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  4474   Thu Mar 31 08:31:44 2011 SureshUpdateVIDEOCable laying...continued

The video work has crossed a milestone.    

Kiwamu and Steve have shifted the three quads from the control room to the Video MUX rack (1Y1) and have wired them to the MUX.

The monitors in the control room have been repositioned and renumbered.  They are now connected directly to the MUX. 

Please see the new cable list for the input and output channels on the MUX.

As of today, all cables according the new plan are in place.  Their status   indicated on the wiki page above is not verified .  Please ignore that column for now, we will be updating that soon.

I shifted the MC1F/MC3F camera and the MC2F cameras onto the new cables.  Also connected the monitors at the BS chamber and end of the X arm to their respective cables.  I have removed the RG58B BNC (black) cables running from MC2 to BS and from ETMXF to the top of the Flow Bench. 

Some of the old video cables are still in place but are not used.   We might consider removing them to clear up the clutter. 

Some of the video cables in use are orange and if the lab's  cable color code is to be enforced these will have to be replaced with blue ones..

Some of the cables in use running from the MUX to the monitor in the control room are the white 50 Ohm variety.  There are also black RG59 Cables running the same way ( we have surplus cables in that path)  and we have to use those instead of the white ones. 

There are a number of tasks remaining:

a)  The inputs from the various existing cameras have to be verified. 

b) There are quite a few cameras which are yet to be installed.

c) The Outputs may not not be connected to their monitors.  That the monitors may still be connected to an old cable which is not connected to the MUX.  The new cable should be lying around close by.  So if you see a blank monitor please connect it to its new cable. 

d) The status column on the wiki page has to be updated.

e) Some of the currently in place may need to be replaced and some need to be removed.  We need to discuss our priorities and come up with a plan for that.

After checking everything we can certify that the video cabling system is complete.

I would like Joon Ho to take care of this verification+documenting process and declaring that the job is complete. 

 

Steve attached these two pictures.

Attachment 1: P1070489.JPG
P1070489.JPG
Attachment 2: P1070494.JPG
P1070494.JPG
  4503   Fri Apr 8 01:05:45 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics

 

 The measured power levels of the RF source harmonics are given below:

 

 

We are considering inclusion of bandpass filters centered on 11 and 55 MHz  to suppress the harmonics and meet the requirements specified in Alberto's thesis (page 88).

 

Attachment 1: RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Source_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
  4511   Mon Apr 11 19:09:59 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemInstalled low pass filters in the demod boards

 

As part of the RF system upgrade some of the demod boards in the lab were modfied.  The filter U5 (see the circuit schematic) was replaced. These changes are tabulated below.

 

Filters installed in the demod boards
Serial number Old name of the card New name of the card Filter installed Remarks
107 POY33 REFL33 SCLF-33+ R14=50Ohm
118 AP133, ASDD133 REFL55 SCLF-65  
114 PO199 REFL165 SCLF-190 R14=50Ohm
120 PO133 POP110 SCLF-135  
123 SP133 POP55 SCLF-65+ AT1 removed, R14=50Ohm
122 SP199, REFLDD199 AS165 SCLF-190  
121 SP166, REFL16 POP11 SCLF-10.7  
116 AP199 199 MHz POP165 SCLF-190  
126 AS166 33.3 MHz POX11 SCLF-10.7  
119 POX 33.3 MHz POY11 SCLF-10.7  
021 24.5 MHz (LLO) REFL11 SCLF-10.7  
020 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 POP22 SCLF-21.4  
022 24.5 MHz SCLF-45 AS11 with amp SCLF-10.7  
029 24.5          SCLF-f5 AS55 with amp SCLF-65  

 

Next, I and Q phase has to be checked for orthogonality. And noise levels of the cards have to measured.

 

 

 

  4547   Wed Apr 20 21:53:01 2011 SureshConfigurationRF SystemRF system: Stray heliax cable

We found a stray unused heliax cable running from the LSC rack 1Y2 to a point between the cabinets 1X3 and 1X4. This cable will need to be redirected to the AS table in the new scheme.   It is labled C1LSC-PD5  The current situation has been updated as seen in the layout below

rogue_cable_1.png

Attachment 1: rogue_cable_1.png
rogue_cable_1.png
  4557   Fri Apr 22 09:05:53 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics
As seen in the previous measurement the first harmonic of both the 11 MHz and 55 MHz outputs are about 30dB
higher than desired.  In an attempt to attenuate these and higher harmonics I introduced SBP-10.7 filters into
the 11MHz outputs and SLP-50 filters into the 55 MHz outputs.
Then I measured the height of the harmonics again and found that they were suppressed as expected.  Now harmonic
at 22 MHz is 58dB lower than the 11 MHz fundamental.  And the 110 MHz is lower by 55 dB compared to the 55 MHz
fundamental.  None of the higher harmonics are seen => they are below 70dB

SLP-50 has an insertion loss(IL) of 4.65 dB and Return Loss(RL) of 3dB.  It would be better to use SBP-60
(IL=1.4 dB and RL=23dB)

The filter on the 11 MHz lines is okay. The SBP-10.7 has IL=0.6 dB and RL=23 dB.
  4558   Fri Apr 22 09:25:43 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source: Temperature sensor relocated

RF Amp operating temperature

Earlier measurement reported by Alberto in LIGO-T10004-61-v1 based on the LM34 temperature sensor were lower than that shown by placing a calibrated thermocouple sensor directly on the heat sink by about 5deg C. The difference probably arose because the LM34 was located on a separate free-hanging copper sheet attached to the RF Amp by a single screw, resulting in a gradient across the copper strip.   I tried to move the LM34 which was glued down, but broke the leads in the process.  I then replaced it with another one mounted much closer to the heat sink and held it down with a copper-strip clamp.  There is no glue involved and there is heatsink compound between the flat surface of the LM34 and the heatsink.  Picture attached. 

  The picture also shows the new filters which have been put in place to reduce the harmonics.  Note that the SBP-10.7 which was to go on the 11 MHz Demod output is located much farther upsteam due to space constraints.

P4220056.JPG

  4578   Thu Apr 28 06:46:30 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source installed

RF Source box has been mounted in the 1X2 rack. 

P4280064.JPG

 

Heliax cables have been directly attached to the box and anchored on the side of the 1X2 rack.  Here is a list of Helix cables which have been connected so far.

