Jan and I wanted to measure the ringdown at the IMC. Since the QPD at the MC trans is not fast enough for ringdown measurements, we decided to install a pickoff to include a faster PD while not disturbing much of the current MC trans configuration. The initial configuration had very little space to accommodate the pickoff. So the collimating lens along with the QPD were moved 2 inches closer to the incoming beam. A 50-50 BS was put in front of the QPD and the steering mirror was moved behind to reflect MC trans output to the new PD. The current configuration is shown below with the MC autolocker threshold mentioned in Jenne's elog
The hunt for a faster PD wasn't satisfactory and we found a couple of PDs that were good for measurements actually didn't work after installing them. The one currently installed is also not satisfactorily fast enough for ringdown measurements. We'll hunt for faster PDs at Bridge tomorrow and replace PDA400. Also the IMC unlocked from time to time....may be we were noisy and didn't master the 'interferometer walk' very well.