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  929   Thu Sep 4 17:44:27 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLFSS error signal spectrum
Attached is a spectrum of the FSS error signal.
There are a lot of sharp peaks above 100kHz (the UGF of the servo is about 200kHz).
These are mostly harmonics of 77kHz. They are the current suspects of the FSS slew rate saturation.
I remember when I blocked the light to the PD, these peak went away. So these noises must be
in the light. But I checked it a few weeks ago. So I will re-check it later.

One possible source of the lines is a DC-DC converter in the NPRO near the crystal.
We will try to move the converter outside of the box.
Attachment 1: FSS-Error-Spe.png
FSS-Error-Spe.png
  931   Fri Sep 5 08:34:03 2008 steveUpdatePSLMZ locked
The MC is happy.
The MZ can be locked if you move the slider by hand.
Attachment 1: mzhv.jpg
mzhv.jpg
  933   Fri Sep 5 10:36:34 2008 steveUpdatePEMthermostate setting changed
Some one changed the thermostat (old control room ) setting behind 1Y6 from 73 to 79F
It should be in the elog.
The temp changed from freezing 20 to sunny 25 C
  934   Fri Sep 5 15:09:50 2008 ranaUpdatePEMthermostate setting changed

Quote:
Some one changed the thermostat (old control room ) setting behind 1Y6 from 73 to 79F
It should be in the elog.

In fact, it is. I demand satisfaction for the injury to my elogging reputation!
  935   Mon Sep 8 10:57:49 2008 steveUpdateIOOthe psl and mc are back to normal
The alarm handler is silent this morning.
This is almost unbelievably pleasant after two mount of harassment.
The MC did not lose lock for three days.

Atm1: the new fss layout
Atm2: PMC with lead brick
Atm3: 3 days plot
Attachment 1: fss.png
fss.png
Attachment 2: pmcbrick.png
pmcbrick.png
Attachment 3: brick.jpg
brick.jpg
  936   Mon Sep 8 13:47:35 2008 steveUpdatePEMthermostate setting changed

Quote:

Quote:
Some one changed the thermostat (old control room ) setting behind 1Y6 from 73 to 79F
It should be in the elog.

In fact, it is. I demand satisfaction for the injury to my elogging reputation!




Thermostate setting was changed from 79F to 77F behind 1Y6
  938   Wed Sep 10 08:57:03 2008 steveUpdateGeneraletmy illuminator turned off
The ETMY illuminator was left on yesterday.
I just turned it off.
  940   Wed Sep 10 19:53:53 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralabs length experiment
Update of the last days work on the experiment to measure the absolute length of the cavities.

I'm trying to repeat the same measurement that Koji did on the Y arm, before switching to the X arm.

I switched to the PHD universal box for the PLL control between the main laser and the secondary laser. I found a good gain value for the servo and now I can set the frequency of the beat to any value as long as I do it slowly turning the LO frequency from the knob on the Marconi.

I laid down a 50m BNC cable from the Y end to near the BS chamber, where all the abs length equipment is. I matched the two laser beams changing the alignment of the injection steering mirror at the the dark port on the AP table. I then locked the Y arm cavity. When I first tried to do that, the locking script didn't work because the beam was off of the 'sweet spot' where Rob had set it on Monday. It turned out that aborting the script during one of its previous run, had changed the alignment of the PZT steering mirrors. So with Rob I brought them back near the positions as in the snapshot and then saved a new one with the latest values.

Eventually I could set the beat frequency to the FSR of the arm cavity and saw it in transmission at the ETMY.

Now I'm working on the LabView interface for the GPIB data acquisition board.
  943   Thu Sep 11 23:28:35 2008 albertoUpdateGeneralabs cavity length experiment
The MC lost lock for some reason not related to either the FSS or the PMC I'm done with my measurement for tonight. I've shut the NPRO beam before leaving.
  944   Fri Sep 12 11:09:20 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralabs cavity length experiment
I'm leaving the lab for a couple of hours. I shut the NPRO. The interferometer is available to anyone.
  945   Sat Sep 13 23:13:01 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralabs cavity length experiment
The Y arm was locked all time today but, suddenly, this afternoon it lost lock and since then I've been unable to restore it. I tried unsuccessfully the Restore and the Align scripts several times, although the position of PZT steering mirrors were good (as in the snapshot). I tried things like unlocking/locking the MC, the FSS reference cavity, the PMC but it didn't work. Then I decided to switch to the X arm. Locking it was a piece of cake compare to Y. I'm going to start measuring the FSR of the X arm.
  946   Sun Sep 14 18:30:32 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: measured X arm
Today I measured the X arm FSR.
Hi moved the fast PD (Thor Labs PDA255) from the Y end table to the X end table. I had to use a beam splitter to pick out the transmitted beam from the cavity beam and send it to the PD. I did not want to interpose the BS before the TRANS X PD, so I had to move the ETMXT camera to an other place in the table to gain some room. Now the beam that used to go directly to the camera is 50% split and goes also to the PD. I had to put a lens to focus the beam on the PD. The transmitted beam is currently not aligned to the ETMXT camera, I need to fix the alignment of the BS before.
I'm now doing a rough scan of a frequency range 5 times as large as the FSR. I'll post the results soon.
  947   Sun Sep 14 19:29:07 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: measured X arm

