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=== Type-B ===
 * To try to eliminate the wandering noise in the BS F1 LVDT, we connected the BS chamber to electrical ground using a power cable: it did not have any effect ([[https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=19034|klog 19034]]).
  * Before connecting, we measured the voltage betwwen the chamber and the ground: 17 mV rms.
  * We also checked the resistance between the connector that plugged into the rack and the chamber: it was only 0.2 Ohm, indicating there wasn't any problem with the cable.
  * The wandering peak is not observed in any other GAS filters in Type-B suspensions ([[https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=19027|klog 19027]]).
  * More ideas are welcome.
 * We calibrated the BS F0 LVDT. The new calibration factor and offset are already in the medm screen and accepted in the SDF ([[https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=19057|klog 19057]]).
 * We changed flip adapters in the BS chamber.
 * Hirata-san finished the mechanical design of the holder for the laser displacement sensor, which will be used to calibrate the BS F1 filter.

Scraps of text for incorporation in the VIS Meeting Minutes



  • To try to eliminate the wandering noise in the BS F1 LVDT, we connected the BS chamber to electrical ground using a power cable: it did not have any effect (klog 19034).

    • Before connecting, we measured the voltage betwwen the chamber and the ground: 17 mV rms.
    • We also checked the resistance between the connector that plugged into the rack and the chamber: it was only 0.2 Ohm, indicating there wasn't any problem with the cable.
    • The wandering peak is not observed in any other GAS filters in Type-B suspensions (klog 19027).

    • More ideas are welcome.
  • We calibrated the BS F0 LVDT. The new calibration factor and offset are already in the medm screen and accepted in the SDF (klog 19057).

  • We changed flip adapters in the BS chamber.
  • Hirata-san finished the mechanical design of the holder for the laser displacement sensor, which will be used to calibrate the BS F1 filter.


About the BS F1 LVDT problem

  • We identified a place to mount the optical displacement sensor for calibrating the LVDT.
  • The sensor use an area on the BF cap free of ballast masses and cables.
  • It should be held from the pillar of the security structure. Hirata-san and I already have a plan. We'll use some components from Thorlabs and a couple of new pieces.

  • Takase-san finished making holes to electronics adapter box.
  • I did an experiment and it increased the SNR by a factor of 21.
  • Yesterday we covered the flanges of the SR2 and BS chambers and turned the Koach filters off, so today I quickly checked whether the moving peak in F1 LVDT spectra was still there: it is.


  • SR3
    • On Tuesday we checked an aparent problem we detected after installing the cable flip adapters: we were not able to measure the resistance of TM-H2 coil. We realized a gender bender was used inside of the chamber, with the effect of flipping the pins. We just connected the cable without the flip adapter using a non-flipping fake gender bender.
    • We detected that a pin of the F1 FR cable had a connection to the chamber (GND). This is likely the reason the FR is not working. It seems it would work using an stand-alone driver (not in klog yet).
    • On Friday we realigned the oplev according to the requirements of the green beam alignment.
  • BS
    • We replaced the original LVDT card for the three GAS filters as preparation for testing the converter from double-ended to single-ended output for the reference signal.
    • The new board had additional connections to improve the noise performance.
    • We measured the resistances in the old board and "copied" them onto the new board.
    • Then I adjusted the calibration factors and offsets in the medm screens using the old transfer functions as references.
    • This approach seemed to be successful for the BF but not for F0. We should calibrate F0 sometime next week.
    • We tested the converter from double-ended to single-ended output for the reference signal.


  • Aluminium windshields were built for SR3, SR2 and BS.
  • Terrence did some measurements of the improvement produced by the windshield.
  • Yasui-san and Terrence calibrated the BS oplev QPDs. They aimed to keep the BS pitch and yaw reference following a procedure.


  • On Monday we finished changing the flip adapters and measuring the resistances, etc. in PR2. Compilation of the data of the three Type-Bp suspensions is pending.
  • On Monday and Tuesday we lowered the SF keystone.
    • We installed new hardware to support ballast mass on top of the keystone.
    • In total we added 399 grams. We were aiming for 405 grams.
    • The temperature was very high and different to what it was when we did the initial assessment. Later, when we get the O3GK temperature back we will have to adjust the mass again.
    • We lowered the yoke-coil assembly and the BF Damper by 5.2 mm also. We used the pitch of threads to do this and confirmed with the caliper in the case of the yoke-coil assembly.
    • We used the SF fishing rod to set the mirror at the correct height. The same setposition happened to be a suitable position, yielding the mirror 0.2 mm above the expected beam height. This is not such a surprising result because we lowered the yoke-coil assembly 5.2 mm also.
    • Unfortunately, during out work on Monday we disturbed the pitch of the mirror.
  • On Wednesday we corrected the pitch.
    • All evidence indicated this disturbance was similar to the previous ones: the mirror and IM moved in similar ways as before, but we didn't check the details.
    • With the BF keystone at -300 um away from the setpoint, V1 OSEM readout was more than 11,000 counts, which is roughly what I was expecting. We had left it in 9,400 cnt. last time we adjusted it.
    • After correcting the pitch and moving BF to the setpoint V1 OSEM readout became 1,300 cnt. It's not excellent but it's not bad!
    • The transfer functions were fine, although one feature chaged in the vertical transfer functions IM-V, BF and SF: a feature dissapeard at 260 mHz and a peak appeared at 343 mHz. This is likely the effect of lowering the SF keystone.
    • Other than this effect, the system looks healthy.
    • They were able to engage the control system and align the green laser.


  • In the BS Standard Filter we set the setpoint to 787 um, which seems to be close to zero when the LVDT was working well.
  • In SRM and SR2 we built windshields for the oplevs. Terrence did before and after measurements just to see the effect.
  • In the BS, we routed and attached with cable ties oplev QPD cables and connected them.
  • Terrence set all the tower stages in all Type-B suspensions close to their setpoints and confirmed the oplevs gave sensible readings.
  • BS oplev has not been built because it would be convenient to calibrate the QPDs before. However, moving the QPDs is something we've tried to avoid because we aim to keep the O3GK alignment for O4 commissioning. Therefore, we want an agreement on a method to do this:
    1. The obvious: take note of the current position of the micrometer stages.
    2. Take note of the temperature.
    3. Set the tower stages to their nominal positions either with control or with fixed coil-magnet actuation.
    4. Take note of the position of all the stages, including the payload using the OSEMs and oplev.
    5. Move the QPDs to calibrate them.
    6. Move the micrometer stages back to their initial positions.
    7. Make sure the state of the suspension is the same as before, especially the oplev readout.
  • Another method would be to move the oplev beam with the IP, but we need to ellaborate more on this method.


We exchanged the flip adapters in PRM, PR3 and half of PR2. We also measured resistances, capacitances and inductances with the new adapters installed.


  • We raised SRM by 2.8 mm in accordance to the expected beam height: it is at the correct position now.
  • We measured the height of the BS to be 2.85 mm below the average height of the four flanges (Tomaru-san's marking).
    • We moved the GAS filter keystones with coil-magnet actuation: F0 and BF were close to zero and F1 was alledgely close to zero.
    • F1 LVDT is not working well (entry 18191), so we checked the amount of actuation we used the last time we measured the height, when the LVDT was working, and used the same value (entry 17338 from the 30th of June, 2021). This is fine because we had the same temperature (23.6 °C) and the fishing rod had not been used.

  • Then we raised the BS and measured it to be 0.3 mm below the reference.
  • In SRM LVDT pin assignment error:
    • We triple-checked the IP LVDT coil resistance values in order to discard any obvious errors.
    • Then we opened SR3 and SRM chambers and compared the wiring: they are indeed different; SR3 is the correct one.
    • Nevertheless, the IP LVDTs are still working!
      • The calibration curves look normal. See klog 7087.

      • We connected SRM IP LVDT #3 to SR3 IP LVDT #3 driver, and viceversa, SR3 IP LVDT #3 to SRM IP LVDT #3 driver. Then we excited the suspensions slightly and inspected the behaviour of the six LVDTs in an Ndscope screen. Everything seemed very ordinary. We could not find any strange behaviour.

      • I'm not an LVDT expert, but I guess the LVDTs still work becuase of its symmertry.
    • Question: I tend to think we should change the pin assignment, but the fact that they LVDTs are still working makes me doubt about changing them, what do you think?


  • SRM: We measured the mirror height with respect to Tomaru-san's new marking of the expected beam height.
    • It is 2.8 mm below. This is ~1.5 turns of the jacks.
    • We should try raising it with the jacks next week.
  • SR3 and SR2: We doubled checked previous measurements.



According to Tomaru-san's measurements of the chamber height with respect to the BS, it is necessary to lower the suspension by 6.3 mm. We checked whether this is possible using the SF keystone:

  • It seems possible, however, we need to do additional work becuase a couple of cables touch the security structure after a displacement of 3.3 mm.
  • We think we can fix this problem by doing the following:
    • Modify one of the L-shaped security structure stops around the BF and
    • Add a cable clamp underneath the BF; there is an unused M6 threaded hole next to the cables.
    • See pictures in klog 18638.

  • For the sake of checking, we lowered the SF keystone from the setpoint by approximately 7.3 mm and nothing else semeed to touch the security structure. A RM coil cable came very close to do it, but we can modify the security structure easily.


Hirata-san finished the design of the SF keystone ballast mass base plate. We will proceed as soon as we have the new components.

Type-B and Type-Bp height report


  • BS: We tested the robustness of the outer frame
    • Resolution of the dial gauge: 0.01 mm.
    • Weight added to the frame: ~71 kg.
    • Corner (-X,-Y) : -3 um

    • Corner (-X,+Y): -10um

    • Corner (+X,+Y): it didn't seem to move much.

    • Corner (+X,-Y): -8 um

  • SR2: The geophone theoretical noise was calculated (shown in this meeting last year also). The noise is higher than expected.

  • SR3: The geophone theoretical noise was calculated.
    • Below 500 mHz, the calculated and measured values seem to coincide.

    • As far as I remember being told, these geophones have been very noisy after installation on the IP table. I need to measure the IP free swing displacement ASD on a day with low micro-seismic in order to compare.


  • SR2: We fixed the BF picomotor cable.
  • PR3:
    • On monday we moved the V1 OSEM within range. We left it at ~9940 cnt. Although I don't expect this to happen, let's see if the OSEM remains in range after the next eathquake.
    • We assesed whether is possible to lower the SF keystone by 5.2 mm: it seems possible.
      • The concern was cables underneath the BF touching the security structure ring, but there are functional gaps after we lowered it.
      • First we moved the keystone using the lock screws, but later we used 405 grams.
      • Lowering the SF yoke-coil assembly might damage cables around, but I guess we can fix them if such a thing happens.
      • It's better to add mass on the keystone rather than on the BF. Hirata-san has designed an adapter.

Type-B and Type-Bp various

  • On Tuesday, Hirata-san
    • Connected Pico cable for PRM.
    • Connected in-air cable for BS IP Yaw Stepper, and confirm limit switch works.
    • Checked Ikeda-san's temperature controller cable inside the box with Yano-san and Ikeda-san.
    • Closed SR2 chamber with Yano-san.

Type-Bp PR3

  • I uploaded to JGWDoc site a document about the V1 OSEM situation (JGW-T2113352-v1). I suggest there we should extend the measuring range to at least 1.3 mm. We should aim for a slightly larger range like 1.4 mm if possible.

  • On Wednesday, we moved V1 OSEM from 280 to 3380 cnt. Our aim was 2000 counts but it's hard to aim. The idea was to have the OSEM as close as possible in range after correcting the pitch produced by the following earthquake.
  • On Thursday we fixed a couple of bad connections in BF Damper LVDTs.
  • There was an earthquake yesterday and PR3 pitch changed by -10.2 mrad. Likely, close to where it was before the earthquake on the 19th of september.

  • We corrected the pitch using the IM-P picomotor. We oplev beam is almost in the QPD centre.
  • The V1 OSEM went from 1081 cnt to 10,700 cnt.
  • We measures IM-P transfer shows the OSEM is not completely out of range!
  • On Monday we should move the OSEM by 1000 counts or so.


  • SR2: we fixed cables
    • The coil in IM-V3 OSEM had a larger resistance between pins 2 and 7. Replacing the pins in a male connector solved the problem.
    • A coil in the F0 yaw stepper motor had a larger resistance than expected. We fixed it by crimping some pins more strongly.
  • BS:
    • A coil in the F0 yaw stepper motor had a larger resistance than expected. A couple of weeks ago we detected the problem was with pins connecting the motor cables to an extension cable. At that time we pushed the pins together and the problem dissapear. This week we were not able to detect a problem. It seems the connection is healthy.
    • Aso-san prepared a solution for the problem with the F1 primary coil. This is a discussion topic.

Type-Bp PR3

  • We found that the flip adapter of the BF picomotors was not working, so we replaced it.
  • We examined the recent change the mirror pitch due to the Sep. 19th earthquake.This is a discussion topic.


  • SRM
    • We reported before a problem with a RM coil.
    • Last week we assessed the problem was one of the three cable segments used.
    • This week we we implemented a work around: instead of using the usual pins 2 and 7, we changed the pins to places 1 and 6 for segments 2 and 3.
    • Although it's possible to switch back to pins 2 and 7 in the upper connector of sengment 2, the connector is in an ackward place and we preferred to leave it alone.
    • Yasui-san and Ikeda-san provided an in-air robust adapter.
  • SR2
    • We reported before that an OSEM coil had a slightly larger resistance than expected.
    • This week we identified the source of the problem: the pins in a male connector are not making good contact.
    • The connector is at the base of the preisolator and it's easy to access and fix.
    • We'll fix it next week.



  • There was an earthquake on September 19th that changed the pitch of the mirror.
  • We aligned the mirror such that the oplev beam was again at the centre of the tilt QPD.
  • However, V1 OSEM went out of range with 300 counts.
  • A measurement of IM-Y transfer function suggests that the OSEM flags are not touching their bodies.
  • Before adjusting the position of the V1 OSEM, we decided to try to bring it into range by tilting the BF and IM and adjusting the height of the BF.
  • We replaced a broken flip adapter keeping one of the BF picomotors from working.


  • This week lots of people worked for Type-B.
  • On Monday we double-checked the problems that were detected during the cable health check (klog 18237).

  • The three important ones are:
    • BS IP LVDT primary coil has a connection to the chamber.
    • SRM TM-H1 coil has a connection to the chamber.
    • SR2 IM-V3 OSEM coil has a resistance higher than expected.
  • Others are related to F0 yaw stepper motors and the SRM IP LVDTs, but these devices are accessible and can be fixed easily.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday we checked the BS F1 LVDT: after various tests we determined the problem is at the level of the F1 Filter, which is not accessible. What are our options?

    • Take the suspension out and check: possible, but time consuming and risky, especially because the problem may arise inside of the F1 filter, situation in which we wouldn't be able to fix the problem without dissasembling the system.

    • Modify the LVDT driver from a differential reference signal output to a single-ended one: possible I guess.

  • On Thursday we raised the SR2 and SR3 pre-isolators using the new height markings made by Tomaru-san and Yasui-san: the only highlight was that we had to leave SR3 mirror 0.85 mm (approx.) below the target because one of the jacks reached its higher limit.
  • On Friday we checked the SRM TM-H1 coil (klog pending):
    • Problem: pin 7 is connected to the chamber and to pin 5. The coil is between pins 2 and 7.
    • After various tests, we determined that the cable going from the pre-isolator to the BF is the culprit.

    • We removed all the aluminiun foil from the connectors in the line, but pin 5 still has a connection to ground! We are puzzled by this!
    • A good solution would be to use pins 1 and 6 in that cable instead of 2 and 7.
    • I dropped an M4 screw on top of the F1 filter. We'll look for it.


On Monday we double-checked the problems that were detected during the cable health check (klog 18240): we need to check PR3 BF LVDTs H3 and V3, which have higher resistances than expected in one of their coils.


  • We checked the health of in-vacuum cables in PRM and we found a conductive path from one of the IM-P picomotors to the chamber (GND).
  • We fixed it by exchanging places of pins 1 and 6 at the input of the driver: the picomotor is working now.
  • We found other unexpected connections but none of major concern so far. Comparison between suspensions is pending.
  • Compilation of the information of all the Type-Bp suspensions is ongoing and will uploaded to the klog soon.


