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==== Report for the week of 4/15 ====
 * Fabian debugged a dead stepper on SR3 (broken driver channel) and a dead geophone on SRM (unplugged cable). He made another update to the table used by the Python script for the stepper driver MEDM screen to reflect the remapping.
 * Fabian monitored the pumpdown and he and Hirata-san did post-pumpdown checks of all the suspensions. They were all healthy.
 * Hirata-san participated in the health checks and learned about the computer systems.
 * Mark did major revisions to the MEDM menu on the OVERVIEW screen with scripts for making `safe.snap` files and snapshots of setpoints. He made the `safe.snap` files in directories under `/opt/rtcds/kamioka/k1/target` into symbolic links to files in `/opt/rtcds/userapps/release/vis/k1/burtfiles`, alongside the setpoint files, so that they could be backed up to the SVN (as at LIGO).
 * Mark did major updates to his `vistools.py` Python package for manipulating the suspensions (based on his LIGO `sustools.py`). He added entries for Type B suspensions to the internal database and added commands for manipulating SET and DCCTRL blocks. He also added commands to simulate pressing on the `CLEAR HISTORY` and `LOAD COEFFICIENTS` buttons.
 * Mark started updating the `TYPEB.py` Guardian definition file to use `vistools.py`. So far only the `ENGAGING_IP_CONTROL` state has been fully rewritten and tested, but other states will be simple adaptations. It should be easy to do Type A and other Guardians in the same style.
==== Report for Golden Week ====
 * Mark monitored vent and pumpdown, and worked on vistools.py.
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==== Report for the week of 4/22 ====
 * Fabian debugged an anomaly he found in the SRM (klog 8672) and found it was OK if the BF was high enough (klog 8733).
 * Mark and Terrence worked on improvements to the Guardian and the vistools.py package.
  * We debugged a problem where vistools.py triggered channel access timeouts when a Vis object was created in a live Guardian (it worked fine in a plain iPython session or the interactive mode of the Guardian). It turns out that in the live mode of the Guardian, the Ezca instance used for accessing the suspension is not a global variable (contrary to the documentation) but is associated with the GuardState class. Worse, creating a second Ezca instance upsets things. We came up with a workaround to grab and reuse the Ezca object already defined.
  * Mark added many new functions to vistools.py, including one to read the BIO WD status, and a group to manipulate the OLSET and OLDCCTRL filter blocks.
  * Terrence rewrote the TYPEB.py Guardian from scratch in terms of functions from vistools.py.
  * We removed the RESET state.
  * We renamed the DCCTRL_ONLY state to FLOAT and reimplemented it to switch the DCCTRL INPUT switches off (instead of the HOLD switches on).
  * We revised the OL_DAMPING_ENGAGED and neighboring states (ALIGN, MISALIGN etc).
  * We changed the RTMs to remove the TM_OSEM_DAMP blocks and to have the SET blocks connect only to the DCCTRL blocks (not the DAMP blocks).
  * We updated the PAYLOAD and OVERVIEW screens to reflect the RTM changes. We also fixed some broken links and fields related to the BIO functions.
==== Plan for week of 4/29 ====
 * Glorious 10-day break!
==== 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 and Mark looked at the velocity and angular velocity noise of the SR2 as reported by the LEN OL. 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.
 * Mark swapped in an improved version of `vistools.py`, debugged a few small issues, and simplified the `TYPEB.py` Guardian.
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 * Fabian's vacation 4/25 to 5/10.

Scraps of text for incorporation in the VIS Meeting Minutes

KAGRA/Subgroups/VIS/MeetingNAOJ

Type B (Mark)

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 and Mark looked at the velocity and angular velocity noise of the SR2 as reported by the LEN OL. 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.
  • Mark swapped in an improved version of vistools.py, debugged a few small issues, and simplified the TYPEB.py Guardian.

Vacation/Travel Info

  • Terrence's next visit from 4/18 to 7/27.
  • Mark's US vacation from 5/22 to 6/11.
  • Mark's final day 6/28.

KAGRA/Subgroups/VIS/TypeB/Minutes (last edited 2022-07-29 13:18:56 by fabian.arellano)