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  4077   Mon Dec 20 16:57:58 2010 steveUpdateIOOchecking out & closing the vacuum chambers
  • Check EQ-stops
  • clamp down counter weights
  • check other components are clamped
  • remove all tools
  • check cabling is not is not shorting out seismic stack or blocking beam
  • confirm well centered spots on mirrors
  3849   Wed Nov 3 02:23:11 2010 yutaSummaryCDSchecking whitening filter board

  Last night, I found that some of the input channels have wrong hardware filter switching(see elog #3842).
  So, to check the whitening board(D000210), I swapped the one with ok switching and bad switching.
  During the checking, I somehow broke the board.
  I fixed it, and now the status is the same as last night (or, at least look like the same).

What I did:
  1. Switching for SRM_LRSEN looked bad and every input channel for MC3 looked OK.
     So, I unplugged the whitening board for SRM (1X5-1-5B) and plugged it into MC3's place(1X5-1-8B).

  2. Ran WDWchecker.py for MC3. The switching seemed OK for every input channel, which means the whitening board was not the wrong one.

  3. Swapped back the whitening board as it was.

  4. Found MC3_ULSEN_OUT and MC3_LLSEN_OUT was keep showing negative value(they should be positive).

  5. Check the board and found that one of LT1125 for UL/LL was wrong (broken virtual ground).

  6. Replaced LT1125 and put the board back to 1X5-1-8B.

  7. Checked the board with WDWchecker.py and dataviewer 5-hour minute trend.
      The input signal came back to normal value(Attachment #1), MC3 damping working, input filter switching seems working

before LT1125 replacement after LT1125 replacement
C1:SUS-MC3_ULSEN_IN1: -2.4 dB [!]
C1:SUS-MC3_URSEN_IN1: 16.9 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_LRSEN_IN1: 15.4 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_LLSEN_IN1: -1.1 dB [!]
C1:SUS-MC3_SDSEN_IN1: 18.4 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_ULSEN_IN1: 18.2 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_URSEN_IN1: 17.6 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_LRSEN_IN1: 16.6 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_LLSEN_IN1: 17.1 dB
C1:SUS-MC3_SDSEN_IN1: 16.2 dB

  The whitening board seems OK.
  The wrong one is either wiring or RT model. Or, the checking script.

  3748   Wed Oct 20 21:43:25 2010 yutaUpdateCDSchecking whitening filters for MCs and messed up

(Joe, Yuta)

 We found that the damping servo for MC suspensions somehow worked when we turned off the 13Hz Chebyshev filters.
 But that does not meet our satisfaction, so we started checking every components.
 First of all is the whitening filters.
 If we turn on a digital whitening filter(WF), corresponding analog WF should turn off, and vice versa.

 See DCC #D000210 for the analog circuit of WF. WF has 3Hz zero, 30Hz pole, 100Hz pole. MAX333A bypasses analog WF when supplied +15V(HIGH).

What we did:
 1. Compared the transfer function between MC2_SUSPOS_EXC and MC2_ULSEN_IN1 when digital WF on and off. When digital is on/off, analog should be off/on, so there should be difference but couldn't see.

 2. We went through the simulink model and found 2 mistakes in the logic. One is the conflict with other optics. Even if we turn on/off digital WF of MC2, it didn't switched analog WF of MC2. Two is the additional bit invert (but it turned out to be our misunderstanding).

 3. We (thought we) fixed it, rebuild it, and measured the TF again.(Attachment #1)

[Attached #1]
 The red/blue line is when digital WF is on/off. Blue should be bigger(+10dB @ 10Hz according to (analog) WTF) than red, but it was the opposite.

 4. To confirm that they are doing the opposite, I checked MAX333A input(pin#1,10,11,20) in "SUS PD Whitening Board" at 1X5-1-8B (which is for MC3) and found that switching is opposite. When I turned off/on the digital WF, MAX333A input was +15V/0V. It should be 0V/+15V.

 5. Also, I found that LLSEN digital WF switch switches LRSEN analog WF and vice versa.

[Attached #2]
 Transfer functions between MC2_SUSPOS_EXC and MC2_LRSEN_IN1 with;
   Red: LR digital off, LL digital on
   Blue: LR digital off, LL digital off
   Green: LR digital on, LL digital off
 As you can see, LL switch is the one which switches LR analog WF now.

 Currently, digital WF on/off corresponds to analog WF on/off.
 Also, LL/LR digital WF switch is LR/LL analog WF switch now.