With the help of lots of people we finished checking the cable health in Type-B suspensions. The highlights are:

  • In BS the primary coil in F1 LVDT has an unstable connection to ground.
    • The F1 TF isn't too bad but it has an unsual feature close to where the resonance is expected.
    • The LVDT readout jumped on the 18th of June back came back to where it was. However, on the 18th of July it jumped again and didn't come back. It seems very noisy.
  • In the BS, one of the terminal (pin 8) of the IM-Y picomotor has an stray connection to the chamber. Luckily, such a pin is supposed to be connected to ground.
  • In SRM, the coil TM-H1 has a connection to the chamber (GND). If one of the terminals is meant to be connected to ground this problem may have an easy solution.
  • It seems we missed measuring a couple of parameters. We'll measure them next week.
  • The compilation of the information of all suspensions has been posted in the klog. Comparison is pending.


We assessed the health of the in-vacuum cables by measuring resistances, capacitances and inductances from the outside of the chamber at the flanges.

  • PR2:
    • The only anomaly was that we found a 8.05 MΩ path between pin 2 and the chamber in the BF picomotor connector (Flange 4, connector 3). We never use these picomotors, so this problem should not have important consequences.

    • We still have to measure some inductances.
  • PR3: In the BF picomotor connector, it's not possible measure the correct capacitance between pins 1 and 6, which should be around 190 nF. This is not expected to be a problem because we tend to nerver use those picomotors.

  • PRM will be next.



  • I posted in the klog information about the sizes of the linear ranges of the SR oplevs.
  • I provided information about the mirror clenaliness to Yasui-san.
  • Yasui-san and I inspected the cleanliness of the BS. See pictures.

    • At the HR side there is dust and other features away from the centre.
    • At the AR side, besides dirt away from th centre, there's a dust particle right at the centre and relatively close to it.
  • I wrote a simple document with observations and suggestions about the oplev.


  1. Fabian set up the optical lever for SR3 and calibrated the QPDs https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=17875.

  2. I implemented the calibration factors and I derived the sensing matrix OPLEV2EUL using old data and diagonalized the optical levers using the SENSALIGN matrix. https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=17914.

  3. I reset the sensing matrix LVDT2EUL and actuation matrix COIL2EUL at the IP using Marks's old derivation because I changed it two years ago and I don't think they are reliable. Note that I didn't do diagonalization for these. https://klog.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/osl/?r=17868.

  4. I measured and fit transfer functions for all 15 degrees of freedom. (klog pending). All models were updated in the control filter banks as FM10.
  5. I made control filters base on some simple criteria (IP: DCCTRL, GAS: DAMP, IM: DAMP, TM: OLDAMP). (klog pending)
    • Filter bank convention: suspension model in FM10, -1 in FM9, DAMP filter in FM4, and if applicable, DC filters in FM3, and notches at FM5.
    • We don't have parallel control banks to separate DC and damping control. These DC filters work together with the DAMP filter and are not expected to work alone although it's stable to the DC filters turned out without the DAMP filters. DAMP filters, on the other hand, can work alone for damping.
  6. As of now, all loops are closed for 4 hours+ and work fine without issues. Furthermore, it survived the Vanuatu 6.8 magnitude earthquake a few hours ago (all seismic monitors went red at KAGRA).

Something to note 1. LVDTs of the GAS filters are very noisy especially at above 10 Hz. I see strange responses above 10 Hz. I have made additional low-pass filters for these controls.

  1. There's no windshield for the optical lever. So, the optical lever readouts, especially longitudinal, can be very noisy.
  2. I observed that the yaw chain mode was not very well damped. This mode is supposed to be damped by the passive damper. We can see very slow yaw oscillation right after the IP yaw controls are engaged.
  3. There's no inertial damping. I didn't touch the IDAMP filter bank and the BLEND filter bank at the IP.
  4. There's no IM2TM DC control. I can implement this if this is requested. However, note that there's no dedicated setpoint for this. Alternatively, the OPTICALIGN block can be used to offset the IM and hence the TM for alignment.
  5. Guardian has changed a lot and it's not maintained by me anymore. I don't how what's the current situation so I did not test it.
  6. Everything is reproducible from my jupyter notebook at /kagra/Dropbox/Subsystems/VIS/vis_commissioning/sr3/notebook.


  • SR2 mid-size baffles: Hirata-san and Yano-san successfully did a trial installation, including the balancing of the suspended lower breadboard.
  • SR3 oplev:
    • I recovered suspension and oplev alignment: all stages were set close to their setpoints and the beam went through the center of the lens.
    • I set the lens in the optimum position with respect to the lens using a quantitative method.
    • I calibrated the QPD output in terms of displacement.
  • SR3 control: Terrence is working on it.


  • In PR2, After a lot of preparation, they installed the mid-size baffles. The green laser passes through without problems.


  • In SRM we measured the height of the suspended lower breadboard (LBB):
    • Average height: 380.3 mm (nominal 380 m)
    • Mass on top: 35.7 kg.
  • In SR2 we also measured the height of the LBB at the four suspension points.
    • The table is slightly tilted but we didn't change aything becuase the green laser was aligned in O3GK with the steering mirror o the table.
    • The height in the area where the mid-size baffle will be is 379 mm.
    • The height close to where the steering miror is located is 381 mm.
  • Height of the LBB in BS:
    • We had to adjust the vertical positions of the hooks becuase the table was 11 mm off.
    • After the adjustment the average height became 379.6 mm.
    • The ballast mass on the table is 57.5 kg (58 kg rquired by the design).
  • Cleanliness of SRM: There are about three dirt spots relatively close to the centre of the mirror. In the movie, they can be seen from seconds 10 through 12.

  • Cleanliness of SR2: There are two spots of dirt at the HR side. They are not so close to the centre. See movie.

  • We forgot to check the cleanliness of the BS.



  • We moved the OSEM V1 into range. It was not straightforward:
    • After the first attempt one OSEM flag was touchig the OSEM body and the oplev was far out of range in pitch.
    • We had to move the IM in R, P and Y in order to release the flag and recover the oplev.
    • We adjusted the V1 OSEM flag again locking only the RM.
    • We measured two IM transfer functions for health assesment.
  • We were requested to measure the height of the mirror again in the context of green laser alignment. There was no meaningful change compared to what we measured before.
  • We inspected the mirror: there are two stains that are not dust on the HR face. They are not so close to the center but they are not so far away either. See the pictures.



  • We measured the height of the optical table and balanced it to make it horizontal.
    • We used the laser level and measured the height at each suspension point with respect to the vertical centre of the flange.
    • We redistributed the ballast mass on top to make it horizontal.
    • The table is about 1 mm above the nominal value of 830 mm.
    • The amount of ballast mass on top is 13.84 kg.
  • We examined the cleanliness of the mirror with the new super ultra bright LED flashlight:
    • It looks very clean!
    • There a very few dust particles far away from the centre, so they're not a problem.


For the O3GK paper, I revisited the calculation of the effect of DAC and coil driver noise on DARM. Because no one measured the transfer function from individual coils to DARM we cannot propagate the noise directly. However, it is possibler to calculate upper limits using the transfer functions from L, P and Y of the mirrors.


  • PR2: Hirata-san and Yano-san confirmed the optical table is 10 mm lower than nominal.
  • PR3: They measured the height of the optical table (there's no klog yet).
  • PR3: When testing Guardian, Miyo-kun shook the mirror accidentally and it moved -3 mrad in pitch. Fortunately, it was possible to recover it with the picomotor.


  • We locked IPs and F0 in BS, SR2 and SR3 and Terrence measured LVDT sensitivities.
  • Hirata-san measured differewnt parameters for the acceptance check.


  • I applied a sinusoidal actuation at 200 mHz to TM-Y and set the position of the length sensing QPD such that the peak at such a frequency was minimum in the channel measuring horizontal displacement. The klog is pending.
  • Then we calibrated the tilt and length sensing QPD readouts in terms of the QPD displacement in the vertical and horizontal directions.

BS height

  • We measured the height of the BS when the GAS Filters are at nominal position (zero): it is 3 mm below the nominal height.
  • In case we want to correct this discrepancy it might be good to make reference markings at the +Y and -X sides of the chamber. There's only one marking accesible.
  • We should use the jacks to lift it.

BS supporting beams

  • It seems no one has a qualitative argument for the installation of the beams, only impressions arising from observations.
  • We should ask the people who designed the frame. I guess they put the beams in the design for a reason.
  • In the meantime I guess we can just go ahead with commissioning. If later on we realize we need to install the beams, then we do it.


I wrote the Type-B section of the O3GK paper.


  • With Takahashi-san we moved the ballast masses on the IP to have a more uniform distribution with the hope of reducing the asymmetry in the IP-L and IP-T resonance frequencies. It did not work. On the contrary, the difference increased: it went from 24 to about 30 mHz.
  • Then we added 4.7 kg and the frequencies went down to 63 and 92 mHz.
  • The temperature was 23.8 degrees, which is high. The frequencies will decrease when it becomes 23 degrees again.
  • L and T look strongly coupled. Maybe similar to what Terrence observed in SRM.


We measured the IP transfer functions. The resonance frequencies in L and T are both close to 70 mHz. They cannot be distinguished from each other but they below 80 mHz.


  • The IP resonance frequencies in L and T had an asymmetry of about 23 mHz and one of them was very low: 70 and 47 mHz in L and T respectively.
  • We removed 1.1 kg and redristributed 3.8 kg: the frequencies became 78 and 55 mHz.
  • Later we removed 1.2 kg and they changed to 83 and 63 mHz.
  • We were not able to remove the asymmetry.

Remaining tasks

  • Install the supporting beams of the BS outer frame.
  • In BS, SR2 and SR3 lock the IP and F0 to measure noise.
  • Measure parameters for the acceptance check.


  • The green laser reflected by SR3 reached the X End.
  • No major ajustments to the payload were necessary.
  • It only required adjustment in yaw, which was done with the BF Damper first and later offloaded to the traverser.
  • This likely means we left the payload in good condition.


Limit switches in SR2 and SR3

There were three switches that didn't seem to be working. Hirata-san fixed them and we checked them with the multimeter. They are working now


  • We measured IP TF on Monday:
    • The resonant frequencies in L and T looked low enough (63 and 55 mHz) so we didn't adjust the ballast masses.
    • The coherence wasn't bad but not excelent either; the frequency resolution was 10 mHz.
  • Terrence measured TFs again with a better frequency resolution and found that L and T are highly coupled.


We revisited the BS IP to check stability and values of resonance frequencies.

  • When we adjusted the ballast mass before the temperature 22.7 degrees, this week was 23.5 degrees; O3GK temperature is 23 degrees.
  • I moved the IP close to the setpoints using the horizontal fishing rods: it looked unstable, it began moving by small amount but it suddendly moved a lot (e.g. from -1.5 mm to 1.5 mm). With some care I was able to move it at the setpoint and measured TFs, the resonant frequencies were 43 and 86 mHz for L and T respectively.

  • We removed 4.5 kg and and the frequencies changed to 93 and 70 mHz for L and T respectively.

  • With the same amount of mass we tested different distributions to check whether we can reduce the assymetry between the resonant frequencies in L and T:
    • See klog.
    • The assymetry remains around 25 mHz: one is typically around 65 mHz and the other one around 90 mHz.

    • Becuase of temperature changes one might be too low and the other too high.
    • L and T seem strongly coupled.
  • I wonder how to proceed: during installation we were not able to distribute the masses evenly around the circumference becuase the magic wand (yet to be conforimed with a kalog entry).


Activity report

  • We lowered the SR pre-isolators: when the GAS filters areat zero, the SR2, SR3 and SRM mirrors are at approximately 50, 100 and 300 um above their respective correspoding nominal heights. The laser level thickness is around 2 mm, so the uncertainties are larger than the values of the measured heights.

  • We also adjusted the IP-L and IP-T finely with the jacks after lowering the pre-isolators.
  • In the three SR suspensions
    • We set the F0 FRs hardware limit switches in suitable positions,
    • Adjusted the amount of ballast mass on the F0 keystone taking into account the buoyancy corrections and
    • Installed and tested the thermistors.
  • In the BS, Hirata-san and Washimi-san checked the in-vacuum cable.
  • Additionally, following Ikeda-san's instructions, we released the SRM F1 FR, which was jammed.

What's left to do?

  • Tune SR IPs resonant frequencies (3 days).
  • Test the stability of the BS IP by checking it comes back after large excursions (1 day or less).
  • Fix SR2 and SR3 IP dysfunctional limit switches (1 day or less).
  • Check BS height for the sake of information (1 day or less).

We aim to finishe next week


  • In F0 FR, we set the hardware limit switches in suitable positions.
  • We changed the F0 keystone heavy top plate for a lighter one because at zero, the FR was almost at its upper limit.
  • We adjusted the amount of ballast mass on top of the F0 keystone.
  • At the end we got
    • Hardware limit switches trigger at: [ -2,072,149 ; 1,018,568 ] steps
    • Software limits: [ -2,050,000 ; 1,017,000 ] steps
    • F0 LVDT: [ -977 , 929 ] µm.

    • Buoyancy effect is 182 um.

  • We set the GAS filters in zero and measured the height of the mirror. It is approximately 0.95 mm above the nominal level (Terada-san's mark). This value is consistent with previous measurements. We will lower the pre-isolator by this amount on Monday.

  • We measured the position of Tereda-san's mark with respect to the center of the flange: it is off by 1 mm, which is fine given the laser level line thickness.


  • We set the F0 FR upper hardware limit switch in place.

Type-B BS

  • Top Filter fishing rod adjustment.
    • We set up the software and hardware limit swtiches of the FR such that the moving range is [-75,200 ; 2,052,035] steps, producing an approximate displacement range of the keystone of [-1.6 , 2.1] mm.

  • Top filter ballast mass.
    • We set the FR to the mid-point.
    • Then we added 43.7 grams of ballast to leave the keystone very close to 1,252 um, which is the buoyancy corrections value. We did this while having the IP free.
    • The tempertature was a bit low, but this is not expetected to create problems: T=22.8 °C.
    • While doing this work we realized the IP locking mechanism produces deformation of the the IP table, creating a change in the F0 LVDT readout of up to 0.9 um when tightened strongly! Of course, we don't need to lock the IP that strongly.
  • IP ballast mass addition.
    • We added 8.9 kg: 2 × 10 mm × 120° arch weights, one 4.5 kg and and another one 4.4 kg.
    • The resonant frequencies of the IP are
      • IP-L: 66 mHz

      • IP-T: 66 mHz

      • IP-Y: 129 mHz

      • Temperature: 22.7 °C.
      • We need to check by how much they change when the temperature increases (O3GK = 23 °C, maximum lately: 23.8°C).
  • We measured IP and IM transfer functions.
    • They look fine but some of them have low coherence in narrow bands or look less smooth than expected.
    • Next week I would like to double-check the IP LVDT cabling in case there's anything strange.
  • Thermistor.
    • We installed the thermistor.
    • After today's morning meeting, Hirata-san connected the cables differently: two cables had been originally connected to the same terminal, he removed one of them and it worked.
    • Hirata-san and Ikeda-san tested it with the controller and compared its readout with that of a thermocouple and PEM's ondotori.The result was satisfactory.
    • However, when the in-vacuum cable is touched, the readout changes a lot, so we need to change the cable.


  • Hirata-san and Ikeda-san tested the thermistor in all PR suspensions. Besides the systematic error already mentioned above, the test was succesful.
  • Hiarata-san has been measuring parameteres for the acceptance check.



  • We helped Matteo to apply First contact.
    • We locked the payload. We used two loops of cable ties to completely and robustly immobilize the RM.
    • We set at the AR side of the mirror (+X side) the jig that Hirata-san designd to protect the mirror surface and the RM from spurious drippings of First Contact:
      • In a first attempt, the jig did not reach the surface of the mirror. This happened because the mirror assembly was not immobilized in the same place as in the 3D-CAD. It was displaced towards the -X side and had some pitch and yaw.
      • With some improvisation and also using the purposely built adjustment in the jig, it was possible to adjust the position and orientation of the jig to make it reach the surface.
    • Then Matteo proceeded to apply First Contact with a brush.
    • Once finished we installed the jig for the HR side (-X side). It was easy to make it reach the surface of the mirror because the mirror was displaced in that direction. Then we applied First Contact.
    • On the following day we removed the first contact and cleaned some remaining bits with acetone.
      • The AR side is clean at the center and away from it there is some residue.
      • The HR side had a spec close to the center.
    • FC was applied again to the HR side and the spec became smaller but it didn't disappear completely. It seems the intention is to apply FC again before closing the chambers.
    • We released the payload.


