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  3145   Wed Jun 30 12:13:39 2010 Sharmila, KatharineUpdateWIKI-40M Updateweekly update

Weekly Project Update:

We are studying Haixing's circuit diagram for the quadrant maglev control circuit.  We have analyzed several of the sub-circuits and plotted transfer functions for these in MatLab.  To check the circuit, we will compare the calculated transfer functions with those obtained from the HP control systems analyzer.

To learn how to use the control systems analyzer, we are reading App Note 243 as well as an online manual (477 pages in the first volume).  We are beginning with a simple test circuit, and are comparing its measured frequencyresponse with calculated transfer functions.  We currently have obtained a response graph beginning at 100 Hz (which we have not yet figured out how to print), and we are planning to investigate behavior at lower frequencies.

We also have been continuing our reading on control systems after a failed attempt at magnetic levitation. 

  3165   Wed Jul 7 11:23:08 2010 Sharmila, KatharineUpdateWIKI-40M Update 

Weekly Update:

Last Weds-Thurs, we wrote and edited our progress reports.

Tuesday (and Weds morning):  Continued circuit analysis of Haixing's circuit and plotting transfer functions (almost have one for entire circuit).  Hooked up OSEM and circuit to power supply, but the LED didn't appear to light up in IR.  Now we are going to hook the OSEM directly to the power supply, sans circuit, to see if the problem is with the circuit or OSEM.

  3166   Wed Jul 7 11:35:59 2010 GopalUpdateWIKI-40M Update6.30.10 - 7.7.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this Week's Activities:

6/30: 2nd and 3rd drafts of Progress Report

7/1: 4th draft and final drafts of Progress Report; submitted to SFP

7/5: Began working through busbar COMSOL example

7/6: LIGO meeting and lecture; meeting with Koji and Steve to find drawing of stacks; read through Giaime's thesis, Chapter 2 as well as two other relevant papers.

7/7: Continued working on busbar in COMSOL; should finish this as well as get good headway on stack design by the end of the day.

  3214   Wed Jul 14 11:32:36 2010 Sharmila, KatharineUpdateWIKI-40M Update 

Weekly update:

We correctly connected our circuit to power source to verify that it was functional and that our LED in the shadow sensor turned on.  It did, but we also noticed a funky signal from the LED driver.  We continued to attempt 1x1 levitation, but determined that the temporary flag we were using out of convenience (a long, thin cylindrical magnet) was weakly attracted to residually magnetized OSEM components.  We then switched to an aluminum screw as our flag.

We resoldered and applied heat shrink to the wires connecting our coil to the BNC terminal, since they were falling apart.

We sat down with Rana and removed circuit components in the LED drive part by part to determine what was tripping up the circuit.  We determined a rogue capacitor to be at fault and removed it from the circuit.

We used a spectrum analyzer to measure the frequency response of our circuit (see details in last elog).  We are currently making a Simulink block diagram so we can check the stability of our setup, but are temporarily set back because our plotted calculation of the transfer function clearly doesn't match the measured one.

  3219   Wed Jul 14 13:03:04 2010 Gopal UpdateWIKI-40M Update7.8.10 - 7.14.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this Week's Activities:

Wed. 7/7: COMSOL Busbar tutorials; began stack design; began base; Viton rubber research

Thurs. 7/8: Completed Viton rubber research; updated materials; finished designing the base layer

Fri. 7/9: Research model coupling papers; extensive eLog entry about base design and troubleshooting

Sun. 7/11: Played around with Busbar to find first eigenfrequency; continued crashing COMSOL

Mon. 7/12: Intrusions in COMSOL eLog tutorial entry; research eigenfrequency analysis; successfully got first eigenmode of rectangular bar

Tues. 7/13: Updated Poisson ratio of Viton and subsequently succeeded in running eigenfrequency tests on base stack layer. Systematic Perturbation Tests were documented in the most recent elog entry. Discussed results with Rana and decided this didn't make sense. Analytical study required.

Wed. 7/14: Went over to machine shop to experimentally extrapolate spring constant of Viton. Calculations to be done in the afternoon.