Quote:
Today I measured the X arm FSR.
Hi moved the fast PD (Thor Labs PDA255) from the Y end table to the X end table. I had to use a beam splitter to pick out the transmitted beam from the cavity beam and send it to the PD. I did not want to interpose the BS before the TRANS X PD, so I had to move the ETMXT camera to an other place in the table to gain some room. Now the beam that used to go directly to the camera is 50% split and goes also to the PD. I had to put a lens to focus the beam on the PD. The transmitted beam is currently not aligned to the ETMXT camera, I need to fix the alignment of the BS before.
I'm now doing a rough scan of a frequency range 5 times as large as the FSR. I'll post the results soon.


I'm leaving a long measurement running. I should be back later on. If I won't, whoever wanted to use the interferometer has just to shut the NPRO laser in the AP table.
  953   Wed Sep 17 12:58:12 2008 robUpdateLockingbad

Locking was pretty unsuccessful last night. All the subparts were locked (ARMs, PRM, DRM) and
aligned, but no DRMI+2ARMs locks. The alignment may have drifted significantly by the time I
got around to working the full shebang, however.

We should get back into the habit of clicking the
yellow "Restore last auto-alignment" button when we finish using the interferometer.
  956   Wed Sep 17 13:58:36 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: results from the X arm
Today I repeated the measurement of the FSR on the X arm cavity. The noise in the transmitted power that made the measures fluctuate was much reduced after last night Rob worked on the interferometer. The X arm cavity length is now: (38.4580+/-0.0003)m. I'm attaching a summary of the data I've taken.

I'm now preparing the setup to measure the transverse mode spacing.
Attachment 1: Sept17_XarmFSRmeasurement_report.ps
Sept17_XarmFSRmeasurement_report.ps
  958   Wed Sep 17 17:31:24 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLFSS calibration
I calibrated the reference cavity error signal with the following procedure.

(1) I disconnected the PC path BNC cable and locked the RC only using the PZT. To do so, I had to insert a 20dB attenuator
in the RF signal path going to the EOM to reduce the gain of the loop sufficiently.
The normal RF level going to the EOM is 17dBm. With the attenuator it is of course -3dBm.

(2) Using the SR785, I injected signal into the Test-IN2 (a sum-amp after the mixer) of the FSS box and measured the TF from the Ramp-IN to the IN1.
When the Ramp-In switch is off, the Ramp-IN port can be used as a test point connected to the PZT drive signal path just before the output.
There is a RC low-pass filter after the Ramp-IN. IN1 is the direct output from the mixer (before the sum-amp).
The attm1 is the measured transfer function along with the fitting by a first order LPF.
From this measurement, the DC transfer function from the applied voltage on the PZT to the error signal is determined to be 163.6 (V/V).
Since the RF level is lowered by 20dB, the cavity gain in the normal operation mode is 10 times larger (assuming that the modulation depth is
linearly proportional to the applied voltage to the EOM).

(3) According to elog:791, the conversion factor from the voltage on the PZT to the frequency change of the NPRO is 11.172MHz/V. Combining this with the
number obtained above, we get 6.83kHz/V as the calibration factor for converting the error signal (mixer output) to the frequency at DC.
Using 38kHz cavity pole frequency, the calibration factor is plotted as a function of frequency in the attm2.

(4) I took a spectrum of the error signal of the FSS and calibrated it with the obtained calibration factor. See attm3.
The spectrum was measured by SR785. I will measure wide band spectra with an RF analyzer later.

TO DO:
1: Use the actual modulation depth difference to extrapolate the calibration factor obtained by with a low RF signal for the EOM.
The cavity sweep was already done.

2: I assumed 38kHz cavity pole. I will measure the actual cavity pole frequency by cavity ringdown.

