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  8929   Fri Jul 26 22:45:14 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralVent progress

[Koji, Manasa]

The arms were brought back to resonance after yesterday's vent work.
DCPD gains were changed (TRX gain from -0.002 to -0.04; TRY gain changed from 0.002 to 0.04) to lock the arm with low power. 
 
X arm and Y arm were locked for IR.

We then decided to align IPANG because the input pointing seemed good - the right time to fix IPANG. The IPANG spot at the last in-vac steering mirror was aligned to be an inch low in pitch.
 
We then aligned SRC. SR2 and SR3 were adjusted to center the beam at SRM. SRM was aligned to the retro-reflected beam until we saw flashes. But this position of SRM is not at the good OSEM range. We should correct the SRM suspensions. We postponed this activity for next week and went ahead to look at the status of the AS beam.
 
Looking through the window and using IR viewer were not convincing enough. We will have to get the access connector out on Monday to do the AS alignment.
We then closed the chamber with light doors and locked the arm cavities again. We brought SRC and PRC to resonance and saw strong flashes at the BS_PRM camera. 
 
To do:
SRM need to be moved in order to remove the big bias in yaw
SRM OSEMS need to be adjusted
Access connector should come out
AS needs to be aligned satisfactorily
ITMX oplev steering mirrors in vacuum should be checked.
  8936   Tue Jul 30 00:21:15 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralVent progress

[Koji, Manasa, Sujan] 

Tomorrow we'll make final checks of the optics inside the chamber.
Then we will pump down the chamber.

- AS beam steering
The AS beam was aligned on the steering mirror (Piezo Jenna i.e. PZT4).
At this point we already found the beam on the AS CCD.
After checking the spots in the OMC chamber, we determined the beam is not clipped inside.
 
On the AS table, there is a weird thick lens with short focal length (like f=37.5mm), this actually clipped the beam significantly
[I take the blame for it from the last vent. The lens was installed thinking it would be temporary which it was not. -Manasa].
We removed this lens and put the CCD camera back so that the spot on the camera became smaller.
 
- SRM debiasing
 
First of all, the bias of the SRM was moved to zero.
Then the tower was rotated so that the beam is aligned in yaw.
After fine alignment of the SRM, the yaw slider was changed from -5.8 to 1.2.
The OSEMs on the SRM suspension was also checked. The OSEM insertions were
adjusted so that they show the half values of the open calibration
(the values can be found on the 40m wiki)
 
- Oplev check
 
SRM / ITMY / BS / PRM oplev paths in the chamber were checked.
The beams were aligned on the steering mirrors and the QPDs on the optical table.
The ITMX oplev was also checked from the windows without removing the door.
The beam is actually hitting the right positions of the steering mirror and the test mass
although there are lots of stray beams because of the BS oplev and some halo assciated with the ITMX He-Ne laser(!?).

- Checking the alignment
After we closed the light doors, we aligned the MC, the arms and the recycling mirrors.
Now the everything is aligned.
  8937   Tue Jul 30 11:30:55 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX oplev

Quote:

[Koji, Manasa, Sujan]

The ITMX oplev was also checked from the windows without removing the door.
The beam is actually hitting the right positions of the steering mirror and the test mass
although there are lots of stray beams because of the BS oplev and some halo assciated with the ITMX He-Ne laser(!?).

[Steve, Gautam, Manasa]

While we checked the ITMX oplev situation yesterday, we found that the beam hitting the ITM and the in-vacuum steering mirrors had  a halo around them. We used the set of irides in the path of the ingoing beam and cut the stray light around the beam. This reduced the intensity of the halo around the mirrors. We noticed that the halo accounted for 2000 counts of 6500 at the oplev QPD. We tried changing the laser and this did not make the situation any better.

Also there are a couple or more strong stray beams from the BS oplev.

Thoughts:
I suspect that the BS oplev leakage is messing with the ITMX oplev. Why?? We have been seeing the breathing of transmitted beam from the X arm cavity and the shadow sensor readings have been bigger than usual since the last vent (when we changed the BS oplev path). Also, the ingoing oplev beam is close to clipping at the PR2 stack.

I think it would be best to open the ITMX chamber and modify the in-vac steering mirror layout of the oplev.

  8938   Tue Jul 30 13:41:35 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralITMX oplev

I wonder what optics is causing the halo on the oplev beam.
It this comes from any uncoated lens (or similar) it should be identified.

  8939   Tue Jul 30 15:38:24 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX oplev

Quote:

I wonder what optics is causing the halo on the oplev beam.
It this comes from any uncoated lens (or similar) it should be identified.

We identified this to be coming from the uncoated concave lens that we have right after the He-Ne laser which should also be replaced in addition to the other problems with the oplev.

  8941   Tue Jul 30 18:56:31 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX chamber vented/Closing plan

[Koji,Manasa]

We removed the ITMX heavy door to fix the oplev situation. 

My Plan for closing:

Today: I will work on the ITMX oplev situation today and go through the vent close-up checklist as far as I can get.
Tomorrow: We will do the final alignment check tomorrow with the light doors. The access connector and heavy doors should go in place late afternoon.
Thursday: We will start pumping down early in the morning on Thursday.

  8944   Wed Jul 31 00:59:58 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralITMX chamber vented/Closing plan

My Plan for closing:

Today: I will work on the ITMX oplev situation today and go through the vent close-up checklist as far as I can get.

[Alex, Sujan, Manasa]

The ITMX oplev steering mirrors were laid out such that they were out of the way of the BS oplev leakage. But the halo associated with the He-Ne laser does exist even now. I conclude that this is something that can be dealt with after we pump down as well. So I did not change the ITMX oplev optics on the POX table.

BS, PRM, ITMY and SRM oplevs were aligned and centered.

We want to do IPANG and IPPOS alignment when the IFO is aligned satisfactorily and right before we put the heavy doors.

The arms were aligned and ASS'd before I went in to fix the oplevs. I haven't done anything but deal with the oplevs tonight. So I am being lazy by assuming the alignment is still good and calling it a night.