  • We checked again the suitable height of the SF keystone to have the mirror in the suitable place. We had three different values measured at different dates.
  • The LVDT is not calibrated, so we didn't have an idea how far they were from each other.
  • We locked the keystone at the three position and measured the distance from an arbitrary point: they were within 0.71 mm. Sounds within the uncertainty introduced by a laser level with a 2 mm laser line, so it's fine.
  • We checked H2 OSEM was properly tightened in place.
  • We added spherical washers and screws to the rods of the magnetic damper security structure. For some reason they had not been installed.



As people may remember we had to move the SD keystone very high in order to have the mirror at the appropriate height:

  • At such position the TF had a smaller amplitude. See klog.
  • At the LVDT card we checked the return signal from the LVDT and it was clipping due to saturation. See example in klog.
  • We reduced the gain until we achieved a suitble sinusoidal signal and adjusted the phase to -180 degrees (not zero due to the height of the keystone).
  • Then we calibrated the OSEMs.
  • The responsivity is not as good as in other LVDTs becuase we require a large measuring range. The suitable position of the keystone is 5.3 mm above the zero of the LVDT, so it likely has a range of about 10 mm.
  • The transfer function shows a healthy system.
  • I still have to take note of the resistance values of the SF LVDT card channel.


  • We adjusted the pitch of the mirror
    • First we measured IM TFs and saw that the IN wasn't touching the IRM.
    • Then we measured the mirror pitch to be -1.4 mrad, not far away from the target of -3.3 mrad.
    • The back side is not accesible for the laser level so se used the front side.
      • ROC: 458 m
      • We set the laser level at the vertical midpoint of the mirror in order to minimize the systematic error introduced by the curvature.
    • Using the picomotor we moved the pitch to the target value of -3.3 mrad
  • Then we adjusted the positions of H2, H3 and V1 OSEMs.

Yet to do in PRM

  • We need to measure IM TFs
  • We realized we might have mistake in setting the height. We need to double check.
  • We need to double check that the H3 OSEM screws are tightened enough.
  • We require one more day.


On Monday:

  • We measured the size of the buoyancy effect using stored data of the LVDT and a varnier calliper: 2.3 mm. It's too large to believe it. There must be something wrong in the measurement.

  • We moved the SF FR stepper motor physical stop screws up in order to increase the FR range: 5.54 mm. We also set new software limits.

  • We determined the height of the mirror to be -5 mm when having the

    • BF at the setpoint and
    • SF FR roughly at midrange.
  • The temperature was 23.9 degrees.
  • We installed the thermistor.

On Tuesday

  • We set the SF keystone to nominal height, BF at the setpoint and the mirror was 6.5 mm below nominal height.
    • The security structure is 3 mm below its nominal.
    • The RM was 2.5 mm below nominal with respect to the security structure.
    • We can only survey the +X side of the RM becuase the markings were made on the wrong side of the chamber, so checking roll was important.
  • We also measured the position of the SF keystone when the LVDT readout was zero: 0.6 mm.

On Wednesday

  • After checking roll, we corrected the height of the mirror to be 4.7 mm.

  • While keeping the BF at the setpoint we moved the SF FR up until the mirror was at the correct height.

  • We measured transfer functions for the BF and SF to check whether the resonance frequency had changed: it didn't.
    • The one for the BF was exactly the same as the reference.
    • The one for the SF showed a smaller amplitude.
  • The changed in amplitude is likely due to the SF LVDT being out of linear range. We will try to fix it by tuning the resistences in the LVDT card.


  • Hirata-san and Tomaru-san made height markings for setting the mirror height.
  • Hirata-san and Ikeda-san checked that the traverser is working properly.

Type-Bp PR3

  • On Tuesday
    • We corroborated that the horizontal line drawn on white tape was on the chamber was Terada-san's height mark.
    • We went ahead in trying to set the mirror to the appropriate height
      • We set the SF keystone to nominal height per the 3D-CAD (65.5 mm from base plate).
      • The mirror was at the right height when moving the BF FR all the way to its upper limit and using 30,000 counts of actuation.
      • This meant it is not suitable to set the SF keystone to the 3D-CAD nominal height.
  • On Wednesday
    • We installed the thermistor on the security structure pillar above the IRM.
    • Just for the record, we measured the height of the mirror when the SF was at nominal height per the 3D-CAD and the BF was at the setpoint:
      • It was 2.2 mm below.
      • There's also some roll: there's 1 mm difference in height between the RM sides.
    • Then we moved the SF keystone up with the fishing rod until the mirror asembly was at the nominal height:
      • The SF FR was all all the way up and the buoyancy correction still has to be acconted for.
      • The temperature was very high; 24.7 degrees.
      • We began thinkng removing mass frlom the top of BF was necessary.
  • Thursday
    • We put kapton sheet between the thermistor and the aliminuim holder and covered the legs of the thermistor with PEEK tube.
    • The temperature decresed to about 23.6 degrees due to the quick reaction of Miyoki-san and others.
    • We were able to set the mirror to nominal height with the BF at the setpoint and the SF FR roughly in mid-range.
    • We also corrected a systematic error in settting the height: the laser line has a thickness of about 2 mm.
    • We moved the SF stepper motor shaft stop screws to the very top to allow for more range:
      • Now the total range is more than 5 mm and
      • The keystone new setpoint is -585 um.
      • The buoyancy effect is 585 um, so there plenty of FR range.

Type-Bp remaining work

  • Replacement of a broken LVDT driver (PRM?)
  • Set the mirrors to nominal height.
    • Terada-san's height marks seem gone.
      • PR2 doesn't have one.
      • We found one in PR3 chamber which may be Terada-san's one, but there's no indication.
      • We haven't checked PR3 chamber yet.
    • We must take into account that some LVDT drivers were replaced and the LVDTs were not recalibrated.
    • A possible procedure would be something like this:
      • Set the SF in nominal height per 3D-CAD.
      • Set the laser level at the nominal mirror height.
      • Move the BF keystone until the mirror is at the nominal height.
      • Take a note of the setpoints and modify medm screens.
      • Move vertical OSEMs if necessary.
  • Before pump down set the keystones to heights according to the buoyancy corrections.
  • Fishing rods in PR2 and PR3 seem to be working fine.

Type-Bp general

  • I checked how large the buoyancy effect is in PR suspensions.See klog.
  • Some values look very big. I guess this is due to LVDT card replacemet without the adjustment of resistors.
  • We checked the accuracy of two laser levels.One of them was very bad and discarded. The other one was very good.
  • Miyoki-san has bought another laser level already.

Type-Bp PR3

  • Using the good laser level and the picomotor we set the pitch of the mirror to -3.3 mrad (Thursday).
  • We moved the BF keystone close to the setpoint.
  • We released the SF and closed the vacuum chamber.
  • The vertical OSEMs were either out of range or close to the end of their ranges. We moved them into range.
  • We measured a few IM transfer functions. The system looks healthy.
  • Just to check reproducibility, we measured the pitch again and got the expected value of -3.3 mrad (Friday).

Type-Bp PR2

  • We tested the pitch stability with the Trunp method. We did three rounds and the changes were
    • 398 µrad,
    • -398 µrad
    • -663 µrad.
  • Then we checked the mirror pitch with respect to the horizontal; we measured 11 mrad. We thought it was too much so we decided to check the accuracy of the laser level.

  • We repeated the measurement with the good laser level and got 5 mrad, which was more resonable. Using the picomotor we moved it to 3.3 mrad.

  • We released the SF and closed the chamber.
  • Transfer function measurements showed the system was healthy.
  • Although ther suspension was already hanging free, we checked the position of the vertical OSEMs just to make sure the flags were not close to touching. We decided to move V2 and V3 panels.
  • When we finished we measured the pitch again with the good laser level and didn't get 3.3 mrad, 1.2 mrad! We don't know what could have changed.

  • We remember another instance in which the pitch changed unexpectedly (after the tightening of the clamps). We need to keep watching it.

Type-Bp PR2

This week we inspected and tightened the wires clapms in PR2. We followed the same procedure as in PR3, so I won't write any details here.

  • We removed the IRM side panels and measure the gaps in different places using thickness gauges:
    • Largest gap: 220 um close the wire, but smaller exactly where the wire is.
    • Smallest gap: (50 , 60 ) um.
  • We tightened the clamps according to the specification: 10 Nm for the weight holding ones and 2 Nm for the locating ones.
    • 10 out of 12 screws rotated by small amounts when tightened, however,
    • The two screws of the locating clamp at the +Y side were completely loose.
  • After we re-assembled and released the payload we realized it had a lot of negative pitch (I wrote positive in the klog, sorry) and at least one OSEM flag was touching.
    • We corrected the pitch with the picomotor.
    • We also moved the BF keystone close to nominal position with the fishing rod.
    • Then we corrected IM yaw.
  • We found picomotor cables and stepper motor cables disconnected, so we connected them.
  • By the end of today's work the IM seemed to be hanging free.
  • We tried to measure TFs, but it seems the actuation is not going through because of a problem in the real-time model. Miyo-kun andIkeda-san will take a look.

Type-Bp PR3

This week we did two tasks, both related with PR3 clamps:

  • We measured the gaps in PR3 locating clamps for the 200 um piano wire and
  • We tested applying adhesive to the wires within the grooves in the locating clamps.
  • One magnet from the IM OSEM flags was chipped. We need to get another one. See this picture.

Size of gaps

  • We used thickness gauges.
  • We measured the gaps in different places to take into account that the gaps are not necessarily uniform.
  • The largest gap size was between 170 um and 180 um.
  • The lowest one was between 70 um and 80 um.
  • The tickness of the clamped wire is 200 um.

Gluing test.

  • Using a spare SR style clamp we tested the procedure. Let's see klog 16331 and 16338 for details.

  • The test was successful in the sense that the adhesive went into the gap and the grooves around the wires. However, I wonder if this tiny amount of glue would keep the wires in place.

Is there another option before deciding to hang the mirror again? Yes

  • During the gluing test we saw that the outer locating clamps was not badly scared, neither the tungsten wire. See pictures.
  • In order to access the screws of the inner locating clamps to tighten them we could do something like this:
    • Lock the payload, remove the IRM side panels (already done).
    • Remove the coils from the back ring of the RM in ordet to protect the magnet standoffs.
    • Release the mirror from the RM and withdraw the lower screws by more than a few milimeters.
    • Lift the RM by 3 mm using the screws from the security structure.
    • Loosen the outer locating clamps and move the wires out of the way just enough for the tool to reach the inner screw.
    • Tighten the inner screws with 2 Nm torque.
    • Put the tungsten wires back in the grooves and tighten the clamp again.
    • Lower the RM
    • Etc.
  • Washimi-san and I can do preparation on Monday and on Tuesday we can tighten the screws with Hirata-san.

Type-Bp PR3

Given the fact that the gluing of the wire underneath the mirror didn't fix the problem of the stability of the mirror, we decided to tighten the wire clamps.

  • We locked the payload.
  • Removed H1 and H2 OSEM flsags with long and narrow pliers.
  • Removed the side panels.
  • Tighetened the screws of the weight-holding wires to 10 Nm
  • Tighetened the screws of the RM locating wire screws to 2 Nm (the ones for the mirror are not accesible).
  • After reassembly we tested pitch stabiliry with the Trupm procedure.
    • The mirror pitch changed by -5.8 mrad (oplev).
    • The IM pitch changed by 1. 04 mrad (V2 and V3 OSEMs).
  • Given this result we want to apply adhesive to the wires at the bottom of the clamps: see slides.

Type-Bp PR3

  • At the begining of the week the IM was still touching the IRM.
  • First we did a health check of the IM-Y picomotor because I had the impression it had reached a limit.
    • We locked the BF and pushed the IRM in yaw such that the IM was hanging free.
    • We actuated in yaw using the picomotor and it moved freely suggesting it had not reached its limit.
  • With confidence in the picomotor condition we proceeded to adjust yaw and pitch until the IM became free although the OSEM flags were not at the centres of their cavities.
  • Measurements of IM TFs revealed the system was healthy. (IM-V TF was not measured because the SF is locked due to the plastic cover.)
  • Happily, we can consider the system to be recovered from the jammed-BF-picomotor-earthqueake event.

  • Later we moved the IM picomotors in order to move the OSEM flags closer to centers of their cavities.However, this rendered H3 out of range.
  • The locked theIRM and the IM and moved H3 into range, but when we released the system we realized V1 had become out of range due to a change in pitch.
  • We measured transfer functions with the horizontal OSEMs and they were all good.
  • We proceeded with the Trump method to test the pitch stability:
    • We carried out the procedure from the control room and used the readout from V2 and V3 (V1 out of range) and the 3D-CAD to calculate the change in pitch: -3.9 mrad (consistent with what was measured with an oplev when we disturbed the suspension when we glued the wire).

    • In the tunnel we carried out the procedure again and used an oplev to measure a change of 33.4 mrad. See the videos.

    • For the same event we used the V2 and V3 OSEMs to estimate the change in pitch of the IM: 4.1 mrad (consistent with previous measurements).

  • Today we inspected the payload visually.
    • We didn't find anything wrong.
    • Only H2 flag rotated during the Trump procedure. See pictures.


Signal generator recovery

I set the amplitude and frequencies of the signal generators according to the values written on the devices themselves or the klog entries:


In ordert to check the health of the IM-Y picomotor we released the IM from touching the IRM temporarily as follows:

  • We locked the BF to the security structure.
  • We used the IRM lock screws to move the IRM towards yaw negative until the OSEM flags in the horizontal OSEMs looked roughly at the centre.
  • We applied sinusoidal actuation signals to the IM DoF and checked that the IM was following freely the signals.
  • We moved the IM-Y picomotor and by +/- 100 urad without problems.

This suggested we could use the picomotor to move the IM from around -3 mrad back to zero.

  • We did it and we also adjusted the pitch in the process as there was a large coupling.
  • We saw the OSEM flags in the horizontal OSEMs moving towards their centres and becoming free.
  • As soon as we saw H1 looked completely free we measured IM-L transfer function and got a good result. The IM seems to be free now!

  • However, the flags should be moved closer to the centre even more and we'll do this next session.

We modified the clamping of a cable that was almost touching another cable.

X End

  • On Monday we removed the jigs from the F0 blades and began adjusting the compression by 2 mm at the time.
  • This work was mostly finished on Wednesday. We gave the jigs to Type-A team in the afternoon. Blades 1, 3, 4 and 5 still require some compression. See this notebook page for details.

  • On Thursday we lowered the keystone and hooked the suspension rod. Then we lifted the keystone until there was some tension in the rod. We didn't proceed with the assembly of the keystone assembly because lifting the load would be required.
  • We installed and tested F0 vertical fishing roid switches. We checked the polarity of the motor also. It was correct.
  • We assembled the F0 yaw stepper motor, tested the limit switches and the polarity. We were all fine. We left the motor on IP table.


  • In PR3 we inspected the OSEM flags with the optic fibre camera. They all seem to be in place.


  • After the release of the jammed picomotor, Ikeda-san moved back the sliding mass but he was unable to recover the same orientation of the IM according to the OSEMs. Pitch and were ended up with different values.
  • The transfer functions showed an unhealthy system.
  • Before doing visual inspection of the IM I moved IM-Y to zero from 1.78 mrad. However, while opening the chamber (cloth covers) it moved to about -500 urad. Moreover, during subsequent work it went to -2.3 mrad and it's been stable there.
  • A few OSEM flags seem to be touching the OSEM bodies. Their positions are consistent with the large amount of yaw measured.
  • About cables:
    • Cables from the IM touch cables from the IM. (Lilkely not good but not too bad.)
    • Cables from the IRM touch cables from the IRM. (Lilkely not good but not too bad.)
    • A cable from the BF is touching the BF Damper.
    • A cable from the BF Damper is touching the security structure before it's clamping point on the security structure.
    • We provided more slack to those cables by improvising a additional clamping point on the securuty structure. This might have improved the situation of H1 OSEM flag but it did not solve the overall problem.
    • There are some cables which are dangerously close to touching other cables.
  • Today we assesed again the position of the OSEM flags.
  • What do do?
    • Maybe we should move the BF picomotor again.
    • Adjust the tilt of BF by putting temporary ballast masses (in places yet to be decided) to see if the IM is released.
    • Move OSEM panels?

Klog draft

With Hirata-san, Washimi-san and Ikeda-san.

  • We checked a couple of cables that looked touching each other in a picture, nevertheless, thay are not touching. Such an impression was created by the angle in which the picture was taken. See this picture and this other one.

