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  4945   Wed Jul 6 11:45:20 2011 JamieUpdateSUSMore normalization of all sus controllers


I'm attaching a screenshot of some of the problems I see so far with MC3.

I tried to fix all of the problems that I could identify in this screen shot:

  • Fixed the TO_COIL output filter matrix screen to correctly point to the matrix element filter screens (all SUS)
  • Removed MCL sections from SUS_XXX_POSITION screens, except for MC2.  I also modified the _POSITION screens for the ETMs to refer to ALS instead of MCL.
  • Zeroed out all of the lockin gains in the TO_COIL matrices (MC SUS)
  • Made sure all whitening filter were ON (all SUS)
  • Made sure all cts2um calibration filters were on (all SUS)
  • Made sure all oplev servos were on (all SUS)
  4946   Wed Jul 6 15:32:32 2011 JamieUpdateSUSRe : More normalization of all sus controllers

So after talking to Kiwamu about it, I understand now that since the damping loops need all of this extra gain when the high-pass corner is moved up, it's more convenient to put that gain in the control filter itself, rather than having to crank the overall DC gain up to some inconveniently high value.

  4947   Wed Jul 6 16:44:37 2011 steve, kiwamuUpdateSUSBS oplev spectra

Healthy BS oplev

Attachment 1: BS.jpg
  4948   Wed Jul 6 18:15:26 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSRe: BS oplev spectra

[Steve / Kiwamu]


 Since the oplevs were the ones we haven't carefully tested, so the oplevs need to be checked.

This checking is also a part of the suspension optimizations (see the minutes of the last 40m meeting).

 In this work Steve will check two things for all the oplevs :

    1. Noise level including the dark noise, electrical noise and ADC noise to just make sure that the noise are blow the signal levels below ~ 30Hz.

    2. The spectra of the signals to make sure there are no funny oscillations and unexpected structures


Measurement :

  To check the things listed above, we take two kinds of oplves' spectra :

     1. "dark noise" when the He-Ne beam is blocked.

     2. "signals" when the optics are damped by only OSEMs

 We did these checks on the BS oplev today (see the last entry).

All of them are fine, for example the dark noise (including electrical noise and ADC noise) are below the signal levels.

And no oscillation peak was found. Steve will go through all of the oplevs in this way.

Quote from #4947

Healthy BS oplev

  4956   Fri Jul 8 09:53:49 2011 Nicole SummarySUSSummer Progress Report 1

A copy of my summer progress report 1 has been uploaded to ligodcc 7/711 and I have just added a copy to the TTsuspension wiki


PDF copy of Summer Progress Report

  4963   Tue Jul 12 17:30:24 2011 steve,UpdateSUSBS oplev spectra


Healthy BS oplev

 I repeated the BS oplev spectrum today and I do not understand why it does look different. I did it as Kiwamu describes it in entry#4948  The oplev servo was left ON!

Attachment 1: BS_oplev.jpg
  4964   Wed Jul 13 12:24:46 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSWeekly Update
This week, I have been working on the photosensor circuit box.  This photosensor box will contain the current-stabilizing power supply and
voltage readout for the two photosensors I plan to build.
Suresh helped to walk me through the design of the photosensor circuit (image below) so I now understand how the circuit works.
Jaimie helped me to reorganize the original circuit layout I had to make it easier to follow. I have now redone half of the circuit (enough for one LED and photodiode pair). I still need to put in the voltage-regulators to provide the + and - 15 V neeCto power the op-amps but I will do that after testing the circuit.

In order to test this preliminary circuit, I need to build the photosensor heads.  Yesterday, Suresh helped me to open one of the professionally-build photosensors in the lab to understand how to arrange my photosensor heads. I now understand that I need to rigidly-mount the PCB to photosensor head box. I plan to use the PCB below. It will be sufficient for the lower-frequency range (below 10Hz) that I am interested in. 


 I would like to use a metal box like the one below to make each photosensor head. I looked in the lab last night for similar boxes but could not find one. Does anyone know where I can find a similar metal box?



I am now working on accelerometer. I am working on attaching these metal wires to the pins of the accelerometer so that I can use clip leads to power and extract voltage measurements from my circuit.


