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  2021   Tue Sep 29 21:37:09 2009 ranaUpdateMZMZ work done : some noise checking

Since we used to run with a gain slider setting of +15 dB on the MZ, I wanted to check that the new setting of +30dB was OK. It is.

To check it I turned it up and looked for some excess noise in the ISS or in the MC. There was none. I also set the input offset slider by unlocking the PMC and zeroing the mixer monitor readback. The new slider setting is -6.5V.

I don't know why we would need more gain on the MZ loop, but we can have some if we want it by turning up the gain before the servo (optical or RF). The attached plot shows the MC_F and ISS signals with the ISS loop on and off. There was no change in either of these spectra with the MZ gain high or low.

  2025   Tue Sep 29 23:43:49 2009 ranaAoGall down cond.Cosmic


cosmic rays in cars

  2041   Fri Oct 2 14:52:55 2009 ranaUpdateComputersc1susvme2 timing problems update

The attached shows the 200 day '10-minute' trend of the CPU meters and also the room temperature.

To my eye there is no correlation between the signals. Its clear that c1susvme2 (SRM LOAD) is going up and no evidence that its temperature.


  2061   Wed Oct 7 03:49:49 2009 ranaUpdateAdaptive FilteringAttempts to take a TF of the OAF system

 Here's a plot of the spectra of the seismometers and MCL. The coherence shows which axes are aligned right now: MC1_X is coherent with GUR_NS which means that its mis-oriented.

I've now swapped the "MC1" cables: so the old "NS" now goes into EW and the old EW now goes into NS. VERT is unchanged.

Also fixed the channel names - the Guralp previously named MC1 is now GUR1 and the other one is GUR2. Also no more EW, NS, & VERT. Its all XYZ.

DAQD restarted with the new channel names.

  2062   Wed Oct 7 06:26:09 2009 ranaHowToIOOMC_L calibration + some DTT lore

I drove MC2 in POS and used the resulting response in MC_F to calibrate the IOO-MC_L channel.

Yoichi did an excellent job of calibrating MC_F last year. I have used his calibration of MC_F (220 Hz/count @ DC) to get the MC_L calibration at DC as well as at high frequencies. The hardware dewhitening was OFF for all these measurements.


1. For the DC measurement I excited C1:SUS-MC2_MCL_EXC at 0.0731 Hz. At these frequencies, the MC_L path has much more gain than the MC_F path. So this excitation at the error point makes the length path to drive itself to cancel the digital excitation. Since the overall MC servo gain is huge, this causes the MC_F path to compensate the residual MC_L motion. One can simply take the ratio of MC_L/MC_F to get the calibration of MC_L in Hz.

2. For the AC measurement, I engaged FM9 of the MC2_MCL filter bank. This guy is an elliptic LP with a notch at 660.38 Hz. I then drove MC2_LSC at 660.38 Hz with a sine wave of 500 counts amplitude. The notch makes the gain of the MC_L feedback zero at that frequency. So MC_F has to do all the work. We can simply measure the ratio of MC2_LSC/MC_F to get the AC calibration of MC2_MCL_OUT (aka IOO-MC_L) and MC2_LSC_OUT (aka LSC-MC_L).



MCF/MCL @ 0.0731 Hz = 569.4. So the MC_L calibration at DC is 220 x 569.4 = 125 kHz/count or 6.02 nm/count.

From this we would expect the AC calibration to be (6 nm/count)*(660.38/f_pend)^2 = 13.0 x10^-15 m/count.

The AC measurement gave 1445 counts_peak** of MC_F for the 500 counts (peak) excitation in MC2_LSC. From Yoichi's entry we get that the high frequency calibration of MC_F should be 0.089 Hz/count. So the MC_L calibration at 660 Hz is 0.089*1445/500 = 0.25 Hz / count or 12.3 x 10^-15 m/count. So the AC/DC ratio is close to 1.

Splitting the difference, the new official MC_L calibration is 5.87 nm/counts @ DC with a complex pole pair at 0.972 Hz.


** note:  To convert from the peak height observed in DTT with a 50% Overlap Hanning window you must use the following intuitive formula:  counts_peak = (counts / rHz) * sqrt(2 * BW). In this case, BW is the number that DTT reports as BW on the screen, NOT the BW that you asked for on the measurement tab.

