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  7468   Wed Oct 3 15:37:04 2012 SteveUpdatePEMants on the PSL table

We observed one or two ants climbing over PMC optics without booties and safety glasses.

The floor was mopped with strong Bayer Home Pest Control solution in the Vertex area.

Do not work inside the 40m lab if you are sensitive to chemicals!


Attachment 1: IMG_1690.JPG
  7470   Wed Oct 3 16:26:58 2012 ManasaUpdatePEMants on the PSL table

I spotted around 4 within 30 minutes working at the PSL table even after the deathly spray. They seem to be running down from the cables on the oscilloscope rack to the table and the optics.

  7567   Wed Oct 17 09:01:37 2012 SteveUpdatePEMants on the PSL table


We observed one or two ants climbing over PMC optics without booties and safety glasses.

The floor was mopped with strong Bayer Home Pest Control solution in the Vertex area.

Do not work inside the 40m lab if you are sensitive to chemicals!


 The floor is mopped again with strong PEST CONTROL SOLUTION in water in the Vertex area.

Do not plane to work in the IFO-room till noon if you are sensitive to chemicals!

  10141   Mon Jul 7 16:39:26 2014 SteveUpdatePEMants on the PSL table



We observed one or two ants climbing over PMC optics without booties and safety glasses.

The floor was mopped with strong Bayer Home Pest Control solution in the Vertex area.

Do not work inside the 40m lab if you are sensitive to chemicals!


 The floor is mopped again with strong PEST CONTROL SOLUTION in water in the Vertex area.

Do not plane to work in the IFO-room till noon if you are sensitive to chemicals!

 Ants are back on the PSL table. We'll be mopping the floor with pest control solution tomorrow morning.

  1290   Wed Feb 11 00:50:24 2009 carynUpdateGeneralants?

So, near 2 of the trashcans in the control room and underneath a desk there are hundrends of ants. Is this normal?

  8144   Sat Feb 23 14:04:07 2013 KojiUpdateComputersapache retarted (Re: linux1 dead, then undead)

apache has been restarted.
How to: search "apache" on the 40m wiki


I had to reboot nodus to get it recovered


  4781   Thu Jun 2 16:31:41 2011 JamieUpdateCDSaquired SUS channel name suffixes changed from _DAQ to _DQ

CDS changed the suffix for all aquired channel names from _DAQ to _DQ.  When we rebuilt the sus models, described in the previous log, the channel names were changed and consequently the channel files were completely rewritten.

To fix the issue, the latest archived channel file was copied back into the chans directory, and the suffixes were changed, as so:

cd /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/chans
cp archive/C1SUS_110602_155403.ini  C1SUS.ini
sed -i 's/DAQ/DQ/g' C1SUS.ini

We then restarted the models and the framebuilder.

  7996   Mon Feb 4 22:46:03 2013 JamieSummaryGeneralarbcav for SRC with curved TTs

I ran Zach's arbcav on our SRC with curved TTs and the situation looks much worse than the PRC.

I used the following parameters

SRM: RoC = 142 m, T = 10%
ITM: RoC = 83.1e3 m, T = 1.4%
SRC length: 5.37 m

In this case, with TT RoC of -600, the combined cavity g-factor = 0.9986, and astigmatism from SR3 makes the cavity patently not stable.  You have to go up to an RoC of -710 before the cavity is just over the edge.



  8005   Tue Feb 5 19:16:22 2013 JamieSummaryGeneralarbcav of PRC with +600 RoC PR2/3

This is just a simple rerun of arbcav from #7995 but with the PR2/3 RoCs set to 600, instead of -600.  Overall g-factor = 0.922, and the modes are well separated:

mode_density_PRC_3.pdf mode_density_PRC_2.pdf 

This doesn't take into account the effect of traveling through the substrates (still working on it).  It assumes the PR2/3 have been moved such that the cavity fold lengths remain the same.

This is something that we need to keep in mind: we will need to adjust the position of the PR2/3 to keep the fold lengths the same.

  8040   Fri Feb 8 18:23:32 2013 JamieSummaryGeneralarbcav of half PRC with flipped PR2

Arbcav with half PRC (flat temporary mirror in front of BS), PR2 RoC = 600m, PR3 RoC = -600m:


NOTE: this does NOT include the affect of the PR2 substrate in the cavity.  Arbcav does not handle that.  It would have to be modified to accept arbitrary ABCD matrices.

NOTE: I added to the mode plot the frequency separation of the first HOMs from the carrier (\omega_{10/01}), in units of carrier FSR.

  8041   Fri Feb 8 19:29:44 2013 yutaSummaryGeneralarbcav of half PRC with flipped PR2

We need expected finesse and g-factor to compare with mode-scan measurement. Can you give us the g-factor of the half-PRC and what losses did you assumed to calculate the finesse?

Also, flipped PR2 should have RoC of - R_HR * n_sub (minus measured RoC of HR surface multiplied by the substrate refractive index) because of the flipping.
According to Jenne dictionary, HR curvature measured from HR side is;

PRM: -122.1 m
PR2: -706 m
PR3: - 700 m
TM in front of BS: -581 m

Please use these values to calculate expected g-factor so that we don't get confused.


