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  1889   Wed Aug 12 02:00:32 2009 robUpdateLockingreport

Spent a lot of time aligning tonight.  The BS is not staying put--sometimes after a lock loss it gets badly mis-aligned. 

DD handoff is working, after putting beam on REFL diodes and running senseDRM script.

  1891   Wed Aug 12 12:08:16 2009 StephanieUpdateGeneralMultiply Resonant EOM Update

I measured the magnitude of modulation as a function of frequency using the optical spectrum analyzer and an oscilloscope while generating signals using a Marconi signal generator; the results are shown in the attached plot and are compared to the expected modulation given the measured transfer function of the circuit and the nominal modulation index of the EOM used (13 mrad/V). Using the oscilloscope, I found the resonant peaks to be at 11.11 MHz, 29.57 MHz, and 54.70 MHz. There are several different colors on the plot; this is because I had to take the data in several different segments and had to switch to measuring a different sideband partway through the measurment. I also separately found the modulation at each resonant peak for each sideband. The magnitude of modulation was measured  by finding the ratio between the magnitude of the carrier and sideband powers using an oscilloscope, and calculating the magnitude of modulation from this. This method was also used to quantify the dependence of modulation magnitude on input power at each resonant peak; these results are also attached. These same results can also be plotted as modulation magnitude as a function of voltage into the resonant circuit; this is also attached (I'm not sure which is more useful).

In order to produce these results (get the measurements in mrad/V) it was necessary to measure the gain of the amplifier. I used the signal generator to input signals of varying power and measured the output signal voltage using the oscilloscope; I then repeated this process at each resonant frequency. From this I was able to calculate the gain of the amplifier to be 28.1 dB at 11.11 MHz, 27.4 dB at 29.57 MHz, and 25.7 dB at 54.70 MHz. These values are in the same ballpark as the values in the Mini Circuits data sheet (all values are ~25-28 MHz).

  1894   Wed Aug 12 23:45:03 2009 ChrisUpdateGeneralLong range michelson

Today I set up the EUCLID long range michelson design on the SP table; It's the same as the setup posted earlier, but without the pickoff (at PD1), which can be added later, and a few other minor changes (moved lenses, mirrors, PDs - nothing major).  I hooked up the two PD's to the oscilliscope and got a readout that pointed to more power hitting PD2 than PD3.

  1895   Thu Aug 13 00:11:43 2009 JenneUpdateIOOMode Cleaner Unlock

So that I can collect a bit of free-swinging Mode Cleaner data, I started a script to wait 14400 seconds (4 hours), then unlock the mode cleaner.  It should unlock the MC around 4am.  As soon as someone gets in in the morning, you can relock it.  I should have plenty of data by then.

  1896   Thu Aug 13 02:17:56 2009 JenneUpdateIOOMode Cleaner Alignment

When Rob and I were getting started on locking for the evening, Mode Cleaner lost lock a few times, but every time it lost lock, it took forever to reaquire, and was pretty insistent on locking in the TEM10 mode.  I proposed that the alignment might be sketchy.  I've been fiddling with the MC alignment sliders for the last hour and a half or so, but I think I'm not 100% in tune with the 3 mirror parameter space.  The mode cleaner now locks, but I'm not in love with its' alignment.  The WFS are definitely catywhompus.  Before doing hardware things like recentering the WFS, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to consult with an alignment expert.

In case this is helpful for tomorrow, before I touched any of the sliders:

Optic, Pitch, Yaw

MC1, 3.1459, -0.7200

MC3, -0.8168, -3.0700

MC2, 3.6360, -1.0576

 

Now that mode cleaner locks, although not in a great alignment:

MC1, 3.1089, -0.7320

MC3, -0.7508, -3.0770

MC2, 3.6610, -1.0786

 

If I knew how to kill my script to unlock the mode cleaner, I would.  But I sourced it, and Rob didn't know earlier this evening how to kill something which is started with 'source' since it doesn't seem to get a process number like when you './'  to run a script. So the Mode Cleaner will probably be unlocked in the morning, and it may be persnickity to get it relocked, especially if the tree people are doing tree things with giant trucks again in the morning.

  1897   Thu Aug 13 09:22:06 2009 ranaUpdatePEMranger

Rana, Jan, Jenne

We noticed that the Ranger data was all bogus at low frequencies. So we checked it and found that the proper procedure had not been used when changing it from horizontal to vertical last week. So the huddle test data from the weekend is not valid for the ranger; we will have to repeat it sometime.

So we used the manual, and extended the hanger rod on top of the Ranger to free the mass. It now has good response and coherence with the Guralps down to 0.1 Hz. See attached plot soon.

 

  1900   Fri Aug 14 02:57:46 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMRedo of the Huddle Test

I put all three seismometers and all six accelerometers together in the foam box with peanuts. Three of the accelerometers are facing in the x-direction and three are in the y-direction. Both Guralps are aligned on the NS axis and the Ranger is pointing vertically.

**EDIT: The accelerometers are in the x and z directions, not x and y. Sorry, I was sleepy when I wrote this.**

One of the accelerometers was refusing to show anything, and after a few hours of checking connections and swapping cables, I discovered that someone had unplugged the cable from the ADC. A quick glance in the dataviewer shows that the channel has been unplugged since about 3 in the afternoon on August 8th (Saturday). So... obviously all the accelerometer measurements made with that channel since then did not actually get recorded. Yay.

Anyway, as of 2:45, everything is working and taking data. Clearly we're not getting a full night's worth... hopefully that's okay.

