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  7218   Fri Aug 17 12:47:30 2012 SashaUpdateSimulationsThe SimPlant Saga CONTINUES

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THE GOOD: SimPlants ITMX and ETMX are officially ONLINE. Damping has been instituted in both, with varying degrees of success (see Attachment 1). An overview screen for the SimPlants is up (under XARM_Overview in the sitemap - you can ignore the seperate screens for ETMX and ITMX for now, I'll remove them later), C1LSP will be online/functional by Monday.

The super high low-frequency noise in my simPlant is from seismic noise and having a DC response of 1, so that the seismic noise at low frequencies is just passed as is and then amplified along with everything else in the m --> counts conversion. Not quite sure how to deal with this except by NOT having a DC response of 1 (which it technically doesn't have when you do the algebra - Rana said that "it made sense" for the optic to have unity gain at low frequencies, but the behavior is not matching up with reality).

THE BAD: It looks like the ITMX Switch from Reality to simPlant doesn't work (or some of the signals aren't getting switched). When switching from reality to simulation, it looks like the control system is receiving signals from the SimPlant, but is transmitting them to the real thing. As a result, when you flip the switch from reality to sim, ITMX goes seriously crazy and starts slamming back and forth against the stop. REALLY NOT GOOD. As soon as I saw what was going on, I turned back to reality and flipped the watch dogs on (YES THEY WERE OFF). I'll investigate the connections between the plant and control system some more in the morning (i.e. later today) (this is also probably what is causing the "lost connections" in c1sup/sus we can see in the machine status screen).

 Problem with ITMX solved! The ITMX block in c1sup hadn't been tagged as "top_names". I rebuilt and installed the model, and there are no longer lost connections, :D

  7217   Fri Aug 17 10:38:15 2012 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark
> I used the LED illuminations at ETMX and BS yesterday for a tour.
> I am afraid that I left them on.

It was turned off before the picture was taken.
All LED illuminations were turned off. I checked them a few times.
  7216   Fri Aug 17 09:34:27 2012 KojiUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark
I used the LED illuminations at ETMX and BS yesterday for a tour.
I am afraid that I left them on.
  7215   Fri Aug 17 08:33:46 2012 SteveUpdateCamerasvideo cameras in the dark

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 I optimized the TM views with illuminator light on quad1  It actually looks better there.

I'll post a dark-  OSEM light only in jpg tomorrow.  ETMY camera is malfunctioning in dark condition now.

 

ALL  illuminator lighting are off. ITMX and ETMY looks back lighted. I will check on their apertures.

In order to focus on 1064 resonant spots I tried to restore and align the arms  by script. I only got flashes.

Attachment 1: dark.jpg
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  7214   Fri Aug 17 05:29:04 2012 YoichiConfigurationComputer Scripts / ProgramsC1configure scripts

 I noticed that the IFO restore scripts have some problems. They use burt request files to store and restore the settings. However, the request files contain old channel names.

Especially channels with _TRIG_THRES_ON/OFF are now _TRIG_THRESH_ON/OFF, note the extra "H".

These scripts reside in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/c1ifoconfigure/.

I fixed the PRMI_SBres and MI scripts. Someone should fix all other files.

  7213   Fri Aug 17 04:54:01 2012 Yoichi, KojiSummaryLSCPRMI Locking

 To taste the strangeness of the current 40m PRC, I locked the PRMI with the guide of Koji.

We first aligned MICH by mostly tweaking ITMX, assuming that ITMY is in a good place as the Y-arm locks. MICH lock was stable.

Then we restored the IFO to the PRM_SBres mode. With a bit of alignment work on PRM and gain tweaking, the PRMI locked.

Yes, the beam spots look UGLY !

Also the PRMI was not so stable. Especially, when the alignment fluctuates, the optical gain changes and the loop becomes temporarily unstable. We took POP_DC as the guide for the gain change and normalized the PRCL error signal with it. To do this smoothly, we first changed the input matrix to route the PRCL error signal, which is REFL33_I, so that the signal also goes to the MC filter bank. Then with dtt, we monitored the spectra of the PRCL_IN1 and MC_IN1. We tweaked the value of the element in the normalization matrix for the MC path until the two spectra look the same (at this moment, the normalizing factor for the PRCL path was still zero). During this process, we noticed that the MC path signal (normalized by POP_DC) is noisier at above 500Hz. This was because the POP_DC has a large noise at high frequencies. So we put a low pass filter (100Hz 2nd order Butterworth) to the POP_DC filter bank to reduce the noise. Then the two spectra looked almost the same. The correct normalization factor found in this way was 0.03. So we put this number in the normalization matrix for PRCL. It did not break the PRMI lock.

 

After the normalization is turned on, the PRMI lock became somewhat more stable. However, the POP_DC was still fluctuating a lot, especially when the alignment is good. So I made a boost filter: 5Hz pole Q=2, 15Hz zero Q=1.5. I also made this filter automatically triggered when the PRMI is locked. This made the PRMI lock acquisition quicker. However, still the POP_DC fluctuation is large. It seems that the alignment of PRC is really fluctuating a lot.

 The current UGF of PRMI is about 150Hz with the phase margin over 50deg.

 

 

 

 

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  7212   Fri Aug 17 04:13:45 2012 SashaUpdateSimulationsThe SimPlant Saga CONTINUES

THE GOOD: SimPlants ITMX and ETMX are officially ONLINE. Damping has been instituted in both, with varying degrees of success (see Attachment 1). An overview screen for the SimPlants is up (under XARM_Overview in the sitemap - you can ignore the seperate screens for ETMX and ITMX for now, I'll remove them later), C1LSP will be online/functional by Monday.

