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  8087   Fri Feb 15 09:58:49 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralbeam traps ready to be installed

Black-green glass traps are ready for light in vacuum. I can assemble more if needed. These three sizes are available.

  8089   Fri Feb 15 16:09:19 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralbeam traps ready to be installed

For the hexagonal one, insert one of the glass plate only half. Use a 1"x.5" piece if exists.

For the diamond one, you don't need the forth glass piece.

 

  8103   Tue Feb 19 02:23:40 2013 yutaBureaucracyGeneralaction items for PRFPMI

These are things need to be done for demonstrating PRFPMI using ALS.
All of these should be done before March 8!

CDS:
    - Fix c1iscex -JAMIE (done Feb 19: elog #8109)
    - Is ASS and A2L working? -JENNE
    - Are all whitening filters for PDs toggling correctly? -JENNE, JAMIE

PRMI locking:
    - Adjust I/Q rotation angles for error signals -JENNE, YUTA
    - Adjust filters -JENNE, YUTA
    - Coil balancing for BS (and ITMs/ETMs) -YUTA

PRC characterization in PRMI:

    - Measure PR2 loss from flipping -MANASA
    - Measure mode matching ratio -JENNE, YUTA
    - Measure finesse, PR gain -JENNE, YUTA
    - Calibrate PRM and/or ITM oplevs -MANASA, YUTA
    - Measure g-factor by tilting PRM or ITMs -JAMIE, YUTA
    - Calculate expected mode matching ratio and g-factor -JAMIE
    - Calculate expected finesse, PR gain -JENNE
    - Align aux laser into AS port? -ANNALISA?

ALS:
    - What's the end green situation? Optical layout changed? Laser temperature in CDS? -MANASA
    - What's the PSL green situation? Green trans cameras/PD? -JENNE, MANASA
    - Make ALS handing off to DARM/CARM LSC script -JENNE, YUTA
    - Demonstrate FPMI using ALS -JENNE, YUTA
    - Phase tracker characterization -YUTA, KOJI

PRFPMI:
    - Measure mode matching between PRC and arms -JENNE, YUTA
    - Measure PR gain -JENNE, YUTA
    - Calculate expected finesse, PR gain -JENNE

Others:
    - Update optical layout CAD after PR2 flipping -JAMIE, MANASA
    - AS55 situation? -YUTA
    - Look into PMC drift -JENNE, MANASA
    - Measure RFAM contribution to error signals -YUTA

 


Please fix, add or update if you notice anything.

  8156   Mon Feb 25 13:01:39 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralQuick, compact, and independent tasks

- IMC PDH demodulation phase adjustment

- Permanent setup for green transmission DC PDs  on the PSL table

  8163   Mon Feb 25 22:30:40 2013 JenneBureaucracyGeneralaction items for PRFPMI

 

 CDS:
    - Check out ASS and A2L working -JENNE
    - Are all whitening filters for PDs toggling correctly? -JENNE, JAMIE

PRMI locking:
    - Adjust I/Q rotation angles for error signals -JENNE, YUTA
    - Adjust filters -JENNE, YUTA
    - Coil balancing for BS (and ITMs/ETMs) -YUTA

PRC characterization in PRMI:

    - Measure PR2 loss from flipping -MANASA
    - Measure mode matching ratio -JENNE, YUTA
    - Measure finesse, PR gain -JENNE, YUTA
    - Calibrate PRM and/or ITM oplevs -MANASA, YUTA
    - Measure g-factor by tilting PRM or ITMs -JAMIE, YUTA
    - Calculate expected mode matching ratio and g-factor -JAMIE
    - Calculate expected finesse, PR gain -JENNE
    - Mode match and align aux laser into AS port -EVAN

ALS:
    - What's the end green situation? Optical layout changed? Laser temperature in CDS? -MANASA
    - What's the PSL green situation? Green trans cameras/PD? Design better layout -ANNALISA
    - Make ALS handing off to DARM/CARM LSC script -JENNE, YUTA
    - Demonstrate FPMI using ALS -JENNE, YUTA
    - Phase tracker characterization -YUTA, KOJI

PRFPMI:
    - Measure mode matching between PRC and arms -JENNE, YUTA
    - Measure PR gain -JENNE, YUTA
    - Calculate expected finesse, PR gain -JENNE

Others:
    - Update optical layout CAD after PR2 flipping -MANASA
    - IMC REFL demod phase rotation -EVAN, ANNALISA
    - Look into PMC drift -JENNE, MANASA
    - Measure RFAM contribution to error signals -YUTA

  8222   Mon Mar 4 17:32:26 2013 yutaBureaucracyGeneralflowchart for PRMI g-factor measurement

I made a very useful flowchart for the week. Our goal for the week is to measure g-factor of PRC in PRMI.

PRMIgfactorPlan.png

  8224   Mon Mar 4 19:38:21 2013 CharlesUpdateGeneralIntensity Stabilization and Control Systems

 I have been studying Jamies master's thesis concerning intensity stabilization of a solid-state laser (the 1064 nm specifically) to the ~10^-9 level, as well as relevant supporting material. I have also been reading about general control systems, photodiodes and acousto-optic modulators to help facilitate work on the ISS. 

Now that Altium has been properly installed, I have also begun familiarizing myself with the program and general libraries of boards and devices that have already been modeled with the program.

