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  2545   Mon Mar 29 14:16:33 2021 AidanComputingCDSRebuilding C4TST with frames added to file

Added Simulink > Model-Wide Utilities > Model Info block to c4tst.mdl. Text inside that block is:

#DAQ Channels

FM31_OUT 16384


Now following https://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8081/QIL/2336

And it failed. See attached screenshot. Then I copied c4tst.mdl to the simLink directory. Compile still failed.



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  2544   Thu Mar 25 12:28:19 2021 AidanComputingCymacsDAC channels not outputting voltages

Noticed that the DAC channels were not producing a corresponding output in the real world (I changed the Laser Current FM12 value and got not corresponding change on the laser diode driver display).

Sent the following to Chris: "Can you log into the QIL FB4 workstation to see if there is an issue with the DAC? I restarted the C4TST model last week and I don’t seem to have working DAC outputs anymore. The ADC channels still work and the model appears to be running. It just seems that I can’t output any voltages."

After observing that the "DK" (DACKILL) bit in the state word on the IOP status screen was red, the resolution to this was to restart the IOP and TST models.

  2543   Fri Mar 19 15:13:25 2021 AidanComputingGeneralAdding fb4:/usr/share/advligorts to QIL-WS2

Adding fb4:/usr/share/advligorts to QIL-WS2 to /etc/fstab file

Should help access to CDS_PARTS model file in Simulink on QIL-WS2

Except access is denied by FB4

  2542   Fri Mar 19 13:51:16 2021 AidanComputingGeneralActivated MATLAB on QIL-WS2

MATLAB license had expired on QIL-WS2 so I had to activate it again.

  2541   Wed Mar 17 16:06:24 2021 aaronElectronicsEquipment transferborrowed filter

entered just before (Wed Mar 17 16:06:37 2021) to borrow a mini-circuits filter (SLP-100)

  2540   Tue Mar 16 20:50:14 2021 AidanHowtoTutorial videoHow to operate the PD pumping station

I added a 7 minute video to the DCC that shows how to operate the HiCube 80 Eco pumping station.


Also added a "Tutorial video" category to the elog.

  2539   Tue Mar 16 18:45:43 2021 AidanDailyProgress2um PhotodiodesCryo cool down and temperature rise - JPL PD LN2 (5 hours to rise)

I pumped the chamber down and added LN2 today. The pressure was slowly rising - it was about 20m Torr in the chamber when I added the LN2. Per Raymond's instructions, I added about a third of a container of LN2. This got the temperature down to about 89K (when I had 20W running in the heater). It stayed there for about 25-30 minutes.

I turned off the heater and left the LN2 to boil off. You could see the cloud coming out of the top (the plume height would increase proportionally to the heat in the heater).

Eventually the LN2 evaporated and the shield temperature started to increase back to room temperature. As of this post it is 282K (which took about 5 hours).

The PD thermistor is not currently registering. However, the temperature of the PD can be inferred from the shield temperature (see aLOG 2517).

The rate of increase in temperature was much faster than the previous test - see second time series. I wonder if the thermal mass of the shields in the Feb 2020 test was cooled down a lot more due to 5 hours at 80K in that test - thus reducing the overall ambient load on the inner shield ...


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  2538   Fri Mar 12 16:29:36 2021 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesVacuum needs leak checking

I pumped the small vacuum volume down but the pressure started rising as soon as I turned off the vacuum pump. Closing the main valve to the pump and the valve to the chamber did little to change the leak rate. So the main leak seems to be from the volume around the pressure gauge - best guess, the section and O-ring that I connected to the chamber yesterday.

Vacuum pressure was recorded from vacuum gauge to text file in Python (using pyserial). Haven't got this into EPICS just yet. 

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  2537   Fri Mar 12 08:31:05 2021 StephenHowtoCryo vacuum chamberQIL Cryo setup how to videos and photo album

Link to ligo.wbridge QIL Cryostat HowTo Playlist Cryostat on youtube - not super user-friendly as of yet, but populated with a couple of videos so far.

Link to ligo.wbridge QIL Cryostat Photo Album on google photos - not well curated, currently just a dump.

  2536   Wed Mar 10 17:20:26 2021 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesPumped chamber down briefly - connected vacuum gauge to the computer
  • I updated the SR560 settings for the AC Photodiode readout going into the ADC. They're now: AC coupled input, 2000x gain, low noise, 10kHz pole
  • Updated the "undoSR560" filterbank for the FM31 input channel to undo the SR560 settings (zpk([0.15], [0], 7.5E-5)
  • Unhooked oscilloscope from AC channel and switched SR560 to battery mode - no change in recorded spectra. I think I need to run the FEMTO preamp from a battery pack
  • Hooked up the pumping station to the chamber and went through the pumping cycle described below. No major issues.
  • Turned on the MKS vacuum gauge and hooked it into the serial port of QIL-WS1 to readback the vacuum pressure onto the DAQ. I want to transfer this across to QIl-NFS but there are no serial ports on that machine - will have to get a USB-Serial converter.
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  2535   Thu Mar 4 16:12:26 2021 AidanHowto2um PhotodiodesJPL PD set up tutorial video

I recorded a 15 minute overview that describes the JPL PD set up and how to operate it. I'm in the process of embellishing the operation procedure (previous version can be found here: eLOG 2476).


  2534   Thu Mar 4 13:37:51 2021 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesReference PD reading vs Power incident on viewport

I measured the power incident on the cryo chamber viewport and the reference PD reading to calibrate the incident power. Data is attached. Power meter head = S148C.