 

Cables old name New name From -> To
1 133 MHz 11 Mhz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
2 199 MHz 55 MHz Demod 1X2 to 1Y2 rack
3 166 EOM 11 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
4 33 EOM 55 MHz EOM 1X2 to PSL table
5 REFL 33 AS11 AS table to 1Y2

 

  4579   Thu Apr 28 07:14:34 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Distribution box installed

RF Distribution box has been mounted in the 1Y2 rack and is ready for use.

 

P4280066.JPG

The box receives 11 and 55 MHz Demod Signals from the RF source located in the 1X2 rack.

  4591   Fri Apr 29 18:24:05 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF system: 1X2 Rack cabling

[Joe, Jamie, Suresh]

We have installed the IDE to SCSI adaptor module into the 1X2 rack and have connected the AA filter outputs to it.

P4290070.JPG

 

We have removed the following cables running between the 1X2 and 1X3 racks.

The long twisted pair ribbon cable which previously carried the ADC signals.

1X2-ASC 6, 1X2-ASC 47, 1X2-ASC 9, 1X2-ASC 8, 1X2-ASC 10, 1X2-ASC 7,

CAB-1X2-LSC 42, CAB 1X2-LSC 56,  CAB 1X2-LSC 41, CAB 1X2-LSC 43

1X3-2 ASC 47

We have also removed the following by mistake.  We will put them back them on Monday

1X2-LSC 21, 1X2-LSC-20.

We have also removed the ASC QPD cables and moved the QPD cards which were present in the middle Eurocate (#2) to the unused Eurocrate at the bottom position (#3).

The binary input cables at the back of the cards require to be supported so that their weight does not pull them out of the sockets at the back of the crates.

Some of the slots where we plan to plug in Demod boards (the 165 MHz boards)  are not currently connected to any binary output on the C1:LSC computer.  We need these binary controls for the fitlter modules on the cards.

When we eventually begin to use the 15PDs as planned, then we will occupy 30 ADC channels (I & Q outputs).  Currently we have just one ADC card installed on the C1:LSC providing 32 ADC channels.  Joe found another 16bit 32 channel ADC card in his stash but we need to get a timing+adaptor board for it. In general we are going to need the third Eurocrate.

A platform for the power supply of the RF Distribution box needs to be built and the power supply needs to be moved into the 1X2 rack rather than sit on top of 1X2 rack.

 

 

 

  4602   Mon May 2 23:29:57 2011 SureshUpdateElectronicstoo loose Heliax connectors on 1Y2 rack

The countersink gives rise to another problem when we mount the N-type-to-SMA bulkhead adaptor.  As we are making a circular hole in the plastic strip (instead of a hole with two flat sections)  the adaptor is free to turn when we tighten it with a wrench.  We currently hold the smooth circular part on the other side with a gripping pliers and while tightening.  If that part disappears into the countersink (as seen in the pics) we will not be able to tighten the adaptor sufficiently and consequently we will also not be able to get the heliax connector to be tight.

A better solution would be to use the 1/4-inch plastic L-angle beam which Steve has used on the AS table.  In addition to solving this loose connector problem, the beam is also more rigid than the plastic strip.

 

  4621   Wed May 4 11:48:01 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC Locking not working

[Valera, Suresh]

The first time I noticed that the MC was not locking was after I had finished switching the RF source installation.  Before this change the RF modulation frequency (for MC) was 29.485 MHz as read from the Marconi RF Source.  We replaced this with a Wenzel crystal source at 29.491 MHz.  This may have changed the loop gain. 

Today, I changed the MC alignment to optimise the MC lock.  Valera pointed out that this is not a desirable solution since it would shift the beam pointing for all components downstream.  However, since we are not sure what was the last stable configuration, we decided to stay with the current settings for now and see the trends of several parameters which would tell us if something is drifting and causing the autolocker to fail.

The MC Auto locker is now working okay.  However to obtain lock initially we reduced the loop gain by decreasing the VCO gain.  We then increased the gain after the autolocker had locked the MC.

 

 

 

  4622   Wed May 4 12:07:48 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemREFL55 installed on the AP table

REFL55 has been installed on the AP table.  REFL11 has been moved to make space for a 50% beam splitter. The reflected beam from this splitter is about 30% of the transmitted beam power.  The reflected beam goes to REFL11 in the current configuration.  The DC levels are 1.2V on REFL 11 and 3.5V on the REFL55.

I redid some of the cabling on the table because the we need to choose the heliax cables such that they end up close to the demod board location.  As per the 1Y2 (LSC) rack layout given here, some of the PD signals have to arrive at the top and others at the bottom of the LSC rack.

Currently the PDs are connected as follows:

 

REFL11 PD --> Heliax (ASDD133) (arriving at the top of LSC rack) --> REFL11 Demod Board 

REFL55 PD --> Heliax (REFL166) (arriving at the top of LSC rack) --> AS55 Demod Board

AS55 PD --> Heliax (AS166) (arriving at the top of the LSC rack) --> not connected.

 

We are waiting for the Minicircuits parts to modify the rest of the demod boards.

 

The heliax cables arriving at the LSC rack are not yet fixed properly.  I hope to get this done with Steve's help today.

 

 

  4628   Wed May 4 15:39:32 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source Harmonics


I have measured the RF source harmonics in dBm using the HP 8591E spectrum analyser. There is a small discrepancy (< 1 dBm) in the value of RF power shown by the power meter and the HP8591E. This is probably due to the loss of calibration over time.

Initial problem I faced was that when we try to measure the weak harmonics, many below -50dBm we have to choose a small band as advised by Rana. However due to the large amplitide of the fundamental typically around 15dBm or so, the preamp on the spectrum analyser becomes saturated and nonlinear. This gives rise spurious harmonics not present in the source but are rather an aritifact of measurement. The power in harmonics to avoid this I used filters to selectively attenuate the fundamental component (11 or 55 MHz) and then measure the weak harmonics.

However the filters proved difficult to use, because over their stop-band they do not have an input impedance of 50 Ohm. As a result they produce unreliable power measurements for those frequency components which are within the stop band.

To get around this problem I used a suitable attenuator so that even when the internal attenuation is decreased the preamp does not saturate

All the measurements are recorded in the attached document. Pages 4 and 5 give the reliable measurements with the attenuator.

Notes:
1) At times we can see the 29.5 MHz component reflected back from the triple resonant EOM driver.
2) In the 29.5 MHz source output there is a forest of peaks around 100 MHz, which disappear after passing through the AM stabiliser. This suggests that they are associated with AM modulation and have been removed by the stabilizer. But I did not check this further.