*** note: when measuring peak heights in a DTT FFT, make sure to unclick the box for 'Bin' under the config tab. Bin suppresses peaks in a plot with a lot of points and is ON by default.

**** note: I have updated the MCF reference in the Templates directory with the Yoichi calibration - spectrum attached. This is probably the most accurate MCF spectrum we have ever put in the elog in the history of the 40m. The implication is that the VCO phase noise is ~5 mHz/rHz. Not bad.

***** note: with the OAF off, I drove a 1.55 Hz sine wave into MC1 and measured the ratio of MC1_MCL_OUT/IOO-MC_L. This gives the DC calibration of MC1_MCL_OUT = 7.98 nm/count.

  2063   Wed Oct 7 07:42:55 2009 ranaUpdateAdaptive FilteringAttempts to take a TF of the OAF system

I remeasured the OAF time delay using the OAF-TF template from the Templates/ directory.

Troublingly, I found the MC1 dewhitening switches set OFF - please make sure that the MC1 dewhitening is back ON after each OAF tuning so that the interferometer locking is not hosed.

The OAF-TF template had the excitation amplitude set ~20x too high. I reduced it and the coherence was still > 0.95. The phase at 32 Hz was still ~126 deg as Jenne had measured, but since the phase at DC is 180 deg, the overall phase lag is just 180-126 = 54 deg. So the delay should be 54/180 * 32 = 9.7 => 10. Luckily, Jenne is working on an instructional manual for OAF that will make all of this crystal clear.

  2066   Wed Oct 7 20:32:21 2009 ranaUpdateAdaptive Filteringextra delay and noise in PEM -> ASS/OAF system

[Rana, Jenne]

There is some craziness going on with the delay in the PEM path for the OAF.  We plot the difference between the C1:PEM-SEIS_GUR1_X and C1:ASS-TOP_PEM_10.  These are physically the same channel, plugged into the PEM ADCU, and then the signal is used as a regular PEM channel, and is also sent to the ASS computer and used there for the OAF system.  As you can see in the blue trace on the bottom plot, there is a huge amount of delay, and it's very noisy.  We also plot the _GUR2_X / ASS-TOP_PEM_2 pair (red), and it has a similar amount of delay, but it is not nearly as fuzzy and noisy.  For comparison, we plot the SUS-MC2_MCL (which is identical to IOO-MC_L) and ASS-TOP_ERR_MCL pair (green), and they don't have any big overall delay problems, so it's not totally a problem with the signals getting to the ASS computer.

This problem was present during/after all of the following attempts to fix it:

* The sample rate on the ASS computer is 2048.  The PEM channels were being acquired the ADCU at 512.  We changed the ADCU sampling rate to 2048 to match.

* We soft rebooted the ASS computer, in case it was a timing problem.

* Doing a "sudo shutdown -r now" while logged in as controls.

We might also try resetting/power cycling c0dcu in the morning.  Alex has been emailed to help us try to figure this out.


In other news, the time delay that we measure from the plot gives us 180degrees in ~210Hz.  This corresponds to a little more than 2msec of delay, with the C1:ASS version lagging behind the C1:PEM version.  (2 samples at 840Hz) Converting to the 2048 sampling rate, we have a delay of 4.8, so 5 front-end cycles.  Since Rana measured this morning that the delay indicated by the transfer function is 10 cycles, and this delay shows that the ASS lags the actual seismometer signal by 5 cycles, we should subtract this 5 from the 10 from the transfer function, giving us a final sample-and-hold delay of 5.  Coincidentally(?), 5 is the delay that was found in the C1:ASS-TOP screen, after it's one year of dormancy.  The point of the delay feature in the code is to help match the delay in the two signal paths: the PEM path and the output path of the filter.  Since the output has a lag of 10, and the PEM path has a lag of 5, to make them match, we artificially put in a delay of 5.