  8225   Mon Mar 4 19:52:03 2013 Jamie, YutaUpdateGeneralinput pointing mirror (TT1/TT2) control improved

We improved the active tip-tilt (TT) controllers such that they now have filter banks at the PIT/YAW inputs, and at the coil outputs:

TT.png

This allowed us to do a couple of things:

  • normalize the matrix to unity, and move overall gains into the filters (we moved x100 gain into PIT/YAW)
  • slider control is now PIT/YAW OFFSET
  • potentially do coil balancing
  • allow for input excitiations
  • automatically record EPICS values

These are all big improvements.  The TT MEDM screens were appropriately updated.

We had to rebuild/restart c1ass, which reset the TT pointing.  We recorded all the values before hand and were able to recover the pointing easily.  Interestingly, there did appear to be hysteresis in pitch, which is maybe not entirely unexpected, but still worth nothing.

 

  8243   Wed Mar 6 18:27:24 2013 JamieUpdateGeneralnow recording input TT channels to frames, but why no autoburt?

I spent some time trying to figure out how to get a record of the pointing of the input pointing tip-tilt (TT) channels.

Frames

Currently the TT pointing is done via the offset in the PIT/YAW filter banks, ie. C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET, which is an EPICS record.  I added these channels to the C0EDCU.ini, which (I'm pretty sure) specifies which EPICS channels are recorded to frames.

controls@pianosa:~ 0$ grep C1:IOO-TT /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans/daq/C0EDCU.ini 
[C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET]
[C1:IOO-TT1_YAW_OFFSET]
[C1:IOO-TT2_PIT_OFFSET]
[C1:IOO-TT2_YAW_OFFSET]
controls@pianosa:~ 0$ 

I then confirmed that the data is being recorded:

controls@pianosa:~ 0$ FrChannels /frames/full/10466/C-R-1046657424-16.gwf | grep TT
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET 16
C1:IOO-TT1_YAW_OFFSET 16
C1:IOO-TT2_PIT_OFFSET 16
C1:IOO-TT2_YAW_OFFSET 16
controls@pianosa:~ 0$ 

BURT

The EPICS records for these channels *should* be recorded by autoburt, but Yuta noticed they were not:

controls@pianosa:~ 0$ grep -R C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/snapshots/2013/Mar/6/
controls@pianosa:~ 1$

The autoburt log seems to indicate some sort of connection problem:

controls@pianosa:! 130$ grep C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/logs/c1assepics.log
pv >C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET< nreq=-1
pv >C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HSV< nreq=-1
pv >C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LSV< nreq=-1
pv >C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HIGH< nreq=-1
pv >C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LOW< nreq=-1
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HSV ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LSV ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HIGH ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LOW ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET ... not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HSV ... not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LSV ... not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.HIGH ... not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()
C1:IOO-TT1_PIT_OFFSET.LOW ... not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()
controls@pianosa:~ 0$ 

This is in contrast to successfully recorded channels:

controls@pianosa:~ 0$ grep C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/logs/c1lscepics.log
pv >C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET< nreq=-1
pv >C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HSV< nreq=-1
pv >C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LSV< nreq=-1
pv >C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HIGH< nreq=-1
pv >C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LOW< nreq=-1
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HSV ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LSV ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HIGH ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LOW ... ca_search_and_connect() ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET ... ca_array_get_callback() nreq 1 ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HSV ... ca_array_get_callback() nreq 1 ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LSV ... ca_array_get_callback() nreq 1 ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.HIGH ... ca_array_get_callback() nreq 1 ... OK
C1:LSC-DARM_OFFSET.LOW ... ca_array_get_callback() nreq 1 ... OK
controls@pianosa:~ 0$ 

In fact all the records in the c1assepics log are showing the same "not connected so no ca_array_get_callback()" error.  I don't know what the issue is.  I have no problem reading the values from the command line, with e.g. ezcaread.  So I'm perplexed.

If anyone has any idea why the c1ass EPICS records would fail to autoburt, let me know.

  8245   Wed Mar 6 20:21:34 2013 JamieUpdateGeneralBeatbox pulled from rack

I pulled the beatbox from the 1X2 rack so that I could try to hack in some output whitening filters.  These are shamefully absent because of my mis-manufacturing of the power on the board.

Right now we're just using the MON output.  The MON output buffer (U10) is the only chip in the output section that's stuffed:

2013-03-06-195232_1060x927_scrot.png

The power problem is that all the AD829s were drawn with their power lines reversed.  We fixed this by flipping the +15 and -15 power planes and not stuffing the differential output drivers (AD8672).

It's possible to hack in some resistors/capacitors around U10 to get us some filtering there.  It's also possible to just stuff U9, which is where the whitening is supposed to be, then just jump it's output over to the MON output jack.  That might be the cleanest solution, with the least amount of hacking on the board.

In any event, we really need to make a v2 of these boards ASAP.  Before we do that, though, we need to figure out what we're going to do with the "disco comparator" stage back near the RF input.  (There are also a bunch of other improvements that will be incorporated into v2).

  8261   Fri Mar 8 16:05:56 2013 yutaBureaucracyGeneralaction items for PRMI / ALS-FPMI

We should focus our work both on PRMI and ALS-FPMI (elog #8250).

