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  13852   Thu May 17 11:56:37 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralEPICS process died on c1ioo

The EPICS process on the c1ioo front end had died mysteriously. As a result, MC autolocker wasn't working, since the autolocker control variables are EPICS channels defined in the c1ioo model. I restarted the model, and now MCautolocker works.

  13859   Thu May 17 15:38:19 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I've moved my setup to the actual seismometer. I attached the temperature sensor to the seismometer (attachment 1) with duct tape, though this is temporary. I will be monitoring the temperature fluctuations of the seismometer for a whole day then take the can off and repeat the test. The can isn't clamped down so the insulation isn't perfect, so I'd expect to see some noticeable fluctuations even with the can on. I've also labeled the long cable for the temperatuse sensor readout (attachments 2 and 3). There will also be an out of loop sensor added in later, but for this test since I am not running the loop it doesn't matter which sensor I monitor. Attachment 4 is a picture of the current setup.

Attachment 1: IMG_20180517_144420.jpg
IMG_20180517_144420.jpg
Attachment 2: IMG_20180517_145754.jpg
IMG_20180517_145754.jpg
Attachment 3: IMG_20180517_151956.jpg
IMG_20180517_151956.jpg
Attachment 4: IMG_20180517_145121.jpg
IMG_20180517_145121.jpg
  13860   Thu May 17 18:05:01 2018 gautamUpdateSUSSR785 near 1X5

I'm working near 1X5 and there is an SR785 adjacent to the electronics rack with some cabling running along the floor. I plan to continue in the evening so please leave the setup as is.

During the course of this work, I noticed the +15V Sorensen in 1X6 has 6.8 A of current draw, while Steve's February2018 label says the current draw is 8.6A. Is this just a typo?

Steve: It was most likely my mistake. Tag is corrected to 6.8A


I'm still in the process of electronics characterization, so the SR785 is still hooked up. MC3 coil driver signal is broken out to measure the output voltage going to the coil (via Gainx100 SR560 Preamp), but MC is locked.

Attachment 1: B55CE985-B703-4282-B716-3144957C7372.jpeg
B55CE985-B703-4282-B716-3144957C7372.jpeg
  13861   Fri May 18 07:41:01 2018 steveUpdateSUSclipping ITMX oplev

The ITMX oplev still clipping

Quote:

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

 

 

  13862   Fri May 18 09:13:41 2018 PoojaUpdateSUSColored GigE image

To obtain a colored version with good contrast of the grayscale image of scattering of light by dust particles on the surface of test mass, got using GigE camera. The original and colored images are attached here.

 

Attachment 1: Image__2017-11-14__08-25-13_100k100g1V_colored.png
Image__2017-11-14__08-25-13_100k100g1V_colored.png
Attachment 2: Image__2017-11-14__08-25-13_100k100g1V.tiff
  13864   Fri May 18 14:33:34 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

Here is the result of my test. I think I'll leave the can on over the weekend because there's a long period of time where the seismometer heated up by 0.8 degrees so I can't fully see the fluctuations over a full 24 hour period.

Attachment 1: seis_temp_can_on.png
seis_temp_can_on.png
  13866   Fri May 18 19:10:48 2018 keerthanaUpdateGeneralCode for adjusting the oscillator frequency remotly

Target: Phase locking can be acheived by giving a scan to the oscilator frequency. This frequency is now controlled using the knobe on the AM/FM signal generator 2023B. But we need to control it remotely by giving the inputs of start frequency, end frequency and the steps.

The frequency oscilator and the computer is connected with the help of GPIB Ethernet converter. The IP address of the converter I used is '192.168.113.109' and its GPIB address is 10.

I could change the oscilator frequency by changing the input frequency with the help of the code I made (Inorder to check this code, I have changed the oscilator frequency multiple times. I hope it didn't create trouble to anyone). Now I am trying to make this code better by adding certain features like numpy, argument parse etc, which I will be able complete by next week. I am also considering to develop the code to have a sliding system to control the oscillatory frequency.

For record: The maximum limit of frequency which i changed upto is 100MHz.

 

Attachment 1: frequency_set.jpg
frequency_set.jpg
  13868   Fri May 18 20:03:14 2018 PoojaUpdateCamerasTelescopic lens solution for GigE

Aim: To find telescopic lens solution to image test mass onto the sensor of GigE camera.

I wrote a python code to find an appropriate combination of lenses to focus the optic onto the camera keeping in mind practical constraints like distance of GigE camera from the optic ~ 1m and distance between the lenses need to be in accordance with the Thorlab lens tubes available. We have to image both the enire optic of size 3" and beam spot of 1" using this combination of lens. The image size that efficiently utilizes the entire sensor array is 1/4". Therefore the magnification required for imaging the entire optic is 1/12 and that for the beam spot is 1/4.

I checked the website of Thorlabs to get the available focal lengths of 2" lenses (instead of 1" lenses to collect sufficient power). I have tried several combination of lenses and the ones I found close enough to what is required have been listed below along with thier colorbar plots.

a) 150mm-150mm (Attachment 2 & 3)

With this combination, object distance varies like 50cm for 1" beam spot to 105cm for 3" spot. Therefore, it posses a difficulty that there is a difference of ~48cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

b) 125mm-150mm (Attachment 4 & 5)

With this combination, object distance varies like 45cm for 1" beam spot to 95cm for 3" spot. There is a difference of ~43cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

c) 125mm-125mm (Attachment 6 & 7)

The object distance varies like 45cm for 1" beam spot to 90cm for 3" spot. There is a difference of ~39cm in the distances between the optic and camera in the two cases: imaging the entire optic and the beam spot.

Sensitivity check was also done for these combination of lenses. An error of 1cm in object distance and 5mm in the distance between the lenses gives an error in magnification <2%.

The schematic of the telescopic lens system has been given in Attachment 8.

