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  2611   Fri Jan 28 15:18:27 2022 AnchalSummaryEquipment loanCTN raided by 40m tribes

[Anchal, Paco]

CTN was raided today afternoon between 2 pm and 3 pm by 40m tribes. They have taken away precious Acromag units which are a very scarce resource these days. Following units were taken (Attachment 1):

  • 1 XT1111 from blue cabinet.
  • 4 XT1221 which were used at following places (see network):
    • |10.0.1.42  | 00:01:C3:00:98:59  | CTN Lab  | Acromag XT1221: 8-Channel Differential Analog Voltage Input Module  (CTN Slow controls)|
    • |10.0.1.50  | ?  | CTN Lab  | Acromag XT1221 8-Channel Differential Analog Voltage Input Module (Temperature Sensor monitor channels)  |
    • | 10.0.1.46 | 00:01:C3:00:98:55  | CTN Lab  | Acromag XT1221: 8-Channel Differential Analog Voltage Input Module  (PMC North remote controls)|
    • | 10.0.1.48  | 00:01:C3:01:12:FF  | CTN Lab  | Acromag XT1221: 8-Channel Differential Analog Voltage Input Module  (PMC South remote controls)|

3 rack mount units were affected:

CTN Slow Controls chassis:

  • 2 XT1221 were removed from here. These can be installed back if Acromags become available and we need this experiment again
  • 1 XT1541 is still mounted on this chassis.

PMC Servo Card Chassis:

  • 1 XT1221 was removed from each servo card chassis (see attachment 2(North) -3 (South)).
  • These chassis are otherwise functional and one can repopulate the XT1221 to make them function again (see CTN/2248 for instructions).

All these units are stored in the flowbench side wire rack (see attachment 4).

  2352   Wed May 29 18:50:18 2019 anchalDailyProgressFSSNorth FSS F and Crossover Frequency Measurement

I took the transfer function of North FSS side to see how much suppression we are doing. I took the transfer function by sending source signal to EXC port in common path and measuring transfer function as Source/OUT2 in AG4395a. The open loop transfer function is related to this by GOL = 1 - G2 (Source/OUT2) . Here G2 is the gain for source signal at the summing stage in common amplifier board which is -392/1.2e3 = -0.3267.

I have included an expected suppressed frequency noise plot assuming 104/f Hz/rtHz frequency noise of free running NPRO. We need to suppress much more in 100Hz-1kHz  to be able to see Brownian noise.
I have also measured crossover frequency between PZT and EOM actuation. It came to around 26KHz which is not bad. We just need to increase FAST GAIN a lot more and COM gan little bit so that crossover remains the same while we get a lot of suppression in 100Hz-1kHz range. I'll look into the source of glitched causing our EOM to become unstable when increasing the feedback gains.

Code and Data


Edit Mon Jul 22 18:55:22 2019 by anchal

The gain values given in the plots are wrong. Correct values are unknown,

  637   Mon Jul 25 21:02:25 2011 frank, raphael, taraNotesFSSTF of EOM

 We measured EOM's transfer function again. The result is unexpected, it is flat from ~ 100k to 1MHz, instead of going up with frequency.

      ==setup==

     The setup is shown in this entry , but this time we used an RF summing box modified by Raphael. It does not have 50 ohms or resonant at 35.5MHz, but it's not worse than what we used before.

     The TF is measured from three points,see fig 1 below.

  1. out1/ref
  2.  out2 / ref
  3.  Mixer out/ ref:

 schematic.pdf

figure 1: schematic for TF measurement. The excitation is split by a power spiltter, one is sent to EOM via RF summing box, another one is used for reference. The response is chosen from three points, OUT1, OUT2 and MIXER out. Since we have no direct access to the mixer out in the circuit, we split the signal and use an external mixer for mixer out measurement. This external mixer allows us to measure the response without seeing effects (extra poles, bandwidth) from other electronic components in the circuit.

 

    ==RESULTS==

 eomtf.png

  We tried measuring the TF from three different points because we want to check which part of the circuit causes extra phase lag in the TF.  The first time we took the measurements,  the TFs from each points had different phase lag ( up to 52 degree), but when we remeasured again, the phases from three points actually did not vary that much, except the 180 degree phase flip. We have not yet determined what cause this problem, so we have to keep this in mind just in case.