  1905   Fri Aug 14 15:29:43 2009 JenneUpdateComputersc1susvme2 was unmounted from /cvs/cds

When I came in earlier today, I noticed that c1susvme2 was red on the DAQ screens.  Since the vme computers always seem to be happier as a set, I hit the physical reset buttons on sosvme, susvme1 and susvme2.  I then did the telnet or ssh in as appropriate for each computer in turn.  sosvme and susvme1 came back just fine. However, I couldn't cd to /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susvme2 while ssh-ed in to susvme2.  I could cd to /cvs/cds, and then did an ls, and it came back totally blank.  There was nothing at all in the folder. 

Yoichi showed me how to do 'df' to figure out what filesystems are mounted, and it looked as though the filesystem was mounted.  But then Yoichi tried to unmount the filesystem, and it claimed that it wasn't mounted at all.  We then remounted the filesystem, and things were good again.  I was able to continue the regular restart procedure, and the computer is back up again.

Recap: c1susvme2 mysteriously got unmounted from /cvs/cds!  But it's back, and the computers are all good again.

  1907   Fri Aug 14 18:33:02 2009 ClaraUpdate Record of Accelerometer and Seismometer Movements

Rather than make a new elog post every time I move something, I'm going to just keep updating this Google spreadsheet, which ought to republish every time I change it. It's already got everything I've done for the past week-ish. The spreadsheet can be accessed here, as a website, or here, as a pdf. I will still post something nightly so that you don't have to search for this post, but I wanted to be able to provide more-or-less real-time information on where things are without carpet-bombing the elog.

  1908   Fri Aug 14 23:45:14 2009 ChrisUpdateGeneralLong Range Readout

The EUCLID-style Michelson readout is on the SP table now and is aligned.  See image below.  I took several power spectra with the plotter attached to the HP3563 (not sure if there's another way to get the data out) and I'm still waiting to calibrate (since dP/dL isn't constant as it isn't locked, this is taking a bit longer).  When put into XY mode on the oscilliscope (plotting Voltage at PD2 on the x and Voltage at PD3 on the y), a Lissajous figure as in the first plot below.  It's offset and elliptical due to imperfections (noise, dc offset, etc) but can ideally be used to calculate the L_ target mirror movement.  By rotating the first quarter wave plate by ~80.5deg counter-clockwise (fast axis was originally at Pi/8, now at 103deg), I was able to turn the Lissajous figure from an ellipse into a more circular shape, which would ideally allow for us to use a circular approximation (much simpler) in our displacement calculations.

  1909   Sat Aug 15 05:08:55 2009 YoichiUpdateLockingFriday night locking
Summary: DD hand off fails for DRFPMI.

Tonight, I did a lot of house keeping work.

(1) I noticed that the reference cavity (RC) was locked to TEM10.
This was probably the reason why we had to increase the FSS common gain.
I re-locked the RC to TEM00. Now the common gain value is back to the original.

(2) The MC WFS did not engage. I found that c1dcuepics had the /cvs/cds mounting problem.
I rebooted it. Then MC WFS started working.

(3) After checking that the MC WFS QPDs are centered for direct reflection (the MZ half fringe method),
I locked the MC and tweaked the mirror alignment (mainly MC3) to offload the WFS feedback signals.
Now the MC locks to TEM00 robustly.

(4) Since the MC mirror alignment is touchy recently, I did not like the idea of mis-aligning MC2
when you do the LSC PD offset adjustment. So I modified the LSCoffset script so that it will close
the PSL shutter instead of mis-aligning MC2.

(5) I changed the PD11_Q criteria for success in the alignment scripts because PD11_Q is now lower
than before due to the lower laser power.

(6) Since today's bootfest, some epics values were not properly restored. Some of the PD gains were
unmatched between I and Q. I corrected these with the help of conlog.

(7) By checking the open loop TFs, I found that the short DOFs have significantly lower UGFs than before,
probably due to the lower laser power. I increased the gains of MICH, PRCL and SRCL by a factor of 2 for
the full configuration.
For the DRM configuration the changes I made were:

PRC -0.15 -> -0.3
SRC 0.2 -> 0.6
MICH 0.5 -> 0.5

(8) I locked the DRFPMI with arm offsets, then adjusted the demodulation phases of PD6,PD7,PD8 and PD9 (DD PDs)
to minimize the offsets in the error signal, while locked with the single demodulation signals.

Change log:
PD6_PHASE 201 -> 270
PD7_PHASE 120 -> 105
PD8_PHASE 131 -> 145
PD9_PHASE -45 -> -65


(9) I ran senseDRM to get the sensing Matrix for the short DOFs using DD signals in DRM configuration.

(10) Still the DD hand off fails for DRFPMI. It succeeds for DRM.
  1912   Sat Aug 15 18:57:48 2009 ranaUpdateVACUPS failed

As Rob noted last Friday, the UPS which powers the Vacuum rack failed. When we were trying to move the plugs around to debug it, it made a sizzling sound and a pop. Bad smells came out of it.

Ben came over this week and measured the quiescent power consumption. The low power draw level was 11.9 A and during the reboot its 12.2 A. He measured this by ??? (Rob inserts method here).

So what we want is a 120 V * 12.2 A  ~ 1.4 kVA UPS with ~30-50% margin. We look for this on the APC-UPS site:

On Monday, we will order the SUA2200 from APC. It should last for ~25 minutes during an outage. Its $1300. The next step down is $200 cheaper and gives 10 minutes less uptime.

  1913   Sat Aug 15 22:50:18 2009 ClaraUpdateLockingMode Cleaner is out of lock again

It was fine when I came in earlier today, but I just got back from dinner, and it's not good. I looked in dataviewer, and it seems to have been sliding out for the past couple of hours... Here is a picture:

MC_trans.png

I swear I am not responsible this time... all I've been doing is working in the control room.