Next work:
 - fix the simulink models (or wiring)
 - check dewhitening filters

 - whitening
   MC1 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC2 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
   MC3 5 PD outputs -> SUS PD Whitening Board(D000210) -> ... (digital WF=3,100:3)
      D000210 has switches for bypassing analog WT(3,100:3). HIGH to bypass.
 - dewhitening
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,3 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
  (-) ... -> SOS Dewhitening Board(D000316) -> MC1,2,3 SIDE coils
  (SimDW)(InvDW) ... -> LSC Anti-imaging Board(D000186) -> Universal Dewhitening Board(D000183) -> MC2 UL/UR/LR/LL coils
     D000316 has switches for bypassing 28Hz elliptic LPF. HIGH to bypass.
     D000186 is 7570Hz elliptic LPFs.
     D000183 has switches for bypassing dewhitening filter. HIGH to bypass.
 See this wiki page for more comprehensive setup.

  12942   Thu Apr 13 19:54:07 2017 ranaUpdateDAQcheckup on minute trends

Our minute trends are still not available through NDS2 from the outside world due to the bad config of the DAQ, but I can confirm that we still have the minute-raw capability. This is 111 days of Seismic BLRMS.

However, it seems we're only able to get ~1 week of lookback on our second trendssadno and that is low-down dirty shame. We used to have over a month of second trend lookback before the last decade of 'upgrades'.

  14359   Fri Dec 14 14:25:36 2018 KojiUpdateCDSchiara backup

fsck of chiara backup disk (UUID="90a5c98a-22fb-4685-9c17-77ed07a5e000") was done. But this required many files to be fixed. So the backed-up files are not reliable now.
On the top of that, the disk became not recognized from the machine.

I went to the disk and disconnected the USB and then the power supply, which was/is connected to the UPS.
Then they are reconnected again. This made the disk came back as /media/90a5c98a-22fb-4685-9c17-77ed07a5e000. (*)
After unmounting this disk, I ran "sudo mount -a" to follow the way of mounting as fstab does.
Now I am running the backup script manually so that we can pretend to maintain a snapshot of the day at least.

(*) This is the same situation we found at the recovery from the power shutdown. So my hypothesis is that on Oct 16 at 7 AM during the backup there was a USB failure or disk failure or something which unmounted the disk. This caused some files got damaged. Also this caused the disk mounted as /media/90a5c98a-22fb-4685-9c17-77ed07a5e000. So since then, we did not have the backup.
Update (20:00): The disk connection failed again. I think this disk is no longer reliable.


  16307   Thu Sep 2 17:53:15 2021 PacoSummaryComputerschiara down, vac interlock tripped

[paco, koji, tega, ian]

Today in the morning the name server / network file system running in chiara failed. This resulted in donatella/pianosa/rossa shell prompts to hang forever. It also made sitemap crash and even dropping into a bash shell and just listing files from some directory in the file system froze the computer. Remote ssh sessions on nodus also had the same symptoms.

A little after 1 pm, we started debugging this issue with help from Koji. He suggested we hook a monitor, keyboard, and mouse onto chiara as it should still work locally even if something with the NFS (network file system) failed. We did this and then we tried for a while to unmount the /dev/sdc1/ from /home/cds/ (main file system) and mount /dev/sdb1/ from /media/40mBackup (backup copy) such that they swap places. We had no trouble unmounting the backup drive, but only succeeded in unmounting the main drive with the "lazy" unmount, or running "umount -l". Running "df" we could see that the disk space was 100% used, with only ~ 1 GB of free space which may have been the cause for the issue. After swapping these disks by editing the /etc/fstab file to implement the aforementioned swapping, we rebooted chiara and we recovered the shell prompts in all workstations, sitemap, etc... due to the backup drive mounting. We then started investigating what caused the main drive to fill up that quickly, and noted that weirdly now the capacity was at 85% or about 500GB less than before (after reboot and remount), so some large file was probably dumped into chiara that froze the NFS causing the issue.

At this point we tried opening the PSL shutter to recover the IMC. The shutter would not open and we suspected the vacuum interlock was still tripped... and indeed there was an uncleared error in the VAC screen. So with Koji's guidance we walked to the c1vac near the HV station and did the following at ~ 5:13 PM -->

  1. Open V4; apart from a brief pressure spike in PTP2, everything looked ok so we proceeded to
  2. Open V1; P2 spiked briefly and then started to drop. Then, Koji suggested that we could
  3. Close V4; but we saw P2 increasing by a factor of~ 10 in a few seconds, so we
  4. Reopened V4;

We made sure that P1a (main vacuum pressure) was dropping and before continuing we decided to look back to see what the nominal vacuum state was that we should try to restore.

