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Entry  Wed Jan 25 15:41:29 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz modulation depth measurement plan 
    Reply  Wed Jan 25 17:30:03 2017, Koji, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz modulation depth measurement plan 
       Reply  Wed Jan 25 19:39:07 2017, gautam , Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz modulation depth measurement plan 
          Reply  Fri Jan 27 21:25:11 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz modulation depth  
             Reply  Sat Jan 28 01:25:51 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz modulation depth  IMC_mod.pdfLockMCNew.png
                Reply  Mon Jan 30 19:07:48 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out 
                   Reply  Tue Jan 31 01:07:20 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out AM_stablilizer_annotation.pdf
                      Reply  Tue Jan 31 13:46:34 2017, rana, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out 
                         Reply  Tue Jan 31 14:17:48 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out 
                            Reply  Tue Jan 31 22:07:13 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box revamp 
                            Reply  Tue Jan 31 22:28:39 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out AM_noise.pdf
                               Reply  Wed Feb 1 11:51:19 2017, Koji, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilization box pulled out 
                                  Reply  Wed Feb 1 16:45:56 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilizer box Modification Plan RF_AM_stabilizer_modification.pdf
                                     Reply  Wed Feb 1 20:49:34 2017, rana, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilizer box Modification Plan 
                                        Reply  Wed Feb 1 23:13:30 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, RF AM stabilizer box Modification Plan 
                                           Reply  Sun Feb 5 21:56:50 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement 
                                              Reply  Tue Feb 7 12:01:10 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement RF_amp.pdf
                                                 Reply  Tue Feb 7 17:00:55 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement 
                                                    Reply  Fri Feb 10 02:14:10 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement 
                                                       Reply  Fri Feb 10 11:41:43 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement 
                                                          Reply  Fri Feb 10 13:24:28 2017, rana, Update, IMC, 29.5 MHz stabilizer box replacement 
                                                             Reply  Fri Feb 10 18:21:21 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, IMC Demod board 
                                                                Reply  Fri Feb 10 19:32:15 2017, Koji, Update, IMC, IMC Demod board 
                                                                   Reply  Sun Feb 12 01:16:57 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, IMC length loop - summary of changes DemodBoardOrthogonality.pdfIMC_PDH.pdfTEK00001.PNGIMC_OLTF.pdfFSS_gain_comparison.pdf
                                                                      Reply  Mon Feb 13 11:55:14 2017, rana, Update, IMC, IMC length loop - summary of changes 
                                                                      Reply  Mon Feb 13 13:34:44 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, IMC length loop - bad SMA cable replaced noisy_PMC_REFL.png
                                                                         Reply  Mon Feb 13 19:44:55 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, Front panel for 29.5 MHz amplifier box rfAmp.pdf
                                                                            Reply  Wed Mar 1 21:15:40 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, Front panel for 29.5 MHz amplifier box RF_amp_(1).pdf
                                                                               Reply  Wed Mar 1 23:56:09 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, Front panel for 29.5 MHz amplifier box 
                                                                                  Reply  Thu Mar 2 20:32:18 2017, Lydia, Update, IMC, Front panel for 29.5 MHz amplifier box 
                                                                         Reply  Wed Feb 15 23:54:13 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, IMC saga continues... MCstrip.pngIMCweirdness.png
                                                                            Reply  Fri Feb 17 20:10:18 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, WFS servos turned back on 
                                                                               Reply  Sat Feb 18 14:09:06 2017, rana, Update, IMC, WFS servos turned back on 
                                                                                  Reply  Sat Feb 18 21:50:48 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, WFS servos turned back on WFS_error_noise.pdf
                                                                                     Reply  Sun Mar 5 12:41:23 2017, gautam, Update, IMC, WFS servo-steppin WFS_stepping.pngWFS_comparisons.pdfWFSdigitalAA.pdf
Message ID: 12820     Entry time: Fri Feb 10 18:21:21 2017     In reply to: 12819     Reply to this: 12821
Author: gautam 
Type: Update 
Category: IMC 
Subject: IMC Demod board 

Rana and I spent some time looking at the IMC demod board earlier today. I will post the details shortly, but there was a label on the front panel which said that the nominal LO level to the input should be -8dBm. The new 29.5MHz routing scheme meant that the LO board was actually being driven at 0dBm (that too when the input to the RF distribution box was attenuated by 5dB).

An elog search revealed this thread, where Koji made some changes to the demod board input attenuators. Rana commented that it isn't a good idea to have the LO input be below 0dBm, so after consulting with Koji, we decided that we will

  • Remove the 5dB attenuator to the input of the distribution box such that the LO is driven at ~5dBm
  • Remove the input 10dB attenuator, first ERA-5SM amplifier, and the mini circuits power splitter from the demod board (schematic to follow).

After implementing these changes, and testing the board with a Marconi on the workbench, I found that the measured power levels (measured with an active FET probe) behave as expected, up till the ERA-5SM immediately prior to the LO (U4 and U6 on the schematic). However, the power after this amplifier (i.e. the input to the on-circuit LO, Minicircuits JMS-1H, which we want to be +17dBm), is only +16dBm. The input to these ERA-5SMs, which are only ~2years old, is -2dBm, so with the typical gain of +20dB, I should have 18dBm at their output. Moreover, increasing the input power to the board from the Marconi doesn't linearly increase the output from the ERA-5SM. Just in case, I replaced one of the ERA-5SMs, but observed the same behaviour, even though the amplifier shouldn't be near saturation (the power upstream of the ERA-5SM does scale linearly).

This needs to be investigated further, so I am leaving the demod board pulled out for now...

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