The super high low-frequency noise in my simPlant is from seismic noise and having a DC response of 1, so that the seismic noise at low frequencies is just passed as is and then amplified along with everything else in the m --> counts conversion. Not quite sure how to deal with this except by NOT having a DC response of 1 (which it technically doesn't have when you do the algebra - Rana said that "it made sense" for the optic to have unity gain at low frequencies, but the behavior is not matching up with reality).

THE BAD: It looks like the ITMX Switch from Reality to simPlant doesn't work (or some of the signals aren't getting switched). When switching from reality to simulation, it looks like the control system is receiving signals from the SimPlant, but is transmitting them to the real thing. As a result, when you flip the switch from reality to sim, ITMX goes seriously crazy and starts slamming back and forth against the stop. REALLY NOT GOOD. As soon as I saw what was going on, I turned back to reality and flipped the watch dogs on (YES THEY WERE OFF). I'll investigate the connections between the plant and control system some more in the morning (i.e. later today) (this is also probably what is causing the "lost connections" in c1sup/sus we can see in the machine status screen).

Attachment 1: plantvreality.jpg
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  7211   Fri Aug 17 00:16:30 2012 EricSummaryLSCYARM Calibration

I modified my Simulink model of the YARM to match the new filter modules Rana installed on YARM. I also scaled the open loop transfer function of the model to fit the measured open loop transfer function at the unity gain frequency, as shown in the figure below. From this I produced the length response function correctly scaled, also shown below.  Then I applied the calibration factor to the YARM data measured in /users/Templates/Y-Arm_120815.xml. Both the uncalibrated and calibrated spectra are included below.

 

 

Attachment 1: olg_model_meas.png
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Attachment 2: length_response_model.png
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Attachment 3: yarm_uncal_power_spec.pdf
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Attachment 4: yarm_cal_power_spec.pdf
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  7210   Thu Aug 16 20:18:39 2012 YaakovUpdateSTACISInput for feedforward/feedback in the STACIS

Below is the bottom view of the geophone preamplifier and controller for the STACIS. It slides into the upper part of the STACIS, under the blue platform. The geophone signal goes in the bottom left, gets amplified, filtered, and otherwise pampered, and goes out from the bottom right. From there it goes on to the high voltage amplifier, and finally to the PZT stacks. Below right is a closer view of the output port for the preamplifier, top and bottom.

SAM_0256.JPGSAM_0259.JPGSAM_0258.JPG

I suggest de-soldering and bending up the pins that carry the geophone signal (so the signals don't go directly to the high voltage amplifier), and adding the circuit below between the preamp and amplifier. The preamp connector is still attached to the high voltage amplifier connector in this setup, only the geophone signal pins are disconnected.

x-chip.png

More on the circuit and its placement:

The first op-amp is a summing junction, and the second is just a unity gain inverter so that signal doesn't go into the high voltage amplifier inverted. I tested this with the breadboard, and it seems to work fine (amplitudes of two signals add, no obvious distortion). The switches allow you to choose local feedback, external feedforward, or both.

The geo input will be wires from the preamp (soldered to where the pins used to go), and the external input will be BNC cables, with the source probably a DAC. The output will go to the bent up pins that used to be connected to the preamp (they go into the high voltage amplifier). This circuit can sit outside of the STACIS- there is a place to feed wires in and out right near where the preamplifier sits. For power, it can use the STACIS preamp supply, which is +/- 15V. The resistors I used in the breadboard test were 10 kOhm, and the op-amp I used was LT1012 (whose noise should be less than either input, see eLog 7190).

This is visually represented below, with the preamp pin diagram corresponding to the soldering points with the preamp upside down (top right picture):

SAM_0266.JPGSAM_0265.JPG

 

  7209   Thu Aug 16 20:04:46 2012 YaakovUpdatePEMTransfer functions of seismic stacks, differential motion of test mass

 

 I made the plots a little nicer and added new sensor noises (from Brian Lantz's scripts and measurements). Click to enlarge.

stack_tf.pngstack_tf.figmass_diff_motion.pngmass_diff_motion.fig

 sensor_noises_diff.pngsensor_noises_diff.fig

The last plot shows that these other sensors' noises are lower than the differential ground motion below 1 Hz.  Though 3 seismometers per STACIS is impractical, this shows that such seismometers could be used as feedforward sensors and provide isolation against differential ground motion. At these noise levels, the noise of the high voltage amplifier circuit in the STACIS would probably be the limiting factor.

  7208   Thu Aug 16 19:12:30 2012 JenneUpdateLockingLong arm lock stretches

YARM_awesome_lock_stretch.png

After Rana and Yoichi tweaked the arm locking filters, we have had some pretty awesome lock stretches. 5-day minute trend.

  7207   Thu Aug 16 18:59:18 2012 JenneUpdateSAFETYEmergency Exit door unlocked again

Koji just found the emergency exit door unlocked again.  NOT GOOD.

We have determined that if you use the emergency door to enter the lab, it leaves the door unlocked, unless you go back outside and deliberately lock it.  This means that someone has been using the emergency exit as a regular entrance. 

It's fine to leave by that door, but you should make a habit of entering through the regular door.  Using the back door as an entrance is a special case situation, when they have the main door blocked.

  7206   Thu Aug 16 17:28:51 2012 ManasaConfigurationIOOMC trans optics configured

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  The PDA255 is a good ringdown detector - Steve can find one in the 40m if you ask him nicely.

 We found a PDA255 but it doesn't seem to work. I am not sure if that is one you are mentioning...but I'll ask Steve tomorrow!

