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  1087   Fri Oct 24 18:05:01 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralAbs length: transverse mode spacing measured for the X arm
The ETMX suffers of astigmatism. I measured the following frequencies for the higher order modes:
- f_01 = 6317500 +/- 500 Hz
- f_10 = 6305500 +/- 500 Hz

From

g2=1/g1*(cos(A*L*pi/c))^2

where A= (fsr-f_i), fsr=(3897654+/-15)Hz (see elog entry 956), L=(38.4580+/-0.0003)m, g1=0.9947 (from R1=7280m), I get the following values for the g-factor coefficients:

g2_x = 0.3164 +/- 0.0002
g2_y = 0.3209 +/- 0.0002

from which we have the radius of curvature of ETMX:

R_x = 56.26 +/- 0.01 m
R_y = 56.63 +/- 0.01 m


The specs for the mirror have R2= 57.57 m (unc).

So, they seem conditions similar of those of ETMY that Koji measured:

Rx = 56.1620 +/- 0.0013 [m]
Ry = 57.3395 +/- 0.0011 [m]

for which L_yarm: 38.6462 m +/- 0.0003 m
  1093   Mon Oct 27 11:16:23 2008 AlbertoConfigurationIOOStochMon Calibration
I implemented the calibration for the four channels of the StochMon in the ioo EPICS database. Now the output of those channels, as shown in the medm screen, gives the peak-to-peak amplitude in voltage of each frequency from the RFAMPD at the transmission of the MC, normalized by the DC output from the same photodiode.

Basically the calibration takes into account the following factors:
- two in series RF preamplifiers, currently laying on the PSL table near the RFAMPD, with gains of 19 dB and 17 dB, respectively
and, inside the StochMon blue box:
- a resonant band-pass filter with the following gains h_f(f) for each of the frequencies of interest: 33MHz -39.5 dB; 133MHz -40.8 dB; 166MHz -49.0 dB; 199MHz -45.0 dB
- a power detector that provides an output voltage linearly proportional to the input power in dBm, with a factor alpha of proportionality equal to an average value of -0.0271 V/dBm for all the frequencies

The calibration that relates the output voltage from the PD to the output voltage from the StochMon is then obtained as:

V_pd(f) = sqrt(2*R*P0)/h_f(f) * 10^( (Vo-q)/(20*alpha) )

where R=50ohm, P0=1mW and q=0.772 V, the latest being the offset in the calibration of the power detector (that is its output for a 0 dBm input).
  1097   Tue Oct 28 11:10:18 2008 AlbertoUpdateLSCHigher Order Mode resonances in the X arms

Quote:
Recently we had been having some trouble locking the full IFO in the spring configuration (SRC on +166).
It was thought that an accidental higher order mode resonance in the arms may have been causing problems.

I previously calculated the locations of the resonances using rough arm cavity parameters(Elog #690). Thanks to Koji
and Alberto I have been able to update this work with measured arm length and g factors for the y arm (Elog #801,#802).
I have also included the splitting of the modes caused by the astigmatic ETM. Code is attached.

I don't see any evidence of +166MHz resonances in the y arm.


In the attached plot different colours denote different frequencies +33, -33, +166, -166 & CR.
The numbers above each line are the mn of TEMmn.
Solid black line is the carrier resonance.


I plugged the measures of the length of the X arm and radius of curvature of ETMX I made in to John's code to estimate the position of the resonances of the HOM for the sidebands in the X arm. Here's the resulting plot.
  1109   Mon Nov 3 19:18:47 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralnew elog
Phil Ehrens kindly poured our elog's content in a CD that now is here at the 40m.
I've been trying to install the 2.7.5 version of the elog on Nodus, a Sun machine, but the installing procedure is different from linux and I dont' know it. I tried to recompile the elog from the source code but the way gcc is called must be wrong because I get this error message:

nodus:elog-2.7.5>make
gcc -DHAVE_SSL -o elog src/elog.c -lsocket -lnsl -lssl
src/elog.c:45:25: openssl/ssl.h: No such file or directory
src/elog.c:329: error: parse error before "SSL"
src/elog.c: In function `ssl_connect':
src/elog.c:331: error: `SSL_METHOD' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:331: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
src/elog.c:331: error: for each function it appears in.)
src/elog.c:331: error: `meth' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:332: error: `SSL_CTX' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:332: error: `ctx' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:340: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:341: error: `sock' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c: In function `retrieve_elog':
src/elog.c:383: error: `SSL' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:383: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c: In function `submit_elog':
src/elog.c:631: error: `SSL' undeclared (first use in this function)
src/elog.c:631: error: `ssl_con' undeclared (first use in this function)
make: *** [elog] Error 1

Joe, Yoichi, anyone else knows how to do that?
  1114   Tue Nov 4 17:58:42 2008 AlbertoDAQPSLMC temperature sensor
I added a channel for the temperature sensor on the MC1/MC3 chamber: C1:PSL-MC_TEMP_SEN.
To do that I had to reboot the frame builder. The slow servo of the FSS had to get restarted, the reference cavity locked and so the PMC and MZ.
  1115   Wed Nov 5 12:41:36 2008 AlbertoUpdateLSCAbsolute Length and g-factor measurements conclusions
Absolute Length and g-Factor Measurement for the 40m Arm Cavities, Summary of Results

MOTIVATION OF THE EXPERIMENT
Lately locking the interferometer in the so called spring configuration (SRC on +166 MHz sideband) has been difficult and a possible resonance of an higher order mode of the +166 MHz sideband in the arms was
hypothesized as the cause. We wanted to know the frequencies of the HOMs of the sidebands and see where they are, relatively to the carrier resonance.