 NOTE:

  • The data has not yet been converted to [frequency/Volts] yet, we need to measure the slope of the error signal.
  • The  reason that the EOM TF is proportional to frequency up to ~10kHz and starts to go flat up to ~ 1MHz is not yet understood.

The data will be fit, and used in Simulink model.

After the TF is measured, we will continue to work on the new layout and start removing all the optics and clean the table.

 The data and code for plotting are attached below.

  648   Tue Aug 2 23:58:40 2011 taraDailyProgressopticNew RCAV setup is locked

  RCAV is locked, I have not optimized the mode matching yet, the coupling efficiency is ~ 67%.

This new setup has a double passed AOM. The frequency is shifted by 160 MHz.

I will try to optimize the mode matching tomorrow, then I can check the loop performance that it works as before.

IMG_1911.JPG

 

rcav_2011_08_02.jpg

  653   Tue Aug 9 00:39:30 2011 taraDailyProgressopticRCAV modematching optimized

 I optimized mode matching for RCAV. The coupling is ~75%.  I also minimized RFAM from the 35.5MHz EOM.

            

          For RCAV mode matching, I moved only two lenses in front of RCAV (R=51.5 and 20.6 mm) to optimize the mode matching.

I have not tried moving other lenses or the mirror behind AOM yet, because I think 75% is enough for now.

 The reflected beam will cause the shot noise level to be higher, but it should not be critical for our current situation.

 

 

  658   Mon Aug 15 23:13:53 2011 taraDailyProgressopticRCAV modematching optimized

 I recalculated the mode matching so that the spot radius in AOMs is 100 um. Now the visibility of RCAV is 90%.

     From the previous mode matching calculation, the spot radius in AOM is 220 um. This was too large for ISOMET AOM and caused beam distortion. The AOM was designed for much smaller spot radius (50 - 110 um). So I recalculated to make the spot radius inside the AOM to be 100 um. This spotsize is small enough for ISOMET and not too small for Crystal Tech AOM.

Rise time is 35 ns (28.5MHz) for 100 um radius in ISOMET AOM, diffraction eff ~80%. This should be sufficient for our less than 1MHz bandwidth loop.

 

For the new layout, I have to remove the Faraday isolator behind the EOM for another lens. I'll try to intall it back later.

 

 

 

  659   Wed Aug 17 20:41:13 2011 taraDailyProgressopticACAV path is up

I put most optics on ACAV path. I have not tried to lock the cavity yet. I'll install ACAV RFPD next.

layout_2011_08_17.jpg

 

 

  2108   Tue Feb 27 14:17:13 2018 AaronDailyProgressTempCtrlHigh Current Draw for Vaccan Temp Control Causing Nonlinear Voltage Spikes

I think I'm seeing a similar problem that y'all were when I use my heater circuit (which is I believe the same as your heater circuit, it's the one Kira and Kevin are using at the 40m). Our temperature readout circuits might be slightly different.

Basically when I have the heater on the board as my readout op amps, I get up to a few tenths of a volt jump in my temperature readout; however, even after moving this circuit to a different board and using a separate power supply, I'm getting about a millivolt shift. This is not good for <1K control. I'm also well within the limits of my power supplies, have voltage regulatorsbefore the OP amps, etc... I will try swapping out the OP amp as you did, but thought it was a pretty weird problem.

Quote:

After some extensive testing, the circuit appears to be working as expected.  The only exception is the affect the temperature control circuit has on all other electronics connected to the +24V kepco power supply.  The model number on our electronics rack is ATE 36-3M, and is a Size "B" Quarter Rack model, rated for "Approx 100 watts" of power, with max DC voltage of 36V and max current of 3 amps, according to Table 1.1 of the manual.  Our current readings on the power supply show between 1 and 2.5 amps at 24 volts, with the current depending on the 0 to 1.5 amps the vaccan heater draws.  So our max power output from the power supply is 60 watts, well within the power limits.

 

  1538   Wed Feb 4 17:29:29 2015 AidanSummaryDocumentationElectronics and power chassis connection summary

I spent this afternoon tracing out all the connections to and from all the chassis in the CTN lab.

