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  1607   Tue May 19 15:57:07 2009 steveUpdateIOOMC2 damping restored after EQ

  Earthquake mag 4.0 at Lennox, Ca     trips MC2 watchdogs       http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/ci10411545.html

See 40m accelerometers as they see it.

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  1610   Wed May 20 01:41:19 2009 peteUpdateVACcryopump probably not it

I found some neat signal analysis software for my mac (http://www.faberacoustical.com/products/), and took a spectrum of the ambient noise coming from the cryopump.  The two main noise peaks from that bad boy were nowhere near 3.7 kHz.

  1611   Wed May 20 01:53:48 2009 rob, peteUpdateLockingviolin mode filters in drstep_bang

Recently the watch script was having difficulty grabbing a lock for more than a few seconds.  Rob discovered that the violin notch filters which were activated in the script were causing the instability.  We're not sure why yet.  The script seems significantly more stable with that step commented out.

  1612   Wed May 20 09:55:18 2009 steveUpdatePEMoplev servos turned off

All oplevs servos turned off to protect our suspentions from vibration due to drilling and pounding in CES high bay area.

This activity will be done from 10 am till 3 pm today.

 

Meanwhile our IFO-air conditions are turned off for maintenance.

Their performance of 6 months is shown on plot.

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  1616   Thu May 21 18:05:03 2009 peteUpdateSUSETMX coils look OK

Quote:

I checked the four rear coils on ETMX by exciting XXCOIL_EXC channel in DTT with amplitude 1000@ 500 Hz and observing the oplev PERROR and YERROR channels.  Each coil showed a clear signal in PERROR, about 2e-6 cts.  Anyway, the coils passed this test.

 

 I also made xfer fctns of the 4 piston coils on ETMY and ETMX with OL_PIT.  (I looked at all 4 even though the attached plot only shows three.)  So it looks ike the coils are OK.

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  1617   Thu May 21 18:07:32 2009 ranaUpdatePSLScrew on Needle valve loosened
Alberto and I went in to loosen up the needle valve yesterday around 4:30 PM. The idea was to cut down on
the flow to the NPRO so that the cooling power of the chiller would be used almost entirely on the
amplifier instead of the NPRO block.

The need valve was basically all the way open. The lock nut was screwed in all the way and stuck. By using
pliers and a wrench for the nut, we freed the lock nut. Even so, the screw for the needle valve seemed to
be bad: I think the thread is stripped; it doesn't go down even after several turns. I even tried to squirt
alchohol on it and really press down in the hopes of catching a thread. It may have closed slightly but its
impossible to be sure.

I also increased the NPRO diode current to the max (+0.1 A). This got us a little bit of NPRO power and
I hope some more AMPMON stability. The attached plot shows 4 days of minute trend. If you squint you
might believe that we got some suppression in the HTEMP fluctuations over the last two days.
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  1620   Fri May 22 01:27:14 2009 peteUpdateSUS200 days of MC3 side

Looks like something went nuts in late April.  We have yet to try a hard reboot.

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  1621   Fri May 22 17:03:14 2009 rob, steveUpdatePSLMOPA takes a holiday

The MOPA is taking the long weekend off.

Steve went out to wipe off the condensation inside the MOPA and found beads of water inside the NPRO box, perilously close to the PCB board.  He then measured the water temperature at the chiller head, which is 6C.  We decided to "reboot" the MOPA/chiller combo, on the off chance that would get things synced up.  Upon turning off the MOPA, the neslab chiller display immediately started displaying the correct temperature--about 6C.  The 22C number must come from the MOPA controller.  We thus tentatively narrowed down the possible space of problems to: broken MOPA controller and/or clog in the cooling line going to the power amplifier.  We decided to leave the MOPA off for the weekend, and start plumbing on Tuesday.  It is of course possible that the controller is the problem, but we think leaving the laser off over the weekend is the best course of action.

 

 

  1622   Fri May 22 17:05:24 2009 rob, peteUpdateComputershard reboot of vertex suspension controllers

we did a hard reboot of c1susvme1, c1susvme2, c1sosvme, and c1susaux.  We are hoping this will fix some of the weird suspension issues we've been having (MC3 side coil, ITMX alignment).