 

Attachment 1: frequency_set.jpg
Attachment 2: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_1.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_1.pdf
Attachment 3: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_3.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_150_150_3.pdf
Attachment 4: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_1.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_1.pdf
Attachment 5: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_3.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_150_3.pdf
Attachment 6: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_1.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_1.pdf
Attachment 7: plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_3.pdf
plot_2018-05-18_tel-lens_125_125_3.pdf
Attachment 8: tel_design.pdf
tel_design.pdf
  13869   Sun May 20 17:43:01 2018 ranaUpdateElectronicsHow to choose resistors

Article from EE Times, describing why metal foil (NOT metal film) resistors are really better than wirewound when it comes to everything except high power dissipation.

Need to do some diggin to see if we can find ~1k metal foil resistors which can handle ~1W of heat.

Steve: here it is

  13870   Sun May 20 23:43:50 2018 gautamUpdateIOOCoil driver noise re-measurement

Summary:

In the IMC actuation chain, it looks like the MC1/MC3 de-whitening boards, and also all three MC optics' coil driver boards, are showing higher noise than expected from LISO modeling. One possible candidate is thick film resistors on the coil driver boards. The plan is to debug these further by pulling the board out of the Eurocrate and investigating on the electronics bench.

Why bother? Mainly because I want to see how good the IR ALS noise is, and currently, the PSL frequency noise is causing the measurement to be worse than references taken from previous known good times.

Details:

Sometime ago, rana suggested to me that I should do this measurement more systematically.

  • Attachments #1, #2 and #3 show noise measurements in various conditions for MC1, MC2 and MC3 respectively.
  • In the above three attachments, I stitched together multiple spans from the SR785, and so the bin-width is different. The data is downloaded from the analyzer normalized by the bin-width (PSD units).
  • The roll-off at ~800Hz in the orange trace for MC1 and MC3 is consistent with an 800 Hz LPF that was used for anti-image filtering from the old 2 kHz era.
  • While it may look like the analog de-whitening isn't being switched on in some of these plots, I confirmed by transfer function measurement that it is indeed switching.
  • Data used to make these plots are in Attachment #4. Unfortunately, the code requires some of my personal plotting librariesno and so I'm not uploading it.
  • Sketch of measurement setup is shown in Attachment #5. It is not indicated in the schematic, but the SR560 was operated in battery mode for this measurement.
  • For MC1, I did the additional measurement of terminating the LEMO input to the coil driver and measuring (what should have been) just the coil driver electronics noise. But this measurement doesn't look very clean, and hence, the decision to pull the board out to continue debugging.
  • While at 1X6, Rana tightened the LEMO connectors going to MC1. We should opportunistically do MC2 and MC3 as well.
  • Some changes to be made:
    • Thick film ---> thin film.
    • Reroute HPF-ed back-plane Vmon output to the front panel LEMO.

I've now restored all the wiring at 1X6 to their state before this work.

Attachment 1: MC1_coilDriver.pdf
MC1_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 2: MC2_coilDriver.pdf
MC2_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 3: MC3_coilDriver.pdf
MC3_coilDriver.pdf
Attachment 4: MC_coilDriverNoises.tgz
Attachment 5: ActuationChainNoiseMeas.pdf
ActuationChainNoiseMeas.pdf
  13871   Mon May 21 10:15:35 2018 gautamUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I guess it's fine for now while we are still finalizing the setup at EX, but we should eventually line up the seismometer axes with the IFO axes. Is there a photo of the orientation of the seismometer pre heater can tests? If not, probably good to make some sort of markings on the granite slab / seismometer to allow easy lining up of these axes...

  13872   Mon May 21 14:17:28 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

I have attached the graph for the seismometer temperature fluctuations over 3 days. As we can see, there is a noticeable fluctuation in daily temperature as well as a difference between days in the maximum and minimum temperatures. I will repeat this test but take the can off to see if there's any difference between having the can on or off.

Attachment 1: seis-temp.png
seis-temp.png
  13874   Mon May 21 17:36:00 2018 poojaUpdateCamerasGigE camera image of ETMX

Today Steve and I tried to to capture the image of scattering of light by dust particles on the surface of ETMX using GigE camera. The image ( at gain =100, exposure time = 125000) obtained has been attached. Unlike the previous images, a creepy shape of bright spots was seen. Gautam helped us lock infrared light and see the image. A similar less intense shape was seen. This may be because of the dust on the lens.

Attachment 1: Image__2018-05-21__17-34-15_125k100g.tiff
  13875   Mon May 21 18:02:55 2018 keerthanaUpdateGeneralTesting of the new mini-circuits frequency counter

Today, I tested the new mini-circuit frequency counter by connecting it with the beat signal output. The frequency counter works fine. Now I am trying to get a display of the frequency in the computer screen using python programming. I have made the code for remotely changing oscilator frequency and it is saved in the folder 'ksnair'. A picture of the new mini circuits frequency counter is attached below. Part no: UFC-6000, S/N: 11501040012, Run: M075270.

Attachment 1: frequency_counter.jpg
frequency_counter.jpg
  13877   Tue May 22 14:49:03 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

It appears that one of the wires was disconnected overnight or this morning so I wasn't able to gather data over a full 24 hour period. Perhaps someone accidentally kicked it. I placed some cones in that area so hopefully the wires won't be in the way as much and I can get the data tomorrow. From the data I do have it seems that the seismometer is at a colder temperature when the can is not on, though it is difficult to see by how many degrees the temperature fluctuates. I've included the data from 5 days back to see the comparison.

Attachment 1: seis-temp-2.png
seis-temp-2.png
  13878   Tue May 22 17:26:25 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out

I have pulled out MC1 coil driver board from its Eurocrate, so IMC is unavailable until further notice. Plans:

  1. Thick film --> Thin Film
  2. AD797 --> Op27
  3. Remove Pots in analog actuation path.
  4. Measure noise
  5. Route HPF signal (UL DAQ Mon) to front panel. I think we should use the SMA connectors. That way, we have DC and AC voltage monitors available for debugging.

