OROC,"0")
        field(DOL,"0")
}

# previous code
grecord(ao,"C1:PSL-MZ_GAIN")
{
        field(DESC,"GAIN- overall pre-modecleaner servo loop gain")
        field(SCAN,"Passive")
        field(PINI,"YES")
        field(DISV,"1")
        field(DTYP,"VMIVME-4116")
        field(OUT,"#C3 S5 @")
        field(EGUF,"30")
        field(EGUL,"-10")
        field(PREC,"4")
        field(EGU,"Volts")
        field(HOPR,"30")
        field(LOPR,"-10")
        field(LINR,"LINEAR")
        field(OROC,"0")
        field(DOL,"0")
}

Quote:

12:45 I started the work on MZ. Thus the MZ was unlocked.

Fond the bad connection on the FLKM 64pin cross connection board. We need the replacement.

I went to Wilson and got the replacement, two VME extender boards, three 7815, and three 7915. Thanks, Ben!

 

  2038   Thu Oct 1 19:04:05 2009 KojiUpdateMZMZ work done (Re: MZ Work from 13:00-)

MZ work has been done. I did not change anything on the circuit.

Recently we observed that the MZ PZT output was sticking at a certain voltage. I found the reason.
Shortly to say "we must return the PZT Ramp offset to 0, after the lock"

I am going to write a MZ auto lock script someday, to do it automatically.


According to the resister values used in the circuit, the PZT HV output voltage is determined by the following formula:

V_PZT = 150 - 12 V_ctrl - 24 Vramp

Here the ramp voltage Vramp moves from -10V to +10V, the feedback control voltage V_ctrl moves from -13V to +13V.
The baseline offset of 150V is provided in the circuit board.

When V_ramp is 0, V_PZT runs from 0 to 300. This is just enough for the full scale of the actual V_PZT range,
that is 0V~280V.

If any Vramp offset is given, V_PZT rails at either side of the edges. This limits the actual range of the PZT out.

This is not nice, but is what happened recently.

Quote:

I will investigate the MZ board. I will unlock MZ (and MC).

 

Attachment 1: MZ_PZT.pdf
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