  3255   Wed Jul 21 11:57:59 2010 GopalUpdateWIKI-40M Update7.14.10-7.21.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this week's activities:

7/14: Analytical calculation of Viton spring constant; updated Viton values in models; experimental confirmation of COMSOL eigenfrequencies (single stack layer)

7/15: Extensions to 2-, 3-, and 4-layer stack legs. Eigenfrequency characterizations performed for each level. Meshing issues with 4-layer stack prevented completion.

7/19: Debugged the 4-layer stack. Turned out to be a boundary condition issue because of non-sequential work-plane definitions. Successful characterization of single-leg eigenfrequencies.

7/20: Prototype three-legged stack completed, but dimensions are incorrect. Read Sievers paper for details of triple-legged stack. Sorted through many stack design binders in efforts to distinguish IOC/OOC, BSC/ITMX/ITMY, MC1/MC3, and MC2 dimensions.

7/21: Researched frequency domain analysis testing in COMSOL. Attempting to first find transfer function of a single-layer stack --> currently running into some run-time errors that will need some more debugging in the afternoon.

  3256   Wed Jul 21 12:03:14 2010 Katharine, SharmilaUpdateWIKI-40M Updateweekly update

This past week, we levitated our small cylindrical magnet (with the flag made from heat shrink).  Though the levitated magnet didn't appear very jittery to the eye, we looked at the PD current on the scope and could see oscillations that corresponded to the flag hitting the sides of the OSEM.  The oscillations were more pronounced as we gently hit/vibrated the lab bench, and by pounding on the bench Rana knocked the levitated magnet completely out of the setup.  So, we're currently working on building a new, stabler mount.  The biggest challenge here is fixing the OSEM in place, but we're experimenting with different optics pieces to see which is the most stable for our purposes.   Jenne taught us how to make through holes using the drill press so we can add slats of aluminum to adjust the height of the OSEM mount.  We also plan to fix some heavy plates to the bottom of our system to decrease its vibration frequency.

We also calculated the transfer function of our circuit, which seems to match the measured frequency response to within a small factor.  We're playing with Rana's Simulink models and are currently modeling our own system to determine what gains we would expect to use and get a better understanding of our circuit.

Once our system is successfully mounted stably, we plan to experimentally observe the effects of changing the gain and integrator by looking at time series measurements of the PD current, as well as using the spectrum analyzer to compare the frequency response of our system at different gain settings.

  3305   Wed Jul 28 12:09:06 2010 Sharmila,KatharineUpdateWIKI-40M UpdateMaglev

We have modeled our maglev setup in simulink but we have a few corrections to make since the system goes into undamped oscillations for an impulse in the input.

We have made a stable mount for the system and started to work on the 2X2 system using this mount. We have to figure out a way to match the magnets with the gain. We have attached the simulink block.


  3307   Wed Jul 28 12:31:00 2010 GopalUpdateWIKI-40M Update7.21.10-7.28.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this week's activities:

7/21: Frequency Domain Analysis of rectangular bar; discussed with Koji how to convert complex eigenfrequencies into phase factors.

7/23: Created Wiki page about FDA; Journal Club

7/26: Recreated Stack_1234.mph due to boundary value issues; FDA for 1,2,3,4,5 Hz

7/27: Discovered MC2 logbooks for later design; ran the complete x-translational FDA for Stack_1234.mph

7/28: Finished y-translational FDA (posted previously); "Tapered Cantilever" COMSOL tutorial for gravity-load analysis.

  3363   Wed Aug 4 20:58:22 2010 GopalUpdateWIKI-40M Update7.28.10 - 8.4.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this week's activities:

7/28:    Finished Y-Translational 4-Stack Analysis

"Tapered Cantilever" COMSOL tutorial

Tried (and failed) isolating gravity from oscillation

7/29:    Developed tilt/rotation load combinations for torsional inputs and showed these to work in the model

Tried using Normal Vector mode on top plate to obtain output tilts; worked for the rectangular bar, but not for the full stack

Talked to Jan about a 1st-order alternative to gravity - requires Weak Form (only found in COMSOL 3.5 right now)

Began Z-Translational 4-Stack Analysis -- Ran Overnight

7/30:    Progress Report 1st Draft

Completed Z-Translational 4-Stack Analysis

8/1:      Progress Report 2nd Draft

8/2:      Progress Report 3rd Draft

Submitted Progress Report

8/3:      Finalized Eigenfrequency Analysis for MC1/MC3 Stack

24 Physical Eigenmodes plotted and recorded, as expected

Should be good enough for the final report --> focus on transfer function analysis for the remainder of the SURF