 I double checked the PDA255 found at the 40m and it is broken/bad. Also there was no success hunting PDs at Bridge. So the MC trans is still in the same configuration. Nothing has changed. I'll try doing ringdown measurements with PDA400 today.

Can you explain more what "broken/bad" means?  Is there no signal?  Is it noisy?  Glitch?  etc.

 The PD saturates the oscilloscope just by switching on the power; with no real signal at all. But Steve helped locating a PD that is not being used at the AP table. So I will check it and replace the current one if it works!

Koji opened up the PD and found that the screw connecting the PD to the pole was doing an additional job as well; connecting the power cable to the PD output in the inside. The PD is now fixed! Yippie...we have two PDA255 s at 40m now!!

  7205   Thu Aug 16 16:44:55 2012 ManasaConfigurationIOOPD from AP table removed

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The PD (pda255) at the AP table, close to the MC refl , which Steve mentioned to be not in use, has been removed from the table for testing.

 The PD installed at MC trans to make ringdown measurements has been replaced with the above PDA255. 

  7204   Thu Aug 16 13:49:33 2012 YaakovUpdatePEMTransfer functions of seismic stacks, differential motion of test mass

I estimated the transfer function of the seismic stacks using a rough model I made based on the LIGO document LIGO T000058 -00. I used a Q of 3.3 for the viton springs, and resonant frequencies of 2.3, 7.5, 15, and 22 Hz (measured in that document for the horizontal motion). I multiplied the simple mass-spring transfer function four times for each layer of metal/spring, with the respective resonant frequency for each. The pendulum suspending the test masses has a resonant frequency of 0.74 and a Q of 3, according to the same document.

stack_tf.pngstack_tf.fig

When I multiply the net transfer function (pendulum included, the green line above) by the differential motion of the x arm that I measured in eLog 7186, I find the differential motion of the test mass (NOTE: I converted the differential motion to displacement by multiplying by (1/2*pi*f)).

mass_diff_motion.pngmass_diff_motion.fig

It agrees within an order of magnitude to the seismic wall from the displacement noise spectrum hanging above the control room computers.

Finally, I looked at how the geophone and accelerometer noise spectra looked compared to the ground differential motion (any STACIS sensor signal will also be multiplied by the stack/pendulum transfer function, so I'm comparing to the differential motion before it goes through the chamber). Below about 1 Hz, it is clear from the plot below that the STACIS could never be of any benefit, even with accelerometers rather than geophones as the feedback sensors.

noise_v_diff_motion.pngnoise_v_diff_motion.fig

Attachment 1: stack_tf.png
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Attachment 5: stack_tf.fig
  7203   Thu Aug 16 13:04:36 2012 LizSummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsDaily Summary Details

I just wrote a short description of how to run the daily summary pages and the configuration process for making changes to the site.  It can be found in /users/public_html/40m-summary and is named README.txt.  If I need to clarify anything, please let me know!  The configuration process should be relatively straightforward, so it will be easy to add plots or change them when there are changes at the 40 meter.

  7202   Thu Aug 16 05:08:38 2012 YoichiUpdateIOOMC Servo Transfer Function Measurements

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 Also the MC board includes many generic filter stages to customize the frequency response. I will open the MC board box to examine what is actually implemented on the board. 

 I took out the MC board. Unfortunately, most of the components are surface mounted. So the values of the capacitors are not legible.

I will try my best to guess what is implemented on the board.

Attachment 1: MCBoard1.JPG
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Attachment 2: MCBoard2.JPG
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  7201   Thu Aug 16 01:52:52 2012 YoichiUpdateIOOMC Servo Transfer Function Measurements

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Last night, I took a bunch of TFs with this method. Now I'm analyzing the data to recover the overall gain G. I will post the results later.

 I calculated the MC open loop transfer function with the combination method. For that, I made a circuit model of the MC board (from the input to the output). The transfer function of this circuit is calculated by SPICE (attachment1). Then it is multiplied by the measured transfer function from the output of the MC board to the input of the MC board (attachment 2) to get the overall transfer function.

The result is shown in the attachment 3. The blue curve is the OPLTF measured with the traditional method. The red curve is the combination method described above. There are some discrepancies between the two curves. The ratio of the two curves (Traditional)/(Combination) is plotted in attachment 4. It seems there is a pole(s) missing from my model of the MC board at around 1MHz. This may come from the omitted op-amps in the MC board model (there are so many op-amps which have flat responses below 1MHz and I omitted most of those). Also the MC board includes many generic filter stages to customize the frequency response. I will open the MC board box to examine what is actually implemented on the board. 

At low frequencies, the two curves are similar but the slope is still different.

I also had to add 83dB of gain to the combined TF to match with the traditional one. I will check where does it come from.

The MC board model (Altium project) is attached as attachment 6. The schematic is attachment 5.

Attachment 1: MC_Board_TF.png
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Attachment 2: OPTG.png
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Attachment 3: OPLG.png
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Attachment 4: Difference.png
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Attachment 5: MC_Board.pdf
MC_Board.pdf
Attachment 6: MC_Board.zip
  7200   Wed Aug 15 20:53:48 2012 ManasaUpdateIOORingdown measurements

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While I thought that the bumps observed at the end of the ringdown might be because of the cavity trying to lock itself, Jan commented that they have always existed in these measurements and their source is not known yet.

What I meant to say was that in all ringdown measurements that we observed today, the bumps were consistently part the ringdown, and that I have no explanation for the bumps. It should also be mentioned that fitting the bumpy part of the ringdown instead (we used the clean first 10us), the ringdown time is about twice as high. In either case, the ringdown time is significantly smaller than we have seen in documents about previous measurements.

