Dmass just reminded me that the usual procedure is to bake the optics after the last gluing, before putting them into the chambers. Does anyone have opinions on this?
On the one hand, it's probably safer to do a vacuum bake, just to be sure. On the other hand, even if we could use one of the ovens immediately, it's a 48 hour bake, plus cool down time. But they're working on aLIGO cables, and might not have an oven for us for a while. Thoughts?