  1623   Sun May 24 11:24:08 2009 robUpdateComputerselog restarted

I just restarted the elog.  It was crashed for unknown reasons.  The restarting instructions are in the wiki.

  1624   Mon May 25 21:31:47 2009 carynUpdatePEMplugged in Guralp channels

Guralp Vert1b and Guralp EW1b are plugged back in to PEM ADCU #10 and #12 respectively. Guralp NS1b remains plugged in. So,  PEM-SEIS_MC1_X,Y,Z should now corrsp to seismometer as before.

  1625   Tue May 26 17:05:44 2009 robUpdatePSLMOPA re-activated

steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

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  1626   Tue May 26 17:34:14 2009 robUpdatePSLMOPA re-deactivated

Quote:

steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

 Rob, Alberto

The chiller HT alarm started blinking, as the water temperature had reached 40 degrees C, and was still rising.  We turned off the MOPA and the chiller.  Maybe we need to open the needle valve a bit more?  Or maybe the flow needs to be reversed?  The labels on the MOPA are backwards?

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  1627   Wed May 27 10:54:09 2009 robUpdatePSLwe don't understand the chiller (broken)

Quote:

Quote:

steve, rob, alberto

 

Steve installed two rotary flow meters into the MOPA chiller system--one at the chiller flow output and one in the NPRO cooling line.  After some hijinks, we discovered that the long, insulated chiller lines have the same labels at each end.  This means that if you match up the labels at the chiller end, at the MOPA end you need switch labels: out goes to in and vice-versa.  This means that, indubitably, we have at some point had the flow going backwards through the MOPA, though I'm not sure if that would make much of a difference. 

Steve also installed a new needle valve in the NPRO cooling line, which works as expected as confirmed by the flow meter. 

We also re-discovered that the 40m procedures manual contains an error.  To turn on the chiller in the MOPA start-up process, you have to press ON, then RS-232, then ENTER.  The proc man says ON, RS-232, RUN/STOP.

The laser power is at 1.5W and climbing.

 Rob, Alberto

The chiller HT alarm started blinking, as the water temperature had reached 40 degrees C, and was still rising.  We turned off the MOPA and the chiller.  Maybe we need to open the needle valve a bit more?  Or maybe the flow needs to be reversed?  The labels on the MOPA are backwards?

 The chiller appears to be broken.  We currently have it on, with both the SENSOR and RS-232 unplugged.  It's running, circulating water, and the COOL led is illuminated.  But the temperature is not going down.  The exhaust out the back is not particularly warm.  We think this means the refrigeration unit has broken, or the chiller computer is not communicating with the refrigerator/heat exchanger.  Regardless, we may need a new chiller and a new laser.

  1628   Wed May 27 15:59:44 2009 robUpdatePSLwe don't understand the chiller (broken)

steve, alberto, rob

After some futzing around with the chiller, we have come to the tentative conclusion that the refrigeration unit is not working.  Steve called facilities to try to get them to recharge the refrigerant (R-404a) tomorrow, and we're also calling around for a spare chiller somewhere in the project (without luck so far).

  1629   Thu May 28 14:34:25 2009 robUpdatePSLchiller diagnosis

Quote:

steve, alberto, rob

After some futzing around with the chiller, we have come to the tentative conclusion that the refrigeration unit is not working.  Steve called facilities to try to get them to recharge the refrigerant (R-404a) tomorrow, and we're also calling around for a spare chiller somewhere in the project (without luck so far).

 The repair man thinks it's a bad start capacitor, which is 240uF at 120V.  Steve has ordered a new one which should be here tomorrow, and with luck we'll have lasing by tomorrow afternoon.

  1630   Thu May 28 18:41:26 2009 steveUpdatePSLthe saga of the chiller is ending

I drained the water and removed side covers from the Neslab RTE 140 refrigerated water cooler unit this morning. The hoses to the laser were disconnected.

This abled you to see the little window of refregerant  R404A was free of bubles, meaning: no recharge was needed.

The circulator bath was refilled with 7 liters of Arrowhead distilled water and the unit was turned on.

The water temp was kept 20.00+- .05C without any load. Finally the AC-repair man Paul showed up.

He measured the R404A level to be as specified: 23-24 PSI on the suction side and 310 PSI on the discharge side.

The unit was working fine. Paul found an intermittently functioning starting capacitor on the compressor  that was removed.