Quote:
You should be able tosd resolve the other harmonics by decreasing the IF BW or RBW on the analyzer. Even though
they're OK, its useful to have the final measurement of all of them in some kinds of physical units (like dBm, but
not dBm/Hz or dB or dBcubits).
Attachment 1: RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf RF_Harmonics_Sheet1.pdf
  4650   Fri May 6 06:36:18 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemPD DC signals at each port connected

We now have the DC signal from three PDs available in the ADC channels 14,15 and 16.  The signals are from  REFL55, AS55 and POY photodiodes respectively.  As the DC signals on all the other PDs of the same port (REFL, AS and PO)  have the same information we do not need to monitor more than one DC PD at each port.

The LSC PD Interface Card, D990543 - Rev B, can take 4 PDs and provides the DC signals of the PDs on the connector P2 (the lower of the two) on the back plane of the chassis. An adaptor card, D010005-00, plugs into the back plane from the rear of the Eurorack and provides the four DC signals on two-pin lemo sockets.

I have connected the three DC signals from the relevant RF PDs (above) to a DC whitening filter, D990694-B-1 which is associated with the channels 9 to 16 of the ADC card.

The cables are in a bit of a mess right now as some of the PD power supply lines are too short to reach up the the Interface card in the top Eurocart. Steve and I plan to redo some of the cabling later today

 

 


 

  4657   Sat May 7 10:59:11 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Source filters changed

 

The SLP-50 filters which were on the 55 MHz lines have been replaced with the SBP-60.  Their respective characteristics are given below:

 

at 55MHz Insertion loss (dB) Return Loss (dB)
SLP-50 4.65 1.5
SBP-60 1.36 23

 

SBP-60 has lower insertion loss and higher return loss.  

This may however change the phase of I and Q in the demod boards and they will therefore need to be readjusted.  Currently the output power level of 55 MHz demod is at 2dBm, whereas it ought to be at 6dBm.   I have not yet corrected that.  Once that is completed Kiwamu will adjust the phases.

 I shifted the temperature sensor to a new location.  See the photograph below.  I noticed that the higher temperature is reached on the side where there are two RF Amps.  So it would be better to check the temperature of that  area and make sure that it remains well below 65 deg.  The operating maxium is 65deg C

 

Here is a picture of the new RF source layout.

RF_Source_Schematic.png

And here is a photograph of it

RF_Source.jpg

 

  4670   Mon May 9 17:23:25 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Cables near LSC Rack

[Steve, Suresh]

We started to clean up the RF cables (heliax and PD interface cables)  at the LSC rack.

We have pulled out all the RF cables from the small hole on the side-board close to floor.  Passing the cables through this hole makes some of the cables much too short for good strain relief.  So we removed the side panel on the vacuum tube side and are going to pass the cables into the rack from there at about waist height.  We now have plenty of cable lengths to tie them off to the rack at several points.

We have traced all the available Heliax cables and have attached blank tags to them.  We have allocated some cables to REFL11, REFL55 and AS55.  These are therefore back in working order.  We have also taken stock of the available PD interface cables.  They do not have consistent names on both ends of the cable and we will identify and label the ends tomorrow.

MC is locked.  The auto-locker works fine.

Handing over the system for night time interferometer work now.  Will continue with the cabling tomorrow.

 

  4675   Tue May 10 01:39:41 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF source troubles

Today after Steve and I finished the RF cabling work for the day, Kiwamu noticed that there were no RF signals to be seen.  The problem was traced to disconnected 11 and 55 MHz Demod lines from the RF source.  But reconnecting them did not restore the signals.  It turned out that one of the Heliax cables had a loose N-type connector at its end and it finally came off while we were tightening it into place.

We replaced the damaged heliax with another (we have two spare running from 1X2 IOO rack to the 1Y2 LSC rack.  The new cable is used to be the LO 33.  It seems to have a 1.5dB loss.  Have to check this again tomorrow.

In the mean time I noticed that the power output of the 55MHz Demod port of the source was less than about -12dB. So I opened the source to take a look and found that all the voltage stabilisers were supplying 15V.  Even those which were supposed to be supplying 24V.  This was traced to a mistake in wiring the external power supply.  The wires had been labeled wrongly and as a result the 18V input line was connected to 28V source and vice versa.

After fixing this problem I reassembled the source checked the power output on all the ports and found everything was functioning as expected.  However after installation once again the unit failed.  The blue light on the power supply was not lighting up when switched on.  Suspecting a power supply problem I opened the unit again and found that a weak solder joint on one of the RF amplifiers had come loose and had overloaded one of the 24V stabilisers.   We, found a spare and replaced it.  The unit has been reassembled and is functioning fine.  The output power levels are

11MHz Demod -- 6dBm

55MHz Demod -- 5.5 dBm

11MHz EOM --   24dBm

55MHz EOM -- 28dBm

The Marconi is serving as the 11MHz source.  The Wenzel 11MHz source is giving 13.3 dBm and is okay.  But it needs to be checked for its performance as it may have been exposed to higher than rated power supply levels.

The 29.5MHz source is giving 7dBm.  It is supposed to be giving 13dBm. 

The Laboratory DC power supplies currently used for both the RF source and Distribution boxes need to be replaced with rack mounted Sorensen power supplies available in the lab.

 

  4698   Thu May 12 02:31:07 2011 SureshUpdateRF Systeminstallation of RF splitters in Demod boards

[Jamie, Koji, Suresh]

We replaced splitters in several demod boards as per the table given below:

 

Demod boards in which splitter has been replaced on 11May2011
Demod Board S. No. Power Splitter Frequency range of splitter (MHz) Phase unbalance from datasheet (deg) Amplitude Unbalance from datasheet (dB)
REFL55 118 PQW-2-90 30 to 90 90.14 0.92
AS11 021 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
POY22 020 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 90.26 0.02
POY110 120 PSCQ--120 80 to 120 90.88 0.58

 

While doing a rough check of the boards I noticed that the REFL11 demod board had no signal on the Q output.

