I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 11:30am to 4pm
I will be in the clean and bake lab today from 9am to 4pm.
I will be in the Clean and Bake lab from 9am to 4pm today.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve airflow in workspaces/bathrooms on campus, I have installed an air scrubber unit in each of the bathrooms at the 40m lab.
I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 8:30am to 4pm
I will be in the clean and bake lab today from 9am to 3pm.
I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 3pm
I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 4pm
I will be in the Clean and Bake Lab today from 9am to 4pm.
The emergency lamps above the exit sign on the NW entrance to the control room are on. I tried opening and closing the door, but it remains on. Probably nothing to worry about, but noting here anyway.
It happened before too. Doesn't it say it has occasional self-testing or something?
True - it is now not on anymore.
The (masked) tech accessed all areas in the lab (office area, control room, VEA) between ~230pm-3pm. The laser safety goggles he used have been kept aside for appropriate sanitaiton.
The DQ channels of the ETM coils were active tonight, so I'll make the coil driver actuation budget over the next couple of days.
I will be in the Clean and Bake lab today from 9am to 4pm.
There was a power outage ~30 mins ago that knocked out CDS, PSL etc. The lights in the office area also flickered briefly. Working on recovery now. The elog was also down (since nodus presumably rebooted), I restarted the service just now. Vacuum status seems okay, even though the status string reads "Unrecognized".
The recovery was complete at 1830 local time. Curiously, the EX NPRO and the doubling oven temp controllers stayed on, usually they are taken out as well. Also, all the slow machines and associated Acromag crates survived. I guess the interruption was so fleeting that some devices survived.
The control room workstation, zita, which is responsible for the IFO status StripTool display on the large TV screen, has some display driver issues I think - it crashed twice when I tried to change the default display arrangement (large TV + small monitor). It also wants to update to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but I decided not to for the time being (it is running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS). Anyways, after a couple of power cycles, the wall StripTools are up once again.
A technician came to the lab today at ~4pm. He entered the VEA (with booties and googles), and also the clean and bake lab. The whole procedure lasted ~10 minutes. I did not follow him around, but was available in the control room throughout the process. I think the whole episode went without incident.
BTW, this guy didn't ring the doorbell, I just happened to be here when he came by. I don't know if this is usual practise - are we happy with the technicians entering the VEA and/or clean and bake labs without supervision? AFAIK, this wasn't scheduled.
My power at home winked out for a second this morning, but it looks like either nothing happened in the 40m lab or else it rode it out.
MC is locked - lost lock around 11:25 AM and then relocked.
2PM: Arrived at the 40m. Started the work for the coupling of the RF modulated LO beam into a fiber. -> I left the lab at 10:30 PM.
The fiber coupling setup for the phase-modulated beam was made right next to the PSL injection path. (See attachment 1)
- PSL HEPA was running at 33% and is now at 100%
- South End HEPA was not on and is now running
- Yarm Portable HEPA was not running and is now running at max speed: the power was taken beneath the ITMY table. It is better to unplug it when one uses the IFO.
- Yend Portable HEPA was not running and is now running (presumably) at max speed
Particle Levels: (Not sure about the unit. The convention here is to multiply x10 of the reading)
Before running the HEPAs at their maximum
9/10/2020 15:30 / 0.3um 292180 / 0.5um 14420
(cf 9/5/2020 / 0.3um 94990 / 0.5um 6210)
After running the HEPAs at their maximum
The number gradually went down and now became constant at about half of the initial values
9/10/2020 19:30 / 0.3um 124400 / 0.5um 7410
M4.5 EQ in LA 2020-09-19 06:38:46 (UTC) / -1d 23:38:46 (PDT) https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci38695658/executive
I only checked the watchdogs. All watchdogs were tripped. ITMX and ETMY seemed stuck (or have the OSEM magnet issue). They were left tripped. The watchdogs for the other SUSs were reloaded.
the seismometers obviously saturated during the EQ, but the accelerometers captured some of it. It looks like there's different saturation levels on different sensors.