3: Measure out-of-the-loop spectrum of the frequency noise using PMC and MC.
Attachment 1: PZTresp.png
PZTresp.png
Attachment 2: Calibration.png
Calibration.png
Attachment 3: FreqNoiseSpectrum.png
FreqNoiseSpectrum.png
  960   Wed Sep 17 19:13:47 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: status
I installed the setup for measuring TEM01/10 on the X end table.
I'm leaving. I shut the laser, flipped down the flipper mirror, disconnected the pzt drive signal from the laser.
For Jenne. The power cable for the Guralps' board is now connected to the PDH box on my instruments cart but you can take it.
  962   Thu Sep 18 09:30:12 2008 steveUpdateGenerallow noise metal film resistors are in
Low noise metal film resistor and capacitor kits from www.garrettelec.com are in.

manufacturer: Dale, 289 values, 25ea, surface mount,1206, 0.1% from 100 to 100K, 1/8 or 1/4W
additional values below 100 ohm and above 100K were purchased from Mouser with the same Dale specification

Ceramic capacitor kit from AVX
67 values, 25ea, surface mount, 1206 from 1.0 pF up

atm2: our new storage cabinet pick and put together by Jenni
Attachment 1: mfr&cap.png
mfr&cap.png
Attachment 2: storcab.png
storcab.png
  963   Thu Sep 18 12:16:01 2008 YoichiUpdateComputersEPICS BACK

Quote:

Somehow the EPICS system got hosed tonight. We're pretty much dead in the water till we can get it sorted.


The problem was caused by the installation of a DNS server into linux1 by Joe.
Joe removed /etc/hosts file after running the DNS server (bind). This somehow prevented proper boot of
frontend computers.
Joe and I confirmed that putting back /etc/hosts file resolved the problem.
Right now, the DNS server is also running on linux1.

We are not sure why /etc/hosts file is still necessary. My guess is that the NFS server somehow reads /etc/hosts
when he decides which computer to allow mounting. We will check this later.

Anyway, now the computers are mostly running fine. The X-arm locks.
The Y-arm doesn't, because one of the digital filters for the Y-arm lock fails to be loaded to the frontend.
I'm working on it now.
  964   Thu Sep 18 13:05:05 2008 YoichiUpdateComputersEPICS BACK

Quote:

The Y-arm doesn't, because one of the digital filters for the Y-arm lock fails to be loaded to the frontend.
I'm working on it now.


Rob told me that the filter "3^2:20^2" is switched on/off dynamically by the front end code for the LSC.
Therefore, the failure to manually load it was not actually a problem.
The Y-arm did not lock just because the alignment was bad.
Now the Y-arm alignment is ok and the arm locks.
  967   Thu Sep 18 23:31:26 2008 ranaUpdatePSLISS: Saturating too often at nominal gain
The ISS has been saturating whenever the MC relocks and puts the gain up to +8dB. I have
lowered the gain to +1 dB for now to stop this, but we need to revisit the ISS loop and
performance. Stefan can fix it up for us as penance when he returns from the hedonism of Amsterdam.
Attachment 1: FIRE_BLOWER.jpg
FIRE_BLOWER.jpg
  968   Fri Sep 19 00:06:54 2008 ranaUpdateIOOMC_F: Too much frequency noise around 100 Hz
WE noticed this excess again in MC_F. We tried recentering the WFS, but no effect.

Also no effect from changing the FSS gain, PMC gain, or ISS gain.

Actually, there IS a change when changing the PMC gain -- the ISS can be made to saturate
by lowering the PMC gain by 10 dB. Jenne and I need to finish off the PMC loop.

10 kHz UGF or bust!
Attachment 1: mcf.png
mcf.png
  969   Fri Sep 19 00:18:14 2008 ranaUpdateComputerssvn is old
linux2:mDV>ssh nodus
Password:
Last login: Fri Sep 19 00:11:44 2008 from gwave-69.ligo.c
Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.9       Generic May 2002
nodus:~>c
nodus:caltech>cd apps/
nodus:apps>cd mDV
nodus:mDV>svn update
svn: This client is too old to work with working copy '.'; please get a newer Subversion client
nodus:mDV>whoami
controls
nodus:mDV>uname -a
SunOS nodus 5.9 Generic_118558-39 sun4u sparc SUNW,A70 Solaris
nodus:mDV>pwd
/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/mDV
nodus:mDV>
Frown
  971   Fri Sep 19 08:09:55 2008 steveUpdatePSLpsl HEPAs turned on
I have just turned on the PSL HEPA filters at 60% operational speed.
  972   Fri Sep 19 09:49:42 2008 YoichiUpdateComputerssvn is old
The problem below is fixed now.
The cause was .svn/entries and .svn/format had wrong version number "9" where it had to be "8".
I changed those files in all the sub-directories. Now svn up runs fine.
I don't know how this version discrepancy happened.



