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  7837   Mon Dec 17 11:20:58 2012 JenneUpdateSUSBeam dumps on vertex oplevs removed

I'm not sure when this was done, but there were beam dumps in front of the lasers for BS/PRM oplevs as well as ITMY/SRM oplevs.  MICH wasn't holding lock very nicely, so I poked around, and the Sum values for all of these optics' oplevs seemed too low, so I went to look, and found dumps.  I have removed these, and now BS and ITMY oplevs are back to normal.  (PRM and SRM are still misaligned right now, so I'll check those later, but they should be fine).

BS's oplev has been enabled while non-existant, at least for the whole weekend, since I found it enabled.  ITMY I found misaligned, so it's oplev servos were off.

In other news, we should get back in the habit of restoring all optics before we leave for the night / whenever locking activities are finished. 

  7838   Mon Dec 17 14:13:55 2012 JenneUpdateSUSPRM oplev gains restored


PRM oplev gains set to zero from PIT 0.15 and YAW -0.3 and damping restored

 Put them back to normal.

  7839   Mon Dec 17 14:45:01 2012 JenneUpdateAlignmentVideos with PRMI locked

[Jamie, Jenne]

Koji and Jamie locked the PRMI, and then Jamie and I took some videos. 

Video 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jszTeyETyxU shows the face of PR2.

Video 2:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfi4I4Q3Mqw shows the back of PR3, the face of PR2, as well as REFL and AS.

Video 3:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLHNWHAWZBA is the camera looking at the face of PRM and (through a viewing mirror) BS.


If you watch video 1, you'll see how large the beam gets on the face of PR2.  The main spot, where the straight-through, no-cavity beam is, is a little high of center.  The rest of the inflated beam swirls around that point.

Video 2 shows the same behavior, but you also see that we're much too high on PR3, and too close to the right (as seen on the video) side.

Video 3 is very disconcerting to me.  The main, stationary beam spot seems nicely centered, but the resonant beam, since it inflates and gets big, is very close to the right side of the PRM (as seen on the video). 

It wouldn't surprise me if, were we able to quantify the beam clipping loss on PR3 and PRM, the clipping were the reason we have a crappy PRC gain.  This doesn't explain why we have such a weird inflated beam though.

  7840   Mon Dec 17 18:39:02 2012 JenneUpdateIOOIPPOS centered, no IPANG beam

I centered IPPOS.  I do not find any IPANG beam on the ETMY table, even waving the IR card in the black beam tube.

I took photos of the PZT2 HV supplies with the new camera, but I can't figure out how to get the pictures off the camera.  I guess the camera is smarter than I am.

  7850   Tue Dec 18 15:32:29 2012 JenneUpdateSUSTT angle of incidence


At least, we don't want to use Al-coated mirrors. We should use multilayer dielectric mirrors.

 I popped into the cleanroom earlier today, and all 4 active TTs have dielectric coatings.  I'm not sure why the mirror in this photo looks funny, but the actual mirrors installed are correct, at least in type of coating. 

I'm not sure if Den wrote down what mirrors are actually in there, and I didn't look carefully - I don't know if they are G&H, CVI, other mystery company?

  7851   Tue Dec 18 15:51:33 2012 JenneUpdateIOOOld G&H TT mirrors' phase maps measured

I took the 2 G&H mirrors that we de-installed from PR3 and SR3 over to GariLynn to measure their phase maps. Data is in the same place as before, http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/~coreopt/40MCOC/Oct24-2012/ .  Optic "A" is SN 0864, and optic "B" is SN 0884, however I'm not sure which one came from which tip tilt.  It's hard to tell from what photos we have on picasa.

Both are astigmatic, although not lined up with the axes defined by where the arrow marks the HR side.  Both have RoCs of -600 or -700m. RMS of ~10nm.

  7857   Wed Dec 19 18:40:00 2012 JenneUpdateIOOPZT1 removed, TT1 in place

[Manasa, Jamie, Jenne]

PZT1 has been removed, and is wrapped in foil and stored in a (labeled) plastic box.

We beeped the cable between the cable holder bracket on the in-vac table, and the outside of the feedthrough.  Things are mirrored, so pins 1,14 (one edge on the feedthrough) go to pins 13,25 on the in-vac cable bracket.

Tip Tilt, serial number ### (Manasa will get the serial number and put it in the elog) was taken out of the cleanroom, for use as TT1.

We checked the epics controls from the TT screen that Jamie made a while back (accessible from the ASC tab on the sitemap) to the output of the AI board.  Things were very weird, but Jamie fixed them up in the model, then rebuilt and restarted the ASS model so that now the epics channel corresponding to, say, UL actually actuates on the UL output of the boards.

We tested the cables from the rack to the feedthrough, and discovered that they are also mirrored, to undo the mirroring between the feedthrough and the in-vac bracket.

Jamie made an adapter cable to take the pinout of the coil driver boards correctly to the pinout of the quadrupus cable, through this double-mirroring (i.e. no net mirror effect).

We set up a laser pointer on a tripod outside the door of the MC chamber (where the access connector usually is), and pointed it at the back of the TT.  Den or whomever put the cable on the TT didn't follow the diagram (or something got messed up somewhere), because when we actuate in pitch (+ on the uppers, - on the lowers), we see the TT move in yaw, and vice versa. 

We are in the process of removing the quadrupus from the TT, figuring out which connector goes where, putting it on correctly, and re-testing.

Depending on how far things get tonight, Jamie and Manasa may ask Steve to help them remove the BS door, so they can get started on replacing PZT2 with TT2.

  7872   Wed Jan 2 15:33:23 2013 JenneHowToLockingWe should retry in-air locking

Immediate things to do include finishing installation of new TTs and re-routing of oplev paths in the BS chamber, but after all that, we should retry in-air locking.

The last time we (I) tried in-air locking, MICH wouldn't lock since there was only ~ 6uW of light on AS55 (see elog 7355).  That was before we increased the power into the MC by a factor of 10 (see elog 7410), so we should have tens of microwatts on the PD now.  At that time, we could barely see some PDH signal hidden in the noise of the PD, so with a factor of 10 optical gain, we should be able to lock MICH.

REFL should also have plenty of power - about 1.5 times the power incident on the PRM, so we should be able to lock PRCL. 

Even if we put a flat G&H mirror after the PRM to make a mini-cavity, and we lose power due to poor mode matching, we'll still have plenty of power at the REFL port to lock the mini-cavity.

For reference, I calculate that at full power, POX and POY see ~13uW when the arms are locked.


POX/POY power =  [  (P_inc on ITM) + (P_circ in arm)*(T_itm)  ] * (pickoff fraction of ITM ~ 100ppm)

REFL power = (P_inc on PRM) + (P_circ in PRCL)*(T_prm)     =~ 1.5*(P_inc on PRM)

  7876   Fri Jan 4 15:11:28 2013 JenneUpdate TT

[Jenne, Koji]

D - UL

B - UR

A - LR

C - LL

The sensor card on the bottom of the chamber was not salvaged yet.

  7877   Mon Jan 7 00:08:16 2013 JenneHowToAlignmentIn-vac plan

List of things to do, in order:

* Remove BS heavy door.  Steve, please remove the BS door as soon as you have enough people to do so.  I will be a little late, since I have a dentist appointment, but please don't wait for me.  Jamie and Manasa can help you.  Put on a light door.