THE EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE IN BRIEF
A second laser beam from an NPRO is injected into the interferometer through the AS port. The beam is mode matched to the arm cavities so that it can resonate inside of these. The secondary beam interferes with
the PSL beam and the incident intensity on one end mirror, excluding by now any higher mode, is I(t)=I1+I2+(interference terms)*exp[-i*(f1-f2)*t]. The last term comes from the beat between the two fields at the
relative frequency of the two lasers. For beating frequencies multiple of the FSR of the cavity, the beat gets transmitted and appears at the trans PD.
Whereas the PSL has a constant frequency, the NPRO frequency fluctuates, so that the relative phase between the two is not constant. To prevent that, a PLL servo locks the phase of the NPRO to that of the PSL.
The result is a beat frequency at the steady and tunable value set by the local oscillator of the PLL.

Length Measurement
One arm at a time, the cavity is locked to the TEM00 mode of the main laser. The beat frequency is then scanned for a few cavity FSRs and the transmitted power is measured. A linear fit of the resonant frequencies gives
us the FSR of the cavity.

g-factor Measurement
For non-planar Fabry-Perot cavities, the HOMs of the laser are not degenerate and resonate in the cavity at frequencies different from the correspondent fundamental mode. The shift in frequency is measured by the
Transverse Mode Spacing (TMS) and it is a function of the g-factors of the cavity:

TMS=FSR*acos[sqrt(g1*g2)]/pi

with g1=1-L/R1, where L is the cavity absolute length and R1 the radius of curvature of the input mirror, and similarly for g2 for the end mirror.
We measured the TMS by means of the beat between an HOM of the main laser and the TEM00 of the secondary beam. To do that we locked the cavity to either TEM01/10 and looked at the transmitted power for frequencies
of the beat around the TMS expected from the design parameters of the cavity.
Since the phase of the intensity of the beat between TEM01/10 and TEM00 has only DC components if measured across a symmetric portion of the spot, it is necessary to brake the symmetry of the incident beam on the
PD by chopping it just before it hits the sensor.
We approximated g1=1 for the ITMs. The effect of an astigmatic ETM is to brake the degeneracy of the TEM10 and TEM01 modes and split their resonant frequencies. By measuring that shift, we can evaluate the radius
of curvature of the mirror for the axis of the two transverse modes.

EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
X Arm
FSR     =  (3897627 +/- 5 )   Hz
L       = (38.45833  +/- 0.00005) m
g2x     =   0.31197  +/- 0.00004
g2y     =   0.32283  +/- 0.00004
R-ETM_x = (55.8957   +/- 0.0045) m
R-ETM_y = (56.7937   +/- 0.0038) m

Y Arm
FSR     = ( 3879252 +/- 30 )  Hz
L       = (38.6462   +/- 0.0003) m
g2x     =   0.31188  +/- 0.00004
g2y     =   0.32601  +/- 0.00004
R-ETM_x = (56.1620   +/- 0.0013) m
R-ETM_y = (57.3395   +/- 0.0011) m


CONCLUSIONS
The attached graphs,one for the X arm and the other for the Y arm, plot the distributions of the first HOMs of the sidebands near the carrier resonance in the arm cavities. As it appears, the resonances of
the +166 sideband are far enough for not resonating in the arm cavities if the arms are locked to the carrier.
We have to look for something else to explain the locking problem of the interferometer in the spring configuration.
  1124   Fri Nov 7 18:38:19 2008 AlbertoDAQPSLMC temperature sensor hooked up
Alberto, Rana,
we found that the computer handling the signals from ICS-110B was C1IOVME so we restarted it. We changed the name of the channel to C1:PEM_TEMPS and the number to 16349. We tracked it up to the J14 connector of the DAQ.
We also observed the strange thing that both of the differential pairs on J13 are read by the channle. Also, if you connect a 50 Ohm terminator to one of the pairs, the signal even get amplified.

(The name of the channel is PEM-MC1_TEMPS)
  1132   Thu Nov 13 11:33:25 2008 AlbertoHowToTreasureMaking (good) Matlab figures
Just a little summary of some useful ways to change plot settings in Matlab that I wanted to share and remember for the future:

http://saig.phys.ualberta.ca/toolbox/Matlab/making_figures.html
  1133   Thu Nov 13 15:50:44 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralGPS 10MHz clock
The schematic of the 1Y7 rack that Alan pointed out (see attachment) don't represent anymore the actual rack.
First, with Yoichi we found that the GPS receiver for the 10 MHz is in a different position,
on the other side of the VME computer. It seems to output 1 kHz, which also appears in some modulated way.
This signal is then passed to a board on 1Y7 that seems make just copies of the signal. One of these goes
to an other board in 1Y6 that looks like a GPS receiver but has actually no GPs antenna input. Here it is
not connected to anything, but on its same crate is a the awg computer, so it might be providing the clock
to that by the crate.