  4966   Thu Jul 14 09:38:50 2011 steve,UpdateSUSBS oplev spectra



Healthy BS oplev

 I repeated the BS oplev spectrum today and I do not understand why it does look different. I did it as Kiwamu describes it in entry#4948  The oplev servo was left ON!

 It is working today! Finally I repeated the BS spectra, that we did with Kiwamu last week

Attachment 1: BS_oplev.jpg
  4967   Thu Jul 14 15:27:08 2011 steve,UpdateSUSSUS oplev spectras




Healthy BS oplev

 I repeated the BS oplev spectrum today and I do not understand why it does look different. I did it as Kiwamu describes it in entry#4948  The oplev servo was left ON!

 It is working today! Finally I repeated the BS spectra, that we did with Kiwamu last week

 The optical levers were centered during these measurements  without the reference of locked cavities.  They have no reference value now.

SRM sus need some help. ITMX is showing pitch/yaw modes of the pendulum .....OSEM damping is weak?

Attachment 1: BS_oplev.jpg
Attachment 2: PRM_oplev.jpg
Attachment 3: ITMX_oplev.jpg
Attachment 4: ETMX_oplev.jpg
Attachment 5: ETMY_oplev.jpg
Attachment 6: SRM_oplev.jpg
Attachment 7: ITMY_oplev_b.jpg
  4969   Thu Jul 14 20:24:32 2011 NicoleSummarySUSPhotosensor Head Lessons

Today I tested the photosensor head combination (2 Hamamatsu S5971 photodiodes and 1 Hamamatsu L9337 LED). I discovered that I had burnt out the LED and the photodiodes when I soldered them to the PCB board.

After looking up soldering information on Hamamatsu photodiodes, I learned that I need to solder at least 2 mm away from the head. I checked the pins of my burnt-out photodiodes and I had soldered 1.5 mm away from the head. To prevent this problem from happening again, Suresh suggested that I clip a lead onto photodiode/LED pin while I solder on connections to help dissipate some of the heat.

Today I was able to get a single photodiode (not attached to the PCB) to measure light emitted from an LED and I observed how voltage fluctuated as I moved the photodiode around the LED.

Suresh and Jamie also helped me to fix my photosensor head design (to make it more electrically-stable). Originally, I had planned to solder the LED and photodiodes onto a PCB and to mount that PCB to the front of a small metal Pomona Electronics box (with a whole cut out for the photodiodes and LED) using spacers, screws, and nuts.  However, the PCB I am using to solder on the LED and photodiodes has metal connections that may cause problems for the LED and photodiodes lying on the surface. Now, the plan is to have the LED and photodiodes mounted to the PCB with an insulatory PCB in between. Below is an explanatory picture.  I will determine the placement of the LED and photodiodes after making screws holes in the two PCBs to attach to the metal face of the box. I want to attach the screw holes first to make sure that the PCBs (and attached photosensor) are centered.



  4970   Fri Jul 15 01:11:21 2011 KojiSummarySUSPhotosensor Head Lessons

Rotate the PDs and the LED so that you can put them as close as possible.
This is to increase the sensitivity of the sensor. Think why the closer the better.

  4971   Fri Jul 15 08:48:36 2011 JamieSummarySUSPhotosensor Head Lessons

Nicole: I thought we had decided to use teflon as the insulator between the PCB (yellow) and the LED/PDs?  I don't think you should use another circuit board with copper on it.  The copper will short the LED/PD heads to the metal box, which might be problematic.

Otherwise the design looks pretty good.  I think the PDs have three leads each, yes?

  4972   Fri Jul 15 09:25:02 2011 ranaUpdateSUSSUS oplev spectras

In addition to the OL quadrants, you need to plot the OPLEV_PERROR and OPLEV_YERROR signals since these are the real signals we use for finding the mirror motion. If they're not in the Dataviewer, Jamie should add them as 256 Hz DAQ channels (using these names so that we have the continuity with the past). These DAQ channels correspond to the IN1 channels for the OL filter banks.

Also JPG are banned from the elog - you should put all of the plots into a single, multipage PDF file in honor of the new Wagonga.

  4974   Fri Jul 15 14:23:30 2011 NicoleSummarySUSPhotosensor Head Lessons


 Ah! I see! Thank you!