  2072   Thu Oct 8 22:17:15 2009 ranaConfigurationDMFinput channels changed

I changed the input channels of the DMF recently so that it now uses 3 Guralp channels in addition to the 3 ACC and 1 Ranger.

op440m:seisblrms>diff seisBLRMS-datachans.txt~ seisBLRMS-datachans.txt

The seisBLRMS channels still have the wrong names of IX and EX, but I have chosen to keep them like this so that we have a long trend. When looking at the historical seisBLRMS trend, we just have to remember that all of the sensors have been around the MC since last summer.

  2073   Fri Oct 9 01:31:56 2009 ranaConfigurationDAQtpchn mystery

Does anyone know if this master file is the real thing that's in use now? Are we really using a file called tpchn_C1_new.par? If anyone sees Alex, please get to the bottom of this.

allegra:daq>more master

  2079   Sun Oct 11 04:12:44 2009 ranaUpdatePEMAccelerometers relocated

Some of these channels are not like the others.

  2088   Mon Oct 12 22:15:15 2009 ranaConfigurationPSLStray beam blocking

You can remove the RFAM measuring setup. Once we upgrade, we will no longer have a MZ or the related problems.

  2093   Wed Oct 14 23:02:41 2009 ranaUpdateLockingdaytime locking

This is huge.    Five hours of lock only interrupted by intentional break from transfer function abuse.

  2094   Thu Oct 15 01:21:31 2009 ranaSummaryCOCThermal Lensing in the ITM

Thermal lensing formula:


from (T090018 by A. Abramovici (which references another doc).

In the above equation:

w        1/e^2 beam radius

k        thermal conductivity (not the wave vector) = 1.3 W / m/ K

alpha    absorption coefficient (~10 ppm/cm for our glass)

NP       power in the glass (alpha*NP = absorbed power)

dn/dT    index of refraction change per deg  (12 ppm/K)

d        mirror thickness (25 mm for all of our SOS)

I'm attaching a plot showing the focal length as a function of recycling cavity power for both our current MOS and future SOS designs.

I've assumed a 10 ppm/cm absorption here. It may actually be less for our current ITMs which are made of Heraeus low absorption glass - our new ITMs are Corning 7980-A (measured to have an absorption of 13 ppm/cm ala the iLIGO COC FDD). I expect that our thermal lens focal length will always be longer than 1 km and so I guess this isn't an issue.

  2096   Thu Oct 15 02:41:04 2009 ranaUpdateCOCChoice of folding mirrors in the RC cavities

In addition to the main mirrors (PRM, SRM) we will also have fold mirrors (called PR1, PR2, SR1, SR2). I am curious to see if we can get away with just using commercial optics; I think that the CVI Y1S coatings may do the trick.


The above plots show the reflectivities v. wavelength. I've asked the sales rep to give us specs on the reflectivity v. angle. I bet that we can guess what the answer will be from these plots.

  2100   Thu Oct 15 17:12:00 2009 ranaSummaryLockingnever had it so good


  2107   Fri Oct 16 18:46:36 2009 ranaConfigurationASCloop opened on PZT2 YAW at 3:40 pm


I pushed the "closed loop" button on PZT2 YAW around 3:40 pm today, then roughly recentered it using the DC Offset knob on the PiezoJena controller and the IP ANG QPD readbacks.  There was a large DC shift.    We'll watch and see how much it drifts in this state.

 Here's the trend.

The transient at ~22:40 is Rob switching to 'Open Loop' on the Piezo Jena PZTs. I don't see any qualitative change in the drift after this event.

At 05:55 UTC, I removed an iris that was blocking the IP POS beam (the sum goes up from 2 to 6.5) without disturbing the mirrors who's oplev beam are on that table. Steve has conceded one sugar Napoleon after betting against my ninja-like iris skills.

We should recenter the beam on IP POS now that its unclipped - I'll let it sit this way overnight just to get more drift data.

  2109   Sun Oct 18 16:09:34 2009 ranaConfigurationASCloop opened on PZT2 YAW at 3:40 pm


I wanted to see how long our IP POS beam has been badly clipped - turns out its since April 1, 2007.

Steve's April Fool's joke is chronicled then. The attached trend shows that the drop in IP POS is coincident with that event.