We are currently searching the two systems for diffrences to see if we can narrow down the culprit of the failure.


  16313   Thu Sep 2 21:49:03 2021 PacoSummaryComputerschiara down, vac interlock tripped

[tega, paco]

We found the files that took excess space in the chiara filesystem (see Attachment 1). They were error files from the summary pages that were ~ 50 GB in size or so located under /home/cds/caltech/users/public_html/detcharsummary/logs/. We manually removed them and then copied the rest of the summary page contents into the main file system drive (this is to preserve the information backup before it gets deleted by the cron job at the end of today) and checked carefully to identify the actual issue for why these files were as large in the first place.

We then copied the /detcharsummary directory from /media/40mBackup into /home/cds to match the two disks.

  16532   Wed Dec 22 14:57:05 2021 KojiUpdateGeneralchiara local backup

chiara local backup of /cvs/cds has not been running since the move of chiara in Nov 19. The remote backup has not been taken since 2017.
The lack of the local backup was because of the misconfiguration of /etc/fstab.

It was fixed and now the backup disk was mounted. We'll see the backup script running tomorrow morning.
The backup disk is smaller than the main disk. So sooner or later, we will face the backup problem again.

localbackup script was crying because there was no backup disk.

backup>tail localbackup.log
2021-12-18 07:00:02,002 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2021-12-18 07:00:02,002 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!
2021-12-19 07:00:01,146 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2021-12-19 07:00:01,146 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!
2021-12-20 07:00:01,255 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2021-12-20 07:00:01,255 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!
2021-12-21 07:00:01,361 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2021-12-21 07:00:01,361 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!
2021-12-22 07:00:01,469 INFO       Updating backup image of /cvs/cds
2021-12-22 07:00:01,470 ERROR      External drive not mounted!!!

fstab had no entry for the backup disk.

backup>cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=972db769-4020-4b74-b943-9b868c26043a /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=a3f5d977-72d7-47c9-a059-38633d16413e none            swap    sw              0       0

#UUID="90a5c98a-22fb-4685-9c17-77ed07a5e000"    /media/40mBackup       ext4      defaults,relatime,commit=60       0         0

# CURRENT BACKUP DISK as of 2021/09/02
#UUID="1843f813-872b-44ff-9a4e-38b77976e8dc"    /media/40mBackup       ext4      defaults,relatime,commit=60       0         0

#fb:/frames      /frames nfs     ro,bg

# CURRENT MAIN DISK as of 2021/09/02
# UUID=92dc7073-bf4d-4c58-8052-63129ff5755b   /home/cds    ext4    defaults,relatime,commit=60    0   0
UUID="1843f813-872b-44ff-9a4e-38b77976e8dc"   /home/cds    ext4   defaults,relatime,commit=60    0   0

Checked the dev name of the disks and the UUIDs

backup>sudo lsblk
[sudo] password for controls:
sda      8:0    0 465.8G  0 disk
├─sda1   8:1    0 446.9G  0 part /
├─sda2   8:2    0     1K  0 part
└─sda5   8:5    0  18.9G  0 part [SWAP]
sdb      8:16   0   5.5T  0 disk
└─sdb1   8:17   0   5.5T  0 part /home/cds
sdc      8:32   0   3.7T  0 disk
└─sdc1   8:33   0   3.7T  0 part
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
backup> sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="972db769-4020-4b74-b943-9b868c26043a" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sda5: UUID="a3f5d977-72d7-47c9-a059-38633d16413e" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="1843f813-872b-44ff-9a4e-38b77976e8dc" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdc1: UUID="92dc7073-bf4d-4c58-8052-63129ff5755b" TYPE="ext4"

Added the fstab entry for the backup disk

media>cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=972db769-4020-4b74-b943-9b868c26043a /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=a3f5d977-72d7-47c9-a059-38633d16413e none            swap    sw              0       0

#UUID="90a5c98a-22fb-4685-9c17-77ed07a5e000"    /media/40mBackup       ext4      defaults,relatime,commit=60       0         0

# OLD BACKUP DISK as of 2021/09/02
#UUID="1843f813-872b-44ff-9a4e-38b77976e8dc"    /media/40mBackup       ext4      defaults,relatime,commit=60       0         0

# Current backup disk as of 2021/12/22
UUID="92dc7073-bf4d-4c58-8052-63129ff5755b"    /media/40mBackup       ext4      defaults,relatime,commit=60       0         0

#fb:/frames      /frames nfs     ro,bg

# CURRENT MAIN DISK as of 2021/09/02
# UUID=92dc7073-bf4d-4c58-8052-63129ff5755b   /home/cds    ext4    defaults,relatime,commit=60    0   0
UUID="1843f813-872b-44ff-9a4e-38b77976e8dc"   /home/cds    ext4   defaults,relatime,commit=60    0   0

  16662   Thu Feb 10 21:16:27 2022 KojiSummaryCDSchiara resolv.conf wierdo

During the videomux debug, I noticed that the host name resolving on chiara didn't behave well. Basically I could not login to anything from chiara using host names.