Arbcav with half PRC (flat temporary mirror in front of BS), PR2 RoC = 600m, PR3 RoC = -600m:

  7995   Mon Feb 4 19:48:32 2013 JamieSummaryGeneralarbcav recalc of PRC with correct ITM transmission

I noticed that Koji used a high reflector for the ITMs for his full PRC arbcav calculation. I just redo it here with the correct ITM transmission and RoC for completeness.

In this case the finesse is 95, instead of 121.



  9465   Fri Dec 13 13:28:07 2013 DenUpdateLSCarm calibration template

I have calibrated ETMX and ETMY actuators and added a template armSpectra.xml into /users/Templates directory.

Template shows control and error signals of both arms. Procedure is standard: calibrate control to meters and match error based on UGF measurement. XARM UGF: 200 Hz, YARM UGF 210 Hz.

Noise level at high frequencies (>100 Hz) for YARM is 3*10-15 and is factor of 3 better then for XARM. Servo gains are in the same ratio. I think there is less light on POX than on POY RF PD because I checked phase rotation and analog gain. I assume transimpedances are the same.

Attachment 1: armsCal.pdf
  1247   Thu Jan 22 23:36:50 2009 peteHowTooplevsarm cavity oplev calibration
calibrated the y-arm oplevs. the procedure is contained in a matlab script. the whereabouts of this script will be revealed in a future log entry.

ITMYpit 140 microrad/ct
ITMYyaw 98 microrad/ct
ETMYpit 400 microrad/ct
ETMYyaw 440 microrad/ct (previous measurement gave 420 microrad/ct)


1) Start with a single arm aligned and locked. Dither the mirror tilt in a DOF. Measure arm cavity power and oplev error signal. See the first attached plot.

2) Fit the plot to a gaussian and determine mu and sigma.

3) For a spherical ETM optic, the power in the cavity P(a), as a function of translational beam axis displacement a=R*sin(theta), is proportional to exp[-a^2/(2*x^2)] where x is the waist size (D. Anderson APPLIED OPTICS, Vol. 23, No. 17, 1984). The power as a function of mirror tilt in cts, P(tilt) is proportional to exp[-(tilt-mu)^2 /(2*sigma^2)]. So if R is the mirror radius then theta = arcsin(a/R) = arcsin[(1/R)*(tilt-mu)*x/sigma)].

4) Fit theta versus mirror tilt to get the calibration. See the second attached plot.

5) For a flat ITM optic, mirror tilt causes an angular displacement of the beam. The math for this case is given in Anderson.
Attachment 1: ETMYpitpower.png
Attachment 2: ETMYpitcal.png
  1249   Fri Jan 23 12:48:12 2009 KakeruUpdateoplevsarm cavity oplev calibration
I calibrated optlevs of x and y arm cavity, indipendently from Peter's work.

ITMX pit: 77 microrad/ct
ITMX yaw: 73 microrad/ct
ETMX pit: 280 microrad/ct
ETMX yaw: 263 microrad/ct

ITMY pit: 120 microrad/ct
ITMY yaw: 93 microrad/ct
ETMY pit: 280 microrad/ct
ETMY yaw: 270 microrad/ct

This result is similar to Royal's one (within 30% difference except for ETMX pit), but different from Peter's in ETMY.

The attached figure is the data and fitted curve of ITMX pit.
I took this data for 8s, with 4 Hz excitation.
Attachment 1: ITMX_pitch.png
  1259   Thu Jan 29 17:24:41 2009 KakeruUpdateoplevsarm cavity oplev calibration
I calibrated optlevs again. My previous work has a lot of mistakes, so ignore it.

ITMX pit: 195 microrad/ct
ITMX yaw: 185 microrad/ct
ETMX pit: 303 microrad/ct
ETMX yaw: 296 microrad/ct

ITMY pit: 192 microrad/ct
ITMY yaw: 141 microrad/ct
ETMY pit: 294 microrad/ct
ETMY yaw: 301 microrad/ct

(For ITMY, the data is low quality)

My calcuration and Peter's(based on Royal's report) is different in two point.
i) Royal uses some geometrical factor to calibrate ITM.
ii) Royal fits data to exp(-a^2/(2*w0^2)), and I fit data to exp(-a^2/w0^2).

When I calculate with modification of these differences, my result became almost same value of Peter's one.
Now we are discussing which equation is correct.

But we must do some laser works before it...
  1403   Sat Mar 14 22:53:12 2009 KakeruUpdateoplevsarm cavity oplev calibration
I finished a calibration of optical levers.

To calibrate oplevs, I locked appropriate cavity and tilted a mirror.
A cavity with tilted mirror decrease its arm power. So I can know how much the tilt is.
For calibration of ITMX and ETMX, I locked X arm and measured TRX.
For ETMX, ETMY and BS, I locked Y arm and measured TRY
For PRM, I locked PRC and measured SPOB
For SRM, I locked SRC and measured REFL166

I used, for example, C1:SUS-ITMX_OPLEV_PERROR as an oplev signal.

