About the analog CARM control with ALS:
We're looking at using a Sigg designed remotely switchable delay line box on the currently undelayed side of the ALS DFD beat. For a beat frequency of 50MHz, one cycle is 20ns, this thing has 24ns total delay capability, so we should be able to get pretty close to a zero crossing of the analog I or Q outputs of the demod board. This can be used as IN2 for the common mode board.
Gautam is testing the functionality of the delay and switching, and should post a link to the DCC page of the schematic. Rana and Koji have been discussing the implementation of the remote switching (RCG vs. VME).
I spent some time this afternoon trying to lock the X arm in this way, but instead of at IR resonance, just wherever the I output of the DFD had a zero crossing. However, I didn't give enough thought to the loop shapes; Koji helped me think it through. Tomorrow, I'll make a little pomona box to go before the CM IN2 that will give the ALS loop shape a pole where we expect the CARM coupled cavity pole to be (~120Hz), so that the REFL11 and ALS signals have a similar shape when we're trying to transition.
The common mode board does have a filter for this kind of thing for single arm tests, but puts in a zero as well, as it expects the single arm pole, which isn't present in the ALS sensing, so maybe I'll whip up something appropriate for this, too.