CDS:

    - Check out ASS and A2L working -JENNE (ALS done, ASS on going elog #8229)
    - Are all whitening filters for PDs toggling correctly? -JENNE, JAMIE (POX11 was OK, elog #8246)

PRMI locking:
    - Adjust I/Q rotation angles for error signals -JENNE, YUTA (coarsely done elog #8212)
    - Adjust filters -JENNE, YUTA (coarsely done elog #8212)
    - Coil balancing for BS (and ITMs/ETMs) -YUTA (done elog #8182)
    - Calculate sensing matrix for PRMI and convert them into physical units -JENNE, JAMIE
    - Measure sensing matrix for PRMI -JENNE, MANASA
    - Measure 55 MHz modulation depth -KOJI

PRC characterization in PRMI:

    - Measure PR2 loss from flipping -MANASA (on going elog #8063)
    - Measure mode matching ratio -JENNE, YUTA
    - Measure finesse, PR gain -JENNE, YUTA (done elog #8212)
    - Calibrate PRM and/or ITM oplevs -MANASA, YUTA (done elog #8221)
    - Measure g-factor by tilting PRM or ITMs -JAMIE, YUTA (coarsely done elog #8235, use other methods to check)
    - Simulate intra-cavity power dependance on PRM tilt -JAMIE (see elog #8235)
    - Calculate expected finesse, PR gain -JENNE
    - Mode match and align aux laser from POY -ANNALISA (on going elog #8257)

ALS:
    - Prepare for installation of new end tables on next vent -MANASA
    - Install green DC PDs and cameras on PSL table -JENNE, MANASA
    - Make ALS handing off to DARM/CARM LSC script -JENNE, YUTA
    - Demonstrate FPMI using ALS -JENNE, YUTA
    - Phase tracker characterization -YUTA, KOJI (bad whitening elog #8214)
    - better beatbox with whitening filters -JAMIE, KOJI

Others:
    - Update optical layout CAD after PR2 flipping -MANASA
    - IMC REFL demod phase rotation -EVAN, ANNALISA (done elog #8185)
    - Look into PMC drift -JENNE, MANASA
    - Measure RFAM contribution to error signals -YUTA
    - Look into TT2 drift -JENNE, MANASA

  8292   Thu Mar 14 11:51:14 2013 JamieUpdateGeneralBeatbox upgraded with output whitening, reinstalled

Quote:

I pulled the beatbox from the 1X2 rack so that I could try to hack in some output whitening filters.  These are shamefully absent because of my mis-manufacturing of the power on the board.

Right now we're just using the MON output.  The MON output buffer (U10) is the only chip in the output section that's stuffed:

2013-03-06-195232_1060x927_scrot.png

The power problem is that all the AD829s were drawn with their power lines reversed.  We fixed this by flipping the +15 and -15 power planes and not stuffing the differential output drivers (AD8672).

It's possible to hack in some resistors/capacitors around U10 to get us some filtering there.  It's also possible to just stuff U9, which is where the whitening is supposed to be, then just jump it's output over to the MON output jack.  That might be the cleanest solution, with the least amount of hacking on the board.

I modified the beatbox according to this plan.  I stuffed the whitening filter stage (U9) as indicated in the schematic (I left out the C26 compensation cap which, according to the AD829 datasheet, is not actually needed for our application).  I also didn't have any 301 ohm resistors so I stuffed R18 with 332 ohm, which I think should be fine.

Instead of messing with the working monitor output that we have in place, I stuffed the J5 SMA connector and wired U9 output to it in a single-ended fashion (ie. I grounded the shield pins of J5 to the board since we're not driving it differentially).  I then connected J5 to the I/Q MON outputs on the front panel.  If there's a problem we can just rewire those back to the J4 MON outputs and recover exactly where we were last week.

It all checks out: 0 dB of gain at DC, 1 Hz zero, 10 Hz pole, with 20 dB of gain at high frequencies.

I installed it back in the rack, and reconnected X/Y ARM ALS beatnote inputs and the delay lines.  The I/Q outputs are now connected directly to the DAQ without going through any SR560s (so we recover four SR560s). 

  8350   Tue Mar 26 08:50:02 2013 SteveUpdateGeneraljanitor day

Keven, our janitor accidentally pushed the main entry door laser emergency stop switch.

The laser was turned back on. The MC and the arms were  started  flashing happily as they were before.

  8420   Sun Apr 7 20:49:19 2013 ZachUpdateGeneralRestarted elog

with the script, as it was down.

  8428   Tue Apr 9 01:46:40 2013 ZachUpdateGeneralRestarted elog

Again.

Quote:

with the script, as it was down.

 

  8440   Thu Apr 11 03:23:12 2013 DenUpdateGeneralMCL threshold

MC down script is too slow to block MC_L when the cavity goes out of lock. As a result the loop strongly kicks MC2. We decided to make a threshold inside MCS model on MC TRANS that will block MC_L during lock loss. This is a lower threshold. Upper threshold can be slow and is implemented inside MC up script.

Fast threshold can be set inside MC2 POS. I did not correct MC2 top level medm screen as it is the same for all core optics.

Note: Fast trigger will also block ALS signal if MC loose lock.

  8559   Thu May 9 15:07:51 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralDistances from CAD drawing

Since I keep asking Manasa to "measure" distances off of the CAD drawing for me, I thought I might just write them all down, and quit asking.

So, these are only valid until our next vent, but they're what we have right now.  All distances are in meters, angles in degrees.

05091301.PDF

  8579   Wed May 15 15:33:49 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralOn-Track QPD

I tested On-Track (from LLO) OT 301  amp with PSM2-10 qpd. It was responding. Jenne will calibrate it.  The 12V DC ps input is unipolar.