The calibration factors for each mirror is below. The attachment is figures of my fitting.
I used modified equation for ITM calibration from my last calibration, so the value become small around 30%.

ITMX Pitch: 142   microrad/counts
ITMX Yaw:   145   microrad/counts
ITMY Pitch: 257   microrad/counts
ITMY Yaw:   206   microrad/counts

ETMX Pitch: 318   microrad/counts
ETMX Yaw:   291   microrad/counts
ETMY Pitch: 309   microrad/counts
ETMY Yaw:   299   microrad/counts

BS Pitch:    70.9 microrad/counts
BS Yaw:      96.3 microrad/counts

PRM Pitch:   78.5 microrad/counts
PRM Yaw:     79.9 microrad/counts

SRM Pitch:  191   microrad/counts
SRM Yaw:    146   microrad/counts

It looks strange that ITMY, BS and SRM has different value. I think this is a fitting problem.
These data have some asymmetry and cause these 20%-30% difference.
Actually, PRM Yaw has a little asymmetry but the value doesn't differ from Pitch.
This means that this calibration factor potentially has below 30% error.
(These data are the most fine data. I think we must adjust Y arm yaw alignment. The beam spot of ETMY looks too low!)
For SRM, I couldn't get fine data because it was very sensitive to tilt and easily lose its lock.
When I tuned cavity enough, The data become almost flat, so I used detuned cavity.

It is also strange that ITMX and ITMY is different. I guess that this is caused by the difference of the QPD input. The sum of QPD is around 10000 for ITMX and around 4500 for ITMY.
The difference between BS or PRM and SRM is same, I guess. The sum of QPD input for BS and SRM is around 1500, but for SRM, it is around 10000.

I will write more detailed document and upload it with my calibration code.
Attachment 1: oplev.pdf
oplev.pdf oplev.pdf oplev.pdf
  1413   Fri Mar 20 15:37:58 2009 KakeruUpdateoplevsarm cavity oplev calibration

I calibrated several oplevs with OSEM signal as a confirmation of my fitting method the method is:

1) I tilted mirrors and get signals from oplevs (C1:SUS-XXXX_OPLEV_PERROR) and OSEM (C1:SUS-XXXX_SUS{PIT/YAW}_IN1).
2) I compared amplitudes of two signals and calculated conversion factors.
3) I calibrated factors above to microrad/counts with
i) The calibration factor of OSEM (2 V/mm)
ii) The calibration factor from count to V of OSEM; 1/16384 V/counts
iii) The shape of whitening filter of OSEM: 30, 100:3 (these values is taken from http://www.ldas-sw.ligo.caltech.edu/ilog/pub/ilog.cgi?group=40m&task=view&date_to_view=04/07/2005&anchor_to_scroll_to=2005:04:07:20:28:36-rana).
iv) The size of mirrors; 125mm for large optics and 75.5mm for small optics.

This calibration has some uncirtainties.

1) The calibration factor of OSEM looks very rough.
2) Output matrixes looks not to be normalized. It looks vary from 0.5 to 1.5 .
3) I don't know where OSEMs are put on mirrors accurately.

So, this calibration is very rough and may have uncertnty of a few factors, I could confirm my fitting calibration in orders.

From this calibration, I got calibration factors listed below.

ITMY Pit: 76 microrad/counts (257 microrad/counts with fitting method)
ITMY Yaw: 58 microrad/counts (206 microrad/counts)
BS Pit : 27 microrad/counts (70.9 microrad/counts)
PRM Yaw : 22 microrad/counts (79.9 microrad/counts)

For the other mirrors, OSEM outputs matrixes are not optimized and I couldn't get fine signals (I think this is not good!).

Each value is smaller than the value calibrated with fitting method in factor 3-4. There looks to be some systematic error, so there must be some difference in parameters used in OSEM calibration.
  1434   Thu Mar 26 09:08:18 2009 KakeruUpdateoplevsarm cavity oplev calibration
I uploaded a document about my oplev calibration.

At same place I put my matlab codes for calibration.
  9789   Tue Apr 8 19:10:39 2014 ranaUpdateLSCarm length measurements

 Since we don't have an arm length precision measurement (i.e. better than centimeters), why not just do as Koji suggests and use the ALS to get the frequency spacing between a few red FSR and then we have the measurement solid ?

  9790   Tue Apr 8 23:04:14 2014 manasaUpdateLSCarm length measurements


 Since we don't have an arm length precision measurement (i.e. better than centimeters), why not just do as Koji suggests and use the ALS to get the frequency spacing between a few red FSR and then we have the measurement solid ?

Arm lengths measured using ALS. Both the arms were estimated to have the same length (to the order of a centimeter) 37.51 m

I used ALS error signal to lock the arms and scanned the arm to find 4 consecutive IR resonances. From the beat note frequencies measured using the spectrum analyser during IR resonance, the FSR, and hence the length of the arms were calculated.