We (basically I) also made one error when producing the plots. The yaxis label of the semi-logarithmic plot should be log(...), not log10(...).

 I thought about  why we do not find any bumps beyond the exponential fall. Could it be because we neglected fluctuations of voltage in the negative direction and plotted the absolute values?

  7199   Wed Aug 15 20:15:51 2012 JanUpdateIOORingdown measurements

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While I thought that the bumps observed at the end of the ringdown might be because of the cavity trying to lock itself, Jan commented that they have always existed in these measurements and their source is not known yet.

What I meant to say was that in all ringdown measurements that we observed today, the bumps were consistently part the ringdown, and that I have no explanation for the bumps. It should also be mentioned that fitting the bumpy part of the ringdown instead (we used the clean first 10us), the ringdown time is about twice as high. In either case, the ringdown time is significantly smaller than we have seen in documents about previous measurements.

We (basically I) also made one error when producing the plots. The yaxis label of the semi-logarithmic plot should be log(...), not log10(...).

  7198   Wed Aug 15 18:56:46 2012 YoichiUpdateIOOMC Servo Transfer Function Measurements

 I started working on the characterization of the MC servo.

The current MC servo topology is shown in the figure attached along with a simplified schematic diagram of the MC board. 

A usual way to measure the open loop gain of this servo is to inject a signal from, say, EXCA of the MC board and measure the transfer function from TP2A to TP1A. It works OK at frequencies around the UGF. The second attachment is the OPLTF measured in this way with the Agilent 4395A. The UGF is about 100kHz with the phase margin of 40 to 50 deg. 

Now we have two issues here. First, I expected the UGF to be more than 100kHz, like 300kHz or so. The phase babble is peaked around 100kHz. According to our old measurement (http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/1431) the phase babble peak was at a much higher frequency when the FSS was using the reference cavity. One reason could be that the MC is located much farther from the laser than the reference cavity, so that there is some phase lag caused by the time delay. I will make a model of the MC servo system later to check this theory.

The second issue is that, as you can see in the plot, the OPLTF measurement becomes noisy at lower frequencies. With 4395A, which has the minimum IFBW of 2Hz, OPLTF measurement below 10kHz was impossible with the traditional method. We could use SR785 with a long averaging time to improve the SNR, but it requires a patience which I don't have.

The measurement becomes difficult at low frequencies because the loop gain is too high. When the open loop gain (G) is high, the injected signal (x) from EXCA is immediately suppressed by a factor of 1/(1+G) at TP2A. This makes the injected signal hidden in other noises at TP2A.

How do we solve this problem ? Let's consider a simple servo model shown in the third attachment. A traditional OPLTF measurement is done by injecting a signal from EXC port and measuring the TF from TP2 to TP1. The problem was that at TP2, the signal is attenuated by 1/(1+G1*G2), which is too much when G (=G1*G2) is large. However, at TP3, the attenuated signal is amplified by G1. So the injected signal x becomes x*G1/(1+G) at TP3. If G1's contribution to the overall gain G is large enough,  the signal at TP3 is not so small. Then we can easily measure G2 using TP3 and TP1. In a typical situation, G1 is the transfer function of the electric circuits, which we can know either from standalone measurements or from model calculations, and G2 is an interferometer response, which we want to measure. So, by combining the knowledge of G1 and the measurement of G2, we can obtain the overall loop gain G even at lower frequencies.

 The final attachment shows an example of the measurement of G2. In our case, this is the transfer function from MC_Out_Mon to Q-Mon (see the first attachment) . G1 is the transfer function of the MC board. Since G1 is large at low frequencies, we can measure G2 down to 100Hz with a reasonable integration time (10000 cycles per point).

Last night, I took a bunch of TFs with this method. Now I'm analyzing the data to recover the overall gain G. I will post the results later.

Attachment 1: MC-Diagram.png
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Attachment 2: OPLG-10kHz-1MHz.png
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Attachment 3: SimpleServoDiagram.png
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Attachment 4: OPTG-100Hz-1kHz.png
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  7197   Wed Aug 15 17:23:22 2012 jamieUpdateCDSfront end IOP models changed to reflect actual physical hardware

As Rolf pointed out when he was here yesterday, all of our IOPs are filled with parts for ADCs and DACs that don't actually exist in the system.  This was causing needless module error messages and IOP GDS screens that were full of red indicators.  All the IOP models were identically stuffed with 9 ADC parts, 8 DAC parts, and 4 BO parts, even though none of the actual front end IO chassis had physical configurations even remotely like that.  This was probably not causing any particular malfunctions, but it's not right nonetheless.

I went through each IOP, c1x0{1-5}, and changed them to reflect the actual physical hardware in those systems.  I have committed these changes to the svn, but I haven't rebuilt the models yet.  I'll need to be able to restart all models to test the changes, so I'm going to wait until we have a quiet time, probably next week.

  7196   Wed Aug 15 17:17:58 2012 Manasa, JanUpdateIOORingdown measurements

Finally ringdown at IMC conquered and oopsie that came out so clean!

The finesse of the cavity from the current ringdown measurement, F= 453, differs from the measurements made in the document dated 10/1/02 on dcc...not sure if things have changed since then.

While I thought that the bumps observed at the end of the ringdown might be because of the cavity trying to lock itself, Jan commented that they have always existed in these measurements and their source is not known yet.