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  2533   Wed Mar 3 16:14:18 2021 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesBringing 2um PD testing back online

I ran the bright PD test on the photodiode currenlty in the vacuum chamber. The test was run at air and room temperature. I aligned the 2um laser onto the PD using the piezo mirror and the readout from the preamp. I then switched to the Keithley and ran the bright scan with the "runsweep.py" script. I actually ran the scan at multiple laser diode current settings by varying the control voltage into the diode driver. The change in response wrt control voltage looks linear but I need to run an analysis on it.

The data is stored in /home/controls/JPL_PD/data/20210303_bright_scans



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  2532   Fri Feb 5 14:13:08 2021 ranaDailyProgressCryo vacuum chamberSuccessful cooldown in

is the x-axis in units of seconds? I think if we are clever, we should be able to look at a couple of the thermal time constants and figure out where the heat leaks are.


  2531   Fri Feb 5 08:50:02 2021 StephenDailyProgressCryo vacuum chamberSuccessful cooldown, cold flange without shields

[updated with reference to data set, cleaner plot, images of chamber configuration]

StephenA, 2021.02.05

Data - cooldown 20210205 (CSV = raw, XLSX = Stephen's plots) in Box Folder [Voyager\MarinerBox\CryoEngineering\CSVlogs]

Description - 5.5 hour cooldown with data, which was then allowed to continue for a total of 96 hours (but data collection failed for the long stretch, except for a snapshot of the final state). The cold flange was below 100 K after 6 hours, and leveled off at about 80 K. The vacuum pressure was steady at 3 microTorr throughout, via a roughing line connecting the external and internal volumes (mitigated losses in external connection volume, with no areas dramatically cold to touch). The cold flange was radiating to room temperature surroundings, as the radiation shields were not installed. The cryocooler was turned on/off at the start/end of the data collection, and the in-vac heater was not powered on at all.

Images -

  1. IMG_8047 = starting conditions;
  2. IMG_8119 = intermediate conditions after 5.7 hours;
  3. IMG_8148 = final conditions after 96 hours;
  4. IMG_8232 markup = view of RTD locations on cold flange, with annotations;
  5. IMG_8225 = top view of cold flange and chamber configuration without radiation shields.

Plots -

  1. cooldown_20210205_uhv_coupled_cold_flange_first_segment - shows first 5.5 hours only;
  2. cooldown_20210205_uhv_coupled_cold_flange_all_time - shows all 96 hours, with data points extracted from images.
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  2530   Fri Jan 29 10:14:16 2021 StephenDailyProgressCryo vacuum chamberRestarting Cryo vacuum chamber effort

StephenA, RaymondR remotely assisting (off payroll haha)

It seems that we won't likely receive the intended hand-off resources (especially of note is that Raymond can't seem to find the videos he made, wherein he guides through operations of the vacuum system and cryocooler). Raymond has been kind enough to support via Zoom as needed so that things can progress with some sort of guidance.

I'll stay on top of the lessons learned and dump these, along with photos and other resources in the log. I'll also make weekly visits with the intent of making continued progress.

1) What is the current state of the QIL Chamber?

- Raymond left the vacuum line shorting the "external volume" with the cross, cryocooler, etc. directly to the "main volume" because the losses between the "external volume" and the feedthrough entering the chamber were too large. The system was down in the e-5 torr range. Ref IMG_8019, with flex hose connecting bottom of 4-way cross to side of chamber.

- To implement this vacuum arrangement, there was a key component put aside on the table - IMG_8024 is a T which connects the roughing line to both the external volume and the main volume, using the flex line from IMG_8019 and the components pictured in IMG_8020.

- The copper feedthrough has all clamps attached, such that temperature measurements are being made on the adapter copper rod, which has a bolt pattern for thermal straps. Sensor names reflect current locations.

- We inspected everything (cryocooler connections, vacuum gauges, temperature logging), and pronounced it "ready to go" at the end of my work day.

2) What did I learn today?

- Cryocooler has only one setting, and temperature control must be engineered at the output using thermal contact, emissivity, etc.

- Formatting of USB is the main error that can befall the CTC100 datalogger. If the red dot in the upper right corner of the screen does not light up bright when it is tapped (this starts datalogging), then there is something wrong. Easy enough to test by removing the USB when the red dot is dim (datalogging paused) and checking whether there are log contents.

- Raymond's focus with the QIL chamber had been on answering the question, "can we cool down the cryocooler's connection (copper linkage which passes into the chamber) adequately?" He had never successfully obtained a cooldown that was below 150 K, and the primary limitation appeared to be related to high pressures in the "external volume".

3) What are we up to next?

- The next time I come in, I will be turning on the cryocooler and datalogging first thing, and I will hopefully have cooldown trends to share in the log.

- If those trends are > 150 K, I was advised that the next thing to do would be to bring the "external volume" out of the equation, and directly attach the cryocooler to the copper feedthrough linkage. This would be one way to demonstrate the least-lossy, best case scenario.

- If < 150 K, I am told that Karthik may be ready to move in for some measurements. If not, I would be interested in dropping in the suspended, shielded Silicon dummy (currently standing by) and seeing if we can measure a successful (< 150 K) cooldown on the Si mass.

4) Can we increase the height of the chamber?

I've shared lots of images related to the question of extending the height of the chamber. Here are my thoughts:

- Raw measurements - Ceiling = 0", Crane ~ -12",  Crane hook ~ -16", Chamber Lid ~ -26", Chamber Base ~ -40", Table ~ -43".

--> Not much space above the surface of lid, currently about 10" of range for a possible extension.

--> Actual useable range is less, due to real world limitations such as the height of lifting straps, interference with the angled crane arm, etc. 

- It would require a clever solution to increase the crane height (spacer at base? extended height model?) or lower the lid height wrt the crane (position on lower table? lower the table on its leveling feet?) to buy a few more inches.

- Current allowed object height ~8" (could be extended to about 10" with modified PEEK spacers at base); would we benefit greatly from having a ~16" allowed object height? Or do we need to get more height out of this update?