The estimated lengths are not very precise down to a mm given the resolution of the spectrum analyser. We have brought out the rubidium clock to use as reference for the spectrum analyser to challenge the measurements.

  9804   Fri Apr 11 18:55:28 2014 manasaUpdateLSCarm length measurements

Arm lengths were measured using ALS

X arm length = 37.79 +/- 0.05 m

Y arm length = 37.81 +/- 0.01 m

Whats and whys

We want to measure the arm length with an accuracy of say a mm.

This would mean a measurement precision of 1e-3/40=25ppm. (1mm in 40m)

So the required measurement resolution on the spectrum analyser is 25ppm*4MHz=100Hz (assuming the cavity FSR is roughly 4MHz). 

Although the spectrum analyser does not limit the measurement precision, we are limited by the noise in ALS at 1000Hz rms. So we can use ALS only to measure arm length precise to the order of a few mm.

RXA: Not that we really need to right now, but even with an ALS noise of 1000 Hz, we can can do better just by averaging at each resonance point. And fitting a line as you have already done gets even better:



The Spectrum analyser was reference locked to the rubidium clock @10MHz for these measurements.

The FSRs of the arms

X arm = 3.9671e+06 +/- 4.8535e+03 Hz

Y arm = 3.9648e+06 +/- 1.1064e+03 Hz


1&2. Plots representing the arm scans showing the beat frequency for which IR resonates in the arm vs the ALS offset (position of the ETM).

3. Data and code (zip file)

P.S. We had trouble scanning the arms using ALS. This was because the slow servo was not enabled. Hence ALS was losing its PDH lock everytime we scanned past a couple of FSRs.

Attachment 1: Xarm.png
Attachment 2: Yarm.png
Attachment 3: 40mCavLength.zip
  14268   Fri Nov 2 16:42:31 2018 aaronUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsarm loss measuremenents

I'm continuing the arm loss measurements Yuki was making. I'm first familiarizing myself with the procedures for the measurement Johannes describes.

I'm not very familiar with the medm screens, so I'm just kind of poking around and checking with Gautam. I do the following:

  1. Turned Xarm ASS dither on, then off.
  2. Turned X and Y ALS on, then off shortly after
    1. Realizing I needed some guidance, I found this page on lock acquisition on the wiki
    2. Gautam showed me how to align/lock the IFO so I could take some notes, and we locked the Y arm, misaligned X.
  3. I put the PD back in the AS beam path to get the ASDC signal, and approximately centered the beam. This PD is on channel 1 of the scope, which is at
  4. I centered the beam onto the MC2 PD that Yuki had installed. This PD is on channel 2 of the scope.
    1. Both scope channels are set to 1V scale (I also had tried 500mV, and it didn't seem to make a difference) and 10s time axis spacing (maximum integration time, since we're looking for a DC effect. Is this what we want?)
    2. The impedance for both channels is 1MOhm.
  5. I ran the script to start the loss measurement on the Y arm.
    1. python2 armloss_dcrefl_asdcpd_scope.py 1 2 5 YARM
    2. I'm reading ~15 (au?) for the MC channel and ~5% of that out the AS, which seems to make sense to me and looked to be about what Yuki the ratios when I checked the log files. However, I'm a bit confused by the normalization, because the maximum output of the MC PD is 10V, and indeed the scope's display is reading under 10V.

I've left the script running.

  14270   Mon Nov 5 13:52:18 2018 aaronUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsarm loss measuremenents

After running this script Friday night, i noticed Saturday that the data hadn't saved. Scrolling up inthe terminal, I couldn't see where I'd run the script, so I thought I'd forgotten to run it as I was making last minute changes to the scope settings Friday before leaving.

Monday it turns out I hadn't forgotten to run the script, but the script itself was getting hung up as it waited for ASS to settle, due to the offset on the ETM PIT or YAW setpoints. The script was waiting until both pitch and yaw settled to below 0.7, but yaw was reading ~15; I think this is normal, and it looks like Yuki had solved this problem by waiting for the DEMOD-OFFSET to become small, rather than just the DEMOD signal to be small. Since this is a solved problem, I think I might be using an old script, but I'm pretty sure I'm running the one in Johannes' folder that Yuki is referencing for example here. The scripts in /yutaro_scripts/ have this DEMOD-OFFSET functionality commented out, and anyway those scripts seem to do the 2D loss maps rather than 1D loss measurements.

In the meantime I blocked the beams and ran the script in DARK mode. The script is saving data in /armloss/data/run_20181105/, and runs with no exceptions thrown.

However, when I try to dither align the YARM, I get an error that "this is not a degree of freedom that has an ASS". I'm alsogetting some exceptions from MEDM about unavailable channels. It must have been something about donatella not initializing, because it's working on pianosa. I turned on YARM ADS from pianosa. Monitoring from dataviewer, I see that LSC-TRY_OUT has some spikes to 0.5, but it's mostly staying near 0. I tried returning to the previous frozen outputs, and also stepping around ETMY-[PIT/YAW] from the IFO_ALIGN screen, but didn't see much change in the behavior of LSC-TRY. I missed the other controls Gautam was using to lock before, and I've also made myself unclear on whether ASS is acting only on angular dof, or also on length.