In trying to align IPPOS, I noticed that someone has placed a ND2.0 filter (factor of 100 attenuation) in front of it. This is kind of a waste - I have removed IPPOS to fix its resistors and avoid this bad optic. Also the beam coming onto the table is too big for the 1" diameter optics being used; we need to replace it with a 2" diamter optic (Y1-2037-45P).


IP ANG dropped by a factor of 2 back in early August of '08.

We need this guy on the investigation:


  2110   Sun Oct 18 19:55:45 2009 ranaConfigurationElectronicsIP POS is back: ND filter gone, new resistors in

Its back in and re-centered. Our next move on IPPOS should be to replace its steering mirror with something bigger and more rigid.

Electronics changes:

20K -> 3.65 K  (R6, R20, R42, R31) (unused)

20K -> 3.65 K  (R7, R21, R32, R43, R11, R24, R35, R46)

If you look in the schematic (D990272), you see that its an AD797 transimpedance stage with a couple of LT1125 stages set to give some switchable gain. It looks like some of these

switches are on and some are not, but I am not sure where it would be controlled from. I've attached a snapshot of one quadrant of the schematic below.

The schematic shows the switches in the so-called 'normally closed' configuration. This is what the switches do with zero volts applied to the control inputs. As the schematic also shows,

just disconnecting the 'switch' inputs cause the switch's control inputs to go high (normally open configuration, i.e. pins 2-3 connected, pin4 open). For the record, the default positions of the IPPOS switches are:

switch1   high

switch2   low

switch3   low

switch4   high


** EDIT (Nov 2, 2009): I forgot to attach the before and after images; here they are:


  2112   Sun Oct 18 22:06:15 2009 ranaConfigurationElectronicsIP POS is back: ND filter gone, new resistors in

I tried to compare the IP_POS time series with the IPANG and MC_TRANS but was foiled at first:

1) The IPANG scan rate was set to 0.5 second, so it doesn't resolve the pendulum motions well. Fixed in the .db file.

2) Someone had used a Windows/DOS editor to edit the .db file and it was filled with "^M" characters. I have removed them all using this command:   tr -d "\r" <ETMXaux.db > new.db

3) The MC_TRANS P/Y channels were on the MC Lock screen but had never been added to the DAQ. Remember, if there's a useful readback on an EPICS screen. its not necessarily in the frames unless you add it to the C0EDCU file. I have done that now and restarted the fb daqd. Channels now exist.

4) Changed the PREC of the IPPOS channels to 3 from 2.

5) changed the sign for the IBQPD (aka IPANG) so that bigger signal is positive on the EPICS screen.

  2139   Sat Oct 24 04:57:33 2009 ranaUpdateloremarconi phase


So, it appears that one doesn't even have to change the Marconi set frequency to alter the phase of the output signal.  It appears that other front panel actions (turning external modulations on/off, changing the modulation type) can do it as well.  At least that's what I conclude from earlier this morning, when after setting up the f2 Marconi (166MHz) for external AM, the double-demod handoff in the DRMI no longer worked.  Luckily this isn't a real problem now that we have the setDDphases and senseDRM scripts. 

 The real problem is that we are using frequency synthesizers to make the beat signals (133 and 199) instead of mixers. Luckily, the future 40m will not use beat signals (?) or synthesizers.

  2157   Wed Oct 28 17:20:21 2009 ranaSummaryCOCETM HR reflectivity plot

This is a plot of the R and T of the existing ETM's HR coating. I have only used 1/4 wave layers (in addition to the standard 1/2 wave SiO2 cap on the top) to get the required T.

The spec is a T = 15 ppm +/- 5 ppm. The calculation gives 8 ppm which is close enough. The calculated reflectivity for 532 nm is 3%. If the ITM reflectivity is similar, the signal for the 532 nm locking of the arm would look like a Michelson using the existing optics.


  2178   Thu Nov 5 05:07:22 2009 ranaUpdateLSCX Arm Cavity transfer Function

I would have guessed that you have to calibrate the detectors relative to each other before trying this. Its also going to be tricky if you use 2 different kinds of ADC for this (c.f. today's delay discussion in the group meeting).

I think Osamu used to look at fast transmission signals by making sure the PD at the end had a 50 Ohm output impedance and just drive the 40m long cable and terminate the receiving end with 50 Ohms. Then both PDs go into the SR785.