- I need to follow up with my request for quote of an extension of ~10" height.

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  2529   Mon Jan 25 16:05:43 2021 aaronMiscEquipment transfercantilever Qs to QIL

Mid afternoon I moved some equipment to QIL for making Q measurements of cantilevers, which Karthik is planning to do in the IR labs cryostat. See cryo elog for more information, photos attached to show location of equipment in QIL.

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  2528   Fri Jan 15 10:55:23 2021 PacoLab InfrastructureGeneralBorrow AG4395A

This morning I rolled the AG4395A from Adaptive Optics lab (labeled QIL, IP = for use in Crackle. Will return after end using.

  2527   Tue Dec 29 17:53:21 2020 ranaSummaryGeneralInstrument loan

doesn't seem so, but they sell this one:


which has a USB interface and pretty good voltage noise spectrum


  2526   Tue Dec 22 15:20:14 2020 KojiSummaryGeneralInstrument loan

Is the reverse bias programmable? FEMTO has a bias trimmer on it. It's useful in the usual application, but for automation, the configuration of the input becomes cumbersome.

  2525   Tue Dec 22 10:42:17 2020 ranaSummaryGeneralInstrument loan

I was thinking about getting this new current pre-amp from NF:


It seems to have a good noise performance and has a built in low pass filter and also a remote interface.

The FEMTO seems less fancy, but their noise performance is actually 2-3x better.


FEMTO DLPCA200 low noise preamp (brand new)

Keithley Source Meter 2450 (brand new) => Returned 11/23/2020

were brought to the OMC lab for temporary use.


  2524   Wed Dec 16 22:08:36 2020 anchalUpdateEquipment transferTook delay line box, compressed nitrogen cylinder and lens to 2um (Crackle) lab
  • Took a delay line box DB64 from QIL from the WOPO table to the 2um (formerly known as Crackle) lab. The box was marked Crackle on it.
  • Took the compressed nitrogen cylinder for optics cleaning which was stored in Adaptive Optics lab.
  • Took some lens from the cabinet in Adaptive optics lab.
  • Took some other optics parts like pedestals, posts, lens mount etc.

See SUS_Lab/1877

  2523   Tue Dec 8 11:27:51 2020 RadhikaMiscLab MonitoringParticle counter communication

I have a python script for communication with the Met One 227a particle counter, but it appears like I am not receiving a response from the device. I swapped out a few serial-USB cables, but this did not fix the issue. I suspect I am making an unsound assumption about the communication protocol so I am going back to basics and reading more on RS232 and ASCII commands. 

  2522   Fri Nov 20 18:49:43 2020 KojiSummaryGeneralInstrument loan

FEMTO DLPCA200 low noise preamp (brand new)

Keithley Source Meter 2450 (brand new) => Returned 11/23/2020

were brought to the OMC lab for temporary use.

  2521   Fri Nov 20 18:47:42 2020 KojiSummaryGeneralPermenant exchange of TED200C(QIL) and TED200C(2umECDL)

I moved the brand new TED200C on the workbench to Crackle for 2um ECDL (permanently)
The TED200C temp controller used in the 2um PD test setup will stay there (permanently)


  2520   Thu Nov 19 16:25:30 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesAgilis piezo mirror installed in JPL PD testing apparatus

Here's the python code I used to control this. 

I incorrectly used the Move to Limit command ('1MV-3': axis 1, MoVe, negative direction, speed 3', where the speeds are given in the manual, see Section 4.7 in particular). Once this command is issued, the stage will keep moving until it receives the stop command. The JOG command would be more appropriate.

I confirmed a smooth change in the PD output as the beam translated across it.


I installed the Agilis mirror before the lens and cryo-chamber. Used the USB interface to align the beam onto the PD. So we can control the alignment remotely now (or once I’ve properly connected the USB cable instead of today’s janky test connection).


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  2519   Tue Nov 17 17:51:44 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesAgilis piezo mirror installed in JPL PD testing apparatus

I installed the Agilis mirror before the lens and cryo-chamber. Used the USB interface to align the beam onto the PD. So we can control the alignment remotely now (or once I’ve properly connected the USB cable instead of today’s janky test connection).

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  2518   Wed Nov 11 16:09:22 2020 anchalSummaryECDLAUX wavelength finesee requirements in mariner - Added Excess Scatter Noise

An issue was raised with last calculation about the fact that our sensing of PDH signal isn't ideal and in the real world there is scattering, clipping extra adding excess noise in the PDH loop. This noise primarily comes by the intensity noise imparted on promptly reflected light from the cavity via various shaking optics etc on the table before it goes to the PDH reflection RF photodiode.

This noise's coupling to the PDH loop is identical to how shot noise of light couples into the PDH loop i.e.:

  • Intensity noise of light is converted into voltage oise by the PDH photo diode.
  • This is compared against the cavity finesse amplified real PDH error siganl at this stage.
  • Therefore, in frequency noise, the affect of this intensity noise is smaller for higher finesse cavities since cavity finesse only amplifies the PDH signal anf not the scattering noise.

Excess noise estimate

  • I used this measurement taken in 40m with Koji to estimate this noise.
  • This measurement contained a beatnote between IR coupled AUX light and the main laser IR pick-off when X-arm is locked to the main laser and AUX laser is locked to X-arm.
  • So this noise measurement is an upper bound on the total noise in AUX laser frequency when it is locked to the X-arm.
  • I compared this against the noise budget model for AUX PDH loop I have which uses the same control loop as the uPDH box used here.
  • I found a bulge of excess noise below 100 Hz and it seemed to go done as 1/f^2 there. I was reminded by a chat I had with Rana and another professor sometime last year when Rana mentioned scattering noise showing up as "Scatter shelf" looking something like this.
  • So I modeled excess noise as the difference between the noise budget and the measured noise with it extending after 100 Hz with the same roll off as in 10-100 Hz.