Quote:
linux2:mDV>ssh nodus
Password:
Last login: Fri Sep 19 00:11:44 2008 from gwave-69.ligo.c
Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.9       Generic May 2002
nodus:~>c
nodus:caltech>cd apps/
nodus:apps>cd mDV
nodus:mDV>svn update
svn: This client is too old to work with working copy '.'; please get a newer Subversion client
nodus:mDV>whoami
controls
nodus:mDV>uname -a
SunOS nodus 5.9 Generic_118558-39 sun4u sparc SUNW,A70 Solaris
nodus:mDV>pwd
/cvs/cds/caltech/apps/mDV
nodus:mDV>
Frown
  974   Fri Sep 19 11:48:14 2008 steveUpdateComputers old hubs can make one happy
Joseph finds a XIX century bottle neck hub: CentreCOM 3624TR 10Base-T
and happily replaces it with Netgear GS724T 1000Base-T
Attachment 1: P1020934.jpg
P1020934.jpg
  975   Mon Sep 22 12:06:58 2008 robUpdateSUSITMY UL OSEM


Last week I found the ITMY UL OSEM dead. I went around and checked the connections on the various flat ribbon cables
in the suspension control chain; pushing hard on the rack end of the long cable that goes from the sus electronics rack to the
ITMY sat amplifier fixed the problem. It's been fine since then.

NB: A visual inspection of the cable connection would not have revealed a problem. You just can't trust those flat
ribbon connectors with the hook latches.
  978   Mon Sep 22 18:54:54 2008 JenneUpdatePSLPMC transfer functions with various brick-on-top configurations
Attached below is a graphical summary of different things that I have tried putting on the PMC to reduce the noise in the loop. The motivation behind these measurements is the current inability here at the 40m to increase the UGF of the PMC. This is part of a broader ISS loop/gain/noise problem that we are having, which is causing Rob's locking efforts to have trouble. (The ISS is next on the to-do list, after we find the best configuration for the PMC, if we are still having problems). Right now, it looks like we are being limited by the gain of the PMC (as mentioned by Rana in elog #968).

Anyhow, Rana and I had noticed that piling heavy things on top of the PMC seemed to reduce the noise. What follows are the transfer functions that I took with the different items on top of the PMC, so that we can compare their effects:
  • Nothing on the PMC (like it used to be)
  • New ~14kg lead brick wrapped in copper foil on top of the PMC
  • A stack of a piece of aluminum, a chunk of steel, and then the lead brick on top of the PMC
  • The lead brick + Rob pushing on top of the PMC

Unfortunately, I need to retake the power spectra in these configurations, but from eye-balling it, as one might expect, pushing on the PMC with a hand added more noise than the nominal nothing-on-PMC configuration.

Also unfortunately, none of these configurations seems to have significantly helped our noise reduction situation. We need a new plan. Rana is currently trying out some other configurations, including just aluminum+brick.

Attached is an open loop gain TF from 100Hz - 100kHz. Below that is a zoomed-in version from 5kHz - 30kHz. As you can see more clearly in the zoomed in version, the notch that Rana put onto the board at ~14.5kHz is working, but we need to make the notch deeper, to catch more of that 14.5kHz peak. We're going to try removing the resistor or reducing it's value in the RLC filter on the board (see elog #906). Also, we see that there is a giant peak at 18.3kHz. This is probably much more limiting to our stability at this point than the 14.5kHz peak. We need to add another filter to take care of this, or find another way to reduce this peak. Note that it is present even when there is no brick on the PMC, so it is not an artifact of the new brick.
Attachment 1: PMC_OLG_100Hz_to_100kHz.png
PMC_OLG_100Hz_to_100kHz.png
Attachment 2: PMC_OLG_5kHz_to_30kHz.png
PMC_OLG_5kHz_to_30kHz.png
  979   Mon Sep 22 20:00:35 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: running measurement
I'm leaving the X arm locked on the TEm01 mode while a measurement is running. Just please wait for 40 minute if you need the interferometer tonight.
  981   Mon Sep 22 21:54:05 2008 ranaUpdateASSNew Wiener result with x10 gain in ACC
The 2 attached PDF files show the performance of the Wiener filter code on 2 hours of data
with a 4000 tap filter on 64 Hz data. All 6 accelerometers around the MC and the Ranger seismometer
were used.