  1914   Sun Aug 16 04:33:11 2009 ClaraUpdateLockingMode Cleaner is out of lock again

Quote:

It was fine when I came in earlier today, but I just got back from dinner, and it's not good. I looked in dataviewer, and it seems to have been sliding out for the past couple of hours... Here is a picture:

MC_trans.png

I swear I am not responsible this time... all I've been doing is working in the control room.

 Mode cleaner bounced back on its own about 2 hours ago.

  1915   Mon Aug 17 02:05:49 2009 Yoichi,ranaUpdatePSLReference cavity reflection looks bad
Rana, Yoichi

It has been a well known fact that the reference cavity reflection beam looks ugly.

We measured the visibility of the RC by locking and unlocking it.
Comparing the reflected beam powers, we got the visibility of 0.46,
which is pretty bad.

The beam going into the RC looks fine (circular on a sensor card).
However, the beam reflected back from the RC is distorted into a
horizontal ellipse, even when the RC is not locked.

We took a picture of the reflected beam hitting a white paper with the
infrared camera (see the attachment). It looks like two overlapping
circles horizontally separated. Could it be a badly coated optics
producing a secondary reflection ?

We looked into the RC's front mirror with an inspection mirror, but we
could not identify any obstructing object.

Rana is now touching the RC alignment.

We plan to remove the periscope before the RC to have a better look
into the cavity for inspection.


Late breaking update:
- We also moved the Refcav reflection camera to look at the leakage through a reflection steering mirror so that there's less chance of distortion. There was previously a W1 window in there as a pickofff. Also changed the camera to autogain so that we can see something.

- Re-aligned onto the refl pd.

- Tweaked alignment into RC. Mainly in yaw. Transmission went from 5V to 7V. In your face, Aso!
  1917   Mon Aug 17 04:16:13 2009 YoichiUpdatePSLReference cavity reflection looks bad

Quote:
Rana, Yoichi
- We also moved the Refcav reflection camera to look at the leakage through a reflection steering mirror so that there's less chance of distortion. There was previously a W1 window in there as a pickofff. Also changed the camera to autogain so that we can see something.

- Re-aligned onto the refl pd.

- Tweaked alignment into RC. Mainly in yaw. Transmission went from 5V to 7V. In your face, Aso!


After our removal of the pick off window and Rana's re-alignment of the beam into the RC, the RC optical gain increased.
FSS was complaining about it by driving the PC feedback crazy.
I reduced the nominal common gain from 12.5dB to 11dB.
  1918   Mon Aug 17 07:01:09 2009 ClaraUpdatePEMADC noiseness

I shorted the inputs on three channels and the outputs on three channels of the Guralp box, and I did similar things with the accelerometers. I was going to move the instruments themselves back, but I didn't have time, so they are still in the box in the corner. If the setup could stay as-is for at least a few hours, that would be awesome.

  1922   Tue Aug 18 01:16:01 2009 JenneUpdatePSLMach Zehnder is realigned

The Mach Zehnder and I got to know each other today.  The reason for redoing the alignment was to improve pointing from the PSL table into the MC/IFO in hopes that this would solve the MC unlocking problems that we've been having lately.  Since Rana had aligned the IOO QPDs a few weeks ago when all of the alignments and things were good, I used them as a reference for my Mach Zehnder alignment activities. 

 
The order of operations were approximately as follows:

1. Block the secondary (west) arm of the Mach Zehnder using either an aluminum or razor dump.

2. Use SM1 in the MZ to align the beam to the IOO_QPDs (Pos and Ang).  I unfortunately also touched BS2 at this juncture, which made the refl path no longer a reference.

3.  Make sure that the QPD Sum on both Pos and Ang was sensible.  Since there are 2 beamsplitters in a Mach Zehnder, the power on the QPDs should be a quarter when only one beam is on them.  Be careful not to allow the beam no clip on anything.  The biggest problem was the bottom periscope mirror - if you hit it too high or too low, since it is a very thick optic, you end up coming out its side!  This is the frosty part on the edges, totally inappropriate for beams to go through!  Since the side of the periscope mirror isn't HR coated, when going through it like this, I was able to saturate the QPDs.  Not so good. 

4. Also, make sure that this first beam is on the MZ Refl PD.  Do this using the steering optics after the beam has left the MZ.  Use a viewer to look at the PD, and see the small spot of the beam on the diode.  We closed the iris which is present and was standing fully open to remove a spurious beam which was a parallel split-off of the main beam.  Since it was very weak, it is fine.

5.  Unblock the west arm, and block the east arm of the MZ.

6. Align this arm to both the IOO QPDs and the MZ refl diode using the adjustments on BS1, the PZT mirror and if necessary, BS2.  Note that the adjust knobs on the PZT mirror have lock screws.  Make sure to unlock them before adjusting, and relock afterward, to avoid slipping while the PZT is moving.

7.  Unblock all the beams, and make sure there is only one spot both on the transmission side and the reflection side, i.e. the 2 spots from the 2 arms are completely overlapping.  For the Trans side, make sure to look both in the near field and the far field (even after the periscope) to ensure that you really have one spot, instead of just the 2 spots crossing at a single location.

8.  Look at the MZ refl DC out and the PD out from the ISS box (which is essentially MZ trans, looking at Morag and Siobhan) on a 'scope.

9.  Touch / gently wiggle BS1 or another optic, and watch the 'scope.  At the same time, adjust BS1, the PZT mirror and BS2 to maximize the contrast between light and dark fringes.  Ideally, the refl PD should go almost to zero at the dark fringes.