The one AC to DC adapter that Jenne tried was broken.

  8605   Tue May 21 16:23:06 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneral40MARS wireless network problem RETURNS

Quote:

Here's an example of the total horribleness of what's happening right now:

controls@rossa:~ 0$ ping 192.168.113.222
PING 192.168.113.222 (192.168.113.222) 56(84) bytes of data.
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=5 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=6 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=7 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=9 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=10 Destination Host Unreachable
From 192.168.113.215 icmp_seq=11 Destination Host Unreachable
64 bytes from 192.168.113.222: icmp_seq=12 ttl=64 time=10341 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.113.222: icmp_seq=13 ttl=64 time=10335 ms
^C
--- 192.168.113.222 ping statistics ---
35 packets transmitted, 2 received, +9 errors, 94% packet loss, time 34021ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 10335.309/10338.322/10341.336/4.406 ms, pipe 11
controls@rossa:~ 0$ 

Note that 10 SECOND round trip time and 94% packet loss.  That's just beyond stupid.  I have no idea what's going on.

This has not been fixed!

Temporary solution: I ssh'd to nodus from the 40m wifi network and was able to connect to the FE machines.This works but the bandwidth is limited this way as expected.

40m MARS network needs to be fixed.

  8643   Fri May 24 14:44:34 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralRossa freezes all the time

I am getting tired of having to restart Rossa all the time.  She freezes almost once per day now.  Jamie has looked at it with me in the past, and we (a) don't know why exactly it's happening and (b) have determined that we can't un-freeze it by ssh-ing from another machine.

I wonder if it's because I start to have too many different windows open?  Even if that's the cause, that's stupid, and we shouldn't have to deal with it.

\end{vent}

  8659   Thu May 30 18:29:21 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneralALS medm screens edited

Renaming of the c1gcv model earlier (elog 7011) had left white boxes in most of the ALS medm screens.

Channels names were corrected. No more white boxes.

  8665   Mon Jun 3 18:49:44 2013 GautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev Fixed

 (Manasa)

The ITMx Oplev was misaligned. Switched the ITMx Oplev back on and fixed the alignment.

EDIT, JCD:  This is totally my fault, sorry.  I turned it off the other day when I was working on the POP layout, and forgot to turn the laser back on.  Also, I moved the fork on the lens directly in front of the laser (in order to accommodate one of the G&H mirrors), and I nudged that lens a bit, in both X and Y directions (although very minimally along the beam path).  Anyhow, bad Jenne for forgetting to elog this part of my work.

  8675   Wed Jun 5 10:22:12 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneralProjector - viewsonic

Update: We don't have our BIG screen 

There was no light from the projector when I came in this morning. I suspected it might have to do with the lifetime of the bulb. But turning the projector OFF and ON got the projector working....but only for about 10-15 seconds. The display would go OFF after that. I will wait for some additional help to dismount it and check what the problem really is.

 

  8676   Wed Jun 5 10:46:43 2013 GautamUpdateGeneralCable re-routing at 1Y4

 There were 4 cables running over the front side of rack 1Y4 such that the front door could not be closed. I re-routed them (one at a time) through the opening on the top of the rack. The concerned channels were

  • Green refl mon
  • Err mon
  • Pzt out (temp) (has been marked "Door Damaged BNC")
  • Laser temp ctrl

Before and after pics attached.

Before

.before.JPG

After

after.JPG

 

 

 

  8681   Wed Jun 5 15:48:02 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralfast 2004 qpd

Thank you Ben Abbott forwarding this information:

 QPD Amplifier D990272 https://dcc.ligo.org/cgi-bin/private/DocDB/ShowDocument?.submit=Number&docid=D990272&version= at the X-end.  It plugs into a Generic QPD Interface, D990692, https://dcc.ligo.org/cgi-bin/private/DocDB/ShowDocument?.submit=Number&docid=D990692&version= according to my drawings, that should be in 1x4-2-2A.

  8682   Wed Jun 5 15:55:16 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralProjector - lightbulb ordered

Quote:

Update: We don't have our BIG screen 

There was no light from the projector when I came in this morning. I suspected it might have to do with the lifetime of the bulb. But turning the projector OFF and ON got the projector working....but only for about 10-15 seconds. The display would go OFF after that. I will wait for some additional help to dismount it and check what the problem really is.

 

 

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  8683   Wed Jun 5 17:37:10 2013 ranaUpdateGeneralfast 2004 qpd

Quote:

Thank you Ben Abbott forwarding this information:

 QPD Amplifier D990272 https://dcc.ligo.org/cgi-bin/private/DocDB/ShowDocument?.submit=Number&docid=D990272&version= at the X-end.  It plugs into a Generic QPD Interface, D990692, https://dcc.ligo.org/cgi-bin/private/DocDB/ShowDocument?.submit=Number&docid=D990692&version= according to my drawings, that should be in 1x4-2-2A.

 Wrong: this is not an interface.

  8684   Wed Jun 5 20:45:19 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev Fixed

Quote:

 (Manasa)

The ITMx Oplev was misaligned. Switched the ITMx Oplev back on and fixed the alignment.

EDIT, JCD:  This is totally my fault, sorry.  I turned it off the other day when I was working on the POP layout, and forgot to turn the laser back on.  Also, I moved the fork on the lens directly in front of the laser (in order to accommodate one of the G&H mirrors), and I nudged that lens a bit, in both X and Y directions (although very minimally along the beam path).  Anyhow, bad Jenne for forgetting to elog this part of my work.