I attribute the improved performance in the 3-10 Hz band to the better SNR of the ACC channels. To
do better below 1 Hz we need the Guralps.
Attachment 1: f.pdf
f.pdf f.pdf
  984   Tue Sep 23 11:17:59 2008 steveUpdatePSLPMC scattering spot
The PMC output side has a new madly scattering spot at chamfer 2 o'clock position
Attachment 1: rainbow.png
rainbow.png
Attachment 2: pmcclip.png
pmcclip.png
  985   Tue Sep 23 13:25:07 2008 robUpdateLockinga bit better
I've been spending time working on the short DOF loops (PRC,MICH,SRC) in an attempt to make the
initial stage of lock acquisition (the DRMI+2ARMs, no spring) better. This seems to have been
largely successful, as last night there were several locks of the DRMI+2ARMs with pretty short
wait times.

The output matrix for the short DOFs is a bit strange, though. The MICH->PRM element is about
3 times too small, which seems to indicate something broken in hardware. The MICH->SRM element
seems normal, though, which suggests the BS is isn't broken--either the PRM has had a sudden
actuation increase or it's a problem with the sensing.
  987   Wed Sep 24 17:57:04 2008 AlbertoUpdateGeneralABSL: FSS Slow Actuator Control
Rana, Alberto

Today when I started working with the PLL that I use to control the secondary laser on the ABSL experiment, I found that the beat between the two lasers was at a much higher temperature of NPRO than usual (about one Celsius Degrees higher, 49.79 instead of 48.7). It turned out that the main beam frequency had changed, and so had its frequency, because of a too much high value of the slow actuator gain on the FSS. We looked at the trend for the gain and noticed it had changed from 0.3 to 3 at about noon today. We brought it back to the old value and also optimized the single gains in the FSS slow servo to obtain a faster and stabler response to step changes in the laser temperature.

It is very important for the ABSL experiment that the frequency and the NPRO temperature of the main laser do not change.

** update:
you asked for:   diff 2008/09/25,0:00 2008/09/25,8:50:19 utc 'FSS[-_]SLOW'
LIGO controls: differences, 2008 09/25 00:00:00 utc vs. 2008 09/25 08:50:19 utc
__Epics_Channel_Name______   __Description__________   __value1____     __value2____
C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWKD                                      0.000000         0.001000
C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWKI                                     -0.001000        -0.001700
C1:PSL-FSS_SLOWKP                                     -0.000300        -0.001000

It seemed later that it was not being cool with the derivative gain up at -0.001, so I set it to zero. We really need some documentation on this
loop (e.g. pseudo code and a PID tuning procedure). Note that the PID record as documented in the EPICS Reference Manual
has been deprecated and so we run a perl script that Tobin wrote.
  991   Thu Sep 25 10:48:29 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLFSS calibration again
I did a calibration of the FSS error signal again with a different method.
This time, I swept the laser frequency with the NPRO PZT around a resonance.
The attached figures show the transmitted light power and the PDH error signal vs the applied voltage to the PZT.
From the width of the transmitted light power peak, we can obtain the PZT voltage to the laser frequency coefficient,
i.e. the HWHM (Half Width Half Maximum) equals to the FSR (38kHz).
Once the PZT is calibrated, the PDH error signal can be calibrated by the fitting the central slope with a line.

I repeated the measurement 8 times and fitted the obtained data to get the HWHM and the slope.
The results are the following:
PZT calibration = 6.3 +/-0.1 MHz/V
PDH calibration = 6.5 +/-0.5 kHz/V

Note:
(1) The calibration coefficient (6.5kHz/V) is almost consistent with the previous value (6.83kHz/V elog:958). However, that calibration
used a considerably different value for the PZT calibration (11.172MHz/V elog:791). The discrepancy in the PZT calibration is understandable
because my previous PZT calibration was very rough. The fact that the two calibrations still agree is a mystery.

(2) In the transmitted power curve, there seems to be a slight distortion, probably due to the thermal effect.
We should reduce the power to the reference cavity to remove this effect.

(3) This measurement was done after Peter installed his RF source. The demodulation phase had not yet been optimized. We should
repeat the calibration after he optimizes the phase.

(4) I used the Tektronix oscilloscope for the measurement.
Using the ethernet-wireless converter, you can connect the scope to the network from anywhere in the lab.
No hard wire required anymore.
Then you can download the data from a web browser. It is cool !
Attachment 1: PDTrans.png
PDTrans.png
Attachment 2: PDHsignal.png
PDHsignal.png
  993   Thu Sep 25 15:24:05 2008 YoichiUpdateIOOMC_F VCO calibration
I calibrated the VCO driving the AOM for the AO path of the MC feedback.