We also checked the clock monitor output on the boards in the PSL that provides for the clock to the Penteks
and it seems that these are actually getting 4MHz.
  1139   Mon Nov 17 11:01:15 2008 AlbertoHowToElectronicsCalibrating the Frequency Standard of the Marconi
I locked the SRS Rubidium Frequency Standard FS275 to the the 1pps from the GPS. The specs from the manual provide a frequency accuracy of 5x10^-11, that is 5x10-4 @ 10 MHz, since this is the reference signal frequency we're are going to use.
The Marconi internal frequency standard is provided by a TCXO oscillator. The instrument can be set in either one of these ways: 1) Indirect Synchronization, by which the internal TCXO is phase-locked to the external frequency standard (i.e. the SRS FS275 in our case) 2) Direct Sync, in which the internal TCXO is bypassed and the frequency standard is the external one.

I checked the specs of both frequency standards and found:

SRS FS275: 5x10^-11 -> 5x10^-10 Hz @ 10 MHz

Marconi: here what the data sheet says is that "the temperature coefficient is 7 in 10^7 in the temperature range between 0 and 55 C" and so should be also the frequency accuracy.

The SRS FS275 seems more accurate than the TCXO therefore I'm going to set the Marconi on the direct external mode.
  1145   Tue Nov 18 19:44:53 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralX Arm Cavity "Negative" FSRs Measured
Previous measurements on the X arm cavity revealed a shift of the frequencies of the cavity resonances from where one would expect these to be by just looking at integer multiples of the cavity FSR. In particular, plotting the resonant frequencies versus the order of their occurrences while sweeping the laser frequency (in our case that of the beat between the two lasers), the linear fit of the data contained an unwanted offset:

resonant_frequency = n x FSR + offset

In part, we attributed this offset to the local oscillator of the PLL, the Marconi, which was not referred to an absolute frequency clock.
For that reason, I connected the Marconi to the RS FS275 which uses the 1PPS from the GPS to generate a 10 MHZ reference signal, and then scanned the cavity again. This time I started from negative beat frequencies, that happen when the frequency of the secondary laser is smaller than the main laser's, to positive frequencies. The way I made sure of the sign of the frequency was looking at the effect of changing the temperature of the NPRO. I decided that negative frequencies where those for which an increase in temperature lowered the beat frequency and positive frequencies those for which increasing the temperature made the beat frequency go up.
I then plotted the data and obtained the attached plot.

The offset was reduced to about 80 Hz (from more than 200 in the previous measurements). I think the residual offset has to do with something that happens in the cavity, something, as Koji found out, related to the alignment of the mirrors.

Thanks to the more data points, the measurement of the FSR improved to (3897627 +/- 5) Hz, which would let us know the measure of the cavity length with an error of 50um, if it weren't for the offset. I have to understand whether and how to take this into account to determine the precision in the cavity length. I guess it depends on whether it is real or it is still a systematic error due to the measurements.
  1146   Wed Nov 19 10:32:11 2008 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsAll the Marconi Set to the Rubidium Frequency Standard
I placed the SRS Rubidium FS275 over the PSL rack, next to the frequency counter. This one and the Marconi on the PSL rack have been connected to the 10MHz output of the frequency standard. I set also the first Marconi, the one that used to drive the others, to external, direct frequency reference. Now it reads 166981718 Hz versus 166981725 Hz measured by the frequency counter: 8 Hz difference.
  1169   Wed Dec 3 11:58:10 2008 AlbertoUpdatePSLMC Alignment
Rana, Alberto,

more details on the MC alignment we did yesterday.


Last week Rana re-aligned the Mach Zender (MZ) on the PSL table to reduce the power at the dark port (see elog entry #1151). After that, the beam was aligned to the MZ but not properly aligned to the Mode Cleaner (MC) anymore. As a result the MC could not lock or did it on unwanted transverse modes. To fix that we decided to change the alignment of the MC input periscope on the PSL table.


The ultimate goal of the operation was to align the MC transmitted beam to the IFO and to maximize the power.
Such a condition depends on:
a) a good cavity alignment and
b) input beam matching to the cavity TEM00 mode.


Since the MZ alignment had only affected the input beam, we assumed the cavity alignment was still good, or at least it had not changed, and we focused on the input beam.

The IOO computer, by the MC autolocker script, is able to change the cavity alignment and the length to match the input beam and lock the cavity. Although both the length servo (LSC) and the alignment servo (WFS) have a limited effective operating range. So for the script to work properly and at best, input beam and cavity matching have to be not far from that range.

The MC periscope has two mirrors which control the pitch and yaw input angles. By changing either yaw or pitch of both mirrors together (“two-knob" technique) one can change the input angle without moving the injection point on the cavity input mirror (MC1). So this is the procedure that we followed:

  • 1) turned of the autolocker running the MC-down script
    2) brought the reflected beam spot back on the MC-reflection camera and on the reflection photodiode (REFL-PD)
    3) turned on the LSC servo
    4) tweaked the periscope's mirrors until the cavity got locked on a TEM00 mode
    5) tweaked the periscope aiming at ~0.3V from the REFL-PD and ~3V on the transmission photodiode (TRANS-PD).


Following the steps above we got ~0.5 V on the REFL-PD and ~2V on the TRANS-PD but no better than that.