Tomorrow: We will do the final alignment check for the arms, PRC and SRC with the light doors on. Check IPANG and IPPOS. The access connector and heavy doors should go in place late afternoon.
Thursday: We will start pumping down early in the morning on Thursday.

  8948   Wed Jul 31 21:12:05 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralPump down called off

[Koji, Manasa]

We missed to check that we had the green transmitted to the PSL after flipping the SRC and PRC folding mirrors.
There is no green transmission reaching the PSL even after locking the arms to green.

We should fix this tomorrow. The BS heavy door should come off.

Steve! Do not start pump down tomorrow !

  8953   Thu Aug 1 16:03:52 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralreopen BS & IOO

Quote:

[Koji, Manasa]

We missed to check that we had the green transmitted to the PSL after flipping the SRC and PRC folding mirrors.
There is no green transmission reaching the PSL even after locking the arms to green.

We should fix this tomorrow. The BS heavy door should come off.

Steve! Do not start pump down tomorrow !

 We closed the chambers last night with heavy doors and reopened it today.

Attachment 1: IOOnorth.jpg
IOOnorth.jpg
  8958   Thu Aug 1 22:49:31 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralGreen status after PR3 flipping investigated

[EricQ, Koji, Manasa]

We opened the BS chamber to check the status of the green beams. The X green has 3 steering mirrors before they hit periscope1 and the Y green transmits through all the optics giving no way to steer it.

We agreed to start fixing the Y green. The wedge angle of PR3 is steering the transmitted beam away in both pitch and yaw. Since we are restricted only to yaw movement (done by moving the periscope), we want he wedge angle to be oriented in the yaw as well.

Right now, the wedge is oriented at about 20-30 deg off (The mark on the side of the mirror does not indicate the wedge). So we see a pitch as well as yaw misalignment in the transmitted beam. The pitch misalignment is making the beam fall off the mirrors in periscope2. 

We have decided to get the wedge angle set right for PR3 and redo the alignment for IR. Once we are aligned for the IR, we will modify the green layout.

  8960   Fri Aug 2 17:50:10 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralPR3 wedge angle adjusted

[Jenne, Manasa, Koji]

Earlier today, we locked and aligned both the X and Y arms. 

I then went into the BS chamber, put on the BS' aperture, and put an aperture along the AS path.  (We had Michelson fringes, so I centered the aperture around the fringes.  I used one of the brass ruler things that we use to center the beam on ITMs and ETMs, on a riser.  I put this aperture at the edge of the BS table, after the AS beam is launched toward the OMC chamber.  The idea was to replace PR3 such that I could get the beam back through the BS aperture, and the brass ruler aperture, in hopes that we would see arm flashes, and not have to open the ITMY and ETMY heavy doors.)

I set references on the table so that I could put PR3 back in its original position, then removed PR3 from the chamber.

Steve set up a HeNe for me, that we pointed through the optic.  The ghost beam was very high, indicating (as expected) that the wedge was not perfectly horizontal.

I took the suspension off of the cage and laid it down, as I have in the past. 

I removed the optic from the suspension, to try to figure out which was the fat vs. skinny side.  I noticed that there are very faint marks on the actual fat and skinny sides of the optic.  (Mpral - for the LaserOptik mirrors, look for the faint lines that are the full width of the barrel, not the placement of the arrow which marks the HR side).  I put the optic back in (HR side toward the back, fat side on the left (as you look at the face of the optic), which is consistent with the picture in the Optical Layout page of the Wiki, near the bottom.) the optic holder ring.

I put the suspension back on the cage, and saw that the HeNe's ghost beam was now nearly horizontal relative to the straight-through beam.  Excellent.  Also, the pitch balancing didn't seem to change noticably, which I determined was within "poking" distance of where we need it to be.

I put PR3 back onto the BS table, and adjusted it around until I got the beam through both the BS aperture, and the one on the AS path.  As usual, this took quite a while, but as soon as I got through both of those apertures (really at the same place, not close to being through them, but as close as I could tell by eye - this is what took forever), Koji and Manasa saw flashes in the Yarm!  Yay! 

Since I had to move PR3 in angle a tiny bit, I reset the references, then dogged down PR3.  We still had flashes, this time in both arms, so we closed up the light doors.

We have now locked and aligned both arms in IR after the adjustment of PR3, and see both arms' green at 01 or 02. We are about to start checking the green positioning on the periscopes.  We will also need to check the AS path, as well as IPPOS and IPANG before we close up.  We see REFL on the camera.

Separately - Manasa remembered that 2 clean things were dropped yesterday - a screw, and an allen key.  Since they're both Clean, we're not too worried, although she thinks a long-armed person may be able to reach the allen key.

  8962   Fri Aug 2 22:51:10 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralAll vent tasks complete, just need oplev check

[Manasa, Koji, Jenne]

We went into the BS and IOO chambers, and aligned the green beams such that they came out of the vacuum chamber.  The idea here was to get the beams at the same height, but slightly offset in yaw.  This required moving the Periscope on BS table, PBS in front of that periscope, the Periscope on the IOO table, and 2 steering mirrors on the IOO table after the 2nd periscope.  The tables were not releveled, although we have aligned the full interferometer to this situation, so we do not want to touch the tables.  The MC spot positions are still consistent with those measured earlier this afternoon, before this work, so I'm not concerned.

We confirmed that both green beams are hitting a good place (centered in pitch, and just left and right of center in yaw) on the mirror in the OMC chamber, and are getting to the center of the first mirror on the PSL table.  We then coarsely aligned the beams on the PSL table.

We then relocked and aligned the arms for IR, and checked that the AS beam is centered on the mirrors in the BS chamber, and that the beam is coming out, and to the AS table.  I touched the last mirror before PZT3 a small amount in yaw, and then PZT3 in pitch and yaw, until we saw the beam recentered on the first mirror on the AS table.  At that point, we were also back to the center of the AS camera (which is good, since Koji had aligned all of that the other day).  So, the AS beam is good.

We checked IPPOS, and have centered the beam on all the mirrors, and aligned the beam onto the QPD. 