10.  Check that you still have only one overlapping beam everywhere, and that you're actually hitting the MZ refl PD.

11. Because I was concerned about clipping while still figuring out the status of the lower periscope mirror, I removed the beam pipe holders between the last optic before the periscope, and the lower periscope mirror.  The beam pipe had already been removed, this was just the pedestals and the snap-in clamps.

All done for now!  Still to be done:  Optimize the position of the EOMs.  There is a waveplate out front and the EOMs are mounted in such a way that they can be moved in several directions, so that we can optimize the alignment into them.  They ideally only should see a single polarization, in order to apply solely a phase modulation on the beam.  If the input polarization isn't correct, then we'll get a bit of amplitude modulation as well, which on PDs looks like a cavity length change.  Also, the little blue pomona-type box which has the RF signals for the EOMs needs to be clamped to the table with a dog clamp, or better yet needs to be moved underneath the PSL table, with just the cables coming up to the EOMs.  The SMA connections and the SMA cable kept interfering with the MZ refl beam...it's a wonder anyone ever made the beam snake around those cables the way they were in the first place. Right now, the box is sitting just off the side of the table, just inside the doors.

 
Something else that Rana and I did while on the table:  We moved the PMC trans optics just a teensy bit toward the PSL door (to the east) to avoid coming so unbelievably close to the MZ refl optics.  The PMC trans beam shown in the lowest part of my sketch was very nearly clipping on the MZ refl steering optic just near it.  This situation isn't totally ideal, since (as it has been in the past), the first optic which is dedicated to the PMC trans isn't fully sitting on the PSL table.  The pedestal needs to hang off the edge of the table a bit to keep this beam from clipping.  Unfortunately there really isn't space to make a better beam path.  Since we're planning on getting rid of the MZ when the upgrade happens, and this isn't causing us noticeable trouble right now, we're going to let it stay the way it is.

Also, we dumped the reflection from the PMC RFPD onto a razor blade dump. And we noticed that the PZT mirror and BS2 in the MZ are badly vibrationally sensitive. BS2 has a ~400 Hz resonance (which is OK) but a ~150 ms ringdown time!! PZT mirror is similar.

Q = pi * f * tau = 200!  Needs some damping.

  1924   Tue Aug 18 15:16:15 2009 robUpdateIOOMC WFS working again

Rob, Yoichi

 

The MC WFS have apparently been bad for a few days, causing the MC alignment to drift away at DC.  We tried a few things to fix it, including jiggling some EPICS settings in the WFS head & demod screens.  This seemed to work for WFS1 but not WFS2.  Confused, we decided to go stare at the rack 1Y2.  While doing that, we noticed that the top two Sorensens in 1Y1 (these are directly below the Guralp box) were at different voltages from nominal.  The 5V had dropped to 4.2V and the 24V was at 24.6V.  We adjusted the knobs until these were set correctly.  After this, the MC WFS appear to work again.

 

When working in a rack, you must be as careful about accidentally touching things as when working on an optical table.

  1925   Tue Aug 18 15:52:27 2009 JenneUpdatePSLMZ
I tweaked up the MZ alignment.  The reflection had been around 0.550, which kept the MEDM indicator green, but was still too high.  I fiddled with BS1, and a little bit with BS2.  When I had the doors of the PSL table open, I got as low as 0.320.  When I closed up and came back to the control room, the MZ refl had drifted up to 0.354.  But it's good again now.

In the future, mirrors shouldn't be so close together that you can't get at their knobs to adjust them No good.  I ended up blocking the beam coming out of the PMC to prevent sticking my hand in some beam, making the adjustment, then removing the dump.  It worked in a safe way, but it was obnoxious. 

  1926   Tue Aug 18 19:57:47 2009 rana, JenneUpdatePSLMZ

- we finished the MZ alignment; the contrast is good.

- we did the RFAM tuning using a new technique: a bubble balanced analyzer cube and the StochMon RFPD. This techniques worked well and there's basically no 33 or 166 RFAM. The 133 and 199 are as expected.

- the MC locked right up and then we used the periscope to align to it; the transmission was ~75% of max before periscope tuning. So the beam pointing after the MC should be fine now.

- the Xarm locked up with TRX = 0.97 (no xarm alignment).

 

If Rob/Yoichi say the alignment is now good, the we absolutely must center the IOO QPDs and IP POS and IP ANG and MC TRANS  today so that we have good references.

 

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The first photo is of our nifty new setup to get the beam to the StochMon PD.  The MZ transmitted beam enters the photo from the bottom right corner, and hits the PBS (which we leveled using a bubble level).  The P-polarization light is transmitted through the cube, and the S-polarization is reflected to the left.  The pure S-polarized light hits a Beam Splitter, which we are using as a pickoff to reduce the amount of light which gets to the PD.  Most of the light is dumped on an aluminum dump.  The remaining light hits a steering mirror (Y1 45-S), goes through a lens, and then hits the StochMon PD.  While aligning the MZ to maximize visibility, we look at the small amount of P-polarized light which passes through the PBS on an IR card, and minimize it (since we want to be sending purely S-polarized light through the EOMs and into the MC).

The second photo is of a spectrum analyzer which is directly connected to the RF out of the StochMon PD.  To minimize the 33MHz and 166MHz peaks, we adjust the waveplates before each of the EOMs, and also adjusted the tilt of the EOM holders.

The final photo is of the EOMs themselves with the Olympus camera.

Once we finished all of our MZ aligning, we noticed that the beam input to the MC wasn't perfect, so Rana adjusted the lower periscope mirror to get the pointing a little better.  

The MZ refl is now at 0.300 when locked.  When Rana reduced the modulation depth, the MZ refl was about 0.050 .  Awesome!