Rana also advised that we must use the boards which have the piggy-back amplifiers on those signals which are most useful.  We referred to Alberto's thesis and chose POY55 (MICH and SRCL), REFL11(PRCL)  and AS55 (DARM) as the most useful signals.  We currently have these amps on AS11, REFL11 and AS55.  We need to convert either AS11 or REFL11 into a POY55.  Since we need to troubleshoot REFL11, I thought we might as well modify that and in the process also fix its Q output.  So I renamed AS11 as REFL11 and will convert the old REFL11 into POY55 tomorrow.

Power splitter of different types have different pin-outs.  The way we mount a splitter depends on which type we are using.   I will detail the mounting scheme in a separate elog tomorrow.

 

 

 

  4703   Thu May 12 16:50:22 2011 SureshUpdateRF Systeminstallation of RF splitters in Demod boards

We have no plan to change the AS11 PD. I was referring to the AS11 Demod board which currently has the "Demodulator Preamp" circuit installed as a piggy back. In future I will append "_Demod" when I am referring to a demod board, to avoid confusion.

Quote:

Quote:

Rana also advised that we must use the boards which have the piggy-back amplifiers on those signals which are most useful.  We referred to Alberto's thesis and chose POY55 (MICH and SRCL), REFL11(PRCL)  and AS55 (DARM) as the most useful signals.  We currently have these amps on AS11, REFL11 and AS55.  We need to convert either AS11 or REFL11 into a POY55.  Since we need to troubleshoot REFL11, I thought we might as well modify that and in the process also fix its Q output.  So I renamed AS11 as REFL11 and will convert the old REFL11 into POY55 tomorrow. 

 I think we should leave them as is; the AS11 was made by taking into account the SB levels at the AS port and should not become REFL11. We should instead convert one of the old 25 or 33 MHz diodes into a POY55.

 

  4708   Thu May 12 23:50:10 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemPOY55_Demod board Hardware change completed

The Demod board with S. No. 022 (being used earlier as REFL11) has been modified.  It now has SCLF-65 as its input LP filter on the PD input line and a PQW-2-90 power splitter.  The unit functioning okay (I and Q signals are 90 deg apart.

The loss of Q output was traced to a possible loose solder joint and we now have both the I and Q signals after resoldering all components in the vicinity of U7 (Ref Schematic of D990511)

There is a strong oscillation around 350Hz present on I and Q signals of both REFL55_Demod and POY55_Demod.  Don't know the source. 

We have run out of power splitters to continue with the Demod board modification. We do not currently have an AS11_Demod board.  All the others are in place and ready for the I<->Q phase angle measurement.

In summary we now have the following Demod boards in place:

[ REFL11, POY11, REFL55, AS55, POY55, POY22, POY110]_Demod

 

  4711   Fri May 13 01:51:56 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemRF Status update

I have posted the attached RF status update and 1Y2 rack layout to the svn.

Attachment 1: 1Y2_Rack_Layout.pdf
1Y2_Rack_Layout.pdf
Attachment 2: RF_Work_Status.pdf
RF_Work_Status.pdf
  4714   Fri May 13 22:45:37 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemThe full set of 8 Demod boards is ready for testing

We have Completed the hardware changes to the full set of 8 demod boards.  The last one completed today is AS11.  I have collected the info on all the demod boards available so far in the table below.  As we measure the actual phase and amplitude unbalance we will expand this table to include new info.

The set of 8 demod boards
Demod Board S. No. Power Splitter Frequency range of splitter (MHz) Phase unbalance from datasheet (deg) Amplitude Unbalance from datasheet (dB)
AS11 121 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
REFL11 021 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 87.49 0.1
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
AS55 029 PSCQ-2-51W 5 to 50 no info no info
REFL55 118 PQW-2-90 30 to 90 90.14 0.92
POY11 119 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 87.58 0.05
POY22 020 PSCQ-2-32 3.2 to 32 90.26 0.02
POY110 120 PSCQ--120 80 to 120 90.88 0.58

 

  4715   Fri May 13 23:04:58 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemDC power supply on RF distribution box has been replaced.

[Steve, Koji, Suresh]

   We shifted two Sorensen power supplies from the Auxiliary rack next to 1X2 to 1Y2.  And have installed them there (pic below).  The local ground reference was picked up from the racks ground reference.  A shielded cable with two twisted pairs was used to make a new power cable for the RF rack.  Since we are using three of the four conductors (+18,+28 and ground), one of them is not connected to anything.  This situation can be improved in a future iteration when, for example, we might wish to relocate the Sorensens to a different rack.

   We are still working on changing the power supply to the RF source.  Will complete this early next week

P5130120.JPG

  4736   Wed May 18 07:13:00 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemDemod board measurements

I measured the amplitude and phase imbalances of the demod boards which have been modified.  This is just a basic health check.  We hope to use the script that Kiwamu is developing for a more accurate test.  The script can also use these measurements as a sanity check.  POP110  requires some further attention. 

Demod_Board_measurements.png

 

The RF distribution box outputs corresponding to the demod board (eg. AS55_LO --> AS55_demod) were used as LO sources.  The RF signal was generated with a Marconi and held a kHz away from the LO frequency.  The amplitude and phase unbalance were measured with SR785.  The RF Power meter was used to check the LO power in each case.

 

 

Attachment 1: Demod_Board_measurements.png
Demod_Board_measurements.png
  4737   Wed May 18 07:18:15 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemPOY55_Demod board Hardware change completed

The ~350 Hz noted in the elog below was traced to an RF modulation of the 11 MHz sideband.  This modulation was set up in the Marconi which is currently supplying the 11 MHz local oscillator signal to the RF source.  lt was used during the MC length study completed last week by Valera and Ryan.  The frequency measured was 322 Hz.

As we do not require this any longer, I have switched off this modulation.

 

 

Quote:

The Demod board with S. No. 022 (being used earlier as REFL11) has been modified.  It now has SCLF-65 as its input LP filter on the PD input line and a PQW-2-90 power splitter.  The unit functioning okay (I and Q signals are 90 deg apart.

The loss of Q output was traced to a possible loose solder joint and we now have both the I and Q signals after resoldering all components in the vicinity of U7 (Ref Schematic of D990511)

There is a strong oscillation around 350Hz present on I and Q signals of both REFL55_Demod and POY55_Demod.  Don't know the source. 

We have run out of power splitters to continue with the Demod board modification. We do not currently have an AS11_Demod board.  All the others are in place and ready for the I<->Q phase angle measurement.