Also, it seems the mounting of the MC2 accelerometers is not so good. There's some ~10-20 Hz resonance its mount that's showing up. Either its the MC2 chamber legs or the accelerometers are clamped poorly to the MC2 baseplate.
Sun Sep 20 00:02:36 2020 edit: fixed indexing error in plots
* also assuming that the sensors are correctly calibrated in the front end to 1 count = 1 um/s^2 (this is what's used in the summ pages)
the EQ was ~14 km south of Caltech and 17 km deep
I'm amazed at how much higher the noise is on the MC2 accelerometer. Is that really how much amplification of the ground motion we're getting? If so, its as if the MC has no vibration isolation from the ground in that band. We should put one set on the ground and make the more direct comparison of the spectra. Also, perhaps do some seismic FF using this sensor - I'm not sure how successful we've been in this band.
Attaching the coherence plot from ldvw.ligo.caltech.edu (apparently it has access to the 40m data, so we can use that as an alternative to dtt or python for remote analysis):
It would be interesting to see if we can use the ML based FF technology from this summer's SURF project by Nadia to increase the coherence by including some slow IMC alignment channels.
I supplied a bottle of hand soap. Don't put water in the bottle to dilute it as it makes the soap vulnarable for cotamination.
There were two SUSs which didn't look normal.
- ITMX was easily released by the bias slider -> Shake the pitch slider and while all the OSEM values are moving, turn on the damping control (with x10 large watchdog threshold)
- ETMY has UR OSEM 0V output. This means that there is no light. And this didn't change at all with the slider move.
- Went to the Y table and tried to look at the coils. It seems that the UR magnet is detached from the optic and stuck in the OSEM.
We need a vent to fix the suspension, but until then what we can do is to redistribute the POS/PIT/YAW actuations to the three coils.
While I stopped by the lab this morning to pick up some things, I took the opportunity to continue the recovery.
At some point, we should run the suspension eigenmode routine (kick optics, let them ringdown, measure peak locations and Qs) to confirm that the remaining suspensions are okay, will also help in actuation re-allocation efforts on ETMY. But I didn't do this today.
Leaving the lab at 1150.
See Attachment #1.
The beam spot on ETMY looks weird (looks almost like a TEM10 mode), but the one on ITMY seems fine, see Attachment #2. Wonder what's going on there, maybe just a focusing problem?
I came to the lab. The control room AC was off -> Now it is on.
Here is the setting of the AC meant for continuous running
Gautam reported that the PSL HEPA stopped running (ELOG 15592). So I came in today and started troubleshooting.
It looks like that the AC power reaches the motors. However, both motors do not run. It looks like the problem exists in the capacitors, the motors, or both.
Parts specs can be found in the next ELOG.
Attachment 1 is the connection diagram of the HEPA. The AC power is distributed by the breaker panel. The PSL HEPA is assigned to use M22 breaker (Attachment 2). I checked the breaker switch and it was (and is) ON. The power goes to the junction box above the enclosure (Attachment 3). A couple of wires goes to the HEPA switch (right above the enclosure light switch) and the output goes to the variac. The inside of the junction box looked like this (Attachment 4).
By the way, the wires were just twisted and screwed into a metal threaded (but isolated) caps (Attachment 5). Is this legit? Shouldn't we use stronger crimping? Anyway, there was nothing wrong with the caps w.r.t the connection for now.
I could easily trace the power up to the variac. The variac output was just fine (Attachment 6). The cord goes from the variac to the junction box (and then HEPAs) looked scorched. The connection from the plug to HEPAs was still OK, but this should be eventually replaced. Right now the cable was unplugged after the following tests for the safety reason.
The junction box for each HEPA unit was opened to check the voltage. The supply voltage came to the junction boxes and it was just fine. In Attachments 8 & 9, the voltages look low but this is because I just turned the variac only a little.
At the (main) junction box, the resistances of the HEPAs were checked with the Fluke. As the HEPA units are connected to the AC in parallel, the resistances were individually checked as follows.