Ringdown_815.jpg

  7195   Wed Aug 15 16:29:59 2012 Eric SummaryGeneralSURF Update

This week I took more data for the calibration of YARM. The summary of measurements taken is:

1. Peak-to-peak on Michelson
2. Michelson open loop
3. Excite ITMY and measure on AS55_Q_ERR
4. Excite ITMY and measure on POY11_I_ERR
5. Excite ETMY and measure on POY11_I_ERR
6. YARM open loop

Then I worked on comparing these measurements to the Simulink model of the interferometer control loop. The measured open loop transfer function of the YARM matched well with the model above about 20 Hz, after the gain was scaled properly to fit the data. Next is to fit the length response function of the model and the measurements, and then use DTT to calibrate the arm cavity's power spectrum.

  7194   Wed Aug 15 16:01:47 2012 steveUpdateGenerallarger optical tables at the ends ?

The drawing of the 4' x 2'  table cover can be seen at entry  #6190 The new proposed wall #7106  The yellow acrylic would be ~ 0.25" thick and it will be the inside. It is not shown on the drawing.

Question remaining: should get a larger table 4' x 3' as outlined by red lines and make new cover to fit this

The oplev beam path needs larger incident angle to get in and out of the chamber: REMOVE BOTTLENECK for easy traffic

Moving the existing table closer to ETMY chamber - as Jamie suggested-  would help but there is no room for this solution.

The larger table solve this issue and leave more room for initial pointing, arm transmitted and future experiments.

Other benefits: no tube to make between table and chamber. It is easier to make the the larger box air tight.

The new isolation box with feed through, cover, seals will cost $4-5K ea

 

 

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  7193   Wed Aug 15 13:24:12 2012 DenUpdateCDSRFM -> OAF

Transmission of signals between RFM and OAF is bad again. Now we do not see any errors in IPC_ERR monitors so models think that they get all data but the data is wrong

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  7192   Wed Aug 15 13:23:34 2012 LizSummaryComputer Scripts / ProgramsLast Weekly Update

Over the past week I have been continuing to finalize the daily summary pages, attempting to keep the total run time under half an hour so that they can be run frequently.  I have had many hang ups with the spectrograms and am currently using second trends (with this method, the entire script takes 15 minutes to run).  I also have a backup method that takes 3 minutes of data for every 12 minutes, but could not implement any interpolation correctly.  This might be a future focus, or the summary pages could be configured to run in parallel and full data for the spectrograms can be used.  I configured Steve's tab to include one page of images and one page of plots and fixed the scripts so that it corrects for daylight savings time (at the beginning of the running, the program prints 'DST' or 'Not DST').

Right now, I am focusing on making coherence plots in a spectrogram style (similar to the matlab 'coh_carpet' function) and a spectrogram depicting Gaussianity (similar to the plots made by the RayleighMonitor).  I have also been working on my  final paper and presentation.

  7191   Wed Aug 15 11:44:35 2012 jamieSummaryLSCntp installed on all workstations

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5) DTT wasn't working on rossa. Used the Date/Time GUI to reset the system time to match fb and then it stopped giving 'Test Timed Out'. Jamie check rossa ntpd.

ntp is now installed on all the workstations.  I also added it to the /users/controls/workstation-setup.sh script

  7190   Wed Aug 15 11:40:15 2012 YaakovSummarySTACISWeekly Summary

This week I've been focusing mainly on two things: 1) Designing a port for the STACIS that will allow external actuation and/or local feedback and 2) Investigating the seismic differential motion along the interferometer arms.

The circuit for the port is just a signal summing junction (in case we want to do feedforward and feedback at the same time) with BNC inputs for the external signal and switches that allow you to turn the external signal or feedback signal on/off. I'll test this on a breadboard and post the schematic if it works. I looked at the noise of the geophone pre-amp and DAC, which would be the feedback and external signal sources, respectively. According to Rolf Bork, the DAC noise is 700 nV/rtHz, and I measured the pre-amp board's minimum noise level at 20*10^-6 V/rtHz (which seems quite high). Both these noises are higher than the op-amp noise for my circuit (I'm considering the op-amp LT1012), which according to the specs is 30 nV/rtHz. This confirms that my circuit will not be the limiting noise source

Along with Den, I calibrated the seismometers in the lab and measured the displacement differential arm motion (see eLog 7186: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/7186). I'm trying to find a transfer function for the seismic stacks (and pendulum, but that's simpler) so I can calculate the differential motion in the chamber. After doing this offline, I'll make new channels in the PEM to look at the ground and chamber differential motion along the arms online.

I also am looking at the noise of the geophones with their shunt resistor (4k resistor across the coil) removed, to see if it improves the noise at low frequencies. My motivation for this was that the geophone specs show a better V/m/s sensitivity at low frequencies when the shunt resistor is removed, so the actual signal may become larger than the internal noise at these frequencies.

  7189   Wed Aug 15 10:40:16 2012 DenUpdateCDSaa filters

The lack of AA filter for MCL signal is RFM model strongly disturbed entering to OAF signal

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  7188   Wed Aug 15 09:09:45 2012 jamieUpdateLSCLSC whitening triggers

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I'm ~30% of the way through implementing LSC whitening filter triggers.  I think that everything I have done should be compile-able, but please don't compile c1lsc tonight.  I haven't tested it, and some channel names have changed, so I need to fix the LSC screen when I'm not falling asleep.

Also, Rana pointed out that we may not want the whitening to trigger on immediately upon acquiring lock - if there are other modes ringing down in the cavity, or some weird transients, we don't want to amplify those signals.  We want to wait a second or so for them to die down, then turn on analog whitening.  Jamie - do you know how long the "unit delay" delays things in the RCG?  Do those do what I naively think they do?  I'll ask you in the morning.

The unit delay delays for a single cycle, so I think that's not what you want.  I'm not sure that there's an existing part to add delays like that.