We checked IPANG, by looking through the viewports at the mirrors in the ETMY chamber.  We are now centered in yaw, but clipping a bit low.  This is what we want, since we always end up drifting high during the pump-down. 

We see a nice, unclipped REFL beam on the camera.

We see a beam a little high on the POP camera, but Koji looked on the table with a card, and saw the beam....we just need to do minor alignment on the out of vac mirrors.

We checked again that the green TEM00 beams from both arms come to the PSL table. 

We are getting POX and POY out, since we are using them to lock and align the arms.

Manasa and Koji recovered one clean allen key from the bottom of the chambers, but one remains, as a sacrifice to the vacuum gods. 

I believe that, with the exception of checking the oplevs and taking photos of PR3, and the green steering optics, we have finished all of our vent tasks.  We should do a quickie alignment on Monday, check the oplevs, take some photos, and put on the heavy doors.  Pumping can start either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. 

 

  8965   Mon Aug 5 18:02:34 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralClose up list checked
  •  
  • Center beam on all AS optics
  • GET CAMERA IMAGES OF EVERYTHING

    • We must get images right before closing, right after closing, etc.
  • Make sure REFL is clear
    • dither PRM, see motion on AP tables
  • Make sure AS is clear
    • dither BS/ITM, see motion on AP tables
  • Using IPANG/POS pick-off mirrors, center beams on:
    • IPPOS
    • IPANG (aligned low in pitch)
  • Check green alignment in the arms and make sure the transmitted green reaches the PSL table.
  • Check all OpLevs centered, in and out of vacuum

    [Jenne, Manasa]

    IPANG needed to be re-aligned today. Heavy doors are in place and bolts tight (torque 25 & 45).

    Steve! We are ready for pump down!

    I will check the IFO alignment once again early tomorrow morning before Steve starts pumping down.

     

     

     

     

     

  8969   Tue Aug 6 07:52:58 2013 manasaUpdateGeneralReady to pump down

I did an alignment check of the IFO before we start pumping down.

Arms were locked. PRM and SRM were aligned. Green was aligned to the arms for reference during the pump down.

Steve! It's a GO!

MC spot positions:

MCspot_0806.png

OSEM:

OSEM_0806.png

Oplevs were all centered yesterday and haven't drifted much. So I left them as is.

OL_0806.png

QPDs (IPPOS aligned from yesterday.

QPD_0806.png

  8989   Thu Aug 8 21:25:36 2013 KojiUpdateGeneralPost-vent alignment cont'd

- IPANG aligned on the QPD. The beam seems to be partially clipped in the chamber.

- Oplev of the IFO mirrors are aligned.

- After the oplev alignment, ITMX Yaw oplev servo started to oscillate. Reduced the gain from -50 to -20.

  9009   Tue Aug 13 21:49:32 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralTesting new AG4395A network analyzer

New AG4395, sn MY41101114  for West Bridge Labs was delivered. For the test purpose it is at the 40m now.

I made a series of tests in order to find anything broken.

Network analyzer test

- RF out / Rch test

RF out directly connected to R input channel.
The received power at the R-ch was measured while the output was swept from 10Hz to 500MHz.

The RF power was changed from -50dBm to +15dBm with +10dBm increment (but the last one).

The attenuator setting was changed from 50dB to 0dB.

=> The configured output power was properly detected by the R channel.

=> RF output is producing the signal properly. R-ch is detecting the produced signal properly.

- Ach/Bch test

Same test as above for Ach and Bch 

=> Same result as above

=> A-ch and B-ch are detecting the produced signal properly.

- Transfer function test

Connect a power splitter to the RF out. Detect the split signals by R-ch and A-ch

=> Measurement is at around 0dB +/- 1dB up to 500MHz.

Same measurement for B-ch

=> Same result

=> A/R and B/R indicates proper transfer function measurements.

- Calibration

RF out was split in to two. One was connected to R-ch. The other was connected to A-ch.
The thru response calibration was run.

=> The thru calibration was performed properly. 

- Practical tranfer function measurements.

In the above calibration setup, various RF filters were inserted in the Ach path.

The measured data was extracted via GPIB connection.

=> Practical transfer function measurements were performed.

=> GPIB connectivity was confirmed

 

External reference test

- External 10MHz reference from an SRS frequency counter was connected to Ext Ref In

=> Ext Ref indicator on the screen appeard

=> The internal oscillator seemed to be locked to the external reference in

 

 

Spectrum analyzer test

- Measured the signals from DS345 by R/A/B ch

Sinusoidal signal (1V) swept from 10MHz to 30Mhz

=> Corresponding moving peak was detected in each case

- Noise level measurement

R/A/B channels were terminated. The attenuation at each port was set to 0dB.

Frequency span was changed between 500MHz, 10MHz, 100kHz, 1kHz.

=> Noise level of ~10nV/rtHz between 0.1-500MHz was confirmed. All R/A/B channels have the same performance.

Attachment 1: AG4395A_noise.pdf
AG4395A_noise.pdf
  9010   Tue Aug 13 22:21:12 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralMinicircuit Filter TFs (AG4395A test)

As a part of the network analyzer test in the previous entry, the transfer functions of Mini-Circuits filters we have at the 40m were measured.

<<List of the filters>>

- LPF (SMA): SLP1.9, SLP5, SLP21.4, SLP30, SLP50, SLP100, SLP150, SLP750
- LPF (BNC): BLP1.9, BLP2_5, BLP5, BLP30
- BPF (SMA): SBP10.7, SBP21.4, SBP70
- HPF (SMA): SHP25, SHP100, SHP150, SHP200, SHP500

 

Attachment 1: Minicircuit_LPF.pdf
Minicircuit_LPF.pdf
Attachment 2: Minicircuit_BPF.pdf
Minicircuit_BPF.pdf
Attachment 3: Minicircuit_HPF.pdf
Minicircuit_HPF.pdf
Attachment 4: 130813.zip
  9012   Thu Aug 15 01:51:50 2013 KojiSummaryGeneralRFM<->Dolphin bridge distributed to c1rfm and c1mcs

Since the RFM-Dolphin bridges for the ASX model was added to the c1rfm model, c1rfm kept timing-out from the single sample time of 60us.