  • We measured the resistance of H1 OSEM coil. It is 15.4 Ohm. I had the impresion there was a problem with the cable becuase the flag didn't seem to move when actuated on.
  • We assesed the position of the OSEM flags. See this diagram.

Another klog draft

I moved the BF to a position similar to the one in which the BF was before the BF picomotor was moved originally. The idea is to check whether the alignment of the IM is recovered.

Result: the alignment of the IM was not recovered.

Before moving the BF picomotors the pisition of the BF was

I used the BF picomotor 2 and some BF Damper coil magnet actuator to move it to

  • L, T, V = -738 , 51, 2303 um
  • R, P, Y = 472, -786, 5325 urad.

The position is not exaclty the same but it's very similar. The IM alignment did not improve, the IM-Y magnitude is still large:

  • L, T, V = 50 , 39, 60 um
  • R, P, Y = -165, -676, -2658 urad.

See this notebook page for more details.



SR3 ballast mass adjustment highlights

On top of Intermediate Mass

  • We recovered the oplev in order to use is as a reference for pitch.
  • Aim for the BF LVDT: 311 um per buoyancy correction.

  • After locking the IRM we checked the IM was free to move.
  • After we locked the payload and BF to the security structure, we removed the H1 OSEM flag and then the front and back panels of the IRM.
  • In two steps we removed a total of 100 grams from the IM and got the BF LVDT to 308 um at the temperature of the moment.

  • Once we finished the adjustment we assembled the IRM and put the OSEM flag back with magnet with the correct polarity.
  • Despite we used the oplev as a reference, apparently we disturbed the pitch by 496 urad approximately. This is should be within picomotor range. Yet to be adjusted.

  • We measured five IM transfer functions and the system looks very healthy. We didn't measure IM-V because the top filter is locked.

On top of Bottom Filter (klog yet to be written)

  • F1 LVDT aim 416 um per buoyancy effect.

  • From IM ballast mass adjustment we calculated how much mass we require for the BF: 2 * 45 grams.
  • We quickly tested the calculation this morning with temporary ballast masses and got it to 412 um.

  • On Monday we will put the masses properly and fix them.

A klog: Ballast mass adjustment on top of BF.

With Hirata-san and Washimi-san

SR3 remedying work after O3

We need to adjust the amount of ballast mass on tip of BF because F1 fishing rod is jammed. Today we tested how mass we need to add.

  • We aim to have the F1 LVDT at 416 um per buoyancy effect.
  • From IM ballast mass adjustment I calculated how much mass we require for the BF: 2 * 45 grams.
  • We quickly tested the calculation this morning with temporary ballast masses and got The F1 LVDT to 412 um.
  • The temperature was 23.0 degrees.
  • On Monday we will put the masses properly and fix them.



SR3 alignment recovery (klog15928)

  • We installed the oplev hardware, installed a new (orange) power cable for it and re-routed QPD cables underneath the floor panels.
  • We used the IP horizontal fishing rods to place the IP in the vicinity of the setpoint.
  • IM-Y had an unusually large value, namely, -2.9 mrad. I don't know how this happened and I should check. I used the picomotor to set it back to around zero.
  • Although we tried to keep the same value of yaw of the chain when we installed the F0 yaw motor, we might have change a little bit.
  • I tried to align the oplev without moving the components on the board, provided they had been aligned. However, the position of the collimator seems off by a large amount and a lot of adjustment in tip and tilt was necessary.
  • At the end of Thursday the beams were coming close to the QPDs but I think I need to move the position of the collimator. I'll do this on Monday.
  • The temperature was 23.1 degrees.

Plan for next week

  • Monday: Finish the alignment of the oplev and move the BF fishing rod to midrange.
  • Tuesday onwards: begin the adjustment of the IM ballast mass.




Gluing of the mirror wire

  • Last week Friday we had mixed two portions of EP30 in order to test the adhesive. They both cured well so, on Monday we prepared another portion in a plastic tray and applied it to the wire. I have the impression that the problem with the portion that didn't cure was that we used an improvised tray with folded Al foil and the low viscosity component went in between folded Al sheets.
  • In Tuesday the new portion had cured so we proceeded to install the front ring and then released the payload.
  • According to the oplev, we disturbed the pitch by +3.8 mrad approximately (klog15941). The value of pitch with respect to the horizontal still has to be measured, the mirror must be realigned to 1/300 rad with picomotors and the OSEMs adjusted.

Traverser in PR3 and PR2

  • Together with Ikeda-san we tested the Traverser driver. We set up dial gauges onto the motors to measure their motion. However, the traverser simply didn't work (klog15889 and comments).

  • Later on we learned that the connector pin assignment was different from PR2 and PRM, and that there was even an adapter connector for PR3.
  • Ikeda-san and Hirata-san tested the Traverser in PR2 using the dial gauges and it worked well (klog15930), so the strategy became to change the pin assigment in the in-vacuum connectors.



[Fabian, Hirata] We inspected SR3 payload and chamber and came up with a plan for installing a thermistor.

  • There's a mechanical design already.
  • We have the thermistors already.
  • The plan is to install them in 7 suspensions.
  • Type-Bp chambers have unused connectors we can use for this application.
  • Show diagram of how this would look like in Type-B. The diagram for Type-Bp still has to be done.






  • We checked the traverser cables. See klog report 15836

    • We identified cable R2 as the one failing. We used a multimeter to check for electrical continuity. In R1, T1 and T2 cables there was continuity between pins 1 and 9, and between pins 2 and 3. However, in R2 there was only continuity between pins 2 and 3.
    • We removed the in-vacuum cable and checked it with the multimete, but it was fine. We checked the motor also.
    • We realized then it was the in-air connector adapter the one failing. We borrowed one from another place and it worked well. See in this picture a thread is broken in the adapter.

    • We should make more adapters and make sure the traverser works well.
  • Gluing of the wire. See klog 15851.

    • We set up an oplev using a laser level.
    • We locked the payload. In the case of the vertical bars locking the RM to the IM, we used only one out of two becuase a cable was in the way of a locking screw.
    • The screws in the front ring came out smothly.
    • We applied adhesive as shown in this diagram. See pictures in the album.

    • However, it's been two days later and the adhesive hasn't cured asin previous times.
    • I checked the pictures and I used the correct proportions. We used an improvised UHV compatible Al tray.
    • We mixed again in order to test the adhesive and we will check on Monday:
      • We used a plastic Petri dish and a small baking Al tray provided by Tomasru-san.
      • The new mixtures look translucent, as expected from previous experience, but the one we used on Wednesday looks more transparent.
      • Maybe some of the component with low viscosity was trapped in the folds of the tray.
      • How should we proceed? Let us discuss.
  • Yet to do once we finish
    • Shake the suspension to check if the mirror changes pitch as before?
    • Measure the orientation of the mirror with respect to the horizontal with an oplev, using the IM picos set the pitch to 1/300 and adjust the OSEM if necessary.
    • Move the traverser while inspecting visually.



Week of the 18th of January


I disconnected SRM picomotor drivers to move them away from the assembly frame. I failed to report it in a klogin due time.


  • Miyo-kun, Hirata-san and I reviewed the IP transformation matrices from IP LVDTs to L, T and Y and from actuation in L, T and Y to real coil-magnet actuator. We found a few of inconsistencies in existing documents. See klog reports 15769 and 15776.

  • We recovered the IP alignment:
    • See klog 15782.

    • I updated the medm screen with these matrices. Diagonalization is pending.
    • I moved the IP close to the setpoint using horizontal FRs.
    • I turned the control system on by hand and works fine. (I tried using Guardian but it keeps using the old setpoint values despite I took a snapshot.)
    • I moved BF keystone to around zero. (F1 keystone has been in midrange for a long time and we should not move it unless it's absolutely necessary.)
    • We went to the tunnel and recovered the oplev readout. We had to move the suspension in yaw by a lot (mrad maybe) using the new F0-Y stepper motor.
    • After recovery I measured TFs in the IP. They look fine, but in IP-L and IP-T the coherence is low from 150 mHz to 400 mHz. Terrence suggested to check coherence with ground motion and we cna also increase the amount of actuation.
  • We finally got to add ballast mass on top of BF:
    • When we began working the temperature was 23.1 degrees but when we finished it was 23.5 degrees (klog 15809), likely due to the coach filters (klog 15810), but this morning it was 23.0 degrees.

    • The final result is that the keystone is now about 16 um above the goal. It requires -1,100 counts of coil-magnet actuation to reach it. After pump down we can use the FR to move it closer if we think it's suitable.
    • The aligmment of the OSEMs didn't change much.
    • IM TF measuements reveal that the system is healthy.
  • Things left to do in BS suspension:
    • In F0 adjust ballast mass, FR position and limit switch positions.
    • Tune IP resonant frequency.
    • Measure IP-LVDT sensitivity.
    • Install oplev box (what is the status?)
    • Install outer frame large beam? (what is the status?)

Plan for next week


  • Alignment recovery after cabling (it seems they want to use it next week for injecting green light.)
  • Preparation for ballas mass adjustment.



Week of the 11th of January

BS: klog 15729

  • We finished the cabling of the F0 yaw stepper motor. Ikeda-san updated the software with the channel number selected.
  • W tested F0-V and F0-Y limit switches by pressing them with the finger and checking the response in the medm screen. They worked as expected.
  • We checked the polarity of the IP coil-magnet actuators. H1 had the reverse polarity and it was corrected in hardware.
  • Using information collected before the removal of the LVDTs and after their installation and calibration, I calculated the offset to write in the medm screen in order to have the desired setpoint at zero (klog pending).
    • Hirata-san and Fabian updated the medm screen (klog pending).
    • The SDF table was updated with the new values (klog pending).
    • The next steps (to happen today or Monday) are
      • To write in the medm screen the simple geometrical transformation matrix from H_{i} to L, P and Y and
      • Turn the control system on and make sure it's stable.
      • Diagolalize the LVDTs and their actuators.


We moved the SR3 small rack inside of the clean booth to a new permanent position.See this the location in this picture and this other one.

  • The boxes with electronics were put following the same layout as in SR2 and BS, which was reported by Washimi-san in klog 15736.

  • The cables were routed underneath the 2nd floor panels in a tidy way.
  • The connections still have to be tested by turning the control system on. I aim to do this next week.
  • The SRM cables and rack still have to be arranged in the same way.
  • Mirapro can move the rack at any time of their convenience, with the exception of Monday, when we will remove some items which are next to the assembly frame in the 2nd floor and next to the SR3 chamber in the 1st floor.

Plan for next week

  • Monday:
    • Removing items around SRM and SR3 chambers to allow Mirapro work whenever is suitable for them.
    • Add ballast mass in BS BF.
  • Others:
    • Recover SR3 alignment after cabling as preparation for ballast mass adjustment (1 person).
    • Install SR3 oplev (2 people).
      • We should install it depite it would make access to the payload difficult.
      • This difficulty is mitigated by the fact that we have access from the side doors. We will assess this situation in situ and decide.
      • In case we decide not to install the usual oplev we will use an improvised oplev supported by the chest of drawers far away enough from the door to allow access.
    • Lower the pre-isolators with the jacks (3 people).
    • Adjust ballast mass on top filters.
    • Set the F0 limit switches in suitable positions.
    • Measure again resonance frequencies of IPs as preparation for adding mass onto them to adjust such the frequencies.



Week of the 4th of January


  • In order to answer the question whether we should move the assembly frame next to SR3 as a back up plan,
    • We opened SRM chamber -X door, next to where the frame is now and
    • We measured the width of the clear space: 66 cm, which is enough.
    • We should ask Mirapro to move the frame, but
    • We need to move the rack with electronics and the cables and we need to allocate time to do it.
  • The IP stepper motor shaft pitch was measured to be 1.0 mm/thread.


  • The IP stepper motor shaft pitch was measured to be 0.8 mm/thread.
  • We received special screws, we installed the IP LVDTs and calibrated them: I have not checked the data but we might need to optimize the LVDT cards and repeat the calibration. I need to think about this issue more carefully.
  • Before removing IP immobilizing jig we measured the output of the LVDTs in order to recover the aligned position.
  • We replaced the heavy F0 top plate of the keystone assembly by a lighter one with ballast mass.
  • We installed the F0 yaw stepper motor with limit switches. Test pending.
  • We installed the F0 fishing rod limit switches. Test pending.

Type-B all

We checked the flanges we could use for the cables of a thermistor. See details in klog 15700.



Week of the 14th of December

  • Yano-san repaired a damaged thread in a BS LVDT component. He also compiled the bill is screws.
  • Hirata-san and Yano-san went to wash the BS LVDT components ot the University of Toyama.
    • The components were brought back to the tunnel on Friday.
    • The plastic box was opened until Monday to let the components warm up to room temperature and thus avoid condensation.
    • Yano-san finished writing a nice procedure to assemble the LVDTs.

  • After receiving and washing new screws, we mounted the new lighter F0 keystone assembly top disc in SR3 (klog 15664). We removed 96 grams to compensate for the extra weight of the F0 yaw stepper motor mechanism.

  • I finished writing the procedue for adjustting ballas mass in SR3. Hirata-san and Yano-san read it and they had comments.
  • The temperature in BS area this week was still high (around 23.6 degrees). Yokozawa-san had misread my message and he thought such temperature was the one requested. Now he is aware of the temperature we want (close to 23.1 degrees).
  • Despite the temperature being high, we added ballast mass on top of BS BF in order to assess how easy or hard was going to be to keep the BF current balance (klog 15651 and comments):

    • As planed, we put equal amounts of mass on geometrically opposite places: 66 grams in each place.
    • It worked well in the sense that we didn't disturb the aligmment of the IMR and OSEMs. The largest change was -41 urad in IM-R, which is rather small for this type of adjustment.
    • Transfer function measurements showed a healthy system.
    • F1 fishing rod had been put in mid-range beforehand and the additional ballast moved keystone position down by 560 um to 423 um. We will need to add more ballast later because we aim to 212 um.
    • The yaw measured by the oplev changed also, but this is due to the change in F1 height and coupling with cables.

Week of the 21st of December

  • On Monday we receive the BS IP LVDT yokes:
    • They were cleaned during 5 minuted in the ultrasonic bath with acetone in ordert to remove residual rust, likely coming out from threaded holes.
    • We assembled completely two LVDT-actuator units; the other one was partially aseembled because we only have two jigs. After installing the first one we will finish the assemby of the third one.
    • After assembly we checked the resistances of the coils to make sure there was no damage.
  • We finished the assembly and installtion of the BS limit switches for the IP horizontal fishing rods.
    • We attached extensions to some of the cables.
    • Because of the lack of cable clamps in the designed we used inserted M8 vented SDC screws in nearby holes and used them as poles. We tied cables to them using kapton coated wire.
    • We tested the switches manually and checked the medm screen gave the correct signal.
  • In SRM we corrected the polarity of the F0 FR stepper motor.
    • There was some troubleshooting to do: a cable broke at the attachment point to a pin (pin 2) and we fixed it.
    • Using a spare stepper motor we checked the health of the unused channels in the SRM GAS Filter driver: two out of three work.



Week of the 7th of December

  • We connected some SR2 and SRM cables which had been disconnected as preparation for the clean booth cleaning.
  • We BS IP immobilizing jig and LVDT-actuator units.
    • Some holes were out of place due to manufacturing imperfections but we were able to fix the component using only one screw.
    • Then we found another hole was also out of place. Hirata-san and Yano-san made additional holes and it worked very well.
    • After immobilizing the IP we removed the LVDTs and diassemebled them.
      • The LVDTs had oil, rust, dust, ink, small pieces of polystyrene foam, etc.
      • We wrote a rough procedure to use it as a guide to assemble them back, including cabling diagram.
      • Some of the think wires broke when removing the pins from the connectors, but Hirata-san crimpped new pins successfully.
      • We measured the resistances of the coils and determined the polarity of magnet arrangement.
      • The yokes were given to Takahashi-san who sent them to the company. We'll have them back by the 23rd of December.
      • On Tuesday and Wednesday Hirata-san and Yano-san will go to Toyama University to wash the components.
      • On Monday morning Yano-san will compile a bill of screws based on our notes.
  • The BS F0 stepper motor was assembled but not installed. We'll do it after recovering the IP LVDTs.
  • Two BS IP horizontal stepper motor limit switches were assembled.
    • One of them was put in place just for us to check iy fitted in place. It looked alright.
    • The assembly does not have cable clamps for the cables, but we thought of a plan. We only require to but additional screws.
  • In SR3 IP we wanted to replace a heavy disc in the F0 keystone assembly. However, the holes in the new piece have countersinks and current piece uses socket head screws. We will install it after buying new suitable screws.
  • Yano-san made some holes bigger in some ballast masses (from M5 to M6).
  • The temperature in BS area is currently 23.8 degrees. We want around 23 degrees. Hopefully next week we will be able to adjust the ballast mass in BS BF.
  • I began writing the new procedure to remove ballast mass from SR3 Im inside of the chamber.
    • No need to design new ballast masses or any other piece.
    • I aim to finish it shortly and I'll ask Hirata-san to check it.
    • I should be able to tell you how long it will take to do this some time next week.