I should put the LEDs and photodiodes closer together so that more of the reflected light falls on the photodiodes and the photodiodes have a higher response.

Also the reflectivity of the mirror will be optimized if the incident light is normal to the mirror surface. We will be setting up the photosensor and mirror so that the LEDs

emit light normal to the mirror surfaceDuring displacement, this light may be slightly off-normal but still close to normal incidence. We want the photodiodes to be close to the LED since we want

them to detect light that is close to the path of normal incidence (small angles of reflection). [Thanks to Jenne for helping me figure this one out!]


Thank you for the suggestion ^___^

  4975   Fri Jul 15 14:29:30 2011 NicoleSummarySUSPhotosensor Head Lessons


 You are right Jamie! Thank you for the correction! I will now use the Teflon sheet instead of the PCB piece.

The photodiodes do have three legs, but I imagined the third one lying on a different plane, since it is spaced apart from the two I have drawn.

I should include this third leg in my drawing?

  4976   Fri Jul 15 16:14:00 2011 steveUpdateSUSBS oplev error signal spectra
Attachment 1: BS_opl_ersig.pdf
  4983   Mon Jul 18 15:51:04 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY spectra of oplev error signal
Attachment 1: ETMYopler.png
  4987   Tue Jul 19 09:19:14 2011 steveUpdateSUSPRM damping restored

The PRM watchdogs were tripped. The side was kicked up to 180mV Damping was restored.

  5000   Wed Jul 20 12:05:08 2011 NicoleSummarySUSWeekly Summary

Since last week Wednesday, I have since found a Pomona Electronics box (thanks to Jenne)

to use for my photosensor head circuit (to house the LED and 2 photodiodes). Suresh has

shown me how to use the 9-pin Dsub connector punch, and I have punched a hole in this box

to attach the Dsub connector. 


Since this past entry regarding my mechanical design for the photosensor head (Photosensor Head Lessons),

I have modified the design to use a Teflon sheet instead of a copper PCB and I have moved the LED

and photodiodes closer together, upon the suggestions of Jamie and Koji.  The distance between

components is now 0.112" instead of the initial 0.28".  Last night, I cut the PCB board for the LED

and photodiodes and I drilled holes onto the PCB board and Teflon sheet so that the two may be

mounted to the metal plate face of the Pomona box.  I still need to cut the viewer hole for and

drill screws into the face plate.


I have also been attempting to debug my photosensor circuit (box and LED/photodiode combination).

Since this last entry (Painful Votlage Regulator and Circuit Lessons), Suresh has helped me to get the parts

that I need from the Downs Electronics lab (15 wire ribbon cable, two 9 pin D-sub connectors M,

one 15 pin D-sub connector M, one 16 pin IDC connector). Upon the suggestion of Jamie, I have

also made additional safety changes to the circuit by fixing some of the soldering connections

so that all connections are done with wires (I had a few immediate lines connected with solder).

I believe the the photosensor circuit box is finally ready for testing. I may just need some help

attaching the IDC connector to the ribbon cable. After this, I would like to resume SAFELY

testing my circuit.


I have also been exploring SimMechanics. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to run the

inverted pendulum model by Sekiguchi Takanori. Everytime I attempt to run it, it says

there is an error and it shuts down Matlab. In the meanwhile, I have been watching

SimMechanics demos and trying to understand how to build a model. I'm thinking that

maybe once I figure out how SimMechanics works, I can use the image of his model

(I can see the model but it will not run) to construct a similar one that will hopefully work.


I have also been attempting to figure out the circuitry for the pre-assembled

accelerometer (made with the LIS3106AL chip).  I have been trying to use a multi-meter

to figure out what the components are (beyond the accelerometer chip, which I have

printed out the datasheet for), but have been unsuccessful at that. I have figured out

that the small 5 pin chip says LAMR and is a voltage regulator. I am hoping that if I can

find the data sheet for this voltage regulator, I can figure out the circuitry. Unfortunately,

I cannot find any datasheets for a LAMR voltage regulator. There is one by LAMAR, but

the ones I have seen are all much larger. Does anyone know what the miniature voltage

regulator below is called and if "LAMR" is short for "LAMAR"?