 

  1928   Wed Aug 19 17:11:33 2009 JenneUpdateIOOQPDs aligned

Quote:

 

If Rob/Yoichi say the alignment is now good, the we absolutely must center the IOO QPDs and IP POS and IP ANG and MC TRANS  today so that we have good references.

  

 IOO_QPD_POS,    IOO_QPD_ANG,    MC_TRANS,    IP_POS, IP_ANG    have all been centered.

Also, the MCWFS have been centered.

I'm now working on making sure beam is hitting all of the RF PDs around.

  1929   Wed Aug 19 18:02:22 2009 JenneUpdateLSCRF PDs aligned

All of the LSC RF PDs have been aligned.  I didn't really change much of anything, since for all of them, the beam was already pretty close to center.  But they all got the treatment of attaching a Voltmeter to the DC out, and adjusting the steering mirror in both pitch and yaw, finding where you fall off the PD in each direction, and then leave the optic in the middle of the two 'edges'.

Before aligning each set (PO, Refl, AS), I followed the procedure in Rob's new RF photodiode Wiki Page

Also, for superstitious reasons, and in case I actually bumped them, I squished all of the ribbon cable connectors into the PDs, just in case.

  1930   Wed Aug 19 23:57:35 2009 robUpdateLockingreport

 

locking work proceeding apace tonight.

diagonalized DRM with setDDphases & senseDRM

initial locks are fairly quick, aqstep script succeeds reliably.

first part of cm_step (handoff CARM-> MCL) usually works.

tuning up later parts of cm_step (presumably due to optical gain changes resulting from MOPA decline). 

got to arm powers ~60.

  1932   Fri Aug 21 17:05:04 2009 JenneUpdateGeneralrestarted the elog

[Kevin, Jenne]

Kevin's awesome final report/elog entry was so awesome that it crashed the elog.  It has been restarted.  We're going to put his pictures and documentation in the wiki, with a link from the elog to prevent re-crashing.

  1935   Fri Aug 21 18:37:16 2009 JenneUpdateGeneralTransfer function of Mode Cleaner Stacks

Using free-swinging Mode Cleaner OSEM data and Guralp seismometers, I have taken transfer functions of the Mode Cleaner stacks.

During this experiment, the MC was unlocked overnight, and one Guralp seismometer was underneath each chamber (MC1/MC3, and MC2).  Clara will let me know what the orientation of the seismometers were (including which seismometer was underneath which chamber and what direction the seismometer axes were pointing), but for now I have included TFs for every combination of suspension motion and seismometer channels.

I combined the 4 OSEM channels for each optic in POS and PIT, and then calibrated each of my sus channels using the method described in Kakeru's elog entry 1413. Units are meters for POS, and radians for PIT.  I also calibrated the guralp channels into meters.

The traces on each plot are: MC_{POS or PIT} / Guralp_{1 or 2}_{direction}.  So each plot shows the coupling between every seismometer direction and a single mirror direction.  The colors are the same for all the plots, ie the gold trace is always Gur1Z.

  1938   Tue Aug 25 00:35:04 2009 ranaUpdateGeneralTransfer function of Mode Cleaner Stacks

Looks like all of the accelerometers and seismometers have been disconnected since early AM last Monday when Clara disconnected them for her sensor noise measurement.

  1943   Tue Aug 25 18:42:42 2009 steveUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

Quote:

The PSL Temperature Box (D980400-B-C, what kind of numbering scheme is that?) modified at LHO/LLO ~8 years ago to have better resolution on the in-loop temperature sensors.

I haven't been able to find a DCN / ECN on this, but there's an elog entry from Hugh Radkins here.  I'm also attaching the PDF of the latest drawing (circa 2000) from the DCC.

The schematic doesn't show it, but I am guessing that the T_SENSE inputs are connected to the AD590 chips, and that 4 of these are attached somehow to the RefCav can. IF this is true, I don't understand why there are input resistors on the LT1125 of U1; the AD590 is supposed to be a current source ?

Peter King is supposed to be coming over to work on this today so whoever spots him should force/cajole/entice him to elog what he's done. Film him if necessary.

 

I also think R1-8 should be swapped into metal film resistors for stability. The datasheet says that it puts out 1 uA/K, so the opamps put out 10 mV/K.

J8 and JP1 should be shorted to disable both the tidal and VME control input. Both are unused and a potential source of drift.

 Peter King is updating our temp box as Hugh did at Hanford Oct.22 of 2001 I still have not seen an updated drawing of this.

The LT 1021-7 reference chip will arrive tomorrow morning. This modification should be completed by noon.

 ** The link to the DCN from Hugh is here in the DCC.

  1944   Tue Aug 25 21:26:12 2009 AlbertoUpdateComputerselog restarted

I just found the elog down and I restarted it.

  1945   Tue Aug 25 21:36:28 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

 

 Is that the reason of the PSL craziness tonight? See attachment.

  1946   Tue Aug 25 21:55:11 2009 ranaUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

There's no elog entry about what work has gone on today, but it looks like Peter took apart the reference cavity temperature control around 2PM.

I touched the reference cavity by putting my finger up underneath its sweater and it was nearly too hot to keep my finger in there. I looked at the heater power supply front panel and it seems that it was railed at 30 V and 3 A. The nominal value according to the sticker on the front is 11.5 V and 1 A.

So I turned down the current on the front panel and then switched it off. Otherwise, it would take it a couple of days to cool down once we get the temperature box back in. So for tonight there will definitely be no locking. The original settings are in the attached photo. We should turn this back on with its 1A setting in the morning before Peter starts so that the RC is at a stable temp by the evening. Its important NOT to turn it back on and let it just rail. Use the current limit to set it to 1 A. After the temperature box is back in the current limit can be turned back up to 2A or so. We never need the range for 3A, don't know why anyone set it so high.