  2206   Mon Nov 9 01:52:56 2009 ranaUpdatePEMcoherence v. time for 2 accelerometers

I used the coh_carpet.m function from the mDV to calculate this plot:

coh_carpet('C1:PEM-ACC_MC1_X','C1:PEM-ACC_MC2_X',gps('now - 3 days'),3600*12,4,10,64)

It shows the coherence v. time of two of our X-direction accelerometers starting around 1AM on Friday and going for 12 hours.

I'm not sure what it means exactly, but it looks like the coherence is relatively steady as a function of time. I will need more RAM than Rosalba or a smarter code to calculate longer time stretches.

  2231   Tue Nov 10 21:46:31 2009 ranaSummaryComputersTest Point Number Mapping


I found this interesting entry by Rana in the old (deprecated) elog : here

I wonder if Rolf has ever written the mentioned GUI that explained the rationale behind the test point number mapping.

I'm just trying to add the StochMon calibrated channels to the frames. Now I remember why I kept forgetting of doing it...

 As far as I know, the EPICS channels have nothing to do with test points.

  2247   Thu Nov 12 02:02:18 2009 ranaSummaryLSCArm Locking with no feedback to the ETM or ITM


1) Turn off feedback to ETMY (the ETMY button on the LSC screen).

2) Put a 1 into the YARM->MC2 output matrix element on the LSC screen.

3) Turn off FM6 (comb), FM7 (0.1:10) on the MC2_MCL filter bank. This is to make the IOO-MCL loop more stable and to reduce the IOO-MCL low frequency gain.

4) Set the MC2-LSC gain to 0.5, turn the output ON, turn ON FM4 & FM5 & FM6 of the MC2-LSC filter bank.

5) Turn on the input of MC2-LSC and the arm should now lock.

6) After locking, set the MC2-MCL gain to zero. Hopefully with a few second ramp time.


(A comment by KA - c.f. this entry )

  2283   Tue Nov 17 15:54:34 2009 ranaSummaryPEM40 days of weather

the inside temperature is alarming at the red level today - should check if the HIHI value is set correctly

  2286   Tue Nov 17 21:10:35 2009 ranaSummaryElectronicsBusby Low Noise Box: Photos and Upgrades


It looked like the Busby Low Noise Box had too much low frequency noise and so I upgraded it. Here is a photo of the inside - I have changed out the 0.8 uF AC coupling cap with a big, white, 20 uF one I found on Rob's desk.

The Busby Box is still working well. The 9V batteries have only run down to 7.8V. The original designer also put a spare AD743 (ultra low current FET amp) and a OP27 (best for ~kOhm source impedances) in there.

Here's the noise after the fix. There's no change in the DC noise, but the AC noise is much lower than before:


I think that the AC coupled noise is higher because we are seeing the current noise of the opamp. In the DC coupled case, the impedance to ground from the input pins of the opamp is very low and so the current noise is irrelevant.

The change I implemented, puts in a corner frequency of fc = 1/2/pi/R/C = 1/2/pi/10e3/20e-6 = 0.8 Hz.

Overall, the box is pretty good. Not great in terms of current noise and so it misses getting an A+. But its easily a solid A-.

  2288   Wed Nov 18 00:38:33 2009 ranaSummaryElectronicsVoltage Noise of the SR560's OUTPUTs (the back panel)

I've measured the voltage noise of the SR560's lead acid battery outputs; they're not so bad.

Steve ordered us some replacement lead-acid batteries for our battery powered pre-amps (SR560). In the unit he replaced, I measured the noise using the following setup:

SR560                              Busby Box

(+12V/GND) -------------AC Input      Out  ----------------   SR785

The SR785 was DC coupled and auto-ranged. The input noise of the SR785 was measured via 50 Ohm term to be at least 10x less than the SR560's noise at all frequencies.


Its clear that this measurement was spoiled by the low frequency noise of the Busby box below 10 Hz. Needs a better pre-amp.