I injected DC voltage to the VCO and measured the output frequency with the SR620.

The attached plot shows the relation between the input voltage to the VCO and the output frequency.
The coefficient is 1.75MHz/V. Since the AOM is double path, the actual actuation efficiency is 3.5MHz/V.
We can use this value for the calibration of the MC_F. However, the MC_F DAQ channel is sampling the VCO input voltage through a 10Hz high-pass filter.
This filter has to be taken into account to convert the MC_F counts to frequency.
I will measure the transfer function from the VCO input to the MC_F counts tomorrow.
Attachment 1: VCO_Cal.png
VCO_Cal.png
  995   Fri Sep 26 00:19:54 2008 JenneUpdatePSLFilter-action with the PMC
Written, but not posted on 24Sept2008:



PMC adventures for this evening



Today's mission was to make more progress on increasing the bandwidth of the PMC servo.



First order of business was to improve the performance of the 14.6kHz notch that Rana put in the PMC servo board a few weeks ago to remove the 14.6kHz body mode resonance of the PMC. Looking at the zoomed in TF that I posted Monday (elog #978), we see that there is still a remnant of a peak near 14.5kHz. A first gut-reaction is that the notch is not tuned properly, that we have just missed the peak. As previously noted in the elog, the peak that we are trying to notch out is at 14.68kHz (elog #874). By unlocking the PMC and measuring the transfer function between FP2 and OutMon (OutMon is the monitor for the high voltage going to the PMC's PZT), I measure the transfer function of the notch, and find that it is notching at 14.63kHz. So we're a teensy bit off, but the Q of the notch is such that we're still getting improvement at the peak frequency. After checking that we are hitting the correct frequency, I put a short (just some wire) around R21, which is the R in the RLC notch filter, to increase the depth of the notch. At the peak frequency of 14.68kHz, we see a 2.5dB improvement of the notch. At the actual notch frequency of 14.63kHz, we see a 3.2dB increase in the depth of the notch. So, shorting R21 helped a little, but not a lot. Also, it's clear that we don't get that much more improvement by being on the resonant frequency, so there's no need to go in and tune the notch on the board.



Second order of business was to investigate the 18.34kHz peak in the transfer function. (Rana spent some time Monday night measuring this peak, and determined that it was at 18.34kHz) We decided that the best plan was to re-implement the Pomona Box notch filter that had previously existed to remove a higher frequency body mode, but tuned for the 18.34kHz mode. I am still not entirely sure what this mode is, but clearly it's a problem by about 20dB (on the TF, the next highest peak is 20dB below the 18.34kHz peak). Unfortunately, while the components should, by Matlab calculations, give me an 18.3kHz notch, I ended up with something like a 21.7kHz notch. This notch is approximately -30dB at 21.7kHz, and -20dB at 18.3kHz. I still need to take transfer functions and power spectra of the PMC servo with this new filter in place to (a) confirm that it did some good, and (b) to determine how important it is that the notch be right-on. More likely than not, I'll take the filter out and fiddle with the capacitors until I get the correct notch frequency.



Third on the list was to lock everything back up (FSS, PMC) after my tinkering, and see what kind of gain we get. Rob and I fiddled with the PMC gain, and it looks like the servo oscillates just before we get up to the max slider gain of 30dB. Looking at the power spectra in DTT, we do not see any significant peaks that suggest oscillation, so it is likely that there is some investigation to be done at frequencies above the 7kHz that we were able to look at with DTT (which isn't surprising, since all of this work has been at 14kHz and higher).



A final note is that we see a feature around 9kHz in the transfer function, and it is not at all clear where it comes from. At this time, it does not seem to be the dominant feature preventing us from increasing the gain, but at some point if we want the bandwidth of the PMC servo to be 10kHz, we'll have to figure this one out.



Still on the PMC todo list:


  • Measure the new transfer function, see if 18.34kHz peak is reduced

  • Tune Pomona Box notch filter to 18.3kHz instead of the current 21.7kHz

  • Retake power spectra of different items on top of PMC, compare to see if there is any one configuration that it obviously better than the others.

  • Find out why the PMC still oscillates when we try to take it up to the max slider gain, and fix it.