In summary we now have the following Demod boards in place:

[ REFL11, POY11, REFL55, AS55, POY55, POY22, POY110]_Demod

 

 

  4739   Wed May 18 16:52:23 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemCables for AS11 PD are in place

[Larisa, Suresh]

All the cables needed for the AS11 PD are in place... the heliax cable runs from the AS table to the PSL rack.  The LO and RF cables to demod board as well as the I and Q cables into the LSC Whitening board are connected.

The cables get rather densely packed when the LSC Whitening filter sits between the PD Interface Board and the LSC AA filter board.  This makes it difficult to access the SMA connectors on the LSC whitening filter.  So we shifted the LSC Whitening and AA Filter boards one slot to the right.  The LSC rack looks like this just now.  We have also shifted the binary cables at the back of the Eurocart by one slot so the same cables are associated with the cards.

1Y2_Rack_Layout_short-term.png

 

 

  4740   Wed May 18 17:06:39 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemDC power supplies for the RF generation box in place

 

I have checked the voltages on the connector.  They are okay and I have plugged in the Sorensen power into the RF Source.  The ground reference for the Sorensens comes from the 1X2 Rack ground reference lines on the south side of the rack. 

I looked for the OMC ground reference. Could not find one on either of the the OMC half racks.

Quote:

[Koji, Steve]

DC power supplies for the RF generation box are now in place. They are the top two of the 6 Sorensens in the OMC short rack next to 1X2.

We made the connections as we did for the RF distribution box, the power supplies labele, and the cables strain-relieved.

The power supply is not yet connected to the actual RF generation box. This should be done by Suresh or someone with the supervision of him.

Note:
We have two +18V supply on the short OMC rack, in total. One is for the RF source, the other is for the OMC PZTs, whitening, etc.
This is to avoid unnecessary ground loop
although the grounding situation of the OMC side is not known to me.

 

  4751   Thu May 19 19:41:17 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemDAQ channel Assignments for RF PDs

[Kiwamu, Suresh]

In trying to keep the wiring of the LSC rack as neat as possible, we came up with the following channel assignments of the RF PD signals. 

PDI = PD Interface, The PD Interface D-type connectors (#1 to #12) are numbered:  Top -> Bottom and Left -> Right in ascending order. 

The Analog channels on the LSC Whitening Filter boards are numbered similarly, 1 to 32 in four sets.

1Y2_Rack_Layout.png

  4755   Fri May 20 05:41:22 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemDemod board measurements

The POP110 board which had the large Amplitude and Phase unbalances was examined today.  It turned out that there was some stray solder which had connected the Sum port of the PSCQ-2-120 splitter to its body (ground).  After I removed that the amplitude unbalance was 0.3dB however the phase was 105deg.  The phase reduced to 90 deg only if the power on the splitter is around 19 dBm.  So removed the AT1 (10dB attenuator) and the phase unbalance dropped to 91 deg.  However this is not a sustainable solution as the ERA-5 max output is about 19.5 dBm.

As this is a side band power monitor (and not a length sensing RFPD), we can make do with a poorer phase.  I will therefore replace the AT1 and adjust the residual phase with cable delay lines.  

Quote:

I measured the amplitude and phase imbalances of the demod boards which have been modified.  This is just a basic health check.  We hope to use the script that Kiwamu is developing for a more accurate test.  The script can also use these measurements as a sanity check.  POP110  requires some further attention. 

Demod_Board_measurements.png

 

The RF distribution box outputs corresponding to the demod board (eg. AS55_LO --> AS55_demod) were used as LO sources.  The RF signal was generated with a Marconi and held a kHz away from the LO frequency.  The amplitude and phase unbalance were measured with SR785.  The RF Power meter was used to check the LO power in each case.

 

 

 

  4819   Wed Jun 15 00:49:34 2011 SureshUpdateIOOWFS2 has been fixed.

 

The WFS2 sensor head had a damaged Quadrant PIN diode (YAG-444-4A).  This has been replaced by a   YAG-444-4AH  which has a responsivity of 0.5 A/W. 

P6150121.JPG     P6150124.JPG

The responsivity of each quadrant was measured at normal incidence.  A diagram of the set up with the relevant power levels is attached.  The precision of these measurement is about 5% .  Largely because the power levels measured are sensitive to the position of the laser beam on the power meter sensor head (Ophir with ND filter mask taken off).  Putting the mask back on did not solve this problem.

The incident power was 0.491mW  of which about 0.026mW was reflected from the face of the QPD.  The beam was repositioned on the QPD to measure the response of each quadrant.  In each case the beam was positioned to obtain maximum DC output voltage from the relevant quadrant.  A small amount of spill over was seen in the other quadrants.  The measurements are given below

WFS2 DC output measurements (mV)
  Position 1 Position 2 Position 3 Position 4 Dark
Q1 244 6.7 5.4 6.9 4
Q2 5.9 238 8.4 5 5
Q3 9 6.6 236 7.3 6
Q4 7.5 7 7 252 7

WFS_QE_measurement.png

To measure these DC outputs of from the sensor-head a breakout board for the 25-pin D-type connector was used as in the previous measurements.  The results are given below

 

WFS2 Quantum Efficiency measurement

  DC out (mV)

Responsivity

A/W

Quantum Efficiency (%)
Q1 238 0.52 0.60
Q2 233 0.50 0.59
Q3 230 0.50 0.58
Q4 244 0.53 0.61

 

The measured responsivity agrees with the specification from the manufacturer.  It is to be noted that the previous QPD is reported to have a slightly smaller responsivity 0.4 A/W at 1064 nm.  The data sheet is attached. 

Since the new QPD may have a slightly different capacitance the RF transfer function of the WFS2 needs to be examined to verify the location of the resonances. 

 

Quote:

[Larisa and Jenne]

A few weeks ago (on the 28th of January) I had tried to measure the quantum efficiency of one quadrant of the WFS as a function of angle.  However, Rana pointed out that I was a spaz, and had forgotten to put a lens in front of the laser.  Why I forgot when doing the measurement as a function of angle, but I had remembered while doing it at normal incidence for all of the quadrants, who knows?

Anyhow, Larisa measured the quantum efficiency today.  She used WFS2, quadrant 1 (totally oil-free), since that was easier than WFS1.  She also used the Jenne Laser (with a lens), since it's more stable and less crappy than the CrystaLasers.  We put a 50 Ohm terminator on the RF input of the Jenne Laser, since we weren't doing a swept sine measurement.  Again, the Ophir power meter was used to measure the power incident on the diode, and the reflected power, and the difference between them was used as the power absorbed by the diode for the quantum efficiency measurement.  A voltmeter was used to measure the output of the diode, and then converted to current as in the quote below. 