  1948   Wed Aug 26 14:45:14 2009 steveUpdatePSLPSL-FSS_RCTEMP of 4 years

The reference cavity vacuum chamber temp is plotted starting Feb 22 of 2005

This plot suggest that the MINCO temp controller is not working properly.

  1949   Wed Aug 26 15:42:17 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

Quote:

There's no elog entry about what work has gone on today, but it looks like Peter took apart the reference cavity temperature control around 2PM.

I touched the reference cavity by putting my finger up underneath its sweater and it was nearly too hot to keep my finger in there. I looked at the heater power supply front panel and it seems that it was railed at 30 V and 3 A. The nominal value according to the sticker on the front is 11.5 V and 1 A.

So I turned down the current on the front panel and then switched it off. Otherwise, it would take it a couple of days to cool down once we get the temperature box back in. So for tonight there will definitely be no locking. The original settings are in the attached photo. We should turn this back on with its 1A setting in the morning before Peter starts so that the RC is at a stable temp by the evening. Its important NOT to turn it back on and let it just rail. Use the current limit to set it to 1 A. After the temperature box is back in the current limit can be turned back up to 2A or so. We never need the range for 3A, don't know why anyone set it so high.

While Peter King is still working on the reference cavity temperature box, I turned the power supply for the reference cavity's heater back on. Rana turned it off last night since the ref cav temperature box had been removed.

I just switched it on and turned the current knob in the front panel until current and voltage got back to their values as in Rana's picture.

I plan to leave it like that for half an hour so that the the cavity starts warming up. After that, I'll turn the current back to the nominal value as indicated in the front panel.

  1951   Wed Aug 26 16:11:41 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

It turned out that half an hour was too long. In less than that the reference cavity temperature passed the critical point when the temperature controller (located just below the ref cav power supply in the same rack) disables the input power to the reference cavity power supply.

The controller's display in the front shows two numbers. The first goes with the temperature of the reference cavity; the second is a threshold set for the first number. The power supply gets enabled only when the first number comes under the threshold value.

Now the cavity is cooling down and it will take about another hour for its temperature to be low enough and for the heater power supply to be powered.

  1952   Wed Aug 26 16:31:34 2009 steveUpdatePSLreference cavity temp box temporarly out of order

Quote:

It turned out that half an hour was too long. In less than that the reference cavity temperature passed the critical point when the temperature controller (located just below the ref cav power supply in the same rack) disables the input power to the reference cavity power supply.

The controller's display in the front shows two numbers. The first goes with the temperature of the reference cavity; the second is a threshold set for the first number. The power supply gets enabled only when the first number comes under the threshold value.

Now the cavity is cooling down and it will take about another hour for its temperature to be low enough and for the heater power supply to be powered.

 The cavity temp cooled below SP2 set point 0.1  The Minco SP1 (present temp in Volts) now reading -0.037 so DC power supply was turned on and set to 12V 1A  

 

 

  1954   Wed Aug 26 19:58:14 2009 Rana, AlbertoUpdatePSLReference Cavity Temperature Control: MINCO PID removed

Summary: This afternoon we managed to get the temperature control of the reference cavity working again.

We bypassed the MINCO PID by connecting the temperature box error signal directly into EPICS.

We couldn't configure the PID so that it worked with the modified temperature box so we decided to just avoid using it.

Now the temperature control is done by a software servo by using the channel C1:PSL-FSS_MINCOMEAS as error signal and driving C1:PSL-FSS_TIDALSET (which we have clip-doodle wired directly to the heater input).

 

We 'successfully' used ezcaservo to stabilize the temperature:

ezcaservo -r C1:PSL-FSS_MINCOMEAS -s 26.6 -g -0.00003 C1:PSL-FSS_TIDALSET

 

We also recalibrated the channels:

C1:PSL-FSS_RMTEMP

C1:PSL-FSS_RCTEMP

C1:PSL-FSS_MINCOMEAS

with Peter King on the phone by using ezcawrite (EGUF and EGUL) but we didn't change the database yet. So please do not reboot the PSL computer until we update the database.

 

More details will follow.

  1955   Thu Aug 27 12:34:48 2009 YoichiUpdateLockingup to arm power 70
Last night, I tried to run locking scripts.
The power went up to 70 a couple of times .
Then it failed to switch to RF CARM.
I was too tired at that time to figure out what is the problem with the switching.
But it seemed to me that the problem could be solved by some gain tweaking.
Looks like the IFO is back to a good state.
  1957   Thu Aug 27 14:00:33 2009 ranaUpdatePSLRC thermal servo impulse response

I stepped the TIDALSET and looked at what happened. Loop was closed with the very low gain.

The RED guy tells us the step/impulse response of the RC can to a step in the heater voltage.

The GREY SLOWDC tells us how much the actual glass spacer of the reference cavity lags the outside can temperature.

Since MINCOMEAS is our error signal, I have upped his SCAN period from 0.5 to 0.1 seconds in the database and reduced its SMOO from 0.9 to 0.0. I've also copied over the Fricke SLOW code and started making a perl PID loop for the reference cavity.

  1959   Fri Aug 28 12:56:17 2009 YoichiUpdateLockingRF CARM hand off problem
Last night, the lock script proceeded to the RF CARM hand-off about half of the time.
However, the hand off was still unsuccessful.

It failed instantly when you turn on the REFL1 input of the CM board, even
when the REFL1 input gain was very low, like -28dB.