Calibration noise budget

  • I took the excess noise measured, converted it to W/rtHz by using current AUX PDH discriminant and photodiode gain, and normalized by the power (9.6mW) to get this noise in RIN/rtHz.
  • Then I assumed that the same RIN would be imparted in the Mariner AUX loop and calculated excess intensity noise at the PDH loop by multiplying the above number with assumed 10mW of incident power to get it in W/rtHz.
  • From here, I fed it to the same input as I feed the shot noise in the loop and calculated the effect in the overall noise budget.
  • For high bandwidth and gain PDH loops required for calibration, this kind of noise would dominate up to a kHz before getting taken over by the residual laser frequency noise.
  • I have again plotted cases for three choices of finesse/mirror transmission. If we used 99.95% reflectivity (1000 ppm transmission, finesse of 3140) we would be fine for most calibration lines except the one around 40 Hz. (assuming drive strength of 1e-13 m everywhere).
  • Otherwise, if possible, we should go for higher finesse. Case (c) plotted here (Page 3), shows that for 99.995% reflectivity (100 ppm transmission, finesse of 31415), we will be fine in all over the range with cavity pole dropping to 63 Hz. This would be really nice of course, if it is possible.
  • So we recommend HR coatings for 1418 nm in the Mariner to be 99.995% reflective (giving total power transmission of 100 ppm).
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  2517   Tue Nov 10 12:46:34 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesJPL PD resurrection (cont.)

Looks like the temperature difference between the PD and the shield is relatively small. Even the transients when the heater is applied are order 5K. 

This means that, for quick purposes, the shield RTD is a good proxy for the PD temperature. 

The attached data is the difference between PD and shield RTD from circa 5th-6th February 2020.


Okay - all the steps in the procedure of eLOG 2476 have been verified as working - with the exception of the RTDs in the chamber.

 With regards to taking dark noise spectra at different biases and temperatures, looks like Raymond took spectra with biases of [50, 100, 200, 400, 600, 1000]mV. If no objections, I’ll stick to that number of measurements. 

I’m a bit pushed for time with other stuff. I wonder if the shield RTD is sufficient to run tests on the system? I’ll go back through the data and see how reproducible the relationship between shield temperature and PD temperature is. If it is reliable then in the interests of time, I’m going to forgo re-installing the extra RTDs in the chamber just now.



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  2516   Mon Nov 9 15:49:58 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesJPL PD resurrection (cont.)

Okay - all the steps in the procedure of eLOG 2476 have been verified as working - with the exception of the RTDs in the chamber.

 With regards to taking dark noise spectra at different biases and temperatures, looks like Raymond took spectra with biases of [50, 100, 200, 400, 600, 1000]mV. If no objections, I’ll stick to that number of measurements. 

I’m a bit pushed for time with other stuff. I wonder if the shield RTD is sufficient to run tests on the system? I’ll go back through the data and see how reproducible the relationship between shield temperature and PD temperature is. If it is reliable then in the interests of time, I’m going to forgo re-installing the extra RTDs in the chamber just now.


  2515   Mon Nov 9 10:08:38 2020 anchalSummaryECDLAUX wavelength finesee requirements in mariner with 1418 nm ECDL (Preliminary)

I have a preliminary calculation to post here. This does not include noise sources from cavity fluctuations and main frequency noise. But it gives some idea about shot noise and frequency noise of AUX laser conttribution to the noise in calibration.

What's included?

  • I have put in measured PZT transfer function of ECDL at ANU upto 25 kHz. Above this point, they did not measure it so I couldn't make it artificially dirty. I just assumed 1/f roll off above (which is definitely incomplete picture).
  • I have included phase effects of cavity FSR in the loop by adding the resonance features as mentioned here.
  • I have added attempted resonance compensation for 1kHz and 2kHz features in the PZT after fitting the data with poles and zeros and iverting them.
  • 10mW of incident AUX light is assumed on the arm cavity.
  • Total 10 mW of combined power at 709 nm is assumed to fall on the beatnote. So AUX light would be frequency doubled for this beatnote.

What's left?

  • Need to add seismic noise and other measured excess noise that come from the cavity motion.
  • Need to add laser frequency noise of main laser, however, it must be small since it is locked to mode cleaner.
  • Need to add digital delay of Red Pitaya or whatever filter would be used for PZT resonance compensation.
  • Need to model PZT transfer function of ECDL above kHz properly. ANU replied that they can't measure it for higher frequencies due to lack of time.
  • Need to do time domain stability analysis. This I haven't been able to do as I have just been using python-controls package as black box to compute impulse and step responses of state space systems. When simply adding easured transfer function data, I couldn't create the state stpace representation for the system. I tried to fit multiple resonances above 2 kHz but couldn't really capture the magnitude of the response well. Maybe I can just assume higher harmonics of the 1kHz and 2kHz resonances?


  • Page 1 is the measured PZT transfer function fo 1900 nm ECDL from ANU along with the modeled 1/f roll off after 25 kHz.
  • Page 2 is the open loop transfer function of the AUX PDH loop for the three different finesse cases studies. Note that the blue curve is hidden beneate the other two curves. Before objections came, I know this is unreal and incomplete, but I have to start somewhere.
  • Page 3 is the calibration noise budget with different colors showing the three finesse cases.
    • This is also incomplete but we can takeaway what the shot noise contribution would look like and initiate a dialogue about the integration time chosen (which is 100s here), the SNR aim chosen (1000 here) and what drive strength would be good enough.
    • From notes of Craig and Gautum, I think we can drive the mirrors at 0.1pm ampltude in the calibration band. From my first and only calibration measurement in 40m, I could drive upto a pm without loosing lock in the cavities.
    • But that was a simple single arm lock and full ifo lock must be more sensitive. So is 0.1 pm drive strength good enough or do we want to aim lower?
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  2514   Fri Nov 6 12:45:21 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesPhotodiode testing recovery status

Embellished Chris's PD MEDM screen a bit to illustrate controls in a diagram. The representation of the RELAY SWITCH between the Keithley and the SR560 is a bit off - I think the transimpedance amplifier is switched out as well.