I found that there was no /etc/resolv.conf. Instead, there is /etc/resolvconf directory.

According to my research, live resolv.conf is placed in /run/resolveconf/resolv.conf .

# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)

This 113.20 is directing an old "linux1" machine. Too much obsolete. If I modify this file as

# Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by resolvconf(8)
search martian

Then the name resolving became reasonable. However, during rebooting / service resetting / etc, resolvconf -u command is executed and /run/resolveconf/resolv.conf is overridden, as indicated in the file.

I have modified /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base to include and search martian . The latter was included but the former did not show up.

FInally I figured out that, after the resolv.conf is constructed from base and head files in /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/ , NetworkManager overrides the nameserver addresses.
The configuration was found in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1 .

Here is the modified setting (dns entry was modified)

>sudo cat /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1
[sudo] password for controls:

id=Wired connection 1




>cat /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base
search martian
# See Also /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/Wired\ connection\ 1

So complicated...

  1629   Thu May 28 14:34:25 2009 robUpdatePSLchiller diagnosis


steve, alberto, rob

After some futzing around with the chiller, we have come to the tentative conclusion that the refrigeration unit is not working.  Steve called facilities to try to get them to recharge the refrigerant (R-404a) tomorrow, and we're also calling around for a spare chiller somewhere in the project (without luck so far).

 The repair man thinks it's a bad start capacitor, which is 240uF at 120V.  Steve has ordered a new one which should be here tomorrow, and with luck we'll have lasing by tomorrow afternoon.

  4992   Tue Jul 19 21:05:55 2011 haixingUpdateDAQchoose the right relay

Rana and I are working on the AA/AI circuit for Cymac. We need relays to bypass certain paths in the circuit, and we just found a nice website
explaining how to choose the right relay:


This piece of information could be useful for others.

  1709   Tue Jun 30 23:09:40 2009 AlbertoUpdateLockingchronicles of some locking attempts

Tonight I tried to lock the interferometer. At the first attempts the arm power didn't go above about 4. The mode cleaner seemed to be not well aligned and it lost lock or got stuck on a wrong mode. I had to run the MC_UP and MC_DOWN scripts to lock it again.

After that the locking proceed more smoothly; at least till a power level in the arms of about 60. Then again the mode cleaner lost lock and I had to run the scripts again. Without the MCWFS servo off the MC reflected power is still rather high (about 1.7); also even when the WFS servo is engaged the reflected power is about 0.5, versus 0.3 that it should be.

Those are both signs of a not very good alignment. Tomorrow I'll have to work on the injection periscope on the PSL table to try to fix that.

  12802   Mon Feb 6 10:05:28 2017 SteveUpdateSUSclamped cables

The bottom 5 cable connections from Sat-Amp to Whittering Filter at 1X5 were clamped today.

  7146   Fri Aug 10 17:17:41 2012 Alex Masha DenUpdatePEMclassify seismic c code

Den and I installed a module in the c1pem model which has a feedforward neural network to classify seismic disturbance (10 means quiet, 20 truck, 30 earthquake). There is a channel SEIS_CLASS which should specify the class of the seismic signal. The code works for signals sampled at 256 Hz, so an anti-aliasing filter must be installed in order to decimate from the 2048 model.

The models were compiling slowly, so Alex removed the archiving feature (gzip and tar were taking a lot of time).

Den and I also had trouble with a simple for loop in our model, so we talked to Alex who noted that the -O3 compiler unravels for loops in a buggy way. Thus, we have compiled c1pem using the -O compiler.

PS: the Trilium seismometer now has legs.

  7147   Fri Aug 10 17:38:29 2012 DenUpdatePEMclassify seismic c code


Den and I also had trouble with a simple for loop in our model, so we talked to Alex who noted that the -O3 compiler unravels for loops in a buggy way. Thus, we have compiled c1pem using the -O compiler. 