The model had 19 dolphin accesses, 21 RFM accesses, and 9 shared memory (SHM) accesses.

At the beginning 2 RFM and 2 SHM accesses were moved to c1sus (i.e. they were mistakenly placed on c1rfm).
But this actually made the c1sus model timed out. So the model was reverted.

The current configuration is that the WFS related bridges were accommdated in the c1mcs model.
This made the timing of c1rfm ~40us. So it is safe now.
On the other hand, the c1mcs model has the time consumption of ~59us. This is marginal now.

We need to understand why any RFM access takes such huge delay.

  9013   Thu Aug 15 09:34:12 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralWilcoxon cables rescued

Eric and Steve,

 We removed Wilcoxon Accelerometer PS and Amplifier unit under the BS optical tabel yesterday. The six cabels going to DAQ  were labeled and left in place. Gain setting were 100, except channel 3 was 10.

The ~ 40 m long 2 sets of 3 cables were very happy to get their kinks out. Especially the set going just south of ITMX optical  table.

We have to take better care of these cables! Your data will be useless this way.

Attachment 1: rescuedGraycables.jpg
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chanGains.jpg
  9027   Mon Aug 19 10:03:17 2013 SteveHowToGeneralhow not to leave a cable

We can not leave cables connected like this. This is a burned toast award.

Attachment 1: NONOcable.jpg
NONOcable.jpg
  9042   Tue Aug 20 16:23:41 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full

/home/cds is >98% full - below are some of the usage numbers:

controls@rosalba:/users/OLD 0$ du -h --max-depth=1
42M    ./katrin
1.5M    ./ben
2.4M    ./sanjit
569M    ./waldman
328M    ./sonia
3.6G    ./lsinger
44M    ./dbusby
105M    ./dbarron
21M    ./manuel
709M    ./yaakov
46M    ./rodionov
240M    ./ishwita
2.7G    ./clara
56M    ./gopal
290M    ./mashaB
87M    ./varvella
5.6M    ./Sascha
2.9G    ./ryan
190M    ./nancy
3.5G    ./john
269M    ./elizabeth.davison
165M    ./jweiner
460K    ./mjones
49M    ./stephanie
52M    ./mohana
56M    ./noriyasu
38M    ./mjenson
76M    ./sballmer
224M    ./kirk
812K    ./bonnie
33M    ./janosch
16M    ./kevin
122M    ./dblair
2.6G    ./mirko
389M    ./keenan
195M    ./tf
150M    ./littlezach
193M    ./jmiller
1.8G    ./ting
131M    ./dmalling
842M    ./sharmila
1.4G    ./caryn
12G    ./rward
4.1M    ./jay
443M    ./emintun
184M    ./katharine
76K    ./nick
804K    ./nicole.ing
14M    ./jenny
542M    ./vsanni
45M    ./peter
7.8G    ./miyakawa
4.8M    ./channa
4.0K    ./frank
9.9G    ./razib
35M    ./amin
361M    ./sharon
62M    ./bram
3.9M    ./volodya
7.9M    ./larisa
301M    ./sasha
33M    ./eric.hendries
18M    ./vuk
101M    ./huan
1.8M    ./sonali
453M    ./megan
43M    ./Royal
5.4G    ./ayaka
19M    ./mott
518M    ./justing
501M    ./avi
173M    ./kakeru
3.9G    ./alberto
41M    ./paul.fulda
59M    ./elena
67G    .

controls@rosalba:/opt/rtcds/userapps 0$ du -h --max-depth=1
1.4G    ./tags
13M    ./trunk.bak
40K    ./.svn
3.0G    ./trunk
174M    ./trunk.bak2
4.2G    ./branches
8.7G    .

linux1:cds>nice du -h --max-depth=1
du: `./llo/chans/daq/archive': Permission denied
du: `./llo/chans/daq/old': Permission denied
707M    ./llo
9.7M    ./mit~
752K    ./raidwebFirmware
462M    ./epics
2.1G    ./tmp
1.5G    ./gds
76M    ./project
9.1G    ./ligo
449G    ./rtcds
3.3G    ./apps
20K    ./.kde
512K    ./cdscfg
1.4M    ./.Trash-controls
5.8M    ./scripts
20K    ./.TemporaryItems
964G    ./caltech
71M    ./bin
16K    ./.Trash-1001
4.5G    ./rtapps
564M    ./src
11M    ./vw
3.8M    ./dvSave
460M    ./lho
1.2G    ./data
1.5T    .

  9045   Wed Aug 21 17:42:03 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full

One of the reasons that our disk is getting full is due to the scripts_archive directory. A backup script runs on op340m and makes a tar.bz2 file of the scripts directory and puts it in scripts_archive every morning at 6 AM.

On Oct 7, 2011, Koji fixed this script to point at our new scripts directory instead of the old /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts directory. Since then, however, no one has fixed the exclude file to NOT back up the junk that's in that directory. Its a 1.6 GB directory so its full of it.

I've deleted a bunch of junk from the scripts directory: this directory is for scripts, not for your personal home movies or junk data files. Put those in your USER directory. Put temporary data files in /tmp/. I've also added a few more patterns to the exclude file so that less .mpg, .png, .pdf, .dat, etc get stored every day. The new daily .tar.bz2 file wil be ~25 MB instead of 770 MB.

(also fixed the backup script to use 'env' to setup the perl environment and removed the hard-coded path to tar)

  9091   Fri Aug 30 11:00:46 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneralSeries of earthquakes

There has been a series of earthquakes since the big 7.0 in Alaska this morning.

None of the watchdogs were tripped when I came in. But I could not retrieve any info about the suspensions from fast channels because c1sus was not talking to the fb and that required an mxstream restart to fix it.

MC is trying to lock itself, but the seismic doesn't seem to get quiet. So MC is not all that happy.

 Screenshot-Earthquakes_-_Mozilla_Firefox.png

SUSnSEIS.png

  9092   Fri Aug 30 14:31:57 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralcleaning up

I cleaned up around MC2 and 1Y1 area this morning.

