While looking at the PMC REFL beam for the AOM diffracted beam, we noticed that although only one beam exists between the PMC and the first steering mirror, there are two afterwards and they both go to the PMC REFL RFPD!!! This is madness. We only want one beam on our PDH diode.
The reason that we have two beams is that that first steering mirrors is actually a (W1-PW-1025-UV-1064-45P) non-wedged window with an AR coating on only one side. So two beams come out of it. There is a terrible and floppy and illegal anodized aluminum dump close to this beam which *someone* probably intended to use as a "scraper" to get rid of one of the beams.
Black anodized aluminum is a horrible beam dump material at 1064 - its about as grey as Steve's chair. And its so soft that it scatters light back into the PMC and makes more acoustic noise. And it is mounted so poorly (only one screw) that it can easily be bumped and twist and miss the beam. Punchline: only use anodized aluminum dumps for stray light around cameras or for HeNe for OL. Its NOT allowed anywhere where we care about interferometry of NIR beams.
It was also set to dump the dimmer beam. On Monday, we should order ~5 W1 and get them with a wedge of 1-2 deg. Then we use a black glass dump for the dim beam and orient the bright one to hit the REFL camera and the PMC REFL PD.
For the weekend, I have adjusted the crappy grey aluminum flapper to catch the bright beam so that the PMC REFL image no longer shows the interference fringe of two beams. Lets see how the PMC drifts over the next 3 days.