* Remove MC light doors, make aluminum foil tube (not light access connector, yet).

* Open laser shutter, lock PMC. (Required slight tweaking of input steering.) Confirm power level into vacuum <100mW.

* Lock MC and check spot positions of MC (quickly.  this shouldn't take all day, hopefully).

-------------------------------  End of work for Monday.  See following elog ------------------------------------------------


* Move TT1 to be as close as possible to the location indicated on the diagram, then align it. 

         * Make sure beam out of Faraday is hitting the center of the optic.

         * Make sure beam reflected off of TT1 hits center of PZT2.  Only use actuators for the final alignment, then confirm that they aren't close to the edge of their ranges.

         * Lock down TT1 with dog clamps.

* Put light access connector on MC.

* Swap PZT2 out with TT2.  Should be at correct spot, according to diagram, and beam should be hitting center of optic.  Alignment only to the ~few degree point here.

* Re-level BS table.

* Fix oplevs that need fixing.  (Manasa should have the plan on one of the diagrams).

* Put target on PRM cage.

* Align TT2 so that beam goes through PRM target.

* Open ITMX heavy door. (Probably Tuesday morning).

* Place freestanding target in front of PR2.  Ensure TT2 is aligned to go through PRM target, and hit center of PR2.  Again, save actuators for fine-tuning.

At this point, I think we should (temporarily) install one of the G&H mirrors as a flat mirror facing the PRM, and see if we can lock that cavity using REFL.  We will want to have already created a model for this case, to compare our observations to.  Or we could align the full PRMI, and try to lock that in air.



  7878   Mon Jan 7 16:45:30 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentRisers to bring TTs to correct beam height are wrong

[Jenne, with backup from Koji and Steve]

Short version:

TT1 was installed without a riser, optic is too low, riser we have doesn't fit, cannot proceed with alignment.  Sadface.

Long version:

I had gotten to the point of checking that the beam coming out of the Faraday was hitting the center of TT1, when I realized that we had forgotten to install the risers.  The TTs are designed for 4" beam height, but we have a beam height of 5.5" in-vac.  This means that the beam out of the Faraday was hitting the top of the optic / the optic holder.

Steve showed me where all of the active TT equipment is stored (down the X arm, almost all the way to the flow bench...there is a plastic tub full of baked items (individually wrapped and bagged)), and I got one of the 1.5" risers.

Upon opening the riser package, and comparing it with the base plate of the active tip tilt, the screw holes don't match!


It looks like for the passive tip tilts, we had holes machined at the far corners of the base plate, then had these risers made.  You can see in the photo of SR3 below that the original holes are there, but we are using 1/4-20 holes at the far corners of the base plate.


Unfortunately, without checking the base plate, I had asked Steve to get 4 more of the same risers we used for the passive tip tilts.  So, now the base plate holes and the riser holes don't match up.  In a perfect world, we would have installed the risers on the TTs as soon as they were baked and ready, and would have discovered this a while ago....but we don't live in that world.

 The reason we had originally chosen to put the new 1/4-20 holes on the corners of the passive tip tilts was so that when we tightened the screws, we wouldn't bend the base plate, due to the groove at the bottom of the base plate being directly under the screws.  Since the new aLIGO TT base plates have the groove underneath going the opposite direction, we didn't need to move the holes to the corners.

Also, you can't really see this from the photos, but the active TT base plate is slightly longer (in the beamline direction) than the riser, but only by a little bit.  Koji is currently trying to measure by how much from the CAD drawings.

Also, also, because of the way TT1 will hang off the table, I'm concerned about the underneath groove on the riser being the direction it is.  I'm concerned that the grooved part will be what wants to touch down on the back corner of the table, such that either the TT is insufficiently supported, or it is tilting backwards.  Neither of these will be acceptable.

I propose that we re-make the risers quickly.  We will have the holes match the active TT base plate, the size of the riser should match the size of the active TT base plate, and the underneath groove should be perpendicular to the way it is in the current version.

  7883   Tue Jan 8 17:54:34 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentRisers to bring TTs to correct beam height are in use


 [Jenne, EricQ, Nic, MattA]

* TT1 is in place, aligned so beam hits center of TT1, hits center of MMT1 (used pitch biases to finish pitch).

      * Riser installed, dogged down with 1 dog.

      * TT1 sitting on top of riser, 3 dogs holding TT to table, with riser squished in between.

* IOO table leveled.

      * Almost all of the weights on the IOO table were just sitting there, not screwed down!  One didn't even have a screw, 3 had screws, but they were totally loose.  2 of those screws were in as far as they could go, but they weren't holding the weight.  This means the screw was too long, and should have been replaced (which I did today).  Just because the existing screw was too long, doesn't mean it should be left as-is.  Everything in the chambers must be tightly clamped down, as soon as work on that item is complete!  Anyhow, after finalizing the leveling, I tightened down all of the weights on the IOO table.

* MMT1 tweaked so beam hits center of MMT2. 

* MMT2 tweaked so beam hits center of PZT2.

* Light access connector installed.


Sadface notes:

* I dropped a Class B golden-colored 3/16 allen key to the bottom of the IOO chamber.  I can't see it, but Nic thinks he might be able to see it with a mirror, from the BS chamber.  We should look for it when we look for the IR card that is still down there.

* We have an ant in the IOO chamber.  Unfortunately my hands were on the TT1 optic holder ring when I saw it, so I couldn't dash quickly enough to grab it.  I saw it run over the side of the table, and down, but looked under the table and couldn't find him.  Not so good, but I don't know what to do about it right now.  If anyone sees it, get it out please.

  7884   Tue Jan 8 18:10:41 2013 JenneUpdateSUSPRM, SRM, BS oplevs off

I don't know why (I'm just leaving the lab right now....) but BS, PRM, SRM all have no light on their oplev PDs. I have turned off the oplev servos for now, and will get back to them tomorrow, before redoing the BS table oplev layout.

  7886   Wed Jan 9 18:59:01 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentTT2 installed, PRM oplev layout changed

[Jenne, Manasa]

PZT2 was removed from the BS table, and packed away in a foil-lined plastic box.

PRM oplev path has been altered, including installation of a 3rd mirror, to accommodate TT2, which is larger than PZT2.

      * Unfortunately, PR3 is a few mm more north than is indicated in the CAD drawing, so I wasn't able to place the oplev mirrors exactly as Manasa indicated in elog 7815

      * We came up with a different layout. Photos were taken.  We will need to confirm that the IPPOS, AS, and GreenX beams all clear past the oplev mirrors, but by imagining straight lines between mirrors for those beams, I think we should be okay.  but we must confirm when we have real beams.

TT2 was installed, according to the placement in the diagram.   Dogged down just as TT1 - one dog for the riser, 3 dogs for the TT base which also squish the riser.  You should be able to see this in the photos. Without having installed the PRM target, it looks like the input beam is hitting pretty close to the PRM's center.  Tomorrow Jamie The Tall can install the PRM target for us so we can confirm.


Photos - I'm posting them on Picasa here.  The new camera, and the fact that you can rotate the viewfinder, is amazing for overhead in-chamber photos.  Seriously, it's much easier to take useful photos.  It's great.