The 240 micro Farad 120VAC cap will arrive tomorrow

  1631   Fri May 29 18:57:09 2009 steveUpdatePSLthe laser is back

Steve, Rob and Alberto

 

Starting capacitor 216 miroFarad was installed on the compressor. Water lines were connected to the MOPA as corrected, so the flow meter readings are logical.

Now IN means flowing water in the direction of black arrow on the hose.

We struggled with the Neslab presetting:  temp, bauds rate  and other  unknowns  till Rob found the M6000 manual on Peter king's website.

Alberto realized that the chiller temp had to be reset to 20C on water chiller.

I put 1mg of Chloramin T into the water to restrict the growth of algae in the bath.

The NPRO heat sink  was around ~20C without flow meter wheel rotation  and the PA body ~25C by touch of a finger

I just opened up the needle valve a litle bit so the flow meter wheel would started rotating slowly.

That small glitch at the end of this 3 hrs plot shows this adjustment.

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  1633   Sat May 30 12:03:34 2009 robUpdatePSLMC locked

I locked to PSL loops, then tweaked the alignment of the MC to get it to lock. 

I first steering MC1 until all the McWFS quads were saturated.  This got the MC locking in a 01 mode.  So I steered MC1 a little more till it was 00.  Then I steered MC2 to increase the power a little bit.  After that, I just enabled the MC autolocker.

  1634   Sat May 30 12:36:52 2009 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2, c1iscex running late

c1susvme2 has been running just a bit late for about a week.  I rebooted it. 

The plot shows SRM_FE_SYNC, which is the number of times in the last second that c1susvme2 was late for the 16k cycle.   Similarly for ETMX.

 

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  1635   Mon Jun 1 13:25:00 2009 robUpdateComputersc1susvme2, c1iscex running late

Quote:

c1susvme2 has been running just a bit late for about a week.  I rebooted it. 

The plot shows SRM_FE_SYNC, which is the number of times in the last second that c1susvme2 was late for the 16k cycle.   Similarly for ETMX.

 

 

The reboot appears to have worked.

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  1636   Mon Jun 1 13:56:52 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLLaser Power after fixing the laser chiller

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

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  1639   Mon Jun 1 15:01:31 2009 ranaUpdatePSLLaser Power after fixing the laser chiller: more traces
If you look at the correlation between RMTEMP and HTEMP, you see what we knew: namely that there
was a 1:1 correlation before. After the chiller fix, I can see no correlation between the room and
amplifier temperature at the resolution of 10:1. So the chiller loop has a gain > 10 at 24 hour time
scales.

I don't understand why the PMC looks more stable.
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  1640   Mon Jun 1 19:19:26 2009 ranaUpdatePSL1000 days of hour-trend
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  1641   Tue Jun 2 02:28:58 2009 peteUpdateLockingDD handoff work

alberto, pete

 

We worked on tuning the DD handoff tonight.  We checked the DD PD alignments and they looked fine.  First I tuned the 3 demod phases to minimize offsets.  Then I noticed that the post-handoff MICH xfer function needed an increase in gain to look like the pre-handoff xfer function (which has a UGF of about 25 Hz).  I increased the MICH PD9_Q gain from 2 to 7 in the input matrix.   But, the handoff to PRC still failed, so tomorrow we will try to find out why.

In the plot, ref0 is before MICH handoff, and ref1 is after MICH handoff.  There is also a PRC trace (before PRC handooff).

 

 

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

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

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

  1645   Wed Jun 3 03:22:16 2009 peteUpdateLockingDD handoff

Rana, Alberto, Pete

We have the DD handoff nominally working.  Sometimes, increasing the SRC gain at the end makes MICH get unstable.  This could be due to a non-diagonal term in the matrix, or possibly because the DRM locks in a funky mode sometimes. 

To get the DD handoff working, first we tuned demod phases in order to zero the offsets in the PD signals handed-off-to.  Based on transer function measurements, I set the PRC PD6_I element to 0.1, and set the PD8_I signal to 0, since it didn't seem to be contributing much.  We also commented out the MICH gain increase at the end of the DD_handoff script.

It could still be more stable, but it seems to work most of the time.

