So, here's the basic: "We reduced the CARM offset and saw more TRY" plot.
As Jenne mentioned, we suspected that we were seeing real displacement information in the sqrtInv signals. (We had incidentally hard switched to the transmon QPDs for all of this)
Here's a 2d-histogram of the ALS CARM error signal vs. the sqrtInv CARM signal (i.e. 1/sqrt(TRX) + 1/sqrt(TRY))
This is exactly the shape we expect, which is cool. You can see where we stepped the offsets, too. It looks like the signal gets into it's good linear range when ALS CARM was about -20, which is when TRY was a little under 0.1, which seems pretty early and potentially useful.
Also, here are snapshots of what REFL11_I and sqrtInv CARM were doing in the last five seconds of time in the above plot, which was shortly before we made the offset push that broke the PRMI lock. If you look really closely, maybe you can convince yourself that there is some common information in them...? It's hard to say. In any case, there is definitely CARM pdh action happening.