Also - Keithley bright PD sweep output is attached.


Quick update, more detailed update to follow.

  • Laser is working
  • Photodiode sweep with the Keithley shows a sensible dark Current v Voltage plot (when laser is off) - indicating that PD wiring is still intact
  • Laser was aligned onto photodiode (although it took a while aligning to find the signal)
  • Ran a sweep with the Keithley and the laser on - saw another sensible bright Current v Voltage plot (more current than in the dark case)
  • DAQ control still works
  • DAC output is directly providing (unfiltered) 200mV bias

Still to do:

  • Get the SR785 plugged back in
  • Get an SR560 inserted between DAC output and PD bias to low pass filter
  • Investigate why the laser current set point is so noisy
  • Sort out RTD situation inside the chamber
  • Miscellaneous stuff


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  2513   Fri Nov 6 08:14:58 2020 AidanUpdate2um PhotodiodesPhotodiode testing recovery status

Quick update, more detailed update to follow.

  • Laser is working
  • Photodiode sweep with the Keithley shows a sensible dark Current v Voltage plot (when laser is off) - indicating that PD wiring is still intact
  • Laser was aligned onto photodiode (although it took a while aligning to find the signal)
  • Ran a sweep with the Keithley and the laser on - saw another sensible bright Current v Voltage plot (more current than in the dark case)
  • DAQ control still works
  • DAC output is directly providing (unfiltered) 200mV bias

Still to do:

  • Get the SR785 plugged back in
  • Get an SR560 inserted between DAC output and PD bias to low pass filter
  • Investigate why the laser current set point is so noisy
  • Sort out RTD situation inside the chamber
  • Miscellaneous stuff
  2512   Thu Nov 5 11:20:45 2020 anchalSummaryECDLTrue PDH Error signal TF and including FSR effects in approximated models

If we use ECDL for auxiliary frequency in 40m and hope to stabilize it up to 1 MHz with digital compensation of PZT, it is important to take into account any phase effect of the nearby FSR at 3.97 MHz. This should ideally be included in the Input Mode Cleaner loop considerations as well. These effects would be more prominent in longer cavities like aLIGO and LISA where FSR is very low and should we attempt to stabilize a laser lock beyond cavity's FSR.

I did a no assumptions calculation for getting a general transfer function fo PDH error signal in units of [W/Hz] assuming 1 W of incident power. This calculation would soon be uploaded here. I'll put down here primary results.

For incident field on a Fabry-Perot cavity (with fsr of \nu_{fsr}), reflected electric field transfer function (unitless) is given by:

\tiny R(\omega) = \frac{-r_1 + (r_2^2 + t_2^2) r_2 e^{-i \omega/\nu_{FSR}}} {1 - r_1 r_2 e^{-i \omega/\nu_{FSR}}}

Then, PDH error signal for a modulation frequency of \Omega at a modulation index of \Gamma, in units of [W/Hz] (i.e. error signal power per Hz of error in laser frequency from cavity resonance) is given by:

\tiny H_{\nu 2P}(\omega) = -\frac{i \pi P_0 J_0(\Gamma)J_1(\Gamma)}{\omega} \Bigl(R(\Omega)R(\omega) - R(0)R(\Omega + \omega) + R^*(\Omega)R(\omega) - R(0)R^*(\Omega - \omega)\Bigr)

after demodulation and low pass filtering. Note this transfer function is a complex quantity as it carries phase information of the transfer function too. The real signal is obtained by multiplying this signal at \omega with e^{i \omega t} and taking the real value of the product.

Having done this, we can see how in the real PDH error signal, there is a low pass at cavity pole, given by - \frac{\nu_{fsr}}{2\pi}log(r_1 r_2) and a notch every fsr. The notch creates a zig-zag in the phase of the tranfer function and has a HWHM same as cavity pole. After this point, I just fitted a ZPK model to the transfer function to obtain a empirically derived model for PDH error signal transfer function. Apart from the cavity pole, this model needs to have resonance and antiresonance features present at each FSR with resonance having a linewidth of cavity pole while anti-resonance having a linewdth of \pi/\nu_{fsr}. Here's how the ZPK model would look like:

 \begin{aligned} z:&\, \pi/\nu_{fsr} \pm n \nu_{fsr} j \\ p:&\, f_p \pm n \nu_{fsr} j, f_p \end{aligned}

I've attached my notebook where I did the fitting analysis and the overlap plot of real PDH error signal TF and the modelled approximation.

Attachment 1: PDHErrorTFModel.pdf
Attachment 2: PDHTFforACavity.ipynb.zip
  2511   Wed Oct 28 14:05:19 2020 ranaSummaryECDLEffects of chosen AUX finesse and source on Calibration requirements

would be easier to achieve there with higher laser powers and higher cavity finesse.

But I haven't attempted that here as we do not know our NPRO PZT's resonance features yet.

I don't know why it would be easier to have higher finesse with longer arms. Something about beam size???

The NPRO PZT TF's are all in the 40m elog - there are many measurements of TF made over the past 10 years. Its like Raiders of the Lost Ark - you have to believe its there while searching.

  2510   Fri Oct 23 12:19:19 2020 anchalSummaryECDLEffects of chosen AUX finesse and source on Calibration requirements

Following up on the last post, here I presented a near back of the envelope calculation of how different choices of AUX cavity finesse and laser source for mariner would affect the prospects of calibration scheme.