  5001   Wed Jul 20 14:42:34 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today

C1:SUS-ETMX_OLPIT_GAIN set to 1.0     OLYAW 1.0

                ETMY                                     -0.2                   -0.2

                ITMY                                        2.0                    -2.0

                ITMX                                        0.5                     0.5

                  BS                                          0.4                    -0.4

                PRM                                         0.5                    -0.7

                SRM                                         1.0                     1.0

Earlier today Rana and I made power spectra of ETMY_OPLEV_ERROR signals with servo on and off.

It was indicating that the servo is not doing anything. These gain values were not set since IFO rebuilt.

Valera's entries were searched also. He did not do such thing. Rana may know where it is in the elog if it happened.

  5003   Wed Jul 20 18:44:54 2011 KojiSummarySUSWeekly Summary

Find Frank and ask him about those components.

  5004   Wed Jul 20 19:24:12 2011 ranaUpdateSUSoplev gains today

I guess Valera forgot to elog it. Steve, please email him and get the info.

I started to check out the OL servos today so that our whole interferometer is not too floppy.

  • The ETMX OPLEV DAQ channels were not in the list. Jamie ran the activateDQ.py script and it came back. Right now, we have no diagnostics to know if people have run this or not so the frames will have missing data now and again depending on how forgetful the rebooters are. Perhaps we can get activateDQ put into the make file???
  • I turned ON all of the offset buttons on the OL1, etc. filter banks. This allows for the dark offsets to be set for the OL quadrants. With these buttons off it doesn't make any sense.
  • I noticed that there are white (INVALID) fields all over the OPTLEV_SERVO screens. This is just because the new SUS models have not captured all of the functionality of the old system. Needs fixing.


Some of these OL spectra are not like the others...


  5005   Wed Jul 20 19:48:03 2011 JamieUpdateSUSRe: oplev gains today


 We have been modifying models that need to have their channels renamed to run activateDQ when Joe's post_build_script to is run. 

The trick is to integrate things to get the post_build_script running after every model build (getting it hooked in to the make file somehow).  We're working on it.

 I've added the following epics channels to sus_single_control model using the epicsOutput part:

  • OL_SUM
  • OL_YAW

These channels are now all available.  I'm not exactly sure how to ensure that they're being trended.  I'll check that tomorrow.

  5007   Wed Jul 20 20:44:56 2011 JamieUpdateSUSAll sus models rebuilt and restarted

There were a couple of recent improvements to the sus_single_control model that had not been propagated to all of the suspension controllers.

Rebuilt and restarted c1mcs, c1sus, c1scx, and c1scy.  Everything seems to be working fine after restart.

  5010   Thu Jul 21 09:04:59 2011 valera, steveUpdateSUSoplev gains were not optimized


Hi Steve,

I did change the ETMY optical lever configuration:
And I left it in that state per Jamie's request.
I was going to work on the servo tuning but found that the whitening was not working at that time.
What I was going to do is to measure the open loop gain to make sure the servo is stable, then 
measure the noise and minimize the rms motion by tuning the gain and the filter transfer function.
I plan to come to the 40m lab on August 22 for two weeks.
  5011   Thu Jul 21 10:08:30 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus sensor summary

OSEM voltages to be corrected at upcoming vent: threshold ~ 0.7-1.2V, ( at 22 out of 50 )










Attachment 1: sus_sensor.png
  5014   Thu Jul 21 16:06:35 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplev gains today checked by conlog

 Present values agree with conlog records. It can be concluded that there were no big changes made. There are some 0.1-0.2 gain  and one polarity changes during the periods of Valera's visits.


  5019   Fri Jul 22 15:39:55 2011 haixingUpdateSUSmatching the magnets

Yi Xie and Haixing,

We used the Gauss meter to measure the strength distribution of bought magnets, which follows a nice Gaussian distribution.
We pick out four pairs--four fixed magnets and four for the levitated plate that are matched in strength. The force difference is
anticipated to be within 0.2%, and we are going to measure the force as a function of distance to further confirm this.

In the coming week, we will measure various transfer functions in the path from the sensors to the coils (the actuator). The obtained
parameters will be put into our model to determine the control scheme. The model is currently written in mathematica which can
analyze the stability from open-loop transfer function.