We currently have 19 power supplies in use. Take a moment and think about that.

  1539   Mon Mar 30 14:22:36 2015 AidanNotesComputersOrdered Acromag slow controls test unit

I ordered the following Acromag units for a new slow controls test setup. The idea is to replace the Sun workstation running the VME slow controls.

Keith Thorne has already used some code to interface to these controls at the site:

As for Modbus, that package relies on the ASYN package, also for EPICS"
If you want it all put together for you, you can find some pre-built stuff at
 
ready to install at /ligo/apps/ubuntu12
 
source code ready to be built
 
- This has all the LIGO patches for macros, long variable names, etc. detail in 
  1540   Mon Mar 30 14:24:48 2015 AidanNotesComputersLab workstation has died

The Windows XP workstation in the lab died last week. After booting up to the "Windows XP" screen it reported a hardware problem. The subsequent reboot got to the BiOS and reported a corrupted memory problem. I'm going to pull the hard drive and replace the computer.

  1541   Mon Mar 30 14:29:25 2015 AidanSummaryEnvironmentCleaning underway

I've started removing a lot of the miscellaneous hardware from the lab (old pieces of Bosch framing, sheets of acrylic/plastic, etc). Some has gone into the ATF - we'll have to decide whether to keep it permanently or not. Right now, like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I'm trying to see if there truly exists some space in this lab - or if it is a myth propagated though the ages. 

  1542   Tue Mar 31 11:43:37 2015 AidanSummaryComputersRebooted VME and added sitemap

Aidan

Aidan rebooted the Sun machine and VME. It took a while to get the EPICS channels to work again. The following seemed to work:

  1. Reboot Sun machine.
  2. Reboot the VME crate by depressing the reboot button on the top of the crate.
  3. Log into VME (psl1) at 10.0.0.2 from the Sun machine.
  4. Check the existence of various channels with dbpr "C3:PSL-RCAV_RCPID_SETPOINT"
  5. On the Sun, cd to /usr1/epics/psl/scripts and run "perl rcav_PID_2012_06_15.pl"
  6. Confirmed that PID values started updating on the Sun screen.

Aidan also added a sitemap (~/sitemap.adl), see attached image, for the CTN lab. Aidan added an alias to /home/controls/.bashrc

Aidan

The alias is:

alias sitemap="medm -x /home/controls/sitemap.adl"

Aidan

 

  1543   Wed Apr 1 17:33:08 2015 AidanDailyProgressPMCLaser out of alignment to PMC

I've been trying to lock the laser to the PMC since we adjusted the Faraday. It's basically badly out of alignment now. I can only see very higher order modes flash when I scan the cavity.

The problem, currently, is that the Faraday is too high and we don't have enough mirrors to control the beam going through it. I'm going to install a second mirror in a bow-tie configuration tomorrow and realign the beam through the Faraday, 21.5MHz EOM and, hopefully, the PMC.

I also spent a lot of today tracing out the control loop for the laser slow control. Once I have all the control loops understood, I'm going to draw a diagram for the Wiki.

P.S. Found out that the PSL PMC Servo board is D980352. I've updated the Electronics page on the Wiki to indicate this...

  1545   Thu Apr 9 17:03:35 2015 AidanSummaryComputersAcromag ADC set up

I set up an Acromag slow controls based on the procedure that Keith wrote in T1400200. It's really pretty easy. It took an hour and 15 minutes from installing Ubuntu on a machine to having a functioning ADC channel from the Acromag unit. I haven't yet set up a DAC unit - this will require some tweaking of some of the EPICS parameters. Once I've done that I'll upload a complete procedure to the Wiki.

This is relatively promising for supporting/replacing VME slow channels.

  1547   Wed Apr 15 17:51:43 2015 AidanSummaryDAQAcromag XT1541 DAC working correctly - a little trick to configure

Aidan.

Success!

I configured the Acromag XT1541 DAC to run with EPICS. This was a touch trickier than the ADC as there is a subtlety with the channel configuration in the EPICS database. The bottom line is that now I can change the value in an EPICS channel and a multimeter attached to the unit will show a corresponding change in voltage.