Laser sources considered:

As mentioned in the last elog post, here I considered using an NPRO seeded auxiliary laser source (converted to 1418nm by whatever method), ECDL based on ANU design with a modified PDH loop and same ECDl with a digital compensation of PZT resonances. I have taken the residual frequnecy noise of these lasers as the dominant noise source in the calibration scheme. Craig and Gautam in their proposal for SoCal wanted the AUX laser to be locked to the arm cavity in a PDH shot noise limited way. That would be necessary for 4km interferometers and would be easier to achieve there with higher laser powers and higher cavity finesse.

Finesse of 40m Arm Cavity for 1418nm:

Here I considered three cases. First assumes about 3% transmittance of 1418nm in ITM and ETM HR coatings for mariner. This gives a finesse of about 100 and a cavity pole of 18.9 kHz. I believe this is the existing case at 40m. Next we consider transmittance of 0.5% and 0.05% (500 ppm) of 1418nm in ITM and ETM HR coatings for mairner. These cases give finesse of 625 and 6.28k respectively with cavity poles at 3 kHz and 299 Hz respectively.

Page 1: Consideres the case of finesse of 100. The green dashed line shows the amount of drive strength (in m) required at different frequencies if we use ECDL with PZT resonance compensation, to get an SNR of 1000 in 100s of integration time.

Page 2: Same as above but for Finesse of 625.

Page 3: Same as bove but for Finesse of 6280.

Page 4: Comparison of different finesse cases for the ECDL with PZT compensation option. Dashed curves represent requried drive strength (in m) for different cases.

Page 5: Same as above but for NPRO seeded auxiliary laser.

Note: For the NPRO seeded auxiliary laser, we have assumed that the noise of conversion to 1418 nm is similar to noise due to SHG process which is not dominant. There would be an effect of multiplying with a factor ranging form 1-1.5 due to frequency conversion but I have ignored it here for simiplicity. Also, NPRO case is limited in bandwidth due to PZT resonances. We might be able to get away with them using digital compensation like the case study for ECDL. But I haven't attempted that here as we do not know our NPRO PZT's resonance features yet.

Attachment 1: AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf
AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf AUX_Finesse_and_Source_Study.pdf
  2509   Thu Oct 22 11:19:44 2020 anchalSummaryECDLProspects of using ECDL for Auxiliary laser

We can use Thorlabs SAF1450S2 gain chip to generate 1418 nm light using an ECDL design similar to the one described in Kapasi et al. Optics Express Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 3280-3288 (2020) (ANU 2um ECDL design).

PZT Transfer function

I have contacted Disha and Johannes to get the actual measured data for the PZT transfer function of this ECDL design. Fig.5b in their paper plots the transfer function of the PZT. Since, in ECDL PZT directly changes the cavity length, it has a more powerful actuation strength (2 orders of magnitude more) with actuation of 560 MHz.V upto 1 kHz. It however had a very low pole at 1 kHz and two mechanical resonance-antiresonance pairs near 1 kHz and 2 kHz. I modeled a transfer function by eye using Fig.5b of the paper. Page 1 in the attached pdf shows this modelled transfer function.


Next, we need to change the PDH loop for the auxiliary laser lock with the 40m cavity since the PZT has changed. I modelled one from scratch. This simple analog loop's performance is shown in orange in pages 2-5. This loop seemed stable from all the metrics I know, viz: phase margin of about 55 degrees (Page 2), no strong peak in close loop transfer function (page 3), and no remanant oscillations in time domain response (page 4).

I also modeled a similar loop but with digital compensation of the resonance-antiresonance features. This loop is plotted in green on pages 2-5. Both these loops have 300 kHz of bandwidth just by using PZT. I beleive this could be increased but I have not taken into account any saturation of PZT.

ECDL Frequency Noise

From Fig.4. of the paper gives a frequency noise estimate for free running ECDL. They mentioned that a roll-off below 10 Hz was due to their thermal feedback to remain in linear range of their frequency noise emasruement method. I modeled the noise of ECDL hence by
\frac{10^4}{f} + 15\, Hz/\sqrt{Hz}
where the flicker noise contribution is similar to NPRO noise but ECDL has a white noise of 15 Hz/rtHz due to natural linewidth of spontaneous emission or Schawlow-Townes linewidth (with several broadening factors). I think this is an inherent limitation of ECDLs.

Page 5 shows both unsuppressed and suppressed frequency noise estimate for ECDL with the loops mentioned above and current values of NPRO noise are also plotted for comparison.


Attachment 1: AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf
AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf AUX_Loop_Study_With_ECDL.pdf
  2508   Fri Sep 25 14:45:04 2020 StephenDailyProgressCryo vacuum chamberVibration Measurement Equipment and Shield Construction

Came into lab today, with two main goals:

1) Bring Downs equipment for vibration measurements of cryo cooler during next operation

--> DONE, see photo

2) Assemble shields, with two layer scheme using electropolished and mill finish panels.

--> issue: the electropolished shield set was only partially shipped out in Ticket 15101 - unfortunately there was a misinterpretation by Logistics personnel regarding which parts to ship, due to the formatting of the ticket page. I will coordinate shipment of the balance of the panels to the vendor Able Electropolishing for completion of PO S479514

  2507   Wed Sep 23 00:26:59 2020 aaronMiscGenerallab entry

I entered QIL just before Wed Sep 23 00:27:51 2020 to check out and photograph the sprinklers, spent about 20 min looking around the lab and drawing inspiration for in cryo. Wore shoe covers and gloves, touched nothing, sanitized doors after.

  2506   Tue Sep 15 15:16:18 2020 AnchalMiscCleanlinessHEPA Filters turned to maximum

HEPA filters on top of the WOPO table have been turned to High (earlier were at Low).