Week of the 30th of November


  • Yano-san pointed out that the factory cables for the stepper motors are thick (for higher current) whereas we are connecting them to thin cables. We need to check whether this may be a problem.


  • We inspected the IP LVDT-actuator units and horizontal fishing rods. See pictures in this album.

  • The yokes have some rust and coils have dust.
  • The horizontal FR blades don't have nickel plating but they are not rusty in an obvious way.
  • We found the jigs to remove the LVDTs.
  • We checked there's suitable access to install Satou-san's limit switches.
  • Terrence did various measurements and we locked and unlock the IP for it.
  • Temperature in the clean booth is high (24.7 degrees). I kindly asked Yokozawa-san to take action to cool it down.

SRM, SR3 and SR2

  • We finished the installation of the F0 FR limit switches after we got new fasteners.
  • In SRM and SR2 we compensated the additional mass of the yaw stepper motor assemblyby removing ballast mass from the keystone.
  • In SR3 we set the F0 FR upper limit switch to a suitable height.
  • We tested the switches by pressing them manually and checking the signal in the medm screen using the update button. They worked fine this way.
  • However, some of the Nikhef switches in the IPs require fixing. They are made of copper sheet and they are bent in such a way that system receives a trigger signal even when they are not pressed. The cales are fine because they react when they are pushed by hand.
    • SR2: H1, -Yaw, Left; H2, -Yaw, Left.
    • SR3: H1, -Yaw, Left.
    • SRM: We fixed one.
  • Tthe script doesn't automatically warns the human user when a switch has been pressed. Currently, the update button has to be pressed to know the status. Ikeda-san will implement an automatic warning by the end of January.
  • Ikeda-san clarified the driver should stop the motor as soon as the switch is pressed. We did an experiment that is shown in this short movie (SR3).

  • In SR3 we connected again the satellite boxes to the rack.

A TO DO list for SR suspensions.

  • Fix the IP limits switches which are not working.
  • Recover the local alignment of the suspensions and measure transfer functions.

  • Change polarity of SRM F0 FR stepper motor.
  • In SR3 exchange the heavy top plate (1 kg) from the keystone assembly by a lighter new one (less than 400 g).
  • Set all the switches to suitable positions.
  • Make sure the script automatically detects the pressing of the switches.
  • Repair connector adapter for picomotors. Check whether there are missing ones.
  • Connect BF picomotors in BS and SR3.
  • SRM IM-R picomotor is not working. Check it.
  • Decide what to do about the position of the F0 keystones: they are very low because we lifted the suspensions with the jacks in order to compensate for the buoyancy effect. However, Mark made us change our minds and we didn't lowered them back before O3GK.


Week of the 23rd of November 2020

[Hirata, Washimi, Satou, Aso, Fabian]


  • On Tuesday morning we realized it was a lock nut that was too low the one causing the problem. See klog 15518.

    • In the morning I moved the three nuts and the keystone moved down to about -1.2 mm.
    • In the afternoon Hirata-san moved the nuts further up but the keystone didn't reach go beyond -1.2 mm.
    • I checked the 3D-CAD and realized the OSEM flag and body impose a limit of ± 1.75 mm when the IM-IRM and OSEMs are perfectly aligned. In SR3 the limit is -1.470 mm.
    • This sugguests -1.2 mm is the limit and it's determined by the overall alignment of the system. We should check where the limit is in SR2 and BS also.
    • Health check of SRM payload is pending.
  • The 30 mHz oscillation I talked about in last week's meeting is aliasing noise.
    • I was looking at a slow channel that down-samples data from a fast channel, and the fast channel has high frequency noise (~250 Hz).
    • This type of high frequency noise had already been noted by Type-A team and we had put low-pass filters in an inout fiter bank to avoid it. However, the filter had been turned off some time ago and the noise became obivous.
    • A particular feature of the noise is that it's amplitude seems to depend on the position of the keystone.
    • In klog 15305 I showed the amplitude incresed when the keytone goes down. However, on Tuesday we saw the opposite. More analysis pending.

  • When we began the installation of F0 fishing rod limit swtiches we realized some holes that were expected to be fully threaded were not threaded at the top. We quickly came up wit an additional plan and additional components have been ordered already. We'll finish installation next week.
  • We tested the polarity of thr F0 FR motor. We got the opposite I had reported in klog 15272. The reason is that in the script Ikeda-san had put a minus sign. It was agreed to remove the sign and change the polarity in hardware: we want the keystone to move up with a positive number of steps. This convention is alright, although the oppsite is common in motors we cannot access.

  • Satou-san realized he had made a mistake in the cabling diagram of the F0 yaw stepper motor (klog 15530). He quickly notified us and we will correct this error when we open the camber next week. (We did the one in SR3 correctly, klog 15441.)

  • We removed 108 grams from the F0 keystone to compensate for the addiitonal mass of the limit switch components (~100 grams).
  • Question for Ikeda-san and Aso-san: was it possible to test Ikeda-san's script to unjam F1 FR motor?
  • Collateral damage: the fibre optic camera is not working. We tried to use it on Tuesday afternoon but it just keeps saying it's "Establishing connection".


  • We installed the limit switches in F0 FR and F0 yaw stepper motor and tested them using the medm. See klog 15441.

  • We new F0 yaw stepper motor asembly is roughly 100 grams heavier, and the keystone doesn't have ballast mass on top to remove, so the load is heavier now. Later we will replace the top disc (1 kg) by a new lighter one.
  • We had to remove some IP arch ballast masses to relocate a misplaced connector onto the IP table to allow us to connect the limit switches. We rearranged some cables also.


[Hirata-san, Washmi-san and Satou-san, Ikeda-san, Fabian]


  • They assembled BS F0 yaw stepper motor and SR limit switches.
  • They Removed screws from SR3 chamber top and side doors.
  • They did cable inventory.
  • Ikeda-san finished the script to actuate on the jammed stepper motor.
  • We checked IP limit switches using the medm screen and physically pushing them with an Allen key. They worked well although they are very stiff. One of them experienced a plastic deformation and had to be bent back. Satou-san system seems to be better. Klog 15484.

  • After Yokozawa-san's actions the temperature became 23 degrees, which is suitable.
  • On Friday I tried to moving the jammed stepper motor when applying a large actuation on the keystone, both ways. It didn't solve the problem. Klog 15479.


  • After working this week inside of SRM chamber, we have the impression we may be able to add weight to the SR3 BF without taking it out of the chamber and, at the same time, do it in a suitable way to keep the IRM alignment.
  • To add mass to the IM we would require removing only two IRM panels and one OSEM.
  • Next week we can inspect the BF and find whether it's possible or not.

SRM trouble mechanical troubleshooting

  • On Monday I recovered the alignment before in situ inspection in the mine. Klog 15474.

  • General visual inspection: everything looked fine, including cables. Klog 15474.

  • Although no cable seemed to be causing problems, for the sake of trying we unclamped from the Flying Saucer the only real suspect cable, which is the picomotor kapton cable. We measured a transfer function and the problem was still there. Klog 15474.

  • We looked to the inside of the BF with the camera: it did not produce useful images. Klog 15477. Pictures at SRM Remedying Work after O3GK.

    • We tried all the suitable holes at the bottom and at the top (keystone lock screws and nuts access).
    • Once inside the BF, we cannot point the camera where we want. Mostly we only saw the cap and sometimes the keystone.
    • We were able to identify some components but it's still too dark. We need more light.
    • We inspected visually the bottom central section of the BF, which is the coil-magnet actuator assembly. Nothing seemed wrong.
    • The three of us (one at the time) pulled the suspension rod down by hand, and it moved by several milimeters smoothly. It didn't feel like rubbing anything. Klog 15485.

  • Assessment of SRM from the control room: see this presentation.

Netx two weeks plan

  • According to the Microsoft Project:
    • Next week is for limit switches in SR2 and
    • The week after the next is for "adjustment of ballast mass in SR3", which is separate a separate item from "Repair removing suspension". They are actually the same.
  • For the next two weeks we can:
    • Install the limit switches in all suspensions (F0 yaw and vertical).
    • Look for accessible places where we could add mass on SR3 BF from within the chamber and write a procedure.
    • Fabian still has to design some simple ballast masses for SR3 IM.
    • Aso-san can take a fresh look to SRM payload if he wants.

Notes for SRM Klog on 19-11-2020

Assessment of BF and IM


  • The BF and IM in vertical both behave very well for displacements high above zero, for example at 288 um. The transfer functions look fine.
  • When BF keystone is at 172 um, a 30 mHz oscillation appears in BF LVDT but, strangely, not in IM-V. The transfer functions look fine.
  • When BF keystone reaches 132 um (and IM-V is 185 um), IM-V stops and seems to be dragging. With the exception of IM-V, all IM transfer functions look fine. BF LVDT shows the oscillation at 30 mHz.


  • Temperature: 23 degrees.
  • F1 at -567 um (no actuation).

Description of experiments

  1. The BF keystone is at 288 um and the IM-V at 321 um.
    • The BF transfer function looks very good (picture 1p1).
    • The IM-V transfer function looks also good (picture 1p2). The vertical OSEMs don't seem to be out of range although they might be close to their limit. I need to check.
    • The IM-Y transfer function also looks good (picture 1p3).
    • When it swings free there is no large oscillation (picture 1p4).
  2. BF keystone down to 172 um (-2000 cnt of actuation).
    • A large oscillation appears: 8 um-pp at 30 mHz. See 2p2.
    • The BF transfer function looks very good (picture 2p3).The resonant frequency is at 273 mHz.
    • The IM-V transfer function looks also good (picture 2p4).
  3. I moved the BF keystone down to 132 um with -2800 cnt of actuation. IM-V goes down to 185 um.
    • BF oscillates with an amplitude of 9 um-pp at about 30 mHz, but IM-V does not move! See picture 3p1.
    • Then I applied a sinusoidal actuation with an amplitude of 2000 counts at 100 mHz. See picture 3p2, 3p3. I removed the AC actuation and measured transfer functions.
    • IM-Y and IM-L transfer functions looks fine. See 3p4, 3p5.
    • IM-P looks good. See 3p6.
    • IM-R looks good although noisy at high frequencies. See 3p7.
    • IM-V looks really bad. See 3p8.
  4. Then I set the DC actuation to -2000 counts and turned the AC actuation on. The IM vertical OSEMs seem to be completely free from any stop and follow the actuation. Pictures 4p1, 4p2, 4p3. The BF follows the actuation also.
  5. I removed the sinusoidal actuation completely and kept the AC one. The BF oscillates with a very low frequency again. See 5p1, 5p2.
  6. I removed the DC actuation completely. The low frequency oscillation in BF is gone. See 6p1.

Assessment of F1


It seems that when the keystone is placed around zero (original nominal) and above, a coupling with other mechanical elements appear. This manifests itself as persistent oscillation above 310 mHz, the decrease in the height of a peak in transfer functions, change in its frequency and a decrease of coherence below such a frequency. The system seems to be free of stray couplings at -572 um or below. However, a clear boundary between healthy and unhealthy behaviour has not been established yet.


  • Temperature 23 degrees.
  • BF keystone position 280 um.

Desription of measurements

  1. I left F1 keystone at -182 um (10,000 counts of actuation) free swinging last night and, despite the time elapsed, the oscillation at 312.5 mHz has not damped (picture 1p1, 1p2). It has an amplitude of 30 um-pp. I assume it continues because the excitation hasn't ceased. The transfer function looks very good (1p3) but the resonant frequency is at 273 mHz not at 312.5 mHz.

  2. I removed the actuation and the keystone goes down to -572 um. The large oscillation at 312.5 mHz is gone; we see the highest peak at the resonant frequency of 281 mHz (pictures 2p1, 2p2, 1p3). The transfer function looks very good. The peak shows up at 273 mHz not at 281 mHz (picture 2p4).

  3. I turned the actuation on again (10,000 counts, keystone at around -182 um). The large oscillation is back, this time at 304 mHz, together with other oscillations in that frequency neighborhood (pictures 3p1 and 3p2). Then I turned the control system on, damping only, but it didn't damp it. I increased the gain but it became unstable. I don't have the TF in Foton to check the UGF and gain, so I gave up damping it.
  4. I increased the actuation to 14,400 counts to bring the keystone around zero. The oscillation is still there (pictures 4p1, 4p2) and it appears in a slightly higher frequency, at 328 mHz. The transfer function shows an unhealthy system: the peak around 280 mHz is gone and a shorter peak appears at 304 mHz instead (picture 4p3). The coherence at that frequency is also high for a resonance (0.91).The coherence at low frequencies does not look as good.

  5. I increased the actuation to 25,000 counts, which brought the keystone to around 450 um. The large oscillation is there (pictures 4p1, 4p2) at 320 mHz. The transfer function shows again an unhealthy system with the resonance at 320 mHz and with lower coherence below the first resonance (picture 5p3).

Klog for 16-11-2020

With Hiarata-san and Washimi-san.

Preparation from the control room

  • Using the IM picomotors I changed the IM-Y from around -3,000 urad to around zero.
  • Using the Fishing Rod I moved F0 keystone from around -1,900 um to around -1,600 um (nominal).
  • Using 20,000 counts of coil magnet actuator I set the F1 keystone a reasonable distance from -100 um (nominal). The FR is jammed.
  • Using the FR I set the BF to around +100 (nominal).
  • I measured transfer functions of the IM. As before, all of the are alright except IM-V one.
  • The difference is that now, the IM-V TF measurement fails even when having the BF at 100 um. This is a very bad situation.

In situ preparation

  • Hirata-san opened the vacuum chamber top. We covered the contact surface of the cap at the rim with the usual white tape.
  • We locked the IP and closed the chamber.
  • We opened the +X side door and also covered the contact surface at rim with white tape.

Work inside the chamber

  • Hirata-san and I went inside the chamber and locked the IP.
  • We did visual inspection of the payload and of the visible part of the BF. Everything looked fine.
  • Still, I wanted to check whether the problem is produced by a cable. So, we locked the IM and IRM to the security structure and, at the Flying Saucer above the IM, we unclamped the kapton cable of the IM picomotors. One of the two M4 screws was completely removed. This was the most likely offender.
  • We measured the BF transfer function and it revealed an unhealthy system, which means this kapton cable is not the problem. We have not clamped the cable back yet
  • The white OSEM cables also look fine. It does not seem worth unclamping them to check.
  • Tomorrow we aim to check the inside of the BF with the fibre optic camera.


With Washimi-san.

  • We inspected the BS BF in order to decide the size of a SDC M6 screw to buy. Hirata-san ordered a few (klog 15435).

  • We connected the cables for the SRM OSEM and the IM picomotors. An adapter for the IM picos broke and I borrowed from SR3 for now.
  • As preparation we turned on the optic fibre camera and realized it's missing a microSD card. Takahashi-san ordered one already.
  • I reported to Yokozawa-san that the temperature in SRM was about 21.8 degrees Celsius. We need it warmer next week.
  • SRM new problem: F1 fishig rod jammed at the lower end of its range.
    • Other FRs don't jam when reaching the end of ther ranges, but others do.
    • The expeced position of the keystone at 23 degrees in vacuum is -980 um (klog 15461), which is likely too large to bring the keystone to zero with the coil-magnet actuator.

    • What to do? Following our current line of thought, we should remove mass from the BF. Another option would be:
      • Hope fo the best next week and fix the BF.
      • Leave the SF wherever it lands (-1,037 um presumably),
      • Set the BF at zero and
      • Compensate the height of the mirror with at the F0 keystone or the IP jacks (better).


With Washimi-san

  • After Shimode-san fixed a minor problem with one of PR2 LVDT drivers, we installed it back and it worked!
  • We measured the phases again. The results of almost all LVDT drivers used in PR suspensions are reported in klog 15457.