We remove the ITMX door first thing.  If Steve isn't here, we'll ask Koji or Bob to help us with the crane. 

First thing on the alignment list is to finalize TT2's pointing.  Put a target in front of PR2, put on the PRM target, etc, etc.  We're basically back to the same alignment procedure as we've been doing the last few vents.


Item for meditation:

Do we trust ourselves, or do we want to think about installing a 'bathroom mirror' so we can see the face of PR3 while we are pumped down?

  7888   Thu Jan 10 12:22:36 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentTT matrix is funny


* TT1 is in place, aligned so beam hits center of TT1, hits center of MMT1 (used pitch biases to finish pitch).

 I had asked Q to write this down on a piece of paper, but then I forgot to transcribe it into the elog....

The TT screen matrix, at least for TT1, is flipped or something.  When Eric moved the pit slider, the optic moved in yaw, and vice versa. 

We need to fix this, but for now, here's the situation when TT1 was pointed correctly at MMT1:

                       PIT    YAW

TT1 Pit slider     |  1000   1000  | --->   700 UL

     0             | -1000   1000  | --->   700 LL

TT1 Yaw slider     |  1000  -1000  | --->  -700 UR

    0.7            | -1000  -1000  | --->  -700 LR


The confusing thing is that Koji and I confirmed (by plugging in the correct cable to the correct sensor) that "UL" on the screen goes to the UL coil, and the same for the other 3 coils.  This needs investigation / fixing.

  7890   Thu Jan 10 15:30:33 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentTT2 pins swapped, ITMX door open


[Bob, Manasa, Jenne]

We opened the ITMX heavy door.  Before getting too far, we realized that we had to do the fancy pin swapping before we can activate TT2.  So....

[Nic, Jenne]

We followed the instructions in elog 7869, and the associated Picasa album, and swapped the pins for the in-vac connector that will go to TT2.  Pretty easy, since the procedure was already well documented.

We then looked at the beam location on PR2, and the beam is ~2 inches up and to the left (as viewed from the front) from the center of the optic.  This is very easily correctable with the actuators, so we're leaving TT2 as it is.

  7892   Fri Jan 11 16:13:47 2013 JenneUpdateGeneralIFO status update - PMC fixed


I came in this morning to see that the PMC was down. The PZT voltage had drifted to below 50V. I adjusted the FSS slow controls to 0V and PZT was back at 126V.

PMC and IMC could eventually be locked.

History of PZT voltage behaviour in dataviewer over the last 24 hours shows it has been drifting everytime after it has been fixed.

 FSS was saturating.  Fixed.

  7896   Mon Jan 14 10:12:09 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentTT2 connections


Was the connection between the feedthrough (atmosphere side) and the connector on the optical table confirmed to be OK?

We had a similar situation for the TT1. We found that we were using the wrong feedthrough connector (see TT1 elog).

 The major problem that Manasa and I found was that we weren't getting voltage along the cable between the rack and the chamber (all out-of-vac stuff).  We used a function generator to put voltage across 2 pins, then a DMM to try to measure that voltage on the other end of the cable.  No go.  Jamie and I will look at it again today.

  7898   Mon Jan 14 15:15:04 2013 JenneUpdate TT


[Manasa, Jenne]

First plug in only one of the quadrupus cables, find out what coil it corresponds to according to screen, then plug in 2nd cable, don't test already-determined cable, but all other 3, find what cable it corresponds to according to the screen.  Repeat for other 2 cables.

TT2, confirmation:

C = LL, not UR, not UL, not LR

D = UL, not UR, not LR

A = LR, not UR

B = UR



After confirming that the correct quadrupus cables were plugged in to the correct coils, I suspected that our problems could be coming from a (or some) magnet(s) touching the inside of the OSEM.  We tested this a little bit, with the goal of finding the range of values where no magnets are touching.

All matrix values are either +1000 or -1000, so, with an example pitch slider value :

                       PIT    YAW

Pit slider           |  1000   1000  | --->  -22000 UL

     -22.2           | -1000   1000  | --->  +22000 LL

Yaw slider           |  1000  -1000  | --->  -22000 UR

    0                | -1000  -1000  | --->  +22000 LR



Trying some values for pitch, keeping yaw constant:

0 yaw, Pitch bias = 5 -> UR is touching on left side of its osem.

0 yaw, Pitch 0, UR is touching left side.

0 yaw, -1.2 pitch, UR just came off from touching left side.  More neg from here should be non-touching.  all others are fine.

0 yaw, -32.2 pitch, LR not quite touching right side of osem, but is close (much less than 1mm clearance).  UR fine. all others fine.

0 yaw, -22.2 pitch, all 4 are fine.


Trying some yaw values, keeping pitch constant:

1.  -22.2 pitch, -32 yaw, LR touching. UR touching.

2.  -22.2 pitch, -12 yaw, LR barely not touching, UR still touching.

3.  -22.2 pitch, 0 yaw, UR still touching.

4.  -22.2 pitch, 16 UR barely not touching.

5.  -22.2 pitch, 32, none touching.

6.  -22.2 pitch, 12, UR close, not touching.

7.  -22.2 pitch, 0, UR touching.

8.  -22.2 pitch, 32 (or 30?) UR came off.

9.  -22.2 pitch, -25, UR close

10.  -22.2 pitch, -32 UR touching.

11.  -22.2 pitch, -4 UR not touching.

12.  -22.2 pitch, 0 yaw, UR not touching.


Here is a graphical semi-representation for the yaw data:



  7905   Wed Jan 16 18:08:06 2013 JenneUpdateLockingExpected PRC gains

I was calculating the power recycling gains we expect for different versions of the PRC, and I am a little concerned that we aren't going to have much gain with the new LaserOptik mirrors.

I'm using


G =  -------------------------------------------

       (1 - r_PRM * r_PR2 * r_PR3 * r_end)^2


from eqn 11.20 in Siegman.

r_end is either the ITM (for a symmetric Michelson) or the flat mirror that we'll put in (for the PR-flat test case).

r = sqrt( R ) = sqrt( 1 - T ) for mirrors whose power transmission is the quoted value.


Some values: 

t_PRM^2 = T_PRM = 0.055   --------->   r_PRM = sqrt( 1 - 0.055 )

T_G&H = 20e-6   ---->   r_G&H = sqrt( 1 - 20e-6 )

T_LaserOptic = 0.015 (see elog 7624 where Raji measured this...1.5% was the best that she measured for P polarization.  Elog 7644 has more data, with 3.1% for 40deg AoI) -------> r_LasOpt = sqrt( 1 - 0.015 ) or sqrt( 1 - 0.031)

T_ITM = 0.014 -----------> r_ITM = sqrt( 1 - 0.014 )


Some calculations with 1.5% LaserOptik transmission:

G_PRC_2G&H = 45

G_PRC_G&H_LasOpt = 31

G_PRM_flatG&H = 51

With the 3% LaserOptik transmission:

G_PRC_G&H_LasOpt = 22

G_PRM_flatG&H = 30

More ideal case of just PRM, flat mirror (either ITM or G&H), ignoring the folding mirrors:

G_PRM_ITM = 45

G_PRM_flatG&H = 70



If the LaserOptik mirror has 1.5% transmission at ~45 degrees, the regular PRC expected gain goes down to 31, from 45 with both folding mirrors as G&Hs.

