Yesterday Steve and I revived two legs to mount some optical breadboards outside of the end table.
These legs had been used as oplev's mounts many years ago, but now they are served for 40m upgrading. These are really nice.
By putting them on the side of the end table, a mirror mounted on the top of the leg can reflect the beam outside of the end table.
Once we pick off the green beam from the end table to its outside, the green beam can propagate through the 40m walkway along the Y-arm.
So that we can measure the beam profile as it propagates.
These legs are also going to be used during mode matching of the vacuum optics.
I have made my own AutoCAD WS account and put the latest 40m layout.
AutoCAD WS is a free cloud service which enable us to browse/edit the DWG files.
You can view/play/print it from the following link even without making the account.
If you make your account you can actually save it although the editing capability is somewhat limited.
- It needs the Flash plug-in and Internet connection.
- I think Safari is the most stable platform on Mac. (i.e. I had some malfunctions with Firefox and Chrome)
this afternoon we centered the optical levers for all the optics.
To do that we first ran the alignment scripts for all the cavities.
I centered optical levers of ITMX,BS,ETMY. I also change the position of optical levers of ITMX, ETMY, ITMY, BS on Friday night(9/21), of ITMX, ETMY, BS on Monday night. Both are around 6:00 ~ 7:00.But centering on Monday was totally wrong, because I centered with not good IFO alignment.
The attachment is the 5 days trend of the opt lev of ITMX. First gap is alignment on Friday and Second gap is the alignment on Monday. Now I centered after locking the FPMI.
The attachment 2 is the last 6 hours data. The gap on 9/25 00:00 and 1:30(UTC) is because the alignment of the cavity and the last gap is because of centering of the optical lever.
Sanwiched wall as shown: 1" clear acrylic, 2 layers of 0.004" thick "window tint", 1 layer of 0.007" thermashield and 0.125" yellow acrylic
Visibility: 70 %, Transmission of 1064 nm 2-3 % at 0-50 degrees incident power density 0.7 W/mm2
Max power 100 mW
Max power 100 mW
Good. The power density and max power are not important (especially since you don't define a quantitative way to spec them). We ONLY care about the transmission.
I found ITMX-ISCT and BS-ISCT ( IFO sensing-control table) not covered this morning. Please do not leave tables open.
Sanwiched wall as shown: 1" clear acrylic, 2 layers of 0.004" thick "window tint", 1 layer of 0.007" thermashield and 0.125" yellow acrylic
Visibility: 70 %, Transmission of 1064 nm 2-3 % at 0-50 degrees incident, power density ~ 0.7 W/mm2
More details about this east end " acrylic + " enclosure ( optical table cover ) can be found elog entry 6210, 7194 and 7106
Window tinted layer transmission plot is below.
We have a film which may meet your requirements and the values are shown below:
Wavelength (nm) Transmission Reflectance(front) Reflectance (back)
1060 .0772 .604 .759
1070 .0723 .615 .772
These values are taken from the LBNL Optics 6 program and if you have access to that program, the NFRC ID for the film is 202. If you do not have access to the program, I have a captured the graph which may be of some help. I apologize for the appearance of the graph but someone at LBNL decided it would look better with a dark gray background – the yellow is the transmission curve, the blue is the reflectance (front) and the green is the reflectance (back).
The film is referred to as “Hilite 70” and has a 72% visible light transmission. These results were obtained with the film mounted on 1/8” clear glass.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
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PSL, AP, ETMY and ETMX optical tables were scanned for stay beam.
3/4 " thick colored acrylic material will be used in this air tight design. Surgical tubing for o-ring. We may have to put an o-ring into the bottom to have it really air tight.
The top drawing is not ready. It will have handle and industrial grade L-handle lock pin to hold cover down. There will be 2 one inch od post in the midle of the table to hold the cover and lock the ball pin.
I'm waiting for your inputs, so I can send this preliminary design out for quote.
The present plan to go with clear cast acrylic plexiglass 1" thick side wall and two clear 1/2 thick top cover.
The inside would be lined with light braun YAG safety window sheets 0.14" VLT ~25% OD 4 @ 532nm & OD 5 @ 1064nm
ALL optics (including MC) were kicked and left free swinging at:
The "opticshutdown" script was also run, which should turn the watchdogs back on in 5 hours (at 6am).
ottavia has been reinstalled with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and has been configured as a CDS workstation.
I have been maintaining a script that takes a stock 10.04 install and configures it as a workstation. I've attached it here, but it lives at:
The script is designed to be idempotent, i.e. it can be run on a machine that has already been configured and it will either have no affect or update.
# This is a CDS workstation setup script for Ubuntu 10.04 It is
# idempotent, so running it on an already configured workstation is
if [[ $(id -u controls) != 1001 ]] ; then
As preparation for the upcoming planned power outage we turned turbos, RGA off and closed valves.
IFO chamber is not pumped now. Small leaks and out gassing will push the pressure up slowly. At 3 mTorr of P1 the PSL output shutter
will be closed by the interlock.
It is OK to use light in the IFO up to this point.
Our vacuum was not pumped for 4 days. The computers were not up when we started pumping again. The manual reading on P1 was 15 mTorr.