Looking at the Drift Monitor MEDM screen, we found that the cavity was not in the reference optimal position, as we initially assumed, thus limiting the matching of the beam to the MC.

We restored the optics reference position and repeated the alignment procedure as above. This time we got ~3V on the TRANS-PD and ~0.5 on the REFL-PD. We thought that the reason for still such a relatively high reflection was that the beam was not well centered on the REFL-PD (high order modes pick-up?).

On the AS table we centered the REFL-PD by aligning a beam splitter in the optical path followed by the light to reach the photodiode.

We also centered the beam on the reflection Wave Front Sensors (WFS). To do that we halved the power on the MZ to reduce the sidebands power and prevent the WFS QPD from saturating. We then aligned the beam splitters on the QPD by balancing the power among the quadrants. Finally we restored the power on the MZ.

As a last thing, we also centered the transmitted beam on the TRANS-QPD.


The MC is now aligned and happily locked with 3V at the TRANS-PD and 0.3V at REFL-PD.
  1192   Thu Dec 18 12:52:00 2008 AlbertoConfigurationSUSMode Cleaner Cavity Alignment
This morning I found the MC locked to the 10 mode. When I locked it on the 00 mode, it was unstable and eventually it always got locked to the wrong mode.

I looked at the Drift Mon MEDM screen, which shows a reference record for position, pitch and yaw of each mirror, and I found that the MC optics were in a different status. Moving the sliders of the mirrors' actuators, I brought them back to the reference position. Then the lock got engaged and it was stable, although the MC reflection from the photodiode, with the wave front sensors (WFS) off, was about 2V. That's higher than the 0.5V the it could get when we aligned the cavity and the input periscope last time.

With the WFS on, the reflection dropped to 0.3V and, so far, the the cavity has been stably locked.
  1194   Fri Dec 19 11:18:52 2008 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralMode Cleaner Temperature Monitor
I reduced from 10 to 5 the gain of the SR560 that Caryn has set up after the lock-in amplifier nest to the PSL rack because the overload LED was flashing.
  1244   Thu Jan 22 11:54:09 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLMach Zehnder Output Beam QPD
I rotated by 180 degrees the 10% beam splitter that it is used to fold the beam coming from the Mach Zehnder (directed to the MC) on to the QPD.

The alignment of the beam with that QPD has so been lost. I'll adjust it later on.

The rotation of the BS had the (surprising) effect of amplifying the Absolute Length experiment's beat by 9 times. Maybe because of a polarizing effect of the Beam Splitter which could have increased the beating efficiency between the PSL and the NPRO beams?
  1252   Sat Jan 24 11:50:24 2009 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsPhotodiode Filters' Transfer Functions
I found an elog entry by Jenne with the measurement of the transfer functions of the filters of some of our photodetectors. Since it might turn useful to us these days, while I'm thinking about posting them on the wiki sometime, I also copy the link here:
Jenne's on the PD's TF

If we still had the data for those plots, it would be great. Do we have it?
  1263   Mon Feb 2 12:35:22 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus
I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.
  1264   Mon Feb 2 17:25:44 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralSome little problem with the new elog
For some reason the new elog does not look exactly like it should. 1) Some of the editing features are not available. 2) The Reply option opens the HTML of the message by default. I think this is happening because Nodus is a Sun of platform and things are a little bit different from linux. I'm working to fix these things. If I make any change and need to restart the elog, I'll try to be very quick. I apologize for the inconveniences.
  1265   Mon Feb 2 18:32:54 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralSome little problem with the new elog

Quote:
For some reason the new elog does not look exactly like it should. 1) Some of the editing features are not available. 2) The Reply option opens the HTML of the message by default. I think this is happening because Nodus is a Sun of platform and things are a little bit different from linux. I'm working to fix these things. If I make any change and need to restart the elog, I'll try to be very quick. I apologize for the inconveniences.

 I think I solved the problem (as you can probably see).

The cause was that this WYSIWYG interface for HTML is provided by an independent text editor called FCKeditor which is included in the elog. Although the elog installer has a bug and does not unzip properly the relative package. One has to do it by hand. (going to /elog/scripts/ and unzipping fckeditor.zip by hand in the same directory).

  1266   Mon Feb 2 18:51:02 2009 AlbertoConfigurationGeneralNew Elog 2.7.5 in Service on Nodus

Quote:
I moved the 40m, the Adhikari Lab and the SUS elogs from Dziban (located in Millikan's 6th floor) to our gateway server Nodus. In this way we should the complete control of it. I also updated the elog manager from the 2.6.5 version to the 2.7.5. Some smoothing of its interface might still be needed these days. We'll be testing it for a while before killing the old one. from now on everybody is invited to use only the new elog address since there will be no record of entries posted in the old one. Let me know of any possible difficulty in having access to it.

 As a reference. The elog runs on background in nodus.

To kill the process:

1) pkill -3 elogd

2) rm -f /var/run/elogd.pid

To restart it:

elogd -p 8080 -c /export/elog/elog-2.7.5/elogd.cfg -D

  1268   Tue Feb 3 15:01:38 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersmegatron slow?

I notice that Megatron is slower than any other computer in running code that invokes optickle or looptickle (i.e. three times slower than Ottavia). Even without the graphics.

Has anyone ever experienced that?