We also need to be a little clever about it, though, since we'll want it to flip off if we loose lock during the delay.

  7187   Wed Aug 15 04:03:55 2012 ranaSummaryLSCY-Arm Locking

0) Did a bunch of alignment to get beams roughly centered on ETMY and ITMY and maximize power. Adjusted the aperture and focus on ETMY camera to get nice image. Camera needs to be screwed in tightly and cables given some real strain relief, Steve.

1) snapshots not working on many MEDM screens. Who's on top of this?

2) save/restore not working for PZT2 sliders

3) changed power and filter triggers on yarm to match xarm

4) yarm filters copied from xarm (need to handtune RGs)

5) DTT wasn't working on rossa. Used the Date/Time GUI to reset the system time to match fb and then it stopped giving 'Test Timed Out'. Jamie check rossa ntpd.

6) Removed the high 3.2 Hz RG filter. We don't have any sharp features like that in the spectrum.
   ---then added it back. The 3.2 Hz comes and goes depending on what Yoichi is doing over in the MC area. Leaving it in by default, but lowering the Q from 2 to 1.5.

7) Attached is the noise spectra, coherence, and loop gain model for this yarm condition. For the plant model, I assume a pendulum (f=1 Hz, Q = 9) and a cavity pole of 1600 Hz. Gain is scaled to set the UGF at 165 Hz (as guessed by looking at the servo gain peaking frequency). This cheezy model doesn't include any of the delays from DAC, AA, or AI. Eric and Sasha should have something more useful for us by Friday.

8) Change the DQ channels: need XARM and YARM IN1 at 16k. e.g. XARM_ERR, etc.

9) To get the DTT plots to make thumbnails in the elog, I print a .ps file and then use 'epstopdf' to make the PDF.

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  7186   Wed Aug 15 01:14:19 2012 YaakovUpdatePEMDifferential Motion of X and Y Arm

Den and I measured the differential motion of the x and y arms using Guralp 1 at the end of the y arm, Guralp 2 at the beamsplitter, and the Streckeisen at the end of the x arm.

I calibrated the Streckeisen to the Guralp by calculating the relative gain of the seismometer signals at the microseism. The Guralp 1-y amplitude was 1.0237 times Guralp 2-y and Guralp 2-x was 38.54 times STS-x. The Guralp calibration (to go from counts to meters) I used was 0.61/1000/800/80/(2*pi*f) m/count.

The differential motion should keep decreasing at low frequencies because the ground will move together at such large wavelengths. It goes up because the seismometer noise begins to dominate at low frequencies (below about 0.5 Hz). Another possible error source could be that the seismometers are not perfectly aligned along the arm.

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  7185   Wed Aug 15 00:52:17 2012 DenUpdateWienerFilteringfilter calculation

A Matlab script to calculate Wiener filter coefficients and convert fir to iir is ready. Input is a file with zero mean witness and desired signals, output is a Foton zpk command to specify iir filter.

The plot shows comparison of offline fir , iir and online iir filtering. Spectrum below 4 Hz is still oscillating due to acoustic coupling, this is not a filtering effect. At 1 Hz actuator is badly compensated, more work should be done. Other then that online and offline filtering are the same.

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  7184   Tue Aug 14 22:16:46 2012 JenneUpdateLSCLSC whitening triggers

I'm ~30% of the way through implementing LSC whitening filter triggers.  I think that everything I have done should be compile-able, but please don't compile c1lsc tonight.  I haven't tested it, and some channel names have changed, so I need to fix the LSC screen when I'm not falling asleep.

Also, Rana pointed out that we may not want the whitening to trigger on immediately upon acquiring lock - if there are other modes ringing down in the cavity, or some weird transients, we don't want to amplify those signals.  We want to wait a second or so for them to die down, then turn on analog whitening.  Jamie - do you know how long the "unit delay" delays things in the RCG?  Do those do what I naively think they do?  I'll ask you in the morning.

  7183   Tue Aug 14 21:01:51 2012 ranaUpdatePEMBLRMS

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I fixed up the seismic.stp file for the StripTool display:

  1. All BLRMS channels now have a y-axis range of 3 decades. So they all are displaying the same relative changes.
  2. So the 0.01-0.1 Hz band which is all over the place is real, sort of. Masha says that it is due to the seismometer signal being dominated by noise below 0.1 Hz. She is going to fix this somehow.
  3. I changed the samping time from 1 sec. to 10 sec. to make the traces less fuzzy.
  4. We (Masha / Liz) should harmonize the colors of this file with what's on the summary pages.
  7182   Tue Aug 14 17:47:44 2012 JamieUpdateCDSc1sus machine replaced

Rolf and Alex came back over with a replacement machine for c1sus.   We removed the old machine, removed it's timing, dolphin, and PCIe extension cards and put them in the new machine.  We then installed the new machine and booted it and it came up fine.  The BIOS in this machine is slightly different, and it wasn't having the same failure-to-boot-with-no-COM issue that the previous one was.  The COM ports are turned off on this machine (as is the USB interface).

Unfortunately the problem we were experiencing with the old machine, that unloading certain models was causing others to twitch and that dolphin IPC writes were being dropped, is still there.  So the problem doesn't seem to have anything to do with hardware settings...

After some playing, Rolf and Alex determined that for some reason the c1rfm model is coming up in a strange state when started during boot.  It runs faster, but the IPC errors are there.  If instead all models are stopped, the c1rfm model is started first, and then the rest of the models are started, the c1rfm model runs ok.  They don't have an explanation for this, and I'm not sure how we can work around it other than knowing the problem is there and do manual restarts after boot.  I'll try to think of something more robust.

