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Message ID: 10455     Entry time: Fri Sep 5 00:56:00 2014
Author: rana 
Type: Summary 
Category: Optical Levers 
Subject: ITM OLs recentered: violations found 

I re-centered the ITMX & ITMY Optical lever beams today since they were off. First I aligned the beam into the vacuum so that it went through the center of the on table optics and then tweaked the receiver optics alignment.

There are several bad practices on these which probably makes them drift:

  • plastic bases on some lens mounts
  • some lens mounts are fastened with a single dog instead of two
  • there is no need to use dogs on mounts that have screw holes. Just put the mount so that 2 screws with washers can be used. The placement for these is not so critical.
  • Use less steering mirrors! The ITMY OL path has 5 optics the beam enters the vacuum!!!

According to the datasheets, the laser has a beam diameter of 0.6 mm and a divergence angle of 1.3/2 mrad. So we can just calculate the right lens positions next time and not have to experiment with the whole visible laser lens kit.

For next Wednesday's cleanup, someone should volunteer to make the mounts more stable for the ITMs.

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