8/4:      Prescribed Displacement Tests on Simple Rectangular Block --> shown to better produce displacement-displacement transfer functions

X-to-X Transfer Function seems much better when plotted

Should now be able to do the Displacement portion of Transfer Function Analysis on MC1/MC3 for Translational Modes

(I apologize that this update is a little late)

  3397   Wed Aug 11 11:51:45 2010 Gopal UpdateWIKI-40M Update8.5.10 - 8.11.10 Weekly Update

Summary of this Week's Activities:

Thursday, August 5:

X-Displacement Transfer Function Measurement

JPL Tour

Friday, August 6:

Y-Displacement Transfer Function Measurement

Z-Displacement Transfer Function Measurement

Monday, August 9:

Worked on COMSOL/MatLab Interface --> problems may be due to older version

Discussed with Koji options for calling our COMSOL sales representative

Jan and I decided that there is in fact something wrong with the installations on both my Mac and Kallo

Reinstalled on both machines, but the problem was not solved

Jan said we'd go see Larry tomorrow

Tuesday, August 10:

Attempted to figure out Time-Dependent Modal Analysis --> don't think it's what we need

Began reading the LiveLink for MatLab documentation --> even the directions in this produced issues

Discovered "Prescribed acceleration" option for gravity:

A test with it on the simplest stack eliminated the unwanted oscillation, which I guess is a partial success...

Trying the same thing with Koji on a simple pendulum, however, didn't produce the expected increase in resonant frequency

(Jan was unable to see Larry today, but we're meeting on Wednesday instead).

Wednesday, August 11 (morning):

Some background research on multiple-layer stack theory

Began working on presentations




  6192   Thu Jan 12 21:22:16 2012 Leo SingerConfigurationWIKI-40M UpdateUnable to create Wiki page

 I can't create a new page on the 40m wiki.  The page that I was trying to create is


I get this message when I try to save the new page:

Page could not get locked. Unexpected error (errno=13).

  6193   Thu Jan 12 23:13:42 2012 KojiConfigurationWIKI-40M UpdateUnable to create Wiki page


 I can't create a new page on the 40m wiki.  The page that I was trying to create is


I get this message when I try to save the new page:

Page could not get locked. Unexpected error (errno=13).

This address for wiki is obsolete. Recently it was switched to https://wiki-40m.ligo.caltech.edu/
Jamie is working on automatic redirection from the old wiki to the new place.

The new one uses albert.einstein authentication.


  7774   Sat Dec 1 16:58:14 2012 ManasaUpdateWIKI-40M UpdateOptical tables

I have updated the wiki with the layout of the out-of-vac optical tables: Updated optical tables

I used the new camera to take pictures.

Lesson learnt after the update:

To use the new canon to take better pictures of optics tables; set the camera to manual mode; no flash and iso at around 800 or higher if you can hold the camera still for that long. The autofocus works beautifully...so you will not need any minor tweaking of lens to take pictures. 

  4274   Fri Feb 11 16:43:09 2011 steveUpdateVIDEOMC1 & 3 video monitor

I set up video monitoring of MC1 and MC3

  4314   Thu Feb 17 13:20:06 2011 SureshUpdateVIDEOSome more labels

[Larisa, Kiwamu, Steve and Suresh]


  We continued the labeling of video cables. All exiting cables which are going to be used used in the new scheme have been labeled.

We also labeled the cables running from the video mux to the TV monitors in the computer room. Some of these will be removed or reallocated.

We will continue next Wednesday (after the meeting) and will lay cables that are most urgently required. 


  4346   Wed Feb 23 16:56:17 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateVIDEOCable laying...continued

Having finished labeling the existing cables to match their new names, we (Steve, Kiwamu and Larisa) moved on to start laying new cables and labeling them according to the list.


Newly laid cables include: ETMXT (235'), ETMX (235'), POP (110') and MC2 (105').  All were checked by connecting a camera to a monitor and checking the clarity of the resulting image. Note that these cables were only laid, so they are not plugged in.


The MC2 cable needs to be ~10' longer; it won't reach to where it's supposed to. It is currently still in its place. 

The three other cables were all a lot longer than necessary.