 

 

  1646   Wed Jun 3 03:30:52 2009 ranaUpdateMOPANPRO current adjust
I increased the NPRO's current to the max allowed via EPICS before the chiller shutdown. Yesterday, I did this
again just to see the effect. It is minimal.

If we trust the LMON as a proportional readout of the NPRO power, the current increase from 2.3 to 2.47 A gave us
a power boost from 525 to 585 mW (a factor of 1.11). The corresponding change in MOPA output is 2.4 to 2.5 W
( a factor of 1.04).

Therefore, I conclude that the amplifier's pump has degraded so much that it is partially saturating on the NPRO
side. So the intensity noise from NPRO should also be suppressed by a similar factor.

We should plan to replace this old MOPA with a 2 W Innolight NPRO and give the NPRO from this MOPA back to the
bridge labs. We can probably get Eric G to buy half of our new NPRO as a trade in credit.
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  1647   Wed Jun 3 11:28:01 2009 carynUpdatePEMUnplugged Guralp channels
  1648   Wed Jun 3 12:31:13 2009 carynUpdatePEMplugged in guralp channels
  1649   Wed Jun 3 18:55:27 2009 ranaUpdateCOCsnapshot of upgrade layout
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  1651   Thu Jun 4 15:53:15 2009 steveUpdatePSLNPRO cooling flowrate adjusted

The Neslab chiller is working well. It's temp display shows 20.0 C rock solid. Flow meter rotating at 13.5Hz at the out put of the chiller.

The MOPA temp was measured with a hand held thermocouple . The  PA was  34 C and 29 C at NPRO heat sink.

The NPRO flow meter was not rotating at this time. There was just trickeling water flow though the meter.

I closed the needle valve this point. It needed 8 turns clockwise. This drives head temp to 19.9 C

Than I opened the needle valve 9 turns and the flow meter wheel was  rotaing at ~ 1 Hz

We gained a little power. Can you explain this?

 

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  1652   Thu Jun 4 16:54:19 2009 peteUpdateLockingdaytime DD handoff

I played with the DD handoff during the day.  The DRM dark port was flickering like a candle flame in Dracula's castle.  The demod offsets for the handoff signals looked fine.  After MICH handoff, the MICH_CTRL started to get unstable at some low frequency, maybe 3 Hz (I didn't measure).  So I increased the MICH gain from 0.1 to 0.17 and it settled down.  PRC and SRC went fine.  Then the DD_handoff script raised the MICH gain to 0.7, and an instability started to grow in MICH_CTRL (at some higher frequency).  I decreased the MICH gain from 0.7 to 0.5, and it settled down and stayed stable.

  1653   Thu Jun 4 23:39:23 2009 peteUpdatePEM5 days, 20 days of accelerometers

Looks like yesterday was particularly noisy.  It's unclear to me why diurnal variation much more visible in MC1_Y, and why the floor wanders.

 

The first plot shows 5 days.  The second plot shows 20 days.

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  1654   Fri Jun 5 01:10:13 2009 rob, peteUpdateLockingundermined

We were stymied early in the evening by a surreptitiously placed, verbo-visually obfuscated command in the drstep script. 

  1655   Fri Jun 5 02:59:03 2009 pete, albertoUpdateLockingtdsavg failure in cm_step script

the command

tdsavg 5 C1:LSC-PD4_DC_IN1

was causing grievous woe in the cm_step script.  It turned out to fail intermittently at the command line, as did other LSC channels.  (But non-LSC channels seem to be OK.)  So we power cycled c1lsc (we couldn't ssh).

Then we noticed that computers were out of sync again (several timing fields said 16383 in the C0DAQ_RFMNETWORK screen).  We restarted c1iscey, c1iscex, c1lsc, c1susvme1, and c1susvme2.  The timing fields went back to 0.  But the tdsavg command still  intermittently said "ERROR: LDAQ - SendRequest - bad NDS status: 13".

The channel C1:LSC-SRM_OUT16 seems to work with tdsavg every time.

Let us know if you know how to fix this. 

 

  1656   Fri Jun 5 13:51:49 2009 robUpdateLockingtdsavg failure in cm_step script

Quote:

the command

tdsavg 5 C1:LSC-PD4_DC_IN1

was causing grievous woe in the cm_step script.  It turned out to fail intermittently at the command line, as did other LSC channels.  (But non-LSC channels seem to be OK.)  So we power cycled c1lsc (we couldn't ssh).