Alex also modified RCG script to generate -O in the Makefile for c1pem model:

controls@pianosa:/opt/rtcds/rtscore/release/src/epics/util 127$ svn diff
feCodeGen.pl (revision 2999)
feCodeGen.pl (working copy)
@@ -3183,7 +3183,12 @@

print OUTM "\n";
print OUTM "ALL \+= user_mmap \$(TARGET_RTL)\n";
+# do not optimize c1pem
+if ($skeleton eq "c1pem") {
+print OUTM "EXTRA_CFLAGS += -O -w -I../../include\n";
+} else {
print OUTM "EXTRA_CFLAGS += -O3 -w -I../../include\n";
print OUTM "EXTRA_CFLAGS += -I/opt/gm/include\n";
print OUTM "EXTRA_CFLAGS += -I/opt/mx/include\n";

  11707   Thu Oct 22 08:52:04 2015 SteveUpdateVACclean RGA scan after sweaty Maglev

Clean comparable scan at vacuum normal. There was no backstreaming.

  8004   Tue Feb 5 15:31:03 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralclean assembly room benches cleaned up

Manasa, Jamie and Steve,

Tip-Tilts and parts moved into the most north " 40m "  cabinet  in the assembly room.

Green-black glass and related components were moved to the 40m E0 cabinet in plastic boxes.

The north flow bench has a few items that belong to us: HE/Ne laser, qpd on translation stages, an iris and one red mirror.  These were moved to the north edge of this bench.

However this leveled table is still full with other people's stuff

  5158   Tue Aug 9 16:40:12 2011 steveUpdateGeneralclean room coat counts

I measured the particles coming off of new- unused clean room coat. Tyvek, Convertors, Allegiance #9393 measured  10 counts of 0.3 micron at 1 minute and 0 count at 7 minute.

The 0.5 micron size  measured 0 at both times. Jenne's used coat measured 20 counts of 0.3 micron  and 0 counts for 0.5 micron at 1 minute. ( counts / cf- min)

The HEPA tent background is consistently 0 when it's CP STAT 100 curtains are closed.

  5303   Thu Aug 25 17:14:49 2011 steveUpdateVACclean room fashion changes

Jamie is modeling our next generation  in-vac & clean room bonny suit that Jenne and myself already tested.

It is quite bearable with our traditional cleanroom beret-bouffant cap. Please use these in the future.

This will help to avoid the farther degradation of somewhat dusty 40m vac envelope.

It is the required dress code to enter the clean assembly room in the 40m.

 We have small, med, large and x-large in stock. I'm getting larger sizes.

It will not allow certain people to climb inside the vacuum chamber in dirty pants.

  4386   Tue Mar 8 15:23:16 2011 steveUpdatePEMclean room gloves

Ansell AccuTech 91-300 clean room gloves  ONLY in the 40m lab.

Cleaning and preparation must be carried out in these gloves also.

  3705   Wed Oct 13 11:09:28 2010 yutaUpdateComputersclean-installed CentOS 5.5 on mafalda

Dear mafalda,

Sorry for leaving you alone.
We put ethernet cable in you. You can talk to everyone now!
We created a user "controls" correctly. (UID: 1001)
We mounted linux1:/home/cds/ to your directory /cvs/cds.

Truly yours,
Joseph Betzwieser
Yuta Michimura



I clean-installed CentOS 5.5(32bit) on mafalda.
No firewalls, no SELinix.

 Yuta has removed my ethernet connection. Help me!!!

rossa:mDV>ping mafalda
PING mafalda.martian ( 56(84) bytes of data.
From rossa.martian ( icmp_seq=2 Destination Host Unreachable
From rossa.martian ( icmp_seq=3 Destination Host Unreachable
From rossa.martian ( icmp_seq=4 Destination Host Unreachable

--- mafalda.martian ping statistics ---
5 packets transmitted, 0 received, +3 errors, 100% packet loss, time 3999ms
, pipe 3


  3585   Fri Sep 17 17:35:35 2010 steveUpdatePEMcleaned up at 1Y1 PSL rack

Cleaned up cables on the top and bottom. Vacuumed both areas. We still have some remaining shading from the MOPA umbilical and more unknown BNC cables hanging around.

  11388   Wed Jul 1 11:45:48 2015 SteveUpdatePEMcleaning around ETMX chamber

Keven is our regular janitor is out for a few weeks.

The sub is careful- gentel Mario. We wiped arouind the vertex cambers north side on the floor and east arm racks.


Mario wiped the floor around the ETMX chamber today.