A better "fix" to the problems is to clean up all of our IPC routing, a bunch of which we're currently doing very inefficient right now.  We're routing things through c1rfm that don't need to be, which is introducing delays.  It particular, things that can communicate directly over RFM or dolphin should just do so.  We should also figure out if we can put the c1oaf and c1pem models on the same machine, so that they can communicate directly over shared memory (SHMEM).  That should cut down on overhead quite a bit.  I'll start to look at a plan to do that.

 

  7181   Tue Aug 14 16:33:51 2012 SashaUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsSimPlant indicator added

I added an indicator to the watch dog screen so that a little "SP" icon appears whenever the SimPlant is on. Since we only have one simplant (ETMX), only ETMX has the simPlant indicator. However, since assymetry is ugly, I moved all of the OL icons over so that they're in a line and so that there is room for future SP icons.

I also fixed the link to the Watchdogs on the main SUS screens (it was dead, but now it is ALIVE).

  7180   Tue Aug 14 16:19:12 2012 JenneUpdateGreen LockingXend doubling crystal heater unplugged, replugged

I went down to the Xend table to look at it to understand Steve's proposal, and I noticed that the doubling crystal's heater's cable is mushed between the table's edge and the black table cover wall.  This made me sad, so I disabled the heater, turned it off, then unplugged the cable from the back of the controller.  I tried to re-route the cable through the hole in the black table cover wall, but going that way the cable is ~1 foot too short.  So I put it back the way it was, but used a totally hacky solution to prevent the cable from being mushed.  I put a dog clamp right at the edge of the table so it is pushing on the table cover wall a little bit, to give the cable space to get out.  This is very mickey mouse, and kind of lame.  But we either need to make a cable extension, or somehow get the heater controller to sit much, much higher under the table.

I plugged the heater controller back in, and turned it back on to the same setpoint that it was at (I think 37.5C).  It's probably warm by now, but when I turned it back on, the heater's actual temp was 33C.

  7179   Tue Aug 14 15:58:44 2012 JenneUpdateGeneralTranslation to English: larger optical tables at the ends

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I'm proposing larger optical tables at the ends to avoid the existing overcrowding. This would allow the initial pointing and optical level beams to set up correctly.

The existing table is 4 x 2 would be replaced by 4' x 3'   We would lose only ~3" space  toward exist door.

I'm working on the new ACRYLIC TABLE COVER for each end that will cost around $4k ea.  The new cover should fit the larger table.

Let me know what you think.

I'm not sure I see the motivation.  The tables are a little tight, but not that much.  If the issue is the incidence angle of the IP and OPLEV beams, then can't we solve that just by moving the table closer to the viewport?

The overcrowding alone doesn't seem bad enough to justify replacing the tables.

Steve pointed out to me (this is not in his original elog, although you can see it in the photo if you look closely), that we can't really move the table legs any closer to the chamber.  We have maybe 3" of clearance between the table leg and the blue support tube that supports the bottom of the stack.  Therefore, we can't just

So Steve's proposal is to leave the legs exactly where they are, and just put a larger table on those legs.  This leaves 9" unsupported on the chamber side, and 3" unsupported on the far side.  The tables are 4" thick. 

Steve also mentions that we will lose 1.5" on all 4 sides of the table, with the new acrylic boxes, so we'll be down to 1'9" unless we get the larger table, in which case we'd have 2'9", and 3'9" on the long direction.

I would like to see a sketch of the end tables, so we can see if 1'9" x 3'9" is enough.  Manasa is working on a new end table layout in parallel to the ringdown stuff.  If we're actually concerned about the input angle of the oplevs, then to fix that we need to either get the bigger table and hang it off the edge of the legs, or perhaps as Dmass suggested, get a "doggy cone collar", and give ourselves a larger opening angle of access to the viewport, from the current table location.

 

  7178   Tue Aug 14 14:26:40 2012 SteveUpdateCamerascameras touched up

 I optimized the TM views with illuminator light on quad1  It actually looks better there.

I'll post a dark-  OSEM light only in jpg tomorrow.  ETMY camera is malfunctioning in dark condition now.

 

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  7177   Tue Aug 14 13:21:34 2012 JenneUpdateCDSIPC senders no nothing about rates of IPC receivers, we need to filter signals appropriately

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When signals are transmitted between the models running at different rates, no AI or AA filters are automatically applied. We need to fix our models.

This is known, but we just haven't fully groked it yet.  We need to look closely at every place we have IPCs between models running at different rates.  The sender has no information about receivers, so it can't reasonably do anything to pre-filter the signal on it's own.

So for transmission from:

  • faster -> slower models: add anti-aliasing on the sender side
  • slower -> faster models: add anti-imaging on the receiver side

 *sigh* This is one of those things that I meant to take care of months ago, but haven't yet.  I agree that it needs doing.  It's been on my whiteboard to-do list for a long time now.  Bad Jenne for not taking care of it.

  7176   Tue Aug 14 11:49:15 2012 DenUpdateCDSDebugging of c1sus machine and c1rfm models

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  We might just need to reduce the load on c1rfm, maybe by introducing a c1rfm2?

 

 A huge data flow goes from PEM to OAF through RFM. I think we need to make PEM and OAF run on the same machine and transmit signals through the shared memory.

  7175   Tue Aug 14 11:46:22 2012 JamieUpdateCDSIPC senders know nothing about rates of IPC receivers, we need to filter signals appropriately

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When signals are transmitted between the models running at different rates, no AI or AA filters are automatically applied. We need to fix our models.