  1308   Mon Feb 16 10:18:13 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCFE system rebooted

Quote:

Quote:

I didn't get a chance to do much testing since the sus controller (susvme1) went nuts. In retrospect, this could be due to something in the script, so maybe we should try a burt restore to Friday afternoon next time someone wants to look at it.


I tried the burtrestore today, it didn't work. Also tried some switching of timing cables, and multiple reboots, to no avail. This will require some more debugging. We might try diagnosing the clock driver and fanout modules, the penteks, and we can also try rebooting the whole FE system.


I rebooted the whole FE system and now c1susvme1 and c1susvme2 are back on.

I can't restart the MC autolocker on c1susvme2 because it doesn't let me ssh in. I tried to reboot it a few times but it didn't work. Once you restart it, it becomes inaccessible and doesn't even respond to pinging. Although the controls for the MC mirrors are on.

The mode cleaner stays unlocked.
  1345   Mon Mar 2 16:27:40 2009 AlbertoConfigurationElectronicsMC Drum Mode SR560 Preamplifier Replaced

Today I checked out the SR560 around the lab. I confirmed that the one with the label "channel A noisy" is effectively mulfuctioning.

It was coonected to the lock-in amplifier set up for the drum mode peak readout.

I repleaced that with a working one.

  1348   Tue Mar 3 10:39:07 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCc1lsc discontinued functioning

The c1lsc has been unstable since last night. Its status on the DAQ screen was oscillating from green to red every minute.

Yesterday, I power recycled it. That brought it back but the MC got unclocked and the autolocker could not get engaged. I think it's because the power recycling also turned c1iscaux2 off which occupies the same rack crate.

Killing the autolocker on op340 e restarting didn't work. So I rebooted also c1dcuepis and burt-restored almost all snapshot files. To do that, as usual, I had to edit the snapshot files of c1dcuepics to move the quotes from the last line.

After that I restarted the autolocker that time it worked.

This morning c1lsc was again in the same unstable status as yesterday. This time I just reset it (no power recycling) and then I restarted it. It worked and now everything seems to be fine.

  1354   Wed Mar 4 12:38:07 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputer Scripts / Programs3f locking simulations
I simulated the REFL signals demodulated at the differential frequencies of the sidebands (f2-f1), at their summed frequencies (f2+f1). I also simulated their combination as in the Double Demodulation.
 
I repeated the simulation for:
- Old (current) 40m
- 40m Upgrade
- AdvLIGO
 
I'm attaching the results to this elog entry.
 
The plots show how the signal varies exploring the two-dimensional space of the demodulation frequencies (differential and sum).

 Both the Upgrade and the Old40m's signals look anomalous since the zero-crossing point does not change with the demodulation phases.

I suspect there's is a problem with the optickle model of the 40m.

  1373   Mon Mar 9 11:09:33 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputersRe: Not even data retrieval working

Quote:
Although getting the regular DAQ data works, we can't get any testpoints.

I tried restarting tpman several times; there's no inittab on fb40m for this so we should get Alex to set one up when he comes.
I also tried various power cycles and reboots: daqawg, daqctrl, etc. I also notice that Osamu's setup of new stuff is connected to
the same rack and power strips as all of our sensitive DAQ machines. We should find out if there was any hardware installed in the
last couple days; it would be easy to accidentally unplug or damage on of our fibers.

I moved the old tpman.log over to tpman.log.090308. It starts out with a header and then just lists when each TP is requested.

When restarting tpman it puts the following into the terminal:
fb:controls>./tpman &
[1] 1037
fb:controls>VMIC RFM 5565 (0) found, mapped at 0x2868c90
VMIC RFM 5579 (1) found, mapped at 0x2868c90
Could not open 5565 reflective memory in /dev/daqd-rfm1
16 kHz system
Spawn testpoint manager
Channel list length for node 0 is 4168
Test point manager (31001001 / 1): node 0
which is OK?; its the same startup outputs that are in the old log file. It would be nice if there was not and error message about the RFM.
Requesting new testpoints via tdsdata, dtt, or the diag command line doesn't seem to work. tpman doesn't spit anything out although 'tp show 0'
does show that the TP is selected.

Once Alex fixes the 'tpman' issue, we should make sure to put an inittab or startup script in there so that tpman writes a log
file and also archives its old log files upon a restart.


Alex fixed the problem. It was caused by the awgtpman running on kami1.martian which conflicted with the tpman in fb0.

Killing awgtpman on kami1 allowed for the tpman on tp0 to work properly again.

If more test points are needed, Alex suggested to tune the GDS settings accordingly.
What this actually means, I still have to understand it.
  1377   Mon Mar 9 17:11:38 2009 AlbertoConfigurationoplevsoptical levers centering

Yoichi, Alberto

this afternoon we centered the optical levers for all the optics.

To do that we first ran the alignment scripts for all the cavities.

  1421   Tue Mar 24 13:10:07 2009 AlbertoConfigurationPSLnew mirror installed on the AP table

New flipping mirror installed on the AP table on the beam path to the REFL199 PD.

If you're missing the double demod signal, please check that it is actually down.

  1479   Mon Apr 13 18:57:03 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersGPIB/ETH Interface Troubles

I really don't understand why my programs that I used to use to get data from the HP Spectrum Analyzer and the Marconi frequency generator don't work anymore.