  7906   Wed Jan 16 18:52:49 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM - Flat mirror cavity plan

Game plan:

* Put 2" G&H mirror into BS chamber, in front of BS.

* Align it, lock cavity using an existing REFL PD.

* Align POP setup so I can use POP camera to take image of transmitted cavity mode, and actually take that image.

* Take image of face of PR2.

* Measure finesse of cavity using POP, or a Thorlabs PD at POP (looking at transmission through PR2) by scanning PRM, and infer cavity gain....compare with values in elog 7905.

* If time / inclination allow, take beam scan measurements of the REFL port.

I will not be able to do as was done in elog 6421 to look at the beam size at POP for non-resonating beams.  I expect ~0.1uW of light at POP in the non-resonant case:  100mW * 5.5% * 20ppm = 0.11microwatts.


  7910   Thu Jan 17 00:17:31 2013 JenneUpdateLockingExpected PRC gains


Why would we use such a bad optic in our recycling cavity? Is 1.5% the spec for these mirrors? Is this the requirement that Kiwamu calculated somehow? Did anyone confirm this measurement?

I can't believe that we'll have low noise performance in a RC where we dump so much power.

 Yeah, Koji mentioned in response to Raji's measurements several months ago that the LaserOptic mirros were pretty far out of spec. We should probably redo the measurement to confirm.

  7912   Thu Jan 17 11:01:19 2013 JenneUpdateAlignmentYesterday's alignment work

[Jamie, Jenne, Manasa]

Yesterday's goal was to get the input beam centered on the PRM, the BS and ETMY simultaneously. 

Steve helped us remove the ETMY door first thing in the morning.  We then iterated with TT1, MMT1 and TT2 to try to get the beam centered on all the optics.  We were using MMT1 instead of TT1 for a while, so that we could keep TT1 in the center of its range, so that we had more range to use once we pump down.  Also, at one point, the beam was high on PRM, centered on BS, and high on ETMY, so Jamie poked PR3 a little bit.  This helped, although we closed up for lunch / group meeting soon after, so we didn't finalize any alignment stuff.

We decided to leave the rest of the full IFO alignment alone until after the PRM-flat test.

  7913   Thu Jan 17 15:48:21 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM - Flat mirror cavity


 2" G&H mirror is installed on a DLC mount just in front of the BS.  I had to remove one of the 4 BS dog clamps, so we must put it back when we are finished with this test.

I aligned the G&H mirror such that the reflected beam is overlapped with the incident beam, and I aligned the PRM such that the regular REFL beam is retro-reflected.  This is the same as getting the beam bouncing off the PRM back to the G&H to be overlapped.

I then saw flashes of the cavity, when I held a card with a hole in the cavity, so the beam was going through a small aperture in the card, but I still saw flashes.  I was not able to see flashes on the IR card transmitted through the G&H mirror.

I also cannot see any flashes or scattered light on the face of PR2 camera.

I do, however, see flashes on the face of the PRM.  Movie saved, will post soonly.

Light is coming out of REFL on the AS table, but it's clipped somewhere....needs investigation/work before we can lock.

I also didn't see anything at the POP port with a card, but I'm hopeful that perhaps with a camera I'll see something.

  7916   Fri Jan 18 00:41:34 2013 JenneUpdateLockingDust?

I was thinking tonight about more possible reasons that our PRC sucks, and I wonder if dust on the BS could create the problem.

Historically, Kiwamu and I found a few dust particle scattering centers every time we inspected the test masses before drag wiping. Sometimes, there would be one frustratingly close to the center of the optic. I'm not sure if we ever made note of how many we saw and where they were, except out loud to the assembled crowd.

Anyhow, the BS is the only IFO optic that was not replaced, so I'm not sure how long it has been since it was cleaned. If the PR-flat cavity looks okay and we take out the BS to do a PRM-ITMY cavity, we should inspect the beam splitter.

Also, the PRM could need cleaning, but at least it has been drag wiped within recent memory.

My question is, could a few scattering centers cause the behavior that we are seeing?


EDIT:  List o' elogs....


Elog 5301 - Some details on dust seen on ITMs and ETMs, Aug 2011.

Elog 4084 - Kiwamu's in-situ drag wiping how-to, with details on some of the dust we saw. Dec 2010.

Elog 3736 - PRM drag wiped before suspension (Oct 2010)

Elog 3111 - June 2010, BS drag wiped.

  7917   Fri Jan 18 09:54:18 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM - Flat mirror cavity


I do, however, see flashes on the face of the PRM.  Movie saved, will post soonly.

 Dang it.  I didn't confirm that the movie was good, just that it was there.  It's corrupted or something, and won't play.  I'll just have to make a new movie today after I realign the cavity.

  7920   Sat Jan 19 15:05:37 2013 JenneUpdateComputersAll front ends but c1lsc are down

Message I get from dmesg of c1sus's IOP:

[   44.372986] c1x02: Triggered the ADC
[   68.200063] c1x02: Channel Hopping Detected on one or more ADC modules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[   68.200064] c1x02: Check GDSTP screen ADC status bits to id affected ADC modules
[   68.200065] c1x02: Code is exiting ..............
[   68.200066] c1x02: exiting from fe_code()

Right now, c1x02's max cpu indicator reads 73,000 micro seconds.  c1x05 is 4,300usec, and c1x01 seems totally fine, except that it has the 02xbad.

c1x02 has 0xbad (not 0x2bad).  All other models on c1sus, c1ioo, c1iscex and c1iscey all have 0x2bad.

Also, no models on those computers have 'heartbeats'.

C1x02 has "NO SYNC", but all other IOPs are fine.

I've tried rebooting c1sus, restarting the daqd process on fb, all to no avail.  I can ssh / ping all of the computers, but not get the models running.  Restarting the models also doesn't help.


c1iscex's IOP dmesg:

[   38.626001] c1x01: Triggered the ADC
[   39.626001] c1x01: timeout 0 1000000
[   39.626001] c1x01: exiting from fe_code()

c1ioo's IOP has the same ADC channel hopping error as c1sus'.


  7928   Tue Jan 22 19:53:01 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPR-flat cavity status - not locked

The PR-flat cavity is flashing, although not locked.  I am too hungry to continue right now.

I put the FI_Back camera on a tripod, looking at the back of the Faraday.  The beam that Jamie and I were working with on Friday was clipped going back through the Faraday.  I twiddled the TT2 and PRM pointing such that the beam is retroreflecting, and getting back through the Faraday, and the cavity is still flashing.  I then redid the REFL path on the AS table a little bit.  The beam is currently going to the REFL camera, as well as REFL11 and REFL55. 

Some notes about the AS table:  The Y1 separating the main REFL beam from the REFL camera beam was mounted 90 degrees (rotated about the beam's axis) from what it should be.  I fixed it, so that the straight-through beam that goes to the camera is not clipped by the edge of the mount.  The reason (I think) this mirror was mounted backwards is that when mounted correctly, the back of the mount and the knobs interfere with the AS beam path.  I solved this by rotating the first out-of-vac REFL mirror a small amount so that the REFL and AS beams are slightly more separated. 

