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Message ID: 6155     Entry time: Fri Dec 30 02:16:48 2011
Author: kiwamu 
Type: Update 
Category: Green Locking 
Subject: Yarm ALS : high frequency noise reduced 

The high frequency noise, which has been a dominant noise above 30 Hz in the Y arm ALS (#6133), decreased by a factor of 5.

This reduction was done by increasing the modulation depth at the Y end PDH locking. Now the noise floor at 100 Hz went to 0.2 pm/sqrtHz.

However the noise source is not yet identified and hence it needs a further investigation.

 

 The attached figure is the sensor noises, which were taken from the beat-note signal while the arm was locked by the IR-PDH.
The orange curve is the one before I changed the modulation depth and the red curve is the one taken after I increased the modulation depth.
The high frequency noise went down from 1 pm/sqrt Hz to 0.2 pm/sqr tHz at 100 Hz.
 
Yarm_ALS_2011Dec29.png

 (Increasing the modulation depth)

  Actually I was going to check the RAM noise at the Y end PDH locking as I planed (#6143).
During some preparation for it, I found that there had been a 20 dB attenuator in the modulation LO path.
The reason we have kept it is that somehow a big modulation depth made the reflected DC light noisier.
For curiosity I removed it to see what will happen and took the noise spectra. Then the noise decreased as shown in the plot above.
It means the noise source was like a kind of sensor noise, whose level depends on the responsivity of the sensor.
As far as I can tell, it is not the dark noise or shot noise according to some quick measurements.
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