 [Jenne, Gautam]

It turned out that the earlier fix was not really a fix, because there was some confusion as to which of the two lenses Jenne moved while working, and while Manasa and I were re-aligning the beam, we may have moved the other lens.

Subsequently, when we checked the quadrant sum, it was low (in the region of 20), even though OPLEV_PERROR and OPLEV_YERROR were reasonably low. We called up a 30 day trend of the quadrant sum and found that it was typically closer to 4000. This warranted a visit to the table once again. Before going to the table, we did a preliminary check from the control room so as to make sure that the beam on the QPD was indeed the right one by exciting ITMx in pitch (we tried offsets of 500 and -500 counts, and the spot responded as it should). ITMx oplev servo was then switched off.

At the table, we traced the beam path from the laser and found, first, that the iris (I have marked it in one of the photos attached) was practically shut. Having rectified this, we found that the beam was getting clipped on the first steering mirror after the laser (also marked in the same photo, and a second photo showing the clipping is attached). The beam isn't very well centred on the first lens after the laser, which was the one disturbed in the first place. Nevertheless, the path of the entering beam seems alright. The proposed fix, then, is as follows;

  1. Use the existing iris and a second one to mark the path of the entering beam.
  2. Make the necessary adjustments (i.e. move the lens immediately after the laser and the first steering mirror after the laser) such that the direction of the entering beam is unchanged, and the clipping and centering problems are resolved. 

Back in the control room we noticed that the quadrant sum had gone up to ~3500 after opening out the iris. The OPLEV_PERROR and OPLEV_YERROR counts however were rather high (~200 counts in pitch and ~100 counts in yaw). Jenne went back to the table and fixed the alignment such that these counts were sub-10, and the quadrant sum went up to ~3800, close to the trend value. 

At the time of writing, the beam is still not centred on the lens immediately after the laser and is still getting clipped at the first steering mirror. Oplev servo back on.

Photos

 An overview

ITMx_overview.JPG

 

The clipping

ITMx_clipping_.JPG

  8686   Thu Jun 6 15:46:10 2013 Max HortonSummaryGeneral Smart UPS 2200 Batteries Replaced

Replaced the batteries successfully in the control room.  We just had to switch the clips from the old batteries to the new one, which we didn't know was possible until now.

  8688   Fri Jun 7 17:12:46 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralProjector - lightbulb replaced

Quote:

Quote:

Update: We don't have our BIG screen 

There was no light from the projector when I came in this morning. I suspected it might have to do with the lifetime of the bulb. But turning the projector OFF and ON got the projector working....but only for about 10-15 seconds. The display would go OFF after that. I will wait for some additional help to dismount it and check what the problem really is.

 

 

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  • Lampedia Projector Lamp for VIEWSONIC PRO8200 / PRO8300
    Sold by: Lampedia

 [manasa, gautam]

-the replacement lamp arrived a while back.

-the old lamp has been switched out, it had 3392 lamp hours on it.

-new lamp installed, projector mounted back up, and lamp hours reset to zero. there is a lingering odour of something burning, not sure what it is or if it is in any way connected to the new lamp. old lamp disposed in the hazardous waste bin. the big screen is back online.

  8690   Fri Jun 7 23:44:54 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralProjector - lightbulb replaced

http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/7885

  8717   Tue Jun 18 10:37:00 2013 SteveSummaryGeneralnew laser pointers

  Red-green laser pointers added to the depleted stock of 2011

The two pointers output measured 4.4 mW green and 2 mW red

 

  8732   Thu Jun 20 09:33:42 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralcleanup

Office work benches were cleaned up yesterday. Anti-image filter boards were moved to north wall of the control room. Koji's pd- electronics box  placed next to water dispenser.

The removed ETMY optical table: TMC 4' x 2' x  4" with Aluminum enclosure was placed on table in the east arm.

  8736   Fri Jun 21 16:30:04 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralCapacitor Inventory

The 3 Panasonic Ceramic Kits Books, 1206 NPO, SMT are well stocked. The 4 th one needs to be refilled at some values.

I labeled them on the cover for fast access. See Atm1

 

The Metalized Polyester Film Book with through holes mount are in good shape also. Atm2

 

The AVX Ceramic 1206,  Garrett cab, range: 1pF - 22 microF 50V...... 67 values

Note here: that the value of dielectric, capacitance / voltage will vary

NPO: 1 pF - 1 nF /  50V .......37 values

X7R : 1 nF -  0.082 microF /  50V,  0.1 microF /  100V.......27 values

Y5V:  4.7 microF / 6.3 V,  10 microF / 10V,  22 microF / 6.3V.........3 values 

 

  8745   Tue Jun 25 12:42:16 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralSerial-interface with Doubling Oven at Y end

Summary 

I have been working on setting up a serial-link with the temperature controller of the PPKPT crystal doubling oven at the Y-end for some time now. The idea was to remotely tune the PID gains of the controller and get temperature data. The device used to serially interface with the temperature controller is a Raspberry Pi model B, which is connected to the temperature controller by means of a USB to serial adaptor with a PL2303 chip. I installed the interface this morning, and have managed get talking with the doubling oven. I am now able to collect time-series data by ssh-ing to the Raspberry Pi from the control room. I will use this data to manually tune the PID gains for now, though automatic tuning via some script is the long-term goal.