  5025   Mon Jul 25 00:35:44 2011 ranaUpdateSUSsomething wrong with ETMY LR sensor


Looks like either the LR OSEM is totally mis adjusted in its holder or the whitening eletronics are broken.

Also looks like the ETMY is just not damped at 1 Hz? How can this be?

I look at the SUS_SUMMARY screen which apparently only Steve and I look at:


Looks like the suspensions have factor of 10-100 different gains. Why?

**  The ETMY just doesn't behave correctly when I bias it. Both pitch and yaw seem to make it do yaw. I leave this for Jamie to debug in the morning.

***  Also, the BIAS buttons are still broken - the HOPR/LOPR limits ought to be 5000 and the default slider increment be 100. Also the YAW button readback doesn't correctly show the state of the BIAS.

****  And.....we have also lost the DAQ channels that used to be associated with the _IN1 of the SUSPOS/PIT/YAW filter modules. Please put them back; our templates don't work without them.

  5029   Mon Jul 25 11:46:28 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY sus problem hunt

[Kiwamu / Steve]

We checked some electronics noise on the ETMY shadow sensor system.

Noise from the WF, AA board and ADC are below the shadow sensor spectra on ETMY.

It means something funny is going on in the upstream side (including the satelight box and shadow sensors)

OR the coil drivers side are going crazy ??


As Rana pointed out in his entry (#5025), the spectra of the shadow sensors on ETMY were quite bad below 3 Hz. The floor are higher than that of ETMX by factor of 10 or so.

To check if the noise comes from some of the electronics, we disconnected D15-sub from pd to whitening in.

The spectra with/without shadow sensors are attached below.

The curves in brown and green are the ones taken when the shadow sensors were disconnected from the WF board.

So these two curves represent the summed noise of the WF, AA and ADC.

This tells us to look toward the OSEM.


Attachment 1: ETMY_AA_ADC.png
  5032   Mon Jul 25 17:16:02 2011 JamieUpdateSUSNow acquiring SUSXXX_IN1_DQ channels

> And.....we have also lost the DAQ channels that used to be associated with the _IN1 of the SUSPOS/PIT/YAW filter modules. Please put them back; our templates don't work without them.

I have (re?)added the SUS{POS,PIT,YAW,SIDE}_IN1_DQ channels.  I did this by modifying the activateDQ.py script to always turn them on [0].  They should now always be activated after the activateDQ script is run.

[0] This script now lives in the cds_user_apps repo at cds/c1/scripts/activateDQ.py


  5037   Tue Jul 26 11:38:45 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMY bias checked


 I test drove ETMY biases.

PITCH  worked well in slow and fast modes. Slow drive was from the IFO alignment screen C1:SUS-ETMY_PIT_COM and

the fast one from C1:SUS-ETMY_ASCPIT_OFFSET

YAW did not.  It was always diagonal. It was  specially bad with the fast drive. I compared them with ETMX. ETMX yaw is diagonal a little bit too.

The OPLEV return spots on the qpd ETMX and ETMY are big 5-6 mm diameter. The ETMY spot has weird geometry to qpd.

  5044   Wed Jul 27 12:19:19 2011 NicoleSummarySUSWeekly Summary

Since last week, I've been working on building the photosensor head and have been making adjustments to my photosensor circuit box.

Changes to photosensor circuit (for box):

1) Last week, I was reading in the two signals from the two heads through a single input. Now there are two separate inputs for the two separate photosensors

2)During one of my many voltage regulator replacements, I apparently used a 7915 voltage regulator instead of a 7805 (thanks, Koji, for pointing that out! I never would have caught that mistake X___X)

3)I was powering my 5V voltage regulator with 10V...Now I'm using 15 V (now I only need 1 power supply and 3 voltage input plugs)

I have also began assembling my first photosensor head. Here is what I have so far:



Here is what needs to be done still for the photosensor head

I need to find four Teflon washers and nuts to rigidly attach the isolated PCB (PCB, Teflon sheet combination) to the box. I already have the plastic screws in (I want to use plastic and Teflon for electrical isolation purposes, so as to not short my circuit).