  11372   Tue Jun 23 11:18:20 2015 SteveUpdatePEMcleaning around chambers

Keven is our regular janitor is out for a few weeks.

The sub is careful- gentel Mario. We wiped arouind the vertex cambers north side on the floor and east arm racks.


  9914   Tue May 6 09:46:50 2014 steveUpdatePEMcleaning day

 Keven and Steve,

We cleaned around the Vertex chambers, PSL and MC2 floor areas.


  4952   Thu Jul 7 10:25:34 2011 steveHowToGeneralcleaning out refregerator

Please ask the owner unless  it is rotten. Do not put food into garbage can inside. Take them outside so you are not inviting ants !

  9092   Fri Aug 30 14:31:57 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralcleaning up

I cleaned up around MC2 and 1Y1 area this morning.

ETMY NPRO moved from the side to the center of the low shelf. Thorlab catalog " as spacer " removed after lunch.

The Lightwave Controller values: LT 40.4C,  LTEC +0.1V,  T 41.041C,  Pwr 239 mW,  Adj 0,  DC 1.82A,  DPM  0.0V,  Neon OFF,  Ldon OFF,  Display 5,  DT 21.0C,  Dtec +1.0V


  13970   Fri Jun 15 08:09:15 2018 SteveBureaucracyGeneralcleaning up at the PSL enclousure

The cabeling was cleaned up a little bit yesterday morning. The upper back side is still massy.

  8732   Thu Jun 20 09:33:42 2013 SteveUpdateGeneralcleanup

Office work benches were cleaned up yesterday. Anti-image filter boards were moved to north wall of the control room. Koji's pd- electronics box  placed next to water dispenser.

The removed ETMY optical table: TMC 4' x 2' x  4" with Aluminum enclosure was placed on table in the east arm.

  8518   Wed May 1 10:42:35 2013 SteveUpdateLSCcleanup


 Optics from the car were placed into glass door cabinet E0

  16796   Thu Apr 21 16:36:56 2022 TegaUpdateVACcleanup work for vacuum git repo

git repo - https://git.ligo.org/40m/vac

Finally incorporated the FRGs into the main modbusIOC service and everything seems to be working fine. I have also removed the old sensors (CC1,CC2,CC3,CC4,PTP1,IG1) from the serial client list and their corresponding EPICS channels. Furthermore, the interlock service python script has been updated so that all occurrence of old sensors (turns out to be only CC1) were replaced by their corresponding new FRG sensor (FRG1) and a redundnacy was also enacted for P1a where the interlock condition is replicated with P1a being replaced with FRG1 because they both sense the main volume pressure.

  2124   Tue Oct 20 10:46:18 2009 steveUpdateIOOclipping IP-ANG beam at ETMX chamber

Initial pointing beam is clearly clipping on 2" pick off mirror in  ETMX vacuum chamber.

Atm. 1  The pick off mirror is just north west of the ETMX test mass

Atm. 2 The camera is looking in from the north view port of ETMX chamber. The back side of pick off mirror is visible now with the face view of the "IP-ANG-OUT" mirror.


  12811   Wed Feb 8 10:16:39 2017 steveUpdateSUSclipping ITMX oplev

The ITMX oplev beam is clipping. It will be corected with locked arm


  13861   Fri May 18 07:41:01 2018 steveUpdateSUSclipping ITMX oplev

The ITMX oplev still clipping


The ITMX oplev beam is clipping. It will be corected with locked arm



  6902   Mon Jul 2 10:45:25 2012 JenneSummaryGeneralclipping at BS


No significant change was found inside the vacuum. We still see clipping at the Faraday, and also, we saw clipping by BS coil holder. Using PZT1, we could make it better, but this might be causing PRC problem -- BS is inside the PRC, too.

 Yuta just told Jamie and I that when he and Koji were looking at things yesterday, they saw that the beam spot was roughly at the center of the PRM, but was clipping on the lower OSEM holder plate on the BS.  This indicates that the beam spot on the BS is much too low.  The easiest way I can see this happening is poor pitch pointing with the tip tilts, which we unfortunately don't have active control over.

Recall elog 3425, where I mentioned some pretty bad pitch pointing after a TT was moved from the cleanroom, to the chamber, back to the cleanroom.  I think that we may need to check the pitch pointing at the chamber before installing tip tilts in the future.