I unblocked the beams after the DARK run was done.

  14274   Tue Nov 6 10:19:26 2018 aaronUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsarm loss measuremenents

I'm checking out the data this morning, running armloss_AS_calc.py using the parameters Yuki used here.

I made the following changes to scripts (measurement script and calculator script)

  • Included the 'hour' of the run in the armloss_dcrefl_* script. This way, we can run more than once a day without overwriting data.
  • Changed the calculator script to loop over all iterations of locked/misaligned states, and calculate the loss for adjacent measurements.
    • That is, the measurement script will make a measurement with the arm locked, then with it misaligned, and repeat that N times
    • The calculator now finds the loss for the nth iteration using *_n_locked and *_n_misaligned, and finds N separate loss measurements
    • The dark signal is also computed N times, though all of the dark measurements are made before running the arm scripts, so they could be all integrated together.
    • All of these are saved in the same directory that the data was grabbed from.

I repeated the 'dark' measurements, because I need 20 files to run the script and the measurements before had the window on the scope set larger than the integration time in the script, so it was padded with bad values that were influencing the calculation.

On running the script again, I'm getting negative values for the loss. I removed the beamstops from the PDs, and re-centered the beams on the PDs to repeat the YARM measurements.

  14280   Wed Nov 7 05:16:16 2018 yukiUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsarm loss measuremenents

Please check your data file and compare with those Johannes made last year. I think the power in your data file may have only three-disits and flactuate about 2%, which brings huge error. (see elog: 40m/14254)


On running the script again, I'm getting negative values for the loss. 

  5077   Sun Jul 31 22:35:35 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCarm loss measurement : done

I did the measurement of the arm loss on both X and Y arm by running the armLoss script.

The results will be posted later.

Quote from #5074

I will measure the loss on the X and Y arm cavity tomorrow.


  5359   Wed Sep 7 16:21:35 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCarm loss measurement : resluts

Here are the results of the arm loss measurements, which I have done before the vent.

I ran the existing matlab script, called 'armLoss.m', to estimate the loss. The script resides in /scripts/LSC.

(Y arm)

 Round trip loss =  154.668624 +/- 11.343204 ppm


The figure above is a time series of the measurement.

In the lower plot the power in the ASDC_PD are plotted. The green dotted-curve is the power when the Y arm is unlocked.

The blue dotted-curve is the one when the Y arm is locked.

In the upper plot the estimated loss from each combination of locked/unlocked power are plotted.


(X arm)

Round trip loss = ????? 50 ppm ?????

The obtained time series looked wired because difference in the ASDC power when the arm was locked/unlocked were small.

This small difference results in such a small loss.

To see what was going on I will look at the trend data.


Quote from #5077

I did the measurement of the arm loss on both X and Y arm by running the armLoss script.

The results will be posted later.


  1557   Thu May 7 18:12:12 2009 peteUpdateLockingarm power curve

I've plotted TRX, TRY, PD12I and PD11Q.  Arm powers after locking increase for a few tens of minutes, peak out, and then decrease before lock is lost.



Attachment 1: 2009_may_7_powers.jpg
  1558   Thu May 7 23:21:04 2009 peteUpdateLockingarm power curve


I've plotted TRX, TRY, PD12I and PD11Q.  Arm powers after locking increase for a few tens of minutes, peak out, and then decrease before lock is lost.



 I should have mentioned that the AS port camera image seems to get progressively uglier over the course of these locks.  Maybe we can use the JoeCam to make a movie of it. 

  2414   Mon Dec 14 15:18:18 2009 JenneUpdatelorearmLoss script ran....results confidential

I ran the armLoss script for both Xarm and Yarm.  The results are confidential, pending the completion of Alberto's cavity pole/finesse measurement due to the 'bet' as to what the new losses are after the drag wiping.

If you're the kind of person who likes to look at their Chrismas presents, the log files with the results are in the usual place for this script: /scripts/LSC/loss-ARM-GPStime.log  (loss-Y-944865071.log and loss-X-944865946.log)

  5542   Mon Sep 26 11:35:44 2011 steveUpdateCamerasarms cameras upgraded

The arm's CCD cameras were reset as picture shows last week.

The height adjustment only works at ITMX. Short post holders are ordered to make this feature  available on the rest.

The 75 ohms video and power supply cables are stress relieved. Solid cover can be attached now without  miss aligning cameras.

Attachment 1: P1080251.JPG
  1117   Thu Nov 6 10:06:41 2008 steveUpdateLockingarms lock degradation
I have been locking the arms in the mornings lately.
The daily drift of LSC-TRX is ~ 15% and LSC-TRY ~5%
Attachment 1: arms.jpg
  1591   Fri May 15 17:30:00 2009 robUpdateLSCarms, coils, locks

This is the two arms locked, for an hour.  No integrator in either loop, but from this it looks like ETMY may have a bigger length2angle problem than ETMX.  I'll put some true integrators in the loops and do this again.