  2505   Wed Sep 2 08:13:18 2020 StephenDailyProgressCryo vacuum chamberAssembly of QIL Setup and other updates from 2020 Sep 01

2020 Sep 01, StephenA with remote assistance from RaymondR


  • Silicon Mass - Rana had dropped off the Silicon mass in the first room, so I found it when I arrived - thanks!
  • Organization - It was my first time accessing the QIL lab, but everything was pretty well organized and easy to find. All tools for modifications to parts were used in the EE lab which was also well organized. Raymond helped me to figure out where to access things on a few occaisions.
  • Packages - received from Downs Logistics room the Electropolished shield set, a Grainger order with deburring tool and step drill bit, and a McMaster order with a range of bolts - these have all been transported to the lab. Also transported the QIL machined parts that I had received from Machining Solutions to the lab.
    • Koji's Photodiode holders are in the QIL lab ready for pickup.
  • Summary of progress
    • Assembled frame (using torque values from T1100066- #8-32 used 20 in*lb)
    • Assembled brackets to frame
    • Hung silicon mass from music wire
      • Wire is captured under #4-40 SHCS with washers ((using torque values from T1100066- #4-40 used 5 in*lb)
  • Outstanding tasks and questions
    • Did the hang hold?
    • Do we want to have the layered Electropolished and Plain shields during the first installation? Or some sanded state?
    • Assembly requires oversized #8-32 washers which I wasn't able to track down from inventory - these are now on order, along with some more supplies for roughening the surface.

Full Details

  • Assembly work
    • Refer to the DCC - T2000538 - for the videos capturing this assembly effort. I've snagged some screenshots which I've dropped into the attachments.
      • There is a tree catching procedures and other experiment documentation for the QIL Setup at T2000539
  • Issues - there were four issues with the fabricated parts, three of which required small modifications;
    • D2000299-01 small angle rails had threaded holes where there should have been clearance holes for the interface (no issue on big angle rails)
      • modified by drill press to drill out clearance holes at same location
    • D2000308 interface cubes all were threaded only partially through.
      • No action taken, just paid attention and made sure the threads I needed were adequate. Seemed like an offset of only a turn or two, suggesting the CAM program was just a little off (this can happen with tapping, the tap is tapered and the machinist needs to thread deep enough to have the thread major diameter realized through the hole.)
    • D2000307-04 frame upper spacer had threaded holes that were not tapped all the way through.
      • I ran a tap through all of these threads.
    • D2000299-02 large angle rails had threaded holes that didn't pass all of the way through, and we happened to be inserting screws into the wrong side.
      • I ran a screw through these threads, which required a little bit more force than I would have liked, and forcing the screw provided an adequate thread.
        • Note that I anticipate that there will be an issue similar to this, with similar resolution, on the D2000299-01 small angle rails. The shield panels installed on the sides are to be installed from the inside. This can be resolved with a screw coming in from the outside.
    • There was also some inability to access certain screws with the long torque driver, especially if loosening/tightening after putting the frame together.
      • This was managed by use of an L allen key, which of course meant those joints were not torqued to spec. I'm not worried about this compromise.
Attachment 1: photos_cit_qil_lab_cryo_shield_test_assembly_20200901.zip
Attachment 2: T2000538-v1_Part_3_Assembly_of_QIL_Test_Setup_20200901_end_result.jpg
Attachment 3: IMG_7582.JPG
  2504   Fri Aug 14 11:17:04 2020 RaymondUpdateCryo vacuum chamberCooler now operational

Cryopump is up and running. Initial attempts to run the cooler were stymied by an open circuit in the cold head to compressor connection caused by one of the two accessory port fuses (right, circled in attachment 1). The compressor would run but the valve motor wouldn't start in the cooler itself. I extended the spring in the fuse housing (attachment 2) and it seems to have fixed the problem, as now the valve motor starts at the same time the compressor is turned on. Attachment 1 also shows the highly technical cord management procedure done to reduce the trip hazard caused by the compressor power plug. 

User manual recommendations*:

  • Equalization pressure (when not operating): 270-275psi
    • Currently sits at 270psi
  • Operating pressure: 290-330psi
    • Operating at 300psi
  • Insulating vacuum pressure: 1 x 10-3 Torr
    • Vacuum pressure stabilized at 8.5 x 10-1 Torr
      • Edwards diaphragm pump listed ultimate pressure is 1.5 mbar ≈ 1.1 Torr, so either the multirange gauge is malfunctioning or we're getting better backing pressure than expected from the diaphragm pump. A Pirani gauge will be attached to the vacuum space going forward so we'll see how it compares; either way we're above the recommended insulation pressure. The 11" nipple surrounding the coldhead does become cool to the touch during operation, but it does not get cold enough to create condensation.

*Manuals for both the compressor and the cryocooler are linked on the West Bridge wiki manuals page

Attachment 1: IMG-1190.JPG
Attachment 2: IMG-1187.JPG
Attachment 3: IMG-1189.JPG
  2503   Fri Aug 7 11:50:06 2020 RaymondUpdateCryo vacuum chamberTank pumpdown

The diaphragm pump was turned on earlier this week after finally closing up this external adapter tank. Out of an overabundance of caution the tank and cryocooler are supported by the skycrane and a number of posts to prevent it walking off the foam resting pad once the cryocooler is switched on.

All temperature sensors agree with each other within 0.1 K at room temperature yes

Attachment 1: 6A57C6DF-0B58-413E-B9C0-797B14A10CCF_1_105_c.jpeg
  2502   Tue Aug 4 17:08:00 2020 RaymondUpdateCryo vacuum chamber19 pin MIL feedthrough and CTC100 wiring

Used the 19-pin MIL feedthrough to run 4 platinum RTD's and a 25 Ω 100 W resistive heater to the cold head. Attachment 1 is the wiring diagram for the feedthrough and the D-sub connector to the CTC-100 temperature sensor. Attachment 2 shows the three RTDs placed on the cold head. It also shows the thermal anchoring of all lead wires. Attachment 3 shows the RTD attached to the cooler below the cold head using cigarette paper and cryo varnish (stored in the flammables cabinet in QIL).