ETMY NPRO moved from the side to the center of the low shelf. Thorlab catalog " as spacer " removed after lunch.

The Lightwave Controller values: LT 40.4C,  LTEC +0.1V,  T 41.041C,  Pwr 239 mW,  Adj 0,  DC 1.82A,  DPM  0.0V,  Neon OFF,  Ldon OFF,  Display 5,  DT 21.0C,  Dtec +1.0V

 

Attachment 1: MC2areaCP.jpg
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  9093   Mon Sep 2 03:51:14 2013 ranaHowToGeneralHow To Coil Cables

 http://youtu.be/pEd7ru24Vx0

  9097   Tue Sep 3 10:54:33 2013 SteveHowToGeneralHow To Coil Cables

Quote:

 http://youtu.be/pEd7ru24Vx0

 B grade Nobel is awarded.

                                  If cables could dream?

This skill should be  mandatory for LIGOX graduates.

  9147   Fri Sep 20 20:14:52 2013 ranaSummaryGeneral/home/cds nearly full

Quote:

One of the reasons that our disk is getting full is due to the scripts_archive directory. A backup script runs on op340m and makes a tar.bz2 file of the scripts directory and puts it in scripts_archive every morning at 6 AM.

On Oct 7, 2011, Koji fixed this script to point at our new scripts directory instead of the old /cvs/cds/caltech/scripts directory. Since then, however, no one has fixed the exclude file to NOT back up the junk that's in that directory. Its a 1.6 GB directory so its full of it.

I've deleted a bunch of junk from the scripts directory: this directory is for scripts, not for your personal home movies or junk data files. Put those in your USER directory. Put temporary data files in /tmp/. I've also added a few more patterns to the exclude file so that less .mpg, .png, .pdf, .dat, etc get stored every day. The new daily .tar.bz2 file wil be ~25 MB instead of 770 MB.

(also fixed the backup script to use 'env' to setup the perl environment and removed the hard-coded path to tar)

 OUr disk was getting full again. Turned out my "fix" to 25 MB was only a fix to 250 MB. Since we were getting disk full warnings on our Ubuntu workstations, I deleted some COMSOL.dmg files from users/zach/ and then started deleting every other tarball from the scripts_archive directory. ~221 GB are now free. Still need to fix the exclude file for scripts better.

  9157   Tue Sep 24 22:19:57 2013 ManasaUpdateGeneralFPMI locked

 [Masayuki, Manasa]

We locked FPMI and measured the FPMI noise (power spectrum of error signal - MICH_IN1) which will be calibrated.

The arms were locked using POX11 and POY11. The sign of MICH gain was changed to lock FPMI (from -30 to +30). 

  9164   Thu Sep 26 10:55:29 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralY-arm floor space for test

Liyuon will set up a  ~5 mW He/Ne laser for  waist measurement for LIGO oplev telescope.

This  will be between the beam tube and the CES wall. He will do his tests in the morning.

  9319   Wed Oct 30 14:58:44 2013 SteveHowToGeneralshutting down a computer

 

 We have tried to ssh into c1iscey yesterday morning. It just did not work. We have just tried it again (now) and it did work.

Lesson learned: always shut down the computer from a TERMINAL Do not turn it off by the manual power switch.

  9330   Sat Nov 2 19:36:15 2013 CharlesUpdateGeneralPossible misalignment?

 I was working on the electronics bench and what sounded like a huge truck rolled by outside. I didn't notice anything until now, but It looks like something became misaligned when the truck passed by (~6:45-6:50 pm). I can hear a lot of noise coming out of the control room speakers and pretty much all of the IOO plots on the wall have sharp discontinuities.

I haven't been moving around much for the past 2 hours so I don't think it was me, but I thought it was worth noting.

  9335   Mon Nov 4 12:07:55 2013 DmassOmnistructureGeneralReplaced Broken Drill Bits

I broke a small bit while using the 40m drill press to vent some 1/4-20 screws for the cryo experiment.

I replaced it and refilled the small bit row in the bit index I was using; there were ~10 missing sizes

  9385   Thu Nov 14 14:27:51 2013 nicolasOmnistructureGeneralSR785 Analyzer CRT replaced

 The 785 analyzer in the 40 had a wonky hard to read screen. I was hoping that a new white CRT would fix all the problems. 

I installed a white CRT, which didn't fix the wonkyness, but I adjusted the CRT position, brightness, focus settings to make the screen somewhat more readable.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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If we want to send the thing in for service to fix the wonkyness, we should probably hold on to the old CRT because they will probably replace the whole screen assembly and we'll lose our white screen.

  9458   Thu Dec 12 17:22:07 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralrack power supplies checked

Instrument rack power supplies checked and labeled at present loads.

The vacuum rack Sorensen is running HOT! Their is only 0.3A load at 24V There is plenty of space around it.

It is alarming to me because all vacuum valve positions are controlled by this 24V

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  9488   Wed Dec 18 13:34:03 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralLIGOX people

40m crew and visitor Holger Muller from Berkeley.

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  9497   Thu Dec 19 21:16:16 2013 KojiConfigurationGeneralnetgpibdata is working again now

Now netgpibdata is working again.

Usage:

cd /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/netgpibdata   
./netgpibdata -i 192.168.113.108 -d AG4395A -a 10 -f meas01
./netgpibdata -i 192.168.113.105 -d SR785 -a 6 -f meas01   

Jenne witnessed and certified that they were working fine.
Now no one can say "it does not work"!


These weeks I was annoyed by the fact that netgpibdata was messed up by dummies.
A terrible situation was found:

1. Someone pushed the factory reset of one of the wifi bridges (LINKSYS WET54G).
2. Someone gave wrong IPs to the bridges (192.168.1.* instead of 192.168.113.*)
3. Someone left a default IP to the bridges. This means the routers had the same IPs.

-------

I gave the IPs to the bridges. According lines of /etc/hosts in linux1 were updated.