Attachment 1: armslock_no_int.png
  1592   Sat May 16 16:20:33 2009 robUpdateLSCarms, coils, locks, #2


This is the two arms locked, for an hour.  No integrator in either loop, but from this it looks like ETMY may have a bigger length2angle problem than ETMX.  I'll put some true integrators in the loops and do this again.



 There appear to be at least two independent problems: the coil balancing for ETMY is bad, and something about ITMX is broken (maybe a coil driver). 

The Y-arm becomes significantly misaligned during long locks, causing the arm power to drop.  This misalignment tracks directly with the DC drive on ETMY.  Power returns to the maximum after breaking and re-establishing lock.

ITMX alignment wanders around sporadically, as indicated by the oplevs and the X-arm transmitted power.  Power returns to previous value (not max) after breaking and re-establishing lock.

Both loops have integrators.

Attachment 1: twoproblems.png
Attachment 2: coil_imbalanceETMY.png
Attachment 3: ITMXalignment.png
  13099   Fri Jul 7 09:03:40 2017 SteveSummaryHistoryas it was in 1994


Attachment 1: 1994.PDF
1994.PDF 1994.PDF
  12977   Mon May 8 21:53:56 2017 ranaSummarySEIattempt to get seismic BLRMS minute trend

I tried to get some minute trend data today, but was unable to get it from inside or outside the control room using our matlab or python tools.

It seems the NDS2 interface will not work anywhere since it needs our minute trends to be written as frames; in the last version that Jamie left us, our minute trend frame files are not being written since they lead to periodic daqd crashes.

From inside the control room, we can get the minute trend (only with DataViewer). I've attached 30 days of BS_X just to show its real.

We can get the numerical data from the Grace plot window using the menu option Data->Export->ASCII.

You must select all of the 'Write Sets' to get all of the traces in the plot window. The resulting ascii file is not in a great format, but its not terrible.

Attachment 1: BLRMS_trend.png
  1043   Mon Oct 13 13:51:49 2008 peteConfigurationPSLattempt to measure FSS ref phase
On Friday I began a measurement of the FSS reference phase. The setup involves the following:
+ turn off the 166 MHz LO (top signal generator on 1Y2 rack)
+ bring FSS LO 21.5 MHz to the 166 MHz delay line phase shifter, and back out the phase shifter with a second length of cable
+ add a length of cable to the RF 21.5 MHz in preparation for measuring FSS IN2 as a function of delay

Trouble locking the FSS, and ran out of time before the measurement could be performed.
  9475   Sun Dec 15 03:13:15 2013 DenUpdateLSCattempt to reduce carm offset

X,Y arms were stabilized using ALS and moved 5 nm from the resonance, PRMI was locked on sideband using REFL165 I&Q. POP angular servo was running; PRMI RIN was good (~2-3%)

During slow offset reduction I was sweeping MICH, PRCL and POP servos for instabilities due to possible optical gain variations, loops were fine.

I could reduce offset down to ~200 pm and then lost lock due to 60 Hz oscillations as shown on the attached plot "arm_offset"

Arms were stabilized with RMS comparable to the offset and power in arms was fluctuating from 3 to 45.

60 Hz line most probably comes from MICH. RMS is dominated by the power lines and is ~ 1 nm as seen on the plot "PRMI_CAL". I think this is too much but we need to do simulations.

Attachment 1: ARM_OFFSET.pdf
Attachment 2: PRMI_CAL.pdf
  12876   Thu Mar 9 17:26:43 2017 SteveUpdateGeneralattempted ETMY picture taking

I removed the video monitoring can and replaced it with Olympus SP-570UZ camera. It has no IR blocker. The OSEM light are dominant because I can not zoom in more.

I left the camera in place so you can try it. Leave the LEXAN plate on the glass window so no accident can happen. The illuminator is on and you can turn it off-on with the manual switch, close to the camera. Camera manual is on my desk.


  12877   Thu Mar 9 20:11:04 2017 KojiUpdateGeneralattempted ETMY picture taking

The attached is the ETMY image with the single arm locked. This was the best I could do. Here is the recipe

  • Turn on SP570UZ
  • Switch to "M" mode (Manual aperture and exposure)
  • Set the aperture to be the widest (smallest F number) and the exposure to be maximum (15 second).
  • Switch to AF mode by the lens side switch
  • Use the lens dial to adjust the zoom until the OSEMs fill the central 1/3 box (i.e. 1/9 area of the field of view). If you zoom more, you can't focus the spot later.
  • Use menu button to switch to ISO1600 (You are now capable to see the beam spot)
  • Switch to MF mode by the lens side switch
  • Use the lens dial to adjust the focus to have the sharpest image of the spot. This can be achieved at the focal distance of ~1m
  • Use menu button to switch back to ISO64
  • Push the shutter (I didn't use it, but you should be able to use 2sec timer)
Attachment 1: P3090032.JPG
  12881   Fri Mar 10 18:00:22 2017 SteveUpdateGeneralattempted ETMY picture taking

Your technique works Koji

Attachment 1: P3100044.JPG
Attachment 2: P3090024.JPG
  11636   Tue Sep 22 17:30:55 2015 jamieUpdateDAQattempts at getting new fb working

Today I've been trying to get the new frame builder, tentatively 'fb1', to work.  It's not fully working yet, so I'm about to revert the system back to using 'fb'.  The switch-over process is annoying, since our one myrinet card has to be moved between the hosts.