 

Details 

The temperature controller for the doubling oven is a Thorlabs TC200, and supports serial communication via the RS232 protocol by means of a female DB9 connector located on its rear panel. I have hooked up the Raspberry Pi to this port by means of a USB-Serial adaptor that was in one of the cabinets in the 40m control room. After checking the Martian Host Table, I assigned the Raspberry Pi the static IP 192.168.113.166 so that I could ssh into it from the control room and test the serial-link. This morning, I first hooked up the Raspberry pi to an ethernet cable running from rack 1Y4 to make sure I could ssh into it from the control room. Having established this, I moved the raspberry pi and its power supply to under the Y-endtable, where it currently resides on top of the temperature controller. I then took down the current settings on the temperature controller so that I have something to revert to if things go wrong: these are

Set-Point:                           35.7 Celcius

Actual Temperature:          35.8

P-gain:                                 250

I-gain:                                 60

D-gain:                                25

TUNE:                                  ON

I then connected the Pi to the temperature controller using the serial-USB cable, and plugged the ethernet cable in. Rebooted the Pi and ssh-ed into it from the control room. I first checked the functionality of the serial-link by using terminal's "screen" feature, but the output to my queries was getting clipped on the command line for some reason (i.e. the entire output string wasn't printed on the terminal window, only the last few characters were). Turns out this is some issue with screen, as when I tried writing the replies to my queries to a text file, things worked fine. 

At present, I have a python script which can read and set parameters (set-point temperature, actual temperature, PID gains)on the controller as well as log time-series data (temperature from the temperature sensor as a function of time )to a text file on the Pi. As of now, I have only checked the read functions and the time-series logger, and both are working (some minor changes required in the time-series function, I need to get rid of the characters the unit spits out, and only save the numbers in my text-file). 

For the time-being, I plan to apply a step to the controller and use the time-series data to manually tune the PID parameters using MATLAB. I am working on a bunch of shell scripts to automate the entire procedure.

  8755   Wed Jun 26 11:45:06 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralPID tuning-Doubling Oven at Y end

 

Summary

Having established the serial link between the Doubling oven at the Y-end and the Raspberry pi, I wanted to use this interface to collect time-series from the oven after applying a step function in an effort to measure the transfer function of the oven. The idea was that knowing the transfer function of the oven, I could use some simple PID tuning rules like the Ziegler-Nichols rule or put everything in SIMULINK and find the optimal PID gains. However, I am unable to extract the oven transfer function from the time series data collected.

Methodology:

Last night, between 920pm and 940pm I applied a step function to the doubling oven by changing the setpoint of the controller from 35.7 Celsius to 39 Celsius (having checked elog 3203 to get an idea of a 'safe' step to apply). I then used the Pi to collect time series data for 6 minutes, then returned the set-point back to 35.7 Celsius, and took another time-series to make sure things were back to normal. Having gotten the time series data, I attempted to fit it using some exponentials which I derived as follows:

oven-loop.pdf

 

I couldn't think of a way to get the laplace transform of the time-series data collected, so I approximated the oven transfer function as a system with a one simple pole i.e. G(s)=K/(1+Ts), where K and T are parameters that characterise the oven transfer function. I then plugged in the above expression for Y(s) into Mathematica (knowing X(s)=constant/s, and H(s) = 250 + 60/s +25s from the PID gains) and did an inverse laplace transform to find a y(t) with two unknown parameters K and T to which I could fit the time-series data.

Results:

The time-series data collected via the Pi after applying the step was this:

Time_series.png

 The inverse laplace transform from mathematica yielded the following (formidable!) function (time, the independent variable, is x, and the fitting parameters are a=K and b=T where K and T are as described earlier):

 

(39*(exp(x*(1/(2*(25*a - b)) - (125*a)/(25*a - b) - sqrt(1 - 500*a+ 56500*a^2 + 240*a*b)/(2*(25*a - b)))) - exp(x*(1/(2*(25*a - b)) - (125*a)/(25*a - b) + sqrt(1 - 500*a + 56500*a^2 + 240*a*b)/(2*(25*a - b)))))*a)/sqrt(1 - 500*a + 56500*a^2 + 240*a*b)

My best attempts to fit this using MATLAB's cftool have given me useless fits:

 fit_attempt.png

I tried changing the start-points for the fitting parameters but I didn't get any better fits.

To Do:

  1. Explore other fitting options.
  2. Try and find a way to Laplace transform the time-series data so I can do the fitting in the s-domain.
  3. I have some tweaking to do as far as the python scripts on the pi are concerned.
  4. I have to get the current temperature readings onto one of the unused Y-arm EPICS channels, and log that data ~ once every 10 seconds.

Misc Remarks:

  1. The time-series data has a 'stepped' appearance because of the resolution of the temperature sensor: it is 0.1 Celsius.
  2. The sampling rate of the data-acquisition is limited; right now, I wait for 0.15 seconds after sending the command word to the controller before reading the data. When I set the wait-period any lower than this, I get errors. This has to be investigated more as I feel I should be able to get better sampling with the advertised baudrate of 115200, but in any case, it looks like it is sufficient for our purposes.

 

  8758   Wed Jun 26 19:02:38 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev (not quite?) Fixed

 

Summary:

Steve and I tried to fix the Oplev situation detailed in elog 8684, today afternoon. We have come up with a fix which needs to be adjusted, possibly completely overhauled depending on whether the mirror steering the return beam to the QPD is blocking the POX beam coming out. 