  4390   Wed Mar 9 16:07:42 2011 kiwamuUpdateVIDEOcable session

[Koji, Steve, Suresh, Kiwamu]

The following video cables have been newly laid down :

  - MC1F/MC3F (65 ft.)

  - PMCR (100 ft.)

  - PSL spare (100 ft.)

  - PSL1  (100 ft.)

  - PSL2  (100 ft.)


  4462   Wed Mar 30 17:01:08 2011 Larisa ThorneUpdateVIDEOCable laying...continued

[Steve, Suresh, Kiwamu, Larisa]


Only the PRM/BS cable was laid today.

In one of the previous updates on cable laying, it was noted that the MC2 cable needed an additional 10' and the MC2T needed an additional 15' to reach their destinations.  We cut and put BNC ends on 10' and 15' cables and connected them to the original cables in order to make them long enough.


This concludes the laying of new cables. Suresh is currently working on the QUADs...

  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.

  4498   Thu Apr 7 13:12:23 2011 KojiHowToVIDEOVideo switching tip

Long time ago, I looked at the manual of the video switcher.
Here is the summary. This will be the basic of the more sophisticated switching program which may have GUI.

In principle, you can manually control the matrix via telnet. At the console machines, you can connect to the matrix using telnet


This opens TCP/IP port 23 of the specified machine. You will receive some messages.
Then type some command like:

  • 1*2!       (connect input#1 to output#2)
  • 1,           (save the current setting into preset1)
  • 1.           (restore the setting from preset1)


Basicaly that's all. There are many other features but I don't think we need them.

We can create a simple program with any of the language as any of the language has the capability of the TCP/IP connection.
e.g. C, Perl, Python. Tcl/Tk
Any of them are fine.

Now what we have to think about is how to implement the interface in the epics screen (or whatever).
It needs some investigation how the people is thinking as the ideal interface.
But, first of all, you should make the above three operations available as a simple UNIX command like:

videoswitch -i 1 2
videoswitch -i -store 1
videoswitch -i -recall 1
(There is no such command yet. These are showing what it should be!)

This can be done by a single day work and our life will be much better.

  4529   Fri Apr 15 02:30:24 2011 KojiHowToVIDEOVideo switching tip

I have made a small python script to handle the video matrix.

It is too far from the perfection, but I release it as it is already useful in some extent.

The script is in the /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general directory.


videoswitch.py in_ch_name out_ch_name

in_ch_name is one of the followings

MC1F, SRMF, AS, ETMYT, PRM, OMCT, Quad1, Quad2, Quad3

out_ch_name is one of the followings

Mon1, Mon2, Mon3, Mon4, Mon5, Mon6, Mon7,
ETMY, MC1, PSL1, PSL2, ETMX, MC2, CRT9,CRT10,Projector,
Quad1_1, Quad1_2, Quad1_3, Quad1_4,
Quad2_1, Quad2_2, Quad2_3, Quad2_4,

Quad3_1, Quad3_2, Quad3_3, Quad3_4

  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.




  5265   Thu Aug 18 22:24:08 2011 jamieOmnistructureVIDEOUpdated 'videoswitch' script

I have updated the 'videoswitch' program that controls the video MUX.  It now includes the ability to query the video mux for the channel mapping:

controls@pianosa:~ 0$ /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/videoswitch -h
videoswitch [options] [OUT]      List current output/input mapping [for OUT]
videoswitch [options] OUT IN     Set output OUT to be input IN

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -i, --inputs          List input channels and exit
  -o, --outputs         List output channels and exit
  -l, --list            List all input and output channels and exit
  -H HOST, --host=HOST  IP address/Host name
controls@pianosa:~ 0$

  6991   Thu Jul 19 02:14:37 2012 JenneUpdateVIDEOMade a video gui

I learned a little bit of python scripting while looking at the videoswitch script, and I made a video medm screen. 

Each monitor has a dropdown menu for all the common cameras we use (medm only lets you put a limited # of lines on a dropdown menu...when we want to add things like OMCR or RCT, we'll need to add another dropdown set)

Each monitor also has a readback to tell you what is on the TV.  So far, the quads only say "QUAD#", not what the 4 components are. 

I put a set of epics inputs in the PEM model, under a subsystem with top-names VID to represent the different monitors.  The readbacks on the video screen look at these, with the names corresponding to the numbers listed in the videoswitch script.  The videoswitch script now does an ezcawrite to these epics inputs so that even if you change the monitors via command line, the screen stays updated.