I am not seeing any nice PDH signal on dataviewer, so I went to check the signal path for the PDs.  The 11MHz marconi is on and providing RF, the EOM is plugged in to 11, 55 and 29.5 signals (no aux cavity scan cables are plugged in).  Both of the RF Alberto boxes are on.  I measured the RF output of both REFL11 and REFL55, although after the fact I realized that I was BAD, and had not found a 'scope that lets me change the input impedance to 50 ohms.  BAD grad student.  However, since I have numbers, I will post them, despite their being not quite correct:

284mVpp at 11MHz out of REFL11.  This is -6.9dBm

2mVpp at 55MHz out of REFL55, measured by 'scope

So, I can clearly see the 11MHz on the 'scope, and can see a very noisy, small 55MHz signal on the 'scope.  I need to think over dinner about what level of signal we should be sending to the demod boards, and whether or not I need more power coming out of the RFPDs.  There is a wave plate and PBS before beam goes to any of the REFL PDs, presumably to ensure that none of them get fried when we're at high power.  If I need more signal, I suspect I can rotate the wave plate and let more light go to the diodes.

  7931   Wed Jan 23 19:05:16 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPR-flat cavity status - locks!

Status update

I (with help from Q) have redone the POP path on the ITMX table.  1" iris is a little too small, so I took it out.  2" lens moved to be centered on POP beam.  2" Y1 didn't need moving.  Straight refl from the 2" Y1 was aligned on to a PDA10CS (set to 70dB). This PD is blocking the usual POP55 diode.  BS which sends beam to camera was moved to allow room for the new temp DC PD.  Refl from this BS goes to the POP camera, which was moved so that the POP beam takes up most of the camera.  BS that would normally take half of the camera's beam and send it to POP22 (Thorlabs PD) is removed, so no beam to POP22.

Also, I have taken the output of the PDA10CS and hijacked the "POP110" heliax cable.  This was connected to this Thorlabs PD which is used as POP22.  (Kiwamu and I had long-term borrowed the 110 demod board for an AS 110 diode, so the "POP110" heliax was really only serving POP22.) There are yellow labels on the new temp and old regular cables, so we can undo my hack.  Similarly, on the other end of the heliax at the LSC rack, I have taken the heliax's output and sent it to the POPDC input on the whitening board.  Thus, the regular POPDC SMA cable is unplugged, but labeled again with big yellow labels.

In other news - the PR-flat cavity locks!!! 

Koji and I coarsely rotated the REFL11 phase such that the signal is predominantly in the I phase.  We set the LSC input matrix to use REFL11I for PRCL, and the output matrix is set to actuate on PRM.  Then we set the gain to -0.005, and it locked!!!!


EDIT:  I turned back on the PRM oplev (after Manasa aligned it and redid the out-of-vac oplev layout a bit), and the motion of the cavity is slightly reduced, although there's still a lot going on.  The cavity is vaguely well aligned, although it's time to go make sure that the beams are still on the REFL and TRANS PDs.  However, it's dinner time.

  7938   Thu Jan 24 11:40:55 2013 JenneUpdateSUSETMX damping restored


ETMX sus damping restored.  It is still noisy

 I should have elogged, but I turned off the watchdog to remind myself that iscex computer is still crashed.  "Turning on" the damping doesn't do anything since there aren't any signals going to the coils from the computer.

  7951   Tue Jan 29 10:50:02 2013 JenneUpdateLockingVideo of PRM-flat test cavity


I think Den accidentally edited and overwrote my entry, rather than replying, so I'm going to recreate it from memory:

I aligned the PRM-flat test cavity (although not as well as Jamie and Koji did later in the evening) and took some videos. Note that these may not be as relevant any more, since Jamie and Koji improved things after I left.


Also, before doing anything with the cavity, I tuned up the PMC since the pitch input alignment wasn't perfect (we were getting ~0.7 transmission), and also tuned up the MC alignment and remeasured the MC spot positions, to maintain a record.

  7954   Tue Jan 29 14:34:42 2013 JenneUpdatePEMSecret Seis filters


The BLRMS have been bad again, since the computer crash of last week.  Finally getting around to looking into it, I discovered that there are filter banks that have the microns/sec calibration filters, which are not accessible from the sitemap.  I have added links to them for GUR1 and GUR2.  We need to make the PEM/BLRMS screens macro-expansion-y, so that I don't have to change each screen individually.

Anyhow, the BLRMS are back.


  7957   Tue Jan 29 19:50:49 2013 JenneUpdateLockingBetter POP layout, no extra PRM motion with locked cavity

[Jenne, Jamie, Manasa]

Today's activities focused on getting the POP layout improved, so that we could get clean data for the mode scan measurement. 

As Jamie and Koji pointed out yesterday, the beam was still a little too big on the POP DC PD, and was falling off the diode when the beam moved a small amount.  We have fixed things so that the PD is now at the focus of the lens, and the camera is at a place where the beam takes up most of the area on the TVs.  The beam no longer falls off the PD with cavity fluctuations.  A key point of this work was also to use an extra 2" optic to steer the beam down the length of the POP table, and then do the 50/50 beam splitting later with a 1" optic.  The 1" BS that we had been using (including with the "real" POP beam) is too small.  We could not find a 2" 50/50 BS, so we opted to do the splitting closer to the focal point.  Also, the BS that was splitting the beam between the PD and the camera was a 33% reflector, but now is a 50/50 BS. When we put back the 'real' POP path, we need to consider using larger optics, or a faster lens. The POP path is now good, hopefully for the duration of the half cavity test.

After getting the POP path taken care of, and tweaking up the cavity alignment a little bit, the transmitted power on POP DC is ~22,000 counts, with occasional fluctuations as high as 25,000 counts. 

Jamie looked at the REFL path, and things look sensible there.  The unlocked REFL power is ~36 counts, and the locked power is ~20 counts.  I'm not sure what the 160 counts that Koji mentioned in his edits to elog 7949 is about.

I looked at the PRM oplev with the cavity locked and unlocked, and with today's alignment, there seems to be no difference in the amount of PRM motion when the cavity is locked vs unlocked. 


 It still looks like we might be seeing some clipping in the in-vac POP steering mirrors - we haven't gotten to them yet.

Jamie is currently modifying Yuta's mode scan analysis script to look at the data that we have of the cavity.


We need more 2" optics.  There are no mounted 2" spares in the various optic "graveyards" (which, PS, we should consolidate all into the cabinet with doors near the optics bench), and the options for boxes in the drawers is slim pickin's.  We have some S-pol stuff, but no Y1s or BS-50s for P-pol.  Since POP, POX, POY, IPANG, TRX and TRY all come out of the vacuum with large beams, we should have some options for these laying around for this kind occasional temporary thing.  We also need to choose, then purchase better 2" lenses for the pickoffs.

  7959   Tue Jan 29 21:07:48 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM coils need diagonalizing


 [Jenne, Jamie]

We tried actuating on PRM so that we go through fringes in a known, linear way.  We used C1:SUS-PRM_LSC_EXC and awggui.  It seems that we get a lot of angular motion when we actuate....we need to look into this tomorrow.