192.168.113.230 WET54G1
192.168.113.231 WET54G2

All of the network settings are taped on the bridge now.
The reset switch of each bridge was covered by a tape so that dummies can't randomly push the button.

The command was tested with each device.

  9502   Fri Dec 20 10:08:43 2013 JamieConfigurationGeneralnetgpibdata is working again now

Quote:

Now netgpibdata is working again.

Usage:

cd /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/netgpibdata   
./netgpibdata -i 192.168.113.108 -d AG4395A -a 10 -f meas01
./netgpibdata -i 192.168.113.105 -d SR785 -a 6 -f meas01   

Just wanted to point out that the correct "modern" path to this stuff is:

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/general/netgpibdata

This is, of course, the same directory, but under the correct "/opt/rtcds", instead of the old, incorrect "/cvs/cds".

  9504   Fri Dec 20 17:41:25 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralProjector - lightbulb replaced

 The lamp lasted for 4,622 hours.

This time I purchased just the bare lamp itself . The housing doubles the price. The disadvantage of this technic that the lamp housing window can not be cleaned  perfectly. Atm2 picture is exaggerating this spot.

However, It does not degrade the image quality.

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Glamps RLC-061 Projector Original Bulb Lamp for VIEWSONIC Pro8200 Pro8300

 

 

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  9511   Tue Dec 31 23:19:58 2013 KojiSummaryGenerallinux1 RAID crash & recovery

Dec 22 between 6AM and 7AM, physical or logical failure has occure on the 4th disk in the RAID array on linux1.
This caused the RAID disk fell into the readonly mode. All of the hosts dependent on linux1 via NFS were affected by the incident.

Today the system has been recovered. The failed filesystem was restored by copying all of the files (1.3TB total) on the RAID to a 2TB SATA disk.
The depending hosts were restarted and we recovered elog/wiki access as well as the interferometer control system.


Recovery process

o Recover the access to linux1

- Connect an LCD display on the host. The keyboard is already connected and on the machine.
- One can login to linux1 from one of the virtual consoles, which can be switched by Alt+1/2/3 ...etc
- The device file of the RAID is /dev/sda1
- The boot didn't go straightforward as mounting of the disks accoding to /dev/fstab doesn't go well.
- The 40m root password was used to login with the filesystem recovery mode.
- Use the following command to make the editing of /etc/fstab available

# mount -o rw, remount /

- In order to make the normal reboot successfull, the line for the RAID in /etc/fstab needed to be commented out.

o Connect the external disk on linux1

- Brought a spare 2TB SATA disk from rossa.
- Connect the disk via an USB-SATA enclosure (dev/sdd1)
- Mount the 2TB disk on /tmpdisk
- Run the following command for the duplication

# rsync -aHuv --progress /home/ /tmpdisk/ >/rsync_KA_20131229_0230.log

- Because of the slow SCSI I/F, the copy rate was limited to ~6MB/s. The copy started on 27th and finished 31st.

o Restart linux1

- It was found that linux1 couldn't boot if the USB drive is connected.
- The machine has two SATA ports. These two are used for another RAID array that is not actually used. (/oldhome)
- linux1 was pulled out from the shelf in order to remove the two SATA disks.
- The 2TB disk was installed on the SATA port0.
- Restart linux1 but didn't start as the new disk is recognized as the boot disk.
- The BIOS setting was changed so that the 80GB PATA disk is recognized as the boot disk.
- The boot process fell into the filesystem recovery mode again. /etc/fstab was modified as follows.

/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /                ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/boot              /boot            ext3    defaults        1 2
devpts                   /dev/pts         devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
tmpfs                    /dev/shm         tmpfs   defaults        0 0
proc                     /proc            proc    defaults        0 0
sysfs                    /sys             sysfs   defaults        0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap             swap    defaults        0 0
#/dev/md0                 /oldhome         ext3    defaults        0 1
/dev/sda1                /home            ext3    defaults        0 1
#/dev/sdb1                /tmpraid         ext3    defaults        0 1

- Another reboot make the operating system launched as usual.

o What's happen to the RAID?

- Hot removal of the disk #4.
- Hot plug of the disk #4.
- Disk #4 started to get rebuilt -> ~3hours rebuilding done
- This made the system marked as "clean". Now the raid (/dev/sdb1) can be mounted as usual.


o Nodus

- Root password of nodus is not known.
- Connect an LCD monitor and a Sun keyboard on nodus.
- Type Stop-A. This leads the nodus transition to the monitor mode.
- Type sync.
- This leads the system rebooted.

  9512   Wed Jan 1 15:01:29 2014 KojiSummaryGeneralIFO recovery

IFO restart after the recovery of linux1

Machine recovery in the following order
- Start fb
- Start the following machines: mafalda, megatron, op340m
- Start c1ioo, c1lsc, c1sus, c1iscex, c1iscey

CDS recovery / burtrestore

- Confirm all of the RT systems are running in "green". If not, restart corresponding model.
- c1iscaux, ciscaux2 didn't have response (white boxes). Went to the LCS digital rack and power cycled these targets
- burtrestore: The snapshots at Dec 19 05:07 were used. For c1iscaux and c1iscaux2 the snapshots at Dec 22 05:07 were used.

fast machines
c1alsepics.snap
c1assepics.snap
c1asxepics.snap
c1calepics.snap
c1iooepics.snap
c1lscepics.snap
c1lspepics.snap
c1mcsepics.snap
c1oafepics.snap
c1pemepics.snap
c1rfmepics.snap
c1scxepics.snap
c1scyepics.snap
c1spxepics.snap
c1supepics.snap
c1susepics.snap
c1tstepics.snap

slow machines
c1auxex.snap
c1auxey.snap
c1aux.snap
c1iool0.snap
c1iscaux2.snap
c1iscaux.snap
c1psl.snap
c1susaux.snap

 

IFO recovery

- Reload watchdogs => restore sus damping
- MC misaligned but TEM00 was locked
- Gave a small touch on MC2 yaw => IMC almost aligned
- Autolocker wasn't running => Manually launched rather than wait for an hour for cron to launch it
- PMC was largely misaligned. => Aligned on the PSL table (PSLTRANS 0.640->0.753)
- MC WFS ON
- IFO X/Y arm locked and aligned with ASS.
- PRMI mode: manually aligned PRM. The PRMIsb momentally locked.