For example, since MC2F's camera is plugged in to Input #1 of the video matrix, if you type "./videoswitch MON1 MC2F", the script will write a "1" to the channel "C1:VID-MON1", and the screen will show "MC2F" in the Mon1 cartoon.

This required a quick recompile of the PEM model, but not the framebuilder since these were just epics channels.

There is also a dropdown menu for "Presets", which right now only include my 2 arm locking settings.

All of the dropdowns just call an iteration of the videoswitch script.

  7020   Tue Jul 24 18:33:12 2012 YaakovUpdateVIDEOCentering the MCR camera

Jenne and I centered the MCR camera on the AP table.

We moved the camera as far as it could go on its mount without shifting its screws, and adjusted the optic that the camera looks at for the rest of the way.

  7026   Wed Jul 25 11:41:00 2012 YaakovUpdateVIDEOCentering the MCR camera


Jenne and I centered the MCR camera on the AP table.

We moved the camera as far as it could go on its mount without shifting its screws, and adjusted the optic that the camera looks at for the rest of the way.

 The spot was still off center on the quad display in the control room, so I re-recentered it today.

  23   Mon Oct 29 09:16:31 2007 steveRoutineVACthe rga is back
We had no filament current since last power glitch of Oct. 8, 2007
First I thought that the filament was lost, but it was only bad contact.
The rga head pins were oxidized. Rga was turned back on last Friday.
It's temp is 55.3C normal
  24   Mon Oct 29 09:46:50 2007 steveRoutineVACvac & pem trend
Pumpdown 64 pumped by maglev for 125 days

Rob, can you tell me, when did the fire start on this plot?
  38   Wed Oct 31 10:31:23 2007 Andrey RodionovRoutineVACVenting is in progress

We (Steve, David, Andrey) started venting the vacuum system at 9.50AM Wednesday morning.
  44   Thu Nov 1 09:17:27 2007 steveRoutineVACvent 64
Yesterday before vent I could not lock MC, therfore I could not measure the
transmitted power at MC2
The vent went well. We had lots of help.

We could not find the Nikon D40
PLEASE BORROW THINGS when taking them away
and bring them back promtly.

The laser was turned off for better visibility.

I see clean room frorks laying around here and there.
Please put them away so we do not carry excess particles into the chamber.
  64   Mon Nov 5 22:24:38 2007 Andrey, SteveOmnistructureVACPumping down goes smoothly

We (Steve and Andrey) started pumping down at 3.25PM today. At 9 PM we turned off the rotary pump, and turned on turbomolecular pumps.

By 10.10PM we reached the pressure 1 milliTorr, and the current status is "Vacuum Normal". We leave the turbopumps on for the night, and as it is pretty late for Steve, we are going home.

P.S. Steve was very displeased with the standard selection of "Type" of messages, he would like to extend that list.
  65   Tue Nov 6 09:14:37 2007 steveSummaryVACpump down 65
8 hr plot,
precondition: 5 days at atm,
vent objective: drag wiping mc1, mc2 & mc3 accomplished,
hardware changes: IOO access connector, mc2 chamber door south & west
were removed and reinstalled
pump down mode: slow to avoid steering up dust
One roughing pump was used with closed down valve position in the first 4 hrs

Andrey was very helpful
  76   Wed Nov 7 09:38:01 2007 steveUpdateVACrga scan
pd65-m-d2 at cc1 6e-6 torr
  129   Wed Nov 28 08:47:29 2007 steveOmnistructureVACrga is out of order
The rga is not working since Nov 10
The controller is broken.
  139   Thu Nov 29 11:10:54 2007 robOmnistructureVACRGAlogger sleeping
Without the RGA controller responding, the RGAlogger script just hangs. Rather than fix it, I just put it to sleep by commenting out the line in op440m crontab file. Once we get it running again, we'll move the cronjob to op340m.
  310   Tue Feb 12 13:53:27 2008 robOmnistructureVACReturn of the RGA

The new RGA head was installed a few days ago. I just ran the RGAlogger script to see if it works, which it does. I also edited the crontab file on op340m to run the RGAlogger script every night at 1:25 AM. It should run tonight.
  322   Tue Feb 19 10:14:13 2008 steveUpdateVACrga logging needs help
The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.
  344   Thu Feb 28 13:04:59 2008 robUpdateVACrga logging working again

The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.