  2289   Wed Nov 18 01:12:15 2009 ranaUpdatePEMseismometers were not saturating during Halloween weekend
  2304   Fri Nov 20 00:18:45 2009 ranaSummaryCamerasVideo MUX Selection Wiki page

Steve is summarizing the Video Matrix choices into this Wiki page:



Price: < 5k$

Control: RS-232 and Ethernet

Interface: BNC (Composite Video)

Please check into the page on Monday for a final list of choices and add comments to the wiki page.

  2319   Tue Nov 24 08:00:16 2009 ranaUpdateLSCMeasured MC length

I propose that from now on, we indicate in the elog what frequencies we're referring to. In this case, I guess its the front panel readback and not the frequency counter -- what is the frequency counter readback? And is everything still locked to the 10 MHz from the GPS locked Rubidium clock?

Plus, what FSS Box? The TTFSS servo box? Or the VCO driver? As far as I know, the RC trans PD doesn't go through the FSS boxes, and so its a real change. I guess that a bad contact in the FSS could have made a huge locking offset.


  2335   Wed Nov 25 16:13:27 2009 ranaUpdatePSLMeasured MC length--FSS trend

but the increase in both the RCtrans and the RCrefl is consistent with my theory that the power going to the RC has increased ; its not just an increase in the visibility.

We should scan the AOM/VCO to make sure the frequency is matched to the resonance to within 0.5 dB.

  2342   Fri Nov 27 02:25:26 2009 ranaUpdateABSLPLL Open Loop Gain Measured


I measured the open loop gain of the PLL in the AbsL experiment.

 Plots don't really make sense. The second one is inherently unstable - and what's g?

  2398   Fri Dec 11 14:12:32 2009 ranaConfigurationLSC166 LO Disconnected


 Seems like very strange cable loss numbers. The Heliax is lossier than the RG-174? I wonder how these compare with the specs in the cable catalog?

  2403   Sat Dec 12 07:36:56 2009 ranaHowToElectronicsHow to Measure the Length of a Cable: Interferometry

Need to measure the length of the cable, but too lazy to use a measuring tape?

Then you too can become an expert cable length measurer by just using an RF signal generator and a scope:

  1. Disconnect or short (not 50 Ohm term) the far side of the cable.
  2. Put a T on the near side of the cable.
  3. Drive the input of the T with your signal source.
  4. Look at the output of the T with the scope while sweeping the signal source's frequency knob.

The T is kind of acting like a beamsplitter in an asymmetric length Michelson in this case. Just as we can use the RF phase shift between the arms to measure the Schnupp asymmetry, we can also use a T to measure the cable length. The speed of light in the cable is documented in the cable catalog, but in most cases its just 66% of the speed of light in the vacuum.

  2406   Sun Dec 13 20:50:45 2009 ranaSummaryIOOMach Zender Calibration

I ramped the MZ PZT (with the loop disabled on the input switch) to calibrate it. Since the transmission has been blocked, I used the so-called "REFL" port of the MZ to do this.

The dark-to-dark distance for the MZ corresponds to 2 consecutive destructive interferences. Therefore, that's 2 pi in phase or 1 full wavelength of length change in the arm with the moving mirror.

Eyeballing it on the DTT plot (after lowpassing at 0.1 Hz) and using its cursors, I find that the dark-to-dark distance corresponds to 47.4 +/- 5 seconds.

So the calibration of the MZ PZT is 88 +/- 8 Volts/micron.

Inversely, that's a mean of 12 nm / V.

why am I calibrating the MZ? Maybe because Rob may want it later, but mainly because Koji won't let me lock the IFO.

Apparently, we haven't had a fast channel for any of the MZ board. So I have temporarily hooked it up to MC_DRUM at 21:13 and also turned down the HEPA. Now, let's see how stable the MZ and PMC really are overnight.

EDIT: it railed the +/- 2V ADCwe have so I put in a 1:4 attenuator via Pomona box. The calibration of MC_DRUM in terms of MZ_PZT volts is 31.8 cts/V.

So the calibration of MC_DRUM1 in meters is: 0.38 nm / count

  2407   Sun Dec 13 23:18:09 2009 ranaSummaryIOODisplacement noise on the PSL table

For the Laser Gyro, I wondered how much mechanical noise we might get with a non-suspended cavity. My guess is that the PMC is better than we could do with a large ring and that the MZ is much worse than we could do.