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This is known, but we just haven't fully groked it yet.  We need to look closely at every place we have IPCs between models running at different rates.  The sender has no information about receivers, so it can't reasonably do anything to pre-filter the signal on it's own.

So for transmission from:

  • faster -> slower models: add anti-aliasing on the sender side
  • slower -> faster models: add anti-imaging on the receiver side
  7174   Tue Aug 14 11:39:13 2012 Jamie, Rolf, AlexUpdateCDSDebugging of c1sus machine and c1rfm models

Rolf and Alex came over this morning to see if they could help debug some issues we have been seeing with IPC transmission between the c1sus and c1lsc machines.

c1oaf, which runs on c1lsc, sees a lot of transmission errors on it's dolphin receivers from c1rfm, which runs on c1sus.  Their speculation is that c1rfm is trying to process too many channels, and it's not able to read off all the RFM channels and retransmit them over dolphin to c1lsc before the end of cycle.  To test this they turned off all RFM reads on c1rfm and the dolphin receiver errors on c1lsc all went away.  We ran into other problems before I had a chance to pester them about what the take-away is here.  We might just need to reduce the load on c1rfm, maybe by introducing a c1rfm2?

We then tried to debug an issue in the c1sus machine where models would occasionally run slow for a cycle, or run slow when a different model on the machine was loaded or unloaded.  The suspect was BIOS settings.  Unfortunately, we ran into trouble when we tried to tweak the BIOS setting on c1sus.  We found that all the serial/COM ports were on, which is usually a big no-no for the RTS (the interrupts cause many cycle delays).  However, turning off the COM ports prevented the machine from booting at all.  This was a big mystery.  The machine seemed to be acting flaky in general as well, since the boot (pre-kernel) would hang in various places after different reboots.  Alex went to grab us a spare machine that we're going to try swapping out this afternoon.

  7173   Tue Aug 14 11:33:14 2012 Jamie Alex DenUpdateCDSAI and AA filters

When signals are transmitted between the models running at different rates, no AI or AA filters are automatically applied. We need to fix our models.

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  7172   Tue Aug 14 08:43:42 2012 SteveUpdateIOOlaser off and on

The janitor accidentally hit the laser emergency kill switch at room 103  entry door. It did shut down the PSL laser. The laser was turned back on.

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  7171   Tue Aug 14 04:53:45 2012 YoichiSummaryLSCX-Arm noise spectrum

Yoichi, Rana

Here is the noise spectrum of the X-arm error signal along with the TRX DC power fluctuations.

The spectra were taken while the whitening filters for POX11 were OFF.

EDIT (Integrity Fairy): Shall we assume these units are "Intergalactic translational qubits/sqrt(Hz)"?

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  7170   Tue Aug 14 04:37:06 2012 YoichiSummaryLSCXARM Open Loop Gain

Yoichi, Rana

Here is the open loop gain of the XARM loop.

The reference is from the pre-upgrade era. We get the extra phase delay because we have two anti-aliasing filters. One is the hardware filter at about 7kHz for 16kHz sampling. This filter should have been replaced to the one for 64kHz sampling but it has not yet happened. The second one is the software anti-aliasing filter applied when down sampling from 64kHz to 16kHz. So we have double AA filters, which are the culprits for the extra phase delay.

We should either replace the hardware AA filter to the 64kHz one (preferred way), or change the software AA filter to a less aggressive one (easier temporary fix).

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  7169   Tue Aug 14 04:32:49 2012 rana, yoichiUpdateLockingPOX signal sometimes looks very funny

 The alignment was way off. We moved the PZT, the BS, and the x arm to get it to lock. Along the way we noticed that giving the ETM and POS offsets makes it tilt a lot. The DC coil balancing is no good at all.

After locking, we tuned up the X arm filters in the LSC and activated the filter module triggers.  I would attach a screenshot of the trigger screen, but sadly it has no snapshot button on it.

WE changed the integrator into a double integrator with a complex zero pair. We also replaced the 1:50 boost with a 2nd order complex pole:zero pair. And added a 18 Hz RG. These were all set by looking at the error point spectra and minimizing the RMS. Hopefully, this kind of work will all be obsolete once we get the optimal feedback code. For now, the arm is very stable - we're leaving it locked overnight since the filter triggering seems to work well.

The loop kept oscillating, so we turned the xarm gain down from the 0.3 that we found it at down to 0.045. We measured the loop gain using our old xarm loopgain DTT template (which is in the Templates directory, not in /users/IAmAnAmateur/secret/secret/bozo/). It shows that we are missing ~20 deg of phase at the peak of the phase bubble compared to the old days. We guess that its because of the downsample/upsample digital AA filters which we now have in addition to the 7kHz hardware AA/AI which we still have from the pre-upgrade times). We (Jamie) have to think about how to rationalize this: we cannot survive with double AA/AI.

Another big hindrance in the lock acquisition is that the whitening filters were on. Because the WG is set to 45 dB, the ADCs are getting saturated when the flashes are large. We should have the whitening filters switch after acquiring lock.

Also, why are all the camera views of the ITMs and ETMs different? Steve, please go back and make them all the same (angles, aperture, lenses, etc.). Without them being the same, we cannot compare them.

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 I have found the video capture scripts in Yuta's personal directory. This is illegal, of course. All useful scripts (even when in development) go into the shared scripts directory. As a punishment, I have added some nasty typos to a couple of his other scripts and then backdated the timestamps so that he cannot find it easily.

 Also, I fixed the "mcup" script. After the ringdown people inserted the pickoff for MC2 trans, no one adjusted the thresholds in the MC autolocker. I've fixed mcup to trigger at 7000 cts. This should be changed back if the pickoff is removed someday. MC WFS now coming on.

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