EDIT/UPDATE:  Last night we tried several combinations of frequency and amplitude, but just for an idea,  we were using 2Hz, 1000cts.  Using Kiwamu's calibration in elog 5583 for the PRM actuator of 2e-8/f^2 m/cts, this means that we were pushing ~5nm.  But when we pushed much harder (larger amplitude) than that, we saw angular fringing. 

  7961   Wed Jan 30 11:16:32 2013 JenneUpdateLockingMode spacing calc

[Jenne, Jamie]

We did a few pen and paper calculations yesterday to confirm for ourselves that the half PRC should have nicely separated modes.  The half cavity is L=4.34m long, assuming flat mirror is 3.5 inches in front of BS.  That 3.5" is a guess, not a measurement.


F = ( pi * sqrt(r1 * r2) ) / (1 - r1*r2) = 111.

Full width at half max

FWHM = c / (2 * L * F) = 311 kHz

FWHM in meters = FWHM * L/f = L*1064nm/c = 4.8 nm

Free spectral range

nu_fsr = F * FWHM = 34.5 MHz

Mode Spacing (eq 19.23 from Siegman)

omega = (n + m) * arccos(\pm sqrt(g1*g2)) / pi     *   (2*pi*c)/(2L)

For our half cavity, g1*g2 = 0.96

For the 01 or 10 modes, n+m = 1

omega = 13.7e6 rad/sec

mode spacing between 00 and 01 = 2.2 MHz

Thus, the modes should be well separated

=>  spacing is 2.2 MHz while FWHM is 0.311 MHz  (cavity fsr = 34.5 MHz)


EDIT JCD 31Jan2013:  Fixed mode spacing eqn to be diff between TEM00 mode and HOM, not plane wave and HOM.  Then fixed the factor of 2 error in the mode spacing numbers.

  7963   Wed Jan 30 13:50:27 2013 JenneUpdateComputersc1iscex still down

[Koji, Jenne]

We noticed that the iscex computer is still down, but the IOP is (was) running.  When we sat down to look at it, c1x01 was 'breathing', had a non-zero CPU_METER time, and the error was 0x4000, which I've never seen before.  The fb connection was still red though.  Also, it is claiming that its sync source is 1pps, not TDS like it usually is. 

Since things were different, Koji restarted the 2 other models running on iscex, with no resulting change.  We then did a 'rtcds restart all', and the IOP is no longer breathing, and the error message has changed to 0xbad.  The sync source is still 1pps.

Moral of the story:  c1iscex is still down, but temporarily showed signs of life that we wanted to record.

  7968   Wed Jan 30 19:30:21 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPOP in-vac improved


It still looks like we might be seeing some clipping in the in-vac POP steering mirrors - we haven't gotten to them yet.

 [Jenne, Jamie]

We fixed up, as best we can, the in-vac POP alignment.  We are entirely limited in yaw by the aperture size of the 2" 45deg mirror launching the beam out of the vacuum.  The main centroid of the beam is well centered, but the inflated weird part of the beam is totally clipped.  There's nothing we can do about it except use a much larger mirror, install a fast lens inside the chamber, or just fix the damn PRC.  I vote for the third option there.

How did we work our magic? 

We put a green laser pointer where the POP DC PD was, and injected it into the vacuum, just like we normally do.  However, this time, we made sure the green laser was centered on all of the out of vacuum mirrors, so that there was no real work to do once we turned off the laser pointer. We locked the cavity, and confirmed that we are well centered on all of the in and out of vacuum mirrors, and discovered our aperture problem with the last in-vac mirror.

Here is a snapshot of the POP camera:


  7969   Wed Jan 30 19:34:17 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM coils need diagonalizing

[Koji, Jamie, Jenne]

Koji did this, while we actuated on PRM in pos, and watched the oplev.  Empirically, he found the following values for the POS column of the output matrix:

UL = 1.020

UR = 0.990

LL = 1.000

LR = 0.970

SD = 0.000

(The nominal values are all +1, except for Side, which is 0). 

Actuation of PRM was through C1:SUS-PRM_LSC_EXC, f=0.1Hz, A=100 counts.


Ed by KA:
This means UL and UR are increased by 2% and UR and LR are decreased by 3%. More precisely UR should be 1.02*0.97.
This is just a quick hack which works only for the DC.

  7973   Thu Jan 31 14:30:50 2013 JenneUpdateLockingMode spacing calc

I have calculated (using Zach's sweet software) the expected mode content for the various possible PRCs that we can make. 

Also, Zach was right about the factor of 2.  I see now that I was calculating the mode spacing between a plane wave and a HOM, so the guoy phase had a factor of (n+m+1).  The right thing to do is to get the spacing between the 00 mode and HOMs, so the guoy phase just has (n+m).  Switching from n+m+1=2 to n+m=1, that fixes the factor of 2 problem.

 I attach my results as a pdf, since I'm listing out 5 configurations.  Each config has a cartoon, with a small (hard to read) HOM plot, and then at the end, each HOM plot is shown again, but larger.  Also, "TM" is the "test mirror", the flat G&H that we're using as the cavity end mirror.

  7974   Thu Jan 31 14:46:05 2013 JenneUpdateRF SystemPhotodiode transimpedance


Today I collected the data for shot noise intercept current for MC REFL PD. I didn't get many data points at higher DC voltage of the photodiode, cause the incandescent bulbs get burnt at that level; two bulbs I have burnt today. I will process the data and report.

 This work was done in-situ, so no optics on the AS table were moved.  The PSL shutter was blocked since the IR beam was not necessary, and would scatter off the bulb Riju put in front of the PD. 

  7983   Fri Feb 1 12:34:55 2013 JenneUpdatePSLToo much power injected into vacuum

I noticed (while relocking the MC after Jamie and I zeroed the LSC offsets) that the MC refl power was 4.8 V.  Usually we should be ~4.2, so I closed the PSL shutter and went in to measure the power.  We were injecting ~125mW or a little more.  I had adjusted the power the other day, and through yesterday, it looked fine, but overnight it looks like it drifted up.

  7985   Fri Feb 1 15:12:53 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM/PR2 cavity

 After Jamie did all the work this morning on the POP table, I was able to get the cavity to lock.  It's not very stable until I engage the boost filters in the PRCL loop.  After locking, I tuned up the alignment a bit more.  Now we're taking mode scan data.  Look for results hopefully shortly after Journal Club!

  7986   Fri Feb 1 19:55:33 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRM/PR2 cavity

[Jamie, Koji, Jenne]

We are looking at the mode scan data, and have some preliminary results!  We have data from when the cavity was aligned, when it was slightly misaligned in pitch, and slightly misaligned in yaw.

Inverting the equation for transverse mode spacing, we infer (for pitch misalignment) a cavity g-factor of 0.99, and from there (assuming the G&H mirror is flat and so has a g-factor of 1), we infer a PRM radius of curvature of 168 meters which is ~50% longer than we expected.


More results to come over the weekend from Jamie.

  8007   Wed Feb 6 11:59:12 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRC cavity gains

EDIT:  These numbers are for a perfect, non-lossy arm cavity.  So, a half real, half imaginary world.

Carrier uses arm cavity reflectivity for perfectly resonant case.

PRC carrier gain, flipped PR2, PR3 = 61

PRC carrier gain, regular PR2, PR3 = 68  (same value, within errors, for no folding at all).