I need to attach the sheath of my signal cable to the box of the photosensor head for noise reduction (plan: drill screw into photosensor head box to wrap sheath wires around)

I need to attach the D-sub to the other end of my signal cable so that it can connect to the circuit box. So far, I only have the D-sub to connect the cable to my photosensor head

Yesterday, Suresh helped to walk me through the photosensor box circuit so that I now understand what voltages to expect for my circuit box trouble-shooting. After this lesson, we figured out that the problem with my photosensor box was that the two op-amps were saturated (so I fixed the feedback!). After replacing the resistor, I got the LED to light up! I still had problems reading the voltage signals from the photodiodes. I was reading 13.5V from the op amp output, but Koji explained to me that this meant that I was too close to saturation (the photodiodes were perhaps producing too much photocurrent, bringing the output close to saturation). I switched the 150 K resistor in the feedback loop to a 3.4K resistor and have thus successfully gotten displacement-dependent voltage outputs (i.e. the voltage output fluctuates as I move my hand closer and farther from the photosensor head). 

Now that I have a successful circuit to power and read outputs from one photosensor, I can begin working on the other half of the circuit to power the other photosensor! 


  5055   Thu Jul 28 16:26:42 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX, ITMY & ETMY OSEM gains adjusted


OSEM damping gains were adjusted by observing  real time dataviewer to get Q of 5

OSEMs were kicked up one by one with 200 counts  ~1sec. The error signal was optimized to get 1/2 of exitation amplitude at the 5th sinusoid wave.

C1: SUS-ITMX_SUSPOS_N1 gain   111      ->        65,             PIT        7.2      ->    8,           YAW        12      ->     6,          SIDE     280

                  ITMY                                      277       ->     120,                        19.2     ->     7,                             24     ->     19,                        420    ->      470

                  ETMY                                       10        ->       32,                          20      ->     3,                             20     ->     10,                          50

                  ETMX                                       22        ->      25,                             3,                                                3,                                              -170  

ETMX having problems:  1, YAW can not be excited

                                             2, SIDE has no error signal in dataviewer. Sensing voltage on MEDM screen 0.142V




  5056   Thu Jul 28 17:04:04 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSPhotosensor Head Calibration Curve

Here is the calibration curve (displacement versus voltage output) for the photosensor head that I made with the S5971 photodiodes and L9337 LEDs. This was made using a regular mirror. The linear region appears to be between 0.4 and 0.75cm. I will need to arrange the photosensor head so it measures displacements in the linear region of this plot. This plot was made using a 287 ohm resistor.


  5061   Fri Jul 29 16:04:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSETMX, PRM & SRM OSEM gains set

Jamei fixed the computer. Now I had a healthier ETMX with SIDE signal that allowed me to set gains to get Q of 5

The Y arm restore locked the arm at TRY -out 2.4V,    the X arm still did not lock or align to lock. It has some fringes.

ETMX  POS gain   22  -> 17,              PIT  3  ->  1,                    YAW  3,                     SIDE     -170    ->    -110

PRM                        50  ->  30,                     1,                                       2,                                       50

SRM                        55  ->  20,                    2.4  ->  1.5,                      4.8  ->  2,                          140   ->    100

Now all SUS OSEM gains are set

  5082   Mon Aug 1 16:06:05 2011 steveUpdateSUSoplevs are centered

Kiwamu, Koji and Steve,

Arm aligned separatly and oplev qpds were centered  including BS. Than we realigned manually DRM and centered their qpds.

ALL SUS oplevs were centered to resonating cavities.

  5091   Tue Aug 2 11:02:52 2011 JenneUpdateSUSPRM Watchdog tripped

I found PRM watchdog tripped.  It's all better now.

  5098   Tue Aug 2 23:02:48 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSFixed Accelerometer


The EM shaker was broken (the input terminals (banana inputs) had snapped off. To fix this, I have mounted two banana input mounting posts to a metal mount that Steve attached to the shaker.


However, because bananas do not provide a secure connection (they easily fall out), I have made special wires to connect the banana inputs of the shaker to the mounted banana inputs of the amplifier I am using (along with the sine generating function of the HP 3563A signal analyzer). Upon Koji's suggestion, I have made C-shaped clips to attach to the banana post mounts. These clips are made from insulated ring terminals.