  9513   Thu Jan 2 10:15:20 2014 JamieSummaryGenerallinux1 RAID crash & recovery

Well done Koji!  I'm very impressed with the sysadmin skillz.

  9520   Mon Jan 6 16:32:40 2014 KojiSummaryGenerallinux1 RAID crash & recovery

Since this configuration change, the daily backup was speeded up by factor of more than two.
It was really limited by the bandwidth of the RAID array.

/cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/backup/rsync.backup.cumlog:

...
rsync.backup start: 2013-12-20-05:00:00, end: 2013-12-20-07:04:28, errcode 0
...
rsync.backup start: 2014-01-05-05:00:00, end: 2014-01-05-05:55:04, errcode 0

(The daily backup starts from 5:00)

  9534   Tue Jan 7 23:24:41 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO plan, list o' things to do

It seems that the most important short-term task we have right now is to figure out what our PRC length is, and what our tolerance from nominal is.  Gabriele and EricQ are going to work on that tomorrow.  If our PRC is of a length that we can't do anything useful for full IFO locking, we need to open up and fix it sooner rather than later.

While we're in there, we need to also put a baffle on the back side of the PRM cage, to protect the OSEMs from stray light.  Den and I discovered before Christmas that turning off the OSEM and OpLev damping to the PRM (while using the POP QPD for ASC) significantly reduced the power fluctuations in the PRC.  We still had arm power fluctuations, but I believe those are likely because our ALS system can't hold an arm precisely at full resonance.  So, putting a black glass baffle with ~2 inch aperture right up against the OSEMs should help a lot.  This week, I'll ask Steve to make me a quickie to-scale cardboard version of the baffles that he has had cut, so I can try securing it to the dirty suspension cage that we have out.  I will also check to make sure I have seen with my own eyes the baffles that I need, and copper wire to tie it to the cage.

Other, lower-priority things that we should do eventually:

* Steve, please find another razor beam dump for the WFS reflections - Rana and I used one of the ones that was there for reflection off the 2 inch lens in the MC refl path (replacing the aluminum dump that has been there for ages).  We also need to label all of our razor dumps with their purpose, with a label on top, so we remember not to remove dumps that are actually in use.

* At some point, we should change the one remaining steering mirror in the main PSL path that is aluminum, to a steel Polaris ("Polanski" or "Polish") mount.  For now, we should just make sure we have one handy.  Hopefully this will help reduce the PMC transmission drift that we see.

* Steve, in the morning sometime this week, can you please do a test of the drift of the IOO QPDs?  We'd like to see a trend that is maybe 30 or 60 minutes long of the QPD signals.  First 10 minutes, all lights in IFO room off.  Then, 10 minutes with the lights in the PSL on.  Then, the rest of the time the PSL lights off.  We want to see if these are hot enough to be causing a big temperature change in the PSL box, which may then be causing some optics to drift.

* QPD code in the simulink models (trans QPDs, but also OpLevs, and anywhere else we do normalization) needs to have anti-divide-by-zero protection.  I'll take care of this, it should be a quick copy of what we have elsewhere in the simulink code.

* Note to self for the future, instead of doing a dither alignment for the ASS for the arms, we can use the IP POS and IP ANG, as well as end transmission QPD signals.  However, for now, the ASS is working just fine.

* We want to go back to the idea of putting a lens into the in-vac IP ANG path, to avoid the clipping that Manasa and I were seeing tonight.  We want something of order 2inch diameter, 1meter focal length.  The material doesn't matter, but we do want it AR coated for 1064nm on both sides.  We also need to make sure that we could use a fixed 2 inch in-vac mirror mount, or something, to hold this lens.  If that won't work, we need to come up with another plan.  Manasa is working on thinking about precisely what lens we want to buy for a nice guoy phase telescope for IPANG, so we'll buy a lens after she puts her conclusions in the elog.

* An idea for the MC spots plot that Rana had was to plot the beam tilt and translation, rather than the raw spot positions on the mirrors.  The point of this would be to make it easier to see what the output beam from the MC looks like.  For MC pointing, we should also think about what our actual tolerances are.  The biggest thing is that we need to get through the Faraday without being too close to any edge, and also the REFL beam needs to come back through without clipping.  For now, we're just visually checking that the POP beam and the REFL beam both look unclipped since we don't have access to good camera views of either side of the Faraday.

  9538   Wed Jan 8 13:46:39 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO plan, PRM baffle

Quote:

While we're in there, we need to also put a baffle on the back side of the PRM cage, to protect the OSEMs from stray light.  Den and I discovered before Christmas that turning off the OSEM and OpLev damping to the PRM (while using the POP QPD for ASC) significantly reduced the power fluctuations in the PRC.  We still had arm power fluctuations, but I believe those are likely because our ALS system can't hold an arm precisely at full resonance.  So, putting a black glass baffle with ~2 inch aperture right up against the OSEMs should help a lot.  This week, I'll ask Steve to make me a quickie to-scale cardboard version of the baffles that he has had cut, so I can try securing it to the dirty suspension cage that we have out.  I will also check to make sure I have seen with my own eyes the baffles that I need, and copper wire to tie it to the cage.

Steve may actually be onto something with the clamps that he had made a year and a half ago.  These clamps hold the glass, and then clamp to the base of the suspension cage.  Not the table, but the base of the suspension cage. The drawings are in elog 6344.  I'm not sure that the 1/4-20 holes in the clamp things are exactly where we'll want them, but we should be able to just dog it down to the base of the suspension.  I need to check this, but it may be even easier than tieing the glass to the cage.

Also, something to think about is that the earthquake stop screws extend backwards farther than the OSEMs.  I'm not sure anymore if we have shorter 1/4-20 earthquake stops around (if we do, they should be in the cleanroom shelves), but if we can't swap those out, they'll limit how close we can get to the OSEMs. 