Carrier gain loss = (68-61)/68 = 10%


SB uses arm cavity reflectivity for perfectly anti-resonant case.

PRC SB gain, flipped PR2, PR3 = 21

PRC SB gain, regular PR2, PR3 = 22 (same value, within errors, for no folding at all). <--- yes, this this "regular PR2, PR3 = 22..."

SB % gain loss = (22-21)/22 = 4.5%


I claim that we will be fine, recycling gain-wise, if we flip the folding mirrors.  If we do as Yuta suggests and flip only one folding mirror, we'll fall somewhere in the middle.

  8008   Wed Feb 6 14:51:25 2013 JenneUpdateElectronics1 power supply replaced!


Currently, DC power for amplifiers ZHL-1000LN+ is supplied by Aligent E3620A.
I tried to use power supply from the side of 1X1 rack, but fuse plug(Phoenix Contact ST-SI-UK-4) showed red LED, so I couldn't use it.

 Yuta, Jenne

We fixed things so that we are now using regular fused rack power for these amplifiers.  The fuse no longer had a red LED, but it measured open when we checked the resistance.  Although, somehow (magic?) 13.73V were getting to the other side of the fuse. 

Anyhow, replacing the fuse with a new one fixed the problem right up.

  8011   Wed Feb 6 15:11:21 2013 JenneUpdateElectronics"Temporary" power supply situation

[Jenne, Yuta, Rana, Steve, Manasa]

We have taken stock of the lab "temporary" power supply situation, and things look much better.

This morning, I removed 2 unused power supplies and a function generator from the PSL table - these had been used for MC ringdown things.

I also removed the non-connected cables that had been used for the RAMMON setup, and the EOM temperature controller circuit.

This afternoon, Yuta removed the 2 HV power supplies that were used to keep PZT2 working near the end of its life.  Since we now have the active TTs, these have been turned off for a while, and just needed to be removed.

Manasa removed the power supply under the POP/POX table that was powering the amplifier for POP22.  If we are going to continue using a Thorlabs PD for POP22, then we need to make a twisted pair of wires (~20 feet) to get power from 1X1.  If we are going to (finally) install a gold RF PD, then that will not be necessary.

I removed the power supply sitting near the bottom of the LSC rack, for another amplifier for POP22 (with minicircuits filters attached).  Again, if we get a gold RF PD, we can remove the filters and amplifier.  If not, we can use the existing twisted pair of wires, and plug them into the rack rather than a power supply. 

The power supply under the NE corner of the PSL table was no longer in use.  It was most recently used for amplifiers for the green beat PDs, as Yuta mentioned in elog 6862, those were moved over to 1X2.  In elog 8008 I mentioned that Yuta and I moved those amplifiers over to rack power.

The HV supply, the function generator and the OSA controllers that were on top of the short OMC rack next to the AS table have all been removed.  We need to come up with a better place for the OSAs, since we need to re-install them.  The power supply and the function generator (which was used just for a voltage offset) were formerly used for the output steering PZTs, but lately we have just been using those mirrors as fixed mirrors, since we don't need to steer into the OMC.  Some day, we will replace those mirrors with the output steering active tip tilts, and re-commission the OMC....someday.

The power supply for the amplifier set (that goes with the set of minicircuits filters) for the RAMMON PD (which took light from the IPPOS path) has been removed.  If we determine that we need RAMMON back, we will have to make a twisted pair to power those amplifiers.


* If we don't install a gold RF PD for POP22, we need a 20ft twisted pair for +15/GND.

* Also, if we don't install a gold RF PD for POP22, we need to plug the amplifier at the LSC rack into the rack power (twisted pair already exists).

* If we need RAMMON back, we will need a twisted pair to power those amplifiers.

* All other power supplies have been removed, and put away.  We currently have 0 "temporary" power supplies in use in the lab!

  8014   Wed Feb 6 18:39:08 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRC cavity gains

[Yuta, Jenne]

We have both calculated, and agree on the numbers for, the PRC gain for carrier and sideband.

We are using the measured arm cavity (power) loss of 150ppm....see elog 5359.

We get a PRC gain for the CARRIER (non-flipped folding) of 21, and PRC gain (flipped folding) of 20This is a 4.7% loss of carrier buildup.

We get a PRC gain for the SIDEBANDS (non-flipped folding) of 69, and PRC gain (flipped folding) of 62This is an 8.8% loss of sideband buildup.

The only difference between the "flipped" and "non-flipped" cases are the L_PR# values - for "non-flipped", I assume no loss of PR2 or PR3, but for the "flipped" case, I assume 1500ppm, as in Rana's email.  Also, all of these cases assume perfect mode matching.  We should see what the effect of poor mode matching is, once Jamie finishes up his calculation.

Why, one might ask, are we getting cavity buildup of ~20, when Kiwamu always quoted ~40?  Good question!  The answer seems, as far as Yuta and I can tell, to be that Kiwamu was always using the reflectivity of the ITM, not the reflectivity of the arm cavity.  The other alternative that makes the math work out is that he's assuming a loss of 25ppm, which we have never measured our arms to be so good.


For those interested in making sure we haven't done anything dumb:

ppm = 1e-6;

% ||      |      |        ||            ||
% PRM    PR2    PR3      ITM           ETM

T_PRM = 0.05637;
t_PRM = sqrt(T_PRM);
L_PRM = 0 *ppm;
R_PRM = 1 - T_PRM - L_PRM;
r_PRM = sqrt(R_PRM);

T_PR2 = 20 *ppm;
t_PR2 = sqrt(T_PR2);
L_PR2 = 1500 *ppm;
R_PR2 = 1 - T_PR2 - L_PR2;
r_PR2 = sqrt(R_PR2);

T_PR3 = 47 *ppm;
t_PR3 = sqrt(T_PR3);
L_PR3 = 1500 *ppm;
R_PR3 = 1 - T_PR3 - L_PR3;
r_PR3 = sqrt(R_PR3);

T_ITM = 0.01384;
t_ITM = sqrt(T_ITM);
L_ITM = 0;%100 *ppm;
R_ITM = 1 - T_ITM - L_ITM;
r_ITM = sqrt(R_ITM);

T_ETM = 15 *ppm;
t_ETM = sqrt(T_ETM);
L_ETM = 0 *ppm;
R_ETM = 1 - T_ETM - L_ETM;
r_ETM = sqrt(R_ETM);

rtl = 150*ppm;  % measured POWER round trip loss of arm cavities.
rtl = rtl/2;     %    because we need the sqrt of the exp() for ampl loss....see Siegman pg414.

eIkx_r = exp(-1i*2*pi);
r_cav_res = -r_ITM + (t_ITM^2 * r_ETM * eIkx_r * exp(-rtl)) / (1 - r_ITM*r_ETM * eIkx_r * exp(-rtl) );

eIkx_ar = exp(-1i*pi);
r_cav_antires = -r_ITM + (t_ITM^2 * r_ETM * eIkx_ar * exp(-rtl)) / (1 - r_ITM*r_ETM * eIkx_ar * exp(-rtl) );

%% PRC buildup gain

g_antires = t_PRM*eIkx_ar / (1-r_PRM*r_PR2*r_PR3*r_cav_antires*eIkx_ar);
G_ar = g_antires^2;
G_ar = abs(G_ar)  % Just to get rid of the imag part that matlab is keeping around.

g_res = t_PRM*eIkx_r / (1-r_PRM*r_PR2*r_PR3*r_cav_res*eIkx_r);
G_r = g_res^2;
G_r = abs(G_r)

  8024   Thu Feb 7 15:46:42 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPR2 flipped

More correctly, a different G&H mirror (which we have a phase map for) was put into the PR2 TT, backwards.