Then we noticed that computers were out of sync again (several timing fields said 16383 in the C0DAQ_RFMNETWORK screen).  We restarted c1iscey, c1iscex, c1lsc, c1susvme1, and c1susvme2.  The timing fields went back to 0.  But the tdsavg command still  intermittently said "ERROR: LDAQ - SendRequest - bad NDS status: 13".

The channel C1:LSC-SRM_OUT16 seems to work with tdsavg every time.

Let us know if you know how to fix this. 

 

 Did you try restarting the framebuilder?

 

What you type is in bold:

op440m> telnet fb40m 8087

daqd> shutdown

 

  1658   Fri Jun 5 17:22:55 2009 peteUpdateLockingdaytime locking

After fixing the tp problem, I tried locking again.  Grabbing and DD handoff, no problem.  Died earlier than last night, handing off CARM to REFL_DC, around arm power of 4 or so.  Seems to happen after turning off the moving zero, Rob says it might be touchy in daytime.

  1659   Sat Jun 6 01:44:53 2009 rob UpdateLocking?

Lock acquisition is proceeding smoothly for the most part, but there is a very consistent failure point near the end of the cm_step script.

Near the end of the procedure, while in RF common mode, the sensing for the MCL path of the common mode servo is transitioned from a REFL 166I signal which comes into the LSC whitening board from the demodulator, to another copy of the signal which has passed through the common mode board, and is coming out of the Length output of the common mode board.  We do this because the signal which comes through the CM board sees the switchable low-frequency boost filter, and so both paths of the CM servo (AO and MCL) can get that filter switched on at the same time.

The problem is occurring after this transition, which works reliably.  However, when the script tries to remove the final CARM offset, and bring the offset to zero, lock is abruptly lost.  DARM, CM, and the crossover all look stable, and no excess noise appears while looking at the DARM, CARM, MCF spectra.  But lock is always lost right about the same offset. 

Saturation somewhere?

  1660   Sun Jun 7 04:57:39 2009 YoichiUpdateLocking?

Quote:

Lock acquisition is proceeding smoothly for the most part, but there is a very consistent failure point near the end of the cm_step script.

Near the end of the procedure, while in RF common mode, the sensing for the MCL path of the common mode servo is transitioned from a REFL 166I signal which comes into the LSC whitening board from the demodulator, to another copy of the signal which has passed through the common mode board, and is coming out of the Length output of the common mode board.  We do this because the signal which comes through the CM board sees the switchable low-frequency boost filter, and so both paths of the CM servo (AO and MCL) can get that filter switched on at the same time.

The problem is occurring after this transition, which works reliably.  However, when the script tries to remove the final CARM offset, and bring the offset to zero, lock is abruptly lost.  DARM, CM, and the crossover all look stable, and no excess noise appears while looking at the DARM, CARM, MCF spectra.  But lock is always lost right about the same offset. 

Saturation somewhere?

 I've seen this before. At that time, the problem was gone spontaneously the next day.

You could stop just before the offset reaches zero and then try to slowly reduce the offset manually to see where is the threshold.

 

  1662   Tue Jun 9 11:29:07 2009 JenneUpdateoplevsMeasured ETMY oplev beam size...put everything back

I measured the ETMY oplev beam size at a couple different distances away from the HeNe by taking out the steering mirror and letting the light propagate a ways.  I put the steering mirror back, aligned the oplev, and was able to relock the Yarm, so I think it's all back as it has been the last couple of weeks.

 

Now I need t o do some geometry and ray-tracing matrices to decide what focal length lens to buy, then we'll have  a shiny new ETMY oplev. 

  1663   Tue Jun 9 23:25:24 2009 robUpdateLocking?

Quote:

Quote:

Lock acquisition is proceeding smoothly for the most part, but there is a very consistent failure point near the end of the cm_step script.

Near the end of the procedure, while in RF common mode, the sensing for the MCL path of the common mode servo is transitioned from a REFL 166I signal which comes into the LSC whitening board from the demodulator, to another copy of the signal which has passed through the common mode board, and is coming out of the Length output of the common mode board.  We do this because the signal which comes through the CM board sees the switchable low-frequency boost filter, and so both paths of the CM servo (AO and MCL) can get that filter switched on at the same time.