    • PRM BF recoil mass LVDT cards have not been examined because we need the problem with the misconnected cables solved.
    • One resistance in PRM SF GAS LVDT channel seems anomalous: it's value is only 1.2 Ohm whereas typical values are larger than 5 kOhm.


About LVDT cards

[Fabian and Washim-san]

With the new information that Alessadro (Nikhef) provided a few weeks ago, we began measuring the settings in PR suspensions.

  • I realized that the some of the information given to us (JGW-T1604798, Feb 2016) about how to set up the card ready for calibration was wrong.

  • Namely, in order to set the phase, it is instructed to use the wrong probe points.

  • I wrote Alessandro for confirmation and he provided the correct information.
  • The consequences for the already calibrated LVDTs are not necessarly so important:
    • As far as I remember, the people adjusted the phase by maximizing the output, not by measuring the phase directly.
    • Still, from the recent measurements, I can see that some phases are very different from zero, which means we are not having the best SNR we can get from the LVDTs.
  • The consequences for LVDT card recovery are more important because, in case a card needs to be replaced, we have to get the same settings in order to preserve the calibration factor.
  • In case a card, whose settings have not been measured, breaks, we should:
    • Measure the value of two gain resistors from the top of the card and
    • Measure the value of one resistor from the bottom of the card. This requires removing the card from the chassis.


[Fabian and Washimi-san]

  • I got the reviewer's comment on the Type-B paper. It's a long list but many of them are relatively simple. A few of them are a little more challenging.
  • We began setting up the clean booth ready for work. We also had had a chat about safety and how to keep the cleanliness.
  • We removed most of the screws from the top of BS and SRM chamber and from the +X side door of SRM chamber.
  • Akutsu-san and Nakamura-san inspected the BS oplev area with the intention of designing the box.
  • Mirapro covered the BS/PR2 area with SUS sheets.


[Fabian and Washimi-san]

  • We measured the settings of PR2, PR3 and PRM GAS Filters LVDT cards: two resistances and a phase for each channel.
  • We'll check the remaining LVDT card in PRM once the cable problem is solved.
  • About: the LVDT driver box for PR2 GAS filters:
    • It has a problem with the input power voltage, but it may be just an LED issue because the meaured voltage seems alright. Shimode-san will check on Tuesday.
    • However, I didn't get a return signal from the BF-V LVDTs back into the board. The board might have broken. After Shimode-san finishes checking the power issue I'll investigate more.



  • I watched Mirapro removed the bellows and ducts, especially around BS, wich still has its oplev. Everything seemed alright. Let us measure TFs once the DGS is recovered.
  • Hirata-san picked up some components, which we will use in vacuum, in order to wash them in Mitaka.
  • Venting finished on Monday. The buoyancy effect on keystones was reported in klog 15322. This is very useful information for BS and SR3 work.

  • Once Mirapro removed the hatch doors in BS chamber that are at the BF level, I took a look and identified places to put the ballast masses. See klog 15353.

Possible activities for the next weeks (subject to Takahashi-san's approval):

  • Removing clamps from the vacuum chambers caps. Mirapro will not do it.
  • Recovery of oplevs.
  • Measurement of gain resistances and phases in LVDT cards.
  • On BS BF filter, some ballast masses are fastened with a very long screw. Because we will add mass there, it would be good to estimate the length of the screw for preparation. In order to place a ruler next to it safely, it would be good to open the chamber and lock the IP, together with the BF cap.

Type B

Report for the week of the 19th of October 2020.


  • On Saturday Miyo-kun, Washimi-san and Fabian went to the tunnel and rerouted and reconnected cables in SR suspensions (IP and GAS LVDTs and FRs). We also reconnected the coil cables in BS OSEM satellite boxes for Guardian test.
    • Fabian confirmed the cabling was fine by using the fishng rods and monitoring motion with the LVDTs. I wrote the polarity down for Ikeda-san to use. See klog 15272.

    • Miyo-kun confirmed the new Guardian works for BS suspension. See klog 15276.

  • Hirata-san and I gave some feedback to Matteo about how we helped Hirose-san with the cleanliness of the mirrors before O3GK.
  • In the context of Ikeda-san's work with stepper motor scripts, together with Miyo-kun I revisited the IP fishing rods transformation matrices.
  • Before venting of the central room Fabian set the IPs and GAS filters in suitable positions (various klog reports). In the case of GAS filters it's useful to measure the keystone displacement due to bouyancy.
  • I checked SRM BF condition on Wednesday before the venting. See klog 15305. In previous analysis, it seemed the keystone hit a hard physical stop because it stopped moving when lowered. However, on Wednesday it didn't stop moving, but an oscillation at 40 mHz appeared. Currently I especulate it's a cable pulling.

  • I monitored the Type-B suspensions during venting. See klog 15307. I'll report the size of the bouyancy correction next week.

  • I wrote a To DO list for next week in Github: Type-B TODO list.


  • [Fabian] During blackout preparation I realized Type-Bp suspensions use amplitudes of LVDT reference signals different to Type-B (5 Vpp). is the following information correct:
    • PR2: 6 Vpp. (This is written in a label, so I guess it's confirmed.)
    • PR3 and PRM: 7 Vpp.

Type B

Report of the week of the 12th of October

  • I gave some feedback for the noise budget paper.
  • We continued with the cleaning.
  • Hirata-san made M6 holes in some ballast masses.
  • I wrote a document about the procedure to replace the LVDT cards after a failure: JGW-T2012128.

    • It was checked by Alessandro Betolini from Nikhef and he says the method is correct. He provided minor comments that have been incorported to the new version of the document.
    • He says they will review the design for ETpathfinder and that's our chance to give them feedback (i.e. Tanaka-san's findings and my concerns as a user).
    • Knowledge transfer from Tanaka-san to Alessandro would be greatly beneficial for KAGRA. If you think it's suitable, would it be possible for someone to organize this, please?
  • Tanaka-san will take some of our LVDT cards for hardware modification.
    • We need to survey those LVDT cards before he takes them away. When will we do this?

    • As far as I understand, given the old calibration factor, he has to give us a procedure to calculate a new calibration factor. Is this statement correct?

    • Before any other card breaks, we need to survey all of them. When will we do this?

    • Four hands are required for the measurements. For Type-B/Bp, Washimi-san and Fabian can do it.

  • After cleaning the PR area I have the impression we lost Hirose-san's LED lamps to check mirror cleanliness.

  • I requested to buy a scale for Type-B work.

Type B

Report of the week of the 28th of Septermber

  • Measured the resonant frequency of BS IP (15136). it's not too different to what I had measured with a higher temperature. I haven't measured the other ones.

  • I calculated we require to put 132 grams on top of BS Bottom Filter in order to bring F1 to nominal position at zero with the fishing rod in midrange. See Type-B remedying work document.

    • Taking into account the weight of the F0 yaw stepper motor (330 grams) that we need to install, and the amount of ballast on F0 keystone (413 grams), we can see the F0 load is overweight by 50 grams.
    • To fix this, Hirata-san designed a new F0 keystone top plate far ligher than the current one (JGW-T2012090). It should work well.

    • Next week I will go to the mine and put aside the 132 grams of ballast divided into two equal parts.
  • In the context of calculating the amount of ballast required in SR3 I realized that when moving the BF keystone to -1.47mm the system touches something and free oscillations stop (15122). This is not a problem currently but it should not happen. More investigation is required. It touches before the fishng rod reaches midrange.

  • Despite this problem it was able to roughly estimate we require to remove 76 grams from the IM and add 43 grams on top of the BF. See Type-B remedying work document.

    • I calibrated (roughly) the keystone displacement in terms of stepper motor steps, and then calculated the total displacement all the way to midrange position, which is beyond the position where it currently touches. Using the spring constant I calculated we need to remove 76 grams.
    • F1 fishing rod is completely jammed -429 um.To bring it to nominal we need to remove 33 grams from its load. However, we will remove about 76 grams from the IM, which implies we'll need to add 43 grams on top of BF.

    • We have a record of the mass we put on top of SR3 IM (Type-B remedying work) and it seems hard to remove 76 grams in a symmetrical way. I'll need to design some masses that should allow us flexibility. Work in progress.

  • I opened a GitHub issue for concrete weekly TO DO lists (Type-B work TO DO list #85). I assigned Hirata-san, Washimi-san and myself.

Type B

Report for the week of the 7th of September 2020.

  • I finished the corrections of the Type-B paper. Mark is checking the final vesion and I will submit as soon as he is finished.
  • Miyo-kun, Ikeda-san and I went to the mine and did ballast mass inventory (14998):

    • Fabian is in the process of checking roghly how much we will need.
    • We checked for rectangular ones for the top of IM, round ones for the top of BF and arch weights for IPs.
    • Pictures and the actual inventory are in a new album in Google Photos: SR3 Remedying work after O3.

    • Pictures of the top of SR3 IM: IM_top_1, IM_top_2, IM_top_3, IM_top_4, IM_top_5, IM_top_6. We will likely need to replace thick ones by thinner ones with the same weight and then remove from opposite corners.

  • In the procedure document I wrote that we must measure the bouyancy displacement effect when we to the venting. Importanrt for the adjustment of the ballast masses in BS and SR3.

    • Before we did the pumping down with the contro on, so we only know the change in feedback signal. (I should use TF vales to calcilaye displacement.)
    • We should do it with the control off just to measure the displacement directly.
  • For SR3 and SRM I measured the resonant frequencies of IPs (klog 15013).

    • SRM IP looks fine.
    • SR3 IP requires adjustment, the resonant frequencies are relatively high and there's a large assymetry between L and T. We have very small arch weights to fix the assymetry. What's the TAMS300 experience?

  • I tried to assess the consequence of having ferromagnetic connectors close to magnets on top of SF (klog 15011): inconclusive results.

  • I haven't checked Sato-san's cable alternative proposal.

Type B

Report for the week of the 27th of April 2020.

In the context of the Type-B paper I checked the noise level of the gephones: I did a calculation of the expected sensitivity and campared with Fujii-kun's measurements:

  • The calculation is based on Mathieu Blom's reported in his PhD thesis (Nikhef). In case you check it please be aware there are two typos in Eq. 5.10.
  • It includes the thermal noise of the pick-coil resistance, geophone suspension thermal noise and pre-amplifier noise. See this plot. The pre-amplifier noise is dominant.
  • The calculation is consistent with Tananori's calculation and measurement from the prototype times. See this plot.
  • In the case of geophone No. 5 from SR2 the measured noise at 200 mHz is 3.6 times larger than the calculation. I don't know where the discrepancy may come from.

In the context of the writing

Type B


  • By comparing pictures and the 3D-CAD Hirata-san realized the BS large frame is missing some beams. Saito-san remembered Mirapro was not able to put them in place because of a conflict with the clean booth pillars. He has already requested Mirapro to redesign the beams. Let's hope to install them before O4.
  • On Sunday we did hammering test on SR2 chamber and on the duct between SR2 and SR3. Apparently the IFO lock endured the hammering test but lost lock when we walked in front of the oplev. Looking more carefully to the data is required in order to identify the trigger of the event. (See klog entry 13884.)

    • The channel K1:VIS-SR2_TM_OPLEV_LEN_YAW_OUTPUT went from -10 ndu to -74 ndu, which is out of linear range (-50 ndu to 50 ndu is the linear range).

    • TM-Y control actuation saturated.
    • Upon request from Yokozawa-san I didn't move the QPD because he wanted the commissioners to do it in order to recover the main IFO at the same time.
    • Lack of communication on my part created a problem for commisioners (klog entry 13891). Later Yokozawa-san and Nakano-kun moved the QPD and changed the TM-Y filter.

    • It didn't seem to be necessary for the IFO but it would be good to check oplev diagonalization again if there's a chance. The oplev seems to be delicate.
  • I finished writing the oplev digonalization procedure for the Type-B suspensions.
    • Type-B: see oplev page in the wiki.

    • Type-A: see klog entry 10786. (Just a remainder.)

  • I offloaded coil-magnet actuators onto fishing rods or IM picomotors.
    • BS IP: F0 and F1 fishing rods are already at their limit (klog entry 13927).

    • SR3 IP (klog entry 13928).

    • SR2 F0 and F1: those fishing rods don't seem to have any problem (klog entry 13930, 13935).

    • Fishing rod information can be written in the VIS Fishing Rod wiki page. (Just a remainder.)


  • The hammering test made by Yokozawa-san revealed that the BS large external frame is very sensitive to disturbances (klog 13603). "Very very very" gentle touching produces saturation of the IP actuators (klog 13661). I don't remember the other frames and suspensions being as delicate. After O3 I aim to reproduce the effect in the BS suspension and check the SR ones. We should notify Mirapro in case the situation is particularly bad in case they believe adjustment to the frame screws and bolts is required.

  • Temperature change in BS clean both: it has drifted from 23.7 °C to 22.9 °C in 60 days (klog 13663). Such a large change has produced an increase in the feedback signals of the IP coils. Particularly uncomfortable is H2 actuation which reaches -18,500 counts. For H2 I changed the limit from 20,000 to 25,000 counts. I asked Miyoki-san about what was the plan for O4 and he suggested VIS should take care. Using heating jackets was suggested.

  • During the long weekend Michimura-kun checked oplev diagonalization in SRM and balanced the TM coils in all SR suspensions (klog 13764).

    • Initially there was a confusion with some signs because he was using the oplev far out of range and because the coil-magnet actutors in the BS are at the front and not at the back of the optic as in the SRs. Nevertheless, the situation was clarified.
    • His diagonalization procedure yielded similar results to Terrence's, so he trusted the work previously done and left the other Type-B oplevs as they are. We still should check just to make sure the earthquake didn't change anything significantly, but it doesn't seem to be an urgent task for now.
    • On Monday he centered the SR2 and SRM QPDs (along with all PR ones). (klog 13764.)

    • He wrote a Python script to balance the TM coils (klog 13739) based on the method used by Ushiba-san on PR3 (klog 13614). It actuates each TM coil separately at a particularly frequency and uses the transfer functions to yaw in order to quantify the difference among actuators. It then uses the value in H2 to normalize the the other three values.

Report for the week 16-12-2019

  • Limit switch for IM picomotors: last meeting there were concerns about the pin 5 of the in-air cable being connected to shield and the case. The solution would be to use an unshielded cable. See updated slides in this link.

  • SR2 neighborhood clean room survey.
    • I didn't finish this week surveying the clean room. I realized I need more information about the position of the handrails in the 2nd floor. I will measure that on the 14th of January. If the analysis is required earlier another person can take over. I left some files in Dropbox here.

    • There's not much space available to extend the clean room by a lot without blocking valuable access into the +X arm. We will likely require to set the oplev optics outside of the clean booth.
  • Type-B and Type-Bp oplve survey: I went to the tunnel and took a look but, as expected, important features are hidden under aluminium foil covers. I will collect 3D CAD models from the main components.
  • I left a very humble TO DO list for commissioning here. I will do this when I come back depeding on the commissioning priorities. Nevertheless, in case anyone wants to do it, please feel free.

Plan for next week

Report for the week 09-12-2019

  • Shoda-san modified the real-time model to implement Terrence Method for ASC control strategy. See klog 12097.

  • On Monday I tested a script for the oplev diagonalization procedure based on Terrence's work. After the test I realized it required corrections and I need to use the suspension again. The writing of the proceedure is ongoing.
  • On Tuesday I measured the space available at the +X side of the SR2 vacuum chamber. Using the original orientation of the assembly farme there would be 17 cm between the large outer frame and the assembly frame, whereas on the original assembly place there were about 34 cm. It wouldn't be possible to stand. See klog 12041. Nevertheless, if we rotate the frame by 90 degrees it seems possible to have more space. See klog 12065.

  • In the context of SRM bottom filter repairs, I checked whether the SR chambers have access apertire at the Bottom Filter level like the BS chamber has. They don't. See klog 12117. All they have is 20 cm flanges for viewports at the +Y and -Y sides. This may be a problem if we aim to fix the bottom filter without taking the suspension out of the chamber. The plan we had thought was to try to access the bottom filter using the chamber door and try to insert the fibre optic camera throught the holes for locking the keystone. With the small aperture we can likely stick in one arm only.

  • I designed a rough version of the limit switch for IM picomotors. See this link.

Plan for next week

  • Compile and install SR real-time models.
  • People have begun to modify or turn off filters which are supposed to be off in OBSEVATION state, maybe I should aim to design the bandpass filters and then implement the Guardian OBSERVATION state.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • ~-Friday next week late in the afternoon we have the KAGRA ceremony.