If there are no objections, I will execute Step #5 in the next couple of hours. I'm going to start with Steps 1-4.

  13879   Tue May 22 17:29:27 2018 keerthanaUpdateelogMEDM Diagram for the auxilary laser system control and display.

(keerthana, gautam, jon)

In the morning, Jon gave me an overview of the Auxiliary laser system which we are planning to setup. Based on the diagram he uploaded in the elog, I have made the MEDM diagram for controlling and displaying the parameters. Here the parameters which we will be controlling are temperature (in terms of voltage), oscilator frequency ( with the help of IFR 2023B), the frequency offset and the PID controls. The display includes the beat frequency, error signal voltage, control voltage and a switch to give feed back to the AUX laser. As the frequency counter is not connected at the moment, I haven't included its channel number in it. The screenshot of the diagram is attached with this. I am also considering to give a PID feedback to the slow control from the AUX feedback signal. The screen can be accessed from the PSL dropdown menu in sitemap.

Attachment 1: MEDM_aux.png
MEDM_aux.png
  13880   Tue May 22 23:28:01 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out

This work is now complete. MC1 coil driver board has been reinstalled, local damping of MC1 restored, and IMC has been locked. Detailed report + photos to follow, but measurement of the noise (for one channel) on the electronics workbench shows a broadband noise level of 5nV/rtHz (yes) around 100Hz, which is lower than what was measured here and consistent with what we expect from LISO modeling (with fast input terminated with 50ohm, slow input grounded).

Quote:

I have pulled out MC1 coil driver board from its Eurocrate, so IMC is unavailable until further notice.

 

  13882   Wed May 23 14:50:33 2018 KiraUpdatePEMtest setup with seismometer

This time the test went without issue. The first attachment is the data for the past 24 hours and the second attachment is the full data over 6 days. The average temperature fluctuations (from highest point to lowest point) for the can on was 0.43 C and for the can off it came out to 0.55 C. In addition the seismometer with the can off is about 1 C cooler than with the can on. I'd like to leave the can off until the end of the week so we can get a comparable data set for both the can on and off. Eventually I'll need to figure out a way to clamp the can down to the block in order to get better insulation and hopefully get even smaller temperature fluctuations.

Attachment 1: seis-temp-3.png
seis-temp-3.png
Attachment 2: seis-temp-full-2.png
seis-temp-full-2.png
  13883   Wed May 23 17:58:48 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out
  • Marked up schematic + photo post changes uploaded to DCC page.
  • There was a capacitor in the DAQ monitor path making a 8kHz corner that I now removed (since the main point of this front panel HPF monitor point is to facilitate easy coil driver noise debugging, and I wanted to be able to use the SR785 out to high frequencies without accounting for an additional low pass). Transfer function from front panel LEMO input to front panel LEMO monitor is shown in Attachment #1.
  • Voltage noise measured at DB25 output (with the help of a breakout cable and SR560 G=100) with front panel LEMO input terminated to 50ohm, Bias input grounded, and pin1 of U21A grounded (i.e. watchdog enabled state) is shown in Attachment #2. This measurement was taken on the electronics bench.
  • Inside the lab (i.e. coil driver board plugged into eurocrate), the noise measured in the same way looks identical to what was measured in elog13870.
  • I tried repeating the measurement by powering the board using an bench power supply and grounding the bias input voltage near 1X6, and the strange noise profile persists. So this supports the hypothesis that some kind of environmental pickup is causing this noise profile. Needs more investigation. 

In any case, if it is indeed true that the optic sees this current noise, the place to make the measurement is probably the Sat. Box. Who knows what the pickup is over the ~15m of cable from 1X6 to the optic.

Quote:

Detailed report + photos to follow

 

Attachment 1: MC1_monitorTF.png
MC1_monitorTF.png
Attachment 2: MC1_ULnoise.pdf
MC1_ULnoise.pdf
  13885   Thu May 24 10:16:29 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralAll models on c1lsc frontend crashed

All models on the c1lsc front end were dead. Looking at slow trend data, looks like this happened ~6hours ago. I rebooted c1lsc and now all models are back up and running to their "nominal state".

Attachment 1: c1lsc_crashed.png
c1lsc_crashed.png
  13887   Thu May 24 15:18:12 2018 KiraUpdatePEMPID loop restarted

Rana said that it wasn't necessary to gather more data on the temperature fluctuations so I have reconnected the heater circuit and restarted the PID loop with the can on the seismometer.

  13888   Thu May 24 16:08:12 2018 KiraUpdatePEMparts list

We will need to order a few things for our final setup.

  1. 1U box to place the heater circuit and temperature circuits in. The minimum depth that will fit all the electronics is 10 inches according to my sketch.
    • I found two possibilities online for this. I don't know exactly what our budget is, but this one is $144. According to the datasheet, the front panel is less than 19 inches wide, so if we are to order this one, I've adjusted the width of the panel I designed to match the width of the panel that comes with it I've labeled it in the attached file as 1U-panel-1.
    • The other possibility is this one. It comes with handles already which is quite nice. I wasn't able to find a price for it on the website.
  2. Front panel for the 1U box and block panel. I've attached them as .fpd files below in one .zip file. Not sure if this is the correct way to attach them, though.
  3. We'll also need a 16 gauge cable that has 6 wires bunched together. This is to connect up the heater circuit and AD590s. The other cables that we will need can be found in the lab.
Attachment 1: front_panels.zip
  13893   Fri May 25 14:55:33 2018 Jon RichardsonUpdateCamerasStatus of GigE Camera Software Fixes

There is an effort to switch to an all-digital system for the GigE camera feeds similar to the one running at LLO, which uses Joe Betzwieser's custom SnapPy package to interface with the cameras in Python and aggregate their feeds into a fancy GUI. Joe's code is a SWIG-wrapping of the commercial camera-driver API, Pylon, from Basler. The wrapping allows the low-level camera driver methods to be called from within Python, and their feeds are forwarded to a gstreamer stream also initiated from within Python. The problem is that his wrapping (and the underlying Pylon software itself) is only runnable on an older version of Ubuntu. Efforts to run his software on newer distributions at the 40m have failed.