  6900   Sun Jul 1 23:48:15 2012 yutaSummaryGeneralclipping at BS, my plan

[Koji, Yuta]

We aligned PRMI and inspected BS chamber. Last inspection by Jamie and I (see elog #6897) was done when nothing is aligned, so I wanted to see the difference.
Aligning PRMI at low power was difficult for me, because I see no fringe at ASDC PD nor REFLDC PD. I just aligned them by looking at AS/REFL camera. The beam shape at AS looked as bad as when the usual power.

No significant change was found inside the vacuum. We still see clipping at the Faraday, and also, we saw clipping by BS coil holder. Using PZT1, we could make it better, but this might be causing PRC problem -- BS is inside the PRC, too.

We also took some pictures of PR3 and PRM(attached). The arrow pointing HR is correctly pointing inside the PRC. Seeing is believing.

Yuta's plan:
  We might have to avoid clipping at BS (and Faraday) by aligning input optics inside the vacuum. If we are going to align them, I think we should start from centering MC beam spot positions and the whole alignment could take more than a week. I don't want to spend too much time on the alignment. Also, we are going to install tip-tilts on the next big vent, so we have to redo the alignment anyway.
  So, my plan is as follows;

1. Take lots of photos and close the door on Monday(June 2).

2. Pump on Tuesday(June 3).

3. Restart working on ALS. For example, demonstration of FPMI using ALS.

4. We also can do some characterization of PRC, like measuring power recycling gain for PRMI/PRFPMI, mode scan for PRC using AUX laser from AS port, and so on. We need some calculation for clipping tolerance, too.

  Any objections?

  6901   Mon Jul 2 00:41:13 2012 ranaSummaryGeneralclipping at BS, my plan


 Start pumping on Monday before Steve goes home.

  8114   Wed Feb 20 03:13:10 2013 yutaUpdateAlignmentclipping centering checklist

I attached clipping/centering checklist for the alignment.
Blue ones are the ones we checked today. Red ones should be checked tomorrow. Circles indicate centering on the optics, rectangles indicate clipping check, and arrows indicate retro-reflecting or bounces.
We found mis-centering on MMT1, PR2 and SR3 tonight (by ~0.5 beam diameter). They are also indicated.

I think we don't want to touch MMT1 and PR2 anymore, because they change input beam pointing.
I'm a little bit concerned about high beam on SR3, because we had PRC flashing in vertical higher order modes. We also see ETMX slider values high in pitch (~ 5.4).
Also, the diameter of ETMX reflected beam on ITMX looked larger and dimmer than ITMX transmitted beam, which doesn't seem reasonable.

Wednesday, Feb 20:
 - tweak TT1/TT2 and PRM so PRC flashes
 - re-check Yarm/Xarm bounces
 - center beam on all AS optics, starting from SR2
 - make sure REFL and AS is clear
 - check if TRY/TRX are coming out from the ends
 - check beam centering on mirrors in IMC/OMC chamber as far as you can reach
 - inject green from both ends
 - make sure green beams are not clipped by mirrors on BS chamber, IMC/OMC chamber
 - re-center all oplevs, with no clipping
 - check all OSEM values
 - take pictures of flipped PR2 and input TTs (and everything)
 - close all heavy doors and put the access connector back

Thursday, Feb 21:
 - make sure we can lock PRMI
 - start pumping down when Steve arrives

  8122   Wed Feb 20 20:58:37 2013 yutaUpdateAlignmentclipping centering checklist

Blue ones are the ones we checked yesterday.
Green ones are the ones we checked today.
Red ones are the ones we couldn't check.

We noticed mis-centering on green optics and partial clipping of higher order modes, but we did not touch any green optics in-vac. This is because green beam from Y end and X end has different spot positions on the green optics after periscopes. We confirmed that direct green beam from ends are not clipped.

I believe we have checked everything important. Any other concerns?

  8123   Wed Feb 20 21:12:37 2013 ranaUpdateAlignmentclipping centering checklist


 Is the beam going towards the OMC going to cause backscatter because of uncontrolled OMC or can we park that beam somewhere dark?

  8124   Wed Feb 20 21:56:08 2013 yutaUpdateAlignmentclipping centering checklist

I'm not sure about the OMC situation at 40m. I think there are no direct beam reflected back into IFO from OMC path. There must be some backscatter, but we have to open OMC chamber again to put a beam dump.
I don't think we want to put one in OMC path for this pump-down, but we can put a beam dump to dump reflected beam from mis-aligned SRM tomorrow, if available.

  9628   Wed Feb 12 14:59:36 2014 SteveUpdateSUSclipping removed from PRM oplev

 The input pointing of PRM oplev beam was streered just a touch to remove clipping from it's return. 