This means that our outgassing plus leakrate is ~3.8 mTorr /day
3-5 mTorr / day is normal
Two out of the four over-head fluorescent lights in the X end of the interferometer were flickering today.
Folks were complaining that they were getting zeros whenever they tried to open fast channels in DTT or Dataviewer. It turned out that the problem was that all available test points were in use in the c1lsc model:
There is a limit to how many test points can be open to a single model (in point of fact I think the limit is on the data rate from the model to the frame builder, not the actual number of open test points). In any event, they was all used up. The grid at the bottom right of the C1LSC GDS screen was all full of non-zeros, and the FE TRATE number was red, indicating that the data rate from this model had surpassed threshold.
The result of this overbooking is that any new test points just get zeros. This is a pretty dumb failure mode (ideally one would not be able to request the TP at all with an appropriate error message), but it is what it is. This usually means that there are too many dtt/dataviewers left with open connections.
We tried killing all the open processes that we could find that might be holding open test points, but that didn't seem to clear them up. Stuck open test points is another known problem. Referencing the solution in #6968 I opened the diag shell and killed all test points everywhere:
controls@pianosa:~ 0$ diag -l -z
Set new test FFT
NDS version = 12
supported capabilities: testing testpoints awg
diag> tp clear * *
test point cleared
Overnight, the pressure increased from 247 uTorr to 264 uTorr over a period of 30000 seconds. Assuming an IFO volume of 33,000 liters, this corresponds to an average leak rate of ~20 uTorr L / s. It'd be interesting to see how this compares with the spec'd leak rates of the Viton O-ring seals and valves/ outgassing rates. The two channels in the screenshot are monitoring the same pressure from the same sensor, top pane is a digital readout while the bottom is a calibrated analog readout that is subsequently digitized into the CDS system.
We allowed the pumpdown to continue until reaching 9e-4 torr in the main volume. At this point we valved off the main volume, valved off TP2 and TP3, and then shut down all turbo pumps/dry pumps. We will continue pumping tomorrow under the supervision of an operator. If the system continues to perform problem-free, we will likely leave the turbos pumping on the main volume and annuli after tomorrow.
The pressure of the main volume increased from ~1mtorr to 50mtorr for the past 24 hours (86ksec). This rate is about x1000 of the reported number on Jan 10. Do we suspect vacuum leak?
Overnight, the pressure increased from 247 uTorr to 264 uTorr over a period of 30000 seconds. Assuming an IFO volume of 33,000 liters, this corresponds to an average leak rate of ~20 uTorr L / s.
I looked into this a bit today. Did a walkthrough of the lab, didn't hear any obvious hissing (makes sense, that presumably would signal a much larger leak rate).
Attachment #1: Data from the 30 ksec we had the main vol valved off on Jan 10, but from the gauges we have running right now (the CC gauges have not had their HV enabled yet so we don't have that readback).
Attachment #2: Data from ~150 ksec from Friday night till now.
Interpretation: The number quoted from Jan 10 is from the cold-cathode gauge (~20 utorr increase). In the same period, the Pirani gauge reports a increase of ~5 mtorr (=250x the number reported by the cold-cathode gauge). So which gauge do we trust in this regime more? Additionally, the rate at which the annuli pressures are increasing seem consistent between Jan 10 and now, at ~100 mtorr every 30 ksec.
I don't think this is conclusive, but at least the leak rates between Jan 10 and now don't seem that different for the annuli pressures. Moreover, for the Jan 10 pumpdown, we had the IFO at low pressure for several days over the chirstmas break, which presumably gave time for some outgassing which was cleaned up by the TPs on Jan 10, whereas for this current pumpdown, we don't have that luxury.
Do we want to do a systematic leak check before resuming the pumpdown on Monday? The main differences in vacuum I can think of are
This entry by Steve says that the "expected" outgassing rate is 3-5 mtorr per day, which doesn't match either the current observation or that from Jan 10.
We can pump down (or vent) annuli. If this is the leak between the main volume and the annuli, we will be able to see the effect on the leak rate. If this is the leak of an outer o-ring, again pumping down (or venting) of the annuli should temporarily decrease (or increase) the leak rate..., I guess. If the leak rate is not dependent on the pressure of the annuli, we can conclude that it is internal outgassing.
Somebody changed the settings on painosa without elogging anything about it. Why does this keep happening? I thought the point of the elog was to communicate. I think there are sufficient number of problems in the lab without me having to manually reset the control room workstation settings every week. Please make an elog if you change something.
I finished designing the PCBs for the VME crate back sides (see attached). The project files live on the DCC now at https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1700058. I ordered a prototype quantity (9) of the PCB printed and bought the corresponding connectors, all will arrive within the next two weeks. See also attached the front panels for the Acromag DAQ chassis and Lydia's RF amplifier unit (the lone +24V slot confuses me: I don't see a ground connector?). On the Acromag panel, six (3x2) of the DB37 connectors are reserved for VME hardware, two are reserve, and I filled the remaining space with general purpose BNC connectors for whatever comes up.