Below 5 Hz, I think the MZ is "wind noise" limited. Above 10 Hz, its just ADC noise in the readout of the PZT voltage.

  2417   Tue Dec 15 00:02:10 2009 ranaUpdatePEMNoise of the Ranger SS-1 Seismometer

I wanted to see what the noise of the Ranger seismometer should be. I used LISO and file ranger.fil (in our LISO SVN) to calculate the voltage noise referred to the input. In this model, we represent the EMF from the moving magnet in the coil as a voltage source at 'nin' which drives the coil impedance. This is the same approach that Brian Lantz uses in his noise modeling of the GS-13 (PDF is on our Ranger wiki page).

In the simulation, I used the OP27 as a placeholder for the SR560 that we use (I don't know the current noise of the SR560). To do this, I use the new 'inputnoise' feature in LISO (its in the README, but not in the manual).

You can see that we would be limited by the input current noise of the OP27. So we would do a lot better if we used an FET based readout amp like the AD743 (or equivalent) or even better using the new multi-FET readout circuit that Rich Abbott has developed. Clearly, its also silly to have a load resistance in there - I put it in because the manual says to do it, but all it does is damp the mass and reduce the size of the signal.

#  Noise sim for the Ranger SS-1 seismometer
#                            \
#                           | \            
#           n2- - - ----  - |  \          
#            |    |         | op1>-- n4 - r4 -- no
#           Rg   RL     n3- |  /     |           
#       n1 - |    |     |   | /      |                
#           Lg    |     |    /       |                        
#            |    |     | - - - R2 - -                    
#           nin  gnd   R1 
#                       |
#                      gnd

We previously measured the Ranger's self noise by locking it down.

The 1/f^3 noise that we see below 1 Hz is roughly consistent with the noise model: to get from my plot into meters you have to multiply by:

(1 + f)^2


340 * f^2

P.S. Secret PDF handshake: You can make your non-compliant applications like LISO or DTT produce a thumbnailing PDF by using Acrobat to open the file and export it as PDF/A.

In the second attachment, I have used an OPA827 (new low-noise FET input amp from TI) as the readout amplifier. This seems like a good choice - main drawback is that Digikey backordered my OPA827s by 19 weeks!

  2423   Wed Dec 16 11:55:47 2009 ranaUpdateABSLUniversal PDH Box Servo Filters


 To me, they both look stable. I guess that the phase has to go to -180 deg to be unstable.

Why does the magnitude go flat at high frequencies? That doesn't seem like 1/f.

How about a diagram of what inputs and outputs are being measured and what the gain knob and boost switch settings are?

  2424   Wed Dec 16 20:29:08 2009 ranaUpdateCOCETM Coating study

This plot shows the Transmission for 532 and 1064 nm as a function of the thickness of the SiO2 layer.

i.e. the thickness is constrained so that the optical thickness of the SiO2 and Ta2O5 pair is always 1/2 of a wavelength.

The top layer of the mirror is also fixed in this plot to be 1/2 wave.

This plot shows the result for 17 pairs. For 16 pairs, we are unable to get as low as 15 ppm for the 1064 nm transmission.

  2430   Thu Dec 17 23:27:23 2009 ranaUpdatePEMRanger Noise: sim w. Rai FET box as readout

I have started measuring the low frequency noise of the FET front end + LT1128 low noise preamp from Rai Weiss. It has a very low input current noise because its FET based, which is not surprising. It is also a fairly low voltage noise box - the best measured ones have an input referred noise of ~0.35 nV/rHz.

Today I measured the noise of the one we have down to 0.1 Hz. It looks like a good candidate for a Geophone readout (e.g. Ranger or GS-13 or perhaps the L-4C). Because I didn't thermally shield any of this stuff, the broadband noise is ~0.8 nV/rHz. The low frequency corner is ~15 Hz.

I attach the LISO simulation of the voltage noise referred to the input. The circuit is described in this entry.

We can probably do better than this if we package it a little better or give it time to warm up or use metal film resistors inside. Even as it is, however, it would allow us to reach the thermal noise of the Ranger (or GS-13) down to 0.1 Hz.