Here's an overhead photo from 6 Sept 2012:

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  9540   Wed Jan 8 17:53:26 2014 manasaUpdateGeneralIFO plan, IPANG telescope

For the IPANG telescope design, we are in the 'beyond the Rayleigh range' regime. So using a single lens to make the beam small is not a great idea. I have put down a solution where we use a pair of lenses; one of which will be mounted in-vacuum in the ETMY chamber and the other on the endtable.
This way we will also allow have some freedom to configure the layout out-of vacuum in case the need arises. The layout will look something like in the cartoon:
IPANG_layout.png

I also made a choice of using longer focal length lenses (CVI 2" lenses f =1 m). Below is the beam path summary for IPANG telescope. I have used the waist diameter at the ITM for propagation. The endtable is roughly at 41.2m. The QPD will be placed in front of the waist (w0=47um).
IPANG.png 

  9543   Thu Jan 9 17:21:45 2014 ranaUpdateGeneralIFO plan, IPANG telescope

Quote:

For the IPANG telescope design, we are in the 'beyond the Rayleigh range' regime. So using a single lens to make the beam small is not a great idea. I

Can you please explain this? I don't understand what exactly is the issue or 'great idea'.

I think we should be OK with just a single lens in the vacuum. But what we need is the ray tracing analysis to show what the effect will be on the IPANG readout.

  9568   Wed Jan 22 20:00:41 2014 JenneUpdateGeneralVENT GO!

Steve, please begin the vent!!

[EricQ, Jenne]

We have followed the pre-vent checklist, and done everything except check the jam nuts (which Steve can do in the morning).

We are ready to vent, so Steve, please begin bringing us up to atmosphere first thing in the morning.

Here is a copy of the list, from the wiki:

 

 

  • Center all oplevs/IPPOS/IPANG
  • Align the arm cavities for IR and align the green lasers to the arms. (Green powers were both ~0.8.  We only touched the Xend PZTs remotely, did not touch Yend).
  • Make a record of the MC pointing
  • Align the beam at the PSL angle and position QPDs (Did not need doing, left QPDs as-is so we keep our long-term trend.)
  • Reduce input power by touching wave plate on the PSL table BEFORE THE PMC.  (HWP was at 269degrees, now at 3 hundred something to make power just before PSL shutter 90mW)
  • Replace 10% BS before MC REFL PD with Y1 mirror and lock MC at low power.
  • Close shutter of PSL-IR and green shutters at the ends
  • Make sure the jam nuts are protecting bellows
  •  

     

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      9572   Thu Jan 23 23:10:19 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralVent so far

    [ericq, Manasa, Jenne]

    Summary: We opened up the BS and both ITM chambers today, and put the light doors on. //Edit : Manasa  Post-vent the MC was very much misaligned in yaw. Both the ITMs moved in pitch as inferred from the oplev; but there is still light on the oplev PDs//. We toiled with the PMC and mode cleaner for a while to get reasonable transmission and stability (at least for a period of time). We then tried to lock IR to the y-arm, to no avail. 

    Locking the PMC doesn't seem very robust with the low power level we have; adjusting the gain at all when it's locked throws it right out. The mode cleaner spot was visibly moving around on MC2 as well. We'll continue tomorrow. 

    Details about alignment efforts: Manasa and I tried for a while to try and align the y-arm for IR. Straight out of venting the green TM00 would lock to the y-arm with about .45, as compared to .8 before venting, so it didn't seem to drift too far. The x-arm would even flash any modes, however. For a while, IR was no where to be seen after the mode cleaner. Eventually, we used the tip tilts to bring the AS beam onto the camera, which exhibited fringes, so we knew we were hitting the ITMs somewhere. We wandered around with the ETM to see if any retroflection was happening, and saw the IR beam scatter off of the earthquake stop. We moved it to the side to see it hitting the OSEM holder, and moved down to the bottom OSEM holder to get an idea of where to put pitch to get roughly the center of the ITM, then undid the yaw motion.

    There, we would see very infrequent, weak flashes. We weren't able to distinguish the mode shape though; however, the flashes were coincident with where the green would lock to a very yaw-misaligned fishbone mode, to the lower right of the optic's center. We figured that if we gradually fixed the green alignment with the mode shapes we could see and actually lock on, we could use the tip tilts to adjust the IR pointing and keep it coincident and eventually resonate more. However, this didn't really work out. The flashes were very infrequent, and at this point the PMC/MC were getting very touchy, and would cease to stay locked for more than a minute or two. At this point, we stopped for the day. 

     

      9579   Mon Jan 27 21:36:35 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralVent so far

    After turning the slow FSS threshold down, the mode cleaner stays locked enough to do other things. We were able to align the tip tilts to the y-arm such that we were able to get some flashes in what looks like a TM00-ish mode. (It was necessary to align the PRM such that there was some extra power circulating in the PRC to be able to see the IR flashes on the ITMY face camera) This is enough to convince us that we are at least near a reasonable alignment, even though we couldn't lock to the mode. 

    The x-arm was in a hairier situation; since the green beam wouldn't flash into any modes, we don't even know that a good cavity axis exists. So, I used the green input PZTs to shine the green beam directly on the earthquake stops on the ITMX cage, and then inferred the PZT coordinates that would place the green beam roughly on the center of ITMX. I moved the ETMX face camera such that it points at the ETMX baffle. I tried looking for the retroreflected green spot to no avail. Hopefully tomorrow, we can get ourselves to a reasonably aligned state, so we can begin measuring the macroscopic PRC length. 

      9583   Tue Jan 28 22:24:46 2014 ericq UpdateGeneralFurther Alignment

    [Masasa, ericq]

    Having no luck doing things remotely, we went into the ITMX chamber and roughly aligned the IR beam. Using the little sliding alignment target, we moved the BS to get the IR beam centered on ITMX, then moved ITMX to get good michelson fringes with ITMY. Using an IR card, found the retroflection and moved ETMX to make it overlap with the beam transmitted through the ITM. With the PRM flashing, X-arm cavity flashes could be seen. So, at that point, both the y-arm and x-arm were flashing low order modes. 

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