The attached files (ioctest2.cmd and IOCTEST2.db) are used to access the first output channel, OUT00, on the unit. Now that I've got the thing working I can debug the calibration. Once that's sorted I'll summarize the set-up procedure on a Wiki page with glorious detail for future reference.

The following command line is used to open the modbus EPICS server.

${EPICS_MODULES}/modbus/bin/${EPICS_HOST_ARCH}/modbusApp ioctest2.cmd

The ioctest1 files are for the ADC unit.

  1548   Thu Apr 16 13:31:32 2015 AidanSummaryDAQAcromag XT1541 DAC working correctly - a little trick to configure

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:resources:computing:acromag

 

Quote:

Aidan.

Success!

I configured the Acromag XT1541 DAC to run with EPICS. This was a touch trickier than the ADC as there is a subtlety with the channel configuration in the EPICS database. The bottom line is that now I can change the value in an EPICS channel and a multimeter attached to the unit will show a corresponding change in voltage.

The attached files (ioctest2.cmd and IOCTEST2.db) are used to access the first output channel, OUT00, on the unit. Now that I've got the thing working I can debug the calibration. Once that's sorted I'll summarize the set-up procedure on a Wiki page with glorious detail for future reference.

The following command line is used to open the modbus EPICS server.

${EPICS_MODULES}/modbus/bin/${EPICS_HOST_ARCH}/modbusApp ioctest2.cmd

The ioctest1 files are for the ADC unit.

 

  1549   Mon May 18 16:49:59 2015 AidanSummaryPMCRealigning PMC with rubbish input beam

I'm practicing the procedure of aligning the PMC. The input beam isn't great (I might be clipping a little on the Faraday). I'm mostly trying to get the hang of aligning into the cavity again as it's been a while.

My technique, so far, is to adjust the alignment, in yaw, of the third mirror before the cavity and then sweep the final mirror before the cavity slowly in yaw. I'm looking for flashes of transmission on the trans-camera. The goal is to keep tweaking until the order of the transitted mode is reduced to a few or zero. I should probably be sweeping the PZT at the same time.

I'm going to adjust the alignment through the FI tomorrow - just as soon as I get my hands on a couple more mirrors.

  1559   Sat Aug 1 09:29:25 2015 AidanSummaryEnvironmentCleaned computer table. Added Acromag

I cleaned the table with the computers and removed one of the monitors. I installed the Acromag units to the rack, powered them up and got them onto the network. They are:

XT1221 unit: 10.0.0.42

XT1521 unit: 10.0.0.41

I've pinged them successfully from other machines. I have an Ubuntu machine that I borrowed from the TCS lab to interface to them. I'll set up the EPICS control on Monday. In addition to adding the DC transmission channels to Acromag, we should be able to start migrating the PID controls away from the VME crates to these new units. 

 

 

  1561   Tue Aug 4 14:15:14 2015 AidanSummaryComputersDAQD not running on FB2. FB2 trend disk is full

Like the title says ...

If I try running DAQD per https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:experiments:psl:add_channel_for_daq_in_fb2

then it fails and the log file reveals that this is when it tries to write a GWF file to the trend folder. Manually trying to write anything to this location results in a "disk full" message.

The trusty df command yields the following.

[controls@fb2 frames]$ df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00
                     232477448 125679200  94798608  58% /
/dev/sda1               101086     25961     69906  28% /boot
tmpfs                  1029664         0   1029664   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sdc1            240362656 205728852  34633804  86% /frames/full
/dev/sdd1            307663800 307663800         0 100% /frames/trend

 

 

  1564   Wed Aug 5 10:18:54 2015 AidanSummaryComputersSummary of installation of Acromag units and control workstation

Summary of installation of new hardware:

 