I'm working on a fix to essentially rewrite his high-level SnapPy code (generators of GUIs, etc.) to use the newest version of Pylon (pylon5) to interface at a low level with the cameras. I discovered that since the last attempt to digitize the camera system, Basler has released their own official version of a Python wrapping for Pylon on github (PyPylon).

Progress so far:

  • I've installed from source the newest version of Pylon, pylon5.0.12 on the SL7 machine (rossa). I chose that machine because LIGO is migrating to Scientific Linux, but I think this will also work for any distribution.
  • I've installed from source the the newest, official Python wrapping of the Basler Pylon software, pypylon.
  • I've tested the pypylon package and confirmed it can run our cameras.

The next and final step is to modify Joe's SnapPy package to import pypylon instead of his custom wrapping of an older version of the camera software, and update all of the Pylon calls to use the new methods. I'll hopefully get back to this early next week.

  13894   Tue May 29 16:22:43 2018 KiraUpdatePEMparts list

I've updated the parts list to be an excel document and included every single part we will need. This is ony a first draft so it will probably be updated in the future. I also made a mistake in hole sizing for the front panel so I've updated it and attached it as well (second attachment).

Edit: re-attached the EX can panel fpd file so that everything is in one place

Attachment 1: parts_list_-_Sheet1.pdf
parts_list_-_Sheet1.pdf
Attachment 2: 1U-panel-2.fpd
Attachment 3: EX-can-panel.fpd
  13895   Tue May 29 16:33:04 2018 SteveUpdatePEMair cond filters replaced

Chris replaced some air condition filters and ordered some replacement filter today.

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Yesterday morning was dusty. I wonder why?

The PRM sus damping was restored this morning.

Yesterday afternoon at 4 the dust count peaked 70,000 counts

Manasa's alergy was bad at the X-end yesterday. What is going on?

There was no wind and CES neighbors did not do anything.

Air cond filters checked by Chris. The 400 days plot show 3 bad peaks at 1-20, 2-5 & 2-19

 

  13896   Wed May 30 10:17:46 2018 gautamUpdateIOOMC1 Coil Driver pulled out

[rana,gautam]

Summary:

Last night, Rana fact-checked my story about the coil driver noise measurement. Conclusions:

  1. There is definitely pickup of strong lines (see Attachment #1. These are hypothesized to come from switching power supplies). Moreover, they breathe. Checkout Rana's twitter page for the video.
  2. The lines are almost (but not quite) at integer multiples of 19.5 kHz. The cause of this anharmonicity is to be puzzled out.
  3. When the coil driver board is located ~1m away from the SR785 and the bench supply powering it, even though the lines are visible in the spectrum, the low frequency shape does not show the weird broad features I reported here. The measured noise floor level is ~5nV/rtHz, which is consistent with LISO noise + SR560 input noise (see Attachment #2). However, there is still some excess noise at 100 Hz above what the LISO model leads us to expect. 
  4. The location of the coil driver board and SR560 relative to the SR785 and the bench power supply I used to power the coil driver board can increase the line heights by ~x50. 
  5. The above changes the shape of the low frequency part of the spectrum as well, and it looks more like what is reported in elog13870. The hypothesis is that the high frequency lines are downconverted in the SR560.

Note: All measurements were made with the fast input of the coil driver board terminated with 50ohms and bias input shorted to ground with a crocodile clip cable.

Next steps:

The first goal is to figure out where this pickup is happening, and if it is actually going to the optic. To this end, I will put a passive 100 kHz filter between the coil driver output and the preamp (Busby Box instead of SR560). By getting a clean measurement of the noise floor with the coil driver board in the Eurocrate (with the bias input driven), we can confirm that the optic isn't being buffeted by the excess coil driver noise. If we confirm that the excess noise is not a measurement artefact, we need to think about were the pickup is actually happening and come up with mitigation strategies.

RXA: good section EMI/RFI in Op Amp Applications handbook (2006) by Walt Jung. Also this page: http://www.electronicdesign.com/analog/what-was-noise

Attachment 1: EM_pickup.pdf
EM_pickup.pdf
Attachment 2: coilDriverNoiseComparison.pdf
coilDriverNoiseComparison.pdf
  13897   Wed May 30 12:13:13 2018 ranaUpdateComputersNODUS: rsyncd + frames

To get our rsync back to LDAS back up, I followed instructions from Dan Kozak:

  1. mounted /frames from fb1: I modified /etc/fstab
  2. modified /etc/rsyncd.conf to allow access from LDAS
  3. restarted rsync as daemon: 'sudo /usr/bin/rsync --daemon --config=/etc/rsyncd.conf'

Next need to figure out what the SL7 protocol is for running this as a daemon after boot - some kind of init.d thing probably

  13899   Wed May 30 23:57:08 2018 gautamUpdatePEMBurning smell in office area / control room

[koji, gautam]

We noticed quite a strong burning smell in the office area and control room ~20mins ago. We did a round of the bake lab, 40m VEA and the perimeter of the CES building, and saw nothing burning. But the smell persists inside the office area/control room (although it may be getting less noticeable). There is a whining noise coming from the fan belt on top of the office area. Anyways, since nothing seems to be burning down, we are not investigating further.