A brief update on the process so far:

I'm being a little bold with this system by trying to build daqd against more system libraries, instead of the manually installed stuff usually nominally required.  Here's some of the relevant info about th fb1 system:

  • Debian 7 (wheezy)
  • lscsoft ldas-tools-framecpp-dev 2.4.1-1+deb7u0
  • lscsoft gds-dev 2.17.2-2+deb7u0
  • lscsoft libmetaio-dev 8.4.0-1+deb7u0
  • lscsoft libframe-dev 8.20-1+deb7u0
  • /opt/rtapps/epics-
  • /opt/mx-1.2.16
  • advLigoRTS trunk

I finally managed to get daqd to build against the advLigoRTS trunk (post 2.9 branch).  I'll post detailed build log once I work out all the kinks.  It runs ok, including writing out full frames, as well as second and minute trends and raw minute trends, but there are a couple of show-stopper problems:

  • daqd segfaults if the C1EDCU.ini is specified.  If I comment out that one file from the 'master' channel ini file list then it runs without segfaulting.
  • Something is going on with the mx_streams from the front ends:
    • They appear to look ok from the daqd side, but the FEC-<ID>_FB_NET_STATUS indicators remain red.  The "DAQ" bit in the STATE_WORD is also red.  Again, this is even though data seems to be flowing.
    • The mx_stream processes on the front ends are dying (and restarting via monit) about every 2 minutes.  It's unclear what exactly is happening, but they all dia around the same time, so it possibly initiated from a daqd problem.  Around the time of the mx_stream failures, we see this in the daqd log:
[Tue Sep 22 17:24:07 2015] GPS MISS dcu 91 (TST); dcu_gps=1127003062 gps=1127003063

Aborted 1 send requests due to remote peer Aborted 1 send requests due to remote peer 00:25:90:0d:75:bb (c1sus:0) disconnected
mx_wait failed in rcvr eid=004, reqn=11; wait did not complete; status code is Remote endpoint is closed
00:30:48:d6:11:17 (c1iscey:0) disconnected
mx_wait failed in rcvr eid=002, reqn=235; wait did not complete; status code is Remote endpoint is closed
disconnected from the sender on endpoint 002
mx_wait failed in rcvr eid=005, reqn=253; wait did not complete; status code is Bad session (missing mx_connect?)
disconnected from the sender on endpoint 005
disconnected from the sender on endpoint 004
[Tue Sep 22 17:24:13 2015] GPS MISS dcu 39 (PEM); dcu_gps=1127003062 gps=1127003069
  • Occaissionally the daqd process dies when the front end mx_streams processes die.

I'll keep investigating, hopefully with some feedback from Keith and Rolf tomorrow.

  11653   Wed Sep 30 13:59:49 2015 jamieUpdateDAQattempts at getting new fb working

I got Steve to get us a new Myrinet fiber network adapter card for fb1:

  • Myrinet 10G-PCIE-8B-S

I just finished installing the card in fb1, and it came up fine.  We happened to have a spare fiber, and a spare fiber jack in the DAQ switch, so I went ahead and plugged it in in parallel to the old fb:

controls@fb1:~/rtbuild/trunk 130$ /opt/mx/bin/mx_info
MX Version: 1.2.16
MX Build: controls@fb1:/opt/src/mx-1.2.16 Fri Sep 18 18:32:59 PDT 2015
1 Myrinet board installed.
The MX driver is configured to support a maximum of:
    8 endpoints per NIC, 1024 NICs on the network, 32 NICs per host
Instance #0:  364.4 MHz LANai, PCI-E x8, 2 MB SRAM, on NUMA node 0
    Status:         Running, P0: Link Up
    Network:        Ethernet 10G

    MAC Address:    00:60:dd:43:74:62
    Product code:   10G-PCIE-8B-S
    Part number:    09-04228
    Serial number:  485052
    Mapper:         00:60:dd:46:ea:ec, version = 0x00000000, configured
    Mapped hosts:   7

                                                        ROUTE COUNT
INDEX    MAC ADDRESS     HOST NAME                        P0
-----    -----------     ---------                        ---
   0) 00:60:dd:43:74:62 fb1:0                             1,0
   1) 00:25:90:0d:75:bb c1sus:0                           1,0
   2) 00:30:48:be:11:5d c1iscex:0                         1,0
   3) 00:30:48:d6:11:17 c1iscey:0                         1,0
   4) 00:30:48:bf:69:4f c1lsc:0                           1,0
   5) 00:14:4f:40:64:25 c1ioo:0                           1,0
   6) 00:60:dd:46:ea:ec fb:0                              1,0

We can now work on fb1 while fb continues to run and collect data from the front ends.

