We tried to find a different place, not in the main green transmitted beam path, to place the trans camera for the green beams. There is a little bit of leakage through the 3 high reflector mirrors which steer the beams from the direction when they first come out of the chamber over to the main green beat setup. 2 of these mirrors have virtually no space behind them for a camera (the first one the green beams encounters is right next to the EOM mount, and the 2nd one is pretty close to the Input Pointing QPDs. We can potentially use the beam leaking through the 3rd steering mirror, if the camera is very close to the edge of the table (so that the camera isn't blocking the IR input pointing beams), but the X beam is so dim as to be nearly impossible to see, even when TEM00. This precludes the point of the camera, which is to see the modes when we're aligning the beams. (X power on the PSL table is pretty high - 330uW measured today, but those mirrors must transmit the Y beam's polarization more than the X beam's.)
Our other thought was to use one of the secondary beams coming out of the chambers. This is kind of Mickey Mouse, but we thought that since this is just a camera to see the modes, as opposed to a PD, maybe it's okay. This is a moot point however, since the secondary and tertiary beams (due to the wedge of the window) are clipped for the Y green. We closed the PSL shutter then removed the beam pipe between the PSL table and the chamber so I could look inside.
It looks to me like the main green transmitted beams are exiting through the window several inches from any edge, so they're definitely not clipping. But the reflection from the window back into the chamber is hitting some optic. The X green is hitting the face of the optic, while the Y green is hitting the edge of the optic and part of the mount. The reflections from this mount then go back toward the chamber window and out toward the PSL table. This isn't a big deal for the camera situation - we'll just use the leakage from one of the steering mirrors somehow, but it does mean that there is some green light reflected back onto an IR mirror, and potentially causing grief. I didn't look to see if the mirror it's hitting is the 1st in-vac IR steering mirror (I don't think so) or something in the OMC / AS path (I think it's something here), but either way, we could be making trouble for ourselves. We should try to dump the reflection from the window when we vent. Jamie has put it on the List.
We replaced the beam pipe between the PSL table and the chamber before opening the shutter on the laser. We are currently sticking with the plan of putting the camera in the main green trans path for initial alignment, then removing it for the rest of the work.