It should run tonight at 1:25 AM. To get the cron job to work properly on op340m, I had to make wrapper sh script which defines the perl library before calling the actual RGAlogger script.
  351   Mon Mar 3 09:25:33 2008 steveUpdateVACrga scan logging is working now


The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.

It should run tonight at 1:25 AM. To get the cron job to work properly on op340m, I had to make wrapper sh script which defines the perl library before calling the actual RGAlogger script.

Thanks to Rob, it is working !

The baked, calibrated rga head
model# M206M, s/n #c128035 was reinstalled at the 40m ifo on Feb. 8, 2008
Faraday mode dwell time was increased from 2 to 16 sec
Rga head temp at top silver gaskit 45.2 C
The noise floor is at 1E-12 Torr

There is more detail in logbook VMI-14 p 107

  385   Thu Mar 20 15:28:20 2008 steveUpdateVACtp2 's drypump replaced
The fore pump of tp2 was replaced at fore line pressure 998m Torr
  388   Fri Mar 21 09:02:03 2008 steveUpdateVACtp 2 failed
Small turbo #2 is the forepump of the maglev.
It failed last night, shut down the maglev and interlock closed V1
Ifo pressure is 20 mTorr now. The Yarm was still locked at 8am this morning.
The PSL beam to MC was blocked just before the output periscope.
The psl mechanial shutter did not work from epic screen.
  389   Fri Mar 21 11:54:38 2008 robUpdateVACtp 2 failed

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

The PSL mechanical shutter actually did trip last night, greatly confusing me and Rana. Not realizing that the software vacuum interlock had tripped, we manually re-opened the shutter. I'll modify the relevant MEDM screens to indicate when the EPICS interlock trips.
  423   Thu Apr 17 15:00:59 2008 steveUpdateVACvac controller computer to be replaced
Now that Rosalba is up and running someone should step forward to volunteer for this job.

Old desk top at the Vacuum Rack should be replaced by a functional less old computer so
the vacuum controller can count on an emergency situation. It's only has to be able to run medm
The existing one is dying.
  465   Mon May 5 15:53:14 2008 steveUpdateVACdrypump replaced & readbacks are out
The small turbo pump of the annulus system is tp3
It's drypump was replaced at 1.4 Torr after 8 months of operation.
The rebuilding cost of this SH100 drypump is getting ridiculously high $1349.
I'll look for a replacement.

Joseph rebooted c1vac2 card on Apr 24 entry#441
This restarted the readbacks of the turbos and ion pumps for a while.
That was nice. The readbacks are not working again

  790   Mon Aug 4 12:12:20 2008 steveConfigurationVACthe ifo is at atm
The 40m vac envelope was vented this morning.
P1 is at 760 Torr
  843   Fri Aug 15 19:32:49 2008 steveConfigurationVACpumpdown complete
I have just reached vacuum normal. The maglev peaked at 49.8C body temp with aux fan on at 3.2 Torr
cc1 1e-4Torr

note: pumpdown was put on hold for Koji's goodby lunch
  845   Mon Aug 18 09:19:55 2008 steveSummaryVAC11 days at atm
It took 11 days to fix earth quake triggered sus problems of ITMX, SRM and PRM
Only ITMX north and BSC north vac doors were removed.

The PRM sus had to be removed form the vac envelope for "hip replacement"-new wire stand off was
epoxied in place.
Note: the PRM has no guide rod on the other side

ITMX, SRM and BS osems were optimized in place.
No crosscoupling optimization was performed.
Beam block was removed from ITMXC, it was too close to the main beam.

POX pick off mirror and mount will be replaced next vent.

Vac viewports were inspected from the inside.
  887   Tue Aug 26 15:06:16 2008 steveConfigurationVACrga scan
Pumpdown 66 PRM-maglev vac normal -day 11
short form: pd66PRM-m-d11
  1071   Thu Oct 23 11:26:25 2008 steveBureaucracyVACoptosigma forks for vacuum
Nine short forks from OptoSigma were cleaned, baked and measured by Bob T.
They passed the LIGO vac compatiblity test as Rana predicted.
Remember: Thorlab and Newfocus forks failed this qualification process.
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