The coils were not disconnected (... I wonder if the wiring of South HEPA was flipped? But this is not the main issue right now.)
By removing the pre-filters, the motors were inspected Attachments 10 & 11. At least the north HEPA motor was warm, indicating there was some current before. A capacitor was connected per motor. When the variac was tuned up a bit, one side of the capacitor could see the voltage. I could not judge which has the issue between the capacitor and the motor.
Dimensions / Specs
- HEPA unit dimentions
- HEPA unit manufacturer
I was in the lab from 1630-1830. I have located and visually inspected all the parts required for the magnet regluing / optic cleaning parts of the planned vent, except the fresh batches of scpectroscopic grade solvents. I was in the cleanroom part of the clean and bake lab from 1630-1700.
The HEPAs work again. After running the HEPAs for ~1 hour, I checked the particle count on the PSL table - the meter registered 0 for both 0.3 um and 0.5 um. So I decided to turn the NPRO back on, at ~1730 local time. The PMC and IMC were readily locke, so the basic interferometer functionality is returned, and we can now go ahead with (i) vent prep (ii) air BHD tests and (iii) IMC debuggin as was discussed on the call today. The earth is shaking, but nothing serious so far, I will resume alignment of the interferometer later in the evening when hopefully things have calmed down a bit more...
Note that the many other issues Koji noted in the preceeding elog (e.g. flaky wiring) have not been addressed.
Chub kindly provided us with an electronic anemometer. With the meter held directly against the HEPA filter inside the enclosure, we measured ~700 cfm of airflow on each of the two HEPAs, with the Variac set to 100% and the HEPAs themselves set to "High". With the Variac at 50%, the flow drops to ~160 cfm. At the nominal setting of 33%, the meter didn't register any flow. I don't know what the spec'd flow rate is for this combination of blower + filter, but Jordan says similar units in Downs register ~1500 cfm at the "High" setting. The two protable (similarly sized) HEPA units in the 40m, one at ITMY and one at ETMY, register ~900 cfm and ~1100 cfm respectively, when set to high. So we may want to revisit what the "nominal" HEPA setting should be, in case the filters have become clogged over time.
Some photos of the HEPA blowers with the pre-filters off and the capacitors switched out may be found here.
it would be a good idea for us to have an auto-reminder to have us check the flow of all the HEPAs in the lab and elog it once a year so that we can replace filters and pre-filters appropriately.
The optomechanics stock in the lab was in a sad state. We have obtained the following from Thorlabs in the last two months:
I have used some of these for the ari BHD setup. The unused items are stored in the shelves that house the optomechanics ~halfway down the east arm. I'm wondering what's a good setup to document the stock of this stuff so we can always have a healthy stock of optomechanics (at least the non speciality ones like posts, spacers etc). It sucks to realize at 0000hrs that you're missing a 3mm shim or 250mm converging lens or something.
2x500 ml bottles of spectroscopic grade isopropanol were delivered. I marked them with today's date and placed them in the solvent cabinet. In the process, my shoulder bumped the laser interlock switch by the door to the VEA in the drill press area, which turned the PSL NPRO off. I turned it back on just now. The other NPROs are not connected to the interlock and so were unaffected.
Tue evening from 4pm~6pm, Koji made a social distant tour for Anchal. We were present around the PSL/AS/ETMX tables.
These boxes were moved from the 40m hallway to the inside of the VEA so that we have some space to walk around. You can find some pictures here.
We cleared up some space in the 1Y1 electronics rack to install the 3 new FE machines. I removed the current driver and laser from 1Y1, they are now stored in the E10 cabinet. I will upload some photos to gPhotos soon.
Per Koji's suggestion, I turned the PSL HEPA Variac to 50% just now, so that the power load through the burnt electrical cable is reduced by 75%.
I entered 40m today at around 1:20 pm and left by 1:45 pm. I entered 104 through the machine shop entry. I did the following:
The AC cord from the PSL HEPA variac to the junction box was replaced.