Steve [ 10am 5-31 ] we should always check partical count in IFO room

Service requested 

 

  13900   Thu May 31 02:04:55 2018 johannesUpdatePSLAUX laser state of mind

The AUX laser is down to 5.4 mW output power sad

What's worse, because we wanted those fast switching times by the AOM for ringdowns, I made the beam really small, which

  1. came with a severe tradeoff against conversion efficiency. I tried to squeeze the last out of it today, but there's only about 1.3 mW of diffracted light in the first order that reaches the fiber, with higher diffraction orders already visible.
  2. produced a very elliptical mode which was difficult to match into the fiber. Gautam and I measured 600 uW coming out of the fiber on the AS table. This per se is enough for the SRC spectroscopy demonstration, but with the current setup of the drive electronics there's no amplitude modulation of the deflected beam.

When going though the labs with Koji last week I discovered a stash of modulators in the Crackle lab. Among them there's an 80 MHz AOM with compact driver that had a modulation bandwidth of 30MHz. The fall time with this one should be around 100ns, and since the arm cavities have linewidths of ~10kHz their ringdown times are a few microseconds, so that would be sufficient. I suggest we swap this or a similar one in for the current one, make the beam larger, and redo the fiber modematching. That way we may get ~3mW onto the AS table.

I think I want to use AS110 for the ringdowns, so in the next couple days I'll look into its noise to get a better idea about what power we need for the arm ringdowns.

Attachment 1: IMG_20180530_220058190.jpg
IMG_20180530_220058190.jpg
  13901   Thu May 31 10:19:42 2018 gautamUpdateSUSMC3 glitchy

Seems like as a result of my recent poking around at 1X6, MC3 is more glitchy than usual (I've noticed that the IMC lock duty cycle seems degraded since Tuesday). I'll try the usual cable squishing voodo.

gautam 8.15pm: Glitches persisted despite my usual cable squishing. I've left PSL shutter closed and MC watchdog shutdown to see if the glitches persist. I'll restore the MC a little later in the eve.

Attachment 1: MC3_glitchy.png
MC3_glitchy.png
  13902   Thu May 31 15:36:59 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralNew camera channels

Jon informed me that there are some EPICS channels that JoeB's camera server code looks for that don't exist. I thought Jigyasa and I had added everything last year but turned out not to be the case. I followed my instructions from here, did the trick. While cleaning up, I also re-named the "*MC1" channels to "*ETMX", since that's where the camera now resides. New channels are:

C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_INTERVAL (Archival interval in minutes)
C1: CAM-ETMX_ARCHIVE_RESET (Reset Archival interval in minutes)

C1: CAM-ETMX_CONFIG_FILE (Config file)
 

  13903   Thu May 31 15:48:16 2018 KiraUpdatePEMrunning PID script with seismometer

I have attached the result of running the PID script on the seismometer with the can on. The daily fluctuations are no more than 0.07 degrees off from the setpoint of 39 degrees. Not really sure what happened in the past day to cause the strange behavior. It seems to have returned back to normal today.

Attachment 1: can-on-pid.png
can-on-pid.png
  13904   Thu May 31 17:47:12 2018 KojiUpdateComputersmegatron process cleaning up

megatron had full of zombie medm processes due to some of the screenshot scripts.

I also found that apache2 is running on megatron without any configuration. I just disable it by

sudo update-rc.d apache2 disable

  13905   Thu May 31 19:51:06 2018 KojiUpdateGeneralWiFi router firmware update / rebooting

The model of our martian wifi router (NETGEAR R6400) was found in the FBI router list to be rebooted asociated with the malware "VPNFilter" issue.

I checked the attached devices and found bunch of (legit) devices blocked to access the wifi router. This is not an immediate problem as most of the packets do not go through the wifi router. But potentially a problem in some cases like Wifi enables GPIB adapters. So I marked them to be "allowed".

In this opprtunity, I have updated the firmware of the wifi router and this naturally involved rebooting of the device.

 

  13907   Thu May 31 23:12:17 2018 gautamUpdateLSCDRMI locking attempt

Summary:

I wanted to recover the DRMI locking. Among other things, Jon mentioned that his mode spectroscopy can be done in the DRMI config. But I was foiled last night by a rogue waveplate in the AS beampath, and today evening, I noticed the resurfacing of this problem. Clearly, this is indicative of some issue in the analog whitening electronics, as the DC light level on the AS55 PD is consistent with previous measurements. Moreover, last time, the problem "fixed itself" so I don't know what exactly the problem was in the first place. I'll try doing the same test in the linked elog tomorrow. As a quick test, I cycled through the whitening gains (0-45dB) to see if it was some stuck ADC register, but that didn't fix the problem.

The problem seems to be with REFL55 only - I am able to lock the PRMI with carrier resonant without any issues, and the error signal levels are consistent with what I remember them being while the PRMI is swinging around. AS55 lives on the same whitening board and doesn't seem to suffer from the same probelms.


Decided to do the check tonight, but as Attachment #1 shows, no real red flags from the whitening gain side.

Attachment 1: REFL55_whtCheck.pdf
REFL55_whtCheck.pdf
  13908   Fri Jun 1 01:22:50 2018 gautamUpdateLSCDRMI locking restored

As it happened last time, the problem apparently fixed itself - somehow the act of me disconnecting the cables and reconnecting them seems to solve the problem, need to think about this.

Anyway, DRMI was locked a few times tonightyes. I got in a good long stretch where I ran some sensing lines and collected some data, analysis tomorrow. I am going to center the vertex oplevs as an alignment reference for now. A major source of lockloss seems to be angular instability - see for example this video grab of POP:

Could be due to noise injection from the noisy PRM Oplev HeNe, or just TT mirror angular motion (I couldn't get the PRC angular FF going tonight).