The problem is occurring after this transition, which works reliably.  However, when the script tries to remove the final CARM offset, and bring the offset to zero, lock is abruptly lost.  DARM, CM, and the crossover all look stable, and no excess noise appears while looking at the DARM, CARM, MCF spectra.  But lock is always lost right about the same offset. 

Saturation somewhere?

 I've seen this before. At that time, the problem was gone spontaneously the next day.

You could stop just before the offset reaches zero and then try to slowly reduce the offset manually to see where is the threshold.

 

 

Well, it hasn't gone away yet.  It happened Sat, Mon, and Tues afternoon, as well as Friday.  The threshold varies slightly, but is always around ~200-300 cnts.   I've tried reducing the offset with the signal coming from the CM board and the signal not going through the CM board, I've also tried jumping the signal to zero (rather than a gradual reduction). 

Tonight we'll measure the MC length and set the modulation frequencies, and maybe try some MZ tweaking to do RFAMMon minimization.    

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

Pete, Rob, Alberto,

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

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

We obtained: L = 27.092 +/- 0.001 m

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

33196450 Hz

132785800 Hz

165982250 Hz

199178700 Hz

 

  1665   Wed Jun 10 09:06:12 2009 steveUpdatePEMparticle counts and turbulance

I moved the mobile HEPA filter from ITMX's north door to ITMX-ISCT and covered it up with a merostate tent to accommodate the aluminum foil particle measurement on June 5

It lowered the 40m baseline counts by about a factor of 3 of 0.5 micron and a factor of 2 of 1.0 micron.

The HEPA filter is sweeping the floor and blowing the particles upwards. The MET ONE counter is on the top of the IOOC looking south at ~75 degrees upward.

 

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  1666   Wed Jun 10 09:28:14 2009 steveUpdatePSLPMC

The PMC alarm was on this morning. It was relocked at lower HV

The FSS_RMTEMP jumped 0.5 C so The PZT was compensating for it.

 

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

Pete, Alberto,

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

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

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

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

  1668   Thu Jun 11 14:54:18 2009 josephb, albertoUpdateComputersWireless network

After poking around for a few minutes several facts became clear:

1) At least one GPIB interface has a hard ethernet connection (and does not currently go through the wireless).

2) The wireless on the laptop works fine, since it can connect to the router.

3) The rest of the martian network cannot talk to the router.

This led to me replugging the ethernet cord back into the wireless router, which at some point in the past had been unplugged.  The computers now seem to be happy and can talk to each other.

 

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

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

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

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

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

  1670   Fri Jun 12 02:01:03 2009 robUpdateComputer Scripts / ProgramsDRM matrix diagonalization

I started two scripts, senseDRM and loadDRMImatrixData.m, which Peter will bang on until they're correct.  They're in the $SCRIPTS/LSC directory.  The first is a perl script which uses TDS tools to drive the DRM optics and measure the response at the double demod photo-detectors, and write these results to a series of files loadable by matlab.  The second loads the output from the first script, inverts the resulting sensing matrix to get an input matrix, and spits out a tdswrite command which can be copied and pasted into a terminal to load the new input matrix values. 

What's left is mainly in figuring out how to do the matrix inversion properly.  Right now the script does not account for the output matrix, the gains in the feedback filters at the measurement frequency, or the fact that we'll likely want the UGF of our loops to be less than the measurement frequency.  Peter's going to hash out these details.

  1675   Tue Jun 16 02:09:31 2009 robUpdateLockingDD handoff finally working

I had trouble getting the SRC handoff from SD to DD to work.  I tried different gains, flipping the PD7 & 8 demod phases by 180 degrees, and messing with the output matrix to reduce cross-couplings in the state with MICH & PRC on DD and SRC on SD.  Eventually I decided to try to make the DRM matrix diagonalization work. 

It does, mostly.  The handoff is now stable, and the loops all have UGFs around 100Hz.  So, tonight anyways, it's possible to run senseDRM and then loadDRMImatrixData.m and run the resulting tdswrite command, and have a working handoff.  I had to eliminate a few PDs (PD5 & PD10) to get it to work properly. 

It would be nice if this script would measure all the PDs and allow individual setting of loop UGFs and measurement frequencies. 

 

 

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