Details:

  • ITMx Oplev servo was first turned off.
  • It turns out we were hitting the wrong pair of Oplev steering mirrors inside the chamber. The incident beam was hitting a mirror meant for IR light (see sketch below) and not the intended first steering mirror. We pretty much redid the entire alignment (we used a pair of irises initially to set up a reference path) so as to hit the right pair of mirrors inside the chamber. At the end of today's efforts, the beam is reasonably well centered on both the intended mirrors, and there is not as much scattered light. 

Situation in the chamber: the black line is meant to indicate what was happening, the red is indicative of the present path.

 

oplev_chamber.pdf

  • The Oplev laser was installed in 2011 (October 13,2011 to be precise), and the quality of the beam coming out of the laser was pretty bad (the cross section was badly distorted even before it hit any optics). Steve thought this laser had reached the end of its lifetime, so we replaced the laser with a new one. Output power of this new laser has yet to be measured. The power-supply for the laser was also dodgy so we switched that out as well, and installed a new power supply. New laser and power supply are working satisfactorily. The old power supply will be checked with another laser tomorrow to gauge its status.
  • The cross-section of the beam from the new Oplev laser was deemed satisfactorily circular and we centred it on the first of the two lenses in the beam-path. We are getting 2.81 mW of power from the new laser.
  • In order to hit the right pair of Oplev steering mirrors while avoiding the clipping the beam on the tip-tilt/PR2 suspension, we had to sort of widen the angle of the beam going in, and so both steering mirrors, as well as the second lens in the beampath were shifted around. I have attached before and after pictures of the layout on the table. We adjusted things till the beam is reasonably well centred on both steering mirrors inside the chamber.
  • Because of the changed beam-path, the return Oplev beampath also changed, and so we had to move the steering mirror directing the return beam to the QPD as well. In its new position, it may be clipping the POX beam.
  • The beam is not getting clipped anywhere on the table now. It is also well centered on the two lenses in its path.
  • We placed two irises marking the new path so that we have a reference if the alignment needs to be changed again.
  • Turned ITMx Oplev servo back on.

Other stuff:

  1. The higher--power new laser means that the QPD sum is now ~6000counts (up from ~3500). The power in the return beam is 143.5 uW, which is ~5% of the power of the input beam.
  2. We centred the spot on the QPD, though when we excited ITM in yaw, the spot doesn't quite move horizontally, rather, it moves somewhat diagonally
  3. I turned the lights off, blocked the beam and measured the zero-current counts for the various QPD quadrants. These were all less than 1.5, and I reset these values on the ITMx Oplev screen according to my measurements.
  4. While viewing the spot of the Oplev beam on the ITMx face, we noticed that there were two spots, one less bright than the other. Steve suspects that this is because of multiple reflections from the chamber window.
  5. The status of the POX beam has to be verified (i.e is it getting clipped by the steering mirror for the return beam?)
  6. There was a Thorlabs PD on the table which had a green power LED. Jenne had asked me to cover this LED up, which I did with bits of tape.

Plan of action:

  • The spot size at the QPD is right now about 3mm. We may want to improve this by moving the first of the two lenses in the beam-path (there is not a whole lot of room to maneuvering the second lens.
  • Jenne just aligned and locked the X-arm, and doesn't think that the POX beam is being blocked, but I will verify this sometime tomorrow.

 

BEFORE

photo_1.JPG

 

AFTER

photo_2.JPG 

 

  8763   Thu Jun 27 10:45:41 2013 SteveUpdateGeneral40MARS wireless network problems

Quote:

Quote:

I'm not sure what's going on today but we're seeing ~80% packet loss on the 40MARS wireless network.  This is obviously causing big problems for all of our wirelessly connected machines.  The wired network seems to be fine.

I've tried power cycling the wireless router but it didn't seem to help.  Not sure what's going on, or how it got this way.  Investigating...

 I'm still seeing some problems with this - some laptops are losing and not recovering any connection. What's to be done next? New router?

 We had the same problem yesterday. However the Vacuum Dedicated laptop worked with fewer disconnects. Christian is coming over this after noon to look at this issue.

This happened a few weeks ago and it recovered misteriously. Jamie did not understand it.

  8770   Thu Jun 27 18:11:53 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev-POX looks beam okay

 

 Jenne just aligned the X arm and I got a chance to check the status of the POX beam coming out of the chamber. Turned the Oplev servo off so that the red beam could be blocked, turned all the lights off, and had a look at the beam in the vicinity of the mirror steering the Oplev-out beam to the QPD with an IR view-card. The beam is right now about half a centimeter from the pitch knob of the said mirror, so its not getting clipped at the moment. But perhaps the offending mirror can be repositioned slightly, along with the Oplev QPD such that more clearance is given to the POX beam. I will work this out with Steve tomorrow morning. 

  8775   Thu Jun 27 22:05:25 2013 ranaUpdateGeneralPianosa fixed

The keyboard on Pianosa workstation has been flaky for the last several days at least. Today, it was having troubles mounting the linux1 file system and was hanging on boot.

People in the control room emailed Jamie and then grew afraid of the computer. Annalisa suggested that we put garlic on it since was clearly possessed.