PS, is anyone else having trouble getting to the elog from laptops on other parts of the Caltech network (but not LIGO network)? My laptop won't go to the elog, but I can get to the rest of the internet using the Caltech wireless. My computer stopped seeing the elog on Tuesday or so. Joe, do you have any inspiration? Thanks.
  996   Fri Sep 26 09:05:47 2008 steveUpdateSUSMC2 damping restored
The MC2 sus damping was restored.
  998   Fri Sep 26 16:08:39 2008 robUpdateLockingsome progress
There's been good progress in locking the last couple of nights. A lot of time was wasted before I found that
all the SUS{POS,PIT,YAW} damping gains on the SRM were set to 0.1 for some reason, which let it get rung up
just a bit during bang locking. After setting these gains to 0.5 (similar to PRM and BS), the initial lock
acquisition of DRMI+2ARMs (nospring) got much quicker. Then more time was wasted by sticky sliders on the
transmon QPD whitening gain, causing the Schmitt triggered HI/LO gain PD switch not to happen. This meant
that the arm power was not reported properly when the CARM offset was reduced, and so loop gain normalizations
were not working properly. After all this, by the end of the night last night, reduced the CARM offset such
that stored power in the arms was about half of the max. Should be able to get to full power with another
good night, and then back to springy locking.
  999   Fri Sep 26 16:13:57 2008 ranaUpdateIOOMC_L / MC_F crossover
We were trying to understand why the FAST_F signal had such large excursions (~1V ~ 5 MHz).

Some of this is due to the seismic noise and the resulting MC_F signals. Increasing the MCL
gain reduces it somewhat. But as you can see from the attached loop gain measurement, the
crossover is a healthy 90 Hz with the MCL digital gain = 1. But what's going on in the MC loop
in the 10-20 Hz band? That looks like bad news.

Then I noticed that changing the ISS gain slider puts a large step (~1V) into the FAST. My guess
is that the board has large DC offsets and also much of the switching supply noise. Not sure why
this would be worse than before though.

To prevent large noise in the FAST, I've changed the mcup script to set this gain to -5 dB. Our
intensity noise is now presumably 10-15 dB worse than the nominal good levels we had a year ago.
Needs investigation.
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  1000   Fri Sep 26 18:35:17 2008 JenneUpdatePSLPMC filter is out for tuning
The PMC's new Pomona Box filter is out for tuning. I'd like to get the notch right on the 18.3kHz, rather than being off in 21.7kHz land.
  1002   Fri Sep 26 19:18:39 2008 JenneUpdateIOOMC2 is having a bad day
As Steve mentioned earlier in today's elog, MC2 keeps ringing up for no clear reason. It is definitely only MC2 that is ringing up, since it's sensors will read several hundreds of counts, while all the other optics are at regular 2 counts and below on the Watchdog screen.

Preliminary investigation results: Around the time of these "kick up" events, the Ranger seismometer does not see any motion, nor does the set of accelerometers under the MC1 chamber. The set of accelerometers under the MC2 chamber do see activity that is at the same time as these events. These events are not caused just by someone walking around, since Rana went inside and clunked around near MC2 while I watched the sensor levels. MC2's watchdog did not trip.

For further investigation: Why is it that only the MC2 accelerometers are seeing the motion? Similarly, why is MC2 the only optic being kicked? Has anyone done anything lately to the MC2 stack?
  1004   Mon Sep 29 11:17:14 2008 steveUpdateSAFETYhorizontal viewports are protected with lexan
The four horizontal viewports of arms are protected
by 3/8" thick, 8.5" OD Lexan disk of MR10 Polycarbonate.

ITMX, ETMX, ITMY and ETMY ccd cameras are not focused now.
  1007   Mon Sep 29 15:09:36 2008 steveUpdatePSLalmost 4 yrs plot of power & temps
The water chiller is normally running 1.5 C warmer than the laser head temp.
When control room temp is stable and PEM-count_temp is stable we can expect the head temp to be stable 20.0 C

PSL-126MOPA_HTEMP is running warmer in the last ~40 days

The ifo arm thermostate temp settings were raised by 2 F on 8-11-08
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  1008   Mon Sep 29 17:53:33 2008 YoichiUpdatePSLISS update
ISS has been saturating easily.
Today I opened the PSL enclosure to inspect the ISS box. Then I found that the sensor PD was disconnected from the box.
I don't know for how long it has been like this, but it is clearly bad.
I connected the PD and I was able to increase the ISS gain to 0dB (from -5dB).
When I turned off the FSS, I was able to increase the gain further up to 8dB. So the FSS must have been doing something bad to the laser intensity.
The FSS fast path did not get huge kicks when ISS was turned on as observed before. But still the FSS fast signal is wondering around about +/-0.3V.
It does not stop wondering even when the ISS is turned off (even if the CS drive cable is physically disconnected).
I will try to optimize the slow servo.