This should be ~1.5 or 2x better than the LT1012 based readout at 1 Hz and 10x better down at 0.1 Hz (c.f. T0900457).

  2436   Mon Dec 21 01:14:08 2009 ranaSummaryElectronicsNoise measurement of the Rai Weiss FET preamp box

 I shorted the input to the box and then put its output into the SR560 (low noise, G = 100, AC). I put the output of the SR560 into the SR785.

*** BTW, the 2nd channel of the SR785 is kind of broken. Its too noisy by a factor of 100. Needs to go back for repair once we get started in the vac.

The attached PNG shows its input-referred noise with the short.

The picture shows the inside of the box before I did anything. The TO-5 package metal can is the meaty super dual-FET that gives this thing all of its low noise power.


In the spectra on the right are two traces. The BLUE one is the noise of the box as I found it. The BLACK one is the noise after I replaced R1, R6, R7, & R10 with metal film resistors.

The offset at the output of the box with either an open or shorted input is +265 mV.

I think we probably should also replace R2, R3, & R1, but we don't have any metal film resistors lower than 100 Ohms in the kit...but hopefully Steve will read this elog and do the right thing.

  2441   Mon Dec 21 19:24:29 2009 ranaUpdateASSOAF Model update and build instructions

I fit the MC1 -> MCL TF using vectfit4.m (from mDV). The wrapper file is mDV/extra/C1/ fitMC12MCL.m.

Plotted here are the data (RED), the fit (BLUE), and the residual x10 (GREEN).

For the magnitude plot, residual is defined as ------   res = 1 - fit / data

For the phase plot the residual is defined as -------    res =  phase(data)-phase(fit)

You can see that the agreement is very good. The phase match is better than 5 deg everywhere below 10 Hz.

This TF is so smooth that we could have probably done without using this, but its good to excercise the method anyway.

  2449   Wed Dec 23 17:33:14 2009 ranaUpdateASSOAF Feedaround ON and doing something good

The Rai box ran out of batteries a couple of days ago and so the data is no good. I've put the Ranger back on the SR560 for now (but with the damping resistor removed, so the gain is 2x more than before).

  2454   Sun Dec 27 23:44:59 2009 ranaUpdateElectronicsMCT QPD investigation


I found that MCT QPD has dependence of the total output on the position of the spot. Since the QPD needs the supply and bias voltages from the sum/diff amp, I could not separate the problems of the QPD iteself and the sum/diff amplifier by the investigation on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I investigated a generic quad photodiode interface module D990692.

 This is indeed sad. But, we can perhaps bypass all of this by just using the individual segment outputs. According to the circuit diagram and the c1iool0 .db file, we should be able to just do the math on the segments and ignore the VERT/HOR/SUM signals completely. In that case, we can just use high impedance for the sum/diff buffers as Koji says and not suffer from the calibration errors at all I think.

  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.

  2472   Mon Jan 4 09:52:40 2010 ranaConfigurationCamerasITMX camera and PSL channels

I fixed up the ITMX camera like we did for ITMY recently (removed T's and added strain relief - the lens was already OK).

I also updated the .SCAN field for the RMTEMP and RCTEMP channels to 0.1 second. This had been done via probe but was wiped out after reboot previously, because I forgot to update the psl.db file.

  2478   Tue Jan 5 11:00:04 2010 ranaOmnistructureEnvironmentAdded new wall cable-racks


we hung two new WALL cable racks. One is on the pillar next to the Sp table, the other is next to the PSL computer rack.

 awesome - I have ordered 5 blue racks so that we can hang power cables. The fat BLUE ones are for fat cables and the orange ones for the coax cables.

  2518   Sun Jan 17 05:22:42 2010 ranaConfigurationComputersELOG script change

With Dave Barker's help, I changed the elog startup script. Instead of running as a Daemon with the -D option,

it now runs in the background with the unix "&". I think that the stdout and stderr are now redirected to a log file called elog.log.

We can 'tail -f' this file to see what its up to and debug any future crashing.

  2524   Tue Jan 19 00:10:44 2010 ranaUpdateElectronicstriple resonant circuit for EOM

Very cool.         

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