I'm still not getting the mx_stream connections to the new fb1 daq to work.  I'm leaving everything running as is on fb for the moment.

  484   Sun May 18 18:14:30 2008 ranaSummaryComputer Scripts / Programsautlockers and cron
Today I noticed that the MC was unlocked, the MC autolocker was off, the PSL autolocker was off,
and the PSL Slow loop was off.

Reading through .log files and our elog it seems like things have been this way since Tuesday
when Andrey went around rebooting computers to bring things back.

And it looks like the ETMY optical lever is dead.

I restarted the PSL & MC scripts on op340m. I also locked and aligned the X arm to verify that
not everything is broken. The Y Arm is unalignable until we replace the HeNe.
  311   Tue Feb 12 16:18:29 2008 robConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programsautoburt cron moved to op340m

I moved the autoburt cron job from op440m to op340m. For some reason, burtrb requires gcc to run (I gather it uses the C-preprocessor to parse input files), so I had to install that on op340m to get it to work properly.

There are no more cron jobs running on op440m now.
  13525   Wed Jan 10 15:25:43 2018 johannesConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programsautoburt making backups again

I manually created the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/snapshots/2018/ directory. Maybe this fixes the hickup? Gotta wait about 30 minutes.

It worked. The first backup of the year is now from Wednesday, 01/10/18 at 15:19. Ten days of automatic backups are missing. Up until 2204 the year folders had been pre-emptively created so why was 2018 missing?

gautam: this is a bit suspect still - the snapshot file for c1auxex at least seemed to be too light on channels recorded. this was before any c1auxex switching. to be investigated.

  13524   Wed Jan 10 14:17:57 2018 johannesConfigurationComputer Scripts / Programsautoburt no longer making backups

I was looking into setting up autoburt for the new c1auxex2 and found that it stopped making automatic backups for all machines after the beginning of the new year. There is no 2018 folder (it was the only one missing) in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/snapshots and the /latest/ link in /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/ leads to the last backup of 2017 on 12/31/17 at 23:19.

The autoburt log file shows that the back script last ran today 01/10/18 at 14:19, as it should have, but doesn't show any errors and ends with "You are at the 40m".

I'm not familiar with the autoburt scheduling using cronjobs. If I'm not mistaken the relevant cronjob file is /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/autoburt/autoburt.cron which executes /cvs/cds/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/autoburt/autoburt.pl

I've never used perl but there's the following statement when establishing the directory for the new backup:

  $yearpath = $autoburtpath."/snapshots/".$thisyear;
  # print "scanning for path $yearpath\n";
  if (!-e $yearpath) {
    die "ERROR: Year directory $yearpath does not exist\n";

I manually created the /opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/burt/autoburt/snapshots/2018/ directory. Maybe this fixes the hickup? Gotta wait about 30 minutes.

  2471   Sun Jan 3 08:23:39 2010 ranaConfigurationCDSautoburt.pl 'fixed' for post 2009 years

Tobin & Keith pointed out in the LLO ilog that there was a code bug in the autoburt.pl script for autoburts.

I edited the autoburt.pl script so that it will work from now until 2099 (by which time we may no longer be using this version of perl):

nodus:autoburt>diff autoburt.pl~ autoburt.pl
<     $thisyear = "200".$timestamp[5];
>     $thisyear = "20".$timestamp[5];

The autoburt has not been working ever since 11PM on New Year's eve.

I ran it by hand and it seems to run fine. I noticed along the way that it was running on op340m (our old Sun Blade 150 machine). The autoburt.pl was pointing at /cvs/cds/bin/perl

which is Perl v5.0. I changed it to use '/usr/bin/env' and now points at '/usr/bin/perl' which is perl 5.8. It runs fine with the new perl:

op340m:scripts>time perl /cvs/cds/scripts/autoburt.pl >> /cvs/cds/caltech/logs/autoburtlog.log
5.37u 6.29s 2:13.41 8.7%

Also ran correctly, via cron, at 9AM.

  10049   Tue Jun 17 16:52:40 2014 ericqUpdateComputer Scripts / Programsautolocker confusion


the MC autolocker is NOT running alright.

I'm kind of confused by the current auto locker situation. Somebody renamed the script from autolockMCmain40m to AutoLockMC.csh and did not update the crontab with the new filename. 

Furthermore it doesn't seem like  scripto_cron,a script which keeps the auto locker alive, runs ok on ottavia. When I run this on the command line, it claims that the process is already running, and returns some bunk PID that doesn't correspond to any running process. The script has a line stating setenv OSTYPE solaris , so maybe there's something funky going on with it's pgrep-ing or other command parsing.   

Lastly, if I try running AutoLockMC.csh directly on ottavia, I get a bunch of complaints about pmath and pezcabit not being found. 

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