Still on the to-do list:  Replace the WFS2 diode.  See if we have one around, otherwise order one.  Align beams onto WFS so we can turn on the servo.

QE = (h*c)/(lambda*e) * (I/P)

Where I = (Volts from Pin1 to GND)/2 /500ohms
P = Power from laser - power reflected from diode.
h, c, e are the natural constants, and lambda is 1064nm.
Also, I/P = Responsivity


Larissa is going to put her data and plots into the elog shortly....

Quote:

Quantum Efficiency Measurement:

I refer to Jamie's LHO elog for the equation governing quantum efficiency of photodiodes: LHO 2 Sept 2009

The information I gathered for each quadrant of each WFS was: [1] Power of light incident on PD (measured with the Ophir power meter), [2] Power of light reflected off the PD (since this light doesn't get absorbed, it's not part of the QE), and [3] the photo current output by the PD (To get this, I measured the voltage out of the DC path that is meant to go to EPICS, and backed out what the current is, based on the schematic, attached). 

I found a nifty 25 pin Dsub breakout board, that you can put in like a cable extension, and you can use clip doodles to look at any of the pins on the cable.  Since this was a PD activity, and I didn't want to die from the 100V bias, I covered all of the pins I wasn't going to use with electrical tape.  After turning down the 100V Kepco that supplies the WFS bias, I stuck the breakout board in the WFS.  Since I was able to measure the voltage at the output of the DC path, if you look at the schematic, I needed to divide this by 2 (to undo the 2nd op amp's gain of 2), and then convert to current using the 499 Ohm resistor, R66 in the 1st DC path.  

I did all 4 quadrants of WFS1 using a 532nm laser pointer, just to make sure that I had my measurement procedure under control, since silicon PDs are nice and sensitive to green.  I got an average QE of ~65% for green, which is not too far off the spec of 70% that Suresh found.

I then did all 8 WFS quadrants using the 1064nm CrystaLaser #2, and got an average QE of ~62% for 1064 (58% if I exclude 2 of the quadrants....see below).  Statistics, and whatever else is needed can wait for tomorrow.

Problem with 2 quadrants of WFS2?

While doing all of this, I noticed that quadrants 3 and 4 of WFS2 seem to be different than all the rest.  You can see this on the MEDM screens in that all 6 other quadrants, when there is no light, read about -0.2, whereas the 2 funny quadrants read positive values.  This might be okay, because they both respond to light, in some kind of proportion to the amount of light on them.  I ended up getting QE of ~72% for both of these quadrants, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense since the spec for green is 70%, and silicon is supposed to be less good for infrared than green.  Anyhow, we'll have to meditate on this.  We should also see if we have a trend, to check how long they have been funny.

 

 

Attachment 2: SensorsBrochure-p12.pdf
SensorsBrochure-p12.pdf
  4845   Mon Jun 20 18:36:49 2011 SureshUpdateLSCREFL55 PD update

[Suresh, Koji]

   I used a matlab code written by Koji to analyse the transimpedance and current noise data  of REFL55.  The details are in the attached pdf file.

Resonance is at 55.28 MHz:

Q of 4.5, Transimpedance of 615 Ohms

shot noise intercept current = 1.59 mA

current noise =21 pA/rtHz

 

Notch at 110.78 MHz:

Q of 54.8 Transimpedance of 14.68 Ohms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote:

[Rana, Koji]

REFL55 was modified. The noise level confirmed. The PD is now ready to be installed.

 


Kevin's measurement report told us that something was wrong with REFL55 PD. The transimpedance looked OK, but the noise level was terrible (equivalent to the shotnoise of 14mA DC current).

Rana and I looked at the circuit, and cleaned up the circuit, by removing unnecessary 11MHz notch, 1k shunt resister, and so on.

I made a quick characterization of the PD.

First page:

The transimpedance ws measured as a function of the frequency. The resonance was tuned at 55MHz. The notch was tuned at 110MHz in order to reject the second harmonics. The transimpedance was ~540V/A at 55MHz. (For the calibration, I believed the DC transimpedance of 50V/A and 10000V/A for the DC paths of this PD and #1611, respectively, as well as the RF impedance (700V/A0 of #1611.

Second page:

Output noise levels were measured with various amount of photocurrent using white light from a light bulb. The measurement was perforemed well above the noise level of the measurement instruments.

Third page:

The measured output noise levels were converted into the equivalent current noise on the PD. The dark noise level agrees with the shot noise level of 1.5mA (i.e. 22pA/rtHz). In deed, the noise level went up x~1.5 when the photocurrent is ~1.4mA.

 

Attachment 1: REFL55_response.pdf
REFL55_response.pdf
  4848   Tue Jun 21 19:10:29 2011 SureshUpdateEnvironmentETMY end table

[Suresh, Sonali]

There were small pieces of glass, remnants of a fluorescent tube, which were lying around on the ETMY end table for a while now.  We picked up the larger pieces by hand and used the HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to pick up the remaining glass and dust on the table. 

  4849   Tue Jun 21 19:54:33 2011 SureshUpdateGreen LockingLightWave NPRO power supply shifted to ETMY end table

The Lightwave NPRO power supply which is being shared between the AS table and the ETMY table has been shifted back to the ETMY table

The current to the laser is set at 1.5A.  The laser output is 200mW at this current level.

  4860   Wed Jun 22 18:51:47 2011 SureshUpdateIOOWFS2 RF response

I have shifted the Jenne laser back to the small table where we do RF PD characterisation (RFPD table).  I found several 25pin D-type connector cables, connected them in tandem and am using that to power the WFS2 sensor head at the RFPD table. 

The set up is ready for looking at the RF response of the  WFS sensors.  Will continue tonight.

 

  4880   Fri Jun 24 21:21:46 2011 SureshUpdatePSLPlaced labels on the zig-zag mirrors on PSL table

I put labels on the pair of beam steering mirrors which are at the output end of the PSL table.  I had changed one of these mirrors (elog) and Jenne had changed the other (elog).  This was at about 3PM today

I just learned from Kiwamu that this has messed up the MC alignment.

 

  4883   Sat Jun 25 04:40:43 2011 SureshUpdateASCWFS1 Transimpedance measurement

WFS1 Transimpedance

The attached plots show the location of the ~29.5 MHz pole and the 59 MHz notch for each quadrant of the WFS1 Sensor head.