  1. ACROMAG1 computer.
    1. This is a desktop running a new install of Ubuntu 12.
    2. It is on the CTN lab network and has been assigned the static IP address 10.0.0.33, with a Gateway 255.255.255.0
    3. We can’t seem to access the regular internet on this machine just yet.
    4. I’ve set up the standard CONTROLS account
    5. I’ve installed EPICS per https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-T1400200 that includes the MODBUS app that can access the ACROMAG units.
  2. ACROMAG units
    1. The XT1221 (ADC) and XT1541 (DAC) units are installed in the northwest rack
    2. They have static IP addresses:

i.XT1221: 10.0.0.42

ii.XT1541: 10.0.0.41

  1. They are getting a temporary +18V to power them.
  2. The XT1221 is attached to the router and the XT1541 is daisy-chained to the former.
  3. I need to check the averaging settings on the ADC unit to make sure they’re not overtaxing the system
  1. MODBUS/EPICS software
    1. I set up a MODBUS IOC per https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:resources:computing:acromag
    2. The interface to the ACROMAG units is defined in acromag.cmd
    3. The input channels are defined in IOCTEST.DB and these report a value in counts

i.E.g. C3:ACROMAG_INPUT0

  1. We calibrated created three CALC channels that provide outputs calibrated in VOLTS. The calibrations are hardcoded into the database file.

i.C3:PSL-TRANS_ACAV_ISS_DC

ii.C3:PSL-TRANS_RCAV_ISS_DC

iii.C3:PSL-TRANS_RF_DC

  1. The two ISS channels are connected to their respective PDs
  2. The RF_DC output goes through an SR560 with a 30Hz pole and 50x gain on it to amplify the signal before the ADC.
  1571   Fri Aug 14 19:10:39 2015 AidanSummaryTempCtrlDropped lab temperature set point from 72F to 68F

At 7:07PM

 

  1572   Mon Aug 17 17:02:41 2015 AidanSummaryComputersAcromag binary outputs working - still can't control TTFSS box though

I managed to figure out the modbusDrv configuration settings to get the binary output of the Acromag working. I've updated the Wiki page to reflect this. I've wired the XT1541 DAC, BIO Acromag unit to the T1EN and T2EN channels on the TTFSS box but I still can't get remote control of it yet for some reason. When the PDH loop is closed and I switch the TTFSS box to REMOTE, the loop stays closed regardless of what I do to the binary outputs in EPICS.

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:resources:computing:acromag

  1573   Wed Aug 19 10:34:33 2015 AidanSummaryDAQBinary IO control of TTFSS box working - can lock PDH remotely

I've worked out how to get the binary IO to work with the TTFSS box so that we can activate switches in that unit. It wasn't working in the setup yesterday because of physics. Actually - there is a 10K pulldown resistor in the Acromag unit that attaches the output to ground. The actual circuit looks like this:

 

VCC (5V) --- (4.99K) --- T1EN -----|-----DIO0 ----(6.2V if DOUT set to 1)---- (10K) ------ | GND

.........   TTFSS...................................| ..............................ACROMAG ...............................................|

T1EN is measured by the switch-chip (SN74HCT157D, chip U3 in D040423) to determine whether it should be open or closed. We need to bring T1EN below 0.8V to get the TTL logic to work.

If DOUT is set to 1, then DIO0 and T1EN become the excitation voltage, 6.2V, and the switch circuit reads high. If DOUT is set to 0, the excitation voltage is removed and we just end up with a voltage divider and around 3.33V at T1EN - which does not register as low.

We can get around this by adding a smaller resistor, say 810 Ohms, in parallel to the 10K, to lower the effective resistance of the pull-down resistor to 750 Ohms. The maximum current the Acromag unit will have to supply is 6.2V/750 Ohms = 8.4mA.

So that's what I did. Now, when I switch DOUT to 1, I see 6.2V at T1EN and when I switch DOUT to 0, I see 0.669V at T1EN. The TTFSS box registers these as two different states and I can lock and unlock the PDH loop from EPICS.

  1574   Wed Aug 19 13:53:45 2015 AidanSummaryDAQDAC calibration for Acromag slow units

Volts (requested) to Counts

C = a1*V_req + a2

a1 = 3003.5 counts/Volt

a2 = -20.8285 counts

Entered counts (in +ve and -ve amounts) and measured the resulting voltage across the output. I'm not sure how stable this calibration is.

  1585   Thu Oct 8 16:27:18 2015 AidanSummaryNoiseBudgetNoise Budget on MATLAB - RIN is possibly the reason locking sucks right now

After two straight days of trying to get iPython notebooks to run on my Mac and two different Ubuntu installations, I gave up in frustration and rewrote the simpler parts of Evan's noise budget code into MATLAB. The following Noise Budget (without any BeatNote measurement from the lab) represents an estimate of the current noise in the system.

