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Entry  Wed Aug 27 18:03:47 2014, ericq, Update, Green Locking, uPDH Box Checkup uPDH_X.JPGuPDH_Y.JPGupdhTFs.pdfupdhNoises.pdfuPDH_Aug27.zip
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             Reply  Fri Sep 5 04:07:44 2014, ericq, Update, Green Locking, X end uPDH Box Replaced 
                Reply  Fri Sep 5 16:13:00 2014, ericq, Update, Green Locking, new X Green PDH measurements 6x
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Message ID: 10447     Entry time: Wed Sep 3 20:38:40 2014     In reply to: 10443     Reply to this: 10457
Author: ericq 
Type: Update 
Category: Green Locking 
Subject: uPDH Box Checkup 

The traces were from the front panel output BNCs, but the VGA preamp exhibited this asymmetric saturation at its output.  

In any case, I tried to replace the Xend box's AD8336 with a new one, and in doing so, did some irreparable damage to the traces on the board  I was not able to get a new AD8336 into the board. There are some ATF ELOGs where Zach found the AD8336 noise to be bad at low frequencies (link), and its form factor is totally unsuitable for any design that may involve hand modification, since it doesn't even have legs, just tiny little pads. I suggest we never use it for anything in the future. 

Instead, I've hacked on a little daughter board with an OP27 as an inverting op-amp with the gain resistor on the front panel as its feedback resistor, which can swing from 0 to x20 gain (the old gain setting was around 15dB=~x6). I've checked out the TF and output noise, and they look ok. The board can output both rails as well. 

I don't really like this as a long term solution, but I didn't want to leave things in a totally broken state when I left for dinner. 

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