 

WFS1 Pole (MHz) Z(Ohms) Notch (MHz) Z(Ohms)
Q1 28.89 598 60.38 0.83
Q2 29.20 513 57.70 0.57
Q3 29.63 681 59.63 0.89
Q4 28.89 609 58.13 0.78

 

As may be seen from the above table, these frequencies will need to be adjusted in some cases.

From the plots we can see that, when there is no attenuation set on the attenuator AT65-0263 (ref D990249-A),  the MAX4107  oscillations are seen in Q2,Q3,Q4 quadrants at around 200 MHz.  

Rana suggested, from his previous encounter with this circuit, that the solution is to remove the second MAX4106 and the attenuator on the RF line to avoid this oscillation.

 

WFS1_transimpedance.pdf

A look at the circuit board shows that some of the inductors have not been mounted.  That explains the presence of only one notch though the schematic shows two. 

P6250224.JPG         P6250223.JPG

  4894   Tue Jun 28 07:46:54 2011 SureshUpdateIOOPower incident on REFL11 and REFL55

I measured the power incident on REFL11 and REFL55.  Steve was concerned that it is too high.  If we consider this elog the incident power levels were REFL11: 30 mW and REFL55: 87 mW. (assuming efficiency of ~ 0.8 A/W @1064nm for the C30642 PD).  However, currently there is a combination of Polarising BS and Half-waveplate with which we have attenuated the power incident on the REFL PDs.  We now have (with the PRM misaligned):

REFL11:  Power incident = 7.60 mW ;  DC out = 0.330 V  => efficiency = 0.87 A/W

REFL55:  Power incident = 23 mW ;  DC out = 0.850 V  => efficiency = 0.74 A/W

and with the PRM aligned::

REFL11:  DC out = 0.35 V  => 8 mW is incident

REFL55: DC out = 0.975 V  => 26 mW is incident

These power levels may go up further when everything is working well.

The max rated photo-current is 100mA => max power 125mW @0.8 A/W.

 

  4895   Tue Jun 28 09:50:03 2011 SureshUpdateIOOWFS2 RF response

The WFS2  Transimpedance has been measured to determine if it also suffers from the same 200MHz oscillations seen in WFS1 sensor head

The attached plots (pdf attached) show that the 29.5 MHz peak needs tweaking in Q2 and Q1 seems to have a much lower transimpedance than other quadrants.  The table below summarises the resonances and notches of the ckt

 

WFS2 Pole(MHz) Z(Ohms) Notch (MHz) Z(Ohms)
Q1 29.63 576 59.25 0.76
Q2 28.5 862 59.0 1.41
Q3 29.8 766 59.25 1.05
Q4 29.8 704 59.0 1.09

 

The peak at 10MHz is much sharper than the similar peak at 13MHz in the case of WFS1.  Is this a matter for some concern? 

The 200MHz oscillation once again exists in Q2, Q3 and Q4.  This sensor head will also require the same treatment as WFS1.

 

 

 

Quote:

I have shifted the Jenne laser back to the small table where we do RF PD characterisation (RFPD table).  I found several 25pin D-type connector cables, connected them in tandem and am using that to power the WFS2 sensor head at the RFPD table. 

The set up is ready for looking at the RF response of the  WFS sensors.  Will continue tonight.

 

 

Attachment 1: WFS2_transimpedance.pdf
WFS2_transimpedance.pdf WFS2_transimpedance.pdf WFS2_transimpedance.pdf WFS2_transimpedance.pdf
  4919   Thu Jun 30 07:42:48 2011 SureshUpdateIOOAP Table Power levels

I measured the power in various beams on the AP table to check and see if any beam is having too much power. 

I am uploading two pics one is in the "high power state" and the other is the "low power state".   High power in the MC REFL PD occurs when the MC is unlocked.  In addition the WFS also will see this  hike in power. We wish to make sure that in either state the power levels do not exceed the max power that the PDs can tolerate.

 

 

Low Power state: MC locked, PRM not aligned.                                                   High Power state: MC unlocked,  PRM aligned.

 

AS-lowP_state.pdf             AS-highP_state.pdf

  4920   Thu Jun 30 08:18:08 2011 SureshUpdateIOOThe resonances and notches on WFS1 have been tuned.

As noted before the  resonances had to be tuned to the 29.5 MHz ( or rather 29.485 MHz to match with the Wenzel) and notches to twice that frequency (58.97 MHz). 

I tuned these frequencies and remeasured the transimpedance curves .  These are in the attached pdf file. 

Some notes.

1) The variable inductances on the PCB have a ferrite core which is actually ferrite powder compacted around an iron screw.  The screw serves to provide the adjustability.  However, being iron, it seems to have rusted and so the cores are stuck.  So several of the cores splintered when I tried to adjust the frequencies.

2) The WFS1 had a finger print/smudge on the face of the PD.  I drag wiped it with methanol to get rid of it.

 

WFS1 is ready to go on the table.  I am going to work on WFS2 today.

 

Attachment 1: WFS1_tuned.pdf
WFS1_tuned.pdf WFS1_tuned.pdf WFS1_tuned.pdf WFS1_tuned.pdf
  4927   Fri Jul 1 07:01:23 2011 SureshUpdateIOOWFS2 resonances and installation

This was the WFS whose photodiode was repaced as the old one was found to be damaged. 

I retuned the resonances and the notches of all the quadrant and have attached a pdf file of my measurements.

 

Some notes:

a)  The variable inductor on WFS2Q2 quadrant may need to be changed. The ferrite code has come of the solinoid and is just held in place due to friction..  It may be easily disturbed.    So though i chose to leave it in place for now,  it will need to be replace in case the Q3 misbahaves..

b) In general the frequencies have shifted a bit when I closed the lid of tne WFS sensor head.

 

WFS1 and 2 have been installed on the AP table and are functional. I am shifting attention to the software.

 

Attachment 1: WFS2new.pdf
WFS2new.pdf WFS2new.pdf WFS2new.pdf WFS2new.pdf
  4954   Thu Jul 7 14:27:16 2011 SureshUpdateIOOsomething wrong ? : Power incident on REFL11 and REFL55

Just tying up a loose end.  The next day Kiwamu and I checked to see what the trouble was.  We concluded that the PRM had not moved during my measurement though I had 'Misaligned' it from the medm screen.  So all the power levels measured here were with the PRM aligned.  The power level change was subsequently measured and e-logged

Quote:

The measured change in the REFL DC power with and without PRM aligned seems unacceptably small.  Something wrong ?