Attachment 1: DRMI_20180531.png
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  13909   Fri Jun 1 19:25:11 2018 poojaUpdateCamerasSynchronizing video data with the applied motion to the mirror

Aim: To synchronize data from the captured video and the signal applied to ETMX

In order to correlate the intensity fluctuations of the scattered light with the motion of the test mass, we are planning to use the technique of neural network. For this, we need a synchronised video of scattered light with the signal applied to the test mass. Gautam helped me capture 60sec video of scattering of infrared laser light after ETMX was dithered in PITCH at ~0.2Hz..

I developed a python program to capture the video and convert it into a time series of the sum of pixel values in each frame using OpenCV to see the variation. Initially we had tried the same with green laser light and signal of approximately 11.12Hz. But in order to see the variation clearly, we repeated with a lower frequency signal after locking IR laser today. I have attached the plots that we got below. The first graph gives the intensity fluctuations from the video. The third and fourth graphs are that of transmitted light and the signal applied to ETMX to shake it. Since the video captured using the camera was very noisy and intensity fluctuations in the scattered light had twice the frequency of the signal applied, we captured a video after turning off the laser. The second plot gives the background noise probably from the camera. Since camera noise is very high, it may not be possible to train this data set in neural network.

Since the videos captured consume a lot of memory I haven't uploaded it here. I have uploaded the python code 'sync_plots.py' in github (https://github.com/CaltechExperimentalGravity/GigEcamera/tree/master/Pooja%20Sekhar/PythonCode).

 

Attachment 1: camera_mirror_motion_plots.pdf
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  13911   Sun Jun 3 22:48:59 2018 johannesUpdatePSLaux laser replacement

I brought the NPRO from the Crackle experiment over to the 40m Lab and set it up on the PSL table to replace the slowly dying AUX laser. I also brought along a Faraday isolator, broadband EOM, and an ISOMET AOM with driver electronics from the optics storage in the Crackle Lab.

This laser is a much newer model, made in 2008, and still has all its mojo, but we should probably keep up the practice of turning it off when it's not going to be used for a while. I measured 320 mW leaving the laser, and 299mW of that going through the Faraday isolator, whose Brewster-angle polarizer I had to clean because they were a little dusty. While the laser output is going strong, the controller displays a power output of only 10 mW, which makes me think that the power monitoring PD is busted. This is a completely different failure mode from what we've seen with the other NPROs that we can hopefully get repaired at some point, particularly because the laser is newer, but for now it's installed on the PSL table. This likely means that the noise eater isn't working on this unit either, for different reasons, but at least we have plenty of optical power.

The setup is very similar to before, with the addition of a Faraday isolator and a broadband EOM, in case we decide to get more bandwidth in the PLL. I changed the Crystal Technologies 3200-113 200 MHz AOM for an ISOMET 80 MHz AOM with RF driver from the Crackle lab's optics storage and sized the AUX beam to a diameter of 200 micron. I couldn't locate an appropriate heat sink for the driver, which is still in factory condiction, but since the PSL AOM also runs on 80MHz I used that one instead. The two AOMs saturate at different RF powers, so care must be taken to not drive the AUX AOM too high. At 600 mV input to the driver the deflection into the first order was maximal at 73 % of the input power, with the second order beam and the first order on the other side cleary visible.

In order to speed things up I didn't spend too much time on mode-matching, but the advantage of the fiber setup is that we can always improve later if need be without affecting things downstream. I coupled the first order beam into the fiber to the AS table with 58% efficiency, and restored the beat with the PSL laser on the NewFocus 1611. The contrast there is only about 20%, netting a -20 dBm beat note. This is only a marginal improvement from before, so the PLL will work as usual, but if we get the visibility up a little in the future we won't need to amplify the PD signal for the PLL anymore.

Some more things I wanted to do but didn't get to today are

  • Measure intensity noise of aux laser
  • Measure rise and fall times of new AOM
  • Get PLL back up and running
  • Place 90/10 beamsplitter in AS path and couple IFO output into fiber (= couple fiber output into IFO)

I'll resume this work tomorrow. I turned the aux laser and the AOM driver input off. For the PSL beat the AOM drive is not needed, and the power in the optical fiber should not exceed 100 mW, so the offset voltage to the AOM RF driver has to remain below 300 mV.

  13912   Mon Jun 4 02:52:52 2018 johannesUpdatePSLaux laser replacement

> While the laser output is going strong, the controller displays a power output of only 10 mW, which makes me think that the power monitoring PD is busted.

NPRO internal power monitor often shows smaller value than the actual due to a broken PD or misalignment. I don't think we need to fix it.

STEVE: Aux Lightwave M126-1064-200, sn259 [July 2009] 1.76A, ADJ 9,  9mW on it's display should not mislead you. It's output  320mW

Quote:

I brought the NPRO from the Crackle experiment over to the 40m Lab and set it up on the PSL table to replace the slowly dying AUX laser. I also brought along a Faraday isolator, broadband EOM, and an ISOMET AOM with driver electronics from the optics storage in the Crackle Lab.

This laser is a much newer model, made in 2008, and still has all its mojo, but we should probably keep up the practice of turning it off when it's not going to be used for a while. I measured 320 mW leaving the laser, and 299mW of that going through the Faraday isolator, whose Brewster-angle polarizer I had to clean because they were a little dusty. While the laser output is going strong, the controller displays a power output of only 10 mW, which makes me think that the power monitoring PD is busted. This is a completely different failure mode from what we've seen with the other NPROs that we can hopefully get repaired at some point, particularly because the laser is newer, but for now it's installed on the PSL table. This likely means that the noise eater isn't working on this unit either, for different reasons, but at least we have plenty of optical power.