Order of operations:

* Retrieve flat test G&H from BS chamber.  Put 4th dog clamp back on BS optic's base.

* Remove flat G&H from the DLC mount, put the original BS that was in that mount back.  Notes:  That BS had been stored in the G&H's clean optic box.  The DLC mount is engraved with the info for that BS, so it makes sense to put it back.  The DLC mount with BS is now back in a clean storage box.

* Remove PR2 TT from ITMX chamber.

* Remove suspension mounting block from TT frame, lay out flat, magnets up, on lint-free cloth on top of foil.

* Remove former PR2 G&H optic.

* Put what was the flat G&H test optic into the PR2 optic holder, with AR surface at the front.

* Put PR2 suspension block back onto TT frame.

* Put PR2 assembly back in the chamber, solidly against the placement reference blocks that Evan put in last Thursday.

* Close up, clean up, put labels on all the boxes so we know what optic is where.


Why the switcho-changeo?  We have a phase map for the G&H that is the new PR2, and a measured RoC of -706m, surface rms of 8.7nm.  Now, we can measure the former PR2 and see how it compares to our estimate of the RoC from the cavity measurements we've taken recently.

  8030   Fri Feb 8 02:12:14 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRMI work

[Jenne, Yuta]

Lots of work, no solid conclusions yet.  In-vac, we aligned MICH and the PRM.  Out of vac, we got beam on AS and REFL paths.  We can lock MICH, but we're not as happy with PRCL.


In-vac alignment: 

To get the beam centered on TT2 in yaw, Koji helped us out and moved TT1 with the sliders a little bit. Then to get the beam centered on PRM and PR2, Koji moved the TT2 sliders a little bit.

Yuta and I then moved PR2 forward a few mm, to keep the optical path length of the PRC approximately (within ~1mm, hopefully) the same as always.  After my PR2 optic swapping earlier, the pitch alignment was no longer good.  I loosened the screws holding the wire clamp to the optic holder, and tapped it back and forth until the alignment was good.  Of course, the screw-tightening / pitch-checking is a stochastic process, but eventually we got it.  A small amount of yaw adjustment by twisting the PR2 TT was also done, but not much was needed.

Beam was a little off in pitch at ITMY, so Yuta poked the top of PR3, and that one single poke was perfect, and the beam was very nicely centered on the ITMY target.  Beam was getting through BS target just fine.  We checked at ITMX, and the beam looked pretty centered, although we didn't put in a target.  We didn't do anything to BS while we were in-vac, since it was already good.

We aligned the ITMs so that their beams were retroreflecting back to the BS.  After this, we saw nice MICH fringes.

We aligned the PRM so that its beam was retroreflecting.

We checked that we were getting REFL and AS beams out of the vacuum, which we were (a small amount of adjustment was done to AS path steering mirrors).

AS table alignment:

We did a bit of tweaking of the REFL path, and lots of small stuff to the AS path. 

The AS beam was coming out of vac at a slightly different place in yaw, so we moved the first out of vac AS steering mirror so the beam hit the center, rather than ~1/3 of the way to the edge.  We then aligned the beam through the lens, to the camera, and to AS55.  Most significantly, we removed the BS that was just before AS55.  This was sending beam to a dump, but it is in place to send beam over to AS110, once we get back to real locking.  We measured ~30 microwatts of power going to the AS55 PD, while MICH fringes were fringing.

The REFL path didn't need much, although we had never been going through the center of the HWP and PBS that are used to reduce the power before going to the PDs, so we translated them a millimeter or two.

We see signal on dataviewer for all of the channels that we're interested in....AS55 I&Q, ASDC, REFL11 I&Q, REFLDC (which comes from REFL55). 


Locking MICH was very easy, after we rotated the phase of AS55 to get all the good MICH signal in the Q phase.  Part of the criteria for this was that the AS55_Q_ERR signal should cross zero when ASDC went to 0.  This was done very coarsely, so we need to do it properly, but it was enough to get us locked.  We changed the phase from 24.5 to 90 deg.

PRCL has been more of a challenge, although we're still working on it.

On the back face of the Faraday, we see the michelson fringes, but they are not getting through the Faraday's aperture.  This implies that we have a poorly aligned michelson, in that the interference between the returning beams from the ITMs is happening at a different place than the original beam splitting.  Yuta is working on getting a better MICH right now.  EDIT, 10 minutes later....   This seems to be fixed, and the MICH fringes enter the back aperture of the FI, but there is still the PRM refl problem (next paragraph).

Also, when we get the most bright REFL beam, we see that there is some very obvious clipping in the back of the Faraday aperture, and this is matched by a clipped-looking REFL beam on the AS table.  We must understand what we have done wrong, such that when the beam is actually going through the Faraday, we see a much dimmer beam.  It's possible that there is some clipping happening at that time with the in-vac REFL path....we need to check this.  It's not a clipping problem on the AS table - I checked, and the beams are still reasonably  well centered on all of the mirrors.

We think that the MICH / REFL beam problems may be that the input pointing is close, but not perfect.  We have not confirmed today that the beam is centered on ETMY.  We should do this as part of our final alignment procedure before putting on doors.

Plans for tomorrow:

Get POP aligned, especially the camera, so we can see what our intracavity mode really looks like in the PRC.  This is probably (in part, at least) due to our having moved PR2 around, so the transmitted beams aren't in exactly the same place.

We think that it's more useful in the short term to check out the PRC, and since the clipping problem with the REFL beam is likely an imperfect input pointing, we want to use the other measured G&H mirror, and do another half-PRC test, with the test mirror in front of the BS.  This requires much less perfection in the input pointing, so it should be very quick to set up.

Confirm that PRM oplev is still aligned (turn laser back on first).

Plans for next week:

Perfect the input pointing, by checking the beam position at ETMY.  Recheck all corner alignment.

Try again locking PRMI in air.  First, confirm ITM and BS oplevs are all aligned.

  8037   Fri Feb 8 15:53:48 2013 JenneUpdateLockingPRMI work


I completely agree with Koji.  We definitely should have locked the half PRC first.  We were all set up for that. 

 I reminded Jamie this morning that we were not, in fact, set up yesterday for a half PRC.  I had extracted what was the flat test mirror, to put in as PR2.  The test mirror was the better of the 2 G&Hs that we had measurements for, so I had used it as the flat test mirror, but then also wanted it to be the more permanent PR2.  After doing the PR2 flip, the IFO was naturally all aligned for PRMI, which is part of why we just did that.

Anyhow, Jamie used his tallness to put the other measured G&H mirror into the mount, and put that in front of the BS.  He aligned things such that he saw fringes in the half PRC. 

I then aligned POP onto the camera, and onto the PD.  Yuta is confirming that we're maximally on the REFL PDs.

We're starting locking in 5 min.

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