Clearly, with the ISS OFF, we are hugely dominated by intensity noise. We will investigate if this is the reason that we can't lower the FM deviation on the Marconi below 300kHz/V.

 

  1591   Thu Oct 15 10:09:16 2015 AidanSummaryComputersUpdated network diagram on Wiki

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:resources:computing:network:menu

Removed a few old computers from the diagram (35W laser, old OPC server, PSL Workstation, HWS workstation). Added a few new ones (OPC server in TCS lab, New workstation in PSL lab, Acromag control box in PSL lab).

 

  1597   Mon Oct 26 13:47:18 2015 AidanSummaryRefCavThermal shield cap drawing - lower emissivity material

https://dcc.ligo.org/DocDB/0120/D1500213/001/D1500213-v1.PDF

  1598   Mon Oct 26 17:24:59 2015 AidanSummaryRefCavThermal shield cap drawing - lower emissivity material

Here's the drawing for the shield. https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-D1500403

 

Quote:

https://dcc.ligo.org/DocDB/0120/D1500213/001/D1500213-v1.PDF

 

  1610   Fri Mar 4 17:27:48 2016 AidanSummaryEnvironmentTable and enclosure raising

We have raised the table by ~ 16" and the enclosure around the table by about 13".

  • Feb-16: covered the table and removed the old enclosure. Equipment emptied from cupboards and stored in TCS lab
  • Feb-22: Transportation came across and raised the table for us.
  • Mar-3/4: Taller enclosure assembled around the table
  1618   Wed Mar 30 10:22:59 2016 AidanSummaryDAQNew front panel for Acromag slow controls ordered

I've ordered a 4U rack mount kit with DIN rail for mounting the Acromag stuff. It's open on the top and bottom but is quite deep. I've made up a front panel for this kit which will connect to the slow controls with 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs, 4 binary inputs/outputs, 2x 25 pin connectors for connecting to the FSS boards and a 15 pin connector for connecting to the ion pump current supply.

 

  1628   Sat Apr 9 12:30:15 2016 AidanSummaryDAQDAC back online for laser SLOW control: now via Acromag

With the (intentional) demise of the VME crate, the slow controls for the laser were brought back online today. So far, only the controls for the laser temperature are running. However, if you run the LASER SLOW MEDM screen, the channels C3:PSL-ACAV_SLOWOUT and C3:PSL-RCAV_SLOWOUT are now active. 

To achieve this: I did the following:

1. Restored FB2 to the local network to allow for GUI interface to EPICS.

2. On the computer running the MODBUS IOC (10.0.0.33), I created some channels in the DB that are "ai" channels with the names C3:PSL-A(R)CAV_SLOWOUT. There are some CALC channels that use these as inputs to convert to counts and then the output is sent to the approrpiate DAC register on the acromag unit via the modbus protocol.

3. So now any computer running EPICS on the local network can interact with the SLOWOUT channels

We connected BNCs up between the Acromag terminals and the SLOW IN BNC inputs on the front panel of the two NPRO controllers and double-checked that a requested voltage actually yields that voltage at the NPRO controller.

 

  1629   Sat Apr 9 12:30:20 2016 AidanSummaryDAQDAC back online for laser SLOW control: now via Acromag

With the (intentional) demise of the VME crate, the slow controls for the laser were brought back online today. So far, only the controls for the laser temperature are running. However, if you run the LASER SLOW MEDM screen, the channels C3:PSL-ACAV_SLOWOUT and C3:PSL-RCAV_SLOWOUT are now active. 

To achieve this: I did the following:

1. Restored FB2 to the local network to allow for GUI interface to EPICS.

2. On the computer running the MODBUS IOC (10.0.0.33), I created some channels in the DB that are "ai" channels with the names C3:PSL-A(R)CAV_SLOWOUT. There are some CALC channels that use these as inputs to convert to counts and then the output is sent to the approrpiate DAC register on the acromag unit via the modbus protocol.