The difference in the power with and without PRM aligned should be more than a factor of 300.

         [difference in power] = [single bounce from PRM] / [two times of transmission through PRM ]

                                          = (1-T) / T^2 ~ 310,

where T is the transmissivity of PRM and T = 5.5% is assumed in the calculation.

Also the reflectivity of MICH is assumed to be 1 for simplicity.

Quote from #4894

We now have (with the PRM misaligned):

REFL11:  Power incident = 7.60 mW ;  DC out = 0.330 V  => efficiency = 0.87 A/W

REFL55:  Power incident = 23 mW ;  DC out = 0.850 V  => efficiency = 0.74 A/W

and with the PRM aligned::

REFL11:  DC out = 0.35 V  => 8 mW is incident

REFL55: DC out = 0.975 V  => 26 mW is incident

 

 

  4957   Fri Jul 8 19:50:19 2011 SureshUpdateRF SystemLSC rack channel assignment

[Jamie, Suresh]

   We looked at the ADC channel assignments in the LSC model and wanted to make sure that the LSC rack wiring and the LSC model are in agreement with each other.  So the plan is to wire the rack as shown below.  I will also post this file on svn so that we can keep it updated in case there are changes.

 

1Y2_Rack_Layout.png


 

  4990   Tue Jul 19 13:45:22 2011 SureshUpdateSAFETYPainful Voltage Regulator and Circuit-Testing Lessons

There is should be a few IDC connectors in the lab (and some ribbon cable) using which you can proceed with the testing of the circuit, if you prefer.  If not we can get them from our ever helpful electronics division at Downs.  In any case there is no need to lose time waiting for parts to arrive.

 

  4994   Wed Jul 20 06:17:04 2011 SureshUpdateGreen LockingY-end green laser power issues

The Y-end green beam power is 0.47 mW.

While aligning the Y-end aux laser light into the fiber we noticed that the green power out of the doubling crystal was in microwatts.  I checked to see what was the trouble and found that the oven was cold as the temperature controller had been disabled.  I enabled it and scanned the temperature to maximise the green output.  Yet the power is less than 10% of that at the X end (7mW).

To verify I checked the power of various beams on the Y-end table.  They are listed below in the picture

Y-end_table_powers.pdf

The green beam power is proportional to the square of the IR incident power and this explains the drop in green power by a factor of (210/730)^2  thus making 7 mW -->  0.5 mW.  However we may be able to double the power at the Y-arm oven if the uncoated lenses in the IR path are exchaned for coated ones. 

 

The green beam injection into the Y-arm cavity also needs to be cleaned up as noted here.  As seen in the picture below two of the mirrors which launch the beam into the arm cavity need to be fixed as well.

 Y-end_table.png




  4995   Wed Jul 20 06:36:39 2011 SureshUpdateIOOWFS1 and 2 gains

Gains of individual quadrants in both the WFS

As a simple check of the gains on all the quadrants I hooked up the AM (Jenne) laser to put FM modulated light on to the WFS heads and observed the FM modulation frequency , 105 Hz, show up on a power spectrum of the RF outputs.   The plots below show the peak at 105Hz in all the quadrants.

WFS1_7kHz_105Hz.pdf

WFS2_7kHz_105Hz.pdf

 

However I should have put in AM modulation rather FM modulation.  I will do that using the digital system today.  The first version above was done wth a Marconi driving the AM laser modulation.

 

 

  4996   Wed Jul 20 06:52:01 2011 SureshUpdateLSCABSL - PSL beat lock

The ABSL locking setup to the PSL is down. 

According the plan, I started to use the IR beam dumped after the doubling crystal for the IR beat lock (Sonali's project).  The beat lock was disturbed when I shifted some clamps to make way for a few mirrors.  So I set about fixing the beat lock.  I reobtained the lock but noticed that the net beam power reaching the Newfocus 1611 detector was around 15mW.  10mW from the ABSL and 5mW from PSL.

This is much too high as the maximum allowed on 1611 is 2mW. 

I therefore started to adjust the power levels by using  Y1-1064-45S mirrors at non-45 deg angles.  However Rana pointed out that this would lead to amplitude noise due to the mirror vibrations.  I then switched to using beam splitters as pick offs.   This is better than using neutral density filters since the back scatter is lower this way.

David wanted some of the ABSL beam for his SURF student.  So I changed the mirror after beam expanding telescope on the ABSL route to provide this power.  We also installed a pair of half wave plates and a PBS to allow us smooth power level control on this beam.

The beat lock setup is now down and needs to be completed for PRCL and SRCL measurements.

 

 

  5009   Wed Jul 20 23:31:44 2011 SureshUpdateIOOMC Trans QPD is down

 

The mode cleaner is not locking because the MC Trans QPD signal is not present.  There is light on the QPD when the MC flashes and its position has not shifted.  The cable is plugged in well into the sensor head.  The signal cable is labled "MC2 Opt Lever"  and it arrives on the 1X4 rack along with other Optical Lever cables. Pressing the connector in did not solve the problem.

 

  5021   Sat Jul 23 02:24:10 2011 SureshUpdateIOOrestarted the frame builder

I restarted the fb twice during the last 15mins.   This was after I added test points into the C1IOO/WFS1.mdl and C1IOO/WFS2.mdl.

  5041   Wed Jul 27 08:59:10 2011 SureshUpdateLSClocking status

 I had to realign PSL beam into the MC in order to reobtain the MC lock.  We lost lock at sometime around 8:30 AM on Tuesday.  See attached trend data for MC_RFPD_DCMON. 

The is the second time this week that I had to do this when we were unable to obtain the MC lock.  On both occassions the zig-zag at the end of the PSL table was tweaked to minimise the MC_RFPD_DCMON.

MC_RFPD_DCMon.png

 We have been using the MC as a Beam Axis Reference.  And therefore we are adjusting the PSL beam to maximise coupling into MC.  However if MC's beam axis has shifted, then would it not be best to use the pzt's to re-obtain coupling into the arm cavities? 

Quote from #5040

Beam axis:

 I guess that the beam axis has changed a lot to the horizontal direction.
The beam spots on the REFL and AS camera looked off-centered by a size of the spot.
The beam axis has to be well-aligned before the vent.

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