After Peter tried to optimize the demodulation phase of the FSS (see his entry), I was able to increase the ISS gain to 8dB even with the FSS running.
I haven't fully understood what is behind this behavior.

To investigate what is going on in the ISS, I opened the box and inspected the circuit.
I found many innovative implementations of electric circuit components. See the attached photo. It is a three dimensional mounting of
a surface mount AD602 !
Anyway, the board is somewhat different from the schematic found in the DCC. But I roughly followed the circuit.
I will measure open loop TFs and various signals to see how we can improve the ISS.
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  1009   Tue Sep 30 13:43:43 2008 robUpdateLockinglast night
Steady progress again in locking again last night. Initial acquisition of DRMI+2ARMs was working well.
Short DOF handoff, CARM->MCL, AO on PO_DC, and power ramping all worked repeatedly, in the cm_step script.
This takes us to the point where the common mode servo is handed off to an RF signal and the CARM offset
is reduced to zero. This last step didn't work, but it should just require some tweaking of the gains
during the handoff.
  1010   Tue Sep 30 19:50:27 2008 JenneUpdatePSLQuicky Summary - more details later
Quicky summary for now, more details later tonight / tomorrow morning:

PMC notch: It's tuned up, but it is out, and it is staying out. It looks like the 18.3kHz junk isn't being helped by the brick, in fact the brick makes it worse. And the notch isn't enough to make the peak go away. Rana's and my conclusions about the PMC: the 18.3kHz resonance is associated with the way the PMC touches its mount. Depending on where we push (very gently, not much pressure) on the PMC, we can make the peak come and go. Also, if the PMC happens to be set nicely on its ball bearings, the peak doesn't appear. More notes on this later.

PMC's RF modulation depth: Since with the PMC's brick off, and the PMC sitting nicely on its ball bearings, we don't see any crazy oscillations, we were able to take the gain slider on the PMC screen all the way up to 30dB. To give us more range, we changed the modulation depth of the RF to 2V, from its previous value of 1V.

Phase of PMC servo: Since the phase of the PMC servo hasn't been set in a while, I eyeballed it, and set the phase to: Phase Flip = 180, Phase Slider = 4.8000 . I measured many points, and will plot a calibration curve later.

I also measured the actual value of the RF out of the PMC's LO board, when changing the RF output adjust slider. Again, will post the calibration later.

The attached PNG shows the PMC spectra from now and from Aug. 30 (ref). As you can see there's been some good reduction in the acoustic noise (red v. orange). The large change in the error signal is because of the much higher gain in the servo now. We'll have to redo this plot once Jenne measures the new UGF.
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  1011   Wed Oct 1 00:24:54 2008 ranaUpdateLockinglast night
I had mistakenly left the MC boost off during my FAST investigations. The script is now restored.

The ISS is still saturating with gains higher than -5 dB. We need to request a PeterK / Stefan consult in the morning.

Also found the MZ gain down at -10 dB around midnight - need an alarm on that value.
  1012   Wed Oct 1 02:10:03 2008 ranaUpdateIOOMZ is going bad
Here's a 2 day trend of the MZ. You can see that there is something bad with ERR - it should really be going to zero.

Also LODET is dead. We need to rejuvinate LODET somehow.

The next plot is a 90 day hour-trend of the same signals. You can see that LODET came back to us between
September 10 and 19 ??? I looked at a 4 year trend and it seems that this signal has always been zero
(nice use of disk space) except for a few days in Nov of 06 and then whatever happend on Sep 10.
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  1013   Wed Oct 1 02:47:53 2008 ranaUpdatePSLPSL ERR & LODET: Too much offset
Looks like there is an anomolous mixer offset correlated with the increase in the LO level. This may be leading to crazy offset locking in the FSS and too much coupling from ISS to FSS.
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  1014   Wed Oct 1 02:54:03 2008 robUpdateLockingbad

Tried the spring-y side tonight with a discouraging lack of progress. There were several locks of DRMI+2ARMs with
the +f2 (springy) sideband resonating in the DRM, but they weren't very stable. Moving to just the DRMI and resonating
the +f2, in order to tune up the acquisition and the handoff to the double demod signals, revealed the problem that the
DRM just won't stay locked on the +f2 sideband. It locks quickly, but only for a few seconds. This is different from the
behaviour with the -f2 sideband, which locks quickly and stably. In theory, the two sidebands should behave similarly.
It could be problems with HOMs in the recycling cavities, and so we may try changing the modulation frequency slightly.
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