3. So now any computer running EPICS on the local network can interact with the SLOWOUT channels

We connected BNCs up between the Acromag terminals and the SLOW IN BNC inputs on the front panel of the two NPRO controllers and double-checked that a requested voltage actually yields that voltage at the NPRO controller.

 

  1634   Mon May 30 14:27:48 2016 AidanSummarySafetyGave Andrew Wade a safety walkthrough

I showed Andrew Wade the CTN lab and gave him a safety walkthrough. We also went over the safe operating procedure for turning on the laser.

  1636   Tue May 31 13:26:21 2016 AidanSummaryRF36MHz and 37MHz Wenzel crystals added to the lab for PDH

I have a set of two Wenzel OCXO added to the electronics chassis, courtesy of the gentry from the Cryo Lab. The chassis has outputs for 36MHz and 37MHz.

We can use these temporarily and exchange the oscillators in future when we select a new sideband wavelengh.

  1700   Thu Aug 4 15:15:32 2016 AidanSummaryTempCtrlRTDs used in aLIGO TCS RHs

These are the RTDs we use in aLIGO TCS

http://www.omega.com/Temperature/pdf/1PT100KN_2PT100KN.pdf

 

  1710   Tue Aug 30 10:28:07 2016 AidanMiscTempCtrlKapton stick on resistive heaters
I've ordered a few of these Kapton heaters to fit the new shields: https://dcc.ligo.org/DocDB/0122/D1500403/002/D1500403-v2.PDF

 - KHLV-204/2-P

 - KHLV-0502/5
  1711   Tue Aug 30 10:56:51 2016 AidanSummaryTempCtrlRTDs used in aLIGO TCS RHs

Here's the RH driver PCB for aLIGO:

https://dcc.ligo.org/DocDB/0021/D1002529/006/Driver_RingHeater.pdf

It uses this power amp: https://www.digchip.com/datasheets/download_datasheet.php?id=508953&part-number=LM12CLK

 

Quote:

The heater driver in the old design (iLIGO PSL) is this horrible programmable power supply with high output noise (see measurement of 40m PSL heater).

What we want instead is something that takes in +/- 10 V and drives a DC current (not PWM) into our heaters (which are ~50-100 Ohms). A BUF634 is almost good enough; it can do 200 mA at 10 V. Is there a BUF634 equivalent which can do more like 500 mA? Otherwise we can just use a opamp + transistor.

What is being used for the ring heaters at the LIGO sites?

 

  1716   Tue Sep 6 15:24:52 2016 AidanSummaryEnvironmentPEM monitor computer is ready to run - needs license
I'm working with Jamie to get a frame builder running in the ATF & CTN for these temp/pres/humidity channels to be stored on. There's no 
long term storage right now.
  1801   Wed Jan 4 16:21:52 2017 AidanNotesPMCCTN PMC COMSOL lowest body-mode 13.9kHz & UGF = 3.5kHz calculation

I modeled the PMC in COMSOL. The lowest order body mode is around 13.9kHz. This means we want a UGF for the PMC control loop around 13.9kHz/4 ~3.5kHz.

The results have been added to the Wiki page: https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:experiments:psl:pmc

 

  1811   Wed Jan 11 17:08:45 2017 AidanSummaryPurchasesControllable 30V, 3A, 90W linear power supply with analog input

I picked up one of the following linear lab power supplies for the TCS Lab. They can output 30V, 3A. They also have accept an analog input to control the output voltage (or current). It's the sort of thing that should be useful for quick heater driver tests.

http://www.newark.com/gw-instek/gps-3030d/power-supply-dc-30v-90w/dp/73K6023

  1837   Wed May 24 14:58:45 2017 AidanSummaryPMCPMC driver board chassis and Acromag

I've pulled the old PMC driver board from the VIM crate architecture and inserted it into a chassis (D1700003). The interface has been reconfigured to insert directly into two Acromag units that are inside the chassis (see attached photo). It still needs a back panel.

So far, the DAC connections (loop gain control and locking point control) are wokring. The binary outputs are not properly switching between 0V and 5V - I'll need to double-check what circuit the Acromag 1541 is expecting to be attached.

Also, I've added a new EPICS database file for these channels (attached).