Now the HEPA is running at 70%
Showed up at the 40m at 7pm
Closing the work
Leaving the 40m at 9:30pm
Memo: 40m wiring/Mask/Camera/Red Pitaya/Particle Counter
I entered 40m today at around 1:10 pm and left by 1:50 pm. I entered 104 through the machine shop entry. I took top view single picture photos of ITMY, BS, AP, ITMX, ETMX and ETMY tables. The latest photos will be put here on the wiki soon.
I set up an action cam (DJI OSMO Pocket) and brought it back to the 40m. The kit is now placed in the control room cabinet together with the Canon DSLR.
I might have left the USBC chaging cable at home this time. Will bring it back next time.-> The cable was returned to the kit on Oct 23rd.
I wanted to look into the ISS situation. Some weeks ago, I found the PD that was previously used as the in-loop photodiode. I wanted to use this and measure the open-loop RIN at a few places (to see if there's any variation and also to check its functionality). However, I didn't get very far tonight - for a start, the PD height is 3" (while our beam height is 4" everywhere outside the vacuum), and I needed to put together a circuit to supply the 5V bias and +/- 15 V since the transimpedance is done on the head. I was only able to do a low-level functionality test tonight, checked that the DC voltage output varied linearly with the incident power (calibrated against an NF1611 photodiode, data will be put up later). I didn't get to measuring any noise performance - is an incandescent light bulb still shot noise limited at ~10 Hz < f < 10kHz? Some notes:
Unconnected to this work - this problem reared its ugly head again (i noticed it yesterday morning already actually). I don't have the energy to embark on a fix tonight, Koji is going to be in the lab all day tomorrow and so he will fix it.
that little PD in the black mount was never very good. The AD829 is not a good opamp for transimpedance and especially not good for low frequencies. Stefan Ballmer and I were able to get 2e-8 out of these (@100 Hz) many years ago.
I wonder if we have some of Zach's M2ISS photodetectors around, perhaps in QIL or Cryo. I doubt that any of them are in use now. Those had good performance nad BNC output.
Ok I was using the PD in the black mount because Rana recommended it a few weeks ago.
Regarding the M2ISS, I acquired the hardware from QIL some months ago, including a circuit board, and 2 PDs. These had LEMO outputs though (not BNC), and the mounts are not 4". These photodiodes are what I'm using as the airBHD DCPDs right now, and some photos are here - are these the photodiodes you mentioned? Or are there yet more M2ISS photodiodes? I remember Johannes had some custom mounts extruded to make them 4" high, do you mean those? Can I retrieve them his Cryo setup?
BTW, my elog scraping shows only one spectra from Stefan in the ATF elog, and the performance there is more like 1e-7/rtHz @ 100 Hz, and that’s using a dedicated high BW servo circuit, not the SR560. Am I just missing the measurement of 2e-8/rtHz?
At this point, I'm leaving the lab. All the suspensions (incl SRM) are aligned. PSL/GRX/GRY shutters were left open.
If everything else looks good, I'll start letting the dry N2 into the main volume after lunch.
Now the green transmissions are visible by the green PDs. Attachment 9 shows the trans and ref of each green beams with and without locking to TEM00. The questionable green TRY was ~0.3. If we compare this with the histrical data (Attachment 10), it is about 1/4 of the value in the past. It's not too crazy but still quite low.
BTW, nice video! @ Koji, How difficult was it to edit it into this form?
We are now ready to take the doors off. I've already done the basic prep work (loosened bolts, cleaned chamber, carts for tools, fresh ameristat on portable HEPAs etc).
[koji, rana, gautam]
This morning, we did the following;
The OSEMs remain in the EY vacuum chamber. The next set of steps are:
We will most likely work on this tomorrow. At ~1615, I briefly opened the PSL shutter and tweaked the IMC alignment. We will almost certainly change the pointing into the IMC when we remove the old OMC and rebalance that table, so care should be taken when working on that...