Today I tested the  shaker and it works! WOOT! I currently have the shaker attached to the horizontal sliding platform (without the TT suspension on it).

Using a 750mHz signal from the HP 3563A with an amplitude of 500 mV amplified to 0.75V, I have gotten the shaker to displace the platform (without the TT suspension on it) 1 mm.

  5099   Tue Aug 2 23:14:21 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSCorrected Screw Alignment in TT Suspension Base

The TT suspension base was not able to be securely mounted to the optical table (i.e. mounted with 4 screws)

because the spacing between the screw holes in the base did not have the correct spacing for mounting on a table with a 1 inch pitch.


We have carefully removed the suspension from the problematic base. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL AROUND THE TABLE NEXT TO THE MC-2 CHAMBER! THE TT SUSPENSION IS RESTING THERE WITHOUT THE BASE! I will reattach it to the base tomorrow morning when I am less tired and more careful!

We measured the base to be about 4.882" x 3.774". The screw hole spacing is about 3.775" and 2.710" respectively. I have changed the diameter of the screw holes from 0.26" to 0.315" and have been able to successfully mount the suspension to the 1 inch pitch table next to the MC-2 chamber.



Now that the TT suspension can be mounted, I am going to be aligning a 670nm LED laser and balancing the mirror on the TT tomorrow morning. I will be using a beam blocker but please still be careful.

  5107   Wed Aug 3 12:27:01 2011 NicoleSummarySUSWeekly Summary

This week I have determined the linear region for my photosensor. I have determined the linear region to be -14.32 V/cm in the region 0.4cm 0.75 cm.

In order to obtain this voltage plot, I used a 287K resistor to set the max voltage output for the photodiodes. This calibration was obtained using a small rectangular standing mirror (not the TT testing mirror that Steve has ordered for me).


I have also been working on the second half of the photosensor circuit (to power the LED and read out voltages for the second photosensor head). I have assembled the constant-current section of the circuit and need to do the voltage-output section of the circuit. I also need to finish assembling the second photosensor head and cables.


I submitted my Second Progress Report on Tuesday.


I have attached the mirror to the TT suspension. We are using 0.006 diameter tungsten wire to suspend the mirror. I am currently working on balancing the mirror.


This morning, I realized that the current set-up of the horizontal shaker does not allow for the TT to be securely mounted. I was going to change the drill holes in the horizontal slider base (1 inch pitch). Jamie has suggested that it is better to make a pair of holes in the base larger. The circled holes are the ones that will be expanded to a 0.26" diameter so that I can mount the mirror securely to the horizontal slider base. There is a concern that a bit of the TT suspension base will hang over the edge of the horizontal sliding plate. We are not sure if this will cause problems with shaking the mirror evenly. Suggestions/advice are appreciated.


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  5108   Wed Aug 3 12:37:57 2011 KojiSummarySUSWeekly Summary

I vote for making an adapter plate between the sliding plate and the bottom base.


This morning, I realized that the current set-up of the horizontal shaker does not allow for the TT to be securely mounted. I was going to change the drill holes in the horizontal slider base (1 inch pitch). Jamie has suggested that it is better to make a pair of holes in the base larger. The circled holes are the ones that will be expanded to a 0.26" diameter so that I can mount the mirror securely to the horizontal slider base. There is a concern that a bit of the TT suspension base will hang over the edge of the horizontal sliding plate. We are not sure if this will cause problems with shaking the mirror evenly. Suggestions/advice are appreciated.


  5109   Wed Aug 3 14:20:49 2011 steveUpdateSUSITMX and PRM damping restored

ITMX watchdog tripped around 5 Torr  and the PRM around 450 Torr of this vent. They were restored than.

We are at 580 Torr now.

  5116   Thu Aug 4 08:25:51 2011 steveUpdateSUSsus at atm

ITMX and PRM moved alot.  BS and   ITMY just a little based on oplev reference.

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  5118   Thu Aug 4 11:18:12 2011 ranaUpdateSUSsus at atm

Remember that the Oplevs are not good references because of the temperature sensitivity. The week long trend shows lots of 24 hour fluctuations.