I went to the LSC rack and checked the cabling.
The output from the PD11_I (REFL_2) demodulation board is split
into two paths. One goes directly to the ADC and the other one goes
to an SR560. This SR560 is used just as an inverter. Then
the signal goes to the REFL1 input of the CM board.

I found that the SR560 was set to the A-B mode, but B input was open.
This made the signal very noisy. So I changed it to A only mode.
There was also a 1/4 attenuator between the PD11_I output and the SR560.
I took it out and reduced the gain of SR560 from 10 to 2.
These changes allowed me to increase the REFL1 gain to -22dB or so.
But it is still not enough.

I wanted to check the CM open loop TF before the hand-off, but I could
not do that because the lock was lost instantly as soon as I enabled the
test input B of the CM board.
Something is wrong with the board ?

Using the PD11_I signal going into the ADC, I measured the transfer functions
from the CM excitation (digital one) to the REFL_DC (DC CARM signal) and PD11_I.
The TF shapes matched. So the PD11_I signal itself should be fine.

We should try:
* See if flipping the sign of PD11_I signal going to REFL1 input solve the problem.
* Try to measure the CM analog TF again.
* If the noise from the servo analyzer is a problem, try to increase the input gains
of the CM board and reduce the output gain accordingly, so that the signal flowing
inside the CM board is larger.
  1960   Fri Aug 28 13:49:07 2009 robUpdateLockingRF CARM hand off problem

Quote:
Last night, the lock script proceeded to the RF CARM hand-off about half of the time.
However, the hand off was still unsuccessful.

It failed instantly when you turn on the REFL1 input of the CM board, even
when the REFL1 input gain was very low, like -28dB.

I went to the LSC rack and checked the cabling.
The output from the PD11_I (REFL_2) demodulation board is split
into two paths. One goes directly to the ADC and the other one goes
to an SR560. This SR560 is used just as an inverter. Then
the signal goes to the REFL1 input of the CM board.

I found that the SR560 was set to the A-B mode, but B input was open.
This made the signal very noisy. So I changed it to A only mode.
There was also a 1/4 attenuator between the PD11_I output and the SR560.
I took it out and reduced the gain of SR560 from 10 to 2.
These changes allowed me to increase the REFL1 gain to -22dB or so.
But it is still not enough.

I wanted to check the CM open loop TF before the hand-off, but I could
not do that because the lock was lost instantly as soon as I enabled the
test input B of the CM board.
Something is wrong with the board ?

Using the PD11_I signal going into the ADC, I measured the transfer functions
from the CM excitation (digital one) to the REFL_DC (DC CARM signal) and PD11_I.
The TF shapes matched. So the PD11_I signal itself should be fine.

We should try:
* See if flipping the sign of PD11_I signal going to REFL1 input solve the problem.
* Try to measure the CM analog TF again.
* If the noise from the servo analyzer is a problem, try to increase the input gains
of the CM board and reduce the output gain accordingly, so that the signal flowing
inside the CM board is larger.



I'd bet it's in a really twitchy state by the time the script gets to the RF CARM handoff, as the script is not really validated up to that point. It's just the old script with a few haphazard mods, so it needs to be adjusted to accomodate the 15% power drop we've experienced since the last time it was locked.

The CM servo gain needs to be tweaked earlier in the script--you should be able to measure the AO path TF with the arm powers at 30 or so. I was able to do this with the current SR785 setup earlier this week without any trouble.

The 1/4 attenuator is there to prevent saturations on the input to the SR560 when there's still a CARM offset.

Not sure if flipping the sign of PD11 is right, but it's possible we compensated the digital gains and forgot about it. This signal is used for SRCL in the initial acquisition, so we'd have noticed a sign flip.
  1962   Tue Sep 1 11:23:36 2009 steveUpdateGeneralelectrical ground

I was told yesterday, that on Friday the construction people accidentally ripped out one of the 40m soil ground.....AND HOW MANY MORE ARE THERE? nobody knows.

It was ~8 ft long and 0.5" diameter buried in the ground. There is no drawing found to identify this exact building ground. They promised to replace this on Wednesday with a 10 ft long and 0.75" diameter.

The  the wall will be resealed where the conduit enters  the  north west corner of the IFO room 104

 

There should be no concern about safety because the 40m building main ground is connected to the CES Mezzanine step-down transformer.

  1964   Thu Sep 3 10:19:35 2009 steve, albertoUpdatePEMparticle counts and burning hillsides

The San Gabriel mountain has been on fire for  6 days. 144,000 acres of beautiful hillsides burned down and it's still burning.  Where the fires are.

The 40m lab particle counts are more effected by next door building-gardening activity than the fire itself.

This 100 days plot shows that.

  1965   Thu Sep 3 11:20:26 2009 steveUpdateGeneralelectrical ground in place

Quote:

I was told yesterday, that on Friday the construction people accidentally ripped out one of the 40m soil ground.....AND HOW MANY MORE ARE THERE? nobody knows.

It was ~8 ft long and 0.5" diameter buried in the ground. There is no drawing found to identify this exact building ground. They promised to replace this on Wednesday with a 10 ft long and 0.75" diameter.

The  the wall will be resealed where the conduit enters  the  north west corner of the IFO room 104

 

There should be no concern about safety because the 40m building main ground is connected to the CES Mezzanine step-down transformer.

 Atm1 is showing ground bus under N-breaker panel in 40m IFO room north-west corner.

The second ground bus is visible farther down south under M-breaker panel.

Atm2 is the new ground that will be connected to ground bus-N

  1968   Mon Sep 7 20:05:18 2009 ranaUpdatePSLRCTEMP v. RMTEMP

Since ~Aug. 27, the reference cavity has been running with no thermal control. This is not really a problem at the 40m; a 1 deg change of the glass cavity

will produce a 5 x 10-7 strain in the arm cavity. That's around 20 microns of length change.