I spent hours trying to debug the code but I can't sort the problem out.

The main problem seem to be with the function recv from the socket library. Somehow it can't anymore get any data from the instruments. The thing I can't understand, though, is that if called directly from the python terminal it works fine!

In particular the problem is with the following lines in my code:

netSock.send("mkpk;mka?\n")
netSock.send("++read eoi\n")
tmp = netSock.recv(1024)

Tried a lot of tickering but it didn't work.

I attach the two scripts I've been using. One (sweepfrequencyPRC.py) calls the other (HP4395PRC.py).

They worked egregiously for weeks in the past. Don't know what happened since then.

  1481   Tue Apr 14 12:10:11 2009 AlbertoFrogsComputersGPIB/ETH Interface Troubles

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I really don't understand why my programs that I used to use to get data from the HP Spectrum Analyzer and the Marconi frequency generator don't work anymore.

I spent hours trying to debug the code but I can't sort the problem out.

The main problem seem to be with the function recv from the socket library. Somehow it can't anymore get any data from the instruments. The thing I can't understand, though, is that if called directly from the python terminal it works fine!

In particular the problem is with the following lines in my code:

netSock.send("mkpk;mka?\n")
netSock.send("++read eoi\n")
tmp = netSock.recv(1024)

Tried a lot of tickering but it didn't work.

I attach the two scripts I've been using. One (sweepfrequencyPRC.py) calls the other (HP4395PRC.py).

They worked egregiously for weeks in the past. Don't know what happened since then.

This morning Joe looked at my code and made me notice that for some reason the query to the Spectrum Analyzer made by netSock.recv(1024) contained two answers. It was like the buffer contained the answer two different queries.

After some experiment I found that basically the GPIB interface wasn't switching from the "auto 1" to the "auto 0" mode as it should. I rewrote part of the code and that seemed have solved the problem.

Still don't understand why it used to work in the past and then it stopped.

  1490   Thu Apr 16 16:37:42 2009 AlbertoUpdateAuxiliary lockingthe zipper

It takes 18 months to double the computational power of microprocessors but it took man thousands of years to invent the zipper. I never really understood that till these days.

Here is a sample of my latest results from Optickle simulations of the locking signal for the Power Recycling Cavity.

Thanks also to Rob's revolutionary bidimensional rotating matrix idea (I can see entire books of linear algebra going to be rewritten now because of that) I could find the way to determine the optimal demodulation phases for the demod signals.

There were also an other couple of missing details. But that came easily along.

The parfor function for the parallel computation in Matlab sped up some loops by a factor of 100.

 

In these particular plots there's still no CARM offset scan. That's what I'm going to post next on the elog, together with the signals for the other degrees of freedom.

  1491   Thu Apr 16 17:19:44 2009 AlbertoUpdateAuxiliary lockingthe zipper

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It takes 18 months to double the computational power of microprocessors but it took man thousands of years to invent the zipper. I never really understood that till these days.

Here is a sample of my latest results from Optickle simulations of the locking signal for the Power Recycling Cavity.

Thanks also to Rob's revolutionary bidimensional rotating matrix idea (I can see entire books of linear algebra going to be rewritten now because of that) I could find the way to determine the optimal demodulation phases for the demod signals.

There were also an other couple of missing details. But that came easily along.

The parfor function for the parallel computation in Matlab sped up some loops by a factor of 100.

 

In these particular plots there's still no CARM offset scan. That's what I'm going to post next on the elog, together with the signals for the other degrees of freedom.

 Just to show that I'm confident I'm getting reasonable results, I'll post two PRC scans for different CARM. One set of plots is for the current 40m with -19.78 deg of SRM detuning phase, the other is for the Old Upgrade (9 Mhz vs the 11 currently planned) with no detuning phase.

I'm going to put together the results and get some conclusion about the 3f locking scheme for the current 40m and the upgrade.

  1538   Fri May 1 18:24:36 2009 AlbertoSummaryGeneraljitter of REFL beam ?
Some loud thinking.
 
For the measurement of the length of the PRC, I installed a fast photodiode in the path of the beam reflected by PRM which goes to the 199 PD on the AS table. I picked up the beam by a flipping mirror on the same table.
I have the problem that the DC power that I measure at the PD when the PRC is locked is not constant but fluctuates. This fluctuation is irregular and has a frequency of about one Hz or so. I.e. it makes the 33 Mhz line on the PD oscillate by +/- 10 dBm.
 
Since this fluctuation does not appear at the REFL 33 PD, which has a much larger surface, but also shows up on the REFL 199 PD, I suspected that it was due to the very small size of the fast PDs. If the spot is too large, I thought, the power on the PD should be affected by the beam jitter.
 
Trying to avoid any beam jitter, I placed two lenses with focal lengths one ten times the other on the optical path in such a way to reduce the spot size on my fast PD by the same factors. The DC power was still fluctuating, so I'm not sure it's beam jitter anymore.
 
SPOB is definitely not constant when the PRC is normally locked, even with high loop gains, so maybe the reflected power really fluctuates that much.
Although, if it's actually the DC power that is fluctuating, shouldn't it appear also at the REFL 33 and shouldn't it be a problem that it shows up also in REFL 199? The elog doesn't say anything about that.
 