  5119   Thu Aug 4 20:05:23 2011 NicoleUpdateSUSNew Horizontal Sliding Base Mount for TT suspension testing

In order to more-securely mount the TT supsion to the horizontal sliding base, I have made a sub-mounting plate (upon Koji's suggestion) to go in between the horizontal sliding base and the TT suspension base. I made many mistakes in this once-pristine aluminum board. I learned that using a ruler is not good enough for determining where to make holes. Upon Koji's suggestion, I have completed the mounting plate by first making a full-scale diagram on Solid Works, printing it out, and then using the diagram to determine where to make my punch holes. Thank you also to Manuel for helping me drill and to Suresh for teaching me how to use the taps!


I have been able to successfully mount the plate to the horizontal sliding platform. The TT suspension base is mounted to the front of the mounting plate (there are counter-sink screws at the front connecting the platform to the slider so that the screw heads do not obstruct the TT base). I have been able to successfully mount the TT suspension base to the mounting plate. I have also reattached the TT suspension frame to its original base (the one that I modified so that the TT could be mounted to a 1 inch pitch surface). Currently, the TT suspension is mounted to the optical table I have been working on (next to the MC-2 chamber). I am working on balancing the mirror. I am going to balance the mirror using a 670nm LED laser.

Below is a picture of the laser and the laser block I am using. After I took this photo, I have mounted the laser and the block to the optical table next to the MC-2 chamber.



I have already leveled the laser and I will plan to work on balancing the mirror tomorrow morning (my hands were shaking a lot this afternoon/evening, so I think it would be best to wait until the morning when I will be more careful). I am now going to work on the second half of my photosensor circuit box and second sensor head.


Please do not touch the 670nm laser on the optical table next to the MC-2 chamber! It has been leveled. Please also be careful around the optical table, since the TT suspension is mounted to the table!

  5123   Fri Aug 5 13:51:51 2011 steveUpdateSUScross coupling

We need a plan how to minimize cross coupling in the OSEMs now

  5125   Fri Aug 5 15:11:24 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSRe: cross coupling

There is a page on the 40m wiki explaining the procedure.



Additionally there are several old elogs about the cross-coupling minimization, which can be useful for us:

[1] "SUS ranking from measured data", iLog by Osamy (Aug.22 2005)

[2] "TF from position to sensors for ETMX ", iLog by Osamu (Aug.25 2005)

[3] "Further OSEM tweaking", iLog by Rana (Oct.3 2006)

Quote from #5123

We need a plan how to minimize cross coupling in the OSEMs now


  5138   Mon Aug 8 12:08:05 2011 ranaUpdateSUSsus at atm


A plot showing that the daily variation in the OLs is sometimes almost as much as the full scale readout (-1 to +1).

  5141   Mon Aug 8 15:20:49 2011 kiwamuUpdateSUSinspection on ETMY (round 1)

Since ETMY have been showing some strange behaviors we deeply inspect the ETMY suspension.

Here is a brief review of the ETMY suspension and a brief status update of the inspection so far.

The inspection is still ongoing.


(Review : How wrong ?)

First of all, let us summarize what were the observed phenomena on the ETMY suspension :

   1. unknown low frequency noise covering frequency range from 0.1 to 3 Hz in all of four face sensors (#5025, #5029).

   2. LR sensor showed a very broad bounce peak at ~ 17 Hz (#5025).

   3. The sign of some of the sensors are flipped.

   4. The control gains had to be higher than those of ETMX by 10-100 (#5025).


(Status update : Noise spectra)

Currently the ETMY suspension is sitting on the north side of the table for the inspection.

We took dark noise of the OSEMs when the OSEMs were taken off from the tower and put on the table.

The plot below is an example of the LR sensor spectra. Note that the whitening filters have been always ON.


The black curve is the dark noise when the sensor was off from the tower.

The blue curve is the free swinging spectrum newly taken today.

The red curve is the free swinging spectrum (damped spectrum ?) on 25th of July, this was still in vacuum.


The dark noise is below the free swinging spectrum from 0.2 - 30 Hz, which looks reasonable

The most interesting thing is that the free swinging spectrum became better in low frequency (below 3 Hz)

from the one measured in vacuum.

It needs more investigation to answer the reason why it happened.

Note that before we moved the tower to the current position, we looked at the OSEM-magnets relations, and found nothing was touching.


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