Type B

Report for the week 23-09-2019

  • I modified the real-time model in order to accomodate bandpass fillters and new DAQ channels. See 11788.

    • For the most part I used the same scheme as Type A.
    • As agreed in the previous meeting I added a matrix ramp switch in order to transit from velocity damping to bandpass filters.
    • The medm screen was modified accordingly.
    • I realized yesterday I hadn't added a monitor for the output of the new filters banks in the EUL basis. It's been added to the real-time model, it compiles but still has to be installed.
    • Real-time models for SR suspensionsmust be compiled and installed.
  • Together with Terrence I modified vistools in order to generate functions to manipulate added filter banks. See 11788.

    • The future of vistools looks quite gray (the code is complicated, not commented and we don't know how to manipulate matrix switches). Some will likely be in regular Guardian.
    • I began adding code for the OBSERVATION state in a draft file.
  • There was an agreement with Okutomi-san to change Type B medm screens for something more illustrative of the signal paths.
  • The temperature in the BS area has increased. It's been lately between 23.7 and 23.8 degrees. The actuation on the top filter used to be -23,000 counts and is now -13,500 counts.
  • Yamada-kun and Yokozawa-san measured transfer functions from BS to DARM and calculated the noise contribution. See 11676, 11724, 11707.

    • The results are affected by an error in the calibration and are yet to be corrected.
    • The contributions of TM_DAMP_L and TM_DAMP_Y were considered to be high. These filters are supposed to be off in OBSERVATION state. See this plot.

    • These filters were rolled-off and the a new estimation was calculated. See this other plot.

    • The roll-off of TM_DAMP_Y was conservative.
  • Ushiba-san turned off BS TM-L DAMP filter for the FPMI state (11783). It may have been affecting the sensitivity.

  • For the purposes of ASC the diagonalization of the TM actuation with respect to the oplev was removed by commissioners and replaced by their own coil balancing and drivealign diagonalization. I couldn't find a klog for this.

Plan for next week

  • Compile and install SR real-time models.
  • People have begun to modify or turn off filters which are supposed to be off in OBSEVATION state, maybe I should aim to design the bandpass filters and then implement the Guardian OBSERVATION state.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • ~-Friday next week late in the afternoon we have the KAGRA ceremony.

Report for the week 23-09-2019

  • Terrence modified the real-time model in order to accomodate hierarchical actuation from the interferometer sensing and control system (ISC). The modified model has not been installed. See klog entry 10692.

  • In previous meetings it was reported there was a problem with the medm screen or real-time model in the components related to IP LVDT correction with the seismometer signal. In reality a trivial operation was still required. The apparent problem has been fixed now and we can proceed to implement the sensor correction in SR2 when we have the time.

Plan for next week

  • If we have the time it would be good to implement the sensor correction at least in the BS and test it in bad weather conditions.

  • Commit the changes that Terrence made to the real-time model.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Friday next week late in the afternoon we have the KAGRA ceremony.

Type B

Report for the week 13-09-2019

  • In previous weeks we identified injected noise into the SR3 IM from the oplev (klog 10262). On Monday I put notches at various frequencies where there were peaks (klog 10423). This procedure seems to work but it's tedious and we should do it in an as-needed depending on the impact of each peak in the interferometer signal.

  • Shoda-san and Terrence began been working in IM-L to IM-P and IM-Y filters (klog 10505).

  • In a previuos week I modified the SR2 real-time model in order to do LVDT correction with the seismometer signals. This week was mainly troubleshooting and preparation: * We found a couple of errors in the real-time model (klog 10460, 10509).

    • Miyo-kun added ati-aliasing filter at the output of the PEM real-time model before the Dolphin network.

    • An integrator is needed for the seismometer signal in order to get a displacement. However, the automatically generated medm screen points to a different filter bank (klog 10510). This hasn't been fixed yet.

    • Still, I measured transfer functions from seismometer on the ground to IP LVDT in FLOAT state, data which can be corrected (klog 10510).

  • In SR2 the cables connecting the BIO output from the coil drivers to the DIO card inside the I/O chassis were connected in a wrong way. I fixed them (klog 10464 and 10508).

Type B

Report for the week 02-09-2019

  • Shoda-san implemented new low frequency filters for the IMs using the oplev signals (e.g. klog 10355).

  • With PEM team on Monday 2nd of September we put accelerometers on the two SR3 oplev platforms and on the large frame (klog 10262):

    • Above 10 Hz the coherence of the oplev readings with the upper platform accelerometer is high in several regions.

    • It was possible to identify injected oplev noise into the suspension by looking at the coherence between one of the accelerometers and the IM, including large peaks between 16 and 18 Hz.

    • There's more information in the diaggui file which hasn't been analyzed.

  • On Tuesday we moved SR2 and SRM oplev tilt QPDs to sensible positions after the commissioning team re-aligned the interferometer (klog 10291).

    • I checked the OSEMs position and V2 is in an uncomfortable position: only 140 um from the end of linear range.

    • Although until now I checked the position using the calibration information the OSEM flag has been in a nearby position for since the end of May (klog 9028).

    • Due to a problem with the BF keystone, the clerance in the other direction is 140 um.

    • We decided to keep the keystone in the current position because it hasn't created any problems so far.

  • Nakano-kun reported the BS was moving too much in yaw. I did some measurement and noticed the inertial damping was injecting noise below 100 mHz (klog 10354). At 50 mHz there's even a feature 2.4 times larger with inertial damping. We should just turn the inertial damping off. It also happens that according to klog 9991, it is not working so effectively in reducing the integrated RMS.

  • Last week I modified the real-time model to enable IP LVDT correction and feedforward with seismometer signals on the ground. On Thursday I worked inthe MEDM screen modification.

  • Terrence updated Guardian after a report from Shoda-san concerning SR2: Guardian was not tripping when the GAS filter coil driver hardware watchdog tripped (klog 10352). However, after the modification we realized of an additionl problem: in a situation in which the TM coil driver should trip, the GAS filter coil driver trips instead.

Plan for next week

  • Finish the MEDM screen modification, install the real-time model and begin setting the LVDT correction with the seismometer signal.

  • In order to minimize the injection of ground motion with the oplev, roll-off the oplev signal before it's used by any filter. * Use a cutoff frequency of about 8 or 9 Hz.

    • In order to assess the amount of oplev control noise, ask Yokozawa-san to leave the accelerometer at the oplev upper platform in order to measure its coherece of the IM degrees of freedom.

  • Roll-off the GAS DC control filters in order to reduce the control noise in the observation frequency band.

  • Do we need to extend the GAS DC control filters to the micro-seismic region?

Report for the week 26-08-2019 (Written by Fabian)

  • Shoda-san improved the SR3 optic pitch filter (klog 10152, 10217).

  • For the SR3 optic Enomoto-kun implemented an integrator filter with UGF above the micro-seismic (klog 10014). This filter used the oplve signal.

    • It works well, but it requires a set-point, which is currently set at the IM level (for IM DC control) not at the optic level.

    • A clear and clean implementation requires moving the set-point to the optic level and then take the error signal to the IM.

  • Nakano-kun modified the SR2 optic set-point to a place which is not so suitable for the oplev. We will move the QPD on Monday.

  • I modified the SR2 tower real-time model to allow for LVDT correction and feedforward with seismometer. * I had to modify the PEM real-time model to connect the seismometer channels to the Dolphin network.

    • Both models compile and I'm currently modifying the medm screen.

  • Performance report * There was a typhoon before the F2F meeting and this week we have had bad weather, in both cases there was an increase of the micro-sesmic activity.

    • During the typoon we saw a large peak at 150 mHz and this week we saw a peak a large peak at 60 mHz.

    • With bad weather Type B suspensions' optic motion (upper limit) were above the requirement in TM-L displacement and velocity: BS 10046, SR2 10052, SR3 10056, SRM 10067.

    • Nevertheless, in days with good weather the suspensions behave mostly well in ALGNED and FLOAT states: BS 9697, SR2 9703, SR3 9702, SRM 9704.

    • I also found the vertical ground motion induces motion in TM-Y and TM-P, but even with bad weather the motion remain below the requirement.

  • With this bad weather I was able to measure transfer functions from the ground to (klog 10170).

Plan for the week 02-09-2019

  • On Monday I will work with Yokozawa-san putting accelerometers on the SR3 oplev platforms. We will likely turn the fans off to do measurements.

  • We will move the SR2 tilt oplev QPD.

  • Real-time model: move the optic set-point to the optic level.

  • Update medm screens.

  • Shoda-san reported a coil-driver not working properly with the binary input/output. I need to check.

  • Test Shoda-san's fisnhing rod off-loading script with SRM sometime next week.

  • Terrence will be back on Wednesday.

Type B

Report for the week 15-08-2019 (Written by Fabian)

  • Shoda-san improved the SR3 optic yaw motion (klog 9949).

    • Improvement in the frequency band from 1 Hz to 2.3 Hz was achieved by modifying the IM-Y filter. The problem was not enough phase margin.

    • There's still a peak at 1.3 Hz.

    • She also modified the IM SENSALIGN matrix (diagonalization according to resonance peaks?)

    • Transfer functions should be measured again.

  • The BS optic has a large peak at 150 mHz (klog 9991).

Plan for the week 19-08-2019

  • Enomoto-kun requested to extend the oplev control loop down to where the micro-seismic peak is. (Fabian.)

  • Assemsment of the motion of the SR optics around the micro-seimic region. (Due today.)

Type B

Report for the week 05-08-2019 (Written by Fabian)

  • After Shoda-san's report (entry 9797) I checked the condition of the filters in FLOAT state.

    • After a few tests I realized the whitening chassis didn't have a whitening filter board. See entry 9844.

    • I replaced the chassis with an appropriate one. See entry 9876.

  • I checked the configuration of the hardware whitening filters by checking the 32 bit dip switch boards for each supension. See entry 9823 and 9876.

    • The switch configuration is the same for SRM and SR2.

    • For BS and SR3 the configurations are different.

    • Additionally, the configuration of the two boards used for the BS oplev are different from each other.

    • This situation should be reviewed.

    • Type Bp and Type A don't seem to be using software anti-whitening filters for oplevs. I haven't checked their hardwate whitening filters' configuration though.

  • At the begining of the week I continued noise hunting in SR3. See entry 9807. The goal was to identify the limiting elements for the control system in ALIGNED state. See entries

    • The motion of the IP-L induces motion in TM-P and TM-L in the frequency band from 0.135 Hz to 0.4 Hz. This should be fixed at the IP. There's no inertial damping yet.

    • The motion of the IM-L induces motion in TM-P nd TM-L in the frequency band from 0.3 Hz to 0.8 Hz. Likely, this should be fixed with IML2TMP and IML2TML control filters.

    • The motion of the IM-P induces motion in TM-P and TM-L in the frequency band from 0.135 Hz to 1 Hz. The motion in the band from 0.135 to 0.4 Hz is likely ground motion coming from the IP, however, the motion from 0.4 Hz to 1 Hz should be fixed with IMP2TML and IMP2TMP control filters.

    • The motion in IM-Y induces motion TM-Y between 1 Hz and 2.3 Hz. This should be fixed with IMY2TMY control filters.

    • I began measuring transfer functions (IM-L to TM-L) but I should finish the setting the software anti-whitening filter first.

Plan for the week 15-08-2019

  • Finish measuring transfer functions.

  • Begin the design of filters.

Report for the week 7/29 (Written by Fabian)

  • I offloaded fishing rods in GAS filters and IPs in BS and SRM.

  • I implemented scripts for the automatic measurement of amplitude spectral densities (ASDs) of suspension sensors (usually used for residual motion estimation).

  • Highlights of recent ASD measurements can be found in entry 9726. The residual motion was measured in ALIGNED and FLOAT states.

    • In SRM and SR3 the motion in ALINED state was smaller than in FLOAT state, which is expected. See entries and respectively .

    • In SR2, the motion in pitch and yaw displacement is larger in ALIGNED state, and the longitudinal velocity is the same in both states.

    • In BS, the longitudinal displacement is the same in both states.

  • Some features of the measured ASDs are the following: * In SRM, SR3 and SR2 in pitch there is either a large bump (SRM and SR3) or excitation (SR2) between 0.3 Hz and 1 Hz. 9756.

    • In SRM pitch the control system seems to be introducing noise in two frequency bands, before and after the bump. See 9756.

    • In SR3 pitch the control loops seems to be introducing noise between 1 Hz and 2 Hz. See 9755.

    • In SR2 pitch the control loops seems to be introducing noise between 0.380 Hz and 2 Hz. See 9752.

    • In SR2 yaw the control loops seems to be introducing noise between 0.045 Hz and 0.230 Hz. See 9752.

    • In SR2 longitudinal speed the control system seems to excite a large peak at 0.705 Hz. See 9752.

Plan for the week 8/5

  • Check the BS amplitude spectral densities.

  • Check the longitudinal degree of freedom in SRs.

  • Aim to identify noise sources.

Type B

Report for the week 7/22 (Written by Fabian)

  • Shoda-san set the auto-measurement scripts and directories. She measured the transfer functions having the suspensions in FLOAT state.

  • SR3 IM H2 OSEM channel noise hunting (klog 9613 and 9629).The symptom was that the noise in SR3 IM H2 channel was 4.7 times larger than in similar channels. When the suspension was quiet H2 was not measuring any displacement but only noise. We did several measurements:

    • We removed the cable from the satellite box at the AA filter input and terminated the input: the noise was still there.

    • We terminated the ADC from the inside of the AA filter box: the noise was gone, suggesting the problem was the AA filter.

    • We replaced the AA filter and repeated the measurement with the input terminated: the noise was still there.

    • We disconnected all the cables from the input of the AA filter and terminated the offending channel: the noise was still there.

    • We also changed cables and tried connecting the AA filter to the SRM rack but the noise was still there.

    • The solution was to use other channels for all IM-H OSEMs. The real-time model was changed accordingly.

  • The SR3 LVDT driver broke down (klog 9659).

    • We changed the AA filter power cable and when we turned the filter back on the whole rack turned off momentarily and came back on, with the exception of the LVDT driver.

    • We tried turning it on but it kept switching off by itself. Tomura-san suspects there's a grounding problem.

    • We decided to change the driver.

  • LDVT driver replacement and adjustment (klog 9658 and 9025).

    • For each channel there are three resisitors which require adjustment and determine an input gain, an output gain and a phase.

    • The phase was originally measured with an oscilloscope and the resistor was adjusted using also the oscilloscope.

    • The output gain resistor was set to the desired value using the multi-meter.

    • For the input gain we tried mesuring the signal amplitude with the oscilloscope (per Nikhef instructions) but we didn't see any obvios change when changing the resistence value.

    • Alternatively we measured the input resistence values in the old cards and set the new ones accordingly.

    • We did quick measurements of transfer functions and they looked alright. Measurements with better frequency resolution are needed.

Plan for the week 7/29

  • Noise assessment in SR3. * IM-Y integrated RMS displacement with control system on. Compare with klog 9494.

    • Terrence verbally reported LVDTs are particulrly noisy.

    • I would like to measure ASD for all sensors (in FLOAT state) and compare with other suspensions.

    • Miyakawa-san is interested to find the origin of the noise in one particular channel.

  • Check SRM BF position. The set point should be zero (klog 8672) but today I realized it was set to 100 um sometime.

  • Check if we need to offload coil-magnet actuation onto fishing rods.

  • Remove the software de-white (OSEMs) and antiWTN (oplevs) filters used in some or all suspensions. We don't have hardware whitening filters at the input.

  • Compile information about Guardian states and make it available to all.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence left Kamioka. He will be back on September.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 7/15 (Written by Fabian)

  • SR3 IM H2 noise hunting.

  • SRM oplev condition: when the suspension is in ALIGNED state the oplev (pitch) is saturated and yaw within an inconvenient range (non-linear). See klog entry 9562.

    • Currently we don't have a good reference for the optic alignment and we cannot decide by how much we should move the QPD. This situation is not new and we tried to cope with it by using historical data of IM DC feedback signal in a good orientation for the DRMI. However, this strategy didn't work.

    • The consequence is that in ALIGNED state the pitch feedback DC signal drifts.

    • Kokeyama-san and Valera aligned the mirror, provided a reference and we were able to move the QPD. See entry 9579.

    • The big flange was moved to another place.

  • BS IM2TM transfer functions were measured in ALIGNED state with the control system on. See entry 9571.

  • HPCD modification. See entry 9541 and comments.