The spots  did not move visibly on these two lenses.  The spot diameter on the qpd is  ~1.5 mm,  65 micro W and 3440 counts.  

  9629   Wed Feb 12 19:37:05 2014 JenneUpdateSUSclipping removed from PRM oplev

I'm not happy with the beam position on that first lens, but since it's so crazy in the BS chamber, and the PRM oplev has something like 5 in-vac steering mirrors, I'm hesitant to suggest that we do anything about it until our next vent.  But we should definitely fix it.

  5709   Thu Oct 20 04:47:37 2011 kiwamuUpdateLSCclipping search round 1

[Koji / Kiwamu]

  We tried finding a possible clipping in the vertex part.

We couldn't find an obvious location of a clipping but found that the recycling gain depended on the horizontal translation of the input beam.

We need more quantitative examination and should be able to find a sweet spot, where the recycling gain is maximized.


(what we did)

  + locked the carrier-resonant PRMI.

  + with IR viewers we looked at the inside of ITMX, ITMY and BS chambers to find an obvious clipping.

    => found two suspicious bright places and both were in the ITMY chamber.

      (1) POY pick off mirror : looked like a small portion of a beam was horizontally clipped by the mirror mount but not 100% sure whether if it is the main beam or a stray beam.

      (2) The top of an OSEM cable connectors tower : although this is in the way of the SRC path and nothing to do with PRC.

 + Made a hypothesis that the POY mirror is clipping the main beam.

 + To reject/prove the hypothesis we shifted the translation of the incident beam horizontally such that more beam hits on the suspicious mirror

 + Realigned and relocked PRMI.

    => Indeed the recycling gain went down from 6 to 0.8 or so. This number roughly corresponds to a loss of about 50%.

         However the MICH fringe still showed a very nice contrast (i.e. the dark fringe was still very dark).

         Therefore our conclusion is that the POY mirror is most likely innocent.

  3368   Thu Aug 5 16:18:37 2010 AlastairUpdateGeneralclocks still not locked fully - hut removed

The rubidium clocks are still not quite locked together, though it is clear that the beat frequency has dropped a lot since yesterday.

I checked on the clocks and the 1pps sync light is on.  The clocks are really hot again though despite the gap left at the bottom of the igloo.  The side of the clocks were hot enough to not be touchable.

I made the executive decision that I would remove the hut just now.  We can let the clocks lock together and then put the hut back on just before measuring.  This way the hut will isolate from temperature fluctuations during the measurement but it won't be running at the hotter equilibrium temperature.  I hope that the temperature won't change too much during the measurement if we put the hut back on.

RA: Attachment deleted because it was in Postscript format. Also not allowed here are the Stone Tablet and Cave Painting formats.

  3377   Fri Aug 6 16:20:08 2010 ranaUpdateGeneralclocks still not locked fully - phase shifted

 I tried to get the clocks to be closer to 90 deg for the relative phase by adding some cable length to one of the lines, but they are still wandering too much. We need to use the serial interface and up the gain in their 1PPS locking loops.

  5613   Tue Oct 4 15:43:10 2011 KojiUpdateIOOclosed the shutter before the MC

The shutter before the MC was closed at 3:30 as I started working on the RFAM.

MC REFL (INLOCK): 0.6~0.7
MC TRANS: 50000~52000

  5617   Tue Oct 4 19:06:46 2011 KojiUpdateIOOclosed the shutter before the MC

Finished the work at 6:30

MC REFL (INLOCK): 0.50-0.52
MC TRANS: 54400~547000

RFAM level

Before the work: -48.5dBm for 1.07VDC (both 50Ohm terminated)

Right after the work: -80dBm for 0.896VDC (both 50Ohm terminated)
10min after:   -70dBm
1hour after:   -65dBm
3hours after: -62dBm
1day after (Oct 5, 20:00):    -62.5dBm
2days after (Oct 6, 23:20): -72.5dBm
3 days after (Oct 7, 21:00): -57.8dBm


The shutter before the MC was closed at 3:30 as I started working on the RFAM.

MC REFL (INLOCK): 0.6~0.7
MC TRANS: 50000~52000


  12705   Thu Jan 12 10:14:49 2017 SteveHowTosafetyclosing a door

The door was not locked this morning.

Please do not use this door if you can not close it!

Last person leaving the lab should check that the latch is cut by the strike plate.

  12706   Thu Jan 12 13:43:02 2017 ranaHowTosafetyclosing a door

This is one of those unsolved door lock acquisition problems. Its been happening for years.

Please ask facilities to increase the strength of the door tensioner so that it closes with more force.

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