The setup is very similar to before, with the addition of a Faraday isolator and a broadband EOM, in case we decide to get more bandwidth in the PLL. I changed the Crystal Technologies 3200-113 200 MHz AOM for an ISOMET 80 MHz AOM with RF driver from the Crackle lab's optics storage and sized the AUX beam to a diameter of 200 micron. I couldn't locate an appropriate heat sink for the driver, which is still in factory condiction, but since the PSL AOM also runs on 80MHz I used that one instead. The two AOMs saturate at different RF powers, so care must be taken to not drive the AUX AOM too high. At 600 mV input to the driver the deflection into the first order was maximal at 73 % of the input power, with the second order beam and the first order on the other side cleary visible.

In order to speed things up I didn't spend too much time on mode-matching, but the advantage of the fiber setup is that we can always improve later if need be without affecting things downstream. I coupled the first order beam into the fiber to the AS table with 58% efficiency, and restored the beat with the PSL laser on the NewFocus 1611. The contrast there is only about 20%, netting a -20 dBm beat note. This is only a marginal improvement from before, so the PLL will work as usual, but if we get the visibility up a little in the future we won't need to amplify the PD signal for the PLL anymore.

Some more things I wanted to do but didn't get to today are

  • Measure intensity noise of aux laser
  • Measure rise and fall times of new AOM
  • Get PLL back up and running
  • Place 90/10 beamsplitter in AS path and couple IFO output into fiber (= couple fiber output into IFO)

I'll resume this work tomorrow. I turned the aux laser and the AOM driver input off. For the PSL beat the AOM drive is not needed, and the power in the optical fiber should not exceed 100 mW, so the offset voltage to the AOM RF driver has to remain below 300 mV.

 

  13913   Mon Jun 4 11:00:37 2018 gautamUpdatePSLaux laser replacement
Quote:

I couldn't locate an appropriate heat sink for the driver, which is still in factory condiction, but since the PSL AOM also runs on 80MHz I used that one instead.

We have the appropriate heatsink - I'd like to minimize interference with the main beam wherever possible.

Quote:

For the PSL beat the AOM drive is not needed, and the power in the optical fiber should not exceed 100 mW, so the offset voltage to the AOM RF driver has to remain below 300 mV.

If damage to the fiber is a concern, I think it's better to use a PBS + waveplate to attenuate the power going into the fiber. When the AOM switching is hooked up to CDS, it's easy to imagine a wrong button being pressed or a wrong value being typed in.

It would probably also be good to have a pickoff monitor for the NPRO DC power so that we can confirm its health (in the short run, we can hijack a PSL Acromag channel for this purpose, as we now do for FSS_RMTEMP). I don't know that we need an EOM for the PLL, as in order to get that going, we probably need some fast electronics for the EOM path, like an FSS box. 

STEVE: I ordered the right heatsink for the acousto after Koji pointed out that the vertical fins are 20% more efficient. Why? Because hot air rises. It will be here in 3-4 days.

  13914   Mon Jun 4 11:34:05 2018 Jon RichardsonUpdateCamerasUpdate on GigE Cameras

I spent a day trying to modify Joe B.'s LLO camera client-server code without ultimate success. His codes now runs without throwing any errors, but something inside the black-box handoff of his camera source code to gstreamer appears to be SILENTLY FAILING. Gautam suggested a call with Joe B., which I think is worth a try.

In the meantime, I've impemented a simple Python video feed streamer which does work, and which students can use as a base framework to implement more complicated things (e.g., stream multiple feeds in one window, save a video stream movie or animation).

It uses the same PyPylon API to interface with the GigE cameras as does Joe's code. However, it uses matplotlib instead of gstreamer to render the imaging. The matplotlib code is optimized for maximum refresh rate and I observed it to achieve ~5 Hz for a single video feed. However, this demo code does not set any custom cameras settings (it just initializes a camera with its defaults), so it's quite possible that the refresh rate is actually limited by, e.g., the camera exposure time.

Location of the code (on the shared network drive):

/opt/rtcds/caltech/c1/scripts/GigE/demo_with_mpl/stream_camera_to_mpl.py

This demo initializes a single GigE camera with its default settings and continuously streams its video feed in a pop-up window. It runs continuously until the window is closed. I installed PyPylon from source on the SL7 machine (rossa) and have only tested it on that machine. I believe it should work on all our versions of Linux, but if not, run the camera software on rossa for now.

Usage:

From within the above directory, the code is executed as 

$python stream_camera_to_mpl.py [Camera IP address]

with a single argument specifying the IP address of the desired camera. At the time I tested, there was only one GigE camera on our network, at 192.168.113.152.

  13915   Mon Jun 4 19:41:01 2018 keerthanaUpdate Finesse code for cavity scan

The cavity scan data obtained from the Finesse simulation is attached here. Fig1 indicates the cavity scan data in the absence of induced misalignment. In that case only the fundemental mode is resonating. But when a misalignment is induced, higher order modes are also present as seen in Fig2. This is in the absence of surface figure error in the mirrors. Now I am trying to provide perturbations to the mirror surface in the form of zernike polynomials and get the scan data fom the simulation. These cavity scan data can be used to develop fitting models. Once we have a model, we can use it to analyse the data from the experimental cavity scan.

Attachment 1: Fig1.png
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Attachment 2: Fig2.png
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  13916   Tue Jun 5 02:06:59 2018 gautamUpdatePSLaux laser first (NULL) results

[johannes, gautam]

  1. Johannes aligned the single bounce off the ITM into the AUX fiber on the AS table, and also the AUX beam into the fiber on the PSL table.
    • Mode matching isn't spectaular anywhere in this chain.
    • But we have 2.6mW of light going into the SRM with the AOM deflection into the 1st order beam (which is what we send into the IFO) maximum.
  2. We set up some remote capabilities for the PLL and Marconi frequency (=PLL setpoint) control.
  3. Motivation was to try and lock DRMI, and look for some resonance of the AUX beam in the SRC.
    • We soon realized this was a way too lofty goal.
    • So we decided to try the simpler system of PRMI locked on carrier.
    • We were successfully able to sweep the Marconi setpoint in up to 20kHz steps (although we can only move the setpoint in one direction, not sure I know why now).
    • Then we decided to look for resonances of the AUX beam in the arm cavity.
    • Still no cigar broken heart
  4. Plus points:
    • PLL can be reliably locked remotely.
    • Marconi freq. can be swept deterministically remotely.
  5. Tomorrow:
    • Fix polarization issues. There is some low freq drift (~5min period) of the power incident on the fiber on the PSL table which we don't understand.
    • Verify MM into IFO and also into fiber at PSL table.
    • Do mode spectroscopy.