 The Al block is a premade PT-RTD integrated mounting setup, which was placed on some indium sheet bits and clamped down with a screw and belleville washer. The other two cold head sensors are pressure fit to the cold head by a spring loaded mini dog clamps, and one of the two has some indium underneath the RTD to see if there is any value in doing so going forward with these mounting springs. The glued sensor was attached by painting a thin layer of cryo varnish on the cooler, adding a strip of cig paper, layer of varnish, press in sensor, another strip of paper, paint over all of it with a last thin layer of varnish that reaches beyond the bounds of the paper strips. 

Attachment 1: QIL_TempSensor_MIL19pinWiringDiagram.pdf
Attachment 2: external_tank_RTDs_1.pdf
Attachment 3: F6D69C6A-7168-4D06-B02A-E83CE8AFE524_1_105_c.jpeg
  2501   Fri Jul 24 07:50:00 2020 RaymondUpdateCryo vacuum chamberPrototype shield panels

Picked up the prototype shield panels from Hamilton Metalcraft 7/22 and brought them to QIL. All of the parts are wrapped by part number and in a bin (see attached photo). There are 6 sets of shield panels, but 2 full sets were removed for coating vendors. One full set is as follows (20 parts total):

Part # Quantity
01 2
02 1
03 4
11 2
12 1
13 2
14 2
031 1
032 1
033 1
131 1
132 1
133 1

All component #'s are preceded by 'D2000298-'. 031, 032, and 033 are 03 panels but with hole variations, same goes for 131, 132, and 133 with respect to panel 13  

Attachment 1: MarinerShieldPrototype_parts.jpg
  2500   Fri Jul 24 05:22:30 2020 RaymondLab InfrastructurePD QERound 2 of JPL PD's in lab

Alex dropped off the new round of 2um PD's, they're on the north table accompanied by his data sheet.  

Attachment 1: JPL_PDs_2.jpg
  2499   Fri Jul 24 04:54:57 2020 RaymondLab InfrastructureGeneralMDF repair

First day back (7/15) found the particle board trim w/ powerstrip on the QIL workbench had collapsed. Re-glued and added 4 screws to the middle board where vertical boards from the shelves extended low enough. See attached photos for before, during, and after looks. 

Attachment 1: MDFrepair_before.jpg
Attachment 2: MDFrepair_during.jpg
Attachment 3: MDFrepair_after.jpg
  2498   Fri Jul 24 04:46:51 2020 StephenLab InfrastructureCryo vacuum chamber 

Copper parts picked up July 23rd and brought to QIL, now only waiting on PO# S477874 and the pirani gauge from Koji's bulk JPL order


Torque driver set for QIL setup bolted joints, with range 15 in*oz - 50 in*lb, p/n WIHA 5HYL9, is on order from Grainger, with anticipated delivery in the week of July 20th. Refer to  PO S477925. *update* Tracking Number UPS 1Z19W9330321365493

Cryo connection copper parts PO S475316 will be finished early next week by the machine shop in Torrance, I'll bring them to campus or to Raymond's place (TBD).


  2497   Fri Jul 17 15:54:42 2020 StephenLab InfrastructureCryo vacuum chamber 

Torque driver set for QIL setup bolted joints, with range 15 in*oz - 50 in*lb, p/n WIHA 5HYL9, is on order from Grainger, with anticipated delivery in the week of July 20th. Refer to  PO S477925. *update* Tracking Number UPS 1Z19W9330321365493

Cryo connection copper parts PO S475316 will be finished early next week by the machine shop in Torrance, I'll bring them to campus or to Raymond's place (TBD).

  2496   Tue May 12 10:15:30 2020 aaronUpdatePSOMApreliminary PSOMA layout

I've updated the PSOMA optical layout. I still have some questions on locking, and there are a few additional configurations that we could try. In particular:

  1. Amplifier cavity as a 2-port device (signal and pump mixed before reaching an overcoupled amplifier cavity)
  2. Amplifier cavity as a 4-port device (signal and pump enter the cavity through different ports)
    1. Overcoupled case -- 'signal out' at the same mirror as 'signal in'
    2. Critically coupled case -- 'signal out' through the 'pump in' port

Each of these configurations also has a couple different ways to pickoff an LO for homodyne readout. Shruti and I enumerated these configurations on a zoom whiteboard a couple weeks ago, and I've attached them (the zip contains png).

Chris also mentioned last week that we may run into a frequency-dependent loss in the critically coupled cavity configurations. The pdf I've attached shows a configuration that I think is a minimal modification of the Mach-Zehnder amplifier described in PSOMA. One of the ring cavities is replaced with a tunable steering mirror, and the LO is picked off before the pump reaches the MZ.

In the new diagram, I'm thinking about controlling the following degrees of freedom:

  • Signal phase relative to pump phase
  • Pump frequency relative to amplifier cavity resonance
  • pump intensity
  • MZ relative path length
  • Homodyne mixing angle
  • Signal and pump spatial mode

Some things I'm unsure about:

  • I am not currently controlling signal laser intensity -- can this be done by sending the first order AOM beam to a PD rather than dumping it as shown?
  • Not sure about the right place to place several of the EOM
  • If we have transmission through the cavity's curved mirror, is the associated loss acceptable?

Shruti and I are now tracking our work on git issues in the PSOMA repo.

Attachment 1: whiteboard_configs.zip
Attachment 2: ring_MZ_config.pdf
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