The amplifier unit should use the three pin dsub connectors (3w3?) that we use on many of the other units for DC power, and preferably go through the back panel. You can leave out the negative pin, since you just need +24 and ground.
This is already how it's hooked up. The hole on the from that says +24 V is for an indicator light.
ETMY end ThinkPad "paola" could not reboot due to "Fan Error". It seems that it is the failure of the CPU fan. I really needed a functional laptop at the end for the electronics work, I decided to open the chassis. By removing the marked screws at the bottom lid, the keyboard was lifted. I found that the CPU fan was stuck because of accumulated dust. Once the fan was cleaned, the laptop starts up as before.
South end flow bench and both clean room assembly flow benches measured zero counts for 0.3 and 0.5 micron size particales.
The counting efficiency of 0.5 micron is 100%
0.3 micron particles / cf min
0.5 micron particles / cf min
The PSL HEPA performance was measured at the center of the table with MET ONE #3
Jeff is still working on the filter banks.
The logging script is multiplying by 100 instead of 10 !
The MET#1 particle counter was moved from CES wall at ITMX to PSL enclousure south west corner at 11am.
The HEPA filter speed at the Variac was turned down to 20V from 40
This counter pumps air for 1 minute in every 20 minutes. Soft foam in bags used to minimize this shaking as it is clamped.
Some one turned up the PSL HEPA rotation voltage from 20 V to 33 ( 120V Variac ) and X-arm AC set temp lowered to 68F
Effects at 12" height from optical table :
1.0, 0.5 & 0.3 micron particle count goes to zero and temperature fluctuaion increased
Rotation speed voltage was set to 30V
I played with the particle counter this morning. Now it's running and reading the correct numbers on the old COCHECKLIST.adl medm screen.
However, it can not be seen with dataviewer.
Koji just rebooted the frame builder and the problem was solved.
How can we improve the cleanliness of the 40m IFO room 104 ? May be Mario Batali crocs if you chief chef of the lab likes it. We can do more effective things.
Atm 1 is showing the lab air quality dependence on outside air measured at the top of the IOO chamber. This made me to measure the differential pressure between lab and out side.
Properly sized air conditioner is over pressurizing it's room by 0.05 [" Water] like clean assembly room.
The 40m at Vertex location is barely getting pressurized to 0.01 " W
The control room is OK with 0.04 " W but it's air quality is very bad! It is 10x worse at 0.5 micron than IFO room.
Every entry from well pressurized control room into barely pressurized IFO pumps dirty air to our "clean room."
This door should be closed.
The drill- room entry is ideal because it is using the same air conditioner as the main lab, therefore it has cleaner air.
Things to do: seal holes of CES walls, seal paint wall at south end so it will shed less, replace gas kits on doors.
I have plugged the cable tray space entering the control room above Rosalba.
Probably more important is to establish quantitatively how particle counts affects the lock acquisition or noise in the interferometer.
We don't want to adopt a "Sky is Falling" mentality as was done previously in LIGO when people were trying to outlaw burritos and perfume.
Dust monitor counts and human noses do not correlate well with the interferometer's nose.
When the vacuum system is closed, we might check to see if particle counts correlate with losses in the PMC or excess scatter on the ISC tables. If not, we should move on to other concerns.
The San Gabriel mountain has been on fire for 6 days. 144,000 acres of beautiful hillsides burned down and it's still burning. Where the fires are.
The 40m lab particle counts are more effected by next door building-gardening activity than the fire itself.
This 100 days plot shows that.
I moved the mobile HEPA filter from ITMX's north door to ITMX-ISCT and covered it up with a merostate tent to accommodate the aluminum foil particle measurement on June 5
It lowered the 40m baseline counts by about a factor of 3 of 0.5 micron and a factor of 2 of 1.0 micron.
The HEPA filter is sweeping the floor and blowing the particles upwards. The MET ONE counter is on the top of the IOOC looking south at ~75 degrees upward.
The outside particle counts for 0.5 micron are 3 million this morning at 9am. Low clouds, foggy condition with low inversion layer.
This makes the 40m lab 30-50K
I just turned on the HEPA filter at the PSL enclosure.
Please, leave it on high
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.
We will need to order a few things for our final setup.
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
Password for nodus and all control room workstations has been changed. Look for new one in usual place.
We will try to change the password on all the RTS machines soon. For the moment, though, they remain with the old passwerd.
I found that several linux libraries have been moved around and disabled today. In particular, I see a bunch of new stuff in apps/linux/ and ezca tools are not working.
Also found that someone has pulled the power cable to the function generator I was using to set the VCO offset. This is the one on top of the Rb clocks. Why?? Why no elog? This is again a big waste of time.
This is to facilitate the summary page config fines to be pulled from nodus in a scripted way, without being asked for authentication. If someone knows of a better/more secure way for this to be done, please let me know. The site summary pages seem to pull the config files from a git repo, maybe that's better?
Slow pump down _pd68 has reached the vacuum normal state. CC4_Rga region is pumped now. The RGA is still off.
Precondition to this pump down: 129 days at atm, ITMs replaced. MMT, oplev and other components were removed from BSC, ITMCs. New MMT mirrors are in. IOO_access_connector was out. The end chambers were not opened.