Typing 'dmesg' at the command prompt, I found that there were thousands of messages like these:

[ 3148.181956] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 68 using ehci_hcd
[ 3149.773883] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 68
[ 3150.228900] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 69 using ehci_hcd
[ 3152.076544] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 69
[ 3152.787391] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 70 using ehci_hcd
[ 3154.123331] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 70
[ 3154.578459] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device number 71 using ehci_hcd

So I replaced the existing Dell keyboard with an older Dell keyboard and the bad messages have stopped. No garlic was used.

  8777   Thu Jun 27 23:01:39 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev-servo gains adjusted

 

 With rana's input, I changed the ITMx oplev servo gains given the beam path had been changed. The pitch gain was changed from 36 to 30, while the yaw gain was changed from -25 to -40. Transfer function plots attached. The UGF is ~8Hz for pitch and ~7Hz for yaw.

I had to change the envelope amplitudes in the templates for both pitch and yaw to improve the coherence. Above 3Hz, I multiplied the template presets by 10, and below 3Hz, I multiplied these by 25.

 

pitch-plot.pdf

 

yaw-plot.pdf

  8784   Fri Jun 28 13:10:28 2013 gautamUpdateGeneralITMx Oplev-servo gains adjusted

 

 As mentioned in elog 8770, I wanted to give the POX beam a little more clearance from the pick-off mirror steering the outcoming oplev beam. I tweaked the position of this mirror a little this morning, re-centred the spot, and checked the loop transfer function once again. These were really close to those I measured last night (UGF for pitch ~8Hz, for yaw ~7Hz), reported in elog 8777, so I did not have to change the loop gains for either pitch or yaw. Plots attached.

 pitch-plot_copy.pdf

 

yaw-plot_copy.pdf

  8785   Fri Jun 28 14:57:15 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralclosing lab doors

I found the south end emergency doors not latched completely. There was a ~ 3/8" vertical gap from top to bottom.

Please pull or push  doors harder if they not catch fully.

  8828   Thu Jul 11 09:24:03 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralthere should be nothing left on optable tops

There are 4 oscilloscopes left on the AP optical table top.... It's only 25 lbs... Do not leave anything on the optical table tops!

  8834   Fri Jul 12 09:00:10 2013 SteveUpdateGeneral Halogen illumination cables disconnected

Alex and Steve,

Old halogen chamber illuminator cabling disconnected and potenciometer board removed at 1Y1 in order to give room for pd calibration fibre set up.

  8835   Fri Jul 12 12:30:47 2013 manasaUpdateGeneral Halogen illumination cables disconnected

Quote:

Alex and Steve,

Old halogen chamber illuminator cabling disconnected and potenciometer board removed at 1Y1 in order to give room for pd calibration fibre set up.

 During the process, they had also removed the power cable to the ITMY camera. Steve and I fixed this...so the camera is back.

  8889   Mon Jul 22 16:30:31 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent preparation

[Annalisa, Manasa, Jenne, Koji]

We are working on the vent preparation.

First of all, there was no light in the interferometer.
Obviously there were lots of IFO activity in the weekend. Some were elogged, some were not.
Annalisa took her responsibility to restore the alignment and the arms recovered their flashes.

The odd thing was that the ASS got instable after we turned down the TRY PD gain from +20dB to +10dB (0dB original).
We increased the TRY gain by factor of 10 (that's the "10dB" of this PDA520. See the spec sheet) to compensate this change.
This made the ASS instable. Anyway we reduced the gain of TRY PD to 0dB. This restored the ASS.

Jenne took some more data for the QPD spectrum calibration.

Link to the vent plan

  8890   Mon Jul 22 16:56:14 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralVent preparation - In progress

Pre-vent checklist

  • Center all oplevs/IPPOS/IPANG
  • Align the arm cavities for IR and align Xgreen and Ygreen lasers to the arms.
    (X green+PSL green = TRX ~0.7 pre-swap and ~ 0.6 post-swap, Ygreen +PSL green TRY ~600 counts an hour or so after green was aligned to the arm.)
  • Make a record of the MC pointing
  • Align the beam at the PSL angle and position QPDs
     
  • Record good OSEM values.
     
  • Reduce input power by placing wave plate+PBS setup on the PSL table either BEFORE or AFTER THE PMC. (We will try attenuating the power using the WP + PBS that already exist after the laser. If this does not help attenuate enough, we will introduce WP+PBS after the PMC). Refer elog 6892 and elog 7299 for after the PMC detailed procedure.
     
  • Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
  • Check the MC spot position measurement under the low power mode.
     
  • Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends
  • Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows
  8891   Mon Jul 22 17:03:25 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralMC spot positions

The results of today's MC spot position measurements:

spot positions in mm (MC1,2,3 pit MC1,2,3 yaw):
[2.3244717046516197, -0.094366247149508087, 1.6060842142158149, -0.74616561350974353, -0.67461746482832874, -1.3301448018100492]

MC1 and MC3 both have spots that are a little high in pitch, but everything else looks okay.

Actual Script:

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/ASS/MC/mcassMCdecenter

Plotting Script:

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/ASS/MC/MC_spotMeasurement_history.py

MCdecenter_22July2013.png

  8893   Mon Jul 22 18:49:16 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralVent preparation - In progress

I have just centered IPPOS, as well as PSL POS and PSL ANG (also called IOO POS and IOO ANG on the screens).  Annalisa is working on placing mirrors to get the IPANG beam to its QPD, so that one will be centered later.

ELOG V3.1.3-