I was wondering why the PMC modulation sidebands are showing up on the control room analyzer with ~6dB difference in amplitude. Then I realized that it is reasonable for the cabling to have 6dB higher loss at 80 MHz compared to 20 MHz.

  13917   Tue Jun 5 20:31:42 2018 ranaUpdateCamerasUpdate on GigE Cameras

Aha! Video is back!

I think it would be good to add a flag whereby the video can be saved to disk in some uncompressed video format (ogg, avi, ?) instead of displayed to a matplotlib window. We could then use the default to just display video, but use the save-to-disk flag to grab a few minutes of video for image processing.

Quote:

In the meantime, I've impemented a simple Python video feed streamer which does work, and which students can use as a base framework to implement more complicated things (e.g., stream multiple feeds in one window, save a video stream movie or animation).

  13918   Wed Jun 6 10:02:52 2018 SteveUpdateVACRGA scan
Attachment 1: RGA302d.png
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Attachment 2: annuloses_NOT_pumped.png
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Attachment 3: temp_vac.png
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  13919   Wed Jun 6 10:44:52 2018 gautamUpdateVACAnnulus pressure channels added to frames

[steve, gautam]

We added the following channels to C0EDCU.ini and restarted the daqd processes. Channels seem to have been added successfully, we will check trend writing later today. Motivation is to have a long term record of annulus pressure (even though we are not currently pumping on the annulus).

C1:Vac-PASE_status

C1:Vac-PASV_status

C1:Vac-PABS_status

C1:Vac-PAEV_status

C1:Vac-PAEE_status

plot next day

Attachment 1: AnsPressureLogged.png
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  13920   Wed Jun 6 14:36:15 2018 gautamUpdateLSCTRX clipping

For some time now, I've been puzzled by the unreliability of the ASS_X dither alignment servo. Leaving the servo on, TRX often begins to decay to a lower value, and even after freezing the dither at the maximum TRX values, I can manually align the mirrors to increase TRX. We have suspected some kind of clipping in the TRX path that is responsible for this behaviour. Today I decided to investigate this a bit further. To have the arm locked and to inspect the beam, we have to change the locking trigger - TRX is what is normally used, but I misaligned the Y arm completely, and used AS110 as a trigger instead. There is some strangeness in the triggering topology, but this deserves a separate elog.

Once the arm was locked (and relocks using the AS110 trigger in the event of an unlock), I was able to trace the beampath on the EX table with an IR card. The TRX beam is rather large and weak, so it is hard to see, but as best as I can tell, the only real danger of clipping (or perhaps the beam is already clipped) is on the final steering mirror before the beam hits the (Thorlabs) PD. Steve/Pooja are working on getting a photo of this, and will upload it here shortly. Options to mitigate this:

  1. Use the harmonic separator to steer the beam lower, and center it on the 1" steering mirror. However, this could possibly lead to clipping on some of the upstream lenses.
  2. Raise the height of the 1" steering mirror by 0.25". However, this would require a custom 3/4" dia post height or some shims, which I am not sure is in line with our optomechanic mounting practises.
  3. Use a 2" mirror instead of a 1" mirror.

The EX QPD has stopped working since the Acromag install. If it were working, we wouldn't have to rely on the alternate triggering with AS110 and instead just use the QPD as TRX, while we debug the Thorlabs PD path.

  13921   Wed Jun 6 14:50:25 2018 gautamUpdateGeneralLSC triggering

I though that the "C1LSC_TRIG_MTRX" MEDM screen completely controls the triggring of LSC signals. But today while trying to trigger the X-arm locking servo on AS110 instead of TRX, I found some strange behaviour. Summary of important points:

  1. Even though the servo was supposed to be triggered on AS110, the act of me blocking the beam on the EX table destroyed the lock. I verified the correlation between me blocking the beam and the lock being destroyed by repeating the blocking at least 10 times at different locations along the beam path (to make sure I wasn't accidentally clipping the Oplev beam for example).
  2. Investigating further, I found that me turning off the TRX signal digitally also deterministically led to the X arm lock being lost. To be clear, the TRX DC element in the trigger matrix was 0.
  3. Confirmed that TRX wasn't involved in any way in the locking servo (I was checking for normalization of the PDH error signal by the DC transmission value, but this is not done). To do this, I locked the arm, and then turned all elements corresponding to TRX in the PowNorm matrix to 0. Then I disabled the locking servo and re-enabled it, and the lock was readily re-acquired readily.

All very strange, not sure what's going on here. The simulink model diagram also didn't give me any clues. Need's further investigation.

Attachment 1: LSC_TRIG.png
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  13922   Wed Jun 6 15:12:29 2018 KiraUpdatePEMparts from lab

Got this 1U box from the Y arm that we could potentially use (attachment 1). It doesn't have handles on the front but I guess we could attach them if necessary. Attachment 2 is a switch that could be used instead of a light up switch, but now we need to add LEDs on the front panel that indicate that the switch is functional. Attachment 3 is a terminal block that we can use to attach the 16 gage wire to since it is thick and attaching it directly to the board would be difficult. If this is alright to use then I'll change up my designs for the front panel and PCB to accomodate these parts.

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