 

 

  1920   Fri Sep 15 14:33:06 2017 AidanSummaryOtherCTN lab preparation for the plumbing work

[Aidan, Gabriele, Eric]

We turned off and covered the clean flow bench by the west wall. We also removed the items from off the top on the half closest to that wall. We removed all the cables hanging below the pipe and lay them on the floor.

 

  1656   Fri Jul 1 16:50:35 2016 Aidan, AndrewSummaryDAQAcromag slow controls back up

I showed Andrew how to set up the slow controls. We got the previous 3 ADC channels back up.

  • C3:PSL-TRANS_ACAV_ISS_DC
  • C3:PSL-TRANS_RCAV_ISS_DC
  • C3:PSL-TRANS_RF_DC

Also:

  • rewired a few BNC feedthroughs up through the front panel of the Acromag chassis
  • bolted the front panel to the chassis independently of the screws that mount the chassis to the rack

 

  1557   Thu Jul 30 14:55:14 2015 Aidan, AntonioSummaryEnvironmentBroken light replaced - general lab cleanliness

I had Facilities come and replace the dead light tube in the CTN lab antechamber. It's nice and bright in there right now.

We've noticed that the floor is pretty dusty - so we're implementing twice weekly mopping sessions starting tomorrow.

 

  1558   Sat Aug 1 09:24:58 2015 Aidan, AntonioSummaryBEATLasers locked to cavities - no beat - polarization? Transmission issues

Both lasers have been locked to the cavities for 24 hours. The slow control of the frequency is handed off to the PID loop. Antonio and I observed strange behaviour on the DC value of the cavity transmission.

As Evan had noted before, there are two polarizations that will resonate and they're about 3MHz apart (if I remember correctly). We can see these on the DC photodiodes on transmission (the ISS PD and the RF DC output). One peak is large and the other much smaller. However, when we have large transmission onto the RF photodiode we have small transmission onto the ISS PD and vice versa. It's likely we have a pick-off optic with strong polarization selectivity.

We couldn't find the beat yesterday or Thursday.

  1562   Tue Aug 4 17:41:01 2015 Aidan, AntonioSummaryRefCavDAQ running with TRANS channels - strange peaks as we scan the laser frequency

We now have DC transmission channels in the frames. I'll post the details soon, but here's a plot that shows the transmission through the cavity on the RF_DC channel and the ACAV ISS DC as we slowly ramp the ACAV_SLOWOUT (temperature control) at a rate of 5E-5V/s.

Note the strange shape of the transmission peaks.

The wide view allows us to see the cavity transmit the upper and lower sidebands. Look carefully at the TRANS_RF_DC curve.

  1565   Wed Aug 5 15:59:07 2015 Aidan, AntonioSummaryRefCavACAV transmission on RF photodiode

We swept the temperature of the ACAV laser and monitored the transmission through the cavity. In the attached image, the TEM00 modes (separated by 3GHz or 1 FSR) are located at C3:PSL-ACAV_SLOWOUT values of 0.5344V and 1.379V. There is a TEM20 mode at 1.52V.


 

  1577   Thu Aug 27 17:11:43 2015 Aidan, AntonioSummaryBEATTrouble locking - 140kHz notes are switching supplies?

We tried locking the PLL today but failed. Looking at the beat note on the network analyzer revealed some 70/140kHz harmonics. We thought this might be what is preventing us from locking.

Rana suggested that these are from the switching power supplies (which switch at 70kHz). If so, this may be a red-herring. It's possible we're not trying with high enough gain settings ...

The large peak that is offset by about 50kHz is from the Marconi ... we can make it move around by changing the Marconi frequency.

  1583   Tue Oct 6 09:11:48 2015 Aidan, AntonioDailyProgressPEMIt's alive! Newport temperature sensors resurrected

We finally got the temperature sensors broadcasting to EPICS channels again - well, in part anyway. There are a lot of configuration issues to work out (refresh rate, saving to frames, license for OPC server, battery monitors, data precision). But at least we can now see a temperature sensor channel in EPICS that corresponds to a live measurement. The configuration to get the data from the remote unit to EPICS is shown in the attached block diagram.

 

More details can be found here:

https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:30889/ATFWiki/doku.php?id=main:experiments:psl:menu

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