This open loop time gave us the opportunity to see how good our cavity's vacuum can insulation is.

 

rct.pngrct2.png

The first plot below shows the RCTEMP sensors and the RMTEMP sensor. RMTEMP is screwed down to the table close to the can and RCTEMP is on the can, underneath the insulation. I have added a 15 deg offset to RMTEMP so that it would line up with RCTEMP and allow us to see, by eye, what's happening.

There's not enough data here to get a good TF estimate, but if we treat the room temperature as a single frequency (1 / 24 hours) sine wave source, then we can measure the delay and treat it as a phase shift. There's a ~3 hour delay between the RMTEMP and RCTEMP. If the foam acts like a single pole low pass filter, then the phase delay of (3/24)*360 = 45 deg implies a pole at a ~3 hour period. I am not so sure that this is a good foam model, however.

The colorful plot is a scatter plot of RCTEMP v. RMTEMP. The color denotes the time axis - it starts out blue and then becomes red after ten days.

  1969   Mon Sep 7 23:18:01 2009 AlbertoUpdateLockingSome locking attempts

Tried to lock the interferometer but arm power didn't get over 65.

Tonight, after the weekend, I resumed the work on locking.

When I started the Mode Cleaner was unlocked because the MZ was also unlocked.

I aligned the MZ and the transmitted power reached about 2.5

Initially the interferometer lost lock at arm power of about 3-4. It looked like the alignment wasn't good enough. So I ran the alignment scripts a few times, first the scripts for the single parts and in the end the one for the full IFO.

Then I also locked again the MZ and this time the transmitted power got to about 4.

In the following locking attempts the the arm power reached 65 but then the lock got lost during the handing of CARM to C1:LSC-PD11_I

I'll keep working on that tomorrow night.

  1970   Mon Sep 7 23:35:03 2009 ranaUpdatePSLRC thermal servo: PID script modified, database + screen added

I have added the records for the RC thermal PID servo into the psl/slowpid.db file which also holds the records for the SLOW servo that uses the NPRO-SLOW to minimize the NPRO-FAST. This new database will take effect upon the next PSL boot.

The perl script which runs the servo is scripts/PSL/FSS/RCthermalPID.pl. Right now it is using hard-coded PID parameters - I will modify it to use the on-screen values after we reboot c1psl.

The new screen C1PSL_FSS_RCPID.adl, the script, and the .db have been added to the SVN.

I have got some preliminary PID parameters which seem to be pretty good: The RCTEMP recovers in ~10 minutes from a 1 deg temperature step and the closed loop system is underdamped with a Q of ~1-2.

I'm leaving it running on op340m for now - if it goes crazy feel free to do a 'pkill RCthermalPID.pl'.

  1972   Tue Sep 8 12:26:16 2009 AlbertoUpdatePSLConnection of the RC heater's power supply replaced

I have replaced the temporary clamps that were connecting the RC heater to its power supply with a new permanent connection.

In the IY1 rack, I connected the control signal of the RC PID temperature servo - C1:PSL-FSS_TIDALSET - to the input of the RC heater's power supply.

The signal comes from a DAC in the same rack, through a pair of wires connected to the J9-4116*3-P3 cross-connector (FLKM). I joined the pair to the wires of the BNC cable coming from the power supply, by twisting and screwing them into two available clamps of the breakout FKLM in the IY1 rack - the same connected to the ribbon cable from RC Tmeperature box.

Instead of opening the BNC cable coming from the power supply, I thought it was a cleaner and more robust solution to use a BNC-to-crocodile clamp from which I had cut the clamps off.

During the transition process, I connected the power supply BNC input to a a voltage source that I set at the same voltage of the control signal before I disconnected it (~1.145V).

I monitored the temperature signals and it looked like the RC Temperature wasn't significantly affected by the operation.

  1975   Tue Sep 8 17:57:30 2009 JenneUpdatePEMAll the Acc/Seis working again

All of the accelerometers and seismometers are plugged in and functional again.  The cables to the back of the accelerometer preamp board (sitting under the BS oplev table) had been unplugged, which was unexpected.  I finally figured out that that's what the problem was with half of the accelerometers, plugged them back in, and now all of the sensors are up and running.

TheSEIS_GUR seismometer is under MC1, and all the others (the other Guralp, the Ranger which is oriented vertically, and all 6 accelerometers) are under MC2.

  1976   Tue Sep 8 19:30:33 2009 ranaUpdatePSLc1psl rebooted for new RCPID database settings

The RC thermal PID is now controllable from its own MEDM screen which is reachable from the FSS screen. The slowpid.db and psl.db have been modified to add these records and all seems to be working fine.

Also, I've attached the c1psl startup output that we got on the terminal. This is just for posterity.

I'm also done tuning the PID for now. Using Kp = -1.0, Ki = -0.01, and Kd = 0, the can servo now has a time constant of ~10 minutes and good damping as can be seen in the StripTool snap below. These values are also now in the saverestore.req so hopefully its fully commissioned.

I bet that its much better now than the MINCO at holding against the 24 hour cycle and can nicely handle impulses (like when Steve scans the table). Lets revisit this in a week to see if it requires more tuning.

  1981   Thu Sep 10 15:55:44 2009 JenneUpdateComputersc1ass rebooted

c1ass had not been rebooted since before the filesystem change, so when I was sshed into c1ass I got an error saying that the NFS was stale.  Sanjit and I went out into the cleanroom and powercycled the computer.  It came back just fine.  We followed the instructions on the wiki, restarting the front end code, the tpman, and did a burt restore of c1assepics. 

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