It's crucial that I get a stable transmitted power to have an accurate measurement of the PRC transmissivity and thus of its macroscopic length.

  1539   Fri May 1 18:51:34 2009 AlbertoSummaryEnvironmentearthquake

Earthquake 4.4 Leo Carrillo Beach.

Some of the watchdogs tripped out.

  1543   Mon May 4 16:49:56 2009 AlbertoUpdateMOPAlaser power is dropped

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As PSL-126MOPA_DTEC went up, the power out put went down yesterday

Alberto, Jenne, Rob, Steve,
 
later on in the afternoon, we realized that the power from the MOPA was not recovering and we decided to hack the chiller's pipe that cools the box.
 
Without unlocking the safety nut on the water valve inside the box, Jenne performed some Voodoo and twisted a bit the screw that opens it with a screw driver. All the sudden some devilish bubbling was heard coming from the pipes.
The exorcism must have freed some Sumerian ghost stuck in our MOPA's chilling pipes (we have strong reasons to believe it might have looked like this) because then the NPRO's radiator started getting cooler.
I also jiggled a bit with the valve while I was trying to unlock the safety nut, but I stopped when I noticed that the nut was stuck to the plastic support it is mounted on.
 
We're now watching the MOPA power's monitor to see if eventually all the tinkering succeeded.

 

[From Jenne:  When we first opened up the MOPA box, the NPRO's cooling fins were HOT.  This is a clear sign of something badbadbad.  They should be COLD to the touch (cooler than room temp).  After jiggling the needle valve, and hearing the water-rushing sounds, the NPRO radiator fins started getting cooler.  After ~10min or so, they were once again cool to the touch.  Good news.  It was a little worrisome however that just after our needle-valve machinations, the DTEC was going down (good), but the HTEMP started to rise again (bad).  It wasn't until after Alberto's tinkering that the HTEMP actually started to go down, and the power started to go up.  This is probably a lot to do with the fact that these temperature things have a fairly long time constant. 

Also, when we first went out to check on things, there was a lot more condensation on the water tubes/connections than I have seen before.  On the outside of the MOPA box, at the metal connectors where the water pipes are connected to the box, there was actually a little puddle, ~1cm diameter, of water. Steve didn't seem concerned, and we dried it off.  It's probably just more humid than usual today, but it might be something to check up on later.]

  1556   Thu May 7 17:59:23 2009 AlbertoConfiguration MC WFS
This afternoon the MC could not get locked.
I first checked the Osems values at the MC mirrors and compared them to the trend of the last few hours. That showed that the alignment of the mirrors had slightly changed. I then brought each mirror back to its old alignment state.
 
That let the LSC loop lock the MC, although the reflected power was still high (1.5V) and the WFS control wouldn't engage.
 
Since earlier during the day I was working on the AS table, it is possible that I inadvertently hit the MC REFL beam splitter misaligning the beam to the MC WFS.
To exclude that there was a problem in the suspensions, before touching the WFS, I checked that the cables at the MC's ends and those going to the ADC in the rack were well pushed in.
 
Then I proceeded in centering the beam on both the WFS, balancing the power over the QPDs.
 
In the end the MC could lock again properly.
 
  1636   Mon Jun 1 13:56:52 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLLaser Power after fixing the laser chiller

The laser power seems to have become more stable after fixing the laser chiller. The power is lower than it used to be (MOPA amplitude 2.5 versus 2.7) but, as shown in the attchement, it became more steady.

  1644   Tue Jun 2 23:55:45 2009 AlbertoUpdateoplevsoplevs centerd

Tonight I centered the oplevs for ITMX/Y, SRM, PRM, BS.

After doing that I noticed that the BS drifted a little from where I had set it.

  1661   Mon Jun 8 18:22:27 2009 AlbertoDAQLSCAdded PD11 I amd Q slow channels

I just added two slow channels to C0EDCUEPICS to monitor the input of PD11. The names are:

[C1:LSC-PD11_I_INMON]
[C1:LSC-PD11_Q_INMON]

  1664   Wed Jun 10 01:52:34 2009 AlbertoUpdateElectronicsMC length and Marconis' frequencies

Pete, Rob, Alberto,

yesterday we thought that some of the problems we were having in locking the IFO might be related to a change of the length of the mode cleaner. So today we decided to measure it again.

We followed the Sigg-Frolov technique (see 40m Wiki, Waldman, Fricke). For the record, the MC_AO input corresponds to IN2 on the MC Servo board.

We obtained: L = 27.092 +/- 0.001 m

From the new measurement we reset the frequencies of the Marconis to the following values:

33196450 Hz

132785800 Hz

165982250 Hz

199178700 Hz

 

  1667   Thu Jun 11 03:15:15 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCDD Handoff attempts

Pete, Alberto,

tonight we worked on the tuning of the double demod phases for the handoff of the short DOFs control signals.

Only MICH can now undergo the handoff. PRC can't make it.

Basically, we tuned the PD6 demod phase and reduced the offset in PD6_I. Then we tuned the relative gain of PD6_I and PD2_I so that the two open loop transfer function of the control loops would match. We tried that in several ways and several times but without success.

I guess we're missing to do/check something.