Plan for the week 7/22

  • Go back to the tunnel on Monday to continue the investigation in SR3 IM H2 OSEM noise.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence goes back to Hong Kong on 7/27 (sat), last day in Kamioka: 7/25 (Thurs).

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 7/8 (Written by Fabian)

  • There was DAQ channel update on Wednesday.

  • After making a wind shield for SR3 oplev last week Terrence revisited the design of the IM to TM control filter with oplev and tried to reduce the residual motion peak at 1.4 Hz reported by Izumi-san.

  • Last week we moved all the SRs oplev QPDs because they were off by an unsuitable amount. After the interfrometer was aligned again we realized some QPDs will likely require to be adjusted again (optimal position would be within ±50 in normalized displacement units): SR2 tilt and SRM tilt require further adjustment.

  • During DRMI commissioning people realized the SR3 yaw motion was too large and was compromising the stability. * The yaw peak-to-peak motion was 6 µrad and involved IM/RM/TM resonat modes at ~0.147 Hz and ~0.172 Hz.

    • Terrence realized the amplitude decreased just by turning off the IM yaw control. He tried to damp IM-Y with the oplev but more time is required.

    • We realized the H2 IM OSEM is likely too noisy and excites resonant motion. We went to the mine, checked the LED current monitor but couldn't find anything obviously wrong using the oscilloscope. More investigation is needed.

    • Enomoto-kun pointed out that the IM2TM oplev DC control might be marginally stable. Terrence measure the IM-Y to TM-Y transfer function and designed the filter again allowing a suitable phase margin at 0.14 Hz.

  • In the satellite boxes the label "CURR Mon. for PD" should be "CURR Mon. for LED".

  • SR3 and SRM oplev sled are decreasing their power (e.g. 50% in 150 days in SR3). The situation has been reported to Akutsu-san already.

  • Fabian came up with a preliminary plan to search for common mode motion in Type B systems (after talking with Miyo-kun, Terrence and Lucia.)

  • Report the status of the control system.

Plan for the week 15/8

  • Go back to the tunnel on Tuesday to continue the investigation in SR3 IM H2 OSEM noise.

  • Measure and provide IM-L to TM-P transfer functions to the commissioning team (Stefan's request this morning).

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence goes back to Hong Kong on 7/27 (sat), last day in Kamioka: 7/25 (Thurs).

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 7/1 (Written by Fabian)

  • Fabian and Terrence went through the process of oplev diagonalization for the purposes of knowledge transfer and procedure documentation. * There were small corrections to the procedure.

    • Terrence wrote the oplev section of the Type B paper.

    • Fabian began writing a rough draft of the procedure.

  • With the agreement of the comissioning team we decided to move the position of all of oplev QPDs. When the optics were aligned they were away from linear range. * Although the badly affected channels were only three, we decided to adjust all of them.

    • The procedure is described in klog entry 9411.

    • In order to keep the aligmment information, we took note of the IM DC control signal necessary to achive the alignment and and off-loaded the actuation onto the TEST channels while the oplev was adjusted with the control system off.

    • In the case of SRM the oplev was to the point of saturation and was not rendering a usable feedabck signal when the optic was alledgely in aligned state. In this case we looked for the appropriate amount of feedback in stored data from a time in which the DRMI had been locked.

  • On Friday we went to the tunnel in order to put a better wind shield around SR3 oplev optics. The aim is to reduce the noise and then improve the performance of the control system.

  • We found large and heavy blank flanges leaning on the large SR3 and SRM frames. Removing them will likely disturb the position of the IPs, which would require readjustig the QPDs again. We would like the flanges to remain there for O3 if possible. Fabian will write a message to the vacuum group with our request.

Plan for the week 7/8

  • Terrence and Fabian will continue writing the oplev diagonalization procedure.

  • Fabian will install the rolled-off the DC control filters.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 6/24 (Written by Terrence and Fabian)

  • Type B watchdog/DACKILL is split for tower and payload. Now, tripping the payload watchdog will only trigger the payload DACKILL while tripping the tower watchdog will trigger both watchdogs and DACKILL. The MEDM screen is updated to accommodate the changes. The screen is also modified so the reset buttons for watchdogs and DACKILL are all available on the same screen. In the middle of this work, a bug is discovered in the ModerateWD.c where setting 0 to the ramp down time would cause the WD to loop in an endless ramp down cycle.

  • The Guardian is updated to recognize if the payload is tripped and decide which tripped state it should go to, "TRIPPED" or "PAYLOAD_TRIPPED". So, if both tower and payload controls are on while the payload watchdog tripped, the guardian will jump to the "PAYLOAD_TRIPPED" state and shutdown payload controls only. When the WD and DACKILL are reset, the "TRIPPED" state will dump you out to the safe state where all controls are disengaged, while the "PAYLOAD_TRIPPED" state will dump you out to the "ENGAGING_IM_DAMPING" state where the tower controls are still on.

  • VIS monitor is updated. It will monitor the raw sensor input and actuator output and check if they are within the operation range. The indicator will turn orange when it is 50% out of range and will turn red if it is 90% out of range. The indicator for actuators will turn blue if they are not in use. The limits of the operating range can be set in userapps/vis/k1/guardian/VIS_DICT.py. The range for OL_PIT and OL_YAW are default to be [-1,1], the lower limit of the OL_SUMs are default to be 1000 counts while those for the other are default to be [-32768,32768].

  • If you know the range of certain sensors and actuators, you are strongly encouraged to tweak the thresholds in the file. Otherwise, the function of the monitor will be very limited.

  • Fabian checked again the GAS filter control noise: * My previous calculation considered damping filters and those injected too much noise in the observation frequency band. Rolling the filters off with (high order) Butterworth filters rendered the system unstable.

    • I then considered DC control filters only and I was able reduce the injectetd noise to acceptable levels while keeping the loop stable. As pointed out by Shoda-san, this was the strategy devised for the Type B prototype.

    • This has only been tested in software, not in the actual system. I aim to do implement it next week.

    • This strategy will work only if the resonant motion of the system is not excited after disabling the payload and GAS chain damping control. On the 23rd of May Terrence measured the residual motion with the control system (including IP) on and off. There was no subtantial difference between the two. I aim to take more measurements.

  • Terrence and Fabian are currently going through the oplev diagonalization procedure and will write down the procedure.

  • Hirata-san worked in the design of the baffles for the BS.

Plan for the week 7/1

  • Terrence and Fabian will continue writing the oplev diagonalization procedure.

  • Fabian will install the rolled-off the DC control filters.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence goes back to Hong Kong on 7/27 (sat), last day in Kamioka: 7/25 (Thurs).

  • Mark's final day 6/28.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 6/17

  • Izum-san pointed out the SR3 oplev control loop was not able to damp resonances at 1.4 Hz and 1.2 Hz (klog 9290). Terrence checked (klog 9299):

    • He found that the optic TFs were coupled to about 10%. I assume something changed because, as far as I understand (Fabian), the oplev had been succesfully diagonalized before to less than 1% coupling.

    • He moved the IP and compared IP LENGTH with OPLEV LENGTH noting the the oplev was reading only 70% of the IP displacement.

    • In this conditions he diagonalized the oplev but failed. There was still coupling.

    • He introduced a factor to have the OPLEV LENGTH measurement equal to IP LENGTH measurement.

    • He successfully diagoinalized the oplev.

    • He then proceeded to checked the filter but he was unable to reduce the residual motion. Noise is the suspect. Having appropriate wind shield is recommended.

  • Fabian worked in rolling-off the control filters of the GAS filters. * According to klog 8979 the GAS filter control noise has to decrease by 5 orders of magnitude in order to meet the requirement at 10 Hz.

    • A Butterworth filter of order 20 with a cut-off frequency of 5 Hz seems to reduce the noise but renders the system unstable.

    • More work is necessary.

  • Fabian joined Enomoto-kun's lecture on how to align the X Fabry Perot cavity with green light.

Plan for the week 6/24

  • Terrence will work on...

  • Fabian will continue working in the rolling-off of the filters of the GAS filters control loops.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence goes back to Hong Kong on 7/27.

  • Mark's final day 6/28.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 6/10

  • Supporting the commisioning team.

  • Type B inertial damping. This means geophone diagonalization, blending filter optimizing, etc.

  • Optimization gives an odd looking blending filter that blends at ~120 Hz, but works fine in IP L. 9199

  • During PRMI lock, BS residual motion was too high which misaligned the beam too much from time to time and making the lock unstable.

  • To fix this, I improved OL windshield so I can study the residual motion of the BS. Then I copied IP L blending filter to IP T and IP Y and cranked up the IP damping and TM damping gain. This suppressed the residual motion so the requirements are met. After this, the BS was not causing any problem to the lock anymore. 92199235

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 6/3

SRM Inertial Damping and Residual Motion Stuff
  • See Klog 9064

  • SRM IP L and T is blended at ~110 mHz (partially optimized by gradient descent, stopped after 10 iterations, then manually adjusted.) while IP Y is blended at 260 mHz (Lucia's old filter). The stability test was carried over the past weekend with inertial damping and all other stages on. The system seems stable.

  • To study to performance of the inertial damping, I improvised an OL windshield for SRM.

  • Another round of diagonalization was carried just because we have better sensitivity.

  • With IP LVDT damping and other controls on, the residual motion is as follows 9086:

RMS Displacement:




0.4 µm

0.1076 µm


1 µrad

0.0569 µrad


1 µrad

0.0598 µrad

RMS Velocity:




0.5 µm

0.1014 µm/s



0.2165 µrad/s



0.1776 µrad/s

  • I measured the residual motion with inertial damping, inertial damping without LVDT DC, normal damping without LVDT DC. Results are pretty similar.

  • I modified the optimization algorithm to allow fine learning. The cost plateaued after ~300 iterations and the blending frequency was at 78.6 mHz. I tried implementing this blending filter but the system went unstable.

SR3 Inertial Damping
  • The calibration, diagonalization for IP geophones was done.

  • I measured and fit noise floor for LVDTs and geophones.

  • I found that the IP geophones have a much higher noise level than those from SRM. (1 order of magnitude higher, see 9088)

  • This explains why the optimization result of the blending filter converges much quicker than that of SRM, because the geophone noise level limits the blending frequency to be at ~ 130 mHz.

  • However, when the system went unstable when the blending filter was implemented. I should try a higher blending frequency or manually adjusting the blending filter to have a proper shape.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 5/27 (written by Fabian)

  • Shoda-san implemented the moderate watchdog: when tripping the amount of actuation will ramp down to zero smoothly. Klog entry 9009.

  • Terrence updated the BS guardian.

  • Terrence designed a VIS status monitor. The font might be too small for some people.

  • Terrence worked on SRM inertial damping. * There is coherence between the geophones and LVDTs at 0.1 Hz.

    • He designed a filter with a blending frequency of 0.110 Hz.

    • The system seems stable.

  • For SR2 Fabian calculated the sensor noise fed back into the system by the control loop: entry 8979.

    • The GAS filters' contrbution is too high.

    • I asked Enzo and he didn't rolled off the filters at higher frequecies.

    • Filter modification was assigned to Fabian.

  • Fabian and Yokozawa-san measured the settings of the SR3 LVDT driver. Klog entry 9025.

  • In the weekly comissioning meeting Fabian made the commitment of writing a list of the measurements we want to do with the DRMI for Type B characterization.I will write it by next week and send it around for comnents.

Type B (Mark)

Report for the week 5/20 (written by Fabian)

  • Terrence implemented a filter for the inertial damping. See entry 8905.

  • The highlight of the week is Terrence's measurement of the residual motion of the SR2 optic: as measured by the oplev, it does fulfill the RMS displacement and velocity requirements for lock acquisition and, partially, for the observation mode also. See the report at klog entry 8949.

    • The integrated RMS was calculated from 5 Hz to DC because there are some peaks between 8 Hz and 10 Hz and whose origin still has to be clarified. See the report at entries 8918 and 8933.

    • After Akutsu-san's suggestion Terrence improved the air shield in two rounds, including a cylindrical cover around the viewport. This reduced the noise by about a factor of 10.

    • He realized setting up the shield may have slightly changed something in the oplev and carried out another round of diagonalization.

    • He realized the H3 coil was not working. We fixed it.A cable was disconnected.

    • The optic residual motion in L showed a large peaks close to 0.2 Hz, which is where the micro-seismic may become apparent. The peak was not seen in P or Y. The inertial damping system is likely not working in a suitable way. The blending frequency is 0.190 Hz which may not be low enough.

    • At the end measurement of the residual motion reported was carried out with inertial damping only in yaw.

  • Fabian, Terrence and Fujii-kun measured the settings of the SR2, BS LVDT drivers and one of SR2's. See klogs 8941 , 8951 and 8952.

  • Fabian worked more on the calculation of the amount of sensor noise injected: * I imported Panwei's OSEM noise measurements and calculated the virtual sensor noise.

    • I imported Fujii-kun's measuement of the geophone noise and calculated the virtual sensor noise.

    • I imported the blending filter

    • I wrote lots of comments in Sekiguchi-kun's Matlab scripts.

    • I will write a klog soon with preliminar results.

  • Fabian submitted and abstract for the Autumn JPS meeting on September.

Plan for the week 5/25

  • Terrence will work in the optimization of the inertial damping.

  • Fabian will continue with the calculation and prepare a presentation for the conference in Brazil.

Report for Golden Week

  • Mark monitored vent and pumpdown, and worked on vistools.py.

Report for the week of 5/6

  • Lucia and Terrence got the blending working for the IP LVDTs and geophones.

  • Terrence and Mark modified the models and MEDM screens to add a new IP block, IDAMP, for damping using the blended signal with inertial information, and a new DAMPMODE block for ramping smoothly between IDAMP and the old DAMP.

  • Mark worked on vistools.py, improving the support for cdsMuxMatrix blocks (e.g., OSEM2EUL) and adding support for cdsRampMuxMatrix blocks (e.g., the newly introduced DAMPMODE). He also created two sets of unit tests, unittest.py and unittest.sh, for the two modes of use (as a Python module in other Python programs, and as a command-line utility in bash).

Report for week of 5/13

  • Terrence measured Q's for nearly all modes on SR2 from TFs and then did some ring-down tests to get a better estimate of some high-Q modes.

  • Terrence and Mark looked at the velocity and angular velocity noise of the SR2 as reported by the LEN and TILT OLs. * The Y signal was fairly clean and the Y RMS angular velocity requirement was met. However the L signal was quite noisy, and was also contaminating the P signal due to the large cross terms in the diagonalization matrix. The RMS L from 5 Hz down with damping on was around 10 µm/s, which is 10 times the requirement. However little of this was due to pendulum resonances - most of the noise was featureless and broadband. In displacement units the noise was flat up to about 1 Hz and then smoothly rolled off to f^-2. The noise in the raw P and Y signals (not yet divided by the sum) was about 10 times the noise in the SUM.

    • We tried improving the noise with different whitening settings. Increasing the overall gain, increasing it at the QPD but reducing it at the whitening filter, and switching off the 1-10Hz boost whitening filter (and compensating software filter) had no effect. Blocking the beam reduced the noise by about 2 orders and brought the raw P and Y in line with the SUM, suggesting that the problem was before the QPD. Akutsu-san says the noise spectrum looks like it may be limited by air currents, and we probably need better wind shielding.

  • Mark swapped in an improved version of vistools.py, debugged a few small issues, and simplified the TYPEB.py Guardian.

  • Fabian embarked on a project to calculate the residual motion within KAGRA's observation band (beginning at 10 Hz) to make sure The Type B suspension fulfills the requirement, and calculate the speed of the optic to make sure we can acquire the lock. * He modified Takanori's Simulink/Matlab simulation in order to include the length sensing oplev and its control feedback path.

    • He imported Enzo's IM/GAS/IP-LVDT filters into the simulation.

    • He imported into the simulation the measured LVDT floor noise (sensitivities).

    • He calculated the IP-L, IP-T and IP-Y sensitivities.

Plan for week of 5/20

  • Mark at Mitaka Mon, Tue; US from Wed till 6/11.

  • Fabian * Import Panwei's OSEM sensitivity measurements and calculate the sensitivity of the virtual IM sensors.

    • Import geophones sensitivities and calculate the sensitivity of the corresponding virtual sensors.

    • Import Licia's and Terrence's inertial sensing filters.

  • Terrence * Try to reduce the OL noise and get better estimates of the RMS velocity with damping on.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence's next visit from 4/18 to 7/27.

  • Mark's final day 6/28.

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