Yesterday a test has been carried on concerning the 50 Hz feed-forwad. The aim was to evaluate the possibility to extend the subtraction to a wider band around the mains, given that some coherence is present between hrec and the UPS signal.
First of all, some data with the feed-forward disengaged has been taken, in order to have a reference and see if currently the effect of the feed-forward is limited to the line at 50 Hz, or if there is some effect, good or bad, also around. This is not expected, because the correction is the output of a very narrow resonant filter, so it is supposed to have an effect only on the line. This strategy was forced by the fact that, when the feed-forward was developed, the UPS signal used as witness was very dirty (many sidebands around), and its coupling to hoft was not 'flat' enough. In fact, trying to use it in a wider band, the effect was an increase of noise, instead of a subtraction.
After one year the situation is quite different: both UPS and hoft have been cleaned a lot. For that reason, an attempt to use a wider resonant filter (lower Q factor) has been performed.
In fig 1 and fig 2 the performace of the two strategies is shown (fig 3 and fig 4 are the zoom of the previous plots). The blue line is hoft with no subtraction; the red line is hoft with the subtraction, the yellow line is the shape of the correction applied to WI MIR actuator, converted in strain. First of all, we can see that no relevant side effect is produced by the feed-forward: the 50 Hz line is reduced by more than a factor of 100, and everywhere else the correction is low.
Going into more details of the two strategies, it seems that the wide bandpass works a bit better. This is more clear from the direct comparison of hoft in the two cases (fig 5), and even better if one look at fig 6, where the TF and the coherence between UPS and hoft is shown.
With the new strategy, the coherence is a bit lower, but still not zero. It is time to try with a true band-pass filter (a resonant filter was used just because it was easier to write something very narrow).
Yesterday, at the end of the activity, the old strategy has been put back in operation. Now, after seeing the data, I think we can move soon to the one tested yesterday. It is already available in the code and can be engaged on fly.