  1669   Thu Jun 11 22:14:10 2009 AlbertoUpdateLSCDD Handoff for the Short DOFs completed

This afternoon I tuned the handoff script for the SRC, after that Rob eralier during the day had already adjusted that for PRC. To do that, I followed the procedure in the Wiki.

  • I measured the OL transfer function of the single demod path and of the double demod path and tuned thier gains so that they matched
  • I tuned the double demod pahses of PD_7 and PD_8 in order to reduce the offset in the PD_x_I signals

After that the SRC could get locked with the double demod signals. the open loop transfer function emasurement on the PRC loop showed that it was nearly unstable. Rob reduced a little its gain to improve the stability.

The DD handoff is now working and we can get back to locking the interferometer.

  1681   Tue Jun 16 20:03:41 2009 AlbertoUpdateElectronicsRequirements on Wenzel Multiplier

For the 40m Upgrade, we plan to eliminate the Mach-Zehnder and replace it with a single EOM driven by all three modulation frequencies that we'll need: f1=11MHz, f2=5*f1=55MHz, fmc=29.5MHz.

A frequency generator will produce the three frequencies and with some other electronics we'll properly combine and feed them to the EOM.

The frequency generator will have two crystals to produce the f1 and fmc signals. The f2 modulation will be obtained by a frequency multiplier (5x) from the f1.

The frequency multiplier, for the way it works, will inevitably introduce some unwanted harmonics into the signals. These will show up as extra modulation frequencies in the EOM.

In order to quantify the effects of such unwanted harmonics on the interferometer and thus to let us set some limits on their amplitude, I ran some simulations with Optickle. The way the EOM is represented is by three RF modulators in series. In order to introduce the unwanted harmonics, I just added an RF modulator in series for each of them. I also made sure not to leave any space in between the modulators, so not to introduce phase shifts.

To check the effect at DC I looked at the sensing matrix and at the error signals. I considered the 3f error signals that we plan to use for the short DOFs and looked at how they depend on the CARM offset. I repeated the simulations for several possible amplitude of the unwanted harmonics. Some results are shown in the plots attached to this entry. 'ga' is the amplitude ratio of the unwanted
harmonics relative to the amplitude of the 11 & 55 MHz modulations.

Comparing to the case where there are no unwanted harmonics (ga = 0), one can see that not considerable effect on the error signals for amplitudes 40dB smaller than that of the main sidebands. Above that value, the REFL31I signals, that we're going to use to control PRCL, will start to be distorted: gain and linearity range change.

So 40 dB of attenuation in the unwanted harmonics is probably the minimum requirement on the frequency multiplier, although 60dB would provide a safer margin.

I'm still thinking how to evaluate any AC effect on the IFO.

 

** TODO: Plot DC sweeps with a wider range (+/- 20 pm). Also plot swept sines to look for changes in TFs out to ~10 kHz.

  1686   Fri Jun 19 13:38:42 2009 AlbertoConfigurationComputerselog rebooted

Today I found the elog down, so I rebooted it following the instructions in the wiki.

  1688   Fri Jun 19 14:30:47 2009 AlbertoConfigurationComputerselog rebooted

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Today I found the elog down, so I rebooted it following the instructions in the wiki.

 I have the impression that Nodus has been rebooted since last night, hasn't it?

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

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

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

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

  1722   Wed Jul 8 11:13:36 2009 AlbertoOmnistructureComputerswireless router disconnected

Once again, this morning I found the wireless router disconnected from the LAN cable. No martian WiFi was available.

I wonder who is been doing that and for what reason.

  1725   Wed Jul 8 19:13:19 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLPSL beam aligned to the Mode Cleaner

Today I tuned the periscope on the PSL table to align the beam to the Mode Cleaner. With the Wave Front Sensor control off, I minimized the reflection from the MC and maximized the transmission. While doing that I also checked that the transmitted beam after the MC didn't lose the alignment with the interferometer's main Faraday isolator.

In this way, I've got a reflection, as read from the MC_REFLPD_MC, of about 0.6. Then I centered the WFS on the AS table. After that the WFS alignment control brought the reflection to 0.25 and a nice centered bull-eye spot showed on the monitor.

  1735   Mon Jul 13 00:34:37 2009 AlbertoDAQComputersAll computers down

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I popped by the 40m, and was dismayed to find that all of the front end computers are red (only framebuilder, DAQcontroler, PEMdcu, and c1susvmw1 are green....all the rest are RED).

 

I keyed the crates, and did the telnet.....startup.cmd business on them, and on c1asc I also pushed the little reset button on the physical computer and tried the telnet....startup.cmd stuff again.  Utter failure. 

 

I have to pick someone up from the airport, but I'll be back in an hour or two to see what more I can do.

 I think the problem was caused by a failure of the RFM network: the RFM MEDM screen showed frozen values even when I was power recycling any of the FE computers. So I tried the following things:

- resetting the RFM switch
- power cycling the FE computers
- rebooting the framebuilder
 
but none of them worked.  The FEs didn't come back. Then I reset C1DCU1 and power cycled C1DAQCTRL.
 
After that, I could restart the FEs by power recycling them again. They all came up again except for C1DAQADW. Neither the remote reboot or the power cycling could bring it up.
 
After every attempt of restarting it its lights on the DAQ MEDM  screen turned green only for a fraction of a second and then became red again.
 
So far every attempt to reanimate it failed.
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